~Lumayo ka nga sa akin by Bob Ong~

Bob Ong did it again! This time he criticized and chided the Philippine television variety shows, game shows, dramas, soap operas, reality shows and even the movies. What made me love this book so much was the fact that I could totally relate (once again) to the author’s expostulations and reprehensions about the status of the Philippine movie and TV industry nowadays.

How dismaying it is that what used to be enjoyable and something that is a source of Filipino pride became nothing but a laughingstock and shallow entertainment for idiots? Of course all these ‘kajologs-an‘ and ‘kabaduy-an’ are part of the Filipino culture and humor but whatever happened to the arts? Where did the producers’ and writers’ artistic and creative minds go? Why is imitation and piracy the ‘in’ thing when we can have the most talented and skilled minds if we just put them together. 😦 I think this book is an eye-opener not just for someone like me who’d rather watch Korean, Japanese and Hollywood TV and movies over my own country’s. It made me realize WHY I never watch Philippine TV in the first place. -.- The abundance of stereotypical characters and generic plots coupled with lame acting from second-rate young stars who are either a product of a talent search or some goddamn reality show on TV are just too frustrating and even disturbing. AND extremely eye-roll-worthy. 

I finished this book in like 4 hours and THAT is a record for me since I never finish anything in a day. ^^ I guess the long trip back home from Manila yesterday did something to my brain cells. Haha. Or maybe coz I didn’t have any distractions – like the Internet – to keep me from reading nonstop. 😀

This is probably one of his best works, IMO, and my second fave next to “Abnkkbsnplako”.

 Picture source: kingofdom.wordpress.com   

If you don’t SUCK, you won’t SUCKSEED~

A teen comedy about a group of high-school students who form a band even though they’re not remotely gifted with music. Their intention is to impress girls. But when a pretty young student turns up and wants to join the band as a guitarist, things start to get interesting.

Title: SuckSeed ห่วยขั้นเทพ
Director: Chayanop Boonprakob
 Cast: Jirayu La-ongmanee, Natcha Nuanjam, Pashorn Jiratiwat, Thawat Pornrattanaprasert
Rating: 15+ Musical comedy

~ enjoythaimovies.com

Thai teen movies really have a soft spot in my heart. I don’t know why but I’ve only seen quite a few –mostly with the gorgeous MARIO MAURER in it ^.^ — and I just fell in love with all of them. Maybe because Thailand has a homey feel to it. Our cultures are somewhat similar. The stories are simple and I can really relate to them. Even the ‘high school life’ and the band scene is almost the same. 😀

Aside from the fact that this movie has two cute dudes and one pretty dudette… it also has one of my favorite things in the world –MUSIC. Although I have to admit that the scenes where a random singer or band would start appearing beside the actors and start singing were just incredibly hilarious and too “bollywood” or high school musical for me. So I kinda forwarded them. 😄  It reminded me of this Saturday morning TV series called ‘MAYNILA’ where a random singer would start singing amidst some scenes… XP

Anyway… this movie has just the right amount of teenage romance, friendship, a bit of family and school drama and of course HUMOR. Thais really have a penchant for humor, even in horror films. 😄 The movie focuses on the lives of three struggling musicians and how they deal with everyday dilemma in school, with girls and  their music– life in general. I have to admit though that the first few parts of the movie were quite ho-hum coz they gave too much air time on their ‘elementary’ days. Yes, it is necessary to build up the story… but it kinda made the start a bit drawn out… After that ‘period’ though, the pacing got better. We get to see the teenagers now and it was so much better. 😀

Pretty Natcha ~ I bet she's haffu or something 😀

I have to say, the girl who plays Earn – Natcha Nuanjam – was just so elegantly beautiful. Her face is hard to forget. It could be elegant and simple at the same time. I think she can play both good and bad characters. ^.^

Natcha as the incredible guitarist Earn Morrison ~

I’m not sure if she’s REALLY a singer or of she really plays the guitar… if she does then she’s totally my IDOL now. 😀 She totally rocked during those scenes where she showed her excellent and hardcore guitar skills. ^^

The love TRIANGLE. >_> it would've been more fun if khung's twin, kae, joined in this. haha. it'd be a SQUARE.

As for Khung and Kae ~ they’re my favorite characters. ^^ Okay, it’s actually played by just one really cute and talented dude — Pashorn Jiratiwat aka PEACH. My first impression of him was “He kinda looks like this Filipino rapper/actor– ELMO MAGALONA.” ^^

Patchara "Peach" as both Khung and Kae ~He resembled Patchara right...? ^.^He resembled Patchara right...? ^.^

Anyway, I have to say this kis is really good for a newbie. He actually convinced me that KHUNG AND KAE are REALLY twins and are being played by two REAL LIFE twins. Even after I found out that it was the SAME PERSON, I still felt like I’m seeing double. 😀  Pretty much like how Lindsay Lohan pulled it off in the Parents’ Trap. ^^

ROCKIN' OUT -- KHUNG STYLE~

I don’t know why I really like his (KHUNG ^^) character although he was such a loser and more or less pathetic throughout the movie. I think because he is REALISTICALLY real. I’ve met a lot of guys like him. Those who are really talented but can’t seem to get out of their comfort zone and step up to the plate. He started off as the ‘talented twin’ because he could play the guitar at an early age. But then he grew up to be this loser, wannabe-in-a-rock-band dude who’s in love with his best friend. *LOL*

The three SUCKERS who SUCKSEED-ed. 😄

Well, no, not really. But I think he’s too needy and he sticks to Ped too much. And Ped even dumped Earn– the girl of his dreams just for Khung… So Earn was like, “I envy Khung… Are you GAY?” 😄 😄 😄

I like it how his face crumples everytime he tries to do some rock-ish scream 😄

ANYWAY. About Ped. Yes, he’s cute and all. He channels the ‘boy-next-door-looks’ or the boy-you’re-gonna-take-home-to-your-parents but… I don’t really like him that much. He’s the exact opposite of Khung. He’s timid, quiet and he keeps everything to himself, most of the time. It’s annoying for girls to have a ‘guessing game’ whether or not the guy likes them. I mean, he’s gonna be all nice and sweet to Earn then if she comes too close, he’ll push her away and deny his feelings. I understand that they’re young and they’re still in high school.

TORPE! Just tell her you love her! DUH. She feels it naman. And she feels the same way.

WHATEVER. It’s the 20th effing century kids. GROW UP. 😄 Britney Spears’s younger sister got pregnant at the age of 13! Haha. Anyway. It just irked me a bit how dense and ‘torpe’ he was. If the girl is showing interest in you, then GET A DAMN CLUE! She likes you too. Otherwise she’ll be ignoring you right? *sighs* And then he’s gonna get all jealous and put on his PITY-ME-FACE upon seeing his BFF making moves on her. THE FCK IS THIS. >_<  Sorry, got carried away… had the same experience… Haha.

The Retard BFF, the in-denial/torpe BFF and THE GIRL. 😄

It’s nice to watch movies like this every now and then. I mean, no matter how hard they persevered and tried to get popular, in the end, there was still something missing. They still lack something. I was annoyed at Khung when he suddenly stormed out on them in the middle of the performance just coz he felt betrayed when Ped didn’t tell him about him and Earn… but I realized he has every right to do that. If I were him, I wouldn’t have started the performance at all. I would’ve walked out right then and there. ~__~ I think it’s not about who she likes, it’s about Ped being honest to himself and to his friends. He should’ve admitted it to his friends– his best friend– at least. That way there wouldn’t have been any misunderstandings and broken hearts.

Nakakasira talaga ng friendship and LOVE. 😄 Charot.

I think the title is really creative and pretty cool. At first it I thought it was just some stupid band name with no deeper meaning whatsoever. But then when I saw this poster…

"Sometimes you got to suck, before you SUCKSEED." TRUE. ^-^

I thought, wow. So that’s what it means. Haha. But I agree, everyone who’s ‘successful’ and ‘popular’ now were not ALWAYS like that. We all start as a LOSER… a NOBODY… someone UNPOPULAR and irrelevant. We only gain success after all the hardships and trials we experience. That’s why we don’t ‘suck’ anymore because we graduated from that. We are SO OVER that phase in our lives. We’ve gained more confidence and we were able to make it to the top. 😀 So it’s better to suck first, then SUCKSEED  later 😄 Than to SUCKSEED at first then suck later… right? What am I saying. Haha.

I highly recommend this movie. And can I just say I LOVE THE OST. I don’t really listen to Thai songs coz they sound weird and creepy sometimes… but the songs here are just COOL AND FANTASTIC. 😀

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

– These boys have both. Plenty of both. Haha.

Mastering multi-tasking.

I love multi-tasking. I think it’s a great way to get your job done and to exercise some brain cells as well. 😀

I normally multi-task at work by listening to music while doing my evaluations and browsing the Internet. ^^ Sometimes I even type my blog in between my evaluations and reports… or chat with my friends or download some movies…

So yeah. I multi-task. A LOT.

Nowadays, I’ve been ‘multi-watching’. haha. Definition: watching several TV shows and dramas at once. Okay, I don’t really watch them ALL TOGETHER. But I watch various shows and dramas in one day. For instance, I watch a movie, a Korean drama, a Japanese drama, a Filipino drama, a US drama, a US sitcom and a British drama all in one week. Oh, I also watch movies — with different languages: Korean, Japanese, Thai, English, Indian… 😀

So yeah, to summarize it. Here’s a list of what I’m watching, what I just finished watching recently and what I’m gonna watch in the near future.

Korean Drama:
1. Heartstrings (You’ve fallen for me) – 15 eps

I've fallen for this drama~~~

~ just finished this yesterday. 😀

2. Protect the boss – ongoing

Protect Jaejoong... errr... the BOSS ~ One of my favorites and the one I'm most looking forward to. It just cracked me up so much.

3. Princess Man – ongoing

The Korean Romeo and Juliet

~ great plot, love the actors, but the subbing team consists of TURTLES. Yeah, they’re kinda slow. So I only get to watch this on the weekends. 😦 It’s like a Joseon dynasty version of ROMEO AND JULIET. Just so you know. 😀

4. Scent of a woman – ongoing
~ not yet started but I religiously downloaded every episode up to now so I can marathon it sometime… in the near future 😄

5. Goong (Palace) – 24 episodes
~ It’s an old drama, yeah, I know. And I’ve seen it before, yes. But that was the time when Korean DVDsEnglish subtitles still sucks like hell. 😄 So I’m re-watching it. ^^

6. Spy Myungwol – ongoing
~ there’s too much drama in this drama. I’m only watching it for the love of Mun Eric. But now I am so lovin’ it coz of the other guy– Lee Jinwook ❤

7. Can’t Lose – will start LATER!!! ^___^
~ I am so gonna watch it! It has one of my fave rom-com actors, YOON SANGHYUN, in it PLUS Choi Jiwoo. The story is quite interesting and based on the trailer, it’ll be a riot rom-com. 😄

Japanese Drama:

8. IS ~ Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei ~ – ongoing
~ I don’t know (or like) anyone in this drama… Well, I’ve seen them in other dramas but I’m not a BIG fan. I was just so interested in the plot. An “intersexual” huh? It’s my first time watching this sort of drama. 🙂

9. Ikemen desu ne ~ ongoing

Perfect Cast~

~ The remake of the Korean drama He’s Beautiful is so much better than what I expected. One of the best remakes ever. Shu-san really channels Shinwoo-hyung in the Korean version~

10. Ouran High Host Club ~ ongoing

Yosuke is just HILARIOUS.

~ live action of the highly popular animation about a girl who disguised as a guy to get into the school’s host club. The boring and ‘duh’ moments is totally forgiven thanks to Yusuke Yamamoto‘s hilariously animated acting. 😄

11. Hanazakari no Kimitachi e ~ ongoing

It's a good remake. So haters to the LEFT. 😄

~ another remake. It’s a good remake as well. I mean, it’s NOT THAT BAD as some people might think. I really like the actor who plays Ikuta Toma‘s former character — Nakatsu. The guy is ALMOST as hilarious and insane as Toma. 😀 PLUS, there are lots of new hotties to look out for in this drama.

12. Trouble man – 12 episodes
~ I just randomly saw this drama and decided I like the story. It’s sort of a mystery-suspense drama starring Shige of Kattun 😀

13. Triangle – 11 episodes
~ I just randomly saw this drama and decided I like the story. It’s sort of a mystery-suspense drama starring one of my Japanese actor crushes – Eguchi Yosuke ❤

14. Misaki #1 – 10 episodes
~ I’m watching this for the love of FUJIGAYA TAISUKE (who plays SHU in Ikemen desu ne). They say it’s like a bad imitation of GOKUSEN, with the “YANKUMI” being a hostess or something… but still. It’s Shu-san~~~ ^^

15. Taiyou to umi no Kyoshitsu (Homeroom on the Beachside) – finished – 10 episodes

Not just another Gokusen rip off. 😄

~ I finally finished this one. It’s great to see the young actors here who are now starting to gain popularity and getting more ‘important’ or ‘leading’ roles… 😀

16. Majo Saiban (The Witch Trial) – 10 episodes

I'd watch any drama with 'witch' on the title... and with cute curly Toma in it. 😄

~ I just started episode 1 last night and I can say I’m soooo lovin’ this. I like any plot with “witch” or “detective” in it. 😀 AND it’s IKUTA TOMA~~~ with cute curly hair. haha.

17. Zenkai Girl ~ ongoing

~ I’m still thinking if I’m gonna watch this… I got bored easily even though it’s NISHIKIDO RYO… and YUI ARAGAKI… two of my fave actors… I dunno why… maybe I got tired of watching these sort of ‘feel good’ dramas…

18. Don Quixote ~ ongoing

WAH!I miss seeing weird and hilarious SHOTA...but I can't seem to continue this drama for some reason >_<

~ I SO wanna watch this. I was so excited to see this coz it’s one of my LOVES– MATSUDA FREAKIN’ SHOTA… but I dunno what happened to me after watching episode 1…. I kinda lost interest… same with Zenkai Girl… *sighs* My attention span isn’t the same as before. I don’t get satisfied easily now. T__T but… it’s SHOTA! 😦

US / American drama/ sitcoms:

19. How I met your Mother ~ ongoing

Barney is just HILARIOUSLY HILARIOUS! 😄

~ I’m so stuck on Season 2 T__T I really love watching sitcoms coz they’re so short and easy to watch. 😀 Barney is just addictive. His humor and crazy antics helps me get through a crappy day.

20. Criminal Minds ~ Seson 6

I'm so looking forward to Dr. Spencer Reid's amazing logic, theories and deductions. ^^

~ The DVD I bought won’t work on my laptop dammit! >_< So I need to download it… T__T I miss Dr. Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and the rest of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) over at FBI… 😀

21. Dexter – Season 5

~ I can’t seem to start this. I just feel so bad for Dexter after what happened at the end of Season 4… ooopppsss! SPOILER. Haha. But I’ll get to this some time… in the future… 😄

22. Victorious ~ Season 2

This Nick TV series really MADE ME SHINE~~~ I love it!

~ It’s my first time trying to watch a NICKELODEON series and I definitely made the right decision! I fell in love with this series and all the cast instantly! Especially dear AVAN JOGIA… hehehehe… It’s still ongoing so… I’m stuck on Season 2…. but I heard it’s gonna be the last season… T_T WHY????>

23. Hell cats ~ Season 1

~ Aly Michalka + Ashley Tisdale + cheerdance = ME LIKES. 😀 I’m a fan of Step Up and Bring it on… so why not watch this drama? ^^

24. SKINS – Season 2

~ I so loved season 1 but I found out that Season 2 isn’t THAT great anymore… so I’m still thinking about watching this. Kaya Scodelario is ❤ though… ^^

WOW. Looking at these TV shows and dramas I feel dizzy now. I didn’t know I was REALLY multi-watching. Haha. Hopefully, I’ll finish ALL of these before the year ends. Haha. Wish me luck!