Sunday, May 28, 2006

which side are you on?

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I got to watch X-Men 3 with Brian. It was wonderful. I never really got to follow the cartoon series or the comic books, but I loved the film versions immensely. I loved the way the characters are brought to life. Oh, and Angel, Wolverine and, yes, even Magneto, are sooo hot.

I’ve always liked Rogue’s power, and how she was portrayed by Anna Paquin. I could sense the conflicting issues with her character. It’s a great power, but it could feel very lonely, to never hold hands, to never hug, kiss. You know you can do so much with your power in defeating the bad elements in the society, but then you also have the obligation to yourself and you know that if you stay that way, even if you’ve helped other people, you’ll still be miserable because you can't touch anyone. You can never touch the ones you love.

Then there’s also Jean. So powerful. That kind of power, that kind of ability has so much responsibilities that go with it and if you’re not grounded, you’ll just end up killing everybody, as what Phoenix did to Professor X.

It’s interesting, how people want to be different while there are people who are different but want nothing more than to be able to fit in. do you stay true to yourself or do you conform?

Anyway, why the hell am I discussing the values of this film? You can find that out for yourself. The movie is so full of action you don’t want to go to the bathroom to pee. You don’t want to blink. I can’t wait for X-Men 4.

this is what we dreamed about

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America has finally chosen its fifth American Idol. when i saw the performance show Wednesday afternoon, i kinda knew that he would win. Kat didn't have the best of songs, except for her performance of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Her debut single, My Destiny, didn't have much of an impact as Taylor's Do I Make You Proud.

the question now would be: will he be as successful as the previous Idols, or would he be like Reuben Studdard, whose runner-up Clay Aiken, proved to be more successful than he was? you know how it is, AI's fanbase is made up of teenagers and i'm not sure if a grey-haired idol will do well in the business. like i said before, the guy's lovable, he's a hit in reality TV but we don't really know how he will fare outside AI. we can never tell.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

America, how could you?

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I've been so many places in my life and time
I've sung a lot of songs
I've made some bad rhyme
I've acted out my love in stages
With ten thousand people watching
But we're alone now and
I'm singing this song for you

Elliot Yamin got voted off.

i'm gonna take a moment to let that sink in.

it would have been nice if it were Taylor and Elliot or Katharine and Elliot facing off on Tuesday night.

but it's not.

anyway, hopefully this is not the end.

long saturday, part 2

The Da Vinci Code was awesome. I was really looking forward to watching it because I wanted to see the scene where Paul Bettany was able to make Tom Hanks fart. Yes, you read that right: FART. You see, I wasn’t able to read the book but I already had a vague idea of what the book is about from friendsI wanted to watch the movie because:I have not seen a Tom Hanks movie in a long time; Sir Ian Mc Kellen is the sexiest gay old man alive; Audrey Tautou is hot and Paul Bettany has nothing under his monk clothes.

I saw Paul being interviewed about a few weeks ago at the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and he was telling him about this scene where he attacks Tom Hanks. Tom was telling him not to make any sound that might give him (Tom) the slightest hint that he’ll (Paul) be coming so the attack could be spontaneous. So they do the scene and according to Paul, everything became so swift that Tom let out a really loud fart and everybody was just speechless. Tom even told him how great the scene was after the take.

Anyway, I was pretty openminded about this movie. I got frustrated in the beginning because of the long lines and there were too many peopleI get claustrophobic in a sea of people and there were sooo many people who came to see it. you know how it is when you ban something, the more people would want to see it, hence, the big turn up on all the theaters. I don't think it's blasphemic, if anything, my faith is strengthened by the movie. There are things which I can consider offensive and there are things which I consider interesting. I did not think less of my Creator because of this movie. Frankly, I don't like the idea of people thinking for me so I shrug it off next chance I get. It just opens a lot of possibilities. that's it. Unless your faith is easily persuaded, I think you should see this. As Daria had said often, "it really makes you think."

most of you have probably seen the movie or read the book so I won't say anything anymore. kudos to the free thinker.

when i got home, i watched the James Bond movie Goldeneye starring Pierce Brosnan. my eyes were weary but i just couldn't help it.

long saturday, part 1

I was looking forward to yesterday because that meant that I would be able to go to Tequila Sunrise again and watch Orange and Lemons perform. Okay, so I was also looking forward to see Sven, Felipinas drummer. Saturday also meant that Brian and I would be able to watch the Da Vinci Code and see what all the brouhaha was about.

By the way, just so you know, I am not affected by you, how you look or don’t look at me. Crush is cuter than you are, so stop it.

I was starting to lose interest because I had to wait for Brian finish breakfast with his team and Anna had just woken up when we had agreed to meet at a specific time at Mugen Bar. I try my best to be early for meetings so I hate it when people are tardy.

Anyway, when we finally arrived at Mugen Bar, all the bands were there, they just haven’t started playing which was good because it meant that even if we were late, we hadn’t missed anything (show was supposed to be from 6am-1pm) and we could check the place for good seats.
My goal was to get this girl Olive’s number and Sven’s. I got neither. But I got to get pictures taken with them so that’s a consolation. I also got the members of ONL to sign my cds and that was cool.

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So first up was Felipinas. After listening to the cd multiple times, I finally understand their lyrics and for some weird reason Aldwyn wasn’t singing too close to the mic (somebody might have tipped him off) so Brian and I were able to enjoy their songs to the point that we could actually relate to them. And I finally convinced my friends that I actually have a crush on Sven. It’s so effective that I convinced myself too that I liked Sven. But I won’t go on and follow this band wherever they have gigs. I mean, when I was “going out” with Jake, I only went to a total of ONE gig and mind you, Jake’s band is a great band, not just because I was going to bed with him, they had awards. Each and every one of the members of Jake’s band is respected in their field and are members of other successful bands. It’s just that at the height of Jake’s band’s career, I was in law school and shit. I heard them mostly through the radio. But I didn’t go as far as following them wherever they went. I only watched gigs when I had the time, which, like I said, was a total of only ONE time. The only reason I’m seeing Felipinas twice (because Jake’s band is a much much better band than them, in all fairness) is the fact that the organizer of Tequila Sunrise put them as front act for the UdD and OnL gigs.

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The next band was Spring Boutique. They did covers of The Cardigans’ Rise and Shine, the Wannadies’ You and Me. at first I thought they were going to do a cover of Boldstar’s Accident Prone because the guitarist was playing around with it during soundcheck. They had cute sounding originals as well. it was their first gig and they didn’t sound so bad, for their first time.

Main act was Orange and Lemons. They started off with Abot Kamay (the shampoo song) and then they started to do 80's hits such as Killing Moon, Bringing Home the Ashes, How Soon is Now and their last song was Life in a Northern Town. But before ending the set, they did some originals as well, like Lihim, and Hanggang Kailan and a song from the first album, Hey, Please. I especially liked the way they introduced this song because Clem made special mention of me, that he saw a copy of the first album so they wanted to do a song from it. "First album naman tayo, naalala ko kasi dala ni Bels". It was an incredible experience, seeing them perform live again, after all this time.

After the show, I went over and asked autographs from the members and then all three of us left and went on to the movie theaters to watch the movie.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

damnit, i'm so fucking ugly (the face is sooo shiny!!!)

i'm such a big fan. i don't know why but my love for original Filipino music is unfaltering. and the fan in me never fails. really. so even if i had no sleep, i decided i'd drag my butt to see Up dharma Down and this new band called Felipinas last saturday after shift. like i said, it was tiring but the band was so great i wanted to pay more. plus, i get to rub elbows Toti Dalamacion of Groove Nation.

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yes, the Groove Master, in the flesh. i was so starstruck. it was a good thing i didn't puke. the weather was great (me libreng blowdrier ng hair) and we lacked sleep. and Lee, Brian's batchmate, didn't want to smile, but it was okay.

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and, i have a new crush, two actually. they were both nice. like i said, Armi Millare was an angel with a remarkable voice. it was so effortless, she sang like it wasn't what time in the morning?! she is a goddess. i'd like to see Up dharma Down do a cover of Maps. they will put the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to shame.

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and i would've loved this photo if only i didn't need to put powder on, i was sooo dark and he was sooo fair-skinned. half-German, half-shepherd talaga. let's face it, the guy is cute. hot even. (just don't listen to their songs - - i'm so fucking mean!!! like i said, they need improvement in the Aldwyn-needs-to-open-his-mouth-and-not-sing-too-close-to-the-mic department) but i don't think i stand a chance. i'm such a fan. maybe we could save this picture for when they're famous. =)

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his name is Sven, by the way, he's the drummer of Felipinas. o di ba, half-German, half-Shepherd?

many thanks to Jon SanPedro for the really cool pictures. too bad the camera couldn't make me look prettier. or make Lee want to smile.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

finally, a cultural field trip

i had been looking forward to yesterday as Jon, our former trainer, informed me about this Up dharma Down gig. i decided i’d drag Brian and anybody else who’d tag along. i haven’t been able to watch a gig in ages. like, ages. anyway, the good thing about this gig, aside from Armi Millare and company performing right before your eyes (believe me, this was an outstanding gig, i wanted to pay more) was the fact that it was to be held after my shift. it was organized by one of Jon’s friends, Hawi, as part of the promotion for this new brand of tequila, xXx (nice tasting tequila, too). opening act was this band called Felipinas.

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Felipinas, as introduced by Hawi, was a band of half-halves, half-breeds, whatever. the vocalist/guitarist, Aldwyn, a Bobby Andrews look-alike, i think, is half-American, half-Filipino; bassist Zandel (the man is buff, something short of yummy and mind you, i’m not into buff men) daw is half-Filipino, half-Hawaiian and the drummer Sven is half-German, half-shepherd. at face value, the band is good, i mean, they look good. i heard they’ve even made a guest appearance in one of the network noontime Sunday shows and had their song murdered by Bernard Palanca and Diether Ocampo and you know what that means.* anyway, the songs were pretty upbeat and like i said, they look good. but they don’t sound as good. i don’t mean to be mean but half the time i couldn’t understand a word the vocalist was saying. like in the middle of the song, culture vulture Jai Rodriguez would be coming out of the stage coaching the straight guy to enunciate his words and not sing too close to the mic. i just thought it was interesting that they had this song entitled Lesbo Girl which from my understanding (of the few words i understood him saying) was a song he wrote after his girlfriend left him for a dike. so i got the album. you know how i am.** now that i’m listening to it, i think i bought the album so i could understand the lyrics better. they kept on telling me that i just wasted 200 pesos. well, that’s how it is. you have to give them props, wala pa silang tulog (and i say that in the most sarcastic way possible - - who the hell are you to talk to me about lack of fucking sleep?! may i remind you that you are performing for call center agents. you might have omitted that detail, you see.) but they sound really good (like i said, the rifts were good except for the part where the vox was singing too close to the mic) and their lyrics sounded relevant. i think, still figuring it out while listening to the sound of 200 pesos.

and so the main act. if Jon was developing this obsession with Armi, i would understand why. she was astounding. the band defined and defied excellence. everything was so effortless. the music just flowed, i can’t begin to describe it and i’m still speechless. i don’t think i can come up with words good enough to describe how great these people are.

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after they played i approached Toti Dalmacion and asked for his autograph. sorry, it’s the fan in me. never fails. told him i was a fan of Groove Nation. still am, actually. when i got the Fragmented album, my only basis of buying it was OO (the song for K) and that they were managed by Mr. Dalmacion. i have no regrets.

*if your song has been bastardized by any of them pop icons on them noontime shows, it means the song is a hit or you’re a hot band to watch out for.

** i have this insane urge to buy albums of indie bands because i took it upon myself to promote them and support them in any way i can.

Friday, May 05, 2006

our blah for today is . . .

Have you heard Mary J. Blige’s version of the U2 song, One? It made me cringe, to be honest. I don’t have anything against R&B, or Mary J. Blige; I actually find it nice that they are educating a whole new batch of people with the meaning of this song. It’s just that by doing that, it lost its meaning for me. Like I keep on saying, especially to M.Y.M.P. fans: there are some things better left untouched.

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Paris shouldn’t have been voted off. It would’ve been a good face-off: Katharine and Paris, just like in 2004, with Fantasia and Diana. But as early as now, people are predicting that it would be Kat and Chris. I don’t have anything against Chris. I like him not just for his voice and the fact that he’s a rocker, I like him because he gave me a reason to still respect straight men. The guy was so in love with this woman, he took her and her kids, married her and loved the kids like his own. Mushy, mushy. Something a friend of mine has to learn from. Anyway, it’s interesting to have a rocker in the show, to shake things up. Chris’ voice is nice but it is not outstanding. Half the time, I think, he’s having difficulty with his own song choices, something that Constantine Maroulis or Bo Bice never had a problem with. Taylor is interesting but I have to agree with Simon that there are times when his performances sound like they were karaoke sessions. Then I wonder why they even put him there in the first place. Now that I think about it, they just put some “talented” people through and some really talented people through and hope that America blinks for a second so that they can have somebody to diss during the elimination of the 12 finalists, or people who will make the final 12 as fillers until they get to the really great talented people. Anyway, it’s your vote, America, while we Pinoys wait for our own Philippine Idol.

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I intentionally did not talk about Elliot because it’s hard to be impartial. I’m crazy about him.

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I’m so glad I get to talk to you now. You’re always sick, always absent. Doesn’t she take care of you? You make me forget about her and her (K and C, especially K). I’m glad. And you’re really nice and accommodating. Mahal na kita (I love you already). you got me at, "pautang ng yosi, papalitan ko na lang." (can I bum a cigarette? i'll just replace it later)

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I’ve suddenly become popular, not because my face is on the bulletin board for getting an award for perfect attendance (what can I say, my life is pathetic) but because of the scar. Everybody wants to know how I got the scar. The people who went to Galera over the weekend have their own stories to tell but they’re interested to know about the scar. Uh, I’m so crazy about Harry Potter I decided to have a scar on my forehead just like his . . . Uh, I like it rough . . . uh, there’s a guy coming out of my forehead . . . or to put it simply, I fought the swing and the swing won . . . I fought the swing and the swing won.

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Snooky Serna is going out with NiƱo Mendoza (Blue Jean Junkies vocalist)?! What the fuck?! The guy’s rumored to be taking all sorts of substances and she’s a confessed anorexic. Perfect combination, love plus you and me, perfect combination . . .

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Ellen Degeneres won the award for best talk show host in the Daytime Emmys and after thanking her supporters and her staff members, she publicly thanks her partner (or do you say lover? is partner only meant for when you’re legally bound to each other or in general? hmmn . . .) Portia de Rossi. All I can is, WOW.

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Monday, May 01, 2006

this is for whoever. if you think it's you, that's ok. pero hindi ka ba assuming nun?

i just love this song. period.

Maps
yeah yeah yeahs

Pack up
I'm straight
Enough
Oh, say say say
Oh, say say say
Oh, say say say
Oh, say say say
Oh, say say say

Wait, they don't love you like i love you
Wait, they don't love you like i love you
Ma-a-a-a-ps, wait!
They don't love you like i love you...

Made off
Don't stray
My kind's your kind
I'll stay the same
Pack up
Don't stray
Oh, say say say
Oh, say say say

Wait! they don't love you like i love you
Wait! they don't love you like i love you
Ma-a-a-aps, wait!
They don't love you like i love you..
Wait! they don't love you like i love you
Ma-a-a-aps, wait!
They don't love you like i love you...

Wait, they don't love you like i love you
Wait, they don't love you like i love you
Ma-a-a-a-ps, wait!
They don't love you like i love you...
Wait, they don't love you like i love you
Ma-a-a-a-ps, wait!
They don't love you like i love you...

sa bahay ni Johanna

about two weeks ago, we went over to johanna's place to have a few drinks. we also watched a thai movie entitled shutter. now, i don't normally watch horror movies. i'm more at home with the charmed/buffy/angel genre where even when there are demons, i don't get a fright because the stars are so hot. it was very uncomfortable for me. the movie was good and the actor who played Tun, Ananda Everingham, was goodlooking, i just don't dig movies like that. anyway, i sat through it because Tun was hot. he was the amalgamation (i don't even know if i'm using this right) of John Estrada, Wowie de Guzman and Piolo Pascual. he has nice abs, too. just don't ask me to get into details about the movie. it makes my nape ache just thinking about it.

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we were there again yesterday, we had our "puppy huddle". while about a fraction of the people from our account went to puerto galera, we decided to save money (not that we're cheapskates, just practical) and drink at johanna's again instead. i even look like harry potter now. i got a scar in my forehead (which i'll try to take a picture of soon), courtesy of nico, when we were in the swing. i had gone there to be alone then lucky follows and then paulo and then brian, then nico. it would have one of those really nice fantasies, where you're in the company of really hot guys and you're all "rocking and swinging" but then you get hit in the head and you realize that reality hurts, so bad. so bad i have the scar to prove it.

anyway, i had loads of fun. it's always that way, whether we're at johanna's or lucky's, we have fun. we talk about people, we enjoy ourselves and whatever happens there, it's just kept to ourselves. that's it. i wish i could write more but i'm drained. besides, my scar is aching.