Saturday, April 28, 2007

my first ninja kiss

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i went over to Route 196 (formerly Inihaw Republic) to watch Ace and Bagetsafonik perform. i finally got to see my first Ninja Kiss. aside from the Bagets, the show featured Analog (with my tukayo Annabel Bosch on vocals), Stonefree and 80's cover band The Ronnies (with Ene on vocals and Ronnie on keyboards, i'm sorry, i don't really know everybody).

it was fun and i finally got to meet Marge, Ace's girlfriend, and she was really nice.

i didn't really know most of the songs that they did, except for Ace's band, of course, because i don't really get to watch gigs that often. Ace even forgot the lyrics to Halogen, imagine that. according to Marge, the Bagets have a 3-beer limit, or else they mess up. apparently, no beer is also not good. the more familiar songs i recognized were Bahala Na, which is a song by Annabel's former band Balahiboompusa, performed by Analog; Listen and Sayang from Stonefree (which they mixed up a bit by singing bits and pieces of Whenever You Need Somebody, Another Day in Paradise, Cry For Help) and a lot of 80's songs from The Ronnies, of course. they did Heart of Glass, I Touch Myself, Kung fu Fighting (yes, they did!), Alone, Tainted Love, among others, oh, and that song that plays during the end credits of Voltes V. yes, that song. they jammed Foolish Heart, Sweet Child of Mine, and Miro of Stonefree jammed Careless Whisper with them. wow.

i liked the show so much, i plan to watch the next production.

but i didn't see a damn pole dance.

Monday, April 23, 2007

remember F4? of course, you do, silly!

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now, please don't tell me you don't remember these Taiwanese heartthrobs. i remember them very well because there used to be a time when all you'd see and hear on TV and on the radio are their voices, their faces. yes people, Meteor Garden was also my guilty pleasure.

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i wonder where these boys are now. i know what you're thinking. even YOU can't believe you fell for them. you bought their albums and dvds and watched their videos and listened to their songs even when you had no fucking idea what they were even talking about, unless of course, you are, Taiwanese, then you'd understand every single word. i bet you even bought dvds of their telenovelas and movies. i didn't. there were too many, i couldn't afford them.

now, i don't have anything against these boys, and San Chai (jeez, i can't remember her name), it was irritating, at first. it was like an invasion and we even invited them to come over and perform songs we didn't have any direct translation to. but we loved them, all of them so cute and nice and charming we stopped watching Spanish telenovelas and started watching Taiwanese and Korean telenovelas. we forgot about Marimar and Sergio and the talking dog Fulgoso and we only started taking interest again when Betty La Fea came out. they were so cute, they even did movies here and Jerry Yan even became a Bench model. even the StarStruck winners we voted for looked like oh, and people tell me i look like Ken Zhu. o di ba? i had this thing for all of them. and then they disappeared.

you guys have any news on F4?

Monday, April 16, 2007

after shift jam 2: an exercise in endurance

last saturday, i watched this shindig called After Shift Jam 2. there was supposed to be a first one but i didn't get to see it. i specifically went there to see Juan perform since i don't really get to watch their evening gigs.

while it was a great idea, since we call center agents also have a right to perform and we write and we sing and we deserve to party, the event felt like it would drag on forever. there were, i think, about 8-10 bands and each band would perform around 4-5 songs. if you were coming from an eight-hour shift, it would drain the energy out of you. besides, not all of them were exactly good.

there was this band who was led by this guy who looked like Baron Geisler (who?) and while he was cute, when he opened his mouth, i heard kupaw. it's so early 2000. i mean, if i wanted to hear kupaw, i would watch Greyhoundz, Queso or Slapshock. and these bands don't even do kupaw anymore. then there was 3-piece girl band who did a couple of originals and syncopated versions of Not An Addict, Hiling and Soon. there was this band which had a tagalog song which ripped off Modern English's I Melt With You. they had this harmonica player who looked like the Pagbabalik of April Boy Regino. then there was this band whose members were really really drunk you wanted to kick them off the stage. what really caught my attention was this band called 7Day Off, which had some sort of sister band, 7Days Notice. also this band called something Maligno. sorry, guys, i'm tired.

the former band was into punk, much like Green Day and while i still need to improve on my music reviewing skills, i think the band was good, better, the best band on that shindig. aside from Juan, of course. then there's 7Days Notice, whose vocalist gave us a sampler CD of their songs. they're into pop/rock acoustic, although, they kinda sound like 6cycle Mind whose vocalist tries to look and perform like Bamboo. good lyrics.

so after Juan performed, i left. i couldn't listen to anymore crap, my brain got drained already. like i said, while the venture had good intentions, it was more an exercise in endurance, and then, futility. too many bands, performing too many songs. the organizers are call center agents too, they should've thought about that.

right? it doesn't take rocket science to figure that out.

Friday, April 13, 2007

because i am one short and stout couch potato

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i'm happy that they are finally showing the second season of Bones on C/S. sure, i'm still not used to seeing David Boreanaz out in the daylight but the show is so good, and he looks good. so who cares?

the characters in the show are finally developing and you sense this slight friction between Temperance and their new boss, Booth's ex, Camille and it's not just because of Booth. kids, it's actually more about intellectual differences. oh, and Angela and Jack are dating. cool.

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i also get to catch the encore episodes of the second season of House. the show is informative, entertaining and engaging. not to mention, i have this thing for Brit actors. Hugh Laurie is great with the accent. oh, and Jesse Spencer is hot.

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they're showing The L Word on etc 2nd avenue. what do you know? i'm so glad people are coming to their senses and finally airing this provocative show. it should be shown in its full glory to make people think. i so hate it that people still have this wrong notion about lesbians and gays. i just hope they don't edit the show for public viewing too much.

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i wonder if Lisa Loeb ever finds her ideal man. watching her look for a husband/father material makes me wonder if i'll ever find one for myself. i mean, she's smart and beautiful and she's a wonderful singer/songwriter. but at 38, why is she single?

is there hope for the rest of us?

if there was a rewind button, i wanna push it

remember sven?

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i ran into him and aldwyn the night that rose and i watched Sunshine. they finally have their album out. i was so happy to see him. he looked happy to see me too. and that beso, it wasn't cheek to cheek. more like lips to cheek. it got me so excited.

now while i am happy for them having their album out, i must say that i really wish my best friend ace and bagetsafonik will come out with their album as well. i'm sorry, but my best friend and his band are way more talented than sven, aldwyn and zandel. without being mean, felepinas, as a whole, they look good, but they sound really terrible. no, let me rephrase that: the rhythm section of felepinas is actually tight. they just don't sound like a band i would normally listen to.

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bagetsafonik, on the other hand, may not be your "boyband" band but their music is wonderful. all the songs, the ones that i've so far, are all wonderful. if you put them in one album, wala kang itatapon (you're not going to throw anything). i'm not saying this because ace is my best friend. i'm saying this because it's true.

we all have different tastes in music. why don't you get felepinas' album and then wait for bagetsafonik's album and then you decide?

***
i first heard this song when i saw glimpses of the movie A Lot Like Love, you know, the one with Amanda Peet and Ashton Kutcher. i fell in love with it. i don't know why. it's a song i wish i wrote and could sing and play the guitar in public to.

breathe
anna nalick

2 AM and she calls me 'cause I'm still awake,
Can you help me unravel my latest mistake,
I don't love him, winter just wasn't my season
Yeah we walk through the doors, so accusing their eyes
Like they have any right at all to criticize,
Hypocrites, you're all here for the very same reason

'Cause you can't jump the track,we're like cars on a cable
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button girl,
So cradle your head in your hands
And breathe, just breathe,
Woah breathe, just breathe

May he turn 21 on the base at Fort Bliss
Just a day, he sat down to the flask in his fist,
Ain't been sober, since maybe October of last year.
Here in town you can tell he's been down for a while,
But my God it's so beautiful when the boy smiles,
Wanna hold him, maybe I'll just sing about it.

Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable,
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table.
No one can find the rewind button boys,
So cradle your head in your hands,
And breathe, just breathe,
Woah breathe, just breathe

There's a light at each end of this tunnel, you shout
'Cause you're just as far in as you'll ever be out
These mistakes you've made, you'll just make them again
If you only try turning around.

2 AM and I'm still awake, writing a song
If I get it all down on paper, its no longer
Inside of me, threatening the life it belongs to
And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd
Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud
And I know that you'll use them, however you want to

Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable,
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button now
Sing it if you understand.
And breathe, just breathe
Woah breathe, just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe.

***

i'd like to think i'm okay now. i just don't want to see him yet. i'm not yet ready to see him. before when we were still together, i kept on praying that if it wasn't right to feel for him, if he wasn't the one, then he should be obliterated from my life. i got my wish. HE DISAPPEARED. abducted by aliens, got into a terrible accident, who knows? but i do know right now, that what i'm praying for, is to get over this feeling. i can't even decide what it is, i just don't want to continue feeling it.

i wish i hadn't met him. i wish he didn't say that he liked me. i wish he didn't have to enter my already miserable life. i wish that he wasn't the person other than M who gave me a foot massage. i wish he didn't look at me like this school boy with a crush on this school girl. i wish he didn't slowly reach for my hand and clung to it when i was doing this experiment about slowly letting go.

i wish i could forget him.

didn't you notice that i had a good memory the first time you met me?

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

don't you know blue eyes, you never could win. 'coz i've got you under my skin

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i have to admit: i watched the movie Sunshine only because of Cillian Murphy. okay, Chris Evans too. i didn't know anything about the movie except that it involved our most important star, the sun.

i watched it with my friend rose because rose is only one of the few people (the other person is boi bitch) i enjoy watching a movie with because we can discuss not just about the hot guys in the movie but also about its artistic attributes and what not.

and we both liked Cillian Murphy.

i didn't even notice Chris Evans at first until he shaved and cut his hair. i thought it was Ryan Reynolds.

no, i didn't think that the movie is rascist just because there are no black people in the film and the asians die first. i saw the movie before i saw the reviews and i kinda agree with the observation that the movie was okay for about two-thirds of it until sci-fi started becoming a horror/suspense-thriller.

the movie is interesting and it does have this quality that makes you want to talk about it after getting out of the theater, whether it's to pan it or admire it, as a whole, not just the people in it. it makes you think about how we waste our resources, how we try to fight for the greater good at the expense of one or more, etc.

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so the movie is about eight astronauts who decide to build a star within a star since the sun is dying. the first batch, Icarus I, failed to complete their mission because of unknown causes so a second batch of astronauts, Icarus II, is sent out to complete the delivery of the payload. it's actually a bomb to restart the sun. anyway, they soon discover why the first mission failed and how their mission will almost fail as well. it is inferred that Pinbacker, from the Icarus I, killed the members of his ship, as he was able to "see God" in the Sun, believing that if God's plan was for the human race to die out, that nobody should interfere with this and so he sabotaged the original mission (from Wikipedia.org). so that's the part where it starts being this really irritable horror flick.

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fortunately, it didn't ruin my love for Cillian Murphy, his blue eyes and his lanky, bad postured frame. you half-expect him to succeed but then if he does, he doesn't get to come back to earth seven years later.

"you're asking me to expend one man's life for the good of mankind?


kill him."

Thursday, April 05, 2007

new assignment

my coach gave me this assignment: i'm supposed to give him my thoughts, no, not to plagiarize them. he wants me to submit a journal entry of every single thought in my head, which is exactly what i'm doing right now. good luck.

i have been very despondent, sullen. you have no idea how demoralized i am by what is going on around me.

COMMERCIAL: E is a lawyer now. M, unfortunately, is still not.

it's like everything i do isn't right or isn't worth doing so why bother?

let's see if this experiment works. he assures me that all information is classified and i will be most truthful in my disclosures. it takes the load off.

it should take the load off.