Monday, February 28, 2011
But seriously though, I'm trying to squeeze in every movie that I can watch in my vacant time now but I believe I don't have the hours to watch all of the nominated films for the 83rd Academy Awards. What a shame. I kind of wanted to relate what people were saying about The King's Speech, The Kids Are All Right, Winter's Bone, True Grit or The Fighter.
Buuuutttt... I did get to watch Inception, The Black Swan, 127 Hours, The Social Network and Toy Story 3. Mostly I just focus on watching the films that are nominated for Best Picture because I believe that one brilliant film would sum up and represent the very best of 2010.
I wonder how this will play out during the actual event. I remembered actually relating to why The Hurt Locker won Best Picture in 2009, and how Jamal and Latika won my heart in Slumdog Millionaire on 2008. I wanted to give my predictions for this year but alas, I haven't watched it all. T minus 3 hours and it shall start!
Oh and I've noticed that since 2009, the nominees for Best Picture has climbed up to 10 which is usually just up to 5. Meeehh.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Its been a busy month for me and I'll try making it up to everyone. Anyway, for this week's post, I'd like to share one of the things I am interested in which is Manga or Japanese comics. I also watch anime but since I have lesser time, I read. I'd like to share with you the top five titles I try to get myself updated with regularly.
Written by: Araki Joh
Illustrated by: Kenji Nagatomo
Genre: Slice of Life
It is about a one of a kind bartender (Ryu) who makes the perfect cocktail mixes for his customers. His cocktails are called "glass of the gods" because they are perfect for whatever mood the clients are in.
The manga changed my view about bars and bartenders. In a bar, different stories are told and sometimes a drink can heal old wounds and make bonds that lasts after years.
It also introduces different types of wines and their history. It actually makes you wanna drink the wine that the story talks about.
"I think... what this liquor holds is a prayer" Ryu Sasakura when asked what a bottle of Eau De Vie (Brandy) contains.
4. Skip Beat
|Ryu, Kyoko and Sho|
Illustrated by: Nakamura Yoshiki
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Shoujo, Romance
The story is about a girl (Kyoko) who wants to become a star to get revenge on the man who broke her heart.
I really like this manga because Kyoko is a sweet girl at first, martyr and kind but as the story progresses, you get to see the reason why she takes on a stronger personality and still maintain a feminine stand. And also because, she maybe the protagonist but she doesn't get beaten around like some other stories.
"Even if..It’s God’s will..,
Even if..It’s Destiny..
I shall..Destroy it.
Even if....I must go against God" Ren Tsuruga, one of the male protagonist, on making a move on Kyouko.
Written by: Tomori Miyoshi
Illustrated by: Tomori Miyoshi
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Psychological, Romance, Shoujo
She looks like an Angel but every time she has a very sharp tongue and very straightforward. The Manga centers on Kawai Maria. She looks so innocent and fragile but actually she's a girl who is very frank and honest with what she says to the point that it offends other people.
I like the drama in this series because it isn't common. Also, you learn to appreciate the honesty that she shows others and the effort she gives in making friends who accepts her for who she is. Also, the manga makes you contemplate on a lot of things.
"Why doesn't the witch, who can use her magic to transform a shabby girl into someone lovely, cast a spell on herself? The witch does not use the magic on herself because she knows the emptiness that follows when the spell breaks." a quote from the manga.
|Daisuke and Hina|
Written by: Kei Kusunoki
Illustrated by: Kei Kusunoki
Genre: seinen, slice of life, drama, psychological
A playboy who falls in love with a girl who seemed to hate men. Sounds cliche right? But the manga is totally not that. Daisuke (male lead) is a playboy who accidentally hears the confession of a classmate (Hinako). Surprised that it was the most quiet and reserved girl in his class, he is intrigued and hides her secret suddenly understanding why she is the way she is.
What I really love about this manga is the depth of the story. The author writes the emotions well and even though you cannot relate with the characters, you can feel the realistic plot that has been woven.
"If you can't have it... you tend to destroy it." a quote from the manga
*note: This manga is already finished
|One Piece Logo|
Written by: Eiichiro Oda
Illustrated by: Eiichiro Oda
Genre: action, adventure, comedy, drama, shonen
My favorite Manga ever, One Piece is about a group of interesting individuals gathered together by the main character, Luffy, and their adventures together. It already has about 600 plus chapters and still ongoing.
Because of the many characters this story has, you get to read a lot of stories rolled into one. I like this manga because I like the characters and the inspiring mini stories it has. I also like the fight scenes. It is interesting to witness the different powers of the magic fruits in the story.
Other mangas I also like;
Nana by Ai Yazawa
Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
Othello by Satomi Ikezawa
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
|23 appears on a TV show|
Saturday, February 19, 2011
|Popeye and his spinach|
For those who haven't been exposed to this awesome cartoon. hehehe
Popeye the Sailor is a fictional hero that becomes strong when eating spinach.It first appeared in some comics, though I was only exposed to it on TV.
Top Five Reasons for liking Popeye;
5. He is Patient
Yup, that he is. It usually takes several taunts from Bluto (the main antagonist) before he fights back and when he fights back, its just one hit that settles it all
Popeye the Sailor: Cooking with Gags
4. He is Kind
He is so kind to a fault. Olive (his love interest in the movie) even demeans him several times and still he loves her. Bluto just asks an apology and he accepts it (even if Bluto's just faking)
3. He's not Perfect
He has speech problems but that doesn't make him bitter. He has a squinty eye but still that doesn't make him lose his self esteem.
He only loves Olive. Hehehe
1. He can give a mean punch
This one's actually my favorite and that's why its number 1. When he punches and wood become chairs, beehives become honey and etc.... I like it when he punches things and it transforms into shaped things. It amuses me. Hehehe
And that's it for Popeye the Sailor Man... Toot-toot!
(I'm not good with these top whatevers... but bear with me :p)
Saturday, February 12, 2011
I would love to send sweet kisses to the admins of Experimental Theatre for making me part of this blog. My mind is percolating with thoughts and I would love to write them down here. But first, an appropriate introduction is to be done.
Hi I'm Ching. And the only thing you need to know about me is that I love music and photography. Madz, one of the admins here, has been the most wonderful witness to my obsession of music. Oh those times when we used to belt our lungs out to My Chemical Romance at the back of the bus. The times when we sang with utmost emotions on our faces at the canteen and then air guitar like crazy. There's just something universal about music. It's heroine to my ears.
As for photography, I got no fancy SLR yet, but I do make the most out of my digital camera for now. Yep, that's me in the photo. I gave permission to the wind to play with my hair. I mostly dive on fashion photography and any random stuff I find interesting. I have my own personal blog, The Audacity Effect.
I am currently writing from Scotland but I miss the Philippines very much. I mean come on, there's no place like home. But I'm quite happy that I'm doing things on my own now. There's nothing like reality slapping me on the face.
I guess with an open mind, music on my ears and a camera on one hand, I can conquer anything. Hello lovelies!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
At this point, I would like to share some verses written by Mother Teresa.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
You see, life is not about what others think or what others may do to you. Its about how you treat life and build your relationship with God because at the end of the day, its just you.... and God.
This post is dedicated to my duty mates. :-)
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
1) CRACK open your briefcase or handbag, peer Inside and ask "Got enough air in there?"
2) STAND silent and motionless in the corner facing the wall without getting off.
3) WHEN arriving at your floor, grunt and strain to yank the doors open, then act as if you're embarrassed when they open themselves.
4) GREET everyone with a warm handshake and ask him or her to call you Admiral.
5) MEOW occasionally.
6) STARE At another passenger for a while. Then announce in horror: "You're one of THEM" - and back away slowly
7) SAY -DING at each floor.
8) SAY "I wonder what all these do?" And push all the red buttons.
9) MAKE explosion noises when anyone presses a button.
10) STARE, grinning at another passenger for a while, then announce: "I have new socks on."
11) WHEN the elevator is silent, look around and ask: "Is that your beeper?"
12) TRY to make personal calls on the emergency phone.
13) DRAW a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers: "This is my personal space."
14) WHEN there's only one other person in the elevator, tap them on the shoulder, then pretend it wasn't you.
15) PUSH the buttons and pretend they give you a shock. Smile, and go back for more.
16) ASK if you can push the button for other people but push the wrong ones.
17) HOLD the doors open and say you're waiting for your friend. After a while, let the doors close and say "Hi Greg, How's your day been?"
18) DROP a pen and wail until someone reaches to help pick it up, then scream: "That's mine!"
19) BRING a camera and take pictures of everyone in the lift.
20) PRETEND you're a flight attendant and review emergency procedures and exits with the Passengers.
21) SWAT at flies that don't exist.
22) CALL out "Group hug" then enforce it.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Di dahil Pinoy ka, wala kang maibubuga sa mga banyaga.
Pinoy-trivia I've compiled, and info from the information superhighway itself. So, here goes nothin'.
- PINOY MARTIAL ARTS
When I was a tot, I used to envy the Orientals for their uncanny abilities to defy the universal laws of Physics and how they’d apply gravity on the jaws of their spectators as they gaze upon purely epic Kung-Fu moves.
But did you know that the roots of Filipino history also has its own set of deadly moves? I’m not talking about the movies that show the sluggish Filipino tribesmen dim-wittingly charging into an enemy with advanced weaponry, heck NO.
I’m talkin’ about lightning-fast deathblows, wrist-bending boxing, eye-popping throat-slitting knife-action, ankle-breaking footwork and adrenaline-pumping stick fighting. The art of killing, crafted by none other than our very own Filipino tribesmen.
Government Warning: Filipino Martial Arts is not for the faint-hearted, but who freakin’ cares about what the government says anyways?
- WORST DI-SEAS-TER
I’d rather fall out of a plane than to sink off with a ship. Why? Because I can’t swim; yet others can. At least when we’d all fall down from the sky, we’re all equal – trying our best to fly. Setting jokes aside, according to the Guinness Book of World Records:
The MV Doña Paz was a Philippine-registered passenger ferry that sank after colliding with the MT Vector on December 20, 1987. With a death toll of at most 4,375 people, the collision resulted in the deadliest ferry disaster in history and is widely cited as the worst ever peace-time maritime disaster.
No one listens to warnings anymore, overloading a boat is like pushing its luck to stay afloat.
- STARSHIP PINOYTROOPERS
I guess you’ve squished some bugs so nicely you’ve seen their insides spew out like a toothpaste-filled watermelon dropped off a 1083-ft high skyscraper. Now reminisce those gigantic, butt-ugly bugs from Klendathu on Starship Troopers and start asking yourselves this question, “What if they fought back?”
Have no fear, Johnnie Rico is here!
And now I’m guessing you weren’t expecting him to be a Kababayan after all, with a matching “WHAT? REALLY?!” monologue. Pinoy si Johnnie Rico, kaya itaas mo na ang baba mo.
Juan "Johnnie" Rico is the fictitious protagonist of Robert A. Heinlein's 1958 science-fiction novel Starship Troopers. Rico is the son of a wealthy Filipino family who joined the Terran Mobile Infantry almost on impulse and over his parents' objections. -Wikipedia-
- A GUN, JUST FOR US.
Resiliency. The ability to spring back from and successfully adapt to adversity.
But did you know that we’re also known for our persistence to live and motivation? Traits feared from all across the globe. A trait so frightening that the Americans even designed a gun AGAINST us.
No Image Attached. Gun Too Awesome To Post.
Introducing the 1911 .45 ACP Automatic Pistol, with a stopping power enough to blow away a full-grown adult 3 meters away from where the poor fellow used to stand.
During the same time frame that John Browning was working on many of his 128 patents, a tribe of warriors, the Moro, were giving the U.S. Army a very hard time in the
Those warriors, the Moro, do you know the fighting-style they used? Refer to the first trivia above. They were that scary.