Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wordless: Jump In, The Water's Fine

My cousin Recs taking the plunge.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

10 On Tuesday: Things To Do When Seeking Refuge Under The Shade

Global warming is at its worst; it's 8 million degrees out and you can't possibly move around without leaking from every pore of your body. What do you do?

Well, first of all, the A/C has got to be switched on at all times. Armed with your most comfortable T-shirt and skimpiest shorts, here are a few things you can do when it's just too hot to go outside...

1. Invite some friends over and make ice-blended refreshments. Alcohol is not compulsory, although it sure would be a lot more fun if there was some.

2. Cold showers. It does serve more than one purpose, you know.

3. Plan a road trip. Traveling in the heat isn't so bad if you got the essentials (e.g. cooler packed with cold refreshments and lots of ice).

4. DVD marathon. Always a good pastime in any kind of weather.

5. Order in. A big cup of Halo-Halo from Chowking is always a good choice. Isn't food delivery awesome?

6. Watch a National Geographic special on the Arctic ice caps and polar bears. Don't underestimate the power of mind simulation.

7. Blog about the heat and how nice and cool it is indoors.

8. Malling. But don't stop there.

9. Go to the next mall.

10. Make out. Who needs to go out in the sun when you can make your own heat in the safety of your own home, right?

Monday, July 28, 2008

Largest Storm Of All

Storm Large has got to be the hottest female rocker. Ever. Her voice is nothing short of spectacular. She can dive into a mosh pit and still do it with class. She wears the oddest little things ("little" being the operative word), but she pulls it off every single time. She's so pretty, it's not even funny. Girls wanna be her, and guys just wanna...have fun. I swear, I could listen/look at her all day. Wouldn't you?

When she didn't win top spot on Rockstar Supernova, I was so bummed. What was Tommy Lee thinking, using his brain like that instead of his head like he normally does. Supernova or no Supernova, Storm Large still rocks my socks off. She's a badass with real talent to boot. She's simply amazing.

Here's a Storm original that fans, old and new, would definitely enjoy. Don't forget to turn up the volume now. Check out Magni on guitars and backup vocals, too -- he's such a doll. Note: Parts of the video are pixelized, but who cares?!? She's amazing. Oh wait, I said that already. Another note: this one's not for the faint hearted.



Ladylike
Storm Large & The Balls

I’m sorry about your girl
Little center of the universe
Axis turns the world
And you need a jet to get to her
Oh, the way she moves, attracts all kinds of focus
From all over the room
She smokes, not ladylike
She’s not ladylike

Mister, mister, big and tall
You take the world and spin it
You don’t f*** around at all, no
You’re in it, to win it
Then you can get the gold
And you go make some more
So you can win the girl
'Cuz baby that’s who you’ve been working for

She’s big and she’s proud
And she knows what the world is about

Hey, what the f*** is ladylike
If ladies like to do what the f*** they like
Just like you, yeah, just like you
Look out, man, here comes another one

Well I’m so sorry about your wife
She’s up and off and running
Going on with her own life
Word to your mother, she’s stunning
And there’s a part of you
That’s just a little scared of her
Axis turns the world
And you need a jet to get to her

She’s great and she knows
How to wear the pants and the rest of your clothes

On my knees or on all fours
From underneath
Hear me roar

Love Banquet

Every person you have ever slept with is invited to a banquet where you are the guest of honor. No one will be in attendance except you, the collection of your former lovers, and the catering service. After the meal, you are asked to give a fifteen-minute speech to the assembly. What do you talk about? Anything but the past.

What's your favorite thing to do on a rainy day? Order in or go for take-out, stay in bed, watch DVDs, sleep if I can.

Are you a window person or an aisle person? I always always request for a window seat. Why? Well, a) I don't need to stand up and go to the restroom that often anyway; b) I like looking out into the void and the occasional land formation; c) I don't have to stand when someone from my row needs to pop into the restroom; d) I've always had a thing for corners; and e) I like to face one side and rest my head against the wall.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

On Batman, Colonel Sanders, And Alzheimer's

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. Memory :: Something I hope to have even in old age.
  2. Original :: KFC Original Recipe.
  3. Exclusively :: Can't get it anywhere else.
  4. Listings :: Registry.
  5. Bucket :: KFC -- what, I haven't had lunch or dinner yet, I'm famished. lol
  6. Knight :: Dark Knight. I'm pretty sure a lot of people are going to have this, too.
  7. Dusty :: Old and overlooked.
  8. Choice :: Lady's Choice, you know, the mayonnaise.
  9. Sunlight :: A perpetually jet lagged person's worst enemy.
  10. Change of plans :: A reality I am learning to accept.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Summertime And The Livin' Is Easy

Of course, summer's been over for months where I'm from. But when you live in a country this close to the equator, it might as well be summer the whole year 'round.

Summer Favorites


Favorite Summer Activity: Hitting the beach...or anything that has to do with water or cooling off.

Favorite Summer Meal: Grilled seafood, rice, and ensaladang mangga (mango salad) on a banana leaf plate (eating with your hands -- that's the best part)...plus a steady supply of ice cream.

Favorite Thirst Quencher: Coke Light with lots of ice.

Favorite Summer Weather: I'm not sure what this means exactly lol but I'd say the relatively cooler summer nights. Otherwise you just fry during the day. Thank God for A/C.

Friday, July 25, 2008

A Few Words From The Wise #6

Godspeed, Memey. I love you...



"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever."


~ Lance Armstrong

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wordless: Wassup, YoVille?!



Join YoVille here.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Same Day, Different Sh*t

This is an entirely different Manic Monday meme from the one I've been posting. I thought, hey, why not do both?! Should be fun.

What's your favorite beach in the world?
Locally, I'd say Boracay is my favorite. Keep in mind though, the Philippines is made up of roughly 7,000 islands -- and that's during high tide. So, the competition is pretty tough. I love a few other spots (e.g. Palawan, Bohol, Hundred Islands in Quezon, Puerto Galera, Subic, Bicol), but I just couldn't get enough of good old Bora. Sure, it has become a bit commercial; it may have lost just a tad bit of its primitive charm. Lots of posers go there to flaunt their beach couture and hard rock abs rather than just enjoy the moment and the scenery, plus it can be a crazy place to be during peak season (summer, Holy Week, Christmas, New Year's), but with the crystal blue water and the fine white sand, it still is a tropical paradise.


What's the next country you want to visit?
The States, for many reasons. Then Canada, for two reasons.

What one thing are you craving today?
Beer.

On Time, Light, And This Day Last Year

Yesterday was my Grandfather's first year death anniversary. I was an emotional wreck from the time I got home Saturday night until I had to prepare for Sunday morning's service (puffy eyes, runny nose, zero sleep = not pretty). But, the mood started to get a little lighter during the service. And we celebrated his life (tears were non-existent at this point) with a delicious spread of food for lunch, merienda, dinner, plus midnight snacks. The Sorianos just left actually. It was a good day. We miss you, Tatay...rest in peace!

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. Flicker :: ...of light.
  2. Styling :: Hair products by Loreal and Kerastase (they're all I use).
  3. Episode :: ...1, Series 1, Doctor Who, 2005 -- when my crazy love affair with The Doctor/s (Eccleston & Tennant) began.
  4. Sexier :: Lingerie, as opposed to just being naked.
  5. Studious :: Completely alien to me. I was more of a "wing it" kind of student back in the days.
  6. Mushroom :: Button, oyster, shiitake, paddy straw -- I love them all!
  7. 8 minutes :: Average time required to fill out something like this.
  8. Bald :: I'm far from it.
  9. Immunity :: Exempt from unfavorable consequence.
  10. Sectioned :: Compartmentalized -- like how most men are.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sunday, July 13, 2008

On Boyfriends, Tattoos, And Squares

I'm back!!! ... in every sense of the word. Back on Blogger, back home in Manila, bringin' sexy back, attending back-to-back parties and events, back in circulation. Take your pick. ;)

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. Intimidated :: ...by people in power.
  2. Brush :: Fire.
  3. Masquerade :: ...a freakin' fun party.
  4. Procedure :: Flow of thought.
  5. Tattoos :: I got one.
  6. Square :: Boring.
  7. Tuck :: Something I don't normally do.
  8. Boyfriend :: Obie.
  9. Badass:: Robert Downey, Jr.
  10. Thousand :: ...island dressing -- not exactly my favorite, but it's always a safe choice.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

10 On Tuesday: Movie Characters

10 of my favorite movie characters. TEN of my favorite movie characters. Wow. Just 10? Really?

OK, since the theme this week encompasses an endless array of possibilities, I'm going with my 10 favorite movie characters I wouldn't mind playing/living/being. How's that for flippy.

1. Ever After (1998) - Danielle de Barbarac. I've always loved Cinderella-esque adaptations (except for the one with Hillary Duff). Poor girl gets bossed around and locked up, attends the party anyway, becomes the envy of every girl in attendance, loses a shoe (or a slipper, whatever -- she does it on purpose, I bet), gets caught by the evil bwitch (first two consonants are interchangeable), gets locked up again (she starts to like it at this point), but then she escapes, prince discovers her as nothing but her true self, falls in-love for the second time, they get hitched, have babies, adopt a few, and live happily...ever...after. Ahlavit.

2. Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (2001-2003) - Arwen. She is one hot elf, admit it. She talks gibberish and I still wanna be her. She's in-love with an equally-hot rogue king, she's the daughter of Agent Smith from The Matrix (how cool is that?!), she has crazy flawless skin, and she can ride a horse like it was nothing. Even when we thought she was dying, she was gorgeous. I'd like to look like that in my death bed, that's for sure.

3. Bridget Jones (2001 & 2004) - Bridget Jones. If I can't be a passionate and hopeful heroine in a Jane Austen novel, I'd settle for the heavy-set blond. She's average, perky (when need be), determined, stubborn, self-sufficient, queen of the world, and is deeply loved by her mates. Who cares if the whole of London had seen her behind. Who cares if she can't prepare a decent meal. Who freakin' cares if she's a size 14 (I don't really know what size she is, I'm just guessing here). Not Mark Darcy, he doesn't. Ah, Mark Darcy. The way he enveloped her with his coat and kissed her in the middle of the street toward the end of the first installment? Ahhh.

4. Kill Bill (2003 & 2004) - Beatrix Kiddo aka The Bride/Black Mamba. I never imagined I'd say this in a million years, but Uma Thurman kicked ass in that one (as once a sworn enemy and covetess of Ethan Hawke's affections, I never really liked her until Kill Bill came out). Those long limbs flying about in various kung-fu styles...she was unbeatable. I mean, God, she was too good even for the infamous Bill. Served him right at the end (she killed Bill, naturally).

5. James Bond (285 B.C. - Present) - Vesper Lynd circa '06...or any Bond Girl for that matter. Out of all the ladies he met [and did], Vesper was his one true love. It's not exactly a pretty name, but big f-ing deal. To be a Bond Girl is more than enough reason to aspire for the role. To be the Bond Girl would just be pure heaven.

6. Tomb Raider (2001 & 2003) - Lara Croft. Another bad-ass. I'm all for girl power, baby. I do consider myself a peaceful person in real life. But, if I had Lara Croft's guns, I'd shoot away, without even blinking. In my sleep if I had to. Shoot all there is to shoot. And if anyone can pull off the short shorts (sorry, Daisy Duke) with holsters, no less, it's this lady right here. Short shorts in action sequences, kicking and flying about, remaining cool as ever? Oh, and the long locks are a plus, too. Let's not forget she's like a gazillionaire.

7-10. Sex And The City (2008) - Charlotte York, Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, and Miranda Hobbes. Yeah, I'd do anything to play any one of them and that's the truth. They remain fabulous even in times of heartache and despair. They have the best wardrobe and accessories. Their men are sweethearts and almost perfect. Who wouldn't want to strut the streets of New York with a huge flower in their face/hair/chest and still get away with it?!? Hmm?

Monday, July 7, 2008

Doctor What, Where, Who?!?

Warning: May contain spoilers from series 1-3. I wouldn't dare divulge anything life-altering from series 4; I'm not daft (it's all this British talk, forgive me).

My love affair (I only say that because it hasn't been that long yet, plus not a lot of people know that I got hooked -- or expected me to get hooked, PLUS it just sounds more romantic that way) with The Doctor and his big blue telephone box (I'm not speaking figuratively here) began not too long ago. Just last year, in fact. And I have my friend Daniel, my own personal "Doctor," to thank for that (he's awesome and he knows it).

So, anyway, after advertising my relatively new obsession on Facebook and such, friends have started to approach me and message me and ask me about it. I'd try to do The Doctor justice by explaining, in less complicated, non-fanatical terms, what he and the show is all about. Not that it bothers me; generally, I like it when people ask me questions -- especially if I didn't have to solve any mathematical problems and knew the answer straight away. But, in this case, I've been asked the same question [essentially] a gazillion times just this past week, and I decided to mass-reply to the quintessential barrage of interest at hand: Who is Doctor Who?

A brief background on The Doctor: "Doctor Who" is a British TV show about the last Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, his dependable TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space a.k.a. time/space machine), and his adventures. It aired in the early 60's and continued to be a part of British pop culture for 26 long years. They tried to revive it as a TV-movie in '96, but not until the relaunch of the series in 2005 was it massively renowned and praised.

Last year, I was able to get my hands on the first three series (they call it series instead of season to differentiate from the earlier releases). Series 1 (2005) started off with an episode aptly called Rose. Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper (there was a time when she did just singing, remember? She was like Britney Spears, but actually British), was just another face in the crowd. Nothing special about her; she worked at a department store, lived with her crazy mother Jackie (who's in a lot of ways like my own), and went about her day existing rather than living. Then, she met The Doctor. Played by Christopher Eccleston at that time (first saw him on Jude; brilliant performance). At that moment, I thought he was the best Doctor yet -- because he was the only one I've seen so far. So, their twisted romance began. Fighting aliens and universal threats, traveling the fabrics of time and space, while getting comfortable with each other's company. Until the inevitable happens -- his 10th regeneration. Just when Rose was starting to fancy him...

Series 2 kicks off with The Doctor, as I've mentioned just two clicks ago, regenerating into someone new. Exit Christopher, enter David Tennant (he played the demented two-faced Barty Crouch, JR. in Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire. He was also in Jude with a small role as a drunk undergrad -- small world, ain't it). At first, Rose is baffled at the transformation and demands the impostor to bring back The Doctor. And quite frankly, so did I! The two rediscover their affections for each other (at least Rose had to), again through time and space and war and peace. Until Doomsday arrives (that's the title of the last episode, mind you) where The Doctor and Rose deal with a different kind of death that even I had a huge problem with. Exit [put element here], enter tears.

The Doctor -- with his trusty TARDIS, amazing sonic screwdriver, and fine pinstripe suit -- wasn't going anywhere though. In series 3 episode 0, he meets Donna Noble (played by the supremely animated Catherine Tate) for the first time. This meeting would eventually change the world (the entire universe, rather) in series 4. But, for the remainder of series 3, The Doctor finds solace in the person of Martha Jones (played by Freema Agyeman), while she begins to develop some kind of a crush on him. And in series 4, well, Donna Noble -- the special yet ordinary temp from Chiswick -- takes over the position of The Doctor's companion.

The series 4 finale aired over the weekend. It was mind-blowing, I'll say that much. The Doctor won't be back until December for the Christmas special. It's said that next year, there will only be 4 specials on The Doctor and a regular 13-episode series will resume in 2010 (with or without David, but for my sake I so hope it's the former).

With all the compelling characters and the story arcs and the spin-offs and the comedy and the tragedy...it's just hard not to like it. I even catch myself laughing hysterically, crying like a baby, and clapping like a mad man all at the same time. Sure, it's sci-fi. A little bit corny, too, sometimes. But, it's still very good entertainment. I mean, I'd give my hand *hint* *hint* to travel across the universe with The Doctor. It's THAT good.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

On Indecent Proposals, Lipsticks, And The Real Doctor

LunaNina says ... and the Doctor and I think ... ?

1. Notification :: ...emails. Sometimes they can get a little annoying though.
2. Cheat :: do, or do not. you still have to wait until november for the dvd to come out. (on Season 4 of Doctor Who)
3. Top Ten:: having one is never enough.
4. Draft :: rough, just the way good writers like it.
5. Unbelievable :: "The things, you say, your purple prose just gives you away. The things you say, you're UNBELIEVABLE" ~ INXS
6. Cheap :: comments made to fill the void, and nothing more.
7. Spontaneous :: wait, let me think about this first.
8. Harass :: Men who offer to buy your hair. Creepy, no?
9. Lipstick :: Toast Of New York. My girl friends and I used to love that shade.
10. Transpire :: hang on, it could happen.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

These Are A Few Of My Favorite New Things

As some of you may already know, I'm extending my stay in Bangkok for another week. Tourist visas in Thailand are only good for 30 days. So, I re-booked my return ticket and I'm scheduled to go back on the 13th. Yay!

Aside from the daily mundane activities and the chores I never needed to do back home, I've also been busy entertaining myself with the best thing I know how to do -- spend money. I've accumulated quite a few things in the last 3 weeks. From psychedelic ash trays (gifts for my smoker friends) to bottled spicy condiments and Tom Yam soup paste (for me and my brother. Oh boy, are they spicy). Most importantly, I got a lot of really fabulous clothes and accessories: Ray-Ban aviator and wayfarer sunglasses (my best buys on this trip); "Brida" by Paulo Coelho and a bunch of other books from Kinokuniya (even the books are on sale!); a vintage Rolling Stone t-shirt which I absolutely love (haggled from 1,250 Baht down to just 400 Baht -- I said it was my birthday. I had to.); and really cute tops/dresses that I think I can pull off in Manila (when I wear them here, I blend in easily). NOTE: All items bought at La Lai Sap, Patpong, Silom Central, Siam Paragon, and miscellaneous side streets of Bangkok.

I'm a little worried about going over the baggage limit. But I can worry more when I get to the airport, can't I. Put all my clothes on like Joey did with Chandler's on Friends? Problem solved.

Friday, July 4, 2008

A Few Words From The Wise #5

After watching countless re-runs of the movie on HBO this past week (it's playing, AGAIN, as in right now. And it's the only movie in ENGLISH -- I hope that's clear now), every line just kinda lingered, and hit home. Hard.

And this was only one of them...


"You know what? I'd like to sing on stage for the rest of my life...with you in the first row."

~Mary Jane Watson, Spider-Man 3

Thursday, July 3, 2008

RockBand™ Tribute: The Kill (30 Seconds To Mars)

UPDATE (06:02AM) - So I'm supposed to go back home to Manila on Sunday, July 6. BUT...my aunt and I thought, hey, why not extend another week. So, there.



The Kill
30 Seconds To Mars

What if I wanted to break
Laugh it all off in your face
What would you do?
What if I fell to the floor
Couldn't take all this anymore
What would you do?

What if I wanted to fight
Beg for the rest of my life
What would you do?

You say you wanted more
What are you waiting for?
I'm not running from you

I tried to be someone else
But nothing seemed to change
I know now, this is who I really am inside
Finally found myself
Fighting for a chance
I know now, this is who I really am.

Come break me down
Bury me, bury me
I am finished with you
Look in my eyes
You're killing me, killing me
All I wanted was you

What if I wanted to break
What if I...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

10 On Tuesday: Played Or Watched Sports

It's the first of July already?!? And A Tuesday, too?!? On that note, here are the 10 sports I love to watch and/or play:

1. Tennis.
Used to play. Now, I just watch. I was heavily into it for a while; circa Patrick Rafter/Mark Philippoussis and the Awesome Aussie days.

2. European Football. Never played. My boyfriend does; I guess that made me appreciate the game. Never watched a match from start to finish, but I do watch when I get the chance. I'd have to brush up on the mechanics of the game, too. I'm still a little rusty. (¡Viva EspaƱa!)

3. Hockey. Used to be obsessed with it. Rarely watch it these days. Why? I don't know, maybe because I've surrendered to the fact that ice is a scarcity around these parts. And even in abundance, it would only be good for keeping beverages and frozen meats cool. I used to love it though.

4. Boxing. Never played, but always wanted to. I mean, not knock someone's teeth out, although I've been tempted to a few times. But as a workout, you know, get that blood and adrenalin pumping. Rarely watched, except when there's a Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao match. His last match against David Diaz was epic (so I heard, since I'm still in Bangkok and I couldn't watch it here). Pacquiao, who was skinnier and way shorter than his opponent, won by KO on the 9th round, dominating each and every round before that. He is a true Pinoy warrior and contemporary hero. "Wala kang katulad, Manny."

5. Ping Pong. We have a table at home. I play it every chance I get. Watch? Not so much.

6. Bowling. I beat my brother a couple of times. It's sort of a family sport (together with tennis and ping pong). I seriously hurt myself during one game a few years back. I went to work in crutches for a week -- that's how hard core I can be. Again, watch? Not at all. I can hit the pins myself, thanks.

7. Badminton. It's kind of a summer sport thing. I own two rackets and they just gather dust the rest of the year.

8. Texas Hold'em. Is poker even a sport? Well, I play it and I watch it anyway. Turns out I win when I'm not playing my own money. Care to be my backer? :)

9. Golf. Miniature, that is. I so rock at it, ask anyone.

10. Sumo Wrestling. Hey, I might as well.