Yes we can.

Nov. 5th, 2008 01:26 pm
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Barack Obama has just finished delivering an impressive, somber yet rousing first speech as the President of the United States of America. Truly, today is a day to note down in the annals of history. Throughout his speech, I felt chills; it must have been amazing to be there in Chicago right now. I certainly look forward to his first day in the office, and I will certainly watch what he does with the presidency- hopefully, what he has promised all along: CHANGE. Big, sweeping changes. The U.S. needs it,  and so does the world. Maybe it's just the inspiring tone of what conspired today, of how amazing it is...but  it makes one feel that we really are on the brink of an empowered citizenry, on the way to a linked sense of conscience and responsibility, to a collective awareness of what lies a head and the will and desire to face it.

Well, at least in the U.S. When that day when a Philippine president elect (or heck, as if it's too much to ask: an incumbent president) will effect that kind of hope, that kind of sense that things are about to change, for the better - I will be only too happy. Or dead, at the rate of things. It seems like a far-off dream, laughable even.

Actually, yesterday, in our Citizenship and Governance class, we were discussing the (lack of) transparency and accountability in the Philippine government. Our professor invited Vincent Lazatin,  Executive Director of the Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN), who was also rather charming and smart and magnetic and pretty cute for a 40+ year old. *COUGH* BUT I DIGRESS. TAN is an organization that is dedicated to an admirable, if seemingly pointless (let us hope not), cause- TAN serves as a venue for coordinating the "transparency and accountability initiatives of  civil society", "to engage government, the private sector, and the citizenry in a comprehensive strategy to promote transparency and accountability". In short, they are fighting the big fight: corruption. Corruption, in what is the most corrupt government in Asia, according to perception polls. Dear old 'Pinas.

He was talking about the national mood, and how it affects the performance and the build up of complacency in our country, how we like to complain when we could hardly be bothered to act on it. Definitely sounds like the Philippines I know. Anyway, the results of the U.S. election reminded me of an anecdote he shared yesterday. On the first day of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in office, she was interviewed about what she intends to do with the presidency. If I remember right, she said something like, "I don't want to promise great things...I just want to be a good leader." Something to that effect. And that, my friends, is a sure proof of how inspiring our national leaders are. Uninspiring, uncreative. Not to mention thieving, but that's a whole other blog.

And before I forget! 


To Driko, my chick-boy, vain, and funny little brother, and  built-in bestfriend


To Miko, the muscle man and bigote boy, (also my little brother and other built-in bestfriend)...


And to the best Dad in the world!!!!!!!!!!

To the three (out of four) men of my life, HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Oh, I love you so. Can't wait for our steak dinner later! Miks and Driks! Rockband and Guitar Hero fest later! ;)


be my maou

Oct. 25th, 2008 03:59 am
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Ohno wasn't cute in Maou. He was fucking AMAZING. I can't believe his facial expressions, how it seems to convey so much with the slightest twitch of the mouth, the slightest change in his expression; Ohno, in all his Naruse/Tomoo complexity. I'm such a fan! If I used to be a crazy fangirl for O-chan, well now, he pretty much owns my soul. How can one person be a great singer/dancer/sculptor/illustrator/artist and a great actor all at once? 

Granted, he would have played Naruse better if he weren't so tan from all the fishing, devil characters are usually pale right? BAH. I WOULDN'T DEPRIVE O-CHAN OF HIS LOVE FOR THE SEA AND FISHING.

I keep on watching Ohno's solo concert performance of his butai song,  Deep Sorrow on Youtube- just to assuage my sadness that I finished Maou so quickly. The man is talent personified; oh how I love thee. And this song always gets to me. Check out the heartbreaking lyrics here, done by the awesome
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AND OF COURSE, IT CANNOT BE HELPED! The PV for Maou's theme song, truth, by Arashi.
Hot hot hot Ohno. And everyone too. 
I love this dark look on Arashi! The whole song, the arrangement, the video, I love it!
I've been listening to this since it came out, and I'm still not sick of it.

I was reading in some forums that they were all surprised at Ohno's performance in Maou, surprised at his acting chops and how it's so opposite from his spaced out character on TV. I bet Joo Ji Hoon was amazing in Mawang (maybe I'll give it a go if I'm not so lazy, I did like him in Goong), but really, Ohno  has been honing his acting for so long already. Perhaps not in dramas, but butais (stageplays). I think they'd be even more amazed if they see a clip of him in a stageplay. Dramas are a different thing, but nothing he's not talented enough for. Riida's amazing. ;_;

And the whole drama itself, MAOU - it's definitely worth mentioning that the visuals were pretty amazing for a weekday drama. I'd love to direct or write a screenplay as well delivered as that. The plot twists, the perfect perfect perfect visuals and music soundtrack were just so...AMAZING. Everyone, download Maou's OST, by Hiroyuki Sawano! It was perplexing, and it had a sense of story. Candy for the ears (well, evil kind of candy. So much haunting music, and good guitar/orchestra renditions.) And the script! AMAZING. Seriously, I can't utter any other word than that. It kept me on my toes with the smart suspense that the script employed.

Toma played his role exceptionally too. I believed his anguish, which was pretty hard to portray in just 11 episodes. I was a bit iffy of all the screaming and running like a psychopath that he did...but then, like I said, I believed his anguish. I'm usually not a fan of dark dramas, but Maou was simply too good to pass up on.



It's one of those dramas that I never wanted to end. GIVE OHNO MORE STARRING ROLES IN DRAMAS, HE IS SO WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!

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Yes, it's 4AM. Gieo, Marky, and Claire just left. I'm so happy that my weekend de-stressing pulled through: drinks with friends, and Maou marathon. It's certainly been a hellish midterms week, and I so deserved this day of doing what I want to do instead of what I have to do. 

And yes, Pattee, happy birthday! Thanks for treating us in Racks for dinner :] Maski I was super asartado. What's new. You all just love me that much, yes? HAHA.



Great day without any school shit to do. I'm sorry, ganyan na kababaw ang kaligayahan ko. I'm so happy.
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It was my birthday last Monday. 20. It commences the start of my 20th year on Planet Earth, since that fateful day of September 15, 1988. It seems like such a milestone, and frankly, I thought I'd feel and be more mature but I don't and I'm not. And somehow, that's perfectly alright. Live and learn. 

Out of the blue, I decided to visit my loves in UST after my class because they're the ones I haven't seen in the longest while. I felt that it was the perfect birthday treat for myself to go out of my way and visit the crazy part of Manila where their university is located :)) (well at least for me it seems crazy.) Julia the pakipot (I want to meet your boy na! The one who jazzes up your life hahahaha) , Vince the flirt, and Cara the one who forgot. Don't worry, I still love you to the moon and back!


It was sweltering hot in UST, but who cares, I had so much fun. These three people are among the few who really know me to the bone (to the marrow even!), and I love them. :) I'm loony and emotional and kooky and moody but they still love me! HAHA. Thanks for the merienda treat in Cerealicious, Vincie! 

For dinner, my family whisked me off to Galileo Enoteca, this perfectly charming hole-in-the-wall Italian resto in Don Chino Roces Avenue in Makati. They had an amazing selection of wine, we managed to finish two bottles from a 1992 harvest. Forgot what the name of the wine was. 


Their prosciutto and cheese went along so well with the wine. I'd love to be a sommelier someday. I really would :)


Pretty light fixtures.


My Steak Tartaglia which I didn't finish. I had too much wine and appetizers, whoops. 

I totally recommend the place for everyone who loves to relish a fine and hearty meal in a resplendent environment. The charm of the whole place really got to me, and it helps that they also have great wine, sumptuous food (try the Mushroom Risotto! Orgasm I tell you), and a great staff. Just like I read from a food blog, Galileo Enoteca is really one of Manila's best kept secrets. A secret I don't intend to keep. :D

Then after a stressful but very productive week in school, my college friends and I went out last night to celebrate at Rockwell. It was a joint celebration for me, Jamie, Gra, Trish and Justin - the September celebrants. Eating out in big groups is so high school but I missed it! So much fun.




For awhile there, I thought I was back in first year college. :)) Had so much fun with them at Dencio's last night. We were a bit noisy and rowdy considering that it was a Thursday night, but what the heck. Happy birthday again to Trish, Jamie, Gra, and Justin! Fun way to cap off a great birthday week. (Last hurrah tomorrow, maybe.)

Add to that my mom's shopping treat for me at Rockwell last Saturday, a new Nintendo DS Lite (yes I'm growing backwards), gestures and greetings that just bowled me over because they were so unexpected (Pao Roces, who I haven't seen in ages, sent me a message in Friendster, how old school could you get. Cute :) And Mati sent me a long handwritten letter with pictures and all through the post all the way from Canada. FROM CANADAAA THROUGH THE POST AKA SNAIL MAIL. My mushy heart is melting) - It's good to be me on my birthday

 Here's to being twenty and being forever young, no matter what age.

 AND OH. Belated Happy 9th Anniversary too to Arashi! (How meant to be is it that my birthday lands on their anniversary?) I will see you next Sept. 15 on your 10th anniversary concert, wherever that may be! HAHAHAHA. Dreams are free!

Anyway. Blogging overload. Until next :)




 

so lazy

Aug. 25th, 2008 01:21 am
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Happy Birthday to Trish love & Marky darling.


Because this is so partner-in-crimeish. And that's what we are exactly. I've known Trish for a little more than two years, but it seems longer than that. She is bright and funny and wonderful. I can talk to her about anything.


And this just plain makes me laugh. This was taken on a memorable alcoholic barkada night. Marky's one of those people I just know that I will be friends with until we're older, like when we're moms and dads already.

These two are certainly close to my heart. :] Here's to getting older!

Uggh, finals week. I still have to write the article I've been talking about, but I'm having the worst writer's block ever. And STATLIT finals on Wednesday. Instead of concentrating, I've been watching We Got Married on Crunchyroll, this super hilarious Korean celebrity reality show. Siryoso, I can't stop watching. (And it is subbed!)

They pair up two celebrities and make them live together, with "challenges" and all. I can super relate to Hwangbo, I love her character. Independent, but with some insecurities. I find her v. pretty too (just like me HAHAHAHA KIDDING) And she and Hyun Joong are just too funny! Solbi & Andy (of Shinhwa fame) are the ultimate couple, they are so SWEET. Super kilig si Andy. I love Alex's voice; been really getting into Clazziquai. Inyoung and Crown J act like so many of my couple friends, it's freaking hilarious! ANWAY. WILL SPAM ABOUT THIS SOON, after ep. 22 comes out.

This is what procrastination's all about hahahaha are you with me?

Anyway. Time to do real work. Great. (And my tummy's rumbling too. I think curry ramen from Shinjuku + banoffee pie + a venti iced caramel macchiato = stomackfuck. Boohoo)

888

Aug. 8th, 2008 07:09 pm
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I've spent half of supposedly one of the most auspicious dates ever sleeping, waking up at around 3pm. But it's sure worth it, Bernice, Lyle, Carlo and I met up at Magallanes on a whim to welcome Bernice's birthday 12 midnight earlier today. We just hung out at Kublai's, drinking some beer and smoking the life out of our lungs while talking and laughing. Carlo, Lyle and I kept on making fun of Bernice's happy hour. Bakit kaya, haha. Stayed there till 3am. Not bad for a Thursday night. (And it was fun to make salubong a birthday!)

In an hour or less, the Beijing Olypmics is about to start! I can't wait for the tennis showdown. Rafa against Fed, I wager. And swimming is always a thrill to watch. Anyway, might be going out later. Lots of events around town. Or, I might suddenly get lazy and just stay in. A samurai movie, or Alphaville (for the nth time) cuddled underneath my comforter with some Tempura Chips and M&Ms sounds pretty tempting! HAHA.

Happy birthday to two of my bestfriends. Bernice and Claire! You two are among the best people ever ever ever born. I love you two to pieces... Here's to the big two zero! :) Holy crap, bente na kayo! TWENTY!!! Freaking 20. Then it's my turn soon. I CAN'T IMAGINE @@ Anyhoo! Let's party away tomorrow with the rest of the gang, yes? :] WEE.

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