Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Azkals Hype



When I was in college, my friends and I used to hangout at the UST football field to watch intercollegiate football games to pass long breaks. It was fun and exciting but I often feel tired for the players who run around the massive field. As a casual on looker I was just waiting for a goal. I guess that's an instinct as a basketball fan because I know that in the 48 minutes players will score at some point. But in football, 2 hours can result to excellent defense and zero goal.

Hello Football:I first learned about Phil Younghusband as a football player when I watched him at GMA7's Celebrity Duets. But later last year, he and the rest of Azkals/Philippine Football team skyrocketed to fame when they won over Suzuki cup's defending champ Vietnam in 2-0 fashion. Just when I thought its just a flash in the pan, they went on to semifinals and now the whole country is aware of another sport!

No need to say Goodbye Basketball: Philippines is a basketball loving nation and Im guilty of that. I follow Ginebra Kings in PBA because Im a 3rd generation fan, it started with my grandfather and dad. I enjoy college basketball, when I can I watch UST tigers' games.

The Philippines also love Pacman but honestly, sometimes I cringe in the thought of the whole country uniting and cheering as Manny Pacquiao beats the hell out of his opponents. Efren "Bata" Reyes and billiards are also interesting. But Im glad that there's a football bandwagon these days. Call it the 'uso' sport but I think the country needs to experience another team sport that can unify the nation.

I just watched their game against Mongolia in tv but i can just imagine the feeling of watching live and cheering for my country - the 2 goals, the wave and fireworks after the victory!

Football finally arrived in the Philippines and long live the Azkals hype..and pride :)

Bravo! Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile is a Japanese romantic comedy series. It was set on a music university. Chiaki is a standout piano student but conducting is his real passion. When he was younger, he traveled in Europe and was exposed to classical music. He was even mentored by a famous conductor Sebastien Viera. He hopes to see him again but his trauma from riding an airplane is a big obstacble.

Noda Megumi or Nadame is a skilled but sloppy piano student - she is also the unbelievably messy neighbor of Chiaki.

Then..Food and music brought them together.

Wow! The quality of this tv series is just amazing. Every musical performance in each episode could've taken so much time to rehearse. I've learned so much about classical music from this series - Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Handel and more!

Tamaki Hiroshi who plays Sinichi Chiaki looks like a better version of Toma Ikuta on the otherhanueno Juri who plays Nodame looks like an anime character who came to life lol

Two things first..
1. Hmm why didnt i study any musical instrument? I play guitar!? When i was in grade 6 playing guitars was the thing. I recieved a guitar as a gift but it took 5 years for me to start plucking instead of just displaying it. I learned to play "Jeepney" by Spongecola and "You Belong to me" by Taylor Swift. Does that count?

2. I need to watch a musical or orchestra within this lifetime!

What i love about Nodame Cantabolile is the lead male Chiaki, is living the dream student life. He's rich, popular with girls and the top student on his piano class. Girls like him, boys want to be like him but beneath that he has this secret dream of being an orchestra conductor. I love how they showed that success can be gained after working hard.

I always believed in Mo Twister's delayed gratification but we need to do it in moderation. To be a good musician, you need to work hard during practice and at the same time remember to enjoy it. That can be applied to living, we need to do our best on daily endeavors and seize the moment :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My January 2011 in Photos


So, I plan to do this monthly collage for the entire year, and here I am 15 days delayed for the first month. lol

My January 2011
*I was feeling artsy fartsy and finally finished my scrapbooks!
*I found the perfect/with-tolerable-heels-but-sexy shoes!
*Bad news: Ginebra fell short on the semis series vs SMB. Good News: MC47 is still furious! See you next conference :)
*Finally bought Pupil's Limiters of the Infinity Pool \m/
*P is <3 (Polaroid & Pudding)


*Celebrations
-I spent the 1st day of January 2011 with my family. I treated them to the movies, I realized that I'm a closet Jennylyn Mercado fan haha
-Another fun family day was Intet's birthday!
-Its a boy for Sean!
-"Surprise" birthday party for Joni :)
-Ambers feeding program with Lou
-Welcome to Christian World, Amanda - my new inaanak :)
-Fireworks + UST Hymn = EPIC
-One more chance barkada dinner
-Matt is back, kada k reunion - jel!

*Something new:
-Pepper Lunch @ Greenbelt
-Met Jack at Alley Gator
-Spicy Cheese sticks at Gerry's
-Its tea time at Starbucks
-Stop motion \m/
-Clubbing at Guillys (Thursday) and Manor (Saturday)
-Pier 69! Visited 3 Pier One branches in one weekend 0.0

*Something blue
-Zombie Like a G6
-Central
-North Park
-Robinsons Galleria
-Mid

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The World They Live In



The world they live in is IMO the most realistic Korean TV series that I've seen. It is a story of Jung Ji Oh(Hyun Bin) and Joo Joon Young(Song Hye Kyo), both are young TV directors working on the same production company. I love the chemistry between the 2 leads. I also enjoyed the aspect that the they developed sub characters and at the same time showcased how tv production works.

Ji Oh and Joon Young are lovers and coworkers at the same time. Their love story is closer to reality. They first got together when they were studying and then they became sort of a rebound to each other. They just got out of a relationsip when they got back together. Most tv series that I've watched ended with "they lived happily ever after". But in The World They Live In, it showed the struggle of working out a relationship inspite of differences in attitude, social status & family background as well as managing to stay competitive in their career. In reality, when you get into a relationship, you still need to be a daughter/son, a sibbling, a friend and a careerwoman/man. I enjoyed watching a mature and deeper take into love and relationships.