Sunday, October 7, 2012

Movies, Books, Music, and TV

These are a few of my favorite things (in no particular order) :)

Last week, I went to see "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" expecting to be entertained as much as I was reading the book because, after all, the writer of the movie screenplay was none other than Stephen Chbosky himself. Later on, I found out that he was also the director! Needless to say, it was such an amazing experience being able to witness on the big screen the same moments that I loved from the novel. The story was told in the most beautiful way. Having said that, I am simply left in awe of Chbosky's talent.

In other news, I'm very happy about my recent book purchases:

Bought Queen Jo Rowling's new book, "The Casual Vacancy," last payday Friday! Meanwhile, I was able to get a signed copy of John Green's latest release, "The Fault In Our Stars," at 20% off thanks to Fully Booked - Gateway's sale!

Meanwhile, in the music scene... If you haven't head it yet, listen to Rihanna's new single "Diamonds"!

Also on my current playlist:

  • Taylor Swift - Begin Again
  • Alicia Keys - Not Even The King
  • Glee Cast - It's Time (Imagine Dragons Cover)
  • Adele - Skyfall (Yes, the OST to the new Daniel Craig 007 film!)

Lastly, if you're a fan of reality singing competitions, I suggest you get into the new season of The X Factor! Demi Lovato & Britney Spears are really great additions to the panel and it's almost the Judges' Homes round so it's gonna get exciting! Plus, the talents this year are really amazing from what I've heard thus far!

Just look at these little girls singing it out!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

American Idol Live! Tour 2012

I am so glad I was able to catch the AI Live! Tour last Friday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. It was a really great way to end the work week! Incidentally, I had been in a sing-song mood the whole week and the only time I was able to let it all out was at the show. It was so fun!! All the Idol Top 10 finalists were really amazing!

Highlights of the show for me (in order of appearance):

Skylar Laine & Hollie Cavanagh doing Undo It. Carrie Underwood must be proud! (The video doesn't do the performance justice, really.)

Rumor Has It by Elise Testone! She was a little bit scratchy on show night but she still managed to give a really great performance! Loved her whole set.

Of course, there's Jessica Sanchez! Her whole set, too, was really amazing! Girl's truly in her own zone when she's performing and I love it! My favorite song she did was How Come You Don't Call Me, I was freaking out the whole time that my dad was the one getting embarrassed for my being so loud hahahaha!

Proud Mary!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Potted Potter

It's been exactly a week since I got to see the last Potted Potter show here in Manila and I still have these little flashbacks of the funny moments that stuck with me. Like, that Snitch joke about the little girl Seeker from the audience - "She's got 99 problems, but a Snitch ain't one!" Yes, we played live Quidditch at the show! It was hilarious! And that was just one of the things I loved about the whole production!

I was really amazed at how simple the whole play was, yet it was really very entertaining! Jesse Briton and Gary Trainor, the two actors in the show were brilliant comedians! I guess it was the Potterhead in me and the fact that I'm easily amused that made me enjoy the show so much. If only I can watch it over and over again, I would never have to feel even the slightest bit of sadness. :p

Here's a 70-second preview of the 70-minute show for those of you who missed it or just want to reminisce, like me!

Dan Clarkson and Jeff Turner (seen in the video above) who were the creators of Potted Potter sadly weren't able to do the show personally here in Manila (they ended up being double-booked, with other shows going on in New York during the same dates) but they sent the two best acts they could find to play themselves, and as you can assume from my previous exclamations, watching Jesse and Gary play the parts was still very much worth it albeit them being only alternates.

For us Potter fans, I guess we're lucky that the love for one boy wizard is universal because we still get to enjoy lots of different Potter-related entertainment even though the books and the movie franchise have come to an end.

Finally, I just want to include this quote from Jo Rowling - I believe it to be true as long as Harry and the rest of the characters stay in our hearts: "No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever, so whether you come back by page or by the big screen [or by other means, I guess], Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home."

Monday, August 20, 2012

Long weekend

Before the weekend I had ideas on how I'll spend the extended break from work. I thought I'd call up my girlfriends to hang out since we haven't seen each other in a while but sadly, I didn't get to push through with it because I got sick and had to stay in and rest all day.

So, instead, I decided to start reading "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" because I felt I needed a distraction from the sickly feeling I was, um, feeling. And I'm glad to say I'm feeling a bit better now (albeit still coughing a lot) and I finished the book!

I've been wanting to read "Perks" for a really, really long time and I'm glad I finally did. There's this line early in the book that struck me the most - "You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand." When Patrick said that about Charlie, I felt like he was saying it to me, because that's what I see myself doing most of the time. I don't think I ever heard someone I know say that about me, though. I don't think they notice. Except now, that is if they read my blog.

Now, I'm really excited for the movie!

But going back to books, I just wanted to share the current status of my 2012 Goodreads Reading Challenge:

I'm more than halfway through it, reading 9 out of 15 so far! Yay! I'm hoping to get some more reading done (still on my currently-reading list is "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin) tomorrow after running some errands (i.e. getting my external HD checked, going to my facial appointment).

I just hope I can get rid of this cough soon enough! I don't want to come in at work on Wednesday being all gross coughing all over the place. (Sorry for the mental picture.)

Love always,

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunshine after the rain

So it's been several days since Metro Manila and nearby provinces had been hit by the Southwest Monsoon ("Hanging Habagat") that brought on floods that caused a lot of devastation especially in those hard-hit areas. I myself wasn't able to go to work from Tuesday to Thursday because, coming from Sampaloc and going to Eastwood, the main thoroughfares that I would be passing through were heavily flooded.

Alas, on Friday, the sun was already shining and I was finally able to go back to work. While on my way to Cubao (this was the first time I went out of the house since the floods), I realized that when you see the sun finally shining after having a few gloomy days (which, to be honest, is quite an understatement in our case), you can't help but firmly believe that there's always a silver lining... That God hasn't forsaken us, that the devastation we have survived from was merely a test of true faith.

I just wish I had taken a photo of when the sunlight made me smile that day.