25 August 2017

Taylor Swift's Reputation (New Album)

The other day, my friend has tweeted me about Taylor Swift's upcoming new album. I've been waiting for this since I'm getting bored with all the things around me. When I get bored, I call on Christopher Nolan or Taylor Swift to make a new movie or new album to entertain me! So this new album is very much highly anticipated.

I'm kind of excited its release. I want to see the album cover, hear the first single -- especially now that she rekindled her relationship with Spotify. Although I doubted she would return to that pop-innocent-sweet-country music which she did in her early days and which I totally loved.

I looked for Taylor Swift on Spotify and played "Look What Made Me Do" her single and album title. Though it's single, I didn't finish listening to the whole song. It didn't sound 2017. I'm a bit sad again Miss Swift.

The last time I felt sad was in 1989. I mean, when 1989 album was released, my boyfriend at that time and I were having many little troubles and heavy arguments. When 1989 was out in public and they made it available on Spotify, my ex heard it first before I did. He was glad to give me the news about this new album and he seemed to like listening to it. When I got the chance to listen to it, I was like "Our relationship was doomed to end." My predictions were accurate just like when I knew it was going to be us the first time I saw him. I'm Madam Auring in the making!

I downloaded 1989 but deleted everything right after a few days since I couldn't find any song I that I liked. I listened to one song, did not like it, skipped, did not like it, skipped, repeat. I had to force myself to listen to some of her songs in 1989 a couple of months after so my ears would be familiar with her new genre. In time I get to like some of the songs. I liked Wildest Dreams (and its music video!!) but I like Style more (not the music video though!!!).

I mean, I like Harry Styles. Look how fucking cute this guy with that long hair, white t-shirt, and that James Dean daydream look in his eyes!

But, I mean it when I say, I thought Bad Blood was crap the first time I heard it and I think I haven't changed my opinion at all about that song -- it's still a crap!

Some articles claim that only Taylor Swift has made a leap from country to pop and made it so successfully. Isn't it Katy Perry's case as well? Although she pulled the crazy-colorful aura perfectly and it suited her finely. Don't know how, but it just did in my opinion. When she released California Girls after One of the Boys, it did not surprised me that she converted "One of the Boys" to "California Girls". I liked her music from One of the Boys. I think it's raw, indie, and different. But with Taylor's metamorphosis, I was caught off guard.

I have always felt the "feelings" or puso in Taytay's songs from the beginning. I don't hear it and I don't feel it anymore. Although RED was a bit dark, emo, hurt -- it conveyed pretty well its feelings.

The music industry is already filled with modern-techno-pop-house-shitty musics. I listen to them on Spotify's Global Hits for godsake!! I enjoy the fast beat but, the hell, I don't care about those artists. I care about Taylor's music.

I did not really dig in on what's happening to Taylor for the past few years but according to my friend and newsfeed -- she had a long-term relationship with a guy this time, partied a lot with Victoria Secret models and broke up with le boyfriend, dated some more, etc., etc. Wow, she'd been busy which probably why it took her 3 years to release a new album since 1989 in 2017. Whut?

Taylor's Album Releases Timeline

Taylor Swift 2006
Fearless 2008 (2 years later)
Speak Now 2010 (2 years later)
Red 2012 (2 years later)
1989 2014 (2 years later)
... Reputation 2017 (3 years later??!?!??)

I think Taylor and I just went on two different direction, two separate ways. I really do wish her luck! Just like me and my ex-boyfriend, we both have to move on and find new songs that we'd dance to its beat untirelessly.

P.S. Just kidding! I'm still that kid who will always love Taylor!! #13Forever

09 July 2017

Eiga Sai : 2017 Japanese Film Fest @ Shangri-La

Being a graduate of Communication Arts, I will always have a weak spot for foreign films. I took Communication Arts for the love of films! So when a French Film Fest or Spanish Film is in town, I get really excited like the rest. But due to my 9-5 stint, I rarely get to go to see these foreign films. FML, I know!
In 2015, I was able to watch one film at Eiga Sai with a college friend. He's an Indie film enthusiast/supporter and a huge fan of theater! Very glad that he tagged me along to watch WOOD JOB! ウッジョブ!

I kind of already forgot half of the scenes of this film but I vividly remember I enjoyed watching it. I like how the story of this movie evolved and revolved only from wood working. Simple plot. Fantastic story.

In 2016, I was busy dating a Japanese guy. So I skipped the film fest and regretted it afterwards.

Schedule of this year's Eiga Sai : 2017 Japanese Film Fest @ Shangri-La

Visit CinemaBravo.com for more info on the schedule
Although, I'm supposed to see "films" in this year's Eiga Sai, I personally would like catch TSUKIJI WONDERLAND. It is a documentary about Tsukiji Market, known to be the largest in the world to be selling fish, fruits, and vegetables located in Tokyo which started its operations in 1930s. The reason I want to see this is because the Japanese government is closing the market and will move it to a new location by 2018 in preparation for the 2020 Olympics.

For more info about Tsukiji Market, visit Japan-Guide.com

If you decide to watch a particular title and get there in time of the screening, then good job and good for you! Otherwise, just prepare yourself to be surprised by a film you'll catch by the time you get there at Shang. Also, mind the long queues! Okay, my Engrish sucks here. Moving on.

14 June 2017

Certified Hair Donor of Metro Manila

The idea started when I was sitting inside a pawnshop in the middle of Paco, Manila. I saw there a poster of a hair dealer. Hmm.. I can trade my hair for some bucks. Kinda interesting, right? I'd be like Ashton Kutcher who used to sell his blood! After that sweet encounter with the poster, I dug up more and learned about the organizations which accept hair donation for cancer patients.
Days, months, years passed by when I came across Cuts Againts Cancer facebook page liked by our HR lady who had an experienced of donating her hair.
Cuts Againts Cancer is an international organization which has a branch here in the Philippines. On their website, you will find a calendar of events on when and where you can find them to donate your hair!

Fortunately, I found another organizer in Makati Medical Center which accepts hair donations during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month happening in June of the year.

A month ago, I was in MMC in time for my admission as I will undergo thyroidectomy. While running here and there inside the hospital, I saw this poster when I passed by the Cancer Center. I stood there when Kuya Guard at the door asked me "Mag-donate ka ma'am?" I answered, "Oo. Kaya ko pinahaba buhok ko e."

By June 1st, I went back to MMC and found myself standing in front of the poster again when Are Janitress at the door asked me "Mag-donate ka ma'am?" I answered, "Opo." She then accompanied me to the registration table. The organizers greeted me and handed me merienda.

I was surprised to see a salon-like set-up inside the hospital. It was complete with mirrors, bright lighting, sound of hair dryer, and hair stylists from Heads by Volu-Med located at Shangri-La Makati.

Wall of Fame for the Hair Donors
Had to edit this on Photoshop because they spelled my name wrongly. Can you notice which letter is edited? :P
Here are a few requirements to follow if you want to donate your hair:
  1. Hair must be dry
  2. Hair should be ponytailed
  3. Hair must be put in ziplock
  4. Hair length should be around 9 - 12 inches (varies)
  5. and others! Better check with the organization's requirements
Pardon my un-readiness for these selfies.
Also, I'm anemic but I'm trying to be better. I want to donate blood, unlike Ashton mee-hee. Let me know your favorite institution to donate blood. Thanks in advance! xx

06 May 2017

My Opinion on "13 Reasons Why"

You'd know when a US TV Series is a hit when your friends on Facebook start posting their opinion about it. It's how I noticed "13 Reasons Why".

While one of my friends posted "Need to see a watch a chick flick." right after he finished watching the whole series of 13 Reasons Why. This made my ask, "Why?". So I got curious. Another friend kept on updating his status on Facebook on how he felt after watching every episode. But that's only on how people talked about 13 Reasons Why on Facebook.

A different 13 Reasons Why sesh also happened in the office. I know what you're thinking "it's just a bunch of high schoolers, why would you be curious of a TV Show full of millennials' drama?"

Because an officemate changed my perception about this show full of teenagers, full of drama when he said to me, "The person committed a suicide, THERE MUST BE A MAJOR REASON BEHIND IT!"

Truth is, I find it shallow when I first tried watching the 30-minute of the first episode of the show. It was the usual high school hallway, high school lockers, high school backpacks. In short, I lost my interest to watch it. Until my officemate said that to me, "The person committed a suicide, THERE MUST BE A MAJOR REASON BEHIND IT!"

So I tried watching again on a Sunday in one sitting.

I discovered that the show touched a sensitive issue of the society in which everyone is familiar with. Everyone had been through it in their life - either they were guilty of it or had been a victim of it. BULLYING.

In this drama series, there are two types of people - a bully and bullied at school. But in real life, you can be booth -- a bully and bullied at the same time.

Here are other things I realized from watching 13 Reasons Why: **Spoiler Alert**

Loving a person and not being able to let them know your feelings before losing them is devastating **ahem** Clay.

The lives of many doesn't just stop when someone decided to stop theirs **ahem** Courtney. Many tries to survive and fight their struggles to not result to discontinue living (even though their own life sucks.) **ahem ahem** Courtney again!

Some bullies at school have their own issues at home **ahem** Justine. While others have an access to control the world from their home **ahem** Bryce.

In terms of originality though, this drama is kind of a mixed of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. But the soundtrack is awesome!!

At end.. it did not end. So maybe they're now cooking Season 2 and you don't want to be left out again by the time its aired on Netflix.

10 January 2017

2016 Review

1.What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before? 🙈🙊🙉🙈🙊🙉🙈🙊🙉
Ah! OK..I took a Habal-habal from Ayala to GMA-Kamuning in EDSA  during rush hour on a Friday night when heavy traffic was on! That's bravery right there!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I hardly did. I promised not to do a lot of activities or join any adventures just because I want to dedicate my 2016 to sleeping! 💤💤💤💤 
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes 👶 My high school BFF to a handsome baby boy, my brother's live-in girlfriend to a cute baby girl, and my officemate also to a healthy baby girl.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Unfortunately, yes, an officemate from another department who was really close to me.
5. What countries did you visit? Hong Kong, if you call that a country. Macau, if you consider that a country. Malaysia. Revisited Singapore, also, if that's a country. South Korea!

But wait, there's more.. Cambodia-Thailand-Malaysia-Indonesia before the year ends. Inshallah.
6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016? An attitude that will be well respected because F*** YOU ****!!
7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory and why? July 2.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I started reading books, started with stocks, bought items to sell, etc.
9. What was your biggest failure? Should have started earlier of the year. But you know what they say -- better late than never!
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Not an illness, nor an injury but I discovered I have a goiter.
11. What was the best thing you bought? Books! Books! Books!
  1. Smarter Faster Better
  2. The Godfather
  3. The Magic of Thinking Big
  4. Chicken Soup for the Soul
  5. Rich Dad Poor Dad
  6. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
  7. The Origin of Species
  8. The Phantom of the Opera
  9. The Metamorphosis
  10. The Iliad
  11. The Scarlet Letter
  12. Kitchen Confidential
  13. The Economist : Guide to Investment Strategy
  14. Teach Yourself : Accounting and Finance
  15. The Economist : Guide to Analysing Companies
  16. Griding It Out : The Making of McDonald's
  17. The $100 Startup
  18. Eat Move Sleep
  19. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  20. Why Women Love Bitches
  21. Teach Yourself : Secrets of Wealthy People
  22. How to Win Friends & Influence People
  23. Visual Bilingual Dictionary Japanese-English
  24. The Personal MBA
  25. Think and Grow Rich
  26. The Richest Man in Babylon
  27. The 80/20 Principle
  28. Never Eat Alone
  29. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
  30. The Economist : Business Strategy
  31. NLP The Essential Guide to Neuro-Linguistic Programming
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My ex-boyfriend's on being goal-oriented, disciplined, focused, his drive and dedication, his approach on healthy living, his decision making process, his witty sense of humor, passion for seeing the world, his cravings for knowledge and wisdom, being frugal, being a bookworm, believing in one's potential, his love and respect for his mother.. and probably many others that I didn't get to know.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? My ex-boyfriend's narrow-mindedness, selfishness, greediness.. being disrespectful ..and probably many others that I didn't get to know.
14. Where did most of your money go?
  • Books Php 14,140.40+
  • Airline Tickets Php 38,317.10+
  • Food Delivery Php 10,575.20+
15. What did you really, really, really get excited about? ..when one of my housemate finally moved out??!
16. What song will always remind you of 2016? Starving and Say You Won't Let Go... I HATE THESE SONGS!!!
17. Compared to this time last year are you:
Happier? Always happy, will aim for happier next year!😋
Thinner? Yupsexier!💃
Richer? Yup, filthier!💰
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Reading books.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Reading reddit.
20. How did you spend Christmas? On a train going to the boarder of Thailand-Malaysia in the morning. In a taxi with the taxi driver who helped me find a Money Changer in the town of Butterworth at noontime. On a ferry bound to Georgetown. Biking. Getting full from street foods of Penang. Coincidentally shared a hostel room with a random Japanese girl who was also at the boarder earlier that day.
21. How will you be spending New Year's? In a layover in Kuala Lumpur for sure!
22. Did you fall in love in 2016? FELL HARD it hurt.
23. How many one-night stands? Hmmmm... Mmmmm.......
24. What was your favorite TV program? The Big Bang Theory... oohhhh myyy goddddd GAME OF THRONES!!!
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I don't hate ..but f*** you ****!
26. What was the best book you read? My recent ex-boyfriend will be proud while my ex-boyfriend before that recent ex-boyfriend will be disappointed -- Rich Dad, Poor Dad assholes!
28. What did you want and you got? A relationship.
29. What did you want and not get? A long-lasting relationship.
30. What was your favorite film of this year? Not released this year but disturbed me nonetheless --

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old did you turn? Turned 28 and went to Chinatown. Then, went to my ex-boyfriend's place to eat ..cake. Nope, no candles to blow. Whut?!
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? If I had committed less to none money mistakes
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016? As cool as this...
Crocs Black Woman's Comfortable Flats (Kadee)
34. What kept you sane? Irrelevant question but will force myself to answer this one. Probably my travels, yeah, they have kept me quite sane.
35. Which celebrity did you fancy the most? Not too much but this hottie from I Origins..
36. What political issue stirred you the most? The Human Rights on the "extra judicial killings" in the country at the moment. I don't like them. I'll leave it at that.
37. Who did you miss? My dad. I have not talked to him a lot this year.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
The best and the worst!
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016:
There are four types of people in this world: people you like, people you do not like, people who likes you, and people who does not like you. Don't take for granted the people who likes you. Don't waste your time and energy on the people who does not like you. If you must, learn to walk away! 
40. Quote or Song Lyric that sums up your year: 
🎵 I got that sunshine in my pocket, got that good soul in my feet🎵