Two months away!

Two months away!

The Carol Banawa show is about two months away! Time is flying like a scorching arrow. And the concert team has started to gear up for the performances and the staging stuff as rehearsals will be starting in a few … Continue reading

Interview with the Chubbuck Master

Acting freaks! So here’s the televised interview with Ivana Chubbuck on The Bottomline With Boy Abunda a few weeks ago when she visited Manila to conduct workshops and stuff. I uploaded it myself ’cause this is some seriously helpful material. I’ve learned so much in the 30 minutes she was being interviewed. However, I am hoping that YouTube won’t take it down ’cause primarily it’s not my stuff, but then the disclaimer note explains it. Go see it!

 

A Short Eureka Flare

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Learned something new today. After a few years of using my MacBook Pro I’ve just discovered that it has what is called an ambient light sensor located on the left side of the camera lens. When this light sensor detects too much light from the external surroundings, the keyboard illumination control will be disabled. I am just particularly fascinated.

 

 

R.

POSTPONEMENT NOTICE

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Due to unavoidable (and I must say demanding) circumstances, I have to bail out of the 31-DAY BLOG CHALLENGE for the month of March.

Since I have started uni on Monday, my mind’s become inundated with tons of important information and matters to really focus on. I am in a reset mode at the moment and because this is an entirely new journey, I really need to get serious and pay absolute attention to everything that revolves around it.

I noticed that it has become a struggle to keep up with the daily writing of some things that I am not even interested or willing to talk about. That leads me to saying that the next time I do this again I might consider changing the topic list and make sure that it contains stuff that are worthwhile and a lot more interesting.

So, signing off for now. Till next time!

THE 31-DAY BLOG CHALLENGE Day 5: FAVOURITE MOVIES

Day 5 and the sun was out again. It was a pretty stifling day. But anyway, let’s plunge into a pool of good vibes by talking about my all-time favourite films.  I decided to have my “heroine” or “woman of the hour” movie list that stars my favourite actresses in the biz. Love these women.

These are the films that I never, never get sick of, or maybe I can never get enough of. It’s like every time I sit to watch these flicks I would normally still be laughing so hard at every single punch line or cry at the dramatic parts even if I already knew the turn of events, or maybe knew every single line, camera angle or the actor’s facial expression and delivery by heart.

Again, the selection is very off-the-cuff. This list is not even complete. I wish I had more time to write this.

(Disclaimer: I guess I might not have the best taste in movies. But these ones that I picked are those that entertained me the most regardless of the value or essence you think each of them possess. At the end of the day, it all boils down to personal taste and/or preference. I need not to be judged incongruously or perhaps, looked down based on my taste of motion pictures. I’m sure you’d feel the same.)

And so here are some of the items in my “Woman of the Hour” list:

 

Yentl (1983)

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-I get to have a severe LSS for the songs in this movie. It has so much depth, so much heart, so much meaning. It really expresses the very essence of the story (i.e., the fight for equality and acceptance) that is very well reflected thru great characterisation, the captivating story, splendid music, poignant libretto and altogether, a marvellous masterwork. I was astonished to know that Barbra herself directed this movie. However, I’m a bit fazed by Barbra’s underacting. Her facials are too restrained and she seems too latched onto her co-actors who are just furiously amazing. Nonetheless, Yentl makes such a drop-dead handsome guy, some kind of a dreamlover. Favourite scene: Papa Can You Hear Me scene, Piece of Sky finale, No Wonder scenes, The Talmud session scene.

 

Sister Act 1 and 2 (1992, 1993)

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-This is an all-time classic. Sister Act for me is a major phenomenon in film history. These two instalments are unsurpassed for the heartwarming comedy, uncountable L-O-L moments, and simply an awe-inspiring story. And of course, they come from the Whoopi Goldberg cinematheque which are always expected to be fantastic. She’ll just make you watch these films unstoppably, over and over again. However, the soundtrack is a lot more fun and brilliant on the second one. You know, the soul and funky tunes of that era. Favourite scene(s): (1) Dining table scene, choir rehearsal scene, Hail Holy Queen scene, Deloris failed execution scene. (2) Joyful Joyful scene, Oh Happy Day scene, First day in the classroom scene, Mary had a little lamb scene.

 

She’s The Man (2006)

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-This movie is just plain cool. I probably watched it for more than 10 times already. It’s very much set apart from the average teenage movies out there. Light-themed, pretty decent in the aspects of adolescent romance, lots of good-looking screen actors and actresses, good movie soundtrack, very good sense of colloquialism in the script. Most especially, I like Amanada Byne’s charisma on screen. Despite the negative reviews thrown at it, this film’s got tons of good laugh’s for me and it is purely entertaining. Favourite scene(s): Dumping scene, spider in the room scene, Lab scenes, Soccer match scene

 

Burlesque (2010)

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-This was Christina Aguilera’s first feature film. And you know I like everything C/A. Although, the movie plot is pretty rubbish, and half of the time you’d see half-naked, uber sexy women flaunting their breast sizes on stage, I think it’s a pretty good attempt of reliving a classic (kind of cliché) rugs-to-riches story situated in a Cabaret or Mouline Rouge-like sphere. The winning gear of this movie is the soundtrack of course! The musical and theatrical productions within the movie are its champion components. It’s Christina so there isn’t a need to explain further. Never got tired of watching it. Favourite scene(s): Tough Lover scene where Christina is dressed as a sexy policewoman; Express scene; Show Me How You Burlesque Finale.

 

The Heat (2013)

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-This is a pretty new flick, but I’ve already watched it quite a few times already, and gosh, it would always have the same effect on me every time. I go plain nuts. The Bullock and McCarthy tandem is the best ever! You have to see it so you’ll understand what I mean. Favourite scene: Pretty much all the times these two are together. It’s a comic riot!

 

 

 

 

 

The Call (2013)

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-This movie stressed me out thoroughly. I was emotionally drained. It’s like I was in the perils of the entire setting. For me it has one of the best psycho thriller, jump-out-of-your-seat scenes ever, although the ending kind of turned out very predictable, clichéd and seriously could’ve been improved. Halle Berry’s performance is just tremendously gripping. It was an arduous job for sure but it was so effective she managed to make you feel whatever she was feeling in every kind of situation. This is a clever take on abduction films. Favourite scene: The entire call scene, especially when Jordin realises that the serial killer who kidnapped Casey was the same killer who murdered her previous caller.

 

 

R.

THE 31-DAY BLOG CHALLENGE Day 3: WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

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All right, it’s Day 3 but I seriously did not feel like blogging today. Maybe because I already had a long, tiring day in uni. Seriously, how do you (or could you) endure the 3-hour break between lectures in this really crappy, indecisive weather? Not to mention the lack of decent sleep, and the absence of coffee in my system (i.e., by firm choice).

But, fine. Since the topic today is about the thing(s) that make me happy (which I must say is an innately broad question), I had just put my answers in bullet points so they’re much easier to say, much easier to read. Pardon me for the sloppy, inconsistent writing. All the answers were very off-the-cuff. I was writing this during my breaks and finishing it on the train going home after an almost 12-hour first day back in my uni life.

Here’s the list:

  • Short stories and short films:  They’re usually the most creative masterworks one would ever perceive. They’re short, straightforward, thought-provoking, frequently unresolved; and most important of all, they’re a lot easier to devour. You can just get lost easily in the story without feeling bored or being forgetful of the scenarios that have happened earlier. Call them the ‘quickies’. I’m just a fan of short works (e.g., Tropfest films, short indie films all over Vimeo) that bring absolute enjoyment.
  • Film analysis: Firstly, this only applies to the flicks that I deliberately want and love to analyse. The determinants could be the featured actors, the story, the script, the movie genre, the historical context, the acting technique applied, or the issue that it is dealing with. I’m a lover of Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence. On a personal note, female actors are a lot easier to analyse simply because they are more emotionally driven and a lot more transparent than men, but it is always shrouded by so much sophistication and lots of complex nuances. And that is when analysing becomes more interesting for me. Kind of hard to articulate further.
  • Improvisation: This is mostly with music, especially in the jazz-blues-soul domain. However, the principle of improvising is quite vital in my own personal life. I get to enjoy the simultaneous and spontaneous fusion of freedom and creativity that happens realtime, knocking down any rule or restriction.
  • Collecting music albums: Seeing a glorious collection of the most amazing things in life brings a different kind of joy for an ultimate fan. FYI, I have all Christina Aguilera’s popular albums; all David Archuleta’s; all of my Regine Velasquez favourite’s and movie soundtracks; and many others’. Well, usually I only get the albums that really please me or really appeal to me, especially those of my head-over-heels-for music idols. But then, sometimes, even if I like an artist a lot but his or her recent release does not captivate me, I won’t bother purchasing it at all. I’ll probably just wait for the next one.
  • Reading self-development books: I think you already know this.  Continually seeking for practical and intellectual knowledge for cognitive development. This is where my handy bibles for memory improvement, talent cultivation and craft development become extremely useful. I hope they’re working.
  • Reading new knowledge books: I’m famished for new things every once in a while, especially the ones that can give you an edge to some extent, or the ones that will set you apart from the run-on-the-mill subject matters discussed on the net or at your local supermarket. The popular ones that I have are a couple of Rhonda Byrne’s works and a couple more from Daniel Coyle.
  • Learning new words everyday: Oh, this is very me. But really, who doesn’t want a wide vocabulary and a massive memory bank of unfamiliar words commonly used here and there everyday? I make sure that I get to learn at least one new English word a day and put that new word to use at least once. This makes me feel more informed, more knowledgeable. This practice somehow lessens the number of times I grab my dictionary when I’m reading any reading material that could contain outlandish terminologies.
  • Eating out and hanging out with friends: Who doesn’t like this? Who doesn’t feel happy about this? For someone so unsociable like me, this is such an overly tremendous privilege.
  • Movie marathons with family: Happens during holiday breaks. We could do it the entire day of almost every single day. Not to mention the mouth-watering, fresh-from-the-microwave smell of  butter flavoured popcorn that completes the marathon experience.
  • Chatting with my favourite teachers: They are my biggest inspirations, my role models. It’s like every time I chat with them even off campus, I learn so many brilliant ideas and insights which I find essential in refining my way of thinking. They are just incredible and they make me want to become like them someday.
  • Sketching: This is not new to everyone. I guess I can say that I have my personal sketching style, or artistic language that I’m sure not everyone can understand or appreciate. But I do it just for pure pleasure anyway. My style is a very personalised version of a mishmash of styles such as abstract and  minimalism. Love line art, too!

R.

THE 31-DAY BLOG CHALLENGE Day 2: Favourite Quotes

So, it’s Day 2. Here are some of the quotes that I love and are very vital in my life:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

“Truly to sing, that is a different breath.” —Rainer Maria Rilke

“God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. You are as much alone with Him as if you were the only being He had ever created.” —Clive Staples Lewis

“They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

“A cat pours his body on the floor like water.” —William Lyon Phelps

“If God said it, then it doesn’t matter what people say.”

 

R.

THE 31-DAY BLOG CHALLENGE Day 1: Self Portrait + 5 Random Facts

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The first day asks for a self portrait and five random facts about myself. So, there you go:

 

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You know I’m never a fan of selfie’s so I just sketched a random kid as my self portrait

 

FIVE RANDOM FACTS:

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1.  I love that Farmer’s Best Avocado and Bacon dip you can purchase from Woolies. For some weird reason, it tastes like Jolibee’s Pancit Palabok in creamy dip form. I know, it’s startling. Go try for yourself.

 

 

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2.  I have a massive collection of eBooks stored in my computer. That huge collection includes: music stuff, music theory, singing, piano playing, self-development books, dummies books, brain science, psychological development, trivia books, popular Christian writers’ books, acting books, English proficiency books, contemporary literature, coffee, chocolate and many more. I could set up a virtual library! I wish I could have the time to read them all.

 

 

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3.  I have Ailurophilia. Ailurophilia means a strong liking for cats. It’s self-explanatory. That’s my cat, Peping, just chilling with his best friend, the box.

 

 

4.  I love Adobo!!! My version of Adobo adds in potatoes, mixed herbs, a bit of honey, tbsp’s of brown sugar, and chicken salt (There are some ingredients that I did not intend to reveal and shall remain shrouded in secrecy within the confines of my kitchen kingdom). I call it an American-ised Adobo. Just cause of the inclusion of the ingredients foreign to the original recipe. Plus, it is always best served either with hard boiled eggs or quail eggs.

 

 

5.  I used to write Tagalog poetry when I was still in the Phils. I think I had lost the knack to do it because of the inescapable (although, not absolute) change of culture and environment. I doubt if I was able to keep some of my previous (very amateur but pretty promising) Tagalog writings I penned ages ago.

 

 

R.

THE 31-DAY BLOG CHALLENGE

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I am not quite sure where the original idea came from. But the search results on Google tell me that it was initiated last year by Tifanny of http://fabulousmomblog.com. It sounds pretty nifty so I’m giving it a try.

Well, I’ve no definite idea why I’m doing this. Maybe I just really want to spend more time with my Artiste blog cause it’s so much fun sharing things every now and then.

I was also thinking that it might also help in fine-tuning my writing abilities. I’m very certain that this blog site will help me improve my sense of expression and articulation to some degree. I know I’m still in the process of learning effective writing and I know that with consistent practice and a good amount of inspiration every so often, I will be able to accomplish my goal.

And so let the 31-Day Blog Challenge begin!

R.