Monthly Archives: February 2011

#NowPlaying on repeat

Toxic, Glee cast

…’cause it has been so dragging lately…

Dog Days are Over, Florence and the Machine

…but just within hand’s reach only.

Lose Yourself, The Script

…’cause I just did…

Tongue Tied, Faber Drive

…for someone.

Please Don’t Go, Mike Posner

…’cause I have done my part and…

Ignorance | Playing God, Paramore

…I am ready to move on.

Pocketful of Sunshine, Natasha Bedingfield

…’cause I need some.

Empire State of Mind, Glee cast

…for the love of.

Big Bang Theory, Barenaked Ladies

…’cause it has to start with something…

2012, Jay Sean feat. Nicki Minaj

…and end with another.

The End where I Begin, The Script

…’cause I need to start again… and am watching the concert in Manila, too! HAHA!

One of Us, Glee cast

…’cause He had been.

Born this Way, Lady Gaga

…’cause gender equality is something yet to be achieved for this twisted planet. People must know how to have respect not just for the conventional, but even for the not-so-usual. Your preference does not define your totality of being.

Don’t discriminate. Represent!


Concert Season!

After the Never Shout Never, The Maine, and We the Kings stint here in the Philippines last week, I instantly realized that it is one of the best concert seasons the Philippines has ever seen! I will definitely be gone broke if I go to each and every good band going here in the Philippines! So I guess I’ll be going to just one. Or all of them if manna comes from heaven… (I need a job!!!)

Aerosmith – March 19, 2011 | MOA Concert Grounds

Although this just started out as a rumor, I really hope they go here! AEROSMITH ROCKS!

EDIT: This is already confirmed. Aerosmith is not going here in Manila :(

The Script – April 16, 2011 | Araneta Coliseum

AND I CHOOSE THE SCRIPT! Psyched too much!!!

Switchfoot – April 30, 2011 | Philippine Sports Arena

Maroon 5 – May 23, 2011 | SMX Convention Center

FOR MORE!!!! Switchfoot and Maroon 5 have done shows here in Manila before and I gathered no information if Aerosmith had gone here already. But definitely The Script is having their first show here on April 16!

I’m the man who can’t be MOVED!

Thanks Manila Concert Scene for the updates!

Oscars 2011

But even before Black Swan even wow us with psychedelia, there were —

I made a pact to watch all movies nominated for Best Picture this year before the Awards Night. But, in fact, I haven’t watched any because of a tight schedule in school. I’ll try to watch one or two, just before the night, though.

Anyway. It’s a nice way to catch the Oscar’s finest through Fully Booked’s free screening of old Oscar winners. I hope I can drop by even for just one day! I need to be in Batangas this Wednesday and Thursday for duty… Damn.

I included in this post the nominees for this year. Who do you think will win? Give me your thoughts and may the best movie win!

Plus, Anne Hathaway and James Franco are hosting! Don’t they look very compatible?!


Oscar Awards 2011 Nominations – Who’s your bet?

Best Picture
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Best Director
David O. Russell – The Fighter
Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
David Fincher – The Social Network
Joel And Ethan Coen – True Grit
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan

Best Actress
Natalie Portman  – Black Swan
Annette Bening  – The Kids Are All Right
Jennifer Lawrence  – Winter’s Bone
Michelle Williams  – Blue Valentine
Nicole Kidman  – Rabbit Hole

Best Actor
Javier Bardem – Biutiful
Jeff Bridges – True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
James Franco – 127 Hours

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit
Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale  – The Fighter
John Hawkes  – Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner  – The Town
Geoffrey Rush  – The King’s Speech
Mark Ruffalo  – The Kids Are All Right

Best Original Screenplay
Another Year – Mike Leigh
The Fighter – Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington
Inception – Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right – Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech – David Seidler

Best Adapted Screenplay
127 Hours –  Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3 – Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich
True Grit – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Winter’s Bone – Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Best Animated Film
Toy Story 3
The Illusionist
How To Train Your Dragon

Best Foreign Film
Biutiful (Mexico)
Dog Tooth (Greece)
In A Better World (Denmark)
Incendies (Canada)
Outside the Law (Algeria)

Best Score
How to Train Your Dragon – John Powell
Inception – Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat
127 Hours – A.R. Rahman
The Social Network – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Best Song
Coming Home from Country Strong – Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
I See the Light from Tangled – Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
If I Rise from 127 Hours – Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 – Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best Cinematography
Black Swan – Matthew Libatique
Inception – Wally Pfister
The King’s Speech – Danny Cohen
The Social Network – Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit – Roger Deakins

Best Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood
I Am Love – Antonella Cannarozzi
The King’s Speech – Jenny Beavan
The Tempest – Sandy Powell
True Grit – Mary Zophres

Best Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland – Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
Inception – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
The King’s Speech – Eve Stewart , Judy Farr
True Grit – Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

Best Visual Effects
Alice in Wonderland –Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian
Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
Hereafter – Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
Inception – Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Iron Man 2 – Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Best Sound Editing
Inception – Richard King
Toy Story 3 – Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
Tron: Legacy – Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
True Grit – Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
Unstoppable – Mark P. Stoeckinger

Best Sound Mixing
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

Best Documentary Feature
Exit through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Waste Land

Best Live Action Short Film
The Confession
The Crush
God Of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143

Best Animated Short Film
Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let’s Pollute
The Lost Thing

Best Documentary Short Subject
Killing In The Name
Poster Girl
Sun Comes Up
The Warriors Of Qiugang

Best Editing
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network

Best Make-up
Barney’s Version
The Way Back
The Wolfman


Panty Monsters: Querida Night

Taylor Swift‘s concert have caused traffic of epic proportions.

But thanks to that, I’d have crashed Panty Monsters. I didn’t even know it was it until Mike told me.

Here’s Kay (I hope I remembered it right,) and she’s kinda related to somebody… (I’m not good with names, sarreeeeh.)

Fashion Field Trip! I read their blogs! AJ, Karl, Paul, Mike. Sorry I didn’t know the one on the far left.

Sven Barretto. I was surprised to see him here. But from the looks of it, he looks more surprised to see me! LOL!

I think the name of the guy with bandana is Borgy. Mike kinda introduced him to me… He’s nice.

I like the Jedi-ish outfit of the guy in the right. I don’t know what to call it, so I’ll call it Jedi-ish, peace!

This photo started all the conversations. Then there’s meeting a lot of people /gasp! Thanks, Mike! I didn’t remember them all though :( Tell me if you know who are in the pictures and help me remember them :) BTW, the party is THIS great!

Coolest DJs ever! Keep that 90’s vibe!

Cute DJ, teehee!

Jujiin Samonte and birthday boy Paulo Castro

That was a fun Cubao X weekend! Definitely for more!!! So kulet!

Thank you TODAY!

Manila’s Vintage Hub

I was kinda early for Heima last Saturday, so I took the opportunity to shoot some finds in Cubao X. I remember finding vintage carplates here for Ms. Cheche Lazaro, and they have more than just that. I ♥ Vintage here at Cubao X.

Night life in Cubao X. The place is also popular with its bars and restaurants. My favorite: MOGWAI (but they always run out of Mojitos)

Remnants Shop. Vintage photographs, camera, wine bottles,

I remembered Pat here — Nancy Drew series!

The owner asked me to take a photograph of this 1998 Metallica flag poster. This is a rare find according to her.

I loved viewfinder when I was a kid!

Who had used a typewriter before ever using a computer? I DO!


Angel’s Thrift Shop

Vinyl players.

Antique furniture shops

Shoe shops. Cubao X was originally Marikina Shoe Expo. Until now, some of the original tenants were still there selling awesome shoes!

Even people are using vintage around the area. Check out this vintage Vespa.

Inovatique. I wanted to shoot some photos inside Inovatique, another interior design store, like Heima. But they have a no picture taking inside policy. Anyone knows Inovatique?

Cubao X has so much potential!

Diana Mini x Heima

It was indeed a busy Saturday for me. I needed to go to my completion duty (my fellow nurses can understand me here.) Then a number of my classmates invited me to watch the Pyromusical competition in MOA. Anyway. It was also the launch of the Diana Mini in Heima that day. It was a dilemma for me since I kinda said yes to my classmates. Although it wasn’t an easy decision, I’m glad I went to the launch.

Since I went alone (again) I’m somehow shy to enter the store. But I did summon the courage to. This bubbly girl approached me as I entered Heima.

That, my friends, is Elisa Aquino a.k.a. Tumblr’s Thunderpopcola and Stache‘s Art Editor. I was so psyched to see her in person! I wasn’t that used to seeing personally the people behind the blogs I read. She approached me first (being the very shy me) and asked me to sign the guestbook (she’s interning for Heima).

She also asked me if I do Tumblr and I think you know what happened next. She is just so perky just like her blog and I believe you can never run out of things to talk about with Tumblr.

This blog post is getting too long but I have one more story to tell. Actually two. I meet Reisha, who had her Heima stamp in the neck and is Elisa’s co-intern at Heima. She accommodated me while waiting for the launch to start. She’s from UP and oh she tumbles too!

Many people went to the launch, and I found this guy looking at me.

I was also looking at him. He wields a wicked Canon 7D. He’s a filmmaker, and the reason he’s looking at me was he wanted to ask if my camera is the latest model of Nikon. I really wanted to say – I’m so jealous of your 7D. But he’s nice and he even gave me his blog. Nice guy, name’s Dale.

Marshmallow kebabs, Flat tops, Cloud nines, and cupcakes. WHO WOULD RESIST?! >:)

Diana Lomo Cameras.

Actually all the people there are so nice. I just needed to leave early though for dinner with Jen at Moonleaf.

I love Moonleaf! I wished they’d have a variant with just Yakult and tea!

This night ain’t over yet though (next post!) One of the best weekends ever!

Pyromusical v Diana

My February is so packed, I don’t know where to go first. In this case, both starts at the same time. CHOICES!

or this —

My classmates are going to the Pyromusical but it’s up until March pa naman, and I really wanna shoot the launch of Diana Mini Love is in the Air. To top it all off, I have my completion duty at 7am! I guess I better sleep for more energy tomorrow!

But I want to watch Gossip Girl first /LOL!

I’m not gonna write you a love song…

I can’t think of a proper title for this, and Sarah Bareilles just started playing in my BlackBerry /LOL. Camwhoring before the concert starts… and after the concert ended, teehee :)





Never Shout Never, The Maine, We the Kings in Trinoma


It’s the concert year for the Philippines!!! Too many good bands going here. Too little money in my pocket! Good for us, we got to catch these three bands in Trinoma! I just wish I had those humongous lens Louis has. It was good though. Having this much needed long weekend to chill, relax, and meet friends. And watch concerts (next post!)

Never Shout Never. We’re still finding a good place to shoot from! It wasn’t easy…

The Maine. Finally got a fairly good spot.

The incident of the flying bra. This really made me laugh when somebody actually threw her undies! Now, was she wearing it before throwing it? Or did she have spare? Rock concert tales… HAHA!

We the Kings. Everybody’s favorite. Trinoma just went from a mall into one big mosh pit —

Concert photos by my good friend Louis the Lobster, thanks yow! Video by Jonver. I nearly forgot though! These were shot from the cinema level of Trinoma mall! HAHA! Tyaga namen!

These were the awesome people I was with last night. Hanna, Paola, Louis, and I decided to meet up. Louis brought his brother Lance. We bumped into Ella and Ariane with their friend Loui.

Mukhang batang nawawala si Ella. Isa pa!

Do the W! It was a very fun night. Next: The Script in Manila.

Oh good Lord, I need a job!


In a matter of weeks, classes will be over so as my time in my alma mater is almost done. Funny as I type the words alma mater I slowly take in FEU. I am one too bold to say, that I didn’t plan, at all, going to FEU (ever) and that there are a lot of things that I didn’t quite like at all.

You can find me and let me personally ramble on this all in front of you. It’s a given talent, you know.

Anyway. Per as my tweet earlier yesterday, after shooting around the campus, I really have to succumb to the fact that my campus is beautiful. And green. BUT per as my tweet also, I shall say, let’s stop at that. /lol /jk

With all this beauty inside our university, I guess what’s left to tweak is a little better system. I hope to see my alma mater see again its glorious days – outward and inward glory.

Have you ever noticed (especially if you’re a student here, of course) these metal statues in our campus by famed artist Vicente Manansala?