Monthly Archives: March 2011

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (aka First Love) Review

I don’t normally watch Thai movies (not because I don’t like them but because most Thai movies I know are horror movies and I’m too chicken to watch them) but a friend on Plurk showed me this trailer about a month ago, and I knew I had to get my hands on the movie to see it:

 

It’s your typical highschool feel-good love story.  It’s about a freshman named Nam who falls for a sophomore named Shone.  As if it’s not enough that she chose to like someone older than her (that’s such a big thing in high school for some reason), Shone happens to be the typical jock/campus hearthrob that every girl wants.  She ends up doing a lot of crazy things to try to get him to notice her.

 

The main character, Nam, is played by Baifern Pimchanok.  She’s so pretty (she looks a bit like Kim Chiu in some angles), but they intentionally made her look ugly in the beginning of the movie.  They gave her a dark, uneven complexion, a terrible haircut, glasses and braces.  (Writing that description of her made me realize that those same words could be used to describe my highschool/middle school self, LOL.)

 

Shone’s character is played by Mario Maurer.   Just from the way he looks in this picture you probably know why he was chosen to play the campus hearthrob.  I love how the producers didn’t make him into one of those broody, mysterious guys that girls usually chase after.  He’s cheerful, kind and approachable.  Mario’s a bit too young for me to fangirl over, but you can’t deny that he’s cute.

Anyway, the two of them look really cute together :)

 

 

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(EZRA) 10/52 : Blood as cold as ice

Ezra wanted me to make it clear to you guys that the “smoke” is not supposed to be cigarette smoke, but her breath condensing due to the cold.)

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I often get teased that I’m heartless or cold-blooded because I never cry at movies no matter how sad it is. Of course I get sad too, but I’m always aware that it’s only a movie so I never cry.


I added some sugar on my lips to get a more frosty effect.


Thanks a lot to my sister for taking my picture and editing it!
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Week 10/52 : Vanishing point

Had fun with the smoke photoshop brushes I downloaded the other day. Been meaning to do something like this for a while.

Based on this tutorial

Smoke brushes from here.

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Happy birthday Nobuo Uematsu!

Nobuo Uematsu (植松 伸夫 Uematsu Nobuo?, born March 21, 1959) is a Japanese video game composer, best known for scoring the majority of titles in the Final Fantasy series. He is regarded as one of the most famous and respected composers in the video game community.[1][2] Uematsu, a self-taught musician, began playing the piano at the age of eleven or twelve, with Elton John as his biggest influence.

-Wikipedia

 

Just wanted to greet the master behind the wonderful music of Final Fantasy a (belated) happy birthday :D

People who know me (or knew me) are probably aware of my longtime obsession with the Final Fantasy series, especially FF8.  I was introduced to the game by my friend Erica, and I instantly fell in love with it.  (She also introduced FF7 to me, which I enjoyed, but not as much as FF8.)

Anyway, one of the reasons I loved the game so much was because of the awesome soundtrack.  I could listen to it all day long.  Back in high school, I remember saving up for the original FF8 soundtrack.  I cut down on snacks and stopped myself from buying clothes just so I could get my hands on it.   I also used to visit nobuouematsu.com a lot to download sheet music, so I could play his pieces on the piano.   It’s been about 10 years since I played the game, but I still listen to the soundtrack every now and then, especially when I’m feeling down.  There’s just something magical about Nobuo Uematsu’s music that never fails to cheer me up.

Happy birthday Nobuo Uematsu!  Thank you for everything!

 

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(EZRA) 9/52 : Time…..it cannot wait

Ezra’s portrait two weeks ago

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I didn’t realize that I’m a week delayed in my 52 week project until my sister informed me.  It’s almost the end of the semester so I’ve been really busy these days. Now I’m going to do my best to catch up.

I got the title from Ultimecia, a character from the video game Final Fantasy 8.

There’s no specific reason for the time on the clock.  We just happened to shoot this picture at 4:15 this afternoon.

Thanks a lot to my sister for taking my picture and editing it!

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Week 9/52 : A weed is but an unloved flower

 

I don’t really like how I look in this shot, but I love the lighting so I’m posting it anyway.

Ezra took this when we showed Daisy and Beulah around IRRI a few weeks ago.  We spotted these furry plant thingies (not sure what they’re called) near a lamp post and took some quick photos.  Sadly, most of them came out blurry due to the low lighting.

 

(Quote in the title is by Ella Wheeler Wilcox)

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Beulah’s and Daisy’s visit to LB

This year’s Physics Fair was held last February 26.  The challenge for the students this year was to make paper boats which would compete in three events : a race, a head-on battle and a competition in which the paper boat which can carry the most people (without sinking) will win.   We figured it’d be fun so we invited Beulah and Daisy to come to LB with us to watch.

The event was held at the Pook ni Maria Makiling. I haven’t been there in years so I had to ask my dad (and Amie) for directions on how to get there.

 

Such a lovely place

 

Olympic sized pool. So many students!!

 

Paper boat! I got there late so I missed the first two events.

 

The last event was a bit boring so Beulah, Daisy, Kat and I decided to just explore the place and take pictures. I tried to take a lot for Beulah because dropped her camera minutes ago and it stopped working (eek!).

We found this cute bridge there

 

Beulah, Daisy and me

 

Beulah, Daisy and Kat

 

The three of them again

 

I wish they took better care of the place. It’s so nice up there, but so unkempt. Such a waste.

 

After exploring, we noticed that the students have started leaving, which meant that the event was over, so we headed back to the pool to wait for Amie.

 

Deformed girls (I used my wide angle lens that day)

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Ukay once more

Remember the ukay shop near my apartment I was talking about a few weeks ago? I was feeling a bit stressed out again yesterday so I decided to drop by for some retail therapy on my way home. I was pleased to discover that they were having a sale. Blouses and dresses were priced at P50 each, some boleros and sleeveless tops went for P20 and skirts were being sold for just P10. Whoa~

(In my last entry I mentioned that the clothes there were more expensive compared to other ukay places, but it turns out that it was because they had new arrivals that day.)

I only planned on buying 1 or 2 blouses, but I ended up walking out with 8 items – all for P370, can you believe it~  The last time I went there I bought 6 items for P900, tsk.

I love all the pieces I got. A couple of items are a bit too big so I’ll have to ask Lola to alter them for me when I go back to LB this weekend.  (I love that my grandma is retired dressmaker :D)

Anyway, here’s my ukay haul from last night:

2 dresses, 4 blouses, 1 bolero and 1 cardigan. My favorites are the striped pink button down shirt and the flowy white/cream dress on the left. I originally bought the white dress for Ezra, but when I tried it on at home (I couldn’t fit the items in the shop since there was no one to hold my bag for me again), I ended up loving it so I’m keeping it for myself, mwahaha. (Sorry Ez. You can have the white dress/blouse in the far right instead, hihi.)

I  love ukay shopping :)

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UPLB February Fair

The UPLB Feb Fair was held last February 14 to 18. I wasn’t able to drop by until the last day because I was busy doing my thesis in UPD. (The UP Fair was held in Diliman that same week, but I didn’t have time to check it out.)

Anyway, Ckloy and I left Manila at around 7pm and arrived at LB around 10pm (traffic was terrible!). We dropped our stuff off at my house first, grabbed a quick dinner and headed to the field at around 11pm.  We didn’t stay for too long since there really wasn’t that much to see, but we did drop by the Physika booth to say hi to our orgmates:

Ckloy and I in front of the Physika booth

 

PHYSIKA! (Picture grabbed from Mervin’s facebook XD)

 

Me with my sisses

 

Steph, Amie and me

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(EZRA) 8/52 : I want to cross that hazardous bridge on my own – if I can’t get to the other side, I’ll always be a kid

 

Quick shot of Ezra at IRRI’s Japanese Garden.

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I’m already 22, but I still feel like a kid. A lot of my friends seem really mature compared to me and they’re already independent. I don’t think I’m brave enough to be independent right now, but I’m trying to mentally prepare myself little by little.

Thanks a lot to my sister for taking my picture and editing it!

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