‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’

21 mga puna

If you think that Thais are only good in scaring us with their horror movies, well, think again.

‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ – Love came, love lost, love conquered.

Another sleeper-hit from Thailand after the success of ‘Hormones’ in 2008. Mario Maurer (Love of Siam) and actress-model Fern Pimchanok Leuwisedpaiboon showed us that time may change, people may change but hearts don’t.

On the other hand, Sudarat Budtporm (the equivalent of Philippines’ Eugene Domingo) who played Teacher Inn in the movie proved why she is Thailand’s hottest property today. Her presence commands attention and her comedic timing was very effortless.

Lemme say that this is one of the best teen flicks that I have watched in a long time. Anybody who fell in love will fall in love with this movie.

It would definitely remind the viewers of high school life, crushes, puppy loves, happiness, hopelessness, affection, attachment, awkwardness, and all the crazy little things that you do when you’re in love.

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Dal-awwwww!

25 mga puna

‎’DALAW’ – bad script, bad direction, bad movie. I gave up during the first ten minutes and felt like it was a waste of time and money. I had high hopes before watching this since Star Cinema redefined horror movies in the Philippines with ‘Feng Shui’ and ‘Sukob.’ I couldn’t even decide which movie was better because both of them were superb. ‘Dalaw’ is definitely one of the suckiest horror movies to date in the tradition of ‘Villa Estrella,’ another cinematic nightmare. My conclusion? I will NEVER EVER watch any Dondon Santos-directed movie again! I felt cheated and secretly wished that I watched ‘Father Jejemon’ instead. At least, with this Dolphy-movie, I’m ready for the worst.

Kris A. at her best...on still shot!

Surprisingly

117 mga puna

Surprisingly, I’m in the mood for blogging. I’ve just finished visiting some of the blog sites I frequent. As usual, some posts inspired me, some made me laugh like crazy, some taught me new things. Learning possibilities in the blogosphere are really endless.

Last night was my third night shift. I’ll be working for four consecutive thirteen-hour night shifts. One night to go. Surprisingly, it’s already 06:00 am and I do not feel sleepy yet.

It’s supposed to be a busy night due to an ongoing travel fair in Singapore and our contact center is the support for the event. Surprisingly, I only had three calls during my thirteen-hour shift. Applause.

I just finished ‘Coming Soon,’ a Thai Horror movie. My Thai colleague/housemate Krist (I call him ‘Pi,’ which means ‘big brother’ or ‘kuya‘) recommended the film. Surprisingly, it was dang crappy. It made the Star Cinema movie ‘Villa Estrella’ (one of the campiest horror movies to date) a superb one. coming soon

I’m wearing a bonnet and a scarf right now because it is freaking cold in our contact center. Surprisingly, I’m still freezing.

I made a list of what I have to accomplish today. I’ll reach my apartment before 09:00 am. I have to sleep only until 01:00 pm. After waking up, I have to prepare and take a forty minute train ride in going to LBC where I usually send money. By 03:00 pm, I have to be in Lowyatt (a place where computer stuffs could be found. It’s KL’s version of Greenhills) already. It’s a thirty minute travel from LBC to Lowyatt. I’m planning to purchase an external hard drive so that I could transfer all the movies and porns I downloaded because my laptop is running out of memory. I’m also planning to buy a laptop bag (backpack style) so that it would be easier for me to travel back to Manila on Thursday night. Before 06:00 pm today, I would have to be on my way back in order to go straight to the office for another night shift. It’s really a hectic day. Surprisingly, I’m excited.hard drive

I’ll be back in Manila on Friday. The Cebu Pacific Flight will arrive at 05:00 am. Yeah, it’s only a seven-day vacation but I promise to make the most out of it. Surprisingly, I’m not thinking about the quantity but the quality of my trip back home.

Manila, here I come!cebupacific

No Apologies

129 mga puna

I have not updated my blog for the longest time and I won’t apologize for that (grins). So what have I been doing for the past few days?

Sleep. Glorious sleep. Even superheroes need rest. I’ve taken advantage of my rest days to recharge before I continue my never-ending quest to conquer the world.sleep

Facebook. Yeah, I’m guilty prioritizing my farm in Farmville and taking care of my pet ‘Lingling’ in Pet Society. I’ve already reached Level 21 and there’s no stopping me. There are times when the first thing I think of when I wake up in the middle of the night is to harvest my crops. It’s making me crazy. And of course, I also keep myself busy by answering some quizzes and buying some friends to be my slave in Friends for Sale.

Gym. In a span of one month, I lost 12 lbs. Applause. Besides going to the gym, I also see to it that I don’t eat anything after 6pm as much as I can. But don’t expect me to have a Survivor-worthy body. I just wanted to lose some excess weight to prepare myself for the Mossimo Bikini Summit. hahaha

SP2Tagalog Shows. Boys Over Flowers has just ended last week. At first I thought the list of the shows that I usually watch will shorten but boy, I was wrong! The ever-beautiful, lovely, sexy, perfect Marian Rivera’s ‘Darna’ already started. ‘Survivor Philippines 2-Palau’ has also started to grace the boob tube (in my case, the
Filipino streaming sites) with a bang. The newest edition of ‘Starstruck’ will
be shown on Monday, and the list goes on.

haunting-in-connecticutMovies and TV Shows. I never fail to download the weekly episodes of Top Chef and Hell’s Kitchen. These two almost have the same format. Almost. Except the latter is more devious because of Chef Gordon Ramsay. Horror-Suspense Films also kept me glued to my laptop. Some films which are worth-mentioning are ‘The Haunting in Connecticut,’ ‘Orphan,’ ‘The Last House on the Left’ and ‘Friday the 13th.’

Jobstreet. I can’t help it. I’m doing the inevitable. During my spare time, I see to it that I submit my CV and try my luck. There’s no harm in trying anyway. Luckily, our ever-friendly IT’s have not blocked Jobstreet, yet. Yeah, I’ve considered applying in some companies in Manila. If the price is right, then why not?

keychainPasalubong. I’m doing some last-minute pasalubong for my family and friends. I’m going home next week for a long vacation. Seven days. And yup, I have yet to buy some keychains and chocolates which I promised to give to some people on September 4.

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Off-Topic: I received an sms from one of my dearest blogger-friends, RevSiopao and I quote ‘Pls save the dates:Dec 7-Priestly Ordination, 9am, St.Joseph Cathedral Balanga, Bataan/ Dec8-First Mass, 7pm, St.John the Baptist Parish, Pinaglabanan,
San Juan, MM.’

To RevSiopao, I’m really happy with the good news. Everybody in the blogosphere
misses you. Keep rocking on and continue inspiring us. God bless you.

I would also like to thank another blogosphere friend, Pareng Otep, for the picture
below that he did for me. Don’t forget to bring my shirt on September 4 because I
would not be wearing one. rye 8x8

Crazy Over Thai

41 mga puna

I was effin’ tired during my series of dayshifts that’s why when I finally had my night shift last week, I made the most out of it. Night shift is always synonymous to liberty in our contact center.

I slept for three and four hours during the first two nights, respectively. Of course, I still wore my headset just in case a client calls in the wee hours of the morning.

On my third night, I decided to do some Thai Movie Marathon. I dun wanna get bored and feel sleepy again. Haha. I wanna be alive, alert, awake, enthusiastic in order to serve our clients (whew!).

Scaring myself has always been one of the best past times. I usually watch horror/scary/gory movies when I’m alone. Although gory movies would always mean covering my eyes everytime the killer shows up because a killing spree will surely happen anytime soon.

Piper Halliwell was right when she said in the Chick Flick episode of Charmed, ‘I am being stalked by psycho killers and I hide in the shower?’  Characters in horror movies are always stupid.

And why do people who say ‘Don’t worry, we’ll be safe here’ are always the next to die?

Anyway, back to the Thai Movies I watched.  I’ve always believed that Thais are the masters of Horror Movies. I did not have second thoughts when I saw Dek Hor (Dorm) online. The film was critically acclaimed in Thailand, where it won more honors than any other film from the various award-giving bodies, including best picture from the Bangkok Critics Assembly.The film has had theatrical releases in Singapore and Malaysia and other film festivals, including the Pusan International Film Festival.

Dek hor (Thai: เด็กหอ, also Dorm or My School) is a 2006 Thai horror-drama film about a shy boy (Chatree) who is sent away under mysterious circumstances to a spooky boarding school.  But it’s not a horror film, so much as a ghost story which did not really need a lot of false scares.

dek hor

Dorm is a coming-of-age ghost story, with an atmosphere that changes with the central character’s moods.  As Chatree discovers more about the history of the school, he becomes less scared of it, and the film’s horror tactics relax. The mood remains quite morbid, however, and the carefully colored cinematography keeps us cautious as to where the story is heading.

After watching Dorm, I found out that the two main actors, Charlie Trairat and Sirachuch Chienthaworn had a new movie released last year, ‘Hormones.’

Hormones (Thai: ปิดเทอมใหญ่ หัวใจว้าวุ่น or Pidtermyai huajai wawoon) is a 2008 Thai romantic comedy film directed by Songyos Sugmakanan (he also directed ‘Dorm’). The literal meaning of the Thai title is ‘restless hearts during school break’ or ‘school break, hearts aflutter’.

Hormones

The film showed that love is not like school, there is no vacation or summer break. Yet the school’s summer break is actually the time all teenagers are waiting for. That’s when young hearts begin to throb in crazy tempo and the bubbling hormones compel teenagers to do crazy things, especially when it comes to love. The film intertwines four stories about young lovers over the summer school holiday. In this summer break, two boys are busy chasing a girl and racing to get her phone number; another boy is preparing a surprise for his secret crush; a young girl is busy learning Chinese to prepare herself for the concert of her favorite Taiwanese pop-star; and a boy is fighting the temptation to remain loyal to the love of his life.

Hormones picked up several awards, including a Jury Prize at last year’s Asian Marine Film Festival in Japan, and Focus Jirakul swept Thailand’s film awards for best supporting actress, including trophies for the Subhanahongsa, the Bangkok Critics and Kom Chad Luek awards.

This is a very well-made film, beautifully lit and craftily edited.  I was entertained, rather than annoyed.  And it was nostalgic, for once, long ago, I was a teenager who thought the world would end if I didn’t experience falling in love with someone or get laid. And I did a lot of stupid things, and got myself into situations I later regretted. But I don’t regret seeing this film.