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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can Read Over and Over and Over

Since The Perks of Being A Wallflower’s  (one of those books that I’ve read more than 5 times) movie adaptation is coming to the theaters tomorrow, I thought of listing down the 10 books that I could read over and over again. Some books that I love, I can’t repeatedly read coz they’re either too heavy or too long, but these ones are those that I can randomly pick up and choose random pages to read and I can still immerse myself in their world. (Oh and I didn’t put the Bible in here because obviously it’s something I should be reading everyday)

1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien

Okay, I know it’s cheating because they’re four books already, but hey, they’re in the same universe right? All in all, I’ve read them more than twenty times and I can still vividly picture scenes in my head (even those not covered by the movies). And I name 3/4 of my stuff (gadgets, trinkets, stuffed creatures) after characters from that world so that goes to show how much I love Tolkien’s work.

2. A Song Of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin

Truth be told, I haven’t finished A Dance with Dragons because the book after that hasn’t been published yet. And so I keep going back to certain parts of the other four books, especially whenever I watch the TV adaptations. Skip the gratuitous sex and the boring parts describing food and I’m all set. And the other 1/4 of my stuff get named after characters from here.

3. Mythology by Edith Hamilton

So technically, it’s not really a book per se, but all the stories of gods and goddesses and the puny humans and heroic demi gods have given birth to the archetypes we know now and so it’s nice to constantly go back to the original stories

4. The Story Of My Life by Helen Keller

Next to my mom and grandmother, she truly is the woman I admired the most since childhood. Since there was no internet yet when I was growing up, I grabbed everything I could find in the library about her. But reading her own actual words just gave her story more power and beauty for me. I still go back to her life whenever I feel like my life sucks

5. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I could put in a couple of other Gaiman books here, but Coraline takes the cake. Even if it still scares me (for reasons other than the Other Mother) I still read it over and over because I can somehow relate to the titular character’s need to be in a different place but ultimately realizing that where I am right now is where I’m supposed to be. Kinda like The Wizard of Oz but scarier.

6. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

The subject of the book is sad and sobering, but it was written in a way that it can make you laugh and cry at the same time. Oskar might just be my favorite little boy character ever. But don’t get me started on the awful movie adaptation that made me cry, but for vastly different reasons (anger and frustration)

7. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

It’s not enough that the movie is one of my all-time favorites. I had to discover the book it was based on and found to my delight that it was every bit as funny and memorable as the movie. The book and movie will always be my favorite love story (so far)

8. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The book that started this blog post is my favorite YA novel. No matter how old I get, I will always be able to relate to “Charlie” and how he just quietly (although of course I am rarely quiet) watches life pass him by and lives vicariously through his friends, until he starts feeling “infinite”. So many great quotable lines here too.

9. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

This book is devastating, and yet I cannot fully step away from the world of Kathy, Ruth and Tommy. And the big reveal still has the power to kick me in the gut and make me gasp, even though I obviously know about it by that time. The movie adaptation isn’t bad too.

10. What’s So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey

This is the book that brought me to a deeper understanding of the devastating beauty of God’s grace. And because I constantly lose sight of how undeserving I am of this grace, I have to go back to this and the Bible to remind myself that He is the only reason why I’m still breathing right now.

 

Runners-Up

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Chronicle of A Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Mills and Boons books by Charlotte Lamb

Blue Like Jazz by Don Miller

Stuff Christians Like by Jon Acuff

 

So, what are your books?

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Books, Top 10 Tuesday

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: New Fall Shows I’m Excited About (Plus Premiere Dates of Returning Shows)

It’s that time of the year again when the US Fall TV Season offers up new reasons for me to not have a life/be an insomniac once again. And although I’ve always had the misfortune of falling in love with new tv shows only to have them cancelled after 10 episodes, I will still risk my heart for these shows

(All the dates here are adjusted to Philippine time already, for easier, uhm, acquisition)

666 Park Avenue (premieres October 1)

In a Nutshell: The residents of The Drake, an Upper East Side apartment building have all made a deal with the Devil to have their deepest desires fufilled. Supernatural hijinks ensue

Who’s In It: Locke and Wilhelmina! I mean Terry O Quinn and Vanessa Williams. Plus the dreamy Dave Annable 🙂

It’s Probably Like: The Shining meets American Horror Story

Arrow (premieres October 11)

In a nutshell: Origin story of Green Arrow (not to be confused with Green Lantern), millionaire playboy by day, vigilante crime fighter by night. Sounds familiar? But I’m still hopeful they’ll do a fresh take on this superhero trope

Who’s In It: Stephen Amell, voted most likely to be this season’s hearthrob

It’s Probably Like: Batman meets Smallville

Beauty and the Beast (premieres October 12)

In a Nutshell: Not the Disney animated version, but a remake of the 80s TV show (which I violated the “No TV on a school night” rule for). My only apprehension is that the Beast won’t be actually a beast, only a hot guy with a scar, which is kinda lame. But I will still watch

Who’s In It: Lana Lang! Kristin Kreuk makes her TV return, and I hope this time she won’t be just an accessory to the hero. And the Beast is played by newcomer Jay Ryan (may give Arrow a run for his money)

It’s Probably Like: The 80s TV show, but with gadgets and social networks

Elementary (premiers September 26)

In a Nutshell: Sherlock. And that should be reason enough right? I’m still confused if it’s an Americanized version of the hugely popular BBC drama or if it’s a totally different (but slightly similar) take on the original “mentalist” detective

Who’s In It: Jonny Lee Miller aka Angelina Jolie’s first (and second hottest) husband as the titular character and Lucy Liu as Watson. Yes, she’s a girl. Let’s hope there is no “will they or won’t they” storyline

It’s Probably Like: May or may not be like BBC’s Sherlock (we’ll see…we’ll see)

Last Resort (premieres September 28)

In A Nutshell: A submarine and its crew defies an order to fire nuclear weapons so they go on the run and…I’m not really sure where this is headed, but I’m willing to suspend my disbelief

Who’s In It: Scott Speedman!!!! I’ve missed you Ben. Andre Braugher as the leader of the crew and Robert Patrick will probably play some asshole-y guy (as always)

It’s Probably Like: Crimson Tide meets The Rock but on a smaller screen

The Mindy Project (premieres September 26)

In a Nutshell: An OB-GYN who is a shameless rom-com aficionado and her search for love. Sounds hinky, but I’m a huge fan of the show creator and lead star

Who’s In It: Mindy Kaling! I truly believe she’s one of the funniest and most brilliant comediennes of her generation. Her character in The Office is one of my favorites, even though she should be so annoying and detestable

It’s Probably Like: Bridget Jones’ Diary but funnier and more hip

Nashville (premiers October 11)

In a Nutshell: A fading country star has to compete with a teen sensation. Now, I’m not a fan of country music but I am a huge fan of dramas set in the South. Maybe it’s those accents…

Who’s In It: Connie Britton! I would watch anything this woman is in. Even if it means I have to endure Hayden Panettiere every week

It’s Probably Like: Dallas but with country music

The New Normal (premieres September 12)

In a Nutshell: A gay couple hires a single mom to be their surrogate. Oh, and it’s by Glee creator Ryan Murphy. It hasn’t premiered yet, but it’s already causing controversy and boycotts. Let’s see what the (obvious) fuss is about

Who’s In It: I actually don’t know any of the stars. Which can be a good thing too

It’s Probably Like: Modern Family, if Cam and Mitchell were the main characters. Hoping it will be just as funny too

Revolution (premieres September 18)

In a Nutshell: I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic books/movies/TV shows and this one is created by JJ Abrams and Erik Kripke (Supernatural) so I’m so there. In their universe, electricity (and consequently technology) has disappeared. The horrors!!!

Who’s In It: Our beloved Juliet returns! Elizabeth Mitchell makes her TV comeback, and this time, hopefully it’s longer than V. There are a bunch of other lesser-known but familiar faces too

It’s Probably Like: I actually have no idea beyond the post-apocalyptic theme. But I’m very excited!

Vegas (premieres September 26)

In a Nutshell: A sheriff-rancher goes up against a powerful gangster. Oh, and it’s set in the 60s and based on a true story. Not to be confused with Las Vegas

Who’s In It: Dennis Quaid. Michael Chiklis. Jason O Mara (the king of cancelled tv shows). Carrie Ann Moss. Now that’s star power

It’s Probably Like: Justified, but set in the 60s

WHEN WILL OUR (MY) FAVORITE SHOWS RETURN?

30 Rock – Oct 5

Big Bang Theory – Sept 28

Blue Bloods – Sept 29

Bones – Sept 18

Castle – Sept 25

CSI – Sept 27

Fringe – Sept 29 (last season noooooooo)

The Good Wife – Oct 1

Happy Endings – Oct 24

Hawaii Five O – Sept 25

Homeland – Oct 1

How I Met Your Mother – Sept 25

Law and Order SVU – Sept 27

The Mentalist – Oct 1

New Girl – Sept 26

Nikita – Oct 20

Once Upon A Time – Oct 1

Parks and Rec – Sept 21

Person of Interest – Sept 28

Revenge – Oct 1

Scandal – Sept 28

Suburgatory – Oct 18

Supernatural – Oct 4

The Vampire Diaries – Oct 12

The Walking Dead – Oct 15

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2012 in Top 10 Tuesday

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Pop Culture Things I’m Excited About Now

1. The Dark Knight Rises

Obviously, if you really know me, this would be my first item since Batman is my favorite superhero and Christopher Nolan is my favorite director. And this trilogy by Nolan has to got to be one of, if not, the best superhero movie adaptation. While I’m always cautious about my expectations on big-budget movies, I expect nothing less but perfection in this third film. That’s how much Nolan has earned my trust. And from the reviews I’ve seen so far, he does not disappoint. “Oh my goodness” and “He didn’t just do that!” action sequences, a detestable yet weirdly appealing villain, dystopian sensibilities, emo soul-searching internal dialogues, venerable father figures, a tender romantic angle (maybe 3rd time’s the charm for Bruce), supporting characters that can actually do a spin-off (I’m looking at you Joseph Gordon-Levitt): these are the things I’m expecting and will probably get (based on reviews I actually read)

2. Superman: Man of Steel

Since we’re talking about superheroes….I am not the biggest Superman fan but all the news from the Comic Con this year gives me hope that this might just be an interesting take on the franchise. Besides, how can you resist Henry Cavill?

The poster looks awesome too

3. The Hobbit

It’s still 5 months away but already I am excited beyond belief about a return trip to Middle Earth. While Westeros has captured my imagination for the past months, my first love would always be JRR Tolkien’s creations. Peter Jackson has taken a somewhat “liberated” approach to the adaptation by including fan favorites Legolas and Galadriel who aren’t even in the book, but of course in Jackson we trust. And all those video diaries during the shoot has added to the anticipation. Now it’s time to re-read The Hobbit, and re-watch the whole LOTR trilogy (extended versions and behind the scenes videos included of course)

4. Game of Thrones Season 3

Speaking of Westeros…March 2013 is indeed so far away (why? why? why?) but the  introduction of the new cast members for Season 3 has hyped up the excitement this early. I’m very happy with the casting of Jojen Reed (one of my book favorites) – the boy who played Liam Neeson’s son in Love Actually and the voice of Ferb (Phineas and Ferb is a cartoon on Disney) – Thomas Brodie Sangster. Dame Diana Rigg (who played Emma Peel in the original Avengers – nope, not that Avengers) will play Lady Olenna, the grandmother of Margery and Loras Tyrell. Richard Dormer looks old-handsome enough to play Beric Dondarrion who is actually….okay, i won’t spoil it for those who didn’t read the books. To see the rest of the new cast, watch the video below

5. Fringe Season 5 

I am still in denial that this is the last season of Fringe. Just like with the departure of Buffy, Lost and The X-Files (I’m sensing a pattern here), my TV life will never be the same when it ends. But in the meantime, I will look forward to this last season which will be mostly set in the future, which might mean more Desmond, I mean Henry Ian Cusick time 🙂

6. The Newsroom

I was a bit hesitant to show the first episode of this new Aaron Sorkin penned drama to my classes because I was afraid they wouldn’t appreciate the rapid-fire dialogue and sometimes preachy journalism tone. But to my surprise, they enjoyed it and even developed a new-found appreciation for their tv production class. And since it was my 3rd viewing of that episode, I still laughed, got teary-eyed and slow clapped in the same parts. Looking forward to watching the other 3 episodes currently shown.

7. So You Think You Can Dance Season 9

I really wish more people I know would watch my favorite reality competition program (yes, more than AI or even The Amazing Race, which has gotten a little stale for me) so that you would understand why I go ga-ga over choreographers and why my heart breaks everytime a dancer is sent home. It’s no easy feat for dancers from different styles to dance with each other and randomly draw a dance style that may well be out of their comfort zone. But they do this week in and week out and so the frustrated non-dancer in me has to stand up and applaud them every week too. Plus Cat Deeley is the best host ever!

8. New albums!

Most of them are months away again, but I am eagerly awaiting new albums from Mumford and Sons (finally! Their album is constantly being abused on my iTunes), The xx, Passion Pit, The Shins, Grizzly Bear, Cat Power, Mazzy Star. Plus all these new albums I’ve been discovering on noisetrade. (check out my post on this)

9. Skycable now offers Goal 1 and Goal 2

Only fellow football fans would understand why I am both ecstatic and afraid of this new development. Goodbye sleep is all I can say.

10. The London Olympics 2012

I dunno if it’s the Muse song or the P&G ad that has me actually looking forward to this, even though I would only be following swimming, tennis, maybe gymnastics and of course football (I don’t think any of those sports have Filipinos competing in them right?)

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Top 10 Tuesday

 

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(Belated) Top 10 Tuesday: Why I Love Coffee Shops

This blog is named coffeecoffeecofee, but it’s not technically about coffee. But today, I digress from the usual pop culture stuff to talk about why I love coffee shops (and coffee) in general. After all, coffee has already become an integral part of our pop culture.

This is about why I fell in love with coffee shops. Yes, most of them are over-priced, as some friends always like to point out. But the truth is, coffee shops have stopped being purely about coffee since the proliferation of Starbucks-es, Figaro-s and the likes. And personally, these are the reasons why I prefer to hang out there most of the time.

1. I go there when everything seems just too much. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life now, but there are just days and moments when you just need to get away and be alone and be anonymous and just be somwhere other than there. When I need to work, I bring along my trusty laptop. When I don’t need to work, I just bring a book or a notebook and pen. I sometimes don’t tell anyone where I’m going just so no one will bug me. Or sometimes, I just tell them because I know that after an hour or so, I will crave their company. Eventually

2. I go there when I want to people watch. The people who go to coffee shops are pretty interesting. There are those who devour frapuccinos like there’s no tomorrow. There are the beautiful people who parade in and out like stars in a music video about coffee. There are the ones who crave solitude ironically, in a public place, but in a corner with their books and mp3 players. There are those who meet up with long lost friends over coffee cups and pastries. There are the workaholics who can’t seem to let go of their laptops. And yes, I am sometimes all of those. Well, except for the frapuccinos and the beautiful people.

3. I go there when I want a good cup of coffee. I’m sorry, but I truly believe that instant coffee is not real coffee. Nothing beats Starbucks’ Sumatra or Figaro’s Amaretto or my new favorite, Slice’s Chocnut Coffee. The smell, the texture, the scalding hotness as it goes down my throat, and the eventual jolt as it enters my system. Those are things that instant coffee (no matter how “now” it is) can never give me. And yes, sometimes I do give in to the inevitable iced drinks and frapuccinos, but brewed coffee is still the real deal.

4. I go there when I want to meet up with long lost friends, or even everyday friends. It is quiet enough that you can hear each other talk, unlike if you meet up in a mall or that thing called a bar, which will never ever be conducive to intimate declarations. And yet, it is public enough that you can laugh out loud without incurring the wrath of the people sitting next to you, unless they are the kind that attempt to ‘study’ in coffee shops. (Honey, this isn’t a library, so better bring earphones or something)

5. Most coffeeshops offer free wifi (except for Starbucks boo) and for someone who breathes online, this is always a good thing.

6. Coffee + aircon + wifi + headphones = conducive to writing

7. Most coffeeshops have really good pastries to satisfy my always sweet tooth

8. A lot of my best ideas have come from just sitting in coffeeshops, staring blankly into space and waiting for eureka moments. Granted, not all of these ideas have borne fruit, but someday, that idea notebook will come in handy.

9. Coffeeshops always smell good. Enough said

10. And yes, the plan one day is to have my own coffee shop/library, where people can do all the things I mentioned above. So while that is still in the pipeline, I will continue to make the rounds of all the coffee shops in Manila and fortify that idea in my head

So why do you love coffee shops?

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Top 10 Tuesday

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Keep Me Up At Night (And Make Me Caffeine Dependent the Next Day)

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t an insomniac. Sleeping before 10PM means I’m sick or I’m really really tired. And 3-4 hours a night is a normal thing for me. Meh, who needs 8 hours anyways? So these are ten of the reasons why it’s so difficult to get more winks at night

Oh, I’m not necessarily recommending them because you might blame me if you end up an insomniac like me. But, try at your own risk!

1. Twitter

Yup, it’s the number one culprit. Since people on the other side of the world are just starting to tweet and the night owls on our side are alive and active, it’s so hard to get away from conversations, interesting RT’s and breaking news tweets.

2. Guilty pleasure books

I usually like reading my thoughtful and deep books during the weekends or early in the morning while drinking coffee. But for bedtime reading, my go-to books are my guilty pleasure authors, meaning: Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson, Sue Grafton, and the occasional Harlequin and Mills and Boons love stories. Because they’re very easy to flip through, I end up finishing a book in one night/dawn

3. Football

Whether it’s late night/early morning matches, browsing through the endless footie websites, tweeting with my footie friend, FIFA12 on the iPad, or going through the archives of my official fangirl footie site Kickette, this sport has taken hold of my life in a way that only fellow football fans would ever understand

4. Pinterest

If you follow me on Twitter and are friends with me on Facebook, you know that this is my newest addiction. It’s like a rabbit hole that I never want to emerge from. One picture will lead to another, which will lead to a new user that has a gazillion interesting pictures, and so on and so forth. If you haven’t tried it yet, careful or you will spaz like there’s no tomorrow

5. TV Shows

I seldom watch TV shows on an actual television. It’s more like I download 5 or so shows in one night, then watch them all the night after. I have an endless list of shows that I follow religiously, not to mention catching up on back episodes of shows I’ve neglected and yes, even watching episodes I’ve watched over and over again.

6. The games that have “with Friends”

Words With Friends. Hanging With Friends. Scramble With Friends. Occasionally, Chess With Friends. I very seldom win in any of these games (goes to show how smart my friends are) but I keep trying and trying and trying

7. Fixing my iTunes

Because I have around 70+ gigs worth of music on my hard drive alone, I keep deleting, adding, making playlists, manually putting album covers, etc. I am that OC about my music collection.

8. School stuff

Checking assignments, papers, researching for lessons, preparing lesson plans, answering students’ emails, blah blah blah. When I actually start studying for my Masters, I will be doing all these twice over, but this time I’ll be on the other side of the fence. I am both scared and excited for it!

9. Writing

I haven’t done this for a while now, but when I’m in the mood, I write up a storm. And not just typing in a computer writing, but actual, physical writing in a notebook. The downside is that when I’m actually trying to transfer my writing digitally, I can’t understand my own handwriting

10. Late night conversations with God

I dunno how you pray, but over the years, I’ve developed more of a conversation-type of prayer life. Not that i actually audibly hear God speak ha. It’s more like I “talk” to Him about all the things that happened during the day: the good, the bad, the trivial, the annoying, the happy parts. And then I keep silent then try to “listen” to His heart, mostly through His Word, the whispers to my heart that only He and I could understand and decipher.

So, what keeps you up at night?

(and yes, sometimes you keep me up at night. or rather, the imaginary conversations i have with you)

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Top 10 Tuesday

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Pop Culture Recommendations

It’s that time of the week (hopefully I really make it weekly) where I make some recommendations on the pop culture side of things. Let me know if you tried out one or two of these

NPR Music (and its iPad app)

I’m always constantly on the look-out for new music and my constant source for everything non-pop and non-mainstream is NPR Music. Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson are some of my favorite music pundits. I listen to the All Songs podcast weekly and check out their daily First Listen where you can stream the latest releases. I’m also currently enjoying their Austin 100, a mix of 100 songs from artists to watch out at SXSW. Oh and I recently discovered their awesome awesome iPad app!

Awake (new TV show)

The newest complicated TV show has aired just one episode but is already gaining critical momentum. The plot may be confusing at first. Lucius Malfoy, errr, I mean Jason Isaacs plays a detective who goes back to work after being in an accident with his wife and son, only to find out that every time he goes to sleep, he switches between realities, one where his wife died and the other where his son is the one who died. Whew. Did you get that? The pilot is exciting, intriguing, and yes, a tad bit confusing. But I’m gonna give this a chance and hope the US audience does too

 David Finch in Manila (not to be confused with the director David Fincher)

Graphic novel and Batman fans would know who David Finch is. But for those who are not, he is a comic book artist who is writing and drawing The Dark Knight Batman arc. He has also worked on The Ultimate X-Men and The New Avengers. He will be in town to do some talks and of course, a book signing. For more info you can go to the Fully Booked microsite here.

Batman Reel Time

Speaking of Batman and Fully Booked, they have  free (first come, first served) screenings of Batman animated and movie classics from Thursday to Friday at their Bonifacio High Street branch.Click here for the screening schedule While you’re there and if you have an iOs device, check out their augmented reality Imagine App. It’s hard to explain, so just download the app and go there to see for yourself.

Sari Sari Sounds

Internet radio is the new black. Well, at least if you have a decent internet connection and would like to listen to the radio format without all the commercials and annoying DJs. My favorite of the bunch is Sari Sari Sounds. They play all original pilipino music, and not the headache inducing kind. You have a good mix of indie, jazz, blues, r&b, electronica, every musical genre under the sun with just one common thread: proudly pinoy!

Chaos Walking Trilogy

Because I’m trying to read Dance With Dragons (the 5th and latest installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire saga) as slowly as possible, I take quick breaks from Westeros and visit a new universe. Patrick Ness’ award-winning saga is another dystopian young adult series in the tradition of Hunger Games. I’m still in the first book The Knife of Never Letting Go, but already I feel myself getting slowly pulled into the life of New World, Prentisstown and Todd Hewitt. I have to  read the trilogy before Hollywood turns it into a movie

Back Four Bums (a Pinoy football podcast)

If you are a Pinoy football fan, then this is a must! Probably the first Pinoy football podcast ever and I couldn’t be happier coz it features four of my favorite local pundits: Ebong Joson aka The Blue Haired Fan, Cedelf Tupas of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rick Olivares an AKTV commentator and Bleachers Brew and Bob Guerrero, your resident ABS-CBN commentator. They have the latest Azkals and UFL news, analysis and just football hilarity all around

Game of Thrones goodies

Season 2 trailer with Florence + The Machine (two of my favorite things in the world)

And that epic GoT tribute in the opening sequence of The Simpsons

COMMUNITY IS COMING BACK ON MARCH 15!!!

Yes, I had to say that in all caps coz I’m that excited!!! We are still not 100% sure that this cult favorite will be back for a 4th season but there is hope since they didn’t cancel them mid-season. Seriously, if you haven’t started watching this, you only have 3 1/2 seasons to catch up and discover why we are that crazy about this show. They are releasing 3 animated shorts to promote the return, but unfortunately they will be released on Hulu only (which is unavailable here). I am hoping some kind individual will upload it on YouTube soon

Two more weeks till The Hunger Games

I still refuse to raise my expectations but it’s hard not to get caught up in Hunger Games fever. So yeah, I will be inwardly squealing until March 22. In the meantime,here are all three trailers in case you haven’t seen it yet

Some other pop culture tidbits

  • They canceled Terra Nova. Not enough dinosaurs?
  • Why is Fringe on a break? I am going into withdrawals
  • A devotional based on The Hobbit? Why not!
  • My AI bets are in the Top 13: Philip, Hee Jun, Jessica and Skylar
  • But The Voice still beats AI in my book! Go Jordis!

 

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Top 10 Tuesday

 

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Belated Top Ten Tuesday: Pop Culture Things I’m Looking Forward To

DISCLAIMER: I haven’t been commissioned by any of these shows/groups. I’m just really excited for them and I want you to be excited too! Just click on the links for the official sites

1. The Sound of Music

There was a time when I was young that I watched The Sound of Music almost everyday and I could quote to you every scene and I would gladly sing to you any of the songs from the movie. My mother and brother are huge fans too, and so when we heard that there was a local production (Joana Ampil!!!), we knew we couldn’t pass this up. So yeah, tickets secured and we’re good to go on Nov 20!

2. Visual/Voices at Ayala Museum

I always love attending Ayala Museum events coz they’re very informative and interesting. This time around, it’s a talk by Spanish filmmakers Carlos Casas and Martha Atienza on filmmaking and its social impact. Should be another good one and something I can use in the classes I teach. If you’re going to be there, say hi to me coz I’ll be alone 🙂

3. Stomp! Manila ’11

I’ve always been a huge fan of Stomp and I think I had around 5 DVDs of theirs (and whoever has it, please return it to me!!!) so I’m really psyched that I can finally watch them live! They’re a percussion group, but instead of using actual drums and stuff, they use everyday things like brooms, cans, barrels, etc. I can’t really explain it, but here, just watch

4. Pelicula, Pelikula: The 10th Spanish Film Festival

I know some people find it weird that I love everything Spanish (football, food, men, the country itself and of course, films) since they were our conquerors for 300 years, but I just have a fascination with them. And yes, this year’s film line-up looks great. And yes, I will probably be able to watch only 1 or 2, but that’s okay with me, as long as I get to watch!

5. Next to Normal: The Repeat

I so regret not being able to catch this the first time around, so I will take advantage of this, even if I have to watch it alone. And judging from what my friends are saying, i will probably be bawling my eyes out the first 10 minutes or so. It’s about a woman struggling with bi-polar disorder and depression, so something I can relate to somewhat. Haha. Oh and it has Jett Pangan, one of my eternal crushes

6. Lisa Macuja’s last full-length performance

Lisa Macuja in Romeo and Juliet, dancing for the last time on stage. Bound to be nostalgic and beautiful. I’m so there. Anyone want to watch with me? I will probably cry too

7. Jason Mraz Live in Manila

Even though I’m Yours was overplayed to death and made me lose a little love for him, Jason Mraz is still one of my fave pop singer/songwriters. And this concert is promising to be an intimate special acoustic evening (although how you can be intimate in Smart Araneta is another matter altogether). Again, anyone planning to go see this?

8. Walking Dead Season 2!!!

One of my surprise fave shows from last year was this post-apocalyptic romp through zombieland. I love it not just coz of its scare factor and the awesome grossness of killing zombies, but because it has heart and a great script and deep characterization. Whoever thought that zombie killing can actually make me cry? So psyched for the second season! Oh and if you didn’t know it yet, Deputy Grimes is the guy who was in love with Kiera Knightley in Love Actually 😛

9. THE AVENGERS TRAILER!!!!

Yes, all caps! I trust Joss Whedon and all the actors to not screw this up. Oh, and Hawkeye!!! And first look at Mark Ruffalo (another eternal crush) as The Hulk. Squee!

Captain America: Big man in a suit and armor. Take that away and what are you?

Iron Man: A genius, billionaire, playboy philantrophist

Thor: Hahahahaha

10. Liverpool v Manchester United derby on October 15

Okay, not strictly pop culture, but a big deal for me. Last season wasn’t too great for Liverpool, but this season is shaping up to be a good comeback, so bring it on Red Devils! The Reds will never walk alone!

 

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