Saturday, February 18, 2012

"Will you be that love for me?"

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This is Marry You / Marry Me by Korean singer (and my ultimate girl crush) Kim Hyun Joong. It was recently released digitally, and he said that it was dedicated to his fans yet this is not the thing that led me to post this in my blog. It's not the song, though I don't pretty much understands what he says unless I translate it XD, it was the video itself.

See for yourself:



Ain't it cute? The use of sand art was pretty unique and brilliant, the images were so cute it almost felt hand drawn. This was really excellent work for me, And I don't know, no matter how much I don't understand the lyrics, something about this makes me smile every time I watch and listen to this. Maybe it's how KHJ's voice caresses the lyrics on acoustic (BTW, I totally love his acoustics solos). Or it's the video playing on me. I don't know, I just love Kim Hyun Joong oppa to bits, that I don't know which specific part I love in this.

But seriously, this video was sooo heartwarming. The story arc was simple enough, things you could see almost everyday, yet the approach to show it was pretty awesome. It felt like my ideal love story is unraveling before my very eyes. At some point, I even imagined myself settling for something like this. Simple, maybe not perfect, but in the end, it all boils down to the happiness of each other's company as you build your own world, create your own family, and live your life in total happiness. After watching it, I can't help but feel warm inside - happiness, I guess. It never failed to make me smile.

The lyrics were good too, very romantic though shallow for my tastes, as with most Kpop songs when translated to english. (Click HERE for the english translation of the song.) After reading it, I pretty much wish I am the one he's singing it for. Haha. XP

Georgia on my Mind

This is probably my American Idol fan girl acting up... but I must admit: Idol did play a major role in me liking jazz music. it sure fired me up a bit more when two of my most favorites Idol contestants walked that stage: Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams, both with their growly, jazzy voices. And ever since they appeared on the show, people began to appreciate jazz music more, and sure enough, they proved to be visionaries for this season, many jazz crooners are in it in the show.

One song that has been used, and cliched to the bone ever since I remember watching Idol is Georgia on my Mind. Oh yes, the same old song, different arrangement, different styles, different range. During the course of my experience watching Idol, this song has proven to be an ear worm (well, depending on how it is sung)And this season is no exception.

During Hollywood week, there are a bunch who covered this in my heart's delight. Here are the ones that stood out in my opinion:

1. Jen Hirsch 



This lady was really something. I mean, really. Slow start, with a cabaret-ish feel to it. And you know what? I like it. How she caresses the lyrics and took time for the song to build up until it reached the chorus where she belted some serious notes. It sounded as somewhat more like a ballad  when she started reaching for the high notes, but for some strange reason, I loved it. And she sure deserved that standing O the judges gave her.

2. Adam Brock



The presence of Haley and Casey accustomed my ears to some serious melodic growling, so Adam was dear to my heart. Another raspy, growly singer. He kinda reminds me of Danny Gokey back in Season 7, not that I don't like him, but it just feels weird. Nonetheless, this version was also something. And I would really love to have see growling, edgy artists back on stage.

3. Reed Grimm



And finally, Reed Grimm. Everyone was going gaga over Heejun Han, but this man is definitely my bet for this season. I seriously think he would be in the Top 12 or 13, whatsoever. From the quirky over the top group numbers, to his hilarious song choice of "I've got a golden ticket" from Willy Wonka (that was a fitting choice I guess), and to this. Given that he sang Georgia on my Mind, he really made a mark on me. Haha, I know I'm pretty biased. But who cares. Lol. He may be a bit hyperactive/energetic or whatever you would describe that, and a bit too much sometimes, but screw it, here is talent. He makes real music. Plus the fact that he thought about this performance almost in impromptu, I mean, seriously? He could pull off something like that in such a short amount of time? That's genius! i hope he would go far in the competition.


But no matter how I blabber about  these Season 11 performances, still, nothing can beat the first time this song made a mark on me. Oh yes, my baby love Casey made me fall in love with this song instantly, and made the stand up bass look as if it were the sexiest instrument in the world. Haha. I know, his charisma just always get into me. I really cracked up when I read his Twitter description: "I am Casey and I play the Bassy." XD. Well, so much about that, here is the performance, and please take note of the Steven's lovely vocalising in the background:



Oh, you big hairball of cuteness! :*

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Shadows

I was visiting @ vivatgerina last night, and I saw THIS!

Waaah! New Game of Thrones Season 2 Teaser Trailer. And tease they did!



Tyrion: "I understand how the way this game is played..."

Tyrion's bad-assery. Goodness! I can't wait to finish Game of Thrones (book) and head on to A Clash of Kings - quick! Oh well, some lurkers there in YouTube warned us off to not look into the comment section because some jerks are spoiling it but I can't help but look anyway. Haha. Besides, I've already looked at some Wikipedia pages because of how the series rocks my world. And though I pretty much know what happens in the first book, I'm still trying to finish it (I'm currently on 500+ page of the 700+ pages in my e-book). It's taking up some time really, because this is not some book you go about reading when you just don't know what to do. This book need concentration! It's selfish, I know. XD I swear I'll buy the whole series in NBS, because it is now available in BOX SETS! I can't survive the whole series just reading it at e-book, y'know?

Okay, from useless book ramblings.. continuing on to my fan girling:

This just bring my excitement to a whole new level! I mean, seriously? This has got to be the most epic of all the epic series produced that I've seen. Game of Thrones for the WIN! XD Gawd, I'm so excited! :))

Fog

Sometimes, I think I was so indifferent my whole life that it somehow took the best of me. I mean, yeah, I’ve been expressive often bordering to too much emotion and sensitivity in my writings (you can see it in my book reflections, I guess), but it was completely opposite in real life.

I was too flat to function – and that was a fact.

I guess I might have been too used to faking it that I ended up feeling that it was the most natural thing for me to do. My reactions were almost too made up that sometimes, I felt that the way I react to people was already laid down in absolute detail and all I needed to do was refer to it and I’d absolutely know what to do. Those moments where you feel that like life is scripted and you just have to act all according to what was written – that sort of feeling.

 Sometimes, I have these things in my head, but I would react otherwise. This was too twisted for me, that all I could do was write it down somewhere and vent out my true feelings between pen and paper. I am used to ignoring things like that. Too indifferent have I been this past few years, that sometimes, I wonder if I could let it go just once. Well, there were times where I am caught off guard, and I tend to do what my mind really tells me to do, and at those moments, I found myself regretting what I said or do once the words flowed out of my mouth like vomit or I subconsciously let my body act according to its will. Sometimes, I am incapable of instantaneous reaction because I was being to precocious with myself. I don’t even know why I became like this when in fact I don’t want to be like this in the first place.

Why I swear over vanity products

I’ve been putting this off for too long deciding whether or not to post something like this. But since I figured out that THIS blog is MINE and I can put anything I like in here depending on how I like them, I’m sharing this anyway. XP

I don’t know if this will come a bit of a surprise, but aside from Book blogs, I also do follow a good deal of fashion and makeup bloggers. I don’t know if it’s my insecurity acting up, but I do love to read everything they’re about to say about what products are in, what are worth it or not to buy, what clothes to wear, and what pieces go together with which. And since I have some products I use on my own, I would just like to give them a wee bit of space in this blog of mine. This blog is a collection of things that I love, and I love these products to the bone.

1.       Maybelline Clear Smooth 8-1 Skin Transformer BB Cream

Maybelline Clear Smooth 8-in-1 Skin Transformer B.B Cream in 02 Natural, P299.00

There was a time when zits are appearing nonstop in my face it almost drove me nuts. So I decided to search on the internet of products that would help me with this problem, first on I was on moisturizer, and then it was when I stumbled upon an article that I think is about secrets of Korean celebrities on their flawless, soft skin. I really admire their complexions, and it turned out, this product - BB, cream is a craze in there.

BB cream, are supposed to mean Blemish Balm cream. As we all know, cosmetic surgery is literally abused in Korea so products to heal the scars of these said procedures are quite in demand. Yes, this was some kind of a skin healing therapy, at first, given by dermatologists after surgical procedures and since the results were favourable, it rose to fame, and sooner earned a name for itself as a coveted cosmetic product. Almost all Korean celebrities use it I think, including Song Hye Kyo whose skin was soo beautiful I can just sulk in the corner and cry. Haha. And so I searched for popular BB cream brands in the Philippines and I found myself reading that Ashley Gosiengfiao is using this. So yeah. There it was. How I discovered the product.

I’ve been using this BB cream for almost five months now, and I can say that ever since I discovered this miracle of a product, I became really dependent to it. And did I mention that it was an ‘8-in-1 Skin Transformer’. It brightens, evens out, smoothens, refines, clears, conceals, moisturizes, and even protect skins. Every good thing in cosmetics combined. It’s not heavy on the face, unlike cream foundations. It was very light it feels as if you just sprayed moisturizer in your face. Plus, it proves to be a good make-up base. My zits are almost gone, and it helped that it conceals scars and my enormous eye bags, though lightly. I can fix myself up 5 minutes before time, and I’m still good to go. This was very convenient, especially when I’m going late to class or any appointment I’m having.

2.       Professional Touch Salon Styling Mousse

Professional Touch Salon Styling Mousse, P121.00


I recently got a perm, and it was proving to be inconvenient at times. But with this product, everything is set. The hairdresser recommended me to buy something like this to set my hair into mood every time I’d go out. Without this, my hair would’ve been a big mess. It holds my hair in place, maintaining the volume that I like.” Volumising. With extra Hold. Conditions and Shines.”, says the product. And it has Pro Vitamin B5 too.
This was one of those products that make me crave for something to eat. Haha. I really enjoyed using this because of how it looked like in my hands. It’s like foam? Somehow, it reminds me of whip creams and God knows how much I love whip creams. You shake it, and spout it like cream. Sometimes I find myself tempted to taste it, but goodness, I hope not. Luckily, I’m still able to control myself. Haha, creepy right?

3.       Maybelline Lip Balm in Strawberry

Maybelline Lip Balm in Strawberry, P80.00

I’m crazy about Maybelline products. And who doesn’t need a lip balm in this weather? ‘Nuff said, I guess.

These products literally help me through every day. They are really relatively cheap, if you know what I mean. I look hideous having just 5 hours of sleep every day, AT MOST! (If that doesn’t emphasize it, I don’t know what will. XD)  And my eye bags and pale face doesn’t really help. For a girl, who rarely goes out because of all the books she had to read even on vacation (school books, and lit books alike) and all the assignments that her professors are piling up on her, this would prove helpful in making me feel that I’m not all the nerd they thought I would be. Being a nerd is a good thing for me, but fixing myself up so I don’t look like I just got up from bed is not a bad idea either.


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Friday, February 3, 2012

That hits home!

I’m still at chapter one but I’m already highlighting like crazy. Just wanna share a quote that made me shiver because I suddenly remembered something.

Quotes like these are my lifeline. That moment when you read a passage and it suddenly hit you because it was everything that you are and you are wondering how a stranger could figure it all out when you yourself can’t – that’s treasure.


I do need time, though, for Naoko’s face to appear. And as the years have passed, the time has grown longer. The sad truth is that what I could recall in five seconds all too soon needed ten, then thirty, then a full minute – like shadows lengthening at dusk. Someday, I suppose, he shadows will be swallowed up in darkness. There is no way around it: my memory is growing ever more distant from the spot where Naoko used to stand – ever more distant from the spot where my old self used to stand. And nothing but scenery, that view of the meadow in October, returns again and again to me like a symbolic scene in a movie. Each time it appears, it delivers a kick to some part of my mind. “Wake up,” it says. I’m still here. Wake up and think about it. Think about why I’m still here.” The kicking never hurts me. There’s no pain at all. Just a hollow sound that echoes with each kick. And even that is bound to fade one day. At the Hamburg airport, though, the kicks were longer and harder than usual. Which is why I’m writing this book. To think. To understand. It just happens to be the way I’m made. I have to write things down to feel I truly comprehend them.” ~ Toru Watanabe from Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

From that vivid remembering and the sudden shrivelling away of that memory. To the unexpected kicking, and how it never hurts but it makes you feel empty all at the same time. And up to the fact that writing is the only way to organize and realize your own scrambled thoughts. That was me. Back then, back there, and until now.

I’m sure it happened to all of us, one time or another. That feeling that you know you’re gonna hold on to that special memory forever no matter what you do, but still, you find yourself forgetting it, bit by bit, until nothings left and your head hurts because you can’t even glimpse a single light to uncover that forgotten memory no matter what you do. Whether it was something that hurt you so bad that the mere thought of it sent you holding on to your chest because you can feel how your heart throbbed like crazy and you can’t even breathe easily. Or whether it was something so significant and so joyous that you felt that it was everything you’ve ever wanted, and suddenly everything felt right in your whole life. Those kinds of moments.

But in the end, it will fade away. All those memories will just be a hazy smoke that filled our very minds. It was there one day, and gone the next. Whether you will it or not. Sometimes, the most special moments are the ones we forget. And when you are there, living as if it never happened, it will come surging like a huge wave all of a sudden, catching you off guard. Whenever it happens, I feel like crying. Because nothing really hurts like sudden emotions you didn’t even expect overwhelming you like crazy, without warning.

And at the end of the day, I could only write about it. Because I fear that no one really understands, and I’ll just hear things I don’t really need or want to hear if I just pushed with it.

Like what I’m doing right now.

(Really. Look what Norwegian Wood’s doing to me now.)

Recent Purchase: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Weeeh! After buying Sputnik Sweetheart no less than a month ago I got my hands on yet another Murakami treasure: Norwegian Wood. The novel that made him a big hit in Japan’s young population.

As much as I love the unique surreal feel that he has achieved in almost all his works, I’ve heard that Norwegian Wood is by far the only ‘normal’ novel he has produced - normal in the sense that there is not too much dream-like component that he is so popular of.

This is now on a motion picture starring Kenichi Matsuyama and Rinko Kikuchi, two Japanese actors that I sooo worship and love in terms of their acting abilities. I’m planning to watch the movie right after I finish reading this one. I know this is gonna be as exciting as I thought it’d be. As far as I can remember, I love myself some emotional and melodramatic novel & setting. And I think Norwegian Wood could clearly give me that.


Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami; P299.00

It always pains me to purchase books with the phrase “Now a Major Motion Picture” phrase stamped in its face because I honestly think it ruins the whole feel of the cover. Whew, but what can I do, this version the only one available at where I went. I bought this at National Book Store Recto Branch, while we were strolling @ Recto for some org business. 

The back says:
“The stunning and elegant first novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.
Toru, a quiet and supernaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt a campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressure and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.
A poignant story of one college student’s romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man’s first, hopeless, and heroic love.”

I’m in the process of reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, and How to Walk in High Heels by Camilla Morton, so I guess I can’t just spend all my time with this. Besides, I also have my school books which were a sore to the eye given how thick they are and midterms is just around the corner. As slow a reader I am, I’m gonna need much time to finish this though it was just 389 pages long.

T’was the first time I’m buying book after book of the same author (except for book series because I just can’t help it). But this is totally different – ‘the first time I’ve bought more than 2 books of the same author with independent titles’ I think that is how to correctly put it.

It was when I flipped the last page of ‘Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman’ that I’ve pledge in a nice sunny afternoon at school, in front of all the trees and the benches where I’ve been reading, that I’m going to buy every book Murakami have ever written and will write. I want to explore his genre. I yearn to experience the same effect Blind Willow has done to me over and over. That feeling of amazement, wondering, and how a sentence could break my heart so easily and make me tear. I don’t know how long am I gonna put up with this pledge, but as far as I’m concern, it would still be a long ride ‘till I grew tired of him – and I hope I won’t.

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