Monthly Archives: May 2011

Versus: Live or Got to Dance?

What better way to entertain an audience than singing? And I really bet on Dancing.

I’m a huge fan of competitive dance shows (but not much for So You Think You Can Dance) and especially when it’s from foreign countries.

But which of these two dance its way better on stage? I’m gonna spill some of my opinions.

Paula Abdul’s live to dance is amazing. No, it’s just that America got amazing talents.

There were eye-popping scenes, a bunch of cutesy, excellent routines, original dance moves and a lot more. The set was also fabulous, from the stage to the judges’ lounge.

It was more or less in level with Got To Dance.

But what I’m concerned about is the judging scheme.

We all know that Paula’s fame started out as a cheerleader who successfully made her way to highly sought-after choreographer. In the show, during the semi-finals, she cuts in to help or assist the choreography of each semi-finalist. Intervention is the word. As a result, she become predictable to giving gold stars. She helped them during their rehearsals and giving them a red star would mean what? A credibility minus in her part or yeah, the contestants just didn’t held their best high enough?

Also, I can see her so sweet and soft. While Kimberly was strict and firm (even in Got To Dance), and same goes for Travis Payne. She often give gold star which I think it’s not deserving.

On the other hand.

Got To Dance UK is just as sensational as the other.

And from the two, I like this one better.

No need for me to state their differences when it comes to talents, entertainment and settings. They’re just a super wee bit close.

And what I like about this one are the judges. Adam Garcia is smart, though he only just tap dance (forgive my manner for underestimating) but he’s amazing when it comes giving off comments. And Kimberly? This girl has sharp eyes and precise tongue. One word is not enough to judge a dance act. And Ashley, simple, cool and speaks from the heart and excitement.

I watch Live To Dance. But I never skip, Got To Dance! 🙂


Layouting All the Feelings

The most awaited part of my life has finally arrived — and that’s to have a job. Yes! I’m already out from the unemployed margin and very eager to embrace the ’employed’ status.

To get a few detail on my career: I’m hired as a layout designer in a publishing house called Xlibris. Out of line with my course, BS Computer Engineering, I decided to bet my future here since it’s what I like the most — photoshopping images and layouting for books/magazine.

Actually, I like to be a graphic artist (and or a photographer) but since I only had a self study on Adobe Photoshop, I’m not quite that confident that I’ll be able to get the position. And so, to iron out my plan, I applied for layout designer instead. Well, lucky and blessed me, I got the job!

Now, how do I layout myself to these new environment.

At first, I was happy that I’ll no longer get my ass in pain sitting at home doing nothing. I’m happy that I’ll be able to self-support myself from financial needs, also, at least there’s something I can provide for my family (I’m still single). Happy, happy, happy. But not pretty much.

And then, one day, in a conversation with a stranger somewhere between me and completing my requirements, a feeling struck me. Was it envy? Or disappointment? Fear of being alone, or uncertain? For that one question hit a nerve: Do you think your course was much needed in your job? I defensively replied: I don’t like my course anyway. But deep inside me, I think I’m lying.

I have a friend and we both don’t like our course. But I’m good at it while she’s just coping up. Here I am, the most likely to land a job in an computer-related industry yet chose to settle in a different path. And she, tried her best to get a computer engineering job.

Now, it frustrates me if I have made the right decision.

In the first place, I kept avoiding heavy programming job or tight engineering positions for that main reason — it’s not where my heart is. So why am I having this dilemma over what career path to make?

Fear. Yes, I think that word can live through it for months or years. I fear that I wont be able to grow. I fear that it might be a wrong decision to make. And I fear being left behind by my batch mates. Seeing them a professional engineers while me otherwise. Now, I’m starting to get sad. 😦

But for more reasons to fear, I only have one ammunition to make it out from this hellish dilemma: my job is a blessing. I asked for it, and He gave it to me. Just as I always say, past is no place to live. And the only thing to make my way out from a thick dense of jungle of fear is to start making a very nice path from where I am.

And this is how I’ll layout my work: A huge marquee of NURTURE on top, three-columns of ENJOYMENT, HAPPINESS, and CONTENTMENT, an inlet image of LOVE on the center, a footer of PASSION and DISCOVERY and footnotes of NO REGRETS.

How to Get an NBI Clearance in Cebu

Processing for documents like these are a bit tiresome and sometimes a pain in the neck. Especially when it’s your first and not knowing what to do just adds to that scary feeling of getting humiliated or failing. That’s why I’ll share to you my first application of a legal document — the NBI Clearance.

Filling for an application, well of course, happens in their main office. And here in Cebu, it is located left side of Cebu Provincial Capitol (aka Capitol). A walk of not less than two minutes probably will bring you there.

Note: Now you know where it is, better yet be veerryy early. I, for instance, arrived at 7am.

And what to bring: A valid ID (Driver’s Licence, Employer ID, SSS ID, Passport, School/Voter’s ID, etc.) but if you don’t have any of these, like me, you can bring along your NSO Birth Certificate (or some would prefer Police Clearance but I don’t know how to secure one). Also, bring one black pen, a water, a fan and an umbrella (the last three are just my friendly reminder).

Once you’re ready then I’ll shall take you in.

Crowd is the thing you should be expecting. And they’re pretty well scattered in the registration area. The REGISTRATION AREA is the first step of your application. But mind you, it’s very difficult to identify it for it only consist of a table. I mistook it for some information desk.

There you will write your name, present your valid ID for an acquisition of a form (color blue on one side and white on the other) and it has a priority number on it. You know what to do with a form. Fill it up!

Note: On the purpose, write only LOCAL or ABROAD. Local for working locally and the other is understandable. In this way it is easier for them to process your application. And also, fill the EDP number according to the ID you present. For example, you have a School ID, then write your School ID number, same goes for driver’s license, SSS number, NSO registry number, and so on. For newbies who use Birth Certificate (BC) with no registry number, like in my case, just have your BC photocopied. Furthermore, MAKE YOUR WRITING LEGIBLY, mind you it takes you to an advantage.

After filling it, you’re next for FINGER PRINTING. It’s a long table with five to eight lines, choose one, get your fingers printing and your almost half way there. Also, you need to pay the overpriced wet cloth for five (P5) pesos. It’s optional but would you refuse a better way of cleaning your messy fingers?

Then next will be the CASHIER. Here, that priority number written on the upper-left corner of your form will be used. An amount of one hundred fifteen (P115) pesos for both local and abroad are paid to the cashier (windows 1A/1B). But the price really differs depending to your purpose, I just haven’t get the chance to look closely over the price list.

Anyhow, once your done paying it, PICTURE TAKING comes next, just fall in line leading to window 2A. But if you have your 2×2 photo, then you can stick it in your form and directly pass it to window 2B, but hey, technically you’re already paying it. So would you rather give an extra possession? Your choice.

Note: For those who have the same case as me (like the no registry number in BC), it is in here that you’ll pass it along with the form and the receipt.

Then, take stand erect and say ‘YES!”. Now you’re done!

Congratulations! All you have to do now is wait for your name to be called.

Note: But wait, there’s this thing we all feared for — and that’s when your name get ‘hit’. It means to say, your record have encountered something suspicious say, you have the same name, your spouse got hit (not hit by a car or something but his/her record got hit), and just heard this, those who have a surname of LIM, UY, SO, etc. yeah Chinese, are more likely to get hit also. ‘Coz when you got hit, then you’ll probably scratching your head waiting for another 10 days for your record to be released.

So there goes my NBI Clearance 101.

Growing Light

I never really liked her (nor hated her) even when she was a contestant on a national singing competition show. She took home first place and lose the title to Sam Concepcion. But anyhow, this girl manages to soar above her rival and so as well, the show’s host who happens to be the country’s pop princess — Sarah Geronimo. Along her great achievements come a good number of haters, antagonists and fans, lovers as well.

So what causes these two to exist? Well, they will always exist since no one can really pleases all.

Even here in the Philippines, anti-Charice roams around too. Many find her hungry for international fame, which many also agree for that’s not what Filipinos are all about. Instead of being proud for her uplifting pinoy talent and slowly recognizing us to the world, some just can’t see that. And I can’t blame them for that, even I saw something different in her — ambitious and all. Envy doesn’t get out of the way either. Look at her, how famous she’s gone. Now eyebrows are starting raising up. How come she get such attention when she doesn’t even won the competition? Well, luck, no fate has its ways.

On the other side, fans are growing in numbers especially on her appearances in the hit musical series, Glee. This girl is sure gifted with such powerful voice. I too kinda slowly appreciating her. Singing her numbers in the episode gave me goosebumps, I bet it’s the same feeling fans of hers are experiencing too. She’d gone far from Oprah to Foster, and I just can’t imagine where her fortune goes where. Well, that’s Charice for you! I’m now looking forward seeing her career if it’s blossoming or withering. But withering? Too soon to speak for that.

The Legend and The Guhimo

After coming across these two teasers on ABS-CBN, I was interested to learn about it. It looks promising to watch though. So I guess, this wouldn’t go on air unnoticed.

I Am Legend. (Oh, this is not Will Smith’s) With its lead actress in the person of, the queen of Koreanovelas, Kim Jung-Eun, this will definitely be another to look forward to.

It talks about a woman who follows her dreams despite all the glittering wealth she has. Well, it wasn’t hers actually but belongs to her husband’s family. It was no easy wife work. She was treated no less than of a trophy display. She’s not allowed to talk during social functions, her mother-in-law is insensitive to her as a person, they were married just because she got pregnant, which after the marriage she got miscarriage. Her husband doesn’t support her. She’s here — only here. But when her younger sister needs a bone marrow transplant for her, she was forbidden to do so. And that triggered her request for a divorce.

The story now goes around her following embarking on her new career as a singer for the “Madonna Band”. How the story ends and how she acquired being the legend is up for you to see.

But what I’m very intrigue of is this one, My Girlfriend is a Guhimo (Nine-Tailed Fox). The lead are new to me, but that doesn’t bothers me. What I’m after is the romance and that mystical creature. How’s that supposed to stir things up!

Dae Woong releases the 9 tail fox out from his grandfather’s ancient painting by drawing nine tails in it. The creature wanted to become a human but was trapped long ago for such rumors that it eats human livers. Dae Woong meets a beautiful girl (Miho) after a life threatening fall without him knowing that it was the creature he freed. But soon enough, Dae Woong realized what he did and tried to keep her happy and hide from everyone that she’s a gumiho.

Miho saved Dae Woong from that tragic fall, and so she becomes his orb. He can’t date anybody except her. Moreover, the only way for Miho to become a human is to drink his blood within 100 days. As the story goes on, they fell in love, and what Miho didn’t say is that Dae Woong must die. A trouble brews around their love.

I wonder how these stories goes. Can’t wait! Only on ABS-CBN.

How Many Days Left?

ABS-CBN’s upcoming primetime show, 100 Days to Heaven, is something I look forward to.

I’m a fan of Xyriel Manabat where I find her more flexible and great when it comes to acting. (Unlike, Zaijan Jaranilla, whom I find lucky having the cutest, most innocent baby face but, hey, he’ll soon grow up. And he only got a mediocre of acting skills.) Anyway, in Agua Bendita, where Xyriel played the young Agua and Bendita knocked me off with her two contradicting roles. It must have been fun for her, and it shows on the screen. With such an age, she’ll definitely go on a long way.

And now she’s entrusted with another primetime lead role that, I hope, move us to tears, laughter and amazement.

100 Days to Heaven tells a story of a cold-hearted boss of a toy company, Madam Anna Manalastas, who’ll be played by veteran actress Ms. Coney Reyes. One day, the car she was in got exploded. And upon learning that she’ll live the next life in hell, she stunned the gate keeper with her negotiating prowess and was given 100 days more on earth to correct the things she wronged to. But with a twist, she will do it one more time as a 7-year-old kid.

Will she makes it in time before the days runs out?

And other thing I look forward to are the power house cast:

Ms. Coney Reyes
Jodi Sta. Maria
Xyriel Manabat

Also starring:
Dominic Ochoa
Rafael Rosell
Valerie Concepcion
Smokey Manaloto
Neil Coleta

Louis Abuel

With the special participation of:
Shaina Magdayao
Vice Ganda
Sam Milby
Jason Abalos
Xian Lim
Mark Gil
Felix Roco
Noel Trinidad
Ms. Gloria Romero

Directed by:
Malu L. Sevilla

Another inspiring series about chances and forgiveness that will surely touch our hearts. 100 Days to Heaven will be replacing Imortal.

Another Chef, The Jr.

Junior MasterChef Australia, the best competitive cooking show, (not that I know of any else), by kids I’ve seen by far.

I am already a fan of MasterChef US and watching this somehow carries out that influence. Well, anyway, the juniors still manage to put up a great show.

I was blown away seeing for the first time little chefs cooking like pro. And I can really see their passion through the food they serve — totally mind-blowing. It was exciting and thrilling, and the idea of aged 8-12 youngsters cooking professionally just adds in spicing it up.

My bet was on the 10-year-old Nick. He did show off a great start (and super cute too with his one-tooth smile) but it dwindles down as the show lengthens. I saw Isabella on the top 12 and thought, isn’t she a bit old for this? The same goes for the 12-year-old Jack. No wonder experience has gotten them as far as being the top 2. Pierre was good, possessing quite a technique there too but was still eliminated. I commend how the scoring system goes, it was fair and square. The same as well for the good roles of the judges — they’re of good help to these growing talents.

Every episode of the show was amazing, just like MasterChef US. And I can’t, like for MasterChef US, wait for their next season.

And another thing, Philipines’ ABS-CBN, a broadcasting network already acquired a franchise for Junior MasterChef and will be airing soon (with host Judy Ann Santos). But I quite doubt if it will get the same fate as the latter two versions in Australia and US. My analyzation resulted to the culture of food we Filipino have. Unlike Australia and US (or Europe), some countries here in Asia give a little mind in presentation. Our food talks about taste, so you wont be expecting a regal, lavish, sensual sight of good presentation of food — that’s for some countries here in Asia. I’m a bit off about the idea of our Pinoy Edition. But I hope it’ll prove me wrong. Well, I hope I can carry out the love as well to the Pinoy Edition.