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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! ūüôā


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.

Silent Performance

Great movie actors and actresses are slowly shedding off their glows. Some of which might still radiate amazing acts but not for long. Where’s Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and not to mention Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stalone, Jet Li and a lot more we seldom see in the silver screen. That is why I’m spying the new ones who seem struggling to shine through the crowd.

First one: know him? He’s The Covenant (2006) and 10,000 BC (2008) lead actor, Steven Strait. He has great acting skills but not enough. His performance in 10,000 BC as D’Leh was primitive¬†yet lacks the spark of a next best actor. He seems promising though but people wants more. After watching The Covenant, I thought he’d come out fresh and bankable but it seem people are not buying it.

Next: Logan Lerman. Probably saw Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, well, he’s best known for playing that title character. Apart from this, Logan already won a few number of awards way back from his younger years. He’s been in 15 movies which includes The Patriot, The Butterfly Effect, Jack and Bobby, 3:10 to Yuma, Meet Bill, etc. But still, he seems to be needing a lot more. Well, there’s plenty of time for this 19-year-old actor.

Third: The Green Arrow, Justin Hartley, in Smallville. Seeing him for the first time, he really looks like the next Brad Pitt. But after a series of roles both on film and television, he still didn’t get that glow. He can act, he can do actions but he lacks the charm(?). Many girls, I guess, are probably throbbing around him and waiting for his tv appearances. But to add it up, he’s already in his early thirties. Can he still make it? Let’s find out.

Fourth: Alex Rider in the Stormbreaker, Alex Pettyfer. Three nominations with an award, not bad for a newcomer. But that was before. After that, be barely manage to get notice on the silver screen. This year, 2011, he got the starring roles for I Am Number Four and Beastly. He finally, slowly getting out to be big. Hopefully it’ll last.

Lastly: Eragon’s lead star, Ed Speleers. He’s been into a couple of films after his debut of Eragon on 2006. It was said it was trilogy film, but it wasn’t followed after it didn’t make a hit. Ed has potentials to be in chick flicks but action-adventure or fantasy, I don’t know. This year, he has A Good Place to Die and The Good War. But you would you watch it? Kindda, less likely.

In order to make it bigtime in the movie industry, one must acquire skills to act, charm to persuade, a clean character outside the industry, and of course luck — not — of course, a good material movie. Even how charming they are but without a good storyline, then they’ll have to keep on trying harder.

Unheard Of…

Social networking sites has been the cheapest way to buy social life. But, due to its very much accessibility to acquire one, you can’t either tell which friend is true. It is like partying into a virtual disco crib, everyone is your dance partner but only few knows your how to groove with your dance moves. Anyway, Facebook got their way soaring high, selling like pancakes, and I can’t deny it they’re just great. But they’re not the only social networking sites that exist. Some might can mention a three or four but actually there are more than a hundred with users ranging from 10,000 plus to up to 600,000,000 plus. So I’m gonna share to you some these sites we are unheard of but ironically, popular. I’m not a registered user to some of these, I don’t feel the responsibility to keep my accounts updated.

1. Facebook. You probably hear this so I’ll skip this one.

2. QZone.¬†One of the most active sites in the industry, with its superb features like writing blogs, keeping diaries, sending photos, and listening to musics. And not only that, one can also change the profile looks of the user. Just like Friendster. Also, one can also select accessories that suits to the individuals taste. With 480,000,000 plus users, this sure is popular. But wait, just as you think this is world-wide, no! This is only available to the Chinese community. They sure do comprise the world’s largest population.

3. Habbo. Third on the spot with 200,000,000 users. This site markets to teens and know how they managed to grow too soon? They just had the better gameplay to pool teens. You started as the hotel owner and the guest, well, are the other hotel-owner. The virtual ambient feel of a video game makes everything seem interesting to play, yet the goal of socializing as well.

4/5. Twitter and Windows Live Spaces (formerly MSN Spaces). They’re not uncommon sites so let’s go to the next.

6. Bebo. Blog Early, Blog Often, tha’s what Bebo is.¬†Users receive a personal profile page where they can post¬†blogs,¬†photographs,¬†music,¬†videos¬†and¬†questionnaires¬†to which other users may answer. It’s also a multilingual site just like Habbo. Gaining 117 million users, this social networking site puts it in the six spot.¬†Additionally, users may add others as friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves.

7. Vkontakte. Don’t even know how that reads. But it land the next spot with 110 million users. It is popularly know in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Vkontakte is doubted as “facebook clone” since it has a lot of similarity, see how the logo and color scheme looks.

8. Tagged. With 100 million active users. This was awarded with “2010 Hottest San Francisco Companies”, thus making it popular. It also has a lot of controversies regarding email marketing and privacy policy. But anyhow, it manages to resolve all of that.

9. Orkut. Owned and run by google, this social networking site gathers 100 million users. The service is designed to help users meet new friends and maintain existing relationships. Although Orkut is less popular in the United States than competitors Facebook and MySpace, it is one of the most visited websites in India and Brazil. As of March 2011, Alexa traffic ranked Orkut 102nd in the world; the website currently has more than 100 million active users worldwide. Anyone 18 years old or older can join Orkut.

10. LinkedIn. This is for professional and business networking.

The list goes on. Wherever you are there are a lot of social networking sites to choose from. As long as there’s people feeding to the diverse demograph, then these sites won’t go out of business. Nah! They still do when they gained a little traffic. hehehe. It doesn’t matter how many social networking sites you are into, as long as you take responsibility among your accounts. Best advice from people who know better: go out of your house, that is where the best social life is found.

Masters of Chef… Soon.

This is certainly one of the best cooking show I’ve seen by far, the hit American competitive cooking game show, MasterChef US.

I’ve seen everything, from the auditions to the finale and it was so heart-pumping, nerve-racking, mind-blowing kind of experience. I didn’t even had second thoughts when I saw the first episode. And from there, I kept my schedule on time.

Who knew these judges, well, it’s not me of course. But when they introduced their selves, wow, I felt dwindling back at my seat. Graham Elliot, the youngest chef who earned a 4-star rating. And he also¬†earned the 2004¬†Best New Chef¬†from¬†Food & Wine Magazine.¬†Joe Bastianich, who just owned 20 of the best restaurant in America and 3 wineries which recognized him as an “Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional”. And the producer/host/judge of the show, Gordon Ramsay, awarded with 12 Michelin Stars, owned 26 restaurant worldwide and the only man who knows best about food. Anyhow they are one hell of a master.

Moving on, my experience with this series is close to somewhat unexplainable. The judge taste the food, give a plain look, then walk away. There’s no way I can guess what: does it taste good, was it that bad, is he gonna make it, everything is just plain unexpected. But my bet was the youngest, Whitney Miller,¬†who dropped out of college to follow her dreams.

Whitney, 22, a college student almost always surprised them all. At such an age, she’ll do whatever it takes, that’s what she said. And she did live up well to that. She won! She’s the first youngest AMATEUR chef who won MasterChef US. David Miller, the 1st runner up, has potentials too. He got 2 WINs but only Whitney get 3 WINs though he didn’t get a LOW point compared to Whitney. Nevertheless, they’re both one skillful amateur chefs.

I wanted to commend also for the format of the show. It was entertaining. With their different segments like the Invention Test, that surprised test (the one with the box thing), the Off Site Challenge where they will be split into two, it was never a boring show to watch.

Now, I so thrilled for their next season. Can’t wait! ūüôā

There’s Eternity in Yellow

Most cartoons just come and go. Sooner than we know it’s already part of our childhood memories. But there are some that quite stay for awhile, and I even stop at this cartoons every time a scan for a good channel. Yes, and they are Spongebob Squarepants and The Simpsons.

Lemme talk about them:

Spongebob Squarepants

Talking about nautical nonsense, the world’s famous Bikini Bottom and the most wanted craby patty — yeah, they’re all here. Piloting on 1999, this animated series still continues to up these days. It’s been what? 12 strong years. You’d probably had an idea of who’s the man behind this, a marine biologist. No surprised there, but what surprised me is how they continue to sack dozens of awards and nominations and, of course, merchandise. It apart from that, this cartoon characters made it to become an icon for the American citizens.

Having 8 seasons and 153 episodes plus 295 segments, this series can go any better and better.

Spongebob, he’s truly more than a sponge! He’s hilarious, witty, funny, punny, loving pet-owner, honest, innocent, a best friend, and a lot more you can add. No wonder why people around the world, young and old, love him so. And I am one of Spongebob’s follower. I hope and thought, this series will never end. Aye! Aye! Aye! as Spongebob always laughed.

 The Simpsons

Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are one-of-a-kind family. I wonder how they’d come up with such strong, memorable characters which makes me think if they really do exist.

Anyhow, just like Spongebob, they too are now an icon in US.

Apart from its witty conversations and the never failure of making me laugh, this animated series follows that of satirical parody of a working American lifestyle. So this is both informative and entertaining.

They are immortal! Getting stronger with their 22nd season and 482 episodes.  Debuting on December 1989, this series became a year older than me. But it takes another 4 or 5 years for me to begin watching this and laugh to the coolest family on earth.

I must say, Family Guy was great but it will only be a second best.

The Simpsons humor is of a different level, no bars hold, everything is all out. No wonder then how this series caught a good number of controversies and criticism too. With Homer’s bad parenting to Bart, and Bart’s not being a good role model to children. But nonetheless, besides all of that, the series managed to bag 27 Primetime Emmy Awards, 27 Annie Awards and a Peabody Award. And not to mention a number of merchandise too.

How’s that for one family!

They’re just great, aren’t they? There’ll probably be another funny and cunny animated series will come soon. But I think not as amazing as these two. Will write back soon, it’s already Spongebob on Nick. ūüôā

Want a Piece of Them?

I’m probably, no certainly, way behind this riveting anime comic series, One Piece. Adopted in nearly 15 countries and translated into moving pictures, this series sure know how to capture the world.

Way back when I was in third year high school, I already enjoyed a couple episodes. But it didn’t went long enough since summer is starting to end. That summer was my unforgettable one, I not only finished one anime series but two (that excludes One Piece since it didn’t yet ended). Anyhow, the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy was more than captivating and should I say wickedly magical.

As one of my favorite anime series, let me introduce that powerful cast of One Piece. There is their captain Monkey D. Luffy (aka Straw-hat boy), whose dream is to became the Pirate King which, in an era of pirates, is not an easy feat. There is ¬†Roronoa Zoro, whose dream is to be the most invincible swordsman in the world. Next is Sanji, a cook whose dream is to see the All Blue where everything is blue even the fishes. There’s the navigator Nami, whose dream is to make a map of the world. Then there’s Usopp, a self-titled “King of Sniper Sogeking”, whose dream is to become a brave warrior of the sea. Then the doctor, Tony Tony Chopper, a blue-nosed reindeer whose dream is to see the world and practice his medicine. They also have the “Devil Child”, Nico Robin, whose dream is to know the true history through deciphering poneglyph. There’s emotional Franky, the Cyborg, where his body is made of metal that gave him superhuman strength. His dream is to build a shipwright and sail to the end of the world. Lastly, Brook, a skillful musician whose dream is, well, kept by himself. There’s also Nefertari Vivi, she almost became one of the members but refuse the offer since she has a duty to serve as princess of Alabasta.

Anyway, you’ll probably know better than me once you’ve read or watched the episodes. What I mostly like about this story is how the fight, never surrender, even death is not an option to give up one’s dream. Notice how each one of them have that one common similarities? And it is through that dream how the all managed to stand still firmly above the ground.

Apart from the story, it’s comedic in a way that’s idiotic and plainly very funny — simply yet it makes you laugh out loud. In my second life, I wish I’ll fall into this dimension where being strong is a will, where strength is proportional to dedication and passion and not just physical strength, where friendship is the biggest fighting force, not love, nor hope, nor anything else but friendship.

I highly recommend this one to you, there is so much more to write, but it’ll just spoil everything. And the best thing about it is you kept on leafing to the next page for that curiosity of what’s to come next. Enjoy!

While I was writing this, I’m reading the comic actually. And continually enjoying it. This anime series will forever be part of me now. The dreams, fantasies, fun and experience will forever be a memory to cherish and look up to. Being a pirate is not all treasure hunting and ship bombing, sometimes pride gets into the head to keep those dreams flaming. I will fight for my dreams, want a piece?