Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Wohoooo!!!

I failed to file a sick leave yesterday because my team lead asked me to attend another training, Funds Transfer discussion, another bank process. Haaaayyyy, because of that, I missed the live telecast of the Academy Awards. Eventhough, I was glad because of the power of internet, at least I was updated who won on each category. I was very happy learning that my bet for Best Picture, the move 'The Departed' won and bested Babel. Wohoooo!!! But was wrong on guessing Eddie Murphy to win the Best Supporting Actor tilt and Cars for Best Animated Feature. You can view the complete list of winners here. But still, I got the chance to watch the replay last night and the show was great!

Friday, February 23, 2007

OSCARS Season

On Monday, the highest honors for film industry will be handed out to the deserving works and individuals. Like the Golden Globes, I will also be predicting the winners... hehehe... But this time, I will only be guessing on the major awards. The nominee highlited in red is my guess.


BEST PICTURE
1. “Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
An Anonymous Content/Zeta Film/Central Films Production
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik and Steve Golin, Producers
2. “The Departed” (Warner Bros.)
A Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Graham King, Producer
3. “Letters from Iwo Jima” (Warner Bros.)
A DreamWorks Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures Production
Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg and Robert Lorenz, Producers
4. “Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight)
A Big Beach/Bona Fide Production
David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub, Producers
5. “The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada)
A Granada ProductionAndy Harries,
Christine Langan and Tracey Seaward, Producers
BEST DIRECTOR
1. Alejandro González Iñárritu for “Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
2. Martin Scorsese for “The Departed” (Warner Bros.)
3. Clint Eastwood for “Letters from Iwo Jima” (Warner Bros.)
4. Stephen Frears for “The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada)
5. Paul Greengrass for “United 93” (Universal and StudioCanal)

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
1. Leonardo DiCaprio in “Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.)
2. Ryan Gosling in “Half Nelson” (THINKFilm)
3. Peter O’Toole in “Venus” (Miramax, Filmfour and UK Film Council)
4. Will Smith in “The Pursuit of Happyness” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
5. Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland” (Fox Searchlight)


BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1. Alan Arkin in “Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight)
2. Jackie Earle Haley in “Little Children” (New Line)
3. Djimon Hounsou in “Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.)
4. Eddie Murphy in “Dreamgirls” (DreamWorks and Paramount)
5. Mark Wahlberg in “The Departed” (Warner Bros.)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
1. Penélope Cruz in “Volver” (Sony Pictures Classics)
2. Judi Dench in “Notes on a Scandal” (Fox Searchlight)
3. Helen Mirren in “The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada)
4. Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada” (20th Century Fox)
5. Kate Winslet in “Little Children” (New Line)

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1. Adriana Barraza in “Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
2. Cate Blanchett in “Notes on a Scandal” (Fox Searchlight)
3. Abigail Breslin in “Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight)
4. Jennifer Hudson in “Dreamgirls” (DreamWorks and Paramount)
5. Rinko Kikuchi in “Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
1. “Cars” (Buena Vista) John Lasseter2. “Happy Feet” (Warner Bros.) George Miller
3. “Monster House” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Gil Kenan
I still like The Departed more than Babel. I am sticking on on my choices for all the performances of actors and actresses, also the on the cartoon film, exactly the same to Golden Globes... The awarding ceremondy will be held on 25th of Sunday in Hollywood at 8pm, then morning here in the Philippines. I am not sure but I think I'll be filing sick leave on Monday just to watch this... heheheh...

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

It's JM's Bday!

It was unplanned but the celebration for JM's birthday was pursued! It was 16th of February and Starbucks Megamall was our meeting place, Maret arrived there first then next Wendel. Our call time was 7:30 but I arrived there past 8:30pm because I went to gym first to lose some calories... hehehe... Anyway, we had our dinner in Super Bowl and we were informed by Maret that JM was around the mall so she invited him to join us since it will his birthday the next day. JM arrived at around 9:30pm and we had some talks, kwentuhans and tawanans. I suddenly realized that I miss seeing Wendel and JM together and that time was really cool and so hilarious. They were joking around being "bestfriends", a big fat man and a thin man... Hahaha..


The first plan was to have some coffee in Starbucks but instead of that, we went to Watering Hole Shangri La to drink beer. We ordered San Mig Light and Nachos (nga ba un?) as pulutan. At exactly 12 midnight, a crew from that establishment handed us a small birthday cake to signify JM's official birthday time! The cake was purchased by Wendel in a coffee shop near the place as a surprise present for his "bestfriend". And syempre may kapalit yun, since he gave a cake, he ordered sisig in exchange, hahaha.. It was JM's birthday so that was his treat. Grabe nang mag-uuwian na, nakaramdam na ako ng hilo at masakit sa ulo bilangin kung ilang calories ang naconsume ko that day! Haaaaayyy...


am sure that JM enjoyed that night, why? Hahaha... Sa amin na lang yun... (Clue: look at the following pictures.... hehehe)

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Mary & Yeng

Last 11th of February, after a short shopping with Mawel, I headed to Radio City Megamall to purchase two CDs.

1. Mary J Blige - Reflections (A Retrospective) - This album is so cool, with tracks from her previous albums and new release hits. It seems that this is her greatest hits album, with collaborations with U2, John Legend, Wyclef Jean & 50 Cent. At first, I want to get her latest album, The Breakthrough, but some of the hits on that album were already in this compilation, so I decided to get this one. I noticed that there were two releases of this album, an International cover and Philippine Music edition. I asked the saleslady what's the difference and she told me that only the lyric sheet is the difference. In Philippine edition, it is only the album cover and it is cheaper. Back to her music, I loved 'King & Queen', a duet with John Legend. I like the melody and the lyrics itself. And my favorite track? 'Be Without You', the declared Best R&B Song in the recently concluded Grammy Awards. The album is also a mixture of R&B soul, R&B hiphop, groovy tunes and dance tracks.

2. Yeng Constantino - Salamat - All I can say is that she is really talented and I love her voice. 8 out of 10 tracks were her original composition and can you imagine, in the span of only two weeks of it's release, the album had received a Gold status? Whew! Fruits of hardwork and talent. My youngest sister asked me to buy this album so I granted her wish and I thought that I will also enjoy her music. My favorite track is 'If We Fall In Love', good melody and the music lines were impressive. The album also consists 5 hit songs so purchasing this album is really worth it. I also liked 'Salamat' because of the message of the song. This lady will be the next big thing in the Philippine music industry.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Grammy Winners!

Last Night, 12th of February, I hurried home to catch the replay of the 49th Grammy Awards on Star World. There was a live telecast that day at 8 in the morning. Overall, I love the show! With the reunion of Police, performances from John Legend, John Mayer, Mary J Blige, Ludacris and Christina Aguilear. In terms of winner, nah... let's review what were my predictions:

1. Record of the Year - Be Without You by Mary J Blige - WRONG!
winner: Not Ready To Make Nice by Dixie Chicks
2. Album of the Year - St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley - WRONG!
winner: Taking The Long Way by Dixie Chicks
3. Song of the Year - Be Without You by Mary J Blige - WRONG!
winner: Not Ready To Make Nice by Dixie Chicks
4. Best New Artist - Carrie Underwood - CORRECT!
5. Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - Ain't No Other Man by Christina Aguilera - CORRECT!
6. Best Male Pop Vocal Performance - Save Room by John Legend - WRONG!
winner: Waiting On The World To Change by John Mayer
7. Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal - My Humps by The Black Eyed Peas - CORRECT!
8. Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals - Hips Don't Lie - Shakira & Wyclef Jean - WRONG!
winner: For Once In My Life by Tony Bennett & Stevie Wonder
9. Best Pop Vocal Album - FutureSex/LoveSounds - Justin Timberlake - WRONG!
winner: Continuum by John Mayer
10. Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Be Without You -Mary J. Blige - CORRECT!
11. Best Male R&B Vocal Performance - Heaven - John Legend - CORRECT!
12. Best R&B Song - Be Without You - Mary J. Blige - CORRECT!
13. Best R&B Album - The Breakthrough - Mary J. Blige - CORRECT!

Waaaahhh!!! Only 53% were correct... I think this is not bad for my first prediction on Grammy... hehehe... But in terms of my CD collection last year, I think I have won! Hahaha... Let's check!
  • Madonna (Confessions on A Dancefloor) - winner of Best Electronic/Dance Album
  • Christina Aguilera (Back to Basics) - winner of Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for 'Ain't No Other Man'
  • John Legend (Once Again) - winner of Best R&B Male Vocal Performance for 'Heaven'
  • Beyonce Knowles (B Day) - winner of Best Contemporary R&B Album
  • Justin Timberlake (Future Sex/Love Sound) - winner of Best Dance Recording for 'Sexyback' and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for 'My Love'

Monday, February 12, 2007

Jolly Kiddie Party

Last Saturday, 10th of February, my bestfriend and I went to our godson's 2nd birthday celebration. I almost forgot na magkumpare pala kami ng bestfriend ko, hehehe... Anyway, I waited for almost half an hour in our meeting place (Quezon City hall), haaayy... right, he was late. We headed directly to Ever Gotesco Commonwealth and fix ourselves first before we enter the party site.
Then, we went to the celebration room and the party started. The party was of course for kids but when there was a participation for other visitors aside from kids, aha! Ryce joined the game and did it really cool! hahaha...
We left the party at around 5:30pm because my bestfriend had to prepare for his night shift (nga ba?) and I have to catch the 7:30pm screening of Hannibal Rising in Robinson's Galleria!...

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

A Visitor From UK

Last January 22, Shaun Stevens (from Misys UK Office) arrived to give us training on Cash Management and Management Limits (both banking processes). The training was quite okay because at least, I have learned several ideas and information on the said systems. Shaun was really nice and very comedic everytime he tells stories about UK life and Manila experiences.

The training was not that formal but not that enjoyable, honestly nakakaantok sya. But when he started to say something out of the outline topic, he was really funny with matching animation acts. hehehe...

After one week, we brought him to "Knockout" in Baywalk. It was an establishment owned by Manny Pacquiao. We had beer and as usual sobrang daming kuwentuhan, nakakatawa talaga syang magkuwento... I think he also enjoyed the performing band that night because it was an all female band and their clothes was really sexy.. Afterwards, we had our dinner in RECIPES located in Greenbelt 3. He really enjoyed fried tilapia and the vegetable Gising Gising but we call it as Wake Up Wake Up as literal translation for the food. We had fun that night and Shaun was really a nice guy. We did not allow him to pay all bills, instead we pay all the expenses... Galante namin no?! Hehehe...

But last Friday, 2nd of February, it was his turn to treat us! Hehehe...


He treated us lunch in Dencio's.It was his last day and as usual, kuwentuhan to the max ulit. And he is really good in making joke statements. He enjoyed sisig and kare-kare. But as usual, I had my "no rice policy" that time! Hehehe...

Shaun will be giving us works on the said banking processes on the next few weeks. Sana di masyadong mahirap... Hehehe... Shaun is currently in UK.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

January Movies

January was an exciting month for me in terms of movies. I was into the rush in watching good and excellent films for this month. I have watched 3 movies!

1. Babel (January 30 @ 9:20pm) - After a fitness session with my personal trainer in Ortigas, I went directly to the cinema to watch this award winning film. I can say, the film was good and I can compare it to last year's Oscar winner Crash. The story was subdivided into different scenes on which each place has a connection and relation to each other. Like Crash, Babel was shot in different locations and the story was upheld in I think 24 hours. The movie editing was quite interesting because the arrangement of the scene, you can easily relate the situation. My favorite part of the film was the realization of the child terrorist after his older brother died because of his aggressive manner. The scene with the father crying out loud because his son died was really effortless in acting, it seems so real and the acting was really good. I was also impressed by the Japanese actress on her portrayal as a deaf-mute teenager and I can really feel the pain of being rejected by others. The film was really good to watch. It deserves to win the Golden Globes best picture award.

2. Night at the Museum (January 31 @ 7:20pm) - This movie is so hilarious and really cool. Loved the special effects and make up of several history figures. It was qutie interesting to watch this kind of film because of different attack on the story and the plot of it was quite unexpected. You should not really trust others in just one day. Actually the first part was really quite scaring because of the loud sound effects for the creatures that went alive during night hours but in the end, it was a feel good movie. It also discusses the importance of a complete family. I was also informative in terms of history events, facts and some useful data and information about the history of US. It was a different story and not just like the old plot films. Loved the part when the lady historian came face to face to her history figure idol.

3. Blood Diamond (January 31 @ 9:30pm) - This is a story of obsession on the diamonds. The story seems to relate in the real life political struggle on abusing poor countries for the benefits of powerful personalities. It also discussed the effect and the results of how the terrorists can widely destruct the peace of a country and terminating human lives. I was moved by the film on those scenes where the lives of a human can be easily dissolved because of those selfish mission and objectives. Some of the scenes were quite brutal such as axing arms and putting a man as a target in an exercise for young terrorists, of course they must kill that man. I know pelikula lang to pero alam naman natin na nangyayari naman talaga to sa totoong buhay. My favorite part was when Leo gave up on the diamond and gave it to the real discoverer and owner of the diamond. Good film, performances and story!

 
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