Sunday, October 31, 2010

USA wins Miss World 2010 in China

BEIJING – The newest Miss World is from the United States. Alexandria Mills, a soft-spoken 18-year-old, was named the winner in Saturday night's contest in southern China. The tall blonde was a relative surprise winner after speculation focused on other contestants. Second place went to Emma Wareus of Botswana, and Adriana Vasini of Venezuela came third. The host country's own contestant, Tang Xiao, also was among the final five. According to a brief biography on the Miss World website, Mills calls Louisville, Kentucky, her hometown, and she recently graduated from high school. She would like to become a teacher. "I've never met a stranger and enjoy meeting new people," she says in the bio. For the final, she was wearing a shimmering ivory-colored dress slit up the leg. Mills takes over the title from Kaiane Aldorino of Gibraltar, who was named Miss World 2009 at a ceremony in South Africa last December. Women from more than 100 countries participated in the contest, organizers said. This is the 60th year of the Miss World Competition, and organizers brought back contestants from past decades to give the night a retrospective theme.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The sexy Christian Bautista

Christian Bautista

Brain Teasers

Did you know that there’s a hidden word within this image? Try to look closer, I actually got it. If you want to know the answer, click the link below this post and even see more cool images like this one. I think this would be effective for those who are a little bored. Before, I tried some useful tips to kill boredom like pretending I’m a robot, blinking wildly and closing my eyes for an interesting light show, making a low buzzing noise and swallowing my tongue. But they’re all stupid stuff, aren’t they? But, yes, they are effective. Here’s another effective way to kill time, visit this link or continue reading to see some…

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Misaotra Indrindra

For this fleeting moment, I would like to thank again the visitors of this blog. Really, there’s nothing I could get in return for this little effort of mine, and it won’t hurt me if no one will visit this site, but blogging is one thing I like most about the internet and nothing will stop me from writing and from expressing my thoughts once in a while. I have a lot of free time these days as I have been inflicted with conjunctivitis, so I have to stay away from the office to prevent the virus from spreading. It’s the reason why I had so many posts in the last few days. But before this becomes a personal diary, here are the most viewed posts in the past seven days. Misaotra indrindra. I just thanked you in Malagasy. Ciao.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Sid Lucero Speaks

Sid Lucero gives more practical advice on other vital aspects of every guy's life. Many of the guys we see on TV seem to shuffle relationships quicker than we shuffle card decks. Not Lucero, who's been in a strong relationship with filmmaker Rozie Delgado for six years. His secret: Rock-hard determination. "I really love my girl and I can't imagine myself living with anyone else. I'm gonna make sure she's the one. Not that I know she's the one but I'm gonna make sure. I'm gonna make her the one. It's actually a choice, right?", he smiles. And for guys who say they love a woman but are afraid to settle, he has this to say, "There really is no difference. Marriage is just putting on paper the kind of commitment you have."
Excerpt from Men's Health, October 2010
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Meet Henry Lee

My name is Henry. I’m 21 years old and I’m a full time student at San Francisco State University. I’m interested in working with more photographers who do TFCD to expand my portfolio. I want to do some modeling on the side for now and probably go more into it after I graduate college. Double majoring while modeling can get pretty hectic. No nudes please. Yes, folks, The Bonbon Series is back and that’s our first ever bonbon this season, Henry Lee introducing himself. Lee hails from Daly City, California and he’s an American male model with a Filipino-Chinese-Portuguese blend which is solely responsible for his uniquely delectable look.

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Melanie Marquez doesn't have a book brother

Melanie Marquez

First Electronic Post

I'm trying to activate this Blogger service where all I need to do is send an e-mail to the e-mail address I set up with Blogger and this e-mail goes straight to Simply Manila. Cool, right? So this is my first e-mail post and I'm e-mailing from my BB phone. I hope it will turn out just fine, especially the picture. I took that picture one morning few months ago. I think the guy was so wasted that he decided to sleep on the sidewalk.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fortunate Accident

Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.

Sexy Angel Locsin

Angel Locsin for F and H

Let's officially meet Mark Revilla

Mark Revilla

Willing Willie Wows

Last Saturday, October 23, Willie Revillame’s newest daytime show Willing Willie premiered on TV5. We know that he has millions of fans but we were all asking the same question: Will he be able to retain his show’s popularity now that he moved to a less popular TV network and channel? Personally, I was very hopeful. I always wanted TV5 to step up and challenge both GMA and ABS-CBN. Well, guess what, the answer to our question was just revealed recently. TV5’s Willing Willie garnered a 13.6% rating nationwide during its premiere, but was beaten by ABS-CBN’s movie offering, Ang Darling Kong Aswang, starring Vic Sotto and Cristine Reyes. GMA’s Wish Ko Lang, same time as Willing Willie, came in third with 11.2%. Not so bad, right? I guess some Revillame fans are ABS-CBN fans first. It is always like that in the Philippines, you’re either GMA or ABS-CBN. It’s rare to find someone like me who watches one show because it’s good to watch it regardless if it’s from GMA or ABS-CBN, or from somewhere else. Unfortunately, I rarely watch local TV shows, but I’m trying to appreciate some lately. Anyway, continue reading to see the ratings last Saturday for both daytime and primetime.

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Kapitan Jolo Revilla

His father, popular action star and comedian Bong Revilla, emerged as the frontrunner in last May’s senatorial race. His mother, drama actress Lani Mercado, was also elected as the newest congresswoman of Bacoor, Cavite and joined the ever-increasing list of millionaires in the House of Representatives. It should not turn out as a surprise that Jolo Revilla enters the world of politics, right? I mean the urgency to serve the public must be part of his genes already. In the recently concluded barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, young actor Jolo Revilla won as barangay captain in Bacoor, Cavite. I know it is too early to predict the future, but countrymen, meet one of the Philippines’ future legislators.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The badly needed rest and Gossip Girl

I happened to be infected with conjunctivitis today, which is supposedly my first day at work this week, but I still went to the office primarily to let everyone know and see that I am, indeed, infected with sore eyes. I was sent home immediately by the company clinic. While the idea of having not to think about meeting deadlines and other reports is delightful, I am as equally concerned about what people might think about this badly timed rest, especially due to the fact that I have been very clear as crystal about how I detested my immediate transfer as a supervisor from inbound sales to inbound customer care. But what else can I do, right? I am really this sick. Maybe that training is not for me and that I am probably ill for a reason. That’s something for me to think about. For now, let me watch the latest episode of Gossip Girl’s fourth season, Easy J.

Next Attraction: Lagpas (2010)

What do you think of this movie?

Rocky Horror Tribute

It is the premiere tonight of Glee’s The Rocky Horror Glee Show, and though I’m more excited to watch the seventh episode as it will feature Charice for the second time, I’m looking forward to this Halloween special show as it will feature the Glee cast in outrageous costumes again. It’s pure Glee madness, folks. Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison and Chord Overstreet are set to show their abs in this episode. Yes, people, abs. So even if I don’t have any idea what The Rocky Horror is all about, though I sure heard about it before, I am eager to download this show tomorrow and enjoy it just like the other episodes of Glee. You know, I really hope I could talk like this about local shows, but the thing is, unlike in the United States and probably somewhere else, our local shows are either heavy soap operas or slapstick comedies and they are being shown daily. I mean I think that I will be a better writer than what we have out there, given a chance. Let’s all sleep now and wait to see The Rocky Horror Glee Show later.

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Willing Willie

Mr. Willie Revillame, I have seen most parts of your show tonight, the second episode of Willing Willie, and I hope you don’t mind, I have a few feedback. First, the set looks as remarkable as your previous show, Wowowee, but the studio seems to be less spacious to accommodate all your frantic guests and fans. I know that you do rehearsals, too, and I suggest that you work extra hard on proper camera timings to further complement your wonderful transitions from one segment to another. Some viewers are not too forgiving to let simple mistakes pass, so you should never allow those missteps to ruin your ratings. Speaking of which, we would like to know how your show changed TV5’s ratings, we can’t seem to find it online. Personally, I think you are so involved in most hosting parts that I’m starting to be apprehensive about your health. Having DJ Mo Twister and Congratz must have been a relief for you, but I think you are doing such a wonderful strategy by polishing potential hosts in the likes of Italia and the other girl whose country of origin I have already forgotten. I think it will also help if you’re going to be drastic with marketing by inviting photographers, writers, bloggers and others to your show so they could capture the excitement themselves and share it to the rest of the world. Though we’re still not use to your show’s timeslot, I think that people will start to appreciate your effort and I’m happy that TV5 is changing the history of Philippine television. Don’t ever get tired. Keep safe.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Star Circle Quest: Six Years Later

Six years ago, ABS-CBN introduced us to their newest talent-based reality show called Star Circle Quest that started a phenomenon quickly emulated by GMA with their show called Starstruck. I was a teenager that time and for some reason loved watching ABS-CBN shows. Ever wonder where the heck are those young stars now? Let’s take a quick look…

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Sexy Derek Ramsay

Derek Ramsay

Sunday, October 24, 2010

New Shows Updates

Willie Revillame’s comeback show, Willing Willie, premiered last night on TV5. Got any idea how it fared? I think AGB Nielsen Philippines is the most outdated website of all Philippine websites. Today, I tried to be a little pro-substandard and watched local programming by tuning in to TV5’s Paparazzi. I actually enjoyed watching it and enjoyed some juicy updates from our local stars. I didn’t know that Ruffa Gutierrez had a relationship with John Lloyd Cruz. I also learned from the show that TV5’s newest show My Driver Sweet Lover, starring JC De Vera and a girl whose name I forgot as of this moment, will premiere tomorrow. I also checked what’s on ABS-CBN that time and caught up with KC Concepcion hosting a segment in The Buzz whose questions to the stars of the Mara Clara remake (also premiering tomorrow on ABS-CBN) are totally so-so. Her average hosting paled in comparison to that of Toni Gonzaga who later appeared in another segment. Miss Philippines 2009 Bianca Manalo will star in another ABS-CBN show that also premieres tomorrow, Juanita Banana. I switched to GMA and watched a little bit of Showbiz Central. Where’s Startalk? So many shows! Zero time!

Racers Visit Legazpi

I was able to watch half of The Amazing Race Asia’s fifth episode of the fourth season, and I must say that TARA just exceeded my expectation. I had this impression before that their challenges are all second-rate reproductions of the original series, but I’ve seen fresher and original tasks lately. When Allan Wu said that they are going to visit exotic places this season, it was true. I never thought they will discover Legazpi City. I always knew that Bicol will be a great place for The Amazing Race to visit. I don’t think that the Bahi Beach Amphitheater was ever featured in any local shows. I never heard of Misibis Bay before, too. I’m glad that TARA visited these places. I will give five stars to this episode. Watch The Amazing Race Asia every Thursday at 9:00 pm, only on AXN.

Foster Graces Asia

David Foster performed at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines last night with popular artists including American Idol Ruben Studdard, Natalie Cole and Charice. Unfortunately, I found out only last night. You see, I’m a TV ignoramus and don’t read newspapers that much. The only concert I’ve seen my entire life was The Beyonce Experience in Taguig few years ago, David Foster & Friends could have been a good addition. Earlier, Foster and the team staged two concerts in Japan, and their Asian tour will continue in Bangkok, Jakarta and Singapore. For more information, visit David Foster.

On TV: Check out some new TV shows

In the Philippines, we have a very limited option when it comes to local TV programming. In a nutshell, only two local television channels are dominating the entire country and both channels (GMA and ABS-CBN), in my opinion, are copycats of each other. Their programs have similar formats shown simultaneously in parallel timeslots. In other words, if ABS-CBN, for instance, put Project Runway on their 8:00 pm timeslot, GMA will put Stylista on the same timeslot. It’s really, really absurd! I’m happy that TV5 is stepping up lately. I hope they could put a threat to the other gigantic channels and change Philippine television forever. Filipinos also have an enormous inclination towards heavy dramas, therefore making soap operas the most watched TV shows in the Philippines. Yet again, the local channels are giving us no other options. For me, soap opera means substandard programming, and large networks are embracing this inadequacy solely for profits. In this country, having a cable subscription is considered a privilege for those who can afford it. Yet I’m wondering: If cable TV companies can offer services for as low as PhP300.00, why others still choose to stay without cable and watch TV in poor signals?

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Kamsa Hamnida

Except for my hair, everything else remains the same. This is not entirely true, of course. I could say a comment or two on a lot of things. I could whine about almost anything, but I prefer to save my breath and simply keep things to myself. Though inauspicious changes have transpired lately, I always keep in mind that no matter how things get too confusing at the moment, the days to come will always bring me new meanings and astonishing answers. So much drama! So little time! It’s time to give thanks to everyone who visits this site for whatever reason. Kamsa hamnida. I just thanked you in Korean.

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