Archive for March, 2010

Walking back memory lane..

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2010 by otakujade

This morning’s news online…if you could really call it that, wasn’t really all that special except that it made me want to browse through the net in search of more articles about it and the search ended up leading me back to my youth…literally!

Today on the news it was announced that Ricky Martin had finally admitted he was and is gay. When my officemate told me this I just scoffed and told him, Ricky most certainly admitted as much during his interview with Barbara Walters on the The View way back in 2000. So when I got home tonight I was determined to look for that particular interview on Youtube and share it on my Facebook wall, but I ended up watching videos of Menudo.

To those who have no idea what or who Menudo was..yes, I’m not talking about the dish. Menudo was the biggest boy band from the early up to the late 80s. The group was composed of 5 clean up guys ages 12 to 16 who were trained to sing and dance. They we’re the hottest band world wide at the time! Menudo mania reached the Philippines in 1984 and ballooned to phenomenal heights in 1986 to about 1990. The members of the group were kept perpetually young by replacing them once a member turned 16. The group toured the world all year round and the Philippines was actually quite special to them as they made several returns here, sometimes even 2x in a year – and the Filipinos simply adored them.

Needless to say, I was a huge fan of them at the time…but as I grew up and the group lost some of my favorite members I lost interest in the band as well.

So, I guess by now you’re wondering how my search for news/interview about Ricky Martin ended up with Menudo. I guess some of you have guessed the reason by now too. YES, Ricky Martin was a former member of this boy band! At the time when I was so enamored with Menudo, the central figure of the group was Robby Rosa and Ricky Martin was just a 12-year old, new addition to the group. Ricky was the baby of the group, he was so cute and adorable the fans loved him and the mothers of the fans simply adore him.

The group was responsible for such songs as Like a Canonball, If you’re not here, and Please be Good to me.

Way before Ricky Martin was shaking his hips and singing “la vida loca” he was already singing and dancing with Menudo; I guess it is safe to say that he learned to rattle his hips with the group. I also remember him saying on one of his interviews that he was 14 when he first had his first experience with a girl and it was all that “nice”. And it was easy to believe that he did have his first time while he was with the group, they were all male, all young and they had a lot of money. And I also remember thinking that must have been the time when he started preferring the company of boys rather than girls. Maybe that bad experience was a turning point for the young Ricky somehow…we’ll never know.

But as I watched the many videos on Youtube, I couldn’t help but smile. Ricky was 12 then, and he’s 38 now…I’m 36. So much had happened both to him and to me as well, but looking at those videos transported me back to a time when life was simple and uncomplicated.

Allow me now to share some of those videos with you….

Ang liit-liit pa ni Ricky at the time; Robby was the one in the middle and Ricky Martin was the little guy wearing blue on the right of your screen. (1985)

With a new member this time, Sergio Blas as replacement for Roy Rosero. With Charlie singing this time around.

Here we see Charlie saying goodbye to his fans and introducing his replacement, I think his name was Raphy. The song was entitled, I’m Going Back to the Philippines which was originally made for Charlie as a tribute to their Filipino fans.

My Must-See Movies for 2010

Posted in Movies, Uncategorized on March 23, 2010 by otakujade

Disclaimers: The synopsis you can find here aren’t mine at all..they’re from Movie Moron and other websites but that doesn’t mean I can’t make my own side comments on the movie does it? So here are the Top Movies I personally made the commitment to see this year.

Alice In Wonderland
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway
Director: Tim Burton
Release Date: 5th March 2010

As per usual, the visuals of the latest Tim Burton project, Alice In Wonderland, look stunning. Newcomer Mia Wasikowskia plays Alice in the loose adaptation of Carroll’s treasured novel, alongside Burton mainstays Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. The only troubling aspect of this is the ‘loose’ part of the loose adaptation; unlike the previous adaptations Burton has made (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, etc.) this film will take more liberties with the source material. It features a considerably older Alice returning to Wonderland. That sounds a bit like Hook. But we’re confident it won’t be met with the same lukewarm reception, and that Burton thrills us with a wild and wacky world as he has in the past.

Note: Okay, so I haven’t seen this movie yet but bet your ass I’m going to see this one…either in the theaters if I still can or via downloaded copy which is cheaper, btw.

Clash Of The Titans
Starring: Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes
Director: Louis Letterier
Release Date: 2nd April 2010

The highest remake on the list, Clash of the Titans takes the most fondly remembered sword and sandal classic to showcase Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion creatures and re-imagines it for the CGI generation. Director Louis Letterier should be somewhat familiar with intense action and CG smackdowns thanks to his prior work on The Incredible Hulk and The Transporter franchises. Up and coming actors Sam Worthington (Terminator: Salvation, Avatar) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia) take on the roles of Perseus and Io, whilst veterans Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes take on the roles of Zeus and Hades. It will be interesting to see how the Olympian elements of the story are handled, as the gods have been notably absent from most recent sword and sandal flicks like Troy.

Note: One of my all time favorite movie; yeah, I’m a big fan of epic films and I am really hoping that this one would be a great movie…and its on 3D! Planning to take the kids on this one and actually already teaching them Greek mythology in preparation for it. Yay!

A Nightmare On Elm Street
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley
Director: Samuel Bayer
Release Date: 16th April 2010

Freddy Krueger, the dream-world dwelling killer first brought to cinema screens in 1984, is back. But this time Robert Englund is going to be watching it in the cinema with the rest of us. Exec-producer Michael Bay is hitting the Batman Begins/Casino Royale/Star Trek reboot button in an effort to kick start the franchise ala Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There’s only one reason this has ranked so highly on our list – the casting of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy.

Note: I followed this movie series from 1 through 7; and now I’m really hoping that this remake would do justice to the first one.

The Expendables
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Release Date: 23rd April 2010

Sly Stallone wants to go out in a blaze of gory. Sorry, typo, blaze of glory. Actually, they’re both right. The Expendables could well be the throwback action movie that dreams are made of. With a cast list that reads like someone just reading names off of their action movie DVD collection, fans of the genre are getting spoilt rotten.

Note: Oh yeah! This one’s something I’ve been waiting for for ages! I heard about the project about two years ago and at the time they weren’t even sure it’ll push through but it did and yay! for that! Honestly, I’m actually on it just for Jason Statham and Jet Li.

Iron Man 2
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Jon Favreau
Release Date: 7th May 2010

‘I am Iron Man.’ How could you not be desperate to see a sequel after Robert Downey Jr delivered that line at a press conference in the final scene of Iron Man? Like Tony Stark, director Jon Favreau has tinkered with his machine, upgraded it, and is ready to show the world Iron Man Mark II. In the superhero sequel tradition, it promises to be bigger and better, with the new friends, new foes and heightened fanboy expectations. Scarlett Johansson is Natasha Romanov – Tony Stark’s replacement red-head assistant now that Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts has been promoted – she’s also secretly Russian superspy Black Widow. Mickey Rourke plays fellow Russian Whiplash, Iron Man’s nemesis along with Sam Rockwell’s Justin hammer. It appears as though The Iron Man armour has kick-started a new Cold War…

Terrence Howard is probably (like the rest of us) still in shock after getting Cheadled, and Olga Kurylenko can’t believe she didn’t get Johansson’s part. She refuses to take the costume off, it’s kind of embarrassing…

Note: Need I say anything at all?????

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood
Starring: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett
Director: Ridley Scott
Release Date: 14th May 2010

Ridley Scott is a living legend. The mastermind behind Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator returns to roughly the period of time in which his criminally underrated Crusades movie Kingdom of Heaven took place and reunites with frequent collaborator Russell Crowe. So he should be in his comfort zone and ready to deliver a memorable take on the oft filmed Robin Hood legend, presumably without incongruous accents, talking foxes or men in tights. We really could do with seeing a new promo image now though…

Note: I honestly think that we have far too many Robin Hood films already but seeing the cast (Russell Crowe) and the director (Ridley Scott) really sold me out on this one. I mean, come on with those two around this has to be a good one. Besides, I might not even have any choice in the matter…it’s a Russel Crowe film and hubby just likes him far too much to miss out on this one.

The Karate Kid

Starring: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Director: Harald Zwart
Release Date: June 11, 2010

In Columbia Pictures’ The Karate Kid, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying—and the feeling is mutual—but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts “the karate kid” on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

Note: There’s just too many things wrong with this movie! Foremost of all, it’s entitled Karate Kid – then features a Jacky Chan teaching martial arts to a kid. Why is this so wrong? 1- Karate is a Japanese art…now if you want Jacky Chan on it it should be titled Kung Fu Kid or Wu Zhu Kid or something that has to do with Chinese martial arts; 2 – the film location was China NOT Japan as it should be! In truth the first Karate Kid was more accurate in that it has a Japanese martial arts teaching teaching Karate, and the film’s location actually included Japan! Think about it! Though I am going to have to see it because the kids insisted.

The A-Team
Starring: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper
Director: Joe Carnahan
Release Date: 11th June 2010

Smoking Aces was insane. In. Sane. And while it wasn’t spectacular successful, it is proof positive that Joe Carnahan may be able to breathe some life into The A-Team. As evidenced by this years Star Trek, well-known television characters in a high-octane cinematic adaptation can be a very, very good thing.

Carnahan has lined up a couple of cast members already, namely Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper. Neeson will be taking on the role of Hannibal, and although it’s been argued that his on screen persona differs considerably from that of previous Hannibal, George Peppard, Taken proved he can do action, and how many other actors have trained Obi-Wan Kenobi and Batman? Man of the moment Bradley Cooper will play Face, a role originated by Dirk Benedict (the lesser of two Starbucks). If you’re looking at the picture above and wondering why Quinton Jackson is there as B A Baracus when nobody has been cast as B A Baracus, it’s because the other candidates are so ridiculous that we’ll continue to pretend Quinton Jackson has been cast until our dreams of perfect casting are crushed by an official announcement.

Note: Out of curiosity I’d like to see this movie…TheA-Team was huge in the 80s which was my growng up years and it would be nice to reminisce.

Jonah Hex

Release Date: June 18, 2010
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Screenwriter: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Starring: Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Michael Shannon

Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger who can track down anyone… and anything. Having survived death, Jonah’s violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the “other side.” His only human connection is with Leila (Megan Fox), whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. But Jonah’s past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can’t refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich). But Turnbull, who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell, is also Jonah’s oldest enemy and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead. Based on the legendary graphic novel, “Jonah Hex” is an epic adventure thriller about one man’s personal quest for redemption against the vast canvas of the battle between good.

Note: Just curious.

The Last Airbender
Starring: Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone, Nicola Peltz
Director: M Night Shyamalan
Release Date: 2nd July 2010

Possibly the most divisive movie on the list. Shyamalan is loved by some and loathed by others, but there’s no denying that The Happening was an all-time low, resulting in some declaring The Last Airbender a flop before hearing a single line of dialogue. But it’s not just the Shyamalan apologists that are praying for this movie to be good, it’s fans of the source material. Avatar: The Last Airbender was one of Nick’s most popular shows, a well animated, action-packed, humorous and intelligent piece of television with a mythos to rival Star Wars and an appeal well beyond its target demographic.

Note: My kids and I just love this animated series (can’t really call it anime although it is Asian based, because it was made by Nick). And I know that we will line up in the theater for this one…it’s just too bad that it’s wrapped in so much controversy at this time concerning the casting and racism. I know it would have been so great if they used Asian actors but as long as the movie is good and it does justice to the animated series I wouldn’t really mind. Somehow, its a lot like the issue with Memoirs of a Geisha, and I glad that the movie didn’t get held up 2 years to come out.

Inception
Starring: Leonardo Dicaprio, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe
Director: Christopher Nolan
Release Date: 16th July 2010

Nothing else could have been number one, not after 2008, not after The Dark Knight. It. Was. Awesome. Due in no small part to the genius of Christopher Nolan, a director with an enviable track record, who now turns his attentions to the sci-fi genre with Inception, a movie shrouded in Cloverfield-levels of mystery.

We know Ken Watanabe is blackmailing Leonardo DiCaprio, who’s married to Marion Cotillard and works with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page, but that’s it. Oh, and, it’s set within ‘the architecture of the mind’, which could mean anything at this point. Inception makes number one sheerly on the basis of the talent involved, the mega cast, the phenomenal director, and, again, because of 2008, which as our top two shows, was quite a good year for movies.

Note: Leonardo di Caprio and Ken Watanabe sold this one out for me. I mean, I didn’t actually fell in love with Jack, but I must admit and surrender to the undeniable fact – that Leonardo di Caprio is one of the most talented and versatile actors in the world today and I just love this movies. And Ken Watanabe was simply one of my favorite Japanese actors…well, next to Takizawa Hideaki of course.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Monica Bellucci, Toby Kebbell
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Release Date: July 16, 2010

Balthazar Blake (NICOLAS CAGE) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (ALFRED MOLINA). Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (JAY BARUCHEL), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: David Yates
Release Date: November 19, 2010

J.K. Rowling’s seventh and final book has to be divided into two parts for the big screen. The movies will follow Harry, Hermione, and Ron as they seek out the remaining horcruxes and attempt to destroy Voldemort, all of which becomes much more difficult as he gains control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts.

The quality of this series has not only been sustained – it’s increased with every film. David Yates has proven himself as a great helmer for these stories, and with the freedom of a two-parter, the epic conclusion to the most recognizable wizard in the world has the potential to be awe-inspiring. The only downside is having to wait half a year for the conclusion to the conclusion.

Note: November 19th just couldn’t come soon enough!!!!

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Release Date: December 10, 2010
Studio: Fox Walden
Director: Michael Apted
Screenwriter: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Richard LaGravenese, Michael Petroni
Starring: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter, Gary Sweet, Bruce Spence, Arthur Angel, Shane Rangi, Liam Neeson

This time around – Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their pesky cousin Eustace Scrubb – find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to a fantastic Narnian ship headed for the very edges of the world.

Joining forces once again with their royal friend Prince Caspian and the warrior mouse Reepicheep, they are whisked away on a mysterious mission to the Lone Islands, and beyond. On this bewitching voyage that will test their hearts and spirits, the trio will face magical Dufflepuds, sinister slave traders, roaring dragons and enchanted merfolk. Only an entirely uncharted journey to Aslan’s Country – a voyage of destiny and transformation for each of those aboard the Dawn Treader – can save Narnia, and all the astonishing creatures in it, from an unfathomable fate.

Note:  Goodness! Will the good times never end?! LOL! I love this series and I love the books too! Can’t wait to see this one.

Tron Legacy
Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Release Date: 17th December 2010

Tron was ahead of its time. Now is that time. While the first film amazed with its vision and FX, it still managed to bore with its pace, but on the basis of this concept trailer, the sequel has managed to get the balance just right. The plot sees Flynn’s son enter Tron to find out what happened to his father (Jeff Bridges) all those years ago. Looks spectacular.

Note: Another one that I want to see out of curiosity. I mean I saw the first Tron movie and now I’m wondering how this one will turn out.

The Green Hornet
Starring: Seth Rogen,  Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward Furlong
Director: Michel Gondry
Release Date: 22nd December 2010

The second nerd-friendly Seth Rogen entry on the list, but this one’s different. This is superhero Seth Rogen. The last time we saw Rogen kicking ass and taking names he wasn’t wearing a mask, he was high, and he was riding shotgun with Harry Osborn. Now he’s the one with the sidekick, and if what has been said up until now is true, The Green Hornet may be more lighthearted than some superhero fare, but it won’t be an out-and-out comedy.

The second nerd-friendly Seth Rogen entry on the list, but this one’s different. This is superhero Seth Rogen. The last time we saw Rogen kicking ass and taking names he wasn’t wearing a mask, he was high, and he was riding shotgun with Harry Osborn. Now he’s the one with the sidekick, and if what has been said up until now is true, The Green Hornet may be more lighthearted than some superhero fare, but it won’t be an out-and-out comedy.

Note: I remember watching this and seeing Bruce Lee kick butt as Kaito, and now I wonder if it’ll be as good as the series had been.  Earlier Sony announced that Stephen Chow would be playing the role of Kaito I think they already changed that, now I wonder how Jay Chou will do. I mean would he compliment the movie or not? No, I am not a big fan of Green Hornet, I mean who wants a superhero that’s always dependent on his side kick and oneyou know wouldn’t be any good on this own…sheesh!

But honestly, once the masks are removed the ladies would probably be swooning over Kaito more than the Green Hornet…believe it!  Any questions?

Movie Review: Legion

Posted in Movies on March 21, 2010 by otakujade

Plot:

The movie begins with the archangel Michael falling down from heaven, his wings cut off because he disobeyed God’s orders. God has lost faith in humankind so he sends down His legions of angels to kill all of mankind; Michael disobeyed because he believed that there is still some hope left in man to change his ways.

After a terrifying biblical apocalypse descends upon the world, a group of strangers stranded in a remote truck stop diner in the Southwest unwittingly become humanity’s last line of defense when they discover the diner’s young waitress is pregnant with the messiah.

When the other angels failed to kill the baby, Gabriel was sent to do the job. Gabriel and Michael fight, and Gabriel wins, stabbing Michael through the chest with his mace. Gabriel went after the fleeing mother and child and was about to kill them when Michael reappeared, back in his full angelic glory. His refusal to give up on mankind, including sacrificing his own life, has convinced God to change His mind and give humanity another chance. At this point, a surprised Gabriel is wounded when Michael runs him through with a blade.

The film begins and ends with the same monologue by Charlie: telling how her mother’s view of God changed while Charlie was a child, from a loving and merciful God to a stern and unforgiving one. When the young Charlie asked why He had changed, her mother said, “I don’t know. Maybe He was just tired of all the bullshit.”

Review:

I must say that this is probably the only movie so far that I am reviewing that I did not really have the excitement of doing the summary. I know all the reviews said that movie was bad but I didn’t know it was this bad. It was so stereotype in all aspect, and at the beginning even blasphemous in my opinion.

I don’t really know where I first heard the idea or this story that one of the reasons that Lucifer rebelled against God was because God loved man above the angels. And here the makers of the film played with this idea as well as the story of Lot in the Old Testament. And it would have been great if the film didn’t leave more questions than it gave – first, why was the mother chosen to give birth to the “messiah”?; and what was the child’s special purpose?

And one was the biggest question for me was – why the heck did Paul Bettany took this project?! I mean, I love the man and I admire him wholeheartedly, I followed his movies from A Knight’s Tale to Wimbledon to Da Vinci Code  and Inkheart…and he’s such a great actor and he’s played so many beautiful roles…I can’t understand what was going through his mind when he accepted this role. I guess he was either depressed at the time or just plain out of his damn mind!

I rated Ninja Assasin quite low and unexciting but this was even lower than that!

Sex Facts etc…

Posted in Random on March 9, 2010 by otakujade

Honestly, I don’t even know why I’m doing this blog but I just thought it would be funny and interesting….

Interesting Sexual Facts

The smallest erect penis on record was just 1cm long.

A man’s testicles increase in size by 50% when he is aroused.

Odors that increase blood flow to the penis:lavender, licorice, chocolate, doughnuts, pumpkin pie.

Sex is a beauty treatment. Scientific tests find that when women make love they produce amounts of the hormone estrogen, which makes hair shine and skin smooth.

Women who went to college are more likely to enjoy both the giving and receiving of oral sex than high school dropouts. (Amazing what one learns in college).

According to Playboy, more women talk dirty during sex than men.

According to a survey of sex shop owners, cherry is the most popular flavor of edible underwear. Chocolate is the least popular.

A female orgasm is a powerful painkiller (because of the release of endorphins), so headaches are in fact a bad excuse not to have sex.

Sex actually relieves headaches. A lovemaking session can release the tension that restricts blood vessels in the brain.

A lot of lovemaking can unblock a stuffy nose. Sex is a natural antihistamine. It can help combat asthma and hay fever.

Kissing each day will keep the dentist away. Kissing encourages saliva to wash food from the teeth and lowers the level of the acid that causes decay, preventing plaque build-up.

The more sex you have, the more you will be offered. The sexually active body gives off greater quantities of chemicals called pheromones. These subtle sex perfumes drive the opposite sex crazy.

Sex is one of the safest sports you can take up (if you use a condom). It stretches and tones up just about every muscle in the body.

Sex is an instant cure for mild depression. It releases endorphins into the bloodstream, producing a sense of euphoria and leaving you with a feeling of well-being.

The most recorded orgasms in an hour by researchers at the Center for Marital and Sexual Studies in Long Beach, CA, was 134 by one female and sixteen for a male.

The most successful X-rated movie of all time is Deep Throat. It cost less than $50,000 to make it and has earned more than $100 million. (No wonder Tracy Lords became so popular! hehehe!)

Everyday, 200 million couples around the world have sex, which is about over 2000 couples at any given moment.

Sex is the safest tranquilizer in the world.

Fellatio ranks as the number one sexual act desired by heterosexual men.

Today, Japan leads the world in condom use. Like cosmetics, they’re sold door to door, by women.


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What more do I need?

Posted in Introspection on March 7, 2010 by otakujade

During lunch yesterday, we were informed that two of our upper class, who were incidentally a couple, had passed their thesis evaluation and were due to graduate this March. That brought a lot of goodwill wishes from all of us and then one of my classmate who was close to the couple started to tell us how the couple met at the MBA class and how their courtship during those times happened.

We were entertained and not a little moved by their story, for the purpose of this story I’ll called them J (the guy) and R (the girl). Now J was a real romantic and it was such a joy to find such a man in this day and age; our classmate told us how on one Valentine’s day J didn’t send any flowers to R which made her very disappointed seeing all her officemates getting flowers and gifts from their respective husbands and boyfriend and she was the only one with a partner who didn’t receive any. Then on the next day, February 15th, J arrived at R’s office with a guitar and flower in hand and made straight for her table and started serenading her. Everyone at the office was so impressed that R’s boyfriend sent her a singing telegram for Valentine even if it was a bit delayed. J simply smiled and just before he started on his second song he announced to the entire office that he is R’s boyfriend and that he intentionally didn’t send anything on the 14th because he wanted his token for her to be memorable. At that point even the bosses at the office were commenting how they’ve been married for more than 20 years and their husbands had never done anything as sweet and romantic for them.

J loved to sing and he’s a pretty darn good singer too; on the day he proposed married to R he asked her to meet him in front of SM Megamall Building B telling her that he’s got something to show her. J arrived there ahead of time and stood by the entrance to the building with his guitar and sang love songs. R was late for about an hour and he was still there singing his love songs…as she approached he turned to her showing everyone that his songs were meant for her…then he proposed. People all around them were cheering her on…goading her to say “yes” and she did.

On her wedding day, J again did something so unexpected….as he saw R walking down the aisle he began to sing “You are More Beautiful”. No question about it, J was in love and he was marrying the girl of his dream and he was really to love her for the rest of their life.

We were so touched by their story, and we (the ladies) agreed that it was really so sweet. It was then that one classmate asked me something unexpected…she asked, “was Tim sweet also?”

That made me stop and think….then I replied, “Yes, he’s sweet in his own way, though not the sort of sweetness that people think of as sweet. But I’m more than content because he spoils me rotten.” And all of that was true. True, hubby isn’t sweet; he doesn’t bring you roses, or chocolates or wine and dine you on special occasions, but he spoils me like a baby. If I so much as mention an event or an occasion I am interested in going he remember that and work his schedule around it so he could take me there. Sometime, I’ve had even forgotten about it then he would remind me. If I need or want anything all I have to do is say I’m planning on buying this or that and the next thing I know he’s making a gift of it to me. Allow me to state that I am not materialistic, but to me the mere fact that he remembers and cares about I say, hear what I say is a very important thing. Some guys could only hear their own voice, they refuse to listen even if you ask them to and here’s someone who attends to what I have to say, who’s sensitive to my needs even without being asked….I am spoiled. And what more could I ask for?

Reunion in two-fold…yay!

Posted in Introspection on March 3, 2010 by otakujade

Due to circumstances that happened the last few days, I decided to get in touch with the only person I know can help me on terms of media mileage. I wanted to get a public info on the 2 maids that left us. I just didn’t want their next employer to be their next victim, but anyways that is a different story from what I intended to write so getting back to the original topic….

I have always prided myself with the fact that I am in good terms with “almost” every ex-boyfriend that I ever had.  Well, one thought we are in good terms but well, if Idon’t see him again in…oh I don’t know the next 50 years it’ll be too soon… 🙂

Anyways, yesterday I got in touch with Mr. F and met within after office hours. I gave him all the info I have on the 2 maids including their pictures and he promised to get them printed in several newspapers and tabloids he has contact with. With that business done, we started on our catching up – what he’s up to; what happening with me; how’s this person or that person…then a little trip down memory lane. It was wonderful seeing him again..I must say that no matter what I would openly admit that Mr. F will always be special to me. “I remember the boy, but I don’t remember the feeling anymore…”  or so the song goes. Maybe its because when we were still together we were so much more than boyfriend and girlfriend we were friends, collaborators, conspirators, and each other’s worst critic.  Over and above that we were mentor and student, a major part of what I am and how I am right I owe to his mentoring and for that I will always be grateful. He was 15 years my senior but his age have never posed any difficulties for us at the time because he could well hack it with the rest of my friends…some of whom developed a cruch on him to which he taught me to proud of rather than jealous. He used to say that I should be proud of the fact that someone else thinks my BF is hot that means I made a good catch, now it’s up to the guy if he’s such a weakling and low on self-esteem that he would be swayed by it all. He added that if the guy is swayed then I should be grateful that I found out what an idiot the guy is early on. It was through him that I got into almost every sort of social functions from the very elite to the low; he was a true “jack-of-all-trades”.

So as we were talking, my celphone sounded informing me of a text message. It was another ex- who just happened to be an employee of the same network (mind he was not an employee of the network when he were going out). He said “Hi and how I’m doing” and I answered “I’m at the network meeting someone”.

Next thing I knew he was calling me and as I tried to make an excuse to put down the phone he entered the office and I saw him standing across the room. Damn! That cut-off my conversation with Mr. F so we said goodbye making a date to meet again soon and I left their office with Mr S who took me all the way back to the MRT station and there I said goodbye to him too. We did talk along the way, and I saw him looking after me as I entered the station but really, I have nothing against him he was such a nice guy but I really don’t have much to talk to him about.

I do feel sad that my reunion with Mr F was cut short though I know he has a meeting to attend to; and I regret that I have so little to talk about with Mr S – they’re both very good people…though one weighs more than the other for this lady. It was a nice reunion…but honestly the reunion made me all the more solid in my belief that I am with the right man right now.  Mr F impresses me, I admire him and respect him but I know he’ll never commit to anyone for good, he’s just too much in love with his freedom for that. He does have kids and he loves them and are responsible for them but then again children are more lenient than having a wife. As for Mr S I like him, he’s serious and responsible and solid but he’s just doesn’t have the fun factor that Mr. F has.

Whereas hubby is all of the good that’s in the two guys and none of their down side. He’s  serious, responsible, and committed but he’s fun, and athletic and just vain enough for me to really fall in love with…