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Ligo na u; Lapit na Me by Eros Atalia

Posted in Books, Uncategorized on November 29, 2012 by otakujade

Tagalog ang lengwahe ng librong ito, kaya minabuti kong Tagalog din ang gamiting lengwahe sa blog ukol sa librong ito. Pero tulad ng una, pasensya na kung mahahaluan ito ng English kasi nga tulad ng una ko nang sinabi mas comportable ako sa lengwaheng iyo sa pagpapahayag ng mga nasa isipan ko.

First and foremost, I just want to say that I liked the book very much. Medyo may parte nga lang sa unahan na mabagal (sa aking opinion lang naman yun at wala akong balak na mangumbinsi ng ibang tao) pero mabilis din naming napawi at na remedyuhan iyong ng author.

Maganda at maayos ang pagkakasulat ng akda, malinaw at madaling maintindihan ng magbabasa. May konti mga typos ang libro pero ano ba, kahit naman mga English novels eh mga typos. Human error yun at di na dapat pang bigyan ng malaking importansya. Na-mention ko lang naman sya dahil minsan nagiging isyu ito sa critique ng mga foreign novels pero sa akin ok lang, di naman affected yung pagbabasa ko o yung ganda ng akda eh.

As for the story itself, it is very realistic. I am actually glad that someone actually decided to take on this topics here and now. Yung topic kasi ng story ay isang bagay na talaga namang nangyayari sa tunay kaso nga walang gusting umamin ng may mentalidad na ganito ang ibang kababaihan. Maraming mapupupulot na aral mula sa libro, maraming masaya, makakatuwa at makakahalakhak na pangyayari ang talaga naming makaka-relate ang mga mambabasa. Madalas sa pagbabasa ko ng akdang ito nangingiti akong mag-isa, minsa’y nagtatawang mag-isa na ikikagugulat ng mga kasama sa bahay, at kung minsan nama’y magbubuntung-hininga dahil sa panghihinayang.

The film adaptation of the book with the same title was released in 2011 through Cinemalaya, however, as can be expected only a few have heard of the film (probably, mostly fans of indie films) and had the opportunity of watch it.

The story of the book revolved around the life and struggle of one ordinary looking and economically challenged college graduating student, Karl Vladimir Lennon J. Villalobos.  I’m sure kung talaga bang sanay lang ako sa mga pangalang kakaiba pero as much as the author tried to evoke woe on the character being burdened with such a name…sa akin wala lang. Okay lang naman yung mahaba nyang pangalan.

Buhay at pag-ibig sama ang hinanakit ito ni Karl Vladimir Lennon J. Villalobos na na-in-love sa classmate nyang si Jen. Parang beauty and the beast ang story with a little twist. Si Karl normal na estudyante, di pangit pero di din naman hunk at tulad ng maraming estudyante laging kapos sa pera. Si Jen naman (walang apelyido) school beauty, mayaman at pantasya ng bayan pero obvious na may malalim na problema sa buhay. Two very different people who ended up together in a relationship na di naman sila pero parang sila – sa wikang English ang makabagong tawag dito eh “Friend with Benefits” at sa parte ni Karl…what a benefit! May fucking buddy na sya, libre pa ang lahat. Pero hwag naman isiping nagte-take advantage sya (di naman masyado) kasi kahit papano marunong pa rin syang mahiya (kay Jen). Kaya nga pag may extra pera sya pa rin ang sumasagot ng pambayad dun sa lugar na tahimik at malamig.

Ilang buwan ding ganito ang sitwasyon nila Karl at Jen hanggang sa bigla lang kailangang matigil. Bakit? Well, you will have to buy the book or watch the film for that. Pero ito lang ang masasabi ko, masalimuot pero maganda ang istorya nito. Makatutuhanan in the sense that nandun yung tunay na human emotions tulad ng confusion, galit, amazement, guilt, regret at love. Mga emosyong tunay mong makikita sa ganitong relasyon lalo pa nga at biglang dapat matapos ang lahat. Higit sa lahat the author was brave enough to delve on the subject na di lang mga sa foreigners uso ang ganitong relasyon. Marahil bihira or baka naman talamak na di lang alam ng marami pero nangyayari ito maging dito sa atin at dito papipilitan ang mambabasang mamulat sa realidad ng ating bagong henerasyon.

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Bob Ong and Eros Atalia: Great Authors of a New Genre

Posted in Books, People with tags , , on November 28, 2012 by otakujade

I don’t read a lot of Filipino written works. Di naman yun dahil ako’y coño or anything to that effect medyo mas comfortable lang talaga ako sa English. Sabihin na lang natin na I can explain and express myself better on that language. Pero nakabasa na naman ako ng ilang akda sa Tagalog, una karamihan mga klasikong akda lang tulad ng Noli Me Tangere, El Filibusterismo at yung Ibong Madaragit ni Amando Hernandez. Highschool pa ako nun pero dun ko umpisang na-appreciate ang mga tagalog master pieces. Tapos natuto akong bumasa ng mga alternatibong akda ni Lualhati Bautista, halos nga ata lahat ng librong sinulat nya nabasa ko.

Then out of the blue, inabutan ako ng ex-boyfriend ko (na ngayo’y asawa ko na) ng ibang librong gawa ni Bob Ong…at yun ang nagging umpisa ng mahaba-haba ding istorya ng pagsunod ko sa mga librong gawa ng misteryosong author nay un. Misteryoso kse walang nakakakilala sa kanya (maliban na lang siguro sa kanyang publisher).  Until now naman I still follow Bob Ong, tuwing may bagong libro na gawa nya bili naman ako. (Sorry kung mukhang pa-sosyal  ang dating ng huling sentence na yun, if it means anything ako rin mejo na artehan sa dating nun pero sabi ko nga mas comfortable ako sa English so panigurado Tag-lish ang labas ng blog na ito). Sana walang maasar…hehehe!

Anyways, a few months ago I learned that there’s another author that writes almost the same way as Bob Ong, at this time tahasang nakabalandra ang tunay na pangalan ng author. Not that it would make any difference to me as a reader, wala lang gusto ko lang i-mention, bakit ba?

So the author is Eros Atalia. Tuwa ako sa pangalan nya kasi mahilig din ako sa Greek myth at unang nakatawag sa akin yung pangalan nya. Sa Greek kasi sa ilang di nakakaalam Eros means Love. Si Eros ay anak ni Aphrodite or mas kilala silang mag-ina sa tawag na Cupid (Eros) at Venus (Aphrodite). Oh ayan, tapos na ang Greek myth lesson. Anyways, curious ako sa akda nitong si Eros Atalia…lalo pa at yung unang nakita kong libro nya eh yung “Ligo na U, Lapit na me”. Oh di ba, very wholesome ang dating? Hehehe! Pero promise, di sya ganun ka-wholesome!

Maganda yung libro, masaya at makatutuhanan ang istoryo. Isa sa pinaka-gusto ko sa mga ganitong akda eh yung pagiging makatutuhanan nya. Galit kung galit at malaswa kung malaswa ang lengwahe but that’s what makes them so different from other authors out there. They were bold enough to go against the norms and I love that. Sa akin lang, more power to both Bob Ong and Eros Atalia for the genre they chose.

Ang pinag-iba nga lang ng dalawang author na ito eh yung kanilang phasing. Si Bob Ong yung tipong author na iga-grab agad ang attention mo, mag-lull ng konti sa gitna only to pump up the interest once again at the end of the book. Actually, it’s a good things since it keeps you interested and keep you coming back for more. Mahilig din si Bob Ong nga clip hangers at the end of each chapter.  At the end you feel content with what you’ve read.

Si Eros Atalia naman, picks up the phase slowly but as you read along it gets better and better and really grab you at the middle and carry you through to the end. The end result is that you feel the closure of the story. Pwede di masaya, pwedeng nakaka-disappoint but at the end of it that’s what makes a book good (in my humble opinion lang naman) kasi nga it evokes a feeling on the reader. May naiiwan sa iyong emosyon at di lang ang pakiramdam na tapos ang libro – ano ngayon?

Di ko masabi kung sino ang mas gusto ko, di ko rin gusting i-try nai-decide. Basta I like them both, mas sanay nga lang ako sa mga akda ni Bob Ong sa ngayon kasi mas matagal ko na syang sinusunda, pero malay natin ilang libro pa at pantay na sila ni Eros Atalia sa isipan ko. Wide reader naman ako, I can like them both at the same time and be complete happy with that fact.

Advice ko lang kung gusto mo si Bob Ong, safe din i-try yung mga akda ni Eros Atalia…you will enjoy it. Promise.

Monkey Majik – Magic!

Posted in People with tags , , , , on November 9, 2012 by otakujade

Once again my love for all things Japanese led me to another great discovery – – –  I found Monkey Majik! What is it? It’s a band, but not just any band ..it’s a Canadian-Japanese hybrid band. I can almost see the question in the faces of most of you.

Monkey Majik is called a hybrid band because it is composed of members from two different races/nationality.  First and foremost allow me to clarify that this is a Japanese band – they live and work in Japan and do sing Japanese songs. The band is consist of two Canadian brother, Maynard and Blaise Plant who act the band’s vocalists and guitarist; the other two members are drummer Tax (Takuya Kikuchi) and bassist Dick (Hideki Mori).

Monkey Majik made their first major album release “Thank You” in 2006. The album hit gold standards with 97,000 albums sold during its initial run. “Around the World” reached No. 4 on the Oricon charts and became the theme song to the Japanese television drama, Seiyūki, or Journey to the West. It sold a total of 164,299 copies in Japan, becoming the 62nd most-purchased single of 2006 in the country. (information from Wikipedia)

In just a one year period the band was able to release 3 more albums with their 4th Sora wa Maru de propping them as true Japanese icons. The band continued their success album after album release and in 2009 they were ushered in as Canadian-Japanese Ambassadors in honor of the 80th Anniversary of Friendship between Canada and Japan. With all these successes I’m truly amazed that I have not heard of them until recently but then again the band was successful in Japan and had not as of yet reached that status of being “idols”. Besides, they were serious musicians and professionals but they do not have the studio backing that most idols have.

In 2011,  the great Tohoku earthquakes and tsunami hit Japan and devastated Sendai, where the band members maintain their base and still live. In response to this disaster the band members regrouped and then went to help their people with clean-up, restoration, and rescue. Their kind actions were documented by MTV Japan and later broadcast as a part of the band’s “Send愛” (“Send Ai, Send Love”) movement. Later, a concert was held in Sendai under the Send愛 label, benefiting those affected by the Tōhoku disasters, featuring Monkey Majik.

The band, even after mainstream success, is still based in Sendai, located roughly 350 km from Tokyo. This is contrary to the majority of musicians in Japan, who often move to Tokyo after mainstream success.

What is so appealing about this band, aside from their heart, is the unique quality of their music. It’s truly a west meets east sound. And it’s even more wonderful seeing them – it’s like you see this blond Caucasian man singer Japanese songs and you’re amazed at his every word.  The Nihongo lyrics were sung so beautiful and the English was just perfect. Plus, I guess I have always been partial to pop music so I love that their songs aren’t noisy or sleep enducing.

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