Archive for January 2008

Tiyanak in the Philippines

January 19, 2008

I borrowed a 12-in-1 DVD from my co-teacher. It is a compilation of so-called Filipino horror movies. I did not steal some money from the producers and artists. I am not a criminal. I only borrowed that DVD.My DVD collections are originals.

I immediately played “Sukob” by Kris Aquino and Claudine Barreto. The premise is very Filipino. It is about our belief that siblings can’t get married in the same year. This makes the movie original. I was enjoying the movie until I saw “Sadako the second” from the movie, “The Ring”. A ghost of a girl with a long black girl. I told myself that ,it happens that the ghost is also girl with a long black hair just like Sadako. As usual, victims die one by one, then comes Wendell Ramos who plays as Kris’s husband. He is drying up his gorgeous body when the ghost pops in the window and CRAWL inside the house. Yes! Crawl just like what Sadako does. I have no doubt that the ghost is Sadako!

Moving on to “Ouija”, it stars Judy Ann Santos, Jolina Magdangal , Izza Calzado, and a newbie named Rhian Ramos. I liked the first few minutes of the movie. There are scenes that show the beauty of Camiguin and the famous underwater cemetery there. Acting wise, the four actresses did great. Story and originality wise, I believe that “Ouija” is one of those movies that have no story or originality At all. How dare Judy Ann and Jolina to accept that movie? How dare them? To sum up my review of this film, the title of this movie should be “The Ring: Filipino Remake”

Gellie de Belen’s Tiyanak is one of my favourite Filipino horror movies so I was happy when I found out that there will be  a sequel movie starring our new young actors and actresses. The movie starts with Ana Roces getting killed (suggestive). Ana Roces is hotter and more beautiful after so many years. There are big changes with tiyanak’s profile. Tiyanaks can now grow and even have mothers. There are water, land, and air tiyanaks. The water tiyanak looks like the predator’s daughter. The air tiyanak can fly and possibly will become a manananggal when she reaches puberty. The only part of the movie that is worth praising is the special effects. It didn’t suck! However, the old Tiyanak movie didn’t incorporate any CGI effects, but came out pretty well and scary. My favourite scene is the part whereas, Lotlot is hunting down the tiyanak with a shotgun. By golly, Sadako was nowhere to be seen.

If I were a director, I will make a movie about Sadako, geting out of a TV Screen to hunt down all those Sadako wannabes from other films.

Who wants to watch that movie?    


Cambodia,Vietnam or the Philippines?

January 15, 2008

I have been to the capital cities of Singapore, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines of course. My simple dream is to tour South East Asia.Two more months and summer vacation is on!I have three choices of place to go to.

First is the Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Many people consider it as one of the true wonders of the world.I am really dying to go there since my field is related to it. At least,before I die, I have been to the great Angkor Wat!

Halong Bay in Vietnam is a UNESCO Heritage Site.It is one of the most popular tourist spots in Vietnam. According to my Austrian friend who is an expat living there,the water is dirty so I should not be fooled by the postcards. I am sure that I will not be spending that much there because because my friend is willing to accomodate me.

The third choice is Boracay,Philippines.Before you raise your hand and stab me with your dagger while calling me traitor sa inang bayan,please hear my explanation.I was supposed to go there last April 2007,but wasn’t able to do so. The original plan was a two-day stay on the 11th of April with Rence and Kristine.They are my colleagues.Then enter Eladio,a close friend of mine teling me to re-sched it so he could go as well.I took all the lashes from Rence and re-sched the trip.They went on with the original date without me.Then came the 23rd of April,my friend was broke already.We just went to Malate!!!Well,anyone who wants to go backpacking with me this summer?
It will be fun!!! 

Goodbye Year 2007!

January 15, 2008

Year 2008 has started so you might think that this topic is a bit late.Well, just 14 days late.These are the highlights of the positive and negative events that happened to me in year 2007.

January: Parents of my students informing me of their satisfaction with my teaching prowess in a parent-teacher conference

February:My birthday lands on February. A celebration with my Aussie and South African colleagues, whereas,each of us took down a 5 liter-jug of Heineken beer!There is no need for an elaborate explanation for this month is always the best!

March: The grandest shopping I’ve ever done.The things I bought weren’t even for myself. They were for my family,relatives,friends and best friends.

April: Grand reunion of classmates,friends and best friends;A friendly date with my first ever girlfriend after 7 years.

May: 3 day vacation to Chang and Yhor island,East of Thailand.

June: Bought my computer notebook.

July: Had moved to a new apartment that offers free internet connection 24/7; IMAX experience (Hary Potter and the Order of Phoenix)

August: Had my haircut.You might ask what is so special here. I only get a haircut once a year.

September: Sports Day! Basked under the mercy of the Sun from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Have I mentioned that I got burnt?

October: Singapore trip with my Mom.Expensive,but worth the money.

November: Broke after the Singapore trip.

December: Got drunk and wasted. It was the loneliest Christmas I’ve ever experienced.

My First Time

January 15, 2008

I once kept a diary on a notebook and on my phone. I used to blog in Friendster. All of these were short-lived due to various reasons . Now, I have a wordpress account! I promise to blog at least twice a week.