June 2009


full house(I haven’t tried using the polling feature of WordPress. Guess it would be fun to try it out just once – (^-^))

I am a huge fan of the 2005 hit kdorama, Full House, having watched it a number of times (and may do so again!).  And we all know that Richard Gutierrez will portray the role of Lee Young Jae (Justin in the Pinoy dubbed version) in the GMA version soon.  But who will be Han Ji Eun (Jessie)? So far, GMA hasn’t confirmed yet on who will be chosen for the role.  But definitely, whoever gets to have it will be given a big break.

I’m interested to find out what fans think.  Here is a list of actresses for you pinoyfulhausto choose from. The choices were made based on viewers’ feedback from threads which for me, I find a bit surprising.  I included actresses from the other network, too.  If you do not like the choices, and have someone else in mind, leave a comment. Thanks!

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I was born on a Bloomsday.

If you don’t know what Bloomsday means, I don’t either.

Just kidding.  joyce-ulysses-750-wraps-1000-300x294

Bloomsday is what fans of James Joyce’ novel, Ulysses have been calling this day, June 16, naming it after the story’s protagonist, Leopold Bloom.  The whole story takes place on that one day (1904 to be exact) in Dublin, Ireland–wherein Joyce made mention of  actual streets, bars, and shops. So every Bloomsday, Dubliners and Joyce fans celebrate the day by reliving the story, tracing Bloom’s steps as mentioned in the book and participating in Ulysses readings… and oh, yeah, by hitting the pubs and doing what they do best. 🙂

I admit I haven’t finished the book yet (I bookmarked one copy from gutenberg.org).  I dampamanaged to read a few pages so far… and you can’t blame me. Ulysses is described as one of the most difficult books to read;  and that reading it ‘would take a lifetime.’  If you’re interested about Bloomsday and how to read and appreciate the book, click on this interesting article.

Well, then… what about MY Bloomsday? I celebrated my birthday two days ahead.  We were all craving for seafood so we went to Dampa, Parañaque City.

The wet market in the Original Dampa (left).crabsbday

Aah… bday cravings: Fresh crabs, yeah!–expensive but worth it (right)

The place in Sucat is the original dampa— a place where you buy fresh seafood in the nearby wet market, choose an eatery, hand over the food you just bought to the cook or waiting staff and tell them your instructions on how to prepare it, wait for them to cook it, and if it’s done–eat! I’ve tried the other dampas that sprouted all over Manila and QC but the original is still the best– and probably still the cheapest.

Kay Susan Tayo!: We chose Zanvinz Grill Hauz (left). Aling Susan, the proprietress is the one who accommodated us.  We bought some liempo (pork spareribs) which she herself grilled for us.  And she even did some fortune telling while she was at it, too!

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Bday feast 2009: We also had calamares, shrimps in butter and garlic, spicy crabs. We had them placed in styropor containers and took them home. Yum! (above pix)

At work, I received gifts- a book, (Coraline!) and a gift card from Powerbooks (left).  Thanks, AGirls! I truly appreciated it!momwytroses

Then,  I also visited Mom on my birthday (Right)… June 16 maybe a truly fateful day for Leopold Bloom.  I guess it was for me, too. My mom (as well as her brother) passed away on a bloomsday, too.  I hoped she likes the white roses…

“Hold to the now, the here. Through which all future plunges to the past.” -Stephen Dedalus from Ulysses

What’s my birthday wish?… I do dream of traveling, and if I ever do get the chance to globe-trot in the future,  I will celebrate one fine bloomsday in Dublin — perhaps to partake of a gorgonzola sandwich and a glass of Burgundy at Davy Byrnes’ pub or maybe liver slices fried with crustcrumbs downed with a cold mug of Irish beer — before I kick the bucket. (=^.^)

Uh… yeah, ok.  And finish the book, too…

Here’s to more Bloomsdays ahead! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸\(✿^○^)/=3┌iiii┐ ¸.•*¨*•♫♪

I decided to take an afternoon stroll in UP Diliman this 111th anniversary of the Declaration of our Independence.  Not much going on over there.  Just a few joggers and fitness buffs spending a quiet day.

But I was drawn to UP because of a unique exhibit that I heard about.

It was the “Looking for Juan” Banner Exhibit located at UP’s Academic Oval.  It displays artworks from various artists which shows their interpretation of what it means to be a Filipino reprinted on tarpaulin canvas.

This exhibit runs until July 11.  I took pictures of the colorful and interesting banners.  The light was fading fast and these were all I managed to shoot:

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“How Philippines” by Farley del Rosario (above left) and “Juan Line” by Dansoy Coquila (above right).

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“Brown Heritage” by Elmer Borlongan at the Sunken Garden.

When the exhibit ends, the banners will be made into tote bags and sold as original works of functional art. Proceeds from the sale will go to PADYAK (a UP Mountaineers) and other projects to promote Philippine art, culture and the environment. For more information on Looking for Juan, click here.

Peace, Unity, and Independence…. Saludo, Pilipinas! ∠(^_^)_尸★★★☼

I better post something that doesn’t have anything to do with jdoramas or else this personal blog will be mistaken for a themed blog.  (I AM kinda thinkin’ of setting up an extension themed blog for my jdorama posts though but with my limited time–naah! I don’t think that is feasible as of this moment…):

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(For an update about what happened during NIN’s Aug. 5 concert, click here.)

I don’t listen to pop music nowadays and don’t have the slightest interest to see those international acts who came, sang and went (Rhianna, the 2 Davids-whatever-their-last-names-are, etc.).  So I’m absolutely THRILLED to hear that FINALLY one of my most admired artists is coming to the country before he retires from the face of this planet.

It’s Nine Inch Nails, man! As in, Trent Reznor is comin to town–Aug. 5, 2009 at the Araneta Coliseum! I can’t freakin believe it!  I’ve been following his tourdates and updates on Facebook and Twitter since last year and had been reading all those places around the world that he’d been touring in (it seemed like he’d been performing EVERYWHERE except here) and wishing all those times that he would at least drop by one of these days  (Kahit man lang magpa-gas para sa eroplano!!! langhya naman…) And now, thank God, this wish has been granted!

Ever since I was a dj in a rock radio station in the early 90’s which was the height of NIN and alternative music, I’ve been dreaming about this nin-trent-reznormoment.  Those rock bands have come and laid low but Trent–and Pearl Jam–have always been in my heart. And it’s so wonderful that these guys are still rockin up to now. We may have (ahem*coughs*) matured, softened and mellowed down a bit–but we can still rock the house. \m/

After all these years, you still rock my world, Trent Reznor: All Emo brats and poseurs should KISS his ass and pay their due respects to His Royal Gothliness (right).

This is obviously a once in a lifetime chance so there’s no way I’ll miss this.  Besides, his tour is called “Wave Goodbye” since Reznor plans to make NIN ‘disappear for awhile.’  Maybe to settle down and start a family?trent-reznor-mariqueen-maandig-engaged He had been twittin messages saying he’s so in-luuuuv and that he’s gettin’ married.

Who’s the lucky Pinay?: Trent and fiancee, Mariqueen Maandig (left) a model-babe, and vocalist of a rock band, West Indian Girl, and get this– she’s Filipino-American(!) (i mean, helleerr! pangalan pa lang– Mariqueen–Pinoy na pinoy na).  Hay naku, Trent. Pinay rin lang pala ang hanap mo,  e di sana.. dot dot. Haha.. nevermind!

Here are some more of Reznor’s latest twits for the past 2 days:

I have been sober for 8 years today (where I am). Thanks for letting me share that with you. Proud of that.

Easy: encountering real people in the real world mostly = love. Reading bullshit online from anonymous cowards = hate.

This “being madly in love” thing is weird. Feels bad being apart.

It’s true – I’ve gone soft. Sorry everyone.

Here’s my most fave song from NIN, Closer. Directed by Mark Romanek, one of the best mv directors around. PG ALERT! -> This controversial 1994 mv is disturbing, demonic, and dementedAhh, the good ole days, they don’t make them the way they used to, huh?… *sighs*

I was expecting that my May 17 post, “Crying Time with 1 Liter of Tears” would generate plenty of hits.  Not because I wrote an awesome post (wha-?) but rather, I presume, the ‘sing-along’ part of it (lyrics with song video) would make fans of the jdorama want to come back and… well,  sing along with it.  There are a lot of you out there who like to sing, admit it!  Ok. Ok, fine. I do it, too.  (*.*)

Another reason other than  singing along with the song? Apparently it was because of Nishikido Ryo. Recently, I just finished watching Ryusei no Kizuna (Meteor’s Bond) that stars him and Arashi’s Ninomiya Kazunari.  Be talking about that soon!

When I told myself that if it does get a lot of hits remioromen(100 so far and still climbing), I will post another song from 1LoT: this time it’s the other song from Remioromen, “Konayuki (Powdered Snow),” the theme of Aya and Haruto and my most fave of all the songs from the show.

Remioromen (left) is a rock band formed in 2000, featuring Fujimaki Ryota on lead vocals.  With a voice like that, who needs an English translator?

So here are the lyrics (from lyricsmode) of Konayuki, and the video link.  For those who still insist on reading the English translation, (hay naku!) click hereKanta na! ♯ρ(^∇^*)♭_♪ラン♪♪ララン♪♪

Konayuki by Remioromen

Konayuki mau kisetsu wa itsumo sure chigai
Hitogomi ni magirete mo onaji sora miteru no ni
Kaze ni fukarete nita you ni kogoeru no ni

Boku wa kimi no subete nado shitte wa inai darou
Soredemo ichi oku nin kara kimi wo mitsuketa yo
Konkyo wa naikedo honki de omotterunda

Sasaina ii aimo nakute
Onaji jikan wo ikite nado ike nai
Sunao ni nare nai nara
Yorokobi mo kanashimi mo munashii dake

Konayuki nee kokoro made shiroku somerareta nara
Futari no kodoku wo wake au koto ga dekita no kai

Boku wa kimi no kokoro ni mimi wo oshi atete
Sono koe no suru hou he sutto fukaku made
Orite yukitai soko de mou ichi do aou

Wakari aitai nante
Uwabe wo nadete itano wa boku no hou
Kimi no kajikanda te mo nigirishimeru
Koto dakede tsunagatteta no ni

Konayuki nee eien wo mae ni amari ni moroku
Zara tsuku ASUFARUTO no ue shimi ni natte yuku yo

Konayuki nee toki ni tayori naku kokoro wa yureru
Soredemo boku wa kimi no koto mamori tsuduketai

Konayuki nee kokoro made shiroku somerareta nara
Futari no kodoku wo tsutsunde sora ni kaesu kara