Tuesday, December 31, 2013

100 for 2013

listed down 100 people, things, events, craze, TV shows, movies and every thing else international or local which determined the year that was. 
They are the noise-makers of 2013 whether in a good or bad way. I did not include personal stuff and the list was made in a random order. I'm sure if you are up to date, most of which will have a recall on you. 

(2013 in collage)

Here goes a recap of the year in 100: 
1. Janet Lim Napoles
2. Obama cares
3. Typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda
4. Teng Brothers
5.  Selfie
6. Elevator girl
7. Ms. World Megan Young
8. Ryzza Mae Show
9. Don Mariano Bus Accident
10. Bohol, Cebu earthquake
11. Zamboanga siege
12. Royal Baby Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge
13. Catching Fire
14. iOS 7, iphone 5s and 5c, ipad air
15. Nelson Mandela
16. Gentlemen by Psy
17. Wanderland Music Festival
18. Paul Walker
19. NBA Pre-Season Game in Manila Indiana Pacers versus Houston Rockets
20. Ruffy Biazon
21. UST-DLSU UAAP championship
22. 2013 Senatorial and Barangay Elections: Nancy Binay, Dick Gordon, Cynthia Villar
23. Just give me a reason by Pink
24. Be careful with my heart
25. Star Cinema's On the job by Erik Matti
26. Bella Flores
27. Letran-San Beda NCAA championship
28. Charice Pempengco
29. Anderson Cooper
30. Tulong na, Tabang na
31. My husband's lover
32. The Voice of the Philippines
33. Team Kramer
34. Pacquiao-Bradley
35. Justin Bieber in Tacloban
36. NU Pep Squad
37. Game of thrones
38. G2B
39. Wrecking Ball
40. Movie installments: Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Despicable Me 2, Before Midnight, Cloudy with a chance of meatball 2, Kickass 2, Wolverine
41. Instax Mini
42. Million People March
43. 3rd Runner-up Ms. Universe Ariella Arida
44. "Neseye ne eng lehet" -Daniel Padilla
45. My little bossings
46. Scandals: Wally Bayola, Chito Miranda and Neri Naig
47. Ilo-ilo
48. Blurred lines
49. "I can buy you, your friends and this club!"
50. Egypt and Syria

7107 International Music Festival this 2014

Philippine concert scene keeps getting better and better as various  international and local artists invade stages all over the archipelago.

After the sucessful Wanderland music festival in Makati last May comes another music festival that everybody is raving about, 7107 International Music Festival. If Wanderland staged the international and local indie bands and performers, 7107 promises mainstream bands which never performed in RP. Imagine Red Hot Chili Peppers is gracing the 2-day music festival, who wouldn't go crazy about it?

(7107 IMF's official poster)

I heard that the producers of this festival were KC Montero and JP Singson. I was stoked to receive the press release maybe I could score tickets? Let's hope on that. I could just imagine how RHCP fans felt when they heard about this news. I knew they have been waiting for this and they will get what they wished for this 22-23 of February 2014.

It's not 7107 for nothing. 7107 represent our 7,107 islands and how we will turn this country into the concert scene capital of Asia. Neighbor countries are most welcome to attend! 

I'm still tuned because I learned that there would be greater line-up of performers to be announced soon. Apart from this promise, they would also donate portion of its proceed to the victims of Yolanda/ Typhoon Haiyan. I know that it is expensive and kind of far from the city but it is worth going to for the line-up is good and it's a two-day event unlike the usual. 

Here is their official press-release:

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Empire of the Sun Headlining Philippine Based Festival

Thursday, December 05, 2013

United State of Pop: Pop or Flop?

DJ Earworm's most-awaited mashup for 2013 is already up!

So then I decided to do a review on the other mashups of DJ Earworm from 2008 to present.

I first learned DJ Earworm's mashup in 2009. The United State of Pop 2009 (Blame it on the Pop) was being played in the game Night Club City on Facebook and it immediately gave me the Last Song Syndrome. It was a love at first hear. 

Later on, I learned that it was an annual thing. DJ Earworm compiles the pop songs and music videos in the US which made it to the charts or made an impact in the music scene for each year, hence dubbed "United State of Pop". He also creates a theme every year. IMO, that makes him better than the other DJs who make annual mashups because he could always summarize the year into one theme which was hard because there are many artists, songs, music videos to consider but that's where he's good at. It's not just the mix of the songs and videos, it's "what happened" to the music for every year that's why it's something to look forward to. 

Sometimes I don't realize we're closing the year until I hear his craft. It has been my year-end indicator. I'm glad DJ Earworm always pull off good year-ender mashups. It makes me realize that several things are happening in the span of 365 days.

Here's an ordered review of DJ Earworm's United State of Pop mashups from 2008 to 2013. (Order from my least favorite to the best mashup by far)

TOP 6: United State of Pop 2013 (Living the Fantasy)

My rate: 2/5 Youtube views: 279K ++ 

Sorry 2013, I love the songs, but this mashup just didn't have a recall. I'm looking for something that is remarkable but I can't find one for this. It's good that there's Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Lorde, Bruno Mars, Swedish House Mafia, Pink and others but why is Lady Gaga's Applause and Katy Perry's Roar not included? Their videos were included but I wasn't able to hear it. My ears just might have missed it but it should be used in the chorus or something. These tracks are phenomenal. Plus, Pink's Just give me a reason deserve to have more exposure because I believe it is the song of the year at least for the general masses. The tune is kinda off as well but I gotta hand it to the man behind it because he did create the right mashup in terms of his song choices, it's just that my choice of songs weren't included. On a recent post of Andi Manzano, she mentioned that DJ Earworm highlights 25 of the year's top tracks according to Billboard's Hot 100.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Script-ed

There's nothing like a concert where you can sing along in almost all the songs of the performer. This was also the case during the first ever concert of The Script in Manila, April 16, 2011. Sorry to disappoint you but this is not an account of their latest concert here. This is more like a throwback post because I wasn't able to blog it then.

I was really ecstatic when I found out this Irish band was having a concert here.One, they are one of my favorite bands, two, I know most of their songs. In fact, my all-time favorite was "The man who can't be moved" it never gets old. I immediately told my friends about it and luckily, they all loved the idea of going. 'Luckier-ly', our friend Ate Mary gave us a treat for summer and sponsored our tickets for this concert. How sweet!

On 16 April 2011, I went to the venue with my cousin. He's also going to the concert with his then girlfriend so I decided to take a hitch and we planned to just separate ways there as I join my friends.The roads then were very traffic that I felt I will almost miss the opening of the concert but of course, we can't let that happen. So we made it there. There were almost no seats, because our slots were free-seating which meant we really have to be there earlier than the show. I was with my friends, Alette, Ghe, Linette and Dennesse. Bianca was also supposed to be there but she had a family-affair to attend to then. We stayed at the SRO area as we jumped, waved our hands, screamed and banged our heads all night.

The Script Concert in snippets

Friday, September 20, 2013

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella in Manila

I was lucky to have witnessed Filipino Broadway theater actress Lea Salonga perform for a play, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella in 2009 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

It was the Cinderella's cast and crew's first time to put up a show in Manila which ran July 15 to 28, 2009. Then it was managed by an Australian production. 

Manila is actually their first stop in their Asia and US tour but they already nailed it. Like most of the renowned plays, Cinderella was able to capture the heart of the Filipinos especially that it was adapted from one of our favorite fairy tales. The shows were sold-out and it was truly lauded. I love their set. The carriage was very remarkable the casts were of course brilliant. I know that not everyone is fond of musicals but plays like these should also be appreciated because they are well-crafted since there must be a presence of good script, music and acting in one production. Here are some photo snippets of the day I watched Cinderella:

I adore this glass slipper. This is how the stage looks like during close-curtains/breaks.
The 2009 Cinderella poster
Since I can't take photos from the play proper, I took photos of the souvenirs outside the theater.
Shirts and caps 
Yay, pumpkins!
Some other displays
Cinderella's friend! Thought he was supposed to be a rat/mouse. Whatever rodent.
The precious glass slipper. Where we all know the twist originated from. Look there's a white mouse.
Well, this is a musical so...
This is what I took home. A key chain glass slipper. Too bad after some years it broke due to the tropical weather.
My ticket. Low quality, sorry. I wonder where this is now? Lost, maybe.
I'm hoping that that would not be the first and the last time I'd be seeing Miss Saigon, Salonga perform in theater (internationally).

This year Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella  will be staged again. This time Cinderella will be played our very own Karylle (alternating with Julia Abueva and Justine Pena) and her Prince Charming will be portrayed by the balladeer Christian Bautista (alternating with my crush, Fred Lo). It will be shown this October at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila. I am looking forward to these two talents. The play will be adapted to the Chinese version. Plus this is an all-Filipino cast, Filipino pride! Let's see how they would keep up with Ms. Lea Salonga. 
Cinderella poster (Photo Credits: Resorts World Manila)
For show schedules,

Saturday, September 14, 2013

34th Manila International Book Fair

Heads up book lovers! Our book "heaven" is officially open!

Last September 11, the Manila International Book Fair opened once again.

Photo credits
Filipino bookworms look forward to this event yearly as numerous bookstores and publishing companies gather to promote reading. They set up booths wherein they sell books and other reading materials, most of the time at a discounted price. There is a wide array of selection from text books to fiction and non-fiction, to magazines and to comic books.There are also freebies and workshops which await for those who will come. If you are lucky enough, you could even bump into your favorite author and you could have your book signed for there are also scheduled book signing and book launches.

In 2010, I've had my fair share of MIBF. I was able to go there during the last day (September 20, a Sunday) after an overnight for our Literature magazine. I was able too see Ambeth Ocampo and some other authors from Anvil. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to buy any book because all the good titles I've been meaning to buy were already out of stock. My favorite bookstore got their books sold-out. So if I were you, you better be an early bird so you'd get hold of good deals because you have several competitors out there, all hungry for books and SALE.

The 34th MIBF is running

Friday, September 06, 2013

Win a Hello Kitty Instax-mini camera too!

I am not called Ladyluck Gazette for nothing.

So far in my 22 years of existence, I've won several things from different contests be it on a raffle basis or an essay/question and answer type one. My friends even asked me to join Lotto/lottery but I told them I may lose all my luck if I join that. Maybe next time.

Concert tickets, guest lists, home appliances, gadgets and even cash prizes name it. Those are some of the things I've won to name a few. Partly, it's probably because of my guts and will to win, or my creativity and talent maybe, but mostly I think luck always play a big role in all of my winning-streak. I'd like to believe that it's all because of me, but sometimes I just believe in fate because there are instances that no matter how hard you try in life, you just can't seem to get it. If it's not for you, it will never be, they say. As cliche as it may sound, that seems to be 75-90 percent true to me. I don't usually have faith in fate but when all else fail, I just resort to that good old Lenon line: "LET IT BE." For whatever will be will be.

Going back to my winning-streak, in 2013 alone, I've won six contests! Close-up summer solstice ticket (failed to attend), guest list for Bloggers United 5, a magazine subscription from Zinio and Ana Viajera (Nylon, baby!), a mug from ETC and very recently my favorite prize to date, a Hello Kitty instax-mini camera from SM Accessories Kids! How lucky, isn't it? I myself couldn't believe it as well.

When I've learned the contest from Ava Te, I immediately bookmarked the mechanics.

Old mechanics
However, I got preoccupied by a lot of things and failed to attend work due to typhoon Maring that I ended up not remembering it until the deadline came! Good thing my entry got in even if it was just a last minute strike. My friend was laughing at me because it was a contest sponsored by SM Accessories Kids, emphasis on Kids. I don't really think I will win because my essay was a blah made for about 5-10 minutes but I guess stroke of luck really played well, what do we know, this kid at heart won!

After watching a very victorious UAAP game of UST versus FEU, I browsed Facebook for updates and found out that I won.

I literally jump from joy and squealed because it was so unexpected. I'm a true blue HK fan for as long as I can remember. I even plan to buy it if I don't win but my parents don't approve because they told me I already own digital cameras and phone cameras. You know how I love photos and cameras, so no. But yes to winning!

I claimed my prize at SM Mall of Asia Building C.

Across Sunrise Blvd.

I was so glad people there were so accomodating, special mention to Ms. Rovie. My undertime for work was totally worth it!

Thank you SM Accessories!
I could not thank SM Accessories kids enough! They even took a photo of me for their documentation purposes. Ms. Rovie noticed that my phone strap and wallet was Hello Kitty. I told you I was a fan!

Surely, I went home with a smile on my face. 

Happy Kid!
Later that evening, I bought a film to finally test it. It is quite expensive but of course it's worth buying. The sales lady from SM Department store took a photo of me.

Here's my baby and my selfie:

The prize is right!

I know you want to win this too. You still have a chance. Just follow

Monday, September 02, 2013

Photo trials 2010

It's September again! Ber/brrmonths ahead.
It's the time of the year when Filipinos are starting to have the Christmas-y spirit! They begin to play Christmas carols, sell Christmas decors and the countdown to December 25 is now being taken seriously.

In line with that, I would like to share some of the photos I took during the Christmas season of 2010. Consider these my photo trials:

Greenhills Shopping Center 2010
So we watched this Christmas display in Greenhills sometime around December 2010. It showcases moving display starring Santa Claus and his reindeers' riding on a one horse open sleigh ala-COD style formerly in Cubao. The show lasts for about 10-15 minutes accompanied by various Christmas music. They are showing every 30 minutes or hour as I remember. Let's see what they have in store for us this 2013.

Santa Claus is coming to town!
This is just one of the several photos I took, but this is the only decent one I have because other photos were blur as many people are watching in front of me, sans a tripod it's pretty impossible to take a clear photo using a DSLR with that huge crowd.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Basic Digital Photography with Sir Nicolay

On a previous post I mentioned my interest in Photography and how I've been inclined with several type of cameras which were upgraded once in a while. This love and passion for photos wasn't just that. As they say, you have to work hard and learn from it.

My interest in Photography heightened in 2008 when digital cameras were emerging in the market. Come 2009, Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras popularly known as DSLR also became popular to the masses. Before, you can only see it carried by professional photographers but from 2009 to date, it has become an accessory. It's sad because some just buy it for luxury and status symbol without maximizing its awesome features. I hope they realize its beauty like we photography-enthusiasts do.

To learn more of it, I sought for professional help. Self-taught photography works for others but it's good to learn from the pros once in a while. My blockmates and I were psyched to know that we will be having our PhotoJournalism class as part of our Third Year Curriculum. As a preparation, most of us on our block bought DSLRs only to find out in 2011 that we will be using the old school analog/film cameras for our PhotoJournalism class. Anyway, back in 2010, my friend Pam shared this Basic Digital Photography class by Sir Nicolay. I found it interesting since I was really looking for one. She gave me the link, I checked it and I immediately counted myself in. However, she wasn't able to join me for some reason so I asked my cousin Jam to enroll with me. Good thing her Mom was supportive. I enrolled us on the April 6, 2010 schedule and we're good to go.  

As background, Sir James Nicolay, a photography-lover and an academic teacher in Xavier who graduated in UP has been teaching Photography for the past two years. He holds his Photography classes in UP Diliman. There are several courses he offer and they come with certificate: Portraits 101, Still-Life and Landscape Photography, Basic Editing, Black and White, Outdoor/Street Photography and etc. You may check his website here to know more about his updated classes, rates, reservation and work. 

Our Basic Digital Photography (BDP) class was four hours worth of lecture and application. First, we were introduced to our cameras, tried its features, learned the basic rules of photography and then finally we were asked to apply everything we have learned. We were about 4 or 5 in the class and that makes Sir Nicolay more hands-on with his teaching. That makes it a good learning experience. If you are a photography enthusiast, I encourage you to take the class too. It's not a hassle for it won't took long and you'd learn a lot. Here's a photoblog of our BDP class with an anecdote for that day:

That is my classmate's Sony DSLR and my Telephoto lens in blur. Our gears for the day's class.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

DJ Quentin Mosimann is coming to Manille!

Last May, Filipino fans got the chance to watch the Swedish DJ Avicii perform. This August, another renowned DJ is coming to Manila.

After the Close-up Summer Solstice, Swedish Mafia and Avicii’s concert, here goes another surprise for the party people out there. The grass in the party-music scene looks greener as more and more international DJs are visiting the archipelago, DJ Quentin Mosimann will be joining the list.

DJ Quentin Mosimann at work (Photo credits)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Manila Ocean Park Year 1

Wonder how Manila Ocean Park looked like in 2009?

I could not believe it's been four years since Manila Ocean Park opened. Time flies cliche hits again and again. This is one of the many experiences I failed to blog. As promised I'd be blogging them one by one. (Not necessarily in order). Here's a post dedicated to my first visit to Manila Ocean Park in March 2009.

I've never been to Subic's Ocean Adventure so I have nothing to compare with MOP locally speaking, however, I've been to Osaka Japan's Ocean Park so that may be the closest thing I could compare it with. Of course, OJOP's bigger than MOP but it was alright for me. During my first visit, I gave it a benefit of the doubt since it just opened and there are room for improvements. By now, I can say I was right.  In 2009, some facilities were still under construction, no Hotel H2O yet, no shows just pure life-sized aquarium with different species being displayed. Some of the stores and restaurants were still closed then but yes, there was already a fish spa. I already forgot how much the entrance fee was then by I think it's around 500 PhP or below.

Here goes a sort-of-photo-blog to give you a view:

Upon entering MOP, you will see a dark hall leading to a dry place where reptiles and fish pond's located. There are plants and man-made falls placed on that area establishing nature's beauty. You will be welcomed by these crocodiles. They are real but you can't touch them. They are living in a very secured area so no worries.

Something fishy
There's a stair leading to the fish village, I forgot what it's called but that place is really dark. Cameras with flashes weren't allowed. Several species could be found there, for instance on the photo above: stone fish, star fish, sea horse, eel fishes and the rest of Nemo's gang.

A little anecdote on the place, however, dark, I saw my then blockmate Alya. It was unexpected, she's with her family and I'm with my mom and relatives. We hugged, introduced each other to the parties we were with and had a little catch-up since that was a summer vacation.

What's inside your bag?
The photo above were embryos of a certain fish, again I forgot which kind. It's amazing to watch because they got heart beats already. I'm thinking it could pop-out any time soon.

Big fish
Here we go to the Oceanarium part of MOP. I actually have a photo seemingly kissing this big fish on my 2009 and 2012 visit. I might show them to you on my future MOP post as a throwback. We'll see.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Floating Malabon resto afloat for more than a decade

text and photos by ROSETTE S. ADEL
University of Santo Tomas Journalism program

MALABON CITY—A FISHING pond here has become the 12-year-old beehive of a floating restaurant here in this flood-prone city. 
Now, 12-year-old Balsa sa Niugan added a relaxing place for coffee lovers out there.

This floating restaurant and fishing garden in M. Aquino Street, the first in the city, just opened its coffee shop. Its capacity is 300-strong.

Balsa sa Niugan was established on July 18, 1998 under the ownership of a family-owned corporation, the Centennial Raft and Allied Services Inc..

Asked about the name ‘Balsa sa Niugan’, Manager Loreta Geronimo said that it was her husband, Santy, who had thought of it. Most of the facilities they have were made of rafts which are literally called ‘Balsa’ meaning floating raft made from bamboos that is why they used the name ‘Balsa sa Niugan’. 

Mr. Geronimo was also the one who conceptualized the design of Balsa sa Niugan—to cover the dining area, extension area, The Balsa area, Kubo area, Pavilion area, fishing area, and the “Kapihan sa Balsa,” which was opened last June 20 (Father’s Day). 
“Each area was gradually added as extensions for our facilities,” Mrs. Geronimo said.

The said areas may be used for events like weddings, baptismal, seminars, reunions, birthday parties and conferences as well as occasional reservations.
“Balsa sa Niugan caters to people from all walks of life, from classes A to C,” says Mrs. Geronimo. 

The restaurant’s menu consists of Filipino dishes, seafoods, sizzlings, Japanese and Chinese foods, and cocktail drinks which are being served daily on their operating hours from noon till midnight. “Kapihan sa Balsa” serves brewed coffee, cakes, and pastries.

Dining afloat in a fishpond with a cool relaxing ambiance of our open-air place makes us distinct, says Mrs. Geronimo.

Having been in the industry for 12 years now, Balsa sa Niugan has established its niche in the food retail industry in Malabon. 

However, like any other business in Malabon, the location itself is a drawback. Mrs. Geronimo said that because Malabon City is a flood-prone area, whenever there is flood or typhoon, they cannot operate. 

Its owners refuse to disclose how much the restaurant earns annually.

As for the community, Barangay Kagawad Rizalito De Guzman said that he sees no problem with the establishment of Balsa sa Niugan.

“Since the establishment is being featured on television and newspapers, our Barangay (Brgy. Niugan) is also being promoted in the process.” Johanne Bautista a resident of Brgy. Flores, Malabon City said that the concept of Balsa sa Niugan being a floating restaurant “is a good one”. She said that because of this people from other places visit Malabon to experience dining in Balsa, therefore it promotes local tourism benefitting the flood-prone city.

“Balsa sa Niugan a good place for sightseeing, although one thing I find negative about it is that there are lots of mosquitoes during night time because the water is stagnant,” says Marion Karenina Sagun, a resident of Brgy. Tinajeros.

But with simple rafts serving as the restaurant’s humble beginnings, the little pond where Balsa sa Niugan started has become a sea of livelihood for the Geronimo family and the city.

Rosette Adel, a third year Journalism student of UST, submitted this story for her Newspaper Practice and Management class.

Author's note: *I am just reposting my article from our Newspaper Practice and Management class. It was also posted in Pinoy Community Newswire 
-September 13, 2010. This was a site organized by our then Asst.Prof. Jeremaiah Opiniano. This article was also published in: The Philippine Business and News Forum
-November 10, 2010. However they already removed it when they updated their website.*

Monday, July 22, 2013

On why you should Overexposed

Overexposed album cover (Photo from Google Images)

Isn’t it ironic that an introvert like me is a concert-goer? I don’t know maybe this is just the fan girl in me I can’t seem to just shrug off. Part of the mainstream me, I guess. This is also the late bloomer outgoing self I have been gradually cultivating since College. For almost four years that I’ve been fan-girling, I already lost count on  how many concerts, fashion shows, plays, gigs etc. event I’ve seen and gone to, paid or for free. God, I’m such a scenester! Well, admittedly.

This year, I’ve been really looking forward to seeing Maroon 5 perform live. I already mentioned that on my personal blog. That’s because I missed two of their concerts here in Manila and I just can’t miss their concert on September 18. However, to my dismay, tickets are screaming SOLD-OUT! Heartbreak right there. But there are buts:
1) But I’ve already prepared myself for this. I’ve been saving money once I found out that they’d be having a concert in the hope of purchasing tickets by September. Bad news though, the tickets were sold out earlier this July. Up to now, I still cannot believe it. The persistent Rosette is still hoping for she is more than willing to spend all her cash to see ADAM LEVINE in flesh! Who wouldn’t want that?
2.) But I’ve already prepared myself for this part 2.  Sorry for the piracy, baby Adam. I immediately downloaded the Overexposed album after the release of Payphone so that I can memorize it and sing along with your band come your tour. Yes, I almost memorized every track. Even the awws, whoahs and the lalalas.
3) But there can’t be no tickets. Sold-out? Nah, I don’t think so. I’d like to believe that Ticketnet or whoever’s in-charge of the ticket selling is bluffing us, that there are still tickets hoarded and will be sold on the day of the concert itself. Hello scalpers! Oops. I mean… Hello ticket promos here and there? I really hope I am right. For if not, lemme just mourn and bawl for a sec for this is my fault. Deluding on some false hope my brain made me believe. Here’s to the hope that we’ll all score tickets for September 18, cheerios! Or maybe, just maybe there’d be Day 2 of their concert.

I’d love to write a track by track review on Maroon 5’s Overexposed album but Billboard already did that and what they wrote were somehow similar to my thoughts. You can check it out here. Besides, I don’t know how to review a track. Everything sounds good to me. I’m sure those tracks will hit like Moves like Jagger hit. Otherwise, I’m just being biased. So go and be the judge. I would just write about the reasons why you should (at least) listen to Maroon5’s Overexposed album, here it goes:

1.       The Wiz Khalifa Collab- Unlike their Hands all over album with several collabs, there’s only one for this album. Go on raise your eyebrows for the Black and Yellow rapper but then again the point of this collab is that it shows the versatility of Maroon 5. From Pop Christina Aguilera and Lady Antebellum to Gym Class Heroes and Wiz Khalifa. Different genres, still making a hit. Come on, the truth is there are only few band who can pull this off.  Widening their horizons and jumping from one genre to another yet still leaving their fans in awe.  Don’t you agree with me? No? Alright, listen to Payphone (Never mind the MTV) and tell me I’m wrong. I’m just waiting for a cover from them. Something like the Coldplay did with Rihanna’s We found love. I believe they actually don’t need that but it wouldn’t hurt if we’d hear them sing another song.

2.       Lyrics- Admit it, most of the songs nowadays have blah blah blah lyrics which really doesn’t make sense at all. It’s disappointing that however good its melody is, they just don’t make sense. Some are just about obscenity and some are just words jumbled. Maroon 5 has a gift in lyric-writing though. Over the years, from This Love to the present, they can pull off a song and yet send the message and emotion of it. We’ve seen it, She will be loved, Sunday Morning, Never gonna leave this bed, I won’t go home without you, etc. In this album, they did it again. Yes there were tracks with songs which have repeated lines but most songs still contain good lyrics. It’s even viral on statuses and other posts. Take Payphone as an example once again. Even the rap part made sense. I know you have that line you wish to tweet… or maybe you haven’t decided which yet. Altogether now: I’m at a payphone…

3.       Tracks are picker-upper- Maroon 5 stayed upbeat on this album. Very eargasmic. There were just about three or a couple of tracks which sounded sappy, “Sad" is one of them, given the title. The rest will make you groove and sing to it however sad the lyrics of the songs are. Most tracks are heartbreak songs but it doesn’t feel that way. I think that’s a good thing. Singing a heartbreak song or dancing on a heartbreak song won’t make you feel sad anymore. It’s like a happy pill that gives you positive vibes. I’m glad this band decided to reinvent their usual lonely-tuned songs into happy-sounding sad songs. Something to look forward to the new Maroon 5.
4.       Promising tracks- Let’s exclude Payphone because it already got million views on Youtube and made it to the Billboard 100. I’ll play Fortuneteller like one of their tracks titled Fortuneteller. I can see a bright future on most of the tracks from this album. If I’d rate this, it will definitely get a ten, ten being the highest. I’d say 9/10 out of 12 tracks have a potential to make it to the charts. However, I just chose 6 tracks aside from Payphone which you may have to prioritize: Beautiful goodbye, Love Somebody, Wipe your eyes, Sad, One more night and Lucky strike. The rest can be equally rated. Those were just my picks because I find them very promising. I could listen to every single track all day without getting bored. The moment I listened to the album, I knew it will one day land on the charts and will give people LSS like the Moves like Jagger hit.

5.       And Lastly, Adam Levine- Yeah, just ADAM LEVINE, in bold and in all caps. The Voice. The music. The body. One man team actually. His voice swoon me over on this album. What is Maroon 5 without him? I can’t imagine. Plus his good looks and hot body, more reasons to Overexposed.  No need to elaborate. Photos as proofs:

Photo from Google Images

Photo from Google Images

Still a no? One more.
Photo from Google Images

 In less than three days he’d be painting the town maroon, can’t wait! But if we can’t go to the concert, let’s just play their album, blast the volumes and have a mini-concert on our rooms! Come on now, Why don’t you overexposed with me?

*Original blog post was posted on Stay at Home Club., September 15, 2012.  All photos are from Google Images, could not retrieve the exact source anymore, will have to provide exact url for future attributions next time. Apologies.*

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Best of EWWM 2012

Cover art by Jelito De Leon
Ellie’s Wicked Wednesday Mixtape was a late music discovery for me. Maybe I listened to too much mainstream radio stations that I was not able to come across this. But anyway, I am glad I learned about it on the latter part of 2012.

Little did I know that Ellie Centeno, who for me is a music savior, is also a fellow Artlet. Had I known then I would have told her how I love her passion for music especially that her choice has a very wide variety and I, being in love with mainstream and indie could totally dig to the mixtapes even if I never heard most of the tracks before. Like I said, learning and discovering is fun. It would not hurt to know a new band or a new song. In fact, it is therapeutic for me. I get to widen my choices as well making me more in love with music.

I have yet to download previous EWWMs and since the segment (as of the moment) is not  being aired I could just follow EWWM which is now Ellie’s Wicked Weekend Mixtape online.

 So far, my favorite mixtape is the “Pity Party: Heartbreak Edition", it could be because it is timely or the tracks are just pleasing to my ears. Please don’t think of me as a masochist. In my defense, I just like the tracks on that mixtape. You might want to check out the preview here so you could get a chance to love it as well: Pity Party: Heartbreak Edition

To prove that listening and saving EWWM is worth it, here’s the list of the tracks from the BEST OF EWWM 2012:

Monday, July 15, 2013

Krispy Kreme celebrates 76 delightful years!

Krispy Kreme turns 76 today!

As a treat, they are selling 6 pieces of their signature original-glazed doughnuts for only PhP 76.00 (1 box). You just have to print or screen grab the voucher and show it via your phones/ tablets. Voucher can be downloaded here: Krispy Kreme Promo.  Details are already indicated on the voucher. You may download as many as you want.
Krispy Kreme Voucher

Each person could only avail maximum of two boxes. Promo runs from 7 A.M.-6 P.M. Hurry and brave the long lines, it's raining doughnuts today!

I already tried my luck today and bought a box for me and another for my office mate at Krispy Kreme, Ayala Branch.I actually didn't know this promo until this morning, I just learned it from my service-mate and since I am an early bird, why not try it?

This is what welcomed me when I entered their store!
Waiting area

People already surpassed the start of the line, that's how long the line is but it's nothing compared to J.Co.'s line.
I told you I didn't know about the promo. I went there with nothing. I just noticed the people got print-outs and I asked the lady behind me. She told me there needs to be a photo or a printed voucher. Good thing she was kind enough to lend me the voucher. I took a photo of it and showed it at the cashier. WE FIND WAYS.
Happy birthday, Krispy Kreme!

Look! Monsters University donuts spotted. It's Sulley and Mike Wazowski!

Thank you, Krispy Kreme! You made today special. <3>
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*This is a free advertisement for Krispy Kreme by LadyLuckGazette