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To Twenty-O-Nine

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2009 by planetchuckie

Yes, it’s true. You were a bitch.

You plagued us with tragedies, bombarded us with schizophrenic weather, and took away so many good people. And even in your last few days, you almost managed to vanquish what’s left of my Christmas spirit. Fuck. You.

But nevertheless, I still can’t help but be thankful for a number of things: For the blessings both disguised and otherwise that you managed to bestow, for the countless memorable and tweetable moments, for the new places I’ve seen, and for the interesting people I’ve met.

Yeah, so maybe you weren’t such an insufferable motherfucker in that department after all. I’m giving you that.

Now, as you slowly draw to a close, I look back at you with a strong sense of fulfillment, for being able to survive your drama with my sanity intact. I’m greeting the new year – not with baskets of round fruits nor tacky polka dotted shirts – but with high hopes and anticipation for better days ahead.

Happy New Year, Folks.  Let’s make it happen this 2010! 🙂

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Improvised Sushi Fail

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2009 by planetchuckie

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Like, OMFG!

Posted in Random Thoughts, tv shows, Uncategorized with tags , on September 24, 2009 by planetchuckie

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Forgive me, but I just don’t get Gossip Girl. (Yet, there I was in the show’s Season 3 launch at Aquaknox. Go figure.)

For me to enduge a single episode, you’d have to tie me to a chair, strap my hands and feet, and force my eyes open with hooks just like the  Ludovico treatment in A Clockwork Orange. The show’s just not my cup of tea. Heck, it’s not my cup of anything.

I don’t find it awful. I just feel that life is dramatic enough as it is and gossiping is already something that pervades our daily lives, from school to family and yes, work. Our bosses do it, our neighbors do it,  and even our relatives do it.

So what makes this show any different? (Well, aside from that omnipotent narrator who XOXO’s her way through every episode).

Of course, we know why this show is such a guilty pleasure, aside from its staggeringly photogenic lead stars. It appeals to the tsismoso and tsismosa in all of us. Whenever we find ourselves “accidentally” eavesdropping on two people talking about Mr. So-and-So’s weeknight shenanigans, we  can’t help but listen. And when we listen, naturally, we want more.  It’s a vicious cycle. It’s entertaining – even more entertaining than enduring the moronic plot twists of Tayong Dalawa, only for Kim Chiu’s character to die under medically-erroneous circumstances.

Oh, and speaking of local telenovelas, don’t we just get a kick out of seeing people who are more popular, good-looking or successful than us attacking each other? Or better yet, dish about the skeletons in each other’s closets? It gets even worse when it becomes an unreliable source of self-assurance, when we start thinking: “Hey, maybe my life isn’t as f*cked up as Mr. So-and-So’s after all.”

We love to be entertained. We love drama.

Just as long as it isn’t our own drama. 

That is all.

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XOXO.

Rockin’ at Jackstock

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 31, 2009 by planetchuckie

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Jack TV turns four this year. Not bad for a channel that has battled its share of demons – from monopolistic cable companies to rosary-whipping EWTN junkies who once waged a “holy war” to get the channel off-air. So what better way to mark this milestone than by celebrating the three things they know best: fun, comedy, and non-stop music!

Last Saturday, Jack TV celebrated its anniversary with Jackstock 2009, a 12-hour extravaganza of all things definitely funny and definitely Jack.  Throughout the day, the Eastwood Central Plaza became a Mecca of fun activities which culminated in the evening with sets from the Comedy Cartel and performances from today’s hottest bands.

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Hosts Tim Tayag and Kim Maravilla. Tim and Kim. Get it?!

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Paging Ms. Cora Adorador, you didn’t tell us you had a goth for a twin sister.

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Tara-lets! Tara Tara Tara-lets!

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What’s a celebration without overflowing booze?

Click on Mr. PieFace below for more photos:

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Sapul.

Here’s to more years, Jack TV!

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Lose Weight, Gain Life

Posted in event coverages, press launches, tv shows, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 16, 2009 by planetchuckie

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Yesterday, I went to Fitness First Megamall for the Philippine leg of The Biggest Loser: Asia auditions. 

No, not to take part, just to cover. (Although I would have joined if I weren’t a Solar employee – given the astronomical cash prize. LOL!)

The Asian franchise of the successful reality show will bring together 30 overweight individuals from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines for a chance to win a hefty $100,000 cash prize, be a spokesperson for the campaign against obesity against Asia, and of course, earn the distinction of becoming Asia’s first Biggest Loser champion.

True to the show’s original premise, the contestants will be taking part in complete health workshops, daily challenges, weigh-ins and group interactions. These activities will then be faciliated by two trainers who will guide them in changing their health habits, and ultimately, their lives.

Hundreds of hopefuls of different sizes and different walks of life flocked to the Philippine audition. An impressive turnout, I must say. We were quite surprised! There were those who were legitimately obese, while there were also those potential (m)anorexics. (Joke’s on them, though. You need to be at a certain body mass index to qualify. That’ll teach them to be more sensitive to actual fat people. HA! :-P)

We also spotted a handful of recognizable faces including local celebrities Ruby Rodriguez and Ryan Yllana and two former finalists from Jack TV’s Laffapalooza. Although, the real standout for me was this  emotional young woman from Surigao, who tearfully shared to the crew her long arduous journey from Mindanao to Manila – all for the sake of fulfilling her goal.

 

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Talk about fighting spirit. I really do hope she gets in.

The Biggest Loser Asia. Coming soon on Hallmark Channel.

It’s Fashown!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2009 by planetchuckie

I’m really not what you would call an “Embuh” person. I wouldn’t be caught dead gyrating to the beats of “tugz tugz tugz” in a sea of sweaty, inebriated clubbers. But last Friday, I found myself doing just that in the controversial club, when ETC held the press launch for Project Runway Philippines Season Two.

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Filming the premiere plug with host Teresa Herrera

Despite the larger venue, the launch wasn’t really as full-blown as last year’s. There were no afternoon cocktails, no special preview of the contestants’ sample designs, and no press conference. This year’s event was just one huge gala, comprised mainly of interviews and a sneak preview of the first episode which could have gone a lot smoother.

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Event host Tracy Abad “having a little chat” with mentor Jojie Lloren

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But at least the technical problems did not distract from the real highlight of the event, which was the introduction of the 13 designers:

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Top (from left to right): Cherry Veric, Hanz Coquilla, Hazel Sta. Ana, Jas Cristobal; Middle: Manny Marquez, Meann Santos, Patrick Galang, Pau Geronimo, Randy Leano; Bottom: Richie Bondoc, Russell Villafuerte, Santi Obcena, Tracy Dizon.

Project Runway Philippines Season Two premieres August 12, 2009. Wednesdays at 10:00PM, Exclusive on ETC!