Tuesday, May 24, 2016

With age comes cynicism...

If only I can go back to being younger...
If only I have no cares in the world...
Just thinking of getting even with my playmate who beat me in our last game of tumbang preso or patintero or jackstone...
If only I just had my mom's sermon to worry about or what my friends would say about my new haircut... who cares anyway?

If only I can go back to being younger...
but come to think of it...
there are perks to being older too...
Can you name a few off the bat?
I can be accountable for every decision I make and just have my conscious to guilt trip me...
well including my parents too and self-righteous people...

I can be accountable for every mistake
for every expense...
Wait! Scratch that... I want somebody else to commit the mistakes...
I want somebody else to spend for me...

If only I can have unlimited source of everything that I want and need and wish for
like Aladdin with a genie from a lamp granting not just 3 wishes and no conditions...

But I don't have a lamp...

All I have though are other things that matter...

I have family...
they love me as much as they can...

I have friends...
They're not much...
but they can stand my aloof, crazy personality and idiosyncrasies...

I have the experience of the past 36 years to help me survive and go forward...
It might not be much...
I might always be ranting or raving whichever the mood strikes
But hey...
I'm still grateful...
I just don't show it much...



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Let's play caption this

I told you I'm not in the mood to blog...
I'm actually lazy now and can't think of captions for these photos...
So go ahead and play around with it...

And try to spot me in the photos as you do...






last few photos taken inside Sumaguing Cave


Sagada Outing and Outreach

I miss blogging...
I miss taking photos too...

But since I'm not much in the mood to blog so I will just upload photos here and share the links to my album during our trip to Sagada a few weeks back...

Thank goodness I grabbed the chance because it's my first time to go see Sagada!





Sagada Trip Day 1


Sagada Day 1

Sagada Day 1

Day 1 in Sagada






Sagada Trip Day 2 (Morning)


Sagada Trip Day 2 AM

Sagada Trip Day 2 AM

Sagada Trip Day 2 AM


Morning of Day 2 in Sagada







And the final album contains photo of our outreach and our last day in Sagada

Sagada Trip Day 2 PM and Day 3


Day 2 PM and Day 3

Day 2 PM and Day 3
Day 2 PM and Day 3



To see the rest of the photos click on the links below:




Zipline & CableCar Ride in Boracay


Now I would love to own a GoPro too!

(Rented this one during our zipline-cable car adventure in Boracay last April 23, 2016)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

America's Sweethearts and how it changed my view of Showbiz

Here's the thing...
Have you watched America's Sweethearts?

I remember that time I enjoyed watching it because of the stars in the movie... I can't remember how young I was then because as far as I can remember I didn't care that the plot has really some grain of truth in it (when it comes to the movie industry and the shenanigans behind it) because I had a laugh over Billy Crystal, John Cusack and even Julia Roberts oh and Zeta! I really like that movie... Hmmmm might just go and watch it again... I kow I have it on video somewhere...


I digress....again...

Now fastforward...

I have been a fangirl as far as I can remember and as much as I can define it to me as me... I may not go all out and collect almost every other article of the celebrity I am fawning over...but... I have my quirky habits too... I went through the online adulation... the blocked screenings... even chatting up with other fans of these celebrities - and yes let me say it! - love teams! I have gone through the Twilight days and Robsten frenzy... and yes FSOG and Damie! I'm on hiatus until their next movie perhaps hahaha...
and locally I may be a bit shy to admit that I used to ship AshRald hahaha Who? Yah! never mind they have their own personal lives now... I like Jadine because of Diary ng Panget (I can't remeber now why I got to watch that movie but good thing I did coz I enjoyed it)...
I may not follow them as much but I like them too... and now... comes Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, the phenom that is ALDUB...




The latter as you can see is not the first LT I've followed... but I know for a fact that they have the distinction of making me this fangirl crazy! as crazy as I can define it to me hahaha not mental instituion crazy mind you just giddy happy crazy over them because they are my happy pill...
People need those stress relievers from life...
and they're mine as much and as long as they can supply me with the medicine hahaha

Ok now...
what's the point of this?
I don't know too...
hahaha

It was just triggered by my nocturnal stalking of my twitter timeline early this morning and my crazy phone bumming on me! Gah! I have to change my phone I think...

I digress... again!

Ok 

After the hoopla over the weekend and the mistake of people in using their social media accounts - think before you click remember? - another row fo frenzy has been bothering the AN (Aldub Nation)
and when I thought that Alden's tweet the other day would calm the waters, and how Alden and Maine defended the AN during the MBL (My Bebe Love) presscon, I hoped that everything is smooth sailing again...
And then goes another tweet using a HT that triggered different quarters in the AN yet again...
(see this to enlighten you a bit to what desperate measures and the frenzy caused overnight)
Susme! ano ba kayo?!

And now I go back to America's Sweethearts!

I like the movie yes... but I also have a point why I referenced it here...
After multiple viewing of it when I got older, I got passed my swooning over John and Julia's pairing in that movie and delved deeper into the movie plot - forgive me but I watch movies nowadays and can't help but over analyze perhaps is the correct term - so sue my profession! hahaha
And I go back over my fangirling from Robsten to my local loveteams and all that and go huh it's not only Hollywood... it happens in local showbiz too! I mean... all that PR publicity stunts and machinations?! By gawd! If you only know the other inside info I got to learn during my fangirling of the other LT's... and that does not include the fans club! gah!
It's true what they say... the fans can make or break a celebrity... 
I don't want to get into that here, I get enough of those whenever I visit my Twitter and see some FCs ... never mind...

And here we are... It's Friday (as I writer this) and I expect a lot more to happen in the AN over the weekend what with the movie promotions in full swing...numerous guestings by Alden and Maine and the rest of the cast to promote My Bebe Love - their first movie together and I hope not their last...

Oh right there... 
I think I got it... 
or have you guessed it by now? 


It's movie promotion period... 
and what better way to use the PR publicity skills to good use and sell a movie - By all means necessary - perhaps is the tagline for others...
I know it was for Billy Crystal in that movie...
so I bet showbiz machinations are at work here...
We never know... unless of course you're Billy Crystal...
or an insider or whatever...
this isn't politics... this is showbiz... but I don't deny the fact that there are also ... hmmmm
dealings and shenanigans that are better left as blind items hahaha

And let me just say this too...

Why sell a product to someone who already uses it or is an avid consumer of that product?
Why not convince others to buy your product instead?
Same with the Aldub Nation... 
for sure we will go in droves to watch My Bebe Love no doubt about it...
so do not cater to us... sell the movie to the "non fans" out there...
and convince them of what we know by now and why we support those two!


Well of course I'm no marketing sales agent or I don't have the experience anyway so what do I know about strategies and publicity stunts... I just this consumer and avid viewer and fan who can't help but blog and rant over the fact that my Twitter app on my phone isn't working!
So sue me!


And I always keep coming back to America's Sweethearts...

Whenever I get to see some rumors and such online...
I know I've grown smarter as a viewer and as a fan...
I keep telling myself that with AlDub I know they're different... they're essentially two good people who simply enjoy working and making people happy too with their work...
And I enjoy watching them enjoy their time together in the process... Who am I to begrudge them of that, right?
I'm also one with the rest of the AN who are up in arms in defense of either Alden or Maine, 
of Aldub or Maiden...
(whenever I can that is cause I don't want to be on beast mode or I usually just steer clear of bad vibes on my TL)
I'm also one who would voice my opinion on how they should handle their careers (should talaga? sige na nga... "could" handle)... but not their lives... that's theirs...
I may be a silent TNT (totohanan na toh) shipper but heck whatever destiny and God brings... I'm ok with that...

But of course I'm no manager, am not an insider, I have never been connected with anything showbiz - only as far as knowing someone who works in this building in Mother Ignacia or whatever -  I'm not with TAPE or with GMA or ABS for that matter.
These managements, they've discovered stars, handled a lot of contracts and experienced stars who've left them to change sides because of mishandling, overexposure or being used and abused solely for raking in the income...
But heck! That's showbiz!
Even the celebs can't deny the fact that it's what drive them to do work - to earn - that's their jobs - their bread and butter - hipokrito un artista kung di sya natutuwa sa natatamasa nya dahil sa pag-aartista! kaya nga andaming gusto mag-artista kasi may pera dun basta sumikat ka lang! - that or being the next president! (OMG! I don't want to get into that pit here in my post!)


Speaking of contracts...
I just have to say this too...
Would you hold it against someone who works for a rival brand if he/she is a fan of Alden or Maine the actor? 
So if JaDine for example is caught with a fan who works for McDo, what happens then? and vice versa for AlDub?
I like Jadine too... and James and Alden share one endorsement... so like when a crew from this store wants to take a photo with either Alden or Maine, they have to... what resign first from their job?!
Are there stipulations in their JD (job description) saying that you can not have pictures taken with so and so celebrity... hahaha
Well, maybe there is and I hope someone can enlighten me so that I'll tell you, you're crazy! No! Your company is! hahaha
I bet they'll come up with that now if they haven't by now!...
I also bet that these celebrities have stipulations like that too in their endorsement contracts...
Bawal ang magpa-picture sa mga fans nyo na taga ibang brand or branch or whatever!
Susme!
Bahala na si Ronald dyan, baka maglaho rin sales nila tulad ni Grimace... ano daw?! anglabo!... 


The heck! sometimes I hate and love showbiz...

I don't know why I even bother with these shenanigans if get this worked up with the things I read online... I should know better... I know I'm smart... I can decipher and discern like any normal person... and thanks to this blog... I can rant all I want and just say so sue me!
this is my personal space online...


Ok...
breathe in breathe out...
and moving on...

It's your choice whether you want to ride this crazy train that is showbiz
and its shenanigans...
Just know when to get off when you've had enough!

Oh and My Twitter app still isn't working
hahahaha



(all photos grabbed online and credit to their original owners)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Me, ALDUB, Converse Chucks, Jack Purcell and Chuvaness

If you haven't been following me on twitter @tikisoka since you're fed up with me tweeting about anything AlDub then you probably don't know the backstory of my new routine that goes around anything AlDub...and Eat Buaga and the Kalyeserye...
I'll let you backread my public twitter profile and I don't have time or the inclination to make a backstory of how and why I started fangirling and supporting anything ALDUB... andpost it here because I'm going to blog about something else...

If you don't watch Eat Bulaga and dn't know anything about ALDUB by now then I suggest you stop reading this... I don't want to explain myself... because again that is not the point of this blog post...
(and yup this is how I write, I jump from one topic to the next so bear with me)

So yesterday in the Kalyeserye, we had the Birthday party of Lola Nidora, where a star studded children's party hahaha with a newspaper dance even was held right? I don't want to get into it... let the photos speak for itself...

(all photos credit to the owners)






And let us go to this one...
Remember how they were all fascinated by the fact that AlDub was wearing the same type of shoes...

"Di daw sila na-orient"

But I bet their stylists had the same wavelength of some sort...
and simply matched a pair of white rubber shoes with their red casual attire...

What caught the AlDub Nation's attention is that not only are their shoes "terno"
but they are the same brand and style


Yup!
I read the tweets... 
So they're talking about the couple shoes hahaha
The Aldub Converse couple shoes? 
basta couple shoes...

If you look at it and I bet whoever owns a pair would recognize that it is a 
CONVERSE JACK PURCELL



So let me leave this here and go to the next "connect" of my story...


So now let's go to Me... I've been wanting to buy a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors for the longest time so that I won't beborrowing from my cousin anymore - we have the same shoe size anyway... I just keep procrastinating I guess... or simply had no budget or whatever excuse I usually come up with not buying one...

After watching EB and the Kalyeserye and seeing all those tweets about the shoes... it made me want to go and buy... not a Chucks but  Jack Purcell too! hahaha 
I needed or simply wanted a new pair of white rubber shoes... it just popped into my head... 
and the nearest mall had a weekend sale...So what the heck? why not?! it's like I was thinking - I want to buy a Chuck Taylor anyway, that Jack Purcell shoes is Converse... why not now? I can afford to buy me more than a pair of shoes anyway ... hitting two birds with one stone people!

And I even remember that I tweeted - I bet the next endorsement or shoes that will increase in sale is that Converse Jack Purcell... because I for one will go buy one soon if not (that day)

So armed with this spontaneous urge to spend and buy myself a Converse... I convinced my mom and cousin to go dropby the mall to check out the sale yesterday afternoon -- after we watched CelebriTV of course - can't miss that first ALDUB interview - I just had to insert that here hahaha

... and one of my reason really is to buy new shoes and to simply shop for myself which I haven't done for a long time... Gosh! We'll get to that...

Ok so at the mall, we went first to Charles and Keith because I wanted to ask my cousin - who was leaving for their trip to SG (tomorrow) to look for this particular pair there which might be cheaper... 
but since I had this sudden urge to buy it already... I ended up buying the pair of boots I've been wanting to buy after seeing it on Meg and Meng hahaha - yup! - another ALDUB connection, right?

but personally I like boots anyway and a new pair is due hahaha and here's the pair that I bought... 
of course it had to be of a different neutral color so I can wear it to work/school... I posted "shoefies" on my Instagram too... so anyway...

So next on the agenda is that Converse Jack Purcell and Chucks!...

At the shoe store of the mall, we had to look for the Converse outlet first at the men's area because I wasn't familiar with it... and yup! they had white Jack Purcell style oe... same as what
Alden was wearing at the KS earlier...
so I was about to go ask for a size but hey I remembered to ask the shoe guy whether there's one for ladies and of course he pointed me to the ladies' area - they had Converse there... so off we go to check... I asked for the Jack Purcell style and the shoe guy - yup! it's a guy - I think with rubber shoes they leave the guys to do it not the sales ladies, but I digress - so anyway - He showed me the shoes but awwww only BLACK! I want a white pair... and for some reason I don't like a black air of rubber shoes, it's like any normal pair of shoes I wear to work everyday - uniform black shoes for work for us - and I ended up just looking for my main agenda - a new pair of Chuck Taylors! And good thing a few pairs of them were on sale so why not?

Below is my first pair of Chucks


 This one I semi-own with my cousin - 
meaning I paid for it but I can borrow it 
since she's been lending me her own Chucks




So even if I failed to buy that Jack Purcell - I plan to go to the Converse store in Alabang to check it out - I still am dead set to buying a pair.. I told you I want a new pair of comfy white rubber shsoes... it has nothing to do with AlDub!
hahahaha
Yeah right!

Ok so here's the next "connect" to my story


After shopping and frequenting other stores in the mall after the shoes splurge... I was one happy kid for sure since I told yah it's been awhile that I've shopped for myself... and I bet my credit card though will be singing a different tune but never mind that...
I digress again...

Ok on my way home, I'm not sure when exactly, I checked my viber messages - for those who have Viber - there are group chats, right? So I have one with my close college barkada friends and they are aware of my Aldub predilection - wait no addiction! hahaha
And so since they know that I've been mostly inactive in or grop chats and just pop in and out whenever I can... they know what would make me react or comment - anything Aldub! hahaha
So I'll like to share to you this convo...


FRIEND WHO JUST ARRIVED FROM A TRIP TO JAPAN:  
Yun Converse ni Aldub usong uso now sa Japan

OTHER FRIEND WHO KNOWS ABOUT ALDUB:
May Converse ang Aldub?



FRIEND WHO JUST ARRIVED FROM A TRIP TO JAPAN:  
Grabe! As in puro ganyan sa Japan now. Chucks and Vans



I didn't question my friend about her knowing about that "Converse ni Aldub" because aside from me, she uses Twitter as her news and updates source and though she "muted" me already as I told her hahaha she is aware of the Aldub hashtag and my "involvement" hahaha
And so I was not surprised that she knew something about it...
what was quite funny though is that it came from her of all people...

"Yun Converse ni Aldub usong uso now sa Japan"


I kid you not! That friend of mine is a housewife and mother of two but is also a jetsetter and whenever she can she gets to travel alot with family and friends... so I know when to believe stuff like that from her esp about her travels... she's quite a shopaholic too in the sense she knows what to buy...

So our chat group ended up sharing shoefies and I shared that I just came from the mall and incidentally bought a pair of Converse Chucks and etc etc,,, whatever is in our viber grp chat stays there unless I want to share hahaha ...

May Converse ang Aldub?


I had to explain a bit what's the connection between the Converse and Aldub and why my friend used that to refer to them...


I told you
I won't be surprised if (ALDUB) would be endorsing the Converse Jack Purcell or anything Converse for that matter... Look what happened to that Mac lipstick is it? or anything that they use... even if they're not outright endorsing it yet... bu there's a relative increase in sale...


Also... last night... alot of things were running through my head... about that Converse... those shoes... Aldub... that being their randomly chosen shoes... na di naman daw sila na-orient pero nag-terno scenario...  and my friend's comment about seeing it as the fad or "uso" in Japan...

Can you just imagine... me... who has been following Aldub as much as I can online... and me personally who has the habit of connecting the dots... can you just imagine what went running through my head last night? If you've seen my tweets... you'll get what I have been rambling about...
Darn those Jack Purcell!
hahahahah



Ok so here's the tie that binds 
sort of...
or that one thing 
that really convinced me to blog about this...


My jetsetter friend whom I mentioned earlier, I've traveled with her before to HK around 3 times already I think if I'm not mistaken... and I distinctly remember this one time... what she does in preaparation for all of her trips is to really do the research - good food, tours, where to go what to do etc.... she's the one who usually does it for their family trips - so I remember it was her who told me to check out this blog (this was during our first trip together to HK around 2-3 years ago)

http://chuvaness.com/  because she saw a blogpost there about a restaurant in HongKong we can go to check out when we're there...
So that's how I somehow started to follow the blog of Ms. Chuvaness whenever I can that is...

I remember when I learned she had a twitter account and a flickr account, I followed both her poss and photos uploaded on her accounts... I don't necessarily follow her blogs avidly ut as I said I'm aware of her blog...
I'm not that sure of who she is but from my jetsetter friend who kind of "introduced" her to me... I just assumed that she is this "elitista" and someone who knows people and someone with a beautiful foreign last name! hahaha
 digress again...

Fastforward to today
I follow her on twitter...
and I've seen and read her tweets and somehow also had a few convo tweets with her
about Alden - I particularly remember it was during that
13th or 14h weeksary Aldub episode - correct me if I'm wrong but it was the episode where -
Alden visited the barangay for the weeksary and Yaya was a no-show since she was with Tia Bebeng in Cebu - that was I believe the episode before the 3rd monthsary!
The weeksary episode where Alden first dubsmashed Yaya Dub... where he danced with a paper cutout of Meng... remember now? that episode!
So anyway...
I remember reading a tweet from ms. Chuvaness
"complaining" or ranting about what Alden looked like and what he was wearing...
I think she said something like him being too white like espasol or something hahaha
or his attire being too... I forgot already... basta! ms. chuvaness was tweeting about Alden's styling that episode...
it was funny mind you and I get what she's trying to say...
I think she even came to a point that she's threatening to stop watching hahaha
I don't remember what exactly I tweeted to her but I do believe I replied to it...
or to her succeeding tweets...
And I also remember that whenever she pops on my TL
what would catch my attention is her mentioning Aldub and her feedback on Alden's styling in particular...

And yup! I remember I read her one blogpost about Alden's visit to her house last week -
so imagine my surprise... because as far as I can remember from the few tweets of hers that I've seen lately that she still is a bit irked with Alden's "styling"
I also remember tweeting her... na parang akala ko ba ayaw mo na kay Alden... ahahaha
I should have saved those tweets I can't remember anymore... but I do remember she replied...

I replied and commented on her blogpost of her
Experience having Breakfast with Alden...




and this morning...
She posted the last part of her story...
which I incidentally saw in one of the FB Aldub groups I go to...
I told you before even if I know her blog I don't necessarily avidly follow her posts but when they do pop into my TL...
I try and comment as much as I can...

which I did...

So here's the post of Ms. Chuvaness posted on November 14...
http://chuvaness.com/breakfast-with-alden-richards-part-5/

I remember reading one of the blog posts,
so I had to backread to learn the backstory to Alden visiting her home...
It's quite a good heartwarming story...
Go check it out...





And so what now...?
hahaha



And let me end my story with this one

Ms. Chuvaness is a self-confessed Aldub fan, if you know and follow her, you'll understand how like me, we are both suffering from ALDUB fever...
hahaha
No cure for it I'm afraid...

What really still fascinates me until now is that yes ALDUB is a phenomenon 
and that ALDUB has touched and influenced lives from the masses to the elitistas... 
to the yuppies... from here and abroad... I mean like... almost every social status...



And in this AlDub Nation...
I am surely not alone...





Monday, November 9, 2015

Yup! I consider myself one of the AlDub Nation...

Eat Bulaga ALDUB Sa Tamang Panahon

To those who know my twitter handle... By now they would know (unless they unfollowed or blocked or muted me) that I join the AlDub twitter party ever since... actually I forgot when I started "opening" my once private twitter account to join in making the AlDub hashtag trend..
Ever since then I remember I gained 200+ followers, which I bet are all like me  - aldub fans - 
who help in the trending everyday...

So yeah... if you're not aware yet...

ALDubEBTamangPanahon



Let this photoset of mine in flickr show you at least...

YUP! 
I was TEAM ARENA 
sa Tamang Panahon of Eat Bulaga's Kalyeserye last October 24...



Long story... I don't want to get into that anymore... 
but know this... I am in it until I want to...
so yeah...


ALDubEBTamangPanahon


Let's just converse from hereon forward and share the good vibes and the AlDub love... shall we? 


So just check my twitter feed to know how crazy I am over ALDUB and the Kalyeserye.... 
and how they continually give me GOOD VIBES... 

So sue me! 
hahaha




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ALDubEBTamangPanahon





ALDubEBTamangPanahon



I hAVE LOADS MORE in my stash...   But chose to upload only these in my own flickr account :)