My Top 7 American Idol Picks

I am very excited about this year’s American Idol season. I love that Paula’s gone and Ellen has replaced her. And I’m excited to see the new contestants so I can pick out my favorites. Here they are:

1. Katie Stevens – You’ll remember Katie as the sweet granddaughter of a Portugese granny who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Katie’s voice is strong for someone who’s 17 and it doesn’t hurt her that she looks a little like Brooke Shields. She reminds me of Jordin Sparks – young, beautiful, talented, confident.

2. Andrew Garcia – Andrew is said to be half-Filipino (his Mom, I heard, is Pinay) and is quite popular in Youtube. I’m sure he already has a solid following. The guy is crazy talented and I like that he seems like a cool dude, someone you’d enjoy hanging out with. What he did with Paula Abdul’s Straight Up was awesome! It shows that he not only has the voice, but has the creative talent to make it far in the music business. I am absolutely certain we will see more of this guy in the next several weeks, hopefully until the Finals.

3. Janell Wheeler – Janell sang American Boy during Hollywood week and her performance just blew me away. She reminds me a little of Brooke White from two seasons ago. I love that Janell’s got spunk and can play guitar.

4. Haeley Vaughn – Haeley is pop country singer who’s black. How cool is that. She has a great energy about her and, boy, for 16, she’s very talented. She’s very cute and likeable. I like how she giggled after she sang on the first day of Hollywood week.

5. Lily Scott – I love Lily’s voice! She sounds different and she looks different. And I like that she’s confident.

6. Casey James – You will remember Casey as the guy Kara and Victoria Beckham got to take his shirt off during his audition. He’s talented and very cute!

7. Didi Benami – Didi broke down in tears during her audition but a more confident Didi appeared on Hollywood week. She sang “Terrified” by Kara Dioguardi (I love Kara’s songs!) and did a terrific job.

I’m sure that this list will change a bit as the weeks go by. Can’t wait for the next episode!

February 16, 2010 at 12:06 am 3 comments

Celebrity Collage by MyHeritage

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February 11, 2010 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

All About Running

It’s official. I am running my first 5k run on February 21. I registered for the Century Tuna Superbods Run a couple of weeks ago with my friend Leah.

I joined a 5k run in 2008 but since I walked most of the way, I don’t consider it my real first run.

Now I am panicking because I haven’t started getting in the thick of training for it yet! I am not exactly in the best shape; I found myself out of breath every time I tried to run these last two weeks. Plus, had to stop training when my Mom and I joined a detox flush last weekend.

Going to try to jog early tomorrow morning before I go to church but if I don’t wake up early enough (weather is not ideal once the sun is up), I’ll have to run in the gym again next week.

I am really getting interested in running and have been looking through takbo.ph for runs to join this year. Here’s a rundown of runs I plan to join this year:

RUN AGAINST THE ELEMENTS: Ateneo COSA Fun Run 2010 (3/5/10K)
March 28, 2010, 5:30 AM
The Fort

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The RunRio Trilogy Leg 2: Nature Valley Run 3/5/10/21
May 30, 2010
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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Takbo.ph Anniversary Fun Run:  Celebrate Running
July 25, 2010
The Fort

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October Running Festival
October 17, 2010
The Fort

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The RunRio Trilogy Leg 3: The 2010 Timex Run 3/5/10/32K
November 21, 2010
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Since I plan to get semi-serious with running, it’s about time I make a wish-list of running-related items. Here goes:

1. Serious running shoes: These are the New Balance WR 1011. They are said to be ideal for high-mileage runners seeking maximum motion control.

2. Adidas MiCoach: I am told this new technology acts like a pedometer, measuring your distance, and measures your heart rate as you run. It tells you if you need to take it easy or to push you when you’re lagging. It is compatible with any MP3 Player.

3. Running Sunglasses: This pair is from Adidas. It’s supposed to have zero-distortion lenses (which I need because I usually get a little dizzy when I have sunglasses on) and traction grip on the temples. Plus it is light-weight.


4. Running Cap: Okay, I have to admit, my head is a little big, and so not all caps fit me comfortably. It’s been difficult to find the perfect one but this one by New Balance looks promising.

Is there any other thing I should have on this wish list? Drop me a comment!

February 6, 2010 at 11:56 pm 7 comments

Review: Did You Hear About the Morgans?

I was able to watch the advance screening of Did You Hear About the Morgans? last night, courtesy of Tessa of 2nd Avenue.

The story: Paul (Hugh Grant) and Meryl (Sarah Jessica Parker) Morgan are successful New Yorkers who are on the brink of a divorce. Paul is trying to win Meryl back, so they go out on a date. Date turns into a disaster as the couple witnesses the murder of Meryl’s client. The FBI immediately places them under Witness Protection, makes them surrender their Blackberries and the lives that they know, and sends the city-dwellers to a small town in Wyoming, where they learn to live the simple life.

Why this movie works? Two words: HUGH GRANT. I love Hugh Grant. He’s charming and his comedic timing is perfect. Hugh and Sarah Jessica don’t have much romantic chemistry, in my opinion. But it works. This Rom-Com is more Com than Rom. The few times the movie starts to get cheesy, Hugh saves it with some witty remark.

I thought the casting of the supporting characters was perfect. And the sub-stories were interesting but didn’t distract you from the main story. That’s something our local movie studios should learn.

Rating: 4/5

February 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Nothing

We live in a cynical world, a world where it is second nature for people  to not believe.  Someone texts you that you won a million bucks, you immediately dismiss and erase the message. A politician gives an impassioned speech about how he wants to devote his life serving the country and we raise an eyebrow. A lot of things seem too good to be true and, I guess, in some cases that is true.

But what about the things that we should believe? What about the things that we should hope for? Have we become a people who are scared to be in faith?

More and more I realize how little faith I have. I find myself to be more and more afraid to commit my heart to believe. And I am disturbed. Has the world influenced me to stop believing? Have I confined myself to a world with walls where I can only move up to a certain point, where I  have to calculate everything before set out?

I don’t want to live here. I don’t want to live in unbelief. Yes, some things I have hoped for may not have come to pass. But how could I have forgotten the countless answers to prayers I have received in the past? How could I have forgotten that even in my lack of faith, God remains to be faithful? How could I dismiss that things that are impossible for men are possible for God?

Now I pose a question to myself: What is impossible with God?

Easy to answer: NOTHING.

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Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God. — Luke 1: 36-37

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” — Matthew 19:26

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not withGod; all things are possible with God.” — Mark 10:27

January 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm Leave a comment

Review: I Love You, Goodbye

Update on my 101 Things in 1001 Days:

69. Watch at least two Metro Manila Filmfest entries in December or January (1/2)

So I finally got to watch an MMFF movie, one of my 101 Things to do in 1001 Days and it wasn’t so great.

I watched Star Cinema’s I Love You, Goodbye, even after our friend, Ruby, warned us not to because it would be a waste of time and money. In a way, it was good that she told me and Ingrid that it was THAT bad because we went into the cinema not expecting much.

I just can’t believe how a big movie outfit would bother to spend so much on a movie that’s half-baked. The acting was good enough, yes, but the movie was just so… half-baked. The editing, I thought, was bad. They just kept on jumping from scene to scene without good build up. And it really seems as if they didn’t think about the ending at all.

*spoiler alert*

And what is up with those getting-run-over-by-a-car scenes??! Is there no other way to kill off a character? *LOL*

Okay, so I guess I did get a good laugh. And I have to admit Derek Ramsay and Angelica Panganiban were not hard to watch because they’re both so good-looking. How did Angelica get so skinny??!

I rate this movie: 2/5

January 7, 2010 at 1:03 am Leave a comment

Found the Perfect Concealer

I woke up feeling awful today. I literally could not get up from bed. When I finally did, I began sneezing non-stop. I took a bath and got ready for work but had to take a nap again because I felt woozy. It was already past noon when I finally got up and got ready to go to work AGAIN. I checked myself in the mirror and I looked as awful as I felt! My eyes were bloodshot and I had darker-than-usual circles under my eyes.

I had been meaning to look for a concealer since Tuesday when one of the people I had lunch with, a makeup artist, told me when I asked if my makeup was okay said that I just needed to put concealer so I would look “fresher.” I decided that today I would find my concealer.

I headed straight to Rustans in Shangri-la where all the great makeup brands can be found. As I had just bought a copy of the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual, I went first to the Bobbi Brown counter where a friendly salesperson helped me look for the shade that was right for me. I was told I needed a corrector in Peach (something my makeup artist friend also told me) and a concealer in Natural.

She also put some oil-free foundation on my face so I could better appreciate the concealer. I, then, headed to the mall’s food court to get quick lunch so I could drink my meds and also to let the concealer set. Alas, after lunch, my circles were back and looked even worse than before. I went back to Bobbi Brown and the salesperson said I might be acidic so she put a lighter shade concealer on me, which ended up making me look even more sick and tired than I was.

Good thing I ran into my friend and officemate Frances, the editor-in-chief of OK! Magazine in the Philippines, and Mariel, who is a beauty blogger and Philippine Daily Inquirer beauty columnist, also former Beauty Editor of the Philippine edition of Cosmopolitan. They both agreed that the Bobbi Brown wasn’t for me and proceeded to help me find the right concealer for me.

Next counter we went to was the Guerlain counter, where the salesperson gave me the Guerlain Precious Light Rejuvenating Illuminator. Mariel used to use this brand but the exact product she used they’re not selling anymore. The Precious Light Rejuvenating Illuminator looked better on me than the Bobbi Brown but was still too thin to cover my dark circles.

I was just about ready to give up when Frances suggested we head over to Shu Uemura to try their concealer. The salesperson who is also a makeup artist gave me the Shu Uemura Pro Concealer in 7YR Medium.

The difference was so obvious. The Shu concealer hid my undereye circles perfectly and didn’t make me look more tired, which was usually my problem when I tried concealers before (It turns out I might have been choosing a shade that was too light for me. Instead of correcting the darkness, it just put a veil under my eyes that made the darkness more obvious.) Finally, a concealer that’s right for me! Hooray!

December 9, 2009 at 9:57 pm Leave a comment

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