Tuesday, February 27, 2007

My Boss, My Hero マイ★ボス マイ★ヒーロー (A J-dorama review)

Here's something I did for Japinoy a few weeks back. This funny dorama stars J-pop superstar (and cutie) Nagase Tomoya, of the JE group TOKIO. ^_^

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My Boss, My Hero
Date aired: July - September 2006
Episodes: 10 Yakuza by night, student by day

Starring:
Nagase Tomoya - Sakaki Makio
Tegoshi Yuya - Sakurakoji Jun
Aragaki Yui - Umemura Hikari
Kashii Yu - Minami Yuriko
Tanaka Koki - Manabe Kazuya
Ichimura Masachika - Sakaki Kiichi
Kikawada Masaya - Sakaki Mikio

Synopsis:

Sakaki Makio is a 27-year-old next-in-line to a powerful Yakuza family who gets sent to high school again after he botched a multimillion dollar deal in Hong Kong. With his stupidity, his father ruled that he can only inherit the Boss position after getting a high school diploma.

Pretending to be a 17-year-old high school boy, he gets into St. Agnes Academy with the influence of his Yakuza boss of a father. Born under power and privilege, Makio must now try to live the life of a normal high school boy and get along well with his teachers and classmates. Can this feared gangster keep up the act while living a double life? Will he finally get that coveted high school diploma and the Yakuza leadership? Find out in "My boss, My hero"!


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My own review:

Hilarious! Not as hilarious as Densha Otoko, but close. Nagase Tomoya is very convincing as a yakuza boss-in-waiting, and a not-so-sharp high school student. As a student, he appears to be very gentle, especially when he finally warmed up to his teacher and classmates. He volunteers to be the class president, because he wanted to learn how to create a good 'gumi' (group), which he equates to a Yakuza gumi.

One of my most favorite parts include the Agnes exercises. It was so funny watching a tall, macho guy like him trying to do the drills, but always out of beat. 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2 Agnes!

His dad reminds me so much of Mojica-sensei, I don't know why. Hehe.

Tanaka Koki (of the uber popular group KAT-TUN) shines as Kazu. He is a natural comedian. I really think he could surpass Kame and Jin in the acting department.

Oh, did I say how much I love "Sorafune"? ^_~ A couple of weeks after we finished the dorama, I couldn't get this TOKIO song outta my head.


In a purikura booth with Umemura-san

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Friday's Feast - 23 February 2007

Feast One Hundred & Thirty Two

Appetizer
Where on your body do you have a scar, and what caused it? >> On my right knee. I was climbing a pile of gravel (the school gym was being renovated) and I slipped. And I was in my Christmas party dress too!!

Soup
What is something that has happened to you that you would consider a miracle? >> It's too mushy. I'd rather keep it to myself ^_~

Salad
Name a television personality who really gets on your nerves. >> Heart Evangelista. The girl has no talent at all! She's not even eloquent, for crying out loud.

Main Course
What was a funny word you said as a child (such as "pasketti" for "spaghetti")? >> Can't remember.

Dessert
Fill in the blank: I have always thought ______ was ______. >> That buying branded clothes is a waste of money. I mean, why buy a baby tee saying 'MNG' or 'Mango Addict' in front? The shirt feels like any shirt, and it doesn't improve your image at all.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

The Amazing Race All-star Edition begins tonight!

The long wait is over! TAR All-stars in on tonight. I'll make sure to leave work early so I can hog the TV as early as 8pm. Harhar. Btw, to all those saying that Uchenna and Joyce shouldn't belong to this edition because they already won, well, I've got news for you. This is Amazing Race All-stars, not AMAZING RACE ALL-LOSERS EDITION. ^_~

I found a boot order leaked from a site that mysteriously crashed after the list has been released.

*** SPOILER ALERT: Do not read further if you do not want to be spoiled ***

Bottom three:
11th: John Vito & Jill >> Noooo!
10th: Kevin & Drew
9th: Dave & Mary

Next four:
8th: Rob & Amber >> Awright! Still wishing Colin and Christie were there to bust Rob's ass. However, reports say that Colin's ox is still broken and he still couldn't find a fix for it. Poor broken ox.
7th: Teri & Ian >> Nooo!
6th: Bill & Joe
5th: Uchenna & Joyce >> Sigh...I guess $1 million should be enough for that in vitro thingie, eh?

Final four:
4th: Danny & Oswald >> Yeah, Cha-cha-cha!
3rd: Charla & Mirna
2nd: Dustin & Kandice >> Yesh! They didn't win again. Sorry, not a big fan of these girls. I have a thing against beauty queens and beauty pageants.
Winners: Eric & Danielle >> Hmm...their hook-up during their own season paid off ^_^

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Post-Valentine's random ramblings

Para sa aking sarili

Today, I was formally introduced via conference call to the Singapore consulting office as new the Singapore team leader. Hooray? Today, I attended my first ever team leaders' meeting. Hooray? I wonder if I should be genuinely happy with the 'promotion. For one, it's not a promotion in the real sense of the word. More like, I inherited it. Bonnie is leaving, so I'm getting the team lead post. But I suppose that it's also a promotion, because I am given 2 teams to manage (not just one, as in the case with a lot of the other TLs). According to Bonnie, I managed to bypass a lot of people who were in the company longer than I have. Hmmm...

Second reason, I didn't receive an increase. Di naman sa mukhang pera ako no, but I think it's but natural to expect a some addition to your salary once you get promoted because your responsibilities are certainly greater. I guess in this company, the salary is inversely proportional to the responsibility. Wahaha!

Oh well, salinc or no salinc, I still intend to be a really good team leader to my 2 teams (until I can get a better paying job. Bwahahaha!). I'm going to show them that I'm worth a band upgrade AND salary increase AND a hefty bonus. So help me God. ^_^

Also, it's been 3 weeks into my teacher training course. I'm actually going to become a teacher by next year! Wow. I myself can't believe it. Sure, I still have classes until October but it's not like the school is letting me quit. Hehe. I'm studying for free, with a 5-year teaching contract with the school. Fine with me. Actually, we're not planning anything for the next six years. Nothing drastic like leaving the country anyway. :P

One major thing I realized that it is so much harder being a teacher than being a student. As a student, you only need to worry about your own grades, and whether you actually learn anything. As a teacher, you worry about whether everyone is learning, whether your teaching methods are working, whether your next lesson requires some special teaching aids, and a gazillion other things. It's crazy, but I am having fun in class. I think this is really something I would love to do in the long term. I just hope I can be a successful teacher in the future. ^_^

Para sa aking irog na si Elvin Ray

I can never thank God enough for making me the happiest girl in the world. He brought us together in the weirdest way and we may be a quirky couple, but we are a sweet couple. I guess people weren't expecting us to stay together for so long...especially his some of his former colleagues at his job in Manila. (Get over it, people! This is for keeps!) As with other couples, we've been through a lot. But no matter how hard, we still managed to emerge as a stronger couple, with resolutions to try harder to be better. It has always been like that, and I am proud to say that. We don't end at just 'I'm sorry for what I've done'. ^_^

I really am lucky because my boyfriend is an angel who keeps me and BB very happy, who gives me a positive outlook, who never lets me lose faith.

Mein Schatz, I love you so much! Happy 2nd year anniversary to us, and happy Valentine's day! MWAH!

Para sa aking kaibigang si Babes

It's final; Babes already handed in her resignation letter. The ops manager prematurely announced her resignation last week even if he didn't have the letter at that time. Excited po ang lolo namin.

Babes in jail. I love Sony Ericsson phones!But just this Monday, Babes told me she already gave her notice. This is really going to be real. She's leaving for another country, where she and the hubby will try to live a more fruitful life, and hopefully, they can already start having kids. *wink, wink* It's sad but they have all the right to do whatever they want to do with their lives, and if they think they will have a better future at Middle Earth, then I'm all for it.

Nakakalungkot lang kasi mababawasan na ang aasarin ko sa office. Wala na magha-half day kapag napag-usapan ang 'pagbubura ng kalawang'. Di ko na makikita yung lunch box nyang 'Cheeky Rabbit' na sabi ni Danjae ay parang porn star name. Wala nang mega action-action tuwing nagsasalita.

Anyway, I wish Babes and Papa Joey all the best! I hope you keep in touch...mag-blog ka sana lagi at sana gawin mong ninang si Mara at Arol sa unang anak mo. ^_^v

Para sa kagalang-galang na Pangulong Corazon C. Aquino

Haha! Nakita po kita kanina sa Greenbelt! Di ako na-starstruck a. Gulat lang ako. Hehe. Wala lang, kasi kakapanood ko pa lang dun sa YouTube ng The Buzz nung Sunday. Sapakin mo po si James Yap. I know how much you wanted to strangle that guy. Hehe. Who wouldn't? Di daw ba magbigay galang sa kanyang mother-in-law na dating pangulo ng Pilipinas?

I actually didn't recognize her at first because she was wearing pink. I was expecting she'd be in yellow all the time. Nyaknyak. She seems really nice; I think even Father Jun Cescon was surprised when he had to administer the communion to a former president of the republic. He even shook hands with her after the mass. Konting chika chika at natawa pa si Ma'am Cory. Close sila? Di ko alam yun a...

For those who missed last Sunday's The Buzz, let's all thank YouTube (and whoever took that video) because we're updated with the latest on the Kris-James rocky marriage stage. :P

Some interesting stuff to look for in the video:

  • Kris wasn't too happy when James was called out from the backstage.
  • Kris turned away when James bent over to give her a kiss.
  • James didn't have a special message for Kris. Instead, he gave one for baby James. What's up with the 'buo ang pamilya' thing? Ibig sabihin, may aalis...o may paaalisin. Hehe.
  • James didn't even greet Madame Cory Aquino. Haller, dating pangulo ang nasa harap mo. O baka natatakot sya na tirisin sya ni President Cory pag nagtangka syang lumapit?
  • James was looking at Josh all the time, keeping his face averted from Kris.
  • Di sila sweet sa isa't isa! Di daw tulad last year na may kanta-kanta pa. Sabi ni Mara yan. Fan kasi ni Kris yun e.
  • Di daw binanggit ni Kris na birthday din daw ni James (Feb 15) pagkatapos ng birthday nya (Feb 14)
Para sa mga nagsasabing di pwedeng magsulat ng blog na gamit ang iba-ibang wika

Echos! Wala kayong pakialam! To each his own. As if di kayo ganyan magsalita sa totoong buhay. E kung sabihin kong jologs ang magsalita ng halo-halo? Kung Filipino, Filipino lang. If you have to use English, use straight English and stop saying things like "Where are you going na ba?" or "Ay actually, andun kami yesterday".

Ganun din sa pagsusulat ng blog. Kanya-kanyang trip lang yan. I will use Filipino, English, Japanese, Spanish, German and even gay lingo and nobody can crucify me for that. E sa gusto kong pagmayabang na marunong ako ng iba't ibang wika e. Hehe. Also, it's for my personal improvement, in terms of language learning. I may not be able to practice my oral skills, but at least I can prevent my writing and grammar skills from becoming rusty. 日本語能力が錆ないように、練習が必要なんです。Richtig oder falsch? ^_~v

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The clowns go marching in

I was never the type who likes to talk about politics. But this time, I think I should speak up...against Richard Gomez. This is one ambitious clown who should never be elected for public office.

Sure Richard, you are a good athlete. Sure, you are a popular actor. Popular actor, but not a good actor. Everybody in showbiz is popular anyway, so I don't see how that makes a difference. Hehe. Popular TV host? Junie Lee commands more attention and respect than you do, and he used to be on late nights.

Btw, you suck at 'Captain Barbell'! I cringed every time I saw you on TV, trying to act like a really mean villain. What a joke. You're so wooden, I probably wouldn't recognize you from the duhat tree growing in our backyard.

What makes you think you qualify as a senator? Puso? We all have one; I think my puso is even better than yours, but I didn't feel like I have to have a political post. You want to serve the country? Ordinary people who are not legislators do that all the time; they didn't have to be elected to extend their helping hands. Kelangan ba talagang nasa posisyong pulitikal bago ka makatulong sa kapwa tao? If that's the reason, it's stupid. Everyone can read through you; your showbiz career is at its sunset stage and you're looking for a new 'career'. You can't convince us.

To all Pinoys who have the country's best interest at heart, this is a challenge to you. Do you want to serve the country? Go out and vote in May. Please remember not to vote for Richard Gomez.

If you're going to ask why you have to vote, why not read Jerv's take on this? He said it so well. ^_^d

To quote Jerv:
For starters, PLEASE VOTE!!! Non-voters have no right to criticize... You ask yourselves why...

Edited 15 January 2007: I just found this hilarious blog about our favorite election clown. Go check it out! Richard Gomez sucks. ^_^



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Friday, February 09, 2007

Friday's Feast - 9 February 2007

Feast One Hundred & Thirty

Appetizer - Have you been sick yet this winter? If so, what did you come down with? >> Not exactly during the winter because we don't get winter in the country but I had a really bad bout of cough during the last week of December. In fact, I welcomed the New Year with coughs and not a lot of bang :(

Soup - What colors dominate your closet? >> Black, red and pink. Black and red are my power colors and pink is my favorite color, my cutesy color. ^_^

Salad - How would you describe your personal "comfort zone"? >> Let me borrow a line from a Beatles song: And it really doesn't matter if I'm wrong or right. Where I belong, I'm right. ^_^

Main Course - On which reality show would you really like to be a contestant? You don't even have to ask: THE AMAZING RACE!

Dessert - Which holiday would you consider to be your favorite? >> Seriously? Summer holidays. Even the Holy Week counts. I love HOT holidays. ^_^

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

In the spirit of Valentine's day

A colleague of mine, Teigh, forwarded this email. Saksakan ng corny...nasobrahan sa pagka-jologs. Pero pagbigyan, magre-resign na e.

1. Minamalat na naman ang puso ko.. *** paano kasi, laging sinisigaw ang pangalan mo..
2. Ikaw ba may-ari ng Crayola?? *** ikaw kasi nagbibigay ng kulay sa buhay ko..
3. Uy picture tayo!! *** para ma-develop tayo!!
4. Kung ikaw ay bola at ako ang player, mashushoot ba kita?? *** hinde, kasi lagi kita mamimiss..
5. Can i take your picture?? *** coz i want to show Santa exactly what i want for christmas!!
6. Exam ka ba?? *** gustong gusto na kasi kitang i-take home eh!!
7. Lecture mo ba ako?? *** lab kasi kita..
8. Centrum ka ba?? *** kasi you make my life complete!!
9. Miss pwede ba kita maging driver?? *** para ikaw na magpapatakbo ng buhay ko..
10. Mahilig ka ba sa asukal?? *** ang tamis kasi ng mga ngiti mo..
11. Pinaglihi ka ba sa keyboard?? *** kasi type kita..
12. I hate to say this but... You are like my underwear.. *** i can't last a day without you!!
13. Ibibili kita ng salbabida.. *** kasi malulunod ka sa pagmamahal ko..
14. Pwede ba kitang maging sidecar?? *** single kasi ako eh..
15.Me lisensya ka ba?? *** coz you're driving me crazy..
16. May kilala ka bang gumagawa ng relo?? *** may sira ata relo ko.. pag ikaw kasi kasama ko, humihinto ang oras ko..
17. Grabe nakakatawa yung mga pick-up lines noh?? LOL! May alam ka pa bang iba?? Wala na akong maisip eh.. *** kundi ikaw..
18. I'm a bee.. *** can you be my honey??
19. Nakakatakot diba ang multo?? *** pero mas nakakatakot kapag nawala ka sa buhay ko..
20. Am i a bad shooter?? *** coz i keep on missing you..
21. May lahi ka bang aswang?? *** ang pangit mo kasi eh..
22. Naniniwala ka ba sa love at first sight?? *** O gusto mong dumaan ulit ako??
23. Mabilis ka siguro sa mga puzzle noh?? *** kasi kakasimula pa lang ng araw ko, pero nabuo mo na agad..
24. Excuse me.. Are you a dictionary?? *** because you give meaning to my life..
25. Bangin ka ba?? *** nahuhulog kasi ako sa'yo..
26. Pustiso ka ba?? *** kasi, can't smile without you..
27. Pagod na pagod ka na noh?? *** maghapon at magdamag kana kasing tumatakbo sa isipan ko eh..
28. Me butas ba puso mo?? *** kasi natrap na ako sa loob, & i can't find my way out!!
29. Anung height mo?? *** ha?? pano ka nagkasya sa loob ng puso ko..
30. Hey, did you fart?? *** coz you blew me away!!
31. Sana "T" na lang ako.. *** para i'm always right next to "U"
32. Are you Jamaican?? *** kasi Ja-maican me crazy!!
33. Nde tayo tao..Nde tayo hayop... *** bagay tayo...BAGAY tlga tayo...
34. Ako ay isang exam... *** kaya sagutin mo na ako...
35. Alam mo bang scientist ako?? *** at ikaw ang lab ko...

I actually tried a few of the lines above with my boyfriend. I send them via our YM chat. Natatawa ko sa reaction nya, ang sweet ko daw. Pero siguro iniisip nya, medyo baduy din yung mga sinasabi ko. :P Di bale, sweet naman daw. Hehe.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Prayer to help you find something. Anything.

Prayer to Saint Anthony
Saint Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the speacial power of restoring things, grant that I may find (mention your petition) which has been lost. At least, restore to me peace and tranquility of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favor I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God.
Amen.
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Yatta! I have really, really found my beloved passport, which I last saw in 2004. Hehe. Just last month, I was supposed to go to Kuala Lumpur for a business-related trip but since I didn't have my passport, I wasn't able to go. It was quite embarrassing to have somebody from KL call me to ask why I can't go, as if not believing my reason. Beh. I was ready to apply for a replacement, but the thought of going through the whole process of filing a police report, getting an affidavit of loss, and all the other blah blah made me reconsider. I mean, applying for a replacement passport is such a looooong process but I guess it's payment for being scatterbrained about such an important item.

Anyway, I saw the prayer to Saint Anthony in GirlTalk, that Female Network forum I visit regularly. Then that same week, after I prayed the prayer, I kept thinking of that big plastic drum in the backyard. That's where I keep some of my tambak. Last Saturday was the start of my teacher training course so I rummaged around for my notebook. I looked in that drum and my notebook was there. I decided to go through my stuff further and what do you know! My passport sitting pretty inside!!

I'm not planning on going anywhere in the near future, but you never know, right? ^_~ Try the prayer, especially if you are desperate to find something. It works; just have faith. ^_^

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Friday's Feast - 2 February 2007

In the tradition of the long-gone Friday Five (which I sorely miss), Friday's Feast is a weekly offering of blog-worthy questions. Here's what they have to say about it: While our questions may sometimes be related to food, the main idea here is to feed your mind by asking thought-provoking, mind-stimulating questions.

This is this week's offering from Friday's Feast:

Feast One Hundred & Twenty Nine

Appetizer
What was one of the fashion fads when you were a teenager? >> Choose one: hiphop or metal (with the accent on the second syllable) ^_^

Soup
Name one thing you think people assume about you when they first meet you. >> Serious. ^_~ I really am. Promise.

Salad
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how hard do you work? >> 8

Main Course
If you were given a free 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl to sell anything you currently own, what would you advertise? >> All my non-mineral make-up stuff! From now on, it's all MMU!

Dessert
Fill in the blank: I love to ________ when it is _________. >> I love to sleep when it is raining. (Who doesn't?)

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