I'm currently fixing everything I need to fix for a smooth move to the US next month. And it is overwhelming! Right now, I am checking out the classes I can take for the fall semester and I am also looking for a house that we can stay at before I start my classes. It's not easy and not cheap, either. We've decided to rent a house because it's cheaper than renting a room at a hotel or inn (there are six of us going to SF).
Do you guys have any suggestions? I'm looking for a place that's a short distance away from SOMA and Union Square because that's where my school is.
Have you guys watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog? It's a simple web episode about a guy who creates and becomes a villain to grab the attention of the girl, Penny, he likes that goes to the same laundromat as him. Just as he thought he had a chance, in comes the hero who fights the villain (Dr. Horrible) and the guy every girl likes, including Penny.
It's divided into three acts and about 13 to 15 minutes for each act. Joss Whedon, the creator of Dr. Horrible, turned into a musical, which made it even more interesting. The star of the show is definitely Neil Patrick Harris, as Dr. Horrible. Even though he was the official villain, he was the hero of the show. He made his viewers fall in love with him and cheer for him, despite all odds.
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a funny and touching musical that must be watched by everyone. Hurry! The three acts will only be available for free until July 20, 2008 at its official website. After that, it can be bought at iTunes Music Store for about $1.99 per episode. So go go go! Watch it now!
Some updates on my favorite shows for the fall season:
PLEASE DO NOT READ IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE SPOILERS.
There are a lot of people leaving the fall seasons of my favorite shows. Christopher Gorham, who plays Henry the accountant in Ugly Betty, is leaving the show for another one, Harper's Island. It's so sad. I love the Betty-Henry love story. They're so cute together! I'm just glad they're gearing up Betty for another love interest.
Another character and actor leaving is William Petersen of the original CSI and plays Gil Grissom, the supervisor of the graveyard shift at CSI Las Vegas. I cannot imagine a CSI without Grissom. He's the major reason I love watching the show! Him and Catherine Willows. I hate it that he's leaving. I really, really hate it.
On to some good news, Gossip Girl has come out with new season teasers! I can't wait to Blair and Chuck on the small screen again! Check it out on youtube here.
I talked about it before and I refused to say something more than that. But now I can!
It finally came true. And now, in a month from now, I am leaving for the greatest adventure of my life. I'll be going to San Francisco to finish my graduate studies at AAU.
I'm excited, over joyed for this new chapter in my life to begin but sad in some ways, because I do love my life here in the Phils.
And I have this to say, the power of prayer is too great for us to even conceive. I honestly believe that the prayers of the people around me was an instrumental part in the results. So, a big shout-out to all those who prayed for me. You can't read this post right now but I still want to thank you all.
I have been to a lot of places in the Philippines and in the world. So it is hard to figure out the best place for me. The closest thing to this is a top five list and that's exactly what I'm going to give you.
I love Halloween. It's the only time of the year where dressing up as someone else is not a problem. It's the only time of the year when people celebrate dressing up! Every year, my highest priority, during the Halloween season, is deciding what costume to wear. Since I started dressing up, I have gone as a tamago sushi, the creepy guy from Jeepers Creepers, a messed-up fashion icon, a gypsy and some others that I can't remember now.
Do you like to dress up during Halloween? What have you worn in the past?
It's not easy coming up with a Halloween costume though. You have to consider several factors, including availability of materials and resources, the place and time of the Halloween event, the degree of difficulty of making the costume and we shouldn't forget the fact that the costume has to be something we can pull off.
According to Victoria Lau, there are three steps in picking out a costume. 1. Pick a familiar costume - Be sure to pick out a costume about things you are already familiar with. For example, if you're an X-men fan, you can dress up as Rogue, Storm, Gambit or Wolverine. Don't dress up as Derek Zoolander if you don't know who he is. 2. Stick to a theme - If you're going out with family or friends, convince them to dress up as a group. For example, if there are four in the group, go as The Beatles. Or go as the Super Friends or as the nine members of the Fellowship Of The Ring. 3. Get your costumes and accessories - Once you've decided on the costume, start gathering all the materials you'll need. You may need to look all over your house, buy your costume or borrow some clothes. Check out the Halloween Party Store for ideas on what to wear and what to buy.
No matter what your costume is going to be, don't forget to have fun on Halloween! There's no sense having the perfect costume if you're not going to enjoy the time when you're gonna be wearing it.
I read her first book, Interpreter of Maladies, because of a writer's recommendation. I saw it in a bookshop at Singapore's Changi Airport and bought it on a whim. I loved every word of it. Its detailed chronicles on the lives of Bengali immigrants in the US are remarkable. It's always a constant struggle to discover your true identity, especially if you're living in a different country. It's no wonder it won the Pulitzer Prize for that year.
Then she released her first novel, The Namesake, about a second-generation Bengali immigrant attempts and struggles to find his personal identity as a Bengali, an American and a Bengali living in America.
And now her latest book has been released. In Unaccustomed Earth, she has gone back to what she does best: short stories. This time, she chronicles the lives of Bengali immigrants after experiencing loss in their lives. What happens when the glue that holds them together leaves them forever? How will they move on together? Or will they break apart? Some characters were able to move on successfully while others had to go through so much pains before they can even think of moving on.
It's amazing how Lahiri was able to give her readers a clear picture of what her characters were doing and feeling in her stories through the sheer power of words. You'll be wishing she continued writing the short stories after it ended because you want to know what happened to her characters. It's quite amazing how she can also change from one view point to another without losing focus on the big picture.
Try to get a copy of the book, if you can. It's a good and light read. You can read when you've got nothing much to do yet at the same time, you learn snippets about their culture.
The Rocks Aroma Festival in Sydney, Australia will take place tomorrow. It's a one-day event at The Rocks and will feature different coffee roasters, coffee shops, coffee publications and coffee schools. Coffee and everything about it will be featured at The Rocks Aroma Festival along with features on tea, spices and all things nice.
I'd visit if I can but I can't. So if you're in the area, try to visit. Sample coffee are at AU$1 a cup! So if you're a coffee lover, go go go! Besides, not only will you be able to sample some of the finest coffee in Australia, you'll be visiting one of the historic, cultural places in Sydney. So go go go go!
This is a post about Dr. Horrible and the story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he’s too shy to talk to. Featuring Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible, Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer, Felicia Day as Penny and a cast of dozens. Written by Joss Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, and Zack Whedon. Directed by Joss Whedon. Produced by David Burns, Michael Boretz, and Joss Whedon. Music by Joss Whedon and Jed Whedon. Lyrics by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen. Score and Orchestration by Jed Whedon.
Because July 1 is Canada's National Day, I felt inspired to dedicate this post to my favorite fictional Canadian character, Robin Scherbatsky or Robin Sparkles, in her teenage years. Here are Robin Sparkles two released videos during her teenage pop star years in Canada. Enjoy!
Let's Go To The Mall - the song that made her a hit
Sandcastles In The Sand - the follow-up song that eventually led to her downfall as Robin Sparkles
This was not written to offend or make fun of Canada and its citizens. It's simply an homage to one of my favorite fictional characters, who just happens to be a Canadian character.
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