Saturday, July 31, 2010

My Missed Train

I almost cried when I missed Train's show at Alabang Town Center last June 18. My sisters and I learned that the band was going to perform here only a day before the gig and by then it was too late to plan a trip to Manila. Another thing was my brother and his family's arrival was on June 19 and my sister and her brood's was on the following day which meant busy, busy week for us.

It's not often that we host alternative bands here in the Philippines. So whenever I hear of some noteworthy bands coming over I make it a point to attend. I think the last show I've seen was James Blunt's, which was eons ago. And before that Duncan Sheik and Jars of Clay (more eons ago). I heard that Nine Inch Nails had their Araneta gig last year, but unfortunately I missed that one also. Now, on the other hand, the Maroon 5's tour here LOL that I intentionally missed because the band's too "gayish" for my taste.

Now that we missed Train, all my sisters and I are left to do is to sing Hey Soul Sister in chorus.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Road

Finally, I've seen the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's superb novel The Road on DVD! I've seen a lot of films adapted from myriad literary sources - from classics to new literary phenomena - and I often ended up disappointed. But John Hillcoat's visual translation of this Pulitzer price winning novel deserves a two-thumbs up. Hillcoat perfectly portrayed the ravaged landscape, the dismal existence of humans, and the breakdown and triumph of morality - the things that were so believably conveyed by McCarthy. Kudos also to Viggo Mortensen's and Kodi Smit-McPhee's portrayal of the lead characters.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


LOL It's been almost two years since I wrote my first blog here. So here's a valiant attempt on my part to follow that one up. So I'll talk about the recent SONA. As I've said in my FB account that although I didn't shade Aquino's name last May (FYI, I voted for Teodoro), I am quite optimistic that PNoy will lead the country to the right direction. I hope that his statements during his SONA will not be broken promises but effective directives towards his "tamang daan" agenda. I fervently hope also that he'll go after GMA who, together with his whole family and cohorts, had drained the government coffers.