5 Things in 2011

Lately I’ve been M.I.A due to lack of inspiration, but today, something random sparked. So here I am with this, what do you call it, ‘meme’. It’s that time of the year when you decide to look back at what you’ve done and try to make a list of New Year Resolutions. I don’t follow to-do lists but if you do then, hey, it’s a good thing. 2011, like the years before and the years to come, has its ups and downs, and of course, first-time moments.

Cheers to epiphanies, revelations and self-discovery. Here are five random things that happened this year:

1. My first attempt at reading a non-fictional book

Having a pet helped me discover a lot of things because taking care of it – him – requires plenty of research. I recently picked up Stanley Coren’s How To Speak Dog and it’s surprisingly good. Among interesting facts, there are witty and amusing stories (worth laugh-out-loud moments) told by the writer’s acquaintances or simply experienced by the writer. If you think that the spotlight of this book is centered solely on canines, you’re wrong. I learned a lot about other animals. I won’t deny it – this book is life-changing and thought-provoking. You’ll be surprised at what your dog is really trying to say. A dog’s actions are not what humans assume them to be.

2. The year I spend more than an hour on DeviantArt

I don’t, like, have my own page but sometimes when I get bored, I wander over there just so I can search up video game art or whatever I think of and spend hours admiring, observing and appreciating. The art created there is beautiful beyond words. The way talented DeviantArt artists perceive the world is indescribable. And hey, I even found out that getting a BFA in game art is possible. Wow. Never knew that. Am enlightened. On the side note, I’d like to own a Wacom tablet someday.

3. Keeping up with the Kardashians? Heck, no! Keeping up with game updates

I wouldn’t say that I’m an avid gamer, but I wouldn’t say that I’m not. I like playing video games twice and earning in-game achievements. Gaming isn’t just for the sake of winning or completing it faster than your friends. If gamers would just stop rushing through their games, they might actually learn a thing or two and prove that gaming isn’t just a brainless activity you do for entertainment. Okay, I’m going waaaay off-topic. I’ve been reading game news for the past three months or so because, you know, celebrity news is ‘so 2008’. I’m kidding. I know just about any game out there now – Skyrim, Super Mario, Soul Calibur, Portal, Alan Wake – and I even remember a few company names of video game developers. You ask it, I name it. Just don’t ask me this question, please– Call of Duty or Battlefield?

4. Taking the time to learn how to pronounce Constantinople (and other words, of course!!)

Surprise, surprise! More intellectual stuff! Reading, writing, learning, it never gets boring. New challenges are great. When I come across a word that I’ve never seen, I try to pronounce it mentally. It always sounds perfect in my head, but it’s a total tongue-twister disaster when I say it out loud. Not weird at all. ‘Constantinople’ was one of these words. Other words include ‘Machiavellianism’, ‘meringue’, ‘harangue’, ‘juxtaposition’ and most recently, ‘conversazione’. It’s those words I hardly use, but ’tis the season to be curious, I went to search them up this year. Lesson learned: Don’t be afraid to satisfy your inner curiosity!

5. Everything starts with a base (even cheesecake)

For architecture, it’s called ‘blueprints’. For fashion design, it’s a ‘croquis’. ‘Outline’ for stories, ‘biscuit crumbs’ for cheesecake. Everything has a base. I didn’t notice this until I started sketching. I used to start out with a letter ‘U’ as the head and chin. Then I would draw hair, features and so on. But I wouldn’t know where the legs of the human belonged on the drawing. Are they too near to the right? Are they too short? Too long? I had no idea. So I did some research and decided to begin my next drawing with a croquis. I sketched the entire human form and then ‘dressed’ the sketch with clothes, accessories and such. Eureka! She shoots, she scores, she wins! Thus, the base is a very important element of whatever you’re trying to create.

Wow. This is seriously long-winded. I have so much more unrelated things to say. But I think I’m done. Okay, I’m done. This makes up for all the action I’ve missed. 🙂

Now it’s your turn. Five random and memorable things that you’ve achieved / learned / realized in 2011. It doesn’t really matter. Whatever that comes to your mind. This is a live-in-the-moment meme. What are you staring at? The clock is ticking, the year is ending. Get your notebook out and get creative!

C.

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the girl most likely to fall for the

This is all T’s fault. She’s got me hooked on Parachute. I can’t get enough of their songs and videos. I get so mad because they don’t have enough interviews and live performances on Youtube. I even had a dream about them! Finally I’m in love with a band after that crazy obsession with Supernatural. Uh oh.

Their songs are so easy to sing because the lyrics are really smooth and nice. Their live performances are good and effortless. All of the band members are musically talented too! They’re really creative when it comes to acoustic live performances because they use different instruments (I don’t know what some of them are called) and take music to a whole new level.

My current favorite song is White Dress because it’s so funky and catchy. I’ve already listened to Halfway 60 times this month so that probably says something… 😀

Well, I’m not gonna tell you which Parachute I’m crushing on, so you’ll just have to make assumptions to satisfy your suspicions. All of them are equally cute. Johnny is the first good-looking drummer I’ve seen. LOL. Kit has really gorgeous hair. Nate (Table Scrappa!) is so crazy-nerdy-cute (please don’t let the grammar police see this word) and Will’s smile is like a camera flash to a fan girl’s eyes and Alex is so funny!

I’m so excited that T said she wants to play the guitar again because of Parachute. I can’t wait until all those assignments are over to get started on guitar strings again. I guess I didn’t really give up on our dusty, old guitar. I was just waiting for someone to say, “Hey, let’s start learning the guitar again” and bam! there you go, that’s the green sign for me.

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that can’t match up to the real thing

I confess, Parachute is my new favorite band. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. Now that I’ve listened to their songs over and over again, I have come to a conclusion. They are of their own genre! They’re not a version of Maroon 5 or anything. They’ve got a really indescribable style. It’s not exactly pop, not exactly alternative, not exactly pop-rock but a mesh of good stuff.

And their originality is refreshing. I can also relate to their songs because they stick to real stuff, not nonsensical stuff about being rich and spending money in clubs and things like that. I especially love that some of their songs tell a story. Forever and Always is one of my favorite tracks off their newest album The Way It Was (released 17th May 2011). Okay, who am I kidding? I love all the songs on the new album. But I do favor Philadelphia slightly more…

I had no idea they were the band that sang She Is Love. In the beginning, I wasn’t quite into that song but now I admit, I love it. Also, I’ve watched almost ALL their videos on Youtube. HAH, watching band videos for hours is my sign of love for them. I don’t know how anyone can dislike their music!!

And it would be so unlike me to NOT talk about the band members in my giddy lovesick band post. Will is cute! LOL. At first I thought he looked like Jesse McCartney. He doesn’t. Will is… cuter, definitely. I can’t decide which member I like best but I’ve got this crush on Kit French. Who can deny the attraction of a tall blond saxophone player who reminds me of Jesse Spencer (yes, I do mean Dr. Chase on House)? All of them are hilarious. Alex looks like he’s a serious guy but you should watch their videos. He’s funny. 😀 Nate as the Table Scrappa (I made C watch it and now we’re commonly referring to various people as Table Scrappas) was adorable, especially when he was wearing those nerdy glasses and plaid shirt. Johnny is cute and totally funny! And he’s supposedly the ladies’ man. 😉

So that was half the point I wanted to make in this post: Parachute = amazing band with cute members.

The other half is… (I feel that this is an appropriate moment for a drumroll. Move over, royal family!) … Parachute has inspired me to want to learn the guitar again. How freaking awesome is that?!! I blame it on the sweet guitar parts in their songs. After 2 years, I’m inspired again. The first band that inspired me to learn how to play the guitar was Simple Plan. Since then, my inspiration has spiraled downwards to nothing and I haven’t touched the guitar in two years.

Maybe I’m not musically talented but I’ve always had this love for learning an instrument. Our guitar lessons were a struggle because the teacher was bad and we tried to learn it ourselves but somehow failed. And school and other things were always something that came between our practicing time. After we began to lack inspiration, we made excuses not to touch the guitar.

Now I’m inspired again. I’m ecstatic but I’m not sure if we’ll be successful in learning it again. Wait for more tales of the guitar. 😀



x



Hold my gun and watch the door
Pick the lock and cut the phone
Keep your head up, love,
Nobody here can stop us

Grab the bags when sirens call
We’re out the window, through the yard
Keep it locked up tight
Nobody here can stop us

Baby, I’ve had this same dream
Where I wake up wondering
What it really means
If the world came running down

If it was you and me against the world
Baby, they’ve got us under but
We’ll take whatever we want.
If it was you and me against the world,
You get the car, I’ll get the cash,
We’ll take the money and run.

They’ll come running through the door
Shattered glass across the floor
Oh, they think they know but
We both know they don’t.
Oh, we did our crime and got away,
We stole the gold and made the day
And we both smile knowing that they saying
Nobody here can stop us

Baby, I’ve had this same dream
Where I wake up wondering
What it really means
If the world came running down

If it was you and me against the world
Baby, they’ve got us under but
We’ll take whatever we want.
If it was you and me against the world,
You get the car, I’ll get the cash,
We’ll take the money and run.

Oh, I keep waking up
In an empty bed
And I’m wondering why you’re
All the things I should have said
And, oh, we could have had

If it was you and me against the world,
Baby, they’ve got us under but
We’ll take whatever we want.
If it was you and me against the world,
You get the car, I’ll get the cash,
We’ll take the money and run.

If it was you and me against the world,
Baby, they’ve got our number but
We’ll take whatever we want.
If it was you and me against the world,
You get the car, I’ll get the cash,
We’ll take the money and run.

You get the car, I’ll get the cash,
We’ll take the money and run.

It’s you and me against the world.

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not so supernatural weeks

Am I the only one who misses Supernatural?

I can’t help but wonder about Dean’s Metallicar a.k.a the Chevy Impala. It was damaged pretty bad in the last episode of season 6. Oh well. I don’t feel like doing a recap/review for the last two episodes because it’ll be all fan-girly and you know.. I think I’m beginning to like Crowley though because he’s super funny, especially when he goes from talking to shouting. I hate it when he gets all bad-guy-ish. I don’t really like antagonists.

Anyways, the four-month countdown shall start from today. Supernatural season 7. Not sure what to expect but it should be interesting. Let’s hope Sam and Dean will save the day, as usual.

ROFL, I just realized it’s Crowley a.k.a Mark Sheppard’s birthday today. Random thought!

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tv series of the month, or the year

I love Supernatural. I think I already expressed my love for the Winchesters. But here are my favorite characters, starting with the one I like the most.

Castiel is my favorite. He’s such a mild-tempered person, pretty much like Boyd Crowder (my favorite character from Justified). The constant frown on his face is probably the only expression he makes in season 4 but it only makes him more mysterious and serious. That tie is super adorable too. I don’t think he would’ve looked good without that tie. And the light brown trench coat. I like the fact that he doesn’t display many emotions because it gets the SPN fans (like me) all excited and fan-girly when he cracks a smile or something like that. I don’t think anyone could’ve been a better Castiel than Misha Collins. He says that he based his character on his younger brother who “has this way of, very calmly, just staring into someone’s eyes” making a person feel “like he can get into your soul.” Wow, I think that’s pretty interesting. The idea of someone intimidating another with silence is just… wow. FYI, I cheer when I see Misha’s name on the credits at the starting (and we are currently watching season 4). It’s like a promise that the episode will be a good one.


And we have Dean Winchester next. I can’t tell you why I love him, because describing him would have to include a few foul words, for example, he is a kicka** character. His tough swagger and mesmerizing green eyes are simply amazing. And he’s a ladies’ man. 😀 Also, he’s a good guy, unlike Sam who is the complete opposite in the plot of season 5 or 6 I think. He’s arrogant and brave, but he can be emotional and caring. Jensen Ackles’ character is definitely something special and different. ‘Nuff said.


Then there’s Bobby Singer. Pretty much like a father to the Winchester boys after John. He’s quick, intelligent and has an amazing amount of knowledge about supernatural things. He’s also the guy who saves Dean and Sam when both of them get into trouble. Without Bobby, there wouldn’t be much of storyline because the boys would be on their own and they obviously need someone to save their a**es sooner or later. Bobby is a truly aspiring character and I’m glad he’s with the Winchesters until season 6 and I hope he will be forever in the series.


This 1967 Chevy Impala isn’t a character but plays an important role to Dean — the car Dean convinced his father to buy. It’s Dean’s prized possession and I didn’t quite like it when Sam started to drive his car and used an iPod as the radio and everything in season 4. Anyways, this vintage car is always shiny and super gorgeous which makes me love it even more. I never even realized that I had a thing for vintage cars until recently!


And how can I forget Papa Winchester? Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s face makes me laugh, ever since I watched The Losers (eight times). His character was the perfect father figure – self-sacrificing, loving, serious and most importantly, the man who raised his sons to be hunters. I thought that John disappeared too quickly though. It was just sad but I guess the critics want the story to be centered on the two brothers. I still say they should let John have a special appearance soon.


Finally, Sam Winchester. I used to think that Sam was more thoughtful and the nicer of the two but as the plot became more complicated, that nice guy Sam became twisted and bad. He was and still is naive. His brotherly love for Dean faded away (and so did my love for him!) and he usually gets himself into these horrible (and rather explicit, I might add) relationships with the wrong women. Ugh. What a downer. He also needs a haircut badly because he looks like he’s aging with that hair parted in the middle. Where did the bangs and boyish looks go?

Jo Harvelle is also kinda cute and perfect for Dean but she didn’t make it past season 5. Oh well. I liked her because she was tough and had chemistry with Dean.

Don’t you just love Supernatural? Because I do.

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