Looking back

If you’ve been reading following our blog since we first started it or if you happen to scroll back to previous entries, you’ll find that C and I went through multiple phases in our teenage life. I find it so strange to go back and look at what we used to talk about. Haha, there was some serious teenage angst so if you happen to find some ‘angry’ posts, please don’t think too badly of us. We were young and wild and carefree and totally tactless… on this blog. I think this was just mainly our outlet to let out whatever feelings we had because when I think about it we were and still are decent kids. The most rebellious thing that we’ve done was rant the crap out of things on this blog, bad language and all. I didn’t even know we had teenage angst until I looked back and was like, WHOA who is talking there? Those are some nasty and crazy things you said, guuuurl. I’ve grown out of that – I think, I hope, I’m sure. 😉

Since I’m thinking of reviving our blog again, I just wanted to highlight some of the awesome teenage phases that C and I went through – kind of like a trip down memory lane. If you were obsessed or have kids who are obsessed with the same things as us, let me know in the comment box. Let’s relive some of the good ol’ days togetha!

Our blog was created in late 2008 and that was when our Simple Plan obsession was just budding. My friends were crazy for Simple Plan years ago but C and I were like bleh. Then when we saw the When You’re Gone video on TV a couple of times we started to get more and more into it. After that there was no stopping us.

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Ah, this brings back fond memories of Seb, Jeff, Pierre, David and Chuck

When I say obsessed, I mean trawling the Internet for all Simple Plan related pictures and saving them into dozens of folders, checking their website for tour dates and wishing they would come to our town, watching every possible Simple Plan related video and making our mom watch it with us, trying to find every bit of information about each member so that we could feel like we knew them, trying to learn French so that if we ever met them we could converse in fluent French with them (ahaha, fat chance!), and of course getting all their albums and listening to the songs so many times that the number of plays skyrocketed above all the other songs we had on our player.

From our favorite album to our least favorite album from them:

  1. Simple Plan
  2. Still Not Getting Any
  3. No Pads No Helmets… Just Balls
  4. Get Your Heart On!

I mean, have you tried to count the number of Simple Plan posts we have on our blog?! It’s insane, haha! Of course we never got to see them in concert – insert sad face – but we did watch the Simple Plan New Year’s Eve concert in 2008 on Youtube and pretended that we were there. Fun times.

Oh, shoutout to Seb who was our favorite member of SP. He inspired C and I to take up guitar lessons. Ifff you want to know how that turned out, let me put it simply: our teacher was a douche, we tried and failed to learn from Youtube videos and ultimately just gave it up. Our guitar has been sitting in the closet for a couple of years now… Still, one day I would love to pick it up again and try to get somewhere further than the basic chords and strumming.

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Our dream guitar in Seb’s hands – the Takamine

Seb also led us to the discovery of Weezer. We heart Weezer!

Then our love for Maroon 5 intermingled with our obsession with SP. I mean, come on Makes Me Wonder. That was like one of the anthems of 2008/2009. Yes, we did have this crush on Adam Levine which our mom didn’t quite care for. She never liked and still doesn’t care for Adam and now if you ask us, we have to agree with her. Haha, change of heart along the way I guess… and it might have something to do with their latest album and some other small details but why go into that? We had our Maroon 5 folder but there were considerably fewer pictures compared to SP pictures.

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Jesse, Mickey, Adam, James and Matt

I’m proud to say that we are true Maroon 5 fans, not just Adam Levine fans. We know all the other members’ names (do you? :D) and our favorite member has definitely got to be James Valentine. Look at him, all slick guitar moves, long legs and glorious gold hair that I know I’m envious of. 😉 I’m still waiting for James to tell me what hair products he uses to maintain his hair.

I loved most of the songs off Songs About Jane, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long and Hands All Over but Overexposed has got to be the truest definition of the current Maroon 5. Overexposed indeed. I have no love lost for that album, not even Payphone!

Eventually our obsession turned to The All American Rejects. It was SP all over again – the videos, the band trivia, the pictures, the tour dates, everything!! Only we got to see them perform live – more than once!! And seeing them perform live was AMAZING, like mind-blowingly good. And of course after having Nick Wheeler (our favorite AAR member and also second most inspiring person during our quest to be future guitarists lol) wave at us and having our pictures taken with the band backstage, we fell even more in love with them. They were really nice to us so that chalked up another point on our scoreboard for them. Who likes having their dreams of their favorite band members being crushed by unfriendly and standoffish behavior?

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Clockwise starting from top left: Mike, Chris, Tyson and Nick

From our favorite album to our least favorite album from them:

  1. When The World Comes Down
  2. Move Along
  3. The All American Rejects
  4. Kids In The Street

And then in between there were a few periods of mild obsession with other bands like:

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They’re so underrated and they seem to have disappeared off the face of the music world which is sad because they had some good music to offer. Well, I guess people listen to crap nowadays so all the decent ones get kicked under the rug, never to be seen again.

We also loved Boys Like Girls, One Republic, Cobra Starship, Jesse McCartney and Katy Perry enough to start collections of pictures of them. Oh, there were movies and actors and books and things that we were obsessed with but I’m not going to go into that (we’d be here for days!) Then slowly but surely you can see that our obsession faded. I mean, we found new bands and movies that we love but we don’t stalk the sites or save dozens of pictures or keep track of what’s going on every other day. Weird how teenage phases fade out, huh? Or maybe they don’t… some of my friends still obsess over people (think the latest boy band craze which we are NOT into at all haha).

What are some of the things you were obsessed with during your teenage/pre-teen years? Do you still have these obsessive phases or have you grown completely out of them?

x T

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Music we’re looking forward to

Here are some of our new favorite songs of 2013:

Hurricane – Parachute

When Hearts Go Crazy was released, initially we were like, Hmm, this song is okay but it doesn’t really sound like Parachute because the song is so remixed (is that what it is) that Will’s voice is barely recognizable.  When we heard the acoustic version, we were blown away by the rawness of Will’s voice and the arrangement of the song. Needless to say, we adore the acoustic version more than the album version.

Then Can’t Help was released and it’s so catchy that I was humming the tune after listening to it only once.  Then Hurricane came out a couple of days ago and we love it!! Okay, bottom line is, we love everything acoustic from Parachute – I mean, have you even heard Will’s cover of Gavin DeGraw’s Not Over You? Ugh, amazing – and we’re looking forward to their new album, OVERNIGHT, which is coming out August 12.

P.S: I can’t believe people say that Will sounds like Adam Levine. How does he even sound like Adam Levine? Admittedly, at first I thought that they sounded like Maroon 5 but after listening to their songs a few times, it’s obvious that Will’s voice is unique.

Moving on, we also love:

Feels Like Home – Backstreet Boys

Backstreet’s Back! And they are better than ever! I read a negative review about their new album In A World Like This (the album came out two days ago) and I was like, WHUT? This album kicks ass. Their harmonies are amazing, the instrumental parts superb and the lyrics much more meaningful. If they ever made a less-than-worthy album, it would definitely have to be This Is Us. Apart from Bigger, I really couldn’t appreciate any of the other songs. The record was dance-y and upbeat but it just didn’t do their vocals justice and the songs didn’t make much sense.

Kevin has been given bigger parts – his voice is so mysterious! – though Brian’s parts have significantly decreased. We still love you, Brian! Anyway, their album is amazinggg so go check it out, buy it, enjoy it. C and I agree that Feels Like Home is the Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) of IAWLT and it rocks! Our other faves include Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, Breathe, Trust Me, One Phone Call, Soldier and Light On.

Tell us which songs you love most and don’t forget to Keep The Backstreet Pride Alive!

How can we forget Owl City?

Hey Anna – Owl City

I blame C for converting me into an Owl City fan. No, seriously. Before she changed my mind about his songs, I was like, Ugh, not this Fireflies crap again. I’m still not a fan of Fireflies but everything else, yes please!

Adam writes cutesy, whimsy songs that are relatable and his dreamy, electropop music just makes everything sound so good. And, he is a serial Tweeter. He can be seriously funny but don’t follow him if you don’t like your feed to be spammed. He does retweet A LOT. LOL.

His new album The Midsummer Station Acoustic is coming out sometime in the next few months so we’re waiting for that as well!!

If this post is a bit haywire, I apologize. Listening to music and writing a blog post about music doesn’t go well, LOL.

What songs are you listening to these days?

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Annual time for reflection

Happy New Year’s Eve, folks!!

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While I’m at it, here’s a cute Peanuts comic strip,peanut-newyear

A few more hours to 2013. Weird to be typing 2013… Anyway I thought I’d do a little summary of how our year has been and what we’ve put on our ‘like’ list and what we’ve dumped unceremoniously into our ‘ugh, hate’ list.

The entertainment part of our year in review.

In the music section, we didn’t really find much worthy to be put on our music player except music from a few bands/musicians:

  • Boys Like Girls
  • Carly Rae Jepsen (you’re judging so hard, I know LOL!)
  • Matchbox 20
  • Owl City
  • Train

You’re probably going, What the heck is wrong with you? How could you have liked only 5 albums in ONE year? Hmm, about 95% of the music on the radio is crap and it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better. I mean, if we can have G#ngnam and that ‘We are Young’ song playing on the radio, the music industry is pretty much doomed. No, I am not kidding and no, I do not care if you are offended. That G0tye song was just as bad. Yeah, we don’t listen to the radio anymore.

Some other singers/bands we do not quite care for: One Direction, Rihanna, Taylor Swift (Why is she even still considered a COUNTRY singer? And can she stop whining about her ex-boyfriends already?), Nicki Minaj, Fun, Justin Bieber. I’m sure there’s more to add to the list but that’s it for now.

Well, I’m pretty sure if we had looked harder, we might have discovered new non-mainstream music. If you have any suggestions, feel free to tell us in the comment box. No, we are not fans of indie music, sorry! Oh my, this is making us look like picky (music) eaters.

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In terms of TV shows, we added tons of new shows to our list of ‘watchables’. The pictures below are ranked in terms of how watchable the show is. From top to bottom: watchable to ALL-TIME FAVORITE YOU SHOULD GO OUT AND BUY THE DVD watchable.

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Covert Affairs

Possibly the cheesiest spy show anyone could ever add to their list of guilty pleasures. There’s not much to this show – most parts are cliche, the characters are silly (almost undeveloped) and the lines are supremely corny – but we found ourselves watching it till the end. It might also have had something to do with the fact that we were waiting for other TV shows to come back on air again.

Cheesiest part of the whole show: Annie wears Louboutins in almost every single episode and she has tons of designer shoes but she’s new to her job. Somebody please explain to me as to how she pays for her shoes. Maybe there’s a secret to not having a stable income but being able to splurge on Louboutins. Miu Miu heels for me, please, thanks. O:)

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Arrow

Okay, Stephen Amell, you’re ripped and I know lots of guys who would LOVE to be able to do that exercise with the steel bar that you do but can you show a little more emotion and depth while playing Oliver Queen? Also, green leather does not do your superhero alter ego justice.

This show is alright but it does have its ups and downs. Some episodes give hope to the next but sometimes the next one turns out to be a disappointment. But it has potential so we’ll keep watching and keep hoping that it will get – for lack of a better word – epic.

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Justified

Personally, I like Raylan. He’s great. None of my friends know how to appreciate this show but it’s their loss. There’s always something interesting going on in Harlan County and you can see each character grow in every episode.

I wonder if Winona will have a girl or boy.

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The Vampire Diaries

I started watching out of boredom and now I find myself looking forward to the next episode. I have to give it credit for not being overly corny or ridiculous like Twilight. The first season was so-so and now I’m at season 2 and it’s getting exciting. I hope it doesn’t disappoint!

Have I read the books? Nope. Frankly, after the Twilight saga, I didn’t think I could stomach any more so I didn’t get past the first few chapters of TVD.

I have a soft spot for Damon… shhh! Ian Somerhalder looks disturbingly like someone who used to be my friend. Creepy, I know! Not too big a fan of Stefan who is the Edward of TVD. C and I agree that Jeremy is annoying.

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White Collar

Matt Bomer. The only explanation needed to describe this show.

Okay, fine. It’s not just his gorgeous looks (Matt, let’s be friends! I love you!). I like the dynamics of the show and there is real growth in the relationships. Neal and Peter work so well together but there’s always this part of Peter that is afraid Neal will screw up and go back to his old ways which makes their relationship complicated at times. Ugh, and Neal is brilliant and looks oh-so-dapper in a suit! Loved that episode when he parachuted down the building.

Then there’s Mozzie who is basically the secret star of the show with his paranoia and ingenuous wit. We love Mozzie! Peter’s wife, Elizabeth, can be pretty cool and helpful in some cases but we’d love if their adorable Labrador gets more screen time. 😉

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Suits

White Collar should be down here but I’m too lazy to swap pictures. Discovered this show by accident when one day I was channel-surfing and this was the only show that didn’t look boring. Who else thinks the theme song is hilarious?!

Suits is SO clever. I’m all for lawyer shows and this one does NOT disappoint. Witty conversations, complicated lawsuits, office politics, office romance, Harvey and Donna – what’s not to like about Suits?! One thing though, Mike becomes a bigger douchebag with every episode.

Watch this and you will get Litt up!

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Chaos

Chaos is a discontinued TV show but C and I love it!!! They should have given it a chance… and a bigger budget. That would have helped. The four of them – Michael Dorset, Rick Martinez, Billy Collins and Casey Malick – are so funny and they work well as a team of misfits. Why couldn’t they have done something to save this show?! I honestly have no idea what TV companies think when they cancel good shows and let stupid reality TV continue airing.

If you have time, go find all 12 episodes and watch them. Admittedly, the sets are bad and story lines are mediocre but the acting is good and with a little more effort, it could have been a hit!

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The Big Bang Theory

Oh, this is HILARIOUS. I don’t know why we didn’t discover this earlier. They deserve all the awards they’ve won. It’s funny, smart (beyond smart) and well done in so many aspects. Who writes the dialog?! They should be given awards. Combining witty and intelligent conversations is no easy task, I’m sure.

I started out watching it alone in college during my breaks but now I’m watching it again with C and my mom. We literally roll on the floor laughing while watching every episode. We’re semi-geeks so that’s another reason to be so into it.

Watch it and follow the epic lives of Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, Raj and Penny! It’s AWESOME.

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Person of Interest

Here we are! At our ALL-TIME FAVORITE TV SHOW. POI is ashdfksdjmind-fricking-blowin’! Have you ever watched anything so deep and well-written? The main idea of the show is stopping crimes before they happen. If this idea seems familiar to you, it’s probably because Early Edition has the same idea. But this is far from Early Edition. POI is in a league of its own.

If the other shows mentioned above are clever, this show is the epitome of brilliance. Slight exaggeration but well-deserved, I’d say. Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson portray John Reese and Harold Finch perfectly. I wouldn’t have anyone else play their roles. Detective Carter and Detective Fusco as their aides just make the show better. There are so many angles to the show and it always leaves us on the edge of our seats.

One word: Bravo!

Oh, and we LOVE Bear! <3

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The movie department, however, has been deeply lacking in movies that make an impact on us. We did adore The Avengers and Taken 2 but 75% of everything else was just horrible.

Movies that were good/not too shabby:

  • Man on a Ledge
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Lockout
  • Safe
  • The Bourne Legacy (this borders on not that great and boring but the motorcycle scene was cool)

Movies we could not sit through because they were just so bad and movies that made us feel like our time was wasted:

  • The Hunger Games (Sat through the first 10 minutes, couldn’t stand the screaming, skipped the rest)
  • Looper (Oh god, this was bad! We had free tickets so we went to watch this and regretted it. Horrible sci-fi movie)
  • Step Up Revolution (Worst of the lot, no doubt… the script was cornier than Twilight’s, the plot was a mess and the dancing wasn’t even that mind-blowing)
  • This Means War (Eww, it was a bad rom-com)
  • Snow White and The Huntsman (Lots of mumbling and it was a bit too dark for our liking)
  • Magic Mike (Sat through 10 minutes, watched Channing build a roof, gave up on the rest of it)
  • The Amazing Spider-man (First off, we don’t even like Andrew Garfield.. I don’t even know why we tried to watch this. Andrew can never be the Spider-man that Tobey Maguire was. Emma, you don’t measure up to Kirsten Dunst’s MJ Watson either, sorry. Why remake a perfectly decent movie so soon?)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (I know y’all loved it but it just wasn’t our cup of tea. The plot had too many holes in it, almost like suggesting we read the book before we watch it??)
  • The Vow (He didn’t end up with her, what the heck?)

Yup, gonna get flak for our list but who cares?! We have yet to watch most of the movies that came out this year but we’ll get there…?

Okay, on to the video game part of 2012. I am proud to say that I managed to play at least 2 new games this year – Batman:Arkham City and Counter Strike:Global Offensive. I didn’t finish Batman but it was a really good game. Catwoman should be with Batman!!

C and the brother bought me CS:GO so I started playing. I’m not too good at it but it’s fun. They’ve been trying to get me to play Portal 1 and 2 but I’m not biting… yet? LOL.

I did watch C play Batman, Crysis 2, Assassin’s Creed 3, Battlefield 3 and CS:GO. My observation, AC3 sucks but Battlefield 3 rocks. Connor, you can’t replace Ezio, not with that ‘tude of yours. I’m not too sure how I feel about Crysis 2 since (SPOILER AHEAD!) Alcatraz suddenly became Prophet at the end.

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Okay, this is the end of my extremely long post. Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment or Tweet us.

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