Sunday, December 26, 2010

BookMark: Storm Prey

Feeling Minnesota: The 20th installment of the Prey Series and Lucas Davenport is at it again- solving crimes and kicking ass in his usual stomping ground.

The victims in this case were mostly at the 'wrong place at the wrong time' and Davenport had his sidekick Virgil Flowers in tow to solve the case of 'bad medicine' as well as neutralize the threat to his wife Weather Karkinnen, a surgeon at the hospital where a fatal robbery occurred that put into motion the series of killings in the Twin Cities and its outskirts.

After this latest installment, the Sandford faithful will probably wonder whether the series still compels and is therefore worth keeping? Or realize that it is time for the author to hold the pill and spare his readers of the overdose?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Detroit Skyline on Christmas...



...as seen from the 28th floor of the Greektown Casino- Hotel.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Tales of the Oval Office



President Obama was recently reported to have busted his lips while playing basketball. His predecessor, George W. Bush, almost died while munching on a seemingly harmless pretzel.

Should the next US Presidential aspirants sign a release clause and be given a warning that-

"The Oval Office is hazardous to your health"

By the way, which is way cooler: Barack Obama getting 12 stitches after being elbowed on the kisser while playing basketball or George W. Bush cutting his face and bruising his lip after falling on the floor while choking on a pretzel?


Still, Bill Clinton and his deliciously- hot cigar trumps them all.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Mr. Monk in Trouble


This book is trouble, a case that even the brilliant Detective Adrian Monk on his best days cannot solve. Lee Goldberg tries to duplicate the success in the boob tube of the idiosyncratic detective into book form but fails.

One of the few times that the TV show is better than the book.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

An Amorsolo Auction

Who wants a Fernando Cueto Amorsolo painting?

There's one up on auction by a gallery in Boston with a starting bid of $5,000 and will end up in less than 24 hours. Check it HERE




Oh, if only I won that Megalotto jackpot this week, that Amorsolo could've been mine.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Glee Fever



The news that international singing sensation Charice Pempengco will be part of the cast of Fox's critically acclaimed musical- comedy Glee has been greeted with glee (bad pun intended) by fans of the Filipina vocal dynamo.

The recent release of the promotional video showed a glimpse of Sunshine Corazon (Charice) engaging Rachel Berry (Lea Michelle) in a bathroom showdown of sorts singing Lady Gaga's hit song Telephone.

In the video, Charice was shown with a pony- tail and wearing those big geeky- glasses which reminds us of the bucktoothed, bumbling, bespectacled Mr. Yunioshi who earned his 'props' making a fool of himself in the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" which was one of the stereotypes of Asians in old Hollywood.



Well, let's just hope and keep our fingers crossed that Glee will not make Sunshine Corazon act like the typical caricature of Asian girls seen in tragic comedies nowadays; hysterical, giggling, glasses- wearing, and speaking in a high- pitched, heavy- accented fortune cookie English.

And one more thing, with a name like Sunshine Corazon, the creators behind Glee are probably sending us covert messages that they were actually fans of the late Cory Aquino and her Yellow Army which was really quite obvious the moment they stole the Laban sign from us and incorporated the image behind a yellow background in an earlier promo for the show.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Clueless in Detroit: Alicia Silverstone

I was walking along the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel when I heard a voice say "cut"! Some people were shooting a TV series called Detroit 1-8-7 on State St. just beside the hotel. The security people told me that I could not pass on that particular side of the street.

So, I turned around and headed back to the hotel and bumped into a familiar face at the door but didn't register. Then I realized who she was and whipped out my iPhone and took some shots on an unmade- up Alicia Silverstone clad in gray sweat pants, blue shirt & flip-flops while on her way to a film shoot for her movie Vamps just two blocks down on Griswold Street.



It could have been better if I managed to take a photo when she came out of the door while looking straight and smiling at me. Btw, I liked her in the movie titled The Crush back in the early 90s.


Alicia Silverstone (partly hidden by her PA) while talking to the lady in shades inside the SUV who turns out to be Krysten Ritter, her co- star in the film.


Alicia Silverstone (partly hidden), Krysten Ritter (with the shades) & Richard Lewis (in the passenger side of the SUV)




+ Vamps will hit the big screen next year.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Venus



Bb. Pilipinas- Universe Venus Raj landed in the Top 5 at the Miss Universe beauty pageant in Las Vegas. Although she failed to bring home the coveted crown, nevertheless, it's still a huge accomplishment for the dusky and gutsy Bicolana on the world stage wherein she bested 78 other beauty titlists to earn 4th runner- up honors.

Oh, if only she expounded and elaborated more on her answer, maybe she could have won it all.

Miss Universe judge and actor William Baldwin asked, "What is one big mistake that you've made in your life and what did you do to make it right?"

"Thank you so much, Sir for that wonderful question," Venus responded and proceeded to greet the audience who in turn cheered her heartily.

"You know what, Sir in my 22 years of existence I can say that there is nothing major major, I mean, problem that I have done in my life. Because I am very confident with my family, with the love that they are giving to me. So, thank you so much that I am here, thank you thank you so much."

Maybe it's about time for the Philippines' future beauty pageant representatives in international competitions to let go of the English language and avail the services of an interpreter in the dreaded Q & A portion.

Maybe it's about time to let our beauty queens use our native tongue to express themselves better. Maybe it's about time that the world hears the beauty of the Filipino language.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Malacanang Millionaire

Nah, this is not about the palace's former tenant PGMA or the newly- elected one P-Noy.

This is just a question in the game show "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" which I happened to be watching at 2:22 in the morning.

Yes, as usual the night owl in me is up and wide awake in the wee hours and decided that watching TV rather than counting those sheep to will myself to sleep is a better option to catch those elusive z's.




Meredith Vieira
: I did some reporting from there when I was with CBS News.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The girl with the multi- colored hair


Mary Elizabeth Winstead aka Ramona V. Flowers

What would a guy do to win her love?

Fight and defeat her seven evil exes even if one of them is a girl.

Scott Pilgrim did.

How about you?

Well, the movie is good for cheap laugh but her beauty is not.

Yes, there is really a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mind Fuck



How can one do something of substance when your mind is in a state of complete disarray?

It's an exercise in futility although one now realized that spontaneity is not equal to our sense of judgment and direction.

How can one unclutter his mind of impure thoughts, crazy ideas and magical impulses without being punched in the gut in return?

One can try as he must but until hell freezes over it will not matter.

Why can't we just purge the remnants of the past and just shove them deep in our sorry asses, then?

Who really cares whether one is lonely or happy? Who gives a fuck on how and what one feels or thinks? Who cares whether one is right or wrong? How can one pour his soul onto something and regret it in the end?

Nobody but the damned themselves but who gives a fuck.

^^Photo @ the ledge of the '103 floors, 1,353 feet in the air' Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) Skydeck.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Subliminal message?



I- 75
Michigan

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pirate Latitudes



Found and published after the author's death. Pirate Latitudes is one swashbuckling read. As is always the case, Michael Crichton is a master of the pen; his works always enjoyable, enlightening and well- researched.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Bourne Objective



Eric Van Lustbader continues the Ludlum tradition and then some- mercenaries & assassins, mysterious organization, King Solomon's Gold, and of course, Leonid Danilovich Arkadin.

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