Saturday, October 31, 2009

Shutter

Halloween Presentation: SHUTTERIntroduction:You have all heard that the camera can capture your soul in a photo, but what if it could capture the images of those already dead? This Thai movie explores this concept of ghostly images captured by an unsuspecting photographer, leading to chilling results. I would say that this is probably one of the best films to come out of Thailand. Although they seem to mass-produce horror films, most of them are rather cliche and not all that enjoyable. Another film I will be reviewing in the future is called 13 Beloved, which is another very good example of Thai cinema at its finest. Shutter is being made into an American remake, so if you don't want to read subtitles, I'm sure you'll get the general gist of it with the American version. As always, I strongly urge you to see the original first.












Synopsis:
Tun is a photographer that lives with his girlfriend Jane. While driving home from a wedding, they accidentally hit a woman on the street. Fearful of the repercussions of their actions, they drive away from the scene though Jane is reluctant to leave the woman behind. Afterwards, Tun begins to see ghostly figures lurking in his photographs. Also, he has a mysterious neck ache that doctors cannot seem to find the cause of. Soon, Tun's friends begin to kill themselves off one by one. There seems to be a dark secret shared between Tun and his friends that has finally surfaced to come and haunt them all...


Review:
Shutter was a well-paced movie for the most part, and I would say that it's probably one of the scariest that I've reviewed so far. The images of the ghost were truly, truly disturbing. *shudder* Also, you can't help but feel a little sorry for Tun, and especially for the poor little ghost girl. I might close my eyes and see her crawling up my bedsheets, but I still want her to find happiness eventually.


A very good film from Thailand, so good, in fact, that the Americans have stolen the idea *again* and made a remake which recently came out in theaters. As you all know I'll say, watch the original! And Asian chicks are totally hot, so you might as well see one here.

Shutter was my first experience with a horror film made in Thailand and I was taken by its subtle terror and the skillful way that the suspense was built up over the course of the film. Shutter is the work of two young Thai directors, Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom, who, despite their inexperience, have crafted a mesmerizing film of horror, guilt, and sorrow.


a scene from the Thai horror film Shutter







Friday, October 30, 2009

Music In My Head (Remember Me This Way)

Halloween Version



"Ang musika ay parte ng araw-araw na pamumuhay natin. May iba sa atin na ginaganahan mag-aral kapag may music, ginaganahan kumain pag may music, etcetera etcetera... at kadalasan pag sobra nating pinapakinggan ang isang kanta, nagsa-stuck ito sa utak natin at yun na ang song for the day natin, minsan pa nga tumatagal ng ilang araw, isang linggo. At kahit yung pinaka-ayaw nating kanta ay nagsa-stuck din! Sa ngayon eto ang LSS Ko!"


Happy Halloween bloggers and readers!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mornign Rush 83 (Things To Say To Someone Who’s Gone)

October 31, 2008 Episode (Halloween Presentation) Things To Say To Someone Who’s Gone
01. To my grandparents: “Ok lang po na multuhin niyo ako, basta wag lang po kapag naliligo ako o kapag may ginagawa ak0ng something naughty!”

02. When our neighbor died, ibinul0ng ng m0m ko sa casket ng patay: “Sana mawala na yung mga surot sa bahay namin.” After 1 week, bigla ngang nawala ang mga surot sa amin!

03. There’s this, I don’t know, urban legend? With nursing students who already do hospital duty. When a patient passes away, you talk to his/her body and ask him/her to whisper answers to you during the licensure exam to help you pass.

04. Last month, I kept getting calls from an old friend at night but I kept ignoring them, kasi nga late na. Later
I found out he died of a car accident. He even posted in his Friendster shoutbox, “Ride with me till the end!”
05. I have a haunted car. It flashes its lights on its own and moves its wipers sometimes. I knew it was 2nd hand so I asked my mom where she got it. She admitted it was from her dead officemate then showed me pictures of it totally wrecked. That explains why when I had it stripped to the metal to get it repainted, we found a piece of bone and weird stains.

06. While listening to you this morning, I suddenly smelled mud. I knew it was my nephew because he drowned together with 2 of his classmates in Montalban river.

07. To my Best friend Fritz who
passed away a month before graduation from Med school: “If there’s any way for you to let me know what the real reason was behind your sudden death, please tell me, or show me in any way you can.” (her family didn’t want an autopsy).
08. Sa mga ghost: “Kung nasaan man kayo, diyan na lang kayo.”

09. Sa house mumu ng cousin ko: “Wag ka magpapakita pag wiwiwi ako ha? Baka di mo kayanin ang makikita mo”

10. To the spirit lingering in my house. “Pag ako tinakot mo at mamatay sa atake sa puso, hahabulin ka ng spirito ko at makakatikim ka sa kin!”

11. To my dead biyenan who made my life hell while she was still alive: “O, paano ba yan, ako na ang reyna! Sa akin na ang kayamanan mo!”
12. To my miscarriaged 1st baby 8yrs ago: “I’ll be a father by February, but you will always be in my heart as my real panganay. Always watch over your mom in Las Vegas.”

13. When I called up my daughter at the hospital where she worked, I asked her if she’s in the delivery room or something kasi puro umiiyak na baby ang nadidinig ko. She told me she was all alone in a room filled with jars with dead fetuses inside. - goosebumps

14. To the ghosts in our house: “What happened in our house?” Neighbors regularly call the barangay tanods dahil para daw lagi may nagpapatayan sa house namin. But we’re always quiet.
15. We always see a lady ghost pointing down to the basement floor. I’s like to ask her: “What’s under the basement floor?”
16. To my deceasd parents: “Thank you for everything you have given me even though I’m not your real son. I can’t imagine what my life would have been if you didn’t come into
my life.” I only came to know I’m adopted after they both passed away. - aw
17. There was a successful couple (a doctor & a lawyer). Both were so goodlooking that everyone was surprised that their 1st child had physical & mental abnormalities. They kept the child hidden from the public because they were ashamed of her. One day, they had to attend an event in Tagaytay & the child insisted she wanted to go w/ them. On their way, the child asked the dad to pull over because she needed to pee. Irritated, as the kid was peeing, the mom decided to push the kid off the edge of
the cliff, to end all of their problems. After several years, they had another child, completely opposite from their first. They were so proud of her looks and grace. One day, they all needed to go to Tagaytay again. Same thing happened, the kid said she wanted to pee. Unknowingly, they stopped at exactly the same place. When the kid was about to pee, the 2nd child turned to her mom, smiled menacingly and said, “Bakit, mommy? Gusto mo ko itulak ulit?”

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Photoshop (Demon Eyes)

My Post Halloween Photoshop Post.
Red-eyed demon effect or maybe yellow-eyed demon effect. Just pick your color. Ever watch Supernatural and suddenly you get this sudden desire to turn everyone into a yellow eyed demon?






TUTORIAL
1. Open your image. Preferably something with eyes. Duplicate it twice. Set the first duplicate layer yo screen and the second one to soft light. Then hit CTRL+SHIFT+E to flatten the layers.

2. Duplicate the new image. Working with the duplicate layer, go to Image > Adjustment > Hue/Saturation. Set the master saturation to -100.

3. Now zoom in your image (CTRL ++) to 200%. Select the Eraser Tool. Choose a small soft round brush. The brush size depend on the size of the eyes. Mine is 9 pixels. Erase the iris area but don't touch the pupil or the white eye.

4. Now, still working with the black and white layer, go to Image > Adjustment > Brightness/Contrast. Reduce the brightness and contrast until you find the effect you want on the eyes. This is the setting I use for mine and the resulted effect.

5. Now, blue doesn't seem so scary. How about a yellow eyes demon effect? Or even red maybe. Take your pick. To do this, we need to add an adjustment layer between the top and the bottom layer. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance.

You can play around with the settings to get your very own glowing demon eyes.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Morning Rush 82 (Things You Don’t Want To Hear In A Bedtime Story)

January 06, 2009 Episode
Hindi ako lumaki na bago matulog ay kinukwentuhan ng nanay ko o tatay ko ng kwentong mala-fairy tale, Ora Engkantada lang pinapanood ko noon, at dahil sa palabas na yun nalaman ko ang mga kwento tulad ng kay Pinocchio, Snow White, at ilan pang kwentong pambata. Mga kwento ni Kuya Bodjie sa Batibot, at mga kwento ng mga kaibigan ko habang nakapaligid kami sa isang siga, mga kwentong nakaktakot, dahilan kung bakit ilan sa amin ay naiihi sa salawal habang natutulog, masama pala maglaro ng apoy at magkwentuhan ng nakakatakot ng sabay. Pero ilan sa atin, lalo na yung mga "shasyal", nasanay na sa mga bedtime stories noong pata pa sila, effective naman daw, pero kung sakali man lumaki ako sa bedtime stories noon, ilan lang ito mga kwentong hindi ko ninais mariig bago matulog. Pero kung sa edad kong ito, malamang mag eenjoy pa ako sa mga kwentong ito bago matulog. Haha!!!

Things You Don’t Want To Hear In A Bedtime Story
01. “At night, Aladdin would dream about Princess Jasmine, as he stroked his magic lamp, faster and faster, until the Genie pops out.”
02. "Papa Bear saw Goldilocks so he shred her to pieces and ate her for dinner.”
03. “Gretel shoved the witch into the burning furnace. Since then, she developed an uncontrollable urge to push elderly women to their untimely deaths.”
04. “Hansel found his sister Gretel quite hot. And the scandalous incestuous fling that rocked the fairytale world ensued.”
05. “Prince Charming found an empty bottle of prescription sleeping pills beside Sleeping Beauty.”
06. "And when Prince Charming was sure that Sleeping Beauty could NOT be awakened, he ripped her dress off and had his way with her as she slept.”
07. Prince: “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair weave…”
08. “Ariel slapped Nemo because he swam into her coochie.”
09. “Dopey stood right in front of Snow White and said: ‘Gee, your hair smells terrific!’”
10. “Goldilocks looked in the mirror and screamed: ‘Aaaaah! Bakit may Red Ribbon ang hair ko?’”
11. “And Snow White finally met the seven dwarves: Sociopath, Bipolar, Narcoleptic, Hypochondriac, Insomniac, Schizophrenic and Manic-Depressive.”
12. “And Gaston and the Beast lived happily together in Brokeback Castle.”
13. “Then, the fairy godmother, who was drunk, told the princess: ‘Honey, happy endings are basically sad endings that haven’t finished yet.’”
14. “Tinkerbell and Captain Hook fell in love and they lived happily ever after, even though she had to deal with hook marks on her crotch.”
15. Blue Fairy: “Pinocchio, I will turn you into a real boy!” Pinocchio: “Girl, pwede ba fairy na lang?”
16. “On their honeymoon, Humpty Dumpty’s wife said to him after he undressed: ‘Ang laki pala ng itlog mo…’”
17. “The Big Bad Wolf made Humpty Dumpty into scrambled eggs and the 3 little pigs into bacon, and ate them for breakfast.”
18. “And so Snow White spent the rest of her days as an endorser for glutathione.”
19. “Pinocchio never became a real boy. So he lived the rest of his life with a wood pecker.”
20. “Fairy Godmother warned Cinderella to be home by midnight, because her vajayjay will turn into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight. Cinderella said: ‘It’s all good, my date is Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater.’”

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Morning Rush 81 (Lessons That 2008 Has Taught You)

December 8, 2008 Episode

I must admit, each year brings new lessons. Especially with difficult years, like for us, the past 2 years haven’t been easy, it’s these years that bring the most fertile life lessons. As we facing the final two months of 2009 and welcoming the new year, let me remind you with some lessons from the past year, that somehow we can apply in the present year.


Lessons That 2008 Has Taught You
01. Choose your battles, because you can’t win them all.
02. You will ALWAYS find someone better than the one thought was already the best.
03. You start to get hurt the moment you care.
04. Whatever life throws at you, stay strong. Strong walls may shake, but they don’t collapse.
05. The best way to predict the future is to make it happen.
06. Don’t resign during the holiday season because you’ll end up broke.
07. If the universe conspires with you, NOTHING can get in your way.
08. That karma can be GOOD or BAD. It goes both ways.
09. Ang pinakamasakit sa pag-alis, ay kapag hindi ka hinabol.
10. It’s not how many times you fall down that counts, it’s how many times you got up.
11. If you succeed, you gain a prize. If you fail, you gain a lesson.
12. Life is too short to stress yourself with people who don’t even deserve to be an issue in your life.
13. I learned that if you expect everything, anything seems n0thing. But if you expect n0thing, anything seems everything.
14. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
15. If a person can make you laugh, the same person can make you cry.
16. Don’t believe something is true, just because everybody else believes so.
17. There are people who will accept me for who I really am. I just need to find them.
18. The only real mistake is the one from which we learned nothing.
19. If you can’t find a happy ending, find a new beginning instead.
20. Sometimes, the best thing you can do for other people, is to stay out of their business.
21. I learned how to make my earnings work for me and not the other way around.
22. Blessings come to those who wait.
23. I learned that being happy is accepting the fact that what other people think of me is none of my damn business.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Video Collection 27 (Naked Fan Dance)

This is what you call teamwork and unity. If the one putting his fan on your wang's too slow, it'll get filmed.Naked Fan Dance the latest dance Craze in town will definitely catch your attention! But the question is if this kind of dance is suited to everyone taste and age,s? Well it may sound like for adults only but you know what that this is a fun dance that entertains all age’s that will hold your breath to watch. why? As the highlight of the dance routines is how careful the performers are to cover their packages’ while dancing. And it makes you laugh, laugh and laugh!

Obviously the concept of this kind of dance is very interesting as you have to be naked to all your performances in any kind of music and dances you played and no expensive costumes is required to amaze audience.

May the overall impressions would be obscenity or self exposure for the conservatives as the performer wear nothing but their flesh and a piece of props that will cover their hidden thing but if you watch carefully (not to judge that they are just naked) this is only an evolution of creative idea to entertain audience beyond there interest .


Hilarious! i wonder why they have to hide it...hmmm, i guess it's small, that's why! hahaha!
1. I wonder how many times they messed up.
2. I wonder how many times they accidently hit themselves or another dude in the package with their fan.
a clip from Sweden got talent, 4 twits impressed the judges on their version of naked dance that made audience entertained resulted to moved them to the next round of the competition.

My Celebrity Crush 15 (Julia Roberts)

WHO: Julia Roberts
WHEN: Since Notting Hill
WHERE: Hollywood Films
WHY: Simple lang. She is my all time favorite actress, she outshines actresses half her age.
"I'm just an ordinary person who has an ordinary job."
-Julia Roberts, on being an actress.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Morning Rush 80 (Signs That You're Emo)

January 12, 2009 Episode
I’ve been emo for almost two weeks, sa work, sa bahay, sa mga text messages, sa mga binabasa, pati sa blog header ko...haha! Kaya nababagay itong Morning Rush topic para maihabol sa patapos na emo season ko..haha!s Thanks to Chico and Delamar for this topic aired last January 2009. Pero emo na nga ba ako? o emo-emohan lang?
Signs That You’re Emo
01. If they look emo, they sound emo, but when you ask them, they say they’re not emo. Then they’re emo.
02. He’d say he’s happy when people are around, but once he’s alone he goes, “Huhuhu…people think I’m happy..but I’m NOT.”
03. All black, head to toe, pati kuko, with matching blade necklace.
04. Emo people are cutters.
05. They cover their faces with their weird hair.
06. When your geography teacher asks: “Where is the coldest place on earth?” And you answer: “In my heart.”
07. After writing your diary, you mutter: “Only my diary understands…”
08. You text them: “Wer na u?” At ang kanyang sagot: “Hindi ko mawari kung saan. Pakiramdam ko’y nasa gitna ako ng bangung0t at deluby0.”
09. When you stick your hand in a jar full of gumballa and cry because there are so many pretty colors.
10. If he secretly writes a lot of poetry and uses the terms “sadness”, “darkness”, “loneliness”, and “sorrow” frequently in his poems.
11. If you ask them: “Who are you?” They answer: “Nobody.”
12. The skinny jeans and hooded sweat shirt.
13. Pag tinanong siya ng saleslady: “Ano pong hanap nila?” Ang sagot niya: “Konting pagmamahal at pag-unawa.”
14. Emo Rusher: “They hate me, that’s why I never make it to the Top Ten!”
15. Lahat ng emo may UTI, dahil sa sikip ng pantalon nila, di sila maka-ihi ng maayos.
16. When you text them: “Musta na?” Sagot nila: “Eto, umaasa pa rin na balang araw ay masusuklian ang walang maliw kong pagmamahal sa kanya.”
17. They are always in either 2 states: depressed and asleep.
18. Deny ng deny na emo, pero ang da-drama naman! Daming baggage!
19. You watch a sad movie at home, look out the window as a tear falls down your face, then you go: “I am empty.”
20. Sa group pic, lahat naka-smile, ikaw lagi yung naka-simangot sa sulok.
21. They say stuff like: “I’m happy for you…even if I’m not part of that happiness.”
22. In a word: Guyliner.
23. A straight guy friend kissed another guy. When we asked why, he said: “Nanlilimos ako ng pag-ibig, siya lang ang nagbigay.”
24. You look like a cross between an anime character and taong grasa, and you hang out in the Ice Skating rink in SM Megamall.
25. Pag tinanong sila ng waiter: “Coke or iced tea?” Ang kanilang sagot: “Anything that will drown all the miseries that the universe has dumped on me.”
26. Something allegedly written in a girl’s restroom in a dorm: “Sa laki ng UP, hindi ko mahanap ang sarili ko.”

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Nights in Rodanthe

Nights In RodantheEmo mode this weekend... so we (me and my wife) decided to watch a chick flick movie, Nights in Rodanthe. According to a movie review website, "Nights in Rodanthe" borders on a 5 star movie.

Some might see the love emotion between the 2 main characters a bit much, but not for those knowing the difference of a second chance romance. Some might feel the reaction to the pair's child woes out of the ordinary, but probably not people familiar with kids whose parents faced mega issues. The setting (Rodanthe, NC) is a pleasure in itself, and the perfect vacation spot. So why not the perfect location for the perfect affair? Richard Gere as Paul gives his all into this story, and he's sure to win the hearts of nearly all the ladies. His Rodanthe interest, Adrienne (Diane Lane), will melt the heart of any males brave enough to watch. They spend a weekend, unplanned & alone, through a hurricane on the coast, each facing heartache from relationships with children, and each facing a major decision. They are at the perfect place, the perfect time, perfect for each other, creating a perfect script and a delight to watch.

However the story is not always progressing and ending the way you might expect. I'll not give away all of the story, for those who have not read the book, nor been to the theater. A definite keeper. It made me want to tell my spouse, "I love you." And SHE liked the movie even more.











Saturday, October 17, 2009

Video Collection 26 (Desktop Wars)


This is what I think goes on "behind the curtain" in Microsoft Windows. It would at least explain why it always does other stuff than what you want it to do or crashes, once you got it on the right path.

INFO: The desktop war was created by some guys from Asia (all Chinese or Japanese symbols). It was a SWF Flash animation, which I decompiled and translated back to English. The music in the background was created by somebody entirely differnt and the beginning and end segments were composited out of a dozen or so video and image snippets and sound effects. I had something different in mind originally, but that is how it goes sometimes.





Friday, October 16, 2009

Facebook (Farmtown)


The second flash game I tried at Facebook.com is Farm town. This flash game is another farming simulation game where the facebook users will take the role as farmer. The objective of the game is level up, earn from your land, expand and add neighbors.


You can do several routines like Plow your land, plant seeds/fruits, harvest and sell your harvest. You can also hire fellow facebook users to harvest your crops when you think you cannot harvest your crops. And since Facebook is a social network website, you can visit other Farm town players and give farm gifts under your friends network to maintain connection and to gain coins at a daily basis.


May 2009

June 2009

July 2009
August 2009
September 2009
October 2009
As of October 16, 2009



My Favorite Farms (Neighbours)

"Niña's Farm"
"Besprend Nathalie's Farm"
"Lala's Farm"

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Morning Rush 79 (Things To Say To A Nekkid Santa)

December 25, 2008 Episode This topic is not a wholesome wholesome topic, not suitable for children or ages 1 to 17. Kahit na sabihin nating ang Pasko ay para sa mga bata. Na ang mga bata lang ang naniniwala kay Santa. Christamas Day last 2008, when i heard this topic, tawa kami ng tawa, basta yung 2 dj ang magdeliver. Bawal din to sa mga conservative ala Maria Clara na readers. Warning: Rated-18.
Things To Say To A Nekkid Santa
01.“Alam ko ang handa ni Mrs. Claus: Lumpiang ubod…ng liit.”

02.“So that’s what I saw Mommy kissing…”
03.“So that’s the South Pole.”

04. “Santa, that’s not what I meant when I said I wanted a Mini-Note.”

05. “Santa, na-frostbite?”

06. “Is that your ‘little helper’?”

07. “It’s as red as Rudolph’s nose!”

08. “So that’s why people love sitting on your lap…”

09. “Uy, North Pole cold cuts! Bite size!”

10. "It’s a small bird after all…it’s a small, small bird!”

11. “Santa, diligan natin, baka tumubo pa.”

12. “Santa, here’s my gips: a box of brips.”

13. “Bakit ang beard mo white, pero sa ibaba…”

14. “Deck the balls with boughs of holly…”

15. “Uy, straw! Pa-sip…”

16. “Ilang elves na ang nabulag niyan?”

17. (To the tune of “I Saw Mommy…”) “Then I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus, underneath his BIRD so snowy white…”

18. “Now I know small gifts come in big packages.”

19. “Sure ka ikaw si Santa at hindi si Prosti d’ snowman?”

20. “Santa, and sabi ko, dalawang CD ni T.I.! Hindi T.I.T.I.!”

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Photoshop (Overlay)

When I discovered and learned how to use this application (Photoshop) this is the funniest and most craziest thing na nagawa.

Anu sa tingin nyo? halatang pinagsama lng ung pic noh? d ko maperfect.. haha.. Di pa ko masyadong expert sa photoshop, pero at least my nagagawa ako kahit kaunti. Medyo rush kasi yan saka kelangan p ng konting practice..

Sana gumaling pa ko sa photoshop, para makagawa pa ko ng mga asteg na pictures.. haha.

"Katorse pa si Niña"

"Ang Bagong Loveteam ng Taon!"

"Santino o San ang Tino?"
"Marian Rivera & Dingdong Gwantes"

Kung may local, hindi papahuli ang ibang bansa, ang bagong posters ng New Moon...

"Meet The Wolves"

"Meet Bella Flores"

Nauuso naman ang men's magazine kung saan photoshopped yung mga front cover gurls...kaya naisip ko ding pagtripan ang ilan sa mga kaibigan ko, isama mo na dyan ang babba ko. (Peace!)









Okay cge tawa kayo... para fair ang labanan, sa ayaw ko man at hindi na isama ang mga kalokohan ko, isasama ko na na rin ang kagaguhan ko sa sarili ko.


"Dingdong Kampana"

"Ang Kapre sa Kawayan"