Saturday, July 23, 2011

Crazy Little Thing Called Love DVD Box Set


I am so crazy about this movie. This is now my favorite movie of all. Been spazzing about it on facebook for a week or two, searching for informations and pictures of this movie from the making to just any picture related to the movie and the casts. I love everything about this movie - the scenes,the story, the actors, the lines, the wardrobe and the props. My favorite of all is the scrapbook of P'Shone. I really wanted to own one. When I found out that it's being sold together with the DVD, I then researched where to buy it and someone told me it's being sold at boomerangshop. I have thought about it for a week and finally decided to buy it.

I was really excited when the package arrived. I love seeing the Thai stamp on the box. How cool, it's really from Thailand where the movie was shot. It feels like I now have a connection with the movie..hahaha... I kept it for remembrance.

stamp

The scrapbook is just a replica and different from that in the movie. There were pictures present in the scrapbook that are not in the movie.

I will show you all the pages in the scrapbook. The writings are in Thai so I just placed some English translations which I just copied from the subtitle of the movie I have downloaded.

Here are the pages:
DVD box set
opening the scrapbook - first page

Every page is folded and you'll be surprised with what you'll see after unfolding it.

this is still the first page with the dvd attached

page 2

page 3
page  4

page 5
page 6
page 7

page 8
page 9
page 10
page 11
closer look at the captions from page 11
page 12

page 13
page 14
page 15

page 16

The best part is the last page. It has a hallow part where the 9 recipe book of love, 10 postcards, and 1 film cell is placed.

last page

9 recipe of love book

film cell from the movie

There are actually 10 postcards but what you'll see below are just 8 of them coz I already posted the other 2 in my corkboard in the office.

postcards

Here's my corkboard. There they are, the other 2 postcards.



The DVD box set includes the movie dvd, special features dvd, and the ost cd. Sad to say, the movie and special features dvd doesn't have an english subtitle and the ost cd contains only 2 songs from the movie.

dvds and audio cd
Thought those are it but no! I was so surprised to see these two inserted on the 9 recipe of love book -  Nam's button and valentines card from the movie. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Nam's button, same one from the movie only without the blood stain

card given by Nam to P'Shone during valentines day when she finally confessed to P'Shone

That's it! Love how they came up with this idea of a box set. This thing is really cool.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Harry Potter string dolls

So the last movie of harry potter is already out in cinemas. I was saddened by it. I think everyone feels the same way. I grew up with Harry Potter and been following it from books to movies since I was still 11yrs old. To console myself, I decided to create Harry Potter characters in string dolls. That would add to my Harry Potter collections. I only created 3 but maybe if I will have more time and inspiration then I could complete the whole cast..Which I think is impossible...lol

I completed Harry, Hermione and Dumbledore in a span of two days. Enjoy!






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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Taylor Swift concert in Manila



I'm a big fan of Taylor Swift. So when i heard she will be having a concert on February 19, 2011, I immediately saved money to buy her concert tickets. It was announced on November 2010 and it's a good timing coz by December we will have our 13th month pay. With the help of  Taylor Swift Philippines I got a reservation for the VIP lowerbox. The original plan was, I would be going with my office mate but due to some unexpected circumstances she could not make it. She already got two tickets for the concert. She told me that she'll give me her two tickets for free  and I'll just find two persons to go with me to the concert.  So the two lucky persons are my cousin Kaven and my friend Maiza.

We flew all the way from Cebu to Manila on the day of the concert. It was 2pm when we finally arrived at Araneta Coliseum. It was my first time in Araneta and I'm so excited to get inside. There was already a long queue of TS fans.

the crowd outside Araneta
We have to wait until 6pm before the gates opened. We had fun while staying on the line. There were free cokes given to us and we met new friends and chatted with them.

my banner..hahaha

(from left) Kaven and Maiza
Then we finally went inside. Me and my cousin and friend have to split coz they will be staying on the upperbox. I will stay alone on the lowerbox. I was the first to arrive on my seat. It was just so right in front of the stage but a little farther. I noticed there was a small stage with guitars on the side just meters away from my seat. I overheard from the guard that earlier that day Taylor Swift was sitting there and practicing with her guitar. I was thrilled. I assumed Taylor will be performing there and I would be so near her. 

Another thing that excites is that my all time favorite Sam Concepcion will be doing the front act. That would be my first time to see Sam.

from where I was sitting. That small stage
Good thing I was seated next to a friend I knew through the fans club. She  brought with her a banner. I also brought one. We were happily chatting while waiting for the show to start. The coliseum was almost full except for the side behind the stage. I heard it was sold out and there were standees. We saw a lot of celebrities. To name a few, there was Vice Ganda with Kris Aquino, Raymond Guitierrez, Maja Salvador, Kim Chu, Sam Milby, Chris Tiu(we are seated on the same box) and Sunshine Cruz and Cesar Montano with their children.

with Carissa (a friend i met through the TS fans club)
When the lights went out, everyone screamed including me. We were chanting Taylor Taylor Taylor! It was my first time to attend a concert. It was really nice to be there and be one of the crowd.
So it finally started. Sam Concepcion came out and  I was screaming. Sam's performance was awesome. I can't believe I get to see him sing and dance live. I could not hold my cam still coz I was screaming while recording his performance. After Sam, there was a short pause. And everyone was chanting Taylor! Taylor! again...louder and louder..then finally... finally, it started. It started with a short narration then Sparks Fly was played. It was a fantastic intro. Then Taylor Swift came out and the whole crowd was screaming.







It was so overwhelming. I got goosebumps. I can't believe Taylor Swift is really there singing and dancing on the stage. I was singing along with her in the whole show. Not only me but the whole crowd too. Everyone knew the lyrics of her song. The crowd was amazing. I was getting excited because i was expecting her to perform on the small stage near us and sing some songs. But it never happened. The show ended but she did not sang there. I was so brokenhearted coz I really thought I could give her my crocheted doll. I made that only for her. At the end of the show, I was filled with happiness but at the same time disappointment.



After the show, I stayed at the lobby to wait for my cousin and friend who were still on the upperbox. I noticed behind me that there were some bright lights. When I turned around, I found out that it was Sam Concepcion shooting for ASAP all access. I was starstruck. I was just inches away from him. I wanted to take a pic with him but the staff whose with him says "later nalang after the shoot". I was so polite that I just stood back and waited. But when they took a break to practice the script, I grab that opportunity and in an instant I gave Sam the doll which was supposed to be for Taylor. I thought I took a picture of him holding my doll but I forgot it was set to video mode. I panicked and just record it while my hands were trembling. So sad my friend Maiza whose a big fan of Sam Concepcion was not there. I texted them to hurry but they were too late...hahaha.

Sam saved the day or rather the night. I was so happy. Very happy.

Jason Castro in Cebu


Those who have been following American Idol would know this guy popular for his dreadlocks.  He's no other than Jason Castro. He's from my favorite season, season 7. I memorized all the finalists from that season. For me, that's the best season of American Idol. My bet was really David Cook but I love Jason Castro more not only because he's good looking, especially he has this very beautiful eyes, but also he has a very good sense of humor and a unique voice.

I promised to my self that if he would come to Philippines, I would surely buy a ticket to see his show. And it really happened on March 20, 2010.

I was walking around in Ayala when a big banner caught my attention. I could not believe what I was seeing. It's Jason Castro's picture.


I was like "OMG! Jason Castro will have a show in Ayala!!!". I checked on the details and found out that in order to get passes for his show, I should purchase an item worth 800 pesos in Active Zone. I have thought about it for a week. I invited my officemates but they would say, "Oh that's so expensive". But I don't care. I want to see Jason Castro so bad and I might regret it if I'll let that moment pass. So the next Saturday, I went and bought a slipper worth 800. Yes,  very expensive slippers. After purchasing, I went to the counter and he told me that I could get a passes for Jason Castro's concert. In my mind I was saying "I know about it already and that's the very reason I bought that slipper..hahah". I went to the booth that gives the ticket in exchange for the receipt. I was surprised when the lady at the booth told me that the ticket is good for two persons. The first person that popped in my mind was my cousin. She's also a fan but she could not afford the ticket. I was excited for her. But wait, there's more! There was a meet and greet passes given to the first 70 ticket owners and I was lucky I was the 30th+. I was super duper happy. I'm so excited for the next Saturday coz that will be the date of his concert. I was doing a countdown everyday on my status on fb. I have to be ready of course. That would be my first meet and greet with my favorite international artist and I have to be prepared on what to do during M&G, so I did a research. I watched fan cams on YouTube and read blogs. That was very helpful. I've also prepared something for Jason. I made a small string doll that looks like Jason Castro and I also sketched Jason Castro and at the back I wrote a message for him.






The most anticipated day came. The show would start at 8pm but I already went there at 4pm. When we pass by Astroplus, I saw a poster of Jason Castro so I immediately went inside and asked about the poster and the lady said that the poster would come free for every Jason Castro album. I, of course, bought an album, got my free poster and another surprise - a cd signing stub.


There were already fans lining up at the venue.  An hour later Jason Castro came with his wife Mandy and the rest of his crew. They passed on the other side. But from afar he would stand out. He's so white and you'll easily recognize him because of his dreads. We were calling him and waving but they went inside to this restaurant. We could see flashes from cameras, you would know they were taking picture there with fans. Lucky those people. We waited for hours then he finally went out and went to the stage  and did a sound check. We screamed and waved at him. He was so nice to wave back and greet us.

earlier that afternoon, the venue
At 8pm, the gate was opened. We rushed to get to the front seats. We were able to get a good one.

we were near the stage

me(right) and my cousin(left)
When Jason came out, we screamed. Super kilig. Jason is really handsome. So handsome in person. I was recording the whole concert. There were so many people at the terraces. When I looked around, every floor was filled with people carrying cameras and some have also brought banners. As Jason sings, I would just hum to his song and wave my hand coz I'm not yet familiar with his songs except for Let's Just Fall Inlove Again but all his songs were really nice. He also sang his popular piece from American Idol, the songs Hallelujah and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Hearing those songs makes me feel like I'm in American Idol. Jason has a very nice voice. It was so nice to hear him sing live.


After the show, the meet and greet followed. We have to line up to get a picture with Jason. I was super excited. Some took picture by group, some by solo. Me and my cousin took a picture with Jason together.


When we were approaching Jason to take a picture, the first thing I did was to hug him, he smelled so good. I shook his hands afterwards. I gave him my doll and my drawing. We took a picture with him holding my gifts for him. Then it seemed like everything happened so fast. I have to go to the line again for the cd signing. We were not allowed to bring a camera so I just used my phone's camera to take a picture of Jason while he was signing my cd. I just wanted to take a picture of Jason signing my cd but he paused and look at my camera. Oh how nice of him. And I shook his hands again. Jason was super nice.

during the cd signing
signed cd
All that happened that night was so surreal. It still wont sink in to me that I've finally met my idol. I was so high. It made me smile everytime I think of that moment.

Jason Castro fandom

I became a big fan of Jason Castro after I met him. I was already a fan but not as much as I am now. I created an account in twitter and named it JasonCastroCebu which i changed to JasonCaseyCebu when I discovered a new idol which is Casey James from American Idol season 9. Jason was the  first celebrity I followed in that account.
I feel so lucky being a Jason Castro fan. He's the first celebrity who replied to me on twitter.

It was 2am when I tweeted him but I never really expected a reply coz very few celebrities reply to their fans.I almost shouted when I saw his tweet addressed to me.


Jason was the first celebrity who followed me. I ask him to follow me and he did. I was just so lucky at that time that he was in a good mood. He has already followed a few of his fans. But after a few months, he decided to unfollow us coz he's feeds gets so messy and I understand him so it's fine with me but I was a  little brokenhearted at that moment.
On my birthday, I asked Jason to greet me and he did! I really thought I would not get one coz I've been tweeting him and never got a reply but before that day ended, I got a birthday greeting from him. Yay!

I got more than one reply from Jason already. And that made me so happy.

Because of Jason Castro I met new friends on twitter. They are also his fans and they are really nice especially Winnie. She gave me a Jason Castro calendar with a tote bag which she bought from Jason's site. I could not believe I would own that calendar. I fancy it so much that I look at it every time I visit Jason's site.

Just recently, Winnie also gave me a CD of Jason Castro with a signature and with my name written by Jason.

I also got a fansign from Jason with the help of Winnie too. This one made me cry (tears of joy).

Me: Jason is really nice
Winnie: He really is and he goes out of his way to please everyone. I also told him you are JasonCaseyCebu and he said he remembers your name. :)
Winnie: When I approached him, he saw the sign and he said, we're gonna greet someone. Ok cool!