Monthly Archives: August 2012

Japanese Models and their Beauty

After Tricia Gosingtian (me idol!) showed her you know, Lena Fujii thing… I’d like to present you how Japanese are naturally-pretty with their cutesy hairstyles and their charm.

Believe it or not, Japanese beauty is VERY ENVIABLE. It’s like you’re looking NOT ONLY on their almond-shaped eyes, but also on how they show off their charm.

If you’re gonna analyze how their combination with other races mix, it’s one proof that Japanese genes are stronger than you think. Most Japanese I think didn’t realize that — and those who look too foreign are often the subject of discrimination because of their homogenous err… beliefs.

PHOTOS ARE FROM THIS WEBSITE


Lena Fujii


Jun Hasegawa|Gosh, she looks like Denise Laurel right here.


Yuri Ebihara|It’s simply like Sayaka Akimoto + Baifern Pimchanok in one!


Kiritani Mirei|Take a look at her other KAWAII photos…


Now that’s KAWAII factor!

Other photo collections from afspot.net


Rosa Kato|Yes, one of the people I WANNA look like. She looks like a doll.


Karina Nose|Beauty at its finest. If only Rufa Mae Quinto is small-chested and taller, she’d look like her.


Take II.


Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori|Not fair-skinned, but she bagged a prestigious award.

They are like the Thais. Watching A Crazy Little Thing Called Love is a movie composed of uber-pretty girls out there. FAIR-SKINNED OR NOT, most of them look like models and dolls. You’ll see a lot of pretty Thais and Japanese out there that you’ll really envy at — those are the looks that most Filipinos wanted.

Okay, not to hate what is on my own, but I think Thai beauty is more enviable than Filipina beauty — well probably because Westerners do appreciate something that is really exotic to them, such as Venus Raj, sort of things like that but to idolize the Thais is “HOMG!” But if you’ll take a look at the Japanese, you’ll realize that your conceptions are wrong. Some people DID agree with me that there are prettier Japanese girls out there that you wanna date with.

Check these out…


LOL here’s what you wanna know most about… ehem!


Another thing to watch…

Oh, yes. It’s Nina Kodaka! The half-Filipino, half-Japanese soft-spoken lass is actually from StarStruck. It’s not only Iwa Moto who is another fella Japinoy who was one of the StarStruck people, but I really like to tell you that Nina’s more well-bred compared to Iwa.

Paalam, Ginoong Robredo ng DILG


Shared via Facebook|The late DILG secretary Jesse Robredo shows a very good example to the government.

Of all the politicians in the world, why Robredo?

As expected, God usually saves the good people and lets them live in Heaven.

It’s a good thing for his family that they still hoped something positive when they are ready to face the worst news.

One of the people with a low-key profile, he’s very competent in his academics, explaining how much he was a disciplinarian to his children — in terms of academics.

Another great news to talk about: He never tried vices.

He’s the only guy I could actually call as “credible.” Indeed, a sincerely good man, I think other politicians should really look up to him. He became a Naga mayor at a very young age. He earned TWO degrees in Engineering in DLSU. Lastly, he really kept a low-profile life, serving the poor people. He does not discriminate.

Concern for his family

I was really worried what would his family think when the bad news comes? One of my teachers thought that being “saved” by the fishermen only happens in fiction, but not necessarily in real life. Also, people really assume that he’s dead — so it was for real that he wasn’t spared. Only his aide was, however.

Similarity to Antonello Joseph

Both valued education and work as their top priorities. Both passed away because of God’s will to let them enjoy a problem-free life. In fact, this means that “mission is complete.”

They were both people who do not choose friends or maybe — treat people unfairly. They treat people as if they are friends, and you’ll never doubt them, though.

May he rest in peace

He deserves not only a half-mast, but also a reward for his good deeds.

Photodump: A Day in the Royal Palace

Well, not so royal, but the interior design’s very nice. Used the iPhone rather than the DSLR, because I’m preparing for the lens that I really wanted. You know me!

Review: The MacBook Pro

I had one during the year 2010 — aka for me, it’s a HELL year. Living hell due to the fact that I was fresh off from the EVIL years of fourth year high school (Thank you so much, to that sectioner person, I might as well slit yer throat and f*ck you!)… but forget it.

The MacBook Pro is one of the best gadgets I ever owned. It is SOLID, despite being two years old. Its price speaks for itself. Overhauling the MacBook Pro doesn’t affect its unusual strength. Not to magnify things, but compare it to a Lenovo thing, this one works anytime without malice, together with the ThinkPad.

The IBM ThinkPad is second to the MacBook Pro in terms of durability. It does not die that much, like the type of recyclable type of laptop? I think, the MacBook is really for power users. NO biases here. The personal experience of mine tells it all.

People would tell me that the everything Apple has a reasonable price — imagine owning an Apple product. Although you may drop it accidentally, it still works, but make sure that there are no broken screens, Imma tell you that.

Revised: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC

If you’d notice that my account in dArt is lately about endless ranting, let me tell you about these bullshit that I encountered. Call me discontented, but please, it proved that my intensive research is true. I was right all along, and please, leave me be when I go shopping (yes, you manipulative narcissist, good thing I will not name-drop you here because that’s how I love you!) for I have higher standards and better taste.

Before you read this article, please read THIS and THIS. I am too keen and particular about things.

The kit lens is too honest when it comes to quality

Deeper blacks. LESSER Chromatic aberration shit. That is how I describe the kit lens. It may have limited focal length but at least its quality is unbeatable. NO NEED to use Photoshop and some add-ons. What you only need is this: Filters. UV filters, C-PL filters, there’s NOTHING wrong with it.

I’m sorry if I have to post the disadvantages of the Sigma lens, but let me tell you that the telephoto end has a crappy quality. Call it Made in Japan, but I don’t think it’s credible. Also, there’s NO OS.

This serves as a lesson to some Singaporean Chinese sellers out there. I don’t care if I get banned in SG for being too honest about the sellers’ behavior out there.

Also, there’s NO full-time manual focus. Aspect ratio? 1:8.

Aspect ratio 1:3 equates full-time manual focusing. Yeah, you may still insist that Sigma offers a variety of choices, but please, please, please! Always look at the quality (CA, extreme end clarity) first before buying it!

Add-ons are only putting weight to everything

I really do not want to discriminate, but the add-on macro lens and the wide-angle add-on isn’t working as well. It only worsens the amount of Chromatic Aberration and also the poor quality. The appeal is LOST. I think I made a big mistake during the year 2011. I should HAVE NOT BOUGHT ANYTHING IN SG.

If you’re going to buy camera equipment, I think it’s better in the Philippines. At least etiquette is observed by the Filipino people. Not being racist, but I think me personal experience would tell you to be more careful about choosing what is more credible or not.

Random Thoughts: R.Y.


mancentral1.blogspot.com|R.Y.!

Rico Yan is no other than… the matinee idol-next-door who died at the very height of his career. If you’d notice, he is best known for his good boy image.

He may not be a saint, but he was advocating education to everyone. This was also Antonello’s dream: Education for everyone.

However… Rico has a dark side. Or maybe not.

Rico’s… dark side?

LINK

It really sucks to write an article like this, but I have to admit, not really a shocking moment to know about his break-up with Claudine Barretto, yet their relationship ended like a tragedy.

Really bloody, isn’t it?

So Raymart Santiago was the third-party on the Rico-Claudine couple simply before the former matinee idol died in March 29. Alright, I don’t want to be judgmental right here, but it seems that the article is showing that Rico is the bad guy. Not to be concluding right here but for me, a guy like Rico won’t ever reveal his private life with Claudine.

Hindi talaga inaasahan na mangyayari ang ganitong insidente.

The break-up was thought to be something like hindi nagpapansinan sa isa’t isa, but reading the article was like, “Weh, hindi nga? So ang rift pala nila, nauwi lang sa rambulan!?”

I really cannot imagine Rico being a violent man. Well, I could, but looking at him, he’s not really very tough to hit a woman. However, Claudine’s ate Marjorie defended her and she said that Rico was the one hiding a girlfriend in Cebu.

The other side of the story shows that Claudine is a very jealous type of girlfriend — hindi talaga nakapagtataka. Ever since, Claudine always had a bad reputation, and you know what? Her reputation speaks for herself. From Mark Anthony Fernandez to Rico Yan, she ended up with Raymart Santiago. Well, I’m not saying that Ray is the bad guy, but if I were to be asked, I think it was Barretta who made patol, not Raymart.

Why?

What do you expect from a hypocrite like her? Being able to create a mess in NAIA isn’t really a good thing for a celebrity, and a mom. But at least, she admitted her mistake — but what she did is simply humiliating. Wala talaga siyang hiya, unlike some feisty stars, they would simply apologize for their mistakes.

Okay, Claudine and Rico won’t ever end up in a violent break-up if the former didn’t made patol with Raymart. True or not, I think it was Rico who was hurt, so you’ll really wonder if he really died of overdose.

It wasn’t his fault if he was hurt. Alam mong siya talaga ang mas credible sa issue because he cannot be an A-hoe unlike other actors who would openly deny a girl because of a free fellatio (HAHA, another parunggit!).

He is also the type of celebrity who won’t ever initiate any type of controversy — he came from a well-respected family and guess what? His Chinese roots was a plus factor for him to become an entrepreneur, owning different businesses… no idea if they’re still existing, though (even without his presence).

There are more things that I could say more about him compared to AJ Perez. I dunno, maybe because he reached the age of 20, at least, unlike the latter who died before his 20’s.

If you think that RY died of an overdose, you decide, but I really understand it — he died for a reason: HE WAS HEARTBROKEN. If you’re gonna slap to me that he never liked Claudine, well, get yo’ facts straight. Rico and Claudine became together, but there were different challenges:

1.) Rico’s family did not approve of Claudine at first.
2.) Claudine’s reputation is rusty.
3.) They’re exact opposites, overall.

So, history repeated itself when AJ Perez died of a tragic car crash. Nobody knows who he really is, but the AJsters were at least there to share the word that AJ’s legacy is still living… breathing fire. AJ became a poster boy for Eye Bank and Larunungan.

Indeed, people retain the legacy of their beloved ones. If you’d notice, there’s a Rico Yan Youth Foundation.

HMMMMMMMM…

This is when Claudine Barretto started to relate with AJ’s girlfriend, Steph Ayson. The tragedy made them close with one another, thinking that this is the right time to get to know one another.

It’s really cool to have a non-showbiz partner. It was AJ’s decision to date someone NOT in showbiz because he believed that it is more peaceful in a non-showbiz world.

This is one lesson that we should learn: Showbiz relationships are never as good as non-showbiz relationships. Always apply a little mystery on it.

The Social Network


Wikipedia.org|The Social Network Cover

Short Intro

I thought that Justin Timberlake portrayed Mark Zuckerberg in the movie. It was Jesse Eisenberg who portrayed him.

Alright, I’ll be honest. Esisenberg reminds me Ben Whishaw, a Brit actor who protrayed Grenouille in “Perfume” movie.

I was wondering if Erica Albright is real or not, but speculations said that she is only fictional (oh yeah, just like the characters in Osaka Monogatari, I doubt that there are some people there who will exist for real).

Before watching the Social Network, I highly doubted that Mark Zuckerberg only had Priscilla Chan as his first and last girlfriend, but it turned out that she wasn’t. I was really doubting if Albright was for real.

Wait… are we talking about Gabriela Robin here?

If people would ask, “Who the hell’s Gabriela Robin?”, well, she’s THAT singer who sings in Gibberish. It is Yoko Kanno’s really dirty secret and she won’t EVER reveal who that person is. While people speculate that Robin is Kanno herself, it is really questionable.

The Summary [Leave this page if you don’t wanna get spoilers]

Mark Zuckerberg faced lawsuits coming from his best friend Eduardo, and also the twins Tyler (?) and Cameron, the rowers. Zuckerberg is indeed, a nerd, but he had different connectios with Sean, Napster’s CEO. Teamwork came and this broke the friendship between Zuck and Ed (not sure of the monicker).

Review

I really do recommend everyone watching this film. For the prospective lawyers, this is for you.

So you see, Bill Gates was also featured, but I highly doubt that HE portrayed HIMSELF in that film, or is it really him after all? For those who do not know the whole story about Mark Zuckerberg’s creation, Facebook started as “Facemash,” a website designed to compare the best faces in Harvard.

But from the short intro I made, I thought Albright was real, but after all, she’s more of fictional, so we really cannot tell if she really did exist. After all, their conversation in the movie started as serious, but there were no signs of disagreement. It was only then that Mark proved himself a nerd.

What nerd?

At least he never ended up like Cho Seung-hui (RIP).

Bagyong Gener thoughts and err… .avi-friendly tablet

Taken with Nelly. Of course, you might wanna see this somewhere… hehehe.

Raining cats and dogs… that’s what rain is all about.

Now why should everything FLOOD!? That’s because of the poor drainage system. Underpasses have been flooded as well, and imagine how to walk or swim in these disgusting floods.

Disgusting!? Well, yes, flood is really disgusting, but just take a look at the surroundings. Would you ever express yourself like that if you’re the ones throwing garbage OUTSIDE the bin?

I really feel bad for those who were the victims of the current calamity. It may be like Ondoy in terms of class suspension, but I hope it won’t be like the said storm again.

Hoping for .avi tablets

Now I really cannot decide between the Galaxy Note and the GT 7.7. I wanna watch movies without the need of a laptop. You see people, I have .mkv files, .avi files, but most movie files are in .avi format, which is annoying because NOT even Mac OS could do something to make it “fit in” the Mac world. Another thing, you need to convert everything to .mp4 so that it would work on the iOS.

Hmmm… which one’s the best for watching a lot of movies? Galaxy Tab or Galaxy Note, or iPad? Please, something that is compatible with BOTH .avi and .mkv format, please.

Amuro Namie and The Tattoo Connection

WARNING: Read at your own risk.

The first half is all about Amuro Namie… and the next topic became the Italian people’s err… interest with tattoos. Wanna peek at this… drool-worthy blog post? Come with me!

If Japan is known for being obsessed with bihaku beauty, enter Amuro Namie, the ganguro pioneer. Yes, that’s right. The ganguro trend actually emerged from the “Amuraa” style.

The only thing that I do not like about her is her tattoos… the placement!

Disclaimer: ALL PHOTOS ARE FROM amuro.fr.fo WEBSITE… unless specified.


Amuro during her teens. Do you think she looks like a teenager or someone below 13?


An ink-free Amuro during the late ’90’s.


Amuro’s inkless arm. Might have been better if she only placed those distracting tattoos on her back.


Drastic change in Namie. Distracting bad-ass tattoos and of course, a navel piercing.


Eugh. Sorry Amuro-chan, but I really don’t like the placement of yer ink.


An innocent face but with those tats. >.< That’s why I didn’t like her at first.


stylusmagazine.com|The infamous “Haruto” tattoo at first impression is like, “Is that her boyfriend’s name?” WITH A LAUGH!

Quoting the article of stylusmagazine.com:

Then you see that infamous tattoo. It takes up most of her upper arm and spells out the name “Haruto,” in honor of her offspring. It’s sweet, but somehow still intimidating—like a Hell’s Angels member with “Mommy” inked on their bicep.

I was really wondering why does she have tattoos in English? She sings with English words, and yet… it’s truly ironic that she does not speak the language, well, at least in interviews. She only knows a little, and guess what? She sang, “On the Spotlight” and “Only You,” and these songs are purely English!

What in the world is Amuro-chan thinking!?

Okay, that’s most probably why I preferred the big-eyed Ayumi Hamasaki more than her. At least Ayumi would make everything really mysterious about her life. The tattoo on her back is real, after all. AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, SHE WOULD LET US BE FOOLED THAT IT WAS FAKE! UGH!


ahsforum.com|This tattoo is REAL. No retractions.


comtrya.com|Look at the tat on her back! HAHA!

The first impression in me head about the Haruto tattoo is that, “Wait, why in the world would Namie have a tattoo of someone’s name on her arm? Is that her boyfriend (who possibly…died?)?” Alright, call this very skeptical, but when I found out that it was her son’s name, I was like, “WHAAAAT!? She had a son!?”

Namie started her career during her early teens. Alright, she married twice, and her second marriage is with this “Sam” dude. To make the story short, Namie was already pregnant, so they tied the knot and voila! Haruto was born in the year of 1998. The same day, her mother Emiko Taira was murdered by her brother-in-law.

Very tragic story, indeed. Namie divorced with Sam in 2002, and starting 2003, she had herself tattooed with two tattoos on her arm, which is a distraction. Distracting, indeed… but if you were to ask the Japanese people, they’ll think they’re cool, rather than a turn-off.

Did Namie had these two tattoos on her arm err… simultaneously done!? I bet yes!


Yes, I know those tattoos are cool, but ugh, can’t stand those.

The tattoos that are on her arm was acquired 2003 after she felt the pain of her mother’s murder, her son’s birth and her divorce with her husband, so that’s why each of her tattoos has a story behind them. She really had it done on her arm to let her fans show that a sad, sweet face could show these ink– as signs of suffering.

Bad-ass, much. Especially the one in oval. It’s really unique.

I’m really wondering how would her son feel about his mom having tattoos, eh?

…now she’s very proud of showing her tattoos like this! HAHA.


Namie and her son, Haruto as an infant. Notice that it’s simply like carrying her little brother.

One misconception when you think about Namie having a son is like, “I thought that little guy is her brother!” Of course, there is one time she was questioned during her trip in the US with her son. She was questioned if Haruto is REALLY her son since her youthful looks would lie about her real age.

“You his mother?” the immigration officer asked Namie.

However (HOMG not again), Namie can’t even speak English during that time! So, there was a translator for her to fix things.

I was really wondering why can’t Namie speak English, even in a conversational tone? Alright, call me someone with high standards, but that is because she sings in English, and sometimes, her English words are misplaced… and most of her songs are titled in English.

Maybe she could only speak English in private, but NOT in public. There are some actors who only speak English in private, but hires an interpreter in interviews. I really do understand these people (I won’t mention some of them haha!) because their English is obviously accented, and when they speak in English, BOOM! Rumors speculated that Namie’s English is messed up, and even her son Haruto would ridicule her when she uses the language.

These people who speak English in private actually express themselves in English at least, on Twitter. Never thought of Tanaka Rie doing that although it is said that she is not fluent in English. Alright, a person could speak English, but it doesn’t have to mean one-shot fluency. Well, competent, but not fluent. There’s a big difference between competent and fluent. If you’re competent in a certain language, you don’t use it in daily conversations, but if you’re fluent in the language, at least you could think using that language.

Maybe Namie’s level in Eigo is more of competent than fluent. Same with Rie-chan.

A Perspective on someone who now starts to admire Namie…

So, yeah. I really didn’t like her at first simply because she doesn’t look pretty in me standards. But now, I’m starting to like her, and thinking that Hamasaki is overrated… but I still like Hamasaki though, more as a trendsetter than a songstress.

Amuro Namie is a walking paradox herself. She’s an innocent-looking young girl with a tragic, bad-ass past and struggles. Her arm tattoos says it all, and is proud of wearing it all the time. She’d rather tell the fans, “Watashi no irezumi, these are the memories of the tragic past where I used to live.”

Masochistic, eh?

Or let’s say, she’s a sweet bad-ass. Despite the piercings and tattoos, Namie is still down-to-earth and is always shy in interviews.

I was really thinking if she ever had plastic surgery, or most probably she’s a late bloomer. But it’s more evident that she is more of a late bloomer than of a fake-looking person.


The Coke Zero was jamming in the Philippines! She proves her worth more than Ayumi!

I personally think that Namie is really cool, and do you think our local stars would have the same bad-ass tattoos as hers? Even the arrogant genius cannot carry that bad-ass arm tattoos. Also with the cheap justice! Or the skeletor? Or… the dance princess? ROFL, I think Namie is still fresh and vibrant for her age, though.

And BTW… her tattoos are oh-so her Italian side. Most people of Italian descent are really tattoo lovers and aficionados. You doubtin’ Angelina being Italiano!?


Another paradox again! Sweet bad-ass carrying a nice smile, nice face and bad-ass ink!


Just love the bad-ass ink. It’s like carrying a barbwire on it!


lwcloset.com|I think this dress that Charlize is wearing right now should suit Namie.

Talking about tattoos, Namie and Charlize have one thing in common, and it’s like placing two tattoos in a single limb. Charlize has two tattoos on her RIGHT limb, and that’s her ummm… flower tattoo on her right foot near the pinky toe, and the other one was the koi fish on her inner ankle. She got that when she was only 16 years old (BTW, most South Africans get tattoos before the age of 18… just as far as I know).

The Italian connection… regarding tattoos

Most Italians or people of Italian descent have tattoos. These are: Franka Potente, Alyssa Milano, Christina Ricci, Asia Argento, Alessandra Ambrosio, Chris Evans, Kate Hudson, Kat Von D, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Ilaria Graziano, Lea Michele… argh many of them to mention, even Nancy Castiglione and Paolo Contis, local artists in the Philippines… they’re of Italian descent. Thank goodness NOT even Rosa Kato, Matteo Guidicelli, John Cena and Gwen Stefani dare to have tattoos — these people are also of Italian descent but they don’t want themselves to fit in the mainstream Italian stereotype and identity haha.


gossip.it|Gosh, Rosy Dilettuso’s tattoo is really BAD-ASS! Look at the placement!


gossip.it|Gosh, okay, I really do not know Rosy that much. She’s Italian with a real bad-ass pube tattoo.

If you were to ask me, I like Rosy Dilettuso’s tattoo of a cherub near the pube, unlike Asia Argento’s version of that tattoo, it’s so trashy, and it’s rumored that she’s planning to remove it. Gah, Asia’s angel tattoo is more of a distraction than bad-ass.


celebrity-ink.com|Nice tattoo, but it’s too big, making it as a distraction. Look at the tittays, for sure.

Asia Argento explains her angel tattoo as a work of Delvaux, but she only had the wings added. She said that she placed it below her navel to hide it from her father (the horror director Dario Argento) who doesn’t like to see her tattoos.

I really like the taste of Italians in terms of tattoos. If you were to ask me, I’d rather drool at someone who looks like Antonello yet has tattoos.

College students are waterproof… or it’s just them?

Now I realized that it is a shit to tell a lie, but for sure, everyone does not like a rainy day, and it makes professors and teachers very sad.

They’re the ones singing, “Come again another day.”

But for students, it is a good relief.

Come on, who wants another Ondoy!? Delayed schedules and short vacays are waiting for you, rather than a relaxing, warm welcome.

F*cking hell who wants to go to school on a super stormy day, hindi ba?

For sure, no one wants a flooded Philippines. Now it no longer fun in the Philippines if flood is everywhere.