A Weekend of Dogs and Horror Movies

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My plans for that weekend were simply composed of the UAAP finals game on a Saturday, and writing plus coffee on a Sunday. However, it's refreshing to have my weekend not totally altered, just made a little special. Thematic, no less! Saturday Saturday early evening, after the game, I found myself driving along the long stretch of Daang Hari on my way to meet up with cousins. It's been a while since I last hung out with them and I was looking forward to it. However, I have to admit highlight of my night was this adorable canine: a one-year old Chow Chow called Kelsey. Kelsey, a Chow Chow If you were to judge our relationship with just this photo, you wouldn't believe that I can paint our first meeting with a drastic … [Read more...]

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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"What's your favourite movie?" He asked me during one of our dinner talks. I had a couple of movies in mind I know that are on my list but I knew I couldn't have given him a smart enough reason to make him want to watch it, too. But, today, I'd be singing a different tune. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen stars Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor image: thesargontimes.blogspot.com Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. A charming story about a journey of faith to make the impossible possible. For the longest time, I haven't watched a movie that made me say, "I love this movie," unabashed. The story is simple, somewhat predictable, but when the credits started to roll, I found myself hating the fact that it's a sign that it's all over. It's the … [Read more...]

Friday Night Movie Series

I guess this is my way of taking full note of a new routine. I know it's not uncommon for anyone to go to the movies on a Friday night, it's just that this time around it weighs more due to certain circumstances that surround it. Welcome to one of the new series here at The Parody which will feature the movies I'll end up choosing for those special Friday nights. I can't say I'll be writing movie reviews but I reckon I just might in my own little way. Accommodating my new work schedule, I've managed to make time to catch the last full show on a Friday night. Things usually would run late and I'd only be able to get off work around 11pm which would give me roughly around a quarter or half an hour to get to the cinema just in the nick … [Read more...]

What do you do when you’re not blogging?

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I'm guilty of spending hours and hours glued on TV. Er, well, I don't watch TV really. I watch DVDs. For the past few weeks I've been addicted to watching series. Let me give you a quick run down on what I've been immersing myself with. 1. CSI Miami, Season 5 I've got to admit, I didn't really expect I'd get hooked on this CSI series. I loved the original CSI Las Vegas. And I found David Caruso's take on his character Horatio to be so funny that I had a hard time digesting the drama. I believe Jim Carey was able to hit the nail right on its head when he did his impression --- him doing a Caruso-doing-Horatio --- over at the David Letterman Show. Rico didn't make it any easier to watch since I couldn't help but roll my … [Read more...]

Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen and a Nut in the Making

If there's one book I can name as a favourite then it would be Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. I've already read the book and seen the film (which stars Keira Knightly) over five times and that can still be an understatement. It's quite funny, actually, cuz I remember when I went to Australia without my copy, I endeavoured to buy a new one simply because I had wanted to read it again. LOL. Also, during that same time, I had wondered, nay, wished that they'd make a film out of the book, so, imagine my elation when I found out the movie came out when I was there. I had made plans of seeing it alone even when I really don't do that (watching movies by myself), in a foreign country no less. Hehe. But off I went. I admit I was looking … [Read more...]

Oui, oui! Ratatouille!

Ooh la-la! What joy! A promise of a fun time tonight! I'm watching this Disney-Pixar movie, Ratatouille. The kid in me is fidgeting with bubbling giddy excitement! Yay! RATATOUILLE (rat·a·too·ee) A young rat living within the walls of a famous Paris bistro wishes to become a chef, but is hindered by his family's skepticism and the rat-despising staff and patrons. I can't wait to see Rémy and Alfredo Linguini (and the rest of the cast, of course) in the, er, kitchen. Even when I do find that bit on Remy pulling Linguini's hair to control his actions, ridiculous, I still am looking forward to let the movie tickle me silly. Watch a comedy? Moi? N'importe. I actually enjoy watching cartoons, sometimes, like, Transformers. Oh, sorry. … [Read more...]

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

As you can see, I'm celebrating the whole Harry Potter mania a bit late it seems. Not only am I blogging about it now, after they've finished gushing about the arrival of and reading book seven, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (some even provided spoilers --- read and don't say I didn't warn you), and watching the latest movie release, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but I'm also just starting to read the book version of this popular little git of a wizard called Harry. Oh, yes. I'm not doing the Harry Potter marathon like I did last year with my brother over several days covering all four films. Incidentally, the night before, I watched the fourth installment, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, again with someone who … [Read more...]

What’s up for June?

The past few months have been pretty busy. My social calendar was filled to the brim. And my work calendar's no different. Gawd. Imagine all the quotas and deadlines I had to meet. But it's been quite a ride. I got to learn new things, meet a lot of interesting people and see wonder places. :mrgreen: Now I wonder, what's up for the month of June then? Will it be like queuing up for another ride on the roller coaster? My unquenchable wanderlust beckons me to go on and leap, however, my body can only take so much --- esp since I have been keeping (my normal) abnormal hours again. Gah. Anyway, here's an initial list of things penciled in on my whatever-calendar. :lol: Scheduled Press Events I'm still deciding on which ones I'd be … [Read more...]

Relax. See a ‘good’ movie!

I just came back from watching a movie at ATC. It caused me to wonder just how many movies I've watched and haven't blogged about. Funny. Rico and I had to laugh at our *luck* when it comes to watching, er, "good" movies. Casino Royale - First movie date. Seeing a Bond movie is always safe. Twas a fine film in my book. Eragon - Gawd. Please don't let me say anything about this movie. Twas bad enough that I had to waste good cinema just to watch it. Heh. Babel - Intense. It's a movie that will require 100% of your attention, ergo, it's not a movie I'd recommend you watch if "relaxation" is your goal. Apocalypto - Sigh. It's heavily branded but I've got to hand it to the makers since it is a well-made me thinks. However, the goal … [Read more...]

Steal My RAZR, Why don’t you?!

Believe me --- I was mortified! :-o Who would have thought that a posh place like Greenbelt 3 Cinemas can be a prime point for these thieves?! Scums! Low-life! (excuse my ranting) Remember the RAZR that blogging bought me? Well --- Rico and I had seats reserved for last night's showing of the film, 300 in GB3 Cinema 1. (Quite a popular movie, don't you think?) When we got there, he went to get me a lemonade from the snack bar and I excused myself to go to the toilet. AND that's when it all happened! After I've done my business, I went to the sink counter to wash my hands. I placed my handbag right beside the sink. There's a zipper pocket (that was open) where I put my RAZR from my jeans' pocket. As I turned on the faucet, I … [Read more...]