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January 2009

Forever Dawn

I just finished reading Breaking Dawn and I don’t know if I can put into words all I want to say. I’m definitely happy about how things turned out. I didn’t expect it, I’m glad every one got their happily ever after. I don’t think Meyer could’ve gone any other way. Even for Jacob, for a moment there was a part of the book when I thought he’d fall in love with Leah. That would be my worst nightmare. I liked the fact that Meyer incorporated once again Jacob’s perspective in this book. I can tell she enjoyed writing through Jacob’s mind from the moment she made the epilogue on Eclipse. I really enjoyed his part, not to mention his chapter titles were funny. I just love how he was characterized – warm, strong, good-natured, brutally honest, stubborn and just a pain. I guess that you’re sensing I’m on Team Jacob now. 😉 I never expected it too. I’m happy that Renesmee came to be. Although the name sounds drag and she did put Bella through hell, I think it just makes the picture complete. I am also happy that Bella finally belonged. It’s obvious that she didn’t fit in – fragile, clumsy, the damsel in distress, just plain average. Now she finally found her place. Before I thought the cover was about Renesmee but Meyer said it represents Bella’s transformation. Heck, she saved everyone from the Volturi! Can you imagine? But I am relieved the blood lust didn’t happen, though it would’ve been great and exciting if it did. Somehow, it seemed anti-climatic. But anyways, let’s give a shout out to the other characters I loved especially: Alice, Carlisle, Emmett, Seth, Charlie, Rosalie, Garrett, Tanya, Zafrina, Aro and Mike, Angela, James, Victoria from the earlier books. I can’t believe all those times I laughed, cried and thrilled as I turn the pages away. The whole story is just the right mix of fantasy and reality, romance and suspense. It felt like I’ve been living in another world where these characters were true. It has definitely been a great journey. I thank Stephenie Meyer for it.

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Twilight is special for me because it’s the one that made me want to start reading books again. I was never the bookworm before but now I carry my hardbound everywhere I go. I really grew attached to it. Like everything about it mattered. The day when I finished it, I didn’t know how to react. It wasn’t until the next morning that sadness crept up on me as I realized that it is over . Forever Dawn, if I may say. It was my habit every morning, reading Twilight has been my past time during my travel to work. I can’t help but wonder what happens after Breaking Dawn. Now I’m just hoping Meyer finishes Midnight Sun very soon. Of course I won’t end this post without talking about Edward. I missed him in a way, maybe because my attention was brought to another. For me, it just got divided. I do want Edward to be with Bella and I couldn’t stand them being apart. Edward Cullen is the most admirable and charming vampire that ever existed in literary history. Suddenly everything about them is not eerie and scary anymore. I never thought vampires can be seen that way, alluring, charismatic not to mention, gorgeous! I’m here now wishing he was real. Please Stephenie, I’m begging you to release Midnight Sun already! 🙂

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I’ve been busy….

It’s been two crazy, frustrating weeks. I just didn’t think I could get through to it. Work stuff yet again. Anyways, enough about me. What had happened since then? A lot. There was the Golden Globes kicking off the awards season with Slumdog Millionaire and 30 Rock pretty much bagging every award for movie and tv categories, respectively. Kate Winslet also won for two best actress categories and was so grateful she gushed and constantly reminded herself to calm down during her acceptance speeches. Check the official webpage of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the complete list of winners. (Click here.)

 

Then there was the plane accident at the Hudson River or should I say miracle since all of the 150 plus passengers and crew got out alive. And this was all because of the courage and skills of the pilot Mr. Chelsey Sullenberger as he navigated the plane so graceful you wouldn’t think the plane was actually crashing. Birds were apparently scattered throughout the area and got into the engine. I couldn’t imagine what people may have been thinking as they saw the plane go down and pass by, what flying that low within the city? There’s only one thing that crosses my mind, 9/11. Thank God, it wasn’t.

 

American Idol Season 8! Yup, with a lot of changes in store for fans. We’ve finally met the new judge Kara that is just as, let’s just say straightforward as Simon and sweet as Paula. Finally met his match, eh? It’s going to be much more interesting, especially during Hollywood week and Eliminations week. Can’t wait! It just sucks that I have to wait for the re-runs to catch it! Since I don’t know, maybe because my work habits are taking over my whole life!

 

Finally, who could’ve missed the inauguration of the first black president of America? For the first time, I think, it was aired here in the Philippines through live broadcast. Actually, the whole world covered the event. It was crazy. Obama is definitely reaching celebrity status! I don’t mean it in a bad way. And Michelle Obama, fashion icon with all the buzz about her first dress as the First Lady. It was also a bit funny when Obama got his oath all wrong don’t you think? But I do know we can expect a lot of great things from this guy. All I can say is: Buti pa sila! Ang Pilipinas kaya?

Choice Hottie for January: Brandon Stoughton

New Year. New face, right? So here he is. Mr. Brandon Stoughton.

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First caught my eye on Britney’s video Womanizer.

 I’ve already posted something about him before. What I like about him is his eyes, they’re so expressive and his cleft chin is kinda sexy too…. hehe 😉 Can’t find anything about him on the net. Guess people care more about his looks, well he’s a bit of an eye candy. But I do know that he’s 27 yeas old and working with L.A. Models.

Just enjoy these pics then,

There’s rumor though that he’s gay because of this pic, you decide:

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Who the hell is Lady Gaga???

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Okay, I know it’s 2009 already and this issue about ‘who copies who’ is so last year, more like so last century! But I just can’t help it when I see people’s reactions and comments about this on the net. Personally, I don’t know Lady Gaga as an artist, I just know she has this song called ‘Pokerface’ – never really heard it. But this whole craze about Christina Aguilera copying her style is so lame. Now even Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani are being accused too. My point is how can someone who’s been in the industry like forever copy someone who’s new? Then again, fans of this Lady Gaga are claiming she’s been in the industry for years, it’s just that she’s only been active since 2008 and had a huge hit. Heck, I heard she even has a greatest hits already! But that’s what I think is going on here – these Lady Gaga fans are making this a huge deal so she’d get more famous. (emphasis on more coz apparently she already is.) And I guess they’re succeeding coz I myself is getting curious. Hey, negative publicity is still publicity. Well, as Christina sang via Can’t Hold Us Down: “It’s a shame you only get your fame through controversy.”

There were talks that Christina was already asked about this and claims she doesn’t even know her or if she’s a guy or a girl. Haha.. 😀 Lady Gaga does sound drag in her defense. I know it may seem like a backlash but it’s not impossible for her not to know who she is. On the other side, I don’t know what Lady Gaga’s say about this though. Coz I don’t think she’s even at fault here nor we can blame her for what her fans are doing. Although, I did heard she’s thanking Christina for copying her coz that put her on the map. Damn right it did!

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My opinion? Although they resemble each other at certain angles, this whole copying thing is getting old. I mean I’ve seen that look (straight blonde hair with bangs and scanty, futuristic outfits) like a gazillion times before and no one seems to care. I bet these artists don’t coz it’s not true. They got lots more important things to do. All artists have their own personal style and nobody is copying nobody! Why can’t we all just get along? Who knows these two can be BFFs for all we care. They do look like they got separated at birth. 😀

Brand New Kelly!

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Since 2007’s My December, we didn’t hear much about AI’s first winner and in my opinion, still the best American Idol out there. The album didn’t get as much commercial success as Breakaway although, I did love the 3 singles that came out with it especially Sober and Never Again. I think it has a lot to do with the controversy with her record label specifically to Clive Davis, legendary star-maker, with regards to ‘creative control’. Even I got influenced since I didn’t get a copy myself, which I regret now. Apparently, Davis didn’t think the album contained ‘hits’ and wanted her to rework on it. The issue was that most of the songs in the record talked about or contained themes of heartbreak and angst. When you think about it, it is true since she took control of her music career in Breakaway. But whatever happened to freedom of speech? Clarkson said in an interview that she doesn’t plan which songs will make it to her albums, it just so happened that among all songs she’s written these were the one that got pushed through and these songs happened to be sad. You know when women express these kinds of feelings it is automatically presumed that a boyfriend has gotten them astrayed. Or basically, that they should only talk about how love has set them free and made them better persons. Kelly’s a rocker, and rock songs almost always exude angst in them. She’s unique that’s why I love her, she’s not like your typical singing competition winner and I’m glad she took control over her career.

The new single entitled “My Life Would Suck Without You” written and produced by Max Martin and Dr. Luke comes out January 19 in the US so we have to wait ’til then to hear it. Unless, someone leaks it in the net earlier. 🙂

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The album “All I Ever Wanted” (official cover above) will hit record bars and outlets on March 17, 2009. To satiate our thirst for the moment the lyrics to the song got published already and here it is:

‘My Life Would Suck Without You’
Guess this means you’re sorry
You’re standing at my door
Guess this means you take back
What you said before
Like how much you wanted
Anyone but me
Said you’d never come back
But here you are again
Cuz we belong together now
Forever united here somehow
You got a piece of me
And honestly
My life would suck without you
Maybe I was stupid for telling you goodbye
Maybe I was wrong for tryin’ to pick a fight
I know that I’ve got issues
But you’re pretty messed up too
Anyway, I found out I’m nothing without you
Cuz we belong together now
Forever united here somehow
You got a piece of me
And honestly
My life would suck without you
Being with you is so dysfunctional
I really shouldn’t miss you, but I can’t let go
Oh yeah
Cuz we belong together now
Forever united here somehow
You got a piece of me
And honestly
My life would suck without you

Scared Of Lonely

A fanmade video with the lyrics of one of my favorite songs in Beyonce’s latest record I Am… Sasha Fierce. It’s one of those songs that when I heard it made me think and somehow I can relate to it. Coz’ that’s what I’m afraid of, if someone will ask what’s my biggest fear… this is probably going to be my answer. 😦

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