Sunday, December 28, 2008

ON WEDDINGS


my good friend phoebe got married to her jasi last night. it was a very lovely wedding. of course the inserto-ragotero-ong families came full force. well, the funny thing about attending weddings with family, especially when you've aged above 25, is being asked over and over again: "so are you next?". there actually are variations to this:

1. i heard you're next?
2. so kelan ikaw?
3. susunod na ba si crickette?
4. who's next? (looking at me)
5. when do you plan to get married?

gosh... get over it already! i'll get married when i feel it. as i keep on telling everyone... i do want to be a wife and a mother... SOMEDAY! but right now, i am okay being a daughter and a sister... my bed here at home still feels comfortable at night and despite my dad's remarks, i bet he really doesn't wanna see me walking down the aisle anytime soon... so let me enjoy this status for now. marriage is scary. responsibility is scarier. right now, i'm still getting used to paying rent and utilities for the clinic... one at a time please!

but of course every girl's dream is to be married...
my friend didi and i once said: "the wedding is the exciting part", the rest is really scary. it's actually the life after "i do" that matters and honestly, right now... i don't see myself in that life yet so let me go back to planning weddings in my mind (cus you have to agree... that bit is fun!).

so please... keep all your questions to yourself!!!


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Friday, December 26, 2008

TICKING THIS AS ONE OF THE COUNTLESS THINGS I'LL MISS...

we have been spending Christmas in Camp Aguinaldo since 1988 and the other night as we cooked our final Christmas meal an air of sadness passed the kitchen... by next year we would be cooking in a different kitchen...

one camp tradition residents eagerly await are the carols of the AFP BAND. every Christmas, the brass instruments go house-to-house to play Christmas tunes... that's every Christmas apart from the last few Christmases we've had because unfortunately, a scrooge had been appointed as camp commander and one of his very essential orders is prohibiting the band to play, and so for the last 2 or 3 Christmases we have made do with "Jose Mari Chan's Christmas Album".

this year we've decided we've had enough of Mr. Chan and so on the night of the 24th, as we enjoyed the food we had slaved for all day... the ipod was blaring with abi's music (not very Christmas-y at all, but since mom was on a dancing spree, we just let it play).

ABI: aaahhhhhhhhhh!!! (very loud screeching) they're here! i can hear the brass...

she ran to turn the ipod off and true enough... the band was playing, two houses away from us. by the time they got to our house, we were already outside (talk about being overeager). they played three songs... and as we turned away to go inside the house everyone felt truly complete.

last christmas at camp...


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

YOU & YOUR TEETH SAYS GOODBYE TO 2008

we've closed the clinic for the year...
we resume business on januray 2, 2009.



having opened the clinic last february 15 2008, it feels as though "you and your teeth" has been operational for a year. it was just a dream a year ago... i had my small clinic in Kamias and Bon was merely sharing with me when we both began to dream about opening a clinic together. i remember we had lunch at HOTSHOTS near ABS-CBN around November last year and on our way back to my clinic we saw CTTM Square advertising commercial spaces for lease...

it all started as a joke... having a clinic at Timog was too far-fetched, we stopped with our daydreaming. but the moment we took notice of the potential TIMOG AVENUE had, spaces for RENT started sprouting like mushrooms and soon we were stopping infront buildings, taking numbers down and crossing our fingers.

we didn't want to rush things so we agreed to start making the dream real by 2008. and so by january of this year, i took my small pad out and started dialing numbers listed on tarpaulins plastered all over commercial spaces in TIMOG AVENUE. the first ones i called were either too expensive or already unavailable, and when i got to my very last number, i convinced myself that it was a stupid idea.

but almost a year after... here we are, closing the clinic for a brief reprieve before we face 2009. it had been one roller-coaster ride. one that i did not always enjoy, but have no regret for.


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Monday, December 22, 2008

THIS IS TO PROVE MANY OF YOU WRONG

these photos will make many people shut up about whether or not Rob Pattinson is only hot when he's playing Edward, cus he's definitely not in Edward mode here...





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Sunday, December 21, 2008

MY FOOD GURU HAS DONE IT AGAIN

yes, my food guru... DIDI has scored good points again for bringing me to SANGO. this is actually a very late post, but i had to post it still...

bon and i went to eat at SANGO probably two weeks ago. it was one lazy monday without any appointments, so we decided to go to SHANGRI LA MALL, and on our way back to the clinic I had the greatest idea to pass by Pearl Drive to check SANGO out and we did...


i wanted to try something else... since i've tried the CHICKEN CURRY BURGER before, but i coudn't... so I still had that and Bon got the MASTER BURGER (their own version of the sloppy joe). Apparently, this is Japanese (that's why the TV plays back-to-back Japanese videos and all the magazines in the resto are freakin foreign-looking!)

nevertheless, we had the greatest time cuz it's not like we went there to read and watch TV, rifght?

looking very satisfied


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Thursday, December 18, 2008

TALK ABOUT BEING AT THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME

i was only supposed to pick my sister up at MEGAMALL after her dinner with friends at Saisaiki. as a matter of fact, i really shouldn't have picked her up at all... but my mom let kuya jun go home early and so she asked pot and i to do it for her. on a normal night pot and i would've refused... but we also wanted to get ourselves some SLURPEE from 7eleven and so we agreed. i got my bag, my car keys and hurried to the door to leave (my sister was waiting alone at SM Megamall Bldg A).

EDSA southbound was still moderately packed with cars cruising on an average of 50KpH so i was just steadily driving while listening as Mariel Rodriguez was being harassed by "The Boys Nightout" crew of 89.9 when suddenly we heard a loud scraping sound coming from my left, it felt as though we were being dragged, and after a few moments all the movement stopped and from my window i could see was this huge MITSUBISHI FUSO TRUCK...

talk about being at the wrong place, at the wrong time...

to cut the story short... the car i've been trying to be careful with, for a change, is now bruised!!! left tail light busted and a few scrapes near the left back tires. HASSLE!!!


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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

AM I STILL ON TEAM ANISTON?

now this is just upsetting me even more...
just what has become of jen?
for those who don't know,
this is one of the controversial GQ photos of ms. aniston

and in an article from The Superficial, here's another reason for Team Aniston to be sad:

Jennifer Aniston apparently thinks about Angelina Jolie more than Angelina Jolie thinks about Angelina Jolie. Supposedly, Jennifer had her people find a "backup man" during her brief break from John Mayer. She refused to walk the red carpet for the premiere of Marley & Me looking like a spinster, according to Page Six:
A few months ago, during a brief split between the duo, Aniston's camp was shopping for potential dates. "She didn't want to face the glare of being unattached while Brad Pitt toted Angelina Jolie around" on the promotional rounds for his release of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
Aniston "did not want to be single when her movie opened," one source said. "A friend of her agent was calling around asking for young men whom they could set her up with." But the attempt to find a replacement for Mayer was aborted when he and Aniston soon got back together.
The ironic part is Jennifer Aniston wouldn't even walk down the red carpet with John Mayer. That either blows this story out of the water, or proves that John is Jennifer's "dick in a jar." Which was the job I specifically told my high school guidance counselor I wanted, but instead, had to settle for World's Sexiest Man. *sigh*

i have a theory. my theory is that jen is already manic-depressive. she has undergone her depressive stage, by being quiet and hiding behind the scene while pitt-jolie paraded their love affair throughout the world and now she has reached her manic stage and is going crazy trying to prove something to everybody...

it truly makes me sad... it really does... nevertheless, i remain on TEAM ANISTON!


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HARRY POTTER TOUCHES THE KID AT HEART

i haven't been to a lot of theme parks, but i enjoyed the ones i've been to... i love theme park rides cus they're wild... my sister and i went on this vertical drop rollercoaster once and that is still the best ride i've ever been in.

but if there's one theme park i'd put in my PLACES TO VISIT list, it would be...

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER
The Ultimate Harry Potter Theme Park Fansite - Universal Studios, Orlando, FL

It is officially OFFICIAL! Warner Bros. has teamed up with Universal Studios in order to create a Harry Potter “Theme Park within a Theme Park”. It is scheduled to open in 2010. The Harry Potter theme park will open around the same time as the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie. This 20 acre theme park located in Orlando, Florida will enable visitors to experience scenes from the books and movies.
And on that note, fans will definitely be glad to hear that construction for the Harry Potter theme park has begun! The 20 acres of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter are getting closer and closer - and now 2 years seems to be too long!
Complete with the Hogwarts Castle, the village of Hogsmeade, and probably many other attractions, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter , which will be built in the Islands of Adventure, will not be a disappointment to most fans.

Our Visualization

The www.WizardingWorldHarryPotter.com crew put together a video for you - a visualization compiling clips in the movie of locations/attractions bound to be in the park.


the following are actual photos of the construction site... hold your breath!!!

could this be hogsmeade?


goosebumps!!!


OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!

all we have to do is wait and save money for airfare of course... and if you haven't got your US visas yet, get them ready cus i bet there's a quidditch ride there somewhere!!! oh my... 2010 isn't that long a wait...


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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

THOU SHALL NOT SPOIL YOUR KIDS

the other day i went to SM d'Block with my bf and his sister. we didn't really make plans to go to the mall but while i was chatting with marie and didi at meebo, bon looked up from his laptop to talk to me:


bon: are you teaching tonight?
crix: n- (wasn't able to finish)

bon: oh yeah ella left for korea already, d'you wanna do som
ething tonight?
crix: it's up to you (puzzled)
bon: wanna go to the mall?
crix: okay.


i actually thought it was a random invitation to go to the mall. being that we didn't make plans to go anywhere, i thought he was just bored and so wanted to walk around to see what's new... but then at around 6pm bon tells me:

bon: sasama pala si ces sa atin
crix: oh okay (still puzzled)
bon: she's just leaving the condo, so we'll just wait for her


soon enough she was in front of the clinic door and with bon's signal, i turned the pc off, fixed myself and headed to the car as he pulled the heavy accordion gate to lock the clinic. so much kapampangan was being spoken in the car that i began to wonder why noone has bothered to tell me the real reason we were going to SM anyway... i wanted to ask, but i knew it would be revealed in time and so i just sat on the passenger's seat and enjoyed the music being played on the radio. as we were entering the mall, they began speaking again... but this time bon decided to fill me in, finally!

bon: 150?
crix: ??? (looking at him, puzzled)
bon: 150thou daw yung gustong watch ni ces
crix: oh


that was all that i said. i wanted to say more, but i stopped myself. and as i watched her pick the exact philip stein piece that she'd set her heart and mind to buy, i saw bon shake his head to what i thought was disbelief...

bon: 150?
crix: isn't that too much?

bon: hayaan mo...
crix: i know, but.. 150?
bon: di naman ikaw ang bumibili, hayaan mo na... anak daw niya yan so she can buy whatever she wants

and so i stood there. held myself silently and kept all comments to myself. i wanted to explode again, but knew it wasn't my place. thankfully, there is a thing such as blogging... and so watch me combust!!!


this is me, if i we're a boy

i know that it is not my place to react about what luxuries people decide to give their kids... i know it is not my money they are spending... perhaps i'm just jealous, but then again -- why would i be?

no doubt about it, i love my bf... but it doesn't mean that i embrace all his beliefs. i'm not sure if this is because he's from pampanga or because he's from the province... or merely because... but in our 5years i still haven't fully grasped their need for lavish display.

i wasn't born that way. in my family you have to deserve it before something is given to you. and so we studied hard. we strived not only to pass, but to excel. and in the occasion that we did, the sky was the limit. being a young officer in the military, my dad knew he couldn't give us much but he and my mother tried to give us the best they could. i remember my dad telling me once: "anak, i don't have riches to give but i will give you a good education... so make the most out of it", and so we all did. in return my parents gave us the world... having a mother who was employed by PAL and a father who was brilliant enough to have been granted the UK defence attache' post, my sisters and i saw the world and traveled to places we'd seen in books. from the very beginning, my parents devoted all their time to giving us the most meaninful experiences in life... and because of how we were brought up, all four of us grew up to be brilliant individuals. smart and hard working. independent and strong.

i do not mean to compare how my bf was brought up to how i was reared to mean to say he was brought up wrong... but i believe that it is important to teach your children about the value of money and hardwork. by giving them luxuries beyond what is reasonable makes it difficult for them to grasp the concept of real life.

a. it took my bf 3 dental board exams (with my constant nagging) before he passed. he thought things were as easy as getting a brand new car, but only after his 3rd time did he realize that hardwork = success. and now, since we have a clinic together and bills to pay, he finally realized how hard money is earned... i feel like his mother sometimes, trying to teach a 26yr old about life out there... haha!

b. his other sister had to fail 2 pharmacy board exams before they realized she needed help (mine). i required a complete set of books (that she should have cus she went through 4 years of pharmacy), but she came to me with nothing and i could not understand it because they had expensive watches, eyeglasses, clothes and shoes... but never felt the need to purchase a book? now they have quit altogether with the final conclusion than their kids aren't as smart as others.

c. the third and youngest is graduating. she just bought the P150thousand watch. her credit card is as flexible as a man suffering from an ehlers-danlos syndrome. i have yet to see what will become of her after graduation.

they look at me and think i am what i am cus i was born a genius (the heck?) , my bf looks at me and thinks i am what i am cus my parents were both very good in school. but that is not all that it takes for a child to do well in school. both my parents sat and read to me. flashcards and activity books brought home for me to work on. variety shows prohibited. homeworks and seatworks monitored. it didn't come natural... it was hard work.

my parents knew that the best gift they could give us was to prepare us for the world. yes they gave us luxuries (cus u might start calling me a hypocrite), yes our life was comfortable, yes my life was not fairly simple... but throughout our childhood and until this day we understood the value of their gifts, the hardwork it entailed...

like i said earlier... i know it is not my place to react about what luxuries parents decide to give their kids, cus yes yes i know... it's their money. but if these parents are wondering why their children lack the drive to dream and to strive to become someone... then maybe the stretchable credit limits they've allowed their kids to have make it difficult for them to want to strive for themselves cus hey -- "i can just charge it on mom's card!".

i hear a lot of bullshit from lazy friends saying: "so what's the point in getting a job, when my allowance is bigger than minimum wage?" then fuckin' don't aim for minimum wage!!! ugh!!!


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Sunday, December 14, 2008

A TWILIGHT UPDATE

much has broken the air that twilighters are breathing in the past weeks...

from the dawn of Twilight's premiere in the US, forums all over the world have made fans known of SUMMIT's demand for a $150million profit to be able to guarantee the definite production of the sequels to Twilight. as early as opening week, however, the success of the film has guaranteed the definite release of not only New Moon, but also Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.

click here for the story below:

'Twilight' Sequel Confirmed: 'New Moon' To Hit The Big Screen By Larry Carroll (MTV.com) It's been talked about, it has a screenwriter, and now it's official: Stephenie Meyer's New MoonTwilight, is taking in this weekend. "I don't think any other author has had a more positive experience with the makers of her movie adaptation than I have had with Summit Entertainment," the best-selling author said in a statement. "I'm thrilled to have the chance to work with them again on New Moon." The news comes on the heels of the vampire flick selling out theaters nationwide, despite its mixed reviews. The madness began with some impressive advance ticket sales, then the film added to its $7 million midnight-screening take with a staggering $35.7 million on Friday, taking in money at a rate reported to be more than three times that of last week's box-office winner, Quantum of Solace. To put it in perspective, Twilight is now second only to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in terms of biggest opening-day gross for a non-summer release. Twilight is currently on track to become the highest-grossing film ever made by a female director, the highest-grossing vampire film of all time, and is also threatening several other records heading into Saturday. The film is currently projected to make more than $60 million this weekend, which would put it on track for the $150 million box-office haul that director Catherine Hardwicke has said would automatically green-light sequels. Hence, the announcement of Robert Pattinson's favorite book being turned into a movie - news that will surely send Taylor Lautner to the gym immediately.

much to my delight as well as the rest of my twilighter friends... almost immediately, forums have began playing casting director with the remaining characters in the books. within weeks from it's release, not only did Twilight reach its $150million mark, but as of Dec 12, Twilight has grossed $179,223,536.00 worldwide (Box Office Mojo) and still counting...

this air of celebration did not last long though... last Dec 7, Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily released the official statement from Summit Entertainment declaring that Catherine Hardwicke will no longer be directing the second helping of Twilight that is, New Moon...


Hardwicke Nixed for "Twilight" Sequell Summit Looks for "New Moon Director

UPDATE: Summit Entertainment Co-Chairman/CEO Rob Friedman just phoned me to add: "Catherine and Summit have agreed to part ways on the sequel because our visions are different." The start-up studio's hastily prepared statement (below) notes: "Summit’s targeted end of 2009 or early 2010 release of the film, New Moon, does not work with Ms. Hardwicke’s required prep time to bring her vision of the film to the big screen."
EXCLUSIVE: So the rumors are true. I've confirmed that Summit Entertainment has rejected Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke from heming the sequel in this big new franchise. No doubt my news will speed up the studio's announcement, and Summit will surely spin this as all going down amicably along the lines that "she couldn't fit the film into her time frame". (Summit does want a ridiculously speeded-up sked for the next installment.) But this terrible news for Hardwicke comes just as she and the Twilight cast are on their European press tour. Tomorrow's interviews in France will now focus entirely on what, if anything, Catherine did to deserve this treatment.
This also could blow up into a scandal for Summit if it chooses a male director over Hardwicke, whose Twilight easily beat Mimi Leder's 1998 Deep Impact box office gross as the biggest opener for a female director. That was a record embraced by Hollywood feminists as a sign of growing gal power. ["To think that the people at Summit are sexist is insulting," an insider there replies to me.] This wasn't a good weekend for female film directors because Lexi Alexander's Punisher: War Zone bombed, earning less than half what Hollywood thought it would. As to whether Hardwicke's career will be damaged by this very public firing is up for grabs because, even though the pic was skewered by critics, it is already a $160M low-cost blockbuster. Summit has started preparing the sequel New Moon, based on Meyer's second book in the series, and, to contain costs, the studio is considering making third book Eclipse back to back.
The word from inside Summit is that Hardwicke, the acclaimed Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown and The Nativity Story director, "was 'difficult' and 'irrational' during the making of Twilight," one insider explains to me. "That doesn't mean anything when you're talking about a filmmaker because they all are, but still..." (Joe Roth and Sony kept saying that about Julie Taymor on Across The Universe. Yet she made a cult classic and is now directing Marvel/Sony's Spider-Man for Broadway.) But an outside source also informs me, "Summit didn't like her. They're saying the DP [director of photography] Elliot Davis is the one responsible for the film's sumptuous visual look, that the editor Nancy Richardson had to save the film in post-production, and Summit thought Hardwicke's [CAA] agent Beth Swofford was alternately ineffectual and hysterical. It certainly demonstrates, while CAA agents boast of their vast influence, how little clout and muscle they actually have, or are willing to use, to protect their artists."
I'm told that the studio has even had quiet talks with other CAA directors for the last week. "And Swofford never told Hardwicke about that and that she was about to get kicked to the gutter," an insider tells me. "To add insult to injury, Hardwicke can now look forward to being grilled by the press for days on end, in front of the cast, about why she's getting shit-canned." Adds another source: "Catherine is the consummate professional so she's continuing the press tour."

Here's Summit's news release tonight:
Los Angeles, CA, December 7, 2008 – Summit Entertainment and director Catherine Hardwicke jointly announced today that the filmmaker will not be directing the next installment in the newly minted TWILIGHT film franchise. Summit’s targeted end of 2009 or early 2010 release of the film, NEW MOON, does not work with Ms. Hardwicke’s required prep time to bring her vision of the film to the big screen. Thus as has been done before with many successful film franchises, the studio will employ a new director for NEW MOON.

"I am sorry that due to timing I will not have the opportunity to direct NEW MOON,” said Hardwicke. “Directing TWILIGHT has been one of the great experiences of my life, and I am grateful to the fans for their passionate support of the film. I wish everyone at Summit the best with the sequel-- it is a great story."


“Catherine did an incredible job in helping us to launch the TWILIGHT franchise and we thank her for all of her efforts and we very much hope to work with her on future Summit projects,” said Erik Feig, Summit’s President of Production. “We as a studio have a mandate to bring the next installment in the franchise to the big screen in a timely fashion so that fans can get more of Edward, Bella and all of the characters that Stephenie Meyer has created. We are able to pursue an aggressive time frame as we have the luxury of onl
y adapting the novels into screenplays as opposed to having to create a storyline from scratch.”

when i first heard of the news i didn't actually know how to react about it. back when i first fell in love with Twilight (the book) and found out it was going to be a movie, I promptly visited IMDB to check out the film credits. when i found out Catherine Hardwicke was directing it, i actually didn't know what to say... although i've seen "Thirteen" years ago, i found it hard to relate how what she had accomplished in that film have anything to do with why it makes sense that she was picked to direct a film such as "Twilight". nevertheless, i saw the movie with an open mind. sat on my seat, and as i've mentioned previously... allowed the movie to take me someplace else. in other words, i enjoyed the movie. regardless of all the things it lacked. with a meager budget of $37million, i'd say Hardwicke did marvelously and did not deserve what had come to her.

everyone say things like this happen in Hollywood and that may be true, but perhaps much of the sadness i feel about this is the fact that while the entire team, Hardwicke including, was still promoting the film all over the world... Nikki Finke decides to invade the media with her news.

here are excerpts from some TCP forum entries regarding this:

Personally, I don't mind transitioning to a new director if we were to consider how Summit Entertainment wants to shoot the sequels in the same fashion as what New Line did for the LOTR franchise. That's a reasonable business call given that most of the actors in the film are not supposed to age/mature. However, I was imagining the transition to happen around Eclipse pre-production period while, perhaps if Catherine was still the director, post-production for New Moon is being done. But not at this juncture especially while Catherine, Kristen, Rob and other cast members are in the middle of international promotions for Twilight.

My anger about this whole matter is how Summit Entertainment responded in a very gung-ho fashion within hours after the bitch blog of Nikki Finke was published. In my opinion, Summit's move was STUPID, UNCALLED FOR and DOWNRIGHT RUDE.
-ROMAIEL


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I admire Catherine Hardwicke for the work she did in twilight. I am no art major or do I have any background with anything that has to do with filmmaking. I maybe blind to the technical blunders they did, i may not know a lot of how they messed things up production wise. But i do know that the movie has heart.

All the effort, time, love and extra mile that Catherine Hardwicke did to perfect the movie the best way she can is all over it. That for me is more than any perfected CGI filled film .

-TWILIGHT ANGEL


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Rome and I already chatted extensively about this, and she pretty much summed up most of what I have to say. I'll just post my reactions here to the comments of fans and movie websites that I've read yesterday.

People are saying that Summit doesn't owe Catherine anything, and that any director could have made Twilight and it'll still be the box-office hit that it is.

I disagree. People seem to forget that it was Catherine who fought Summit to make sure they will hire a new screenwriter that will make a script that is more faithful to the book. If she didn't insist on that, we'll get the version of Twilight where Bella is a track athlete who goes on a Charlie's Angels type of adventure. Is that something that Twilighters would go out to see? NO WAY!!!! Rumours about Catherine being difficult notwithstanding, Summit still got their blockbuster movie, and they can't deny that Catherine is the glue that held it together. So if you really think about it, Summit owes Catherine... $152 million worth of thank yous, and still counting.
-CLAIR DE LUNE

speculation regarding the sudden decision surround conflicts with budget and duration demands. summit wants the film released by the end of next year or at the eve of 2010, which perhaps clashed with what Hardwicke had envisioned. moreso, she probably asked a bigger budget but recently i heard that Summit allotted a mere $50million (including $12M each to Pattinson and Stewart) so that probably sealed the deal and led Hardwicke to sign off.

from the day it was announced, i have thought about whether or not it was for the good of the movie. will the introduction of the new director contribute to the success of 'New Moon' or otherwise? i fear the latter because i believe in the beauty of the story that Stephenie Mayer wrote... and it deserves to be shown on-screen with brilliance.

yesterday, on another Nikki Flinke exclusive... Chris Weitz, the writer and director of "The Golden Compass", "American Pie" and "About A Boy" was officially declared as the director to replace Hardwicke.

He's accepted Summit Entertainment's offer to direct the movie adaptation of the second book in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series of vampire novels, New Moon. (I first broke the news that Weitz had received the offer here, and the news that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke was off the sequel here.) The offer went out to director Chris Weitz in part because he's a longtime pal of Summit's president of production. Now comes a letter that the director will be sending to Twilight fans (below) with his selection endorsed by Stephenie Meyer (below that). Fan approval is very important to Weitz, who initially resigned from directing The Golden Compass, also based on a popular book, because he feared getting dissed by devotees. Despite that, Summit has put its first valuable franchise in his hands. Weitz has successfully worked with tweens and teens in About A Boy as director and writer, and in American Pie as producer and uncredited director. I'm told Summit wanted Weitz because the studio liked the look of The Golden Compass (he was writer and director) even if it didn't heat up the domestic box office.

Here's the Weitz letter to fans:
chrisweitzletter.jpg

Twilight book series author Stephenie Meyer endorsed Weitz today and published his letter on her website: December 13, 2008

Hey guys,
There's been a lot of worry and speculation on the boards lately, and I want to let you know what's going on.
First of all, like you, I'm sad that Catherine is not continuing on with us for New Moon. I'm going to miss her, not just as a brilliant director, but also as a friend. She has such a distinct, authentic voice that did amazing things for Twilight. I'm looking forward to every movie she does in the future.
And she didn't leave us empty handed. We still get the benefits of her amazing casting and the beautiful visual world she created. This foundation puts us in a good place for New Moon.
Summit Films is moving forward with a new director for New Moon. They've asked Chris Weitz, director of American Pie, About a Boy, and The Golden Compass, to join us, and I am very pleased to announce that he's agreed to be a part of our Twilight world. I've had the chance to talk to Chris, and I can tell you that he is excited by the story and eager to keep the movie as close to the book as possible. He is also very aware of you, the fans, and wants to keep you all extremely happy. (Torches and pitchforks are not going to be necessary.)
I'm excited to work with Chris and I think he brings a lot to the table, not the least of which for me is that he wrote the screenplay for and directed one of my favorite movies of all time, About a Boy. I'm really looking forward to seeing his vision for New Moon.
Below is a letter from Chris to you. I think you'll get a glimpse in this note of how cool it's going to be having Chris as part of our community.

and as if it wasn't enough... two days prior to this article, they have announced that Taylor Lautner will be replaced as Jacob Black in the next movie. Rumor has been going around actually, that Michael Copon, who played Felix in "One Tree Hill", a half-Filipino, will be replacing our Taylor.

Click this link for the story below:

In addition, the role of Jacob is now up for grabs as Taylor Lautner will not be reprising it in the sequel. Summit Entertainment deemed him too young-looking and slight of frame to play the maturing werewolf.

So now, the hunt for a Native American young man who fits the description of Jacob Black AND who demonstrates incredible chemistry with Kristen Bell is on.

Taylor or Michael???


which leaves me with a few points to say:

1. i slept the half the time "The Golden Compass" was playing... it was the most uninteresting film I have ever seen. (or was i just knackered that day? -- i shall give it another chance this week and get back to you on this.)

2. although i loved "American Pie", I don't know how to convince myself that the creator of such a film can make wonders for the story as beautiful as "New Moon".

3. i will trust their judgment, cus hey... it really isn't my place to complain about anything, but if their decision sabotages the story, i will not forgive SUMMIT for it.

4. notice that Socialite called our "Bella" Kristen Bell??? Hello? Her name is Kristen Stewart, if unsure... please refer to IMDB and don't make stupid mistakes like that!

5. i know i have constantly complained about Taylor Lautner's height and how unfit as Jacob he truly is, since Jacob in the book is supposed to be pretty huge, even towering at 6'2" by the end of Twilight. but, you see, i have serious issues with replacing characters in the middle of a series. Taylor has been preparing for "New Moon"... it's unfair for him to be sacked just like that... I heart Taylor already!!!

6. i have nothing against Michael Copon... after i thought about it, i even realized that he will be a better Jacob than Taylor. Physically, even in talent (basing this on his role in One Tree Hill), his chemistry with Kristen still has to be determined, but he should've been casted as Jacob from the beginning... replacements suck big time!

7. what the hell is SUMMIT doing? from totally forgettable now that they matter, they suddenly decide to grow an attitude??? how about being grateful first to those that put you in your place? i am deeply annoyed!!!

finally, since i've totally exhausted myself with this long recap of the goings on in the Twilight World and have expressed my emotions with all honesty... I'd have to end this long entry... NOW!


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Thursday, December 11, 2008

WHERE THE HELL IS MATT?

when i was younger... dancing was one of my passions.
in high school i merely studied to maintain my grade to be able to remain in the cheer leading squad (oh my shallow existence). all of that changed when i got to college and realized i had no time for that anymore and so instead of obsessing with cheer dancing, i preoccupied myself with teeth. but when my sister showed me this video from youtube (where else?) i felt really jealous cus not only is he dancing nonstop, Matt has been dancing all over the world...



i bet you wish you were dancing with him too or at least dancing with the kids at tagaytay. (fast forward to 1:50 to see matt dance in the philippines).


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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

MY WORST DAY AS A DENTIST

you probably get more than one bad day as a dentist...
but out of all those bad days, today i had my worst

our first appointment was scheduled at 12noon, followed by 2:30pm, the last one at 5:00, but i had to call all of them to cancel their appointments because i made the worst judgment i could ever make, as dentist.

when bon came in to the clinic he was complaining about his wisdom tooth.
you see, i am not a surgeon. i may have the background of odontectomy (impacted tooth removal) but i am not fully-equipped. that's why i have a surgeon whom i contact for my surgery cases. but of course, every dentist wishes he could, or at least i do. so when bon asked me to take an xray of his aching tooth, i did. and after i studied the position of the tooth, i knew and believed that i could do it... but i guess i was wrong.

i did not expect bon to be almost immune to anesthesia. i knew i was doing the right thing. i was on the right track. i have reduced the bone around the tooth, ready for extraction. but as i stuck my drilling bur to cut the tooth in half, bon raised his hand and told me he could feel it. i put more anesthesia, but realized we'd ran out so i couldn't put anymore. i managed to take the entire crown out and could see the root clearly. i knew what to do... cut it in half and then nick it out. but there was no more anesthesia and as panic was coming over both of us, the frustration has come to invade my body in the form of shaking... i was shaking... my hand was shaking... i was totally in panic.

bon knew it too, and although he understood (being a dentist too) he knew this had to be finished or else he would suffer when his full sensation comes back. at this point i decided to call annalyn. luckily she had no patient today and so she fled from her clinic in ortigas to ours in timog, a whole banig of lidocaine in hand. bon and i was able to rest as we waited for annalyn... i felt totally helpless when she arrived... but grateful that she was there.

we used 5 more carpules of anesthesia until bon said he was numb (gosh, what kind of nerves does this man have???) then annalyn cut the root in half... mesial root out, followed shortly by the distal... that simple. but i wasn't able to do that and i feel totally defeated.

i never should have agreed to do that...
i shouldn't have done surgery with only 5 carpules of anesthesia on hand...
more so, i shouldn't have performed surgery without an assistant...
oh well... it happens i guess...
but i promise you... that will not happen again!


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Monday, December 8, 2008

TIFANNY AND JIM LEFT THE MANSION

just call me shallow but i wont deny it... i cried at last night's episode of Beauty and the Geek.

for those who don't know... beauty and the geek, dubbed as "the ultimate social experiment" is one of the numerous reality shows that the american's seem to not run out of. this show combines a bunch of geeky guys (awkward, worst dressed, under-groomed men with i.q. levels to the roof) and a collection of beauties (breathtakingly beautifuly young ladies who have never read nor touched a book for leisure in their entire lives) in one house for a number of weeks, to try to break the stereotype and allow them to teach each other about themselves...

my sister and i found ourselves drawn to this particular season of Beauty and the Geek for some reason we couldn't explain. every sunday, when my reminder goes off, we both head to the room to watch the show. i have followed Beauty and the Geek from the very first time it aired in ETC but i have never, not even for nate and jennylee, teared for the show until last night.

i don't even like JIM and TIFFANY that much but when they came face-to-face with LETICIA and MATT, i knew i wanted Tiffany to get that final point. it was 2-2 and the final point was up to the girls. Jim stood nervously beside Tifanny, and i could see from the way he looked that his heart was breaking every second. when the final question was asked, my sister and i waited for Tifanny's buzzer to come but Leticia was too quick. having expected to be sent to the elimination room, she and matt had prepared hard for this round and so they were ensured one more week in the house... Jim and Tifanny, were asked to leave.

no more Tifanny and Jim next week... and although he got his kiss from Tifanny before the show faded to a close, i knew that he didn't deserve to be sent home.

bye-bye tifanny and jim, sadly you didn't stay long enough for geek make-over next week


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Friday, December 5, 2008

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS



a lot of people seem to be losing their phones.
this week i got messages on facebook from 4 different people announcing their tragedy and giving out their new numbers -- i feel their pain! in my entire cellphone life i have lost my phone 4 times. losing a phone is pretty tragic (losing your contacts, saved messages and photos) and not to mention awfully hassling since you have to inform everyone and obviously -- expensive!

the holidays are getting closer... it's starting to get to people!
the number of theft usually hikes up during christmas and new year's.
perhaps we can blame tradition for this, with christmas carols singing about all the food we can expect and tv adverts don't help as well, with the back-to-back appearances of christmas feasts on the screen...

these tempting images don't help... hence the sudden disappearance of phones or whatever gadgets you have dangling that's worth something in the black market. as long as there's food to eat, they say...

this is the spirit of christmas


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Thursday, December 4, 2008

MY PET PEEVES

most of the time i am patient and understanding...
however, there are certain things that annoy me and when i encounter it, i lose control of myself...


  • i like doing stuff for people. i enjoy making people happy with my service but i expect you to THANK me for it. my sisters know that. when i do something for you... i don't mind hassling myself for it, i wont ask you anything in return... but when i do something i expect you to THANK ME.
  • i hate being corrected, more so i hate being told what to do. should u wish to express ur thoughts on something i am doing at the moment, i expect you to think of a way to properly deliver that message first. i'm the type of person who hates embarrassing people and i am like that cus i hate being embarrassed as well... if i did something wrong or am doing something wrong at the moment -- break it to me gently -- or i'll be defensive about it. remeber -- i hate being corrected.
  • i hate cruel jokes. i believe that there is a right time and place for jokes like that (mostly as added pulutan for beer-chugging or when dinning with friends). cruel jokes can only be uttered when the receiver is expecting it... i.e. everyone is having fun anyway. otherwise, a cruel joke is not funny, but just PLAIN CRUEL!

to understand what i'm getting at, let me explain... i go by one rule in life: "do unto others what you want others to do unto you" and somehow, i expect everyone to know that. sadly, i dont think people pay attention. people think that they simply deserve more than you do. some people will demand more than what they give --- and that annoys me cus we were meant to exist as equals, therefore no one can expect to be treated with respect if he can't stoop down to treat someone nicely for a change...

in short, i believe that everyone is capable of goodness and i find no excuse for the lack of it.


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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

YAYA DIARIES

ever since our ATE LANI left us... it had been a struggle finding a yaya to replace her. since she left, we had one yaya after another, JUDITH being the worst of the lot.

Ate Lani had been our yaya for years since we got back from London... Unfortunately, although we didn't wanna see her go, with teary eyes we said goodbye to the best yaya in the world so that she could go back home and take care of her family.

Judith was sent to our house from Aklan. My uncle sent her to teach my dad Aklanon because he wants my dad to learn the dialect to be able to qualify for Local elections when he retires. That was proabably 3 years ago... but my dad's Aklanon vocabulary still contain the same number of words the day Judith came to the house. In other words, my dad did not benefit from this... in fact, we suffered greatly at Judith's arrival in the house. You see, when mom found out that Judith had collegiate dreams, she asked my dad to help her finish to be able to complete the units to qualify her for enlistment in the military. So during my final years in Dentistry school, my dad was sending: me to CEU, pot to ATENEO, pia to TFCA, abi to ST. PAUL, PASIG and Judith to ACLC. With that of course you'd imagine Judith to be entirely grateful, right? But that wasn't the case. Towards the end of her stay with us it was apparent that although she felt gratitude towards our dad who paid for her tuition, allowance, school supplies (everthing a student could possibly need)... that was limited only to our dad. I guess she thought we were of equal footing now (excuse my discrimination --- i'm just so mad still) so she feels she can shout at me, refuse to iron my clothes, smirk at me when i talk to her and worst -- do all that and much more, to my mom...

to cut things short... a few months ago, she finally got enlisted and so we were free of her. And after her departure we were blessed by the service of Manang Sally, or so we thought... Because although she had displayed an exemplary beginning, Manang is proving to be another big mistake as these past two weeks, she has willfully extended her weekly sat-sun off to sun-mon last week and sun-tues this week... bringing me, of course, to writing this long lamentation about our desperation.

where are the Ate Lanis of the world??? We need our Ate Lani now...


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