Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

It means "NO WORRIES"


I did a BlogTV show last night and I suddenly had a Disney Moment.

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Admit it, you know the words. Go ahead. Sing along.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Nigella Lawson Is So Yummy

I always go crazy whenever I watch British TV chef Nigella Lawson's cooking shows. Seriously, I could watch that woman all day. I've always wondered what I love about her - maybe it's her very very sexy accent whenever she makes something yummy.

(Yeah, that's right, it's the accent. What else could it be?)


Just look at those yummy Choco Pots. = )

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

So you want to be famous?


I just read an article at CNN. com about the psychology behind our thirst for fame. I suggest you read it first before continuing. Go ahead. Click it. I'll wait. Come back when you're done.

Done? Okay, let's move on.

I agree with some of the statements made by the experts in the article - that we seek to be a part of a group; in this case, the group of "famous people". We want the attention and the recognition from people, whether we know them or not. It is this kind of mentality that affects a lot of us who are frequent users of the internet. I admit I'm one of those people.

Websites like YouTube, Facebook, and MySpace encourage us to stand out and not be ordinary. It gives us plenty of ways to share what we are doing, eating, reading, cleaning, cooking, and all other kinds of things that happen in our lives. It is so easy now to become instantly famous many of us are willing to do anything to get a little bit of fame.

Even the sudden increase of reality shows is a clear example of society's addiction with instant fame. Every channel I flip to I see at least one reality show. Ordinary people want to be famous. They all want the attention. To be quite honest, it seems a little sad, really.

For some of us, the idea of fame has changed the way we behave. The "Internet Generation" has become nothing more than a mad mob fighting over our attention. People want the "15 minutes" in order to feel good about themselves, in order to be accepted. It is also this constant quest for instant fame that stops us from becoming happy about ourselves. We choose to stand out, to never be ordinary.

Because being ordinary means you're not anything special.

Do you want to be famous? Why? Why not?

Johnny's 10 - issue 1


In "Johnny's 10" , I'll be talking about (in brief) ten things that are affecting my life right now. I'll be posting more "Johnny's 10" in the future. For now, these are the ten things...

  1. Intersession week --- Pretty much another name for "one week off" for college students. i have a couple of papers to do for next week but I don't think it should a problem. I'll do them over the weekend.
  2. OMGPOP.com --- I just got introduced to this free online gaming website. The Flash games there are pretty much rip-offs of well-known titles like Scrabble, Busta Move, Mario Kart, and others. It's highly addicting. My username is "johnnythemind" if you wanna challenge me. Click here to go to the site.
  3. UFC/MMA --- I never really thought I would ever get into it, but I am. I'm hooked on "The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights". Nothing like good 'ole fashion face bustings.
  4. Blogging --- Having more free time really motivated me to start doing blogs again. It's a good de-stesser. I'm sure it is for a lot of people too.
  5. Rain in the Philippines --- We should never forget about what happened. Our old house where my grandparents live was flooded. They're all ok, but the house is pretty much a disaster area. I grew up in that house. I feel sad just thinking about. It's hard when you're far away.
  6. Winter --- Dreading it. never a fan of the cold weather. A few more weeks and i'll be starting my hibernation again. I hate being cold, I hate snow, and I hate winter. can I just sleep until springtime?
  7. Dancing with the Stars --- My guilty pleasure right now. I'm still rooting for Mark from Iron Chef. Go Chairman! Allez Cuisine!!!
  8. Food Network --- Cooking channel here in Canada. I'm getting lots of great ideas. I particularly like the shows "Chef at Home", "Nigella feasts", and "Iron Chef: America". I wish they would show the original Iron Chef from Japan again.
  9. "Showtime: With Johnny Bautista" --- My small local talk show has hit a major bump. I was told by the studio that, in order for me to do more episodes, I need to find my own sponsors, camera crew, director, staff, editor, and own money to fund the show. They don't have the budget to support it anymore. I'm very disappointed about how everything has turned out. It's virtually impossible for me to come up with all these. I don't know what to do.
  10. Tea --- I'm a tea lover now. Thanks Anne for the teabags you sent. I'm slowly working on it. I'll finish them all soon.

Morning Vlog - Ellen and the Bug

Got the day off today and slept in. Yes, I sleep with my digicam next to me.

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Have a great day.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hat Trick

It's not just for your head.

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Mon-Mon is a sexy beast!


Meanwhile, in Johnny's blog...




JOHNNY: Look Mon-Mon, we have readers! Someone is actually at the blog reading this! This is so exciting

MON-MON: Wow, this is a shocker. It's been quiet here the last few days. It's nice to finally have some people around here. How you doin' over there? What brings you here? Why don't you just sit back, relax, and enjoy the wonderful, exciting world of Asian Awesome!!!


JOHNNY: Uh, don't you think you're overdoing it just a little? I mean, you don't want to scare away my potential regular readers.

MON-MON: Bah! Listen bud, I'm sure this nice person right here reading the blog doesn't mind. I mean, we gotta have an edge over the other blogs now, right? We gotta be different. We have to stand out. We have to offer them something the other blogs don't have - namely ME.

MON-MON: Think about it: a 26-year old blogger having a charming, dashing, (and very single) stuffed animal as a sidekick is pretty unique. I bet the other blogs don't have anything close to this.
JOHNNY: Well, you do have a point. You are pretty unique.
MON-MON: Oh, I know.

JOHNNY: So, if you're still reading this I would like to welcome you to Asian Awesome. You'll find all sorts of topics while you're here: links, videos, photos, and even some stuff about me. I just started Asian Awesome earlier this month so the list of entries isn't large yet, but I'll make it a point to update the blog as often as I can so that you'll always have something new to read.
MON-MON: Plus I'll pose like this and be all adorable. That's more than enough reason for you to come back.

JOHNNY: I hope to see you again here real soon. Leave a comment on any of the entries and BE SURE TO CLICK THE FOLLOW LINK ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BLOG so that you'll know when I post a new entry. See you on the next post!
MON-MON: Don't worry - I'll hold this pose until you come back.^_^
Note: "Mon-Mon" was a gift from an ex-girlfriend. It's so cute and adorable I just didn't have the heart to throw it out. I now use Mon-Mon as part of my blogging.

Related link: Caramel Mon-Mon

Monday, October 26, 2009

Robots are among us, I tell ya~!

I just realized that my air purifier on top of my mini fridge looks like a robot. The purifier was acting up and the way I fixed it was to stand it up on its back side.

Now I sleep on my side every night and, when I woke up this morning , this was what I saw. Cool yet freaky.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

PROUDLY PINOY - SBC Packers

Staying true to my culture, I just added a new category to the blog - Proudly Pinoy. Entries that have a unique Filipino theme to it will fall under here. "Pinoy" is an informal name for Filipinos.

Here is a video clip of popular Filipino stand-up comedian Rex Navarette sharing a story about "packing".



Sophia Loren

We need more women like her . Seriously.




Scene from "The Millionairess" (1960) with Peter Sellers

Friday, October 23, 2009

Do you REALLY want fries with that?

Holy freakin' cholesterol, Batman!

To help promote Microsoft's latest OS in Japan, the company and Burger King have worked together and came up with this ridiculously dangerous-looking burger -- the Windows 7 Whopper. Seven patties. Wow.

The burger is sold for 777 Yen (get it?). About 8 USD. Only the first 30 customers can get to enjoy this big, juicy, artery-destroying monstrosity.

Oh, for all you nutrition fanatics out there who are wondering: it has over 2000 calories.



Thursday, October 22, 2009

I love my Snuggie!

Lauren sent me this back in May for my 26th birthday. ^_^ v

Here's Ellen talking about it on her show:





Click here to get your own Snuggie today!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Shibaten

I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet SHIBATEN - an independent musician from Osaka, Japan. He has travelled to over 20 countries, performing his original songs on the street, at cafes, and at music playing venues with his signature instrument the didgeridoo - a native wind instrument from Australia. He also plays the guitar.



Shibaten was my very first guest on my local cable talk show here in Toronto. We taped an episode back in May and he shared with us his experiences travelling and performing all over the world. Below is his performance for the show:




To know more about this great artist, visit his official website.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mr. Children - KURUMI

One of the most moving music video storylines I've seen. It doesn't matter whether you understand the lyrics or not, the video's message says it all:
YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO CHASE YOUR DREAMS.

Nerds and Japanese Schoolgirl Uniforms



An informative video about the origin of the word NERD and how the Japanese schoolgirl uniform started.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Dr. Phil and Dr. Seuss - WHAT IS LOVE?

JOHNNY- Full-time Blogger. Part-time Philosopher?
Below is a fictional conversation I wrote for my Philosophy class. Using actual people or made-up characters engaged in a moral or philosophical conversation (known as "Socratic Dialogue"), we were asked to come up with our own definition and answer the question "What is LOVE?"
There are no right or wrong answers.
Here is what I came up with. The conversation may be fictional, exaggerated, and ridiculous, but I think the underlying message still holds true. I hope you enjoy it.
(Just in case you were wondering, I got an A+ for this.)

THE CHARACTERS:

Dr. Seuss: Author of literary classics such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat; tends to rhyme his sentences…a lot; adores pastries. (link to wiki bio)

Dr. Phil McGraw: American television personality, psychologist, and best-selling author; sarcastic, yet insightful; has a big bald head.

Dr. Phil has invited Dr. Seuss over for lunch at a local coffee shop. The scene opens with Dr. Seuss having a bit of a “pastry” issue.


Dr. Seuss: Which one should I have, which one indeed, the
blueberry scone or the lemon poppy seed?

Dr. Phil: Will you stop riding the cow around the barn like a little boy who lost his mommy. You can have both for all I care!

Dr. Seuss: Oh no my bald friend, I cannot do that. My tummy
will ache, and I will get fat.

Dr. Phil: You know, we can talk about your insecurities and self-image issues later. Sit down. Okay, the reason I invited you over was because I need to ask you something.
Dr. Seuss: Oh no, oh my, what ever could it be? You’re
coming out of the closet and want to marry me?

Dr. Phil: No, you oaf! I wanted to know what your views are about love. What is it to you? How do explain what love is?

Dr. Seuss: Love, my friend, I have to admit, means so many
things, I just can’t omit. It’s hard, it’s easy, it cannot be explained. Love
can be lost, but also regained.

Dr. Phil: That doesn’t make any sense at all.

Dr. Seuss: Oh patience my child, allow me to explain. It’s
really quite simple; you don’t need a big brain. Love is a handshake, love is a
kiss, love is an embrace no one should ever miss. It is the touch of someone
whom you hold dear. It surrounds us all; it is there, it is here.

Dr. Phil: It is there? It is here? You mean Love is everywhere?

Dr. Seuss: Joy to the heavens, you finally understand! Your
mind has been freed from love quicksand!

Dr. Phil: If love is everywhere, that means it’s right here in my grande non-fat chai latte. It’s also in those scone morsels swirling about in your mouth right now.
Dr. Seuss: Indeed you are right, you are right indeed. Let
me take another bite, into my mouth I feed!

Dr. Phil: How can that be? Love is the special bond between two individuals. It’s an emotion felt when two people are attracted to one another not only in the physical sense, but also internally. Love exists between families, friends, and even among strangers. Long story short - love exists in people, not objects like coffee or articially-flavoured pastries.

Dr. Seuss: What you say is true, so wonderful to hear. You
said it so well, I commend you, I cheer. But love is also found in all things
big and small - from the tiniest snowflake to the highest waterfall. These
things make us wonder, in amazement, and in awe; sometimes we don’t believe some
of the things we just saw. This is what love is, allow me to explain: love is a
memory, its essence we retain.

Dr. Phil: Um, I’m not quite sure I follow. You’re not making any sense, you know.

Dr. Seuss: Look here my friend, this scone you see. It
tastes so good, yet still healthy. As I slowly chew, a smile now appears. My
tummy is now full; can you not hear its cheers? In that brief moment, my needs
have been met, I no longer starve, I no longer fret. The love from the scone has
been given to me. Look at my face, and see that I’m happy.

Dr. Phil: This is absolutely ridiculous! I am still not convinced. Love is a feeling given by a person to another person. Love is a gift that makes us feel wonderful, it makes us feel good about ourselves, and it also makes us want to just get up and share it with the world! It’s what brings us all together.

Dr. Suess: Love can be different, to you and to me; but the
truth has been revealed, you were agreeing with me. You say love is a gift, it
makes us feel great. It makes us feel special, when it comes from our mate. The
same can be said, I say to you now, whenever we see a kitten as it softly says
“meow”. We feel a sense of wonder, a sense of joy in our heart. The memory of
the meow will never ever depart. Love is a wonder, it comes in many forms; it
embraces us all, our cold lives it slowly warms.

Dr. Phil: So what is love then?

Dr. Seuss: We need to look deeper, as we describe what love
means. Love is everyone and everything, and anything in between. You are love, I
am love, that is love, and this is love.

Dr. Phil: So we are all love? That’s what you’re telling me?

Dr. Seuss: Oh yes indeed, that’s exactly what I said. I‘m
sure you’ll remember; you do have a big head. I told you what love is, but let
me leave you with one more. I should have said this, much earlier before. Love
is one of those things one can never clearly explain; you can’t limit it to a
definition, it doesn’t even need a name. All you need to know is that love is
just there. It is in all of us. It is simply everywhere.

Dr. Phil: Geez, you should have just said that from the start!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Evolution of Original Pilipino Music

I uploaded this video on YouTube a few months ago, split into 2 parts. However, I found out that Part 2 was recently muted due to that copyright issue. I was so upset.

So what's a frustrated angry guy to do?

Re-upload it here, of course! ^_^ v

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How the video came about:

I had this idea of compiling a few of my favourite Filipino songs and lypsynching to it. After playing around with my webcam and discovering its features and effects, I then decided to not only lypsynch the songs but also dance to it.

As you may know, the idea was inspired by the legendary YouTube hit Evolution of Dance. The whole video - from recording to editing - took about half a day to do.

This is my favourite of all the videos I've done so far. It may sound silly and egotistical, but I actually still watch this from time to time.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dundas Square

It's gotten a lot colder now here in Toronto. I hate it. Never really been good with being cold. The photos below were taken back in July during the summer while I was downtown just enjoying the day.


These photos were taken at "Dundas Square" - Toronto's version of New York's Times Square. It's always packed with people during the summer. I miss those street fountains.


I've always loved living in a big city, especially during the summer - people packing the streets, the busy atmosphere, and the fast-paced lifestyle.


That's a billboard of BREAKFAST TELEVISION - Toronto's daily morning television show. People at Dundas Square would often just sit back on the chairs and just relax, eat, and just have a great time. Sometimes there would be concerts there and galleries and other free events.

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This breakdancer is a staple at Dundas Square during the summer . You toss in some money and, depending on the amount you gave, would perform dance moves from the basic quicksteps to amazing backflips and handstands.

I wish it was summer again. :(

Friday, October 16, 2009

DONUTS!

The lady next door gave me a whole bag of assorted donuts! Woohoo! I absolutely love donuts. I can't get enough of donuts. I love donuts. I really really love donuts!

I found this video on HOW DONUTS ARE MADE:

What's your favourite kind of donut?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hi ZAQ!

I got an email from my friend Krystal from Guam today:
She wrote:

Hi johnny, Sending you this vid. Zaq saw your video when I was watching it. We were on the way to his school when the song played on the radio and started dancing like you. Natuwa ako so I took a short video of him and sending to you. Enjoy!



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Great dancing Zaq! Thanks Krystal!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Snooky Tynes Family Band

Great performances by a fantastic Toronto-based family band. They specialize in funk, soul, and R&B music, particularly renditions of classic songs by James Brown and the Jackson 5.




Tuesday, October 13, 2009

DWTS - Shakira

Just watched Shakira's special live performance on "Dancing With The Stars" - my latest guilty pleasure. For those of you who are following the show, I'm rooting for Mark (from Iron Chef) and Kelly Osbourne.






Shakira is hot.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Caramel Mon-Mon

It's Thanksgiving Day here in Canada.

To celebrate, me and my sidekick Mon-Mon* will perform for you.

Tell the turkeys we said hi.

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*"Mon-Mon" was a gift from an ex-girlfriend. It's so cute and adorable I just didn't have the heart to throw it out. I now use Mon-Mon as part of my blogging.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Me and My Hats

I like to wear hats so I made a video about hats.

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Skype Video Calling with Lauren


Lauren's a regular viewer at my BlogTV channel and sometimes we have crazy video chats using Skype.

As you can see - she's very very adorable. I just love her. Hehe. ^_^ v


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We've also made YouTube colab videos, here and here.

Check out her blog

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tagalog In Western Media

I always get a kick out of hearing Tagalog spoken by non-Filipinos or when it's being shown in Western media. Here are some examples:


FAMILY GUY - Stewie speaking Tagalog

An episode of Family Guy featured a gay Filipino character. This deleted scene was included in the DVD boxset.





THE ROCK - Cursing Angry Chef

I first saw this film years back with my dad and brothers. We all screamed in delight when we heard the guy yell. A shame how the subtitle says "Speaking Japanese".




SKITTLES TV Ad

Here's something unique: a Filipino actually speaking Tagalog in a TV commercial shown in America.
MESSAGE TO ADVERTISERS: WE WANT MORE TAGALOG IN TV ADS!






American Tara Lynn Smith singing "Hawak Kamay"

Cute girl singing Tagalog is always very very cute. ^_^ v




Isiak Holiday Jr. singing "Sana Maulit Muli"
Apparently, he has become so well-known in the Philippines he was featured on the popular game show Wowowee. Cool.

Marge Simpson: Cover Girl



So, Marge Simpson will be on the cover of Playboy's November issue. I think it's a great idea. She's been a part of pop culture for long time now and I'm sure a lot of people out there have this secret fantasy of her in various states of undress. This will be the first time Playboy will feature a cartoon character in their cover.


They said it's to attract more younger readers to their magazine. Don't get me wrong, it's a bold and creative way to get publicity, but I don't think young men (and women?) need to see a cartoon character on the cover to purchase a copy of Playboy. You know what I'm talking about. :)


For those of you hoping to see full-on Marge nudeness, you'll be disappointed. According to Playboy, she'll only be shown in "simulated nude poses" kinda like what you see above. I'm both relieved and disappointed.


I wonder if they'll put her on the centerfold just to make room for all that blue hair. If so, Homer would be proud.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Quickie room tour and a bit of promotion

One more post before the end of the day...


Ready for Halloween?

So Halloween is drawing closer. I'm sure a lot of you already have an idea on your costumes. I'm not quite sure what I'll be this year, or if I'm going to attend any costume parties. I was ASIAN ZORRO last year.


With my friend Nicole.


Do you think this is how Zorro unwinds at the end of the day?
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A video I recorded for my BlogTV Channel right before I left for the party.


So...what are YOU gonna be dressed as this Halloween?

I need a Misaki Ito poster


I think I need a new poster for my wall. Not that I'm getting tired of Marylin Monroe, I just think that maybe my room needs some Asian lovelies to spruce things up.



Maybe I'll get a poster of Japanese model/actress Misaki Ito. I've had a crush on her ever since I saw the Japanese drama DENSHA OTOKO. Highly recommended series. Makes you believe that even nerds and geeks can get the pretty girl.

Very cute moment alert!

Do you have any posters on your wall?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Calle Ocho: Johnny style!

Over a hundred individual images. Hours of editing. It was worth it.

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Let's see how long it'll take before they take this down because of that copyright rule.

Enjoy it while you can.

Hang in there Manila!



Even though I've been away for so long, there really isn't a place like home. The recent flood in the Philippines has hit the country hard and a lot of Filipinos here in Canada are doing everything they can to help out.


A few days ago, I started a VIDEO CAMPAIGN on YouTube called "Tulong With Your Tabo" (roughly translated to "Help With Your Pail"). As a Filipino living outside of the Philippines, it's my small way to raise awareness to what's happening back home.


You won't see a lot of "serious" topics here on the blog, but this is one of those few exceptions.

First Entry. Awesome.

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