Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I guess I'm a G(L)EEK now.

Okay, I gotta admit, when Glee's first season came out last year I never really paid it any attention. Not even saw a single episode. The only passing interest I had of the show was towards their promo ad posters that were all over the city.

Jump to not too long ago this year, it was announced that Filipino singer Charice was going to be a guest of the show. I said to myself, "Oh alright, I'll watch the show and see what all the fuss is about. Plus Charice is gonna be in it."


I watched my very first Glee episode last week during the show's season 2 premiere episode. After that I was hooked. I bought the first season on Blu Ray a few days later.

Great production numbers. Quirky characters. Awesome writing.

Plus Lea Michele is quite the lady. Rawr.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Lauren & Johnny music video - Wicked Games

What do you get when you take a sexy redhead, a funny Asian, and a really hot song? You get this...



video

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

CLASSIC KID TV SHOW: Ghost Writer


Another of my favourite childhood geeky memories growing up was watching a TV show called "Ghost Writer." Originally airing on PBS from 1992 to 1995 (it was broadcast on one of the major networks in the Philippines), the show was about a racially diverse group of kids solving mysteries and all sorts of goings-on in their neighborhood.

Sounds like a simple premise right?

Here's the kicker -- they're being helped by a colorful "ghost" (aka low-budget special effect) that communicates with them through words and letters! Now that's geeky awesome.

I think I was in third or fourth grade when I first stumbled upon this show. I remember watching some afternoon television with my grandfather. I think we were watching MacGyver (another awesome show) and this was what came after. After watching my very first episode I was immediately hooked. Lucky for me, the show was on around late afternoon EVERYDAY, right after school.

I always tell my friends that I pretty much grew up in front of the television. This was one of the shows responsible for it. Truly a classic in my book.

Here's opening clip from the show...


FUN, YET EMBARASSING FACT: I got so into the show that, at one moment in my very young life, I actually believed the "ghost" was real and tried to write messages to him/her/it using our old computer. You can just imagine my disappointment when the ghost never replied to any of my messages.

Then again, it would have scared the crap out of me if something did answer back. LOL. =)

Monday, September 13, 2010

25 Years of Mushrooms, Goombas, and Starmen


The iconic Super Mario Brothers is 25 years old today. Let me join the rest of the world and share my thoughts....

I have to admit, I was never a hardcore Mario fan, even when everyone else was playing the original Super Mario Brothers on the Super Famicom. The one thing I WAS a fan of was that damn catchy soundtrack. =)

I remember as a kid running around the house like an idiot "humming" that particular tune whenever you would get a Starman in the game.

You know which one I'm talking about...




Now if you'll excuse me, Imma play this song right now real loud and start running around my tiny one-room apartment...
Ok...I'm back.

Oh, did you know the game also teaches an important life philosophy...


See, videogames ARE educational. =P

The Very First Geeky Movie I Ever Saw


Here's another look back at my geeky childhood growing up in the 80's, this time sharing with you what may be, as the title suggests, the very first geeky slash nerdy movie I've ever seen.

Here's the trailer...


"The Wizard of Speed and Time" was filmed in 1983 and was released in 1989 (I was 6 first time I saw it and watched it on Betamax...yes BETAMAX!). The movie is about Matt, a small-time special effects guy trying to fulfill his dream of making a full-length movie.

You can read more about the film here.

I remember my dad borrowing this for me from one of the local video shops his friend ran. I think it was my favourite movie at the time. Then again when you're 6 every movie you saw was your favourite movie. The film had its own song that the main character sang somehere in the middle of the film and I still remember the words to this day. Makes me realize how much this film affected me.


Looking back now, yes the movie was cheesy, yes the special effects they used are now considered prehistoric and lame, and yes the acting sucked. But I can't deny the fact that this movie may have started it all for me. That is, at least regarding my geek life.

To my surprise and delight, you can actually watch the entire movie on YouTube. Click here for some 80's geeky nostalgia!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

CLASSIC VIDEO GAME: Battle City

This classic 80's videogame for the Super Famicom was a staple in our house back when my brothers and I were still kids. We would play it constantly when we didn't have school, maybe even skipped some classes just so we could play it.
The game is quite simple: You control a tank and blast other tanks while protecting your "base" from being destroyed, collecting power-ups along the way.
I remember my dad, my brothers, and I would fight over who would play first. Lots of good memories with this game.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Asian Peace Signs Are So Asian!



A friend of mine from work told me a story about how her friends made fun of her for having too many Facebook photos where she poses doing a peace sign. She was told that she was being "so Asian" for making peace signs.




Later that night, I browsed through my Facebook albums and found these photos, all taken at different times. I was also making too many peace sign poses without really realizing that I was doing it so often.

All of a sudden, that "peace signs are so Asian" remark my friend's friend made doesn't sound so ridiculous to me.


This has now got me thinking:

Do we Asians really do the peace sign that much, in photos and in public? Do we really do it so much that it has now become the new Asian stereotype? Why the heck do we even do it in the first place?


So, what's YOUR take on the "Asian peace sign?"

(^_^) v

Friday, September 3, 2010

Snooky Tynes Band -- Get On Up

I went out Wednesday night to see my friend Snooky Tynes and his family band perform at a local pub downtown. I took several videos of their set and will upload them all at my YouTube channel soon.



Here's just one of many awesome performances that night. Enjoy.