I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.


It is not yet cold during mornings in the Philippines. But my mother, and my sister, said that snow has already fallen in Salzburg. It is officially winter in Europe. Bring out the boots, coat, cap, and–ahem–thermal underwear. And, no taking a bath for days.


Will Kate Winslet bring home the Oscars next year?

Kate Winslet is a good actor. Period. Her two upcoming movies are reeking with Best Actress buzz from left to right. Below are the trailers of The Reader and Reservation Road.

The curious life of Benjamin Button.


I first saw the trailer of this movie two months ago. I thought it was The Time Traveller’s Wife, because it has the same premise. Until I saw Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt (Time Traveller’s Wife has Eric Bana and Rachel Adams). This is directed by David Fincher, who also directed Brad Pitt in his earlier films Se7en and The Fight Club. The movie I am talking about is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

The movie is loosely based on the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The gist of the story is that Benjamin Button has a condition where he looks old (wrinkles and all) when he was young, and looks younger when he gets old.

Critics are saying that this might be Brad Pitt’s ticket to Oscars next year. The movie is slated to open in the US on Christmas Day 2008.

Countdown to the busiest month of the year…

Photo from Globetrotter 2000

December is fast approaching! The glitzy lights of Streetscape are aglow night after night. The super red hanging Christmas trees in Power Plant Mall also is inviting onlookers and shoppers. The streets of Mega Manila are enlightened with lights. Yes, Christmas season is here and I am excited.

This is the time of the year where you forget about work deadlines, and sales quota. You have January 2009 to brainstorm for that. December will be focused more on parties after parties after parties.

Torrent sounds like Tourette’s, isn’t it?

The past three weeks was reserved for downloading latest episodes of my favorite US TV shows. I spent most of my free time hanging out in a coffee shop in Shangri-la Mall. Out of that, I was tag as a regular client, ie, frequent visitor to the establishment. But I don’t demand special favors from them. No, not even asking for a free mug or other freebies.

Anyway, because the latest seasons of good US TV shows will not come to this part of the world anytime soon, torrent sites are good alternative to view these full length episodes. I cannot afford to wait for next year to watch it on local cable channels, too.

CSI: New York (Season 5) is a personal favorite. I can’t wait to watch their latest episode with Daughtry as a special guest. I am also hooked on House (also on its fifth season). The sexual tension between House and Cuddy keeps me glued always.

When will the Philippines possibly have good shows on TV? I mean, we cannot compare ourselves to the TV shows in the US in terms of special effects and technology, but give me something worthwhile…something that do not insult my intelligence. The only local shows I watch are limited to documentaries of GMA 7 (normally late nights), and nightly news. Canned TV shows are just too dumb; it is the epitome of TV’s other moniker, “boob tube.”

I’ll stop ranting now. It’s a waste of time. I’d rather preview latest episodes of Dexter. Gruesome, bloody gruesome.