Cream Halloween Ball 2010

I’m so excited! And I just can’t hide it! Oh, yeah!!!

Guys, do attend. This is one party you should attend. ๐Ÿ˜€ Oh, and this is going to be just a short post, mmmkay?

 

Bigfish Manila presents Cream Halloween Ball 2010!

 

See you there! Work hard, party HARDER!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Int’l Suit Up Day (Very Delayed Post) Part II

Just a continuation of my previous post, here’re some of the other designer suits that tickled my fancy, so to speak.

 

Michael Bastian Spring-Summer 2010

 

I have a new favorite designer. Supposedly, I was going to include like about 6 looks, but I narrowed it down to four for consistency’s sake. Michael Bastian’s collection is very wearable and very classy, some with a modern twist. I can totally see Chuck Bass wearing some of the suits here. Though they aren’t as colorful as what Mr. Bass usually dons on, the little quirks I think makes these very Chuck-appropriate. The first and third looks are very nicely cut, corporate-y and very professional looking (or red-carpet ready), but with the slim look, it’s very apt for today’s trends. The second and fourth looks, I like that it looks a bit casual, perfect for a Spring day out with friends or maybe a lunch date. I also like the lining on the pockets and collar. Great collection.

 

Michael Bastian Fall-Winter 2010

 

Same year for Fall, Michael Bastian made me drool again. I also narrowed this collection to four, since I was also supposed to include two more, maybe three, but I controlled myself. Classic suits with a modern slim cut plus little pops of color? A-MA-ZING! The first suit looks very rugged and young, with striking reds catching the eyes. The pink socks and the folded sleeves on the second suit made it a bit rebellious and fun. Similarly, the orange socks and animal-skin gloves made the third look rock. Finally, the last look used neutral colors and combined it in a suit with a twist: white shirt with the tie inserted, gray trench, black pants and black leather boots with matching black leather belt, gloves and bag. I loved it.

 

Dunhill Fall-Winter 2010

 

I love black. And grays. And black and white. Charcoal and gunmetal? Sign me up! As I mentioned above, these classic suits with a modern silhouette is just amazing. The cut also makes it very young-looking. But I don’t think I can pull off the socks on the pants look. ๐Ÿ˜› So anyways, the black pops up very nicely on the first look, and I love the badge detail. The subtle patterned fabric on the second suit may be scary for some, but I’ll wear it. It’s interesting, it’s new and it can make me stand out against the other gray-suit-wearing office-drones. The charcoal gray suit, the third look, is very sophisticated and modern. The last one is in a lighter shade of gray compared to the third one, and includes a patterned shirt. Classic but playful. Me likey. I’m gonna watch Michael Bastian from here on out. ๐Ÿ˜€

Versace Fall-Winter 2010 and Spring-Summer 2011

Ah. Versace. One of the most dominant fashion houses in the world. And from two collections, I picked two each. The first two are basically biker-looks, but in a modern sense. Not exactly suits though, but I love the stitching details on the leather, the cut of the pants and the overall look. Tough and domineering. The last two are thematic with the post, as it features suits. Aside from the modern cut, what attracted me most to this collection are the shoes. Those are mighty fine looking shoes. Maybe I’ll have a pair made, or two.

So those are the final four collections that caught my eye. Honestly, I think the guy below can rock these. The leather? Not so much. But the suits? Easy.

Only Chuck can pull-off these looks. Because he's Chuck Bass.

I look forward to celebrating International Suit Up Day next year. I think I’ll prepare profusely for it, now that I know there is such a non-holiday. In two weeks though, I’ll be dressing up for an entirely different holiday. Time for Halloween, y’all! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Int’l Suit Up Day (Very Delayed Post) Part I

Apparently, there is such a thing as International Suit Up Day. Kinda long name for a made up non-holiday, isn’t it? Why not just use “World” instead of “International” and be done with one syllable? I mean, it’s kinda similar. I blame Barney.

Anyhoo, since I was aware of the said non-holiday only a day before (or more like a few hours before), I wasn’t able to prepare properly. So in an attempt at trying to celebrate this momentous occasion, I’ve decided to post the suits that I’d like to 1) have made or 2) buy. But I’ll be posting suits that were designed by famous international fashion designers, so I probably can’t afford even the necktie. Well, not yet. Maybe in the future. *Cue Travis McCoy’s Billionaire.

So without further ado, here are my candidates for the most delectable suits! ๐Ÿ˜€

Burberry Prorsum Fall-Winter 2006 Collection

Ah, yes. Burberry. I kinda like their default plaid pattern, actually. Very nice. Not visible in these suits, obviously, but I think that’s a familiar Burberry signature. Well, I like this collection, very wearable, and I can actually see myself wearing these to maybe the officeย (weather permitting, since it’s so goddamn hot in Manila). I especially like the color palette used here, with all the varied blues and blacks, with accents of brown or deep red. The first one, I liked especially with the play on patterns, and the nice dark trench. The one next to it is a bit relaxed; the striped vest is very nice, and the whole look is somewhat artsy, which I love. The dark blue suit with dark reddish brown accessories on the third is highlighted by the striking blue shirt, which makes it very eye-catching. And the last piece makes a play on both pattern and color (grayish blue suit with tan gloves), making it look young but professional, in my opinion.

D&G Fall-Winter 2008

Speaking of plaid, how about these? D&G mixed it up a bit back in 2008, with a play on bold plaid patterns and non-traditional textures for their collection. It certainly got my attention. I love the first one, and I don’t know if this was really planned or just happened by accident, but the model kinda has the same color tone as his plaid pants and tie! ๐Ÿ˜€ The second look is a bit Christmas-y in the color combo department, but it still looks nice. The third one’s plaid is strong and a bit more dramatic than the rest, and I love the addition of the textured collar and cuff. The last suit is a bit on the gray side on top, but balances out with the nice graphic nature of the red-and-gray plaid combo on the pants.

D&G Fall-Winter 2009

A year after, D&G followed up with some really Gothic-looking clothes, reminiscent of the Victorian era (I think) or vampire costume design ideas. But I think these are still very wearable, on special occasions, most likely. The leftmost look, I really, really just love. The red collar and cuff combined with the dark blue fabric of the shirt is just soooooo beautiful; then the intricate detailing on the vest and the red-velvety shoes? Epic! The next three designs are actually quite similar, but the jackets are just really breathtaking: the patterns, the textures, a bit scary for most folks, but I like that they help the suits to stand out, especially since the elaborately-patterned jackets are combined with the standard shirt-tie-pants-shoes combo. Jazzing up your traditional suit = WIN!

Gucci Fall-Winter 2009

Ah. Gucci. If you think you don’t want to wear suits because they lack an edge, well this collection might just be the one to make you say “Hey, I can rock that look.” And rocking it is certainly what Gucci showed us. Biker-jacket inspired blazer with spunky red shirt underneath? Very edgy. Shiny leather jackets on your everyday suit ensemble? You can work it! Or if that’s too much rock, how about a leather vest over your standard shirt and tie? Then just wear a jacket over it, like the last look, making it not too showy, but not too clichรฉ. And that’s what makes it stand out.

I’ll end this post here, as it is too long already. But before that, I just wanna share a fave celebrity look that I really, really just love:

RDJ, you rock. \m/

Well, hello there, Mr. Iron Man. The very talented Mr. Robert Downey Jr., ladies and gents. Shown here on the red carpet, he isn’t really afraid to take some risks with his wardrobe. Some looks do fail, though, since you can’t win ’em all. But these ensembles? These are gold. Very playful and very interesting. If you’re someone who seem to think the usual tux is too stuffy and stiff, well maybe you can try out wearing sneakers like those above. It’s quirky, it’s fun, and like I said, interesting. But it doesn’t distract from the whole look. Far from it, ‘coz I think it enhances the look, making RDJ here stand out. Because in all fairness, most male attendees of award shows, well, they kinda look the same. At least with the combos above, it’s still classy but young, fresh and eye-catching in a good way. Kudos!

So if there’s going to be an event where you think you can pull off wearing a suit, then by all means, go suit up. And don’t be afraid to take some risks. Mix and match! Don’t worry too much about it and have some fun with your wardrobe. And belated Happy International Suit Up Day! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Adam Lambert’s Glam Nation Tour

 

Glam Nation Tour: Manila Leg 10.10.10

 

10-10-10

That magical number. October 10, 2010. You know what I did that day? I watched Adam Lambert’s Glam Nation Tour with my family. Good thing we’re all Glambert fans. He may not have won American Idol season 8, but he’s one of the top talents ofย the show, and one of the more successful ones after the show, too.

We got to MOA a little past 2pm, and made our way to the concert grounds by 3. Since there was already a line, mom and I bought food while my sis held a spot in the line for us, just in case.

It was a long wait. They started letting us in by 6pm, and since our tickets were on a first come, first served basis, we hurried. We got the seats from the second row, still far from the stage but at least we had a nice view. We were directly behind the control booth. Silver. 3610 smackaroos times 3. Only 2 more hours ’till the start of the show. This is it. Glambert’s gonna perform. Shivers. \m/

A local band, “Paraluman,” opened for him. They had some catchy songs, and the vocals were superb. ย They sang maybe 6 songs. And I like her humor. Parang may pinaghuhugutan kasi, hahahaha…

After the opening act, we were forced to wait for the actual show to begin. ย They played about ten or so songs, and the waiting was torture. Ugh.

Then it began. Everything in the world was all right again. ADAM!

He started the show with a bang, with one of his newer songs, “Voodoo.” It was a spectacle right from the start: the costume, the choreography, and the voice. Oh my goodness… His voice was just excellence served on a platter. He’s amazing! ADAM!!!

He followed it up immediately with “For Your Entertainment,” one of my favorites from his debut album of the same name. I was singing along by now, standing up and dancing to the beats. Mom was shaking her thing as well; she’s cute. Haha… He followed it up with several songs still, and ended the first set with “Sleepwalker,” which, according to him, is a song that signifies the dark side of love. Yeah… I can probably relate. ๐Ÿ˜›

He changed costume (he’s Adam, of course he’ll be wearin’ some sparkly and snazzy wardrobe) then talked to the audience. He has such a gentle, kind voice. He explained that the show will mostly be about love, with songs showing both the dark side and the bright side of love. And then proceeded to sing “Whataya Want From Me,” a bright-side-of-love song. Acoustic version. Just a guitarist with him. It was amazing and beautiful and fantastic. His vocals, again, pure excellence. Geez. Literally music to my ears.

More acoustic renditions of his songs followed. All of which were beautifully sung. I loved every minute of it. Sigh. Adam…

After the last acoustic song, which I guess was the second set, he changed costume again, now a sleeveless bodysuit. Or an elaborate vest-and-pants combo. Hmmm… You’ve got nice arms there, Adam. ๐Ÿ˜€

More dance-inducing songs followed. The audience responded by standing up and dancing to the rhythm. I didn’t want it to end. I’m so happy that he came to Manila. I’m loving the show. Just… Wow. And I was even updating my twitter as the show went on. Just sharing the love, peeps!

He ended the final set by introducing his band, and brought the house down with “If I Had You,” another favorite. By this time MD came online and sent me a message. Geez. Could this day get any better? Hahahaha… Now I was enjoying chatting on YM and watching a favorite performer at the same time. Pure bliss, I tells ya. Here a link to the set list:ย http://glamfansunite.com/index.php/set-list-sm-mall-of-asia-manila-philippines.html

After the bows, of course the audience shouted and screamed and begged for more. And of course he came back for an encore, belting out a new rendition of the ย much loved “Mad World.” Dance crazy! Hahaha… He promptly bowed after and ended the show with finality. Bitin sobra!

All-in-all, I thought it was a brilliant concert. I think that he made it a bit tame, since the Philippines is still kind of a conservative nation. It’s okay though, I enjoyed (and so did my mom and sis) everything, from beginning to end. I even forgot that he made us wait a full hour before starting! Hahahaha…

I’d see it again if I could. But right now, I’ll be listening to some of his tunes, maybe relive the concert for a bit. Thanks for coming over here, Adam. Hope you come back. And when you do, I’ll be first in line to buy some tickets. ๐Ÿ˜€

ADAM!

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Midnight Musings

Hi. My name is Ralph, and I’m a relationship-aholic. (Imaginary circle of people reply in chorus: “Hi, Ralph.”)

I'm a lover, not a fighter.

It’s been almost 3 months since my ex broke up with me (the relationship barely lasted for 2 months), and honestly, I’m good. And thankful. Seriously.

After that one, however, I’ve only been actively dating. I just haven’t met the “right” one yet. And I’m one of those believers in sparks and chemistry and soul-mates.

I know that I’m a relationship guy. I can totally do the monogamy/exclusivity/let’s-grow-old-together-thing with, and dare I say it, my forever. Not really too poetic, but I kinda think I’m romantic. Or delusional, but I choose to be positive. I have to be. I like romance. I think it suits me.

I’m not looking for somebody perfect, just someone who’ll genuinely like me, totally and completely, for who I am: human, complex, imperfect – me. I’m not just defined by my name, or what I do for a living, or the people I surround myself with, or anything else. It’s the combination of all those aspects plus a bit more that make up who I am.

On that note, I’d just like to say that I really like you, MD. Kahit di pa kita nakikita, o ni litrato mo lang. Alam ko lang, masaya na ako pagka nakausap kita. Na kahit puyat na tayo pareho, at mga limang oras na tayo nag-uusap gabi-gabi hanggang madaling-araw, okey lang, kasi nga, masarap ka kausap. That’s why I’m thankful my ex broke up with me. Coz if not for that, I wouldn’t have met you.

I dunno where this is going, but I’d like for this to continue. I just hope the feeling is mutual. I’d like to meet you, and I hope you’d like to meet me too. And get to know each other better.

I’m not expecting too much out of this. Or maybe I am. I’m a go-with-the-flow kinda guy anyways. Or I dunno… Oy. Here I go again with being confused on what to actually feel. Or think. Or do. *sigh*

But I think that’s the best that my mind can come up with right now. I’d like to meet you. Possibly in the near future, maybe.

I’m crossing my fingers.

Signing off now. Thank God it’s Friday.

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By uberpsi Posted in Rant

Movie Review: Charlie St. Cloud

Charlie St. Cloud

Movie Poster

So I caught this on September 28 for free, courtesy of my good friend Ehm. Premiere passes = awesomesauce. ๐Ÿ˜€

Basically, from the trailer, guy got into a car accident, and kid brother dies. Charlie (Zac Efron) blames himself for his brother’s death. And after the funeral, he begins to see his brother’s ghost, and from there, he fulfills his promise to train his kid brother (now deceased) on baseball. After some time, Charlie meets some girl, and begins to spend time away from his ghost brother. Yeah, sorry. That’s about as articulate as I can make it. ๐Ÿ˜›

Spoilers below. Do not read unless… Well, you want to be spoiled. I’ll try to minimize the details if I can.

One word came to mind while I was watching: CREEPY.

The general story was ok. It wasn’t really special, and will not make you scream “Oh my God this is the best movie of the year/decade/century/millenia.” It wasn’t bad, but I don’t think it’s worth PhP 180 just to catch it in theaters. Wait for it on HBO, maybe.

There was some twist to the story that made my skin crawl. Kinda. (See? Even this review is mediocre at best).

The dialogue was ok. The character development was kind of lacking. There was a general feeling that the characters weren’t really that well-rounded. You can get some quirks here and there, how they are, what they like, but they don’t really feel fleshed out. It seems like the story was driving itself, then there are characters present as plot devices, when this is basically a story about some guy who can see ghosts, so I expected it to be much more character driven. And, yeah, there are more than one ghost in the film, hence the “creepy” comment. Cue Haley Joel Osment saying “I can see dead people.”

Anyways, the story was kinda predictable as well. And you can basically see the entire story from the trailer. The movie was just the lengthened version.

Most of the movie-goers I think were female. The one beside me exclaims how hot Zac Efron is every time he appears on screen, which is like the entire length of the movie. Then again, I think the film mostly caters to his market/fans/the general populace of manyak girls and maybe gay guys. Hahaha… Not that there’s anything wrong with that. ๐Ÿ˜›

So, general rating for the movie? About 2 out of 5 stars. It could’ve been better. I like what message the film was trying to convey, but as far as execution goes, I’ve seen more worthwhile flicks, and this really ain’t one of them.

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Project Headshot: R.A.W.

Okay. Actually, I really like this advocacy. A feel good moment, even. There’s something to be admired about embracing your flaws and telling the world (or in this case, the world wide web) that “Hey, this is how I am: imperfect. But I am unique, and my looks are just part of the totality of who I really am, so fuck off!” … Well, maybe without the cursing part, but you guys get my point.

For my flaws, see below:
1.) I have really noticeable acne marks.
2.) I have oily skin. Make me angry enough and you can probably fry an egg on my face, and the egg won’t even stick! ๐Ÿ˜›
3.) My eyes aren’t symmetrical. My right eye is chinky, while my left one’s normal. The right one got that way due to a cockroach bite I got when I was still a baby according to my sister. I mean, I wouldn’t really know, now would I?
4.) My nose lacks a bit of a bridge, and the nostrils part look huge. In short: pango! ๐Ÿ˜›
5.) My eyebrows are sabog.
6.) And so’s my beard.
7.) I have a huge forehead. Or a fivehead. Like an airport runway.
8.) And I still get acne/blackheads at my age, which is really annoying.

Anyways, it’s okay. I have a nice set of teeth (could be whiter) and I’ve been told (after making out) that I have really soft lips. Hahahaha… Ergo, I’m orally, er, great? ๐Ÿ˜€

So I don’t have an artistahin face, big deal. I’ll probably do something about the acne scars, derma-wise, but as for the other flaws? I think I’ve accepted them. Plus, I can just win over new friends with wit and my awesome charisma! Hahaha… Or lack thereof. Maybe my humor, then. ๐Ÿ˜›

And being facially flawed is okay. I still kick ass on my job (I’m an art director), I still am a decent human being armed with good manners, and I think I’m a good friend. Or at least I try to. Sabi nga ng mga pangit: “Aanhin mo ang kagandahan kung masama naman ang ugali.” Or something along those lines, since I probably just made that up. ๐Ÿ˜›

The point of this post is to support The Daily Blah’s Project Headshot: R.A.W. Aimed at celebrating and accepting our flaws, and maybe, just maybe, rise above all that superficial crap we’re being bombarded with everywhere.

So, if you’re reading this (I mean, I wouldn’t know), and if you’re a blogger, then maybe you’d like to support this advocacy. Come on, ROCK and RAW with us!

How to join:

1. Take a COLORED, PORTRAIT image of yourself as natural looking as possible (no editing but you can visually enhance lighting and the sorts)

2. Sport your USUAL FACIAL EXPRESSION. No one smiles forever, right? Donโ€™t squint, donโ€™t pout, donโ€™t twitch your facial muscles much, just present yourself casually.

3. Make a blog post, post your image in it (BE PROUD!) and along with it, write something about your flaws and how you conquered it (or how you plan to)

4. Link over to http://thedailyblah.co.cc/2010/09/26/project-headshot-r-a-w/

5. Lastly, share the advocacy and inspire others!

BE PROUD! CELEBRATE BEING YOU-NIQUE! GV! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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