Saturday, September 12, 2009

Brainstorming Tattoos!!

There's a growing hype in the tattoo department these days and I have to admit I'm not immune to it. I've been considering getting a temp for the meantime and if I find it to be really good I'll get it turned to a permanent one. Sounds like a good bet to me. Hehe. Well so I've had a lot of ideas of where and what.

1. I've considered continuous tattoos. The types that start from the neck then goes down the spine with small symbols like stars or maybe spirals...

2. I find quotes and written tattoos really fascinating, however there's so much to choose from. Maybe a 'Hakuna Matata' or 'Carpe Diem' would look cool. But then I saw a guy who had a whole quote written across his forearm, no need to mention that I found it uber cool, but the idea that the tattoo pertained to his passion (read: dancing) made it so friggin awesome! Now I can't really have a pharmaceutical quote written across my arm. LOL. So let's forget the quotes.

3. Another cool idea is an ankle tattoo. Something like a dream catcher *I have a huge fascination with dream catchers*

Hah it's just too much of LA Ink in my head... I'll go sleep it off... but if you have better ideas do post them... would love the input...<3

A lil tidbit bout my love-hate relationship with Religion

I usually wonder, is this generation really that doubtful about God or are we just exhibiting our conformist natures yet again? Come to think of it, we are conformists in all areas of life. May it be education, marriage, sex, even as consumers, all are based on the flow rather based on what the mass is doing or using. Our beliefs and ideas are clouded by the thoughts and ideas of those that are handed down to us. And we just follow them as fools. Even spirituality is untouched in this sense. The million dollar question however is: Is it really just our "y-variable-tendency" or our curious nature that's getting religion in hot waters?

I have no idea really. But as for myself, I'm an agnostic. I cared to dissect exactly what kind of an agnostic I was months ago but I've forgotten it now so let's just place it in lay-man's terms, I neither believe nor disbelieve until proven. I asked a lot of my Indian friends and I was surprised that most of them agreed with me and didn't care to uphold the ideals of Hinduism or religion in general even if they secretly were religious. For those who did, much respect however it didn't help to persuade me. Then back in Philippines, the faith was a little stronger, as most of my friends are quite vocal bout their spirituality.

But then why is it that believing in God or being spiritual needs to be associated to religion, to any specific one that is? I won't even go on about the mess religion has gotten us into, so why do we need set rules? I guess we humans need rules to remain grounded that's it. Sigh.

Another Comeback...

In true Dino Morea fashion, this is another comeback after a comeback (his in movies, mine in writing). I don't even know if it's worth the effort. No one comments or asks me to write again, save Sam and Karan ( you know i love you both). I feel like I'm just talking to myself, which I have been doing a lot lately. I have become so comfortable in my thoughts that its so scary coz I feel like I'm losing the need to have people to talk to. Is it common? I don't like to think of myself as a loner, because I'm not. I love being around people. I love interacting with people but at certain times I clam up. Anyway enough about me, let me narrate my strings of thought hoping it will keep me sane, for the meantime. Please do comment I'd love to know what you think of it. :)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Of Frogger and Delhi Traffic...

Do you guys remember that arcade game called 'Frogger'? Well if you don't here's a little insight, "The object of the game is to direct frogs to their homes one by one. To do this, each frog must avoid cars while crossing a busy road and navigate a river full of hazards. The skillful player may obtain many bonuses along the way."(source: good ole Wikipedia)

Yep, this is the scenario in Delhi roads for a pedestrian, considering proper zebra lines for pedestrian crossing aren't implemented, and people jaywalk all the time. They even obstruct traffic that No wonder motorists just want to run them over. Well run us over coz I've joined the pedestrian crowd of Delhi lately and truth be told I've almost been run over 4-5 times...:(

On the flipside, did you know the benefits of this kind of ped-xing? I bet you didn't even think of it, so let me tell you... First, you hone your skills in estimation. You learn how to estimate how far a car should be for you to safely (even if you miss by an inch) cross a stretch of road. And also estimate the speed you need to walk or run for your life. haha. This makes you alert and active and really develops your impromptu-decision-making skills.:D Secondly, it makes you agile and flexible. Delhi traffic if not moving is almost always bumper to bumper with no space to walk in at all, and so people bend forward or backward, flex, jump over tires, suck in their tummies and squeeze into tiny place and what not just to get thru this compact mass of cars. Phew! In context of that, thirdly, it makes you sporty. Haha that's self explanatory. And of course who can forget the honing of swearing-skills of both motorists and pedestrians. lol. Finally, your survival instict will be par excellent. 'again thats self explanatory'

So I say go enjoy playing Frogger on Delhi roads and be safe. It's not always bad in fact I enjoy it a lot. Btw this idea was given by my bhabi, I can't really take all the credit for this:).. Hmmmn come to think of it, I think she deserves a post of her own with her quotable quotes that are so hilarious... hmmmmn Well watch out for that. I end this post now tell me about your crossing experiences too... I'd love to hear you stories too:)

Review: Dev D

This review is 2 months late i know but I can't really pass up the chance to broadcast how much I loved this flick. :D

Dev D was a real attention grabber. For me at least. From the marketing(posters), trailers, soundtrack, media hype, rumors and controversies, and the 5 stars it got from Times. I didn't really know what the movie was about except that it was inspired by "Devdas". And since it was still running in cinemas a month after its release, I decided to check it out.

Now I haven't ever watched any Devdas movie and so I wasn't really aware of the story except the main plot. I walked in a little disappointed, because I don't really like it when I know what's gonna happen in the movie. So i did the usual again, dodged trailers, didn't read reviews, I didn't even watch the pre-released censored scenes on youtube. lol

Let me tell you...Disappointed was I not!!!

The friend I watched it with had one thing to say, "That's hollywood stuff." Well I don't entirely agree hehe but he was right up to some extent. Here's stuff we noticed...(m giving my friend half the credit for this...phew)

1. We both agreed that the acting wasn't really commendable as much as the way the scenes were shot. In this case it's a director's film rather than an actor's film or you can say the shots made the scene and not the acting. In the characters, I liked Chanda the most though. The actor did Chanda rather gracefully and was believable. This is not Abhay Deol's best when it comes to acting but he did a coeemdable job at portraying Dev D. I didn't like Paro, the character and the portrayal. Call me bias(for I do not like unclassy people) but there was something very weirdly unfitting about that character.

2. The soundtrack was awesomely awesome. I personally loved it and I'm still hooked on a couple of songs...(See Aankh Micholi, Pardesi, Emotional Attyachar Rock version, Paayaliya, Yehi Meri zindagi hai) What I loved the most is how the songs didn't seem odd from the scene. Normally in Bollywood films, people start singing out of the blue and suddenly strangers become their back up dancers, strangely enough with perfect coordination of choreography lol, well it was nice to see the end of that era and the soundtracks finally being where they are supposed to be, in the background...

3. What I loved the most in this movie is the Cinematography. It was pretty forward for a Hindi movie and I loved how they incorporated the colors as an integral part of the whole set. If you would notice closely, every set has its own color which is saturated to stand out. eg Paharganj was of a bluish tinge, Punjab of greenish tinge and the Mountains of white. I can't really remember now the specifics as it has been 2 months since I've seen that but I am sure this stands out strikingly.Definitely award-worthy:)
P.S. Danny Boyle gave Anurag some pointers, he didn't direct the movie for him, sheesh.

4. Now remember how I said that I was disappointed that I knew the story, well I was mistaken. Knowing the story made me expect what it would be like, although it wasn't entirely off-track, the adaptation was clearly original and well thought of. The twists and turns will keep you from getting bored.:)

*I give this movie 9/10... taking one point away for the weird scenes of Paro....:D

Guess who's back!!!!

Apologies, apologies and more apologies...

I know I haven't given you (blog) much attention for a couple of months now. But see I've been busy, and if there are any readers or followers out there rejoice now for this is the resurrection of Dinkz' idle mind lmao.

I have heaps of stuff to tell since I've been traveling and up to a lot of fun activities, so for a couple of weeks this blog will serve the purpose of a travelogue.

For now I leave you(readers) with a peace offering for my long absence. No intros needed just enjoy... Cheers...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Rab ne Bana di Jodi:

I may be a little late to be giving my reviews but as the wise men say, better late than never...

So I did the usual for this film, dodged all trailers, reviews and spoilers. I even kept very low expectations for this film and I must say I was pleasantly surprised.

Story: A very beautiful story, very neatly written and fantastically portrayed. A lot of movies these days miss the whole point of the story because of the way they are made (see Tashan, Saawariya, CC2C), but this movie captured the whole essence of the story and that alone makes it a wonderful watch.

Cast: Commendable performances from the veteran stars like SRK and Vinay Pathak, but unexpectedly Anushka Sharma had acted her part fantastically. She didn't seem like the babe of the movie and she definitely stood out, which is a huge thing if you are paired with an attention-grabbing personality (naturally) such as SRK. She is my new favorite, for now.

Songs: Not a huge fan of the songs but the choreography actually made me like some songs.

What I didn't like: SRK as Raj. I dun really like SRK so maybe thats y. I didn't like the typical punjabi linggo with the overly proper english, its funny upto some point but becomes annoying. Then there is this stupid wardrobe that SRK was trying to pass off as the in thing in OSO and now it was the uncoolest attempt at cool.

Overall: I liked it. It wasn't boring(proven by the fact that i didn't get a headache anytime during the movie). For me its 8/10...

PS. There is this one line Anushka says that strikes a chord with me, it goes sumthing like this " ek ladki bus itna chahati hai koi usko itna pyaar kare jitna koi kissi se na kar pay"....<3

Chandni Chowk 2 China: Stephen Chow meets Bollywood Drama

In simple words, this movie wasn't so bad, it was watchable. People gave it scathing reviews and ended up comparing it with blockbusters from the past like sholay and seeta aur geeta and even kung fu panda. Oh come on, get a life. There have been hundreds and thousands of movies made that every movie seems like, is inspired by or is based on another movie anyway. Although this movie seemed like something Stephen Chow would do(see Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer). Actually I think he might have given justice to the movie and would have made it 10X better.

Akshay Kumar was alrite. He's already mastered being an idiot so nothing new, nothing exciting, Yawn.. moving on Mithun was a surprise, well not really but he had made a good impression on the movie. Deepika was the typical babe of the movie, women should seriously get good roles in Indian movies or just turn down these masala roles, but she did a way better job in this movie than in BAH or OSO. Ranvir delivered. People of the chinese place were a bit overplayed but i guess it was part of the script. The villain, Hojo(whatever the spelling) was okay, so-so. Officer Chang was really good though. I didn't expect any breakthrough performances from anyone anyway.

Cinematography was okay, the script was okay too, some dialogs fell short though like the "yahan mera kaccha fat raha hai, aur tumhe kuch aacha nahi lagra ha" (the writers were clearly on crack). Location was typical kung fu movie location. In short not that great but bearable.

For a country[India] that can't seem to get enough of Kung Fu(HBO in india plays kung fu movies all the time, its so nauseating), this movie got a really cold reception. I think the ff should take the blame:
1. Heavy promotion as a comedy flick, which doesn't really deliver.
2. Tried, tested and overused formula of a nobody becoming the hero at the end.
3. People are getting bored of seeing Akshay Kumar in the same role again n again.
4. People are getting bored of Akshay Kumar period.
5. The key comedy and action scenes were already shown in trailers. I had this same problem with Shrek 2, they had shown all the funny comedy scenes in the trailers that I couldn't enjoy them in the movie per se.
6. A very predictable storyline. Obviously this was a bummer. I mean its a Warner Bros project, you expect something huge, but this movie fell short.
7. Ghajini has left people more inclined to viscious-mind boggling action sequences.
8. The promos had raised the movie-goers expectations way higher than they should have.
9. The director. :D

To enjoy it fully I recommend you to try dodging all spoilers, reviews (scathing ones to be specific) and trailers. No expectations. It's not a no brainer, bring your brain with you but leave your i-have-an-opinion-about-everything-attitude at home or just wait for it to be shown on cable, that way you won't be disappointed...:D

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Miracle on Hudson

You all must have heard of the breathtaking landing on the freezing Hudson river of an Airbus A320 carrying 155 passengers.
Kudos to the captain, Mr. Chelsey B. Sullenberger III for such a brave landing. :)

Here is what is believed to have transpired:

It is speculated that the crash was caused by a flock of geese that hit both the jet engines thus the "double bird strike". The "bird problem" has already been addressed before. Almost 80000 bird related crashes have occurred from 1990-2007. To think that a crash occurs because of birds is just too sad. I mean its like not a huge reason at all, and having several people killed and injured and millions of dollars of damage done because of birds, it seems much more shocking than a crash because of of mechanical failure. I assume there have been innumerable experiments, suggestions and opinions to fix this problem, from the propane canons to the use of trained Hawks to shoo away the bugging critters. I wonder what else can be done to eradicate this problem...

Goodbye Pres Bush and Thanks for the Funnies

January 20 marks the day when US President George W. Bush ends his 8-year term. So let us commemorate his departure with the happy memories ummmmm funny memories rather that he's given us. Here are a couple of his hilarious verbal lapses...

1. "They misunderestimated me."
Bentonville, Arkansas, 6 November, 2000
> XD

2. "There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once, shame on... shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again."
Nashville, Tennessee, 17 September, 2002
> lol yeah dude you gotta brush up on your sayings or you'll make a fool of yourself, oops you already did...:P

3. "There's no question that the minute I got elected, the storm clouds on the horizon were getting nearly directly overhead."
Washington DC, 11 May, 2001
> lmfao, no comments

4. "The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorise himself."
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 29 January, 2003
> XD

5. "Free societies are hopeful societies. And free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscience, who kill at the whim of a hat."
Washington DC, 17 September, 2004
> this is why i suggested you brush up on your sayings, mixing two sayings doesnt really make it more intense....

6. "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"
Florence, South Carolina, 11 January, 2000
> :O are you?

7. "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.''
Townsend, Tennessee, 21 February, 2001
> hmmmmn did you?

8. "It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it."
Reuters, 5 May, 2000

9. "I do remain confident in Linda. She'll make a fine Labour Secretary. From what I've read in the press accounts, she's perfectly qualified."
Austin, Texas, 8 January, 2001

10. "First, let me make it very clear, poor people aren't necessarily killers. Just because you happen to be not rich doesn't mean you're willing to kill."
Washington DC, 19 May, 2003

11. "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN's aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country."
Poplar Bluff, Missouri, 6 September, 2004
> haha this is just retarded in so many levels

12. "Those who enter the country illegally violate the law."
Tucson, Arizona, 28 November, 2005
> duh isnt illegal supposed to mean violating the law...

13. "I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together."
Bartlett, Tennessee, 18 August, 2000
> XD

14. "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
Washington DC, 5 August, 2004
> haha talk about confessing...

And the funniest...

"You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror."

CBS News, Washington DC, 6 September, 2006


Is Online Dating Stupid?

Come to think about it, what do people get from online dating? I mean the type wherein the components are actually continents apart.

Just a glance at the name and you can find two major problems. It's online and it's long distance.

I bet you have love in the relationship, compassion and probably you can even relate with them. At some level they(him/her) are like a lover and a bestfriend mutated into one.

But how well do you know them? Do you know their mannerism? Do you know how they act under certain circumstances?

You only know them by what they tell you about them, or how they act when they talk to you. Sounds really retarded, doesn't it? Like some loser type of a person would do. This just goes to show how blind and perfectly stupid people become in love. And definitely goes to show how much I know about love...

Is it stupid? This is a question that everyone involved should contemplate long and hard on.

Yes, love is supposed to be unconditional, you need not meet a person daily, or in this case at all to be in love, that would just make it conditional, but how sensible is it to be in love with the way a person talks or the way they pose for their pics. How sure are you that you know the real person you're dealing with, remember there are a lot of posers online, desperate posers who are the worst kind.

My brother says there are certain types of people who get into online relationships a. those who are despos, b. those who are ugly and losers in real life, c. those whose parents are strict and don't allow dating, d. those who have a lot of time at hand & e. (my addition to the list) PLAYERS. Think about it.

Yes, love is supposed to surpass all barriers, overcome all hurdles, and all the cliched crap. Does that mean you settle for something that is basically a manually operating relationship? When you don't feel like talking just log-off, when you feel like screaming at them they suddenly realize they have some work to do so they gtg (got to go), etc. Face it how real can this dating be?!

I'm not dissing on long distance-haven't ever met-online dating, but I'm facing the facts and just realizing the importance of physical intimacy in a relationship. Online dating makes you a seasoned mind reader, by seasoned I don't mean accurate rather a very stupid habit of trying to read the mind of everyone you talk to. You read between the lines, you imagine things, you try to figure out what's really going on or you just be detached if you want to preserve your sanity. This is just one of the cons. Sure it has its pros too. Pros being an ideal relationship, a person you can share anything with, enough space to not feel smothered, and a very easy exit plan. Despite this all it really doesn't beat Real relationships.

I personally think to be in a relationship like this and to actually seriously carry it out, be detached and try not to be too serious until you meet. Meeting can make or break a relationship and if it's the latter, being detached all along will help you cope with the heartbreak...

What do you think?

Currently Listening to: Lady Gaga-Love Game

I fell in love with her 1st single, "Just Dance"[a senseless song with awesome dance-inducing beats]

With "love game", I'm just

The starting line already is kinda controversial[I wanna take a ride on your disco stick (whats a disco stick anyway)] plus the lyrics are super senseless. Its filled with sexual innuendos and the video would probably be filled with sexy stuff, so typical.

Its a typical case of a song thats saved by the beats. It does sound redundant or should i say pretty similar to "Just Dance" though, but maybe thats just me... But she does deliver really awesome dance tracks and she sounds really good although she reminds me of Aguilera plus the first time I saw her, she looked like a Christina Aguilera+Katie White(the ting tings) hybrid.

She definitely has a lot of potential, she has an amazing singing voice and she writes her own songs... "Again Again" definitely proves that... she has a lot going for her..

What do you think?

Whats with this blog?

Nothing really.

This is the birth child of my idle mind.

So enjoy and do share your opinions and suggestions if any...