Wednesday, December 05, 2007

I want a wayfarer!

seen on MK, nicole and rachel

Friday, October 05, 2007


I've been so busy with my other blog. It's the return of my tags !!!

1. Hollywood- There's a new breed of teenage sex symbols: Hayden Panettiere (18) of "Heroes", Vanessa Hudgens (19) of "High School Musical" and Rihanna (19) with her hit "Umbrella". Vanessa is ahead by 1 point with her leaked photos. If she keeps up with it she'll give Britney and Lindsay, former teen sensations, a run for their publicities.

2. TV (erm VeohTv that's it)- Heroes and Prison Break are back! Weeee! *DO NOT DISTURB!*

3. Fashion- Skull pop icons for the girlies. Adios from Tokidoki and Kumiko from Sanrio. No need to borrow your boyfriend's bling-blings.

4. Places/Gimmick/Food- Marina for P10 beers, The Sicilian Express for very delicious and affordable pizzas, Gram for big servings of comfort food and Alchemy for a change.

5. News- The racial slur in "Desperate Housewives". Hmmm... Remember the "30 Rock"s bashing against our President's fashion.

7. Animes- The non-reverse animes I've finished, Zombie Loan and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. Both animes have suspense, violence, a bit of fanservice and the supernatural. Zombie Loan's pacing is slow at times but it's easy to watch with just 11 episodes. I'll be waiting for the second season and watch out the potential bishie, Bekko. If you like Clamp animes for their kawaii character designs and Death Note's dark strategies, then you will enjoy these unlikely combination in Code Geass. I was planning to watch it like a few episodes at a time but I got carried away on my second screening and finished it from episode 5. It was that good!

I've been on anime sprees with the help of video streaming sites, torrents and fan subs. Hail the internet!

8. Food/Health- If I'm filthy rich I'll be shopping all of my groceries in Healthy Options! But for now I'm taking my baby steps.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

My reverse harem reviews

I have a new blog, it's basically my reviews on reverse harem mangas, animes and asian dramas. Please visit my site.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Two Sides to Every Story

Answer songs are usually a response to a song or a sequel to a previous song. Imitation is said to be the highest form of flattery as well as the lowest of all gimmickries if done in poor taste. Recently, I've been hearing some kind of a battle of the sexes on the airwaves.

Here are some of the good, the bad and the ugly...

"Beautiful Girls" by JoJo- The singer/actress made a cover response to Sean Kingston's #1 hit on her Myspace.

"So Sick" by Lil' Bit- According to wikipedia she's an "up and coming r&b artist" who assumed the ex-girlfriend's reply on Ne Yo's 2006 hit. I know some of JoJo' songs, but Lil' Bit doesn't even come up on any other searches.

"Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's- Oops it's not a response to Regina Spektor's "Samson". He wrote it for a girl he liked named Delilah. The piano-driven "Samson" was already in her 2002 album and then re-released this May. Then a month after, the acoustic "Hey there Delilah" was also re-released. It first came out in 2005. It's also interesting that one of the lines in HTD , What's it like in New York City? kind of poses a question to Regina from the block.

"FURB" by Frankee- She matches ex-boyfriend Eamon's "Fuck It(I Don't Want You Back)" with the same eloquence. Relationship gone sweet deal for the two.

"Irreplaceable" by he-who-must-not-be-named-because-the-song-just-sucks.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Memorable Musicals and My Mom

(Inspired by "Hairspray")

Here are the musicals with songs I've loved from beginning to end.

1. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"- My first Disney favorite.I watched my betamax copy that I got from my mom like a million times as a kiddo. I kept on mimicking the "I'm Wishing" song complete with the echo.

2. "Sound of Music"- I remember my Mom brought this and in VHS format. We couldnt watch it because we don't have the player then. Haha! I was able to watch it in school.

3. "Beauty & the Beast"- I watched this on the bigscreen. It usually takes months before they show movies in the province. And it's doubled with another flick, so we stay glued in the seats for 4 hours.

4. "Aladdin"- I think we got this from my mom. I kept on hitting "pause" at the part where Aladdin's and Jasmine's lips met for their kiss.

5. "Evita"- When I was a kid I took this random cassette tape from my mom and then transcribed these two sings that I liked "Good Morning Sunshine" and "Don't Cry for me Argentina". After many years I fell in love with the Evita soundtrack I borrowed from Arni's mom and heard the latter song again. I watched the movie just by myself. A highschool kid watching alone and singing all throughout the movie.

6. "Miss Saigon"-I first heard the soundtrack on a one summer vacation at my Uncle's place. Years passed, I landed the part of Yvette in our highschool musical. My last phone conversation with my mom was that she's willing to let me watch the "Miss Saigon" which was running in Manila. She passed away a few days afterwards. I haven't had the heart to watch it then, but I vow to see this someday.

7. Moulin Rouge!- This movie is one my all time favorite. I always think that if my mom was able to see this she would have loved it. Musicals reminds me of my mom. I miss her.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Rain or Shine

I'm bumming again fresh from back to back trips in Boracay and Bicol for four days of sun, sand, swimming and surfing in the middle of tyhoons Chedeng, Dodong and Egay. How lucky indeed!

I've been ranting for the longest time that we should have fashionable rubber boots like to how Havaianas reinvented the flipflops. Pluey's is the answer to my prayers for rain and flood without looking like a traffic enforcer. Made sense doesnt it, with only sunny or rainy as the only seasons in our country.

I really love this song "B Boy Baby" by Mutya with Amy Whinehouse
You are my rainy day's sunshine...

Sunday, July 29, 2007

My Favorite Things

Cupcakes has now went mainstream , as Gonuts Donuts and Brownies are now offering it. I've only tried Gonuts only. It's cheaper compared to Cupcakes by Sonja, only P30. I love Strawberry Shortcake, Cookies and Cream and Scream Cheese.

We were dismayed that our aunt also bought us Deathly Hollows. But turns out it was Bloomsbury Edition, the UK publisher of Harry Potter. My Harry Potter is complete. All I need now is quality time.

must diet...must read...!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Fashion Police

The favorite hobby of It girls: alcohol and/or drugs + flashy car = get busted

The Look: Life imitates fashion

The Accessory: scram bracelet

The Sound :

The Boob Tube: Season 3 premieres on September 17! (I love you Scoffield)

cant help adding this

The You Tube Thriller Phenomenon

Friday, July 20, 2007


The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya or Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu

The story is narrated by Kyon, an ordinary highschool boy who inspired Haruhi to create SOS Brigade. It doesn't hurt to mention that his fellow memberes are an alien, time traveler and esper, all who are investigating or perhaps willed by the center of the universe--Haruhi. They mainly have to keep Haruhi entertained or she might unknowingly replace erm destroy the universe. The episodes are curiously aired in random order which really saved the best for last.

Ouran High School Host Club

I've watched this months ago. Haruhi Fujioka accidentally stumbled upon a silly high school club of boys aimed to entertain the rich student body and was blackmailed to serving the group. Haruhi, yes same name, is in fact a girl. The plot is silly and funny and consciously banked on anime stereotypes, but in the end everything made sense.

Both animes are about school clubs, both have the same female protagonist named Haruhi (who both chopped off their locks) and both endings have made an impact on me that I kept on replaying the sweetest scenes on my mind. I am really hoping for second seasons for this two.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


We went out for an Friday the 13th impromptu date at Trinoma or Triangle North of Manila. I've been hearing that it looks like mini-me Glorietta but it kind of reminded me of a bigger version of Market Market. It has al fresco bars and restaurants that is supposed to be patterned after Greenbelt but it felt like I was in Gateway instead. The cinemas are like Eastwood with the movable armseats and reclined seats. But whatever hearsays uhmm you hear, you can be sure it hit a goldmine in the heart of Quezon City. No wonder SM North is having a makeover. Trinoma is even accessible by MRT and just 15-minute ride from home at night. Another shopping haven for me. :)

Dolores Umbridge, the pink villainess.

Almost movie franchises left you disappointed except for some few like Die Hard 4, Blade 2 and I can't seem to recall a good movie at moment. But moving on, You can't resist to watch the latest installment to see if it has topped the original. Saw 3,T3, Ocean's 13,MI3, Matrix Revolutions, LOTR Return of the King, Xmen: The Last Stand, POTC: At World's End, Shrek The Third, Spiderman 3..the 'coming soon' movies Bourne Uitimatum, Mummy 3, Rush Hour 3. Sometimes we don't even know that there was a third part on DVD release with a
different actor on the lead. But nothing beats series who moved beyond trilogies like Hannibal, Harry Potter, Batman, Scary Movie (!), Superman,Star Wars, James Bond and then Indiana Jones.

I love kawaii pop art. Is electrolychee inspired by tokidoki?

Monday, July 09, 2007


I hate the Death Note ending! The anime shows different perspectives of morality. It's choosing the lesser evil or justifying the means to gain righteousness or there is no gray in-between it's just simple good or bad. I wasn't expecting the anti-climatic ending. I got carried away that I forgot that he was an anti-hero and that the good always prevail blah blah and that the sunshine never sleeps on teletubbies land.

I was thinking of buying a PDA phone or qwerty phone but I changed my mind and bought N80i or internet edition. I chose this because of the 3.0 megapixels camera and wifi capability on top of 3G, mp3 player with loudspeakers, 512 mb SD card, video, radio etc. and its not more than 20k. I can even upload picture straight from my phone while browsing Friendster though a wifi hotspot. It's like a laptop, digicam and iPod rolled into one. Currently I've been signing up Americans for muni wifi services and it's selling like hotcakes. The dowt'snside is we can't get a life even if it's Fourth of July and I can't swap to get a Saturday nigt off! Grrr! I don't even know how much I'm earning for each sale. haha!

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Mecha Reviews

"Transfomers" is really, really, really,... oh did i mentioned really like three times already? really, really, really (gasps for air) GREAT! Like every frame was memorable and to point it all out would be an endless task. I felt like I was transformed into a kid again. It's so nostalgic seeing something in a new point of view.

And coincidences and coincidences again before we watched the movie, Poy and I (it's more like him and me catching up) are currently watching "Battelstar Galactica". The cylons or evolved robots are eliminating humans. And the last surviving human species are looking for the mythical 13th colony, Earth. Its reminiscent of midnight cap of "Enterprise", a spin off of "Star Trek" on cable. Yes we're so nerds...

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

I always took my first name, Maria, for granted along with the rest of the girls unwittingly named by Filipino parents. It's like an appendix. It doesn't serve any purpose but when it exploded after some bouts of dancing I had to undergo a surgery in my fourth grade.

As insignificant and boring my name is, I had problems changing my school records to spell out the name after realizing weeks before highschool graduation that my birth certificate bears the name "Maria" and not "Ma." I had to argue with a bank teller that our payroll mispelled my name on my paycheck. She claims Ma. Irezza is an different entity with Maria Irezza. Again, I had to insist that our security replace my identification card at work, again for the same reasons.

I remembered back in Grade II on the first day of classes my seatmate was having a hard time pronouncing my name so I saved her efforts by introducing myself as Maria. The name stucked for an entire year and I vowed to myself never, ever do that again. At one point I even kidded my friends that it's pronounced like the diva, Mariah, to no avail.

Every first day of classes I had to endure the mispronunciations of teachers to ee-re-sa and other whatnots. I had to correct them everytime that it's ay-ri-za. Nobody seems to get it the first time. I asked my father how did he came up with my name. He just wanted to come up with something unique. I find my name interesting really but I cringe eveytime they misspelled my name on bills, valid id you name it they've messed it!

After watching "Joseph, The Dreamer" play in highschool. I researched if my name might be based from the Bible and the closest variation is Ezra. I even rationalized that maybe I was named after my Aunt Marissa to which I share the same birthday. But all grown up and married with two kids she found that she also has a second name based on the patron saint of our birthdate. You know how folks base the name on the calendar. Thus she got the name Petronillia. I'm still lucky.

My official nickname is Iris but relatives and close friends call me Aye. Story is, as they told me, that I had a playmate who pronounced Iris as Aye. Some people calls me 'ah-yi', others 'ah-ye'. And it's not a derivation from my maiden name Magnaye! Now that I'm married I had now too many z's on my name.

The callcenter I'm working for made us choose an American name but I decided to just keep my name Iris. I noticed that I kept getting comments for "Maria" from customers. Turns out that my name included in our customer satisfaction surveys is Maria. And so to get good returns from customer I started using Maria until I have felt like it's really my name. I have owned my name for the first time in my life. I am not now indifferent or ashamed of it. I felt complete now without the baggage of an add-on name. "Hi my name is Maria I'm here to help!"

Sunday, June 17, 2007


I am currently inspired by Sofia Copploa's film "Marie Antoinette"- luv the modern soundtrack against the 17th century eye candy gowns, wallpapers and the delectable cakes. She was famous for her extravagnce and the mis-quotation "If they have no bread, then let them eat cake!" ("S'ils n'ont plus de pain, qu'ils mangent de la brioche ")

Probably in my past life I lived in Medieval or Renaissance Europe as a countess or .. a courtesan! I'd love to wear gowns everyday. My silly indulgence as well are reading historical romance paperbacks.

Just finished Lost season 3- The pacing improved and the twists keeps getting twisted. I'm in my toes for season 4. Spoiler alert: The motorola phone that Jack was using in the flashforward was the clue. !

Last Song Syndrome: Fergie's "Big Girl's Don't Cry" with Milo a.k.a Peter Petrelli of Heroes as her bad boy lover in the video. He went from hero to hottie! I was right about my theory that Fergie is copying Gwen, she acknowledged it on an interview that she admires Gwen. This music kinda remind me of Gwen's light music like "Cool" and "4am in the morning"

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Miss Japan was crowned as Miss Universe 2007 today. I suddenly remembered that one of my (day)dreams when I was still young was to join this pageant but skipping on the Bb. Pilipinas part hehe I was also a very frustrated ballerina since I never even had a chance even to get a glimpse of a tutu or studio. I vowed to let my kids pursue whatever creative calling they have. I would have been a prima ballerina by now! (yeah right!)

I used to wrote detective or fashion designer for ambition in autographs inspired by Nancy Drew and my passion for sketching clothes. But came college, I had second thoughts of taking fashion design thinking it was not practical and only Benilde or Matute was offering it at that time. I intend to push for it in the future, who knows maybe in New York or Paris!

I dabbled in modelling, cheering and theatre arts all though my schooling years and finally unexpectedly landing a job in show business, behind the scenes of course :P Then I've became a houswife slash jobseeker slash bum slash the glorified mcdonald's crew version called call center girl. And now I'm in transition where I don't know where will I end up next. Advertising? Maketing? Homebuddy? sigh!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Yes to piracy. Aye aye captain!

Out of boredom I decided to watch "One Piece" that my brother has been glued on. The plot is progressing and there's no need to press the fast forward button now. It's about a boy's quest to become the Pirate King and the legendary treasure all in one piece and finding a ship and a crew on the side. And coincidentally, i just love coincidences, we went out to watch the latest, probably not the last, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At End's World". We're suppose to catch "Shrek 3" with the kids but it was the first day of PoC with rating PG written all over it. It didn't take much of convincing powers. How does a (pirated) Shrek DVD and timezone after movie sounds? Hehe It was Dylan's first theatre experience and before the 2 hours and 48 minute movie ended, Dylan was dozing. All of their pictures I've taken were all lost together with my phone. Thanks to pirates at work. Grr!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

One of this days I'll have this tattoo. I don't know on which part of my body yet. I have never entertained the idea of having a tattoo probably because of the needles business thing and I can't imagine of having a permanent mark that I won't get tired of. I get easily bored so I always like to change things. But recently I find myself fantasizing to have one. Not just a henna but a real one. Finally I have decided to get a fleur de lis tats, a stylized design of the flower, Iris. It kinda resembles like a sword too. Let's give it a time to see if I don't lose heart on this. I'm only planning to have just one you know. very sure, I must!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

When people ask me how old I am, I always struggle to come up with the right figures point blank. In my twilight zone, I'm 23 years old forever. Like the Wakefields twins in Sweet Valley High who's been senior for more than a decade before they came up with the University series. To set the record straight I'm turning 26 this September and in a matter for four years I'll be hitting the no. 3!!! Time does flies. Can't wait for my future self to comment on this. Let's wait and see.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

I'm back from our first and long overdue vacation since I started working. Imagine sleeping while everybody's revelrying on Noche Buena. My family spent the Holy Week in Bicol or now better known as CamSur. It was a week of relaxation away from Manila's scorching daytime heat, impossible traffic and work stress. It was also a break from the vicious cycle of dvd and youtube marathons, 24 hour fastfood diet and 24 hour drinking spot raids. We did the traditional round up of old friends over beers, binged on ALL our food cravings and of course, swimming! The Medenilla Clan had a reunion at the Ecogarden pool in Capitol. It was also a chance to hang out in CamSur Watersports Complex that boasts the cheapest ($2 per hour) cable ride in the world for wakeboarding, waterskiing, kneeboarding etc. I was really impressed by the place, didn't have the chance to try it though because it was packed with locals and tourists. The next day, we hit the beach in Nato and was beaten and slammed by the raging waves. I was trying to get a tanned skin for summer but thanks to the cloudy skies nobody noticed! LOL! God! I've forgotten how laidback and fun my hometown is. I missed it so much! We have so much to look forward to that I can't wait to return again. In the meantime back to reality working as zombie drones again.