Hooked on Revenge

I gave in to reader pressure and downloaded 19 episodes of ABC’s new hit series Revenge via Vuze.com.
To be honest, the show isn’t all that great, but there’s no denying that I finished 19 episodes in only three sittings.
At first I didn’t want to watch because the main character is a contrabida (read: evil person) and I can’t stand stressful shows with killings, kidnappings, and plotting.

On the first night I watched a few shows. Second night, a few more. And on the third night the marathon ran up till 4 in the morning. I actually just wanted to get it over with because the show is mega stressful.
I’ll tell you why I continued: one of the lead characters is just my type.
British actor Josh Bowman plays Daniel Grayson, the JFK Jr-esque heir to the Grayson fortune.


Here’s what I think about the cast and characters:

Emily Thorne (played by Emily VanCamp) is the main character.
As a nine-year-old girl, her father David was framed for a horrific crime by the Grayson family and was killed in prison. Emily never saw her father again. Through the years she gets to know the truth behind her father’s misfortunes. She comes back 17 years later to take down everyone who contributed.


It’s not clear why she’s mega-rich, what her net worth is, or how she can spend 20 million dollars like it’s 20,000 pesos.
She loves to speak in poetry while lisping, and can be heard saying:
“Amanda Clarke no longer exthith.”
“When I wath a child my father wath framed for a crime he didn’t commit.”
“We all have theecrets we lock away from the reth of the world.”
“Truth ith a battle of pertheption. People only thee what they’re prepared to confront.”
“A conflicted heart feedth on doubt and confusion.”
“Did he fixth the phone?”
“No, I’m just enjoying the thunrithe (sunrise).”
“Yeah, I’m thorry. I’m juth getting uthed to thomeone thleeping nexth to me.”

It’s a good thing she is neither drop-dread gorgeous nor annoying. It isn’t clear whether she is good or evil and I neither hate nor like her, but I hope that she ends up with Daniel.
She’s sharp and intelligent and I love it when she puts down the psychotic Tyler Barrol in an argument about Aruba.


Victoria Grayson (played by Madeleine Stowe) plays the matriarch of the powerful Grayson clan.
Some say Gretchen Barretto is her peg, some say Lucy Torres Gomez 20 years from now.


Madeleine Stowe plays really well because I hate her to death. I hate that she always smiles, even while saying something evil. Planning one event after another seems to be her hobby.
Queen of the Hamptons, her throne is the nicest chair in the house.


She doesn’t ever wear pambahay (house clothes) and has a preference for Herve Leger.
She also has grey kili-kili (sorry po….)

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Daniel Grayson (played by Josh Bowman) is Victoria’s golden son who falls deeply in love with Emily.
I find him so adorable, he reminds me of a young Peter Lawford with his smiling eyes and the British accent I can only imagine as he speaks American in the show.


He doesn’t seem to have a mean bone in his body. You just want to take care of him.


He is awfully sweet to Emily, it just kills me because it isn’t clear whether she really loves him or not.


Jack Porter (played by Nick Wechsler) is the other man in Emily’s life.
Unknown to Jack, Emily is his long-lost childhood friend, who was taken away when Emily’s father was arrested.
Jack’s peg seems to be Rufus Humphrey of Gossip Girl.
Even though he is the nicest guy, I don’t want Emily to end up with him, simply because I find him too short. :(


Declan Porter (played by Connor Paolo) is Jack’s brother who’s in love with Daniel’s sister Charlotte.
I cringe every time I hear the name Declan. But I’ve liked Connor Paolo since Gossip Girl. It just takes a little getting used to seeing Eric van der Woodsen making out with a girl.


Charlotte Grayson (played by Christa B. Allen) is the Greyson heiress, sweet, pretty and only 17.
She dumps her rich boyfriend to go out with busboy Declan Porter against her mother’s wishes.


Nolan Ross (played by Gabriel Mann) is the bestest friend any girl could have: he’s gay and a hacker.
He’s the 7th richest billionaire according to Forbes magazine’s youngest billionaire, having made his fortune in the techie world. Nolan is Emily’s strongest ally in seeking revenge for her father and I think he’s all right, if you can get past the apple-cut hair.


There are many other characters I didn’t mention, but get the feel of the show by watching this trailer.

Can’t wait for the next three episodes before season finale. :(
To know more about Revenge, click here.

Dream coming true

This morning I had a dream that Jeroen and I had a date to watch Chris Botti at the Peninsula. I arrived early and didn’t have my hair done. Chris Botti was also early and no one recognized him because he had dyed his hair black.
So I was talking to him and Chris said he wanted to start early for a change. Concert was 8 PM and he wanted to start at 7:30. It was a dinner show and he wanted to play while everyone was having dinner.
Jeroen arrived and I introduced Chris to my husband. I asked Chris if I had time to go to the salon downstairs and he told me to take 30 minutes. Meanwhile, Jeroen was hungry so I accompanied him to the salad bar, where we encountered a rude waiter. (end of dream)

Well, this afternoon I received an email inviting me to watch Chris Botti on June 19 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater! Jeroen and I love this venue!

Chris Botti

The last time we saw him was in Tokyo two years ago, we were late and had the last two seats on top of Siberia.

Where we sat

Luckily my camera could zoom.

Chris Botti in Tokyo

No worries, we got to meet him after and he gave me (and Jeroen) a hug! Read about it here.


Here’s the 411 on the concert:

Radio High 105.9 brings back Grammy-winning trumpet master Chris Botti for a one-night performance at Resorts World Manila’s Newport Performing Arts Theater on June 19, 2012.
After a live gig which formally launched Radio High 105.9 at the Greenbelt Fashion Walk last November 4, 2011, Botti is set to come back to Manila with an all-new repertoire, with new faces in his band lineup.
A pre-event warm-up show will feature jazz vocalists Richard Merk and Verni Varga.
Chris Botti Live in Manila will benefit the Young Musicians Development Organization (YMDO), and is presented by GLOBE TELECOMS and RESORTS WORLD MANILA.
Tickets will be available at http://www.ticketworld.com.ph.

Hope we get good seats!
Now, watch Chris Botti with vocalist Paula Cole and my lolo crush, Burt Bacharach.


Celebrity Deathmatch: Live at NAIA-3

As a blogger/reporter/natural-born chismosa, I never leave home without a camera.
I’m always on the lookout for a story or scoop. But even though I take lots of pictures, not all of them are for publishing. Some of them are just for me or my memory.
I may have video-ed a woman making a scene outside the bank or a severely burned beggar in the Chatuchak weekened market in Bagkok, just because I had never seen anything like it.
Whenever I do this, Jeroen would get nervous and tell me to stop, lest I get into trouble.
As a reporter, this is probably what happened to reporter Ramon Tulfo, who was taking a picture of actress Claudine Barretto while she was dressing down a ground staff at NAIA Terminal 3.
While it was natural for him to take a picture of a “scene”, it is also natural for Claudine’s husband, Raymart Santiago, to let out his inner “action star”, causing this brawl inside the airport.
P.S. How cute lang the matching pink and white outfits :)

Who do I think was wrong? Claudine may have had a point but was wrong to make a scene in this day and age of camera phones.
Tulfo just acted like a reporter and Raymart like an offended husband. Raymart Santiago is trained in self-defense. I would not mess with him.
Does the brawl merit the front page of the newspaper? I don’t think so.
What’s your take on this?


Arthur Boorman, a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, was told by his doctors he would never be able to walk on his own, ever again. Then he stumbled upon an article about Diamond Dallas Page doing Yoga.
Because he couldn’t do traditional, higher impact exercise, he tried DDP YOGA instead.
Watch how as Arthur loses weight, and more importantly learns to walk and run beyond everyone’s expectations.

To learn about DDP Yoga, click HERE.

Plains & Prints’ Neon Wave this summer

Plains & Prints presents its Neon Wave collection in a series of comfy shifts, maxi and collared dresses, cigarette pants, shorts, skirts, loose tees and tank tops in lightweight, breezy fabrics, perfect for the summer weather.


Neon Wave incorporates striped prints, sci-fi, sportswear, and pared-back shapes into each design.
Pristine white is juxtaposed with neon colors and accentuated with dashes of galactic silver for a modern, futuristic feel.


Neon Wave collection is the season’s palate cleanser, breaking away from florals and paisleys, while staying true to the classic and feminine appeal Plains & Prints is known for.


Available in all Plains & Prints stores. To find the one nearest you, click HERE.
To see the collection or shop online, go to http://www.plainsandprints.com/.

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