Achievement unlocked: apparently, I can still manage to take decent photos even if I’m being pushed and shoved left, right, forward and backward. Or maybe I got lucky with my new toy.

Whatever the reason was, my day ended on a high note even if it started rough.
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This blog entry is two-and-a-half months in the making.

2017 marks my 20th year as an active fangirl. Although to be quite honest, I’ve been fangirling since I was six years old (useless trivia: my first idol was ‘Bossing’ Vic Sotto). About 75% of those 20 years, I belonged to a fan club (FC). The only time I fangirled on my own was during the bandstalker era, basically because there’s no such thing as FCs in the local rock band scene. Well, that one time, and now that I no longer belong to any FC in my current fandom.

I’ve been seeing posts on socmed about fans suddenly losing their FCs (yep, can relate to that) or fans who have always belonged to Team No Group (sorta can relate to that, as well) and they shared their thoughts and experiences on which one is the better option. Since I’ve been in both situations, let me share mine.


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Mini-Review: Kita Kita

With all the hype surrounding this year’s surprise box-office hit, I felt that I *must* see Kita Kita. You know, just to see what the fuss is all about. Also, to see with my own two eyes if people are really coming to theaters in droves just to see the movie. Well, we saw its last full show at Megamall, and the theater is full. The hype is real, people. No paddings there. ;)

I’ve read several socmed posts about the movie, analyzing it using deep prose and profound meanings. You’re not going to see that here. See, the main thing about Kita Kita is it’s simplicity. It’s very Japanese, and I’m not just talking about the filming location. The story, the execution, the “feel” of the entire film is very Japanese. If you have seen a Japanese romance movie, you’ll get what I mean. I can’t even describe it as “Korean” because Korean romance movies tend to be on the dramatic, borderline hysteric side. Japanese romance movies are simple and subdued. Kita Kita has a very simple story with a very simple execution, but that’s what makes it beautiful. It’s the type of movie that will make you cry and laugh and cry and laugh and then stab you right through the heart. And then, when the end credits roll, your thoughts about the movie will be reduced to one word: AWWW. :dream:

The movie only has two major characters and a smattering of supporting ones. Alessandra de Rossi, an actress who is famous for her indie-type underacting is perfect for this. Her characterization of Lea is just flawless. As for the newest heartthrob in town, comedian Empoy Marquez as Tonyo stripped down his usual antics and came up with a performance that will, for some reason, make you fall in love with him. It’s strange, but true.

On the technical side, the cinematography is breath-taking. It captured the beauty of Sapporo – Hokkaido, in general (thanks to my friend Mavic for the correction) – that you’ll just find yourself adding it to your bucket list.

I won’t be elaborating much further. Just give in to the hype and see it for yourself.

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I’ve been out of touch with anything Korean these days. To be quite honest, I never expected that the one who would push me back towards it is this guy.

A bit of back story: since I’m more in touch with local entertainment these days – Kapuso Network, to be exact – I’ve been hearing a lot about this breakthrough Phil-Kor production called My Korean Jagiya, starring Heart Evangelista-Escudero. The network has been hinting that Heart’s leading man is a Korean idol, and people have been guessing who this idol will be. The two most popular guesses are Lee Joon (I don’t know why?) and Alexander Eusebio (because UKISS, and he’s been here many times before both with the group and as a solo artist). Yesterday, the network has made a formal announcement and yep, it’s him! Alexander Lee (Eusebio)!

Those who have been reading this blog before the Alden era would know that I have been extensively following Xander since the UKISS days. I have a long history with this guy. It is but natural that I will be following his new journey as an actor in a Philippine-made drama. I’m already excited about My Korean Jagiya, and knowing that Xander is the male lead made me anticipate it even more. :thumbup: Congrats, Xander, and welcome back to the Philippines! And advanced Happy Birthday, too!

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I’ve been on a roller-coaster ride since the latter part of 2016. I guess it’s just fitting that my birthday this year is like a roller-coaster ride, too. Heck, it’s the day after my birthday, and I’ve ridden a roller coaster of emotions the entire morning until noontime. :aargh: I hate my job. Sometimes.

As I reflect on how the year has been, I realized that everything that has happened to me particularly in the last two months comes with a lesson. That being, to borrow a line from a certain phenomenal star, not everyone who approaches you is true to you. I had to learn it the hard way, but I guess lessons like that really must be applied harshly to get the maximum effect.

The great thing is, I learned in the past few days/weeks that despite the growing number of people who seemed to have learned to dislike me, there are also more people who love and care for me regardless of who I am and what I have become, with some of them I haven’t even been in touch with for the longest time. They’re just there, waiting to welcome me with open arms. All I got to do is holler.

And to those who judged me, well… I can’t do anything about that. I say what I say and do what I do and I take full responsibility for it. Your understanding and perception of what I do or say is all yours.

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Since I celebrated my birthday by being, once again, a trending topic on socmed because I took a selfie with Alden in public :rolleyes: I just want to say a few things before I end this blog entry:

1. I’ve never talked about it openly since I didn’t feel the need to, ie. until recently: I am no longer a part of any Alden Richards fan club. I haven’t been one since the latter part of May 2017. I now fangirl on my own.

2. Since we’re on the subject, I’d also like to clarify that I was NOT, and never have been, a founder or main admin of any Alden Richards fan club. I am merely a member who was always designated as the ‘on-camera talent’ since none of the other FC members wanted their faces to be publicized. As this round face of mine has been on camera before in my previous fandoms, I am sort of the default choice. So again, quit referring to me as that person who formed that FC for whatever purpose.

3. And while we’re on the subject, may I just ask: why do some people keep on looking for me at Alden United? I am not, and never have been, a part of AU. :shrug: Don’t look for me at any fan club, for that matter. I personally know, and are still friends with people from different FCs, but I am no longer a member of any of it.

4. If anyone thinks that those nasty comments that were posted on IG about me yesterday made me mad or sad, well sorry guys. :lol: I haven’t laughed like that for the longest time, and that comment thread was my source of entertainment during my long travel time to and from work yesterday. :lmao: So I guess I owe those people for keeping me amused?

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