Quarantine viewing No. 2: Bollywood.

Continuing on with my Enhanced Community Quarantine series…

This extended homestay should’ve been my opportunity to catch up on my K-drama series backlogsssssss. However, we’re not exactly on vacation. In fact, my deadlines are tighter than ever. :stretcher: I can’t fully devote my time and attention on K-dramas but my brain needs to take breaks sometimes. I needed something long enough to fill in those breaks but not too long a diversion from work. The answer? Bollywood movies.

I have my own library of Bollywood films that I like but I’ve already seen them all. Fortunately, Netflix has a wide selection of movies from India. So far, I’ve seen the following movies during the ECQ period:

1. Dil Dhadakne Do – I saw this from a friend’s post on Facebook and decided to check it out. Priyanka Chopra is in it and I like her. (Bonus: Aamir Khan is, apparently, in this movie, too.) The plot seems interesting, too. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. The almost three-hour running time did not feel like three hours at all. The family conflicts are very familiar even on a non-Indian setting.

2. Jai Mummy Di – I just picked this one from the similar titles under Dil Dhadakne Do because of its seemingly simple storyline. It’s actually quite funny. I don’t know anyone from the cast but it still piqued my interest. I also wondered what caused the rift between the moms, which they didn’t reveal until the very last scene.

3. Om Shanti Om – this one, I picked because I’ve seen both leads (Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone) in other movies. It’s on the cheesy side – well, nearly all Bollywood romance movies are – but it’s also fun. Trying to spot the other famous Bollywood artists who made cameos is an added bonus. Plus points for me: Abishek Bachchan (aka. Aishwariya Rai’s husband)’s cameo. I just adore that guy. :dream: Also, watch out for the long music video halfway through the movie which included an all-star cast of famous Indian actors and actresses like Priyanka Chopra and Salman Khan. The featured song is so catchy. I can still sing “Ohm Shanti Oooohm…” days after watching the movie.

4. Andaz Apna Apna (ongoing) – I chose this movie because of the leads. It’s a double whammy of Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. While watching this, I couldn’t help but think how quickly the quality of Bollywood movies has improved. Andaz Apna Apna is from 1994, yet it looked like it was filmed in the early 80’s. By 2000-2001, Bollywood movies have already evolved into those glossy productions that can rival those made in Hollywood.

I still haven’t finished this movie, and I’m not sure if I will. It’s too over-the-top for me. I’ve already seen Aamir and Salman in much better movies with much, much better acting, so I don’t think I can still stand the cheesiness of this one. Just in case you’re new to this scene and is still interested to see this one: Watch it before Bajrangi Bhaijaan or any of Aamir Khan’s blockbusters from Lagaan onwards for maximum appreciation.

5. Next on my queue, and it’s not exactly Bollywood: Slumdog Millionaire. I’ve already seen it years ago, but seeing Anil Kapoor on Dil Dhadakne Do reminded me that he was on Slumdog Millionaire, so I rummaged through my movie library for the file (note: it’s not on Netflix). I remember seeing this before I started watching Bollywood movies, so let’s see if I’ll still enjoy it the same way I did before.

Any recommendations for good Bollywood films I must check out?

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Quarantine viewing, No. 1: Crash Landing On You.

Since we’re still on Enhanced Quarantine brought about by COVID-19 and I do have a lot of time on my hands, I’ll be writing a series of blogs on what I have been watching while stuck at home. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep my word on this. I oftentimes get lazy, ya know. :hihihi:

Side note: I initially thought that this should be No. 2 since Kingdom 2 is No. 1, but I realized that I technically binge-watched Kingdom 2 before the quarantine started. Therefore, this is really No. 1.

Mini-review: Crash Landing On You

***SPOILER ALERT***, although I really might not need it. I think I’m the only one left in my universe who hasn’t seen CLOY. :lol:

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Kingdom 2 and COVID-19.

Random Thoughts On Season 2 of Netflix’s Kingdom:

***WARNING: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS***

1. I’ve hardly been watching Korean dramas lately, no matter how popular it is. K-drama viewing requires focus; it’s not just something I can put on while doing something else. Because, you know, subtitles. :razz: However, I made exception with Kingdom Season 2. I’ve been waiting for this for ages. And since it’s only six episodes, it’s quite easy to binge-watch.

2. Right after the first 19 minutes of Episode 1, I quickly paused Netflix and posted on social media that the first 19 minutes alone is so worth the long wait. It’s THAT good. :arrow: The excitement, the thrills, the cinematography – OH. MY. GOD THE CINEMATOGRAPHY – and that last frame when Prince Chang and his cohorts were able to escape the zombie herd. That’s more than enough for me to say that I’m fully satisfied.

3. But wait, there’s more! You think they slowed down after that? No! Never! Right at the beginning of Episode 2, we see the backstory: Apparently, the resurrection plant? Was a biological weapon that they used to win the war against the Japanese. Which eventually backfired against them and wrecked havoc towards the entire kingdom. Sounds familiar, isn’t it? Wasn’t that how COVID-19 was said to have originated from?

4. At the 13:30 mark of Episode 2, I hit ‘pause’ once again and gave that awesome plot twist a freakin’ STANDING OVATION. :clap: :clap: :clap: Not only was it totally unexpected, especially at Episode 2. The execution was just fantastic. :clap: And I’m overdosing on the :clap: emoji. :hihihi:

5. Within all that fabulously-executed zombie scenes is the heart of the story: the Joseon-era political drama. It’s still classic sageuk with all the twists and turns, but still seamlessly weaved through all that blood and gore. I have to commend the writer for coming up with such a tightly-packed story that’s so fast-paced, yet leaving you wanting for more. Six episodes is just too short, ya know? We want more, and we want it NOW! (OK, maybe not now. SOON, maybe?)

6. Another reason why this drama works is the ACTING. Again, I’m amazed at how Joo Jihoon seems to have this innate royal aura in him. He could be standing in the middle of the crowd (living or otherwise) and you just know who to call, ‘Your Majesty’.

You know what? I could enumerate the entire cast including all the zombies and I’ll say they all killed it in the acting department. Everyone did so well.

7. One thing I love about Kingdom, especially Season 2: the strong female characters. :clap: Bae Doo Na’s Seo Bi is the calmest, most intelligent character in this drama. If everyone turned out dead (or undead) in the entire kingdom, she will be the only one who will survive. Meanwhile, The Queen turned out to be not just a bitch, but the Biggest Bitch Of Them All. Just when you thought her father Cho Hak Ju (Ryu Seung Ryong) is the main villain in this drama, nope, you guessed it wrong!

8. I wouldn’t want to end this review without raving some more about the production values. :clap: I just found myself with my mouth wide-open quite a number of times while watching. Amazing execution of scenes paired with brilliant story-telling + excellent acting, this drama was just top-notch.

9. Of course, since it was hyped during promo period, I watched out for Jun Ji Hyun’s cameo. She appeared in the end. Which means, there’s a Season 3 and she will be on it.

10. Apparently, Kingdom is more aligned with the COVID-19 pandemic than we all think. Other than it’s a pandemic that apparently started as a man-made experiment meant to be used as biological weapon and a lockdown is needed to avoid mass infections, it turned out that one way to save yourself from it is to take a nice, long bath. :lmao:

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Lockdown.

It’s funny how it took an “enhanced” community quarantine brought by the COVID-19 outbreak to make me post something on this neglected blog. :lol:

Well, I’m working from home, and what I brought home is already done. I’ve already caught up with whatever sleep I lost since the beginning of 2020. I could be Netflixing and chill, but I’m not quite in the mood to binge-watch anything after Kingdom 2 (yes, I will be blogging about that because I have lots of time). Parking my buns on social media is not doing anything good to my sense of humor. It’s taking a lot of effort to stop me from replying to comments that irk me. :aargh: I could be doing household chores… but NO. :razz:

Then I remembered that I have a blog. Aba, andito ka pa nga pala. :lmao:

Someone told me that it’s OK to kill this blog as blogging is not the ‘IN’ thing anymore. But then, I did not create this blog to be ‘in’. I have this blog to unload my thoughts and share them to those who care to read/listen to my nonsense. And since I’ve recently – as in just a few minutes ago – renewed the domain for another year for reasons unknown to me… I guess I have a reason now. :idea: I have one full year of blog space to kill my boredom.

So here it is. I will ramble. Because I have time.

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Being community quarantined means we are allowed to work from our respective homes. Working from home means we need to have a stable internet connection to communicate with our bosses, colleagues and clients, and transmit reports and files as required.

Armed with this thought, I sent a random Tweet to Globe, Smart and PLDT requesting that they stabilize our internet connections at home. Knowing them, they could be giving us reprieve from our due dates but they’ll compensate by throttling our internet connections. I mean, c’mon. Not everyone is spending this lockdown by binge-watching on streaming sites or online gaming. Some of us still need to do our jobs from the comfort and safety of our homes.

Globe responded through DM. The respond was the usual, “could you tell us if the lights on your modem are on and/or blinking” nonsense.

I politely obliged. Of course, every light is on and/or blinking. Only, the signal light is YELLOW. Yellow means, “low signal”. In short, it’s working, all right. Just not working as fast as it should be.

Guess what! I did not get any more response after that. Of course. :rolleyes: It’s like the corporation is saying, We don’t care if the connection is fast nor if the signal is good. If the lights are on, it’s working. We have no problem.

Geez, thanks for wasting my quarantined time. I could’ve just spent that to catch more sleep. Or watch CLOY. :ehh: Nah. :lmao:

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That moment when you realized that you just averted possible COVID-19 infection by a hairline. :err: And your laziness basically saved yourself. :lol:

Around yearend last year, I got transferred to another team but the rest of my teammates stayed put. Last week, my former team invited me to visit my former office to join them for their birthday lunch on Monday. Which was yesterday, March 16. On Friday (March 13), the government announced a Community Quarantine in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. This resulted to our Big Boss announcing that we are free to not report to our respective offices on Monday and just work from home.

I decided to stay at home yesterday for various reasons. One, I can afford to work from home because my pending work load does not require me to actually go to the office and do it there. Two, my daily commute to and from work is at least four hours and it involves transferring vehicles several times. That, alone, makes me vulnerable for infection. Three, I am diabetic, and diabetics are more susceptible to infection and imminent death due to COVID-19 than regular, healthy people. Four, I have been feeling a bit ill since last week because of work deadlines, travelling long distances, preparing for the League of Alden event and lack of sleep due to all of the above. I felt super-fatigued every day. My glucometer reading for the entire week never went below 140 (normal reading for diabetics is 120). On the way home from the event, I felt nauseated to the point of wanting to throw up. Honestly, I was carefully examining myself for symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, catching up on sleep over the weekend stabilized my blood sugar and made me feel better.

Fifth reason, and the most important one: I GOT LAZY. :lmao:

Today, the Mayor of that former client agency announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. :err: This effectively made the entire Municipal Hall, and everyone and everything he was in contact with, as Persons/Entities Under Investigation for COVID-19.

And I missed that by a hairline. All because I got lazy. :lmao:

See? Laziness has its benefits. hahahaha!

Seriously, though. I hope the honorable Mayor gets well and everyone there remains safe. This is just proof of how potently dangerous this virus is. It doesn’t discriminate. Everyone is vulnerable. Thus, as much as you can, STAY AT HOME.

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