But first, a call for help…

If there is anyone out there who could tell me how to remove those unnecessary links on the right panel of this blog page, please post a comment or email me at webmaster@bandstalker.com. Thank you!

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Pulp Summer Slam Pfft…!

Just when I was all prepared to go into battle for this Saturday’s Pulp Summer Slam V – of course, after being informed that I will be on the guest list of you-know-which-band – I got a text from Alvin the PA asking me if I’m confirmed to show up coz someone is asking for my pass. In fairness to the guy, he did say, “only IF you are not planning to go.” As a matter of fact, I am planning to go, but I felt iffy about the situation, so just to console myself, I just asked him what time will the band play (you know, just so I’ll know if it will be worth it to travel all the way to Amoranto just to see them play 3 songs. It will be better if it’s like last year when their old PA Mike was there early so I was able to enter the premises ahead of the band and I was able to witness Joey ‘Pepe’ Smith rock the stage with Kapatid). He said, “1am”. Yikes. So that means there is a very strong possibility that I won’t be able to see the other bands that I wanna see, anyway (especially POT’s one-night-only performance), so I just decided to let them have my pass. So, no Pulp event coverage this year, folks.

Not to sound ‘bitter’ about it, but it’s times like these when I wish this band still has 5 members, if you get what I mean.

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The REAL Band Stalker

Was reading this month’s issue of Pulp and there’s a feature on famed rock-photographer BrutalGrace, who, according to the article, is a “self-confessed band stalker”. Now here is someone whom I can call a ‘kindred spirit’. We do practically the same thing; only, she’s waaay cooler coz now she gets to stalk bands and gets PAID for it. Is that awesome or what.

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K-story of the day: I was channel-surfing the other day and chanced upon this historical epic being shown at Japanese channel WOWOW. I gave a yelp when I saw who’s the lead actor: it’s the guy from the Korean film A Moment To Remember, whom I had a major crush as soon as his face appeared onscreen when I saw that movie (I still don’t know his name up to now, though)! I immediately texted Rizza and Marissa about it, but neither of them are familiar with that movie. The funny thing about watching this particular movie, though, is this: Zhang Ziyi is in the cast, so naturally, her dialog is in Chinese. Of course, my oppa’s lines are in Korean. Later on, I figured out that the plot of this movie revolves around the war between Korea and China, hence the presence of both Korean and Chinese actors. And to make it all the more confusing, the subtitles are in Japanese. So pardon me if I won’t be able to comment on how the story went coz I didn’t understand a single thing. The production values are good, though.

Epilogue: a quick search on IMDB.com showed that the movie is titled MUSA, and it indeed revolved around the war between Korea and China. I also saw the name of my unnamed Korean actor, but for some reason, I can’t remember it now. Just look it up if you’re interested.

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Advice to newbie fans of Korean movies: if you’re seeking advice from someone re: which Korean movies to check out, make sure you ask someone who doesn’t hate Koreans. Or else you might end up watching a major-snoozefest. Juz’ sayin’.

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Razorback has a gig at Halo later! I might show up. My gas, tagal ko nang hindi lumalabas ah! Hindi ba uso ang gigs ngayon?!?!

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Weird. This blog is called Bandstalker Blog, yet on the first post (aside from the intro post, that is) I will NOT be talking about bands.

Actually, my initial reason why I put up a blog for Bandstalker.com is to continue my old ‘job’ at The Dawn Community Forum – before it got the unexpected axe – as Aftermath writer. Side track: For the benefit of those who never visited TheDawn.com.ph, Aftermath refers to gig reviews/recaps as posted by someone who was there to actually witness the gig. It was first coined by BBS Junkie Myke, but since I’m the junkiest of all Junkies and I’m the band’s resident ‘stalker’, I eventually became the unofficial Aftermath writer. Since the site was torn down – please don’t make me go into details coz it won’t be pretty – I had stopped writing gig aftermaths and while going to gigs and not thinking about remembering everything had a liberating feeling, I must admit I missed doing it. It’s been a while since I tried recalling and writing everything with eyes half-closed coz I have to post the aftermath as soon as I get home so that everything is still fresh in my head. I miss the challenge.

BUT! Since bandstalker.com is not an exclusive The Dawn site, and yes, contrary to what some people think, I do watch other artists aside from The Dawn, I will be tackling other topics in this blog. As I wrote in the front page of bandstalker.com, I’ll be writing about gigs, travel tales and other photo-laden stories here, where applicable.

Now, for my first official post, I will be discussing… Koreans. :grin:  Specifically, K-entertainment.

I can almost hear a collective gasp from my band-stalking pals. hehe

I dunno why, but I’m currently hooked to Korean movies, TV shows and music. I’m not yet obsessed, but based on past experiences, I’m already having symptoms of being a K-addict. No, K doesn’t stand for kimchi. I still couldn’t stand the stuff.

I’m actually a late-bloomer to K-entertainment. It’s been a while since Pinoys got hooked to Asian drama (remember the [in]famous F4??) but I only got the hang of it now, and I exclusively like K-stuff. My initiation with K-entertainment came when my K-obsessed friend gave me a copy of the movie My Sassy Girl, and I saw it mainly because everyone was talking about it and I’m curious why. I liked the movie, but it wasn’t enough to make me hooked to it.

And then, GMA7 aired Stairway to Heaven and introduced me to this man named Kwon Sang Woo. That’s it, I’m hooked. Good thing I have friends like Rizza and Marissa (no, they’re not twins; they’re not even blood-related) who are so effin’-obsessed with it and supplied me with necessary information about what DVDs to buy and which actor(s) to check out. It also helps that Rizza is always gracious with her ‘contributions’ to my study of K-entertainment. ;)

However, the current object of my affection is not KSW but the singer/actor Bi (pronounced BEE, not BAY as in bisexual. Just to make that clear.), aka. Rain, but more popularly known to Pinoy audiences as Justin in the Koreanovela Full House. I initially wasn’t interested with Full House coz I didn’t care about Song Hye Kyo (the famous ‘Jenny’ from Endless Love 1: Autumn In My Heart) and I thought Bi was ordinary-looking (I mean, compared to KSW). Then, I chanced upon Bi’s music video at the Korean channel Arirang. Gosh, he’s good. I mean, he’s so unlike our local actors who force themselves to sing/dance even if they can’t, or our singers who force themselves to act even if they can’t. This guy can do ’em all.

And to top it off, I finished my Full House DVDs ahead of the GMA7 airing and Bi’s cuteness sort of grew on me. Hence, the Bi obsession.

Actually, if you really know me, you wouldn’t find this ‘kagagahan’ as weird. If you had known what I used to do before I became a band stalker, you’d actually wonder how the hell did I get into this bandstalker business in the first place. Right, Rizza? Right AFRM-ers? ;)

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Hello everyone. My name is Paulette, and this is (supposedly) the blog section of Bandstalker.com. The site is still under construction as I’m typing this, so don’t go there yet. :smile:

As I’ve said in the index page of the site – which is yet to be published, so why am I quoting it? :) anyway – in this blog, you will read my own gig reviews/recaps, travel tales, and other photo-laden stories (photos do tell a lot of stories, ya know). Not that what I say will be of interest to anyone, but the fact that you’re reading this now means you’re actually interested with what I have to say. Right? hehe

So sit back, relax, and prepared to be bored by my stories. You have been warned.

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