penny January 27th, 2012
Ajay and I started watching Game of Thrones. I have the books and started reading, but our watching the episodes just caught up with where I am in the first book. I can’t get too upset about it anymore. Free time is such a luxury now. And I have to admit, this is the first time I am enjoying a TV adaptation so much I don’t mind as much that I haven’t finished reading the book. Needless to say, it’s a great show that we’ll continue to watch for as long as it runs. I love the cast, it is easy to get addicted!
As is often the case, I get very attached to actors in shows I watch. Sean Bean of LOTR fame is cast perfectly as Ned Stark. It is unfortunate I find it difficult to shake off his Boromir character, but that’s coz he looks so similar in what looks like a “period” costume. I don’t mind, I like Sean Bean. I first saw Sean Bean in Patriot Games (1992), a film starring Harrison Ford. Bean plays an extremist Irish republican who attempts an assassination of a British Royal. This made me ask “Is he Irish?”, I still don’t know (can someone educate me?). Other similar dark roles are in Ronin (1998) with Robert de Niro, where he had a small role. A bigger role was beside Nicolas Cage in National Treasure (2004) as main villain Ian Howe. Another gem is his appearance as Odysseus in the film Troy (2004). And of course, who can forget him as Boromir in Fellowship of the Ring (2001). He also appeared in a British TV series with the title role of Richard Sharpe, a soldier in Napoleonic times.
A few future roles to watch out for are in upcoming films Mirror, Mirror (2012), a movie about Snow White, and Pan (2012) about Peter Pan. Also to look forward to is the TV drama Missing alongside Ashley Judd, also coming out this year (2012).
penny August 26th, 2010
Ajay and I have found a new series to sink our teeth into. Heston’s feasts is a documentary series featuring the eccentric stylings of culinary genius Heston Blumenthal.
The show has a theme that varies from episode to episode. His guests are prominent personalities and critics, who are delightful to watch as they are immersed into an often amazing adventure encapsuled in a three (or more) course feast.
Most recent episode we’ve watched is his Fantasy Feast. Here he builds a version of a Cinderella pumpkin, an apple from Snow white and a Hansel and Gretel edible house.
Heston’s feasts airs in SBS every Thursday evening, 8.30.
penny March 15th, 2008
I was rooting for another contestant, Matt, at the time of Aussie Idol 2007. The other finalist, Natalie, won.
Here’s a video of her winning single.
penny February 2nd, 2008
Ajay got me back to watching the 90s TV series “Two Guys and a Girl”, and hence reminded me about Ryan Reynolds, the Canadian actor who played ‘Berg’ in the show. Since I finished watching the 3 seasons the past week, I looked him up wondering what this actor is up to at the present time. I read somewhere he’s in talks to play The Flash… anyone confirm this?
Anyhow, I also came across some writing from Reynolds. A nice, funny piece of light reading… enjoy!
penny November 4th, 2007
It’s interesting how my ear catches a tune in the radio, and I have to find out who is singing, so I can get it playing on my own time. It’s very rare that you find out AFTER hearing the tune, so I try to catch a good length of lyrics so I can do a quick Google search. I love the internet.
After which I’d be able to find a copy online, and if I love the tune I’d hunt the album, then other works by the artist.
I thought I’d share some of my thoughts about my latest finds. Some songs mentioned here are uploaded in my Multiply site [if they're not there yet, i might put them up in the future].
The Cat Empire. This is an Australian alternative band from Melbourne. I’ve heard my friend Malu rave about them ever since I’ve known her. I happened too see them do an unplugged special on TV some weeks ago, and they are fantastic! They are kind of like a ska, swing, jazz rock band, heavily seasoned with Latin influence, in my opinion. I have all of their three albums now, and I like listening to them when I’m in need for a pick-me-up. My favorite would have to be the album So Many Nights.
Fat Freddy’s Drop. A New Zealand band I heard about from friend Shamin. They are great to hear to mellow out without getting droopy-eyed. [They had a gig last night here in Sydney, and was invited to come see it. But seeing I am feeling somewhat impoverished at the moment, no fancy events for me yet =P]
Damien Rice. First heard the song Delicate by this American singer, played in the House MD soundtrack. I have got to be enamored with the songs by Damien Rice the most at the present time. They are simply divine. I don’t know what it is, but even with not much instruments, the bravado just blows me away. I would have to say, I mostly play his song Cannonball to cheer myself up. Listen to it. It’s a great song.
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penny October 7th, 2007
[Pen editing so the post makes much more sense]
I didn’t think I’d get used to Aussie tellie (shortened form of television). I guess it’s mostly because it’s a lot like british programming? We Pinoys had our bit of Benny Hill and Mr Bean at home, so the humor can be a bit familiar. But not all of it is of that tone of humor, don’t get me wrong!
I have here a bit of commentary on some Aussie shows I get to watch sometimes on the tellie [I wish I could just get used to the shortening of words, "bogan" as Ali calls it. I love hearing them talk that way hehe] I know I shouldn’t have any time to spare [believe me, I don't!], what with all the work that comes with a phd. But then, guilty pleasure is primetime mindless shows on the tellie. I didn’t do any ‘research’ so I could be talking about ‘franchised’ shows here. Anyhow… If my supervisor sees this list… I am soooo dead [I swear, I don't get to watch them all the time!]
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AJ Jorge September 11th, 2007
Catching up with blogging is hard especially if you have lots of materials with little time to blog.
Heroes cast were here in Singapore when Pen was here the second time around. Hiro Nakamura, Officer Matt Parkman, Dr. Suresh and Nikki/Jessica Sanders were present.
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penny September 9th, 2007
Ok. Episode nine of the first season finally reeled me in. Hooray for Syph Boy! Once I’ve watched enough eps, I’ll put up a feature
AJ Jorge July 17th, 2007
In honor of the forthcoming much anticipated Simpons movie, everyone is encouraged to make his own Simpsons avatar here.
I had a hard time making my traits with the limited selection over at the site. This is the best I can come up with. [pen edits with hers too]
AJ Jorge July 6th, 2007
Yuga is giving away Transformers T-shirt in his site – yugatech.com/blog.
All you need to do is leave a comment in this entry telling who is your favorite Transformers and why.
I’d easily pick Jazz. I would’ve picked Optimus Prime or Bumbleebee but people everywhere are also choosing them. So I’d go with the lesser known Autobot. More than that, Jazz is an uber cool car taking the form of a Porsche. Jazz for me is cooler than Bumbleebee, Ironhide or Ratchet. Prime’s cargo exterior is still a mystery for me (where the heck does it go whenever Prime transforms?!). Hot Rod will be another choice as he is another sports car in the cartoons but he is not one of the original robots of the show. And when Hot Rod became Rodimus Prime, kids all over are craving for him.
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