Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cameos, Cineastes and Tiya Pusit

The real doctor who is supposed to play the part backed out the last minute so Maxine sent me a bbm in the wee hours to ask me if I could play it. And since my shift won't be until 2am of the next day, i agreed.

When I arrived I was surprised to know that I actually had lines! All the while I was thinking, I would play the part of the doctor but with absolutely no lines and purely nods and facial expressions, but lo and behold-- I had 5. And to add injury, I was doing it with veteran comedian Tiya Pusit and Neri Naig, who was my favorite in Star Circle Quest back then. O yes. And the scene? I was supposed to comfort them from the sad news of the passing of the head of their family.

In between takes, Tiya Pusit had to coach me because, I was the awkward doctor with the awkward white blazer and an awkward pink ballet flats.

Thus after 13 takes, we got it perfectly. It was awesome. Really awesome.

I think, this is really going to be my year. I am hopeful. And I am keeping my fingers crossed.

--1.19.13

Favoritism, Moving Away and everything Else

Because he is my favorite cousin, pardon the bias and he is moving to South Africa for a volunteer work and will be gone for God knows how long. I will miss you because Tacloban is not the same without you, Clusters is best when shared and that stopping in the middle of the highway to watch the fireworks is never fun when done alone.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Villainy, Hugs and Rainbow Brite

I was shouting at my agents and almost cursing as it was already 3 hours after we logged in that we are still waaaay below the target. I could imagine myself growing horns and black eyeshadow and eyeliner completing my villain look when one of them, Mommy Ann, came up to me and hugged me. And suddenly, *poof* I felt like Rainbow Brite.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Les Miz, Of Love and Epic Films

I have waited for Les Miserables like I have waited for love. Now thay it has finally come, I cannot promise that I won't sing. That is how it works-- of love and epic films.

Hindi yan plagiarized.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sanrio Hello Kitty Town in Malaysia

The Giddy Kid in Me The Giddy Kid in Me

We traveled roughly six hours from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru by bus. When we arrived in JB, it took us more than an hour to leave the bus stop because of the impossible rain. We were already in the parking area of Legoland , which by the way is also near Hello Kitty Town. All of our clothes in our bag were already drenched good thing I was able to salvage that HK sweater which I could not wear in Singapore or in KL because it was so humid. Abby and Mitch were even teasing me being a fan girl, seeing all the little girls in the park wearing Hello Kitty shirts. I swear it was pure coincidental.

Sanrio Hello Kitty Town is located at the Puteri Harbor Family Theme Park in Johor Bahru. It was around 10 minutes drive from Legoland Malaysia, which by the way we did not experience because it was raining so hard and it was almost 4pm when we got there. We would't be able to maximize the rides anyway. From Kuala Lumpur, it is a gruelling 6 hour bus ride from their Central Terminal. But if you are from Singapore, crossing the border, the travel time is perhaps just about 45 minutes.

The attraction's entrance is RM65, around 800++ in pesos. It is located in a building which seems to be a shopping hub which some of its parts are still being completed, in Puteri Harbor. There are no buses going to the location, as far as i know so you would need to take a cab. it is a good thing, that Malaysian Cab drivers are really honest and nice. We paid RM20 going to Hello Kitty Town from Legoland and another RM40 from Hello Kitty Town to the border, going back to Singapore.

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dining table with Abby dining table with Abby

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Pantry made of HK Love Pantry made of HK Love

HK Cupboards HK Cupboards

Hello Kitty Refrigerator Hello Kitty Refrigerator

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Bathroom essentials Bathroom essentials

Tala chilling. Tala chilling.

the Kitty Piano and the Ginormous HK LED TV the Kitty Piano and the Ginormous HK LED TV

I wish I knew how to play this thing. I wish I knew how to play this thing.

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All tired from the 6 hour KL to JB travel All tired from the 6 hour KL to JB travel

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There are activities lined up each day so make sure to arrive early so you won't miss it. Unlike us who arrive two hours before the park closes, we missed the photo ops with Hello Kitty and Friends.

We managed to catch the parade and sort of Mardi Gras which was really fun, especially the dancing Sanrio Characters. For a moment, I forgot my fear of mascots and just danced and enjoyed it.

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I swear she was looking at me. I swear she was looking at me.

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There are a lot of activity areas for the kids in the park. but of course, no matter how I want to queue in the face paint area or the dress up Kitty booth, it would somehow be awkward having kids lined up with me.

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Cinamoroll's Cafe! Cinamoroll's Cafe!

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There is this "dark" chamber which shows the darker side of Sanrio, and Kitty and Daniel being held captives. There is a mystery game which guests can participate but we didn't bother. We just wanted to look around anyways.

Kuromi is really scary... Kuromi is really scary...

kitty in captive? kitty in captive?

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[caption id="attachment_1119" align="aliIMG_6734 entrance to the "darker" Kitty

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At the ground floor of the building, the Red Bow Cafe is located for Hello Kitty serving Hello Kitty treats and things after the tiring but exciting tour of Hello Kitty Town.

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I know it looks kind of too old for me, but really when you get there, you'll unleash childhood emotions you never knew actually existed. Or maybe that was a bias statement, of course, coming from a Hello Kitty Fan since the earliest childhood memories I could recall.