Alphabat’s AB CITY [Music Video Review]

 

 

K-Pop is known to have lots of boygroups and girlgroups and bands of all sorts. Because of this large number, it’s a wonder to many fans how companies name their groups and how they want their group to stand out. When the group “Alphabat” came out one day in Allkpop, I was like “WHAT?”. Are they actually losing some ideas?

Alphabat just released their debut MV. For a debut MV, this is expected. It’s not really that explosive and offered almost to nothing new to K-Pop. Electric, hip hop and aegyo are very common.

The song starts with a rap. It was a pretty decent rap and he sounded like TOP but kinda some timbre higher. It didn’t have the “I’ll-blow-your-mind-with-my-lazy-rap” in it. It was normal. Then it was followed by a slower tempo singing and falsetto. I like the falsetto that I kept on replaying that part. Then another singer then the chorus.

The chorus really wasn’t as explosive as it should have been. I believe that the chorus is actually the heart of the song because that’s what the people usually remember. However, in this song, it wasn’t really that focused. But I gotta admit, it’s kinda catchy.

After the first chorus, I just wanted to skip the whole “A-B-C-D-E-F-G” part because of the aegyo. The aegyo part is unnecessary and is out of place. It’s hip hop! Male hip hop. It reminded me of IGAB. Then another rap. They have two rappers? Cool.

The rest of the song was pretty much the same as how it started. There wasn’t anything that explosive with it. But for some reasons, I’m hooked with it and kept on replaying the song.

The MV is the typical “inside-the-box” MV where their backgrounds change. The whole MV is black and white and looks clean. I really like looking at it. However, there are some backgrounds which almost overpowered them to the point that you can’t see clearly their dance moves.

Speaking of dance moves, their moves are clean and awesome. I just hope that they showed more of it in the MV. But they’re debuting soon so I’ll just wait for their debut stage.

Time’s up! Game over… 

rating: 3/10

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Wayback Wednesday: Childhood Shows

HIRAYA MANAWARI

Hiraya Manawari focuses on stories for children. I don’t really remember much of their stories but this became part of my morning addiction in TV.

SINESKWELA

Tell me, who’s that 90’s Filipino child that doesn’t know what Sineskwela was? Sineskwela was very popular before. It focused on Science and Health. I actually learned a lot of things from this. I can also not forget the flying jeepney, that was one of the highlights for me. They actually tried to revive Sineskwela but I guess it did.n’t become as popular as it was years ago.

BAYANI

Bayani focused on the Philippine History. This is actually one of the main factors why I got interested with history. I love how they reenacted the Philippine history and made the heroes alive. The one story that I can’t forget is the story of Melchora Aquino.

MATH TINIK

Obviously, this one was focused on Mathematics. Because of this show, I learned how to divide.

EPOL APOL

Epo Apol is focused on English. This is my second favorite educational show (the first is Bayani). That’s because the way they speak is so cute and because I’ve been taught that learning English as early as kindergarten is needed. And why won’t you love that magic door? It’s like the cuter version of Narnia. And the puppets! <3

DRAGON BALL

This was shown in GMA every Saturday and Sunday. It was my uncle and my dad who influenced me to be a big fan of this. Goku is so cute but I will never replace Vegeta as my first anime crush.

Way Back Wednesday: High School Movie Making Project

Director : Shaira Amerl Sales
Writers: Jonel Juaneza , Sundae Mae Indino
Camerawoman : Sundae Mae Indino
Starring : Suhaimen Lomondot
Kaycynt Joyce Lucagbo
Cast: Kerstan Hillario, Christna Banuag, JJ Fabiana, Roland Gironella, TJ Uy, Jon Pelino

This is one of the most memorable projects that I’ve made in high school (and maybe the most stressful).

This movie making project was a collaboration between the Filipino and Computer department. Kailangan talaga nito eh collaboration and participation ng group. May 11 members sa group namin tapos four groups per section. Medyo marami pero na-hati naman. Of course, ako yung naging director. Saya no?

When we started filming the scenes, we didn’t know how to do it. We just shoot and shoot. We made the script, edited it, submitted it to the teacher then shoot again. We didn’t have much time to shoot because we were all busy and many of our groupmates have their own personal reasons to go home early and not show-up on shooting days (or times). There were lots of moments where I lost my patience and just shouted at the “actors” because of their unreasonable alibis. Diba? Kainis kung aalis tapos hindi okay yung alibi nila. Tapos damay pa yung whole group. Wth?

So after maybe two months (?) of “shooting” and “editing”, we finally had a project! It’s a short movie, 30 minutes long, about a love between  two Muslims where the girl is already betrothed to another guy. It was a cliche story but whatever, we just wanted to pass the subject. We didn’t know what happened but our film was actually considered for showing at the SM Mall Theaters for the final showing night! Awesome!

Of course, good news. I was so excited when I heard this pero nag-alangan din ako. Kasi nga diba, ang hirap mag-shoot. Tapos sinabi ng teacher ko na  kailangan naming mag-reshoot ng ibang scenes and mag-add pa. Medyo nakulangan ang excitement ko nun. So I told my teacher na tatanungin ko nalang muna yung groupmates ko. Intrams nun tapos ang saya nila nung sabihin ko na na-consider kami. Pero when I told them na kailangang mag-reshoot, yun na, unanimous ang decision na hindi na kami mag-rereshoot. Pagod na kaming lahat.

So ayun, ang saya lang. May short film kaming nagawa kahit isa lang. Ngayon ko lang na-realize na nakapag-direk pala ako ng isang movie kahit na mga classmates ko lang mga nakakita. Kahit na diba? :)

 

Thee Woes of a Filipino Cashier

First of all, we just moved from Fort St. John to Grande Prairie. So we’re now in Alberta instead of being in British Columbia. And because we just moved, I needed a new job. A job that would help me to save money for college (hopefully next year). So I applied for various jobs and finally got a call from Save on Foods. I went in for an interview and a few days later, got a call that I got a job! And that was the start of my woes.

First of all, I’m not really that confident of my verbal English. Yes, I know how to speak the language because I’ve been learning that since kindergarten. But if you try to compare it with with my constant use of my local dialect, BIsaya,I just use straight English during reportings. And that’s where my problem started. I kind of talk fast in Bisaya. Well, that’s because I’m familiar with it and confident in using it. Now that I’m practising my English more, I still carry that “Fast-talk” thing that sometimes I stumble out the words. Shame on me.

Another thing is my grammar. I’ve been taught English grammar since Elementary and I don’t have much problem with it when it comes to writing. However, verbal English is quite different because I have to immediately answer the person. Sometimes, my grammar gets all messed up and I get flustered. I hate it when that happens.

Ever heard of Zucchini, Beets and Leek? If you have then high five! I have heard about these of course. I do watch cooking shows even if I don’t know much about cooking. They usually name these vegetables (?) but I didn’t really know what they looked like. Here, these foods are likely compared to kang kong, gabi and malunggay in the Philippines. The first time I saw these vegetables, I was terribly lost. “Uhm, excuse me. Sorry but what do you call this again?” that’s my usual line the first time I saw these vegetables. What can I do? I never saw them. Good thing some customers just smile and answer me. Some actually have mocking smile but I don’t care. It’s better to ask than to be wrong.

I’m not really the social butterfly. Maybe because of the way I grew up. I was the sheltered type and my friends were my school friends and never really had a neighbour best friend (except at Bukidnon). Now, many of my colleagues (?), workmates whatever are kinda close to my age. My problem? Language barrier and my awkwardness. I kept telling myself, maybe if I’m better in English then maybe I can talk to them more. Or maybe if they speak my language I can get along with them better.

My voice. My English speaking voice that I have already blogged before. There are times when I speak LOUD and the other person still say, “What?”. I just think, “My voice is really that low?” (insert sad face here) I asked a workmate once about my voice and she said that I’m really quiet. Wow.

So that’s it. I’m actually quite tired already of being the new kid, the foreigner and the non-English speaker. I’m finding ways to improve my English speaking skills. Maybe one day I can speak English as fluent and as confident as I speak in Bisaya.