“Chop Suey” Spoof

April 30, 2007 at 4:54 PM | Posted in Music | Leave a comment
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For some time now, I’ve been wondering if there is actually a spoof version of System of a Down’s hit song, “Chop Suey.” I heard a funny version of it a couple of years ago (not the
Parokya ni Edgar version, mind you) when a former coworker of mine played it on his computer. The funny version I heard was a slower one – much like what you hear in lounge bars. And it’s still sang in English. The outcome was so hilarious that I couldn’t help but laugh when I heard it. I wasn’t able to ask my coworker about it and got me wondering since then. I thought that the one I heard was just “doctored” by my coworker to make it sound slower.

But lo and behold! When I searched it on Radio Blog Club, it was there! It turns out that a certain Richard Cheese was the one who sang the funny version of “Chop Suey.” He actually spoofs many popular songs and turn them into lounge versions. I never heard of him before but apparently, he’s quite popular in the US. His versions of rock songs are really funny. In fact, I love his spoofs on Linkin Park’s “One Step Closer,” Radiohead’s “Creep,” and Nirvana’s “Rape Me.” He even spoofed Madonna and Britney. They’re really hilarious when you listen to them, I tell you.

Oh My Louis!

April 26, 2007 at 9:18 AM | Posted in Books, Movies, Musings | Leave a comment

Being such an Anne Rice fan, I took this quiz (thanks to Frederick O. for giving me this link) to find out what kind of a vampire I am. And this is the result. I actually don’t mind being identified with Louis. I mean, of all the vampire characters that Anne Rice wrote in “The Vampire Chronicles,” Louis is my favorite (and it doesn’t hurt that Brad Pitt played this character in the movie version of Interview with the Vampire). Louis may be miserable and all but he still has a conscience — a sense of goodness in him even after he became a vampire. And he is a devoted companion to Lestat (in a non-sexual way, that is). He is always at Lestat’s side no matter when Lestat almost went crazy after having been to heaven and hell.

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You are LOUIS. You poor jaded, melancholy person. You hate being you and you feel hopelessly doomed for all eternity. You are constantly wallowing in your own sorrow and telling your story to anyone who will listen, hoping to find sympathy or maybe even a kindred. You don’t see a point to life anymore, but are too scared to end it all.
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What You See is Not Necessarily What You Get

April 25, 2007 at 5:10 PM | Posted in Musings | 2 Comments
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Appearances can be deceiving. I am a living proof of that. Around two months ago, I was quite surprised when a coworker of mine mentioned to me that I have a wholesome image, that he never thought that I could actually have a “different” side. He said that he thought I’m the kind who is – to put it in the vernacular – “hindi makabasag ng pinggan.” Well I told him that he thought wrong. I’m not this goody-two-shoes,Pollyanna type of person who shies away from doing mischiefs and blushes every time I hear green jokes. Believe you me, I’m so far from that image. I may be shy and dresses a bit like the average girl but the real me is a fusion of wildness and naughtiness. I can be nice and sweet but I can also be bitchy and mean. Those who know me very well can attest to that.

After hearing that comment from my coworker, I’m now beginning to wonder if I should change my image. But then again, I thought I already did that when I got a tattoo three months ago. I thought having a tattoo (by the way, my tattoo is located on my lower back) would make it clear to those who would see it that I’m not as wholesome as I seem. Apparently, I was wrong. Maybe people are misled by the way I dress. Though I wear black clothes and black nail polish once in a while, most of my wardrobe consists of baby T’s and blouses in assorted colors (yes I have a couple of pink blouses), jeans, tank tops, and shorts. Maybe that’s enough for most people to conclude that I’m wholesome.

So now maybe I should wear black more often and maybe curse once in a while?

In Memoriam

April 19, 2007 at 9:00 AM | Posted in Fandom, Musings | Leave a comment

I just got a text message from my X-phile friend Lily early this morning about some sad news. It was actually past midnight when I learned from her that our beloved friend, Ricky passed away last night. According to reports, Ricky was rushed to the Medical City yesterday afternoon for an emergency surgery because of a brain hemorrhage. I still don’t know the
details but the only message I got from Lily was that he passed away last night.

I was already asleep that time when I was awaken by the beep of my cell phone and learned about the sad news. I was really shocked. I met Ricky when he joined our group, the Pinoy X-Philes, which is a member of the New Worlds Alliance. I don’t know him very well but
from what I knew about him, he was a warm and friendly person and really smart. You could learn a lot just by talking to him. It was really surprising to learn about what happened. My condolence goes to Ricky’s family and may he rest in peace…

The Gathering

April 17, 2007 at 1:04 PM | Posted in Books, Fandom, Lifestyle | Leave a comment

 

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I went to Fandom Cafe last Saturday (April 14) to meet some new friends from online. I’ve never been to Fandom Cafe since it’s a fairly new cafe so I had difficulty finding the place. Thankfully I found it after some minutes of searching. The meeting was actually an informal gathering (an eyeball of sorts) of friends from an online community devoted to Anne Rice. Yes, these friends of mine and I love the books of Anne Rice and we have our own little group called Anne Rice Philippines. It’s actually a newly formed, Manila-based group that’s barely a year old. I found out about them through the New Worlds Alliance website, of which I am an old member. The New Worlds Alliance is a large community of science fiction and fantasy fans in the Philippines. We organize the Sci Fi and Fantasy Convention every year. I learned from the website that ARP just joined NWA. And being an Anne Rice fan for years, I signed up with the group.

So there I was in the cafe, meeting for the first time these people who are also avid fans of Anne Rice. They are a bunch of warm and friendly people. Unfortunately, not all members were able to come. There were just seven of us who came. But it was all right. We really had a great time talking about Anne Rice and her books. We also watched a BBC documentary on Anne (there is a viewing room in the cafe) and how her life was before she became famous after writing Interview with the Vampire.

 

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Watching the documentary, I was really surprised that her childhood home in New Orleans was exactly the same house described so accurately in her book, The Witching Hour. The screened porch where Dierdre Mayfair used to sit as described in the book was there. Even the Garden District neighborhood resembled exactly with the book description.

I’ve learned new things from the documentary. For one, I didn’t know that Anne could be such a romantic. According to her, she fell in love at first sight with Stan Rice (now her husband) and that they used to exchange “hot, romantic letters” with each other when Anne was in California while Stan was in New Orleans. The documentary even showed a photo of Anne’s daughter, Michelle who died while she was only five. Michelle had long, blond curly hair and was the exact replica of Claudia, the vampire child in Interview with the Vampire.

I really had fun during The Gathering. It’s actually the fourth Gathering of ARP but it was my first to attend. And I plan to attend more gatherings.

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