Gathered Thoughts

Hotties from Faraway Lands! (Vol. 3)

You’ve seen the title.  THIS is already a third attempt to compile a list of not just “the most this, the most that” kind of men, but a combination of everything: talent, looks, fortune, brawn, and the most important of all — brains!  Combine them all and I believe that’s the true definition of “HOT!”  (Sorry, Paris.)

Of course, these are just some of the popular ones.  So for those who make the cut IN REAL LIFE, cheer up!  And of course, keep it up!  Hahaha!

But yeah, I gotta start naming names sooner or later, so here are they are:


#10 Dominic Lau
(Faraway Land of Origin: Hong Kong/The United Kingdom)

This British-Chinese VJ-slash-model-slash-host’s love for music can be traced back to his university years.  After all, he graduated with a degree in Commercial Music from the University of Westminster in London!  Currently,  you can catch him on E! News Asia as he delivers the latest AND hottest celebrity news straight from your TV screens.  No doubt he’s dubbed as Asia’s “Ryan Seacrest.”  Idol-worthy, indeed.

#9 Nick Simmons
(Faraway Land of Origin: The United States)

I came to know of his existence thanks to his family’s reality show: Gene Simmons Family Jewels.  Having said that, YES, he’s the son of Gene Simmons (from the rock band Kiss).  But aside from having a famous rock star father, Nick‘s famous in his own right too!  He graduated with a degree in English Literature from Pitzer College in California and according to Wikipedia, he’s “a comic book writer, musician, and voice over actor.”  Yeah, well, you should’ve heard him sing during his parents’ wedding on their reality show.  The guy CAN sing!  Heck, hearing him talk is already music to my ears!  Last but not least, he’s funny!  Now, now.  You can never go wrong with humor, can you? 😛

#8 Oli Pettigrew
(Faraway Land of Origin: Hong Kong/The United Kingdom)

He may be born in Hong Kong, but he’s currently residing in Singapore.  You might’ve spotted him at some high-profile events, but I first set eyes on this British model/host on AXN’s Sony Style.  Of course, he also holds a degree in Corporate Communication — with honors!  And if that’s not enough, I believe you can still catch him on Cash Cab Asia (not to mention listen to his adorable British accent!)

#7 Matthew Atkinson
(Faraway Land of Origin: The United States)

The “small screen” may be his current specialty, but I don’t doubt that he has what it takes to be the lead on a “bigger” screen someday.  But while we’re still waiting for that to happen, watch him on Jane by Design.  Trust me, you won’t be able to get enough of that smile AND those dimples! 🙂

#6 Ryan Lochte
(Faraway Land of Origin: The United States)

Fresh from the 2012 London Olympics!  Aside from graduating with a degree in Sport Management from the University of Florida, this Olympian already has several medals to his name!  And even though the swimming portion of the current Olympics will soon end, this Olympian’s not yet done collecting ’em!  Talk about a “gold” rush!  Haha!

#5 Colin Egglesfield
(Faraway Land of Origin: The United States)

Tom Cruise?  Naaah!  There’s more to Colin than just being an actor and former model.  He actually hold’s a pre-med course from the University of Iowa and paying for med school was the only reason why he got into modeling in the first place (at least that’s what Wikipedia says!  Hahaha!).  Not to worry, though.  He may have given up his dream of being a doctor, but he sure played one very hot lawyer in the movie Something Borrowed!  How’s that for a career change?! 😀

#4 Matt Bomer
(Faraway Land of Origin: The United States)

Let’s drop the bomb right away: he’s gay.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I’ve to admit that I was surprised when I first found out!  But moving on, he still earns a spot in this list because aside from graduating with a degree in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University, he and his partner also father three sons (through a surrogate).  Now that’s what you call BOMER diggity!

#3 Harry Styles
(Faraway Land of Origin: The United Kingdom)

British?  Check.  Hot body?  Are you blind?  Of course, check!  Killer smile?  Check.  Music career?  Big check AND cheques!  There’s definitely only ONE DIRECTION for this lad to go to: SUCCESS!  And yes, that’s check!  check!!  check!!!

#2 Chris Hemsworth
(Faraway Land of Origin: Australia)

There are simply no words for this man.  How can you not include the god of thunder in this list?  Well, that’s just it.  You cannot not include him!  And since we’re already used to seeing those rock hard abs and bulky arms of his, I’ll leave you with this picture.  After all, it’s not everyday that you get to see an Avenger holding his real-life baby!  *all THORgether now*  Awwww!

…and of course, THE HOTTEST of ’em all:

#1 Benedict Cumberbatch
(Faraway Land of Origin: The United Kingdom)

“Stop boring me and think.  It’s the new sexy.”  The famous character he plays once said on his equally famous TV show.  And I agree.  Brainy, indeed, is the new sexy!  A drama graduate at the University of Manchester, he further trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  And judging from his interviews, the guy’s not just intelligent and talented, I can say that he has tact and respect for women, is a gentleman, and knows how to keep fit too!

Oh yeah, consider me SHERLOCKed.

And there you go!  Don’t worry if your “hottie” of choice wasn’t included here.  There’s always room for Vol. 4, you know?

The end. 😉

You can also check these out:
Vol. 1
Vol. 2

Gathered Thoughts

For Some Reason, I Found Myself Listening to THESE

“Call Me Maybe”
by Carly Rae Jepsen

by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa

And for some reason, they both have something to do with A PHONE.  Hahaha!

On a serious note, it got me thinking why these songs are hits…  And I guess just like every song, it’s because people can relate to their lyrics.  Not to mention, groove to their melodies! 😉

But let’s start with “Payphone.  How exactly can people relate to it?  Okay, the music video’s out of the question.  The whole concept of it and its relation to the song are still a mystery to me!  This version is actually better, in my opinion:

But anyway, if you’re going to ask me, the part that really got my attention was this:

“If happy ever after did exist, I would still be holding you like this.  And all those fairytales are full of s*it; one more f*cking love song, I’ll be sick…  I’m at a payphone.”

And it wasn’t just the “happy ever after” and “fairytales” that made me press the replay button again and again, it’s the way it was written — in second conditional (excuse the grammarzilla in me) and with straight-to-the-point-no-excuses swearwords!  It’s as if the writer really tried to express both the LOVE and PAIN he/she felt, feels, and will feel!  And for me, he/she succeeded in doing that exactly. 😀

As for “Call Me, Maybe, how do people relate to it?  Hmm…  To make it easier, let’s make the question how do I relate to it?  Hahaha!

Well, I’ll let you in on a secret: Ms. Jepsen‘s hit song is actually one of my fantasies when I travel!  You know, go to a foreign place, spot that kind of guy, approach him, give him my number even though we both know it’s craaazy, but then what’s done’s done, so the ball’s already in his court and it’s up to him whether or not he’ll do the next move.  Call me.  But maybe.  Tapos ang kanta! 😛

That.  And well, the song’s truly catchy!  Even YOU can’t deny that!  Mwahahahahaha!

And there goes another rambling from yours truly. =))  To end this, I just want to say that I also found myself WATCHING these.  Enjoy!!!

my fellow Lasallians‘ take on “Call Me, Maybe”


Alex G‘s sweet rendition of “Payphone”

I wish she stuck with the original swearwords, though.
Instead of changing them to “it” and “stupid” respectively…  If you know what I mean! 🙂

Down Memory Lane, Marked on the Calendar, Mi Familia y Mi Amigos

Still COOKin’ in 2012!

“I’m sorry if it took us awhile to go back.”  He said during that night.  Or something like that.

Well, apology accepted!  After all, we’ve waited three years to see him again!  (By “we,” I’m referring to me, my Ate Fai, and the rest of his loyal followers since his Idol days!)

So who exactly am I talking about?  Why, David Cook, of course! 😀

The guy sure owns several guitars, which he used during his concert! 😉

It’s true, it did take him awhile to come back to Manila because when he first played for his Filipino fans, I still haven’t found my first full-time job, my sister just got married, and he shared the stage with his runner-up, David Archuleta!  In fact, I documented that epic concert in my previous blog, which you can check out by clicking HERE.

Whether it’s 2009 or 2012…

…my sister and I are definitely COOKistas! Haha!

Indeed, a lot of things have happened since 2009.  And now that we’re in 2012, these happened: I just resigned from my first full-time job, my niece is about to turn three years old soon, and David Cook (DC) finally decided to have a concert of his own!  But one thing remains: my undying love for his angelic-yet-powerful rock voice!

And speaking of his “angelic-yet-powerful rock voice,” have you gotten yourself a copy of his latest album This Loud Morning?

Well if you still haven’t, I suggest you go get one as soon as you can and turn to tracks like “Right Here, With You, “Fade Into Me, and “4 Letter Word.  Why?  Wala lang, those are my favorite tracks kasi!  Eh nagbabakasakali lang na pareho tayo ng taste in music!  Wahahahaha!

But seriously, DC‘s voice never fails to put a smile on my face!  If only I could describe his voice by using an adjective that is used to describe looks, “gwapo” would be the appropriate one!  Oh wait!  I did describe his voice like that once, twice, or thrice.  Whenever I listen to his songs, bigla nalang ako mapapasabi ng ang gwapo talaga ng boses niya!”  Hahaha!

I guess you just really can’t deny “talent” when you “hear” one! ♥

Always a David Cook fan, Mika 🙂