Gathered Thoughts

My Direction Infection

So One Direction. 😀  Ever since I got “infected,” I’ve written two 1D-related posts on this blog (HERE and HERE).  If those weren’t enough, I even acquired my very own “fangirl stuff,” which includes 1D‘s debut album, their two official books — One Direction: Forever Young (Our Official X Factor Story) and Dare to Dream: Life as One Direction, their first concert DVD, a baller, a fan magazine, and still counting…

So when Ms. Dyan Zarzuela of Candy magazine asked me if I could share my 1D “fangirl story” with her, of course I didn’t think twice!  There’s no better way to proclaim to “the world” my 1D devotion than with the help of the Philippines’ #1 teen magazine, Candy, right???

“Candy Girl Mika Chiong on 1D” can be found inside Candy magazine’s July 2012 issue!

The feature was short, but definitely sweet. 🙂  As for the interview itself, I kind of got carried away!  Hahaha!  But if you get to read it, you’ll definitely UNDERSTAND how and why I got “infected” in the first place!  So I decided to share it with yoouuu! 😉

And now I’m warning you…  what you’re about to read from hereon was pretty much how I gushed about 1D! 😛

The video that made me become a 1D fan.
I’ve to be honest…  my Direction Infection wasn’t a “love at first sight” thing.  In fact, I kind of overlooked their “What Makes You Beautiful” music video the first time I saw it on TV.  But on MARCH 21, 2012 (yes, it’s pretty recent; and yes, I know the exact date!  Haha!), THIS video made me see 1D in a whole different light:

“ONE DIRECTION Teaches You to Speak British!” was THE video that made me a 1D fan! 😀

The top 3 things I love about 1D.
First, they’re BRITISH — which is kind of a giveaway already since I’m a self-proclaimed Anglophile!  Heehee.

Second, their STORIES.  All One Directioners know that 1D was formed thanks to The X Factor (UK), but when I read their latest book, Dare To Dream: Life As One Direction, it was as if I was able to have a deeper connection with the boys and realized that yes, they, too, were just ordinary humans like most of us who once upon a time had big dreams…  and were able to make them come true!

Last but definitely not the least, their MUSIC.  Of course!  1D‘s album is actually what I play ALL DAY on my iPod!  And I repeat, not just their hit singles, but the ENTIRE ALBUM — no kidding!  I love the fact that each song in their album is distinct from one another.  For example, “What Makes You Beautiful” sounds very current, typical for a boyband…  but when you reach the last track, “Stole My Heart,” I actually get some kind of an 80’s vibe or something!  I can’t really explain it…  all I know is that 1D‘s music isn’t something people should take for granted or worse, underestimate. 🙂

My fave 1D member.
HARR-EH!!!  Yes, Harry Styles is my favorite 1D member because I love his (husky) voice, I love his megawatt smile, I love his hair, I love his green eyes, I love that he loves cats, I love his personality (such a self-proclaimed cheeky chappy!), I love his “Isn’t She Lovely” audition on The X Factor, I love the fact that he’s close to his mum, I love that he doesn’t think age matters (hahaha!)

Oh let’s face it, I love EVERYTHING about him!!! ♥

Things that make a real 1D fangirl AND things that a real 1D fangirl would never do.
A real 1D fangirl is someone who…

…knows all 1D‘s songs by heart.
…has a Facebook wall/Twitter feed full of 1D news/stuff!
…gets her hands on every possible 1D merchandise — whether it’s from the U.K., Australia, America, or just any part of the world (guilty as charged!  Haha!)
…smiles at the thought of 1D.  As simple as that.
…supports not just her favorite member, but ALL the members!
…will name her future sons Harry, Liam, Louis, Niall, and/or Zayn! =))

A real 1D fangirl would never…

…bash/trash-talk any of the boys’ girlfriends/love interests (no matter how much that sucks!) </3
…buy a pirated 1D album/CD/DVD.  It’s just plain wrong…  not to mention ILLEGAL.
…compare the boys to other artists.  Simply put, the boys are unique in their own ways.  1D IS 1D; they’re incomparable.  (Spoken like a true One Directioner!  Hahaha!)
…outgrow the boyband.  5, 10, or more years from now — even when they’re already classified as a “middle-aged men” band!  There’s just NO CURE for this Direction Infection!!! 😛

And actually, I once had a Facebook status talking about my decision to resign from my job:

“I contemplated…  and changed my mind.  Fight ’til the end!  Ika nga, use all possible ‘lifelines!’  You’ll be surprised that even One Direction played a big role in this decision-making…  That’s HOW MUCH they’re influencing my life right now!  But then again, only a REAL FAN GIRL will understand why.”

Believe it or not.  But yes, BELIEVE IT!

My friends actually found it “different” that I decided not to resign from my job because of 1D.  Obviously, the boys weren’t the only reason BUT they were one of the major factors.

First is very obvious.  How else would I be able to afford 1D fangirl-ing stuff and merchandise if I didn’t earn my own money?  At my age, I already pay for my own “wants” and asking money from others isn’t just an option.

Next, they inspire me.  To WORK HARD, that is.  We think that being a celebrity/superstar is all glitz and glamour.  True.  But it also takes a lot of hard work.  We all witnessed THAT (hard work) during the seventh season of The X Factor (UK).  We all STILL see that while the boys are busy traveling the world, satisfying each and every fan…  while enduring being away from their families and not having the same kind of privacy when they were still ordinary British boys.  Why do they do those?  Because that’s how DEDICATED they are.  Because that’s how they’re grateful for all the support they received, are receiving, and will receive from their fans!

But going back to my status, I’ve to say that the “fight” is over now.  I did use my so-called “lifelines,” but my decision to finally resign eventually became a “need” instead of a “want.”  I may be unemployed now, but I’m not rushing anyway.  It’s because when I land my next job, I don’t want it to be just another job — I want it to be where I can finally have a “career.”  Besides, I already have sufficient time to focus on my graduate studies now.  And guess what?  I still get to be my fangirl self and get my hands on 1D merchandise — thanks to my ever supportive family members!  Harharhar.

Like I said, only a REAL FANGIRL can get me!  Enough said. 😉

Ooh, while we’re at it,
why not grab a copy of Candy magazine’s latest issue?

Turn to page 70 for “A Fangirl’s Story” (photo courtesy of Candy magazine)

Available wherever magazines are sold for only Php100.

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Books, Gathered Thoughts, Movies, Reviews

WHAT and IF

If you’re a fellow lady and you’ve watched the movie Letters to Juliet, then you’ll understand why that’s my favorite movie (even Titanic takes only second place!).  I also bought and read (of course!) the non-fiction book it’s based on:

“Letters to Juliet: Celebrating Shakespeare’s Greatest Heroine,
the Magical City of Verona, and the Power of Love”
by Lise and Ceil Friedman

Because of this book, I found out that Shakespeare wasn’t the original writer of “Romeo and Juliet.” He simply had his own version… Or not?

Anyway, I swear that it’s ALWAYS my go-to movie whenever I want to feel “in love” at any given time (mostly during weekends), and it doesn’t hurt that it’s set in Italy and stars an Australian actor with a British accent!  HA HA HA

The movie was released in 2010…  so you can say that for the past two years, THIS memorable line has never failed to put a smile on my face and a frown in my heart both at the same time:

“…’What’ and ‘if’ are two words as non-threatening as words can be.  But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if?  What if??  WHAT IF???  I don’t know how your story ended but if what you felt then was true love, then it’s never too late.  If it was true then, why wouldn’t it be true now?  You need only the courage to follow your heart.  I don’t know what a love like Juliet‘s feels like: love to leave loved ones for, love to cross oceans for, but I’d like to believe if I ever were to feel it, that I’d have the courage to seize it.  And Claire, if you didn’t, I hope one day that you will…”

Beautiful words, aren’t they?  Well lately, the words “what” and “if” have been occupying my mind too.  And today, it truly hit me when I saw these words in the book I’m currently reading (how timely!):

“…I realized the Fates really were cruel…  For the rest of my life I would be thinking about her.  She would always be my biggest what if.”

Except that when it comes to my own story, replace “her” and “she” with “him” and “he.” 😛

But the thing with “what” and “if” is they don’t only apply to love.  They are present in most aspects of our lives.  Or in my life.

What if I said “yes” to that guy from my high school?  What if I realized earlier my love for writing and took up journalism instead?  What if I applied to Ateneo, too?  What if I didn’t become friends with him?  What if I acted differently toward him?  What if I chose the other company instead of my now-former company?  What if I answered this and that during my interview?  What if I didn’t do this?  What if I didn’t say that?

Ugh.  Don’t you just hate THAT feeling?  Of asking yourself questions that start with “what” and “if”? @_@  According to my friend Mr. Longman, “what-if” is a countable noun that is defined as “something that could happen in the future or could have happened in the past.”

Unfortunately for us, most of our what-ifs are the latter.  Am I right?  But if not, well I guess it’s up to each one of us to make sure that our what-ifs are “something that could happen in the future.”  Period.

Wala lang.  I just hope the next time you have to combine the words WHAT and IF, you can finally think differently.  Instead of going crazy, try reminding yourself of WHAT IS or telling yourself of WHAT WILL BE.  At the end of the day, believe that everything happens for a reason.  And that you, my friend, are the author AND editor of your own life.  So gooo, write your own story.  If you prefer a love story, why not?  Just do it. 😉  And just don’t let me write any more words on this post or else our household will run out of cheese!  Mwahahahahaha!

Oh well.  Luckily, Colbie Caillat was able to sum up my “what if” in the love department with just one song!  It’s also a good thing that it’s the theme song of my favorite movie — Letters to Juliet (see introductory paragraph).  Anyway, take the time to click “play,” listen to the song, and read its lyrics…  and again fellow ladies, you’ll know WHY:

“…In my heart is where you’ll be / I’ll keep waiting till we meet…”

How about you?  Care to share your biggest what if in life?

Here’s hoping to turn my what if into what is or what will be,
Mikhaela Georgette ♥♥♥

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Movies, Reviews

Who Wouldn’t Want To Kiss Captain America and Thor?!

Iron Man, that is! 😛

That’s right, I’m talking about The Avengers.  (Spoiler alert for those who still haven’t watched the movie!)

Anyway, let’s get this done and over with!  Even before I watched the movie, I already prepared myself for some major EYE CANDY!  Pagsamahin mo ba naman ang dalawang CHRISEvans at Hemsworthsa isang pelikula!  Deymn!  Wala na yatang mas iinit pa sa napakainit na summer na ‘to!!! @_@

If only the “Avengers” were in a contest, I’d probably award them with these:

Best Biceps: THOR

Oh my guulaaay!  Ilang kilong gulay ba ang kinailangang kainin ni Chris Hemsworth para magka-braso ng ganun?!  I seriously couldn’t keep my eyes off of his arms whenever he had his close-ups!  Yes, Thor‘s biceps > Thor‘s blue eyes and blond hair!  Chris H., pa-huuug nga!!!

Best (Upper) Body: CAPTAIN AMERICA

Hay Chris Evans!  Oo na, ikaw na!  IKAW NA ANG MAS SEXY SA’KIN!  Kaasar, much!!! =))

Best Lines: IRON MAN

From being his usual “genius, playboy, billionaire” self, to his anti-kiss statement (more on that later), I think the outcome of the movie did quite very well thanks to Robert Downey, Jr.‘s witty lines!  Plus, I think he’s the “best” Avenger (and I’m NOT being biased here!  Haha!) 😀

Best Temper: THE HULK

Whaaat?  I know that’s sooo obvious…  but I just can’t CAN’T include him!  Besides, Mark Ruffalo‘s a-okay in his own way (well, just don’t compare him to Evans and Hemsworth and we’re good!)  AND I love the color green!  ‘Nuff said.

Hahaha, okay!  For all my men readers, I apologize.  The things you just read were meant for my fellow lady readers!  (Ain’t that right, girls?  I swear, you’ll totally get me once you watch the actual movie!) 😉

Moving on, I have to admit that I ain’t a genuine The Avengers fan.  So let’s not get into all those comic book stuff and Comic-Con conventions and whatnot!  My knowledge of The Avengers is only limited to its Hollywood version, so to all die-hard followers out there, chillax!  This post is purely for fun!  Or as they say in showbiz, purely for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES only!!!

But overall, I can say that the movie was good!  Maybe not THAT great (*cough*FIGHT SCENES*cough*), but it’s worth your money nonetheless.  I actually plan on watching it again with my girlfriend Val! 😉

excuse the low-quality mobile upload! =))

Ooh, before I forget, S.H.I.E.L.D’s very own Nick Fury, Hawkeye, and Black Widow weren’t bad at all!  So those are more “things” to look forward to! 🙂

Now going back to Iron Man‘s anti-kiss statement, THAT scene was actually one of my favorites!  Laugh out loud kung laugh out loud talaga!

“Please tell me nobody kissed me!”Iron Man to Captain America, The Hulk, and Thor (you have to watch the movie to relate!  Hahaha!)

Seriously, WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO KISS CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE HULK, AND THOR???

Okay, maybe not The Hulk

But when we’re only talking about Chris AND Chris, to answer that question…  NOT ME!

Thor and Captain America ♥

Which “Chris” are you on? 😉

By all means, please replace “nobody” with “EVERYBODY!”  Diba?  Wahahahaha!

Lemme know what you think once you watch The Avengers.

ENOUGH SAID! 🙂 🙂 🙂

The Avengers is now shown in Philippine cinemas.

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