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

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

A Floating Bookstore, A Dose of Carbon Dioxide, And A Whole Lot of Fun!!!

Weird title?  Heehee.  But yeah.  Even though this is already considered a “late” post, let me tell you first about my Manila adventure with my two friends Mark and Maica, one fine (spontaneous) day…

(photo courtesy of my friend Mark)

Last week, we went to the heart of Manila with the hope of having a one-of-a-kind bookstore experience: the MV Logos Hope.  As self-proclaimed bookworms, the three of us traveled all the way from Makati just to have our hands on very rare, but cheap finds! 😀  But lo and behold, it seemed that we lacked in the “research” department because when we finally arrived at the gate, we were told that the ship’s closed on Mondays!  On MONDAYS!!!  And we went there on a Monday.  Fuuudge. 😐

Since we didn’t want to “waste” one whole trip (not to mention “excitement”), we decided to go to the Manila Ocean Park instead.

And that’s when ALL THE FUN started!!!


It was already my second time to go there and honestly, I didn’t even think that I’d be back when I went there the first time!  Oh well.  I guess this spontaneous “excursion” was another proof that it doesn’t matter WHERE you are…  what matters is WHO you’re with!  Ahem!

Plus, it was nice to see Maica HAPPY after finally seeing penguins in the flesh!  Trust me, you don’t know how much she loves ’em!!! 😉

Maica and her beloved penguins!!!

As for me, I kind of “penguined” out when it was my turn to feed them…  that’s why I could only get as close to a penguin like THIS:

penguin hugs, anyone? HA HA HA

Good thing there was also another attraction to SMILE about inside the Trails to Antarctica part of the Park: SNOW VILLAGE!!!

Traveling to Antarctica is a dream of mine too, ya know? 😛

Ready for some snow…


After that, we decided to try a five-minute 4D movie (thanks to my insistence!) located at the mall outside the Park.

But wait, there’s more…

Once at the lobby, I suddenly saw a familiar “sight” — Mr. Carlos Celdran of Walk This Way fame!

ME: Carlos Celdran!

CARLOS CELDRAN: Hi, how are you?

ME: *smiling like an idiot* =))

I swear, I’ve been planning to go to one of Mr. Celdran‘s Manila tours since time immemorial, that’s why seeing him in person even before availing of his tour spelled only one word: STARSTRUCK!  Hahaha!

I plan to FINALLY avail of his tour THIS YEAR and of course by that time, I promise to have my picture taken with him already.  Don’t worry…  knowing me, you’ll read all about THAT on THIS beloved blog of miiine!  *more hahahas*

Lastly (for that Monday), I realized that with happiness comes PANIC MODE!  On the way home while on the jeep, I witnessed my very first “snatch” encounter!  I don’t want to rehash the details anymore, but I was ThisClose to being the victim!  I’m just really relieved that it wasn’t me, but still sad for THAT lady… 😦  Overall, it was truly one OMG moment for me!

Nakakalokang OMG MOMENT talaga that it made me avoid public transportation for a week!!!  I’m starting to get back to my usual “commuting ways,” but Mayor Lim, do something about THIS for the sake of my fellow Manileños, Taft Avenue, and the City of Manila in general!  Please and thank you.

Moving on…

The following day (Tuesday), we finally stepped foot on the MV Logos Hope (we’re so full of HOPE, no?) with our other friends Angela and Jen. 😀 😀 😀

…some of the places the MV Logos Hope has been to. “Some” being the operative word!

Inside the MV Logos Hope were BOOKS (duh), a cafe, and hundreds of volunteers!  Actually, volunteering for the ship is NOW part of my bucket list!  So when it gets back to our shores, I’ll definitely apply!  Hehehe.

…couldn’t really decide what to buy, so may the heavens help our credit card! =))

a cafe inside a ship – reminds me of our cruise trip! Not bad. Not bad AT ALL. 🙂

And there you have it!  After all that’s been said and done, I realized that no amount of carbon dioxide (sad but true) can stop me from exploring the streets of my beloved Manila!

As posted inside the MV Logos Hope,

“Life is a journey. We’re all going somewhere, but where are we going?”

My answer?  Might as well go somewhere you’ll always keep coming back to (THAT song was right after all)…

…and for me, that’ll always be my hometown: MANILA. ♥

Gathered Thoughts

THAT Accent

Sobrang babaw ng dahilan but last night, I was literally SMILING before going to sleep.  Why?  Because I watched the interview of A1‘s Ben Adams with Boy Abunda.  It was already around 12:15AM, but I didn’t care — I had to finish the entire Bandila show just to watch a rare interview of one of my boyband member crushes that dates back more than a DECADE ago!!! 😉

So anyway, A1 is here in the Philippines because they have a concert tomorrow, February 25, 2012 (Saturday) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with Blue and 98 DegreesJeff Timmons. 😀

Too bad I can’t find a copy of THE interview on the Internet, but I hope this video will suffice:

It’s all about THAT accent, yo! 😛

Sabi nga ni Karen Davila, kung may LINsanity na nagaganap sa mga panahong ito, pwes kagabi, namayagpag ang BENsanity!  Numero unong trending topic agad sa Twitter (Philippines) ang interview!!!

Seriously, what is it with THAT accent anyway?  I know it always “has” ME in that JerryMaguire-you-had-me-at-hello kind of way AND I know for a fact that I’m not the only one!  Most girls fall for it, too!

Honestly, if the Brits could think of using their “accent” as a form of a marketing strategy, it might just work — at least for ME!  I know this because I think I might just be getting A1‘s latest album…  thanks to THAT interview and yes, thanks to THAT accent!  Haha! ♥

So yeah.  UNFORTUNATELY for me, I won’t able to watch the concert!  Boo-hoo. 😦  But FORTUNATELY for me, I can always go to the nearest record store and buy THIS:

-Excerpt from the interview-

Ben Adams: Why do you think roses have thorns?
Boy Abunda: Because beauty is deadly!

(Meganon talaga Tito Boy?!  Wala na tuloy ibang nasabi si Ben kundi TAYNK YOW!  *in THAT sexy British accent of his* HA HA HA)

Oh well.  Gotta keep calm and carry on…
And oh, long live the Queen! 🙂

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