Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Earth Hour 2009

My husband attended the Earth Hour 2009 celebration at the SM Mall of Asia last March 28, 2009 (while I babysat my niece, Helaena, at my mom's house).

Anyway, here are a few of the photos he took of the event.

The stars turned out to show their support.
People celebrate after Earth Hour.

It's never too early to start showing your support for Earth.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Who is Scott MacIntyre's brother?

I've been checking my blog statistics for the previous weeks and I keep seeing the search keywords "Scott MacIntyre's brother". I've been curious for a while and seeing the interest of people Googling him made me more curious.

So I did a little Googling of my own.

We first saw Todd MacIntyre at Scott's AI audition, and then a few more times after that always in the background, helping his brother find his way around the stage. I posted a link to a video of him from YouTube back in February. I was looking for videos of Scott's audition in YouTube and found videos of Todd instead. Todd is also a good singer and I was thinking that he might be auditioning for American Idol next year. But then I saw this:

If he has a CD out, does that make him a professional recording artist, disqualifying him from American Idol? Hmmm... I wonder if I can find his CD here?

Anyway, from Googling, I came upon his Facebook page and his MySpace page. You can listen to more of his music on his MySpace page.

Scott is safe for another week!


Watching the Motown Night episode, I knew he would be in the bottom 3, big fan that I am :( But that didn't mean I wanted him voted out.

This week's bottom 3 were Scott MacIntyre, Matt Giraud, and Michael Sarver.

Matt Giraud? That was surprising since I thought he gave a really good performance (better than Danny Gokey).

So Michael Sarver was voted out... and the judges had a moment of indecision (at least Kara, Paulo and Randy did... Simon was pretty decided). I don't get it. He deserves to be voted out since last week.

Anyway, so idol Scott is still in the show. I really, really hope he gives a great performance next week.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Scott MacIntyre - You Can't Hurry Love (3/25/2009)

Scott sings You Can't Hurry Love for Motown night. Is it just me, or did that sound like a church chorus performance?

I haven't seen the show yet, I was only able to listen to his performance. I still say it's a good performance but I've heard from another blog that the judges hated it :( Why?????

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What do you get when you mix beer with a washed-up comedian?


Money no object then he balks at P6000? (about $120). Maybe this is his legacy as a comedian because it sure was funny how he seemed to sober up when he heard P6000.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Scott MacIntyre - Wild Angels (3/17/2009)

Another late post.

I think Scott did well singing Wild Angels last night, but I'd have to agree with the judges comment that for the past 2 weeks, his performances aren't really showing much of his vocal talent. I hope he chooses better songs in the future and I'm so happy he's still in the show.

Now, about the other contestants... I am beginning to like Allison Iraheta. I don't normally like singers with big raspy voices, but Allison is beginning to grow on me. I was really surprised that she ended up on the bottom 3 this week, but I'm happy she's still on the show.

Don't you think it's interesting how the early favorites seem to be losing their luster as the show progresses? Danny Gokey, Lil Rounds, Alexis Grace... all gave good (not great) performances but they were outperformed (at least for me) by others I never really noticed before like Allison Iraheta, Matt Giraud and Kris Allen.

The bottom 3 for this week are Allison Iraheta (why???), Michael Sarver (expected) and Alexis Grace (also expected given her lackluster performance last night). And the person we won't be seeing next week is... Alexis Grace! I was surprised... I was expecting Michael Sarver to leave the show. Alexis Grace's last performance wasn't so good but I don't think she deserves to leave. Oh well... in the end there can only be one winner.

Remember Nicole?

The alleged victim of the Subic Rape Case that was so controversial a while back?

Alleged because I think most of us, who did not really believe she was raped in the first place, have more doubts now. Hell, she's not even sure herself given her most recent affidavit.

If you have been watching the news, then you'd know by now that she already lives in the US, "for good", according to her mother, with a P100,000 pocket money (not much, really, about $2000 US). In her most recent affidavit, she recanted the story that she was raped by US servicemen in Subic in 2005 when she was still a minor.

From her statement dated March 12, 2009:

"I expect my sectors to question my motives in executing this statement more than three years after the incident.

"However, as I practically grew up interacting with American servicemen in Zamboanga City who treated me and my family very well, and thinking over and over again how I may have conducted myself at the Neptune Club, I can’t help but entertain doubts on whether the sequence of events in Subic last November of 2005 really occurred the way the court found them to have happened."

(source: http://www.bworldonline.com/BW031809/content.php?id=071)

The court found them to have happened that way because you said they happened that way remember? You and the screaming many. And you were hailed courageous, made a symbol of the fight of women against adversity... and a man was found guilty.

And now you say you don't really remember and people are wondering why. Those who supported you before, though they express disappointment with your decision, still believe you to be the victim. The victim of government coercion to maintain international relations with the US. I wonder... do they really believe that, or are they just saying that to save face after putting their complete trust in the girl who might have cried "wolf!"?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Celebrity Look-alikes: Joe and Adam

Watchatink? :)

Adam Lambert (American Idol Season 8) looks a little bit like Joe Jonas (Jonas Brothers).

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Scott MacIntyre - Keeping the Faith (3/10/2009)

Late blog post and I'm sure everyone either saw or heard Scott's rendition of Keeping the Faith already. Reason for my late post... I don't really know how I feel about it. I love Scott and I think he has a great voice coupled with great musical ability. But I think this performance was a bit boring. It sounds too much like church music to be main stream.

I'm still supporting him though. And I'm so happy that he's still in the show!

By the way, I've seen a lot of blog entries and comments on message boards saying that Scott is just getting mercy votes because he's blind. I'm not sure about how others feel but personally, I am supporting him because I really loved what I heard during the auditions. You know... clean and soothing voice quality. The same thing that I liked about Jason Castro last year.

Anyway, if you want to hear his rendition of Keeping the Faith one more time, you can check it out here:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Vote Earth!

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

Source: http://www.earthhour.org/about/

In 2008, the Philippines participated in Earth Hour as people turned off their lights in homes and other key areas in the participating districts. In that one hour, WWF and Meralco estimated that a total of 56MWh of energy was saved and greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 30 tonnes in Luzon alone.

Source: WWF Biota Filipina March-April 2008

This year, Earth Hour has turned into a global vote. WWF is urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes to be presented to the world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this year. This meeting will determine the official policies to be taken to fight global warming. Turning off your lights for one hour on March 28, 2009 between 8:30 - 9:30 PM is your vote for Earth.

This is our chance to be heard.

Earth Hour in the Philippines is being spearheaded by WWF Philippines, the Green Army Network, SWITCH Movement, and the Department of Energy. For more updates on WWF's activities for Earth Hour, visit www.wwf.org.ph.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Wavering Resolutions

What was I thinking???

I said I wanted achievable targets.

Number 7 in my list of resolutions states that I should limit purchases to 5 pairs of shoes and 2 bags for the year.

It's only March and I've already used up my bag purchase allowance for the year (I totally forgot about the limit I set on myself!! grrrr!!!) and I already bought 2 pairs of shoes!! And today, while surfing, I saw this on a blog:

Crocs Malindi in Leopard.

And this:

Crocs Olivia in Black

I like how the Crocs Olivia has a hole on the side for Jibbitz :) I'm thinking a gem or a small red heart Jibbitz will look great on this!

Priorities... priorities... I like the Crocs Malindi in Leopard better.

What am I saying??? I hardly ever use the Crocs Lena that I bought a few months ago. Wow, come to think of it... I forgot about them already. I really should put them somewhere where I can see them.

Well, I am looking for flat shoes anyway so there's no harm in checking out that Crocs Malindi in Leopard. I'll check them out at the Crocs store tomorrow :)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Scott MacIntyre in the Top 12!!!

Yey!!! :)

We are going to see more of his singing.

Ok, for the wildcard:

1. Von Smith
2. Jasmine Murray (yey again!! I like her too!!)
3. Ricky Braddy
4. Megan Corkrey
5. Tatiana Del Toro (she's baaaaaccckkk!!)
6. Matt Giraud
7. Jesse Langseth
8. Anoop Desai

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Scott MacIntyre - Mandolin Rain (3/3/2009)

Group 3 performs, vying for a spot on the Top 12. Vote for Scott MacIntyre! I really hope he makes it to the Top 12.

You can listen to his rendition of Mandolin Rain from this link here (or right-click and Save target as to save file)