Saturday, December 31, 2016

My 10 Favorite Sitcom Episodes of 2016


My annual rundown of my favorite episodes of the sitcoms I watched this year. As usual for variety purposes I just chose one episode per show. Lots of new shows on my list this year :)
(Previous lists: 2015, 2014, 2013,2012)

1. Mom Season 3 Episode 7: Kreplach and a Tiny Tush
- This episode features one of my all time favorite sequence! The dinner scenewhere Bonnie and Christie hosted for Violet's visiting boyfriend and mother was so well executed with non-stop laughs from start to finish. It also manifests why the old school multicam style format still works with the right writing, acting and directing.

2. Bob's Burgers Season 6 Episode 19: Glued, Where's My Bob
- I binge watched this animated comedy this year and immediately climbed to one of my all time favorites. I initially thought this show was like Family Guy which was too racy and hyper for my taste but this show is indeed excellent. This episode where Bob find himself stuck in a toilet bowl and became a news item was so hilarious

3. Superstore Season 1 Episode 11: Strike
-  My favorite new comedy this year featuring an excellent ensemble led by Ugly Betty star America Ferrera. This workplace comedy is set in a big box store and this episode is the season 1 finale where the crew goes on strike after their manager got fired for giving a new mother vacation leave which is against corporate rules. This is the episode where the show found the right balance between comedy and real life issues.

4. The Good Place Season 1 Episode 1: Everything is Fine
- The pilot of this afterlife comedy just won me over from the first sequence alone. It's whimsical with sharp wit that showcases a pitch perfect role for Kristen Bell. I can't wait what will happen next as the show teased a potential awesome showdown with "The Bad Place" as it returns from hiatus next month.

5. The Middle Season 8 Episode 1: The Core Group
- Of course one of my all time favorite comedies is stil present and as usual I had a hard time picking one episode I loved the most this year. Anyway, I ultimately chose the Season 8 premiere as the Hecks dealt with the realities of life that they are growing older and that the "core group" will no longer be just them as the kids are now having lives of their own. As someone who watched this show started 8 years ago, it hit me big time (as it also relates in my real life).

6. Speechless Season 1 Episode 8: R-R-Raycation
- This new family comedy is about a family with a teen that has Cerebral Palsy. What I like about this show in general is that they don't make the show to be to schmaltzy and preachy. JJ (the one with the disability) is basically like your regular teen who wants to as normal as possible. This episode deals with his first heartbreak and it was so well done. It was heartwarming but not patronizing at all. 

7. American Housewife Season 1 Episode 2: The Nap
- The pilot had mixed reviews so I really had not expectation as long as it is enjoyable enough. I liked the pilot so I decided to continue but wow as early as the 2nd episode the show already found its comedic voice that made me think oh this show will be one of my favorites. This episode deals with how the mother is having a hard time just to have a simple nap because of all the errands and responsibilits she has to do. It's a very simple premise but they hit the right comedic tones that resulted to a very funny (and relatable) episode.

8. Black-ish Season 2 Episode 16: Hope
Hope-This much talked about episode of Black-ish is more serious than usual as it deals with conflicts African American face with police officers. It's a hot and potential polarizing topic but the way they handled it with the just the right amount of seriousness without going too preachy  and most importantly not forgetting the humour. 

9. Mike & Molly Season 6 Episode 13: I See Love
- The series finale of this underrated comedy is sweet and funny as Mike & Molly welcomes their child. I loved that it featured all the recurring characters as well. It also showcased the program's strength, it's strong ensemble that made this show not just about people poking fun at people, It's a romcom the eventually morphed into a family comedy. I miss this show. 

10. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 1 Episode 13: Josh and I Go to Los Angeles
Not a 30-minute sitcom but I just love this musical comedy so much I can't leave it off the list. The songs are just so well-produced and most importantly funny! I chose this episode because it featured my favorite song and musical moment of this show so far: JAP Battle! JAP means Jewish American Princess. The song is just funny and the musical number it self was so hilarious. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2016

The 10 movies that I've seen in the theater this year (which sadly was not a lot!) that left a lasting impression! 

10. The Jungle Book
-  Wonderful production, breath taking technical achievement!

9. Moana
- The story is nothing new but the songs were fantastic and the animation was just on another level

8. Room
- Heartbreaking story with two terrific performances that will trigger all kinds of emotions from your inner being.

7. Finding Dory 
- The sequel that did not disappoint!

6. Everything About Her
- My favorite local mainstream movie. Funny, tender and heartbreaking.

5. Your Name
- My first anime film in the big screen! A very engaging movie from start to end.

4. Train to Busan
- It lived up to the hype! One of the most thrilling and entertaining theater experience this year. Reminds you the joys of watching a movie with a receptive audience.

3. Spotlight
- The current Oscar Best Picture winner! Once upon a time I dreamt of becoming a journalist and this film reminded me why.

2. Sunday Beauty Queens
- The best picture on this year's MMFF! This documentary will get you a true glimpse of how our fellow Filipinos deal and survive working and living in a foreign land. No melodrama but just real and pure emotions.

1. Zootopia
-  A film that is more than just cute animals talking! With how intolerance and misinformation are putting the society backwards these days, this animated movie couldn't be more apt.

****
Favorites from the past years:
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011

My Hot 100 for 2016

My Favorite Songs for 2016

  1. Closer - The Chainsmokers feat Halsey  
  2. In The Name of  Love - Martin Garrix feat Bebe Rexha 
  3. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
  4. Sila - Sud
  5. Versace on the Floor - Bruno Mars
  6. Where My Love Goes - Lawson
  7. Secret Love Song - Little Mix feat Jason DeRulo
  8. Drive It Like You Stole It - Sing Street
  9. Ambon - Barbie Almabis
  10. Stressed Out - Twenty One Pilots
  11. Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers feat Daya
  12. Middle - DJ Snake feat Bipolar Sunshine
  13. Nobody's Better - Z feat Fetty Wap
  14. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
  15. Hymn for the Weekend - Coldplay
  16. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele
  17. Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake
  18. Waste a Moment - Kings of Leon
  19. Pariwara - Ely Buendia and Itchyworms
  20. Bitter Song - Callalily feat Maychelle Baay of Moonstar88 
  21. We Don't Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth feat Selena Gomez
  22. Rock Bottom - Hailee Steinfeld feat DNCE
  23. Something I Need - Morisette Amon and Piolo Pascual
  24. Piece by Piece (Idol Version) - Kelly Clarkson
  25. Kids - One Republic
  26. All I Ask - Adele
  27. Cheap Thrills - Sia feat Sean Paul
  28. Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
  29. When We Were Young - Adele
  30. Stitches - Shawn Mendes
  31. Jet Black Heart - 5 Seconds of Summer 
  32. Let It Go - James Bay
  33. Ambon - Stark
  34. 7 Years - Lukas Graham
  35. Cold Water - Major Lazer feat Justin Bieber & Mo
  36. One Dance - Drake feat Wiz Kid and Kyla
  37. Work - Rihanna feat Drake
  38. Monumento - Kyla and Kris Lawrence
  39. Trumpets - Sak Noel & Salvi feat Sean Paul
  40. Starving - Hailee Steinfeld feat Grey and Zedd
  41. I Found a Girl - The Vamps
  42. Gold - Kiarra
  43. Good Grief - Bastille
  44. The Sound - The 1975
  45. Ride - Twenty One Pilots
  46. Close - Nick Jonas feat Tove Lo
  47. Heathens - Twenty One Pilots
  48. Starboy - The Weekend feat Daft Punk
  49. Jumpshot - Dawin
  50. Nobody But Me - Michael Buble
  51. Weird People - Little Mix
  52. Rockabye - Clean Bandit feat Sean Paul & Anne Marie
  53. Try Everything - Shakira
  54. Kiss It Better - Rihanna
  55. Cake By The Ocean - DNCE
  56. Alexander Hamilton - Hamilton Cast
  57. Hiling - Mark Carpio
  58. Wag Mong Aminin - Rico Blanco
  59. Up - Sing Street
  60. Paasa (T.A.N.G.A) - Yeng Constantino
  61. How Far I'll Go - Auli'i Cravalho / Janella Salvador
  62. All We Know - The Chainsmokers feat Phoebe Ryan
  63. Bawat Daan - Ebe Dancel
  64. We Know The Way - Opetaia Foai and Lin Manuel Miranda
  65. Perfect Strangers - Jonas Blue
  66. My Shot - Hamilton Cast
  67. You're Welcome - Dwayne Johnson
  68. The Greatest - Sia feat Kendrick Lamar
  69. Shout Out to My Ex - Little Mix
  70. Pillowtalk - Zayn
  71. Adventure of a Lifetime - Coldplay
  72. Water Under the Bridge - Adele
  73. i hate u, i love u - gnash feat Olivia O' Brien 
  74. Sit Still Look Pretty - Daya
  75. Dalawang Letra - Itchyworms
  76. Me, Myself & I - G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha
  77. Roses - The Chainsmokers feat Rosez
  78. This is What You Came For - Calvin Harris feat Rihanna
  79. Pasensya Ka Na - Silent Sanctuary
  80. Tala - Sarah Geronimo
  81. Isang Pamilya Tayo Ngayong Pasko- Various Artists
  82. History - One Direction
  83. Just Like Fire - Pink
  84. All Night - The Vamps
  85. Black Beatles - Rae Sremmund feat Gucci Mane
  86. Youth - Troye Zivan
  87. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes
  88. Oh Pag Ibig - Bailey May and Ylona Garcia
  89. Still Falling For You - Ellie Goulding
  90. Into You - Ariana Grande
  91. Side to Side - Ariana Grande feat Nicki Minaj
  92. Jap Battle - Crazy Ex Girlfriend Cast
  93. The Horns - DJ Katch
  94. Perfect Illusion - Lady GaGa
  95. In The Night - The Weeknd
  96. Wherever I Go - One Republic
  97. Me Too - Meghan Trainor
  98. My House - Flo Rida
  99. All In My Head - Fifth Harmony feat Fetty Wap
  100. Lagi Mong Tatandaan - Parokya ni Edgar
***

Friday, August 12, 2016

As Usual

Stagnant.
This is how my life has been. I'm scared of major changes to be honest. But there's a part of me that wants to explore life. It's not practical though. So much needs. I need to look out on people.
Lately I'm just distracting myself and allowing my self to engage with guilty pleasures and shallow stuff. But still don't get me wrong I'm grateful for a lot of things especially my family's safety and generally good health.
Oh well in less than a month I'll be 29. I feel like I need to learn so much  more that I haven't had the chance to do so I'm such a mess right now.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Frustrated

So yes I'm blogging again because I'm so frustrated with my life right now.  Still struggling with my finances. I tried to look for another job but to no avail. I wish my current company has better benefits and higher salary so I don't have thoughts of leaving  but what can I do. I do love the people here and respect the bosses, but I constantly worry about getting stuck on a dead end. My salary is just enough for helping out my family with out expenses, with a little extra to save up but it's not growing the way I hoped it would be.
I'm sad because none of my plans when I graduated 8 years ago happened. I felt so envious when I saw some college friends getting their masteral degree already. That was my plan and probably it's too late for it to happen anymore. I don't have the money to finance it and frankly probably I don't have the drive anymore. There are just so many things to think about first.
My parents are getting older and I don't want them to worry about me and my other siblings but I know they always worry about us. My two older siblings have volatile careers. My sister is once again about to go jobless again since our business folded up two years ago. I get so frustrated but what can I do. I always help her get a job by clicking on job listings online. Since the business ended, she had like 4 jobs, nothing that lasted a year. And she's nearing 40 years old, opportunities are getting slimmer as year goes by. I don't like the feeling but I can't help but feel resentment about that business, it was such a big blow, we haven't fully recovered until now. The failure still stings up until today. Our lives could have been so different if the business worked out the way we hoped it would be.
I hate checking Facebook these days seeing how my friends in school are doing well in their life now. Whether they have good careers or they have seemingly happy families of their own right now. I feel envious. Probably some of those are just facades but what  do I know? I know I have nothing to brag about my life right now. Because my life  is mediocre.Of course I know others have it worst but still, it's a struggle.God please guide me.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

That strange feeling

Hey it's not the end of year and I'm blogging hahaha. I don't know I just need to write this down. I just feel incredibly  frustrated and sad today. It's kinda rooted in  money. I'm not broke or anything but I'm not growing. So stagnant. I constantly worry that I may have financial problems eventually. I like my current job but I feel like there's just no growth financial wise.  I'm turning 29 this year and I worry about the future. I have savings of coruse and it's a good amount. I rarely spend money on "wants"these days but I could be spending my money better like lessen buying sancks and fastfood. Oh well. I actually don't have a problem at present, my money is managed well, i get to help around the house expensives, buy essentials. But I wish there was more, I feel like I deserve more. I want financial security. I want to learn about investment but I'm so scared with all the scams I've been reading.
You know sometimes I regret choosing a path that's not really financially rewarding. I regret thinking that but I can't help but feel it. I'm such a weakling.
Maybe this is just normal to feel because of my age.
There are so many things that gets me frustrated. My balding hair, my weight, being stupid in a lot of stuff, Internet speed, the elections, being such a coward, disorganized, caring too much, passiveness, not speaking out, my What Ifs in life.




Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Hot 100 for 2015

 My favorite songs for 2015

1. Shut Up and Dance - Walk The Moon
2. Triangulo - Thyro & Yumi feat Jeric Medina
3. Hotline Bling - Drake
4. Hurricane - Lifehouse
5. Love Me Like You Do- Ellie Goulding
6. Sugar - Maroon Five
7. Uptown Funk - Marc Ronson feat Bruno Mars
8. Hello - Adele
9. She's Kinda Hot - 5 Seconds of Summer
10. The Hills - The Weeknd

11. Photograph - Ed Sheeran
12. Ship to Wreck - Florence + The Machine
13. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa feat Charlie Puth
14. I Lived - One Republic
15. Great Big World - Nate Ruess
16. Trust You - Rob Thomas
17. Sorry - Justin Bieber
18. Demons - James Morrison
19. Can't Feel My Face - The Weekend
20. Perfect - One Direction

21. Lean On - Major Lazer feat Mo and DJ Snake
22. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
23. When We Were Young - Adele 
24. Want to Want Me - Jason DeRulo
25. Stitches - Shawn Mendes
26. Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth feat Meghan Trainor  
27. Perfectly Imperfect - Sarah Geronimo
28. Lay Me Down - Sam Smith feat John Legend
29. Hanggang Wala Nang Bukas - Ebe Dancel
30. I Bet My Life - Imagine Dragons

31. Like I'm Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor feat John Legend
32. Worth It - Fifth Harmony feat Kid Ink  
33. Di Mapaliwanag - Morisette Amon
34. Night Changes - One Direction
35. Black Magic - Little Mix  
36. Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
37. Style - Taylor Swift
38. GDFR - Flo Rida feat Sage The Gemini & Lookas
39. Firepower - Bamboo
40. Dessert - Dawin   

41. Locked Away -  R. City Featuring Adam Levine
42. Cake By The Ocean - DNCE
43.  I Love You Always Forever - Marion Aunor
44. Uma Thurman - Fallout Boy
45. Get Stupid - Aston Merrygold
46. FourFiveSeconds - Rihanna feat Kanye West and Paul McCartney
47. All The Good Things - Up Dharma Down
48. Risk It All - The Vamps 
49. Move on - Sponge Cola feat Jane Oineza 
50. Love Me Like You - Little Mix 

51. Flashlight - Jessie J.
52. Invisible - Kelly Clarkson
53. No Control - One Direction
54. Saturday - Simple Plan
55. Paano Ba Magmahal - Sarah Geronimo and Piolo Pascual
56. Pasensya Ka Na - Silent Sanctuary
57. #SundayFunday - Magic!
58. Tayo Na Lang Dalawa - Mayonnaise
59. Ex's and Oh's - Elle King
60. That's How You Know - Nico & Vinz

61. Hey Mama - David Guetta feat Nicki Minaj, Afrojhack and Bebe Rexha
62. Earned It - The Weekend
63. Wild - Troye Sivan
64.Stronger - Clean Bandit
65. Cheerleader - OMI
66. Man on Wire - The Script
67. Heartbeat Song - Kelly Clarkson
68. One Last Time - Ariana Grande
69. I Don't Mind - Usher feat Juicy J
70. Hold On Forever - Rob Thomas

71. Adventure of a Lifetime - Coldplay
72. Take a Chance - Marion Aunor
73. Downtown - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
74. Let's Love - Echosmith
75. Focus - Ariana Grande
76. Stressed Out - Twenty One Pilots 
77. Same Old Love - Selena Gomez
78. What Do You Mean- Justin Bieber
79. Hair - Little Mix
80. Dazed and Confused - Jake Miller feat Travie McCoy

81. Glory - Common and John Legend
82. Irresistible - Fallout Boy
83. Thank You For The Love - Various Artists
84. Sa Ibang Mundo - Kean Cipriano and Nadine Lustre
85. Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift
86. Verge - Owl City feat Aloe Blac
87. Hanap Hanap - James Reid and Nadine Lustre
88. On My Mind - Ellie Goulding
89. Boom - Simple Plan
90. Watch Me - Silento

91. Used To Love You - Gwen Stefani
92. I Don't Like It, I Love It - Flo Rida feat Robin Thicke
93. Lips Are Movin - Meghan Trainor
94. Hollow - Tori Kelly
95. Good Thing - Sage The Gemini feat Nick Jonas
96. Confident - Demi Lovato 
97. How Deep is Your Love - Calvin Harris and Disciples
98. Win The Fight - Ylona Garcia
99. Happy Break Up - Donnalyn Bartolome
100. Zero - Chris Brown


***

My Hot 100 for 2012
My Hot 100 for 2011
My Hot 100 for 2010
My Hot 100 for 2009  
My Hot 100 for 2008
My Hot 100 for 2007

My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2015

I will only have a top 10 list this year (I had top 20 lists in 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011). The reason is that sadly I was not able to watch a lot of movies in the cinemas this year. Admittedly, I have a very limited selection to choose from but nevertheless making this list was still tough to do but in the end I chose the movies that left a lasting impression to me.

10. Fast and Furious 7
The final scene, the "See You Again"  moment, made this a special movie that even if a ran a little too long it was still worth it just for the heart-tugging send off they did for Paul Walker.  You could feel the love and respect and how they really treated each other as a family.

9. The Good Dinosaur
Yes this is Pixar's first box office disappointment but make no mistake this is not a bad movie at all. Yes, the story is pretty simple and not as imaginative as Pixar's previous efforts but it's a heartfelt story with the most stunning animation this year. The photorealistic scenery is worth the ticket price alone.

8. Bridge of Spies
This is really a low key story despite being set in highly tense environment but handle with excellent craftmanship.  Who knew plain negotiations could be so riveting? 

7. Kingsman: The Secret Service
One word I can describe this movie is stylish and I'm not talking about the suits they wear in this. The action scenes were executed with such intricate style that's very cool to watch on screen. Definitely one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen this year.

6. Spy
And yet another movie about a spy! The title is simple and yes not creative but this movie is not a dud at all. This action-comedy made use of Melissa McCarthy's talent pretty well. I always knew that Melissa could do so much more than just be stuck with the obnoxious loud characters her movie roles have been since breaking out. And I never knew Jason Statham has good comic timing as well!

5. A Second Chance
Popoy and Basha are such well-loved characters that it was a really a challenge to make a sequel for the sleeper hit One More Chance but thankfully this is a worth follow up . I loved how the movie dealt with issues that married couples face in life and how trust and being open to one another is essential to keep the relationship strong. The film captured how the fear of failure is one of the roots that could tear down a relationship. This movie may not have the memorable "hugot"lines of the original but the sequel at least got the emotions right and straight to the core. 

4. Mad Max: Fury Road
I had no interest watching this actually because I haven't seen any Mad Max movie at all but the glowing reviews made me curious and wow it lived up to the hype. Yes the movie is basically an extended chase scene but that's not a bad thing as long as you have strong, remarkable characters and excellent direction! This movie is one thrilling ride that you wouldn't want to stop.

3. Honor Thy Father
The last movie I saw this year and what a great one to cap off  the year. While the movie may not be as flashy and thrilling as One The Job is, Honor Thy Father is a magnetic experience that draws the viewer to its world. It's a quiet film devoid of histrionics but the anguish and pain the characters felt will stay with you even after the credits rolled in.

2. Heneral Luna
The box office sensation this year! I just love this film became a revolution s as it proves that the Filipino audience can make a movie like this a box office success! As for the film itself, I admit I'm one of those who gets easily bored with historical movies but Heneral Luna is so different, it tackles the life of this hero in such a captivating way. This film will make you appreciate more what our heroes did for the country. The death scene of Heneral Luna was so haunting and striking that it will linger in your consciousness and make you contemplate about the country's fate.

1. Inside Out

Pixar at its finest and they once again made me fall in love with a unique story this time about the emotions of a 11-year old girl. The script is just so creative in telling what kid entering a new phase in her life is dealing with. I absolutely loved how the story was able to express the importance of facing some realities in life and that sometimes we need to experience such lows to hit the highs agaid. That sometimes you need to let go of things that you once loved in order to move forward. This is a classic.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

My 10 Favorite Sitcom Episodes of 2015

Catch up mode for my year end lists!

Let's start it off with my list of my 10 favorite episodes from 10 US comedy shows that I watched this year. 
I chose just one episode per series for variety purposes ;)

(Check out my previous lists from 2012, 2013 and 2014)

10. The Last Man on Earth "The Elephant in the Room" (Season 1 Episode 2)  

 The second episode of this show deals with Phil discovering that he is not alone in the world after all.  His interactions with Carol were funny as she is not the person he is expecting at all. My favorite parts of this episode was how Carol is so stern on respecting the laws (and correct grammar!) even if essentially it does not matter anyway!

9. Black-ish "Dr. Hell No" (Season 2 Episode 3) 
The second season of Black-ish is quite strong so far and it had been exploring polarizing topics such as the use of the N word for black americans and gun use but my favorite episode they aired this year is the 3rd episode of the second season when Pops had a health scare as this was a truly funny episode. Just thinking of Dre's panicked reaction when he thought Pops'condition got worse makes me laugh already.

8. Fresh Off The Boat "Family Business Trip"  (Season 2 Episode 1)

Constance Wu is the breakout star of this show as the matriarch Jessica Huang. Every single episode she always cracks me up with her sarcastic lines and no non-sense attitude. I chose this episode as my favorite for this show simply because of this exchange that still cracks me up:

MASSAGE THERAPIST: What do you do for joy, Jessica?
JESSICA: I micromanage my family.

7. The Goldbergs  "Barry Goldberg's Day Off"(Season 2 Episode 14)

 This show does so well with themed/tribute episodes of 80s pop culture classics and this one is my favorite as it really captured the essence of Ferris Bueller's Day Off up and the big song number in the end was so cheesy but so entertaining just like in the movie

6. Modern Family "Connection Lost" (Season 6 Episode 16)

This special episode of Modern Family was just set on a computer/smartphone/tablet screen as the family interacted via chat and message apps. It was a tight but really creative episode that was able to maximize the unique storytelling setup for full comedic effect.

5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend "My First Thanksgiving with Josh" (Season 1 Episode 5) 
This show is not a 30 minute sitcom but an hourlong musical dramedy but it's really funny so I included it in this list :D The first set of episodes were pure delight, it really is a crazy show but Rachel Bloom is just so funny and charming! I liked this episode a lot because, well it featured a Filipino family ;) It was just fun to see Pinoys represented in US TV with a funny episode that does not make any tired stereotypes.

4. Mom "Kitty Litter and and a Class A Felony" (Season 2 Episode 12)

Mom's second season was so excellent and  one of the few shows that can balance drama and comedy perfectly and this episode highlight this show's particular strength. AFter a shocking death that occurred in the previous episode, we see how the characters deal with the aftermath and once again Allison Janney is the MVP who could make the viewer simultaneously cry and laugh.

3. Parks and Recreation "Leslie and Ron" (Season 7 Episode 4)

For the first part of its final season, Parks and Recreation dealt with the falling out between Leslie and Ron and the resolution to that storyline was in this episode which featured great writing that understood why this friendship was the backbone of the show. It's not the funniest episode of the farewell season but definitely the most engaging and touching.
2. The Big Bang Theory "The Opening Night Excitation"(Season 9 Episode 11)

 I was afraid that the much hyped "coitus" episode of Sheldon and Amy will fail to deliver but thankfully it did not go for cheap laughs at all. This is probably the best episode the show since the early seasons. It  was funny but tender. I really liked that they did not make their first sexual experience a disaster. For once, we can see a trace of humanity from Sheldon! Amy though was the MVP of the episode from how excited she was when she found out what Sheldon is planning up to her sincerity of being nervous about doing it (and her reaction after the deed was done is priceless!). The episode also had solid B storyline about Star Wars: The Force Awakens and features another knockout guest performance from Bob Newhart

1. The Middle "Halloween VI:  Tick Tock Death" (Season 7 Episode 6)

Every year, I will always have a hard time choosing what episode of The Middle to select for this list and this year there were a lot of good choices as the show had another good set of episodes this year (Sue's graduation, Mike's middle life crisis and the Christmas episode to name a few) but I ultimately pick this year's  Halloween episode as my favorite. The story was told in a spoof of Twilight Zone (Atticus Shafer nailed the impression) and all three story lines worked so well. I laughed hard when Frankie became a "monster" chasing Rita Glossner, the grim reaper storyline with Axl and his friends (and on Kenny speaks and shows his face!) and ending it with Future Brick was a nice touch.  This episode is what a good Halloween episode should be made off, got the spooks but still grounded in the reality the show is set in .

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Hello! It's Me

And it's December! So time for me to resurrect this blog which by the way turned 10..... last February! I was planning to blog then but I GOT LAZY as usual. But now it's December, I have the enthusiasm to blog again mostly about year end stuff: lists, charts, lookback, reflection etc!  And since its awards season as well maybe some award nominations predictions which I haven't done in a while. Let's see I hope I won't get lazy

Anyway, on personal stuff.. MY WORK HAS BEEN REALLY HECTIC. Aside from TeleNovela Channel (yes that channel is still alive and kickin!), I'm also now a channel coordinator for our new client Beam TV, a terrestial channel (Ch, 31 in Mega manila) and handled traffic and scheduling of their channel since March. It was so hectic and hard but honestly it was rewarding as well because well I'm a TV geek and I love scheduling, programming and all those stuff so for me to able to do it for a a broadcast channel with a wide reach is sort of a dream come true. I do wish I have better resources (and pay? hehehe) so I can do and offer better but I need to maximize what we have. I also have another project with TV Shop Philippines where I oversee editing of some of their materials and also their scheduling and coordination to the other channels they have a block time (they also have their own 24/7 channel that can be seen on Cignal Ch. 21). So yeah I'm juggling 3 projects and it's very time consuming and difficult but hey its career growth so that's great.

Apart from my job., I still do part time work for Pinoyexchange! I love my PEx family and this year was also a tough one for them and had some sad moments but that's reality  we have to face in. Sadly due to my hectic work schedule, I haven't been able to do that much like in previous years hoping next year, I'll be able to balance things better

Family? Well we had some health scares this year especially Nanay but she has recovered but one thing I realized is that it's quite hard to see the people that have always been the strong ones in vulnerable position but you see I'm an adult now so I need to face those stuff and I thank God nothing really bad happened although some things will never be the same again. Financial wise, after closing down our canteen business last year, we have moved on quite nicely. My sister and brother got new jobs and fresh starts. The money we lost there well it will take a long time before we can recover that. Honestly speaking the bankruptcy of the business sort of traumatized me so I'm very wary of money now. Although I know I have to invest as early as now so I can have better security in the future but you see I'm quite scared of possible failure and loss of money again. But I hope I can be brave enough next year to take the plunge. And oh my nephew turned 7 this year and seriously I love that he is in my life constantly because the pure joy and excitement of an innocent kid makes me feel better no matter how stressed I am. He is a smart and sweet kid and I always pray to God that he is healthy always and away from any form of harm.

On other stuff, well I'm still obese sadly, I had a semi-attempt to lose weight but it's harder than I thought. My hair continues its road to baldness. I admit I try not to think about my physical appearance anymore because it makes me a little sad. I rarely look on mirrors these days I just don't like what I see. I need to fix that I know.

And that's it for now. It felt great to blog again and share my thoughts! Twitter ain't enough

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Chart Recap 2014 Year-end Charts

All these charts were gathered by the Philippine Music Charts Thread  team at Pinoyexchange.com

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PHMusicCharts 

NOTE: Will be updated once new year-end chart comes in
UPDATE: (1/1/15): Added charts for RX 93.1, Mellow 947,  Magic 89.9, 91.5 Win Radio, MOR 101.9 For Life (OPM Top 20), 106.7 Energy FM and top 12 of Wave 89.1 
 

Mellow 947 Year End Countdown
Dec. 31, 2014

1. Happy - Pharrell
2. All of Me - John Legend
3. Rude - MAGIC!
4. Fancy - Iggy Azalea feat Charlie XCX
5. Not a Bad Thing - Justin Timberlake
6. Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz
7. Birthday - Katy Perry
8. Superheroes - The Script
9. Break Free - Ariana Grande feat Zedd
10. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
11. Dark Horse - Katy Perry feat Juicy J
12. Stay With Me - Sam Smith
13. She Looks So Perfect - 5 Seconds of Summer
14. Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
15. Last Night - The Vamps
16. Magic - Coldplay
17. Boom Clap - Charlie XCX
18. Problem - Ariana Grande feat Iggy Azalea
19. Find You - Zedd feat Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant
20. Maps - Maroon Five
21. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
22. Pompeii - Bastille
23. Steal My Girl - One Direction
24. Somebody To You - The Vamps feat Demi Lovato
25. A Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay
26. Cool Kids - Echosmith
27. Chandelier - Sia
28. Rather Be - Clean Bandit feat Jessica Glyne
29. Take Me Home - Cash Cash feat Bebe Rexha
30. Can't Remember To Forget You - Shakira feat Rihanna
31, Best Day of My Life - American Authors
32. Really Don't Care - Demi Lovato feat Cher Lloyd
33. Sirens - Cher Lloyd
34. Love Runs Out - One Republic
35. Breathe In Breathe Out - Tich
36. Sing - Ed Sheeran
37. You and I - One Direction
38. Try - Colbie Caillat
39. Wasted - Tiesto
40. Gladiator - Dami Im
41. I Want It All - Karmin
42. Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson feat Justin Timberlake
43. I Choose You - Sara Bareilles
44. Girls - 1975
45. Lost Stars - Adam Levine
46. This is How We Do - Katy Perry
47. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
48. Midnight Memories - One Direction
49. Jealous - Nick Jonas
50. Don't Kill The Magic - MAGIC!
51. Animals - Maroon Five
52. Latch - DIsclosure feat Sam Smith
53. I'm Not The Only One - Sam Smith
54. Talk Dirty - Jason DeRulo feat 2Chainz
55. G.U.Y - Lady GaGa
56. Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer
57. Make a Move - Gavin DeGraw
58. Black Widow - Iggy Azalea feat Rita Ora
59. Me and My Broken Heart - Rixton
60. Happier This Way - Save Me Hollywood
61. XO - Beyonce
62. Cannonball - Lea Michelle
63. First Love - Jennifer Lopez
64. Marilyn Monroe - Pharrell
65. Air Balloon - Lily Allen
66. Don't Stop - 5 Seconds of Summer
67. Parachute - Jay-R
68. I Will Never Let You Down - Rita Ora
69. Callin' All Hearts - DJ Cassidy feat Robin Thicke and Jessie J
70. Change Your Mind - Trey Songz
71. Anaconda - Nicki Minaj
72. Loyal - Chris Brown feat Lil Wayne and Tyga
73, Good Kisser - Usher
74. Red Lights - Tiesto
75. Centuries - Fallout Boy
76. Ayokong Tumanda - Itchyworms
77. Right There - Ariana Grande feat Big Sean
78. Heroes - Alesso feat Tove Lo
79. Blank Space - Taylor Swift
80. Geronimo - Sheppard
81. Neon Lights - Demi Lovato
82. You and I (Nobody in the World) - John Legend
83. New Flame - Chris Brown feat Usher and Rick Ross
84. Yellow Flicker Beat - Lorde
85. She Came To Give it To You - Usher feat Nicki Minaj
86. Get Her Back - Robin Thicke
87. Pill N Potions - Nicki Minaj
88. Empire - Shakira
89. I Luv Yah Papi - Jennifer Lopez
90. In Your Arms - Nico & Vinz
91. Strangers - Seven Lions
92. Come Get It Bae - Pharrell feat Miley Cyrus
93. You Don't Know What To Do - Mariah Carey feat Wale
94. Arrows - Fences feat Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
95. Booty - Jennifer Lopez feat Iggy Azalea
96.Singapore Sling (Dahil Kilala Na Kita) - Sponge Cola
97. Out of the Woods - Taylor Swift
98. Restart - Sam Smith
99. Dead on the Dancefloor - Faber Drive
100. Never Been In Love - Cobra Starship feat. Icona Pop

Wave 89.1 Year End Throw Down 2014
*Top 12 only out of 89 songs
December 31, 2014

1. Happy - Pharrell
2. Wiggle - Jason DeRulo feat Snoop Dog
3. Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson feat Justin Timberlake
4. Drunk in Love - Beyonce feat Jay-Z
5. Thirsty - Mariah Carey
6. Not A Bad Thing - Justin Timberlake
7. Fancy - Iggy Azalea feat Charlie XCX
8. Problem - Ariana Grande feat Iggy Azalea
9. New Flame - Chris Brown feat Usher and Rick Ross
10. Isang Mahal - DJ Arbie Won feat Pikasso, Ill-J, Nathan J and Thyro
11. Anaconda - Nicki Minaj
12. Booty - Jennifer Lopez feat Iggy Azalea 


Magic 89.9: Magic Year-End Pop 30
12/31/2014

30 5 Seconds of Summer - She Looks So Perfect
29 Capital Cities - Safe and Sound
28 Tich - Breathe In, Breathe Out
27 Adam Levine - Lost Stars
26 Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass
25 Katy Perry - Birthday
24 Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang
23 Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross - New Flame
22 Cash Cash feat. Bebe Rexha - Take Me Home
21 Lorde - Team
20 Coldplay - A Sky Full of Stars
19 Ed Sheeran - One
18 The Vamps feat. Shawn Mendes - Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)
17 One Direction - Steal My Girl
16 Fall Out Boy feat. Foxes - Just One Yesterday
15 The Script - Superheroes
14 Pitbull feat. Ke$ha - Timber
13 John Legend - All of Me
12 The Vamps - Last Night
11 Nico & Vinz - Am I Wrong
10 Sam Smith - Stay with Me
9 Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
8 Zedd feat. Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant - Find You
7 Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake - Love Never Felt So Good
6 The Vamps feat. Demi Lovato - Somebody to You
5 Ariana Grande feat. Zedd - Break Free
4 Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX - Fancy
3 MAGIC! - Rude
2 Justin Timberlake - Not A Bad Thing
1 Pharrell Williams - Happy

RX 93.1 Yearender Countdown 2014
Dec. 31, 2014

1. You Don't Know What To Do - Mariah Carey feat Wale
2. Perfume - Britney Spears
3. Not A Bad Thing - Justin Timberlake
4. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
5. You and I - One Direction
6. About You - Shane Filan
7. Kunwa Kunwari Lang - Kyla
8. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
9. Rude - MAGIC!
10. Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart) - The Vamp feat Shawn Mendes
11. Hello Kitty - Avril Lavigne
12. Break Free - Ariana Grande feat Zedd
13. You're Mine (Eternal) - Mariah Carey
14. Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson feat Justin Timberlake
15. Happy - Pharrell
16. All of Me - John Legend
17. Jealous - Nick Jonas
18. IMY - Iktus
19. Find You - Zedd feat Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant
20. Maps - Maroon Five

21. G.U.Y - Lady GaGa
22. Team - Lorde
23. Last Night - The Vamps
24. Who You Love - John Mayer feat Katy Perry
25. Lost Stars - Adam Levine
26. Problem - Ariana Grande feat Iggy Azaleay
27. Dark Horse - Katy Perry feat Juicy J
28. Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer
29. Stay With Me - Sam Smith
30. Skydive - DJ Chuckie feat Maiday
31. I'm Not The Only One - Sam Smith
32. Superheroes - The Script
33. Talk Dirty - Jason DeRulo feat 2Chainz
34. Timber - Pitbull feat Kesha
35. Drunk in Love - Beyonce feat Jay-Z
36. Rather Be - Clean Bandit feat Jessica Glynne
37. The Monster - Eminem feat Rihanna
38. Cool Kids - Echosmith
39. Love Me Harder - Ariana Grande feat The Weekend
40. Let Me Go - Avril Lavigne Chad Kroeger

106.7 Energy FM Topsikat YearEnd Countdown
Dec. 31, 2014

1. All Of Me - John Legend
2. Ikaw - Yeng Constantino
3. Sa'yo - Silent Sanctuary
4. Rude - MAGIC!
5. Invisible - Hunter Hayes
6. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
7. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
8. Blank Space - Taylor Swift
9. Takipsilim - Gloc 9 ft. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid
10. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
11. Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd
12. Animals - Maroon 5
13. Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer
14. Dahan Dahan - Maja Salvador
15. Bang Bang - Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj
16. Simpleng Tulad Mo - Daniel Padilla
17. Mahal Ko O Mahal Ako - KZ Tandingan
18. Let Her Go - Passenger
19. Say Something - A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera
20. Fancy - Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
 

101.9 M.O.R. OPM YEAREND TOP 20
Dec. 31, 2014

1. Ikaw - Yeng Constantino
2. Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako - KZ Tandingan
3. Boom Panes - Vice Ganda
4. Bahala Na - James Reid and Nadine Lustre
5. I Heart You - Daniel Padilla
6. Kilometro - Sarah Geronimo
7. Chinito Problems - Enchong Dee
8. Dahan Dahan - Maja Salvador
9. You Take My Breath Away - Richard Yap
10. Awit Ni Ginny - Toni Gonzaga
11. Simpleng Tulad Mo - Daniel Padilla
12. Sa'yo - Silent Sanctuary
13. Kakaibabe - Donnalyn Bartolome
14. Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako - Michael Pangilinan
15. Babalikan Mo Rin Ako - Nikki Gil
16. No Erase - James Reid and Nadine Lustre
17. Dyosa - Yumi Lacsamana
18. Sana Siya Na - Daniel Padilla
19. Maybe This Time - Sarah Geronimo
20. Till I Met You - Angeline Quinto

 91.5 Win Radio Year End Countdown
Dec. 31, 2014

1. All of Me - John Legend
2. Ikaw - Yeng Constantino
3. Wiggle - Jason DeRulo feat Snoop Dog
4. Rude - MAGIC!
5. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
6. Say Something - A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
7. Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako - KZ Tandingan
8. Talk Dirty - Jason DeRulo feat 2Chainz
9. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
10. Chinito - Yeng Constantino


MYX Hitchart Yearend
Dec. 28.2014


  1. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
  2. Come Back Home - 2NE1
  3. Tayo - Sarah Geronimo
  4. Overdose - EXO
  5. Midnight Memories - One Direction
  6. Don't Stop - 5 Seconds of Summer
  7. Dark Horse - Katy Perry feat Juicy J
  8. Somebody To You - The Vamps feat Demi Lovato
  9. You and I - One Direction
  10. Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer
  11. Takipsilim - Gloc 9 feat Regine Velasquez
  12. This Love Is Like - Toni Gonzaga
  13. Kunwa Kunwari Lang - Kyla
  14. Mr. Mr - Girls Generation
  15. Right Where You Belong - Julie Anne San Jose
  16. Simpleng Tulad Mo - Daniel Padilla
  17. No Erase - James Reid and Nadine Lustre
  18. Bahala Na - James Reid and Nadine Lustre
  19. Ikaw - Yeng Constantino
  20. +63 - Sponge Cola and Yeng Constantino
MYX International Top 20 Year-end Chart
December 27, 2014

1. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
2. Come Back Home - 2NE1
3. Overdose - EXO
4. Midnight Memories - One Direction
5. Don't Stop - 5 Seconds of Summer
6. Dark Horse - Katy Perry feat Juicy J
7. Somebody To You - The Vamps feat Demi Lovato
8. You and I - One Direction
9. Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer
10. Mr. Mr - Girls Generation
11. Still You - Donghae & Eunhyuk
12. She Looks Perfect - 5 Seconds of Summer
13. Steal My Girl - One Direction
14. Blank Space - Taylor Swift
15. Drunk In Love - Beyonce feat Jay-Z
16. Ain't It Fun - Paramore
17. Gotta Be You - 2NE1
18. Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart) - The Vamps feat Shawn Mendes
19. Really Don't Care - Demi Lovato feat Cher Lloyd
20. Unconditionally - Katy Perry

Pinoy MYX Countdown Year-end Chart
Dec. 27, 2014

1. Tayo - Sarah Geronimo
2. Takipsilim - Gloc 9 feat Regine Velasquez
3. This Love is Like - Toni Gonzaga
4. Kunwa Kunwari Lang - Kyla
5. Right Where You Belong - Julie Anne San Jose
6. Simpleng Tulad Mo - Daniel Padilla
7. No Erase - James Reid and Nadine Lustre
8. Bahala Na - James Reid and Nadine Lustre
9. Ikaw - Yeng Constantino
10. +63 - Sponge Col and Yeng Constantino
11. Dedma - Abra and Julie Anne San Jose
12. Kislap - Kamikazee
13. Dito Na Lang - Kyla
14. Do The Moves - Sarah Geronimo, Apl.De.Ap., Enrique Gil & Elmo Magalona
15. Businessman - Gloc 9 feat Vinci Montaner
16. Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako - KZ Tandingan
17. Bawal Na Gamot - Banda ni Kleggy
18. Anting Anting - Sponge Cola feat Gloc 9 and Denise Barbacena
19. Unshakable - Slapshock feat JD
20. Midas - Abra feat Jaq Dionisio

Jam 88.3 Top 50 Staff Picks 2014
Dec. 25, 2014
source: http://instagram.com/_jam883


  1. Lazaretto - Jack White
  2. Pssst! - Bullet Dumas
  3. Left Hand Free - Bullet
  4. Figure It Out - Royal Blood
  5. Habits - Tove Lo
  6. By My Side - Great Good Fine OK
  7. Magic - Coldplay
  8. Digital Witness - St. Vincent
  9. Sherman (Animals in the Jungle) - Tom Vek
  10. Talking Backwards - Real Estate
  11. Where No Eagles Fly - Julian Casablancas + The Voidz
  12. I'm Callin - Tennis
  13. Do You - Spoon
  14. From The Night - Stars
  15. Fever - The Black Keys
  16. Something From Nothing - Foo Fighters
  17. Mind Over Matter - Young The Night
  18. Crush! - Tahiti 80
  19. There is No Remaining in Place - Dragonfly Collector
  20. Seasons (Waiting on You) - Future Islands
  21. Arabella - Arctic Monkeys
  22. Past is Past B!tch - Flying Ipis
  23. Yin Yang - USS
  24. Out of Control - Pupil
  25. Lundagin Mo Beybi - Flying Ipis
  26. The Writing's On The Wall - OK Go
  27. Violent Shiver - Benjamin Booker
  28. Raket - Giniling Festival
  29. Blue Moon - Beck
  30. Shut Up and Dance - Walk The Moon
  31. Sleeping With a Friend - Neon Trees
  32. Car Radio - Twenty One Pilots
  33. Fall in Love - Phantogram
  34. 1995 - Eraserheads
  35. At Last - Tandems '91
  36. Sabado - Eraserheads
  37. Eez Eh - Kasabian
  38. Nakauwian Na - Bandang Shirley
  39. I Feel Like I'm on Drugs - The Strange Creatures
  40. 100 Lovers - Tennis
  41. Up We Go - Lights
  42. Get Away - Chvrches
  43. Bawal Simangot - Peso Movement
  44. Luna - Bombay Bicycle Club
  45. Dead Air - Chvrches
  46. Never Work For Free - Tennis
  47. Black Soap - Ex Cops
  48. In The Heat of the Moment - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
  49. Beast - The Wants
  50. Accidents - Cheats
9.5 Play FM The Year-End Playlist
Dec. 26, 2014


  1. Somebody To You - The Vamps feat Demi Lovato
  2. Rude - MAGIC!
  3. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
  4. Let It Go - Demi Lovato
  5. Happy - Pharrell
  6. Not A Bad Thing - Justin Timberlake
  7. Stay With Me - Sam Smith
  8. Dark Horse - Katy Perry feat Juicy J
  9. All Of Me - John Legend
  10. Fancy - Iggy Azalea feat Charlie XCX
  11. Find You - Zedd feat Miriam Bryant and Matthew Koma
  12. Summer - Calvin Harris
  13. Steal My Girl - One Direction
  14. Break Free - Ariana Grande feat Zedd
  15. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
  16. Oh Cecilia - The Vamps feat Shawn Mendes
  17. Jealous - Nick Jonas
  18. Don't Stop - 5 Seconds of Summer
  19. Problem - Ariana Grande feat Iggy Azalea
  20. Latch - Disclosure feat Sam Smith
  21. Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake
  22. Birthday - Katy Perry
  23. This is How We Do - Katy Perry
  24. Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer
  25. Blank Space - Taylor Swift
  26. Midnight Memories - One Direction
  27. Rather Be - Clean Bandit feat Jessica Glyne
  28. Am I Wrong - Nico and Vinz
  29. Drunk in Love - Beyonce feat Jay-Z
  30. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
  31. New Flame - Chris Brown feat Usher and Ric Ross
  32. Really Don't Care - Demi Lovato feat Cher Lloyd
  33. Chandelier - Sia
  34. Boom Clap - Charlie XCX
  35. Sledgehammer - Fifth Harmony
  36. A Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay
  37. Team - Lorde
  38. Money on My Mind - Sam Smith
  39. Breathe In, Breathe Out - Tich
  40. 4Superheroes - The Script


97.1 Brgy LS The Big 10 Year-end Countdown
Dec. 28, 2014


  1. All of Me - John Legend
  2. Let It Go - Idina Menzel
  3. Happy - Pharrell
  4. You and I - One Direction
  5. Diwata - Abra feat Chito Miranda
  6. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
  7. Pisngi - Jireh Lim
  8. Gorilla - Bruno Mars
  9. Kakaibabe - Donnalyn Bartolome
  10. Fancy - Iggy Azalea feat Charlie XCX
Barangay LS 97.1FM: The Big Ten OPM YEAR-END COUNTDOWN
TOP 10 OPM SONGS OF 2014

December 14, 2014 (Sunday)

10 – Gloc 9 feat Rico Blanco – Magda
9 – Sarah Geronimo – Kilometro
8 – Yeng Constantino – Ikaw
7 – Julie Anne San Jose – Bagong Umaga
6 – Mitoy Yonting – Bulag

5 – 1:43 – Ang Saya-Saya
4 – Ryzza Mae Dizon, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros & Son Yung Kuk – I-Selfie Selfie Mo!
3 – Donnalyn Bartolome – Kakaibabe
2 – Jireh Lim – Pisngi
1 – Abra feat Chito Miranda – Diwata

Barangay LS 97.1FM: The Big Ten DANCE YEAR-END COUNTDOWN
TOP 10 DANCE HITS OF 2014

December 21, 2014 (Sunday)

10 – Avril Lavigne – Hello Kitty
9 – Psy feat Snoop Dogg – Hangover
8 – The Chainsmokers – ‪#‎Selfie‬
7 – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
6 – 1:43 – Ang Saya-Saya

5 – Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
4 – Ryzza Mae Dizon, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros & Son Yung Kuk – I-Selfie Selfie Mo!
3 – Iggy Azalea feat Charli XCX – Fancy
2 – Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
1 – Pharrell Williams – Happy

 Magic 89.9 OPM Top 10 of 2014
Dec. 28, 2014

1. Ayokong Tumanda - Itchyworms
2. When I'm With You - Abby Asistio
3. World Without Strangers - Rico Blanco
4. Parachute - Jay-R
5. Qrush on You - Jay-R, Elmo Magalona and Q-York
6. Singapore Sling - Sponge Cola
7. Love Me Instead - Moira
8. Rain on Me -DJ M.O.D./DCash feat Maki
9. Paraan - Mayonnaise
10. You - Gary Valenciano and Kiana Valenciano

 106.7 Energy FM's Saved Radio Year-end Countdown
Dec. 28, 2014

1. Radical Love - Victory Worship
2. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) - Hillsong United
3. He Knows My Name - Francesca Battistelli
4. You Make Me Brave - Bethel Music
5. Forever - Kari Jobe
6. Wake - Hillsong Young and Free
7. Something in the Water - Carrie Underwood
8. God's Not Dead (Like a Lion) - Newsboys
9. Endless Praise - Planetshakers
10. Waterfall - Chris Tomlin

95.5 Pinas FM Pinas Daily Hitlist Yearend Countdown
Dec. 22, 2014


  1. Ikaw - Yeng Constantino
  2. No Erase - James Reid and Nadine Lustre
  3. Wala Man Sa'yo Ang Lahat - Myrus
  4. Sa'yo - Silent Sanctuary
  5. No Girlfriend Since Break - Luigi D' Avola
  6. Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako - KZ Tandingan
  7. Salbabida - Kyla
  8. Because I Love You - Gerald Santos
  9. Awit Mo'y Nandito Pa - Aldrich Talonding and James Bucong
  10. Takipsilim - Gloc 9 feat Regine Velasquez
  11. Kilometro - Sarah Geronimo
  12. Bahala Na - James Reid and Nadine Lustre
  13. +63 - Sponge Cola feat Yeng Constantino
  14. Mahal Kita Pero - Janella Salvador
  15. Simpleng Tulad Mo - Daniel Padilla
  16. Hanep Sa Ganda - 1:43
  17. Sorpresa - Alon
  18. Ang Saya Saya - 1:43
  19. SeenZoned - Yeng Constantino
  20. Dahan Dahan - Maja Salvador
  21. Tayo - Sarah Geronimo
  22. Pelikula - BOB
  23. Anyare - Fifth Dynamics
  24. Walang Wala - Banda ni Kleggy
  25. Kakaibabe - Donnalyn Bartolome
  26. Dagat Ka, Lupa Ako - Garth Garcia feat Aikee
  27. Malayo, Malapit Din - Sherwin Castro
  28. Bumalik Ka Na - Freshmen
  29. Monalisa - Aikee feat Curse One
  30. Pagbigyan Mo Na - Neo Domingo

 Spotify Philippines 2014 Yearend Lists

TOP 10 MOST STREAMED ARTISTS:

10 – MAGIC!
9 – John Legend
8 – Jason DeRulo
7 – Coldplay
6 – Katy Perry
5 – Sam Smith
4 – Boyce Avenue
3 – Ariana Grande
2 – Maroon 5
1 – Ed Sheeran

TOP 10 MOST STREAMED OPM ARTISTS:

10 – Toni Gonzaga
9 – Nina
8 – Rivermaya
7 – Up Dharma Down
6 – Daniel Padilla
5 – Yeng Constantino
4. – Angeline Quinto
3 – Sarah Geronimo
2 – M.Y.M.P.
1 – Eraserheads

TOP 10 MOST STREAMED TRACKS:

10 – Sam Smith – Stay With Me
9 – Sia – Chandelier
8 – Ariana Grande feat Iggy Azalea – Problem
7 – Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong
6 – Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
5 – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
4 – Maroon 5 – Maps
3 – John Legend – All Of Me
2 – Ariana Grande feat Zedd – Break Free
1 – MAGIC! – Rude

TOP 10 MOST STREAMED ALBUMS:

10 – American Authors – Oh, What A Life
9 – Various Artists – The Fault In Our Stars: Music From The Motion Picture
8 – Various Artists – Begin Again: Music From and Inspired By The Original Motion Picture
7 – MAGIC! – Don’t Kill The Magic
6 – Iggy Azalea – The New Classic
5 – 5 Seconds Of Summer – 5 Seconds Of Summer
4 – Ariana Grande – My Everything
3 – Maroon 5 – V
2 – Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
1 – Ed Sheeran – x
#PMCYEC2014
#YearEnder2014
#2014Yearendcharts

Monday, December 29, 2014

My Top 20 Favorite Movies of 2014

Compared to previous years, I was not able to watch a lot of movies this year and unfortunately I was not able to catch this year's Cinemalaya, Cinema One Originals and even MMFF so I don't have a lot of local films for my list this year. Also, there are some 2013 movies listed because they were shown here this year and I only included movies that I saw in the theater. For reference here are my lists in 2013, 2012 and 2011. And now here's my top 20 favorite movies of 2014 :)

20. Muppets Most Wanted 
While the movie is not as emotionally satisfying as 2011's  The Muppets, this sequel is still an enjoyable flick mostly because of Bret Mckenzie's songs where he experimented in variety of genres to great results.

19. Guardians of the Galaxy
I'm not a comic book reader so I was not aware of this series so I was pleasantly surprised how entertaining this movie is. The soundtrack also added to my enjoyment of watching this ("Hooked on a Feeling" was my LSS for weeks!)

18. X Men: Days of Future Past
It was a treat to see the characters and actors of the two eras of X-Men movies together. And the way the movie ended  effectively erases the perceived mistakes of the earlier movies to offer a clean slate for its next installment in 2016. 

17. The Trial 
While Star Cinema's attempt to do a legal drama is not flawless, the film is still worth the trip to the theater as it tells a very compelling story of how our quest for approval and perfection can ruin our lives.

16. Interstellar
While it's not as entertaining and flashy as Inception, Christopher Nolan's space saga still stood out with its mind-bending twists and amazing visuals.

15. The LEGO Movie
I didn't expect the twist in the third act so I was quite pleased that this movie isn't just an excuse to sell toys as it had something worthy to say about letting your mind explore and not just go beyond what is instructed.

14. Big Hero 6
 Its pure family entertainment that not only kids will enjoy. While there's nothing groundbreaking with the story, it's not a big downside as Big Hero 6’s effervescent charm will win your heart.

13. Beauty in a Bottle
A smart  satire on the Filipino standard of female beauty. Watch out for Angelica Panganiban's part as it was  the funniest and sharpest segment. 

12. Gone Girl
David Fincher's adaptation of the bestselling novel is a captivating look  on the nature of sensationalized media and how a deteriorating marriage can bring out the worst of anyone.

11. 12 Years a Slave
This year's Oscar winner was shown in local theaters right after it won the award.12 Years a Slave is definitely not an easy film to watch as it deals with one of the darkest moments in history in such a raw and powerful manner. It might not deliver the cathartic experience most movies bring but it is a film which won't likely be forgotten in years to come.

10. Starting Over Again
Starting Over Again totally understands the complications of relationships. It's a heightened reality for sure but it's the type of movie where a lot of people will be able to relate to as it knows that one way or another we have experienced or witnessed the lessons and experiences showcased in this movie

9. Her
Another 2013 film that was shown locally this year. The current champ of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar tells the story of man who is dealing with loneliness after his marriage broke down. The concept of falling in love with a "voice" might sound silly but this film absolutely made it work and you will find yourself empathizing with the film's impossible  romance.

8. Snowpiercer
 Just as I thought I've already seen enough dystopian movies, Snowpiercer comes in to deliver a fresh attack of the class wars. Even if the film is mostly confined inside a train, the film still delivers with its riveting action and emotional punch in the end

7. The Book of Life
Backed up by its dazzling design and supported by its wonderful fusion of stories, The Book of Life is one of the most pleasant surprises I've seen in the theater this year. The movie tells a charming tale that fuses cultural myth and heartwarming personal saga so effectively that only a a heart made of stone will not fall for its charms.

6.  Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan
This is the longest film I've seen inside the theater (4 hours) so this definitely is one of my unforgettable movie theater experience of all time. While I admit that there are certain parts of the film that I was uncomfortable with, the film's depiction of crime and justice in the Philippines will provoke your mind after you finished watching it.

5. Whiplash
I think they were just five people who I saw this movie with in the theater so the intensity of this film is felt even more.  I know nothing about jazz and yet this film's music captivated me. This is the type of film that will command your attention no matter what

4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is not just a showcase of visual effects spectacle but it uses advanced technology in telling one of the most haunting and harrowing story why a war inevitably happens despite the best intentions of both camps to maintain peace.

3. Begin Again
My favorite song of 2014 came from this movie. Apart from its amazing soundtrack, Begin Again also explores how people can drift apart and while there are a few who can successfully reconnect again, it's not always the case and there are just instances where simply moving forward is what is needed to grow.

2. How To Train Your Dragon 2
How To Train Your Dragon 2 is simply a perfect example that an animated film catering to children can go beyond simple kiddie pleasures just as long as you have a focused story that's not afraid to break the status quo.

1. Boyhood
This film does not have a straight story so to speak as it just follows the life of boy over the course of 12 years and in real time at that.  But what fascinated me about this movie is how it was able to capture growing up not just in the physical sense but the emotional and, yes, spiritual journey one has to go through as one matures. One of the most remarkable line of the movie is "I thought there would be more" which was uttered by the mother after she realized that after successful sending her kids to college, she does not know if there is still waiting for her or will she just pass time until she reaches the final milestone of  one's life - death. The film will make you think about your life and how the past can shape up your present and most importantly the future.

My Hot 100 for 2014

                                                   My Favorite Songs for 2014 
 
1.Lost Stars – Adam Levine

2.      Rude – MAGIC!
3.      Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
4.      Love Runs Out – One Republic
5.      Not a Bad Thing – Justin Timberlake
6.      Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako – KZ Tandingan
7.      Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson feat Justin Timberlake
8.      All of Me – John Legend
9.      Somebody To You – The Vamps feat Demi Lovato
10.  Stay With Me – Sam Smith

11.  Sa’yo – Silent Sanctuary
12.  Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
13.  Pompeii - Bastille
14.  Ikaw – Yeng Constantino
15.  Sabado – Eraserheads
16.  Tayo  – Sarah Geronimo
17.  Superheroes – The Script
18.  Maps – Maroon Five
19.  Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
20. A Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay

21.  All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
22.  Amnesia – 5 Seconds of Summer 
23.  Get Her Back – Robin Thicke
24.  No Erase – James Reid and Nadine Lustre
25.  Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars
26.  Dark Horse – Katy Perry feat Juicy J
27.  1995 – Eraserheads
28.  Happy – Pharrell
29.  Break Free – Ariana Grande feat Zedd
30.  Salbabida  – Kyla

31.  Out of the Woods – Taylor Swift
32.  Best Day of My Life - American Authors
33.  You and I – One Direction
34.  Blank Space – Taylor Swift
35.  Invisible – Hunter Hayes
36.  Battleships – Daughtry
37.  Don’t – Ed Sheeran
38.  +63 - Sponge Cola and Yeng Constantino
39.  Halik Sa Hangin – Ebe Dancel feat Abra
40.  Centuries – Fallout Boy 

41.  Latch – Discolusre feat Sam Smith
42.  She Looks So Perfect  – 5 Seconds of Summer
43.  A Step You Can’t Take Back – Keira Knightley 
44.  No Girlfriend Since Break - Luigi D' Avola
45.  Kunwa Kunwari Lang – Kyla
46.  Midnight Memories  – One Direction
47.  I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith
48.  Boom Clap – Charlie XCX
49.   Ain’t It Fun - Paramore
50.  Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart) – The Vamps feat Shawn Mendes

51.  No Good in Goodbye – The Script
52.  Everything is Awesome – Tegan and Sara feat The Lonely Island
53.  Takipsilim – Gloc 9 feat Regine Velasquez
54.  Sing Along – Jessica Reynoso
55.  Kilometro – Sarah Geronimo
56.  We’re Doing a Sequel – The Muppets
57.  The Hanging Tree – James Newton Howard feat Jennifer Lawrence
58.  Girls – The 1975
59.  Don’t Stop – 5 Seconds of Summer
60.  Jealous – Nick Jonas

61.  The Moon Song – Karen O feat Ezra Koening
62.  Sirens – Cher Lloyd
63.  Steal My Girl – One Direction
64.  Problem – Ariana Grande feat Iggy Azalea
65.  All of the Stars – Ed Sheeran
66.  Rather Be – Clean Bandit feat Jessica Glyne
67.  Animals – Maroon Five
68.  Geronimo – Sheppard
69.  Really Don’t Care – Demi Lovato feat Cher Lloyd
70.  Like a Fool – Keira Knightley

71.  Ayokong Tumanda – Itchyworms
72.  Singapore Sling (Dahil Kilala Na Kita) – Sponge Cola
73.  Qrush on You – Jay-R feat Qyork and Elmo Magalona
74.  Pretty Hurts - Beyonce
75.  Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo feat 2 Chainz
76.  Turn Down For What – DJ Snake and Lil Jon
77.  Chandelier - Sia
78.  Walang Basagan Ng Trip – Jugs and Teddy
79.  Parachute – Jay-R
80.  Birthday – Katy Perry

81.  Fancy – Iggy Azalea feat Charlie XCX
82.  Cool Kids - Echosmith 
83.  Sing – Ed Sheeran
84.  The Big House – Tina Fey feat Josh Groban
85.  When I’m With You – Abby Asistio
86.  Am I Wrong – Nicko and Vinz
87.  Everything Takes Time – Hazel Faith De la Cruz
88.  Lips Are Movin – Meghan Trainor
89.   Hindi Wala – Juris 
90.  Immortals - Fallout Boy

91.  Anaconda – Nicki Minaj
92.  Awit Mo'y Nandito Pa - Aldrich Talonding and James Bucong
93.  Huwag Siya – Donnalyn Bartolome feat Sheyee
94.  About You – Shane Filan
95.  Thank You Ang Babait Ninyo – The Voice Kids Top 4
96.  Businessman - Gloc 9 feat Vinci Montaner
97.  Don’t Tell ‘Em -  Jeremih Feat. YG
98.  Dedma – Abra and Julie Anne San Jose
99.  Dahan Dahan – Maja Salvador
100.          Wiggle – Jason Derulo feat Snoop Dog

****