Back then, we have TV, sports, and radio personalities as influencers. People are influenced by what they promote thru their programs, ads and TV networks. But as time inevitably changed, technology growth has evidently changed people’s lives too. SMS or social media sites dominated the online world. Young and old alike are obviously enjoying the benefits of this amazing technology.
My daughter Kea, mentioned a new show called I-Land. It is a reality show (for boys from different countries) that aims to find and create the next big KPop group for BeLift Lab. BeLift Lab (also known as BE:LIFT) is a South Korean label jointly established by Big Hit Entertainment and CJ ENM.
I-Land Training Ground
The young boys’ persona as future Kpop idols are being trained and developed, and the “I-Land” will be the ground for their growth. They have mentioned in their social media pages:
We also have favorites that aren’t in the I-Land, but our top picks happen to be always in the top list of trainees chosen by the judges and mentors too. I also posted and shared my personal favorites on my Instagram account.
My Top 7 are K, Sunghoon, Jake, Jay, Sunoo, Jungwon, and Heeseung. These boys happen to be my daughter’s top picks too. We also liked EJ, Daniel, Geonu and Kyungmin, as they have their own strong skills too.
I have always supported my daughter with her fangirling moments, and this isn’t the first time that we both enjoyed the experience. We have liked local and foreign singers, actors and actresses, and groups. I can still remember how happy and shy she was all at the same time when she finally got to meet Jameson Blake during the Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi movie premiere, which we were invited to see.
I saw the teenage me in her. All excited and giddy, but when fronted by the admired celebrity, becomes all timid and cold. Funny, but that is just how we are. That even makes the experience a lot memorable.
Since I really liked K amongst the I-Land candidates, I requested for Kea to draw him in chibi version. That’s the image above. I had it printed into stickers and thinking of asking her for another version. Haha!
The new global idol group will soon be named, and the Top 7 trainees will be picked. Six of the new group’s members will be selected by the global fans thru voting, and the seventh member will be picked by PD Bang Si Hyuk and the mentors. We can’t wait for the finale. BTS and TXT will be there during the announcement, tp welcome their new brothers.
Have you seen the I-Land too? Who amongst the trainees are your best seven? Let’s dream with these boys, and wish them success as we all welcome them to the music industry.
K and I won 2 Miss Granny movie tickets each from a Twitter contest. It was really unexpected, especially the fact that we have just seen Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi twelve days ago.
By following a Jadine Fan account in Twitter, I learned about this giveaway. Xian Lim’s, Jadine and Popsters joined forces to come up with this giveaway and block screening. I immediately followed the instructions for my entry to be counted. After submitting, I informed a friend about it and my daughter too.
Miss Granny Movie
Sarah Geronimo’s Miss Granny movie is a comedy-drama and an adaptation of the Korean movie of the same title. It is about an elderly woman who left home and found a second chance at youth when she visited and had her picture taken at a “magical” photo studio. She was forced to live at an apartment in the same neighborhood where her son’s family resides.
We found ourselves laughing, and in tears too at the most touching scenes. My girls were suddenly interested with Audrey Hepburn and are now singing the songs from the movies original soundtrack. Personally, this for me is Sarah’s best performance in a movie, so far. And yet again, the movie being about a grandmother, we we’re reminded of my Mama.
We highly recommend this movie. It is full of realizations that the youth today need. It is good that lessons how to value relationships, how important it is to respect the elderly and how to work for your dreams are all packaged in one movie.
I wonder how many movie tickets will I win using my social media accounts? =D
We saw the new and upcoming movie, Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi last August 13 in it’s Red Carpet Premiere. It was my girls’ first time to attend and see a movie in it’s premiere night, actually. They were excited and hesitant at the same time.
We did not have the tickets yet at the time we arrived as we were yet to meet Joy, a member of Blakers Republic. Blakers Republic is a fans club of Jameson Blake, a former Pinoy Big Brother 737 housemate and a member of It’s Showtime’s boy group, Hashtags. When we got hold of our free tickets, Joy assisted us to a good spot near the small stage that was prepared for the actors and actresses. She was also nice to have introduced K to Jameson’s mom.
Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi Lead Cast
His mom then accompanied K to a nearby restaurant where the lead casts wait. K was not really prepared that was going to happen. She told me that she was so shy when she was introduced to Sue Ramirez, the lead actress. And she was already feeling cold and shaking a little when she was introduced to Jameson Blake. The Shout Out girl finally met him. They had a little chit-chat, but it was Jameson who did most of the chatting. She got so timid. She also got a chance to have a photo taken with the other lead actor, Markus Paterson.
Jameson and the Shoutout Girl
K said that Jameson and his mom were so nice and accommodating. Jameson has already sent her a direct message and apologized for the controversial shoutout tweet, but he also mentioned to her that he really looked forward to meeting her in person. He also wished for K to enjoy the movie and thanked her before she exited the room.
Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wi-Fi Movie Premiere
The cast, the director and the singer (Keiko Necesario) of the movie’s theme song were introduced inside the cinema before the movie started. Sue and Keiko even sang the song, While We Are Young – the audience sang with them.
The girls also saw pretty Mariz Racal, Inigo Pascual, Yayo Aguila, Lee O’Brian, Henz Villaraiz, Boots Anson-Roa, and Kiko Matos, to name a few.
Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wi-Fi has a very unique story line. It is about a girl who suddenly developed a rare allergy to WiFi, called electromagnetic Hypersensitivity. Her lifestyle all of a sudden has to change as she had to leave her city life, social media, high school and deal with a long distance relationship with her boyfriend. She lived with her grandmother in a remote town where WiFi is not available. She discovers a lot of things and people that really matter.
We were also in awe of the cinematography. Well, I don’t know anything about it, but we liked what we saw. 🙂 There were instances that everyone would laugh, and then cry the next scene.
The movie is packed with life lessons and realizations that are emphasized by the movie’s soundtrack. I personally like all the songs in this movie and the part where you realize that , you really connect when when you disconnect.
The movie has touched the hearts of not just the lead actors’ fans but of many others. I saw K wiping her tears. The movie is something we can recommend to group of friends, and families too. this movie can be something to watch as a family as kids nowadays are so attached to their gadgets. It is but right to somehow drop these gadgets and appreciate what nature and the people who truly value and love us, have for us – at least before it is too late. Again, disconnect to reconnect with the real world.
Go watch Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wi-Fi!
Conversation before the shout out
K: (Happy in her fan state of mind) “Ni-like ni Jameson yung mga banner na gawa ko.”
Me: “Talaga? Maganda iyong may drawing mo as background.”
And he picked that particular banner. That was his shout out. That was his “Thank You!”. She used the free app, Canva and felt proud of herself as there was not much effort from her. My daughter responded with kindness, picked a free template, added photo and edited it a little. The fan girl in her was just happy.
I had to hug her tight and wipe her tears. I gave her back all the assurance, confidence and love that somehow, were taken away from her in an instant. A number of people started blaming her, calling her selfish, cancer, peenoise and asking her to change her mindset.
1. If it was me (freelancer state of mind), I would have asked for movie tickets aside from the shout out. But then, it wasn’t me.
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I freelance too, though not in the art & design field. But I have colleagues and relatives that are artists and designers. My daughter knows the importance of getting paid for the services you give. Trust me, she witnessed how hard it is to get a job online, especially nowadays. Hindi lang sa specific na industry ito nangyayari.
2. If K asked for a payment na baka para sa iba ay sobra naman for the basic banner made using Canva app, maba-bash pa rin sya, right? Baka sabihan pa rin sya na “kahihiyan sa industriya”, “mayabang na wala pang napapatunayan”, or “kapal ng mukha na maningil, Canva lang ginamit.”
3. If I did tell my daughter of no.1, she would give me an “AHA! moment look” that means, “Oo nga ‘no? Pero, kakatapos lang kasi ng birthday nya. Gift ko na ‘yun. Masaya na nga ako nung ni-like nya, lalo nung napili nya yung isa. Kung gamitin nya yung banner, parang birthday gift na din ‘yun sa akin. Bonus na lang yung shout out, nothing bad with it.”
4. There is a Twitter feature called “Direct Message”, you all know that. Do you actually know what happened behind the public tweets? Do you know what transpired through direct messaging?
Having given you all these points, I don’t get the point of these people na magagaling calling my daughter a cancer in the art industry. She only responded to a tweet with kindness. And, to that person who actually questioned why the artist’s mom is still proud, I really wish you become a parent yourself, because then, you will understand.
As for Jameson Blake, correcting him properly is enough. He apologized for the shout out offer. He apologized and clarified his statement regarding graphic designers. Stop the hate. Stop the ugly memes. Those who used their time, talent and effort making these memes to make fun of Jameson Blake – his mistake has earned you likes and followers. Happy now?
We all had moments of “That is not what I mean” and “I did not mean to offend you”. If there is someone out there who did not or have not experienced these moments, it is about time to log off and take time to self-evaluate. How is your relationship with everyone around you going? Maybe it is time to really connect and communicate, openly and calmly. Through that way of expression and evaluation, I am sure there will be so much realization. I hope each of it is beautiful.
Let me borrow that ripple-effect mentioned at the heat of the argument, it does come in… because, if you fill your heart with positiveness, the same people around you smile and get that vibe you bring. I tell you, it will surely grow and go back at you. We all just got to learn to listen, and understand. So, if needed and truly necessary, respond with kindness.