Sunday, October 19, 2014

From online to books, Wattpad stories are now on TV5

Selfie addicts have Instagram and chismosos have Facebook. I am just overacting. But for those who love writing and reading fiction online, they have Wattpad. 

Although extremely popular among teens in the Philippines, Wattpad is actually an international social site which is based in Toronto, Canada and was launched in November 2006. Sharing a bulk of its traffic, apart from the users in the Philippines, are online visitors from the US, UK, Canada and Australia. 

wattpad presents on tv5
The stories used to be all-text. They were given animated sketches by publishing companies. Now, TV5 will add real personalities to these fictional romances with its weekly mini-series on primetime, Wattpad Presents. Ritz Azul and Edward Mendez will be portraying the major characters in "Savage Cassanova" from October 27 to 31. 

Why am I talking about Wattpad? This is probably one huge site online marketers should be looking into. I was told, or my sources could be wrong, that the teen group who shaped Wattpad's strong following in PH is the same set of people who are setting trending topics on Twitter, viral videos on YouTube and capable of filling the SM Arena for the upcoming One Direction concerts. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

GoPro selfies in Malaysia's water park Sunway Lagoon

Malaysia Sunway Lagoon

If you are in Kuala Lumpur and you've been to the Petronas Towers, Merdeka Square, Batu Caves and the Genting Highlands, you are probably in the hunt for your next destination. KL is an organized and progressive city but it lags behind its neighbor Singapore when it comes to tourist attractions. Chinatown, Little India, Thean Hou Temple and the Jasmek Mosque await those who want to immerse themselves into the culture of Asia's most diverse city. But where to next? 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Frencheska Farr's Birthday Concert "Light My Fire Out"

With so many amazing female singers of the defunct Sunday variety show Party Pilipinas, it was a challenge to be noticed by the viewers. There were Jonalyn Viray, Maricris Garcia, Aicelle Santos, Julie Anne San Jose, Jaya, Kyla, Rachelle Ann Go and of course, Regine Velasquez. However, this made Frencheska pushed harder to make her own mark in the show and in the entire music industry. 

frencheska farr concert light my fire out

I used to refer to her as FRANCHESKA when I saw her perform dance duets with Julie Anne San Jose. They sang Beyonce medleys in harmonies and they can interpret supposedly lazy songs, mostly Rihanna's and Taylor Swifts's, into a stunning musical number. Week after week she went full blast in every production number until I realized that her name is actually FRENCHESKA. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tea time with Jennylyn Mercado for her 6th album "Never Alone"

jennylyn mercado's new album never alone

Jennylyn Mercado became the first ever female Grand Winner of Starstruck after performing Alicia Keys's "Fallin" in the full-packed Araneta Colesium during the finals night. Starstruck is an artista search which is known for featuring good-looking contestants but aside from her pretty face, Jennylyn showcased her singing talent. 

We are so used to powerhouse belting from Regine Velasquez, Lani Misalucha, Sheryn Regis, Sarah Geronimo and a long list of talented singers then that we were in need of someone with the sweet tone. Jennylyn came and aside from her TV shows, movies and news on real-life romances, she serenaded us with great songs. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

How to Visit Kuala Lumpur's Thean Hou Temple

kuala lumpur thean hou temple

Don't believe them when they say that the Thean Hou Temple is walking distance away from its nearest train station, Tun Sambanthan of the KL Monorail line. For backpackers maybe, that distance might be OK for walking. But if you're traveling on a schedule, take a cab from KL Sentral. That should not cost you more than 10RM (roughly PhP140).

We wasted around 2 hours to look for the temple after relying on a local blog which said that the tourist attraction is just "a few steps" away from the train. Four long blocks is not a short distance. They didn't also tell us that the temple is located on a hill so a challenging hike, ordinary for the sporty, is needed for you to reach it. Along the way, there was a heavy downpour so we need to stop and seek shelter. That really ruined our schedule.