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Workout viewings

Since I couldn’t run outdoors lately due to Emma, work and the weather, I make it a point to do my cardio 3-4 times a week at the gym.

But it’s the most boring thing ever – you know, spending 1 hour on the treadmill seeing the same effing restaurant outside the window.  I would sometimes drag myself just to get my money’s worth on fitness.

Then one day…

I discovered that I can actually watch videos on my iPhone and burn calories at the same time. Even mastering it while running on the treadmill.

And so far, these are what I have seen:

SHERLOCK

Unfortunately, I am one of those that got into the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson craze late. I thought it was just a fad given that there were girls (and guys) who swoon over Benedict Cumberbatch. But fortunately, I decided to watch the first episode of Season 1- then  I got hooked, finished all episodes, even the Abominable Bride, in about a month.  And am now on my second run, finishing off Episode 1 of Season 3.

It’s a fantastic show. I’m sure you know what it’s about, so I will just say thanks to the writers and creators (I love Mycroft, he’s the funny one, really).

Favorite Episode: THE FINAL PROBLEM (Season 4, Episode 3)

Favorite Quote:  “He’s (Sherlock) a good one.” – Greg Lestrade (Those who watched the very episode will surely love this line.)

Favorite Character: Dr. Watson

Image from Den of Geek

THIS IS US

If I wanted a break from the exciting episodes of Sherlock, I watch “This Is Us”. It’s really a little bit too dramatic for me, but I like how the three kids interact with one another and the people around them, how they make it a point that they keep their father’s legacy, and how their father reminds me of my own husband (sans the alcoholism).

The dad (Jack Pearson), played by Milo Ventimiglia, is wonderful, he can make any wife cry.

There are a lot of tearjerker episodes, and sometimes, I tend to slow down on my cardio work out to savor the moment.

Favorite Episode: JACK PEARSON’S SON (Season 1 Episode 15)

Favorite Quote: “You’re not just my great love story, Rebecca, you are my big break. And our love story? I know it may not feel like it right now, baby, but I promise you, it’s just getting started.” – Jack Pearson (Milo V performed this scene really well. He melted even my cold tired cardio-exhausted heart).

Favorite Character: Jack Pearson – Hey, he really does remind me of my husband.

Image from MetaCritic

GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE

Because I was an avid fan of the series, I decided to see how the characters are after 10 years.

Rory was irritating… I don’t know why. Maybe because all she does is ruin things? I guess. Lorelai is the same, who knew that people can’t really grow up even after 10 years?

But Emily bloomed. Maybe the scenario called for Kelly Bishop to shine, so we saw her transform from the Emily we knew, to the Emily we want to be.

Favorite Episode: FALL (Episode 4)

Favorite Quote: “I’m not broken. Maybe just a little chipped.” – Lorelai

Favorite Character: None. But if I had to choose 1 – Michel.

Image from Hello Giggles

BIG LITTLE LIES

At first I was apprehensive in finishing this series, because I felt that it was too dark for me.

Then I started seeing reviews that encouraged me to keep on watching. And I’m glad I did. 5 women – wives and mothers. It’s not Desperate Housewives, it’s so much better. You will see how they interacted with each other, how they are in the community, and how the community saw them. In the end, it’s about them being able to survive an ordeal that created an impact in each of their lives.

The popular opinion is that Nicole Kidman slayed in this mini-series. But I think, everybody did.

Favorite Episode: YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED (Episode 7)

Favorite Quote: “What people don’t tell you is that you lose your children. As beautiful and wonderful as you are now, the little girl whose hair I used to detangle and had bad dreams and used to crawl into my bed? She’s gone. I guess that’s what I’m feeling a little bit. Compounded a little bit by the fact your sister’s going into the first grade. I’m losing my babies. Which has been clinically compared to a massive period, I think.” – Madeline (Coz I’m a Mother)

Favorite Character: Bonnie – because she has always been the firm one.

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I’m currently following Riverdale and Designated Survivor, but I don’t think I can still give any opinion about them – so let’s wait until their season enders.

Still thinking if I should watch 13 Reasons Why… I think it’s gonna be too heavy for my taste. But let’s see.

Asian Food Channel

I am currently addicted to the “Asian Food Channel” because it only has shows featuring, my favorite thing on earth — what else?  — Food!

My favorites:

1) Chef At Home

Whatever Chef Michael Smith cooks seems good to me. Yeah, I think I have this slight school girl crush on the guy… but really, the way he makes fine-dining dishes look very simple to cook at home is pretty fine.

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2) Fresh with Anna Olson

There’s something really great about cooking shows that have the country home setting, and this is what Anna Olson’s show has. She ends up getting the fresh ingredients that can be found in her garden or a nearby store, making each dish look comfortably homey.

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3) A Cook’s Tour

AFC is currently showing reruns of Anthony Bourdain’s TV version of his book (of the same name), reruns because the 2 seasons of this show were originally from 2000-2001, so you’ll see a younger Bourdain hopping from one country to another, trying out the local cuisine and exotic dishes. Yep, the mother of “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations”, it may well be the best show on the channel.

Great places, not so great food, but hey, it’s Anthony Bourdain! (Wow, I actually mentioned his name 4 times)

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4) Made in Spain with Jose Andres

My love for Spanish cuisine is reason enough for me to count this show as one of my favorites.

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These 4 are the shows that I try not to miss, as each is about a certain interest I have when it comes to food (fine-dining, home-style, travel and Spain). I’m sure that in the next couple of days, I will again find another cooking show that I may add to this list. But for now, let me close this blog entry by saying…

“Now I’m hungry”.

 

 

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My first post

… for the year. Wow, a few months back, I was a sucker for blog posts, and now, I can’t even update my site for the new year.

Anyway, for the most part of my holiday, I caught up on the TV shows that I have missed due to my hectic days… one of which is “Glee” – yes, “Glee”. Thanks to my tween cousin, I got to watch all episodes of the last season.

But no, this is not about the show. This is about one song that I fell in love with. I think it can be an anthem for those who are not afraid to go against norm in order to protect what they believe in, even if it would mean being ostracized by the public . >> The persona is a witch who plans to go against the Wizard of Oz, because she realized that he was not the good man that everybody thought he was.

The song’s called, “Defying Gravity”, originally from the musical “Wicked”, which was initially performed by Idina Menzel.

 

*Edited to include the “Glee” rendition (that Rachel character can sing really well):

 

Here’s the one by Idina and Kristin Chenoweth:

The lyrics:

GLINDA
(spoken) Elphaba – why couldn’t you have stayed calm for
once, instead of flying off the handle!
(sung) I hope you’re happy!
I hope you’re happy now
I hope you’re happy how you
Hurt your cause forever
I hope you think you’re clever!

ELPHABA
I hope you’re happy
I hope you’re happy, too
I hope you’re proud how you
Would grovel in submission
To feed your own ambition

BOTH
So though I can’t imagine how
I hope you’re happy right now

GLINDA
(spoken) Elphie, listen to me. Just say you’re sorry:
(sung) You can still be with the Wizard
What you’ve worked and waited for
You can have all you ever wanted:

ELPHABA
(spoken) I know:
(sung) But I don’t want it –
No – I can’t want it
Anymore:
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I’m through with playing by the rules
Of someone else’s game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!

It’s time to try
Defying gravity
I think I’ll try
Defying gravity
And you can’t pull me down!

GLINDA
Can’t I make you understand?
You’re having delusions of grandeur:

ELPHABA
I’m through accepting limits
‘Cuz someone says they’re so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I’ll never know!
Too long I’ve been afraid of
Losing love I guess I’ve lost
Well, if that’s love
It comes at much too high a cost!

I’d sooner buy
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I’m defying gravity
And you can’t pull me down.

(spoken) Glinda – come with me. Think of what we could
do: together.
(sung) Unlimited
Together we’re unlimited
Together we’ll be the greatest team
There’s ever been
Glinda –
Dreams, the way we planned ’em

GLINDA
If we work in tandem:
BOTH
There’s no fight we cannot win
Just you and I
Defying gravity
With you and I
Defying gravity

ELPHABA
They’ll never bring us down!
(spoken) Well? Are you coming?

GLINDA
I hope you’re happy
Now that you’re choosing this

ELPHABA
(spoken) You too
(sung) I hope it brings you bliss

BOTH
I really hope you get it
And you don’t live to regret it
I hope you’re happy in the end
I hope you’re happy, my friend:

ELPHABA

So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky!
As someone told me lately:
"Ev’ryone deserves the chance to fly!"
And if I’m flying solo
At least I’m flying free
To those who’d ground me
Take a message back from me
Tell them how I am

Defying gravity
I’m flying high
Defying gravity
And soon I’ll match them in renown
And nobody in all of Oz
No Wizard that there is or was
Is ever gonna bring me down!

GLINDA
I hope you’re happy!

CITIZENS OF OZ
Look at her, she’s wicked!
Get her!

ELPHABA
Bring me down!

CITIZENS OF OZ
No one mourns the wicked
So we’ve got to bring her

ELPHABA
Ahhh!
CITIZENS OF OZ

Down!

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Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite, an iconic CBS News journalist who defined the role of anchorman for a generation of television viewers, died Friday at the age of 92.

His career peak was before my time, but here I am, remembering the man whose voice I often heard when significant events in modern history are featured on TV.

 

Who could forget that very moment he announced President John F. Kennedy’s death?

Or his 27-hour air time to share with the viewers Apollo 11’s 30-hour mission to the moon?

The “8th astronaut”, the “most trusted man in America”, the greatest journalist in the world is gone.

 

 

RIP, Mr. Cronkite. Thank you.