Best 90s Bands That Should Be In Your Playlist

Best 90s Bands That Should Be In Your Playlist

                The 90s can be best described as a bridge for it connects two generations. It’s the old and the coming of the new millennium blending within a decade. That’s why the music scene of the 90s is a merry mix of the fading 80s dance raves and pop songs and the emerging new subgenres of rock and roll such as alternative rock and grunge rock. Soon enough, a lot of these bands dominated the airwaves and people were listening to guitar riffs and bass lines again just like the good ‘ol days of rock in the 70s but with an angst-y twist. If you’re unaware of the amazing music scene of the 90s and want to enrich your playlist with actual music instead of pop sensations and digitally altered music that we have today, here are the best 90s bands that you should definitely listen to:

Blink-182

                You can ask any pop punk band that was formed in the early 2000s about their major influence and the answer will definitely include Blink-182. Founded by Mark Hoppus on vocals/bass, Tom DeLonge on vocals/guitars and drummer Scott Raynor (replaced by Travis Barker in 1998), the band is best known for reinventing and developing pop punk music. Since their debut in 1995, Blink-182 continued to top the charts with their hit songs such as “Dammit”, “What’s My Age Again”, “Adam’s song”, “All The Small Things” and many more. To date, the band has sold over 3.5 million albums worldwide. As of now, the band is going through some sort of a break up with DeLonge on an indefinite hiatus. Still, their big influence on today’s bands and to their fans remains undeniable.

Pearl Jam

                Nothing says 90s music than the band Pearl Jam. Their diverse music and interesting subjects that they use in their songs made them extremely popular, especially amongst teenagers. Formed in Seattle, Washington in the year 1990, Eddie Vader (vocals), Stone Gossard (guitar), Jeff Amment (bass), Mike Cready (guitar) and Matt Cameron (current drummer) sold over 3.1 million albums worldwide. If you want to hear how good this band is, check out their song “Jeremy” and “Just Breathe”.

Green Day

               This list would not be called best bands of the 90s without Green Day in it. Composed of Billie Joe Armstrong on vocals and guitar, Tre’ Cool on Drums and Mike Dirnt on bass, the band was formed in 1986 but achieved their commercial breakthrough in 1994 with their album, Kerplunk. Armed with their vicious take on punk rock, Green Day sold over 75 million albums worldwide and won numerous awards, including a Tony with the Broadway adaptation of their most successful studio album, American Idiot.  I suggest you put the whole American Idiot album on your playlist because every single song in there are worth the listen.

Rage Against The Machine

                Rage Against The Machine was not dubbed as The World’s Most Dangerous Band for nothing. Their hip/hop fused with heavy metal sound conquered the airwaves in 1992 with their self titled album that topped the charts despite their radical music. In fact, it is their radicalism that raised them to fame. Composed of Zack de La Rocha on vocals, Tom Morello on guitars, Brad Wilk on drums and Tim Commerford on bass, RATM used their songs to inspire social change amongst their audience and provide support to the minorities, especially those who are often victimized by racism in the United States and the rest of the world.  Though they disbanded in 2000, their songs of freedom and equality still rings true, especially now more than ever. If you want to hear how badass this band is, listen to ‘Killing In the Name”, “Bulls on Parade” and my personal favorite “Freedom”.

Nirvana 

                Nirvana is considered to be the voice of the 90s. Why wouldn’t they be when they started the whole grunge era of rock and roll? The Nirvana trio composed of Kurt Cobain on vocals and guitar, Kris Novoselic on bass and Dave Grohl on drums, became the flagship of Generation X because of their songs about individuality. They also invented the “quiet verses and heavy chorus” song formula which is widely used today by a lot of bands. Even after the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994 and their breakup, Nirvana continued to be one of the best selling bands of all time garnering over 75 million albums ales worldwide. In case you don’t have their songs yet on your playlist, you should definitely check out their classic songs “Smells Like Teen Spirit, “Come as You Are” and “No Apologies”.

The Best Movies of 2014   

The Best Movies of 2014  

  There were a lot of films released in the past year but only some of them made a great impact to the viewing public but some of them really stood out and took the box office by storm. Here are some of the most iconic films of 2014:

Boyhood

The Best Movies of 2014   

                Richard Linklater’s twelve years-in-the-making masterpiece impressed a lot of audiences worldwide. The movie was so moving that US President Barack Obama even declared this his favorite movie of 2014. What made this movie special is not just its incredible length but also the lengths the staff and crew went through to get this movie done. For twelve whole years, Boyhood follows the story of a young boy and his journey to becoming a man; facing real situations along the way.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Best Movies of 2014   

                Entering the doors of the Grand Budapest Hotel is like walking straight into a painting. Full of wonderful characters and an amazing color palette as expected of any Wes Anderson movie, The Grand Budapest will not only make your eyes wide with amazement but will also fill your heart with emotions.

The Lego Movie

The Best Movies of 2014   

                Why did this animated made the cut of the best movies of 2014? The answer is simple: because it’s awesome. The Lego Movie is not your average animated film although it might look like that at first. It’s one of those films that you didn’t expect to make a big impact in you but it did. This movie is not just for kids and Lego enthusiast but  for all ages because it talks about self worth and how your own uniqueness can be your super power. I owe a lot to this movie because it inspired me to be more proud of myself.

               

Norte: Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (Norte: The End of History)

The Best Movies of 2014   

                It’s not a surprise anymore that a few Filipino indie film receieve awards from many different award giving bodies. So what makes this Lav Diaz masterpiece different from the others? Norte: Hangganan ng Kasaysayan is what the critics call the best interpretation of Dosteovsky’s Crime and Punishment. Set in the Northern part of the Philippines, the movie depicts a story of an innocent man convicted of a crime he did not commit. This movie is four hours long but it you won’t even notice it because aside from the gripping story, it also visually tasty, full of amazingly shot scenes that shows a tragic story on a beautiful background. If you’re looking for your next favorite film, you should definitely see Norte: Hangganan ng Kasayasayan.

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Best Movies of 2014   

Known as one of the biggest superhero movies of all time because of its massive popularity, Guardians of the Galaxy proved that in every film, the story is still king. Equipped with a amazing special effects and unconventional characters, this movie exceeded my expectations of a normal superhero flick because it did more than just to excite me with fight scenes, it also warmed my heart and made me laugh harder than any other comedy movies I’ve ever watched. I love how the characters are all very different from each other and aren’t stereotypical.

Pinoy Children Shows  That Should be on TV Again  

Pinoy Children Shows That Should be on TV Again  

               When I was a kid, I used to wake up at 8am and sit right in front of our TV every weekday to watch my favorite shows on local channels. We didn’t have cable back then but even when we got it, I still go back to my favorite children’s shows from time to time until they all just slowly vanished. These shows are so close to my heart and they taught me a lot of lessons not just academically but also in life.

Here are some Pinoy Children Shows that should be on TV Again:

Hiraya Manawari

                Hiraya Manawari is one of the longest running children’s shows back in my day. The term Hiraya is a deeper form of “sana” (hopefully) and Manawari means “mangyari” or “Matupad”. In English, it literally means “I Hope it comes true”. From what I remember it’s a show that teaches children about discipline, love and friendship. Most episodes of Hiraya Manawari involves travelling to Magical Lands and meeting magical creatures that will teach the protagonist of that particular story a lesson that that they will carry when they go back to their real world. What I miss about this show is the storyline of every episode because they do not take their audience for granted. I love how the stories even have slightly complicated plots that even adults can still learn from it. They should really bring this back instead of re-running old violent cartoons.

Bayani

This is the show that made me a history nerd and I regret nothing. I love this show so much I even risk getting late for school just to finish an episode. Bayani is a history based children’s show that brings audiences to the lives of our heroes and the builders of our nation. It’s like a first class ticket to the lives of Andres Bonifacio, Jose Rizal, Antonio Luna, Diego Silang and many more. The main thing I love about this show aside from the amazing set is that the portrayal of characters. The actors are all amazing! A lot of kids find history (especially ours) boring nowadays and perhaps if they bring this show back, it will spark their interest just as it did mine when I was a student.

Batibot

Batibot is like our very own version of Sesame Street with puppets and singing and learning about lots of stuff. I don’t remember much about the episodes of this show but I do remember Kapitan Basa who probably inspired my love for reading. Oh and also Kuya Bodjie (Luisito Pascua) the story teller. Batibot truly made me happy when I was a kid and I’m sure if they bring this back, little kids will love it too; just as long as they put away their phones for a bit.

Mathinik

I hated math when I was a kid (till now) and when Mathinik, a show about Mathematics came to television, It saved me from the horror of boring numbers. This show made Math fun for all of us, especially since they make solving problems a lot easier by making it very visual. I must say it improved my Math grades a little but I still find the subject boring. Nevertheless, it proved that teaching a boring subject in a fun way definitely helps.

Epol Apol

                Epol Apol is an English related children’s show that aims to teach little children proper English grammar and English words. I loved this show so much because it challenged me to learn English at such a young age. Kuya Bodjie also hosts this show and he travels with two children through distant lands to learn English phrases, usage, pronunciations, etc. This is one of the most educational since it forces the audience to learn because otherwise, they wouldn’t understand the episode.

Sineskwela

Sineskwela is the reason why I am in love with Science. To this day, even if I’m not in school anymore, I am still very much interested in it and this show is to blame. I was a very curious kid (still am) and this show satisfied me a lot, especially that episode where they travelled inside someone’s intestines. I also remember that episode about the weather and they visually depicted how a cloud forms from water vapor and oh, that episode about Volcanoes! Sineskwela was my all-time favorite show when I was a kid and I wouldn’t mind watching it again as a young adult. I want to see Kuya Bok, Ugat Puno, Ate Giselle, Ate Winnie, Palikpik, Kulitsap, Anatom and Agatom again, do some Science and chant “Siyensya, Siyensya! Mag-imbestiga, tuklasin ang hiwaga ng Siyensya!”

Best Biopics that are Worth Your Time

Best Biopics that are Worth Your Time   

            Everyone loves a good fiction but you have to admit, any novel or film becomes more interesting when you realize that it’s based on a true story. Here are the best biopics that are definitely worth your time:

 

Amadeus

Best Biopics that are Worth Your Time

Best Biopics that are Worth Your Time

            Although it has a lot of fictional add-ons, there is no doubt that this masterpiece from Milos Forman is one of the best biopics ever to hit the big screen. Receiving 53 nominations and winning 40 including an Academy Award for Best Picture, this film that depicts the life of the world’s greatest classical composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as told by his rival Antonio Salieri will leave you breathless. In my case, crying so hard at the end I can’t even breathe. It doesn’t matter if you’re a classical music enthusiast or not, you will definitely enjoy this 1984 movie because aside from its amazing set and unbelievable soundtrack, the story will stick with you for the rest of your life.

The Pianist

Best Biopics that are Worth Your Time

            War movies often leave us depressed but this film is very different from the others. Why? Because aside from leaving you depressed, it will also make you feel so destroyed. Please don’t let those words discourage you from seeing this movie if you haven’t already. This movie is truly beautiful but knowing that the horrible events that took place in the film is real will break your heart. Based on the memoirs of the Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman, The Pianist will make you a different person after watching it. It’s life changing despite how tragic it is.

The Aviator

Best Biopics that are Worth Your Time

            Just in case the fact that this movie is a Scorsese-DiCaprio production isn’t enough for you, then I’ll give you more reasons to watch this film that depicts the true to life story of Howard Hughes. This movie, perfectly starred by the amazing Leonardo DiCaprio as Hughes is reason number one, enough said. Reason number two, the story is just so incredible, you’d think it’s somehow fictional. But the best part is it’s not and it will definitely teach you a thing or two about determination. And reason number three, everything in this movie is flawless. The set, costume design, the cast and especially the script is just top notch. If you die without ever seeing this movie, you’ll definitely regret it.

Into The Wild

Best Biopics that are Worth Your Time

            This film is one of the most philosophical films I’ve ever seen in my entire life and it affected me so much that it changed a lot of my opinions in life. In fact, I’d like to think that this movie somehow made me a better person than I was before. Into the Wild is based on the travels of Christopher McCandles and his life in the Alaskan wilderness. It taught me a lot about dreams and possessions and how material things don’t mean as much as we think. But the most amazing thing I learned from this movie is that travelling will definitely make you a better storyteller.

 

2014’s Most Shocking Events   

2014’s Most Shocking Events  

                A lot of shocking events has happened in the year 2014. Some of them are too tragic to forget. To sum up all the events that made the headlines last year, here’s a list of the most shocking events of 2014:

The Ukraine Crisis (January 2014- Present)

2014’s Most Shocking Events   

                2014 didn’t start easy for Ukranians as disagreements between protesters and separatists factions spiraled into an almost civil war. It all began when a number of Ukranians protestes against the government when they dropped the plans to forge a closer trade with the European union. In February 2014 alone, hundreds of protesters have been killed. Up until now, the crisis in Ukraine remains unresolved.

The Ebola Outbreak (February 2014)

2014’s Most Shocking Events   

                One of the worst epidemic of the 21st century, The Ebola outbreak began in West Africa on February 2014. A lot of health officers died in the area while trying to stop the virus from spreading. However, the virus spread so quickly that it even reached the United States of America. It caused massive scare on the entire world and up until now, the World Health Organization is still diligently working to eradicate this epidemic quickly.

The Missing Flight: MH370 (March 2014)

2014’s Most Shocking Events   

                On a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared somewhere over the Gulf of Thailand along with its 239 passengers on board. There’s been a lot of speculations why the plane suddenly disappeared and the most popular theory is a terrorist attack. However, none of these have been proven to be the real since the flight is still missing. Experts believe that the plane might have crashed near the Indian Ocean. So far, no sign of the airplane has been found there since though the search continues to this day.

The UC Santa Barbara Killing Spree (May 2014)

2014’s Most Shocking Events   

                A 22-year old student named Elliot Rodger started shooting fellow students inside their campus simply because no one would date him. He started off by killing his roommate and his friends inside their dorm and then he proceeds to shoot students around the campus. Before he committed the heinous act, he reportedly sent an email called “manifesto” to his relatives and posted a video on Youtube about his plans on how to he will go about his killing spree and why.

MH 17 Shot down over Ukraine (July 2014)

2014’s Most Shocking Events   

                Following the crisis in Ukraine and the disappearance of MH 370, another Malaysian plane got involved in another tragedy. Malaysian Airlines flight 17 has been shot down by surface-to-air missile, blowing up the plane and killing all the 298 people inside. It was believed that Russian separatists did the shooting.

Israel Invades The Gaza Strip (July-August 2014)

2014’s Most Shocking Events   

                One of the most shocking events of 2014 is the Israel invasion of The Gaza strip where thousands of people, including children have been killed. It started with the execution of Israeli students in Gaza committed by a group called Hamas. During those seven days of hell, 2,107 Palestinians and 71 Israelis were killed.

The Ferguson Riots (August 2014-Present)

2014’s Most Shocking Events   

                Following the death of an unarmed African-American teenager named Micahel Brown by the hands of the police, a massive riot erupted in Ferguson, Missouri. The protesters called for justice for the death of Brown and hundreds of other African-Americans because of racism and stereotyping. This protest receieved a massive following worldwide and gained support online. To this day, the policeman who shot Michael Brown hasn’t been arrested for murder.

Robin William’s Suicide (August 2014)

2014’s Most Shocking Events   

                The suicide of Robin Williams, one of the most iconic comedians of all time and an award winning actor, brought the whole world to tears. He was found dead in his home in Paradise Cay, California. His death reminded us once again that people who usually make other people happy are the ones who are battling the biggest demons.

Life Lessons from Awesome Animated Movies   

Life Lessons from Awesome Animated Movies  

                The amount of times I had to defend the name of animated movies against people who think they are just for kids are over 9000. Seriously, whenever I get excited for any animated movie, may it be Disney, Pixar or DreamWorks, someone always says it’s ‘childish’ and “you’re 22, how can you even like those cartoons”. First of all, animated movies aren’t just cartoons. They are films that took a lot of time and effort to make. They are not just for kids because they are for everybody to enjoy.  And if you do not like at least one animated feature, you must be living a very sad life.

                Anyway, in my years of watching animated films, I have learned so many things especially when it comes to life in the real world, relating to others and being the hero of my own story. Here are some of my favorite animated films and the life lessons I’ve learned from them:

Finding Nemo

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                I was still in Elementary school when the movie Finding Nemo came out. I have no idea how many times I’ve watched it over and over again. The story of Finding Nemo is about a clownfish named Marlin who lost his son Nemo to deep sea divers. He did all he can to save his son with the help of a forgetful fish named Dory despite being so afraid of the ocean. Together they battled sharks, jellyfishes and rode the East Australian Current with some awesome turtles thus, learning a very valuable lesson along the way. Finding Nemo is not just a film for kids, it’s a love letter to every parent who is struggling to raise their children the right way. This film taught me to listen to my own parents given that they will listen to me as well. And also, no matter what happens, just keep swimming! Everything will work out fine in the end.

The Princess and the Frog

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                This Disney princess film is so underrated despite how it basically teaches everyone, not just little girls, that to get to your dreams you must work very hard for it. There are no shortcuts. Tiana had to work two jobs and barely gets enough sleep so she can afford to build her dream restaurant that her father always wanted. She’s a very good example of a hard working woman who’s independent and self-sufficient. She also taught me to believe in myself and not rely on some wishing star.

Kung Fu Panda

Life Lessons from Awesome Animated Movies   

                One of DreamWork’s best animated films comes in the form of a big fat Panda named Po. Kung Fu Panda is an amazing journey to self discovery and knowing your self-worth. When Po was chosen to become the Dragon Warrior despite being inept in Kung Fu and overweight, the villagers cannot believe it, even Po himself. But later in the story, he found out his true strength and overcame his fear of being well, himself. The best lesson I’ve learned from this film is that there is no secret ingredient to success. If you want to make something special, you just have to believe it’s special.

Grave of the Fireflies

Life Lessons from Awesome Animated Movies   

                One of Studio Ghibli’s masterpieces, Grave of the Fireflies tells the story of two siblings caught in World War II stricken Japan. It’s a heartbreaking story and to tell you the truth, this one is not actually for kids. It shows how much war can damage both parties and it doesn’t just destroy countries but also the lives of innocent citizens who were all punished for a crime they know nothing of. It teaches that war does not determine who’s right or wrong but rather, who will be left suffering. There are no winners, everyone loses something.

The Lego Movie

Life Lessons from Awesome Animated Movies   Life Lessons from Awesome Animated Movies   

                You may find this surprising but this animated film actually has a lot to offer, more than just the outrageous comedy. It’s a story of an ordinary construction guy named Emmet who suddenly discovers that he’s The Special, destined to save the world from destruction. You think you’re in for a generic loser to hero story but as you progress through the film, you’ll realize that the movie is about you and everyone else you know. How did that happen? You have to watch the movie to find out. Let’s just say that after watching this movie, you’ll learn that you are the most interesting, most valuable person in the universe and you are capable of great things just like everyone else. To be special, you just have to believe that you are one. And to quote Vitruvius, “I know that sounds like a cat motivational poster but it’s true”.

13 Scary Facts about Halloween That You Probably Didn’t Know

13 Scary Facts about Halloween That You Probably Didn’t Know

                Halloween is just around the corner and while you’re busy thinking about what costume to wear, have you ever thought about how Halloween came to be or where did this celebration start?

Here are 13 Scary facts about this world famous holiday that you probably didn’t know about:

13 Scary Facts about Halloween That You Probably Didn’t Know

  1. The celebration of Halloween was inspired by the Roman festival called Pomona. Pomona is their Goddess of harvest and during her festival, people would wear different costumes and they give out Apples and Nuts to little kids. In the past, Halloween was originally called “San-Apple Night” and “Nut Crack Night”
  2. Halloween is thought to have been celebrated since 4000 B.C… That means, this holiday has been around for over 6,000 years.
  3. Jack-O-Lanterns originated in Ireland. They carve faces on Turnips and then put candles inside. When Halloween came to the US because of Irish Immigrants, the Americans started using pumpkins instead of turnips because they are cheaper. Pumpkins soon became the face of Jack-o-lanterns worldwide.13 Scary Facts about Halloween That You Probably Didn’t Know
  4. Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday around the world with Christmas Day being the first. The candy industry alone profits more than $6 Billion dollars every Halloween.
  5. The story of Jack-O-Lantern is an old folk tale in Ireland. According to legends, Jack is a mischievous man who has tricked the devil several times. And because of that, he was forbidden to enter both Heaven and Hell and was punished to live amongst humans, forever waving his lantern to stray unlucky travelers to the right path.13 Scary Facts about Halloween That You Probably Didn’t Know
  6. Dressing up in a scary fashion during Halloween nights came from an old Celtic tradition. They dress up as demons and bad spirits and roam the streets at night. This way, the real demons and bad spirits roaming the streets would never recognize them as humans and won’t harm them.
  7. Even though it’s a common thing to see a full moon trope whenever Halloween comes, it is actually very rare to have a full moon every October 31st. The next full moon that will fall on a Halloween night is on the year 2020.13 Scary Facts about Halloween That You Probably Didn’t Know
  8. Black and orange are the official colors of Halloween not just because of some random reason. Black represents death and mystery while orange represents the year of harvest.
  9. There are towns in the US that seemed to be in Halloween spirits all year round because of their creepy names. If you want your Halloween to be extremely thematic, you might want to visit Spiderweb South Carolina, Goblintown Virginia, Bat Cave North Carolina and Scary West Virginia13 Scary Facts about Halloween That You Probably Didn’t Know
  10. In Medieval England, a practice called “Souling” is very popular around Halloween night. Beggars and other unfortunate people would knock on people’s homes and ask for food in exchange for prayers for their dearly departed.
  11. Halloween can be really scary but did you know some people actually suffer from a fear of Halloween? Samhainophobia is an intense and persistent fear of Halloween that can cause panic attacks in sufferers. Other relevant phobias for this time of year are wiccaphobia (fear of witches), phasmophobia (fear of ghosts), and coimetrophobia (fear of cemeteries).13 Scary Facts about Halloween That You Probably Didn’t Know
  12. Children are twice more likely to get killed and get involved in vehicular accidents during Halloween nights than any other day.
  13. The trick or treat tradition are widely popular in the United States and it has spread to Canada, Australia, and Western Europe. In parts of England, children carry lanterns called punkies (buckets that look like Jack-O-Lanterns) and they parade around town during the last Thursday of October.

13 Scary Facts about Halloween That You Probably Didn’t Know