Lagom: That would be enough

Image credit: Jen P. on Unsplash
Image credit: Jen P. on Unsplash

“Enough is as good as a feast.”

That’s one of the translations of the archetypal Swedish proverb “Lagom är bäst“. Lagom, which is Swedish for “just the right amount”, is the basis for the national psyche of Sweden.

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Stay high all the time

Image credit: Tove Lo official Facebook page
Image credit: Tove Lo official Facebook page

I love the “Habits (Stay High)” song and music video not only because the music and lyrics are awesome and Tove Lo is a goddess, but also because this came out a few months before the first time my daughter and I visited Sweden for the first time in 2014.

My wife had already been to Sweden several times before we accompanied her on her business trip in 2014.

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Naomi Osaka is an athlete, not a sports entertainer

Image credit: Naomi Osaka official Facebook page​
Image credit: Naomi Osaka official Facebook page

I don’t understand those people who are saying that as a sports entertainer, Naomi Osaka owes it to the media and her fans to attend press conferences.

Last time I checked, tennis players are athletes, not sports entertainers. Tennis isn’t the WWE.

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Alodia, Tier One, and The Gaming House

Today I covered the press briefing of Tier One Entertainment, which is launching “The Gaming House” gaming reality TV show that will be shown on ABS-CBN Corporation’s different media platforms.

Tier One is the esports and entertainment company co-founded by the famous cosplayer and gamer Alodia Gosiengfiao.

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When I was fluent in Spanish as a kid

My mom, my younger sister Maribel and me during a visit to the Manila Zoo. One of the rare photos from my childhood.
My mom, my younger sister Maribel and me during a visit to the Manila Zoo. One of the rare photos from my childhood.

Donaldo. That’s what I called Donald Duck when I was a kid, back when I was fluent in Español and would translate my Gold Key Comics Donald Duck issues into Spanish. Of course, as an adult I would learn that his official Spanish name is Pato Donald, but I had no idea back then.

My aunts — my father’s sisters — once recorded me translating the comic book into Spanish when I did it while visiting their house. The only thing I remember from that cassette tape is saying: “Una día, estaba en la casa.” I had an unusual childhood, to put it mildly. I learned Spanish before English, because my mom was adopted and my adoptive grandmother and grandaunt were like a quarter Spanish and spoke the language like natives. They would frequently talk to each other and to my mom in Spanish. The funny thing is that not only did they speak Spanish and spell Filipino words the Spanish way when they wrote, but also a lot of the time their point of view was Spanish. Mainly because their older relatives suffered at the hands of the Katipuneros during the Philippine Revolution against Spain. The details aren’t clear to me anymore, but involved some ancestor and his properties or something.

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The first time I heard ‘Forever Young’

Photo by Andrea Riondino on Unsplash

Let us die young or let us live forever
We don’t have the power but we never say never
Sitting in a sandpit, life is a short trip
The music’s for the sad man

Sometimes a song gets played countless times and used in numerous ways in pop culture that you forget your original feeling when you first heard it. But I remember my feeling clearly when I first heard this 1984 song by the German synth-pop band Alphaville.

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The legend of El Cid lives on

 binged all five episodes of Season 1 of the Amazon Original Series “The Legend of El Cid” on Prime Video last night. It’s awesome and I can’t wait for Season 2, which is coming soon. I’m a big fan of El Cid, whom I read about when I was a kid. 



Playing Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar a.k.a. El Cid is Spanish actor Jaime Lorente, best known for playing Denver in “La casa de papel” (“Money Heist”). He was also Nano in “Elite”.



TIL he’s also a singer with a number of songs under his belt, including “Romance”, the theme song of “The Legend of El Cid”.



#ElCid #JaimeLorente #Romance #AmazonOriginals #PrimeVid
Image credit: IMDb

I binged all five episodes of Season 1 of the Amazon Original Series “The Legend of El Cid” on Prime Video last night.

It’s awesome and I can’t wait for Season 2, which is coming soon. I’m a big fan of El Cid, whom I read about when I was a kid.

Continue reading “The legend of El Cid lives on”
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