Raindrops on roses

May 15th, 2011

A friend recently recommended watching The Sound of Music reunion on Oprah, which was shown last October. Now, I love The Sound of Music. I admittedly prefer the first part (before Maria married Captain Von Trapp), because that’s where all the magic happens—”I Have Confidence,” “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen Going On Seventeen,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and all the other catchy ditties.

When I was younger, I found it a little difficult to understand the part involving the Nazis, but really, who watches the movie for its political implications or historical accuracy? They wear lederhosen and tracht (the aproned dress) all the time, the nuns break into song, Rolf and Liesl dance in a gazebo… it’s pure escapism.

I particularly love the scenes in “Do-Re-Mi” for the scenery, and “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” for Liesl’s dress. I still want to have one made, but I’m not so sure if there’s a place for me to wear it.

When I visited Austria last year, I made sure to make a side trip from Vienna to Salzburg just so I could finally take the tour. Even better, I did it on a bike tour—not one of those overly touristy buses filled with old ladies dressed in white sneakers and belt bags. It was probably the best bike ride of my life so far, because even if I weren’t familiar with The Sound of Music, the countryside was breathtaking, as was the Old Town.

The gazebo was closed after an old woman insisted on imitating Liesl (with an equally old companion acting as Rolf) jumping from bench to bench. She broke her hip, and it's been locked to the public since then.

The facade/street where the "I Have Confidence" sequence was filmed. I might as well have sung it while biking down the street :p and yes, I insisted on wearing a skirt and button-down top. And a head scarf. I didn't want to wear an ugly biking outfit.

The Mirabell Gardens, part of the location of "Do-Re-Mi"

And here I am looking a little silly by one of the fountains

One of the houses used for the Von Trapp residence (where the children fell off the boat), with the Salzburg Fortress looming in the background

I should probably watch it with friends soon. And have that dress made.

Name that movie

March 12th, 2011

Bonsai from The Karate Kid

Damn, this game is addictive. J pointed me to this after I told him about Doodle Movie, a similar name-that-film app on the iPhone that keeps you guessing movie titles after being shown a particular scene—but drawn in stick figures. This one, on the other hand, is a hangman-style game where you have to guess the film based on an object that appears prominently in it.


If you haven't guessed what this is, it's the Swedish-made penis-enlarger pump from the first movie

I’m actually not so good with films because there are a lot of classic movies I haven’t seen, but it was fun to try to identify them. Here are a few more of my favorites:

Another classic: The Godfather

Who can ever miss out on the iconic cigarette holder from Breakfast at Tiffany's?

This, and not Breakfast at Tiffany's, is my ultimate Audrey Hepburn film though. I made sure I went to all the spots featured in the movie when I went to Rome.

This film holds special significance to me, even if it's not my favorite Pixar movie

I was also impressed by the list of old movies in the game. We studied this one in film class; it's widely considered as one of the best films of all time, and is famous for its 'Odessa Steps' sequence

Give it a try—I bet you’ll spend a lot of time on the site, too.

Win 10,000 pesos in Promod gift certificates!

August 12th, 2010

When I visited Paris on a weekend trip three years ago, I was 22. It was my first time in Europe, and I was traveling alone. It was already quite cold then, but because I wanted to wear a dress (I very rarely wore pants back then, even jeans), I stubbornly insisted on wearing a dress with a coat. Why? I was in Paris, the fashion capital of the world.

Unfortunately, this was already my best night shot with the Eiffel Tower.

In the previous post, I talked about how my clothes toned down slightly, so I won’t get into that. But how did I end up thinking that French fashion equated to something glamourous and over-the-top? Blame it on Hollywood. A lot of my favorite fashion-related films and shows showcased larger-than-than life Parisian fashion.

Audrey Hepburn in the red Givenchy gown she wore in one of the modeling scenes from "Funny Face"

Another scene from "Funny Face." I love that movie, but I still prefer "Roman Holiday." (Yeah, even over "Breakfast at Tiffany's")

A magazine photo shoot inspired by the scene above

And there's "Sex and the City." The series had much better clothes than the movies (especially the second one), don't you agree? Remember the Chanel gown with all the ruffles?

But as I eventually discovered, Parisian fashion is a lot more subdued than I thought. French high street brand Promod came in a couple of years ago and ¬†showed the trendier, street-smart side of French fashion to Filipinos. I’ve been a fan ever since; I particularly like their scarves, belts and tops (I have one of their tank tops in three colors because it fits so well). A perfect mix of comfort and style, Promod is one of the shops that I always check out whenever I’m in Greenbelt (they do have other branches in Megamall, Trinoma, etc).

So let’s spice up things a little. I’m giving away 10,000 pesos in Promod gift certificates! Just tell me what are your top three favorite moments in French fashion. They could be in pop culture, photo shoots, movies, runway, etc. The references don’t have to be strictly French (it could be a scene from “The Devil Wears Prada,” or “Zoolander,” as long as it takes place somewhere in France). Make the entries as long or as short as you want. There are three ways to do it:

1. Leave a comment below explaining what your top three favorite moments in French fashion are. Don’t forget to include your name, email address, website (if applicable) and contact number, if desired.

2. Email me at biancaconsunji@yahoo.com. If you’re emailing me, you can attach photos (always a big plus!)

3. Do an entry on it on your blog. To let me know about the entry, either leave a comment below or email me.

Deadline is August 25, 2010 at midnight. Two winners will win 5,000 pesos each in Promod gift certificates. I will notify the winners, who can pick up the prizes at my office (ABS-CBN Publishing) upon notification. It’s extremely important to leave your contact details.

To make things fair, I will enlist the help of a third-party judge to choose the winning entries.

Aside from the examples I listed above, here’s another of my favorite moments in French fashion. It’s a fashion editorial in Paris with the Simpsons and Linda Evangelista, featured in a 2007 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

For the duration of the 30-Day Blog Challenge, I’ll be giving away other goodies too, so keep reading!

(Day 2, 30-Day Blog Challenge)