Thursday, April 16, 2015

This is What I Wish For

Consider the implications. We think we know what we want, but we can never really know until we've got it. And sometimes when we have, we discover we never really wanted it in the first place - but then it's too late.

Alexandra Potter's book Be Careful What You Wish For is about exactly that -- knowing what we want and realizing that we never really wanted that in the first place. It is the story of Heather, who suddenly gets everything she wished for (literally) and later finds out that the thing she wanted was not what she expected it to be.

I loved this book because it had the right amounts of humor, romance and moments that made you think and reflect on the main idea of the book. I became a fan of Alexandra Potter because of this one. A friend of mine had given me her books but I never got to reading them until late last year and I really enjoy her work.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My Executive Optical Experience

I've been wearing glasses since I was a little girl. Back then the glasses I wore reminded me of the bottoms of Coca Cola bottles and I often made the mistake of wearing them in bed so when I fell asleep, I often broke the frames when I got up because I forgot where they were.

As I got older I became stubborn and refused to wear glasses even if my vision was impaired. Surprisingly enough, an eye checkup revealed that for some reason, I suddenly had 20/20 vision. Unfortunately that didn't last long because three years later, constant headaches made me go for another checkup and of course, the bad vision is back.

I went to Executive Optical to get a new pair of glasses and I was pleasantly surprised by my experience there. Every person I talked to was very friendly from the sales person who patiently helped me pick my frames to the doctor who made sure that we were able to determine the right lens for me was very easy to talk to. She was also very good at her job because my vision was VERY clear once I had the glasses on an hour later.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What If?

The question posed by the VH1 show Hindsight reminded me of a blog entry I had last year where I answered a similar question from my friend. As I said in my previous entry, my answer to that question would be YES. Based on her actions in the show, the lead character of the show also has the same reply.

Hindsight is the story of Becca, a 40-something about to embark on her second marriage when she is taken back in time to the 90s. Not knowing how she got there or how she will get back to her own time, Becca decides that she can make her life better by changing the wrong decisions she made in the past (now her present), starting with not going through with her first marriage.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Way Too Much Baggage

Do people marry because they want to and are committed to it or because they have to?

That line was the premise for the movie Baggage Claim, a romantic comedy starring Paula Patton. The story revolves around a single 30-something who is being pressured by her mom to find a significant other after her younger sister announced her engagement. She then goes off to find Mr. Right in time for her sister's engagement party.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bituing Walang Ningning

Back in the 80s when I was a little girl I was a big Sharon Cuneta fan. I loved her movies and the theme songs that came along with them. One of those movies was Bituing Walang Ningning, which was recently aired on PBO.

Bituing Walang Ningning is a movie about Dorina, a poor girl who is a fan of superstar singer Lavinia. With the help of Nico, Lavinia's former flame, Dorina eventually becomes a star herself and is popular enough to compete against her idol. In the end, however, she chose to give up her career for a life away from the spotlight with the man she loved.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Tomorrow People Are Back (Sort Of)

Back in 2013 I used to watch a sci-fi show called The Tomorrow People, which was about a group of people with powers of telepathy, teleportation and telekinesis on the run against a group called Ultra. It starred Robbie Amell, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell and Aaron Yoo as the main team of The Tomorrow People.

The show, a remake of a 70's era British show of the same name, only lasted one season, which was too bad because I was growing attached to the show by the end of the season. To this day I wonder if John and Astrid team-up could have worked out and if John could have shaken off the mind alteration that was done to him. I thought the main cast worked well together, it was disappointing that the show wasn't at least given another season to see if it could have worked out.

In a way, I guess the show worked out for (almost) everyone: Robbie Amell, Peyton List and Luke Mitchell are all back on TV.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Daniel Goes Beyond Borders

People who know me personally know the story of why my blog is named Clare Henney (you can also go to my About page to find out, or you could just continue reading this post).  This week, carrying the Henney last name for my blog meant being excited about the latest development on the acting front with my man (in my dreams, anyway) Daniel Henney.

Criminal Minds' latest episode featured a backdoor pilot to a spin-off series called Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, which is about a group of profilers focused on crimes against Americans in other countries. Daniel Henney plays Matt Simmons, a former military man turned special ops man for the international team of the BAU.

Simmons is a family man: a father of four kids below the age of three -- while Daniel has played government agents in the past, he has never been given the role (to my knowledge) of a father so this is interesting! Plus, his last few roles on TV and on film have been of bad guys so this good guy role has been long overdue so I am very happy about that.

There have been a lot of positive reviews about the spin-off episode so far so I am hoping (and keeping my fingers crossed) that this would mean a season pickup for Daniel and the rest of the Beyond Borders cast.