Monday, February 25, 2013

TOP FIVE HIGHEST PAID MUSICIANS OF 2013

This year's Billboard Top Money Makers took me by surprise. Well, comparing the list from last year, I was actually expecting to see more singers from today like Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. However, the list this year went the other way around because the top five money makers were musicians from the Music's golden era and they rose to fame during the late 60's and 80's (except for Chesney who has been embracing himself in the Money Makers list for consecutive years). So here's the top five among the 40 musicians listed by Billboard and hailed as this year's Top Money Makers. 
TOP FIVE HIGHEST PAID MUSICIANS OF 2013 (BILLBOARD)
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TOP 5 HIGHEST PAID MUSICIAN OF 2013
"KENNY CHESNEY"
He is indeed a country superstar (I prefer to hear Tim Mcgraw and Keith Urban though or even Brad Paisely ). He has been in the annual list of Billboard for consecutive years and it is good enough to prove that this guy truly has the guts. Most of his songs are truly inspirational just like every Country singer does and I love his "Who You'd be Today" and "Boys of Fall" the most.Chesney released his thirteenth studio album, Welcome to the Fishbowl which includes a duet with Tim Mcgraw ("Feel Like a Rock Star" in particular)which is also the second-highest debuting country song since the Billboard charts were first tabulated. Apart from his album , Chesney's tour and concerts made a big contribution to his earnings ranging to $19,148,525.24 . Not to mention the impressive amount of digital  downloads that he gained. 



TOP 4 HIGHEST PAID MUSICIAN OF 2013
"VAN HALEN"
Here comes a band who rose to fame during the early 70s. The band features guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony. Record wise,Van Halen is one of only five rock bands that have had two albums sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. They also had the most #1 hits in the history of Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. The group was disbanded and eventually reunited introducing Wolfgang Van Halen as their new bassist. They also released their 12th studio album last year entitled " A Different Kind of Truth" and it is followed by successful tours which helped them earn an overwhelming amount of $20,184,709.91


TOP 3 HIGHEST PAID MUSICIAN OF 2013
"ROGER WATERS"

You probably know him more as Pink Floyd member. Waters managed to regain his career through a series of concerts. For the first half of 2012, Waters' tour topped worldwide concert ticket sales having sold more than 1.4 million tickets globally. In 2010, he began The Wall Live, a worldwide tour that features a complete performance of The Wall. The tour finished as the fifth-highest-grossing of all time, with a total gross of $377,895,537 and total attendance of 3.3 million from 192 shows worldwide. Not a Pink Floyd fan but among their hits, I adore "The Comfortably Numb" the most. Roger Waters earned $21,160,131.06 for the past 12 months.



TOP 2 HIGHEST PAID MUSICIAN OF 2013
"BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN"
Springsteen has sold more than 65 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million worldwide  in his career.Springsteen's 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball, was released on March 6, 2012. The album consists of eleven tracks plus two bonus tracks. Three songs previously only available as live versions, "Wrecking Ball", "Land of Hope and Dreams," and "American Land," appear on the album. He was also reunited with his former E Street Band and did several tours with them. Wrecking Ball became Springsteen's tenth No. 1 album in the United States tying him with Elvis Presley for third most No. 1 albums of all-time. The album surprisingly knocked out Adele's 21 Album on the Billbopard charts. All these success gave Springsteen an impressive $33,443,606.64 earnings for the past 12 months.



THE HIGHEST PAID MUSICIAN OF 2013
"MADONNA"

If there is one musician here who knows how to reinvent her image over the years, it is definitely Madonna. It is so impressive how she managed to stay in the limelight despite of her age. Her craft is truly dynamic and I am not surprised to see her name here after her successful MDNA tour. Her twelfth studio album, MDNA, was released in March 2012. The album was well received by music critics. The lead single "Give Me All Your Luvin'", featuring guest vocals from Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., became Madonna's record-extending 38th top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Madonna earned $34,577,308.62.  


Source: Billboard Top 40 Money Makers 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I Need No Charms

My life is at peace right now if that's the best word to describe it. Everything in my life is working pretty fine and I am really grateful for all these wonderful blessings. I find myself in peace indeed and I found it with God's embrace. It is really nice to be close with Him and I think this is something that I should have done before. I am not a good man and I am a sinful one I must admit but despite of all that horrible things i've done in the past, God is still giving me a chance to change and that is something I never realized before because i drown myself in fears, anger, and hatred. I treated my life as a misery but never get a chance to pray and ask for His help. I am so grateful that I went through a dramatic change and I feel myself much closer with Him now. Praying everyday with my whole family is such an overwhelming experience. He show me the real meaning of True Happiness. It is not about achieving the things that we used to cherish but how we embrace His blessings no matter how small and simple it would be. The more i get close to Him, the more i realized how sinful I am. I become to realize all those things that I've done that is against His will. 

I also want to share these scapulars that are given to me by my aunties. The gold cross is given to me by my Auntie while the Black Nazarene is from my cousin. I used to wear them everyday and I don't need any charms indeed because I know for the fact that I am protected. Protected not because I am wearing this scapulars but because I know God is watching over me and is always guiding me. 
So before I end this post, allow me to share this wonderful and inspiring song from Martina Mcbride to start your day. 

God has plans for us even though our life seems to be in great misery, always keep your faith strong and embrace the life that God has given you. 
Have a blessed morning guys!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TOP FIVE MOST COMMON MISINTERPRETATIONS ABOUT BLOGGING

It is so nice how everybody from my family, relatives , colleagues and friends address me as a blogger. I've been blogging for nearly six years now and I never get tired of it. I went through some ups and downs because I can barely update them due to my work but I am glad that I managed to bring myself back. I love to encourage my friends to make their own blogs too and I share all my experiences with them to motivate them more. It's just so nice to see someone from your neighborhood to start blogging and so that we can share some blogging related stuffs with each other. I used to bring up topics about blogging during our discussion but it always end up not exactly as I want it to be. People used to have these misinterpretations about blogging which also discourage them to start their own blog.

TOP FIVE MOST COMMON MISINTERPRETATIONS ABOUT BLOGGING
 I used to approach them this way (above)..
and here's what I got in return (lists below).... and believe me, these are the things that I thought before i started blogging


TOP 5 MOST COMMON MISINTERPRETATIONS ABOUT BLOGGING
"NOT INTO WRITING"
I used to receive this answer from my friends but I would like to clarify that you don't have to be so poetic or a novelist in order to start your own blog. My grammars are pretty bad too but after reading my old posts way back in 2007 and 2008, i noticed a drastic improvement and that is something that I am really proud of. You can certainly write blogs using your own language but If you want to entertain foreign followers, then make it in English for them to understand. You don't need to write them perfectly and as long as it is understandable , it would be fine. After all, the message of your entry is what really matters most.


TOP 4 MOST COMMON MISINTERPRETATIONS ABOUT BLOGGING
"HACKERS AND SPAMMERS"
Since blogging will require you to make your own account and to submit some personal information including your email address, one of their most common concerns is their security. They always thought that after signing up for an account, all their personal information are at risk. They thought that hackers can hack their personal accounts such as their credit cards and more. Well first of all, you do not have any reasons to worry about especially if you are dealing with a highly credible and reliable web hosting site. Spammers, on the other hand are somehow uncontrollable but they can do nothing but to fill your comment section with their unrelavant comments but you can simply place all the comments into moderation to filter them. Oh that excludes me and the rest of the "Commenters slash Spammers" because we're just doing it all for fun. haha

TOP 3 MOST COMMON MISINTERPRETATIONS ABOUT BLOGGING
"NOT WILLING TO PAY"
Another common misinterpretations about blogging is when they thought that they have to pay first before they can start to blog. Well, yes, if you are willing to start a blog with your very own domain and web host, then you certainly need to pay for it but if you're not willing to, you can simply start your blog using the Free webhosting sites. We have several platforms to choose from such as Blogger, Wordpress, Live Journal, Tumblr and more. These websites will provide free services and this is what I'm using for the past six years. Some of my friends were afraid that once they started to build their own site, they will be billed for it and if they failed to pay their bills on time, they will be sued... LOL..


TOP 2 MOST COMMON MISINTERPRETATIONS ABOUT BLOGGING
"EARNING MONEY INSTANTLY"
Whenever i opened a topic about blogging, you know what part of it will makes them more interested? Well, that is when i mentioned about the fact that I am earning from my blogs. They will start to ask me how to make their own blogs and earn money instantly. I am not a professional blogger and I don't earn that much but I can say that earning from blogs cannot be attained easily. Whenever I tell them that your blog should be at least 3 to 4 months old before you can submit them to a blog advertising company, that's the part when they started to lose their interest. Blogging is not just about money. Yes, earnings will keep you more motivated but its all about your passion. 



THE MOST COMMON MISINTERPRETATIONS ABOUT BLOGGING
"NOT A TECHIE"
Blogging is made for everyone even for those who are not techie like me. It is not about encoding, HTML's, PHP, and other relevant stuffs. As what i mentioned above, we have various free web hosting providers such as Blogger which makes it easier for us to deal with. They make it more manageable. Publishing entries are just clicks away and furnishing your template can be done by adding those ready made widgets and gadgets. It is not complicated at all. I started off from scratch too and I know nothing about these XML codes and all that stuff. I don't even know how to place a hyperlink but thanks to all my blogging friends who helped me a lot in making my blogs more appealing.

Happy blogging guys!



Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mustache In, Mustache Out!

I can't think of  any post today so I came up with this one LOL. I am not the type of guy who care much about fashion. In fact, I wouldn't mind wearing the same set of clothes actually. I think the last time I bought a shirt or a pair of shoes for myself was early last year and that's because i was forced to. >_<. Simply because I don't need them that much. I seldom go outside and never had a great chance to hang out with friends either. But anyway, I am not going to emphasize much about my senseless fashion style, instead, lemme share you my experience about my lifetime enemy..... the razor...
Shaving is something I am never really good at (as if is it being done in a daily basis)... It's always a bloody battle indeed. I don't know if I am shaving my mustache too fast or too hard but I always end up with some wounds and a burning pain sensation afterwards. Not a big fan of shaving cream. I tried it once but I don't think it helped me at all. 
Kinda weird but sometimes I feel like growing a mustache is a great idea but sometimes I just want to get rid every single strands of it hehe. 
Having a mustache for me will somehow increase your manhood and I feel like I am really a grown up man. My mom used to praise me when i got one but my siblings don't. Ironically, even though I want to be addressed as a grown up guy, whenever someone approaches me and tell me that I look much older, that's where the bloody battle between me and my razor comes in haha. 
So that's me with a mustache and little beard
I just had a hair cut (a military one if you address it that way) and now just shaved my mustache...(farewell my friend..)
The bloody battle ends and it burns like hell...
This is actually the style I am looking forward to. No mustache but with a beard (not the goaty one). 
Okay... I am not as photogenic as my brother "Mecoy" and I don't know how to project well in front of my camera but lemme give my best shot....
Is this pleasing enough???
Muwahahahaha
Happy blogging guys!



Thursday, February 14, 2013

TOP FIVE MOST NOTABLE CHANGES MADE FOR TEMPLE RUN 2

As requested, here comes my own Top five entry about this highly acclaimed game application for Smartphones. A lot of modification were made and most of them are truly impressive. It is an all new game indeed so allow me to list down five of the most notable changes made for Temple Run 2.
Basically, Temple Run 2 is an endless running game in which your main objective is to run as fast as you can, avoid several obstacles and hazards, prevent yourself from falling into pit and collect as many coins as you can. The first Temple Run is huge success and I believe that the second version will satisfy you more. The list below is done subjectively so if you have any suggestions or "violent reactions" feel free to say so and it will be well appreciated.
TOP FIVE MOST NOTABLE CHANGES MADE FOR TEMPLE RUN 2

TOP 5 MOST NOTABLE CHANGES MADE FOR TEMPLE RUN 2
"NEW POWER UPS AND ABILITIES"
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The game introduces "Abilities" as a replacement for the Power Ups used from the first game. Abilities are upgradable and apart from the previous power ups such as Coin Magnet, Coin Values, Boost, and Mega Coin, Temple Run 2 will feature additional abilities including the Shield, Power Meter, Head Start and Score Multiplier. Head Start will be offered automatically as long as your money is good enough to purchase such ability. What makes this version more interesting is the "Power Ups" which is presented in a very new approach. Power ups are the special skills that you can equip with your chosen character. You can choose one skill per character such as Boost, Coin Magnet, Shield, Score Bonus, and Gem Bonus. You can also upgrade them through gems to make them last longer. Skills like Invisibility were taken put from the concept. I find "Boost" more effective than any other power ups because it will give you some sort of invulnerability. Shield will work only for spikes, fire, and humps and it only work once. 

TOP 4 MOST NOTABLE CHANGES MADE FOR TEMPLE RUN 2
"ZIP LINES"
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One of the newest offerings of Temple Run 2 is the Zip Line. This is actually the very first obstacle that you will encounter. Zip Lines are actually the easiest and the most wonderful part of the game. It feels like it is your resting place since you do not have to do anything once your hanging there. In addition to that, Zip Lines are usually filled with coins so you might want to grab that opportunity as well. But of course, you have  to jump here as accurate as possible, otherwise, you'll fall. Landing to the other side is one great challenge too and you have to prepare yourself  for the upcoming obstacles. 


TOP 3 MOST NOTABLE CHANGES MADE FOR TEMPLE RUN 2
"SAVE ME"
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If you love to buy the Resurrection Wings from the first Temple Run Game to keep yourself in the game, then you will not being seeing any of them here. Resurrection Wings were eliminated from the menu and you do not have to buy anything because you just ave to collect Gems which appear occasionally along with other power ups. Save Me Gems can be used to keep your character alive and you can use such skill infinitely as long as you have  enough gems. Keep in mind that more you got killed, the higher the gems will be required to respawn your character. This approach however, makes Temple Run 2 much easier to deal with compare to its predecessor. 

TOP 2 MOST NOTABLE CHANGES MADE FOR TEMPLE RUN 2
"INTRODUCING MINE TRACKS"
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Aside from the Zip lines, another interesting addition in Temple Run 2 are the Mine Tracks. Entering mines is absolutely the most thrilling part. Your character will be riding a cart and navigate through a maze like tracks. In most instances, the tracks will split and you have to choose a way which could either take you to a longer tracks or escape out of the mine. The mine doesn't allow you to jump and you just have to tilt the phone to dodge several obstacles. Interestingly, you cannot tell what kind of obstcale awaits after making turns which makes the game even more challenging. I also notice that the cart speed is somehow constant or it runs quite slower compare to the speed you have outside.

THE MOST NOTABLE CHANGES MADE FOR TEMPLE RUN 2
"NEW ENVIRONMENT"
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Generally, the best feature that is being offered by this new version is the all new atmosphere. If you're tired and bored of the usual paths from the first game, then expect to encounter a new environment for Temple Run 2. It seems that you are in Sky castle or something like that. The game offers an impressive view and the animation were highly modified. Some of the notable scenes are the woods, rocky bridges, streams, mines, hanging bridge, and a whole lot more. The demonic monkeys were replaced by a gigantic one too. 

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Bluedreamer's Random Notes # 1

Yay! Good morning guys. I am going to have this "Random Notes" portion starting today. Well, first, got the idea from Mr Panda (Foongpc). Oh well, nothing is really special about this one and it is nothing more but those random things that I would like to share. It could be events, trivia or something that took my attention and interest this past week. 
1. First , I would like to greet you guys a Prosperous and Blissful Chinese New Year. I was really confused about the proper greeting actually. I came across several blogs and they used to greet their fellow bloggers a "Kung Hei Fat Choi" while others make use of the "Gong Xi Fa Cai". Until our Parish Priest discussed it in his homily stating that Kung Hei Fat Choi is used by Chinese who are speaking Cantonese while Gong Xi Fa Cai is a Mandarin. Well, at least, it was an interesting trivia for me right. Although i  still dunno how to identify the Cantonese and Mandarin .. yikes.
 2. I won a raffle last week and I got these Hershey's Nuggets and Pik-Nik chips as my prize. Of course, i saved a lot for me LOL. 
3. A day after, another batch of Chocolates came in as we had a visitor and she gave this to us ^_^  Who am I to refuse to such sweet blessing haha. Okay, so I am not surprised why I a gaining a lot of weight. Grrrgh. 
4. Yeah... got my hair cut last week and my siblings never get tired of teasing me since then. 


5. Here's my newest addiction after the LostWind series. I love the new version of Temple Run and I guess I will make a separate Top Five entry for that. The gameplay became more complex, it takes you to a new environment, new power up system and more. Here's my highest score so far.. what's yours ? 

Friday, February 8, 2013

TOP FIVE MOST COMMONLY USED PLOTLINES IN PHILIPPINE TV SERIES

Philippine Drama or most popularly known as Teleserye has become a part of our Filipino households. It drastically evolved all through out the years. A lot of improvements were applied and several changes were made. We have heavy dramas, soap operas which usually last for years during the early 90s. Teleseryes are usually presented in many different forms. We have fantaseryes (features fantasy and fictional stories), epicseryes (period series) and more. However, despite of these major changes in their landscape, the plotlines are usually very identical to each other and most of them has this so called "formula" that will make you say "Oh that is definitely a Filipino Teleserye". So Allow me to list down five of the most commonly used plotline in Philippine Tv Series.
TOP FIVE MOST COMMONLY USED PLOTLINES IN PHILIPPINE TV SERIES

TOP 5 MOST COMMONLY USED PLOTLINE IN PHILIPPINE TV SERIES
"IT'S A VERY SMALL WORLD"
It is really a small world after all. Twists is one of the most common elements in teleseryes and do not be surprised if one of the supporting characters revealed himself as the main character's  father or the main's characters mortal enemy is his long lost brother. If you used to watch Philippine drama series, you will absolutely come to a point that these particular climaxes are not really climatic anymore because the story are somehow predictable and you surely know how the story will run. Betrayals is also one of the most commonly and the most recently used plotlines in Philippine tv. It could either be your bestfriend who has a secret relationship with your partner and more. 

TOP 4 MOST COMMONLY USED PLOTLINE IN PHILIPPINE TV SERIES
"I'M ADOPTED!!"

One of the most common highlights in Philippine Drama is when secrets about the main character's real identity is revealed. Oh guess what, she's an adopted child and her parents never told her because they're afraid that she's going to leave them and be with her biological parents. Usually the situation will be executed by walking out of the house or locking herself up in her room. She will eventually become eager to search her biological parents. She will soon discover that her parents left her in front of the convent or orphanage and will start to interrogate other people to unlock more secrets behind her past. It's a very common plotline indeed. 

TOP 3 MOST COMMONLY USED PLOTLINE IN PHILIPPINE TV SERIES
"MY BEST FRIEND LOVES ME"
A romantic drama usually involves a love triangle which is definitely an impressive approach but when it comes to a teleserye, it is usually a love triangle between a boy, a girl and her bestfriend. The best friend will usually support her friend all though out , realizing that he's starting to fall in love with her but afraid to tell her his feelings because it might ruined their friendship. He will even support her when the girl tell him that she's in loved with someone and because they are bestfriend, he is very much willing to do the sacrifice. But wait, there's more! Someone will try to encourage him to fight for his feelings. He will usually approach her friend during a climatic stage in the story. It is either before her wedding or before the other guys proposal. In the end, the girl will realized how much she love her bestfriend and would like to take their relationship in a higher level. 

TOP 2 MOST COMMONLY USED PLOTLINE IN PHILIPPINE TV SERIES
"AMNESIA"
So you got an amnesia huh? Worry no more because you don't need any doctors at all. Just bump your head hard on the floor and you will surely remember everything. The most commonly used plot in Philippine television is the Amnesia plot. Oh finally, the secrets will be revealed ... go ahead tell them the truth and let them perish. However, before the revelation, an traumatic accident occurred and the main character woke up who barely remembers everything. And believe me, all these amnesia patient recovered from such nightmare not because of their medicines nor therapies but because they were involved again to another traumatic incident that draws her memory back. So epic! 

 THE MOST COMMONLY USED PLOTLINE IN PHILIPPINE TV SERIES
"RICH AND POOR"


This plot can be executed in two ways. It is either the Romantic or an overly Dramatic way. Romantic is more identical to Romeo and Juliet story in which a rich guy fell in love with a poor woman and vice versa. The Dramatic way, on the other hand is more like a discrimination of the poor in which rich people try to oppress the poor. Usually, both of these plots were combined in a story. The poor girl or guy is usually not accepted by the girl's family and they will try their best to keep them away from each other which is usually done by force. 

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