The more that I dive into social media, the more I find out about things. They are mostly good to know, but sometimes,..Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s backtrack.
I had always wanted to do reaction videos. I’ve done some food product reviews on my YouTube channel. Reviews, not exactly reactions. They are similar but not the same. I did post about rapper EZ Mill’s song PANALO. Still, it did not feel like a reaction. I was planning on reacting to the newer CATS The Musical movie but I haven’t gotten around to it. Full movies posted by YT do not come for free.
Fast-forward to TikTok. When I encountered Greg Foster‘s videos, I decided to finally do reactions on his reactions. Actually, more like do reactions with him. The reason was simple: The songs he features are usually creepy, cringy ones. Thus, he calls it his Creepy Cringy Lyrics Series. He has amusing reactions and it’s good that he already has the songs recommended to him.
The plan was to create one whole video featuring three song reactions that I blindly chose from his list. However, I soon found out that all three together would not meet the 10-minute maximum length allowed. In fact, I had to also split two of the videos in halves.
There are people who actually know the first song. It’s a “kid’s song” after all. The third song wasn’t cringe but could be creepy for those not used to such plots (I knew the plot immediately). It’s the second song that fit the “creepy” and “cringy”definitions to a T.
This is where I now explain what I meant by “bad things”. I’ve been following Greg eversince. People keep suggesting songs that he should react to.
I tell you, I am shocked at the amount of songs out there that if you really listen to, would shock you, too! Surprisingly, there are even songs by famous artists and songwriters we admired during their time. These have made me lose respect for them.
They sing of graphic violence. They sing of child grooming as if it’s okay, pedophilia, child abuse. They sing of abduction, of raping as punishment. They sing of murder like it’s the most natural thing in the world. They sing of beating, chopping off body parts, playing with human entrails…To be honest, they’re much worse than just creepy and cringy!
I am appalled that such songs were created, even recorded and played on radios! It makes you think why no one taught of looking into those songs. If they could simply write such songs like it’s nothing, maybe there’s something there that’s closer to reality. Maybe they should’ve been jailed.
Not all of the songs are that crazy, though. Some are funny. I am sharing the three videos I reacted to below. They are already compiled in one. ENJOY!!!
You might want to visit Greg’s TikTok if you want to hear more.
Social media has made access to various things available to us. But suddenly, too, anyone can be an expert.
For instance, I have encountered so many posts related to astrology and horoscopes. They tell me what I am, what I’m not, which signs are the best/worst in this or that, what I should do to find true love or become rich…Etcetera. The funny thing is, those who tell me these are mostly people who are not qualified to talk of such things. If anything, they are delusional enthusiasts pretending on TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, and other platforms, nothing more.
If you don’t know how to identify the legit ones from the fake or wannabes, be careful what information to believe and follow.
This post is not about astrology or horoscopes, though. I only want to emphasize how much easy it is to fall victim to wrong information. So what I do is I take most things with a grain of salt. Once in a while, there are posts that I feel could be true. I take tests, read interpretations, listen to explanations. Then I decide if I should believe.
Below is a psychological test that you, yourself, might want to take. The next one explains what each mentioned item represents. Mind you, I believe this. I had my psychologist-friend, Melany, look into it. The account owner’s professional background does add to her (owner) credibility.
Of course, I had my answers. For fun, my friend interpreted my answers. I have to say, I’m satisfied. Would you like to know her findings?
This is verbatim:
J.Gi. Projective Test Audio
“Backgrounder: I used to profile people using psychological results. I’ve written a lot of personality profiles in my lifetime. One of the tests I use is a projective test similar to the lady’s. But I’ve always done it in pen and paper. So, this verbal recounting is something new to me. But the principles still follow. In my training, ‘House’, ‘Tree’, ‘Path’ and ‘Water’ are all deeply symbolic.
What you recounted:
House – Western style, big, roomy, comfy
Trees – Tall, their effect is calming
Path – leads to concrete, easy access, but not too easy
Water – you said you played and splashed
Melany’s Take on what it means
Your family life is normal. Somehow, you idealize it. Typically, this means your background is normal. Your marriage and kids are OK. Some ups and downs, but all normal. I do not detect trauma.
Your attitude towards life is live and let live. You’re not highly anxious. You have a good sense of self. You know you can do things, you’re capable. Self-confidence is at an average level. When you encounter difficulties, you just see them as something that can be overcome. No drama about it being too hard for you. You tend to be hardworking. This is related to the last point.
You are open-minded. You are attracted to the arts, as you tend to be idealistic. You have a good aesthetic sense. You have a growth-oriented mindset.
But you are very practical and down-to-earth. I saw this with your choice of container (same as mine). As I mentioned, you tend to be industrious. You like to touch and see the results of your labor. And physical objects matter to you to some degree. In the end, you balance practicality with your idealism. Your tendency is to be a productive member of society. Family-oriented. Pleasant person to be with generally
It sounded like a really relevant project. Naturally, I decided to join. I wanted to be a part of something this special, and I wanted to represent my country! Good thing that I already had a poem in mind, something that I also translated already. All I had to do was record.
Fast-forward to today. Well, actually, I posted about it on my Facebook writer’s page right before midnight here. I’ll just copy-paste, I hope you won’t mind.
HERE IT IS!!! I honestly did not expect to be included. Hoped, but did not expect.
For one, they already received so many entries when I submitted ON THE LAST DAY. I really forgot about recording it! So in the wee hours of the morning, I combed my hair well and let it down, powdered my face and put on a little lipstick (that’s my idea of wearing makeup), and prayed to God I looked decent enough.
I’m not into poetry-reading (and might never do it again), but this was required. I had to write down the poem because I hadn’t memorized it perfectly. Tried so hard not to be that obvious that I was reading it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t record using the preferred sizes but was told my output was okay.
So fast-forward to today. I followed/subscribed to them because I do want to check out the other entries. Most importantly, I wanted to see in case I got included. Guess what? After a few weeks, I FORGOT to check! I also wasn’t checking my notifications in my private account. I just happened to NOW. Guess what again–somebody ACTUALLY tagged me 2 days ago!
So yeah, here is my entry. Sorry in case it seems the voice is not in sync with my lip movements. Some may remember this poem. I’d like to say “Enjoy” but I don’t Know if you will, HA HA HAAA!!! That said, I’m really just glad to represent! I dunno yet if there are more Pinoys there (I won’t be surprised). Oh, and special thanks to Sir Santiago Villafania
#NaNoPoblano Day 8 (Please don’t make me explain) I have NOT forgotten. Just was not up to posting. I am now, though, so… HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! How have your first eight days of the year been? Mine, well, other than the usual things going on, social media played a part in making my days more […]
I like conversations, like I said before. So I write comments to posts. Most times, they bomb, nobody cares about what I think. But a few times, oh, wow, they surprise me! What’s more surprising, though, is I usually don’t know WHY. It’s usually just simple comments, not even silly ones, and people hit the LIKE button for some reason. But hey, you know, I’m human. I can’t say I don’t enjoy some of that.
I’m sharing these few ones, explain a bit, and you decide if the LIKES are worth it (HA HA HAAA!!!). MORE TO COME!!!
This one’s new but there were already 443 LIKES when I took this screenshot. I guess they liked my true story…? Someone asked if my phone was still functional after. It was, because it fell directly down a pile of things. PLUS, it was a very low-tech cellphone.
By “low-tech”, I mean analog, LOL!!! If you know me, you’d know that for the longest time, I resisted owning touchscreen mobiles for myself (mainly for practicality’s sake). I have them now but I still held on to an analog up until the pandemic. I really just don’t like texting/typing onscreen. I prefer the feel of an actual keypad.
(Ed. As of January 5, 2023, there are 1,282 LIKES)
Translation: “Ha ha, I’ve seen that. Whose account is that again? I think it’s Kristel’s.”
This was a silly local trend a few year’s back. The girls were just playing around. It’s popular because all three are young stars who grew up in front of our eyes, so to speak. They were all a part of a popular kids’ gag show when they were little. They’ve also done various shows and movies. The girl who started it is Sharlene San Pedro. The next one is Miles Ocampo. That’s Kristel Fulgar at the back. I saw her YouTube post of this three years prior.
The video is still getting LIKEs once in a while so I’m putting it here. I am just not sure what was so special about my comment. The number is already big for someone like me.
(Ed. As of November 30, 2022, there are still 317 LIKES. It’s slowed down.)
The prank was funny. But really, I just quoted him and added a few emojis. So the fact that there are 5,461 LIKEs and still counting is mind-blowing to me. What’s more mind-blowing? The fact that there are similar comments and they, too, have many LIKEs than mine!!! Some even have so much more!
(Ed. As of January 5, 2023, there are 6,347 LIKES)
Welcome to Part 3 of “Andrea’s Multiverse”! Sorry it took long as I had been kind of sick for a time and was also waiting for something. Anyway, last time, you got acquainted with top fan favorites Agent Red and The Fairie that were created by TikTok/YouTube content creator Andrea So. Now, meet the other three that fans love to see!
I’m not gonna lie. I wonder if these three women all had daddy issues. There’s the Mafia Boss’s Daughter (MBD), the Pirate King’s Daughter (PKD), then The Princess, obviously daughter to a king.
It makes sense, though. It emphasizes that each of them lives in a “man’s world” where the powers-that-be and their minions are generally male. It does not matter that being children of the big guys gave them certain privileges to go up the ladder. Common ladies would have a hard time even achieving one step of that ladder. The opportunity is there and MBD, PKD, and the Princess have done well taking it.
They work hard proving that they can get their jobs done and do them better than anyone.
The Mafia Boss’s Daughter, Danger Woman
Let’s first get this out of the way. There are people that are probably not aware that the real Mafia is an actual international group doing organized crime. They look cool on TikTok, except they are anything but. Leave it to Hollywood to romanticize everything, including the Mafia.
That said, fiction is fiction — any character can have an interesting story, even a Mafia boss’s daughter. So, moving on…
Viewers first see MBD as the tough daughter of the Boss. “Tough” is an understatement as her father trained her hard as their hitman. She is their version of Agent Red, so to speak. If they are to fight each other (hopefully not), MBD will not go down easily, if at all (sorry, Red). She is combat-trained and a sharp-shooter herself, which shuts up every guy who questions her skills. She hates a lot of things, but misogyny is definitely one of her biggest pet peeves. Avoid triggering her at all costs!
It is not clear why her father trusts her to get things done. I do take it that she’s probably proven herself to him time and again. At some point, she even becomes the boss, taking over the “business”. I imagined her as a solo child. In one POV, however, she has brothers who have tried to kill her to get the power but failed. In another, she has a little sister. They all could still very well be part of her storyline.
The one thing that anyone should remember about MBD is she is bossy. And that comes with a very quick, very bad temper. That is also why she seems to be constantly annoyed. And when she doesn’t, well, it can be quite tricky guessing what mood she’s really in.
In the multiverse she shares with the four women, I assume that she is either a different MBD than the one above, or she has mellowed down and probably left the Mafia (at least, the organization, not her family). Because it’s more interesting, I choose the latter.
She is the way she is because being female, she always had to be tough to prove her worth to her father. That meant doing things that didn’t seem to faze her (except they did, internally). Nobody saw it coming but the last straw was the last mission where she had to keep a child distracted during his parent’s execution. She always made it a point that this was done and took it upon herself to do it.
She left and that was the end of her Mafia career. She was still human….
Okay, I made that whole scenario up about her leaving, ha ha. But you have to admit, it’s a good POV. And Andrea’s wonderful acting makes it believable. The forced smile, the quick side glance, especially the subtle flinch at the end–they were everything that made it powerful. The video, so far, has been the saddest one I’ve seen from Andrea. The more I thought about it, the more I got sad the first day I saw it. I honestly stopped watching videos a little bit to pull myself together. This is how I am, okay?
Going back to this version of MBD, it’s funny the way that she usually looks annoyed at something and blurts out a demanding “WHAT?!!!” But unlike the serious Agent Red, MBD is more social and expressive. If it is not about work, MBD doesn’t hide her feelings.
Perhaps, it’s the maternal — or big sis — instinct that she naturally feels, something she tried to hide before especially coming from her background. That is why when Faerie’s in trouble, bullies may find themselves in double trouble.
If you find yourself often confused between Red and MBD, you are not alone. This happens a lot. They have similar tastes in clothes: the cuts, the dark colors, the more professional look. They present themselves as professionals. Lately, though, Red wears more leather and gloves. MBD wears more feminine cuts and less blazers. There is one top that they both love to wear, though, you may have noticed. The Princess wore it once, too. I’ll leave it to you to find out which one.
Red’s very red lipstick should set them apart, except sometimes, MBD likes it very red as well. So to not be confused, look for the “clues” I mentioned. Check that previous clip above, too. The best thing is to read the POV descriptions first to avoid/lessen the confusion.
Oh, and fun fact: MBD was the OG bad*ss before Red came along. People wanted more non-common characters like The Princess. Andrea came up with MBD. I know MBD came from a TikTok challenge/trend, but Andrea took her to the next level. So, I apologize if this feature on MBD is long. MBD deserves the tribute.
The day MBD entered the picture…well, the POVs
“Belle” said that the new type of role fits Andrea well, aside from The Princess. Andrea promised to come up with more POVs. We now know she did.
The MysteriousPirate King’s Daughter
Among the five, PKD is the character with the least airtime, sadly. There’s probably a lot of POVs that can be done with her, full of adventure and fantasy. Think of Jack Sparrow. (Her father is not necessarily him, okay? And no, not “Straw Hat” Luffy either!) Aaaaarrr! Matey!
I think, and anyone can correct me on this, PKD was created when the Wellerman trend or challenge blew up. That is why most of her videos involve the song.
Legend has it that The Pirate King used to sing the sea shanty Soon May the Wellerman Come to his little daughter. It’s a song that only pirates know and that was the last song he sang to her before she was abducted and disappeared. The king had been looking for her eversince. He hoped that one day, she’d hear the song and come back to him. Until that day finally came.
We don’t know what happens next. How does the reunion go? Does he recognize his little girl immediately? Does she tell him who raised her and how her life has been (she seems to have snatched that little pouch from somebody)? Does he find out who abducted her?…So many interesting backstories to consider.
I guess, if PKD has any daddy issues, it would be with the one who raised her. Her own dad would have just showered her with love and affection after finding her again. But of course, inheriting his position and everything was probably met with a lot of protests, if not silent indignation, from the men. PKD was not one to be intimidated, though.
She’s had a rough life, I suppose, and learned how best to cope. For sure, the king had her trained as well so she could be captain of the ship someday. She couldn’t be a great pirate queen without proving herself in perilous quests. She passed with flying colors. Whatever she lacks in physical skills, if any, she makes up with cleverness and street smarts. She met the evil troll that tried to trick The Faerie and, right from the start, you’d know she really wasn’t having it.
And now, she’s acquainted with equally powerful women. She socializes with them from time to time. There was that time they went clubbing (they couldn’t make her dance) using fake names and pretending to be rich neighbors driving the same fancy car model. Or that time she went strolling through the woods with MBD and The Faerie. Or that time the women auditioned for a singing role. Other than those few times, however, her friends have no idea where she is or what she’s doing. Could she be out on the sea commandeering a ship she and her men have captured?
She doesn’t really tell her friends much. They don’t even know if she has any kind of lovelife. We do know of that time only one guy could make her melt like a puddle. Are they still in a relationship? Were they ever? Maybe. We don’t “see” him again. Sometimes, she misses her chance, too, like the time she was at the fair and blew off someone but it backfired. He asked for her name and she acted like a snob joking about — of all things — thieves! She also gave in to temptation once and used black magic. She may have freed the guy, though. It could’ve been that one guy we mentioned. PKD does learn her lessons.
She definitely has a specific look that sets her apart. The dresses and especially that hairpiece suits her. Come to think of it, though, other than white and black dresses, we never see her wear anything else that’s of a fancier color. PKD has never really dressed up! I guess being a pirate princess does not equate to living a fancier lifestyle. That’s why she’s a pirate. But what they do with the stuff they steal, we might never know.
[Ed. (October 16) A collab just went live starring Andrea and actress Eliana Ghen (@elianaghen) and guess which multiverse lady Andrea is playing. Someone is getting more attention that she deserves 🙂 I hope it’s a series. I’m excited!WATCH IT!!! MORE UPDATE: She’s been showing more frequently these days in multiverse videos. The only thing I was waiting for was to finally see her dance…and she finally danced!]
Her Highness,The Princess
The Princess doesn’t really need introductions. Her character is the easiest to understand and she’s been around practically eversince Andrea’s POVs started.
She has it all: beauty, money, and fame. However, we’ve all heard it before, that a royalty’s life is not all rosy. There are a lot of things The Princess resents about her life. For one, she is forced to act like the perfect princess everyone wants her to be. So getting drunk and asking a random guy for a souvenir kiss isn’t something her royal family would be proud of (especially since he turns out to be not just some random guy).
Among the five ladies in the multiverse, it’s The Princess that has fallen in love and gotten her heart broken the most. Romance seems to be either her luck or curse, her victory or downfall. We’ve seen her through good and bad times. We’ve seen her cry not just a few times.
While true and everlasting love is elusive, however, no one makes The Princess feel more sad, lonely, vulnerable, and unsafe than her own family.
They don’t see The Princess for what she is: a real person with feelings and a need to feel loved by those around her. Rather than the privileged brat everyone has made her out to be, she is a misunderstood soul capable of greater things. Except she is seen but never really heard. She hates beingignored for her views due to her gender. The Princess is actually smart and good with strategies, if only the King hears her opinions and ideas.
She feels most alienated at home. Her brothers do not respect her — they only see her as an obstacle towards attaining the crown. Her own mother isn’t warm to her (probably because she is the biggest reminder of a loveless marriage) so they do not get along. For the longest time, she was made to feel like a monster. Lastly, her father doesn’t trust her with royal responsibilities because she is a woman. He doesn’t care, doesn’t believe to see if she has potentials to rule a kingdom. He’ll rather that his eldest child stays as the perfect little princess to be married off to a prince one day. He’ll pass the crown to the one next in line to her, his eldest son.
What they fail to expect is for her to find her inner strength, though. Eventually, The Princess is able to break the chain of sexist traditions and succeeds in becoming Her Majesty,The Queen.
In Andrea’s Multiverse, The CEO’s Daughter and The President’s Dughter are variants of The Princess. However, The Queen is The Princess’s leveled-up variant. She is the only character that has an older version.
Often underestimated but always victorious, The Queen rules her kingdom well with courage, smarts, and maturity. Right now, it is her people to whom she offers her true love. (Just remember, these are POVs that use various audios, so she maybe Queen of England now, Queen of Scotland some other time.As long as she rules a kingdom…)
Old habits die hard, though. If she can’t have something, she’ll make sure to have it nonetheless if she deems it necessary. Ask The Faerie who (un)fortunately met The Queen once.
Poor Faerie, The Queen made her cry even more, ha ha!!! But, at least, The Queen’s heart is in the right place. Finally.
There you have it! You’ve met all of the five most-loved characters (six, if we count the older variant) of The Andweaverse (that’s what Andrea calls it now). I think of them as The Spice Girls of the Multiverse! The Faerie is Baby Spice (DUH!). Agent Red is Sporty Spice, strong and dependable. MBD is Scary Spice ’cause, well, she is scary. The Princess is Posh Spice — Hello? She’s so regal! PKD is Ginger Spice, by default (sorry). She does add her own particular spice to the group.
Watch out for the conclusion of this feature! But let us end this part with an epic Andweaverse concert! See if you can spot or name all who are featured in this video (I’ll add after the vid, but no cheating!!!}
In order of appearance: The Drummer Girl, The Vocalist, The Neighbor, PKD, The Nerd, Agent Red, The Princess, MBD, The Babysitter, The Faerie
Part 4 (CONCLUSION) IS NEXT! YAAAY!!! It will include facts about our favorite creator and the things that make Andrea So iconic 🙂 Those were supposed to be for Part 3, too, but it would really be very long. You’ll need to rest.
ALL SOLO VIDEOS AND IMAGES BELONG TO MISS ANDREA SO BUT THE POSTED DUETS ALSO BELONG TO EDGE TUICO
When I write my stories, I often read aloud and deliver the dialogues to know how they and my characters sound. I want to know if they work; I want to feel what the characters feel. Sometimes, it’s others’ works that I want to have a better feel of…Well, until recently, I didn’t know that that is a form of voice acting.
I can’t exactly say how I stumbled on the first voice acting challenge. All I remember is thinking, why not try? I do it all the time, anyway. So, in maybe a span of two weeks, I’ve posted several entries for challenges already. And I’ve noticed that they’re often the ones that are getting more views and LIKEs on TikTok. I can’t even believe that a few have been saved as favorites by other people.
I compiled them as Set 1 for you. Not sure if you’ll like them. Any constructive criticism would be very much appreciated.
It’s November once again and the writing/blogging challenge has begun! It seems like it was just a few weeks back since I did it. That kind of makes sense, considering how much I extended my participation. Shameless plug: Check out my entries last time HERE. For those who have no idea what NaNoPoblano is, HERE YOU GO, as explained by the lovely and talented Ra.
Obviously, I’m days late. My reasons are valid, though, I’d rather not discuss them anymore and waste time. I just know I’ll make up for the lost days. Meanwhile, MY 2022 THEME: Anything-Social Media. There are probably a range of things to post about. Definitely, a lot of it will be more personal. Some will be text-heavy; some will just be a photo/video or two with a little explanation to go. Some will be combos.
Why social media? To start with, it’s part of my day-to-day life. Being a web content writer, it has become inevitable to take part in it, for work and not. For a bit of transparency, I’ve been working on a Twitter account for over a year now. That’s all I can say.
On a more personal basis, I’ve been on YouTube vlogging (occasionally) and actively joining comment threads. I really like conversations. Sometimes, it’s better and even more interesting talking with strangers, honestly. Facebook? A given. I’ve been spending more time on my writer’s page (the term “fan page” makes me cringe) account, however. Again, it’s better sometimes with strangers, that’s why. No, I don’t get to converse much there. Hardly. But at least, I don’t start questioning my relationships with people that I know in real life. Just real talk here, guys.
This year, I made THE VEERLEDOM active. I even recently made a Twitter account for it, though, I still need to take care of its settings. I keep getting notifications from various people I have not associated it with. Instagram? After years of inactivity, it’s now semi-active. I post once in a while. maybe an average of, at least, once (ha ha) in two to three months. I did post more recently. I follow several accounts, but to be honest, there’s really just one account that I really make sure to check daily. That’s content creator Andrea So‘s. I do the same onTikTok and YouTube. Call me a fangirl. She was the only reason I opened a TikTok account in the first place.
Contetnt Creator Andrea So , also popularly known as Agent Red
I’ve talked about her several times already. In fact, I already posted the first two parts of my article on her. Part 1 is an introduction with a variety of sample videos to show her work. Part 2 introduces the fan faves, the top two of her five most popular characters. Part 3 will showcase the other three characters. Part 4 will spill facts and answer some FAQs about her. Of course, since this is my blog, I write them in any style I want, so they’re not your usual feature writeups. (You might want to revisit the pages if you’ve seen them as I just made changes/updates and added information)
I was reluctant to admit that I was fangirling. But I realized that if someone who’s older and famous like Lea Salonga can unabashedly fangirl in public on KPop’s favorite boys, BTS, I certainly can fangirl on whomever I want. I found Andrea’s videos on YouTube at a time when I was bored (I didn’t realize I was till then) and frustrated about many things. I was also getting depressed because I joined cat and dog rescue and adoption groups on Facebook. I felt so down that I couldn’t give the necessary assistance that were/are mostly needed. There are so many cats and dogs that need love! I couldn’t even adopt any because we already had too many for us to handle. It was stressing me out, for real.
To make the long story short, I found Andrea and she made me less bored, frustrated, and depressed. Her bad*ss Agent Red reminded me of my bad*ss Maya de Alano. I love that people love Red and that’s the kind of love I want Maya to get. I want to enjoy writing Maya as much as Andrea enjoys portraying her famous agent. Andrea inspired me to write again that I finally decided to copy or move my stories, my “book” in particular, to Wattpad. I am seeking a broader audience. I don’t exactly want to focus on just a certain target audience but it can bring me to the right ones who will appreciate the story.
Alright, I don’t want to spill everything in just one post. Do expect more to come. I’ll leave you with some transition vids from Andrea.
She was a childhood friend. We were not that close then but I liked her. And, I guess, she liked me, too,, in a way. She let me be her friend, right?
She let me read my first serious book (Torey L. Hayden’s ONE CHILD), which our little group of 6th graders discussed just as seriously among us one afternoon. She provided constructive criticism and moral support when I was writing my “novelettes” in high school. She was smart, intelligent, and well-read. She was a budding writer whose views were way beyond her years.
I got to know her more when we started high school. Four of us lived together in an apartment for a while. It was not ideal. We were still kids so we went back to commuting from home to school to home daily.
Colette could be funny. She was also that friend who slapped your arm and pushed your shoulder when she was laughing. Sometimes, she had this funny way of laughing, too. She could be quite a joker. She would tease me about a secret admirer that I never got to confirm (I did try not to blush even if she was, as this generation says, ‘sus’). She would crush on someone so hard, you’d end up crushing on him as well (ha ha!). For two consecutive summers, we’d write to each other and she would talk about her crushes and life in general.
She sang and acted a few times onstage for school. What’s quite memorable was she played the guitar very well and people were often around her jamming within school grounds. She loved musicals and even let me read the MISS SAIGON libretto her mom gave her.
In college, we weren’t in contact much until I joined the school paper. I was surprised to find out that she was my section editor. I was so happy that we could spend time together. She even invited me to sing with her group. Unfortunately, those years were trying times for her. She left the paper and I never got to really see her again until we were to graduate. It was all a coincidence but we finally were able to catch up. Soon, I became a godmother to her child.
Through the years, we drifted apart then got closer, drifted apart, got closer. She kind of became a woman of the world while I was content in my little corner. She was born to make waves, I suppose. You can literally see her name in many parts of this country. The thing was, she never took advantage of that. In fact, she wanted to be more than that and set out on her own. She proved she was more than her name. She became a writer, pastry chef, entrepreneur, and staunch advocate for good causes.
We became closer again in recent years even though we hardly saw each other. We would text or chat sometimes, oftentimes with another friend, Julie. She would ask me to come over (we’re in the same city), and I would’ve loved to, but I usually declined due to various reasons. Or she would decline. We would not communicate for weeks or months then resume the friendship. It was during this kind of “hiatus” last year that I learned she was sick from the virus we all hate. Things were critical and there was no way to visit the hospital due to the pandemic rules.
I tried to do what I could. I sent a video message to cheer her up and encourage her. I tried to help find badly needed medicine that was not easily available anywhere. I let our batchmates know in case they could help. Sadly, she succumbed to the illness…
I wanted to write about her last year but I didn’t. I didn’t want to seem like I was using her because she was news and her father happened to be running for position, too. I wasn’t planning on writing about her today either but I’ve now found myself doing it.
I didn’t write about her because I felt that my experiences with her paled compared to what people shared in an online public tribute. I felt that I let her down. I felt and still feel mad at myself for all the times I declined going to her place. We were even planning something for her workers, but it didn’t pan out…I doubted if I was worthy to be called her friend…
But now, looking back, we were friends. Who’s to say we weren’t? ‘Cause I felt it, I felt the realness. I’ve just always been too insecure of my own self-worth. I should’ve opened my eyes and appreciated friends like her a little more.
I really do miss you, Colette. I know you did not want to go yet, but I know you are now in a better place. Rest in peace, my friend. Let’s jam when we finally meet again.
(This is me singing both the female and male versions of this song we loved to jam to.. I am imagining her strumming her guitar…You can judge me, just dont’ tell me, hee…Oh, and don’t mind the distant barking.)
Welcome to Part 2 of “Andrea’s Multiverse”! Last time, I introduced TikTok/YouTube content creator Andrea So to you. This time, I’ll introduce the women in her multiverse, starting with fan faves Agent Red and The Faerie, and let you get to know the creator more.
Tracing her TikTok history, it’s clear how much Andrea’s shorts have improved visually. But content-wise, she’s always been creative. She is a storyteller, after all, putting her ideas into writing for years. These days, however, she puts them out there through social media. This has proved to be one of the best decisions in her life.
Andrea is never a mere copycat. She may participate in trends and challenges, but be prepared for some twists or surprises once in a while. For instance:
It’s a trend that has got even confident men cross-dressing into five women. It’s a ‘90s song where a kiss-and-tell guy spills about the girl he met the night before. Personally, knowing where the naughty song leads to, I wasn’t thrilled about the trend, but that’s TikTok. There is the limited length allowed, fortunately, so it stays wholesome. In general.
Unlike most creators, Andrea didn’t really need a guy to be in the vid. She didn’t have to pretend to be one either to tell the story. Instead, in her POV, Andrew calls a nerdy girl to talk “about last night” and recount things. Distracted by the book she is reading, she answers without checking who it is. She then wonders about what he means but it soon dawns on her what happened. You can see the instant regret on her face. Andrew mentions meeting five pretty girls at a party or club. One girl caught his attention in particular: Ana. The song gets cut off there, thank goodness.
What makes this entry extra special are the women Andrew is introduced to. Fans are tickled pink to see The Faerie (“pretty girly” in the song), Agent Red (Ana), The Princess (Karen), The Pirate King’s Daughter (Tanya), and The Mafia Boss’s Daughter (Jill). Remember this from last time?
It is a real treat for fans who adore Andrea’s characters to see them all in one video. It is always fun seeing the ladies from the multiverse come together as friends. You don’t know how, when or why it happened, but they just are, and fans love it.
Of course, any group has its most popular member. It is clear who the biggest fan favorite is (and the creator’s, too). Recall: Who is it that Andrew picks again? Ana. In the multiverse, Agent Red. Andrea chose her, not surprisingly. By the way, if you have not realized it yet, the nerdy girl Andrew calls is none other than Red who has a vague recollection of what happened the night before. (I suppose that’s because she doesn’t really drink so she got drunk easily. She probably doesn’t even remember giving a civilian her number. Well, that’s my interpretation of it, at least.)
Code Name: Agent Red
Tell me you’re a bad*ss without telling me you’re a bad*ss.
“Red” is her rank or skill set level, not her dress code. It means that Agent Red is the best in the field, the deadliest. So don’t expect her to wear red on a regular basis. An agent needs to be inconspicuous. How about the skills of other agents, though, like her partner, Agent Black? Black is also an expert, yet even he says that she is the best. We’ll leave it to Andrea to explain one day.
Agent Red was Andrea’s original concept that blew up online, which she did not exactly expect. People welcomed her female agent who is like the heroines in action and espionage movies—strong, independent, smart, and skilled fighting machines. Agent Red became so popular that TikTok soon began showing some other creators make their own agents in their POVs, often including her own clips.
Every great secret agent needs a backstory, though. What is hers?
I’m glad Andrea, the creator, got that covered. I would like another backstory to that backstory, however. It makes me wonder what she was exactly before becoming a secret agent. Meanwhile, the character “Andrea” (the default name for every character), who was Agent 203, rose so fast in rank. Her drive and perseverance in training put her on top that she quickly earned the code “Agent Red”.
Red is a woman of serious demeanor. She doesn’t smile much except to be polite, lure in targets, or assure one’s safety, or when she proves a point to misogynists in the training room. Men admire her and are intimidated by her at the same time. She exudes that inexplicable and mysterious aura. She can out-perform any agent of whatever gender both in training or out in the field. She can knock one out with a single blow or shoot with deadly precision. She never misses, Agent Black says.
Agent Red is not inclined to do silly things like dance in a social gathering unless to distract a target during a mission. She does love to dance when she’s had one drink too many (becauseshe doesn’t really drink), or when she thinks she’s alone in a room, or when she secretly entertains a little kid they are babysitting after a successful rescue.
At home, she changes back to her old self: a nerd who enjoys a quiet and peaceful time reading a book.
Red seems cold and distant to many. She does not have time for a love life, it seems. She already spends much of her time with the person she secretly loves, anyway. Agent Black is THAT GUY, and the feeling is mutual. He may keep teasing and annoying her, but Agent Black knows and loves the real her. He’ll go through hell and high waters to save her!
Oh, but they’re not in a relationship. They keep things professional despite the ever-constant sexual tension between them. Still, not one of them dares to acknowledge what it really is. They can’t even admit it to themselves!
He cracks a flirty joke sometimes that she either ignores or gets annoyed at. He can’t fight it. He can get so confused when she gives him the sultry look and subtle wink when she dances(probably to get back at him). He gets as distracted as the target! Ironically, it was him who taught her to stare seductively and wink while dancing, having had a somewhat first-hand experience of her effect. (She was drunk and dancing on the floor one time.)
Obviously, theirs is a slow burn romance, the kind of romance Andrea loves to read, watch, and write about. So far, this below must be the most romantic Red and Black scene yet (at least, the closest I’ve seen Red admit that she likes Black very much):
[Ed. The Instagram video could be embedded but it takes A LOT of space and is not playable. The dialogues are important but the words may be hard to read due to the size. So I created a “new” vid that we could embed here, play immediately, and read properly. It’s unlisted on my channel and you can only view it here and/or if I actually provide you the link.]
It’s funny that viewers know there is no actual person behind the camera, yet they still ship agents Red and Black so hard. Fans are curious, is there someone actually playing Agent Black? There is.
(Agent Black got the sultry staring and winking idea from a drunk Agent Red herself. See the vid below. And she remembers none of it…Okay, Andrea never said this, but how’s that for continuity? Heee… *winks a la Red but fails, miserably*)
Take note that it’s a multiverse where other things can happen. In one series, Agent Red falls for the prince she is protecting. You just saw her save him from the rebels earlier. In the world of POVs, expect and explore other possibilities.
Red looks different in the backstory and earlier videos. Back then, the character hardly wore makeup. I think adding the red lipstick was a very good idea. A hero(ine) needs to have something distinctive about him/her. Since the clothes have nothing to do with the name, the red lipstick was indeed the next best thing. The look at left is what people have now accepted as their Agent Red.
The Faerie Magic
You’d think that it would be the Mafia Boss’s Daughter (MBD), The Pirate King’s Daughter (PKD), or The Princess. But no. It is The Faerie that now rivals Agent Red’s top spot as fan favorite. Her innocent yet bubbly personality might topple Red’s position one day. Why not? She’s so adorable! Everytime she comes out, it’s like you can hear people in the comments say a collective “Aaawww….” It’s like watching cats and dogs videos. I mean, just look here!
She’s a character that is so well-put together. The costume is perfect especially with the pointy ears that she didn’t have yet in the old videos. Her wide-eyed innocence is there when she’s curious, interested, surprised, excited, even when she seems to be hiding a secret. The eyes “disappear” the moment she smiles from ear to ear. That smile melts hearts, too. Seldom a post that does not have people commenting on it.
Obviously, Faerie is a fun character with quite a personality. She is always curious and in awe, naughty and mischievous, playful and a bit stubborn. She is like a child trying to experience the world. She likes food a lot and has been known to taste nice-smelling, inedible things even when you say don’t. And, boy, does she love to dance! Several times, she stole Red’s phone to record herself doing dance trends. Faerie is now happy with her own phone that, I suppose, Red handed down or provided. She still steals Red’s phone once in a while. I am inclined to think it has a better camera.
Given her personality, what makes her qualified to join Red, MBD, PKD, and the Princess in the list of empowered women? For one, The Faerie does make up her own mind. She listens only to trusted friends, though it doesn’t mean she will simply follow their advice. She is not easily fooled when it matters.
When the character was first introduced, she looked more human, wearing either white or black, no visible pointy ears. Faerie behaved like an adult, good and kind, yet prone to make bad decisions once in a while. She did not take kindly to being made a fool and made sure the lesson was learned well. She seemed like a force to deal with.
I’m not sure if the big change in Faerie was a conscious decision on Andrea’s part. Perhaps things naturally went that way as she found the child-like character fun to do and the audience loved it. She’s always admitted being partial to Red and Faerie. And so have her audience in general.
In the multiverse, Faerie’s happy personality has endeared her to friends. It’s a wonder that they are even her friends considering their backgrounds–the Mafia, pirates, royalty. It is quite evident, though, that Agent Red is her BFF. The tough agent certainly has a soft spot for the faery. She treats Faerie not just as a bestfriend but as a beloved little sister to guide and protect. Cases in point:
2. When the faerie doesn’t stop crying, only Red can make her and cheer her up. The agent is good with kids despite the outside persona that she shows and, well, Faerie is still like a kid in many ways. And she still wants that ice cream.
[Ed. UPDATE (September 2022): You might wanna seeTHIS. The Faerie asks Agent Red to hold her drink and asks Agent Black for something else. Ooh, the way Red pulls her aside….Faerie, you li’l devil. That was perfect. Love you! RNB Forever!]
People keep urging Andrea to make a series of the RNB love story, but she refuses. I agree that it’s more exciting her way. Once she makes it a series, it’s gonna have an ending after only a few vids. I feel like that will diminish the “kilig” or thrill factor in the RNB POVs that will follow….I might keep editing this page to give updates on where the ship is heading.]
Friendship goals! And we can expect more from this duo in the coming months.
Meanwhile, how about some cute Agent Red and Faerie bloopers? Oh, and a surprise “live” performance, too! *winky-winky*
Part 3 NEXT! I’m sorry I couldn’t do MBD, PKD, and the Princess (they’re next). I just really enjoyed this very much! I can’t wait to write a fan fiction about Faerie’s backstory, why she is the way she is, why she doesn’t seem to have powers, and how she met her bestie, Red. I’ve said it before, I’m not into fan fiction, but for them, I’ll make an exception. I have a whole plot planned already!
PART 4 will include facts about our favorite creator and the things that make Andrea So iconic 🙂 Those were supposed to be for Part 3, too, but it would really be very long. You’ll need to rest.
ALL VIDEOS AND IMAGES BELONG TO MISS ANDREA SO EXCEPT FOR THE SOLO EDGE TUICO POVs,WHICH BELONG TO HIM, OF COURSE. I GUESS THE DUETS BELONG TO BOTH OF THEM.