NaNoPoblano 2022: What Say You?

#NaNoPoblano2022 Day 4

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!!!

Comment 1

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)

Comment 3

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.)

Comment 2

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) 

Andrea’s Multiverse (Part 3) : Their Fathers’ Daughters

#NaNoPoblano2022 Day 3

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!      

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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.

MBD PKD Prncss

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…

@andweaso

#pov you stop the girl from entering the headquarters not knowing that she was the mafia boss’s daughter

♬ ratata – 𝐊𝐞𝐧𝐳𝐢𝐞

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!

@andweaso

#pov the mafia boss sends his daughter on a mission

♬ original sound – Zo

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.

@andweaso

#pov the mafia boss secretly hired you to be his daughter’s bodyguard

♬ george weasleys daydreams – tay!

That’s why you don’t mess with this MBD.

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.

She smiles easily when something amuses her, which sometimes make men actually like her. She adores her kid sister the most in the family and shows it in her own way. She gets pranked and tries not shoot you (well, sometimes). She enjoys dancing in public. That is, unless it affects her reputation or authority. Like losing in a bet and being made to accept defeat (however ungraciously) by dancing silly in front of everyone.

She flirts when she likes you. She allows herself to fall in love and is able to forgive easier (but not without letting you be thankful for it). She can be jealous but handles it more “maturely” now. Well, that’s a big jump from the old MBD who had drastic ways to deal with jealousy and heartbreak.

Lastly, it is surprising that she now actually makes friends outside the Mafia even if these friends sometimes frustrate her.

@andweaso

#pov the faerie told people not to look up the mafia boss’s daughter’s embarrassing photo online

♬ original sound – Cat valentine!!

Surprisingly, like Red, MBD feels closest to Faerie, it seems. She laughs at Faerie’s craziness. They’ve become partners in crime, too, so to speak. MBD gamely joins The Faerie in doing the dancing trends. They are especially naughty when playing pranks on people. Who would think that this is the old MBD?

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.

@andweaso

#pov the faery was getting bullied so she calls her friends for backup

♬ arlantacious for yt rank – Arlantacious

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 Mysterious Pirate 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!

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.

@andweaso

#pov you (her rival) try to humiliate the pirate king’s daughter in front of her crew

♬ original sound – BVXNNETT

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.

@andweaso

#pov after dancing with you at the ball, the princess falls in love (can i dress up like a princess everyday 🥺♥️) #fyp #foryoupage

♬ original sound – Crybaby💧//she/her

The Princess seems kind of a spoiled brat, always getting what she wants. She loves to socialize and party, which could be quite annoying to her bodyguards. It is especially challenging when she sneaks out without telling anyone. As a public figure, she is easily recognizable and considered a celebrity. Therefore, she could be easy target for robbery, abduction, or worse. She was, in fact, easily kidnapped once from her own home!

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).

@andweaso

#pov the princess had too much to drink and didn’t recognize the prince from the rival kingdom

♬ Feels (feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean) – Calvin Harris

She mostly has sycophants and fake people for friends. Really suspicious ones, too, as some have tried to poison her. She’s first-born after all…It’s a dangerous world for her. 

Truthfully, The Princess is more afraid to become what princesses often become, which is forced into a marriage she doesn’t want, sworn to obey a man in a loveless union. It would be more unfortunate if she ends up with the worse kind of prince. This could be a big blow for she is a true romantic.

That royal heart always has a mind of its own. Meanwhile, she also captures several hearts along the way,

@andweaso

#pov the princess meets her new bodyguard

♬ original sound – KXE

@andweaso

#pov you (her bodyguard) had too much to drink at the party

♬ Nonsense – Sped Up Version – Sabrina Carpenter

@andweaso

#pov you (guard) and the princess almost got caught by her friends in the castle

♬ original sound – The Dxddy Channel

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. 

Not that she hadn’t avoided love. She tried to be cold and distant, even rude and annoying. But she fell–and falls–anyway, and often breaks her heart in the process. It’s always with the wrong person — the rebel who betrays her trust, the prince from the rival kingdom, the commoner whom her father thinks will never be good enough, even the duke with a very big, deal-breaking secret. Currently, The Princess seems to have an on-going “thing” with her bodyguard who’s fallen head over heels in love with her. They both believe there is no future for them, sadly. 

She did meet Prince Charming years ago. Perhaps, she’ll meet him again someday. It was probably not the right time for them.

@andweaso

#pov (part 3) the princess asked the prince to take her to see the floating lights #duet @itsedgeo_o #fyp

♬ original sound – LYN

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 being ignored 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.

@andweaso

#pov the young princess rises to power as queen to protect her kingdom from foreign invaders

♬ Crazy Rich – Lil Waterboi

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. 

Of course, this do not sit well with her brothers. They do everything, including wage war against her, to overthrow her. In the end, they bow down to the first female ruler of the kingdom. It is The Queen, formerly known as The Princess, that bows to no one! She may not know how to fight in combat, but her strength lies in her ability to be a surprisingly wise, great, and kind leader, not easily swayed or threatened by anyone, especially not by treacherous “allies”.

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. 

@andweaso

#pov the queen loses her patience with the faery

♬ original sound – LyricAudios🦋

Poor Faerie, The Queen made her cry even more, ha ha!!! But, at least, The Queen’s heart is in the right place. Finally.

THE ANDWEAVERSE

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    

TikTok: @andweaso YouTube: Andrea♡  Instagram: @andweaso

TikTok: @itsedgeo_o    

NaNoPoblano 2022: Voice Acting as a New Hobby

#NaNoPoblano2022 Day 2

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.

NaNoPoblano 2022: Social Media and Me

#NaNoPoblano2022 Day 1

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.

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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.

Write on!

@andweaso

the last transition tho :3

♬ GAL – ᴀʀɪଓ

In Loving Memory of A Good Friend

***NOTE: I only wanted to post a video as a tribute on YouTube. But I started writing down the description then I realized it wasn’t the right platform to convey all I needed to say…

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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.

RIP Colette

(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.)  

Andrea’s Multiverse (Part 2) : The Agent and The Faerie

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.

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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’s Multiverse

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:

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#pov she got a phone call and recalls what happened last night | ib@incorrectlyroce

♬ original sound – Kuyalods 🎭 – Kuyalods 🎼

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?

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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.

Agent Red:

@andweaso

#pov the new recruits mock agent red in the training room so she shows them why she’s on top

♬ Kingdanzz and FingerDanceMusic Remix Bow Bow Bow – FingerDanceMusic

@andweaso

#pov part 8 | the agent is assigned to go a new mission

♬ original sound – Babi

“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?

@andweaso

#pov after being framed for a crime, agent red finally gets revenge on her ex ⚠️flash⚠️

♬ No Tears Left To Cry By Adamusic – Adam Wright

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 (because she 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.

@andweaso

#pov the agent enjoys babysitting the kid they rescued during their mission

♬ SUSCRIBANSE A METALCHEETA – _mr.cheeta_

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.) 

@andweaso

#pov she has to distract the owner of the club while her partner sneaks in the back

♬ Bartender – yukia🤎

He gets even more distracted when she is so near. What Agent Black doesn’t know, however, is she gets the same way, too, with him. She’s just better at hiding it. She does get flustered unexpectedly at times.

@andweaso

#pov she sees her partner dressed up for the first time at the party

♬ Insane – Summer Walker

There are various times she’s gotten jealous of fellow female agents over him. She will never admit it, of course. Red makes sure she gets his attention back

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):   

Red and Black kilig

WATCH VIDEO BELOW OR  CLICK HERE

[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.  

Andrea’s friend Edge Tuico beat others to it. Others could use the Agent Black name and character, too. I’ve seen some, even women who aren’t necessarily Red’s love interest (for instance, Kimmy Xie whose acting in various POVs I really like). Being first makes you the OG, however, right? Also, Andrea acknowledges and calls him Agent Black multiple times.  She says this in her streams, too.   

@itsedgeo_o

#pov agent black asked for your help and you agreed on one condition… #fyp

♬ POP! – NAYEON

(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*)

@itsedgeo_o

#duet with @andweaso #pov he saw a different side of his partner at a party… #fyp #itsedgeo_o

♬ lay it down by steelix – Tik Toker

Edge has his own Black POVs where he may or may not be an agent, that may or may not include Red, who may or may not be an agent as well.

Andrea and Edge have done various Duets before the one below. Personally, I wish for an actual collaboration where both agents are in the same place, on the same frame, at the same time..

@andweaso

#duet with @itsedgeo_o #pov the impostor (black) fell in love with the crewmate (red) #amongus

♬ Stuck with U – Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber

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!

@andweaso

#pov agent red finds the faery pretending to be a secret agent

♬ original sound – Tik Toker

@andweaso

#pov the faerie goes to the doctor for a check up

♬ original sound – Lorena Pages

So adorbs, right?!!

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. 

@andweaso

#pov the faerie stole agent red’s phone to do the dance trend

♬ 1, 2, 3 (feat. Jason Derulo & De La Ghetto) [Sped Up Version] – Sofia Reyes

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.

@andweaso

#pov the evil troll tried to trick the faery into breaking his curse

♬ SayMyName BeetlejuiceBrdwy Musical – LuLu

She does not conform just to please you. She is an advocate for the environment, too . Lastly, Faerie is not afraid to try out new things.

One does not have to be a bad*ss to be empowered.

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.  

@andweaso

#pov you played with the fairy’s feelings so she put a curse on you and now you only speak chicken #fyp #foryou

♬ Toy – Netta

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:

1.  Red patiently taught Faerie her first human words.

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.

3. You don’t see Red get annoyed or angry at her despite the various mischiefs and misadventures the latter gets into. It’s crazy how Red tolerates The Faerie who can be quite foolish/childish and even demanding at times.

4. Faerie wants to be a secret agent, too, so Red tries to teach her how to shoot and interrogate. Once, she even brought Faerie along on a mission. So far, Faerie has succeeded…at being cute.         

5. Faerie is the biggest RNB shipper! (I call the Red and Black ship RNB, okay?) She teases her bestie constantly about it. Red practically lets her as long as she doesn’t tell anyone

@andweaso

#pov the faerie wanted to take a pic with agent red

♬ original sound – Mr.getleft

[Ed. UPDATE (September 2022): You might wanna see THIS. 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!]      

[Ed. UPDATE (October 2022): Is the RNB ship about to set sail??!!! Red slipped as well, but was “saved” by Chris Evans. She should also stop touching alcohol that she can’t handle. And (November 2022) Agent Black should tell her what he feels instead of telling his buddies or getting drunk as well (that, I suspect, was just pretend on his part just so he could say it out loud)!

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.]

6. Red is quick to laugh and smile at Faerie’s cuteness and antics. And we know Red, she guards her feelings well.  

7. Faerie is the only one who can easily ask a reluctant Red to do trends with her. Red pretends to enjoy it only when she’s looking. Even Agent Black can’t force Red that easily. Well, except for that li’l dance one time at a party — she was so cute! Sometimes, though, Red still gets confused about what The Faerie wants.

8. The Ultimate Proof? Red doesn’t have to know the details that leads to Faerie crying (Faerie’s especially sensitive about her ears, though). If you make Faerie cry, you will pay, dearly…RUUUNNN!!!

@andweaso

#pov agent red finds the faery crying after the bullies made fun of her ears

♬ usa el audio si te gusta Encanto – <3

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*

@andweaso

enjoy this blooper haha i broke my ringlight :((

♬ Love Maybe Secret Number – NIKO
 

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.

TikTok: @andweaso YouTube: Andrea♡  Instagram: @andweaso

TikTok: @itsedgeo_o

Andrea’s Multiverse (Part 1) : The Creator’s Points of View

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Andrea So, the creator of her own Multiverse

It’s true.  I have not been writing much. I have not felt inspired enough. Inspiration comes and then goes away in a couple of days. It’s frustrating! So many things going through my mind that I can’t function the way that I used to. I’m so bored that I’ve unintentionally immersed myself more in social media, particularly YouTube. Ironically, that’s how I found Andrea Nicole So, a famous TikTok content creator. 

How I Found Andrea

I found one of her “Shorts”. A Short is a quick video that is sometimes uploaded on YouTube or Instagram by a TikTok creator to add/test the platform. This has been possible for quite sometime now. I was aware of it, only I did not give it mind. I’ve seen too many TikTok videos through Facebook Watch and many of them annoy me for various reasons. The worst are the thirst traps.

Anyway, I ended up enjoying Shorts from several American sitcoms. I also ended up looking at other TikTok videos, which was inevitable. One day, I came across this:    

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#pov the drummer heard the guitarist (her crush) and the bassist talking about her during rehearsal

♬ original sound – Krystine

I’ve seen many fake-drumming online yet this one really caught my attention. I was curious if hers is real since I’m a frustated musician whose ultimate dream is to play the drums. Some stories I attempted to write before involved drummer girls because, well, girls playing drums seem so cool, I’m not gonna lie. Drummer girls rock!

I rewatched many times, listened well to the beats, and watched if she’s just flailing her sticks everywhere. She just missed the first cymbals, I should mention. Even so, I may not know how to play the drums but it doesn’t mean I’m blind. The sound may not be hers but the young woman knows what she’s doing.

What really interested me were her reactions. The large, expressive eyes, the cute little smile she tried to hide, and the consequent expressions intrigued me. She’s definitely a sight for sore eyes, but what was going on? I found the answer when I read the caption that started with “#pov”.

Point of View! Everything became clear to me then. POVs, in the TikTok world, are scenarios or skits that the creator puts characters in. They may be his ideas or suggested by followers. Generally, the creators themselves act in them and Andrea is no exception. The brief video of the Drummer Girl gives a glimpse of Andrea’s acting potential. (Of course, you’ll need to read the dialogues inserted onscreen to understand the story.  I actually did not give them mind the first times I watched. This video spawned Parts 2 and 3, by popular demand.)  

Other creators make POVs, too, except it was the first time I saw one that didn’t involve choices or numbers or whatever. Usually, they give POVs then the characters supposedly choose what to do, like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure. The endings depend on their choices. The numbers either represent a character’s long (or short) life, or some individual rankings given by the government, etcetera. Many are weird scenarios…They’re all interesting enough yet I usually end up dissatisfied, if not disappointed, by the conclusions. Not to mention, by some terrible acting and script.

Andrea didn’t disappoint, not with this one, honestly. I liked her work. It made me curious to check out her other videos. Not surprisingly, like many creators, Andrea may have started with dance videos (I haven’t confirmed it, I just know she already deleted some older posts). I traced her posting history and found dance shorts showing her skills. The girl has got moves! Below is a more recent post with minimal movements. I chose to share it as I feel it represents her sweet, charming personality and personal style.   

This is Andrea So

Andrea is often easily mistaken as a Korean. When I first watched her works, I did not assume it but considered that she might be. There was no clue in the videos because the captions and onscreen dialogues are in English. However, I did not discount that she could be Filipino. We, Filipinos, are a mixed of races that it’s very possible, even with a family name like So. 

Online interviews I found indirectly confirmed that the 24-year-old grew up in the Philippines. In her livestsreams, she gets asked time and again about her nationality. She is Filipino by nationality. She is half-Chinese while the Filipino part has some Spanish blood in there somewhere. When Andrea sometimes replies to comments in conversational Tagalog, that surprises fans who wonder about her.

This short, one of my faves because it gives me the feels, should definitely confuse fans. With her acting and looks, she could pass as a K-drama star.

@andweaso

#pov the shy girl wanted to keep her relationship with the badboy a secret from her friends

♬ original sound – favsoundds

Notice that though the Drummer Girl, the real Andrea, and the Shy Girl/Girlfriend look similar (of course!), they also could pass as different people. It must be the mixed genes. In her earlier videos (she started POVs in January 2020), the Spanish in her sometimes manifest, so to speak. At least, in my opinion.

This ability to transform has helped her achieve a good status in the industry she’s chosen. Andrea is a college graduate who traded her otherwise wonderful first job for a career in entertainment where her work is a one-woman job. And she loves it!

She does everything, from conceptualizing to acting to editing, which is fine. A perfectionist knows that if you want something done your way, do it yourself. She is a writer who has always wanted to be an actress. Social media presented to her the opportunity. Andrea has grabbed it, works hard, and now enjoys the various fruits of her labor. Why not? She’s great at what she does, whether it’s light humor, romance, drama, even light action.

Here are just some samples of her POVs. Take note that some skits are done in response to different TikTok trends and challenges. Majority of them are her own ideas. Also, you can tell which ones were made much earlier based on the lighting and background — Don’t mind them. We all start somewhere. (Do click on the words in bold letters as they are links to videos.)

I really love her hair here. And notice the pen-twirling? She does that a lot and people want tutorials
@andweaso

#pov the badboy comes home and finds the babysitter dancing with his sister

♬ POP! – NAYEON
The Babysitter is usually caught by the Bad Boy dancing trends with his sister
@andweaso

#pov you caught your new neighbor vibing in her room (musicAD)

♬ Sunshine – From the Motion Picture “Ron’s Gone Wrong” – Liam Payne
The Neighbor always forgets to close her windows when she’s dancing and the boy next door is often her amused audience
@andweaso

#pov the babysitter sings your younger sister to sleep | @cliftonguitars (ad)

♬ original sound – Andrea – Andrea
Andrea’s characters also often sing. Usually, like what other POV creators do, she does lipsyncing. This often spawns either requests for her to sing with her own voice, or negative comments that dare her to do it. Here she is singing with her own super-soft and sweet voice, not unlike her speaking voice. People are often surprised by her voice as they imagine it sounding differently, but also find it very soothing and pleasant
@andweaso

#pov the singer has a crush on the new drummer so he starts singing to her on stage

♬ original sound – “Drummer girl”
The Drummer Girl has three major looks in her POVs, depending on the story. There’s the sweet, wide-eyed cutie like the one in the first video. Then, sometimes, a tougher or even a meaner version. Then there’s this guy magnet above. Now, noticed the stick-twirling?…Meanwhile, The Guitar Girl and The Vocalist are variants.
@andweaso

#pov the playboy meets his match when he talks to the new girl

♬ original sound – Noah Jay Wood
One thing that you have to notice when Andrea does POVs are her actions and nuances. Here, see how her “steps” are in-sync with the beats. Honestly, too, she’s the best and most convincing “walker” I’ve seen so far. You don’t notice but she doesn’t really leave the spot unless she has to
@andweaso

#pov you (the player) try to make a move on the new girl but she’s already heard about your reputation

♬ Lips Are Movin – Meghan Trainor
I added this to show that she can also rap, although this is lipsynced. In her livestreams, she occasionally raps when singing along. Not bad at all as compared to other people.
@andweaso

#pov your nerdy best friend had too much to drink at the party

♬ lay it down by steelix – Tik Toker
The Nerd is a usual character who is also sometimes The Shy Girl, The Bestfriend (like here), even The Girlfriend. Andrea makes sure that she/they prove(s) to be talented and can also be attractive with the glasses on
@andweaso

#pov you’re working on your project together but you keep getting distracted

♬ original sound – kingtaehy – bonobonoya
The pretty girl that lets you forget where you are, maybe even who you are (ha ha)
@andweaso

#pov you (her bodyguard) came to rescue her alone

♬ never be the same – favsoundds
It’s not clear who she is supposed to be exactly, but this is one of my fave vids. I like the way she looks vulnerable, as she should be, and just love how her surprised reactions are in-sync with the song. Be more observant and you’ll find that in various videos, her facial expressions, particularly the eye movements, are on “beat”
@andweaso

#pov she’s had enough of the toxic relationship

♬ I Love You So – The Walters
A good example of Andrea’s dramatic acting. Did you feel that slap? She really loves making herself cry in scenes (so Filipino!). There are more where that came from
@andweaso

#pov you’re both the last agents alive on the mission #fyp #foryou

♬ Beggin – User
The agent that really made Andrea famous (More on her next time)
@andweaso

#pov the witch disguised herself as a maiden to seek revenge on the prince who broke her heart

♬ DARKSIDE – Neoni
She does her own twists to trends
@andweaso

Reply to @cutekobeng better?

♬ Material Girl – Madonna
I wasn’t her fan yet when the Material Girl trend happened, but I found that she has the nicest entries for it. This is my fave out of four, followed by the Top Gun-looking one. Her entries were the first ones she shared on YouTube and she immediately blew up
The creepiest entry for this audio, biases aside. This just proves how good an actor Andrea is. It REALLY scared me especially the first time I watched it
Andrea makes POV series as well. This was one of her most-followed on TikTok. She compiled it into one and posted on YouTube. It maybe rivaled by her recent series where the girl seatmate has a crush on the new guy

Empowered

Andrea plays all of the characters above. She has more that she can summon. However, if you’ve followed her long enough, you know that, none of the others could be more iconic than these women:  

Tam

They are mostly behind Andrea’s continued rise in popularity. In fact, as of the moment, her verified TikTok account has 9.1 million followers, and counting. She is now also verified by YouTube, has received her gold play button, and just hit 1.38 million in number of subscribers (it was 1.36M last time I checked!). These female characters embody women independence and empowerment. They are strong, they can be fierce and fearless. That’s what endears them–what endears Andrea–to viewers more. She is not just a pretty face.      

Of course, she has detractors. Andrea has her share of online bullies, especially those that hide behind dummy accounts. How do they affect her? Let’s see. Everytime I see this, I swear, I feel a swell of pride, no exaggeration.          

@andweaso

#pov she gets to live in her own fantasy

♬ original sound – Karen Chen

There’s a Part 2! We’ll talk about these women in Andrea’s Multiverse, starting with Agent Red and The Faerie. BTW, ALL VIDEOS AND IMAGES BELONG TO MISS ANDREA SO.   

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I First Published This Because I Wrote It

It’s my anniversary at work (well, WFH for now) today, YAY!!! So I decided to finalize my last sub-theme for this challenge and post (finally!).

Day 21 of the #NaNoPoblano2021 challenge, now a.k.a. “NaDePoblano” (heee….) . Major Theme: “A Few of My Earliest Things”. New sub-theme: “First Published”. Related post: My Evolution as a Writer. Related page: Poetry Nook.

Anyone who’s followed me long enough already knows about this. But since I am doing this as part of a challenge, and I also have new followers (thank you, all!!!), I am sharing it again. This is a translation of the popular Filipino lullaby SA UGOY NG DUYAN. This was first published on my Multiply account, not here. But I am sharing it because I WROTE IT. It was I who translated it in English.

While it is one of the various translations, it is currently the most popular. I say this not to brag, only to emphasize that I, at least, own the translation. It’s been used/posted by others without giving credit. They should, at least, say that they found it online. Anyway, read on and I hope you like my translation…

The End Justifies the Journey

On January 3, 2005, I shared through Multiply one of my favorite Filipino songs, Sa Ugoy ng Duyan. As many of my contacts were non-Filipinos, I thought I’d share a translation. However, at the time, I could not find any worthy translation, so I decided to create my own called The Lulling Cradle, which I included in a previous post (check the last video). I was quick to mention it was an unofficial translation. From what I now remember, there were two to three people who asked permission to share my translation, so I said YES, as long as I got credited.

Fast forward to a few years after, and then a few years more, I have found out that my translation is kind of making the rounds online, without proper credit and no explanation that it is just one of more translations. I don’t expect or plan…

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JUNO The Film that Made Ellen Page? #NanoPoblano2019

***NOTE: I am back trying to complete my ten posts for November. It’s always funny in a not-so-ha-ha way that everytime I try to do writing challenges, something comes up to distract my mojo. I was doing well posting my first Nano Poblano posts daily. Then personal problems distracted me. I also suddenly have a new client (well, she was a client before) who has been giving me various writing assignments. So yeah, my brain is usually cooked by evening. I just want to binge on Netflix. Well, I do actually binge on it.

Anyway, this is a fine time to re-share a film review I did in the past. I’ve been wanting to for quite some time but I never found the right timing. Maybe this is it. I originally wanted to post for #MondayReviews but, well…

Here it is. I did some editing to make it more readable, though, and updated. By the way, ALL images and video belong to the producers, okay? And, oh, for more reviews, visit the CRITIC’S CORNER, please.

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JUNO THE FILM THAT MADE ELLEN PAGE?

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Ellen Page in the title role of JUNO

It all began with a chair. No, really, it did, and it’s what the lead said: “It all began with a chair.” Honestly, I felt that the intro was rather weak until I realized why the writer began with that. The chair would somehow set the stage for what was soon to be the center of the story.

I am, admittedly, partial to movies with the word “indie” attached to them. I first heard about the 2007 Fox Searchlight film JUNO through cable-channel surfing. When I heard people gush about the so-called indie film, I said to myself, “Heck, yeah, I gotta see this flick!” Belatedly, after more than two years, I finally chanced upon a copy at a video store and whaddya know? I got me my JUNO.

Meet Juno

First, the story.

The movie tells of a girl named Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page), who is equipped with sharp wit and an even sharper mouth. A die-hard rocker kinda girl with a love for slasher movies, she lived by her own rules (practically her own, anyway) sans the usual teen angsts and oh-I-hate-the-world attitude. 

Juno is mature for her own age. However, at sixteen, she is still prone to the wayward ways of the juvenile world. She makes the mistake of sleeping with her dorky male bestfriend Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera) one supposedly boring day. “Supposedly”, since she tells quirky cheerleader Leah (Olivia Thirlby), her female bestfriend, that she planned it. But the plan has resulted into something she did not expect. And she pays for it in a span of nine months. 

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Suddenly, Juno is faced with going through the inevitable phase. And then there’s the adoption to think of. She wants to make sure that her baby’s future adoptive parents (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner) are the perfect ‘desperately seeking spawn’ couple she thinks they are. As one character puts it, “That ain’t no Etch-A-Sketch,” pertaining to Juno’s positive pregnancy test. “This is one doodle that can’t be un-did, Homeskillet.” She needs to make it right for her kid.

Juno worries that her child might grow up in a dysfunctional family such as hers. It is emotional baggage that the seemingly-uncaring Juno has carried around for years and is now being brought to the surface.

Interesting? Well, loads of people can’t be wrong. I know what endeared this movie to critics and public audience alike; it’s what endeared it to me.

Why Love JUNO?

It’s an adorable piece of unconventional, not-too-dramatic, creative storytelling. It tackles a very real issue with a humorous take. It is not to make light of the situation. Rather, it teaches about loving, forgiving and learning to let go.

The film deserves the praises, nominations, and awards it received. First-time screenwriter Diablo Cody spun a very good tale about a girl forced to deal with matters that even some adults fear facing. (Don’t ask why her name is Diablo; it’s an alias and is another story.)

The movie is a coming-of-age comedy except Juno had to mature faster than necessary, and she knew this. As she said in a scene, she was “just out dealing with things waaay beyond my maturity level.” Frankly, she dealt with the situation much more maturely than at least one of the adults.

Kudos to Cody for a wonderful script. She relayed the story in a manner that while she did not promote premarital sex and teenage pregnancy, she emphasized the value of family support during these dark times. She took a stand as well against abortion. Subtle, but a qualified stand.

What made this movie stand out more were the wickedly delicious dialogues mostly delivered by the wickedly brilliant Ellen Page. Language was often young and hip to emphasize the kind of girl Juno was. The adults had their own witty lines and comebacks as well, right at every turn. But it’s a good thing that Ellen played the lead role because she would have stolen the scenes from any other lead anyway. They were all good, but Ellen was just…well, again, wickedly brilliant!

JUNO made an instant Ellen Page fan out of me. [Ed. She’s the main reason I’m watching THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY.] So I  researched on her and found her interesting film biography. She has done roles others can only dream of. Ellen tends to play dark roles, but she has said she is open for other kinds of roles (e.g. Kitty Pryde a.k.a. Shadowkat in X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, Ariadne in INCEPTION).

For JUNO, Ellen received nominations and awards. She now carries with her name the “Academy Awards Nominee” tag. She has said that one advantage is she can now choose roles. Maybe it’s a joke, but I don’t think she even had that problem before at all, anyway. Real directors know talent when they see one.

JUNO gets FIVE STARS from me for being unconventional, smart, and even delicious to the eyes (I love the bright colors!!!). And, oh, spankin’ cute soundtrack as well, honest to blog!

Meanwhile, I am now looking for copies of her movies HARD CANDY, MOUTH TO MOUTH, SUPER, THE CURED, THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS, and AN AMERICAN CRIME [Ed. I posted a review of this. Just click]. Maybe I’ll try Netflix.

The Sandbox Show #WhatsupWednesday #NanoPoblano2019

Last October was my first YouTube anniversary. Actually, technically, it wasn’t. I’ve had the account for years. But last year, I decided it was time to do what I really wanted with it: I started vlogging.

One of my dreams was to create my own videos someday. But when I was younger, we didn’t have a camera. We probably could not afford one. Even if we could, it would be against my conscience to ask one from my parents who worked hard to raise us. If we had cellphones, they would not have had clear cameras anyway, if they came with cameras at all. Good thing that I had my chance in college where we created various video productions. And then, my first job was perfect — I wrote and produced institutional videos for a tertiary school.

But those were school- and job-related works. I wanted to create stuff for myself. I had always wanted to own a channel once I learned about people broadcasting on their own cable channels. I wanted to be the one to produce and decide what to do on my own show. But I didn’t have my own equipment and the family did not have cable…

Fast-forward to now and voila! Hello, YouTube!  It helps, too, that new technologies have made it easier for us. Now anyone can own a channel. Even a quirky wannabe like me.

Starting Out

My not-so-high-tech equipment does the trick. Of course, there’s still a lot to be desired. My detachable webcam takes vivid shots except if you move a lot, it creates a sort of visual echo. It can be quite tricky considering that I am a very animated person. I use Windows Photo Editor, which is helpful but is not as nice as other editors. In some of my posted videos, it is obvious whenever I jump from one part to another. They were the first ones I recorded.

I used the “Trim” feature to edit at the start. Luckily, I noticed sometime these last months that they have added a “Split” feature. Tried that and it proved to be sooo much better. It makes the work easier and the results less ‘jumpy’. Most times, the transitions are not even obvious. I could get a better (free) editor, but I am not sure if my laptop’s memory can handle it. Will get to that one day.

The jumps in my vids are more obvious when real-time, actual background music is recorded along with my talking. That is because in the first videos I made, I knowingly recorded while playing songs in the background. That was me being stupid, not realizing the consequences of my actions.

I sometimes get copyright claims when I post them (so I do add credits in the Description section). No strikes, though, especially since I am not earning anything from vlogging. YouTube influencer, I have no illusions of becoming. I have explained in one of my posts (“6 Reasons A Vlogger is Not Popular“). Unless the universe tells me otherwise. Until then…Anyway, I decided to ditch the real-time background music once I realized my problem. If you do encounter a newly posted vid that still noticeably jumps because of the music, that means the raw copy just recently got edited.

Honestly, in a span of one year, I have only posted eight videos on my channel. Life happens, in a good way or a bad way. Serious editing eats time. But since I am in no hurry to get famous, I figured I’d do things on my own time. If you’ve been watching vloggers long enough, you’ll know a lot of them get burnout trying to keep up with the demands of vlogging. So, no. I have enough pressures already at work and in my personal life, I’m not about to add more.

Yes, there are only eight posted videos. Still, there’s enough where they came from. I have lots of recorded copies to last me till next year, plus there’ll be new ones I have yet to make.  My upcoming New Year’s Resolution, however, does include being a more active YouTuber. Also, I’m putting (1) “Don’t buckle”, (2) “Pronounce words correctly”, (3) “Avoid grammatical errors”, and (3) “Don’t be conscious of the camera” on the list.

The Sandbox Show

The Sandbox Show is produced by The Sandbox Prodxns, a “self-owned one-woman company” that I created myself years ago (when I didn’t exactly know what to do with it). My account name has “akasands” in it, which actually means A.K.A Sands. Why it is there and what that means, I will reserve for another time. Unless you want to watch my long, boring, and awkward intro video. It’s explained there somewhere. At least, I added bloopers after, ha!

What can I say? I’m getting better at it. And I do like to play around with the editing to get my best results. I’m a visual person. I try to make my videos as entertaining as I can. Maybe I have only eight posts yet you can betcha I worked hard on every one of them. Practice makes almost-perfect.

Anyway, I have shared some videos in the past on this blog. Below are the two most recent ones I posted on YT, if you can call them recent:

Yakult vs Delight vs Go Long Probiotic Drinks It’s one of those reviews that I call “comparative mukbang”.

Next,…

The Arya Stark Gender Debate It’s the first and, so far, only Game of Thrones-related video I’ve posted. There are more to come. Here, I discuss an issue that people felt compelled to debate on even in this day and age. Disclaimer: I did say “It does not matter” whether Arya Stark was or was not.

This is my channel, by the way: THE SANDBOX SHOW.