Author: katoabouttown

Europe Pt 4 – ROME! You’re up!

The next port was Civitavecchia which gave us access to Rome. I couldn’t have been more excited. Honestly, I didn’t think that was possible. But the more I thought of all the places I would have the chance to visit – well– The next morning, I wolfed down breakfast and played the impatient waiting game until everyone else could get their crap together. This was one of the ports where we had things planned for–a tour and the places the tour would take us. The Coliseum, The Vatican – including St Peter’s Basilica, as well as lunch in Rome. I. Was. Pumped! As we drove through the streets, I realized how very little has changed. Aside from technology, most of the streets we travelled on were not paved with asphalt but with a kind of material that resembled cobblestones. It made for a very, very bumpy ride. We were driven by where Julius Cesar was killed, shown the home of the current Roman leader, drove by one of the churches that is said hold one of the …

Amazon Crap

Okay, this warrants a blog post because a facebook post would just be too long. Plus I keep getting emails now regarding the rest of my CIRO series. For those who have zero clue what I’m talking about, lemme break it down. A year ago, I got wind of a new series, fan fictions really, that Amazon was doing called KINDLE WORLDS. This is where a big name author, create a world, and other authors are then allowed to write their own stories within said world, using one or more of the World Creators (will become WC for this post) characters plus their setting. I was super stoked. I LOVE LOVE LOVE men in uniform and jumped at it when I saw there was a special forces one started by Susan Stokes (who will become SS for this post). I created my CIRO – Beast, Pitbull, Barbie, Zero and Mouth and started writing like the wind. I have fallen so hard for this guys. So far, Beast’s story has done well, was an Amazon bestseller, along …

Interstellar – A Review

“We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.” – Cooper Blurb: In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home (IMDB). Starring: Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike, True Detective, MUD),  John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun, The Crown, How I Met Your Mother), David Oloweyo (Star Wars Rebels, Queen of Katwe, A Wrinkle in Time), David Gyasi (Troy: Fall of a City, Containment, Man in the Orange Shirt), Anne Hathaway (The Intern, Get Smart), Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea, Gone Baby Gone, Ocean’s Eleven), …

Europe Trip pt 3 – Napoli – I was in you!

The first port we stopped in was Naples.  At some point in my sleep, early in the morning, I felt the ship doing something of a weird, little shake. I shook it off as rough waters, rolled over and went back to sleep. Then my bladder started calling and I grunted and climbed out of bed. I noticed a little sunlight peeking in through the blinds and decided to look out. The first thing I saw were these beautiful, red buildings. I screamed, jarring my mother awake. “We’re here!” We’re here!” She moaned. “I know.” “Why didn’t you wake me?” I was incredulous! I quickly used the bathroom, then grabbed my camera and darted to the balcony and began snapping as many pictures as I could. My mother, who had cruised before merely pulled the sheets over her head while I was outside, making kissy faces, trying to get the best angle to take a selfie with the buildings in the background. Toward the front of the ship was Naples’ Castel Nuovo – a beautiful castle that sits in the …

Todrick Hall – Music Monday

Name: Todrick Hall Language: English Fandom name: Todllerz About: American Idol alum, associated with RuPaul, Bob the Drag Queen, Jordin Sparks, Pentatonix, Amber Riley, Jo Jo Note: Todrick Hall is a smash. There is no other way to describe the way he’s taking the industry by storm. Whether he’s dropping it Low RuPaul or warning a trick about his Doll-hairs, his albums have brought creativity, music and acting to the forefront of an industry that seems to be going to the dogs. Favorite Song: Colour (featuring the fantastic Jay Armstrong Johnson), Water Guns (featuring Jordin Sparks), Wrong Bitch (featuring Bob the Drag Queen), Dem Beats…. Featured song, Colour – Featuring Jay Armstong Johnson

Moonlight – A Review

“You the only man that’s ever touched me. The only one. I haven’t really touch anyone since.” – Chiron Starring: Mahershala Ali (Hidden Figures), Trevante Rhodes (12 Strong, The Predator), Naomi Harris (Skyfall, Ninja Assassin), André Holland (The Knick, Selma) Blurb: A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him (IMDB) Review: I cannot begin to tell you how profoundly this movie affected me. Do you know, sometimes when you’re watching a movie it feels rushed–like when they were making it they were trying to cram every bit of dialogue into a dictated one hour and thirty minutes. With Moonlight, while watching, I couldn’t help thinking the creators were taking me on a road trip and they were in no hurry, they wanted me to sit there, an immerse myself in every second, every bump of the journey, every smell, ever stop for bad street-food along the way.  Though the …

Europe pt 2 – Barcelona! I was in you!

Taking off from Pearson was smooth. My ears popped like mad as the plane soared higher and higher but I wasn’t worried. We were on British Airways into London’s Heathrow. The legroom was great. We were fed so life was good. I sat in the middle seat which was a bad idea. While my mom at the window was fine, the lady sitting on my other side kept poking me with her elbow every time I tried falling asleep. Soon, the long flight started taking a toll on my tailbone (I’d cracked it when was a teen and for some reason after that whenever I sit for long periods, my tailbone acts up.). When we finally landed in London, I was relieved but that soon turned into anger. It was then we noticed that our ticket had no gate number. And because one of our party required a wheel chair, we kind of had to take a detour. This airport is like a small city. We had to take boxed elevator from the plane to …

Music Monday – Jackson Wang

Name: Jackson Wang Nationality: Chinese (Born in Hong Kong) Group: Rapper as a part of Got7. He is also a singer Fandom: Team Wang Note: There is something amazingly endearing about this rapper. Though he is a member of the highly popular Got7, his solo works speaks for itself. From his heartbreaking, self lifting Okay to his picking yourself up jam Papillon this kid has some major writing and musical chops. That large voice reminds me of the likes of TOP (BIG BANG), Rap Mon (BTS), Bang and Zelo (BAP) and Ravi (VIXX). Now, you may be wondering why he is a part of a Korean group – most Korean bands are made up of members who may look Korean but aren’t. Some bands have Thai, Chinese etc members. A few have American or Canadian born Asians as a part of them – like Epik High and Day6 Favorite songs: Okay, Papillon Featured song – Papillon   Hugs, Kato

Europe – The Beginning – [pt 1]

Disclaimer: For the most part, the pictures I post in these blog posts will be mine except where otherwise note. Also, my trip was awesome so it will be posted in different parts maybe every Tuesday. Here we go: A few months ago, my mother called me up and began regaling me with her plans of going on a cruise. Usually, she asks me to research for her and I began jotting down notes. We had a couple different conversations and on the third she asked if I wanted to go. I instantly began moving around expenses inside my head. I had been plotting a trip for 2018 but it wouldn’t be nearly as expensive as a Mediterranean cruise. I was plotting Iceland- and if you are really good, you can find a flight and hotel for $800. So I was putting away $1500 for the entire trip, tours included. Then I stopped myself. No, with everything I had doing in my world, I couldn’t afford a cruise of that caliber without more time to …

Black Panther – A review

“Just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships. ‘Cause they knew death was better than bondage.” – Killmonger This review is going to set up differently than all the others. Why? This is Black Panther! After weeks of things getting in the way, I FINALLY saw the movie everyone has been raving about.  Usually, I would list only the main characters. This movie deserve all its players to be listed. So, hold tight. Starring: Chadwick Boseman (42, James Brown), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitville Station, Creed), Lupita N’yongo (12 Years a Slave, Star Wars The Force Awakens), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead, All Eyez on Me), Forest Whittaker (The Last King of Scotland, The Butler), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Sicario), Angela Bassett (Waiting to Exhale, American Horror Story), Winston Duke (The Messengers), Sterling K Brown (This is Us, American Crime Story), Letitia Wright (The Commuter, Urban Hymn), Florence Kasumba (Transpapa, Mute), Martin Freeman (Sherlock, Fargo), Andy Serkis (War for the Planet of the Apes, Lord of the Rings), Isaac de …