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Monday, February 20, 2012

Chp 394. My First Three Crushes

Admit it. We’ve all had our TV crushes. I still remember how crazy my elder sisters were about Corey Haim (L), Corey Feldman, NKOTB (Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre), Duran Duran etc. And then there was the “cool rider” Maxwell Caulfield who starred in Grease 2 (opposite Michelle Pfeiffer) and stole many ladies’ hearts.

Most guys of my generation in the 90’s had a crush on Winnie (Danica McKellar) from Wonder Years. They would go on and on about how crazy they were about her, and would even compare their girlfriends with Winnie, trying to find some resemblance between them (Oh she smiles just like Winnie, she talks just like Winnie, she farts just like Winnie and so on).

But not me. I found Winnie to be cute and sweet, but never went to the extent of having a crush on her.


My first television crush was actually Shannen Doherty, aka Brenda Walsh from Beverley Hills 90210. I was completely crazy about her all through 90210 and even when she moved on to “Charmed” and played the role of Prudence, the eldest of the Halliwell sisters.

I used to write short love stories based on my fantasy about her and the lead character was always named Shannen. I even used to write letters to her pouring out my feelings, and sent the letter with just her name and PO Box 90210 written on the envelope. I used to use some of my American stamps from my stamp collection album since it was going to USA, lolz!

This was the Shannen Doherty I had a crush on then.

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If you do a “Google Image Search” of her now, you will see many photos of her in scantily clad bikinis and lingerie. Yeah she’s hot in those pics, but I still prefer Shannen Doherty in her old Brenda Walsh avatar.


My second crush was none other than VJ Nonie (Ruth Winona Tao). From MTV Asia to Channel V, she was the reason why I would stay glued to MTV Most Wanted. (That, and also Headbangers Ball and MTV The Grind.)

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Apart from a few sentences about what she had done written on Wiki, nothing much is known about her. There are even Facebook groups like “MTV VJ Nonie Tao… where are you? and a Whatever happened to Nonie? article at msn. The pic above also says “The only image of Nonie available online” at the source, lolz (although I found another photo of her signing an autograph for some dude).

She is definitely an enigma, and one of the rare cases of TV celebs who managed to completely steer away from the media and paparazzi spotlight.


My Third crush was Stephanie Seymour. She’s Axl Rose’s ex-girlfriend, and even appeared on November Rain and Don’t Cry music videos.

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The mid 90s was my Guns N’ Roses phase, and I used to have a special notebook where I had written down the lyrics of every single GnR song, some of them copied from “Year Books” and some by myself, using a walkman and Reynolds pen to rewind the cassette.

I even had this popular poster of Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour on my bedroom wall.

So… was I crazy about Stephanie Seymour because she’s hot, or because I was crazy about GnR? Frankly speaking, I really don’t know, but yeah, I had an immense crush on her back then.

But just to bring the good old times back, I’ve painstakingly taken screen-grabs from November Rain and compiled them together, and yes, as you can see from the strip below, Axl and Stephanie were about to get married in Church, and suddenly they went to a pub and got drunk, and then they came back to the same Church and finally got married, and then as they were cutting the wedding cake, she licked the knife from Axl’s hand, cut her tongue by mistake and died from tetanus infection… :P

Cheers… :)


KymBawi Khuptong said...

"...some by myself, using a walkman and Reynolds pen to rewind the cassette..." haha..:D I like this part, and even worse is using a rolled paper B-). I remember I had a collection of lyrics in a long, big and thick book, decorated with pictures of the singers and band.

So, a philatelists. Had a bunch of 'em too...:)

Mizohican said...

Back in my hostel days, "pen pal" was a rage, and we would write long letters to our pen pals... so the passion to collect stamps came naturally. Too bad our young generation will never experience or understand this hobby... :(

KymBawi Khuptong said...

True. The way we write down lyrics from a player, man that's called true fan. And yes writing letters and waiting for it till it reaches us. We must have got lots of patience back then.

Mizohican said...

That's why songs like...

*Stop* Oh yes, wait a minute Mr Postman
*Wait* Wait Mr Postman

Please Mr Postman look and see
If there's a letter in your bag for me
Why's it takin' such a long time
For me to hear from that boy/girl of mine...

...were so popular back then :)

In today's world, people would be like, "Duh! You haven't heard of email or instant messaging???"


KymBawi Khuptong said...

:D...haha right. So much to update. lol.

Btw in your "Chp 386. First Random Post of 2012" that bottle is still there which you kept last year when you were demonstrating about Carom...:P Too late to comment on that post....:D

Mizohican said...

lolzzz you observant you! :)

The Chhamanator said...

KymBawi Khuptong said...

Hahaha...that's why I love animation movie, I can observe every detail they are trying to show....:) and love Shark Tale a lot...

Mizohican said...

1. Your link is broken. You should have removed the s at the end.

2. Having a crush on a girl is gay? So I should be like you and have crush only on guys?

3. You know what I think of your ultra gay seal? Here you go:

Bwahahaha :D

Mizohican said...

@ Kymbawih - Sometimes the best humor in such films are the ones subtly placed... :)

KymBawi Khuptong said...

Exactly, and I happen to notice them, in the corner while the main focus of the camera is on something else.

H.Vangchhia said...

I hrepha ve hlawm elaw :D

Anonymous said...

"Back in my hostel days, "pen pal" was a rage..." Looking back nostalgically of those pen pal days, the excitement of checking the letter box in our school everyday and eventually receiving the long awaited letter from our pen pals...those were the days. It's a shame pen pals are not "in" anymore...:(

I've had a few TV crushes myself...Axl Rose was one of them :)

Mizohican said...

@ Kymbawih: That's why I hate watching movies with subtitles. Most movies on Star Movies and HBO, adn even at theaters now come automatically with subtitles these days, and because of that we usually end up missing many subtle scenes! :(

@ H. Vangchhia: Haha... :P

@ Anonymous: And I think the best part was having this special file/folder where we stored all our pen pal letters. I'm sure if my house was on fire, that would be the first possession of mine I'd grab before running out of the burning inferno :D

Axl fan aye? You know what? I can still do the Axl Rose arms-stretched-sideways hip-and shoulder-swaying on-the-spot-moonwalking singing stance! :D

VaiVa said...

Wonders years a mi kha ka chiang lo ruaiin tha ka la tiin ka hria :)

blackestsad said...

The beautiful Nonie, in the only image available online.. Good job on finding her pic.. Never knew her pics were so.. elusive..
And whenever Stephanie Seymour is mentioned, I remember that one Gladrags Magazine which posted a lot of her "artsy" pics.. I'd made a mental pic of the cover so that I could come back to the Book Library in Thakthing with some cash to rent it, but when I did, all the "important" pages had been torn off.. never did see those pics again until the dial-up ages.

Khabezuma said...

I don’t know how many crushes I had in school from 5th standard to 10th standard. And all of them..same fate!

But thank god and touchwood!..I followed it line by line in my 11th standard on my last crush with whom I am ............. :D

luliana said...

Axl rose a boot khi a balh hmel :P

Arunima said...

now, I got the story in that song :-)

Mizohican said...

@ Arunima: Haha... yes, that was the story in the original MV :D

@ luliana: A bal lo. A PA! :)

@ khabezuma: Wow thats pretty long now! You're not bored? :D

@ blackestsad: haha yeah that pic of hers on Gladrags was extremely famous. I had it too :D

@ VaiVa: Nang chuan tu pawh tha i ti vek a lawm :D

shoaib2811 said...

hey nice to read this article.the nonie tao group on FB you mentioned was made by me and my friend. it has been updated a lot since then do check it out. do join and leave a post of this article on the group . it was lovely reading your posts