Can’t wait to go to Paris

•March 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

 

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This picture made me giddy about my trip to Paris this May.  Can’t waiiiiiiit!

“I love Paris in the summer, when it sizzles.” -Cole Porter

 

 

Photo from http://www.giantbomb.com/paris/95-487/

It’s good to be back

•February 29, 2012 • 2 Comments

I have been in hiatus for a few days, having very limited access to any form of technology.  Here are a few things that I have learned from my experience:

1. It is possible.  Many times have I thought that I would not survive a day without my phone and laptop or any means of communication with theoutside world.  I have been very dependent on SMS, Twitter, Facebook in communicating with my family, friends and colleagues.  It has been tough, really, not knowing what is happening out there.  But somehow, I survived.

2. Nothing beats personal connection.  In the past few days, I have greatly appreciated the value of personally communicating with poeple.  It feels great to see complete facial expressions, hear actual tones of voice.  There is much much less guessing game going on, except of course if the person you are with is a great actor.

3. I can appreciate technology more. Ok, I have been rambling about how I was able to live without any form of communication with the outside world, but this also made me realize that there are some things that can only be made or done via these forms of communication.  I will be forever grateful with the fact that I can keep in touch with the people who are thousands of miles away from me.  These forms of communication also helps in keeping record or documentation of your conversations, which for me, is important, because, yes, I am the mushy type that re-reads messages.  And ofcourse, blogging, is able to help me reach some people who would be impossible for me to reach without technology.

What’s your take on this?

A few days off

•February 16, 2012 • 4 Comments

I will be out for a few days to work on some personal matters.  I have temporarily given custody of this blog to two close friends – both requested not to be named.

 

I am really very excited (and a little scared) to have some alone time, away from technology.  I have been very technology dependent in the past 10-12 years of my life.  In the next few days, I will not have access to certain technologies, except during the “break” – one hour break on weekends to check phones, emails, etc.

 

Have you gotten some technology-free time lately? Tell me about it!

Places to Visit in 2012

•February 14, 2012 • 4 Comments

I am soooo looking forward to 2012.  I can feel that it’s gonna be a great year and I have committed to myself that I will really make it one.  As early as October of last year, I have started to make a list of places I want to visit in 2012.

EUROPE.   I have never been to Europe.  A lot of friends have gone there and all of them share the same thing – it’s a destination you should not miss in your lifetime.  I have already booked my flight for this.  I know I should not buy my ticket until I get my Visa, but it was on sale for crying out loud! I had to buy it and tell myself that I’ll figure a way to ensure I get THAT Visa.  During the time that I am there, some friends are also going to be there.  However, they are all repeaters in Europe, i.e. non-first-timers unlike me.  I saw a their draft itenerary and it seems like they’ll be hopping from one city to another every two days. TWO DAYS! That’s just crazy. So I have decided to maybe just meet up with them in a couple of cities but I am definitely not joining their entire trip!

My first stop is the city of love, Paris.  I am looking forward to the seeing the Eiffel Tower and experiencing the real French culture (pastries, shopping, museums, etc).  I might also need to refresh myself with my French 10 Materials during my college days.

Other cities in my list are Florence, Milan, Geneva, Barcelona, Madrid and Nice.  I promised myself to have a clear itenerary by Mid-Feb in time for my Visa Application.  I have also found wonderful blogs that will actually help me plan my trip: http://quirkychic.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/ciao-venice-and-milan/

http://sarahsmusicalkitchen.com/2011/11/22/foodie-in-france-day-11-monaconice/

 

NEW YORK.  Last year was the first time I went to the US and the experience was unforgettable.  But I was not able to visit NY because my trip was only for 2 weeks and I had to be somewhere during the entire trip.  So in 2012, I am going back and I’ll definitely spend atleast 3 days in NY.  Friends tell me that the parks, malls and shows are definitely worth visiting.

 

CHINA.  I haven’t really thought of visiting China until I saw this wonderful post by Tagofabic.  His shots were just so amazing, I wanna go there! Right now I don’t know if after I have taken my leaves for the two big trips above, I would still have spare days for China, but I really hope I would!  If necessary, I would probably take unpaid leaves (just for 5 days) to visit this amazing country.

 

The only question now is, how will I pay for all these trips? 😀 any tips?

 

Delle on Smart Parenting

•January 31, 2012 • 2 Comments

I remember Delle tweeting about shopping for a shoot and I think this might be the one she was referring to.  I just found the link to the article Mom We Love: Delamar Arias and immediately read it.  It answers some of the questions that rushers like me have been meaning to ask her, but did not have the chance or guts to actually do.

I also come from a conservative family like her. I  also grew up in Sunday school and I somehow understood how her father, who if I remember correctly, is a Church Pastor, must’ve felt when he first heard the news.  But now, after reading the article, my admiration of Delle grew even deeper.  I actually didn’t know about her medical condition, how he was not really expecting to have a baby anymore because of what he has gone through.  And now, the name Matteo suddenly had so much more meaning to it.

So to you Delamama, Cheers! I hope you get to read this! 🙂

Here are some pictures from Smart Parenting.  Warning: Coop is extremely adorable, you might feel the urge to pinch something once you see his pictures.

My Wicked Experience

•January 29, 2012 • 3 Comments

I went to Singapore last week and Wicked was one of the things I was really excited about. I have never been to NY, so I haven’t really watched any broadway musical, and I have been told that I am missing out on so much. The only ones I have watched locally were Rent and The Wedding Singer, both of which I watched only because my friends were selling tickets. But no, don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed watching Rent and I was really impressed with how well our local talents performed. Although The Wedding Singer wasn’t that great, I’d still say that the lead actor (Jolina Magdangal’s brother) and Iya Villania also did well. Maybe it was just the entire production that was not that appealing.

Ok, so going back to Wicked, I loved every part of it. Here are just some of my favorite scenes and my thoughts about them.

  • The scene where everyone was hating on Elphaba. I think most of us, if not all, have our own insecurities, some having more than others. But essentially, the feeling is the same – we feel ashamed, hated and isolated. What’s worse, you may come across someone who’s in the exact opposite situation, albeit, perfect, like Glinda. Right? Who has not been jealous of that most popular girl in class who’s got all the attention, particularly of the guy you’ve been eyeing on? If you simply come across that person, maybe if you’re just in the same class, consider yourself lucky! But what if she becomes your room mate and all the people around you keep comparing the two of you? That would probably drive me insane!
  • Defying gravity. I know everyone must be raving about this part, not only because the song has become extremely popular, but also because this might be one of the most dramatic part of the show. For me, that moment is something all of us would love to have. That moment when we can defy even the strongest of forces, may it be your family, work, relationships, and just fly and break free.
  • Elphaba and Glinda bidding farewell to each other. To be honest, it must have been the song “For Good” that made me love this scene so much. The song just says so much about the friendship that they have- a friendship that has changed both of them for the better, a friendship that’s hard to let go, a friendship that some of us might only dream of having. Try googling for the lyrics, and you’ll surely be touched!
  • “I’m not that girl” scenes. This song was performed twice, first by Elphaba when Fiyero was with Glinda and during the second half of the show, Glinda sang it when Fiyero left her for Elphaba. The twist would not have been that wonderful if they sang different songs, but singing the same song gave it such a great impact. Gah, i just lovet it. I just blurted out “Awwwww, it’s the same song but now she’s singing it”

I also bought the souvenir program of the show. One of the things that caught my attention is the alternalte for Jemma Rix for the role of Elphaba. Zoe Jarrett, an experienced part of the cast, probably haven’t performed in the Singapore leg of the production. Unlike the other alternates who still play some minor roles during the show, it must have felt very difficult, just waiting to be called when the original cast member can’t make it. But at any time, she should be just as prepared as the original cast. I remember being an alternate for a competition during college. Yes, I prepared with the entire team, had late nights with them, but since everyone was in good shape during the competition, I just ended up being their biggest fan. But yes, it was not a very good feeling.

Those were just a few thoughts running around my head the day I watched Wicked. In general, I have to say it again, I truly loved it. Care to share what you liked most/least about Wicked? Let us know about it!

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#ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines. Yes it is!

•January 17, 2012 • 2 Comments

This campaign has been going on for days now, a lot of people are starting to participate, creating their own version of #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines memes online – both good and (sadly) bad.  Here’s an ABS-CBN News Feature on the various memes that have gone viral.

Marc Logan’s report

I personally like Boy Abunda’s comment at the end of this clip – that really, what sets Philippines apart from other tourist destinations is that it’s fun here!  And that despite the criticisms that this was just copied from the Swiss slogan six decades ago

Here are some of my personal favorite memes.  Feel free to share yours!

Hidden Agendas by Ronald Benzon (philja.com)

Sunny Side Up by Sherald Aldaba

Social Climbing by Ronald Benzon and Mon Corpuz

Smiles by Les Lesaca

Hide and Seek by Kim Grabillo

Saying Sorry by Fol Rana Jr