Saturday, July 28, 2007

Pinoy Wonders

So Beyonce did fall on stage while on the stairs in a concert in Orlando. But what made a bigger buzz this week was that of the Cebu Inmates - doing various dance acts!!!

You've probably heard this on the news - it's practically all over. Hahaha. I just can't help but gush about how fabulous they are. All 1000 of them. It just goes to show how we Filipinos are soooo freakin' positive that we can practically turn a bad situation into a great experience. Hahaha.

We've been in the news all over the world for corruption, abduction of missionaries, terrorism, tragedy and a whole lot more. But now, I hope that we can share and show the world that we are a fun race and very much talendted. Hahaha. Things like this just makes you proud to be a Filipino!

Kudos to the director, choreographer and the CPDRC inmates! You guys ROOOOOCCKKK!!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Mi Ultimo Favorito

I confess, I am a Coelho fan!!!!

The moment I've read The Alchemist, I instantly became a fan. I then started collecting some of his books. I find them very insightful, vivid and honest. A few months ago, there's this wave of talks that his blog is going to be published in a book. I had my copy reserved, ASAP!!!! Hahaha. Adik na adik. Anyways, here's an excerpt from that book- A Paulo Coelho original, from the book Like the Flowing River. May this inspire you - the way it did inspire me.

And oh, it's Friday the 13th - spooky..



Remaining Open to Love – excerpt from Like the Flowing River

Paulo Coelho

There are times when we long to be able to help someone whom we love very much, but we can do nothing. Circumstances will not allow us to approach them, or the person is closed off to any gesture of solidarity and support.

Then all we are left with is love. At such times, when we can do nothing else, we can still love - without expecting any reward or change or gratitude.

If we do this, the energy of love will begin to transform the universe about us. Wherever this energy appears, it always achieves its ends. 'Time does not transform man. Will power does not transform man. Love transforms,' says Henry Drummond.

I read in the newspaper about a little girl in Brasília who was brutally beaten by her parents. As a result, she lost all physical movement, as well as the ability to speak.

Once admitted to hospital, she was cared for by a nurse who said to her every day: 'I love you.' Although the doctors assured her that the child could not hear and that all her efforts were in vain, the nurse continued to say: 'Don't forget, I love you.'

Three weeks later, the child recovered the power of movement. Four weeks later, she could again talk and smile. The nurse never gave any interviews, and the newspaper did not publish her name, but let me set this down here, so that we never forget: love cures.

Love transforms and love cures; but, sometimes, love builds deadly traps and can end up destroying a person who had resolved to give him or herself completely. What is this complex feeling which, deep down, is the only reason we continue to live, struggle and improve?

It would be irresponsible of me to attempt to define it, because I, along with every other human being, can only feel it. Thousands of books have been written on the subject, plays have been put on, films produced, poems composed, sculptures carved out of wood or marble; and yet all any artist can convey is the idea of a feeling, not the feeling itself.

But I have learned that this feeling is present in the small things, and manifests itself in the most insignificant of our actions. It is necessary, therefore, to keep love always in mind, regardless of whether or not we take action.

Picking up the phone and saying the affectionate words we have been postponing. Opening the door to someone who needs our help. Accepting a job. Leaving a job. Taking a decision that we were putting off for later. Asking forgiveness for a mistake we made and which keeps niggling at us. Demanding a right that is ours. Opening an account at the local florist's, which is a far more important shop than the jeweller's. Putting music on really loud when the person you love is far away, and turning the volume down when he or she is near. Knowing when to say 'yes' and 'no', because love works with all our energies. Discovering a sport that can be played by two. Not following any recipe, not even those contained in this paragraph, because love requires creativity.

And when none of this is possible, when all that remains is loneliness, then remember this story that a reader once sent to me.

A rose dreamed day and night about bees, but no bee ever landed on her petals.

The flower, however, continued to dream. During the long nights, she imagined a heaven full of bees, which flew down to bestow fond kisses on her. By doing this, she was able to last until the next day, when she opened again to the light of the sun.

One night, the moon, who knew of the rose's loneliness, asked: 'Aren't you tired of waiting?'

'Possibly, but I have to keep trying.'


'Because if I don't remain open, I will simply fade away.'

At times, when loneliness seems to crush all beauty, the only way to resist is to remain open.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Waiting in Vain

“So tell me who’s pimpin’ you now?” Asked a good friend of mine one rainy afternoon. I used to think that’s he’s stalking me or something because whenever I am out with someone, we usually bump into each other for some reason. Where I will give a polite and quick wink/wave just so that his very presence gets acknowledged – see I am not that snob like most people think!!! Hahaha.

Much as I would like to stop his mouth from uttering any more words – I can’t. His opinionated nature just won’t let me get pass through this without being grilled, even just for this once. And so after hearing what he has to say uhm err preach? – I got shot by that one very familiar question, something that I get asked quite often - “Who’s your pick then?” To which I answered, nobody, yet! Dun…dun…dundun…..

Ok. Don’t get me wrong, hindi ako nagmamaganda! Haha. And mas lalong hindi ako nagpapapilit. Let’s just say, I am still enjoying the perks of being single and that includes meeting people. Yes, the spelling is correct – MEETING, not meating or Mating ok? Strict ang parents ko. Hahahaha.

Reality check. It’s been more than a year since I last had a real relationship. And hearing my friend talk about having one – somehow has made me miss the thought of having someone as well. Yes, I am no hypocrite. Much as I enjoy being single and the life that I have right now, there are just those times when you wish you were with someone. Especially when I see happy couples lounging around in bars, watching movies, strolling in the mall, eating out together, and all those things that couples normally do. There were moments that the very idea of being with someone really appeals to me – that’s when I grab a pint of cookies n’ cream and then the feeling simply goes away. Hahahaha.

So what’s keeping me then? Normally, I would say a lot of things. But these are merely excuses, just so the person can simply drop the topic. Ayoko ng nasa hot-seat – lalo na kung madaming tao. Shy type ako remember? Hahaha. Tonight, as I sit on my bed, thinking of something better to do – I tried to reflect on that very thought.

Maybe I haven’t met my match yet. Baka naligaw, na-traffic, or nahuli ng MMDA sa Edsa. I don’t know. Or perhaps, I’ve met him already, hindi ko pa lang alam. Kasi I am a firm believer in getting to know the person on a deeper sense – and not just by the clothes he wear or the products he use. Perhaps, I am just taking my time - I am not in any hurry. Kilala niyo ako, I am not the type of guy who jumps on to the next available bus. Been there, done that, didn’t work out and learned my lessons – very well. Hehe. This time I want to take things in stride. Naks. No, I am not looking for that perfect guy – because clearly I am far from being perfect myself. But I believe that there is someone out there that’s perfect for you. Ayan, inaatake na naman ako ng pagka-idealism ko. I might have forgotten to take my medicinesssss… Help…. Haha. Basta, I am willing to wait. Kung nasan man siya, kung buhay pa siya! Haha.

Waiting for what….

I will wait for that someone who will hold my hand in front of his friends. Hindi para ipagyabang (I am a person, buhay and not a trophy!!!!), but because he wanted to make me feel comfortable.

I will wait for that someone who makes time out of his busy schedule to be with me. Not because I asked, but because he wanted to – regardless of how short the time maybe. (Kahit sa pila lang ng Breadtalk or ng Lotto….)

I will wait for that someone who will call you back, when you hang up on him. Hindi para mang-away, kundi para makipag-usap ng matino.

I will wait for that someone who will not try to impress me with money or power. I know that Japanese restaurants are expensive – but hey, I am not into eating fish - raw! Mas masaya ang kwek-kwek or siomai tsaka yang chow – samahan mo pa ng halo-halo!!!!

I will wait for that someone who will call me "beautiful", instead of "hot". While I have nothing against "Hot" - Hot is ok. But being beautiful has a much deeper meaning which simply goes way beyond the physical attraction.

I will wait for that someone who is never insecure about himself. Someone who will never be jealous of my success (big or small), in the same way that I wil never be hung-up over his. Our careers may be a race that we'd both want to constantly win, but our relationship will never be like that. It will never be about winning, it will be about happiness.

I will wait for that someone who will stay awake and somehow watch me sleep – waiting in bed for you to wake up. Nothing beats this very gesture. Thinking about it, tumataas ang sugar level ko sa sweetness.

I will wait for that someone who will constantly tell me how happy he is to be with me. Love assured. While actions do speak louder than words, a little verbal validation from time to time wouldn’t hurt either.

I will wait for that someone who will look at me in the eye straight into the depths of my soul. Beyond my imperfections, beyond my mood swings, beyond my crazy sometimes delusional mind, beyond life's dramas, beyond any doubts and reasons. And will make me feel, for the very first time, how it is to be really looked at.

The list goes on. Idealistic ba masyado? Well, maybe. But then again, I am willing to wait for him. And pagdating niya, I will definitely say, that it was all worth it. And gaya nga ng lagi kong sinasabi - "Nothing is wrong! I am just single, I am not alone! So no need to panic, I can wait!"

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Romance is not Dead Afterall

"After a long wait of suffering and hope.... were back together again"

This is how he started his letter. And reading through that very first line, I know for sure that I am in for a good treat.

"napag daan ko na ang lahat ng mga bagay bagay... kung cno cnong tao ang nakilala... nag try ng ibat ibang bagay para lang makalimutan ka.. pero sayo din pala ko babagsak.... dahil sa paniniwalang ikaw na ikaw lang ang makapag babalik sakin sa mundo na minsan ko ng natamasa at naramdaman.... the world of happiness and satisfaction..... bumalik na ulit.... at lahat lahat yun... ay dahil sayo lang."

Me = sobs. And then there’s more..

"para sa mga ex nya.....
madaming salamat for making me realize that he's really not worth giving up... minsan ko na cyang pinag katiwala sa inyo dahil akala ko dun cya sasaya.....
pero ngayon nabalik na cya sakin..... hinding hindi ko na cya pababayaan...hinding hindi ko na cya iiwan..."

Ok. I think I should stop before I get a warrant for copyright or something. Hahaha. I chanced upon this open letter on the net a few days ago, and I just couldn’t stop gushing about how sweet, sincere/honest this particular guy was in terms of putting his emotions into words! If this was given to me, malamang tumaas ang sugar level ko sa katawan – I’ll be diabetic!!! Hahaha.
I willingly shared this very same letter to some of my closest friends. And surprisingly, napansin ko lang, the ones who were gushing as well are those who’ve somehow had a romantic experience in the past! Don’t worry – I will not name-names. Hahaha. And this somehow got me thinking, what’s up with you people – uhm, ok kasama ako – what’s up with up and do-overs?
Why are second-chances soooo attractive to us? Why is the idea of going back to something old, familiar, flawed and broken so appealing to us, after all these years? Hehehe.

We’ve all been there and done that you may say but then again, when something like this turns up, we are the first ones to cringe and secretly wish that it was us getting this letter. Perhaps it is because whenever we hear/read something like this, it resurrects the very idea of a happily ever after. We love stories like this, because somehow, it makes us experience something that we don't have a chance of experiencing in real life. Aminin!!!!

That after all, we too can get our own happy ending in due time. Or perhaps, this validates the fact that when we broke up with our respective partners, we secretly wish that he feels (at the very least) the same pain we are feeling then and would swallow his pride, make the first move and return home. Hahaha. Papilit ka lang pala! Or simply, it just brings you joy knowing that two people are back in each others arms. That if it’s meant to be – the universe will conspire to bring you two back together. Yihee. Or yung iba, may halong inggit at bitterness lang tlga saying "buti pa sila…"

Whatever the case maybe, let it be known that this letter only proved one thing. Romance is definitely not Dead. And just like in the movie The Devil Wears Prada – this only goes to point out one single thought – that wherever life takes you, even if you are in a job that a million girls would die for, in the end, you’d still go for that very thing you wanted! Same goes for relationships – kahit gaano ka-pogi pa yung present mo, kahit gaano ka-HOT, popular or kayaman, you will still long for that very special person who’d simply take your breath away just by being his simple self.

Damn! Sabi nila love is lovelier the second time around. May you two be in love for all of your cute lives!!! And thanks for the inspiration!!! Love definitely led you both back in each other's arms.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Transformers Craze

Transformers... More than meets the eye... Wutever!!!! Haha. Since last week, I've been hearing such great raves about this movie from various people. To be honest, I am not a fan. So I was wonderin' what's the big fuss about this "kid-movie" which mostly adults watched!!! Until I saw these lil creatures - perhaps they are the main characters in the movie. And seeing these lil fellas simply made me wanna watch the flick myself!!!!! Definitely "more than meets the eye"... Hahahaha... Enjoy...


Ecco the Dopefiend was as graceful as a lady when he made this.

eightcell finally has a chance to bring his loved of forced feminization to the forefront.

eightcell makes yet another image that blows.

This Dextromethod robot is adapted at fighting in tight quarters.