Saturday, December 31, 2011

Taking It All Away

I just spent the last few days of 2011 with my favorite person, playing one of his favorite sport, dining in one of my favorite resto and exploring some of my favorite sights in the city, on foot - it was exhilarating (insert biggest smile here).  Somehow, I've got a taste of the kind of life I'd want to have.  The best way to end the year 2011.


Yes, 2011 is just about to end in a few hours.  Ang bilis talaga ng panahon.  I can still vividly remember hanging out with my friends discussing our 2011 plans.  That was back in January and it feels like it was just a few weeks ago. I can still remember how I owned it.  Declaring that this is going to my year, while driving along Edsa fronting Megamall. Hahaha.


Looking back, I can't believe how great the year has been for me - in more ways than I planned and imagined. It has been a whirlwind of good surprises, one after another. I guess, 'owning' it made all the difference. Haha.  It is the first step to having a good year.  So today, allow me to thank each and everyone of you who've made my 2011 better.  Alam niyo na yan!! =)


Here's to a new and exciting year ahead.  One that's full of hope and even more surprises.  2012 is going to be H-U-G-E for us all.  Let's do this!!!!



Keep on shining everyone!!!




Much love,



Monday, December 26, 2011

World Go Boom


The annual DJ Earworm pop mashup is out!!!
Listen if your favorite songs made it to the track.


United State of Pop 2011

walang bieber. Haha.


I guess, it's time to get on that New Year vibe.



Happy New Year,

Sunday, December 25, 2011

That Christmas Spirit


I've always wondered what it is about Christmas that makes almost everyone I know so, uhm, perky. Growing up, I've seen how people get infected by the so-called 'Christmas spirit' and how they instantly become all jolly amidst all the chaos, not to mention stress, that usually comes with it during this particular season.

Today, I join the world in celebrating Christmas.  Yes, as we've all known and been told, it is the birth of Jesus Christ and that is the very essence of the season.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.  But as I willingly open my gifts - the ones that came from good friends, family and esteemed colleagues - I couldn't help but realize that perhaps the essence of Christmas may still be the same, but this time,  we maybe celebrating more than the birth of Jesus, which is not pretty bad at all.

Tonight, right in the comfort of my own bed, I couldn't help but smile as I recall the experience and the stress of going to the malls, scouring for that perfect gift to give to my inaanaks, friends, family and loved ones. How I braved the nasty Manila traffic week after week just so I could reconnect with old friends, former officemates, friends of friends and the likes.  This evening, I am reminded of how I tried to be present in all the parties that I got invited to.  Even if I had to drag my fat lazy ass from Makati to Libis to Timog all in one night.  

Yes, it's Christmas afterall.  And in the modern days, I think it has become more of a celebration of relationships.  Of course, I don't want to ever take the very essence of it away from what it's supposed to be.  But somehow, during this time, it has allowed me to see old familiar faces once again.  It has allowed me to reconnect with the people that I love, whom I may have taken for granted by being busy with my own personal and professional situations.  Christmas allowed me to be aware, of the most important thing in my life - my connections to people.  And that I think is not at all bad.


So here to hoping that you all had a good one.  Like me, may you be reminded of all the most important things in your life this Christmas.




Have a very Merry and Meaningful Christmas.



Go forth and sparkle,




p.s. Christmas actually came in early for me this year.  That's when I got the surprise of all surprises last December 18 (Cue Ms. Perri). Here's to hoping that you all got what you wished for as well this Christmas.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Talented Mr. Ford


When I saw this documentary, I am once again reminded of why I fell in love with Tom Ford a long long long time ago.



He is one of the very few people that I truly admire.  Okay, he is gorgeous - let's get that out of the way.  But what I find more fascinating about him is his passion for creating and building equally gorgeous things.  I like it when a man knows exactly what he wants and does it really well. It inspires me a lot.





He is such an inspiration and a true visionary.




I'm dreaming of meeting him someday,





p.s. Did I mention that I also like to dress the hell up when I'm feeling a lil down and blue?! Pareho tayo!! =)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Yearend Dilemma


This week, I received a lot of "I will no longer be using this pin" messages over at BBM.

It seems like there is a massive exodus of Blackberry users and most of them took a big bite of that new Apple.

While I am not the really techy and the sunod-sa-uso type, with my phone slowly trying to self destruct - as in para siyang kusang naaagnas, as told by a friend of mine - now lies the question.  Should I join in the jump?  Because honestly, given the current situation, it seems like it is the more logical option.


To Siri or not to Siri.
That iz the queztion






Pastebook me your answers,




Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bittersweet




The lyrics of this song is so optimistic and full of hope, but somehow, listening to it makes me feel otherwise.
Oh the irony of it all.






R.I.P. Amy.



Such a nice voice - sayang talaga,


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Covers


Recently, Ad Age listed the best magazine covers of 2011.  

For a brief period in my life, I used to be sooooooooo interested in photography.  There's something about capturing that beauty in precision, in an almost idle or offguard moment that excites me.  It used to be so much fun then, until Photoshop ruined it for me. Hahahaha.

While I really find the March 28 issue of The New Yorker simply beautiful, for me, nothing beats the Katy Perry Vanity Fair June cover.




Dior Couture + Annie Leibovitz
San ka pa?!!

Is she gorge or what????
She's like a modern Marilyn for me (minus the drama).



Oh Katy - you're making me go in the wrong direction,



Saturday, December 10, 2011

Last Friday Night


My week started blah with a bad ankle and all that jazz, but last night, things started to look up. 

First, I was in the company of good great friends.  This is neutral ground for me.  And it's actually quite a good way to start my weekend as I shake some of the bad vibes off.  I am definitely beginning on a clean slate. =)

And then, off to the team party where I was transported back into childhood seeing everyone in different cartoon costumes.  Sorry, I was in awe (and laughing at the same time) the entire night that I didn't get to take a lot of pictures! Hahaha.  

It felt like I was being shipped back in time and for a while, I felt like a little kid again - and there's not even an ounce of alcohol involved - just pure fun!!!




Good times,



Thursday, December 08, 2011

Random Madness


Have you ever had that experience of waking up one morning and realizing that everything look and feel different?  And not exactly in a good way?




I am slowly beginning to take notice of the sudden changes in the things and people around me.  The nicer ones became well, a lil annoying.  The demanding ones, uhm they intensified and became more pushy.  The mature ones act silly.  The sweet ones became distant. The normally reserved and conservative ones became more fun and uh, wild?!   Seriously, it feels like I am having an out of mind experience.  And I just keep saying "what's happening?", I am beginning to annoy myself!!!


Now, I'm trying to recall the events, one by one, to determine the catalyst of these changes.  Was it that eventful tripping over the weekend - that somehow costed me a fever, a leg and a little bit of my dignity?  Am I having too much wine?  Was it my lack of sleep?  Maybe my monthend reports? Perhaps my anti-dandruff shampoo?  The Xmas rush?  Did I take too much drugs medicines?? I. Don't. Know.


With what's been happening, I feel like I am beginning to have some dysthymic disorder.  Which is totally not cool because it is THE season to be jolly!!! Tomorrow's my monthend reporting, so I can cross that out in the list - but still I need to figure this one out and shake things off before it consumes all of my holiday cheers.  So help me God.



I think I need a moment,





p.s. 
a while ago I just had a vision of a Dyslexic Santa saying "Oh! Oh! Oh!" Lagot!!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Be Inspired


Dahil pinaiyak ako ng Coca Cola video recently, it's now time to counter attack that longing feeling and be a little more inspired.


I don't really care much about the general public's opinion on marriage and how it should be.  But somehow, my own personal take on the subject is slowly changing.  Maybe I am just growing up.  Evolving.  Or maybe, I am simply beginning to see a future



Given the chance, will you do it?



Think happy thoughts,

Muy Bien Coke



I was trying to hold back my tears - tapos biglang nag-iiyak na yung mga kasama kong nanunuod....
 
So I  decided not to be KJ and all.. Dala ng pakikisama, naki-iyak na rin ako.. hehehe. Palusot...


 Good Job Coke!!!




Mabuhay ang mga OFW!!!



Promise, iinom na ko lagi ng Coke,



Friday, December 02, 2011

Hello December


And just like that, we are once again in the season of endless parties, countless meet-ups over lunch/dinner, reunions both family and friends, and the likes.


Remember, calories don't count if they're connected to a celebration!!!  

I guess it's time to embrace our winter body!!!  

Just like them...



May gagayahin na naman ang Bench/


WerQ it angels,




Monday, November 28, 2011

White Flag


WARNING:  This post is high in sugar content.  
Not suitable for people with diabetes.
(I just had to let it out)

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There are moments in life when your instincts will tell you to do something.  Something that does not conform to what you're used to.  Something that is way beyond the principles of logic.  Something that screws up your immediate plans and may seem crazy to others.  

And when that time happens, you inhale deep and take every ounce of courage you have in you and do it.  Wholeheartedly.  Ignoring logic.  Defying the odds.  And just go for it.



Today, about six months after that historical jump, I am just glad happy ecstatic that I listened to my instincts and ignored everything else.  It was a risk and I was just as scared - good scared - to once again put my heart on the line.  Sure, it was never as perfect as everyone have hoped and prayed for.  God, that would be boring.  But amidst all that lil moments and complications, it's nice to know how we've both managed to always set our egos aside and make things work.


Now, I see no point in trying to hold myself back when letting go will be much, waayy much sweeter.  Especially now that I am made certain, that when I have given this all that I've got - my strength, my hopes and dreams, my loneliness, this smile and my will to pick myself up - you will be there to hold my hand and tell me that everything is just going to be fine.


I can take all the madness the world has to give - basta nanjan ka,




p.s. Olive Juice.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Deja Vu

A few weeks ago, over merienda, we were all just talking about how certain pains just simply won't go away.  That no matter how much time, distance and apologies given, there are still some memories that tend to give you that pinch whenever you are being reminded of.




And then I read this, over somebody else's blog.  Somehow, this sums up what we've all been wanting to say.


"And then I felt sad because I realised that once people are broken in certain
ways, they can't ever be fixed and this is something nobody ever tells you when you are young and it never fails to surprise you as you grow older, as you see the people in your life break one by one. You wonder when your turn is going to be, or if it's already happened."

- Douglas Coupland



Gasp,


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Age Old



This is my all time favorite romantic song.




And after ten years (yes, it's been that long already), kinikilig pa rin ako pag naririnig ko to.




Romance is not DEAD,



Saturday, November 05, 2011

SoS


I am in dire need of a new song, para maka-move on na ako kay Rihanna!!!

oh, Hello November!!!




Somebody save me,

Monday, October 24, 2011

Who Am I?

That's the secret I'll never tell..... 

But according to The New York Times, my visual DNA says that I am a.....


"Life Lover"


"You are super stylish and you love nothing more than shopping both for yourself and your home which is beautifully furnished from top to bottom. You take great pride in how things look outwardly and have a great admiration for the aesthetically beautiful. You are an emotional spirit and you make really strong connections. Good friends and lots of laughs are the recipe for really happy days. And nights!

You're creative and imaginative and like to be inspired. Home is where your heart is and you love nothing more than putting personal touches to your space. You're laid-back and relaxed with a very healthy attitude to life. Naturally down-to-earth, you don't believe in sweating the small stuff. Life's for living, with minimum stress and maximum enjoyment and so fun with family and friends is top of the list as far as you're concerned. Food is a definite passion too and you're always up for tantalizing your taste buds. You're a bit of a dreamer at heart. But there's nothing wrong with that. Set your sights high and you'll create the life you deserve. The Home and Garden section is perfect for you - bring the latest trends into your home."


Home and Gardenly yours,
Martha Stewart



Thursday, October 13, 2011

Level Up


And just like that - in a rare TV moment, I went from taong bayan #45 to a 'customer' with a speaking role.  Swagger!!! Hahahaha.






Allow me to thank some people!!!

First, to Mr. Cameraman - thank you for telling me na oily ako!!! I could've outshined everyone if not for you!!!

And syempre, to Aikko aka BakeHappy - who makes some of the best cakes I've ever tasted!!! I'd be more than honored to be the face of BakeHappy!! You rock. Hahahahaha.


And thank you sa mga nakapanuod!!! Sa mga hindi pinalad makapanuod, habol kayo sa after party!!! Hahaha.  

Click! Click!




Now back to regular programming,

Monday, October 10, 2011

Cuteness


I didn't exactly remember what I was singing then, when I was five years old, but definitely, it was not this song!!!




Hongkyutkyot ng batang ito!!! Malufet!!!


Kung ganito ka-talented ang magiging anak ko, well yeah, I would definitely consider fatherhood.


Asteeeggg,















Saturday, October 08, 2011

Nasaan Ka Fusyket...


Deadma na muna kung nasaan si Elisa. 
Please help me, hanapin natin si Pussy!!!

Totoong may pusa jan sa picture na yan



Because we all need a little breather from whatever....




Goodluck kids!!!
* Happy Weekend *



Kaya niyo yan,




p.s. Oh and if you do get to find it, congratulations!!!! Either isa ka nang ganap na straight or lesbiana!!! base to base cases!!! woottt!!!!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Strangers, again


I just can't find the right words to tell you exactly how much I LOVE this short film.

So, just click and watch it yourself.

click.click.





"I think that if life separates us and we end up in totally different places. I’ll always remember when our paths are aligned for this period of time and I’ll be thankful for that. And I hope that wherever you are, you will be thankful too.  And I think that’s the best we can wish for."


They say knowledge is power.  Would knowing exactly where you are (chapter) in the relationship make any difference?  Would it even matter?


It was a lil too familiar naiyak ako,




p.s. You may want to watch "Shell" also. Pang-balance ng mood. Haha..

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Commercial Break


Some commercials are just funny......








While there are some that just gives you the shivers everytime you get to see it or even just hear the jingle...




* click at your own risk *



Is it just me? Or is this the most annoying commercial of the year???  Nakakawala ng Good sa Good Morning!!! Feeling ko kasalanan niya kung bakit dumating ang bagyong "Pedring" sa bansa!!


Good morning sa inyo,

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Memories

The name "Pedring" reminds me of that Ang TV joke.....
"Pedrinnggg! Pedringgggggggg!!!!"
Pero the one we have now is less funny!! 
   
 I hope this typhoon goes away soon!!
 
Stay safe and dry everyone,

Friday, September 23, 2011

Recapitulate

It has been one hellova week!!!!

Right now, I am so looking forward to sleep but I just had to let these thoughts out before they consume me.  Baka maging sanhi pa ito ng pagkawala ng aking antok!

So here goes... No backstory.  No nonsense.  Pure lessons.  Oo, in bullet points!! hahahaha.
  • In any situation, never underestimate the power of smile.  Strangers can become less strange and old friends can become familiar - once again.
  • Two monologues do not make a dialogue. Talking is different from communicating.  In the same way that hearing is different from listening. 

  • S2 tweeted this recently "pag-isipan m0 nga kung tama p b yang nararanasan m0, prang unfair na kasi kaw ang nag sa suffer".  I was nodding in agreement - para akong tanga. Hahaha. 

  • Don't settle for "good enough" when "great" is attainable. Self explanatory.

  • Laughter is still the best medicine.  But refrain from doing so while eating corn on the cob.

  • Hindi pa rin ako naniniwala na lahat dapat may 'closure'. lolz.


I've experienced an immense growth this week.  Buti na lang, binisita ako ng aking paboritong bagay kanina!!!

 Mrs. Yulo's Strawberry Shortcake

At nagdala pa siya ng mga bagong barkada!!!





And the winner is......

Mahilig talaga ako sa maalat.


Yun lang phouwsz!

I am soooo looking forward to this weekend - a time off from everything!!!
Happy weekend everyone!!!


Keep on shining,

All Pumped Up

I was listening to this song all day.  Well, at least the original version.  And, as fate would have it, my angel sends me a link to this version, just now...


Makes me wonder.... Could it be that we are both listening to the same song, at the same time, on different parts of the world??! Where you at?! In Tagalog, san ka pa???

I know what you're thinking, Oo ang arte ko. Gusto ko lang talagang ipilit yung second paragraph. Pero pwede di ba? Buahaha. Ayaw paawat.
Basta ang cute ng version na to!!


magaling ka ate. sana sumikat ka!


ilike - a lot,

Monday, September 19, 2011

Kuryos


Una sa lahat, bubusina muna ako.

Pasintabi sa mga single - by choice and by chance.

************

Pero minsan talaga, hindi ko mapigilang mag-wonder.  Bakit kung sino pa yung mga naturingang single, sila pa yung buong tapang kung magbigay ng mga advice pagdating sa relationships.  Wagas na wagas kung makapagbuhos ng opinyon, minsan may bonus pang emotions.


Ang matindi pa dun, by single, I mean yung mga NBSB - No Boyfriend Since Birth.


Na-kuryos tuloy ako. Anong pinag-uugatan nito?!

Parang ka-level ng threat to national security ang importance.



Enlighten me,


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Four


Mas maganda ang version ni Bruno Mars kesa kay Brandy.




Yun lang.
Ahhh, ehhh, uhm 'Prescription'.


Kthnxbye,

Saturday, September 17, 2011

On A Roll

If not for the scorching heat coming from the mighty sun, I would've thought yesterday was Christmas!!  Seryoso.  But it was not Christmas - at least not yet.  It was only Mid-Autmn Festival. 

Mooncake Mania

I can't tell you how much I love mooncakes - I welcome every piece of it on my table!! See, i told you I'm easy. Hahaha. =)






Perhaps this is one of those Chinese traditions/festivities that I actually like and enjoy.  Everyone was just soooooo perky and energetic, I myself could not quite keep up!!!  


We all had the traditional dice game.  Funny thing is, I came from a Chinese school and couldn't remember the last time I actually participated in one! I know - I am quite a disgrace in the Chinese community - so sue me!!  Hahaha. 



It was sooooooooo much fun I could almost die last night from laughing so fuckin' hard!!!  I mean, these people are wild - they were all so into it! All for a bag of chips and some cash!! Nakakatuwa.  




Here's my loot.  In fairness, sobrang pinaghirapan ko talaga to - ayoko tuloy silang kainin!! Hahahaha.




I had a blast!!! Sana buwan buwan na lang ang Mooncake festival!!!!



Hopia like it - because I did,




Thursday, September 15, 2011

Song of the Moment

 
I am lost, I am vain,
I will never be the same
Without you.


This could be my wedding march song. lolz.


Sana December na bukas,



Monday, September 12, 2011

The 'Cool' Guy

I promised myself that I'll be all cool about everything.
Inhale. Exhale.  Long deep breaths. Kalma lang.
I've memorized my lines - "hey there" - "how've you been?"
"I'm good" - "Been busy".
Swabe lang. 

Ang peg ko today, Jacklyn Jose.  
Pensive.  Nonchalant.  Monotone.
I didn't want to sound too excited.  Too eager.
I wanted it to be casual.  Unaware.  Unaffected.
That was the plan.  

Pero wala.
The moment I heard you say "hello" on the other line.
Nawala na lahat ng nasa isip ko. Tulala na!!
The #SAB effect!!!  Argh!!! Olats!!!



Don't mind the dogs


Now, I wanted to write something substantial.  Something visceral.  Makabagbag damdamin. Pero wala akong maisip.  
Wala naman talaga akong sasabihin talaga e.
I just MISS YOU, TERRIBLY- a lot, very very much!!!!!  
Word.
uwi ka na!! uwi! uwi! uwi!!! Lolz.


Group huggggggg,

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Silver Lining

It has been the busiest week in my entire banking career and somehow - as fate would have it, this was also the most challenging week in my personal relationship.  So whoever said that your career and personal life tend to have an opposite fate - LIED!  Sometimes nagsasabay sila - in tandem.  I guess that's why there's a word 'suicide' in the dictionary.


Anyway, this is not about me committing suicide nor even contemplating about it.  Sorry but I chose a different path. Haha.  Despite that 'hell week' experience, something good actually happened and somehow evened out everything. 


And it came in a white box!!!




When we opened it, we saw the most beautiful thing that week!!! hahahaha..


It looked like lil hearts! Lolz.



This was Mrs. Yulo's Strawberry Shortcake!!!  I've been dying - yes, dying!! - to have a taste of this precious lil thing for ages.  But somehow, something will always come up whenever I try to get my hands on them.  But this time, it happened.  Just in time for Mama Mary's birthday!!! 


So was it worth the wait??? Hell yeah.  It was worth all the buzz.  Others like the icing a lil cake-ish but I liked mine frozen.  It's like eating a really good strawberry ice cream in between a butter chiffon (with a hint of orange?) cake!! Not too sweet but not bland. Everything is just right so you don't get that 'umay' factor. 


Perfection!!



This made me soooooooooo happy - amidst all the circumstances!! I couldn't get that huge smile off my face the entire time I was trying to down one big slice!!! Finally, I was able to have a cake and eat it too!! Life is good afterall.


This was the doughnut in the whole,