Friday, February 29, 2008

Manila Ink: My Leap Year Moment

In honor of the leap year (and my birthday three days ago), I decided to go through with the tattoo thing. Yes, I took the leap and got me-self inked. With absolutely no disrespect to my Pops (if you find out about this -- I AM SORRY! You realize that I'm 28 now, right?). Check it out...

Bring on the pain.

Stings like a motherf...

Sweet and Sore.

What it means? Well, for me, it symbolizes balance -- something I've always struggled with. It's not just a flame; if you look closely, they're all 4 elements: water (the blue part), earth (green and red), fire (orange/yellow), and air (white). I've been ruled by my water sign for as long as I could remember, and this mark on my body will definitely remind me each time I see it that there are so many ways to be. I can't be self-limiting anymore. Also, it symbolizes direction -- north, south, east, and west. That I have to allow myself to discover other avenues to happiness and contentment. Finally, it symbolizes the essentials for survival -- freedom, sustenance, passion, and faith (also in that order). I've thought about it long and hard, as you can see LOL. Anything to justify a permanent tattoo, eh? No regrets. Zero.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

AI Update: Imagine That

Yesterday on AI the boys got another chance to prove they have what it takes to be the next 'Idol. Jason Castro (my friend Gsel and I are just crazy about him) didn't really give the performance of his life on 70's night, so I was solely rooting for David Archuleta on this round (later today it's going to be the girls though -- Filipina Pride and all, I'm going for Ramiele Malubay. Make us proud, kapatid!!!).

Low and behold. He set Randy on FIRE, moved Paula to tears (and this early in the game?! Whaaat?!), and probably thawed Simon's heart a little. This Archuleta kid IS the one to beat. Simon's definitely right on the money.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Hey Shorty, It's Your Birthday!

compleanoz feliz

Turned the big 2-8 today. Yup, 28 year's old old. Yeowza!

Just want to say thank you to all the people who made the day even more special. To my family, friends old and new -- I appreciate the presents, the well-wishes, the cards, the heartwarming text messages, the phone calls from all across the globe. Here's to next year's, yeah?

The night is young, so I'm heading out to do some more serious partying. Of course, there's still Friday's tattoo shop extravaganza, really excited about that, and Saturday's Pizza & Beer night at Friuli with some buddies (big thanks to Edsel and EJ for accommodating me at such short notice).

Kampai !!!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Talk About A Revolution

Today the Philippines celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the People Power Revolution.

Peaceful street demonstrations and nonviolent protests lead by civilians, clergymen, nuns, and opposing politicians stopped tanks in their tracks, offered rosaries and flowers and food to the military, and ultimately rendered potentially explosive arms to rest -- putting an end to the tyrannous reign of Ferdinand Marcos and his blasted cronies.

This is a tribute to the men and women who are incessantly standing up for their rights, fighting for peace, justice, freedom, and TRUTH.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

On Monogamy, Mythology, And Rose Tyler

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. Protocol :: Standard Operating Procedure.
  2. Girlfriends :: As a romantic partner, I'm really not too thrilled about the plural part.
  3. Shoulders :: Atlas and the weight of the world.
  4. Coming home :: Today!!! Home from a long road trip that started well into the night. Check mail, shower, then sleep...great way to end my Sunday.
  5. Let it in :: The air?
  6. Honor :: It's my brother's oath taking next Sunday at the Manila Hotel and he's taking home 9th place in this year's PT board exams.
  7. Tyler :: Rose. =)
  8. Thriller :: Michael Jackson & Fall Out Boy songs.
  9. Angela:: Very pretty name, I always thought.
  10. The winner is :: Atonement for Best Picture!!! James McAvoy...yumm.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Like A Virgin: Zepped For The Very First Time

This was the very first Led Zeppelin song I learned and played and performed and loved. I remember I was in this studio near our school, jamming with my band, and our lead guitarist told me I had to listen to this song and learn it. I was in my high school uniform, slumped on the floor, unladylike no doubt, with ginormous earphones, and I was rocking it out with Led Zeppelin in my head. At that point, I didn't even know what they LOOKED like! Ah, to be young and oblivious of the world again.

This one goes out to Blush (you all know who you are) and then some.

Friday, February 22, 2008

My Top 5: Dream Jobs

I've ping-ponged a lot with the kind of work I've been doing. Jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none, to put it ever so accurately. But I see it as a good thing, I suppose; willing to try anything, coming home from work with a big smile on my face for putting in grade A effort, and even excelling at certain skill sets that I never even realized I had. Customer Service and Sales, for instance, were fields that I did pretty well in. I did that for three solid years. Right out of college. On the NIGHT shift for the most part. But I learned I just wasn't really for the whole big corporation, laminated-title-on-desk kind of job.

Interacting with the people I worked with was crucial. I seemed to get along with everybody. Quite well, in fact, that I may have brought home the "most popular" or "miss congeniality" awards at almost every job I had. The tricky part was ALWAYS management. Sure, they liked me, and I even liked some of the people I worked FOR, but hey, "like" doesn't quite cut it.

Bottomline is, it was never compartmentalized for me. I couldn't just do my job and ignore the less than ideal people I worked with/for. And therein lies the problem. Like I said, big ass corporation setting with big ass egotistical power-tripping fiends ready to pounce on the next poor novice on the rise? So not my scene. I'm a Pisces -- I'm stubborn, creative, oozing with drama. I wasn't born for such confined, strict situations. The stars say so, and I kind of believe them.

A good friend of mine actually did a recent post about her top five dream jobs, and I thought I haven't really done any Top 5's lately, so why not do one today. Creative writing, movies, traveling, and music are my greatest passions in life (I was going to include fashion, too, but I'd settle for just buying, wearing, and admiring them). And if I ended up with at least one of these jobs, It would just be...the most natural thing. Simple, and at the same time complicated, as that.

5. A Travel Channel correspondent, a roadie, an airline carrier marshal -- any gig that would pay me to travel and experience different things. That's just awesome right there. I remember watching this show on the Discovery Channel when I was little. I think it was called Travelers where three of the six mainstay hosts go to a particular city or country and just discover, admire, share, live the local life.

4. Food/Music/Movie Critic. People would actually listen to or read what I have to say about things and take it to heart. I've reviewed music, movies, and restaurants before, got significant compensation for my work (not to mention a full belly and a satisfied artistic mind), and to be able to do that for the rest of my life? Wow. Become a member of some kind of film board or motion picture association and be somehow involved in post-production, film festivals, and just watch movies

3. A Teacher. Whether it's creative writing or preschool, I think passing on knowledge is a sure-fire way to affect and help people. The classroom setting was always appealing to me. But to be a part of the students' lives year after year, wave after wave of classes...its the greatest honor in the world. So, give it up to all the teachers (yes, even the mean ones)!

2. Sponsored Volunteer. For any humanitarian or environmental effort. To go around the country and the world and help in any way that I can. Of course, I'll need resources to help me go from one place to another and EAT and buy deodorant and feminine products and stuff, but that's what the "sponsored" bit is all about. Just give me food, shelter, and some change for transportation expenses, and I am so off to save the world one animal, tree, person at a time.

1. Nomadic Troubadour. If there was such a job title. Kind of like an Alex Supertramp for musicians except "into the wild" for me would mean "on every street corner, stage, and theater." This is possibly the farthest thing from boring office work that I can think of. Farthest AND coolest. All the world's a stage indeed.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

On Free Music, Pigtails, And Wannabes

LunaNina said three days ago ... and I thought ... ?

  1. Passport :: US & Canadian Visas. Damn those things. Damn them to hell!@#$% Well, not really. As long as they give it to me, then I'm a happy camper.
  2. Small world :: Everywhere is walking/swimming long as you got the time.
  3. Radio :: Free music for ALL!
  4. Marine :: Life. Whales, manatees, dolphins, fishies big and small -- love them. I also love sushi (I have barbaric tendencies, what can I say).
  5. Wall :: Wall = Barricade = Decepticon. Did I mention I have ADD tendencies, too?
  6. Wanna be :: Wasn't that a Spice Girls song once upon a time?
  7. Pigtails :: Yes, I sported them a lot back in the day. What, I have really thick hair!
  8. Hyphen :: Something I'll use in my name when I get married. (e.g. Fritz Aritha Dorado-Hawke, if/when I get married to Ethan)
  9. 9.99 :: If it had a dollar or peso sign at the beginning, I'd cough it up in exchange of really hot merchandise.
  10. Unrated :: Can sometimes be good.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Some Kind Of Wordless Wednesday: Tattooism

I have a week to make up my mind. But, so far, Thundercats are go!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

10 Things I'd Buy If I Had A $1,000,000

Which is around 40M in our currency (oh, wow, I just felt a tingle). I was never good in math, so these figures aren't exactly on the, well, money, but just the same, I'd probably splurge on (in no particular order):

1. A house for my mom and my brother. Nothing posh; just "homey," you know? Some place like where we live now, but newer. 7M

2. My own house. With the bedrooms and the bathrooms and the garage and the backyard and the small pool and the kitchen. Ah, the kitchen... 10M

3. Open-dated first class plane tickets to the States, Canada, Ireland, and Croatia (that last one is a wild card). Plus pocket money. Traveling is probably the first thing I'm going to do anyway. 2M

4. New furniture and appliances for my house. That includes an adequate entertainment room with a decent wide-screen TV, all sorts of gaming consoles and gadgets, and the most comfy couch ever. 3M

5. DVDs, CDs, and books. It's not the time to be thrifty. 150K

6. A personal trainer. I've always wanted one of those. 100K

7. Wheels for the family. An Acura RDX SUV for my brother (1.2M), a Campanella White 2008 VW New Beetle for my mom (1M). And a 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL550 for moi (3M). Yeah, baby! (Sorry, Mother Earth, it IS just a dream. Of course, I'm getting a Lexus RX 400h, a Ford Escape Hybrid, and an Acura RSX if I had to go car shopping!)

8. Gifts for my closest friends and relatives. 2M

9. A quaint farm or vineyard for my Dad to maintain and relax in for the rest of his life. Whatever I have left, which is more or less 10M

10. And finally, a lottery ticket, you know, just for kicks. You'll never know... 20 Pesos

Monday, February 18, 2008

When 2 Become 1 Become 2

I haven't been around the past few days, all thanks to what I now call The Great Depression. I reached an extreme high when I found out my brother passed his board exams, with honors no less, only to realize a little later that I was plummeting with great speed into the deepest abyss of my sick, depressing mind.

Needless to say, the 12th of the month wasn't sweet and memorable as I'd hoped. And Valentine's was an utter disaster. AND the days that followed were pretty much suckfests I've never experienced before.

I fell off the face of the Earth, sure, but I'm glad to report that I am back from the undead -- thanks to a little movie therapy, Kenneth's very inviting and uber-comfortable couch (you ratted me out, didn't you, you son of a...), the constant nagging of my mom (which did me a lot of good in this case), and a funny (I think I also called it cute at one point) yet heart-warming email from the doctor. The world I lived in needed me alright. It's a good feeling. Thank God that awful time is over. It's good to be back.

Oh, right, Manic Monday. LOL Well, today's MM is all about the number 2. Incidentally, 2 is one of two of my favorite numbers. Ain't that funny. In honor of today's MM, here's Ryan Adams with, well, Two. Awesome song.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

TMI Tuesday: Poetic Justice

Before anything else, I just want to give a shout out to Obie...

Someone once said that a man reserves his true and deepest love not for the woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for the one whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy. I guess in a weird yet good way, this makes me the luckiest girl; not only do you love me because of the butterflies and all the other obvious reasons, but also because of the ease and comfort you get when you doze off next to me. Sure, I may feel sad and a little neglected when that happens (while watching Shrek. TWICE. Come on!@#%), but I'm still honored you picked ME. Happy 3rd Anniversary...

Now on to TMI Tuesday:
1. By what nickname(s) were you known as a child? There's Frizzy, which I still go by now. It has nothing to do with my hair, mind you. I guess my parents thought it definitely sounded more feminine than my real first name. Another childhood nickname was Joy. My grandfather (dad's dad) came up with it and it was only my dad's side of the family who called me that once upon a time. My dad's sisters still call me that sometimes. Why Joy? Well, since I was his only begotten son's first child, he considered me to be "the Joy of his life." He passed away when I was only in 2nd grade, but he was a sweet, simple man. He's always been missed.

2. Do you have a favorite poem and, if so, what is it? I love the classics -- Shakespeare, Whitman, the staples in poetry and prose. But I've also written a few. I actually had to go through my junk pile to find this one poem I wrote in March of 1996. I don't remember who it's for, but it goes a little something like this:

From opposite ends of the Earth we came
Trundling our bags,
Our treasures, our laughter,
Our hearts.

From opposite ends of the city we came
High and low, east and west,
Silent, cautious,
And unseen.

From opposite ends of a lifetime we came
Of old and new
And found a breath of magic
Hovering in between.

From opposite ends of a kiss we come
Left and right, upfront and behind
To hold each other tight
Beneath the starry sky.

From opposite ends of a heart we smile
Two lives blended into one
With no more opposites;

Simply together, laughing and young
The beautiful man that you are
And I.

3. What is your greatest regret in life? Giving another the chance to It's complicated, really.

4. You are tired and hungry, but it's too late to cook. If any snack food were available to you, what would you choose and why? Beef and chicken combo fajitas with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and grated cheese on the side. Why? Because fajitas make me happy any time of the day, that's why!

5. What is the oldest item of clothing (not jewelry!) that you wear regularly and what do you love about it? These rainbow-colored boxers I'm wearing now, I guess. I've had this since freshman year in high school. That's pretty old, right? Haha I wear it around the house all the time. I absolutely love it because it's extremely comfortable, breezy, and even Obie wore it a few times.

Bonus: Name a movie or TV show that changed your thinking or behavior. Oh wow, toughest one yet. OK, some of these are not necessarily my favorite, but their impact on my life is just simply undeniable. Let's see..."movies" that changed me the most would have to be Orapronobis (opened my eyes to political and social cancers at such a young age) and An Inconvenient Truth. The TV show that changed me the most is a three-way tie between Sex And The City, Oprah, and Doctor Who. Strange mix, I know, but I have learned a lot from these shows, no doubt about that.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Heart Strings

Today's Manic Monday is all about the heart. Very exciting topic, I thought. A lot of things popped in my head straight away, but only one (or in this case -- duo) really stuck.

The Wilson Sisters totally got me hooked the first time I heard them. I think I was in 6th grade -- back when The New Kids On The Block tape was still getting a lot of play time on my boom box ("uh uh uh oh oh...the right stuff"). One day after school, I heard Alone playing on the radio and that was the beginning of my love affair with Heart. Their vocal range and stylings are just too much, which is always good in their case. Whenever I do Karaoke, I always have to sing at least one Heart song. I could never get enough of them, really.

To commemorate heart's day and two of the greatest female rockers that ever lived, here's a vid of Heart with their heart-wrenching single What About Love. Advanced Happy Valentine's, all!!!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

On Parties, Betties, And Kevin Smith

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. Score :: 81.75% -- my brother's score that put him in the top 9. This year's physical therapy board exam was SO hard that the top 1 examinee only scored 84.10%
  2. Luxurious :: Strawberries, chocolate fountains, chauffeur-driven cars, huge house, private jet, haute couture, Olympic-size pool, and a lifetime supply of low-fat low-sodium Spam.
  3. Party :: All week, baby!!!
  4. Limited edition :: Havaianas Swarovsky.
  5. Security :: Some people use blankets, others a favorite childhood toy. Mine is this pillow that I've had since the 7th grade (the first one had to be disposed due to health reasons).
  6. Betty :: Ugly Betty. I don't really watch it for America Ferrera's character. I'm more fond of Justin (Mark Indelicato), Amanda (Becki Newton), and Marc (Michael Urie) -- they crack me up every time.
  7. Under construction :: my head.
  8. Pest :: Leeches -- both figuratively and literally.
  9. Director :: Kevin Smith. Watching all his movies again.
  10. Express :: Mail. Despite convenient technology, yes, I still use snail mail.

Friday, February 8, 2008

My Bro Ranked 9th

Yesterday, I shared the great news about my brother passing the Physical Therapy board exams. This morning, we found out he was in the Top Ten!!! He ranked 9th, with only 2.35 points behind the top seed. Can you believe it?!

Oath taking will be held at the Manila Hotel on the 2nd of March. I'm actually speechless, but at the same time oozing with glee (and pride). It's been a good couple of days, I can say that much.

God is truly amazing. And my brother G-3 (yes, that's his name. We have weird ones, if you haven't noticed, and we have our parents to thank for that) is the awesomest therapist. Ever.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Proudest Sister In The World

My brother passed his board exams for Physical Therapy!!! Yay!!!

His friends and I were at this coffee fusion place from 10PM last night to like 4 in the morning. A vigil in his honor, if you will. He's still up in Baguio with his girlfriend, waiting for the results there before he comes home. The results were posted online at around 1AM. The next 15 minutes after that was like a blur. Jumping, phone calls to/from all over the world, shouting, drinking, more jumping -- it was exhilarating.

Waiting for the results to be posted online...

Screenshot's worth crap, but it's looking mighty good to me!!!

Busy on the phone...

Bring out the beers!!! Haha Toasting The Man...

Congrats again, brother. We'll see you soon. And when we do, we are going to party like rockstars!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

10 Things You Can Do Aside From Watching TV

I must admit, I have been watching far too much TV lately that I'm actually starting to un-tan. I do have a life beyond the sly tube though. When I'm not glued to the television, I'm probably:

1. Glued to the computer. It's nice to give one appliance some love and attention while the other rests.

2. Spending money I don't have. Shopping and eating out are carefully encrypted in my DNA. Without them, I won't even be of this planet.

3. Out there somewhere. Contributing to the traffic and making more of a mess of this world, no doubt.

4. Hanging out with friends, family, and loved ones. Nothing beats the human connection.

5. Working. Yes, work, you know, the hard kind.

6. Reading and writing. I got my books, journal where I write all kinds of stuff in, more books. Oh, wow. I got tons. I should pick them up more, shouldn't I.

7. Playing sports. I do know a few, believe it or not. I was into volleyball, badminton, table and lawn tennis for a while. Now, I'm learning football (soccer) and ultimate Frisbee c/o Obie. Haven't really played, but I'm learning the ropes; that's a start.

8. Singing and playing my guitar. I've always lacked practice, but I manage.

9. Sleeping. Whenever I can. I've had many failed attempts, but naps are just as good.

10. Watching the world go by. Hey, the real good stuff happens right before your eyes.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Chasing The Blues Away

This just gets me every time! Sure fire way to cure the blues, alright. Enjoy! NOTE: This girl's just 3 year's old!!! Too cute.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

On Death, Epidemics, And Debbie Gibson

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. What women want :: Adoration, attention, passion, praises, time, r-e-s-p-e-c-t!
  2. Epidemic :: Dengue, the plague, bird flu.
  3. Taxes :: and death.
  4. Hello :: Why, hello to you, too!
  5. Confidential :: None of your business.
  6. Lights :: Camera. Action!
  7. Summation :: Conclusion.
  8. Hard feelings :: Bitter.
  9. Electric :: Youth -- Debbie Gibson. I think I still know some of the moves. LOL Sigh, blast from the past. She was awesome.
  10. Fresh start :: Now.