Before The Month Ends

Will be July in a couple of minutes. I feel guilty for not being able to blog about my activities in the last 2 weeks of June.

Basta the last couple of days have been tiring/intense/exciting.

Have a happy and productive July!

Ang bilis noh? Grabe God. May hinahabol po ba tayo? Hehe!

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listening to: nothing

Busy busy busy!!!

Excuse me while I breathe.

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listening to: Usher – Scream

Not So Big and Not So Tasty

I’ve been trying to lose a few pounds in the last couple of years weeks but I had to give in to the latest addition to the McDonald’s Philippines’ menu– the Big N’ Tasty. I also thought it’s a great way to cheer me up after the bogus turnout of the Pacquiao and Bradley match.

So I went to the nearest McDonald’s to overwhelm my senses. Well, at least, that’s what their ad says about the burger…

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A large meal (burger, drink, fries) costs 165php. The burger patty is the same size with what they use for the Quarter Pounder. Tomato, check. Lettuce, check. Onions, check. Cheese, check. Smokey Sauce… I didn’t really taste the smokiness. Maybe the kitchen crew didn’t put enough. *shrugs*

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The box says True Greatness, and I simply must disagree. I lovelovelove McDonald’s but it’s a letdown for me. Not saying that I hated the taste, it’s just that it wasn’t what I was expecting. Nothing impressive about this product. It’s just so-so. 😦  But hey, I was pretty full after eating the meal. Which is a mystery how I manged to devour a plateful of TGIF’s Nachos after 2 hours… Hehe.

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{my “eto na yon?!??” look}

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listening to: Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks

PacShet

Kung kailan naman first time ako manood from start to finish at mag-fully pay attention sa laban ni Manny Pacquiao doon siya natalo. ‘Di kaya ako abg malas? Ija-jab ko ang magsasabi ng Oo.

Natalo siya kanina ni Timothy Bradley. Ang tanong, natalo nga ba talaga? Maraming nagsasabi na luto ang laban. Kahit ako na isang hindi boxing expert o fan man lang ay kayang magsabi na akala ko talaga, ang decision ay in favor kay PacMan. He started off strong. By almost midfight, Bradley seemed to be bouncing back and throwing jabs at him but Manny was still giving the opponent his punches. Marami nga ang nakapansin na hindi masyadong nagpakitang gilas si Manny pero marami rin ang nagsasabi na karamihan ng rounds ay si Manny ang nanalo.

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Bukod sa trending topics na #PacShet #MannyPacquiaoIsStillTheWorldsBestBoxer at #EndOfAnEra, ilan pa sa mga nakapukaw ng atensyon ko ay ang mga reaksyon ng ilang mga becky (gay, bading, bakla) na buti na lang at natalo siya. Beh buti nga daw kasi masyado daw feelingero si PacMan. Sa isang banda, naiintindihan ko ang mga reaksyon nila dahil may panahon rin na hate na hate ko si Manny. ‘Pag may laban kasi dati si Pacquiao, hindi ko magambala ang Daddy ko na mamasyal. Pinagpapalit niya ang bonding time namin para sa boxing. Tsaka nadala rin ako dati sa sandamakmak na bad publicity kay PacMan. Hindi ko rin bet na kadikit ng pangalan niya si very shady Chavit Singson. But he earned my respect and admiration because he really is a damn good fighter. Even his loss now does not stop me from respecting and admiring him. Sana lang, ‘wag naman natin personalin si Manny. True, siguro nga dapat magconcentrate na lang siya sa pagiging congressman pero seriously, anong gambala na ba ang nagawa ng boxing niya sa pagrepresent ng Saranggani? Anyway, may mga beks naman na hindi pinersonal si Manny, God bless you all. Peace. 🙂

Ang pinaka-nakakapagpa-iling sa akin na mga comments ay ‘yung mga dinadamay pa si God sa pagkatalo niya. Nag-aagree ako na grabe sa pagka-vocal si Manny sa newfound faith niya kay Jesus, pero hindi naman siguro dapat dahilan ito para tirahin ng mga walang parehong pananampalataya ang pagiging boksingero niya. Hindi naman porke si Bradley ang nagtamo ng boxing belt na may bling-blings ay hindi na nakapagbigay ng glory si Manny sa Diyos.

Nakakalunod ang mga nagsulputang mga meme dahil sa fight na ito. Ang pinakanagkalat ay ang Claudine Barretto- Timothy Bradley fight. Hahaha iba talaga ang nadulot ng scandal ni Claudine sa NAIA. Kung magkaron ng mirakulo at matuloy ang fight na ito, kay Claudine ang pusta ko.

Nalulungkot pa rin ako na natalo si Pacquiao, lalo na first time manood ng mga anak niya sa mismong venue. Balita ko rin, nahimatay na namang muli si PacMom/Aling Dionisia. Wala akong balita tungkol kay Jinky maliban sa umiyak daw siya at pinahid ang luha sa pamamagitan ng silk hanky na galing sa kanyang Hermes bag. Life goes on. Tapos na ang laban pero hindi pa tapos ang laban. Rematch daw sa November. Isa pa ‘yang dahilan kung bakit daw ipinatalo ng judges si Manny. For money generating reasons at para may isa pang abangan ang publiko.

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Gusto ko lang rin palang isingit na kasama sa mga nalulungkot at hindi makapaniwala sa pagkatalo ni PacMan ang mga Hollywood celebrities na sina Justin Timberlake (eeeeeeee kinikilig ako!!!), Jessica Biel, Chris Daughtry, Devon Sawa at Katy Perry. Paano ko nalaman? Aba shempre, sa Twitter.

O ano mga kids? Ituloy na lang natin ito sa rematch sa November. For now, magdoble ibgat muna tayong lahat dahil baka bawiin ng mga magnanakaw ang mga natalo nila sa pustahan at tunaas ang crime rate bukas.

Ninong Manny, para sa akin, ikaw pa rin ang panalo. Time pers, time pers… Concentrate ka muna sa iyong congress duties, pagtulong sa mga Pilipino, pagiging isang mabuting ama at asawa at pagiging isang mabuting Kristiyano.

Hindi pa ito end ng boxing era. Naniniwala ako na babangon ka at dudurugin mo pa si Bradley sa Nobyembre.

Pahabol: Ang galing mo, Jessica Sanchez!!! Dapat talaga, ikaw naging American Idol eh!

At… DA HU si Kirby Asunto? Hindi ko siya kilala. Hindi rin niya ako kilala, so quits lang. :p

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listening to: mga opininyo ng aking nga kapitbahay at ang maingay na tahol ng aso nila na mukhang pro-PacMan rin

On Praying and Following My Own Advice

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Some months ago, a friend confided that she stopped praying for what she wanted. I asked why and she said that she grew tired of repeating the same thing and repeatedly not getting what she prayed for. She said that she didn’t want to get to a point where disappointment would take her as far as hating God.

“If you stop, how will He know that you really want it?” I asked.

“He knows what’s in my heart because He is God,” she replied.

She added that I wouldn’t be able to understand because I am very happy with my life. That I have a lot of friends to make me forget if and when I do have problems.

I was surprised to know that she assumed I was not capable of feeling down. I assured her that like any other human being, I experience frustration. Depression, even. Obviously, we’re not very close. She had no idea that sometimes when I am alone, I beg God for the strength to keep me sane, and lead me not into the road I used to traverse.

But I wasn’t there to join her in her hopelessness. I pleaded that she asks God for the gift of discernment for her to know what really it is that she should ask from Him. Only then will she be able to continue praying. And she shouldn’t stop praying because God honors persistence. We just have to check if we are being steadfast or stubborn. Hence, asking for the gift of discernment first. Because seriously, if we ask for things that will not make us better individuals, why would a powerful loving God say yes?

And if we are absolutely sure that what we ask from Him is something that will indeed make us better versions of ourselves and He doesn’t give it, well… We keep on praying and believe that the waiting time is His way to prepare us for the gift we have patiently put our faith into.

Which brings me to my very recent meltdown.

It’s agonizing to not know if what I’m praying for will be given to me. After all, I will never understand the mind of God. During times of impatience, doubt and fear that my prayers will not be answered, I simply cannot help but wonder if what I want is the same with what He wants for me. If we have opposite plans, why can’t He just give me a sign to pray for different things and save me from another heartache? Why does He keep on giving me trials? For me to learn? For me to be wise? For me to serve as an example to others? Or is He giving me trials to punish me and show me that I will not ever get His favor?

Yes, I have moments like that. I am not proud of such moments. In my heart, I know that God loves me and it hurts me to entertain doubts. I want to keep on believing that I am living my purpose and if He has bigger plans for me, I will be able to see and understand these plans as they are being revealed.

I know that He doesn’t hate me when I get mad at Him. I know He knows I cry out of ignorance and frustration. I am not perfect, but He knows once the tears dry, I always try and make it up to Him because it also means making it up to me. I know that He knows I will always come around because there is no place I’d rather be than in His presence. I know that my happiness is His business even if times come when I believe a little less.

I’m praying that I will not lose the persistence. I’m praying for God to help me crush the doubt in my heart. I want to be steadfast in my faith. I want to be able to share this to my family and friends. I want to see the day when I will be able to tell the world that God finally granted the desires of my heart and the long wait was worth it.

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listening to: nothing

Friday Five: Jap’s Picks for My Rock Playlist

Got bored with my playlist so I sent an SOS to the best person who can help me.

“Hoy Jap, sendan mo ako ng upbeat rock!”

And so she did. I opened my email, expecting that audio files would be there. Not only the files were emailed, she even included a blog-like description of the songs that she chose to send. Good job, Jap for treating this as an assignment. I give you 5 stars for effort! :p

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Here’s what she put in the email and what I think of each song.

1 Louie Louie by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Jap: This became a bonus track from the album “I Love Rock & Roll”. During the 70’s, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts was the symbol of bad-ass all girl rock band they wore clothes that were unaccepted by the common crowd back then but is totally in fashion today. I especially like the part when she Sings “…woe bebe! say we gotta go!” I always sing with the music on this part alone!

I give this song five stars!

Iya: I was hesitant to listen to this at first because I thought this is the original version of my absolutely hatest 80’s hit with lyrics “Brother Louie Louie Louie, oh she’s only looking to me!” , hehehe! This reminded me not to judge a song by its title especially if its artist is a rock royalty. This song rocks my socks.

Watch video here.

2 I Love Rock & Roll

Jap:   A song by the same band was released in 1979 featuring the Sex Pistols ( so cool ) this one is simply a rock classic! If there is a chick flick- this one is a chick song with an attitude!

This is a rockin’ four!

Iya: Was a bit insulted with the idea that my bff assumed that I didn’t know this song yet. Excuse me, Jap. This is already in my playlist. But fine, I have Britney Spears’ version. Hihihi. :p Also, this is one of my videoke picks.

Watch video here.

3 Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love by Van Halen

Jap: This has funky I-don’t-care lyrics & glamorous electric guitar riffs w/c is overall a satisfying sensation in the ears lol! Eddie Van Halen started the Van Halen band in 1974 & got a break in 1977 courtesy of ene Simmons from the band Kiss who discovered them at a local club. By the early 80’s, they were considered rock gods.

Five fucking stars!

Iya: Hands down, my favorite among the five. I would like to dedicate this song to my last boyfriend. Bwahahahahahaa!!! I should listen to more Van Halen.

Watch video here.

4 Blister in the Sun by Violent Femmes

Jap:  Another one of them rock songs inspired by drugs. It’s a feel good feel high no need to understand the lyrics song. It was released in their 1983 self-titled debut album.

I give it a high 4.

Watch video here

Iya: I’ve become familiar with this song from hearing it in various soundtracks, like Gross Pointe Blank. Only came to know the title because of Jap’s email. It’s really not something that will wake me up in sleepy mornings to prepare me for combat in the workplace, but I can definitely listen to this on roadtrips.

5 Take On Me by Reel Big Fish

Jap:  This is a reggae-ska-rock take of the song originally sung by A-Ha.

3’s a charm.

Iya: I normally prefer originals over covers, but my vote goes to Reel Big Fish. Sory, A-Ha. Loved the reggae vibe. Made me headbang and sway hips. Weird combo, but well… it’s a sorta-weird song.

Watch video here.

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At the end of the email, Jap said “Hope you like my picks! Hope it picks you up! Mwah!”

True enough, the songs did pick me up this morning on my way to the office. I only had a couple hour of sleep, but I rocked my way to Pacific Star while listening to these upbeat rock goodies. I hope you also get to enjoy these songs as much I did!

Have a rockin’ weekend, everyone! 😉

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listening to: my new playlist

Morong Weekend – June 2012

Spent last weekend with my parents and Ambo, the country’s first weather disturbance this 2012. Not fond of a dripping sky but because I was feeling lethargic since Friday, the heavy rain and chilling winds made my stay at home much nicer. The couch and I were almost inseparable. What’s good about lying down on that sofa is that it’s right beside the window where I can smell the fragrant suha (pomelo) blossoms from the frontyard. Look at these pretty flowers!

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Before I proceed to food and chismis, lemme just share this cute convo I had with my Dad the morning before I left Manila for Bataan.

Daddy: Anak, manonood ka ba ng BSB concert? Peyborits mo sila di’ba?
Me: Hindi. Uuwi ako d’yan ngayon eh.
Daddy: ‘Di bale. Kakantahan ka na lang namin ni Mama mo.

They didn’t get to sing Quit Playing Games With My Heart for me and it was more than okay because well… my parents can’t sing for shit. Hindi ko ‘yan namana sa kanila because I have a wonderful singing voice. *kidlat kulog* Hihihi. :p We watched dvds (Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows and Joyful Noise) and snacked on indian mangoes from our backyard. We read books– Neil Gaiman for me, Bo Sanchez for Mama, and Rick Warren for Daddy. We cooked tortang talong, embutido, and my favorite poor man’s nilaga. I call it poor man’s nilaga because instead of using beef shanks/celery/cabbage/corn, we use pork ribs/pechay/potato/camote. I like it because the camote makes the broth thick and sweet! At natawa ako kay Mama na obvious na matagal nang hindi nakapagluto nito…

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Mama: Gaano kadaming saging at gabi ang isasama natin dito?
Me: Saging at gabi? Ginatan ba ang lulutuin naten?!?!
Daddy: May binili pa nga ‘yang labanos eh!
Mama: Akala ko kasi sinigang ang irerequest nitong anak mong matakaw!!!

Ang ending, minatamis na lang ni Mama ang gabi, saging at yung ibang camote. Btw, there was no available yellow camote. We had the violet variety, it’s not the ube that is used for halaya. It’s not as sweet as the yellow. Had I known, I would have let her put banana in the nilaga. Anyway, the nilaga still turned out to be delicious. Kasarap with sawsawan na patis na pinigaan ng calamansi at tinirisan ng sili! Over lunch, my parents asked about my friends and I told them about Jap’s bday and our plan to go out of town or out of the country. Chinismis Chinika ko na rin yung iba pang mga exciting na mga ganap sa buhay nila. And then Daddy asked about *insert my exboyfriend’s name here*

Daddy: Kumusta na si _______?
Mama: Naku naman, Dad! Hindi na sila nag-uusap ng anak mo!
Me: Oo nga, Daddy. Huli ka na sa balita.
Daddy: Isali niyo kasi ako ‘pag nagchichismisan kayo!!!
LOL

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Moments with my parents are golden! I wasn’t blessed to have siblings but it’s okay because God gave me super loving and super awesome parents. 🙂 I am very very grateful. I know I’ve said this several times here in my blog. This isn’t also the first time that I posted a picture of them holding hands, while walking to the church. The only time I left the house was when we went to Our Lady of The Pillar Church. It was a rainy Sunday morning. I was busy texting so they walked ahead of me. Thus, I had another chance to take a picture of them and get all kilig.

After mass, Daddy went to Pangasinan for Lola Meling’s 40 Days, and when he came back last night, he had a bagful of shrimps (suahe) for us. Yummy! Fave namin ‘yon ni Mama. After dinner, we looked at old pictures. They laughed at me for looking like a boy when I was just a few months old. Harharhar.

It’s always good to be home. 🙂

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listening to: Paul McCartney – Maybe I’m Amazed

The Return of Friday Five

It’s Friday and the 1st day of the last month of the 1st half of the end of the world of the year. Whew! Thought of reviving the Friday Five section of my blog just so I can post ANY 5 RAVES/RANTS that I feel like letting the whole world know. I think the last time I had an F5 entry was when I was still blogging in blogspot. Been so long since I last had this quick satisfaction of attempting to immortalize the mundane and seemingly mundane here in the www.

Here it goes. My first F5 after a lengthy time…

1 TURON

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I love buying turon from Jollijeep. It’s only 12php. Don’t really care if there’s langka (jackfruit) inside as long as it’s glazed with a crazy amount of sugar. Turon is my favorite local sweet snack. You can have your bananacue and camotecue. Gimme my turon.

Also…

Q: Anong saging ang nagma-magic?
A: Eh di… turon!!!

2 KICK DRUM HEART by THE AVETT BROTHERS

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This indie rockband song was introduced to me by Eunice. There’s a sidestory about hearing this upbeat song in the wedding of a very non-upbeat bride and groom.

You can listen to the song here.

“I won’t look back anymore, I left the people that do. It’s not the chase that I love, it’s me following you.”

Yes, I am cheesy like that. :p

3 DOWNTON ABBEY

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Just finished Season 1. Will start season 2 tomorrow while I’m vacationing in Bataan. Liking it because of the dresses, the witty dialogue, and Maggie Smith. I’ve loved Maggie Smith since Sister Act. Siya si Madre Superiora. 🙂

4 FREE CONCERT TICKETS

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Phil Star delivered compli NKOTBSB concert tickets to the office today. I was thrilled to receive it even if I won’t be able to go and see Nick Carter in flesh. Just as I mentioned, I’ll be in Bataan. Will just videoke my alltime fave BSB hit, Anywhere For You. Uhuh. That saksakan ng cheesy song. I’m so fucking consistent, yeah?

5 GRIMACE

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I’ve always loved Grimace and this picture just made me love him more! Grimace is infinitely better than that dinofag Barney.

Til next Friday! 😉

Happy weekend!

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listening to: Maroon 5 – Payphone

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