Sunday, July 24, 2011

I Survived with Fear

I had a bad dream last night. It was the kind of dream where I didn't want to sleep again fearing that it would re-run or continue. Unfortunately, the dream continued for about three to four more chapters.

It was supposedly my execution. I was wrongly accused of something. I don't recall what. I remember feeling nervous and scared. There I was, in front of a huge crowd, tied up and ready to be hung. The floor opened and that was it, I thought. But somehow, I made it alive. Everyone thought I was dead.

The next thing I know, I'm hiding from everyone--the police, military and high government officials. I felt like a criminal on the loose, an illegal migrant, a TNT--Tago Nang Tago

Everything else was a blur but I remember feeling stressed and tired every time I would wake up. 

I wonder what this implies.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Better Safe Than Sorry

There's a superstition that you shouldn't go straight home after leaving a wake. Whether it's cultural or religious, I'm not sure.

Some believe that spirits follow you after attending a wake. To get rid of them, you pagpag or "shake off". Just stopover somewhere: the gas station, grocery, wherever. It's said that spirits get lost and wander off. You just don't want them in your home. Another belief is that misfortune is contagious. That's why some people make it a point to pagpag as to avoid death in the family.

Funny, really. Imagine that! Spirits trailing your car along EDSA. Or spookier, maybe they're in the car with you--depends on your imagination.

I know that it's a superstition but really, if it's true, our house is probably overflowing with spirits already. If misfortune is contagious, everyone at home would probably be dead by now... including our beloved creepy crawlers. How unfortunate!

Think about the coffee shops and fast food places, too, where people go to after wakes. These are probably filled with lost and shaken spirits. If only we could see them.

I personally don't believe in pagpag but ironically, I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Monday, July 18, 2011


Sometimes, the best weekends are spent at home eating, sleeping and staying online.

That's exactly what I did this weekend: bum.

I feel recharged! Can't wait to go back to work tomorrow later. Waking up early, though, is a different story.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Crazy Harry Potter comics!

I was having a grumpy Sunday morning 'til I saw these. 
Still cracks me up!

Click here for more!


Cirque du Soleil in Manila: Varekai

I was fortunate to have watched Cirque du Soleil perform in Las Vegas back in the 90's. Since then, I've never watched another performance because it meant having to travel to Las Vegas or Macau.

But good news for everyone: Cirque du Soleil is in Manila!

Here's a sneak peak!

Varekai is definitely an audio and visual treat. Exciting, too! There were moments where I was on the edge of my seat. Mom would even cover her eyes at some point.

Did you know that the Cirque tent is a "mobile village" complete with  offices and even a school?

Inside the Grand Chapiteau

Standing ovation!

Buying tickets online was fast and easy! It took me just 5 minutes...although I took forever deciding which seats I wanted. And yes, tickets are still available! These range from P2,800-P10,500. Click here to book!  Tickets will be e-mailed instantly. Just print and go!

Some tips:
  1. No need to get super expensive seats. The venue is very intimate so you can sit at the sides or even at the back and still have great view. (Of course, sitting at the middle is best.)
  2. Filipino time does not apply. Be there at least an hour before the show starts!
  3. Bring a jacket or a shawl. It can get cold inside.
  4. Don't buy popcorn there. Unfortunately, it's bland and expensive.
  5. Visit the Manila Hotel booth.  Get 20% discount on rooms and food in Manila Hotel valid until September 2011.
  6. Drop by the Sun Life Financial photo booth. Your photo is instantly printed! 

Family pic!

Hurry! Buy your tickets now!

Divas Extraordinaire: CARE DIVAS!

Plays that make me laugh, sigh and teary eyed in one sitting deserves to be watched a second time.

In fact, Care Divas deserves to be watched over and over and over again! 

Yep, I watched twice!
Liza Magtoto's and Vincent de Jesus' Care Divas is a musical comedy-drama about five gay OFWs in Israel who are caregivers during the day and drag queens at night.

The play is funny--as in, really funny. Its punchlines and retorts are totally unexpected. But Care Divas isn't shallow at all. It tackles real and relevant issues: making ends meet, being accepted, and the fear of deportation and war.

Whether straight, gay or closeted, I'm sure you will enjoy the show--or at least will find it funny. I'm just not sure how my mom and her friends would find it though. Hopefully they'll like it.

I wish that the show was advertised more so that more people will get to watch.

Don't forget to bring your camera! You can't take pictures during the play but you can definitely get your picture taken with the cast after the show!

The cast being swarmed after the show!

Jess with her new becky crush Kayla (Jerald Napoles)

This is my favorite song from the show written and composed by Vincent de Jesus. Photos from the show are also watch!

Harang.  Ikaw bang naglagay ng harang? Tingin mo sa sarili mo ay parang ikaw lang ang dapat mabudburan ng ligaya.  Sino ka ba?!
I don't just like the show. I love it!
Tickets are Php 600 for Regular Seats and Php 800 for VIP. There will be shows in PETA Theater every Saturday and Sunday in July. For reservations, please contact Michee Fabunan (0917-5642433) or call PETA (725-6244).

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pickpockets in Buendia!

I've heard horror stories of commuters being pick-pocketed. Yesterday, one unfolded right before me--and I was the victim.

My phone was stolen in less than 5 seconds. This was while trying to get on the bus in Buendia.

The Buendia bus stop during rush hour is a pickpocket's haven.

I lost my balance on the first step because the bus suddenly moved. This made me reach for both sides of the doorway because there wasn't anything to hold on to. As I held on (for dear life), this guy from behind forced his way in. It seemed as if he lost his balance, too, because he also reached for the door. It was weird because his arm just had to go over and under my right elbow just to hold on.

For 3 seconds, I couldn't move because of the weight of his arm. I panicked silently because I couldn't move!

The guy looked at me with wide taunting eyes. "Kamay mo!!!"

He eventually let go.

When I got to the next step, I instinctively checked my pockets. The left one was empty. My phone was gone.

According to fellow commuters, pickpockets usually strike during rush hour. Some say that it's hourly. I guess I was the 9am catch.

These pickpockets work in groups of two or three to prey on one commuter. They strike when there's a crowd shoving their way into the bus. In my case, they were the crowd.

Without your realizing, they've trapped and distracted you in the bus' doorsteps. Iipitin ka talaga! In seconds, someone from behind grabs your valuables and walks away. It's that easy. Even if it's deep in your tight pocket, you won't notice that someone is digging his hand in there while another is busy distracting you.

Be safe, everyone! Beware of pickpockets!

Thank You, Harry

My small Harry Potter collection from Canada. British version!

Perhaps I judged the books by their covers.  Maybe these lacked drawings inside. Or maybe I’m not in to reading in general. But whatever it was, I was never a die-hard fan of Harry Potter.

I only read the first book and part of the second book… and I only watched 3 out of the 8 movies, the third being the finale: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.  The ticket was given to me for free last night.

My first reaction was that Harry Potter and his friends have grown so much! Watch out for the scene where Harry and Ron take off their shirts!
As expected, the movie was filled with fantastic visuals and I was definitely transported to a different world. While this was pretty exciting, I think the other two HP movies I watched were more exciting.

The main reason why I liked the movie though was that Harry’s story seemed to come full circle.

When the movie ended, a part of me felt like it ended as well.

Even if I wasn’t a loyal fan, even if I didn’t get to read all the books or watch all the movies, I still feel that I grew up with Harry Potter. He’s like a schoolmate that you kinda knew but never got close to. But over the past 11 years, he was always there.

Thank you, Harry, for the adventure that I wasn’t able to fully take part in. Soon, I’ll find the time to read about and watch your wonderful journey to see what I’ve missed.


Beyond the Stolen Phone

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"Sayang ang phone mo!"

I agree! I feel bad about losing my phone. It was my best yet bought with hard-earned savings.

But for me, it's not just about losing a phone that bothers me. It's the fact that I was victimized. That it happened to me. That a stranger dug deep into my pockets without my noticing! It's about feeling violated. Traumatizing, really!

I'm fortunate that my contacts are still in the Internet. Photos have been backed-up there aren't any mushy messages to save anyway. Good thing phones are easily replaceable nowadays, though it'll take time to save up for a new one.

At the end of the day, I feel blessed that I wasn't harmed.

This experience makes me think of Juan's desperation. I take comfort in hoping that money earned from my phone goes to a good cause: providing a basic meal for a family that can't afford to eat three times a day, caring for a sick loved one or for the children's education. Hopefully.

It also raises a few questions:
  • How do we prevent this from happening again? Is it about being extra guarded?
  • Is poverty the root cause of crimes? Is it corruption in general?
  • Is it about education? Family planning? Good governance?
  • Is it about living simply so that others may simply live?

Some food for thought. 

Ctrl + Alt + Del

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Ahhh. The three-finger salute.

Yep. I'm in the process of restarting. Computers have it easy. Unfortunately, we don't. If only restarting and moving on were as easy as 1-2-3. But I'm getting there!

Actually, I just need a distraction--something to keep me busy. Hence, this blog.

Cheers to new beginnings! Ctrl+S FTW!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Kylie Minogue in Manila!

10:30 AM yesterday. My office mate asked if I wanted to watch Kylie that night.

"Hhhmm... not really," I said, "And are there still tickets?!"

"I'm booking Gen-Ad tickets now. P840. C'mon! Let's go!"

"Uhm..... Okay!"

That has been the best impulsive decision I've made in my life.

See you later, Kylie!

5 minutes before the lights went out. Poor Kylie when she sees this! :(

The crowd just went wild when the lights went out.  The Patron area flooded with fans and empty seats were filled--except for this huge chunk in Upper B. Still, great turnout despite heavy traffic and pricey tickets!

There she is in that blob of light!

After watching and experiencing Kylie last night, my respect and admiration for her just shot up 1,000,000%. I just couldn't get enough. We screamed like total fan girls, sang our hearts out and danced like it was the last night of our lives.

Great performance. Great set. Great costumes. Great production. Great concert!

Filipino concerts should strive to be this phenomenal. Yes we can!

It's commendable that Kylie sang all throughout! She didn't miss out any of her most popular songs. We just loved her funny and and becky dance moves. The entire concert was so gay... in the best way, of course!

Props to her awesome backup singers Roxie and Lucy!

Blast from the past: "Especially for You". I teared up!

When "All The Lovers" played, the gay couple beside us started kissing!

Gold confetti! Everyone was genuinely happy--including Kylie.

For a performance like that, the pricey tickets didn't seem so pricey anymore. I wouldn't mind spending WAY more than what I did. I just couldn't believe that a few weeks ago, I even declined a friend's invitation to watch!

I'll definitely be watching up close the next time Kylie comes to town. As to when that'll be, we'll have to wait and see.

All hail Kylie: the living Aphrodite!