Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Duo Dance Class, a Gig and a DV Trip

Friday, June 27

The Diwa Babes

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It was the last session of our Sexy Hiphop Class at Studio 116. Like our first month in that class, the last day is the "most special"--we complete the steps (only for half of the song) and we get to show off our best on the 'showdown.' But that doesn't seem to be the case last friday.

Gracie and I arrived at the studio minutes before 6:30. Michelle and his dance (and real-life partner, yihee!) were already there. After few minutes of my story-telling, Michelle called us for the warm-up. We entered the Soft room and started stretching our tendons. It's only me, Gracie, and Michelle.

A group of girls came and watched how the class goes while Emman, the staff, explained stuffs about the studio. We're done with our stretching, no classmates showed up.

So Michelle reviewed us on the steps that she thought in the previous sessions. Hmmmm. Gracie and Donna on the go! Did about 5 rounds, still, no classmates showed up.

Our sexy teacher decided to proceed with the lesson even without our classmates. The room seemed too big for us!
When finally the minute hand of the clock hit 6 (it's 7:30!), we had our "showdown." I did the routine first--I messed up in the last part! Then Gracie. I wanted to cheer for her but I felt I'd look like a stage sister, watching the one-on-one jazz class of her sis. Hahaha! It's confirmed. Our classmates won't be coming.

But, it's fun!(Do you agree, Gracie?) And we're looking forward to joining the recital in October!

Headbanger Donski

Melba and James invited me to a gig at Freedom Bar--"A 'ROCK' Concert". It's a fundraising event for one of the members of Sanlakas (James's group), Rhodz, who needs to undergo a kidney transplant. Gemz, my officemate, came with me after my dance class. Here I go again, nonstop extracurriculars!

I didn't have any idea where exactly Freedom Bar is until I got there. It was a small, beginner bands' venue on the 2nd floor of a not-so-new commercial building along Anonas.

I kinda felt scared when I saw groups of young guys in the area. Well, good thing we're with James-the big man! Hehe. When we entered the bar, a lady in black shirt was on the stage, thanking people. Oh, it was Rhodz. She doesn't look sick at first glance, but when you get to observe her eyes and complexion, you can say that there's something wrong with her health.

But, she is very lucky to have friends and colleagues supporting her fight against sickness.

I thought Gemz will not enjoy Rock music...but with FMD's bitter-love songs, hmmmm. Hehehe. According to her, she had fun.

I like FMD band... their vocalist is SUPER ENERGETIC. My fave song of theirs is "Bato", a song about illegal drugs:

Tignan nyo si Nora, Nainggit kay Angel at Vilma

Gusto niya ring maging si Darna

Kaya ayun . . .

Sumubo ng Bato.

I'm not sure if I get the lyrics right. I hope I could get a copy of their CD someday.

The last band who performed--Toyo, was also fun. Mabuhay ang Pinoy Rock!

Actually, the it's the second time that I saw FMD and Toyo. The first time was, according to James, almost exactly a year ago. It was a concert calling for free supply of water for the people.

Basta. We enjoyed the night. :)

Saturday, June 28

Starting Out a Business

Finally, my creative shop,maARTeh, has reached the real world.

It was originally a tie up of Lhen, Ate Jo, and myself. But because of some circumstances, we had to set it aside and do the 'more important things'. Just this year, I ended up pursuing the business with Yayi, Em, and Jr--the power of four Ms--Madonna, Meynard, Mayette, and Mervin! Oh di ba. We just got one problem---we don't have a portfolio, and we don't have any project yet.

Thanks to Gladdys, my officemate, who trusted in our talent! She's getting married in October.

One day at the office, she mentioned about her invitations. She didn't know where to go, until I joked--"Ako na lang gagawa, gusto mo?" I offered to make her invitations, souvenir tags, and misalettes--in exchange of an opportunity to start a portfolio and to advertise our shop. And Gladz agreed. Yehey!

So we went to Divisoria to buy the materials. We walked from 168 mall to Binondo, then to Tabora, and then back to 168. Whew! Fortunately, we found almost everything we need to buy---parchment paper, glue (which didn't work!!), and abacca mat. Using abacca in the invitations is not in our original plan. But since we couldn't find the exact color of specialty paper that we wanted, we opted to use abacca, which costs almost the same as specialty paper. It looks cool. And it fits the "spring beach" theme (my idea!hehehe) of Gladz's wedding. I'll post our works once we're done with them!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Titanic of Today

They boarded the big ship with all their excitement. But their celebrating hearts were wiped out, in just one blink.
Yesterday morning, I was rush-reading the Statistics book I'm evaluating when I saw the news on TV: Relatives of the victims of MV Princess of the Star becoming hysterical and emotional. One of them even climbed up the tower at the pier to get the attention of the Sulpicio Lines administration.

It has been five days since the tragedy happened, but most of the expecting relatives haven't heard any clear and detailed update about their loved ones. They're crying their hearts out, blaming Sulpicio Lines for the heavy load that they are carrying right now.

I can't blame them. They said they are not expecting that their missing loved ones are still alive. But at least they want to see the deceased bodies--just to be with them for one last time.

I almost cried while looking and listening at their grief. I was like watching a modern version of Titanic. . . More than 700 lives were already taken by the raging waters of Romblon. Since Sunday, about 100 bodies were recovered--some were already burried at different islands and towns, and around 70 survivors were rescued.

What will happen next? Are there still survivors? WIll they be able to recover all the bodies trapped inside the ship? Natural disasters are already coming--we cannot stop that. It's in nature and God's control. I only pray that no typhoons will come again until everybody totally gets over with this tragedy. I hope that we'd start learning from our mistakes in the past and start anew by turning those mistakes into good things.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

New Page Layout for My Blog

I don't know what energy the rain has but every time it's raining, I can work on my stuffs--my artworks, etc, etc. Oh, I get it. When it's raining, it's cold. And when it is cold, not too much of my body energy is released. And because I'm someone who has a very high level of energy, I have to keep on doing activities to use up that overflowing force in me. Ok. Enough.

Yesterday, I just tried to upgrade my blog template. I feared that I might not achieve its old look again, good thing I managed to do the editing correctly.

Now it's easier for me to add elements on my page. Here are the changes:

Header: no need to put a "repeat" attribute on the header image. It's now one whole image. trio.trio.trio.

The "Previous Posts" list is gone. The Blog Archive now has a drop down list for each year and month.

I added a list of the blogs that I frequently read. It's cool that I get to see the latest updates on those blogs!
I also modified the list of my friends' blogs. The list shows the title and date of their latest post.
Link To Older Posts: JR asked about this last time. He wondered why I didn't have this link before. Here it is!

So that's it. I'll be working on a new header--this time a more girly

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Movies Movies

Donna, the movie-goer? I just thought, I've watched four movies in less than a month?! That's very unusual. Hehehe. Hmmm. Magtipid! magtipid!!!

Sex and the City (May 31)
- loved how broken hearts found their way back to pick up the pieces and united with the one they really love.

The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian (June 8)
- "two things never happen exactly the same way."

Kung Fu Panda (June 10)
- "The secret ingredient is . . . 'nothing.'

Incredible Hulk (June 14)
-Too bad Bruce could not get excited (Elizabeth: "Even a little excited?"). Hehehe.

I don't really write movie reviews so I'll stop here.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Flowers Speak

One night (or two nights?) after I received a very special bouquet, I played around with my siblings. Looking crazy. Hehehe.

I'm a flower addict. It is actually one of my weaknesses. Give me any flower, even a chain of sampaguita, and I will do nothing else but smile.

For me, flowers are like letters, e-mails, or text messages--they tell what one's heart wants to say. Here are the close-ups of some of the flowers and their meanings.
Grrrr. I don't like Tatay's cam. Dull.

Gerbera Daisies

  • Gerbera is the fifth most popular flower in the world.
  • It can mean innocence, purity, and cheerfulness.
  • Gerbera dasies have large daisy variations that come in a number of vibrant colors.
  • It is also a classic symbol of beauty.
  • It holds an added meaning of cheerfulness, which stems from the assortment of colors available.
  • An assorted bouquet of gerbera daisies can lift the spirit and sending one is an ideal way to brighten someone’s day.
Pink Roses

  • Above all, roses are a symbol for love and gratitude.
  • Rose was the most prevalent among the old garden roses so it was most strongly associated with sentiments about love.
  • Light pink roses are associated with gentleness and admiration.
  • It can also be used as an expression of sympathy.
  • Roses also now carry a connotation of grace and elegance, as well as sweetness and poetic romance.
  • Rose signifies grace, gladness, joy, perfect happiness, please believe me, gratitude, admiration, gentility
Stargazer Lilies

  • Stargazer Lily is known as the floral celebrity.
  • Stargazer Lilies have heavenly fragrance.
  • They are young, bold, beautiful, and dramatic.
  • The lily family has traditionally represented innocence and purity.
  • Motifs of lilies appeared as far back as ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and reappeared in biblical traditions.
  • White stargazer lilies have come to characterize a sense of purity and are often used as an expression of sympathy, while the pink varieties are considered symbolic of wealth and prosperity, as well being as a sign of aspiration.
  • It means daydreamer, pure of heart, Heaven in your eyes, congratulations.
Baby's Breath
  • Innocence

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Let's Have Some "Top 10"

Gracie posted this on SF's egroup, natuwa lang ako. Here it is (plus side comments.hahaha.)

Magandang pampawala ng stress: Chico and Delamar's Top 10

March 14, 2008 → The Top Ten Tips On Finding True Love
  1. Kulit Nia/Mads - “Love is not blind. It sees, but it doesn’t mind.” - tama!
  2. No name - Try tearing your anterior cruciate ligament on your knee and go to the emergency room. That’s where I met my one true love.
  3. Frenchboy - If you’re lookin for love, don’t do it in a bar. Trust me, the only type of guy you’ll find there, is my kind. And you wouldn’t want that!
  4. No name - From “Capt. Corelli’s Mandolin”: “Love is what’s left when all the lust and passion is gone.” -seryoso!
  5. Loipogi - “Walang lalaking bakla sa babaeng nakatihaya!” -really?
  6. Bongoloid - From A Danny De Vito movie: “Assumption is the mother of all f*ck-ups.”
  7. MNEMONIC - “Love is not finding someone to go to bed with, but finding someone you want to wake up with in the morning.” - I think I got a text like this from Yayi, but with a twist on the end, " . . . Naked!-ganun din!"
  8. Pointlessmike - Sa kuwarto nalang magkaka-alaman kung true love yan!-Naah.
  9. Jedi Mstr - It’s true love if he lets you be in charge of the remote control. -Sobra naman to.
  10. Espeks - Naghintay ka na rin lang, maghintay ka pa.
  11. Dongster - Go to Quezon Ave. corner Timog and pay for some true love.
  12. Loipogi - Kung hindi ukol, hindi bubukol. At pag bumukol…may baby ka after nine months.- Toinks.
  13. KRISEL JUNE - Sabi nga ng bestfriend ko, “Magpaganda ka at magpakasaya, lalapit din yang true love na yan.”- Yes!
  14. Powerful Alice - Mag-novena kay St. Jude.
  15. KiD BuKid - You’ve found your true love if she tells you, “Ako pa nga ang dapat magbayad sa ‘yo eh.”
  16. Darielle Girl - Stand in front of a full length mirror at midnight, during a Friday the 13th, with a candle in one hand, and chant, “Salamin, salamin, ipakita ang para sa akin!”
  17. Louise - Stop over-analyzing things.
  18. Coachdanny - Fate could bring you together, but it’s both your choice if you want to stay for the long haul. - Oo nga naman.
  19. JP - When you graduate from “wanting to be with her”, to “cannot live without her”. -Talaga?
  20. Chammy - Drop the paranoia. Stop bugging yourself by asking questions like, “Is she the one?” or “Will she hurt me?”. It just kills the romance. -Killing it softly.
  21. Kites - Allow yourself to be surprised by the Universe. -I'm Miss Universe!
  22. Kikhai - You know you found true love if you keep falling in love over and over with the same person.
  23. Marianne - True love also means letting go of the person you love, no matter how painful, if it’s for the best. - :(
  24. No name - Loosen up a bit and don’t be afraid to get hurt, because remember, love is a gamble. - a high risk one.
  25. Espeks - Look for someone you can have conversations with until you both grow old. - Seryoso ulit.
  26. Loipogi - True love knows no size. Maliit nga, pero umiikot namang parang elysee - winner pa rin! -Winner nga!
  27. Chicago - When you still long for your ex, even after spending the rest of your life with your wife. - Ouch.
  28. Morenang Kaligatan - Accept the fact that no matter how hot and smart you may be, that really cute guy will never notice you, if he prefers other cute guys.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Beng Beng Everywhere

The RCBC Massacre, Calamba massacre, hold-up here, shootout there. Hay. Why do many Filipinos nowadays seem to enjoy using guns---to shoot innocent people, to end lives of individuals full of hopes and dreams?

Is it just because of poverty? Or is it the survival instict of human? Or the the playful ideas created by media and information technology? Or the power of the bad angels of Lucifer?

I'm just wondering if my future family would live in a world full of violence, or worse, a world of evils. I hope not. I don't want to see myself choosing not to let "my children" experience even one string of breath in my womb just to keep them away from harm.