Sunday, November 28, 2010

2010 in 40

Figured there are still 30+ days before the year ends, but who cares. From Tumblr.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?  Did a lot of out-of-town trips without telling my parents. Sneaky like that. 

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I do not do New Year's Resolutions

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? None

4. Did anyone close to you die? No one, thankfully 

5. What countries did you visit? Unfortunately, I haven't visited any country this year. Been to new local places though, like Bolinao, Pangasinan and Camarines Sur

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? Regular job, definitely

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory and why? March 29, graduation

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Graduating, landing a job, earning enough money for travelling

9. What was your biggest failure? My everyday short comings (Obviously, I'm a failure everyday at work)

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Is toothache from wisdom tooth accepted? 

11. What was the best thing you bought? Blackberry. Heh. My books.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Everyday heroes we never really hear about. 

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Can I say Noynoy's? 

14. Where did most of your money go? Books, pairs of shoes, and food

15. What did you really, really, really get excited about? My tattoo (which I hope happens before the year ends)

16. What song will always remind you of 2010? Empire State of Mind -Jay Z feat. Alicia Keys

17. Compared to this time last year are you:
Happier? I think I was happier last year
Thinner? I don't see any difference
Richer? yeah. hehe 

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Save up

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying 

20. How did you spend Christmas? Christmas is like 24(?) more days to go, but just like any other year, I'd celebrate it with the family

21. How will you be spending new years? Celebrating Papa's birthday

22. Did you fall in love in 2010? Always been in love with the same person for the past 10 years or so, which I realised now that I'm suddenly scared of. 

23. How many one-night stands? None

24. What was your favorite TV program? 30 Rock (Glee, Gossip Girl, and Big Bang Theory)

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Haha, yes.

26. What was the best book you read? Looking for Alaska by John Green. 

27. What was your biggest musical discovery? The Boxer Rebellion

28. What did you want and you got? Him? But I can't say "got" because nobody really gets a person

29. What did you want and not get? Tattoos, I still have 30 more days.

30. What was your favorite film of this year? Going the Distance, Wallstreet Two (or Date Night)

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old did you turn? Karaoke Party, turned 22

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? More travels

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010? Neutral Palette

34. What kept you sane? My friends

35. Which celebrity did you fancy the most? German football star Lukas Podolski

36. What political issue stirred you the most? RH Bill and DOT brouhaha

37. Who did you miss? My friends who went abroad and haven't gone back yet

38. Who was the best new person you met? Mostly humble people I met from work 

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010: You may think you already know someone, but you really don't. Even they themselves don't know who they are. 

40. Quote or Song Lyric that sums up your year: 
"Greed is Good"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Baguio be Blogged

There is definitely something about Baguio that no matter how many times you go there (so much that you almost don't have any where else to go because you have been to every "must-visit" spot there is), you will always, always find your way back. 

It could be the climate. Though it's not as cool as it was 10, 20 years ago, Baguio's 14 degrees Celsius is still better than Manila's 30 by mile.

It could also be the nice people. You go anywhere around Baguio City and your taxi fare won't reach P100. If it would, you probably won't think it's because the taxi driver did some hocus pocus. If you give excess amount for fare, drivers will give you exact change. If you go around and can't find your way, you can ask people and they won't be pissed. They will even lead the way, even coming with you just to make sure you went to the right place. I bet if Amazing Race were to take place in Baguio, contestants will be very happy.

My friend Apol said Baguio has healing powers. This I haven't tried yet, but based on her experience and my best friend Lian's, they both agreed that their recent Baguio trips helped them recover from whatever rot they had. I'm just lucky that after days of events and tiring work load, I was able to go and took a weekend off from Manila. 

Lucky that I didn't have working internet and that my fone connection was going zonkers, because if it weren't for those, I'd probably be stuck with my laptop. 

But we were actually stuck with my laptop because we were watching Glee over and over, trying to memorise "Forget You," until we realised that it officially became our weekend in Baguio song and we would randomly sing lines from the song (no matter how inaccurate the lines we're singing) in the middle of Session Road at 1 a.m.

Close second was "Two is Better than One" after this girl sang it so well in 108 Session Road Cafe and even if we had to leave by 5pm, we chose to stay and wait for her to finish the song. I expect that one of these days, one of us will record and make a version of this song. The last time I went to Baguio, it was "The Man Who Can't be Moved," that was stuck in my head after this local band fronted by this guy from a local singing contest, sang it in Giligan's.

And there's this new place we found on our last day, that it would be a shame if we didn't drop by.

Due to constant raving of Apol's Baguio friends, we dropped by Oh My Gulay- Artist Cafe in La Azotea, Session Road. The place is owned by Kidlat Tahimik. They serve vegetarian meals, thus the name. There were a lot of mixed-medium artworks by Carlo Villafuerte. This one's my favourite

And there are some photos of us, on afternoons we got to go out

Excuse the Mr. Bean face, hehe
If I were to be asked where I want to settle when I get tired of Manila, I'd say Baguio in a heartbeat. I will go back to Baguio every week if I have the money and the means.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

On the Road: Music Edition

I was on my way home from an event tonight, taking a different route from my usual way home. My officemate dropped me off somewhere nearer my house, though I still had to ride a bus and a trike to get to my turf. Like most nights, tonight I went home alone. 

When I know I should be scared, my playlist keeps me calm. I usually listen to my playlist saved in my Blackberry. It's so convenient to have a fone and music player in one unit, but I'd really love some iPod shuffle 3rd Generation. Yes, that thin one, that one most people found ugly, I want that. I don't like local radio stations, except probably NU 107 which recently signed off forever, in favour of more mainstream music of WIN 107. I haven't tuned in to that station, and I never plan to. 

Though I know you'd never ask, I will be self-indulgent still and tell what I have in my playlist. They're usually from bands like The Cure, The Boxer Rebellion, and The National. My affinity for bands with names starting with THE is beyond my comprehension. Not that bands starting with THE are awesome, but most are, right? Songs from The Cure, being my most favourite band ever, are usually my most played. If BB music player has "how many times played?" counter, it'll probably lost count on my favourite song alone which is "Mint Car." My favourite song from TBR "These Walls are Thin." I can probably stop in Makati Ave in the morning during traffic and sing this song on top of my lungs. The National's "The Perfect Song" is perfect, hence the name, or just my thoughts?

My usual pick me upper are Glee songs. I have tons and when I mean tons, I mean TONS! I thank my brother for patiently downloading every single song they're singing in each episode. Last week, "Teenage Dream" was on my loop. This week, it's Gwyneth Paltrow's "Forget You." Although I would love them to get Ms. Paltrow and have her regularly in the show, I think that won't be possible because we'll eventually get tired of her character, true? My favourite Glee songS are those they sang at Sectionals--- Faithfully, Any way You Want It/ Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin', and Don't Stop Believing. If I wanted to dance some more, I listen to Taken by Cars or Alphabeat. Add some Bloc Party and The Killers and I'm good to go. 

On way home, when it's traffic and the bus isn't showing TV Patrol (a.k.a. 24 Oras or some B-movie), I like to listen to India Arie's Heart of the Matter or Erykah Badu's Window Seat. James Morrison is also my favourite "bumper to bumper traffic" artist, also John Mayer. But if there's one song I will never get tired of listening to all day, even if my ears bleed, it'll be "Girl on TV" by LFO. Rest in Peace Rich Cronin. It was actually the song I immediately played when I heard he died. 

There are A LOT more. I will gladly show them to you if we meet. That is if you're still interested, or e-mail?

My playlist saves me from boredom or endless talkies from DJs. Gone are the days when it's all music. Even music channels right now have VJs talking nonstop about nonsense, instead of music videos. Thank heavens for personal music players, it saves you from the hassle of enduring DJs solving other people's love problems for the entire duration of their program.

I'd like to know, do you have any on the road playlist? What kind of music? What bands? 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Countdown to Cebu

I expect that in the next two months or so, my trips to bookstores will no longer be as frequent compared to the last few months. I also expect that my weekends will be spent more and more at home (except probably if I were to be asked to go out for work or if I won't spend anything more than P100) and all the unnecessary fast food trips will disappear in few weeks. Since I have monthly dues to pay now, as much as possible I want to save up all the money I can get for my travels, at least for the last few months before January. 

Yesterday, Lian, Cha, Mon, and I met to finally fix our itinerary and our supposed last hang out before we all hibernate and not see each other 'til January. Being the plan-freak and super excited to travel, I already drafted our itinerary complete with colour-coded markers according to dates and budget. I remember Dave telling me I plan way ahead of time. I don't know. I just think that the earlier things are planned, the lesser the possibility of getting unexpected problems along the way. I just like seeing things straighten out to avoid hassle and of course to budget our money.

If I compute all my earnings, minus the things I have to pay monthly, I can already have my budget if I save up a month's worth of salary. But knowing me, it's hard not to think about food and good book. But I will try my best to resist the temptation. 

It's also kind of sad that the trip will only last for a weekend and we're trying to fit all the things we want to do and places we want to see in almost two days (we leave Cebu Sunday morning so there's no hope of going around then). But hopefully, the next time we go somewhere (like Cagayan de Oro or Davao hopefully next year also) we can already allot a week for R and R. 

Excitement is actually an understatement. I can't help but count days and I wake up everyday thinking a new day means the nearer we get to January. I'm even more excited for this than Christmas (because I don't really look forward to Christmas--- don't judge. I just don't). But before the year ends, I think I have two more places to go to that require long bus rides or plane rides. That I will reveal when they're already approved!