Monday, April 23, 2012

Takamine Got Me

Finally had one, again. Say hello to my new guitar from Takamine D Series sunburst acoustic guitar. ^_^  I was supposed to go for the natural color model but this gradient-orangy rich color sunburst got me. When I tested it ayaw ko na bitawan! The grip, body, feel, and most specially its thick and whole auditorium sound suits my satisfaction.

His blessing is always perfect timing.
Thank you Lord. :)

Warner Night at 70's Bistro

Catching up with friends with awesome eargasmic OPM music makes the late night out worth it. It was lead by the hit makers today from Warner music Philippines -General Luna, Never the Strangers, Ebe Dancel and Rico Blanco. I was accompanied by two lovely couples -Wilt and Jeff and ate Irene and Carlo.  The event was held at the 70's Bistro somewhere in Quezon City. OPM rocks! 
never the strangers lead vocalist
The band behind the moving song from close-up toothpaste commercial. "Inch by inch, we're moving closer..Feels like a fairytale ending..Take my heart, this is the moment, I'm moving closer to you."
-Moving Closer by Never the Strangers
Nicole of General Luna
Making the Pinoy rock come alive once again brought to you by General Luna, they rock as if I'm watching a full male band. Their fierceness that matched with their music skills and hot profile will surely hit globally. Nicole Asensio's demure look rocks the house with her resounding hardcore voice. Girl power!
Ebe Dancel
My sister's all time favorite Ebe Dancel. Ebe, never fails to grace the audience with his original heart mending and honest songs that anyone can easily relate and enjoy. Listening to him sometimes gives me guilty pleasure. hehe  :)
red in glance
For the finale, my favorite genuine, gifted and grounded singer/songwriter, Rico Blanco. His songs has been part of our love life history from the 90's until now. He is someone who is born to make music that lifts our Pinoy pride.
from top left down to bottom right: 1)photo canvass from the comfort room entry way 2)my sister Wilt, 3)my friend ate I.. 4)lovebirds (Irene and Carlo) 5)CR moments with sis 6)the wall art of 70s Bistro 7)snapshot with Rico after his almost two-hour insane set :p (fan ang peg) 8) red door from the bathroom going to the bar.

Let's support OPM. ^_^
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Summer Wanderlust at Tondol Beach

What to do with one of the longest holiday of the year?.. Its time for family bonding, home bumming and beach swimming?! yay. I was longing to go to this beach. I invited friends to come along but they also want to spend their time with their family. I really really want to go there. I’ve read blogs, reviews and articles just to make sure I can go there with much knowledge and readiness all by myself. I am blessed to have the coolest mom because she made a decision to come with me with the whole family..and that made all of us so excited.
beach entrance
The entry way that will welcome you when you get there. When I saw this nabura pagod ko sa byahe. wow Lord.. :)
Nipa and the blue
We arrived there around 1pm and its 'low tide'. Just in time to witness the splendor of the white sand beach. Onti nalng Maldives na! haha.
I got so excited to take pictures! (may kasama pang nginig sa sobrang excitement. haha..) My younger brothers nagpalit agad ng pang langoy. Ang sarap tumapak at tumakbo sa sobrang pino at lambot na sand.
my brother always with peace
My youngest and uber bibbo brother, Rainer. :)
Tondol beach
The photos are quite overexposed and I'm also overexposed under the sun! The skies were clear..salong salo mo yung init. Thanks to my sister who manage to re-apply sunblock maya't maya. 

sisterly loved
First photo taken with my lovely sister, Wilt. We set the camera on timer so we can freely move naturally. 
orange and purple visibility
"Be still and know that I am God" -Psalm 46:10. I found rest in His presence. As I watched the calming view and listen to soft waves hitting the shore..God reminded me to trust Him more completely. He made the beach so beautiful, detailed in every way and crafted it excellently. How much more our life? Let Him take over.

at the back of the island
Watching the sunset is overwhelming. This natural wonder is just a glimpse of God's awesomeness. Taking this photo while riding on a boat with calm waters and misty wind calms my soul. 
before sundown
We hopped on the island near the beach to witness the sunset more intimately. Of course, its also time to get photo opportunities. This silhouette is my sister. 
We rented a place facing the beach called Star Inn. The room rates are from 700-2,500 php per nyt. Rooms are similar to apartment type we normally see.We stayed 2 days and a night. Mejo bitin pero ok parin because we are required to make the most of it. (walang pahingang pag-explore at walng humpay na dora mode..haha). What I love about the beach? wala masyadong tao..hindi crowded like mainstream beaches na kailangan mo pang manghawi ng tao to get pictures.haha; Tahimik, spell unwind? wala masyadong nagpapatugtog ng mga party songs..chill na chill lang. Hospitable people, parang lahat ng nakakasalubong ko na taga doon palangiti?..hehe. My sister's boyfriend got stung by a huge jellyfish. Manang cooking near the shore gave him first aid agad, may kasama pang lecture at sermon na tunog nanay ng very light. The cons of the beach? Since its not yet fully developed, may mga part ng beach na maraming halamang dagat na nakakalat sa pampang. Water source, madaming mga suking tindihan dun pero hindi ko trip yung lasa ng tubig nila. Safer siguro mag softdrinks ka na lang or better magbaon ng gallons of distilled water. Wala pa masyadong restaurants and hang-out place. And lastly..ang LAYO. haha..

Will I go back? Absolutely yes! ^_^

How to get there:
It took us 6-8 hours to get there. Excluded the hours we waited for the Bus going to Alaminos.
Take Victory Liner (Cubao) byaheng Alaminos -ticket rate 393php aircon. Isang stop over lang sa Victory Liner (Tarlac). After long hours of sleep, butt burning travel time and endless view of wide rice fields mala-Farm Ville, you will reach the Alaminos bound (where the trip to Alaminos bus ends). From there, take a walk to find a jeepney going to Anda. Pwede magtanong-tanong, libre. Wag lang papa-uto sa mga tricycle drivers na willing to help ang peg pero hindi naman talaga. Haha. Instead, ask vendors or better security guards or mga tanod. Keep walking forward until you reach Alaminos Auditorium.  Dun ang sakayan ng jeep going to Anda. Then from Anda take a tricycle going to Tondol Beach. (Jeep fare 50 plus php tas tricycle 30 each). 9pax kami, much better and efficient to rent a jeep ‘til Tondol beach. 1k plus lang balikan plus you have the assurance na may masasakyan ka pabalik to Alaminos.

What you need:
Eagerness to experience new things
Excitement that never ends
Expectant heart to catch what God will reveal to you

Finding this awesome beach with a bunch of unfailing smiles, unlimited excitement and unforgettable experience with my most beloved family makes the trip full package summer wanderlust.

God made this beach so awesome and amazing how much more your life?
Life is not about finding yourself, its creating yourself. -Oscar Wilde
always remember to create oneself into His image.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

When Boredom Strikes

Office computers tend to have webcams, but in reality its usability is not maximized. What to do with a lonely webcam camera in front of you?..USE IT. :) Katy (my officemate) shared this webcam toy thingy. The site offers with over 60 camera effects which you can play with and easily tweet or post on Facebook. Burst out your creativity by portraying happy and quirky poses. Here's my sample shots earlier:

killing the boredom
1)Retro filter with the my favorite tumbler
2)Trying out Snow effect with Yara's furry jacket
3)Feeling Underwater with bubbles effect reminds me of this ad "labadami labango.." hehe
4)Old Movie effect, me typing like a zombie. lols

Taking pictures of yourself somehow boost up energy in some way I can’t explain why. Try it now here. Ready? Smile!

Monday, April 02, 2012

50 Simple Life's Instructions

1. Have a firm handshake.
2. Look people in the eye.
3. Sing in the shower.
4. Own a great stereo system.
5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
6. Keep secrets.
7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
9. Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
10. Whistle.
11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
12. Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90% of all your happiness or misery.
13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
16. When playing games with children, let them win.
17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
18. Be romantic.
19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
21. Don't allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It's there for our convenience, not the caller's.
22. Be a good loser.
23. Be a good winner.
24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
27. Keep it simple.
28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
29. Don't burn bridges. You'll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the one's you did.
32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
34. Take charge of your attitude. Don't let someone else choose it for you.
35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
36. Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
Once in a while, take the scenic route.
38. Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, 'Someone who thinks you're terrific.'
Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
Make someone's day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
Become someone's hero.
Marry only for love.
Count your blessings.
Compliment the meal when you're a guest in someone's home.
Wave at the children on a school bus.
Remember that 80% of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
Don't expect life to be fair.

Yes it takes time, but if you'll just OBEY the greatest commandment of
Loving God with all you heart,mind and soul..
and Loving your neighbor as you Love yourself,

will make these life's instructions like a piece of cake.

Remember this nifty fifty! ^_^
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