Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Time to wake up.

Went to the Million People March yesterday at Luneta, because Anonymous' revelations are just too much to ignore. I "liked" a related Facebook Page and the posts there are also ~interesting. I don't know how to put it, really. I did not join protests/rallies back in UP but this time, I just felt that I had to be part of the change.  

It's a pleasant surprise to see that many felt the same. A "leaderless protest" jumpstarted by social networks, results to this? Not bad. Not bad at all. The people who attended are mostly the working class, from I guess the middle to upper class. 

It was heartwarming. To see that people from all brackets are engaged in the issue, that they want to be heard and join the push for change that our political system needs. My friends and I were even able to chat and befriend one, who apparently is a director of one of the bigger realty property companies here. But that didn't matter; we all went there with the same hope, and that is that our country gets what is rightfully hers.

Yeah. Shame on the corrupt.

And holla, Luneta was generally trash-free during and after the rally. Apir guys!

Peaceful day. Meaningful celebration. Certainly my most memorable National Heroes Day yet.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

When expectations are low, things can only get better.

Agreed? Managing expectations is one of the things I'd really have to work on, as I always just have this much faith in people that disappointments become more the rule rather than the exception. That sounds sad, i know, but am really trying to balance the two now. To be more realistic but to also let people know that certain levels of expectations are still up for meeting.

Anyway, I am totally talking about life expectations in my title, not really about people. Haha. Last long weekend I went with some of my officemates to Punta Fuego in Batangas for some overnight swim tambay. Initially we were looking at (at least!) 7 people to join the trip, but the count ended up at four. No stopping us, though!

Plenty, plenty of surprises just happened during this weekend. From the roadtrip, to having an entire beach to ourselves (for a picnic lunch, yey!), to having an entire pool to ourselves again (seriously, where are the people?), to the accommodations, and plenty more in between. Also went to Sonya's garden and was pleasantly surprised of all the organic items i found theeeere! We were way underbudget but were way above-mark in terms of fun expectations. It was a lazy, lazy, relaxed setting that we slept by the poolside for a good hour, with the slightly overcast sky making the feel just perfect for lounging. This kind of adventure really makes me wonder why some people do not like the beach. I mean, whyyy?

One of the things i really go by is that being less critical in things makes it easier to have fun. When everything's imperfect, the experience just becomes richer, more relevant. Surprises become more meaningful, and the littlest blessings are much more appreciated. It's a little more difficult when we talk about people, and an altogether different story when we talk about work. But life in general, becomes much more awesome when we allow the universe to just align its stars and surprise us every now and then.

“Unannounced changes in life’s itinerary are like dancing lessons from God.”

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Put on your war paint!

Probably the only concert i'll spend patron tickets on, finally, i got to see Fall Out Boy perform live last Thursday night at Araneta!! Saw them play with my brother and sister. All three of us love FOB, and we got our tickets just about 15minutes after it was officially released by Ticketnet in May. Spell abangers please!

Bought a 50-peso lipstick at Watsons just so we could put on our war paint! (The Phoenix)

Show was opened by Typecast. I don't really know any of their songs except for Will You Ever Learn. I have to say though, they're good! And the vocalist's funny!

Then FOB enters, singing Thriller, and the crown goes BAM!!!!

They play 20 songs (20 SONGS WHO DOES THAT WHO WHO WHO!!!), Pete gives a great speech about being the anti-heroes that represent those ~ignored (nonverbatim im sorry!) (kicking myself for not recording it), Patrick (whose wife is part Filipina!) says he loves halo-halo and pancit and lumpia, and Pete says his favorite is the Chicken Abobo. Yeah he said Abobo. Oh Pete why so aborable.

Yep, my first time. But definitely won't be the last.

Same pose? Sibling thing. But not really.

Next year again please? If Panic! At the Disco joins you, my life's complete. Well, you know what I mean.

But really i just want to thank you for singing a hundred songs!!! 

1. Thriller
2. I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me
3. "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More "Touch Me"
4. Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes
5. The Phoenix
6. This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race
7. Alone Together
8. What a Catch, Donnie
9. Death Valley
10. Hum Hallelujah
11. Grand Theft Autumn
12. Sugar, We're Goin Down
13. Young Volcanoes
14. Dance, Dance
15. I Don't Care
16. My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark

17. Save Rock and Roll
18. Beat It (Michael Jackson cover)
19. Thnks fr th Mmrs
20. Saturday
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