Monday, July 30, 2012

Payphone vocals

My first time recording vocals. 

Payphone vocals

Can We Hold On To This Thing Called Love?: Strangers Book Review

      I bought this book during the previous sale in Fully Booked The Fort branch for 50 php, which is really cheap, mind you. It's such a good steal right? However, that price really fits the book. If you are to read this, do not close your mind to things that may happen and judge the characters for what they have done.
     Everything was dark again, and he had an instant's recall of the hours they had clung together.
     They were taking her away now.
     Steve blinked up into the painful brightness of the light. 
     'Annie,'  he said. 'I love you.'
      This novel revolved mainly on the life of Annie as she lived her daily routine as a wife and a mother. During Christmas, as she was shopping, an unexpected bombing happened in the very store she was in and it collapsed around her. Luckily for her, another person named Steve is alive and he became her consolidation underneath the rubble and fear. Out of this incident, love bloomed between the two and it is up to Annie to choose between her family and her love for the man she shared this accident with.

      Annie is living the not-so-perfect but a good family life together with her husband and her two kids. As she was out doing some Christmas shopping, a bomb exploded in the shop she was in. A man named Steve was also trapped in the rubble together with her and in the darkness, their relationship developed as the two began sharing with each other their secrets, their lives, even the little things they do. Because of this, a connection was established between them, stronger and unexplainable than that of being friends. They were strangers trapped and yet became something more in the short space they were allowed to move, only their fingers being the source of comfort for one another.
      In my opinion, having someone as a companion especially in this kind of accident is good because they can be your source of hope and strength. What I don't get however is that both Annie and Steve fell in love with each other in just a short span of time. Maybe it's because they got to know each other so well that they suddenly developed that feeling however Annie should have stopped herself from being so because she is already married and a mother to boot. When she got out, she should have just told herself to remain only as a friend to Steve and to not develop her feelings for him. I was really angry at her because she already has a good life and yet she is up to the point of destroying it just for the sake of love. She is, in my opinion, a really selfish person because even though she did consider her children, she still left them to go to Steve, deceived and hurt her husband. 'Doesn't her ten-year marriage mean anything to her?' That line was always on my mind as I continued reading the book and even though I was really mad, I still decided to finish it. By the end, I'm glad I did  finish it because (SPOILER: highlight at your own risk) she decided to stay with her family and her husband, which I truly and really adore, welcomed her back.  
      The character that I loved in this book is her husband, Martin. He is such a good person that even though his wife cheated on him twice: first is before their wedding and the second is with Steve, he still accepted her and loved her. That sort of person is really rare and Annie should be thankful for having such a husband. In this book, you can really see the contrast between the personality of the couple. This stark contrast just shows how love can work and compensate for the deficiencies of the other.
      Come to think of it, this book also shows its readers how women are also subject to the same sin of infidelity as men and although it's quite hard to accept, we women are prone to doing the same stuff such as cheating as well. In my opinion, I think this book tells us that women should be forgiving, even though it is hard, and men should consider what it would feel like if their wives were the ones cheating on them. Overall, couples should not cheat the other because you've already given your entire self to the other, why search for other people to share your entirety with when you already have someone who will share it with you? 
      I'd give this book a 3.5/5 because for me, I really despised Annie's character. But why didn't I give it a lower rank? Well, Martin was the saving grace of this book because even though his wife cheated on him time and time again, he still held on to her and never let her go that by the end, she came back to him.       

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Surviving the Zombie Outbreak: Outbreak Manila @ Bonifacio Global City

      Have you ever tried or considered running for your life? Ever wondered what's it like to be chased by the undead? Well, that is what Outbreak Manila presented to thousands of runners a new perspective of fun run, and this time, it's either you survive or get eaten, well, not literally.

      This is the first run I've joined in my entire life and all I can say is that for the price, it's worth it.

      Here's a photo of me and my brother's fiancee's brother together with a pretty bride, except for the fact that's she's an undead. 

      Overall, it's a really fun experience even though I ended up having multiple injuries in the hands and knees but it's all good. Even the rain made it thrilling although it is also one of the reasons why I have these injuries.  Also, I think it would be even fun if we were at an earlier wave since the zombies during our wave were cured due to the rain and were already tired of eating humans, er I mean flags ;).

      So, will I join again? A big YES but in the next outbreak, I wish to be infected and be part of the undead.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Heads Up And Hats Down!

Nakita ko na ‘to eh, kaso di na lang din ako nagsasalita. Pero dahil nabubuyset na ako sa inaasta ng mga Tomasino dito, eh ayan.
Guys, bata ‘to. At kung tatawagin tayong bobo, eh talagang gets ko kung bakit umiinit ang ulo nyo. Syempre na naman, sino ang gustong insultuhin ang Alma Mater nila, diba?
Pero yang pangbabash na yan at pagiinsulto sa kanya ng wala sa lugar? Guys, does it make you any better than her? Alam nyo na ngang nagiging immature sya about this, tapos papatulan nyo pa. ‘Yung totoo?
Pakita nyong di totoo yang sinasabi nyan. Makaasta kayo para nang pinapatunayan nyong tama sya eh.
At sa Thomasians pala siya nainis.

     This issue has been over and done for weeks ago but I must say, I'm hats down to the 13-year old girl because she was able to make nationwide rumble. Of course, a lot of university students were outraged but then again, what she did showed how some students tend to be immature for being wound up by such words from a thirteen-year old. I truly admire what she did because she does have the freedom to do that and she never backed down from what she said. She handled the issue with confidence and stood by her word. As for those who were deeply hurt by her words, they decided to ruin her life by making fake Facebook profiles of her which I think is very unwise because that action just shows what kind of attitude these people have. I don't have anything against the schools she may have attacked, rather I even admire them, and she's already sorry for the things she said, but when I see what the people have said to her, I really can't help myself but post this because if you weren't affected in any way at all, you wouldn't be responding to such words, rather, you would just talk to her about it.If she still continues on, it's not in your hands anymore because if you think about it, who would give credit, that those people from known universities suck, and believe the words of an ordinary thirteen-year old girl immediately?  

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Am I My Sister's Keeper?

     I've read this book many years ago but even until now, it is one of THE BOOKS that would truly stick not only in your mind but in your heart as well.

     Anna Fitzegarld's older sister Kate suffers from acute promyelocytic leukemia. Her parents bore Anna for the sake of her older sister; to be the donor of the latter. From Anna's conception until now, from her umbilical cord to her blood marrow, more is asked of her. In this book, she struggles to find out who she truly is and what is her role in this world. 


     This book is really good in terms of plot and character. The characters feel so alive it is as if the story is a recounting of a true to life story and was not only inspired by it. You can feel the tension between each and every member of the family as they try to maintain the facade of a happy family and yet deep inside, they are already falling apart. In this book, current issues such as adolescence, drugs and the likes are presented. Yet even these things kept them from having a perfect relationship with one another, these flaws in fact are the ones that draw them closer to each other once they realized their faults and reconciled it. And yet, one unexpected event happens and from this, their family realizes how life can change in an instant.

    The character I really liked in this book is Anna. You would truly feel the pressure on young Anna, a 13-year old girl, whose older sister Kate suffers from a rare form of leukemia which left her really sick and dependent on donors. Not even her parents nor her brother Jesse can donor for her, hence their parents, Sara and Brian decided to conceive a "designer baby" that would solve the problem of who would donor for Kate. Thus, Anna was born. When Anna started to think of what her role is in this world, she keeps on seeing Kate as she knows that that is her role: to be Kate's donor. However, Anna has had enough. Anna decided to be medically emancipated because this time, her kidney is the one being requested of her. I really like her character because for a 13-year old, Anna is really strong. She also loves her sister very much that even until the end of the book, what she has done is requested by Kate. At a young age, Anna is left with such a big responsibility because without  her, Kate would die. She decided to come to a lawyer, Campbell, in order to help her with her case. By the end of the story, one good thing happens to Anna but one incident will change their lives forever.
a scene from the movie (left: Anna, Kate, Brian)

     When I first read this, I was really set to finish it because of the medical terms I see that are present in most chapters. Since I am an avid fan of all things related to medicine, I decided to continue on reading it. As I keep on reading it, I feel pity for both sisters and a little bit of annoyance with the mother. Progressing further, I started to get why the mother acted that way, how the brother came to be like that and how the father can sometimes be uncertain. When I finished reading this book, all I could do was cry. Even as I read it over and over, my tears would spill every single time I finish it. Since I do not cry easily when it comes to books or movies, this book gripped my heart so much. I give it a 5/5 since not all books can touch the heart. There is a film adaptation of this book if you want to check it out although for me, the book is better. .If you're experiencing family problems, this book would open your mind and heart that sometimes, you just need to support each other, get past the flaws of each member and love each other for who they are.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Whirlwind Thoughts!

     These past few days, my mind has a lot of stuff inside it. From blog topics to university stuff, to my friends, family, my love for music (especially singing) and of course, God. 

     I really don't know how I would be able to manage my time anymore although I don't want to give up on anything, my mind just wants to shut down and be on hiatus mode for a while. But I guess that's my problem. It goes on hiatus mode by itself! :))
     Although these past few days, a lot, well not really a lot but rather significant, events keep on happening. For me, the happiest day that I had was when I got to spend quality time with a friend of mine. When we spend time together, it's as if nothing matters anymore than the stuff we do (on my point of view). I just feel really happy when I'm with this friend of mine. That's why at times, I hang out with this friend when I don't have much to do or rather I finished doing everything I needed to do because if I don't I would end up cramming, like now! Still, spending time with that friend of mine really makes me feel happy and makes  me forget the blues that I felt. Don't get me wrong, I don't use my friend to chase the blues away, it's just that whenever I'm with that person, the sad moments that may have happened before hanging out with my friend would take a back seat and we would create this bubble of happiness that, I don't know, some may sense as well but misunderstand. 

    Yeah, I know, this post is kind of random but in order to commit myself to my goal, which is to blog at least twice a week, I decided to post this anyway. At least this gives you my dears something to read about in the meantime while I fix my beautiful schedule and come up with a systematic one where I can integrate a "blogging time day" into. Cheerio!