Sunday, February 22, 2009

It's time to move on

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Friday, January 02, 2009
Beautiful Mess
You’ve got the best of both worlds. You’re the kind of girl who can take down a man then lift him back up again.You are strong but you’re needy, humble but you’re greedy. And based on your body language and shotty cursive I’ve been reading. Your style is quite selective though your mind is rather reckless. Well I guess it just suggests that this is just what happiness is

And what a beautiful mess this is. It’s like picking up trash in dresses

Well it kind of hurts when the kind of words you write. Kind of turn themselves into knives. And don’t mind my nerve you could call it fiction. But I like being submerged in your contradictions dear. 'Cause here we are, here we are

Although you are biased I love your advice. Your comebacks they’re quick and probably have to do with your insecurities. There’s no shame in being crazy, depending on how you take these words. I’m paraphrasing this relationship we’re staging

And it’s a beautiful mess this is. It’s like taking a guess when the only answer is yes

And through timeless words and priceless pictures. We’ll fly like birds not of this earth. And tides they turn and hearts disfigure. But that’s no concern when we’re wounded together. And we tore our dresses and stained our shirts. But it's nice today, oh the wait was so worth it

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

The last year has been a roller coaster ride for me. I got to experience happiness, excitement, sadness and heartbreaks. Looking back, a lot of things changed the way I am now. I knew that somehow things are a little better; maybe I've grown a little wiser, I even managed to come out of my shell (although it's still there) and get a little comfortable with what things are.

Looking forward, I promised myself a lot things. Change is in front of me but what I just need to do is to move my ass and start off. Another thing is to sort out some things in my life. Zero-in on what I really want and what I really need.

I ended the last day of the year in tears hoping that the coming days in the new year will be better...

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Thursday, December 25, 2008
Happy Holidays! :D
Merry Christmas to All!

Give Love on Christmas Day!

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Monday, December 01, 2008
Live High, Live Mighty (Oct 3, 2008)
It was a national Holiday for Germany last October 3. Since it's a holiday, all shops (by 'all', I mean everything -- grocery stores, malls, private shops) were closed. We were supposed to go on a trip somewhere but it didn't go as planned since we didn't plan properly (ngak!). So instead of being stuck in the apartment and sulk all day, I decided (and dragged along one of my colleagues) to watch a concert. Good thing that Jason Mraz had a show, just one bus ride from Frankfurt, so we got last minute tickets and rushed to the concert venue.

A part of "We sing We dance, We Steal Things" European tour, Jason tagged Ingrid Michaelson as a guest performer on his shows. Both artists were great performers. Listening to Ingrid was really soothing while Jason's live performance was really amazing (It's like listening to an album, heck, he even sounds better than in the album). Really loved their version of 'Lucky' (which Jason originally sang with Colbie Calliat (Did I get that right?)) and was ecstatic when he suddenly sang 'Sleeping to Dream' in the middle of his 'You and I Both' performance.

Here's the video of 'Sleeping to Dream/You and I' medley that I took:

And here is his performance of 'I'm Yours' which I can't believe that I was singing along to while I was taking this video:

Concert Highlights:
1. Mashup of 'Sleeping to Dream' and 'You and I Both'. (video above)
2. Mashup of 'I'm Yours' and Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' (video)
3. Mashup of 'The Remedy' and Oasis' 'Wonderwall'
4. Ingrid and Jason's version of 'Lucky'.
5. Trumpets up front in "Live High, Live Mighty"
6. Photograph give-away ending.

All in all I had a great time in the concert. I love the songs, love the performance, love the front row view. The concert was really worth it. Here are some pictures that I took from the concert: "Jason Mraz Live @ Neu Isenburg"

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Saturday, November 22, 2008
Home, Jet Lag, Colds and it keeps getting better
"Take me back in your arms Manila, and promise me you'll never let me go, promise me you'll never let me go"

"Poootek! Ang ineeeet!" was the first thing that I uttered when I stepped out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Terminal 'bulok' one) into the warm Manila weather. My body was already spewing buckets of sweat but it's fine by me at least I'm already home. It feels good to be back here.

The first person to greet me when I arrived at my house was my grandmother. She greeted me with tears and plenty of hugs. It's kinda funny because when I left for europe, she was also crying. I said it's only going to be three months but to her it's like three years. I guess I'll always be grandma's boy.

One of the main reasons that I was excited to get home is my one week vacation from work. Although that 'vacation' turned into a disaster. I was hit by jet lag by my third day here and caught a cold (sniffles, cough and everything else). So mainly that was one of the reasons I wasn't able to post something new (aside from the reason that I didn't have internet connection in my apartment in Frankfurt -- and I was too tired to write something to be posted in my blog every time I get home from work).

But anyway, things are getting better now...

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Sunday, August 31, 2008
Guten Tag
Three weeks has passed since I arrived here in Germany. From then on it was a roller coaster ride for me. It was my first time for everything. First time out of my home country, first time living alone, first time in a new continent on the other side of the world.

I never really expected to be here. Expectations were already set that I will not be given the assignment. Time changes everything right? I was part excited and afraid when I was given the news that I will be going to Europe to do some work for three months. Started trembling when I said 'yes, I want it' for a tons of questions raced to my mind: "will I survive there? What if I got lost? What about communication? What will I eat?" Simple questions though. But my principle with such new things is: "Try things out first, If it goes well, good. If not, too bad".

It's been three weeks since I've been here in Germany. Three weeks of living alone in a flat; terribly missing my family and friends back home. But all is well. I had two of my colleagues here, met a bunch of Filipinos living here and tried new things out. It is fun and Europe is breathtaking. But I just wish I have the special persons here with me.

I'll be back here again one day bringing them along. Someday.

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Monday, June 30, 2008
Yahoo I'm a Retar-ar-ar-ard
Here's a good stress reliever. Presenting, an Indian Music Video (with a rough English translation).

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