A Little Bit Of Everything

A Little Bit Of Everything

Shame! Shame! Shame!

I’ve had people say they’re disappointed of me in jest because I listen, and actually like, country music. But I just like music in general, no matter what the genre, as long as it appeals to any of my senses, not just the ears. But with country music, I believe what appeals to me the most are the intricate stories woven into the whole song. This is also, I believe, why newly ordinated saint Taylor Swift’s album 1989 was, is, such a huge success. She fused that one great element of country, with pop, to appeal to a broader audience.

I’m not ashamed to admit it, but it was Carrie Underwood who introduced me to country music, with her rendition and collaboration with the band Rascal Flatts on their song “Bless the Broken Road”. That song is just positive, uplifting and inspirational in general.

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1 Season Down

1 Season Down

Now that winter has officially ended, it’s time to look forward to what the other 3 remaining seasons have in store for me and my friends this 2016. But before I do just that, I’d like to write a few sentences for the season that has just gone by. The season I like the most, even though it’s the one responsible for most of my broken bones.
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Legacy

Legacy

Congratulations!

You’ve finally taken that next step. Kudos to you on your bravery.

I remember many years ago when the doubts just started creeping in, and how you struggled with conflicting emotions. You could barely understand what was going on. I mean, how could you? Society wasn’t as educated then as it is now. There were no manuals nor were there prior role models that you could look up to.

Hard as it was, you tried to shun the unorthodox emotions away. You ignored it hoping that whatever it is that’s been clouding your judgement, would resolve itself on its own and would eventually go away.
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Glimmer

Glimmer

I don’t like organizing events. It is stressful, entails a lot of work, and above all nobody seems to be satisfied. It’s a thankless job.

It is statements like these that give event organization its notoriety. I will not refute the fact that it is a stressful endeavor, because it is. You have to anticipate and consider a lot of things, decide on a lot of details on your own, while at the same time factor in the requests and opinions of the attendees. You also have to be very detailed, and at the same time be really brief in dispensing information.

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Here’s To A Great 2013 Snowboarding Season

To say that I love snowboarding is an understatement. My winter sport preparation starts not just before winter comes, but as soon as the winter season ends. I clean and repair my snow wear and gear, I save money, I even plan which snow resort to visit next season . But this season, the main objective changed. It changed from wanting to snowboard on every challenging terrain there is and doing all sorts of crazy tricks, to teaching beginners how to snowboard, so that they too may enjoy the sport like I do. You can say that I’m recruiting future snowboarding buddies.

What I love about teaching “snow-noobs” is their reaction when they successfully complete their objective. Be it being able to stand-up on a board, do the reverse falling leaf, or the most popular and most important and most enjoyable maneuver of them all, the S-curves. Some of them shriek, well okay, most of them shriek with excitement. Some of them simply ask me, “What’s next?” It varies from person to person, but the end result, the sense of fulfillment, is the same regardless. Continue reading “Here’s To A Great 2013 Snowboarding Season”

Snow Miracle – Day 1, Part 1 of 2

March 17, 2012. I was panting very hard. Walking on top of snow and ice is not easy when you don’t have the proper shoes for it. We, all 6 of us, were on our way to Zaou Central Lodge, to check-in, change into our boarding attire, and have some much-needed breakfast. I was hungry, and geographically lost at that moment. I looked back to see if my friends were still following me and I was alarmed to see that we were missing three. They were further behind, taking their sweet time pointing their shooters at inanimate white objects that seem trivial to my earnest eyes. I wanted to get to the hotel as quickly as possible. I wanted so much to start boarding. Bad. After a few more minutes of wading through 3cm of snow, there it was, our hotel, in front of the gondola, less than 60 seconds away. Color me blown. I was ecstatic. Continue reading “Snow Miracle – Day 1, Part 1 of 2”

It’s A New Life

March 3, 2012, Saturday. The day I finally, and officially, moved out of Leopalace Apartments(LA).

It was a cold and drizzly Friday evening. I was in my LA living room trying to figure out which amongst the remaining items in this apartment I should carry next to the new one. Clothes. Definitely clothes. Then shoes.

I can’t exactly remember the exact chronology of events but after 3 round trips, my friends started arriving at the train station. I locked the door of the new apartment, ran past down the stairs (I rented the second floor), went to the old one, which was a minute away, grabbed my bike, and then dashed for the supermarket. I stacked food one after the other as much as one can possible hold with just their bare hands, and before I realized it, I was having trouble balancing the pile of bentos I had in and on my arms. I paid for the food and zipped straight back for my apartment. But just as I was about to park my bike, the phone rang.

Pibs andito na kami! (Pibs, we’re here.)
Yeah, nakita ko kayo bumaba ng bus. Tingin kayo sa kaliwa. Ako yung kumakaway.
(Yeah, I saw you guys getting off the bus. Look to your left. I’m the one waving.)
There were 3 of them, Maybeline, Rosalynne and Javier. Jeffrey was coming late.

We went straight to my LA apartment. I wanted to show my friends the LA apartments first. It was messy, and most of my things were on the floor except for one spot at the center of the room, which I have cleaned up beforehand. We put some paper towels on the carpet, placed all the food I bought on top of it, and began eating almost immediately. Evidently, everybody was starving. I turned on the TV, and tuned in to my Mac. I was streaming the performance of the top 24(or 25) finalists of American Idol. We watched the performance of the guys first.

I personally liked Joshua Ledet, the male gospel singer for this season. His voice is just the right amoung of raspy, I think. The others liked Philip Phillips. Mid-way through the show, Jeffrey finally arrived. After finishing the performance of the top 13 guys, I figured it was getting late so it was time to proceed to the new apartment, Espoir.

Now, for some reason, I really can’t remember the chronology of events when we got to EA (Espoir Apartments). I think what happened was, I blew out the airbed which my friends will be using overnight. After which, Maybeline realized that it was almost time for her to pack up and go if she wanted to take the bus back to the station.

Now, the reason why I invited my Christian friends to my new apartment first is because I wanted the house to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and not any others. We prayed over, as a group. We praised God. We prayed for His blessings. We thanked Him. Maybeline led the prayer.

We walked with her to the bus stop, and waited until she got on the bus (which was late by the way). The night was almost done. We moved a little bit more of my stuff before finally calling it a night.

And then it was Saturday, March 3, 2012.