June 25, 2007
My friend Mariel and her team is organizing a fundraising event for the education of indigenous people. Here is a copy of the email blast for the event:
WHITE WATER RAFTING FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' EDUCATION
Take a thrilling adventure and make it worth a lifetime for a child!
Cartwheel Foundation invites you to experience the renowned Cagayan de Oro River white water rapids and raft for indigenous peoples' education, together with The Red Rafts and Men's Health Magazine. Starting this June until October 2007, raft with The Red Rafts, Cagayan de Oro's premier outfitter, and part of the proceeds of your trip will benefit the educational programs of Cartwheel.
There are an estimated 12 million indigenous peoples (IPs) in the Philippines and they have little or no
access to quality education. Cartwheel is committed to bridging the gap and ensuring that they enjoy their right to education that is best suited to their culture and life experience. You, too, can lend your support and have a blast while you're at it-- you might just discover the ride of your life!
Go with your friends or even take the whole office for an outing (special teambuilding activities are
included). Reserve your trip now! Call/text: (0922)454-0021 or (0919)204-3534
Note: Cebu Pacific promo of P99 fare to CDO available from June 21 to 27!
June 23, 2007
*a description Sorsi, Bea and Luanne came up with sometime ago to describe my restaurant recommendation powers and because, they say, I'm not only well-bred but also well-fed.
June 20, 2007
July 8 and 15 2007
Francisco Santiago Hall
Equiable PCI Bank Tower 1
Makati ave. cor Dela Costa st
Tickets at P150 available at the entrance.
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June 17, 2007
We’ve all had moments when we just couldn’t help but sing. The trigger may be a breathtaking view, a long-awaited victory, a love letter from a sweetheart, an uncontainable loneliness. Whatever it is, the experience is just too emotional for mere words, that words must take on a melody. Whether the song that comes out is one that already exists, or a totally new creation, never mind if there’s no accompaniment. We just have to sing.
It is these very moments when that Ateneo-based vocal group Hangad will celebrate this July, in Walang Ibang Hangad: An All A Cappella Concert.
Walang Ibang Hangad will feature songs from three of Hangad’s five albums, such as “Magnificat” and “Paghahandog”; existing arrangements including “Man in the Mirror” and “People Get Ready”; and new and original arrangements of “Hawak-Kamay”, “Power of Your Love”, “You Raise Me Up”, and “I Will Sing Forever.”
“Some people say a cappella choral music is better than accompanied choral music,” says Paulo Tirol, the group’s musical director. “I wouldn’t say one is better than the other… but definitely, a cappella music has a distinct challenge and excitement, being 100% vocal.
“It’s been a while since we did an a cappella show, and we miss the challenge and thrill of being to pull something off without any instruments.”
Hangad began singing a cappella music in 1996, having acquired scores of inspirational and Christmas music by US groups First Call and A Cappella Praise. When the group recorded Hangad, its first album, in 1996, the album’s lineup included a number of a cappella tracks such as “One Thing I Ask” and “Pagbabasbas.” The group recorded Hangad A Cappella in 2002, an all a cappella album celebrating Jesuit favorites through new a cappella arrangements. To this day, the group’s repertoire for Masses, concerts, weddings, and Christmas prominently features a cappella pieces.
Walang Ibang Hangad will be the group’s first all a cappella concert since the launch of Hangad A Cappella.
Hangad’s creative director Domi Espejo likens a cappella music to prayer. “A cappella music is very bare, very vulnerable, and very pure… it’s just your voice… much like the way you come before God. That’s why the concert is titled ‘Walang Ibang Hangad’—because there’s desire to sing out to God, and nothing else.”
Hangad is a group of young professionals and students bound in friendship by their passion for helping others know God through liturgical and inspirational music. Over the last 15 years, they have recorded five albums, produced three music videos, and staged numerous inspirational concerts around and outside the
Walang Ibang Hangad: An All A Cappella Concert will be held at 6 PM on July 8 and 15 (both Sundays) at the Francisco Santiago Hall, Equitable PCI Bank Tower 1 Auditorium,
June 16, 2007
If you like blended tea (like Starbucks Green Tea Frap) then you'll like this new place in MegaB called Bubble Tea. Think Zagu(for the bubbles) meets Quickly(for the flavors). It looks and feels like the small bakeries along the SG SMRT stations (maybe because of the size and colors). They have lots of blended tea varieties like the Red Bean Milk Tea and Milk Tea and other stuff (so much for variety! haha). I didn't really get to explore the menu because I ordered the first item I saw -- Green Tea Milkshake. Winner! Its like FIC Green Tea with sago for P105 (sorta cheaper than a frap). I'm rarely in Megamall(for 101 reasons) but the next time I'm there I'll definitely stop over Bubble Tea again.
TALK ABOUT CONSUMER INSIGHT AND TARGETING!
June 15, 2007
June 14, 2007
*from grades 2 to 6, I never changed into my P.E. uniform in front of my classmates. On the day P.E. class was scheduled, I'd arrive in school with my P.E. shirt as an undershirt. I started doing this after a classmate named Carl made fun of my man-breasts (or boy-breasts at that time haha).
*when I was 11, my mom hid all the snacks from the fridge and instructed my yayas to keep an eye on me because, in her words, my tummy was walking ahead of my my chin.
*visiting my lolo in Zamboanga del Sur always attracted a small crowd of kids following me around. I guess its not often a remote hillside town gets a visit from a pale chinese kid with a round face and pink cheeks. I tried demonstrating my karate moves (courtesy of sensei Pat Morita. Heee-yaaaa!!!) to my audience with the hopes of scaring them away but they only laughed.
I breezed through high-school and college without any real weight issues. I think by this time, I've accepted my body type. Some people are just born, well, with a little extra. Besides, at that point in my life I had discovered other traits, talents and skills to define me as person other than my appearance. But I think at the back of my head, I still wondered how different my life would have been if I lost a couple of pounds.
I finally became serious about my weight when I started my first job. Let's call this the "vanity phase". Since I was now earning my own cash, I decided to enroll in a gym. Of course I picked the gym with the least number of members. I ended up in a gym in Mactan, 30 mins away from where I worked and across the main island of Cebu (30 mins is far in Cebu standards). I stuck around for about 2 years. I didn't really diet, just added cardio to my routine. I shed pounds and while the sex was great, it didn't really change my life. I biggest advantage for me was having better options for clothes and gaining self-confidence. Eventually I got tired of it and following a career shift and home-base relocation, I became busy with other priorities.
The next time I'd step foot inside a gym would be 2 years later, or 2005 to be exact. Let's call this the "diet phase". This time I wasn't doing it not for purposes of vanity but for health reasons. I had been at my fattest point in my young life and it did not feel good. I was out of breath sometimes and felt very sluggish. So for the first time in my life, I found myself dieting. No rice, simple baons for lunch like crackers and tuna and lots of water. It was hard starting over again and it irritated me a lot I had to work out in a place oozing with sculpted abs and pecs. (You know how I coped? I told myself before these guys had their six packs, they were a fat as me...don't know if the reasoning was healthy). It paid off and I shed 20 lbs in 4 months. I thought this lifestyle change would be more successful the second time around but, as usual, I got tired of it again (I can only take so much crackers, tuna and salad).
Now I've gained back half of the 20 lbs I lost. I still hit the gym once in a while but I'm mostly uninspired. I need something to jumpstart my next phase which hopefully will last longer this time around. In the meantime as long as chub chasers are around, the world is a safer place =p
June 13, 2007
"That we were created half spirits might be true...but the other half has been given us from the very first moment of our lives - our family is our half spirits, our friends make up half our souls, and all those that love us - they complete us." - Fr. Arnel Aquino, S.J. (excerpt from June 9's thanksgiving mass for friendship)
June 12, 2007
June 11, 2007
My verdict:not bad for halo-halo but best enjoyed for take-out.
Unlike the typical colorful halo-halo with almost a dozen ingredients, Razon's version only has leche flan, caramelized banana and milk(Carabao's milk according to Tita Lorna). I guess its appeal is the just-right sweetness with a perfectly mixed batch. I just wished we had not decided to eat inside the restaurant. Not only was it packed when we arrived for merienda, it was also very very dirty. Lots of foodstuff on the floor, weird smell going around in the dining area (couldn't tell if it was from the food or the customers) and flies hopping from table to table. And speaking of flies, they were more attentive to our food than the restaurant staff. Definitely not a place I'd like to eat again. Besides, I can enjoy the same quality of food minus all the unsanitary experiences in their Ortigas branch.
June 8, 2007
Its the same as other things but exactly like nothing else.
It has an eye and an ear that shares what billions hear and see.
Its not a living thing but if you feed it, it will grow.
It can rally the masses, it can silence the crowd.
It can speak a thousand words but it has no voice.
It can find you the places so you can get lost.
And it can let others feel what you've just been touched by.
Theres a thing in my pocket but its not one thing, its many.
Goodbye Gary Oldman!
June 6, 2007
It was a delightful surprise though. THANKS PAU!!!