Can. Not. Write.

>> Saturday, September 26, 2009

It's the worst rain and flood in the history of Manila.
People abandoning their cars, and walking to get home.
Families atop their rooves and waiting for rescue --- it was heartbreaking
to see all these on TV. It made me think that we are not invincible, after all.

I was one of the luckier ones who are situated where there were no
floods, only nonstop rain. But Manila, Marikina, Araneta Ave., Las Pinas and
lots others weren't spared.

I couldn't help but think this is our fault for being one of the 'dirtiest' countries,
but such thought is futile for now.

Please pray for the Philippines.
Typhoon Ketsana, please go away.

** Much as I'd like to write about my new love, Ellana Foundation, and shu uemura loose powder, I'd have to
reserve this for some other time. My heart is too heavy.


Looklet Post #2

>> Wednesday, September 23, 2009

As inspired by her royal Cabyness [again, thanks for the idea, love], am posting a Looklet look I did, something one would see me wearing most of the time. Now, on top of mind, I'd think dresses, because I love wearing dresses and skirts. But if I had an outfit I'd wear like second skin, it would be this. I love shorts, and I can go anywhere in short shorts. And you know how real this can get? I have clothes that look exactly the same! :D Except the bag, of course.

Again, thanks Caby for the idea! :)
Happy hump day, lovelies. Don't forget to watch GG, HIMYM 5 and The Big Bang Theory 3 if you still haven't.



OL Store Love: City of Vintage

I am probably one of the biggest fans of Multiply selling since, well, early last year. Even before it became a rage, I've been in contact with sellers, with goods ranging from tights to Hello Kitty wheel covers [yes, I own one.] It's just a little treasure trove, isn't it? Multiply, I mean.

My girl, Mac, who is now based in Cebu City opened her Multiply store aptly called City of Vintage. Mac is probably one of the always-best-dressed persons I know and her opening a shop just fits the bill. She doesn't design clothes yet. Her store features unique vintage finds, something one would guess if present at her wedding.

Oh and I'm buying this belt [*giddy*] after she named it after me.

The rosettes are soooo ME! [or so I think, basta]

Noteworthy-items I'm drooling at right now:

Cindy Loafers [love how she names stuff. No pun intended!]

Lavinia Belt

Gabrielle Boyfriend Shirt with Sequins
and that's Mac right there

Want to see more of her stuff? Hop on over to her Multiply site.
All photos taken from above site, taken by Mark Cantalejo.


Website Love:

>> Sunday, September 20, 2009

 Do you remember the scene from the movie 'Clueless' where Cher Horowitz was flipping in her PC and searching for something to wear? I do and I feel like her right here, right now.

These past few days, Facebook lost my attention because of my newest addiction: I tell ya, it's extremely fun to channel your inner stylist! Here are some looks I've made:

If you're trying this site out, don't tell me I didn't warn you --- it's gonna take your time.
Happy Sunday, everyone!


Pseudo-Weekend 2 and Tags

01 Mood: Annoyed. I had this weird conversation with three people last Friday night and up until now, I have no idea what they were telling me --- or where it came from.

02 Best thing about this weekend: Another long weekend in the Philippines, two more nights before I can watch The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother season premieres!

03 Last movie I saw: I haven't been able to watch a movie this week because everything was incredibly busy :(

04 What I’m watching: One Tree Hill Season 7 premiere --- which was disappointing, by the way. With no more Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton, the show feels like a badly-done collage of some sort. While I never really liked their team-up [always have rooted for Lucas and Brooke], the show seemed empty without Lucas' voice overs and Peyton's I'm-so-kawawa drama. The only savior in this show, IMO, is Austin Nichols, playing Brooke's movie producer boyfriend, Julian Baker.

05 Fashion lust: This!


06 Listening to: Collective Souls' Heaven Let Your Light Shine Down

07 Favourite recent purchase: Elianto's Angled Blush Brush. For some reason, it really works well for me!

08 What I’m reading: Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella. I missed my chick lit books and had to do some revisiting.

09 I want: To escape.

10 Aim for this week: Keep my mouth shut and just do what I need to do.

Oh and I've been tagged by the lovely Gem, who is also having her first blog giveaway, ending on September 27th! You can win these:

1. You MUST be a follower of her blog. So, click on the "follow" button if you aren't a follower yet!
2. Copy the image and post it together with the mechanics on your blog. Don't forget to link back!
3. Leave a comment on this entry saying, "I'm in!"

My daily routine:

  1. I wash my face with Kojic Soap and use Neutrogena's Alcohol-Free Toner.I apply Olay's Total Effects, wait a good 15 minutes and apply Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock on my face and arms.
  2. I apply Artdeco Camouflage Cream to conceal spots and blemishes.
  3. For my foundation, I brush MAC Studio Fix using the V&M brush [the biggest one].
  4. I fill in my brows with NYX eyebrow pencil in brown and Maybelline Eyebrow Stylist.
  5. On normal days, I just line my lids with Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen after curling my eyelashes. Then I apply the first mascara my hand hits.
  6. I apply Sally Hansen lipbalm and whatever color of lipstick I feel that day.
  7. Smile and brush blush on the apples of my cheeks and that's it! :) 

 How is your weekend going? Kisses!


Blogger Love

>> Thursday, September 17, 2009

Despite my erratic schedule and sleepless nights, I am smiling because:
 shu uemura Loose Powder and Revlon Lash Fantasy Mascara
 Gifts from the generous Frances of Topaz Horizon and Beauty for a Living.
Because we asked and we received. Thank you, Frances!
NYX Round Lipstick in Rose from Chris of Kavukz
Such a sweet nice-to-meet-you, gift. See you in Bora, soon!

 My Etsy haul came! Maya was sweet, too, adding the card that started it all:

 I cannot wait to post them all in my wall [Yes, I intend to stare at them myself.]
Be inspired yourself and give Maya's Etsy store a visit here.

One of the best things I love with blogging is that I only write [or speak] for myself. When I was in sixth grade, I wanted to be the Opinion Editor for our school paper because I felt the need to speak of my opinions and be a little Conrado de Quiros. As it turns out, there was no post as such and my dreams of being the next de Quiros went down the drain. [I became the EIC though and made my editorials darn feisty.]

As the internet got more and more convenient to use, I discovered blogging. In a completely selfish way, I found it to be my heaven --- because 1) I love writing, sometimes long, and sometimes short posts and 2) I love writing about what I think of this and that and honestly, that is exactly the point of blogging.

It was a year and some months ago that I somehow pivoted towards beauty and general kaartehan thus, this blog was born. More than me writing about myself, I'm glad to have known girls who share my love for makeup and all things pretty, people I learn a lot from, both wisdom and lessons in life. So let me just thank everyone [you all know who you are, I hope] whose been keeping my fire to blog, for the friendship and the blogger love. Gracias and kisses!

PS: Frances is selling beauty stuff here for the benefit of a kid fighting cancer [how heartbreaking.] Please do have a look and you just might find something that will interest you and help Mio fight cancer in the process.

PPS: Do you want a free teeth whitening service? The very pretty and smart Crickette is giving away this expensive service for free[yes she's a dentist].  Hop on over to her blog and do join her anniversary contest. Good luck!

PPPS: The sexy and gorgeous Shen of Shen's Addiction is throwing a giveaway for her Philippine readers because it's her birthday! Do not forget to join, too! Good luck!


Heaven Let Your Light Shine Down

>> Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Trust me, it's paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven't tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It's probably worth it.

- Richard, The Beach, 2000

The quote from the diCaprio movie is probably one of my most favorite quotes ever. Not only because I love going to the beach but because I always seem to have this wanderlust in me --- to keep moving and to go places. In the last 5 years, I think I've moved homes for four times now.

Now, travel is another guilty pleasure I have. People who know me would tell you how lazy I am at planning, I've been late to a flight as well and I don't ask about my flight details until one day before and I completely zone out. But as soon as I step out of the car/boat/plane? I'm on a high.

The BFF and I recently met her Malaysian colleague,Chris in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia last week. It was a much-needed break/vacation, especially since I've spent too many hours online, both for work and for leisure.It was a welcome change amidst my deadlines and brainstorming. As I've told C and our Sabah friends, I originally thought that KK was all mountains and beach and err, nothing more. For this I blatantly blame my friend R [hello, Tubbs!] for leading me on to think it's damn hard to get a hold of alcohol in Sabah.

So, did I enjoy Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia? Let me count the ways.

1. Plane fare was not at all bad. We booked a two-way ticket via Air Asia at around Php 1,800 including plane food. The only downside to this is that you'd have to go to the Philtranco Terminal in Pasay, ride the bus bound for Clark and fly from the Diosdado Macapagal Int'l Airport. Then again, this is not a bad  alternative when there are no Cebu Pacific seat sales. Besides, Air Asia flights in the Philippines rarely get delayed.

 Nasi Lemak [Chicken and Ginger Rice combo], Spritzer water and
Lipton Iced Tea in Can [5 RM]

2. Good hotel deals. Chris was able to book a deluxe family room for 3 persons at only Php 2,400/night at Tang Dynasty, Lorong Wawasan. Not only that, the hotel was a 3-star one, with complete amenities such as: LCD TV, hot shower, water heater, cable TV. It was near the airport, as well as the jetty [if you're going to the beach] as well as The Waterfront, where a whole row of restaurants and bars are seated.

3. Exchange Rate. Malaysian Ringgit ranges from Php 13 to Php 14 in forex. Not bad!

4. The alcohol and the partying, especially with girlfriends. This is for you, Tubbs. As opposed to the idea that it's hard to find liquor in KK and that there is not much partying, well, it's not true. It's not exactly cheap, though, like in Manila. When we were at this bar called Jugs, I was astonished to find that our local beer San Miguel Light retailing for 22 RM.

 Tiger Beer, a Singaporean brand, seems the most common beer in KK.

 That's me looking extremely drunk, Dang, Bebe and Chris at a KK bar, Razmatazz.

5. Shopping and more shopping. For a shoe-whore like myself, the BFF and Chris, inexpensive quality shoe stores like Charles and Keith and Vincci [local counterpart: VNC] are nirvana. While we were all able to buy pairs of shoes for around Php 400 each, it was kind of annoying that some pairs don't carry our sizes anymore. Bleh. Mango [as in the clothing store] prices are wayyy better here [e.g.: Jeans are at around Php 1,400 regular price.]

Literally, a sea of C & K shoes at Warisan Square. Note: The actual Charles and Keith store
is just beside it. All sale items go at the corridor.

Chris and I mulling over on-sale Roxy [Warisan Square] swimsuits, selling for about Php 1,400/pair.

 MAC Store at 1Borneo.
L-R: Richard Phillips collection, Maira Kalman collection and Marilyn Minter collection.

6. KFC Cheesy Wedges. Yep, you read that right. It does deserve a bullet on its own because we don't have it here in the Philippines. Dang and I were extremely addicted to these and wanted to eat it for each meal of the day. Yum!

 Large KFC Cheesy Wedges sell for 3.80 RM

7. Being with your girlfriends somewhere and fulfilling your wanderlust. Being my bestfriend since college [and a close friend since high school], Dang shares my love of doing our favorite activities with just girls. Going out of town and being totally independent from boyfriends is one of my favorite highs in the world. Sure, I love going far away with the BF and my family but this trip affirmed my adulthood [yessss!] and well, it was crazy. In fact, one of the rules the three of us imposed on ourselves is that we don't wake up each other, no pressure to rush and again, no on-schedule activities. We followed the rule too hard that we ended up missing the boat going to Sapi Island. Bleh, but it was still fun :) We just enjoyed our tea at the KK Jetty Port with OJ and Bebe.

My bestfriend and I at the KK Jetty Port.

OJ, Ranie, Chris, Dang and I.

Some tips if you're planning to go to KK/Sabah:
  • If you're traveling via Air Asia, take the bus at the Philtranco Terminal in Pasay or Megamall going to Clark. Ticket costs Php 350/way. Oh and Cebu Pacific flies to KK, too. :)
  • Travel tax in Diosdado Macapagal International Airport is also Php 1,620, same with NAIA.Terminal fee is  Php 600.00.
  • Exchanging money is best done at the KKIA, for better rates. You might find it hard to look for an ATM that accepts the usual Philippine banks, though. 
  • If you smoke, remember to bring enough packs of cigarettes as they are really expensive in KK. My Marlboro Lights cost 9 RM [approx. Php 123.00]. Oh and don't be surprised as cig boxes have icky photos of  gangrened feet, rotten lungs and aborted fetuses. I kid you not.
  • If you're planning on visiting the biggest mall across East Malaysia which is 1 Borneo, take the free shuttle which stops at the Warisan Square every hour until 7:30 PM. It's free for tourists as long as you show them your hotel card.
  • Taxi fare to and from the airport is fixed at 30 RM per way.
  • The normal beer [Tiger] costs 15 RM but it's a big bottle, around 750 mL.
  • Drinks at bars can be quite pricey, the beer at 25 RM [approx. Php 300] and cocktails in pitchers at  75 RM [roughly Php 800].
  • Their Daiso/Saizen store price is 5 RM, approx. Php 70, slightly cheaper than ours which is Php 88. Haul, haul, haul! 
  •  The boat at the Jetty Port going to the island is 30 RM [roughly Php 400]. Entrance to the public beaches, if I remember right is about 15 RM but I may be wrong because like I said, we didn't push through the beach trip.
  • It's a Muslim country and talks about religion can get sensitive so I'd advice to just be, well, sensitive with the people around you.
  • The weather is pretty much the same in the Philippines and I think it's okay to wear short shorts. See my photos?
  • Hotel cable doesn't really offer much. Whenever the TV was on, all we watched was AXN and reruns because according to Chris, their free TV is just like 3 or 4 channels so one needs a good cable service for lots of channels.
  • Bring a 3-pronged plug. Thanks, D
  • I've been told that the best pasalubong one can buy is their fruit ice popsicles which are packed in styro boxes with dry ice. I bought a box at 18.60 RM, with 6 flavors [12 pieces] and they are good, especially the avocado one.

 Enjoying my avocado popsicle at KKIA.

Whew, that was long! :D We are already planning them Malaysians' trip to MNL and Boracay so I hope everything goes well. I wish you enjoyed my post and find it helpful if you're KK-bound anytime soon.



I Fly Like Paper, Get High Like Planes

>> Monday, September 14, 2009

I'm still feeling a high from all the travels I've done. The BFF and I had a nice trip in the land of cheap Charles and Keith [and oh, Vincci!] shoes ----- KK, Malaysia ---and I really haven't recuperated. You see, while I thought we were lose our minds resting at the beach, we ended up partying like crazy and yep, shopping till our legs gave up.

That's Ranie [whom we call Bebe], teh BFF, myself and Chris.
Ranie and Chris are both from Malaysia, which was a good thing because
we definitely looked like we knew how to get around. Ha!

 I'm attempting to read everything on my Google Connect but my head is still hazy as I went out for a party as soon as I got home from the airport last night. I'm trying to get the hang of being connected again, after being celly-less in KK. I tell you, there is so much fun in being un-connected to the world sometimes.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a luggage to unpack and a ton of chores to do, boo.


Pinay Pride

>> Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Swooned over this:
And now this:
Yep, that IS a Bea Valdes purse.
On Kate Moss, if you haven't noticed, is a Bea Valdes neckpiece.
Isn't that Pinay Pride, or what?
  • I broke my two consecutive weeks of being sober and drank about two liters of *wait, let me scramble for my memory* FAIL, I don't-remember-my-drink last Saturday at Tav Asia. 
  • All my drunkenness disappeared into thin air when we were driving home and couldn't see through the pouring rain at 3 AM. 
  • Older friends are heaven-sent. No offense to anyone who is older than me but you guys give wisdom to me who's still learning the ropes of streetsmarts-ism. My eternal gratitude.
  • I finally got my locks chopped off, a good four inches were removed. Now, if I only knew what style I can incorporate to these as I really am tired with curls but don't know what else suits me. Help?
  • Happiness can come in sporadic bursts. As soon as I declared I was happy for the day, with one snap I was again back to my discombobulated and antsy state. 

I do hope all is well with you, especially my fellow Filipinas. The weather is crazy! The rains are nonstop. Don't forget your umbrellas and Wellies and a bottle of sanitizer. Keep safe and healthy, everyone!
*image from


30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She's 30

>> Sunday, September 6, 2009

I'm about 6 and a half years far from getting to 30 but I'd like to share with you this article I chanced upon on Glamour. I'm sure you've seen this before or read it somewhere and no, it's not written by Maya Angelou.

Oh and I've included my notes, too. 


This 1997 Glamour article has become a popular web chain letter, usually titled “Maya Angelou’s Best Poem Ever.” Glamour contributor Pamela Redmond Satran is flattered, but she wrote the list, updating it in 2005.

February 1, 2007
Pamela Redmond Satran

In May of 1997, I wrote this list. I had passed my thirtieth birthday and wanted to tell younger women about the things I really wished I’d had and known by that important milestone. I guess people agreed with what I had to say, because a few years later the list showed up in my e-mail inbox; a friend had forwarded it to me for my reading pleasure, completely unaware that I was the author. After that, every month or two someone would send it to me and I’d immediately hit “reply all” and type, “Hey, that was me! I wrote that for Glamour.” (After a while, I don’t think anyone believed me.) The list became a phenomenon; posted on hundreds of websites, it was attributed to everyone from Jesse Jackson to Maya Angelou to Hillary Clinton. Someone even published it as an anonymously written book. As I read over these lines now, so many of them still seem worth having and knowing—whether you’re 30 or 22 or 75. Being a little older and a little wiser, I’ve plugged in a few new “shoulds.” By all means, add some of your own.

By 30, you should have: *teeyah's notes in bold.

  1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.[check and check]
  2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family. [hmm. doubtful. I've never really bought a piece of furniture, not even when I attempted to live alone so no. I've yet to do this.]
  3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour. [Whenever shopping and I see a classic piece, I always say this to myself, to justify the price, hence the too-many LBDs in my closet, as well as suits I've never got around to wearing.]
  4. A purse, a suitcase and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.[I will never carry something I will be embarrassed of, though I think the author is implying a classic designer bag and an umbrella maybe so yes, I've got that covered.] 
  5. A youth you’re content to move beyond. [Since I am just nearing my last months as a 23 year old, my youth is not yet content to be left, I will learn this as I approach the big 3-0]
  6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.[As early as now, I think I've got that down pat.]
  7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age—and some money set aside to help fund it.[One of the many lessons my mother taught me is to never be a burden to anyone when I grow old, thus she made me set aside a significant amount of money meant for my retirement.]
  8. An e-mail address, a voice mailbox and a bank account—all of which nobody has access to but you.[I never intend to share my passwords, thankyouverymuch.]
  9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded. [Two pages and that's it.]
  10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry. [Check and check.]
  11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill and a black lace bra.[First and third --- check! I've got to buy a cordless drill though.]
  12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.[Yes, yes, yes.]
  13. The belief that you deserve it.
  14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.[Having friends who are past this age made me learn that it's harder to lose pounds as you get older. At this age, it only takes four rice-less meals to lose 3 inches, and yet my friend is on a cracker diet for two months and lost one measly pound. Then again, maybe it's just him.]
  15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship and all those other facets of life that do get better. [No and no.]

By 30, you should know:
  1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.[ It's possible, but not at all easy.]
  2. How you feel about having kids.
  3. How to quit a job, break up with a man and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.[When I quit my previous job, I definitely felt like I was breaking up with a guy. Imagine having dinners with my previous boss, deals and negotiations. 
  4. When to try harder and when to walk away.[Walking away is pretty hard.]
  5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
  6. The names of: the secretary of state, your great-grandmother and the best tailor in town.[Yes on the last two!]
  7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.[Yes, living alone definitely teaches a lot of lessons.]
  8. How to take control of your own birthday.[How can birthdays be so out of control?]
  9. That you can’t change the length of your calves, the width of your hips or the nature of your parents.
  10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
  11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
  12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs or not flossing for very long.
  13. Who you can trust, who you can’t and why you shouldn’t take it personally.[It's nothing personal has become my mantra for quite some time.]
  14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
  15. Why they say life begins at 30. [Does it, really?]

Do you have a list, too? Share!
*image credit: Glamour


The New Face of L'oreal's Pure Zone Can be You!

>> Saturday, September 5, 2009



What Wakes Me Up Every Morning

I don't normally do reviews on stuff I use inside the bathroom, I feel like it's a given --- bath products should always be luxurious and sweet-smelling. End of story.

But this is quite an exception, in the past few days [weeks, even!] of my lethargic state and whining sessions with both friends and colleagues, the one thing that saved my mornings was this:

 Amu'in Sigla Shower Gel

I've always been a scent-driven person, especially with shower gels. I base my judgment on how they smell in the bottle, while taking a shower, after shower and hours after I've taken my shower. My usual favorites have always been J & J's Milk bath, Dove Green Tea Body Wash and St. Ives' Apricot Scrub. Looks like I will have a new staple!

Amu'in says:

A deeply moisturizing and cleansing body wash of energizing Lemon, Peppermint, May Chang and Lemongrass with mango extract.
Directions: Pump a small amount on the palm of your hand or on a loofa or sponge. Lather all over your body and inhale deeply to experience the energizing power of the pure essential oils.

Here is what I loved about it:

  • The few squirts got me awake already. When I said on the title of this post that something is waking me up, this is. The scent of lemongrass and mango felt like orange to me, though. The awakening power is probably the shower gel's biggest strength because it made my bathing experience a whole lot better with its scent. I initially thought that it was just for the first time, but such was not the case. I still enjoy smelling it, two weeks after my initial use.
  • The pump! What I got is only a trial-sized bottle but it does come with a pump and I love it. No spills!
  • Cleansing power. I felt clean right after shower.  
  • Organic! Amu'in has a whole range of organic bath and body concoctions and they all smell YUM. 

Here is what I disliked about it:

  • Bubbles. I was looking for bubbles and they were scarce, unfortunately. 
  • Not moisturizing. At all. 

Would I buy again? Sure!

Amu'in Wellness Spa

(63 2) 838.0073

Amu'in Products are available at:
ECHO STOREGround Floor, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City
1829 Jorge Bocobo Street, Malate

2/F V-Mall (formerly Virra Mall) Greenhills

Level 5 Wellness Zone, Shangri-La Plaza Mall

G/F SM Department Store, Megamall

Mandarin Oriental Manila

Plantation Bay, Cebu


You can also get in touch with Amu'in through their social networking sites:
Multiply and Facebook.

**Photo courtesy of Amuin Wellness.


On Writing.

>> Friday, September 4, 2009

Today, one of the people I admire [at work] emailed me this, rather out of the blue:

I think I know what your 'problem' is on writing. I think,and I may be wrong, but I do suspect that maybe you're finding it difficult to write when you're not writing from your own perspective, the way you as Tara Jerika will deliver messages.

You have a very strong personality, and for you to go against it may prove futile or result to material written from a conflicted perspective. Well, if you must know, you are a very engaging conversationalist. You interview people (Bam and Pia) and speak to many in a fluid, entertaining manner. and perhaps you should just keep it in your writing as well. I can name a number of writers who try their darnedest to write fluidly...and they find it difficult because they can't carry conversations well. so maybe you should try to always write the way you speak....It may be easier and will be much more fun.

As i recall, your speaking performance at the interview was your biggest edge....your boss to validate =)

Quite a jolt to the heart on a Friday evening. And a warm one at that.
Happy raining Friday, ya'll.


Brain Fart...

>> Thursday, September 3, 2009 what I really should be calling my blog.
After all, I post sporadically and [most often] in less than 500 words.
That and a photo.
Sounds good to me. 


Because they will make beautiful movies in heaven

>> Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The first impulse is always one of love.

The more films I saw, specifically local independent films, the more I wanted to see. The deeper I got, the more responsibility I felt, the stronger the need to do something, to share that which I found beautiful.

Writing in English, I never felt much of a need to write about foreign (non-Filipino) movies—though I’m often asked to, and mostly of Hollywood fare. While I love cinema in general, a passion that has grown exponentially over the years, I feel no need to put myself in service of that which doesn’t need it. The feeling has always been: why write about Juno when I’ve hardly read anything incisive put to print about the great animation of Roxlee? Why write about No Country For Old Men when there’s the brilliantly charming films of Antoinette Jadaone waiting to be discovered by readers? The same held true for a stint I had reviewing films every other week on The Breakfast Show on Studio 23. The informal terms of agreement: I could review anything I wanted, local or foreign, new or old, short or long, so long as they could get clips to show. It didn’t make waves by any means—it was but a single segment on a show for viewers with ADD—but I think it meant something to some people: Kris Villarino, the Cebu filmmaker who made the short Binaliw; the group of young upstarts from Davao starting a series of filmmaking workshops that has only grown over time; or the chaotic arrangement of an entire episode on independent filmmaking (before the term was abused) in Christmas 2005 that guested Raya Martin, Khavn De La Cruz, Mes De Guzman, Roxlee, Lav Diaz, Pam Miras, and a very shy John Torres speaking about his short films in public for the first time.
Alexis Tioseco, Rogue Magazine, July 15, 2008
Read his full article here.

Today, the Philippine Independent Cinema lost one of its gems. Writer and film critic Alexis Tioseco and his girlfriend, Slovenian Nika Bohinc were shot dead last night in Quezon City.

I've never met or known Alexis personally but I have been touched by his writings, especially this one I quoted, "The Letter I would Love to Read to You in Person."

May you rest in peace, Alexis and Nika.
You both will be making beautiful movies in heaven



“Love isn’t about the romantic nights or gifts. It isn’t about fireworks going off around you when you have that first, real, kiss. Love isn’t about kissing in the rain and dancing beneath the stars. It isn’t about the big moments or the big surprises. Love is not a fairytale. Love is about still having the butterflies after years. It’s about the second looks and laying in bed wide awake, all night, because you can’t go to sleep mad at each other. It’s about being willing to sacrifice, literally, everything for someone, just because you care so deeply for them. It’s not about buying them gifts, but it’s about leaving them little presents here and there, just to remind them that you are constantly thinking about them. Love is about all of the little things, that add up to really big things. Love is rare and special, but should not be treated as if it will break. Love needs to be thrown around and beat up a little bit, worn in, but not worn down. Love needs to be a comfortable feeling, a place to go when NO ONE else in the world can relate. A safe place, where you know that no matter how ugly you look or how angry you are, you will still be… loved.”
- Unknown

 I've been in love far too many times in my lifetime. Sometimes I feel like THIS is it, sometime I don't. Sometimes I feel like running off to the sunset and you know, get married. WTH, love is such a complex thing and in my 23 almost 24 years of existence, I still have no complete grasp of what love is.

Sad but true.



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