Saturday, 6 November 2010

The Law of the Garbage Truck


Many people are like garbage trucks.
They run around full of garbage, frustration, anger and dissapointment.
As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it.
And if you let them, they'll dump it on you.
When someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally.
You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.
You'll be happy you did.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Baliktanaw

photo by Eben


Anumang bagay na ating sinimulan,

Dapat alam natin kung paano wawakasan.

May mga panaghoy tayo tungkol sa biro ng buhay,

Sa kung paano ito naging hindi makatarungan,

Hindi naging patas sa lahat ng mga dinanas.

Kaya ngayon ay sumisigaw tayo ng pagbabago.

Subalit hindi ba’t matatapos lamang

Ang isang bagay na nasimulan,

Kung naroon ang kagustuhan na ito’y matapos,

Ang kahandaan ng puso at isipan

Sa pagyakap sa pagbabago.

Dahil kung hanggang litanya lamang ang lahat,

O kaya naman ay pagtakas, paglinlang,

Pagkubli o pagsasawalang bahala,

Kapag papairalin ang pagmamalaki sa sarili,

Tiyak ay may isang bagay lamang na maaasahan.

Ito’y ang walang humpay na pagmumulto ng kahapon.

Hahabulin ka hanggang sa hindi mo na mawari

Kung paano pa makakaigpaw sa mga naipong pagkukunwari.

Ang katotohanan, nasabi na sa atin ang mga kawikaan,

Mga gasgas na salitang napagtanto na natin ang kahulugan.

Subalit tila ang hindi natin tunay na matutunan,

Ang paano ito isasabuhay upang magkaroon ng kabuluhan.

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"Nakakapagod", first published 11 sept 2008


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Disclaimer: Hindi ako nagyoyosi.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

What I've been up to lately...

Last year, I joined an all-filipino choir based here in the Land of Lah. Since then, listening to MIDI guides and studying music pieces has been a part of my daily routine. Twice a week we have sectionals and group rehearsal during Saturday night. The choir has been a part of my lifestyle, and I'm very thankful for that because I found new friends and most of all, a family.

This month, we will be celebrating our 1st anniversary on the 14th, Valentines Day. A thanksgiving concert will be held on the 3rd Sunday of March, although we were yet to be informed of the exact time and venue for this event. Also, we're preparing for our "dream performance" at the "Big Durian" and that's about three months from now.

We had a short but very intensive workshop last week headed by a choirmaster we invited from Manila. She's an alumna of the world renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers. For four days, we were trained about vocal technique, dynamics and the proper way of studying music pieces. The training was very hard, even I was on the verge of giving up but gladly each one of us made it through the end.

As I listened to our sample recordings during the workshop, I really can't believe that we were able to produce such good sound. We may not be as good as compared to most of the award winning choirs in the Philippines, but considering the fact that all of us members are working professionals with varying job schedules and lifestyle, still we were able to gather in one place to share the same passion for music.

Here's an audio clip from our choir rehearsals as we sang a choral setting of a Roger Whittaker original that was covered by Gary Morris, and later on by Bette Middler. Happy listening! :)

Fly, fly, fly away...



Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Batangas

Note: Hi everyone! Happy New Year! Haha! It’s nice to be back in the blogosphere after more than two months of hiatus.

I was on a short vacation last month in the Philippines to celebrate the holidays with my family and friends. I was so happy to see familiar faces and places once again, especially during that time of the year when everyone’s spirit to celebrate is in an all-time high. I’m home once again, and I will surely miss that. As part of that vacation, my relatives and I went to a road trip from Marikina to our hometown in Batangas (Laurel and Calumala) and then off to Tagaytay as we headed back to Marikina. It was a fun-filled joyride inside my uncle’s jeepney (except for the dust and pollution in metro manila), especially when we took the Tagaytay route as we go back to Marikina (the chilling breeze of highland Tagaytay embracing our faces, priceless!).

Here are some of the photos I took during our trip. (c/o Candice) - 26 Photos



A self-portrait inside my uncle's jeepney. We had a brief stop-over in one of our relative's house near Talisay, Batangas.







Breakfast was served during the stopover, and while the oldies are busy chatting, I went to the garden and took some photos of these flora.




A view of the "bukid" (farm) near my folk's house in Laurel, Batangas. This place used to be a "palaisdaan" (fishpen) full of "tawilis".


Lonely tree.


My sister and cousin leading our way to the "gulod" to visit another relative, lots of trees gives shade to the path.


We reached the house in "gulod" and then we saw this. The house was not spared by the wrath of Ondoy and Pepeng. Landslide torned down the walls of the house, mud found its way inside and the first floor was severely damaged.


Going uphill on this very steep trail. (with cousins and sisters)


We finished the climb and found our way to the main road.


Finally, Taal Volcano!


Another shot. Too bad we were not able to go downhill as the path going down is much more difficult to trail.

My cousin and sister, looks lost but still enjoying the view. The girl on the right is no other than Nini!


After taking a break, we decided to go to the lakeside. (That mountain over there, Tagaytay)


On our way to the lakeside, we saw this cow, enjoying her lunch.




Yet another effect of typhoons Ondoy and Reming. Aside from damaged crops, the lake seems to be shift backwards. The area where I took this photo used to be a part of the lake. (Global warming??)


Our growling tummy can;t hold it any longer. We headed back to my auntie's house and enjoyed the feast. Sinigang na manok sa kamias, adobong baboy and peras (clams).



Signs posted in front of a nearby Sari-Sari Store.


Another side of Taal Volcano, taken in afternoon while we were on our way to Calumala.


An old house in Calumala. There are plenty of these type of house within the neighborhood.


On our back to Manila, we took the road going to Tagaytay. This view of Fantasy World is sums up my feelings during that road trip -- I'm HAPPY.