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“Nilalagnat ang Pilipinas”
“Manila is like an oven”
“I am melting with this heat”
Not a day has passed that I haven’t seen tweet with people ranting on how insanely hot it is in the land of the Philippines. Seriously though, it is CRAZY hot! I would only appreciate this weather at the beach or after I’ve been stuck in a room with the aircon at full blast.
One thing that I think would help the weather though? Don’t let the weather get to you. Another way of saying it: Wag mong hayaan na pati ulo mo ay uminit din! I was listening to some music the other day the really just made me CHILL. Nawala na sa isip ko yung init ng araw dahil ang laming ng boses ng singers sa mga songs na yun. So here I am, doing my part for the community (sabi) by helping you guys cool down a bit, plus I really miss being a VJ on Channel V so here is my mini-summer-chill-the-eff-out-playlist:
Lykke Li – Good Gone
This girl could probably be the indie Lady Gaga in the sense that they’re both unique. Lykke Li likes to infuse a bit of dance into her videos and with “Good Gone”, I think you guys will probably have a kick at watching this video seeing a lola punching a lolo. Really, it takes the stress away. Hahaha
Ellie Goulding – High For This (The Weeknd cover)
Here comes Ellie Goulding once again making another kick ass cover. Remember Elton John’s Young Song? Yep, she made that the new loveteam song of the year. What I love about Ellie is that her voice really sends chills down my back.
Rihanna – No Love Allowed
Ok, ok, ok, OKAY! I know Rihanna doesn’t really belong in this playlist because her voice is more sultry and sexy. BUT HER VOICE IS THE EPITOME OF THE HEAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH. You need a little spice in your life. Plus, this is one of my favorite songs off of her new album. The song is just so chill and it just makes you actually WANT to lay out in the sun and embrace the heat! Ika nga, be positive. Ewan ko lang kung positive si RiRi sa kanta na to, pero go push nalang ang peg.
Frank Ocean – Strawberry Swing
Guys, Frank Ocean is sensitive…He listens to Coldplay. I think that has to go for everyone else that listens to them as well. This song just makes you forget about all the complaining. This song just makes you remember how your sweet childhood memories (AND HOW IT WASN’T BLAZING HOT BACK THEN! HELLO GLOBAL WARMING). Oh sweet, sweet memories… I could just drift off to sleep listening to Mr. Ocean’s tender voice…
Coeur de Pirate – Comme Des Enfants
I don’t understand a freaking word in this song BUT I LOVE IT! How can you not love a voice like this? Every time I listen to this song, I feel like I’m buying ice cream with my crush and we’re walking by the side walk then my ice cream falls to the ground and I get sad so he gives me his ice cream. But that would be kind of weird because it already has cooties right? Ew.
The xx – VCR
This song is my all time favorite. It always makes me feel good. Parang nakakalimutan ko ang lahat pwera ang isang tao. Theme song namin to eh. Ahem: I would like to dedicate this song to Crushie. HAHAHA. Alam ko ganito tayo in the future Zac Efron <3 “You just know, you just do”
Alice Fredenham (Britain’s Got Talent) – My Funny Valentine
Isa pang ala-Rihanna. Teehee. But daaaamn! To quote Simon Cowell, “She has the voice of liquid gold”. She will make you stop whatever you are doing. You will forget all the hate in your life and fall in love with this girl, her voice, her whole being. I don’t care what rumors about her are out there: I LOVE HER VOICE.
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Every year, my barkada (we call ourselves Chicas) goes out of town for some R&R. It’s pretty funny how everything started. Last 2010, my friend Tiffany was telling me that her mom wanted to go to Anawangin for the holiday. I went ahead and invited myself hahaha! It was a pretty chill trip because there was only about 10 of us. Six of the Chicas were there namely Denise, Brenda, Tiffany, Erin, Tats and I. Tiffany’s mom took care of everything from food to water and a place to rest AKA tents. It was pretty fun but once we got to Anawangin, it felt like a refugee camp!
The place was so crowded and there was a helluva of a line to the bathroom and I did not want to know what was going on up in there. We had brunch there and decided to go around but my friends were getting bothered that I was becoming more of a tourist attraction rather than all of us enjoying our supposed vacation. One of the guys that was maneuvering the bangkas told us that there was another island that we could go to that barely had any people.
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Summer na! If you don’t have that beach body that you were working hard for (or rather working hard just staring at firspirations), ok lang yan. Sino bang may sabi na kailangan mo ng beach body para ma-enjoy ang summer?! Ang dami pang pwedeng gawin na hindi involved ang beach body na yan. Pero kung fit ka na o kung nagpapaka-fit, edi ikaw na! Bigyan na yan ng jacket :)) These are the things I plan to do this summer na pwedeng pwede mo rin gawin:
EAT, EAT, EAT
Since hindi mo nga na-achieve ang beach body, might as well enjoy food during vacation! My favorite things to eat when it gets scorching hot is halo-halo! I remember walking to the next barangay just to get my hands on some halo-halo. I would ask them to add bananas and gulaman! I wasn’t fond of ube before but now, having halo-halo without that is just so sad! Ube and leche flan are THE best things about a halo-halo for me. If you’re not into the typical halo-halo, another favorite of mine is banana con yielo. All you need for that is sago, ice, condensed milk and bananas (DUH). Any other fruit is a good substitute. I feel my tummy getting butterflies just thinking about it.
The best memories happen with the best people. It doesn’t matter if it’s a planned trip or a spontaneous one. It doesn’t matter if it’s an expensive trip or a walang budget gimmick! Every year, my friends and I rent out a bangka and we travel to an island bringing just food, drinks and our crazy selves.
There was this one time that me, Adrianne and Janna decided to visit our friend Roxy’s taping in Tagaytay – and I drove. It wasn’t a hassle at all because it was a holiday so everyone was pretty much snoozing their day away at home. We visited Roxy on her set and decided to have some sizzling bulalo along the way. A couple of other friends followed and that’s what made it even better.
JUST KEEP SWIMMING
There have been numerous times that I’ve wanted to go swimming – most especially night swimming. I’ve never really been successful with that though because all the places that have a pool in Manila seem to close early. When we were in Subic during vacation, we were at a friend’s house and we all had the urge to swim. The house next door had a kiddie pool that was full of water. DEADLY. Since the housing area in Subic doesn’t have gates, it was easy for us to go next door. So as a joke, one by one we would go next door and start dipping our feet in the pool. We were all laughing so hard under our breaths because we would have to be as quiet as possible and the thought of being caught would scare us. HAHA! Everything went downhill when one of my friends slipped and fell into the pool. That caused a riot and then everyone started getting into the pool so we couldn’t help but laugh like crazy! The only downside to our good time was that we woke up our neighbors and they got mad at us for going on their property. We of course, said sorry and gave a little peace offering. That was really a night to remember though.
I was never really into sports but I’ve always loved going to the gym. I used to get intimidated by people who would go boxing at my gym because they seemed so sporty. One day, I decided to try it out for the first time and surprisingly, I liked it! Ever since my first boxing session this March, I’ve been going regularly. I box as a cardio before my regular weight training. It’s pretty funny because my boxing trainer always tells me that I’ll soon be ready to face my detractors.
Nakakaloka! Barumbado lang ang peg! I’m happy that I took that leap though to learn something new. I mean, you have two whole months to try something out before school starts again. For the working crowd, less traffic na lang siguro pupunta sa training center! Haha! This is the time to gain new skill that’ll not only develop your personality but you might be able to use these skills for future jobs. Hopefully next summer I’ll try to learn how to play an instrument.
There’s soooo much to do this summer! Hopefully I’ll be able to do a lot as well! I’ll keep you guys updated. What do you guys do during summer vacation?
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I have always loved out of this world concepts. I love zombies. I love books, movies, tv shows, mangas, video games, clothes, tattoos, etc. pertaining to zombies. When I heard about Outbreak Manila, I just HAD to be a part of it. As much as I wanted to be a zombie, I wanted to know how it felt like to actually run away from one. I would be just like Andrea in her last scenes of the finale of The Walking Dead. Imagine her running that long from a horde of zombies. Unbelievable. I wanted to get fit for the race but the lazy daisy in me just let me pig out and watch The Game of Thrones instead (what I watch in between The Walking Dead and New Girl).
The day of the race came and I was excited. I guess I was almost too excited because once they fired that go signal, I just ran like anything. I was running for my life while other people were tripping and falling over. Another zombie was running back and forth. It was like he was a Charger and Hunter in one (L4D)! I wasn’t even into 5 minutes of the race and I already wanted to quit. I was so scared and I was screaming at the top of my lungs. My legs were getting weak and more and more zombies just kept coming at me. I had a mini-panic attack.
That’s me getting chased by a zombie! She is so kick-ass for being able to walk in heels. I can’t even do that properly! (Photo by Franc Ramon)
One of the obstacles (Photo by Franc Ramon)
I didn’t quit. My friends pushed me. If I’m not athletic, mas lalo sila! HAHAHA! My favorite part was the “Zombie Guts” obstacle. You had to pick up pieces of cloth and put them around you as if they were zombie guts so that you can camouflage yourself. Of course, you would have to walk like a zombie or else the other zombies (mind you, they were plenty) in that zone are going to get your one of your flags aka your life meter. I was so into it but at the same time, I was scared out of my mind! Once I saw that one zombie was reaching for my flag, I growled in my most zombie-ish voice, “ZOMBIE AKOOOOO GUUWAAARRR”! HAHAHAH!
It’s one experience to remember. I do hope they get to do this in Subic. Outbreak Subic. Oh yeah. It would be super cool because the forests there are just amazingly spooky.
Speaking of zombies, if you remember my previous post, I wasn’t able to upload my short film featuring my zombie friends on Vimeo. My good friend Youtube did the trick. Enjoy!
Now that we’re down to shooting our final film for DGFILM1, I can finally post about the other short films I’ve done! For this one, we had to do a horror/suspense one. As a big fan of The Walking Dead, I really wanted to do something with zombies in it. I asked my friends Diana and Tats to be my actors along with my Road Manager from Star Magic, Arlie. At first I was going to try and do the make-up on my own but decided that was going to be a major fail so I got my friend Miko to do the zombie make-up. Thank goodness Anna was there to help us look for our location. We were walking around Ateneo like crazy looking for a little forest. Oh, and thank you Erin for being so supportive and for eating the rest of the pizza. :p
Our very own dark angel, Tats.
Oh, just a spoon. WTF.
Diana in character.
Photos by Erin Mason
Vimeo is being a pain in the butt and it won’t let me post my video. But I got a 4.0 for this project! …Oh yeah *fist bump*
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As a student in Digital Filmmaking, our foundation for our “filmmaking skills” is DGFILM1. Oh, how I dreaded this subject. Every week we are required to make a short film based on the topic given to us. For the first 3 weeks, I had been making mediocre films. I wasn’t thinking them through. My short films were always rushed and I was never well prepared. For my 4th short film, I wanted to step it up. I still have some stuff to fix like the graininess of the film, the color grading and of course, the audio. I was really pissed when I was reviewing my raw material because the boom microphone that I used was crap! All I could hear was SHHF86^%^&$%^@. So I had to improvise.
And thank goodness for friends! To Erin and to Tats for helping me fix my story which we talked about for HOURS before shooting and also for lighting my set. To Brenda and to Ina for being my actors.
This short film still has it’s flaws but I’m learning from them so that I can be better in what I love doing best
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I was being a lazy daisy as usual but I just had to get my butt out of the house and do my project. For my Photography class midterms, we were assigned to make a portfolio with the theme “Only in the Philippines”. Although I think mine ended up being “Only in Quiapo” HEHE… I asked Die (what a brutal name noh? She likes it that way but I love calling her DIANA) to accompany me because I didn’t know my way around Quiapo. I had only been there once. When we got there, mass was ongoing so there were a lot of different personalities out there.
Oh, hello there, Manong. Too bad I forgot to get his name. He was really nice though. I talked to him for a bit and he was telling me about what he was selling. When I asked for a picture, he posed right away! Super cool guy.
I spy with my little eye… Something fly? WALEY. HAHAHA
We also decided to go to Fort Santiago but we only took a couple of shots there. We then decided to meet up with our friends in Greenbelt.
Die wanted to have shisha so here is is rocking the shisha. I tried it and just coughed my brains out. No wonder I don’t like smoking.
She was drinking a beer while I was having soda. Pa-inosente kuno.
Inna and her boyfie Jeroen arrived. They are soooo cute together. Jeroen is from the Netherlands and he’s only visiting for 3 weeks. They went to Palawan and got hennas. Sobrang tawang tawa lang ako nung nakita ko yung henna ni Jeroen. Sige na, ikaw na ang gwapo. Pero di ko rin siya nakakausap ng maayos. Di ko maintindihan :p HAHA Inna was so cute! That little fashionisha! Yellow on yellow ang peg with the nail polish and mango shake.
Tiring but fun day.