Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

5 Years - Volta Tour - Denmark Roskile Festival 2007

russ had this posted recently on fb, as usual Bjork never fails to astound both of us (and for sure some Bjork hard core lovers as well)

so i can't help but post this as well on my page.

just listening this track on my headphone could let me run a hundred miles, let alone see her live performing. Volta tour is just so wonderfully magical. i hope she has another one brewing and luckily, me and russ would able to make it that time.

the power of her voice, the lyrics, the memories it brings. Gehd, it's purely electrifying.

hail to Bjork



Dearest Bjork,

please don't get old yet..

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

from izakaya (gbelt) to tagaytay

my cuz happens to be in manila. so straight from work i went to greenbelt with her
and a friend Marz where Ian, Jm and Sherwin were partying in Izakaya.

with mah cuz'n, Jean (at the background: ian smiling aimlessly, sherwin and Jm kissing)

with cuz and marz

then around 4am, we decided to go to tagaytay
i went there without a jacket, and darn, it was friggin coRRD!

i love this pic taken at villa olivarez? i forgot the place.
next time, i should bring my jacket, if not, at least a human blanket. hehe =)

even if it's kinda sunny, the cold breeze could dampen your cheeks.
such a lovely place.

we just had breakfast, cig and a coffee then went back home (so damn tired).
Jean will be heading back to cebu later that day. so i'm glad we had this moment together.
@jean_denorte will see u again on xmas cuz there in Cebu!

it would be me who's going there this time.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


was able to visit these places here in Manila (and some part of Southern Luzon)
that I kept on hearing but never been to before. Thanks for Jon Mengua who’s my personal walking
and breathing google map. He worked as a real estate agent before and he roam around most
of these places (so it figures).

*Eastwood Libis

*photo by emong

a great place to spend the after hours. We came here after our shift at 2am, and man'
the place is still vivid and most of the establishments around (as there is an open mall,
sort of coco mall in Cebu but bigger) are open 24 hours.


*photo by etravelpilipinas

Spent my 10/10/10 spur of the moment escapade. It's only 60 pesos bus ride from Taft.
Went to a lutong bahay restaurant and had coffee at strabucks while facing this view.

*Ateneo de Manila University

*photo by nikko viquiera

Went there with Jon, stayed more time along katipunan avenue---the nestling place of
Atenistas, Merrriams, atsaka mga scholars ng bayan. Dine and unwind at Shakey's


*photo by americatours

we always passed by here everytime we go to Malate from quezon Ave.

*Quiapo Church

*Photo by Arvin Rolly

wanna experience simbang gabi here!
is it gonna be tomorrow for the first 9 mornings?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

from centris walk to cubao x

after rehearsals, jon and i hopped from Q.ave to Cubao.
Instead looking for attire for our upcoming xmas party the day after, we had a drink instead.

at coffee bean and tea leaf at centris walk. with November, Madeleine, and Jon

@ cubaoX, they have this pasko sa nayon theme. at 11pm, the place is crowded with
eccentric drunkards and some junkies with an invisible tag on their forehead saying:
"i'm an artist"

but generally, i love the crowd. i feel normal when i hang out here. heheh!

with my mareng Jon, kumareh na kami, kasi lahat ng hearthrob nya na meet ko na.
i give my blessing to all 5 of them? ilan nga sila jon? sagutin mo nga ako..

so yun, hubog na hubog ang kalabasan.
ayo ko na, ka isa na lang...

*photos by jon

Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy B-Day GL!!!

in my 5th year in this corporate world, i never had as cool as my boss right now.
yes, i'm not bragging it on her (she is not even reading my blog, and i'm not gonna
add her on facebook, so she won't know my whereabouts when i get missing in action... lol )
but our Sup is so cool that we can't help but love her much. For her birthday, we surprised
her with this bday bash!

Jon made 90% preparation, me and the rest just contribute a little..

S means what? Sick?

or what? (what's on your mind?)

jon, me and our GL Audrey, who made us all spoiled bratz!
we love you GL, stay young and lovely and paki process dispute ko GL..
at yung vacation leave ko, atsaka sick leave, atsaka...

lol =)

*photos by georgina fernandez and jon mengua

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

banchetto (ortigas)

Every Friday, a place near Emerald Ortigas has this food fiesta strip where stalls and stalls of food stalls sell everything from grilled liempo to deep fried drumsticks to red and white sauced pastas to baked goodies and to whatever gastronomic fantasy one could crave for. So it’s all about food expo where hundreds or let say even thousands of food enthusiasts flock on this mini strip in Ortigas.

It reminds me of Fuente Osmeña during Sinulog. We usually walk (or even push) ourselves through the crowd to hop from one stall to another. And like predators, we proceed to the mini park with our goodies after an exhilarating and sometimes, stressful hunt.

with mareng john and aya =)


Ra Ra Riot - "Boy"

listening to this track.
it's 04:07 on a December morning.
will jog in a bit.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I was shy at the time

when I met him
it was nothing special
nothing glossy at the background
it was just me and the music
him and his drink
all we could just do is shoe gazing
you know what I mean?

i must have reread some letters
to tide me by
remembering a correspondent:

. i am doing fine,
. just that the weather in England
. is dropping down to 8 degrees
. that is too cold for me.
. you have been such a superstar again.
. thanks so much for getting back to me quickly.
. all the best,
. m

then the tropical air
brings me back
where were we again?
oh, yeah. cubaoX
the place of which reminds me of
kukuk’s and turtle’s nest
at night
when shoes sleep with
guitar strings

an hour would be
a long long time
standing beside an infinite line
what ever happens
to he and i.

Imogen Heap - Goodnight And Go music video

gehd, just a wonderful song
and if i got a sound track for snippets of my pathetic "love life" scenes
this would be very suitable track..

i'm having Imogen Heap as one of my favorite artists


How could that be
If All I can see
Is you, smiling at me
How could that be
If all you can see
Is me, smiling at you

But it’s all just a “smile”
as we’ve parted ways
me: heading from east to west
you: heading from west to east
where have all the stories gone?

And just like that'
a dream
that we both have

Saturday, November 20, 2010

with ian cinco and the bang bang gang

i always get excited when ian cinco, one of my close friends from cebu,
would come here in manila. He’s an epitome of a partyphile who knows no limit.
So I always make sure to tag along with them when he happens to be around (and vice versa)

Because of ian, I became close to his core friends as well.
So I enjoy hanging out with them and boy,
we have this kind of magnet for fun!

with ian, at a saloon in greenbelt (he just had his Php450 haircut!
man, i got mine for only 40 bucks! haha and that's inclusive with the tip!)

I miss our moments in Cebu so being with ian is all about catching up,
we talk endlessly about boys boys boys! Heheh and all those girl talks. lol

from left to right: rap marinduque, me, ian cinco, unknown girl (hush, she's concentrating)
, jun jun and the birthday boy JM (having dinner at Conti's, Greenbelt)

This is our second time around here in manila together. Last time was rap’s birthday,
and now we celebrate JM’s birthday this time. Come to think about it,
these guys are flying from Cebu to manila just to celebrate birthdays.
But I think there are other reasons behind. And one of the many reasons
would be the new places, new faces and of course, the party hubs!
Will be heading to society lounge in makati later
( for another round of bang bang moment).

They’ll be coming back home to Cebu a couple of days from now.
Jm and I will be the ones left here. So will start missing them again.
I even suggest moving here in Manila. Ian says he will think about it.
Hopefully, he will, next year.

jm's day @ society lounge (makati)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tokyo Police Club - Bambi

this is what i'm talking about

currently digging on this band, i'm starting to like their tracks. They got this guitar that sounds like piano (vice versa) very sick & rad!

Monday, November 15, 2010

An ode to Russ Ligtas’ butoh performance -He[sit]ation

You came in you came and you came when all senses faint as your name yes your name is all there is to it as it goes as it went through unseen doors of histories of which are painted on walls that captivate you with all you do and what you’ve been through as you cringe and you escape a silent scream as tinge of reminisce lighted your dark memories of where you sit of where you spit your st[r]ing of wordless narrative.

Friday, November 12, 2010

there it goes

a prick from my upper left chest
a quick glance
perceived to be
the heart's chance
to finally see
myself with you
in a date
as if it was fated
but its long overdue
way too long for my heart to wait
and ask the same question again
‘til when?
but here you are again
passing me a ticket
a lottery
that keeps me wide awake
at night
a feigned delight
but for what?
hating that smile
that make me run, a thousand mile
another round on a maze
i thought it's over: gone
now, another puzzle: undone
in that piercing stare
you really know the way
how to pierce
a gay's heart

Thursday, November 11, 2010

to investigate

the limitations
to interpret: a realization
of the human body as a vessel
an attempt
a transcendence
a flight of imagination.
are They
an exploration of self and humanity?
through metaphysical
and psychoanalytic terms?
playing with the perception
of time and emotions:
how vulnerable one can be
at a certain place in time,
and the questions we might ask
about those feelings.
just like careful meat selection
and refined craftsmanship in the production
capturing landscapes
of an unidentified place where dots,
drawn on three different layers
interact with structures
that are already given
and have the capacity to experience the
and investigate
an interpretation

Take it

why is it
it's better not to take pictures?
do you choose
to remember them instead?
in your mind
carved within the caverns
of your brain,
you keep it.
and you'll always find it
in your head
like stalactites
it would penetrate
much deeper
more often
than not
rather than a snap
a shot
but a

in response to p.d.

i will talk to you
i will talk to you
and i will tell you about my dreams
yes, you are in them
and it makes me afraid that
i'm not within your realms
or am i?
cause i'm afraid if i'm not
as it will just means that
our stories are unreal
nothing but a fairytale
it doesn't really exists
after all these years
of us being together
now, it makes me wonder
if you could even still remember
my name
of who i am
of who we were
of where we are
so don't get afraid of me
and please don’t even get me wrong
or else, i’ll crash, I’ll die

-for j.s.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Love Lost - The Temper Trap

certainly a great video. i keep on hearing this track on the radio.

TGIF to everyone!

Janelle Monae - Cold War [Official Music Video]

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Tuesday, November 02, 2010


prima ballerina for tonight?

with harry, the emo sponge! hehe
To Mommy Gen and Ken, please mag peace ka kayo..
nasasaktan si harry..


at mrs. Fields
her cookies are something to die for
i wanna meet her in person
in palo alto
and have coffee with her

GL, ang swerte nang tao makakatanggap ng mrs. fields cookies na ito
naway pagpalain ka ng maykapal
at naway wag ka munang kunin ni lord sa kabaitan

-photos by rainier mengua

Thursday, October 21, 2010


you've pushed me away
dropping me
before dropping you
before slapping you
before smacking you
of unused ticket
of time wasted
and all you have to say:
'it's complicated'
a minute of running
in circles, in zigzag
but ending up with you
don't you just draw me closer
to where you are
finding yourself,
in an infinite stellar
so engrossed of who you are
making me a complete hag
all bruised eyes with teary sag
don't just flash that silly smile
don't just win me up with your
pile long of storyline
i know,
'it's complicated'
it's not what i wanted
hold on,
you seems you had a bad day
feet above the ground-
a meter away
lemme finish first,
will you?
all i wanted
all i'm askin'
is for you
to dropp by
not passed me by
please go low
then draw me closer
to you

so, where to?

you don't know
that's fine
let's get lost
chasing and challenging
the potential of seeking
mainly due with the thought
of seeing your own reflection
on bygone cities
all across the pacific
stamp it on your forehead
stamp it and be sacred
to hell with the inevitable
we are not much in control anyway
most of the time
compensate with the unseen
compensate and be forgiven
getting additional miles of miles of smiles
going back
not for numbers
but for wonders
and then ponder:
so where am i going?
what am i heading for?
for more, that's it!
even if
you wouldn't be so sure
what's in store
i know,
the unpaid bill is not yet due,
waiting for another
in queue
are string
of expertise
on seeing
on finding
more questions

Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over (2010 Version)

first heard of this in jam 88.3 several months ago
then it became OST for "Eat, Pray, Love"
just love the track, and the video.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bebel Gilberto - Samba da Benção

just wanna hear this over and over again..

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Paramore- All I Wanted

this track is my current fave. Hayley just simply let it go and she definitely rocks!

Monday, September 20, 2010


lemme just catch you
grab a coffee or a beer
then swipe on sodium lighted street

do u have just a sec
all i am asking
is not another moment
of solitude

yet again i faltered
stumbling while running
chasing the idea
of loving you
then again i faltered
always been asking
to be bruised
all over again
was i that silly?
or was i that freaky?
tagging myself on
the shadow of you

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Little Bit - Lykke Li

darn! darn! i love this track. i keep on humming it these days!
and Lykke Li is someone to eye on.

the lyrics and the beat are definitely disarming.

here's for my new man..

Friday, August 20, 2010

take me,

metro buses
traveling from south
you can hear it
sound waves turning to your right
they passed you by
they swept you
with short goodbyes
skipped fro a tip toe
beep beep bashing
beep beep smashing
with your skin
tainted with sin
of sweet sentiments
with bland insolence
when was the last time
you've seen someone out there
eyes unwavered
thoughts meander
unto the unknown
space, filled with
moving desperation
to be taken away
with you

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Where was it?

I can see your desire walked across the railway,
What is that silly smile you’re holding?
Tapping it on your shoulder
and veering that grimy eyes away
come to me
and say hi
im just here waiting
fleeting, and fading
willing to miss the last train
so please don’t let me beg
I said please
O man’
Please please please
freakin puhleeeease

and BOOM!

You just suddenly burst
Just like that
Turned into galaxy of dust
Ananda maxon naishen laredn
Ochrash terei
Erkkkes taishct neh

Friday, August 06, 2010

One Day (a book review)

Time is of the essence of this book as it took 20 years for the two main

characters to determine if they’re into each other or not.
It started when Emma and Dexter made love (or shall we say had a
casual sex) on the night of their graduation. It might have been a
budding romance for each of them but fate might have suggested more to it:

it’s just a beginning page of each versions of self evaluation,
exploration and the never ending question of one’s happiness
w/c were revealed chapter by chapter in a span of 2 decades.

David Nicholls well penned a story that portraits the protagonist’s
inner struggle of w/c their heart always in conflict with their mind.
It’s kind of comic yet it’s generally a sad story as the author paints
the darker side of growing up and random cruelty of life.
The interweaving of Emma and Dexter’s love story is quite a mock
of how we suppose to carry on with our heart’s triumphs and failures.
A reader could reflect one’s past as we also have the tendency
to wonder what could have been the outcome if this happened
tah teh tah tah. A novel of what If’s and shoulda-woulda-coulda.

The book is about to be turned into a film w/c will be directed by Lone Scherfig


Monday, August 02, 2010

the beauty of happenstance

rush hour inside MRT is only heavenly when u squeezed in beside a cute guy.
sigh, the beauty of happenstance

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Sia performing Clouds @ Club Soda Montreal-April 30, 2010

it makes me run around my room. lovely music. and she's as playful as bjork (a bit)
im digging on her other tracks now

Le Coeur de France

it's one of manila's sought after bakery. I like this branch as they have this freshly baked pastries, breads and other French products that spread gastronomically insane aroma around Shangrila plaza.

i've tried their croissant, baguette, and glazed fruit tarts and it's just incredible. all the flavors are happening at once as you would taste the marvel of french baking in every layer.

if you get lost in manila, u might as well find urself some solace with their bakeshops


Saturday, July 31, 2010

quezon memorial

it's constantly raining here in manila. taking refuge inside quezon memorial circle. it reminds me of fuente osmena, it's just that its around 10x bigger

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