Monthly Archives: September 2010

My Wandering Mind: In the Airplane


My alarm clock woke me up just in time to prep up for my flight earlier this morning.  When I arrived at the airport and was lining up in the check-in counter, the PA system announced the arrival of our plane.  When I turned around, they already placed cordons to block passengers who were late in checking in.  Whew!  At least I’m not one of them!

Since I wasn’t able to sleep well last night (and waking up really early), I was planning on sleeping through the whole flight.  But as it always does my mind wanders.  Nothing major really.  Only random thoughts.  Just to name a few:

1.  The view outside the airplane window looks like viewing Google Earth;

2. How would you react if the airplane flooring was  transparent?;

3. If mobile phones are prohibited during airplane flights, are they also prohibited in helicopter rides?;

4. Would it ever be possible to use mobile phones in the duration of the flights?; and

5. Since it’s a criminal offense to remove a life vest from the aircraft, was there ever any case that such event occured?

Okay, some may have been a bit weird.  But those were just some escaped thoughts of a tired and sleepy mind.  How about you guys?  Got any thoughts you’d like to share?  I would love to hear them!

Hold Your Dream


I was thinking earlier on how a person, regardless of age, can still learn new things every day.  There is always an endless supply of things to discover in the world, a source of wonderment in every nook and cranny awaiting its notice.  Maybe because of its countlessness, people just direct their attention to those easily seen for their convenience.  Most often, letting go of their dreams just to belong, to fit in, and to be on stable ground (financially).

There’s nothing wrong with that.  I’m guesing that it gets the best in all of us to have a foothold in this fast-paced world.  But, there are times, we revisit our dreams deeply hidden in the realms of our subconscious hoping to be reawakened.

Anyway, here’s one song from Fame the movie that I find very inspiring in some of my dark days.  I got to watch it once with a few of my friends and I can say, if not for the lyrics, then the voices of the artists would truly amaze you.  You can watch the video of the final performance in the movie here.

Fame Movie Poster

Hold Your Dream
Fame Cast

Countless hours of learning more
Countless hours of knowing less
Can’t look behind you you have to look ahead

So many doubts running through your mind
All the excuses don’t have the time
All the rejection you have to leave behind

Leave it all behind

Hold your dreams
Don’t ever let it go
Be yourself
And let the world take notice

You’ll find strength
When people bring you down
They will see
If you will only, only believe

Someway, Somehow (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Don’t give up now (Don’t give up)
Don’t be afraid to succeed (To succeed, yeah)

Someway, somehow (Come on, everybody)
The time is right now (It’s our time, yeah)
Don’t be afraid to succeed (To succeed, yeah! )

Hold your dreams
Don’t ever let it go
Be yourself
And let the world take notice

You’ll find strength
When people bring you down
They will see
If you will only, only believe.

An Unexpected “Date”


Monday night. Finally, day 1 for this week was finally over. Wasn’t really planning too much on what to do upon going home when my Monday proxy suggested to eat out for dinner. Hmmm… why not?

Jerry and I ate out at Chicken Tsunami – a food stall “franchise” with a number of branches all over the city with it’s main offerings of fried chicken.  A meal costs about Php 28.00 (which consists of 1 piece of fried chicken and 1 rice).  We ate at their F. Torres branch and was contemplating what to do next.  My thoughts were already in getting home when Jerry suggested to go to Jack’s Ridge.

WHAT?!?!

It was too far from where we were, and I was doubtful he’ll be able to return my “borrowed” helmet from one of our officemates before 10PM.  But since he was so game in going, and needing to have a change of atmosphere myself, I gave it a go  jumping behind him in his motorbike.

Jack’s Ridge Entrance

This was the first time I have gone to Jack’s Ridge riding at the back of a motorcycle.  Upon getting there, the view was as breathtaking as always.  Since it was a weeknight, only a few people were going on and about the whole area.  Just a welcome sight for those who wish to unwind and de-stress.  What caught my eye the most was the slow focus of the moon in the horizon.  It evolved from a lightened horizon into blooming fully in the night sky.  Too bad though that I don’t own a high-powered camera to document the moon.  Instead, I only have unclear photos c/o my point-and-shoot camera.

Wishful Thinking?

I realized that I’ve never gone to Jack’s Ridge with my ex on a date.  Sure we went there for school activities but it was during one early morning – a walk for a cause event.  Hmm… I guess there’s something to be said about that.  But I’m gonna keep silent though.

At around 9PM, we slowly trudged toward the motorcycle parking area to be on our way.  The ride downhill was quite unnerving (since it was dark and my ride was open in all sides), but VERY exhilarating.  The ride back to were we began was uneventful and silent that before we knew it, my ride was turning over the corner to reach my home.

Sometimes the best outings are those that are unexpected.  It’s fun to have moments with different people to bond with and just simply be yourself.  Can’t wait for the next one!

Mindanao 101 and Creative Advocacy Camp


I received a text message from one of my former teammates in basketball earlier about the Kids for Peace Foundation and Young Advocates for Peace.  Both groups will be organizing the Mindanao 101 and Creative Advocacy Camp which will be held on October 8 -12, 2010 at Loiza’s Pavilion, Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

This is a call for all youth who live in Mindanao who wish to be volunteers.  An opportunity to be heard and make a difference in Mindanao.  It’s open for youth who are 15 – 23 years old.

I’m quite interested but my day job wouldn’t make it too possible for me to join.  Add to that is the age limit as a volunteer.  For those who are beyond the age limit, they can apply as co-facilitators (only limited slots though).

For more details and information, I’ve attached the invite I have received.  Click this link:LETTER updated

Deadline for submission is tonight, September 27, 2010 midnight (Sorry for the rush guys!!! But I just received this today only).  Screening of applications will be on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.

So if you’re interested and have the passion in volunteering, in changing Mindanao for the youth, then this could be for you.

Good luck!

St. Elmo’s Fire


I didn’t know that the instrumental piece I’ve been meaning to look for was a title I’ve browsed over for quite sometime.  If it wasn’t for the primer of the concert of David Foster last night, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to wiki it and find out what it was.

So what am I talking about?  It’s the love theme from “St. Elmo’s Fire“.  I got the chance to listen to the David Foster along with Kenny G version.  And I must say, it’s just soothing to the ears.  I can’t describe exactly what feelings are evoke from me in hearing this song.  I don’t know the story of St. Elmo’s Fire but the music is enough for me to be interested in watching the film.  Maybe I’ll get a copy of it.

Anyway, if you want to listen to the music, click this 08 Love Theme from ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’.mp3“>link.

Something Worth Commendation


I was just browsing my Facebook page, clicking notifications here and checking out tags there.  That’s when I came across one page made by my closest guy friend in high school.  It was a page dedicated strictly for his drawings.  I must admit that over the years he has truly honed his art.  His doodles during high school has transcended into a higher level of his art.

His page has two albums for his artwork.  One is for his Ink and Pencil Art and the other one is for his Art and Artist interaction.  His page is aptly named too: Dru-ing.  A pun on his name and his art.

What’s nice about his artwork is that it ranges from fanart to drawings/depictions of persons around him, day-to-day activities, and just about anything that strikes his fancy.  He also interacts (literally!) with his artwork.  He takes pictures of his drawings adding “life” to them.

Just to give you a slight idea, I’ve posted some of his Dru-ings below:

(from his Ink and Pencil Art album)

50 + 1

(from his Art and Artist interaction album)

Waaaaaa!
his FIRST toddler drawing

*SIGH*

I wish I had skills like that too.  But then again, I’m cool with having a number of my friends who are very talented and skilled in drawing.  I’m proud to say I’m one of their fans and first in line cheerers in their accomplishment.

So here’s my tribute to my sanko.  Great job Dru!  Keep on “Dru-ing”!!!

If you guys want to see more of his artwork, visit his Facebook page by clicking this link: Dru-ing.

Misery


Here’s one song whose beat defies it’s lyrics. So upbeat.

Misery
Maroon 5

Oh yeah
Oh yeah
So scared of breaking it
But you won’t let it bend
And I wrote two hundred letters
I won’t ever send
Somehow it is cut so much
Deeper then they seem
You’d rather cover up
I’d rather let them be
So let me be
And I’ll set you free

[CHORUS]
I am in misery
There ain’t no other
Who can comfort me
Why won’t you answer me?
Your silence is slowly killing me
Girl you really got me bad
You really got me bad
I’m gonna get you back
Gonna get you back

Your salty skin and how
It mixes in with mine
The way it feels to be
Completely intertwined
It’s not that I didn’t care
It’s that I didn’t know
It’s not what I didn’t feel,
It’s what I didn’t show
So let me be
And I’ll set you free

[CHORUS]
I am in misery
There ain’t no other
Who can comfort me
Why won’t you answer me?
Your silence is slowly killing me
Girl you really got me bad
You really got me bad
I’m gonna get you back
Gonna get you back

Say your faith is shaken
You may be mistaken
You keep me wide awake and
Waiting for the sun
I’m desperate and confused
So far away from you
I’m getting here
Don’t care where I have to go

Why do you do what you do to me, yeah
Why won’t you answer me, answer me yeah
Why do you do what you do to me yeah
Why won’t you answer me, answer me yeah

[CHORUS]
I am in misery
There ain’t no other
Who can comfort me
Why won’t you answer me?
Your silence is slowly killing me
Girl you really got me bad
You really got me bad
I’m gonna get you back
Gonna get you back

You can watch the video here.

Movie(s) I Want To Watch Part II


Actually, only one movie comes to mind – The Legend of the Guardians the Owls of Ga’Hoole.  It was already showing starting yesterday.  Waaaah!!! I wanna watch!!!

New Sites in Davao City


Last night was one FUN night with two of my favorite people.  My two bffs Toffee and Cphinx.  As the (un)official activity planner in our group, I guess I’ve been imbibed with the sense of discovering, introducing new places in Davao City.  Davao isn’t too fast in terms of commercial development but it isn’t too slow either.  For me, it’s just at the right pace (mostly because if development here was rapid, I wouldn’t be having enough funds to cater to my exploratory side).

Since I got an early out from office work (having been in official business since I attended in a seminar), I got to meet up earlier with bff Toffee.  Meet up spot: The Run Club.

The Run Club is located Paseo del Carmen, A. Loyola St. Bo. Obrero, Davao City.  If you are familiar with the night spots at F. Torres St., A. Loyola St. is south of F. Torres across the Shell Station in Bajada.  It’s a relatively new spot with only a few shops open (I forgot the names though).  There’s one novelty store for pets, a hair salon, a diner, the Oak and Acorn store, and a spa (I think).  The place is quite quaint.  Though lacking the noise of well-known malls, it has it’s own appeal.  Mainly for those who prefer quiet areas just within close distance of the highway.  However, the place closes at around 7:00 PM.  Hopefully it’ll be closing on a later time if the area will be in full operations already.

Paseo del Carmen

Next, we went off to check out Frozen Avenue.  The latest ice cream store in Davao City.  It’s located along Bajada St. just a block away from Mama Maria’s Pizzeria.  According to our attendee there, the place just opened 3-4 days ago.  They offer a range of specialty ice creams depending on your preference.  They have cobblers, frosty ice cremes, fruity cremes, jumbo frosty cremes (and I do mean jumbo… imagine a fish bowl), and other fun treats from burgers to rice meals.  However, their rice meal is only limited to their Chicken Teriyaki.  But eventually, they will be offering more choices.  What’s nice about the place is the ambiance, the general interior of the place, and their friendly staff.  You can’t help but smile and be happy in eating your ice cream.  They also offer ice creams for good for two, and even in groups (that’s were the jumbo frosty cremes come in).  We even got complimentary icings as an added bonus.

The place was clean even the rest room.  But I think the mirrors were meant for taller people.  I could only view my face halfway.  Finally, an ice cream parlor in the city!  Frozen Avenue closes at 12:00 Midnight.  So for those who crave for ice creams, just come by to Frozen Avenue and have your fill with your family and/or friends.  Price range of their specialities from Php 45.00 to Php 459.00.  FYI though, their Fried Ice Cremes are not yet available.

(Clockwise from B – R): Tropicana Cobbler, Mango Fruity Creme, Mango-Peach Frosty Creme

Before we had our dessert at Frozen Avenue though, we went to Gaisano Mall to meet up with our other Bff: Raisa.  We had dinner at Calda Pizza courtesy of achi Toffee.  (Yum yum yum yum yum.  Delicioso! Muchas Gracias achi!)  Calda has been operating in Davao City for a couple of months now and it was only yesterday that I got the chance to taste their own pizza versions.  Note to self though, if you plan on eating there, better be ready to wait especially during their peak hours.  The place tends to crowd out much.  It’ll be good to have a reservation too in order to avoid the hassle of standing up and wait for an available table to clear up.  Anyway, their pizza was delicious!  We had the Nepolitana and it really whetted our appetites.  Imagine, 3 girls and 1 family size pizza (a good 15# pizza).  But then again, I’m talking about my 2 best friends (plus me!) here.  Why would I be surprised! (Peace guys!)

Pizza Nepolitana

After our dessert in Frozen Avenue, I suggested playing billiards in one of the oldest bowling alleys in Davao City – Fairlanes.  It was already 10PM and the place closed at 11PM so we had a good 1 hour to try our hands on in 9 ball billiards.  We had a good round of laughter and fun (hmm.. wonder if we got high because of the pizza, the ice cream, or by just being with each other).  So a good hour of playing (and burning off the little fats we could) we called it a night.  Fairlanes is located at the corner of F. Torres St. and if you plan to go play billiards there, an hour costs only Php 50.00.  If you plan on going dock pin bowling, minimum game should be 6.  Cost of each game (line in the score sheet) is at Php 15.00.

The master

Anyway, that’s just about the new places (one old) in Davao City that I have recently gone to.  Yeah I know it’s all about food, but hey, it’s one basic need as living and breathing beings.  I know there are a lot more new places to see in Davao City.  But I’ll reserve that at another time, and another adventure.  Besides, what’s important is having fun and enjoying every moment anytime, anywhere, old or new.  (And I think I’ve overstayed my welcome at Coffee Dream already.)

Got to go guys!!!  Too bad I wasn’t able to go to Waterfront Hotel today, they had the 1st Asian Bird Fair there.  Well… maybe next year.

The Run Club Experience


Yesterday September 24 2010, was my scheduled meet up with my bff who arrived from Manila for her few days of vacay here in our hometown.  Since I was still attending a seminar the whole day, we decided to meet up at the Run Club.

I’ve been meaning to visit that place since it was just a store a few blocks away from our house.  What greater opportunity to go there could there be than meeting up with my achi bff.  She mentioned wanting to go there to found out what type of shoes would be right for her.  That got me intrigued.  How would they do that?  Measure your feet?  Stick it in a box?

I soon found out for myself.

As it turns out, it’s a very plain and simple process.  First, you have to be barefoot and expose your calf muscles for the store attendants to have a better reading of your feet.  You will be asked to mount their treadmill (I think it’s called a Nordichtrack treadmill) and run.  A webcam linked to their computer will record your run which in turn will be measured.

Based on their running lab, I have a neutral foot type and my gait is also neutral.  So in simple terms, I can opt to use any type of shoes without having any changes in my gait especially in running.  You could even try out the shoes available in their store and check the difference/changes in your running.  My bff however, needs shoes under the “stability” category to support her feet when she runs since she’s high arched with a supirator and pronator gait.  I took a picture of the running lab’s guide in knowing your foot type and gait.

For Foot type you have:

1. High Arch

2. Neutral

3. Flat Foot

For Gait:

1. Supirator

2. Neutral

3. Pronator

Running Lab Guide

Anyway, for those who are interested in finding out the best type of running shoes for them to wear, you can visit the Run Club at Plaza del Carmen Loyola St. Bo. Obrero, Davao City.  The whole place is relatively new and a bit small with only a few shops in operation.  But the area is generally nice.  Like a private lawn for relaxing.

Also, they’re one sign up post for the upcoming Life Run of St. Peter Life Plans and Chapels to be held on October 24, 2010.  Registration is only Php 50.00 (inclusive of singlet).

So for all the runners out there who would like to try out the running lab, just visit Run Club.

You can also read about it here.

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