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Just got home from kids’ ballet class and after watching those reed-thin, sylph like little bundles of adrenaline I can’t help but rack my brain on how to go back to that size. We’re having a little reunion tomorrow with my dance ministry friends for dance practice and I don’t know what to expect after 10++ years of retiring from the ballet world. I think Kettlebell is pretty enticing right now because losing 20 pounds overnight is a bit too much to ask for. Maybe we can just fake it with the costumes hahaha. Oh well, the dance number is a gift anyway so maybe it’s the thought that counts?

Just popping in to say that we are about to have one hectic week ahead. Kids recovering from sudden cough and colds due to the erratic weather, a death in the family, visiting grandparents from Davao, visiting family relatives from Cebu, a just concluded summer dance workshop in Sta. Rosa, an unfinished article, layouts to finish, a costume to paint, a surprise party for a dear, dear person, technical dress rehearsals and a photoshoot, of course the first two-day Noah’s Ark ballet recital of my kids at the CCP no less, costumes and makeup to attend to and would you believe after 10+++ years of not dancing, I and a few of my dance ministry friends will brave a dance for a friend’s birthday…. whew, are you still breathing while reading all this?  All of that in 7 days!!! I feel like I’m riding a tiny little scooter and am about to have a head on collision with a ten-wheeler truck in the middle of the freeway! Get me an Oakland motorcycle accident lawyer, pronto!

With a gazillion more things I might forget, I know that God’s grace is sufficient for me. To my mind, I need buckets and buckets of it but it is amazing how He can quiet down your soul and order your world if you let Him. I heard someone say this long ago ” I have too much to do today, I think I need to spend more time praying.” And so I shall.

Okay, this will be short but Kris Allen is the new American Idol!!!! wooo hooo WTG! Be back later for more.

It’s finally done! The songs have been sung, the judges have said their pieces, and now,  it’s up to the texters to decide who they want as the next American Idol. Come to think of it, in the end, it’s really not about the Idol contestants. The bottom line is it’s all about the TEXTER! Who cares if Kris or Glambert sang the song well or either one of them displayed great artistry. People will vote for the ones they like and they will text like crazy to make their voices heard even if they overload the phone company’s cell tower just to get their votes through. So much power literally in one’s hand, eh? We’re all at the edge of our seats wondering who’s it gonna be. Who won the The Battle of the Texters? Well, in a few hours or so we’ll find out soon enough. As for me, well my vote doesn’t count – I’m out of coverage area. hahaha I wonder what would happen if they allowed internet voting and the whole world could vote online… hmmm interesting, don’t you think? LOL

Idol watching…..

Here’s something that you might want to check out. Filipino Drummer and College of St. Benilde Scholar, Michael Gemina, is on his way to Berklee this summer. He recently got his U.S. Visa approved and is inviting everyone out there to be a fan on his website – michaelgemina.com. He is a part of the band Private Publiko and they will be launching their album pretty soon so watch out for that as well. Here’s a little something I did in support of Michael because I believe that this kid is going places. If you want to be a part of this project click on the image below to take you to Michael’s webpage. Support the Filipino Artist!

I didn’t notice the hour, but I think it’s way past my bedtime, folks. Sleep is still the best all natural acne treatment for me. I’ll catch you all later coz I don’t want my face to be zit filled in the next few days. LOL

I’m a recent convert to the Apple Community after having been a PC user for years. I recently purchased an iMac for a project I took on and I must say it is worth the switch. Although I still want to be in the loop when it comes to anything PC, Steve Jobs and Apple have really captured a market that is intensely loyal to anything that has the Apple logo on it. Why? Because they listen to their market.

Apple’s product line is a result of innovation and effective customer relations. Before you can even ask, they’ve already thought about it and incorporated it into the product. That’s my opinion anyway. Hence, the slew of laptops, desktops, audio and video gadgets that make you salivate like a rabid dog and head for the nearest tech store for that much-awaited 50%-70% off sale. Take for example the iPhone. Even before it hit the market, it was probably sold out virtually already. Why? Apple doesn’t just sell you a music player or a phone or a netbook. You are purchasing a “lifestyle” – it’s all about the experience and how it fits into your life. Who can resist an app-filled gadget that helps you find your way thru a city, even if you’ve never been there before? or even find a place to stay and at the same time enables you to do so many other things aside from being a phone as well. Of course, “lifestyle” purchases don’t always come cheap.  I don’t have an iPhone yet, but who knows? I’ll be on the lookout for the next big sale to enjoy that piece of “tech heaven”.

Pagkaraan na naman ng mahabang pagkawala, ako’y nagbabalik muli sa lingguhang pagbabahagi ng mga piling larawan sa LP. Parang angkop na angkop ang aking pakiramdam na tila ako’y nagsisimula sa simula kasi ang dami kong absent lagi. Ito’y dahil sa mga di maiiwasang kaganapan sa buhay na kailangang harapin. Mabuti na lang mahaba ang pasensya ng aking mga ka-litratista. 🙂

Sa linggong ito nais kong ibahagi ang isa sa mga pinagkaabalahan ko kung bakit ako’y parang kabuteng lulubog-lilitaw sa aking blog.

Ito ay mga larawang kuha ko sa PASINAYA sa CCP noong buwan ng Pebrero. Ang PASINAYA ay isang taunang selebrasyon na ginaganap sa Cultural Center of the Philippines na naghuhudyat ng pagsisimula ng isang buong taong pagtatanghal ng iba’t ibang sining. Ito ay isang araw ng pagdiriwang na kinabibilangan ng mga piling pagtatanghal sa larangan ng pag-awit, pag-sayaw, tugtog at lahat na ng klaseng sining para magkaroon ng sapat na kaalaman at kamalayan ang ating mga kababayan sa natatanging yaman ng ating kultura.

(Philippine Madrigal Singers)

(Ballet Manila Dance Company)

(CCP Open House Pasinaya Banner – Star Theatre)

Salamat sa pagbisita. 😀 Ating itaguyod ang ating kultura. Katulad ng nasa awitin ni Manny Pacquiao isang karangalan ang maging isang Filipino “…Sa lupa kong sinilangan. Pilipino, Pilipino, Pilipino. Ang lahi ko!

Maligayang LP sa lahat!

It’s been a loooong while since I’ve blogged and I miss it. I’ve been busy the past several weeks finishing up a project that I took on. I’ve been doing the ballet souvenir program for my friend’s recital and we are now at the homestretch – finishing up the proofreading, editing and all that stuff before it goes to the press. I must say that I have learned a lot about preparing files for offset printing and all the other the technical stuff that one needs to learn during the whole process. I am not a graphic artist by profession – I took up accounting  at the Uni and I never imagined myself doing this all because of scrapbooking. I’ll be blogging more often now and share whatever techie stuff I learned while the hubby and I switch places as he will be busier as soon as the school year starts. For those of you who have been reading the hubby’s stuff, he’ll still be around to co-blog with me while I get back into the groove. 😀

Catch y’all later, folks!

Health and fitness seem to be a constant preoccupation of a significant part of this generation.  We see fitness videos, diet trends and or the latest appetite suppressant all over.  Are these all necessary?   The problem is that we have acquired the fastfood mentality of the west.  What ever happened to the food pyramid? We have forgotten tried and tested ways of eating.

Our hectic lifestyle always led to us to the nearest McDonalds for a quick meal.  Our home meals would be rice and meat.  As a result our kids would be rather sickly. They would easily catch colds, etc.   After a recent episode of Pneumonia they had,  I decided to actively pursue their wellness.  I started going to the market, and made sure that every meal had the pyramid. Every meal had to have fruits and vegetables.  To make it more palatable, I would prepare sweet dishes.

I now consider my kids healthy considering the nutrition they get from fresh fruits and vegetables.  They seem to be more vibrant than before. Some may disagree because they look lean and thin.  Its likely because our society is used to chubbiness as an indicator of health when our ancestors were lead because of  the natural bounty they consumed.  Why do we need to buy supplements and diet pills when its easier to go back to healthy eating?