Perhaps, my being a music lover wouldn’t be complete if I wouldn’t be able to watch a live Araneta concert. Or maybe, I just couldn’t pass up the chance to actually see and hear one of my greatest musical influences.
I learned at a young age that music was one of the things I liked. I became aware that aside from my capacity to listen, I could also carry a tune…but nothing serious then. From the golden stage of Madonna’s career to the golden era of Pinoy rock, I was just happy listening, singing, and dancing along. Then came one sweet, err, fateful day. I heard a Boyz II Men song drift through the air while I was in a school canteen. There was something about this group’s harmony (perhaps the soulfulness) that made me realize one thing - what I felt for singing was no longer an infatuation but something deeper. Yes, it’s love! And from then on, I became more appreciative of artists from various genres who had so much passion for singing. I became more thankful that God gave me such gift for singing, too. I wanted to celebrate it by doing it whenever I had the chance. Sometimes, I was a bit shy; sometimes I was too brave, hehe.
I’m thankful that after some unrealized plans in the past, I was able to finally watch an Araneta concert. It became even more special because of the group that performed. Just like how singing with Up Dharma Down at Saguijo last year gave me goosebumps, it’s a euphoric experience for me to actually sing with Boyz II Men though I was far from them. I may have come alone, but I wasn’t really alone in the company of other fans singing their hearts out. And I will always be a fan. :)
BIRTHDAY TREATS FOR MIGS
*Creamy Crab Pasta Story:
The heavy rains prompted Mr. Krabs to vacate his place and to swim in olive oil and cream instead. Perhaps, he got dizzy due to the combined powers of garlic, salt, and chili. He ended up landing on a bed of angel hair pasta together with tomato cubes and shreds of basil. The rest is history.
*Peach, Choco, and Nuts:
Who says we’ve gone NUTS for eating CHOCO ice cream on a rainy day? This was absolutely PEACH-perfect!
Movie Thrill, Dinner on Grill, Coffee Chill, and Baguio’s Foggy Feel
This was how I would describe a catch up night with culinary classmates. After coffee, there was fog everywhere though we were not in Baguio. :D
Tonight, I snacked on cranberries and cashew nuts…literally fruit and nut. :D Since this combination sounded like one of my favorite Cadbury brands, I remembered that Michelle kept some chocolates in her luggage for me. It’s no secret anymore that Ms. Nancy asked her to hand me chocolates but I wasn’t expecting a big box, so I was naturally delighted.
But wait, there’s more! At the back was a sweet note from “Nanay” and this was unexpected. The warm note was enough to melt the chocolates inside. :) I was ready to post pics as my way of showing appreciation but Michelle’s Skype messages suddenly popped up. Thinking that I didn’t get the chocolates yet, she reminded me to reach for not one but two boxes. Aw, two?!
It turned out that Michelle also had something for me. So that meant double the surprise for one night…indeed sweet, literally and figuratively. :)
Thank you! :D
I have been blessed to bear the same name you have. Please help me become more worthy of this name. Thanks for your intercession. Happy birthday, Inang Maria!
Thanks to that recent random check up, I was reminded to go back to my running routine and to choose healthier meal options. :)
Tonight’s simple fare is a sandwich made out of whole wheat bread with pineapple slices and lettuce on the top and bottom layers and chicken breast tossed in honey and lime juice as the middle layer.
A coincidence: After last Wednesday’s catch up with Barbie, here’s another. An unexpected invite from Jheremai led to another movie + dinner night. The amusing thing was that they chose the same Chinese resto for dinner. :D And this wasn’t the first time I went out with them in the same week. One time, Barbz and I had dinner at a place offering Mexican fare. Weekend came and Mai invited me to try another Mexican resto. As Mai put it, perhaps they are soul sistahs, though far from each other. :D
As for the movie (If I Stay), it evoked a lot of thoughts and emotions in me. It was a celebration of music, dreams, happiness, love, life…even the accompanying challenges. A character said that we make choices and our choices make us.
Thanks, Mai! :)
Benefit of Wearing Eyeglasses:
Sa loob lamang ng limang minuto, sa dami ng kasama mong nakapila, ikaw ang pipiliing pagtanungan ng dalawang pipila pa lang kung para saan ang pila na yan o kung saan ang pila para sa ganito…. At bilang bonus, di mo pa naipo-post ang status mong ito, humirit pa ang nasa likod mo: “Magkano po ang pamasahe sa…?”
Masaya ako na umaga pa lang, nakapaghatid na ako ng “serbisyong totoo”. :)
She surprised me by agreeing to watch Kenshin (it wasn’t her type of movie but she ended up feeling “bitin” when we went out of the cinema, hehe). :D Then I surprised her with a bottle which would serve as her remembrance for working under a Coke project before.
Thanks for the overdue but nice catch up night, Barbz. :)
Today marks the beginning of Christmas season in the Philippines. It’s the beginning of the season of hope, love, and joy. :)
Another friend leaves the company. Ja, see you around, too!
Sometimes we think that it is an inconvenience to help others because doing so requires our precious time and effort. Then miraculously, we realize that in the process of helping them, we help ourselves also. Some wise persons have said it beautifully: When we help heal a wounded person, we also allow ourselves to heal.
I decided not to let the long weekend pass without cooking anything. So last night, after watching the movie TMNT, I prepared three kinds of pizzas, drawing inspiration from the Turtles’ fave food and some online sources. :D
Appetizer: Salsa Pizzitas
Main Attraction: Creamy and Cheesy Pesto Pizza with Grilled Chicken and Mushrooms
Sweet Ending: Triple Chocolate Pizza (Chocolate Crust Topped with Chocolate- Infused Cream Cheese, Chocolate Cookies, White Chocolate Bits, Cashew Nuts and Maraschino Cherries)
I’m glad my family liked all of these. They almost shouted, “Cowabunga!”
We’re done watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, one of the iconic groups of superheroes during my childhood (I even remember wearing a TMNT-designed shirt back then). I’m feeling a bit nostalgic now…sapagkat ako ay Batang 80’s! :D