Saturday, September 27, 2014

the chandelier


I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier . . . 



I'm gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.
Like it doesn't exist. . . 




I'm gonna fly like a bird through the night,
feel my tears as they dry . . . 




I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

-SIA CHANDELIER

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Giselle

 
 
 
I was not really a fan of ballet shows. The first time I was able to watch one was so many years ago and I can’t even recall when. But I remembered it was the story of Peter Pan and the only reason why I was able to watch was because of the free tickets which my big brother got from the office where he used to work for. I watched the show together with my big sister and my big brother. Surprisingly, I had a great time and really enjoyed the performance.
 

Last Saturday I once again witnessed another ballet act. It was “Giselle”.http://ballet.ph/shows/giselle It is a classical romantic tragedy of loss, forgiveness and love beyond death. It has a familiar plot. – two men in love with Giselle, however she chooses to surrender her heart to Albrecht, the sophisticated gentleman who, as Giselle later finds out, is engaged to be married.



I particularly enjoyed the mad scene, a dance to the death, a chorus of dead women dancing. There were scenes that gave me goosebumps. I definitely noticed the details and control on the dance steps which made me realized it was such a difficult ballet.






I can tell that the dancers had exert effort during the long rehearsals and put their heart and soul into it to better understand and master the art of playing Giselle.





The show was held at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) at the CCP. Truly , It was an outstanding performance


NOTE: Most of the photos featured here were by Victor Ursabia

Saturday, September 20, 2014

the paintbrush


A paintbrush is paintbrush 'til you use it
to express your thought.
 -JULIA BAUTISTA




Your attitude is the mind's paintbrush it colors every situation.
-ANONYMOUS 




Life itself is just a thin coat of paint on the planet,
and we hold the paintbrush.
-DANIEL DENNETT


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

the cove

Camping is one of the things which is included on my bucket list. It took time for me to do it because I don't have the camping gears and I never thought of buying them because I don't intend to do it all the time. I only wanted to experience it.


 
 


Google has always been my best friend. I stumbled upon a group tour called "Pinoy Caravan" which offers camping trip to Nagsasa Cove in Zambales.


 
 
 

These interesting information  caught my attention:

NO SIGNAL.
NO INTERNET.
NO WIFI.
NO TV.
NO ELECTRICITY.







The offer was so good. I only need to make a payment for the entire trip which only cost me less than 2k.  I don't have to worry about the transportation, the  food , the tent  where I will sleep. I just have to bring my personal belongings and my sense of adventure.



 



I was included in a group of  seven. Three of us were solo travelers and  the rest were "barkada" who welcomed us wholeheartedly to their group. "The more the many-er" was what they said, or rather," the more the merrier".





 


Nagsasa Cove is located in San Antonio, Zambales. The drive took around 3 hours  from Manila to Pundaquit. The boat ride went  around 1-2 hours. It was quite tiring and I even managed to sleep long during the trip . But it's worth the wait. Once we set foot at the camp site, all I saw was an awesome secluded place. .


 






Everything unfolded thru my very eyes. The beach was so beautiful and so serene. I got a lot of totally breathtaking views.
 
 

 



I wanted to say that it was an escape in the truest sense of the word.

The  place allowed me to forget everything about technology and social media! It was definitely out of my comfort zone and I totally loved it, seriously...!

 

 




TRIVIA: This landscape was shaped by the massive volcanic eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991.
 

 
 

 

Monday, September 15, 2014

chillaxin at the spa


I live a very active kind of life. I go to the gym regularly , I run, I box, I swim and I bike. These activities help me stay fit and let me sleep peacefully. However, there are times when I feel pain. That will be the moment when I head to a spa for some relaxation. 






 
One of my favorite spas is Wensha. I only need to pay P780.00 for a maximum stay of 8 hours. That includes a whole body massage, unlimited use of sauna/steam room, jacuzzi, eat all you can buffet and shabu-shabu. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I already went to all branches: Pasay, Timog and Antipolo.







 Once a payment was made at the reception area, a locker assignment is given with the key bracelet to match. 







Shoes must be surrendered but a pair of slippers will be provided for use. 



Once inside the locker room, a robe with a pair of shorts and a towel will be given. The robe and shorts can be worn at the dining area and massage area. However, wearing of robes at the wet spot is not allowed. You have to be totally naked.






 I follow this kind of routine:
*Once inside the locker I change to a robe, head to the dining area and eat a heavy meal for like an hour or two while watching TV. 













*Eventually I go to the wet area take a shower, stay and spend some time at the steam room and sauna. I enjoy taking a dip at the jacuzzi while watching a movie being shown on the big screen. I don’t mind being naked. It feels good and so free.

 


 
 I spend about 2 hours at the wet area. 
*Then I go straight to the massage room. 1 hour full body massage always does the works. It never fails to put me to sleep. That would take another hour for me. 
*After waking up, I eat a light snack and go back to the wet area. *Another hour will be spent there and eventually, I take a shower and dress up. Funny but I still manage to eat before going home. 






NOTE: I usually go to wensha from 1pm to 9pm. So, lunch, merienda and dinner are all covered. Talk about eat all you can to the highest level. CHILLAXin it really is.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

the pottery


Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them,
 the more likely they were to crack 
–BRANDON SANDERSON









Being creative is not a hobby, it’s a way of life 
–UNKNOWN








I do pottery, I love it. It’s very relaxing;
 it takes me to another planet. 
-EVA HERZIGOVA