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cabbie, music and me

arrived 2hrs late of my ETA in MNL and had to take an airport cab back to makati. it’s been a looong day of airport stuff, connecting flights and yes delayed flights and long queue in PI’s immigration, with a trace of hangover from my day-long cocktail drinking with friends in BKK for a quick catch up, so i’m a li’l pesky, to say the least, when i hopped on the cab.

but to my amusement, the cabie had a good taste for music and his set-up is actually neat for an airport cab. it’s Up Dharma Down’s “OO” playing, and i suddenly realized how i missed listening to real good local music. lead guitar, bass, percussion and the vocals complete the magic of UDD’s music! do you remember the last time when you got actually transcended away from all your cares by music? 

Cabbie’s playlist also included “sana”, “taya”, “thinker”, “tadhana” (oh boy!!! do i luv it?) and so on and so forth jumping from “fragmented” to “bipolar” to “capacities” albums in random order. 

it’s a good 20min drive and all i can think of is how i wanna be alone in my room and play in my itunes more lovely music like that. i miss those days when i would start and end my day with my Sennheiser HD 598 headphones on (had to drop what it is as it’s real steal for its power btw!) and just get lost with the richness and beauty of music of whatever genre. was so deep in it, i came to understand soundstage when a song plays. have you had that? that feeling when you can actually visualize the music coming through your headphone? :-) soooo good you can see it. sooo good, you can taste it :-)

“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” 
― Johnny Depp

1Q down

i’m happy to conclude march with a BIG BIG smile:

4 books finished.

march accomplishment :-)

eat, pray, love. present to me couple of months ago by my couchsurfer (turned friend) before he left. been hearing raves about this book, and it’s been recommended to me by manang TBR, but i didn’t start flipping its page till L, my sis said i can totally relate to the character. i definitely luv this book!

underground. for a murakami follower, this one is a mediocre. ’nuff said. as this wont change how i admire this gifted jap writer :-)

china inc., been always fascinated with china’s rise in the last years and i think this book has a lot to say how the once sleeping giant becomes a now economic giant ;-)

para kay B. my solemate Z gave this as her christmas present. if not because of her naughty note posted on its cover i wouldn’t have given it a 2nd look. but thanks to it, it made me give it a try knowing that it’s a ricky lee collection, and for a change a tagalog (filipino dialect) book to stash. can i just say that it’s brilliantly written and that i am now a ricky lee convert?! :-)

now in between two books. still haven’t let go of my habit of starting another book when i haven’t even finished the ones on my headboard.

3 smashin’ concerts:

eraserheads reunion concert: the final set. 07.03. there at the MOA openground, i went back to my tender years. back when my only dream was to be a rockstar :-) my highschool days wont be complete without the concerts or gigs my mates and i frequent. and eheads?? yeah! we followed them like crazy!! but who didn’t? who cannot sing alapaap? huling el bimbo? with a smile? drive? sembreak? and the list goes on. it became so nostalgic further when i saw my highschool best mate B, on the big screen, whom i shared the luv for live music and whom i was with also when cutterpillow was launched at the UP sunken garden. apparently he went home here in MNL (from toronto) after 4 years to attend a common friend’s wedding but he made sure he can be here early to see the reunion concert! didn’t even klnow they will be there! man! it was fantastic!

the reluctant star (me thinks)

eheads: the final set

john legend. 26.03. when i missed him in HKG, i promised myself i will never let a chance pass of seeing this musical genius perform live! and i was ecstatic to find out he will perform in MNL. woot woot! he knew exactly what chord to hit that made his audience utterly entertained. his voice is awesome. awesome.awesome! sexiness personified ;-)

he did a marley too! :-)


craig david. 27.03. putting my luv for brit music aside, he’s indeed a total artist. he made us up our feet 98% of the time. would have been a lot better if he didn’t say “peace out” only after a little over an hour of the concert. it’s soooo bitin (t’was cut short).

mah girlfriends


bummer: (1) didnt get to sneak in my DSLR during the eheads concert. but good thing my solemate B, has a fab G9 that saved our night :-) (2) was successful to bring in my DSLR at the dome on both concerts BUT booo! i forgot to bring my 200mm lens both nights. blech! so i contented myself with my wide angle lens.

wasn’t happy to hear coldplay skipped MNL for their tour, but with these 3 splendid concerts, who am i to complain? :-)

2 races

condura run. cant miss this run by a fellow h@ppyfeet, not to mention i truly support its cause to save the whalesharks in donsol! anything for the luv of environment. count me in. but the real upper? it’s my comeback run, and i made it in 3months after the nasty accident! :-) wootwoot!

pinay in action (PIA). 2nd year in joining Sen Pia’s advocacy to empower women. and because the run’s advocacies adhere to wandersoles’ aspirations, we decided to make this our 1st ever run together (complete) and be a part of its mission. from 3K in the previous week (condura’s), we pushed it a litte longer to 5K. did i feel any pain? naaah! none at all! i may be pacing very slowly but it didnt matter to me. i enjoyed my run and i’m celebrating my amazing progress with my knee injury. yaaay!


wandersoles + candie + sen. pia

wandersoles + h@ppyfeet

1 language (being) learned – mandarin

mentioned here how i’d luv to learn a new language. and it took me 2 years to finally enroll to ateneo’s confucius chinese language institute (a partnership with China’s sun yat sen university). last march 17, i completed my mandarin basic (level 1). not only i acquired new knowledge but also gained new friends. i’m amazed how many beautiful people out there. mandarin is a difficult language to learn, or to me at least. with its tone and weird sentence structure it made learning french a piece of cake. i never got frustrated so often when i was still a student at alliance français de manille. my learning curve was on a linear positive slope. all i remember are happy days during my français days. but with mandarin, i feel like i’m one of the weakest students in class. and believe me it didnt feel right. i always need to review my notes and listen to my audio CDs. in my car, i’d play chinese music. in my ipod, i’d listen to mandarin tutorial. i did all these to get myself acquainted with tone distinction. all these for an extra mile inch. but if you really are passionate about it, no amount of frustration can stop you from learning it. now, we’re checking for Level 2 classes schedule. in the next weeks we’ll be back in the loyola campus to let our brain cells be as absorptive as possible to hanyu. i can hear my classmates again saying, ni hao tongxue! :-)

with my laoshi Jane


been a month since i quit my job. but it’s been an eventful 1st gap month for me. i can’t have it any better! :-) with the rate things goin’, i feel after my self-declared gap months, i will come out a brand new person – happier and more equipped!

how bout you? how did your 1st quarter fare? let’s trade stories.

  • photos with watermarks are swiped from my solemate, indayguapa.

fancy to see John & Craig on March? :-)

was chatting randomly to my travel buddies G & S whilst i was driving to the launching of CME’s Ocean Wave Pool (deserves a separate post) on how i’d want to see again Gary V’s 25 (the repeat) if only i have extra moolah. i was raving how his anniversary concert last year (i saw the nov 14 show) was a real blast!!! Gary V is one artist i would always luv to see as he is indeed Mr. Energy! eyeluv concerts that rocks the Dome BIG time and only a concert king like him can do it non-stop for 3 hours! yessss! 3 hours!

went out with my atenean friends (the tres locas saw the 15th show which i can’t as i was heading to anawangin that weekend) , and M was surprised i can sing (to the letter) each and every song he sang that night. hahahahah! i can even name what movie it was scored. ok ok! i’m a BIG fan! i skipped rihanna’s & her beau (ex) chris concert so i can splurge on GV‘s ticket! hahaha! can you blame me for that? ;-) thus it was a bummer to bring a cam without a bat! booo! good thing N was armed with his P&S. otherwise i wont forgive myself for being a real twat and not eternalize the moment with photos. we’re too close to the stage man!!! i’d say the highlight was when Gary V sang a duet with his lovely mum! wooow! his mum is still a stunner at 60+!!! i luv also his daughter’s performance with him! he adores kiana, you’d sense it onstage! awwww!


he doesnt age at all

surprise guest


and just when i said i’m cost cutting…OMG!!! my two crushes are having a concert here back to back on March! waaaaah!

i regretted skipping his concert in HKG, and thought that’s my last chance to see him perform live. i infact surrendered that fancy already. but when G said, he is comin’ over next month…wooohooo…immediately checked online for his tickets :-)

i can hear myself humming…pls baby dont…dont fall in love with me…

26.03.09 save the date! ;-) the music genius is comin here!!! :-)

and how can i pass the chance of seeing the brit chap sing his ticket to fame fill me in? had sooo many nights of chatting with H that should Craig hold a concert somewhere here in Asia, we’d definitely cross oceans to celebrate night of gooood music! and watta bonus that he included MNL in his ’09 world tour!!! double wooohoo! H, i know you’re jealous, as you’re there in dubai. but i promise you, i will take great photos & vids of the concert! ;-)

27.03.09 save the date! ;-) our R&B hunk will swing by here!!! ;-)

i heart being in Manila again!  it’s becoming a pitstop of world’s greatest artists. now 2 down again on my looong list.

jason mraz, michael jackson, jars of clay, M5, craig david, john legend, SOS, switchfoot, counting crows, jack johnson, bono, phil collins, RHCP, DMB, sarah mclachlan, norah jones, lifehouse, lily allen, coldplay, keane, sergio mendes, UB40, beastie boys, aswad, foo fighters, ben harper, tori amos, madonna, lauryn hill and the killers.

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