2AM Random Thoughts and Memories

For something to do and while waiting for sleep to come, here are my 2AM Random Thoughts and Memories on the 9th day of 2013—

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Phantom of the Opera

Let your mind start a journey to a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the life you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be. Only then can you belong to me. ♥ (Phantom of the Opera, Manila-September 22, 2012)

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“Atashin’chi” 🙂

 I can relate with their everyday conversation. It reminds me of my family in anime version. I highly enjoyed it since I chanced upon my brother watching the “tagalized” version. Photo from a Tumblr blog.

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Corona Beer

I answered just for the heck of it the Facebook status question which goes: “What’s going on, Joann?” And I replied cheekily: “In times like this, I am thankful that I am not an only child. nyahaha! I have a built in beer buddy :p On other days, uhmmm, sige na nga payag na ako na may kapatid ako. bwahaha! (Translation: Ok, fine I agree to have a brother.) And I add, I also have a built in movie and TV buddy. I get to enjoy his Asian favorites from animes to Korean TV show to food. Yes, admittedly, I enjoyed western TV and movies having been a 90s kid and him, he’s an anime kid having grown up in the 2000s.

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Gila’s Strawberry Salad

This is Gila’s strawberry salad. Mommy and Ninang finished this whole bowl in one sitting last New Year’s eve, then Gila was looking for it the following day. haha! Sorry, Gila, nasa mabuting tiyan na ang strawberries mo. (Translation: Sorry Gila, the strawberries are in Mommy and Ninang’s {Godmother} stomach.) We owe you one kilo indeed. haha! (Photo from Mommy Mai)

adamAdam Levine *swoon*

This photo was taken from a local clothing store. And for two weeks, it’s Maroon 5 in the earphone. Yes, I am crushing on Adam Levine. Haha! And I said in a previous post: “I can’t help it, surreptitiously took this picture and was going back and forth in this area even if I don’t have anything to do with it. haha! Yeah, make a joyful noise (and be swooned) xxx”

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A

I am still crushing on A and his abs. haha! The Blue-bubble picture is from hdw.eweb4.com. Who’s A? I am not answering. Haha!

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Inoxcrom Fountain Pen

I want a new fountain pen and a blue-black ink. I used to have four in the past, but for all the weird reason, I ended up throwing and breaking them. Picture from: gogirlcafe.jennyo.net.

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I think, I am ready to finally read Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, after crying a bucket for The Kite Runner years ago.

Will buy and read the following (as per my BBC Book list)

1) Atonement – Ian McEwan 2) The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger 3) The Color Purple – Alice Walker 4) Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell 5) Brave New World – Aldous Huxley 6) His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman. I have to add (I already have a copy): 7) The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald  8) Life of Pi – Yann Martel (before watching the movie which will come out this week in Metro Manila theaters) 9) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl.

Will read John Green too 1) Looking for Alaska 2) An Abundance of Katherines 3) The Fault in Our Stars

I should have a reading plan— both for leisure reading and for my attempt to write a “training material”

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Bacolod

I wanted to visit Bacolod again. I don’t know, but for some reasons, I feel connected with this city. Actually, this house is the Balay Negrense in the nearby town of Silay. And the chocolate cake is from Bacolod’s famous Calea.

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Pearl Farm

I wanted to go to the beach, perhaps Pearl Farm again, or Panglao, Bohol.

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Or maybe Boracay once more, this time to enjoy the night life. haha! Last time, I visited, I just want to enjoy the sun and the sand, and said to myself, it’s far off my mind to visit it again, till I was reminded by someone about it, perhaps the fruit shake convinced me.

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January 9- Feast of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo

January 9- The Feast of the Black Nazarene. It was dubbed as the “biggest Catholic feast in the country (perhaps in the world). An overnight vigil every January 8 is held annually in the Luneta Grandstand, and  grand procession will follow, which usually lasts ten to twelve hours. Masses are held in the church and a high mass at 6AM will be celebrated by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Quirino Grandstand. I was fortunate enough to take this picture amidst all the suspicious looking characters in the area during my Visita Iglesias in 2008.

And finally, a picture quote from All Famous Quote’s Facebook page.

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Old Houses of Silay and Iloilo City

Silay City, Negros Occidental

The City of Silay is often regarded as the “Paris of Negros” owe to its vibrant culture and art which can be found all over the charming city. One thing I enjoyed about my trip to Silay years ago was that, visitors like me can actually go inside the old houses like the Balay Negrense and the Bernardo-Jalandoni Museum to get the vibe of these old houses. I will be posting on a separate article, hopefully soon the pictures of these wonderful homes. But for now, here are some pictures of the old houses in Barangay Cinco de Noviembre in Silay City.

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Silay1These two houses are still used as residential places.

Here’s a glimpse of Balay Negrense

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Meanwhile in Iloilo City, here are some houses which called my attention.

Molo district, Iloilo City

Molo district, Iloilo City

This actually is a gated house and I just took this picture from the gate.

The two pictures below are houses near the Jaro Cathedral.

Jaro district, Iloilo City

Jaro district, Iloilo City

Jaro district, Iloilo City

Jaro district, Iloilo City

Old Houses of Vigan

Here are some pictures of the old houses in Vigan’s Heritage Village. Enjoy the “bahay na bato” or the house made of stones and its cobbled streets.  You will also notice that the houses have the sliding capiz windows on its second floor, and the wooden doors on the first floor which were mainly used as the garage of the caritelas and storage room. In this picturesque Vigan Heritage Village, some of the old houses were converted in to antique shops, while others are now hotels and other commercial establishments, and yet some are still used as residential dwellings. So please be cautious and ask permission before entering.

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Like in many parts of the country old buildings like this one are often neglected and disregarded.Sad 😦

This is actually a Funeral House. La Funeraria Baquiran.