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—


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)


“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.


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.


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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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.


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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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.


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.


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.



Hello 2013!


I am still lost for words on what to write here is really an understatement. I’ve been attempting feebly to organize my thoughts in two notebooks— the pink and blue notebooks. The pink notebook is supposed to be for love stories I’ve been trying to make since 2008 and as of late last year, it had four character changes, and it still remain as an outline of the stories. Another flimsy reason why these stories are shelved out is maybe I am still having internal debate of whether or not ten out of the fifteen stories will have a happy ending. Meanwhile the blue notebook is more of the “editorial/opinion” type regarding the issues I’ve been meaning to give my thoughts since 2010. Assuming that I will be able to write something about it, there will be developments like that of the RH bill, now the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Act of 2012 (yes, I am pro-RH), the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, the impeachment of Chief Justice Corona (oh my, it’s almost a year), and even the “ flash points” in the Middle East, among other things. I also remembered making notes in my mobile phone about my daily thoughts, of the places, food, movies and books, some outline about my 2012, my recent Indochina trip and the old churches. I think I should set-aside some days to re-organize all of these, pictures included.

The world did not end as what the Mayan’s predicted and was taken out of context by some, instead a new cycle begins. As it unfolds, I am setting my sights this year to be the year where dreams come true, braving new heights, dreaming some more, laugh and love some more, and definitely the phoenix will raise once more. And I just have to agree to what @rapplerdotcom tweeted last January 4 “#ThoughtLeaders Now is not the time to delay ambition, nor settle for the mediocre. Here’s to daring greatly in 2013!” As always, I will be taking it one day at a time. I have resolved that I will do more this year, and do things that will make me happy, after all making a conscious effort to be happy is really the way to be, because you and I deserve it, after all it’s still a happy place to be (despite of and in spite of). And yes, we should not forget to have a thankful heart.

I will definitely take what the Phantom said… “Let your mind start a journey to a strange new world…. Let your soul take you where you long to be.”

Here’s wishing you a happy and blessed 2013.

Watching the Avengers


Finally, after days of putting off the trip to the nearest cinema for all the valid and flimsy excuses, my brother and I finally caught the movie The Avengers. I enjoyed the movie with its action packed sequences and the amazing visual graphics and uber high-tech gadgets. Of course not to forget that I am so crushing on Iron Man (aka Robert Downey, Jr) since I was still in high school (since the last century) and of course, Captain America (aka Chris Evans) is one of my so called eye candy, which left me torn between Iron Man and Captain America. Haha! And yes, I remembered these pictures taken by my Dad during our last Christmas shopping trip in 2010. It always made me smile knowing that I have an equally kulit father who even suggested that I pose with Thor, of course, I only want a picture with Iron Man. And after snapping these photos from his phone, some of the shoppers followed the suit. Haha! And yes, I am convincing anyone who will listen that it is indeed Robert Downey in that costume. 🙂 Happy Thursday everyone!

Acts of Kindness

Last Tuesday, the 8th of May was an ordinary day turned extra ordinary by the people I met along the way. I did my errand without much hassle and of course the high-light of the day was meeting nice people. Since my errand was near some Churches, I decided to bring my camera and took some pictures. I was able to photograph two churches (and left two more, which I will definitely come back for after arranging my erratic schedule) and I will be sharing them on the next two posts after this. Yes, I do enjoy visiting old churches for all intents and purposes. (haha!) I enjoy visiting them, because, they are among the few structures here in Metro Manila (and in the Philippines) where one can travel back in time and marvel at the town or the church’s history. But sadly, some are renovated or rebuilt and lost its former grandeur (for some pressing issues about these renovations you can visit Ivan Henares’ blog post concerning this topic, which is enlightening). Additionally, these churches exude an aura of beauty and artistry which actually makes me think how God gifted these people with such talents. Also, it is also an ideal place to say thank you for all the blessings I have received.

What makes May 8 special was the fact that I met kind-hearted people as I go on my first leg  (of many, I presumed) of sharing the churches I have visited. I am particularly touched by the kindness of the church helpers at St. Joseph Parish in Tambo, Parañaque (sadly, I didn’t get their names) where they accommodate me while I look around and Manang Smile narrated the parish priests of their church and I am highly impressed. I am touched when Manang opened the Adoration Chapel for me to let me say my prayers. On my next stop, I visited the hundred years old church of the United Methodist Church in Tambo, Parañaque. I was accommodated by the church’s secretary, Ate Annie  and Pastor Philip Santos made me cry when he prayed over me. I can feel the power of his prayers and I am so thankful for it. Yes, I promised the good Pastor that I will send him copies of the pictures through email.

It has been a wonderful day indeed. I will be posting these churches and some of the other churches which I have visited for the past five years or so. And yes, I intend to visit and revisit some more this year. And as the tarpaulin in the Martyrs Church (United Methodist Church ) have said “Reaffirming the fire of  our Faith” and if this is faith, yes, I have it and I always will.

April 21st Thought of the Day

I am cleaning my PC’s folders and I saw this file:

There comes a time in your life when you walk away from all the drama and the people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and  focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right and pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life and getting back up is living.

 You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are-no more no less. That’s the moment you find yourself the proud owner of everything that cannot be brought. Matthew 5:5, The Message

Yeah, getting back up is living. 🙂 I hope to catch up with my blog soonish, I am quite busy with my matriarchal duties. Have a great weekend.

Thoughts about 2011

We can all plan our lives in as much as we want to. But there will come a point in our lives that another path will open up, and it is a path you have least expected it to be. And when this path opens up, you will have to decide whether to take it or not. There are times life is smooth sailing and you’ll be great about it, however, there are also times when failure, disappointment and heartache will come along the way. These things are part and parcel of life and it is there to build character and to make the heart and mind stronger.

It has been a very memorable 2011 for me and what a year it was, I have realized that good and not so good times can come on you, and there are things that do not go the way as you planned it to be. And this is life at the fullest and it is all a part of the bigger scheme of things and of our so-called life itself. Rising up and moving forward is not as easy as I imagine it would be. When you’ve been down and out and been to and back again to a some form of hellish nightmare, all you can think is there is truly no way but up. There is a level of difficulty in moving up and forward with life. Dealing with it and facing it is the first way to be. Seeking help and acknowledging it definitely makes life a little bit easier. Most importantly, having a grateful heart does wonder to the soul indeed. Suffering from a major life changing scenario makes you appreciate the value of family and good friends all the more. Most importantly, I have once again learn to trust the power of prayers and leaving it to God’s better plans on what lies ahead.

My life did not go as I planned it to be at this very moment. I am weighing my options and praying so hard to be led to the path where I am meant to be. I know with hard work and positive attitude, I will be back in orbit. If there are important lessons I have learned from this chapter in my life it would be: Show resilience, yes, bend if you have to but do not break. Be patient with your progress and count your blessings with gratitude, and the only thing greater than the power of the mind is the courage of the heart.

I am getting there again and after all I’ve been through the past couple of years, I’d like to think I did not do so badly. And yes, things could happen to the very best of us. Since it is a leap year this year, join me as I take a big leap of faith and walk forward to an amazing journey of this year and beyond. Cheers!

♥Photo was taken by my friend Cheen, in Bilbao, Spain in Autumn of 2010. It is perhaps my favorite photo taken by her. Yes, I enhanced it a little.

Meet my Joe

Last post for the reminisce episode for this day. Here’s my Meet Joe post last December 11, 2010….

Meet Joseph “Joey” Mc Intyre, my long time high school pseudo boyfriend (me and other 40 blushing girls in our batch). ♥

Joey used to be the youngest member of the 90s ultimate boy band (please no violent reaction) and I just love him back in the days. Who wouldn’t, with his boy next door looks and so beautiful blue eyes and charming smile (obviously, I am so into him when I was still pimple free with my tin grin). I used to know his family (he’s the youngest, he got 1 brother and 8 sisters), they are from Boston and are Irish-American Catholic and even fancied marrying him. I used to sing all the NKOTB’s songs, memorized it and rewind it over and over, (yeah, it’s still the tape era) and I love Joey’s Please Don’t Go Girl. Yeah, I still have all my NKOTB tapes with me and some books and memorabilia, a clear and convincing evidence (should I say incriminating) that I was once hooked and so gaga over them, well, particularly to Joe.

I suddenly remembered him out of the blues this afternoon and decided to do some more stalking. I know that NKOTB had their reunion concert last summer and they just performed with Backstreet Boys (gasp!) last American Music Awards just this November 2010. Of course, Nick Carter, Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber looked pale compared with my Joe. And yes, my bangs nearly curled when I heard that Bieber got more award than his mentor (and of course I do prefer) Usher, I think the world has gone berzek for one glorious minute and yes, my tween friends and godchildren almost “unfriend” me in FB when I commented that my ears bleeds when I hear JB. (hahaha!) Of course, there’s no comparison (and I can see my loyal friends nodding).

I think this is my payback time, when I hear JB’s songs (which are quite frequently in local FM radios), now I can so relate with my Mom. Yeah, Mom I hear you, if its♫Please don’t go girl♫ in the 90s, its ♪Baby, baby… oohhh♪ for Gila and we have a dance routine too. Sheez.

Well, back to my Joey, yes, he did appear in Boston Public (I still have to see that) and a number of movies and Broadway play. He’s the voice behind Stay the Same song in 1999 and appeared in the 2005 season of Dancing with the Stars. And yes, he is happily married with Barrett Williams and has two sons. Sheez, we lost contact eh, but he still looks good to me. Now, I think I will be looking for his 2009 single Here we Go Again. I wouldn’t say no to their concert, I was not allowed by my Mom to attend their concert here in Manila in 1992. I want to watch their reunion concert, somebody send me a plane ticket.

PS: I think the big framed Joey poster is still in the bodega (I think Dad is doubling it out as a plywood or something and can’t throw it because my Mom is being sentimental on my ex’s picture. Hahaha!) and I can’t find my NKOTB button pin. Yes, I still have what’s left of it. Hahaha!

Update from today, May 5, 2011

PS 2: This is the button pin. Yey!

PS 3: I told you the Joe framed/board poster is still around, but it’s in the bodega (storage room). It is visibly weather-beaten, but it is very much around. I really looked for it for this post *smiles*

The tag at the back of the wooden Joe’s frame. Please note that the shop has a 6 digit telephone number, today, Metro Manila landline phone has 7 digit number. I have to check if the store is still in business, well, I hope so. *smiles*