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Phantasm. Bewilderment. Clairvoyance.


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And the Door Opened

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Maybe it’s coincidence

Or perhaps it’s not,

This page of iridescence

Lights up and blinks a lot;

 

A new moon, a new star,

It shines in the night,

Once admired from afar,

Now a knob to hold tight;

 

Maybe they heard a knock,

And in silence, they listened,

A secret unlocked,

And then the door opened.

 

 


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Army Navy @ Circuit Ayala Mall

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Yep, yep! Army Navy – Circuit Ayala Mall (Makati) branch is now open! We had our lunch there earlier. I had been craving for burgers since last week! It’s good to know that there’s already an Army Navy branch near my workplace.

I know it’s kinda funny that I this among my list of ‘happy things’ but you know… Food is happiness.


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#InTheMix

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Six artists in one rocking night. I’ve waited for this day since it was announced by MMI and since we bought our tickets last May. When the tickets were already available for purchase for Visa cardholders, we immediately bought our tickets because hey, Panic! At The Disco was finally coming back to Manila! When they came here eight years ago, I couldn’t afford to buy even the General Admission ticket yet because of financial struggle. Now that I am finally earning on my own, I didn’t deprive myself from the happiness of watching them perform live.

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A week before the eighteenth of August, I could no longer think straight because I was already in concert mode. I was like, Brendon Urie and I will be breathing the same air soon! OMFG THIS IS IT!

The iconic 90’s rock band Third Eye Blind and the famous The 1975 were also coming. I started listening to Twin Pines, James Bay and Elle King since they’d also be playing and I loved their songs as well, especially Twin Pines. Man, we should watch out for this band. They’re dope!

So… The day came and wooh! I was just shouting my heart out all night! The Twin Pines guys were all cool and I would love to hear more of their music. Elle King‘s voice was so powerful and it gave me goosebumps all over. Plus! She has a Filipina blood.

The third on set was Third Eye Blind. Dude, it’s THIRD EYE BLIND! It was like a trip to the 90’s when they performed! I doubt if they did ever age – they still sounded as good as everything on the records. It made me feel proud that I lived in the 90’s era and yes, we have these wonderful musicians playing wonderful songs back in our time and they’re still here now, still making music, still making our hearts scream, their songs still being played on the radio and still being sang by the younger generation.

Next was… *drumroll* PANIC! AT THE DISCO! ASDFGHJKL the crowd went wild! Everyone was already screaming the moment the grand piano was already onstage. Take note, people were already screaming just by the set-up of the band members’ instruments! And when the band came out, THE ARENA WENT CRAZY! I can’t find enough words to describe what I’ve felt but the chills all went down my spine as I sang every word of their songs. I’ve been listening to P!ATD since high school. I have watched the members come and go. I have witnessed the evolution of their music. And… I have seen how Brendon became more and more handsome as years went by (hahahaha). Mixed emotions, man. Watching them perform live was a dream come true! Brendon did his signature backflip and, uh, he removed his shirt. YES PEOPLE! TOPLESS BRENDON WAS BREATHING THE SAME AIR WITH ME!!! *how to calm down now*

James Bay serenaded us next. I got to rest after shouting and singing and jumping and dancing during Third Eye Blind and P!ATD’s part. This man’s voice could bring you to bed, dude.

The 1975 was the last to perform. I’m not really a huge fan of the band, but I really think they’re cool. Their music is eargasmic and I couldn’t deny that Matt Healy is really cute. Still, my loyalty belongs to BRENDON URIE.

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Jessie was also among my concert buddies when I watched Paramore‘s concert in 2013. We really had fun that night. We had our catch-up chats during transitions because we had not seen each other for a long time. And we missed each other big time!

Big thanks to all the people behind #InTheMix! Thanks for making this event possible for us fans!

I really had a blast that night. Honey, life’s too short so buy those freaking concert tickets and scream YOLO!


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First Maginhawa Visit

Last August 18, Thursday, I went to Maginhawa in Quezon City with a friend before going to #InTheMix (story on a separate blog post). We visited BookayUkay, a bookshop that sells second-hand books and two restaurants, Fat Cousins’ Diner and The Nook.

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BookayUkay

We decided to explore Maginhawa before taking our lunch. Along the way, we saw BookayUkay and of course, of course, I did not stop myself from going inside!

I was able to score Jane Austen‘s Emma for only Php 150.00. There were lots of good finds but I was not into buying new books yet since I still have a pile of pending books to read. It’s really just my thing to buy a new one whenever I go to a bookshop. Since I haven’t read Emma yet and it’s one of the early editions of the book, I bought it.

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Fat Cousins’ Diner

After a long walk, we decided to eat at Fat Cousins’ Diner for lunch.

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one hasn’t dined well.”

We ordered Baby Back Ribs (Php 199.00) and Australian Premium Steak (Php 199.00). The meal already includes the side-dishes (mashed potato and buttered veggies) and unlimited rice and drinks so yes, you’d really get more than what you’ve paid for, especially if you’re a person who has a stomach with an appetite for two (or more, hahaha).

Overall, Fat Cousins’ Diner was indeed a good try.

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The Nook
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I’ve always wanted to visit this place since I’ve heard about it. It’s a Harry Potter-inspired café and every Potterhead would really be happy for a Hogsmeade experience.

The Potterhead in me screamed for Butterbeer (Php 100.00 for the Harry size, Php 150.00 for Hagrid) so tah-dah! It’s just like how you’d imagine the drink would be.

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I also tried the Golden Snitch (Php 35.00), a chocolate shaped like what the seekers catch during Quidditch.

For more Potterhead feels, you may wear your house scarf while savoring your Hogsmeade moment.

Proud Ravenclaw here!

I would love to go back to Maginhawa and try more retaurants and cafés. I’ve already been eyeing some places for my next visit. Hopefully soon. 😊


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‘Ate Clau’

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Back when I was a JPIA officer during my fourth year in college (JPIA = Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants), we had a block monitoring program wherein each of the executive officers would handle a block to be their ‘senior guide’ all throughout the federation year. I was The Ledger‘s (JPIA-PLM’s official publication) Editor-in-Chief and Communications Department Chairman during that time.

I guess being a big sister is an innate thing for me, being the eldest child in the family; perhaps that’s why leadership is actually something that I consider as a passion.

I handled a freshman block for our block monitoring program, and I was really passionate about it. I did my best to become the approachable ‘Ate’ (everyone thought I was ‘mataray’ and unapproachable because of my resting bitch face lol). It felt good that before the middle of the first semester came, almost everyone considered me, their Ate Clau, as someone who they can approach anytime with their issues, may those be school-related or not.

I was everyone’s Ate Clau (which turned to TeKlaw later on, haha), and it feels good that my babies never forgot their ‘Ate Clau’. It feels good to know that I have inspired some younger JPIAns just by being an ‘Ate’ to them.

Just yesterday, I was with Gab and Lean to give them some help for their feasibility study. How time flies… My babies are now graduating students.

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Thank You, Lord, for giving me the chance to inspire other people through JPIA. Indeed – once a JPIAn, always a JPIAn.

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