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Be Enchanted

>> Wednesday, November 28, 2007

(A Capella, Giselle)
How does she know you love her?
How does she know she's yours?
(Marlon Saunders - Calypso Singer)
How does she know that you love her?
How do you show her you love her?
How does she know that you really really truly love her?
How does she know that you love her?
How do you show that you love her?
How does she know that you really really truly love her?
It's not enough to take the one you love granted
You must remind her or she'll be inclined to say
"How do I know he loves me?
How do I know he's mine?"

Well does he leave a little note to tell you you are on his mind?
Send you yellow flowers when the sky is grey?
He'll find a new way to show you a little bit every day
That's how you know
That's how you know he's your love

(Calypso Singer)
You got to show her you need her
Don't treat her like a mind reader
Each little something to lead her to believe you love her

Everybody wants to live happily ever after
Everybody wants to know their true love is true
How do you know he loves you?
How do you know he's yours?

Well does he take you out dancing just so he can hold you close?
Dedicate a song with words meant just for you?
He'll find his own way to tell you with the little things he'll do
That's how you know
That's how you know he's your love
He's your love

That's how you he loves you
That's how you know it's true

Because he'll wear your favorite color just so he can match your eyes
Plan a private picnic by the fire's glow
His heart will be yours forever
Something everday will show
That's how you know (x5)
That's how you know he's your love
That's how you know
That's how you know he's your love

"We all need fairy tales in our lives." That's what I learned from church months ago. Even in reality, fairy tales do come true. It may not be a Disney type of "happily ever after," but at least we can still dwell upon modern-day prince charmings who open their eyes to the love and beauty around them.

Enchanted brings animation to reality. With references from famous Disney cartoons such as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Cinderella, adults will start to reminisce their childhood. It also sets the difference of reality love and fairy tale love. A princess realizes that love isn't just a one-day thing, but a feeling a person has to learn by spending time with a person.

Five stars for the story.
Five stars for the LSS songs.
Five stars for keeping the essence of fairy tales.
Five stars for keeping true love.
Five stars for hotness: McDreamy and Corny Collins. :P
Five stars for evilness.
Five stars for princesses.
Five stars for Pip the chipmunk!
Six stars for Disney.

WATCH WATCH! I'm so giddy, I can't write properly.


Riddle me this, riddle me that

>> Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I'm rereading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It's the book I can read without going back to the previous paragraphs. Ahaha, maybe it's just me, Tolkien's Trilogy is so compact, skimming isn't an option. Great details need great attention. I can't read the trilogy when I'm in the MRT. I think The Hobbit is for light reading, while the trilogy is for a sit-down kind of reading.

I'm past the goblins' lair and is now in Gollum's cave. The exchange of riddles is one of my favorite parts in the story because it allows the reader to join the game. The riddles got me thinking too.

Can you guess the answers? No peeking in your books! :P

1. What has roots as nobody sees,
Is taller than trees
Up, up it goes,
And yet it never grows?

2. Thirty white horses on a red hill,
Firs they champ,
Then they stamp,
Then they stand still.

3. Voiceless it cries,
Wingless flutters,
Toothless bites,
Mouthless mutters.

4. An eye in the blue face
Saw an eye in the green face
"That eye is like to this eye"
Said the first eye,
"But in low place,
Not in high place."

5. It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,
Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt.
It lies behind stars and under hills,
And empty holes it fills.
It comes first and follows after,
Ends life, kills laughter.

6. A box without hinges, key or lid.
Yet golden treasure is hid.

7. Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.

8. This thing all things devours;
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal'
Slays kings, ruins towns
And beats high mountains down.

9. What have I got in my pocket?

You're a Tolkien geek if you know the answer to number 9? :P

1. mountain 2. teeth 3. wind 4. sun on the daisies 5. dark 6. "Eggses it is!" :P 7. fish 8. time 9. "My birthday present!"


Sing Silently

>> Friday, November 23, 2007

Mimes are one of the best actors in the theater industry. They only have to rely on their facial and body expressions to relay a message. One cannot use his voice to show anger, sadness, or happiness.

Cerz showed me this video weeks ago when we were in Subic. The video she showed was short, so I searched for a full version online.

Meet Johan Lippowitz (real name David Armand), a mime famous for his interpretation of the song "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia. He's really good at it, he was invited to perform it along with Natalie. Natalie was such a cool sport, she even learned the actions and mimed along with Johan on stage.

Here's another song, "Wherever I Lay My Hat Thats My Home" by Paul Young.

I've been watching these videos over and over again and they never fail to make me laugh.


Curly Hair

>> Thursday, November 22, 2007

VH1.com Blog

I'm sorry, but I'm one of those who'd loooove to run our fingers through your hair. Springy boing boing curly.


Let It Snow

>> Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Wishing for a White Christmas this December?

The Galileo Enrichment Learning Program presents another Excellent Educational and Enrichment event!

click for a larger picture.

Have a Scoop of Christmas!
December 21, 2007

7:30 PM
At the Nestle Creamery,
Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City

If you're 3-12 years old, you are invited to come!
No need to break that piggy bank because admission is free!
Fun games and activities are in store for all kiddie participants.

For more information, call our mind warehouse at 895.8095
or email us at info@galileoenrichment.com



Sail Back To Manila!

OMG. DOULOS IS COMING BACK TO MANILA. I emailed them a few days back, inquiring if they will be open to the public. I got a reply a few minutes ago, and here's what they said.

Hi Naomi
Yes, Doulos is on its way back by November 30 to December 23. (Closed Dec 10)

Book Fair opening hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am - 9pm
Sunday & Monday: 2pm – 9pm
Closed on Monday Dec 10, 2007 only

Entrance fee: P10

Children under 16 are free of charge, but need to be accompanied by parents or guardians

Thank you for your interest, hope to see you onboard.


OHMAYGHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD. Must make tipid in time for Doulos. I don't care if I don't get that Starbucks planner. I LOVE YOU DOULOS!!!


marry me a little

>> Thursday, November 15, 2007

This is the most appropriate love song I've ever seen. It's not the "I'm all yours" type of song. It gives a certain distance, an ample amount of respect and dedication to the partner.

Marry Me A Little
sung by John Barrowman
by Stephen Sondheim
from the musical The Company

Marry me a little
Love me just enough
Cry but not too often
Play but not too rough
Keep a tender distance
So we'll both be free
That's the way it ought to be
I'm ready

Marry me a little
Do it with a will
Make a few demands
I'm able to fulfill
Want me more than others
Not exclusively
That's the way it oughta be
I'm ready
I'm ready now

You can be my best friend
I can be your right arm
We'll go through a fight or two
No harm, no harm
We'll look not too deep
We'll go not too far
We won't have to give up a thing
We'll stay who we are
Right? ok then
I'm ready
I'm ready now

Someone marry me a little
Love me just enough
Warm and sweet and easy
Just the simple stuff
Keep a tender distance
So we'll both be free
That's the way it oughta be
I'm ready
I'm ready

Marry me a little
Body, heart, and soul
Passionate as hell
But always in control
Want me first and foremost
Keep me company
That's the way it oughta be
I'm ready
I'm ready now

Oh how gently we'll talk
Oh how softly we'll tred
All the stings, the ugly things
We'll keep unsaid
We'll build a cocoon
Of love and respect
You promise whatever you like
I'll never collect
Right? ok then
I'm ready
I'm ready now
I'm ready


Glorious Quest: A Traveler's Story

>> Monday, November 12, 2007

Enter an adventure. A journey from the East to the West and from the West to the East.

How will you take on the journey?
By plane, by train, by ship?
With the feet, or with the heart?
To where? For what?

Let's find out in the event experience of
GLORIOUS QUEST: A Traveler's Story

A Musical Experience by Robert Sena, Isay Alvarez, Nhellie, Goya Bulahan, Raymond Lauchengco, Meridian Kids, and Kultur Klub Singers

A Global Village Anniversary Presentation of Creative Futures
on November 17, 2007 Saturday 7:30pm
at The Convenarium, Crossroad 77

tickets at P200
for ticket inquiries, call the C-Futures office: 374-4822


home away from home

>> Sunday, November 11, 2007

Casa San Pablo is located in the heart of San Pablo. The owner, Boots Alcantara, doesn't want to call the place a resort. It's a bed and breakfast experience. I call it a mixture of home and art.

Last week, the Galileo team went to Casa San Pablo for a team-building seminar. As soon as we got out of the van, the first thing I noticed was the swimming pool. My heart melts every time my eyes see a clean pool. It had a spectacular view of nature. Trees and plants surrounded the pool. There was a small bridge that went over a river and connected to the main place.

If there's one place you would want to unwind from the stresses of Manila life, this is the place to be. It's your home away from home, a total Filipino paradise. An overnight stay includes three scrumptious meals and a cozy bed set in a Filipino setting. Each room looks like a play house. Room 6 -- the room where most of us stayed in -- was a small room. It was designed it a way that it wouldn't look small because believe it or not, we were able to fit in seven people without feeling crowded. Each room has two baths and toilets with running hot water. The windows are old style: made of wood and you close it by sliding slabs of the window from side to side. Ventilation is not a problem because there are two airconditioning devices per room. Everywhere you look, there is wood. Wooden cabinets. Wooden doors. Wooden beds. Wooden stairs. Wooden walls. Cozy indeed.

One thing I don't like about going out of town is the problem of food. Whenever a family would prepare for a trip, half of the van will be filled with pans and marinated food. Casa San Pablo promises a paradise, and they included the food in the package. The meals are provided on set times, and all you have to do is to show up in the dining area. The food is set on a buffet style, which means is that you can eat to your heart's desire. There is an overflowing supply of food and all meals represent the food pyramid. There is a healthy supply of meat, vegetables, dessert and fruits. Your mouth will water just by the sight of it. I think I gained two pounds with all the food I ate. I can't pinpoint a favorite dish because every single dish they placed on the food is delicious. You'll really take a second shot after your first plate is emptied.

Nature is everywhere, even in the rooms. The flowers are freshly picked from their own garden, and there is at least one living flower in each room. We were so amazed, we kept on touching the flower. "Totoo ba yan?" ("Is it real?") we asked ourselves. We looked like ignoramuses (Is there such a word as ignoramuses?) because it seemed that it was the first time that we have seen a flower inside a room. I guess it's because of the plastic plants and flowers sold in Manila. Manila people are too rushed to even 'stop and smell the flowers.' They even placed books and magazines inside rooms. Nonfiction books, poetry readings, and magazines are stacked on tables. You can take out a book, stay in a hammock, and read under the sky. You're gonna feel like you're Frodo on the first scene of Fellowship of the Ring. Your back against the tree, book in hand, grass tickling your feet, gently breeze blowing on your face.

If lazing around all day is not your entirely your thing, they have other activities to keep you occupied. They have a half-court for basketball, badminton/volleyball court, a swimming pool (I have mentioned this already, and I can mention it again. haha), and a tennis court. They also allow budding photographers, painters, and musicians to visit the place. The place holds small recitals for classical instruments. They sometimes hold mini concerts when they have 50 or more guests. Painters such as the famous Malang and the Saturday group hold painting sessions in Casa San Pablo. I was inspired by the paintings on the walls, that I took an attempt to illustrate one of the places there. I'm not really a painter or something, but the place is just so beautiful that it inspired me to draw. When we were there, there was a group of photographers who were all over the place, clicking here and there. I wanted to snag one of their cameras because it was so cool. I bet it could produce very swanky shots of the place. I only had my camera phone which could only take pictures on a 1-point-something-megapixel-quality. The pictures only came out pretty when they were on sepia mode.

Anyway, moving on to the place. It's really a home because it's really land owned by the family. Majority of the hectares and hectares of land belongs to the family and is restricted to the guests (though they don't have fences to tell you that it's restricted. The only landmark we have is Boots' mom's house, which is just meters away from the dining area). So once in a while, the mom would visit the dining area to mingle with the guests. Even Boots welcomes new guests. They're really hands on, and you'll see how dedicated they are in putting love in a peaceful place.

They're open to companies and families. To ensure the crowd control, they only allow pre-booked reservations. They don't allow walk-ins. You can check out their website for more pictures and descriptions of each facility. I fell in love with the place the first time I saw it. I promise you, it's the best place to relax and be one with nature. It's your home away from home.

Visit them at www.casasanpablo.com


Master, Mission, Mate

>> Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Regi and I talked about the three Ms when I was in high school. I didn't understand it much before because I was still into cartoons and adjusting to high school. It was only a few months back where I really dug deep and reflected upon it. It was brought up in church and I realized that I'm in (or should be) that phase of 'maturity'.

I'm in for the spontaneity of life, but as much as possible I want to play by the rules. If there's one thing I would follow, it would be the three Ms. It's the perfect test of patience and trust of God's own time.

The three Ms: Master, Mission, Mate (or three Cs for those who are called for celibacy: Creator, Calling, Community). There's nothing religious about it, I tell you. It's a simple understanding that when followed, everything falls into place and symmetry. It's the perfect journey for a traveler called for a glorious quest.

1. Relationship with the Master - God first. Whether in a family, in school or in the workplace, God should always be first.

2. Mission - For me, Calling is more appropriate or more understandable. The calling is what you are tasked to do to carry on God's work. It becomes your responsibility and your life devotion. Your calling is the ultimate venue to be excellent. Be a champion in the game to be a champion in life (Motto of More Than Medals).

3. Mate - The mate or your partner will never or should never be the first in line. Think of it on the practical side: if you don't have a stable job, how will you be able to carry on with a relationship. You can't just be dependent on your partner all the time, he/she has his own mouth to feed, too. How will you two grow if the first two Ms aren't in a relationship?

It's not a high school romance anymore. I think of the future and a life-time goal. I don't mind waiting till someone comes around and I don't expect a fairy tale story.

Celina once asked me, "Why don't you have a boyfriend yet?" I told her I wasn't ready. Honestly, I'm not even past the first M. I owe God a lot of devotions. I've strayed away and make excuses for not giving at least 5 minutes for quiet time or something. I only learn during Sundays, where there are a lot of other opportunities, such as the Yuppies' (Young Adults) Gathering every other Friday. Liza and Joy keep in inviting me, and I keep on saying "No."

What more in my work. It's noticeable that I'm going through a decline in interest in work. I'm supposed to love it. A year ago, I keep on telling people that I got a job related to my course. It has been very helpful to me. My only problem is that it's becoming a routine and my brain juices are squeezed out of ideas. I'm decided that I'll go back to school next year. It may be an uphill climb in learning, but I still need the ropes to pull me up. I feel that I'm pulling myself down.

Right now, I'm still fixing the first two Ms. Edlyn and cerz dubbed me as a mean girl. It's true, for now. Finding someone isn't my priority. I'm tied to more important things. I always need to be reminded of the three Ms, when I get frustrated of whatever fate I'm experiencing. I shouldn't be in a hurry. It's not yet my time.


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