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Jan. 11th, 2009


New Year, New Meme!

Highlight all that apply to you.
Thanks Cid!

I prefer dark chocolate over milk or white chocolate.

I always forget to remove my makeup before going to bed.
I'm very self-conscious about my looks.
I'm wearing something of real gold/silver now. - But I used to wear gold earrings 24/7
A boy has never sat on my bed before.
My parents don't know anything about me and my significant other.
There are roses in the room I'm in right now.
One or both of my parents didn't go to work today.
I can play at least five chords on the guitar.
And at least two full songs on the piano.
I've written a song all by myself before.
I don't eat breakfast. - I always do.
I'm currently on some sort of diet - Not really. Just portion control
I think diets are stupid, and exercise works better.
My bedroom is always messy. -OH YEAH!
I don't get along with my best friend's siblings.
I'm listening to an American Idol contestant now.
I love Milo Ventimiglia from Heroes!
He's the only reason I watched Pathology.
I can't believe I actually watched High School Musical 3.
I actually like the song Sneakernight by Vanessa Hudgens.
I don't like Vanessa Hudgens.
I love Ashley Tisdale's version of 'Time After Time'.
I've done laundry within this past week.
Washing dishes is the most disgusting chore ever.
I hate over-competitive people.
Tomorrow is not a Friday.
I know who the song 'Forever & Always' by Taylor Swift was written for.
I've been broken up with over the phone.
I've broken up with someone over the phone.
I've been called a coward at least once in my life.
I am/was part of the 'mean girls' clique in school.
The cheerleaders in my school are actually really friendly.
I hate it when surveys assume you own something, when you don't.
I wanna strangle parents who do EVERYTHING for their spoilt brat.
I have to take some sort of daily medication. - Not really
I think celebrities only participate in charity events for the publicity.
I own a pair of cowboy boots.
And a cowboy hat, which I wear with the boots.
I added a ton of celebrities and bands on Myspace.
I'm a fan of a ton of things on Facebook.
My internet is being a total idiot right now.

Dec. 22nd, 2008


Whateverism: Christmas Wish List Part Sept et Fin!

So yeah, this is my last Christmas wishlist of the series (har!).

I've decided to combine parts sept and huit to make this one.


1. Cool shoes

Not necessarily super high but has to have at least a bit of a heel. Oh and of course, cute! Top colours : Yellow, green and white.

2.Message shirts

As long as the message is great then cool!

3. Tiara
Haha! This is one of those "wala lang" things on the list. Toy versions allowed!

4. Planner
To keep things organised for next year. Top pick: Belle du Jour Planner 2009.

5. That more people from Australia and New Zealand support Canteen

Canteen is this organisation in Australia and New Zealand that helps out kids and teenagers with cancer. I heard about them through this little feature in some Aussie show I watched before.  And yeah, I love them and how they make these kids and teens feel normal so they don't give up!

If you have the means to support them and live in Australia or New Zealand, please do so. For me. For these kids.

Visit their site here.

5. That this next year be that grand one God has planned for me!

6. His will in my life.

7. That everyone have a wonderful CHRISTmas!

To all that have touched me this past year, my readers, and to everyone:

Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année!

Feliz Natal e Feliz Ano Novo!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dec. 16th, 2008


Accentuate: Christmas Wishlist Part Six!

Dec. 11th, 2008


One Size Fits All

You know what I’m talking about. Those words are seen in many a brochure and catalogue. Okay, it may not always be exactly like the photo above. But you may recognise it as “Free size” or “For all sizes” or “Fits from small to extra large”. Whichever way you say it, they all mean one thing:

"One size fits all.“One size fits all” is a fashion industry term for a garment that may be worn by a variety of sizes, from Keira Knightly skinny to Maria Sharapova athletic to Tyra Banks curvy to Queen Latifah plus-sized. It is designed to fit all women, no matter what shape they are. It’s one garment for all.

For a designer, making a “one size fits all” garment is a lot easier than what is usual: making different sizes his design. You need not need to remember all these numbers and proportions for different sizes since you need to make only one size for everyone. It’s also relatively easier to cut cloth for the garment since you just need to copy the size of your first piece cut. And of course, you need not worry about your garment not suiting your clients since they are supposed to fit everyone. That is, provided your “one size fits all” thing is actually of quality, is suitable for all. That is, provided that it being “one size fits all” is actually good for all who wear your thing. And that’s my problem. And guess what? It’s yours too, as well as the problem of all women across the globe.

No, I’m not going to complain about something free size I bought from some catalogue and now hate. I’m not going to write about some department store that deceived me into buying their merchandise fit only for waifs. (Please! I’m not going to publish to the world a hate rant about anything unless society will benefit from it!) It’s about something else that is “one size fits all”. Only this time, it’s affecting all women and their self-esteem. And it’s not just about whether you can walk down a runway wearing this dress from Blah-Blah or not. Well, it kind of is but in a different way.

Whether we admit it or not, media, as well as the beauty and fashion industry, has influenced us on our perceptions of beauty and what is beautiful. We’ve bought that tube of DuWop’s Lip Venom. Why? Because it plumps your lips like Angelina Jolie’s. We’ve all walked around a mall wearing headbands with bows that would put Minnie Mouse to shame. Why? Because Blair Waldorf wears them all the time in Gossip Girl. We all have a pair of those Maximus/Roman gladiator sandals. Why? Because every store from YSL to Y-SM says they’re hot.  

There’s really nothing wrong with that. That’s really how trends start. And hey, admittedly, those sandals are pretty cute! But when 13 year-old girls burn holes in their oesophagus after binging and purging just to look like that “perfect” girl on the cover of Seventeen or Girlfriend or whatever , things go awry.

Just what is “perfect”, anyway? It’s usually this: 5’9” but 110 lbs; ribs showing from her jersey dress; face caving in between her poky cheekbones and jaw; lips looking like a swarm of bees just attacked her; hair as straight as an electric post; skin smelling of newly-applied bleach.

Not so harmful? Well, consider the fact that probably just 1% of the entire female world population looks like this. Consider the fact that media and the beauty industry vocally sells this look as perfect. Consider how the rest of us women get fed this message and imbibe it. Consider how many women (and even more frightening, little girls as young as 9) go to drastic measures such as plastic surgery or bulimia just to get that cover girl look. Consider how many women have committed suicide or slashed their wrists because they feel not pretty enough or unworthy. Consider how this “one size fits all” ideal of beauty has blinded us from the truth.

The truth is all women are beautiful. And that’s ALL women; black or white, tall or short, size 0 or 24. We all have great talents, abilities and strengths. We were all made unique by God. And God never makes trash.


And what about those features we consider flaws? Man! If we only knew that those are considered features in another’s eyes! That’s why Caucasians long to be tan whilst Asians long to be white. That’s why Chinese girls get surgery to open up their eyes whilst some Filipinas wish to be chinita. That’s why voluptuous girls want to be Kate Moss and waif-ish girls want to be Beyonce.


The truth is beauty should never be “one size fits all”. It should encompass all shapes and sizes of women. To exclude one is discriminatory. But to stop this ideal, it must start with us. The next time you look in a mirror (Well, first thing’s first, go on. Look in a mirror!), try to see that bloom in you. No, not just in Natalie Portman or Heidi Klum. But in you. No, you don’t look like that girl in the magazine. But yeah, you’re still beautiful.


The truth is beautiful isn’t “one size fits all”. But beautiful is “one adjective fits all”.


Now, why do some “free size” clothes in the mall not fit me again?!

Nov. 23rd, 2008


Uniquely moi!

I promised Charie I'd do this so here's a list of things that are uniquely me!

Tagged: Everyone! Do it because I say so! Hahaha!

- There is only one brand of cereal I eat with milk: Weet-Bix (You Aussies know what that is!). The rest I eat on their own or with yoghurt. I really hate soggy cereal. (but you probably know that!)

- I've been mistaken for all of these nationalities: Indian (partly true), Pakistani, Nepalese, Thai, Malaysian, Lebanese, Australian Aborignal, African-American, Brazilian, Moroccan, Maori, and others I can't remember anymore!

- I put fries in my burger (It's Charie's fault!)

- There's this Bengali character people make me do (as in Bengali impression) that it's almost my alter ego!

- I have watched every Miss Universe pageant on TV from 1993-2007. I missed it this year because I was at Campus Harvest.

- I used to draw upside-down mermaids (as in fish head with human legs) on my uni hand outs when bored!

- I sometimes watch RCTI (the Indonesian channel) just to check out the Bahasa language (That's how I can get crazy about linguistics!).

- I actually wore pantyhose when I was a kid! Nice lacey pink ones I wore under my usually pristine dress. I even wore them to birthday parties where everyone's in jeans to move easily in party games!

- In relation to that, I believed trousres are for boys!

- My dad sometimes borrows my iPod due to the number of 70's songs on it (Earth, Wind and Fire rocks!).

- Despite my girliness, I never found pink as my favourite colour! Purple, yes. But pink, no!

- I like reading the words on people's shirts!

- I like watching rugby. And not just rugby. Rugby LEAGUE (a.k.a. the most brutal ball sport on the planet). I don't know why but I find it pretty exciting.

- I sometimes ogle at the dairy section of the supermarket (wink! Charie!)!

- The second thing I learnt in French is "chocolate hat"! I heard "gatteau de chocolat" (chocolate cake) on Madeline and wanted to copy it. Unfortunately, I heard it as "chappeau de chocolat" (yeah, chocolate hat). And unfortunately, I happened to repeat it in front of my Mum's flight attendant friends! Oh well! At least they found it cute!

So there! Just a few things that make me... well, me!

Oct. 17th, 2008


Ear Candy: Christmas Wishlist Part Trois

Finally, after Smart Bro being down for a week, here's the third installment of my Christmas wishlist!

This one is the music section of my wishlist. Not really a lot.

1. Amoroso/Brasil by Joao Gilberto

I super love this Brazilian artist. He's not one of the original founders of bossa nova for nothing! I'd have to say this is his best album. VERY hard to find though.But hey, who knows, one might see it in some record store or something. If so, please give it to me! If you can't give me this (Haha!), try: Coffee and Bossa: Antonio Carlos Jobim, any Djavan album, or albums by any Brazilian (and I also mean the nationality) singers.

2. Putumayo CD's
If you have noticed, yes, I'm a huge world music fan. So yeah, I want to listen to Putumayo. Putumayo: the entire world in your ear!!!! Haha! Bad plug! Top picks: World Groove (pictured), Asian Lounge, Carribean Playground, African Soul, and of course, their albums on Brazil.

3. Any jazz compilation
What else can I say but I love the genre! Top picks: The Crossover 105.1 albums, the "& Easy" Collection (Jazz and Easy, Smooth & Easy, Soul & Easy...)

4. Earth Wind and fire albums
From the first time I heard "Fantasy" on TV when I was 6, I loved them! They're one classic group that, yes even teenagers, like. I don't exactly know the titles of their albums so I can't do a top picks thingie! Their greatest hits album would be great.

5. State of Mind by Raul Midon
In one of my playlists, I already elaborated on why I love his music. So there! If you can't get me this, try: A World Within A World also by him, Little Voice by Sara Bareilles, or any Jaime Cullum album.

So, yeah, that's part trois. I'm posting part quatre some other time. Want to know what it is? Sorry! Not yet! You're just going to have to let your imagination wander.

Oct. 13th, 2008


Mosaic of the Mind

A different kind of meme.
Stolen from Kye!

The Concept:

  • Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
  • Using only the first page, pick an image.
  • Using fd's Flickr Toys create a 4x3 mosaic of your photos.

The Questions:

  1. What is your first name?
  2. What is your favorite food?
  3. What high school did you go to?
  4. What is your favorite color?
  5. Who is your celebrity crush?
  6. Favorite drink?
  7. Dream vacation?
  8. Favorite dessert?
  9. What you want to be when you grow up?
  10. What do you love most in life?
  11. One Word to describe you.
  12. What is your favorite book?
1. Toni -Not me! A photo by another person named Toni. Love the whole floating thing.
2. Pizza Magherita - Looks so scrumptious here!
3. Elizabeth Seton School - Whoa! Seton photos!
4. Aubergine - Uhm... I actually wanted a photo of a non-eggplant something in the colour! Oh well!
5. Gael Garcia Bernal!!!! - Ahhhh!!! What a cute smile! I love the mask too. It's really theatrical (Which is perfect since he's an actor)
6. Coffee - Caffeine, the only drug I'm addicted to! The the sheen in the espresso machine.
7. Paris! - J'aime Paris! J'adore Paris! Je peux voyager en Paris! If that doesn't prove how much I want to go here, I don't know what will! I super love the sunset and the silhouette of Le Tour d'Eiffel.
8. Espresso cheesecake - Did I mention how much I love coffee! Love the view of the criss-cross design.
9. Film director/scriptwriter/Actress/Novelist/Poet - Whew! Well, it's film director for this one.Just another day at work, I guess.
10. God - He's the coolest! My Daddy made the scene in the photo!
11. Extraordinary - Don't be afraid to fly! I love the combination of sunset and balloons.
12. Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) - I guess a sort of mosaic of the things described in the book.

Grab it if you like it.

Oct. 1st, 2008


Flicker Fusion: Christmas Wishlist Part Deux!

The (apparently) awaited part 2 of 7 (Yes, it's 7 now) of my Christmas wish list series.

This time it's the film freak section.

So here we go!

1. GMA-7's Serbisyong Totoo DVD set

I love GMA and their documentaries! I love how they really take every step to cover what's going on in the country. If you can't give all (Haha! Again), you can give me : Philippine Agenda (pictured) and/or The Best of Sandra Aguinaldo.

2. Amelie
I super love this film! I love the glossy, whimsical effect, especially. The part where Amelie melts is gold! If you can't get me this, get me similar whimsical films or...

3. Le Science des Rives (The Science of Sleep)
Another great dreamy film. But then, it's Michel Gondry so it has to be! If you can't get me this, you can get....

4. Other French films
There's something about the French and their films I love. Maybe it's the intellectualism in it. Maybe it's the whimsy, surreal quality. Maybe it's even both! Either way, I like them! Top picks: A Bout de Souffle (Breathless) and La Vie une Rose.

5. La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful)

This film reigned as my favourite for about 4 years. A touching story about love conquering even the toughest times. If you can't get me this, try The Snow and the Tiger (not sure of the exact title) or other Italian or Spanish films.

6. Breakfast at Tiffany's

The ultimate fashionable film! Let's also mention the script by Truman Capote. Oh, need I mention The Audrey Hepburn! If you can't get me this, try Sabrina, Funny Face or other Audrey Hepburn films (oh, except Roman Holiday. Have it already)

7. Movie musical films

You know me and my Broadway! Top picks: West Side Story, Hair (pictured), Singing In the Rain and anything with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

8. Citizen Kane
BIG movie classic. I super love the story. Very hard to find though. If you can't get me this, try: Taxi Driver or Malcolm X

9. The Pianist
I love stories of resilience through tragedy. This film seems very interesting and I think I can relate with the pianist when I watch this. If you can't get me this, try: The Terminal or Hotel Rwanda (Watched it and want to see it again!)

10. Supersize Me
The Oscar award-winning documentary about fast food. Again, I love docos. This is an issue very close to the fast-paced lifestyle of today.

11. Movie addaptations of the novels I mentioned in Part Une!
Well, I mentioned why I love the stories already! I'd also like to compare the book (if you give me them!) and the movie. Top picks: The Little Prince (pictured), Love In the Time of Cholera, The Namesake.

So, yeah. That's part 2 of 7. So you want to know waht part trois is, don't you? Well, I'm not going to sing it out until it's time!

Sep. 12th, 2008


Attack of the Celine Dion Clones

I must admit to you something. I must admit to you something that will get many a nationalist’s blood to boil. It’s a revelation that goes against one of the things our nation is proud of. Please put down your guns and don’t shoot me. Allow me to speak. It’s just personal preference. Please don’t take it personally.
Please allow me to say that I think that most popular Filipino music sucks. Please don’t boo me. I think that a lot of OPM songs I hear on radio are either so boring or so painful to listen to. Instead of transporting myself into the world of whatever song it is, it just annoys me a lot. And one of the most annoying things about OPM is the Celine Dion clones.
The Celine Dion clones is a term I’d like to use for the belters mass-produced by almost every singing contest in the country (I’m not saying who or else I’d be sued!). No, I did not say every televised singing contest. I said almost every singing contest. From the baranggay level to Star For A Night, almost every winner is a Celine Dion clone. These Celine Dions from baranggays all over the country then compete in a nationwide singing tilt to see who the biggest Celine Dion clone is. Lovely. Just lovely.
A Celine Dion clone’s most unique quality is her ability not to be unique. After all, the point is to have the closest possible voice to that of Celine Dion’s. That’s right. The yardstick of a great voice is how well it can blend when you play a Celine Dion CD whilst singing. Every single Celine Dion clone tries to achieve this “remarkable” achievement with results that often involve screaming to a microphone. Those that do achieve it are rewarded with the satisfaction of sounding like their idol. But wait! Aren’t those that achieve it amount to a lot of people? Yes, that means they all sound alike too.
Don’t get me wrong, by the way. I’m not saying I think Celine Dion is an awful singer. In fact, I think the way her voice is so clear despite those high notes is astonishing. There also isn’t anything wrong with wanting to sound like her. Having a musical inspiration can really help you in your singing career. But when an entire nation --- yes, entire nation--- attempts to sound like her, something must be awry. It makes you go, “Aren’t there other people and anything else on the radio?”
The worst part about this is that we train our singers to follow this Celine Dion Xeroxing-system. We do it even to child singing contestants. Seriously, nine year-olds trying to belt like Celine Dion are creepy! Again, there’s nothing wrong with sounding like Ms. Dion. But shouldn’t kids sound more like Miley Cyrus and not like a “diva” who has been belting since before these child singers were born? But we still insist they fit into the Celine standard. But why do we do it?
It’s because it’s the only way we can “accept” them as singers, that’s why. For the typical Filipino singer, copying Celine Dion is the only way you would be listened to. And for many recording companies, sounding like her is the only way they would sign someone. Those that dare to stick to their original musical direction are often left undiscovered. “They can’t conform,” record executives say. Hey, that’s what’s marketable. That’s what everyone would buy. That’s what everyone does. That’s the only choice.
What’s that? Why am I telling you this? You think this column has nothing to do with you.
Whatever our career paths are or will be --- whether we’ll be in music, media, politics or whatever --- we are all tempted to be Celine Dion clones. Only it’s not just a matter of bleeding eardrums anymore. We are made to believe that all we can do is conform to all the corruption, sleaze and lies that our careers seem to be brimming with. A film maker has no choice but to put a lot of violence and sex in his movies, right? It’s the only way to be watched. A politician has no choice but to use his funds for a new car, right? It’s the only way he’d be respected in Congress. A student has no choice but to cheat if he forgot the answers to his exam questions, right? It’s the only way to pass. That’s what everyone does. Majority wins.
But sometimes majority has to lose. Many times what everyone does isn’t necessarily what is right. And many times people are afraid to stand up for what they believe in because they’re scared. They’re scared no one will listen to them anymore. They’re scared that no one will join them in their crusade for what’s right. They’re scared to be alone.
But if no one stands up, who will? If everyone just conforms like they were taught to, the world would just remain unchanged. All that wishing and hoping won’t do anything. That is unless you do something about it. Who cares if you’re the only one fighting? Who cares if others are too scared? Hey! Who cares if only you care about standing for the truth? After all, who will hear you if you don’t use your voice?
It’s time we stop being scared to be alone. It’s time we raise our voices for what’s right. It’s time we stop being Celine Dion clones, even if no one will sign us.

Feb. 14th, 2008



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