Monday, April 30, 2012

Camotes Weekend

Just came from the weekend trip and doing a quick post. Zleepy.

Ed and I joined Cess and R for Camotes Island at the last minute because their original company backed out due to work schedule. Never been to the island until Saturday so it was rather exciting for me. I was also looking forward for some beach time because the last time I'd been to one was in Siquijor a year ago!

So!

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*insert Smoky Mountain song here*

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Ed to me: "Kiat kaayo ka'g nawng" (I don't know how to translate this in Filipino or English. HELP.)

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Face off!

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Ermm...

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Swimming at Timubo Cave. The kids beside us were splashing thus the face.

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Cess, R and I // Kinda tired and sleepy

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I don't know with R and Cess, but Ed and I already got the moves.

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Morning low tide

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A view of Camotes Island


Tomorrow I'll busy packing (IHATEBHDJFHJK!) and try to accomplish as much work as I can. Stoked for Ilocos! I'll tweet photos if internet isn't bad up there!


x Roan

Friday, April 20, 2012

Strawberry Beanie

Storrberry beanie by Gwini! *happy moves like Jagger*

She made this for free, lulz. I requested this ichigo beanie last year, supposedly for a Baguio trip my friend Jini, Gwini's sisturr, and I planned on going after the Incubus concert. But it didn't push through and Gwini had a lot on her plate (ma-raket science kasi) at that time so...

But, finally!

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Ano vah, dagdag flabs pa 'tong eyebags ko. DIE EYEBAGS DIE!!!


x Roan


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Easter Bunny Run 2012

The only serious physical activity I get today is jogging either in the morning (when I don't get lazy getting up early) or afternoon which is mostly the case. It saddens how I let go and slobbed my way to overweight-ness. I look at my photos from 5-6 years ago and do a mental palmface on how I've gained so much weight, it ain't even funny.

Last Sunday, Ed and I joined another fun run. On our first run, we just ran a 3K. This time, Ed finished 6k while I stayed on 3k but lowered my time. It's great to have goals and achieve them. We tagged some friends along to join us. The more, the many-er. Merrier.

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1. Thanks to Runnr!
2. Perkiness
3. Cess and R
4. Perkiness Part II
5. Me
6. Ed



x Roan

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Shout It Out: Hanson in Cebu

Caveat: LONG POST AHEAD!

I can't quite properly start this post and I'm very tempted to kick it off with cheesy phrases like "Sixteen years ago, I was a pimply high school freshman..." or really immature-ish thoughts like "OMGGG TEENYBOPPING AS AN ADULT, LOLZ".

So.

When I heard about Hanson coming to the Philippines for a concert, I let out a rather loud "OMG" and probably a little "HOLY SH*T" as my chest begins to pound a bit faster. I quickly recovered myself, put a hand over my mouth to muffle whatever involuntary, unintelligible words I utter when excited. I swore I was going to watch. Well, why not. I can still picture that afternoon when my friends and I (all high school freshman), while holding a BOP magazine, squeaking, jumping up and down, and hopping with delight when we found an address where we can write to Hanson. We were as annoying and noisy as hell but would pubescent, teenyboppers care?

I didn't write them a letter. I never got a tape of Middle of Nowhere nor Underneath because I couldn't afford one and never got the courage to ask my parents about buying them for me 'cos I know they'd think the whole thing is frivolous and silly.

The boys would tease us that the brothers are really girls. Listen to Taylor and how feminine he sounds, they'd say. We wanted to strangle them. Taylor was popular among girls because he was the most good-looking. But I stuck to Zac, the youngest.

Fast forward a little and I actually grew distant from their music. I don't know why it happened. I guess I paid more attention to other bands and groups and didn't quite "grow" with them (Hanson).

I remember when a friend and I had a conversation about musicians and the good ol' high school days 2-3 years ago. She asked me what band I'd definitely be fangirling and I said Hanson. Okay, I've fangirl-ed quite a number of musicians but only a few hold the front seats (for various emo and nostalgic reasons, lol), like Barbie's Cradle, Incubus, and yes, Hanson.

So when I found out they're coming and that I wouldn't have to fly to Manila for it, I felt like bursting. A college friend, Jay, told me he'd be in town that weekend for a vacation so obvs we had to go and see the brothas.

After our Taoist Temple jaunt, we headed immediately to SM Cebu to have lunch and supposed buy tickets. We eventually found out that all tickets are now at Waterfront. Hanson's having a meet and greet that afternoon at the mall so we loitered a bit until maybe 30 minutes before Hanson came out. We didn't buy their Shout It Out CD and 5 of 5 DVD set which permit us to sit in the VIP area, so we just settled behind the tape.

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I actually had hesitations days before about watching the concert. I had (and have) plans set out that require some moolah and the penny-pincher in me reasoned that I could use the money for "more important things". But of course, these momentous events don't come often and man, I owe it to my teenybopper freshman self from 15 (or is it already 16?) years ago. I HAD TO SEE THEM.

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I only got blurry photos of them during the meet and greet. Sigh. I can't properly set a DSLR to save my life.  Anyway. let me just say, OMGGG ZAC SO GWAPO. I'm sad I don't have a single decent photo of him! :((

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Jay and I exited when the signing started and headed to Waterfront Hotel to buy tickets. Jay wanted to buy Bronze tickets (standing) but I somehow convinced him to buy Gold. I mean, when you're going to watch a band you've waited to see for more than a decade, you hafta be a bit closer as much as possible, right? I even said something like "This is my freaking childhood!" at some point.

On our way out of the hotel, Jay realized his company-issued phone's lost. Panic attack! He apparently dropped it in the taxi we rode in to the hotel. Security personnel of the hotel told Jay they'll contact him when they find the taxi. So we decided to head home, get some rest and freshen up. While I was home trying to calm my nerves, Jay was apparently tracking the taxi (going to their garage and all) to get his phone back. And he did.

Around 7:00pm, Jay and I and another college friend Ainna met up for dinner. We tried persuading her to come with us but she said she's a Moffats fan. Jay and I were like "WHAT? Are they even still alive?" LOLJK.

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Ainna and Jay


It's so nice getting together with two of the best people in my college days who I hadn't seen for a very looong time!

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So! The concert! I was glad I got to sing along to most of their songs. I jumped up and down, shrieked. Gah, it felt good. And Zac. Oh Zac, I. CAN'T. EVEN. That face. Sigh. When he sang The Beatles' "Oh, Darling" (Jay was wearing a Beatles shirt, whatwhat!), I was so kilig. Eeeep. God, I sound so immature.

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Overexposed FTW!


They sound so good, harmony and all.

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The only decent photo I took!


I had to go out and leave my camera at a counter because SLRs were apparently not allowed inside. I mean, the security people must have seen me taking photos with it right outside the entrance but when we were entering, they didn't even bother checking my bag. One of our seatmates got pretty emotional about the whole no-DSLR-inside policy, she walked out and got word with a bunch of security people, lol. I could see she was crying with her smudged eyeliner and red-ish eyes when we saw her post-concert.

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With Jade and Gab!

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I kinda have to for souvenir purposes and the laughs.

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Post-concert crowd. Hey, there's Helga!


The first time Hanson was here (2004?), I was in Davao surviving college. I could only wish they come back and promised I see them live. I'm glad I didn't break that promise. One of the best, awesomest nights of my entire adult life!


x Roan

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Trip to Taoist Temple

A college classmate and friend, Jay, was in Cebu over the weekend for a vacation. I texted him that I'm planning to go to SM that Saturday afternoon because Hanson's gonna be there for a meet and greet. So he said something like "Okay sure, let's meet there... we'll be going to Taoist Temple this morning..." or to that effect. Because I've never been to Taoist Temple myself and seen Jay since graduation, I guess. So, I immediately jumped to tell him I'm tagging along.

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It was already hot and sweltering noon when we decided we're done the short jaunt. We headed to SM right after to sneak up on some Hanson, went to Waterfront to buy concert tickets (around this time too Jay realized he lost his phone), dinner with collegemate Ainna, and finally, some Hanson fangirling to cap the day off! Deets on the next post!


x Roan