Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cirque du Soleil's SALTIMBANCO!

Behold, the most amazing show staged on earth ever!!! Kidding, I really felt lucky having seen the last show of Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco over the weekend. It was... it was soooo great that I can't find the right  superlative words to justify how amazing, fantastic and cool the show was! All the buzz and the hype about the show, it's really true! 
The greatest show ever! Saltimbanco ran from
Aug.9-19 here in Manila and will perform next in Taiwan. 
I didn't bother to research beforehand about Saltimbanco. All I know is, the show's really famous around the world and has been running for a very long time now. Coming in to the show, I thought it was just another acrobatic exhibition similar to the Chinese acrobatic show we've seen a year ago. But I was really wrong. REALLY WRONG.

Saltimbanco is a circus show. Many of us have this idea of what a circus show is about---acrobatics, clowns a lot of dancing from beautiful girls in headdresses and skimpy clothes and other fun stuff. People associate circus with festivity. And that's what you'll certainly get when you watch Saltimbanco. Except for the first few seconds that got me bored simply because the narrative was spoken in French (yes, they didn't translate it), I really loved every second of it. From their colorful costumes, smooth dance executions, the beautiful melody of the songs that (unfortunately) were not translated to English, the very funny and interactive portion of the  show that gave the lucky kuya a 10-minute (more or less) of fame, the live band performing and of course, the breath-taking stunts. Whew! Believe me, after seeing the last act, I was glad that my heartbeat went to normal again haha The show's really that great! Insanely great if I may add.          
Here's my favorite act.
Yes, who would thought that those muscular bodies are very flexible?!? How did they do that?I swear, this act made the crowd shrieked the loudest and I can't blame them. I mean, seeing the act is really insane, unbelievable! 
Saltimbanco, which made its two-week run here in Manila, undoubtedly unleashed the child at heart in its audience, captivating their attention and imagination that everything is possible. Yes, that includes balancing on someone's head. 
Taken from the official FB page of Saltimbanco

Friday, July 20, 2012


Dear Ferdie,

I must say, you caught me off-guard this morning. First, you came earlier than expected and second, you made a 'grand entrance' upon your arrival. Attention-seeker much? Well, you succeeded in grabbing not just mine but everybody's attention this morning. Your strong presence made us all sick, weary, hot-headed and
wet all at the same time. Worse, you didn't give me a chance to work today. I hate you for that!

Go find someplace where you will be accepted...that is, if anybody's willing to take you. Hmmm, I highly doubt. Whatever. But please, leave right now because the longer you'll stay, the more you'll ruin everything. Are you happy to be labeled as a wrecker?Well, I hope that I won't see you again Ferdie. It's time for you to go. The perfect time is NOW. Don't worry about us as we'll even appreciate your 'heroic' move to leave us alone.
Kthnxbye for the visit!Now go away! Ferdie
Happy not to see you ever,
Absent girl from Taytay

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


There's something about Christina Perri's songs that make me want to suddenly burst to tears. Her songs simply speak of sincerity from the heart and very raw emotions that's why it's not hard to relate with her. I remember I'm almost on the verge of tears while my lips ironically forms a small smile everytime I hear of Arms. Admittedly, the song still has the same effect on me till this day and I swear. 

With her latest single Distance featuring Jason Mraz, I can't help but feel melancholic as I listen to it over and over.  Hell yeah, I can totally relate with it....promising and heart-breaking at the same time. 
The sun is filling up the room, and I can hear you dreaming. 
Do you feel the way I do? Right now.
I wish we would just give up, 'cause the best part is falling.
Call it anything but love.
And I will make sure to keep my distance.
Say I love you when you're not listening. 
And how long can we keep this up, up, up?
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/c/christina_perri/distance.html ]
Please don't stand so close to me; I'm having trouble breathing. 
I'm afraid of what you'll see right now.
I give you everything I am, all my broken heartbeats, until I know you'll understand.
And I will make sure to keep my distance.
Say I love you when you're not listening.
And how long can we keep this up, up, up?

And I keep waiting for you to take me.
You keep waiting to save what we have.

So I'll make sure to keep my distance. 
Say I love you when you're not listening.
And how long can we keep this up, up, up?

Make sure to keep my distance.
Say I love you when you're not listening.
How long 'till we call this love, love, love?

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Hopeful July

And just like that, the first half of the year has ended! To say that time flies so fast would be an understatement because the truth is, the first six months of 2012 is quite a long journey. Many things have transpired within those months and fortunately, surviving a number of (planned or not) experience in the not so distant past may prompt one to say hey, six months ago my heart was deeply bruised and my dignity crushed into pieces but look at me now living my life 100% or hey, six months ago I'm spending hours to polish my thesis but look at me now, enjoying and learning the tricks in the 'real world.' 

It's human's resiliency amidst life's challenges that leads to the realization that they're capable of going far in life. Six months as I've said is long, that's roughly 180 days spent on completing paperworks for school, coming up with a new campaign to be presented to your boss, misunderstandings with people, travelling with loved ones, repairing and restoring broken relationships and all other crazy things you could think of. It's not true that time flies so fast. What I believe in is that people, even to the minutest degree, mature or learn over time. Looking back, I can say that the first half of the year turned out well for me. Personal struggles, career-wise and searching for myself among others, are always part of the package but I can say that I was able to cope well. I'm thankful that these experiences are behind me now. 

As the second half of the year unfolds today, I can’t help but be excited and nervous on what’s gonna happen next. While I have two trips to look forward to before 2012 ends, another thing than I hope to achieve is to go back to school starting this second semester. It's just a shame that I can't figure out what path I'm supposed to take :-(  I mean, I have plans A to C but I'm really hoping that by September, my mind and heart will come to an agreement. Nothing’s final yet with my plans but I’m really praying for one good opportunity to come my way in the next  couple of days.