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“Lost in music” : Begin Again (Semi movie review)

September 16, 2014 1 comment

“Begin” (Lomodoubles with Teo Esguerra : Lomo Xpro 100)

I just finished watching the movie “Begin Again” (Keira Knightly, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine) and I was totally amazed with it.

In the movie, Adam made a song that made Keira realize what he did. Later, Keira sends back a message to Adam thru a song voice message. Things got emotional between them and a song which Keira wrote and Adam sang became a perfect ending to the movie. (Ooopps sorry spoiler!).

Thinking that this movie might be just another Love story, I was not prepared. This is a good movie especially if you’re into Music and of course Adam Levine. Jk. But yeah mostly music. Be inspired to write songs and melodies. Pick up a pen and paper and your guitar. I don’t know with other people but after watching the movie, I totally appreciated more the meaning of the movie’s soundtrack, “Lost Stars.” It was such a good song that it was the reason I watched the movie. Hearing it sung in the movie melt my heart.

Most of my friends know that I love music. I am not good at playing musical instruments neither am I a songwriter. But thru music, I can express my feelings. Listening to what I usually hear whenever I’m sad, angry or happy, is a way you can get to know me better. Watching me enjoy my favorite bands live in a gig or concert is really enticing to the eyes. Letting me play a guitar is me showing you my vulnerability.

Throughout these years, I can easily connect with people thru music. Just a pop of question regarding their favorite song or artist is a way for me to start a conversation. Thru this, I can understand a person more. Hearing their type of music lets me know what their message or hidden emotions are.

Nowadays, music is one of my medium into knowing a great person, a special friend. At times when I just don’t want to say my feelings, I just send him hints thru my music. I just have no guts to tell someone what I am feeling exactly. I am scared, too afraid of things. Somehow I find the right songs for my message. Whew. Same goes with him. He doesn’t need to tell me details. He just picks a song for me to hear. One of these days, I can see us sitting down and playing songs, jamming. Him playing the guitar and me singing with another guitar. Just enjoying each others’ company thru music.

Begin Again : 5 Thumbs Up

Lodging into my Comfortable Silence

January 7, 2014 Leave a comment

What a very long day for me. I slept late again last night talking to my boyfriend. I had a split shift (6-10am, 3-9pm) duty today. I felt tired waking up too early. During my five hour break, I couldn’t fall asleep maybe because of that Macchiato that I had during breakfast. I was staring at the ceiling, closing my eyes and opening them again. I can’t sleep. I have to do something that would tire me. I opened my laptop and logged into my WordPress. I had composed something for my “Taking Back Tuesdays”, but I ended up not posting it. I don’t know if this is the right time to post it.

Still wide awake, I just dressed for work, ate lunch while listening to Ed Sheeran. I posted the status “Comfortable Silence” on my facebook because I want to lodge myself in that zone. By the end of Dinner service, I went home, ate dinner and took a shower.  I just need a quiet time alone to rest and relax even just for tonight. I didn’t even wake up my boyfriend so he can also rest well. I feel like I’m floating in space tonight. I can’t think of anything, of anyone. It seems that I have a weak body and soul that I can easily be put into trance.

My playlist for tonight’s Comfortable Silence:

  1. Closing Time – Matchbox 20
  2. Halflife – Duncan Sheik
  3. The Scientist – Coldplay
  4. Pale Yellow Light (I love their entire album)
  5. Pause & Meron ba – Kjwan
  6. Sleepwalk Circus ( the artist whom I listen to whenever I need to relax)
  7. Musical O (almost same as #6)
  8. Alanis Morisette
  9. Deep – Binocular
  10. Superman –  Five for Fighting
  11. Bizare Love Triangle – Frente
  12. Drive – Incubus
  13. Power of two – Indigo Girls
  14. Shakespeare in love – Layla Kaylif
  15. I’d Rather – Luther Vandross

And now I am finally dozing off. Finally… ZZZZzzzzzzzz

Feed my Appetite for Art

June 14, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve been always fond of making To Do List since young. This is my way of keeping things organize and keeping me updated to those things I wanted and needed to do (Short Term Goals).

By late last year, I had put a list on what to do before flying to another country with just few months of stay left here in the Philippines. That time, I don’t know if my list is possible to accomplish with just a little time left.

Anyway, this is my list:

*Organize my papers for internship

*Set up a 3ooopc puzzle

*Buy an Acoustic Guitar

*Write a composition (Poetry, essay, etc)

*Paint on Canvass

*Make and Upload video on youtube

*Make a Lomowall

So far so good right. Because of a friend, I became inspired to write poems and paint. Look at my Literary Menu for my poems. I also started contributing article to Lomography.com. Today I was published again. Here’s the Link on “A Glimpse on My Fisheye World on Canvass”

Here’s my 2nd painting found on my said article:

A Glimpse of my Fisheye World

This was my first video on Youtube. Actually I made this for my bf. 😛

I won’t say I’m good at these things. But I just wanted to try other things as well. 🙂

Come to notice my list, these things feed my appetite for art. These things brought out my creative side. 🙂

Up Dharma Down brought us together once again

April 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Last March 24,2012 was a great night for my friends and I.

Through twitter, I read Up Dharma Down’s post about their gig that night at San Miguel Pub at Alabang Town Center.

My friends (Candice, Marc and Kristoffer) and I always go to this gig once in a while. As I remember, this is where we first hang out and since then, we spend time every time we can. I think this is our third time together in UDD gig.

Tonight, we have another friend who came with us. She was Rain. She said that it was her first time to watch an OPM Indie Band. Yey for Rain. 🙂

Not Another Boy Band opened the gig. Candice and I watched them back in Rock the Riles 2011. This band made me realize that I still have a chance as a singer and/or in a band.lolz. Check them out here:

http://www.facebook.com/notanotherboyband

They really make me smile through their music. 🙂 They are fun and youthful (hehe). Just check them out if you want to enjoy your time.

Up Dharma Down. Photo by Marc Mondelo (instax)

Up Dharma Down really made an impact on my friends and I. I don’t know about them but I love UDD thus where I founded my blog’s name (from their song Sugarcoats and Heartbeats). I found their songs so captivating that every words seemed they’re for me. 😛 Anyway, I think in this gig, they played some new songs ( I’m not sure though) or songs that I’m not familiar perhaps. But they didn’t forget to play their popular songs which where Tadhana and Indak.

Candice, Carlos Taneda (Lead guitar) and I (photo by Marc Mondelo Instax)

Because Kristoffer wasn’t able to attend the gig (because of duty), he decided if we can just meet him after the gig. While we are still outside the San Mig Pub, our friends Katherine and RJ passed by and so we said Hi to them. We asked Rj to take our photo (Thank you). Nice seeing those guys. 🙂

Rain, Marc, Candice and I. (Photo by RJ with Marc's Instax)

We stayed up almost 3am at Starbucks near Molito. We did catched up with stories and such. Going home, I decided to let Candice stay at my home while Marc at Rain’s.

Truly, Up Dharma Down brought us together once again. 🙂

**Not Another Boy Band and Up Dharma Down were in the same record label which is Terno Recording. They are also with Encounters with Yeti, Radioactive Sago Project, Sleepwalk Circus, Musical O and other Indie bands.

Belle and Sebastian: Dear Catastrophe Waitress

March 31, 2012 1 comment

I accompanied my friend into a computer shop in which there are bargain books. I saw an unknown cd. It was Belle and Sebastian’s Dear Catastrophe Waitress. As I hear each song, I remembered one of my favorite book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

Album Cover

Anyway, the entire album dated 2003 became a reminder that I don’t have to feel sad. I just need to listen to these kind of songs to figure that I am not sad. I just feel uneasy or misunderstood.

I am weird but in a good way I guess. I am not the typical girl next door who likes pop songs or dances to rnb hiphop beats. I am not a rocker chick nor a ballad one. I can’t fully describe what interests me but I know that i’m different from others. 🙂

Belle & Sebastian Dear Catastrophe Waitress: 3.5 thumbs up

Go out and form a band: A Rakenrol post

October 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Last Sept 25,2011 My friends and I watched RAKENROL. We waited for its showing for a long time. All of us became excited to watch it.

RAKENROL CASTS

It is about Odie and his friend Irene who decided to form a band out of nowhere. It maybe about friendship, trials and also about love. It is quirky and a fun movie to watch.

Everytime we saw scenes from gigs and bands, we have a “wow face.” It seems that  the entire movie is made for those like us who are bonded by our love for Music, for indie bands and for OPM. I don’t know but I think it really is a good movie to watch. But you will really appreciate it if you are an OPM/ indie band fan.

We were lucky to see Rivermaya’s bassist, Japs.

Cedric, Japs, Candice, Me

RAKENROL: 5 thumbs up

Odie and his best friend Irene are two outsiders who find a second home in the Philippine underground music scene. The two decide to form a band and put together an unlikely crew that consists of the school bully, an ex-punk-turned-barista, and a former-childstar-turned-band-manager. The film follows their misadventures as they face satanic S&M bands, samurai swindlers, narcissistic rockstars, the pretentious Philippine art community and the freakiest music video auteur ever. Co-written by Diego Castillo, the guitarist of one of the Philippines’ biggest rock bands SANDWICH, and directed by multi-awarded music video director Quark Henares, Rakenrol is a heartfelt ode to the underground scene both filmmakers spent their formative years in.

Starring: Jason Abalos, Glaiza de Castro, Alwyn Uytingco, Ketchup Eusebio, Diether Ocampo, Matet de Leon, Ramon Bautista, Jun Sabayton

Directed by: Quark Henares

Casette Tape MP3 Review

May 24, 2011 Leave a comment

My friends and I were strolling the mall while waiting for the time. We passed by Dimensions in Robinson Place Ermita. We saw those colorful things that’s why we went inside to check it out.

There was a toylike radio, Casette Tape MP3 and Robot Speaker. At first, they may seem to be toys and just home ornaments. But checking it, it actually works. Seeing the cute colors and the functions, I decided to purchase the Tape the next time I go there. Maybe as a Birthday present for myself.

You may know for a fact that I cannot leave home without my IPOD or any musical device. My Ipod is almost 5 years old so I really take care of it alot.

My On-the-Job Training (OJT) just started and I was at Tamayo’s Intramuros. Not knowing the place, I think it is best for me to leave my Ipod at home. And because of that, I splurged a little into buying the Casette Tape MP3 from Dimensions.

Hot Pink Casette Tape MP3

Product Specs:

Power supplu- USB rechargeable battery

Item Size: 100 x 63 x 8mm

Operation time: Approx 3 hours

Charging hours: 2 hours

*Needs a Micro SD card for memory

So that’s the Product specs. I just tried it out last night. It does play good tunes. I mean for a toylike mp3, it is a good product for me. It is worth P795. The price didn’t bother me because I just wanted it. I can’t resist its cuteness.. And also it is in many colors such as Hot Pink, Light Blue, Yellow and Green.. I even want to buy them all. hehe. It is made in China and made of Plastic (I think). Just don’t drop it ok. It comes with a USB cord that you can attach to your pc or laptop to charge it. It has also a free earphone. It is very lightweight just like a real casette tape. The battery lasted for almost 3-4 hours. Upload MP3 formats only because it cannot detect other formats. I have a spare Micro SD card so it wasn’t a hassle for me to buy a memory card for this. 🙂

Hope this review helped you in someway. 🙂

Casette Tape MP3: 3Thumbs Up

Let me know what you think of this. 🙂