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BigBang MADE in Manila (July 30, 2015)

Taeyang x BB Light stick

Taeyang x BB Light stick

Sea of Yellow for our Kings

Sea of Yellow for our Kings

Last July 30, 2015, my fangirl dream came true. I was able to watch the concert of my bias, BIGBANG!

Up until now, I can still feel the hangover from the concert – I still have sore throat, I still dance and sing to their music on my ipad like it is still the concert day and I still reminisce what happened through the photos that I have taken. Truly, the concert was, in G Dragons term, “one of a kind”. I jumped up and down, screamed as loud as I can and sang as much I have memorized their songs. I will never forget the day I saw Bigbang performed live. It made me appreciate more not just their group but Kpop as a whole. Next time, sa VIP na ako uupo. A seat well-suited for a real VIP. Hehe.

Here are some photos I have taken from my ‘poor’ camera. I can barely see them but hey still worth posting. Cause “Tonight” we are “Alive” not “Stupid Liars” and “Losers” but true “Bae Bae” that are loved by our “Good Boys” and “Bad Boys” no matter how “Blue” or black the night sky is and “We Like to Party”. We don’t need “Lies” because “Haru Haru”, Bigbang showed us that we are “Strong Baby” and we have ” Wings” no matter how “Crooked” life is. I saw their “Eyes, Nose, Lips” and I was like let’s out our “Hands Up” and “Doom Dada!” Wow “Fantastic Baby”! 😀 Ha! Bang Bang Bang!!!

Pre-concert with fellow VIPs.

With my fellow VIPs

With my fellow VIPs

With Vane :)

With Vane 🙂

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Random Thought : Living The Dream

I was fourteen when I had a conversation with my mother on what degree I will take in college. I told her straight, I want to become a part of the world of mass media. She was not entirely puzzled about it, but asked me why in a tone as if I went completely nuts. She went in full details about this and that, what’s in store for me, and about my life being in total distress with limitless pressure by people who really have no idea on what they’re doing. All of it entered my left ear and exited through my right ear in a matter of split second. My thoughts were simple – I want to influence, to make a difference and to make a change. It may sound like a Michael Jackson hit but at that very moment, I knew that even my mother could not stop me. I explained her everything I want to happen – to become a news anchor with credibility, to become a journalist that would expose the dirtiest secrets, to be a filmmaker and change a generation, or to become a writer so that my thoughts while I lay on my bed become a game changer in the society. But in the end, I took Engineering. How was that?

Now, as I watch the footage of our first short film, I don’t know why the moment my mother and I were talking comes flashing over and over again. It seems like she is sending messages from up above and telling me exactly what she would always telling me – mass media is for bad ass people. For a moment, I thought she was right. I felt the disappointment while my team was working on our first short. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely knew what I signed up for. I know for a fact that there are outside elements that would attempt to penetrate the pseudo-bulletproof walls we built when we were talking in pre-production. But I never knew it would be huge.

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Cebu Pacific Smile Magazine (July 2015 Edition)

Siem Reap travel tips

Siem Reap travel tips

Last April, one of my college friends Mitch Alvarez tagged me in a Facebook post by Ms Nikka Sarthou-Lainez who is looking for contributors who are interested in sharing travel tips for international and domestic destinations of Cebu Pacific Air. Ms. Nikka is a Contributing Editor for Smile Magazine, the in-flight magazine of CebuPac.

Smile Magazine July 2015 edition

Smile Magazine July 2015 edition

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Passport Renewal at DFA SM Megamall (Update)

Last January 2015, I had my passport renewal at the DFA in SM Megamall. Unlike the last time that I experienced renewal for my Mom, this time the passport I renewed was issued in 2010 –  the most recent passport type that DFA is issuing. So I thought that a lot of you are interested in knowing the requirements. So here you go!

Before going to DFA, make sure that you have a scheduled appointment. They have a policy of no appointment no entry. You may select your desired appointment date using this site. Make sure that you have complete requirements before going to your appointment date.

Here are the requirements:

  • Personal appearance
  • Confirmed appointment  (sent through your email)
  • Duly accomplished application form (sent through your email)
  • No need to submit a passport size photo
  • Most recent expiring or expired passport
  • 2 Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity (original and photocopy)

As for the picture IDs, I brought my UMID (Unified Multipurpose ID) and company ID. Other valid IDs are your SSS ID, Driver’s License, School ID and Professional License. You may visit this site for the list of other valid IDs.

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What Traveling in a Smaller Group Made Me Realize

The Many Faces of Melvin

The Many Faces of Melvin

Even in my wildest dreams, I never thought that there would come a time that I will be tagged in a same picture for five to six times. I honestly couldn’t believe that the people who were once strangers to me became some of my good friends.

City Tour

City Tour

April 9th early morning, I arrived at NAIA after an epic backpacking trip across Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. And since then, there was no stopping me. I felt that I needed to go on another trip. When Tikoy told us about a seat sale. I was hesitant. But I know one thing, I’d like to do another trip with Tikoy. So we booked a flight to Korea even without the assurance of an approved visa.

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To Travel is To Live

Strike a pose!

Strike a pose!

I was looking for travel inspirations across the internet when I stumbled upon a quotation by Ernest Hemingway. He said “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love”. But what if, you get a chance to travel with people you do not know? Will you grab the chance? It was a particularly hard question to answer. I always get the notion that traveling with strangers is such a bad idea. What are you going to talk about? What if you don’t have the same wavelength? There are just too many questions that need answers, but you will never know the answers until you try.

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Backpacking Indochina Day 6 Part 2 – False Alarms

 

Habang tumatagal, matumal na ang group pic.

Habang tumatagal, matumal na ang group pic.

Day 0: Manila to Bangkok, Thailand

Day 1: Grand Palace, Chao Phraya River and MBK

Day 2: Songkran and Khao San Road

Day 3: Bangkok, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia, Pub Street and Night Market

Day 4: Angkor Wat Heritage Complex and Apsara Show

Day 5: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Preah Sisowath Quay

Day 6 Part 1: Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Central Market

Midday of April 17th, after a heartbreaking trip to the Killing Fields and S-21, it’s about time to leave the humble city of Phnom Penh. At 11:30 we made our way to look for a place to eat. We decided to eat just near Hometown Hotel because time is of the essence. With 30 minutes cooking time, Cambodians I think didn’t get that memo.

We were joined by the others -Tikoy, Edge, Golden, Dan, Ms. Lyn, Vhik, and Froi. I ordered my comfort food–spaghetti and garlic bread. When the waiter started serving the food, he handed “my garlic bread” to Froilan. I didn’t even know it was mine (False Alarm #1) because the waiter didn’t say so and it was a small-sized french bread. I thought it would be just like the usual garlic breads here in the Philippines. We all thought it was free so they munched it, it was far from me to get some so I just passed. And Froi was having fun eating it so I didn’t bother taking some. Vhik and Froi were really enjoying the “i-didn’t-know-garlic-bread-of-mine”. Until Shiela asked “Umorder ka diba ng garlic bread?”. Froi laughed, I think he realized that he was eating my garlic bread. Hahaha. I myself was clueless that it was mine so I just said it was fine. At least I got to taste some. And whew I thank Vhik and Froi for eating half of it, the moment I tasted it, I asked “ano to tinapay na garlic flavor o bawang na tinapay flavor?”. Chunks of garlic were literally inside the bread. Haha. Anyway, my pasta was exceptional, as always.

Chicken skewers for lunch

Chicken skewers for lunch

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