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- Where Am I?
The last time that I got lost? Geographically? I think 2 years ago in Manila. Always in Manila. I have numerous of experiences. Like one time in, I was looking for SM Megamall, then I went to Shangri La because I thought they supposed to have sort of a direct pathway that connects the two buildings. When I sense that I'm really lost, I asked directions to some bystanders and even police and I got lost some more. I don't know. Maybe a misunderstanding or whatever. Eventually, I found it on my own. So what did I learn on that day? Trust your instincts and don't rely too much on some other people's perspective and to give you pointers. We view things differently. They maybe speaks the truth but doesn't mean they're right. :D
- Meeting Someone Famous
I can't think of anyone but I knew, in this lifetime, I did met someone famous. I mean locally famous here in the Philippines. Ely Buendia? I met him before in a bar which I already forgotten where exactly. But I can still remember the scene, I was walking towards the door when I saw him went out the door. We exchange nods as if there's a mutual private joke that only we both know. That's considered as meet right? I mean of course he already forgotten it. I barely it myself. Anyway, if that doesn't count. Let me see who else.
How bout Chito Miranda from Parokya ni Edgar? When I was in High School, I drive my mom to a Lion's Club meeting in a hotel. Since, their meeting usually takes 2-3 hours to finish. I told her I'll be at the bar right across the street. My brother's with me. So if ever I got too much to drink or something to that effect, he can drive us home. So it's settled. I went to the bar and have couple of beers. Then I was watching the band when the vocalist mentioned about Parokya ni Edgar. I was like.. Woah! They are actually the front act. Then I noticed there was actually a banner in the entrance. Then I saw familiar faces. Some of my classmates are actually there. So we hang out. Chito came, then Vinci, then the rest. Let me skip a bit. So they were actually in the stage now, performing. Then Chito and Vinci came down into the mosh pit. They walk around and still continue singing. I forgot what was the song but I knew I was singing along. Chito suddenly walk past me and hand me the microphone. Wtf? So I continue the song. They invited me to come up the stage but I respectfully decline. I mean, I just got a text message from my mom to fetch her. We didn't finish the show but it was fun.
Hmmmm.. Another person come to my mind is Acel. She's the vocalist of Moonstar 88 before. Also Bamboo and Rico Blanco. Hmmm.. Of course, Jay and Jomal of Kamikazee.. Weird. I can't help myself remembering famous rock music artists.
Aside from the music biz. Let's see, who else? I met Bongbong Marcos when I was a kid. He even shook my hand. I think he was running for Senator at that time bu he lost. Well, he's a senator now. I saw Miriam Santiago in the groceries, also when I was a kid.
I think that's it. I can't remember anyone else but I think there are a lot. Oh well.
- Favorite Rock Album
Alright! It's been awhile since I posted something from Plinky. Hahaha. And here I am again.
Favorite rock album. I'll give you my top 5 favorite of all time. Honestly I have lots. I was actually brought up by my cousins who are rock music lovers. Led Zep, AC/DC, Guns and Roses, Metallica, Dream Theatre, U2 etc. And from the locals: Wolfgang, Razorback etc. etc.But we're not talking about bands here. We're talking about albums. So let me share the albums that greatly influenced me in regards with music. And as much as I can let's stick with my favorites, Hehehe..
Alright! Here we go:
U2 (Rattle and Hum)
* One of the reason why this album is on my list. This where I first time heard of my most favorite love song and that is "All I want is you". It actually comes along with a documentary. But actually the main reason for this is that because this is the first album I ever heard of U2. It has blues and folk rock into it. One of the reason I tried to learn to play harmonica when I was a kid.
All I want is you, Desire, I still haven't found what I'm looking for, Pride, Hawkmoon etc.
Goo goo dolls (Dizzy up the Girl)
*First album I ever bought when I was a kid. I think that was in my first year High School. The reason why I bought it, It is not because of the movie "City of Angels", by the way. I remember my cousin and I used to play NBA live at the computer shop every after going to church. There's this mysterious girl who constantly play "Iris" and I just suddenly hooked with the grungy-style, punk rock, so I bought the album. I never knew who that girl was but I was thankful. I love every song of the album.
Iris, Broadway, Dizzy, Slide, Black Balloon, All Eyes on Me, Acoustic # 3 etc.
Eraserheads (Ultraelectromagnetic Pop)
* The best band that ever sounded the music stream here in the Philippines. Simple lyrics, simple tune but everyone can relate to. I remember, I think that was in Grade 2. When I tried to shoplift this album at SM. I never shoplifted anything, I mean up to now, I honestly never did. Only at that time, when my mom do her groceries and left me at the car. I decided to wander a little. Then I went to the music corner where I spotted this album. I instantly wanted to steal it, which I actually did. The funny thing is when I was in the car with the tape in me pocket. I was feeling a little guilty so I decided to return it. And the worst part was, I was mistaken of stealing it when I actually trying to return it. Good thing the guard is not really sure if I was actually trying to steal it. Maybe he's thinking "Why would a kid this small wanted to steal this tape?"
Maling Akala, Shirley, Pare Ko, Shake yer Head, Toyang, Tindahan ni Aling Nena etc.
Parokya ni Edgar (Jingle Balls, Silent Night Holy Cow)
* This is actually a very very nostalgic album for me. The song "Gising Na", I used to dedicate this to my bestfriend in High School. That's when I realized I fell in love with her. Hehehe.. But aside from that, this album actually gave me a goosbumpy feeling, you know, like a kid believing in Christmas. "Parol ni Edgar", "Namamasko Po", "Pagbati" reminded me of a feeling when I was a kid. It's like the same feeling when watching the movie "Polar express" or "the Labyrinth". Hehehehe..
Namamasko Po, Hossanna, Gising Na, Pagbati, Parol ni Edgar, Tamad si Santa Claus etc.
Dream Theatre (Images and Words)
*I was actually introduced to this kind of music because of my cousin. When I was a kid they're constantly on the road to some Battle of the Bands. And they would compose a song or two, and they would fill in a bit of Dream theatre style in their riffs. So that's when I learned to like this sort of music, that is very heavy when it comes to instrumental. This is also a very nostalgic album and my favorite song from this band is actually came from this album, which is "Surrounded".
Surrounded, Pull me under, Take the time, Metropolis, Wait for sleep, etc.
So that's the list. I actually still have a lot in mind but let's just keep it this way. These are actually the albums from my childhood. Sorry, I didn't mention Beatles in the list. I decided to stay on my era. Try to listen to some of these. Maybe you'll like it, or maybe you don't. This is my list anyway, what's yours?
- Decisions I've Made
One of the best decisions I made? Hmmm.. Now that's a good question. I never look back before and recollected best decisions I made in my life. Life's a bit bumpy. A lot of things I regret but there are also some things I'm proud with. Now let me see what are those things.
When I was a kid, I was looking up to my cousin, Nong Boyet. He's one of the coolest person I know. He's like a brother to me. He taught me a lot of things. Basketball, boxing, chess etc, lot of stuffs. One thing that I was really thankful of is the music appreciation. I used to come along with him in some of their gigs. You see, he has this band. They used to play in Battle of the bands. Then when I was in high school, I decided to put up a band of my own. It was really a cool experience. So until now, I still have that thing with music but not as active as before but I was really thankful that I able to experience that fun ride.
Well, recently I'm living on my own. Eating the food and enjoying the leisure I earned. That's one of the decisions I made that I'm proud of myself with. After the fight I made with my father, it's a good thing that I went on my own. I get to know myself better, realizing my limitations and capabilities. Though of course, we're still not talking to each other and there's nothing more I love to do than to get away from his presence whenever I meet him. But I guess everything's good. It's not like I hate him, it's just that I don't like him. Hehehe..
And last but not the least, of course, meeting up with Vem and got married with a beautiful wife. She's the most caring person I know and also the most stubborn (and the most irritating sometimes :P). Even though we're thousand miles apart from each other, everything's still fine. Having her as my wife is one of the best decision I made because I love her so much :P
Anyway, that's all I can think of for now. How about you? What have you done lately?
They have this uncanny energy that seems flows out every time they perform. I'm not sure if we share the same feeling but I just can't forget their Slane Castle performance on DVD. It somehow inspires me to make my own band when I was still a school boy. Well, until now, whenever I feel a bit nostalgic, I still checked up on their videos in the net and still can't shake off that feeling. I mean, anyone can argue with me that they're not the best band ever existed because even I know that. Yet, with Edge's rhythmical strumming and Bono's deep melodic voice give me goosebumps every time I hear them. If there's a chance I'd perform with these guys, I'd probably sing and if I could choose only one song, I would choose "All I want is you". If you have time to spare, try listening to it. It's one of the best romantic song I ever heard in my lifetime. Good thing no one, at my age, really cares or they would probably used it in their wedding day (Hehehe..) Yeah, I'm just being selfish (sorry about that). But I really dedicate it to my beloved wife and the song really speaks on what and how I feel for her.