Friday, March 7, 2014

Gratitude List: February 2014

Ola! February has passed but I'm keeping up with my blogging tradition of acknowledging the good tidings. Pass the wine, please. Cheers!

1. Another year of love. February will always be special to me. It's the month I met my man eons ago, who's also born in February. Plus, it's the love month; I know I'm not the sentimental type, but I still feel happy seeing couples and families more expressive than ever. Flowers and kisses in every corner! I hope it happens everyday. 

2. Mom's retirement house, which she can clean (my mom is OC about order and germs), decorate and redecorate, however she wants. It's hers. 

3. A #YOLO experience. I attended my first legit music festival at age 28. Its' not too late to try something new, you know. 

4. More time with friends. I was close to being a hermit last year, and so this year, I vowed to make time for my friends despite the busy schedule. I'm happy to report that my February was packed with catch-up drinks, spa session with my girls, a blogging event, some dinner dates and an out of town music fest to boot. Welcome me back!  

Impromptu get together
Spa date to celebrate career milestones and what have you
Catching up with our longtime compadres. It was so fun and then it got blurry. :P
Date with my good friend and South partner P, at Bono Tei BF
Meeting my Malaysian babe, Ranie, during her quick Manila visit
That time I convinced her to eat Dinuguan with much success :D

5. Getting out of the limbo. Months of uncertainties and considering all minute details on how to proceed with my life was just so exhausting. It's like walking in circles which drained every bit of my motivation. If there's anything that helped me the most, it is my decision to retreat, rest, and just stop struggling. Then I swallowed my fat pride and admitted that I needed help and so I resorted to seeking sound advice from the right people. What happened next blew me away. Let's just say I've seen the hands of God put all things in perfect order. He put me in the place where I'm supposed to be and still blessed me with what I needed and prayed for. Unbelievable.

What are you most thankful about in February? :) 

Much Love,

Saturday, March 1, 2014

#YOLO: 7107 International Music Fest

As a girl in her late twenties wearing several hats, I learned to become discriminating on how I spend my precious weekends. After personal errands, I make it a point to rest and make up for the lack of sleep. Hence, I favor less physical, more laid back activities like getting massages, people watching at coffee shops or getting a bottle or two in one of the gazillion hole in the wall restaurants in the south a.k.a BF. (South people, represent!) 

I wasn't always this uptight, you wouldn't believe my energy when I was in my teens and early twenties, and I think I can still unleash that adrenaline junkie anytime, though it would take a lot more than just dance floor and booze to lure me to get up, dress up and drive. I need more motivation. Like travel, the sea, or maybe seeing 90s rock stars! 

It's as if the heavens had enough of my lola-ness and so sent a couple of 7107 International Music Fest tickets my way (Thank you, C!). I've seen some of the local bands in the lineup, and Clark Pampanga is a bit far, but my 90s heart cannot help but say yes to Red Hot Chilli Peppers! So I frantically called my friends whom I know share the same love for music and the Peppers, and the rest, as they say, is rock history. 

It was more than hour of ripping performance that skyrocketed me back to the 90s. They opened their lineup with "Can't Stop" that elicited a crowd roar, but it's my personal favorites “Californication,”  “Soul to Squeeze,” “Otherside” and “Under the Bridge” which drove the audience, yours truly included, crazy. I was jumping and dancing and singing despite my flu and very sore throat, and clapped to the voice and musical antics of Anthony Kiedis, Flea and Chad like there's no tomorrow. The Peppers may have aged, and I hope Anthony drops the pornstache soon, but I dare say they sound much much better live. I wonder how they sustained an hour and a half of singing and playing the instruments like it's nobody's business. Flea and Chad were monsters on bass and drums. Awesome!

I'm obviously still nursing a hangover, so please excuse the flooding of photos and some tips for a successful international music fest trip. :) 

BE READY. It's a festival, in an open field. Expect to get dirty, muddy and sweaty. Put on comfortable clothes, pack some anti-bugs and sunscreen and strut some cute sunnies and hat for protection. A sling bag is also ideal to keep your valuables close to you.  
Chucks saved our day, and toes, too.
THERE'S NOTHING BEER CAN'T FIX. I was feeling a bit uptight in the company of kids. Yes, kids. So beer was really helpful to loosen things up before RHCP fired up the stage. And you wouldn't believe how helpful that mini flashlight was, especially in the forsaken portalets.

ROAD TRIP READY. Get a reliable driver (thanks, Sweetie!), an alert co-pilot and a well-tuned car (thanks, BFF for Harvey) to ensure a smooth, hassle free trip.
BE WITH THE BEST PEOPLE. It's an epic feeling that you would want to experience with people you love the most. And it's more fun if they are into music and rock bands, too!
And in case they are not, at least they still know how to have some good fun!

LIVE THE MOMENT. Most of my photos and videos of RHCP's performance were pretty useless. I was jumping and dancing and I lived the moment, so blurry photos didn't bother me at all.

And just to remind the girls how I remember Anthony from my teenage years. Whew.

Do you like going to music festivals? Not an expert here, but 7107 changed my heart. Kudos and may there be more international fests to come to Philippines soon. Happy weekend!

Much Love,