27 October 2011

As Pretty as the Airport

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For the second activity in my Speech class (Speecom) last monday, I was asked to deliver a speech. Topic of which depended on the speaker. This was where my weakness was found. I'm not very creative when it comes to choosing a topic. And I think, I just proved my point. Plus, there was the added pressure because majority of my classmates are graduating. (Read: very very good speakers) My friends and I are just brave enough, or should it be stupid, to enroll in the course as early as now. To make matters worse, my schedule of talking fell on the last day. I had two weeks to prepare but knowing how 'great' I am at budgeting time, I thought of my topic, wrote my speech, and did the accompanying PowerPoint at 1AM last Sunday. 5 hours later, I'm done and dizzy.

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How can I measure up with Deborah Sy's "I asked God for a bike but I know He doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked Him for forgiveness" or Lina Domingo's "If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, set them on fire"? I wasn't able to squeeze my creative juices so I took my usual safe path - choosing a conventional and more-on-the-boring-side topic. It started like this, "Ever wondered why Douglas Adam's quote "As Pretty As the Airport" is rarely used? It's because it requires a certain level of standard to be fitting of it. It's not easy to make an airport appear impressive. It takes time, lots of money, effort, and creative ingenuity. Difficult, but not impossible."

Then the 6-minute speech followed...

Here's an actual excerpt of my speech:

"After unveiling the Top 3 Best Airports in the world, have you noticed that they all came from Asia? If they can do it, why can’t we? Imagine this. 
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(DISCLAIMER: I copied this picture. I just forgot from which site. No copyright intended)
This is a picture of the actual corridor that leads the passengers alighting from the plane to the arrival section of NAIA. It’s plain, boring, and forgettable. You land on the Philippines and the first place you step on is somewhere forgettable. How's that for first impression, right? Now what if NAIA replaces the flooring with wood like this?
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 Doesn’t this minor change make more impact? Or we could be very up to date. Let’s try the futuristic theme this time. 
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A few tweaks in the flooring, the ceiling and the wallpapers and you have an entirely different story. Maybe one day, just maybe, if we try to go that extra mile to make our very own airport globally competitive, NAIA wouldn’t be so bad at all. Perhaps it can even redeem itself from all the negative remarks tourists talk about. Its future lies in our hands, as we are the future shapers of this country so it is our job to do something about it. We have to make it someday fitting of Douglas Adams' phrase “As pretty as the airport”."

[I would've shared a video of my performance if only Debo's fail of a USB cooperated. She didn't tell me it was full of virus! It corrupted the video]


 Personally, I wasn't satisfied. I knew I could've done something better had I prepared longer. Another disappointment right there... But like performers say, learn to cancel and just move on :)

23 October 2011

Her Swan Song

One of the country's pride, Lisa Macuja is retiring from her career as a ballerina. As what she had pointed out in her blog, a dancer's career pretty much has an early, let's just say, "expiration date". She's blessed to have been given the chance to perform even at age 47. And my gosh, she could give other dancers a run for their money when it comes to physique and grace. Sometimes I think, it's because of her that I regret not pursuing classes in ballet. So to show support to her last 3 performances as a dancer, or what she entitled as her Swan Song, my lola and I bullied my mom into buying us tickets for Lisa Macuja's Romeo & Juliet.

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Saturday was supposed to be a very busy day for me. I wanted to attend the Fun Run in The Fort with my parents and my little cousin but I wasn't able to lift myself up from the bed so in the end, my parents went without me. I attended my 11 20am class instead and went on with the rest of my plans for the day.

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my date for the night, Lola Ester

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the performers' final bow
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Awww. The Prima Ballerina couldn't help herself from crying. She, as what she'd said in her video, has to let go of Juliet now.
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She received a standing ovation. Well - deserved for such a wonderful performance.

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Dress: Folded&Hung
This has been my first ever purchase from F&H. Thank God it has a branch in Greenhills, I was able to see that it has good designs. Here's to more F&H purchase in the future! (I know you'll be seeing this, Gio. See, I'm eating my words ;))

17 October 2011

Sunday is for Family

I was with my dad, mom and two brothers in Greenhills yesterday for our weekly family bonding. It was so funny when my dad saw me talking with some vendors and he approached saying, "Wag kayo magpapabola dyan. Walang pambili yan". I was trying my best to haggle for the best prices and he would pop in to ruin my move by telling the vendors that I've no money. Haha! Another thing that I love about Greenhills is the food kiosks near VMall. I love eating from each of them!

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Skirt used as top: Topshop| Shorts: Greenhills Tiangge| Belt: Promod| Blazer: tailor made| Shoes: The Ramp (my staples in school)

13 October 2011

By the Poolside

As we were about to leave the place, guess who finally decided to show up in all his hot glory - the Sun! Here's the third part of our weekend getaway.

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In the middle of sunshine-filled afternoon, the atmosphere suddenly became misty. Tagaytay was covered with fog!
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Everyone still wanted to go someplace so that's just what we did. From Solenad 1 (Nuvali) to Solenad 2 to Paseo de Sta. Rosa. And from each place, I took home some goodies. Thanks to Lola and Mommy! :)
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The Angry Birds Club
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I truly find my little cousin Rayne so endearing in her boots. I love her to bits and pieces! Besides, she's my only female first cousin living in the country. 
For all the ALDO lovers out there, I have good news for you. The shoe store has opened a branch in Solenad 2. What makes this branch different from the others is the brilliant idea of holding a sale all year round. No kidding, ladies. Sale all year round! Shoe heaven.

Dress: Collab Manila (Hi Ver!)

12 October 2011

If it's raining, bring out your sunny attitude

It rained all day. In the rare cases that the sun showed up, although it's still drizzling, I went out and explored the entire village. I couldn't let the weather restrain me from taking pictures in such a picturesque place.

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With my cousin Rayne. She wanted to swim in the pool but because it's raining, this is where she ended up in
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With my lolas and my mom
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All in all, we're 18. We had 4 rooms to choose from for the sleeping arrangements. I wanted to sleep in the kubo but I backed out at the last minute. Here's a tour of all the rooms and the paths that lead to them.

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Kubo - where my uncles slept

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where my mom and two brothers stayed

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where I slept and shared the room with my Lola and Tito Ian

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family room where the others slept in

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Our lunch was consisted of these: (1st row) Palabok wraps, Tilapia with Laing, (2nd row) bengal curried chicken, fruit platter, Tuna, (3rd row) Lamb barbecue - super yummy!, and Turon with  Ice Cream

Daytime Wear - White Polo: from Bangkok| Shorts: Divisoria| Accessories: from Lola| heels: The Ramp
Sleepwear - Cardigan: Gap| Top: La Senza| Bottom: Costume for Field Demo
If you want to have a very relaxing weekend getaway, check out Nature Spa Village's site HERE.
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