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Friday, August 26, 2005
Wedded Blitz
10 Signs You’re About To Be Married

or

Why It Might Be Worth It To Cough Up A Hundred Grand For A Really Good Wedding Planner

or

Why It Might Be A Good Idea To Just Elope

1. You’ve got saucer-sized dark circles under your eyes from trying to find time for everything that needs to get done. For some reason, there just seems to be no end to this so-called checklist everyone keeps advising you to make.

2. You catch yourself staring at the floor once too often contemplating the fact that there’s just absolutely no way you can still live your carefree old life and get away with it.

3. You suddenly find yourself saying “no” to after-hours gimmicks with old friends. Not that hubby-to-be is stopping you—you’re just too damn tired!

4. You sometimes go without lunch just to be able to buy the latest issue of any wedding magazine (local and foreign) you come across.

5. You start replacing your old doodles (flowers, faces, abstract figures) with pages and pages of your new signature.

6. You go through several notebooks just to revise and refine the guest list. This usually entails a deep and painful struggle within one’s self determining which valued friends or family members need to be crossed out for space and budget purposes.

7. You experience more frequent arguments with your groom with each passing month--especially if the above-mentioned checklist looks just as long as when you started.

8. There’s less and less motivation to watch movies or eat ice cream together with your honey. Hey—two movie tickets at Shang could mean one more dear friend or loved one added to the guest list!

9. You’re longingly looking forward to the wedding night….so you can finally catch up on some serious SLEEP!!!

10. You just want it all to be short, sweet, and perfect.
 
posted by The White Rabbit at 10:42 AM | Permalink | 4 Speak Up!
Lose Your Blues
Just got home from rehearsals. Got our first encouraging words from Chari tonight....chatting with some of the kids afterwards, I realized how much they needed and appreciated the encouragement. Well, after the beating they got learning our crazy-ass choreography (not to mention the dozen or so revisions they had to relearn just when they'd mastered the previous one), words like "good!" and "now we're getting somewhere" sound like high praise indeed.

We've begun to work with our costumes and props. Which is wise considering we don't really have much time to attend to these variables once we get into Meralco. As early as now, everyone is being drilled through those tricky quick changes, particularly the first five boys who run in for the Finale number. They literally have seconds, consisting of a few lines of dialogue and a short musical transition, to change from their Sunday service garb into their prom formals.

As for me, I just need to find cowboy boots and some big Tammy Faye Bakker hair, and I'm all set. Haha.

Well, anyway, dropped by Me-an's blog and saw her tag answers. My tag was kinda long, so I do appreciate the effort, guys. Now I guess I owe her some tag answers, too. Honestly, I can't name even one song I'm currently digging. I'm not a big radio listener. Nor to I watch music videos much. So I'm afraid my choices are a bit on the other side of the mainstream. Oh, and in case you're wondering--no, the Footloose soundtrack won't be on the list, in case I ever get around to making one. Don't get me wrong. It's a fabulous soundtrack, but right now it's coming out of my ears, which makes it the last thing I want to listen to when I get home at night.

Goodnight y'all!
 
posted by The White Rabbit at 12:12 AM | Permalink | 0 Speak Up!
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Revenge of the IT
My goodness. I'm actually blogging again. Footloose rehearsals and putting our souvenir program together have completely eaten up my time. Mustn't let this happen again. Why, my hundreds of thousands of readers will be in an uproar! I have a duty to them after all. Hardiharhar.

Since I'd been gone. . .

*Rehearsals have been in full throttle. We're semi-running, with some stops and starts, but the thing is finally running. Lots of cleaning up and polishing to do, though. Costumes and hairstyles aren't all done yet. Gotta work on that churchyard scene, where most of the adult characters are introduced. It's not quite there yet.

*The souvenir program is off to the printers! Hooray! Many thanks to Peachy Marasigan, who patiently applied every single revision I texted or emailed to her and whose large eye bags are a testament to her dedication, talent and amazing ability to stay up for days without sleep; to Michelle Sheba Tolentino, for her faith in our abilities and for her full support; to Fides Fernandez, whose assistance was invaluable and whose understanding and patience helped to keep the peace when my temper was flaring; to Dang Manlapaz, whose fortitude and good breeding shone through while under fire from those not quite as well-bred; to Allan Marasigan, for the regular follow-ups and for staying up late checking and counter checking lists and other details; and to the cast, creative team, production and PR people for responding immediately to my urgent requests for write-ups, lists, names, write-ups, write-ups. . .oh, and did i mention write-ups?

Anyway, now that I have some time to myself again, I'm itching to tag a few people. My hundreds of thousands of readers, you know.

So here goes.

1. WHAT COLOR ARE YOUR KITCHEN PLATES?
You mean the one kitchen plate i own? Blue.

2. WHAT ARE YOU READING?
I always read three or four things at a time. At the moment, it's a couple of wedding magazines, Metro Weddings and Wedding Essentials; Notes On Broadway by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschorn; and a book Peachy gave me recently called You Can Be The Wife Of A Happy Husband (By Discovering the Key to Marital Success) by Darien B. Cooper. That last one is a pretty obvious hint if I ever saw one. Ok, I got it, Peach. Hehe.

3. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
You really wanna know? Okeeeyyy, if you insist. It says: "Genius. Smarter Input for Smarter Output". Pretty exciting stuff.

4. FAVORITE BOARD GAME?
Cranium!!!

5. WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE SMELL?
Stale anything.

6. THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING?
How dry my mouth is. Hey, you asked.

7. FAVORITE COLOR?
Turquoise or aqua blue.

8. LEAST FAVORITE COLOR(S)?
None really. All colors are amazing.

9. HOW MANY RINGS UNTIL YOU ANSWER THE PHONE?
I don't know. My fone plays "Toxic".

10. FUTURE CHILD'S NAME?
RAIN !!! After her dad, of course. With a slight variation on the spelling.

11. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?
If its on some kind of dessert, then both.

12. DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST?
Not at all. All I think of when I see someone driving annoyingly fast is that they probably need to pee real soon.

14. THUNDERSTORMS - COOL OR SCARY?
Could be cool, if I'm cozily nestled under a soft blanket and surrounded by pillows in the comfort of my room. Scary if I'm on the road.

15. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?
My brother's hand me down -- a brick red Mitsubishi Colt.

16. WHAT IS YOUR SIGN?
Scorpio. Explains everything, right?

17. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI?
Oh yes.

18. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Travel writer. And someone that gets assigned to sample a spa's services for free so she can write about them.

19. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY COLOR HAIR, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Burgundy, or copper.

20. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?
Used to, until the thing began to have fleas. Haha. . .that is just so dumb!

21. HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY?
Half full. . .always.

22. FAVORITE MOVIE?
LOTR The Return of the King; Star Wars episodes IV, V, VI; Aliens; Forrest Gump; The Age of Innocence; A Room With A View; Singing In The Rain; The Sound of Music; Chicago; Batman Begins; Steel Magnolias; Adaptation; The Shawshank Redemption; The Hours; A Streetcar Named Desire; Finding Nemo; Monsters Inc; The Last Unicorn; Flight of Dragons; A Chorus Line, etc. etc. etc.

23. DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS?
Yes, most of the time. Pay-off from years of freezing my fingers off in our extremely airconditioned typing room in school.

24. WHAT'S UNDER YOUR BED?
A mat. And the floor. And maybe a few ants, depending on what I had for a midnight snack.

25. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NUMBER?
8, which is the day in November on which I was born.

26. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH?
Cricket. . . . .NOT! Figure skating, and American-style cheerleading.

27. YOUR SINGLE BIGGEST FEAR?
Cockroaches!!!

28. PERSON MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND.
Peachy, Me-an, Fides.

29. PERSON YOU SENT THIS TO WHO IS LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
Rony? Andrei? But they might once they get the time.

30. KETCHUP OR MUSTARD?
Ketchup! Unless its Dijon or Grey Poupon, then I'll go for mustard.

31. HAMBURGER OR HOTDOG?
Taters hotdog meals.

32. THE BEST PLACE(S)YOU HAVE EVER BEEN?
The landing strip of any airport.

33. WHAT SCREEN SAVER IS ON YOUR COMPUTER RIGHT NOW?
None at the moment.

34. FAVORITE FAST FOOD?
Kentucky Fried Chicken.

35. WHAT IS YOUR BIRTH NAME?
Just Jennifer, I think. I was the 6th and last child. I think their wellspring of inspiration kinda dried out.

Ok Peachy, Me-an, Fides, Rony and Andrei. It's your turn.
 
posted by The White Rabbit at 9:14 AM | Permalink | 1 Speak Up!
Thursday, August 11, 2005
"It" Girl
So much for expedience and obedience. I respond immediately to being tagged, painstakingly creating interesting answers to each question, and what do I get? A system crash and a beautiful blog entry that is now lost forever in an unseen black hole for unrecoverable files somewhere in cyberspace.

So now, after successfully stopping my agitated self from hurling a certain piece of offensive hardware from my second floor veranda, I have attempted to simply try answering them again.
So here I go. . .

1. What are the things you enjoy doing even when there's no one around you?

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  • Read. Hands down. I love burying my nose in almost any type of reading matter. Besides loading up on new info and getting lost in other worlds, I really do love the smell of a brand new book!
  • Figure out how to get past Level 4 of "Bounce" on my cellphone.
  • Check out sites recommended by friends.
  • Sing.
  • Dance. You know that old Zimbabwean proverb, right?
  • Recite lines from a play or show I'm rehearsing for.
  • Talk to God. Cathartic.
  • Talk to myself. Creepy.
  • Tweak song lyrics to suit a script I'm working on.
  • Order delivery for under P150.
  • Eat a family size Greenwich mozzarella garlic pizza.
  • Look at old photos.
2. What lowers your stress/ blood pressure/ anxiety level?

  • Zoning out.
  • Lying in bed and staring at the ceiling in total silence. I kid you not.
  • Watching movies like "Down With Love".
  • Singing.
  • Beginning and ending my day with a phone call from Rein. Which can also sometimes work the other way around. But those are isolated cases. Hehe.
  • Listening to the rain outside my window at 12 midnight as I am about to bid the world nighty-nite.
  • A medium-pressure massage.
  • Getting my hair shampooed and blow-dried at a salon.
  • Chilling out with a friend or two and talking about nothing in particular.

3. Tag five friends and ask them to post this on their blogs.

Rony, Andrei, Fides, Ria, Hogi

 
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Sunday, August 07, 2005
You'll Always Be My Favorite Fag





Down in the dumps, girl? There's hope! Watch this HILARIOUS
video. . . Thanks, Rony!!! Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Love it.

http://www.ryantown.com/gayboyfriend/
 
posted by The White Rabbit at 12:50 PM | Permalink | 2 Speak Up!
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Mish Mash and Other Useless Meanderings
I have nothing of importance to say today. I'm tired and a bit grumpy. I had a total of three and a half meals today, if you want to count my 10am breakfast of Oishi Potato Crisps as a meal. So that would be the Jollibee Chicken Strips meal with Sarsi for lunch, my takeout breaded SpamJam with egg, garlic rice and iced tea for merienda, and Mitch's tasty California Maki sandwich and stale bottled water for dinner. You can tell I will make a fabulous
homemaker one day.

In between such momentous meals, I managed to finish and submit my fourth and second-to-the-last article for the "Footloose" press kit at home, preside over the initial meeting for the "Footloose" souvenir program (with Peachy, Michelle Tolentino, Julius Gomez, Fides Fernandez in attendance) at the Trumpets office, and finally, attend blocking rehearsals for Act I of "Footloose" at the Stand rehearsal hall, my home for the next 4 weeks. I suppose life revolves around you-know-what for the moment. I'm just glad that that bizarre Glaxo raket I just did for Stages is over and done with. I was beginning to think the concept of having only 24 hours in a day was a big, cosmic joke.

The truth is, all this frenetic scheduling of the next few weeks of my life is far more desirable than my recently concluded stint at that PR company I worked for the last four months. Some things are just not meant to be, I guess, like my brief but illicit affair with that office desk. You know how it is, the relationship makes you uncomfortable and unhappy, but you do it anyway. From day one, i knew it felt like I was betraying something. . .or someone. Now, looking back, I realize that it was ME! The whole exercise was against my very nature, the very fabric of my being!

But like a true adventurer, I don't regret the experience. I always learn something valuable about myself and about other people that no classroom will ever be able to provide. Plus, I know there's a reason I had to cross paths with those people I met over there. One day I'll know what it is.

Random Footloose Thoughts:
*Is it just me, or does Learning To Be Silent (Vi and Ethel's duet from "Footloose") sound uncannily like a Sondheim song?
*Is it also just me again, or did a tiny part of I Confess (Reverend Moore's soliloguy) remind me a bit of A Bit of Earth from "The Secret Garden"?
*Did you know that "Footloose" is loosely based (hehe) on a 1979 community crisis in a small Oklahoma town involving a highschool graduating class that wanted to organize a senior prom but couldn't? The main obstacle was a 200-year old town ordinance that prohibited dancing parties within city limits. Duh?
*Did you also know that Lori Singer, that lanky actress who played John Lithgow's daughter Ariel in the movie, was already 27 years old at the time? That made her just 9 years younger than Diane Weist, the actress playing her mother!
*But did you know that our show's very own Ariel, to be played by Iya Villania, is exactly 20 years younger than her "stage" mother, played by Agot Isidro-Sandejas? Don't get me wrong, though--Agot looks no older than 30 in person.

Like I said, I really don't have anything important to say today.
 
posted by The White Rabbit at 10:13 PM | Permalink | 1 Speak Up!