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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
The Fountain of Youth

Youth is not entirely a time of life; it is a state of mind. It is not wholly a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips or supple knees. It is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the springs of life.

Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair -- these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. In the central place of your heart, there is a recording chamber; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young.

When the wires are all down and your heart is covered with the snow of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then - and then only - are you grown old.

From "The Intangibles" by Senator Jovito Salonga
 
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006
A Wicked Tag
Tagged by Unicorn Child. Yeah, I guess a tag-break is in order. Here goes...

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what did you think?
Except for the half moons under my eyes, not so bad.

2. How much cash do you have on you?
In my wallet, P320 (about $6); in my drawer, P1000 (about $19); scattered all around my room, oh, I'd say...P25 (about 51 cents) in coins! Wait, the pizza man's here. Make that $2.50 in my wallet! Sigh.

3. What's a word that rhymes with "TEST"?
JEST! Which I love to do. And while we're at it, NEST! Because my hubby and I are trying to put one of our very own together at the moment.

4. Favorite planet?
Still dear ole' Mother Earth. I am not terribly fond of cold, gaseous, lifeless entities---planets or otherwise.

5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
My good friend Mayen Cadd, nee Bustamante. She was trying to put together a surprise party for a friend of ours at the time.

6. What is your favorite ring on your phone?
"Penny Lane" by the Beatles.

7. What shirt are you wearing?
A midnight-blue spaghetti-strap vintage blouse with tiny white flower prints and a tiny white ribbon in front. The label says "BESS".

8. Do you "label" yourself?
Aside from "BESS", you mean? Hehe. Yeah sure, I call myself a "gypsy". A "freelance everything". A "theater person". A "nerd".

9. Name the brand of shoes you're currently wearing now:
I'm afraid I don't buy branded house slippers.

10. Bright or Dark Room?:
Lamplit.

11. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
Tops.

12. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Frolicking in dreamland.

13. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
"Ok will ask around". I had asked my godfather Tito Freddie if he knew anyone who could donate type O+ blood for a friend in need.

14. Where is your nearest 7-11?
The main road outside our village.

15. What's a saying(s) that you say a lot?
Gadzookas! Er, I mean, Godbless us...

16.Who told you they loved you last?
The love of my life...a.k.a., my husband

17. Last furry thing you touched?
Hmmm...I don't remember. I just threw away an old stuffed toy. Maybe that.

18. How many days of school did you miss this week?
In the School of Life...NONE. I'm never absent.

19. How many rolls of film do you need to get developed?:
One. I actually still own an instamatic camera, unlike SOME people. Harumph.

20. Favorite age you have been so far?: 26

21. Your worst enemy? Time

22. What is your current desktop picture:
A candid wedding photo

23. What was the last thing you said to someone?:
Thanks! (to the pizza delivery man)

24. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to fly, which would you choose?: The ability to fly! I've fantasized about being able to zip about like Peter Pan since I was a little kid. Besides, I'd use it to make a heck of a lot more than a million bucks!

25. Do you like someone?
Oh i like a lot of people. But if you mean, do I "like" someone...weheeell, Ah shore dew! I sorta "liked" him enough to marry him!

26. The last song you listened to?
See Her Smile, from Jonathan Larson's "Tick...Tick...Boom"

27. Carmen Electra or Pam Anderson?:
Carmen Elektra...she's just easier to look at.

Lemme see...who to tag...well, ok, in case you drop in--YOU're tagged: Rony, Andrei, Johann, Topper and Maita.

By the way, I made a new friend during my very recent corporate show. 20-year old Maita Ponce, who was my castmate and fellow-Ozian in our "Wicked" journey to Emerald City (see photos below). Although she is all sweetness and light (the genuine article!), Maita is nonetheless a feisty and extremely talented young lady. A budding visual artist, I am already very impressed with her work, a sample of which you can check out in her BLOG . A few tidbits about her: she's a consistent honor student, an art and theater aficionado, a very fast learner (she knew the choreography better than anybody during rehearsals), is a cheese lover, and can even play the piano by ear. Is there nothing this pretty young thing can't do?

Meanwhile, here's what we looked like that day--

Performed a song-and-dance number called "Ease On Down The Road" (which is not part of "Wicked" but comes from a very related show called "The Wiz") to open the show. Costumes are obviously less Ozian, but still very green...here are Caisa Borromeo, Maita, and their Ate Jennie! (My castmates are getting younger every year, oh dear.)

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Having lunch at North Park (read: the north parking lot at the Westin Philippine Plaza Hotel) with the "Wicked" gang...

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Goofing around at our Executive Suite before our makeup call...

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Me in full Ozian regalia...

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Maita in an Ozian pose...

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Elphaba (Sweet Tiongson) and Glinda (Mayen Cadd)...

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Ze Wizard (Audie Gemora)...

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Ozian folks bidding everyone bye-di-bye...

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Friday, January 13, 2006
Once On This Island
Finally! Just a few of our honeymoon pics in and around Puerta Princesa in Palawan. . .i don't think I've ever smiled such huge smiles in my life! Haha. . .ahhhh. . .God bless the givers of this overwhelming gift! My brother-in-law Tiny Defensor and his wife, my sister Patty. And God bless my 6630 camera fone!

Before anything else, let me just post this photo of an amazingly blessèd omen I saw in the sky before we left for Palawan. A rainbow---or as Peachy so aptly called it, "God's smile"---appeared for just a second, long enough for me to capture it on film, before it disappeared just as instantly as it came. It really felt as if God gave us a glimpse of his smile!


Off we go! Plane ride to paradise. . .


Upon arrival, Rein and I didn't realize we were considered "guests of the city", personal guests of the Mayor of Puerta Princesa, Edward S. Hagedorn, and so were duly astounded to be welcomed with shell leis bearing the city's insignia!


Our homey hotel, The Asturias, where we ordered room service till their pantry ran dry. . .



Settling into Room 108. . .


Touring the city's delights. . .if you like ferocious crocs, that is!


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Found a personal little world of my own in the Butterfly Farm. As you can see from these pics, I never wanted to leave there! We walked through wall-to-wall foliage a-flutter with hundreds of my beautiful winged babies. Guests aren't allowed to touch the butterflies, but hey--they came to me!

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Oh, couldn't resist taking a shot of this sign at the entrance. First of all, they were asking us to pay full price because they thought we were foreigners! Or maybe they just wanted to make an extra buck, haha. Take note of the thoughtful consideration they give to fellow Pinoys. . .

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Ah, a husband after my own heart. Here's Rein studying butterfly eggs through a magnifying glass. Reminds me of my dad. . .

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Hey, you don't get to pick up a branch full of butterfly cocoons everyday! These babies will hatch incredible winged beings any day now. And to think they were once odd-looking caterpillars.

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Rein was having just as much fun as I was. Took this shot just as a beautiful red one alighted on his hand. As soon as I clicked, it was gone. But at least Rein's still there. Hehe.

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Do I look happy here, or do I look happy?

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We really couldn't stay at the butterfly farm forever, so we went to Kalui's instead. Oh, what a place to have dinner! You leave your shoes at the foyer and walk barefoot on the cleanest bamboo floors I've ever felt under my feet towards the table of your choice. Well, naturally I chose a low table where we sat on pillows on the floor! The seafood was amazing, by the way.

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The next few days were action-filled, to say the least. After more than 2 hours travelling on land, here were are finally on our way across the sea to an island cove where the famous Underground River is situated. Ahhh, it was all that it's touted to be and more.

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Landing on the shores of the island. . .move over McArthur!

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At the mouth of the subterranean cave. Inside, we made friends with thousands of bats and stalactite and stalagmite formations. Sorry, was too stunned to take any pictures. . .

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Meet our lunchtime friend. He kept coming to our table hoping for a few scraps from our island feast.

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Our benefactor, the honorable Mayor Edward Hagedorn. Paid him a visit the next day at his office at the brand new Coliseum he had built. He took us to lunch at a great seafront restaurant.

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Over lunch, he ordered his chief of police to arrange for us to go on a day tour of the famed Dos Palmas the next day. And here we are on our way to another island treat. . .

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Welcome drinks at Dos Palmas! Did some snorkeling, played billiards and pingpong and just left the world behind for a while. . .

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As if the spectacular lunch buffet wasn't enough, they even had our table especially reserved!

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More Dos Palmas moments. . .

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Spent our last day at home at the Asturias pool. Not a bad way to spend a honeymoon holiday!

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Monday, January 09, 2006
Recapturing Old Times
Haven't managed to scan and post our honeymoon pics yet, but promise to do so as soon as I can. Meanwhile, just had a surprise visit from my jet-setting buddy Rony Fortich this weekend, and promptly made a date to meet up together with another long-lost musical pal of mine, Lana Jalosjos, for lunch at Shang today. Our favorite Filipino culinary spot on the 5th floor, C2, was the logical choice, although we skipped the requisite Bibingka Souffle today on account of the fact that erstwhile dessert-fiend Lana needs to fast for 3 days. Yes, fast. Sigh. But dessert or no dessert, we still had a blast, nevertheless (did I actually just say that, Lans?)--just picking up from where we left off, as always. Such is the blessing of true friends. Stories, gossip, sharing of photos, past disappointments, hopeful dreams and wonderful memories over steaming Pinoy food--what more could one ask of a perfect Monday afternoon?

Here we are all over the 5th floor of Shang Mall, trying to find sufficient lighting for my struggling 1.3 megapixels, and finding it near the Dimsum & Dumplings cart, as well as in the spankingly new Debenhams store on the 3rd floor.....priceless moments indeed.

 
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Monday, January 02, 2006
One Fine Day
My totally handsome groom...green grass...a lovely, breezy day...the dearest faces in the world...images from a truly fine day...







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