Archive for July, 2007

These are the dances performed by the Filipino Students Society of Nagoya (FSSN) for the 2007 Philippine Festival held at Nagoya International Center on May 26, 2007.

  • The first presentation is a modern interpretation of a Muslim traditional dance to the tune of Joey Ayala’s “Magkaugnay.”

  • The second one is La Jota Moncadeña. According to the information I got, the dance is an interpretation of the Spanish La Jota dances during the Spanish Period by the people of  Moncada, Tarlac. Thus, it’s a combination of Spanish and Ilocano dance steps and music and was named after the place where it came from. The performers of this dance adds liveliness and excitement by using bamboo castanets.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6hQW0ctvbI

NOTE: The male dancer in the middle is one of our foreign friends. We assured him no one would question his presence in the dance since there are a lot of mestizos in the Philippines. If all else fails will claim him as insulares or peninsulares – whichever will do the trick. 😉

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I woke up late today!

ah shimatta! it’s 10 o’clock already! I immediately jumped out of my bed and made a beeline to the bathroom. Showered and dressed in record time and I’m off to Sakae. Today, is after all July 21! What’s with the date? duh! Today just happened to be the worldwide release of our fave intrepid boy wizard’s final story… Will he live or die? I wonder, as I was waiting for the train… or maybe the question should be who are the two major characters that J.K. Rowling will kill off… ah, finally the train comes… just one norikae and I’m there.

A few more minutes and I was running in the streets of Sakae straight to Maruzen. A “Potter-fan-free” Maruzen.

(The window display at Maruzen today… A confirmation that in this bookstore I will be able to buy my own dose of Potter-mania. hehehe…) The people on the street was looking at me when I took this picture. Most of them, I guess wondering what the heck I was doing. 🙂

Finally, my own copy. Notice the special packaging it came with, it’s orange! hehehe… just in time too!

Hmmm… I don’t know when I’ll have the time to read it though, what with cleaning (yes girls, cleaning… medyo nahihiya na ko sa sarili ko so I decided to clean na… and no nasty stool incident too. That I promise!) and studying. hahaha… but for sure I will find the time. So Salve and for any of my friends, If you’re able to read the book ahead of me promise not to open a discussion until I read it. I aim to be spoiler free so I can enjoy the story on my own and cry to my heart’s content. >:-)


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Sometimes I ask myself why I subject myself to this. I could have stayed and still be happy. I could have stayed and still grow and learn each day. I could have stayed and be with my friends (although there are some people, colleagues mainly, who I could live without). So many “I could haves,” but the fact remains – I did not stay.

I did not stay because I felt restless. I did not stay because I wanted a new adventure. I did not stay because what I knew then was not enough. Finally, I did not stay stay because I wish to learn more.

So this is my life, for now…

Reading books written in characters I can hardly decipher. Understanding passages, when I can hardly understand the words composing it. Memorizing terms, when just understanding the idea used to suffice. Writing papers in a language I have yet to get used to. Well, there’s nothing I can do about it. For good or bad, this is my life for now. I wanted it and here I am.

Here I am now. Here I am now immersed in a new culture and way of life. Here I am now meeting interesting people and making new friends along the way. Here I am now gaining the knowledge I have sought. Here I am now and I am learning. This is perfect… for now…


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My friend, Salve, claimed in her blog that she’s a love charm. She forwarded several instances as proof… reading it I can’t help but think about the phrase “mothers knows best”… hmmm… At one time, Salve, Sherma and I talked about living together. In our point of view, it will be practical since it will cut costs and it has the added bonus of all three of us enjoying each other’s company. I envisioned endless pajama parties – talking, eating and reading together… Unfortunately (on hindsight – fortunately) my mom vetoed it. Now I wonder if my mom had an inkling of what would have happened? Imagine, if I did lived with Salve then I would have been one of the stories she recounted as proof. And looking back, I remember who I was with then… and never was I so grateful that it didn’t happen. I just had a narrow escape… hehehe…


Me, a Love Charm?!

By Salve

I have reasons to believe that I can actually help another person find her way to lasting (?) love. It all started when my Tita and I shared an apartment in 1999. I was still a university student then and she was starting to establish a career. You see, Tita�fs only older than me by four years, so we really get along well. She has a boyfriend, a childhood sweetheart, and they�fve been for ages! Even so, I knew they weren�ft planning to tie the knot soon. They were both busy with their careers. But after more than a year, they suddenly decided to get married. A few months before that, my younger sister was sharing the apartment with us already because she just transferred to a new school in Manila. So, here comes my second evidence.

A month before Tita�fs wedding, my sister and I chose to find our own place. Like Tita, my sister also has a boyfriend and they�fve been going out for a couple of years already. I am aware of my sister�fs impulsive nature and for a time she�fs been talking about getting hitched and having a baby. I didn�ft take that seriously. I was so sure she wouldn�ft do it. But then, during one of the school breaks, my mom called me one day and told me my sister won�ft be coming back because she�fs getting married in a few months. I was so shocked, of course. But what can I do? *sigh*

So, in the next months, I lived alone and I got so used to it. I discovered I actually liked living alone and on my own! ) Before I knew it, I�fve survived a year already!

Then came the day a friend asked if I know a place she could rent. She said she wanted to space away from her family for a while. Besides, she�fs having a hard time traveling from the countryside to Manila where she submits her work. She�fs a writer and practically owns all her time.

I told her, if she�fd agree, she can share in my apartment. It was a big place for me, anyway. And of course, sharing the apartment would mean a few bucks of savings from my monthly household expenses, too. D To cut the story short, I found myself a new roommate! She was unattached and not even planning to get involved with anyone at all! But, after almost a year, she started talking about this guy from her hometown whom she never really liked before and haven�ft had any descent conversation with. She really tried to fight what she felt and she would tell me she�fd never go back there until her feelings for the guy had completely died. It never happened, of course. Love would come knocking when you least expect it, and before you know it, you�fre hooked already. And before I know it, too, my friend was spending more days in her hometown than in our apartment. She�fd come over once or twice every two weeks, until she finally decided to leave the apartment because she wanted to spend more time with the guy who is now her boyfriend.

So, I�fm left alone again. I didn�ft feel sad. It was during this time that I thought?after what happened to these three people?that maybe I can attract the �gL�h word for other people. They should be enough evidence. I can presume since a lot of things come in threes, right? Like wishes, luck, wise men, even characters in children�fs stories (billy goats, bears, blind mice, etc.). I always tell my friends and officemates that if they want to be walking the isle or find a boyfriend soon, they might want to consider sharing a place with me, which we�fd all laugh at afterwards.

I don�ft know if it�fs a gift. Or maybe I posses extra-extra positive energy/vibes and it affects the people close to me. Or maybe it�fs mere coincidence. Whatever it was, I�fm glad to be part of it.

Now, Tita have two sons, my sister and my friend have one boy each and all of their kids are my inaanak. P

SOURCE: http://salvacion.wordpress.com/2007/04/17/me-a-love-charm/


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One of my friends blog – sherma – caught my attention. I copy-pasted it here. And yes girls (and one guy), I think it’s about time for such a jump. Most people spend their whole life without ever risking anything at all. But I say, what good would any life be without risks. It does afterall gives the most reward.

iyo iyo mou jikan ga kita yo… take a deep breath, we are about to soar…



(Reversible Suicide Part II)

Soon, it�fs jump time once again. This next jump would be the biggest ? and the riskiest ? jump of my career. But somehow, I don�ft feel as scared as I was in my previous jumps. Come to think of it, I was hardly scared then.

During my previous jumps, I was aware that there was no net to catch me. But I was also sure of the things I could do, of the things I could offer, so I never worried about not landing on solid ground. And solid ground, I always found.

This time, however, I am sure there is a net somewhere ? a net that would prevent me from hitting the ground with a loud thud, in case I fail. And this time, I am not in it alone; I am jumping off with dear friends (Celestine, Salve and my brother Ogie). So though the stakes are much higher now than in any of the jumps I did before, the fear of failing still remains alien to me.

In fact, I am already excited. Why wouldn�ft I be? As my friends and I come closer and closer to the jump day, the brighter our idea becomes. The closer we examine it for loop holes, the more perfect it seems.

I really do hope we’ll succeed, because, more than anything, this might just be my chance to prove that I am right in believing that I need not leave the country to do well; that though the road I�fve chosen is longer and more steep, it too leads there (wherever there is). Or, does it? Hmm…

SOURCE: http://dwickedangel.blogspot.com/2007/07/reversible-suicide-part-ii-soon-its.html


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