Tag Archives: 2008

YouTube – One year in 40 seconds


One of the coolest things I’ve seen in YouTube, and with 1.1M views (and still growing) since December 26, 2008, I’m not alone on this one.

The Annual “Time to Answer a Lame New Year’s Survey”

It may be lame, but heck, I’m doing it again for this year. A shout out to eleanorstrousers since she also came up with her list for 2007 right after she read my entry.

So here goes:

  1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
    • Got my PADI license.
    • Officially became a cougar.
  2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

    • I believe so, my resolution was to think of myself more.
    • Yup, I will continue loving myself – I need to be more healthy (weight, skin, lifestyle, etc)… OH AND I GOTTA START SAVING.
  3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes, Gina, one of my best friends.
  4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes, my last living grandparent.
  5. What countries did you visit? Just the US
  6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? I wrote 3 things last year, but I will just copy the first one: A real, honest-to-goodness, saccharine-sweet, mushy, genuine, heartwarming, but hot and steamy, love life.
  7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    • September 21 – the day the fire in me burned once more. HAHAHA
    • Not really one date, but it’s an entire season (Summer) – I think this year was the year of summer outings and awesome beach experiences.
    • November 27 to 29 – My family was complete for the first time in 10+ years.
  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

    • Being able to break free from the sidelines.
    • Knowing what battles to choose.
    • Help mold young talents.
    • Finally going to the US to visit my family.
    • Taking awesome pictures
    • I got close with a cousin of mine who eventually moved to Dubai 😦
    • Reconnecting with a College friend (in NY)
  9. What was your biggest failure? Never had a boy who stayed on for a little bit.
    • Did you suffer illness or injury? Just some skin problems due to diving.
    • What was the best thing you bought? My 10-22mm lens
    • Where did most of your money go?

      • Camera accessories and equipment
      • Diving
      • Dog stuff
      • GAS and driver’s salary
    • Whose behavior merited celebration?

      • Lye, my former officemate
      • Anna, my friend and now officemate
    • Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

      • Myra, my former creative director and friend
      • Paul, my former boss whom I used to look up to
      • Mine
    • What did you get really, really, really excited about?
      • My US trip
      • My new Macbook
      • My Palawan trip
      • My new lens
      • John Mayer’s 2nd Annual Holiday Revue streamed live over the net
      • My new DVDs – Crossroads, Where the Light Is, Sliding Doors
    • What song will always remind you of 2008? Wheel by John Mayer (coz I felt that my life just kept on turning around)
      • Compared to this time last year, are you:
        • Happier or sadder SADDER
        • Older or wiser OLDER
        • Thinner or fatter? FATTER
        • Richer or poorer RICHER
      • What do you wish you’d done more of?

        • I should’ve tried to stay healthy
        • Saved up
        • Practiced patience
        • Read
      • What do you wish you’d done less of?
        • Eating
        • Spending too much money
        • Talking about Andre
      • What did you want and get?

        • A ticket to the US
        • A career shift
        • A copy of a concert that would’ve been lost in oblivion if not for a kind person who gave it to me.
      • What did you want and did not get?

        • A guy (but no one really in particular)
        • Peace of mind.
        • Confidence
      • How did you spend Christmas?
        • Christmas Eve with relatives
        • Christmas night with relatives and friends
      • Did you fall in love in 2008? Surprisingly, no.
      • Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Hate is a strong word, more of I decided to not mind someone’s existence in this world.
      • What was the best book you read? The Giving Tree
      • What was your greatest musical discovery? Still John Mayer. He amazed me in all the musical stuff that he does.
      • What was your favorite film of this year? Just like last year, I didn’t see any movie in 2008.
      • What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 33 years old and I spent it with family in Massachusetts
      • What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

        • Having guys around
        • Sticking to my nice weight
      • How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
        • More corporate, but I still felt sloppy
        • Fashionable, but it still needs improvement
      • What kept you sane?
        • My dogs
        • John Mayer (haha)
        • Friends
      • Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Still John Mayer
      • What political issue stirred you the most? US elections, although I wasn’t into it that much.
      • Who did you miss? Karl, Reg and Andre
      • Who was the best new person you met?
        • Lye, my former colleague who ended up being a good friend of mine.
        • Dave my Dive Instructor
        • My dive friends
      • Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008: Nothing is permanent and good guys finish last.
      • Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: “I believe that my life’s gonna see
        the love I give return to me” – Wheel

      Hummingbird

      A rare performance indeed.

      John Mayer featured this song, entitled “Hummingbird”, during his On His Own, The 2nd Annual Holiday Charity Revue concert.

      A special treat to his audience because, aside from it being one of the most beautiful songs he has ever written, it was never part of any commercially-released studio album, but was debuted in one of his live shows during the early part of his career and was only performed a few times to date.

      A simple, yet heart-wrenching song that people can relate to.

      Once upon almost every morning
      I woke up to find her flying in
      Hummingbird was making blurs of
      Blue and rings of purple in the air

      All the while, I was trying to keep her there
      Not man enough to need
      But man enough to always care

      Hummingbird
      Hummingbird
      That song I heard
      That’s my hummingbird

      Just because I said I didn’t want her
      Doesn’t mean I want her to go
      In fact I quite depended on her
      But that, I didn’t want her to know

      Now that she’s gone I know
      All the while, I was trying to keep her there
      Not man enough to need
      But man enough to always care, always care

      Hummingbird
      Hummingbird
      That song I heard
      That’s my hummingbird
      Hummingbird
      Hummingbird

      And when he played it during the concert at the Nokia Theatre LA Live that one-of-a-kind connection he has with his fans was established once again.

      The best part of this weekend

      Actually, the only good part (as I am sick and still bummed out), was the concert. He did a total of 30 songs (some were snippets of old tunes, some were covers). Can’t wait to download the tapes made by some of the people I’ve met in the forums.

      It was a special show, and I’m glad to have heard it real time — thank goodness for the internet.

      I liked Stop This Train, Vultures,  Belief with Inner City Blues, Hummingbird (drum machine was unique and brilliant), Comfortable, Free Falling, Something’s Missing, In Your Atmosphere, Wheel, Your Body is a Wonderland (seriously, he did a really really great take on the song) and Gravity.

      I’m still trying to understand that Clarity + Lost (of Coldplay) cover with No Hook (a recorded Jay-Z track) mix. Who knows? Maybe I’ll like it when I hear it again.

      jm-live5_3 Photo source: johnmayer.com

      A lot of the fans said that although the concert was good, it is not at par with the likes of the 1st Annual Holiday Charity Revue (“Where the Light Is” DVD), the 2008 Irvine concert last summer, Madison Square Garden in 2007, etc, but personally, this was an extraordinary show because I finally appreciated the “acoustic Martin and solo Gibson guitars John” that the world has come to know first (I was more of a fan of the relic Strat “Stevie Ray Vaughan-ish” John Mayer Trio and the John + Band gigs in the past).

      And hey, this is the first JM show I’ve “attended” (again, thank you internet, you are a blessing), so I’m allowed to say that it was awesome.

      Good luck!!!

      GRAMMY NOMINATIONS:

      Best Long Form Music Video

      (For video album packages consisting of more than one song or track.
      Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer of at least 51%
      of the total
      playing time.)

      * Where The Light Is – Live In Los Angeles
      John Mayer
      Danny Clinch, video director; Lindha Narvaez, video producer
      [Columbia]

      * Runnin’ Down A Dream
      Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
      Peter Bogdanovich, video director; Skot Bright, video producer
      [Warner Bros.]

      * Good Girl Gone Bad Live
      Rihanna
      Paul Caslin, video director; John Paveley, Ruth Paveley & Rupert Style, video producers
      [Def Jam/SRP Records/Mercury Music Group/Universal Music]

      * Respect Yourself – The Stax Records Story
      (Various Artists)
      Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video directors; Mark Crosby, Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video producers
      [Stax/Tremolo Productions/Concord Music Group]

      * Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who
      The Who
      Paul Crowder & Murray Lerner, video directors; Murray Lerner, Robert Rosenberg & Nigel Sinclair, video producers
      [Universal Home Entertainment]

      Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

      (A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written
      specifically for a motion picture, television or other visual media,
      and released for the
      first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in
      parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

      * Down To Earth (From Wall-E)
      Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, songwriters (Peter Gabriel)
      Track from: Wall-E
      [Walt Disney Records/Pixar; Publishers: Walt Disney Music, Wonderland Music/Pixar Talking Pictures/Pixar Music]

      * Ever Ever After (From Enchanted)
      Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
      Track from: Enchanted
      [Walt Disney Records; Publishers: Wonderland Music & Walt Disney Music]

      * Say (From The Bucket List)
      John Mayer, songwriter (John Mayer)
      Track from: Continuum
      [Aware/Columbia; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tunes, Specific Harm Music]

      * That’s How You Know (From Enchanted)
      Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters (Amy Adams)
      Track from: Enchanted
      [Walt Disney Records; Publishers: Wonderland Music & Walt Disney Music]

      * Walk Hard (From Walk Hard – The Dewey Cox Story)
      Judd Apatow, Marshall Crenshaw, Jake Kasdan & John C. Reilly, songwriters (John C. Reilly)
      Track from: Walk Hard The Dewey Cox Story
      [Columbia; Publishers: Murder by Television/Apatow Music/Popular Misconception/New Columbia Pictures Music/Colpix Music]

      Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

      (For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

      * Gravity
      John Mayer
      Track from: Where The Light Is – Live In Los Angeles
      [Columbia]

      * I Saw Her Standing There
      Paul McCartney
      Track from: Amoeba’s Secret
      [Hear Music/MPL Communications Ltd.]

      * Girls In Their Summer Clothes
      Bruce Springsteen
      Track from: Magic
      [Columbia]

      * Rise
      Eddie Vedder
      [J Records]

      * No Hidden Path
      Neil Young
      Track from: Chrome Dreams II
      [Reprise]

      Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

      (For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

      * Lesson Learned
      Alicia Keys & John Mayer
      Track from: As I Am
      [J Records]

      * 4 Minutes
      Madonna, Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
      Track from: Hard Candy
      [Warner Bros.]

      * Rich Woman
      Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
      Track from: Raising Sand
      [Rounder]

      * If I Never See Your Face Again
      Rihanna & Maroon 5
      Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
      [Def Jam]

      * No Air
      Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown
      Track from: Jordin Sparks
      [Jive]

      Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

      (For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

      * All Summer Long
      Kid Rock
      Track from: Rock N Roll Jesus
      [Atlantic]

      * Say
      John Mayer
      Track from: Continuum
      [Columbia]

      * That Was Me
      Paul McCartney
      Track from: Amoeba’s Secret
      [Hear Music/MPL Communications Ltd.]

      * I’m Yours
      Jason Mraz
      Track from: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
      [Atlantic]

      * Closer
      Ne-Yo
      Track from: Year Of The Gentleman
      [Def Jam/Compound Entertainment]

      * Wichita Lineman
      James Taylor
      Track from: Covers
      [Hear Music]

      Celebrities Encourage America to Vote

      I’m not American so this is not directly relevant to me, but since I noticed that I have readers from the US, this video deserves a space in my blog.

      But for the non-Americans, go watch. Some of the stars were pretty funny.

      School Spirit, the Filipino Way

      Today was game 1 of the biggest basketball event in the Philippines — the sweet thing is that it’s a match-up made in scalper’s heaven as the university league’s 2 most popular teams, whose rivalry is legendary in the Philippine’s collegiate sports history, Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles and De La Salle University Green Archers, played for the championship crown.

      Honestly, this is the only time of the year that I get involved in sports, and being a fan of Collegiate Basketball, I cut my dive trip short just to be able to go home, watch the game on TV, while my friends and I cheered for our guys (here’s a hint… I was wearing blue).

      Weird that I didn’t watch live as I’m an alumna of the Ateneo (Bachelor of Arts, Social Science, graduating class of 1997) and a die-hard Blue Eagles lover (I will forever be loyal to my school, the best in my opinion)… but the match is a historic one that tickets were sold out the day they were released. ALL 24,000 tickets, GONE.

      AteneoBlueEagle The Eagles soared high today, showing off their prowess in defense, not letting the Archers choke the hell out of them. Every player did a great job, so double-teaming of the opponent was always a bad move, but even if each had his own strengths, I’m proud of them because they always played with their hearts offered to the team. Good job guys.

      I can’t wait to see Game 2, as we try to sweep the best of 3 series.

      One big fight!