2012 Gratitude/Accomplishment List: Performing at The Hard Rock Cafe

TBA at The Hard Rock Cafe

TBA at The Hard Rock Cafe
(TBA from L-R: Mike, Tateen, Lehmann, and me; not in picture: Audi)

It may not have been a real gig but a performance is a performance, and being able to say that I’ve performed on stage at the Hard Rock Cafe in Glorietta is one of the things I can be proud of this 2012. I mean, I’m not even really a musician. So the chances of performing at that kind of place is was pretty improbable, right?

Our team / department / whatever-you-call-it held this year’s Christmas party at the Hard Rock Cafe in Glorietta and they included a “Battle of the Bands” in the program. We decided to join but it wasn’t easy to prepare for the performance itself. We weren’t able to practice that much (we had 2 real practices?) since we had to squeeze practicing with our work schedules. It was also difficult to pick songs since the theme of the party was “Glam Rock” and wanted to stay as close to the theme as possible. And considering that neither Tateen nor I were “rockers”, our song choices were quite limited. Still, I think we did pretty well. And it was nice to not be in the last place. 😛

(That’s probably thanks to Lehmann who’s a wicked awesome guitar player. :D\m/)

I still don’t think I’m cut out for a career in music but it was a cool experience to be able to perform at Hard Rock. 🙂

Anyway, just an hour left until year 2013. Enjoy the last minutes left to the year 2012. 😀

Until next time dear readers! (^^)/~~

♥ Niece

PS. I’ll probably include links to our performance video/s once I’ve uploaded them on YouTube. 🙂

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! - From the Guardians

Merry Christmas!
(Image taken from http://panda423.tumblr.com)

I’d like to take this time to wish you all a merry, merry Christmas (or if you don’t celebrate Christmas, a happy, happy holiday). I hope you all have a Christmas season filled with love, peace, and happiness. 🙂

Let’s not forget the reason why we’re celebrating this Christmas season. It’s not the gifts, the food, or the parties. It’s not just about being with loved ones. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Let’s all remember to thank God for giving us his son to save us from our sins, and also thank God for everything he’s given us so far. 🙂

Once again, MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone. 🙂

♥ Niece

CW2011 Item: The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

Image Source: A Freelancer’s Ultimate Christmas Wish List

Image Source: A Freelancer’s Ultimate Christmas Wish List

My Christmas wishlist, it seems, is again pretty much dominated by books. I’m having a difficult time filling it up with things that aren’t books. I just enjoy reading so much that I think if the only thing I get from everyone for Christmas are books, I’d be pretty happy. The only downside to having many books is that I don’t have anywhere to place it anymore. My bookshelf is already overflowing with tons of books. Oh well. I’m never going to complain about getting books.

So, the first item on my Christmas wishlist (it’s not necessarily at the top of my list; it’s just the first item I picked to write about) is Lisa McMann’s The Unwanteds. I discovered this book while I was browsing the shelves of National Bookstore at Glorietta 5 with my sister. To tell the truth, I was drawn to the book because the tagline was “The Hunger Games Meets Harry Potter” (at least as said by Kirkus Reviews). It intrigued me since I love both The Hunger Games and Harry Potter.

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

Here’s the synopsis from the author’s official website:

Quill prevails when the strong survive.

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their graves.

On the day of the Purge, identical twins Alex and Aaron Stowe await their fate. While Aaron is hopeful of becoming a Wanted, Alex knows his chances are slim. He’s been caught drawing with a stick in the dirt-and in the stark gray land of Quill, being creative is a death sentence.

But when Alex and the other Unwanteds face the Eliminators, they discover an eccentric magician named Mr. Today and his hidden world that exists to save the condemned children. Artimé is a colorful place of talking statues, uncommon creatures, and artistic magic, where creativity is considered a gift… and a weapon.

The synopsis is pretty interesting. What I could gather from the synopsis is that it has certain elements that are present in The Hunger Games and in Harry Potter. I definitely don’t think that it’s a rip-off of either book though. The synopsis just kind of reminded me somewhat of The Hunger Games and somewhat of Harry Potter but the story seemed original to me (considering I haven’t read all the books in the world, I can’t make a hasty generalization).

If the synopsis didn’t catch your interest, maybe this book trailer will:

Anyway, I’m off to sleep. I’ll try to post another wishlist item before the week ends. Try being the operative keyword because I have a pretty busy week ahead of me: I’m part of the dance performance for the company Christmas party which I’m both really nervous and excited about, our team has to finish conceptualizing and shooting our video for the our Tower’s Christmas party competition which is due to be submitted in two weeks, and I’m on duty this weekend. Busy busy bee. 🙂

Until my next post dear readers. Good night! (^^)/~~

♥ Eceined

Three Lessons from the Wise Men for the New Year

The Magi / Wise Men

The Magi / The Wise Men following the star to Jesus.

Tomorrow, January 2, 2011, is the Feast of the Epiphany in the Catholic Liturgical calendar. It is during this Sunday that the story of the wise men or the magi is recounted for the assembly. The priest presider for the anticipated mass we attended tonight, Father Japs, gave a wonderful homily about the wise men.

The story of the wise men have three lessons which can be used for the New Year.

  1. The wise men lost track of the star and instead of going to Bethlehem, where the baby Jesus was, they ended up in Jerusalem. Despite this, they did not give up or lose hope.
  2. Although they are known as wise men, they were humble enough to ask for help or assistance from King Herod when they required assistance in locating the star.
  3. After meeting the baby Jesus, they went back home through a different way.

The qualities of the wise men are qualities that we should take into the New Year.

  1. Despite problems and trials, we should learn to never give up or lose hope. Giving up does not accomplish anything. We allow ourselves to lose.
  2. We should humble ourselves and ask for help when we need it. Throw away pride. It will just hinder us from easily achieving our goals.
  3. As we put down the Christmas decorations and keep them in the boxes for use again the next Christmas, let us remember thatwe should not go back to who we were before the Christmas season. We should change what needs to be changed not because Christmas is the time for giving, for loving, for forgiving, but because we have met Jesus.

I hope that I’ll be able to apply all these in the New Year.

Happy New Year! *(^^)*

Eceiened