My Childhood Sunday Songs

If you’re one of the 90’s kids and you are a Filipino, you most probably  have grown up listening to really really OLD songs (songs mostly from 50’s, 60’s and 70’s) during Sunday. If you, would contradict the previous statement and you’d look into my eyes and tell me that you haven’t: I have a 2 conclusions, either:

A. Your family doesn’t have radio (which is impossible… how about your neighboors then? We Filipinos, we breathe music!) or

B. You belong to those kids who grew up in the 90’s, are a Filipino buttttttt you lived ABROAD.

There is no way, you can escape them Sunday songs!

Up to this day, whenever I go back to the Philippines, I don’t need to be told that it is Sunday, because music will just wake me up, not just the ordinary Beibery songs or WERK, WERK, WERK but  really the ancient ones, full blasted from the neighboors. These songs are the ones that our parents danced into long before they know we are going to exist.

I just wonder if they are/were autoplayed because it is/was always a Sunday when all of the radio station would play these songs. Is it because Sundays are DJs day off too? Hmm.. that makes a lot of sense now… or?

The following songs didn’t only find their way into my ears but they crawled into my subconscious mind, so whenever I hear them, the blood in my veins screams “HOME” and trust me, I find myself humming them like an old lady for at least 48 hours.

Wait no more. These songs are not only for the 90’s kids who got to listened to them, (even if we didn’t want to) but to all the Filipinos who enjoyed their slow Sundays.

1.Rhythm of the Rain – Cascades

The tropical girl in me insisted this.

2. Crying in the Rain – The Everly Brothers

It involves rain + Sentimental Filipino = Classic

3. I’ve Got You Under My Skin – (Uncle) Frank Sinatra

4. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley

Enjoy Elvis’ baritone voice that made the ladies melt.

5. Stand By Me – Ben. E. King

A Filipino favorite.

6. I’m Sorry – Brenda Lee

I’m sorry.

7. Misty – Ella Fitzgerald

Speechless.

8. Tie a Yellow Ribbon ’round the ol’ Oak Tree – Tony Orlando

No offense. I don’t belong to yellow team.

9. It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones

The crowd drive me crazy.

10. Twist & Shout – The Beatles

Another cute crowd during 60’s

So there! I do have loooooong lists but I don’t want to bore you with that. How about you? What are the old songs that reminds you of your childhood Sunday?

 

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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If you haven’t seen this satirical black comedy-drama film, then get your a** up from wherever you are and try to do something and see it. I give you my blessings, go download it from any torrents.whatsoever you can find or go buy it from iTunes store for AED 59.99 (hey, this is precised, I just checked it) Whatever your next action is, JUST go and see it! Did I say SEE it?

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)  is beautifully written and amazingly directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu in 2014. The said movie and its crews received positive reviews and did get numerous awards from various award giving bodies because it is a piece of ART!

Why did I wait 2 years before giving it a go? Let say, I slept for 2 years and just woke up now, yes woke up from my procrastination. But seriously, I would not have any fitting answer, should you ask me that question.

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I have a small confession to make. I have this occasional bad habit: I read plots of certain movies first, before watching them. I know, the element of surprise is served to me as half a*sed and that is it. Thank you for not judging me. However not this time. I controlled the strong urge and small voices to Google it, promise, I really did! Guess what, I have never been prouder.

It is a great movie, and even that word “great” may be an even understatement, shall we agree on excellent instead? Cinematography is  a superb one, music and sound brought me into higher level of suspense/anticipating unknown/and surprise thanks to that segment of drum scores and percussion, they helped a lot to give me that constant mixed emotions throughout the film. I swear to you, I could feel how my heartbeat danced to its bass. Actors are, indeed well cast too. Bravo! This is a kind of masterpiece that I would love to be involved to.

Well, wait no mo’, here are the top 10 lines (quotes) that sunk in my mind, spoken by the film’s actors in their random order. Enjoy! …You are welcome!

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  1. You are not important, get used to it.
  2. Popularity is the slu*ty little cousin of Prestige, my friend.
  3. You’re anything but invisible. You’re big. You’re kind of a great mess. Like a candle burning on both ends.. but it’s beautiful.
  4. What’s the matter with me? Why do I always have to beg people to love me?
  5. Stop looking at the world through your cellphone screen! Have a real experience!
  6. The truth is always interesting.
  7. I’d pull your eyes out of your head. I’d put it in my own skull and look around, so I could see the street the way I used to when I was your age.
  8. The question we should ask ourselves is… what do we talk about when we talk about love?
  9. A man becomes a critic when he cannot be an artist.
  10. Look at these people, at their eyes… they’re all sparkling. They love this sh*t. They love blood. They love action. Not this talky, depressing, philosophical bull sh*t.

Note: SO. THERE. NOW. GO. SEE. IT.

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Of Self Provacation on Hopefulness

You look far away, swallowing your angst into your throat.
You stare at the qwerty, finding answers to questions you don’t know.
Or you know, but chose to ignore.
For you understand to yourself that once it gets ugly, slowly the insecurities find you even in the corner most of your comfort zone.

It will haunt you mercilessly.
Bringing out the sadness you shielded away from the light where people can see them.
Refraining the outer world to penetrate the fragile universe you’ve covered up and sheltered from the fray.

 
You ask yourself.
How did you survive the loneliness that life had thrown on you?
How did you master projecting a seamless disposition?
You silently pat yourself, trying to lift up a down spirit of your being. You bravely confront your mirror, that this is another bump in the road.

You will over come it. It will go. It will pass just like the other sad days you had.

This is just another day of your life, a day that is soon to be over.
Consoling your withered courage, inviting peace,shutting down that curtains of melancholy, counting the stars till it gets easy.

 

 

 

Prelude to Karama

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Photos for those of you who used to wander the streets of Karama looking for myriads of tradings. Be it gold, silver, replica of your designer brands, repair for your gadgets, and a whole LOT more.

Al Karama or you can just say Karama is  an older part of Dubai. Skyscraping building are yet to find their ways to stand in the middle of the busy community with thousands of expatriates residing.

Karama offers a lot and for first timers in Dubai, may excite you in a surprising way. Fusion of old and new. Traditional and modern.

This is our KARAMA.

#Dubai

A Moment Like This

As I write notes on my ever reliable iphone 5, my mood soared high like an eagle enjoying the skies. Clouds beneath me; feeling the breezes on my face; having that magical sensation you experience when  you watch Disney movies; a soundtrack is a bonus.

My cynical voice (Mr. Diogenes) suppressed and hibernated himself without any comment and give way to that positive feeling engulfing me. I start to witness friends walking in the pavements laughing, as if having the best time of their lives. The crowd that I belong to in that moment crossed the street in a state of joy. I ask myself, has it always been like this?

Tonight, I feel I am walking inside a bubble, a special shield from negativity. People are not tired! I am feeling their hopes and dreams and the fun things that happened during the day, that special smile received from a stranger, that service that they have rendered thus inspired another soul to pay the positive deed forward. Yes, another day has finished. A daily battle is done beautifully that made everybody successful in their own way. Isn’t this thought amazing?

In any given night, I would feel sad to be away from home. More often that not, being homesick when it is not my day off requires great deal of courage, braveness and tons of motivations, before I can push myself to be the best or at least 80%. But tonight, my mental state is unbelievable. I feel as though, a unique drug was injected into my blood streams

As I lie on my bed, I am thanking that iced coffee. I am grateful. From sh**ty to giddy, well it is not an easy task. However, that substance called CAFFEINE my occasional friend, didn’t fail me. Now you know where I am coming from.

There is only one small regret though, I think I drank my coffee rather late (7:45)

2:10 and I’m still wide awake.

P. S.
I need to wake up at 6: AM…