I once dream of…

being a theatre actress.

That dream started when I was in the sixth grade when I was asked by my music teacher to star as Mary Magdalene in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. It was really a nice experience, and exposure if you ask me. Even if my teacher literally dragged me to the first rehearsal. LOL. I carried that dream until I was in High School but eventually dropped it when I found out that writing and web design is my forte in life.

But I still go to opera productions when I have the time these days, or when our school invite theatre groups to perform in our school. When I watch a production, though, I make sure that I inform my elder sister what I’m going to see, especially if it is going to be a musical. She lives in the states, and is a sucker for musical plays, I don’t know why.

She also happens to love off-broadway shows, which I think are pretty cool. She would often send me photos of the tickets she bought for a show that she would watch, yeah… that really get me envious as I don’t have as much free time as her. Pfft. :blackcloud: haha She often get her tickets online from Ticketamerica.com , she said they have many tickets for all different genres of music including musicals and or plays, plus off Broadway productions and all opera and classic music.

Sometimes, when I watch a production I still day dream that I am one of the people performing. I guess, my love for theatre never left me after all, perhaps I’ll give it a shot again when I get the chance. Who knows right? :)


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My Dream Wedding

EDITED AS OF DECEMBER 2013

I know it’s too early to be planning a wedding, especially when you agreed to a long term engagement. But what girl doesn’t make plans for her own wedding in the future whether she has a partner or not? Even nine year old’s do it, so I might as well share my vintage inspired wedding fantasy. Hihi! :)) But I won’t go as far as the cake flavor, the rings and the color scheme and all those little but too important details, because these things will definitely change, but I assure that the groom, the church, the gown and the hair will surely be the ones you’ll find in my future wedding photo. I’m going to be really idealistic on this post, but I swear I won’t hold on too much on them as to not disappoint myself. Ha-ha!

The Dress and the Look

le wedding gown. hair inspiration make-up inspiration

It’s funny that I even bothered to try and design my future wedding gown when I could have just Googled it in the first place. Saved me time and effort thinking of the design I want for my gown, plus it matches the vintage inspired theme that I have in mind. I really love this dress, basically because of its elegance and simplicity. It’s, if I must say, the perfect wedding gown for my wedding day. If you will notice there are two designs of the gown, the one on the left will be for the wedding ceremony, while the one on the right is for the reception. Don’t ask why I wanted two gowns on a single occasion, it’s going to be my wedding day so I guess I have the right to play princess. Ha-ha!

When it comes to hair-do’s and make-up, I always preferred the simple ones. I personally think that they’re more appealing than a foot high hair-do, and a bride’s face caked in make-up. I want my wedding look to be as simple as my daily look, only that it will been done professionally. I think simple things are what makes a wedding perfect, and the bride happy…well, if all brides think like me, that is.

The Wedding March
It has got to be “The Last Time” by Eric Benet. Le sigh. I guess I have all the reasons as to why I want to walk down the aisle with that song filling the air… I mean, after all I’ve been through in the past couple of years, I think I deserve to walk the aisle with this song. And if I really were to marry Mike then this song couldn’t be more perfect.

“As far as I can see, it’s only you and only me… this is the last time I’ll fall in love…” — or I shall never fall in love again. That’s constant.

The Church and the Reception Venue
I want a garden wedding since I was a little girl, but that changed at some point in my life, then reverted back to my initial dream and plan. Garden weddings are just as romantic as church weddings are, in my opinion, perhaps even more especially if you’re being wedded as the sun sets… I wanted that. The sunset, the cool night breeze building up, as you were looking into the eyes of the man whom you’d spend your lifetime with… it’s perfect. Right and perfect-if that’s even possible.

Tables, Flowers and Music

le table and flower le band

I’m not too picky when it comes to floral arrangement and tablecloth design, but I would love fresh white roses as the centerpiece of each table. Add to that a classic and elegant table set-up with a touch of a very light shade of pink, that would match the vintage theme I have in mind. I don’t want to be too particular, since I might find something better in the future, but for now I’d stick to the classic, elegant and simple table set-up like the picture above.

When it comes to my choice of music… uhm, I’d hate to break this, but I would definitely ruin the entire vintage, classic and elegant feel for a while because I wanted my favorite local band to play a couple of songs during my wedding reception, and that local band is non-other than Kamikazee. Yes, they’re those noisy, destructive and wild men that plays good music on stage, and I’d love to have them on my wedding; I’d personally request for them to play at least three of my favorite songs sung by them. Trust me, it would totally reek awesomeness and elegance but it will surely be one great hell of a night. But of course, I know I can’t have them all night, and I also know that there will be people (apart from old people) that would not enjoy their music much, or would not enjoy their music at all. So I’d definitely hire a good wedding singer that would play “Save the Last Dance for Me” and a couple of Beatles’ songs.

OOORRRR

I’ll just have a “Concert” themed wedding… yeah, that sounds a lot better. haha

The Aftermath
When the reception is over, I’d just want to be in my jammys, sitting on a rooftop or under the night sky with my future husband holding a huge mug of coffee in our hands. I wanted our first night as a wedded couple to be as silent and serene as the night sky… I just want to watch the stars as we talked about the events that transpired throughout the day and laugh at all the flaws and shenanigans that happened…

And that’s the end of this wedding fantasy. Sorry for the long post… but I’ve been dying to write about this stuff in ages. Ha-ha! I hope you enjoyed reading it though.

Le Photo Sources:
Church - Gown - Hairstyle - Table Set-up - Flowers - Kamikazee Band


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Quand J’étais Chanteur

Sorry for the French title, but if you’re quite into films, especially French films you’d know that the title is from a French movie. The English title, if I am not mistaken, is said to be The Singer, or When I was a Singer. Meh. Sorry for the confusing information, so not an expert. :P The movie is written and directed by M. Xavier Giannoli and it stars Gerard Depardieu and Cecile de France, and yes, I watched the movie because I was fan girling over M. Depardieu. You can’t blame me though, he’s such a good actor, and his performance in the movie bagged positive feed backs from French movie critiques. It was even nominated in the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, and the main actors were nominated as best actor and best actress consecutively in the Cesar Awards that same year; the movie won Best Sound in the said competition.

The movie tells the story of a middle-aged, ballroom singer (Depardieu, as Alain Moreau) who fell in love with a younger woman (de France, as Marion), who happens to be working as an intern in one of his friend’s Real Estate company. The two met in one of Moreau’s gigs, and they had a one night stand, which Moreau cannot seem to get over with not only because she left him without even saying a word, but also because he was really attracted to her. Being friends with Marion’s boss, Bruno, he went to her office one day and asked Marion to help him find a house for him. The two eventually fell in love, but were hesitant to fully show and give what they feel and have for each other because of a lot of reasons and because of the different situations they were in.

It’s a really great film, if you’d ask me, and I’ve been looking forward to watching it for weeks since I have seen its trailer on YouTube. As a growing fan of Gerard Depardieu, I got curious so I tried to get my hands on a copy of it, and when I finally did, I eventually went gaga over it. The chemistry between Depardieu and de France was quite unexpected, but came out to be wonderful after all. Gerard Depardieu has that something in him that makes him suddenly match a random actress that plays alongside him in movies, and it’s really one of the factors that make a movie better.

Apart from the chemistry that both lead actors possess, another factor that swayed me to watch the movie was the music. I suppose that this is not the first time that Gerard Depardieu was seen and heard singing in a movie, but it’s definitely the first movie where he sang seriously. He has a soothing voice, typical deep male voice, but he definitely carried out his role as a singer throughout the entire film by performing well known French songs and giving new life into them. The song selection was really good, and my personal favourite song in the movie is “Save the Last Dance for Me”, a song which I admit I don’t feel like listening to in the past, but I learned to love and appreciate because of this movie. As a matter of fact the song has been stuck in my head for over a week now, and I’m really having a hard time trying to get it out of system. I also happen to really like the finale, which is Quand J’etais Chanteur, wherein Gerard Depardieu has surprised me with a powerful vocal ability at the latter part of the song. Gerard Depardieu proved himself to be really talented in this movie when he swept along the dance floor with Cecile de France. Cecil de France has also showed her flexibility as an actress and not only did she feature it, she also did it well.

The story progression was good as well, it was neither rushed nor slowed down, it went on smoothly and orderly, in my opinion. But it lacked character background, especially on the part of Cecile de France’s character. I personally find her character background mysterious, even if her personality shows that she was ironically a strong yet fragile woman. I yearn to find out more about her character, since the movie focused on Depardieu’s character background quite well. I feel that some part of the movie was cut during final editing because of this.

The movie ended well, and the director really made it a point that the audience hold their breath at the story’s ending. It was even heartbreaking at first, especially when the lead actors parted ways, but like a fairy tale, it ended happily ever after just when I thought that the credits would roll.

It’s really a great movie, and I highly suggest it to movie fanatics like me who are looking for something easy, simple yet magnetizing. It’s a movie with a very simple plot, typical as some might find, but it was beautifully and superbly told and performed.

Nota bene: All photos are all screen capped by moi. :)


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You’ll Never Know…

I still feel like crying after seeing the photo below early this afternoon.


Credit: Mr. Dennis L. Santos

You’ve probably saw it on the evening news tonight, the horrible accident that shook the entire town of Taytay, Rizal early this afternoon. A dump truck went out of control and eventually crashed into a police outpost, killing five people. I was with Abby in McDonald’s Valley Golf this afternoon having our lunch when it happened, and I’m not sure who told us of the news first, but her aunt sent her a message in Facebook asking for her whereabouts, apparently she heard of the news already (I don’t even know how, because she’s in Canada) and was worried for Abby. Our good friend Felice sent Abby a text message confirming the accident, telling us that she has been stuck in traffic for almost an hour because of it.

I was in a bit of a shock when we were informed of the news, because Felice and I were planning to go home early but I decided to stay in school because of school work and because I still have a class at 5:30pm. I was thinking of saving my money when people were desperate to save lives. What’s worse is while I was browsing through the updates of my friends in Facebook I saw the photo of the accident, and when I started browsing through all the photos, I found the picture above. I nearly cried, I’m sure if we were not in a public place I would have done it. The photo just made me worried of the owner of that school book, I was imagining an innocent little girl on her way to school. My heart sank at the thought of it, and what I saw on the news on my way home (I took the bus) made me feel even worse. The owner of the book was an 11 year old boy who was on his way to school; he was running late because he was asked to sell rags by his mother for his and his two other sibling’s allowance for the day.

The older sibling was interviewed, and she does not seem to display any sign of grief from the death of her younger brother. I felt really bad… and-I know it’s really weird but I was imagining myself as the older sibling… Perhaps I would have gone ballistic if that ever (but I do wish and pray to God that it won’t) happen to any of my younger brothers. Maybe the media won’t be able to talk to me either, but looking at the sister of the poor boy she was not even slightly tensed. :’(

I was literally trembling on my seat. I closed my eyes and uttered a short prayer for those who were killed, especially for that poor little boy. His death was, I guess, the most tragic among those who were killed… if you would look into this site, they have a photo of the boy-I don’t want to and I definitely can’t describe the photo, so just see it for yourselves.

My mom doesn’t have any idea about it because she was in Quezon City the entire day, but I told her immediately when she called me this evening. She told me what she would always say when things like this happen… “Never forget to utter a prayer wherever you are, because you will never know when you will be joining God.” . I hope everyone who would read this would also take at least a few seconds to utter a simple prayer for the people who went home to God today. God bless everyone and keep safe.


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