Showing posts with label walalang. Show all posts
Showing posts with label walalang. Show all posts

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sepanx

Raw, unedited picture from one of my lunch-time Xtendbarre sessions... doing my pre-Barre stretches here.

Early this year, I lost my favorite Xtendbarre instructor. She went back to Brazil (I think it's her home country) all of a sudden. She didn't even manage to say goodbye to her students. I really loved her classes because first and foremost, her workouts are always the perfect balance of strengthening and cardio. She really has a good flow, and her workouts are always varied and never boring. It sometimes verges a teeny bit on the sadistic, though. I would tend to avoid her classes when I'm feeling really tired and sore for some reason. She can be really intense. Not a lot of people appreciate her classes... which makes me like them even more because I hate crowded classes. This is why I only take classes at lunch time. She seemed to be always very strict and formal and never relaxed. But it's not really her personality that I loved, it was how awesome she was at being an instructor. I totally owe my cellulite-free legs and tight buns to her!

During the last few sessions I had with her, I was quite surprised to to discover that we share the same love for 80's music. I guess we're about the same age. Had I known she was going to leave abruptly, I would've approached her for that 80's workout playlist with "The Neverending Story" theme in it.

This week, I'm losing yet another favorite Xtendbarre and Pilates instructor. I not only love her classes, I also love her personality. She just always seems sweet and always in a good mood. She even gave me a hug today on our last class together. I'm glad she said goodbye before going back to the U.S. It wouldn't be so nice to get the same heartbreak I had with my moody Brazilian instructor leaving without giving us closure.

Oh well... I guess it doesn't really matter that much coz we're also moving out of Singapore anyway... very, very soon.

P. S.
For those who do not know "Sepanx" is the short term for "Separation Anxiety".

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Artsy Fartsy

Video taken from The MOMA in New York last July 2017

The first time I ever saw live abstract art was during our high school field trip to the Ayala Museum in Makati, I think. It was this series of chaotic, mindless doodles on large styropore boards hanging on the wall. Upon seeing them amongst the usual form of art works I was conveniently accustomed to, I began to feel uncomfortable, irritated, and extremely annoyed. I remember having violent reactions. Like, I wanted to tear them off of the wall and throw them in the trash bin, where I thought they belonged. The nerve... of these people to consider these worthless doodles art!

Part of the annoyance comes from the fact that inside my head, I was thinking, “It's something a kindergarten student could've easily done. Or a chimpanzee. Or me.  Goodness! I can even doodle better than that! But why this guy? And who are these pretentious people who allowed this guy to show off this nonsense and pass it off as art? Inside the museum? Is this a joke? What the fuck?” The more I thought about it, the more it made me furious. So much hate and judgement.

I remember being at Tate Modern in London once and thinking most of the stuff were hilarious and absurd. Those awful art installations -- in one room there were these crumpled pieces of newspaper bunched up in mounds on the floor; in another room, strings of used soap tablets suspended from the ceiling; and in another room, a projected video of a guy putting sticky mud all over his face. Ugh. I remember laughing. It was all so absurd! Funny, I usually have very high tolerance for the absurd and the silly. But for some reason, I become totally anal when it comes to works of art. Especially in museums.

Throughout the years, I have calmed down, and started reacting less violently to abstract art and silly art installations... depending on my mood, of course. I do like the feel of certain contemporary art museums though, like the Guggenheim in Bilbao and in New York. Those museums made me feel like I myself was part of the actual exhibits. There were some that I liked and there were some that I didn't care for so much. But there was no more hate. Just like a lot of things that I have learned to live with, I have learned to be at peace and be more tolerant of certain art forms. I like to call it maturity. :D

Maybe it's what abstract and contemporary art is all about -- an invitation to participate, to engage yourself and accept that things are not always what you expect them to be, and to live a little. This "forcing you to engage yourself" is really tough for introverts, like myself, come to think of it. It's probably why I will never get used to these kinds of art works. It's much too taxing for me. I'd rather be cool and calm and in control. Especially in museums... coz that's what I came there for in the first place.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Romantic Lunch Date at Rhubarb Le Restaurant


Rhubarb Vanilla Ice Cream at Rhubarb, Le Restaurant

There is nothing more pleasantly distracting than a surprise romantic lunch at a Michelin-starred French restaurant on a busy Monday. Hubby chose a cozy restaurant called, Rhubarb, Le Restaurant. We figured the owner must've been really obsessed with this plant, which a decade ago would've been something very unfamiliar to me. I now know for one that Rhubarb Pie is one of my husband's favorites. And I quite like it too, for its tangy and citrusy flavor. We tried the restaurant's Rhubarb Vanilla Ice Cream at the end of a three-course lunch menu, and found it deliciously refreshing, especially with the popping sugar bits.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Garden State of Mind

I'm just in the mood for nice songs today. This one's on the top of my list of go-to, feel-good favorites:


And so was the movie, "Garden State".

Have a merry mid-week, everyone! :)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition

Ever since I saw an article on the internet that there is going to be a new Nintendo Entertainment System in a mini console with HDMI port, I have been salivating over it. I really wanted to get one for myself for Christmas. Even more so, when I have a colleague who actually managed to buy one and brought it to the office. I've been longing to be able to play my favorite Nintendo games again, especially since I have a full week to spend at home during the Christmas holiday, with my brother coming for a visit along with his family. It would be so nice to play the games with my brother again just like when we were kids in the 80's.


The new Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Mini, released 11th November 2016 (image from http://www.nintendo.com)

Imagine my dismay and shock when I found out that Nintendo did not deliver enough stock. And that a lot of scalpers have taken advantage of this limited stock and are now selling them four times (or more) the original price. See angry comments on Amazon.com. This is really absurd, crazy and unreasonable. And very, very cruel on the part of Nintendo.

I just want to remind people out there that you should NOT give in and buy it for more than the original retail price. Nintendo will surely release more stock in the coming days or weeks. You are just encouraging the greedy scammers. It's just not worth it. You can actually just play the games with your regular computer using an emulator. Or if you are a more technical person, you can just get a Raspberry Pi and install the games.

My colleague's RaspberryPi3

I am actually just wanting to buy this product over pure sentiment and nostalgia... but I do not know for how long this nostalgia-induced "wanting" will last. Nintendo, you better act fast!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Ted Talks SPAM

I've had my fair share of the spamming and scamming lot on emails and phones. And the very rare times that I've responded (semi-violently) to them was when I was on a terribly bad mood or caught in the midst of  an inopportune time. But what I really, really would most like to do is to annoy the annoying. But lately, I haven't got the energy or the precious time for that.

The last phone scamming thing I've experienced was quite recent. It was a phone call on the office landline coming from the Philippines (where else?). It caught me by surprise because I never give out our office land line to anyone. I myself don't even know the phone numbers, and wouldn't know about it unless necessary. And since there are only very few of us in the office, it was the Head of Services that answered the phone. The scamming people didn't know my full first name and my middle name. So I told them it was not me they were looking for. They were claiming I have some unsettled accounts with some bank in the Philippines. I hung up on them immediately, but they had the gall to call again! It was really embarrassing for me to keep getting the phone from the big guy in the office and for everyone to hear me trying to tell the person on the other end over and over that it was not me they were looking for. I was mortified and infuriated. 

I'm guessing they got my office phone no from LinkedIn since it's the only place I mention where I work. And from there, they got it from the company web site. I ranted about it on facebook and several friends confirmed to me that it's really a LinkedIn scam, and that most of the targeted accounts look pretty in the profile pic... so I guess I should be flattered, at least. Of course, I immediately made my profile picture to be only visible to  first-level contacts from then on and I've removed several contacts who might be pretending to be legit job placement agencies.

This video from TED is quite hilarious, though:



I really love British sense of humor. I wish I can have some of it. But it doesn't quite work when you don't have the accent. This made me laugh a lot today.