Sunday, March 27, 2011

Earth Hour and a Song by Train

Every last week of March, the Earth Hour has always been observed worldwide. I got acquainted with this event way back when I was still with MMLDC and event hough I'm no longer there, I still get reminded about this occasion as SM malls also partake in this kind of endeavor.

Anyway, the Earth Hour aims to help our planet in a simple act -- by turning off lights for 60 minutes or so when the clock strikes 8:30 pm (PST). This gesture is also participated not only by households but business establishments as well. The activity aims to contribute an act in saving the planet in this time of climate change.

I'm proud to have been able to participate on this act too --with mom actually reminding me when the time came to turn off the lights :-). On the other hand, this one also caught my senses when I saw this tonight on Facebook, through my friend Jam Mamaril:

This song, Marry Me by the band Train was sung during the observance of Earth Hour here in the country at the SM Mall of Asia and was sung by former South Boarder vocalist Luke Mejares. It's another song I easily got glued to and even felt kind of giddy watching the video. Though, I'd like to think that this could be appropriate too for another event -- the Lovapalooza.

Anyway, the lyrics go like this:

Forever can never be long enough for me
Feel like I've had long enough with you
Forget the world now, we won't let them see
But there's one thing left to do

Now that the weight has lifted
Love has surely shifted my way

Marry me today and every day
Marry me if I ever get the nerve to say hello in this cafe
Say you will, say you will

Together can never be close enough for me
Feel like I am close enough to you
You wear white and I'll wear out the words I love you
And you're beautiful

Now that the wait is over
And love and has finally shown her my way

Marry me today and every day
Marry me if I ever get the nerve to say hello in this cafe
Say you will, say you will

Promise me you'll always be happy by my side
I promise to sing to you when all the music dies

And marry me today and everyday
Marry me if I ever get the nerve to say hello in this cafe
Say you will, say you will marry me

Oh, and just though of it, I'm hoping to spend Earth Hour 2012 at any SM mall just for a change.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Imagining Our Way To Dreamland

One of the common discomforts of my line of work is going through abnormal sleeping patterns. It's making other people cringe at the thought that while they are well-indulging restful sleep at night, I on the other hand is sitting in front of my workstation attending to modifications, HTML codes, emails and copy writing revisions.

Just this morning, the subject of ways on how to be able to sleep was the topic of my office mates. I got to hear the simple ones and even laughed till my tummy ached hearing E's method of visualizing in order to drive herself to sleep. Her way? She imagines herself being in a huge watermelon plantation carrying a mallet and smashing all the watermelons. The whole activity would make her feel tired thus she gets to sleep.

It was both weird and funny at the same time. Now, my own method is less drastic and violent. On my end, I also visualize things to condition myself to sleep. I normally think of water. Either an aquarium near a window on a dark, rainy night or water rippling from a river. If my mind is not into it, I think of the simplest things like a box with just one color and imagining a dot in the middle of it. Just focusing on the dot is enough to relax my senses and let me doze off.

But of course, aside from that, there's discipline. I only take OTC sleeping aids when necessary. No caffeine and soda just before bed and I try to hit the sack at the same time or earlier every morning.

And it always works. Now, if you won't mind, I'll be doing my visualization routine again as it's bedtime. Later. :-)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Romantic Amnesia Anecdotes

I am writing this down a bit sleepy, troubled with sniffles again and fresh from work. And talk about work, I just got a sudden flashback of this conversation I had with someone over coffee at three in the morning just when everyone was in a deep slumber. In that talk that revolved around poetry, forgetting, romance and the author Pablo Neruda, this person suddenly asked me this:

"Sa tingin mo ba, ang puso pwede ring magka-amnesia?"

Now, it took me some minutes to ponder about it and think of a scientific answer. But then, at the end of it, probably, I realized, there are things that are simply outside the limits of logic. Including this one. It took me quite a while and I just found myself looking at this person directly as I said this:

"Sa tingin ko hindi. Kasi, ginawa mang mataas ang utak sa puso, may mga bagay na kapag nakalimutan ng isip mo, magagawang ipaalala sa 'yo ng puso mo."

It filled me with an amount of inexplicable joy knowing that I, at one point, was able to reason out that way. At the same time, it makes me cringe too. For I never thought, I could be that unbelievably mushy.

Anyway, I'm off to bed now to rest -- just as the wonderful office nurse advised. I hope you'll all have a wonderful morning.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I'll Be Gone For Sometime

That is because aside from being busy at work, I need to catch up on some other stuff including these:

My journal is dying to be updated and it's making me guilty since this has been buried in my pillow and I haven't found the time to write anything in it. All the words that should have been in the pages of these journal are in a wad of purple-colored paper that I wrote back in the office. The night is long so I will transfer them all tonight -- just when everyone is asleep.

And just as they sleep, I'll also be occupying myself curled in bed with a good book. I haven't really dived into a good read for a very long time. I'll be relishing the weekend night by reading Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. I've been hearing about this book and saw this today in National Bookstore just this afternoon and knowing that this has a nice review, I gave it a shot and bought one for my library (and for me to read, of course). I'll probably bring this book to work again just like the other book I have read. I have read this book's synopsis and there are words that caused me to get this book for myself.

And so, let me hibernate for a few more days. I'll be writing my thoughts (especially on the book) as soon as I get back.

I hope everyone's going to have a wonderful week.

Never Let Me Go photo courtesy of Random House Inc.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Wee Morning Scribbles

I haven't written nor read poems for the longest time for a lot of hidden reasons. So, I never imagined writing another one out of boredom and being awake in the wee hours.

I left it untitled but here it is anyway:

The night is long and so are the words
Just like the novels about warriors and lords
Suddenly in the bleak of the night I am here, scribbling
The words I've kept which I should be saying.

I think you're incomparable; for you have shown me the real person that you are.
You know how to say "Okay, I'll shut up now" and still mean it.
You give me options (in case I'd chicken out) but then I know, I've made up my mind and planned it.
While we're both bookworms, I somehow like the way you disagree with my choice and I don't frown.
That's because you know how to say "hey, to each his own"

You do make me cry. But it's not out of anger or disappointment but of laughter.
I like spending conversations with you that lasts for hours
That I wish the night won't end.
Those talks never dared to bore me
Not even a bit.

Funny but, there are times I tell myself
I wish I could hear you sing too.
Probably, Seasons of Love
And I promise, I won't give you an evil laugh
If the tune would ever get messed up.

I like you even with the little things.
Out of shallowness, you once said I was heaven sent.
I can remember you telling me that...for it was also in March just two years back
At that time I was hoping you'd cut that snottiness some slack.

And you once said, "I want to be like Dr.Seuss"
I came and left unable to ask why you hate adieus

I guess I once said I think I have almost everything in my hand; except for that someone.
I tried to say it just for fun;
But then jokes are half meant just as well.
And I remember when someone told you this on that night that fell.
She told me you said, we can never can tell.

Mushy, all right. Pardon me. That's what you get from being up and awake in the early hours. And while I am writing stuff like this, and even got a little lecture about sestina (though I'm a bit familiar about it) courtesy of my seatmate-slash-office mate Carlos yesterday morning, I don't like to take it seriously like how I did back in college when I was still an editor where I was able to scribble 117 poems in four years, lest I'd be going through Sylvia Plath Effect.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Of 200 Posts and I Like That

Incidentally, this is my 200th post :-D

I was browsing through music videos of singer John Mayer on Youtube days back and got this performance from Any Given Thursday. And while I'm itching to hear him sing his songs, I needed to listen to his little anecdote just before performing. I was not trying to absorb everything if not for this sentence:

"Never, ever underestimate the power of I like that"

And suddenly this story gushes to my head again. A story from two years ago, when I was engaged in a conversation with a colleague in the academy.

Me: Sige nga, sa tingin mo bakit walang Disneyland dito sa Pilipinas?
TJ: (Looking and quiet) Bakit?
Me: Ayaw ni Mickey Mouse. Kasi sabi niya, "Ayoko. Mas mahirap pa sila sa daga eh!" (and to think of it Mickey is a mouse right, but he's rich!)

After that conversation, I saw his face light up. And while I thought those were enough, what came next caught me by surprise.

"I like that. Napatawa mo ako."

Yes, I was caught by surprise by his words. After all, I don't give out jokes most of the time (thus people perceive me to be that serious -- suplada even) because I don't hit punchlines right and I deliver the silliest, corniest stories. Then there comes this guy who'd tell me right then and there that I was able to make him laugh (for real). Call it funny but I had to restrain my other former colleague, Jeff Cequena from reiterating TJ's words lest asthma will bug me again for laughing too much.

But seriously, it's one of those conversations I'd love to replay in my head.

Never, ever underestimate the power of I like that. Thank you John Mayer.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sunday With the Black Swan

photo from here

I was bitten by the curiosity bug over the weekend and in a way out of disappointment too perhaps for not winning the Best Picture in the recently-concluded Oscars thus I trooped to SM Megamall over the weekend to watch this movie. And while this was another plan not plotted in my calendar, to see the film was both a must and as an alternative since the supposed get-together with my highschool classmates did not push through last Saturday.

Black Swan is an American psychological thriller film directed by Darren Aonofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. Its plot revolves around a production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet by a prestigious New York City company. In a way, I am quite familiar of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake as it was one of those pieces that I played back when I was still enrolled by my parents in piano classes.

Anyway, back to the movie, portraying the role of the swan was a test of character to Nina Sayers as the main role's got to be able to perform both personalities -- the white swan and the black swan. Such leads to a struggle as she tries to combine and live through both personalities to prove her worth for the role of the Swan Queen.

The twist comes as Nina tries to fight those inner demons, fears and psychotic episodes that sprung out for wanting to be the perfect character that she was not used to being.

On my part, I found the whole movie great, such that I do not regret setting some time just to watch it. Glad was I though to have watched the movie by myself as there were some scenes that were disturbingly inappropriate to the young audience. I myself cringe at some of those (so, it was good that I was not with someone during the movie). But all in all, Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis did great in portraying their respective roles. The movie could be more of a psychological thriller but on the other hand, analyzing through the whole film, I found some vital points enough to wake me up at this point as I am about to make a huge make or break decision too on my own.