This expression of gratitude is long overdue. So let me express one awesome thanks to SpiritualJourney17 for nominating the Nengkoy blog to the One Lovely Blog Award.
Similar to all the disobliging folks who caused for the end of the worldwide trend on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (or did it just died a natural death?), I too will digress in following the rule of the One Lovely Blog Award.
Rules of the award are as follows:
- Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog
- List the rules and display the award
- Add 7 facts about yourself
- Nominate 7 or more other bloggers and leave a comment in one of their posts for them to know they have been nominated
I followed the first 2 rules. The third rule can be found among the impish write-ups in this blog. But for the last rule, I don’t know (personally) that much number of bloggers. Consider me then to be one of the few uncooperative jerks and recipients who foolishly cut this amazing chain. But still, let me thank SpiritualJourney17 for this incredible nomination!
‘Di ko inekspek ‘to! Salamat…
I may not be aware but as far as I know, I don’t curse. Uttering expletives and swearwords is really not my cup of tea. That is why while I was watching the first night of Madonna concert (Rebel Heart Tour) here in Manila I was surprised and was in disbelief by Madonna who generously peppered us with the “Mother F” words. It initially felt awkward.
What is even more uncomfortable is that Madonna wanted us (the audience) to answer her questions in the affirmative by shouting “F@#k Yeah!” It was indeed super unpleasant at first. But as the show develops to become more spectacular song after song, answering Madonna with such profanity seem so liberating.
I was like un-caged for a while and did not care who would react to such profanities that I was blaring. And since everybody was in such a happy mood and because everybody else is doing it, no one cared, no one got offended and no one was hurt. And that is the beauty of being able to scream out something that is unusual yet astonishingly redemptive and unshackling.
liberating aside from being spectacular!
My shouting “F@#k Yeah!” that night actually became a bit of therapeutic. It is because I was luckily able to channel and vent out all my worries, anxieties and desperations in my screaming! I did not seem to care what Madonna was asking her audience but when it was time to respond and shriek with the rest of the spectators, I was pouring out all my angsts!
Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour I guess lived up to the title of the concert. My heart indeed became temporarily rebellious from the norm because my civility would seem fly out the window every time I shout to respond to the Queen. But the cathartic effect of screaming expletives that night was really comforting in the end. No, I did not changed by starting to utter expletives from now on, but that night, I left the concert cheering and ecstatic yet deep within me I was feeling calm, quiet and free.
I don’t know if my troglodyte-like writing and relaying these thoughts makes any sense but my shouting “F@#k Yeah!” that night was indeed one unusual liberating experience!
Pak Ya! Hahaha!
It was all exclamation points in my thought bubble from the start to finish! This is how I would describe my general feelings when I watched the Manila leg of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour. It was like a super blessing granted to me by the Supreme Being!
a stage fit for a queen
While I was shouting “Oh My God!” in uncountable times while she was emerging from above the stage, every bit of my being was growing goosebumps last night!
japan! japan! i love it!
singing “La Vie En Rose”
I have been a Madonna fan since the day I first heard the song “Everybody”. All my classmates, all my friends, my colleagues, my relatives and of course Nengkoy knows this. And ever since that day, I have been wishing from the heavens to grant me the royal opportunity to see even at least one of her spectacular shows. I actually thought that this would never be accorded but I guess the Book of Secret is correct all along when it says “Nothing can come into your experience unless you summon it through persistent thoughts.”
The Rebel Heart tour and finally seeing Madonna performing live would be the apex, the apogee and the culmination of my being diehard fan.
Long live the Queen!!!
Santa Maria!!! Salamat!!!
With the present psyche of the Philippine society being backed up by extreme and ambiguous religious belief, I have long accepted the fact that legalizing same sex marriage in this country would be so remote. Thus, asking a famous boxer and part-time politician in a country where the majority of its populace are unfortunately not in the side of reason, if he agrees or disagrees on same sex marriage is nothing but pointless. The system will not change in case he agrees with same sex-marriage anyway.
There has been a lot of people who opposes same sex marriage but these people were prudent and human enough not to compare LGBT people to being inferior to animals. And though I disagree with them, I respected these people’s stance. But what broke my heart was Manny Pacquiao’s cruel statement of comparing the LGBT to being worse than animals.
the proof of my being a fan. the personalized shirt i would use during boxing events of manny. i don’t know what to do with it now… its eating some precious space in my cabinet…
Manny Pacquiao uttering this insensitive and idiotic idea made my respect for him simply fade away. My being a fan simply vanished out into smithereens. He is definitely awful and is one serious disappointment. To those who think that what he said was okay, I’m sorry to all of you because Manny himself know that he was mistaken. He would not apologize if he knows that he was not off beam.
Yeah, he has apologized but sorry the emotionally wounding damage has been done and though it may heal (hopefully soon), forever will remain one ugly scar.
And from the last time I checked prior to Mr. Pacquiao’s atrocious statement, my married LGBT friends who are living in a peaceful and productive lives has not in any way hurt or even negatively affected the boxing and political career of Mr. Pacquiao. I don’t see the reason why he would disappointingly hurt them then?
Sabi nga ni Manang Madonna… “Bits get op may powl”!
caption this! hahaha!
Remembering. That is one task I can’t seem to recall on when was the last time I celebrate what should be celebrated today. But for this year, let me hug, assent and celebrate Valentines. Actually, the mere fact that I am posting something on Valentines is already a rare and huge celebration on my part. Typing the letters V-A-L-E-N-T-I-N-E-S actually took some toll on me. I needed few minutes of some peaceful rest after typing it.
Excited. But putting myself on some positive note, this is basically my general feeling for the past weeks. It is because I feel that very soon the one who would sweep me away from my being solo, by myself and alone would finally arrive. I’m excited to meet the person whom I would simply sit down with enjoying freshly brewed coffee mornings after mornings.
Congratulations. This would be my heartfelt greetings to all those who were blessed and successful in finding their significant other. I hope your Valentines this year would be a celebration that would be remembered for a long period of time. I also hope that your partner would not leave as swiftly as how he/she arrived.
And since I profess of celebrating Valentines today, here’s an old yet emotive song dedicated to those whose feelings were swept away by their significant other. I’m hoping to feel and sing the same… soon…
O ayan ha. ‘Di ako ampalaya!
One measure to prove that a traveler is so fascinated by a holiday destination is when he experienced the wanderlust to come back. It is the strong desire and the itching feeling of wanting to return and re-experience the stunning sights and striking sounds of such captivating destination.
I have done a lot of returning and re-experiencing of various spellbinding tourist destinations myself both locally and internationally. And one destination that has recently been added up to this beautiful list is Baler. In less than a year I am back visiting this countrified town of Aurora Province here in the Philippines.
What I particularly loved about Baler is that there are so much to see, do and explore. And that every spot is so overwhelmingly beautiful. Add to that are the surprisingly affordable restaurants and food establishments that offers fresh, delicious and hearty meals.
To further substantiate that I am truly captivated by this place, I returned back with Nengkoy and my family for them to see and experience for themselves how much fun I had the first time I visited. And true enough, Baler for the second time around did not fail to amaze the traveler in me.
A very long rickety yet enjoyable Hanging Bridge
enjoying the sea breeze at the baywalk
me & nengkoy posing at lukso-lukso beach & islets
the millenium tree! one of the largest trees in asia..
the surf is up at Sabang Beach!
magnificent Mother Falls!
the view up the lighthouse hill…
And what is even further amazing about this return is that members of family were equally amazed by the beauty, warmth and hospitality of this gorgeous province. I wont be surprised if I will again be back in this province and say “Haler… Baler…”
Babalik-babalik pa mor…