Author: heavenliner

a twisted little soul... people see me to be so delicious they sometimes want to eat me...

Take On Me Acoustic Version

I was a little upset when two Facebook friends posted the viral video of A-ha singing a new and acoustic version of Take On Me during their recent gig on MTV Unplugged.  Both FB friends by the way (though they don’t know each other) are like me.  Both were teenagers and grew up in the ‘80s.

I was a little upset because for me an excellent song that has turned into a classic, Take On Me, must never be moved.  As the saying goes, don’t fix it if ain’t broke.  And since I have the twisted tendency of letting myself indulge into my being a distressed, I tried watching the video.

But to my surprise, I actually loved the rebooted form of the song.  Take On Me in its acoustic version seem to have been stripped naked and the genuine beautiful colors of the song has been exposed.  The song suddenly became more sincere and the exquisiteness of the lyrics embedded beneath the upbeat electronic synthesizers seem to have finally been uncovered.

I have never been so moved the way I am now moved by the acoustic form of A-Ha’s Take On Me.  Only now was I able to digest and appreciate the beauty of the song’s lyrics.  If the original version goes with the saying don’t fix it if ain’t broke, the acoustic version lives by the saying perfect is the enemy of good.

The new version does not just deserve to be shared only by two of my Facebook friends it is worthy of being imparted and listened to by all folks which ever era that they may have been born.

Ang nays pala ng liriks…

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Present Kings of Bartending

Since the cable TV viewing public seems to have a big appetite for food programs, celebrity chefs nowadays are a dime a dozen.   Cooking shows are like a hit record that has been so overplayed it sometimes reaches a viewer’s point of irritation.  And the irony of it all, has anyone actually moved in their kitchen and followed the recipe that these Celebrity Chefs did in their cooking show?

Another irony about the immense popularity of F&B (food and beverage) on cable TV is that only Chefs has already achieved the status of being a “celebrity” and no bartender seem to have reached such a status.  Though considered as a highly competitive profession, I have yet to know a Celebrity Bartender!  I have yet to even read about a person with killer innovativeness on cocktail concoctions and inventions.

The same is true here in the Philippines.  Unlike their culinary counterparts, recognized Filipino bartending greats unfortunately does not have celebrity statuses.  And the Filipino bar and mixology scene seem to have remained quiet, dormant and snoozing.

This is until two young Filipino bartenders recently gave pride to the country in the bartending arena.  Edmond King Mercadero and Genvic Silpao recently won the South East Asian Bartending Competition held last September 29, 2017 at the Sofitel Manila.

I was fortunate enough to have witnessed how both lads performed.  Edmond King was suave, cool and gracious during the Classic Category competition while Genvic was brisk, lively and electrifying during the Flairtending event.  It was no big surprise when Edmond King was adjudged the Champion in his category while Genvic came as a runner-up because of the height and degree of difficulty of throws he did in the Flairtending class.

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Both young lads have yet to earn a PhD in cocktail revolution yet Edmond King and Genvic are starting to create a name for themselves in the world of mixology and bartending.  Both are actually due to compete further in the international bartending stage later this year.  Edmond King will again represent the Philippines and is due to compete at the World Bartending Championship in Copenhagen while Genvic will be in Kaohsiung Taiwan to also represent the Philippines in the 9th Gang-Dou Asia Cocktail Competition.

With no names popping up when you think of the Philippine bartending scene, I guess it would be reasonable enough to say that Edmond King and Genvic are the present Kings of Bartending.

Cheers! Toma!

A Last-Minute Villa Escudero Visit

According to Kurt Vonnegut, “bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God”.

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This is exactly what I, JB and MJ underwent.  We initially planned and agreed to go hiking on a mountain and a nature reserve east of Metro Manila.  But when all plans has been ironed out and only a couple of days left prior to leaving, we suddenly changed our mind.  We simply agreed to scratch the plan and instead proceed at the heavenly Villa Escudero, some 2 hours travel south of Metro Manila.

And unlike the previous 2-hour travel adventures that we had in the past in which we would either rent a private van or drive our own car, we used the public transport.  We simply commuted from Manila to Quezon via passenger bus and the ever reliable tricycle.  One bizarre mode of travel for us yet surprisingly comfortable!

I am glad to have changed our plans.  Villa Escudero has remained an amazing Filipino destination!  In summary, this is how fun we had in this beautiful place…

you can never go wrong with this beautiful philippine destination

Kapag biglaan talaga… Natutuloy!!

Wow Morisette!

The Filipino translation for the word “beast” is halimaw.  And halimaw is how I would describe the strength, depth and power of the singing voice of Morisette Amon during her participation in the recent Asian Song Festival held somewhere in South Korea.

This kind of a Filipina beast simply slayed it!  This was such a phenomenal performance.  Her pure talent is out of this world! And she looks absolutely gorgeous in that video!

What is so surprising with this number is that I was less impressed by her whistling capability.  Maybe it’s because a number of good singers can do the whistle.  I was more impressed and surprised by the unique squeaking sound that her voice makes.  That is so rare and exclusively Morisette.  That squeak would most probably be the most beautiful squeaking sound that I’ve ever heard.

World klas ang lola mo!

Villa Escudero Waterfalls Was All Mine!

It’s been several times that I have been to Villa Escudero and with all those repeated moments that I have been there I always fail to have my photo right at its famous waterfalls.  Maybe it’s because in my previous visits, I feel discouraged because this prominent spot at Villa Escudero is always full of people trying to have their selfies or pictures taken.  There is always a frustrating photo bomber lurking within your camera frame.

But with my recent revisit, I made sure that I not only be taken a picture with, I also made sure that the whole waterfalls is all mine!

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magic!

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Here’s a great tip for those who are planning to visit Villa Escudero and have the waterfalls all by yourself.  All you need to have is your mobile phone, a gorilla pod (a camera tripod) and an alarm clock.  First thing you need to do is to set the alarm clock the night before you plan to have your awesome photos taken.  Set it at 6:00 AM and make sure to wake up at 6:00 AM.

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don’t go chasin’ waterfalls…
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i love this shot!

Then early in the morning bring your camera and tripod to the waterfalls.  Set it up and have awesome photos and videos taken!  Be there while everyone are having their breakfast.  Be there before all tourists flock the site.

Ang Bongga! Mag-effort sa ‘ngalan ng pikchur!

That’s a Lot of Dead People!

In light of the National Day of Protest in my country, the beautiful Philippines! Let me post a photo which would represent my protest contribution.  This photo is not mine and neither have I sought authorization from the owner.  I just hope that the owner (musicorspaceshuttle.com) would be generous and kind to permit me in using this photo.

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imagine them lifeless 😦

Look at the photo and imagine them lifeless.  This is iWire Center in Moline Illinois in its full capacity at 9,200 people during a Pearl Jam rock concert in 2014.

The full capacity of iWire Center is actually even lesser by a couple of thousands as compared to the number of extra-judicial killings and summary executions that has occurred since the day President Duterte has run and governed my country.  At present, human rights groups’ count stands at 13,000 casualties.

No to Extra-Judicial Killings. And i pray that it ends soon.

Patay tayo sa mga Dutertards nyan!

Twenty Dollars Got My Middle Fingers Rise Up

I got my middle fingers up because according to the majority of the supposedly most honorable men and women in my country (the Philippines), the cost of keeping and upholding human rights for the next year is worth one thousand pesos (which is equivalent to US$20).  This rubbish decision by Philippine Congress is amidst the pandemic extra judicial killings that is going on in my country.

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I have been silent and have been suppressing my feelings of disgust towards how my country is now being run.  There is nothing to be proud of and nothing to celebrate about this dimwit decision.  Actually, this decision by the sloppy Philippine Congress is nothing but shameful!  #GiveMyTaxToCHR

Nakakalungkot at nakakahiya.