Marian and I were officemates in my (two) previous jobs. It was only in the second one that we became friends since we were teammates for one client. Right from the start, I already knew that she’s got an eye for beauty (*winks*). Not to mention her talent to scout for beautiful bags and shoes. But what I remember more about her are (a) the genuine and contagious laughter that we shared (b) our palabok-chat moments in Chubster Corner (c) the day she ‘escaped’ from work to buy four books comprising the Twilight saga.
When I was vacationing in the Philippines last December, I chanced to drop by in my previous office and met up with her and a number of friends. That time she showed me the DSLR that was newly gifted to her. She took several funny group photos of us, that day it was evident that she was a newbie. Until I noticed how her photos grow by following her photo blog. It’s like seeing a child unleashing her natural talent. Until it became evident that she has an eye for interesting subjects (including me, hahaha).
I just knew this one’s bound to happen:
Her photos were featured in May 5, 2009 issue of Manila Bulletin. Read her own account here.
(Scanned copies originally uploaded here.)
Two weekends ago, we watched Alegria Cirque Du Soleil. I never wanted to miss it since the organizers and the cast are not traveling so often and only to selected countries. It was month-long shown in Dubai and luckily we’ve got very good seats few weeks before the tickets were sold out. The tickets were expensive. But it was worth every fils (cent).
Photo and video taking were strictly not allowed. I only managed to take a single shot, that was when the actors were already taking their bows. The show was very organized and restrictions were dutifully enforced. Such that my mobile was almost confiscated because I had to secretly reply to a very important SMS. Obviously, I didn’t turn off my phone because I should not. I was coordinating with a number of friends.
Alegria is a 2.5- hour showcase of breathtaking performances (i.e. contortion, Russian bars, flying man, manipulation, synchronized trapeze, and a lot more) while there’s a live singing of awesome songs (Not English songs, although I didn’t understand any of the lyrics except for the Spanish term “Alegria” which means jubilation, it’s just too awesome.). I even bought a DVD aside from the worthkeeping souvenir items. I thought I shall share this with my family and friends who didn’t have access to the show. Most of the performers are Russians and Canadians, with singularity of the Mongol who’s a very good contortionist. If they’re performing in your country, please do try to see if possible. No wonder it’s called a theatrical masterpiece.
After the show, we had dinner in Cafe Japengo. It specializes in sushi but also serves Italian, Chinese, Arabic and other cuisines. Not just because I was hungry, but I really think everything we ordered were good. But I must say that I enjoyed more the food because I happened to be dining with friends-former officemates who are based in Dubai.
We were supposed to go on a road trip, peek in Old Town and Atlantis in particular. But of all the days, it rained much that night. Would you believe it was raining hard in UAE for one week straight then?
While chilling and savoring the breeze brought by the once in a bluemoon rainshowers, we reminisced about our good old times in our previous office, talked about some generic and specific plans, and anything. We were probably the loudest group that night.
You’d probably want to ask me if the newly issued rules, especially the dress code, are implemented in Dubai. I hope yes. But per my observation, no. I was laughing whenever I’d remember how much extra care I did before going to Dubai, fearing that I’ll be deported not for the sexy dress but for doing non-permissible type of photo taking. Surprisingly, I was so tamed.
Have a great week, everyone!
After reading a younger friend’s entry on quarter-life crisis, I remembered this email forwarded to me several years ago.
They call it the “quarter-life crisis.” It is when you stop going along with the crowd and start realizing that there are many things about yourself that you didn’t know and may not like. You start feeling insecure and wonder where you will be in a year or two, but then get scared because you barely know where you are now.
You start realizing that people are selfish and that, maybe, those friends that you thought you were so close to aren’t exactly the greatest people you have ever met, and the people you have lost touch with are some of the most important ones. What you don’t recognize is that they are realizing that too, and aren’t really cold, catty, mean or insincere, but they are as confused as you.
You look at your job… and it is not even close to what you thought you would be doing, or maybe you are looking for a job and realizing that you are going to have to start at the bottom and that scares you.
Your opinions have gotten stronger. You see what others are doing and find yourself judging more than usual because suddenly you realize that you have certain boundaries in your life and are constantly adding things to your list of what is acceptable and what isn’t. One minute, you are insecure and then the next, secure, you laugh and cry with the greatest force of your life. You feel alone and scared and confused. Suddenly, change is the enemy and you try and cling on to the past with dear life, but soon realize that past with dear life, but soon realize that the past is drifting further and further away, and there is nothing to do but stay where you are or move forward.
You get your heart broken and wonder how someone you loved could do such damage to you. Or you lie in bed and wonder why you can’t meet anyone decent enough that you want to get to know better. Or maybe you love someone but love someone else too and cannot figure out why you are doing this because you know that you aren’t a bad person.
One night stands and random hook ups start to look cheap. Getting wasted and acting like and idiot starts to look pathetic.
You go through the same emotions and questions over and over, and talk with your friends about the same topics because you cannot seem to make a decision. You worry about loans, money, the future and making a life for yourself… and while winning the race would be great, right now you’d just like to be a contender!
What you may not realize is that everyone reading this relates to it. We are in our best of times and our worst times, trying as hard as we can to figure this whole thing out.
Through the years, I learned that quarter life crisis is a state of mind. There are things that are inevitably occurring and changes are constant. We have no control over these, but we can choose how to counter and react towards them. WE ALL GO THROUGH THIS. Enjoy the best and worst times that life has to offer.