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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Super Cool Playlist

I was arranging my Itunes and adding some music that I love regardless if it won't be like that of my husband's (his is like the holy grail of Itunes!). I tried as much to include album arts and lyrics (since I love to sing). My husband can't help not snoop on my playlist and he was so irritated because I have like a million Regine Velasquez songs #lol. I won't deny loving Regine, she is the Asia's Song Bird in case he doesn't know (which of course, he does).

So what are the songs I included on my playlist:
  1. Of course, the never ending list of Regine's songs (which I need not enumerate)
  2. I've got 311's Love Song and Amber (my super fave relaxing songs)
  3. Adele's music too, which include her rendition of Love Song
  4. Got tons of Usher songs
  5. Then I have looked for Kenny Latimore's For You (I would have wanted Paolo Santos' version but I couldn't find one)
  6. I have James Ingram's There's No Easy Way to Break Somebody's Heard which was sung by Paolo Santos in Live Sessions (No Easy Way)
  7. I have John Mayer's Comfortable (the lyrics!)
  8. Rihanna
  9. Queen Bee's
  10. Justin Timberlake (of course, esp. that Not a Bad Thing and Mirror's on repeat mode)
  11. Jay-z
  12. Kanye West
  13. Eminem
  14. Maroon 5
  15. Lil Wayne
  16. Lisa Loeb (for nostalgia's sakes) I am surprised I did not sync my Alanis' songs
  17. Fleetwood Mac
  18. Lenny Kravitz
  19. Lani Misalucha
  20. Katy Perry
  21. Jason DeRulo
  22. Snoop Dogg
  23. David Guetta
  24. Psy
  25. Lorde
  26. Timbaland
  27. A ton of Hillsongs (which of course, I sing all the time)
  28. Another Level
  29. Bob Marley (oh come one, will I ever forget him?!)
  30. Coldplay
  31. Dr Dre
  32. Skylar Grey
  33. Zedd
  34. The Goddess, Gwen Stefani (love her!)
  35. Britney Spears
  36. Robin Thicke
  37. Timbaland
  38. Stevie Wonder (and dare I specify, I also have We are the World on my account)
  39. Nelly Furtado
  40. Never will I leave Miley Cyrus behind (such a fad!)
  41. Sistar (my doppelgangers, #lolz)
  42. Sergio Mendez (whoa! beat that?!!)
  43. Ne-yo
  44. Nirvana
  45. Pink
  46. Demi Lovato
  47. Gym Class Heroes
  48. Daft Punk
  49. Hahaha, Janno Gibbs (duet with Jaya, you know the song Paano?!)
  50. I also added my ultimate videoke favorite, Nanliligaw, Naliligaw, sung by Ima Castro and Lloyd Umali but was sung by Pops Fernandez with Mulatto in Videoke King OST
  51. And yes, I've got some Gary V too...


I know my sister and my husband will make fun of my playlist (if they don't already), but this is what I listen to. They just got to suck it up!



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Brooklyn Lets It Go

So I was able to shoot Brooklyn's lil' #meme... there are big ones but let me share the short one, hahaha! It is amazing to see your baby grow up! It's like, he was just a tiny infant a while ago and here he is right now, a bibo kid! I know I know, all moms have this braggy vid of their kids and I am just so delighted to be able to share mine!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Reflections

I ask myself sometimes, what is my ultimate goal in life?

I used to have a fixed answer to that and I can say in a very smart way that my plans are these and those... Now, I kind of find myself living by the moment. I am happy  this way although I still believe I must have at least an achievable goal to establish. I am thinking what will be my son's future with this kind of lifestyle I am in? Ahhhhh so frustrating! When all you want is the best for your child, you will feel bothered looking at the future, seeing yourself old and grey! So with this in mind, I believe I should set a better goal. I should be able to include Brooklyn in it, not just living while on "come what may mode."

I am just blessed because at the end of each day, I know that God is guiding us by. We believe that Him being the center of our lives and that our faith being in Jesus, all things will work together for the good, claiming His promises...

Lord, we offer our lives to you...

Thank you for continuously blessing us all the way!



Monday, July 7, 2014

Feeling Meh: Of FB Manipulation

According to the article I've read last night, Facebook manipulated the feeling of at least 700,000 FB users worldwide. That's quite a number of mixed feelings alright! Well, I for one do not know what feeling meh means but I use it sometimes to describe nonsense posts (which I try to avoid as much by the way). I am usually putting cryptic messages on my status and I kind of not care whether it will affect my readers or not. For me, it's just a catharsis and I've learned my lessons of not putting too personal details on my status unlike before, which is hellllllooo, super unacceptable and those are the things that I totally regret as a person. Good thing my husband, who is often the victim of my catharses does not care! Hahaha!

Well, now, I am blogging, I am most probably, feeling meh as well. But I would rather not status it on FB as they might try to manipulate my network into hating me (if they don't already).

Well, seriously, I am really affected by what I see in FB, sometimes I get paranoid because there are people in my network that do not really belong there. People I wish who would just do the dirty work of deleting me instead of me seing their empty words of "parinigs." Amazonic as it may seem but I am the kind of person na, "away kung away!" I do not like grey areas as it confuses me as much as it may confuse others as well. I cannot be on a vague side so better be clear.

I am not proud to say that I do post some hateful status messages too but rest assured, the person or situation concerned at that moment knows why/who was I posting the "post" for. Oftentimes triggered by a fight with the husband, the sisters, or some other people of lesser value perhaps?! #LOL but rest assured, these people know it's them and won't delete me for that, because?!! A fight really happened.. it's not some kinda cyber way to brag how "TAPANG" you are... like really? "Tapang ah!"

Point is, FB (as trivial as it may be yet the staple of everyone's lives nowadays) can really ruin ones day and posts should be carefully thought over (note to self ha!). We don't want another million dollar project (if not multi) use us blindly just to prove that it can totally manipulate our emotions. It is a fact, a lot of my not so good days started over FB timelines. Certainly a waste of emotions...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 1

Marks the day I heard Brooklyn say Water! He uttered it so smartly with a slight twang! Like he's British but not so.

I love him to the bits and I am just so glad he is learning day by day! 
#proudmom


Ramadan in Riyadh

So it is Ramadan, for people who do not know, I am based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Wikipedia.Com describes Ramadan as "the ninth month of the Islamic calendar; Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting.This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.

The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness. Fasting is fard ("obligatory") for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or going through menstrual bleeding. Fasting the month of Ramadan was made obligatory (wājib) during the month of Sha'aban, in the second year after the Muslims migrated from Mecca to Medina.

While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations; in some interpretations Muslims also refrain from other behavior which could be perceived as sinful such as swearing, engaging in disagreements, listening to music and procrastination. Food and drink is served daily, before sunrise and after sunset. According to Islam, the thawab (rewards) of fasting are many, but in this month they are believed to be multiplied. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers) and recitation of the Quran."

I have experienced Ramadan in Riyadh for so many years so it's normal for me to observe it accordingly, without difficulty at all. Respect for the culture of our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters are the only ones we can offer at this time of fasting.

But for some of you who do not know, Christians fast as well. We fast not only during a certain time but also, for those times that we wanted to offer prayers while fasting. It is such a solemn practice that must be done by all of us. It shows the strength of our faith to God and our belief that through Him, nothing is impossible.

One of my bosses back in KFSHRC told me, "You should also fast during Ramadan. Not because I want you practice our religion (he is an Imam), more so, this is your opportunity to cleanse and diet. This is a health strategy for most people as they are away from food temptations." He has a point, doesn't he?!

How do you like going out during Ramadan? Hmmm, me? I love being out evenings of Ramadan. Streets feel so lively! I love life! But unfortunately, not everyone shares my opinion. But why sulk when everyone feasts?! Don't be gloomy, enjoy the party! Hahaha!

By the way, The Pink Tarha blog posted the Ramadan schedule in Riyadh. Go visit their blog for information.