Monday, June 28, 2010

Philippine Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake

For the nth time, the ever gorgeous and generous Kumiko Mae is giving away a fabulous gift and she would be raffling off not one, not two but three tickets to the most-awaited show this coming month of July. Philippine Ballet Theater (PBT) restages Tchaikosvsky’s Swan Lake, one of the best-loved classical ballets of all time, at the CCP Main Theatre.
Well, come to think of it, who would think of watching Swan Lake in an era of flash mob dancing and Lady Gaga? What can Swan Lake offer? As for me and my baby girl Maia who loves dancing the Barbie version of Swan Lake, I'd prolly say, Swan lake works! Although it may seem like just plain fluff and feathers, there's some real substance in the story that Maia and I both love. I'm pretty sure Maia will love it!

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

CATS in Manila

FYI, I love cats but the CATS in Manila is the best ever... :)

CATS, the second longest-running musical in Broadway history, will have a limited run at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) beginning July 24, 2010. This production will feature Tony winner Lea Salonga as Grizabella, and an international cast that will primarily come from Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Needless to say, I am such a huge fan of Ms. Lea Salonga who will be playing Grizabella.
CATS, which features a larger-than-life junkyard set, colorful make-up and costumes, ‘80s choreography, and often eclectic array of music, has been toured around the world. Just like another British import LES MISERABLES, it has been translated into more than 20 languages.

The musical was shot to video in 1998 and aired on television worldwide.
I just can't wait to see this musical!

Performances starting July 24
For a strictly limited season
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, CCP

Ticket Prices:

SAT (3:00pm)
SUN (2:30pm)
PhP7000 PhP5000 PhP3500 PhP2000 PhP1000

TUE, WED, THU (8:00pm)
SUN (7:30pm)
PhP6000 PhP4500 PhP3000 PhP1500 PhP750

FRI, SAT (8:00pm)
PhP7000 PhP5000 PhP3500 PhP2000 Php1000

Ticket Prices are exclusive of Ticketworld fees.

SHOW DATES (as of April 2010)
SAT July 24 Matinee
SAT July 24 Evening
SUN July 25 Matinee
SUN July 25 Evening
TUE July 27 Evening
WED July 28 Evening
THU July 29 Evening
FRI July 30 Evening
SAT July 31 Matinee
SAT July 31 Evening
SUN August 1 Matinee
SUN August 1 Evening
TUE August 3 Evening
WED August 4 Evening
THU August 5 Evening
FRI August 6 Evening
SAT August 7 Matinee
SAT August 7 Evening
SUN August 8 Matinee
SUN August 8 Evening
TUE August 10 Evening
WED August 11 Evening
THU August 12 Evening
FRI August 13 Evening
SAT August 14 Matinee
SAT August 14 Evening
SUN August 15 Matinee
SUN August 15 Evening

Now, that's a lot of shows to choose from. Be a fan on their Cats in Manila fan page or catch 'em in Tumblr. I just can't wait to see them LIVE! :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Rock and Run... and Rain! :D

Last night, I joined my first ever fun run.. my first 5k.. my first night run and it was RAINING mamhen for almost an hour.. actually, t'was a downpour! I never had so much fun running in the rain with my fellow bloggers slash rockstar runners! DESPITE a deluge of rain, 4000 strong runners braved the cold and storm like rain to participate in Rock and Run for a cause..I'm glad there were no scary lightnings and thunderstorms.. the heavy rains and strong winds made me want to have a defy-your-limits moment aka RUNNR mode ON. I was not, however, prepared for how running 5k in soaking wet shoes would feel. So the first half of the run was more of like just speed walking/ walkathon LOL :D Still, I'm so glad that I was able to finish the 5km run without any running exercise or preparation beforehand. It really didn't matter to me how slow I ran, what matters most is how much fun I had and that I was able to finish it with a smile! :)
Here's a pic before the run started.. we're all fresh and glowing!
and a few minutes right after taking that pic... freshness pa din but soaking wet! hahaha

and this wunner was like a silly wuffy wabbit wunning wapidly down the woad in the wain. =) woot!

FYI I LOVE the rain!! Even with rainy runs like that, I’d rather be outside than chained to an extremely boring treadmill in the gym. The run was even more fun because I had the most fun-loving and highly motivated running buddy ever. Thanks Vannleih!
Like what a friend told me, it was definitely LOVE at first run.. I love feeling the drops fall off the tip of my nose, my anemic, pruny looking fingertips and toes, loved feeling it on my skin.. Soaked to the skin! Here goes a photo of my soaking wet shoes and wet feet with blue toenails to boot! It's tough on the shoes though!

While the run was the main event of the night, there were plenty of other activities available to keep the runners entertained... the raffle was fun and rockers who were rocking their costumes really rocked the night away!

Though we missed the rockband part 'cause the stages were very unsafe for any sort of performance and the organizers said there's a big danger of electrocution, not just the runners but the bands as well. S0 the rock part was missing because there should be bands rockin on route and the lights and sounds had to be shut down. Still, I enjoyed having those cheerers and drummers on the band stages cheering us on!!
No one beats a runner with high leather boots and a spankin' guitar running around with a tremendous heavy rain with a big smile on his rocker-inspired and painted face.

So is there any good running in the rain?

Well, I'll say.. Hell yeah! Like, seriously. Because there's...

no heat exhaustion. no overheating!

no dehydration.

rainwater smells better than sweat. it's refreshingly good!

free-flowing refreshment! unlimited water station, there's unlimited shower stations too! LOl!

no awkward looking tan lines

you run faster to stay warm. (more oxygen please..)

best of all, it's hella fun! Don’t we all wish we could go back to the time when we were kids and would run and jump like there was no tomorrow?

Nothin’ like a good run in the rain to make you feel five years old all over again. Playing in the rain and jumping into puddles. Aww I miss those good ol' days with my brothers and sister...

the disbelieving looks from on-lookers, by-standers and non-runners. "check out that nut! running in this heavy rain like kuh-ray-zay! Silly wabbit! haha It makes it even more worth it.
Last but not the least, I got a reason to call my favorite masseuse, Ate Delia, for a relaxing and soothing therapeutic massage!

As for me, rain is good.. but running in the rain was even better. =)

This picture surely shows the "fun" part of our fun run..

“Rain is just liquid sunshine”. It was so much fun! I will defo be doing it again!

So what's the secret in having fun while running in the rain?

"I guess, the secret is to run between the rain drops. " =)

-from a runner with race number 5120

Lesson learned:

I definitely appreciate the need for a running shoes that will be able to grip the slippery roads. Thanks to Adidas Supernova Sequence shoes! It ain't called a Supernova for nothing! :D

Also, next time I need to know when it is raining too hard to run because running with soaked clothes and shoes is just like running with added weights and I'm a few pounds heavier!

Caps/hats/raincoats/windbreakers= a MUST!

Run lightweight 'cause it's kinda hard to run while I carry my stuff( digicam and iPhone in a plastic bag) while on the run. The peeps on the baggage counter won't let me leave my stuff inside my bag because they are not held liable for valuable things like wallets, cellphones, etc if these were lost or broken. That said, thanks to a random runner who gave me that miracle plastic bag! Truly a lifesaver, my iPhone and digicam made it in one piece and are still working after the run. :) So yeah, bring plastic bags! Lots of it! Both for your stuff and for your wet clothes.

Lastly, bring a change of clothes so that when you are done running you can change quickly into dry clothes. It's a good thing I brought mine! YaY!

Here's a pic taken a week before the run at Runner, BHS where we registered for the run...and here's another one after the 5k run..

Thanks to Kumiko for the exhilarating yet extremely fun rock and run experience.. kudos to the organizers and thanks also to the sponsors Runnr and PRC. It may have rained hard, (it poured rather) but the rockers/runners ran harder. Epic run! We rock! :)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Kumiko Mae's Super Mid-Year na pala Contest!

Once again, the gorgeous and uber fab Miss Kumiko Mae is giving away the coolest stuff ever for her Super Mid-Year na pala Contest!

and that would be... Plains and Prints and VNC Gift Certificates and Hushpuppies Discount voucher! :)

so, I'm trying my luck again... thanks to miss K for letting me join again.. hoping to win again hahaha

Being a kikay mommy, I uber love dresses and shoes so here's just a few of my fave dresses.. my four seasons of happiness..
and here goes my fave shoes..
i heart them..


So what are you waiting for lovelies?? If you're just itching to join (like me?!), click here! Join na!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Win Organic Beauty Products from Human Nature!

Keep yourself pampered and pretty with the Meloto Sisters’ all-natural beauty products.

This month, is giving away a goodie basket from Human Nature, sisters Anna Meloto-Wilk and Camille Meloto’s internationally distributed all-natural personal care brand. Their products are 100 percent organic, 100 percent chemical-free, and 100 percent Philippine-grown. If you think going green is expensive, this fun and affordable line of products may just be what you’re looking for.

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Be Kumiko Mae's Rockstar!

Be Kumiko Mae's Rockstar! As her thank you, she would like to invite her lovely readers ( me included) to join in this awesome meet and greet and Rock and Run concert to be held at the Bonifacio High Street on June 19, 2010.

I really wana join because:

I fit in this category..

If you are not a runner, you are invited to challenge yourself and see how each step really does count! TRUST ME, we're in this together!


and this one too!

If you want to meet new people, you are invited to be friendly and energetic!

oh and here's another one..

If you love music, you are invited to witness this exciting concert-slash-marathon with people who share your passion for life!

and last but not the least,

If you want to kick-off mid-2010 with a blast, you are invited to bring your awesome high-spirited self for an evening of fun.

Hey everyone's invited! So join now! Let's rock and run!

Click here for more!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

HTC HD Mini: By And Large

A month ago, I was happy and contented with my Nokia N95.. then came HD Mini. My first thought was.. WOW! Yes, you had me at "WOW!" because it's so small. Simple. Elegant. Classic. But then I thought, since I've never had a touch screen phone, would it take a lot of time getting used to and, would having a QWERTY keyboard make my texting life easier?

Initially, I had a bit of a problem with its onscreen keyboard when texting. It just takes a bit of time getting used to. For me, it only took a few days and I came to realize that the onscreen qwerty keyboard and auto-spell checker are easy to use for texting and using the Internet on the phone. Now, I can honestly say that HD mini is the new black, but did it overshadow the keypads of my N95? Well, my answer is absolutely yes!

Upon first glance, I fell in love with this baby and now, I honestly don't want to let it go. Like seriously. :) It's like that same old feeling of losing something with great sentimental value. *sniff* Oh well, some of the most alluring parts of this phone are its responsive touchscreen, the screws, the back and I mean everything. Besides looking stylish, HD Mini is jam-packed with features and it provides me the most flexibile and intuitive interface for a phone. Overall performance of the OS is simply great and user-friendly, as well as the Sense UI. The Sense UI is simply awesome by making HD Mini works in a simpler way when it comes to customization and personalizing my phone.

It delivers the same functionality with other leading smartphones in the market, if not moreso. HTC did a great job of cramming ever-more exciting features into ever-smaller/cuter phone without losing any functionality. It comes with a strong price-to-performance ratio and its impressive phone features, outstanding OS and the preloaded apps justifies its price.

It has above par battery life and it was certainly enough to get me through a full day or two after using some power hungry apps like the camera and web browser, as well as some short calls, emails, and a handful of SMS messages. Its multimedia libraries are also handled pretty well. I've used many phones before, some great and some were just downright horrible but I am extremely pleased with the HD Mini. Major.

Needless to say, I love the Marketplace 'cause I did find free but extremely practical apps in it and it's always a good thing that I can install free apps from other locations other than the marketplace. Oh and I've read that with WP7 sideloading apps on ur own is gone and end users can only install from the Marketplace. Here are just some of the pre-loaded apps in HD Mini-- Facebook and peep/ Twitter and some of my fave downloads, Shazam and Smartrunner. :)

With HD Mini, I was able to DISCOVER THE UNEXPECTED...Need I say more?

Not that I'm obsessed but I just love the back of the phone, it was really unexpected for me to see a shock of yellow pleasure inside and the coolest bolts/screws I've ever seen which are not just there for aesthetic purposes, they're actually holding this phone together! It looks really cool and like what I've said before, nothing is cool for the sake of being cool and everything that looks cool about this baby is also extremely functional. I'm using HD Mini's screws and charger as my wallpapers... they're just too cool to be true. :)

Another nifty feature is the uber intuitive weather apps on the HTC HD mini which is something I've never seen before and I'm loving it! It's simply amazing.

Aside from using the Wi-Fi and having quick access on the internet at home or on any given hotspot, I also enjoyed taking pics and vids with this baby and, I kid you not, but I was really amazed on how surprisingly quick and hassle free it is to upload pictures and videos to FB and YouTube compared to the tedious and looong process when uploading pics from my digicam or DSLR to my pc and finally uploading it to the social networking sites.

HTC Sense UI is so much fun and incredibly easy to customize my home screen. Sense UI is simply awesome by making it work in a more simple and natural way. I can easily personalize my phone acc to my needs and make my own shortcuts. With only a simple finger flick away, I have instant access to my most commonly used websites, fave contacts, games, etc.

It also has a "STAY CLOSE" feature so I can stay closer to the people I love the most and the ALL CALL feature that allows me to call multi numbers of peeps at one place and the same time. Also, Twitter and facebook are some of the pre-loaded apps to help me stay close and connected with my fam bam and friends.

Everything is best for something, and worst for something else. So the best for me may not be the best for others. But then again, I still believe that HD Mini is the best birthday gift I ever had. Simply because it has everything I need, a small and incredibly cute package with a perfect blend of style, look and functions.

Of course, no phone is perfect, but the HD Mini is more perfect than most. There was still the occasional lag, though minimal, during web browsing or when you're running a few apps. That's why the very useful Task Manager became my BFF for the last 3 weeks. Given that new iPhone OS 4 is already out and Microsoft’s new OS was revealed, and that there’s no chance of an WP7 upgrade for the HD mini, I still feel that the Sense UI makes up for that and does make WinMo a more comfortable place to be in.

Anyhoo, here are some of the pics taken by HD Mini:

Also, it’s a pretty decent snapper, it takes pictures that are better than simple snaps, let down only by the occasional shutter lag and the lack of a flash. Actually, it's included in my wishlist plus a dedicated shutter key and a more accessible digital zoom button to make it easier for me to take vain/self shots. LOL HD Mini already has back, home and windows buttons as well as call and hang up buttons, but it would be a wee bit nicer if they also have a search button simply 'cause it's location aware or maybe they could just remap the home button as search button. Other than that, HD Mini is perfect for me and I think I could really use a wish a right now..just one last wish.. that is to MAKE IT MINE. :)

Oh well, enough of wishful thinking. Overall, despite of HTC HD mini’s humble size, it's definitely a BIGGIE and it has many things I can be proud of, not to mention a few weeks of bragging rights. HD mini's strengths overpowers the weaknesses and it has a lot more going for it than the few shortcomings. I'm glad I was able to fully utilize and maximize HTC HD mini’s functionalities. Indeed, it is quietly brilliant and it has exceeded my expectations.