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Music Monday: My Current Playlist

One of the things I love most about being a voracious music consumer is sharing what I’m listening to, whether it be new or old songs, in the hopes that you might find their music beautiful too. And I am also very much open to knowing about your musical recommendations (except for r&b and super duper pop songs)

So here are the songs enjoying repeat performances on my ipod

Two Doves by The Dirty Projectors

It evokes Cynthia Alexander-ish feelings in me. The song is simple enough but has a sweet simplicity to it, even if it seems to be about a relationship falling apart from the inside. The guitar work is splendid too

Sort Of by Ingrid Michaelson

Even if her songs seem to be specifically tailored for Grey’s Anatomy (which I hardly watch anymore), I still love the way they speak of pain and broken hearts in an upbeat manner

Elephant by Damien Rice

Now this is a man who has mastered the fine art of poetry and emo without sounding like a douche-y and bitter artist-type. I love this song particularly because of the lines “What’s the point of this song? Or even singing?”

Lingering Still by She & Him

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it forever: I have a huge girl crush on Zooey Deschanel and everything she does is beautiful to me (yes, even Elf). And I am a huge fan of She & Him and their retro-alternative ditties. This one makes me want to dance 60s style

Howling For You by The Black Keys

I just love albums that you can listen to over and over again and Brothers by The Black Keys is one of those. This blues-rock tune has LSS-ed me for a few weeks now. And the video (NSFW though) features Tricia Helfer of BSG!

Betty by Brooke Fraser

The former Hillsong singer turned CCM artist has now crossed over to the mainstream with her 3rd album, Flags. This song has been used for some promos for US network TV shows

After Afterall by William Fitzsimmons

A song doesn’t always have to have profound lyrics to be beautiful, as with this short but haunting song

Closer by John Mark McMillan

His worship songs you probably can’t sing in church. They’re just so raw and honest and true and vertical, that I sometimes wonder what kind of a “Christian culture” we have that cannot do that

Come closer, closer to me.
Find me broken, find me on my knees,
cause I need more now than philosophy.
Some god in outer space doesn’t mean anything to me.

So would you come?
Would you come?
If I begged you, would you come closer to me now? 

Son of David, do not pass me by,
cause I am naked,
I’m poor and I’m blind. 


 

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Music Monday

 

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Top Ten Thursday: Things I’m Looking Forward To In The Next Few Months

1. Work (yes, work!)

Yes, I am one of those people who actually likes, no, LOVES my job and the people I work with. Our new fiscal year has just started and there are lots of changes and new plans so it really is an exciting (and tiring) next few months for our team and the whole company. But I consider it such a privilege to be a part of this company/ministry

2. Someone’s coming home!

One of my best friends who has been away working in another country for years will finally be relocating back to the Philippines with her husband. And even though it’s a few more months, I already am looking forward to the loads of coffee we will consume while having hours of non-sequitur conversations

3. The new football season this August

As much as I love the sudden popularity of football in the country, I have badly missed my English Premier League and La Liga. My EPL team Liverpool is poised for a top 4 comeback with all their brilliant new signings while my 2nd team Arsenal doesn’t seem to be signing anyone so we may yet see another car crash season. Over in Spain, Barcelona will try to fend off a resurgent Real Madrid. And what of my favorite player who plays for a team that I don’t like? I can only hope that Nando will finally be able to go back to his scoring ways.

4. Continuing this DAD110 class then looking forward to a new class next semester

While it is very frustrating at times (for reasons I cannot elaborate here but you can ask me privately), I still am excited about sharing what I know to these young minds and hopefully making an impact on them (even one or two students who will learn a thing or two from me is a success in my book). And next semester will surely be another interesting one with a new class and a new subject to teach.

5. Young Pro Forever 

This is a group (of course that’s not our final name yet!) that was started by our church (Joy Christian Fellowship) and The Church at Better Living wherein young professionals gather once a month to learn from each other and share our issues about being Christians in the workplace. It’s been a while since I have “voluntarily” met new people and this seems like an interesting bunch of people.

6. Reviving my blogs (yes, it’s plural)

While this blog is more about pop culture, I still have other more specialized blogs that I would like to revive and constantly update. I write for my job everyday, but still I know I need to write for myself too and for my other interests. What inspired me to be more active again is the Christian Bloggers Fellowship that I attended earlier this week, It’s nice to meet “young” people (relatively speaking of course. haha) who are passionate about writing and sharing their faith through blogging and social media.

7. Azkals v Kuwait, 2nd round of the World Cup Qualifiers

The win over Sri Lanka in the 1st round was historic and a dream come true for long-time Filipino football fans and new Azkals fans. But the former know that Kuwait is an altogether different opponent and the latter have to prepare themselves for heartbreak since Kuwait is ranked 50 places above us in the FIFA rankings. But through wins and losses, through scandals and smear campaigns, through crappy Ticketword selling and scalpers galore, I will support our boys no matter what

8. The new US Fall TV season 

Almost all my favorites from last season will be back this August: Fringe, The Good Wife, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Cougar Town, Modern Family, Community plus all the police/mystery/crime procedurals I devour. And of course there are new shows to fall in love with. So goodbye night time productivity!

9. Blockbuster movies that have the potential to be great movies and hopefully will not disappoint

The Immortals featuring soon to be Superman Henry Cavill playing my favorite Greek demi-god Theseus. The Dark Knight Rises featuring my current favorite director Christopher Nolan and his usual cronies. The Amazing Spiderman featuring one of my die-hard crushes Andrew Garfield and girl crush Emma Stone. Cowboys and Aliens. Raven. The new Underworld movie. Etc etc etc

10. Going through my reading backlog

I’m not even gonna tell you how many books I’ve bought that I still haven’t read (let’s just say that it’s almost half of all the books in my 2 1/2 shelves at home). But I’ve already scolded myself about wasting all those good books and so I am finally gonna go through all of them by making a scheduled reading program. And I also am finally going to continue databasing my books and putting borrowers’ cards on them because yes, I am going to share this database and allow close friends to borrow them because what good are books if they just sit idly on my shelf?

 

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2011 in Top 10 Lists, Top Ten Thursday

 

Wish Wednesday: More Coffee Coffee Coffee

I only have one wish today (since the other one was granted already)

To have this

Even though it’s a single-serve machine, I would still gladly make a cup for everyone who wants one. After all, coffee is more enjoyable if shared with people you love.

Now to save up for this…..

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in wish wednesday

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: Famous People I’d Like to Meet

One of my blog assignments for my students this week is listing down their top five celebrities/famous people that they would like to meet someday. Since I want to be a good example, I am posting my Top Ten list too, in no particular order

Paul Hewson aka Bono

I know a friend who non-jokingly refers to him as the anti-Christ, to which I say, “Whatevs”. I really admire not just his music, but the way he uses his fame to make people aware of social issues and the way he can bring together the secular and the holy.

Margaret Atwood

Her books were my constant companions during my late teens and early 20s and her stories, especially those about how women relate to each other, have resonated with me for some reason (even if I have never experienced those kinds of betrayal and depth of feelings)

Christopher Nolan

He has not yet made a movie I didn’t like and to be able to pick his brain even for just a few minutes would be one of the greatest moments of my life

Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard

When my ultimate girl crush and my ultimate hipster emo idol got married, I already planned our coffee date in my head, which is like them talking 80% of the time and me nodding my head and taking notes

Fernando Torres

I would not want to have an actual conversation with him because I would probably just faint and make a fool of myself. But to be within breathing distance of him would already be a dream come true

Cameron Strang (and the rest of the Relevant crew)

He and his Relevant Magazine are personal heroes and inspirations of mine. I’ve always wanted to put up our own local and humble version of this multi-media “empire” where faith meets pop culture. One day, I will visit their Orlando office and see where all the magic happens

Cynthia Alexander

I would probably and embarrassingly do a “we’re not worthy” homage to this woman when I do finally meet her just because I think her music is the most awesome thing that has come out of a Filipina

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Not Sarah Michelle Gellar but the actual Buffy, if she was a real person. She is still my favorite TV heroine of all time and I would love to be able to just gab with her like we were buddies

Jon Acuff

He makes me LOL and think at the same time with every blog post in Stuff Christians Like and he would probably be a riot in person too

Neil Gaiman

I’ve already met him once (squee) but I only remember half of what we talked about because I was too star struck and so I would love to have another go at a real conversation with him. And maybe this time, I wouldn’t be dazed and confused

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Top 10 Tuesday

 

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