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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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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Want to Read Next

This doesn’t include yet the books that I bought that I still haven’t read. That is a whole other loooong list

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I breezed through Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but I find myself both reluctant and dying to read this last book in the trilogy, mostly because it’s the last book. I don’t want my adventure into the world of Panem


2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

They say it’s The X Men meets The Orphanage. I want to see all the creepy pictures too. But this is a book that should probably not be read late at night. Unless you like to scare yourself to death.


3. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Even though you cannot technically call me a Young Adult anymore, I adore well-written YA novels. I’ve been reading a lot of good about this one, which deals with teen suicide, a subject that is very close to my heart.


4. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

I have the ebook, but I want to devour this critically-acclaimed book (that I dubbed hipster emo) in its actual book form. I guess I have to prepare myself for lots of tears.


5. That 5th Book in the Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants series

I don’t know the title, and it hasn’t been released yet, but apparently, it’s a 10 years after book which will wrap up the story of the four girls that are my best friends in my head. Yes, in my imaginings, I am the 5th sister 🙂

6. Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel

It’s lying there on my table, just waiting to be bought and taken home (even though I bought 10 books during our sale and I have only read just one). I am fascinated with non-fiction books that ask me to re-examine all my previously (and stubbornly) held beliefs because I want to grow more in my faith.

7. Quitter by Jon Acuff

I am not quitting my job anytime soon, but I’ve been in the quitting position a hundred (exaggerated of course) times before. And I know a lot of people who are having a dilemma about this. And I find Jon Acuff adorably hilarious


8. HYPERtheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations by Chuck Klosterman

Okay, not technically a book, but anything released by my favorite American essayist is something that I want to read/buy/inhale


9. Onward by Howard Schultz: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul

Aside from Apple, the company that has enthralled me for the past few years has been Starbucks. Not just coz I’m a coffee addict but because they have such a firm hold on their brand identity, customer service and social media

10. El Nino: My Story by Fernando Torres

Because I will forever be his fangirl



Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Top 10 Tuesday


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Footballers That Make Me Go All Fangirly

Guys, you had better close your eyes or not read this at all

You have been warned: This is purely a fangirl and girly-girl post. I’ve been a “serious” football fan for almost a year now, but every once in a while, I have got to let the inner fangirl out so she won’t feel so deprived. And this is just one of those days. These players’ footballing skills play a major part in why I think they’re hot but some are just majorly eye-candy.

1. Fernando Torres / Nando

Plays for: Chelsea FC (much to my heartbreak) and Spain NT (where I first fell in love with him)

Known As/For: El Nino (The Kid), Liverpool fell in love with him then he broke Liverpool’s heart; one of the best strikers until a year ago when injury struck and until now, he’s still trying to get back in form

Why I Love Him: The freckles, the bitchface, the beautiful wife, the adorable kids, the hair (when he was still blond). And of course, the skillzzzz.

2. Kaka

Plays for: Real Madrid and Brazil NT

Known As/For: One of the best creative midfielders a few years back until (same story as Nando); Had the most expensive transfer fee when AC Milan sold him to Real Madrid, until Crissy Poo smashed that record

Why I Love Him: The gentle smile, the eyebrows, the gorgeous wife, the adorable kid. But most of all, he’s very vocal about his faith and that’s a big thumbs up in my book

3. Xabi Alonso

Plays for: Real Madrid and Spain NT

Known As/For: One of the best midfielders of today (2nd in my book); the major reason why Liverpool is not in the Top 4 anymore

Why I Love Him: His sense of style, how he rarely smiles, the ginger beard, and yes, i love myself a great midfielder

4. Aly Borromeo

Plays for: Kaya FC and Philippine NT (Azkals)

Known As/For: Captain Fantastic – he’s the captain for both teams

Why I Love Him: Chiseled features, confident smile and there’s something about strong central defenders that brings out the damsel in me 🙂

5. Jack Wilshere

Plays for: Arsenal and England NT

Known as/for: The future of England (and Arsenal too)

Why I Love Him: The dimples, the funny tweets, the cute dog, and the desire and enthusiasm to play as many games for club and country



6. Iker Casillas

Plays for: Real Madrid and Spain NT

Known as/for: San Iker, Best Goalkeeper during the World Cup, one of the world’s best goalkeepers, candidate for sweetest boyfriend (see video below)

Why I Love Him: aside from the reasons above, just look at him 🙂 He can also have a secondary career as a model. And of course this video

Why I Love Him: The dimples, the funny tweets, the puppy love, and the desire and enthusiasm to play as many games for club and country

7. Yoann Gourcuff

Plays for: Lyon and France NT

Known As/For: The only bright spot in France’s dismal World Cup

Why I Love Him: Just look at those eyelashes and cheekbones and abs and…wait I lost my train of thought



8. Pep Guardiola

Plays for: Used to play for and now coaches my absolute favorite club Barcelona

Known for: Considered one of the, if not the, best football manager of current times, winning Barcelona the sextuple (six trophies in six competitions in one year)

Why I Love Him: The intensity coupled with the movie-star looks (and the impeccable suits to boot) is just so darn attractive


9. Tim Cahill

Plays for: Everton and Australian NT

Known As/For: Scored the first ever goal for Australia in a World Cup; Has one of the best heads in the Prem League (meaning he scores a lot of goals with his head)

Why I Love Him: Two words – abstastic and tattoos



10. Aitor Ocio

I know absolutely nothing about him except that he plays for Athletic Bilbao. But just look at him…

That is the tame photo. Click here to see what I sometimes take a peek at when I’m feeling down.

HALL OF FAME: David Beckham

Every football fangirl  has to start somwhere, and who better than The Davide Beckham to make you addicted to football

Special Mentions:

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain)

David Villa (Barcelona and Spain)

Mikel Arteta (Everton)

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool and England)

Anton del Rosario (Kaya FC and Azkals)

Theo Walcott (Arsenal and England)




Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Top 10 Tuesday


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Songs I Can’t Get Out of My Head Lately Vol 1

(Note: This playlist is heavily influenced by the Relevant Magazine podcast)

1. How He Loves by John Mark McMillan – the Relevant gang calls this the “Shout of the Lord” of this new generation. He had me at “If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.”

2.  Passion Play by William Fitzimons – This song just about kills me everytime I listen to it because it reminds me of His stubborn love even when I was hiding and pushing Him away. “I should not have hid where my heart can’t follow”

3. City by Sara Bareilles – No matter how many times I shuffle my Ipod, this song always comes up and haunts me

4. Brand New Day as covered by Aly Michalka – I usually consider Sting covers blasphemous, but this is one of the few I like. Go Hellcats!

5. Take Me Away by Pink Slip (aka Lindsay Lohan’s band on Freaky Friday) – because once upon a time, LL was awesome

6. Your Heart is an Empty Room by Death Cab for Cutie – my love song to myself. “But you shed not a single tear for the things that you didn’t need
Cause you knew you were finally free”

7. Radioactive by Kings of Leon – this song just sticks to my head like glue. He really sounds like a young Bono doesn’t he? Even Bono says so himself

8. Neighborhood #1 by Arcade Fire – Of course it’s not a worship song per se, but when they start wailing “Purify the colours, purify my mind, and spread the ashes of the colours over this heart of mine!”, I am speaking and singing to Him alone

9. Stay (Faraway So Close) by U2 – you always have to have a U2 song that you can’t get out of your head

10. Tracing by John Mayer – still on a John Mayer hangover, despite the hotel trashing rumors. Let’s just stick to the music eh? We already know that most rock stars are douches anyway

11. 15 Step by Radiohead – that drum beat and Thom Yorke’s voice is just so addictive and mesmerizing

12. Monday by Carlo Dall’ Anese e Fabio Castro – heard this song in a Fernando Torres goal compilation video and it’s just such a rousing and beautiful song


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100 Things I Love Project: #2 – Football

Well duh

If you are in my social network, chances are you’ve seen my gazillion a day statuses about football, Nando, Spain, Fernando Torres, World Cup, Fern. You see where I’m going.

And even though I have a few friends (with emphasis on the few. I count maybe 8 or 10) who understand my fascination with the sport. Most react with “that’s boring” or “gwapo lang mga players” or “basketball na lang”

But I believe my love affair with football is just starting to take off and will continue for the rest of my life (and 80% of the world agrees with me)

Okay, I have to admit that I initially got hooked on the sport because of the hot men (if you’re a female with a pulse, you would of course). And I have to admit that until now, I can be such a girl about them

But along the way, I just fell in love with the beauty of the sport and the players who run a 120 meter field for 45 minutes straight per half, without so much as a water or bathroom or breathing break

I love seeing the passes and the sneak attacks and the aggressive defending and the amazing last-minute saves and the incredible footwork and the breathtaking speed

And yes, goals are very few and far between, but that just means that each goal is a cause for the ultimate celebration. Each goal is just so worth it.

And I also love the obsessive nature of the sport, with fans going to great lengths to support their favorite players, countries and clubs. That they would do/say/post anything for their faves is a testament to how gripping the sport (and yes, the behind-the-scenes drama) is.

And the men. Okay, don’t get me started on the men. Just a few words. Nando. Kaka. Almost the whole Spanish team. Messi. Mueller. Gerrard. Bocanegra. Gourcuff. Higuain. Santa Cruz. Okay, enough drooling now

After this World Cup, the next step for me is learn the game more. Oh, and yeah, pick a club. My friends have been convincing me to go with ManU or Arsenal or Barca or Inter. And because I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Spain, I’d probably go for Barca and Liverpool (only for Nando and Iker).

And I don’t care if you follow the sport because of the guys or because everyone you know is following it, as long as there are more Filipinos who love the game, I’m happy

Te amo futbal!!!

Vamonos La Furia Roja

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Posted by on July 10, 2010 in 100 Things I Love, Footie


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