Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Truly Yours.. Yours Truly..

Enough is enough.
If it's not yours, then it will not going to be yours..
even if it takes a lifetime.

Wait till you get the best drop initially intended,
only for you..
destined by heavens above.

That's what you can call
which will bring true happiness and peace of mind..
even if it takes a lifetime.
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Monday, February 27, 2012

Just For One Night: The Greatest Hits Tour

It's a blast!
It's a dream come true!


I watched "The Greatest Hits Tour" featuring boybands a1, Blue, and Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees at Smart Araneta with my mom last February 25, 2012. It was all worth it! :D

I am an avid a1 fan ever since they started in the music industry. I've collected all their albums, whereas cassette tapes are still being sold in record bars during those times. I have all of their albums from regular to special edition original copies. Currently, I felt lucky for having their current album with autographs on it, as it was released during the concert.

Complete photos on Facebook.

So the concert..

Jeff Timmons was a member of the boyband 98 degrees. He started the performance singing 98 degrees' hits like I Do and enchanted the audience by his manly appeal. He has a very good vocals, as I may add. Jeff also surprised the audience as he collaborated with the Filipino band "South Border" and sang the OPM hit "Rainbow".

Visit Jeff Timmons on: Official SiteFacebook, Myspace, Twitter

a1 returned onstage after ten years and their performance was still amazingly high-energizing and it totally rocks the Araneta away as they performed their greatest hits from their previous albums like Everytime, Like a Rose, Same Old Brand New You, and Ready or Not, and some songs from the newest "Waiting For Daylight" album. Ben Adams, Christian Ingebrigsten, and Mark Read blew everybody as they shared that they found out their adopted Filipino names: Bentoy, Chan-chan, and Macoy or Mac-mac. Seemingly among the three performers, they were the ones who sang longer than the others.

And because of this, it makes my ticket all worth it! Hahah!

a1 also signed 500 Waiting For Daylight albums that were sold before and after the concert, signifying the availability of the album in the Philippines. Aside from singing their songs, a1 also sang  their renditions of "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga and "I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas.

Last to perform is Blue. This boyband performed using minus one songs since they don't have any band or back-up singers compared to the two performers. On the other hand, they were the only ones who showed choreographed performance: singing and dancing, and changed their outfit after singing a few songs. Duncan James, Lee Ryan, Antony Costa, and Simon Webb came back in the country after eight years, and still managed to blew off the crowd with their hits Fly By, If You Come Back, All Rise, Too Close, and many more.

Follow Blue on: Twitter, Facebook, Myspace

Friday, February 24, 2012

Dress Up Hannah #4: The Queen's Parade

Event: Flores de Mayo at Yell Adworks
Location: Yell Adworks, Eastwood Libis, Quezon City
Date: May 2011
Complete Photos on: Facebook

Outfit by: Adora's Creations
Accessories from: Ofie Paguntalan (mom)
Shoes: 2" Vivacci Princess open-toe shoes
Hair by: Hannah Meryl
Make-up by: Mara Navarro


Event: Duenas Town Fiesta 2008: Coronation Night
Location: Municipality of Duenas, Iloilo
Date: September 30, 2008
Complete Photos on: Facebook and Multiply

Outfit by: Adora's Creations
Accessories from: Ofie Paguntalan (mom)
Shoes: 2" Vivacci Princess open-toe shoes
Hair and Make-up by: Charlie Panes

Dress Up Hannah #3: The Church Parade

Event: Duenas Town Fiesta 2008: Early Parade of the Town Fiesta King and Queen
Location: Municipality of  Duenas, Iloilo
Date: September 30, 2008
Complete Photos on: Facebook and Multiply

Outfit by: Adora's Creations (Princess Belle-inspired Gown)
Accessories from: Ofie Paguntalan (mom)
Shoes: 3" Gold wedge from Parisian
Hair and Make-up by: Charlie Panes

Dress Up Hannah #2: The Float Parade of the Town Fiesta King and Queen 2008

Event: Duenas Town Fiesta 2008: Float Parade of the Town Fiesta King and Queen
Location: Municipality of Duenas, Iloilo
Date: September 28, 2008
Complete Photos on: Facebook and Multiply

Outfit by: Adora's Creations
Accessories from: Ofie Paguntalan (mom)
Shoes: 2" heels from Gibi
Hair and Make-up by: Charlie Panes

Dress Up Hannah #1: Debutante

Event: Hannah Meryl's 18th Birthday
Location: Quezon City Sports Club, E. Rodriguez
Date: December 09, 2007
Complete Photos on: Multiply

Gown by: Adora's Creations
Accessories from: Ofie Paguntalan (mom)
Shoes: 2" heels from Gibi

Quote #1: Lullaby Rhyme

I'm just sleepy.
Waiting for my lullaby rhyme.
I'm used to hearing it most of the time, few months ago.
No need to change channels.
But it was seemingly losing on the current wave,
Keeping me up, up, and away...
Requesting the DJ to play it again.
Then later,
again and again..
As long as there's this chance to make requests,
hooking up different names,
asking for a back-to-back replay.
So long, as I may say.
The sound can't continue on this day.
Sorry lullaby, you just have to be revised.
For its melody can't catch the blasting songs of today,
but no tomorrow can ever forget..
How such a classical rhyme beholds
the crest to my sleeping heart.

PHOTO FROM: http://j-toki.tumblr.com/musictoyourheart

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Best Friends Forever

December 1992 is such a history. Though the specific day is hardly to remember, but it is one of those days in December when Christmas parties are usually held.

Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom) in Valenzuela City is where my mom used to work more than 20 years. Working with her in the same branch is Ninang Lily, one of her closest best friends and as she usually shares, someone like her sister. Ninang Lily, my baptismal godmother, has a daughter named Lyane, whom I call Yanyan. Yan and I (also known as Megmeg or Meg) first enjoyed each other's company during our mothers' Christmas party in their branch, where employees bring their children to play games and receive gifts.

First time Yanyan and I met, we became real close. We laughed and played, and our moms told us that we followed one another all the time during the party. We enjoyed each other's company throughout the event and just stayed close until then. It was in my surprise when I found out that I already met Yan on the day she was born.

The Christmas party never stopped us from being friends. After the memorable night, it ended up that we see each other every weekend in the mall, since both parties love to shop and hangout. As we grew up doing the same thing, our moms let us leave their side and roam around the mall wherein we enjoyed playing in the coin machine of World's of Fun and won lots of tickets.

Not just the mall, but we wrote each other's stationary letters. We sent it to our moms and they'll exchange letters. Yanyan also used to stay at our house and have a sleepover.

We enjoyed boybands at that time especially our favorite a1 (Ben, Christian, Paul, and Mark), wherein we memorized, sang, and watched their music videos played on MTV. At the same time, we both shared the likes for pink stuff and Hello Kitty.

We also enjoyed our out-of-the-country trip to Singapore for a few days during our highschool years, together with our moms.

Ironic isn't it? But we get along so well.

More years came and we became busy, but since there's communication and malls, we still meet up and enjoy the day.

I was a year ahead in studies. When I entered college, my parents got me a good-for-two dormitory room (without someone to share it to) near Miriam College. Yanyan, on my second year, joined me in the dorm and we stayed there for three years. We enjoyed the environment of Katipunan and especially the fact that we seemed to be independent. We even tried to complete eating in each restaurant and experienced staying in Mcdonalds or Starbucks until early morning doing tambay, doing school assignments, and grabbing the opportunity to use free Wi-Fi access.

On the current, we hardly meet since both are already working. For a year, it seems we meet two or three days only doing shopping, movie, and dine at Megamall or Shangrila in Ortigas.

We may be meeting different people and acquiring lots of close friends, but we believe in our hears, we still are best friends.

Both found a precious company - a younger and older sister, and a true friend..

Our closeness won't even leave any shallow hole for separation..

"No one and nothing can break us" as we used to say..

Hopefully, we stay strong.
We never fight.
We love and care for one another.
And especially, we stay honest as we are..

Because friends matters to us.
Best friends connects deeply to our hearts..

Essence is Meg and Yan, Best friends Forever!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Better as Friends

Don’t ever think that what you have now will be yours forever.

You may find someone who you think is suitable for you after such a long journey.

That person will certainly make you feel comfortable after a short acquaintance.

After some span of time, you’ll surely become true friends, get closer, and bloom as best of friends.

In the middle of the enjoyable company, never make any realization for this may cause confusion.

Feelings will start to ponder, more blast of laughter and togetherness, and sooner if both parties confess and divulge the hidden clue, flags will soon waive in the air.

Love and joy will scatter all over. One big joy of hearts began to foretell another chapter of the lost book.

In the midst of each day’s celebration, it is such an unfortunate tale to find out that one already belongs to someone else. Though, heart seems to be shielded only for you, as the other says.

It is hard to give the benefit of the doubt, even though you try to understand the situation time after time.

A certain principle is applicable to change.
A specific law is open for amendments.
But the shoutouts of raging hearts will always ponder the inmost feeling on how each transpires one another and accepts imperfections within the relationship.

Nonetheless, you may still feel happy, but torn to reality.
You wanted to shout “STOP!” real loud, but you couldn’t.

On the other note, as days pass by, you utterly find solutions.
Go back. Stare at the photos and gifts. Try searching. Remember the feeling. Remove confusion. And close the book. No chapter should continue for it is illicit. You are just confused.

Not today or tomorrow, but on the latter part, you will feel that you can keep that precious someone with you if you’d stay closer as friends, real friends.

Even though the other might pursue, but there are lots of things that can divert your attention as you focused on what’s ahead for a better future.

No one needs to go away. Separation is not necessary. ‘Coz deep inside of both hearts, love is present – precious, real, and honest.
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Lose the Pounds

Way back in childhood, like usual kids, I enjoyed food cooked by my mom, dad, and nanay (my grandmom)..
Our family loves to eat most of the time at a buffet restaurant like Dad's in Megamall or Saisaki in West Avenue.
Mom used to cook varieties of meals everyday..
food are piling up inside our refrigerator,
we have baskets of bread and snacks, chocolates, cereals, and other sweet stuff,
we got stocks of softdrinks, milk, and chocolate drinks..
no wonder people used to say that we look like "napabayaan sa kusina".

My kuya and I never became obese, but since we were tall when we were just kids,
we looked like "malaking bulas" as compared to other kids around us.

Never did I became conscious at myself for having a 140+ pounds as I grew up in highschool. Maybe I did try to become conscious, but did not know how to stop eating three plates each meal. Snacks are not yet counted, depending on the cravings that I had for a certain day.


Highschool life is where teenage life started to ponder around the campus. Puppy love becomes extravagant and more and more teenagers try to be matured and even change the way they look. Lots of girls and boys make sure that they're center of attention or be one of those Mr. and Ms. Popularity. This part of growing up does not become a reason for me to change. I'm like a nerd, but not the typical one, since I got lots of friends and still enjoy social life.  I just focuses on my studies and extra-curricular activities as I aim for high grades and position in top students for our batch. My goal is to stay in the 1st section every year, achieving lots of academic recognitions and awards, and I never make a deal on how I look physically.

On my fourth year of highschool, I got my braces. It's a start of anew look actually, but it doesn't change anything. I never plucked my eyebrows, not because my dad doesn't want to, but because I just don't think it's necessary. I didn't enjoy make-up unless there's a specific event and I only used to have cologne and powder inside my bag.

During that specific year, I indulge myself in extra-curricular organizations in school. I become a Center and Power Forward of the basketball team and is promoted as a c/Lt. Col Wing Logistics and Supply of the Citizenship Advancement Training (CAT) where we compete in different schools. It was at the end of highschool that I finally become conscious on how I look. Luckily, my extra-co orgs have helped me lose some weight already.

I really don't have fashion sense, because I always wear elephant pants and a short-fitted top, where in fact, most girls at my age tend to enjoy different outfit and looks really really great.

Definitely, it becomes a challenge when I started college. Studying in an exclusive all girls school like Miriam College seems to be a lot more pressure.


Since it's a long travel time from our house to Katipunan, my parents decided that I should stay in a dormitory in front of my school.

Living independently, this signifies the start of my diet plans.
For four years living in a dorm, mom used to cook different food every Saturday. As I return to the dorm on a Sunday night, I have brought with me many microwavable canisters of food and and rice which I can eat for the whole week.

Starting my diet regimen, I tried lots of things.

I avoid rice for about three months and definitely got a positive outcome.
Slimming coffee on the other hand tastes horrible.
Slimming pills are effective, but it's not a good thing to rely on it since there may be side effects in the future.
Slimming teas surely brings out the food I just ate, but will definitely keep me awake for all the suffering and sweat that I'm losing inside the bathroom.

I started to make experiments in my heating habits. When I regain eating rice after three months, I make another change. The usual three-day meal turns to two, and then turns to one. Hard to believe, but I fell to a certain situation wherein I'm having eating disorder because I didn't feel hungry at all, ending up to my realization that I haven't been eating since dinner until three in the afternoon. Due to this, I researched and found out that it's better to have a heavy meal during breakfast, small meal in the afternoon, and no dinner. It is effective - very very effective. 

Currently, I am still eating all the food that I want but I make sure that I won't go over the boundary of my intestines. I always follow my stomach. If it makes me feel that it's full, then I'll stop eating. If it's just confused of being hungry, then I divert my attention to other things.  At the same time, I believe that it is a big help if I move a lot like standing after eating for a couple of minutes or doing some chores, which is an alternative of my treadmill exercise. It is also a good thing to drink warm water or tea, because it helps with the digestion, rather than having cold drinks which only compresses fats inside the stomach.

Nonetheless, I believe that everyone loves to eat. Everybody wants to enjoy food as long as the gluttony-limit comes. But staying fit needs a lot of determination. Proper diet is not just only about limiting meals each day, but it comes with hardship to earn the pounds of our dreams. 

Since then, I lost about 20 pounds and still enjoy eating with proper diet and exercise.

It's never too late for a person to lose weight.
Pills, diet, exercise, or other remedies are useless,
UNLESS there's big determination.



Saturday, February 4, 2012

Something to keep me up

It's not too late..
but here I come!

It's funny how I decided to start a blog a bit late, where in fact, most people have already told me to make one way back in college.

I wasn't confident enough to make a blog, since I don't have a specific topic in mind to share to.
I am not a total fashionista, gaming addict, gadget-lover, or a traveler type of blogger.
I don't want to pretend to be one.
But, all I know is that I can only share what I've got and make myself be more natural.

In the following days, weeks, months, or year, I have been fully thinking that maybe I really can keep up with something to keep me more inspired each and every day.

I used the net most of the time and I thought that maybe it isn't hard to blog, as long as I got the heart to do it.

More and more, I'll try to keep things up ahead.
I wanted to keep myself more visible as I head onto more responsibilities of my life.
I wanted to share each and every experiences that I'd or I might be having in the future.

Ups and downs, I still have this.
I used to sing, write, and do creative stuff when I'm happy or sad.
And every output looks way better than things made out with plan.

This blog is definitely Me. 
No one else.