Thursday, June 23, 2011

Closer To Home

17 June 2011
  • Luxuria opens.
18 June 2011
  • (La Chiquitta) is grateful for the applause. Dai ga, do che. Ngoh oi lei dei. --via Twitter
19 June 2011
  • Exactly a year ago tonight, Oliver was onstage-- the biggest choreographic project I've had to date, that led me to whole world of opportunities and possibilities.
20 June 2011
  • At Sunny Bay watching guests and cast members wait for the Disney train to open. I remember when I was one of them. When everyday, I would stand on this very same spot and wait for these very same doors to open, signalling the start of my workday. I have moved on from that life, and that piece of my past feels so distant to me now. I thank the Universe for where I am now, and I thank Mickey for opening even more doors for me besides those of his trains.
  • After 17 years of smoking (from when I was 11 years old), I gave it up, just like that, one day in 2008. Today, I celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of my Smoking Cessation.
21 June 2011
  • For the extra day off spent lazily on the couch.
22 June 2011
  • Dance Gala finished!
23 June 2011
  • The easy 3-hours-only workday that gave me the rest of my day to sleep in an extra hour and a half; have breakfast in bed (Thanks for that, T!); attend yoga class at lunch; stand in line for 40 minutes at the Consulate to apply and pick up my OEC for next week's trip home; make T dinner; finish eating before 9pm; and just lounge at home with T in front of the tv.
  • (from Val via Facebook) "We all know that poignant singing can move anyone to tears but very rarely can dancing. This made me think of you and how you use your body in this awesome art form. You know what I mean and where I'm coming from. I love you.."
24 June 2011
  • For the rare chance for Happy Hour
25 June 2011
  • "There is something tear-jerkingly fulfilling in this exhaustion. I love my job. I can never be grateful enough." -- via Twitter
26 June 2011
  • Festival Week is over!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Long Stretch To Annual Leave

10 June 2011
  • For my students who did very well in their YPC Exam.
  • For the YPC Exam that led me to Mr. Barry's encouragement.

11 June 2011
  • For, despite the heavy downpour of rain, the calmness that Tung Chung brings.
  • For the warmth and comfort that my own bed still gives.

12 June 2011
  • For my Artistang Artlets training to remain poised and calm when faced with production stress

13 June 2011
  • For the easy Monday-in at work
  • 330 kcal burned on the stationary bike for La Chiquitta

14 June 2011
  • For my bright and lovely MT students who make Open Class a looked forward to event

15 June 2011
  • For the distraction-free and quiet time at the art room.

  • For T's brand-spanking-new stove top.
  • La Chiquitta has a new makeup bag from T. Not all drag queens are as lucky to have an accepting, loving boyfriend.

16 June 2011
  • To Rcxy for the Tender Juicy King Hotdog
  • For tonight's dress rehearsal in preparation for tomorrow's opening.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

18/365 Me First

09 June 2011
  • The chance, finally, for some me-time. Thank you, Universe! Thank you, Providence! Thank you, Fitness First!

17/365 Somewhere In The Middle

08 June 2011

Today I was asked to cover the class of a fellow teacher who had to go home in the middle of the day because she was hit by a bad case of flu.

Somewhere in the middle of the room, in the middle of her class, in the middle of singing and dancing children, I found myself smiling, whispering to the Universe a simple prayer of thanks for leading me to that very moment.

I realized that despite the many frustrations that I've been through, the many deadlines I had to beat, the little me-time I've had, the physical exhaustion of the thousand and one things I've been trying to fit into the hours over the last couple of weeks, there's always been at least one thing-- at least one-- that Life threw at me everyday to make me say

Oh, ho, ho it's magic, you know
Never believe it's not so
It's magic, you know
Never believe it's not so.

And somewhere in the middle of my lunch break, when I was supposed to be having my siesta but my mind was refusing to relax, another colleague played the piano, which calmed me down quite a bit.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

16/365 is for Dandelion

Tuesday, September 02, 2008
About A Boy And A Talking Dandelion

Dandelion: Matalino ka e. Alam mo naman yun diba? Pero sa mga ganyang bagay, hindi masyado. Alam mo na ngang mali, pinipilit mo pa. Mahilig kang nasasaktan e. Pinapahirapan mo lagi sarili mo e.

(cut to 5 minutes later)

Dandelion: Di ka kasi mapakali nang wala. Alam mo, friend.... Pokpok ka. You're a slut. Sorry ha? Pero ganun talaga.

Boy: (smiling sincerely) Thank you.

Dandelion: Alam mo yun... (attempts to explain further)

Boy: I appreciate the honesty, really.

Dandelion: Talaga?

Boy: Oo. Kasi nga diba, you're my voice of reason? Ikaw yung mirror ko. Ikaw yung nagsasabi ng totoo, kahit gaano kasakit. Sinasabi mo lang, as it is --- as an observation, nang walang halong judgement. Hindi nandadaot. Kaya I value your opinion.

Dandelion: Hanggang ngayon?

Boy: Oo.

...and then a wingless angel flew by and disrupted the drama.

Happy mid-30's birthday, Dan-- my best-friend-slash-ex-flatmate-slash-podcast-partner-slash-voice-of-reason-slash-adoptive-nakatatandang-brother!

I thank the Universe for the incomparable brotherhood that She allowed us to share. And I thank you for your insurmountable Dan-ness.

I love you!