Saturday, November 27, 2004
Keep visiting the Pansitan in the meanwhile :-)
Friday, November 26, 2004
We've been doing killer shows with APO, and with the ones we do with Nennette and Geneva. Zurich, Geneva, Amsterdam, and Rome were super! Europe's kinda laidback when it comes to internet acess though. This is the first time I have internet access for free. Wi Fi is practicaly non existent here and the keyboards are arranged differently. Ayayay!
The only drawback to the whole trip so far was the flawless stealing of my wallet at a the train in Rome. Bwisit! Though I must say after a few minutes of cursing that I can only give credit to this guy who did such a smooth Italian Job on me. I lost all my credit cards, license (driving and diving), ATM, etc..And I thought I was well-traveled and street smart. You win some and you lose some. Who was it who said that sometimes one is the statue, and sometimes one is the dove!
This will be all until my next internet access. Ciao! Aufwiedersen! Arriverdecci! Er..what country am I in today? This weekend, we do Vienna. Then we go London, then Copenhagen , then back tp London for our final show. Home on the 8th!!! Can't wait. To those who've been writing, salamat! Will write when I get back.
And shame on whoever you are for defacing my blog. I bet you steal tips from restaurants. Or maybe you were the guy who stole my wallet.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
--Have you noticed how local beer commercials never show anyone actually drinking beer? If you haven’t, watch out next time you see an ad on air. I know that for a fact because I came out in many beer commercials in the past. They always show someone bringing a glass or a bottle to his mouth suggesting that they are taking a swig but never actually show the talent gulping it. Why, you may ask! The answer is unbelievable but true. Are you ready? It’s because …well.. it’s kinda “unethical” to show anyone consuming alcohol! Bwahahahahaha!!! I’m not kidding. <>
Go ahead! Shake your head in disbelief!
Some people are just so lucky!!
---Mio is getting to be more and more like me. He plays the guitar everyday, and with such passion and devotion like the guitar was his girlfriend! I used to be like that although I loved my girlfriends as much as my guitars! I also think he plays better than me when I was his age. He likes rock music but is quite partial also to all types of jazz. Actually he can appreciate almost anything. He surprises me at times when he asks me for the chords of some
---During dinner, I was talking to
Think of all the young stars of say, some 5 years back. Quite a number of them did not linger long enough to be memorable. Maybe it's because in today's multi-media set-up, it takes less talent to make it. With technology these days, almost anybody can sound passable in a recording studio. Or maybe it’s because many celebrity careers are launched and tied up with products—soaps, shampoos, soft drinks, burgers, and the like and so when the campaign changes, they vanish as quickly. Unless of course they are taken for another ad or make the switch to a TV show, a recording, movie, etc... Or maybe it’s just a faster, throw-away world. Andy Warhol was right when he said in the 60’s that, “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”
It's a pity since so many young stars these days choose to be in showbiz instead of being in school. Listen to this old man. Get an education. It will always come in handy in and out of showbiz.
-- I can't stand it how some restaurants have a smoking and non-smoking area ostensibly to protect the non-smokers from second hand smoke. Gimme a break. It's about as logical as putting a pissing and non-pissing section in a swimming pool.
---I am seriously looking into the prospect of having my own internet radio station. I was so fascinated when
My type of guy!
Next entry will hopefully be from Europe!
Monday, November 08, 2004
The title of this should be “Impossible Yet True!” I am talking about events that I never thought I would see in my lifetime. These events are historical in nature and have had or continue to have a continuing significant impact in the world.
1) The Collapse of the
I was born 1951 into a world that was divided between the
Until the day the Berlin Wall fell.
Since then, I have never again mocked or underestimated the power of invocation and prayer!
2) The Re-election of George Bush
There are political upsets and THERE ARE POLITICAL UPSETS!. Early November 3, I could not believe that the trend was going towards a Dubya victory. How could it when this man is probably the most hated leader in the world and one who lied and cheated his own people just to justify his war.
But the biggest bombshell about this election was the coming out of so many believers in the red states--- fundamentalist Christians, conservatives who voted by the numbers to reject a man who understood the world more, and whose policies were more for the middle class and poor instead of the filthy rich of America, and all because they saw in Bush someone who had “family values” and the one who could protect them from terrorist attack. Overnight, the world woke up to two Americas with the fundamentalist face being the dominant one. The other image of
(An item in today's Inquirer--In the news today, the New Zealand immigration people reported that Americans were inquiring into immigrating there by the thousands. They said that their usual internet traffic of less than 2000 hits a day now hit an average 10,000 hits daily ---all from the US. They used to get 6 calls a day but now it's 200+ and increasing. And it started 11PM of November 2, when it became evident that Bush was winning!
An interesting sign of the times.)
3) People Power 1
It seemed like Marcos was going to live and rule forever. And then, things started to move so quickly after the ’86 elections and soon after, there were millions of people marching and defying the dictator's forces in numbers the world had never seen. As a testimony to our people power experience, an American reporter covering the Tienanmen uprising in
For one brief shining moment, the
4) The Greenhouse Effect
For decades since it was first hypothesized, a great number of scientists had doubts that the emissions released into the atmosphere would actually cause the earth to become a hot greenhouse, burn the oceans, alter the weather and melt the polar caps. Not anymore. According to many prominent scientists now, the North and South Pole icebergs are melting and will completely vanish by the year 2100. And when that happens, oceans will rise at least 1 meter everywhere, and too bad for places like
The tragedy in all this is the Bush administration still refuses to recognize this imminent meltdown as a scientific fact and so will not sign the Kyoto Protocol that mandates every country to limit their gas emissions to 1990 levels. But every environmentalist knows that the reason why the
5) The Fall of the
Who would have thought that an attack, more so of this magnitude, could happen to the world’s greatest superpower?
The 70’s invented the defiant cry “Make Love Not War”, and other sexy soundbites like “Save Water. Shower With A Friend!”. So-called “free love” and “open relationships” were real options then. Sex at that time seemed so innocent and fun. While it may send you to hell (if you believed the Catholic priests and nuns) or cause unwanted pregnancy, it was not going kill you. One could get a few nasty itches and they could be anywhere from irritating to dangerous but not life-threatening. Now whole continents of people are dying of AIDS because of" unprotected sex".
My God, what have we humans done to something so beautiful?
7) Pedophilia in the Church
As if it was not enough that the Church laity were thinning out, the shocking exposure of widespread pedophilia reverberates to this day all over the world. The Church will have to change and rethink itself drasticaly if it is to continue its mission.
The seemingly simple past is now just a distant, romantic memory. The human race is driving towards the future without a rear view mirror. We are racing into the unknown. All the events above were totally unforeseen, or even if they were, they just seemed too wild to take seriously. We are now at the tipping point where we can completely alter nature’s and man's evolution. We can literallly perish unless we all come together and solve the problems as mankind.
Who knows what can and will happen? Right now, nothing is too wild to predict.
That being the case, I am putting on my manghuhula turban and will make the following predictions for the next 10 years:
I predict that
A wave of religious conservatism will plague the
Islam and the west will see more violent clashes. (Duh! Obvious ba?) Iraq will remain a quagmire for the next 5 years at least.
Lastly, I predict that Jasmine Trias, the
Next time you hear from me, I will be in Europe. I predict it will be vvvverrry ccccold!!!
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Before the conference started, we went sight-seeing in
Atop Borubudur temple. Inside the huge bells are sitting Buddhas still intact!
You gotta hand it to our Asean neighbors.
We were also able to watch a beautiful ballet rendition of the Ramayana epic al fresco! I was able to witness a couple of productions in
Ramayana's fiery end where Sita, the one in the center proves her "purity" to Rama by surviving fire unscathed!!
I love visiting places in
This will be quite a traveling month. I will be posting stuff along the way so I hope you keep visiting.