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Because Music This Good is Meant to be Shared…

… We’re not broken just bent…

I find this as an ode for couples who’ve been together for years already and as they say, familiarity breeds contempt. When it should not.

People just have the tendency to be overly familiar with the person they love, that they take each for granted. Even disregarding those mundane acts of love like, making you coffee every morning, cooking breakfast for you…

I cannot compose my thoughts yet, so here’s a song that makes us realize how poles apart men and women think. The lyrics, vocals and melody are perfectly married into one perfect song.

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(Close) Encounters With A Yeti

**** Check related post here.

Over at lunch a few months back with my new teammates, the band Encounters With A Yeti (EWAY) came up amid the slew of conversations from across the table and endlessly waiting for our orders to be served.

PILOT is the first CD I bought in ages since I mostly just download. As I listen to it, it actually set the mood for writing this post.

It was only when I came across this article recently that I remember to check them out. And I wasn’t prepared for their kind of music. They sound amazing that colonial mentality almost immediately kicked in. Had I not known that they are Filipinos, I would have mistaken them for Swedish because they have that Nordic vibe going on. I don’t even know how to explain it. Basta.

They classify their music as acousmatic. Instrumental post-rock as some would say. I thought they were progressive rock. Whatever their genre is, I don’t think they are the type who want to be stereotyped and tied down to a particular genre.

As their music is a work of art on its own, each track is further represented by a different art piece.

Don’t take my word for it; listen to the tracks they posted on their Facebook or Myspace pages. I thought their music has that kind of sad note to it that it should be avoided when you’re in that hopeless place. 😉   It makes you want to stare into space and just get lost in your own little world. But the thing is, their music takes you to staggering highs and shattering lows. It’s just amazing.

I am happy for their underground fame as they get to do what they love minus the unnecessary pressures that come along with going mainstream. With bands like them, I get hopeful that our music industry has not deteriorated to a sorry pulp, courtesy of this particular novelty songwriter who just annoys the beejeezes out of me with his altered nursery rhyme that is called his ‘composition’. A serious insult to real songwriters who make really good songs and music pieces. (Inhale…. exhale! There…. much better 😀 )

I have yet to watch them live though. They have their regular gigs at Saguijo in Makati every third Saturday of the month and other gigs at Route 196 over at Katipunan. You can check out their sites for updates. Their album entitled Pilot is available at Fully Booked but I suggest you call first because there is an off chance of it being sold out already (like Greenbelt branch, unless they’ve re-stocked). These guys have a cult following, you see. 😀

By the way,  did I say that their bassist personally handed me over my copy? Well, he’s a fellow cube dweller, too. How cool is that? \m/(>_<)\m/

Encounters With A Yeti are:

Ponchie Buenavista, guitarist;  Ross Pleyto, bassist; Caloy Tiangco, drummer; Ariel Mesina, drummer; Niño Valmonte, guitarist; Ramon Rivera, guitarist; Des Lawas, keyboardist and Cocoy Silva, drummer.

Thanks to Ross for having my copy signed by everyone 😀

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The Perks and Pains of Being My Mother’s Daughter

As kids, we were embarrassed that we call our mom ‘Nanay’ because our classmates call their mothers ‘Mommy’ or ‘Mama’. Because though we were poor, feeling shashal pa din ang peg naming magkakapatid.

I am so glad my mother is old school and doesn’t use the computer. I bet she will gloat like anything if she knew just how much we, as adults, appreciate now what we detested then as kids.

The value of education

“Ang tanging maipapamana naming sa inyo ay magandang edukasyon.” (We can’t bequeath you with anything but good education)

“Mamili kayo, lalake o pagaaral?” (You choose, boys or school?)

***C’mon Weng! You finished school more than a decade already… you’re taking this way too far already. ***

We studied in private schools, poor as we are, and we’re not even scholars. That’s how much education is important for them.

We were NEVER allowed to have boyfriends or suitors until we finished our studies. But because I am hard-headed, I went out with this guy (a group date of sorts at Wendy’s… hahaha) I met during our soiree in high school and a suitor who happened to be our neighbor too when I was in college.

But that’s just about it. It never became serious because I was terrified that they will make good with their threat and I will stop if ever I’m found out. I’m glad I listened. I love where I am now;  thanks for a good job that sees me through my family’s needs, a bit of wants and those little luxuries that we treat ourselves with on occasions.

The value of time

“Mabuti nang ikaw ang maghintay kaysa ikaw ang hintayin” (It is better that you wait rather than make others wait for you).

We were lucky that our school is within 5-10 minutes walking distance from our house and you will think that because of its proximity we have the luxury of waking up late. Hell no! If our classes start at 7:30AM, we are woken up as early as 5:00AM to give us enough time to prepare and eat breakfast.

She instilled in us the value of time and being on time. Even in college, rare were those occasions when I was late for class or projects. On job interviews, I arrive at least 30 minutes before my schedule so I can prep up and not look like the wind blew me in. If I have presentations to make, I go to the venue way ahead of time to check if everything’s in place and that gives me time to run through my deck and relax before the participants arrive.

Of course I get late on my friends but not that late. And I make sure I text them so that they can go with the plan and I’ll just meet them wherever.

Nothing ticks me off more than people who have no respect for other people’s time. I. Hate. It.

The value of money

“Huwag ubos biyaya, bukas nakatunganga.” This is a Filipino saying that means never waste all that you have in a day then just stare into space the next day.

We grew up with just the bare necessities, for our tuition and what little pocket money they can spare us since we go home for lunch anyway.

Then life got a little better because I was working already and my sister left for the UK (typical Pinoy family tale) and she sends us money, but my mom remained as stingy as ever.  We have to goad her to do some shopping or that we go out of town for some relaxation, otherwise she won’t budge at all.

She has the habit of peeking over my shoulder when it’s time to pay the bill then she will murmur, “Ang mahal naman niyan!” To which I will tell her, “I’m paying, ok? And it’s not as though we do this everyday.”

Treat yourself well

“Pag ilalagay mo sa tiyan mo, dapat masarap.” When it comes to food, you should always go for quality.

Even as we had only enough, my parents took us to Goldilocks. FYI, since we don’t have enough money then, my father never orders food; he just waits for our leftovers.

Of course we eat fried chicken. But that half of a chicken breast is divided among us three siblings. Just so we can say we ate fried chicken. Then they will have dried fish for themselves.

Back when apples, oranges and grapes were fruits that only the rich can afford, Nanay will buy us a little of each so that we will know what these fruits taste like and won’t be ‘ignorante’ given that we are studying in private schools.

There is a slew of things that she taught us and though I may not have included them here, I am thankful that we were reared as were. Looking back on those days when we can barely get by, I promised myself, one day our fridge will have not just cold water  but with cake, ice cream, juice, fresh milk, and chocolates and I will take them to restos where all of us can order the food that we like and no one will have to wait for leftovers.

Us, siblings made good with that promise.  Growing up with barely enough to get by, made us appreciate what we have now; not much but more than enough.

Happy Mother’s Day, Nanay! You’re not perfect, you have flaws too (a lot perhaps 😉 ) but just so you know, we can never thank you enough for everything that you went through for us; ragged edges and all, you’re just the perfect Nanay for us.

Here’s a simple video I made previously; it’s a song that Nanay sings to us when we’re kids and now she sings to her grandchildren.

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Music Heard from TV Series

Ever felt that feeling that you have way too much time on your hands that you can watch series upon series? Then you realize, you didn’t have that much time; you were just awake until the wee hours of the morning.

Damn! I suffered headaches in the office and dark circles around my eyes, looking like a raccoon who subsists on several liters of caffeine just to stay awake. But these songs from Chuck and Californication made all the eyebags worth it.

Faithfully by Clem Snide

I didn’t quite get the song until a few minutes after because it was sung so differently. It was played on the fourth episode of Season 5 as Hank and ex-wife, Karen were talking about the dinner fiasco. He knows he loves her (even his date, who dissed him big time during dinner, knows it) but he has problems staying faithful to her. Men! Honestly! 

Little Round Mirrors by Harvey Danger

This song was played as Becca was looking out the window, she saw her guitar teacher, who she happens to be crushing on, pick up Mia for a date.  That scene was a real heart breaker.

Nothing Man by Pearl Jam

Probably one of the best scenes from Californication. The letter that Hank wrote for Karen was so simple yet it strikes a raw nerve. He is such a chronic womanizer but there is this one woman who turns him into a putty in her hands.  I think this was that one scene that had me glued to this series until now.

In My Sleep by Austin Hartley-Leonard and Kendall Jane Meade

A few seconds into the song and I had to Google the lyrics and find out what the song was. I just love how Chuck gets so flustered and incoherent around Sarah like a teenage boy.

Astair by Matt Costa

You can feel Morgan’s heart breaking as he saw his best friend Chuck making out with his ultimate crush Hannah.  This is so laslas-pulso (wrist-slashing) moment for Morgan. 😦

Haven’t Met You Yet by Michael Bublé

I’m not sure if this was ever played on Chuck but I love the song and these two… so I might as well include it

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