I Was at David Cook & David Archuleta's Concert, But That's Not the Story

May 17th, 2009 § 9

I love beautiful accidents. Lately, I’m inspired by *imperfect* photographs, that’s why, even though I’ve been using a DSLR, I have a tendency to post-process my shots to look faded, and grainy, and blurred, and vintage-y and abstract. There’s just something beautiful about imperfection, don’t you think? :)

Take this photo for example.


30/365: Two hours to landing; hurry back to our timezone please?, originally uploaded by gchic.

There’s a lot of stories to this photo. (Look closely, that’s David Archuleta singing on stage when I took this, see the resemblance? lol, seriously). I just love the thought of having stories behind bokehs and colors and blurs.

Tonight, I went to watch David Cook and David Archuleta’s back-to-back concert here in Manila, by accident, just coz my cousin asked me last minute if I want to chaperon a bunch of teenager-nieces (who are crazy about Archie) with her. So I went, and I happened to have carried with me a defective Sony Cybershot (incidentally, I found out a few months ago that I was one of them lucky Sony customers to have in possession one of those defective Sony cameras that have abnormal internal vibration, how lucky serendipitous is that, IKR).

But what do you know, the internal vibration actually kinda worked to my advantage tonight. I loooove all the messy, overexposed, blurry shots I took, they looked as if they came out from a roll of film, or a lomographic camera. (Hah! No DSLR can ever take photos like those!) Which is probably how I’m gonna remember this night. Blurry, serendipitous, beautifully accidental (or accidentally beautiful, take your pick).

Sure, I’ll always remember that I got to do something really special with these people I love one summer night in 2009. Sure, I’ll remember Koreen’s 15th birthday, and Yna’s extended summer vacation here in Manila. Sure, I’ll remember David Cook and David Archuleta, and their anti-climactic concert ending (ughhh, we wanted more!), and how of-all-songs they chose NOT to sing Time of my Life, which would’ve made Yna and Koreen’s day. Well, make that a duet, then we can all die now.

And sure, I’ll remember losing my wallet sometime during intermission (ahhh, the awfuuul feeling of having lost all my important Identification cards!), calling my Mom to block my Citibank credit card in case my wallet was snatched, and, after taking chances at looking around and re-tracing the spots in the huuuuge MOA concert grounds that I passed by, wheeeww, getting my wallet back. Thank God!!

(To the angel who came to us to return my wallet, I never got the chance to know your name, BUT THANK YOU. You are heaven-sent. I hope somehow, you land in this page and see how grateful I am.)

Well, the rest of the events tonight will all probably be blurry. Like the photos in this album. Sorry you won’t see any of the two Davids there, but I think that’s kinda the point. The night was for Yna, Koreen, Hazel, Bea, Ninang Sweets and Moi. I guess it just helped that we had some beautiful soundtrack in the background while the night was happening. ♥

Click Happy Friday: Meet Strawbie

March 8th, 2008 § 2

I think it might have been a bad idea to do this every Friday. LOL. I mean, that’s just stupid right. Friday nights are supposed to be “let’s be as far away from the computer as possible shall we” nights. And I chose it to be the day in the week where I’d require myself to post something. Anyway. I’m giving this project a couple more tries. Hehe.

I’ll make this quick today, because I’m sooo sleepy, and tomorrow is a looong day. This week’s Click Happy Friday is also the highlight of my week. :)

Meet Strawbie, my new toy that is a Red 3rd Generation Ipod Nano

I’ve been gushing about the Pink Ipod Nano for the longest time, I know right. But the moment I laid eyes on the real thing, I didn’t like it. Apparently, it’s not anything like the illustration projected at the online Apple store. So I immediately re-ordered this limited edition red nano from Benedict. I loooove limited editions! :) And yep, I already ordered it before, but I had to retract because the pink nano was launched.

Anyway, I should stop yakking because I don’t know what I’m saying anymore. So yeah. Happy Friday to me!

Click Happy Friday: Bye February

March 1st, 2008 Comments Off on Click Happy Friday: Bye February

I know right. It’s only been a week since I declared my commitment *cough* to work on this Click Happy Friday category, and I already missed deadline by *glances at my desktop clock* almost two hours. Eep. :P But I do have an excuse. I mean, who wouldn’t trade a Friday night in front of the Mac with a Friday night with friends, and pizza, and ice cream, and caramel macchiato and roadtrip and endless, endless rants?

(I know, I know, I’m sorry. The Philippine politics is in chaos, there’s a big rally within 2 kilometers from where we were, and there was me with my friends, chillin’. I hide now.)

Anyway, here’s my click happy friday, albeit delayed by a few hours.

Good bye February, I’ll see you again soon.

Yesterday morning, as I was about to flip February’s page on my calendar, I suddenly thought of grabbing my camera to take some shots. After clicking here and there, I stared at the page, on to the dates, then on the empty boxes that I didn’t get to fill with appointments because I was too lazy (and busy) to even organize my schedule. And I sighed. Time does fly.

February has brought me lots of surprises (good and bad), disappointments and successes, consequences and rewards, and stress and joy in various forms and ways. At one point I struggled with wanting to stay young and careless and selfish — to live life and forget what other people think. Then I had to grow up overnight and learn to be accountable for other people’s work, face a whole new set of responsibilities, and walk through unchartered territories. February has given me my share of lessons on who to trust, how to ignore false judgments, when to move on, where to fix my eyes on, what to let go of and what to fight for. I was stuffed!

So yeah. I now leave February behind and face what the rest of the year holds, armed with a bunch of new weapons in the form of hard-earned lessons, a support group of trusted colleagues and friends, and a God whose bigger and beyond this world. Things are bound to get exciting, definitely. :)

P.S. Last day of the Internet Marketing Bootcamp tomorrow! See ya? :) Meanwhile, I have to catch some sleep.

Click Happy Friday: Pink Roses for Me

February 22nd, 2008 § 3

So I’m little by little rekindling my time with Konks (my Nikon D40) and to learn *serious* photography; hence I’ve started posting again at my photoblog after four months of undeclared hiatus. Also, aside from my *ehem* renewed commitment to regularly update Click Happy, I’m also starting this new category on this blog, Click Happy Friday, where I’ll post one or two of my favorite shots (or something like that) every Friday.

That way, I can regularly update this blog too, at least once a week. Yep. Let’s see how far I’ll go haha. :)

This week, pink is the color of love <3

So there. This is the first bouquet of pink roses from teh boyfriend, delivered to me on Valentines Day. It’s the first, that’s right, because five days after V-day, another bouquet of roses was delivered in the office. Ergo, the whole week, I have a bouquet of lovely pink roses in the apartment, and another set of pretty hotpink ones here on my office desk.

Receiving flowers on V-days may be cliche, I know right. And one can say that you can always make everyday Valentines day anyway (boo, there goes one of my boyfriend’s cheesy pickup lines, lol). But IMO, it’s the essence of “tradition” that makes the flowers, the sickeningly sweet chocolates, and even the cutesy teddy bears, special.

A note to apathetic guys (and boyfriends) out there: girls, whether or not they try to deny their desire, or justify their non-desire to receive flowers on special occasions such as V-days or anniversaries, will still love to receive something — anything — that would make them feel that they are, at least, remembered or thought of on these special days. Right Ivy? Ohh I should know. I’ve gone through years of being a cynic when it comes to these things, only to realize that it’s actually kindof fun to be pursued, courted, and loved this way. (I guess teh boyfriend’s doing a good job, after all. Whew.)

Okay, I stop yakking like a highschool girl now because it’s no V-day anymore, heh, but before we say buhbye to the month of love, here’s my clickhappy moment for the week. :)

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