Happy 2nd, Epic!

Quezon City., October 1, 2016 – Epic Events, a family of young, driven, and passionate individuals brought together by their collective love for the art of organizing, managing and/or producing events, celebrated their 2nd year anniversary by having a birthday gig at Mow’s Underground Bar which aimed to support and promote the local independent music scene.

Epic Events invited SUD as their headliner since their first produced gig. Playing for the second time were Rob and the Hitmen and There’s Era. First timer bands to play were Jensen and the Flips, Peryodiko, Run Dorothy and Zipcode.

Zipcode, a band formed in Los Angeles, opened the show and it was their first gig here in the Philippines. Run Dorothy performed next, singing songs from their EP ‘Sanguine’ which they launched last August 1, 2016. Peryodiko caught the hearts of the people when they sang their original song “Tayo Lang Ang May Alam”. There’s ERA, who consider themselves a punk rock/ alternative rock band, sang “Kung Kailan Kailangan Ka” which gave feelings to all feelings. Rob and the Hitmen played some of their English original songs and switched the mood by singing Closer by The Chainsmokers and gave it a different zest the hitmen way. Jensen and the Flips played next. They got the audience flipping at Stay With Me, singing “Alright, alright, alright, alright” with them and mashing-up different songs for the intro of Dangerous. Last but definitely not the least was SUD. Their song “Sila” is a must play now that it is becoming everyone’s favorite. SUD did not disappoint, their songs reminded us to always #bringyourlover. They definitely delivered a finale set for Epic Events’ 2nd anniversary.

One of the heart touching moment during the gig was when Peryodiko’s front man Vin Dancel talked about how laborious it was to run a production company. It became an affirmation for the people behind Epic Events that what they were doing is beneficial to the local independent music scene– putting up an event with bands of diverse genres and sharing the music to old and new audience.

Shout out to Foodpanda for sponsoring discount vouchers for all the attendees. Amplify.Ph, IndieManila, Support Your Local Indie Scene and WhenInManila.com for being their media partners and Mow’s for housing the event. Epic Events would also like to express their appreciation to all sponsors, media partners, venue partners, suppliers and to all those who has been supporting and believing in them from the very start.

These three-leg anniversary gig — PreGame, Over Coffee and Epic Year 2, produced by Epic Events was their way of sharing also their passion for all types of events and production with the goal of creating lifelong memories and long term friendship.

From Epic Events “See you next year, awesome people!”

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When In Macau/Hong Kong

November 25-28, 2016


So this is an overdue blog entry. I know, right? But I felt that there was a ‘need’ to blog this life changing experience. Bear with me. Thanks! 🙂

It was I think 1-2 months before our trip that I learned that my passport was going to expire in 4 months. It was required to have at least 6 months passport validity when travelling abroad but anyway, I took the risk. Luckily enough, I was able to pass by the immigration peacefully.

During this time, I do not know what I want in general. Please refer to this post- For What It’s Worth. It was published on December 1, few days after this trip. It was when I finally accepted that yes, I was in trouble.

It was all smiles during the whole trip. It was my first trip out of the country and I want to make the most out of it. From 22,000 to 25,000 steps everyday, it was fun. We did everything we could. So here you go. Pictures not in order.

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Macau: Dinner at Wynn, thank you ate  May!

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Macau: This spot reminds me of Batibot in UST. Go USTe!

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Hong Kong: When we literally went after our happines– yung ferry 🙂 para di na kami mag-google ng happiness! HAHA!

Hong Kong: After the cable car ride. Hunger games!!!!

Macau: Yoga night just because.

Macau: Ruins of St. Paul’s at night

Macau: Because we love the air outside the mall/casino, can’t remember where.

Macau: Thank you iPad timer for this wonderful stolen shot. hihi

At Macau Tower, we were there 8:45pm 🙂 Kami lang tao, solong solo.

Macau: At ate May’s flat; after a whole day of walking and eating, gin and tonic night. 

Hong Kong: At Mana! Fast Slow Food, for vegetarians. I thought I would not enjoy the food but I did. 

Hong Kong: At The Big Buddha. Trying my best to do a blogger shot!?!

Hong Kong: My happiness. hahaha!

At Macau Tower 🌃

Macau street

Macau street at night. Cleaann!

Macau: from Blissful Carrot, favorite.

So that’s the tourist part of the trip. Moving on….

This is when I got the chance to laugh and ‘hugot’ my heart out. I felt free. I felt I can do anything and say anything to them without the fear of being judged.  I literally forgot everything in the Philippines. HAHAHAHA! BUT, the good thing was, I never really told them what was happening to me. They challenged me to be better, to not settle for anything that is not for me and to go after what would make me happy. It was a relief to know that I am not the only one and the good news was, they got over it and so am I.

Few months after, it was not as easy as it seems. I started to question my worth, my values, my principles and everything in between. It was the hardest months. But I was reminded to be gentle with myself. I believed that I was growing, not just in the way I expected it. I gave myself a chance, I took risks and I choose to be happy.

At the end of each day, all I have is who I am. I made it this far and I am not going to stop to be better, everyday.

Thank you, Lord 🙂

Hanash sa Elyu

Clingy Summer Ganap. Fun Times.

Kaye Raymundo

Since 2014, yearly na may outing ang Clingy. Kaya this year sobrang excited namin sa Elyu! Lahat kasi dagat na dagat naaaa!

Nung una, nakaset talaga na April kami aalis. Pero dahil fully booked ang Flotsam and Jetsam, niresched namin kung kelan may slot. May 6-8, just the right time to unwind before the crazy PH election.

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Friendship Appreciation Post

I know that I’ve been messed up
You never let me give up

Know that we don’t look like much
But no one fucks it up like us

This was suppose to be a Song of the Week post pero wala ee. HAHAHAHA! Gusto ko umiyak nung first time ko to narinig. Kanina while I was on my way to work, napakinggan ko ulit so, I felt a little emotional (normal me, hehe) and dahil don its friendship appreciation day.

Cheers to all my friends who have been there for me through all the seasons of my life. Bukod sa pamilya ko eh kayo lang naman ang priority ko. All of you keep me sane and insane at the same time. Kayo yung reminder sakin ng Diyos na love na love niya ko at kaya ko ding magmahal. Di ko ma put into words how grateful I am for the friendship. You made simple moments memorable kasi kayo kasama ko. More of our tawanan, hugutan,iyakan, chikahan, bastusan, inuman at marami pang iba. Lagi kayong nasa dasal ko.

   
  
 

What Matters Most.

Now watching: Starting Over Again

It has been a constant struggle to choose from the good and the bad, needs from wants, from being friends to more than friends, to stay or to leave or to be better or bitter. 

They say that a friend can and will love you more than a lover could. #JustSaying

It is a big risk to be or to take a friendship into a more serious relationship. It will be either a happy ending or friendship over. 

At first, eveything’s a bliss. The both of you knew each other well and everything was falling into place. You both knew how to annoy and make each other smile, how to make fun, embarrassing and happy moments together. You can turn a 3-5 minute conversation into hours and hours talking about anything that you can talk about. You knew each other’s past—including the struggles, victories, personal life, love life; basically everything. You were there for each other in good times and in bad. 

At the same time, it was as hard as it seems. Those things that you shared were also the same things that you feared for the “relationship”. 

YOU BOTH TRIED. BUT IT DID NOT WORK OUT. 

Being bestfriends cannot erase the fact that you still have indifferences and issues that you do not both agree. 

Acceptance does not mean approval.

You do not want to reach the point where you cannot look into the eyes of the person and smile, where you cannot even say goodbye without being awkward. You do not want to reach the point where all you have left is pain, hurt and regret for the other person. 

What matters most is to remain friends and save the friendship after everything. It will give you more assurance that you will both stay in each other’s lives rather than being in a relationship and let go of each other because you were both not happy.

“Minsan mas madaling piliin kung ano yung mas makakapagpasaya sa atin sa ngayon kesa piliin yung mas makakapagpasaya satin ng mahabang panahon.”

300 km/hour

This Holy Week, I have been struggling in listening with what the Lord wanted me to realize. Before that, let me take you to a tour inside my fat brain.

I have been exerting effort in regaining my self worth and have been thinking if I am even good enough. Don’t get me wrong, I know my worth but yeah, I fail to remember and it hurts, big time.

I am afraid, afraid to be loved by someone. The only love that I will allow to receive and will allow to feel are those coming from my family and really close friends. I tend to push people away from me.

I may look strong on the outside, I actually am but everybody has their own limits and I know mine. If you really know me, you will know when I had enough and you will never know it unless you will really hear and feel me. And even if you have hurt me, you will never know. Ugh!


Even before Holy Week, I am always asking myself this question– “How can I love more?”

And finally, I was able to stop and reflect on my own question. The answer is really simple….

If you (ako to, hahaha!) will choose to love more, love without conditions. NO IFs and NO BUTs.

Sounds simple yet the hardest thing to do. But still, the Lord gave me the freedom, if I will choose to love, that’s it. There is no turning back.

At the same time, God wanted me to experience His unconditional love. He wants me to stop building walls (of pride, selfishness, anger, hate, perfection etc.) around me and allow myself to be loved by others.

Oh Life…..

Isn’t it funny how a habit becomes a habit? How a stranger becomes your best friend? How friends become your family? How friendship grows into a romantic relationship? How the white-gold dress can be seen as black-blue dress and vice versa (just kidding)? How indifference turns into love? How people take risks for their future? How we are forgiven and loved even if we are not asking for it? and how breakdowns lead to breakthrough?

My realization:

Lord, increase my capacity to love so I may understand that I do not need answers to these questions. Through your amazing grace and unconditional love, let me find You in everything that I do.

Life