It all started to something imaginative when I watched the MTV VMA 2013 and saw Bruno Mars performed the “Gorilla” on stage. I kept on watching that performance and just said to me, “If Bruno Mars will be having a world tour in the Philippines, I WILL DEFINITELY WATCH IT NO MATTER WHAT”.
Months ago, I saw a Tweet by Manila Concert Scene, an online guide for concerts in the Philippines, that Bruno Mars will be having a concert in the Philippines on 2014 so I keep on tracking for more details. When? Where? Etc.
Details were out; Ticket price, concert place, date and even the release date of the tickets.
December 8, 2013 – the release date of the tickets. When I got home from work, the first thing I did is to turn on my laptop and check for the tickets. TICKETS ARE OUT FOR SALE around 11AM. I got so excited. My thoughts are… I need to buy the tickets NOW! So, I contacted friends to join me and watch the concert. Apparently, they don’t want, some don’t have the money for the tickets, which I really understand because the tickets are really expensive. BUT, I’ll do whatever it takes just to make sure that I’ll be having a ticket before the day ends. I contacted relatives and even friends if I can use their credit cards to purchase the tickets so I can do online purchase and I’m not successful. BUT, I just remembered that I have a MasterCard to use for online purchases so I used it and invited my cousin to join me and I was successful.
I got the physical tickets a week before the concert!
THIS IS IT! March 22, 2014 is the date to be!
March 21, 2014 – the day before of the concert. I’m starting to see feeds online about the concert, the arrival of Bruno Mars, supporting act in the concert (POREOTICS – ABDC Season 5 Champion), etc.
March 22, 2014 – the day of the concert. I got home from work and started to feel more excited because hours left before the most-awaited concert is about to happen this night. I started to tweet concert jitters and I can’t even sleep but I need to for the concert.
My cousin whom I’m going to be with, in the concert called me around 3PM. It’s a sign that I woke up late. Good thing she called. Haha! So I woke up my sister because she’s going to join me for a ride to the MOA Arena, where the concert will be happening. We took a bath and dressed up so fast because we’ll going to fetch my niece.
To make the story short, it’s already around 7PM and where still on the road and so far to the MOA Arena and my cousin keeps on texting and calling me because 8PM will be the start of the concert as the time every concert starts. I’m really nervous and feel bad that we may not be able to arrive on time BUT I keep on saying to myself, “NO! WE WILL ARRIVE ON TIME.”, “WE WILL SEE HOW THE CONCERT WILL GOING TO START.” I kept on praying… We arrived past 8PM but miraculously, the concert is not started yet. I was so HAPPY and just said,”Thank you Lord, you’re the best.”
It was worth the struggle, the traffic jam and crazy drivers blocking our way to MOA Arena last night. At least when we arrived at the Arena around 8PM, the concert is not started yet. Good thing a lot of people are late. Haha!
Bruno Mars: The Moonshine Jungle World Tour is an EVENT OF A LIFETIME!
It was an unforgettable and jam-packed-party concert ever! He nailed it! Hands-down to Bruno Mars!! Definitely going to watch the next concert! :)
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Did you know that people without friends are more likely to die an early death?
To up your chances of living a long, happy life, having a bunch of fair-weather buddies won’t do the trick. You need a diverse, well-rounded entourage that will stick with you through thick and thin. The following eight types of friends are just what you need to keep the doctor away.
1. A Loyal Best Friend
Sometimes a loyal best friend is the only thing you need to stay sane. Everyone needs a non-judgmental friend who will support them no matter what. This is the kind of friend who lets you be a hot mess and knows all of your deepest and darkest secrets, but still loves you all the same.2. A Fearless Adventurer
We live in a big world where there are so many places to see, people to meet, and experiences to be had, yet so many of us are stuck in our own routines and forget to, well, live. We all need an adventurous friend who will pull us out of our shells and introduce us to new ideas, cultures, philosophies, and activities.3. A Brutally Honest Confidant
There’s certain situations in life where we need to hear the harsh truth. That’s what the brutally honest confidant is for. If you’re in a rocky relationship and everyone’s telling you that it’s perfectly normal that you’re back with that special someone for the 8th time in the last 2 years, the brutally honest confidant is there to yank your rose-colored glasses off and tell you, “Enough. Stop with all that break-up-and-get-back-together drama. You deserve better.” Friends are supposed to be honest with each other. If you find someone who is brutally honest with you (in a constructive way), then hold on to this person! People like that are hard to come by these days.4. A Wise Mentor
Jesse Jackson once said, “Never look down on someone unless you’re helping them up.” If you have someone smart, inspiring, and admirable in your life who practices this philosophy, you’re extremely lucky. We all need a friend who inspires us to be better people without making us feel inadequate. Plus, being around such a person will challenge us to better ourselves every day.
The wise mentor in your life doesn’t have to be someone who shares the same occupation or hobbies with you. It’s simply someone who’s a few steps ahead of you in life and has enough wisdom and patience to guide you in the right direction. It can be anyone — a colleague, a friend who’s beyond their years, or an older neighbor — as long as you look up to this person and want to be more like them.5. A Friend From a Different Culture
The last thing you want to be described as is someone who’s stuck in their own ways. If everyone had a friend from a different culture, the world would be a much better place. Being in a cross-cultural friendship allows you to explore customs, values, and traditions outside of your own culture. Sometimes you might even adopt new ways to do things.
Be careful; don’t befriend someone just because they’re from a different culture. No one likes to be a token friend. Instead, keep your mind open, and if you come across someone you click with who just so happens to be from a different culture, make the effort to learn about their customs, values, and traditions while getting to know the person on a personal level.6. A Polar Opposite
We humans are hard-wired to get together in groups and attack outsiders — the human pack mentality, if you will. If you only develop friendships with others who follow the same beliefs, customs, and values as you do, chances are you’re somewhat detached from the rest of the world, and you’re more likely to perpetuate stereotypes on anyone who holds a different world view from you.
Instead of constantly surrounding yourself with like-minded people, try to break out of your comfort zone and befriend people who hold opposing views. They will help open your eyes to different world views and you’ll learn to accept people who don’t see the world exactly the way you see it.7. A Friendly Neighbor
These days, a lot of people don’t know their own neighbors. It’s a shame, because some neighbors can be the nicest and most helpful people ever. If you’re on a vacation, and you suddenly realize that you forgot to lock the front door, you can call up your trusty ol’ neighbor and ask them to head over to your house and lock it for you. Nice dependable neighbors who have each other’s backs are a dying breed, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t introduce yourself to the new neighbors across the street!8. A Work Pal
Did you know that with a full-time job, you spend at least 50% of your waking hours at work? Not only that, but you spend some more time commuting to work, thinking about work, working overtime, and furthering your career on your personal time. Depressing, isn’t it?
Statistics show that the more isolated you are at work, the more depressed you get. That’s why it makes sense to get a work pal to chat with at the water cooler and to help you get through the week. You spend 50% of your waking hours at work, and so does your work pal. You’ll find it much easier to shoot the breeze and complain about work with someone who can relate to you than eating lunch alone every day.
Your work pal doesn’t have to be your best friend outside of work. They just need to be someone you click with on some level, and if you two hit it off exceptionally well, you can always start hanging out with them outside of the office.
With a loyal best friend, a fearless adventurer, a brutally honest confidant, a wise mentor, a friend from a different culture, a polar opposite, a friendly neighbor, and a work pal in your life, you’re bound to live a long and happy life!
- This article originally appeared on the author’s blog.
“Do we still have a second chance? Naniniwala ka rin ba na (do you also believe)our love story deserves a better ending?” And with that, Ginny (portrayed by Toni Gonzaga) turns the world of her ex-boyfriend Marco (Piolo Pascual) askew in the box-office hit movie ‘Starting Over Again.’
This romantic film directed by Olivia Lamasan does not spare audiences from the depths of anguish, even if it is frighteningly painful. Many people accept the fact that perfect endings are hard to come by. I would have stormed out of the theater had this film chosen a different ending.
Why do many people relate so personally to the film? Let me count the ways:
1. It’s not always love at first sight. Sometimes, it’s love after irritation.
How many times have you found someone annoying, even obnoxious, only to fall crazy in love with that person? Indeed, thin is the line between love and hate. It’s just like Marco who admits in his email to Ginny that he disliked her initially.
Sometimes, irritation is just a defense mechanism. Often we are attracted to someone who mirrors our own qualities, the good and bad. We can’t help it. It’s part of our narcissistic nature. And sometimes, if we’re lucky, the person we detested but have fallen for turns out to be a great person beneath the hard surface.
2. Everything is perfect, until fear sets in and you run away.
Things were going rosy for Marco and Ginny. They started making plans for a lifetime of togetherness, until familiarity set in. Ginny saw too much of her failure-of-a-father in Marco that she had to escape. As a friend once said, many would rather go for the easy way out, rather than the uncertainty of hard choices but with the potential to makes us truly happy.
When things fail, we beat ourselves up and realize how cowardly we were. Toni was brilliant in her breakdown-in-bed scene.
3. When you miss someone you love, every little thing can be a reminder of that person.
The smallest thing can trigger the deepest memories with that person: a scent, a word, a place, a time of day, a season, a food or drink, a color, a sound, a laugh, a smile, a gaze, a look.
Ginny learned from Marco that tastes and flavors of food evoke sensual memories of a person. For Marco, a picture, a sketch on a paper that’s yellowing with age can open the floodgates of memories.
4. Dealing with a break-up is indeed like grieving over the loss of a loved one.
When you break-up with a partner, the void is palpable, like a gaping hole in the heart. “I almost died,” Marco cried out to Ginny in their confrontation scene. And no matter how hard you try, no matter how much love and support you get from family and friends, no matter how hard you count your blessings, nothing can seem to fill that empty space.
And you do go through the stages of grief, albeit unconsciously: denial, anger, depression, and if all proceeds well, you reach acceptance. But before you reach acceptance…
5. You will bargain, plead, even settle for scraps, just to reclaim that person and win him/her back into your life.
What an amazing kitchen confrontation scene between Ginny and Patty. My eyes almost popped out of their sockets and my ears couldn’t believe what they were hearing as Ginny tried to mess with Patty’s mind, break her confidence in Marco and eventually drive her to give Marco up.
Many people have those embarrassing moments when pride goes flying out the window, and you sink to the lowest depths to get your ex to love you again. It doesn’t always work out, but somehow, you think it’s better to do it and fail, than wonder what could have been and have regrets later on.
6. Just when you think you’ve moved on, life plays a trick on you.
There’s a chance encounter; a text, call or email out of the blue. Often, this tests your resolve and you start seeing signs (or signs you want to see): Why did we have to meet each other again? Maybe we’re meant to get back together…
Ginny asked herself that question over and over again. You convince yourself that you’ve gotten over a person, but seeing him/her with someone else makes your chest feel like it’s going to explode.
You pretend you’re cool, but you’re a ball of nerves when you see each other again. You dress your best, you try to look more gorgeous and successful to make the other person regret breaking-up with you, but secretly you want him/her back. You just have to test the water if there’s still spark or magic between you two.
7. You’ll know when it’s time to give up, lick your wounds and move on.
Often you just want closure, for not everyone can deal with open-ended questions and unfinished business. Ginny and Marco had the benefit of closure. What a bittersweet hospital scene that was.
But not everyone is as fortunate as to have that opportunity to settle score. What to do? When do you stop trying and finally let go? You realize eventually that you set your own limits. You’ll know when you’ve given as much as you could, and tried as hard as you can.
When you’ve done all you could, hopefully you can pick up the pieces, get back on your feet, cherish the good memories, look back without regrets, and gaze into the future, if not with hope, then at least with the knowledge that you will soon be okay.
You will eventually learn to love yourself, and be your own best friend. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet someone special again.
- This article originally appeared on the author’s blog.