Monday, March 26, 2007

Blog Modification

There’s a reason why the title of this blog was moved from Experiment 2007 to Simply Manila. I have plans of purchasing a Canon EOS 400D and a scanner. I guess it’s about time to accomplish my childhood dream of becoming a photographer. Also, this is probably the best way to fulfill two of my original goals which are (1) to appreciate small things and (2) to appreciate people. So, in due time, you will see photographs here of different places in Metro Manila and its people, thus the name Simply Manila.

The scanner will be used so I could feature any pictures, articles, ads, memorabilia, etc. from newspapers, magazines and anything that would fit in the machine. I will still feature stuff that may not coincide to the original theme. Much will be appreciated, sky’s the limit.

The Stranger: The Revelations

Mike’s honesty about everything has something to do with my growing fascination for him. He’s not only attractive; he also speaks with an aura of straightforwardness without crossing the line of being so girlish. In fact, the girlish factor wasn’t present at all. He’s so au naturel.

We shared a lot of similarities when it comes to our past relationships. For one, we both felt apologetic for being so unfair to one of our buddies. While I’ve already gone through that situation not too long ago, Mike’s still trapped to a 5-month relationship that lives on through the other person’s kindness and loyalty. Before we were having that conversation inside that legendary bus, he already met another guy from that famous facade in Shangri-La known to be a safe haven for gay men. He actually went over to this guy’s place in Antipolo and shared an intimate evening with him. His stories, to put simply, rang a bell.

Despite all these revelations, he escalated my fascination for him into a totally higher degree. The bus was getting closer to SM North EDSA but I never fancied an end to our conversation. I was, therefore, more than delighted when he decided to come over to my place.

When we were all alone inside my room, we watched Quentin Tarantino’s Hostel and continued our never ending conversation. I was lying on my bed, with my head inclined on the headboard so I could see the monitor comfortably. After asking for permission, he removed his polo and pants. He placed his head on my chest and held my hand. We were in that position for few minutes while watching the movie.

Then, I gently pulled his head up and planted a kiss on his lips.

(To be continued...)

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Diffused

Real Simple Magazine has a list of 101 New Uses for Everyday Things, starting with ten new uses for coffee filters. Who knew coffee filters were a great way to strain wine from a bottle with a broken cork or make yogurt dip. But of course, a more practical use of coffee filters, besides making coffee, is to diffuse your camera's flash on close-ups. I recently filmed a video at a club with a friend for my personal blog, and noticed that he too had a coffee filter strapped over the light. I thought that was strange, but he said it was supposed to soften the light on people so they wouldn't look so harsh under the bright lights in the night club setting. It's a low tech solution any photographer can appreciate, especially if they're on the road. But coffee filters can also come in handy when you need to white balance your camera, or rid your mobile phone of unwanted residue and oil from your hands.

Source: Yahoo! Tech

Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Stranger: The Invitation


“It's amazing how much people love to talk. They love to talk about themselves, they love to talk about their exaggerated accomplishments, they love to talk about others, they love revealing secrets, they love revealing stupidities, they love to threaten people, they love to bore people, they love opening up about indiscretions, they just plain old love to open their traps and incriminate themselves.” (AskMen.com’s Mr. Malfioso)

As the bus steered through the light traffic in EDSA, Mike and I were talking about each other’s experiences. He’s a 25-year-old guy working in a local call center. He stands 5 feet and 5, Master-guy material (I’m referring to the “Sekreto ng mga pogi” advertisement.), with a lean body, brown hair and a picture-perfect smile. He made me feel so at ease that I could see no danger having a personal conversation with him. He opened up about his family and other relationships—something that delighted me. (I missed such an act from someone who’s interested in me. In fact, that’s the very part that was lacking about my latest EX, who made me feel like a bona fide stranger to his life.)

I knew that I was dealing with a total stranger, but so as he was dealing with a total stranger in me. Sometimes, opening up to someone that you have never known before is rather safer than opening up to other people closed to your real existence. The latter has the greater chance to use the information you shared with them against your own destruction in the future (i.e., by blackmailing you).

I invited him to come over to my place and though hesitant, he soon agreed with a naughty smile and a nasty gaze. I can’t believe that we’re so into each other.

(To be continued...)

IMAGE SOURCE: Andrew Christian

Friday, March 23, 2007

The Stranger: The Bus

Everything that THURSDAY seemed ordinary to me. After four hours of non-stop talking over the phone, I headed to Holiday Inn to workout. The GYM was cozy as usual with more or less five people working out—perfect for my stress-prone mind and body. I did my usual routine in less than two hours, and had a short shower to cool down. Partly exhausted and hungry, I decided to treat myself a Seafood Medley, abandoning the idea that I would surely be hitched (again) for resources in the upcoming days.

Done re-energizing my body, I decided to go home hoping to finally get a good sleep. The day was expected to end like that: TYPICAL. Not until I decided to make it an extraordinary one.

Since it was still midday, you will see only a few people heading home. Most roads and highways are still unoccupied—a perfect moment to navigate the city. I would usually take a bus when going home, and the first thing I would usually look forward to is to find the best seat at the right side to avoid the sun’s heat. The bus was filled with only few people. Seated at the far end of the bus was this HANDSOME guy staring at me with a sort of seduction on his face. I was trying to ignore him at first but I was wicked enough to stand on my feet and moved beside him. It was either a RISKY or a BRAVE move, depending on how you would perceive it.

Fortunately enough, I was welcomed with a big smile. We talked (and listened to each other) about a lot of things, and I realized how I was significantly turned on by this guy—physically, mentally and emotionally. I felt like we’ve known each other for such a long time now.

(To be continued...)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

On American Idol

I am fully aware that Filipinos, regardless of age, gender and classes, just love television so much. Millions are glued to whatever entertainment Mecca they have at their home just to watch their favorite latest teleserye (or fantaserye), reality shows and competitions, sitcoms, among others, all in the name of having fun. I must agree though that there are a few good reasons why we should be glued to television these days. I used to be so Simon Cowell towards local TV programs before but I totally understand that tastes and preferences vary. However, I realized that it isn’t really nice to be so critical in a lot of things. So I applied a simple yet effective way to avoid being rude: “If you don’t like the show, then don’t watch it.”

I just watched American Idol few minutes back and was definitely occupied by all the performances of all 11 contestants. There are tons of reviews written out there about tonight’s episode and I definitely need not add another one. However, I will not compromise myself to at least say something about whose performance really amused me.

Needless to say, Melinda Doolittle did a lot tonight to gain everybody’s admiration and prove that she’s more than a professional back-up singer. What’s more impressive though is her unbelievably pleasant attitude. (How I wish all Americans have that kind of behavior.) She performed Shirley Bassey’s As Long As He Need Me and definitely closed the show with a bang.

Jordin Sparks also gave out a remarkable performance as she sang Shirley Bassey’s or Tom Jones’ I (Who Have Nothing). I hope she would sail through the competition not only because she’s my personal favorite girl contestant for this season but also because she actually has a really, really good voice and face quality to be at the top of the game.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Daniel Radcliffe is naked in Equus

Daniel Radcliffe recently starred in a new production of Peter Shaffer’s play Equus as Alan Strang, a psychotic stable boy with a sexual fixation on horses. The role generated significant media interest, as Strang required Radcliffe to appear nude in one scene of the play.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Philippines: Most Corrupt Economy

Out of 13 Asian countries surveyed by the Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC), the Philippines ranked first as Asia's most corrupt economy. (Story coming up.)

Monday, March 12, 2007

On The Amazing Race: Romber eliminated early on

Rob and Amber have been my favorite racers since The Amazing Race: All-Stars began last February 19th. They even blew me off when they landed in 1st place for three legs in a row. That was really fantastic! Record-breaking, I believe! They have been the center of the competition with the rest of the teams dying to beat them in each possible way. And they have been my top reason why I never dared to miss one episode.

They always excite me when they make a quick but brilliant decision. Today, however, they disappointed me completely. What went wrong? They started the game just right, keeping their lead like they were actually invincible…until they reach the DETOUR, still in first place.

The Detour for this leg of the race was to choose between Navigate It and Sign It. In Navigate It, Teams had to use a map of Punta Arenas to get to the town plaza where a sailor would hand them a compass. Then, using the compass, the Teams needed to walk directly south to find the Nautilus Building, a deep-sea salvage business. In Sign It, Teams had to choose a pole and building supplies and carry them up a flight of stairs to Magellan's Map. Using the map as a reference, Teams needed to figure out his journey around the world began and ended in Seville. Then, they had to build a traditional local signpost listing in order the fourteen ports of call in his voyage. While the signs didn't have to point in the right direction, all the cities had to be spelled correctly.

The newlyweds chose Sign It. Apparent history buff Rob got a jump on the competition by knowing that Magellan began in Seville. However, Rob's good start took a bad turn when he misspelled Philippines on a placard by adding an extra L and omitting a P.

It was a simple mistake but they wasted too much time causing them to position themselves way behind the other teams who chose the rather simple Navigate It. As Rob commented, "This is ridiculous. What a day." Rob, being so desperate to be at the top, played the game with some unpleasant trickery against some of the teams.

Little did he know, karma was on his way especially when he chose to do the Roadblock where he had to sort through a full mail bag of 1600 envelopes to find one of two letters addressed to their team. (What Teams did not know was that a Team from their first season on the race wrote the letter. Once they found the letter, they had to read it out loud to their teammate to receive their next clue.) As a result, he found their letter after all had done it. Stepping onto the mat in last place, newlyweds Rob and Amber, after winning three legs in a row, received the shocking, bad news that they had been eliminated from the race.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Christina Aguilera's Naked Sundays

Christina Aguilera and her music exec husband Jordan Bratman have a sexy secret for keeping their marriage exciting – getting naked on Sundays. The 26-year-old Grammy nominee (for her Back to Basics album) said that she and her husband have “something called naked Sundays” to spice up their marriage. “We just do everything in the house, and we're just cozy and laid back. We don't need to go anywhere; we're just with each other. We do everything naked. We cook naked."

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Christina Aguilera Speaks

One of the things that I truly have had to learn, sometimes the hard way, but that I'd like to share with you is to trust your own instincts no matter what people might say about you, no matter what criticism or what negativity might come your way for just being who you are, and just being yourself, it's so important. That's Christina Aguilera, speaking before her performance of the powerful ballad The Voice Within in her London concert of Stripped Tour. Rock on, Christina!