Pizza

You. Yes you. Guess what, I want to destroy you and make you the most hated person alive. And thank you for making me hate pizza. Both of you. Ha!

As for you, it is not the end. Hurray for being so mature! Im so so proud of you. I want to eat pizza with you!

You. Do you remember that Mango pizza we ate last year? Oh God, time flies so fast. Hoho

You think I miss you? I dunno. Let’s see. Bake me a pizza cake and I might think about it.

Violet pizza? With noodles? Yes. How are you? I wish you’re doing great!

I saw you yesterday eating pizza with your friends.. and thanks for noticing my yellow shorts. Ha ha!

You. There are no yummy pizzas here! Probably in the next city. Let’s runaway.

And you! I think about you all the time (aside from pizza), after what you did (what you wonderfully did).. But I still hate you, FYI.

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Moonlight

When will you say the moon is beautiful? When its rays are illuminated in a brightly lit urban city – of colliding illuminations from the man-made lights and of God given moon beam? Or will you say that it’s beautiful when it is accompanied by the strum of crickety tunes in a soft wind-blown meadow, misty expanse of landscape that invites all energies of romanticism, and the sight of a pair of lover walking hand in hand by the bank of a moon-illuminated river as silky and cottony?

The moon mystifies us; fashions our imaginations with unworldly thoughts, of magic and love, of illusion and fantasies, and of the realities of a being. The splendid beauty of the moon as she hides beyond the thick tufts of the night clouds, or as the gaping branches of an old sycamore devouring her rays. There must be a reason why the Greeks pay patronage to this illuminative creation; may it be Hecate of the darkness, Luna of the Latin kin, or the huntress Selena or Celestia of the skies. The sea succumbs and the tides reach for her. Men were drawn mad by her serene calmness, animals worship her, drained and seduced.

I have long loved the mystery behind her beauty. The whiteness, the light. May the moon continue to shine the paths of the travelers who lost their ways, illuminate the heart of the darkest, the cores of those who hid from her, and stretch out the magnificence of her beauty.

Glimpse of Realism: On What Will Be, From the Eyes of A Rustic Teen

Glimpse of Realism: On What Will Be  

From the Eyes of A Rustic Teen

               Have you watched the “The 11th hour”, if you haven’t, then find a copy now. It opened my eyes to what reality is.. the reality that men created, molded, and the reality that we’d end up to. Politician, children, colored, Scientists, the poor – all will be affected, and none at the end of the day, none can evade it.

“That’s it, I’ m Moving On”

                 – Mother Nature

               These words may echo down and be on every human consciousness there is – IF only nature can talk. Yet, reality check, nature is really moving on. The human population is doubling and developing, and the planet is etched to the idea of balancing it and reacting towards this increase of human number that may alarmingly affect all other kinds of life; the increase of population that equates to increase of produces to supply consumption, industrial booms to give opportunities to work, new reconstructed land for accommodation, and many more. It will lead to the discharge of chemicals, destruction of life, change of climate, and technical terraforming of the planet which, to a certain extent, make this world inhabitable.

               Extinction is inevitable as stated by David Suzuki – scientist and environmentalist – it is a natural law of nature, the extinguishing of the unfit. However, humans are a special case. We do not have unique senses or the cravings to battle for a mate with claws, paws, and horns but we do have a highly advanced thinking machine – the brain. Through our instincts to survive and foresee what we’ll face in order to live on, we tend to manipulate our environment to better accommodate and provide what we need. We jumpstarted, we slid, and now, we must pay the entire price. Natural balance is a law of nature not stated in any constitution, not in papers or what have you. But it is a concept and a “necessity”, not following it would entirely associate to death, in a harsher way we can possibly think.

An Open Query

               Then, what is to be left for us? What is our only choice? Were should we pick ourselves up? Where is the standing ground for all of these?  These are all questions that wake us up in the middle of the night, with answers that eludes us to the far edges of learning and doing nothing towards it.

               “We know the outcome, we know the end-product, but we tend to ignore it. In the first place, we’re not the ones who’d be suffering right? We are out of the basket. The future generation will be affected, it’s ok, and I won’t die anyway.” – These are words of a selfish, money-talker, who greedily yearn for power and power alone. It is an irony; a cocktail of contradictions, these people should be the ones who’d be preserving the globe. Why? Because they’ve seen what is beautiful and NATURAL, they’ve felt it through their nerves and smelled it through the thick unblemished winds of a once-rural setting. They get pleasure from it, yet the future compensates for it. Is it not but unfair?

               Reader, though we share the same sentiments, WE do NOT make the rules. WE do NOT write the “do’s and don’ts” of our government. WE do NOT pass the bills. HOWEVER, WE SUFFER from it though not at its full impact, but what about THEM – the upcoming populace? Do they need to go through it? YES, THEY WILL READER, THEY WILL EVENTUALLY.

               Then you must be asking me right now what should I be doing? At the back of your mind, you might be asking what concrete plans do I have?

               The answer is simple and reflecting. Stand in front of a mirror and evaluate everything. Think of what that person in front of you did, what he is doing, and what will he do next. Start with the simplest ways of how you can help mother earth.. do not think first of the government and passing bills, they’ll just pay no heed towards it, because it’s a public opinion. They THINK they are superior. But show them reader, that though you’re either a minimalist or an altruist, you DID something good and natural.

               Start with the MOST practicable and realistic ways – learning what humans are capable of and where their limits end, study and be knowledgeable so that you’d know what is right and wrong, proper disposal of garbage, conservation of what you have (remember, everything comes from your environment), sharing of wisdom and let other people know what you knew, and lastly, persuade other people to do the same as you did.

 

My Music Playlist 2011 (Top 10 Albums)

Note: The ten albums are not ALL released this year; some even were released years ago.

Ok, so I’ve decided I’d be posting the songs repeatedly shuffled on my playlist this year from January to November 2011 (I can’t afford to include ALL the albums stored, I just included the “ten most played and liked”). I think they deserve credit – publicizing them. Gonna pinpoint some brief reviews about it and the singers as well if possible.

I arranged them in descending order, starting from ten to one with MY following standards:

Lyrical meaning, how the song makes me wanna stand and jive or just stare blankly due to the song’s exceptionally deep and stirring tune, or simply because I like it without any probable reason (Admit it, you liked songs without any basis as well right?) Then, let the countdown begin..

 10. Kanye West’s My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy. Most of the songs comprise of many voices, centered on one rapping God – Kanye West. He employed African beats knotted with loads of back-up singers and featured artists that are making their own names in hip-hop and RnB hall of fame. Hip-hop is on the race with female pop singers in the billboard this year, and probably next too. It would be hard for the femme fatales to beat him. Though his image is slightly dented from the eyes of country-pop goers (two years ago), his songs don’t say otherwise. I don’t even mind what he did, as long as his music is intact and pierces through the soul; he still is an artistic and eclectic singer unlike any other. Must hear: Blame Game and Monster.

 9.Owl City’s All Things Bright and Beautiful. If you want a taste of unique music disco pop and electronic mix – Adam Young, the “Fireflies” hitmaker is now on his third album – All Things Bright and Beautiful. With electronic pop and auto beats showering his songs, you can’t prevent your head from moving side to side. He’s the lead vocals and plays the keyboards, guitars, drums, pianos, bass, accordion, etc., and syncs it all together. Not to mention he did write most of the songs as well. Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter? Check. That’s how cool and inventive this guy is. And this album is as cool as he is – exceptional. Must hear: Deer in The Headlights and Angels. 

 8. Bruno Mars’ Doo Wops and Hooligans. The Jazz is back on the billboard once again, and this time, with a pinch of contemporary tune within in it – a music loved by all ages. All thanks to Bruno Mars’ hard work. (Which he was dubbed as one of the most hardworking celebrity in music industry) His live performances takes you to another level, thus, the presence in most of the first-rate music awards shows across America and Europe. It’s either you whistle with his songs here, or you “oh and oh’s” with it which would be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Must hear: Talking To the Moon and Liquor Store Blues.

 7. Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream. Most of her songs from this album reached number one at billboard’s hot 100, becoming the first female to have 5 consecutive number ones in one album second only to the King of Pop himself. Her rise to fame is undoubtedly clear and rightful. Her quirky style is reflected on almost all her songs, and this album is not at all different. You can still dance with her just like how you did with her number one hits Hot n’ Cold and Waking Up in Vegas. And if you wanna hear the pop-rockstar inside her, listen to Circle the Drain. Must hear: The One That Got Away, Firework, and Who Am I Living For.

  6. Train’s Save Me San Francisco. The band that sang about the girl with drops of Jupiter in hair and who shook up happiness and told us that Christmas time is here, is now back. With new lines in their songs that would shred your infinite playlist of “who serenades me best”. Train came up on how to become a parachute to a human angel, serve you breakfast in bed, a carpenter who’d brick by brick fix all things up for you, ask you to marry him, and say “Hey, soul sister!” This album is very baroque – I mean, the lines rather artistic and idiomatic, add that up to the catchy and, some, touching tunes. Must hear: This Ain’t Goodbye and If It’s Love.

  5. Foster the People’s Torches. Most people would either say; “Gaad! Next song please?” or “What the hell is wrong with this band!?” when they first hear the songs coming from this album. But you see, that eccentricity makes this band applauding. They make you fall in love with their songs without even knowing what the songs truly indicate – and that; I classify a skill for singers. Once you’re hooked with one song, you’d obtrusively look for more. Here’s their thing – When they don’t get your attention, that’s ok. But when they do, that’s excellent. Must hear: Pumped Up Kicks and I Would Do Anything for You.

  4. Amy Winehouse’s Frank and Back To Black. Her sudden death at 27 is untimely. She paved the way for more British acts outside her mother country, opening a door for international acclaim gaining three Grammys on her first emergence at the American limelight. Her voice is very distinct – deep contralto, which suits best with jazz and soul genre – creating music worth listening for the rest of your life. Must hear: On Frank; Amy, Amy, Amy, and Fuck Me Pumps. On Back to Black; Love Is A Losing Game and Tears Dry On Their Own.

  3. Plain White T’s’ Wonders of the Younger. I confess that at the very beginning – of this band’s emergence to music industry – I really did thought that they’re just one of the oh-so-many one-hit-wonder stars who pass our life every now and then. HOWEVER, this conviction was shattered when Wonders of the Younger was released. Aside from the cool-swaggy band stealing songs 1,2,3,4 and Hey There Delilah, more songs would light up your day and night in this new album. They deserve salutations, admiration, and thumb-ups! Though quite cool as they are, I consider their music on the “high school-y” classification. Not because it’s amateur or what have you, but because the songs would be mostly teenager-friendly. And that’s the great fraction at it; you’d feel young (If you think you’re too old in this generation) and can relate to it without being ashamed. Though few of the songs are, to a certain extent, peculiar. Must hear: Wonders of the Younger, Killer, and Boomerang.

  2. The Script’s Science and Faith. Coming in at number two is an Irish band that brought us “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”. The tracks from this one are memorable, probability is, you’d search for the lyrics and sing it anywhere – taking a bath, a date with your loved one, or humming it while you stare intently between the gaps of your boring teacher and the board. Danny’s voice plus stress-smashing lyric plus the bands instrumental play equates to good time and a king-sized sigh of satisfaction for giving alternative rock justice. Must hear: If You Ever Come Back, Science & Faith, and For The First Time.

  1. Adele’s 19 and 21. Can’t get over with your boyfriend/girlfriend? Let Adele’s 21 tell the story for you. Topping my list is this 23 year old singer-songwriter who’d paint the clearest picture of how heartbreak could put you on top of the music charts. Almost all her songs in these two albums are undeniably endearing, yet tear-jerking that you’d want to pat Adele’s back and tell her that everything would be alright.  Must hear: On 19; Chasing Pavements and Make You Feel My Love. On 21; Don’t You Remember, Someone Like You, and Set Fire To The Rain.

And that was the story of my music shuffling for these past 11 months. I’ll scout for new albums again for 2012. Happy new year, in advance!

Do I Google?

The triple W’s is as equal footing to water these days; I wouldn’t be surprised if 5th graders have facebook and twitter accounts to follow Justin Beiber. The world indeed is as small as a green pea. As much as we tackle the offshoots of internet and the cyberworld, the benefits still outweigh the side-effects. Almost all trending and “odd” topics have their own websites. Even a college dropout can create a billion dollar machine that makes people intermingle; and the good thing is, there’s no prejudice and misconception in all its corners – no clear barrier between a rich man using a social networking site for business purposes to a poor man searching for friends. However, this article is exclusive for one website my needle of opinions would like to pierce, I restrain the topic to a certain limitation, and I mean to a certain site.

I ask you, DO YOU GOOGLE? As loud as you say NO, the probability is, you have and you WILL. Putting your hands in keyboards is a necessity in the modern lifestyle, except if you’re a caveman who outlived Neanderthals thousands of years ago. Google have changed the sum-total of learning and searching. It became an encyclopedia stored in a flashing monitor; widespread and easy to see. And an instant ticket to any website you haven’t and want to visit. More applications were even introduced to the global invasion of this website, extending its well equipped claws to the far reaches and every dot in the map. Google earth, Google videos, Google mail, Google advertising, Google search.. you ask, I name it, the list spells “forever” itself. Not to mention, two of the most visited site in cyberworld is Google-owned; YouTube and Blogger. Net browser Google chrome and photo editing program, Picasa is Google owned as well. Im not endorsing or anything, but the whole reality flabbergasts my sense of belief that from a minuscule speck of creation would breed up an empire of different varieties, that even a two-man personnel (Larry Page and Sergey Brin, “Google Guys”) can create a multi-billion making site that started from pen and parchment. I searched for a journal article about cell biology through Google, and voala, shining in all its glory is a library of free articles in PDF and HTML format (Open access in biomedcentral.com). Searching was is easier, and eventually raised the bar in research online (Wikipedia for instance), usual day to day education, the viral spread of scandals and issues, and a platform for media.

In this day and age, you don’t have to pace back and forth from your dormitory to the library and approach a frowning librarian just to ask for a book regarding your take home quiz. Quotes, issues, life stories – all accessible night and day. A peek of what happens on the other side of the globe. And not worry if your blood relatives and cherished ones are doing well in a distant place away from where you are; sending a message with a push of a button – and in less than a minute, it can arrive, wherever you are in the face of the planet, as long as you’re connected to the network.

And as a final point, dreaming that big “is” achievable in the first place, provided that you have the fortitude, the skills, and the self-reliance. Well, I’m forced to admit – that human race is, without a doubt, evolving to the limits. Brilliant ideas are sure to sprout one day, all it takes is a little drop of water to mature, and endow its beauty to full magnificence and captivate the attention of the unquenched thirsts of the social order. There is more to come.. to vastness and for the search of knowledge.

THEN, do I have to reiterate the title to myself again? I imagine you know the answer already.

Friday the 13th Entry: The Rebecca Black Song

Once upon a time, music was imperative, a necessity.

”Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday. Today i-is Friday, Friday (Partyin’)! We-we-we so excited! We so excited We gonna have a ball today!”

(the comments of the actual video uploaded in YouTube were all deleted)

               SERIOUSLY!? Who sings “we we so excited!”!? What just happened here? Can anybody, somebody explain me the very context of this song? A 13 – year old who can’t decide whether to assemble at the back or the front seat? A girl who happened to wait in a bus stop but would be picked up by her friends? A song that informs us that Thursday is before Friday and Saturday, and that Sunday after it? And yes, we got it, your friend is on your right. Then? What’s with it?

               135 million views, 2.7 million dislikes (and still counting), and was, is a subject of extreme controversy and parody – Friday by Rebecca Black. Wow, so much attention for a typical Californian teenager. Truth be told, in valid records, this song could have gone multi-platinum. I can’t hide away the feeling of being stunned with this actuality.

AND REALLY!? It was covered by a mega-hit musical TV series in one of its episodes?

               The tune of the song doesn’t bother me and the 2.7 million dislikers, it’s just that, the very MEANING of the song is, MUST be essential. The lyrics fall short in giving the real importance behind it. The video took the audience into changing dimensions and lyrical recitation, which is by the way necessary for the people to understand. She could have given us a music that deals with the dilemmas surrounding a usual teenager – not the usual lifestyle of a teenager in a dilemma.

                I cannot blame Rebecca Black for her notoriety in Friday, blame Gaga and the rest of the pop newcomers for shooting a flare into the night sky – songs with no sense, repeated syllables, and over-the-top videos. SERIOUSLY? (..for the nth time!?)

              And mind you, the line between making a lyricked song and making a disco tune is so thin to the point that we won’t be able to feel the meaning behind every melody. In the first place, why was music invented? To give us a higher ground to elaborate what we feel? To just throw a good disco sound and dance along with it? Or to make money? Ask yourself. You see, there are two kinds of music in industry, one that really touched you and one that left a “Whaat!?”-impression on you that you either laugh at or cry to. Music has evolved through time; and I admit, it’s inevitable; just be ready for the next hit (..as I was off-guard.). One minute, it’s ra-ras and the next, it’s dum-dums.

P.S. I do admire Rebecca for holding out the hate mails and death threats thrown at her, and still cope-up to walk down the streets. Wow, that’s a lot of pressure for a 13 – year old; capable of not crashing down in the hot seat, standing firm and manage to stay in the frontlines with all the burdens of pressure. Well, it’s your right. It’s not a sin to make music (But next time though, make music WITH prudence and purpose.).

No offense to Meyer’s Followers

I don’t intend on starting an opinionated comparison with a sugarcoated preface. I would point out flatly and straightforwardly the awkward comparisons between two best selling authors of our time.

I’m aware that many people keep on comparing Stephenie Meyer to another critically acclaimed best seller J.K. Rowling for her work Harry potter with the Twilight saga. Im like, “What? It’s like comparing an ant to a lion!” Everything is unparalleled! From point to point choice of words, the sequencing plot which the story revolves, the very theme of the chronicles, the characters, and the way they both wrote the story.

It’s VERY different.. in fact, a thousand year different. I don’t get it why a vampire is compared to a wizard? Why a story of friendship to a suicidal teenage dream love story? And to an amateurish US based film to a British-made expensive and clearly high – graphicked one. (I’m not being biased here; it’s just what I noticed.) And I once read in a youtube.com trailer comment for The Deathly Hollows Two, “When you insult Twilight, you insult something that a person has liked for a few years but when you insult Harry Potter, you insult someone’s childhood. ” It makes sense right? For over 7 years, Harry Potter top-grossed every country and almost got the admiration and attention of the public eye. But I also can’t blame Twilight for the notice it had in the society, a vampire love – stricken to a human, which all teenagers fantasize nowadays. Twilight also gave new meaning to the increasing fame vampires and werewolves all get in Hollywood; after the movie, these vampire series and movies alike just popped out of the blue.

BUT the very point is, IS IT EVEN “THAT” COMPARABLE? Will you care on looking at the storylines of both books? Believe me, I read both of them, and still, none of the two can REALLY compete to the real universe of writing a book perfectly and without flaw. The genre of the two is way unrelated, except for the certain twists in fantasy; wizards, vampires, and the like, Harry Potter focuses on the values of friendship and family. Whereas Twilight spotlights the twists and bits of fantasy romance – eternal and forbidden love, and the risks between them. I just don’t get why the fans of both houses are fighting over it (Noticed it in fan sites, twitter, tumblr posts, and other social networking sites)? PLEASE, if you compare something, compare the comparable. Don’t just jump out and cut their throats with “Twilight is better because..” “Harry Potter is way way good than..” And again please, READ BOTH (or better yet, watch) BEFORE PUTTING THEM IN A SCALE.

For the adult – contemporary bookworms out there, I recommend THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS (wizards and vampires are both in it), and THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY (action packed, but this one is on the post – war team.)