Sunday, June 28, 2009

Run, baby, run!

While others sleep-in on a Sunday morning, we RUN!

Vin, Adie and I were all up and about at 4am, ready to join the GIG Run '09 event at UP Diliman. But we missed it. They already ran out of race kits since Saturday. Since the three of us were already geared up to run, we decided to just have a fun run of our own, like what my beau and I did two Sundays ago. Jada and her hubby Mike met up with us, and we had our little groupie go 'round and 'round the UP Oval. 6km! Not so bad.

After that, the usual breakfast treat of skinless-longganisa-log at Rodic's. Winner!

The three of us (me, Vin and Adie) signed up for the Runnex Running Clinic that's there every Sunday morning. 10km running for free! Since we're really getting into the habit, and enjoying it too, we joined the group.The hard part is waking up super early every Sunday to run. Kaya yan!


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Being a kid again!

That's the feeling you get when you watch a 3D film! It was my first time to see a full-length animated flick in 3D. Ang saya!

Wave 891 had a premiere of Ice Age 3 yesterday at The Block, SM City North Edsa. It was shown at their digital theater, so I felt giddy with excitement when they handed out the 3D glasses. There was a Scrat mascot at the entrance, too. So I quickly fished out my cam for a photo op. Parang bata! :)

It was the perfect way to end the workweek. Something light and fun to take away the gloominess of things: the weather and the demise of Michael Jackson.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Farewell to the King!

He died today, after going into cardiac arrest, at the age of 50.

Time described Michael Jackson as "the hottest single phenomenon since Elvis Presley."

He has supported more than thirty charities with proceeds from his concerts, more than any other celebrity or entertainer in the world. He has received numerous awards for his songs and albums, and his generosity. His music has changed the world. He has gone too soon, but his music will live on.

The world will miss the King of Pop. We love you, Michael.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Stricken with a bout of insecurity, she cried her heart out to him, apologizing for not being beautiful. But he shakes his head, holds her face in his hands, and looks in her eyes with so much love.

"You ARE beautiful," he whispers. "You're beautiful. And smart. And intelligent. And successful. And I'm proud of you."

And in that moment, she knew. She was the most beautiful woman in the world.


People say he was lucky to have her. But really, she's the lucky one.


They say love is sweeter the second time around. It's true. They would know - she and him. They fell apart. They lost the love. They started to lead separate lives. But separation was the catalyst that brought about the re-birth of a better, stronger love.

Now, they're inseparable. They understand each other better. They share more interests and do more things together. They hold hands tighter than before. Each embrace, each kiss, each caress, speak of more passion and intensity. This time, they know, it's for real. It's for good. It's forever.

You lose your way sometimes. But you find yourself in the process. They lost love once, and found forever back in each other's arms.

Friday, June 19, 2009


We were looking for this thing I wanted to give my Dad for Father's Day. Finally, I found something that was pretty okay. We've been walking for hours. I was tired. I just wanted to buy it, get it over with. But he smiled at me.

Alvin: You wanna look at the one we saw a while ago? Check mo lang ulit. If you don't like it, we'll come back for this.

Anne: Hindi ka pa ba pagod?

Alvin: No, I'm okay. Konting tiis lang para sa Daddy mo.

You're amazing, sweetheart. Thank you. And I love you.

Hurray for friends!

It was like "catching up with friends" week this week. Tuesday, I had lunch with Mareng Ida and Tita Mags at Outback Libis. The last time I saw Tita Mags was during my birthday party last March, so you can just imagine the level of chikahan that we did.

Chicken wings, pasta and grilled meats, hard rain pouring outside, and the quiet ambience of the restaurant - perfect place for three good friends to chatter the afternoon away.


Wednesday, lunch with Mareng Jeje. And yes, just like Tita Mags, last time I saw this good friend of mine was during my birthday party. Hmm.. where was I anyway? I think it's not healthy to skip seeing your friends regularly. Anyway, we met up and made kwento over really good shabu shabu na parang walang katapusan at hindi nauubos. Like manna from heaven, according to Jeje. Hehe. Winner ka talaga, mare. :)

One thing I love about this amazing gal is her sincerity. She's genuinely happy for me when good things come my way. She's sad when I'm sad. She's such a delight to be with. And she exudes so much positivity, which is rare to find in people nowadays.

At sa sobrang pagka-immerse namin sa kwentuhan namin, I forgot to take pics. Sorry, mare. Next week, when the three of us meet up for lunch - you, me and Len. :)


Finally, today, I met up with my besty. After her Singing Bee stint, she appeared on national TV again, on Kris Aquino's bingo show. Sensational ka, bespren!

Very, very late lunch at The Block. We took a walk at the new Sky Garden, and it was actually my first time to see the place before night time. When I arrived at the Sky Dome during the Radio Music Awards, it was already dark and it was hard to appreciate the architecture. Quite impressive, it was. So much better than Trinoma's open fountain area. The restaurants are open until around midnight, too. So it's another good spot for gimmicks during the weekends. Kudos, SM! Now if you can just do something about your mall directory...

We donated our smiles to the Sony Ericson Smile promo. If you happen to pass by the long stretch of photos displayed at The Block, sige nga, hanapin mo yung picture namin doon. Trip lang. :)

Anne: Uy, may picture kami ni Alvin dito! Hanapin natin.
Len: Sige.
(Mahaba yung display and there were like hundreds of photos there)
Anne: Ano ba yan, ang dami!
Len: Ano ba 'to, Annej, ang dami pang mga "shungerks" dito.

Hahahaha! Shungerks! Buti na lang hindi tayo kasali doon, bespren! Mapang-lait talaga tayo!


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Random Things

Positivity. I'd like to immerse in this. It's pretty normal to rant once in a while. But I want to be surrounded by all things positive. My beau and I are practicing this, shunning the negative. Now that he's into The Secret, I'm letting myself be influenced by him. The universe will conspire with us soon.


An article from Starpulse:

What do Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith do to keep the romance alive? Make love outside of the bedroom in creative places, says the actress in the new issue of Redbook. She suggests couples pull off to the side of the road when they have the urge: "Think of places outside that are comfortable to have sex. Does he have access to his office? Have a fantasy date. Be his secretary!"

Her advice for others who want to spice it up? Be sneaky.

Oh yeah! This is so true! (Actually, even places that are not so comfortable are also so exciting.)



Going back to school on Saturday. Moving up to a higher level French. But I still can't speak higher level French. Boo hoo!

I was actually thinking of not enrolling anymore. I wanted to take up a short-term culinary course at CCA. But since the sched is also during the weekends, I had to make a choice. Hmm.. I guess my cooking can wait. Until after French 4 at least. I'll decide again after three months. Let's cross the bridge when we get there.

Excited to see my friends, though. See y'all Saturday, classmates!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

On a running high!

Vin and I woke up at 4:20 am to get ready for the 1st PTAA Charity Fun Run we were going to join. All set to sprint, we headed on to UP Diliman to register. We got there around 5:40, and tough luck, registration was already closed. A lot of runners were still arriving, ready to join the run. But the organizers didn't accommodate us anymore. The bad thing about it was the people in charge of the registration weren't very nice and friendly, and were not the least bit apologetic that they couldn't let us in anymore. We woke up early and drove all the way from wherever we came from just to be part of the event. A lot were pissed off, others surprised that they were actually rejecting participants (and rejecting our money) when the race hadn't even started yet. Baduy diba? What's really irritating is that the registration cut-off time wasn't stated in the web page where I saw the info about this event. Had I known the time, I would've gotten there before 5:30.

So to the organizers, especially to that bitchy lady in the registration area, you guys are really disappointing.

Since my beau and I were already there, we decided to just have our own fun run. Which turned out to be a lot more fun, too! We were going to join the 5km race, and instead we ran 7km on our own. Burned more calories pa! Saya! 6km was spent running / jogging / brisk walking. The last km was spent strolling at a leisurely pace, holding hands, making kwento, cracking jokes, dissing the PTAA race and laughing out loud. Alvin said maghuhubad daw siya sa harap nung finish line nila, in protest. Pero siyempre he didn't do it. Although he would've loved to tell the bitchy registration lady, "Ikaw ba ang matron of honor dito?" Hahahaha!

We bought taho and soy milk after finishing our run. Then off we went to the UP Diliman Coop to have breakfast at Rodic's. Skinless longganisa, fried egg and fried rice - da best! I wanted to take pictures, but I forgot to bring my cam. Next next Sunday na lang, when we join the GIG Run. I enjoy taking photos while running. And Rodic's definitely deserves a spot on my blog.

Bah! So what if we missed the real race? Our own fun run was so much fun-er!


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Splashin' Style!

Hello, rainy season! It's been pouring cats and dogs non-stop this week. The weather's drab, but that doesn't mean your looks should be, too. That is why I have this conveniently situated near my bedroom door.


Raingear fashion for this chick who's always on the go. Before I head out on a rainy day, I skim through this rack for the perfect jacket or shawl to match my outfit. Yes, of course, your jacket MUST match your outfit! For me, at least. :)

These are some of my fave picks:


Like the classic LBD, every girl must have a trench coat. This one I got on sale a few years back. Such a steal!


My beau gave me this in 2004 or 2005, if I remember it right. And I still love it until now! Bright red and sporty make one hot chick in short shorts or jeans. :)


My most expensive jacket! I got this for free when I hosted their Streetdance Battle event about four years ago. I believe this was worth around 12-15K. One of the perks of being a radio personality, the freebies are endless! Wheeee! :)


For those really cold days, this wool jacket is perfect. My sis, Adie, got me this during one of her HK trips. I love the faux fur!


This one I got in China, when I was there with my girlfriends last year. Cool, hip and young! And I probably got it because of the word "Happiness" on it, because during that time, happiness was elusive. Hehehe. I remember mareng Kat reminding me to check kung tama ang grammar ng nakasulat. Madalas kasi hindi. :)


This has been in my closet for ages, too. And it spells c-h-i-c! :)


And of course, I also have some fab picks from my clothing sponsor. Thanks, Tita Mags! :)

I have jackets and sweaters in light pink, hot pink, blue green, dark green, red, purple and black. Cardigans, denim, knitted, etc. Most of them were purchased on a whim, when I'm on a movie date and I forget to bring a jacket. And when I'm too tamad to slip into these things, I bring a shawl, choosing from yet another colorful stack.

It really is so fun being a girl...rain or shine!


Friday, June 5, 2009

Dear Daddy...

I saw this entry on PostSecret...

...and I got teary-eyed, my heart going out to the person who sent this. I think it's terribly sad to never be able to feel a Dad's love for his daughter.

I know for a fact that there is no other guy in the world who will love you the way your dad does. That fierce, unconditional love that does not age or fade or wither. I know this because I have found that kind of love in you. You've stood by me all these years, even when I'm old and strong enough to stand on my own. When I'm at my happiest, you always smile and feel proud of me. When I'm down and broken, you're the first one who gets hurt, the first one who voices out plans of retribution - and sometimes they're so silly I laugh despite the tears. When someone tries to break me, you always say I'm the better person, and I believe you.

I'm lucky because I don't know how it feels like to send my dad a package and a letter and have them returned to me unopened. Whenever I give you something, you eagerly open it and say "thank you...thank you very much!" I'm lucky I have you... a dad who's like no other!

Your little girl...always,

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hear, hear!

In the movie Night at the Museum 2, Teddy Roosevelt, played by Robin Williams, said that the key to happiness is physical exercise.

I agree! Well, maybe not the sole key to happiness, but one of the keys that open that elusive door. Exercise releases endorphins, and therefore relieving stress and anxiety, making you a happier you! I stopped going to the gym for about six or seven months. When I decided to get back to the healthy habit this year, it has done wonders! I'm always in a better, more positive mood. Plus, when your skin glows, when your clothes fit better, when your body feels light - wouldn't that make you happy?



A quote from Robert Quillen:

A happy marriage is the union of two forgivers.

Not just marriage, I would say. In any kind of relationship, forgiveness works the same way. If we counted all the shortcomings of our partners, kept track of all their errors, where would that bring you? Apart.

And it always, always feels better to let go of past hurts and carry no grudges.

A "sorry" should always be followed by "it's okay, I forgive you." Don't go saying, "I forgive you. But if you do this again, just like last time..."

Love does not keep a record of wrongs. Indeed.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Awaiting the return of the Boy Who Lived

The sixth Harry Potter movie will be hitting the big screen soon. The trailer looks spectacular, and I know a lot of HP fans, myself included, are really looking forward to seeing this flick. To refresh my memory a bit, I re-read my books and finished the fifth one last night. Once again, my heart broke when Sirius Black died, and I was sobbing on my pillow as I leafed through the last pages.

I remember the fifth movie quite well, having seen it on HBO just recently. While the book is undoubtedly better than the film, I liked the execution of Sirius's death better in the movie. But so many important details were taken out, and many changed. That's why if you have not read the books, you will never understand why the rest of the world have all seven of J.K. Rowling's masterpieces on their bookshelves. Nothing short of amazing, she is.

After the tragic loss in the fifth story, another tragedy happens in Half-Blood Prince, which leads to even more tragedies in the last book. So I will be ready with my box of tissues. The 6th movie will be out sometime in July of this year.

A little Half-Blood Prince trivia I found on the net:

Director Guillermo Del Toro turned down the chance to direct this film so he could work on Hellboy II.

Helen McCrory had been cast to play Bellatrix Lestrange in Order of the Phoenix in 2007, but had to back out because she was pregnant. She will play Bellatrix's sister, Narcissa Malfoy in this film. (I think Helena Bonham Carter played Bellatrix quite superbly!)

Naomi Watts was the first choice to play the part of Narcissa Malfoy but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.

J.K. Rowling read through the script for this film, and found a line where Dumbledore mentions a girl he had a crush on when he was younger. After reading it, she informed the filmmakers that Dumbledore is in fact gay, and that his only romantic infatuation was with the wizard Grindelwald, whom he later had to defeat in a wizard duel. She later made this information public while promoting the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.