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First Philippine Guitar Festival February 21, 2010

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I heard about the First Philippine Guitar Festival from an e-mail sent to me through my yahoogroups. After reading that the performers will sing haranas and that an international artist will play using a classical guitar, I was already sold.

I was thinking this is a chance for me to introduce a precious and at the same time dying culture of harana to my son. And although, I have a personal bias on classical guitar, I just can’t let this opportunity pass that my son won’t hear what a harana sounds like. I am hoping he picks up how beautiful the Filipino language is especially when it speaks about love.

Undecided which event to go to Steve Lin’s or the Harana boys, I said to myself who am I kidding. The ticket is sold for P200 pesos each. Why do I even have to think which one to go so I bought tickets for both events for my entire family. I invited my friends and other relatives and my friends’ friends. Finally, I was able to buy 14 tickets plus tickets we got for other friends who asked us to buy for them at CCP.

The first show I attended was Steve Lin’s performance. A few of my favorites are Matud Nila (A cebuano song) and El Negrito Angostura. I was so happy to find out that the “El Negrito” can be found in one of Steve’s CD which was being sold during the event. A CD was sold at P500 each. My cousin bought Steve’s other CD wherein he performs with another artist. Amazingly, my son enjoyed the “Yi Dance” and “A Journey Into Desire”. Steve said that those pieces are not easy to listen to but then it invokes imagery when you really pay attention to it and that you will hear unfamiliar sounds that will tickle your mind. True enough everything he said happened to me but maybe it has more dramatic effect for a young 9 year-old mind.

I went to the event thinking that Steve Lin’s performance cannot be topped anymore. On the second day, I attended Harana performed by Florante Aguilar, Michael Dadap and the Harana Boys. The pieces from the two events were not comparable at all. They are both excellent performances but I did not expect to be emotionally moved by the Harana songs. Florante Aguilar and Michael Dadap are masters in their field but when the Harana Boys sang the serenades coupled with the soft music coming from the guitars, ahh the effect to me was just indescribable. I felt that the stage was transformed into fields. I can imagine a young man serenading a beautiful damsel. I remembered my Lola singing to us to while putting us to sleep. I was just brought to tears. My favorite most of all was the song “Maruja”.

Unfortunately, the Harana boys do not have any CDs of their own to sell. So I bought a CD of Florante Aguilar entitled “Harana”. Another reason I bought the CD is because one of the cuts is “Ugoy ng Duyan” which is another masterpiece.

This event became a reunion of family and friends who share a common love for guitars. beautiful music and of course Filipino culture. I cannot wait for what the Guitar Friends will arrange for next year’s Guitar Festival.

Folks I assure you this is one of those good things in life you should not miss.

For events at CCP, you may contact them at their website


My 2010 Starbucks Coffee Seminar Journey February 20, 2010

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This February we were lucky to be invited to one of Starbucks’ Coffee Appreciation Seminars. I decided to bring my son along for us to learn something about coffee. We chose the branch at ABS-CBN to attend our first seminar.

The seminar started at 4 pm. There are a number of guests already settled in when we arrived. My son was the only child there but I figured this will be a unique experience for him.

True enough we learned a lot that day especially on what a coffee blend is. We were also priviledged to taste two unique brewed coffee flavors namely: Cafe Verona and Guatemala Casicielo. My favorite is the latter especially when you drink it together with a nutty cookie. My son decided he’s really not into coffee but he still tried them both and heartily gobbled the free mini donuts Starbucks has prepared for us.

Let me say that I’m really just a “season drinker” (this translates to Christmas season to get a planner). However, after this seminar I honestly have more appreciation now of brewed coffee. So the next time, I hear somebody slurping their coffee, I won’t think that person is rude for drinking so loud. As an educated coffee-drinker now, I would think that this person is showing the best manner of enjoying his coffee.

To entice you more to join these seminars, Starbucks is giving away “My 2010 Starbucks Coffee Seminar” tickets where you can collect 4 different stamps by attending these seminars from January to October 2010. As a reward for your support, you will receive a suprise treat.

What’s more the seminars are held for free! You get to taste Starbucks’ featured coffee, eat treats (if available) and get freebies after. Add that to the new knowledge you get about coffee drinking and appreciation and there is no better deal than this.

Hopefully, with all this new knowledge on coffee in me I will try out someday to order something else than my regular frap. 🙂

You can check out these free coffee seminars at Starbucks’ facebook page at:!/album.php?aid=190810&id=225073057924&ref=mf

It wouldn’t hurt also if you become a fan of the site for your own convenience of getting updates!

For inquiries on these free coffee seminars you can email

See you in the next coffee seminar!


Waterball Fun at Manila Ocean Park

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One thing my son is so crazy about every time we visit Manila Ocean Park is to play at the waterball. By paying a minimal fee of P50, your child can enjoy a ten-minute fun inside an inflated ball placed on a big pool just in front of Manila Ocean Park.

This activity is so fun that I heard kids refusing to enter the oceanarium without trying first the waterball. Parents had to promise to come back just so they can pass the pool without their kids throwing a tantrum.

Another thing I like about this activity is that kids can meet new friends from the encounter. Although, they can’t really talk to each other while inside the ball, for some natural instinct, the kids inside the pool play by bumping on each other or running after one another. I even saw my son trying to race with another boy to the other end of the pool.

Now, isn’t that worth your fifty bucks! To have your child exercise his social skills instead of letting him play quietly with electronic devices. Don’t get me wrong. I have a PSP myself but then our kids should know there is a bigger world out there compared to their small screens.

The waterball is open everday for kids only. The paying booth is just beside the pool. There is no need to go to the ticket booths to pay for your entrance for this. Please remember to fall in line and wait patiently for your child’s turn. 🙂

Have a happy bonding time!

Happy family bonding



Filed under: Uncategorized — luckyinspiringanecdotes @ 1:41 am

Hello friends,

I came about a post from Fully Booked that aspiring photographers should surely check-out. I, myself, would like to venture into this hobby but I have no idea where and how to start. So hopefully, this free class will answer those basic questions I have.

The site posts this information:

Basic Photography- Free!
with Brian Bravo
Date and Time: March 3 (Wednesday), 6:00- 8:00 PM

To register:
Email or
Call 858- 7000 or sign-up at the Customer Service Desk of Fully Booked Bonifacio High Stree


The Goldilocks 5th Intercollegiate Cake Decorating Challenge February 2010 February 12, 2010

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Hi friends!!!

I just bumped into one of Goldilocks upcoming event. You might want to check it out to win a seat to the event.

What exactly are you getting? According to their site, “The Decorate with the Masters will give a rare chance for enthusiasts to get the chance to learn for cake decorating masters, Penk Ching and Heny Sison. 50 lucky people per class will get a 1-hour hands-on training from the country’s best cake decorating experts.”

To register log in to:


Bubblewrap VALENTINE RAFFLE PROMO! February 10, 2010

Filed under: Updates — luckyinspiringanecdotes @ 3:04 pm
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Dear Girlfriends,

When I saw the croc skin jewelry case in black, I instantly fell in love with it. I just want to figure out how many of those do I need to store my precious. I guess the problem is I just have too many precious.

So to get me started, I decided to join in Bubblewrap’s Valentine’s Raffle promo. Check out their website at for details on how you can grab their exciting giveaways this February. Hurry, to join you have until February 11, 2010 midnight to join.

Happy Valentine’s everyone!