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Back in grade school, chain letters were a hit among girls. A typical chain letter convinces the receiver to make a certain number of copies and pass it to anyone. Fine it’s a CHAIN letter and you are bound to it but I really didn’t get the purpose and was never a part of it. Plus, it was a waste of ink and paper. Then emails became popular and there it is again.

And when mobile phones became a fad, I would receive a chain letter every day. At first, it was simple to ignore but the messages became frightening. If you will not pass this to let’s say 10 people, (someone or you) will die, you will have bad luck, or the ghost of someone will visit you. When I started receiving these types of messages, I reply to the sender and ask not to send me one ever.

Unfortunately, chain letters evolved and it is now using the latest platform accessible to anyone – Facebook. I detest chain letters specially the one that says, “I’m pregnant or I’m having a baby.” When you hit “Like” or “comment”, the person who posted that sends you a personal message and asks you to do the same thing.

But there is this new chain letter that I find interesting.

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Tag Me If You Dare

Facebook tagging is creating a link to their profile which can be posted on that person’s Timeline. You can tag anyone in your photos, in your status update or anything you want to share to that person.

I’m not new to the so-called “tagging” on Facebook because I have been using this social media platform for a long time. However, there are times I don’t want to be tagged simply because it has nothing to do with me. Not to mention the annoying notifications you get even if it’s from someone you don’t know. But sometimes I just hit the “Like” button and move on.

Recently, I was tagged again along with a few people I don’t know. I thought it was another status update and I almost yelled, “Brace yourself, notifications are on the way!” To my surprise, it was a chain letter but this one I like. It goes like this!

Tagged by (friend’s name)

A list of 10 books that:
– have stayed with me
– are/have been significant in my life
– I immediately thought of upon learning about this challenge (no overthinking allowed)

1. Landry series by V.C. Andrews
2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
4. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
5. Shogun by James Clavell
6. The Dark Half by Stephen King
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
8. Lady Vixen by Shirlee Busbee
9. A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer
10. Sweet Valley Kids, Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley High Series

Tagging (friends’ name)

Some of my friends consider this a chain letter but there are those who don’t. I think it is a chain letter since the message was sent to you by simply tagging you. The only difference and perhaps the good thing about it is it does not force you to do anything. The person who was tagged is a bookworm and the person he or she will tag is also a bookworm, so no problem there.

I find this one meaningful because it brought back memories such as: the stories, the feelings, the age I read it, where I read it, and how I got the book. After a few tags, many are now into it but people tweaked it to make it look like a challenge to list not more than 10 books. And now, there’s even one for films. I’d rather have this type of chain letter. It’s simple and has meaning. Most importantly, it’s not scary.

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Chain Letters: Social Media Edition Back in grade school, chain letters were a hit among girls. A typical chain letter convinces the receiver to make a certain number of copies and pass it to anyone.

George Burns said, “By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.

From my grandmother’s funny life stories and time-tested advice, I’m 100% sure she has learned everything in life. She does not only remember those life lessons but share her experiences with others as well. Her tender loving care and dual role as my grandmother and mother is a proof she did well. My wish for her is good health and a happy heart!

It’s not the big things but the little things that can mean enough

Turning eighty years old is a big deal. I wanted to give my grandmother a special celebration. However, it was difficult to bring all our family together since we live in different places. Some of our relatives live in another city far away or in another country. Plus, my grandmother told us that just because she’s turning 80 does not mean it has to be grand. She only wants to be with the people she loves.

My grandmother isn’t the type who enjoys grand celebrations unless it’s a wedding. She has a point. You’ll definitely enjoy your special day with the people you love and loves you back. So my ninong and I decided to lift her frustrations away before her actual birthday.

People in her age are usually worried about everything that concerns their love ones. In her case, what worries her are her son (my ninong) and yours truly. She wants to make sure the roof over our heads will be there even if she’s gone.

In a span of nine months, we finished our small projects such as fixing the garage, repainting kitchen walls, and fixing roofs. We even added new orchids for her garden. Slowly, her frustrations were lifted due to the assurance that we will be safe no matter how strong the wind or typhoon is. Apart from that, we constantly bring her to different restaurants in the metro and a short vacation in her hometown. Simple pleasures are what she likes.

Simple pleasures, simple lessons

A week before her birthday, I offered a thanksgiving mass. So on her 80th birthday, we first went to church to hear the first mass. She taught me this at a young age. Always give thanks to God. Do it early in the morning when you wake up.

For her special birthday lunch, we took her to a restaurant that she would enjoy. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to go to the first or the second choice. But the third choice was the perfect fit!

Since 1952, Barrio Fiesta continues to deliver authentic Filipino cuisine to its customers. My grandmother loves Filipino food and Barrio Fiesta is a perfect choice. The food is deliciously Pinoy while the restaurant itself emits a homey ambiance making her birthday lunch a remarkable one.

From Quezon City, we travelled to Tiendesitas. We parked in front of Hogalbi Korean Grill Restaurant. It was one hot afternoon that we decided to buy Korean ice cream at Hogalbi. Grandmother isn’t a fan of it but once in a while she tries new things. Then off to a new shopping experience at Tiendesitas!

We searched for antiques, furniture, handicrafts, native food, and clothes. We did not buy many things just a few clothes and Pinoy delicacies. There’s this furniture that caught her eye; however, she wasn’t sure what to do it with and decided not to buy.

That’s one of the many lessons she taught me. Not because you have the budget or if you like something does not mean you should buy it or it’s meant for you. Sometimes you have to stop and think if you really need it. If yes, go ahead. If no, then don’t waste that “something” as it may be of bigger value to other people. You may just be wasting its essence.

Lastly for dinner, we ate at home. A simple family dinner with two types of traditional Pinoy birthday food pancit (signifies long life) and cake from Red Ribbon shared with my boyfriend and a few of our employees. It was one simple but fun night. We were happy to see our delivery truck drivers and aides get excited with cake. It was their first time to eat cake from Red Ribbon.

Learning that, my grandmother decided that aside from our usual Christmas giveaway such as the Christmas ham, Spaghetti pasta, Spaghetti Sauce, and the like we should also include cake.

Christmas is a good season for any type of business. Adding cake to the giveaway is no big deal. Share your blessings and the goodness Christmas brings.

My grandmother’s 80th birthday is not just about her. It’s also about the people around her. I’m glad we followed her. I am pleased to have her as a grandmother and a mother.

By the way, happy grandparents’ day!

My grandmother and grandfather

My grandmother and grandfather

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Celebrating 80 Years of Simple Life George Burns said, “By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.”

The Cultural Center of the Philippines brings together the well liked original Filipino musicals in a single evening featuring the original cast and the best musical theater performers. A gala event billed as MUSIKAL! A Musical Theater Celebration of CCP’s 45th takes place on September 5 and September 6, at 8:00 pm at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). The musical revue features excerpts from “Rak of Aegis”, “Rama Hari”, “Maxie the Musical”, “Katy!”, “Caredivas”, “Noli Me Tangere”, “Magsimula Ka”, “ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal”, “Bluebird of Happiness”, “Rock Supremo”, “Rivalry”, “Lorenzo”, among others.

“This is going to be a landmark convergence of Philippine musical theater talent. A rare night where one can experience the melodies of the composers, the spectacle put together by the directors, the passion of the ensemble and the splendid musicality that Filipino musical theater performers are known for worldwide,” CCP’s artistic director Chris Millado enthuses. Millado also directs the show in collaboration with the original directors and producing companies like Tanghalang Pilipino, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Educational Theater Association, Trumpets, Spotlight Artists Centre, Bit by Bit Company, 4th Wall Theater Company, Green Wings, and Ateneo Blue Rep.

Audiences will also hear the scores of the musicals orchestrated for the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Salonga. Special medleys will be rearranged for the vocal style of the Philippine Madrigal Singers. Jed Balsamo arranges for orchestra from the original compositions of Ryan Cayabyab, Vincent de Jesus, Rony Fortich, Ed Gatchalian, Aegis, Ebe Dancel, and Gines Tan, among others.

This landmark gala celebrates original Philippine musical theater artistry and the Cultural Center of the Philippines 45th Anniversary.

For inquiries, please call the CCP Sales and Promotions Office at 832-3706 or 832-3704.

Thanks to Filipino talent coupled with the symphonic sound by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, this landmark gala provides a musical theater “pride” for the country.

Press release from the Cultural Center of the Philippines

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MUSIKAL! Celebrates CCP’S 45th Anniversary The Cultural Center of the Philippines brings together the well liked original Filipino musicals in a single evening featuring the original cast and the best musical theater performers.

Last month, tropical storm Glenda (Rammasun) visited our country. According to reports, the typhoon is following a path similar to the deadly typhoon Milenyo (Xangsane) that devastated the Philippines in 2006. Milenyo killed 213 people and injured hundreds more. Not only that, it damaged P6 billion worth of infrastructure and agriculture. As I recall, we also had no electricity the entire day.

Reports were right. Typhoon Glenda brought strong winds damaging electric poles cutting off power supply in several parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces. If the power interruption during Milenyo lasted for less than 24 hours, in Glenda’s case we had no electricity for nearly 48 hours.  Here is a short video. At the end of it, you’ll see the view from our house and our colorful pinwheel crazily spinning round and round.

This experience drove me mad. But I managed because made me realize many things and do things I used to enjoy when I was younger.

Here is a list of the things I did during the massive black out.

Prepare for a long day without power and rotating brownouts, just in case! – When the power went out, the first we did was prepare. We had no worries with water supply. Food, on the other, was a problem. When the rain and wind weakened, we went to the grocery to buy biscuits, noodles and canned goods. Then we gathered all our flashlights and candles at home. Good thing people my grandmother’s age love to gift candles. There are no worries in that part.

Of course, it’s going to be a long day and still many idle hours. My list continues.

There’s nothing to do? Then clean the house and declutter your closet! I cleaned the house like we normally do. But with the time I had, I was able to notice and rearrange figurines and other displays. Not only that, I was able to organize my closet.

Your tablet’s battery is running low? Check your bookshelf! I love to read e-books and actual books. But this time, I had the chance to read other educational materials in our bookshelf such as the Encyclopedia, The Science Library, Sci-tech magazine, and my Earthwatch book. I even found the newspapers I kept when I went to Hong Kong to cover an event.

Can’t use the laptop? Use a pen and a paper! I don’t really write poems but I tried to write one. The typhoon woke me up around 1AM and words started to play in my mind.

Want to listen to music? Use a Walkman or check your tape recorder! I have this tape recorder which I used in college , OJT days and my first job. Listening to the interviews and music I recorded made me smile.

Tape

Spend some quality time with your pets! I have three hamsters left namely: Buffy Grande, baby Buffy and Chuu. When I woke up at 1AM, I went to the living room and saw them standing in the roof of their cute houses. I know they were afraid, so I played with them and place their cage where I/ they can see me.

My Hamsters

Surprisingly, I was very productive despite the lack of electricity. This only shows that there are many things and activities we can do without power. Back in the old days, having no electricity didn’t hinder people from their daily activities. Since then, I try to lessen my usage of gadgets and save electricity. It may look impossible and difficult, but definitely achievable!

Clari Says live, write and draw. Let’s create DIY projects, watch movies, go on food adventures and blog it all! Follow Clari Says on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Instagram

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What to do During a Power Outage? Last month, tropical storm Glenda (Rammasun) visited our country. According to reports, the typhoon is following a path similar to the deadly typhoon Milenyo (Xangsane) that devastated the Philippines in 2006.

The Fault in Our Stars Review

The Fault in Our Stars Review

Photo from http://thefaultinourstarsmovie.com/
Photo from http://thefaultinourstarsmovie.com/

Photo from http://thefaultinourstarsmovie.com/

I believe we have a choice in this world about how to tell sad stories. On the one hand, you can sugarcoat it. Nothing is too messed up that can’t be fixed with a Peter Gabriel Song. I like that version as much as the next girl does. It’s just not the truth.

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Cinemalaya X Book launch at CCP

Cinemalaya X Book launch at CCP

Photo from http://www.cinemalaya.org/

THE Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with the launching of the book entitled Making Waves: 10 Years of Cinemalaya on August 9, 2014, 5pm at the Silangan Hall of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Photo from http://www.cinemalaya.org/

Photo from http://www.cinemalaya.org/

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Foreign Experts Serve on Cinemalaya Jury

Officials of the Sundance Institute and the International Film Festival of Kerala are in Manila to serve on the jury of the 10th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition ongoing until August 10 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ayala theaters at Greenbelt Makati, Alabang Town Center, TriNoma and Fairview Terraces in Quezon City.

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