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Something for your ears this holiday season

Not to be a grinch or anything but I take the whole Christmas shebang as, well.. not enthusiastically as most of us does. Perhaps I’ve come into terms that people like me who are in their mid-twenties *gasp* have ‘graduated’ from child-like fantasies and anything related to Santa Claus. But if you want to take a break from the annoying Christmas music blasting inside malls and mainstream radio stations, here’s something I know you’d like:

Incredible watercolor art! Check out Alessandra’s post here.

Artwork and playlist is brought to you by the lovely and talented Alessandra Lanot. The songs are not as classic as Jose Mari Chan’s and Ray Conniff’s but it’s enough to set you on a holiday mood without being too overwhelming.

Go and download the playlist here. Put it on your iPod. Play it on your laptop. Share it with friends. Let’s all combat loneliness and kill it with joyfulness and cheer! #corny 😛

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#ThankYouSteve

Overdue post. Please forgive the writer.

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There are two things that surprised me about Steve Jobs’ passing: 1) Because I didn’t know that he was battling pancreatic cancer, and 2) He had a huge following.The latter was the most intriguing. For three straight days, my Facebook and Twitter feeds were flooded with his quotes, copied verbatim from his various speeches and interviews from the past.

Naturally, the first thing I did after learning the news was to log on to Apple‘s website. A black-and-white photo of Jobs’ was plastered on the homepage. Goosebumps.

They couldn’t have said it better.

People close to me know how much of a music freak  I am. I even remember asking my parents for a Sony Walkman for my 11th birthday. At 16, I saved up and bought a Discman with my salary from my first job. I loved both gadgets but the bulkiness and the constantly changing of batteries bit bothered me.

I got my first MP3 player, a 2 GB 2nd generation silver iPod Nano, after college. It was the best gadget I owned EVER. I cannot fully emphasize how great it is, scrunching in 500 or more songs in my pocket. Pure. Genius.

Then I lost it (accidentally left it inside a jeepney) and got myself an 8 GB 3rd generation iPod Nano. Featured the same thing as the first but with video playback. Thanks to this clever little thing, I finished all seasons of That 70’s Show. Also made my long commutes to and from home, enduring.

In memoriam: My 3rd generation iPod Nano looking sassy and smart

Then again, I was mugged sometime on December 2009. Long story. My latest ‘baby’ now is this purple 16 GB 4th generation iPod Nano. Still serving me well like a dependable soldier.

Bottom line is, none of my round-the-clock music fix won’t be possible if Jobs’ hadn’t pushed enough to develop devices like these. He did it. Hell yeah, he did it!

This is the last I saw of Jobs. I think I caught a snippet of this on CNN several months ago. He looked frail, yes, but he still delivered his speech with such enthusiasm like he normally does in his keynote addresses. Great guy. No wonder millions upon millions spend their cash on his merchandise.

Carlo got word that the Power Mac Center at Greenbelt 3 propped up a signboard to commemorate Jobs’ repose. I immediately invited Pixie if she wanted to come along after work and scribble a message there for Steve.

Steve Jobs, my life is beautiful as it is. Thank you for making it a hundred times better with your creations. You will still rock in the hearts of many Apple product-users like me.

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Now Playing: It’s Like That – Run-D.M.C.

Don’t you miss the old MTV? That period when they play music videos all day, every day until you have memorized the order of videos they’re going to play, and the exact time when they’re going to play it? Yeah, MTV used to be badass.

There wasn’t YouTube in the 1990s and early 2000 (at least that’s what I think) then. So if I wanted to watch a current music video favorite, I’d wait for MTV to air it. Literally. I’d stay up late just to catch MTV Most Wanted, MTV Diyes, or MTV Asia Hitlist etc–It was agonizing! Youngsters are lucky nowadays. Very lucky, indeed.

Nostalgia-ing aside, I’m sharing you a video from Run-D.M.C.‘s It’s Like That. It’s the mother lode of all hip hop videos and movies. This spawned my interest in the culture of hip hop culture so it holds a special place in my heart (naks!).

And did you spot Vanness Wu? I know, new-found respect to the man. Totally.

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They gave up on me

These Sony earphones–bought for me by the boyfriend as a pasalubong all the way from scorching Dubai–decided to stop doing its job together one morning. I remember it so vividly; I was tuning out the horrors of Manila commute with  Fall Out Boy’s I Don’t Care when suddenly music wasn’t coming out from the right bud anymore. It was abrupt, unlike my previous pairs that went through a static-ky phase first before giving in.

Thank you. You have served me very well for the past six months.

It has been days of going through with just one functioning bud. DAYS. It’s like walking with one leg without crutches. I need music. I need my ever-reliable portable escape. Help, my life support system is falling apart!

This is sad moment. Someone console me with chocolates and Banapple pancakes.

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Now Playing: Look at Me Now – Chris Brown ft. Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne

Wowed at Busta Rhymes’s rap part. Must memorize! I have the lyrics up and I still can’t sing along.

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Now Playing: Blurry – Puddle of Mudd

I’ve always dreamed of playing my guitar in front of a massive audience. Yung tipong wasted na yung mga tao and everyone’s going wild. My choice of piece would be this:

*Favorite line: Everyone is changing / there’s no one left that’s real / to make up your own ending / and let me know just how you feel

Blurry is one of my all-time favorite alternative rock songs dating way back in 2002. I was just a high school sophomore and I already listened to this. My parents almost went berserk whenever I play songs of such type. Para daw akong lalake because I like really loud music. Haha.

Oh well, I turned out okay so I guess they absolutely have nada to worry about.

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Now Playing: Coffee and TV – Blur

Monday’s not being too good to me today. But I remember what my Mama told me: “Start the day right, especially if it’s the start of the week.”

And start the day right, I will!

So I devised a battle plan and gathered my armor: a whispered prayer, a bag of Skittles, and this:

Coffee and TV is an old song but it still sounds refreshing even after a thousand and one repeats on my iTunes. Classic.

Check the video out. If you don’t find the little travelling milk carton insanely cute, ewan ko na lang!

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