Saturday 9: Reason to Believe

1. Has anyone asked you to believe in something that called for a huge leap of faith on your part?
** Yes.

2. When is the last time you moved? Why did you move?
** I moved last September. It was a domestic issue between my Mom and I and my Mom and Dad. I rarely see her and yet when she comes over, she wreaks havoc into our lives.

3. Malls? ..or one Internet? Are you doing more online shopping this year? The polls say we are, but I’m curious about what the real people are doing.
** I now prefer the convenience of online shopping. But how I wish there are more local stores offering that out here. If you wanna shop here, going to the mall is still the best way to meet your retail therapy needs.

4. Do you remember the first meme you participated in and if so, what was it?
** I think it was Thursday Thirteen. I still participate every so often.

5. If you could invent something, what would it be?
** I’d really like to go back in time so a time machine would be nice.

6. Are you finished with your shopping? Do you still a few things to go? What? Not even a game plan? …or is there just one person you’re having trouble finding something for?
** No and I guess I’ll do it the last minute, as always. My Dad is always a puzzle for me when it comes to gifting because I don’t know what else he doesn’t have. I know it’s not something tangible and that’s quite hard to give to him.

7. What’s left to do at your place (or where you are going)? Is the tree up? …or maybe you’re just happy you found the Christmas coffee mug and are calling that good?
** I still need living room necessities and some more appliances. That can wait though. And I don’t have a tree up this year.

8. Is your life turning out the way you thought it would when you were a kid? If not, is it better or worse?
** All I know is that it’s still way better than before.

9. Tell us about something you’ll miss about 2010.
** Nothing really. I’m so looking forward to 2011.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Fridays: Simon & Garfunkel

1. A HAZY SHADE OF WINTER But look around, the leaves are brown, And the sky is a hazy shade of winter. Oh, seasons change with scenery, weaving time in a tapestry, won’t you stop and remember me?
Do you think of someone special during Winter?
** Yes, I do. My best friend in Canada.

2. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER When you’re down and out, When you’re on the street, When evening falls so hard I will comfort you. I’ll take your part.
What cheers you up?
** My friends and DS. Sometimes, binge eating helps a lot too.

3. EL CONDOR PASA I’d rather be a forest than a street. Yes I would. If I could, I surely would. I’d rather feel the earth beneath my feet.
When was the last time you went barefoot in the grass?
** I haven’t done that in years.

4. AMERICA Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike, They’ve all come to look for America…
How do you entertain yourself during a traffic jam?
** Listening to light and easy-listening music helps. Singing along to the tunes make it much better.

5. SOUNDS OF SILENCE When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light That split the night And touched the sound of silence
What words would flash on your ideal neon sign?
** I Love Life!

6. 59th STREET BRIDGE SONG Got no deeds to do, No promises to keep. I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep. Let the morning time drop all its petals on me. Life, I love you, All is groovy.
What was the last event that made you feel groovy?
** Our department’s year-end event.

7. RICHARD CORY The papers print his picture almost everywhere he goes: Richard Cory at the opera, Richard Cory at a show. And the rumor of his parties and the orgies on his yacht! Oh, he surely must be happy with everything he’s got.
Do you make enough money to keep you happy?
** I try to make do with what I have.

8. THE BOXER In the clearing stands a boxer, And a fighter by his trade And he carries the reminders Of ev’ry glove that laid him down
How do you feel about boxing as a sport?
** It can be exciting but at most times, I find it gory.

9. MRS ROBINSON Hide in the hiding place where no one ever goes. Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes. It’s a little secret just the Robinsons’ affair. Most of all you’ve got to hide it from the kids.
What was the last thing you hid from the kids or significant other in your home?
** Nothing.

10. I AM A ROCK I have my books And my poetry to protect me; I am shielded in my armor,
What item protects you?
** I have this rosary that my father gave me from their European vacation. It was blessed by Pope John Paul II when they had an audience with him and I never leave home without it.

11. KATHY’S SONG I hear the drizzle of the rain Like a memory it falls Soft and warm continuing Tapping on my roof and walls.
What is your least favorite thing about rain?
** The fact that it makes my car really dirty.

12. HOMEWARD BOUND Home where my thought’s escaping, Home where my music’s playing, Home where my love lies waiting Silently for me.
What’s your favorite thing about your home?
** I can do whatever I want…and of course, sleeping.

13. FIFTY WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER The problem is all inside your head, she said to me The answer is easy if you take it logically I’d like to help you in your struggle to be free There must be fifty ways to leave your lover
What was the worst way you ever left a lover?
** I left because I fell out of love.

Flair Time!

GSM Blueniversity Bar, San Sebastian College Recoletos – Those familiar with the metro night scene and Manila’s hippest clubs, would have certainly witnessed a spectacle that’s long been wowing clubbers and cocktail lovers—flamboyant bartenders who flip and throw liquor bottles in the air like seasoned jugglers, and oftentimes even dance to pulsating beats and perform close-up magic tricks.

This innovative form of bartending, known as flairtending, has captured the imagination of bar hoppers around the world, and has made its way to the country’s glitziest night spots. Aiming to find the most exciting flairtenders in the country, leading liquor brand GSM Blue launched the annual Flair Idol competition, with this year’s grand finals set on December 10, 2010 at the San Miguel by the Bay in SM Mall of Asia.

The Flair Idol competition, once limited to the Greater Manila Area, is now a nationwide event, and is part of GSM Blueniversity roadshow campaign. This unique campaign brought a team of professional bartenders to hundreds of colleges and universities across the archipelago in the past year, where they gave training sessions to HRM (Hotel and Restaurant Management) majors and budding flairtenders on the various aspects of bartending.

The most promising young flairtenders of the campaign were selected as contestants of the Flair Idol regional legs, where their drink mixing skills, originality, and style for performance were put to the test.

As the clock ticks down to Finals Day, there are still plenty of challenges to overcome for the handful of brilliant finalists. Aside from the big showdown on December 10, the finalists will undergo a special 6-day intensive training where they will further hone their skills and expertise in flairtending and the bartending business, and develop their individual performances for the finals.

Aside from the prestige of being named this year’s GSM Blue Flair Idol, there are many more prizes at stake for the finalists—the 2nd runner up will receive P10,000 in cash, the 1st runner up will get P20,000 in cash, and the Flair Idol will bag P30,000 in cash plus a trip to an exciting Asian destination. Those in the audience are in for a special treat as well. Aside from the entertaining performances of the finalists, there will be plenty of games, raffles, and other surprises in store at the Flair Idol 2010 finale.