Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Perfect Night

Sarah Geronimo Perfect 10: The Anniversary Concert
The crowd (that includes me) went wild

As she celebrates her 10th year anniversary in the industry, Sarah Geronimo staged a sold-out concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 15, 2013 entitled 'Perfect 10'. In this concert, she narrated her journey - from winning the grand champion of Star for A Night to reigning as our county's ultimate Pop Royalty and Box-Office Queen - through music.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Strangers, Again

It's kinda late and I am still awake. I know I still have work tomorrow (later) though. Haha. Okay, just wanna share with you this video that I came across with on YouTube. A short film about the realities and actual metamorphosis of relationships, whether heterosexual or homosexual. I believe we have been in at least one relationship that has gone through these stages:

Stage 1: Meeting -  Do you believe in love at first sight? I do. Finding that special someone often happens by accident and if you're lucky enough, you'll meet someone who changes the way your world spins in the most unexpected time and place.

Stage 2: The Chase - It is the best part, as the name implies is the challenge of somewhat running around to please and finally get that someone. During this period, the most observable thing would be the effort. We put in a lot of it in catching up. Love is commonly the force considered to be the fuel that powers one’s efforts.

Stage 3: Honeymoon - The honeymoon phase is actually the best part of a relationship. It is the magical time wherein you and your partner are very much in love with each other. This stage features high level of passionate love: strong emotions, butterflies in the stomach, or heart palpitations.

Stage 4: Comfortable - It is the stage where you could truly be yourselves. It is the very honest and ugly stage of a relationship. Being comfortable with each  is not necessary bad though. However, you've gone past the honeymoon stage wherein the romance and constant admiration of one another goes out the window.

Stage 5: Tolerance - "Arguing is one thing but feeling dissatisfied and unhappy with the relationship is another." Since romance and excitement have gone out of the frame, the treatment for each other starts to decline. Lesser time is being dedicated, misunderstandings and arguments occur more often.

Stage 6: Downhill - Arguments don't get solved right away. We take all the pain seriously and difficult to forget. It will take a long time before you realize that your relationship is on this stage, and when you do, it is hard to climb up again.

Stage 7: Breaking up - This. Is. The. Worst. Stage. EVER. This is the stage where, either one or both of you, cannot fight for the relationship anymore. This is the death of the relationship. It is not the stage to struggle for love, those opportunities have long been gone and there's a slim possibility that everything will be restored.

Now, the question is, can we avoid the 7th stage? Of course, yes. In fact, I don't want to reach the 5th stage either. Every relationship goes through stages. Where and how each stage develops is ultimately up to each person. I have learned that a relationship requires so much effort. Making it work is not easy, but if you do, that would be the greatest thing someone could ever have.

Video credits: Wong Fu Productions, ("Strangers, Again")

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Rexona Run 2013: Run To Your Beat

We ran to the beat! Yes, last October 20, together with my sissy Arianne, we joined this year's Rexona Run at the Mall of Asia Grounds. It was a very timely invitation because I was actually looking for something new to do and enjoy, a new activity that's fun. It was my first run. Hey, I'm not counting my participation in 10.10.10's Run for Pasig which we actually walked the line through! Haha. We were at the Mall of Asia around 2:30 in the morning as the assembly time was 3:00. Beside a traditional gun shot, the race started with a fireworks display and a live performance of Sandwich with their song 'Sugod'

Rexona Run 2013: Run To Your Beat

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ways to Get Over

Moving on may not be an overnight process but it always starts with acceptance. Of course I had to accept the fact that some things, including relationships, have its own ending. It hurts a lot though; I remember there was a time that all I want to do is just lie in bed and cry all day: I was not able to go to work, or if I do, I could never be that productive. I even skipped meals. Right after that separation, I felt like I will never go to move past it and bounce back from the pain. I thought about him constantly and everything seemed to remind me of what once was. During the first few weeks, even though I have gotten rid of the all keepsakes, my heart and my mind did not get cleaned out as fast as the trash. It took a little while but eventually I have recovered. Now I’m okay, I feel better.

It doesn't matter how long or short you and your ex-partner have been together, whether two weeks, two months, or two years, splitting up really hurts. I know that it’s not easy to immediately forget someone you loved before, especially if the love you gave was real. But you just have to remember, committing to the process of healing is one of the most significant parts of moving on. Little by little, you’ll definitely get over your ex. In no time, you will be back to your old self and he-who-shall-not-be-named will be just a thing of the past. The pain of a breakup can seem all-consuming, but I promise you it will eventually fade.

Cry. Just get all the pain out. Unexplained breakups could be so awful. You may feel that your heart has been literally broken into small pieces and it can be so hard to deal with especially if you are the one left behind. You could cry until you have given yourself a headache and all your tears have run dry. You can't commit to post-breakup healing if you've got all of that welled up inside, so I suggest have a good cry.

Create a distance between the both of you. No it won’t be easy but it is the most important rule after a breakup. I know that it will be difficult to let go of the everyday interactions, but you should. Even if you think you can handle it and still get over that person, you cannot. Don't fool yourself; feelings will get hurt. Moving away from him is a big step to the right direction.

Reconnect with your friends. At some point, everyone who has been in a relationship gave up a little of their time with friends to spend with their partner. This is your moment to make up with them. Go out and have fun. Remember how much enjoyable and fabulous being single really is.

Take good care of yourself. Breakup recovery is a life-changing process and when you’re going through essential life changes, you must take great care of yourself. Being single means thinking about you, you, and you only! Do the things that will make you happy. Take that spare time after work to pamper yourself because you can and you deserve it. Include extras like starting a new hobby, meeting a new friend, watching a movie, taking a long walk, and doing things that you consider fun.

Amidst this entire trying not to speak with him, going out and partying with friends, and eating lots of chocolates and ice cream, you also need to remember to sit back and really work through your feelings. Try to understand why things went south, and why you're better off this way. Focus on the good and positive things that are bound to happen. Forgive yourself for it is a certain path to free you up to have an amazing and wonderful life in the future. I am no Dr. Love or a relationship expert who gives advices to the broken-hearted but I hope these simple things could be your guide and help you to get well and move on.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Begin Again

Every day is a new beginning as they say, and today, I will start anew. My name’s Arnold and this is my new virtual space. I’m a 23-year-old hopelessly romantic gay guy who believes in ‘once upon a time’, ‘love at first sight’, and ‘happily ever after’ that, unfortunately, just got off an almost 2-year-old gay relationship which ended for about 3 months ago.

Our relationship, for me, was like a dream come true. Everything, I thought, was perfect. And losing him was my greatest fear. We first met online; a social networking site became a bridge to connect our lives. But just like any other relationships, ours, too, has come to an end. Believe me, breaking up and saying goodbye is hard to do, and it is harder to wake up the next day and to realize that he’s already gone. Breakups are never easy, trust me because I know. But of course, I don’t have an idea on everything about relationships, because if I did, then maybe I saved ours from taking apart.