Thursday, November 30, 2006

To Pinoy new wavers...

If you grew up in Manila, you probably heard of the song 'More To Lose" by Seona Dancing. It was such a big hit that till now, New Wave clubs play this!

A bit of trivia for you... do you know that Seona Dancing's lead singer is no other than Ricky Gervais from the hit TV show, The Office?

I saw this video from a recent TV interview he had in England and they played a short music video clip of one of his songs... too bad it wasn't "More To Lose" though...

"More To Lose" was one of those very sad, danceable songs that unfortunately never made the charts in England, nor did the band. Ricky looked absolutely embarrassed when the video was played, but wasn't he such a cutie?

And talented too.

If you're a fan of "The Office" or Ricky Gervais in general, go and see "Extras". Fantastic concept, fantastic writing, all courtesy of Mr. Gervais.

Because there's nothing better to do...

I finally succumbed to this craze: checking which celebrities I look similar to using MyHeritage.

Scarlett Johansson? Cate Blanchett? Hikaru Utada? NANA MOUSKOURI???

I seriously doubt the accuracy of this thing! Oh well, it was all in good fun anyway :)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Just because you think people ought to know what you know, does not mean that you are justified when you get pissed off at them if they happen not to know.

Just because you think you're older and so-called "wiser", does not mean that you can dispense unsolicited advice.

Focusing on small things and making it big by creating an argument with everyone is not a mature thing to do.

Saying that you see things that I don't see but fail to logically explain yourself to me, when asked what it is, is just plain idiotic.

Accusing me that I am blind for not seeing whatever it is you see is insulting and demeaning.

Judging people when you've only met them once or twice is just plain wrong.

When you listen to a moron who lives in his own world (read: 19th century values), it makes me question your intelligence.

And before you say things may not work out, please, give me some credit.

How can you possibly know that when I have not even tried it?

I am old enough to know. I'm fucking 28. Let me go and let me live my own life!

Monday, November 27, 2006

The voters' choice...

State elections happened last Saturday and once again, Labour Premier Steve Bracks is in power which I am very happy about. Steve Bracks is now in history as the longest serving Labour Premier in the state of Victoria. Hah! He kicked Ted Bailleau's (so-called "Hunk from Hawthorn" - puh-lease!!!) arse from here to Carrum! Bwahahaha!


Last night, the new Australian Idol was crowned and it was no other than Irishman Damien Leith. I am also happy about this. Jess is a wonderful singer but there are far too many belters out there for my liking. Irish crooners aside from Bono? Nuh-uh.

I downloaded Damien's new single and it is fantastic! I can't wait to get his CD when it comes out!

Whoopee!!! Go the Irish!

Monday, November 20, 2006

The weekend that's been...

This past weekend has left me completely tired yet satisfied. Last Saturday night, as mentioned in my previous post, Arnie and I went to see U2 at the Telstra Dome for the much awaited Australian leg of the Vertigo Tour. The concert originally was scheduled last year but because of unexpected familial circumstances, it had to be cancelled. With a wee bit of Irish luck, Arnie and I secured tickets on Friday morning and off we went to see the biggest band in the world!

From start to finish, it was a roller coaster ride filled with beautifully sang songs, political messages, and making people stand up against poverty. Bono is a very passionate man and he stands up for what he believes in. He is also a brilliant show man. Him, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. rocked the Telstra Dome off its hinges. Everyone was on their feet, stomping and dancing to their songs - even people who were in the reserved seating section!

They played the best of their songs - Vertigo, Elevation, One, With or Without You, Where The Streets Have No Name, Angel of Harlem, Desire, I Will Follow, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own (which Bono sang in his father's funeral), City of Blinding Lights, and lots more.

Arnie was in heaven, to say the least. I guess to be able to see your most favourite band live is any one's aspiration. In my case, U2 is up there in my "favourite band" list. It was a spectacular show with an audience of diverse age groups but who are all fans of the band led by a man with such charisma that if he decided to run for "President of the World", he'd win without question.

We ended the night meeting up with some friends who also watched the concert. We went straight to an Irish pub in the city called Pugg Mahones - how quaint!


Yesterday, it was a day filled with a lot of Paella, Salsa, Churros, and Cuban cigars. Arnie and I went to the Latin American fiesta in Johnston Street, Fitzroy. Spanish and Portuguese flowed freely, with people pigging out on something as simple as fairy floss or something more exotic as chorizo in a bun. I actually had the former and was jumping out of my skin because of the sugar. People were dancing in the streets to lovely Brazilian music and there was a lot of "eye-balling" between singles. I have to admit that Latinas have such beautiful skins and bodies (I am so glad that a lot of Filipinos are of Spanish decent).

I did a bit of shopping and got a nice knitted bag from the Jamaican stall and a beaded bracelet from a lovely Argentinian lady. Arnie got a couple of Peruvian whistles. We also bought some classic Spanish hot chocolate and some churros. Yummy!


The Sassy Melbournite recommends...

Chocolateria San Churro - located at 277b Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

For all your chocolate needs. Filipinos would love their hot chocolate - similar to what we are so used to having back home during New Year's Eve! Their churros dipped in melted chocolate are to die for! For cold drink lovers, I especially recommend the White Chocolate & Berry - far less sweeter than Max Brenner's Strawberry White Chocolate Float.

Friday, November 17, 2006

One man come in the name of love...

It was definitely last minute but this morning, I was able to secure two tickets to see U2 tomorrow night on possibly what may be their last world tour - The Vertigo tour.

U2 happens to be one of my favourite bands of all time and Arnie's number one band (with Metallica a close second). Needless to say, we are both very excited. What luck, huh?

The weekend is looking rather nice... sunny spring weather and the best band in the world, what more can one ask for?

So till tomorrow night, I'll be singing...

Youre packing a suitcase for a place
None of us has been
A place that has to be believed
To be seen
You could have flown away

A singing bird
In an open cage
Who will only fly
Only fly for freedomW

Walk on
Walk on
What you got
You cant deny it
Cant sell it or buy it

Walk on
Walk on
You stay safe tonight

-- Walk On from the album All That You Can't Leave Behind, 2000

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Go the Irish!!!

To all Australians, please vote for Damien Leith so that he can be this year's Australian Idol.

I have never been a big follower or fan of Australian Idol but this Irish cutie just blew my socks off with his lovely, angelic voice. OMG, that falsetto is to die for!

Have a listen and let me know what you think...

Best of luck to Damien!!!

Damien Leith singing "Crying" by Roy Orbison (with judges' comments)

Damien Leith singing "Wicked Games" Chris Isaak... it'll make every woman swoon!

Damien Leith singing "Nessun Dorma" by Pavarotti... wow, that voice!!!


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Adult decisions

Arnie and I decided to cancel our house hunting for at least six months. With the interest rates fluctuating at the moment because of the upcoming elections, it may be a good idea to wait till it all settles. Besides, we're in no hurry. It's not like we both don't have a home to go to.

Except that this decisions sets us back, again, from finally living together.

We've been together for six years and have never lived together aside from our "bahay-bahayan stints". We really want to experience being together almost 24-7 in the same space, sharing the same kitchen, lounge, bedroom, and all the that.

So, we also decided to bite the bullet and speak to my mum about us living together in a rented property for the time being till we finally decide to buy our house.

And to my surprise, my mother was quite accepting and understanding.

She also says that it'll be good for my independence.

Okay, I'm not lazy but you know when you live with your mother, you tend to leave most of the housework to her. Mothers being mothers, you know.

So, Arnie and I will be moving in together after all. It may not be our own place yet, but it is the start to our brand new life as a live-in couple.

We are now in the process of looking for a place that is practical, reasonable, and pretty.

Will keep you guys posted.

Hmmm, come to think of it, we are still house hunting in a way, huh?

Exciting times ahead!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Of Holidays and Horses

It's been a short but very busy week. Last Tuesday, Melbourne had a holiday because of a horse race that was visited by the Queen a long time ago.

Go figure.

But what the heck, we all need a break anyway.

Considering that Australia has far lesser holidays compared to other countries, like the Philippines.

We only have 10 Australian holidays and 2 Victoria-specific holidays.

How many does the Philippines have?


Okay, it's just one more than Oz but take a look at some of these countries:

Indonesia: 16
Thailand: 15
Japan: 19
Taiwan: 14
South Korea: 15

How come Asian countries have so many holidays? Western countries, on the average, have 12. Weird...


Speaking of the races, the horse that won was owned by a Japanese man and had a Japanese jockey. For the first time ever, the Melbourne Cup will be travelling to Asia. Fantastic stuff. This just proves that the Melbourne Cup is not only a "race that stops the nation" but a race recognised world wide!

Too bad I didn't bet. Turns out that the horses that won are 2 -12... My birthday! Frig! If I bet $10, I could easily get $500 back! Shucks!

Friday, November 03, 2006


Just in case you haven't seen the addition to my profile, I have decided to join the NaNoWriMo Contest.

As if I don't have enough to do, I have committed myself to completing a 50,000-word novel in a month. By the 30th of November, my first novel will be complete. Yeah, right...

Oh well, here's hoping... and wish me luck :)

I'm not high maintenance!

Who ever says that I am high maintenance is, well, highly mistaken!

Moi? High maintenance? Puh-lease! I loathe people like that and to be one of them? Sheesh!

It does not take a lot to make me smile or laugh, really.

The simplest things in life usually makes me feel content and completes my day. I have listed some things that never fail to cheer me up:
  • Sitting by beach, enjoying the breeze while pigging out on ice cream
  • Being inside Borders book store, surrounded by all the books, wishing my personal library was as huge
  • Listening to music (currently mad about the Scissor Sisters. They are so camp!)
  • Driving around with Arnie and Meeko during the weekend
  • Visiting the Warrandyte Strawberry farm and eating their delicious homemade ice creams and hot jam donuts
  • Going up to the mountains and having homemade scones with cream and jam
  • Sitting in a cosy cafe drinking coffee or tea and reading a book
  • Playing with Meeko
  • Watching anime (currently watching all the Dragonball episodes... I'm such a kid!)
  • Learning new things
  • Kissing :p
  • Hugs
  • Playing bowling
  • Going to the gym (health is wealth >wink<)
  • Taking walks in Elsternwick park with Arnie and Meeko running around
  • Giving my mum everything she wants
  • Yummy home-cooked meals made by my mum
  • Going out with Mig and Jet (Brothers who have been my friends since grade school. I am so happy they're here in Melbourne with me!)
  • Being with my school girlfriends (a very intelligent and funny bunch :)
  • Intelligent conversations
  • Going to Art galleries
  • Pug pictures
  • Dogs in general
  • Holidays
  • Small tokens of affection or appreciation
  • David Jones Food Hall (they have the best cheeses, yoghurts, and wines!)
  • Chai Tea Lattes
  • Pigging out on Japanese food
  • Being inside JB Hi-Fi. If Borders can make me drool over their books, JB makes me drool over their CD and DVD collection!

That's about what I can think of for now. So you see, not hard to please me right?

Basically, if you want to shut me up, give me a tub of ice cream and a handful of books. Oh, don't forget to turn up the music. I'll be out of your way... hahaha!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Another reason why the Howard government sucks...

It's just one of those days when I think, "Why, oh why, did I stop my law studies?"

My mum just heard back from the union and told her that she does not have a strong case. WTF? Any simple-minded bogan can see that she definitely has a strong case! Argh! If I finished my law degree, I could represent my mother in court and take that blasted company to the cleaners!!!

The union is nowhere near as strong since bloody John Howard introduced the Industrial Relations Law which basically gave employers a lot more power and employees far lesser rights. It is so unfair!

Gone were the days when Bob Hawke was the Union President and represented the workers to the best of their ability. Now, they just take the union fees and not do anything! Sissy little f*cks!

I told my mum to withdraw her membership. They are so freaking useless anyway... Grrrrr!!!