Thursday, January 29, 2009

What is Real?

We are well into second semester and we got a lot done these past few weeks. No more killer portfolios and the SAT is done for now. Ha, I'll try not to go into a lot of school stuff because you can basically read Josh's blog and know how school is going. That goes for band news and related paraphernalia as well. District Honor band rehearsals started today and I do very much enjoy our guest conductor Dr. Carnahan. He's actually making me like the pieces we are playing when I initially was not fond of them. Awesome stuff. Our concert is tomorrow.

IB Theory of Knowledge is now installed into our schedules and I must say that class does spark some tension within me. It's an interesting class and I already do like Dr. Reti. He asks pretty deep questions and really makes us kids think. He bakes cakes and runs marathons. Pretty neat I would say.

Tinikling has been running along quite nicely. I love dancing as you probably already know. I think I am obsessed. It is probably unhealthy but it's impossible to hide my enthusiasm.

I am thinking of donating blood soon in this blood drive. I'll post up more specific information soon once I dig up some. I have not done this before and I want a button that says it's my first time. Oh and of course to save at least three lives. It's a noble cause and I am thoroughly excited to do it. I hope I don't have some sort of vulnerability to faint spells since my dad warned me that my mom is prone to that (she also lacks iron). I've had huge bloody noses in the past and I am pretty used to losing a lot of blood. The most that happens is a possible headache. Hopefully I get to do this.

I just woke from a nap right after dance practice. I think I was hypoglycemic. Ha, that scared my parents and myself since it is a bit odd to see me sleeping randomly on the couch when I normally don't. I don't even remember trying to sleep, but I am pretty sure I had a huge headache and could not stand it so I crashed. So they made me eat right away when I woke up (I think my mom shook me awake) and I felt a whole lot better. I totally forgot to eat after band and before practice. I didn't even eat at band even though we had a lunch period. It was awful of me. I'll try to remember to eat. It's sad because I get so caught up with everything else that I learned how to suppress hunger. I've skipped dinner accidentally numerous times and only realize it around ten or eleven. Hah. I will be more conscious.

Anyways I'll leave it at that. Hope you guys have a good Friday and weekend. Stay sober.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Filipino Love

Just recently I joined the Tinikling team at Quartz Hill. I got to say that dancing is becoming one of my favorite things to do. The Tinikling dance involves bamboo sticks where it is performed with dancers (people who jump over the deathly sticks) and clappers (people whose hands get clapped on when a dancer fails to jump over a stick and of course clap the sticks). Although it is pretty dangerous, it's terrifically fun and part of my culture! I'm supposed to dance like a bird in rice terraces or something but I know that a bird is much more graceful than I am. Anyhow, I was first afraid to dance with guy (on top of those moving sticks) but I think I got used to it and pretty glad I did. It's wonderful dancing with the significant other. I am also getting tuned in to my culture and am very proud of it. I have even started using Tagalog around the house. Although I have to think of what to say, I understand my parents and the various soap operas on TV. The Tinikling performance will be seen at the Multicultural Assembly on February 27th. That should be a good show because besides us there is so much more interesting culture out there.

I made Distict Honor Band I think. I am pretty excited since I miss my friends on behalf that I have been brainwashed to love Tinikling as of right now and the people in as well. (Kidding). I hope we get good music.

Finals are finally over. Again, I'm pretty happy about grades. As of now, my first semester is pretty solid and hopefully I can do better next semester because I'm afraid of the new grading system. IB isn't that bad actually.

Although I love my cat, Julius, I do miss my dogs terribly. Hah. Here's a picture of my beloved partner. I talk to this cutie when I have no one else to talk to. (which is often.)

I will be getting to Tinikling practice soon. I should get ready. Hah, I'm so lame for loving this so much. Happy Day!

Oh and thanks so much to Julia for the Angels and Airwaves CDs. It's amazing.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Here's Your Lifeline

Happy new year to all. Let's make this year great guys. Hopefully.

I've been having this new thing for making duct tape wallets. I thoroughly enjoy it. I kind of suck at making them but I made one for Josh and pretty surprised he hasn't thrown it back at me telling me to remake it. So far so good. Darn it. I forgot to take a picture of it so I can post it up. Sorry. I'll make another one soon then I'll post it. I don't have many colors yet.
(just gray, black, red, and chrome) I want to go and fetch me some other colors soon. I love making these nifty little wallets.

Winter break is coming to a close and honestly I would not mind going back to school considering my unhealthy habits of staying up late, doing nothing, and watching you tube videos.

Solo and Ensemble Festival is coming soon and I'm pretty excited for the little gigs I was invited to do. I'm going to try to do a solo again but I'm really scare of the piece I am considering. You aficionados out there would probably laugh at my attempt to try to do such a song but I sort of fell in love with it when I first heard it. It's by a French composer. I'll have the guts to actually tell you the song later. (hah) We are considering a
Klezmer trio and as far as the duets go it's all Mendelssohn baby. I'll elaborate more on specific stuff and details once I know more. I'll probably post a recording of everything soon too.

Julia and my brother sort have introduced me to Angels and Airwaves. I like the lead singer's voice a lot (Tom Delonge) and so far I like the songs Secret Crowds and Lifeline. I also liked my first Jack's Mannequin song ( Dark Blue). I've played around with singing them and making up chords. Music makes me happy if you didn't already know.

Hope you guys have a good day. I wish I was a more exciting person. I will attempt to be soon. Sorry for the short post.