November Rain

I’m not even going to be a poser and say I know that Guns N’ Roses song — because I don’t. In fact, I Googled “November rain” just so I know I wasn’t using a title that was a reference to something inappropriate. LOL. I’m such a dork.

Anyway, it’s November and it’s currently raining outside and I’m here to talk about what I’ve been doing the past few days and what I think November should be like for me.

I started the month by visiting my uncle’s grave in Mandaluyong. On our way there, we passed by at least two other cemeteries. The thing about this time of the month in my country is that millions of people always flock to the cemeteries to hang out (even more so than to simply visit their departed loved ones). Imagine the traffic. But at the same time, you couldn’t help but wonder why people do such a thing. *Cue Sirius Black saying: “The ones that love us never really leave us. And you can always find them in here.” (points at Harry’s heart)* Gotta appreciate just how much Filipinos value their loved ones.

Jeion as a tiny witch. LOLZ.

Jeion and Mark then texted me late afternoon asking if I wanted to hang out and watch a movie. So we did and we watched In Time. The whole concept was just too amaze-balls. When we saw the trailer for that, I knew it was going to tackle some political stuff. I thought it was just going to be about the rich getting richer and all that, but it actually incorporated a lot of other socio-political issues. It was a good idea and it was a good movie, although I would have to say it was a bit lacking in terms of delivery & resolution of the themes presented. Anyhoo, go watch it because it’s still a good movie and JT is actually a good actor. Hee.

The past three days, I’ve been working on my vlogs for my recent US Trip. I finally finished everything (plus a new layout) yesterday and I feel extremely accomplished. If you haven’t seen them yet, here they are: Part 1 (basking in the awesomeness that is New York), Part 2 (I got to talk to Dan Radcliffe — I just had to say that again, LOL), and Part 3 (at Disneyland!).I have to warn you, though: I talk too much there and all three parts would equal to one TV episode. Forgive me. I’m like that when I’m passionate about something. *_*

Moving on. I went to Chorale practice for the first time this year. I finally got time on my hands and I’m very much thankful for that! It’s always a joy to go back to my (singing) roots, although my old teacher keeps telling me my voice placement has changed. Sigh, pop music.

My chorale mates practicing.

Also, nothing can ever replace the smile on my old teacher’s face whenever she sees any one of her old students come through the Chorale Room door. She’s been a huge inspiration to me and I can say that my experiences in Chorale have helped mold this great appreciation of mine for classical art.

In line with this, I plan for November to be Music Month for me. And hopefully the month where I can find myself and my place in the world in relation to art. Does that make sense? But anyway, September was the time I started pushing myself to go on adventures. October was Dream Month — when I went on the most awesome adventure of all and got to fulfill one of my childhood dreams (i.e. to meet Daniel Radcliffe). So I have high hopes for November. 🙂

The most important thing I learned last month: The Secret works. Or, actually, since I didn’t finish that book completely — when you claim something and lift that thing up to God, He will, more often than not, give it to you.

Cheers! 🙂

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