Hello! I’m doing some very exciting things this weekend that I can’t wait to share with you. For now, please check out my photo on the VSCO Grid!

Anyway, I’ve been trying to get a little healthy. This week, I walked at least a mile each day which I know isn’t much, but considering the work that I do which requires me to sit in front of the computer for almost 10 hours straight, I think that’s something. I’m trying to figure out whether I should start doing yoga or CrossFit. I really don’t want to bulk up, but I want to feel stronger and leaner. Any advice?

I think one of my biggest problems is lack of sleep. I just don’t get enough of it everyday and I can’t do much about it. When I’m out shooting shows, I end up getting home past midnight and because of the adrenaline rush, I stay up until 2 in the morning just browsing the internet or worse, eating junk food! They say 23 is still young, but I’m going through so many changes physically that it’s hard to keep believing that. I really am starting to feel rusty on so many levels and it’s making me panic a little bit. LIKE A LOT. Like jeezus what am i gonna do omg im so old.

I just want to leave this here because I am so frustrated. I know we covered this music festival on the site, but our coverage was of a more “privileged” perspective. I say privileged in the context of how Karpos divided the field by two ticket prices. We can’t speak for those who were FORBIDDEN to go a few feet closer to the stage because they couldn’t afford VIP tickets. The whole concept is snarky, elitist, and very typical in our country. But wouldn’t you, Karpos Multimedia, like to be the one to change all that?

If you were there, were you in the VIP or GOLD area? Do you agree that there should just be one general admission price JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD? Everyone should have a fair chance at getting close to the stage. Check Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Fun Fun Fun Fest, ALL OF THEM. They all have VIP tickets, but their VIP areas are merely tents to keep out of the sun for a little while. They also have a little section ON THE SIDE of the field. NOT IN FRONT OF THE STAGE.

This is the Nada Surf video that got me mad. Is it just me or this is a load of crap?

2013 is fast approaching! Looking back, I think I had a pretty fulfilling year. I started Restless Cities in January and since then we’ve covered dozens of shows in Manila and Los Angeles. About seven months after the launch, we introduced Weekends (which is now called, more appropriately, LA Weekends) which has taken us to three different cities now. More importantly, I managed to cover my dream show for the site — Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas extravaganza just a few weeks ago and that marked my third time seeing the guy live. Another music-related thing: I achieved my 2012 concert goal which was to see Beirut live. And yes, I bloody well did!

I feel extremely blessed to have done so many things this year that I’m extremely proud of. Hopefully, 2013 brings in more good things!

How was your year?

Fall is finally manifesting itself, albeit capriciously. It gets really, really cold in the mornings and evenings, but so ungodly hot in the afternoons. I can’t take it. Mostly because I often find myself sweating under the layers that I pile on when I leave the house.

Which brings me to another thing… I have finally moved to my own place. I mean, the house isn’t mine. I have two roommates, but I am living rather independently now. It’s been five days and I’m trying my best to make it through the adjustment period. My room is pretty big. It still looks and feels like a strange place. I’m trying to think of a good way to slowly turn it into my space, but it will take a while.

To end this random post — Skyfall is out today! EXCITEMENT!

I am currently in an awkward phase — in transition mode, I should say. I’m set to move into my new place on the first week of November, but the place I’ve been staying in has also been vacated due to family moving as well about three weeks earlier. So I’ve been mooching off my buddy by staying in this lovely house and it’s been a blast (for me, of course, but certainly not for him - HA!). The past two weeks have been full of AMAZING concerts - Wilco, The Shins, Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear… For this coming week, I’ll be covering Stars! Aaah. So great.

Blogging this in a little over ten minutes is my way of breathing in between all the chaos in my life at the moment. I’m trying desperately to “enjoy the moment”. It’s arguably the hardest part.

Life updates:
I’ve been so so busy with work lately that I barely have time to catch up with other things that are really more important (to me, anyways) like Tumblr, for one.
I’ve also been working extra hard with my amazing friends to make Restless Cities’ first few days on the web as pleasant as possible. I’m so proud of this project and we’re bringing in lots of exciting content in the coming weeks. You can follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook for real time updates! (By the way, we’re one week old now!)
Um, a silly photo like this must have some sort of backstory with it in order for it to make sense: That’s turon. It’s my favorite Filipino dessert. I was really happy my mom made some that I had 3, I think.
Some days, I feel like such a hard worker. But most days, I feel like I’m not doing enough. You get this, don’t you? 
  • Camera: Photo Booth

Life updates:

  1. I’ve been so so busy with work lately that I barely have time to catch up with other things that are really more important (to me, anyways) like Tumblr, for one.

  2. I’ve also been working extra hard with my amazing friends to make Restless Cities’ first few days on the web as pleasant as possible. I’m so proud of this project and we’re bringing in lots of exciting content in the coming weeks. You can follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook for real time updates! (By the way, we’re one week old now!)

  3. Um, a silly photo like this must have some sort of backstory with it in order for it to make sense: That’s turon. It’s my favorite Filipino dessert. I was really happy my mom made some that I had 3, I think.

  4. Some days, I feel like such a hard worker. But most days, I feel like I’m not doing enough. You get this, don’t you? 

Tentative show schedule for the next two months (going to cover ‘em! yaaaay):

  • Owen - January 19
  • Wilco - January 27
  • Gotye - February 2
  • Bombay Bicycle Club - February 15

Also, there’s a Magnetic Fields show in March! MY GOLLY. I’d love to go to that one as well. We’ll see. Say hey if you’re attending any of the shows above!

(Out of topic, but I feel bad for not having a single decent photo of Beach Fossils’ drummer.)

When you’re covering a show, most of the time it’s exciting. But there are a lot of idle times as well like when you’re waiting for the band to finish setting up and you’re all alone. You check your phone a hundred times, tweet stupid things to pass the time (and flood innocent people’s timelines), and look awkward. So my mind wanders. A lot. A couple of things I thought of while covering the Beach Fossils show:

  • I think I want to do this for a very long time. Could I?
  • These guys are so well-dressed. I’m so glad tucking in is cool again. Also, their legs are much thinner than mine. How is this fair?
  • That Sweater Girls member really looks like Kathy.
  • I’m really getting some major Bob Dylan vibes from Dustin.
  • Is he the same guy from the band Yuck?
  • This freakin’ pit is for skinny people. Damn it. I can barely move.
  • I’d really like to do this more often.
  • I need to pee.

More live photos from this show (and the previous ones I’ve covered) have been added to my website. (And yes, I know that Dustin is NOT the same guy from Yuck.)

As promised, I’m putting together a video with answers to the questions you sent me! Might take a bit of time though. I’ll put it up tomorrow or on Monday night. Until then, you’re free to send in more. (Just stop asking me about Europe because I’ve never been there! I find it funny that I keep getting Europe-related questions, but yeah, can’t help you there.)

A couple of things I thought about during mass today:

  • I don’t ever want to have kids!
    Context: I was seated for more than an hour beside four spoiled kids who wailed and kicked and punched each other the whole time. The tiniest one was even playing with an iPhone 4 and he wasn’t a happy camper.
    And now? I don’t know. It was pretty bad. I kind of enjoy my quiet time.

  • Sufjan’s sitting in front of me again.
    Context: There’s a guy who comes to hear mass alone every Sunday. His face, body, and mannerisms really make me wonder if he’s even remotely related to Sufjan Stevens. Maybe he a cousin or, who knows, a long lost twin?
    And now? I hope he sits in front of me again next Sunday. /creeper alert

  • Why Denny’s? Why not Porto’s?
    Context: Our priest always mentions that he’s going off to Denny’s for Thanksgiving dinner/Christmas dinner/regular dinner. Why?! Everything’s so greasy and unhealthy in there.
    And now? I’d go to Denny’s for some fries and red velvet puppies if I could.

  • If you step on these shoes, I will slap your face off.
    Context: See first bullet point. Two words: VIOLENT KIDS.
    And now? I probably wouldn’t have slapped the kid if she had stepped on my shoes. The Zet in my head just tends to exaggerate certain qualities that are lacking in me in real life (like toughness and poise, for example).

  • Mass is fun.
    Context: All of the above. 

Yeah, I get pretty distracted.

Outfit: scarf - Target, skirt - F21, tights + socks - Urban Outfitters, shoes = 80%20, shirt - Hollister Co., cardigan - Giordano, bag - vintage