Friday, October 29, 2010

Only Girl (In The World)



“Only Girl (In The World)”
Rihanna


La la la la
La la la la
La la la la

[VERSE 1]

I want you to love me, like I’m a hot guy
Keep thinkin’ of me, doin’ what you like
So boy forget about the world cuz it’s gon’ be me and you tonight
I wanna make your bed for ya, then imma make you swallow your pride

[CHORUS]

Want you to make me feel like I’m the only girl in the world
Like I’m the only one that you’ll ever love
Like I’m the only one who knows your heart
Only girl in the world…
Like I’m the only one that’s in command
Cuz I’m the only one who understands how to make you feel like a man
Want you to make me feel like I’m the only girl in the world
Like I’m the only one that you’ll ever love
Like I’m the only one who knows your heart
Only one…

[VERSE 2]

Want you to take me like a thief in the night
Hold me like a pillow, make me feel right
Baby I’ll tell you all my secrets that I’m keepin’, you can come inside
And when you enter, you ain’t leavin’, be my prisoner for the night

[CHORUS]

Want you to make me feel like I’m the only girl in the world
Like I’m the only one that you’ll ever love
Like I’m the only one who knows your heart
Only girl in the world…
Like I’m the only one that’s in command
Cuz I’m the only one who understands, like I’m the only one who knows your heart, only one…

[BRIDGE]

Take me for a ride
Oh baby, take me high
Let me make you first
Oh make it last all night
Take me for a ride
Oh baby, take me high
Let me make you first
Make it last all night

[CHORUS]

Want you to make me feel like I’m the only girl in the world
Like I’m the only one that you’ll ever love
Like I’m the only one who knows your heart
Only girl in the world…
Like I’m the only one that’s in command
Cuz I’m the only one who understands how to make you feel like a man
Only girl in the world…
Girl in the world…
Only girl in the world…
Girl in the world…




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I super miss the SALE events back home


I remembered how me and my family back home literally "fought" for items during sale events -- especially that CROCS Mega Sale held a few months back!
For those back home in the Philippines, I hope you don't miss out on this. I'm pretty sure you guys are all covered! 



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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It's always easy to get a CEDULA in Mandaluyong!


Though we know that this is a simple piece of document that is supposedly easy to get, there are things we must know in order not to be confused when you suddenly are being charged PHP200++ for that piece of paper.

Relax.

We all were used to receiving a 5-peso Cedula (community tax certificate) because either we were too young, unemployed or seeking for a job. Yes, we all know that a Cedula is not supposed to be too costly. But you should know that it’s our way of giving back to the community.

Cutting the bullcrap, this is a form of tax to all residents and owners of corporations, and each have respective fees.

A. For basic community tax:
1. Resident Individuals - P5
2. Corporations - P500

Usually, after we graduate, only pay for the basic community tax since some companies or other government offices require this piece of document for identification purposes. Some offices can be very lenient in issuing this type of document.

A person is required to present a cedula when he or she acknowledges a document before a notary public; takes an oath of office upon election or appointment to a government position; receives a license, certificate or permit from a public authority; pays a tax or fee; receives money from a public fund; transacts official business; or receives salary from a person or corporation (inquirer.net).

Then later on in life, after landing our respective dream jobs, we will be needing to update some of our government or company IDs, and here’s where we will likewise be needing another cedula since its validity is good for only one year.

Now don’t ever think that it will still be the same P5 document.  As your income increases, your responsibilities as a resident individual also changes. When you start earning on your own and have been working for at least a year, your next cedula will ask you to pay for additional community tax.

B. Additional Community Tax:
1. Resident Individuals - P1 per P1,000 of income
2. Corporations - will depend on earnings, and real property the preceding year

However, these additional taxes must not exceed P5000 for individuals, and P10,00 for corporations. (inquirer.net)
Now in Mandaluyong City Hall, you can easily get the Cedula at the main city hall building. They will not ask you for any form of identification, but they will instead have you fill out their information slip that will ask for the following:

1. Name
2. Address
3. Birthday
4. Monthly Income
The Mandaluyong City Hall

After handing over that piece of paper that contains your details, they will compute the applicable taxes, and give you your very own cedula, which is again, good for one year.

Exempted are diplomatic and consular representatives, and visitors staying in the Philippines for less than three months. They can still get a cedula voluntarily for P1.

Simple isn’t it?

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monopoly Millionaire


Ditch Travis McCoy for now.

Now fantasize the idea of buying estates and property -- making ourselves a little extra rich if we play the game right. And the temporary madness of being filthy rich is all rolled up  in this little family game called Monopoly.

about.com

I never recall playing this as a child even if I had a lot of board games stacked back home, but I did remember Millionaires Game, a variant of the game used in the Philippines created by Mabuhay Board games (wikipedia).

I am fascinated by how this game evolved, and how it branched out to have different versions. Glad to know that this comes in PINK! 
radikalfx.com

Well whadd'ya know?
popgadget.net

Now if you want to take the notch a little higher, you’d have to be absolutely filthy rich to play the game -- literally! If, of course, you’d like to indulge yourself to cast the diamond-clad-$10K dice, with “properties” decked with gems to this 18 karat, $2M board game!
midastouch.goldgenie.com

Wild!
midastouch.goldgenie.com

Currently, the Golden Monopoly set is on display at the Museum of American Finance, New York.


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Thursday, October 21, 2010

The restrained dawn strains behind the crowd.


The restrained dawn strains behind the crowd.

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Twister Fries are Back!



One of the things I miss about the Philippines is the fact that McDo serves Twister Fries on an occasional basis. Even if the 'seasoned curly fries' is a regular menu item here in Jack In the Box and Arby’s, I would wanna partake in this kind of offer from McDonalds back home. After all, it WAS part of growing up.


If I were you, I’d rush to the nearest McDonald’s and grab a box or two. Or better yet, you can just call 8-McDO (or 8-6236) or go to www.mcdelivery.com.ph. Order one, no problem since they still have the NO MINIMUM/fixed delivery charge of PHP40!


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Arigatou




It means “thank you” in Japanese (at least almost everyone knows this).

But not everyone I know of would be familiar with a song bearing the same title. More of that in a bit.

As a total procrastinating critter, you would find me just in bed, with a remote control on hand (my fingers help me burn calories!). Channel surfing has been redefined in our household when I started to get hooked on Korean dramas c/o KBS World (Sky’s Ch. 75), and Japanese News on NHK (Ch. 78). I betcha didn’t hear shows like Reversal of Fate (다 줄거야) or Here Comes Ajumma (아줌마가 간다). Moreover, have you even heard of shows like Pitagora Suichi (ピタゴラスイッチ) or Gegege No Nyoubou (ゲゲゲの女房)?

Which now brings us back to our song, Arigatou, currently being used as the theme song for the NHK drama series "Gegege no Nyoubou," (Gegege's Wife) which ended just last September 27.

"Gegege's No Nyoubou" is an autobiography of a woman who married the author of the classic manga series, Gegege No Kitaro, or better known as Spooky Kitaro

Now since I already moved to the States, I no longer have access to my Asian channels, so I heavily rely on the internet for whatever I could find. O, and thank God for torrents! :)

The song was originally released as a single earlier this year (May 5). It even reached number 1 on its debut week.

Credits given to Ikimono Gakari, the band behind this seemingly touching song. They also will have a 3D music video for "Arigatou,” was Japan's first 3D music video to be publicly shown in movie theaters (started May 8). Audiences who watched the 3D movie "Alice in Wonderland" or "Clash of the Titans" got the chance to see the 2-minute video before the start of the film in only three theaters of Japan. Ikimono Gakari is actually the second Japanese artist to do a 3D music video.

I especially love the melody and how it become stuck in my head though I couldn’t make sense out of it. But surely enough, it’s aimed to “thank” someone.

Enjoy:


View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com

Lyrics:
(romanized/romanji lyrics, click here)

Arigatou (in Kanji)
ありがとうって伝えたくて あなたを見つめるけど
つながれた右手は 誰よりも優しく
ほら この声を受け止めてる

まぶしい朝に苦笑いしてさ あなたが窓を開ける
舞い込んだ未来が 始まりを教えて
またいつもの町へ出かけるよ

でこぼこなまま積み上げてきた 二人の淡い日々は
こぼれた光を 大事に集めて
今 輝いているんだ

あなたの夢がいつからか 二人の夢に変わっていた
今日だっていつか 大切な思い出
青空も泣き空も 晴れ渡るように

ありがとうって伝えたくて あなたを見つめるけど
つながれた右手が まっすぐな思いを
不器用に伝えている

いつまでもただいつまでも あなたと笑ってたから
信じたこの道を 確かめていくのに
今 ゆっくりと歩いて行こう

喧嘩した日も泣き合った日も それぞれいろ咲かせて
真っ白な心に描かれた未来を
まだ書き足していくんだ

だれかのために生きること だれかの愛を受け入れること
そうやって今を ちょっとずつ重ねて
喜びも悲しみも 分かち合えるように

思い合うことに幸せを あなたと見つけていけたら
ありふれたことさえ 輝きを抱くよ
ほら その声に寄り添ってく

愛してるって伝えたくて あなたに伝えたくて
かけがえのない手を あなたとのこれからを
わたしは信じてるから

ありがとうって言葉を今 あなたに伝えるから
つながれた右手は 誰よりも優しく
ほら この声を受け止めてる   

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Justin Bieber (not the popstar)


I rarely post nowadays due to my 'settling' period (geez, settling takes forever, I know). I also know for a fact that I seldom post anything about Justin Bieber, but can't help it since he's virtually everywhere!

But what's in a name? And how is to live in this age of stardom and technology? 

Ask Justin Bieber, not the popstar okay, but this man:


Justin Bieber, 35-yo from Jacksonville FL doesn't really mind getting a lot of fan mail from all over the world, doesn't mind getting voice messages from crazy screaming fans that shout "I love you Justin" or "You suck". Even after putting his phone under his wife's name, he still got a lot of calls since the number was posted on a fan website.

What ticked him off was that Facebook accused him of having a "fake name", and disabled his account without asking him or giving him a chance to tell the folks what his real identity is.

In an interview, this married, self-proclaimed pinball geek said, "I guess their policy is ban first, ask questions never." He was briefly kicked off another social network, Ping, which is affiliated with iTunes -- and still no luck with the Facebook team.

And on a funny note, he joked about how people could now pronounce his name properly, where he used to be referred as "Justin bay-ber".

Full story here:


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