My Obsession Intensified

As I've mentioned in previous blog entries in the past, I am an addict of home scents: I used to love buying scented candles, then moved on to scented oils on burners and diffusers.

I quit with the candles and oil burners because I heard that it was not healthy to have candles and burners in closed rooms because the fumes were bad for the lungs. I liked reed diffusers but I felt that they did not give as good a scent as I wanted. These days, I use electric air purifiers/diffusers to spread scents from water-based oils in my room. I bought a purifier from Lazada and oil from SM's Our Home and I have been very happy with it until I found my new obsession: Mia Maison Home Fragrances.

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Missing Proof

Proof, a show about a doctor tasked with finding out if there is life after death, is a show that I miss.

Starring Jennifer Beals, this Kyra Sedgwick-produced series tackled cases that mostly involved near-death experiences, hauntings and reincarnation of the patients that Beals' character meets in her practice as a cardio thoracic surgeon.

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To Car or Not to Car

One thing that I've always wanted to buy since I started working was a car. I learned how to drive when I was still in college, but with my father being the backseat driver that he was back in the day, I preferred being a passenger than being a driver.

When I started earning enough to take on a car loan, I had my doubts about making the purchase. I have friends who told me how much easier it would be for me to go to the city to see my friends if I didn't have to worry about the commute hours but I also worried about making the monthly payments -- not to mention the expenses from gas and regular maintenance.

These days, this is another reason that makes me NOT want a car:

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The Boy Next Door

Jennifer Lopez' recent movie The Boy Next Door struck me as more of a B-movie in spite of the star power involved in it. Nevertheless, I stuck around long enough to watch the entire thing.

The movie is something that has been done before. An older married woman who has had an affair with a younger man. A woman stalked by a man who wants to be with her, making efforts that had very life-threatening results.

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I Fell In Love

I was walking in the mall a few months ago and I saw this cute dog sleeping in his cage on a display window. I looked at the dog and fell in love instantly.

The dog was sleeping soundly with this cute expression on his (or her) face and I kept trying to get its attention but sleep seemed to be more important. I went into the store to ask "how much is that doggy in the window" (yes, I went there) and was surprised to find out that the dog, a Chow Chow, was only six months old and costs P28,000.00. It was way beyond what I could afford and that was heartbreaking.

Not the same dog, but looked just like this!

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The Lonely Whale

There's a great mammal in the ocean known as the 52-hertz whale.

All year, he practices his love song for the female. Travels thousands of miles to find her. But when he finally gets the chance to serenade her, she doesn't give him a call back.

His love ballad is sung at 52 hertz, a sonic signature one note higher than the lowest sound of a tuba. The average female hears at ten to 15 hertz. So she never hears his song.

They call him the lonely whale. And year after year, for a hundred years, he works on a new love song and never, ever gets a call back. Eventually, he dies off, forever alone...heart breaking.

I was watching the CSI series finale when Gil Grissom told that story about the lonely whale. I thought that was such a sad story. Imagine if that was a person – someone whose life revolved around wanting to get someone else’s attention and doing everything to make this possible – imagine the heartbreak that comes with never knowing that no matter how you try, you will never get that one thing that you want the most?

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Far from the Madding Crowd

This, according to a Facebook friend, is a story that most girls can relate to…and I can’t agree with her more. So many girls have been in the situation where the lead in this story has: falling in love with the wrong guy while the right one has been there all along.

The movie Far from the Madding Crowd is based on a book by Thomas Hardy and is the fourth film version of the novel. The movie starts with the female lead, Bathsheba, working in her aunt’s farm where she gets a proposal from her neighbor Gabriel. She declines and from that point things change in her life and in Gabriel’s.

Bathsheba inherits property from her uncle where Gabriel, who lost his fortune, begins work as a sheepherder. She gets a proposal from her wealthy neighbor (William) but she turns him down and marries Frank, an arrogant soldier who gambled her money away.

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Someone PLEASE Give Him an Album!

As most of my friends know, I love JC Chasez. I've loved him since NSYNC and I still love him even if he hasn't come out with anything for himself in more than a decade.

JC had a solo album but that didn't do so well. He's a talented singer and a great songwriter but his solo effort just went so "out there" that many people didn't quite get it. I was disappointed when he didn't follow it up considering that he teased fans like me with bits and pieces of some other songs he had written like this one (performed in the now-defunct TV show Las Vegas):

This guy has written and produced for other people and was even working with a girl group called Girl Radical. The group did not become successful and now I'm hoping that JC will try to work on his own music again. After all, he's not getting any younger. His fans (like me) are not getting any younger either. I had hoped that the news of him being in the Jesus Christ Superstar tour would help him get back in the music scene but when it was cancelled before it even started I felt that this guy would never go back to singing again.

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Christian Bautista Stages Sessions

Take several talented singers and give them an acoustic night at a nice coffee shop and you’re sure to have an amazing night. That’s what I think the people there experienced with Stages Sessions, where various singers came together to perform at a branch of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. I enjoyed watching this particular medley with all the artists:

Naturally, my attention went to my favorite local male singer, Christian Bautista. I think the sessions include solo performances from other artists but they uploaded Christian's first. I loved hearing him sing live and I liked that he sang a couple of my favorite songs and some of good OPM hits from other artists. It was interesting to listen to his take on songs that were not necessarily in his genre.

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Peanutized Me

I think that everyone has tried this already but allow me to share the "Peanutized" me:

It doesn't really look like me, or at least a Peanuts-version of me, but it's the closest I can get to it with the hair and the color of the outfit and shoes. I loved this background because it has me with Snoopy and Woodstock in it.

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