Monday, August 20, 2007

Simpsonized Francis

Quotable Quotes

"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. "

- Christopher Reeve -

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Ben Deignan - My New Fave Artist

I tried to a little bit of research on Ben Deignan. I first saw him through one of those random youtube searches. Alex wanted me to see this video of an acoustic version of Rhianna's Umbrella, and to my surprise, there were a lot of singers who tried to do an acoustic version. Ben's rendition was one of the most appealing to me. Aside from the fact that he is rather cute!

Here is another fave of mine. It was amazing how Ben Deignan was able to pull off a Stevie Wonder song, which is quite difficult and yet keep a sense of originality and uniqueness that is purely his own.

Check out his website --

100th Post

I was just informed by Blogger that this is my 100th post. Whew. Having started this blog in 2003, i never really intended to regularly post on a blog. Since I moved to New York, it seems like there's a lot more time to think. There a little bit more to say. And there's somewhat an overwhelming desire to pour out emotions. So here I am with my 100th post.


Thursday, August 09, 2007

Need to be Alone...

"...New York is not a city to find friends. If you do find friends, consider it a generous gift. It is a city where you find yourself or if you already have, make peace with it. It is brutal and forgiving, welcoming and discriminating. It is where you swallow the bitter in your cup and move on with your personal burden."

-- excerpt from a recent blog post of Jaded Sensitivity (

Monday, August 06, 2007


This is a world record. In 2003 this guy weighted 286 kilos, now he is 100! Fantastic impressive power of will! He just got tired of being fat, so he went ahead and did something about it! He's kinda cute too!

Love Is All Around...

There was an awkward moment during my visit to Los Angeles last week. I was so excited to be back, see my friends and be part of Alex's 30th birthday celebration. Even though I know I would be working during the day, meeting with suppliers, shopping in downtown Los Angeles and attending seminars, I know it will still be worth it.

As guests started arriving for the surprise dinner party for Alex, I was overwhelmed with excitement to see all my good friends again. I was happy to see them and they were surprised to see me there. As I noticed, most of them arrived in pairs. I guess I never really did pay close attention to that whenever I hear news about one of our friends being in a relationship. But there it was, they were coming in pairs. It was like Noah's Ark without the forthcoming storm. Or maybe the storm was indeed brewing inside me.

To start with, I rode with Sal & Todd. Then there was Jun & Philip. Of course there was Alex & Joel. I sat beside Cliburn & Ryan. Then Eric & Jason was there too. I couldn't miss RD & Phil. Then the straight couples arrived, Jenny & Chris, Pauline & Joe. And finally, Marvin was on his way to NY the coming weekend to meet with Peter.

So I was sitting there, taking note of everything that has happened. Don't get me wrong, I had a great time. But there's this tiny bit of awkwardness to be in a group of couples. After the party, Jun & Philip and Alex & Joel was inviting everyone to go the Abbey for an after party. I declined. I just couldn't help it. I know I would just be bummed out if ever I forced myself to join them.

So I began going through the rolodex in my head of those people that I dated. Which one of them are still possible candidates for a relationship? Who should I call here in Los Angeles? Who should I start seeing again in New York. And I realized that I was being desperately pathetic. I am becoming the person I hated most. I am becoming that kind of person who enters a relationship just for the main reason of having a relationship. And that is the thing that I am trying to avoid all these years.

In the end, I felt happy that most of my friends in Los Angeles found Love. Its true what they say that true love is hard to come by these days. And if my friends were struck by this thunderous feeling called Love, then by all means, I will be the first to shake their hands and wish them all the best!

Its been almost 4 years since I was in a relationship. And I know I could last another 4 years if the right one doesn't come along.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Alex's 30th Birthday Party - Los Angeles

I went to Los Angeles on a business trip last week. Coincidentally it was also Alex's 30th birthday. And as they planned on a surprise birthday dinner for him, I also wanted to surprise him and show up at the party. It was fun seeing all my friends and of course to be part of Alex's 30th birthday celebration.

Ugly Photo Mania

Since I posted my Circa 1998 photo, let me post another not so flattering photo which was sent by my very good friend, Virgie. This was taken when she visited Los Angeles a year ago. I think I have this habit of making an ugly face whenever someone points a camera to my direction and Im not ready to smile. Argh!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Harry Potter Mania!

Every time I get my hands on a JK Rowling - Harry Potter Novel, I dont ever get enough sleep! I work all day and then I work out at night. As soon as all my chores are done, thats the time i can finally sit down and read the book. And its really a page turner so i sometimes read several chapters in one night. Like last night, I slept at 230am. I started stopping myself at 1am but i still keep on reaching over my night stand promising myself i will just read one chapter. Oh well! I cant wait to get home and start reading again!


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Francis Aquino Circa 1998

My dear friend, Robin Tomas recently celebrated his birthday (Happy Birthday Robin!) and I remember that he gave me this picture of the first birthday party that we celebrated together back in 1998. It was awesome! I looked freakin' awesome! Complete with white undershirt, customary bead necklace and of course braces!!!

Ok, I give you permission to judge, laugh, taunt and maybe drool? Hehehe!