Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kids: A Night of Rama Hari

December 05, 2012

Dana and I were very lucky to be able to attend "Rama Hari" a Ballet Philippines presentation at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.  Rama Hari is based on the Indian epic, the Ramayana.  Alice Reyes choreographs, Ryan Cayabyab sets the music, Bienvenido LUmbrera sets the libretto.  There are two sets of major characters - those that will narrate through music and those that will interpret through dance.  Our close friend, Kalila Aguilos will be playing the musical voice of Sita, Rama's love interest in the play.

You can see from Dana's face prior to the start of the show how excited she is :)

We really had no idea what to expect when we first arrived.  Having no prior knowledge of the previous stagings of the musical, we were innocents and were just anxious to watch and enjoy the program.  We weren't disappointed.  The music was engaging and evocative.  It's a plus for us that the actors we saw that night weren't celebrities like Karylle and Christian Bautista (who were also playing on alternate dates).  We weren't star struck and so we were able to totally get into it with the music, with the dance and the whole atmosphere of the show.  Kalila, of course, goes without saying is a pro and is a joy to watch on stage and I'm not saying that because she's a friend but because it's the Plain and Stark Truth :)  Her partner, OJ Mariano had a commanding presence on stage and you can't help but focus on him when it's his turn.

The dancers we saw for that night's show were Richardson Yadao (Rama) and Katherine Trofeo (Sita). They were both brilliant on stage and we were just mesmerized by their performance.

After the show, we were able to have a chance at autograph signing and picture taking with the lead cast. Forgive the blurry pictures, taken only with a camera phone hehe

Kalila Aguilos, Sita (Music)

OJ Mariano, Rama (Music)

Katherine Trofeo, Sita (Dance)

Robert Sena, as Ravana
Richardson Yadao, as Rama (Dance)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Family: Jops & Gabz Wedding

December 04, 2012

It's always a privilege for us to be invited to weddings of friends and family members.  This December, it was my cousin's Joan to get married to Gabz and their wedding was held at the Shrine of St. Therese.  It was our first time to step into this Church and they picked a great one :D  Here are photos of the Paypon side of the Bride, excluding Gabz :)

Gabz, The Groom
Jops, The Lovely Bride
Cathz, Matron of Honor
The Parents of the Bride
 Here are the newly-weds on their way out of the Church and getting a running start to their New Life.

With every wedding ceremony, there's usually some idle time as people are busy setting things up.  So, we kept the kids occupied with having their picture taken haha It's rare to see them all dolled up :)

The reception was held at The Pergola, just across the World Trade Center near Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City.  Dana really enjoyed her first Virgin Mojito and if she had her way, she'd probably be drinking that the whole evening. :)

I couldn't resist taking a picture of Tracy with the Blood Red Sky behind her.

It was an enjoyable event, so thanks to Jops and Gabz and Congratulations!! :D

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cars: Toyota 86 for the long weekend

November 30 - December 04, 2012

One of the most memorable test drives that Patrick has ever brought home in the four years that he's been test driving cars is THE Toyota 86.   During this week, he will have the Toyota 86, which we've fondly nicknamed Kratos (from God of War), to test drive and our first stop was at the Manila Auto Salon at the SMX of the Mall of Asia.  Of course, before heading out, we all had to have our picture taken with Kratos haha

So guess what we first saw at the Manila Auto Salon?  A red Toyota 86 at the Top Gear Philippines booth hahaha

After browsing through all the nice cars at the show, we were ready to go home.  We still couldn't stop ourselves from taking pictures haha The car was a real Beauty and Beast !! :D Granted, the kids were comfortable in the back seat, although of course, they preferred to be able to see outside, but they liked it when Patrick "drifted" the car LOL As a passenger, I felt that the car really handled well and though it is a sports car, the suspension didn't make me dizzy.

It felt good to be driving around in it since we all saw how people reacted to the car.  Some pointed it out.  Some wanted to take pictures of it.  There was even a time when at the traffic light, a jeepney driver had a conversation with Patrick about it.  It surprised us when the driver thanked us for taking the time to talking to him about the car!!

I'm sure if we had money, Patrick wouldn't need any prompting to buy the Toyota 86! :D The kids would probably love it too :D