19 June 2006

The one relating to weddings

June...wedding month.

I lost my wedding ring. Technically, it isn't a wedding ring, because I've never been "wed". But it's a ring my "husband" bought for us over ten years ago, with the gold bands twisted together, encrusted with studs; sort of a wedding, sort of an eternity ring...meant to symbolize our binding together... or just so we'd look like a cute couple with matching rings.

Anyway, I lost it. I think I've lost it for over two weeks now but I just noticed that it's been missing, in the last couple of days. I remember the last time I put it down --- by the kitchen counter, while I was washing the dishes. I don't remember picking it up. Or I think I picked it up, but absentmindedly placed it somewhere else. And now I can't remember.

I would've thought my husband would be the first one to lose his band. There was a time when he'd place it just about anywhere he fancies, so I taught him a system: whenever he removes his ring, he has to immediately put it back in one and the same place (in this case, his cabinet drawer) so he immediately knows where to find it next time. Unfortunately, I did not follow my own system.

So now, it's gone. And I don't have something else to pawn in case I'm in dire need of money!

Speaking of weddings, my brother (6 years younger than I am) is getting married in September of this year. Last week, our family met with his bride's family, as tradition would have dictated it (or as the future in-laws have disctated upon us, as they are ultra-conservative types). Pamanhinkan is what it's called. And the first one my father reluctantly attended. (the first and only one, on account of, I've never and won't actually have to be given away by him at the altar. No traditional miss, this one!)

On the way to my future sis-in-law's province, my father many times over said how much this was gonna be costly; or how this would be too much trouble (with the preparations we have to make); and how this was a hassle; why don't my brother and his bride just live together or elope when it's all the same blah, blah....half in jest, half in a serious tone. Obviously, my father isn't the traditional type, too.

A little after lunch in my sis-in-law's house, and after a few moments of pleasantries and awkwardness exchanged between our families... my brother, mother, father and myself sat in the living room. Across us was my sis-in-law and her parents and the mood was serious. One would've thought we were up for a chess match or a quiz bee or something and our spectators were cousins, aunts and uncles from both sides.

And then they began to talk about the wedding....Ugh, how awkward it was to listen to it! Especially for my dad whom I kept looking over, knowing we probably felt the same way I did. My dad grinned like a silly cat the whole time (God knows, what he was thinking then. He looked drunk and he only had a bottle of C2 Ice Tea!) and managed to crack a silly joke in front of my sis-in-law's traditional parents. Fortunately it wasn't a disaster. And it was nothing like you see in a Rob Schneider movie or something. Both families came to an agreement and I think we'll get along and do just fine. But the whole moment? Just felt....cheesy! Or old and outdated. I wanted to get out of there and go back to the year 2006. I'm sure my father felt the same way.

Anyhow, chessy-ness and awkwardness aside, my brother and his bride are all set for the wedding and they have actually made their preparations properly. Who would've thought? My brother, the perennial baby-prince of the family, who had to be served all his life, was now taking charge of his life and making the preparations for his own wedding. My Lola would be so proud of him!

In light of this primarily being a blog about TV, let me close this with one of my favorite wedding moments...Monica & Chandler's Wedding:

Image and video hosting by TinyPicMonica's Vows: Chandler, for so long I…I wondered if I would ever find my prince, my soul mate. Then three years ago, at another wedding I turned to a friend for comfort. And in stead, I found everything that I’d ever been looking for my whole life. And now…here we are…with our future before us…and I only want to spend it with you, my prince, my soul mate, my friend. Unless you don’t want to. You go!

Chandler's Vows: Monica I thought this was going to be the most difficult thing I ever had to do. But when I saw you walking down that aisle I realized how simple it was. I love you. Any surprises that come our way it’s okay, because I will always love you. You are the person I was meant to spend the rest of my life with. You wanna know if I’m sure? (He leans in and kisses her.)

05 June 2006

I have to remember this day

I'm supposed to do an entry for something TV related...I'll do that in a while. I just felt the need to write something else down first.

For the first time in years, my bestest friend, someone whom I've known since I was 9 years old, finally sent me an email. I think I should mention that we were estranged for at least a decade. And the last couple of years we had to get in touch using "bridges"; our other friends became the messengers.

But to my surprise, I received an email from her just a few minutes ago. Direct. Not forwarded, not c/o. But direct. It was short and definitely not personal. She just thanked me for doing something for her, something which, before I got it done, was only relayed to me thru another friend.

Anyway, I don't know if things will ever go back to the way it was just because of this one simple gesture. I highly doubt it will. We're leading different lives now, when our story used to be that we'd be neighbors till we're eighty and our kids would grow up like brothers/sisters.

But I guess our story now has it's own happy ending. It wasn't what we wanted or imagined at 16 but current conditions withstanding, it's more than I could hope for.

Therefore, I have to remember this day. This is the day when T sought to reach me out not thru Z or the other girls. She sought to reach me out. There was no sorry or I miss the good old days or whatever, but she sought to reach me out to personally thank me. And I'll take the cue from there...


Anyway, this week I'm watching a couple of things:

1. Tour of Duty Season 1 DVD - Stephen Caffrey, whoohoo! Cheesy dialogues wehehe-booo! :P
2. ER Season 1 DVD - how the hell did I miss out on this show? Now I have to follow 12 (or 16?) more seasons!
3. Veronica Mars Season 2 - catching up on backlogs
4. Big Brother UK Season 7 - now and then I'd watch. It'll take too much of my time if I follow all the days!
5. Canadian Idol 4 - just to check out some really good singers but not too addicted to it (yet)

Speaking of BB7 UK, here is a clip I took of them discussing about FHM models or modelling for one... and one housemate who did. She took offense with what one housemate said. It's not so much what they said but how they talked about it. The accent just mesmerizes me. :D

03 June 2006

In Your Eyes...

Now that there's nothing good on TV yet, I am currently following Canadian Idol's latest season (Season 4).

The thing about this show though is that even if there are a number (a great, great number!) of good singers on it, not a lot of people go crazy over the show the way people do with American Idol. I don't know why that is so. There's not enough star power, I guess, or not enough buzz (good or bad publicity - still publicity). It's just unfortunate, people are missing out on some really good performances.

Anyhow, two years ago, Canadian Idol (Season 2) had probably their best and most talented batch. I've searched for some videos at youtube and I'm sharing one of this today.

These are (in order of win) Kalan, Theresa and Jacob singing Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes. I particularly chose to feature this performance, realizing that the month of June just began a few days ago. In 25 or so days, John Cusack is celebrating his birthday (41st or 39th?). And in one of his earlier movies (Say Anything), this was the theme song they played in the background (and what a perfect song it was!).... and that scene is forever etched in my memory. I'm giving homage to JC, Peter Gabriel and CI 2 Top 3! See how I've cleverly tied these all together!

Anyhow, watch this --- Canadian Idol Season 2 Top 3:

*video upload is not mine*

In a couple of months I might be able to post the latest season's best performances...that is if I will find time to watch everything. Philippine Idol 1 is coming in July, same with Austrialian Idol 5 and The X-Factor 3. They're all starting almost at the same time, I know I'll go crazy!

And oh, yes.... Happy Birthday, Johnny!

Canadian Idol
Season 2 Top 3
Original Airing: Sept 9, 2004
Network: CTV