Forever in Blue Jeans

January 11, 2014

>>Insert Your Email Address<<*

Filed under: Writings — Jayson Yang @ 2:08 pm

Pagkatapos ng halos isang dekada, natatanaw kita, papasok sa bus kung saan ako nakasakay, sa lugar na kaylayo sa ating pinagmulan, dito sa gitna ng mundo.

Ang pakiramdam ko noon, paborito mo akong pagtripan sa iyong klase. Palagi mo akong tinatawag at tinatanong, at isang araw pa, ako ang nag-iisa, sa dinami-dami ng estudyante ang tinawag mo para pabigkasin sa loob ng klase ng isang sensitibo at mapangahas na akda. Hindi ko alam kung paano ako noon magsisimula. Tinitigan ko ang pamagat, “Maselang Bagay ang Sumuso ng Burat”.

Buntong hininga.

Tumingala ako at nakita kitang nakatawa, suot ang makislap na hikaw mo sa isang tenga, sumisilip ang mga marka sa iyong braso, nakatingin ka sa akin, naghihintay na simulan ko ang pagbasa. Wala ako noong naririnig, ngunit nararamdaman ko ang tensyon sa buong klase. Kung nakikita ko noon ang aking sarili, siguro ay wala ng kulay ang aking balat.

Isang napakalalim na buntong hininga.

“MASELANG BAGAY ANG SUMUSO NG BURAT”

Mula noon, wala na ni isang papel na walang pagbanggit ng suso at titi ang ipinasa ko sa’yo. Uno ang marka at may kasamang drawing ng lalaking nakangiti ang nakita ko nang kinuha ko ang classcard ko galing sa’yo.

Tatlong taon pagkatapos na kunin ko ang iyong klase, malapit na akong grumaduate noon at uso ang paglalagay ng grad pic sa Friendster at Multiply. Isang mensahe sa Friendster ang natanggap ko mula sa’yo. “Ang kapal ng lipstick. Congratulations!”.  Nagpasalamat ako at sinabi kong ikaw ang naging inspirasyon ko nang magpabutas ako ng tenga at maglagay ng hikaw. Sabi mo, loko-loko ako, at iyon pa ang natutunan ko sa’yo.

Ito ang tunay na itinuro mo sa akin. Binuksan mo ang aking isipan sa mga bagay na ni hindi ko sinubukang kilalanin bago kita naging propesor. Tinuruan mo akong maging mapangahas sa aking pag-iisip at pagsulat. Tinuro mo sakin ang higit na malalim na kahulugan ng katapangan. Tinuruan mo akong maging mapangahas at maging matapang. Tinulungan mo akong mas kilalalin ang aking sarili.

Pagkatapos ng halos isang dekada, natatanaw kita, papasok sa bus kung saan ako nakasakay, sa lugar na kaylayo sa ating pinagmulan, dito sa gitna ng mundo. Maraming alaala ang nagbalik, una na ang pagbigkas ng di ko kailanman malilimutang akda. Isa iyon sa mga kakaunting pagkakataong gusto ko sabihin sa mundo, “Kaya nyo ‘yun?”.  Nang tingnan ko noon ang iyong reaksyon pagkatapos kong magbasa, mukhang gusto mong sabihing, “Mahusay”.

*Para sa isang dating propesor. Ang email ad na ibinigay mo noon sa iyong mga estudyante ang sana’y pamagat ng maikling akdang ito, pero baka confidential kaya hindi ko na inilagay, pero sa email ad na iyon ko hinango ang pangalan ng aking blog noong taong kinuha ko ang iyong klase. 

May 16, 2013

American Idol Season 12 Finale Review

And it takes one singing show finale before I write and update my blog!

Let me just say that this is the closest finale since the Clay-Ruben fight in season 2. And let me add that despite the ratings drastic drop and the obvious manipulation of desperate producers, this is one of the best final two contestants the show has ever had. I would not mind seeing any of the two girls win the crown, but after tonight’s show, my heart and hopes go to only one. Here is why:

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Round 1- Simon Fuller’s Choice

Kree Harrison (Angel)– I was not sure when I first heard that Kree is singing this for the reason that this is not in Kree’s songbook. Kree started beautifully, but the song didn’t go anywhere. The first half was wonderful. The second half was flat.

Candice Glover (Chasing Pavements)– I don’t remember any contestant singing this song on idol stage, so I was very excited to hear that Simon Fuller picked this for Candice. Plus, with Candice’s techniques, she would absolutely nail the song and give it a different flavor. Candice didn’t disappoint. She did not copy Adele, and did everything that she can do with the song tastefully.

Round 1 goes to Candice.

Round 2- Original Single

Kree (All Cried Out)– Kree delivered a simple, yet stunning performance. This is the perfect idol single. Release it now and it will sell millions.

Candice (I Am Beautiful)– It was a nice song for Candice, and she sang it perfectly, but I am not sure if this has the same appeal as Kree’s song and performance.

Round 2 goes to Kree.

Round 3– Repeat Performance

Kree (Up To The Mountain)– Kree delivered, and it was stunning.

Candice (I Who Have Nothing)– Candice delivered, and it was strong.

Round 3 goes to both of them.

So who won the night? Candice delivered the strongest vocals, but Kree delivered the most heartfelt moments. Candice impresses, but Kree touches hearts. With this alone, KREE HARRISON wins.

May 30, 2012

Undone- Haley Reinhart

Filed under: Music — Tags: — Jayson Yang @ 11:36 pm

A single that deserves a shout out.

“Tell me where love goes when it’s gone. Tell me where hearts go when they go wrong.”

This is breaking me apart.

April 10, 2012

Ang Unang Pangako

Filed under: Love, Personal, Writings — Tags: , — Jayson Yang @ 10:43 am

Sana maalala mo na noong una tayong nagkita’y kapwa tayo nagtatanong, kapwa tayo naghahanap ng lugar kung saan tayo nabibilang, at kapwa tayo nakakadiskubre ng mga bagay na lahat para sa atin ay bago.

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Tulad ng pag-ibig.

Sino ang mag-aakalang ang mga araw na kinikilala natin ang isa’t isa ay unti-unti palang pagsibol ng isang pagmamahalan? Bago tayo magkakilala ay hindi natin alam ang pakiramdam ng umiibig, ngunit hindi sinasadya ay tinuruan natin ang isa’t isa. Wala tayong ideya na ang mabubuo ng ating samahan ay ang sabi nila’y walang kasing tamis na unang pagtibok ng puso.

Tulad ng pagpaparaya.

Sa panahon na tayo’y nagkasama, nabigyan ng bagong kahulugan ang salitang pagpaparaya. Hindi lamang pala ito simpleng pagsuko ng mga bagay na ating ninanais para maibigay sa iba, hindi lang pala ito pag-alintana sa sariling kagustuhan para mapagbigyan ang isa, higit pa pala ito sa pagbibigay at pagpapakumbaba, dahil sa mga panahong pinili nating magparaya ay natuto tayong umunawa at kumilala ng isa’t isang panalangin at minimithi. Natutunan natin na ang kasiyahan ay hindi kailanman pangsarili lamang.

Tulad ng pangangarap.

Noon, ang ideya natin ng pangarap ay may marating na propesyon. Nang tayo’y nagkakilala, tayo’y bumuo ng mga pangarap na higit sa material na bagay at tagumpay. Nangarap tayong mahimbing sa silong ng mga punong-kahoy habang inaawitan ng mga ibon at panghapong hangin. Nangarap tayong makarating sa mga lupaing sa mga libro at pelikula lamang natin nakikita.

Nangarap tayo hindi lamang para sa ating sarili. Pinangarap natin na pagdating ng panahon, ang mga kaytagal na namuhay sa kalungkutan at paghihirap ay sasaya at giginhawa. Nangarap tayong matupad ang pangarap ng iba. Nangarap tayo ng liwanag. Nangarap tayo ng kapayapaan.

Tulad ng pagbabago.

Sana maalala mo na noong tayo’y nagkakilala, kapwa tayo nagtatanong, kapwa tayo may kaba, kapwa tayo takot sa mga mangyayaring pagbabago sa ating buhay. Sana maalala mo na noon, tayo’y mahina, naging sandigan mo ako, naging sandigan kita. Sana maalala mo na nakita mo akong lumuha, nakita kitang nadapa, at sabay tayong bumangon.

Sana maalala mong magkasama tayong nakilala ang ating mga sarili.

Sana maalala mo ang ating mga sinimulan.

Sana maalala mo na ang una nating ipinangako sa isa’t isa ay ang hindi paglimot sa ating mga natutunan.

 

January 30, 2012

Thoughts From A Temple Run Freak

Filed under: Bloopers, Personal, Writings — Tags: — Jayson Yang @ 8:23 pm

Thoughts from a Temple Run freak:

1. Ang buhay ay di gaya ng Temple Run. Hindi ka dapat tumatakbo para takasan ang mga halimaw na humahabol sa’yo. Dapat tumatakbo ka dahil may gusto kang patunguhan, dahil may gusto kang marating.

2. Sana tulad na lang ng Temple Run ang buhay. Kapag nagkamali ka, nahulog, nabangga, o kaya napaso, pwede ka pa ding bumalik sa simula, daanan ang mga dating dinaanan, pero mas matalino at mas maingat.

3. Lahat tayo parang nagtetemple run. Tumatakbo tayo sa maraming mahirap na daan. Minsan nalilito tayo kung pipiliin ba natin ay kaliwa o kanan. Kadalasan nasasaktan tayo. Mahirap, nakakalito, nakakakaba, pero masaya.🙂

January 1, 2012

2011 in Review: Blog Report

Filed under: News and Events, Personal, Writings — Jayson Yang @ 9:55 pm

 

Thanks to all visitors! Mwah!🙂

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

November 20, 2011

Minsan Tayong Umibig

Filed under: Music — Tags: , , , — Jayson Yang @ 2:01 pm

This is a product of a Saturday afternoon bonding with good friends Kti and Dan. Hope you like it!🙂

November 3, 2011

X Factor US- Top 12

Filed under: Music, TV and Movies — Tags: — Jayson Yang @ 4:07 pm

The US edition of X Factor has been quite exciting since it started about a month ago. After intense rounds of eliminations, 12 acts have remained to battle for a 5-million dollar contract and the pride of earning the very first X Factor US crown.

Here’s my take on the show’s first ever Top 12:

ThE BOYS:

Astro– Prior to the first live show, I have dismissed the thought of seeing this little boy in the top 12, but the kid got some talent and he deserves his spot after his performance which made the audience sing along and jump.
Marcus Canty– No doubt, this guy is the best singer in his category. I haven’t seen a winner potential so far, but if LA Reid can think of any way to make this guy current and relevant, he might get a chance to go far.
Chris Rene– Not the best singer, but he is definitely the one to beat in the boy’s category. No one can deny his massive star potential.

THE GROUPS:

The Stereo Hogzz– The Stereo Hogzz did a decent job during the first live show, but I am not a fan of boy bands, never was, and never will be.
InTENsity– They will never win a competition like this, but they bring entertainment. And there’s Ellona, Filipino pride!
Lakoda Rayne– This group exudes freshness. I haven’t heard a hit girl group for a long time. Paula Abdul is one wise mentor for giving this group a country brand.

THE OVER 30S:

LeRoy Bell– Old man has a very nice tone and good recoding voice. However, if he’s not 60, everything about him is ordinary. But hey, he is 60, and he looks and sounds younger than his age.
Stacy Francis– The resident diva along with Melanie Amaro. She created a lot of buzz after her audition, but she hasn’t topped that round since then. She has an unbelievable vocal ability, but she always has the tendency to over sing.
Josh Krajcik– One of the good voices among the guys, but he lacks charisma and he is not very memorable. He’ll get the surprise boot.

THE GIRLS:

Rachel Crow– Her first appearance already guaranteed her a spot in the Top 12. She has charisma and a star name. With the right song choices, this little girl will sail through the competition.
Drew– Without a doubt, the most phenomenal contestant in the Top 12. Her renditions of Baby, It Must Have Been Love, and What A Feeling are better versions of the originals. At 14, Drew is definitely a girl wonder!
Melanie Amaro– The most overrated contestant of the show and overrated contestants never win. However, her wildcard hype is a guarantee of a long stay in the competition. But this girl can live with her talent alone. She doesn’t need the pimp, because she’s one soulful and powerful singer.

October 30, 2011

Ikaw Ang Aking Hantungan

Filed under: Writings — Jayson Yang @ 9:51 pm

Ikaw ang simula at ang wakas
Ikaw ang una at ang huli
Sa iyo, ako’y mahihimlay at iibig

Ikaw ang wagas at ang buhay
Ikaw ang kahapon at ang walang hanggan
Sa iyo, may laksang liwanag na kailanman ay hindi pumanaw

Ikaw ang alon at ang hiwaga
Ikaw ang takipsilim at bukang-liwayway
Sa iyo, ang daigdig ay walang katapusan

Ikaw ang una at huli
Ikaw ang wagas at ang buhay
Ikaw ang simula. Ikaw ang wakas
Sa iyo, ako’’y mahihimlay at iibig

August 20, 2011

Davao 2011

Filed under: Personal, Travel — Jayson Yang @ 12:07 am
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