Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Is it a lifestyle, a phenomenon or simply a fad?

They call themselves EMO. They are very distinct- in attitude, in clothing, even in the way they view life. EMO is an idea which can be described by bangs symmetrically cut to expose the nose and lips while hiding some parts of the eyes. The crown area can look like spikes and there could be variations of this base style. Clothing is basically an ensemble of very skinny jeans, tight shirt or chequered top with a scarf. Some may sport big sneakers or jazzed up chucks or Vans. Eyeliners can also be worn even by guys who live by the EMO concept.

Call it a fad because characters were actually made to define how EMO concept looks like.

Call it a lifestyle because people implementing this concept in their lives are actually living in a slow, well thought of frames of daily deliverance.

Say its a phenomenon because music is also embracing the EMO concept.

Just so I will be able to define what EMO is, I consulted Wikipedia and this is what i got.

Emo (pronounced /ˈiːmoʊ/) is a genre of music that originated from hardcore punk [1] and later adopted pop punk influences when it became mainstream in the United States.

It has since come to describe several variations of music with common roots and associated fashion and stereotypes.

In the mid-1980s, the term emo described a subgenre of hardcore punk which stemmed from the Washington, D.C. music scene. In later years, the term emocore, short for "emotional hardcore",[2][3] was also used to describe the emotional performances of bands in the Washington, D.C. scene and some of the offshoot regional scenes such as Rites of Spring, Embrace, One Last Wish, Beefeater, Gray Matter, Fire Party, and later, Moss Icon

In the mid-1990s, the term emo began to refer to the indie scene that followed the influences of Fugazi, which itself was an offshoot of the first wave of emo. Bands including Sunny Day Real Estate, Far and Texas Is the Reason had a more indie rock style of emo, more melodic and less chaotic. The so-called "indie emo" scene survived until the late 1990s, when many of the bands either disbanded or shifted to mainstream styles. As the remaining indie emo bands entered the mainstream, newer bands began to emulate the mainstream style.

Today popular bands like Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance,[4] Panic at the Disco,[5] and Paramore[6] are described as emo.

In recent years the popular media has associated emo with a stereotype that includes being emotional, sensitive, shy, introverted, or angsty.[24][25][26] It is also associated with depression, self-injury, and suicide.[27][28]

I think that this season, more people will appreciate the concept. Ask if I’m a part of this segment? I’d say not. Hey, I can’t sport the look and so is the entire lifestyle.

Saturday, December 27, 2008


Finally, I have this opportunity to blog again. For the past few days, my blogging was a little erratic because of work and urgent preparations for Christmas. I know Christmas is done and over and its quite a sure thing that all of us had a blast- still I would like to greet you all a very warm and happy Christmas!

It has been my mother’s aim to always hold a family gathering in our house every Christmas day. Well, this is only the second year that we held a sort of Christmas party in our house and we are all looking forward to keep it as a yearly holiday tradition. It’s nice having fine time with relatives who have been away not just because of proximity but also because of time. There may be a mix of sad and happy stories on the talks, but the idea of sharing moments and year-long anecdotes are simply priceless. Now, to make the gathering a little tummy-friendly, we prepared meals which are western-inspired. My eldest sister took the place of our head chef and cooked roasted chicken, spring rolls, tomato and mushroom pasta, garlic bread, some chicken soup, and macaroni salad. The night before, we had red wine and cheese just to stay up until midnight of the 24th.

Now, our house was filled with kids who can’t wait to open their gifts. Good thing that I am wonderfully armed with gifts for grown-ups, kids, “inaanaks”, family, friends and neighbours. I went a little away from my set budget but I ignored the wallet slimming because I always find join in giving. A warm gratitude and a genuine smile will always inject positivity in me. I especially enjoyed the moment when kids gone crazy as I hand them loot bags of candies and chocolates as my final gifts to everyone.

A find this long holiday break so nice because I can rest and catch up on my tons of readings and yeah, blog away. Also this can give me moments to reflect on how 2008 went about and how can I make 2009 a better year for me. Opps, New Year is a different thing, so better cap this off with a hope for merrier Christmas next year. I hope you guys had a really happy celebration, and of course took time to visit the church along with all the eating and drinking.

Monday, December 22, 2008


pond's dream date winners
So the loud Pond's promo is done, and its time to tell what went about. Ill let these photos tell the story of Dingdong and Kristine's dinner Yacht date at Manila bay and Piolo and Karylle's lunch date at Tagaytay with a back and forth helicopter ride. Hmmm Karylle sure rings some bells right? Opps, no pun intended.

Friday, December 19, 2008


Hello everyone! Feeling the Holidays yet? Well me, definitely! Seeing Christmas trees makes feel Christmas in a whole definitive way. Its very concrete and its like the lights and colors are telling you the festive season is in again. From last year's 3 feet tree, we now upgraded to a 5 feet giving us more room for colors and decors though we opted to scale down the accents to 4 kinds only. This year, we decided to have bright orange as main color.

Everyone, meet Khalel- Holidays 2008 official Christmas tree of the El Claves households.
The total cost to have this kind of tree? Hmm, a little less than two thousand bucks. So you, can you show me your tree?

Thursday, December 18, 2008


After long duration to prepare, send in info, and execute the rule of democracy, the Christmas gathering of me with all my college blockmates finally went through! It was the 13th of this Christmas month when we all gathered up at Eastwood City, Libis. I actually presented three choices for our venue- Pasto, Dencio’s and Sumthin’ Fishy. I think we all had a great time last year at Sumthin’ Fishy which made it as the choice of this year’s venue again! Well, serves us right because the place is casual, laid back and ehem, budget friendly!

So just like last year, its me and April who came in first. The flying organisms had a feast on our legs then our friends start coming in. April took the chance to give out Free samples of Pond’s products which we tagged as “pangkabuhayan” showcase for early birds. So the latest one came in, the fewer Pond’s product that person recieved.

The Ladies

Our group was primarily composed of ladies who are all photo hungry. I think they all go crazy when they see lights flashing in.

The Ladies who like me

Ayayay, I had a real hard time equating my time to give each and every girl a chance to have a photo with me. Ha Ha Ha What? You smell “bastardom”?

The Gossip Girls

What’s areunion without gossips about people who failed to attend? Opps, that’s too impolite I know, but the person who made it as the Most talked about B*tch that night deserve the gossips she received. I even thought of dropping names here, but no I'm not that bad. Besides, that will even make that person sound too special in my blog. We wouldn't want that right?

The Group Photos

Since this happens once a year only, we took our glorious amount of time to take all sorts of group pictures. This we do to have a comparison on how each and everyone looked like a year after. You know, who improved on fashion sense, hair and of course who gained and lost weight.

The memorabilia

I tried taking stolen shots but i guess my friends really have that alarm every time cameras are pointed at them. So my attempts were thrown futile. To keep memory of that night, i secured our bill ( like what I did last year.) How much did we spend? Hmmm, less that three thousand bucks. We were like 15 that night, so bite that economical night out!

Fun and crazy are too weak of adjectives to describe that night, I hope next year I’ll learn the best adjective for our very own brand of having fun.

Next, highschool friends’ gathering! Happy Holidays everyone!