Saturday, February 1, 2014

Eye Opener: On Keeping Your Mouth Shut

Earlier today, a friend told me that I'm too talkative. I was taken aback. I felt a pang in my heart, and I stopped talking 100 words per second.

Here's the thing, I am talkative especially when I feel too happy or giddy or when I'm comfortable with the people I'm with; OR when I am really, really, really nervous. So, when he said that, I have to stop my mouth from trying its best to catch up with my running thoughts and ask myself these questions:

1) Do other people think the same thing?
2) Are they also annoyed with my excessive talking?
3) Am I really that talkative that it's irritating?
4) What should I do now?
5) Should I turn into a plant now?

I was anxious. Very anxious. But I kept my cool and jokingly said that I accept his challenge. I stopped talking until we bid goodbye.

You see, talking is very important to me. Growing up, I was a very quiet cute little kid. I never talked that much. I wasn't hyper or noisy. I was too quiet that perhaps at one point my family thought I was deaf-mute. Maybe. I don't know when it happened but I suddenly turned into a cheerful, talkative girl. Maybe my young self realized the importance of talking and the next thing she knows she's an/a extemporaneous speaker/debater/Hermione Granger/most talkative person in the room who annoyed a bunch of her classmates and friends.

So, when a friend told me to shut up earlier, I guess I was reminded of that distant past where people liked me less simply because I talk too much. More importantly, it was an eye opener. His words made me realize that maybe it's time to go back to that very old version of me, that little girl who never uttered a word. Well, she's still around actually when I'm at home or in a crowd or with people I just met. I can be very, very, very quiet that you won't even feel my existence.

Lately, I've been thinking of isolating myself from the world. Maybe, my friend is right about me talking less. Maybe, it's about time to shut my mouth and let my writing do the talking. I don't know. Well, it can't be that bad. After all, "less words, less mistakes," they say. ;)

I also want to call myself, "Queen of Isolation." Who knows? Living a contemplative life may help me realize my full potential. :D

Let It Go by Idina Menzel from Disney's Frozen


AND to close this post, let me share with you a few words from Anna Peters:



Word Vomit: Catching Up

Six months and a million internal debates after, I finally found the time, courage, and will to update this blog. Although, I don't think it matters that much since nobody seems to be following this anyway. (LOL!) And it's totally fine! I'm already content having an online journal that I can peruse whenever the struggling writer in me says so.

I really want to say A LOT OF THINGS. But I don't know where to start. I don't even know what is worth sharing anymore. For the past months I've been on hiatus, I went through a great deal of challenges. There were days when all I wanted to do is give up. Give up on my dreams. Give up on people. Give up on myself. For the past six months, I think I cried more than I should have allowed myself to. It's tiring and annoying.

BUT I always try to rise, to keep going; for I know there will be better days. NO, I can always CHOOSE to make each of my days the best, as if it's my last. :)

To give you an idea of what I'm really trying to say, listen to these songs (Haha!):

Arms by Christina Perri


Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus


Say Something by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera


That is because I sing my feelings better than actually talking about them. ;)

Here's to hoping I'll be able to write more and more this year!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Boats and Birds are Little Things With or Without You

I know, I know! My recent blog posts have been about me and my musical adventures! But, don't worry I've got articles (not about me this time) coming up soon! ;) In the meantime, let me share what my friends and I have recently covered.

Gregory and the Hawk's Boats and Birds is one of my favorite songs ever. Its lyrics --

If you'll be my star
I'll be your sky
You can hide underneath me
And come out at night
When I turn jet black
And you show off your light
I live to let your shine

But you can skyrocket away from me
And never come back if you find another galaxy
Far from here where there's more room to fly
Just leave me your stardust to remember you by

-- are just so poetic and its melody is just so heartwarming. So, when Popoy played the song on guitar randomly one night, my heart gave a mini heart attack and I had an epiphany: I MUST sing this song no matter what! Below is one of my dreams coming true.



Ate Abby and I obviously don't like Little Things by One Direction. We loathe it so much we did not post a draft version of the cover! Finally, we have the FINAL version complete with rhythm and lead guitars!



And we even have a video of this cover!



Yup, we definitely hate One Direction. And I hope you get the sarcasm of the previous statement.

Also, Ate Abby, Popoy, and Paolo covered U2's With or Without You! And I love it! Their harmonies are so ear-catching I had an eargasm!



Thursday, June 6, 2013

New Cover Songs from Super Shangkee and Friends

Because my friends and I love music so much, we try our best to cover some of our favorite songs. Recently, we added a few songs to our collection. Go ahead and listen and enjoy!

Little Things - Abby and Trisha (One Direction Cover)


Modern Nature - Edsel and Abby (Sondre Lerche Cover)


Ho Hey - Trisha and Abby (Lennon and Maisy Cover)


Of course, thank you to our guitarist/sound mixer, Popoy!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Super Shangkee and Friends Cover Lennon and Maisy's 'Telescope' - UPDATED WITH VIDEO

Ever since I can remember, my friends (especially the fabulous Queenie) have been bugging me to make a recording and post it on YouTube or Soundcloud. Since I've been singing for most of my life, it   totally makes sense. But laziness and all other excuses have been keeping me to do what the cool kids do: Post their audio recordings online. 

Finally, after "x" years of planning, my friends and I recorded an outdoor jamming session and here's the result!  



Thank you very much Abby (harmony), Popoy (guitar), and Edsel!


UPDATE:

Below is the video of our cover! Woot!