Alrights. I’m not a celebrity, an online artist, a politician or anything like that. I’m not even affiliated with any group or people mentioned in this video. But all I know is that I am connected to over five hundred people on my Facebook account, a few potential hundreds on my Youtube and WordPress accounts who may get to know about this incredible cause by the A21 Campaign, and their fight against Human Trafficking. I’m still in awe that God has given me the desire to take part in this venture.
So instead of writing an essay on this (which I know anyone would hardly read), I just had to film myself talking. This matter has been lingering in my heart and mind the past few days and wouldn’t make me sleep really. I’ve read and listened to stories that have painted an indelibly dark picture in my mind and just broken my heart. I gotta make a move. I gotta do my part. No matter how small, or ‘insignificant’ it may look.
I cannot solve this problem at all, but I can do something to support A21 who have been doing amazing things for several years now, saving hundreds, if not thousands of precious lives; impacting the world in a whole new and different level.
Here’s the link, if you’d like to donate: High Five to Freedom!
I am really, really encouraging you to do so. Spare a dollar or two, or as much as you’re able or willing to give for this cause, please. And witness how your small donation can impact the lives of many.
Visit www.a21.org for more important info about the A21 Campaign and human trafficking, how to join the #WalkForFreedom; how these guys are contributing to abolish this problem, how to donate or fundraise, and how you can get connected and do your part in this venture.
Here’s something new. Just for fun, and just to share with you my roots i.e., choral music, I recorded myself in SATB, singing the version of (Eucharistic) Alleluya by “Mr C”, Ryan Cayabyab.
This brings back a lot of memories of home, my choral life, and my love for choral music!
Better to listen to with earphones by the way. If the embedded video does not work, click this link.
This is honestly the most significant 30 seconds of my life so far. And I wish I had more than that.
I did not intend to write a “concert review” or a tell-all anymore because my words would not do justice to how it really felt on the inside. It’s a struggle to put into words. The encounter is almost divine. Pretty elusive. (I should also say that having no photos taken during the show because my camera was considered a professional type somewhat discouraged me to recount things and events in detail like what I’d always do.)
I guess I should keep this experience in the list of things I’d prefer to store in my massive vault of unspeakable treasures. All I know is I’m thankful that I got to watch her perform live, and to witness with my own eyes and ears the brilliance, magnificence, and soul extraordinaire of Brandy. That is just more than enough.
I could absolutely say that this is just one of the best birthday gifts I have gifted to myself. You just gotta spoil yourself every once in a while, you know!
I also almost hyperventilated after she gave me a super tight, sincere hug during the short Meet and Greet. She emanated joy and gratitude. The feeling was indescribable almost. She was just so dang kind! It’s like all the sass and pizzazz she would display each time she performs were stripped away, and she was just an ordinary person humbly thanking her fans for coming out to see her show, which she verbalised in the most profound, soft-spoken fashion.
This experience made me appreciate her more; her artistry, her personality, her appreciation for her fans; especially her receptivity and equanimity because I understand how tired she must have been after the show, but she managed to welcome her fans with open arms and with the sweetest smile.
Hands down, she still reigns in her realm. And this encounter will always be special and treasured in my mind and heart
I turn twenty-four today. That’s right. I’ve almost reached a quarter of a century basically. And yes I’m feeling kinda old. But honestly, I’ve never felt more mature, more wise, more courageous in my entire life.
And so I thought I’d share with everyone 24 life lessons I have learned–lessons that have helped mould and cultivate my identity as an individual, in my career and personal life. They are also insightful, meaty nuggets that I have learned from the people who matter to me; things that were taught and imparted by the ones I love and have become significant to me. I managed to write them in my own words, and the closest to the way my mind comprehends it.
Work out the maths and you got my age. Because we wanna go unconventional this year! Thought the “cake” was pretty unusual, might as well go all the way through!
Dream cake + amazing people + God’s favours = I can’t complain. Thanks to everyone who made this day extraordinary! I’m beyond thankful. Here’s to the next 24 years. Hopefully the number of donuts will double as well!
This is just breathtaking. Two vocal powerhouses from different generations have met on The Voice. But Christina, AKA Queen Xtina or Legendtina (and all that) just knocked me off my feet. Jump onto the second song “Dangerous Woman” to see what I’m talking about.
This is Christina’s organic style and feel, the 6/8. This is hers ever since the Stripped era. It took me back to the times when she was singing ‘Walkaway’ and ‘Impossible’ (with Alicia Keys) from that album.
This is her sound. This is when her soul is at its most bare and raw and real. I can’t get over this one.
I’m happy that Christina manages to infuse her vocal prowess and formidable style into this brand new song. Nothing’s changed. She’s still IT.
And by the way, props to the Queen and her team for finally winning in this latest season of the voice! Congratulations to the new winner, Alisan Porter!
Watch the duet here.
Imma put it down, fellas! Brandy is coming to Australia this June! Yes, Brandy! Moesha Brandy, Cinderella Brandy, The Boy is Mine Brandy! Brandy, Brandy, Brandy!
I got all frisky and hysterical when I learned about her Australia and New Zealand tour this 2016. My sister could attest to this. It was a delirium. I was just over the big, round moon.
She is my R&B icon. One of the biggest stars of the 90s and early 21st century. She is also dubbed the “Vocal Bible” by soul fanatics because of her undeniably exceptional vocal prowess and formidable artistry. And her runs—raving mad.
Her music never gets old. Her style and sound are just timeless. It’s the quintessential R&B flavour. She’s like the eccentric spice you need to achieve an exquisite savour. Her voice is the embodiment of a divine, elusive soul. And she delivers all these with vigorous sass and panache.
Of course, I already purchased my ticket. Got it on the very first day of the pre-sale on the first week of May. I cannot and will not miss this for the world! According to the organisers, the pre-sale tickets were sold out! And the Platinum & Gold tickets are nearly gone!
There is also a Meet-and-Greet after the show, which is limited only to 50 people. I’m happy to say I’m one of the 50 to meet her an take photos with her. It’s surely not cheap, but given that this could only be once in a lifetime, I just gotta do it! I’m making this my birthday gift to myself for this year, and as a reward for all my hard work and toiling the past year. Gosh, am I worthy.
For more and current info about the concert, visit the production’s Facebook page.
While on the train today, I pulled out my daily devotional. And everything that’s written there has astonishingly validated what God has been putting in my heart the past few days.
I’ve come to realise that lately, the Lord has been teaching me an important lesson: how to live one day at a time—how to prioritise nothing but the now, and just live in the moment.
It’s great to be futuristic and always think ahead, but the future will be no good if the quality of the present isn’t well taken care of.
I believe that focusing on the now also helps us develop and strengthen our trust in the Lord—that He will be there from top to finish, that He’s in the beginning and in the end of every chapter, ’cause that’s what He promised.
Failures vis-à-vis Victories
I also learned that the mistakes of today do not define you solely for the rest of your life.
Your everyday triumphs help establish your identity and validate your goals, so do your mistakes. They’re both essential in the process.
Today’s mistakes are tomorrow’s learnings. Today’s victories are tomorrow’s benchmarks.