Cynthia Alexander Hitting the Seattle Music Scene

As I was going through my local coffee shop’s calendar of events I saw a name that I was very familiar with. Cynthia Alexander! I wouldn’t say that I am her number one fan or have been following her all these years but I knew of her music and have even sang along to a couple of her songs.  She is a big name in the indie music scene in the Philippines and I can’t believe I will be able to listen to her play right here in Seattle.

When she announced that she was leaving the Philippines to move to Seattle, there were a lot of tears shed from the Filipinos. She will be missed they said. It’s sad that she had to resort to moving out of the country just so that she can sell more of her albums. I hope and pray that she does, and make all of us Filipinos proud.

She will be playing at Starbucks on South Lake Union on March 28th at 5pm. I originally saw that she had a gig booked right next door from our place but as I checked their calendar, her name disappeared and is replaced by a teenager. Fine with me. I’m sure there will be more people going to watch her play at SLU anyway.

I hope I see I lot of you dear readers at the gig.

Seattle music scene, get ready for Cynthia Alexander.

 

 

West Seattle. You know I love you. (Part 1)

I am not going to be all mushy, sweet and go cuddly-bear on you my dear readers but I thought I’d tell you all why West Seattle (WS) is dear to me. My home away from home (My other home being Manila, since most of my family live there). I’ve lived in WS for almost 7 years now. My first and only home ever since I’ve moved to the States.

My husband and I are on our second apartment in WS and currently we’re very close to C&P Coffee. To those that haven’t visited C&P, you better start doing so since this is the best place for those where-do-we-go-it’s-raining-and-it’s-the-weekend days. You get to be warm and cozy with a cup of joe, while listening to some good live music. You probably have an idea about where I’m headed with this post. List of my favorite places in West Seattle. I’ll give you some highlights for now since I gotta finish this post before my little dude wakes up from his nap.

Favorite Bakery: Bakery Nouveau

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Twice Baked Chocolate Almond Croissant

There is not a week that goes by that I don’t get myself a Bakery Nouveau fix. From the guy who beat the French in French Pastry making, there’s no where else to go but here for some Twice Baked Chocolate Almond Croissant. Need a little something something to give your hunnylove? Bring home some macaroons in a heart shaped box. Not feeling sweet? Their pizza’s are amazing! My personal fave is their foccacia pizza and pork sandwhich with pickled onions.

 Favorite Parks: Lincoln Park and Ercolini Park

It’s hard to just have one favorite park in WS since there are so much it offers. But for my husband and I, Lincoln Park and Ercolini Park tops the list. Lincoln Park has the heated salt water pool, wading pool for the wee ones, tons of space for cross country running, picnic areas, hiking trails, and you also have the best view of the Puget Sound. It’s one of the biggest parks in Seattle and I’m happy that it’s in WS.

I’m mentioning Ercolini Park because right now it’s the best place for my little one. Best place for toddlers I would say. I love how people leave/donate their toys there so that other kiddos can play with them. It’s also a good place for mommies to meet other mommies. My son isn’t a crawler or walker yet but I look forward to the day when he starts climbing the little gym area.

I have more favorites I’d like to post but I have to keep this short for now. In the meantime, come visit me, and we shall go to Bakery Nouveau and get some yummies, and then go to the park of your choice to let the kiddos play.

 

 

Back to Blogging?

How many times do I have to resuscitate this blog. I keep having to revive it from the dead. I go months and months and months of not blogging so obviously all my readers disappear. Back when I was in college, I used to blog every single day. Even 3 times a day. Now, that I am 30 with a baby, who knows when I get to blog that much anymore huh?

If you still haven’t caught up to what has happened with my pregnancy. Check it out here. You will get to see my little miracle baby over there.

I thought about completely killing this blog but realized that I do need to keep it. I have decided to start with some projects that I will be working on and thought this would be a good place to document it. Saying projects makes me feel like I am a real domesticated diva momma.

As for my little boy, he will be documented on the other blog. I will leave a link to that blog on the sidebar to the right in case some of you forget the URL.

As for you my readers. If you’re still out there. Thank you for reading this and keeping up with the Loca. For now, I will leave you with a photo of me and my lovely little man.

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It’s already 2012?!?!

How’d that happen?

2011 went by so fast I did not get a chance to even prepare myself for this next year. Although, it doesn’t feel any different, except that I have to start writing 2012 instead of 2011.

I guess it’s because there has been an ongoing change in my life that it doesn’t seem like it’s another year.

If I haven’t announced it yet, I guess now’s the time. I AM PREGNANT! I am now 4 months preggers! (17 weeks) It’s a shocker right? What with Nick’s new job and us having a baby in 2012. It seems like everything is new everyday. It doesn’t matter what year it is. What matters to me right now is that there’s a life growing inside me and my body is changing tremendously.

Sometimes I feel like a psycho, sometimes I feel like I could eat a cow. Actually, I’ve been craving for some good steak so yes, I could eat a cow right now.

I’ve also started a blog but with all the holiday craziness my last post was on Dec 5th. Not only that, I also have been tired most of the time so that’s another reason why I haven’t been blogging as much.

The good news is that I never had the morning sickness. Thank you Lord! I’ve just been tired a little headachey sometimes. Not so bad though. I just have to make sure that I don’t eat food that would trigger a migraine. Other than that. My baby is just growing every single day.

I’d like to talk more about this but I have to go. Hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and New Years holiday.

God is a good God who listens to our prayers. I hope that this new year would be filled with so much blessings for you as it already has for me.

Another Published Work

I helped out a friend and did a shoot for the marketing campaign of his play, Suffering Inc. My friend and former co-worker is the director and writer of the play. So of course I have got to help a brother out and spread the word. If you haven’t seen the play, you should go get your tickets now before the run ends.

It’s been really fun doing creative shoots where I am able to use my ideas and even add more in post.

The great thing about shooting photos like these is that it gets published on web zines and even popular weekly newspapers here in Seattle.

One of them is the Stranger. They did a great review on the play and even included the photo I took with a credit.

Oh yeah! That makes me happy.

Don’t Tell Anyone

There’s something I learned about this whole trying-to-get-pregnant thing.

Never tell your friends that you’re trying! Actually, don’t tell anyone at all! Because if you do, everyone will ask you, “Are you pregnant yet?” And it has been happening for a while now. I don’t just get asked face to face but even on Facebook.  Even people that I didn’t tell that we were trying are asking me if I was pregnant yet. WHAT?!

This happened at church. Someone walked up to me (we’re not close) and asked me if I was pregnant yet. I said, “Who told you we were trying?” She says, “Oh so and so told me about it. We talk about these things you know.” UGH!!!! Mind you, this woman has had 2 kids already.

The thing is, if I was pregnant, did she think I’d tell her right away? I mean, this woman waited until her first trimester to announce she’s pregnant, back when she was pregnant with her kids. What makes her think I’m an exception? Shouldn’t she be more sensitive about these things?

Also, what makes her think I’d tell her if we are or not. We’re not close!

Just had to vent.

 

 

Nightmare’s: Fear Factory

I remember back when I was in grade school, it’d be around the time of Christmas vacation and the family and extended family would go to the Carnival. The Carnival was called, Payanig sa Pasig. Sadly, where they usually had the carnival is now a big strip mall.

I did had the best of memories at Payanig sa Pasig. One of them is of the haunted houses. My cousins and I, with the push of my uncle, would try and check out the haunted houses to see how brave we were. I was usually on the side of, “I don’t really need this in my life.” But with my very persuasive uncle we pretty much had no choice but to go through with it.

There was also this warehouse type haunted house where you get into this truck, the truck goes into the warehouse. All the lights are off and when they do turn on, you discover you’re in a cemetery. So what they’d do is that they’d have the zombies come out their caskets and the ground. They’d start walking over to the truck, thank God the truck was surrounded by a cage type thing so they couldn’t touch you. My cousins and I would be so scared but we kept on riding that truck every year.

What I didn’t know was how I looked when I got all scared. If someone took a photo of me then, and look at it now, I probably would be laughing so hard and I’d even post it here. But since I don’t have a photo of myself. I thought I’d entertain you guys with these. I don’t know how I found the photos but it was a very good find.

What’s up with all the guys using their women as shields?
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And then it gets better….

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No words.. I have no words…

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Fall…ing

So it’s cold. Not happy about it. But I am thankful that Nick and I were able to enjoy our last summer day on Saturday by swimming in Lake Washington. A friend of ours invited us out on his boat for a day and we were of course pretty excited as always to be on the water.

Not only did he take us out in his boat but we were able to take a ride on his scooters. Which was pretty fun since I haven’t been on one since I was 11 years old.

When I was young, my cousin’s dad had a motorbike, a scooter, and a 3 wheeler. It was all for us cousins to ride in around the subdivision where they lived. Since I was the youngest girl, I rode the 3 wheeler with another cousin, who’s the youngest boy. What’s funny was, we were the youngest and we were on the most dangerous ride. Go figure. It was fun though. We just had to make sure we didn’t do any turns quickly or else the 3 wheeler motorbike would be on top of us in a second. Those were good times. Makes me smile remembering all the things we did. We thought we were so cool. Revving the engines of the bikes to make sure other people heard it. We were just on the bikes riding around with no destination to go to really. I loved that.

And since it’s fall. It’s also time for shopping. Not that I need new clothes every season. But who says I can’t enjoy putting stuff together on polyvore just to see how things look?

If you’ve known me for a while, you’ll notice that I dress comfortably. I still believe in being stylish of course. But comfort is of high importance. So it’s pretty rare that you’ll see me in heels. If you do want to see me in heels, invite me to your wedding.

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For this boyish sexy look, you’ll notice how loose the outfit is. Which is totally me. I used to wear a lot of tight tops. I feel that I am over that now. I haven’t been buying anything tight since last year. I’ve also been giving my old tight tops to Goodwill since I don’t see myself wearing them anymore.

I am not a fan of the cold weather, but fall is beautiful. And I get to wear boots again!

Any good suggestions on rain boots? My Rocketdog rain boots died on me after 3 months of use. Note to everyone, don’t buy their rain boots!

Labor Day Weekend

I would say it was the best weekend I have ever had this summer. We do have another week of summer left but WOW! This was an absolute highlight since we were able to go to the Gorge and watch my favorite band in the universe. Yes peeps, the UNIVERSE!

Dave Matthews Band, did such a great job last Saturday. I loved their whole set. Jimi Thing got me up and dancing and shakin what my momma gave me.

We got to watch the concert for free by volunteering for Reverb. Our job was to take photos of people. It was pretty easy yet there were a lot of very “interesting” people. So interesting that there are no words for it.

It was our second year to volunteer and 3rd year to watch DMB. We decided after watching the concert that it’s going to be an annual thing for us. Kids or no kids, we are going to watch DMB dang it! We’re also thinking about going to the Red Rocks and see his concert there. Just to see the difference between the Gorge and Red Rocks.

In other music news. I am slowly falling in love with the John Butler Trio. If you haven’t heard of them, you have to check out their website.

Anyway, after DMB, we went to visit Nick’s sister and her husband, who lives an hour away from the Gorge. We slept at their place and the following day we spent most of our time at Columbia River. Nick’s sis and her husband have a boat and they wakeboard often. So we were able to try it out again. Last year I couldn’t get up on the board ’cause the water was so cold I couldn’t hold on to the handles. So this year, I made up for last years failure. On my second attempt I got up for 3 seconds. I was in such shock that I actually got up that I fell right away. On my 3rd attempt.. well see below.

Not so bad eh? The next time I try it, I feel like I’d do better with my right leg in the front. I’d probably have more control. Even if I’m right handed, most of the time, when I do some kind of sport, I move like I was a leftie. So we’ll see how that works.

I’ll put up some photos on my next post. Can’t do that now since I am off to enjoy the sunshine. I hope everyone is out and about today.

I am a sun child.

Another Change

I want to apologize to my readers if you’ve been encountering weird stuff on my blog. First I was hacked, I got that fixed but just recently my theme got all messed up too.  It was just showing text. Not likey that much.

So, I hope you guys like the new look.  I really liked the old one but it looks like the more simple it is, the better.

Timing could not be anymore perfect for this change in theme, since soon enough there will be more changes in Nick’s and my life.  Nick’s going to be done with school in 2 weeks and we’ve finally decided that it’s time to make some little Nicks and Tanyas. OH MY GOSH!!! And once there’s a little one baking in the oven, we might also have to move to a bigger place. Pretty big announcement huh?

The great thing about change is that I actually enjoy and look forward to it. I will admit that sometimes it gets pretty scary, but I get really excited about how my God is going to pull through. How He’d show himself always faithful in taking care of us.

I am always reminded of when I moved here to Seattle from Manila.  My friends would tell me that that must’ve been really scary.  I was honestly more excited that scared.  I was excited to be married to my best friend, excited for the new things I have never seen and was definitely overjoyed because Jesus showed Himself faithful in finally letting Nick and I be together after 3 years of a long distance relationship.

Change helps me look up to where I’m supposed to look.  It helps me look up to Him who knows what He’s doing.  And I trust that with the discomforts that comes along with change, He will never leave me nor forsake me.

I know that our future little kiddos will be a handful and could be stressful. But the positives will definitely outweigh the hardships.  I believe that.

I am excited to hear an additional sound of laughter in our house.  It will be wonderful.  So please pray that after Nick is done with school in 2 weeks that he gets a job that he loves, that pays well and of course includes really good benefits.  Thanks guys!

Photos below are a few more excerpts from our summer in Seattle.  Please excuse all the foot shots. For some reason I am very fascinated with the shots.  No I’m not turning into Quentin Tarantino.

Olympic Sculpture Park

Nick on our new float. This was at Greenlake.

Camano Island water.

I think the guy beside me is pretty hot.