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this post has been in my drafts queue for quite a while now. however, after watching the latest episodes of So You Think You Can Dance i knew i had to post this.

i’m one of those girls who has taken ballet when she was young. i think most little girls go through their ballerina phase. i stopped after one year though, because i didn’t like my teacher. i do not regret my decision to stop ballet because it really wasn’t my thing but whenever i see really talented dancers do their thing, i am filled with a tinge of envy. there is a beauty when a person can use their body to express how they feel.

the reason i decided to go ahead and post this was because i was really touched by one of the dances from the latest performance episode of this season, namely,

Kupono and Kayla, Contemporary
Choreography: Mia Michaels
Music: Gravity by Sara Bareilles

yeah, i gasped when the song started playing and i was tearing up to the end of the performance.

the rest are not listed in any order at all. i remember getting goosebumps in all of them though. i haven’t really watched all of the previous seasons of SYTYCD. this is the first season that i’m watching from start to end. the next time i go to quiapo, i’ll probably get the earlier seasons so i can get more of my dancing fix. 🙂

Allison and Ivan, Contemporary
Choreographer: Tyce Diorio
Music: Why by Annie Lennox

Jonathan and Karla, Contemporary
Choreography: Stacey Tookey
Music: Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Inglova

Chelsea and Mark, Lyrical
Choreographer: Napoleon and Tabitha
Music: Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis

Lacey and Kameron, Contemporary
Choreographer: Mia Michaels
Music: Dancing by Elise

the last is a dance Joshua and Katee did but there isn’t a youtube video i could find. 😦 here’s another “complete” video featuring two different dancers…
Ben Susak and Pam Chu Song
Choreographer: Wade Robson
Music: Slow Dancing in a Burning Room by John Mayer

oh, here it is but without music. boo youtube boo!!!

Joshua and Katee, Lyrical

notice how many of the dances are contemporary. i really have no idea what that genre of dance it but i love it! a friend once said, if it’s something we can’t categorize then it’s probably contemporary! hahaha!

edit: i forgot to add this group routine which i found so so so sexy!!!
Choreographer: Tabitha and Napoleon
Music: Calle Ocho by Pitbull

the first time i heard this song was when i had to learn it for a presentation during AJSS (Ateneo Junior Summer Seminar) graduation way back in 1999. i was 15 years old and i had just discovered that i had a more-than-just-passable singing voice. i didn’t sing much prior to this but after a few days with my classmates i was known as the girl with a clear crystalline voice. (naks! nagbubuhat ba ako ng sariling bangko? seriously, this was what someone wrote about me on our “year”book.) at that time i didn’t know who wrote the song or the proper title, i just sang it. i sang the soprano part of the arrangement and had some classmates sing the alto and bass parts. since then, and i was able to google it to learn the title of the song and the artist. there are times i’m even tempted to buy the sheet music for the choral accapella arrangement of this song online but then i realize i don’t have a choir and i don’t think i’ll be able to convince any of my friends to learn it with me just for kicks. the melody and lyrics of this song have remained with me since the first time i heard it and perhaps someday i’ll be able to sing my baby to sleep with it.

this is one of the nice choral performances of this song that i found in youtube.


Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) lyrics

i almost completely forgot about my little project of counting down my first loves. i already did poetry way back on October 2007. yes, i’ve sadly neglected this. 😦 i’ll try to do one every two weeks till i finish my list. 🙂

next on my list is the first song i fell-in-love with. as with my poetry choice, i’m sure i’ve heard quite a few songs before hearing this song, but this is the first song i really really loved.

i first heard this song in my grandfather’s Les Miserables cd which i listened to over and over again. this was way, way before Joey Potter (played by Katie Holmes) sang ruined it on Dawson’s Creek. (joey chose pacey over dawson so i forgave her for this.) 😛 i remember this being the cd i’d play before going to sleep.

when i was younger, i loved Eponine’s character because of the songs she got to sing… On My Own, A Little Fall of Rain and her interjections in the Love Montage (I Saw Him Once/A Heart Full of Love). her character is just so tragic. imagine being in-love with your guy bestfriend and having to watch him fall-in-love with a girl you introduced him to. *ouch!* right? how was i supposed to know that this would become my anthem when i finally fell-in-love? :)) this song took a whole new meaning when i was finally able to empathize as a girl in-love with a guy who could only saw her as a friend.

this is the song my friends associate with me the most. i even did a report on blaise pascal in the tune of this song. i think it went something like… blaise pascal was a mathematician and so on and so forth. i hope you get the idea because i don’t remember it anymore. :))

anyway, i love this song and i’ll love this song even if i finally get to taste requited love. 😉

On My Own

And now I’m all alone again
Nowhere to turn, no one to go to.
Without a home, without a friend
without a face to say hello to
But now the night is near
And I can make-believe he’s here

Sometimes I walk alone at night
When everybody else is sleeping
I think of him and then I’m happy
With the company I’m keeping
The city goes to bed
And I can live inside my head

On my own
Pretending he’s beside me
All alone
I walk with him ’til morning
Without him, I feel his arms around me
And when I lose my way, I close my eyes and he has found me

In the rain
The pavement shines like silver
All the lights are misty in the river
In the darkness, the trees are full of starlight
And all I see is him and me forever and forever

And I know it’s only in my mind
That I’m talking to myself and not to him
And although I know that he is blind
Still I say there’s a way for us

I love him
But when the night is over
He is gone
The river’s just a river
Without him, the world around me changes
The trees are bare and everywhere the streets are full of strangers

I love him
But every day I’m lonely
All my life I’ve only been pretending
Without me, his world will go on turning
The world is full of happiness that I have never known

I love him
I love him
I love him…
But only on my own…

Update: i noticed this post has been getting a lot of traffic so let me give you a warning… some of the videos i posted are not working anymore having either been disabled for embedding or completely deleted by the user. i’ll try my best to update the video links for you guys, k? 🙂

1. Love Actually
2. Never Been Kissed
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
4. Pride and Prejudice / Bridget Jones’ Diary
5. Chasing Amy
6. My Best Friend’s Wedding
7. When Harry Met Sally
8. The Notebook
9. Strictly Ballroom / Romeo + Juliet / Moulin Rouge
10. Red Hot
11. The Wedding Singer
12. Notting Hill
13. 10 Things I Hate About You
14. The Way We Were
15. Sense and Sensibility
16. Love Story
17. The Sound of Music / Phantom of the Opera
18. Hook
19. My Girl / Sweet Home Alabama
20. Roman Holiday
21. An Affair to Remember / Love Affair
22. Closer
23. Onegin
24. The Little Mermaid / Lady and the Tramp
25. The Mirror Has Two Faces

Actress with most number of scenes: Julia Roberts (3)
Actor with most number of scenes: Hugh Grant (2)

here are some well known romantic scenes which i did not include in my list. i’m sharing them anyway because it’s the month of love and i’m all about love. ;))

From Here to Eternity (1953)

Ghost (1990)

Say Anything (1989)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Love Actually (2003)

Starring: lots of people! hehehe.
Director: Richard Curtis
Tagline: It’s All About Love… Actually.

But for now let me say, without hope or agenda, just because it’s christmas – (and at christmas you tell the truth) – to me you are perfect. and my wasted heart will love you until you look like (picture of ugly skeletal woman).

i think it’s ironic that my favorite romantic movie scene comes from a movie i didn’t like the first time i watched it. don’t worry, i like the movie now. hehehe.

i don’t think i need to explain why this scene is romantic. it just is. most of you who know me, know that i’m a big fan of unrequited love so it won’t be a big suprise that this for me is the most romantic movie scene. there are hardly any words spoken. no romantic music playing in the background. but it hits straight to the heart. 😉

i’m currently obsessed with…

... victoria's secret lingerie (i really want to buy some and have them shipped here)
... tumblr-ing
... hula-hooping
... learning my old piano pieces again
... expensive stuff i can't afford
... still being kissed ala north & south

That’s the closest to my idea of love: watching the skyline, making out, making mistakes, making believe desire means it’s with somebody else, then breaking up, and, if we’re lucky, forgiveness that comes right before take-off. There, I’ve said it. What more can one want? A lover who loves me as much as the rain. Rain, and, from the opening credits to the closing heart, Gershwin.
~ The Muse This Time by R Zamora Linmark

i love;
...ultimate frisbee;
...the melancholic sound of the cello;
...playing the piano;
...Frederic Chopin, John Williams and Michael Legrand;
...the rain;
...walking in the rain;
...hanging out with my friends;
...being a girly-girl;
...wearing dresses; naturally wavy hair;
...the sound of waves crashing in the shore; and pasta;
...raisin bread;
...Cyrano de Bergarac;;
...Artic Vodka Melon;
...Jose Cuervo Tequila; lomo cameras;
...taking pictures;
...chick flicks that make you believe that finding your one true love is not so impossible; and
...heartwrenchingly beautiful songs that say otherwise

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