Manila Boracay Latin Dance Festival 2015 Reels Off

It’s been a week now since the Manila Boracay Latin Dance Festival (MBLDF) 2015 was held. Still, the event makes me feel good despite the flight cancellation, rebooking and rescheduling that needed to be done. I wanted to cancel my attendance when my flight was cancelled. Talked to the organizer and was advised that my pass was non-refundable, I thought about it and re-booked my flight to Boracay instead. I didn’t regret my decision. 🙂

It was my first time to attend the MBLDF. The party opened here in Manila at Brasas Latin American Street Food on November 17; followed by workshops, shows and party at the Makati Sports Club on November 18. On the succeeding days, (November 19-22) parties, bootcamps, shows/performances were held at Paradise Garden Resort in Boracay.

WORKSHOPS, ARTISTS AND PARTIES

I was overwhelmed by almost a week of partying with friends and meeting new friends from all over the world. It was also my first time to attend salsa on2 and pachanga with  Güpson Pierre; Kizomba workshop with Nelson Campos; Kizomba styling from Sam and Marina; Tango Nuevo with Jun Borja and Basil; Bachata by Johnny Rosales; and Afro- Carribean workshops from Frankie Martinez. There were still other workshops but wasn’t able to attend some ‘coz of my adjusted flight.

I started Latin dancing socially only in February this year and I primarily learned from among the great leads on the dancefloor. Hence, as a newbie I truly learned a lot from the series of workshops and from the astounding artists present during the festival.

 

THE DJs

I loved learning from the world’s no.1  DJ Henry Knowles as he showed and explained to me and my friends his Puerto Rican maracas and shared to us his choice of music. I’m amazed by his knowledge and I find him very humble. I also enjoyed dancing with DJ Sam as he led me to a bachata and kizomba dances. It seemed for me that those dances were choreographed but those were all organic and spontaneous! And I wanted more. hahhaha Oh, yeah, he’s an amazing DJ and dance lead. There were other wonderful Djs that I failed to notice ‘coz I was simply enjoying their music. :))

THE BIKINI AND THE BEACH 

As soon as I arrived at Golden Phoenix Hotel, my roommates Aleli and Coco asked me to go the beach. I initially wore one-piece as I usually do even when I swim at Makati Columns Condo. They insisted that I should change to two-pc.

So there I was— showing off my sculpted abs, toned legs and sexy arms. hahahaha, #OnlyInBoracay I brought with me three pairs of bikini swimwear and I told myself, I might as well wear them anyway. I enjoyed swimming both in the pool and on the beach.

Who wouldn’t enjoy the Boracay beach? Whoa! It is so beautiful- the white smooth sand, the sunrise, the hottest 12nn sun,the sunset, the pristine water and of course, the amazing people I was spending time with. I didn’t get enough of the water and the nature. Hence, I’m definitely going back again! Join me in March on my birthday! Yes, it’s my perfect reason to go back and that would be an early summer next year. I will certainly get the tan I’ve been wanting to get. 🙂

Strolling in beach at night was also entertaining. There were many live bands performing, lots of stores selling souvenirs and all kinds of fine dining restaurants catering seafood dishes. Many choices of quick-serving restaurants are also present. Thus, you’ll never get hungry any station you go!

NEW FRIENDS, NEW WORLD

The event was also a perfect venue to meet new friends. Most of them are friendly and welcoming. It’s inevitable not to miss some of them especially the ones whom I’ve had the chance to get to know deeply and establish beautiful friendships with.

 

 

 

 

 

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My husband is not my soul mate.

A new perspective…. Humorously breaking the #churchy mindset.
Can I say, Love is a choice and Love is a commitment? 🙂

The Art in Life

It might seem odd that on this, our one-year anniversary, I am beginning a post with the declaration that my husband is not my soul mate. But he isn’t.WegmannWedding161

I wouldn’t want to imagine life without James. I enjoy being with him more than anyone else in this world. I love him more than I ever thought you could love someone, and I miss him whenever I am not with him. I wouldn’t want to married to anyone else other than James, which is good, because I plan on being married to him forever, and he has to let me die first.

But I reject the entire premise of soul mates.

WegmannWedding294Do you remember those awesome Evangelical 90’s/ early 2000’s where Jesus was kind of like our boyfriend and we all kissed dating good-bye because we just knew that God was going to bring us THE ONE and then life…

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Where to dance salsa in Paris

Salsera in the City

So if you didn’t know already, I spent nearly a year living in the beautiful city of Paris. When I first arrived, I didn’t know anyone else who danced salsa and so I did what most people do to research anything: looked on the internet. Now, I don’t know what it’s like elsewhere, but I can safely vouch that all online resources for finding out what’s going on in both Paris and London are often poorly updated and several years out of date. I have indeed turned up for nights that no longer existed, and hadn’t existed for a good two or three years (you can’t say I lack enthusiasm), or nights that have changed address without an update to the website.  It’s so frustrating that salsa organisers seem to struggle on the technology front. It’s often the case that the most established nights are the ones that are next…

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12 pieces of advice for giving talks that have impact

Be unapologetically you.

TED Blog

Courtney E. Martin hosts a special session called "The 19th Minute," and gives valuable insight on how to give a talk that has real impact. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED Courtney E. Martin hosts a session called “The 19th Minute,” and shared valuable insight on how to give a talk that has real impact. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Sharing an idea isn’t like snapping your fingers — things don’t just instantly change. But as more people hear an idea over time, it can trickle into people’s thinking — and shifts, both subtle and extreme, can happen as a result. In a TEDWomen session called “The 19th Minute,” host Courtney E. Martin invited several guests to talk about what happened after they gave their 18-minute TED Talk — what changed, as well as what didn’t.

Deborah Rhodes spoke about the momentum her TEDWomen talk has built for using Molecular Breast Imaging rather than traditional mammography to screen for breast cancer under certain conditions. She still has a long way to go, she says, because, “mammography is very entrenched—culturally and medically.” Krista Donaldson talked about how her TEDWomen…

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12 Things You Should Expect When Dating A Strong Woman

Do not shy away from strong women, do not be intimidated by their passion for life. #justawarning 🙂

James Michael Sama

I think the term ‘independent woman’ gets some negative flack throughout society these days because often times, women have become so jaded that they swear off men and consistently talk about how they don’t need us. This, obviously, can be a little discouraging for guys at times and makes us feel unwanted.

For that reason, I’m going to use the term ‘strong woman,’ who may very well have many consistencies with a woman who is independent and doesn’t need you, but for the sake of this article, let’s operate under the assumption that she actually wants you. Something all of us want to feel.

Dating a woman who is strong and has her act together is an experience ripe with lessons to be learned. Trust me, I know. If you are going to fall in love with someone like this, there are going to be some things you should know…

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Open Water: Practice Starting from a Dead Stop

The WaterBlogged Triathlete

There is nothing like the chaos of a mass swim start. Elbows and feet are flying. People have grossly misjudged their abilities in the water. You’ve got faster people in back and slower ones in the front. Oh my gosh, did that guy just kick you on purpose? 

Photo Credit: Getty Images Photo Credit: Getty Images

Suddenly, your goggles are full of water and all you can see is a mess of bodies and bubbles. You have to stop. You have to adjust your goggles or get rid of them. But how? The water is too deep and you can’t touch the bottom. How can you prep for a scenario like this so you don’t panic when it actually happens?

One way is to practice in a pool before it happens. If your goggles need to be adjusted during a race, you’ll have to be able to start from a dead stop. That means without pushing off the wall…

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On the Mayweather Victory and Why It Doesn’t Matter

Jio F. Deslate

Mayweather-Pacquiao

It really wasn’t about the fight’s result in the end. I’m not sour-graping. Neither am I disregarding the decisions of the judges. Floyd Mayweather did win. He outboxed Manny and — save for a few headlocks and an overuse of clinches — he did this fair and square. He will go down in history as an undefeated boxer who locked horns with the best of them. But that’s not really the story we care about. If the two men hung up their gloves this very day Mayweather’s victory would just be a footnote in the inspiring life of a fighter like Manny Pacquiao.

The great thing about boxing is that like any other sport it caters to our basest emotions in a relatively healthy way. It frees our primal side and leads us to be completely honest. I’ve encountered reserved, tactful adults screaming “yeah go kick his ass!” in the…

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They Called Her the ‘World’s Ugliest Woman.’ It Only Made Her Stronger.

TIME

Lizzie Velasquez will never forget the day she came upon a YouTube video with 4 million views and thousands of mean comments naming her the “World’s Ugliest Woman.” She was only 17 years old.

“When I saw it my whole world just felt like it crashed at that moment,” Velasquez, 26, tells PEOPLE of the experience that inspired her new documentary A Brave Heart, which premiered on Saturday at SXSW in Austin, Texas. “I thought, how in the world can I ever pick myself up from this?”

But Velasquez – who weighs just 63 lbs. due to a rare syndrome that doesn’t allow her to gain weight – did just that by becoming an anti-bullying activist and motivational speaker.

“If I ever see that person [who made the video] I would jump on them and give them the biggest hug in the world and tell them, ‘Thank you for…

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Lavish Lovers

Neal Obstat Theological Opining

Mary of Bethany, whose love for Jesus in Luke’s Gospel inspires her to ‘waste’ time sitting at his feet listening to him, is inspired by that same extravagant love in today’s haunting Gospel as she lavishly ‘wastes’ genuine aromatic nard to anoint Jesus’ feet.

Interesting to note that Jesus links her gesture of extravagant, excessive love with his upcoming Passion.  Theologian Hans Urs von Baltahsar caught this point: ‘Wastefulness is the original Christian attitude …the entire Passion occurs under the sign of this complete self-wasting of God’s love for the world’

Go and do likewise…

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