A Romantic Night with Dr. Ingrid Santamaria and Maestro Reynaldo Reyes

A few weeks ago, my grandmother and I had an opportunity to witness a romantic piano duet by none other than Dr. Ingrid Santamaria and her mentor, Maestro Reynaldo Reyes.

The event started with a little introduction on what was to take place. Dr. Ingrid Santamaria was to play the soloist part and Maestro Reyes would play the orchestral part. Their repertoire for the night were Franz Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 in Eb major and Peter Tschaicowsky’s Concerto in Bb minor, Op 23.

Throughout their playing, I was mesmerized at their skills.

IMG_1131

IMG_1125

There were no notes or copies for Dr. Ingrid because she has memorized the pieces by heart.

IMG_1129

As for Maestro Reyes, he arrived with a wheelchair and crutches. But then, I forget his age when he starts pressing on those keys and flipping through his notes like a breath. Talk about “supersonic” sight reading skills, exaggeration intended!

Applauds and shouts of “Bravo!” were heard across the room after their masterful playing and they started answering questions right after the concert.

IMG_1128

Dr. Ingrid and Maestro Reyes have been doing Romantic Piano Duet Concert Tours  spreading their love for classical music for so long all throughout Philippines. I was so glad to be attend such an event because concerts like these inspire me to improve in my craft. Some musician and non-musician friends tell me not to believe in the statement, “Age does not matter.”, when it comes to playing instruments. Well, I beg to differ! A wheelchair and crutches did not stop Maestro Reyes from playing on!

If God would allow me to live up to my 70s’ or 80s’… I hope I still play with vigor and passion just like Dr. Ingrid and Maestro Reyes!

To conclude, allow me to rephrase the statement, “Age does not matter.” to  “Age is not an excuse!”

IMG_1120

To Dr. Ingrid and Maestro Reyes, I look forward to more of your inspiring concerts like these in the future! Bravo!

Advertisements

SEND IN THE CLOWNS

IMG_0450

I never fully understood that song…. I heard Frank Sinatra’s version of this and honestly, it made me sleepy. I guess the song theme was quite dreery as well. Shouldn’t clowns be boisterous and make you laugh? Well, I usually get mixed reports because some kids are afraid of clowns. With this outfit, I decided to play the part…. Though, I hope there’s nothing funny nor scary about the getup!

IMG_0451

Top:WAGW|Skirt:Human|Pumps:Payless|Collar:Metro Ayala|Earrings: Gift|Bag:Gift|Headband:Gorgeous

IMG_0455

Tired of drab office wear? Funky Polka Dots is your answer! Just pair it with a bandage skirt and a classy pair of pumps, you’re good to go!

IMG_0461

My grandma gave this awesome black beaded collar which went perfectly with the top! Thanks Guama!

IMG_0471

Every girl must have a classy pair of black pumps!

IMG_0465

These pair of Kawaii earrings were given to me by my church mates! Thanks so much… Does it look like me? Haha!

IMG_0456

I decided not to pile on to much accessories because I want the attention to be on the colorful top!

IMG_0453

You don’t need clowns to make fun of themselves and make you happy… I’ve learned that true joy comes from knowing Jesus, my Savior…. No material thing… No clown could ever surpass what He could actually give! So when you’re down in the dumps… (Don’t sing Send In The Clowns!) look up to Him! He’s just a prayer away and you’ll realize He’s the answer to everything!

IMG_0452

‘Till next post! 😉

RAGE MASTER

Have you noticed my blog posts usually start with apologies? Well, I truly apologize for the hiatus because I had to set some priorities… (work-related) before blogging. Because of that, here’s a blog post about what’s been going on lately:

hulk-marvel-uk

“You’re making me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry!” – Dr. Bruce Banner (before he turns into the Hulk)

There will be those days when you just want to pull your hair and scream. Bad days tend to drain our happiness meter out. Who knows, we could actually surpass Hulk’s temper?

All kidding aside, I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’ve had my fits of rage for the past weeks that have gone by. That’s why I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog lately. No, I don’t turn green, rip off my clothes, and start pounding people to death (Though honestly, that’s what I feel like doing to people who piss me off!)  Patience is not my forte to put it bluntly. I’m that person who’s always in a hurry and when things don’t turn out the way it should, I get frustrated. I then think that if only I could handle that job/assignment, I could get things done faster.  However, we could never control those situations that bug us to the point we blow off. The results are always devastating and riddled with regret. Trust me, I’ve been there a lot of times and it’s hard to break the cycle!

Anger itself is not a sin. However, the Bible tells us, “In your anger, do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” -Ephesians 4:26- When our anger is of the right kind yet we channel this emotions to do regretful things, I guess that’s when we sin. Remember Moses, in his anger, struck the rock even when God told him to speak to it (Numbers 20:8-12). His motives of anger were not wrong due to the Israelites’  disobedience. However, he himself disobeyed God due to his impulsiveness. Just because of that, He can’t see Canaan (The Promised Land for the Israelites) for himself.

 Jesus had his moments of what we call a “Holy Rage” (Matthew 21). He was irked when people were selling animals in the temple instead of worshiping God. He started turning tables and driving out these “businessmen” for treating his temple into a den of robbers. He then told the people, “It is written, My house will be called a house of prayer.”  Prayer…. That’s one thing God has been teaching me lately…. Instead of venting out my rage and anger, while I’m seething, I have to go “seeking” the ONE who could truly calm my soul. Indeed, learning patience is never a piece of cake! When I feel like blowing off, He has been teaching me to blow off all steam to Him. In the end, He gives me perfect peace through the storms I face everyday. I have not overcome this lesson yet, but I know He will bring me through!

The Hulk

Okay, word’s out! Hulk is one of my favorite heroes not because He’s a” mean-green-fighting-machine.” It’s because I can relate to his temper.  I raise my hands because I know only God can help me overcome what would be Hulk’s strength and weakness at the same time!

Having a bad day?  Look up and the ONE who got you through your situation will lead you through and out of it!

It doesn’t sound ecological but…. DON’T GO GREEN!

Have a blessed and peaceful week ahead guys!