Music Monday | Sitting Down Here

This was one of the songs I enjoyed watching in Video Hit Parade during weekends on ABC-5 (Philippines). I don’t remember seeing this on MTV. A few weeks ago, Lene Martin and her songs was not on Spotify. Fast forward to this day, it’s up and playing in my 90’s playlist.


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I\’ve done mixtapes because it came to a time that I can\’t afford buying albums anymore. I will either wait for my song in the radio or ask a friend who has the album of the artist (cassette/CD) to make a copy for me. Watch the video below.
I am forever thankful with the present technology for music but, cassette tapes are sentimental to me. Mom and dad (he works as a sailor) literally used cassette tapes as \”voicemail\” aside from snail mails, scheduled phone calls and telegrams. I was able to listen with one of it. I heard my four year old self saying hi and goodnight to dad (awwww moment). I remember saving up for Backstreet Boys cassette albums because we don\’t have a CD player  and CD\’s are expensive. Aaahhhh those were the days…
How about you? What were your experience with mixtapes or the cassette tape era?

Film Photography Explained

The Analogs
The Analogs by Miss Wander Girl
I lived through the age of film photography. Watching this video from Buzzfeed pretty much sums up my 90\’s experience of film photos. 

Going through our family photos, one could notice chronological gaps:

  1. There was a time when we can\’t afford to develop a film because it\’s expensive. I remember just buying the 12 shot films because it was cheaper than the 24 and 36. It\’s also cheaper when developed. Those were the times that we need to at least have some \”remembrance\” of a family moment. 
  2. Our camera (Canon Pixma) has a different kind of battery and it was expensive. And difficult to find.
  3. As for my personal issues, I was fat so my face looks siopao. I have no idea yet of \”angles\”. There came a time that I lost weight and my chin didn\’t compliment my face (I hate the shitty body image disturbance era in my teenage years!). Most of the time, I refuse for a solo picture. I was too hard on myself back then (sheesh!). If I had known what I know now siguro mas madami akong good memories.

I can\’t delete, redo nor see the photo after shooting.  Selfies are a big no-no and a total waste of frames. My dream camera back then was a Polaroid.

I learned about re-copying photos by borrowing the films used. It\’s  a cheap alternative but photos are likely to be darker in shade. It was a complete hassle when others want to borrow the film as well. Patience was not my greatest virtue back then. Sometimes, I just don\’t bother following up and leave it.

That\’s why I\’m thankful for digital photography (I think relieved is the most appropriate word it). It has its pros and cons. On a personal level , it has stopped the chronological gap of remembering our special moments and memories. 


Music Monday: If Life Is so Short

By request of Doc Will, I give you The Moffats!

This song is my personal favorite from their album Chapter 1: A New Beginning. The guitar chords are simple, strumming the guitar is piece of cake. The instrumental has a dope \”plucking\” shizzle ( I forgot the opposite term for strumming).

Too bad their next album was not as popular. I think they transitioned too fast, girls during my time (including me) were like \”What happened?!\” Everybody was waiting for their Chapter 2. They have outgrown the fans faster than the blink of an eye.


Music Monday: Body Shakin\’

One of the famous British boyband during the 90\’s. Mind you they even visited the Philippines.They are part of the MTV Most Wanted boys album.


Music Monday: It\’s Gonna Be Me

With the recent reunion of N*SYNC, my 90\’s boyband memories came all back to me. We had a great time back then. MTV is literally a music video channel, MP3 was just being introduced by Sony, we have audio cassette tapes instead of CD\’s because we have no CD player (both are expensive) etc. etc. Because of this, the VMAs was suddenly interesting again. 
Too bad the Y2K bug must have bitten me hard, that made me outgrow MTV, VMAs and EMAs. When in the past I wouldn\’t miss any of this award shows (including Billboard\’s, AMA, Grammy etc. just as long Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls are there). 
The N*SYNC performance was one of the saving grace of the show. Everybody knows that.
Miley you will never be a Britney.

Anyway, It\’s gonna be me was my one faves from the No Strings Attached album. I liked it for the cool music video, dance steps and my DC classmates used the song for a production number during Homeroom.