Music Mondays: What Do You Mean (Justin Bieber)

I’m always amazed by how music can be incorporated in so many things, and how it adds more color in life in anything that I do. Music inspires in many ways and it’s different to every person. So what I’d like to share for this week’s Music Mondays is a very unique way to incorporate Segway (or hover board for some) into dance. It’s a dance cover of What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber.

What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber

A note on the song itself, I’ve been hearing it a lot lately on the radio and although it doesn’t have much impact on me, the fact that it’s one of the most requested songs here in the Philippines means that it’s very well received.

And now the fact that there is a very unique dance cover for it, one that has been circulating in social media, draws my attention to it. Most of you have probably seen this video but I never get tired of watching it. Kudos to David Moore for creating such a beautiful piece.

What inspires is beautiful.

Music Mondays: Black Widow (Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora)

Most have already heard of Iggy Azalea’s Black Widow, this week’s Music Mondays featured song. It’s Top 5 of last year’s Billboard Hot 100 and one of the things I’ve already noted to feature in a previous post about butts but have not really gotten into it until now. I was reminded of it when I heard it on the radio today.

I love how music can be interpreted in so many ways—through the title alone, the melody, the lyrics, or some or all combined. And you know how I like looking at different choreography done on songs. This time, choreography for Black Widow was diverse enough that I’d like to share them with you and in no particular order.

Disclaimer: I don't have formal dance training so I might get some of the terms or types of dance wrong. Your corrections are welcome, though. (",)


 Black Widow by Iggy Azalea Feat. Rita Ora

1. Lyric Hip-Hop (choreography by Chris Clark)

I like this one the most since it’s feminine enough and makes me want to find a slow-mo version of this to learn. It has quick and slow bursts of movements, plus they hit the parts worth hitting, even when there’s no lyrics. I don’t know any dance terms so just fill it in if you know, ok?

2. Sexy Heels (choreography by Michelle Jersey Maniscalco)

I wouldn’t dare dance this fast on heels, especially if I’m required to do a lot of hair flipping and head rolling. But you gotta love those heels. My favorite part here is the slide in 1:24. What’s yours?

3. Hip-Hop to Krump (choreography by E. Kulakovskyi and Y. Tsibulskaya)

This one, compared to No. 1, is much more intense and gives me same feeling I usually get when I watch someone Krump. I catch my brows furrowed after watching this video. Maybe yours would be the same.

4. Dance Fitness (choreography by Diva Dance Fitness)

They had me at the hair flip. It’s perfect and I see myself doing just the hair flip. If you’re looking for a simple dance fitness routine with pizzazz, you’d like this. If you want one with toning, I’d suggest this one by Mariadela Ramirez.

5. Contemporary (as seen on Dance Moms)

Of course, last but not the least, something I could never do without injuring myself first—contemporary. I love the lines, the beginning and ending pose, the parts where one ends her movement and the other picks it up, and so much more. This has much love from me. ♥


P.S. This post will probably reach all of you at different dates depending on the time zone. Music Mondays are supposed to be enjoyed first thing in the morning but well, if this got to you on a Tuesday, let’s call it Tuesday Tunes instead.

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What’s your Music Mondays—er, Tuesday Tunes?

Flying Trapeze Philippines: What it Takes to Fly

Have you ever been to the circus and watched a flying trapeze show? I have. Like the child I was back then, I was in awe of the people who seemed to defy gravity. They fly from one ledge to the other, swinging, spinning, etc.

Fast forward to twenty years later, I found myself clicking the buy button on the internet for a 2 hour Flying Trapeze class in BGC. What was I thinking?

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“Is this your idea of flying?”

I must have been in a different plain of existence because I didn’t quite get the question. My brain translated it to mean: Are you crazy? You really want to go through with this?

“I guess…” was all I could muster at the time before I was swept into a crash course on what to do:

Getting to know the area

The ropes: (1) practice bar; (2) my lifeline; (3) dismount area; (4) the long climb

Proper posture before taking flight.

Proper posture before taking flight.

Practice bar

Ground practice with the practice bar

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When to take pictures while hanging upside down… kidding! 🙂

How to properly dismount.

How to dismount properly

I’m so happy my good friend Sofie agreed to tag along with me on this eventful day. Not only was she an ample source of encouragement, she also took the pictures for me using multiple devices–my phone, her phone, her camera. Thanks Sof!

Wish me luck!

Wish me luck!

Ready! Hep!

READY! – You bend your knees.
HEP! – You jump. Don’t think. Just jump.

These were the words that enabled me to jump and fly.

When you’re high up there, all manner of thought goes out the window. Commands in the form of short words become your lifeline. There’s no time to think, only to act.

For a beginner, these were the commands that I lived by: Ready! Hep! Legs up! Hands off! Hands back! Legs down! Forward! Backward! Forward! Let go!

I did all these things in one go and in less than a minute. Then I rested for five and gave it another go.

{A video of me following my ten commandments}

For the whole class, depending on the routine or trick each student had to do, we had to do several runs. This was in preparation for the final couple or so runs.

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In a nutshell

The Catch

Wouldn’t you know it, for the final fifteen minutes of the session, we had to do the runs we’ve been practicing with a catcher. For me, instead of pulling up after my knee hang, I had to swing forward and grab on to the catcher while letting go of my bar. Easy, right?

I was only able to do this twice.

The first time, I scared the heavens out of my instructors. I was called a superwoman by one of them. Apparently, I let go of my bar too soon and literally flew towards my catcher. Had I had too much momentum, I could have overshot and missed him or worse, I could have hit him directly. Good thing I didn’t.

The second time, I did the sequence correctly–grab the catcher then let go. It was just too bad that my hands slipped–maybe because our grip was wrong or because I didn’t have the strength anymore. Either way, it was the first time I felt myself fall.

{A video of my fall from grace}

The Aftermath

All in all, it was a great experience and definitely one for the books. Would I do it again? As much as it exhilarated and freed me so-to-speak, I wouldn’t be doing it again any time soon. The adrenaline rush was great. The endorphin was off the charts. But I care for my well being more, particularly my hands.

If you’re following me on Instagram or subscribed to my Facebook page, you’d know what I’m talking about. This–

My battle scars

My battle scars 0.o

As I said, adrenaline rush and endorphin–these allowed me to do all the runs without ever feeling the pain. Afterwards, hello popped blisters.

So it will take a while before I return. Perhaps when there are decent grip gloves for such things. Other than the pain in treating my hand, I don’t think I can handle missing out on things and opportunities because of an injured palm–yoga, pole, even the joy of washing my face, etc.

I do believe there are other ways to fly. 🙂 But for thrill seekers and YOLO advocates, this should be in your bucket list.

with the Flying Trapeze crew

{with Flying Trapeze Philippines}

Music Mondays: Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)

Let’s fall in love.

It’s one of the best feelings we can ever hope to experience. And blessed are those who are able to fall in love again and again with the same person. I can’t even begin to describe it because it’s indescribable. One can only hope that it doesn’t end.

The same is what I feel with today’s featured song. I fell in love with the melody, fell in love with the lyrics, and now have fallen all over again for the video. I can sit all day just watching it.

If you ever dream of having that slow dance in your wedding, this would be it. The power of every movement strikes me and I got teary eyed in the end. I’m a sucker for such things–great melody, sweet lyrics, and a wonderful dance to accompany the whole thing.

Leave it to two wonderful choreographers (Tabitha and Napoleon, a.k.a. NappyTabs) who are obviously still very much in love with each other to be able to create such a mesmerizing routine. And kudos to Ed Sheeran for taking the part in his own song. It felt much, much more personal and heartfelt.

I know you will enjoy it as much as I did.

P.S. I also get a warm and fuzzy feeling just thinking about the reason behind the title of the song.

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What’s your Music Monday?

A dream is a wish your heart makes

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I have so many dreams, so many likes, that I can’t even begin to focus on just one to fulfill. If you’ve already combed through my blog, you’d know a few of them already. Since then, my dreams have only grown and I sort of feel that I’m getting left behind.

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I’d like to have a coffee shop of my own. I’d like to have a studio of my own to do what I love–dance, pole, Zumba, yoga, etc. I’d like to be a certified Zumba instructor. I’d like to be a yoga teacher. I’d like to run a second hand bookstore. And I also want to travel the world and meet new people. These are just a few of those things and sometimes, I think I’m looking at a map with tangled roads that don’t seem to go anywhere.

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Have you ever had that feeling of not knowing what to do? You’re at point A and you want to get to point B but you don’t know how? And what about wanting to get from point A to points B, C, D, etc. all at once?

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For now, I’m taking baby steps, have been taking them quite a lot lately. And I know I still have hundreds, if not thousands or millions, of steps to take on to fulfill these dreams. Possibly I’ll have to give up on some or alter them if it’s permitted. After all…

I am never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~ C.S. Lewis

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