Archive for April, 2010
All At Once The Crowd Begins to Sing, Sometimes The Hardest Thing is The Right Thing All The Same
Posted on: 25th of April 2010 | Under: Entertainment

The main reason why I maintain this blog is to be able to jot down experiences that, a few years down the road, I would still love to look back on and remember. One event that’s quite note-worthy was watching The Fray live at Timbre Rock & Roots last month.

The music festival was held at the F1 tracks at Marina Promenade, with the breathtaking view of the Singapore Flyer as its backdrop.

The whole festival started as early as five in the afternoon, but knowing that The Fray was scheduled to play last, we arrived at seven. The open-air setting of the festival made the wait quite enjoyable. Other bands played, and we enjoyed their tunes as we sat ourselves down on the ground (or more technically, the F1 pit) and sipped our beers with the rest of the crowd.

The stage.

The hubby and I. :)

Just before The Fray went on, we managed to station ourselves right behind the metal barricades towards the left of the stage. We didn’t have a central view of the whole performance (the reason why I didn’t get to take photos of some of the band members), but our spot, being right in front of the crowd, gave us a pretty clear visual of the concert. Plus, our location gave me a thirty-second close encounter with Isaac Slade (the band’s singer) when, before ending their set, he walked down the stage and stood on the metal barricade right in front of me!


Daily Optimystique’s Seventh Anniversary Giveaway (CLOSED)
Posted on: 6th of April 2010 | Under: Geek Talk, Life & Love

This blog and domain just turned seven years on the 4th of April! :)

Throughout the years (including the five years of posting in other domains before moving here), blogging has opened a lot of doors for me and has introduced me to whole lot wonderful people, some of which I can even call real friends now. But most importantly, blogging has brought me to where I am now–happily married to my wonderful husband, who nine years ago just happened to be someone I called a “blogger friend.” :)

For seven years, this blog has chronicled a whole lot of experiences and noteworthy memories of my life. That’s a pretty long time to be babbling about myself, but I know there are still a handful of people out there who still read my posts, no matter how mundane my adventures are. So in light of this blog’s seventh anniversary, I figured it was time to actively involve my readers, including those silent ones too, by holding my very first blog giveaway.

If you’re a loyal reader of this blog, I’m sure you know very well about my love affair with Moleskine notebooks. So, to share my love for these wonderful little things, I’m giving away two Moleskine notebooks¬†FOR FREE! :)

Free Moleskines! :)

One (1) Moleskine Plain Pocket Notebook and One (1) Moleskine Watercolour Pocket Notebook.

There will be TWO WINNERS. The first will receive the Plain Notebook, while the second the Watercolour Notebook.

To qualify, simply follow these steps (at least the ones in BOLD):

  1. Blog about this giveaway and make sure you add a visible link back to this post.
  2. Subscribe/follow my blog through the Google Friend Connect (found on the right sidebar).
  3. If you have a feed reader (like Google Reader), add/subscribe to my blog feed.
  4. If you have Twitter, you can tweet about this too. Simply click the “retweet” button at the top of this post, then comment below and add the link of your tweet. :)
  5. Post a comment in this blog with your name, email, country of residence, and state why you want a Moleskine and what you’re planning to do with it if you win. Plus, paste the links to your blog/tweet about this giveaway too.

It’s that simple! :)

Winners will be electronically selected based on this post’s comments (so make sure you comment!), through

You have until Friday, April 30, 11:59 pm Manila Time (GMT+8), so hurry! :)


* I would highly prefer real readers to join this giveaway. If you’re one of those people who plan on subscribing to my blog for the sole purpose of winning the giveaway and then quickly unsubscribing (or removing blog posts) as soon as the contest ends, then this is certainly not for you.