Sunday, January 31, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Just like every year, Valentine’s 2010 has, somehow, managed to creep into our realities after a dose of unreality brought about by the recently concluded Yuletide season. Somehow, we always forget that V-Day is coming which leads us to panic for the panic gift for our partner. Of course, it does not help that we have exhausted all our gift ideas during the yuletide season and that we are now required to celebrate and exchange gifts during monthsaries because everybody seems to be doing it. So we sit alone racking our brains to come up with the perfect Valentine’s gift.
Fortunately, for you, here are some ideas:
Box It: Buy an ornate box that fits your partner’s style and fill it with 365 reasons why you love him or her. Print out these little messages on pieces of decorative paper, or write them down by hand for a more personal touch. Phrases like “you smell good even when you haven’t showered”; “you don’t need make-up to look beautiful”; “you eat the white part of an Oreo, and give me the biscuits”; “my evil 5 year old nephew loves you”; “you never look at me in a confused kinda way when I talk crap”; or “you smell like Vanilla”. And then, on the bottom of the box attach an envelope with a note that says: “I don’t need Valentine’s Day to realize why I love you. I do that every single day.”
The Power of Facebook: If you know your partner’s facebook password, hack it and send a message to all of his/her friends asking them why they love your partner. If you do not know your partner’s password, send his/her friends a message from your account; however this will require you to add her friends up. (Heads up: according to surveys, couple who have common friends last longer; so it is actually a good thing to add his/her friends up). Collect all the answers, especially the cute stupid ones, and ask his/her parents and siblings as well. Write the answers and the names of the people who sent in the answers in pieces of paper, or print them out on decorative paper. Put them in a scrap book together with photos of your partner with you, or with her friends and family. Do not leave your own answer. Instead write a phrase that goes a little like: “If all these people love you, how can I not?”
Movie Magic: This gift is for the guys. Ask your friends or family members to occupy all the seats in a movie house that are by the aisle. Give them a rose each, and ask them to reserve e two seats for you in the middle of the theater. Leave a bouquet of red roses there or a huge stuffed animal, if your girl is into plush pals. Ask your girl out on a movie date and make sure to pass in the middle aisle (where all your friends are seated). Ask your friends to give your girl a rose as she passes along where they seated. This is enough to surprise your girl. However, the extra special gift that is waiting in her seat will seal the deal.
Cutest Carnap: Now this is for the ladies. Steal your boyfriend’s car, with the permission of his parents and siblings, of course, and take it home. Ask his parents to convince him that a family friend borrowed the car. Buy some water-based, washable markers and write sweet nothings on the body of your boyfriend’s car. Fill the inside of his car with pink fabric, paper hearts, and everything that reminds you of Valentine’s Day. If you are the naughty type, you could write naughty innuendos instead of
Remember that the best gifts are those that are personalized, well thought of, and have an element of surprise. Choose from one of the suggestions above, or create your own little wacky idea. But never forget to have fun while you spend the day of hearts with the one you love most.
Catch Confessions of a Partyphile, the radio show, on 105.9 Mix FM every Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 in the PM.
For comments, suggestions, and more confessions from this partyphile, log on to http://party.i.ph or search for Confessions of a Partyphile on Facebook.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
1.) You do not need to hold books up when you’re reading them. You just have to lay them on top of your tummy!
2.) When there’s a food shortage, you survive longer.
3.) You never have to bring a sweater when you watch movies.
4.) You could save the Titanic from sinking because you float better.
5.) Your fat cheeks smoothen out your wrinkles.
6.) When you slap your thighs against each other, you actually make music.
7.) When you get lost in
8.) You are easier to spot when you cross the street.
9.) You are harder to kidnap.
10.) You give the most comfortable lap rides to kids.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
2009 was definitely a hot year for the Davaoeno partyphile. At the start of the year, most people were too quick to proclaim the party scene, dead on arrival (as in, the beginning of 2009) but a few events, and advancements throughout the year definitely made 2009 one of the hippest, hottest years during the last decade (2000-2009). Below are the Bests of the year.
Best New Beer: Coors Light has taken the cake for the best new beer of 2009. Although the brand is not new at all, a local brewer started producing and distributing the product. The taste is crisp, clean, and it doesn’t leave you feeling bloated. The beer has to be served ice-cold, and it has an indicator in the bottle (a white mountain that turns blue) to tell you that it is ready to serve and enjoy. If a low-calorie beer is what you prefer, this is definitely the drink for you.
Best New Drink- Gilbey’s Premium Strength has been on everybody’s lips. So much so that I am tempted to volunteer myself as their endorser, for free. It has a citrusy-sweet taste that will make you come back for more. The question is, how many bottles can you take? GPS, as it is fondly called in the party world, has seven percent alcohol, considerably higher than your usual bottle of beer. And even though this is hardly an ale, it has managed to replace beer as the most common drink seen in a partyphile’s hand.
Best Event Organizers- No self respecting Davaoeno partyphile has not yet been to a Fish Tank event. They have given us hot bangin’ parties throughout the year (Traffic, Confessions, Wave, Hypnotiq, and Unleashed). They have managed to tickle the local partyphile’s fancy with their brand of concept-parties, giving the local crowd a taste of Partyphile Nirvana. They bring in hot DJs from all over the country, and throw parties like it is nobody’s business. And although there are bigger, more established, events organizing groups in the country; in
Best Local DJ- 2009 was definitely the year of the Torch. He has managed to cement himself as the hottest, most in-demand DJ in the city with his brand of crowd pleasing songs that would make anybody jump up and dance. He has mastered the art of staying in tune with the pulse of the dance floor, and manages to keep a cut above the rest when it comes to song selection. More importantly, he does all this with a ready smile, and good-guy demeanor.
Best Radio Show- Confessions of a Partyphile the radio show started playing on the air on the second part of 2009 and it has helped make the local partyphile’s life easier. This three hour radio show on 105.9 Mix FM plays music that is currently heard in the clubs, while updating listeners about the up-coming parties and events. The show also gives tips on how to throw house parties and make your own cocktails, Catch it every Wednesday evening, 6 to 9 PM on 105.9 Mix FM.
Best Chill out Spot- The Habana compound has become one of the best spots to hang out when partyphiles do not feel like dancing the night away. With a lot of pubs and resto bars to choose from, the Habana compound has something for everyone. What sets Habana from all the other watering holes? The crowd is pleasing, it isn’t as chaotic; and it is very peaceful. It is one of the few places where you could actually still converse while sharing your favorite drink (mine is Bols Peppermint from SomePlaceElse).
Best New Song- Patron Tequila did not only put the Paradiso Girls on the map, it has also managed to revive the demand for the brand of tequila. The song gained popularity during the fourth quarter of 2009 and has managed to capture what partying- 2009 style- was all about. With lyrics about getting drunk and not giving a care about it; this was definitely the anthem of Davaoeno partyphiles for the year just ended.
For comments, suggestions, and more confessions from this partyphile, log on to http://party.i.ph
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
1.) Top Gadget of the Decade (ABC News.com)
Top Spot: iPod
Runners Up: Digital Cameras
2.) Highest Grossing Films of the Decade (The Hollywood Reporter.com)
Top Spot: The Dark Knight- raked in $533.3 million (US alone)
Runners Up: Shrek 2- banked $436.7 million (US alone)
Pirates of the
3.) Top Selling Video Games of the Decade (TotallyTopTen.com)
Top Spot: World of Warcraft
Runners Up: Mario Kart Wii
4.) The Most Influential Websites of the Decade (TotallyTopTen.com)
Top Spot: Facebook
Runners Up: Google
5.) Top Athlete of the Decade (Associated Press)
Top Spot: Tiger Woods
Runners Up: Lance Armstrong
6.) Most Watched TV Show of the Decade (The Hollywood Reporter)
Top Spot: Friends (2004)
Runners Up: Survivor
7.) Top One Hit Wonders (Billboard.com)
Top Spot: Daniel Powter with Bad Day
Runners Up: Terror Squad with Lean Back
Crazytown with Butterfly
8.) Top Selling Books of the Decade (About.com)
Top Spot: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Runners Up: Twilight
The Da Vinci Code
9.) Artist of the Decade (Billboard.com)
Top Spot: Eminem (2 number 1s)
Runners Up: Usher (7 number 1s)
Nelly (4 number 1s)
10.) Song of The Decade (Billboard.com)
Top Spot: We Belong Together by Mariah Carey (was number 1 for 14 weeks)
Runners Up: Yeah! by Usher (number 1 for 12 weeks)
Low by Flo’Rida (number 1 for 10 weeks)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Being overweight in the party scene is not as easy as everyone thinks; especially when you are young, and have not yet managed to shrug off all your little insecurities. Everybody seems to forget that it is not that easy for overweight people to do things that average-weight people do.
Dressing up is such a task. You have to make sure that your man boobs, or love handles do not show, or that your thighs and beer belly isn’t exposed. You have to go out of your way to choose fabrics, cuts and designs that hide your flaws. More importantly, you cannot wear most things that are in trend because they either do not fit your body type, or they have not yet produced items of your size. Most people think fat people dress sloppily to hide their weight, but it is actually a very hard task to dress up when you do not think you look good in anything. The common overweight partyphile’s solution: to not try at all. So do not be surprised that you often see us in simple get-ups; that is all we feel comfortable in.
Of course, it does not help that we have become a society that is obsessed with a certain standard of beauty; that everywhere you look; people are flexing their muscles or showing off a toned tummy. It does not help that every endorser for every alcoholic beverage is clad in a bikini. It does not help that everybody thinks skinny is the new measure of beauty.
And even though we get over how we dress and the challenges it brings along with it; some other seemingly simple tasks, like dancing, becomes a problem. You can not help but think to yourself that you look awful when gyrating, or swaying your huge hips. You are never really comfortable showing off the latest dance moves. You can not help but think that people will stop and stare at you when you choose to work the ledge, as your sexy partyphile friends do. Even grabbing a drink from the bar is worth a little contemplation. You can not help but think that it would be doubly hard for you to squeeze into the crowd of people who are trying to order drinks at the bar than smaller partyphiles.
It is enough of a challenge to feel accepted in your small circle of classmates and officemates for being heavier; that the concept of putting yourself out there in the world of partyphiles, where everybody is measured by their image, is one that is enough to garner shudders of sheer insecurity.
Add to that the fact that nobody ever thinks you are worthy to ask to dance; or that you are boyfriend or girlfriend material. Nobody lusts after you, nobody thinks you are sexy, and nobody is willing to declare to the world that their partner is fat and gorgeous. And so you start to doubt yourself, and everything your parents have taught you about inner beauty being the true measure of a person’s goodness. You begin to doubt that you are actually worth something, because deep inside, you feel like people take you forgranted. You begin to doubt that you are truly special, just like your favorite Uncle says; or that you are a good catch, as your favorite Aunt puts it.
You get so tired of listening to people quip about how gorgeous you will be, once you lose the weight; or that the reason for your being single is the weight you have recently put on. You get tired of everybody reminding you that you have to watch what you eat, and that you do not look good in skinny jeans. In a sense, you get tired of feeling like your weight has taken you over, and the most important part of your being is, and will always be, your fat belly.
But until you stop allowing people to get into your head and dictate to you what you are and how to feel, you will never realize who you truly are, and what you can achieve. It is bad enough that people forget that bulky can be beautiful too, but it is far worse, when you look in the mirror and forget that too. The problem truly starts when you allow people to make you feel like you do not measure up, that you are not worthy of the same respect, or affection, that other people are.
The simple truth is: if people do not accept you, and your weight; they do not deserve you at all. Life is not supposed to be measured by calories, it is supposed to be measured by how many pleasurable moments you have experienced, how many lives you have touched, and how many friends you have made. Life is supposed to be enjoyed like one long buffet table, waiting to be ravaged and savored instead of a pre-measured plate of salad greens that leave nothing to the imagination. And when you realize that there is more to life than just your chubby cheeks you will start to feel beautiful, and worthy of love, respect, and a place in the partyphile ladder…even though you are too heavy to hop on it.
And unless you realize that, you will have to rely on beer-goggles to make you feel good about yourself…and nobody stays drunk forever.