Friday, October 19, 2007

Glorietta 2 Bombing

Here's a video that I took while on the way out of Glorietta 4. Please be patient while it loads. There's not much to see, but hearing the screams still brings chills to my spine.

I was walking near Jollibee Glorietta 4 when it happened. My back was turned to Glorietta 2, when I saw the window glass of Jollibee ripple and felt a shockwave pass through my chest. I thought one of the streamers in the Activity Center fell down or something, so I turned around. It was so surreal. I surveyed the Activity Center and everything was okay. People were walking around as if nothing happened... and then panic ensued. It was like I was in a movie set and the director suddenly yelled 'Action!'. A cloud of smoke seeped from Glorietta 2. People running away from the scene. Screaming. I knew something bad happened but my survival instinct wouldn't kick in. I knew I had to go out of the mall, but curiosity got the better of me. I was even actually contemplating about moving towards Glorietta 2 for a closer look. Better judgement kicked in, so I walked back towards the Glorietta 4 exit.

I couldn't resist not knowing what happened, so I walked outside Glorietta 4 towards Glorietta 2. They already cordoned off the road between Glorietta and Landmark, and I saw that EMT guys were trying to revive a man in a tattered gray shirt. I had to go around Landmark to get to Glorietta 2, and when I got there I knew that a bomb exploded. They were saying it was an LPG explosion, but it was too strong. Plus, the blast happened in the lobby of Glorietta 2 and there were no restaurants nearby.

The scary part is that I was at the blast site 10 minutes before the explosion. I came from Netopia in Park Square 1 where I printed something from my email.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wooden Heart

Hehe, I just found this on IMEEM! Brings back good memories... I'm going to forward this to Adrian Loo to show him the testimonials in the song. I'm not sure he totally believed me when I said that this song was a really big hit in the Philippines back in 1995

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Lizards' Convention

Wahaha! I can't believe it! At 25, I wrote my first fan mail!

Check it out!

Does anyone else remember The Lizards' Convention? Remember that Elvis Presley cover, "Wooden Heart"? I'm sure you remember the song, if not the band. It was all over the airwaves towards the end of 1995, if I remember correctly. I was in my "metal" phase back then (note: Filipino pronunciation please! As in "hip-hop versus metal" or "Punks Not Dead"), so my cassette of The Lizards' Convention's album was a guilty pleasure.

Anyway, I'm not in a mood to write, so pardon the composition.

Back to the story: Even after more than 10 years, I still have not forgotten how much I enjoyed the album. I always sing and play on the guitar the first verse of II-I, my favorite song on that album. (I just pluck the 1st three strings of the D chord and then move it up two frets).

I've always wondered what happened to them, since in they were a one-hit wonder. With the power of the Internet, I was able to find that they were supposed to release a follow up album but due to difficulties, it was never released. I'm also sad to report that the band is no longer together, but here's hoping that they get back for a reunion album!

I was desperate to complete the song, but the chords weren't available on any website, so I emailed Adrian Loo...

Here's a link to their Geocities website:

I hope I get a reply!