The Underrated ‘Liberation’ album of Christina Aguilera

In case you didn’t know, Christina Aguilera released an album last year called ‘Liberation‘.

You’re not aware of it? I can’t blame you. I’ve never heard her song played on local radio here in the Philippines and that is such a downer. It’s been more than five years since she released the ‘Lotus’ album, which featured the songs like ‘Your Body’, ‘Just a Fool’ and ‘Let There Be Love’.

Christina Aguilera

You also don’t know these songs? I can’t blame you again!

This is the reason why I am sad with what happened to Christina Aguilera’s mainstream chart performance. I remember buying her first album when I was in sixth grade and automatically made her my ‘replacement’ to my Spice Girls addiction. Although I also dig Britney Spears, Mandy Moore and Jessica Simpson, there was something in Christina Aguilera that I really liked – she’s pretty, a good dancer, a fighter from the very start and yes, she is a good singer. No lipsyncing allowed!

I have memories of singing and dancing ‘Genie in a Bottle’, ‘Come on Over’ and ‘What a Girl Wants’ for school programs. I also dedicated the song ‘I Turn to You’ to my father when he arrived home from somewhere I don’t want to disclose and he cried. He tear up again when I tempted to belt out the high notes of the bridge of the song. Why did I even try?

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5 North American Hotels With Incredible Views

Destination matters most when planning a vacation. Usually, this means considering what actual city or town you’re visiting, and what there is to do there. But what if you’re just in the mood to relax, and want to do it away from home? What if you don’t want an active or busy vacation, but just a chance to get away and relax a little bit? In cases like these, the hotel itself can be the most important consideration, and the idea of “destination” can be narrowed somewhat.

Naturally there are awesome hotels all over the world, some affordable and some over-the-top expensive. Rather than just focusing on the so-called best hotels though, we’re going to focus on an enhanced experience through surroundings. Specifically, we’re looking at some of the North American hotels that happen to have the best views. They can make for lazy, relaxing vacations that are all the better.

Mandarin Oriental – New York City, United States

New York always sounds like a busy, almost hectic place to vacation, and it certainly can be. The city has a way of draining one’s energy more or less automatically. However, if you’re thinking of New York from a standpoint of luxury hotels, it can be a different experience altogether. High-rise hotels in the city can be incredibly luxurious, and put you up in arguably the world’s most famous skyline. Among such hotels, none can match the views from the Mandarin Oriental, which towers over Colombus Circle at the lower west corner of Central Park. The views of upper midtown Manhattan, the park itself, and the buildings along the famous Fifth Avenue across the park, are absolutely amazing. And even if you decide to venture out, you’re in one of the more relaxing parts of Manhattan. There’s plenty to do in Central Park without ever really venturing into the concrete jungle comprised of streets and buildings.

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What I Need Right Now: A Relaxing Staycation!

Oh, hello there! Miss me? If you’ve been a follower of this blog before, I would like to let you know that I don’t blog much on this site anymore.

The truth is I feel bad when I think of the negligence and inconsistencies. It all started when I encountered some technical difficulties on this site. Even if my issue was resolved, my search ranking declined. I also moved on and focused on my travel blog (which I rarely update these days too).

Staycation, please.

Reviving one of my original blogs would be nice, but I think I outgrew it. I am just keeping this up for sentimental reasons. You know, there are days when I would read entries I wrote six years ago and analyze where I am now at present time and if I still have the same sentiments or opinions about certain topics. Some things that matter to me years back might not be a big deal to me anymore.

Just to keep those who are not on the loop updated, I don’t travel or blog as I used to. Right now, I am concentrating on my other dream and that is filmmaking.

I am working on a documentary now and about to make a feature narrative film soon. At the same time, I am still employed. Traveling from Dagupan to Pasay on a weekly basis is not really considered ‘traveling’. It is more of a commute for work. Probably that is the reason why I am feeling so anxious and tired most of the time.

Working on some tasks at Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu

I NEED A VACATION. But hey, I think what I need more is a staycation!

I need a staycation not in the Philippines, but in a different country. Perhaps in India? I should be searching for hotels in Shimla or a resort somewhere in Wayanad.

If that is not possible for now, I will just do a literal ‘Netflix and Chill’ thing and watch travel-related movies. Or some Bollywood films with the grand item numbers. Or maybe I should just go and look for someone to love and let him decide? LOL.

What I miss about media famtrips and press trips is the opportunity to stay in some hotels and resorts. I guess every Taurean will agree with that statement since a staycation means you get to stay in a place where you can just relax, eat good food, sleep a lot, eat again, swim in the pool, lounge in the lobby while listening to bossanova music, eat again or order coffee and so on and so forth. Gone are the days when I am so eager to do all the touristy, adventurous things. I just want to be a certified auntie and chill like a queen! 😛

What’s the point of this post? I don’t know. I am stressed at the moment and I just want to blog here for a change… or maybe I just miss this blog? This is supposedly my personal blog but like what I said earlier, I kind of moved on already.