Sunday, April 13, 2014

Better way to die?

Which would be a better way to die – sudden death (e.g. dying in your sleep) or slow expected death (e.g. due to a sickness)?

Yesterday, the clan was shocked to find out about the sudden death of a relative, our tito. And just a little over a year ago, the clan had experienced a prior death – that of our lola. Although her death was unexpected as well, it wasn't as sudden as that of our tito's. Our lola has been in and out of the hospital for weeks before her passing, whilst our tito was said to have just laid down and never woken up.

The major difference between the 2 deaths sparked the question above. My sister and I were thinking that a sudden death might probably be better for the departed because he/she wouldn't have to suffer; however, it's certainly harder for those he/she has left behind.

... as opposed to a slow expected death, wherein the dying has to suffer, but the loved ones will be more prepared and expectant of what is to come.

Earlier today, I preferred the latter, in spite of the physical suffering on my end. That way, I can try to do everything I've always wanted to do (ahem, Bucket List), say everything I want to say to all those that I will be leaving behind (and vice versa), and be more emotionally prepared.

But then, my parents mentioned that it'll also be hard for the loved ones to be left behind, because the dying will not be the only one who will suffer. Those left to care for the dying will also have to suffer emotionally and financially, probably even physically and mentally.

Either way, both parties would have to suffer in some way. So right now, I'm still undecided which would be better. But that's the thing with life – nothing is certain. Similarly, you can't really be certain when life will end. You just have to seize each moment as if it's your last. Carpe diem.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

There's a good time... There's a good time.

You could be my luck
Even in a hurricane of frowns
I know that we'll be safe and sound

- Safe and Sound, Capital Cities

This band and their songs played a big part in keeping me sane during those sleepless nights while I was doing my undergrad thesis. "Safe and Sound" was my thesis anthem. Haha!


I immediately fell in love with Capital Cities when I first heard their song on an app I was using back in 2011 and decided to look up their other songs. I hated how they didn't have a wikipedia page at that time, so finding more about them wasn't easy. I also hated how when I'd google (or when other people would mention) "Safe and Sound", Taylor Swift's song would always come up.

I was so ecstatic when I heard their song being played on Philippine radio in 2013, as it meant that the chances of them coming to the country were increasing. And lo-and-behold, it happened. Just imagine my joy and excitement they announced that they were coming to Manila! Heck, they were performing at Alabang Town Center, which is like my second home!

Words can't even describe how I was feeling upon having watched them perform live. They're amazing and the show was so much fun! Throughout the show, the band was engaging crowd to dance. And I love how by the end of the show, the concert became a dance party, wherein everyone, including the band, was jumping, dancing, and just partying. (click the link for a video)

I still can't get over seeing one of my favorite bands perform live. And for free, at that! Can't stop smiling 'til now. <3