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In a 3 o'clock rainy afternoon, over a cup of cappuccino in a coffee shop i sat with John, we talked about things that i always been wanted to ask him-- music, his life, interests, opinion and view about life and faith.

I am an artist, however, i don't even consider myself one hell as good as the other because i know that i am still learning this talent, but i always loved music. I imagine music as complicated as it is technically, so I’m always in awe whenever i hear great music, even just a simple guitar strum, i die. I don’t know if John has created an impact in my musicality so far, but, I know that John made me question and wonder life itself, that John created an impact in our world and in generations, good or bad, it depends on the receiver.

So, i looked at John as i see his signature round glasses on his strong edgy face that reminds me of that old lady veteran pianist in our church (they have the same face feature) and asked "John, I was browsing the internet, i saw your video there, it is called imagine, i got fascinated by it that i searched more about you, your music and your band, the Beatles ". I continued talking and asking questions as i sip my cappuccino, “yesterday, I got curious with queen, and I learned that you also influenced Freddy mercury, how cool is that right? I mean, you influenced a band that also contributed in music and history worldwide”. Before John’s about to answer, I once again talked, without even considering that he is about to answer my questions  “… and oh, I learned about your generation, those old good days in the 60’s to 80’s, I always loved hearing music from those times, like everyone’s starting  their scenes, creating history, those great musicians from your time influenced a lot of artists and genres today, I mean, whoa? You guys from then are really cool!!!”

These questions I have for John have been running in my mind for some time now. Sitting here with him is a dream come true and these might be the questions that the whole world is dying to ask him.

“You know what John, your songs are very expressive, you are not afraid to talk about love, people, your family and your ideas, I can see that you really love Yoko Ono and your sons”. 

Then silenced killed me, it went straight on our table. 

There’s this one thing I am dying to ask him all these times, this is about his song imagine. I was thinking if I might offend him or what but I literally don’t know anything now, I just thought, it’s now or never, so I got my courage and asked him “John, your song imagine, the lyrics is about people being united, the message is very powerful, but, John, do you believe in God?”

John looked at me right in my eye. He said “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I don’t know what will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. We’re more popular than Jesus now. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me”. He stopped and added “ ..I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.”

Again, silence went on our table.

Filipino culture has that close-family ties, and moving out from your parents' house is a no-no especially if you are a fave child. However, as adult, i think at some point in your life, you should try living alone. There are different factors that forces us to move out from a place. So, whatever your reason in moving out from your current place, these are the 3 things you should check before living alone especially if you are a newbie for this lifestyle.

1. Emotional status - If you have a close relationship with your family or home town friends, this is one of the things that you should consider. Living somewhere else, even if you visit your home town sometime on weekends, would still kill you emotionally. Living alone is also like going to another country, with new people, place culture and environment. If you live in a dorm, apartment or share a studio type apartment with friends, you would still miss your family and friends back there. By living alone with strange people, you would appreciate every single moments that you live with them, those times that you shouted at them or laughed hard with them would make you realize things.  There's nothing really like a family bond or home town-overnight hangout friendly stuffs, so if you consider moving somewhere far, be ready for emotional separation anxiety in the beginning, we call it #sepanks. 

2. Financial - This is one of the serious challenge for grown-up folks---finances. You no longer live with your parents right? You're independent, by that, you are responsible for yourself, my friends, that includes your finances. From a personal experience, i live alone to save money due to the cost that i incur for monthly expenses in travelling versus living somewhere near in my workplace. Finances also means responsibility in budgeting for your daily allowance, food, transportation, basic needs and sometimes a little reward for yourself. My advice is save (1), do not spend beyond your means (2) and be practical and identify your needs vs, wants (3). So whatever it is that you do to your money, always be responsible, never let other people save you from your money and debt problems, if you can't simply manage your finances, well, better check if you can really live independently.

3. Maturity - Yes, you should be! Maturity is in relation with those two points, emotions and finance with of course accountability and responsibility. Living alone means you are responsible for everything that happens to you and your routine. You maybe prepared emotionally or you have money to spend, but remember, managing your finances is maturity when you are spending it wisely. Be responsible because you have moved out and you are living independently, you therefore should be a grown up about the way you act and speak in your community. You should also be responsible for your laundry, your place (clean it atleast for God's sake), your waste, everything that happens around your apartment, your workplace , your health (consider running and exercising), and your society. Just simply be pro-active, that's the sense of being a matured grown-up man and woman.

Truly, living alone might cut you at the beginning because there's a lot of adjustments when it comes to your "new" stuffs. However, living alone would teach you a lot of life lessons. You live alone now and independent, means that you are ready for the world. You would realize that life is full of responsibility, sacrifices (imagine how your parents sacrifice on their younger days right?),  curiosity, challenges, fun and possibilities, try not to stumble on things, try to fight, be pro-active and most of all, seize every opportunity as you face the world as a grown-up person. Not all grown-ups are grown-up, show to the world that you are really ready for it!

Years ago, blogging was full of tagged awards and i'm surprise that sometime lately, it came back again and two bloggers nominated me for an award, thanks to michelle and patti. This award is called LIEBSTER.

"The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. So, what is a liebster? the meaning: liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Isn’t that sweet? Blogging is about building a community and it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs.”
(sourced from patti, https://patticorleone.wordpress.com).

The Rules of the Award:
1. Thank the person who nominated you with a link back to his/her blog.
2.Answer the questions given to you by the nominator.
3.Nominate (and notify) other bloggers for the award that have fewer than 500 followers.
4. Create 11 questions (or less) for your nominees.
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.
6. Display the Liebster Award logo on your page. List these rules on your post.
(sourced from michelle, http://arcadia.ofblue.org/).

These are the answers from the questions that given upon nomination:
(from michelle) 

  1.  If you could, would you join a girl or boy band? The Beatles. 
  2.  If you choose any language to speak fluently, which one and why? Russian, when i watched "a good day to die hard"i fell in love with the language. I love saving a lot of "V" and "Z", they sound hard. 
  3. If you suddenly were driving and you came across a duck and her ducklings, would you drive around or watch them? Drive them around if they let me. 
  4. Would you be willing to cut your hair if something happened like gum falling into it? NO! i've waited years to achieve this Rapunzel-like hair! Hell to the no! 
  5. Do you believe in love? Love at first sight? Yes, but not in the first sight. 
  6. Do you wanna go surfing if given the chance? of course, i love sea. 
  7. If you suddenly lost your voice and had a chance to speak like anyone, who would you speak as? Nothing in particular but at least someone that is Russian. haha. 
  8. If your life became a musical, what would the title and opening number be called? "I Lived: The Musical", opening song is "I lived" by One Republic. 
  9. If you could have swell dance moves or an awesome singing ability, which would it be? I sing already, so, dancing! yess!
  10. Who would you love to meet, dead or alive? Why? The Beatles and John Lennon, because i'm making a post about them, so i need to freaking talk to them! hahaha. 
  11. Do you love anything particular at the moment, like music or movies? Of course, The Beatles! hahahaha. Why we have no Beatles at this age? 

 (from Patti)

  1. What is the first thing that you think of when you see the color red? A wall. I love red walls. 
  2. You’re given an hour to talk to your favorite person. What would you like to talk about? His faith, his belief about God, music and how two affects the other (i'm talking about John Lennon and the Beatles.) 
  3. In relation to number 2, how will you dress up, even if it’s just for an hour? A simple dress at home, we'll be talking it over coffee. 
  4. Years ago, blogging was full of tagged awards and i'm surprise that sometime lately, it's came back again and two bloggers nominated me for an award, thanks to michelle and patti. This award is called LIEBSTER.
  5. Chill at the beach or climb a mountain? I'm been chilling at the beaches lately, so i'll climb mountain this time. 
  6. Who is your favorite movie animal and why? Groot? i personally love OLAF, can you consider them? haha. 
  7. Give an anagram of your name. What particular song makes you happy regardless of how many times you listen to it? NEST. (exluding V and other E). I lived by One Republic. 
  8. How do you politely decline an invitation?  "That's actually a great offer, but for now that's not my priority". 
  9. What is a favorite accessory or thing that you cannot leave the house without? My personal Bible, i feel safe whenever i have it. 
  10. What does your last text message say? "si Rj to". 
  11. Lewis Carroll asked “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” Provide your answers or insights in relation to it. "What the hell, are we talking about the three-eyed raven and Bran Stark of Game of Thrones?"
These are the bloggers that i nominate: 
Mary. Mun. Froi. Jhanz. Milton. Mr_Jeng,

Here are my questions that you need to answer: 
1.What is the most nasty thing you did and said while you dine with someone?
2. What's the craziest thing you did while you're on a public place?
3. If you're a superhero, what is the power that you'll choose from the following: SPEED: WORM CRAWLING, LICK:  SUPER LONG TONGUE, FLY: MOSQUITO WINGS.
4. What will you choose, zombie apocalypse or end of the world?
5. Choose what you like to pet: Crocodile, 15 ft. long Anaconda, Vulture, Piranha.
6. Action movie or horror movie while riding a horror themed speed train.
7. If you're gonna die later, what will you do, who will you say sorry to and what type of death would you want?
8. Talk to God in 1 hour, what are your 3 questions?

Happy Blogging! 

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