Museums and Musicales ❤

One wonderful thing that I adore about the United States is their Free Museum Day which usually is scheduled on Thursdays (here in Houston anyway). Truly it satisfies an individual’s thirst for knowledge without having to spend an arm and a leg for it. And it makes me smile to see kids who are constantly hungry for education, to learn something new. Not everyone can appreciate Art—museums, musicals, ballets, operas etc.,and you can’t force someone to learn to like Art, it just doesn’t work that way. I’d like to think I’m one of those blessed few who can genuinely enjoy a whole afternoon stroll at the museum. 

They say “An Idle Mind is the Devil’s Workshop”, that probably is VERY true and I don’t have any intentions of just sitting here and waiting to find out. This was my initiative to take the kids (my siblings) out and explore the museum district. Their minds are not necessarily “idle” but I don’t think the constant use of iphones, ipads, the television and the computer is good for the mind either. Sure, there’s Google–you can just sit there and learn a lot of stuff from the internet and there are a bunch of educational reads and games online but the actual experience of watching a play and going through the walls of a museum is a whole new experience in itself—it is just PRICELESS.

And here we are—Houston’s very own Children’s Museum

The kids’ most favorite thing at the museum and did I mention that it’s also the most crowded section next to the Kidopolis.

Project Projectile

KIDDIE TENDENCY #1: Acting giddy inside the museum

Angelie’s creation survived the test of Sturdiness

KIDDIE TENDENCY # 2:  Expressing my creative side through LEGO

(Note to Via Antonio: naiisip kong nakawin ang LEGO para sa BrickItOn mo, haha)

You’d be surprised how a $1.00 fruit bar can make you feel like a millionaire on a hot scorching day.

KIDDIE TENDENCY #3: Eating Ice Cream and sitting at the side of the walkway

After the free trip to the Children’s Museum, we walked to the Miller Outdoor Theatre for Theater Under the Stars’ Production of Chorus Line and failed to get free tickets. Ugh, I don’t want to stay on the hill.

Waiting until they announce the release of the unoccupied seats. Yes, we scored half a row for all of us.

TUT’s CHORUS LINE—Woohoo, here we go!

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Photo care of the Houston Chronicle

 

One of the strongest images  A Chorus Line left with me—truly impacting

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WHAT I WORE:

(BODYSUIT: thrifted/ SKIRT: abastract; Forever 21 thrifted from Plato’s Closet/ BELT: 5,7,9/ WEDGE SNEAKERS: Image/ CLUTCH: Vera Wang/ EARRINGS: from Philippines/ WATCH: Big Lots/ SUNNIES: Shasa)

Electrifying Blue pop-outs

a stroll in the garden before heading out to Miller Theatre

Neon. Shapes.Prints.

Love how these cinch belts create the image that I have a very small waist

I’m not a sneaker person but I had to get one of these to feel the difference of the wedge-factor. Haha.

~Rhea

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Look What the Cat Dragged In…

(TURBAN: leopard print; Luxury Divas/ BUSTIER TOP: No Boundaries/ ANORAK: Wet Seal/ SHORTS: denim; thrifted/ BOOTS: wedged animal print; Image/ BELT: Forever 21/ PURSE: Vieta/ NECKLACE: from Mom/ WATCH: New York and Company/ BRACELET: Beaded emerald; New York and Company/gold studded leather; Forever 21/ RINGS: Forever 21)

Saturday shows call for rockin casual outfits

Leopard Print Turban—one of the best experimental purchases I bought from Amazon.

….Spot that pop of color.

The older I got the less inclined I was to wear shorts,it’s like I just woke up one day and realized I didn’t exactly have Vavavoom legs.  I’m proud to say though I’ve roughed my legs out during childhood and I have battle scars to prove them (the exact reason why I don’t show them off) . I don’t exactly know what Oliver did to me but I wanted to go for that randomly put together New York grunge look. I may have gone overboard on the animal prints and that’s what makes this outfit so fun to wear. I adore the fact that my boots and purse have that faux fur texture, the pair of boots was a Christmas present from the sisters, Pauline and Marie and the purse was technically a birthday gift from my Ninong Gab. A little trick a lot of petite  a.k.a ‘short’ girls like me, do to look taller other than wearing wedges and platform boots is wear high waist skirts or pants to visually lengthen those legs.

Look who dropped by to see the show in all their ‘Spring Glory’ while I was busy being grungy in this outfit. Haha. Snapshot with some of my Oliver co-actors Erik (aka Fagin) and Daniel (aka Oliver himself).

Lovely friends came to watch the matinee show even if they had that Digital Run later that night.Thanks Roxi, Amil and Vynna! (..and you came in your Bright Colors too) Love you to pieces!

~Rhea

Oh, Happy Day!

(HAT: Ross/ DRESS: from Philippines; 168/ CARDIGAN: Ross/ SHOES: GoJane.com/PURSE: from Mita Bo/ NECKLACE: from Philippines/ WATCH: New York and Company/ BRACELET: Emerald; New York and Company/ BANGLES: Forever 21)

Sunday’s Outfit: Off to church then off to rehearsals. Cantor Day —good vocal exercise for later’s show.

T.G.W.H.A.S.L.F——Thank-God-We-Have-A-Show-Later-Fridays!!!

This is what it feels like to those who have non-theatrical related jobs during the daytime, they look forward to weekend shows such as this one. And you know that day has come when you unconsciously sing and hum show tunes which in my case I’ve been humming to “Where is Love?” and belting out “Food Glorious Food” . Thank God we don’t have patients right now. Anyhow, I’m keeping this post short since lunch break is almost over and we’re seeing patients in less than half an hour so to those who have not seen Oliver yet call the Broadway Bound Box Office line at 281-242-1055 and get your tickets. Only 3 shows left for this weekend (if I’m not mistaken) There’s one today at 7:30 pm and tomorrow April 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm. See you there!

~Rhea

Busy and Loving It!

(TOP: Vintage/ SKIRT: Forever 21, from Katsie/ BELT: 5, 7, 9/ SHOES: Image/ CLUTCH: SM Department Store, Manila/ CUFF, NECKLACE, BRACELET: from Philippines/ EARRINGS: Aldo/WATCH: New York & Company/ SUNGLASSES: Buffalo Exchange)

Shout out to Katsie for the skirt. I finally had the chance to wear it.

Breaking the monotony with some ‘color pop’.

Back Details: “I wore my work out top to church and got away with it”  haha.

Accessory Details. Don’t pay attention to the ‘baby hair’, that’s been there forever.

I made myself a ‘waist’ with this uber tight belt that I bought during one of my trips to Florida

Successive schedule commitments… I’m tired but surprisingly happy. Less stressed and more overjoyed, it’s one of those days where you definitely can say Life is Good and God is good for making life so good (haha, does that make sense?)  6 years since our move to Houston and I haven’t felt this contented with my life. I’m not saying that it’s perfect, in fact it still is very topsy turvy, chaotic and unpredictable but the difference is I’ve learned to be at peace with it. Slowly coming to terms with my reality—let’s just leave it at that.

Before I end this very quick update, I’d like to invite you guys who are in my area to watch my first theatre production in 6 years and it’s also my first ever musical play here in the US so I’m kinda psyched about it. Broadway Bound’s Oliver is running from April 12 up to the end of this month. Consider yourself part of the family and click on the link to see more details. Hope to see you there!

…And to my fellow cast members, BREAK A LEG. Gaaaahhhhh…we’re opening in a week!!!!

~Rhea

On to Better Things

(HAT: Icing; $1.99/CARDIGAN: Ross, $6/ TANKTOP: Lace/ SKIRT: Shasa; $7/ BOOTIES: Maripe/ CLUTCH: Rachel Roy/ WATCH: New York & Co./ RINGS: Pink,Forever 21; Flower from Mommy Babe/ EARRINGS: thrifted, $0.50)

Oh, Happy Sunday!

Coincidentally, my hat is the exact shade as Mila Kunis’ hat in that movie I’m dying to watch—Oz, the Great and Powerful

I’m thinking of putting more gold studs on that skirt just to make it look more busy

Rose-covered legs

I’m baaaaaacccckkkkk…..not definitely though, that’s for sure. haha. Inconsistency, I know.

It’s been ages since my last post, or so it feels like it and I have been guilty of moving some archive blogs from my old website just so it seems like I’m updating this one (I’m pretty sure some of you have noticed the successive posts). I never did finish moving all those old entries to The Social Tumbleweed and I get fascinated when I read some of my old posts so the move is still a work-in-progress. Believe me the recent turn out of events isn’t a result of me slacking off, I’ve been up and about and I’ve managed to jam-pack my schedule with all sorts of activities. Just over the weekend, I’ve managed to wake up early in the morning and start laundry, accomplished two of those Victoria’s Secret work-outs,  Skyped with Marco, jogged outside for 30 minutes, took a quick shower, grabbed a quick lunch and headed Downtown to help Vynna and Michelle move in to their new apartment just 5 minutes away from my work place; a good Saturday afternoon work-out with the girls (and boys) carrying drawers, shelves, bed posts, box springs and what nots that was pretty well-rewarded with the best Chicken Shawarma I’ve tasted here in Houston from Shawarma King—all that for Saturday.

For Sunday, my body felt like it was waking up an hour early (well, that’s because it really was), thanks to Daylight Savings Time. Although, I wasn’t scheduled to cantor today, I still sang at the 9 am mass. Volunteer work for Ars Lyrica at the Hobby Center of the Performing Arts was scheduled for 5 pm but I decided to cancel that one just coz it’s that time of the month and I was in slight pain so instead I stayed home and finished up with the laundry, skimmed through the script of Oliver and tried working on the wedding website. Oh yeah…I failed to mention that while my parents were in the Philippines, I finally had the guts to audition and I’d have to say it was my worst performance at an audition ever in my entire life. Give me a break, I haven’t done this in 5 years. <sigh> Charge to experience, never go to an audition after going on a screaming rampage at home.

A week after that, I got the most surprising e-mail…

I got IN!!! (even with that suck-y audition…how in the world?!?)

At that moment, It didn’t matter that there was a chance that I might not even do the play because of my hectic schedule. Just the thought of making it in and being considered to be part of a theatrical production lightened my spirits immensely, it cleared away that 5 year rain cloud hovering over me. And since it is a Classical Broadway musicale, all the more I got excited.  I am grateful for my fiance, my family and my friends who’ve pushed me and have continued to believe in me when I didn’t believe in my self,  I almost chickened out on that audition yet again. If y’all only witnessed how I was pep-talking myself in the car right before the audition—it was hilarious. Well, we’ll see where this takes me….It might be a long time again until I join another production due to other priorities like getting married and possibly starting my own family but at least now I know, in my heart that my love for Theatre will always be there and no matter how long it takes or how old I get, If God allows it I will always and always find my way back to it.

~Rhea