Monthly Archives: October 2011

now we’re stronger than before

we made it through

for you, you brave soul you.

017 100 Til They Take My Heart Away by chiquipineda

Words and Music by Claire Marlow
Guitar accompaniment by // Brian
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16/100: may you find some comfort here

My dearest,

016/100: Angel by chiquipineda

Spend all your time waiting
For that second chance
For a break that would make it okay
There’s always some reason
To feel not good enough
And it’s hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction
Oh beautiful release
Memory seeps from my veins
Let me be empty
Oh and weightless and maybe
I’ll find some peace tonightIn the arms of an angel
Fly away from here
From this dark cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here

So tired of the straight line
And everywhere you turn
There’s vultures and thieves at your back
The storm keeps on twisting
Keep on building the lie
That you make up for all that you lack
It don’t make no difference
Escaping one last time
It’s easier to believe in this sweet madness oh
This glorious sadness that brings me to my knees

In the arms of the angel
Fly away from here
From this dark cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here

You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here

Words & Music by Sarah McLachlanSung by Chiqui Pineda-Azimi
for the 100im.perfect.songs project


it’s all about beginning

It’s all about beginning.

Starting again.  And again.  And AGAIN.

It’s all about accepting that, Hey!  I haven’t done this or that or other for whatever reason there be – unexpected stuff, (there’s always unexpected ‘stuff’) sickness, fatigue, distractions, other priorities.

It’s picking up where I left off.


There is no real harm done.  No Capital Punishment awaiting me.  There is only a gentle Start-Up.  A peace-filled “It’s okay, child”.  Pick up your pen and try a second, third, ten thousandth time.

It’s alright.

It’s all right.  It’s all right.

It’s all about beginning again.  And again.  And AGAIN.

And seeing  new things in the process, in this case, that cool little symbol on my favorite pen there that I’ve never seen before, never noticed in the many years that I’ve been using these and suddenly revisitng the old lesson, ever so gently and simply yet profoundly:  There’s always something new in each and every thing – be it a person, a place, an experience.  Even in those that seem old and familiar.

It’s all in the seeing.  And the beginning.  Never stopping.

And hearing the gentle voice within say:

There are no real endings.  Only beginnings disguised as the end.

Because it’s all about beginning.

Starting again.  And again.  And AGAIN.

Courage in creativity,

14/100: revisiting rain

Tuwing Umuulan At Kapiling Ka
Words & Music: Ryan Cayabyab

And since I’ve been gone for a bit, I’d like to share two songs today.  Yay!

I recorded this beautiful OPM hit song entitled “Tuwing Umulan At Kapiling Ka” (Everytime It Rains and You’re Beside Me…tama ba?) in 2008, right smack middle of winter (hindi siya ulan…isnow siya! 🙂)

This was a special request from my good friends at my Pinoy Kodakero community.  An excellent suggestion particularly from our resident chef, Zeetz Jones who happens to love this song.  (Theme song niya?  ^_^)

I didn’t have a proper set-up then so this was recorded straight into my iMac from my Yamaha PSR1500 around midnight while the kids slept.  I didn’t have a microphone either. :p  I was hoping the photos in the slideshow would make up for the low-tech.  LOL.

The fabulous images you see in the video are not mine.  They belong to the very talented, generous and fun flickr peeps, some of whom became friends of mine.  I had the good chance of meeting them in one of the PK Tagaytay meet-ups back in 2009.

So, sa mga mahal kong Kaberks ng PK, salamat sa magagandang ala-ala. (at mga obra!)  Umuulan po dito kaya heto at sentihan time ulit!

Til our next collaboration.  Keep shooting!

Courage in creativity,
Chiqui (aka ikat115 on flickr)

13/100: Ngayon Na! Ngayon Na!

Ngayon At Kailanman by chiquipineda

Hello!  Hello!  Welcome to the new visitors to the 100songs!*  So good to have you over.


1.  Among the perks of my singing career in the 90s was getting to know some of the music industry’s legends.  One of them was the great composer, Mr. George Canseco.

2.  Nini Valera wrote on November 20, 2004 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, as a tribute:  The songwriter, who wrote some of Pinoy pop music’s most enduring classics, died of liver cancer at 10 a.m. yesterday at the Kidney Institute. He was 70. His enduring ballads — all sad, sentimental songs about having loved and lost — will forever be part of Filipino pop culture. Like his song says, “Ngayon at Kailanman.”

3.  The late Mr. Canseco and I had coinciding stints  at a music lounge in Quezon City.  I’m trying to remember the name of the hotel but couldn’t.  What I do recall is that the facade of the building had a castle-like structure.  Camelot!  Mr. C had the earlier set and I had the later one.  I didn’t last long.  I didn’t like the feel of the place, too many interesting characters.  I have dozens of  stories about my lounge singer days.  One day I’ll tell you all about it.

4.  Ngayon at Kailanman became a very popular movie theme which starred one of my favorites, Sharon Cuneta.  I remember going to the theaters with my mom and sisters because we were such fans.  I still am.

6.  I got to meet her too, during the height of my showbiz career.  I remember being invited to a karaoke party – the launch of a movie – one with Ms. Cuneta and Rudy Fernandez in it.  I got to sit in the same table as the Megastar but was all tongue tied to say anything.  Mega fail. :p

7.  I love OPM (Original Pilipino Music).  Tagalugin mo, hija.  Mahal ko ang OPM!  I think I’ll stick to it for a while for the 100songs project.

8.  It’s all spring-like again.  From a very cold, rainy couple of weeks ago to this warm, 24ºC during the day.  The vegetation’s getting all confused!  The leaves are all “Should we fall or stay in our branches?”  and the birds frustrated with the ‘to migrate or not to migrate’ routine!

9.  Recovery rocks!  Still a bit hoarse but getting there.

10.  Thanksgiving  was a whole lot of happy indeed, beginning with feeling better and coming together with family over the weekend.  Finally had a chance to meet the newest addition to the Azimi clan!  I was able to hold baby Olivia and change her diaper, too.  That brought back a flood of sweet baby memories, some I’d like to keep that way.  😀

Today’s Creative Quotable is from Michael Nobbs of Sustainably Creative~

Don’t compare yourself to others, just get on with YOUR important work.

As always, my dear creative kindred spirit, here’s to courage in creativity!



*I’ll be using this title as a shortcut from now on to save time and space and…:)