amelialourdes: (icon ; croissant time)
2016-05-14 02:00 am
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Hi, 2016. It's nice to see you. Let's talk Mother's Day.

Oh, hi, LiveJournal. It's been a minute, hasn't it? Everyone's just kind of all over the place and I utilize all kinds of social media that I haven't revisited my old haunts. But I wanted to today! I really want to try to get into the habit of writing. I need to start posting on my site more and start using that. If you want to follow me over there, that's where I'll be! I'll provide the link at the bottom. For now, let's talk about Mother's Day. Every year, I try to take my mom somewhere new, somewhere nice. And we've never been to The Melting Pot before so we decided to give that a shot. There used to be one closer to us in Pasadena and we've never been there so we went to the one over in Thousand Oaks. They were open for lunch for the day, which works for my mom since we both like just going out for lunch and hanging out in the afternoon. Besides, Game of Thrones was on in the afternoon.

Warning: Food Photos. You'll be hungry after viewing. )



Never been to Melting Pot before and I walked away pretty pleased. Yes, it's expensive. I think my brain temporarily short-circuited after looking at the bill because I couldn't figure out the tip to add. As we drove away from the restaurant, I realized that I had been short on the tip, and felt incredibly guilty. The little devil on my shoulder said, "It's okay. You'll never go back. Just leave." The bigger angel on my shoulder said, "Are you fucking crazy? Why would you do that to someone? CALL THEM WHEN YOU GET HOME." What did I end up doing? I called them when I got home to add to the tip. I'm not that terrible.

But I pay for the experience to dip things. I love fondue. There aren't restaurants that cater specifically to the idea of fondue and I love it. Everything tasted fresh. The chicken and steak were my favorite parts of the entree. The chocolate was fantastic. How could it not be? The girl at the front desk was adorable. Our server was really, really great. Everyone seemed discombobulated that it was lunch and not dinner since they're usually only open for dinner. We were greeted with a, "I hope you're having a great night." They were charming errors. No complaints here and my mother still talks about what a wonderful experience she had. So we're looking forward to going back! Hope other celebrants had wonderful days, as well.

I can't say with confidence that I'll post here regularly at all, but I am looking to reengage my site and considering an interview part of the site that'll feature different artists that I admire. I've purchased a lot over pop art over the years and there are some talented artists that definitely need to be featured somewhere. That's in the works! For now, visit aimeecurameng.com to see what I'm up to and my recaps from events I've been to last year. Until next time, LJ!

amelialourdes: (icon ; nkotbsb)
2015-05-04 11:43 pm
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When I'm not at a theater, I'm going to a concert.


From the second New Kids on the Block tour in Anaheim, CA.

amelialourdes: (theater ; sound of music (maria))
2015-04-28 10:58 am

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amelialourdes: (broadway ; les mis)
2015-01-01 10:46 pm
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End of the Year Summary with Photos!

Before I started compiling this list, I thought, "I didn't really do much this year." Then I put everything together and looking at the list... yes, I did do a lot. I didn't go to as many concerts but I went to a lot of cabaret shows and a good amount of theater. It was a great year! Let's do an events overview.



2014 Events! )
amelialourdes: (the groff ; jgroff)
2014-11-23 11:33 am

I made this icon five years ago. Dang.

- I'd just like to talk about things I am currently obsessed with. I am obsessed with the show Looking. Seriously, why aren't more people watching this? Well, many criticisms I've heard about the show is that it's slow and I beg to differ. I think the first season was really about establishing and developing these set of characters in an intimate way. The director, Andrew Haigh, has this way of filming the characters so you're really within their space and it develops an intimacy that you don't see in other television shows. Andrew Haigh directed one of the best movies I've ever seen, Weekend, and he brings the same aesthetic to Looking.

I love television shows and movies and theater that really focus on subtlety -- particularly subtle acting. Looking provides a plethora of that and I constantly roll around in it and am usually desperate for more. There are moments I catch with each rewatch that I never notice the first time, acting decisions the actors make that would go unnoticed if you weren't really looking for them. Those choices can really change the nuance of a scene -- a hitch in their voice, the blink of their eyes, their choices in movement. I am obsessed with it. Obsessed.

I have so many feels, you guys. )



UGH I LOVE THIS FUCKING SHOW SO MUCH. WHERE ARE THE FIC WRITERS TO SATISFY MY NEED FOR GAPFILLERS? WHY ISN'T EVERYTHING STILL ON LIVEJOURNAL SO I CAN JUST JOIN A TON OF COMMUNITIES! TUMBLR IS SO FUCKING CONFUSING SOMETIMES AND I DON'T KNOW HOW TO LOOK UP THIS STUFF.

Do you realize that if you put "Looking" in a tumblr search, it is very, very rare you will actually find what you're looking for. Just saying. Ugh.

- What else have I been up to? Well, photos that I took back in August have finally been published in the online magazine they were meant for. If anyone wants to check it out, they're here: http://issuu.com/undergroundsparksmag/docs/november/0

I got to interview one of my favorite musicians, ever, Jay Brannan. Yes, I have spoken about him once or twice in here. (Understatement). He is one of my favorite people in the universe and he let me photograph one of his shows. It was a ton of fun. I also got to do a photoshoot with actress Jena Sims and it turned out beautifully, I think.





- I got to see Randy twice in Amadeus. That's such a great play and Randy was great in it.

- I saw Pippin twice and I want to see it a billion more times.

- I got sick for a trillion weeks. I'm still sick. Going to the doctor this week to figure out what the hell is going on with me. This is the first time I've ever lost my voice and it sucks. I talk a lot so these past few weeks have not been fun at all, actually.

- I saw Jordan Knight and Nick Carter and it was one of the most fun shows, ever. They did this '90s medley that made me unbelievably happy. Unfortunately, I relapsed into illness the following day but I gotta say, the concert was so worth it. Ha.

- I saw the Hunchback of Notre Dame and I'm going to go see it again in December.

- I've already bought my tickets to see Newsies on tour next year. Twice.

And I think that's it! You're all caught up.

amelialourdes: (reecons ; fandom is full time)
2014-10-03 10:57 pm

Fandom Story Time, everyone!

All right, I was having a very lively discussion with my friends and we started getting into our fandom origin stories. I want to know your fandom origin stories. What was the fandom that got you into fandom? When did you start discovering fic? Discussions? Did you become involved in a message board? Were you on a ListServ? Was the Internet around when you were in the beginning stages? I want to know everything. Go on. I'm waiting.

amelialourdes: (broadway ; hair - i believe in love)
2014-08-30 11:50 pm
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A note to myself.

A note to myself to hold myself accountable in the future -- hey, future me! Do this!

My birthmother was 32 when she had me. Her birthday's in September and I'm thinking about her now that September's almost here. Everything I know about myself and my genealogical background is on a sheet of paper I got from my adoption agency. I have that information about her from that paper. So, I want to plan a trip to go to the Philippines when I'm 32 in 2017. I want to do a photographic series about my life. I want to visit the agency that brought me to my parents, the nuns and their institution who contributed to my birthmother's health, and maybe even make it back to where my birthmother's from. I think that'd be interesting and I hope that by 2017, I'll be better at taking photos. I think I'm giving myself enough time. I'll be curious going there at that point in my life and being the same age as she was when she had me. That's the plan, future self!

amelialourdes: (reecons ; ONLY REE IS AWESOME)
2014-07-29 09:00 pm
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, REEFACE!

Happiest of birthdays to the sunshine in my life, [livejournal.com profile] reeface! She brings us all the doodles and hilariousness and the world is so much brighter with her in it. I am not a talented doodler like she is but I hope virtual love and hugs is an acceptable alternative, friend! Love you! ♥

amelialourdes: (reecons ; fandom is full time)
2014-07-25 02:20 pm
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Yay! Thank you!

YAY! I REACHED MY GOAL THANKS TO YOUUUUU!

We did it, we did it! Thank you everyone for your incredible generosity. I would've been grateful with $10 but you guys really went above and beyond and I appreciate that so much. As I stated in the previous entry, I'm putting it all here so that every dime is accounted for and so that you know where your money is going. I know the interwebs hasn't been so kind to people's generosity and I do not want to be one of those people. So let me break down the totals:

DreamHost hosting per month: $10.95
Total for the year: $131.40

Money Received --
US Dollars: $216.95
Other Currency: $80
Total Received: $296.95 (will alter with currency exchange to over $300)

Wow. When I see that total all laid out like that, it's really incredible, and again, I am so, so grateful to have anything at all and definitely grateful for your support. I'll be able to keep the site going for two plus years with everything received and that is amazing! I'm so blown away by it. Again, the money is going only to the qafcaps.com site. The reason I asked for PayPal is because that's how I pay DreamHost every month. It's an easy transfer and it takes seconds. Now I'll be able to have something to put into that account every month, yay! It's certainly a large weight off of my shoulders and I have fandom to thank for that.

I really don't know how to thank you guys for this. You certainly have my appreciation and the promise that this site's going to stay up. Thank you again! You guys are ammmaaazzzinnnngggggg! ♥

amelialourdes: (reecons ; fandom is full time)
2014-07-22 08:33 pm
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Hey, guys.

I promised myself that I would never do this unless it was absolutely necessary and it's proving necessary lately. If you don't know, I run the website qafcaps.com which provides screencaptures of Queer as Folk and downloads for those captures. I also maintain the old archive of the original Queer Eyes site which is an exact replica of the old Queer Eyes site. That site holds old icons, videos, and fic which may or may not be found in other archives.

I pay $10.95 per month to maintain ownership of the site. I've had the site active since 2009 and I've only asked for help one other time when I was able to keep up payments for 4 months. I've been able to maintain it financially on my own and I will definitely continue to do so. There's no way I want to close it down for any reason so even if no one contributes, I'll figure out a way to make it work. But it would be a great help to me if you would.

I promise to leave a public tally here so that every cent is accounted for and so you know that it is only going to payments for this site. I have another site of mine I maintain, my personal photography portfolio site, but those payments are my own. Again, it is $10.95 per month so payment for a year is $131.40. I'd like to reach that goal to be able to maintain the site for the year. Hopefully, I'm in a better financial position next year to just take care of this on my own but for now, I'm reaching out to the Queer as Folk community.

Thank you to anyone who can help! My PayPal e-mail is: amelia.lourdes@gmail.com.

I will make a public announcement if my goal is reached to let you guys know and if there's any excess, I'll make that announcement known, too, so that it can go into a tally for the following year.

Thank you again, guys, it means a lot!

amelialourdes: (movie ; sound of music [maria twirl])
2014-07-14 10:29 am

Making the social media rounds!

I'm officially using that title for all things reviews and photos. Posted two of my reviews on BroadwayWorld today. Please feel free to take a look at the reviews and photos, thank you!

Clockwork Follies at Rockwell


Jagged Little Pill at Rockwell


amelialourdes: (icon ; too much time on lj)
2014-07-11 05:45 pm
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HAPPY 11TH ANNIVERSARY TO ME!

Permanent Account, Created on 11 July 2003 (#1177026), Last updated on 11 July 2014

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I can't believe I've been here for 11 years. This journal was not pretty in the beginning. I was literally a teenager when I started. I was 18 and I was entering my freshman year of college. Now I'm 29 (BRIAN KINNEY'S AGE) and looking back at that time both feels like another life and feels like it was just yesterday. I was brand-new in the Queer as Folk fandom. I came in around Season Three and it's never really left me. It's provided me so, so much as a fandom. It's the fandom that keeps on giving. I've met the most amazing friends, friends I used to admire from afar when they were posting here and being so popular on LJ while I was just a wallflower. Back then, I didn't even think that was possible as silly as it sounds. But it's possible and it's been an awesome 11 years.

I can't wait to see what the next 11 years have in store for me. Hopefully, more photos, more fun travel adventures, just more of everything. LJ's definitely still my happy place and it's going to be the main place I go to be me.

amelialourdes: (icon ; with camera)
2014-07-09 11:54 pm
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Making the social media rounds!

Hi, everyone!

Just wanted to let you know I've posted the rest of my Queen/Adam Lambert photos on Flickr here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/amelourdes/sets/72157645193797357/

queenar020
Adam is v. v. excited for me.

amelialourdes: (icon ; music is love)
2014-01-15 10:10 pm

January 15, 1999.

It has been 15 years... 15 years since I saw The Moffatts for the first time at the Century Club in Century City, California, not too far away from here. I cannot believe it's been 15 years! It does not feel like 15 years. It feels like it just happened yesterday.

I was interviewed on Access Hollywood here and I was treated like a VIP. The people at the table next to me thought I was some celebrity from Asia. I took promotional photos at the show. I listened to the interview they did. It was my first real band experience. I've never done anything like that before and especially for a 13-year-old at the time, it was wonderfully overwhelming. At 13, that really shaped my experience and as you guys know, I've had plenty of positive band experiences since then. But this will always be my first taste of my favorite band in a small club and fantastic things happening in one evening. I'll never forget it. Here's to 15 years!


Me and Dave Moffatt.
I was 13 and he was 14.


One of my favorite Moffatt songs and first heard it 15 years ago.
They had just finished writing it and performed it that night.

amelialourdes: (qaf ; abandonment issues)
2014-01-14 11:57 am
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Well, hello, nostalgia. Nice to see you.

You guys, I am hardcore nostalgia-ing QaF. Like, hard. There's a bit Luke and Reid, too, because I'm randomly writing Lure fic in which they get trapped in a cabin. But I had a dream about Gale Harold last night and I just really, really need to see them. QaF is coming to Netflix on February 1st so I'm thinking that needs to happen like yesterday. Between the Olympics and QaF marathon, that's where you'll find me in February!

So, come on. Let's all nostalgia together, please. I will not be alone in this. Favorite memories? My recent favorite memory is visiting filming locations! Wish I could've been there years ago but at least I got to go. :)

Ooh! I got another one! Fun fact - I was supposed to go to the Season Four premiere but I wasn't gonna go if I couldn't get in. So I stayed home. Turns out, my friend was waiting for me and among the group of people just invited inside to watch. Sigh.
amelialourdes: (jonathan ; thinking)
2014-01-06 01:37 am

Paul Walker.

This is a fandom-based journal and people know what it's like when someone they've liked either in television or movies or music passes away, someone who's meant something to someone in their fandom. I think we've all been through it. Jonathan Brandis, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Brad Renfro were a few of mine. Paul Walker was someone I had great memories of as a teenager. I know a lot of you watch the Fast and the Furious series. My little cousin had a birthday party up in Valencia and we happened to literally be around the corner from the crash site. I had my camera and decided to go over there to see what was there and this was what I found.

Paul Walker Memorial Site. )



It was a tragedy but it was certainly one that could've been prevented. It was such a small area to go at top speeds. There were a few industrial buildings around but sharp curves and the 15 mph speed limit sign was posted there. There's a 25 mph sign posted around the corner. It was awful to see. They chopped down the tree and the pole's gone. The stump is the one with the coins on top. But people are writing messages all along the street, the trees, any signs in the small area. It was very touching to be there.

amelialourdes: (qaf ; britin)
2013-12-31 11:14 pm

Happy New Year!

Well, not quite the new year over here in California. This is my final entry for the NaBloPoMo challenge. It wasn't always easy to do. Sometimes I just wasn't home to complete them before midnight and got them all in under the wire. Sometimes I just couldn't think of anything to say. But I loved the exercise. I loved writing down everything I was doing on that particular day and I had no excuse to not do it. I always had my laptop open and ready to go and all I needed to do was sit down and type. I don't know why that's so difficult to do sometimes. I used to write in a journal every day, I could certainly sit down and type.

I'm going to try to keep it up in 2014. I used to write in here all the time and I have many days remembered -- maybe some days I'd rather not remember but the good and the bad, they're all in here. With all the instantaneous social media these days, I guess it's hard to find the time to just sit down and think but I'd like to do that more.

So here's to 2014! I had a pretty amazing 2013 so 2014 better live up to all this hype. Hope everyone has a safe and happy new year!

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amelialourdes: (cmas ; decor)
2013-12-30 11:22 pm

For those enduring the cold winter months.

Here are some photos I took at the LA County Fair this past September. Imagine the warmth of summer for the people experiencing the cold. In return, someone send me pictures of snow. This heat makes me wanna punch someone right in the face.

Meet me at the fair. )

amelialourdes: (canada ; i heart it)
2013-12-29 10:36 pm

2013 Year in Review!

2013 Review! )

I haven't been counting the movies I've seen this year but I have counted concerts and theater shows!

Concerts:
1. January 20th: Lady Gaga at Staples Center
2. February 10th: Justin Timberlake at the Palladium
3. April 19th: Bon Jovi at Staples Center
4. April 20th: Backstreet Boys at the Fonda
5. April 21st: Ramin Karimloo at the Federal
6. May 10th: Jay Brannan at the Hotel Cafe
7. May 19th: Shoshana Bean at the Americana
8. May 26th: Shoshana Bean at the Americana
9. May 28th: Poprocks! Michael Arden and Andy Mientus at Rockwell
10. May 30th: Darren Criss, House of Blues, LA
11. May 31st: Darren Criss, House of Blues, Anaheim
12. July 5th: NKOTB/98 Degrees/Boyz II Men - Los Angeles
13. July 6th: NKOTB/98 Degrees/Boyz II Men - Las Vegas
14. July 7th: NKOTB/98 Degrees/Boyz II Men - San Jose
15. July 13th: NKOTB/98 Degrees/Boyz II Men, Anaheim
16. July 17th: Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls at Gibson Amphitheater
17. July 28th: Justin Timberlake/Jay-Z at the Rose Bowl
18. July 30th: Backstreet Boys at Jimmy Kimmel
19. September 4th: Backstreet Boys at the Gibson Amphitheater
20. September 6th: Backstreet Boys at the Irvine Wireless Amphitheater
21. September 25th: Hanson at the House of Blues, Anaheim.
22. September 26th: Hanson at the House of Blues, LA
23. October 5th: Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson in Chula Vista at the Sleep Train Amphitheater.
24. November 1st: Jay Brannan at the Mint

Theater:
1. February 19th: Jekyll & Hyde at the Pantages
2. February 27th: Jekyll & Hyde at the Pantages
3. February 28th: Wicked at Sergerstrom Hall
4. March 16th: Jonathan Groff in "Red" at UCLA
5. June 15th: Next to Normal.
6. October 9th: Tommy at the Stratford Theater Festival
7. October 9th: Fiddler on the Roof at the Stratford Theater Festival
8. October 10th: Les Miserables in Toronto
9. October 11th: Les Miserables in Toronto
10. October 23rd: Evita at the Pantages
11. November 1st: Jay Brannan at the Mint
12. November 9th: The Black Suits at the Kirk Douglas
13. November 10th: Evita at the Pantages
14. December 14th: Evita at Sergerstrom Hall
15. December 21st: Evita at Sergerstrom Hall

Not nearly enough theater! I had a bit of a drought in there somewhere. To be fair, they were during the unemployed months so I felt like I couldn't go out. But I guess I did go to a bunch of concerts during that time, too. The concert number seems a little low to me. I'm usually in the 30s. But went to some GREAT concerts this year.
amelialourdes: (qaf ; livejournal = crack)
2013-12-28 11:29 pm

I'm FINALLY awake!

I'm awake enough tonight to actually respond to previous posts and post something of substance tonight. This week at work I've been trying to get some overtime while they're offering it so I wake up early and spend about 10 hours there. So I'm pretty exhausted when I come home and then I have a day off and then I work and it's been on and off all week. Then yesterday was my mother's birthday.

She had a great day! Thankfully. She's been particularly stressed lately since her brother's been staying with us. She's not the most easy-going when it comes to people or places or things. Very high-strung and stressed out so I wanted her to have a relaxed day. I gave her her present in the morning. I got her that HP bundle from Best Buy. Such a great price for a laptop that comes with a mouse, laptop cover, and an 8 GB flash drive. It has Windows 8 on it which is a little... confusing even for me. It seems really sensitive. I was in one program and all of a sudden it switched to something else without notice. When you open it, they show you all the applications first but it does have a regular looking desktop option? So... looking forward to having to teach my mom when it's confusing to me.

After waiting for my cousin and then waiting for the food (stress) we finally relaxed to have lunch. After lunch, we went on a walk where we took some of the photos I posted yesterday. We took the picture of the two of us while on our walk.

My cousin suggested we go up Palos Verdes (my old 'hood) and check out the view from the lookout. It was gorgeous. It was such a clear, beautiful day! We could see clear to downtown which is very rare. Usually, it's smog-filled but yesterday was so beautiful.

Then we concluded the day with ice cream near our apartment so my mom could have some dessert. Day completed!

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My mom and her brother, Manny.

All of this leads me to thinking about family dynamics. All families have their problems. I've had my problems with my dad. I've never hid that from anyone. But I've learned to accept him and his family. I'd be a more miserable person if I allowed him to disappoint me over and over again. He does disappoint me and makes me angry but I've learned to forgive and move on and try my best to have some kind of relationship with him. I know my dad loves me and I love him and I try to make it work.

My Uncle has an unstable relationship with his younger daughter. We had dinner with her tonight. It was... well, it went just about as well as you might expect. They haven't seen each other in years. It went. It definitely went. And I love my cousin. I love seeing her and being around her and I regret not doing it more especially since she lives her. But, I know she's not in the same place as I am. She has her problems with her dad. The thing is, I know we can relate to each other when it comes to those things. We've had a lot of the same experiences when it comes to parental relationships. And I love my Uncle. He's my mother's brother and I'm very close to my mother's side of the family so it's hard to see them have that dynamic. I wish she felt closer to our side because I think she'd fit in really well. I know my family miss her and would like to see her. That's just not the way things are right now.

It's been an interesting couple of weeks. With the holidays, I've seen my family a lot and I love being around them. Usually, it's just me and my mom and working and coming home and I love that. But I also thrive around my family. I love feeling part of something. I've always liked that feeling of being included rather than excluded. This feeling comes and goes but right now it's here and it's really refreshing.

* note: NOW I'm sleepy. Sleep and then replying tomorrow. Promise.