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Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel Artist: Mariah Carey
Album: Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (Special Philippines Edition)

In her twelfth studio album, Mariah Carey sings about love - of finding, losing and achieving it. Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel is a more intimate and soulful compilation with each song representing a story in the singer's life. The 21 songs on the CD are enough to make you laugh and relieve your sweetest, most romantic memories and cry over your most devastating heartbreaks.

Listening to "Candy Bling" is a surefire way to make you feel nostalgic about the glory of your first love. Meanwhile, "Standing O" and "Up Out My Face" is perfect if you need encouragement when saying goodbye to the jerk who broke your heart.

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At the same time, sing your heart out to "Obsessed" and party to the four remixed versions included in the album.

However, I greatly recommend listening to her cover of "I Wanna Know What Love Is" if you want the classic Mariah Carey experience complete with the belting out solos and choir background vocals that transformed this song from the rock genre to a great mix of R&B and gospel. —Alekx Toyhacao

Boyce Avenue


Artist: Boyce Avenue
Album: On Their Way To Avenue A+

Thank goodness they finally became big shots! These "Boyce" truly deserve their big break. From their incredible performances in YouTube, they have conquered the recording studios as well. I was happy to see that their covers in YouTube were not sensationalized in the album. I wanted to see what Boyce Avenue could do and they proved they could do so much more than what I expected. I got to see their musical stylings in their amazing album because the songs were originals. Their songs would fit any moment from walking down the street to driving down Roxas Boulevard (Believe me, I've tried it with my earphones in full volume. It was a sweet walk/ride). After listening to their first album, you would start counting down the days until their next album comes out. —Jazmin Reyes


Artist: Colbie Caillat
Album Title: Breakthrough


Her soothing vocals never fail to calm any person who hears her music. Colbie Caillat unfolds 13 new songs in another enticing album that will surely captivate the hearts of every listener.

The catchy music and cute lyrics of "Falling for You" is perfect for that guy you have feelings for. Nostalgia will fill the air when "I Never Told You" starts playing. The heartfelt lyrics will make you reminisce about the happy days you had with the one who broke your heart. Your best guy friend has always been the caring, thoughtful, and understanding guy that he is. And most of all, he loves you and you feel the same way about him too. Don't you feel "Lucky" that you're in love with him?

Colbie Caillat's songs are definitely worth listening to for that relaxing and cool vibe. It's absolutely perfect for that lazy day when you're just chilling out at home. —Jeselle Villegas

Girls' Generation

Artist: Girls' Generation
Album: Girls' Generation

Have you ever dreamt of having your very own girl band to show off your amazing voice and ultra-chic wardrobe? Well, here comes Korea's most hip girl band - Girls' Generation has come to Manila and is planning to take over the Pinoy music scene. With their funky, fresh new sound and ultra-long legs, who wouldn't want to be any of these cute girls? Check out this innovative new group as these nine fabulous girls dare to bare all they've got into the modern Asian music scene. Their hit songs, "Genie", "One Year Late" and "Girl Friend" will guarantee you wanting to listen to their songs over and over again. Join Yoona, Tae Yon, Jessica, Soo Young, Sunny, Hyo Yeon, Yuri, Seo Hyun and Tiffany as they sing all they've got in this one fabulous collection. So what are you waiting for? Be the Girl of this Generation. —Keisha Go











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Maybe I'm just a learner, not a weirdo. A learner that knows how to listen and pretend. A simple learner who's a great pretender. Pretending to be slightly dumb enough not to be judged and criticized by those who do not appreciate my existence. We surround ourselves with people who's levels are either beyond or below our intellectual behavior, because as for reality, people may use you either for their success or your downfall. Since then, people tend to judge someone who has an intellect with things they shouldn't be. Making them a criticizer, and most of all, calling them weird.

Honestly, I'm one of this "weirdo" who actually loves to learn things, and for the record, I'm bullied and stressed out for making myself not to learn more and go with the flow to dumbness I had. Have you ever feel being assigned to some task where you know every process to make it easier and faster to finish but turns out to hesitate to voice out because some of your mates put themselves in charge. There are times where I know what to do, what to say, or how to react, but kept myself silent and pretend not to know anything that may help us. Maybe it's a good thing to just go with their ideas and learn from their perspectives, but sometimes you can't control it and says something, and once again called to be a weirdo and let you finish the work by yourself.

It's annoying that you only know one process yet they gave you the whole work and let you finish it by yourself because they insist that "MAGALING KA DIBA?". It's not your fault being an intellectual person, knowing such things that may help you to pursue your dreams, and have the basic knowledge about something. You don't need to know everything, just the basics. And as for those people who do not appreciate your existence, let them be and continue what's the best for you. In some cases, you'll be annoyed by this but most of the time you'll be thankful for it. Not for now but maybe later. Just be yourself either a weirdo, a great pretender, or a simple learner, and always remember to lower your voice and behavior because no one loves that.

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