When I’m feeling low or less than energetic, I spray some of my favorite cologne (thanks, mumzy!) and remember last summer in Manila and laughing-myself-to-tears silly with my sisters, L and J.  We all got ourselves a bottle each during one of our many sisterhood shopping sprees.

One of our very first photos together, 1978.
Photo by Dad 
Davao City

I’ve been wanting to get some really extravagant lavander soap to use in the shower in the mornings, an idea I got from her.  There’s something about lavender that makes me feel all happy-calm inside.  I am on the hunt for the best one.

My husband J thinks I have the nose of a bloodhound.  I remind him that I am a woman and we all have a keen sense of smell.  He argues that mine is fiercer than others. 

coffee and eggy bits, 2006
© Chiqui Pineda-Azimi

I love the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning.  

I love my new Nescafe Dolce Gusto/ Melody 2 by Krups that can rival any of the best coffee places in the world.  I call it my Nescafriend.  ^_^ . Another fun discovery while staying with L during vacation last summer – single-serve makers are better than the pot.  My good old coffeemaker has been sitting idly in one corner of the kitchen for a month now.

I can get instantly transported to another time and place at the whiff of somebody’s perfume, the smell of places like a restaurant or lobby, a corner bakery,

or the latest baking experiment like this banana bread in my kitchen which reminds me of a time in my mom’s kitchen when she used to make all those baked goodies – angel food cake, moist chocolate cake (w/ mayo!) and the ceasar salad made with the freshest ingredients stirred in a wooden bowl with a wooden spoon!

These days, I always light a scented candle in the kitchen first thing in the morning.  It is like my mini meditative moment and welcoming Spirit into my home and my life.

Are you particular about certain scents?  What are you faves?  I’d really like to know.  So many to discover out there!

Next up:  Flavors and Spices!

011/100: life is like a river

10TriviaAtbp. (w/ some random bits thrown in just because…i’m hungry. :p)

1)  I’m happy to share the photos on this song #11. 

2)  These images – I like to call it my Loonie Lake because of the Canadian Geese (AKA Loons or Loonies) that hang out there – were taken in a span of four years.

3)  It changes from season to season, my Loonie Lake, so magestically.  It doesn’t matter to me that its man-made.  Water is water and I love it.  Sometimes, its magnificence takes my breath away especially when the fog sits there just so or when the light shimmers on the surface.

4)  It’s been a physically and emotionally draining week for this domesticated diva.  (I’m embracing the title fully now, as you can see, and the 3L’s are calling my name as I type as fast as I can…hold your horses, labada!!!  :D)

5)  Prayers go to some beloved family members who are going through a very difficult time.  To MJ and her family.  To SA and his family.  To JF and her dad…to everybody going through challenging times, I pray for peace in your hearts and minds, in God’s mighty name, amen.

6)  I haven’t had breakfast.  It’s 12:15PM.  Ironic because this is the theme song from the iconic movie “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” w/ the legendary Audrey Hepburn.

7)  I want some Chinese take-out but don’t know of a good enough place to call.  

8)  I have two dear friends (who do not wish to be recognized…the buggers!) with guest performances on this project.  I’ll be posting those fun recordings soon.  Such a hoot to have spontaneous sing-alongs here at home.

9)  There’s a quote atop the Music Museum in Greenhills that make me and Leslie laugh ourselves silly.  It’s makes sense and makes no sense all at the same time.  It says:  “Life without music is a mistake.”  Um…yes, MM, I see what you mean.  Music certainly makes life richer, more colorful and an otherwise dull moment more alive.  But, really…a MISTAKE?!  More like a sad thing, if you ask me.  But who’s to say it’s a right or wrong thing?  Where’s the red pen to check or ‘x’ my answer?  Anyway, it’s just one of those off-sounding, sorely juxtaposed word play up on a billboard that, thankfully, in a fun way brightens my day.  And Mumzy’s too.

10.  And yes.  Life without music IS a mistake.  So here’s my part in making it an UN-mistake.

And always…ALL ways ~

Courage in creativity,

Song: MoonRiver
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Piano Accompaniment by Eric Evangelista

You did it again, Kuya Eric!  (kuya daw o!  LOL)  Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for first suggesting this lovely song and then playing and patiently RE-playing it again to fit my vocal range!  What’s next, Mister Mavster? 😉

Why I Do What I Do – and some 100+ words that keep me motivated

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” ~ Zig Ziglar


I’m very good at starting things.

I’m very bad at keeping at it.  
I so want this project to go on until the 100th song.  (“Be a finisher, Kat!” I can hear my coach Julie’s voice and the gentle thud is the sound of her lovingly kicking my butt.)
But the low-energy, the sagging momentum, there’s so much to do, there’s not enough time to do all of it…and so on and so forth, the chorus of gremlins go singing ye old, sticky, neenerneener-you’re-no-finisher song.
To counter and remedy this, I listened to the the Voice’s nudge to share EE’s email here.  Then, I said to myself, why limit it to just one, throw in the whole enchilada (now I’m really hungry!) and share other lovely peeps comments, too!  
So here it is folks, the 100+ wonderful words from some fabulous folks who have been touched, geese-bumped (!) and tear-induced by this almost-did-not-happen project.  Imagine that.  How less richer my life would have been if I got all chicken empanada instead of Chiqui Pineda over the Muse’s command to JDI.
 “You have no idea how much you have inspired me with your creativity, and you being the most humble celebrity I have known. You got to know how much I appreciate the friendship. You presented yourself…as “you”, being the creative one and not the Ms. CP that the whole OPM industry has known and love.”  ~ EE (Mr. E now wants to begin his own brand of artistic expression.  Watch this space for that!)

“It is a dream come true, yet again…I got to sing with the legendary, the one and only, Miss Chiqui Pineda. Wow…(still gushing). I am really glad to have found a friend in you and I hope we continue to be such. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will treasure this forever… ~ ATD (Who now shares his art with so many adoring fans – friends and strangers alike.  Case in point, we were having brunch once and the server-lady saw his artwork (I did the proud mama bit and showed it to her) and she ended up bringing the iPad where it was to her co-workers.  A bright spot in their busy day, I bet!  Rock on, Mr. T!

YOU MADE MY DAY, kumare! Love you with all your creativeness that you should be proud of!!! ~ ALT (A music and voice teacher and kumare who continues to inspire me because she is the perfect example of the Do-What-You-Love rule.)

You always get my heart. Thank you for making this morning truly beautiful. ~ CMD (as you did mine, ms. c!)

I so needed to hear this. I am struggling through something which I know, I know, shall also pass, but Ireally needed to hear this. Timely and of course, beautiful. ~ MVM *Ms. M has been a long-time (think decades!) mentor and inspiration of mine.  To be able to return the favor in this very special way just blows my mind.

I got carried away. You are such a musical genius, that I had another “geese” bumps moment. 😉 And I heard your heart singing louder at the end of the song, too. So beautiful:)) *and here’s to learning new words while we’re at it!  thank YOU, Mr. Mavster!

I am once again, starstruck.
No one can deliver a classic song like you! Yes….YOU.;) Much love and respect for you Ms. CPA, looking forward to our next one;))

YOU always give me the courage and conviction to try on new things, putting no limit to age and status…thanks to you… ~ COP *Ahhhh….this one is so heart-warming for me.  Ms. C is my earliest inspiration.  Ok, no need for secrecy on this one, COP is Corazon O. Pineda, my mommy!  My earliest and original fan, no less!!!  So biased itong comment na ‘to.  Please ignore.  Hahahahahaha!!!  Love and thank YOU, Mamay!

Oh my, kinilabutan ako sa nadinig ko!! Ang ganda!!!!!!!  ~ ZJ (An inspirator (?) who gently pushed albeit lovingly and with such fierce faith to just go for it once, not too long ago…)

Grabe, ano ba ito…galing, umakyat balahibo ko (balbon pa naman ako). Enjoy din si Mommy ;).  *she always makes me laugh…and think deep thoughts…

and then

Ay hello…naiyak naman ako.  ~ VMR  *and in return i make her cry.  fair is fair.  LOL. 

Chiqui P – you inspire me. ~ MC  *and i am so very grateful for having been given that chance…

ChiquiP, you truly are inspiring!! And you even have the time and energy to launch this project, continue with your drawings AND lose weight (!!!) as you do your 101 chores at home! Galing mo. When I listen to you sing, divang-diva pa rin!… the soul never disapears. ~ CCL  *awww….this has got to be the most humbling one of all the comments of late.  coming from a fellow mom who truly understands the meaning of “making time for something you love” she puts it so tenderly and truthfully.  now if only i can wiggle my way out of the “lose weight” part!  LOL

I am humbled, encouraged and energized by all your kind and very generous words.  I give back all the credit, glory and gratitude to God and Her Muses from where all things come.


Courage In Creativity,
Chiqui Pineda-Azimi

Creator of the *100im.perfect.songs project*

010/100: RAMAniscing by ChiquiSita


1*  Best showbiz experience ever.
2*  I was starstruck every single day of rehearsal and all-throughout the performances. 
3*  This was my first and last major play.  It happened on the 10th year of being in the business.
4*  A lot of people didn’t understand my “leaving” then.
5*  Most comments were to the tune of “but you’re at the peak of your career and now you’re letting it go?!?”
6*  Life Learning:  Sometimes the Outside doesn’t match the Inside.  And when you’re heart’s not in it…
7*  I was feeling so out of place, burnt-out, disillusioned.  Sometimes show business (or any kind of binis for that matter) can do that.
8*  I do miss the bling-ness of it all – the trappings, the entourage, the yayas,…the illusion.  But my life has its own version of bling now.  One that’s more organic and definitely more genuine in its shine.
9*  And I am struck in a way where I would literally give my heart to the stars of my life.
10*  As the title of the song goes “Sana Siya Na Nga” which translates to “I Hope He’s The One”.  Well,  turns out The One was never out there but in here.  With two, three, four and five completing the circle!

Here’s to you the journey of finding YOU if you haven’t began yet…
And if you have…YOUhoooooooo!!!