Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kim Chiu? Kim N' Chi!

Sometime in June, engaged couple Jorge and Ully treated us to Kim N' Chi at Glorietta 4 Food Choices after a wedding expo trip. They highly recommended it and have us try the food there.

Among my friends' favorite was the Spicy Seafood Ramyon or Ramen (P119). It had a generous serving of shrimps, squid and tahong (green mussels). Oh, and did I mention it's spicy? Yes, spicy!

I tried Jorge's favorite, Beef Stew Combo (P119), which was delicious and uber filling. Included in the meal was sweet beef stew, sweet "dilis" (small dried fish), egg rolls, noodles, bean sprouts and rice. The beef was tender and marinated to the core.

I ordered beef strew again last night and, as usual, never finished the meal in one go. Good thing I shared the meal with Manong; he wasn't really that hungry, anwyay.

I have yet to try Kim N' Chi's other menu but so far, their food has been satisfying.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It's the Big Bad Wolf!

As Rorom's birthday celebration, he decided to treat us to dinner at the Big Bad Wolf.

It was hard to find the place if you don't know where it is exactly, 'cause it's at the back of the Fairways Tower. It was strange to look for a restaurant at the back of the building where you think all the service deliveries and crew go.

Contrary to what I thought, though, the place was really cozy. It had the feel of an art gallery cum hang out place. Zeke enjoyed going to the bathroom, as it was very colorful. It was so artsy.

I have to say, my favorite among our order was Dorado Fillet Wrapped in Bacon (P375). The fish just comes perfect with the sauce. I love pasta and I love fish so it was the right combination for me.

Manong and Jesrome enjoyed the Beef Kebab with Mango Salsa (P395). I'm not really a big fan of beef, especially if it's not well-done, so I'll be biased if I say it was just fine. The mango salsa was perfection, though -  the sweetness and sourness, yum! Manong wanted me to imitate the salsa but, yeah, well, good luck to me.

We also ordered Santol-Smoked Pork Belly (P350). I haven't tried any viand with santol before so I didn't know what to expect (well, except that it would be sour). It was sour, indeed, but it doesn't have that tangy taste. It goes well with the dirty rice, as well.

It was truly a happy birthday for Rorom - he only got to pay a hundred or so since he got the Big Bad Wolf coupon from his (now previous) company.

Thanks for the treat, Tito Rorom! Happy birthday!

Abe: Where Good Friends Dine

Everytime we pass by Abe at Serendra, we usually joke about that catchy phrase "Where Good Friends Dine". We should try Abe some time since that is where good friends dine. So when Mama Merlyn visited us one weekend, we decided to treat her to Abe. After all, Manong hasn't tried Abe before so it's a first for him, too.

It was a Saturday and a weekend with a pay day so as expected, there were a lot of people in the area. We had to wait to be seated. I think it took 30 minutes before we were able to get in the restaurant. The place exuded class - a lot of alta-looking people where there, lights were a bit softer and had instrumental music playing on the background. But since it was jam packed that night, it was noisy with chatters.

We ordered Adobong Puso ng Saging, Morcon, Pork Sinigang sa Sampaloc and Bihod Rice.

The Pork Sinigang sa Sampaloc (P330) was a bit ordinary. It wasn't as sour as I thought it would be. The meat was tender and the vegetable crisp enough, though, so somehow it compensated. Then came the Adobong Puso ng Saging (P220). It was soaked in vinegar. And as was with my previous impression, it tasted ordinary.

The "dish" that made an impression was the Bihod Rice (P330); fried rice garnished with fish roe. It was delicious and at the same time the serving was generous enough for 4 people.

Sadly, though, our Morcon (P330) wasn't served. We kept on asking the server for our order but said it was still being cooked. In the end, we had it for take out because Abe's kitchen forgot to cook the dish on time, as the server finally admitted. She came up with the lame excuse that kitchen forgot to cook the Morcon with its sauce, hence the delay. Had I been my usual self, they would have found themselves being rant at and shouldering the expense of the Morcon. Good for them, Mama Merlyn was there, so I let it go.

I found the place to be pricey for its taste and service. But then, maybe we haven't really tried their house specialties so (I hope) what we got instead are the ordinary dishes. I may try Abe some other time but I think it won't be anytime sooner.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Sponge Cola experience

Way back during my younger years, I love going to concerts. I can only afford the cheap ones, though, so this limits me more often than not to local alternative bands. At that time, Sponge Cola was really famous.

During one of those concerts...

Sponge Cola fine-tuning their set on the stage and started to strum the guitar...

Intro to Jeepney...

Bumaba ako sa jeepney
Kung saan tayo'y dating magkatabi...

Audience were screaming at the top of their lungs, including me. WAAHHHH!!!


Magkahalik ang pisngi nating dalawa
Nating dalawa
Panyo mo sa aking bulsa
O ang kahapon mo'y naroon pa rin
Tawa nati'y humahalay 
Sa init nating dalawa...


Then someone shouted, "YAEL, I LOVE YOU!"

Oh, so that's why they were shouting?! But I thought it was because Sponge Cola, THE BAND, was playing on stage.

I, as soon, stopped shouting.


Subalit ngayo'y wala na (wala na)
Ikaw ay lumayo na (lumayo na)
Naaalala ko ang mga gabing nakahiga sa ilalim ng kalawakan
Naaalala ko ang mga gabing magkatabi sa ulan...


-- I miss going to UP Fair *sigh*

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Does Size Matter?

I read on Jam 88.3's FB wall the other day an article about a contest that will award the guy with the smallest penis.

Small Penis Contest In Denmark A Big Deal, Sex Experts Say
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/12/smallest-penis-contest_n_1962514.html

I was shocked at first by this concept. I mean, who would want to expose their teeny weeny size? AND of all places on  the net? Don't they know that whatever they post becomes viral?

What's surprising, though, is that, according to the article, the erotica website who organized this contest already received numerous entries. Wow! As said on the article by one of the journalists, a lot of guys must be desperate to own an iPhone 5, which is what the winner will get. Runner ups will get iPads.

But reading through the article, you finally get their gist in doing this contest. They wanted to promote the thought that having a small thing is not that bad. And, in fact, there are other guys who are also in the same situation.

This is the effect of advertising. In our world today, we are too focused on being too slim or having the perfect hair or having the latest gadgets. These tend to isolate those that who wouldn't be able to achieve such. That's why we have cases like bolemia or psychological depressions or even bullying.

We are just too focused on the "picture perfect"; and more often than not, impossible. We tend to admire the people who are the epitome of these "perfections" but when examined closely, are they truly and really happy with what they have?

I don't think so. They are just the result of what society thinks is perfect but deep down inside, I'm sure they want to break away from it. It's just that fame is so addicting and they're so afraid of losing it 'cause they might end up losing everything.

We read articles about these people every now and then. Supermodels, famous actors, famous singers... Even stories from those close to us - family, friends...

It's just sad how we live in a materialistic world. I hope that our generation and the next generation will learn to break away from it. Won't you think the world will be a better place without all these pressures?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Taken 2: A Review

I had to watch Taken 2 up close and personal today. Up close and personal? Because we sat three rows from screen. Close but not quite. Good thing the fight scenes weren't as action-packed as I thought it would be but it was thrilling enough.

Liam Neeson has always been a good actor but I guess he's just old to do these kinds of movies. You have to give him credit, though, for trying his best to give off a macho, god-mode effect on his character. All the same, I still applaud him for his acting.

Rade Sebedzjia caught my attention in this movie. He played the vengeful, hurting father well. Acting tough and cool despite the agony he went through. I guess his background helped him on that. (He is a popular Yugoslav actor, especially during the 70's and 80's.)

Story-wise, the movie stirred an emotion that is touching to parents. It's all about protecting your loved ones, especially your children. It also presented two sides of the coin. It showed how Westerners are and showed the Muslim culture, as well. How the Muslims were depicted in the movie was how I've known them to be.

And with this, I wondered, did the Muslims thought of Taken 2 as against their culture (following all the ruckus about the Innocence of Muslims)? Or could it be they felt an attachment to how they were represented in the movie? Maybe sympathetic to the Muslim characters there?

Anyways... As with most action movies, the beauty of the place wasn't really captured much. I'm sure it's a great city to visit. It's just sad that it was depicted that way in the movie. But hey, I'm not really complaining.

All in all, it was a great movie, delivering what it promised to be an action thriller film. I'm giving it a 7 out of 10.

Dare You To Move

Dare You To Move... One of the most moving songs I've had the pleasure of listening to. Not only is its rhythm soothing but the message is truly powerful.

We always go through pitfalls in our lives; that's just how life is. There's nothing we can do to escape them. The only thing that you can do is to lift yourself up. Dare yourself to move.

Life is a gift from God. Don't let it rot away just because you fell. Dare yourself to move...

Thanks for introducing Switchfoot, Bebe ^_^ Miss you! *hugs*


Dare You To Move
by Switchfoot

Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone's here
Everyone's here
Everybody's watching you now
Everybody waits for you now
What happens next
What happens next

[Chorus]
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

Welcome to the fallout
Welcome to resistance
The tension is here
Tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be

[Chorus]

Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself?
Where you gonna go?
Where you gonna go?
Salvation is here

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened before

Monday, October 15, 2012

There is no better time to be happy than… NOW!

I read this on a friend's wall. It hit me to the core. There is no better time to be happy than… NOW!

We convince ourselves that life will be better once we are married, have a baby, then another.

Then we get frustrated because our children are not old enough, and that all will be well when they are older.

Then we are frustrated because they reach adolescence and we must deal with them. Surely we’ll be happier when they grow out of the teen years.

We tell ourselves our life will be better when our spouse gets his/her act together, when we have a nicer car, when we can take a vacation, when we finally retire.

The truth is that there is no better time to be happy than right now.
If not, then when?

Your life will always be full of challenges. It is better to admit as much and to decide to be happy in spite of it all.

For the longest time, it seemed that life was about to start. Real life.

But there was always some obstacle along the way, an ordeal to get through, some work to be finished, some time to be given, a bill to be paid. Then life would start.

I finally came to understand that those obstacles were life.

That point of view helped me see that there isn’t any road to happiness.
Happiness IS the road.

So, enjoy every moment.

Stop waiting for school to end, for a return to school, to lose ten pounds, to gain ten pounds, for work to begin, to get married, for Friday evening, for Sunday morning, waiting for a new car, for your mortgage to be paid off, for spring, for summer, for fall, for winter, for the first or the fifteenth of the month, for your song to be played on the radio, to die, to be reborn… before deciding to be happy.

Happiness is a voyage, not a destination.

There is no better time to be happy than… NOW!

Live and enjoy the moment.

- Author unknown

Friday, October 12, 2012

Road to Self-Improvement

At some point in our life, we realize we need to do some self-improvement. This does not happen at the same time for everyone, though. Some may go through this painful experience at an early age while others, unfortunately, at a later time.

For those who are at both ends of the spectrum, the road to self-improvement is painstaking; because in order to achieve this, one has to have balance. We only think that self-improvement happens only to those who are hot-tempered and wild but those who are too safe and cautious undergo through this stage, as well.

I noticed that this usually starts during quarter life crisis, when you somehow thought you're established in life. Then things come crashing down.

I went through this stage and it was really a climb to the peak of Mt. Everest. But boy am I glad I went through that. I found myself a better me. Not perfect, just better. I learned to be patient, to be understanding, to let go of judgments, to be a true friend and most of all, I learned how it is to really love.

As they say, every pain either makes or breaks you. I don't think so. It BREAKS and MAKES you.

For those going through this right now, just hang in there. There is more to life. Just wait and see.

And for those who made it a better person, congratulations. A new perspective, another chance at life.

And for those who haven't gone through it yet, I hope you get through it before you're too old. The earlier the better because our hearts are still resilient. You can't force it, though until circumstance lets you go through it.

I say cheers to the road to self-improvement!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

So far, so good... (The Wizard of Oz Musical)

As part of Zeke's school field trip, the participants were to watch Repertory Philippines' The Wizard of Oz at Onstage Greenbelt 1.

It was such an entertaining play for both adults and children. I love how the actors engaged the audience by letting  everyone participate through questions and answers. The children just love how everything was so colorful, and beautifully designed and staged.

Among the crowd favorite was the Cowardly Lion. He was really funny and cute. I think the kids thought he's one big stuffed toy. The children laughed and gasped as Dorothy, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow were chased by the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys.

Hats off to Pinky Marquez's performance as the Wicked Witch of the West. She just stood out as a great actress and singer. With her on stage, everyone just pales in comparison.

The play will run until December 16, 2012. I highly recommend this play. Not only will you get to experience how it is to watch a play (for first-timers) but also get to enjoy the wonderful performance of the casts.

I was glad Zeke got to experience his first play with Repertory Philippines' The Wizard of Oz.


So far, so good but where do we go from here?
There are many roads to travel I fear
So far, so good, we'll follow the road because
Because we're on our way to see the Wizard of Oz


Tickets are as follows (based on Ticketworld)

  • Orchestra Center / Upper Orchestra Center - P500
  • Orchestra Left / Upper Orchestra Left / Orchestra Right / Upper Orchestra Right - P400
  • Balcony - P350
Schools and organizations may reserve through Repertory Philippines.



Venue

OnStage
2/F Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati City

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Mind Musuem

Zeke had his school field trip yesterday at the Mind Museum. It was a bit expensive as to what it really had to offer.

Entrance fee are as follows:

  • Adult  - P600
  • Children and Private School Students (up to college)  - P450
  • Public School Students (up to college)  - P150
  • Teachers  - P150
Tickets also include access to the Science Playground. While waiting for the museum to open, the kids were at the playground, running around and trying all different sorts of attractions. The playground has slides and bubble sites.

When it was time to go into the museum, we were welcomed by a robot named Aedi. Actually, it was just a talking robot. I was hoping it can move, as well, but, yeah, it just sat there.

The museum had five sections: (1) Atom, (2) Life, (3) Universe, (4) Earth, (5) Technology. The Atom and Technology sections had the most interactions. In the Atom section is where you find the Static Ball where all your hair stands out and the Shadow Box where your shadows get imprinted on the wall after a photo shot. There are also exhibits about whirlwinds, magnetic coils and Newton's cradle.

At the Technology section, you'll find demonstrations of a suspension bridge, an actual x-ray machine, ellipsis billiard table and racing arcade.

What's interesting in the Universe section is the spinning tunnel. It feels as if the tunnel has gone steady and that the entrance and the exit are spinning.

There's also a replica of a t-rex dinosaur fossil in the middle of the Earth section. Zeke was scared at first to have his picture taken with the dinosaur cause it looked so convincingly real. Manong and I had to take turns for him to finally see it wasn't alive after all.

Some of the exhibits weren't working anymore. I was looking for a lot more of interactivity but got disappointed. All the same, it was fun to visit the first time. It's not somewhere you'd want to go again unless they add more attractions and information to the sections.

Operating Hours: Tuesdays - Sundays(closed on Mondays)
Time slots are:
  • 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.(Sat. & Sun only)
Mind Museum website: http://www.themindmuseum.org/
JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Monday, October 08, 2012

Pano Na Lang Ako...

This will forever remind me of the great times shared with great friends... Lots of fond memories... Laughters and tears... Victories and loses...

I'm one lucky girl to have had such fun friends. "Pano na lang ako pag wala ka, sinta..."

Sinta
Sugarfree

Ako'y 
Isang malungkot na bata
Palakad lakad lang
Wala rin namang mapupuntahan
Madalas, madulas
At nung parang ayoko na

Buti na lang nanjan ka
Buti na lang nanjan ka
Sinta
Pano na lang ako kung wala ka?
Sinta
Pano na lang ako kung wala ka?
Pano na lang ako…

Minsan
Ako'y naligaw ng daan
Tinalikuran ng kaibigan at
Biglang napagiwanan
At madalas, ako'y madulas
At nung parang ayoko na
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/s/sugarfree/sinta.html ]
Buti na lang nanjan ka
Buti na lang nanjan ka
Sinta
Pano na lang ako kung wala ka?
Sinta
Pano na lang ako…
Pano na lang ako…
Pano na lang ako…
Ohh ohh uhh ohh...

Ako'y
Isang malungkot na bata
Pano kung ligaya ko'y bigla na lang 
Mawala?
At sabi mo malayo pang bukas, tapos 
Na ang kahapon
Ang mahalaga'y ngayon
Nandito ka ngayon

Oh, sinta
Pano na lang ako kung wala ka?
Sinta
Pano na lang ako kung wala ka?
Pano na lang ako…
Pano na lang ako…
Pano na lang ako…
Kung wala ka....

The Perks of Eating Free

I just love eating... FOR FREE! There's something so satisfying and fulfilling when doing so.

After buying baby stuff in preparation for Zach's arrival, I treated Manong, Zeke and Jesrome to DQ. I got free dilly bars, one of the perks offered by a major credit card company here. Manong is so fond of DQ and he was so glad with the DQ perk that he started searching credit card receipts on his wallet.

(Always keep your receipts; you'll never know when you'll dig up treasures sooner or later.)

Surprisingly, he had lots of purchases this August that fell within the perks offered by the credit card company. So many, in fact, that he decided to treat us to Pizza Hut and got 1 Family Supreme Pan Pizza and 2 Spaghetti Bolognese with Meatballs.

We just added 2 Cream of Mushroom soup topped with Pastry - one of my favorites at Pizza Hut. And we only get to pay P175 all in all.

We left with a full belly and some take-outs.

Don't you just love eating for free? And oh, I just love these perks!

Friday, October 05, 2012

Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
by: Baz Luhrmann

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99 
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be 
it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by 
scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable 
than my own meandering 
experience…I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not 
understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. 
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and 
recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before 
you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you 
imagine.

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as 
effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing 
bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that 
never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm 
on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you

Sing

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with 
people who are reckless with yours.

Floss

Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes 
you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with 
yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you 
succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your 
life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they 
wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year 
olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children,maybe 
you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky 
chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…what ever you do, don’t 
congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your 
choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s. Enjoy your body, 
use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people 
think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever 
own..

Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for 
good.

Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the 
people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you 
should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and 
lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you 
knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live 
in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will 
philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize 
that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were 
noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, 
maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one 
might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will 
look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who 
supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of 
fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the 
ugly parts and recycling it for more than 
it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen…


I really like this song, if you can call it that. It hits a lot of truths and realities. Life - we sometimes have to learn to live through the hard way. But then if you wouldn't go through the hard way, chances are you're going to end up doing the same mistake all over again.

Wear sunscreen.


Breakfasts at Milky and Sunny

Last night, we celebrated Ni's birthday at Milky and Sunny. I haven't heard of it before until she invited the gang over for dinner there. It was truly a treasure to eat there; that is, if you love breakfasts. Pancakes, omelettes, fried rice and the likes. It was all yummy!

Manong and I ordered Bacon Tostadas, Big plate (which have varieties of choices) and the Tomato, Mozarella, Pepperoni Omelette. Oh, I just love the Bacon Tostadas  (P120). It's a must try! It has lettuces, bacon bits, tomatoes, sprinkled with chili powder (I think, but which is not chili at all) and laced with cheese sauce. First bite just makes you go yumyum!

I also love the Tomato, Mozarella, Pepperoni Omelette (P130). It's a bit sweet and the omelette is topped with pesto sauce. I'm not really a big fan of pepperoni but this time, I didn't mind it so much. The mozarella just blended in perfectly with the tomatos and the omelette.

The Big Plate (P250) is fun since you get to choose 3 kinds of meat from hotdog, sausage, bacon, spam, corned beef + a choice of bagel or pancake + a choice of sunny side up or omelette. It also has hash brown included in it. The sausage was really yummy. The crew at Milky and Sunny said it was hungarian.

A bit pricey but it was a delight to eat there. Hope I'll get to visit Milky and Sunny again soon to try out their other dishes.

Milky and Sunny website: http://www.milkynsunny.com

Milky and Sunny, 9 East Capitol Drive, Bgy Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Of Fashion and Food

On my way to the office today, a realization dawned on me - why I'm not into trendy things and why I love to eat.

You see, I'm an emotional eater. I eat because it makes me happy. I eat because it lifts me up. So, whenever you see me eating a lot must mean I'm going through a tough time.I always think of happy food during these times. I don't mind spending much on food; although, it makes it more worth it if it's within meager budget but at the same time really delicious.

On the other hand, trendy (especially expensive) things get me depressed. Yes, it makes you happy for a (short) while but then what if it wears after? Or when the bill comes in?

What are trendy things for me, anyway? These are shoes, bags, clothes, gadgets, and the likes.

These things wear off and you'll witness it wear off. Unlike food, you know that it's for that moment only and you ALWAYS, ALWAYS know that you're going to flush it out of your system anytime after. I guess it makes it more easier to accept to let go than see a thing wear off, especially if you haven't really used it to its maximum capability.

Food make lasting impression. In the end, I'll always go for great food and great company.

Trendy things? These are just things I won't ever really understand... I guess ^_^