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Jan and I had some time to kill before watching Starting Over Again so we went to Country Style first for breakfast. Well, brekky for me, dessert for her.
I had the sausage combo- frankfurter sausage + toast (with lots of butter) + coffee. I liked the sausage because it’s a bit spicy. This combo is 120php.
I also had a red velvet cupcake. Can’t remember if it’s 40 or 50php. Not bad for a tiny cupcake. It’s quite moist and nicely sweet.
Jan had a chocolate donut and Milo. Ang redundant lang eh, ‘noh? Mwehehe! I think she liked the donut too because she finished it even if she already ate in Luk Yuen before we went to Country Style. :p
// listening to Wale feat Sam Dew – Love Hate Thing
Coloring my hair used to freak me out. I used to have jet- black hair and I thought I’d have it colored once I turn 30. Two years passed and the only change my hair went through was getting it semi-rebonded.
I got tired of having long, straight black as sin hair and I thought I don’t want to wait until I’m 50 to have my hair colored. Plus, I noticed my white hairs were multiplying.
I’ve always been partial to blondes, so I thought of having ash blond locks. But, when I talked to the hairstylist in our neighborhood salon, he told me that I would have to get my hair bleached to get that color.
I didn’t want to (excessively) damage my hair so I dediced on getting my 2nd color of choice, reddish-brown because it’s a shade that will stick to my hair without having to get it bleached.
Albert, the stylist, assured me that I can already have my hair dyed blond next time because there’s already a base color. But he also suggested I enjoy being a redhead first.
I wanted a safe color for my hair first. I don’t think I can confidently rock Yeng Constantino-red hair this time. But who knows what I’d be thinking in a couple of weeks? :p
The colors that he mixed were Sunset Pearl Red, Medium Intensive Blonde, and Medium Copper Blonde. Apparently, nobody does highlights anymore. Grabe, sobrang hindi ako updated. :P
I sat on the salon chair for almost 1 1/2 hours. That’s already from color application to blowdry. Hindi na pala ini-steam or binabalot ng foil para kumulay ang buhok? Hahaha, I told you. Sobrang ignorante ko lang. :P
I had it celophaned to make the color nicer and for my hair to be shinier. The celophane treatment took almost an hour, I think.
I’m happy with how my first hair coloring experience turned out. I think i’ll be braver next time to try a bolder color. :)
Aaaah, and I think I want to have my hair permed as well. What do you think?
// listening to Nicole Kea – Breakfast in Bed
Hindi ako fan nila Piolo at Toni kaya nanood ako. Nagagalingan ako sa kanila, pero hindi talaga ako fan. In fact, first time yata ako nagbayad para sa movie nila. Saktong may pinagdadaanan lang ako noong panahon na nakita ko ang trailer kaya nagkaron ako ng interes manood. At saka crush ko si Iza Calzado. Gandang-ganda at nagagalingan talaga ako sa kanya.
Lumabas na sa takilya ang Starting Over Again at napuno ang newsfeed ko ng mga linya na mula sa pelikula tulad ng, “I need an explanation. I need an acceptable reason.” at ‘yung “Yang hope na ‘yan lason ‘yan. Lumaklak ka kasi ng realidad.” Medyo nasuya na ako dahil diyan kaya Robocop na nga lang sana ang gusto ko panoorin, pero dahil napag-usapan na namin ng kaibigan ko na Starting Over Again ang papanoorin namin, eh ‘di sige. Game.
I prepared myself na hindi nito mae-exceed ang ganda (at sakit) ng Once More Chance. Hinanda ko rin ang sarili ko na malamang magki-cringe ako sa love scenes nila Toni at Piolo. Feeling ko lang kasi, hindi sila bagay. I will just leave it at that. Bahala ka na mag-isip what it means.
Tinutukan ko from start to end ang movie. In fairness, walang kahit isang eksena ang pinaantok ako. Bet na bet ko ‘yung tossing and turning si Ginny na parang sira ulo sa kama. Bet na bet ko, kasi siguro, relate na relate ako. At ‘yung eksena na tinatanong niya si Marco at puro NO ang sagot ni Marco, pakkshet. Dinala ako noon sa isang moment sa buhay ko na halos kaparehas.
One word: Closure.
Two words: Fucking Closure.
Mas nagagandahan pa rin ako sa Once More Chance. Suguro kasi, nawasak talaga ni Basha ang puso ko (at malamang, ang puso mo rin) noong gusto niyang balikan siya ni Popoy. Pero noong pinanood ko ang One More Chance, mas can relate ako sa character ni Maja. Si Maja na ang pangalan ng kanyang character ay never na tumatak sa memorya ko.
Mas nagandahan ako sa One More Chance PERO MAS NA-MOVE ako sa Starting Over Again. Siguro mas nakaka-relate ako sa pagiging loka-loka ni Ginny, pagiging parang confused ni Marco, at pagiging martir at matatag ni Patti. Hindi naman ako napaiyak ng SOA, pero may mga eksena talaga na nagpahirap sa akin huminga. o kumuha ng blade at maglaslas on the spot. Pero masyadong hassle ‘yon, kaya nagyaya na lang ako ng inuman after namin manood.
Mas gusto ko rin ang supporting cast ng Starting Over Again kaysa sa One More Chance. Kudos to Iza Calzado who delivered the best lines. And si Lito Pimentel, ang galing pala niya ha. ‘Yung chubby na friend ni Ginny, ayoko sa kanya dati lalo na doon sa Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank, pero na-appreciate ko siya dito.
Natutuwa ako na hindi kagaya ng usual Pinoy movie endings ang ginawa nila dito, pero nandoon pa rin ang element ng pakilig na pa-cute. Okay lang, kasi kinilig naman ako at na-cute-an. Good job, Star Cinema. Hindi ko maisip na mananalo ito ng mga matitinding film awards pero wagi naman ito sa puso ng napakaraming manonood.
Isa pa, may mga importanteng bagay ang pinaalala sa akin nito. Una, kapag may gusto dapat sinasabi at hindi dapat hinihintay ng ilang taon bago sabihin at baka sa wala mapunta. Ikalawa, ipaglaban ang bagay na gusto pero matutong sumuko kapag hindi na talaga para sa iyo at baka ego mo na lang ang gustong manalo, hindi ang puso mo.
Sabi nga ni Boy Abunda sa Buzz ng Bayan, itong Starting Over Again ay tipo ng pelikula na papanoorin mo nang paulit-ulit. Eksaherada naman iyong comment niya, pero I admit, papanoorin ko ito uli. Malamang, isang beses pa. Medyo masokista kasi ako.
// listening to Mango – Disappear
If you hear mass at the Shrine of Sacred Heart in San Antonio, then you probably have already noticed Galli Café in front of the church. It’s in the YMCA Building, almost beside Purple Oven.
Galli is a pretty, little village cafe. According to the tarp by the door that has some quotes from blog reviews. They say the paella and the salpicao are the must-haves.
But I wasn’t in the mood for rice. I wanted sausage, potatoes, and greens. They didn’t have any kind of green leafy salad that time. :(
And I also had to wait for 20 minutes for my food to be served because somebody ordered paella. Matagal daw ‘yun. Uhhh… okay. How small is their kitchen or how understaffed are they anyway?
At least my coffee and leche flan were brought served quickly. Loved the consistency of the leche flan and it’s delish for only 35php. The sausage meal is 220php, if I remember correctly.
Because I didn’t want rice and there’s no salad, they offered albondigas as replacement. I was excited to eat it because it was a bit chilly that night. Sadly, the soup was too salty and not piping hot.
The Hungarian sausage was finally brought and the size was a disappointment. Haha, I can hear you saying, “That’s what she said.” Mwehehe!!! The taste was alright, also the potato salad that came with it.
I asked for scrambled egg, but they gave me sunny side-up. Didn’t bother to return it because I was already hungry. :(
Over all, it’s a close to satisfactory experience. I still want to try the bestsellers salpicao and paella, but I am not itching to go back there soon.
In fairness, the foreigners in the table next to me seemed like they enjoyed the pasta dishes. Oh well. Next time. Maybe.
// listening to Wolfgang Gartner – Overdose
Kinda sad that my BFF who’s a coffeeholic already went to Las Vegas. She would have loved 8065 Coffee. Jap, when you go here for a vacay, visit me in Makati and I’ll take you here, after we eat at 8065 Bagnet- Ang Bagnetan Sa Estrella. :p
It doesn’t look appealing. It’s in an old building at the corner of Estrella-Pasong Tamo. I was imagining it’s a tiny space on the second floor.
I was wrong. It’s spacious, pretty, and cozy inside. There are also a lot of interesting things to look at. Like a shelf with drawings on paper cups. Of course, I wanted to get the one with Batman.
In the smoking area, there’s a shelf with toys. I kidnapped Buzz Lightyear to be my coffee date. I was thrilled because I just watched the Toy Story films before I went to the cafe.
8065 Coffee has hot and cold beverages, like coffee (DUH), soda, and milk tea. I didn’t notice beer in the menu though. They have cakes, cookies, brownies, pasta, and sandwiches.
I had a slice of Coffee Cream Cake and a cup of a regular brew. The cake was like tiramisu and I liked it. And it’s just 85php!
I also had a brownie and a lemon square. Nothing special, but then again, it’s 25php and 30php respectively. Pwede na.
If you want anything from 8065 Bagnet , you can just choose from the menu, which is available at the counter and your food will be delivered to the cafe.
They also sell clothes, shoes and bags. I noticed there are a lot of art on display. Also a lot of Bible verses. And here’s one that I really like–
I really, really hope that jap can go to Manila soon so I can bring her here. We can have a double date. Ako at si Buzz Light year and siya at si Patrick Star.
// listening to Capital Cities – Safe and Sound