Birthday 2015

Come -ber months, I already stopped hoping that my birthday this year can beat, be the same, or even come close to last year’s. I just wanted to celebrate the most important day of the year for me. Your birthday may be just a regular day for you, but then again, to each his own.

December 19, I went to Trinoma to meet up with Miko. Then we went to the Church of The Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman to hear mass. We arrived early, so Miko ate some red isaw, dynamite and hotdogs first at the stall near Mang Larry’s. I didn’t have any because I was still full from the Yellow Cab pepperoni pizza I got from Trinoma.

The simbang gabi was at 8pm and the gospel was about The Visitation. The homily said that we should focus on Jesus being the reason for the season and not material gifts or vacations or other worldly things we now associate with Christmas. I agree. Jesus should be the focus of Christmas. I should be the focus of my birthday. Haha.

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After mass, we went to Good Burger in Maginhawa for dinner. I still wasn’t hungry, so I only had some fries and chicken, while Miko had some healthy burger creation and milk tea from the store beside GB. We talked about work (mostly my career) while eating, so even if I learned lots from his insight, I kinda lost my appetite. Hehe.

We went to Taste of L.A. for my birthday salubong. This was where I also had my salubong last year. I love this old resto in Roces. It has candles and roses and paintings- three things that are on top of my list of favorite things. Instead of wine, I had some whisky. And instead of chocolate lava cake, we had frozen cheesecake. The cheesecake is much much much better than the chocolate cake. Guess what I wished for when it turned 12?

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Dec 20… we went to Galleria to watch Star Wars The Force Awakens. Before that, he hit the gym first and I had my me time at CafĂ© Pascucci. Then we went to Toys R Us to get some gifts for his inaanaks. I saw two Care Bears that look like us. Shempre ako si Funshine Bear.

It was my 2nd time to watch TFA and it was his 1st time to watch a Star Wars movie. His reaction after 2hours and 15minutes of watching?

“Ayoko. Walang Ewoks!!!” 😂

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It took us almost an hour to get to EDSA Shangri La. Terrible traffic! We were definitely hangry by the time we got to HEAT. In fact, I started eating while he was still parking. :P

I enjoyed the food better in HEAT than in Circles (Makati Shangri La), but I liked the ambience of the latter better. The dishes that I loved in HEAT were the maki with lots of bonito flakes, herb crusted cold cuts, meat loaf, crabs in lemon garlic sauce, roasted lamb chops, roasted angus belly, churros, and blueberry mousse. Miko loved all the meats except their sisig. He also liked the mango cheesecake.

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HEAT has an iced tea buffet, and you need to pay an extra 200php to avail. Also 200php for the unlisoda. And for unli wine, add 700php. I had the unli iced tea and my fave was cucumber lemonade.

The cost of Sunday dinner buffet is P2,200 I think. The original plan was to have my birthday/our anniversary dinner at Spiral in Sofitel, but it was okay that it didn’t push through because of the rain and traffic.

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I quickly fell asleep right after Miko brought me home. I woke up with a little sadness because my birthday was over. It was happy, but there was something else I wanted.

I went to MOA to meet up with my bestfriend Donnie and I already had a feeling that he tried to invite our other friends so celebrate my birthday. I also had a feeling that it was only Jan who could make it. And of course, tama ako.

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I was touched that Donnie and Jan took the extra mile to be with me and arrange a surprise to make me happy on my a day after my birthday. Sabi ko nga, kung kilala mo talaga ako nang mabuti, alam mo na gusto ko ng surprise. Hindi kailangang bongga, basta meron. At alam mo dapat na gusto ko ng cake na may masarap na frosting na may candle.

Nagpa-fireworks pa sila Jan at Donnie para sa akin. May live band pa sa tabi na tumugtog ng Achey Breakey Heart at Nanghihinayang. 😰

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Come December 22, I was already on leave. I went home here in Bataan and the first thing that greeted me in our humble farmhouse was that little brown furry cute puppy! It’s my parents’ birthday gift for me! A labrador mix that I named Toshi. It means alert, intelligent and bright in Japanese. Miko suggested that I name it Potpot. So I decided that should be the nickname. I think the puppy likes his nickname better because he wags his tail nonstop whenever he hears it. 😜

So that’s how I spent my birthday. It may not be as happy as the one in 2014, but it is still my second favorite birthday of all. Thank you to all those who remembered. To those who didn’t, HU U?

// listening to A Second Chance

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Heneral Luna

I was pretty bummed that Inside Out isn’t showing anymore and that I’d have to wait several weeks for the next Bond film. Miko wanted to watch a movie so when he asked, “Mahilig ka ba sa History?” I was confused what he was referring to. Then I remembered I saw several posts on my Facebook Timeline about Heneral Luna. I haven’t seen a single negative review about the film so I said yes to watching it, and I’m happy I did! Palakpakan kaming audience pagkatapos ng movie eh! Akala ko sa mga John Lloyd movies lang nangyayari ‘yon! :p

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The only things I remember about the fiery general before watching the film: he’s a brother of the painter Juan Luna, that he almost had a duel with Rizal because of a girl, and that he’s a hothead. Kudos to the cast and crew of Heneral Luna for showing who Antonio Luna is as a historical figure and as a man. I haven’t enjoyed a Pinoy film in such a long time and it’s definitely my first time to enjoy a historical piece.

I loved how they were able to insert humor in a story that deals with serious topics like patriotism and treachery. Praises to the excellent actors– John Arcilla, Epi Quizon, Mon Confiado, and Nonie Buencamino cast as Antonio Luna, Apolinario Mabini, Emilio Aguinaldo, and Tomas Mascardo respectively.

I really hope we will have more intelligent films like this. because seriously, enough of mistress movies.

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Synopsis from the Heneral Luna official site

Set during the Philippine-American war, a short-tempered Filipino general faces an enemy more formidable than the American army: his own treacherous countrymen.

In 1898, General Antonio Luna ( John Arcilla ), commander of the revolutionary army, is spoiling for a fight. The Philippines, after three hundred years as a Spanish colony, has unwillingly come under American rule. General Luna wants to fight for freedom but members of the elite would rather strike a deal with the United States. The infighting is fierce in the new cabinet but General Luna and his loyal men forge ahead even as his military decisions are met with resistance from soldiers who are loyal only to President Aguinaldo ( Mon Confiado ). Ultimately, it is the general’s legendary temper and pride that bring him to his death when a pack of presidential guards assassinate him in broad daylight. While American newspapers are quick to point the blame to Aguinaldo, the mystery has never been completely solved and the General’s killers were never put to justice.

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Images used in this entry are from the film’s official site.

// listening to David Essex – Rock On

One More Chance Sequel

Punong-puno ang timeline ko ng posts ng trailers ng sequel ng One More Chance. Hindi naman nakakagulat. Ito na yata ang pinaka-matinding drama movie ng generation na ‘to. Almost a decade has passed at hindi pa rin nawawala ang appeal ng love story nila Popoy at Basha lalo na ‘yung “sana ako na lang uli…” at “you had me at my best…” hugot lines.

Shempre curious silang tayong lahat kung ano nga ba ang kinahantungan nung dalawa. May forever kaya sila?

My thoughts upon seeing the trailer:

1. Bakit ganyan ang wig ni Basha?!???

2. Don’t cry, Popoy. Halika dito, ihu-hug kita.

3. May mga relasyon na mas bagay yata na No More Chance.

4. For sure may mga tao na mag-e-EL paglabas nito sa sinehan. Emergency Leave? Hindi. Emotional Leave.

Ikaw, nakita mo na ba? Watch it here.

Thoughts?

// listening to Nexxus – I’ll Never Go

Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice – Glorietta

It was the night before Valentine’s and the was mall teeming with shoppers and lovers carrying bouquets of flowers, boxes of cupcakes, heart-shaped balloons, or oversized stuffed toys. And if they weren’t shopping, they were probably there to watch Fifty Shades of Grey. We were part of the latter crowd. :p

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Went to Wee Nam Kee first in Glorietta 2 for dinner. Gotta be busog before seeing Mr. Grey kasi baka magutom ako ng todo-todo.

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I had the Spinach With Seafood Soup (95php/cup) that tasted really good despite its ugly green thickness sorta reminded me of Slimer from Ghostbusters. Akala ko kasi lumulutang lang na spinach leaves, purĂ©ed pala. :p Miko didn’t like his cup of Sichuan Hot and Sour Soup (98php/cup) because it was more sweet than sour. We still prefer the hot and sour soup from Little Asia. Nilabay ko na lang tuloy sa kanin ‘yung soup niya.

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Their Pineapple Fried Rice With Pork Floss serves 3-4 people. I don’t know what happened. Naubos namin. Or baka natapon sa floor, hindi namin napansin? LOL

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As for the Cantonese Beef Tenderloin With Peas And Carrots, thumbs up for the tender juicy meat. The sweet and sour sauce was okay lang. It was almost as sweet as their hot and sour soup.

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Of course, we had WNK’s signature dish, the Steamed Hainanese Yellow Chicken. A small serving (quarter chicken) is 428php. They’re pretty consistent with the taste. Juicy and flavorful! They still have the trifecta of special soy sauce, chili sauce, and pounded ginger.

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Ended the meal with the Three Flavor Truffle Buchi (128php). There’s white chocolate, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate. Everything was, but we liked the one with dark chocolate custard best. :)

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Our Wee Nam Kee dinner was waaaaaay better than the experience of having to watch 50 Shades of BLAH for 2 hours and 10 minutes. It lacked the literal and figurative boldness we were looking for in a movie that deals with passionate love and BDSM. If you haven’t seen 50 Shades yet, I advise you don’t waste your money over cinema tickets. Abanagan mo na lang ang torrent. Ipangkain mo na lang sa labas ang pera. :p

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Wee Name Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice
G/F Glorietta 2, Palm Drive
Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 478-8477

// listening to Greek Fire – On Top of The World

Ang Say Ko Sa Starting Over Again

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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.

Anyway…

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