Life Update

It’s finally Valentine’s Day! I did say that February was my favourite month, but I turned out not to update my blogs too often. Talk about laziness. So, here goes a life update. 🙂

Out and About Virac, Catanduanes

Because Cebu Pacific had a promo with ridiculously cheap prices for roundtrip tickets to Virac (P200/person), my parents and I went to a place I didn’t even know existed. It turned out to be pretty great, though I don’t consider it the kind of place I’d go to over and over, which isn’t to say I’d turn down another trip there. Kaladkarin naman ako ‘eh.

We went last February 6 and stayed for 3 nights at Twin Rock Beach Resort in Igang, which is 20 minutes away from Virac airport & town, because we thought we’d need all 3 days to tour around the area, but it turned out that we just needed one day for the tour. We spent the rest of the time in the resort, which was fine because it had its own beach, swimming pool and restaurant.

 

Sights in Twin Rock Beach Resort (Click on image to enlarge.)

I wanted to go to Nahulugan Falls, but it was a 3-4 hour drive from Virac, so we went instead to Maribina Falls, which was smaller, but I liked anyway. But I think it helped that there weren’t too many people there when we went, so there was a point when I had the falls all to myself. It was that way when we went to Balite and Puraran Beach, too. I guess we should always go to strange places on off-peak dates. 🙂

 

Out and About South Catanduanes (Click on image to enlarge.)

127 Hours

So I went into the cinema thinking I’d just be swooning over James Franco, but then I turned out to be real grossed out. 20 minutes into the movie and I was already thinking, “Why in the world did I decide to watch this?!”

You see, 127 Hours is about a mountain climber Aron, who gets stuck in a crevice in a mostly-deserted canyon for (duh) 127 hours. He gets stuck, because his hand and part of his forearm was pressed into the wall by a rock, which he couldn’t move. He survives to tell the story, but he has to cut off his arm first. Yes, he cut off his own arm. And he did it with a small cheap knife, too. And the details were excruciating. I had to watch the cinema’s ceiling for a while so I wouldn’t be too grossed out, but I already felt weak at the knees seeing all the blood. 😕

Grossness aside, it was actually a really good movie. James Franco was amazing (as always), and despite being about a guy basically talking to himself for 3/4 of the movie, it wasn’t boring at all. So if you’re not too queasy, I’d recommend you watch it. If you are queasy, maybe you can wait for the DVD and just fast forward through all the bloody stuff, that way you don’t hear the sound of his bones breaking.Waaah.

No More Sugar

One of my favoritest bands in the world, Sugarfree is breaking up. 😦

So my friends and I made plans to catch one of their last gigs. Last Saturday, we went to Pap’s Place in Better Living Subdivision in Paranaque and sat through 5 unknown bands (in fairness, one of them, September Issue, I thought was really good) so we could see Sugarfree.

It was lots of fun. Most of the songs they played were my most favourite of theirs — Mariposa, ‘Wag Ka Nang Umiyak, Makita Kang Muli, Hay Buhay, Telepono, Tulog Na and Burnout. Also, in a strange turn of events, their original drummer Mitch played with them for some songs, and their usual quiet bassist Jal sang Taguan. The only disappointment of the night was that they played Hari ng Sablay as their encore song. Because it was requested by a fan. Who in the world was that fan!? I know Hari ng Sablay is one of their more famous songs that made them mainstream, but honestly it’s one of their songs that I least like. But I guess it was funny because just before playing it, the vocalist Ebe said, “Sigurado kayo? Para sa ibang tao ito na ang last time nilang mapapanood ang Sugarfree tapos Hari ng Sablay ang gusto n’yong last song namin?”

Too true. I was thinking the exact same thing. See? I love this band! They understand me! 😥

BTW, it was the first time in a long time that I went out again at night. Most of my social stuff take place during the daytime (and in a mall, and involves either eating lots and lots or seeing a movie), so it was a nice change of scenery. Also, I was so reminded that I was in the South because I saw a high school classmate in the crowd.

Lots and Lots of Sugar

I don’t have work so I don’t have anywhere to go today. So I made pulburon (something like a cookie that’s made with just flour, butter, sugar and milk) at home. And because it’s Valentine’s day, I covered them in red Japanese paper instead of the usual assorted colors I use.

They’re very delicious, of course. This is only one of the containers we put them in, but we made enough to fit 4 containers. Maybe I’ll give you some if I see you within the week.

All in all I’d say it was a great week. I got to travel with my family, hang out with my friends, see a movie, watch my favorite band perform, and cap it all of with yummy pulburon. Actually, now that I’ve enumerated all these, I think it was actually a perfect week. 😀

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

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Oh Hey, December. You’re Here.

Christmas is upon us. As evidenced by the Christmas tree in our living room (and everywhere else) and blinking star lanterns on our porch. Hooray.

Can you feel my excitement? 😐 Don’t mean to be a downer. I love Christmas just as much as the next person. Or, maybe not. It’s not a secret that my favorite season is actually Valentine’s Day. You know what’s weird? I think it’s sadder to be single during Christmas than Valentine’s Day. Because, I dunno, because Valentine’s Day is just a day, and not a real holiday. I mean, not really. As Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind put it, it’s just “a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel like crap”. (That’s just one interpretation of course, and I don’t necessarily believe it.) But Christmas is, well, it’s important. You know what I mean?

And it’s linked to New Year’s, which is less important, but also kind of. I mean, when the clock strikes midnight on January 1st of the next year, and you have nobody to text “Happy New Year”, I mean, nobody special, isn’t that kind of sad?

Randomization

Tinatamad na’ko. Random na’to!

Putting Into Perspective

Bumili ako ng TV today. Hindi nga. Bumili talaga ako. Sa Abenson Alabang pa nga ‘eh. May resibo ako to prove it (which by the way, hindi ko pwedeng mawala para sa warranty). Kasama ko si Ate E (my nanny when I was a kid) at Kuya J (her husband). Actually, bumili ako ng TV para sa kanila. Naka-sale kasi. 14″ na LG, Php2990.00 na lang (previously 4k+). Naisip ko nung una na mahal din ‘yun. 3 thousand pesos din na isang araw lang magagastos. But then naalala ko ‘yung phone bill ko na binayaran ko 2 weeks ago. Php3,315.72 ang amount.

Akalain mo ‘yun. Mas-mahal pa sa colored TV ang mga text at tawag ko sa mga kaibigan at kamag-anak. ‘Yun pala dapat palagi kong sinasabi ‘pag may hindi nagrereply para makonsensya sila ng konti: Alam n’yo ba na kung hindi ko kayo tinetext o tinatawagan ‘eh makakabili na’ko ng colored TV?!

Effective kaya? Tingin n’yo? 😉

Palengke Shopping

Nung Sabado napadaan ako sa palengke. Kailangan lang, kasi ‘dun ang sakayan ng dyip pauwi sa’min. Dadaan lang talaga ako dapat kaya lang napatigil ako sa mga tindahan. Nagbebenta kasi ng pang-regalo sa Valentine’s Day. ‘Eh cute naman kaya tinanong ko kung magkano. Meron ako isang nagustuhan, maliit na stuffed toy na may akap na heart na nasa stick. Cute talaga kahit hindi ko alam kung bear ba ‘yun o daga. Twenty pesos lang daw sabi nung aleng nagbebenta. Sa tabi nun, mayroong mas-malaking stuffed toy. Eto sigurado akong bear. Tinanong ko rin kung magkano.  Fifty pesos daw. Pero dahil mas-cute ‘yung una kong nakita, sabi ko ‘yung twenty pesos na lang ang bibilhin ko. Sabi ba naman sa’kin nung tindera, ‘Wag n’yong tipirin ang mga mahal n’yo sa buhay.

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Napadaan din ako sa dibidihan. At dahil isa sa mga frustration ko sa buhay ‘eh na hindi ako nakakadaan madalas sa bentahan ng mga dibidi kung kaya’t kaunti lang ang mga TV series at movies na napapanood ko nang marathon dahil kadalasan sa internet lang ako nanonood (na hindi ganun ka-reliable dahil maraming dead na links at mabagal ang internet minsan), huminto ako at tumingin-tingin ng dibidi. At dahil malas ako, puro action movies ang meron sila. Pero meron din akong nabili. At nagulat ako na meron palang dibidi version ito: The Complete Tagalog Version of Boys Over Flowers.

Ayos. Meron akong Boys Over Flowers na subtitled, pero hanggang Episode 6 lang. At sabi ko nga, hindi ako magaling mag-download kaya hindi pa’ko nakaka-download nung mga kasunod nun. Kaya ayun, binili ko na lang. Tutal, kumpleto na daw ‘yun. Pero syempre, dahil nga dibidi siya, malabo ‘yung picture. Sobrang pixelated. Pero at least malinaw ‘yung sound. So sige, pwede na rin pagtiyagaan. At baka sakaling mas-madali akong maka-concentrate kapag ganun ang image quality. Kasi naman…

Paalala sa mga gumagawa ng TV Shows

‘Wag n’yo na sana gawing masyadong gwapo ‘yung bida! Nadidistract ako ‘eh! Hahaha. Hindi nga! Pangalawang beses nang nangyari sa’kin na sa kakatitig sa mukha nung bidang lalake ‘eh hindi ko na nabasa ‘yung subtitle ng dialogue at ayun, 5 minutes later, hindi ko na alam anong nangyayari. Not that hindi ko rin naman gusto i-rewind, kaya lang, nakakasira rin ng player ‘yung lagi mong nirerewind, diba?

Unang beses nangyari sa’kin sa Wonderful Life na hanggang ngayon ‘eh pinaniniwalaan kong ang J-drama kung saan pinakagwapo si Sorimachi Takashi. Tapos ngayon dito naman sa Boys Over Flowers. At ang tinutukoy kong nakaka-distract ‘eh si Lee Min Ho na gumaganap na Goo Jun Pyo. Bwisit siya. Mabuti na lang, alam na alam ko na ang kwento ng Boys Over Flowers para kahit may ma-miss akong mga linya ‘eh medyo alam ko pa rin ang nangyayari. Pero talaga promise, nakaka-distract.

Lee Min Ho as Goo Jun Pyo

UP Fair 2010!

O, ‘wag na kayong humirit na hindi ako taga-UP at na hindi rin taga-UP ang mga friends kong kasama kong nagpunta sa UP Fair. Bakit, hindi naman bawal diba? Ganito kasi ‘yan, nung bata ako (haha!) palagi akong dinadala ng ate kong taga-UP sa UP Fair kasama ‘yung mga kaibigan niya. Kaya ayun, nasanay na’ko na tuwing 2nd week of February ‘eh may lakad ako sa UP. Katunayan, maski nung nasa New Zealand na si Ate, may isang year pa na nagpunta ako sa UP Fair kasama ‘yung mga kaibigan niya kahit siya hindi. O diba? ‘Yun nga lang, matapos ang taon na ‘yun, pati ‘yung mga kaibigan niya ‘eh nag-abroad na rin kaya ayun, nawalan na’ko ng kasama. Nag-yaya na lang ako ng mga sarili kong friends. And this year, natuloy na rin kami ni K at L.

Actually last year, nagpunta rin kami. Pero dahil late na kami dumating at wala pa kaming ticket, at 10PM na ‘eh nasa pila pa rin kami, hindi na lang kami tumuloy. Kumain na lang kami sa Mister Kabab. Kaya nga this year, maaga na kaming dumating. 7:30PM pa lang, nandun na kami. Kaya nakakain kami ng barbecue with rice, fishballs, isaw, at inihaw na mais. Masarap! Mura pa. Bawat bili namin ‘eh tigbebente lang ang nilalabas namin sa wallet. Ang saya! Sabi nga ni K, “Sana lahat ng gimik ganito ka-mura!

Nanood rin kami ng ibang known and unknown bands. Sinadya naming panoorin ang Imago. Tapos ‘yung Pedicab, nasa ferris wheel kami nung performance nila ‘eh. Tapos naabutan namin ang Bloodshedd, kung sinuman ‘yun, plus April Morning Skies, Valley of Chrome, Giniling Festival, tapos Itchyworms at Sugarfree with the Manila Symphony Orchestra. Umalis na kami after nun kasi feeling namin nasulit na namin ‘yung Php90 na ticket. 🙂

Nakapagpa-picture din pala kami sa usong-usong concept ngayon sa mga events na photo booth:

Pagkatapos, kumain ulit kami sa Mister Kabab, pero ‘yung sa UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub na branch. Wala lang, reminiscing lang ng ginawa namin last UP Fair.

Anyway, ang ending ‘eh kinabukasan na’ko naka-uwi at nakatulog ako buong maghapon.

Birthday Party w/ Games VS Financial Management Exam

Ang masaya, nung Sabado, nag-attend ako ng birthday party na may games. Take note: Birthday party. Hindi children’s party. Actually joint birthday party ng tatlo sa officemates ko at lahat sila ay 20+. Pero nag-games kami. Pass the Message at Charades. Nanalo ako ng Flat Tops. 🙂

Tapos wala lang, gusto ko lang i-compare sa Sabado ng kuya ko, nag-take siya ng exam sa MBA class niya. Nakakatawa lang kasi nung Sunday at kumakain kami ng lunch sa bahay, matapos kong magkwento sa parents namin tungkol sa mga kakaibang signs sa Charades at mga pandaraya sa Pass the Message, ang kwento ng kuya ko ‘eh tungkol sa asset schedules at net book value at equity chuva. Interesting table conversation ‘eh?

Sick

Oo nga pala. Muntik ko na malimutan. May sakit nga pala ako. Hassle. Madami pa sana akong kwento kaya lang… antokkk na’koooo….zzzz….zz…

More Love

Here’s another love quotes dump because I wasn’t able to post them one by one this past week. You know how it is when you’re busy with work and you get the flu in the middle of a summer-y season. Haha.

So, I hope you like them.

02 10 2010
February 11, 2010
February 12, 2010

Please click on the image to enlarge. February 12, 2010 was supposedly the last day I would send the quotes. But I figured I needed another quote for Valentine’s Day itself. Hence, here’s another one. I got it from Le Love, and I guess it’s not the best “quote” about love, but I think it’s really fitting for this holiday.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE!!!