Setyembre na!!!

Grabe, Setyembre na ngayon.  Ang aking huling blog entry ay noong Hulyo pa.  Ibig bang sabihin ay walang nangyari sa kin nung Agosto?  Diyan kayo nagkakamali. Marami…sobrang maraming nangyari kaya wala akong oras para magblog (pero ganun naman palagi…)

Inaabangan ko talaga ang Agosto dahil may mahalaga akong dapat gawin at dahil ipagdiriwang naming ang ika-80 kaarawan ng lola ko.  Siyempre, pinakahihintay ko yung mga ganoong pagdiriwang pero hindi ko inaasahan na ganun magiging ka-abala ang Agosto ko, yung tipong halos magbreakdown na ko sa sobrang dami ng balita na hindi maganda.  Nagsimula ito noong SONA pa at nagtuloy-tuloy na nga.  Ano-ano nga ba ang mga nangyari?

Simulan natin ng huling linggo ng Hulyo. Nagkaroon ng SONA si Pang. Aquino. Maayos naman ang naging takbo ng pangyayari.  Sumunod na apat na araw, public hearing para sa susunod na Chief Justice.  Ok pa din naman ang coverage, nakakapagod lang ngang makinig sa mga tanong na paulit-ulit lang.

courtesy: GMA News Online

Sumunod na linggo, lumabas ang balita na isang neophyte na naman ang namatay dahil sa hazing.  Si Marc Andre Marcos ay galing sa pamilya ng mga abogado at nag-aaral sa San Beda College.  Muli na naman naming naalala ang isang storya namin mga unang buwan nitong taon, si Marvin Reglos na namatay din sa hazing at tulad ni Marcos ay taga San Beda College din.  Parang hindi sila natututo at paulit-ulit na lang ang mga pangyayari.

courtesy: GMA News Online

Pero bago pa man mailibing si Marcos, unti-unti nang nararamdaman ang epekto ng bagyo at paguulan sa probinsiya at dito sa Maynila.  Una na dito sa Gener na dumaan lang subalit pinalala ang habagat na nagdulot ng tuloy-tuloy na pag-uulan.  Sumunod sa kanya si Bagyong Helen.  Siyempre, kung may ulan, may baha!  Lumubog na naman ang Marikina at CAMANAVA area pati na rin ang mga bayan sa Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga at Laguna.  Madami na namang inilikas at nanatili sa mga evacuation center. Tila nauulit na naman ang bagyong Ondoy pero ngayon, tila mas may kahandaan ang mga LGU kung kaya mas kaunting buhay ang nawala.  Lumabas nga sa mga social networking sites ang pagiging waterproof ng mga Pinoy pero hanggang kailan kaya natin dapat tiisin ito kung kaya naman nating magtapon sa tamang basurahan at ang gobyerno natin ay may budget naman para sa mga flood-control projects.

courtesy: I-Witness documentary, GMA News Online

Pagkatapos ng unos, akala namin ay makakahinga na ng kaunti pero isa na namang trahedya ang nangyari nang bumagsak ang eroplano na sinasakyan ni DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo sa dagat sa Masbate na siyang naging sanhi ng kamatayan niya.  Medyo hindi ko nasubaybayan ang mga unang araw ng coverage dahil nakaleave ako pero siya pa rin ang headlines namin hanggang sa araw na siya ay mailibing.

courtesy: GMA News Online

Sa huling araw ng Agosto, isang malakas na lindol naman ang yumanig sa may eastern seaboard ng bansa na nakaapekto sa Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte at iba pang kalapit na probinsiya.  Isa ring tsunami warning ang ipinalabas ng PHIVOLCS subalit salamat sa Diyos at mababa lang naman ito.  Hanggang sa ngayon ay hindi pa rin malaman kung magkano ang sira na dulot ng lindol dahil hindi pa daw nakakapagreport ang lahat ng mga lokal na pamahalaan sa RDRRMC Reg. 8.

courtesy: GMA News Online

O di ba? Talagang masalimuot ang naging Agosto subalit nagpapasalamat ako na puro tungkol sa trabaho ito at walang problema sa personal kong buhay.  Sa katunayan, medyo nakapagbakasyon pa ako ng kaunti dahil umuwi ang kapatid kong galing sa ibang bansa.  Hintayin niyo na lang ang blog entry ko tungkol doon.

At siyempre, dahil Setyembre na nga, unti-unti nang nararamdaman ang Pasko. Kailangan ko na atang magsimulang mag-isip ng mga ipang-reregalo ko.

Hanggang dito na lang muna!

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My first Eiga Sai experience – Peak:The Rescuers

Eiga Sai 2012 Poster

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July was designated as the Philippines-Japan friendship month and this year, we are celebrating the 56th year of the normalization of our relations and cooperation with them.  As part of their activities, the Embassy of Japan is holding once again the annual Japanese Film Festival, also known as the Eiga Sai.  For 2012, there were ten selected movies that were screened for free.

This year was my first successful attempt to watch during the Eiga Sai.  Last 2009 (read my experience here) was my first try with my officemate but unfortunately, we ran out of tickets so we just roamed around Shangri-la and ate at Pepper Lunch.  This year, I sort of planned it beforehand and asked my friends what time should we line-up for the tickets.  I was supposed to go with Ana and Mish but only Mish and I ended up watching the movie because Ana came from work and they won’t let her in since there were no tickets already. :( Actually, we started lining up at 5:30pm for the 7pm movie and we were already on the third line! That’s how  popular the Japanese film festival is.

For our time, the movie shown was Peak:The Rescuers starring Oguri Shun and Masami Nagasawa.  I was so happy that this was the movie assigned to our timeslot because I am a big fan of these two actors ever since I saw them in Hana Yori Dango (Shun) and Proposal Daisakusen (Masami).  I was anticipating the movie to be like Vertical Limit (starring Chris O’ Donnell) and it was, although Peak: The Rescuers had more stories within the movie compared to Vertical Limit where there is only a single plot.

Peak The Rescuers poster

Peak: The Rescuers tell the story of Sanpo (Oguri Shun) who is a mountain-addict and Shina (Masami) who is a new mountain rescuer.  Being the only girl in a group of all-male rescuers, the job was difficult for Shina who had to endure the difficult training that is more fit for men and understand the reason for rescuing people.  Shina lost her dad to the mountains so it cannot be avoided that she feels a little animosity to the people who were careless while climbing.  Sanpo, on the other hand, is a volunteer rescuer who never gets lost in the mountain and knows it like the back of his own hand, while he could easily get lost in the town proper even while holding a map.  He loves the mountains and enjoyed climbing with his friend, until tragedy stuck and he decided to become a mountain rescuer.

Some rescue stories were successful, some ended tragically but the movie focused on the heart of the people who were determined to rescue those who are in need despite the seriousness of the situation and the relationships that one has towards their family.  Shina herself learned a lesson the hard way when she had to be rescued the first time by Sanpo after being reckless while going down the mountain.  Shina did not understand why people climb, but Sanpo taught her to love the mountain with all her heart.  There were two things, Sanpo said, that one should not leave on the mountain: 1.) trash; and 2.) human life.

Peak:The Rescuers celebrated the human spirit, on how a single situation can change a person’s outlook in life and how much tougher we can be even though we already reached our limits.  Adding to the story is the beautiful cinematography that makes you want to climb a mountain and sing “The hills are alive, with the sound of music…”.  Peak: The Rescuers is a movie that is worthy to watch, even though your initial intent was to bask in Oguri Shun’s charm.

The run in Shangri-la has ended already but here are the schedules for the showing in Metro Mania, Cebu and Davao.

July 20-22,2012
Gaisano South Citimall
Davao

August 7-12 2012
Cinema 4, Ayala Center
Cebu City

August 15-21, 2012
UP Film Institute
Diliman, Quezon City

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The day comedy made me cry

Dolpy 1928-2012

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The King of comedy, Dolphy, is dead. As I watched the tribute that television stations had for him and listened to the testimonies of people close to him, I can’t help but feel tightness around my throat. It seemed as if somebody close to me had died and it might as well be the case for millions of Filipinos out there, because Dolphy has been part of my childhood and a staple in the Filipinos’ television viewing habit.

I grew up watching the weekly sitcom Home Along Da Riles where Dolphy played a hardworking, single father Kevin Cosme (it sounded like Kevin Costner isn’t it? :D) who had four children. I specially looked forward to their summer specials. As a kid, it is a treat to see them going out of the studio to film in beaches and swimming pool resorts because it would seem as if I am also physically there with them. I even watched the movie version of the said sitcom. Meanwhile, my parents grew up watching John En Marsha. Maybe my grandparents were able to watch him as “Facifica Palaypay” (hmmm…I think I need to ask my grandmother) Therefore, it goes without saying that indeed Dolphy has become an icon for the Filipinos by becoming our source of happiness and providing a source of escape when life gets too tough.

young dolphy

credit: philippinenews.com

Before his death, there was already the debate on whether or not he should become the next National Artist. For me, he should become one for a simple reason – his contribution to the entertainment industry and to the people he worked with are something that cannot be equaled to. There is simply no one to follow his footsteps, even with the numerous comedians out there who could only make green jokes. Dolphy is such a humble person, he did not even want to be regarded as the King of Comedy. His characters are based on the ‘masa’ or the common people that is why ordinary Filipinos love him. Now that he’s dead, people who encountered him personally only has good stories about him. If he has touched a lot of hearts through his character portrayal and contributed to the uplifting of the comedic genre in the Philippines, I can’t see any reason why he cannot be the next National Artist.

Goodbye Dolphy. I will definitely miss seeing you in sitcoms. Maybe, you are now making all the angels laugh in heaven.

credit: gmanetwork.com

credit: gmanetwork.com

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We’re on the second half already!

Sunset at Nuvali

The end of a day is the beginning of another…

I know a lot of people are complaining about how fast time flies and I am definitely one of them. I’m just not ready yet to face the Christmas rush (and stress) which will be coming in two months. Okay, okay… it’s only the 3rd of July today and December is more than 5 months away but remember, I am living in the Philippines and we have the longest Christmas celebration ever which informally starts on September.

The first half of 2012 has been good to me.  I’ve been given new challenges at work, of which I am really thankful because it means they trust me enough to be given more responsibilities. Any recognition to my efforts is greatly cherished.  Everyday I learn a few things but all in all, I can say that I haven’t committed a major blunder… yet, and I hope to keep it that way. Besides, I want to keep my current schedule of having the weekends off. Yehey! There were little disappointments of course (not work related) but I decided not to dwell on it because it is not God’s will.

So far, I’m praying that I’ll have a better six months ahead. I have a lot of things to look forward to and I’m really excited for the things to come.  I’m going to be positive about everything: my work, my social life, my finances and most especially my acads. haha! I am more determined now to finish my MA since I have a friend who has graduated already.  If she can do it, why can’t I right? My recent prayer is to pass the exams that I just took so that I could move on to doing my thesis (which I am also excited to do because I have a few ideas in my mind already…) and to be able to save enough for our family trip.

Also, I hope that I can blog more regularly now. I realized that aside from the lack of time, I’m just too lazy to do it cause I don’t know where to start (and I think I live a boring life – home-work-home- you get the idea).  However, thinking about it, I can blog about my past trips.  Maybe you guys would be interested to read it even if it happened a year ago? hahaha! I can make random videos too and make a fool out of myself.

So yeah, cheers to a better six months ahead and writing here in my blog.

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Why Cassies should buy Sparkling Magazine Spring Edition

Sparkling Magazine’s Spring issue may not have TVXQ as their cover (it’s IU and ZE:A this time!) but they sure did exert some effort to include our JYJ and TVXQ boys in this edition.  Seriously, I was like spazzing every 5 pages or so because I kept seeing our boys’ picture with the corresponding articles. Uhuh… there’s even one that is dedicated to their drama appearances.

And because I am not selfish, let me share to you some of their pages, but I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to buy cause you’ll never know what will be inside the next issue. Let’s show our support, Y/Y?

So ok, upon opening the cover, you will see in the inside page…

Our JYJ boys…

Turn a few more pages and what do we get?


Yep, the five of them, in one article. *cries tears of joy…*

Moving on.  Oh! they’re discussing the artists’ tattoos and who is our resident tattoo enthusiast? It’s none other than Jaejoong.

Of course there are the interesting interview articles for the singers on the cover, ZE:A and IU plus the people behind Wong Fu productions but then after a few pages, who do we see?

It’s Junsu with the article about his gadget, the Samsung Galaxy tab (I still can’t forget that picture of him playing Fruit Ninja out of my head…)

Last but not the least, there’s the article about the 2011 Kpop Convention and guess who won as Globe’s Fanclub of the year?

Of course it’s none other than CASSIOPEIA PHILIPPINES, the premier TVXQ and JYJ Fanclub in the Philippines.

Now that you’ve seen some of the contents, buy it now ok?!? Enjoy reading.

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Sunday Picnic at the Ayala Triangle Gardens

The perfect weather for a picnic

Last April Fools Day, I found myself in the company of my college friends as we went picnicking at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. It was a very nice day, with the sun emitting just the right amount of heat and the breeze cool enough to prevent us from perspiring.

Ayala Triangle Gardens is located amidst the jungle concrete of the Makati Central Business District, just behind the Stock Exchange.  The patch of greenery is just perfect for those who want to relax or be fit after a stressful day at work. There are also restaurants at the side but we preferred to bring our own food that we bought from the Sunday morning market at Legaspi Village.

There were only a few people when we arrived, I even wondered where the joggers were but my friends said that they probably exercised at night.  That worked fine for us because we got our own peace and quiet and we do not need to worry about the kids being lost amidst the crowd. The get-together also served as a baby shower for our friend who already gave birth last April 16 to a very healthy baby girl.

And now for the pics.

Food courtesy of Legaspi Sunday Market and Mommy Wendi

Kids bonding over the iPa

Kids bonding over the iPad

Then they went Easter Egg hunting. Photo courtesy of Almi.

By the way, these are the Easter Eggs. There are candies and one calamansi inside which is the grand prize. :D

A child's smile will always be precious.

11 years of friendship. <3

Thank you Almi for arranging this picnic.  Bonding with the girls never gets old.

PS. Could have uploaded this post days ago if only wordpress’ photo uploading services worked. It was “crunching” the pictures forever so finally I resorted to Photobucket. >.<

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Good Friday at Virgin Beach Resort, Batangas

What's a beach without the palm tree?

What's a beach without the palm tree?

When the weather is scorchingly hot, what people always want to do is either to go malling (for the free aircon) or to go to the beach. Even though I prefer the airconditioner, summer is all about the sun, sand and the beach so I chose to go to the latter when I had the extra day off the past Holy Week.

Looks like going to the beach will become a yearly tradition for our family during Holy Week. Last year we went to Quezon and this time, we chose something closer to home, the Virgin Beach Resort in San Juan, Laiya, Batangas.

Laiya has become quite famous recently because of its white sand beaches and good snorkeling places. It was the second time that I’ve been there and the place definitely does not disappoint. Although most of the resorts don’t allow bringing of food inside, the Virgin Beach Resort gave us the freedom to do so which was actually better  since there were 15 of us who went there.  This place is perfect for those who are in a budget and are picky with the food that they want to eat.

We placed our reservation two weeks before and good thing there is still space for us.  The first resort where we inquired was already fully booked (we actually expected this).   We had to pay 50% of the total fees through bank deposit, and the other half, we paid on the day itself.

See how wide the sandy areas are!

See how wide the sandy area is!

Virgin Beach probably has the widest stretch in all of the resorts.  As far as my eyes could see, there were no fences that would prevent other people from other resorts to go to theirs. Maybe I was just too lazy to walk that’s why I didn’t see it but well, I’m contented with the beach front.  My cousins frolicked in the cold water all day long and just went out of the water to eat. The toilet has a bidet and the shower area has a “rain-type” shower head which earned a stamp of approval from me. :D

For day-trippers, the damage is P250/person inclusive of corkage. Cottage for 12 people (max. 15) is P1,230 though you need to pay P120 for the extra person in excess of 12. (e.g. for 15 pax –> 1230 + (120 x 3) = P1590.

And now for the pictures!!!

Welcome to the Virgin Beach Resort!

Welcome to the Virgin Beach Resort!

A perfect day!

A perfect day!

The bed parasol - P1650/day for 3pax (max.5)

The bed parasol - P1650/day for 3pax (max.5)

Beach Front (right part)

Beach Front (right side)

Beach Front (left side)

Beach Front (left side)

Families enjoying the water!

Families enjoying the water!

The Cottages

The Cottages

I wish I could ride a jetski...

I wish I could ride a jetski...

Girls in bikinis...hihi!

Girls in bikinis...hihi!


And now for the food!!!

Must-have mango salad with tomatoes and onion!

Must-have mango salad with tomatoes and onion!

The staple in every outing, grilled chicken and liempo.

The staple in every outing, grilled chicken and liempo.

Another must-have, the eggplant salad.

Another must-have, the eggplant salad.

That’s it for now. For more info about the Virgin Beach Resort, you may visit their website www.virginbeachresort.com.

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