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Sa Mga Nakapanood Na ng Heneral Luna: Napansin niyo ba?

This is one brilliant review. The movie awakened the Filipino people. Director Jerrold Tarog, Inang Bayan is just so thankful. 🙂

Ang Manlalayag

Magtatrabaho na sana ako, kaya lang hindi ko na kayang patagalin pang hindi isulat lahat ng nakuha ko mula sa pinakabagong pelikula, ang Heneral Luna ni Jerrold Tarog. Sa mga nakapanood na, malamang alam niyo ang pakiramdam. Sana pareho tayo ng nararamdaman.

Una sa lahat – ANG GALING! Hindi ako isang batikang kritiko o magaling na manunulat ng mga “film reviews”. hindi rin ako magaling sa mga teknikal na aspeto sa larangan ng pelikula at mga palabas. Pero sa kabila ng husay ng mga aktor, sa galing ng direktor sa pag-aayos ng bawat eksena, at sa galing ng manunulat sa bawat salitang binitiwan, iiwan ko na iyon sa mga kritiko. Gusto ko sanang itanong sa inyo kung napansin niyo rin ang napansin ko.

Bukod sa katapangan at kabayanihan ni Heneral Luna, alam kong napansin niyo rin ang kabaluktutan ng pulitika natin noon pa man. Siguro may ilan sa inyo na…

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Rockstars for a Night!

It was a night of many ‘firsts’ and it all happened in an awesome kitchen + bar located in Filinvest City Alabang.

First time to see one of my cousins sing his heart out in front of a crowd. First time to hear my Tita sing, first time to discover that she can really carry a tune! As for me, it’s my first time to sing with a live band. To sum it up:  it was our first rockstar experience! 😋

We were there to celebrate my cousin and Tita’s bday. It’s a simple celebration with booze and yummy food. Gaaaahd! Try their Truffle Fries! Buffalo wings! heavenly awesome! Shanghai rolls too!

   
 
For starters, The Johnny’s invited my cousin (the birthday celebrant) to sing with the band. They have countless selection of songs, surprisingly!

  
That’s Megan the birthday celebrant with her supporter, also my cousin, Mik. 

  
That’s Mico. I discovered that night that he can sing! Achievement unlocked!

  
One of the countless surprises! My Tita sang 2 songs, unexpectedly!

  
The proud parents of Megan serenaded each other that night as well!!!

It was an extraordinary night for the whole family! Everyone was game! I think it’s also because The Johnny’s and one of the owners entertained the crowd very well. Walang hiya-hiya that night!!!

Thank you Red Kitchen and Bar! Thank you also to The Johnny’s who made us real rockstars for one night! 

And of course, this wouldn’t be possible without Meg, Tita Baby and Tito Eric! Happy happy birthday!!!

Red Kitchen + Bar

Rockeoke nights every Friday with The Johnny’s. 
Cheers!

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Mesa Experience

Crispchon lives up to its promise. Crispiness!

We went to Mesa (SM Aura Branch) last weekend for a sumptuous lunch with our dear friend and balikbayan Nichole. She missed Pinoy Foods so we headed to Mesa for the ultimate experience.

It wasn’t my first time there. We already tried several of their dishes and it’s downright good! The place also exudes the vibe of a Pinoy home where you can see rattan and other Pinoy handmade thingy.

One thing that caught our balikbayan’s eyes is the CRISPCHON. It’s an expensive dish but the lechon and pandan crepe wrap were very intriguing so we gave it a try…


It comes with 3 different sauces of your choice. 1/4 costs around P1,600. Your call if you want it all wrapped in Pandan Crepe but in our case, we requested the waiter to have it cooked with their known garlic and spicy flavor. Ahhhhh so yummy!


This is Tinapa rice. Another great choice!


I also ordered for Sisig Rice.

We all had happy tummies!!! We also had Scallops, Pork Sinigang and Laing. Not in photos though.


…and that’s our group. 😊

Nichole, thank you very much for the treat and we hope to see you again.. In San Diego or here in PH. 😘


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My 1st Birkam Yoga Journey

I started practicing Bikram Yoga two years ago.

I was encouraged by my friends to try it because they benefited so much from it. And by ‘much’ I mean tons of sweat, peace of mind and happy disposition in life. At first, I was VERY hesitant. First thing I thought of was “Ang taba ko, baka matumba tumba ako pag-balance!”. The answer I got from them was, “You’ll improve there.”

I did some research before I enrolled myself to a 1-week practice. I practiced each pose at home and tried my best to bend and bend and bend… Damn right after 2 poses, my shirt (and bottoms) were soaking wet! I’ve never felt so satisfied with sweat before until Bikram Yoga practice.

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DAY 1.

I went to the Bikram Yoga Manila – QC studio all by myself. I stayed quiet the whole time and just observed the people coming in and out of the studio. They were all dripping wet in sweat and that kind of made me more excited to go inside the studio. On my first day, the yoga instructor said that my first goal is to stay in the hot room. Never mind if I cannot do all the poses, what’s important is I stay in the hot room and finish the class.

I DID IT! That was excruciating but most fulfilling 90 minutes of my life!

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After a week of practicing Bikram Yoga, I enrolled again for 1 month unlimited class. I have a bad habit of starting an exercise and not sustaining it so to make this new addiction work, I challenged myself and signed up for the 30-day challenge.

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30 days of practicing Bikram Yoga. Others doubted that I will finish it and that made me doubt myself also. There were days when I just want to lie down on my bed but then I realized, I spent a lot of money for that class… I want to change my habits… “I should go to class today.”

Luckily, I finished the 30-day challenge! It was an achievement! (hooray!)

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It gave me a whole new perspective about life, actually. I became more patient, more relaxed and it gave me peace of mind. I practiced Bikram Yoga before mainly because I wanted to lose weight but surprisingly, upon finishing my 30-day challenge, it gave me so much more!!!

I wanted to practice it again that time but after I find a job nalang (yes, I just resigned from work when I practiced Yoga before haha). It took me a month to rest and just when I was planning to enroll again I knew that I was pregnant.

After 2 years (and 17.4 kilos) here I am again, trying to get back on the mat.

Thankfully, my sister-in-law gave me a ‘gift of health’ for my birthday – 1 week Unli Bikram Yoga and Zumba at Bikram Yoga Makati! Let’s see how this will unfold another healthy me.

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Adriele’s 1st birthday

After months of planning and preparations, the day has finally come.

It is a special day not only for me and Axle but as well as to our whole family. Adriele is turning one, what else can be more important than that?

Theme. 

We were pretty sure our family and friends kinda expect that Adriele’s first birthday will be Minnie Mouse themed party. Haha so we thought of another theme.

Adriele loves colorful balloons so we came up with Hot Air Balloon theme.

The Venue

We booked the function hall of Rosewood Pointe Residences, Acacia Estates, Taguig. Reasons why we chose it:

  1. It’s near our place. Less travel time for Adriele.
  2. Very homey ambiance.
  3. Awesome surroundings, especially the sight of its blue pool.

For the food, we had Villa Salud Catering. We first had them at my nephew’s first birthday party and I must say they really have the most yummy roast beef!

What’s also amazing is that they also organize parties. They have wide array of add-ons that you can include on your party details. Here’s what they did to the venue…

 This photo right here was taken when we were doing our ocular. A party just finished when we got inside the hall.

And this is the Villa Salud magic!

They’re the ones who did the venue set-up. Truth be told, I was close to crying when I saw this. The plans, all the notes I gave them, were accomplished!

The Cake. 

Our good friend Jana, the owner of Iñigo’s by Fat Chef Manila, was the one who baked our baby’s cake.

A week before the party, I sent her several pegs from Pinterest. And this is what I really liked. I can’t believe she was able to pull it off! And not only that… The cake is sooooo delicious! Heavenly! Her best-seller!

Celebration. 

We had a clown, from Villa Salud, who had contributed much to the success of the program. Axle and I, together with his sister Beatrix, prepared a program but the clown had made it much easier and livelier for us. Hooray!

As for the photobooth, it was a gift from my husband’s high school barkada. Smiles to Go Photobooth made our celebration more special because of photos that our guests could keep.

I am very thankful because our parents, relatives and friends supported and helped us all the way. This wouldn’t be possible without them.

Adriele is just so happy with the colorful venue, people and gifts of course!

Photos taken by Kevin Gepaya.

The party is over but I’m sure our family, especially Adriele, will forever treasure this memorable event.

Group huuuuug!

Mama Jonah

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Adriele’s DIY Photoshoot

March 8, 2015.

We all know that hiring a pro photographer is pricey nowadays. Even the studios that specializes on Baby Photography. So since we have enough materials (and patience), me and my husband decided to do it ourselves.

Why not a cake smash? Haha!

Preparations

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon and Adriele got her required afternoon nap. Perfect! For the cake, we ordered a small one from Shoppersville Bakeshop in Katipunan. We have been ordering cakes from this bakeshop for a very loooong time! Reason? Cheap and yummy! (P110)

Adriele will be having a hot air balloon theme party for her 1st birthday. For the basket, we got it from Echague Quiapo (P200). We also got her some DIY tassles from Divisoria (P70 each color x 2)

For the balloons, Plan A was helium but we ended up buying the cheaper one because helium balloons are priced at P90 each! Ugh.

Now here’s what she wore. All from Gingersnaps.

Preparation

#OOTDs

READY! Parents’ level of Patience: 101%

Here’s what happened when we set-foot on the lush greens of UP Diliman…

Hmm balloon!

Hmm balloon!

She was scared of the balloons at first but after less than an hour, she held it and played with it. Way to go! Haha

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She got inside the basket! Yay! But it only lasted for 3 minutes, I guess. She wanted to go outside. A bit irritated, I must say.

Parents’ level of Patience: Down to 98%

We tried to put her beside the basket instead so she wouldn’t get scared…

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And then she started to cry!

Parents’ level of Patience: Down to 95%

She didn’t like the grass, well then… We decided to jump to our second set! Now with banig so she’ll feel comfortable.

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Well, she played around but never looked at the camera. Pfft.

She even got hungry haha! Dede Break!

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Parents’ patience level: Down to 80%!

We didn’t get lots of great shots because Adriele just kept on looking at the mat, the grass, and touch the tassle, etc! So we decided to jump to our 3rd and final set… THE CAKE SMASH!

Cake smash photography is the main hit nowadays and I’ve always wanted to see Adriele smash and taste a cake for the first time.

Excitement level: 200%

It's pretty (yucky), Mama!

It’s pretty (yucky), Mama!

So there, she didn’t bother to touch the cake and ended up crying whenever she gets near it. 😦

I don't wanna smash the cake!

I don’t wanna smash the cake! Zoom in the face? Wait.

Look closely!

Look closely!

Look at that face! Haha! Patience level: 50%… Time to wrap-up!

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Okaaaay, pack-up! It was very tiring! I wonder how photographers from Baby Shower Studio or The Picture Company do it! Requires lots of patience and drive because kids can get really cranky and grumpy and shy and annoying. LOL!

Will try the cake smash next time 🙂

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Adriele’s Baptism

August 30, 2014. Adriele was 5 months-old. We had her baptism at Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish, Philam Homes QC.

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She wore a simple long gown from SM Baby Company. It was kind of frustrating because we wanted a different gown for Adriele but no size available for her. Moving on, I think this simple cotton gown made our baby very comfortable during the ceremony.

The chapel was very solemn. It was filled by our families and friends. The reception followed at Shangrila Finest Chinese Cuisine in West Ave. It is also where he had our civil wedding reception as well so we know how great the food is!

Dada and Adriele

Dada and Adriele

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For some DIY, we had a thumb marking session for the ninongs and ninangs.

Ninongs and Ninangs

Ninongs and Ninangs

Adriele will surely be reminded of your presence during that very special day, thank you!

Godfathers

Godfathers

Godmothers

Godmothers