Sweet as Sugar

The start of my day is kinda a bit frustrating for some personal reason, (so drama, hahaha). If not the books one of my way to relax is the music, most of the time music is all I need to make me feel better, (well aside for cuddling). Music is my way out, my way of getting away of everything. But what if I left my earphone to the office, and it gives me the idea to get out of the house and go to the office even if we don’t have a work evry Saturday and Sunday, luckily I am the one who hold the keys. And as I enter the office I decided to open my computer to check an emails, but my hands has its own mind, and type youtube. The frst video that I click is this Sugar by Maroon 5.

“It’s December 6, 2014. We’re going to drive across LA and hit every wedding we possibly can. It’s going to be awesome,” Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine said in the beginning of the video.

If it was a gate crashing or not, I don’t mind but this is one of the great music video ever made, seeing the reactions of every bride and groom that’ s a terrific and awesome. Whom ever the idea it is, she or he has a brilliant mind to get the attention of every viewers. And made the emotion of every viewers to switch from sad and a little bit mad, to surprise and joy, almost laughing.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James

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Hmmm… I read this book because, the film will release next month, according to the trailer, and I am hoping that the MTRCB ( a government agency responsible for rating television and film for the Philippines) will not ban this here in the Philippines (well, they denied banning the film anyway, but will receive a rating of R-18 -18 years old and above can be admitted, or maybe an R-16 -16 years old and above can be admitted). Anyway whatever the rating will be, I will surely watch the movie, and hoping that it will not disappoint me. (wink)

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The book was not bad anyway, as what I heard from other reader. This is really a controversial book that has become so popular most especially with the teenagers. Well reading this book made me feel two emotions.., I hate this book and I love this book.

I hate the book – The book was too much of an erotica read for my tastes. I didn’t like the BDSM elements but they wouldn’t bother me so much if stupid Ana didn’t enjoy getting spanked, especially since I knew something ugly in his past made Christian the way he is, liking all this weird stuff and beating women! But there were two or three scenes that were disgusting. Period. (well, they had sex while Ana had her period!! )

I love the book – This book was so addictive I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know what will happen next, what Christian would do that I didn’t expect etc. I didn’t hate Ana. She was an intelligent, normal woman with her insecurities, her good and bad sides. But neither did I love her, mainly because sometimes she was annoying. She would do whatever Christian wanted, whether she liked it or not and there were times I lost my respect for her, but I loved that in the end (she left him (hide spoiler). She showed some character! Also, I don’t buy her innocence! There are women with years of sexual experiences that haven’t done what Ana has in a single month.

What I love the most about this book is Christian Grey! I don’t care that he’s fifty shades of f*****-up. He’s got one of the strongest personalities I’ve ever read about. He is the kind of man that makes you say: “For you I’d do anything!” He is amazing! And you know what? He likes what he likes, which is weird, but at least he’s open about it! It’s Ana who should have set limits on what she would and what she wouldn’t do. To me it was obvious that, from a point onwards, he would do anything she asked him to. And he never wanted to do something Ana didn’t agree to from the beginning. Well, I can’t help it. I always love a tortured hero! I expected that Christian would be possessive, bossy and weird. What I didn’t expect is that he would be such a good person, not only with Ana but with everybody. Christian is a hero that had me squirming in my seat! He always did the most unexpected things! Did I mention he’s also possessive? So possessive it’s funny! I almost fall inlove with this guy anyway. I while reading this I came to the point that placing myself as Ana. WTF!! hehehe.

I admit it is a compelling, addictive read that will have the reader craving for more! And now I am on my book two (Fifty Shades Darker).

My Favorite quotes from the book.

  • Sometimes I wonder if there’s something wrong with me. Perhaps I’ve spent too long in the company of my literary romantic heroes, and consequently my ideals and expectations are far too high.
  • Never trust a man who can dance.
  • Men aren’t really complicated, Ana, honey. They are very simple, literal creatures. They usually mean what they say. And we spend hours trying to analyze what they’ve said – when really it’s obvious. If I were you, I’d take him literally. That might help.
  • There’s a very fine line between pleasure and pain. They are two sides of the same coin, one not existing without the other.
  • I have fallen for someone who’s so emotionally shut down, I will only get hurt- deep down I know this- someone who by his own admission is completely fucked up.

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73rd

73rd

Ang bilis ng panahon, parang kailan lang hindi natin kilala ang isa’t isa – a total strangers. Buti na lang we are living in a world of technology, may cellphone na, ehh dito tayo nagkakilala hindi ba? What if walang cellphone, paano kaya tayo magkakakilala? Sa sulat? magkakabanggaan? o magkikita sa bahay ng Tita ko, like ininvite ka niya sa Fiesta sa lugar nila. Tutal naman si Tita naman talaga yung pinaka naging instrument kung bakit tayo nagkatagpo.Anyway the rest is history ika nga, and that history will always be the sweetest and it’s recorded talaga.
The most important is the present, Today January 22, 2015, it’s our 73rd monthsary we will not see each other not until Saturday for we are both busy in our job, of course we are doing this for our future, and I am not really sure kung mag start na ba akong magcount down, baka kasi mapurnada pa. Pero five months to go, and the “biggest day” in our life will happen.

Happy 73rd! And you never failed to made me fall in love with you. I love you more and more!

Lolo Kiko

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Santo Papa..

Santo Padre..

Lolo Kiko..

Pope Francis..

The visit of the Pope Francis will be a major historic event in the Philippines. This is the most unforgettable event of this whole year and the following years. Every Filipino are all eager to see him personally, that is why even those who lives in far places, they really made sure that they will come in Manila just to see Him.

I am a Non-Catholic person, and I can’t denied how I felt that time, watching Him on television alone, I felt goosebumps all over me, and I was this emotional, and  unexplained happiness and when he spoke, I just can’t explain the feelings that I have that time. He’s just fine, and the goodness that was radiating from him and I saw the holiness in Him. A very humble man, with an unlimited smile on his face, and it seems that he never get tired even if he is a 78 years old man.

January 15-19, 2015, was a huge impact in the life of every Filipino. Sparked by the enthusiasm surrounding his arrival, I didn’t expect that there will be a renewal of faith, bolstering ethical and moral traditions in every Philippine regions. Pope Francis asks us Filipinos not to focus on him,, but rather to shift our focus to Jesus Christ and the life that He Leads. Mercy and Compassion, was the theme of Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines, where devastation from Typhoon Yolanda is still being felt more than a year later. Our beloved Pope comes to show his deep concern for Filipino people most especially with the Visayan People, who also was an earthquake victim. He comes to confirm us in our faith as we face the challenges of witnessing the joy of the Gospel in the midst of our trials.

Thousand of cheering people lined the streets of Manila to see Pope Francis; children, senior citizens, male and female were present. He never failed to smile and waved to the crowd as his vehicle moved fairly rapidly through the cleared streets. I also observed that he doesn’t want to be treated as someone special. As we look at the vehicle he used, they are not bullet-proof, he wanted the vehicle to be open so that he can feel the closeness to the Filipino people.

Another thing that made me amazed to him and made him more interesting was when I found some information regarding his humbleness and humility. Here are the example:

  • He often end his encounters with the people by saying, “I ask you to pray for me”.
  • Pope always begin his remarks by asking permission from the crowd to speak in Spanish.
  • He approached people, especially the little children by meeting them personally, kissed and blessed them. And that’s a beautiful sign of closeness and humility.
  • He takespublic transport everyday. (Rev. Eduardo Mangiorotti – Argentine Priest)
  • In Vatican Hotel, he was the one who picked up his luggage and personally thanked each member of the staff, and even paid his own bill.
  • He also chose to live in an apartment instead of the archbishop’s palace passed on a chauffeured limousine and cooked his own meals (John Allen-CNN Vatican Analyst)
  • He refused to used a platform to elevate himself above the cardinals standing with him as he was introduced to the world as Pope Francis.

Pope Francis has had many quotable quotes ranging from the inspiring to the amusing. Here are some of them:

  • Only by becoming poor ourselves, by stripping away our complacency, will be able to identify with the least of our brothers and sisters (During His Homily at the Manila Cathedral)
  • I have two wishes; First, please pray for me, second, be quiet. (Candidly tells to the cheering crowd at Palo Cathedral)
  • I hope that this prophetic summons will challenge everyone, at all levels of society, to reject every forms of corruption which diverts resources from the poor, and to make concerted efforts to ensure the inclusion of every man and woman and child in the life of the community. (Malacanang)
  • Wow! The Filipino are energetic. Thay don’t get tired…
    The future of the Church is in Asia. I saw it in Sri Lanka, and I saw it here.
  • The pilot if the plane has insisted we have to live at 1 p.m.. because the weather forecast says after 1 .pm. It will get much worse. So I apologize to all of you. I am so sorry about this because I had something especially prepared for you. (At Palo Cathedral)
  • Ang kahabagan ng Diyos, ang kanyang sakripisyo, ay nagbibigay saysay sa halaga sa lahat ng ating paghihirap. (Pope Francis on Twitter)
  • It is now, more than ever, necessary that political leaders be outstanding for honesty, integrity and commitment to the common good.
  • We need to see each child as a gift to be welcomed, cherished and protected.
  • Filipinos are called to be outstanding missionaries of the faith in Asia.
  • Some of you have lost part of your families. All I can do is keep silence and walk with you all with my silent heart.
  • We have a Lord who is capable of crying with us, capable of walking with us in the most difficult moments of life.
  • Women are able to pose questions that we men do not understand.
  • The Philippines needs holy and loving families to protect the beauty and truth of the family in God’s plan.
  • What is the most important subject you have to learn in life? To learn how to love. And this is the challenge that life offers you.
  • If you don’t learn how to cry, you can’t be a good Christians, this is a challenge, don’t be frightened of crying.
  • Allow yourselves to be surprise by God.

Pope Francis given us so much hope, joy, peace, and love. He encouraged us and enlightened the Filipinos heart and mind in God’s word. As he leaves the Philippines, our hearts were filled with sadness most especially when he gave a crowd a final blessings and a humble bow. We want to thank Pope Francis for visiting, and for the concern in our country, and for teaching us the true essence of mercy and compassion, surely we will follow your message that you have imparted to us.

Teddy’s Burger, Exactly The Way I Want It

I am thankful for those who brought Teddy’s Bigger Burger here in the Philippines. I thought I need to fly to Hawaii just to experience eating this kind of burger, (of course for now I can’t travel to that country, but soon in God’s time, hehehe). I stumbled upon this burger when I and my friends been to greenbelt  after watching a movie, and decided to eat before we call it a day, and here we are!!

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Teddy’s Bigger Burger has a menu containing four main types of burgers (Teddy’s Original Burger, Cheese Burger, Teri Burger and Monster Double Burger).

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                                     Teddy’s Original Burger

Customer’s can have the burgers made according to their specifications, and a freedom to choose the size of their patty. Side dishes are available  at Teddy’s and they are limited to four – thick-cut potato fries, flavored fries, potato tots and onion rings.

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Drinks here include the usual soda, juice, iced tea, lemonade and float, and shakes in six flavors (strawberry, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, banana and peanut butter – yeah right a peanut butter shake!).  The thickness makes it like melted ice cream so that’s bit hard to slurp too. But that’s what makes it a great milkshake. Delicioso!!

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Teddy’s will not make you feel shortchanged as you get what you pay for in terms of taste and quality. Burgers are only cooked upon order so service may be a bit slow, but the flavors more than make up for it.
Here in the Philippines, every Filipino loves to eat and we love to try different kinds of food. Most especially if it’s new to the place, unique and puts some promise to our tastebuds.

Teddy’s Bigger Burger is located at Level 3, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City, Philippines

Chocomada (Chocolate and Ensaimada) for My Tummy

Chocolate is one of my weaknesses, especially when I am sad, or having a  bad day. According to research, they have a content which releases a”feel good” chemical in your brain that makes you happy. Experience the sweet pleasure in every mouthful of bites!
Yesterday, I was really busy doing paperworks, and I need to finish those for we are having a long vacation, due to the Papal Visit here in the Philippines, and I have to finish everything so that everythings a brand new day for me on Monday. I was out in the office for awhile to deliver some letters signed by my boss to other departments. And when I came back to my working desk I found this chocolates and a special ensaimada, and the inner child of mine just got activated. Thanks a lot to my generous boss.

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CHOCOMADA – Chocolate and Ensaimada (insert)

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                         The Chocolates

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

We have a very long vacation here in the Philippines due to the Papal Visit in our country, and while staying at home, I was in the mood to watched some pending movies listed in my laptop. I chose a this film, because Confession of a Shopaholic is a Rom-Com movie based on the novel by Sophie Kinsella, that will touch your heart and tickle your funny bone. Don’t let the title fool you, this is your more than average chic flick. The unique characters and witty dialogue make it entertaining for both genders.

Funny. Light. Completely brainless. and. very Entertaining movie.

Confessions of a Shopaholic follow the story of Rebecca, a shopaholic who lives for Gucci, Prada and Chanel. Life is perfect until she finds herself under a mountain of debt without a job. Believing she is applying for her dream job at a fashion magazine, Rebecca somehow lands a gig at a Finance Publication instead. Nevertheless, her column is instantly popular, she catapulted to fame and gained the attention of her boo, Luke (of course, there has to be a love story in it!).

Luke and Rebecca shares a quirky charming chemistry, adding to the films humor. Although the movie has over-the-top fashion, it isn’t overdone or too far-fetched. Audiences can relate to Rebecca’s vivacious and energetic personality. Which Isla Fisher (the actress) portrays with charisma, but they can also understand her struggle to turn her life around.

The movie has a balance of humor and heartwarming moments that will leave the viewers with a message about friendship, family and living life to the fullest. With well chosen music, fantastic fashion, and hysterical moments.

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            snapshots from the movie

My Favorite Quotes from the Movie:

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  • A man will never love you or treat you as well as a store. If a man doesn’t fit, you can’t exchange him seven days later for a gorgeous cashmere sweater. And a store always smells good. A store can awaken a lust for things you never even knew you needed. And when your fingers first grasp those shiny, new bags…
  • I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore.
  • Life would be a lot easier if conversations were rewindable and erasable, like videos. Or if you could instruct people to disregard what you just said, like in a courtroom.
  • Rule of life. If you bother to ask someone’s advice, then bother to listen to it.
  • Shopping is actually very similar to farming a field. You can’t keep buying the same thing, you have to have a bit of variety. Otherwise you get bored and stop enjoying yourself.
  • We all fail to appreciate each day just how much we already possess. Light, air, freedom, the companionship of friends.

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Movie Trivia:

  • A “shopaholic” is not a medical nor a technical term. The proper definition is oniomania, the technical term for the compulsive desire to shop.

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

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I decided to read this book because I have heard many good reviews about it and thought I would give it a go. And to find out that it’s indeed gives a heart warming inspiration to every readers.

“Chinese Cinderella” happens to be a true story about the author’s own childhood experience. During her childhood, which takes time in the 1930s to 1940s, she was viewed as an unwanted and unimportant person to her family. Her aunt and grandpa and third brother were the only ones that wanted to support her, but couldn’t help much.

The story revolves on her struggles as she seeks acceptance and love from her own family. Whatever lacked in her home, she found it in school. She felt loved, accepted and respected in school. She studied hard and always got good grades. This caught her father’s attention and he commended her for it. This little attention gave her the boost she needed. She worked hard to be the best in school because this is the only way her father recognized her. And truly, hard work really pays off well. After writing a literary piece and winning the grand prize, everything changed. She finally became a pride of her father and was able to convince him to let her continue studying.

This book is really great because it gives me a sense of sympathy for the author. I don’t really know how to describe my feeling toward this book, but I know I feel sorry for her. When I was reading this book, I was hooked up, because of all the unhappy things that happened to the author. It must be really hurtful for a child that is without her parents’ love and care.

I really enjoyed reading this book, because it made me think of things I hadn’t thought about before. Yes, I knew I was blessed with the family I had. Yes, I knew I was privileged with good living conditions and people who loved and cared for me. But comparing my life with hers made me see how blessed I am. She was given the basics–food, clothing, education. But she didn’t have someone to love her and help her make her way in life. I got emotional when reading this, reading about how her siblings killed her pet duck (the only pet she ever had), how her father beat her, and how she had to skimp and save just to survive. This book is well worth reading, even though it is so sad. It makes you think. I’ll always remember this book.

Late?! Aba Matinde!

time is running out..late..late..late..

time is running out..late..late..late..

Page 7 of 365 … 3 minutes late

Page 8 of 365 … 1 minutes late

Page 9 of 365 … 3 minutes late

So, for this week I have a total of 7 minutes late for the record.. Pang Guinness Book of World Record na ba to for the late comers? Kapapasok pa lang ng 2015 and panget na agad ng record ko. Magandang ehemplo ba ako? Warning: Huwag niyo akong gayahin.

Valid reason ba yung nalate ako today dahil kagabi, hindi ako nakatulog as in I really tried so hard to fall asleep but I failed. I’ve done everything, pumikit at hindi gumalaw sa loob ng tatlong minuto, nagbilang ng tupa, aso, kalabaw, langgam, gagamba na nasa may ceiling namin, lahat na ng hayop binilang ko, pero wala pa ding epekto. Nag inhale, exhale na ako para marelax, etc, etc. Lahat yun hindi umepekto, I was this OMG! Lalo na ng nakita kong it’s 2:00 am in the morning, tapos wala atang planong matulog ng diwa ko. Until I have decided na magbasa na lang, tutal naman may uumpisahan naman talaga akong basahin na book, ahhh, hindi pala uumpisahan, uulitin kong basahin atleast bago ko mapanood yung movie version niya gusto kong basahin siya ulit at makilala at makasama ulit si Christian Grey, yeah.. you heard it… oooppppsss… you read it right, and you guessed it right its Fifty Shades of Grey. But after 30 minutes my eyes got teary, because of tiredness and I was this ohh yesss! Atlast I can sleep na, and when I close my eyes to sleep, tik tok tik tok tik tok..one more time, tik tok tik tok tik tok.. checking my phone.. it’s 2:50am,. Nakatulog na ba ako? o kahit idlip man lang,sad to say, hindi pa din, And then bumangon na ako, grab may phone and played Candy Crush Soda Saga, Candy Shoots and Dumb Ways to Die 2. Until I decided not to sleep.. ang kaso kung kailan naman yun na yung desisyon ko, I felt that my eyes and body wants to shut down. As in hala!! anu ba naman to, kung kelan 4:00 am na, and I need to wake up at 6:00 am. I am the type of person na 2 hours of sleep is not enough, kasi when I sleep derederecho yung hindi ako aware sa oras na mahaba na pala yung tulog ko. But I slept, and to my surprised, my sister woke me up, telling me. “Ate, 7:45 na” at ang response ko pa..”weh?!”, then I checked my phone, bangon ako bigla. Take note, nagawa ko pang magligpit ng higaan, samantalang 8:00 ang pasok ko sa office, hilamos, brush, bihis, hindi na nagsuklay ng buhok, just messy bun lang and then.. go..pasok sa work kahit mukhang bagong gising, wala nang ligo ligo, malamig naman ang panahon, I don’t care, besides cowboy naman ako. But I know late din naman ako, mapagalitan na kung mapagalitan after nilang ang madungis kong record for this month. Basta ang importante pumasok ako, mas okay na ang pumasok sa work ng late at naging productive ang araw ko kesa naman sa absent at nakatunganga lang sa bahay, kahit may bawas kaunti sa sahod okay lang, huwag lang yung isang buong araw na sahod ang mawala. Sa kabila ng lahat, Smile pa din and Let God do the rest. Cheers! =D

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

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I read the book because I saw it on my sister’s list of eBooks, and then the title captures me, not because I believe in love at first sight (of course, I don’t believe in it, but I believe in instant attraction, that’s it!), but because of all the books that i have read it has the longest title.
Despite the cover and title of the book, the main tension driving the story is not the (fall in love in one day) love story, it’s not only the story of boy meets girl, it’s also the story of family, hurt, disappointment and above all second chances. What really strikes me is the story of Hadley and her father, a father and daughter relationship.
Actually while reading their moments together, their serious conversation, it reminded me of my Father who passed away 6 months and 20 days ago. I am a Papa’s girl, I was a clingy daughter because I love to be with him I felt secure when he was with me. And reading this book .. old memories got refreshed and a cry baby inside of me just woke up.
Back to the book, Hadley realize that all she ever wanted was for her father to be happy and it never meant to be a life without her. No relationship must be taken for granted but instead nurtured.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It’s witty and warm and it made me smile a goofy grin.