I wasn’t able to blog for days because our not-so-reliable PC crashed. It’s up and running now though I think it totally forgot how to be a computer. Anyway, I was out last weekend to have my much-needed R&R. Now, I am still sleepy and my brain refuses to work. I can’t give you a decent post this time so I might as well just give you a photo. Oh I want to go back to Laiya!!!
They say lightning does not strike twice. But I recently learned that it does. Something bad happened this year which made me think that we would already be exempted from it. But I was wrong. The worst part was that it happened a few days before his special day. So join me in cheering him up by greeting…
The guy who up to now still attributes my mood swings to PMS not having the slightest idea that it should only come once a month and not every other day…
The guy who still claims that he used to have Derek Ramsay’s body (bago siya sipunin)…
Unlike the first two books of Cecelia Ahern, it took me a little longer to finish If You Could See Me Now. The first half of the novel was a little dragging so I was just reading one chapter a night. But I couldn’t put it down the minute I reached the middle part.
Elizabeth Egan is an obsessive-compulsive woman who reluctantly takes care of her six-year old nephew (Luke) because her sister (Saoirse) is so incapable to take care of her own son. For Elizabeth, everything has a plan, everything should be in order. She is uptight and does not have a single cell in her body that speaks of fun. She does not even play with Luke and does not show any affection with the child. These were brought about by a dark past that kept on haunting her. Her mother just disappeared leaving her with a grouchy father and the responsibility of taking care of her little sister. She grew up instantly because she needed to. A failed relationship made her think more that everybody she loves just ends up leaving her.
Things changed when Ivan entered their lives. He knows how to have fun. His spontaneity is the exact opposite of Elizabeth’s stiffness. He filled the voids in the lives of Elizabeth and Luke. But to make things complicated, nobody else could see him.
Reading the book tickled my imagination and made me ask myself if certain things are possible. It was as if I was reading a fairytale. I bought the book as I was craving for a love story. But this was far from a love story. More than the cheesy lines and tender moments shared by Ivan and Elizabeth, it was the story of their friendship that I was able to appreciate more.
There were some funny moments between Luke and Ivan but it wasn’t as hilarious as Love, Rosie and Thanks for the Memories. Though I think this by far has the deepest plot among the three.
Reading this book made me realize that no matter how broken and wounded we are, there will be someone who will be sent our way to help us get out of the mess we’re in. Some of them stay, some don’t. But it’s still up to us whether we let go of the hope they’ve left us once they go away. Or we hold on to that wonderful gift and make the best out of it.
Reading the book will teach you how to have fun! I feel like dancing in the rain after reading it. ^_^
I love getting comments from readers especially from those I don’t personally know. And just today, I received two comments from YELO. One was about “The Night That Changed My Life” and the other was a question to ponder on.
Yelo has left a new comment on your post "Why do bad things happen to good people?":
hi there miss JE!
this is yelo, i got to your blog thru mrs martinez' blog because i googled the word mondo juice.
after a few minutes, i found myself enjoying your blog posts about cory aquino, about your speech, and even your anniversary with your special someone boyet.
anyway, regarding your question here i would like to raise a point. since you are asking why do bad things happen to good people, have you ever asked why good things happen to bad people or why do bad things happen to bad people or why good things happen to good people? is it really that logical that if you are good, everything around you should be good? does the world work that way? does the sun shine only to those good people? and what does 'good' mean? who is really 'good'?
ma'am, pardon me but sometimes i'd like to challenge thoughts/ facts for the sake of reaching the truth. since you got some CSI-backed mentality or something, i thought you might take up the challenge. :D
Yelo, thanks for taking some time to visit my blog. Oh yes, I question those things. If you happen to read some of my entries, I question why bad people can get away with everything even if they are not supposed to. Over the years, I discovered that not everything is logical. That is why bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people. But sometimes, we don’t need logic. Too much rationality is making us forget that only HIM knows everything. He has a purpose for every load and every gift He gives us.
I trust Him but since I have a very personal relationship with my Creator, I talk to Him. I ask Him questions. I may not always know the answers but at the end of the day, it is my faith in Him that really matters. That is why at the end of my entry, I said that it didn’t matter. We certainly learned something from it. Material things can just perish in an instant that is why we are not supposed to cling on them. As he lost his hard-earned money which he was supposed to buy a gift for me, he ended up giving me a birthday card, something that I have been asking him to give me but couldn’t find the time to do so. And that turned out to be the most beautiful birthday gift I could ever have. And I realized that we can still be together even if we have less in life.
Lastly, it wasn’t really a challenge to answer your question. And I apologize if you were expecting a logical and well-thought explanation. I was once there, always using my head and questioning everything. But I came into a realization that sometimes, the soundest reason comes not from the mind but the heart.
Thank you! ^_^
Photo taken from barriosiete.com
Every story of a hero has its beginning. Efren Peñaflorida grew up in a slum area of Cavite. Violence, poverty and hopelessness are just but normal to where he was from. He had all the reasons to give in to that rotting environment but he knew better. He did better.
As boys of his age start to sniff solvent and join gang riots, he spearheads Dynamic Teen Company (DTC) which aims to raise the bar of education in his community. Along with other volunteers, they teach basic literacy skills to the less-fortunate kids. Being underprivileged as well, they used whatever they have to carry out their mission. Without the money to build a school, DTC wanders on the poor communities in Cavite in search for hungry minds.
It’s just a breeze of fresh air to have stories like these. We only make it to CNN when calamities strike or when we face embarrassment brought about by the problems of terrorism and corruption that our country is facing. But this time, an ordinary Filipino with an extraordinary dedication in uplifting the lives of his countrymen brings us good news.
Please vote for Efren. It has been proven that we can make Ms. Philippines win the Miss Photogenic award in the Miss Universe pageant. We have until November 19 to vote. But whether or not he emerges as the winner, I know that he will forever be a hero in the hearts of those kids that he has touched. Mabuhay ka Efren! ^_^
Pushcart classes help break gang chain
Efren Peñaflorida on Larry King
A CNN hero started with a pushcart full of hopes
Spongebob’s cuteness was irresistible but we couldn’t dismiss our growling stomachs. I was still recovering from a terrible asthma attack but we needed and wanted to attend the PAG-IBIG seminar last Saturday. Standing for more than two hours made us hungry and grumpy.
I first saw Cibo and convinced Boyet to try it out. We were supposed to have our November get-together at Cibo but we had to switch venues at the last minute.
I requested Boyet to choose for the appetizer. Our choice was between Spinaci Zola and Pate di Fegato, settling for the latter. Round toasts that come with the chicken liver pate dip and fruit sauce. I am so used to the local salty and spicy canned liver spread but this one was so different. I couldn’t stop munching the toasts smeared with a generous amount of the pate. I hate chicken liver but how can you loathe it if it mirrors the sweetness of peanut butter? I even took home the leftover pate. My brother enjoyed spreading it in crackers.
Level 2 Glorietta 4
Ayala Ave. cor. Pasay Rd., Ayala Center
I love popcorn. When I was a kid, I would ask my dad to buy those being sold on the streets. My dad would always buy me the pink-colored sweet popcorn while he gets the white-colored salty one. But I always end up eating the salty one. Hehe!
A movie date is not complete without popcorn. Boyet usually buys a bucket even if I tell him that I don’t want popcorn. But in the middle of the movie, both our eyes are on the screen while my hands are embedded in the popcorn bucket.
I have been seeing Chef Tony’s Popcorn in Robinson’s Place but I just thought that it was too pricey. But after trying out Amazing Cones at Robinson’s Galleria, I finally gave in and paid Chef Tony’s a visit.
They have a huge selection of flavors so I had a hard time choosing. My brother asked one of the staff to give him something salty so we got the Cheddar flavored-popcorn. I wanted something sweet so I followed their suggestion to try out Walnut. It was nice because they have free taste which aided us in choosing. Hihi! ^_^
I love the fact that their popcorn is fully popped because I hate it when I get to eat the whole seeds. You’ll get a nice combination of sweetness and saltiness in Cheddar. And I never realized that nuts come well with popcorn. I was surprised to see that there are real walnuts as I was only expecting it to be walnut-flavored. Silly me!
I laughed even before the movie has reached its 10th second! If you have already watched it, I’m talking about the disclaimer saying that the movie is purely fictional! After the initial disclaimer, it was followed again by another warning saying, "This is a story of boy meets girl. But you should know upfront, this is not a love story."
Tom is an aspiring architect trapped in a job of being a greeting card writer. Summer works as an assistant of Tom’s boss. And that was the start of his 500 days with (and without) Summer.
I am just used to movies tackling how guys hurt girls but the table has been turned around in this movie. It somehow reminds me of He’s Just Not That Into You. But this time, she’s just not that into him. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (I remember him from 10 Things I Hate About You) portrayed the fragile-looking Tom so well that he gained my sympathy and will probably give girls a clearer view of how a guy’s heart works if it gets played on.
After watching, I realized why this film is such a hit. The narration is quirky yet entertaining. It somehow brings the audience inside Tom’s 500 days with Summer. People can also easily relate to the story as Tom and Summer are normal people. Plus, everybody has been in a “relationship” wherein the other person is just not ready to jump the cliff and fall with you. I mean who haven’t been dumped? It’s me not you. I need space. There’s no spark. And all other lame excuses they can think of.
It’s realistic, refreshing and funny. I think I was laughing every 5 or 10 minutes. But somewhere in the middle of the movie, I developed a deep sense of anger to Summer that turned into confusion. I am simply startled at why couldn’t she just say no instead of leaving Tom’s heart hanging upside down. But maybe, just maybe, Summer is not just a person. Well for me, Summer is merely a representation of an unrequited love and how people react to it once it comes knocking on their doors.
So yeah, boy meets girl and it’s not a love story, or technically not the love story we grew up to know. Because we crave for love stories with happy endings and that sweet, mushy feeling left on our hearts after watching or reading them overpowers the lesson that we should have learned. Some love stories just tickle our imaginations without even teaching us a thing or two. But this film is so brave to teach us in a funny and genius way. We should not get angry at people who hurt us. We should be thankful to them for they help us know ourselves in the process, know what we are capable to do and probably lead us to another love.
If you have once been heartbroken, or if you have lost your hope on love, or if you just want to have a number of hard laughs, watch 500 Days of Summer.
So what are you waiting for? Bring your kids to the following dates and venues to catch Spongebob and the rest of the gang.
Sorry for that small white spot at the lower left side of the photo. That’s the shoulder of a girl who forgot to say “Excuse Me”. Hehe!
Boyet wanted to have coffee and convinced me to go to Starbucks but we were running out of time because we were supposed to meet my family. Secret Recipe was the nearest in sight at that very moment.
I was with my “badminton buddies” the first time I’ve tried Secret Recipe. I can vividly remember how I kept on splashing my tongue with water after eating Grilled Black Pepper Chicken. I told myself that maybe this place’s forte is desserts. I remembered telling myself to stay away from other dishes and just stick to their cakes. I think I just forgot remembering what I told myself to remember. ^_^
I am not a coffee drinker so I am not an authority in saying whether it was good or bad. Boyet seemed to like it so let’s just trust his judgment. But he kept on insisting that we should have just gone to Starbucks instead.
Boyet and I agreed that they used the wrong kind of fish for this dish. It’s too fishy to be partnered with fries. Arggghhh!
Thank God for desserts. They have a wide range of desserts ranging from cheesecakes to pies and brownies. I had a hard time choosing. I already tried their blueberry and marble cheesecakes so I settled for Oreo cheesecake. Bits of Oreo cookies are embedded on a thick layer of cream cheese.
It was a good thing that Boyet is not fond of sweets. I had the luxury to finish the entire slice.
Level 4 Midtown Wing
Robinsons Place Manila
We have been passing by Kalye Juan for months but never had the guts to try it. I remember a story of an ex-officemate who got sick after eating Kalye Juan’s sisig. But Boyet persistently convinced me to check it out and just stay away from their sisig.
Kalye Juan offers Filipino food. Perceiving from the name itself, they offer foods that are readily available on the streets anywhere in the Philippines.
While waiting for our orders, a saucer of fish cracker was served to us. You can never go wrong with fish crackers especially when dipped in spicy vinegar.
Next to arrive was the Bagoong Lechon Kawali. Well, it was just a plain lechon kawali topped with a sweet and spicy bagoong. It was a different approach to the conventional lechon kawali which we normally dip either in ketchup or the infamous Mang Tomas’ Sarsa ng Lechon.
Level 2 Tastebuds
Robinsons Place Manila
Pedro Gil cor. Adriatico St. Ermita
A seamless journey from Makati to Robinson’s Galleria was a pleasure for us after a very tiring morning at the cemetery. It was our first time at RG so we had no idea where to eat. It was already past noon so we just headed to the only Chinese restaurant in sight: Mongkok.
We were greeted by an accommodating waiting staff who was so helpful when we were going through the menu. My dad even teased him to give us free soup while waiting for the food. Fortunately, he obliged. We all agreed that the complimentary soup was so tasty that you wouldn’t even have the slightest idea that it is being served free of charge.
My dad couldn’t decide what kind of rice to get so he chose two types instead. I still prefer the fried rice of Tang City and Mr. Choi Kitchen but I have appreciated that Mongkok’s is not too oily.
Fookien Fried Rice is already topped with a variety of seafood and vegetables. You can eat it stand-alone and don’t even need a viand to go with it.
Their Yang Chow Fried Rice was a little bare. It was a good thing though that the waiter suggested their Shanghai Guisado when my dad asked for his suggestion. The noodle dish was a little salty which is perfect for the Yang Chow Fried Rice.
There was nothing special with their Shrimp Broccoli except that there was a generous serving of shrimps and the broccolis were perfectly shocked giving them a nice crunch.
Level 4 Robinsons Galleria
EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave.
Just last week, both Joie and Jeff were raving about a certain pizza in a cone that they tried at Cash & Carry. Jeff pointed me to their website and I was so intrigued with the idea of having a pizza in a cone. I just dismissed the chance of trying it because they only have a few branches.
My family went to Robinson’s Galleria for the first time today after visiting our departed loved ones. We were on our way out when I heard a man shouting “PIZZA IN A CONE!!!” right into my ear. As soon as I realized that my eardrums are still intact, I immediately convinced my mom to stop and try Amazing Cones.
All of us were still full from lunch so I opted to have their mini pizza cones. I couldn’t decide what to get so one of the staff persuaded us to try their 5 + 1 promo. You get 6 mini pizzas for only Php140. One mini pizza normally costs Php25.
The delectable pizzas were served hot. It is truly one creative way of serving pizzas.
Level 1 Robinsons Galleria,
Edsa cor. Ortigas Avenue