The Obligatory 2015 Wrap up!

Hooray another year!

This year has been awfully wonderful! Here are some of the highlights:

1. I finally turned 29 on my birthday ( on the 29th!!)!

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2. Bf  and I were finally able to travel: Corregidor, Baguio and Bohol respectively. Hopefully next year we can target overseas trips!

3. Got myself new hobbies (calligraphy, color, puzzle)

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4. Witnessed one of my oldest friends' wedding, I'm expecting another one next year. I'm so happy for them!

5. I would also like to add my home loan experience with SecB (will write that once fully completed) which made me anxious at first, but was approved later on (to my relief).

6. Another successful The Script concert!

7. Being able to win at a Cablelink promo (Sony goodies) and at Nailaholics (overnight stay at La Chevrerie, hence we were able to have a Batangas-Tagaytay roadtrip)!

8. All those food trips too

Truly amazing year. Hoping to get more experiences on 2016!

Flirt: Waxing!

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Before the wedding I attended earlier this month, I went on to have my face waxed this time. I also had my underarms undergo it too, just in case it really is a better option for me other than shaving and plucking.


The first area we had waxed are my underarms. Maybe because of years of plucking, my tolerance there is really high. I was really giggling the whole time. I haven't felt a single sting even if it was threaded at the end. I really enjoyed the experience. I even found out that I'm more ticklish on my right than my left.


Then comes the face.


Sh*t. For those of you without any facial hair you guys are lucky bastards. It stung so hard but it was so quick, I have no time to react. It felt like a part of my skin was removed! What made it hurt more is that my technician have to clean it with another round of threading. Sh*ttttt!!


As of writing it is more than 2 weeks and the hairs I've had removed are now back. Hopefully it will be much tolerable when I do it again tomorrow!

Kapitolyo Gastro Park

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How We Got There:

From the condo, we got ourselves a tricycle (same if you're coming from Robinsons Pioneer), got off at Williams St. (Bayanihan compound) and walked towards Kapitolyo entrance (Jollibee). We made a left at the street after Chinabank (in front of ACE Water Spa) and there it was.

We got there around 5pm so there are not yet a lot of people. We were able to get a good seat where the fan blows right our spot. Our visit this time made us try 3 stalls: Para, Surfries and Bagneto.

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The fries are a bit salty, but really cheesy. The raspberry bowl is the bomb! It's almost close to impossible to finish with us just two.

Bagneto


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It's cute that their logo looked like a pig with Magneto's head armor! They offer rice meals with different variations of Bagnet. We got the bagnet with rice, the most basic. We expected that the rice was fried or something but oh well. It was crispy though.

Para

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Hard to miss, they're the large black jeep, they offer sandwiches. We shared grilled cheese, which is good even if it doesn't at the pic , and the first time I had grilled cheese with onions and mushroom. The guava dip is also delicious. Might try to eat there again just for the dip!

I liked that the place is CLAYGO, which makes the rest of us easily get a chair when we need it. It's also surprisingly quiet even if we're fully packed. Maybe add a real singer next time? Anyways I really loved the ambiance. They thought of everything, they have a real roof, no monobloc chairs, ample lighting and electric fans. They even have good parking which is so rare at Kapitolyo. Would love to go back for more!

FJ Traveller's Inn

 

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Whenever we book hotels/inns, other than the price, location is very much important. We got one nearest to Ina ng Laging Saklolo (Tagaytay) , which is the church of the wedding we're attending. They didn't ask us for any deposit but have considered our reservation anyway. They even had a guy who waited for us when we arrived 1am and more than happy to direct us to our room.

My very first impression when we got the place was how fragrant it is. It smelled really clean. Granted, there's not much stuff on the the room, but it had the basics. And look, 4 pillows. Whaaat!

The bath is also clean, they even have a bidet and a working heater at the shower! They only provide soap as toiletries, but then again we don't have any issues on baggage allowances here so we brought everything we needed. The aircon works, the tv has cable and the place is peppered with sockets. Good for charging all the devices we have.

The next morning we got us breakfast from their menu (tapsilog, 120php). They let us eat on the hotel up front (the entire compound are different named hotels that are all owned by their family but managed by a different family member) where they have a pool and a half court.

We got the room on a 300 peso discount (1500php) even if we got the larger room. The owner, Ms. Ritchie even gave us our bottled waters for free on our breakfast which is rare among hotel owners. What's rarer is how she hugged me when I said we'd be checking out as soon as we're prepared for the wedding. She's really sweet.

To book, kindly text or call her at this number: 09192871597

This is very near Picnic Grove, also an Ina ng Laging Saklolo neighbor, and just along the highway. Don't be scared you won't find a lot of reviews for this hotel as it is fairly new. But trust me, Ms. Ritchie is really nice. You can search for 5R which is basically on the same compound (and owned by the same family). So next time you have tons of family members you would like to share an entire space for yourselves, get yourself a room or two here. It really feels like home.

 

T&J Travels #3: Bohol 2015 (Part 4)

We've been sleeping pretty much the rest of the ride when we were at Lito's car but were tired just the same as soon as we reached the hotel. We woke up late (I think around 8am), had breakfast (silog again!) and shopped toiletries at Alturas. It's really convenient being able to go to and fro via tricycle, no need to know routes compared to jeeps.

+ Chocolate Hills Adventure Park (CHAP) +

We haven't acquired any services from Tatsky (Lito's boss) today so we decided to commute. We got another tricycle up to Dau terminal where we took the Carmen bus. If you'd remember, the famous Chocolate hills although scattered at the island have it's main attraction at Carmen, which is also our destination for our day adventure. It was a really long ride we've arrived past lunch time.

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We haven't had lunch so we thought it best to eat before we start with our Ironman Package. Our first option was the buffet near the reception of CHAP but looking at the dishes,there's almost nothing left. We don't really shy away from this type of expense (we don't have a rigid budget, especially for food) but for 350, I don't think I would pay that much for chicken bones and crabs that are more shell than meat.

We asked if there's anywhere we can eat other than that and were instructed out of the CHAP gate, where we found Egay's grill. Meals are less than 150 php and their barbecue is superb. We both had 2nd helpings of rice.

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Other than what we paid for, we are then sold a pair of gloves. I don't know why they haven't included this in the first place since you will eventually need it, especially if everything you need to hold are ropes that can burn your hands.

The package we got is seriously not for the maarte. I remembered thinking that if I ever so slightly started went maarte while traversing the Ninja warrior-esque obstacles I would have an embarrassing fall. I am really proud to have achieved all ridiculous feats, given that I'm not really light to begin with, and my limbs can barely reach the ropes and the steps. The only thing I have stopped from trying after so many tries was the wall climbing. I got a good level off the ground on the easy course but unfortunately I could never reach the yellow rock that I can hold on. I tried the harder one but didn't even manage to get a feet off the ground. My shoes are just too slippery and I could not manage to grip any rock.

I know that it's impossible to have taken a photo of it, I wouldn't have managed even if it was allowed, so unfortunately I don't have any proof of all of it, all except one.

The highlight of the grounds is the Bike Zip. I don't know how to bike nor balance, so this is extra scary for me. I know I am still fearful of heights but for some reason my initial run I felt nothing of the sort. I know I'm trying to concentrate to pedal (I stopped once and screamed that everything stopped. I thought the pedal was automatic) and being annoyed at the rope/harness in front of my face which I wanted to fix but couldn't let go of the bars.

When I reached the other end, I was slightly confident ONLY to be scared of the knowledge that the bike CAN FALL. I thought no matter what you do it won't but since one of the guys told me THAT IT CAN, especially if you attempt to BALANCE, I was scared out of my wits, I forgot what I did the first time! I know I don't know how to balance at all, but instead of his words to make me more confident of what I previously done, I am now more conscious of my balance! I was so scared in fact that I didn't even get to do any poses and I just want to get back at the base. From now on, all of my photos are my boyfriend's blackmail material to our kids someday on how I was rushing the bike zip!

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We have not experienced a single traffic here but due to distance we've arrived just in time for dinner. It's convenient that our bus stopped at Bohol's largest mall: Island City Mall. To someone who works near Megamall, this is a pale comparison.

We walked a bit and found Prawn Farm. We didn't know there were buffets, we've already decided to get a platter when we came in but after looking at the dishes, we are sold at their buffet.

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While eating we are seriously discussing how is it that for 350php we get a scrumptious array of food and no one is taking the bait. We've practically opened the buffet area because everything looks untouched! Later on we were relieved seeing other patrons (surprisingly most are foreigners) eat there too. We enjoyed everything! I daresay it is worth every peso (there are even two shrimp dishes)! I have also now know what's the fuss with cucumber juice. It really is refreshing!

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The next day, we again took a tricycle to take us to the airport. We arrived early, ready for some breakfast (yes sardines), just in time for open of check-in. Diving next time?

See you next time Bohol!

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T&J Travels #3: Bohol 2015 (Part 3)

+ Blood Compact Site +

Nothing much, we would have stayed longer but since we're running out of time to finish our Bohol-Panglao countryside tour, I only took a single photo.  I didn't even get close to it. (No thanks to the loitering photographers who doesn't like to give way)

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+ Bohol Bee Farm +

An informative tour, this is also one of the guided tours I have truly enjoyed. He has shown us around, quizzed us as well and never stopped urging us that it's safe to hold over our heads a colony of bees.

An eco farm, I would have loved to dine in as well to try out their offerings but we're already running out of time. For the meantime, we've enjoyed their famous ice cream!

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+ Hinagdanan Cave +

Seriously, we got in and out less than 10 minutes. We've descended the steps to a cave of birds (the ones who have their nests cooked as soup) which was also converted as a pool for everyone to swim at. Although everything is a bit slippery, the cave is a far cry from what I expect.

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+ Treats Hotel +

Found downtown, our driver haven't heard of this the first time we told him. It does look new, even from the inside, and clean as well. Most of our neighbors are foreigners who treated the place as a boarding house, having their rooms opened for everyone to come in.

The food offerings are just silogs and sandwiches which is quite expensive for a meal. The room we got is clean but lacked some small stuff we expect to have: more outlets, a thicker blanket and pillow, more toiletries (for 2 days and 2 people we are given half a sachet size of shampoo+ conditioner). I am also weirded out with the shower head  and the faucet that have abnormal water outputs it probably needs thorough cleaning or changing even. And another thing. We hope they clean the sofa. It reeks.

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T&J Travels #3: Bohol 2015 (Part 2)

+ Man Made Forest +

Probably one of my favorites! We absolutely loved the breeze here, it is cold and worth coming back to and fro. We were told that the trees here are protected, that even if a tree does, it is just left to root on the side.

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Fun fact: did you know that the trees right here are fruits of labor of students who were instructed to plant trees by Imelda Marcos so they can pass high school? Amazing.

+ Tarsier Sanctuary +

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Really disappointing. Those photos of people neck and neck with tarsiers is a lie! You cannot go near those cute animals and while I know they are on night shift and prefer to sleep day time, I felt so broken hearted not being able to see then up close nor hold those fluffy fragile body. I know I know.

+ Pasalubong (Agad!!) +

Due to our frustration of not being able to squeeze a tarsier body (calm down we haven't done anything!) we just bought ourselves pasalubongs. Reagan has his standard shirt, I got my 3rd ref magnet. What's funny though is that Reagan got an expensive price for his because when we looked further at the stores, the price has marked down more than half! So good tip, shirts should not be more than 99 pesos! Peanut kisses are also sold by the bulk, we got 16pcs for 150 php. I had only asked once, the restaurant near the airport sells it at 200php.

+ Hanging Bridge +

A sign of the things to come, this is just a starter. There are two bridges to cross which is equally scary. I mean that really green river could harbor another Lolong!!

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+ Loboc River Cruise +

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Definitely a highlight of any tour, it will take some time before you can secure yourself a seat. Actually if you have a keen eye, you'd know there's another buffet cruise you've seen along the way but it seems like this is the go to between tourist guides. They provide you with a decent buffet with unlimited iced tea, onboard singing and another stop where kids perform local songs.

This is also the moment when I realize everything here needs a donation of sorts. My impression has really downgraded. Let's see, I was able to witness a lot of them in this entire trip, even up to the airport when we are about to depart. It's not that I'm complaining, but it's hard to concentrate where everyone blatantly asks for tips (even after you've paid for the experience). And it leaves a bad taste on the mouth as a tourist. For instance, when you avail of the river cruise, you will be shelling out 450 pesos, 100 of it goes to the actual cruise, 350 for the food. When you arrive at the stop where kids perform local dance and songs, donation boxes are right smack in front of you to put something in. And then, before you embark, a container for tips for the onboard singer is passed around. I honestly felt ashamed with the foreigners on board.

T&J Travels #3: Bohol 2015 (Part 1)

It's our first trip out of Luzon!


We have not prepared again so we planned this out of haste. It would have been on the APEC week but then again we cannot find a flight out of that week.

So anyhow, we've decided to go to Bohol!

+ First Flight Out +

It's really unfortunate that we weren't able to sit next to each other. We both got window seats but my lack sense of judgement that time made us not be seatmates, but me giving my seat to a somewhat obnoxious flyer. All she did was take selfies, exclaim praises, use her phone every single time we were told to turn it off, take more photos of her stuff with her shades, amongst others. It was a really bad call.

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+ Meet Lito! +

I haven't asked around much but an office mate of mine convinced us to get a tour guide of sorts because the attractions around Bohol are too far apart, it will only be for our convenience. We got a countryside tour for both Bohol and Panglao in just one day for merely 2100 php for both of us. At first the amount looks expensive but being able to experience the distance of everything makes up for it. It's also way cheaper than what was offered by our hotel. Our tour started as soon as we met him.
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+ (Formerly Carmen's) Chocolate Hills +

So named because of how they look like Chocolates in the summer, we have now achieved seeing it from afar! They are really a wonder to behold. We were told that only those limestone hills are considered as one of the hills if it can only have cogon grasses since it cannot hold any tree. And they've recounted all the hills there are on the island so there's much more than it was first counted. There are now more municipalities included.


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While you can already see it on the drop off area, you might want to consider walking the steps up to the viewing deck. This is daunting, all 200+ steps but much comfortable since a lot of the parts are shaded and the actually steps aren't too irregular.

When we arrived they are doing a lot of improvements so it's kind of sad how bf and I's selfie are photobombed with a CAUTION sign. Anyhow, the wind is amazing at this high, and the view is superb. No wonder a lot of foreigners love flocking here.

+ The Shiphaus +

(Yeah, it is really spelled like that) Also a museum, we were able to view it from the road. We were told we can drop by for a fee but decided to just take a photo outside. It was converted as a tourist destination being unique as it is, and it's owner have already moved out due to the influx of visits.

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+ The Butterfly Sanctuary +

A good 5-10 min. stop, depending on how long you plan on ogling at butterflies that doesn't like hanging around. While the number is disappointingly low (I was expecting more butterflies) the small tour have made me occupied.

I won't spoil you what happens inside, but it mostly involve photo ops. Perfect for those who really like their instagram loaded every 5 minutes. They've even prepared as to how to photograph you with the display.

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Future Hobby/Collection : Re-ment Collectables

I am no newbie when it comes to miniatures. There are those small kits I found at Alabang, finished one and another still untouched. I loved making those tiny sofas and books, setting up wallpaper and such. It's enough to make a long weekend fruitful.

follow the link in Amazon: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Dollhouse-Miniature-DIY-Kit-with-Cover-and-LED-Wood-Toy-dolls-house-room-/261915992610

So I recently subscribed at this page forwarded by my sister:

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After which my feed recommended me this channel:

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I haven't heard of Re-ment before and was amazed at the detail the makers have put onto it. It looked so cute and as per description, really affordable. I took time to research on it and found that Toy Kingdom has it but is currently priced at the 300php++ mark, which is double from what I've converted it to. It's even worse when you get to see the price from the Japan store vs. from this site. It is tempting to but obviously I don't have much space here in my unit for such collectibles. I mean, I have this long life dream of collecting Sylvanian Families already, why not add more?

Flirt Waxing Lounge: Tiis Ganda Moment

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Last Friday, I had, for the longest time of putting it off, tried a facial threading. I remembered having my brows threaded long years back from your 'ol trusty cheap salon where I got it for free because the stylist was bothered at how bushy mine was. At that time I barely felt it and thought that I could absolutely do it for another time.


I've chosen facial threading. They said they would thread your entire face except for the brows. I opted for that later on but that is nothing compared to the facial threading.


At first I was shocked at how painful it was. I'm absolutely hairy and it's undeniably tedious to clean my face. I was trying to concentrate on the ceiling, but my body gives away, I still tear up especially on the lip area. It was so painful I wasn't even halfway through the service I swear I almost told her to have me waxed instead. Seesh. Why am I even a girl.


THINGS TO DO KNOW WHEN YOU ARE BEING THREADED:




  1. I noticed that she didn't fully threaded my entire face. I can still see patches of it which I think she didn't attempt as they are at nearer the cheeks. She focused on the upper and lower lips, and at the chin.

  2. At least 3-4 hrs before you are allowed to wash your face.

  3. Go in when at your most calm state. I swear it is painful. I mean if you come in with a broken heart I am certain you'd forget it until it's over.

  4. Pores are still open, so I believe the best time to have it is when you'd be stuck at home without all those dirty Metro air digging in there.

  5. I don't know...maybe get waxed instead? I'd probably going to next time. They said it's a much cleaner option for the face. Let's see.

Calligraphy: My Beginner Journey

I have almost given up on this hobby when I realized that my hand is not as trusty as it was before. All those times I've been typing everyday at work definitely made my hand not cooperating with my wants especially in the writing department. But for some reason I've gone back to it, being the lazy sh*t that I am, just dedicated using my dining table and nothing else. I leave all the papers and inks, nibs, pen cleaner all laid out there, which made practice even easier. I even forgo cleaning my practice nib & holder JUST SO I won't be discouraged in cleaning up for later. It is a bad habit, I know. But it's the only way I wouldn't choose coloring over calligraphy before I go to sleep.

When we went to Alessa's workshop, she imparted to us a lot of knowledge that I only began to appreciate when I stopped fooling around with my calligraphy and stopped being too frustrated. Here are a few Beginner's tips you always hear but do not believe on it yet. Hopefully by the end of this blog, you will get to value them too.

NIKKO G is best for beginners

At first I blame the nibs for it so I tried different types that I own. I ended up using (and going back to) NIKKO G. Later on I realized, it wasn't the nibs that were the problem, it was my hand all along. More on that in a bit.

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The Paper Tilt

For seasoned calligraphers, you might have noticed their ridiculous paper tilts. Back at the workshop, I was shocked that my paper was adjusted 90 degrees, which I was told was according to how I write. I followed this for a while until I have enough practice for my arms to have their own muscle memory of sorts. I am now able to write both normally at 40 degrees and just a little adjustment to achieve the italics. Also, the paper tilt for me is necessary because it complements how nibs release their inks. If you think your ink is not being released as fluid as possible and ruled out nib related issues, simply tilt your paper and see magic happen.

Practice Drills

Smugness aside, I know I have good penmanship. This makes me all the more frustrated that the tool I use is not cooperating according to my bidding. I have almost given up on this hobby until I found this tutorial that amazed the hell out of me. He showed perfect up and down strokes even with a simple pencil.  Since then, I brought myself a pencil at the office where I practice the strokes on pieces of paper while I wait for my query to be over or was on the phone on hold. After a few tries I was able to get it. Here's a sample (even though it's not perfect, this was weeks ago):

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If you're trying calligraphy, I could not encourage you enough to start with this! Here are 3 good reasons why:

  1. Hand Pressure - If you can achieve downstrokes and upstrokes with a mere pencil, it's almost impossible not to achieve it with nibs. You will surprise yourself in the long run because then you will be able to achieve those fat strokes modern calligraphy is popular for.

  2. Consistency - As you can see, one of the most important things you need to practice is consistency. You wouldn't like uneven letters and most of the time there are no mid lines to aid you with. The only way for your calligraphy to work is to make it as consistent as possible.

  3. Spacing - Again, while you can pencil in lines for you to follow, it is a waste of time if you also do horizontal lines to space your letters. You need to spot them with your eye and hand. Doing this drill will aid you when it's best to put in the next line, and eventually where your letter will come in next. Too close or too far apart is bad practice and makes your words uneven.


Paper

We were told to use PaperOne 100GSM (around 500-600php one ream) because inks don't bleed out with this. It is effective that even at my first times not knowing how to work with inks yet I have not bored a single paper. It is a bit expensive, but it is a good 'investment' even just for practice. Just use both sides (even though this is not super recommended because the inks on both sides somewhat compromises the integrity of the paper).

Ink

I stopped using the inks from our workshop because they're the good expensive kind (Dr. Martin's) so I just used the china ink that came with craft central's boxed kit. I almost finished the entire bottle when I tried walnut ink and was hooked. One of the problems I had with china ink is how temperamental it was (or so I believe) because I still get that influx of ink even though I believed I've dipped it correct. I tried writing lyrics with it but was only able to do a few sentences until one letter gets a blot for some reason. In all honesty, the walnut ink was amazing and so far I have never encountered such issues as it is much diluted. I also loved the shades while I write with it, it's like my nib is pouring with magical ink!

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My (Cheap) Kindle

After a hearty lunch at Buffalo Wings (Capitol Commons branch), we were so full we just had to take a very long walk. We ended up going to HMR for some bit of aircon (ber month and it's still hot can you believe it?). I've been there before once and wasn't impressed. There are just too many items that are either dusty or broken or old that I can't appreciate what's with the fuss. 

So anyway, I told the boyfriend I was thirsty so we dropped by at Tasty Tucker (oohhh they've renovated the place, it's now so posh!) for a quick drink. When we're done, he spotted the closed area for gadgets and suggested we look. I have nothing in mind at that time but my eye caught a box with a weird price. I asked to check the item and was obliged. OMG, that Kindle Paperwhite is so effin' cheap!

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I was told that they get regular shipments of this and the cautious me was finding everything so unreal, yet at the same time urgently agreed to buy the item and paid for it as soon as I was handed the order slip. We got home, updated the firmware, made an Amazon account, added ebooks and it still works!

Come Monday and I showed it to my office friends who own different types of Kindle and what do you know, they are astonished as I was! I could not believe this luck!! It's not fake, the gadget have no signs of usage and the store clearly knew the price is correct (even the USB cable had a 790 php tag). So what gives? I have already thought of it for so much I'm now like, WHO CARES?!! At this point I'm just happy I was there at the right time. Even my bf is jealous and wanted to find his own bargain.

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I think I'm going to part ways with my Ipad2 now, I'm not using it anyway, and reading with it is such a bore I ended up playing games with it, not to mention it's too heavy when I'm lying down. Now the only problem I have is getting a real Kindle sleeve WHICH as far as I've researched cost to a thousand, and I refuse to get a case much more expensive than the actual gadget! That's one ridiculous problem I'm glad to have.

TME: The Script: For the First Time (4.16.11)



For the first time I've paid for a concert.

For the first time I set foot on the actual Araneta coliseum.

For the first time I've seen a celebrity (-ies) I'm s
o fond of.

All because of The Script.

I've only heard of the concert weeks before I've already set my budget for another concert I wanted to give as a gift to someone special (hihi!) so I was a bit disappointed to not have anticipated such expense and missed buying patron seats. I would have but I felt rushed on buying one ASAP so I bought what I can afford that time:

Thank you whoever SM girl you are who informed me of a better seat (middle)

Fast forward to April 16, since the concert was not until 8pm, we set the day to get ourselves busy before the big night. I won't elaborate it here. but to make it short, we were in Megamall that time when we decided to finally go to our last pit stop of the day.

A quarter before 7 we were already in the MRT Ortigas Station but we were kind of stuck. All the trains that arrive are fully packed and add to the misery is that no one seems to want to go out. It's Saturday for Pete's sake! What's wrong with these people?!

We were now ready to change course, by doing the bus route (which I have no intention at all to take before because I'm tad scared of traffic) but since I'm becoming desperate. We haven't even had dinner. And by dinner no ones talking about fastfood, or so we believe.

The third train came and my patience is running out, I started pulling my date out of the station. But before we even reach the exit, he convinced me to try another time... I call it lucky but I know someone out there may call it cheating-- because we literally squeezed ourselves just to fit in. This is just one of those moments where I have to shed a little bit of OC-ness off because I could not afford to miss this concert. Not today I say! So for two stations I sucked it up, no man sweat or pressure or pushing around will ever back me out. So when the doors finally opened to Cubao station, I wasn't only relieved, I was now able to breathe freely again. Literally.

If I wasn't any clear with the opening lines above, it's no brainer that we had a wrong decision by going in before having a proper dinner. Don't look at me it's not my fault (whistles). My date never voluntarily takes me to a fastfood but since we had no other choice and we're already inside (thanks to ahmm...), I just stirred him towards a hotdog stand. Everywhere else (fastfood kiosks) is just fully packed and I was eager to make it inside 8pm sharp. I was looking forward for Wendy's but man, the line is just super long.

And so we We lined up at this hotdog stand because so far it's the thinnest line ever. But then it's already 730 and we were still in the line waiting to be served. I was getting anxious. How long are they taking to serve anyone anyway?! Someone'sprobably hoarding hotdogs!! Argh!

To temporarily rein my anxiety attacks, I was noticing this makeshift booth of a table selling 60php worth of binoculars and The Script albums. I was voicing this dilemma to my date and he was telling me that I already own those so why even bother. I was reasoning out how the covers were different from what I have and he ended up laughing at my unusual dilemma. But I'm so dead serious about this!! (Another) Argh!!

So back to the hotdog business. I know I'm hungry but I was more excited in going in to really breathe in the ambiance. The feeling of being next to thousands of The Script supporters is something I don't experience everyday. I only know one who I BELIEVE is also a fan (so that's a bit of a minus right there) and the one I'm with wasn't exactly one of them (although he admitted he enjoyed and he said they were good== to my delight of course. Reminds us of the story the band shared last night :-)). I should also take the liberty of writing it here that of all the times I posted that as a shoutout in the office online messenger, they were like 'The Script? What's that?' (Rolls eyes).

And so we finally got our hotdogs. As soon as we were out of that line my heart is so filled with happiness I feel like bursting when we stepped in and sat in our corners. A few minutes to 8, I was practicing how far my camera can zoom in and I was really really expecting them to start anytime soon. They have no front act (you have NO idea how awesome is that) so I'm totally excited. 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes... 30 minutes later and they're not on yet!! Why?? What's taking them so long? Were they stuck in traffic again?? Was there some VIP who didn't want them to start on time? What?? What's wrong?!

Half of me is dismayed with this and I feel helpless not knowing what's wrong. Sure there were a few screaming (me included) when someone stood out to do sound and light checks. And then a few minutes later, like ants rushing towards food, the moment the lights went out, everyone on the patron seats rushed towards the gate near the stage together with mass screaming, and I was like, "this is finally it, they're now performing!!!"


Print screen of First song through my recording: 'You won't feel a thing'


Most of the concert I documented were recording via my camera and the show was not even half way there when I realized in horror that I only have 21 MINUTES in my memory card!!! Oh no oh no!!! Why did I ever forget!! We were in Megamall for a few hours and we've been going around for quite sometime and why did I ever forget packing mbs?!

So I decided to cut off my recordings to 1 minute each. I am not partial with all their songs (honest!) but I can't help but to have top favorites among all the favorites. The night has just started and you can hear in the recordings (on top of singing) are my complaints how stupid of it is to me to ever go to a very important event without complete ammo.

And then I took the chance of recording via my phone. It was another stupid move of mine to have thought of this later! Never mind how bad the video is, I recorded it anyway. It wasn't until the song 'Nothing' have I thought of doing it.

Print screen of video: The Man Who can't Be moved sing-along


After a little bit of teasing, they sang: Nothing


And good thing that I did!!! The camera stopped on the second stanza because I consumed the tiny bits of mb left. I was in heaven at this point, two of the top songs in each album back to back. I was voicing out how I was really happy and contented now, until they sang more songs I'm bursting at the seams.


Watching my videos, although the audio of the dome is excellent, my recordings weren't. Most of the time the sounds are from the chorus of the throng of fans who kept on singing on each and every song, hence the screenshots and not the actual videos. You can literally hear everyone of us singing along even if the band weren't instructing us anything.

The last song was Breakeven. No one knew if it was impromptu because the signal for the song was after the chanting of fans who realized that one of the songs in their old album which I cannot recall if it ever came out on radio but excellent just the same wasn't even played yet. I had small doubts they would play it since they just performed 'For the First Time' (debut single of second album) but then they did perform that song which made the crowd go wild. Even I have to stand up for the last song!


You guys have no idea how much I'm still grinning till now. They promised going back (maybe another tour in 2012, assuming every two years they release an album) in Manila and I promise that a patron seat for sure would be mine that time. Unless of course the world ends that before that day of course :-D




Note: To save you time and you still don't know the Script, they're an Irish band trio, made up of Danny O'Donoghue (vocalist, plays the guitar and keyboards), Mark Sheehan (guitars too) and Glen Powers (drums). We first heard them through the song 'The Man Who Can't Be Moved' and since then legions of fans were swooned off their feet due to their style in songs which was never about sex or drugs or anything with the old line of lyrics - "I love you with all my heart and soul". Most songs of theirs are quite personal that listening to them alone makes you imagine all the stories that you can somehow relate to. So far I haven't heard of them releasing an album with a remake so that's a huge plus for me. I don't know if this would ever make you consider listening to them (yes you if you're not a fan) but they're so worth your time.


It's not that It's not Working...

I'm just afraid you'd be gone, Blogger.

Sorry I've went to Wordpress.

But I will post with you still while I can.

XOXO

App Review: FoodPanda

I tried this app last year and gave it a really low rating because I can't use the app properly. My location does not exist, choosing a restaurant is a chore,. only to end up not having any results at all.

I downloaded it again to give it another chance (hey, they replied back with my lower rating way back) and attempted to try. I want l wasn't exactly hungry so I wouldn't be mad if no one came.

Choosing the location is better now, I was able to choose my address better than before. The choices are also updated if they are still able to deliver: I started with 91 restaurants around 730, by 8 pm it was less than 10 already. I also liked that they've put in the minimum per restaurant and the delivery charge if any.

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They also text and email you when they have received your order and have started to prepare it. I liked that they have a ticking time icon on their app for you to check what's going on and a timeline where you can see the confirmation and acceptance. My food was delivered even before an hour. Neat. Now I have more options than Jollibee and Mcdo!

Top 10: Lies I Tell Myself (Almost) Everyday


  1. I will go on a diet and I will eat fish during lunchtime

  2. I will only get 1 item at the supermarket

  3. I will wake up early

  4. I will render OT

  5. I will learn Spanish when I come home

  6. I will wash the dishes on the sink when I get back

  7. I will read a chapter before I sleep

  8. I will sleep earlier than last night

  9. I will not eat rice at dinner

  10. I will lessen my phone usage

The Move

I am a loyal person, I really am. I tend to choose the things I already like, I buy things I am familiar with, I even order the same thing over and over. Same as with my social preferences, I try to stick with as little as possible social media accounts but some things are better off done late than never. Facebook for example. After all these years I finally gave in. My resolve was so strong my friends seriously thought it was a spam account before even adding me up!

My Blogger account has been my go to ever since Multiply was still alive. I even had to save the entire pages to my Blogger to salvage what was left before they shut Multiply down. And just like anyone who has moved from house to house, this is another move I believe I have to make. I know I should have made the move earlier but only now do I realize this has to be done. It just feels like Blogger is stuck on a coma and would be plugged off soon. I don't write often but I love my blog for as long as I can remember and I don't want to give up on it even if it means I have to make another account on another website.

The app. I can't figure out why the Blogger app is not available in my country! Times are changing and a very large company like Google shouldn't let one of his babies stay stagnant like that. It's just awful. I really need this move. I want to write when I want, where I want!

So please WordPress... be gentle. I wish you'd be the last of it all.

Hello WordPress!

So after a long deliberation I'm now onboard! Later soon I'm moving all my stuff from misstinapie.blogspot.com yay! :-D

Heneral Luna: A Review




So I watched Heneral Luna yesterday and I think the best word that will describe the movie was that it was engaging. I can imagine history buffs be mad at some scenes but the disclaimer at the intro plus the fact that it's a movie should be an indicator that we should expect artistic touches. 


The movie even with the laughs and the antics are inherently depressing. A lot of the sensible lines are heart tugging mainly because those are truths we as a Filipino have forgotten or most probably have just shrugged off. Listen properly and you'd realize how it's as poetic as soon as the funnies are over.




Going at the movie I knew he was going to die tragically so I wasn't surprised at all (tell that to the girl who was sobbing loudly at our row) but what have truly made me weepy was the fictional interview setting of the key characters in Antonio Luna's life with a tattered and bloody Philippine flag at the background. We all knew it was going to retell the backstabbing mess he got himself into but it was still equally melancholic even though I don't think the exaggerated part took place. I can't help but get teary eyed every time I remember what MacArthur said there on how we just got rid of the only General we got. From there on it struck a chord on how sad his life was, the treachery of it all. At times like these I realize I love my country more than I thought. If I would be more honest, there are times when I listen to our National Anthem I choke myself holding back tears. 


Seeing how successful the first movie was there's no way they won't bank on the unexpected popularity of Heneral Luna. There's a huge probability they'd do a Gregorio del Pilar but let's not forget Bonifacio too. Both were tragic endings but with different circumstances. But whatever it is though, I would surely keep my eyes open for the next one.


Heneral Luna: A Review




So I watched Heneral Luna yesterday and I think the best word that will describe the movie was that it was engaging. I can imagine history buffs be mad at some scenes but the disclaimer at the intro plus the fact that it's a movie should be an indicator that we should expect artistic touches. 


The movie even with the laughs and the antics are inherently depressing. A lot of the sensible lines are heart tugging mainly because those are truths we as a Filipino have forgotten or most probably have just shrugged off. Listen properly and you'd realize how it's as poetic as soon as the funnies are over.




Going at the movie I knew he was going to die tragically so I wasn't surprised at all (tell that to the girl who was sobbing loudly at our row) but what have truly made me weepy was the fictional interview setting of the key characters in Antonio Luna's life with a tattered and bloody Philippine flag at the background. We all knew it was going to retell the backstabbing mess he got himself into but it was still equally melancholic even though I don't think the exaggerated part took place. I can't help but get teary eyed every time I remember what MacArthur said there on how we just got rid of the only General we got. From there on it struck a chord on how sad his life was, the treachery of it all. At times like these I realize I love my country more than I thought. If I would be more honest, there are times when I listen to our National Anthem I choke myself holding back tears. 


Seeing how successful the first movie was there's no way they won't bank on the unexpected popularity of Heneral Luna. There's a huge probability they'd do a Gregorio del Pilar but let's not forget Bonifacio too. Both were tragic endings but with different circumstances. But whatever it is though, I would surely keep my eyes open for the next one.


The Obsession with Adult Coloring Books

Yes. I did just say that. Adult Coloring Books. It's all the rave these days and I've got to say I'm also caught up on this new hobby. Unlike most hobbies that require you to have a table (e.g. scrapbooking, calligraphy), needs tons of materials (e.g. cross stitch), coloring only involves a book and a set of coloring medium you fancy. It's easy to put away and the only trash you would ever incur is in the confines of the sharpener container.


It's also relatively easy to do. There is no need for a manual, you just need to spread out the colors on the drawings. Yes, you do get the colors out of the line, but who cares? When most of us are not even familiar with pens anymore, you could say it's a feat you can even lift it in the first place.

So far I have only two books (Birds & Butterflies / The Magical City) and just a few colors (Stabilo / Faber Castell) due to me holding back on not going all gaga on this new found hobby (again). So far I can get by with a few (24 + 36 + 48*) but who knows I might buy those expensive ones on wooden boxes. I fear when that time comes but for the meantime I'd enjoy (even with the neck pains) the little that I have (hopefully until the pencils are half a crayon size). I feel like even though I am not that eager with my other hobbies anymore (time and effort obviously are the main culprits), I'm getting creative again!



24 Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils
36 Stabilo Color Pencils
48 Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils

The Obsession with Adult Coloring Books

Yes. I did just say that. Adult Coloring Books. It's all the rave these days and I've got to say I'm also caught up on this new hobby. Unlike most hobbies that require you to have a table (e.g. scrapbooking, calligraphy), needs tons of materials (e.g. cross stitch), coloring only involves a book and a set of coloring medium you fancy. It's easy to put away and the only trash you would ever incur is in the confines of the sharpener container.




It's also relatively easy to do. There is no need for a manual, you just need to spread out the colors on the drawings. Yes, you do get the colors out of the line, but who cares? When most of us are not even familiar with pens anymore, you could say it's a feat you can even lift it in the first place.



So far I have only two books (Birds & Butterflies / The Magical City) and just a few colors (Stabilo / Faber Castell) due to me holding back on not going all gaga on this new found hobby (again). So far I can get by with a few (24 + 36 + 48*) but who knows I might buy those expensive ones on wooden boxes. I fear when that time comes but for the meantime I'd enjoy (even with the neck pains) the little that I have (hopefully until the pencils are half a crayon size). I feel like even though I am not that eager with my other hobbies anymore (time and effort obviously are the main culprits), I'm getting creative again!



24 Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils
36 Stabilo Color Pencils
48 Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils