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Halo-halong Discoveries Part IV

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Pretty gift bag. Bought this super pretty floral gift bag (P35) at National Bookstore even without knowing when to use it. Good thing I did because I used it to give something to my landlady on Mother’s Day (ganun kami ka-close. Hehe).
 


Sliced orange extension cord with USB ports. During my work trip in Pakistan, one of our usual problems was the shortage of sockets for our laptop and phone chargers. So when I saw this, I knew it would be super useful for our whole team, so that we can all just charge our gadgets at the same time. I wouldn’t leave it unattended though since I think it’s a bit shoddy. Haha! Super cute, lightweight, handy and affordable at P200 at shoppee.ph.

 

Drip Coffee. For the life of me I cannot remember where I bought this. Was hoping it would taste like my usual brewed coffee, however, it tastes different. A bit watered down with a nutty taste. Looks cute though. I saw some other local brands having something similar to this too.

 

Iron on Patches on Herbag. I finally did it. I finally customized by brown Herbag with fun quirky iron on patches for times when I wanna be silly and tote a not-so-formal-adult-bag. Haha!


Henna Tattoo. Played with some left over henna from India and the stencil I bought from Indonesia, right before my Malapascua trip. Smelled like petroleum. 



12 Buns of Swift Might Meaty. I normally like trying out new things as it comes my way – that fried isaw in Taft before it became famous, a DIY no churn ice cream, a new toiletry product, microwavable cake in a mug and even an unknown Indonesian restaurant. As I was walking around Robinson’s Galleria, killing time, I chanced upon this stall of Swift Hotdog.

 

I try not to eat too much processed food nowadays (Tita vibes) but what caught my eye was the 12 different ways to eat the hotdog bun. They had 12 different combinations of hotdog toppings which include the classic cheese sauce, salsa, coleslaw and con carne to the more unique ones like pork floss and egg salad.

 

I was up for the challenge. Then and there, I decided to try all 12 combinations and immortalize my experience here. Haha! For only P32 per bun, I knew this was going to be fun without hurting my wallet (but hurting my diet). Unfortunately, or fortunately, I only got to 5 buns (eaten at different times, mind you). Haha!

 

For a quick and filling pantawid-gutom snack, this is a great choice. You may also choose to have the brown/chicken hotdog for a small additional fee. Perfect pair with their mango juice. In fairness to them, they do not scrimp on the toppings so you really get your money’s worth. The hotdog and bun are both big and very filling. As long as you are not choosy with the hotdog, go ahead and try all 12 flavors, and then some.

Paragliding in Carmona, Laguna

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When my sister-in-law found out that there was a paragliding facility literally behind their backyard in their Carmona home, she knew she had to go. And she dragged our whole family. Haha! When I say the whole family, that includes my 3 year old nephew who flew with his mom! What a trooper! We prepared ourselves – P3000 fee for the weekend (I think only P2000 for weekday for 2pax and more), additional P500 for go pro rental, rubber shoes (no slippers), leggings, hat, sunglasses (a must!) and a comfy top.


 

On Mother’s Day morning, we made our way to the meeting place before 8am since we wanted to be first in line. We had Jollibee breakfast take-out and ate at the bahay kubo at the top of the hill.

 

Getting there early proved to be worthwhile since we were given priority (and we had time to enjoy the view). After a while, about 20 more people came so good thing the instructors told us our group would go first. Plus, they said that our fly was the last for the season, since winds were starting to be strong.

 

Once the pilots came, they started assembling the gear. 


I was half-expecting there would be a short orientation on how-tos and what-not-to-dos but nope, you just have to go there, get strapped in and hold on to dear life. Haha! The pilots were German, Polish and Filipino decent. That’s my brother getting geared up. As you can see, it’s just like sitting in a baby car chair.

 


Kidding aside, their only instruction is that while waiting for the wind to pick up the sail, just stand still. Once you are up in the air, that’s when you sit down.

 

Good thing the wind was good on our day since we didn’t need to run off the hill. We just waited for the perfect wind and the rest was done by the pilot.

 

Once up there, you just sit back and relax. Primo, my pilot, handed me the gopro and I started filming.

 

It died after a few minutes so I had the perfect excuse to just enjoy the view, bask in the sunshine and feel the wind on my face.

 

After about 10 minutes, we were done. The landing was smooth, you just wait for the ground on your feet. Haha! 10 minutes might not seem enough but trust me, it is. I think anything more than that lessens the fun. For me, I think even after 5 minutes I was already satisfied. This is something I probably won’t do again – it’s like a one-time-is-enough activity – but it sure was fun to do with the whole family. 

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Bliss at Cinema ’76 Film Society and street food at Juanito’s

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Ever since my colleague told me about this small, mostly-indie-film-showing cinema late last year, I have always wanted to visit the place. It reminded me of my college days when me and my friends would watch indie films at UP Diliman’s Film Center (hello? I watched Boatman (1985) there and couldn’t even finish the film). Since it’s a bit out of the way, it took me awhile to actually drag some friends along, intentionally inviting my friend who had a car (haha!). When I learned that Iza Calzado’s Bliss was going to be shown starting May 10, I knew that had to be the first film I would see there.
 


Without even watching the trailer nor reading the synopsis, I really wanted to watch Bliss because of an interview I read about Iza. When they found out the MTRCB gave the film an X rating, Iza’s reaction was, “Porn star ba ako?” I loved her reaction and it was effective in spiking my curiosity so on the first day of screening at Cinema ’76, me and two of my friends headed to the tiny movie house.


I was actually surprised by how big the whole production company (TBA) and their office was. We watched the 8pm showing so no photos of their office and the cinema house but it’s fairly easy to find via waze. There are limited parking slots but it’s not located at the highway so it was ok. We got there on the dot and the place was already packed. The cinema can accommodate about 50 people. We ended up sitting at the back, with high chairs, which proved to be a great spot because (i) we could see well above the heads of those in front and (ii) that was the only place food and drinks were allowed. If you do decide to sit in front, comfy seats and fluffy pillows await you.

 

Bliss, for a Filipino film, was pretty good. Not for the impatient, not for the weak, not for the malicious. No slapstick jokes, no overly-gory scenes, no over dramatized lines. In other words, not for people used to ‘mainstream’ films. You don’t have to be the artsy-fartsy, hipster type of viewer to enjoy it but just someone who appreciates art (whether or not you get the art). My favorite elements of the film were (i) Iza’s impeccable acting (she is so underrated); (ii) the whole cast and their respective characters who all had well-written backgrounds; (iii) I loved how the nurse looked with her freckles and how unique her character was; and (iv) the build-up and how the director tied all loose ends of the film.

After more than an hour of the film, what better way to end the night but with street food, drinks and laughter at Juanito’s. We had kwek-kwek (P120), sisig pork isaw (P150 I think), chicken isaw on stick (P120), dynamite sticks (P175) and of course, beer (P50) to wash it all down.

 

Make sure to follow Cinema ’76 website. Let’s do our part in “keeping indie films and small cinemas” alive.

Family time is always the best

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I always say that my family will always be my top priority. I believe in the saying that work (or even friends) won’t love you the way your family loves you. This is why I try to spend as much time as possible with my mom and siblings. 

This weekend, spent my lazy Saturday with my furry babies, also part of my family: 


Then Sunday was in Solaire, where my aunt was staying for a conference. Just look at the view from our room:


Then again at sunset:


Gorgeous! Both my brothers, my sis in law and my nephew visited us and it was a super fun chaos in our hotel room! My nephew is so fun to be around with as he is so smart and very sweet. Dinner was at Dampa, where we bought fresh seafood and had them cooked by the restaurant. 


Then back to the hotel for some more family time! So fun! So blessed! Thank You Lord for my family! I miss them already #Sepanx

Review: Blue Avocado (Re)Zip Baggies

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My friends know that as much as possible, I try to be environment friendly by bringing my own reusable bags, tumblers and even coffee mug sleeves; by not using Styrofoam products or plastic ware and by not throwing my trash – however small – in the streets (common sense lang di ba mga Pinoy). When doing grocery shopping, I put my items in my handbag, if I forget to bring my reusable bag. I try to reuse, reduce, recycle and upcycle old stuff. I walk and take public transportation as a way to reduce my carbon footprint. I have stopped using plastic straws and am even trying to go all natural with my beauty products. And now, my newest addition to help save our environment is by using Blue Avocado’s (Re)Zip Baggies.
 


I admit, I’ve used a lot of ziplocks in the past (who hasn’t?) and the thought of all of that plastic just going to landfills – taking years to decompose- broke my heart so I started searching for a reusable baggie. Saw this in amazon but with my low EQ, I wanted it immediately instead of waiting for it to be delivered. Luck would have it that National Bookstore actually carries these, for a bit more in terms of price but still not bad for what you’re getting – the bags are re-sealable, reusable, BPA, PVC and lead free, leak-proof, and dishwasher and freezer-safe. The first bags I bought were the sandwich-sized ones (Php529 for two) which I left when I went to the US. Haha. Perfect for chips (though it’ll leave scratch marks on your bag) and yes, sandwiches.

 

Since I left those in the US, I decided to buy again but this time, opted for the 1 cup baggie (Php345 for two). This one I absolutely loved and used it every weeknight since I started to eat overnight oats (more on those later). I place my oats with milk in the bag and because it’s leak-free, I don’t have to worry that it’ll make a mess in my handbag. I also tested it out in our freezer when I placed berries in it and so far, still good. It can also stand by itself, making it the perfect on-the-go container, even for food with liquids in it. Perfect for travelling! It’s easy to clean too with our regular dish soap and sponge.

 

I highly recommend that everyone buy this product. It’ll save the environment and your pocket from constantly buying ziplocks. Now all I need is to convince all my friends and family (and you) to use this. Imagine how many tons of plastics we’d stop using?

Gustong gumastos

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I’ve shared here time and again how much I actually enjoy being “frugal” & thinking of ways on how to save. But sometimes, the “nonsense shopper” bites me & I just want to spend my money. On nothing in particular. Basta makabili ng something. In other words, gusto kong gumastos.

During one night after work (I couldn’t go to the gym due to Aunt Flo), I planned on visiting Glorietta in Makati, since I rarely go around that mall. Once there, I went around & visited the shops i knew couldn’t be found in Mandaluyong. Keeping my eyes open for something nice to buy. I even went to Landmark, hopeful to score some great finds as before but only discovered the expensive pillboxes which I, on the other hand, purchased for dirt cheap price.

On that night though, my only purchase was an authentic Bahn Mi & Chatime milk tea for dinner. 

The next day, still couldn’t go to the gym so I went to this local mall at Mandaluyong. Same ending. Empty hands.

So I decided to go to the grocery store and hurrah! Finally bought something. Well, more like a basket full of junk. Haha!


I swear, underneath all that crap is some semblance of an adult.

Also, the woman behind me in the line bought a box of milk formula, canned goods & other “necessities.” Made me realize how awesome it is to be single & have no family yet because I can buy all the shiz I want & no one can tell me otherwise or make me feel guilty. 

Don’t get me wrong: I’d love to have my own family someday. In God’s time & in His perfect divine plan. But at least for now, it was an oreo and milk kind of supper for me.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who goes through this. Haha!