The Prestige

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Saw this last Sunday with my Panget, his brother and sis-in-law. I was told that this movie was great - that it had a lot of twist. My Panget's sister told us to listen intently - and so I did. I was quite confused on what event first transpired. It was like watching Memento all over again - there were a lot of flashbacks and it was a little confusing. The movie was going to and from the past to the present and vice versa. Maybe I expected too much..

I was quite shocked, impressed and found it funny when I saw that David Bowie was in the movie. The role fits him perfectly - but that's just me.

Addiction to....

I've been busy for the past few days (weeks actually) - I've been doing Bikram Yoga everyday, our internet connection as been on and off, work is kind of getting toxic and stressful - but I'm not complaining! I've no time to blog or even think! (feeling ko lang yan..)

My Panget has told me countless of times that since I started Yoga - it was all I could talk about. Well, of course! That is what I have been doing for the past weeks! I just took the 30-day challenge wherein I have to attend yoga for 30 straigt days - without fail. I've been successful and it's my 12th day today. And so far so good! I always thought that as the days progress, things will get easier - but the opposite is happening! I'm having a harder time balancing, holding my poses andmore! But at the same time, I've seen improvements in my flexibility - when before I couldn't get my forehead to the floor - now I can! Yipee!! It's such an acheivement for me! My clothes do fit better now (feeling ko lang) but I know it's too early to tell if I indeed lost weight.

I'm loving every minute of Bikram Yoga. I enjoy it very much! I think that somehow I've become more at peace with myself, I don't get to rush anything - things just flow the way they should (sans sudden emotional outbursts, hehehe..)

Here's to more of Bikram Yoga!! Cheers!

Alma Maters - matter?

Friday, October 20, 2006

When meeting people for this first time, one usually seeks the 6-degress of separation. We ask a lot of questions - throw in a lot of names - trying to attach one to the other - to connect the familiarity. For me, the first question I ask is 'Which school (HS or University) did you attend?' And then I ask for the batch. Am I weird? Well, I have this theory that whatever school you answer with that question - is 'the' school that you a proud of. As for me, when asked this question - I automatically say the name of my High School - the University I attended is just a secondary answer to the question (if there's a follow-up).

So - do Alma Maters, matter?

Bikram Yoga Part 2

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Yesterday afternoon, I attended my 2nd Bikram Yoga class. I went with my mom, I somehow convinced her to give it a try - since she saw how much I sweated(is there such a word?) lst Saturday. We came in time for the briefing for beginners - I pointed my mom to go to Tristan so she'll be briefed on what to expect.

Upon entering the studio proper, I already felt the heat - it was as if you entered a slightly heated oven. While I was positioning my and my mom's yoga mat - I was already sweating! Take note: I was merely fixing the yoga mats in place. When we started the breathing exercises - I was already sweating like crazy! And there was more sweat as the session progressed. The towel that was on my yoga mat was so wet! I couldn't believe it! The one infront of me was Patty Betita - the former model - she's still very pretty and sexy ah! You can see from her outfit that she was also sweating - her tank top was changing it's color! Yikes!

Since it was my second time - I was expecting the poses to become easier - unfortunately - I felt the opposite! It was harder to hold the poses! When last Saturday - I was able to balance and not fall on the other foot - this time - I kept falling! Damn! It seemed that I had to exert more effort in doing the poses. I also had to control my breathing - breathe in, belly rises, breathe out, belly drops.

I was checking out my mom from time to time to see how she was holding up. It seemed like she was doing okay. But at the end of the session, she told me she was struggling and felt like throwing up. She was constantly going back near the windows to breathe in cool air! 'Ang hirap! But grabe ang pawis!' That's the spirit mom! :) Yeah! It's a good thing she enjoyed yoga. Gooooood thing! It was a full body work-out, comparing it with going to the gym - you'll just be working out a certain area for the same number of minutes.

I honestly am super bilib with Yoga. I mean for just 90 minutes - you're sweating like crazy, plus you get to work out all your body parts!

I'll definitely comeback (of course!) - I'm tempted to take the 30-day challenge, but whats more challenging is the rate of it. Sana may discount! Sana..

October 24 - A Holiday!!

Monday, October 16, 2006

I just learned of this 'officially' last night. Another holiday, yipee!! But its in the middle of the week - oh well, at least Monday night - we can do whatever!! :) hahaha.. :)

Palace declares Oct. 24 as regular holiday in observance of Feast of Ramadhan

In order to bring to the fore of national consciousness the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr, the Muslim Feast of Ramadhan, Malacanang has declared Tuesday, Oct. 24, as a regular holiday nationwide.

In Proclamation 1155 which Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita signed today, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo cited the need to promote cultural understanding and integration.

The declaration, Ermita said, would give the entire Filipino nation the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in the observance and celebration of Eid'l Fitr.

The main date for this year’s celebration of Ramadhan has been determined to fall on Oct. 24.

Republic Act No. 9177 declared Eid’l Fitr as a regular holiday throughout the country.

Ramadhan is celebrated by the Muslim world for three days after the end of the month of fasting.

My first BIKRAM YOGA session

Saturday, October 14, 2006

I officially tried YOGA this morning - and the verdict? I LIKED IT!! My gosh, I was sweating like crazy - and I feel like I've worked out my whole body! That's just in a 90 minutes sesson. I honesly did not expect to sweat that much! To think that the room was not heated (it is supposed to be heated, unfortuantely - BYM still had to wait for Meralco to give them sufficient power) Compared to running on the treadmill for 30 minutes and just sweating - with YOGA, I was working out various body parts at the same time! I couldn't stop raving about yoga to my mom - thus she might give it a try too! (Excuse the exclamation points..)

My arms are so sore, it was like I excersized with dumbells for a long time. But nevertheless, it feels great! (Can you beleive I'm saying this?) I still could not believe I was able to do some poses! Sure, I got off balanced a couple of time - but still! I was able to do most of the poses. I had a hard time 'holding' the poses but still, I was able to do it! Concentration is key. One should not be conscious of the people around the studio, but instead - FOCUS on doing the poses correctly.

I'm looking forward to another session, but this time - in a heated room. I can just imagine how many calories I'll be burning in a heated room. Yey!!

Congrats to me! Congrats to my friend Annie! Congrats to Bikram Yoga Manila - today is their opening day in Quezon City!! :)

Red Ribbon Bakeshop & thier Ensaymada: Rant and Rave

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Yesterday, my mom had this sudden ensaymada craving. Thus she called up Hizons in J.Bocobo Street to order a few pieces of their delicious ensaymada and mocha cake (yes!!). She then instructed our driver to pick it up. The yummy ensaymadas and mocha cake(micorwaved on High for 15 seconds) arrived during lunch time. Then, that afternoon, she had a meeting with her Church group, and her good friend Tita Mia gave her a Red Ribbon ensaymada by chance.

This morning as she was about to open the sealed ensaymada. She noticed that there was a dark spot on the ensaymada. Curious on what it was - she took a closer look - and guess what she discovered? A tiny cockroach! It was embedded on top of the ensaymada! She didn't believe what she saw - she even asked the helper to identify what it was. I too was in disbelief! Since the ensaymada was in a sealed plastic - I didn't expect to see a small cockroach there. I think that it was only recently that Red Ribbon packaged their ensaymadas in a sealed plastic - maybe to maintain that their items are 'fresh'. But upon seeing this - I don't think it's fresh! How on earth did that cockroach get embedded on the ensaymada? Maybe it climbed up there? Pre-baking, during baking, post-baking? Your guess is as good as mine.

I honestly wouldn't notice the cockroach. I would just have let it pass and assume that it was burned cheese! But when you look closely - the antenna was also there! Yikes!

My mom called Red Ribbon Libis to report - and she was told to go to the branch where she got it from and exhange it for a new one. There were no apologies given. The Red Ribbon staff in Libis said that they will still have to take it to their laboratory and have it tested. Why do they need to test it for, when if fact it is right there - seen by the naked eye!? It's impossible that someone just put it in on purpose since it's sealed right? We had no way to contact the Hemady Branch because their telephone was under repair.

Don't get me wrong - it's not that I dislike Red Ribbon - in fact I love the establishment because of their Mango Cream Pie! It's just that 'nawalan ako ng gana' because of their unsympathetic response to my mom's report. Anyhoo - to prove this story - here are some images of the ensaymanda. See for yourselves.

There's a BEST BEFORE code printed on the wrapper it s BB 101406.

1:30PM - My mom decided to have the driver go to the Red Ribbon Hemady Branch to report and show the staff the ensaymada with cockroach. Our driver was instructed to call us when he arrives in Red Ribbon - after 15 minutes - the area manager names Miss Rose called my mom and apologized - she said 'Ma'am nahihiya po ako sa inyo!' She then told my mom that the ensaymada with the cockroach will be sent to their laboratory for testing so that they can determine what happened. Since the best before date is on October 14, 2006 - the ensaymada should still be fresh. Before ending their conversation - Miss Rose offered my mom a whole cake - for the hassle and stress of the cockroach embedded ensaymada.
2:00PM - We received the cake that was gifted us.

In the end - at least bumawi sila big time! Its just that now, I will think twice before munching on anything. I will closely inspect the food before putting it in my mouth. Lesson learned. I did NOT write this to bash nor promote any enstablishment, I am merely sharing our experience and to inform the many - to be observant when it comes to the food they eat.

Forgive the date of the ensaymada - I forgot to change the date setting of my digicam. As you can see the Best Before date - it's correct!

Cupcakes by Sonja

Monday, October 09, 2006

I love cup cakes - they make me feel like I'm a kid again. They're so cute and fun to look at! They're simply an irristable treat for me - provided that its vanilla or butter flavored as I am not a fan of chocolates.. (I know, I'm weird - I get it..) I don't know why, but I am very much fascinated with them. I used to bake chocolate cupcakes for my brother's friends - and guessing by their reaction - they loved it!

I've heard of her cupcakes but, I never got the chance to try them. My curiousity increased more as I read entries of the cupcakes from my favorite foodie blogs Ramblings of a Gypsy Soul and Our Awesome Planet. I was quite happy to learn from Anton of Our Awesome Planet that she was opening shop soon at Serendra. When I tried to inquire on Sonja's cupcakes - I was given an invite to the dry run of her shop. Unfortunately, it was on a weekday and I had work! It was just last Saturday that I got the chance to visit her shop and sample a few of her famous cupcakes.

The facade of her shop is catchy and cute! Imagine a cute pink striped store! It looked so much like a candy store! Actually, it looks a lot like a New York-ish kind of cake store, one you'd happen to see in movies or in the Lifestyle Channel's the Food Network! Upon entering the store, I was welcomed by 3 smiley faces - unfortunately, they were still closed as they still had to bake most of their products. But since I was not in a rush, I asked if I could order ahead and have the cup cakes picked up later in the afternoon, one of the girls agreed to help me out. I decided to get the dozen box that consisted of a mix of Red Velvet Vixen, Vanilla Surprise, Valrhona Flourless Cupcake, Chocolate Surprise, and the Bunny Huggers. I was very excited to sample thes cupcakes - but I had to wait.

After our lunch at Polu Kai, my friend Gracie and I proceeded to Sonja's shop to pick up my order. Upon entering - I was suprised that the store had so little cupcakes on display! But I was told that most of them were already sold - good thing I ordered ahead of time. Thank goodness!! Hehehe..

The verdict? I love them! I love the Vanilla Surprise and the Red Velvet Vixen! I had to contain myself and not eat them while in the car! When I got home, I took pictures first (yes, I know!) and then proceeded to try the Vanilla Suprise with the light blue frosting - I love the texture of the cup cake and the frosting was really delicious! Before going out to dinner - I just had to sample the Red Velvet Vixen. As I was not fond of chocolates (I hate them, remember?) I was dreading the taste of chocolate - good thing - I wasn't able to taste any chocolate! Yehey! I like the consistency of the redness of the cupcake and the frosting as well! The combination is really great, not only was it eye candy - it tasted heavenly! I had my Panget sample the Red Velvet and even if he had sipon (colds) he loved it!

I can't wait to visit Serendra again soon!!

Cupcakes by Sonja
1st Level Serendra Retail Area
Cel. 0906-5770833

My lunch date with Gracie..

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Last Saturday, I had lunch with my good friend Gracie. She just finished taking this year's bar and now, she's just waiting for the results on April next year. I couldn't remember the last time I saw her, but according to her - when she last saw me, my hair was still short. My, my that seemed ages ago. If I remember correctly - I decided to grow my hair last October 2004! Has it been that long?

When I picked her up - she didn't look any different! You see, Gracie and I became friends last 2001. It was during a US trip that we finally met up and began talking. Acutally, I was forced in a situation I couldn't get out of. But good thing was that - I met a friend who's very dear to me until now. I can still remember that day clearly - as if it happened just yesterday. After that trip, Gracie became a 'best friend' we've sort of gone through a lot in that short span of time. And though we've just been friends for 5 years - it seems like I've known her forever!!:)

I had a great time catching up with her. What's funny is that the kwento's that have not been shared - well, unfortunately - I've forgotten them! It's been that long ago, I know - I should've kept tabs of the kwentos! Hahaha..

The Class by David Crane

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

I know it's not just me - but I think I can safely say that there are a lot of people who miss watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and secretly hope that they get back together and continue where they left off. I know I'm not alone when I say that I quote dialogues from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. - and that when I tell some of mine - they either look at me like I'm crazy - or look at me and agree with me. I really miss the whole Central Perk gang.

A few months ago, I came across something on the internet it was a rumor that F.R.I.E.N.D.S. creator David Crane is cooking up a new show that is similar to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. I searched and searched until I found this show - last month.

You wouldn't know how happy I was when I learned that the rumor was really true. I patiently waited and hoped to watch the tidbits of the pilot in - well, what do you know right? Being a fan of US hit tv series, I know for a fact that the fall season means that old shows are coming back - and so I took the chance to search for the pilot of 'The Class' true enough - somebody uploaded it.

I just finished watching the first two episodes and the verdict? I liked it. Although there were too many characters (there are 8 of them) it was still very much entertaining. The humor kind of reminds me of Chandler Bing (my ultimate favorite F.R.I.E.N.D.S. character) - it's times like these that I thank whoever created youtube. (Glod Bless you, whoever you are!)

Here are the links to the 2 episodes. I hope you guys enjoy them as much as I did. Watching it made me laugh and smile and miss F.R.I.E.N.D.S. - thank god that once in our lifetime for 10 years - there was F.R.I.E.N.D.S. to share with us their stories... :)

Episode 1 Part 1
Episode 1 Part 2
Episode 1 Part 3
Episode 2 Part 1
Episode 2 Part 2
Episode 2 Part 3

Yoga - Bikram Yoga in QC

What do Madonna, Cristy Turlington, Reese Witherspoon - have in common? YOGA - they've all practiced yoga sometime - to tone their muscles or to lose weight. Well, since I have this endless quest to lose weight - I will finally brave and try yoga for the first time next Tuesday. Next Tuesday will be the opening of the Bikram Yoga center in Quezon City. FInally! A Yoga studio near me!!

I am very much excited and at the same time nervous. Nervous why? Well, the studio is kind of heated thus - I fear I might faint - but not to worry as I will get my 8 glasses of water a day, as suggested by the one I spoke to at the Makati head office.

I was wondering though - what will be the effects? I have yet to meet a person who's a yoga follower. All the info I know are from 'narinig ko' and 'nabasa ko' from the internet to magazines. Wish me luck!! (again...)

a Del Monte Fruit Cocktail tale..

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Just a few minutes ago, the helper came in the office and informed me and my mom that 4 out of the 5 cans of the Del Monte Fruit Cocktail that we were gifted with had both its ends pop out. I asked her to check the expiry date and she told us that it was going to expire on March 16, 2007. That's about 6 months from now! I was shocked to see the cans, when she presented them to me. After that conversation, I immediately called Del Monte Philippines - and I spoke to a Miss Je Zaguirre - she was very polite and eager to help. She asked me first if the product was a 'Fiesta' fruit cokctail and when I replied 'No' She answered me in a very nice way, unfortunately as she said 'It's not a locally made product therefore as much I want to help you, I can't' But good thing - she gave me the number of another distributor - Macondre. I will contact them tomorrow as it already late. I am attaching some images of the Del Monte Fruit Cocktail cans - all 4 had both ends popping out.

What could be the cause?

Well, your guess is as good as mine..