Thursday, December 22, 2011

Back and Blogging

Our Red and Gold Tree
Except for the last few posts which only required emo-ing and some copy and paste skills, I haven't really blogged so here I am making up for the lack of updates.

I can't believe that it is already the 22nd of December and 2011 is coming to a close. I'm sure a lot of people will agree with me that this year went by so fast. And yes, 3 more days and it's CHRISTMAS! I am in the holiday mood already and it's so hard to go to work especially when all my friends who are in university are having their Winter break. Yup "shopping" tweets while I'm there sitting in my office make me jealous!

Grilled Lois Lake Salmon @ Joey Restaurant
Speaking of shopping, I started early this year but alas, I'm still missing gifts and I haven't really made an effort to buy them despite being in the mall practically everyday. So much for trying!

It's Christmas so parties and dinners are scheduled all month! And because a number of my friends have their birthdays this month and also because friends who left the city are coming back, I think we have at least one dinner each week scheduled. Ahhh the calories but hey, it's the holidays. I think we all have an excuse to indulge and be merry. 

Last week, my friends and I went to Hermano's for our Christmas party. Grabe. Their Latin Crepe is SUPERB!!! Ahh nakakaloka yung biglang nag-ooze out ang Dulce de Leche after I put my fork in it. Feeling ko nasa Junior Master Chef ako. Hahaha! And yeah, I got MAC Russian Red lipstick from my Secret Santa Syb! I'm so loving RED this season.

Panqueque @ Hermanos
Polenta Lasagna @ Hermanos

Anyway, tomorrow there's another partaaay! Excited to be off work early tomorrow! Hurray for the long weekend! Happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hello, December

You Who Never Arrived
Rainer Maria Rilke
You who never arrived 
in my arms, Beloved, who were lost 
from the start, 
I don't even know what songs 
would please you. I have given up trying 
to recognize you in the surging wave of 
the next moment. All the immense 
images in me -- the far-off, deeply-felt landscape, 
cities, towers, and bridges, and un-
suspected turns in the path, 
and those powerful lands that were once 
pulsing with the life of the gods-- 
all rise within me to mean 
you, who forever elude me. 

You, Beloved, who are all 
the gardens I have ever gazed at, 
longing. An open window 
in a country house-- , and you almost 
stepped out, pensive, to meet me. Streets that I chanced 
you had just walked down them and vanished. 
And sometimes, in a shop, the mirrors 
were still dizzy with your presence and, startled, gave back 
my too-sudden image. Who knows? Perhaps the same 
bird echoed through both of us 
yesterday, separate, in the evening... 

Saturday, November 5, 2011


"Too bad people didn’t fall in love at the same pace, at the same time, for the same reasons, and too bad those emotions didn’t move simultaneously. But each act of madness moved at its own pace, one not dependent on the pace of anyone else. It wasn’t like tandem skydiving, where you were connected as you fell, where you were forced to fall at the same rate and use the same parachute. Falling in love was a solo act. I knew that, had learned that the hard way. You just jumped and hoped your parachute opened. Sometimes you looked up and saw you were falling by yourself, the object of your desire still on the plane, not interested in jumping, watching you descend into that scary place alone."
-- Eric Jerome Dickey (the novel Pleasure)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Well, This One

I Haven't Got a Prayer
Allie Trimm from Allegiance the Musical

There's a boy who's in my prayers every night when I close my eyes 
I'm surprised when I think of him again 
There's a boy who's secrets he shares, there's a boy who opens his heart 
Who doesn't see the part of me that hopes so helplessly to be the one 
The one, the one in his prayers 
There's a boy who's on my mind 
There's a boy who can lift my whole very soul 
And he smiles at me again 
There's a boy who is handsome and kind 
Every morning I'd love to see him waving back at me 
Just happy that I'm there 

But I haven't got a prayer, I haven't got a prayer 
To fill my heart with happiness with simple joy 
No, I haven't got a prayer, 
I haven't got a prayer for, from, or with this boy

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Travelog: Hollywood

Okay continuing where I left off with my travelogs.

Hollywood Blvd is a busy, busy street. It was a good thing we dressed comfortably. 

Michael Jackson's star the busiest star on the street. It was so hard to get an unobstructed view. After multiple attempts, I got a decent picture!

 Grauman's Chinese Theatre

I kept on searching for this and then before leaving I found it! Haha! (I wanna go the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!! AAAAHHH!)

The famous Hard Rock Cafe

The most enjoyable part for me is the visit to the Kodak Theatre and the Hollywood and Highland Center (not 'centre' haha). While I was walking alone this 20 something guy and his dad started talking about Filipinos while looking at me. Awkward! Haha! The guy was telling his dad about his Filipino friends.


Here is a shot inside H&HC. I liked the "ambiancey"! I wish we have a mall like this here in the city but that would be impossible given the weather. Malls in Cali remind me so much of malls back in Manila for some reason.

Hello, Hollywood sign!

We did some shopping and ate lunch at The Grill. I had Blackened Tilapia with mashed potatoes. The fish was pan seared. Saraaap! We had a very gwapo server too. Haha!

Take out! Before leaving we grabbed some cupcakes from Crumbs to eat back in the hotel. We got Vanilla, Chocolate Mint, Carrot and, of course, mawawala ba ang Red Velvet?

We really, really enjoyed our stay in Cali and we want to be back soon! We are hoping to explore the Bay area next time (where most of our family lives) pero grabe we still want to go back to Disneyland! Haha! Hopefully we can go back next year!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

100 Years of Fashion

This is a worthy break from the travelogs! In celebration of 100 years of style.

I agree with the Youtube comment. No matter what you do, you can't really make the 90s look good! I think it is really the worst decade in fashion. Tell me. Who among you does not cringe at the sight of their photos from the 90s?

On another fashion related note, isn't the Lanvin campaign cute in an awkward kind of way? Winner ang appearance ni Alber!

EDIT: OH MYYY! Nail polish lover's delight from Chanel!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Travelog: Madame Tussauds Hollywood

What not to expect when going to Hollywood:
1) Star sightings - all the stars are in Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, not in Hollywood.
2) Glitz and glamour - the area is very downtown-ish and ghetto to a certain degree. I'm not sure. To me it came as a place that lost it's former glory although the hustle and bustle is still there thanks to tourism which is very much alive. The vibe is very different though inside Hollywood and Highlands.

First stop: Madame Tussauds wax museum. We were the first ones inside so we got to take a LOT of pictures with the wax figures without waiting for other people to finish. It was fun! Haha!

Hot Marilyn Monroe with Papa Leonardo di Caprio in the background.

Kim Kardashian - this wax figure is soooo pretty!

This seriously made me laugh! You see, on the left there was Brad and Angelina and then on the right there's Jennifer Aniston wearing this sequined dress looking at their direction and forever alone.

Breakfast at Tiffany's :) I did not stop until I got a picture with Ms. Hepburn!

It's Sue and she is so freakin' tall! She also has a whole section just for her. Bongga lang!

Papa Jack Sparrow!

Ninang Meryly Streep! I had to take a picture with her too! Haha!

More Hollywood pictures next post...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Travelog: Sea World Part 2

I liked San Diego! We really didn't get to go around much but I liked what I saw.

Some more Sea World pictures...

Obligatory food pictures! Haha! 

When you see Red Velvet, you have to buy it and try it!

Famous, famous TURKEY LEG! Pinaka na, BEST pa! We bought one and then another before we went home. Medyo pricey at $7 for a leg but so worth it! It's not greasy at all! Must try ito!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Travelog: Sea World Part 1

Fourth day, we woke up around 4AM so we can get ready for our Sea World tour. The park is two and a half hours away from Anaheim and the bus was scheduled to pick us up at 8.30 so we really had to be early. 

Must have for Sea World:
1) Sunscreen - I can't stress this enough. No matter what you do, the sun and wind will burn you but better have some protection while you are burning.
2) Hat/Cap/Umbrella/Sunglasses - You have to have something to shield your face and eyes. No to wrinkles!
3) Water and some food - You can bring food in as long as you don't bring too much. Restaurant lines were ridiculously long and most probably, you will end up eating churro and hotdog if you don't like to wait.

We watched three shows and visited most of the exhibits. Warning: Don't expect too much from the exhibits. Some are not even clean.

Blue Horizons
Dolphins fly, birds dive and spirits leap in Blue Horizons — a visionary sea-and-sky spectacular from SeaWorld. Soaring birds, playful dolphins, dramatic pilot whales and thrilling aerialists fuse the vibrant energy of two fascinating worlds into a mesmerizing display of dance, flight, color and entertainment.

I wasn't impressed with this show. Sobrang bitin! It's more like a wanna-be Cirque du Soleil show! It's okay if the acts were impressive but most were repetitive. Some performers were jumping up and down using garters and I watched there thinking that something else would happen but no.

One Ocean
Dive into the exhilaration of the sea in our all-new Shamu show, One Ocean. The energy and spirit of the ocean envelops you in a multi-sensory celebration of life underneath the sea that entertains as it educates and inspires. Majestic killer whales join you on a journey into a world that drenches your senses in the vivid colors, vitality and global rhythms of the ocean. Dancing fountains set the stage as you connect with thrilling sea creatures and realize we are all part of one world, one ocean. Your soul is ignited as our worlds are united… and you realize that we all have the power to make a difference in this planet we share.

This show is way more fun than Blue Horizons. There were lots of tricks and a lot of people got soaked!

Sea Lions LIVE
Enjoy hilarious live-action TV and music spoofs performed by SeaWorld’s resident sea lion comedy team—Clyde and Seamore. Put on your investigator’s cap with “Sea Lion S.I.” and watch show biz dreams come true on “Sea Lion Idol.”

This is the show that I liked the most! The hosts were funny (especially Biff), the skits were great and the sea lions were just cute! It was rather short though.

To be continued...

Travelog: The Block at Orange

Third day is shopping day! We went to the The Block which is located in Orange, another city in Orange County.

This mall is huge so again, there was a lot of walking involved. Good thing that the mall map is easy to read so finding where specific stores are was easy. I also liked the overall vibe of the place! Very laid back! They also have a very good list of retailers from Forever 21 to Neiman Marcus Last Call.

Self-serve frozen yogurt where you can choose what goes in to your cup. This is strawberry yogurt + fresh strawberries + cheesecake chunks + graham crumbs. What's good is that you pay for how much your cup weighs and not by how many toppings you pick. I forgot the name of the store though.

The Block has Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth right next to each other. It was crazy. Haha!

Display at Neiman Marcus Last Call.

Grabbed a box of Krispy Kreme before going back to Anaheim.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Travelog: Disneyland

Our first day was spent checking in (we luckily had a spacious hotel room which was located just by the elevators and the vending machines. Plus we had a balcony!), going around, catching up with Papa R (unfortunately we didn't get to see Mama B 'cause she has work and they are flying to San Francisco immediately after), shopping for supplies and getting ready. We arrived at Anaheim at 11.30 AM so we had lots of time.

Second day: Disneyland
We got to Disneyland before 10 AM through Anaheim Resort Transport. Lines were moving fast in both the security check and the entrance gates that it only took us about 5 minutes to get in. No hassle!

Here you leave Today and enter the World of Yesterday, Tomorrow and Fantasy.


Mark Twain Steam Boat
which goes around one part of the park.

The tour brings the audience back to Mark Twain's time and experience what it was like to ride a steam boat.

Complete with realistic displays! Very educational!

Toontown - This part of the park is a visual feast!

Mickey Parade

Disneyland at night

We absolutely loved the fireworks!!! We even watch it every night at 9.30 from our hotel room!

Anyway, here's what I learned from visiting Disneyland:

1) You need to be well rested and all powered up if you only have a day to visit the park. We only went to Disneyland and it took us about 10 hours to visit each part. We didn't get to experience all the rides as we have no time. It wasn't about the wait time as lines move fast rather, there are just so many of them plus the number of things to look at. 

There will be lots of walking and it can be tiring. As for us, we went back to the hotel for a two-hour break to rest for a bit and change clothes.

2) PUT ON SUNSCREEN. It's a must.

3) Disneyland is not strict about bringing in water and food. Bring a bottle of water and some snacks if you can because food is ridiculously expensive inside the park. Example: a churro is about $4.

Recommended attractions: Haunted Mansion, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I'm Back!

I got back last night from a 6-day vacation! It was the first time that I had a real, long break. And it's very much needed for I have been going through so much stress lately. I'm going to share some of the pictures that I took during our stay bit by bit this week!

The destination: the state of Palm trees and freeways.

Only one delayed flight during the whole travel and it was the one coming back to the city so I would still say the WestJet was good. I was a bit worried about delays for we only have about an hour between flights to do our business (customs + baggage claim + check-in).

This is the first travelog. Hello, California!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Adele 21 Bonus

Everyone loves Adele! Admit it! Even you, Straight Guy! You can relate to her songs! Don't worry it will be our secret. :)

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From "...this ain't lust aaayyy knowww this is love." to "We could've had it allllll. Rolling in the deeeeep" her songs are just spot on. Every. Time. In your lifetime you might find yourself in numerous moments where an Adele song just fits right in. To a T!

So speaking of Adele, I found these! Why oh why?!?!? Adele has bonus tracks and they are not on my 21. :(

iTunes bonus track and Japan Limited Edition

I Found A Boy

UK Limited Edition

Hiding My Heart

If It Hadn't Been For Love (cover)