Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Best and Worst of 2015

Film

Best: 

Heneral Luna-for making people interested in our history. There have even been debates on this movie as well as about our heroes. Imagine that. To think, it was written off as a flop when it first screed. But thanks to word-of-mouth and a strong clamor from internet fans, it went on to become one of the biggest films of the year!
 Honorable mentions: Mad Max:Fury Road, Honor Thy Father, Inside Out (sob! hindi naman pambata 'to, e!)

Worst: 

My Bebe Love-What a waste of the AlDub love team. Instead of focusing on the true reason audiences came to watch this movie, the story revolved around Vic Sotto and Ai Ai del as Alas. I f only the writers had made it novel and witty. But no, the plot was so thin, it flew out the window.
Also awful: My fb friend nominated the Maria Ozawa-Cesar Montano movie "Nilalang" and "Fifty shades of Grey"was just trash that wanted to be art.

TV

Best: 

Fresh off the boat- It's about an Asian-American family set in the 1990's. It's even funnier when
I imagine them to be like my tita Chuchie's family growing up in America. Everyone in the cast is funny but Constance Wu as the tiger mom steals the show.
Sorry I don't watch a lot of dramas save for Game of Thrones, so my honorable mentions only include Galavant, (reminds me of Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in tights) Last man on earth, and Inside Amy Schumer. I was also mesmerized by Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell but the ending was meh

Worst:

Half Worlds--HBO Asia wanted to produce original content about Asian horror and went to Indonesia. The result is a stylish series with great visuals and animation but zero appeal. The story is so boring, illogical and frustrating. The lead actors are dull. They should have made Trese instead.
Also awful: Marimar (Megan Young cannot act. Plus they changed so much of the story, it's unrecognizable...they even made her real name "Bela" ! Hello, read the title of the show!)

Book

Best:

 The Dwellers by Eliza Victoria--hypnotic and gripping, even the backstory had me wishing for more! The premise is really magical: 2 cousins have the power to live in other people's bodies. They escape from their hacienda to take over the life of two brothers when they find a dead body in the basement.
Notable: Manix Abrera's Hubkong Sandatahan ng kahaggardan. It's about life in the news media but I can't believe how even non-meida people can relate to it. I simply ascribe it to Manix magic!

Worst:

Well, not exactly the worst, but a real disappointment was "Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon-comic book"
I was so looking forward to reading this because I missed the text version. It was probably so good they released it as a comic book, too. But I found the story too contrived. There was just one twist too many and too many unresolved plot lines. I also found the artwork kinda awkward, especially when it came to proportions of the anatomy of the humans.

Song

Disclaimer: I didn't listen to a lot of new songs this year as I just kept playing the songs on my ipod.
So while everyone was raving about Justin Bieber's "Sorry" or Adele's "Hello", my favorite song has to be "Ellie Goulding's "Love me like you do" It's probably the best thing to come out of that movie "50 shades of grey"

Worst:

Wiki me by Julian Trono. This song had me cursing at my tv screen when I heard and read the lyrics. I mean, it doesn't help that the singer is nasal and annoying, but who wrote that damn song?!



"We go all night or we can go to dinner
We go to movie or we can be a singer"

Di ba? T@#$%*!!! Nakakabobo!!!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Goodbye Intercon


Last Tuesday everyone was surprised at the amount of rain that fell over Metro Manila. Suddenly, we couldn't get out of the city. The flood reached our office's sidewalk. Any jeep that passed by was full or refusing to take any passengers. I waited for an hour before finally catching a jeep up to Buendia.


 While walking to Edsa, I noticed the beautiful Xmas lights along Ayala Avenue that were set up to look like Pinoy churches.
 I alos took photos of Rustans' window display.

 It's just too bad that this year's display wasn't as good as last year's. While last year also featured ludicrous images of Western Xmas like snowmen and fireplaces, at least they weren't so commercial.

 This year's display is just a lot of mannequins in winter fashion. There's even  one of a trendy couple in heavy coats waiting for a train. Ha-ha! They'd never make it out alive in a real PNR train!

LAst time the streets were flooded and traffic stood still, I took a ride to Glorietta where I was able to catch a bus home.
Unfortunately, i wasn't so lucky this time. It was still raining hard and a huge crowd was gathered at Edsa/Ayala , desperate for a ride home.

 After an hour or so of waiting, I gave up. My umbrella was dripping, my pants were wet, my bag was getting heavier as the papers inside were getting soaked. I went to an atm and withdrew some cash and headed for the Intercon, Manila.

 I know that there were probably cheaper hotels around, but I was tired and wet and hungry and I told myself, I've worked hard and saved all year. I mean, I never take a taxi. I ride the jeep and non-airconditioned buses. Hell, I even took the PNR train! I've been generous to my family and friends, why can't I treat myself for once? 
 So I walked into the hotel while my pants and sandals squished on their floors and got a deluxe room. 

 After 46 years, the Intercon is closing down on Dec. 31 and if you're lucky, you can book a room at the discounted price of P4600+ for a deluxe room with buffet breakfast in a 5-star hotel!
The room was big, even for two people. My only regret is that I wasn't able to invite anyone over. The bed was so large and comfortable. I slept like a baby. The pillows felt like soft, light clay because they felt like they followed the contours of my head.
 I was sooo happy that a I had a bathtub! I immediately had a warm bath to soak my aching body!
 i loved the amenities in the room like a flashlight that immediatle turned on, the thick bathrobe that I wore to sleep, the posh toiletries, and the flat iron and hair dryer which I used to dry my stuff.

 Too bad I forgot to take home the free coffee and tea #SulitFamily
 I had a big tv with Skycable, but it wasn't in HD.
 Some of the wooden furniture showed signs of age but the room still looked elegant


 I loved this magnifying mirror for checking out your teeth or for fixing your makeup
 I did remember to take home the toiletries which included a sewing kit. It would have been perfect if they added a small deodorant and dental floss.




 Classy artwork on my walls
 I wanted to stay in bed forever but I had to wake up at 9:30 because the buffet breakfast was only served till 10:30am.

 I wasn't really impressed by the buffet. The congee and the meatballs were bland. It was actually kind of similar to the spread at Taal Vista.
Also, when I was seated by a wait staff, she asked me if i wanted coffee, she seemed to have forgotten all about me. I waited and waited, but she naver came back. So I just stood up and proceeded to the buffet. It was only when I went back to my table that a different waiter that asked and actually brought me coffee.
A manager also had to alert the cook manning the omelette station that I was in line for an omelette because he was chatting with a co-worker. I didn't really get upset. In fact I was worried for them since they would be out of a job next year.

 But I did like the artworks of the Jeepney Cafe.


 Too bad I didn't have swim shorts or a gym outfit as I would've made use of the pool and the mini-Gold's Gym! #SulitFamily
 My room had a grand view of  rainy Glorietta

A booklet featuring the final Holiday offers of the Intercon.

While it was unplanned and pricey, I enjoyed my stay at the Intercon. I'm glad I finally experienced staying with them before they closed. It's my surprise Christmas gift to myself!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Taking Gifting to the Next Level

Christmas comes but once a year... and Nuffnang Philippines wanted to know how I'd like to celebrate the Season of Giving this year ---by holding a blog contest! 
And if you've ever read my blog, you'd know I just love joining contests!
All I have to do is answer 3 questions:

1) What is your Christmas wish list for yourself?


If I'm being honest, I would love to get a big screen TV because the plasma TV I bought for my birthday 3 years ago just died recently. I really felt awful because I loved that TV. I researched a lot before deciding which one to buy, and I saved a good sum to get it. 
I'd sure love to get a new TV with an even bigger screen so my family and I can huddle up in front of it while we watch Christmas classics like "It's a Wonderful Life"

2) What are your Christmas gift ideas for your loved ones this year?



  • For my dad, I want him to get a new wallet. He's kept an old, wrinkly wallet for years and it's time for a replacement.  
  • For my mom, I know she'd love a new dress for Christmas. And maybe a new pair of shoes. 
  • For my brother, I'd have to look for a gadget that can find all the stuff he misplaced because he's so forgetful at such a young age! 
  • And for my sister and her family, I wish I had the funds to send them to Boracay for a vacation! Her hubby and son haven't been there yet  and I'm sure they'd love it!


How do you plan to give back to others this Christmas?



My grandmother has a yearly Christmas drive so she can share her blessings with the less fortunate in Lucena. While we can't be there to help her when she does this, I'd love to send some goodies so Lola can make more kids smile this year. 'Coz  Christmas is really for the children. 

 “For more updates about this year’s “Merry SM Christmas” campaign, visit SM’s official Christmas microsite (https://www.smsupermalls.com/merrysmchristmas2015) and follow its official social media accounts at Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/smsupermalls), Twitter (https://twitter.com/smsupermalls), and Instagram (https://instagram.com/smsupermalls/); and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through Viber (http://chats.viber.com/SMsupermalls). Shoppers can actively share their holiday merriments inside the SM Supermalls by posting their photos on social media and adding the hashtag #MerrySMChristmas2015.”

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Modern Peak Antipolo and Panciteria Lido

After the chaos of Cristna Villas resort last year, we wanted a place where we could truly relax and so I found some new places in Antipolo. My first choice was actually another place but it didn't really encourage bringing kids 10 years old and below. Good thing i found Modern Peak. I just contacted them and made a 50% deposit and we were all set.

 First we heard mass at the Antipolo church and bought our usual stock of cashews
 then we had lunch at Savory.  Too bad Alex's parents had work so we decide we'd be Alex's babysitters. Modern Peak is inside a private subdivisoon and there aren't many signs so we got a little lost getting there. It really started as a rest house for the owner's family but they decided to open their doors to the public.
 We got 2 standard suites for P2,000 each.  Each room was good for 2 people with free breakfast.  Each room had a TV with lots of high definition cable channels, access to free wifi, magazines, toiletries and en suite bathroom.
 They also have family rooms for 4 people at P4,500 and dorm rooms for P5,400 for 6 people.
 On hindsight, I might get the family room next time because the rooms and beds are bigger. The standard room's beds are so narrow I was afriad I'd fall off!
 The only other downside of our room was that there were no windows. Granted, there wasn't much of a view as we were surrounded by other homes, but a window to the outside world would be welcome if you're a bit claustrophobic. I think only the deluxe rooms had windows.
 The interiors are lovely and the staff are so attentive. Water is free, you just have to ask.
 The best part of place was their pool! We had it all to ourselves! They also have very posh shower areas near their resto. And the gracious owner said the water is not treated with chlorine so it doesn't smell or sting the yes.
 Her daughter is also the chef of the restaurant so we had salmon sinigang and grilled pork.
 We promised we'd come back for her specialty, the buttered chicken.
 For brekafast, we had a thick slice of ham and egg. We then went swimming till noon. There was a pipe that burst so we didn't have water up in our rooms. Our host generously offered the vacant rooms on the first floor which still had water. Top notch service!


 For lunch we tried out Panciteria Lido
 We had the Ho to tay, (P220) which was good
 Chami (solo size P130) this was ok, but it wasn't savory-sweet like the one in Lucena
 Coco-Mango Jello cooler (P65) It was refreshing but mom didn't like the coconut milk
 Their specialty: pugon roasted asado (P285) This was just ok.  But the serving size wasn;t enough for 4 hungry adults so we also ordered
steamed fish fillet with soy (P255) which was healthy but kinda balnd.

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