EVERYDAY: JUDE’s 28th


My favorite person in the entire universe celebrates his birthday in October. ❤

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Nothing better to do than to drown ourselves with food. Right? We ate at Flavors, Holiday Inn for brunch. ❤

Food was impeccable! There’s a lot of variety & service was excellent too. ❤ I was actually looking for the tempura station or a waffle / pancake and pasta station, there was none. But I was satisfied with what was on display anyway. 😀

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My love enjoyed the buffet as well. ❤ It’s one of those buffets I’ll come back for.

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And this could possibly be my favorite chill wine ever, Arbor Mist. It’s so light that I can actually, honestly enjoy every fuckin sip. ❤

And as if we aren’t fat enough, we dive in to some good pork & beef at Nice2meetU with my other family! ❤

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Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday, Sweetheart. I love you so much. ❤ ❤ ❤

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Please spend it always with me. I’m planning to make it special every year. I love you.

BOOK: MAD WOMAN by KAT SAVAGE


Goodreads: 40 pieces that capture her stream on conscious, her confessions, and her strange thoughts. In Mad Woman, she bears it all and embraces her madness driven by loneliness and disappointment.

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Highlights of the Book:

  • I have learned that it’s perfectly okay to wander as long as you never stop wondering.
  • I think I will find love one day. I think it will scare he shit out of me. I’m more frightened that I won’t know how to let it in and I will leave like I always do when things feel so intense. I don’t mind the hurt but the happy can be taken away and that scares me. I think I will find love one day. I will try to let it in.
  • Everyone is human but no one knows what it is to be human.
  • The boogeyman will sometimes look a lot like someone we know.
  • Everything leaves, even parts of yourself.
  • Do we ever really lose anything? Or is it somewhere else being exactly where it’s meant to be?
  • People die over and over again all the time. It’t the only way we can survive.
  • When you strip yourself of something people expect, of something they have decided is who you are, you become truly free. Don’t let them take you under. Don’t let them decide who you are before you’ve had the chance to.

 

Would I recommend the book? No. Although it’s quite short and you can finish it in 20 minutes, you might as well be reading somewhere else. But, make no mistake. There are some worthy lines such as the ones I handpicked at the top. 😀

BOOK: THE RETURN OF THE YOUNG PRINCE


From what I remember, the first and last time I read The Little Prince was when I was still in Highschool which was about 13 years ago. But the book is such a classic so I had no choice but to read the book that wants us to remember the young little prince that reminded us that we were all a child once and that we should always carry that child with us.

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Who will ever forget the seemingly naive and child-like purity in him? I think Roemmers tries hard to portray the simple life altering questions of the young prince before. He strives to simplify the story thru conversations with the young prince and teach him about life thru metaphors and instilling some pictures in the book. However, it still comes out as a heavy conversation for a child to understand.

Highlights of the Book: 

  • All those warnings to protect us as adults, in fact distance us so much from others that touching someone or even looking them in the eye has us uncomfortable and anxious.
  • If you’re convinced you can do it, then you most certainly can. But if you believe you can’t, that practically guarantees you won’t manage it.
  • Humans have developed a great capacity for justifying themselves. They blame their flaws on a lack of love or education or on all the suffering they’ve had to deal with.
  • The longer we delay in confronting the obstacle in our path, the bigger the difficulties grow and the smaller we become.
  • We should always be ready to abandon the comfort of our position and face our problems again and again until we’re satisfied we’e resolved them and make progress.
  • The best way to solve a problem is to think of it only as a difficulty. Then you’ll be able to approach it with a positive attitude that sharpens the mind and beats a path towards more solutions in the future.
  • Be thankful for difficulties as that will allow you to grow and to keep moving up the path to perfection.
  • Sometimes you’ll discover that when you change your point of view, the obstacle disappears because often the difficulty is in us – and it’s nothing but our rigid, short sighted way of seeing things.
  • You create the reality around you.
  • Before we improve anything on this world, there is a lot we need to improve in ourselves. There’s only one way of changing the world and that’s by changing yourself.
  • Whatever cards you’re dealt with, you should be grateful for a life that gives you the opportunity to evolve. Fate always finds a way to make us learn the things we resist the most, the things we least want to accept.
  • All of us have to go on an arduous journey into the depths of our being. And no conquest can offer us a greater reward.
  • There’s always something we can do, even if we don’t believe it ourselves.
  • How do I grow up without becoming serious? When we’re young, we go out into the world and find it’s very different from the one we got to know through our parents. — Injustice, violence, shallowness and lack of love torment us. And instead of spreading light and joy around us, our spirit starts to tremble in the face of reality’s painful but unstoppable advance. As more importance is given to having and not having, the search is aimed at something that lies outside of us which allows us to avoid having to look inside ourselves.
  • The most important thing is to be as attentive and aware as possible, with our senses awakened and our ability to love utterly intact, so that we can exist right here and now, and enjoy life and be creative, trapped in neither the past nor the future.
  • Differences are the first things that attract us and when we admire that, we make it unique. It’s the same tings that interest us and complement us are also used to separate and divide us. The important thing is that you don’t stop being yourself in order to fit with what other people want. We’re all born princes, it’s just some don’t know it and others forget. My kingdom only exists in me.
  • If you manage to communicate something truly important even if it is only to the small group around you, you can be sure that the light will forge its way through a whole horizon of shadows just as the glow of a distant star travels thousand of years of darkness to reach us.
  • Don’t betray your desires and don’t bury them inside yourself until they die of starvation. Learn to bring what’s real together with what you yearn for. In all that you do, give the best of yourself so that your spirit is returned to you, and offer the best of yourself to each person so that they an return your love. You’ll see that the world will become a magnifying mirror, reflecting back at you everything that you gave without self interest. Because the only way to surround yourself with smiles is to smile and the only way to surround yourself with love is to give it to others. 
  • Love yourself, and you’ll be able to love others. Love your dreams so that you can use them to build a world that is warm and beautiful, full of smiles and hugs. If you really believe it, and build it up bit by bit, that world will become real for you. And it will be the reward for all your worthy endeavors. It’s only people who truly love are like stars, and their light keeps shining on us after they’re gone.
  • Any change means leaving a part of ourselves behind. It’s the only way to grow and make progress. It’s painful but we know that the experience will enrich us. As we go little by little, we let go of everything dispensable and hold on only to what is essential. The truth is that without difficulties along the way, it would be impossible to make progress as human beings and discover our true nature. It is at really critical moments that the best of us comes to light.
  • To live better is to draw fully on everything that life offers, and be open to anything that might enrich us emotionally, materially or spiritually. Happiness comes from being and not having. If we were perfect, if we had everything, how will we relate to each other? The simplest and most direct path to happiness is making the people around us happy.
  • Ultimately, if you dedicate your life to finding the best in people, you’ll end uup finding the best in yourself.

 

  1. What is a problem? A problem is like a door you haven’t got a key to.
  • The first thing to do is to see if the problem really is yours, if it’s your path that it’s blocking. If the problem is really yours, then you have to find the right key and put it into the lock in the right sort of way. Some people don’t even find the key – and not for the lack of imagination but because they are unwilling to try two or three times with the keys that they have, and sometimes they don’t try at all. They want someone to hand them the key or even worse, to come and open the door for them.  What happens to people who don’t manage to open the door? There’s no point in losing our tempers, banging on the door and doing ourselves damage.  How  do I find the right key? If you keep on asking your question over and over again, you’ll always end up finding the answer. If you persevere and try all the keys you’ve got, eventually, you’ll open the door.

2. How can you love yourself while knowing your own flaws? 

  • To love and forgive yourself, it’s enough to want to become a better person and to accept that you have always done the best that you could. True love is free and knows no limits It doesn’t seek to satisfy its own needs but concentrates on what’s good for the loved one. If you search truthfully, you will end up finding a reason to love yourself and you will discover that you are a unique and wonderful being.

 

Ultimately, if you want a book that will teach you a two or three about living the right kind of life, pick this book up. But if you’re looking for something that resembles how the little prince is written, you’ll be disappointed.

THOUGHTS: 90s Computer Games


​Do you remember the times when all the games can only be played in your desktop computer? when you had to wait for dismissal time and go home just to play? Do you remember the time when you would patiently write all the pass codes for a certain level so you can go back to it when you miss a turn and die during the game? 
2 weeks ago, we were cleaning our desktop computer at our house and I managed to dig a bag full of CDs.
I do! and I have several favorites. ❤   
​1. CHIP CHALLENGE
Wikipedia: Chip’s Challenge consists of a series of 148 two-dimensional levels which features the player character, Nerdy Chip, often called just Chip, and various game elements such as computer chips, buttons, locked doors, water and lethal monsters. Chip should be able to collect enough chips to open the chip socket at the end of each level, get to the exit and move on to the next level. 
 
This is my MOST FAVORITE one because this is the most challenging. I can still remember all of my siblings are watching when one is playing to watch the tactics needed to move to the next level, to anticipate what the new challenges are. I love that there’s an element of ice, fire, moving objects, monsters that hinder you. My favorite level? I forgot the numeric one but it’s the level where there were no walls but chips to collect endlessly but there’s a monster running after you. 
 
2. FREDDI FISH
 
WikipediaFreddi Fish is a yellow fish who takes on detective investigations throughout the series. Her best friend, a green fish named Luther, goes with her on all her adventures. The series sold more than 2.5 million copies and won over 75 awards of excellence.
 
This is definitely my second favorite since it goes on an adventure. He meets several people who will give him clues and gives him jobs to accomplish. Plus, who doesn’t want to see what goes on under the sea? 
 
3. PUTT PUTT JOINS THE PARADE
 
Wikipedia: When Putt-Putt hears on his radio that there a pet parade is coming to Cartown, he really wants to be in it. Before he can enter the parade, he must find a pet and a balloon, and get cleaned at the car wash. After that, Putt-Putt goes to talk to Smokey the Fire Engine to borrow his lawn mower, so he could make some money to use the car wash. He goes to Green Street, Red Street, and Blue Street to help people by mowing lawns and delivering groceries for Mr. Baldini to earn money for the car wash. Putt-Putt then helps a car, Mrs. Airbag that lost her baby in the movies, and goes in a cave and finds a puppy that he names Pep. After that, he is the leader of the parade and everyone has a happy day!
Another adventure game! I think I like games with stories. ❤ I guess my favorite part was saving the puppy and saving the baby car from the movies. 
 
4. FATTY BEAR’S ACTIVITY PACK
 
Classicreload: It contains 15 different games and activities for kids 3-8. Some games are traditional such as tic-tac-toe, hangman, word search, checkers and remember. 
 
I love this activity & game pack because there’s so much to do! Plus, you actually get to play against the computer in games such as checkers or tic tac toe. LOVE all of the games. 
 
 
It’s surreal to remember the games that we used to play and actually had fun with. If there are updated version of the game in the App Store, let me know! 😀 What are your favorite games when you were a kid? 

BOOK: FOR ONE MORE DAY by MITCH ALBOM


Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, they you know you can go your whole life collecting days, none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.

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There’s just a bigger, heavier and harder tug in your heart when it’s about parents, right? I don’t know about you but I usually don’t get affected easily in movies or in books whether if there’s an accident or a tragic event — but when they start talking about parents, count on my tears.

Book Highlights: 

  • There’s only your life, how you mess it up and who is there to save you.
  • I seem to be aging while standing still.
  • When you’re rotten about yourself, you become rotten to everyone else.
  • All that happens when your dreams come true is a slow, melting realization that it wasn’t what you thought.
  • Education is what you’ll make something of yourself.
  • When someone is in your heart, they’re never really truly gone. They can come back to you even at unlikely times.
  • Life goes by pretty quickly. It’s such a shame to waste time. We always think we have so much of it.
  • You can find something truly important in an ordinary minute.
  • You need to keep people close. You need to give them access to your heart.
  • That’s the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead if going into every fight with backup, you are going to every fight alone.
  • When you’re young, you nest in your parent’s plans, not your own.
  • My mother loved me through vomit and snot and bloody knees. She loved me coming and going, at my worst and at my best. She had a bottomless well love for me.
  • Kids chase the love that eludes them.
  • Kids are embarrassed by their parents. Sometimes, kids want you to hurt the way they hurt.
  • You do what you gotta do to hold your family together.
  • You have to work at your marriage together. You have to love each other, your children and your marriage. There are times that you fight, sometimes you won’t even like each other, but those are the times you have to love your marriage. Look at your memories together, they will pull you back together.
  • You count the hours you could have spent with your mother. It’s a lifetime in itself.
  • When you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.
  • Sticking with your family is what makes it a family.
  • I believe that if parents love you, they will hold you up safely, above their swirling waters, and sometimes that means you’ll never know what they endured and you may treat them unkindly, in a way you otherwise wouldn’t.

 

Times my Mother stood up for me / Times I failed to stand up for my Mom:

  • Mom: visiting chick in school just to have milkshake with him, showing up in every baseball game, smears ice cream just to make chick laugh, tickles him and lets chick tickle her back, impersonates cartoons, tucks him in every night.
  • Mom: Posey scaring the dog away that was chasing charlie.
  • Mom: Posey maid a mummy costume for chick’s first Halloween but it rained so the costume was soaked.
  • Charlie: He yelled ‘You ruined my life’ after being soaked in the rain, ruining his costume.
  • Mom: When posey helped her son finish his homework.
  • Mom: ‘Never, ever tell a child that something is too hard! and never, NEVER this child’. — when the librarian didn’t allow charlie to take the book he wanted.
  • Charlie: ‘It’s not right’, charlie says to his mother’s cooking of baked ziti.
  • Charlie: He revealed that their Mom was pretending to be Santa while she tries her best to make Roberta happy.
  • Charlie: yelling to her mother, ‘You make me sick’.
  • Mom: Posey supported chick when he wanted to invest in a sports bar.

 

Sometimes the stories are simple, sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins. 

P.S. Read this to appreciate your parents better. ❤

MOVIE: Netflix Movies


Recently, I joined the bandwagon in maximizing Netflix membership by first …. watching several Netflix originals. I’m not going to bore you with details or spoil it for you (though most them I’m sure you’ve watched already).

To all the boys I’ve loved before

4/5 since the lead star is an asian girl (credits to crazy rich asians for letting me notice this one detail). & Hell—ooo Noah! ❤

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The kissing booth

3/5 Story is a bit too simple and predictable. It’s supposed to be a 2/5 but then again, throw in some cute boy and an additional star appears. 😀 Haha. I’ve said this time and again — I want a guy bestfriend too!

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3/5 Sure, it tackles how teenage or high school life sucks for nerdy and geeky kids which, I think should be taken seriously. People or kids should be aware that their actions have certain consequences. Bullying has a negative side effect to the victim that one can carry until one is an adult. It damages your self esteem, ego, self confidence and self value.

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Sierra Burgess is a loser

4/5 Noah Centineo ladies & gentlemen!! ❤ But this deserves a 4/5 since the lead is all brains — and poetry-intelligence is on a different level of intelligence. ❤

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When we first met

3/5 What a twissttt! This tells me that we should not focus on what we want so much. Because sometimes, there’s something really better God has planned for you. Simple. Let it be. ❤

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Set it up

4/5 Love the story line and did I mention Charlie’s Angel Lucy Liu is back? ❤ Love herrrrr. and the You are slob (all the negative things) but I still love you point is absolutely adorbs! ❤ ❤

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Irreplaceable you

2/5 This is just plain sad. 😦 I will not be in any universe be able to do what the girlfriend was trying to do here. and I don’t even want to think about it too.

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Bright

3/5 Intriguing and very futuristic! Though I wasn’t able to finish this one because I fell asleep. I wouldn’t mind finishing this tho.

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Like Father

3/5 Love the lead actress and the story line but the movie is a bit dragging. It’s a type of movie you wouldn’t watch over and over again.

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Alex Strangelove

3/5 The coming out story of a confused kid. They should make more of this. I like the generic story behind the movie but the movie itself, the scenes  was not that interesting.

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I’ll keep you posted for more. 🙂

BOOK: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE BY MITCH ALBOM


Do I wither up and disappear or do I make the best of my time left?

Are you giving to your community? Are you at peace with yourself?

Are you trying to be as human as you can be?

This, I believe is a straight up classroom type life lessons as portrayed by Mitch himself and his tuesday conversations with his previous professor who is currently battling cancer. Here, Morrie asks Mitch to accompany him to his last days as he teaches each and everyone of us how to live by learning how to die.

*** second book to re-read! ❤

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Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do. Accept the past as past without denying it or discarding it. Learn to forgive yourself and others. Don’t assume that it’s too late to get involved.

Dying is only one thing to be sad over. Living unhappily is something else.

The culture that we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We’re teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say it the culture doesn’t work for you, don’t buy it. Create your own.

The tension of opposites? Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. So which side wins? Love wins. Love always wins.

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half – asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they are chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning to your life is to devote yourself to loving others, to your community and to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.

I. WORLD

Death is the great equalizer, the one big thing that can finally make strangers shed a tear for one another. The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love and to let it come in. Love is the only rational act.

II. FEELING SORRY FOR YOURSELF

I give myself a good cry when I need it. But then I concentrate on all the good things still in my life. A thing is only horrible if you see it that way.

III. REGRETS

Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing? We all need teachers in our lives.

IV. DEATH

Everyone knows they’re going to die. but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently. To know you’re going to die and to be prepared for it at any time. That way, you can actually be more involved in your life while you’re living. Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.

V. FAMILY

There is no foundation, no secure ground upon which people may stand today if it isn’t the family. Family is not about justt love but letting others know there’s someone who is watching out for them.

VI. EMOTIONS

Don’t  cling to things because everything is impermanent. Detachment doesn’t mean you don’t let the experience penetrate you. On the contrary, you let it penetrate you fully. That’s how you are able to leave it. Wash yourself with emotion. It won’t hurt you. It will only help.

VII. FEAR OF AGING

It’s like going back to being a child again. We all know how to be a child. It’s inside all of us. It’s just remembering how to enjoy it. Aging is not just decay. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative you’re going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand you’re going to die and that you live a better life because of it. You have to find what’s good and true and beautiful as it is now. Looking back makes you competitive. How can I be envious of where you are — when I’ve been there myself?

VIII. MONEY

Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not substitute for tenderness. Know what really gives you satisfaction? Offering others what you have to give. Devote yourself to loving others, and devote yourself to your community and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone. Do the kind of things that come from the heart. When you do, you won’t be dissatisfied, you won’t be envious, you won’t be longing for somebody else’s things.

IX. LOVE GOES ON

Love is how you stay alive, even after you’re gone. As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. You live on — in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured. Death ends a life, not a relationship.

X. MARRIAGE

In marriage, you get tested. You find out who you are, who the other person is, and how you can accommodate or don’t. If you don’t respect the  other person, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you don’t know how to compromise, if you can’t talk openly about what goes on between you and if you don’t have a common set of values in life, you’re gonna have trouble — and the biggest one? your belief in the importance of your marriage.

XI. CULTURE

The big things — how we think, what we value– those you must choose yourself. You can’t let anyone or society determine those for you. Every society has its own problems. The way you do it, is not to run away. You have to work at creating your own culture. No matter where you live, the biggest defect we human beings have is our shortsightedness. We don’t see what we could be. We should be looking at our potential, stretching ourselves into everything we can become. We all need others.

Be compassionate. Take responsibility for each other. If we only learned those lessons, this world would be so much a better place.

XII. FORGIVENESS

Forgive yourself before you die and forgive others. Make peace.

 

EVERYDAY: ALEX’s BRIDAL SHOWER


If you don’t believe in the power of tinder, look at what I’ve been preparing for! It’s for the bestfriend who met her lifetime partner in the app! It’s such a stressful but happy times. ❤ I won’t bore you with so much hullaballoo.

What are the things that we considered:

  1. Attendees (how large is the group? Should we only invite people who are invited to the wedding? Do we do it per group or we make it as one?)
  2. Venue – you get to trim down your choices based on the number of participants. (are they willing to go far? is it within the city? can we do it overnight?)
  3. Activity / Program (Do you want to do it the wild, a spa party, slumber party? a high end lunch / dinner wine reunion?)
  4. Food (a fancy smorgasbord of sandwiches? wine and cheese? pasta or american pizza and pasta?)

THE ATTENDEES – The bride wants 1 party with all of her friends, invited or not to the wedding. We may have encountered several issues such as budget differences from several groups (childhood, relatives, HS, College)

 

THE VENUE – Thor Room, Victoria Court Panorama, Pasig City. It accommodates 15 – 25 pax. They have a sound system or a karaoke if you want.

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THE ACTIVITY –  We have prepared several games such as:

  1. Pin the Dick – I drew a macho guy with a target on the penis area. I also drew cartoon dicks which will be handled by everyone and pin them to the macho guy blind folded. 😀
  2. Who knows the bride well? – As the Maid of Honor, I asked her 20 questions which will be asked to the whole group with only two options. Participants who will choose the wrong one will do a shot.
  3. Strip Dance – We hired 2 strippers who did a number on us for about 20 minutes and they both agreed to play along with the games that we have prepared.
  4. Eggplant Condom – Each guests will hold an eggplant and place them one by one inside the legs near the groin of the stripper. Place condoms at the tip and wear the condom using one’s mouth like a blowjob.
  5. Body Sticker – I printed out lip stickers, a very small one & placed 20 of them in the most private parts of the stripper. We picked 2 volunteers to find the stickers blindfolded.
  6. How well does the bride know the groom? – The other Maid of Honor asked the groom several dirty questions. If the bride answers it correctly, all of the guests will have to drink. Otherwise, the bride strips.

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THE FOOD – Victoria Court has a package already for food. We got them at Php 5,000 for 20 pax. There’s a corkage for bringing in alcohol but I was able to negotiate it for free. I think as long as your coordinator is aware of the food / drinks you will be bringing in.

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It was fun. We all had fun. ❤ Meet the participants: 😀

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And ofcourse, our lovely bride, the queen of the night:

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Love you, fart. ❤ ❤ ❤ :*

 

 

BOOK: THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN BY MITCH ALBOM


I’ve read this when I was in first year college and noticed that it’s not in here so I re-read it again. No problem, always a good read..

Mitch has an enchanting way to draw you in, make you feel guilty, teach you about life and make you crawl inside a cave, listen to your thoughts and come out of it renewed and feeling like you know so much about life.

Goodreads: ‘Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It’s a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie’s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his “meaningless” life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: “Why was I here?”‘
The succeeding lines will reveal everything about the book. So if you’re planning to read it blind, please skip this post as this will be a serious spoiler.
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The Five People he meets in heaven and why: 
1. The Blue Man
The Blue Man was not in Eddie’s life, only in passing. Let me first explain why he’s named such. As obvious as it can be, he simple has a blue ash skin. When he was a kid — he overdosed on silver nitrate and as a side effect, gave him a blue skin. As he got older, his only escape in life is to be with the other freaks, the unique people — in the freak show of Ruby Pier. 
He’s connected with Eddie because when eddie was a kid and playing ball, the blue man had a car accident because he tried to avoid hitting the kid on the street. Eddie was the kid. 
 
Blue Man Lesson: There are no random acts. That we are all onnected. That you can no mmore separate one life from another.Fairness does not govern life and death. All lives intersect. Death doesn’t just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed. Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know. No life is a waste. The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone. 
 
2. The Captain
The captain was Eddie’s commanding officer when joined the army and went to war. Eddie was captured together with 4 other soldiers and the captain in the Philippines. They suffered and witnessed so many things together. On the day of their escape, the captain shot Eddie’s leg to save him from the burning nipa hut. 
 
The Captain Lesson: Dying? not the end of everything. But what happens on earth is only the beginning. Sacrifice is a part of life. It’s not something to regret. It’s something to aspire to. That’s the thing. Sometimes when you sacrifice something, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else. 
 
3. Ruby
Ruby was a stunningly beautiful waitress back in the day. She captured a lot of hearts but she was bound to marry Emile. Emile was the founder of Ruby Pier. But one day, the park was engulfed with fire and the trauma haunted Emile and his wifef, affecting their lives. Emile and Eddie’s father shared the same hospital room. Ruby explained the death of his father. 
 
Ruby Lesson: Things that happen before you are born still affect you. Holding anger is a poison. Hatred is a curved blade. The harm we do, we do to ourselves. 
 
4. Marguerite
Marguerite is Eddie’s puppy love, wife, one true love, best friend and everything good about his life is her. They met and danced at the park. She waited for him when he was at war. They got married but never had children. After the war, Eddie is a changed man. One night, they fought and Marguerite was in a car accident on her way to see Eddie and apologize to him. 
 
Marguerite Lesson: Lost love is still love. Life has to end, love doesn’t.
 
5. Tala
Tala was the little girl hiding during the war. On the day she hid inside a nipa hut, the four soldiers, Eddie and the captain escaped. As part of their plan, they burned the nipa hut, not knowing there was a little girl inside the hut. 
 
Tala Lesson: Everything that we do has a reason. We are all bound to do good on this earth. Eddie was miserable all his life because he thought that his life was so useless, doing the same thing everyday, checking the rides, making sure it was safe. Tala taught him that although he accidentally killed her during the war, he was doing good by keeping people safe. We often neglect our purpose in life, but those little things means a lot if we only appreciate and look at the bigger picture. 
 
And soon, Eddie will also be someone else’s second, third, fourth or fifth person in heaven. 
 
Each affects the other and the other affects the nexxt, and the world s full of stories, but the stories are all one. 

EAT BGC: COCINA PERUVIA


I’ll always choose to go to a new place. Luckily, there’s something within the vicinity of our sale event. We asked what their best sellers are and….. it sure was!! 😀

The place was vibrant, pefect for their 24/7 service concept.

We ordered the Chorizo con Pasta for Php 250 – Pomodoro sauce, olives, chorizo, cilantro and parmesan)

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You have to take note though that I’m definitely not a chorizo type of girl but dannngg, this one won my <3!! It was absolutely delicious!

We also ordered Pasta Verde for Php 250 – Chicken, Cilantro, Lemon and Parmesan)

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It was a bit dry — bbut probably it’s because of all the parmesan but I still find it a bit bland. I liked the chorizo better.

For pizza, we ordered the Pizza Peruvia for Php 390 – Marinara and BBQ Sauce, BBQ Pulled Pork, Onions, bell peppers, mozarella cheese, chimichurri and arugula

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Let me tell you that yes, it looked absolutely normal, standard but heyyy! that chihmuchurri as an additional topping made it their best sellers. ❤

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It will definitely not be my last! I will take the boyfriend here. ❤ Good job, cocina!

BOOK: THE MAGIC STRINGS OF FRANKIE PRESTO BY MITCH ALBOM


I’ve always loved Mitch Albom as do everyone I know. And I’m not surprised, really. The way he writes, you know there’s some research involved, hours and hours spent in writing & rereading chapters. It can’t be just imagination with him. I always, always learn something from his books, may it be a new phrase, a new song, a new place, history and so much more. It’s not just life lessons (which he’s great at) but he never fails to input a metaphor that captures the essence of his books.

 

We all join a band in life. And it will affect you as much as you affect it! 

 

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GOODREADS:  ”This is the epic story of Frankie Presto—the greatest guitar player who ever lived—and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings

Frankie, born in a burning church, abandoned as an infant, and raised by a music teacher in a small Spanish town, until war rips his life apart. At nine years old, he is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings. His amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, with his stunning playing and singing talent affecting numerous stars (Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley) until, as if predestined, he becomes a pop star himself.

He makes records. He is adored. But Frankie Presto’s gift is also his burden, as he realizes the power of the strings his teacher gave him, and how, through his music, he can actually affect people’s lives. At the height of his popularity, tortured by his biggest mistake, he vanishes. His legend grows. Only decades later, having finally healed his heart, does Frankie reappearjust before his spectacular death—to change one last life. With the Spirit of Music as our guide, we glimpse into the lives that were changed by one man whose strings could touch the music—and the magic—in each of us.”

 

Highlights from the book:

  • This is how talents are bestowed. Before newborns open their eyes, we circle them, appearing as brilliant colors and when they clench their tiny hands. they are actually grabbing colors they find most appealing and those talents are with them for life.
  • You cannot change your past no matter how you craft your future
  • Sometimes I think the greatest talent of all is perseverance.
  • In every artist’s life, there comes a person who lifts the curtain on creativity.
  • Talent is a piece of god’s shadow and under that shadow, human stories intersect.
  • You cannot write if you do not read, you cannot eat if you do not chew and you cannot play if you do not listen.
  • Do not cry over losing blood, not for something that you love.
  • Money is a mystery. While it clearly means a great deal to humans, it seems to me an enormous burden.
  • Truth is light. Lies are shadows.
  • Can i be both? — Being both means being neither.
  • Every loss leaves a hole in your heart.
  • The secret is not to make your music louder, but to make the world quieter.
  • I’m scared. — Yes, and you will be scared again. All your life. You must conquer this. Face them and pretend they aren’t there. You can do it. Always remember I said you can do it.
  • Where you are going, you need to listen. When you listen, you learn.
  • Music allows for quick creation. But it is nothing compared with what you humans can destroy in a single conversation.
  • Le duy vas xalaven pe — the hands wash each other.
  • Rerum cognoscere causas — to know the causes of things
  • Thank you. — For what? —- For not giving up
  • I can’t do anything without you either. Marry me. Please? — Santa and Mr. Bingle are always together. — Always. — No matter what. — No matter what. — All right. I’ll marry you.
  • We heal a wounded heart with an oath that reassures it.
  • The less you humans can solve a mystery, the more interesting it becomes to you.
  • This is life. Things get taken away. You will learn to start over many times — or you will be useless.
  • First rule of friendship mates, learn how to keep a secret.
  • The point is, you have to decide who you are playing for.
  • The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
  • The older you get, the more you want your kids to know about you. At a certain point, your life is more about your legacy to your kids than anything else.
  • Your most passionate compositions are often inspired by loss.
  • What you’re thinking about can be what you become.
  • He realized how many people it takes to keep one child alive in this world.
  • You will never know all there is to know. You will learn until your final days. Then you will inspire someone else.

 

Frankie, joining several bands.. changed lives: 

  1. He joined another band, this one without even playing. Django would have never experienced America, or the way it influenced his life and art.
  2. Mr. Hampton, the mechanic. Frankie saved his life by promising tickets after an audition because the doctors wouldn’t let them in, telling them to bring hampton to a coloured hospital.
  3. Ellis grew up and joined the army. On the night frankie was going back to his hotel, the car that they were using was wired. Frankie saved the life of ellis with his guitar as an exchange.
  4. Josefa, the nun was redeemed by frankie’s forgiveness.

 

Let’s just talk about how toxic and fascinating Frankie and Aurora are. Without the gadgets that we have now, how can two people just cross paths & reunite over and over again after years of not being together? I applaud Aurora for being so patient of frankie’s absence in her life, of how music and fame stole him from her and simply just how passionate and committed she is to her. How can their relationship work? I don’t know. But I admire these two specially on the latter part of their destined life, raising their child.

 

The book, thru frankie brings the readers to so many places around the world, introducing us to different cultures, different genres, different artists and different lives. It gives us a glimpse of how passion can be a fire that can keep you glowing or that can burn you into ashes. It tells us how music can sometimes be the only salvation, communication and expression of an individual when words seem to be not enough.

 

Again, Mitch Albom does it.

As life goes on, you will join other bands, some through friendships, some through romance, some through neighborhoods, schools, an army. Maybe you will all dress the same, or laugh at your own private vocabulary. Maybe you will flop on couches backstage, or share a boardroom table, or crowd around galley inside a ship. But in each band you join, you will play a distinct part, and it will affect you as much as you affect it. And, as usually the fate with bands, most of them will break up – through distance, differences, divorce or death.

 

 

 

EAT BGC: PASTO


He wanted wine, and wine we had. It’s already a given that we have to eat pasta so we head to Pasto. There were no customers so we happily chose a seat next to the window.

Ghamberi Pasta – Php 265

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IT’s an olive oil based fetuccine with garlic sauteed shrimps, asparagus spears and fresh diced tomatoes. 

The pasta wasn’t dry but i think it lacked a bit of taste. I also asked for additional parmesan, and they obliged with no additional charge. I was happy about that. 🙂 

Margherita Pizza – Php 215

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Classic italian combination of fresh tomatoes, mozarella and basil. 

Hmm. It’s okay. It’s how you’d imagine a margherita pizza should be but there was no oomph. 

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Lamadoro Bianco 

Straw yellow color with golden reflections , intense aroma, fruity with citrus notes. 

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I probably had high expectations of the place thus leaving me with regret. 

Don’t be mistaken. The food and service is okay. But I just expected more. 

BOOK: THE FUTURE OF US by JAY ASHER


WHAT IF YOU COULD SEE HOW YOUR LIFE WILL UNFOLD – JUST BY CLICKING A BUTTON? 

GOODREADS: ” It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long—at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. And they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right—and wrong—in the present ”

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So the story unfolds when two people are living their daily lives and check their futures by logging onto facebook. Any decision they make now will have ripples of effect in the future.
No, I did not enjoy this book. It’s such a waste of time just like what light. There was no highlight, no twists and turns. All the chapters did not lead to anything epic or life changing. A book is supposed to transport you but this only made me stay in a chair and doze off.
I know Asher was the one behind the popular TV show 13 reasons why but it’s sad to say that I don’t think i’ll be reading any Jay Asher books in the future. ​