Hello 2013!


A day before 2012 ends, while cherishing the quiet moments I am spending here in Mindoro, 'eto ako gumagawa ng blog post for New Year!

I'm so glad that I stayed in Mindoro this long (for about seven to ten days), long enough to enjoy the province, to roam around, and to think of things that happened this year. There are lot of good things and some bad things, pero what's important for me is andito pa rin ako - smiling and can proudly say to the world that no one can put me down.

2012 has been a good year for me. I received a lot of good things - gifts, love, friends. I even went abroad for the very first time (Dubai) and met the cutest baby on earth - my pamangkin named Steven. I stayed in Dubai for only just three months but I am so much attached with everyone there. Well, that's really memorable sknce it's my first time. I even spent a day in Brunei and two days and one night in China. At least, marami akong mga tatak sa passport ko na marami na akong napuntahan.

Anyways, I know myself better than others. Pero syempre, may mga pagkakataong bulag tayo sa sarili natin. I mean, may mga bagay tayong nagagawa na pala sa iba na hindi natin nalalaman. Syempre, ibat-ibang tao, ibat-ibang perception sa mga ginagawa natin.

Since I don't think of a much better year-ender for my personal blog, para maiba, I asked some of my Blogger friends ang mga bagay na hindi kagandahan sa akin na dapat ay isantabi ko na at dapat ko nang baguhin for next year. Sila ang mga tinanong ko kasi sila 'yung madalas kong makasama lalo na sa mga events. Minsan nga, halos araw-araw na.

Syempre may mga sumagot at meron namang parang dumaan lang na paramg bula ang text ko. Anyways, sila ang mga sumagot sa tanong ko:

Jerhwin Hernandez of NiceGuyItachi.info:
"Lahat naman tayo may negative side :-) siguro ang masasabi ko jan ay ang "Temper", napansin ko kasi na pag may konting bad vibes nagiging hot tempered ka agad. Hehe, pero i appreciate your truthfulness, alam ko totoong tao ka :-)"

Morgan Zeanreah of Supermorgy.com:
"Moody ka minsan but you're sweet always"

Ning Buning of ShyGirlsOwn.info:
"Matampuhin ka masyado lalo kay Flow. 'Yung black ng mata mo nawawala. Iwasan mo 'yun frend kasi hindi magandang tingnan."

Mj de Leon of Lifestylehub.net:
"Alam mo na ang isasagot ko sayo. Patience and more patience. ;)"

Maraming salamat sa mga sumagot! Don't worry guys, I know all these things, it happened lang na nasa sistema ko na ang mga ugaling 'yan for so long kaya ang hirap tanggalin pero I promise na this year, maminimize ko.

Thanks to Anton Carranza of PusangKalye.net for the photo.
Taken at Saranggola Blog Awards 2012.


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I bought myself a helicopter as a gift this Christmas!


Ilang araw na lang, Pasko na naman! Marami na namang mga bata ang excited sa mga regalong matatanggap nila. At syempre ako rin ay excited! Kapag Pasko kasi, dinaramdam kong bata ulit ako.

Ako naman bilang isang ninong ng halos 15 na inaanak (halos lahat diyan ay inattendan ko), may mga gifts akong inihanda para sa kanilang lahat. May mga remote controlled cars, barbie dolls, teddy bears, wallets (may laman sa loob), mga damit at sapatos, at iba pa. First time ko kasing magkaroon ng ipon for my inaanaks kaya effort ako sa pagbili ng mga regalo. Dati-rati kasi, 50, 100 or 200 pwede na sa kanila. This time, regalo talaga. 'Yun ang effort.

Anyways, maliban sa mga inaanak ko kasama si Mommy ko sa mga bibigyan ko ng gifts, isinama ko na rin sarili ko sa mga reregaluhan ko.

Noong isang araw lang ay bumili ako ng isang remote controlled toy helicopter. Nakita ko kasing sale sa ToysRus sa Trinoma kaya tumingin-tingin ako hanggang sa makita ko ang isang remote-controlled toy helicopter. 50% off kaya naman pinatos ko na. Minsan lang naman ito.

Noong bata kasi ako (mga 4years old) ay nakatanggap ako ng remote controlled toy helicopter din kaso since bata ako ay hindi ko naman naenjoy kasi ang gumagamit ay ang mga nakatatanda kong kapatid. Nung kaya ko nang magpatakbo ng isang remote controlled toy helicopter, sira na ito. Kapag nagpapabili naman ako, lagi nilang sinasabing nabilhan na ako noon kaso sinira ko lang. Hanggang sa lumaki ako... Nasa isip ko pa rin ang magkaroon ng isang remote controlled toy helicopter.

So ngayong pwede naman akong bumili ng isang remote controlled toy helicopter, kahit hindi na ako bata, binili ko pa rin. Iba pa rin kasi ang feeling na nafulfill mo ang isa sa mga pinakaaasam mo nung bata ka. Ewan ko ba, masasabi ninyong mababaw pero ang saya-saya ko nung sa pagbukas pa lamang ng kahon nito. At lalo pa akong naging masaya sa unang beses kong paliparin ito.

For now, nakakahon na ulit, dadalhin ko siya sa Mindoro pag-uwi ko ngayong Pasko. Dun ako magpapalipad ng helicopter. Para rin hindi ako masyadong mabored lalo na kapag wala na akong ginagawa.

May isa pa akong natipuhang bilhin na worth 7,000 na remote controlled toy helicopter with camera naman pero since mahal, next Christmas na lang. Pag-iipunan ko!


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My Sosy Rants....

Malapit nang mag-Christmas kaya naman busy na ang lahat lalo na ang mga Bloggers na kabi-kabila ang invitations sa mga Christmas Party at mga iba pang events.

Isa sa mga movies na nagpresinta akong tumulong ay ang "Sosy Problems" ng GMA Films for MMFF 2012. First thing kasi, hawak ko ang ilang social media accounts na related sa movie na ito, I know na karamihan ng followers ko especially sa personal twitter ko ay mga Kapuso at saka loves ko ang mga artists na included sa movie.

Alam ko na kanina talaga nakaschedule ang presscon and since wala akong invite, okey lang kasi I have the posts na naman. Para sa kaalaman ng lahat, hindi lang ito basta post lang, nag-effort ako to help push this movie. Nauna nang ipost ko ang article for Aljur Abrenica (here's the link) na kahit hindi ko nainterview, dahil gusto ko siya ay ginawan ko ng paunang post. Sumunod naman after the pocket interview nung Tuesday ay 'yung article for Rhian Ramos (here's the link). Prior pa rito, I have three posts na about sa movie kahit nung announcement pa nito.

What makes me sad lang, I saw tweets from the other bloggers na finafollow ko sa Twitter na they were there attending the presscon. Syempre, akong nag-eeffort at nag-abot sa kanila ng kamay at open arms na gusto kong tumulong ay nasaktan sa hindi nila sa pag-imbita sa akin. I'm not after anything else especially if you're thinking about the 'payola' (pardon for the term). Iba lang kasi ang feeling kapag you're invited... You going or not, ang feeling mo kasi 'yung naaappreciate ka. That makes us Bloggers to post more and to do more... Sadly... Mukhang hindi nila alam 'yung ganun.

Isa pang bagay na hindi ko matanggap ay 'yung pag-invite nila sa akin sa premiere night, which I decided na pupunta sana ako kahit masama ang loob kaso ang narecieve kong text ay: "Dear, 'yung tickets daw na nakay ___ (name ng contact) na binalik na sa mga boss niya. So wala daw 'yung tickets mo for later :("

What if pumunta ako without texting them? Nagmukha akong tanga na nagfifeeling na invited na 'yun pala ay magmumukha akong gatecrasher? Well, ayoko naman ng ganun. At sa sobrang sama ng loob ko ay dinelete ko na ang supposed to be articles ko for Bianca King, Solenn Heussaff at Heart Evangelista at ang ineffortang article titled na "Ten Best Reasons Why We Should Watch 'Sosy Problems'." Natanso na ako para mag-effort pa.

At saka I stayed sa Manila hanggang December 23 kasi it's in my schedule that I'm going to attend the premiere. Kasi kung hindi ako aattend, by December 20 pa lang, umuwi na ako ng province kasi wala na akong gagawin. Well, hindi naman lahat talaga ng tao makakaappreciate ng effort mo. Sad lang, kung sino pang mga taong inaasahan mong makakakita ng efforts mo, sila pang mambabalewala sa iyo.

Sa ngayon, my article - Rhian Ramos is Lizzie, the richest in "Sosy Problems" ang last sa mga articles ko tungkol sa movie na 'yan. Ang movie review, verdict pagbalik ko... Kung mag-effort pa akong isulat.

Minsan lang ako mag-effort at makagusto sa susuportahan ko. 'Yun lang, natanso ako. Kaya goodluck na lang sa movie. Isang malaking goodluck!

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Experience and taste 'thousand teas'

There is really a resurgence of interests in teas, since teas promote living well and healthy. People now are more aware of drinking teas because it's good for our health 

Well, it's good to say that people now are more pro-health and picky when it comes to foods and drinks. More than it's taste, people nowadays appreciate the benefits that tea brings to us. More than just an antioxidant which everybody knows, tea has also Vitamin C which is good for the skin, natural source for fluoride, and it also enhances immune system and lowers risk for infection. There's still more that tea offers.

Tea also contains caffeine but most teas have lower content compared to coffee. There are many factors influencing caffeine levels in tea, including brewing time / temperature, tea grade and tea varietal.

More than just a beverage, tea has become a social art form. And like every art form, it has led to a change in perspective. As the years have shown, the steeping of the cup is pivotal to the steeping of society.

Thousand Teas, according to its owner, Gilbert Jim, is all about everything you need from the tea (from the word "Thousands"), from tea leaves to the paraphernalia, from tumblers to pitchers, we have everything.

The place is cozy and you will really feel the relaxing ambiance of the place perfect for the everyone who want to sip a tea to release tension and escape from their stressors. What makes this tea-place different from any other in the metro, they're not using the usual method that we know which is the use of tea bags, expect for a unique experience because they use unfamiliar but the traditional yet the best materials. They serve their hot teas in glass cups with tea filter.

Within effervescent confines scented with the fresh aroma of the posh yet classic beverage, it offers a wide variety of drinks and flavors that are either time tested or avant garde. Complementing the wide selection of teas are the pastry and pasta selections. Emulating the sophisticated refinement of the British tea culture with a little Asian mix, customers can choose between traditional tea time fare like scones and cakes or they can mix and match with various dishes to suit their mood and taste.

Thousand Teas is located at Mezza Residences, Aurora Blvd., Quezon City.

If you're a real tea connoisseur, then you'll probably be interested in finding some worthwhile sippings wherever you go. If you're still not a regular tea-drinker, why not change your daily tea rituals and see what effects the above have on you. I can say now that I have incorporated these wonderful teas in a my daily life.

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My personal experience on 'Budol-Budol' gang



This was supposed to be a birthday post pero naging nakakakaba for me. Share ko lang what happened earlier bago ako umalis ng bahayat pumunta for a meeting.

This is my very first time na naencounter ito at talagang hinding-hindi ko talaga makakalimutan ang experience na ito.

Late na akong nagising ngayong birthday ko kaya hindi na ako nagluto. Naglakad na lang ako sa may kainan malapit sa RTU. Pagkatapos kumain, naglakad ako along Boni Avenue papunta ng Pharmacy nang may lumapit sa aking dalawang lalaki.

Lalaki1: Kilala kita.
Me: Sorry! Hindi ko po kayo kilala  (Sabay lakad papalayo sa kanila).

Pagdating ko sa Pharmacy, habang kinukuha 'yung pabirthday sa akin ni Mommy ko thru Smart Padala, muling lumapit sa akin ang dalawang lalaki na kanina pa pala nakasunod sa akin.

Lalaki2: Brad, bakit mo naman kami iniiwasan?
Me: Hindi ko po kasi kayo kilala.
Lalaki1: Pwede ba naming makita ang laman ng bulsa mo?
Me: Bakit naman e bulsa ko ito? At saka hindi ko kayo kilala.
Lalaki1: Kasi ikaw lang 'yung nakita ko nung nawala 'yung cellphone namin sa tindahan.
Me: (Inilabas ko ang S3 at coin purse sabay bigay sa mga nasa loob ng pharmacy para safe) 'Yan lang ang laman ng bulsa ko. Ano bang nawawala sa inyo?
Lalaki1: Black na cellphone.
Me: Ano bang unit?
Lalaki2: Ikaw lang ang nakita ng kasama namin sa loob ng tindahan namin nung mawala 'yung cellphone namin.
Me: So ano ngang unit? At saang store ba 'yan? Kung makapagturo kayo sa akin, parang sigurado kayong ako ang nagnakaw ah!
Lalaki2: Tandaan mo, kilala ka namin. May araw ka rin sa amin. Ninakaw mo ang phone namin kaya dapat ibalik mo 'yun.
Lalaki1: Ikaw ang nakita kong nagnakaw nun kaya mag-iingat ka. Tandaan mo kapag nagkita tayo (sabay alis ang dalawang lalaki).

Kabadong-kabado ako nang mga panahong 'yun. Inikot ko ang mata ko kung may makikitang police pero wala akong makita. Umuwi ako ng bahay na kabang-kaba. Ikinwento ko sa landlady namin tapos inadvise akong magreport sa Baranggay.

Sa baranggay, hindi lang pala ako ang nagreport ng parehas na kaso. Sumabay pa sa desk namin ang kwento ng Dugo-Dugo gang. Panahon na raw kasi ang kapaskuhan, panahon kung saan sumasabay sa pagsasaya ang mga masasamang-loob.


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25 wishes for my 25th birthday!


I was born on December 7, 1987 in Mamburao General Hospital at exactly 4:37am. Yes, madaling araw 'yun at gabi pa lang, naglelabor na si Mommy ko para mailabas ako.

Well, in my 25 years of existence in this world, hindi pa talaga ako gumagawa ng wislist sa mga nagdaan kong birthdays and now, I think time na para gumawa noon. Kasi after ng 25th birthday ko, magfifreeze na ang counting ko ng birthdays ko. Forever 25 na ang peg ko.

Last night, nawala ang wallet ko with money and of course some important documents. I don't know where or how pero ayun na 'yun. My fault! Medyo may pagkaburara kasi ako sa gamit. Move-on na lang kasi ayoko rin namang mag-isip ng masama. Nawala siya and goodbye. Nanghihinayang lang ako sa wallet kasi mahal 'yun at gift rin sa akin 'yun. Basta special 'yung wallet na 'yun.

Anyways, ayoko namang magmukhang Materialistic dahil sa mga wishes ko. Pagbigyan ninyo na lang ako kasi birthday ko naman. Haha!

25 Wishes:
1. Laptop (any brand basta bago)
2. iPhone5 (dapat powered by Smart)
3. Magstart na sana ako sa work ko
4. Video greetings nga mga favorite kong stars (at least 25)
5. Money... the more the many-er!
6. Chocolates and cakes!
7. Photoshoot from Dale Bacar and Marlon Hermosura (para attainable)
8. Kahit anong magandang TV sa bago kong nilipatang apartment
9. Smart LTE wi-fi
10. New clothes and pants... minimum of 25.
11. Aquarium with fish. The bigger the size, the better...
12. Set of Spanish Doves (dapat nasa cage)
13. Lovebirds... (25 sets)
14. Guinea Pig (pair)
15. Bagong running shoes... binabalak kong magstart na ng run ko.
16. Alak! Kahit anong klase... nagkokolekta ako.
17. Scholarship. Mag-aaral ako ng IT.
18. Relaxing spa ang massage...
19. I really need facial...
20. Mga bagong gamit-pambahay
21. New wallet... (I lost mine last night)
22. New set of boxer briefs... luma na lahat halos.
23. My body is asking for a birthday ♡★♧
24. Closure with my ex... As in makausap ko lang kung ano ba talagang nangyari. Noting more...
25. Mareach namin ang quota ng sumali sa Netizens' Choice Awards to 250...

Ayan ha! May list na ako. Sa dami niyan, you cam choose one lang naman para igrant. Pero kung gusto mo lahat, why not?! Hindi naman ako masyadong choosy.

Above all naman, I'll still be happy with my birthday today kasi I know na I have my faniky with me, anuman ang mangyari at ang nga ever supportive ko na friends. Thank you Lord for giving all of them!


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Counting days to my 25th birthday!

Yes, in few hours, December na and six days na lang, birthday ko na!

Somebody asked me kanina, "Para kang bata! Talagang nagkakaroon ka pa ng countdown for your birthday. May celebrations ka ba?"

I just smiled. I am drafting this post kasi which is about my 25th birthday countdown when he saw me.

Anyways, for sharing lang, seven years old pa 'yung last time na talagang naghanda kami for my birthday. After that, it's me, myself and I celebrate my very special day - my most anticipated day for the year aside from Christmas and New Year.

I know hindi na ako bata pero hindi naman ibig sabihin, wala na akong karapatang magcelebrate ng birthday ko. This is still my most special day of the year, once a year lang ito dumarating kaya pagbigyan na ninyo ako. And may celebrations or not, basta dumating ang araw na ito, masaya na ako. Mas lalong magiging masaya ito if I'll be with those people I love the most - my family, my friends.

If tatanungin ninyo ako kung may wishes ako, of course meron pa rin. I still want a new iPhone5, DLSR camera (kahit na ano basta magagamit ko), at syempre, ang pinakaaasam ko na laptop. Pwede rin kung buhay ay love birds, spanish doves or di kaya mga aquarium fishes (please kasama ang aquarium hindi lang fish kasi wala pa akong aquarium).

Anyways, anuman ang mangyari sa araw na 'yun, I am still hoping na sana masaya. Ayoko ng problema for that day pero ayoko rin naman ng surprises. May sakit ako sa puso para sobrang kabahan pa. Haha!

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Look into the brighter side of life...

It's Sunday morning. Depressed. Sad. Lonely. "Just look into the brighter side of life," said the voice in my dream. Then nagising ako, "Panaginip lang pala!"

It's a sunny day. Maalingsangan sa labas. I don't know 'yung feeling. Hindi ko maexplain kung anong nararamdaman ko. Ang nasa isip ko lang ay 'yung boses na gumising sa akin kaninang umaga. Dahilan para hindi na ako makabalik pa ng tulog kahit medyo maaga pa.

Medyo ganado ako ngayong araw for I don't know the reason. I just feel na gusto kong magluto ng chopsuey. So I went out of the house to go to the market. Nang makapamili na ako, bumalik ng bahay para lutuin ang chopsuey habang nagluluto ng kanin.

"Parang may kakaiba sa iyo ah!," sabi ng kasama ko sa bahay. Usually kasi talaga, bumibili na lang ako ng kanin at ulam sa labas. This time, wala akong iniintinding event or anything na pupuntahan ko kaya naman feel ko na ring magligpit ng mga gamit ko until I saw a box full of papers.

Habang nagliligpit ako ng gamit ay nagbabasa-basa ako ng mga letters na nakuha ko nung highschool at pati nung college. Isa sa mga sulat na dumako ang tingin ko ay 'yung sulat from my ex. "Haha! Sabi ko na," napahalakhak akong sinabi ko sa sarili.

The lines I've heard from my dreams came from my ex. From the letter when I was in college. Parang ang sarap basahin. Parang ang sarap gunitain pero tulad ng panaginip, hindi ito totoo at malayong malayo na sa katotohanan ito. Malayo na kami sa isa't-isa at magkaiba na ang tinatahak ng mga buhay namin. Wala na rin ang mga pangarap naming inaakala naming matutupad lang kapag kami ay magkasama.

Anyways, tama na ang drama. Just look into the brighter side of life na lang. 'Eto ako ngayon, 'di man kasing yaman niya, masaya naman ako. Hindi ko kailangang magpretend sa ibang tao kung anong status ng buhay ko at kung anong pagkatao ko kasi tanggap naman ng mga tao kung ano at sino ako.

Marami akong natutunan sa tagpo ng buhay ko na ito. Marami rin akong hindi makakalimutan at habang buhay ay aalalahanin.

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Left hanging...

 Naranasan mo na bang may magkwento sa iyo ng magandang kwento tapos hindi naman niya natapos? O dili kaya'y isang joke na bitin? Ang sakit sa tiyan no?! Ang hirap kapag ikaw ang nabibitin.

Nagkaroon ka na ba ng relasyon na hindi mo naman alam ang dahilan bakit na lang biglang naglaho na parang bula? As in kayo dati pero all of a sudden, without saying a word, wala na pala kayo?

Hindi naman sa bitter ako sa isang past relationship ko or whatever pero hanggang ngayon ay sumasagi pa rin sa akin ang mga pangyayaring supposed to be, bago kami naghiwalay ay naliwanagan.

I think I moved on na naman kasi the feeling is not there. Kaso my mind is always asking, "What went wrong?" Ano ba talagang nangyari? Even our common friends if they're asking what happened, hindi ko rin masagot kasi they thought it's almost a perfect relationship. Well, akala ko rin.

Sa ngayon, nakadalawa na ako after this ex I am talking about and I am so much inlove with my partner now. Pero iba pa rin kasi ang feeling na there's still an open book in my life that needs to be close. I don't know how or why pero I think I need to talk to my ex. One final talk para magkaroon na ng linaw ang lahat.

There have been many speculations na ako 'yung problema sa naging relationship namin. Umabot pa sa issue ng 'gold digger' then gamitan issue. Yes, I was hurt pero I need to clarify things pa. I know, meron talaga akong mga pagkakamali pero not as big as those issues na nalaman ko from my friends.

I hope sooner ma-end ko na ito. It's hunting me for I don't know reasons. Maybe it's time na!


Like the 'note' on the letter says "I want! I will! I can!" Aja!

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Usapang Undas...

November 1 & 2, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, walang pasok.

Usapang Undas, uso na naman ang takutan. As in! Lumalabas ang mga horror stories hindi lang sa TV at movies pati na rin sa usapan sa kanto at mga magkakaibigan. Hanggang sa mga text messages ay hindi ka rin makakatakas lalo na kung matatakutin ka.


At since matatakutin ako, I hate hearing ghost stories lalo na 'yung manood. Kaya naman no time akong manood ng TV ngayon kahit na TV specials pa 'yan.

Anyways, ever since naman na pumapatak ang panahon ng Undas, hindi ako nakakalimot umuwi sa bayan namin sa Paluan, Occidental Mindoro. Lalo na nung nawala si Daddy ko, pinromise ko sa sarili ko na 'di ako aabsent every year na dumalaw sa puntod niya tuwing Undas.

As of writing, I'm still in Manila, just waiting for the van (door-to-door) pauwi ng Mindoro. Usually, nagcocommute lang ako pauwi para hindi hassle pero this time, magdodooor-to-door van ako kasi ang dami kong dala. Every-Undas kasi ay bumibili ako ng fresh flowers sa Dangwa para iuwi sa Mindoro. Talagang ginagastusan at pinag-eeffortan ko ang pagdadala nito sa amin. Ako rin ang mag-aarrange nito para dalhin sa mga puntod ni Daddy ko at mga yumao naming mga mahal sa buhay.


Ang Undas din ang panahon para magkasama-sama kaming magtitiyahin at magpipinsan at makakilala pa ng ibang kamag-anak. Honestly, hindi ako ganoong sociable sa mga kamag-anak namin. Medyo may katamaran din kasi ako lalo na 'yung ako pa ang mag-eefort magpakilala. May konting attitude kasi ako. Haha!

Anyways, I'll be in Mindoro for at least 4days and I'll be back on November 3. I'll spend most of my time syempre with my Mom and my pets specially since ang tagal ko nang 'di nakikita ang mga alaga ko. I am planning to expand 'yung kulungan ng mga spanish doves ko kasi dumarami na sila. Sa susunod na balik ko rin, mag-aalaga na ulit ako ng lovebirds ulit at sana, hindi na makawala pa ang mga ito at para hindi naman sayang.

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TV Review: “Ina, Kapatid, Anak,” another monumental drama that ABS-CBN has to offer

I was lucky enough to watch the first week episode of ABS-CBN’s newest drama “Ina, Kapatid, Anak” at Trinoma on Friday for its advance screening for fans, bloggers and some members of the press. I can say that this one’s another  “Ina, Kapatid, Anak” is a compelling drama about fighting for love and honor.

More than a story of atypical family, this tackles the issue of surrogacy – of whom will be the mother of the surrogate baby?
Is it the one who owns the egg cell or the one who carries it to birth?

Janice and Ariel play as couple in this series who are unable to conceive a child on their own and choose to use a surrogate mother (played by Cherry Pie, who happened to be Janice' half sister in this series) which will carry their child. Janice is wife of Ariel who is not able to implant the embryo because she has inverted placenta, that's why they decided to make her embryos transplanted into the surrogate mother. The eggs may be fertilized by the biological father or by artificial insemination if the male has fertility issues.

It’s still debatable until now because this is a very complicated topic and lots of ethical and moral issues. It was not primarily a money factor that led them to make the decision. Mostly these women are employed and are not undergoing financial difficulties.

Sometimes a surrogate mother changes her mind and refuses to give up the child. However, in the Philippines where surrogacy is not allowed, the biological mother usually does not win custody or visitation rights. There is always the chance that the surrogate mother might win her case.

This series also contains a lot of quotable quotes from its actors. One of the best so far is the confrontation line between sisters Cherry Pie to Janice, “Sinapupunan ko lang ang pinahiram ko, hindi ang pagkatao ko!” This one’s the most applauded among all the scenes during advance screening.

This another ABS-CBN's offering for the fourth quarter of the year which topbills today’s hottest young stars including Maja Salvador, Enchong Dee, Xian Lim and Kim Chiu with highly-acclaimed seasoned actors Janice de Belen, Cherry Pie Picache, Ariel Rivera and the veteran stars including Ronaldo Valdez, Pilar Pilapil and Eddie Gutierrez.

Just like what I've seen in "Budoy," this will surely be a big hit and I know, this will win a lot of awards especially the lead actors of this series!

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Movie Review: Star Cinema's "The Mistress"

Who are we to judge?

That's one of the many unforgettable lines which was said by Carmi Martin in the movie that would conclude to the story of "The Mistress. " In this world with full of opinionated people, the mistress will be forever mistress. Which is right! But do we know the stories behind them? Yes, mistresses are not wives, wives are not for as `kept' women or as falling into what they perceived as traditional mistress roles.


What will you do when the only woman you love is sadly committed to a married man?

This movie is the most dramatic for John Lloyd. I've seen John Lloyd cry in almost all of his movies. This time, he's the martyr here. I couldn't help but to have pity with his character as JD. It's so hard to get what's already belonged to someone else. This is so far the most daring role of Bea, not just because she showed some skin here. She plays the title role as the mistress named Sari, the movie required to have a kissing scenes and love scenes with an older man Rico (played by Ronaldo Valdez).

There's nothing new about their chemistry and acting because they're still the best. I love them and I love them even more because of this movie. They're just more mature and I would not want to make a spoiler about how the story goes. Every scene is a revelation!

What I liked more in this movie is the connections in of all the characters. Everyone's so relevant even the settings and the moods of the scenes showed in the film.

All I can say about the story is people misjudge these mistresses without knowing the real story behind. I understand them when they fell in love with married man, not because they allowed themselves to fall. They fell into a trap like in situation where man fell into temptations. Yes, nobody would ever forgive anyone for wrongs he had done. We only forgive people for what we blame them, and we blame them only after we have judged them. Our culture tells us, we are all flawed people, and people with flaws have no right to judge other people's flaws. 

Under the direction of Olivia Lamasan, "The Mistress" also stars Anita Linda, Carmi Martin, Tony Mabesa, K Brosas, Gabe Mercado, Minnie Aguilar, Nor Domingo and Clarence Delgado. 

This movie is a perfect project for John Lloyd and Bea's 10th anniversary as loveteam! Kudos to Star Cinema and everyone involve in this project.

Rating: 9/10

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Movie Review: Be frightened and love the zombies in "ParaNorman"

Zombies have seen such an astonishing resurgence in the popular conscience over the past few years that it’s a little bit frightening. 


The whole story of "ParaNorman" is about the arrival of the bizarre zombies in droves, with their unfinished businesses. We are introduced to our  protagonist Norman Babcock who is a cute yet sensitive kid with sad troubled eyes.


His spiky brown hair conveys the impression he is perpetually living in a frightful state. Norman is a loner because nobody believes in him as he is the easy target of school bullies. This, despite living with his irksome family in the New England town of Blithe Hollow that’s swarmed by aimless zombies. Only Norman can see these apparitions, as he has the uncanny ability to communicate with the deceased. Right from the beginning he knows he has to prevent the destruction of his town by by taking on the freaks, zombies and the moronic adults. But there is only so much a young ghost whisperer can do.


Homosexuality is something of a divisive issue, so I don’t think it really belongs in a children’s movie. Some people might be offended by it, others not. The film’s biggest asset is that it knows when to scare and when to hold back.

This movie is definitely an animated movie aimed at older kids, tweens and the adults. "ParaNorman" has a darker premise and it’s more ghoulish than your average kid flick.

The acclaimed family film will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas starting September 5.

Rating: 7:10

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Chicken? It's lighter and healthier yet crispier and juicier at Stackers Burger Cafe

From the makers of great restaurants like Tokyo Café, Peri-Peri Chicken and Kogi Bulgogi, CEO of iFoods Inc.Mr. Bryan Tiu, introduces another brand Stackers Burger Café with a healthy touch!


Craving for burgers at the wee hours and don't want to settle for fast food? Stackers is the place to go. I love the juicyness of the patty though the bacon is a bit dry. But still taste great.

Stackers is more than just burgers. Stackers also offers a delicious selection of healthy salads, smashing sides, pressure fried crispy chicken, killer milkshakes and floats, sundaes and great coffee.

Stackers Burger Café proudly presents their Baked Fried Chicken which gives you the same satisfaction that you would get from regular fried chicken – just in a much healthier and less oily manner. Original Baked Chicken Goodness available in all their branches.

With 80% less oil, it’s lighter and healthier yet crispier and juicier than the regular fast food fried chicken. This one's latest innovation on chicken for healthy eating! This Stackers Burger Cafe serves healthier and lighter than regular fried chicken. It has less oil, yet still preserves the flavor and juice of the chicken. Its meat is still as tender as that of regular fried chicken. Its skin is still as crispy as that of regular fried chicken.

iFoods Inc.’s Stackers Burger Café is now open for franchising to enable entrepreneurial Filipinos to be a part of this pioneering and innovative brand and its outstanding value offerings.

Check out Stackers Burger Café branches here:
  • 4th Flr., Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila , Domestic Airport, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines Phone#:(632) 659-8271, (632) 659-8287
  • Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hill, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines 
  • Phone#:(632) 659-8271, (632) 659-8287
  • Eastwood City Walk 
  • G/F Eastwood City Walk, E Rodriguez Ave Bagumbayan, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines Phone# (02) 709-2134
  • Metrowalk, Meralco Avenue,  Ugong, Pasig,Metro Manila, Philippines Phone# (02) 451-1331
  •  Promenade Mall in Greenhills.
  •  Alabang Town Center, Alabang Zapote Road Alabang, Muntinlupa.
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It's officially 114 days before Christmas!

It is September once again! You know what that means? The countdown to Christmas in the Philippines begins.


This predominantly Catholic country celebrates Christmas quite longer than any other country in the world. The "Ber" months (SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER, and DecemBER) is quite long to celebrate Christmas. It's quite amusing for someone not familiar with Filipino culture.


Did you know that it is only 114 days until Christmas?

Okey, you’re either squealing with delight right now or you’re sending me death stares through your computer screen. Either way, if you’ve known me for a while, you will know that Christmas is my most favorite time of the year and I love planning for Christmas as much as the holiday. Malls start having their yearend sales and other promotional activities to boost and stimulate consumer shopping spree. Parols and Christmas decorations now start appearing like mushrooms.

There are lots of people that at least are excited about christmas and not just the day, but the season as a whole. Never mind counting all the way to December 25th the Christmas season starts to unfold in all its glory after this coming week is over. You can find the decorations, music and everything barely after starting November. That festive season is just about here, Yippeeeyyy!

Anyways, before Christmas is my birthday, let's celebrate first my birthday on the seventh of December. Okey? Haha!


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See and experience the fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic with "Potted Potter"

"Potted Potter" is described as the Unauthorized Harry Experience that gives the audience a very fun, very clever, somewhat interactive overview of all 7 "Harry Potter" books in just 70 minutes.


According to its release, "Potted Potter" began life as a publicity stunt to keep children occupied while waiting in line for the midnight release of the sixth book in the "Harry Potter" series. As such, it was/is deliberately aimed at children, contains lots of audience participation and had to be hilarious and fast-paced to hold the attention of sleepy, cranky, cranked-up children.

Playing to sold-out houses all over the world, "Potted Potter" takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven "Harry Potter" books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favourite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!

If you have kids or need to entertain kids who are "Harry Potter" fans, they will love you forever for taking them to "Potted Potter!"

The West End and New York smash hit “Potted Potter” opens at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Ave, Makati City on August 28 and will play only 10 shows, until September 2. Tickets are on sale now.

Potted Potter” in Manila is written by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, with direction and additional material by Richard Hurst, set design by Simon Scullion, lighting design by Tim Mascall, music composed by Phil Innes and associate direction by Hanna Berrigan.

The show is produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Potted Productions and Concertus Manila. Call 891-9999, or contact Bambi Verzo, email bambi@concertusmanila.com, tels. +632-4038678, 0917-5370539. Tickets: Orchestra P3,068, Loge P1,976, Balcony P988. Family packages available. Bookings: Tickets available only on TicketWorld's Facebook Fan Page via TicketWorld’s BarkadaTix. Links: http://www.facebook.com/ticketworldmanila Or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph, www.facebook.com/TicketWorldManila, www.facebook.com/PottedPotterManila

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Gardenia 'Baon' recipes for kids and kids at heart!

Gardenia Ham and Cheeze Surprise  


Ingredients:
  • 4 slices Gardenia Classic White Bread
  • 2 sachets Kraft Cheez Whiz Original 15g
  • 4 tbsp Crushed Pineapple
  • 2 pcs Ham
  • 2 leaves Lettuce
Procedures:
  1. Spread crushed pineapple on one side of Gardenia Classic White Bread
  2. Place Lettuce and Ham on top
  3. Drizzle Cheez Whiz Original  then top with a slice of Gardenia Classic White Bread
*Makes 2 Gardenia Ham and Cheez Surprise Sandwiches

Gardenia Cheezy Bacon 'N Eggs Wrap


Ingredients:
  • 2 slices Gardenia Classic White Bread
  • 2 sachets Kraft Cheez Whiz Pimiento 15g
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 strips Bacon
  • 2 leaves Lettuce
  • 1/4 cup Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/4  cup Shredded Cucumber
Procedures:
  1. Cook scrambled egg
  2. Mix in Cheez Whiz Pimiento
  3. Place lettuce on a slice of Gardenia Classic White Bread
  4. Top with scrambled egg, bacon, shredded cucumber and diced tomatoes
  5. Drizzle with Cheez Whiz Pimiento
  6. Roll sandwich and wrap in napkin.
*Makes 2 Gardenia Cheezy Bacon 'N Eggs Wrap

 Gardenia Cheezy Hotdog Pocket Pies


Ingredients:
  • 1 Gardenia Classic White Bread 400g
  • 6 sachets Kraft Cheez Whiz Original 15g
  • 6 pcs Hotdog Regular, sliced diagonally
  • 1/3 cup Carrots, chopped into cubes
  • 1/3 cup Celery, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Butter
Procedures:
  • Heat Pan. Saute diced carrots in butter
  • Add sliced hotdogs, stir until cooked
  • Add celery then pepper to taste
  • Remove crust of Gardenia Classic White Bread  then flatten using a rolling pin
  • Place  hotdog filling on top of bread  then drizzle Kraft Cheez Whiz Original
  • Seal sides of bread using fork
*Makes 11 Gardenia Cheezy Hotdog Pocket Pies.

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Oreo + Milk = Mochiko with happy childhood memories with every bite

Mochiko is a sweet snack made of glutinous rice flour filled with sweet red bean paste or ice cream. Oreo, on the other hand, is a well-loved cookie that goes perfectly well with a tall glass of milk and invokes happy childhood memories with every bite.


Mochiko made with Oreos & Milk! Each mochi has one whole Oreo cookie inside that gives a lot of chunky goodness in every bite!


Mochiko owners claimed that they even went to Japan just to learn the technique of creating that perfect mochi ball. The company uses only the best ingredients and that’s why the mochi balls are chewy and smooth. Mochiko is known for its mochi ice cream in which they only use premium ice cream with real dairy milk.

Mochiko is also the only mochi brand in the country to be cited in CNN Go’s Best of Manila, named as one of the Best Weekend Market Finds by Spot.ph and mentioned in HK Magazine’s New Holiday Destinations feature. We also recently participated in Uniqlo Philippines’ first store opening in the country.

We also use a specially-made premium ice cream that is studded with Oreo pieces. Finally, we even infused cookie crumbs and milk into the mochi itself to capture the goodness of Oreos dunked in milk!

Where exactly can one find “Mochiko with Oreo & Milk”? 
  • Mochiko Tagaytay – Cliffhouse Tagaytay, Aguinaldo Highway, Maharlika East Tagaytay
  • Mochiko Makati – The Collective Unit Q, 7274 Malugay St. San Antonio, Makati City
  • Mochiko Manila – 2/F Lucky Chinatown Mall (infront of Tao Yuan), Reina Regente St. Binondo, Manila
  • Midnight Mercato – Corner of 34th St. and 8th Ave., Bonifacio Glpba City, Taguig
  • Eastwood Mall Weekend Gourmet Market – 2/F Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City
  • Mochiko Ayala Alabang – Space 1025 The Garden, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupu
  • Mochiko Cebu – Active Zone Level3 (infront of Sun Cellular), Ayala Center, Cebu
Price: P70 per piece, P400 for box of six

For more information about Mochiko, check out their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mochikomochi) and Twitter (@mochikotweets).

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Stage Play: Repertory Philippines' “The Wizard of Oz”

“There’s no place like home.”  


Endearing words from the all-too-familiar film, “The Wizard of Oz.” The real revelation is not in the destination but in the journey.


Who does not remember Dorothy and her tornado; the Cowardly Lion and friends; the, oh, so Wicked Witch of the West; the Munchkins; and the zany Professor Marvel (aka, the Wizard of Oz).  But this is a dream well worth re-awaking, via this production, not only for some stellar performances, but for a bit of re-imagining, too.

There are some lovely performances, especially by Giannina Ocampo in the guise of Dorothy. She has a marvelous singing voice; really amazing thing is her acting performance as the character. She brings one aspect to this role. And Pinky Marquez is deliciously wicked as the Witch. The character needs to engulf the stage when she’s on. She moves, cackles and wields her power with great authority. The Lion (Oliver Usison) embodies nicely the humor and vulnerability of the role. The Scarecrow (James Stacey) easily slides into this warm, soft guise as a character of substance, even though he’s made of straw. And the Tin Man (Hans Eckstein) nicely inhabits the lanky fellow with a heart of gold. Liesl Batucan is a beautiful Glinda the Good Witch and Rem Zamora has some funny exchanges as the Secretary of the Oz.

Other members of the cast are Nathalie Everett as Aunt Em, Chino Veguillas as Uncle Henry; Bobby Superales, Jim Ferrer, Deo dela Cruz and Clark dela Riva as the acrobats and Monkeys.

 “The Wizard of Oz” will definitely thrill the child in all of us. This brand new musical will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable experience.

For details of show, please call 5716926 or 5714941 or email info@repertory.ph or log on to www.repertory.ph. Tickets are also available through Ticketworld at 8919999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.phVisit www.repertory.ph, subscribe to youtube.com/repertoryphils, and “like” Rep Phils in Facebook.

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"Bona," story of obsession - tragedy of the fan turned fanatic

"There's always a 'Bona' in all of us!"


That's what I said to myself after watching the modernized adaptation of great Pinoy classic film "Bona" starring Nora Aunor. The new 'Bona' is portrayed by Eugene Domingo, now transposed onto stage, brought to us by The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA).


Bona” is a story of obsession, the tragedy of the fan turned fanatic. It delves into what causes an otherwise sensible girl to throw discretion and self-respect to the wind to serve her beloved. In the fan-atical context of Philippine entertainment, it is a story that needs to be told. Bona is a die-hard fan of Gino Sanchez, played by Edgar Allan Guzman, a contestant on a television talent search show titled "Star of Tomorrow."

I started second-guessing myself as to my behavior around celebrities, and I have to say that, short of an actual meet-and-greet situation, I don't even go anywhere near them unless there's a one-on-one interview or press cons. People I admire I might think about approaching, and have--I always encourage my friends to go up and say something to the people they really admire--but I rarely do. I'm a choosy and lousy fan!


The word "fan," as applied to a person who is an admirer of an entertainer, sports team, author or anyone in the public eye. The term is an abbreviation of the word "fanatic" and since it is related to that word, often has a negative connotation.

I'd guess celebrities are (must be) cordial because, while they may be naturally friendly, they are also have to be keenly aware that their without fans they'd be their without careers. And it used to be that many entertainers would welcome fans backstage for a brief chat, an autograph and a grip-and-grin photo.


Fanaticism (for me) offers escape, cheap thrills, and idealized plus perfection, and the trapped, bored, and nondescript citizen laps them up as though they were the perfect alternative to the grossly imperfect reality of his life. In truth, the movies/TV/entertainment offer no alternative at all, since alternatives must be first real and accessible in order to be viable. The illusion proffered by our movies/teleseryes is ultimately nothing more than sad delusion. But the diehard fan agrees to be deluded. He is happy to believe the beautiful lies of the cinema/teleseryes, because, by his gnomic standards, a beautiful lie is better than ugly truth of existence. For most fans, this delusion is just a lark, a temporary psychic vacation from the hard facts of living, a pleasant daydream from which he can awaken with no serious hangovers.

For a few, however, the delusion becomes their new reality, and their lives are wrecked by it. They become so totally wrapped up in their film idols that they lose their own sense of self, and self-worth. The idol becomes everything, the fan is reduced to nothing. The name of the psychological game of is obsession.

Bona” was originally written as a teleplay by Cenen Ramones featuring Laurice Guillen (Bona) and Ruel Vernal (Gardo). PETA is showing "Bona" from August 24, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until September 23. For more information contact 725-6244, 0917-5765400, petatheater@gmail.com, or www.petatheater.com.

Will “Bona’s” tragic story open the eyes of our movie/teleserye fans and teach them to be less obsessive?

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GMA Films' "Just One Summer" movie review: Feel the 'JuliElmo' love

Each year, film outfits release dozen films about love and romance but really, most of them are trite and predictable, but I think "Just One Summer" stood out among all the movies we've seen this year!


I watched the movie "Just One Summer" at its premiere night thinking this is just another cutie teeny bopper flick where one boy meets a girl. They fall in love and live happily ever after. These are the usual scenario and these are my usual expectations when it comes to romantic movies like this one but in the case of "Just One Summer," it's not just an ordinary love story of teenage boys and girls. It's more of a family movie that tackles relationship between a father and a son, son and mother, daughter and her father and lola, usual teenage with the people around them.


It's a breath of fresh air that "Just One Summer" centers around non-stereotypical characters who are neither abnormally wacky or depressingly serious; I like more the lightness of the story. Lead actors Elmo Magalona and Julie Anne San Jose - they are characters you can relate to battling conflicts that could happen to everyone. Not only are Elmo and Julie Anne are perfectly cast in "Just One Summer," but also the amazing soundtrack!

What makes this movie an outstanding one is because of its right blend of drama, angst, longing and even humor (I love more Elmo every time he laughs). Another thing I liked about this movie is that its plot did not follow the usual Pinoy routine of having the would-be-couple take on 'hilarious' mini-fights before getting together, have this predicatable break-up in the middle of the movie and extravagant proposals of undying love just before the credits roll. I would like to congratulate the director for considering their age, just as perfect for the movie. The story and the characters are enough to hold the movie together and leave its impression on its audience and some of the funniest lines and scenes ever in a romantic movie are included (so much cheesy for Elmo and Julie Anne).

My favorite scenes and I can assure you that you'll surely love these:
  1. The carabao scene (where Elmo took his shirts off, I liked Julie Anne's reaction)
  2. The scene stealing with the alitaptaps (fireflies)
  3. Loving-loving between Cherry Pie and Joel Torre
  4. Julie Anne and Elmo's date (happened in Subic kung saan andun kami noong taping)
  5. When Elmo tried to kiss Julie the very first time (sapilitan lang to make Julie turn off with Elmo)
Produced by GMA Films under the direction of Mac Alejandre, “Just One Summer” opens in theaters nationwide on August 15, 2012.

Rating: 8/10

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Excited over iPhone5!


iPhone 5, definitely the most hotly anticipated phone this year (if not, in history)


After unveiling a marginally improved iPhone 4S in 2011 instead of a radically different iPhone 5, Apple has returned to its development labs to cook up the next iteration of its popular phone. In 2012, we're fairly certain that the real iPhone 5 will roll out of Apple's gates and that the device should be a bigger leap forward than the 4S was.

The buzz, the anticipation, not to mention, the expectation for the product to deliver, and rightly so too. The iPhone 5 is expected to be released in October 2012, a year after the iPhone 4S, and is rumored to be thinner, have an OLED display, and have an A6 processor.

Well, whatever will be the look, I am pretty sure that Apple is a far more popular when it comes to selling things just because of it's brand and I think that iPhone looks way better than any other phones.

Unlike the iPhone 4S, the new iPhone will be a completely new design from what has gone before, so that means an entirely new casing as we saw with the iPhone 3G and, later, the iPhone 4. Interestingly, someone who claimed to have seen a larger iPhone 5 prototype said in November 2011 that Steve Jobs canned the new size and opted for the iPhone 4S.


Well see what it looks like this October! Ayieee! I'm excited!

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Experience being in postpaid with full control on your expenses depending on your usage in Smart Postpaid Freedom Plan

Smart Communications is giving students, first jobbers, and the budget-conscious a chance to join its postpaid subscriber base by giving them what they want: a postpaid product with a prepaid premise


Unlike most postpaid plans today, Smart's new Freedom Plan will have no lock-in period, meaning subscribers can easily opt out of the service even after just a month of using it. The new Freedom Plan would allow users to establish their personal credit rating, a metric lending institutions and utility companies use to gauge the financial capability of a certain individual.

The Freedom Plan is a postpaid subscription that starts at zero pesos at the beginning of every billing cycle; hence, at the end of each cycle, you only pay for what you’ve used. Unlike most postpaid lines, it doesn’t come with fixed services. The plan really starts from a charge of zero pesos every month. So if you were vacationing out of the country or in some remote location, and you didn't use your Freedom SIM at all for one billing cycle, you don’t need a single centavo to foot your bill for that particular period.

This plan also has Php600 credit limit which ensures everyone that you’ll never see outrageous amounts in your billing statement. In case you reach the Php600 monthly cap, you won’t be able to avail yourself of Smart’s services, as the service provider will temporarily redirect your line. If you want to reactivate it, you can do so by using Smart Money to cover your expenses. Or as ever, you can proceed to any Smart outlet and use real money to settle your account. And if ever you want to extend your credit limits from Php600, you’ll have to submit more requirements than the usual. Remember that you’re asking for a more-than-the-usual limit.

Smart’s Freedom Plan is currently being offered as a SIM plan only, no device bundles for now, though that’s not entirely out of the picture, though it’s difficult to imagine how the company will offer the Freedom Plan without a MSF in that sort of setup.

For more information about this Smart Freedom Plan, check this out : Smart offers a new budget postpaid plan for all - Smart Freedom Plan or log on to www.smart.com.ph/freedom.

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My Top 10 pick for the Emerging Influential Blogs of 2012

I believe in blog’s totallity - design, content, way of blogging, niche, etc. These are essential part of captivating readers and making them experience your brand.



Emerging Influential Blogs writing project seeks to identify new and emerging blogs for 2012. In this writing project, Bloggers are required to cite/nominate 10 blogs from anywhere in the world (only started from June 2011) which we find to have its impact on you. Blogs should at least be 3 months old to join the writing project. (For more details, check this link.) These blogs are gradually gaining a considerable amount of readership, following, influence, and fascinating the reader in various ways. They also blog for various reasons such as expression of thoughts, sharing of knowledge and insights, events reporting or coverage, and some for profit.

It's again the time of the year when bloggers have to choose 10 blogs which have been making an impact to it’s readers and have become influencers on their own way. The search for the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs is now on it’s 6th year, this is initiated by Janette Toral of Digital Filipino.

What draws you into a blog?
What are your favorite types of posts?
What kind of design catches your eye?
How do you prefer to follow other blogs?
How do you like to interact with the blogger?

Here's my Top 10:
  1. http://www.lifestylehub.net/ -  I enjoy reading this blog for I am able to relate to each other. As far as design goes.... simple.... if it takes forever to load a blog because of all the extra stuff I just wont read it. I want content in the post not the blog set up. 
  2. http://mommysmaglife.blogspot.com/ - I love this blog for it has a clean layout with a personal touch. It's nice to be able to see the blogger's personality right off the bat. I'm always with this blogger and I love how she writes her articles.
  3. http://www.yummytales.com/ - It's so obvious that I love to eat! I mostly enjoy recipe, diy/crafty, and review posts - anything helpful, really!
  4. http://myrandombucket.tumblr.com/ - I love this blog from which I can feel the author's personality. No, I don't mean that they are crying their heart out in every single post, but some bloggers just manage to write posts their personality shines through.
  5. http://mightymaustrap.blogspot.com/ - I like blogs that aren't overly niche-y just like this one. Niche's are great and all, but when a blogger isn't at least a little bit versatile and there's no diversity in the posts, I sort of feel like I'm just reading the same post over and over again.
  6. http://www.lovemindanao.blogspot.com/ - I like blogs that are informative and very well written like this one. Well thought-of words always draw me in. This makes me more curious and wants to visit Mindanao soon.
  7. http://www.eccentricyethappy.info/ - I prefer blogs with a variety of posts (fashion, lifestyle, recipes, entertainment...) over those focusing on only one niche. However, there are some great blogs that focus only on their one thing and are pretty awesome, so this is just a matter of opinion.
  8. http://the-urban-walker.blogspot.com/ - This one's also a general blog. What I like more on this blog is the simplicity of the lay-out and easy navigation.
  9. http://thetalkingsenses.blogspot.com/ - I love blogs with opinions and stand regarding what's happening with our count;ry today. I find this blog unique with a personality that is a little different from the majority in a certain niche. Unique, not trying too much to follow certain rules.
  10. http://marcelosantosiii.com/ - I just met a the Blogger behind this yesterday and I praised him that I do like reading his posts where people talk about their dreams, their plans, how they acomplish it or generally ideas for living a better life. I often find these very inspiring.
This writing project is made possible through the support of the following sponsors: DigitalFilipino ClubSearch Profile IndexTof SalcedoPhilippine Data CenterPhilippine Online ShoppingManila Standard Today and DigitalFilipino.com.

If you have a blog that started anytime from June 1, 2011 to the present or at least 3 months old. So join this annual writing project by Digital Filipino!

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Hilarity at it's best in the new Sacha Baron Cohen's movie "The Dictator"

I am not a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen but I did like his "Bruno" and "Borat" because I believe that these two movies really pushed the boundaries on immigration humor. Anyways, If you did liked those two, you will surely love his newest movie, "The Dictator"



The story is pretty simple, and almost non existent. General Aladeen (Cohen) is a tyrant dictator of fictional nation “Wadiya”, and is basically a mish mash of different relevant controversial leaders such as the recently deceased Kim Jong Il and Osama Bin Laden. Aladeen is asked to visit America to address the united nations about his country’s political position when he is kidnapped and body swapped with a simple shepherd from Wadiya, and forced to watch as his nation begins proceeding towards a state of democracy. Cue sad scenes of Cohen wandering aimlessly around Manhattan that seem a little too reminiscent of both ‘Borat’ and ‘Bruno’, and that’s basically as far as the narrative really goes; besides meeting hairy Anna Faris and falling in love unexpectedly. It doesn’t matter though, as I’m guessing you didn’t want to see "The Dictator" for a rich and engrossing narrative, but instead for ridiculous visual gags and controversial comments; in which case the film is just for you.

Although "The Dictator" is sometimes clever and other times ridiculously stupid, a lot of it is hilarious in a way that had me laughing out loud thoroughly in spite of myself.  Although not for the easily offended, those who can handle the totally inappropriate material will find a lot to laugh at alongside Sacha Baron Cohen’s manic performance.

Sacha Baron Cohen proves once again that he is the master of ridiculous scenarios, some proving to be almost as funny as his previous films even when we know they’re scripted and aren’t really happening. Speaking of scripting, some of the ‘witty’ lines fall a little flat and besides an incredible joke involving a steak and an executed cow; the film is devoid of any intelligence until it’s heavy satirical speech towards the end.

This is essentially a political satire that keeps topping itself when it comes to outrageous shock humour, all leading up to a brilliantly written speech about democracy versus dictatorship, which actually rings true.  There’s a lot of embarrassingly funny stuff in "The Dictator," and those who laugh at political incorrectness are sure to be entertained.


Rating : 6/10


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Get your hands dirty and indulge in the big feast of seafoods, corn on cobs and shells in ClawDaddy’s Crab House and American Grill

The rain stopped during the afternoon, so it’s a fine night…This is first time that I dined in ClawDaddy’s Crab House and American Grill. Now with friends, we found the food as usual, first class - excellent presentation - great flavours and at the top of the game.



The first thing I always do when entering any restaurant is first check the menu. So far, I find the menu interesting but not over-elaborate. The service was attentive and the crew are always smiling.


In my opinion this restaurant provides the best dining experience in Claw Daddy's located at B6 Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. The set dinner is excellent value for money as the portions are generous and the food is superb. The food prepared was cooked perfectly, beautifully presented, and I am sure that I will remember the taste of their specialty in a boiling bag. Haha! It is a little pricey, but I think its worth it with the dining experience including the classy look of the restaurant and some of the best seafood that we had in Manila.


We have eaten numerous times in many restaurants and have never been disappointed. If you are looking for clean, classy, relaxing; I suggest getting in your car and making that long drive into The Fort and check their 3 boiling bags, which I think their specialty. I had nothing to say but just gave in to the invitation of the shrimps, mussels, and clams to put my hands on them... So tasty!


Throughout our Claw Daddy dinner we enjoyed the ambiance, the music and the food. We had a fantastic meal and enjoyed chatting with our friends while eating at Claw Daddy’s. Overall - if you're in the area and looking for some fresh seafood... Do not go anywhere else, but instead go to Claw Daddy!

Clawdaddy's Great American Picnic is located at B6 Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. For reservation and inquiries, call 8564785 / 8564326. Other branches include Clawdaddy's Osteria Americana The Ledge, Shangrila Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City, call 6365679 / 6374528, Clawdaddy's Osteria Americana SM Mall of Asia located at the 2nd Floor of Entertainment Mall, call 8613028 and Clawdaddy Great American Picnic at Nuvali Sta. Rosa, Laguna. 

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