Feels like a ‘Food Blogger!’

It’s my first time to be invited with an ‘eating event’ organized by Meralco. Dubbed as “Extra Jolt: An Energizing Evening with Meralco,” this event will present seven course of meal prepared using an induction cooker. Well, I am really not a food blogger, but I can’t deny the fact that I really love to eat! I think it’s really much evident with my figure right now. Haha!

Anyways, it’s nice to know that there are always more to eating than knowing the ingredients and the steps of cooking certain dishes. Just like the induction cooker which was presented to us by the hosts. Know more about the induction cooker via Meralco's website - http://www.meralco.com.ph/brightideas/

A perfect meal for me would be long meals with nice ambiance, good camaraderie with your mealmates whether to discuss interesting topics enough for the conversation going. After short introduction, Chef JJ Yulo (founder of Pinoy Eats World) together with Ms. Universe 2012 3rd Runner-up Shamcey Supsup started welcoming everybody.

Then Chef JJ presented the seven dishes and here are they:

Cesar Salad

Tunay na Tunay
Seared tuna with Ginger cream

Meralco-Liflower Soup
Cauliflower, Pine nuts, Chives

Chicken wings, Cilantro

Prawns, Chili, Basil

Kitayama beef, Mashed potatoes, Wing beans

Chocolate Bananas

It’s my first time to taste almost all of these dishes including the ‘sea-nergy’ because I am not into seafoods but I liked this prepared dish with chili and basil. It's a great night full of food and tasting!



Movie Review : Rock of Ages - Go on with the beat!

The cast of Rock of Ages is riotously hell bent on making you have a good time. They beat you into submission with energy, wide smiles, and hair—lots and lots of great big 80s hair.

The story of this movie is tailored made for people that love 80s hair bands. Sex, drugs and rock and roll rule in "Rock of Ages." It is a little gratuitous, strippers abound and there is bad language. This is a show just for adults, especially fans of hair band rock music. I thought this show was hilarious! You could tell that the cast was really into what they were doing and having a great time. Not to mention their talent which was awesome. This is the perfect show to see if you're out with friends just having a good time.

"Rock of Ages" was amazing! The plot was thin, but who cares. It's a love story that all Broadway shows have (I think). This play had great music (if you at least like 80's hair band songs), hot chicks, and was funny as hell. This play blew them both away, easily. I was amused from the moment it started and was not kinda disappointed when it ended, the ending is just okey...

The music was great-had you wanting to get up and dance the whole way through. The storyline was funny and the cast were brilliant. Diego Boneta was amazing as Drew Boley - really great and upbeat. Loved Russell Brand as Lonney Barnet and Tom Cruise as Stacey Jaxx was amazing. All of the cast were super lovable, even money-looking-face Paul Giamatti as Paul Gil. Everyone really got into it and they deserved the standing ovation at the end.

It's most certainly not suitable for children, but if you are not easily offended and want to be amused for three hours, go see this movie!

Rating : 7/10



Why do we need to bury negative thoughts?

Just because something has been difficult in the past (just because you might not have experienced much success with something in the past), does that mean that you will never be good at it?

Just because you are not good at something, is that an excuse to give up? Many times, if you persist or persevere, you can work beyond the difficulties or roadblocks or mental blocks and experience success. Pretty much everybody experiences negative thoughts from time to time, and it's completely normal be frustrated by them.

That being said, the one thing I feel most people overlook, is why we have negative thoughts. Oddly enough, negative thoughts and in fact all human actions typically serve a purpose. In the case of negative thoughts, more often than not that purpose is self defense.

I have these thoughts when I am incredibly overwhelmed, tired, and at your wit's end with whatever project you are on. I know that these negative thoughts I experience are an attempt to protect myself from completely burning myself out and destroying myself from overworking yourself and overly frustrating yourself. Some kinda 'defense mechanism' ala-psychological. This all being said, it might be worth looking at why I work myself so hard, and more specifically what I am afraid of if I allow myself to take a break, recover, and/or occasionally pace myself. Yes, I really love to talk about me and myself and I....

Bored.... looking at the pics taken during our Baguio Tour with some bloggers earlier this year, I saw these pics taken at Camp John Hay. It has a quaint Cemetery of Negativity (also known as The Lost Cemetery) that is really worth a visit. The Cemetery of Negativity is not a normal cemetery. Built by the Americans in the early 20th century, it is a small picket-fenced enclosure with rows of inscribed headstones under which "negative habits and thoughts" (not people) are buried.

Letting negative thoughts affect the goals we would like to achieve is akin to procrastination -- they both will make us regret at the end because we are sure if we overcame those obstacles we could have been more successful. However, we could never bury our head in the sand and refuse to recognize that negativity do exist and its pull can indeed be staggering at times.

Written on the entrance:
"Negativism is man's greatest self imposed infliction, his most limiting factor, his heaviest burden. No more for here is buried the world's negativism for all time. Those who rest here have died not in vain - but for you a stern reminder. As you leave this hill remember that the rest of your life, Be More Positive.
Have a good day! Treat today like its your last though its the first of the rest."  - CJH

Each tombstone in the graveyard is an interesting reminder of the futility of cultivating negative thoughts.

The area is just a small hill and part of the Camp John Hay Historical Core. It looks like a pet cemetery because more of the tombstones are represented with animal figures. It was founded by Major John Hightower.

Back in the 80's, the American soldiers and employees that are stationed at Camp John Hay were asked to think of a negative attitudes. And all those negative attitudes must be buried in the cemetery and to complete the act they even have a mock funeral.

One of the thing we have to understand is that this is all about thoughts -- mental products which even if they are not tangible still have the power to make us freeze. It is a battle in the mind and since it is the mind that is the hub of the body it can immobilize people. Whenever I have negative thoughts I refocus my mind to those things I would like to achieve. It helps to stop for some minutes and try to talk to yourself and appraise the situation. Scold yourself if it is needed -- just don't use a stick to hurt yourself.

Always believe in yourself and focus on your goals, I think that's the best thing we can do on these things.
If you really aim for the gold, go for it. And one more thing.... always please don't forget to pray :)