Thursday, August 29, 2013

QLC Moment #09

Here's the thing about having a set of friends who are the same age as you basically experience the same things in life. I've gone around speaking to high school friends and college friends, they are encountering the same fears and doubts and frustrations and confusion as I am. To make the story short, we are in the same point in our lives and so we all have plans but basically don't know what to do about it right now. Oh the irony!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

I kinda-sorta liked Mortal Instruments the movie since I wasn't able to read the book. I'm not crazy about it, but I do like the whole concept of involving angels and demons and other folkloric characters...I'm not so giddy about werewolves and vampires though, but they'll work as fine! To my friends who read the book though, they felt betrayed as the movie confused them in a way that they didn't know what was going on since the movie did its own version of combining books 1 and 2 while deleting scenes in between. Can't relate!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

7th International Silent Film

I got to watch my first silent film last night thanks my friend Mar and Elma who were kind enough to give me the extra ticket. Going there, I had no idea what I was gonna see nor hear. I was expecting to sit in a dark room, watch a black and white film, and hear my blood sloshing at sheer silence of the experience. Seeing what I saw and hearing what I heard made me so expectations were quite naive, but the festival made my week. It was that awesome!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Suikoden Series

I  miss playing good videogames, I seriously do. One of my most favoritestestest videogame series of all time is Suikoden. It's one of those that I found the reason to stay home for up to five days or so...and I never do that since my feet itches after a day of staying indoors. It's one of those games that offer a beautiful storyline and characters that you will grow to care about by the end of the game. They mostly tackle political themes. I don't remember if I teared up for Suikoden II's ending, but I do remember being emotional somewhere along the game on Suikoden V. WAAAAH! I miss Suikoden...and it's been years since the last one came up. I wish there will be another one released someday, I'd surely play it.

I wanted to reminisce so much that I ended up scanning the net for forums and artworks that at the end of the day I wounded dreaming about the game. SUIKODEN VI when are you coming out!?!?! Calling all Konami people!!! I'm not the only one waiting ya know!!!! We need more of Suikoden love!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Lusso by Margarita Forés

When my friend asked me where we could dine at Greenbelt I made a couple of recommendations, but then she dared me to make the call and choose a restaurant I haven't eaten in, and Lusso caught my attention after some quick research. Then I remembered that I've passed by Lusso a couple of times but I never seem to find the perfect dining buddy for the place until she agreed to treat me here. Turns out Lusso is also under the culinary team of Margarita Forés (CIBO!!!!) Perfect!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

QLC Moment # 4

I get scared every day with the possibility that things might not work out the way I have always hoped for...Having to settle with Plan B isn't an option as there is no Plan B...yet...and if there will be, I don't want it! There's a spoiled brat in me that agitates me at the thought of having to settle for the next best thing. I've put up with a lot of shenanigans, trying to accept what I don't truly like for the sake of compromise, and I have regretted doing so most often than 98% of the time. And so the nagging fear that I might disappoint myself in the end is something truly terrifying to think about.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pet Peeve # 523 and # 274

On my way home last night, while riding the jeepney on a rush hour, several men attempted to skip the idea of lining up and waiting for one's turn to hitch a ride home and simply grab on the jeep's back without thought. This is a typical scene every night, men jumping on the backs of jeeps and clinging on like monkeys. It just so happened that I was in the front seat and the driver kept screaming at them to get off, but they insist on doing the stunt to get home early and possibly die along the way. The driver told me that not too long ago, five men were grabbing onto the bar when it snapped causing all five to fall off the jeep. Good thing no one died, but if anything gruesome happened to them the driver is the one to blame when it's those men who chose to be stupid. I know this practice has been banned in some parts of the country, but apparently it's fine in Taguig...and those freakin' kids also mimic what these stupid men do. Seriously, I've also heard a driver once stating that one of his fellow driver was not aware that one of the men making sabit on the back of his jeep had fallen off and died. I'm not saying good riddance, but I am also saying that stupid actions result to stupid deaths. I'm glad drivers are more strict when it rains because the steel bar becomes slippery and chances of an accident is assured. 

With my Pet Peeve # 523 said, comes the reason why it is so is because of my Pet Peeve # 274. Although I love the fact that jeepenys are known the world over as this exotic Pinoy vehicle, riding it on a daily basis has allowed me to experience the flaw of its design. It has elements that cause injuries on occasion...I for one have had a number of self-inflicted pains in the process of getting on and off the jeep. The top injury I have is bumping my head on those lights bulging off the center of ceiling...and I'm not the only one as I've seen/heard people painfully hit their bunbunan more often than not. There was even one event wherein a man smashed the light bulb with his head. 

Another hazard are those bars that allows passengers to make sabit at the back. Some are specifically designed for maximum abuse. If the jeeps don't have such elements, then stupid men would have nothing to hold on to, so the sabitan would cease. 

So why do they keep making them? We live in a democracy.

I wish there would be a company that could standardize the designs of jeepeneys and make them something cooler than just random whatevers being stuck together until--TAH-DA!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

QLC Moment # 5

There are days when you wake up and ask yourself, "WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE!?"

Monday, August 5, 2013

Spätzle: Euro Market Cafe

Roast Chicken Sausage (Php 295.00)

Since I take the Shangri-la route to get to the MRT, I pass by Spätzle 90% of the time, and it has always been on my radar to dine in the resto because I've been seeing it almost every day for the past few months. I calls itself Spätzle: Euro Market Cafe...not sure why, but I saw spätzle on their I gave it a go. Turns out I'm not a big fan of spätzle, the dish, the cafe was fine. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

WOFEX 2013

I had been planning to go to WOFEX for this year as it has been two years since I last went. I've been meaning to go with my college friends, but with friends like them, I know the surest way to be on schedule is not to wait for them. It was the best decision I did that day as they arrived two hours late, just in time to see the event end. I took my brother and got there around 3:30 pm only to see that a lot of the event participants are either gone, fixing up, or not interested in dealing with people any more. They were not shy to admit that their priority were the guests who showed up the first three days and that the paying public on the last day will only have to make do with what's left of their products. Oh well, true enough most people who went there were only interested in the free food samples, including me. 

Juk: Korean Rice Porridge

This is a pretty product that soothes your tummy. It's only 140 calories for 288g of porridge, but it's enough to fill you up. I had this for lunch because I wasn't in the mood to cook nor did I want to eat an overpowering meal. No, I don't do diets. It has chunks of real sliced abalone (I think,) but I only found four pieces of abalone since it isn't cheap unlike the seaweed which they happily packed in abundance. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

QLC Moment #3

I'm currently in the process of piecing together an article on my take about how I define a Quarter Life Crisis or QLC since this is what my blog is all about. In my effort do so, I've come to realize that I don't know where to begin nor how to end's maybe because I'm in the middle of it all that's getting me all blanked out. So, as a solution, I've come up with my QLC Moments segment. These are random thoughts  that happen to fall off my head whenever I space out or stare at a blank wall. Although some applies to my current state of paranoia, some are just exaggerated representations of what a typical 20-something-old might actually think about during those reality-check moments. 

To those who don't know, it's my birthday month and I'm closing in to turning 25 years old. Ack! I never imagined myself to be in this situation when I was in high school ..well...I didn't care what I was going to be back then. And then this happens!!! ARGGGHHHHH! 

My actual fear is turning 30 years old and being in a situation that I deem far from what I envisioned myself to be when I was younger. You know, like a millionaire-boss-awesome state kinda thing. Although 40 seem like a distant future, turning 30 is just around the corner and I get a real dread whenever I get a chance to reflect about it. NOOOOOOOO!