Saturday, October 29, 2011

I Heart Halloween Parties



I enjoy Halloween parties simply because you can dress and glam up to pretend as someone for a a night! Last year, I dressed up as "meisha", a modern geisha. Witty no? I rented the entire geisha costume with knife and bamboo sandals from my friend, Tyni Bebols. This year, the theme is for group costumes. We were supposed to be the navy themed, dangkal shorts clad KPop group"Girls Generation".


photo credit: MichaelJohnGrist.com


Unfortunately, we had a hard time contacting cosplayers who would allow us to rent their costumes. Anyway, it was a blessing in disguise because we super enjoyed dressing up as angels of death and my pasa from paintball wouldn't fit that costume!

Actually, I already bought a white trench coat out of excitement so when we changed our theme my goal is to have a "Less than PHP500 budget for DIY Angel of Death Costume".
my peg!
PHP150.00 - Black dress from UkayUkay
PHP170.00- White wings
PHP50.00 - black paint and brush
PHP40.00 - Christmas ornament turned hair accessory

Goal completed! =) As for my white trench coat, I'll use it on my HK trip <3

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Classic Never Say Die Ginebra Kings



Watch how Ginebra managed to snatch a win from Powerade Tigers!


With 14 seconds remaining, Jayjay Helterbrand passed the ball to Mark Caguioa who scored a basket and cut the lead to 1 point.

Mark was having a bad shooting night. It can be Jayjay's last conference. So at that moment, win or lose, I was just happy to see a rare The Fast & The Furious connection.

On Powerade's possesion, Gary David was fouled and fortunately he missed both freethrows.

With 12 seconds left, Ginebra was down by 1 point, 71-72.

Jayjay Helterbrand successfully crossed the half court and decided to take the winning shot. He missed the layup but Mark's follow up saved the day!



My dad and I screamed like crazy as we watch the Ginebra kings pile up to Mark and Jayjay who were laying on the floor. It felt like we won a championship!

In reality, the kings improved their record to 2-2 but I still think we badly need a big man! I also believe in coach Siot's strategy of giving a chance to the younger players because the future should start now!

UPDATE

Who would've thought that 4 days after, Ginebra Kings will again erase a 5 point lead. But this time, they needed extra 5 minutes to win the game against Shopinas. The never say die attitude lives on!\m/




Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sulit Alert: Chef Laudico's BFast Buffet

Life can really get so toxic so Im grateful to have friends around. My college barkada and I planned to see each other at least once or twice a month. For a year now we've been trying out different restos while we catch up with each other's lives.

This week we decided to eat at Chef Laudico's BFast in Ayala Triangle, it was actually our third time to eat there. I was set to have my Angus tapa silog fix but I was offered to try the buffet=) It didnt take a lot to convince me because it was a sulit deal - PHP288 for the selection of BFast menu + bottomless iced tea.

My first plate: Fried rice, Pork Sisig, Angus Tapa and Special Beef Stew


2nd plate: Another cheesy bacon pasta and green pasta.

3rd plate: Rice cake and to die for Brownies



If i wasnt so full i would like to try the burger but there's a p100 fee for not finishing your plate.

I heard they offer it on lunch or dinner. Its definitely a must try =)

5 Reasons to Update to IOS5

On the day of the release of IOS5, my geek friends were giddy to complete the OS update. I, on the otherhand, scheduled it on a lazy sunday, after my DIY yoga and church time. The thing with Apple update is its almost always a long process!

After 5 hours, I finally finished updating to IOS5. Good thing Apple still included 3gs phones on this update. Thank you Apple!

It is evident that the latest update is more on improving the efficiency rather than the flashy side. Here are the top five reasons why its worth updating into ios5





1. iMessage
Hmm everyone loves freebies! iMessage allows you to send an SMS or MMS for Free a long as your iphone is connected to a wifi network or 3G.




2.Yey to discrete notifications!
No more disruptive alert messages. Those were the days when I was playing Tilt To Live and in the middle of an intense run, a text message interrupts the game and when you go back to the game. Boom! Game over.

3. Additional Camera button
Ok so no need to blindly guess where is that capture icon =)

4. Instant edit
3GS' camera specs are not the best out there so its really handy!

5. To do/ reminder's list
I'm the type who loves making lists. I think its a good way to keep track of what i need to do and the priorities. So this app is one cool addition


Must check:

*Videos - The videos are now segregated. Hmm I haven't tried it because I've been loyal to Azul, a paid app for videos

Good job Apple!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Global Gutz Paintball Experience


I always wanted to try something new, so when I saw a paintball deal I happily bought it! It was a good deal, we paid PHP199 instead of PHP500 for an all day pass to any Global Gutz. That included the full gear, equipment and 20 bullets.


My friends and cousins agreed to try the Global Gutz branch at Lamesa Eco park because we wanted to try rapelling and zipline as well. We reserved the 3-6 pm slot on a Saturday afternoon but we turned up at around quarter to 4 =)

We were late but the people from Global Gutz are still accommodating, thank you guys! We had to pay additional PHP50/pax for the Eco park entrance fee and PhP2.50 each for extra paint balls. The paintball area have a good setup and it automatically triggered our adrenalin.

Tips and tricks. One good tip is, wear the proper attire to complement your gear. It should be color black or dark brown or anything that can blend on nature - no orange or yellow please. You should also wear the right shoes so that you'll concentrate on the game rather than on slipping or losing your slippers. And don't wear shorts especially if you have fair complexion - or you'll end up like me, an easy target! I have salonpas and bruises to support that statement! To be fair, I thought the gear included pants as seen on the promotional photo =) That's my excuse!

Girls 2- Boys 1. Anyway, each round lasted for 15 minutes and it was the longest 15 minutes everrrr! The 3rd and last round was held around quarter to 6pm so it was very dark and we cant see anything! Also, it turned out that 20 bullets wasnt enough for trigger happy first timers so we gladly paid for 75 bullets more per person.

Everyone should try it! We sweat a lot for 45 minutes of paintball action, its a great exercise and builds a different bond with family and friends! Its definitively something that I'll try again!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Super Ababou sa PBA


The only time that Im not disappointed with a Ginebra Kings loss is when it was because of a breakout game of a former UST King Tiger (Cyrus Baguio, Jojo Duncil, Jervy Cruz, Dylan Ababou and Allein Maliksi.

I think Im biased to say that he is the most underrated rookie. I sighed as teams passed on him, he was picked #10 in the first round of this year's PBA draft. He had a good stint at Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team but was overshadowed by other players in the same position, Lutz-Lassiter-Hontiveros (I think).

His breakout game last Wednesday against Ginebra is a great reminder that Dylan Ababou was part of the 2006 UST Tigers champion team, he was cited as the 6th man awardee. Three years later, he dominated the UAAP and became the 2009 Senior MBT MVP.


I don't know if its a blessing or a curse that he is in a so-so PBA team but I really hope that he can show everyone how talented he is. He deserves it, I think even non-Thomasians will agree with me on that;)

Sunday, October 09, 2011

The Budget Davao Experience

Fortunately, our too-good-to-be-true travel promo from MetroDeal.com was not a scam! We love you MetroDeal!!!! It was a budget Davao trip, we bought a voucher for P3750 for accomodations, breakfast and van transfers and discounted CebuPac tickets for P2800!

I just completed one of my goals in my bucket list, visit at least one place in Visayas (Cebu, Bohol) and Mindanao(Davao)!

Day 1: Touchdown Davao, Nature Trip!


We landed on Davao International Airport by 2pm, we rented a van that took us to Davao Crown Regency. We were surprised to see that the daily rate for our room is P3k!!! After checking in and freshening up, the hotel van brought us to Davao Crocodile Farm, we learned that the Zipline is is only until 4pm so we rented a cab to go to Zip City.

Although it was my 3rd time to try a ZipLine ride, I got scared because we had to do it solo! We had an early dinner at Dencio's Kabayan, we learned that it was their last day as a resto because it will be converted into a hotel. Anyway after that we headed back to Crocodile Farm, it was weird experience to have a nature tour at night! We saw the different life stages of crocodiles! We missed the butterfly house and Tribu K' Minadnawan Cultural Village because of time constraint.


Day 2: Buwis buhay - White Water Rafting!!!


The scheduled activity for our 2nd day is only Wild Water Adventure and I now understand why. Our hotel van drove us back to Crocodile Farm for briefing then we had a more than an hour jeepney ride to Davao River. Thanks to our amazing guide, kuya Johnny. It was an unforgettable experience!

Day 3: Amazing race!

Our last day on Davao is also the busiest! We checked out of the hotel and went to the port. We went island hopping and snorkeling at Samal Island and Maxima Waterpark. We even tried Crocodile BBQ for lunch. By 5pm, we went back to Crown Regency to get our things, rushed to airport for our 7:10pm flight. We even managed to buy pasalubongs along the way.

All in all, I spent less than 10k for this awesome action packed Davao trip!Thank you MetroDeal and CebuPac!!!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

It Poured in September 2011



"When it rains, it pours"

Some people dont like routines, but I do. I like having a fixed gym and sleeping time or weekly dinner for friends. But of course change is inevitable so I, like anybody else should deal with it.

Relapse. After I went through my diary, I finally realized how much time I spent on playing Facebook's Empires and Allies game. I thought I was over this game..but no!!

Mat Pilates. One good lesson I learned is that, its not a good idea to have a 30 minutes brisk walking before a pilates class. You(I) will end up having shaky legs and you wont be able to finish the second half of the class.

Wee Nam Kee. Unfortunately, the Thursdays with Tupi group only managed one meetup for this month.

Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi.
For our family bonding, we watched Toni Gonzaga and Eugene Domingo's funny flick about wedding and marriage. It was a blast!

'Ber'
. A month that ends with 'ber' signifies that Christmas season is here. That reason was enough for me to start my Christmas shopping! I have this idea that if I start early, I can really think about my gift. =)

Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Aside from early Christmas gifts, I bought A LOT of Gold's Gym vouchers for me and my friends. I also bought paintball vouchers, my friends and I will try this activity in October. P199 instead of P500 for an all day pass, sweet deal!

Conversion.
I really really love discounts! So when my sister told me about this unlimited coffee and cake deal, we tried it ASAP!

Hooked.
It took a while before "Modern Family" and "Mr Brain" grow on me but now, I'm a big big fan!

Yeeey! My friend have developed a crush to our common friend, and when I told her that he'll be joining our LaMesa Dam trip, she squeeled a big "YEEEEY!" I was dumbfounded and wished to feel that awesome feeling again!

Ninang Mei. So after how many years, I finally claimed that Eman is my inaanak. I went to his baptism and then to his 7th birthday. What a gap, because he was one jeep away from where I live. The funny story behind that was, Eman and his family dont go to our ancestral house during holidays so I forgot that I was his godmother =)

Amanda. It was my inaanak Amanda's 1st birthday at KFC Libis. Wow, it was a total effort to go there! As expected it turned out to be a reunion among my mid friends, it was fun seeing them
with their kids, until the inevitable question came up.. "When are you getting married?" *nervous smile.

Bruno's birthday. My dear cousin Bruno is obssesed with birthdays hahaha. When there's a candle or someone's preparing a meal, he'll assume that its for his birthday. =) He was kinda cranky during his party because he wants to open the gifts. So, he had two cakes and blew the candle twice to make him happy.

Change is inevitable. I miss Romzkee, the other giggling girl.

Spin!
A test of commitment and I passed.

Pedring and Quiel.
I often rant that our house is too far from anywhere but now I appreciate that wer'e not flood prone. My hear goes to all who suffered :(Thank you Lord for keeping us safe, if its not too much to ask I also pray that our neighbors will be more civilized =)