Monday, August 5, 2013

REVIEW: Tuhog 2013

MAMAMATAY KA.

These words were child actor Maliksi Morales' line when the three protagonists of the movie (Leo Martinez, Eugene Domingo, and Enchong Dee) refused to give him alms. True enough, the three ended up in a hospital, all skewered in a steel pole, fighting for their lives.

Tuhog circled around the lives of the three. Tonio (played by Martinez) is a patriarch whose dream is to become a baker. He used his retirement money to finally make his dream become reality. The problem, however, was his lack of know-how as far as baking and running a business is concerned. Despite the disapproval of his children, he pursued his dream and started from scratch.

Fiesta (played by Domingo) is a heartless bus conductor. She's notorious for her sharp words and brusque antics. Her mother left her when she was little and she has been enduring life with her alcoholic father. Her life changed when Nato (played by Jake Cuenca) came into her life. They started out as enemies. Nato was a bus driver in the same company Fiesta works in. They bickered with each other until Nato asked out Fiesta for a date. For the first time, a guy showed her genuine sincerity and concern. She learned to love. But then heartaches are inevitable. In consequence, she also got heartbroken for the first time. I have to say, kinilig ako kay Jake Cuenca at Eugene Domingo dito. Hahaha!

Wanting to lose his virginity with his girlfriend Angel (played by Empress Schuck), Caloy resisted all kinds of temptation for his dearly beloved. He was in love and with high hopes that his girl would do the same. Little did he know that Angel lost her virginity to someone else. This disappointed him and pushed him to cheat with another girl.

Though living different lives, each protagonist is destined to arrive to an end. Their fate led them to one bus ride which will endanger their lives. Who among the three will die? Any guesses?

As far as acting prowess is concerned, I'll give it to Eugene Domingo. I was most moved by her life story. She effectively made people laugh and "kilig" because of her quirky love story. She was a believable lesbian. And when she dressed up for her date with Nato, I can't help but smile and feel happy for her. Martinez' portrayal of Tonio was also heart-warming. His story made me think about my parents who are of the same age. Will they be like the senior citizens in the movie? Will they also want to pursue their dreams despite old age? It also made me think who among my friends will be by my side til my last breath. It's comforting to watch Tonio and his friends play Pusoy Dos because you see them enjoying their final days. I hope my parents find their place on Earth just like Tonio did. As for his portrayal for Caloy, I can say that Enchong also did well. Probably it was effortless in his part because every guy goes through this stage of wanting to lose his virginity. His story tackles the teens' problem of balancing love and lust. As much as I don't want to admit it, there are indeed guys who wait for the girl they love. That's what Caloy's story is all about.

Another thing I liked about the movie is its soundtrack. I love how the song is sad and sentimental. It is a reflection of the characters' fate. We are all scared to death about something, right? Listen to the OST of the movie Tuhog. It's on loop in my player right now!


TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST.
TOUGH PEOPLE DO.
★ HAPPIDEZZ

Road Rage

I don't have a car. I don't know how to drive either, but today, I experienced road rage. I swear, I wanted to kill the taxi drivers who rejected me when I needed to reach my destination in less than 30 minutes. Here's my pathetic story:

I didn't want to be late for my 9 a.m. meeting today so I left the house early at 6:45 a.m. I thought it was early enough; I thought 2 hours and 15 minutes is enough travel time to make it to my early meeting. But lo and behold!
  • From our house, it took me 15 minutes to reach the FX terminal because of the rain and heavy traffic.
  • I waited 30 long minutes for the FX to arrive. 
  • It took us ONE HOUR to reach Quezon Avenue. Worse, the FX rerouted and dropped us elsewhere. I thought to myself, Okay, I'll just take a cab from here so I won't be late. I still have 30 minutes anyway.
  • But there were no vacant cabs from where I was dropped by the FX! So I walked towards the MRT station where there's a taxi bay. When a cab finally stopped for me, he refused to bring me to Eastwood because of heavy traffic. FINE. That cost me 15 minutes of my time.
  • I hailed another cab, hopeful that this time, manong driver will bring me to my destination. But then, again, I was turned down. I got mad. I got really mad. I argued with the driver: "Kuya, pangalawa ka ng tumanggi sa akin, malelate na po ako. Sige na please." But he said he was picking someone up around QC, so he can't bring me to Eastwood. "Anu yan? Namimili ka ng pasahero? Tang ina naman!" That cost me my reputation and a good 5 minutes.
  • Finally, I decided to give up on the cabs and just take another course. I texted my team lead that I would be late for the meeting. I walked to the shuttle terminal and and hoped that my team lead would not get mad at me. I arrived in the office at 9:30 a.m.
  • When it was my turn to meet with our team lead, I apologized for being late. She said, "Anu ka ba? You're not late. Actually our Skip Level Meeting is scheduled at 10 a.m. You're early pa nga." WOW! Just WOW!
The lesson of this pathetic story: Do not let traffic and crazy taxi drivers get the best of you.

I realized after this incident that I have poor anger management. During the height of my anger, I forgot that I was in my corporate attire and that my cursing spree made me look stupid and uneducated. I did not act professionally. Nakakahiya. I even cursed on Facebook. Sobrang nakakahiya talaga.

After some time, I posted another status, explaining that moment of weakness and asking for apology. My dad even PMed me, telling me to delete the expletives I posted. Grabe, nakakahiya.

Well, there is nothing wrong with getting angry. But the way one acts when he/she is angry is the reflection of his character. From here on, I'll make sure to act appropriately and manage my anger like a lady.

TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST.
TOUGH PEOPLE DO.
★ HAPPIDEZZ

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Keep Pushing

Last night, we went to San Benissa Garden Villas along Commonwealth avenue to 1) buy Boyfie's project car and 2) visit a friend in her new unit. While waiting in the car, Boyfie asked me, "Ikaw, Sweetie, kailan ka bibili ng unit mo?" I half-heartedly said, "Pag mayaman na ako."

Then all the realizations came. "Kailan pa yun?!" I'm at the prime of my life and where am I? What do I have? How far have I gone? I started thinking about my friends' accomplishments, properties, and experiences. I'm far behind as far as competition is concerned.

But then again, I thought, am I to base my fulfillment and happiness from what others have achieved? Of course not. In due time, I'll have my share of happiness and success!

I should not lose hope and feel uninspired.

TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST.
TOUGH PEOPLE DO.
★ HAPPIDEZZ

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Go for the Goal

I'm tweaking my blog! From now on, no more "Dear Juliets" because I no longer need answers, I'm no longer hurting, and I no longer give a fuck. Choz!

You might be a grammar nazi and wonder, "Go for the Goal talaga ang title? Kinulang ng D? Dapat Go for the Goald! Yuck, wrong grammar much?!"

Let me explain, you perfect little creation of God. Today, I've decided to update my Bucket List and put up new goals to accomplish. Thus, I'm going for the goals. These goals are inclined to fitness, and well, vanity na rin. This year, I will do the best I can to have abs and toned arms. Let's scrap weighing 50kg off the list as I am no longer shedding off weight. Oh, I want to do pull-ups too! So may the force be with me.

Photo Credits

TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST.
TOUGH PEOPLE DO.
★ HAPPIDEZZ

Sunday, February 3, 2013

REVIEW: 2013 Belle de Jour Power Planner

Dear Juliet,

I finally got myself a planner! Yes, a planner is something essential for a scatter-brain like me. It got delayed for a month because I didn't have a job, ergo, I also didn't have money to buy it. So when I got my backpay last Friday, the first thing i bought was the 2013 Belle de Jour Power Planner and a pen.

For the past years, I've always used
Belle de Jour Power Planners. 
To me, it's more of a diary than a planner. I'd scribble and draw my everyday experiences in it. Every time I update it, I feel like I've transformed into a child, playing with her coloring book, trying hard to come up with bright and beautiful pictures using her colored pens.

I also love that it's the kind of planner that empowers women. To start with, the colors in the planner are dainty and girly. It has weekly quotes/mantras which remind women of how amazing they are. It helps ladies track their expenses, set goals, mind their health, explore new experiences with the 100 things to do, and even record their menstrual cycles.

But what I love most about the BDJ planner is the BDJ coupons! It comes with discount coupons which are perfect when you're in the mood for shopping!!! Who doesn't like discounts, right?

Today, I took time to sort my 2013 BDJ coupons. The OC in me grouped the coupons according to different categories (I came up with 11). As I was laying down the coupons on our dining table, I felt a mix of excitement and disappointment. There are new exciting coupons to look forward to but, there are also some brands which aren't in the 2013 BDJ planner. Let me explain each category and why I am kinda disappointed of the 2013 offerings:

1. Clothing and 
2. Shoes
Obviously, these coupons are intended to avail discounts/freebies from different clothing and shoe companies. This year, there aren't much exciting brands which made me jump with glee. In the past years, there were discount coupons for Bayo, Folded and Hung, Get Laud, Charles & Keith, Celine, CMG, etc. It's just sad that for 2013, these brands are gone. You have All Flipflops and Bauhaus, though.

3. Spas and Hotels
This category made me giddy! Aside from the usual The Spa and Ace Water Spa coupons, now there are discounts to be availed from two hotels. Yes, you read it right! HOTELS! One is a discount on the published room rates of Ace Hotel and Suites, and another on a Relaxation Package from the Subic Grand Seas Resort. These got me thinking when I'd use the coupons and who I'm going with! Yey! This is something to look forward to, right?

4. Food
Here, you get discounts and freebies from TGIF, Bulgogi Brothers, Krazy Garlic, Serenity, etc. Not much fun, but will suffice. 

5. Hair and Face
These are goodies for women's grooming -- eyebrows, hair (from up above and below, LoL!), cosmetics, makeup trainings, hair accessories, facial treatments/products, etc. I'm not really up for these since the participating stores are really far from where I live/work. Plus, there aren't any Etude House, L'Oreal coupons included in the 2013 package.

6. Classes
I'd love to avail the treats from Barre 3 and John Robert Powers. If only I had a buddy to bring to the classes with me.

7. Red Box and 8. CBTL
BDJ users would know that these two companies are the most generous as far as giving freebies and treats are concerned. Red Box has nine coupons while Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has eight.

9. SM Ladies' Fashion and Parisian
You might be wondering why I didn't put this category under Clothing and Shoes. Well, I made up this category so it would be easier to pick out the coupons once I'm in any SM Department Store. These are discounts for ladies' clothes and shoes! Last year, I got to avail of my Parisian discount and bought this pretty pair for a lower price.

10. COMPLIs
These are complimentary samples which should be availed in the main office of the respective brands. Brands include Khiel's, Luster by Kolours, Black Beauty (the horse shampoo & conditioner), and Splash (SkinWhite, Hygienix, Vitress).

11. Misc.
I made this category because I am sure I won't be able to use the coupons for pets, parking, jewelry, and an iPhone case. Well, I don't have a pet, a car, and an iPhone. But as far as the jewelry is concerned, there's a chance I may use the discounts.

There you go! I hope I'd be able to use my coupons this year. Last year, my coupons were unused and I don't ever want that to happen again this year. Coupon maximization is on :)

TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST.
TOUGH PEOPLE DO.
★ HAPPIDEZZ

Friday, January 25, 2013

Camiguin - Cagayan De Oro 2012: a Photo Blog [Part 3]

Dear Juliet,

This is the last part of a my Camiguin-Cagayan de Oro trilogy. You can view Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE.
Day 3 starts with breakfast. We had to be stuffed for the long ride to our last activity in Mindanao. For our last day, we were going to Dahilayan Park for Zipline!
We passed by a vast pineapple plantation. We pulled over for a quick pictorial. I found a small pineapple that has fallen off, and we had a little photo op with it.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Camiguin - Cagayan De Oro 2012: a Photo Blog [Part 2]

Dear Juliet,

This is Part 2 of a three-part recollection of my trip to Camiguin and Cagayan de Oro last September 2012. If you missed the first part, check it out HERE :)


Day 2 started off early. We all changed to our swim wears and off we went to Camiguin's White Beach via two chartered bangkas.
Camiguin's White Beach is actually an island. No, actually, it's more of a sand bar in the middle of the sea. It has white sand. Not as white and fine as Boracay's, though. I think it's the lulubog-lilitaw kind of island so I'm not sure if it's safe to stay overnight and go camping. But, here are other activities which you might enjoy...

Camiguin - Cagayan De Oro 2012: a Photo Blog [Part 1]

Dear Juliet,

This is a backdated entry. Since I wouldn't be able to recall everything, I decided to just use our photos to narrate my most adventurous trip yet. Check out the captions for further details and stories. To save my readers [as if napaka-dami nila at pluralized pa] from photo bombardment, I'll first talk about our DAY 1 in this entry. Note that this is a guided tour, so the itinerary was provided by the agency which our travel idol, Shaine, booked for us.


At NAIA with High School loves! We were a group of 8 including the person who took this photo. Kawawa, hindi nasama.
Cagayan De Oro: The City of Golden Friendship. This is my first time in Mindanao!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Job Hunting

Dear Juliet,

Yesterday was the most productive day of my job hunting life. I went to three interviews in three different companies in three different locations. It was really exhausting! Just imagine having to take one linguistic-numeric exam and another writing exam in one day. Add to that all the commuting and walking! But at the end of the day, I had a lot to be thankful for. For this reason, I decided to share some job hunting tips for the newly grads and the not-so newly grads like me. So this is how I go about the interviews:

#1. Come prepared! The evening before my interviews, I research the locations of the places I need to go to and make sure that I know how to get there. I am a commuter, so this saves me time. It also saves me from being lost and from endless searching during the interview day itself. Thanks to GOOGLE MAPS, I no longer lose my way! If you're really dumb in geography and directions like me, you can also use the maps application of your handheld phone to search for the interview venue. If you give yourself enough time and travel smoothly, you'll be able to get to the place on time and leave a good impression.

Being prepared also requires you to bring with you all the necessary documents that the interviewers might ask--your updated resume/curriculum vitae, your portfolio, your SSS and TIN numbers, etc. In my case, I place all my documents in a file case and I secure photo copies so that when the interviewers ask for a copy, I wouldn't have to give the originals. 

Lastly, I also review the job description which I applied for. If the company has a website, do visit it and familiarize yourself with the company's background. This will help you understand further the nature of the company and the position you are applying for. Doing this will also help you know if you're suitable for the job and this will give you an idea of how much you're qualified for the position.

#2. Dress properly! I am the non-fashionista type of girl. So when going to interviews, I wear the traditional corporate attire--collared top, black slacks, closed shoes. This is the safest attire as some companies can really get strict as far as dress codes are concerned. There was this one time when I decided to wear my black jeans to an interview. I thought, the employers might not mind if I wear these since it's black anyway. Also, I wore my slip-on sandals with heels. To my dismay, the receptionist did not allow me to proceed with the interview because of my outfit; they require slacks and closed shoes. It was really disappointing because I traveled from home to Makati, which is the other side of the world from where I live, for almost 3 hours just to be told to go home and change. From then on, I was always mindful of what I wear to interviews.

I guess it doesn't really have to strictly be traditional with black closed shoes and black slacks. If you're highly fashionable, there are a lot of pumps and stilettos in nude shades which easily match a colored corporate dress. Just put on a blazer, and you're ready to go. You can also search for a peg on the internet and go for that look; I'm not really good at fashion so better consult Google about it. LoL! Also, I guess you should also consider the company you're applying in. If, for example, you're applying for a position in a magazine, I think the dress code would gear towards the fashionable side of the spectrum. I went to an interview in Makati for a high society magazine. Of course, I wore my traditional corporate outfit and honestly, I looked bland right next to the other applicants who wore colored pencil skirts, jersey blazers, nude pumps, and lots of accessories. Yikes! But, yes. In this particular kind of industry, I think it's okay to show off your inner Tyra Banks.

#3. Sell yourself. Put your best foot forward and be confident yet pleasant in "selling" yourself. Smile, don't sound too arrogant, be respectful, and answer the interviewer's questions sensibly and honestly. Though you are supposed to market yourself, you still have to be truthful in stating your skills and capabilities. Don't promise anything that you can't deliver. Do not promise to change the world; you'll just get yourself in trouble when you don't succeed! Show the interviewers what you've got by doing well in the exam. Again, I'm going to share my experience in the magazine interview I had yesterday. Though I wasn't dressed to impress, still, I was able to impress the editor-in-chief with my skills. Not to brag or anything, but when the EIC spoke with me, she told me that my PR was one of the best she has read out of all the applicants. She said it was maganda and mabilis. She liked it. It was really flattering because the EIC herself said so. See? More than anything else, it is the applicants' skills and capabilities that employers go for, not their outfit. So always make sure to leave a good impression. Remember, the interviewers will sense your truthfulness and will see what you've got in just one sitting. They are psychology graduates, for Christ's sake! They know how to read minds! Hahaha!

#4. Hope for the best. It's inevitable to get rejected. But do not be discouraged. There's a job out there for you. All you have to do is be patient and persistently search for it. To date, I still don't have a job because I'm making sure that my next job would be something I'm going to love. I don't want to hastily jump into a job offer and regret it after a few months. I'm thinking everything through at the moment and hopefully, I'd find the job that will later on be the dream career I've always wanted.

Good luck to all the job-seekers! Kaya natin ito! :)

TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST.
TOUGH PEOPLE DO.
★ HAPPIDEZZ

Monday, January 21, 2013

I Am Enough.

Dear Juliet,

I'm currently reading the book, "Why Men Love Bitches." According to its author, YOU ARE ENOUGH. Men should take you as that, else, they should find another woman who meets their taste. This principle is a hundred percent agreeable. Women should not change themselves to please other people, most especially to impress a potential life partner. Since you are going to live together for the rest of your lives, it will be easier if you are not acting out as someone else but yourself in front of your partner, right?

Consequently, as women, we also should not expect much from men. As Attaction Principle #15 says:
"Let him give what he wants to give freely." Like the first principle about being enough, it is also our job to accept a potential partner for who he is. Do not change him into that ideal man of yours. If he really loves you, you wouldn't have to ask for it. He'll simply give you everything you deserve.

I am yet to finish reading the book before I could give it a review. For now, I just wanted to share this love lesson. It makes sense :)

TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST.
TOUGH PEOPLE DO.
★ HAPPIDEZZ

Sunday, January 20, 2013

NYR: Read More, Blog More

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Dear Juliet,

Since I've recently been "vacant" (i.e. unemployed), I found time to read books that were in the shelf for the longest time. My favorite book so far, interestingly titled "Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps," was lent to me by my former office mate during the time of my depression after I got out of a six-year relationship. Our plan was to make me understand the nature of men through the book and from there, eventually move on with my life.

The book is written by husband and wife, Barbara and Allan Peas. It's a non-fiction material which explains the many differences (biological, social, intellectual, and so on) between men and women. The most notable thing I learned from the authors is that, men and women are different, but NOT better or worse.

I got hooked with the book because it presented interesting facts (backed by studies and statistics, mind you) and real life situations I easily related with. It had illustrations which introduced the topic every chapter, aided the authors' discussions, and provided comic relief to a relatively thick 300-pager. The Peases tackled every issue (the difference in how men and women's brains are wired, the tendencies of men and women to become bisexual/homosexual, why men are better in parallel parking, why women "sense" other people's feelings better, why most men CAN and WILL have sex with girls they've just met, why most girls WON'T have sex with guys they've just met, etc.) scientifically, without boring you the technical terms. They made the book simple yet rich in information.

After reading the book, it got me to realize a lot of things--why the Boyfie keeps the radio volume down before answering a phone call; why I think he is so insensitive when he doesn't really mean to be insensitive; why he doesn't talk too much during arguments; why he's the better Mathematician.

If you're in a relationship, the book can help you become a better partner because after knowing your nature as man and woman, you'll both learn to be more tolerable of each other's traits and manage to reconcile your differences.

LIGHT and FUN READING

I also did some light reading. I got these books to keep me entertained and happy during my "long holiday." Since I already got The Morning Rush Top 10 last year, I did not hesitate to buy its BOOK 2, The Best of Chico, Delamar, and Gino's The Morning Rush Top 10. I was able to finish reading it in one night! A friendly reminder, though: DON'T read it in public 'cos people would think you've lost it when they see you laughing by yourself.

FHM Bar Room Jokes will also make your tummies ache in laughter (Okay, that was an exaggeration). Like TMR Top 10, it is a compilation of nasty and funny jokes published in the different FHM magazine issues. Watch out for some jokes which were translated from Filipino to English. They required me a bit of imagination before I could get the punch line. Well, I guess that's the problem with translation. Sometimes, the punchline loses its power.

Lastly, I bought LOVE Your All-Around Guide to Dating, Romance, and Relationship to support my former OJT mentor at Woman Today Asia, Ms. Rhia Diomampo. The title pretty much says it all. It's a guide for people who want to find love or who want love to find them. It has tips on how to act during the first date, on what to expect from a relationship, and on how to make relationships last.

NYR: Read More, Blog More
The reason why I chose to write about books for my first blog entry of 2013 is because reading more and blogging more are part of my New Year's Resolutions. Wish me luck on this! As we all know, resolutions are made to be neglected by the third, fourth month of the year. Hahaha! 

May this 2013 be prosperous for everyone. Cheers! 

TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST.
TOUGH PEOPLE DO.
★ HAPPIDEZZ