Friday, February 27, 2009
I love this commercial of Lucky Me! Supreme. Nakakatuwa super! And everytime we get to see it on TV, Joema imitates the dance ahahaha kaya lalong nakakatawa! Galing ng nakaisip! You really won't forget the commercial and Jjampong! Based on the comments in Youtube, the boys are real Koreans. Some people even mistake them for the real Korean boy band DBSK.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
She was staying at this beautiful hotel, Hotel Katikies. This hotel was also featured in another Discovery: Travel and Living show where they featured the top 10 best hotels for your honeymoon. I don't remember what number Hotel Katikies was on the list but it was there.
And then over the Valentine weekend another one of those top 10 shows in the same channel featured another Santorini hotel, Heliotopos. I think it was the top 10 wedding destinations.
I'm in love with this place. It's amazing. I want to go there. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know my fascination on Europe and my wanting to go there. Now Santorini is number one on my list. If I only have enough money and I could only visit one place in Europe then Santorini will be the one. Just looking at the pictures makes me feel so at ease with the place. I love the all-white structures. I love it in contrast with the blue caldera. I can just imagine myself sitting outside the proch of my hotel room staring at that expanse of blue water and just drifting off to whereever. Sigh! I love it! I can't afford either Hotel Katekies or Heliotopos so I searched for a much affordable place to stay when I go there. (Yes, the power of positive thinking. I am so there in Santorini!) And then I found this.. Hotel Katerina's Castle.
It's perfect! I love it! Not as pricey as the other two hotels but it offers a great view and I love the white interiors.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
It's about Harold Crick played by Will Ferrell who is a bit obsessive-compulsive. He counts the number of times of his brush strokes, does the single knot when doing his tie because he saves a few second doing it, runs to the bus stop every morning to catch his bus, only spends 45 minutes eating his lunch and a little over 3 minutes for his coffee break (if I remember the numbers correctly form the movie). These he does every single day and does it with the help of his wrist watch. He works as an auditor for IRS and can multiply large numbers in his mind. While showing all these someone is narrating to us, the viewers, what is happening.
And then one day, Harold hears the voice and finds himself bothered by it because he's the only one who hears it and the narrator goes "Little did he (Harold) know that he's about to die".
While this is going on Emma Thomson who plays Karen Eiffel who is a writer is shown to have writer's block and she couldn't think of a way to kill off Harold. So there at first I thought "Oh so Harold is just fictional." But I was wrong.
Because of what he's been hearing, Harold goes to a psychologist who refers him to a literary professor Jules Hilbert, played by Dustin Hoffman. I don't know how but Prof. Hilbert figures out that Harold is part of a story when Harold tells him that the narrator said the part "little did he know…". They try to figure out what kind of story Harold is in and concluded that it's a tragedy based on the mishaps that happened between Harold and Ana, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal. So Prof. Hilbert tells him to just live his life, learn new things, meet new people. Harold decides to buy a guitar and pursued Ana. They fell in love and then Harold realized his story must be a comedy then because Ana fell in love with him. When he went to Prof. Hilbert, who was watching a tape of an interview of Karen Eiffel, Harold recognized the voice and bham! He searched for her and begged her not to kill him. But Karen has already drafted the part of his death and was about to finalize it. She let Harold read it first but she was clearly devastated after finding out that her characters are real people. In all her novels, all the main characters have died in the end. Harold was too chicken to read it so he let Prof. Hilbert read it. Prof. Hilbert read it and advised him to let Karen finish the novel – you will not die as poetic and as beautiful the way she has written it – as Prof. Hilbert puts it.
Oh Prof. Hilbert was right. His "death" was just the perfect way to go, atleast for him. The detail, everything, they all fit the story. Too bad she decided to change it which was the disappointment for me in the movie. But I guess that's what the movie is all about. It's really not about the book Karen was writing but about the real people involved in the book.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I cooked pasta :) I used ground pork and the Tomato and Cheese Del Monte Spaghetti sauce, added fresh basil and more cheese for flavor.
We were supposed to drink the wine I brought home (a Christmas gift a few years ago) but we didn't have cork screw to open it up so we drank it the next day. Although we didn't even finish our glass. I didn't like the taste of it. I tried doing what I see in the movies and TV where you swirl and take a sniff of the wine before drinking. It did taste a bit sweeter but I guess wine doesn't do it for me. On Valentine's night we drank the remaining vodka that we had last time. That's more of my kind of drink.
How 'bout you..how did you spend last Valentine's Day?
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
On Friday, I got to meet up with My, Joel and Gary. It was Joel's birthday too so we had a double celebration although it was his treat that night. Thanks for the dinner and coffee, Joel! As usual the night didn't pass without much "panlalait" from all of us haha. The last time I saw these guys (Joel and Gary) was before Grace went back to the States after our wedding while My I last saw on our wedding.
And then the night after, it was my turn to host a dinner at home for my girls minus Reyna who celebrated her birthday the night before, which I wasn't able to attend. Quits na kami haha. She wasn't feeling well that Saturday that's why she wasn't able to come. Tsk, tsk hang-over at puyat not a good combo. We ordered in Chinese food which Joema wanted to pass off as my cooking - Honey, next time let's take the food out of the styro containers first before we trick them into believing it was I who cooked. *wink wink* We watched A Very Special Love after dinner. We've all watched it already except for the boys so it was some kind of torture for them haha. After that Bedtime Stories was up next.
See you soon peeps!
Friday, February 06, 2009
The couple next to us, talked to us when they heard we were Filipinos. Apparently they've been in the Philippines so many times. They don't really like Manila because of the traffic and pollution but they've been everywhere else - Bohol, Palawan, Cebu, even Dumaguete and Siquijor to name a few. They were living in a hotel in Chinatown and when they got off they told us where the shops are there. The bus stop in Chinatown is not where Petaling is. Petaling is like their Divisoria, tiangge all over the place.
Our first stop was at the National Palace. Not so much to see there because you can't enter. That's why the bus stops there for a good 5-10minutes so that you can take pictures. We took pictures of the palace guard and their horses and the palace gates. When we were about to go, a new set of palace guards were trodding down the gate. Too bad we missed the changing of the guards, it's supposed to be a visual treat watching the changing of the guards.
I don't remember how much the entrance fee is but I think we paid RM4 each. Learned a few things about the history of Malaysia. Joema had fun looking at the old cars and artillery. There's this item in the museum that looks like a box made of metal and then the description was it's what the soldiers used as backpack to keep their things. It looks so heavy you wouldn't want to be the that soldier hehe
Old Railway Station
At the time we were at the National Mosque, it was time for their prayers so we went across the street to see the Old Railway Station. There's really not much to see there but the architecture of the building. That building behind us is now houses the KTM Berhad and the station across it is, I think, already a hotel although we didn't enter it. KL Sentral is the new railroad station of KL where most of their trains pass thru.
When we got back, we were finally able to enter the mosque. They lend women robes (so cute they're in purple hehe) and you have to be barefeet. When we went in I admit I was a bit scared. It must because of my ignorance of what to do and not to do in their place of worship. There were people there who oriented us on some things about the Muslim faith. I don't really remember much of it now. They handed us pamphlets about Allah and Koran and some other things you need to know about Islam. This is going to be those TMI (too much information) moment but I just have to share: when we were about to get out of the complex, I was reading the pamphlet and it's written there that women who are menstruating are not allowed inside the mosque and I'm like ohmigosh I have my period and I'm inside their mosque I'm gonna get killed here! Joema was hurrying me to get out of the place and even joked that "Is this our till death do us part already?" hehe I hope I don't offend any Muslims reading this..I'm so so sorry.
It was just amazing to find a lake in the metropolis. It's like a park and that were the Eye in Malaysia used to stand. Too bad it wasn't there anymore around that time. Like in the National Palace, the bus stopped for 5 to 10 minutes at this place.
We didn't go up the tower, we just had our picture taken on the grounds. The bus also stopped here for a good 10minutes. There's a revolving restaurant at the top floor of the tower so it will also be worth it to go to the top plus you get to see a bird's eye view of KL.
We went back to Chinatown for some shopping. Bought shirts and keychains for our pasalubong. This was the last stop we made on the bus.
Here are the other places we've seen while inside the bus. We didn't bother to go down and have a look-see.
We went back and arrived at our hotel around 8pm. We expeirenced rush hour traffic in KL. We were so tired that night that we just ate at Secret Recipe along Bukit Bintang. Not really your hole-in-the-wall resto where you get to eat authentic Malay dishes but you can eat Malay dishes from there nonetheless. Since I was so hungry, I didn't really want to be adventurous in my choice of food that night so I just ordered the grilled chicken hehe. After eating we walked around the area only to find out there were a lot of hawker stalls there. Tsk! Should have eaten there instead.
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