Sunday, May 31, 2009
This tin had been sitting unopened for months. I couldn't find a best-by date, but since the contents were vacuum packed it seemed ok for consumption.
Xocolat Old Fashioned Cacao is dark and not sweet, addictive with some milk. The cocoa powder is very fine, but foams at the top even if you stir like crazy. Just like Milo, Natalie, but more mature.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Other tourist-y sites to watch out for:
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
At the roofdeck, we had dinner while the Blue Symphony played for us. Then there were games (Human Bingo and Jeopardy). We weren't into that so much. As I said, it has something to do with age.
In the AJSS exhibit, there was only one sportsfest photo from our batch. Clearly, we need to get together more.
P.S. I had a severe tummyache the following day which forced me to have bed rest. Did anyone else have trouble, too?
Monday, May 25, 2009
The exhibit is on until today at the SM Megamall Atrium.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Film students don't only watch a lot of films, they also read a lot about film, so do your bit, movie fan. There's Star Trek studies, too, you know.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
I become angry. Or sad. Or something inbetween.
When I look at how the different Filipino organizations here in Denmark are working against each other. Competing. All wanting to be "alpha male", so to speak. So they don't share information easily. And the only real losers are the members of those organizations, or, more acutely, those who are Outside those organizations. Who don't belong to any of those networks.
Sometimes I wonder why they seem to be so focused on the church (im Not against the church), or their karaoke, or their social meetings, when so many other things - the very foundation for their visa here in Denmark, or, rather, those who come here after them - is all in the air.
Messages went back and forth. I tried to explain the fatalistic attitude, even the gap between Pinoy students and au pairs. I want to be involved in the discussion. If you also do, visit Au Pinoy to know more.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Being invited to the Ateneo Junior Summer Seminar is an honor for any high school junior. It means that you will take the ACET a year ahead of your classmates. It means that you will get college-level instruction and study during vacation. It means that you are among the top high school students in the country.
For someone coming from an all-girls school, it meant getting a taste of the co-ed environment. Issues!
Many of my batchmates are working or pursuing further studies abroad. I'm happy to have met them and I hope they will come back to transfer their knowledge to our countrymen.
AJSS ka rin ba? Please read the letter from Fr. Nemy below:
8 May 2009
Dear AJSS Alumnus,
This year, 2009, marks the Sesquicentennial of the Ateneo de Manila University. Together with the whole Ateneo community, we are commemorating 150 years of celebrating excellence, deepening spirituality and building the nation.
As a graduate of the Ateneo Junior Summer Seminar (AJSS), you have become an integral part of this celebration of excellence. Back in your junior year of high school, you were selected as one of the top students of the country to experience a truly memorable summer. To some of you, that summer was your first taste of the demands of university life. To others, it was perhaps the summer where true and lasting friendships began. Let us relive this high school summer!
We invite you to join us as we bring together 42 batches of the best and the brightest in one unforgettable Grand Reunion on May 23, 2009, Saturday, 4:00 pm. We will begin with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Church of the Gesu followed by a program and dinner at the Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall Auditorium and Roofdeck, Ateneo College Grounds, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
Up to this date, only the Ateneo has a program like AJSS. Be counted as an alumnus. If you have not registered yet, please sign-up and confirm your attendance by registering online (http://ls.ateneo.edu/ajss_
regform.php) or by calling Kamille Tabalan, the Assistant Coordinator for AJSS, at (02) 426-6001 loc. 5152.
This is a night you will truly not regret. It is about time that we rekindle the ties made, and find out where time has brought each one to excel in their own fields. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet older and younger batches of AJSS who continue the tradition of the Ateneo way.
See you there!
Fr. Nemesio S. Que, S.J.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I would not have watched Detoroito Metaru Shiti (2008) if not for Kenichi Matsuyama. DMC is juvenile fun. The lead actor's performance (Kenichi is awesome at playing quirky characters), cheerful pop music and the cute vector Burton-esque opening credits cannot save the movie, but the plot remains interesting.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tapsilog, the all-day breakfast that is their specialty, is not as perfect as that of Max's because there is still some litid (connecting tissue) that makes the beef jerky chewy. But go for the price (around P150 per head) and the piping-hot bulalo soup that goes with the meal.
Cleanliness is similar to fastfood outlets. Dresscode: shorts and slippers. Don't wear pink because that's the color of the crew uniform. There's so many of them that you might be mistaken for one. That said, service is prompt.
Taking an extended weekend off for out-of-town work. See you again soon!
Tapsi Ni Vivian At Bulaluhan, HDR Building, 32 Gil Fernando Avenue. (T) 645-0125.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Slowing down is good. It doesn't mean doing less: I'm glued to my work a lot longer than when I'm writing. It's just that there's less stress.
We need to slow down and consume less if we want to do some good for the planet. The economy will suffer, yes. But take a look at slow food and other slow movements and tell me if they're doing anything wrong. I just don't know how these can catch on. For starters, these tips for slowing down should do.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
When La Môme was shown at Cine Europa, my mom had nothing but praise for the film. She said the audience stood up to applaud when it ended. Marion Cotillard is truly unbelievable and deserving of the Best Actress Oscar. This is the role of a lifetime. Her performance did not remind me of Ma Vie En L'Air. I feel the movie could be more powerful, but maybe I was doing too many other things while watching. The one-take in the apartment is a great actor's piece. The back-and-forth storytelling confuses me, but it's still close enough to her Wikipedia bio.
Reporter: Are you afraid of death?Catch the movie at the free screening at the Alliance Ondeo Auditorium tomorrow (the 13th) at 830pm. [via Artpipe]
Edith: Less than solitude
Reporter: Do you pray?
Edith: Yes, because I believe in love.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
More than his books, what I love about Coelho is how he embraced the Internet and continues the conversation with his readers. Here he is admitting his "problem" with Facebook:
For Mother's Day, how about Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren Volume 1 and Volume 2?
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Bread disguised as fruit. Innovative of the nuns to do this. One wonders what they will do next. As always, the orientation of that photo is Picasa's fault. Google, please do something!
More pagkaing Pinoy. Pugon pandesal that looks like a mushroom.
Three of them in a paper bag.
Not Filipino food: frozen yogurt with almonds and kiwi from Red Mango SM Megamall.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I'm such a sucker for "new" even though we know it's just the same ingredients put together in a slightly different way. Plus a new vegetable. I don't understand why there's an eggplant, but it does make people think that they're eating healthy.
KFC Supreme Bowls in Roma (top) and Imperial (bottom). P100 as combo meal with regular drink. P135 with brownie and mushroom soup as part of NBA promo.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
P15,000 buys you a festival ticket (without a tent). But unless you're already in Denmark you'd need to shell out a lot more for the visa, airfare and food allowance. Oh, and rubber boots, too.
I will probably never go back to RF in this lifetime, but I'll always feel part of it somehow.