Thoughts ni Tolits : Chapter 5

Accumulated thoughts. Collection of rants. A comeback post.

There are those who will grow with you and be there for the rest of your life. Then, there are those who won’t.

At times, it’s the happiest of memories can cause the most pain.

I only explain to those who matter. If I stopped explaining to you, now know why.

Looking at a person’s past can give you an idea of how they might be in the future.

Mistake can be a good teacher, if you are smart to learn from it.

I choose to stay quiet not because I have nothing to say, I just don’t want to explain it after.

Learn to give room for new people but never neglect those who’ve always been with you.

No one likes a know-it-all. We already have Google for that.

You can not fix something when you do not know what’s wrong with it.

If you don’t start moving now, you might wake up one day and find out that everyone has moved forward and you’ve been left behind.

Never consider giving up, especially when you have not even tried yet.

Not everyone understands the thin line between being straight forward and being tactless.

The amount of time a person spends on you is the measure of your importance to them.

Count your friends and followers on social media. Now tell me how many of those are actually your true friends.

 

The Practical Dude : Tale of Two Sandos

It’s time to put those jackets, cardigans and sweaters back in storage. Summer is just around the corner and it would be tank top season again. For this post, instead of tank top, I’ll use the word sando just because it sounds better for the title. Haha.

When I first started the Practical Dude series I mentioned that I would try to give some tips. I think I have given three so far. Here are some more, this time on how to look awesome this summer without breaking the bank.

Tip #4 : There is always a less expensive alternative.

This is the mantra of a practical dude. This is a bit tricky since choosing the less expensive option does not mean you have to sacrifice quality.

Check out these two sandos. Except for the color, the two are quite similar and can come from the same line. Can you guess which one is from Forever 21 and which is unbranded?

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Sirit na?  Hehe. Alright here’s the deal..

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Forever 21, it was on sale when I got it but it originally priced at around Php 500+.

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Unbranded, scored at a local mall for 100 bucks.

Tip #5 : Dress appropriately.

Wearing a hoodie during summer while on the beach, bad idea. If you’re worried about your skin, use sunscreen.

Here’s what I wore on two recent summer adventures.

Puting Bato, Mount Arayat, Arayat , Pampanga

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printed cap, (Oxygen), sando (unbranded), shorts (Baleno), mandals (Sandugo), backpack (unbranded)

Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora

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straw hat (SM Accessories), sando (Forever 21 Men), swim shorts (Portside), mandals (Sandugo)

Comfort is the keyword for summer dressing. Aside from sandos you could also opt for light colored shirts, Dri-fit shirts and tropical button downs with subtle prints.(avoid Lito Atienza prints, unless you want someone to suddenly sing the Maynila theme song when you pass by) What ever look you decide to sport this summer season, the main thing is you enjoy your summer adventures.

Isang Sabado sa Plaza Angel

Isang Sabado ng gabi, matapos namin tumambay at maghapunan, nag-aya maglaka-lakad ang isa sa aking mga kasama para magpababa ng kinain. Wala naman kaming partikular na destinasyon, basta maglalakad lang. Napadaan kami at napatigil sa tapat ng Museo ning Angeles dahil sa isang pagtatanghal na kasalukuyang idinadaos doon. Nagtaka ako noong una, pamilyar ang tono ng inaawit ng batang babae subalit parang may iba. Nang tumagal napagtanto ko na isa itong mainstream na awit na isinalin sa wikang Kampampangan.

Base sa mga poster na nakasabit sa paligid ang pagtatanghal na ito ay para sa pagdiriwang ng Valentines Day. Minsan ko nang naisulat ang tungkol sa pagsasaayos ng harapan ng Museo upang maging isang tamabayan at kainan. Sa aking palagay isa ita sa mga entertainment nila upang mas makahatak ng parokyano.  Isang itong magandang ideya dahil bukod sa sakto ito sa theme ng lugar ay itinatampok pa nito ang  wikang Kapampangan.

May dalawang pares na tila ba nagliligawan na nagsilbing mga host ng programa. Ilang kabataan ang umawit ng mga popular na awitin na isinalin sa wikang Kapampangan. Pinaka naaliw ako sa isang pares ng batang lalake at babae na tila aso’t pusa sa una at nagkagustuhan din ng huli. Mahusay din ang pagkakasalin at pag-awit ni Sebya (isa sa mga host) ng Just Give Me a Reason ni Pink.

Hindi nawala ang ngiti sa mukha ko at ng aking mga kasama sa buong pagtatangahal. Aliw na aliw at bilib kami sa lahat ng mga batang umawit at gayun din sa mga nag host. Sa lahat ng nasa likod ng produksyong aming napanuod, ang gagaling ninyo! Saludo ako sa inyo. Maraming Salamat! Isa itong mainam na pagtatapos ng aming mga gabi.

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Foodie Fridays : Indonyaki

Few weeks back, I had the chance to visit Maginhawa Street in Quezon City. The street gained popularity due to its numerous food places. The whole extent of the street was a collection of coffee shops, restaurants, hole in the wall food spots and diners. Due to time and budget constraints we were not able to fully explore all of what Maginhawa Street had to offer. This gives me an excuse to plan another visit soon.

We were starving, and looking for somewhere to eat was our top priority. Good thing we were at a place that gives us plenty of choices. Two of my companions just came back from Indonesia, one because of a language scholarship and one for couch surfing. They we telling us of their encounters with Indonesian cuisine. Luckily, I did not have to travel all the way to Indonesia to get an idea of how their food there looks and tastes like.

Indonyaki is one of the hole in the wall food spots in Magihawa Street. The place serves Indonesian cuisine, the dining is al fresco style and it’s awesome! Since the two of them know what the words on the menu corresponds to, we let them order. (How am I supposed to know what Ayam Goreng is?! Lol.) Then we waited with hungry anticipation.

We had different ways to pass time while waiting for our food to be served.

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When our food arrived, I found out that Ayam Goreng was a big serving of fried chicken! Here is the rest of what they ordered for us to feast on.

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The food was awesome! Nasi Goreng is similar fried rice, it was the perfect base for our main dishes. Paired with the two dipping sauces, the lumpia and ayam goreng will make you forget your diet. Sambal, the red sauce was my favorite. It was like salsa but spicier and tastier.  Saus Kacang for me was a hybrid of gravy and peanut sauce. According to the two who have been to Indonesia these dishes we tried were a bit more flavorful than the authentic ones they have tried there. I stored this trivia in the subconscious part of my brain to use when I do get the chance to sample the authentic dishes myself. (One can dream right?! Lol.)

After a very satisfying late lunch, we then went to this interesting cafe, to pass time before we go to the next place in our itinerary. Will blog about my adventure on that cafe soon. For now, here are my unexpert ratings for Indonyaki.

FOOD = ☆☆☆☆☆

PLACE = ☆☆☆

PRICE = ☆☆☆☆☆

SERVICE = ☆☆☆

more adventures coming..

Thoughts ni Tolits : Chapter 4

Thoughts come from observations. Rant are my frustrations.

The best thing about being mysterious is no one will ever truly know you. The downside is no one will ever truly know you.

It’s easier to point out other people’s mistakes than to acknowledge yours.

I don’t understand why some people feel the need to put  other people down just to feel better about themselves.

Effort is something that goes unnoticed until it is not being exerted anymore

Focusing too much on wanting to be who everyone else wants you to be deprives you the chance to be who you want to be.

The ability of children to forgive and forget quickly and not hold grudges is enviable.

We tend to save our harshest criticisms to the ones we care for the most.

By thinking too much we are causing the problem to seem bigger than it really is.

When you can be silent with someone but not feel awkward about it.

Should you be happy when something you helped put together can now survive even with you or should yo be sad since now you are not needed anymore.

I’ll take hate over indifference. Hate still cares. Indifference makes you nonexistent.

It’s better to commit mistakes when young than to live with regrets when you get old.

 

 

 

The Practical Dude : Bespectacled

It’s awesome that it’s now considered cool to sport spectacles. I guess that’s why some people insist on wearing them even if they have perfect vision. Whether you are bespectacled due to necessity or for the sake of porma, read up. This post is for you.

I have been wearing glasses for as long as I can remember. When asked, I always blame Harry Potter. Nope,  It never was my intent to look like him, I just liked reading the books. Read them anywhere, on a moving vehicle, during class, even in the dark. Yep,  sadly I did not take care of my eyes when I was younger, which caused me to be the bespectacled dude I am now.

It’s been roughly three years since I got the specs I have been wearing and I thought it was time for me to look for a replacement. Thus the hunt for my next specs began. This was a challenge for me being the practical dude that I am. Aside from finding the frame that will suit my face shape, I also had to consider the cost of it.

I found the perfect specs during one of my solo sessions. I was walking around aimlessly at SM Clark when an ad caught my eye. There was a new Korean eye wear shop that had items priced at Php 500 and up. Naturally my curiosity was piqued and I made a beeline to it. Starfinder’s ambiance was different from other eye wear shops that had a  straightforward and uptight feel. This shop had a laid back, hipster vibe, it had interesting decors and trinkets which helped highlight the store’s  items.

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Upon entering I was immediately assisted by a very pleasant sales person, she started picking random specs for me to try on. At this point I was fighting to keep my cool, aside from the fact that the specs looked awesome and durable, they wear priced at only Php 500! Aside from specs, sunnies or sunglasses were also a part of the store’s merchandise. No pictures though, my focus was on the specs.

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After several tries, I had my choices narrowed down to two. Both seemed to suit my face shape but one was similar to the specs I already had  so  I decided to go with the other one.

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Mirror shot. Couldn’t resist. Haha.

The store offers free eye check up and the option to have the prescription lenses fitted to the specs, It’s basically a one stop shop. The price of my prescription lenses hurt a bit, good thing the frame’s price made up for it. After an hour I finally got new specs to sport for my next adventures.

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The Specs. Bagay ba?

The Practical Dude

This idea came to me because of the questions I usually get about where I get my stuff. I was toying with the idea ever since I started my #bloggerdreams. I was hesitant because I was not sure what reaction I’ll get so I did not do it. With a helpful nudge from fellow bloggers  and the response of friends on a survey I posted, I’ve finally decided to give it a try. This post will try to give some tips on how to still look decent and on trend without burning a big hole in your pocket.  This is just a trial post. If it will gain a following, I might make it into a series.

Tip #1 : It’s not the brand, it’s how you wear it.

I have never been brand conscious. As long as it looks good on me and is reasonably priced, (meaning very inexpensive.) I’m all for it.

Tip #2 : Know which stores to visit.

Let’s face it, there are a lot of stores but not all of them will have what will suit you or your taste.

Tip #3 : Regularly visit these stores

Even if it is just to browse and window shop. It give you a general idea as to what is currently on trend. Plus you might just chance upon a random markdown sale.

Scored these awesome pair of Penshoppe slip-ons for more than half of their original price! Sweet!

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Original retail price Php 649.00

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Got them in green, just felt it’s an easy color to mix and match. Other colors available are maroon, navy blue, brown, black and gray.

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Here’s how I would style them. This is something that you could sport for a chill out session with friends. If you are not that proud of your legs you could also pair them with jeans or jogger pants.

Whew! My first ever “fashion” post. I did not include a photo of me wearing it. I don’t have the guts to pull that off just yet. Maybe in the future. Haha.