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.

Jay : Chapter 3

Walang trabaho ng araw na iyon si Jay kaya napagpasyahan niyang puntahan si Sara sa pinagtatabahuhan ng huli sa isang mall sa Pampanga. Matiyaga siyang nakatayo sa labas, hinihintay niya ang break ng dalaga, aayain niya itong magmirienda.

Nagkakilala ang dalawa sa pamamagitan ng common friend at simula noon ay madalas ng pumupunta sa mall na iyon si Jay. Maganda, magiliw at masayahin si Sara kaya madaling nahulog ng loob ni Jay rito. Nais isipin ni Jay na pareho sila ng nararamdaman dahil palagi siyang gusto makita at inaalala ng dalaga. Para kay Jay may tila “unspoken understanding” na sila.

Nang sa wakas ay dumating ang oras ng break ni Sara ay lumapit ito kay Jay. “Tara na.” ika nito. “Si Mario nga pala katrabaho ko, sasabay sana siya kumain sa atin wala kasi siya kasama eh, okay lang ba??” Tinignan at kinamayan ni Jay ang asungot na epal sa oras nila ni Sara, pangiti-ngiti pa ang mokong. Ayaw man ni Jay wala itong nagawa kaya pumayag na lamang siya. Nilibre niya ng mirienda si Sara, damay na din ang asungot at sa my open park sila ng mall pumuwesto. Marunog naman pala makiramdam si Mario at medyo dumistansiya siya ng upo kina Jay. Sa tuwing nagkakaroon ng pagkakataong magkasusap sila pakiramam ni Jay ay mas nahuhulog ang loob niya sa dalaga. Mabilis lumipas ang oras, tapos na ang huling break ni Sara sa araw na iyon. Matapos ihatid ni Jay ang dalaga sa tindahan ay muli siyang tumayo sa tapat nito. Hindi pa siya uuwi, Dalawang oras na lang ay tapos na ang shift ni Sara, aantayin niya ito upang ihatid pauwi.

Madalas na ganito ang set up nilang dalawa. Nagiba lamang ito ng minsang si Sara naman ang bumisita Jay kay sa trabaho. Bisperas ng Bagong Taon iyon at pauwi ng bayan nila si Sara. Hindi makaalis ng trabaho si Jay kaya si Sara na lang ang pumunta sa kanya. Sanlaksang kilig ang naramdaman ni Jay ng araw na iyon. Upang mapahaba ang oras nila sa halip na magjeep ay inaya niyang maglakad si Sara.

Makalipas ang ilang araw, napagpasiyahan na ni Jay na kausapin si Sara para linawin ng ang estado ng relasyon nila. Ginawa niya ito habang naglalakad sila papunta sa inuupahan ni dalaga. Hindi sumagot si Sara. Kailangan raw nito ng panahon upang mag-isip. Naudlot ang tuwa ni binata.  Asang-asa kasi siya na positibo ang magigng tugon ng dalaga. Nalungkot man ay inintindi na lamang ni Jay ang dalaga.

Pagakatapos ng gabing iyon, hindi nagparamdam si Sara kay Jay. Nag-alala ang binata. Kaiba kasi ito sa nakasanayan niya na lagi siya may text mula kay Sara mula umaga hanggang sa kabuuan ng araw. Tinatawagan niya ito pero hindi iyon sinasagot ng dalaga. Ilang text din ang pinadala ni Jay subalit ni isa ay walang sinagot ang si Sara. Kinahapunan, pagkatapos ng trabaho, tinext niya ang dalaga sinabihan niya ito na nagaalala siya. at pupuntahan niya ito. Sa wakas ay nagreply ang dalaga. Umuwi raw ito sa bahay nila dahil masama ang pakiramdam nito at hindi siya pumasok. Dahil sa nalaman, lalong ninais puntahan ng binata ang dalaga. Napagpasyahan niyang pumunta muna sa pinagtatrabahuhan ni Sara para ipagtanong ang address nito.

Hindi niya inasahan ang nakita niya pagdating niya sa mall. Malayo pa siya sa tindahan na kanyang pakay ay natanaw na niya si Sara. Laking pagtataka niya dahil ang sabi nito ay hindi siya pumasok. Palapit na sana siya upang kausapin ang dalaga ng may makita siyang semi kalbo na mukhang gym instructor na pumasok sa tindahan, dumiretcho kay Sara at humalik sa labi. Pagkatapos ay tila nagpaalam si Sara sa mga kasama niya at habang nakaakabay sa kanya ang lalaki ay umalis na sila. Nayanig si Jay sa nasaksihan niya. Lutang siya. Hindi niya alam kung paano siya nakauwi ng  gabing iyon.

Kinagabihan ay nagtext si Sara. Hindi kinayang tanungin ni Jay ang dalaga tungkol sa nakita niya dahil takot siya sa maaring maging sagot nito. Kinamusta na lamang nito ang dalaga. Mabuti na raw ang pakiramdam nito at papasok na siya bukas. May sagot na din daw ito sa tanong ni Jay nung nagdaang gabi. Hindi pa daw siya handang makipagrelasyon dahil siya lamang ang inaasahan ng pamilya nila. Magkakahalong sakit, galit at pagakalito ang naramdaman ni Jay ng mga oras na iyon. Hindi niya maintindihan kung anung nangyari. Pero duwag siya. Wala siyang lakas ng loob na tanungin si Sara. Nagpanggap na lamang siyang walang nakita at na naiitindihan niya ang desisyon ng dalaga. Sana raw ay maaari pa din silang maging magkaibigan ika ni Sara na sinagot naman niya ng “Oo naman!”

Mula sa common friend nila ay nalaman ni Jay boyfriend daw ni Sara ung lalaking nakita niyang humalik at sumundo kay dito. Bago lamang daw sila. Ito ang kumpirmasyong kailangan ni Jay upang bumitiw na.  Mahal niya si Sara,  pero hindi siya tanga. Matapos niyon ay tinetext pa din ng dalaga ang binata, tinatanong nito kung bakit hindi na daw siya dinadalaw g binata. Hindi na ito sinasagot ni Jay.

Ang nakakatawa lang sa lahat ng pangyayaring ito, nagsimula at natapos ang lahat ng hindi nalalaman ni Jay kung ano ang apelyido ni Sara.

The Arayat Adventure

Sitting on a huge, uneven rock halfway up Mount Arayat, while my eyes feasted on a spectacular view, the internal debate I’ve always had about the choice of where my ideal place to live will be was going through my mind again. Is it on a mountain top or is it by the beach. It’s like there were two separate teams inside my head, vying for the championship title.

Team Mountain has the view from the top, how things look different from a vantage point, how one can almost touch the clouds. The fresh mountain air. The sounds from trees and other living creatures. Team Beach on the other hand has lying on the sand, hearing the sound the waves make when they hit the shore, watching the sun rise then set, feeling the cool sea breeze. Both offer priceless sensory overload in their own distinct way.

I’ve been to several beaches and it was one of my goals this year to try and climb a mountain. Like an normal person today, I posted this goal on Facebook. That status quickly became a chat box, friends sharing their suggestions some even offering to come with me. (Thanks guys!) February 8, was the day I was finally able to turn this goal into an adventure.

I try to approach each new adventure with a positive mindset. There is always that possibility that things will not go as planned and I make sure that it will not ruin the adventure for me. That was how I managed to still be smiling and excited for the trip even after waiting for an hour and finding out that the driver of our rented jeep was not able to wake up early and we will be riding a tricycle all the way to our destination instead. Hey, at least we’re not walking and our new ride was less expensive.

The level of my excitement shot up even more once we reached the the base of the mountain. That was it, I really will be doing it! We started walking, along the way we passed by life size statutes depicting the stations of the cross. I think this part is called Bundok Banal, I could only imagine the crowd of people who visit this place during the Holy Week. We passed by a DENR outpost where we submitted a signed waiver, which by the way I just signed but did not read since it was prepared by the people I was with. That’s how much I trusted them. It could also be because I was just too lazy to read it.

Before, I had wanted to climb a mountain with the help of an elevator. I wanted to avoid the effort of the actual climb thinking I am not capable doing it. This adventure changed that. I found myself enjoying the effort of the climb. Kaya ko naman pala eh! You really will never know if you can do something, until you actually do it.  

There was so much to see, I was so absorbed with exploring and appreciating what I was seeing that there were moments that I forgot that I had companions. During our climb, I was half expecting to get even just a glimpse of monkeys or birds, but I did not see or even hear any. The only creatures I saw were two bugs in the process of procreating and ants industriously working their butts off. Kuya Jun, our guide said before there used to be a good number of labuyo (wild chickens) and monkeys in Arayat, but due to hunting they’ve either gone into hiding or are just plain gone.

The path we took up the mountain was marked with yellow paint, mostly painted on rocks. It was obvious that this was the path people took to reach the summit, which was our original plan. We would pause every so often to drink, eat, catch our breathes and take pictures. Until finally we reached the spot our guide called the White Rock. This is where we will be eating our lunch. It was also the spot  where we decided to reschedule our goal to reach the summit.

I found the rock I was sitting on after lunch. It afforded me a bird’s eye view of the land below. It felt really good to just sit there where everything seems so near yet so far. It was like you can touch it all at the same time. In some ways we do. Every trash that is thrown carelessly touches it in a negative way. On our way up I saw the amount of trash people leave behind and it saddened me. We are used to city living where someone will always be there to clean  after us. It’s different here, no one will be there to clean after us. It wouldn’t really hurt if we bring down with us the trash that we brought up.

It is often said that it’s hard to get to the top. This is true, both literally and figuratively. However on our way down, I realized that going down is twice as hard. We had to carefully watch each step we took since one wrong step can send us sliding down the rocky terrain. I enjoyed this process though, thinking of it as strategy game, planning each step before I make it, each one taking me closer to my goal. This can also be likened to the way we choose to work our way up in our lives. Always respect the people you pass by during your ascent and not treat them as mere stepping stones to reach your goal. Remember, they will most likely be the same persons you will meet on your descent.

Although we were not able to reach the summit, I still consider this a personal achievement. Not bad for a first try if you ask me. This trip definitely won Team Mountain major points. I am still undecided though and that’s awesome, I still have more adventures coming to help me decide whether it’s Team Beach or  Team Mountain.

Shout out to Kuliat Mountaineers, Kuya Jun and The Legendaries for making this adventure possible. Big thanks guys!

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more adventures coming..