Muni-muni after watching Smaller and Smaller Circles

Sasc

Sa tuwing napapadaan ako sa National Bookstore, lagi kong napapansin ang librong Smaller and Smaller Circles. Intrigang intriga talaga ako sa pabalat niya pero nung nalaman kong may ginagawang pelikula si Raya Martin, na isa sa mga hinahangaan kong batang direktor noong college pa ako, naisip ko na huwag na bilhin ang libro. Naexcite kasi ako makita siya sa big screen at ayokong biglang masabi na mas maganda ang libro kaysa sa pelikula gaya ng ginawa ko nung napanood ko ang Punyetang Hunger Games. Kanina, pagkatapos ko manood ng SASC, gusto ko na bigla basahin yung libro. Hindi ako kritiko o kung ano pa man, hilig ko lang talaga ang manuod ng pelikulang Pilipino at alam ko kung ano gusto ko. Putang ina, gustong gusto ko kung gaano kabagal nag unfold ang mga bagay bagay sa SASC. Mas gumuguhit sa ulo mo yung eksena, mas dama mo yung bigat ng istorya, mas nakikita mo kung sino yung tunay demonyo. 

SASC

Kung di ka pa pamilyar, ang istorya ng SASC ay umiikot sa dalawang Jesuit priests na forensic experts din at na-assign sa kaso ng mga batang pinapatay sa payatas. Hindi gaya ng mga crime thriller na may mega grand reveal ang mga killers, ang SASC ay may kakaibang paraan ng paglalahad ng mga bagay-bagay. Walang bonggang interogation scene at maaksyong habulan gaya ng silence of the lambs o mala supernatural na pagpasok sa isip ng killer pero hindi ito boring. Medyo coño oo pero hindi ba ganun naman talaga? 

Ang saya na naprepredict yung mga mangyayari, pero ang twist talaga dito eh yung maiinis ka sa fact na ang tagal mangyari ng prediction mo dahil may sistemang nagpapabagal ng lahat. Marerealize mo na lang sa gitna ng pelikula na hindi tungkol sa isang masamang tao na pumapatay ng kapwa niya ang istorya kundi sa isang bulok na sistema at kultura ng mga dating sumakop sa bansa natin na umiiral pota! 

Parang yung pakiramdam mo kapag nagda drive ka tapos may u turn slot naman diyan pero kailangan mo pang dumiretso sa dulo kasi nandun yung sign nilagay. Yung nilalamok at antok na antok ka na pero hindi ka pa pwedeng matulog hanggat di natatapos ang mala 100+ na abaginoong maria. O kaya naman may pedestrian lane naman dati diyan pero dahil may bida bida kayong Mayor na nagpagawa ng over pass na pagkataas-taas eh wala kang choice kundi umakyat kahit pilay ka punyeta. Ganun yung feeling.

Ang paborito ko talaga sa SASC ay ang disenyo ng tunog. May pakiramdam akong hinihila ako sa eksena at talagang sinasabihan akong pota namnamin mo. Although hindi ko maiwasang hanapan ng backstory at rason yung ibang mga characters, nakatulong ng malala yung pag focus ko sa dalawang pari. Hindi kasi sila yung tipo na bida yung isa tapos side kick lang si ganito. Ang ganda ng chemistry ng characters nila pero not in a romantic way. Nasaktan ako sa Maruya pero parang gusto kong magpatingin ng ngipin. LOL! 

Kung tatanungin mo ako, hihikayatun kitang manood, kwentuhan tayo after. Ako nagsasabi sa iyo. Kailangan mo ng kausap, mahirap sarilinin, nakakapraning.


Up on Cloud 9: Enjoying life’s feel good moments as they happen


Each day is composed of special moments that make life worth living. But in a world full of distractions, people tend to fast forward in life and forget the value of living in the moment.

SM, Globe team up to boost Supermall internet


SM Supermalls, in partnership with Globe Telecom Inc., boosts free internet services in selected SM malls nationwide starting November this year. With a speedy and reliable internet connection, more shoppers and mall goers will be able to access everything they need online to make their mall-going experiences enjoyable, seamless, and convenient.

My takeaway from attending Goldilocks Kabuhayan Bakery Grand Launch

Goldilocks Kabuhayan Bakery Grand Launch

Life is how you make it, When one door closes, another one opens, these are some of the quotations I remember whenever I hear people talks about the alternatives; people who are up for change and willing to embrace the challenges for the greater good. In my recent trip to Batangas, we met with a community who already made their choice and shut down a global threat for their future generation.

Masaguitsit-Banalo High School

Goldilocks Kabuhayan Bakery Grand Launch
Students from Masaguitsit-Banalo High School during the Grand Launch of Kabuhayan Bakery
In 2015, Verde Island Passage (VIP) Lobo, Batangas was in the spotlight for having the worlds famous Shorefish Biodiversity endangered because of excessive mining. Due to lack of viable livelihood options, most residents surrounding the barangays opt for small-scale mining. 

Goldilocks Kabuhayan Bakery Grand Launch
Mangrove Forest Lobo, Batangas 2017
Small-scale mining as defined by the R.A. 7076, refers to the act of mining activities which rely heavily on manual labor. Although there are laws regarding its implementation, there's still no absolute assurance for the rehabilitation of damaged areas.

Goldilocks Kabuhayan Bakery Grand Launch
Principal III of MNHS Thelma Pascua, ALFKI-BK Program Director Johanna Jeraldine Santos and Goldilocks Marketing Manager Eloisa Lacap unveiling the Kabuhayan Bakery Bronze plate
In response to this, the Goldilocks foundation, in partnership with ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc.'s Bantay Kalikasan, and the Nutrition Center of the Philippines, recently launched a fully-functional Kabuhayan Bakery - built to provide alternative means of livelihood to the local populace and reduce their dependence on mining.

Goldilocks Kabuhayan Bakery Grand Launch

The bakery, located in Masaguitsit-Banalo High School, is the first of many planned for other locales around the VIP. It has already hired and trained locals, mostly students, to operate the bakery. Aside from baking, they are also given the knowledge in running the business from a managerial perspective.

Goldilocks Kabuhayan Bakery Grand Launch

As one of the program's partner, Honda Philippines donated a motorcycle so the bakery's products can be transported around the area. 

Goldilocks Marketing Manager Eloisa Lacap
According to Goldilocks Marketing Manager Eloisa Lacap, they are hoping that through the Kabuhayan Bakery project, lesser people around the VIP pursue other livelihood options. She also added that keeping the populace from mining will definitely help in the conservation of the area.


The school is currently producing roughly 500 pieces of bread in different variety per day, which they sell for 5 Pesos each. According to ALFKI-BK Program Director Johanna Jeraldine Santos, they are also planning to introduce bread out of native fruits like atis, tamarind, and kamias.

During the launch, we were given the opportunity to see and experience what the programs aim to preserve. We went touring Lobo's Mangrove Forest,

My takeaway from attending Goldilocks Kabuhayan Bakery Grand Launch

My takeaway from attending Goldilocks Kabuhayan Bakery Grand Launch
Mangrove Forest 

snorkell in the world's famous shorefish biodiversity,


and get our hand's dirty planting trees and harvesting veggies at this organic farm.


Goldilocks foundation also aims to expand this Kabuhayan Bakery Project not only in Batangas but all over the Philippines.

In this 2-day trip, I realized that we often look regretfully with missed opportunities and sulk with negativity, that we no longer see how limitless our chances are. Living in Manila may bring drought to our creativity and will to strive, but if we focus less on the negatives and start working our way up, maybe a bunch of opportunities awaits. Just like some of the people in Lobo, Batangas, shutting down small-scale mining left them penniless, but they took the challenge and it now opens new windows of opportunities for them to gain more.

My takeaway from attending Goldilocks Kabuhayan Bakery Grand Launch
Here's my nude photo. LOL! ;)
By the way, for more information about Goldilocks foundation initiatives, you may follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @GoldilocksPH, like their Facebook Page or visit www.goldilocks.com.ph. If you are from Lobo, Batangas and is interested in the Kabuhayan Bakery products, you may contact 0926770471.

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QUARTER LIFE CRISIS: I never thought it would feel like this


Lola Rosy is that one person I fear of when I was a child. She has this kontrabida Cherrie Gil vibe that makes me very uncomfortable. Her white permed hair tells me she's someone above everyone in the neighborhood and she's more than just my grandmother; she's a health worker rockstar and the wife of the barangay captain (My Lolo). Lola Elsa is the opposite. She has the smell of baby powder, gas, and wood that obviously came from relentlessly scrubbing our wooden floor. She hates bugs and mites and she makes the best smelling sinangag ever. Tita Merly, is my ever caring and youthful lola. She doesn't want to be tagged as Lola thus the word Tita. Well, she deserves all the rights to that because of her undeniably YOLO vibe. I remember seeing her face glow as she swings her hips and dance to the groove of pop music back when we used to have family reunions. Growing up with my grandmothers made me a "Lola's Boy". I remember how I give them headache's and heartaches from stealing money, my cousin's toys, and ulam (oh that pritong galunggong), hiding inside the cabinet and messing the clothes, escaping the house premise during their forbidden time, keeping a snake, taking care of frogs, skipping elementary, and much more. I may not be their favorite apo, but what can they do? They've no choice but to take care of me back then. Now that I've grown up, I don't know how I can turn back the favor.  If only I have a magical wand that can give them back their youth, I would, but all I have now is this situation. 

Realizations after Running: Robinsons 10th Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run

JOTG
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Suddenly, I found myself walking with a crowd of running individuals wearing the same shirt as me. I was there for a reason, but in that moment I don't know what that effing reason is. My blog pushes me to be on the go even though deep inside me I am saying no. I am anti-social masqueraded by my obnoxious extrovert personality. I'm grateful I was considered to be a buddy for this run in defiance of my refusal. I got lots of goods afterward, but what am I here for? 

I'm in the point of my life where I try to find purpose in everything I do. I know you might be thinking what the fuck is wrong with me? But the hell I care with your thoughts. I'm fat, ugly, and trying hard. I eat bashing for breakfast so I decided to make my existence worthwhile. If I am making an impact, if I disturbed them and comfort those who are disturbed, then maybe I am doing what I am made for. 

So why I am here? 

Realizations after Running:  Robinsons 10th Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run

Sir Ed from www.whereiseduy.com was holding his phone high doing a live broadcast on his Facebook account. He was creating publicity mileage for the event. Me? Well, I was trying to join him and somehow observing. Judging runners with their ways. Bashing everyone who threw their rubbish on the sidewalk, neglecting all the trash bags located at every stop. Hating the fact that they all look beautiful and confident despite sweat and dirt. God, I am so insecure! Maybe that is what I am here for. To release all the negatives and reflect on all the goodness the world has to offer. I envy them so much that I want to look and feel like them in an instant. My enemy is myself. That fucking lazy ass of mine needs some working to do. 

This Robinson's Supermarket wellness advocacy is one with the universe to make people like me realize how much worth it, it is to stay fit and healthy. I also discovered how much they care for our total wellness because of this post from a blogger friend on Facebook. 

Collecting and making their stores a drop-off point for "Ecobricks" is a small gesture that can create a big impact on our planet. To know more about Ecobrick click HERE

Realizations after Running:  Robinsons 10th Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run

It's like everything is collaborating to tell me not to fuck up things. What am I doing with myself ignoring all their signages everytime I shop at the Robinsons Selections store? What am I doing with my life?
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The fun run is just one of the programs this July. Robinsons Supermarket is also giving away Healthy You snack platters for a minimum purchase of Php 3,000 inclusive of Php 500 worth of participating items of the Wellness Festival.

Robinsons Supermarket‘s commitment to wellness campaign extends to providing Filipinos with delicious and healthy food options and alternatives. Check out their Facebook page www.facebook.com/RobinsonsSupermarketOfficial or website www.robinsonssupermarket.com.ph to see what's good for you. 


READ: My dog just bit me

Cali after grooming
A few weeks ago, I adopted a dog named Cali. He obviously has fear aggression due to the fact that he has never been socialized for almost 2 years. Today he bit me. I was broken hearted because, for all I know, we're already ok. Before the incident, we were already playing. I was able to walk him to the vet for check up and grooming and carry him back home. I even prepared him a bed. While giving him a goodnight touch, he suddenly bit me. I gazed upon his eyes as I hold my hands up high. I saw fear and loneliness. I don't know what is going on in his mind, but I can really feel his pain. I cry every time I remember. I wanted to hate who ever did him wrong but what's the point? 

I know Cali was born to be sold. He never gets the love he deserves from his previous family. Growing up he never realized his purpose because he was chained all day and doesn't get enough time to socialize. When I adopted Cali, I know it'll be a long and hard journey. Giving him treats, playing with him, walking him around the house compound doesn't work instantly. There are moments where he just started to growl and bark at me for no reason. 

According to PAWS, it is not responsible to abandon dogs because of their behavior, yet here in the Philippines, there are still a huge amount of stray dogs that are up for adoption. Some are even euthanized because of the lack of facilities or because of their aggressiveness. 

There are already too many people who refused to adopt Cali due to his behavior so I decided to say yes. I know what it feels to be rejected and I can't endure it, knowing that someone as cute as him feels the same. I adopted Cali because no one wants to, not because no one cannot. 

Tomorrow, I'll go to the clinic to get antirabies and anti-tetanus shots. I will not give up on Cali so those who have thoughts of sending away their pets. If you can't handle a single bite, DO NOT BUY OR ADOPT ANY KIND OF ANIMALS YOU CAN THINK OF!  

Dogs (and other pets) are supposed to be part of the family and not just an accessory for your filthy little show of wealth. We are the one responsible for shaping their purpose. God knows he can't be physically with us so he gave us dogs. He gave us dogs to show us what unconditional love means and I don't think we deserve it.