Bakery Fair 2013

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Bilang mga ambisyosang mga ‘baker’ daw, pumunta kami ni Rhoda sa World Trade Center. Nagregister kami tapos pumasok na kami para mapanood si Ms. Penk Ching gumawa ng cake decors gamit ang gum paste. Ang galing. Grabe ang attention nya sa details.

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May display din sila ng cakes at breads. Ang gaganda nung mga cake, tipong hindi mo makakain kasi manghihinayang ka masira. Haha.

Discounted ang mga gamit pang bake at binalak namin bumili ng silicon pan, rolling pin at whisk dahil ang mura. Sayang nga lang kasi every two years lang daw ang bakery fair. Gusto ko ng silicon pan na butterfly!

Hindi lang mga mata namin ang busog kung hindi pati ang aming mga tummy naging super happy din. Ang daming free taste na mga tinapay, na heaven para sa mahilig sa tinapay na gaya namin. May time pa na hindi na kami makakuha ng free taste kasi dalawang kamay namin may hawak ng pagkain at inumin. 😄

Natutunan ko na kung pano gumagawa ng uber sarap na coffee bun sa isang demo! Ang iisipin ko na lang kung san maghahanap ng biscuit flour. Hmm…

Konting ikot pa para sa paghahanap ng matcha powder at Bensdorp. Success kami parehas sa paghahanap. Sa wakas, makakagawa na ako ng green tea muffin, green tea mochi cupcakes at madami pa. Si Rhoda naman makakagawa na ng chocolate cake. Yey!!!

Hindi gaya ng Travel Expo, mabilisang ikot lang ang ginawa namin sa Bakery Fair kasi may lakad pa ako after. Mas bet ko ang bakery fair kesa sa Goldilocks Cake Expo na pinuntahan namin last year. 🙂 Aabangan ang next Bakery Fair after two years!

Expo para sa mga kaladkarin

Kahit na wala kaming budget para magbook or magreserve ng package, pumunta pa din kami ni Rhoda sa Travel Expo sa SMX. Ang daming tao at ang haba ng pila sa mga airline booths. May nakita pa kaming familiar faces na nakapila sa PAL. Nakakawindang lang ng slight kasi sa US dollars yung prices ng karamihan ng flights. Hindi gumagana utak namin para magconvert. Haha.

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Ang unang booth na sumalubong samin ay ang Japan booth na nakalista na na yung activities nila for the whole day. Binigyan agad kami ni ate ng list ng activities nila at kinakausap ako kahit hindi ko sha naggets. Kaya umikot na lang namin muna at nagdecide na bumalik sa booth sa oras ng mga gusto naming activities.

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Nagpalista kami para sa picture with Hello Kitty, napanood namin yung Karate Demo, nasaktohan yung free taste ng Taiyaki, inantay ang Sushi making demo at Calligraphy Workshop. Pero ang main event (parang boxing lang?) ang pagpapapicture namin kay kuyang bishonen. Sumimasen, aniki… do you have? Hahaha. Pretty nya noh?

Kada ikot namin and dulo namin ay Japan booth lagi, parang may magnet lang na humahatak samin pabalik ng Japan booth. Hahaha. At hindi si kuyang bishonen ang dahilan ng pagbalik namin ha. Slight lang.

Sa Thailand booth naman, ito ang bumati samin.

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Pinanood namin sila ateng sumayaw at mag lip-sync. Magingat sa mga makikinis na nilalang na nakikita nyo. Pag nagsalita yan magugulat kayo. Nawindang kami na talagang yun ang pinromote ng Thailand booth. At pag napapicture ka, kukunin nila yung kamay mo at ilalagay nila sa waist nila. Toroy! At may free Thai massage din pala.

Lunch time na. Ni-try namin ang chorizo burger at mushroom fries sa Pablo’s.

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Winner ang sarap ng burger at mushroom fries! Sana may branches sila na malapit, kaso nung nagtanong ako, windang ata si kuya ang binigay sakin pang franchise na card. Hmmm…

At para hindi naman masayang ang pagpunta namin sa Travel Expo, naghanap na lang kami ng tour packages para sa Bohol namin this year. May nakita kaming kayak adventure na bet namin isingit sa hectic itinerary namin. Magagawan ng paraan masingit yan.

Napansin din namin ang Guam booth kasi may sumasayaw sa stage. Ang ganda ng mga kanta na tinugtog at sinayaw nila. Gusto ko matutunan yung sayaw nila na may arnis kasi parang ang saya saya ng sayaw at simple lang para sa mga taong gaya ko na walang mind and body coordination. And pretty ng isang dancer kaso hindi kami nakapagpapicture kasi kelangan umakyat sa stage at ang daming tao. Na-inspire tuloy kami pumunta ng Guam para maghanap ng magkapatid matutunan yung sayaw nila at sumayaw sa beach.

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Sa Japan Airlines (JAL) booth naman may games at face painting sila. Naaliw ako sa isang game nila gamit ang chopsticks. May 5ng empty mineral bottles and pingpong balls. Gamit ang chopsticks ilalagay mo yung pingpong ball sa ibabaw ng bottle 1 tapos ililipat mo hanggang mo sa bottle 5. May 1 minute ka para matapos yung game tapos may prize ka. Nagalangan ako magtry kasi hindi naman ako expert sa pag gamit ng chopsticks. Nung trial ko, kung saan saan napunta yung pingpong balls kaya hindi na ako nagexpect nung tunay na game na. Surprise! Natapos ko sha in 1 minute ng sakto! Haha. May prize ako!

Ang haba ng pila sa face painting at habang nagaantay kami ng turn namin, napansin namin yung mga staff sa Guam booth. After ng butterfly painting ko at Sakura painting ni Rhoda, nag sign up kami sa Guam booth at nagpapicture kila Kuya. Sign up para saan kamo? No idea. Basta nagsulat lang kami para makausap sila kuya at magpapicture. Paraparaan lang yan. 😄

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Si Kuya na katabi ko, mabenta sa mga girls. Simula ng pagpila namin sa face painting hanggang sa pagkatapos namin, asa stage lang sha at nagpapapicture. Nung napagod naupo na pero nagpapaicture pa din. May kasama pang akbay ha! Ang haba ng hair! 😄

After 6 hours, lumabas din kami sa expo at uminon ng milk tea dahil sobrang uhaw na kami kahit ang dmai naming busog.

Cobo: Awesome Possibilities

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Natuwa ako sa tagline nila na Awesome Possibilities, Everything is possible for one who believes. Ordinary lang yung tea nila pero ang winner yung sago nila. Magic sago na parang bubble wrap. Pag kinagat mo may juice sa loob! Bonggels! Ang galing. Kung malayo ang MOA para sa inyo, meron din pong Cobo sa Victory Mall sa Antipolo. Try nyo yung  Bubble Burst flavors nila. Dapat yung Bubble Burst ha. Yung iba kasi normal na sago lang.

Pauwi na kami ng madistract kami sa Chinese Painting Exhibition.

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Ang gaganda ng gawa nila, merong scrolls, fans at light lantern.

Pagod much pero super enjoy naman ang Travel Expo. Hindi ko alam kung pano ako nakatagal ng 6 hours na nakatayo. O_O

Post Valentine with Shakespeare

After talking about trips we wanted to take, animes we watched and missed during college, tennis, service management, Emily Owens and baking cream puff and how complicated macarons are made (and scheduling the much awaited overnight baking session at Mi’s kitchen), we finally arrived at the CCP Theater. We grabbed something to eat and got to the theater just before the show started. ^__^

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I have never read Shakespeare’s work nor did I have any idea about A Midsumer Night’s Dream when we bought the tickets to the show. Okay, maybe a little because of a movie I watched (or re-watched) but I don’t know how much of the movie I watched was loyal to Shakespeare’s work. All I know is that there is a flower that could make you fall in love with the first person you see. And… that’s it. Hahaha.

I found out that it was much easier to understand old English if you watch the movie and read the book at the same time. At least that was Mi said, and I’m taking her word for it. I’m downloading the movie as I write (plus other of Shakespeare’s work).

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The 43rd season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is performed by Ballet Philippines at the CCP Main Theater from Feb15-17, 2013.

For some reason, our tickets were upgraded and we got lower balcony seats. Yay!

Before the show started, Mi briefed us about the story, and explained each character as they gracefully come out the stage. I didn’t catch the names of the characters during the briefing but as the each of them materialized from the stage, I got to know them.

It may not be much help but here’s what I understood from the show (names were provided by Mi): The king (Oberon) and queen (Titania) of the faeries had a fight and Oberon told Puck (his assistant who doesn’t have a single bone in his body) to find the magical flower and make Titania fall in love with a human to disgrace her.

In the human world, Hermia and Lysander is in love with each other and wanted to get married but Demetruis was also captured by the beautiful Hermia. Helena, Hermia’s friend (or is that sister?) is in love with Demetruis. Hermia and Lysander danced with grace while Demetruis ignores Helena as she literally threw herself  at him. Poor Helena. She wasn’t as graceful as Hermia since she had to slump and follow Demetruis around. She looked cute and funny doing everything in her power to make Demetruis notice her.

Oberon takes pity on Helena and commands Puck to use the flower’s powers to make Demetruis love Helena. Puck got confused and used the flower on Lysander who Demetruis Helena stumbled into making him fall for her while Hermia is sound asleep. When Hermia wakes up, she sees Lysander gone crazy over Helena. She tries to get her boyfriend back but the magical flower is way more powerful than her. Cat fight!

Puck slithers into the stage to find another human being and used his powers to make him act like a donkey and used the flower on Titania. The queen of the faeries falls in love with a donkey-like man. Ha! The queen with a donkey man.

Puck realizes something went wrong and used the flower on Demetruis making him fall for Helena, who faints adorably when Demetruis hugged her. Hahaha! Oberon finds the chaos among the four humans and reprimands Puck. Puck makes the humans sleep, arranging them with their respective partners and using the flower on the men. Lysander wakes up and looks at Hermia who is still mad at him for going after Helena. He apologizes and Hermia took him back. Demetruis wakes up still in love with Helena. Yay! Good for you!

The lovers got married and Oberon lifts the love spell on Titania. She leaves the donkey man and returns with her husband to their kingdom. Puck removes the spell on the man, returning him to his old self.

The End.

The ballet dancers come out for the final bow. It was disappointing not to see Puck to come out last. He deserves that final bow. He was so graceful and we don’t know how he does all that slithering and sliding on the stage. He was so fun to watch. So full of energy.

Another first for me is to see the performers after the show. They came out the theater after us and stood on the stairs for the audience to take pictures. Oberon and the main casts sat down to sign the programs bought. I love how Puck jumps around the audience gathering around the stairs to take their picture with him. Still so much energy even outside the stage! It was weird seeing their faces up close though. All the glittering make up! And they don’t look like what I expected but they were all lovely to look at.

Definitely watching the movie to help me understand the story better.

You still have one more day to catch them. Go see Puck dance, jump and crawl around the stage. He radiates so much energy. I love it! You’ll love him too, I promise!

Hansel and Gretel

After work, the ‘asarin-si-Dulce ‘ gang gathered to watch Hansel and Gretel (special thanks to our sponsor – bawi kami next time, pramis!). Jenli had some errands to do and went ahead while we wait for the rest of the group and we just met her at the mall.

The gala will not be complete without Dulce’s famous words like “So shuree (so sorry)” and “kaladkarrrrn (kaladkarin)”. Hahahaha.

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Now, the movie. The scenery reminded us of Twilight and Del predicted an appearance of a character and we were laughing so hard when the prediction came true. The story was kinda predictable but the execution of the movie was bloody entertaining. The fight scenes were bloody good, so bloody good I had my eyes closed almost all of the time. If gory movies are your thing, then you’d love every second of this movie. I didn’t know that Hansel and Gretel is that kind of movie but I still enjoyed it, thanks to the great company I had (healing waters! But insulin works so much better than healing waters. Haha.). Keeping our fingers crossed for a part two!

My favorite thing about the movie is the weapons they used. I’m not really a fan of crossbows (if you’re using a trigger to fire your weapon, why not just use a gun? same principle but less bulky.) but I want a crossbow just like Gretel’s. Best weapon in the movie!

Book launch and Movie weekend

Dulce and I went to The Morning Rush Book2 launch to get her books signed and to see the Kikay Barkada in person. We were in for a surprise. The line was so long and the orginazer of the event didn’t do a very good job keeping the event organized. There was no line and the even the security guards didn’t know where the start and end is.  We accepted the fact that we wont get Dulce’s books signed so we just waited to see the Kikay Barkada.

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The Kikay Barkada  came from the top floor from the glass elevator and waved at the Rushers waiting for them. And what minimal order the event had was flushed down the toilet. We just stayed for a few minutes until the Kikays got settled down and when they got busy signing the books, we left and went window shopping.

And mall hopping. We changed venue because I was going to claim some tickets for next week’s agenda and I texted my brother for an early birthday treat. We watched Jackie’s last movie, Chinese Zodiac. He’s a big fan of Chan, ask him about any of Chan’s movies and he can answer you without batting an eye.

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This is produced by no other than Mr. Jackie Chan himself. I was used to watching Chan’s movies and this man never failed to impress me. It is known to every fan that this man does his own stunts. I’m both happy and sad that he’ll be retiring after this and will be producing movies instead. Sad because his movies became a part of my childhood and I will really miss him but happy because it is just not right to be doing those stunts at that age. It worries me that he might seriously hurt himself (watch some of the stunts that went wrong during the credits, it was really scary when Jackie fell and couldn’t get back up and everyone from the set tried to help him), but all things said, the movie was GREAT! Chan using those hi-tech gadgets is something new to me. I was used to see him fighting using his hands and everything else inside the room (heh!) but those gadgets were really cool. I wanted to try the first stunt he pulled of in the movie.  I was so astonished and it looked so fun while watching it. It looked like I was watching Transformers instead of Jackie Chan movie. I really wanted to try that. Haha. I also loved the parachute thing in the maze. It was hilarious!

Just a minor rant though, parts of the movie was dubbed (still voiced by the same people) maybe it was just me, but I really am not a fan of dubbed movies.  That being said, it is a movie you’d want to watch for three or four times over. So, go and watch it. Definitely worth your time and money.

Bye JC. We will miss seeing you fight in the big screen using an umbrella, a couch, a picture frame and just about everything you could get your hands on but I look forward to the next movie you’ll produce. I have a good feeling about this new stuff. *sniff sniff* ^__^

P.S. After the movie there were cameras and some girl asking for comments about the movie. What the? It wasn’t even the opening day of the movie and I have never seen this what-can-you-say-about-the-movie thing being done to a foreign film. It happens alot to local films during its opening day. So when I saw the lights and camera I backtracked and hid behind Dulce . Wahahaha.