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. ^__^

eventbanner_midsummer

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).

Midsummer2

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!

Potted Potter

Pahinga muna sa Bacolod posts (may dalawang araw pa akong hindi nagagawa). Mashadong mahaba ang mga Bacolod posts eh. Kaya ito na lang muna…

Ang agenda ko ng umaga: Medical Mission sa Rizal National Science High School (RNSHS) organized by the alumi. Kaso kelangan ko umalis ng mas maaga para makaabot sa Potted Potter. Plus, nasa akin ang printed tickets namin kaya bawal ako malate.

Official Poster

With my nihon-esque family, we enter the theater. Habang nagaantay na magstart ang play, napansin namin yung isang actor na hawak yung libro. In character agad! Talagang inantay namin kung gagalaw sha o hindi. Gumalaw naman sha… pero hindi niya nililipat ng page yung binabasa nya. Tapos may nag voice over.

Show starts. Potted Potter squeezed all seven Harry Potter books in 70 minutes. Hindi ko ma-imagine kung pano itatawid ng dalawang actors (Jesse Briton and Gary Trainor) ang seven books ng silang dalawa lang.

Jesse & Gary
Photo c/o ClickTheCity.com

Ang dami naming tawa. Ibang level ang energy nila Jesse at Gary. At kahit nasa Balcony kami nakaupo, kitang kita pa din ang mga facial expressions nila. Winner ang mga props, Hogwarts train, fire-breathing dragon and the wands. Shempre may live Quidditch Match pa na favorite part ni Jesse. Kumpleto ba ang Quidditch kung walang Golden Snitch? Shempre hindi. Hahaha. May mga song and dance number pa!

Photo from ClickTheCity.com

Ang galing nung nagsulat ng play. Hindi nakakasawa yung mga jokes. Bilib din ako kila Jesse at Gary kasi ang bilis nila mag-adapt sa culture natin. Pinagaralan talaga bago sila sumabak sa entablado.  Tapos tatlong shows na sunod sunod sa isang araw. 30 mins lang ang pahinga nila sa pagitan ng mga shows na yun. X.X Definitely a must-see for all the Harry Potter fans out there. Yung ibang nanood nga naka-costume pa. Hehehe.

After ng play, pinagisipan namin kung san kakain kasi nagugutom na kami. Habang naglalakad at nagiisip kumain, nagkkwentuhan kami tungkol sa Cam Norte trip ni Mi.

M: Rio, party tayo sa birthday mo.

R: Sige, San?

M: Sa Calaguas.

R: Ikaw na ang madaming pera.

M: 2k plus lang yung nagastos namin.

R: Talaga? Go!

Boom! Sabog nanaman ako neto. Hahaha.

Maya-maya konti, napagkasunduan namin pumunta kami ng Little Tokyo dahil nagccrave kami ni Mi ng Japanese food at naghahanap din sha ng flour na pang gawa ng mochi. Habang nagddrive si Mi papuntang Little Tokyo, napagusapan ang paghahanap ko ng navigator. Kelangan ko ng lalaking navigator. Haaayy… Ang hirap naman… Pansamantagal, si Dha muna. Haha.

Pagdating ng Ltitle Tokyo, nag-grocery na si Mi para sa mochi nya. At dahil maaga pa, sarado pa yung mga kainan. Lungkot… Plan B. Market Market ang bagsak namin para kumain sa Sushi King. Natawa ako kasi napansin kong may tofu ang order naming tatlo. Kay Dha, sizzling fish and tofu. Sakin naman tofu don. Ang order naman ni Mi sushi at spicy noodles na may tofu.

Hindi kumpleto ang isang meal ng walang dessert. Dinayo pa namin ang Slice sa dulo ng Bonifacio High Street para nagdessert at matikman ang pinagmamalaki nilang Choco Yema cupcake.

(From top to bottom) Choco Yema, Rocky Road and Candyland Choco cupcake

Moist yung Choco Yema cupcake kaya masarap. Gagayahin ko ito. Haha. Yung Rocky Road masarap din. May touch of banana. Yung Candyland, medyo dry yung cupcake pero bumawi sa icing. Gawa sa mamahaling butter yung icing kaya masarap.

Choco Stirrer for Mi

Isang block ng bittersweet chocolate at mainit na gatas. Yum…

Citrus Burst for me

Coffee + Orange tapos may bonus na granola. Hindi ko feel yung granola kaya hindi ko ginalaw. Masarap naman yung coffee. Ang unang malalasahan mo yung asim factor ng orange tapos mawawala at mapapalitan ng coffee. Kaso hindi ko na naubos kasi inaantok na ako… Wrong move.

Kay Dha naman Naked Dark Chocolate. Purong cacao tapos may milk at sugar na nakahiwalay. Ikaw na ang bahala magtimpla. Tinikman ni Dha ngunit hindi kinaya ng powers nya. Para sa isang tao na hindi naglalagay ng creamer sa kape nya at uber konting asukal, matindi talaga yung Naked Dark Chocolate kasi binuhos nya lahat ng milk at sugar sa chocolate ng walang alinlangan.

Habang nagdedessert, napagusapan ang pagdating ng pasko at plinano na namin ang Christmas party ng Kuku-core. Overnight stay sa Taytay. May dalawang choices:

1) Tea party sa Picnic Grove, meaning nakadress lahat with matching hat (lakas lang ng trip) or

2) Rent ng bahay tapos party sa garden.

Paguusapan pa sa email kung anong mangyayari. Sana may raffle uli sa party. Haha.

Slice:

G/F Bonifacio High Street Central, West Superblock, 7th Ave cor 29th St Fort Bonifacio, Taguig (02) 565-1998