Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"The Adventures of Tintin" Premiere Night at IMAX Theater SM-Southmall

The mere mention of SM-Southmall to my children sends my children to ecstasy. They know it means movie, food, and shopping. As I have mentioned in one of my previous posts, my family loves to go to SM-Southmall because of its proximity and the wide array of stores located inside the mall, which makes our shopping more fun and convenient. 

In one of our visits to the mall, the kids saw a poster of an upcoming movie "The Adventures of Tintin". The poster itself depicts both sea and road adventures. My two boys asked if we can see the movie when it starts showing on the movie house. I hesitated. I do not have any idea who Tintin is so I need to research first what kind of movie this is. They both agreed. 

After that trip to the mall, I got too busy writing posts for my blogs and articles for my clients as well as attending different events that I forgot my promise to my boys that I will do a research about the movie before I can give my word whether they can see it or not. Good thing the boys seemed to have forgotten it as well. 

It was only until I received an invitation from SM-Southmall last Saturday to attend the premiere showing of "The Adventures of Tintin" that I was reminded to research some information regarding the movie. The premiere showing was held last night on their IMAX theater. And when the kids saw me watching the trailer and reading articles related to the movie, they asked if they can see the movie or not. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I Won! I Won!

Last Thursday, I received a message from the event coordinator of Impressca, the restaurant I blogged about last month. The message said I won a special prize from Impressca, based on the review I made on their restaurant after their advocacy launch. I got really excited! 

More than the prize itself, the fact that my writings are read and recognized, it brings more honor to me and I really appreciate it. It gives inspiration to write better as well as motivation to write more. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Today, I Am Thankful For...

Today is Thanksgiving Day for our family and friends in the United States. I can smell the roasted turkey on the dining table. Thanksgiving dinner is very special as they enumerate the things they are thankful for the year. 

Though I am not in the US, I would like to share my list of the things I am thankful for. In random order, I am thankful for... 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holiday Runway Picks by SM-Southmall

SM-Southmall is one of the first malls south of Metro Manila. My family loves to hang out here because of its proximity in our place plus the availability of the products we need, which makes our shopping more fun and convenient.

When I went there last Friday, I was able to witness the biggest fashion show event in the South Metro. The Holiday Runway Picks showcased its holiday collection for men, ladies, teens, and kids. Several international and local brands participated in the runway event, including Bayo, Terranova, For Me, Folded & Hung, Payless Shoesource, Levi’s, Celine, Regatta, Fitflop, Maldita, Petit Monde, Just G, Le Jean De Marithe Francois Girbaud, Shubizz, Accessorize, Tomato, Michelis, The Travel Club, Oxygen, Tibal, Onesimus, Our Tribe, Penshoppe, Arrow, Peppermint, Periwinkle, Oshkosh B’gosh, and Gingersnaps. 

The SM-Southmall Holiday Runway Picks showed that holiday celebrations are all about parties and get-togethers with the entire family and friends, starting from day until night, and up to the wee hours of the morning. This fashion event not only proved that fashion in South Metro is very laid back but it also featured the latest collections for the entire family, a fashion that can go from laid back casual to hip and trendy and dressy in an instant. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sweet, Final Quarter for Candy Pangilinan

My kids love to watch Daldalita, an afternoon show in GMA, while they are having their after-school snack. They enjoy watching Daldalita and her animal friends. Earlier today, I watched the show with my children. I realized that the voice of Mother Daisy, the duck, is Candy Pangilinan's. It was then that I asked myself what is the latest with her. The question prompted me to do my research. Gee, I am glad to find out that she is still around even more than  two decades in the entertainment industry. 

Candy Pangilinan has joined the roster of talents of the fast-rising TV-5 network, where she is currently a part of the television adaptation of the classic 1980s teen film Bagets. Candy plays the challenging role of a single mom who has three bi-racial children: a Filipino-Japanese, a Filipino-Korean, and an Afro-Asian. Under the direction of Mark Reyes, Bagets airs on TV-5 every Sundays at 3 PM, after Paparazzi

Candy is also set to appear on upcoming television adaptation of another classic 1980s film P.S. I Love You where she plays the role of Dina Bonnevie's best friend. Despite the many best friend role she has portrayed, Candy is challenged how she will give the role a fresh and different twist that will set it apart from other best friend roles that she has portrayed. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

2011 Licensure Examination for Teachers Results Released

The result of the 2011 Licensure Examination for Teachers held last September 25 has been released. I read the news form the GMA News feed on my Facebook account.

When I browsed through the names of our new licensed teachers, I felt joy and at the same time, proud, when I saw the name of my husband's nephew, Joselito D. Aquino, on the roster of those who passed the examination. We have a new professional in the family!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Stellar-Philippines Opens Its Second Office

I used to work in a call center. I spent the last eight years of my life in the industry before deciding to work at home and be a full-time writer and blogger. I felt a sigh of relief as I submitted my resignation letter to our HR Department. No more calls... no more queues... no more metrics... and most of all, no more bosses. 

Despite the eight long years, I could not stop myself from asking former colleagues and bosses about updates and events on the industry every now and then. Would you blame me? It fed my family for eight years! So, when a friend invited me to grace the opening of the second office of Stellar-Philippines, a call center located in Quezon City, I did not hesitate and immediately confirmed my attendance. Somehow, I know deep inside me, I miss life inside call center. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pacquiao wins over Marquez on their third fight

Manny Pacquiao, the world's greatest boxer in history, has once again proved his boxing prowess after defending his WBO Welterweight Division title against Juan Manuel Marquez today on Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

"Ang Babae sa Septic Tank" Goes to Oscars

The Film Academy of the Philippines chose the movie "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank" to represent the Philippines in the 84th Academy Awards Best Foreign Langauage Film Category. Written by Chris Martinez and directed by Marlon Rivera, the movie features Eugene Domingo, Kean Cipriano, JM De Guzman and Cai Cortez. 

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank narrates a day in the life of three ambitious and passionate but misguided filmmakers as they set out a short pre-production meeting at Starbucks to create what they think to be a wonderful independent film, dreaming of international film festivals and awards, such as the Oscars. Producer Bingbong (JM De Guzman), Director Rainier (Kean Cipriano), and Production Assistant Jocelyn (Cai Cortez) are graduates of topnotch film school who believe they have the energy and the drive to produce an award-winning movie and turn their dream into reality, no matter what the cost may be. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Impressca: Healthy Choices, Healthy Pleasures

Aside from supporting the fight against cancer and campaigns on environment protection, I am also a supporter of healthy lifestyle. Healthy living has been one of my advocacy since I was young. I do not drink coffee because we learned in grade school that it is not good for the nervous system. And despite the information campaign that coffee helps the fight against cancer, I still do not drink this beverage. Perhaps, it has something to do with the taste this time. I prefer to eat fish and vegetables because I believe they are healthier for both our body and the planet. I even grow a mini-herb garden in our terrace to help reduce the air pollution and create a greener environment.

Thus, when I received an invitation to attend the advocacy launch of Impressca, a restaurant located in the heart of Quezon City, I immediately confirmed my attendance without any hesitation. Impressca is an Italian word that literally means "freshly served".  

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A SpongeBob Birthday for Arkin

If you have been following my blog, you may wonder who Arkin is. All my three kids Joma, E-mann, and Eiya have already celebrated their birthdays, so who is Arkin? 

Gann Arkin Ortiz San Agustin is the son of my husband's niece. In other words, he is my children's nephew... and my husband's grandchild. NOTE: My husband's, not mine! It still does not sink in to me that I am already a grandmother. I am still young! 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lost! (Part 2)

When the bus we were riding did not turn right on Gil Puyat Ave as we were expecting, we already expected it will take us longer to get to the cemetery. Fortunately enough, the bus took the turn where we least expected it and so we went back to the route we should take. Unknown to us, there will be another lost story to take place during the day. 

It was already 12PM when we left La Loma Catholic Cemetery. My sisters and my mom will proceed to Eternal Gardens Memorial Park in Quezon City where my grandparents (my mom's parents) were buried while we will go straight to the Heritage Memorial Park in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig to visit my mother-in-law's grave. Again, we took the LRT train, but this time got off at EDSA station. The kids were excited to ride the jeepney, but after learning that we will walk (again!) from the gate of the cemetery to their grandmother's grave, they requested that we hire a cab. Why not? Cars are allowed inside this cemetery anyway. I was laughing my heart out as we wait for the cab that will bring us to Heritage Memorial Park.

When we arrived in the memorial park, my eldest son Joma asked for permission if he can go to what he call "The Great Wall of China", because it really looks like The Great Wall. I allowed him because the wall is within the area where we can still see him. Moreover, he promised that he will be back after 5 minutes. 


November 1 is a national holiday for the Filipinos in observance of All Saint's Day as Filipinos remember their dearly departed. In lieu with the tradition, Filipinos flock to the cemeteries to visit the graves of their family members who had gone ahead of them to pay respect and offer prayers. Some families also grab this opportunity to go to their provinces and reunite with their family and relatives. 

In our case, we take advantage of this day to introduce our kids to their grandparents whom they did not have the chance to meet, especially their grandfathers, who passed away several years before they were born. This year, we did not go to my father-in-law's grave anymore because we did not bring a car and anticipated the heavy traffic in Himlayang Pilipino in Tandang Sora. Besides, my husband as well as his other siblings already paid a visit to their father's grave on his birthday last Thursday so we removed Himlayang Pilipino in our itinerary for the day.