Pink Fridays: Stretch me out

Friday, February 26, 2010 0 Comments


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IMG_0501 I found this pink sofabed at the furniture section in Ortigas Home Depot and I want it!

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Hi-speed splash photography

Thursday, February 25, 2010 0 Comments

I really don't know the technical term for it and I think this is what best describes it. These are some good examples of splash photography.

splash tile Photo credits: from left to right

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Delicious Kitchen

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 0 Comments

IMG_0201 We got to try out this newly opened restaurant near Fitness First at Greenhills Shopping Mall. It's very near the newly constructed steel 3-level steel-decked parking space.

The name itself doesn't give away what type of cuisine it serves, just the promise of good eats. Inside, one can tell that it is a Chinese restaurant with a modern asian interior setting.

IMG_0189 Because we were anticipating a much heavier meal right after a movie, we ordered light. I had my first taste of xiao long pao. It's a mini-siopao bun with soup inside. I'm really curious about how it's prepared and I'm sure I glimpsed the method while channel surfing at home. The xiao long pao was good although I liked it better not dipped with the sauce it came in.

IMG_0206Php 175.00 Xiao Long Pao

We shared one serving of roasted pork and duck rice topping. The pork was cooked just right and the duck was good too. The meal however wasn't meant for two and I wish it was served in bigger portions.

IMG_0204 Php 210.00 Pork and Roasted Duck Rice Topping

For our side dish, we also ordered one serving of fried shrimp and pork dumpling. The dumpling was crisply alright, although I would have liked more serving of the filling instead of the dumpling wrapper. For some reason, the fried dumpling made me dizzy, could it be the oil that they used? Maybe it's just me.

IMG_0208 Php 88.00 Fried Shrimp and Pork Dumpling

All in all, the food that we tried here were great for a really affordable price but I may have yet to try their signature dish before I can properly rate the restaurant.

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A collection of Olympic Logos

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 0 Comments

Here are all the logos used in the previous Olympics and yes although I have to agree that the 2012 olympics logo is rather unique and different (ok ok, people just really hate it), I have also presented here the alternative logos that designers have come up with.

olympic logos and the following are the proposed alternatives…

alternatives What do you think? Which should have been the logo for the 2012 olympics? My personal choice would be the last logo and second would be the one with the hand.

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How I spent my Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 , , 2 Comments

IMG_0229 This year my Valentine's went a little bit different, well mostly because it was a special day for the Chinese as well. It's also Chinese New Year and what better way to spend it than at it's heart in the Philippines - Binondo.

I won a special slot for a blogger's food wok on Dong's travel blog by leaving a comment. I won't say it in detail what my comment was, except that it must've been special enough to catch his attention. Hahaha

IMG_0308 So off we were to Binondo and you can instantly feel the festive spirit in the air. There were so many people and I've probably seen all the colors that are made for the lions. Lion dances abound in the streets. There were a lot of New year trinkets and Chinese memorabilia being sold on the streets.

IMG_0366 I was wearing a tank top and jeans because a special someone warned me that there might be firecrackers on the streets. I wouldn't want a scratch on my legs do I? I didn't want to bring an umbrella so I wore a cap instead. The sun was high up by the time we set out from the Manila Post Office which was our meeting place. IMG_0369

I probably lost a lot of pounds from sweating profusely on the streets of Binondo but I worked up an appetite as well. I'll be blogging about my food adventures separately in the coming posts.

My trip to Binondo was memorable. I should have worn red. The Chinese wore something red that day, and I felt strangely out of place not wearing any red, but then again I'm not Chinese. :-P We also trekked to the different temples and ooohed and aaahed over the giant gold buddhas that we saw.

P2146220 From left: Archie, Anne, Chying, Dong, Me!, Josh and Doc Gelo

It was a great way to spend Valentine's day and I got to meet and bond with new friends. I also managed to take a lot of good pictures during the walk. I noticed there were a lot of people there armed with the DSLRs too (mine's only point and shoot). By afternoon, I was beat. The heat was more than I'm accustomed to everyday and it zapped my energy. Although I had fun, I was also eager to get home and rest.

IMG_0314 Taking a fun shot in the middle of Ongpin St. with Dong, our gracious host.

Thank you Dong for a very memorable day. *Sa uulitin*

Watch out for my Binondo food posts and a review of the Binondo Food Wok Map.

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Celebrities and Fairytales

Sunday, February 21, 2010 2 Comments

This was a photoshoot done by Annie Leibovitz for Disney in the Disney Dream Portrait Series done about a year ago and I’ve just stumbled on them recently. Click on the photos for a larger view. Photos courtesy of The Disney Blog.

Lopez_Anthony-lrg-w1600 Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony as Jasmine and Aladdin.

Jessica_Biel-lrg-w1600 Jessica Biel as Pocahontas

ariel-leibovitz-lrg Julianne Moore as Ariel, Michael Phelps as a merman

Baryshnikov_Bundchen_Fey-lrg-w1600 Wendy Darling, Gisele Bundchen - Peter Pan, Mikhail Baryshnikov - Tinker Bell Tina Fey

gisele-bunchen-wendy-peter-pan-05 close up of Tina Fey as Tinkerbell

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David Beckham as Prince Philip

JohanessenCinderella1-med Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella

JulieAndrews-leibovitz Pinocchio: Blue Fairy, Julie Andrews and apprentice, Abigail Breslin

PlattHatter1-med Alice in Wonderland, Beyoncé appears as Alice,. Oliver Platt as the Mad Hatter and Lyle Lovett as the March Hare.

RachelWeisz-leibovitz1600 Rachel Weisz as Snow White

6a00d83451739969e2010535b9800b970c-500wi Keira Knightley as Dorothy and Harisson Ford as Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz

gs_efron_hudgens_disney_090310_m Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron as Sleeping beauty and her prince

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Project 365: Red Week Roundup

Sunday, February 21, 2010 0 Comments

Another week done. My red week is now officially wrapped up. Tech week coming up. Follow my project 365 project for 2010 here.

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My taste of Vietnamese noodles

Sunday, February 21, 2010 0 Comments

After a blogger's event, we decided to get a quick bite at Pho Hoa. This is the first time I've ever tried Vietnamese noodles. I believe the proper name for the noodle soup is "pho". It typically contains noodles made from rice and is served with basil, lime and bean sprouts that can be added to the soup according to the customer's taste.

IMG_0165 IMG_0169IMG_0167 The soup was good and the broth was just right. It wasn't too salty or oily for that matter. I ordered Special Noodle soup and had a bit of the Shrimp rolls. The orders came in a white large bowl good enough for two, but surprisingly enough I was able to finish my bowl. The shrimp rolls were good too, but they were quite a mouthful to eat. Although it's still incomparable to Chinese hand-pulled noodles which I love by the way, this is something that is still worth a try.

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Incredible Body Paint Artists

Saturday, February 20, 2010 0 Comments

Guido Daniele

Handimals

handimals tile1 handimals tile 2 To view larger images of his works, visit his official site HERE.

Jenai Chin

Soles, designing for Temptu

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Other works from this artist includes photography, view her portfolio HERE.

Emma Hack

Wallpaper Collection

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You can view more of Emma’s incredible work at her official site HERE.

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Have you seen Avatar yet?

Friday, February 19, 2010 0 Comments

Well if you dreaded the long lines during the holiday break for the Avatar movie, I’ve just been given exclusive info that it is still on its extended showing week at IMAX SM Mall of Asia and at the IMAX theatre in SM North Edsa.

avatar-movie Here’s your chance to see for yourself why this movie got so many nominations and awards. Of course, catch it on IMAX for the best 3d movie experience. thumbs_up

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Pink Fridays: Hibiscus

Friday, February 19, 2010 0 Comments

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IMG_0146 I took a shot of this flower the last time I went to Exotic Restaurant which is in Laguna. It’s very rare for me to find a pink hibiscus, the common ones are usually red.

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Valentine's Day movie

Thursday, February 18, 2010 0 Comments

RATING: filmfilmfilmout of 5

SPOILER ALERT!

I was fortunate enough to get invited to a press screening of this movie. (Thank you very much to Ms. Sionee and Warner Bros!) Valentine’s Day is the story of several strangers whose lives were somehow interconnected as they celebrated in different ways, February 14 – Valentine’s Day. There was a story about love, betrayal, singlehood, the love of a parent, exploration, declaration and disappointments. Each of the characters themselves provided a unique insight about how each of us can experience love. It also provided a reality that some are not lucky enough to find it.

What I love about the movie

VALENTINES DAY I love the different perspectives on love. I also love how their lives were all tied up by the flower delivery business owned by Reed, Ashton Kutcher’s character.

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I watched with delight as Jennifer Garner’s character, Ms. Julia Fitzpatrick, put Dr. Harrison Copeland (Patrick Demsey) in his place in front of his wife. I really do hate cheaters and it serves him right.

I also loved Julia bashing a heart-shaped pinata with a vengeance during Kara’s (Jessica Biel) I hate Valentine’s day party. That must’ve felt good.

There was also the subtle addressing of teens exploring their sexuality and it wasn’t presented in a vulgar way.

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I also liked that gay declaration part and the little surprise in the end. Haha! I wouldn’t have guessed.

What I don’t like about it

I don’t like the Taylor & Taylor scenes. I know this is the movie where Taylor Swift makes her acting debut as Felicia but to be honest, she just plain sucked. Taylor Lautner was of course, fresh from his Twilight glow and it was a bit strained when Felicia was asking him to take his shirt off. Frankly, the movie would have done just great without their scenes. It was really unnecessary. If it was used to generate hype, well I don’t get it.

Overall this was good movie to watch. It’s not too mushy and not to heartbreaking either. The lightness is just right not to leave a bitter after taste if you were single come Valentine’s Day. For a romantic comedy, I think the director of Pretty Woman did a good job..

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