Saturday, July 28, 2007

Inmates dance to "Thriller"
Inmates in Cebu make good use of their time by learning to dance. That's way more productive than wallowing about mistakes that cannot be undone. This video is pretty inspiring, even though it stars a man dressed in a pink halter top. Way to go!

The Case of the Missing Wedding Ring

One of us was bound to lose his or her wedding ring. It was just a question of who will lose it first. We answered that question last Monday when Pao exclaimed on our way home from work that he's missing his ring. I wasn't at all surprised and was only mildly upset. Now that I think about it, I was upset not at the fact of its loss but because it was a rather expensive ring that we had custom-made to Pao's specifications. Where will we get another ring like that?

The next day, however, the missing ring was found sound asleep in the pocket of one of Pao's shirts. The question now being, what was it doing there in the first place?

The plot thickens...

Go Nuts Donuts Cupcakes

I never got it with the Krispy Kreme hoopla as I am, and forever will be, faithful to the donuts that I married, Go Nuts Donuts. I understand this is a Filipino brand, which all the more makes buying dozens of it enjoyable for me.

Anywho, I tried their new cupcakes last week just to show my support for my donut-husband. The cupcakes, unfortunately, do not do it for me. The variety I got particularly tasted like cupcake from the bakery sa kanto, with chocolate and lily's peanut butter on top. It wasn't bad-tasting, it just wasn't good enough to carry the Go Nuts Donuts name.

At P35 each, TRY it just once and then forget about it. Your P35 will make you happier elsewhere.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Wouldn't It Be Nice

Would you quit your job if you won the Lotto?

Yes, but I'll just find a better job in the same profession.

Yes, I'll move to the Bahamas and be a bartender.

No, my job defines me.

No, I wouldn't want to be kidnapped so no drastic changes should take place in my life.

I don't have a job.

I've had very little sleep these last days, owing to lawyer-ly things that need to filed with courts and what-not. When I'm feeling this tired, I often find myself window shopping for new careers in my head. For example, would I be happier as a pianist, a writer or a kiddie party clown?

These lead to other interesting hypothetical questions, foremost among which is the question that's been in my head since I entered this profession: Wouldn't it be nice if I had just enough money without having to work? When that time comes, would I quit my job, move to Bangkok with Pao, raise happy Thai/Filipino-speaking kids and live the rest of my life planting rice?

I guess not. Sure I'll quit my job but I'll still practice my profession. Minus the burden of worrying about money, I'll have the luxury to choose the people that I'd like to represent, to really really study my cases, and still have the time to cook dinner for my husband and spend weekends at home watching The Buzz.

Ahh. Wouldn't that be nice.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

SM Prestige Members' Lounge

Buti na lang I took my friendly neighborhood SM saleslady's advice and got myself an SM Advantage Card, which I used to think useless. (My parents bought a home theater system and I used my card to document it; I only got P200 worth of SM gift certificates in return.)

Last Tuesday, Pao and I were introduced to the SM Prestige Members' Lounge in Makati. It's a surprisingly comfortable space open only to SM Prestige Cardholders. We used it while waiting for the "smell-anie marquez" in the MRT station to "diffuse", owing to the thousands of sweaty office people who use it to go home.

I'm not sure how you convert your SM Advantage to an SM Prestige card. But I suppose the mechanics are basically the same. Just buy stuff from Henry Sy and wait till the saleslady in-charge of the cashier issues you the silver card. No sweat.

Featuring...the SM Advantage Prestige Lounge!

Meet the concierge, who will graciously ask you if you or your companion would like FREE coffee, water, or C2 iced tea.

They have very comfortable chairs, courtesy of SM Home. We chanced upon a man sleeping on the couch to our right. I just wasn't sure if I could take a picture of him without violating his  human rights. So hindi na lang. Anyway, notice the reading material on the console table. In fairness, okay ang mga magazines nila saka updated. Hindi katulad ng parlor sa Proj.6, September 2005 pa ang issue ng Cosmo.

Tables are wide enough to hold short meetings in.

The restroom is clean.

They have handsoap...

...and eureka, toilet paper!

"Pao bilis, kuha na tayong picture habang wala pa yung guard."

Gladi: "Thank you Shoemart! Two thumbs up to you!"

Pao, taking the picture: "Isa lang ang nakataas na thumb mo."

Gladi: "Okay."

Friday, July 20, 2007

SanFo Treats' Caramel Apple

I take the doctor's advise to eat more fruits and vegetables seriously. On Tuesdays, when our car is color-coded, I make sure to grab myself an apple from SanFo Treats in Glorietta on our way to the MRT station in Ayala. Nevermind that the apple is covered in caramel, pink marshmallows, and milk chocolate. The majority of it is still apple, which should satisfy my minimum fruit intake for the week.

** I especially like the "Marshmallow Boulder" at P50 each. TRY IT!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Chef d'Angelo's Tiramisu Cheesecake

I'm a big fan of cheesecake and have tasted most varieties on the planet. I thought Chef d'Angelo's cheesecake was okay when I first tasted it during law school, when my culinary exposure was limited to isaw at Kalayaan and fishballs at FC. So, last week, after the usual tiring weekday run at work, I decided to relive my carefree life as a law student and went back to Chef d'Angelo to give their tiramisu cheesecake another go.

In a nutshell, it tasted like toilet paper soaked in condensed milk. (Not that I've ever tasted toiled paper before, but you know what I mean.) I cannot understand why Pao liked it so much. My suspicions are, he's pregnant. He's been gaining weight lately and will eat anything edible. Aha.

Two Weddings and a Siesta

The food in my cousin Dino's wedding was fantastic. Looking back, I might have overdone it with the butter sauce on my fish, which explains why I felt groggy a couple of hours later and had to go to bed.

On the other hand, I did get only three hours of sleep the day before. I had to finish reviewing a contract that was given to me on a Thursday afternoon and was unexplainably due on a Saturday. I could have finished reviewing the contract earlier, except that I didn't have a dress to wear yet to the wedding so I spent four hours of my Friday evening in Glorietta looking for a dress. The fact that I chose shopping over sleep says a lot about my priorities, which is to say, they are pretty messed up.

Due to my lack of sleep and Pao's constant need to oversleep, we went home after the Pulido-Lim wedding to take a much needed siesta. Two hours later, we were on our way to Paco Park, fearing traffic and threatening rains, to attend a classmate's wedding.

Fortunately, it didn't rain but only drizzled, which can only mean that the heavens are blessing this long overdue marriage. Marc and JP are just perfect for each other. Paraphrasing a message from their friend during the reception, their love is not the "I love you so much I need you to be with me all the time" kind of love. It is the "I love you so much we've gotten past that" kind.

Too bad I don't have a picture of JP in her charming Patis Tesoro gown. Anyways, knowing how lovely JP always is, you can imagine her walking down the aisle even in jeans and she'll still be stunning.

Congratulations you two and God bless your marriages!

The newlyweds, Dino and Mylene Pulido. Our apologies for the blurry pictures. Blame it on the butter...

Pigeon 1 to Pigeon 2: "Pare, ano to? Bakit pinaghahalik tayo?"

On our way home, in the dress that caused me "sleepless nights".

This is Marc and JP's equally charming invitation. They gave away useful bag charms for souvenirs. Now, why didn't we think of that?

Still Pao and myself at my cousin's wedding. We knew very few people there, so we had to take pictures of ourselves!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Dog Lawyer
A parody on the uselessness of a litigious culture. Extremely funny for lawyers, may be moderately funny to others. Fans of SNL will roll over laughing.
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