Saturday, October 31, 2009

Hors de prix (Priceless)

Rating:★★★★
Category:Movies
Genre: Romantic Comedy
I don't know why I'm even writing about a movie that was released in 2006. It's just that I saw it only last night and I absolutely, truthfully loved it.

Audrey Tautou of Amelie fame plays the gold-digger Irene, who has nothing to her name and whose ticket to the high life consists of hanging around in the French Riviera looking for rich, old men. Once the latter are hooked, she makes them buy branded clothes and fine jewelry for her from the French Boutiques. She also gets free accommodation in the most expensive of French hotels by staying with her "victims" . That is, until the next rich-er old man comes along.

Irene mistakes hotel employee Jean for a rich man while Jean is passed out in the hotel after drinking on the job. [Thanks to Google, I now know Jean is played by actor Gad Elmaleh. I haven't heard of him. He isn't drop dead gorgeous but he sure has lovely blue eyes.] Jean pretends to be the rich man that Irene mistakes her for, and takes her to the Royal Suite to spend the night.

A year after, Jean and Irene meet again in the same hotel. This time, Irene is dumped by her boyfriend Jacques, who sees her making out with Jean. Irene runs to Jean, but realizes he's a fake when they are driven out of the Royal Suite by Jean's hotel manager. Jean likes Irene nonetheless and follows her all the way to Niece, France where she proceeds to spend ALL of Jean's money like she does her old boyfriend's.

Jean eventually ends up becoming the male equivalent of Irene, when he meets sugar mommy Madeleine. Irene becomes Jean's gold-digger tutor of sorts and they become increasingly close. The best parts of the movie follow after this. The ending is predictable but that doesn't make the movie less lovable.

I'm not sure if Hors de prix has been released on DVD. We honestly got it off the Internet. Ooops. If you ever have the chance, look for a copy. I highly highly recommend it.

Reunited

I was in low spirits last night. I realized, just when I was taking off my make-up at home, that I seem to have lost my bracelet.

It's easy to feel bad about losing something you earned. I thought about the things that I could have bought for Malachi, had I just pawned the bracelet instead of stupidly losing it. A crib maybe. Or a good stroller. I prayed that whoever found it would be someone in need and that he would have the presence of mind to have it appraised first, instead of selling it for say, PhP100. Toink.

Happily, when I clocked in this morning, this is what I found stuck on the sleeves of my jacket. Yes! Looks like all that worrying was for naught. Hello, bracelet. We meet again.

Friday, October 30, 2009

U2 on YouTube

I missed the U2 Rose Bowl concert. It aired L-I-V-E on YouTube Monday around lunch (Philippine time). As expected, I was at work and streaming at the office is such an embarrassment.

Buti na lang YouTube has "reruns" of the concert. As in the entire 2 1/2 hour concert is uploaded at the site, for our viewing pleasure. You can watch it below or go to YouTube yourself to enjoy this super cool collaboration in higher resolution.

U2 is Ireland's greatest contribution to mankind. U2 and Conan O'Brien and maybe, Bailey's. Can you believe U2 was formed in 1976? They're probably older than Bubuy, Danny and Jim of the Apo Hiking Society but they sure rock better. We love you Bono! We do, we do, we do!



I remember about a year ago, there were rumors that U2 will be coming to the Philippines for a concert. I discussed it with Pao everyday since hearing about the news. We decided we'd gladly pay PhP10,000 each for a ticket, even if that ticket allowed us entry only to the farthest portion of the arena. Unfortunately, the concert never materialized. Drawing lang. I'm still hoping though that I'll be able to watch a U2 concert live in my lifetime. Hay.

Anyway, if you don't have the patience, Beautiful Day is just on 24:45 onwards.

See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the Bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
And see the bird with a leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colors came out

It was a beautiful day...

Aaccck!

Absolute brilliance

Have you noticed these overhead devices at the parking lots of SM Malls? Whoever you are who invented these, can I just say, I love you.

They're heaven-sent! The lights turn red when a parking slot is taken, and turn green automatically when a parking slot is free. They thus save us a lot of duh time going around the parking lot looking for an available parking space, which is in turn good for the shop-owners. Think about it, time which we would have otherwise spent parking can now be spent buying things from inside the mall. O di ba, ang galing.

So to the other mall-developers, please follow suit! This is good for business, pramis.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pregnancy Journal 8.2 (The Elephunk)

I'm often grouchy these days, I don't know why. I get into "minor" quarrels with waiters and salespeople, say, if their service is slow or if the airconditioning is turned on too low. Of course I end up regretting my bad temper, after all has been said. By then it would be too late. Bahd.

My morning was off to a similar bad start today. I found out just when I was rushing to get to work, that all my maternity pants are in the laundry. I would not have fussed over it, ordinarily. But these are not ordinary times.

You see, my only remaining office bottoms are skirts and I have been swearing them off since I became so bloated. Look. I honestly feel like I have elephant legs -

Here's a tighter view. Notice all the spider veins. Eeek. (WARNING: Image not for the queasy or for people who still believe that pregnant people have a certain "glow" to them. Blah.) -

Even my watch barely fits anymore. It literally leaves a mark on my wrist when I take it off.

The solution I have in mind is to stay seated for most of today to hide my lower extremities under the desk. However, that would not be very friendly to my back. And at this point, we all agree I'd rather stay comfortable than be pleasing to look at.

Kebs. I guess I'll just pretend nothing's the matter with my elephunk.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tomorrow's Looklet

It's back to the daily grind in 7 hours, people. Before I lay me down to sleep, let me play dress-up a little by showing you my imaginary outfits for tomorrow's workday. 

I'd really love to wear these outfits, especially the shoes (gasp!), if walking at the office were optional. Also, these are under the assumption that I can still think with my ruffled top tucked in that high-waisted pencil skirt, or with a belt that tight constricting my breathing. 

Oh well. Maternity work clothes it is. Goodnight!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ang dami-dami

We had lunch yesterday with our closest friends and family to celebrate Malachi's upcoming world debut. Many thanks to those who attended. Now we're drowning in a sea of gifts for the baby. I guess that's why they call it a "shower"...

Pictures to follow. In the meantime, thanks again!

Shop et Share Update!

If you're ever wondering how last week's celebrity auctions at shopandshare.ph ended, I've logged in to report that the ending bids were ridiculously high. Kris Aquino's LV Neverfull Stephen Sprouse which would have retailed for around PhP70,000 brand new, caught a final bid of more than 200% that amount or almost PhP170,000.

Same goes for the other items, with Angel Locsin's Prada Nappa Tote fetching a whopping PhP211,000++.

Even Kim Chiu's dress, the brand of which we don't even know, was selling at PhP12,000 last I checked.

I don't know how much the ending bid is, but I am wondering what use the winning bidder would have for it. S/he must not know how thin Kim is. Unless the winning bidder is built like a hanger, I'm thinking all s/he can do is stare at the dress and uhm, smell it?

I guess this means our culture has reached that point where people actually attain celebrity status. This is not uncommon in the West where gum chewed by someone famous like Madonna could be salvaged and sold on ebay. On this side of the planet, however, this is something new.

It's all good. At least the auction's for a good cause. I just hope the bidders realize that they're going to have to cough up the money to pay for the items that they BOUGHT. As in it's yours now. Pay up.

* By the way, Boy Abunda's Jacket is on sale, with a current bid of US$52 (around PhP2,500).

Anyone interested? Anyone?


500 Days of Summer

Rating:★★★★
Category:Movies
Genre: Romance
This is a movie I would have loved to watch in the theater if I weren't pregnant. It is beautifully made. I'm sure we would have studied this in Film Class if it showed, let me see, ten years ago.

So first off, let me qualify this review by telling you that my failure to give 500 Days of Summer a 5 star-rating is due solely to my "present personal circumstances." I found out when I watched it Friday that I couldn't bear to stay seated for more than an hour. My back did not like it. But I'm sure the rest of me enjoyed the film.

Anyway, the movie's not about the acting. Although I'm sure everyone loves Zooey Deschanel, who's known for playing such weird roles as Uncle Andy's hippie girlfriend in the HBO series Weeds. (She tried to kill Andy because he stepped on her "spirit turtle.") Here, Zooey's wide blue eyes and dark wavy hair make her perfect for the role of heroine/villain Summer Finn.

500 Days of Summer is all about the direction, the editing and the writing, which are brilliant, spectacular and original, respectively. You'll know why I'm soooo raving about the writing when you hear such dialogues as this in the movie:

Summer: I don't know. I woke up one morning and I just knew.
Tom: Knew what?
Summer: What I was never sure of with you.

Awww. Heartbreak + Epiphany. I love it!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pregnancy Journal 8.1 (Realignment)

We turned 8 months pregnant today. Hoorah!

I won't bother you anymore with the usual litany of aches and pains. Alam niyo na yun. I'll just show you how huge I've become compared to last month. It's like I swallowed an entire water melon overnight.

                                                 Front View

                                                 Side View

                                          When Seated

On the brighter side, my belly has taken on a very practical purpose. I sometimes use it as a table of sorts, on which I could place the bowl of peanuts that I like to eat while watching TV on the bed. I can also use it to prop up my head, for when I'm thinking or sulking or trying hard to be cute like this. Achuchu-chu.

My hands are showing significant signs of swelling too. I'm finding it increasingly difficult to put on my wedding ring. As you can see, my ring finger has a bewang now. Haha

My nose and feet have begun to retain a lot of water. I wear my shoes without the laces. Because of the magic of pre-natal swelling, my Chucks stay on my feet without external reinforcement. No hassle!

I've given up on the stretchmarks. Like my belly, they also seem to have appeared overnight. I don't care. What matters is I have only 8 more weeks to go before the baby is born. Eggciting!

P.S. If you're wondering why this blog is subtitled "Realignment," it's because I decided yesterday to cancel our childbirth class registration. The decision isn't because I'm counting on a C-section. It's just that I don't have time anymore. (1) I feel exhausted all the time and would like to take the opportunity to get more sleep on weekends; (2) The expenses are starting to pile up and I think the registration fee of PhP4,000 may be put to better use; and (3) My mom gave birth without the benefit of a childbirth class, so I'm assuming I'm genetically able to do that too. Oh well.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Shop et Share

In case you're on the lookout for a Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse Neverfull MM Rose (whoa, that's a mouthful), why not get one from shopandshare.ph? The website, which allows local celebrities to donate designer items for a good cause, is the brainchild of actress Angel Locsin. Proceeds go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts, particularly to help out victims of typhoons Pepeng and Ondoy.

This LV Sprouse Neverfull used to belong to Kris Aquino. It retails for around US$1,400 brand new according to this website. At shopandshare.ph, the auction on Kris' bag begins at US$799. It will end on Thursday, so you still have time.

Other items for auction include...

                               Prada Nappa Tote / Starting Bid: US$999

                             Louis Vuitton Vernis Bedford / Starting Bid: US$449

                             Louis Vuitton Epi Backpack / Starting Bid: US$399

All of which used to belong to Angel Locsin, otherwise known as Darna.

I liked Angel even before I knew she had such a big - - - heart. Now I like her even more. Ding, ang bato.

Elmo likes to organize

My mom arrived today. She will be home until about 3 months after I give birth. Just the thought of her being around is comforting this late in my pregnancy. No amount of preparation beats your own mother's presence. She knows everything.

Anyway, my mother brought home these bedroom slippers (or socks? Hmmm.) given by my Aunt Lilia. I can't wait to put these on the baby. Yey...


The slippers (or socks?) inspired me to tidy up a little. I intended to organize after we've done some full-on heavy-duty shopping. But picking up baby's things from various places in the house, i.e. our sock drawers, seemed like a good idea today.

So now all of his things are in this plastic container. I haven't quite figured out how the Dewey Decimal system works, so the socks are rolled up in there with the bonnets and the mittens and the rompers and some other stuff. Some shirts for 2 years olds are also somewhere in there too.

What the heck. At least, it's a start.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lovelier the Second Time Around

We visited our friend Jetro over the weekend to see how life's coming along for Van Gogh. Some things have changed since we last had lunch there. For one, the place has become quite a success. Now you'd have to call in and order your food in advance. Seldom will walk-ins be allowed. Sosyal. 

This time we had Larry Flynt's Cabbage Experience (PhP415) for starters. It's a whole head of cabbage boiled and served with red salted egg, dilis, balimbing, mango, orange and Van Gogh's secret special sauce. What you do is just wrap one or more or all of the ingredients in a cabbage leaf and chomp along. The resulting taste is more complicated than you'd expect. * See upper right-hand corner in photo below.

And then we had President Lincoln's Assassination Meal. It has about two slabs of lamb steak, some salmon belly, the best chili chicken wings I've ever tasted in my life, and two hefty servings of Van Gogh's signature brown mountain rice. Turns out we were served the Groupie Meal (PhP1,799) which is good for 4-5 people. But between Pao and myself, finishing it was peanuts! If you're just a regular person not otherwise predisposed to gluttony like us, I would recommend the Lovers Size (PhP899). 

We chanced upon Jetro's best friends and our college friends Lyza and Barbs at Van Gogh. They sometimes help Jetro with the entertaining. When you make your reservation at Van Gogh, your call will likely be picked up by Lyza (left seated). She has an interesting "receptionist" mode when she answers the phone. Teehee 

Try Van Gogh is Bipolar at No. 154, Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village. Remember to call ahead first: 394-0188. Below are their latest specials, for reference.

Also, make sure to come only when you have serious free time to eat and lounge around. Preparing a meal takes about an hour, and Van Gogh does not like to be rushed. He will go crazy when you try to speed things up. As in. He's even driven away customers because they were "impatient". Haha 

In the end, eating at Van Gogh is meant to be a dining experience. Just sit back, relax, and live a little. Olrayt!

Who am I?

You realize your priorities have changed when you:

(1) actually know what sugar cookies are; and

(2) get excited by the thought of sugar cookies shaped like baby bottles. 

I hope they taste good though. That's the trouble with ordering food online. You kind of just wing it when it comes to senses other than your sense of sight. 


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Money Money Money

Have you been to Looklet? It's such an addicting program! I've tried using it several times before, although I'm posting today's imaginary outfit here for the first time.

Considering that  I have a lot of errands to do, here's what I would wear this Sunday if I were rich and there weren't billions of people starving all over the world...

T-shirt: Burfitt (110 EUR, around PhP7,700)
Pants: Drottningen av Saba
Sneakers: Acne (180 EUR, around PhP12,600)
Bag: Stella McCartney for Adidas

And now, back to regular third-world programming...
Good morning, countrymen!

Old School

Some people think flowers are useless. I say they're wrong. Among others, handing over a bouquet of flowers with puppy-dog eyes is an effective means of apologizing.

I'd love to wake up to the sight of flowers anytime.

Unless you really screwed things up. In which case, jewelery or a one-way ticket to somewhere far away, will do.
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