Joey and Lolo’s Day Out

I never got to celebrate my birthday and it has become quite impossible to predict when I can get my immediate family together (actually, it’s just my mom and my brother who are unpredictable; my papa and sister always show up when I tell them to). So, not wanting to waste a good weekend, we hauled ourselves to CPK a few Sundays ago:
Joey with Lolo

Of course, Joey insisted on sitting beside his Lolo; here while eating his pumpkin soup
I rarely eat at CPK so I figured it was about time I refresh my memory on what the food here tastes like. But it looked like we ordered one too many as there were only three adults eating that night. 
two thin crust pizzas, Chicken Milanese (upper right) and Kung Pao Spaghetti (lower left)
I didn’t particularly like the pizza but I loved the spaghetti and the chicken (minus the bitter taste of the arugula). 🙂

Daily Fashion: Cold Weather

Wasn’t really prepared for the freezing weather last weekend in Baguio – I had packed lots of shorts, thinking it’s not yet the -ber months. Too late did I realize there was a storm and it was freezing. So what I did was to layer my clothes and wear socks! Tada!

white embroidered tube tob and rust knitted poncho, Promod; checkered shorts, Topshop; earrings, necklace, bangle, Accessorize; socks, SM Dept. Store; red flats, Lacoste; animal-print umbrella and hat, Accessorize
The picture is blurry, not because of the camera but because of the fog! Yes, it’s that cold and I was literally freezing and trying to keep from shivering long enough for hubby to take this photo. 

Connector Ring, Mia Casa

I was browsing on Multiply a couple of weeks back, as usual, when I stumbled upon this site that sells really gorge accessories. I bought a couple of rings at only Php100 each!

Movie: Colombiana

Now, this is a movie we weren’t really planning on seeing: one, because I am not an action-movie type of girl and two, I’m not a fan of any of the actors in the movie, although I like Luc Besson enough (he created Nikita after all – the original one, which starred his then wife, and I super loved that film and the late 90’s Canadian series which starred Peta Wilson).
Now, if it weren’t for the oftentimes too spectacular to be real action sequence in the movie and Zoe Saldana’s superb acting skills, this movie would have gone straight into my list of B-movies that should never have seen the light of day. The story was cliché all over: girl living in Colombia witnesses the murder of her parents at the hands of a drug king pin, grows up to be an assassin for hire who, in her free time, hunts down the druggies in the hopes of getting enough attention to draw the kingpin who killed her parents out in the open. We’ve seen this story many times over and it’s quite tiring. Plus, even though we all know how Colombia is (in)famous for its drug operations, do we really need a Hollywood film to point that out? A Hollywood film that wasn’t even filmed in Colombia, even partially. 
In any case, Zoe was good as Cataleya, the assassin – she even makes the lamest scenes and dialogue bearable. She’s tough and yet she managed to put a more complex sympathetic side to her character. Looking at her, you can really believe she can get in and out of a prison cell to murder an inmate, or trespass into a drug lord’s mansion full of armed men without so much as a scratch, yet trust her that she won’t harm you if you’re not her target.  But this is actually the movie’s main fault – the heroine was too perfectly invincible. And the love angle was absurd: what kind of man would not even feel a bit of anger or fear or disgust upon finding out the woman he’s been sleeping with (and fallen in love with, though he knows nothing about her other than that’s she’s hot) is a serial killer, with 23 known kills in the FBI database to her credit? Seriously? Even the most devoted lover would have had serious issues when that kind of truth is shoved down his throat. 
The movie did manage to get me a bit teary-eyed, when Cataleya was shown a photo of her family by her uncle and when she discovers later on that her uncle’s family was murdered as retaliation by the mob for her vengeful killings.

Bottomline, the movie is good eye candy of the explosive kind and Zoe has a quiet feline charm about her which makes her a beauty to watch even as she wields one big gun after another. But other than that, this movie gets a big fat B-movie tag in my list.

Food Trip: Papa John’s


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On one of our Saturday night outs with the boys, the troop decided to try something new – and what do you know? There’s a newly-opened Papa John’s at Timog right across Agave (where we were supposed to eat but backed out due to the noise).

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Papa John’s is an American pizza/pasta chain which prides itself in having “Better Ingredients, better pizza” and we were happily surprised to discover it has an outlet here so we can finally pass our judgement on its claim. 
You would think that this being a pizza/pasta place, it would be a no-brainer what to order, but it took us quite awhile before we settled on:
Pasta (well, obviously)
Cheese pie (or was roll?)
Vegetarian pizza
Meatlovers
Ribs
 
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My verdict? Well, I’d say not my cup of tea. Or more specifically, not my slice of pizza. I found it too greasy and bland. Give me my Greenwich anytime. But the ribs was good. On the plus side, the staff was really, really nice and the food is quite cheap – the 14” pizza costs around Php500 only! Given that I was running a high fever when I ate there though, I’d say I’d come back another time. Who knows? It just might taste better. 


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On a side note, Papa P (for Piolo) was also having his dinner at Papa John’s that night; the entire 2nd level was closed off for his entourage. The crew told us Kris Aquino had been there earlier that day and also had the 2nd level closed off for an hour. 

In case you were wondering – No, we didn’t get our pictures taken with him – I am actually of the opinion that when stars dine out incognito, they do really want to be incognito and I didn’t want to bother him when he was in shorts and a plain white shirt and had his cap pulled down low. It just felt disrespectful. It would have been different had it been an official function. 😛

The World According to Joey: Lost in translation

Background: Joey doesn’t speak much Tagalog and his new yaya doesn’t speak much English. Needless to say, this makes for a very chaotic but super funny situation at home. Props to Joey though, for trying his best to speak only in Tagalog with his yaya.
 
Yaya: Joey, wag ka lumabas, may pupu ng aso dyan. (Joey, don’t go out. There’s dog poop outside.)
Joey: (unfazed, still opening the door; he is mortally grossed out by anything icky, in this case, dog poop)
Yaya: Joey, sabi na may pupu ng aso e. (Joey, I already told you there’s dog poop!)
Joey: (sensing the tone of his ate’s voice) Ate, ano sa English ng aso? (Ate, what’s English for “aso”?)
Yaya: (couldn’t figure out the English word, just opens the door and shows Joey what’s outside)
 
*****
 
While eating breakfast:
 
Joey: Ate, wag too big un rice sa spoon ko.
Ate: Di naman tubig yang kanin mo.
Joey: No ate, sabi ko wag too big yun rice (points to his full mouth)
Ate: E hindi nga tubig yan, kanin nga.
 
Me: (couldn’t help overhearing) Yaya, sabi ni Joey wag masyado malaki un rice na bigay mo di nya kaya i-chew.
 
*****
 
While in the car on our way to dinner last night, Joey, as usual, keeps asking his “why” questions.
 
Me: (exasperated that Joey has been asking the same question over and over) Joey, why don’t you just ask yourself the question? You already know the answer to your question. Just ask mommy what you don’t know.
Joey: But mom! I can’t ask myself. What if myself answers me back??? (with big, shocked eyes)
 
(laughter erupts in the car)
*****
 
 
 

Been having fever and chills since Friday which I can’t figure out if due to flu or something else until I realized the culprit last night – I woke up with a swollen right cheek. So anyway, we had to make an emergency trip to the dentist on a Sunday morning and where else do you find open dental clinics on Sundays???
Malls. Yep. We went to Megamall first thing on Sunday. You know, whoever figured out to put satellite clinics in malls was a genius? I mean, you can roam around, shop, watch a movie or eat while waiting for your turn. Win-win, right? 
Anyway, so Joey and I went to grab our favorite snack while waiting for my turn. Thing is, before yoghurt became the it thing, I was already addicted to it. A good thing Joey inherited my love for yoghurt. 🙂
 
Joey and his yoghurt full of m&m’s and chocolate chips

Didn’t want to aggravate my teeth, so I settled for just almonds
Still a bit sick though. 😦 So unfortunately, it looks like I will work like a zombie tomorrow.

Daily Fashion: Bling

I think it’s quite obvious that I have a weakness for sparkly things (real or fake, jewelry or not, I love sparkles) and ribbons. So I just could not resist this ring I saw at Aldo last week. It was a bit pricey, more than I would have been willing to pay for a cocktail ring (I’m not rich, you know) but a girl’s gotta have the sparkles, right? 🙂

different colored stones: bright pink, light pink, green, white, purple and a huge yellow-orange center stone


Sorry, this one’s a bit blurred. Had a hard time holding the cam with one hand.
I can never leave the mall without a ring purchase. I think they’re my current obsession. It’s a good thing I only get to the mall once a week, otherwise, I’d be in serious trouble.

The World According to Joey: Lolo Edition

Joey is very close to his lolo (my papa). And for the past weeks, Papa has been staying at our place to help look after Joey while he’s sick.
*****
Joey: Mom, I want lolo to be my daddy.
Me: You can’t have lolo as your daddy. You already have a daddy. And besides, lolo is my daddy. Do you know that?
Joey: Ahh, but why is he your daddy??? He’s my lolo. Why isn’t tito your daddy?
(this one belongs right up there when Joey said he wants to marry ME when he grows up)
*****
Ipe: Joey, you’re lucky you have your lolo to play with and take care of you. I didn’t have a lolo when I was a baby like you.
Joey: But why don’t you have a lolo?
Ipe: My lolos were dead. Because they were very old, they died before I was born.
Joey: (looks at his lolo with big puppy eyes brimming with tears) I don’t want you to die lolo.
(I just melted. And I think my papa melted as well.)
*****

Food Trip: Chili’s


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Went to Chili’s at Greenbelt for lunch last week courtesy of my bosses (yes, FREE LUNCH!). So what else do you expect? I stuffed myself full, so full that I didn’t even feel hungry enough for dinner until it was 11PM.
Appetizer with cheese dip (I think there was salsa as well, but it was the cheese that was a big hit):
Lookie! Wipe almost clean!
Main Course (getting hungry now). Okay, so these are my teammates’ food, not mine. But they sure look gorge in pics, no?



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Anna’s probably gonna kill me when she sees/reads this – we have an ongoing bet that I would lose 15 lbs and she 20 (?) by October. So far, I don’t think either of us has succeeded in losing any. Part of the deal was that we wouldn’t shop for new clothes until October, by when we should be in our ideal weights and can go shop til we drop. Again, she’s probably gonna kill me if she finds out I’ve been hoarding clothes the past few weeks (ok, maybe blogging about this doesn’t help). 
Ribs and grilled chicken (my main dish):
The ribs is good but I think I like the one at Uncle Cheffy’s and New Orleans better. 😛
Dessert! The chocolate cake is TDF!!! Did you know it was full of yummy vanilla ice cream underneath that hard choclatey shell? (drooling now)
It’s actually only my second time to eat at Chili’s. Don’t know why, but it’s not exactly in my radar. I know it exists but few of my friends have asked to eat there. Will I be coming back? Definitely. 😀
Another funny thing is that since I went back to being a Makati girl, this is just the first time I went out for lunch at Ayala Center; the farthest I had gone before was just at the Ayala Triangle. One thing is for sure, I missed doing this. Hope there’s more to come. I mean, not just the treats but regular lunch outs, but of course, the former is very much welcome. Hahaha!

The World According to Joey: Transformers


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Joey now officially has a new obsession: Transformers. First, it was everything Mickey Mouse – how he would want all things with that mouse logo, right down to his shirts. Then he moved on to Cars. We even got a big McQueen car he can drive around the compound and a bed decked in Cars-motif. 
 
But Transformers wasn’t an instant hit with the little boy. Two of our friends had already given him each a robot last Christmas which just accumulated dust in Joey’s toy box. But a few months back, Joey and I chanced upon AXM showing Transformers the entire day. And I was in big trouble.
A few weeks ago, we went to the toy store to buy presents for his friend’s birthday. I knew Joey would never ask me to buy toys when I told him before hand that our sole purpose for going to the toy store was to buy gifts. I was so touched by this that I offered to buy Bumblebee (to which the little boy even refused an Optimus Prime, saying, he just wants Bumblebee). Being the good boy that he is, Joey just asked that I take him to watch the new movie instead of Prime – which we didn’t get to do, unfortunately, as Joey had been having an on and off fever for the past two weeks.

Jazz

Bumblebee

Can anyone tell me who he is?



So, as an additional bonus for his being such a sweet little boy, and as a reward for acing his first exams, I got him Prime. 😀
Optimus Prime
Now he’s hinting at having Sentinel Prime as well.
Joey enjoying his robots
 *****
Joey: Mom, why did Optimus Prime and Sentinel Prime fight?
Me: Because Sentinel is a bad robot.
Joey: But he’s an autobot. Autobots are good robots.
Me: Yes, he’s an autobot but he became a bad robot.
Joey: But why???

*****