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.