Monday, January 9, 2017

On Experiencing Fun Dining at Movie Stars Cafe'

Lara, my super adorable niece whom I fondly call Wowow had her 18th birthday last December 18, 2016. I wasn't able to hang out with her on her special day because she stayed in Hongkong for 2 weeks during that time. We agreed that we will have our time together when she
gets back.

My niece isn't like any other 18-year-old girls out there. She's more like Peter Pan who doesn't wanna grow old. She wants to take things slow. With that being said, as soon as she came back, I decided to bring her to a place where she can dine and have fun at the same time.

I brought her to the much talked about themed restaurant called Movie Stars Cafe. The ambiance is perfect for movie fanatics. It's a museum/restaurant sort of. So many movie posters were hanged on the wall. Life sized figurines of famous superheroes and cartoon characters were scattered around the place.


My niece and I went there around 2pm for our late lunch. The moment we stepped inside the restaurant, my niece's eyes beamed with with glee and asked me if it was actually a toy museum. She totally loved it. The funny thing was, we were the only customers at that time.

The resto was known for its waiters/waitresses wearing Cosplay costumes. Nevertheless, they are only available during nighttime. We had the normal looking waitress who took our orders. My niece ordered "The Secret Garden: spaghetti with an enthralling mix of broccoli, cream cheese, and ham.

I had "Fight Club:R rasted chicken chops, crispy bacon, boiled egg slices, melt-in-your-mouth butter, freshly picked tomatoes, and crisp lettuce with herb mayonnaise dressing in one tasty sandwich."

We also ordered "blueberry cheesecake" for dessert/bday cake.

I must say that we had a great experience. Good food, great service and cool ambiance. We consider going back at nighttime any moment soon and hope to bump into SpiderMan, IronMan, Batman Cat Woman or Barbie.

Movie Stars Cafe' is located at the Mall of Asia Complex (MOA),Building D, SM By The Bay, Seaside Boulevard, Pasay City

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

On Finding Passion in Photography

I work in a challenging & demanding BPO company. Incidentally, my stress reliever is Photography.

  I find joy in taking pictures. I am a travel enthusiast. I stop & stare at the striking view while I’m outdoor. It makes me slow down and allows me to appreciate nature.

With photos, I could freeze nature in one picture, as a result, I can record my own memories and share them with those not lucky enough to see what I've seen.

Photography is my passion. My style reflects my view and how I want others to see it the way I did. As they say, photography is about the person behind the camera and the way how that person interprets the world. I believe it is best to capture pure & real moments as they were happening. After taking some shots I only do simple editing so I can come up with the best picture possible.

Some people measure success by having luxurious material things. As for me, success is living a simple life and being able to do what you really want.

Monday, January 2, 2017

MMFF 2016: Quality over Commercial Value

I want to say that there's more to an excellent movie than most people think. Views and opinions come down to personal taste at all times. On the other hand, there are only some movies that almost everyone can agree as great movies.

We need to look for certain components: the plot and characters of the story. I will articulately utter that good quality movie’s story should be something believable which will make us wonder and have the feeling like it could happen to us. Moreover, the movie should have a fascinating and appealing characters which will make the viewers empathize and care about what happens all throughout the cinematic journey.

Fortunately, this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival entries were all good. I got excited when the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2016 Executive Committee announced that the full list of official entries were mostly independent films. They have actually ruled this year.

The committee announced that their main concern was quality instead of commercial value.

The following were all the films
I watched during the festival:

1.Saving Sally 

2. Sunday Beauty Queen

3. Die Beautiful

4. Ang Babae sa Septic Tank: Forever is Not Enough

5. Seklusyon

These movies made me smile, think and have created personal impact on me.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

On Listing Down Stop Doing List.

Whatever I believe I should stop doing is equally important as what I need to start and continue doing.

I already started mapping out my creative thinking intentions for 2017 just right after the 25th of December. I called it intentions instead of resolutions. 

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If I am to understand and realize my intentions, I could just as easily focus on 1 important thing: STOP.

Stopping is equal to having much time to experience for what matters most. Think back on what really transpired on the previous year. Give time to realize what didn’t work, things which involved bitterness and weighed you down totally. Agree with me when I say that you can’t continue to do things you amply dislike and hope they’re going to transform into some sort of pleasurable activities over time. It doesn’t work that way, sorry.

Think of bitterness as a blasting STOP sign and then just stop.

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Let me share some suggestions for STOP Doing List for 2017:

1.Stop putting off things that you have always wanted to try.

2.Stop making excuses for not exercising or not making time to take care of your body.

3.Stop spending all of your free time with social media.

4.Stop eating junk food every day. Cheat day should only be once a week. Don’t cheat.

5.Stop comparing yourself to other people.

6. Stop ignoring people in your life because you are busy.

7.Stop spending large amount of money for fancy coffees every day. Water is still and will always be the best drink for life.

8.Stop feeling guilty about wanting to treat yourself. Reward yourself for doing a good job.

9.Stop over-scheduling yourself. Never forget that it is alright to turn down plans and not feel guilty at all. Stick to pleasing yourself.

10.Stop depriving yourself of something you actually deserve. It's okay to experience indulgence at times.

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You may think that stopping what’s draining and distracting is a hard thing to do. It may be a bit challenging but in the end, it will give you a great reward. Having listed all the suggestions, I now want to ask you . . WHAT WILL YOU STOP DOING THIS YEAR 2017?