the boy with the broken stomach
"Reunion, a thing you always look forward every five years."

It's been like five years when we last saw each other (or most of us). After our graduation rites in high school (that I could hardly remember when), we never had enough time to see each other, make ourselves drunk and reminisce. It was like a chance of a lifetime to see them again; see them in different sizes and colors.

High school friends, could possibly be the nearest set of friends that we might consider as our best friends. They are people closest to our hearts who have been there during our puberty. Your girl friends who has been there when you had your first monthly period. Your dudes and bro's who has been there when you first tasted the glory of alcohol and adult magazine. We shared so many memories with them, that even for so how many years we can't still move one with their green jokes and sanga-sangang pag-ibig (intersecting love). I had a hard time writing this post, because it's hard to for me to type with misty eye.

This experience is very heart warming. The food, the drinks, the memories. I couldn't imagine that we reached this far. I will definitely miss you guys and I'm looking forward to have another reunion. For those who weren't able to attend, envy to death because we enjoyed it. Ulit-ulitan!

"I'm back! The boy with the broken stomach."

It's like a week that I haven't blogged something; and the reason why, because Google just blocked all my accounts. What a sham! Blogger. Youtube. Gmail. Google Plus. Having several accounts in one company, just like Google, is like putting your entire life in danger.

Without prior notice, I just woke up one day my "accounts" were blocked. Telling me I have violated some piece of crap from a long list of legal issues; from pornography to copyright issues and some stupid things. And I was like, fine!

A week without my blog is like a week of vacation. Freeing myself from mental occupancy of blogging and updating those who care about my life, while Google is acting pervert. This made me realize things. I became productive, meeting requirements at work just in the nick of time. Plus I get to enjoy eating, watching and reading news without having to worry how will I blog them.

And today, after trying to check FeedBurner, I was redirected to my Gmail and asking me to login. I tried and poof (it became…nah, not KoKo Krunch ), inbox loading! Is this how Google celebrate Halloween? Is this trick or treat? They’ll block your account without telling you why and having it back without you telling why again. Isn’t that annoying?

"A shirt gets dirty. Underwear gets dirty. But a pants, it never gets dirty. You can wear them forever."

Maong pants (blue jeans) have been always a part of Filipino daily clothing. To any public place, it is very common to see people wearing this. Young and old. Ladies and gents. In all color and shape, you’d take by mistake that this is our national costume.

Having a decent pair of maong is a necessity. Whether you’re the simple type or always on the go, you’ll never get wrong with Maong pants. It is very comfy and practical. Not to mention the many ways of wearing it. You can wear it neat and ironed or you can wear it like a rug. We call it the “gula-gulanit” type. This style of pants is so unique and safe, people around won’t be able to tell if it’s a design or you just trip-off the bakod.

Unlike any other clothing, maong pants have no social stratification. Rich kids wear it. Snatchers wear it. Priests wear it. Everybody wears it, as in. And after reading this post, you’ll get paranoid next time you go to the mall. You’ll realize that every person you’ll see are wearing maong pants, like zombies.

Bagung-bago.  Mainit-init pa!

“YouTube is officially launched in the Philippines! Stay tuned as the Philippines YouTube community shares its amazing creativity,” says YouTube.

It’s official Youtube Philippines is launched today! Welcoming our fellow Filipino, with a dashing jeepney on the site’s logo. It’s amazing how we Filipino have been contributing to the World Wide Web. Not to mention the recent project of Twitter in Filipino and now YouTube Philippines. Also us being coined as the “social networking capital of the world”, it is not surprising that these big internet companies are doing everything to capture a wider set of audience.

Youtube has done so much to us. It gave opportunities to our Filipino talents to be discovered. We have Charice Pempengco, Arnel Pineda, Maria Aragon and so much more. Youtube Philippines is certainly a good decision the company did. It will surely open new opportunities, not only to them but to our country as well. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

"Extra Rice pa po Sir? "

I love Mang Inasal, especially their PM 1 Meal which consists of a tasteful Chicken Barbacue or Inasal and unlimited rice. Yes you heard it right unlimited rice, for only 99 Pesos. It’s the best inasal in town and they are definitely the “Home of Real Pinoy Style Barbecue”.

Mang Inasal just recently introduced a new product to people who loves spicy food. The New PM 1.5 Spicy Paa, that comes with an unlimited rice deal. Bursting in hot flavorful chicken barbecue and steaming rice, you’ll definitely get hooked and want more. For a very affordable price of 99 pesos also.

As a Filipino a meal will not be complete without rice and eating in a restaurant that offers bountiful rice servings is like heaven here on earth. Sky’s the limit or until your tummy explodes. I usually image Mang Inasal having a paramedic beside the counter. So customers will have a helping hand when they go beyond the limit of their stomach. Another thing I like about Mang Inasal is their flavorful soup. It tastes just like a real sinigang (with a lot of preservatives and additives, very addicting). So next time you go outside to eat, look for Mang Inasal and combat with gluttony. Sasabog ang tiyan mo sa sarap!

"It takes two to tango."

It's been  four months and a day and  my life has changed so drastically. I never imagined that in a short period of time I would experience all of these. From the first pay day to the budol-budol incident to the sleepless night just to make sure you get the deliverable on time. Life after college is way better that anything else. And I love my single-hood.

Every Sunday evening I go to the nearby mall on our place. Eat dinner at my favorite restaurant Mang Inasal and combat with gluttony. Whenever I have time I try to watch movie (and pretend I have a girlfriend). Over the past few months I have never been engaged to anything romantic, not even close to flirting. Due to the nature of my work, lifestyle and attitude it seems being single is the best deal I have. You don’t need to call your girlfriend just to check where she is. You don’t need to remember dates of your dates. You don’t need to feed an extra mouth every pay day. Life is much simpler. But I'm always looking forward to someone who would care for me and make me happy.

AKO BUDOY hits twitter trends just like that.Awed. Surprised. Delighted.

Bruno Mars (@BruroMars)and Katy Perry (@katvperry)  tweeted    (appears to be fake) about AKO BUDOY, and is trending worldwide. Another hit from a pilot episode from a new television show at ABS-CBN. I could still remember when 100 Days to Heaven first aired. It also reached the worldwide trending. Other twitter users thought it’s one hundred days before the end of the world.

Budoy Ako, starring Gerald Anderson(@gerald3anderson). According to Wikipedia:

     The story is about a well-renowned family of doctors, the Maniegos. Bound to success but with no child, Dr. Anton Maniego performed an artificial insemination to his wife Luisa. She give birth to their child "Budoy." Upon Budoy's birth is a family blessing but later on turns into the family in shame when they discover that Budoy is suffering from Angelman syndrome, which delays his intellectual development

I wasn’t able to watch it but I bet it’s good.Congratulations Gerald! Thumbs up to ABS-CBN for a job well done. And also to our fellow Filipino twitter users who made AKO BUDOY trend worldwide. It just simply proves that Filipinos are super madaldal, in any form of communication media. Whether we are using our beautiful voices or our oh so good tweets. Mabuhay ang ibong tiririt!

“What the f*ck? I’m Dave!”

If you were to change something in your life, what would it be? Would you even dare change anything? Be careful of what you wish for, you might just get it.

The Change Up, an American comedy directed by David Dobkin starring Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) and Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses). The story is about a married father, Dave Lockwood that accidentally switched to his bachelor / hunk stud best friend, Mitch Planko and their complex difficulties after. The switch was made when the peed on a magical fountain not knowing that their wish of switching lives would come true. The next morning when they woke up, they had each other’s life exchanged.

Having children is like living with mini heroin addicts. They're laughing one minute, crying the next, and then they're trying to kill themselves in the bathtub for no reason.”, because kids are like little monster. There was a funny scene where Dave’s baby squirted poop on his mouth and my stomach was rumbling after.

One thing I like about this movie is its simplicity. No super powers. No special effects. Just the juicy story. You get to enjoy the characters lives without being distracted on the movie magic. Not to mention the witty scenes and wonderful lines the actors brought through. Watch it now and try something new for a change up!

For richer or for poorer.

A native Filipino house will never be complete with the famous, tungkong uling. It’s a device that uses charcoal or drift wood to cook. The elders would always tell that dishes would tastes better using the tungkong uling. It cooks slowly but surely, allowing the flavors to come out evenly. A taste of a true native dish, from the melting pot.

Here in the Philippines, rice is always part of every meal. And it would make it more special if you put pandan leaves on it during the cooking process until mainin. Some would put eggplant on top of the steaming rice that serves as a dish. Although this is a simple meal, a typical Filipino family, especially on the barrios would definitely enjoy. Not to mention the Filipino custom of eating using our bear hands or nakakamay. It’s far better than a spoonful, because a hand can carry more amount of food in a single stroke. After your meal, you not only get a full stomach but a heart filled with love from dishes made special by the tungkong uling. Only in the Philippines!

Nothing beats the (Magnolia Ice Cream) Classic.

After watching No Other Woman yesterday and did a movie review and seeing good traffic on my Nuffnang account, I decided to reward myself.

My guilty pleasure is ice cream. I love ice cream and I can eat a lot of them until my stomach burst. Ice cream has always made me feel better, brighter and full. It’s like magic. Just few spoonfuls and all your worries will fade away.

When I was a kid, every afternoon I’ll go outside our house waiting for the sorbetero (ice cream man in the Philipppines). He’s carrying this vessel on his sidecar containing all the joyous ice cream in the world. As a kid, few scoops sorbetes in a sugar cone is like a piece of heaven on earth.

I have tried several ice creams. Most of the time I buy Selecta Family Pack; but 800 ml is too big for my appetite. I end up throwing the melted ice cream and wasting it. Then I found Magnolia Ice Cream Classic 425 ml for only 65 pesos, just the right size for both my tummy and my pocket. There were several flavors, I tried the strawberry and it tastes so good. It melts in your mouth like a fresh pick berry on the high lands of Baguio City (if I’m overreacting). It was a wonderful and flavorful experience! You’ll definitely scream for ice cream.

“Ang mundo ay isang malaking Quiapo, maraming snatcher, maagawan ka, lumaban ka!”

I have no plans of watching this movie. I never even thought of wasting my time just to watch a local love story. But I can hear so many people talking about it, reading good reviews and seeing signs that it’s a must-see movie. So I decided to give a try. I was ten minutes late and not actually decided; but then again the urge to watch this movie became strong.

I entered the movie house, arrived at the scene where Anne Curtis fell from the jet ski to the water losing her bikini top and asking Derek Ramsey to put it on, “I hope you don’t mind” (such a flirt). I could hardly recall other details. One thing I was looking forward was the Carmi Martin scene, the one with Gretchen Barretto and Lucy Torres. After hearing her delivered it I was awed, and honestly I was impressed with Cristine Reyes. She’s improving. All the crying and gooey stuff coming out from her nose, love it.

They say it’s an adult movie, 13 and above only. I don’t know if this would make me feel good or bad, but they actually let me in. For that I congratulate myself for looking like (14 year old) an adult already. The love scenes where fantastic, in such a way it doesn’t look like cheap or obscene. It just so happen that the love scene on the beach, where Ann and Derek rolled in the sand, reminded me of a tv commercial, “Dilang masarap, malinamnamnamnam”. Watch it now!

Steve Jobs has been a visionary, an innovator and a great person that will be forever be remember by the world. With his impact to the society and remarkable ideas, you will be missed.

Over the years, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs has been both competitors and friends. And it is not surprising to hear Bill's condolences to Mr. Jobs. Bill Gates' status update on his Facebook Fan Page:

"I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.
Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely."

Power Ranger Pink!
Power Ranger Blue! 
Power Ranger Black!
Power Ranger Yellow!
Power Ranger Red!

When I was a little kid, I used to watch several television series. During the 90’s until the early 2000’s Power Rangers has been a big hit. There came a time where you’ll here every child saying, “Go go Power Rangers!” and each having their designated color. Some of my friends even both a Power Morphers, that one with a coin slot.

The best Power Ranger series I watched was the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, aired during the mid-1990’s here in the Philippines. Every time I go home, I’ll rush on our living room and tune in with them, like I can live without food and water just to watch them. And because there are no streaming videos on the internet for replays during that time, missing one episode is like missing half of your life. When you go to school all your classmates will talk about that last episode while you envy to death.

After that series the television networks thought of offering other versions of Power Rangers. Power Ranger Ninja Storm. Power Ranger Wild Force. Power Ranger Extra Rice. And it was like watching copy cats in combat. Everything was ruined. It’s no longer about children entertainment, but a lame business. How I wish the Power Ranger come here and their Megazord, to save the Philippine television (and the government).

Are you’re a busy person? Always on the go but having a hard time where to go next. Well an assistant would be helpful. But real world assistant has limitation, most of the time she gets stubborn and lazy. I guess you don’t need someone. You need something.

I’m always fascinated to iPhone Technology. With all the innovation and surprises, I just can’t think of anything else. But then came Siri. The intelligent assistant that helps you get things done. All you have to do is ask. You can talk to her like a normal person. Ask here things and she would do it for you without complain. Siri understands what you say (as long as it’s not gibberish) and selects the appropriate apps you need for your request.

And someone would ask (or gets intimidated), "Why is she so intelligent?" She’s the most amazing iPhone yet, because she’s running in a Dual-core A5 chip. She makes sure you get to quality experience when you browse the web, going from app to app and doing just about everything. Having Siri on iPhone 4S is like having a loyal assistant you can count on (even in the middle of the night). Share this with your friends and your godparents; they might just give you one this Christmas.

I’m size six!

Filipinos are thoughtful. Whenever we go somewhere We would always find ways to bring something to our loved ones when we get back. We call it pasalubong. Even if it’s a simple key chain, chichiria, shirt or Converse shoes would mean a lot to the recipient.

When I was a kid and my mom goes to the market I always tell her to bring a pasalubong when she gets back. And even on a tight budget she will still have something when she returns. This is how loving and caring Filipinos are. We always make sure, we make the people closest to our heart to be happy.

To all my relatives, friends, godparents and acquaintances abroad, let me take this opportunity to tell you how much care for you (and your balik-bayan box). I know it’s hard to be away; but wouldn’t it be nice to be here in Christmas with all your loved ones waiting (for all the chocolates, perfume, shirts, shoes, and cash). We missed you here in the Philppines!

Love is blind.

Gayuma or Love Potion is a concoction that is believed to influence the feelings of your victim. This is usually made of several herbs and special fluids accompanied by a magical ritual to have a potent effect. But sometimes all these flowery words are not true. Love potions can be done is a simple yet effective way. Nothing spectacular.

NOTE: You may want to check out this to make him desire you!

When I was in High School, summer of 2005 I went to Cavite to have a vacation with my cousins. And my journey to discovering the art of witchcraft started there. There was no old wicked witch living in there, just bountiful resources and of course the internet. I was able to collect several information about the how-to’s of magic and I would like to share it with you!

There’ll be series of tutorial giving insights and procedure for you to try. But a piece of advice not all of the spells I’ll be sharing would work for you because we are all different. Some might work for you and others won’t, so be patient and enjoy.

For our first spell, we’ll make your own gayuma. And as I promised you don’t need to gather herbs you don’t know where to find, all you need are simple ingredients. Collect things that you think can be linked to love. Something sweet, red and juicy like apples, wine, strawberry juice and the like. Now brew them on a bowl on Friday night. Stir them while thinking the one you love and recite the spell below (taken from several times. You can do it alone or you can do it with your friends (preferably three persons).

Love Potion, cauldron brew. Now be charged with magick true With intent I speak this charm. All be blessed, and none be harmed. Ever minding the law of three. As my will so mote it be.
After doing the ritual, find a way for your lover to drink it.Good luck! Blessed be.

P.S. Check this one to make him desire you.

Trick or Treat!

It’s spooky time again. It’s the time of the year where you get experience the horror and thrill of Halloween. All the scary stories, whether it’s real or made up, people want it to hear. Especially here in the Philippines, myths and superstitious beliefs is always a part of our daily life.

During my early childhood, I usually watch scary movies and hear strange stories. Most of them are folk lore of supernatural creature endemic to the Philippines, like aswang, kapre, tikbalang, manananggal, tiyanak and many more. And for naughty kids who don’t want to sleep early, parents have this handy-dandy mumu. Mumu is a fictional entity used by Filipino parents to discipline their child. No kid has ever seen this creature; but from the gravity and tone of their mother, its sure is horrifying.

Although these are fictitious entity engineered to scare the lame Filipino kids, it’s a good way also of not excreting too much effort disciplining them. During this time of year, kids tend to go home earlier, just before it gets dark. Because they believed that the mumu is lurking somewhere and might eat them. And isn’t it funny, we all share these childhood memories, “Takot ako sa mumu!”