the boy with the broken stomach
“Alam mo kung saan masarap mag-kape? Sa burol mo! Libre pa.”

I’m never really a fan of Starbucks coffee. First and foremost, I don’t see the practical reason of buying an expensive coffee other than posting it online and bragging it to your friends that you are “susyal”. Second I won’t sell my soul to the devil just to have sip of a taste bud numbing sugary beverage.

Things changed when I saw Starbucks' 2013 Planner. The planner everyone is talking about. And when I saw it I fell in love. Nothing matters most than to have one of those leathery bounded pages with woman raising her hand, as if she’s saying, “Immortality! Take it! It's yours!”

I took all my courage to start the quest of collecting the mighty 17 stickers. To get these completed I need to drink 8 cups of core beverage and 9 cups seasonal beverage which includes Peppermint Mocha, Dark Cherry Mocha and Toffee Nut Latte. Nothing sounds familiar; do they have 3 in 1 instead?

I was planning to finish ten cups yesterday but I was drowning on the third cup. My first cup was a Toffee Nut Latte Frappuccino (Php 160). It tastes good but too sweet. Second was a Tall Plain Brewed Coffee (Php 90) to counteract my numb taste buds. Tall Dark Cherry Mocha Hot (Php 155) was my third cup that tastes like boiled cough syrup. After that I decided to stop because I’m starring to have a headache. I found out I’m not wired to intake caffeine more than three cups, and that was a discovery. But I still have high hope that I’m going to complete those stickers and have my own Starbucks' 2013 Planner.

“Break it to me gently, if you have to then tell me lies.” 

Breaking Dawn Part 2 is truly an epic finale. It’s the most anticipated ending of the saga. Twihards, as twilight fans call themselves (including me), are so excited to see how Bella Swan will be like as a new born vampire.

The heighten senses, perfect skin (wish mine too), extra-ordinary strength and glistens in sunlight. Not to mention her and Edward’s beautiful daughter, half human half vampire, Renesmee; she happens to be Jacob’s imprint – a wolf thing. Plus all the dangles and twists of the twilight universe like vampire clans from different parts of the globe and the notorious Volturi that ought to keep the secrecy of their existence to humans.

So what did I expect? Well more than expected. It started with the blood and snow metaphor for Bella’s transformation, which was quite impressive but not immersive. The story was technically demanding specially Renesmee’s quick growth and maturity. There’s this visual challenge of how to accomplish that.

I hardly enjoyed the middle part of the movie but what caught my attention was the face-off of the Cullen’s pack and the Volturi’s. Deadly fight scene, breathe taking combat, swift moves, furry fury and if vampires bleed, it will be a blood bath!  And what better way to enjoy watching Breaking Dawn Part 2 than to have a perfect Snack Duo from Jollibee - Grape Float and Sour cream Crisscut Fries for only Php 75.

No matter how good the show is, it has to end. But one thing’s for sure, Twilight Saga will always have a place in the hearts of those who once lived on a universe where vampires are real and true love is forever. So could you please break it to me gently at least leave me with my pride?