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Mar. 23rd, 2009


The "I" in Valle Verde

Boyfriend and I went to Greenhills today (same as yesterday) to have one of the installers we bought exchanged.  He tried installing it in my Mac last night and nearly had a stroke when it wouldn’t work.  It was a pretty fast trip to the mall, mind you.  We were done in less than an hour.


We had dinner in Luk Yuen (same as yesterday).  For those who like Chinese food, this is an absolute must-try.  We already have some favorites from the menu:

  • Boneless Chicken in Lemon Sauce - Boyfriend's choice, really.  I like it because the chicken's fried well - the breading gives it a crunchy crust but the chicken is moist and tender inside.  It's also cut into strips, which makes it easy to eat.  The sauce is just the right mix of tasting tangy and sweet and, most importantly, is of great amount when served.  (Php230.00, good for 2 to 3 persons)
  • Sweet and Sour Pork - Obviously, this is my influence.  Just like the French Onion Soup, I must try the Sweet and Sour Pork in every Chinese restaurant that I find.  Luk Yuen's S&SP falls on my top two - the sauce is thick and clings to the meat (and your plate!).  The garnish makes for good presentation (I can't account much for the taste since I only ever eat the pineapples) and the meat is cooked thoroughly but remains tender to the bite. (Php220.00, good for 2 persons)
  • Hakaw - what is a meal in a Chinese restaurant without Hakaw?  My father was the one who introduced me to Luk Yuen.  Hakaw - steamed shrimp dumplings - has always been a dimsum that we order.  It's got a translucent wrap around steamed shrimp.  In Luk Yuen, the shrimp is steamed whole, so once you bite or slice into the wrap, you get to see the pinkish-orangey hue of the shrimp.  And in all the years that I've eaten in this restaurant (and it's various branches), I have never encountered Hakaw with filling that wasn't fresh.  (Php100, 4 pieces)
  • Pork Siomai - A staple, regardless if we're having lunch, merienda or dinner.  Generally, dimsum are made in small portions since it is not meant to be a separate course in a meal.  The really good thing about the pork siomai in Luk Yuen is that it's ginormous.  Boyfriend likes it because it's chunky.  (Php90.00, 4 pieces)
  • Spring Rolls - I find this to be one of the safest things that you can order in a restaurant.  It hardly ever happens that it disappoints you or that it doesn't taste good.  I like lumpia by nature, Boyfriend doesn't, so this is obviously one of my favorites.  He bites of my plate from time to time, but I doubt if this will one of the things he'll order given the chance.  The only thing I don't particularly like about the Spring Rolls is that it's too oily.  I love the way the wrapper crumbles into pieces when you slice into it, but the oil is just everywhere.  It isn't something you'd eat without rice - it kind of needs something else to absorb some of the oil that it secretes.  Taste-wise, though, there is nothing wrong about this dish.  (Php90.00, 3 pieces)


We were supposed to go to Gale to get my nails done, but it was almost 8:30 pm when we finished and neither or us was sure that the nail place would still be open.  It was decided that we would just go home and get our home-serviced massages (yay!).  In the FX, I got stuck in the middle part, with a really tall guy and two now-so-small ladies.  Miraculously, I found myself able to breathe (which prompted me to text Boyfriend that I felt so small, being cramped and still being able to breathe normally and all).  The position, however, pushed me closer to the two seemingly-gay guys sitting in the front seat.  Somewhere near Ultra, I heard one of them say, "Paano mo sinasabi yan (referring to the subdivision near Ultra)? Valle Verde (pronounced "valye verde") or Villa Verde (pronounced "vilya verde").  I realized that it must have been awesome if someone had been filming my facial expressions then.  And there was that little voice inside my head demanding... "Oh my gad... saan nya napulot ang letter I?".


See?  That's something to ponder about.  I guess you really do learn something new every day.



Mar. 13th, 2009


The Taxi Driver Who Wanted Tinapay

 It was when he said this that I realized it was going to be a long, long, long ride. "Parang ngayon, ihahatid kita.  Ang layo-layo.  Kawawa naman ako." Before we go any further, let me make these very clear:


Number One:  I don't like cabbies who strike up conversations during the ride.  I want peace and quiet when I travel alone - regardless of whether I ride a cab or commute.  If I wanted conversation, I would have travelled with someone.  If I felt the horrible, horrible urge to speak to someone while I was traveling alone, I would use my phone to call up Boyfriend.  Or Misty Shelly.  Or Vheks.  Or at least someone I knew.


Number Two:  I cannot stand people who wallow in self-pity.  Even myself, thus, making it safe to conclude that there are days that I cannot stand myself.  Which is apt, really.  If you were me, there would be days when you would hate you too.


Needless to say, what I hate the most is when cabbies with an abnormally strong urge to self-disclose chooses to do so and fails to realize when it rapidly turns into a soliloquy with a them of "Poor Me".  When I murmur in response, it is not code for "I want to talk with you" or "Keep talking to me".  It's my non-violent, passive-agressive way of telling people to shut the hell up.


Unfortunately, tonight, on my way home - at nearly 2 o'clock in the morning - that's EXACTLY what I got.


My cabbie was whiny, drove slowly and was slightly deaf.  He asked me to repeat every single thing that I said.  He also kept asking for the directions when I very clearly - and  very audibly - said it less than 5 minutes ago.  Maybe he whiny, drove slowly, slightly deaf and had a short-term memory gap.  Or maybe it was a bi-product of being old - which still doesn't make it okay for him to be whiny or keep talking to me when I was clearly NOT responding.


The best line that I heard was this:  "Dagdagan mo naman yung bayad mo, kahit pang tinapay lang."


Haller, it's two o'clock in the freaking morning.  The only places that sell bread at that time are the 24-hour stores and Pan de Manila - all of which do not sell bread for less than 5 pesos.  And yes, I know I'm taking this literally.  It was just too good of a chance to pass up.


I ended up paying a hundred and five bucks for the ride.  That's what the meter read, and that was what I paid.  I was really glad to be home, even if I knew that the hundred and five bucks couldn't bring back the twenty minutes I had lost in the back of the cab.


Tinapay my ass.


[ Evil Laugh ]

Mar. 7th, 2009


I Watched the Watchmen (No, really, I did)

 "The Watchmen" was already showing last Thursday, as we discovered while we were on our way to Greenhills.  Boyfriend and I were able to catch the last full show at 9.10 pm with Vheks.  Oh, and Mario (who will be formally introduced in another post).


2 hours and 45 minutes later, we came out of the theatre... a bit dazed, I think.  For a graphic-novel-turned-film, it was more profound that what had been shown in the past, with a predominant theme of " for the greater good" (which made me think of the letters exchanged between Dumbledore and Grindelwald).  For those who are looking for the usual feel-good ending, you might not find what you're looking for; but if you're the type who likes to analyze a plot to death, you'll probably like it.


The cinematography was excellent!  The fight scene at the beginning was probably one of the best that I've seen.  In a word, the movie was graphic.  Bloody graphic.  Gory graphic.  So graphic that I had to turn my head away a couple of times to squeal into Mario's head.  But I think that was what the film was about.  It was about human nature at its coarsest and the many, many reasons why we sometimes consciously choose for it to be so.


I liked the movie.  Seriously.  I didn't know who the Watchmen were prior to the showing (if fact, I went online when we got home and looked them up).  I tried reading the graphic novel and couldn't get past page 3 (the graphics just weren't doing it for me).  Boyfriend was probably a million times more excited than I was.  I was just happy that we were going to get to see it on my birthday.  I didn't expect an intellectually-stimulating experience.  Boyfriend and I agreed on one thing... "The Watchmen" isn't one of those movies that you can watch without thinking.


There were some things in the plot that you could see right through and some things that you wouldn't think would happen (Boyfriend wouldn't allow me to put spoilers in the post).  Personally, it was a plus for me to not have read on the story before watching the film.  The jolts of surprise I had over the things that I did not see coming were priceless.


Things to watch out for:

1. Jeffrey Dean Morgan

2. Nite Owl's fluffy hair (when he's not in costume)

3. Dr. Manhattan's blue... you'll figure it out

4. That villain with the wicked ears


I've got a list of movies that I need to watch in a theatre (in my world, there are films that I can watch when it's been finally been released in a DVD and there are films that I HAVE to watch in a movie house):


1. X-Men Origins: Wolverine - showing on May 1

There's also supposed to be one on Magneto.  THAT's something that I will also definitely watch out for.  Supervillains trump superheroes any day!


2. Star Trek - showing on May 9

I just saw the trailer last Thursday while waiting of the "The Watchmen" to begin.  It's got a Star Wars feel to it, which is really different from how it's always been.  Can you tell that I'm a Trekkie?


3. Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen - showing on June 26

Again, I just saw the trailer earlier this week and it seems interesting.  I'd watch it just for Shia LaBeouf, though.


4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - showing on July 17

It's a Harry Potter movie.  I'm a Harry Potter fan... so much so that I've "corrupted" my boyfriend and he has switched over to our side.  I've been reliving my love for Harry Potter as of late.  In the absence of my books (which are scattered around the many, many places of my past), Boyfriend and I have been watching the Harry Potter films.  In sequence.  We're scheduled to watch The Goblet of Fire next.


5. GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra - showing August 7

No, I'm not a GI Joe fan and I did not watch GI Joe cartoons while I was growing up.  The trailer was promising, though... and I have a couple of months to change my mind.


6. Angels and Demons

Based on the trailer, the cinematography seems to be better than that used in the Da Vinci Code.  I can only hope that I can say the same about the plot.




On a totally unrelated note... Francis Magalona's dead.  The entire country is in mourning.  Surprisingly, the disbelief that I felt when the people of the RP started mourning for Rico Yan's untimely demise ("disbelief" is a euphemism for "OA ha!") is not there.  I actually feel that it is only right to mourn him this way... That he was a good man and a great artist and that he deserves to be remembered.

Feb. 18th, 2009


I Spy

I spy with my little eye...

Oh, hell... You know what I spied with my little eye!!!

** ROFFL!!! **

[ Evil, evil laugh ]

Feb. 12th, 2009


Read All About It

Some time in the middle of UK training, someone named FC added me in YM.  I had no idea who she was or how she got my addy.  She's been sending messages, I've been answering.  She says she's from this account two floors up... moved to that new center in Glorietta 5... sometimes I think the stories are fishy... but then again, as they say, everyone lies in cyberspace.

Anyway, today, we had exchanged messages that took an interesting turn...

Fritzie Caballero11:07 AMhi joey! i spoke to gigi yesterday. she was telling me bad things about you.
Fritzie Caballero appears to be offlineHe or she will receive your messages after signing in.
Joeywho's gigi?
Fritzie Caballerogigi from rrc?
Fritzie Caballeroyou dont know her?
Joeyyes, i know her
Fritzie Caballerogigi and the rest of her friends call you sungki and bukbuk for brian. bukbuk for bukbukin.
Joeythey're entitled to their own opinion
Fritzie Caballerobe carefull of those people. because they are talking shit about you behind your back.
Joeyit's fine
Fritzie Caballero

And no, I was not trying to be a martyr when I answered the way that I did.  

Do I believe that Gigi was saying bad things about me behind my back?  I hope not.  But if she did, it wouldn't be the biggest surprise nor would it be the end of the world.  Do I believe that her friends have given me and my boyfriend less-than-flattering nicknames?  Hell yeah!  Am I supremely offended?  Well, my teeth are crooked and I have no idea what "bukbukin" means (if anyone knows, please leave a comment so I will know if a war should be waged or not).  I do think that people are entitled to their own opinion.

And please, if people heard half the things that I say about them, I would be burning in hell right now.

Feb. 1st, 2009

death angel

You Probably Think This Post is About You

I spy with my little eye...

... A black honda civic waiting at the front of the office building.
... A young chinese woman looking around...
... Little lady goes near the black honda civic... and gets in!
... Black honda civic drives away.

This happened a couple of days ago, actually.  To be specific, it was Thursday night, Jan 29, around 11:30 pm.  I'd like to be as close to the exact time as possible, but that would mean that I would have to get my phone and check what time I blasted a text message to my bitchmates.

Rumor-monger? Me?  I'm just calling it as I see it.  And, unlike other bloggers, I write what I actually know.  And I know because I was fucking THERE.

Oh, and doesn't the other officer come in at midnight?  If the little lady slid in to the front passenger seat a little after 11:30 pm, and the other officer went online at midnight, who was left watching the floor then?

Oh, and (for those who haven't gotten it yet), isn't he MARRIED???


[ Evil Laugh ]

Jan. 21st, 2009


Today is a Good Day

I haven't been to Blogthings for ages! I've been up for a couple of hours and before I try to get a bit more sleep before I head off to work, here are some of the quiz results I've gotten:

You Attract a Scorpio

When intense, stubborn, dominant Scorpio meet you, they've met your match.

You can ramp up the passion and sexuality in your relationship to meet Scorpio's cravings.

You can respect your Scorpio's strong opinions and indulge your Scorpio's preferences.

You are happy with whatever makes your Scorpio passionate, because the passion eventually comes back to you!

*** Ah, yes, today is certainly a good day :D ***

You Are Buttermilk Pancakes

Your prefer traditional, old fashioned foods.

You shy away from anything fake, and you like meals with simple ingredients.

It's not likely someone would find margarine or diet soda in your kitchen.

Instead, someone might find a loaf of homemade bread baking or a soup simmering.

*** Hmmm... Pancakes! (note to self: must eat at Pancake House SOON)***

Your Friendship Style is Independent

You love your friends, but you don't always need them as much as they need you.

You like to do your own thing. Sometimes this means taking a break from your friends and carving your own path.

As long as your friends give you the space you need, you are happy to be there for them whenever you can.

Your friends lean on you for advice and problem solving. You tend to be "the rock."

You and an Empathetic Friend: Go well together. Your Empathetic Friend understand and accepts you... but may be too needy sometimes.

You and a Gregarious Friend: Get along well, as long as your Gregarious Friend is happy to only see you occasionally.

You and another Independent Friend: Have a love / hate thing going on. When you agree, things are blissful. However, more often than not, you butt heads.

You and a Philosophical Friend: Are somewhat a matter of opposites attract. You're both thinkers, but you think very differently.

*** BITCHMATES forever!!! ***

He's A Pretty Good Boyfriend

Your boyfriend gets an A for effort. He's trying his hardest, but he needs a little help.

It's likely that your guy hasn't had many serious relationships. Make sure you let him know what you need - gently.

*** So, obviously, my passive-aggressiveness isn't exactly helping, is it? ***

* smiles *

Jan. 20th, 2009

drama, love

At Square One

Sunday, Jan 18, I decided to try something new.

I know that I'd be really bad at it, seeing that I've never tried to do it before... nor have I ever felt the need to.  When I was 23, it was different.  There was no choice at that point... it was the only way that I could ever have moved on.

This time it was voluntary.  I made a conscious choice... and I know that it'll hurt and I know that it'll be hard and, at this point, I can only hope that I could live through it.

Sunday, Jan 18, I decided to try something new.

It's called starting over.

Jan. 15th, 2009

death angel

Mean Girl

I was looking through the past bulletins that my "friends" in that public site have posted and found this:

From: "Ima"
Date: Monday, December 29, 2008 7:10 PM
i miss him...
          i don't know what to do..
          i'm so stupid..
          i'm sorry..

Bigla ko lang naisip...

Pwede kayang sumagot sa Bulletin?  Ang sasabihin ko lang ay ito: "i'm so stupid.." --> "Yes, you are!"  Natuwa naman ako sa sarili ko.

[ Evil Laugh ]

Jan. 13th, 2009


I am But a Small Voice...

Have you ever had that unexplainably, strange feeling in the pit of your tummy, or deep in your heart, that there's something off with what's happening?

I do.  In fact, I have it right now.

I want to shake off the feeling, but it doesn't go away... and it's really getting in the way of my whole "trying-to-understand" thing.  Brian says she's just a kid and it all started out as a joke... but her name appears on his phone more often than those he claims to be closest to in his class.  I found an empty SMS in his drafts folder last night, and that feeling, it just settled at the pit of my stomach.  He says he wasn't going to send her anything, that it might have been one of his other friends who asked to borrow his phone yesterday after work.

I believe him.  I know he loves me.  I know that he's friendly.  But her... there's something different about her.  She sent a message again this morning, just when Brian was about to leave for work.  I found it.  Now I feel like there's a knife stuck in my chest.

I'm afraid and I'm hurting but I don't know why.  And deep, deep, deep down inside, there's a little pot of anger that's starting to bubble up.

I'm hardly ever wrong about things like these.  Somehow I keep wishing that I wouldn't be right with this one.

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