Archive for March, 2013

The Voice Season 4

Posted: March 30, 2013 in fun, tv
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When the show “The Voice” first aired. I immediately took to its format. It was refreshing, different from the rest of the singing competitions.  But I didn’t like the judges they chose.  Well, I like Adam Levine. I didn’t know Blake Shelton then but eventually, his funny antics and comments made me like him, too. It was Ceelo that I thought was off as a judge. But that’s just me. And while Christina Aguilera can easily out-sing anyone, in the battle of the pop stars, I still prefer Britney over her.

So in the fourth installment of The Voice, Usher and Shakira were very welcome changes to the judge line up.  The dynamics, chemistry among the four was way better. It was fun to watch the banter, the exchange of playful jibes.

But I only do enjoy The Voice during the blind auditions.  I don’t really quite understand why they have to pit their chosen singers against each other. Let’s see if this season will be able to capture my attention till the very end of the season…

Summer vacation

Posted: March 29, 2013 in food, fun, travel
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Summer is already here. I have been too busy with work the past few months and I haven’t really taken any long breaks so far. The holy week is the first long break after Christmas and I have taken advantage of it.  The pictures above were taken with my samsung galaxy note 2 during the Christmas vacation last year. We went home to Cagayan for Christmas and visited my dad’s hometown. It was a respite from all the pollution in Manila. Flowers, trees and fresh air! Ah, the provincial life.

I experience this simple, refreshing just once in a while, only when there are long holidays at work. There used to be so much more of these with the past president but PNoy is intent on implementing his ‘tuwid na daan” program and refuses to move around the holidays to create long weekends, which we, the middle working class, can use to go home to our respective provinces.

Anyway, so I went home this Holy week to Nueva Ecija, my mom’s hometown.  It was, as is always the case, a gastronomic fest.  My parents have their own little farm. Not fancy.  Not the haciendero type of thing but they have more than enough livestock, fruits and vegetables for their daily consumption.  Everything is fresh. The vegetables, the eggs, the chicken, the fruits!

For Good Friday, since meat is not allowed, we had to catch fish from the fish pond. But aside from the fish, there were tiny freshwater shrimps too!  Look at that catch!

 

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So we had grilled fish and shrimp for lunch and sinigang for dinner! Yumyumyum! This gastronomic feast goes on for two more days! I have already gained a pound or two and will perhaps gain some more. Haha.. I better go back to the gym to dance all these calories off when I get back to Manila!

 

where have all the fun gone?

Posted: March 25, 2013 in fun, personal
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I believe I was fun then… I think. I traveled a lot. Danced in the rain. Performed in front of people. Bungee jumped. Cartwheeled in public. Played competitive sports.

Where have all the fun gone?

Work has made me so busy, I barely have time to have fun.  Not that work isn’t fun. Hmmm, actually, lately, most times, it isn’t anymore because of the stress and the pressure. But… wait, what was the point I was making? Oh yes, I am too tired most days that all I wanna do after work is be a couch potato or sleep.

Where have all the fun gone?

I was browsing through some of my posts earlier and I chanced upon this: http://wp.me/pSFEP-mM.  It’s almost a year after but I still haven’t even come close to doing one of the items listed here. I am boring. Ugh.

Where have all the fun gone?

The fun is still there, shelved somewhere. I hope. Bits and pieces are creeping through.  I woke up very early this morning to join a mini-dance mob to celebrate our aerobics instructor’s birthday.  That was fun. I resolve to have more of that, more of the fun. I hope to be able to unearth it soon enough before all the toxicity consumes me.

The fun is still there, waiting to be found.

4pics 1 word

Posted: March 24, 2013 in food
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There’s this addicting popular game right now called 4pics 1word.  The app shows 4 pics depicting one word.  I thought of using it as a way of introducing this post… =) So, guess which word the 4 pics above represent.

This was the dinner I had with my sister and her husband a few days ago at a popular restaurant chain.  We had bread with olive oil and balsalmic vinegar, prosciutto and formaggio, sicilain chicken salad and applewood bacon pizza. Yumyumyum.  The warm bread was lovely, the salad, tasty and the pizza, delicious.  The prosciutto and salami were a bit too salty for my taste, though. But overall our Italian dinner was awesome!