Freakin’ Childhood Possessions

It was that day when I craved for a Calzone stuffed with ham and cheese from Sbarro.  When I finally got one, I shared a portion of it to Ariel (an officemate) since I normally cannot finish the whole thing.  He told me that such chow is so darn filling and heavy in the stomach like the popular bread served during our grade school days called “nutri-bun”.

Nutri-bun sold compulsory to all students during break time made me recall some possessions I had when I was in my grade school days.  Being the 5th child, it’s quite hard to possess an item during my childhood that I can actually call my own since I am part of those jackass creatures who benefited from the very cost worthy hand-me-downs. 

If these items are still present, these can be considered vintage by today’s generation.  Some of which are…

Yellow 1.  Superman T-Shirt

I still remember I was with my mom buying this piece of clothing at Harrison Plaza.  Harrison Plaza during that time was the hippest mall then.  She let me chose the color.  I pointed the light yellow colored one.

Panambag 2.  PanAm Bag

This light blue colored bag was the one I used and brought to school when I was in my 3rd grade.  My parents allowed me to use it.  My father got one in the 70’s as a giveaway from the PanAm airline when he went back from Saudi Arabia from one of his annual vacations from his job.

Gamewatch 3.  Game & Watch

When I was eleven my mother purchased me this handled electronic game unit.  You will be considered one of the cool dudes in school if you own one.  Mine was the Octopus game with a clock and an alarm.  After a little more than a month, I got so familiar with the game that the score would go back to zero when you reach the score of 999.

Implosion Prevention

In the office this afternoon, busy and stressed with work – opening 5 restaurants this month, running a training center, operating the HR needs of 14 existing restaurants – I suddenly hear myself humming a rhythm.  While working focused on something at the computer, without any clue and external clout, I was uttering the lyrics and humming the haunting classic Pinoy song "Payapang Daigdig" (translation: Peaceful World).

Ang gabi’s payapa

Lahat ay tahimik

Pati mga tala sa bughaw na langit

Kay hinhin ng hangin, wari’y umiibig

Sa kapayapaan ng buong daigdig.

Payapang panahon

Ay diwa ng buhay

Biyaya ng Diyos

Sa sangkatauhan

Ang gabi’y payapa, lahat ay tahimik

Pati mga tala

Sa bughaw na langit.

This song as I researched from the internet was written in 1945 by the great Philippine National Artist Felipe De Leon.  It was originally not a Christmas hymn but was written in "the morning after thousands have died and saw that bombs during the Second World War had leveled the entire city of Manila".

At first I thought I was just buzzing it because Christmas is nearing.  But after learning this significant fact, I knew that my subconscious is actually trying to convey that after all this demanding, stressful and taxing condition in the office peace and tranquility will soon follow. 

Scream I guess it’s my spontaneous way to avert my nutty self from imploding!

My 2006 Movie of the Year: Mark Meily’s “Sugar”

I have watched a load of movies this year.  A lot of it has actually moved and impressed me.  But my most preferred motion picture this year was never shown on cinemas and theaters.  It is a 15-minute film and was only shown on TV (on ABC 5) and I think is available on mobile phones.

I am talking about the romantic comedy entitled “Sugar”.  It starred Rafael Rosel and Bianca King.  This unfussy yet delightful short-film was directed by Mark Meily. “Sugar” tells the tale of lovers who’ve reached a plateau in their relationship.  Gone grumpy and complaining on her boyfriend’s frosty treatment, the girl decides to spice things up by assuming a secret identity.  She purchased a mobile phone SIM card and conducted a text-message affair with her boyfriend.

Sugar In the coffee shop with her best friend, while exchanging text messages with her boyfriend in her new secret anonymous SIM & cell number, undecided of what name to give, she by chance saw a pack of brown sugar on top of their table and assumed the name “Sugar”.

Thus, the dude didn’t know that his text-mate is actually his girlfriend.  The problem gets complicated when the guy starts to fall for Sugar after a long period of sweet, pleasant and engaging exchanges of text messages.  He decided and invited Sugar for an EB (eyeball or meet).

The scenes on the date of the EB were hilarious, nerve-wracking, intense, stressful, distressing yet lovely, charming and definitely moving.

This movie is not an epic, not a period movie, do not have big stars in the cast, only runs for 15 minutes, did not call for millions to produce, no Oscar winning moments, no typical Pinoy “sampalan” melodramatic scenes.  The message was simply portrayed yet strikingly beautiful.

Indeed, great things come in small and simple packages.  No sugar coating needed! Ang galing galing!

Fried Coke

Coke Though I rarely drink it, Coke is considered to be the staple drink around the world.  Though being the most popular, Coca-Cola has been criticized for its possible negative effects on health.  It has even spawned a lot of urban myhts like, coke can dissolve a tooth overnight or coke can kill sperms and women who would not want to get pregnant can wash their private part with coke before or after sex.

What is so amazing about this drink now is that in the middle of this year in USA there has been a new food item that has been introduced called "Fried Coke" others call it "Deep Fried Coca-Cola".

Ingredients? A batter (flour milk and egg) mixed with a lot of Coca-Cola syrup, a drizzle of strawberry syrup and a portion of fresh strawberries.  The batter mix will be formed into ping-pong sized balls and are then deep-fried, ending up with munchkin-like donut which are then served in a cup, topped with Coca-Cola syrup and a choice of either a whipped cream with cherry on top or cinnamon sugar.

I wonder what food chain or restaurant in the Philippines would be the first to serve this notoriously sweet stuff…?  The race is on!

Teri Asim & Her Flavorful Text Messages

Terry_2 A lot of Pinoy celebrities confess that they would receive regular text messages from the Pinoy Diamond Star Maricel Soriano.  They would explain that these messages would serve as small but meaningful reminders and would sometimes help them cope with life’s trials.

I can say that I feel the same because I also receive text messages on a regular basis.  It’s not from Maricel Soriano but from a good friend Terry “Asim” Asombrado.  I’ve known Terry for more than 8 years now.  I guess I have always been right on calling her “Terry Asim”.  Not because she smells sour but because she has sent me dashes of flavors on life’s wisdoms through her text messages.

Here’s a dozen of what she sent…

  1. Life holds no promises to what will come our way.  It makes no guarantees over what we get.  It just gives us time to make choices and take chances.
  2. It is wiser not to expect but hope; for in expecting, we meet disappointments.  Whereas in hoping, we invite surprises… and miracles.
  3. Cry for a while but not for a long time… You take goodbyes but keep moving on… Ganyan lang ang buhay sometime huhuhu… but have a countless reasons to hahaha…
  4. Let’s begin the day with a short prayer: “Lord walk with me today.  I have no idea what lies ahead.  Be my guide and strength in all that I do.  For Your Glory.  Amen.”
  5. In life there are three things that can never be retrieved… Spoken words, time passed and neglected opportunities.  So don’t miss them.  Enjoy life!
  6. Quiz given to 200 applicants for a single job… Situation: You are driving along a stormy night.  You passed by a bus stop where you see three people waiting. (1) an elderly woman who’s about to die (2) an old friends who once saved your life (3) the perfect mate you’ve been dreaming about.  Who would your choose knowing there could only be one passenger in your car?  The answer of the one who was hired was: “I would give my car key to my friends and let him take the elderly woman to the hospital.  Then, I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the person of my dreams”.
  7. Six pieces of advice from Iman Ghazali: (1) Closest to us is not family, but death (2) Furtherest from us is not the moon or stars, but time passed (3) Biggest is not the mountain or sun, but your lust/desire (4) Heaviest weight is not the elephant or iron, but responsibility (5) Lightest is neither wind nor feathers, but not praying or delaying it (6) Sharpest is neither knife nr sword, but your tongue.  Think about these words of wisdom…
  8. Most of the things we desire are expensive.  But the truth is the things that really satisfy us are free… laughter, family, true friends and most of all “God’s Love!”
  9. Lately, I learned that friendship is the best relationship.  We may g separate ways, live different lives, believe in different aspects.  Bus as long as we believe we’re friends, we will forever be…
  10. To love is a duty.  To be loved is a gift. To love someone who loves you is an achievement.  To be loved by someone who you love is… Life!
  11. A heart breaking story… The ex-girlfriend confronts the ex-boyfriend.  Ex-girlfriend: “How dare you play our song in your wedding ceremony… How dare you pick my favorite color as your motif… How dare you choose our anniversary date as your wedding date… How dare you look at me before you kiss your wife…” The ex-girlfriend breaks down and cried.  Ex-boyfriend: “Because that’s the last and only way I could pretend that you are my wife”.
  12. "A blessed day" deserves a joyful smile and thanksgiving to the Creator who makes wonderful things happen to wonderful people like you…

Look who’s talking! Watch what your saying Sharon!

Sharon Sharon bothered?  In the news, the Pinoy megastar Sharon Cuneta was being interviewed and is reacting that she has been so bothered by the ongoing news on Metro Manila mayors being suspended left and right.

In the interview Sharon says, "If mayors were found to be corrupt let’s put them in jail not just suspend them.  But make sure of the proofs please."  Look who’s talking!!! Sharon… the loving daughter of the late and former mayor of Pasay City, Pablo Cuneta.

I have written quite a lot already about how bad Pasay is.  I am a living witness on the condition of Pasay since I have been born, raised, presently living and will be laid to rest in this city.  (Yeah, I bought a columbarium space in St. Therese Church near the mega-controversial NAIA Terminal 3 – but will write about it some other time).

I grew up having Pablo Cuneta as my mayor.  Like what it is now, Pasay has been like the way it is… corrupted!  Sharon’s father is no different from these suspended and soon to be suspended mayors.  Everybody knows how corrupted her father was.  It’s just that no one wants to speak-up and dig-out her father’s issues out of respect for the late mayor and for her since everybody’s been so busy being starstrucked with her.

One piece of advice for the megastar on this issue… she should shut the hell up!

Sleazy Mazinger Z

Mazingerz_1 Whatever happened to Mazinger Z?  Mazinger Z is an anime robot that is a contemporary of Voltes V and Daimos.  All these animated android TV programs were shown in the ‘70s.   If my memory serves me right, in the mid-90s the other two that I mentioned were re-released on Philippine TV but not Mazinger Z!

Maybe it’s because Mazinger Z is not as strong as that of the other two.  All I can remember that Mazinger Z can do was to use the laser beams emanating from its eyes plus the rocket punch attack.  It is unlike Voltes V with various ammunitions and Daimos having the superb martial arts skills that can no doubt eradicate the forces of evil into smithereens.

Sayaka I can still recall that because of the limited power of Mazinger Z (he can’t even fly in the initial episodes), he had a number of robot allies.  One of which was Aphrodite A.  This robot had female features and is being run and operated by a girl named Sayaka.  The only ammunition of Aphrodite A is her breast that can be launched as missiles.

A couple of hilarious episodes need Mazinger Z to fly to exterminate a mechanical beast on midair.  For him to go up the air, Aphrodite A needs to release her missile breast and Mazinger Z needs to run after these breasts (I mean missiles) and hold on to it until he’s brought up the air.

Isn’t that silly? Or maybe sleazy!  No matter what, I miss Mazinger Z.