Saturday, September 8, 2012

Trying Out A Cheese Steak Sandwich

I like scouring for deals it saves me money in the long-term. So I got this deal from Deal Grocer. Its from the Cheese Steak Shop. As far as I know they are the only restaurant that specifically sell cheese steaks as one of their primary food items. The deal I got was worth P399 and I got it for P180. It was this humongous 10-inch cheese steak that had spices and onions on it and lotsa cheese.


It was the first time I ate a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich but it definitely won't be the last!

Crave Burger!

Got another discount deal from Beeconomic. This time the deal I got was for Crave Burger. The Burger looked delicious and large based on the picture on the promo.

Crave Burger

It was a bit underwhelming once I started to eat this thing. It tasted like a home made burger that was overpriced. But anyway I got it on a deal so it was ok.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Kamera Obskura

Kamera Obskura

All of the movies I saw during the latest Cinemalaya have something to do with silence, but this time around there are no more speaking characters. Kamera Obskura is a silent film in black and white. I think the movie is about making movies. It closely follows a man stuck in a hole submerged in darkness. He then breaks out and finds a mysterious camera inside a store. Here's a full synopsis of the story.


As the movie stated, this is the first time a silent movie came out since I wasn't even born. I'm not sure if that's true but I'll believe them. I liked the layers of the movie depicting how corruption is portrayed in all levels and sectors of society. The camera that got stuck on the protagonist's had the power to shine light and eliminate corrupt or bad people. Everyone who saw what he was capable of wanted a piece of him. I liked the way the movie ended with questions and not real answers. The movie didn't really end it just cut to a scene of a dialogue among a group of people covered in shadows.


Saturday, August 11, 2012


Aparisyon is another movie I caught during Cinemalaya. I headed to Trinoma to catch this film. It dealt with silence yet again, but this time around it took it to another direction compared to Ang Nawawala.


This movie is about a bunch of nuns in a convent sometime during the Martial Law years in the Philippines. The movie's serene beginnings turn into a solemn and harrowing end when the movie came to a close. The story revolves around Lourdes (Jodie Sta. Maria), Remy, and Mother Superior Ruth. Lourdes is the new nun in the block and is introduced to the cloistered life. Her character is in stark contrast to Remy who is more outgoing and strong in personality. This time around, silence is used as a tool to cover up the situations that involved the monastery. After the rape of Lourdes and subsequent pregnancy, the monastery and Mother Superior Ruth is thrown into controversy and moral issues that it did not face before.

The change in aura and character of Mother Superior Ruth is seen when the old Mother Superior, who was now delusional, saw her as Satan, when before she was though of as Mother Mary herself. Silence this time around is used as a tool that leads to inaction. Everything is kept inside and as a secret to protect the image of the monastery. Here is a complete synopsis of the movie. 

I liked this movie because of the questions it posed on the viewers, at first I thought I was in for a horror movie, but when the story unfolded, the horror and dread of the aparisyon is more of what is going on in the mind and not the actual aparisyon.

This movie and Ang Nawawala took silence and moved in very different directions. Hopefully, we get to see more of these kinds of films from Philippine cinema.

Ang Nawawala

The much maligned Filipino movie industry is often filled with fantasy, drama, and comedy movies that don't make you think. It's often all for the glory of manufactured artistas and movie studios. But there is a yearly event that brings out the best in Filipino movie making. Cinemalaya is the chance for indie movie makers to show their art and breathe life into the decaying corpse that is Philippine cinema. I must admit that this is the first time I watched any indie movies from Cinemalaya. But something in me told me that maybe I should give this movie festival a shot.

I trooped to Trinoma to catch screenings of the movies in the Cinemalaya film fest. I read movie reviews about the films first before I decided to watch one. What caught my eye was the indie movie by Marie Jamora.

Ang Nawawala

Ang Nawawala caught my eye because of its take on silence. After watching The Artist there is something about silence that speaks volumes. I would boldly claim that this movie won't be able to touch the hearts and minds of the masses, unless you came from a certain school or certain family.

The movie is about a young man named Gibson and his self-imposed silence since he was a child. You can read a synopsis here, because I won't go into much detail about it. This movie brings the indie music scene, style, and depth that a majority of Filipino films lack. There are multiple layers to each character in the story especially Gibson. He kind of reminds me of the guy in American Beauty.

Creepy guy pointing a camera and documenting everything

Gibson's silence is open to interpretation: it either hides depth or just plain shallowness. His character is in stark contrast to the boyfriend of her sister who just talks and blabbers mindlessly. The main reason why he stopped talking was because he saw his twin brother plummet to his demise and his own mother couldn't even tell if he was his brother or Gibson. He didn't want to say anything. You could insert several interpretations about identity or whatnot but that's up to you.

He meets a girl named Enid, his first real shot at a romantic relationship. The relationship goes on an interesting twist because she was the first person he (Gibson) decided to say something to after several years. Hurting everyone else around home, especially his childhood friend. The relationship didn't turn out for the best but it taught Gibson something. He realized the pain that his mother was feeling after several years, caused by the death of his twin brother. The self-imposed silence and the things that have happened to Gibson finally made him decide to talk. His self-imposed silence pushed him to the brink and made him realize that he had to open up and let go. Catharsis!

I like the whole silence motif, although I wouldn't say that this one was better than the Artist, but it was pretty close (Filipino pride).    

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Tried a different sport that looks exciting...Archery! Haven't really heard much about this sport other than Robin Hood and a few historical movies but it caught my eye when I saw a coupon from Metrodeal. The deal was P300 instead of P600 for a one hour session of archery.

My Robin Hood impression
The range we went to was called Gandiva Archery it's located near Megamall in the 7th floor of One Corporate Center. The place is open on Monday to Sunday 9AM to 6PM (I think). It was the first time I ever held a bow and arrow and felt pretty excited. I wanted to hit the bull's eye during my first few tries, but beginner's luck wasn't on my side since I didn't even hit the target area haha

Not bad eh?

Started hitting the target area after several tries.

Almost bull's eye

The best shot I had (of course I removed the errant arrows).

Not bad for a rookie archer. Archery is a fun sport to try but the equipment costs an arm and a leg. It's one expensive hobby. The starter bow costs P14,000 without any arrows and the bows for competition and advanced archers hits P30,000+++ so if you really love this sport you'll have to dole out a lot of cash. Gandiva also offers lessons for P8,000 (includes annual membership fee of P2,000) and an annual membership of P2,000. For members you only pay P350 for using the equipment and facilities. 

I think archery is one of those sports that the Philippines can actually excel in. No height requirement only practice and a sharp eye. I'm seriously considering this sport in the future for now I'll just pretend to be Robin Hood.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Xoi Vietnamese Kitchen

Found a coupon from Metrodeal that led me to this little resto in Megamall Atrium A. Its called Xoi Vietnamese Kitchen,

Xoi Vietnamese Kitchen

The deal was for only P99 for specific chicken, seafood, pork, and beef meals. The food looks good but I'm not exactly a food expert so expect to hear comments such as good, delicious, and nothing more. As far as I know the food was good for a discounted price of P99!

Beef Meal Vietnamese style!

The food was good because I didn't pay the whole price of P150+++. My tongue couldn't differentiate the taste of the beef but as far as I know it was good HAHA. The food ranged from P150+++ which is ok.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tokyo Cafe

The fam and I decided to eat at this restaurant called Tokyo Cafe in SM The Block. I capitalized on discount coupons I bought from CashCashPinoy. The coupons gave us 50% off on the meals that the restaurant pre-selected for the promo. The meals were the usual kind offered by most Japanese restaurants.


The meals without the coupon cost P250 each. The deal gave us 6 meals for the price of 3. Which was a pretty good deal by any means based on the price of the food at the restaurant. The average meal in the restaurant ranged from P130-P250. Hefty price for an OK kind of meal.



Some of the comments about the meals were that the pork was a little too salty for its own good. I ordered the chicken which was ok. I'm not exactly a food connoisseur so I'm not quite sure what to say. I'm not really a fussy eater but for 50% off I'd taste anything.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Frutti FroYo

Who wouldn't want to buy stuff at a discount especially if its food? I cashed in my Ensogo coupon and got myself a sort-of healthy dessert, yogurt.

Frutti FroYo 
Yes its chocolate, vanilla, with candy and chocolate balls. I'm actually a 12-year old disguising as a yuppy. Its yogurt so it is supposedly healthy but like most things a little too much is bad for your health. Paid only P50 for this because of the discount from Ensogo

Not really a very clear picture of the coupon I used
The coupon was worth P152 and I only paid P76 for it, paid a little extra because I went over the limit. You can find other deals by visiting a bunch of group buying sites online.

4 Fingers Crispy Chicken

I was browsing around SM North Edsa after paying for something I bought online when I felt the pangs of hunger taking over. my random walking about led me to 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken. It was your typical fast food chain that offers fatty food that that isn't healthy but still good to eat.

4 Fingers Crispy Chicken

This fast food chain was a cross between KFC and Bonchon and offers a little bit of everything. Chicken wings, drumsticks, drummettes, chicken sandwiches, french fries, and everything chicken and deep fried. The menu was affordable (somewhere between P130 to P200), and the staff generally friend. I couldn't try everything so I decided to take the bestseller.

Chicken Sandwich and Fries!

For P199 it was just right. You get to choose between so garlic or hot sauce for this sumptuous sandwich. The sandwich itself was ok, nothing spectacular but it was enough to hit the right spots in your stomach.

4 Fingers Crispy Chicken
The delectable sandwich was worth it. You can visit 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken in SM North Edsa near Yakimix and the side going to the Block.