Missing the good times

I have a confession: I miss celebrating the halloween season and the much-awaited long weekends.

How crazy can I get? Pic taken last April at the Outbreak Manila. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Posting this picture again ‘coz its halloween! <3)

This week is supposed to be the long weekend of all sorts, taking my time to relax, recharge and a decent vacation in which I am NOT entitled as of this moment.

And yes I miss celebrating Halloween. I love to dress up, put on some make up and walk in my cutesy (or sometimes scary) costumes with ease, just like the one that I had last Outbreak Manila last April.

Just to cut back any negative vibes (for now), today is my first year at The Greentennial Run yay! It’s been an experience that i’ll never forget and it’s fun to be a runner volunteer for a change, and I can’t wait to see the new and improved “The Midnight Run” that’ll be set later in the evening at the Metrowalk, can’t miss this! ๐Ÿ˜€

Amidst the disaster, we all need to be thankful (and letโ€™s all keep our faith and do our part!)

I’m not fond on watching the news every evening, but after I heard about the recent earthquake occurred in Bohol and affects areas in Cebu, it breaks my heart to see people lost their homes, asking for help, being traumatized, crushed to death because of the rubble, roads being misaligned and damaged, and the historical churches badly damaged and destroyed in an instant.

In a way, it’s good that the recent event has occurred during in the morning, where everybody’s awake and since it’s a holiday at that time, people are mostly at home or went out with their family. It could have been worst if it has happened in the evening or during a regular work day, where the students are in the school and most of the people are at work.

It’s also painful to see the historical landmarks and tourist destinations being dilapidated, and some being crumbled… the Chocolate Hills are torn apart, though it reminds me of the milk chocolate kisses being cut into half… the churches located in Bohol and Cebu are the places of worship and considered a national treasure because of their significance and connection to our country’s colorful history.

But somehow, despite the depleting rubble and the torn towers from the churches being affected, we can still see some religious images miraculously stand beneath the rubble. A constant reminder that despite the challenges and the trials that has occurred, as long as our dear Lord Jesus Christ is always in our hearts, we can overcome this.

And as for our fellow Boholanos and Cebuanos who are well-known for their deep faith in Christ, I’m praying for them to recover from the recent tragedy and to keep their faith up high to God. May the government, the church and the people who have all the means to help reach out to them, for they are in need for the basic necessities. (And yes we can also help and make a difference in our own little way.)

Let’s all keep the faith, and let’s all reach out for them!

(Mis)adventures with Angela and Mr. Ube

Us in Mr. Ube in Binondo!
Us in Mr. Ube in Binondo!

It was that rainy Sunday evening when Angela and decided to hang out and eat after our weekly choir service in Baste. We are both foodies at heart and since we’re already in Quiapo, we decided to walk going to Binondo and have a taste of anything Chinese.

Ahhh chinese food. from dimsums to dumplings to rice toppings and all – the unique taste and aroma makes it so enticing not just for us but to all foodies who also loves it. And in our current foodventure, Mr. Ube never disappoint!

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Located in Ongpin, Mr. Ube is known for its noodles, dimsums and dumplings. It said to be one of the branches of the famous Eng Bee Tin, the famous hopia brand in the country. I’ve curious on what Mr. Ube has to offer ever since I’ve first seen the place few years back, and good thing I had a chance to see and try their food selections.

The place is small but spacious. I like the contrast of purple, yellow-green and white interiors that reminds me of sapin-sapin lol! XD It’s quite catchy for me. Wifi is also available in the area, definitely a plus for us! ๐Ÿ™‚

They had a huge selection of rice toppings, noodles and dimsums for everyone, and here’s what we tried:

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Laksa Noodles – It was a huge bowl of creamy seafood noodle soup with squid, shrimp and fish. The soup has a creamy feel, really yummy. We split the soup for two since we also ordered rice meals for ourselves.

Beef with Broccoli Rice (for me) – If you were to ask me, this is one of my favorite dishes. Mr. Ube’s beef with broccoli never disappoints me, for its meat is tender and juicy and the broccoli is cooked just right. I like the mix of the dish itself.

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Lechon Macau Rice (for Angela) – Cooked just right. the lechon is all crispy and yummy and makes us want to order another extra plate of rice, for we just can’t get enough.

All rice meals and the noodles are of huge ammount of servings. The price is reasonable and is perfect for us kuripots. We would love to buy a mooncake for ourselves but our wallet’s already on a diet. ๐Ÿ™ But We’ll be back again for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

Can’t wait to try their other dishes soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

MR. UBE RICE &NOODLE HOUSE
707 Ongpin corner Tomas Pinpin Sts., Binondo
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
(632)2888888 loc. 131
info@engbeetin.com

 

**Thank you Angela for the pics! ๐Ÿ˜€

There’ll Always Be that Someone Else

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So many ones have come along,
Some drifting, some unaware, some with some kind of hold.
And you have held me for so long
beneath a borken reverie, a sill made out of stone.
And though I never moved, succumbed to your embrace,
still you went on without a trace.
There’ll always be that someone else who’ll love me once again.

The days and nights they pass me by,
they swiftly go beyond my breath, I’m left with but a sigh.
Though every color seems to fade,
a gentle rainbow beacons through the slightest doubt or pain.
I hope there’s still that someone else who’ll love me once again.

I painfully recall the time you gazed into my eyes,
and tearfully confessed your love for someone else.
I had to let it go, I had to keep my pride,
so I just walked away, when you finally said goodbye.

Too many ones have come along,
Some drifting, some unaware, some with some kind of hold.
And you have loved me for so long
beneath a borken reverie, a sill made out of stone.
And though I never moved, succumbed to your embrace,
still you went on without a trace.
There’ll always be that someone else who’ll love me once again.

** Music and text by Saunder Choi,ย featuring Bianca Camille Lopez, soprano, and Mark Anthony Carpio on the piano

My 2 for the Gold Experience

2 for the gold! Concert from the Swingle Singers and the Philippine Madrigal Singers! (Pic from the MADZ fan page)
2 for the gold! Concert from the Swingle Singers and the Philippine Madrigal Singers! (Pic from the MADZ fan page)

I had a chance to watch the world-renowned the Philippine Madrigal Singers and the Swingle Singers last September 8. Both groups are celebrating their 50th anniversary, and I’m so thankful that I got to see them share the stage, along with my officemates who are both MADZ fanatics.

Pic’s from Bill

As I arrived from the CCP lobby, I saw some familiar faces: MADZ alumni members, conductors and choristers from different choral groups and many more. The people are all ecstatic to see the MADZ and the Swingles perform.

The first few songs are from the MADZ. and as expected, they delivered such an outstanding performance from their songs like La guerre and Contigo en la distancia and their last song, the Circle of life. They also sang the “Italian Salad”, and they gave a fresh-but-funny twist to the song that was also sung from the MADZ ’89 batch.

Then the MADZ cleared the stage to give way to the Swingle Singers. And as they graced the stage and do their first song, I was forever in awe from the start until the end of performance.

THEY ARE EXCELLENT! I absolutely love how their vocals can reach the high and low notes with supreme elegance. It was like magic to see and hear them.

I have my own list of songs from the Swingle Singers that I absolutely love, and I’m happy that they sang most of them during the concert, Here they are!

  • Eleanor Rigby – this Beetles classic has been given a jazzy twist to the song. being sung together with the Philippine Madrigal Singers during the second part of the show, i think it’s a great act to remember.
  • After The Storm – i adore the rendition as well as the song itself. it simply gives me hope.
  • Single Ladies – fun fun fun! the mindblowing vocals and the dance steps by the guys makes them fun to watch!
  • Aria from the Fifth Element – mindblowing soprano solo, nuff said. <3
  • Lady Madonnaย – relaxing cool vibe. Hearing this song makes me want to sit back, relax and just keep it cool.
  • Clair De Lune – Personal favorite. I cried while listening to this. It is close to perfection.
  • Libertangoย – It never fails to amaze me. I’m so glad that this is the last song (before the encore song) for it was mindblowing. Their song is also an inspiration to our choir’s MADZ Et Al performance 2 years ago.

It was a night to remember. To watch the MADZ and the Swingle Singers perform and to share the limelight at the grandiose CCP theater is something that I’m thankful for. They are both inspiring to watch, and I’m glad that I got the best seats to see them up close. <3

Hope that the Swingle Singers could come back soon, and I’m looking forward for the MADZ’s next concert!