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It’s been a couple months since I last made a food review, and to be quite frank, I don’t think it’s such a bad thing. The latter end of last year was spent making new memories, ones that were meant to last even without the presence of a DSLR, and I for one couldn’t have been any happier. 

At the moment, I’m still slowly coursing myself through this whole journey of going back to food reviewing. I can’t say for certain when my next “real one” will be but I’m in no rush. For now, I’m happy with taking food shots and not having a self-imposed deadline for when they should be up on the blog.

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I started off the year with a lot of food, family time (both mine and my Vergs’), and lots of pleasant surprises in between. I swear, I’ve got more stories to tell, but for now I’ll stick to my grandma’s 86th birthday. 

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My grandma and I never really saw each other eye to eye when it came to most things. She was traditional and a little too strong-willed while I was just a tad bit stubborn and a product of an entirely new generation. Despite our differences, I always knew that I was one of her favorites — she may have blatantly announced this every time we’d have family gatherings, which might have led to a few uncomfortable moments what with my cousins there and all. 

Anyway, I digress. For her birthday, we asked her for ideas on how she wanted to celebrate. After all, turning 86 is a milestone in this day and age. Initially, she just wanted to stay at home and rest, but after a few prods from my parents, she agreed to a trip down memory lane — in the literal sense. We spent the day in the car travelling around Manila, looking at old apartments she lived in and familiar areas where she grew up.

I’m not one to enjoy sitting in the car as a passenger — I’d rather drive to battle boredom — but on this trip, I wasn’t the least bit bored. Maybe it was because of the stories she and my dad exchanged while driving by their 3rd or was it 4th apartment, or maybe it was because Vergs was there and I didn’t feel singled out via age group. Whatever it was, it sure made for a great day. 

We dropped by Manila Ocean Park for late lunch at Makan-Makan. I was surprised that they changed their service — they wait at tables now instead of the get-up-and-order-your-own-fare, the kind that was reminiscent of how Singaporeans usually dine — but oh well, it saved us the effort of waiting in line, I guess. 

Here are a few of the plates we ordered:

Bak Kut Teh, a favorite of my dad’s.

Roti, one of my favorites. If I could have authentic Roti Prata everyday, I probably would.

Broccoli in Oyster Sauce. Can you say smothered?

Crab Rice, an ode to my lolo who used to order Crab Rice at every chance he got.

Carrot Cake. This was a scam. It tasted nothing like what we were used to.

Calamari, which in my opinion, is something I will ordering a lot soon.

We all definitely ate too much during this day, but hey, I guess that’s what comes with every birthday celebration. 🙂

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Happy birthday again, grandma!

& just like that, in true Roxci fashion, this blog has yet again been abandoned for quite some time.

I’d rather not go into specifics and whatnot anymore because of time constraint, but let’s just say that 2013 was a year of anxiety attacks. Who would’ve thought that thesis, moving on post university life, waiting a month for a certain something — and having it almost snatched away from you in an instant after it arrives — could have taken a toll on me? Add that to erratic hormones induced by stress, not feeling good enough, and a few little “party poopers” here and there and you’ve got, well, 2013 me. 

The year had its ups of course. Such as finally making a choice to stay with someone I love and sticking with that same person in all times good and bad, learning if and when to put my foot down instead of just being passive all the freaking time, exposing myself to new experiences and circles of friends, and finally, spending time with the people dearest to me. 

In a nutshell, here’s what I have to say about 2013: It was great. It could’ve been better but I’m thankful all the same. 🙂

 

I’ve always been a fan of listing down goals for the new year. So without further ado, here are some of my 2014 resolutions:

1. Be more organized. – Stop using the “I’m an artist” excuse and actually make use of filing cabinets.

2. Go on a three day juice detox.  The amount of sweets and junk I consume is just alarming. i think it’s only right for me to practice some discipline via a detox cleanse. Lord, help me.

3. Read more books. – I’ve stacks of unread and unfinished books waiting to be devoured. Oh and a Kindle and an iPad too. Better put all of these to good use!

4. Give the beach another chance. – Because when you’re dating a beach lover, you have to at least try and see things from his perspective.

5. Record a song at least once a month. – Always have a creative outlet, especially one that involves singing.

6. Watch a concert. – The last one I went to was 6 years ago. No judging.

7. Be more domesticated. – Learn how to prepare the dishes mom is known for, and maybe just maybe create some original ones on my own.

8. Splurge and not feel guilty. – I’m pegging this to be a certain Michael Kors watch that I’ve been lusting over for the longest time.

9. Upload photos asap. – My family and friends have fallen victim to my lack of uploads of anything other than Instagram photos. 

10. List down three things to be grateful for with each day. – Because positivity starts with gratefulness realized. 

 

Let’s have fun, year 2014! 🙂 Looking forward to creating happier memories this time around!

 

One of my good friends said that her first kiss for the year 2013 was with her champagne glass. Mine, on the other hand, was with my 1100D. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, lip-locking with an actual person is now considered a thing of the past. How 2012 of other people to engage in such! Did you see what I just did there?

Just in case it wasn’t clear enough: I was being sarcastic.

Necklace from a ninang.

Necklace from a ninang.

People say that it’s good luck to wear something with either circles or lines during New Year’s Eve. It has something to do with wealth, I think. I couldn’t find any polka-dotted or striped clothes that I liked so I settled for round buttons instead.

Did I just cheat?

Did I just cheat?

Black bandeau from People Are People. Yellow sheer top button-down from Cotton On. Dark wash denim skinny jeans from Dorothy Perkins.

Black bandeau from People Are People. Yellow sheer top button-down from Cotton On. Dark wash denim skinny jeans from Dorothy Perkins.

Black flats from Comfit.

Black flats from Comfit.

I told myself before that I’d never be caught dead wearing shoes with transparent material on them. But after trying these babies on for the fun of it, I just couldn’t resist.

Pucker up, sweet readers!

Kisses for my readers!

Feeling a little blue from the weather we’ve been having lately? Well then, hurry on down to the Fine Arts Theatre of the Ateneo de Manila University and allow us to delight you with our high spirits!

P.S. We’re quite overwhelmed with the responses regarding show extensions. Thank you all so much for expressing your favor in watching our production! Our gratitude goes even further to those who’ll be catching the shows for the nth time!:)

I’ve been drowning myself with blueREPERTORY’s 13 The Musical ever since I arrived, rushing to Ateneo the day after my flight to make it to the auditions. After getting called back, given the role of Lucy, and going through a turmoil of emotions that shouldn’t be allowed to transpire in such a short amount of time, I’m happy to say that I’m back on track.

It took a while and a long scolding from my director about how he knew I could do so much better, but in my opinion, it was just what I needed. I deserved a good slap in the face to remind me of the things that mattered. After yesterday’s press preview night that was met with such praise, I can say that I’m finally in my element again. And I for one couldn’t be any happier and at peace.

That said, I believe that I speak on behalf of the cast, crew, and org when I say that we’d really appreciate it if you all could take the time and watch blueREPERTORY’s season premiere! We’ve been whipped into shape care of Mica Fajardo’s choreography, vocalized and interpreted our songs with the help of Reb Atadero and Dana Marquez, and brought a vision to reality with the one and only, Toff De Venecia!

13 The Musical will be staged in the Fine Arts Theatre of the Ateneo de Manila University. Shows will run from July 25 to August 11, Wednesdays to Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at both 3pm and 8pm. Tickets cost P200 and can either be reserved or purchased by texting Aina Pacificador at 09175002462.

The ditzy cheerleader and her backstabbing best friend!

Hope to see you all there!