Sunday, May 29, 2011

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: HOW WAS YOUR WEEKEND?

So how was your weekend? My weekend? Ah ako ba ang tinatanong mo? Di ba ikaw ang tinatanong ko? Teka, teka, sino ba ang tinatanong ko? Di ba ikaw? Oo ikaw.

(Insert a reader's weekend story)

Wow! Nice naman ng weekend mo. Talagang punong puno ng activities. Nakaka-inggit. So weekend ko naman pagusapan natin? Ha? Bakit? Bakit ako? Ako? Eh single ako? Pagusapan natin? Kulit mo naman. O teka. O sige. Okay ka na? Hindi nga?

(Insert a reader's questioning of what's happening in this blog)

Friday, May 27, 2011

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: CELEBPAST: AT HOME KA DITO DAYS!

I used to work as a writer and producer in ABS-CBN's At Home Ka Dito. To all my foreign readers, ABS-CBN is one of the television networks in the Philippines.

So, while I was browsing my old files, I saw a pile of pictures which I had with celebrities I worked with. Scroll down and you'll see.

Okay. Don't be surprised with the pictures. That's actually my FAT and STRESSED look. Thanks to realizing a balanced life, I'm now on my way to a healthy and sexy me! lhahaha. Take note that all shots were taken from 2004 to 2006.


That is BEFORE. And Now, here I am: (Feeling celebrity)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: NIGHT SAFARI @ BRUNEI'S CONSUMER FAIR!

 There is an on going Consumer Fair in Brunei right now. The event is from 25 until 29 of May. And just yesterday morning, my officemates and I had the chance to visit the fair.
 
The gang: (L to R) Joms, Soc, Me, Mizna, Zidie, Troy and Celynn
 I won't talk about the fair itself. Since it is a Consumer fair, it is inevitable to have the different products in display ranging from fashion, gadgets, food and even products from the service industry. What I want to talk about in this blog is the Night Safari Exhibit and my suggestions to improve it should the organizers think of putting up another jungle theme or any themed exhibit in Brunei.

The Safari Night setup reminded me of my encounter with a simple yet attention grabbing Jungle setup that I saw in 2010 in the Philippines. I was strolling at SM Fairview when the lush and animal-packed display piqued my interest. I must say, the ensemble was just artistic, natural and superb.
The Safari in Philippines
A Noah's Ark themed Ensemble
Coming from a design and advertising agency, I would like to commend on both the strong and weak points of the Safari Night exhibit, which I hope could be considered for future projects.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: TOP 5 YUMMY TREATS IN BRUNEI!

I've been living in Brunei for more than three years now. And for that past years, apart from gaining lots of friends and acquiantances, I also gain some weight because of eating delish delights. Who can blame me? I'm just (sometimes) unstoppable in trying out the ordinary up to the bizarre menu.

Now, if you happen to be in Brunei, I recommend some of my favorites. Aside from being budget-friendly, my recommendations will surely keep you craving and coming back for more. From the combination of the spicy to sweet concoctions, the set below could ignite your senses.

(1) Buttered Chicken. Buttered Chicken (sometimes fish and shrimp) is a popular dish in Brunei. The fried chicken balls are topped with strands made of butter/egg. What's amazing about this dish is that its sweet kick. On one hand, some chillies are added to spice up dish.


(2) Roasted Chicken. Aside from being healthy (because it is not fried), the Roasted Chicken is easy to eat. It's well cooked and the juicy meat simply pampers your fancy on something soft and smooth. Apart from that, the rice (especially made) suites the chicken's fresh punch (and the sauce, yes!).



(3) Mango Chicken Rice. Should you want some spice in your food, try the Mango Chicken Rice. Based on its name, the Mango Chicken rice has shredded mango and cucumber. Plus, it is loaded with some small chillis and lots of onions (and I mean lots). What's nice about this dish is its salty and sweet touch which works in wonders as you eat.


(4) Bitter Gourd Fish. Whether you want to go for some healthy treat or you just want to overcome your "trauma" or "hatred" in eating bittergourd (ampalaya), the Bitter Gourd Fish is the best food to get your appetite on. Perhaps because of the sauce or the black beans, you won't even taste the bitterness of the bittergourd. This dish has carrots and some baby corn to delight your gusto on veggies!



(5) Fish Fest. Living alone or independent could sometimes give you the real lessons in life. In order to last long and survive in this instant-fastfood-dependent world, you really have to learn to cook or love eating fish to be healthy. And so, I seriously recommend you try the Mackarel (which I can finish in one sitting) or the Mixed Veggies (It comes in beef, chicken and seafood). On one hand, should you be in a tight budget, try making your own tuna sandwich.



(6) Lastly... Earvilicious. Just kidding! Vanity strikes and there...it's me... kaboom!


Monday, May 23, 2011

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: MOM/DAD, PLEASE SPARE MY FACEBOOK!

In this highly computer-mediated era, everyone is actively engaged in social media sites: you are in Facebook; your friends are in Twitter; and your siblings are into microblogging. Apparently, the "generation Z" is not the only group that dominates social networking sites. Even your parents and grandparents are just hooked in exploring social media platforms.

With this reality, today, I have listed the TOP 10 (possible) reasons why some adults or kids do not want to add their parents in their online hubs, in particular, Facebook.

Now, let's start the ball, rolling!

1. "How can I play?"  Whether you're into Cityville or whatever games in Facebook, adding your parents in your list of online friends could be like a threat which may put your adventurous online and carefree spirit to its end.  Especially if you're a student, your parents (if they're in your list) can track you if you're playing during school days (while you are expected to study). End up, you get to be scolded and be nagged in real life. So to play "safe," some prefer not adding their folks in their online world.

2. Relationship Rockers. Some people prefer not putting their parents in their list because they want to hide their "status". Especially if they are a highschool student (or even those who are in elementary), Facebook can be an ally of some parents in catching their child's engagement with the opposite sex.

What's more, with a strict parent who may always be online and in your list, some may instantly change their status from "In a relationship" to "single" as to escape the nag or high-pitched preach.  So, in order to enjoy the freedom, some opt to just leave their parents out of their social networking sites.

3. I'm Different. With Social Networking sites, Parents can't track all your whereabouts. And if they're in the list, some may feel uncomfortable in showcasing one's cool, outgoing, social and "different" self. And so, some prefer not to add their parents in the list especially if they're very experimental or they're confused with their sexuality. Whether they are gay, lesbian, bi or whatever they may feel they are, social networking could somehow bust their strategy in eventually coming out.

4. Fashion Police. Our parents want only the best for us. Apart from sending us to the best school, even the way we speak and dress could be considered a basis in good and responsible parenthood. With that, some adults do not like having their parents around in their social media territories. ow's that related? That's because, (some) parents could be very particular and even strict in monitoring their kid's fashion or image. So, should you be dreaming of joining ANTM, well, you really can't explore or showcase yourself with jaw-dropping outfits if you're surrounded by an online Fashion Police - your parents. So, some says, spare us, Mom and Dad!

5. My Parents are like GPS. Parents prioritize our safety. That's the reason why most of them want to know where we are especially in late nights. Apparently, some parents are just extreme in knowing where their little ones are (even though the little ones are as big as basketball players and ramp models). With the extreme GPS like character of some parents, some adults opt not to have them in the online umbrella.

6. Gossip gone wild. Believe it or not, shout outs in Facebook create rumors. By simply encoding or blurting out a spontaneous emotion online,  gossip and assumptions spread like a wild fire in the online and offline world. While Parents may imbibe such paranoia with shout outs, what's more problematic is the stories made by relatives and even your parents close friends. With this, some choose to leave their parents and "old/traditional/chismosa" relatives away from one's online pad.

7. My friends, their friends, too. Our parents have different attitudes. Some of them are snob. Some of them are just friendly. However, for some users, they find a friendly parent oh so amusing; especially if a parent invites your friends as his/her friends. For whatever reason, some users may find the "friendliness" as a form of unexplainable and vague action. Depending on the Parent's character, some may just be  tracking your life through your friends or some are just sociable (in the online world).

8. Teach me, Guide me. As we all know, the digital era is new to our parents. During their days, laptops and mobile phones were not the technology. And with the advent of social media sites as created possibly by the Internet, our parents are catching up. And as they venture into the hyped online world, they may ask for our assistance. However, some parents would become so addicted to "Facebooking" that they would consume your time to not only teach them, but would ask you lots of question that may even cross your personal borders. With this setup, some people would just not encourage their parents in joining social media sites.

9. "They comment on my friends posts." Because our parents would love to see or check our daily or seasonal activities, they prefer adding us on their list. There's no problem with that. But what could possibly be surprising is seeing your parents comment on your friends' pictures, status and more (considering that your friends and parents are not that close!). What's more, you parents could share some stories about you that you feel like inappropriate or a type of story that should just be kept in the family's wall of shame.

10. "Spoiler/Whistle Blowers make me Paranoid." Some Parents are just very expressive in sharing stories that their children tell them. Apparently, a string of stories could sometimes spill over in the online world. With Parents lurking in their children's account, these stories could just pop out through shout outs, notes and even in photos. What's worse, some tend not to add their parents in their contacts because of spoiler alerts on one's future plans or complicated relationships/setup.

Photo credit from http://www.timesunion.com/

This entry is especially requested by my Mom's Friend, Tita Meann. 


Up next, the TEN REASONS why some people want to add their parents in the Facebook Friends List.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: BAHAY NI AGUINALDO AND MY WILD IMAGINATION!

On the day of my flight back to Brunei, my afternoon was spent in a instant visit at Emilio Aguinaldo’s house in Kawit Cavite. Actually, my family and I attended a birthday celebration in Cavite at Water Camp resort. And since we’re already in Kawit and the House of Aguinaldo was just on the side of the road where we drove, we then decided to have a quick stop over.


As we go inside, an old yet very perky man toured us in the house. Too bad, I didn’t get his name. But his energy was just unforgettable. He even threw some jokes as we dropped our jaws with surprise and discovery on the super old furniture in the house.

Big House. When I saw the house of Emilio Aguinaldo, I was amazed to finally see the image of a house that is painted in history books.It was indeed a majestic and historic treasure!

Old Tree. There was an old and big mango tree in the compound where the house is situated. The tour guide told us that the tree has been there since Aguinaldo’s time.

Kitchen. In the kitchen, we saw where they use traditional coals to cook food, a tube to heat water and the super old fridge.





Laundry Area. Believe it or not, the laundry area was found outside and looks like a deep well. And yes, washing clothes in a “washing machine” style is made manually. How? The person has to roll the clothes. I just don’t imagine how!


Hanging pictures. On the wall, there was a line-up of pictures. Apart from the family pictures, these pictures are the staff of Aguinaldo. Imagine, they just have to stand up underneath the image and they're aligned!



Five Peso Bill. Suddenly, I missed the five peso bill when I saw a set in Aguinaldo’s house. As a kid of the 80’s, the five peso bill can buy me a lot of stuff ranging from candies to even those one peso (hangin na hangin) chips in a nearby sari-sari store.

Windows. The windows of the house are just mesmerizing. Some are made of glass and some are of capiz. I especially love the patterns etched on the window side.




 The Himlayan.


Car
Talking about vintage cars, Aguinaldo’s ride was well preserved. Parang na-imagine ko tuloy si Cate Winslet sa pelikulang Titanic!



Museum
The house of Aguinaldo is transformed as a Museum. Once you get inside, you will be welcomed with Aguinaldo’s bowling lane. As the tourist said, Aguinaldo loves to play bowling.

As you walk, you get to see dioramas, clothes, accessories, and government paraphernalia. See the KKK Flag?

Original and well-preserved KKK Flag!

The car's plate number!





Interesting, you get to see Aguinaldo’s office and his library.

In the other portion of the house, you get to see four rooms and Aguinaldo’s room (which was so huge – from the bedroom and to his toilet). Aguinaldo’s room even has a secret cabinet where he usually hide.


The curtains just give me more eerie feeling!



Apart from the hallways, there’s also the veranda where Aguinaldo used to hang around.



The medicine cabinet is not easy to find. It’s hidden in the wall along the hallway across the bedrooms.

Aguinaldo’s room has a secret passage to the swimming area. As per the tour guide, Aguinaldo loves to swim.
Stairs going to the pool.
This is where the swimming pool is situated.

Apart from the mesmerizing antique furniture, the ceilings are also etched with designs.











Overall, the tour was just informative. My family and I really enjoyed it.


However, during the duration of our tour, I kept scaring my brother. As a very visual and imaginative person, I was so crazy in imagining some ghoulish or eerie moments in the house of Aguinaldo.

Here are the TOP 10 Eerie imaginations that I had during our quick stop over in Aguinaldo’s House.

(1) Voices. Who wouldn’t think of voices coming from somewhere. Knowing that the house was a witness during wars, there’s no doubt that there are ghosts (lurking) inside the house.

(2) Reflections. Yes. As we pass by some big mirrors inside the house, I can’t stop telling my brother that a spirit might reflect in the mirror.


(3)  Closing Doors/Windows. Be it caused by the wind or something, I kept on pinching my brother’s elbow on something that I feel whenever some windows move. Plus, it's as if someone is watching over us!


(4) BADrooms. I just feel that someone was watching is when we passed by the bedrooms. Well not in Aguinaldo’s, but in the sisters room. 

(5) The FRIEDge. As much as I want to vomit (exag!), opening the old Fridge made my wild and eerie imagination skyrocketed. I just imagine the Shake, Rattle and Roll movie. Isang ref ang nangangain ng tao. And once you open it, a massacred body will pop out. 


(6) The Shrine. I just felt that a spirit could still be lurking in the Shrine. Not Aguinaldo’s spirit but perhaps the di-matahimik  na spirits of his military. 


(7) Old Tree. With my crazy imagination rolling, I felt that someone could be buried in the tree and will suddenly walk at night to haunt his/her killers. 


(8) Cabinets. With lots of cabinets inside the house, perhaps some could had been used to trap an enemy. And so, the haunting starts! 

(9) Toilet. I just felt scared when we checked some toilets. It’s like someone will pop out behind you as you wash your face and look in the mirror. 

(10) Follow. Who would want to be followed by a ghost? And so, I stopped imagining. Worse, the ghosts reflect in the pictures! Nyahahaha!

 Point is, TAKUTIN BA ANG SARILI! hahahaha!

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