Coffee Bean

Sometimes daily stress and pressures demand for a quiet time in a place where you can relax even just for a short time.  Good thing there are coffee shops out there where you can just chill and forget some of life’s hassles…to just sip your favorite coffee or tea…listen to great music perhaps or simply just stare at walls…hmmmp a little drizzle outside will just be perfect…indeed.

Bizu Patisserie

Last weekend we dined at Bizu Patisserie at Greenbelt 2… The experience was fine… the place was homey…the food were good… not five-star worthy but decent enough…I had issues with the freshness of the shrimp in my pasta but I was able to finish it in no time so I do not see any problem there! The price was more expensive than we expect but not too much though…

On taking photos…

I’ve never been this excited over a hobby…

It’s been four months since the first day I held my camera with my hands (thanks to my wife!!!), imagine my excitement!!!

up to this day… the feeling is still here.

I cannot see myself as a professional photographer, owning a DSLR is not a passport (needs talent, training, equipment and time, I think) so they say… and yes they are right…

I can’t even pass for an amateur or a novice at this point in time.

at any rate…i’m just an old boy behind the lens… trying…practicing…learning.

sometimes… beautiful pictures

most of the times…pictures that can hardly make an impression…

hmmp… just some thoughts.

Weekend: Relasyon (movie)… Old Swiss Inn (food)…Greenbelt (mall)…Zara (Shop)…shopwise (Grocery)…

Another weekend….Yahoo!!!!

After a week of work… it’s time to relax and spend quality time with our loved ones.

List of what we did:

Watched RELASYON on DVD.

The movie released in the early 80’s directed by Ishmael Bernal is a good movie. It may not be the best Bernal film, (Himala and Manila by Night …are more memorable) but surely this movie also shows how talented the director is. More than anything, though, this film is best remembered for the acting of its lead actress, Vilma Santos, who grabbed all the acting awards given that year.

My take: totally agree!!! award well-deserved. The acting of Vilma Santos in this movie is incomparable…yet to be surpassed. I have watched a lot of movies already (and by a lot….it really means A LOT , from pinoy to international movies, not an expert, though…hehe), but from an ordinary viewer’s point of view if there’s one scene perfectly acted by it’s lead actress, it’s the scene where Vilma Santos struggled when the character of Christopher De Leon was dying that fits the category to a tee.

Dined at the OLD SWISS INN – Makati City

As suggested by office friends, we dined at the Old Swiss Inn restaurant (Makati Avenue, at Somerset – Olympia, Makati beside Manila Peninsula Hotel). Nice place, very quiet. Not sure, it’s probably how an old swiss inn looks like, hehe!

Food was great, service was fine… the experience was okay…until a MAJOR glitch… In the middle of eating Zurich Geschnetzeltes (Shredded Pork Tenderloin)… my wife saw a dead FLY mixed with the food!!!! That’s a big time NO NO in a restaurant, right??? come on!!! I mean a fly in your plate???? Under ordinary circumstances, we would have complained loudly, but no…we just called the waiter who offered for a replacement… we  asked for another order…I guess we were not in the mood to complain that time….Anyway, after the waiter apologized and seeing the sincerity in his face…we were pacified….We heard him apologized around five times…so that’s enough. Of course we were not charged for the Pork Tenderloin… but I think if happens in another resto, we would not have been billed for the entire order…. good thing I’m on my positive energy mode…just let it pass.

By the way, not a food guru here… but I can say (erasing the FLY in my head), that the food in this restaurant are superb, we were satisfied! The Chocolate Fondue… heavenly!!!

Attended Mass at GREENBELT

After the Old Swiss Inn, we headed to Greenbelt…by frequency of weekend visits, I think this mall tops my list…having a nice Chapel is a big plus. For me, it’s the country’s best looking shopping and dining area….

Zara Sale

No intention of buying clothes… until we passed by Zara shop in Greenbelt 5. SALE….in the true sense!!!

Bought some items for us, then a couple of apparels for my sister-in-law and her boyfriend. Apparently some of my officemates were raving about the sale the other day…