Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Carlos Celdran's Livin La Vida Imelda Take 2

Yep, you read it right! I did put Take 2 on the title of this blog post because it was my second time to watch Carlos Celdran's Livin La Vida Imelda. I went on the Livin La Vida Imelda walking tour a couple of years back with Mai Ann.

This time, the walking tour has leveled up and has become a one-man performance arts show by Carlos Celdran held at Pineapple Lab, Makati and I watched it with Maila and her boyfriend, Paollo.

I arrived first about 30 minutes before the show started so I was able to check out Pineapple Lab for a bit. Saw some interesting art works on display.


And then there's this interesting bar inside Pineapple Lab.

It's time to address the giraffe in the bar 

People apparently could order drinks in the bar and bring it inside while the show was on going.

I was very much excited to catch the show even though I've already experienced the walking tour. It was after all a couple of years back already and I've forgotten most of what was told. What still stands out though is of course Carlos Celdran himself and how he tells the story. Very theatric. And I do remember going inside PICC and admiring the chandeliers that were put in because Imelda wanted a grand structure. And what says grand than chandeliers right? 

Since we were allowed to take photos (just no flash photography), I did take a couple of shots while the show was on going. 

Livin La Vida Imelda now makes use of multimedia and there are more props this time. You'd be more engrossed in how Carlos Celdran tells the story of Imelda this way. Watching his performance show is like getting a refresher course in Philippine History only more entertaining.

Imelda was a beautiful lady during her youth. She really was. And I think she lived a really glamorous life - rubbing elbows with international politicians, royalty and Hollywood celebrities. Imelda also had brains. I don't think she would have been able to run the country in place of her sick husband, Marcos if she didn't.

I think this kind of show is very timely and should be watched by more people especially the youth considering election day is nearing and Imelda's son Bongbong Marcos is running for the second highest position in the country. There's so much one can and will learn from Carlos' show. It can be a real eye opener for those who are thinking of electing Bongbong into office and Duterte who's running for President.

Carlos is right you know? Filipinos revolted against a dictator, against Martial Law where numerous human rights were violated. And now, there are people thinking of electing a man whose solution to eradicating crimes is killing criminals - the petty criminals if I may add. Isn't that ironic? We voters need to be vigilant and wise about who we elect in the government positions. After all, our futures depend on it.


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Les Miserables at Solaire

Last Tuesday, I finally got to watch Les Miserables the Musical at Theatre in Solaire Resort and Casino with Ryan and Mai Ann.

I've wanted to see Les Miserables since I first learned about it in high school. There was so much buzz about back then about Leah Salonga playing Eponine and then later on Fantine in the Broadway musical. Our school's performing arts club moderator even held auditions on Les Miserables. And I've loved On My Own since I first heard Joey Potter sing it on Dawson's Creek... But I've never seen Les Miserables until Tuesday night. Yup, not even the movie. Well, I wanted to see the play. And now I have!

I no longer am clueless about Les Miserables. I finally know its full story... And that scene where Eponine and Marius sing "A little fall of rain", it made me cry. Seriously. So much feels! In fact, I even looked up Leah's performance as Eponine on Youtube because I loved that scene so much and Ryan, being a big fan of Les Miserables, told me I should watch Leah's take on Eponine because it's so beautiful.

After watching this, I would have to say, yes, it is just so moving! Such a beautiful voice Leah Salonga has!

Of course, I had to pose in front of the Les Miserables backdrop as a remembrance. This is my only souvenir of the show aside from the ticket of course since I don't really buy the memorabilia that are sold. Anyway, I'm so happy I watched it. Watch Les Miserables The Musical can now be crossed off my bucket list - though I would still watch this in West End London if I had the chance.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Marikina Tour: Brad & Pit's Ribshack

Back in December last year, my friends Ryan, Mai Ann and I decided to go on a Marikina food trip. Ver, another friend of ours lived in Marikina and so she served as our tour guide for that weekend. Earlier on in 2015, Ver also was my tour guide when work brought me to Marikina and I decided I'd make the most of my visit there by visiting the Shoe Museum.

Our first stop was lunch at Brad & Pit's Ribshack. I thought this food place's interior design was cute. Full of vintage stuff like an old radio, a phonograph and even a typewriter. I also like the writings on the walls - various quotes of inspiration written with chalk.

There's even an old television inside Brad & Pit's Ribshack. You'd rarely see a box TV nowadays. Appliance stores sell LCD TVs these days - technological advancement. Well, in our house you'd see two box TVs. We haven't bought one of those LCD TVs since we figured they're still working. But if my Dad was alive, those old TVs would have been long gone by now. He'd planned on getting one of those new TVs.

The menu is written in a long blackboard and chalk. You'd see here that this Cuban inspired food place in Lilac street sells very affordable ribs - their main offering.

Delicious to look at isn't it? Ryan definitely loved this the most out of all us. He's the foodie in the group.

Because I just love ordering fish fillet, I made it a point to order that too.

Fish and fries

We ordered rice to go along with our meals too. Overall, Brad and Pit's Ribshack was an enjoyable dining experience. I normally don't eat ribs but it looked very tasty to me so yes, I also helped myself to it. Really good for an affordable price! Ribs at other restaurants are quite expensive, you know. But at Brad and Pit's we got to enjoy a very tasty, mouthwatering meal without it burning a hole in our pocket. Servings are big too! It definitely was a good start for our Marikina tour.

Brad and Pit's Ribshack Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Recent Read: Maybe Not

Maybe Not is my second Colleen Hoover book. Loved her novel, Ugly Love so I definitely wanted to read more books written by her.

Read the e-book version on my ever dependable Lenovo YOGA 13 (",)

The plot:

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?


Maybe not.

My 2 cents:

I like Warren more than Miles of Ugly Love. I'd say it's because compared to Miles, Warren was an easy going kind of guy. Bridgette, on the other hand, is not my kind of heroine. She's rude and cold. She didn't have such a great past growing up but still her overall attitude didn't really change even when she was with Warren. 

I like how they met though. I thought it was kind of amusing. Overall, Warren and Bridgette's story didn't make me go "awww. I love it". It's just okay for me and I definitely think that's because I wasn't so fond of the heroine. 

The sexual chemistry of these two characters however was really hot. Actually I think Colleen Hoover writes sex scenes really well - this is judging from Ugly Love and this, Maybe Not. 

I read some reviews about this book on Goodreads after I finished reading this novella. I found out that these two characters - Warren and Bridgette are also in another book by Colleen Hoover called Maybe Someday. They aren't the key characters in that story but according to some readers' reviews, that's where they first loved Warren. Also in that book, they were intrigued by Bridgette so I probably should've read that first. But I didn't know. So... mystery of Bridgette is gone for me. When I read Maybe Someday, I just know I'm going to have the same dislike for Bridgette as I have with her in Maybe Not. 

Still, this is a good read. I'm beginning to really like Colleen Hoover. 

Anyway, speaking of Goodreads, I just realized I'm way behind my Goodreads 2016 challenge. It's now April and look how many books I've read so far!


I do have a long list of books I'm intending to read. I just need to not let my TV series take all of my free time away because since last year, that's just how it's been - I've been preferring watching my favorite TV series - which is a lot! - over reading books. It's not to say that I don't enjoy reading anymore. I still do.