Friday, June 19, 2015

Nope. Not Pregnant.

Yesterday I posted this on Facebook:

That immediately resulted in a slew of congratulatory comments and Facebook likes. Apparently so many of my friends and family would be very happy to see me become a mother. 

As touched as I am with the well-wishes, I am not pregnant. Not even close. Unless I end up going all (as a friend of mine stated in the FB comments) "Jane Gloriana Villanueva," it's not happening. So sadly, my dear friends and family, I would like to apologize for the joke and the resulting misunderstanding. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ugly Love

Colleen Hoover’s book Ugly Love was something people were saying that was going to be the next 50 Shades of Grey. Curious, I read the book and I just have to say this: if you’re looking for a 50 Shades kind of book (read: the S&M stuff), this is not the book for you. To be honest, I don’t get the comparison because I thought that Ugly Love was nothing like 50 Shades of Grey.

Yes, there are sexy and steamy moments between the lead characters who start out as friends with benefits but the story isn’t just about that. It is about love and loss, relationships, and about moving on. Not to say that there isn’t a sufficient amount of steam because there definitely is – I’m just saying that it’s not all about that.

I think the 50 Shades comparison has a lot to do with how mysterious the male lead is but that’s about it. I liked how the mystery about Miles was played out in a way that readers didn’t know what to expect until they were on that page that revealed why he was the kind of person that he was. It made you look back on everything you’ve read from a different perspective because of what you find out about him.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Men I Love

There has been a number of flashback articles in the past week that made me think about the male celebrities I’ve loved through the years. It’s been a while since I’ve fangirled like crazy over someone (although Scott Michael Foster and Toby Regbo, I am coming thisclose to that point with you two). It blows my mind to realize how long ago it has been since I first became a fan of these guys and how much has changed since then. I’ve had tons (well maybe not tons, but you get the point) of them but there are just three that really made a mark with me (and my hopelessly romantic heart).

Curious? Here are the guys that I’m talking about:

Oh Michael Vartan. I fell in love with you when I saw the movie Never Been Kissed, so much so that I named my very first blog after that movie. I fell extra in love when I found out you spoke French, because I think that it is such a beautiful language.

Michael Vartan’s role as Sam Coulson opposite Drew Barrymore’s Josie Geller is one of my favorite roles of his. That scene at the baseball field is still the ultimate romantic moment for me (his face in that scene…my goodness, swoonfest!). I’ve followed his career since NBK and I’ve endured some uninteresting movies and TV shows just to watch him.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Cooking Starts...Soon.

Remember my previous post about wanting to try recipes from my favorite chefs and planning on posting my cooking adventures here on my blog? I finally came up with a list of food that I want to try and whip up in the kitchen. It’s going to be crazy and next to impossible (since some ingredients are not available in my neck of the woods), but I am going to do my best to make it work.

I plan on starting with the soups first:

  • Gordon Ramsey’s Roasted Tomato Soup
  • Paula Deen’s Ham & Bacon Corn Chowder
  • Wolfgang Puck’s Hearty Potato & Cheddar Soup with Onion

Then I’ll move on to some pasta (and pseudo pasta) with bread:

  • Wolfgang Puck’s Angel Hair Pasta with Tomato Sauce
  • Emeril’s Three Cheese Baked Macaroni
  • Whitney Miller’s Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
  • Donal Skehan’s Garlic Mushroom Bruschetta

Monday, June 15, 2015

My Best Friend Jane

One of my favorite shows from the past Fall TV season in the US is Jane the Virgin. Based on a telenovela of the same name, it is the story of a young virgin woman who was artificially inseminated and impregnated.

The main story gives opportunities for many different conflicts and situations in the show. Jane, who was engaged to Michael, fell in love with the father of her baby Rafael. She also found out that her favorite telenovela star, Rogelio Dela Vega, is her real father. Then there’s the additional plot that features a criminal named Sin Rostro, who turned out to be Rafael’s stepmother.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Who Do We Vote For Now?

Elections aren’t until next year but it feels like the campaigning has already started. The potential candidates are already becoming more visible on media and every politician is making an effort to show that they have done something during their term of office.

I have read a lot about how Filipinos are emotional voters – we vote based on our emotions for particular people and not necessarily for their ability to do something for the country. I think it’s true considering how many of the people in office are former celebrities or related to celebrities or are relatives of former politicians themselves. We need to look beyond the flash and look into what they can do for us and our country. Obviously, with all the problems the country is dealing with (crime, traffic, pollution, transportation issues) we need leaders who can step up to the plate and turn this country around.

It’s sad that these days, our options are limited. Most would say that we can only choose between someone bad or someone who’s worse. When will we get people in office who are the best for the job? Will it ever happen?

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Oryang's Goodbye

I recently visited the Bonifacio Trial House in Maragondon, Cavite with some friends when I discovered this song by Aiza Seguerra titled Sa Huli ang Sikat.

The lyrics are based on a poem by Gregoria “Oryang” De Jesus to her husband Andres Bonifacio, who was sentenced to death in Maragondon. When I first heard about an old poem made into a song, I thought it would be boring and unrelatable but I was surprised to hear that it was a beautiful song.