It was my first time to run under the trees of the famous UP oval for the Great UP Run. Now I understand why a lot of runners do their training runs here because of the scenic route and the shade offered by the trees. I'm starting to become a run-aholic like my friends from the H@ppy Feet running group.
H@ppy Feet organized a picnic near the lagoon in UP as a bonding moment for the group. It turned out this was one of the best Sunday Picnic Brunch I ever had.
I recorded my personal best of 75 mins for a 10k which is still relatively slower than most runners. I aim to go sub-1 hour for my 10k run and sub-7mins/km pace. I lost 1030 calories but I think I gained more than that from the picnic. I'm running these days just to keep my current weight.
Five Cows Resto and Ice Cream Bar, 4th Floor Trinoma
We decided to take a day off on my birthday and spend it with the family in Trinoma. I was dying to try the ice cream concoctions in Five Cows, one of the hottest restaurants in Trinoma. Despite our earlier Trinoma misadventures, Trinoma is starting to show that it has more to offer even for people who live in Makati or Manila. It was now pleasant to shop around after 3 months of operation and the parking is still confusing but the security guards are more helpful.
We celebrated my birthday in La Maison, a French Casual Dining Restaurant originally based in Cebu and enjoyed the desserts at Five Cows Resto and Ice Cream Bar. On hindsight, we should have eaten our main course in Five Cows to avoid the disappointing lunch at La Maison. After lunch, we treated Aidan to a Time Zone entertainment where he rode a horse, plane, train, mini ferris wheel, and various cars. We also did a little bit of shopping for a white chic polo which I wore for the Olay White Radiance Launch last night at Decagon.
Thanks for all those who greeted via text and email! It actually sucks to be 33 and realize that I'm getting old. I just realized it when I attended the Olay white radiance event and most of the girls who attended are in the 18-20 age range.
Avenue Q - Final Run June 2008. 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss the Opening Night of Avenue Q’s Final Run!
Avenue Q Manila Cast!
I'm super excited to watch Avenue Q since January (see Avenue Q is coming to Manila). I've been listening to the entire soundtrack for a few weeks now. I always find myself singing "it sucks to be me" and "There's a fine, fine line between love,and a waste of time". I started noticing "schadenfreude" behaviors (happiness in the misfortune of others) and a little bit of racism in each one of us. I have adapted the motto, "You gotta go after the things you want while you're still in your prime." I'm going crazy over Avenue Q...
I've always wondered how the Princeton and Kate Monster love scene would look like performed by Rachel Alejandro and Felix Rivera. I'm sure Rachel Alejandro can do a good job in doing the Lucy the Slut song "I can make you feel special. When it sucks to be you." Can Aiza Sequerra portray Gary Coleman? I'm sure the pinoy cast would make us all proud similar to how Rent in Manila was better than its Broadway counterpart.
I can't wait to watch the first show. 12 days to go until opening day...
Avenue Q Manila Cast ((Thanks to Atlantis Productions for sharing this photo of the Avenue Q Manila Cast)
Felix Rivera - Princeton / Rod Rachel Alejandro - Kate Monster / Lucy the Slut Joel Trinidad - Nicky / Trekkie Monster Aiza Seguerra - Gary Coleman Frenchie Dy - Christmas Eve Rycharde Everley - Brian Teenee Chan - Mrs. Thistletwat and others.
What is AVENUE Q about?
" AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There's Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fianceé Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod -- a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building's superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life." (About Avenue Q the Musical)
I have a unique pasalubong for Aidan today -- His First Digital Camera! Thanks to SM Hypermarket for the camera which is the prize for the runner's up award in the recently concluded SM Hypermarket Blogging Contest. Congratulations to all the winners and for Anito Kid for winning the Round Trip Ticket to Malaysia -- you deserve it !
We had fun last night in the Taste of Asia Bloggers Meet. Here are some of the photos of last night's event.
Wanders. (P100/ photo with cast members) Captivating, Timeless and Musical Delight. World-Class Entertainment, Never Seen Before.
Wanders is simply awesome. It is better to watch it without any expectation. It is like watching acrobatic acts of Cirque de Soleil, musical antics of the Blue Man group, and showmanship of a Las Vegas production. The production is created by the same group behind the production of Miss Saigon in Manila. The music is world class coming from the top musicians and singers in the industry. Calvin Millado plays the tour guide with Topper Fabregas and Cathy Azanza as Pol and Pola. Noni Buencamino acts and sings Elvis Presley and Austin Powers. The cast is reinforced by world class talents of the Russian dancers from Moscow and Belarussia and the Chinese acrobats from Henan province of China.
For me, the best ones are the Manuever's version of the Blue Man Group where they use bamboo sticks and huge trash cans to create music. Although, I thought that sequence was too short and I was craving for more of Manuevers. We also like the chinese Flight of Love which reminded me of Cirque de Soleil's Mystere show in Las Vegas. You should see the two lovers flying in the air and performing acrobatic stunts and "love scenes". Lastly, I am amazed at the flexibility of the little chinese girls which you can see in this short video clip of Wanders.
It is still far from becoming a "world-class" show because the acrobats made mistakes. I've watched three shows of Cirque de Soleil and I've never seen any mistake in the execution of the stunts. They probably just need more practice. Also, I did not get the entire plot of the show. It appears that there was a tour guide who showed the different wonders of the world to a tourist couple. Then, they went to Las Vegas, China and other places. The tour ends in the Philippines where they "tried" to get audience participation in the final dance sequence of the show. They still have time to improve the overall story line and create a climactic ending.
Thanks to PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Efraim C. Genuino for believing in this Filipino produced world-class, family oriented entertainment. The show is for the entire family so I regret that I did not bring Aidan to watch the show. I hesitated to bring him along because I thought it was inappropriate to bring him to the Casino at night.
It was a good blogger's meet-up in a soon-to-open Mrs. Fields Cookie Cafe branch in Manila Pavilion. This meet-up was organized by Jayvee and served as a formal launching of his Blog and Soul movement with a tag line "If you blog it, they will come". All the bloggers were treated to a buffet of pasta dishes and mini-burgers, free cookie samples, Mrs. Fields own line of gelato, and a take home cookie goodies. It was a nice treat from Mrs. Fields. It did not feel like a PR event but more of an EB of sort for FREE.
Some facts about Mrs. Fields Cookie Cafe:
The first cookie cafe branch was opened in Trinoma and the second one will open soon in Manila Pavilion (sept. 1)
Mrs. Fields is now 30 years old when it was first opened in Palo Alto by Debbi Fields on August 13, 1977. In the Philippines, Mrs. Fields arrived 12 years ago.
They are relaunching the brand in the Philippines to attract the coffee crowd and the blogging crowd with wi-fi access (yes!)
It is a romanticized kitchen store concept which is a unique combination of home and kitchen in a modern cafe setting.
The brand was revitalized by the husband-and-wife team of Gerwyn and Sheryl See of Ababa corporation who bought the master franchise last year.
I love the way they are marketing the entire brand in all aspects. It was a good move to attract the blogging community. They brought it the full line of Mrs. Fields to the country and offering a wide assortment of products which include Big Cookie Cakes, Cookies N Cream Chillers, and Gelato with Mrs. Fields cookies made by Pazzo. They launched Cookie Jar which is the official local publication of Mrs. Fields in the Philippines and the first ever Cookie Club in Town. You can join by completing 10 visits with a minimum purchase of P250 pesos then availing discounts after.
Ninoy, we will never forget and I can only pray for such a glorious death. Thanks for the inspiration and you will live in the hearts of every Filipino. We heard your arrival speech loud and clear. We will pass on your memory to the next generation of Filipinos.
ARRIVAL SPEECH by Ninoy Aquino
The prepared speech that was never read
I have returned on my free will to join the ranks of those struggling to restore our rights and freedoms through non-violence.
I seek no confrontation. I only pray and will strive for a genuine national reconciliation founded on justice.
I am prepared for the worst, and have decided against the advice of my mother, my spiritual adviser, many of my tested friends and a few of my most valued political mentors.
A death sentence awaits me. Two more subversion charges, both calling for death penalties, have been filed since I left three years ago and are now pending with the courts.
Three years ago when I left for an emergency heart bypass operation, I hoped and prayed that the rights and freedoms of our people would soon be restored, that living conditions would improve and that blood-letting would stop.
I could have opted to seek political asylum in America, but I feel it is my duty, as it is the duty of every Filipino, to suffer with his people especially in time of crisis. I never sought not have I been given any assurances, or promise of leniency by the regime. I return voluntarily armed only with a clear conscience and fortified in the faith that in the end, justice will emerge triumphant. According to Gandhi, the willing sacrifice of the innocent is the most powerful answer to insolent tyranny that has yet been conceived by God and man.