Category Archives: Movies

Geoff’s first movie: Inside Out

Before we had Geoff, Babe and I had regular movie dates. Well, the same can be said when we were still in the Philippines, we had a nanny back then. Movie dates and massages were a privilege that we enjoyed the most.

Fast forward to now that we are in Malaysia, with no help whatsoever, when there is a movie that we wanted to watch, Babe and I would actually take turns. He would go this day, and I after. Or sometimes, it will just be him, depending on how interested I am with the movie being shown.

Knowing how restless Geoff can be, regardless of what activity it is, we had to prepare him for his first movie experience. Here is how we did it:

1 month before the actual movie, I had him watch some disney movies from the laptop to gauge his readiness. I found out that in order for him to stay put, there should be plenty of action scenes from the beginning. Tarzan was the perfect match for him then.

As the showing date nears, we had him watch the trailers. This was about 2 weeks away.

We then hyped him up by describing the moviehouse. How dark, how loud the sounds will be, how he is expected to behave and such.

Come movie date, we were pleased to see how excited he was. We initially planned a weekday so as there would be fewer people but had to change to a weekend showing instead. As expected, it was a full house but we were happy that Geoff behaved throughout the movie, laughing and enthralled at the same time.

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Zombies (A World War Z Review)

I will forever be afraid of zombies. Regardless of any feel good movies I watch after a zombie movie, I still feel disturbed. All sorts of nasties come into my imagination, making sleep impossible.

Last Sunday, Babe and I went on a date. We initially planned on just going to this burger joint but changed our minds because we were again running late. After eating lunch at home, we went to SM Marikina to watch a movie. The selection was limited, and the only movie that did not start that late was World War Z. The movie house was also full, so we settled into seats that were near the screen.

BTW, the clerk was kind of unnerving when we were booking the tickets. Hopefully she cheers up after she processed our transaction.

Movie date in SM Marikina

Movie date in SM Marikina

Caution: Spoiler Alert!

The story started out by showing the main character’s family, Gerry, his wife and 2 kids. As they were stuck in traffic, they witnessed a disturbance and finally the attack of people infected. The people, in a surge of panic runs, along with the family away from the attack, and Gerry saw that it only takes 10 seconds before a person is infected as well. They somehow managed to avoid the “zombies” by entering an apartment building and meeting a Mexican (?) family. He told the family that they need to go to the rooftop so that they can be rescued and invited them. The family declined and later was attacked, saved for the son, who came with Gerry’s family and was rescued.

When they reached the ship were there were several people who were rescued, Gerry was blackmailed to help in getting a cure and finding out what caused the virus, in exchange for his family to stay safe.

He then travelled from Korea to Israel, and finally to Europe after gaining information from contacts from those countries. It turned out that 1.) the first suspected victim was from Korea, but the origin was still unidentified,  2.) they are drawn to noise, 3.) the infected are only after healthy people as host. He only realized all these when they were trying to figure out the best course of action was while in WHO (Europe). After the realizations, they then figured out a way to test their hypothesis, eventually ending up with Gerry infecting himself with a curable virus. This then marked the “almost” end of the zombie invasion, wherein the government gave people some sort of immunization shots to prevent the zombies from coming after them.

Overall, story wise, the movie was realistic. Action scenes were not as extreme like some of the other zombie movies I have seen. The character shows vulnerability as a person and the source of the disease and the disease itself is believable. This was the main reason why I was bothered that night, even after the wonderful burger date we had right after (will post about it separately). Despite the so-so reviews from other people who watched it, I found the movie thrilling, masakit sa puso, and breathtaking (sa takot, haha!). Rating: 4 stars

Photo courtesy of bloody-disgusting.com

Photo courtesy of bloody-disgusting.com

 

Man of Steel (And a Date in the New SM Aura)

Today is a Monday, the first day of the week after a long weekend. You see, we were on leave last Friday in anticipation to the contest result, which by the way, I did not won (Haha!). Anyway, like any Mondays, mejo nakakatamad pa talaga and my system is being forced to work because first day of the week means reports day. I still have a lot of items in my to do list. But, I have to get this post out of my system, before I forget about our “firsts” during the weekend. Let me start with one of our “firsts”.

SM Aura recently opened, and since we were really intrigued about the feedback about it, we decided to come and visit. We went on commute, as we still have to have our Leni checked. Leni is our car, BTW.

From Cainta, we rode a commuter FX bound to Ayala and got off Buting. From Buting, we crossed the street and rode a jeepney bound to C5 (I think). Fare is Php 8, and it is only a short distance from the terminal jump off of Market Market. We got off at the service area/parking area of SM. I am not sure if development is still in the works, but, we got there just fine. It’s not the most welcoming atmosphere kasi parang tambayan pa sya ng employees and workers, likod kasi yung lugar, and front entrance of the mall is somewhere in Serendra.

When we got inside, we were greeted by friendly guards who gave us directions. We entered the Supermarket side, thus the directions going to the actual mall area was welcoming. There were a lot of stores that have yet to open, with the inclusions of some fast food joints and stores such as Bench, however, I can clearly say that this mall is designed to cater consumers from the higher ends of society. There is also the usual SM cinema, I just did not check how many. One of those is the Imax theater (where we chose to watch Man of Steel). The supermarket was also a sight to behold. There seems to be a lot of variety of both local and international finds. Again, just like the mall itself, mas lamang pa din yung high end brands and products. Still, I am looking forward to do my grocery shopping there.

What about the movie? It was also our first time to try the Imax experience and  Babe and I loved it! There was action scenes from start to finish. Babe mentioned that there were some parts that he considered a bit confusing due to some flashbacks from Clark/Kal-El’s childhood. I did not read the comic book nor the articles from wikipedia, but I still loved the outcome. BTW, I won’t be doing a full review. Just my thoughts on how the movie was executed and my favorite parts. I loved the way Henry Cavill portrayed the role. So mature and responsible, even when Kal-El was young. I liked it that he made sacrifices then and now for what he and his parents thought were beneficial to all. Basta. This may be the reason why I cannot be a critic or a reviewer of some sort. Hindi ako magaling mag describe (Haha!) If anyone should read this, take the word of a very ordinary person like me. The movie is surely worth every centavo of the Php420 price of an Imax 3D movie. It was a good thing that we have waited for this movie, and to be able to watch it in 3D nonetheless.

In summary, we are both glad that we opted to wait for this particular movie to watch in Imax 3D.  In addition, we are also happy that we watched it in the new SM. The experience was refreshing as it was something new for us.

P.S. The “S” in the Superman logo stands for Hope. This was something that I did not expect, but I do am glad that it was that prominent in the movie, It made it more meaningful.

Photo courtesy of photoshoptrainingchannel.com

Photo courtesy of photoshoptrainingchannel.com

Weekend Roller Coaster of Feelings

Here is a quick glimpse of how our weekend went. It somehow a roller coaster of emotions but none of them went beyond the extreme levels. A good weekend nonetheless.

Excitement: As usual, Friday marks the end of the week. The day we always look forward to end as it marks the start of a few days of rest (sort of!) We got home a little bit after 1AM (we get off work at 12AM) and relaxed a bit by watching a few shows on cable. We also planned how our day (Saturday) should be.

Worry: We went to the market on Saturday morning. We got up late and was quite cramming to catch up before noon. I was also worried that we won’t be able to buy anything fresh anymore. We also took the car with us (Thank you, Babe!) for the first time and almost got lost on our way back (Heehee!). Well, we got back just in time for lunch. I cooked something easy that afternoon as we somewhere else to go to that afternoon.

Regret: BTW, we bought this cheap pile of galunggong from the market. When we got home, we discovered that it was no longer fresh. To make sure that it won’t go to waste, we decided to fry it well and feed it to the cat. Syempre, I cleaned it well because I am not the type to feed my cat something spoiled. Bilasa yung fish, pero hindi pa sira (technically!). I think the cat was most thankful anyway. We were also unable to attend a good friend’s event that day. We were running late, thus I just texted my apologies. Perfect timing pa naman sana to bring Geoff along, kaya lang, we had to be somewhere pa.

Pride: The final destination that day was Babe’s sisters’ house in Fairview. Ate Lady shared her good news of winning an Ipad Mini (galing!) in one of the seminars she attended. Ate Jen also shared some of their construction projects (kakagigil tuloy lalo magka-house). In addition, Ate Lady and Angel also showed us their felt creations. Let me tell you, it will really rival those in the market now. It wasn’t surprising that Ate Lady got her talent from their mom, who is also amazing at sewing (sorry, I don’t know the term. Seamstress ba?). I hope they set up their online shop soon. As in sooobrang cute ng creations nila, lalo yung monster pouches and bagtags.

Mushroom and Owl Bagtags, Monster Pouches

Mushroom and Owl Bagtags, Monster Pouches

Envy: When I saw Ate’s creations, I felt envious because I don’t think I can manage something as “pulido” as her work. Even Angel’s leaf design was detailed. In short, inggit ako. As a result, I bought myself some Velcro. I’ll start with my own pouches and have my mom sell it cheap to some of the kids in Las Pinas. The timing is right as they are about to start school soon, so baka sakaling mabenta yung mga pouches (haha!).

Affection: Geoff was too excited, happy, and hyper the whole time he was in Fairview. As usual, he loved the way he was treated there. Malanding bata eh (Haha!). It took him a while to warm up to his aunts and cousins, but after that, he was always on the move, giggling and laughing all the while. He did not sleep all afternoon(tsk tsk), and did not want to sleep even if he was too tired that night. He indeed got the spotlight that afternoon even from his cousin, Kuya Acob, who was teaching him stuff. We can see his affection as he tried to follow his kuya and tried getting his attention by talking baby and gestures. Sayang, there is no video, but they look cute together.

Appreciation: Babe and I had date night yesterday in Market! Market! We watched the Iron Man 3 in 2D. We were supposed to go to the Newport Cinema, however, we found out that there was no CityLink schedule on a Sunday (we did not want to go the long commute way), we decided against it. What finalized the decision was an FX with a sign board for Market! Market!. We ate fondue in a cup and a chicken and pasta combo. We also strolled inside the mall and found some amazing furniture that will hopefully fill our future house. Come movie time, we liked that the cinema was well spaced. This is a must as Babe is tall and there should be enough leg room for him. We stayed until the end of the movie credits, we loved waiting for the after credit scene. Overall, we loved the movie. We loved all the scenes, no ho-hum moments, we loved the kick-ass characters that made it all up. Given the chance, I’d gladly repeat the movie. And the date. BTW, before I end the day’s kwento, we also bought Geoff this fishing game, but are also thinking about keeping it until he is out of the “subo-subo” phase (harhar!).

All in all, it was another weekend well spent with family. I wish we could have more of these frequently, however, Monday is already here. I’ll just countdown until another Friday and make the most out of it again.

Kilig Date And A Discovery

The much awaited incentive from our company finally arrived last Saturday. As expected, since it took too long for it to be processed, our debts finally caught up with us. The end result was quite devastating but relieving since we can now start fresh come the next payday.

Saturday was quite busy. Supposedly, we were to bring Geoff for his monthly well  baby check up. This plan did not push through because 1. Babe woke up late 2. Geoff woke up late from his afternoon nap as well 3. We got lazy. Since the initial plan did not materialized, we went grocery shopping instead.

We went to SM Taytay, the nearest go-to mall for the errands that we had that day. I asked Babe to stop by the Office Warehouse to check and buy on some possible hardware for my arts and crafts project. I ended up buying a one hole puncher (same with the ticket guys on the bus) and magazines from Summit Media, namely Yummy and Real Living (LOVE those mags. Will post about them soon).

After, Babe asked to stop by Blade to get an air filter for Leni (our car) and check on the wipers. It has been years since it was replaced, and we felt that the car deserved something new. As they would need to install the wiper or at least get the measurements, I decided to swing by the National bookstore to be inspired further. I bought colored papers and popcicle sticks then decided to check out the department store. We bought Geoff his swim attire and vowed to schedule a swim session. We then ate lunch at the foodcourt with so and so dish.

And so, we dropped by Sun to pay, and stopped by Globe to send money for my Sample Room purchase (will be posted separately), went to the bills payment counter in the supermarket to pay for the cable and water, then finally the groceries itself (Whew!).

When we got home, we just took a bath and drove to Las Pinas. I promised my mom that we will be there that day, so even if we got there late, she was still thrilled to have Geoff over. Geoff felt the same way kasi hindi na nya kami pinansin afterwards. Babe and I left for the actual date.

Sorry if the day took longer to type. Pero ito na yung kilig moment. We were still able to watch Miggy and Laida!

Source: www.starmometer.com

Source: www.starmometer.com

Did I ever mention that I am a HUGE John Lloyd fan? As in. Grabe (harhar!). Babe made it a point that we saw the movie that day kasi he knew that I really wanted to see it. We were not disappointed, it was a really good film. Hindi ako basta basta kinikilig, but if it is John Lloyd, nakow. Expect that I will always be all smiles. Anyway, I am looking forward to available downloads in the future.

For the discovery, Babe and I ate at Karate Kid before the movie. I ordered the ebi tempura don (I think) and the Mudslide crepe. Babe got the Katsudon and California Maki. The taste was heaven. This was my first time eating there and as usual, we have no pictures. The mudslide crepe was the biggest surprise in the set we ordered. It has whipped cream, a scoop of chocolate ice cream, brownie cubes, choco cereal, choco syrup, and the crepe itself. Hanggang ngayon, I can’t get over it.

Karate Kid is located in SM Southmall, ground floor, alongside Goldilocks.