VIDEO | VLOG #037 – S&R’s Nutella Strawberry Dessert Pizza

VIDEO | VLOG #037 – S&R’s Nutella Strawberry Dessert Pizza

I have been good with keeping my meat cravings down. 10 days in and I have managed not to put a single bite of meat in my mouth. This is an accomplishment really, considering I usually cannot get through a day without a meal that involves meat, at least for the last 6 months. I know because I keep a monthly habit tracker, and the “NO MEAT’ column is completely unmarked since October. I am a person who keeps emergency bagnet in my ref, and I can always find an emergency scenario that deserves a bagnet break. I, sometimes, amaze myself with my resolve this time around. On one lunch recently, I actually spat out a lettuce from a Caesar’s salad because I need to flick off the bacon bits on it. To which Jr remarked, “It’s not even real bacon.”

Whereas before when Jr commiserated with this self-inflicted pain, I told him this time, it’s completely my thing. He can eat meat in my presence and I guess with age comes discipline, it doesn’t bother me as much anymore. Jr used to be so frustrated when we have to choose restaurants for us to eat out while trying to figure in my seasonal diet. Now, he can eat Spam Pizza from S&R and I’ll just tell my brain, it’s just spam over bread. I know how spam taste. I know how S&R pizza tastes. I basically know how that taste and in spite of the fact that it’s a limited offering, I don’t have to have it now. It’ll be alright. I will be okay.

There’s a lot of inner dialogue that goes on when rationalizing about food I can and cannot have.

But I did not entirely have the raw end of the deal here. Because S&R’s other limited offering is their Nutella Strawberry Dessert Pizza — it’s Nutella spread over S&R pizza crust, with a generous sprinkle of fresh strawberries. However delighted I am when I saw the ads on social media, I’m pretty wary about quick service promotions. Sometimes, the photos does not exactly match the actual product. As for this one, well, here’s the expectation:

expectation

And here’s the reality:

Reality

Not bad. Not bad at all.

The slice is big enough for two people, and since it’s really(!) nutella, there is a need to share in fear of diabetes. The pizza is more chewy than crunchy so dividing it in two can be a challenge, but speaking as a nutella lover, half the slice is enough to make you happy. The strawberries are small but decent. Be warned though — this calls for at least a 5 table napkins situation. Things will get messy.

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VIDEO | VLOG #020 – The Cinema Game.

VIDEO | VLOG #020 – The Cinema Game.

Jr and I enjoy going to the cinemas. For us, it’s still an experience to watch a movie and get excited and laugh and sniffle (not cry. kahiya) with the crowd. And we’re always on the lookout for the newest cinema in town.

Can we just right off the bat ask why SM’s cinema floor are always sticky? Also, is it just me, but in the rare times I’m out with friends watching in SM Cinemas, my seat does not seem to be hinge that tight anymore. You know, it’s angled downwards like I’m about to slide off it any moment now? What’s up (down?) with that, SM?

JR refuses to watch at any SM cinemas anymore. He wouldn’t even try even if the movie we wanted was only shown in SM, unless it’s Director’s Club. I think the ones in Director’s Club were the first recliner seats available for movie watchers. They were fully automated and the ticket came with a drink and a bowl of popcorn. That one time we watched at SM Director’s Club, he fell asleep.

It’s a compliment to the cinema if he falls asleep. That speaks highly of their comfort. Or he’s just tired. He kinda does that all the time. Sometimes I think he goes to the cinema so he can sleep in a mall.

Now, malls are upping their game for the cinema goers. And I think it’s only logical to do that. These days, movies are posted online and ready for streaming or download the same day they open at the movie houses. Those of us who are still bear with the traffic and hassle of parking opt to go to the cinema because we want to enjoy the experience. And people are willing to spend for it.

The newest cinema to offer recliner seats are the ones in Ayala Malls The 30th. They have two cinemas with full recliners, which are quite comfortable. When we watched La La Land, the only seats available were those nearest the screen, but we didn’t mind. We were practically on our back, lying down, full reclining mode on. Too bad, unlike Fishermall’s VIP cinema, they don’t offer free use of blankets. Next time, I’ll remind myself to bring my own kumot.

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LIFE LATELY | All the Feels From La La Land

LIFE LATELY | All the Feels From La La Land

I haven’t read any reviews or any article prior to watching the movie. I knew it got a few awards at the Golden Globes and that it was a musical. I wasn’t really expecting much when I asked JR if he wanted to watch a movie — any movie — at the new mall, Ayala Malls The 30th. I heard the the mall had full recliners so I wanted to try it. I wanted to try the cinema more than watch La La Land, to be honest. It just so happens La La Land was conveniently screening just as we arrived at the mall. We grabbed the last two seats, A1 and A2, nearest the screen. Maybe that’s why I didn’t know what hit me after the end credits rolled. I sat there, turned to Jr and told him, “I loved it!” — sniffing and wiping off tears. I was shookt.

I had zero expectations on the movie. The first sequence on the freeway ramp reminded me of my time in LA. At the end of my two weeks in Los Angeles in 2015, it had me singing a line from John Mayer’s ‘In Your Atmosphere’: “I don’t think I want to go to LA anymore.” I was LA-ed out. I thought, great, I got assaulted with a musical number without any context about the worst thing in LA. We’re off to a horrible start. I’m gonna hate this movie.

And then the story unfolded. And I thought, damn, what is happening? Why am I feeling all these feels? Wait. I can’t keep up. I just can’t.

I was Mia. I was Seb. I was in Griffith Park. I was in Grand Central Market. I want to go back to LA and go everywhere again.

No one was giving Mia the parts she wanted but with Seb’s nudge, she set out to write her own part, not needing the approval of other. I loved her hustle — quitting her job, risking it all and writing her own screenplay. She trudged on, putting up a show and finishing it even if it was in front of just a handful of audience.

You know what you want to do. Sometimes all you need is a small nudge. You do your best, even if no one’s watching. Everyone’s still asleep when the sun rises, but still, everyday, the sun shines.

I loved how Seb knew what he wanted. He just needs to find a way to get there. I love how it shows that sometimes you have to compromise, be a little sell out, but your eyes will always be on the prize. Sure, you’ll have to swallow your ego and pride, but you do not lose sight along the way. In the end, he got his jazz club. It might not be in the location he wanted, but he got it and they were going to play jazz the way they want to.

It might take a long time to get there, but you’ll get there.

I loved the ‘non-musical’, non-star cinema ending. It’s rooted on realism. That sometimes, your dreams are your happy ending, and that people you meet along the way are people who point your way to your happy ending. Seb encouraged Mia to write a screenplay that would land him a casting call of a lifetime, and Mia reminded Seb of his jazz club dreams. These people may not be in your life forever, but there is a reason why they are in your life then.

And you’re always gonna love them.

But what struck me the most are two lines from Mia’s ‘Audition’. We all have dreams. We grow up and priorities realign and some dreams remain dreams. But for the dreams we are brave enough to pursue, we fight, and we fight til it breaks us, and til we break thru. But rarely do we come out the other side unscathed. On our wake are broken relationships and painful sacrifices.

“Here’s to the hearts that ache. Here’s to the mess we make.” That’s my new tattoo.

Yes. I found my new favorite movie of all time.


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