No iPhone5, Just iPhone4S

There have been a lot of tittle-tattle earlier this year about Apple releasing iPhone5 together with the highly-anticipated iOS5 (I’m speaking on behalf of iOS device users when I said highly-anticipated) come fall. It’s indeed just a tittle-tattle, a gossip, a speculation. Not true.

Today, (October 4 in the US) Apple held “Let’s Talk iPhone" to launch iOS5 and the new iPhone variant, iPhone4S. Though I am more excited with the iOS5 for my iPhone4, and that I am not planning of getting a new phone/iPhone anytime soon, I am slightly disappointed that it’s not iPhone5.

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The Dulce de Leche Review
This isn’t really a formal review but just an opinion about Pan de Manila’s Dulce de Leche bread.
Dulce de Leche, for someone who has a sweet tooth like me, is a well-respected pastry. Leche is a spanish word for milk. Having leche flan as one of my favorites, I know for a fact that when we incorporate the word leche to a food, it does not just have milk, it’s supposed to be sweeeeeet.
From Wikipedia, Dulce de Leche is a thick, caramel-like milk-based sauce or spread. Yey! It’s supposed to be sweeeeet.
I bought two during my lunch so I’ll have something to eat on my last break (which was just a while ago). I gave one to my Tita Erra as an advanced ‘belated’ birthday gift. She thanked me via Twitter and I quote:

Wala na bang dagdag? Nalasan ko ng konti (konti lang :(( ) ang tamis ng #DulcedeLeche kasi panira yung sipon ko eh. :)))

Oh my, this bread I just bought must really be very very sweet thus good.
And so I tasted mine.
First bite, "Nah, not that sweet but maybe it will get sweeter when I reached the middle."
Few more bites, "Uhmm. This is the part where I’m supposed to be speechless (like what I do when I savor a well-made delish leche flan)."
Last bite, "That’s it? That’s Pan de Manila’s Dulce de Leche?"
My thoughts on the word leche is correct. The definition of Wikipedia for Dulce de Leche is correct. However, Tita Erra’s comment, at this moment of sickness, may not be an accurate one. But it is still supposed to be sweet.
For P40, I expected a lot from that offering. I honestly thought it’d be like a Bavarian doughnut or Vjandep’s Pastel which has some sort of sauce in the middle. That sauce, oozing out when you get to the center, is gratifying. I didn’t know that the Dulce de Leche part is just the drizzles on top.
In fairness to Pan de Manila, their breads are fantastic. I think they considered their customer’s health when they first created this item in their menu. It should be sweet but not too sweet so diabetic customer can enjoy it as well. Just a thought. And I agree with that.
Well then, if you prefer a bread with the filling, go with Bavarian or Pastel. This one is just a teaser for the heaven that a real Dulce de Leche can bring.
(This photo is not mine. It’s from here.)

The Dulce de Leche Review

This isn’t really a formal review but just an opinion about Pan de Manila’s Dulce de Leche bread.

Dulce de Leche, for someone who has a sweet tooth like me, is a well-respected pastry. Leche is a spanish word for milk. Having leche flan as one of my favorites, I know for a fact that when we incorporate the word leche to a food, it does not just have milk, it’s supposed to be sweeeeeet.

From Wikipedia, Dulce de Leche is a thick, caramel-like milk-based sauce or spread. Yey! It’s supposed to be sweeeeet.

I bought two during my lunch so I’ll have something to eat on my last break (which was just a while ago). I gave one to my Tita Erra as an advanced ‘belated’ birthday gift. She thanked me via Twitter and I quote:

Wala na bang dagdag? Nalasan ko ng konti (konti lang :(( ) ang tamis ng #DulcedeLeche kasi panira yung sipon ko eh. :)))

Oh my, this bread I just bought must really be very very sweet thus good.

And so I tasted mine.

First bite, "Nah, not that sweet but maybe it will get sweeter when I reached the middle."

Few more bites, "Uhmm. This is the part where I’m supposed to be speechless (like what I do when I savor a well-made delish leche flan)."

Last bite, "That’s it? That’s Pan de Manila’s Dulce de Leche?"

My thoughts on the word leche is correct. The definition of Wikipedia for Dulce de Leche is correct. However, Tita Erra’s comment, at this moment of sickness, may not be an accurate one. But it is still supposed to be sweet.

For P40, I expected a lot from that offering. I honestly thought it’d be like a Bavarian doughnut or Vjandep’s Pastel which has some sort of sauce in the middle. That sauce, oozing out when you get to the center, is gratifying. I didn’t know that the Dulce de Leche part is just the drizzles on top.

In fairness to Pan de Manila, their breads are fantastic. I think they considered their customer’s health when they first created this item in their menu. It should be sweet but not too sweet so diabetic customer can enjoy it as well. Just a thought. And I agree with that.

Well then, if you prefer a bread with the filling, go with Bavarian or Pastel. This one is just a teaser for the heaven that a real Dulce de Leche can bring.

(This photo is not mine. It’s from here.)

Drumming is a very tough yet impressive talent for the reason that it requires proper timing, a lot of energy and, of course, the knowledge of how each piece sounds, when and how to strike them.

Not everyone is good with beats, myself included. I know tempos and how to go along with instruments when singing but drumming is a different story.

YouTube suggested this video. Since I’m fascinated with drumming and a fan of Britney Spears’ music, I checked it out.

How this Thomas Silvers, of the band called Before You Exit, covered Hold It Against Me is entertaining. His execution, the attitude he puts in every hitting, the skill… I’m astounded. Check it out yourself. :)

Time Geeks: Find All. 

I downloaded this game at the office since we have free WiFi there. I did not really know at first what this is all about. It’s one of those games on iTunes that are tagged as FREE. Of course, since I don’t really buy apps but I’d like to install something different on my phone, I grabbed it.

This morning, I don’t have much to do. [Actually, I don’t have anything to do at all.] My cousins are using the computer and I’ve already had breakfast (Mom’s spaghetti from their carinderia. Nomnom!). So I decided to test these new apps I got.

This game was the first one I tried. Nothing followed. I already got hooked during trial mode. :))

It’s the same as Mystery Case Files and Big City Adventure. You are given a list of things to find and you gotta find them from the photo [of a chaos].

It’s been years since I last played Mystery Case games. I had another game like this installed on my phone before but I did not like its graphics, so I did not play it much. That’s why my skills are kind of rusting.

Time Geeks is entertaining. I don’t why but I find it hard. Haha. And that’s what I liked about it. It’s challenging.

The pixel art theme is cool as well. The things you need to find are find-able and believable unlike on the other app I had.

If you want to have a heads-up about this app, you can watch the video here.

You can get one for you iPhone, iPod or iPad here.

Next Film I Want To See: THELMA

Film Review by Philip Cu-Unjieng

Positioned as an underdog, against-all-odds sports film, Paul Soriano’s Thelma breaks from formula and tradition, eschewing the fireworks and grandiose ending we’ve come to expect from films of this genre.

A Time Horizon production and distributed by Star Cinema, the Maja Salvador starrer is an inspirational, thoughtful movie that whispers its message, rather than blaring it from the rooftops. And when I refer to the film as a Maja starrer, let that be in “all caps,” for she carries the film with a gutsy, winning, luminous portrayal that apparently called for dedication beyond the call of cinematic duty.

Take one stubborn, almost delinquent Ilocana barrio lass, saddle with her with more unkind twists of fortune than most soap opera heroines would encounter, and then give her the gift of speed — and you would have budding track star Thelma, as created by the pen of direk Paul.

A poor family, a poor attitude towards school, a sister who is crippled by a road accident, a mother who gets sick just as Thelma’s tentative grasp for greatness is slowly taking shape, it would seem that the odds are firmly stacked against our heroine. But thanks to spunk, a sense of humor, and never-say-die attitude, Thelma would have us believe that problems and worries are best serviced with a frontal attack, and a heart that no physical world can contain.

As for the subdued resolution and ending to the film, I spoke to Paul, wondering if a more grand, even Pyrrhic victory, would have been more in keeping with films of this type. To his credit, Paul explained that he knew this would have been the obvious way out, but he had precisely avoided this, so that the audience would be left to take what they wanted from the film and apply it to their own lives, and not see the film as a mere sports story.

Thanks to the cinematography, Ilocos Norte has never looked more poetic. And thanks to Paul’s deft directorial touch, there are shafts of humor (provincial teachers) and irony (the foreshadowing of the wheelchair) in Thelma’s realistic character and story. She isn’t some stoic automaton; but a flesh and blood creation imbued with frailties, vices and lapses of judgment. And the support cast is just as impressive: Tetchie Agbayani and John Arcilla as Thelma’s parents; Jason Abalos as a fellow athlete Thelma meets in Manila; and the wonderful young actress who plays Thelma’s younger sister Hannah. They all add to the depth and texture of this “quiet” film.

It’s this careful balance between the sports story and the personal story (which in other hands, would have been relegated to mere back story), that makes the film a unique, rewarding, viewing experience.

T’was a ZOMBA-NIGHT
So I went to see “Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington” after work last night.
When I first saw the trailer, I knew it will be a blast. It will be something big. Guess what? It is. People are seeing it. People are talking about it. So I saw it.
Here are some 10 things I enjoyed about the movie.
1. Comicality. I badly need a good laugh because of some not-so-nice things going on around me. I needed a break. This movie made my day, my night, and I know the pictures it left in my brain will complete my next days.
2. It’s a Basic Film. When I say basic, it’s like What You See Is What You Get. For me, though it offered some predictable twists, the movie per se didn’t require artificial intelligence to understand it. Not much technicalities and no attempt to be so deep, which in my opinion is good… especially at this time of my life. Haha.
3. Purpose. This is one of those films that aim to make a stand. Apparently, it’s about homosexuality, how society views and treats it and how they should. In my opinion, the movie served that purpose well.
4. Martin/Mart Escudero. In a video casting for the role of Remington, there was a lot who auditioned. There were even prominent names. Mart said that he fell in love with the script and will do anything to get the role and he did. He offered something different. He did a brilliant portrayal. He deserved the role. Two thumbs up for Mart!
5. Reality. The film may be fictional or fantasy in genre but the majority of it depicts life as it is. I liked how real the film and the acting appeared. What’s happening and how they happen… bull’s eye.
6. Casting. Eugene Domingo and Roderick Paulate… need I say more? Haha. The casting was great. Some of the actors were expected to deliver and they did. From some, I didn’t expect much, but they were great as well. They bid good laugh in one part or another.
7. Gay Lingo. I am a fan of Bern Joseph who officialized BEKIMON. He’s brilliant. I am entertained whenever I hear someone speaking it and amused when it comes to deciphering it. It requires logic to understand it. I also use gay lingo whenever applicable. This movie has a lot of funny bekimon lines. It’s so fun everyone should try it.
8. Portion of Everything. The mixture of comedy, horror/superstitous theme, semi-satirical blows, romance and homo romance… it’s a promising concoction. Regarding the homo-romance, Kerbie and Mart did not fail to touch the viewers despite the fact that their scene is very homo and they are both straight.
9. Guest Stars. There were only a few but the personalities who said yes for a cameo… surprising.
10. Awkward Acting. There will be that one scene in Filipino fantasy movies which will be awkwardly executed. I assure you that. On this film, it was that specific moment when Remington transferred his gayness to another guy [avoiding spoilers] at the ending part. Awkward, laughable but there is a good point from it that’s why I liked it.
Overall, it was a good movie. No. A great movie. It made me happy. I am certain it will make you happy as well. You should see it yourself.
——-
PS.
I saw the movie in Eastwood City Walk Cinema 3 and let me say that it was a very cozy movie house. I think I’ll be seeing movies here often. Also, my friend and I watched it with Gladys Reyes and Christopher Roxas behind us. Gladys was there as MTRCB representative. Oh yeah! I felt like a celebrity, too. Haha.
It just surprised me that it was rated PG-13. I thought it was R-13 because some scenes are really not meant for younger people. Or maybe the Filipinos are more liberal now when it comes to these stuffs that even MTRCB changed their criteria. Well, I’ll not worry with that. :)

T’was a ZOMBA-NIGHT

So I went to see “Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington” after work last night.

When I first saw the trailer, I knew it will be a blast. It will be something big. Guess what? It is. People are seeing it. People are talking about it. So I saw it.

Here are some 10 things I enjoyed about the movie.

1. Comicality. I badly need a good laugh because of some not-so-nice things going on around me. I needed a break. This movie made my day, my night, and I know the pictures it left in my brain will complete my next days.

2. It’s a Basic Film. When I say basic, it’s like What You See Is What You Get. For me, though it offered some predictable twists, the movie per se didn’t require artificial intelligence to understand it. Not much technicalities and no attempt to be so deep, which in my opinion is good… especially at this time of my life. Haha.

3. Purpose. This is one of those films that aim to make a stand. Apparently, it’s about homosexuality, how society views and treats it and how they should. In my opinion, the movie served that purpose well.

4. Martin/Mart Escudero. In a video casting for the role of Remington, there was a lot who auditioned. There were even prominent names. Mart said that he fell in love with the script and will do anything to get the role and he did. He offered something different. He did a brilliant portrayal. He deserved the role. Two thumbs up for Mart!

5. Reality. The film may be fictional or fantasy in genre but the majority of it depicts life as it is. I liked how real the film and the acting appeared. What’s happening and how they happen… bull’s eye.

6. Casting. Eugene Domingo and Roderick Paulate… need I say more? Haha. The casting was great. Some of the actors were expected to deliver and they did. From some, I didn’t expect much, but they were great as well. They bid good laugh in one part or another.

7. Gay Lingo. I am a fan of Bern Joseph who officialized BEKIMON. He’s brilliant. I am entertained whenever I hear someone speaking it and amused when it comes to deciphering it. It requires logic to understand it. I also use gay lingo whenever applicable. This movie has a lot of funny bekimon lines. It’s so fun everyone should try it.

8. Portion of Everything. The mixture of comedy, horror/superstitous theme, semi-satirical blows, romance and homo romance… it’s a promising concoction. Regarding the homo-romance, Kerbie and Mart did not fail to touch the viewers despite the fact that their scene is very homo and they are both straight.

9. Guest Stars. There were only a few but the personalities who said yes for a cameo… surprising.

10. Awkward Acting. There will be that one scene in Filipino fantasy movies which will be awkwardly executed. I assure you that. On this film, it was that specific moment when Remington transferred his gayness to another guy [avoiding spoilers] at the ending part. Awkward, laughable but there is a good point from it that’s why I liked it.

Overall, it was a good movie. No. A great movie. It made me happy. I am certain it will make you happy as well. You should see it yourself.

——-

PS.

I saw the movie in Eastwood City Walk Cinema 3 and let me say that it was a very cozy movie house. I think I’ll be seeing movies here often. Also, my friend and I watched it with Gladys Reyes and Christopher Roxas behind us. Gladys was there as MTRCB representative. Oh yeah! I felt like a celebrity, too. Haha.

It just surprised me that it was rated PG-13. I thought it was R-13 because some scenes are really not meant for younger people. Or maybe the Filipinos are more liberal now when it comes to these stuffs that even MTRCB changed their criteria. Well, I’ll not worry with that. :)