Monday, August 31, 2015

Movie Time

Last Saturday, August 29, 2015, Maica and I finally watched a movie again after almost five years. Ever since Martina was born we stopped watching, due to whatever reason we had.

It was also the first time Martina got to watch a movie inside a theater. Funny that I was so worried of her freaking out in a theater that I actually waited until she was almost five before finally deciding to bring her out to watch a movie. So here's how it went.

We decided to watch Disney Pixar's Inside Out because this was the most kid-friendly movie out there. I decided we would watch the movie at BGC, since this was hopefully less full of people than the theaters in the bigger malls. This was my back-up plan in case Martina freaked out or something.

Little did I know that tickets to movies now cost a lot more than what we used to pay. Still, considering the location, and the quality of the facilities at BGC I guess it's worth it to pay a bit of a premium.
Movie Tickets
Since we still had time to kill before the movie started we decided to have lunch. Martina wanted ramen, again. I was more than happy to eat at Kichitora Ramen. I ordered their "Jajamen" and was very pleasantly surprised with the taste. I guess I'll be re-ordering this again when we eat here.
Jajamen by Kitchitora Ramen @ BGC
Jajamen. Sounds like Jejemon, sadly.
Finally it was time to watch the movie. We went in the movie house, and it was already dark. Martina was sort of anxious, but was calm. We found our seats and waited for the movie to start.
Inside The Theater
Martina and Maica waiting for the movie to start.

Martina was great throughout the movie, and before the movie started. She did get a bit bored waiting for the movie to start, but what do you expect with kids.

It was also a pleasant surprise that I one of my current colleagues at work brought his wife and kid to see the movie too. It was also his kid's first time to watch a movie, though she was much, much younger than Martina.

So how was the movie? Awesome. The animated short, Lava, that came before the movie was a great warm-up for the movie. Pixar told a great story, and it was very heartwarming and touching. Amazing.

It was worth the money we spent to watch the movie. I cannot wait to watch our next movie.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Gen 2 Rav4

I keep posting about my "dream car," and I rarely post about the current car I use. It's a 2001 Toyota Rav4, and to be honest it would take an offer I couldn't resist to stop using it.

It's the perfect city car. It has decent consumption for a fourteen year old car. It has good ride height to navigate shallow floods and deep potholes. It has decent space inside for my family. And it is just the right size for driving around Metro Manila, not that I drive around a lot.

I just wish I could afford to have it restored, for lack of a better word. It needs new rubber seals. The mags need to be refurbished. Not all strips of the rear window defogger work.

Notice I never mentioned any mechanical issues. That's because my folks and I had the mechanicals fixed last year. We gave the Rav a check up and had major issues fixed, but those were mostly mechanical. It needs a lot of aesthetic work, tint to help beat the heat, and a new head unit. That's it. And if I do get the funds to have to t fixed, I will. This car is something I wouldn't mind driving for the rest of my life, as long as I can take good care of it, as good as how it has served me.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Blogging from an iPad

This post is being written using the blogger app on iOS. The previous post was also written using the same app.

It's a bit simpler to blog here. I don't get the same amount of control I'm used to when blogging from my laptop. I can't attach photos from flickr, use clean hyperlinks, and all those other things. But I really don't mind.

Right now I cannot force myself to blog as often as I used to. I think if my creativity in art is peaking, my creativity in writing wanes. Probably because I have another outlet.

I have been drawing a lot. I also have been familiarizing myself with the pen tablet used in computers. I have work to thank.

I am rediscovering my love for art, and the technical aspect of it. It's great. Once again my skill level is rising by leaps and bounds.

And I'm rambling.


Sunday, August 09, 2015

Fun Times with Grandma

Earlier today Maica, Martina, and I paid a visit to my 94-year old paternal grandmother -- Lola Jinny. "Lola" is Filipino for grandmother.

It was great that we were able to spend a short time with her. I am also extremely happy that Martina was able to meet at least one of her great-grandparents.

This is the reason why I try to see Lola Jinny whenever I can. I was fortunate enough to have met both of my dad's grandmothers. I want Martina to be able to say she met her elders too. Knowing your past can help you move forward. Be proud of your roots, so to speak.

Anyway, that's all I have to say in that matter. It was great seeing my Lola, and I do enjoy the moments we have.