Carnage carnage |ˈkärnij|
the killing of a large number of people.
A lot of those close to me know that I have a fascination for zombies. I love shows like The Walking Dead; zombie-like movies such as 28 Days Later; games like Zombie Tsunami, Left 4 Dead or spooky ones like Silent Hill. I may be a scaredy cat but I somehow see the “beauty” in these horrible creatures. I think I’ve put my love of zombies into some of the short films I’ve made for school. The first one was a love story gone wrong and the second one I did is a trailer. For one of our classes, we had to make a trailer to a movie and I decided it would be about… A BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY! NAAAT. Zombies, duh. While talking to my group mates James and Riel, we decided it would be something showcasing that it’s the end of the world. Man is fighting for his life and he is fighting hard but sadly, losing the battle. We wanted it to be short and simple but with impact.
We got one of James’ friends, Lance to be in it since we only needed one actor. I was assigned as the production designer for this project. We shot in James’ room but we needed to fix it up a bit since we needed a hideout vibe.
For Lance, we put baby oil in his hair so that it would seem like he hadn’t showered in days. I made his hands dirty with makeup and the same with his face. I used red lipstick and brown eyeshadow for the cuts on his face.
I just LOVED how the light was captured in the shots. We had an extra backlight because the sun wasn’t strong enough. We also used an LED light so that we wouldn’t just capture a silhouette. Thanks to the amazing DOP skills of Riel, superb lighting skill of James and kickass production design skill of mine, I think our group pulled this one off. Enjoy!
“Ate, lets go out tonight after our event. Just you, me and Vic. You’re gonna be pretty busy this week and I want to be able to spend time with you on your birthday..”
It’s funny because instead of planning my own birthday this year, my sister Lauren had planned it for me. I was expecting something nice and quiet with my monkeys (what I call Victor and Lauren haha) but apparently I was in for a lot more! I have ALWAYS planned out something for my birthday. For the past 3 years, I always had a little something up my sleeve so that my friends and I could enjoy on my special day.
2010! The day I was no longer a teenager! I thought I was being all adult like and wanted to party it up in a club. Hindi ko na nga matandaan yung name ng bar na pinagcelebrate ko but I remember it was on a Saturday and that was a big thing. I just HAD to have my birthday on an “SNL” night. Loooooved that night because my friend Euric was playing and his music isn’t all TUGS TUGS TUGS. “Euric!!! Play this song for me PLEASEEE!” Hahahaha! I hope he didn’t get too annoyed with us that night. :p
2011! I am so sad because for some reason I only found two pictures I probably had the pictures on my old laptop and for some reason, none of my friends had pictures! That night was really fun though and I was still feeling like a baws and was like, “I’m 21! I’m legal! Let’s drink!” So I did! And so did all of my friends. It was so cool because I was able to get 3 bottles for a pretty kick ass price and my friend gave me a bottle of Patron XO (muy paborito). To top off the night, one of my friends was really outta it (aka had-too-much-to-drink) and ordered a really expensive bottle of alcohol. OH NOES. Good thing I had a friend to the rescue who even offered to pay for everything! We all spent the night in Shangri la and went swimming the day after to get rid of that nasty hangover.
2012! I guess I had finally moved on from the “partying days” because this year I just wanted a pretty chill and laid back celebration. In my barkada, “The Chicas” as we like to call ourselves, four of us are February celebrants. So I planned something for the whole barkada sponsored by us Feb babies. We reserved a HUUUUGE table at this hidden restaurant in Marikina called Isabelo Gardens and had such an amazing time. It was full of old stories, new stories, laughter, food, more food and good times. Afterwards, we went to Rue Bourbon and decided to have a couple of drinks. The celebrants were given a special drink called “Gunpoweder”. It’s the PERFECT drink for a birthday girl or guy because it’s better than a birthday cake! They light the mixed shot (just like a B52) and then sprinkle it with cinnamon (ala Are You Afraid of The Dark where they throw magic powder in the fire and it lights up like BOOM). Then they put out the fire and capture the smoke in a glass and cover it. You drink the shot with a straw and it gets craaaazy! But that’s not all because you have to inhale the smoke in that other glass. Okay, maybe now it gets craaaazy! I think that was the only drink I had that night because that’s all I could really take :p
2013! This year, I really hadn’t planned anything. I was too caught up in work that I kinda forgot to put together something for my birthday. Lauren told me that she had reserved a table para sa aming magkakapatid. I called up Victor and asked him if he was going and at first he was clueless until I told him Lauren had planned it. He went, “Ahh.. Alam mo pala…” From there, I had an inkling that something was up! HA! Of course, I didn’t want to assume, but I also didn’t want to ruin anything just in case. HAHAHA :)) So after our event, we went to meet up with Vic. But he wasn’t the only one there. All of the Beshies were there! I got so kilig to the boneezy because it’s the first time that someone has done a surprise birthday salubong for me
A week before my birthday, I had a cute videoke celebration kasama ang “mga anak” ko sa Team Bata. They call me mum, momsy, mommy, mudra, you name it basta ako ang nanay nila! Haha! They were so sweet to bring gifts for me! They best part about it though was that we were all bonding and singing together and just talking about random stuff! I love that this group is so fun to be with and they want the best not only for me but for everyone else around them. I’m so grateful to have met them and hopefully dumami pa ang mga anak ko na Team Bata na mababait!
Of course, I had to spend my birthday with the Chicas so on my birthday itself we met up for a major appetizer food trip! We each had a “chocolate cake shot” at Draft to top off the night. And mind you, it was reaaaaaally good. My good friend and one of my favorite designers, Sassa Jimenez even sent over a birthday cake. I decided to bring it over to my celebration with the chicas and we devoured that cake like anything. The coolest part about the cake though was it’s design! It was in the shape of a freaking apple! NOMNOMNOM :”)
Looking back at the past couple of years, I’m really happy I got to spend it with the people closest to my heart. They’re the people that keep me grounded. They’re the people that push me to do better. Plus, soooo many people on Twitter greeted me so thank you guys so much because you made the butterflies in my belly jump around like crazy. <;3
I’m sure at one point in our lives people have come across “cheaters”. Majority of you will probably be screaming in your heads because an image of your cheating ex will reappear in your path of peacefulness. Let me just slap you with a fish and remind you that cheating exes aren’t the only types of cheaters out there! I’m sure you’re one too! Faithfulness is something most people lack because of certain circumstances. Just so you know though, it can be done. Being faithful is something that can be done because it’s probably the best thing ever next to getting your first kiss (okay maybe not for everyone teehee).
I’m no expert when it comes to love but one thing that I’ve learned along the way is to love, respect and be faithful to your partner. Love is a choice. We choose to be with the people we are with and the same with them. I’ve been through relationships that have been topsy turvy and same with my friends. I see how unhappy both parties get when one of them cheats. It’s a sad sight. It makes you wonder why they do such a thing! But one thing is for sure, I will always be faithful to the one I love. If I’m happy with that person, hindi na ako maghahanap pa ng iba! Try niyo rin! But seriously, being with the one you love can really put butterflies in your belly and make you want to give them thatcandy land and a bunch of cute puppies. It’s the best feeling in the world.
When I was younger, there was a subject I had such a hard time with and I ended up making a kodigo for it just so that I could pass. I passed of course, but I felt so bad after because I knew that I wasn’t doing the right thing. You know how teachers always put a footnote at the bottom of your exam like “SOMEONE IS WATCHING YOU SO DON’T CHEAT BECAUSE YOU WILL BE SCARRED FOR LIFE!”? Okay, well maybe it isn’t that bad but you get the gist of it. I wanted so badly to pass the final exams so I studied 2 weeks for that test. I made sure I studied for a couple of hours every night just so it would stick to me. The day of the results came, and I passed LIKE A BOSS. Why like a boss you ask? Because I got the highest score for that subject. Through that I learned that I don’t have to settle for making that measly kodigo even if it means just passing. I worked hard to achieve my goal and when I did, I felt so good about it.
Guilty naman siguro tayong lahat sa pagsasabi ng: “Bukas na ako magddiet!”. Sabay smile. Sabay kain. I knew that at one point, I wasn’t eating right. Then I saw Anne Curtis’ commercial for Century Tuna and I really had a SMH moment. Damn, I wanted to be a goddess like her! I wanted to wake up the next morning with abs like her but I knew something had to be done about it. I knew that if I wanted to be sexy like her, I would have to work out and eat right.
If you want to achieve that sexy Anne Curtis body and be healthy at the same time, then it doesn’t stop with just cardio or ab work outs. No matter how hard you push it in the gym, kung hindi ka naman kumakain ng tama, wala rin namang mangyayari. So I made sure that I got the best of the best. I got all my favorite fruits, veggies and TUNA! I only get Century Tuna because it’s the best I’ve ever had (cue in Drake song). I wouldn’t settle for anything less especially if I have a goal. Plus, it’s great to eat on it’s own because it has has the highest level of Omega 3 plus BIGGER FLAKES! My favorite one is the Century Tuna Flakes in Oil because I can eat it on it’s own.
Diets are only boring if you make them boring. I could give you a gazillion healthy recipes I could make with tuna and I wouldn’t get tired of it! Like my trainer always said:
So if you wanna lose a pound of two, be faithful to your diet. Start off with the right food and have a kick ass body inspiration (AHEM)
We’ve all been through the phase where we say, “I’m on a diet”. Let me tell you this now: dieting sucks when you don’t know how to do it right! When I didn’t know the proper way on dieting, I felt like a piranha was eating it’s way through my belly! I later learned that the best way to diet was to constantly eat but in smaller portions. Before I started eating healthy though, I wanted to clear my body of all the burgers, burritos, alcohol and sweets in my body. I took a big step and went with a detox. I decided to try out Juju Cleanse because a lot of people I knew had tried it out. I was a very brave kid and ordered the 3-day level 1 detox.
I got my bag and it was pretty cute because the juices came in a bag with an ice pack. Everything was smooth sailing until I had to go to an event I hosted in Shangri-la Makati. They told me I could order anything. So I did. Not. I wish. I just got spring rolls and smoked salmon. And yes I knooooooow I’m not supposed to be eating on a detox but I couldn’t help it! I was in Shang with yummy food right in front of me! Okay, enough of excuses. My first day of my detox didn’t go so well because of that.
I made sure that I would religiously follow my detox for day two and three. My prayers were answered. Or rather, I was just abiding by the rules of thy detox. It was easier for me to do it since I was just at home.
What I hated most about it was that I couldn’t work out. It said in Juju Cleanse’s FAQ that a light workout like yoga would do but I was afraid that I wouldn’t feel well after doing that so I just decided to bum and play games all day. That actually helped because I wouldn’t fell that I was hungry. I just kept downing that juice like anything. Of course, I did like some of them and others were just… BLEH. Yucky. I felt like I wanted to throw a bottle at the wall because I just couldn’t take it (violent much?!). It was either really that bad or my taste buds just weren’t used to the flavor.
Spicy Limonada – This was probably the best one. If you guys know the Master Cleanse, this is that in one bottle. I didn’t have a hard time gulping this drink down.
Red Giant – I hated this drink!!! To the bones!!! At first it was bearable but then there was just something in it that made me want to scoop it out of my belly HUHU
Green Bomb – Just so you all know, I’m a GULAY GIRL. I love my veggies. I can eat veggies all day everyday. I eat veggie burgers, pizza, you name it! That’s probably why I didn’t have a hard time drinking this. I loved that it was the first drink of the day too.
Right after my 3rd day cleanse, I ate at recovery food. HAHAHAH! I didn’t eat like a monster because I didn’t want to bloat so I just had the bangus dish, without the rice of course. Well, maybe I did sneak in a couple spoonfuls of rice.
It was an experience doing this detox but I don’t think I could do another 3 days of it. I think one day of the detox would’ve been better for me. On the plus side, I have a lot of cool bottles that I could still use too! Haha!
Photos from the Juju Cleanse website
Filed under: healthy, workout | Tags: bull run, fitness, fitness application, fun run, healthy, phil heath run, run keeper, running
I promised myself that this year, I would stay fit. One way for me to do so was to keep track of my exercises so that I would be able to see my progress. Losing weight is only one part the most people know about being fit. What a lot of us don’t realize is that there is so much to learn about being healthy. One thing that keeps us fit is: GOALS. We all need goals so that we know how to push ourselves to be better. I decided to get a couple of applications for my iPhone so that it would be easier for me to track things down.
Since I’ve been pushing myself to start running, I got this app called Run Keeper. It keeps track of all my running. What’s cool about it is that it uses GPS so that it can track down where you run with a map. I’ve used it for the last two fun runs I did. I love that it has different stats so that I can compare how I did and what improvements I’ve made (if I made any at all).
You start off by inputing data like if you’re gonna track your run as of the moment using GPS or manually like when you use a treadmill. I love the GPS feature because it records the path you take while running. I also love that it notes down your pace so that you can tell how fast or slow you’re going per kilometer. Music can be played in the background but beware of THE VOICE!!! Dun-dun-dun. She’ll tell you if you’re going 11 minutes/km hahaha! That means pick up your pace a bit you granny! Oh, and mind you…
Here’s my progress from the first two runs I did. They were both 5k runs. I’m not entirely sure about the statistic of my second run but it was probably because the finish like was in a weird place (excuses).
BULL RUN 2013
PHIL HEALTH RUN 2013
I think I did better on my second run. I wasn’t as tired as I was during the Bull Run but I think I pushed more during the Phil Health Run. I went 15 minutes straight without stopping which is a HUGE improvement for me. I’m pretty happy with my accomplishment but I know I gotta work it like anything! Til the next fun run!
We all reach a point in our lives when all we want to do is go out, party and just drink the night away. Of course there will be times that after all the fun, it’s either we pass out, start slurring our words, get into a fight or everything we drank/ate wants to say hello again and exits our body through our mouths (tried to make it sound better but failed). Either way, by the end of the night we just end up MAD hungry. I remember one time after a night out I had a burger, nuggets, fries, a sundae, a large soda and an apple pie. I had a little food baby going on but I didn’t mind. As long as I had food, I was good. Even if I was emotionally (or drunkenly) compensated for that matter, what I ate wasn’t at all healthy. I felt like I had consumed a weeks worth of my allotted calorie intake!
Nowadays, I don’t go out. If ever I do, it’ll just be for a night out to scavenge for dessert or just something simple like coffee. Now, don’t go on calling me a lola just yet! Instead of partying, like I said, I wanted to make my 2013 healthier. After the fun run my friends and I did, we got crazy hungry. I don’t even remember being that hungry before. All I knew was, I wanted to stuff some rice in my belly! My friend recommended this place called Recovery Food in Fort Bonifacio. Apparently this place is open 24/7 catering to party-goers during the wee hours of the morning and those who just want yummy food all day long.
On the menu they offered a half recovery bowl and a full recovery bowl (which is of course for the I-wanna-eat-a-cow kind of hungry people). I loved that they offered brown rice because I try to stay away from white rice as much as possible. If you’re really in for a treat, you can ask for talangka rice for just an additional P35.
I decided to get Hey Jude’s Paksig because I just LOVE bangus. My mouth is watering right now because I can remember the spicy vinegar that I would dip it in to make it even better (they also have regular vinegar). I only got a half recovery bowl but I down that son of a rice bowl in a snap. It was just that good! My friends tried out the tapa and adobo rice bowls and they said they were equally as good. My friend said the tapa was just okay and liked the Happy Beef Rice better. I think next time I’m going to try out the Sweet & Spicy Tuyo rice bowl. The mere thought of it makes me want to rush over there right now.
I’m really happy that I found a restaurant that serves brown rice. It’s rare that you can find a place that does. If ever I need a rice fix and I’m out, I know where to go.
Bonifacio Global City
G/F Crossroads, 32nd St cor 8th AveFort Bonifacio, Taguig(02) 511-7312
Ever had that one class where they bug you to write about your Christmas vacation? I remember when our teacher would ask us to write a short story about the holidays and along with that, our resolution for the new year. A lot of people have goals and and lot of those goals don’t push through. I’ve had my fair share of those unfulfilled resolutions as well. This year though, I wanted it to be different. I wanted this year to be kick ass! I put a list of all the things I wanted to do for the year but the number one thing that I wanted to focus on was: FITNESS.
Here’s one thing that people don’t know about me: I eat like a monster! Food is my hobby. The downside to that though is that I’m not eating healthy. If you eat like a monster, I guess you’re going to end up looking like one too. Here’s when Tabitha the talking tummy and Sally cellulite start become you’re best friends. They are the mean girls here. Believe me. Stay away from their minions Freddie fast food!
5K here we go!
So to start my path to being fit, I decided to join a fun run last January called the 2013 Bull Run. I was invited by Mars Callo who is just amazing! She runs a mean 21K and can even fight for a 42K run! How cool is that?! I have only been to two fun runs and on both occasions, I ran 3K. You could just imagine my face when I found out I was signed up for 5K. I didn’t think I could do it. I was sooooo scared, mainly because I don’t really run a lot and I was afraid of what could happen.
This is Spartaaaaa!
Mars and I
During my first lap I was breezing past the other runners. During my second lap those runners were passing by ME! I kind of thought of it like a pie eating contest where you don’t rush into eating all the pies but if you eat them gracefully then you shall end gracefully. I wasn’t anywhere near graceful. I was staggering and trying to keeps up with my friends. I would catch up with them and then slowly fall behind. My “abs” (better known as flabs) would ache from time to time so that really slowed me down. My friend Mars told me to just raise my arms up and shout. Give me a “HA”. I think I gave more of a HA-HA-HA though!
I could finally see the finish line. I could hear Forest Gump shouting in my ear, “Run, Megan, Run”. And run I did. I ran for my life. I was all smiles and so were the other runners whether they ran 3K, 5K, 10K or 21K. It felt so good to finish that 5K run. I may have had a bit of a hard time but I’m glad I pushed myself. Sometimes you really need to push yourself out of your comfort zone to get better. That’s why this year, I’m pushing it all the way to healthy. Oh yeah.
Chubby Cheeks is ready for 2013! HAHAHA