Archive for August, 2009

Cine Europa Douze (Deux Mille Neuf) Ă  Manille

August 31, 2009

Cine Europa 12(Cine Europa 12 (2009) in Manila)

Whew, the wait is finally over, it’s here once again! Cine Europa 12 will be held from September 11-20, 2009, that’s a week from now 😀

I will definitely make up for whatever I missed from last year’s screening. Dans l’annĂ©e deux mille sept (2007) I got to see a lot of good european movies, I hope the screenings this year would be more entertaining, and informative. I remember Jala! Jala!, had a laughing fit while watching that one 🙂 And the film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, even it was too long a movie, with all the looooong boring lines, it still is pretty interesting, although some of the people at the theatre were snoring rather shrewdly 😛

There are officially dix-huit entries for the event, and I was wondering why there’s only un film de français included (Toi et Moi). Hope to catch all the 18 movies 🙂

KĂŠrlighed PĂ„ Film (Just Another Love Story) -Denmark

S Certy Nejsou Zerty (Give the Devil His Due) -Czech Republic

Freigesprochen (Free to Leave) -Austria

Tmavomodry Svet (Dark Blue World) -Czech Republic

Joulutarina (A Christmas Story) -Finland

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La Cabane Resto et Bar

August 30, 2009

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Right after hanging out at La Cuisine Française, we went straight to La Cabane (The Hut in English) Resto Lounge Bar. While in Berlitz right after our class earlier that day, Michel told me before that upon arriving at La Cabane, let the staff know that we are friends of his. And that I did, upon entering the resto-bar, I immediately informed them that we are with Michel, and boy we were treated pretty nice 🙂

The first thing I’ve noticed about the place was it is really really REALLY COZY! I love the interiors, the lighting, the pieces, the paintings on the walls (which some of it, I think, is Michel’s work), the furniture, and most of all, the open bar! I had 10 vodka tonic, haha 😛 The ottoman chairs were extremely comfy, soft but firm, that I can’t help but leave my flip flops on the floor and do an indian sitting position 🙂 Pamsky and I even agreed that it’s the perfect place to do our work 😀

The music sets the experience to a different more relaxing level, compliments to the cozy ambience of the place. Everybody’s in chillax mode. I enjoyed talking to my friends while having my drinks, eating the steak we ordered, and the delicious pommes frites.

Kudos to that DJ that night, had played really cool mixes. I even saw him one time that night, chugging from a bottle of vodka, cheers! 😀

We will definitely be regulars in this bar et restaurant lounge de française 🙂

At the lounge, waiting for Michel

At the lounge, waiting for Michel

 

So relaxed at the lounge that when Michel arrived we did not move to a bigger table :)

So relaxed at the lounge that when Michel arrived we did not move to a bigger table 🙂

Montpellier Français Class.. Fin de Le Premiere Mi-temps de Niveau Un

August 30, 2009
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De gauche Ă  droite: Mlle Chesca, M. Kenneth, M. Michel Herbert (le professeur), Me, Mme. Pam, Mme. Jinky

(Montpellier Français Class.. End of the first half of level 1)


We finally finished half of our level 1 français class (15 hours, 3 hours/week), and boy I learned a lot of français from that short span of time. Our professeur, Monsieur Michel Herbert, is a wonderful instructor, extremely patient with us especially at times when we accidentally murder his beautiful language (trĂšs desolĂše :)). I really had a great time learning français, it’s pretty much like learning a programming language, only for this the compiler would be the person you’re talking to (eep, geek mode).

We will have our pause de trois semaines (3 week break), and will resume class on Septembre vingt-six. Too bad Chesca won’t be around anymore when the second half of level 1 starts, she would be leaving for Lyon, France, sur Jeudi, Septembre trois, for the 4-month student exchange program. We’ll just have our reunion when she comes back in December, for our fĂȘte de Joyeux NoĂ«l (Merry Christmas Party).

I need to brush up on my français before the second half starts.

La Cuisine Française

August 30, 2009

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It was the end of the half of our level 1 français class, and as planned, we were to cap it off by eating out. We decided to try out La Cabane, along Pasay Road since it was highly recommended by Michel, notre professuer de français. However, Michel will be there around vingt heures trente (8:30 PM) , and it was only 4PM so we decided to hangout someplace else before heading to La Cabane.

Now, I have been eyeing La Cuisine Française for a couple of weeks now, so I suggested to have our chillax time there, and everybody agreed. The place was really charming. Love the interiors, the staff were accommodating, and I immediately had sugar rush just by looking at the dessert display. Michel gave me that snooty look when I told him that we may be hanging out there for a while, well because according to him, it wasn’t french enough for his taste. But we went anyway just to checkout it out, and well, we weren’t disappointed.

We had the three patĂ© platter (chicken liver, duck with orange, and tri-color fish), the one with potato and cheese, and the pecan pie. Chicken liver patĂ© was the outstanding among the other 2 patĂ© in the platter. The potato and cheese was something I didn’t expect to be that good, so it took me, actually all of us, by surprise. And the pecan pie, oh the pecan pie, it was awesome!

I’m definitely coming back, and checkout other items in their menu, and have another slice of that pecan pie 🙂

Still waiting for our orders. De gauche Ă  droite: Chesca, Me, Pamsky, Jinks, Kenneth

Still waiting for our orders. De gauche Ă  droite: Chesca, Me, Pamsky, Jinks, Kenneth

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That's me and Chesca, still waiting for our orders.

That's me and Chesca, still waiting for our orders.

Me and Kenneth, looking at the dessert display.

Me and Kenneth, looking at the dessert display.

Paris en annĂ©e deux-mille-dix (2010)!

August 22, 2009

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Year 2010 is the year for my first time in Paris! Our français level 1 class would be ending in a week, and my classmates and I were planning on having a Paris trip next year! 🙂 Good thing Chesca would be part of an exchange student program in Lyon, France, from September to December this year, which means she could do a guided tour when we get there 😀 I would be starting on saving up for the trip, I’m sure it would be really really REALLY fun!

Can’t wait to have an espresso in a local cafĂ©, drink trĂšs bien vin rouge, eat patĂ©, foie gras, and really smelly fromage 😀 Stay all day in Place Colette, reading a good book, listening to really good music, sipping warm coffee from une tasse, fresh from a bring-along thermos 🙂 Then go ride the Metro, and checkout all the train stops (like I did in NYC). And then go to MusĂ©e de Louvre, climb Le Tour de Eiffel, and walk the cinq-kilomtre Champs-ElysĂ©es 🙂

Time AoĂ»t 2009: Corazon C. Aquino

August 22, 2009

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The Philippines’ Saint of Democracy, President Corazon Cojuanco Aquino, is Time Magazine’s special report for August 2009. I was really crestfallen, devastated, when she died. Although it was quite expected because of her advanced illness, I was praying incessantly all throughout her stay in Makati Medical Center, that she would miraculously recover. It was a sad day for the world for losing one of the best and greatest leaders of the 21st Century. It was even worse for The Philippines, because the Filipinos not only lost an impeccable leader, but also lost a dear mother who loves the nation selflessly.

With all the corruption under Gloria Arroyo’s governance, and with all her (+ the individuals around her) lavish and incessant spending impervious to the poverty and employment problems of The Philippines, President Cory would surely be immensely missed.

En haut!

August 20, 2009

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I’m excited to see the movie later, been waiting for this to be shown in Manila since I came back from the US last May, and finally I’ll get to see it!

Seems like a really fun flick!

UPDATE: I had fun watching the movie! We even saw it at a cinema with laz-e-boy-like seats, which made the experience extremely comfy. Mr. Fredrickson even looks like one of my close friends 😀 It is amazing how this movie plays with the audiences’ emotions. At the very start of the movie, I was laughing really loud, cute scenes, funny lines. Ten minutes after  I was really sad.

Quelques boissons

August 19, 2009

allbrandsHad quatre bouteilles de biĂšre (trois bouteilles of San Mig Light, and un Red Horse) with co-workers after office. It was really relaxing, have not been drinking for a very very VERY long time.

Had tuna belly, roasted peanuts, 2 rounds of sizzling tuna chunks in spicy sauce, grilled stuffed squid, and broiled tilapia in sweet and tangy sauce. All these for beer matches.

I think I had too much to eat after tonight, haha! I got a feeling tomorrow will be for batch two.

Encore des livres pour ce semaine!

August 16, 2009

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I bought three books this week: (1) What I Talk About When I Talk About Running —Haruki Murakami; (2) The Godfather —Mario Puzo; (3) Pride and Prejudice —Jane Austen. I was so stressed-out last Thursday, with all the work-related mayhem, so I decided to pay a visit to one of my sanity havens, a bookstore! I literally checked-out all bookstores (around 8 ) there are in the tri-mall area here in Makati, Philippines. I was actually looking for a copy of Freakonomics, and Plato and Platypus Walked into a Bar, but I found the other three instead.

I’m a big big BIG Haruki Murakami fan. Still waiting for the English version of his 1Q84 novel, hope it gets published, and hits bookstores everywhere very very VERY soon. I’m hearing a lot of positive reviews on the book.

Couverture livres avec plastique

August 16, 2009

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Can’t think of anything to put in as my initial post. So I decided to write about what I did all Sunday, today. Wrap books in plastic. I’m a HUGE coo-coo when it comes to books (toss your Kindles away guys, reading books printed in actual paper is waaaay better than the digital version). I love love LOVE the way a new book smells, kinda like the scent of a newly baked bread.

The activity was, well, boring. No other way to put it. it is as it is. Boring. But I have  to endure the process of covering my precious livres in plastic to protect them from wear-and-tear.