Thursday, August 28, 2008

the wonders of bubble wrap

The other night, I was at our dining area working and stressing over a layout design (yes, I know, of all places) when I found a sheet of bubble wrap lying around. Naturally, I spent the next 10 minutes or so popping bubble wrap. I started with one bubble, and found it hard to stop. Funnn. Anyway, I'm pretty sure that I'm not the only person who gets a kick out of popping the bubbles. :)

Humorous Pictures

According to Wikipedia:
Bubble Wrap has developed a second use as a sort of stress relief: after opening the package in which the Bubble Wrap is used, popping the bubbles has been seen to have a cathartic effect on people. Whether for stress relief or simple idle occupation of one's fingers, or for the amusement of children, the action of the popping, as well as the tactile response and associated noise made, is a widely known and widely used distraction and source of amusement, to the point that a virtual version of bubble wrap for popping has been created.

I don't know if there's an explanation for it, but after popping the entire sheet, I got back to work and was eventually done after an hour. Maybe my brain just needed to relax for a bit. I sure needed the distraction.

I'd like to get myself a roll of bubble wrap, but I guess the virtual version will do for now. :)

PS: There's also a bubble wrap simulator, which is more environment-friendly and even comes in pink. Might not be as much fun as the real thing, though.

Monday, August 25, 2008

weekends are made for eating

... And eat a lot, I did. Not really productive, but yeah. :D

Last Saturday, the boyfriend and I went on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Serendra for lunch. It was my first time to dine in at Conti's, just bought cakes from them before. I had the Baked Salmon for my main course and a slice of Mango Bravo for dessert. I forgot to take a picture of my meal, probably because I was dismayed when I saw the serving size. :P It was good, but I'd still prefer Z's (in Makati) Baked Salmon which costs half of Conti's price, has a more generous serving (at least as I remember it) and yummier.

But anyway, dessert made up for whatever the main course lacked.

Conti's Mango Bravo (by Gel Cruz)
Huuuge slice. I was blown away.

After the hearty meal, we walked around High Street. It would've been the perfect time to shoot with the sun out, but I didn't have any of my film cameras. :( Reminder to self: bring cameras out, I still have too many films in the fridge.

Dinner that night was shabu-shabu (hot pot) at Tong Yang, my mom's post-birthday celebration with some of our relatives. I was too hungry to even bother taking pictures, and besides, I couldn't take my camera out when the melted butter on the grill was splattering onto my arms, leaving me with a couple of tiny burns. :(

Sunday, we drove to Mall of Asia. It has been more than a year since I last ate at A Veneto and I was craving for it. We didn't scrimp on our order. Kain kung kain.

Spicy Baked Mussels (by Gel Cruz)
Spicy Baked Mussels
Loooved the marinara! :)

New York + Double Pepperoni (by Gel Cruz)
New York + Double Pepperoni = happy tummy

Chicken Cutlet Parmigiana (by Gel Cruz)
Chicken Cutlet Parmigiana

A couple of years ago when I was still working in Makati, I usually went to A Venetto Glorietta whenever I needed comfort food. I am glad the food is still as good, servings still generous (we didn't finish the pasta), and the price, although increased, still reasonable.

Next week, food trip ulit! I really need to enrol myself in dance classes soon. :D

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

what have you been up to lately?

It's been almost three months since my previous post; needless to say, a lot has been going on. The recent turn of events brought about endless realizations and questions about how I've been doing in life in general. Not that I'm complaining. I'm thankful for the wake-up call. :)

For the lack of words to describe what's been up, I shall resort to pictures.