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Italy
April 27, 2016, 12:08 am
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Four years (and 40lbs ago), I was in Italy for the first time for my first international film festival for my first full-length film. With my production designer and good friend Digo Ricio (I would later work with him again in On the Wings of Love), we went around Italy–Udine, Pisa, Bologna, Venice, Florence–with zero research on Italy, zero knowledge on its train system, and just a few hundreds of Euros in our pockets. We’d eat McDonald’s on most days (wala na talaga kaming pera), so that we’ll have enough cash to have two or three pang-mayaman dinners. Naiwan kami ng eroplano, at wala kaming dalang credit card pambili ng bagong tickets, pero okay naman, nairaos. We got by with a little help from Pinoys, friends from back home, who spared us some cash, and a heart that’s just so happy to be lost and broke in a place we only used to dream of. I’ll always love traveling, but I’ll never travel like I was 28 again.#



Avenue Q (Off-Broadway, New World Stages)
March 31, 2016, 4:18 pm
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Avenue Q (Off-Broadway): 5 out of 5!

Apat na beses akong naluha (oo, comedy, musical at may mga puppets, pero yes, naiyak ako!!! May pinagdadaanan ba ‘ko?!):
(1) “There’s a Fine, Fine Line” by Kate Monster (But there’s a fine, fine line between love/ And a waste of your time)

(2) “I Wish I Could Go Back to College” by Kate Monster, Nicky and Princeton

(3) “For Now” by All Cast (Everything in life/ Is only for now)

and

(4) BONUS!!! May nag-propose sa stage!!! At nag-yes si ate gurl!!!!!

Oh, Avenue Q, you were a wonderful, wonderful surprise. Pero siguro kung napanood ko ito nung 25 ako, baka mugtung-mugto na ang mga mata ko. Buti lumampas na ‘ko, kaya parang napuwing na lang.#



The Lion King (Broadway, Minskoff Theater)
March 31, 2016, 3:25 pm
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I have been warned–boring daw, underwhelming, marami pang ibang okay sa Broadway…pero nung namatay na ang ilaw, at narinig ko na ang pamilyar na hiyaw–oo, ‘yung hiyaw na ‘yun, alam mo ‘yun, ‘di ba?–ako ay bumalik sa pagkabata, at sa isang iglap, ako ay Grade 4 na muli.

Naiyak ako sa Blackbird, naiyak ako sa Avenue Q, pero hindi ko inexpect na paiiyakin ako ng The Lion King, na para bang mga tao din silang may emosyon. 

Nung umpisa, kahit hanggang intermission, okay pa ‘ko eh, pero nung simula nang kantahin ni Timon ang “I can see what’s happening/ and they don’t have a clue” na Broadway version intro na pala ng “Can You Fee the Love Tonight?”, wala na, naiyak na ‘ko. Hindi ko alam bakit, e si Simba at Nala lang naman ‘tong kumakanta at nagkaka-inlaban, bakit ako umiiyak?!? Leon ba ‘ko? Ako ba nagluwal sa kanila?

Oo, nasa-starstruck ako sa artista, pero iba ang pagka-starstruck ko kay Pumbaa at Timon! Shet, 2D lang sila dati, pero ngayon, hayup na silang talaga! Pasensya na kung sumabay ako sa Hakuna Matata. Naging motto ko rin ‘yan sa slumbook nang maraming buwan. Because it means no worries.

Nung natapos na ang palabas, isa kami ni Dan sa mga unang tumayo para mag-standing ovation. Ang lakas ng palakpak namin, hindi natatapos–parang mga palakpak ng mga Grade 4 students na wala pang masyadong alam sa buhay kundi ten-twenty, patintero, at tunay na pagkakaibigan. Na ang mga hero ay mga leon pa, mga dinosaur, at mga cartoons na 2D. Hay, they don’t make movies like Lion King anymore.
Maraming salamat, The Lion King, sa tatlong oras na pagbabalik sa pagkabata at pagpapaalalang, tumatanda na nga tayo, iba na ang mga gusto, mga pangarap at problema sa buhay, at hay, what we’ll give to be kids again.#



UNFINISHED POST (December 2011): Isulat daw ang panaginip pagkagising na pagkagising
March 22, 2016, 4:31 am
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This is an unfinished post. I wrote this on December 27, 2011, 7:27am…and never got to finish it. Ano kaya ang na-realize kong ‘yun? Bakit doon ako mismo tumigil magsulat? Hindi man lang nakapagbigay kahit isang salita bilang clue. Nakakaloka ka, teh.

My friend Chinggay attented (sic) Jim Paredes’ creativity workshop recently, and she shared [that] one way to be and stay creative: write your dreams on a special notebook as soon as you wake up. Don’t get up, don’t check your phone, don’t stare at the ceiling too long. Just write your dreams down.

So I did.

And so I realized,



Recommended hostel in Chicago: Holiday Jones Hostel (West Division, Chicago, near Wicker Park)
March 20, 2016, 7:15 pm
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 Holiday Jones
1659 W. Division Chicago, IL 60622
866‑639‑0573

This is the hostel for millennials! Affordable, quirky, and very near the indie heaven Wicker Park! And–this is very important to consider when traveling–just a five-minute walk from the Blue Line train that connects you to the rest oftge city! You can choose from rooms that have shared or private baths, or a dormitory-style living–depends on your budget. (But the whole hostel has a quirky vibe to it! See the walls on the second photo!) There’s a gourmet coffee and empanada shop on the first floor. All hostel people are millennials!

The only drawback is because it is a hostel, there are no elevators. So it’s a walk up to your room with your heavy luggage–unless you’re a light packer!



Blackbird (Broadway, Belasco Theater)
March 19, 2016, 9:21 pm
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  Blackbird (Michelle Williams, Jeff Daniels): 5 out of 5!!!!! With standing ovation!

IYAK AKO NANG IYAK NANG IYAK NUNG NATAPOS! Bravo!!! Pinilit kong pigilin eh, pero pag-alingawngaw ng sigaw ni Una sa dulo at pagpatay ng ilaw, wala, tumulo na lang luha ko. Hanggang sa standing ovation, hanggang pag-alis sa upuan, hanggang paglabas ng teatro. Parang bata. Yes, like a 12-year-old. What a memorable first Broadway show experience.



1 Michelin Star, Osaka, Japan: masa
March 15, 2016, 8:15 am
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Hindi nakaka-Project 8, oo, but eating at Michelin star-rated restaurants in cities we visit has been a fascination. Kahit 1 star lang, ma-feel lang ang feeling na sa Ayala Alabang nakatira. Try natin ‘tong review-review, pero San Joaquin-style pa rin.

Here’s our Osaka find:

Masa

Cuisine: Soba

Address: 1-16-12 Utsubohonmachi, Nishi-ku, Osaka

Rating: 1 Michelin star

Price: approx PhP2,000/pax

Note: No photos allowed inside, kaya exterior at kalsada na lang kinunan ko. Unassuming and quiet street, sino’ng mag-aakalang nandito si Michelin?

Ah, so ganito pala ang lasa ng totoong soba. Sensya, bilang soba from the root word Yakisoba lang ang alam kong soba. Nanibago pa ang MSG-trained taste buds ko sa white cold soba, pero okay naman. (Shet, hindi nakaka-foodie ang okay naman, pero ganun talaga, okay naman!) Dan is a soba fan, at sabi niya, super sarap daw. (Hindi na naman nakaka-foodie ang “sarap”, pero bakit ba, foodie ba ‘ko?!) Best soba he’s had, he said. Sabehhh.

Pero ang pinaka-bet ko ay ang tempura with sushi roll. Sumkinda may tempura sa loob ng sushi roll (sabi ko nga, kaya ‘yun ang tawag eh). Siguro kasi mahilig talaga ako sa sushi, at familiar ang dila ko sa tempura. Ah so ganun pala ang sawsawan ng tempura–hindi matamis? Sa Tokyo Tokyo kasi na-train ang dila ko sa tempura sauce, sarrehhh.

Si ateng may-ari ay super-super friendly. Inexplain niya ang mga fudam sa menu na naka-Japanese (walang English menu, so that’s a good thing, they say). Paulit-ulit naming sinabi ang oishi! (delicious!) at saikou! (excellent!) kay ate, at sa sobrang tuwa niya, binigyan niya kami ng orange peel chocolate for dessert, compliments of the chef. Ang sarap nung panghimagas, bilang diabetic ang dila ko! Thank you, chef! Oishi, saikou, kampai! Ay, sa alak pala yun, sarrehhh.

Over-all, if you like soba, gora na sa Masa!##

This post can also be seen here: http://www.thepoortraveler.net/2016/03/michelin-star-sobakiri-masa-osaka-japan-antoinette-jadaone/




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