These videos got me laughing so hard and at the same time reminded me important grammar rules. The videos actually made me want to apply for a teaching job. Well, maybe someday.
I just have to blog and share these videos because I am so happy to find something that are very educational and entertaining at the same time.
Word Crimes by Weird Alyankovic (The man is a genius, really!)
Movie buffs like me who wish to catch international
films for free should not miss the Cine Europa 17 that is happening from
September 11-21, 2014 at Shangri-La Plaza’s Shang Cineplex at Edsa, Mandaluyong.
Kindly check the image
to view the movie schedule.
Based from experience, it is Free Admission but tickets
are limited so one should be there at least an hour before the sched to get a movie
pass to get ticket. They do not allow reservations or give out tickets hours before the screening
year’s Cine Europa will feature 23 brilliant films from 17 countries. The synopses
of the movies to be featured in this film festival are provided below.
andere Heimat is an exquisitely-shot black and white
film chronicling the life of a young man and his dream of immigrating to South
America. A poor but knowledge-hungry son of a blacksmith, the young man is
joined in the film by his family, friends, and neighbors and offers a closer
look at the societal dynamics in rural Germany.
the theme of two films, starting with A
Second Childhood (Italy) which shows how a couple deals when one of them is
discovered to have memory loss.
Voyage (The Netherlands), meanwhile, examines the impending sense of loss
experienced by a family whose patriarch is diagnosed to be seriously ill.
different kind of family is at the core of Vegas (Norway), as
three friends who find common ground take refuge in their friendship as they go
through their respective journeys.
In Child’s Pose
(Romania), an affluent woman uses her power to keep her son, who is charged
with manslaughter, out of prison.
A kid’s occasional small-time hustles from a ski resort
take a dangerous turn in Sister
(Switzerland), when the kid partners with a British crook in an effort to
provide for himself and his unreliable older sister.
Ellis’ Metro Manila(United
Kingdom) returns to Filipino screens as it features the story of Oscar
Ramirez and his family, who leave their impoverished but simple life in the
rice field regions north of the Philippines in search of fortune in the cruel
streets of the city. The official British entry to the 2014 Academy Awards for
Best Foreign Language Film, Metro Manila stars Jake Ramirez, John Arcilla, and
Everybody Famous (Belgium),
an amusing account of how a father devises a plan so his daughter, who lacks
musical talent, can become the next big star.
There is also Czech
Republic’s Identity Card, which tells of the adventures of four students
growing up in communist Czechoslovakia and how their creative and independent
souls make them a counterpoint to their country’s totalitarian conventions.
Thorn Castle, about the friendship of two boys who bond
over the beauty of nature as they learn how to camp, hunt, and live off the
land in the countryside.
Puzzle (France) offers a stark contrast as it takes place
in New York where a man decides to move after his ex-wife brings their children
there, following their divorce.
The film, which stars acclaimed French stars Romain
Duris and Audrey Tautou, is the third film in director Cédric Klapisch’s Spanish Apartment trilogy.
Audiences will roar with laughter with Scialla! (Italy) when a melancholy
professor discovers that the rebellious teenager he’s tutoring is actually his
Netherlands’ Mister Twister – Class of Fun, about a young
substitute teacher’s unique teaching antics. His style earns him the affection
of his students but will a rule-obsessed principal keep him from being the cool
Godmother (Romania) takes off when an American mother and
wife, who has a brilliant teaching career in Bucharest, finds herself in the
middle of a real gangster story after her husband is found out to be laundering
money for a local mobster. The heroine forms her own family mafia to fight off her
family’s enemies and gets help from unusual characters along the way.
In Ice Dragon
(Sweden), an 11-year-old boy sets off on an adventure as he flees his
alcoholic father and brother. A lovable tale that includes whales, fishing,
friends, and first love, Ice Dragon was a well-received children’s film in its
Also in the line-up is Denmark’s The Hunt, which is a stirring account of how one small
lie changed a man’s life. The film was nominated in the 2014 Academy Awards for
Best Foreign Language Film.
(Slovakia) promises to be a gripping action drama, as it reveals
the tale of a man who is keen on shedding his criminal past in order to live a
normal life with the woman he loves.
A gathering of Spain’s most stellar male actors, A Gun in Each Hand is a musical film
that shows eight confused and perplexed men in their forties who have to deal
with identity crisis.
Another Spanish film is the delightful animated feature
The Missing Lynx, which follows a
bunch of animals as they set off to save their fellows from being kidnapped and
used in experiments.
Something sweet awaits film buffs in Two-Seater Rocket (Austria), which tells of Manuel’s great
efforts to build best friend Mia’s childhood dream to win her heart.
The work of the
world’s best researchers, oceanographers, and biologists commences with Planet Ocean (Switzerland), which
vividly transports viewers to the deepest, most wondrous parts of the Earth,
all in a call to respect The Blue Planet in which we live.
For inquiries, call 370-2500 loc. 597. Visit the
Shang’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shangrilaplazaofficialfanpage. Follow
Shang on Instagram: @shangrilaplazaofficial.
Okay so I need to apply for an NBI clearance as one of the pre-employment requirements in my new job. So I went to Mandaluyong City Hall one morning at around 8am because NBI has a satellite office there. The last time I have to apply for an NBI was eons ago and I don’t remember it being such a stressful task so I was shocked to see such long lines upon arriving when I actually thought I was early.
Anyway I ended up going home and then applying in Robinsons Galleria the next day. And let’s just say that while I am in the process of getting my NBI, I kind of felt sad for my fellow Filipinos. It’s depressing that obtaining a common pre-employment form can be such a burden. So to somehow help, I’ve come up with some tips for future NBI Clearance applicants:
Do a research about the NBI Office.It pays to ask around as to what NBI office has a faster and more efficient service. For example, the NBI Satellite Office in Mandaluyong has a posted step-by-step instructions and the first step is to pay. So I lined up to pay only to be told that I need to get an application form first (their instructions are so helpful lol). They don’t give out queue numbers and the system a little unorganized.
Unlike in Robinsons Galleria where they have a separate line for online applicants and upon arriving, the guard will give you a number that indicates the time when you can return for the processing. So you can in fact be there early to get a number then you can go to attend to other tasks then just come back to line up.
Look for connections and other faster ways. There was a time when my mother needs an NBI form asap but she got a hit and the NBI people said that it will take at least about a week to get a clearance. We really can’t wait that long so we asked the help of a police officer who is a family friend and guess what; we got the form after a day.
Also in Rob Galle, the guards already give out numbers around 9 pm for NBI processing the next day. So if you have a friend who works there you can actually ask that friend to get you a number.
Apply Online. I think it is a must to apply online-NBI Online.At least you do not have to line up just for the form and are assured that your application will be processed.
Be there early. As I said in other NBI offices, all applicants (online and walk-ins) are required to get a number and it is on a first-come first-served basis. I think in Rob Galle, the guards stop giving out numbers to walk-in applicants at around 12pm.
I actually applied online, was at Galleria at around 9 am and my number says that I can start lining up at around 1 pm. I was done by 3pm.
Be Patient.Yes, you need tons of these. Don’t expect that it will be fast and easy and yes expect to line up. You will line up for the form, to pay, for the biometrics, and gosh even for the releasing. Well, we are yet to see the day when Filipinos would get better services from the government.
Expect to get a hit.I think there is something new with the NBI system because I feel more people are actually getting hits nowadays. Some people who get no hits before (that includes me) are surprised because they suddenly have a hit.
Try to be productive.Well, it can be really boring and time consuming so it won’t hurt if you would bring a book or other things that allows you to be productive even while lining up.
It's been awhile since I last blog and also since I last watched a movie in a cinema. So I just wish I can catch even just one of these masterpieces:
Organized by the
Embassy of France to the Philippines, the Alliance française de Manille, and
Institut Français, the 19th French Film Festival will be held from
June 10 to 15, 2014 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City.
are featured the movies in the festival:
20 Ans d’écart (It
Alice Lantins is 38
years old. She’s beautiful, ambitious, and her impeccable professional
conscience makes her neglect her private life. In short, she has everything to
become the next editor-in-chief of Rebelle magazine - everything except for her
uptight image. But when the young and charming Balthazar, barely 20 years old,
crosses Alice’s path, her colleagues’ attitude inexplicably changes. Realizing
that the she holds the key to her promotion, Alice stages the comedy of an
Une autre vie
Jean, an electrician,
installs alarms in the South of France. He encounters Aurore, a famous pianist.
Despite their differences, they immediately fall in love with each other and
envisage a life together. Jean wants to leave Dolorès, his longtime companion. But
she’s prepared to do anything to hold on to him.
Amour et turbulences
(Love is in the Air)
On her way back from
New York to Paris, where she’s soon to be married, Julie finds herself sitting
next to Antoine, an attractive cad whom she dated 3 years earlier. She’ll do
everything she can to avoid him, whereas he’s counting on the 7-hour flight to
win her back! It’s an opportunity for us to travel back in time and witness
their encounter, their love affair, their break-up... So many incredible,
romantic, and caustic scenes that will make this journey the most moving one of
Les beaux jours
(Bright Days Ahead)
Bright days ahead?
Caroline has retired, at last. A new life lies before her: time to take care of
her children, her husband, and, most of all, herselfl. However, she soon comes
to realize that this new freedom is synonymous with boredom and idleness. Especially
when she receives a membership to her neighborhood’s senior club as a birthday
present... Reluctant at first, she nevertheless decides to take the plunge.
Oddly enough, she meets great people there, starting with the young computer
science teacher, who is far from insensitive to her charms. Caroline gradually
takes control of her life again and lives a second youth: taking a new lover,
living new experiences, breaking the rules, not doing what’s expected of her…
Who said that retirement was the beginning of the end and not a new beginning?
L’Écume des jours
This is the surreal
and poetic story of Colin, an idealistic and inventive young man, who meets
Chloé, a young woman who seems to be the incarnation of a blues by Duke
Ellington. Their idyllic marriage turns to sorrow when Chloé becomes ill, due
to a water lilly growing in her lung. To pay for her medical care, in a
fantastical Paris, Colin must work in increasingly absurd conditions, while
their apartment falls to bits around them and their circle of friends,
including talented Nicolas, and Chick, a fanatic of the philosoper Jean-Sol
La Vénus à la
fourrure (Venus in Fur)
Alone in a Paris
theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for the lead role in his new
play, writer-director Thomas complains on the phone about the poor caliber of
talent he has seen. No actress has what it takes to play his lead female
character - a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to
dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress
Vanda bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic - and, it turns out, erotic - energy.
At first she seems to
embody everything Thomas has been lamenting. She is pushy, foul-mouthed,
desperate and ill-prepared - or so it seems. But when Thomas finally,
reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and
captivated by her transformation. Not only is Vanda a perfect fit (even sharing
the character’s name), but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively
- down to buying props, reading source materials and learning every line by
heart. The likeness proves to be much more than skin-deep. As the extended
"audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to
Mon âme par toi guérie
(One of a Kind)
Frédi has the gift of
healing hands, transmitted to him by his mother. He wants nothing to do with
this ’gift,’, but when his mother dies, he’s obliged to make use of it.
Although he wonders where this ability came from, he can do nothing but accept
Alexandre Taillard de
Worms is tall, magnificent, a dashing man attractive to women and,
incidentally, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the land of the Enlightenment:
France. His silver mane and his robust athlete’s body are everywhere, from the
United Nations tribunal in New York to the powder keg of Oubanga. He admonishes
powerful men and invokes the finest minds in order to bring peace and calm the
trigger-happy - and to justify his aura of a future Nobel Prize for cosmic peace.
Alexandre Taillard de
Worms is a powerful thinker, fighting with the back-up of the holy trinity of
diplomatic concepts: legitimacy, lucidity and efficiency. He fights against
American neo-conservatists, corrupt Russians, and greedy Chinese. Although the
world doesn’t deserve France’s generosity of spirit, Taillard de Worms’ art
feels cramped within the nation’s borders. Arthur Vlaminck, a young academic
preparing his PhD, is hired by the minister. To put it plainly, he must write
the great man’s speeches. But first he must learn how to deal with the prince’s
moods and his entourage, forging a place between his cabinet director and
advisers who haunt the Quai d’Orsay, where stress, ambition and underhand
tactics are all part of operations. Just when he glimpses the world’s fate, he
is threatened by the technocrats’ inertia.
The French, the festival also pays tribute
to Filipino filmmaking on Independence Day on June 12 by screening three
masterpieces that have had the honor of being screened at the prestigious
Cannes Film Festival: Lino Brocka’s digitally-restored “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng
Liwanag,” Erik Matti’s “OTJ,” and Lav Diaz’ “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan.”
Tickets for the films
will be on sale for a minimal price of P100 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas.
For the screening
schedules please refer to the image below:
One of the thrills of using android phones is the
ability to download mobile apps and games. I have been using android phones for
a while and though I am not so fond of games, I have to say that I do find many
of the android apps very useful. The fact that most of the apps are free is
also a plus factor. I am particularly happy with the following android apps:
Thanks to this
app, I was able to read a lot of classics,bestseelers and even newly released
books for free.
TV shows can have such a huge influence on
kids so I try to try limit the TV viewing time of my children. It can be pretty
difficult actually as Sophie has lots of fave TV shows. It is a good thing that we have cable because
she is able to watch good TV shows that are appropriate for herage . There just aren’t many good children’s shows
in the local channels. These are just some of the good TV programs for children
that I found. They are entertaining as well as teach good values and basic educational
is such a cool show and my daughter actually adores all the members who are all
immensely talented in singing and dancing. Highly amusing, fun, educational and
inspires my daughter to be creative.
the Explorer. Teaches problem-solving skills and makes my
daughter really interested in the Spanish language.
Max and Ruby. These two bunnies are really adorable.
Charlie and the Numbers. Introduces numbers to children.
After giving birth, the next event that everyone
expects (well for Catholics) is the christening day. Parents want this day to be
special and memorable although organizing an event may not come so easy for
couples with an infant to take care of and both have a full time job. It is fortunate that many restaurants
nowadays offer baptismal packages.
For the baptismal of my second child, my husband
and I rushed the preparation because we want our daughter to be
baptized before my mother's flight to America.
We decided to hold the baptismal reception at Max’s Restaurant as we find their
baptismal packages reasonable and we love the food at Max’s. The packages come with the following
2 hours use of venue
Free use of bassinet
Theme Cake **
Decorated Party Area
Tarpaulin Banner Rental
Guest Book with Pen **
Gift for the Baby (a stuffed toy and a blanket)
They even have a new promo (was
not available during the christening of my first child) called “Ninong ko si
Max’s where they said that by availing the package, Max instantly becomes a
ninong of my daughter (it actually made me laugh). We were
given a card which entitles my daughter to the following:
gift (to be given every year up to age 7) – we claimed this last Decemeber
and it is one whole chicken!
(to be given every year up to age 7
on the child’s 1st and 7th birthday celebration at any
corner bakery product for every store visit with a minimum purchase of
For those who are currently researching about christening
packages, check out the menu of Max’s baptismal packages below:
Christening Package Menu
Veggie Lumpia Bites,
Soup of the Day,
Cream Dory Fish Fillet in Black Bean Sauce,
Max’s Regular Fried Chicken
Additional Half Table:P1,955
Additional Full Table: P3,679
Nachos with Bangus Spread
Soup of the day
Halabos na Hipon
Bagnet with Poqui Poqui
Open Fresh Lumpia
Max’s Regular Fried Chicken
Additional Half Table:P2,449
Additional Full Table: P4,899
3 Chicharon Bulaklak
Soup of the Day
Shrimp with Mango Salsa
Lengua with Mushroom Sauce
Lumpia Mini Ubod
Max’s Regular Fried Chicken
Additional Half Table:P3,439
Additional Full Table: P6,879