Wednesday, August 12, 2015

National Bookstore Mid-Year Warehouse Sale

It's August still I know but there are people who as early as January already started their Christmas shopping!  The start of September usually brings on the jitters when we realize that it's just under 4 months 'til Christmas day and the shopping begins.  This early on though you can start with big bargains with the National Bookstore Warehouse Sale.  I've been to the past couple of warehouse sales and came out with great bargains especially on gifts, not only for Christmas but for upcoming birthdays.  They have on sale not just books (and expect loads of books on sale), but on office and school supplies, decorations, gift wraps and even Christmas trees.

Expect lines too as you checkout your items.  But the employees are pretty efficient with several cashiers available.  It does help though to have a friend (or in my case, my hubby) along to stand in line while you do more shopping.

The sale starts tomorrow, August 13, and runs 'til August 18 at their warehouse on the 4th floor of their branch at the corner of Quezon Avenue and Sct. Borromeo.  Have fun, don't push or shove, and enjoy the great bargains!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Conradio de Quiros and Raul Roco

There is one writer/columnist that I tried to consistently read in the Inquirer.  I started reading Conrado De Quiros' column during the controversies that cropped up during ex-President Gloria Macapagal's term.  He hit the president with words that were sharp, overly-honest and to some, crude and harsh (my mother was one who disdained his language commenting often "sobra naman!").  And yet there was truth behind his words (well for those who believe his opinions) and many times I find myself laughing and sometimes pursing my lips in shame thinking of the other readers who may be loyal to the subjects of his torment.

He is a brave writer, unmindful of who he hurts along the way, but only mindful of getting the truth out on ink and paper.  When he stopped writing his regular opinions column some time last year, I started to wonder what happened to him.  I did read in a small caption where his column would usually be that he was on medical leave.  I even did a search on the internet to find out some news on him, but couldn't find any, just links to his previous columns.

It was only yesterday that I was enlightened by an article that mentioned him and the launching of his book.

Conrado suffered a stroke last year.  I read the above article, having a greater appreciation of Conrado De Quiros and of the subject of his book, ex-Senator and Presidential candidate in 2004, Raul Roco.  I am proud to say that I voted for Raul Roco in 2004, whom I felt was the best candidate at that time.  I believe many others would've voted for him too if it was not for his declining health.  Why vote for someone who you believe will not survive his term?  I understood that argument, but I was not swayed.  I look forward to reading more of Raul Roco's life in Conrado De Quiros book.  Conrado De Quiros and Raul Roco, two men who I have never met and honestly know little about, but what I do know makes me a fan of both.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Movietime: Minions

A little break from my Photography 365 project blogs. To be honest I'm in a photography/creativity rut, like writer's block, I've found that I haven't taken any shots in the past 3 days.  I've brought the camera with me but haven't bother to take any shots.  I'm hoping to get out of this rut with some creative ideas I've found on the internet.

Part of a collection of Minion-themed artwork outside the cinemas at SM Taytay

Today I'll blog on the movie "Minions".  We watched it about 3 weeks ago when Jojo's niece, Tambo (thanks again :) invited us to watch the movie since she had passes.  Actually the passes were good for any movie in any SM cinema.  We were hoping to get to watch a 3D movie to make the most use of the passes, but unfortunately the schedules for the movies the kids wanted to watch were not in 3D.  We opted to watch Minions which all the kids were looking forward to even if it was in 2D.  The bonding between the kids was more important, it being the first time that Benjo and Joselyn would watch a movie with the Barretto kids.  Jojo, Elsie and I accompanied the 7 kids.

I never got to watch Despicable Me 1 and 2, though I kind of had an idea on the background of these movies, which was good to have in preparing to watch the Minions.  Many sequences of the movie gave us laughs.  Surprisingly, it was Jojo who laughed the loudest, causing Elsie and I to look at each other and grin.  I laughed to myself thinking that Jojo could relate with these bald-headed creatures :)

The kids had many laughs too and were engrossed in the movie (and in the popcorn - "Tita Eileen, may popcorn pa ba?" was a question that I got asked several times during the movie, obviously not being satisfied with what they ate.  I didn't want to buy more knowing that we'll be having dinner afterwards.

Anyway, I would personally rate the movie with a 3 out of 5 stars, for its entertainment value and its educational value.  Thinking of a lesson from this movie is a little difficult, especially with the Minions' goal of searching for an evil leader.  One lesson could be that there is evil and there is evil, some more selfish than others, some more crude than others, but at the end what counts is that you stood by each other.  I enjoyed the flashback into the 60s era that the major segments in the movie were set it.

Though we hardly understood any of the jumble of words that came from the Minions (though some say there are some parts in Filipino), it is funny that we laugh anyway and "understand".  Isn't this the same with the Mr. Bean series and movies?  Mr. Bean just rumbles and mutters a handful of words, and yet we find his antics funny.  A newer version is the Crazy Rabbits on cartoon that the kids sometimes watch on TV.  They are ridiculously crazy and stupid and yet we find ourselves watching the whole show to find out what happens.

So another lesson from the Minions and the past similar popular non-audible characters, is that we don't always need words to understand.  There is a universal language that can be seen in actions.