Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Food Review: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts®

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Nothing thrills me more than free food! When I visited Manila, I found that the when the red neon light in Krispy Kreme stores is on, it's time to fall in line for free Original Glazed Donuts!

Each donut is made with passion for quality food. Soft doghnut topped with a range fit for the sweet tooth: sugar, chocolate, caramel, and candy among others. The size of the doughnut are not too heavy on the stomach and just right for snacks.

My favorites include the Limited Edtion Reese's Pieces and Kreme, the UAAP Ateneo Doughnut, and Hershey's Cookies and Kreme. But most of all, I go crazy over the specialty of the house: the Original Glazed Doughnut.

The prices of the doughnuts are somewhat reasonable. As of writing, the Original Glazed is sold at PhP 30.00 while other varieties cost PhP 38.00.

Krispy Kreme stores in the Philippines are located in SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall. The staff and crew of each store is very accommodating. I give them two thumbs up!


Flavor of Doughnuts: 5 stars

Staff and crew: 5 stars

Store presentation: 5 stars

Price: 4 stars

OVERALL: 5 STARS

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Gamer Style

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I am a gamer. And being a girl, games that bring out my feminine side attract me. However, my perspective of girly video games was limited to Barbie®, Bratz®, and Disney Princesses®.


My two cousins, Khristin and Jodi, introduced me to www.y8.com. It is a site full of Flash video games. And yes! Being girls, my cousins played dress ups, make ups, and cooking. Naturally, they invited me to try out these games, too.


Of all the Flash games, I found dress ups to be the most entertaining. It brought me back to my childhood days when I’d spent my allowance on paper dolls. Dress up games consumed most of my time, playing around two to three hours per day. Up to date, I have done 31 dress up dolls. You are free to look at my album in http://ultigamer.multiply.com/photos/album/10/Dress_Up_Games



I will feature my top three favorites: the awards night dress, school outfit, and casual clothes. These dress ups were taken with a personal touch, as if I were to waer these clothes. Sigh! If only I have some sponsors who’d give these for free!



Awards Night: along the red carpet, you see me walking elegantly in a purple gown, hidden underneath the black trench coat. The flowing green scarf adds some conservativeness to the outfit. But what can I do? It is cold in the conference hall. It would even be a lot colder for me who is going to receive an award later on the evening. On bright side, the sparkling diamond earrings stand out amidst the dark and cold night







School outfit: Black and white fashion clearly describes my campus attire. It exudes an aura of professionalism without looking too old for my age. A long-sleeved white top and a black miniskirt, coupled with stockings give a slightly conservative note that is just right for school. All these things should come with black bags and shoes. And don’t forget the spectacles! It turns an ordinary looking girl into an intelligent one.







Casual Clothes: There is only one reason why I go to a shopping mall: FOOD. Specifically, food in the form of coffee, ice cream, and cakes! While some girls go gaga over clothes, I go crazy over desserts! With that, my casual outfit should be easy to wear. A white pair of sleeveless top and pedal pushers gives a relaxing aura. The air-conditioned mall would keep me cold but the black blazer is here to save me! Finally, accessories should be minimal, as these interfere with the eating.






There were more dress ups that reflect my personality. Being a gamer really helps. Now, I know where to go if I were to experiment on some looks without wasting time, money, and energy. My style is focused on conservative fashion, or in other words, timely clothes without showing too much skin.


So what’s your style?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Closed and Open Churches

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Closed and Open Churches


Catholic Churches have really big oak doors. During weekdays when the Holy Mass is rarely celebrated, those doors may appear to be closed at first observation. That sight is so unwelcoming that it erases piety. I had a problem with those big closed doors.


The town of Pardo has Sto. Tomas de Villanueva as their patron saint and their church bears his name. I chose Pardo to be a part of my pilgrimage with the church as my fourth visited sanctuary. Excitement filled me when I got off the jeepney. However, as I entered the gate and saw the closed big front door, my enthusiasm dissipated.



“Why is the church close?”, I asked myself. The fact that I went there on a Tuesday gave me a clue. I thought that churches are open 24/7 so that they can welcome people who wanted to pray. In a gloomy heart, I searched the place to see if there is an alternative door but to no avail. Since I was there already, I opted to pray by the big oak door instead.


After Sto. Tomas de Villanueva (El Pardo) Church, I took another jeepney going to my fifth chosen church. Found in Plaza Minglanilla, The Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Church stands in pride. I saw from a distance that the big main door is closed. With that, sadness began to fill my heart once more. But I had a hunch that the Church is open and that there is another way to enter. Walking around the church, I found a small door near the altar. It was open. Yeah! My intuition was correct! I entered without hesitation and said my prayer by the altar.

I immediately went home after my short visit in Minglanilla.

“I hope that the nest church is going to have opened doors. If not, I hope that there would be an open chapel nearby.”, I silently prayed after going to bed.

I thought that my prayer wasn’t answered when I arrived at Capitol a few days later and saw that the church was closed. “Oh! Might as well find the Adoration Chapel.”, I thought.
After asking some persons and exploring the place, I came upon the Divine Master Chapel. Oh! But the door was closed! I heaved a deep sigh! Then, it came upon me that I never tried to push the main door if it is closed. So, I twisted the doorknob to see if the door is open.

Squeak.

Yes! The door was open. I immediately came inside and observed the whole place. The interior captivated me. The tabernacle sparkled in its golden frame. “Fear not, I am with you.”, those words on the wall encouraged me.

After saying my prayers, I went out and to my surprise, the church was already open. “The church is open during lunch hours”, I inferred. Oh! Since I was already there, I decided to pray again at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish Church, my sixth visited sanctuary.

Really big closed doors give an unwelcoming atmosphere. After my experience in these churches, my fear has dispersed. God welcomes everyone but He presents them with closed doors. Each person is required to twist the doorknob and give the door a push in order to enter in His loving embrace.

(all photos by Marvin Maning http://www.flickr.com/people/2rokbotoy/)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Scallop Shell

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Scallop Shell


“Wow! My first ever pilgrimage will get me to Simala!”. Embarking on a pilgrimage was a life changing experience for me. However, the thought was also scary at the same time. Going to different and strange places all alone is frightening for a girl. Oh yeah! I’m a naturally born coward. But heck! I always take on the saying, “Courage is not absence of fear; it is mastery of fear.” Now, can somebody tell me who wrote that quote? I forgot the poet.


My excitement got me into making a passport for it. That ‘passport’ served as my record in church visits. It also functioned as a reminder for my prayers, reflections, and realizations that I made along the way. On the cover of my passport is a scallop shell symbol. I decided to adapt it because the pilgrims to the Road of Santiago use it.


The first church that I visited was, of course, the Sto. Rosario Parish. At that time, they were celebrating their Diamond Jubilee and the church underwent renovation. I always go to there to pray and attend the Holy Mass.


USC-TC is my school and on one of its peaks is the Church of St. Arnold and St. Joseph. That church has been a part of my college life. One thing though, visiting that church is physically challenging. You have to climb several flights of stairs before reaching it. USC-TC is a mountain, or so they say. When I arrived in the church, my thighs were aching and my breath was running short. Phew! But everything went fine as I said my prayer in front of the altar. The blue lights of the interior were so relaxing that it erased my pains.


Next in line was my own Parish in Naga. St. Francis de Assisi is its name. A large stone statue of the Saint is its landmark. It is a church which partly follows the ancient architecture of old churches: the cross-patterned interior, the belfry, and all the other features. However, the church is merged with a completely modern design. The place was art. Its beauty helped me get in a prayerful state.


Well, let me give it a stop for now. Those were the first three churches that initiated my pilgrimage. Starting something as big as this thrilled me. I was so dedicated of continuing it through to its conclusion.


Watch out for more!


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