Maginhawa Bytes: Fat Cousins

  
Living up to its slogan ‘Keep Calm and Soda all you can’, Maginhawa’s Fat Cousins offers unlimited refill with any meal purchase.  

  For rice meals, you only get three choices (1) Hungarian Sausage Php129 (2) Roast Beef Php 149 and (3) T Bone Steak Php 199. 

For this byte, we focus on their best seller, Roast Beef. 

 
What’s in the plate : Unlimited Roce, veggies and corn side dish, mushroom gravy and a tender medium rare roast beef. I almost forgot about the mashed potato. 

The Verdict: This dish will definitely make you keep coming back for more as it offers juicy, tender meat topped with that very awesome gravy. The meat is cooked to perfection to satisfy your carnivorous craving. It will surely throw out your diet down the drain as you can’t help but ask for more rice to enjoy the entree with. 

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Where is my Prince?

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One movie that I have recently watched said “It’s brave to ask what is, but it is actually braver to embrace what is”. I try to do the same thing, always, and over and over again, but I can never cross off the thought inside my head that keeps asking “Is this it? Is this all that I deserve?” I surely hope not.

Every day I keep on dreaming of a love that is stable enough to conquer life’s daily problems- of a partner who I can look up to and respect as an equal. I dream of a man who I can lean on to for emotional strength, and who can carry me in times of need. I dream of a man who will create visions of a lifelong future together with the realities in check. I dream of  a man ready to be a husband, someone I can proudly call my future child’s father.

Every day I keep on dreaming, and every day I slowly lose hope. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I … I want to believe that at the fork of the road, my prince will be there, to hold my hand as we cross and find the way to the place where dreams turn to realities, where happily ever after still exists.

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Someone I love thought that I didn’t like the movie Oldboy because of my moral standards. He thought I found the part of the father having sex with his entire family as immoral, and wouldn’t hear whatever thing I was gonna say because he love that movie. He was right that I find it immoral but he didn’t allow me to say that it’s more than that to me, it’s more personal. 

I was a victim of child molestation by three different guys on separate occassions and watching that movie with a child being molested is not something I find entertaining. It relived in me the horrors of my past. Suddenly I was that little child again, afraid and clinging on to whatever piece of hope, praying to Him to please save me. 

I can’t get the fear out of my head and I have never felt so alone. I had no one to talk to. Thus, I called on to In Touch crisis hotline, after hearing they cater depression cases. I couldn’t talk to my friends as they might see me differently, the one person that knows my horrible past shut me down before I could open up. It took a long time before someone answered and just as I was losing hope, a voice came in the other line. 

He just let me talk and ask simple ordinary life questions. Not much of counseling but the part that there was someone there on the other line meant the world to me. Him just being there, listening, empathizing made me feel lighter. He saved me from that fear, even if just for tonight.  

Always take the call, that’s what I learn. Whether important or not, you will never know until you do. A friend or family member might be depressed and in need of your ears. Take the call and you might just save someone’s life.  

Dating Someone You Don’t See Yourself Falling For

No matter how broken or damaged you think of yourself, it still gives you no right to play with someone’s heart.

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My rule
in dating is to never go beyond four or five dates with a person you do not see yourself falling for. It would create a false impression, and you would be leading someone to a pit of sorrow and failed hope. Try putting yourself on his shoes, and imagine what would you feel, after being led for so long, your money, time and heart invested so much only to learn that you are nothing more than a useful tool at time for the person you care deeply about.

If the person is very much in love with you and find it hard to let go, then at least have a heart and set him free. You are the stronger person in the situation and you need to act right. Stop giving yourself any excuse for doing so, for no matter how you look at the situation, what you are doing to both him and yourself is just not right.

You don’t love him and you know you never will. Why don’t you just end his misery and let him move on, so that one day, when he is over you, he could have a fair chance at a happy ever after.

Pinto Art Museum

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Pinto Art Museum is filled with paintings that will feast your eyes to your artistic heart’s delight

You don’t need to go far to have that sweet relaxing escape that you very much deserve. Simply head on to Pinto Art Museum in Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City where you can enjoy the beauty and mystique of art works from many great artists while in the midst of an enchanting view of nature.

Pinto Art Museum offers a place of sanctuary for those who want to escape the ever busy city life. You only need to pay Php150 entrance fee and you get to enjoy all of their wonderful facilities plus there are plenty of beds to just lie on to and relax as you look into paintings or as you wait for your food to be served.

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Feeling free and relax with the sun above my head

Here are some snapshots of my day, from statues, to paintings, to photographs and more. This place is guaranteed to make your day.

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Even the outside has artistic touch

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Why so grouchy?

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Are they ghosts? Spirits? Nah, just some really awesome light photography

I am an angel and these are my wings

This chair turned me into an angel

Someone wants to come out of that shell

Someone wants to come out of that shell

Meet my friend Zuma

Meet my friend Zuma

Bonus: The restaurants inside offers good food, good music in a very reasonable price. You get to choose from pasta, pasty, rice meals that will surely make you forget your name.

To the One Who Let Him Go

Dear You,

Once upon a time, I’ve been you. I am indeed in love with the person I was with but just couldn’t shake the feelings I had for that person that could’ve been. I couldn’t keep myself from reaching out to him. I tried to engage using objects and topics I know he is most passionate about. It wasn’t flirting, I was just being friendly was my defense, but deep down inside, your feelings are seeping through, for those tiny little conversations elate you. They make you feel so tingly and excited every time a message comes in.

Sometimes you still dream about him at night. Sometimes he visit you in your dreams. Sometimes you imagine those days with him, for they make you smile and you just can’t let go. You cling on to yesterday, with the tiniest bit of yourself still hoping, that in the event that this relationship you hold on to falls through, you can still go back to him.

Well, it’s time for you to wake up and give up. He is never going to be with you again. That and the fact that I’m here now, it’s my turn and you have to let go.

Day 2

For the first time, in the longest time, I woke up in the middle of the night. The first thing I did was to check on my phone, to see if everything has went back to normal- but it didn’t. There wasn’t any calls or messages for me, and before I knew it, tears started pouring from my eyes. I can’t help myself. I couldn’t stop.

We have never been like this before. He used to never let 24 hours pass without us being okay, but it’s been almost forty-eight hours. His last words to me were ‘Sorry’ and I haven’t heard from him since. I tried calling and calling but all I got was endless ringing. Until he had enough, he had to tell me to stop.

I don’t even know what happened. We were okay, or at least I thought we were. All of a sudden, this. This is a familiar scene. It feels like more than eight years ago when a guy also did this to me. Disappear so suddenly, breaking my heart to pieces, after telling me to stop calling.

I have no idea what’s going on, but I do know something is not right. I do know that this pain is stabbing me like a cold knife repeatedly as each minute ticks by. The fact that I am now even writing about it means only that the pain is becoming intolerable. I keep going back to what maybe I did wrong. I couldn’t figure it out. I don’t know. We’ve been through everything and I already thought past is past.

As I write this down, I am scared it might be just the beginning of days and years of writhing pain. Is this as far as happy ever after gets me?

Art in the City

This right here is another installment of our Every Other Weekend Adventure (quite a late post though). Sometimes, you don’t need to have plenty of money in your pocket to be able to visit new places and experience something new. There are many spots in the city that will not only entertain you but educate you as well with just a few bucks.

First Stop: The Museum Manila
Located just along Roxas Blvd., Pasay City, The Museum Manila takes it visitors to a trip down to China, Egypt, and even back in time to the Renaissance Period and Ancient Greece. We bought our tickets at Metrodeal so instead of the original price of Php450.00, we only paid Php 150 each.

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This museum is more suited for children rather than adults in my opinion. The text used to describe each artificial artifact on display are very elementary. They even have a cheerful tour guide that will help explain the things you don’t understand or need to know about. You can actually touch the display, play with them and use them for posing. Aside from that, you get to have a photographer that will take your photos over various spots in the museum which you can purchase later on before you get out of the museum.

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The best part of the museum is the Da Vinci section which features various inventions of the great Leonardo Da Vinci which you can try for yourselves (not the cannon and the scuba suit though). It takes about one hour to tour the entire museum including the time for the reading and picture taking. If you have a little kid, they are sure to love this place.

Next Stop: Joyous Trick Art Museum
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Who doesn’t want to have fun and take pictures at the same time? Before we go home, we stopped by Joyous Trick Art Museum where we had loads of fun taking pictures of us in,various 3D paintings. It felt nice to be a child and play pretend. It costs Php 99 at the time in Metrodeal but regular rate is at Php200.00. It’s conveniently located at SM North Edsa complex making it a great after shopping destination.

You have to remove your shoes though before going in. This is done to maintain the cleanliness of the artworks. Aside from the 3d artworks, they also have fun puzzles and quizzes that will have your mind.

That is it for now. Until our next city adventure!

The Business of Falling in Love

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A relationship is comparable to a business. The first step is investing but instead of money, you invest yourself, your time and your heart. You need to work for it so you don’t lose it and to keep it a happy place, you need to love what you do, which in this case is, you need to love BEING in a relationship.

Just like a workplace, there are areas of a relationship that can stress you out, that can make you tired and sometimes want to quit. During these time, you must remind yourself of why you’re there and if that reason still exists then let it hold you in place.

You and your significant other becomes each other’s boss. Whether you notice it or not, you will find yourself asking for permission for the things you plan to do, even if you were doing it already even before you met that person. It’s because you don’t want to step out of line. In a workplace, your boss would probably give you suspension, a scolding, a warning or even fire you. In this case, you’d probably end up in a heated argument, a silent treatment or a break-up.

Falling in love is easy but being in one isn’t always a breeze. Sometimes it tend to be frustrating, tiring but you have to pick someone who makes all of it worth it. Invest on someone you know you’ll never get tired of working for, someone who will invest just as much as you do. Look for a partner and not an employee.

Cinderella’s blues

As my eyes let these salty tears fall, my heart gave a little twitch. It had been hurting for quite a while, but it is only tonight that I truly felt its pain. All of a sudden, my body felt heavier, as if there was a weight pressed on against my chest. How long have I been holding it back? What triggered this sudden rush of emotion? Is it my hormone or was it really just too much that it had to make itself known?

The worse thing about feeling this shattered is that I cannot even tell the reason why. Have I truly wasted my three years of existence believing that fairy tales are real and happy endings are possible for me when in reality, it never favors me? I am not the girl who a man kneels down to with roses on one hand and a promise of forever on the other. My romances have an expiration date. When will I ever learn?

Finally, I came across a man who I admire and have fallen for, and by a twist of fate and a little help from the universe, he fell for me too. In the beginning, it was all smiles and crazy times. It was good, and I should’ve stuck on to it, but I couldn’t. That was my mistake, wanting more that is. I should’ve been satisfied by whatever we were but I wasn’t. I didn’t just want his present, I wanted his future more. So it started, my hopes and dreams latched on to his words who I never should’ve held on to. He loves me but his love was not enough to pursue the future I had in mind.

Now I am here, in a middle of two roads, wondering which path to take. Do I have enough courage and life left to live should I choose to go alone, without him who holds my heart and soul? The thought of not being with him makes it hard for me to breathe. He is my air, my light, my love. Should I hold his hand and be stuck with him, knowing that I will never have a future will slowly kill me inside. I wonder which pain I could live with?

 How I wish he’s here beside me, hug me, console me, kiss me, and make me feel like everything is going to be alright. I just know that he would make me feel better, but why do I feel like he wouldn’t. Why do I feel like everything would fall apart the moment that he comes to me?

 Another chapter awaits, whether it is tragedy or comedy, I have no idea