Filipinos are naturally social and we love to eat, so it’s not surprising that many of our activities and plans revolve around food. This is especially true during the holiday season when friends and family will gather for reunions, dinners, lunches, and brunches to celebrate Christmas. This can be a stressful time for the ones organizing, but there’s a solution: At a set price, groups of friends and family can enjoy the Epic Christmas Feast with Kenny Rogers Roasters!
Any conversation on ballet will inevitably touch on Swan Lake, one of the form’s most timeless pieces. I was lucky enough to have seen it again, this time from Ballet Manila, and I was spellbound by the magic I saw on stage.
Swan Lake tells the story of Odette, a beautiful young princess who is turned into a white swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. The only way to break the spell is for a virgin to fall in love with her and promise eternal fidelity. Siegfried, a young prince who needs to find a bride, meets her and falls in love, but the sorcerer has other plans, using the black swan.
In the debate of the role of pineapples on savory dishes, my official stance is: the more, the merrier! I like it on its own and I like it slathered on pizza, on adobo, and teriyaki. One of my favorites would have to be Jollibee’s Amazing Aloha Yumburger, where a juicy pineapple ring counts as one of its main ingredients. It’s unique, it’s delicious, and most importantly, it’s back!
The Sound of Music is one of those musicals where you know, and can even sing along to, the songs even if you haven’t seen the musical or the film. That’s certainly what happened when I watched it onstage, where I quietly sang along to “Do Re Mi” and “My Favorite Things.”
Swan Lake is considered as one of the most difficult ballets to perform, but for prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, it was what inspired her to pursue a life-long career in dance. Now, it will be like a homecoming as Ballet Manila, the company that Macuja-Elizalde co-founded, will be staging a performance of the classic this October!
The perk of my job as a writer is that I am a nomad with no defined office. Sometimes I find myself working at home, in coffee shops, or in other countries. It’s fun being free to go wherever I want, but I have to deal with other things like traffic, pollution, and no definite working hours. What digital nomads don’t tell you is that sometimes, the work can be quite stressful.
I have my ways to fight stress. I try not to work during weekends, I regularly get massages, and I use sunblock, day creams, eye creams, and face masks. As I keep reminding myself, it’s okay to be stressed as long as you don’t look stressed.
Social media and our waning attention span have taught us that the length of a story, a film, or a play doesn’t necessarily guarantee quality. This month, Short+Sweet Theatre is returning to Manila for a collection of 10-minute plays, proving that big things indeed come from small packages.
Short+Sweet Theatre is known around the world as the festival of 10-minute plays and the biggest little play festival. It showcases bite-sized stories handpicked from submissions, and covers a wide breadth of genres from comedy to drama, romance, and tragedy.
It’s already September and while I’m writing this in my room past 6PM, I’m actually sweating. I just got out of the shower, the windows are open, and the fan is facing me, but I can feel beads of sweat forming on my forehead and my chest. Whoever said that summer-oriented drinks would be out of place during the -ber months probably hasn’t experienced the heat pressing down on the city.
It’s okay. I’d rather sweat than deal with torrential rain and besides, I’ve found a new remedy: Starbucks just launched two new Teavana variants and it comes in frozen format! The new frozen teas are the Chamomile Tea with Kyoho Grape and Aloe, and the Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls.