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Like or Dislike? (Part 3)

Posted by on July 17, 2013

It’s been a while since I did this, so without further ado here are some of the things that earned my thumbs-up or thumbs-down….

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My undying love for sweets has led me to try these lovely cupcakes from SLICE:  in Choco Yema (P70) and Strawberry (P80) flavors.  The former is a certified customer favorite — the chocolate cupcake is more fluffy than moist, but that’s okay because it’s the yema frosting that really hits the spot. Sticky and gooey, the frosting can be terribly addicting. For some reason, it’s got that old-fashioned quality that reminds me of my childhood days. The Strawberry Cupcake is pretty good, too.  I love its fruity taste. LIKE! And LIKE!

Choco Yema and Strawberry cupcake from SLICE

Choco Yema and Strawberry cupcake from SLICE

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My current obsession are Bath & Body Works products. I’m actually allergic to strong perfumes. They trigger my asthma and make it difficult for me to breathe. So instead of wearing eau de toilette I just apply scented lotion all over my body.  In the past, I’ve been partial to BBW lotions with food scents (e.g., cucumber melon, mango mandarin, country apple or warm vanilla sugar) because I want to smell of food all day long. But I just couldn’t resist BBW‘s Paris line. I now have the lotions in Paris Amour, Paris Nights, Paris in Bloom and Sweet on Paris (plus a fragrance shimmer mist in a limited edition Eiffel Tower bottle). I really LIKE them all.

Bath & Body Works Paris Collection

Bath & Body Works Paris Collection

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If you’ve been following Jesse and Celine’s fateful encounters just like me, then I bet you’re excited to find out what happens next. Or better yet, what happens 18 years since they first met on a train to Vienna. Before I go on, let me just state that I’m a humongous fan of this Before… series, as well as of director/writer Richard Linklater and actors/writers Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. They’re all geniuses in my book. What they’ve created is one of my most beloved silver screen couples of ALL TIME. Jesse and Celine’s chemistry is so palpable, I couldn’t help but grin every time I watch and re-watch Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. For me, the beauty of these films lies mainly in the screenplay. Some people may think it’s just blah-blah-blah-blah-blah-blah… or something Woody Allen-ish. But the appeal of the Before… movies can be largely attributed to how easy it is to relate to the characters given their situation/s. Also, it doesn’t feel like Hawke and Delpy are just acting or delivering their long lines from memory — everything seems so natural, so spontaneous. So despite my husband’s protests, he and I watched Before Midnight on the big screen, on the first day of showing in Glorietta, during the first screening. This third installment ties everything up, perfectly depicting a tired, middle-aged couple sans the magic of romantic love. Jesse and Celine have definitely lost their youthful looks and are in a mature, committed relationship. Their differences in opinion escalate and erupt into a big argument, which they eventually “resolve” before midnight. Again, it just felt so raw and so real. No matter what my husband says, I absolutely LOVE this trilogy.

official movie posters

official movie posters

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Summer days may be over but ice cream will never be out of season. One of my most recent ice cream discoveries is Ben & Jerry’s Karamel Sutra. Imagine this: chunky chocolate ice cream and creamy caramel ice cream with a core of thick, luscious caramel. Each component is great, but when taken all together you get a spoonful of bliss. I LIKE it a lot.

a little tub of happiness

a little tub of happiness

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Last two books I’ve read: The Color of Tea by Hannah Tunnicliffe (P115, Booksale) and Inferno by Dan Brown (P895, National Bookstore).  As for the first book, it’s one of those rare times when judging a book by its cover (literally) pays off. Set in the dynamic city of Macau, The Color of Tea is a simple tale of self-discovery and self-acceptance interspersed with warm, comforting cups of tea and lovely macarons. The story is nothing great, really, but it’s a pretty worthwhile read and a nicely-written book. I love tea and I love macarons, so there. LIKE.

on my bookshelf

on my bookshelf

I read Inferno for 2 reasons: (1) I enjoyed Dan Brown’s previous works (i.e., Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code); and (2) I wanted to annoy those narrow-minded people who made a whole lot of fuss on the author’s description of Manila in one of the chapters of the book. I actually made the mistake of recommending Inferno to a friend while I was only halfway through reading it. I must admit the first half was very exciting, fascinating, action-packed and mind-boggling. However, as it approached the ending, I felt that the novel is quite a disappointment in many different aspects. Especially when the Consortium elucidated its participation in all the action — how convenient and how lame. Mr. Brown let me down this time. DISLIKE.

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