Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hey, hey, Mouret!

Since news about the Roland Mouret and Banana Republic collaboration came out last April, I've been actively looking for the sneak peek and look book on-line. 

Month in and month out, I'd check on-line to see if someone published something already, and most often, there wasn't any news on it.

Finally, after months of patiently waiting, some of the look book images are up. And as expected, the dresses
 look smashing!

I hope they carry these in the Philippines.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Question of the day

Yesterday, there were two guys who went to the office. They talked to our new receptionist, and here's how their conversation went:

GUY: Nandiyan po ba si Raymond?

RECEPTIONIST: Ano po ang pakay nila?

Pakay! Now that's a word you don't hear anymore. And it made my day to hear it.

Friday, July 18, 2014

FMM: Lyrical

One of the reasons why I like old songs is the fact that lyrics were so well written back then. Unlike songs now where all you need is a catchy phrase that you'll repeat until your ears bleed, the songs of yesteryears had words that were very emotional and evocative.

I have a long list of songs with lyrics that I really like, to a point that I wish I wrote it myself. And in the spirit of Friday Magic Madness, I'll post 2 of my favorites.

1. "You're so vain" by Carly Simon

Best bit: "I've had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee, clouds in my coffee."

2. "Windmills of my mind" by Petula Clark

Best bit: "Like a carousel that's turning, running rings around the moon." (And pretty much everything else.)

Now these are lyrics!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Another John in heaven

My cousin Maricel wrote something that pretty much sums up how I feel about the sad news that greeted us this morning.

"We might have lost a Fr. John on earth, but we gained a guardian angel John in heaven."

Rest in peace, Fr. John. The McRegals will miss you dearly.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


It was a sight that can best be described as rare, novel and joyful.

At 5pm, the streets of our townhouse community were filled with kids. Some were riding their bikes, some were on scooters, some were playing tag, and some were just walking around. There were groups huddled together exchanging stories, while some were playing badminton under the natural light. And for a rare moment, the neighborhood was filled with the sound of kids.

The reason? Glenda caused a power outage that rendered all these kids gadget-less. So, they went back to basics and played outside.

As I told my brother-in-law, this was the one of the good things that came out of the power outage. I think kids should leave their gadgets - even for a day - and interact with other kids. They should stop living in a virtual world and enjoy the real world.

Because when they're disconnected from the internet and the computer, that's the only time they're connected to people around them.

This should happen more often. (NOT the brownouts, just the kids playing outside.)

P.S. By 8pm, the electricity was back, and the streets were quiet once more.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What's cooking?

Just like Ate Bullet, I like watching films that have food themes. I remember watching "No Reservations" on the plane and when I found out that Ate Bullet watched it, too, we spent a good time talking about it.

I heard that there's a new food-themed film that's showing, and this is about food trucks. And sandwiches.


If that doesn't instantly make the film interesting, it also stars Jon Favreu, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey, Jr.

I'm going to tell Ate Bullet about this.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pet peeve

Among the grammatical and spelling mistakes that I see in the newspapers, on the internet, and even on my students' papers, there's one that really gets my goat. It's a mistake that's committed again on this on-line article on

Check out the first line in the "Also Read" section"

People, you say "sneak peek" and not "sneak peak." For the life of me, I don't know why people keep on making the same mistake again and again. Maybe it's because they want to have "ea" in both words. Or maybe they just don't know the difference.

I've seen this mistake so many times that I hope I won't have to see it again anytime soon.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I'm so Zooey

The August issue of InStyle is out, and it's Zooey Deschanel on the cover!

I'm thrilled to see her again since it's been a while since her last cover appearance. If I remember correctly, it was in april 2013 for Instyle's Color Issue.

One more month and we'll finally find out who the September Issue cover girl will be. In the meantime, let me go to the nearest bookstore and try to snag a copy of this.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


While buying a sandwich at 7-11 this afternoon, I saw this advertisement for their hotpot. They had a list of items that you can add to your hotpot noodles.

Among the ingredients, one stood out for me.

Yes, this left me wondering what an "octupos" was.

Proofreader, please!

Friday, July 11, 2014

FMM: Double Take

Once, the Melrose group went to a videoke place and we started choosing songs that we wanted to sing. Claire wanted to sing "Hey" by Fatima Rainey, so she quickly looked for the song title in the database and it was there. She inputted it, and excitedly waited for it to go on screen.

When it was her turn, the song that played was "Hey," but it was the Julio Iglesias version. Apparently, that was the only version they had. Needless to say, Claire was bummed.

With so many songs hitting the airwaves, it's normal that two songs will have the same title. In my list of favorite songs, I actually have some that have the same title. And even though they're very different, I like them both equally.

Here are two of these songs. Both old songs. And both worthy of a Friday Magic Madness post.

The song is "After All."

Here's Cher and (supposedly) Peter Cetera's version:

And here's Al Jarreau singing his version:

I don't mind listening to both versions over and over again.

They're awesome songs, After All.