Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Two of Us Against the World.

Three years ago, I made the decision to be a single mom. I left the babydaddy. I moved back in with my parents. And I raised my daughter without a father. Looking back, it was one of the hardest decisions of my life, but looking at my daughter today, I know that it was the right one.

Three years ago, my mother sat me down for the only heart-to-heart talk we have ever had in the 25 years of my existence and she practically begged me to reconsider. Henry is a good guy, she said. Syrena deserves to grow up in a family that isn't broken, she said.

A family that isn't broken, but that isn't full of love, either? No, thanks.

See, what I never told my mother is that I had witnessed Henry strike my 2-year-old like she was a fly that needed to die. What I never told my mother is that I once locked myself in the bathroom after he hit me and I spent a good hour texting my friends, trying to get them to "rescue" me. (No one did.)

What I never told my mother is that I was starving myself, living off of Skyflakes and boiled water (yes… not even real water… faucet water that I boiled and then stuck in the fridge), so that I could pay for the bills because Henry was no longer helping me pay for them.

What I never told my mother is that I had to leave the apartment whenever Henry texted because his new girlfriend was coming over and then, when they left, I would go into our bedroom and sleep on sheets that stank of sex and cigarettes as the new girlfriend left her makeup brushes on my dresser and on my washing machine and posted things on Facebook like her travel plans with my daughter's father.

A man who has money to travel with his girlfriend, but doesn't have money to feed his child? Yes, it was time to stop fighting it and just pack up and go.

Now, three years later and still living with my dad, you could say that I took a few steps backward, but I didn't. I moved out of the house as a teenager and lived alone for a good chunk of my younger years and I have been working various jobs since I was 15; so, if anything, I'm just making up for lost time.

And as for my daughter? Well, she was able to grow up with my dad as her dad and everyone knows my dad is the bestest. :p

Aside from that, I got to raise her the way I have always wanted to raise my children: in a non-spoiled, utterly independent way that her father always disapproved of.

And the best part? While her dad may have opted out of our lives because he was not ready to have her at the time when we did, Syrena now has the freedom to choose her own dad.

pink boots from SM Department Store

Until then, however, I am enjoying my time with her. The two of us against the world. As Stitch put it, "It's little, and broken, but still good." And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Paper Towns Movie Review: The Best High School Movie of This Generation

I've read every single John Green book out there and Looking for Alaska is one of my favorite books of all time. However, I found myself being really disappointed by An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns, for some reason. It isn't until The Fault in Our Stars that I found my love for John Green again. That's why I was so surprised to have fallen in love with Paper Towns: The Movie.

What I didn't like about Paper Towns: The Book is that I couldn't relate with any of the characters. While the writing was witty and the story was fluid and the book was actually nice as a whole, I found that it lacked that oomph to make it an amazing read. And that's what the cast of Paper Towns: The Movie has done. It gave it the extra oomph that the book needed.

Cara Delevingne is a revelation as Margo Roth Spiegelman, playing her in a way that feels incredibly natural, casual and cool. Seeing Cara on-screen, it wasn't hard to believe that people loved her. In the book, I couldn't really understand why Q liked her so much. In fact, Cara's Margo is so cool, she makes hoodies, Post-Its and jejetext look cool.

And of course, my love Nate Wolff, is still as brilliant as ever, playing Q in the same effortless and believable way he has played in Stuck in Love and in The Fault in Our Stars in the past.

Even the supporting cast is great and will make you feel like they are all good friends in real life. In fact, the cast is so good, you'll hardly notice the time pass by as you watch the movie and, by the end of it, you'll feel like they are all family.

Of course, every good high school movie needs a good soundtrack and this one definitely delivers - with the Pokemon theme song at the fore. :p

And oh, wait for the epic dragon tattoo cameo that will make your lady bits squeal. ;)

Like my favorite high school movie The Breakfast Club, Paper Towns proves that you don't need too much money to produce a classic film. Good music, good quotes and a good cast can go such a long way.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Lollipop Day at Made in Candy! Buy a Lollipop and Get Another One Free! :)

If you love candy, then you might be thrilled to hear that it's Lollipop Day today! :D Woot woot!

Well, in celebration of Lollipop Day, Made in Candy Philippines has a special store promotion today where you can Buy 1 Take 1 on ​Made In Candy Jolly Lollies in any of their branches! :D

Here is a list of their branches:

Made in Candy PowerPlant Rockwell
Made in Candy SM Megamall
Made in Candy Alabang Town Center
Made in Candy Glorietta 4
Made in Candy SM Mall of Asia

Basically, if you buy a lollipop today, you'll get another one free. However, you can buy more than one, too! So, if you buy two, you'll get two free, and so on and so forth.

The maximum limit per person is Php1,400. :) Also, you cannot use other promotions or discounts along with this promotion (senior citizen discounts included).

My daughter absolutely LOVES Made in Candy's lollipops, so we will definitely be dropping by ourselves. Why not drop by, stock up on lollipops and surprise your loved ones when they least expect it? :) These lollipops are huge and anybody with a sweet tooth is sure to appreciate the gesture. :)

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