Crying over a trailer: IloIlo, the movie
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Halfway through this trailer, I’m already crying like an idiot.
Singapore feels close to home because we are often there. We have friends and family there, so I can somehow relate to the people and their culture.
I also feel very much for Filipinos who work as domestic helpers in Singapore and in Hong Kong where I see tons of them on their days off on Sunday.
These workers deserve very much respect for all the sacrifices they go through for their loved ones at home.
IloIlo is an award-winning movie created by filmmaker Anthony Chen.

Ilo Ilo movie

Set in Singapore, it chronicles the relationship between a family of three and their newly arrived Filipino maid, Teresa, who has come like many other Filipino women in search of a better life.
The entire family needs to adapt to the presence of this stranger, which further threatens their already strained relationship. Still, Teresa and Jiale, the young and troublesome boy she cares for, soon form a bond. Their unique connection continues to develop and soon she becomes an unspoken part of the family.
Watch the trailer.

IloIlo is now showing at the following theaters:
Glorietta 4 Cinema 5
Market Market Cinema 3
Newport Ultra Cinema 1
SM City Fairview Cinema 3
SM City North EDSA Cinema 9
SM City Sta. Mesa Cinema 1
SM Megamall Cinema 7
TriNoma Cinema 4

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Dessert du Jour Holiday 2013
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Mara dela Rama-Poblete makes some of the best desserts in town. I can personally vouch for her Salted Caramel & Chocolate Torte and her vanilla crepe cake, which are box-office hits in our dinner parties at home.

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Torte
Salted Caramel & Chocolate Torte

dessert du jour
Gateau de Crepes

Queso de Bola Cheesecake
Queso de Bola Cheesecake

Belgian Brownie Bites
Belgian Brownie Bites

Date and nut bars
Date and Nut Bars

dessert du jour
Flour-less Truffle

All orders are for pick up only at Unit 42, Ecology Village in Makati.
To know more, like them on Facebook.

DDJ Holiday 2013-11-27

FULL VIDEO: Senator Miriam Santiago’s privilege speech
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I wasn’t home while this was happening earlier this afternoon, but on the way to the bank and a meeting.
I had to listen on the radio and wished I could see Senator Miriam’s facial expression while giving her speech.
I can relate to her chronic fatigue syndrome, so I know that making this speech took a lot from her.
When you’re sick and tired it’s so easy to let evil people just get away with things because it’s the easiest thing to do.
Just mind your own business and live your own life.

I get bothered when people say everything that happens is God’s will and is meant to be. If that’s the case then should we just let things unfold and do nothing? How do you explain the Holocaust—was that God’s plan?
While listening to the speech in our car’s radio, all I could think of is how old is Enrile and at his age he should be preparing to meet his Maker.
I also thought I should stop patronizing Delimondo corned beef.

What Senator Miriam did today was brave because in our culture, the majority of evil people get away with shit and get celebrated. That’s why the Philippines remains high on the corruption index.
Only God knows what will happen to Enrile and his allies. I’m just glad it won’t take very long. The man is after all 89 years old.
Watch while Enrile plays Candy Crush and tell me what you think.

Herschel Supply for Haiyan relief
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My friend Yodel and I were just talking about Herschel bags earlier and its simple, lightweight, cool designs.
By coincidence, my cousin RJ posted this image in his Instagram account


I immediately went to the site and ordered two backpacks for my older boys.

Herschel for HaiyanHerschel for Haiyan

Herschel Supply promises to donate 100% of the sale price to Typhoon Haiyan relief.
Designed using inspiration from the Philippine flag, Herchel’s Heritage silhouette is constructed using a coated cotton-poly liner, colored rubber detailing and full-grain leather zipper pulls.

Herschel for Haiyan
Herschel for Haiyan

The Typhoon Haiyan Relief backpack is available exclusively through the Herschel Supply online store.
To order, click HERE.

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