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The Giving Tree: a simple story with fruitful connotations

Indeed a reason to appreciate this masterpiece! It gives the readers a chance to interpret its simple story line in several ways and so far, the story can connote Mother Nature’s care for humankind, a parent’s unconditional love to his or her child, an abusive relationship wherein a pedophile invites an innocent child to play and come along or rather a person takes advantage of the love given by his or her partner, and a story between friends wherein a friend tends to provide everything to another friend without expecting anything in return (despite the fact that the other would tend to tend advantage of the friendship by only coming due to need). It can also be interpreted as a Biblical representation where Jesus Christ sacrifices himself for the humankind and forgives the humans unconditionally all due to love and care. And since The Giving Tree can be about the environment-human relationship, it can be considered as a wake up call for humans to care for the environment as it never failed to provide them a home.

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The quote that emphasizes the central theme of the story

The story ends when the boy, now an old man, realizes the love the tree provided him and regrets what he did as the tree has no longer much to offer but her roots. This serves the readers as a moral lesson that one should realize the love given by their loved ones, which they should not take advantage of but rather should cherish and be given back.

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The ending of the story where the tree reveals she has nothing more to offer to the grown old man

Another reason to appreciate this short story is the emotional vibes it gives to the readers. I cannot help but feel sorry for the tree being used while at the same time, salute her for being brave enough for making sacrifices for the boy even though she knows that he will not give them back. There are even times when I would get mad at the boy for his ignorance. What makes me have more empathy to the tree is that it bears my favorite fruit which are apples. And finally, I appreciate that the simple short masterpiece is about love, care, and sacrifice.

Definitely a must read for both children, children-at-heart and readers of any age looking for stories with morals and a emotional slice of touch. I may not be that familiar with Shel Silverstein but reading The Giving Tree makes me look forward to reading more of his written stories.

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Written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein

Published in 1964 at Harper & Row, USA

Genre Children’s Picture Book

Plot

The book is about a female apple tree who encounters a boy as he plays with her. The boy starts to exploit her as he grows and despite that, she still loves him with all her heart to the point she would give all her resources (apples, trunk, branches, root) as long as it satisfies the boy’s needs.

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Overall rating 5/5 (10/10)

Sources

The Giving Tree Wikipedia

Further readings

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

10 Classic Children’s Books You Should Read as an Adult

Hugot Cafe, Hugot Feels..

Alas! It’s finally here in Las Piñas! I appreciate the conception of the cafe with so much hugot and patama found on walls, glass windows, doors, names of products and dialogues made by staff members while delivering the orders to the customers (which are replies to the named product ordered by the customer). It is not even surprising to see its success since the cafe is founded based on trend. While a series of hugot pick up lines is part of today’s culture, the cafe gives an opportunity for customers to express their inner hugot while munching some snacks, sipping milkshakes and coffee, recharging their batteries, and hanging out with buddies.

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Bulletin Board where customers post their “hugot” and “patama” lines. Otherwise known as freedom wall.

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My Positive pick-up line since positivity is key🙂

The food quality is nothing different from the other cafes. However the given hugot names are what makes the food and beverages marketable, although I admit that they are more randomly given than they are actually related to the product content. For instance, I do not see the connection between the Binestfriend fries with cheese and the scenery where a person’s love is rejected by that person’s best friend while having feelings for him or her (in other words, friendzoned). And neither do I see a connection between a Paasa mocha milkshake and a scenery where a person is victimized by false hopes given by his or her date or suitor that they will end with one another.

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Caramel “loner” waffle

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“Walang tayo” Cookies n Cream milkshake

Not forgetting to mention that the cafe is cozy. It is also accessible (as proven by a decent , sometimes overwhelming due to crowd, number of customers) as it is located in the main road, even though it appears to be hidden behind a line of restaurants.

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(Don’t push. Pull so that it will come near you.)

“Oh tara! Buksan mo na! Para mahulog ang loob mo sa akin!”

(Come! Open! So that you will fall for me!)

Glossary of terms used in the entry (for non Filipino readers and friends)

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1. hugot: a word that literally means to draw or pull out. In popular culture, it is often referred to words, quotes, song lyrics, and verses that imply deep emotions (urbandictionary.com).

e.g. “Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.”

2. patama: best known as veiled hint, in my blog entry’s context. also known as solution to problems and getting a winning number like in the lottery (tagalog.pinoydictionary.com)

3.  binestfriend: otherwise known as putting one’s best friend in a friendzone, or considering him/her as a friend. The best friend, on the other hand, claims to have special feelings that are close to romantic feelings than friendship.

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4. walang tayo: an expression equivalent to “there’s no us,” or “we’re not a couple”

5. paasa: a term referring to a person who offers romantic hope to another person despite not being interested in him or her, or rather in being committed (tagaloglang.com)

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Xtraordinary Talents, Xceptional People: an Xcellent Dinner Concert Xperience in tribute to Candent’s 10th Anniversary

Thank you for providing us the opportunity to show our existing musical talents and releasing our inner musicians through stage performances. I am personally thankful for the combined well-paid efforts to organize an outstanding dinner concert and for the artistic and musical efforts I have poured into the souvenir programs and song performances. I am equally glad that I finally have a chance to see and interact with friends I have not seen for long. And since the concert is in commemoration to Candent’s 10 glorious years, I would love to highlight about my overall experience in the place I consider my second home.

I discovered Candent back when I was a teen, when I visited my childhood teachers (who happened to be the center’s main pioneers) while on vacation from abroad. It was not until 2012, few months after I moved back to the Philippines for good, that I became fully involved in Candent, starting from being a junior facilitator in camp to being a now assistant and camp’s volunteer facilitator. I also attended Life Coaching sessions and became one of the vocalists of the student band. From then until now, I cannot help but reminisce the good memories Candent and I shared together. I am happy that it has given me an opportunity to maximize my strengths (talents in arts, music, and writing), to improve my weaknesses (dealing with stressful and problematic situations) and low self esteem, to discover a skill that I never thought I had (leadership and advocacy), and to meet friends I consider family.

Thank you Candent for being a beacon of hope to differently abled individuals like myself and for providing us a community with so much sense of belonging and that gives us a chance to learn different sets of skills that are home, work, community, school, social interaction and leisure related. Wishing you all the success in the future years!

My biggest congratulations once again to Candent for another successful concert! It was indeed a blast.

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 “Xtraordinary Talents, Xceptional People” Dinner Concert and Awards Night is organized to celebrate Candent’s 10th anniversary. Please visit Candent’s official website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. 

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Raclette Manila: Definitely worth the cheese experience

..Yet with not so unique introduced specialties..

I admit that it’s not worth going back to given the limited choices of dishes. There are only two choices which are raclette a la patate (raclette cheese on potatoes) and raclette charcuterie (raclette cheese on ham and potatoes) and the first mentioned specialty is too expensive for a two-ingredient dish. Indeed the prices may be justifiable since a block of raclette is usually costly but it would be better for the restaurant booth to consider affordability and the customer perception on the price value of the dishes (meaning to say if the dishes are worth the given price). Also, the location of the booth is hard to find. Rather than being shown along with other food booths, it is hidden in a clothing store that is barely known and found. Not forgetting to mention that the service is slow.

The raclette itself is the only aspect I appreciate in this mentioned booth. Seeing the melted cheese poured on dish fills my eyes with awe as much as it makes my mouth watery. Despite the cheesiness overload that the raclette cheese in this particular booth does not fail to provide, I would still choose to buy and consume grams of raclette bought in a supermarket or regular food store. I would even consider inviting my friends over to my place to let them experience authentic and varied raclette dishes rather than bring them to Raclette Manila which will only consume their money.

I do not mean to be disappointed but it fails to relive my authentic raclette experience back when I was in France. Definitely not worth the cheesy and unique experience and I am hoping that Raclette Manila will introduce more unique and creative dishes. Otherwise, it is such a pity for an incredibly delicious cheese and an Instagram worthy meal picture.

Raclette Charcuterie – only chosen for the benefit of expenses.

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Outre: Not your ordinary smooth and fine gelato

What makes it extraordinary is the fact that its gelatos are made with liquid nitrogen. Turned into gas, the known substance is incorporated in the gelato mixture that makes the specialty smooth and cold. It then ends being shaped according to the flavors ordered by the customer, and in the best selling Milo Dinosaur gelato (otherwise known as Milo flavored ice cream), an injection of chocolate syrup is provided to give the customer the option to drizzle the liquid mixture onto the ice cream like a fountain. Other gelato flavors have flat tops which are equally enticing.

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Best-selling Milo Dinosaur gelato with chocolate injection

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Chocolate drizzled on Milo Dinosaur Gelato

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Cookies n’ Cream Gelato

Smores Chocolate Gelato

Meanwhile, it would have been better if Outre offers more gelato choices as it currently offers six. Availability of existing flavors could have been better with more stock of ingredients as I honestly would have liked to have a cinnamon flavored one and there are only few suggested flavors. But because it serves liquid nitrogen gelatos that are rarely found in other ice cream parlors, cafes, restaurants and grocery stores, Outre is still worth going back to. It may be possible for a returning customer to even bring a friend (which adds on to the number of existing customers) and to let him or her try the cold, smooth, fine and well-designed dessert.

Inspired by Australia’s culinary scene, Outre Manila offers fine comfort food specializing in house-made liquid nitrogen gelato and quality sangers. It is founded by chef Neslly Bretana in 2015, in BF Homes, Paranaque.

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Once upon a time, in a paradise called Coron..

I feel so lucky that I finally experienced a serene escapade from hectic days. Coron, Palawan is indeed ideal for relaxation due to its calm nature and province-like attractions, fresh air and limited number of cityscape activities (e.g. nightclubs, parties, bars, most probably unless it’s summer) in contrast with Boracay which, due to its active city like features, caters more to beach hoppers yearning for night party life in addition to water activities such as kayaking, banana rides, snorkeling, scuba diving and island hopping. However, Coron is good for a once in a lifetime visit due to the limited number of activities that in my opinion lack promotion. It may be then worth a budget to visit another place, unless the travelers have found their place in Coron when yearning for a relaxation resort.

However, the limited number of activities does not stop me from appreciating my weekend travel. Here are the pictures showing the wonders of this paradise island.

For more information about Coron, Palawan

National Museum: the attraction that embraces the beauty of Filipino culture

Good to know that the entrance is free. Touring the museum is indeed more unforgettable the second time around as it gives me an occasion to reinforce my knowledge in Filipino culture, and to learn more about Filipino archaeology, manuscripts and its ancient alphabet Baybayin, textile, rice planting and Muslim Art. Looking forward to going back and discovering more the museum perks.

The following are the wonders of the museum captured both by my phone camera lens and my mind.

For more information about the museum, kindly visit its official website. Enjoy the tour!

Ramen Nagi: a place where delicious ramen is granted upon a customer’s wish

I admit finding my place in this specialized butao ramen restaurant. The served ramen dishes are delicious and the restaurant provides options to customers of how they want their own ramen to taste like. They will be given a sheet of questionnaire like form as they arrive that asks for their ordered type of ramen, their desired degree of that ramen’s saltiness, spiciness and creaminess, and of the noodles thickness or thinness, whether they want to add pork into the ramen and they want extra add-ons like seaweed, soft boiled tamago (egg), green onions and cabbage. Whatever answer the customers have poured into their forms, the waiter would just take it as his or her command and serve the ramen according to it.

Green King Ramen with no pork and with added five out of ten spiciness level (10 most spicy)

Still it would have been better if the choices are more varied while the restaurant itself pursues to give its best to its specialized ramens. Also, the prices are better much lowered provided that Ramen Nagi has lots of competitors that can offer more varied types of delicious ramen at a lower price.

Ramen Nagi Manila is a franchise of Ramen Nagi Japan serving customized ramens. The Philippine franchise is founded in 2013. 

For more information about Ramen Nagi Manila

Dutdutan ’16: concerts, games, bazaars but most of all, a tattoo exhibition in one whole package

I was personally glad that my friends and I pushed ourselves to go despite the heavy rain. The festival was indeed a blast as it let me explore the world of tattoos seeing those beautifully created, colorful and soulful body art on stage (tattoos were presented by their artists through their models), and gave me further opportunities to know more tattoo parlors and artists (since I’m planning to get one :D) and to enjoy the festival’s extra perks including band performances, drum, electric guitar, and graffiti deck contests. I equally appreciated the simultaneous arrangement of the event, where the attendees were either given an option to have tattoos in booths or to watch the ongoing shows or contests on stage. In case they did not like what was currently on stage (like how we did not like Dutdutan pin-up so instead of watching, we just had a tour taking pictures beside the huge displays), there were still other things that attendees could do in the event without getting out the venue.

I might go back to the event if budget, availability, proximity of location and transport convenience will allow it. I will be more than interested if the band line ups catch my attention, and if any of my gig friends can afford to go.

And meanwhile, the pictures summarizing the colorful tattoo festival that brought lots of unforgettable experiences.

Exhibition of tattoo artists through their runway models

Another exhibition

Event shirt booth – too bad we did not get to buy as the shirts ran out of stock

Tattoo parlors booth

Shred Fest ie. electric guitar strumming contest – so far my bet among the contestants

Deck Graffiti contest

Baron Geisler rocking the stage with Mayonnaise

The beautiful tattoos

And finally…my favorite bands rocking the fest! \m/

Valley of Chrome

Wilabaliw

Butcher Babies

Pepe Smith

Greyhoundz…

featuring Ian Dayao

Dutdutan is a tattoo convention that opens the minds of the Filipinos towards tattoo culture. Founded in 2001, it seeks to promote tattoo ingenuity through tattoo parlors bazaars owned by professional artists, and runway shows featuring models with tattoos. Other perks such as band performances and contests add more color to the festival. 

For more information about the event, check its official website and its Facebook page. 

Additional reading

“Dutdutan 2016” 

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