Indie Film "NAKAW" Makes It To Cannes

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

We have seen NAKAW's premier last October as it was one of the few films showcased in the 15th Spanish Film Festival. It's the 7 minute short film created by Buzz Productions and Patsy Ferrer's Cut!Print Productions through the direction of Arvin Belarmino and Noel Escondo. They have been asked to represent the country for the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, enabling them to be shown in Cannes, France from May 22-28, 2017. They will also be having a special screening at Salles Palais F on May 24, 2017 at 4PM. Aside from that, the team will also be participating at the Canne Film Festival Booth come May 17-28 and appear on the Philippine Pavillion on May 23, 2017. It's a remarkable honor bestowed on projects that passes criterion for short films and only a few were able to do this feat in the past. It will be shown together with 3 other short films: Ayo-Ayo by Reena Dunque, Blood and Ink by Jill Damatac and Love Remembers by Ralston Jover.

The film is about a boy who stole a purse and triggers a series of life changing events inside a community. The film stars Kristofer King, Frank Ferguson, Angelo Gammad, Duke San Juan and Sheika Aljunaibi. It's a treat because it's super cool to see how they actually have shot these series of events in just one continous take. The team is also in the works to meet with Producers and Distributors during the special Cloud 21 Panel event at the Eden Hotel on the 22nd of May, to hopefully get more people to watch this short films from the Philippines. 

They have been steadfastly trying to pool funding for their bid to win this for the Philippines and have asked several people and companies for support. Their call has not fallen on deaf ears as they have been supported by the Quezon City Local Government, the French Embassy to the Philippines, Instituto Cervantes Manila, Statement Productions, Got Heart Foundation, The Idea First Company, Rau Atelier De Manila, R2Buds Nail Spa, Chemworld Fragrance Factory, Getz Brothers Philippines, Ripple Events, Aqueous Entertainment and my favorite network Smart Communications all chipped in. They have also been helped by Cine Marcelline, Halikon Films, Mober and GFilmRental during the process of filming, which they are so thankful for!

The 7 minute film has already achieved a lot of impossible things, and now that they've got in the special short film corner, we hope they would make more waves elsewhere. Hopefully, this won't be the last project they'll do. We were just informed, they have a few up their sleeves so let's see how far they'll soar!

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A Lovely Afternoon at Market Basket in Alabang

Dropped by Market Basket this afternoon. It's a restaurant located just outside Festival Mall's River Park area in Alabang Muntinlupa. I was in the mood for sophisticated European dishes or modern Filipino food which the place prides itself with. It's like a modern day "Dampa" dining place with an interior that would remind you of a country home or what is called shabby chic. 

The place can sit about 100-120 people including the seating outside with a view of a fancy fountain. They also have a private room upstairs which you could use for small gatherings or meetings, just let them know ahead of time to reserve.

The concept of a modern day "Dampa" must be amusing, but do know they get the freshest produce around Manila and turn them into delectable dishes in just a few minutes. All you need to do is choose - and tell them what you would like to do with it. The price is accorded to the weight of the produce but their minimum is 200 grams, and you only pay once unlike regular "Dampa" that's got separate bills for the market and for the cooking.

I was with a couple of other people having lunch so it was a nice way to see what they could whip out for us. It was hot so I ordered Iced Tea which they hand in these lovely mason jars. 

Pomelo Salad

Fruits and Nuts Salad

Crispy Parmesan Tacos

Sinigang na Salmon

Eggplant and Mango Salad (my personal favorite)

Fish Ceviche

Chili Crab

Mussels Mariniere

Lapu Lapu Escabeche (Sweet and Sour)

Seafood Hotpot

Sizzling Lechon Kawali Sisig (maygahd!)

Shrimp and Steak

Seafood Thermidore (a great hit!)

We also had Sinigang Na Ulo and Belly of Salmon, Pomelo Salad, Fish Ceviche, Crispy Parmesan Tacos, Sizzling Lechon Kawali Sisig (I know! Lol) for appetizers. Then for our main course we had Seafood Hotpot, Prawn Thermidore, Chili Crab, Steak and Shrimp, Mussels Mariniere and Sweet and Sour Lapu Lapu.

For Dessert, we had Skillet Smores, Nilupak Roulade, Triple Chocolate Cheesecake, Sizzling Fruit and Ice Cream, but I was really interested with the various Flavored Pastillas they had in the counter. It looked so yummy!

Thanks Chef Jinelle Juson and Chef Arnel Arjona for preparing great food!

You may check out Market Basket at the River Park section of Festival Mall. They're open from 10am to 11pm or as long as there are customers. Market Basket is also part of the Chef's Quarter Group that owns Chef's Quarter, Old Vine, Uncle Cheffy, Chef's Barrel and Kusé. No wonder it's good! Visit for more information about their restaurant. 

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Putting Up My HANNS 5 Tier Storage Racks

Monday, April 24, 2017

The long weekend got me to start some homework because I do lack storage at home. My pantry is so full I just leave most of my groceries in boxes because it wouldn't fit in the shelves. It gets that way every time because I do groceries on a monthly basis. I just got a HANNS 5 Tier Storage Rack and tried to put one up at home. It's tall, which was one of the things I looked for a rack plus it's shelves and posts are made of steel so I opened the box and started building.

It's got instructions but I figured it would rarely be easy to put up. I can do this, I said that quite a few times and end up still reading the manual. Don't put this up without reading it because it'll give you pointers. I started peeling off ALL of the plastic covers around the posts. You need to have them separated and know what goes in the bottom, the middle and the top. The one you should look for are the ends, it's quite easy actually. But for the ladies, please ask a man to do this for you as the parts are quite heavy. You can control what height you would want to put this in but I suggest you evenly distribute it sans weight.

Now make sure the parts fit especially the ones 4 edges because that's the one that will make this sturdy. I got it to stand around 30 minutes, make sure you have ample amount of fans because it's so hot in the Philippines you'll be sweating before you know it. Before you do this, make sure all the parts are there including the number of plastic pegs, rings, as that's needed to make sure it's sturdy. The manual has the correct number of parts so please refer to that then count it. Mine was sturdy as soon as the second level was there because I've got it all complete!

Now I've got something to put all my groceries in including the eggs, canned goods, and several food products that won't fit in my pantry. It's also nicely colored, in Mahogany Brown which I think won't peel and have rust for a few years... that's going to make it worth every penny. If you want to order the rack, just head on to as they've got a lot of things there for practical use. It's not just the racks, but this rocks!

Now I've got lots of storage, time to fill them up!


The Best Samsung S8/S8+ Plans From Smart

I just received a text from Smart this morning and it informed me that I can avail of a new postpaid plan for just Php 399 that includes 3GB of data, Unli texts to all networks  20 Minutes of All Net Calls and Free Chat Apps! But I wanted a new phone with it and I'm trying to find the perfect one to go with that plan, but the latest one seems to be the Samsung S8 and the Samsung S8+ that just went available for pre-order last April 17. Now you know what that means right? It's the best deal that I can combine for that Postpaid Plan 399.

So what this basically means is, you can add Php 1,500 on top of that Postpaid Plan 399 so you can get the 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S8 for as low as Php 1,899 per month. You will be locked on a 24 month period but only will shell out Php 5,000, isn't that amazing?

Or if you want the 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S8+, you can get the same Plan 399 and add Php 1,500 every month. Paying only as low as Php 1,899 per month with one time cash out of Php 8,000, totally worth every penny. If you prefer other plans, it'll be better because you can customize it with other Smart Postpaid base plans if you want to get higher GB allowance and the usual text-call-data plans that's available in Smart's Postpaid Plan offers. It also comes with FREE FB Messenger access, Viber and Whatsapp every month. Or if you prefer, there's also FREE access to your app of choice, you just tell them what you need in the Smart centers nationwide!

Aside from the looks of this new phone, it's also got a 12MP Dual Pixel camera using F1.7 aperture so you can get the most vivid photos, videos and tons of new features that has been developed on Samsung phones. Plus, it's available in 3 different colors that could match your personality. I'm an apple user but if it's going to be this affordable, I would love to have this too. But for Android users, you know how good this is right? Right.

It's the best phone for binge watching too as iFlix has got my favorite show The Magicians Season 2 on it. I'm repeating all of the episodes today!

Go visit the Samsung S8 and Samsung S8+ here for more details.