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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Movie Review: 'Bakit Lahat ng Guwapo May Boyfriend'

'Bakit Lahat ng Guwapo May Boyfriend' is a pretty witty title for a movie but don't be fooled by the gayness of the title - this is a heterosexual romcom and the gay storyline is just the frills that decorate the bow.
The movie starts with a bang but slowly drifts into hetero territory somewhere in the middle - and I realized, this is an Anne Curtis vehicle after all - so the story is going to be about her - and not about Paolo Ballesteros.
Anyhow, having Dennis Trillo as the eye candy is well worth the ticket price. There aren't that many laugh-out-loud scenes though and I find some of the lingo and the jokes about gay men, cliched already.
I'm sure today's younger gay men have a fresher take on love and finding out if a guy is beki.
Acting-wise though, Anne Curtis pouts and smiles her way throughout the movie, looking as pretty as ever, while the stylist allows Dennis Trillo to wear so many polo shirts that resemble my wardrobe. Paolo Ballesteros plays the wacky gay best friend but his role slowly fades into the background as the movie reaches its denouement.
I now understand why the director of The Third Party told me they wanted to veer away from cliches and stereotypes. It kinda drags the movie down and the jokes are repeated to gay people in the audience who have known those jokes for years.
Anyway, having another gay-themed movie from a big local studio coming at the heels of another one with A list actors is not bad at all. It looks like the Pinoy masa is already comfortable with local gay-themed movies.
Gawa pa more! Sana something witty and with bite!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

A Cool Place for Making Art: Negative Space Cafe in Maginhawa Street

I like the idea behind Negative Space Cafe in Maginhawa Street.  It's a place where not only can you eat and have delicious hot caramel chocolate, you can also spend 3 hours finishing your own painting!

I spent my Saturday night here last night bringing along my nephew and Mama to attend a painting class.  They enjoyed the class a lot while I read a book and ogled all the cute boys walking around!

The place is cool, serves interesting food and has some really delicious drinks!

Saturday Painting Classes with Amos Manlangit

If you want to do something different yet productive on a rainy Saturday night, and have the necessary creative talent for it, I strongly suggest you join the painting classes of my good friend, Amos Manlangit.

Not only is he a bonafide painter with several successful exhibitions, he is also a very astute teacher who is able to adjust his teaching methods to people of different ages.

I have known him more as a Body Jammer for years, but tonight I have seen first hand his ability to give the right advice to budding painters like my nephew Dylan and Mama, who is herself, an amateur painter.

When Mama asked him how to make her sunflowers more three-dimensional, Amos Manlangit taught her how to use different colours so that the sunflowers don't look flat, and instead, look like they're really blooming!

He also taught Dylan how to mix colours and apply different brush strokes to achieve a tempestous seascape.

It's a Saturday night well spent and the place we were in, a resto-cafe-artist space called Negative Space in Maginhawa Street not only provides a well-let, comfortable conditions for painting, you can also have your tea, coffee or hot chocolate while waiting for your loved ones to finish painting.

I am no painter myself, and I have to muster some self-confidence to paint in such a public place, but I trust Amos Manlangit enough to bring out the creative side in me.

The fees are reasonable and if you're hungry, the cafe has delicious croissants, even real dishes to make you full.

Just PM Amos Manlangit for the next schedule because he's such a busy guy! Dylan and Mama have already booked their seats for the next painting class next month!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Relishing the Chinese Food of Wok Mandarin Sky

My friends treated me and my barkada to the delicious Chinese food of Wok Mandarin Sky in their new branch here in #27 Panay Avenue, near Roces Avenue.  It's very near my house as well.

The place has a nice ambience with beautiful furniture and exquisite lighting. The food though is a bit pricey yet was very tasty.

Our deepest condolences to the Thai people on the death of their King

In a sad coincidence, I wore this shirt to work today, only to find out later that the king of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away.

We bought this shirt during one of our Bangkok trips because we noticed that there were so many people in the city wearing yellow.

We learned later on that it was the 80th birthday of their king, and yellow was his colour, so we bought this shirt as a souvenir.

We offer our deepest condolences to all our Thai friends on this day of national mourning.