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Thursday, June 29, 2006
The Diet Coke and Mentos Experiment
What happens when you combine a liter of Diet Coke and 2 pieces of Mentos mints? A Diet Coke fountain?

Well, what do you get when you combine almost 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 pieces of Mentos mints?

Does it really work? What if you do this experiment to ourself? Pepsi Girl tried it with messy results.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Spiderman 3

I am so looking forward to watching Spiderman 3 next year for two reasons:


2. Topher Grace is in the movie!

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Sunday, June 18, 2006
These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things
I just added a neocounter here and found out I have visitors, not just from the Philippines and the US but, from the UK, Chile, Greece and other countries.

And I'd like to hear from all of you. From all the people I know (bloggers already linked to this place) to people I haven't heard from yet. Let's start a discussion. We may agree or disagree. But hey! If we all just agreed, then life will probably be a bit dull.

I want you to guys to answer a few questions just to get the ball rolling. You can answer it in your own places (let me know if you did!) or you can answer it here. I would prefer you answer it here so that we can have a lively discussion.

1. What is your all-time favorite movie? You can have one, you can have three, you can have ten, you can even have a hundred. But for space purposes, let's limit it to 3.
2. What is your all-time favorite book? Again, let's limit it to 3.
3. What is your all-time favorite song?
4. If you could live anywhere in the world (aside from where you are living now and/or your country of citizenship), where would you go?
5. What would you rather be doing right now?


I'll start the ball rolling.

1. What is your all-time favorite movie?

Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit

It's a Filipino movie from the early '90s I believe, directed by Carlitos Siguion-Reyna and starring Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta. I was about 12 years old when I first watched the film. I was a pre-teen schoolgirl, not knowing anything about love. And this to me, represented everything there is about romantic love. They defied the odds for love. They went through hell and back together. It is unlike the love story movies in the present because it was all so real. Love story movies nowadays seem fake. But this was very raw and became very real. Just writing about this movie is quietly tugging at my heart a bit. There was never a question of realism or unrealism in this movie. It's overrated yet underrated. It made me want to love and to love with all my heart.

2. What is your all-time favorite book?

That would have to be Jhumpa Lahiri's "Interpreter Of Maladies".

I confess. I only knew of this book's existence, not because I knew it was a Pulitzer Prize winner for 2000 but, because my crush, at that time, recommended it. *insert girly giggle here* Since he was a writer and editor, I trusted his word. And good thing I did. It's the one book that I read, not just every year but, four to five times a year. I recommend it to everyone I know. I've even written about it here in several posts already. It's short, straight-to-the-point and just real. The book is locally available at Fully Booked, on Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, in case you're interested.

3. What is your all-time favorite song?

The Blower's Daughter by Damien Rice

It's very, very haunting and very sad. And it gets really emotional every time I listen to it but I can never let it go.

4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I thought this was gonna be easy (United Kingdom) but I'm having second thoughts. Is it the easy way out? Is this where I really want to be? I guess home is still where the heart is. And in that case, my heart is in Manila.

But if I could, there are three places I'd love to make my home: London, England, Chester, England and San Francisco, California.

5. What would you rather be doing right now?

I'd rather be in bed right now. Particularly a hotel bed in another country (Singapore or London, perhaps?). I've said it before and I'll say it again. I need a vacation.


What about you guys? You can answer these questions in your own blogs, or you can answer it here using the comment boxes.

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Chicago Style Deep-Dish Pizza

I love food. I wouldn't be working in this industry if I didn't. And everytime anything about food is being shown on the Travel and Living Channel, I always watch it (except if they're featuring something that I don't like).

And last night, I was watching an old show featuring the best pizzas in the US. I love pizza. There aren't too many places in the Philippines where I can get great pizzas but I still love eating it.

I hate watching that particular episode though because they keep featuring this pizza that I know I will never get to taste unless I go to Chicago or Berkeley. It's the Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza.


This is probably the only food I want to make a business of that I haven't tried yet. But it's a different concept of pizza and something that's never been tried here in the Philippines. Not yet, I think.

But anyway, yeah. I want to bring it here. I want to make it a hit here. But I need to know if people will buy it. A 10-inch pizza could cost around P1000 to P1500. With a height of 4 to 5 inches, will you buy it? Each slice is equivalent to about 2 to 3 slices of a regular pizza and a 10-inch deep dish pizza can feed at least 6 people probably.

Will you buy it? Please let me know!


posted by Jax @ 6:39:00 AM   3 comments
Thursday, June 15, 2006
New Beginnings At The Middle Of The Year
I am feeling much better now. I appreciate the concern. And no, Jovan, I can't have sushi but I can have grilled stuff. But I wanted hot broth (or broth-like) for the insides. And yes, Emi, I had to lay off coffee for a week! *sniff sniff*

But I'm all better now. Just have to be extra careful so it won't happen again!


In celebration of my recovery, after two (or three?) years, I have changed my coffee lay-out to this new one featuring my main passion: movies. What do you think?


posted by Jax @ 3:45:00 AM   3 comments
Friday, June 09, 2006
I haven't been sick in the last 4 years. I pride myself in that. Except for the occasional cough or colds, I've been healthy as healthy can be.

That was ruined last Tuesday.

After five years, I had a hyperacidity attack again. And it was so bad, it last for four days and counting. I've been eating nothing but crackers, lugaw (rice porridge) and congee. Plus the occasional steamed something but there's only so much you can steam.

Argh. I hope this passes soon. Because it is a bummer.


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Sunday, June 04, 2006
8 Things
Tagged by Mela

Once you’ve been tagged, you have to write a blog with 8 facts/things/habits about yourself, saying who tagged you. In the end you need to choose the 6 people to be tagged and list their names. No tag backs.

1. I've been drinking coffee since I was 15 years old. I tried to quit when I was a freshman in college. But that only last a couple of months and I just went back to drinking coffee again. It's been 8 years and I haven't stopped since. In fact, if I don't drink coffee even for a couple of hours, I start getting jittery all over.

2. I am bibliophile. I have been collecting and reading books since I was 9 years old (back when a P250 book now only costs about P35 back then). Back then, I collected mostly books from the Sweet Valley series, Ann M. Martin books, Beverly Cleary books which evolved eventually to Jane Austen classics, Christopher Pike series, Fear Street series, VC Andrews books. And now at 25, 14 years later, I hope that my literary choices have matured just as I have matured. There's books by Douglas Coupland, Nick Hornby, Jodi Picoult, Jhumpa Lahiri, Richard Russo, Donna Tartt. But you know, all work and no play makes Jaq a very dull girl. But instead of reading young adult books, I'm reading its counterpart: chick lit! Jane Green and Marian Keyes are my favorite chick lit authors.

3. A lot of people already know this. I love, love, love everything British. Well probably not everything. I went to Britain a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. I just loved it. My goal now is to go back and spend a couple of months there. And it doesn't hurt that British men are hot!

4. I am addicted to shopping. It doesn't matter what I buy as long as I am buying something. Although I am partial to buying books, CDs, bags and shoes. Tragic, I know.

5. It annoys me endlessly when people do not make an effort to understand when I do it myself. And when I tell them I don't do this or that, they say "Since when?" Um, probably about 3 years and counting. Seriously. Hello? Don't you notice anything else but yourselves? Oh that's right. You thrive on gossip.

6. I am a very frustrated singer. But that doesn't stop me from loving my music. I will listen to anything and everything for the first time. But it takes a lot more to keep me hooked. I am currently loving the music of Camera Obscura, Iron and Wine, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Queen, Belle and Sebastian, Itchyworms, Pupil, two Idols (Taylor Hicks and Elliott Yamin) and a whole lot more. I always go to Tower Records and Music One because they have an almost complete collection there. I loathe going to Odyssey because it is just a music store pretending to be a music store. They only carry Top 40. And not even the good ones. So frustrating!

7. I hate, hate, hate people who constantly compare us to Starbucks and think that we are inferior to them just because we are new. Starbucks does not equal coffee people! And besides, Starbucks coffee isn't that good, you know. They're just good marketers. And it would do you good to try something new for a change you know.

8. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I am in dire need of a vacation! I am longing to go out of the country just so I can forget about work. Being in the Philippines, no matter where I am in it, will always remind me of work. I need five straight days of no-thinking-of-work! I hope my plans of going to Bangkok this August pushes through!

Tagging: I know it's just supposed to be 8 but everyone do this! And do let me know so I can read your 8 things.


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Name: Jax
Home: San Francisco, CA, United States
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