September 27, 2013

Six Minutes per Chapter

Six minutes per chapter is my average reading time for Hunter x Hunter manga, however it can take longer around 10 minutes if the story is circling around a complex strategy or technique of sort or if the story is too emotional that I have to take a few minutes to smile/contemplate/ whatever. HAHAHA

Some Hunter x Hunter spoilers ahead.

I was 11 years old when I first started watching Hunter x Hunter. Gon Freecs, the main protagonist of the series was 12 years old. Now, he is 14 and I am 21 - WTH, HAHAHA but seriously speaking, Gon Freecs is kind of my role model in life, WAIT WHAT? HAHAHA yes, I get really weird when it comes to Gon. I mean his strategies are admirable - creative and smart! and his character is also inspiring! It's making me awkward too. WHAT IN THE WORLD AM I SAYING?! HAHAHA but yeah, some friends have called me out on this weirdness saying I can't have a fictional character as my "role model in life." But I can't help it, most people I meet or know are just... never mind. HAHAHAHAHAHA

I hope Togashi Yoshihiro gets himself together and continue Hunter x Hunter already. it's been 15 years since he started the manga, and I believe we're only halfway through the story because Togashi mentioned 3 or 4 more stories after the chimera ant arc. If this goes on, we'll need another 15 years for it to end. Is Togashi like Komugi (Chimera Ant arc) who has calculated everything from the start or is he still thinking of the plot (especially now that Gon and Ging have finally met?)

As I mentioned, Gon and Ging have already met, that was the previous plot of Hunter x Hunter, so I suppose the next 3-4 stories are the 2nd part/plot of HxH? Will it be enough to tie all loose ends - Dark Continent, Netero's son, Gon's mom, Killua's grandmother, Alluka, Kurapika's revenge, Kororo's fight with Hisoka, Gon's transformation to that ... big guy, the chimera eggs that's about to hatch, the next hunter exam, Leorio's ambition, etc. Hmm, the story's progress is just taking too long!

Sorry for spouting out all these, I just can't stop thinking about HxH after doing a marathon of the 2011 anime series and the manga. I swear this anime makes me smile and contemplate positively about (my) life. I'm really reconsidering getting a Gon-inspired tattoo. And again, yes, I'm weird. HAHAHAHA

"Sometimes you shine so brightly, I need to look away" -Killua to Gon. I died a little.

Anyway, playtime's over. But I must say, a little nonsense from time to time feels amazing.


September 18, 2013

California Maki, Almost

Because of a series of unplanned events, I now have (relatively) more time for myself. That being said, I try to catch up with my whims - that includes movie marathons, brushing up my history, reading books, drawing, swimming, prank calling my friends, occasionally contemplating with life (WAIT whut? mehehe), and of course, being in the kitchen!

For last night's midnight snack, I decided to make California maki for my father and I (my brother and mother are not fans of Japanese food.) Let's start?

Step 1. Ingredients

You will need (1) Japanese rice, (2) nori, (3) crabsticks, (4) fish eggs, (5) mango, (6) japanese mayo, and (7) cucumber. We didn't have japanese mayo so I just used regular mayo, and I don't really like cucumber so I didn't put one. HAHAHA 

For 25 pcs of California maki, I used up the following

1. 2 cups of Japanese rice
2. 2 spoonfuls of fish eggs (I don't understand, why is this thing so expensive?)
3. 5 crabsticks (the thick ones)
4. 2 sheets of Nori

September 8, 2013

Balinese Massage at Body Tune

I was very stressed for more than a month now, so when I got invited to try Balinese massage at Body Tune, I immediately obliged. It was my first time to try a mall massage parlor as I'm used to only trying massage services that visit your home or rooms in hotels. 

I tried the Body Tune branch at 5F Building B, SM Megamall. The Balinese massage costs 840 for 1 hr which I consider a bit expensive especially with the advent of discounts found in group buying sites nowadays. 

Since I just took a bath and my hair was actually still wet, I didn't take a shower and sauna anymore. I hope my masseuse, Ms. Tina, didn't mind :) The massage room was tiny with a massage bed, dimly lit lamp and small locker for your belongings.

I just lied on my stomach and relaxed. Ms. Tina lathered oil all over my body and started the Balinese massage. I don't know the difference between Balinese/ Swedish/ Shiatsu massage, but goodness gracious, I felt so good while she was massaging my back, thigh, legs and feet. Although, it felt a bit embarrassing as I get ticklish when my feet is being massaged. Anyway, I felt all my back nodules disappear.

After the massage, you will be given a hot tea or coffee (depending on what you like), hot towels to wash yourself, and a tip envelope. Since I was satisfied with the service, I gave a reasonable tip (reasonable being between 10-15% of the total amount).

I think I shall be trying more massage parlors next time!

Body Tune: The Traditional Thai Massage
5F Building B, SM Megamall

Josefina Garden Grill and Restaurant

My mom coaxed me into treating the family for a lunch out at Dampa Seaside in Roxas Boulevard. I thought that it was nice because I like the concept of "paluto" wherein we can buy seafood in the wet market and have it cooked for us. However, my mom has a different plan: she already bought an eat-all-you-can deal from Metrodeal for Josefina Garden and Grill Restaurant for only 300/pax. 

We arrived at the place around 11:30am on a Saturday. There were ample parking and the place had a really nice ambiance if you are located outside, near the buffet table. 

The buffet was opened after around 5 or 10 minutes from our arrival so the place wasn't packed yet so you have the luxury to choose the table you want, and the meals still look appetizing.  

Since I was in there for lunch - and not buffet, I just picked rice and a main course to match. 

Lifehack: Get drunk to know what you really want

When making an important decision, I tend to be very procedural about it: I list down mutually exclusive pros and cons, and then give it a week (sometimes more) to see if I will still feel the same way. There are even times when I keep an ad hoc diary just to list and rate my emotions per situations. Unfortunately, there still comes a time when I just can't make a decision firmly.

That's when I give myself the room to be emotional instead of logical. And what better way to find out what you honestly want than to get really drunk and remove all your pretenses and politically correct adjectives? Well... there might be a lot better ways to do that, HAHAHA but getting drunk produces the fastest result. And since I'm pressed for time:

Cheers to a good person! Always.

Just like that, the die is cast. Change is on the way. 

Another revelation: My ear is bleeding

I think it's obvious, but let me state it anyway: I am fascinated with dreams, and how it processes our waking life. Hence, I keep it a habit to write dreams that give me immense feelings of wonder. Some (not so complicated) dreams actually make it here in my blog.

A few nights ago, I had another dream that I think would do me good if I try to understand it:

I dreamt that I was accompanying someone to have his health checked up, but instead the doctor and nurses noticed that my ear was bleeding profusely. I checked it and saw how the blood was gushing from the inside of my ear. I was worried. I tried wiping off the blood from the inside to stop all the bleeding, but to no avail. 

My interpretation:

I think this means that I'm losing too much emotional energy listening to so many people and taking their considerations more than my owns - that I'm not acting in accordance with my true self - hence the dysfunctional ear.

Prophetic interpretation:

I also feel like I will be hearing some bad and offensive news in the very near future. Deep sigh.

Cheers to a good person!

Edited September 9
I did hear some bad news.