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Friday, July 27, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises - just the beginning

After The Dark Knight’s success, anticipation from fans began for Christopher Nolan to cook a sequel that brings his epic Batman saga to an awesome “so-called” finale with “The Dark Knight Rises.” 

After turning from hero to fugitive, Dark Knight earned the blame from the death of DA-turned-psychopath Harvey Dent and engaging in a cover-up for the sake of Gotham citizens and Commissioner Gordon. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has been in self-imposed hiding for eight years within the remote mansion Wayne Manor and attended only by his loyal butler Alfred. This has caused him to sink together with his leaderless Wayne Enterprises, but bankruptcy and becoming worthless in the eyes of Gotham didn’t bother him so much. 

Not until the unexpected show-up of the cunning cat burglar Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) which has a mysterious agenda. Wayne found her in his room wearing the pearl necklace whom he value most and had it locked in a safe box. Trying to repossess the necklace, Wayne comes out of his shell and show himself in a social gathering that sets off gossip. Apart from Selina Kyle’s vicious intention is the evil revenge of Bane (Tom Hardy), a flagitious terrorist masked by a breathing apparatus that made his voice hard and filtered. After breaking loose on an isolated prison, his focus is on destroying Batman and Gotham City. 

Bane exemplifies his power to Gotham when he destroys the New York Stock Exchange, intended to bring Wayne Enterprises to its knees resulting into Wayne’s arch business rival to take over the remains of the company. This implication obliges Bruce Wayne to put on his suit again; Dark Knight rises. He runs into Selina to ask a favor in escorting him to Bane. But, it’s a trap! Bane’s power and invincibility prevail resulting into Batman’s broken bones and Bane throw him into a prison only one boy but no man has ever escaped from. Wayne’s condition let Bane and his army wreaks havoc to Gotham City and planned for a massive destruction by means of a nuclear bomb that needs to be stopped. Wayne is bothered by questions if he can be Batman again?  This time he rejuvenates his strength and power to escape from the isolated prison and eventually to face Bane again and protect the city from big explosion. 

Just like anybody who loves superhero movies, Batman Saga is one of those anticipated thrilling movie after the success of Dark Knight with Heath Ledger as Joker. Christopher Nolan didn’t disappoint us with this so-called last part of Batman with good storyline, special effects, story twist and good casting. I, personally enjoy watching this masterpiece as it is full of action and climatic moment. For that, I give this film ☆ out of ☆. Addition to that is the exceptional performance of the actors Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Joseph Gordon Levitt (as John Blake) which I think will be the next cast for the role of "Robin.”  Based on the movie’s ending, there is a sneak peek that somewhat I think is a clue that Dark Knight will not end because John Blake found out about the batcave.  Let’s just wait if my theory is true, and if does, I will be just one of those superhero fans that will be happy to see another exciting and action-packed sequel. Perhaps, the movie title depicts a new beginning, Rise of the Dark Knight! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A scoop of heavenly Swensen's Ice Cream!

Everyone loves ice cream and I bet no one can resist it. Whatever the occasion or season may be, ice cream is still a best seller. When you’re depressed, lonely or stressed, ice cream will lift your spirit and rest assure that you will be back on track. Ice cream is everyone’s indulgence; whatever your mood, whatever your flavor is, it’s a comfort food that makes everyone happy.

One craving date, me and my friends strolled around SM Mall of Asia and found this ice cream parlor named Swensen’s. Since we are so curious about their ice creams and we all have a sweet tooth we entered the store right away to try their mouthwatering ice creams. 

Swensen's, owned by Earle Swensen, is an international franchise of ice cream shop born in San Francisco, California in 1948 and there are now over 300 Swensen's Ice cream shops worldwide, in the Middle East, USA, South America, and Asia including the Philippines. 

Swensen’s Ice cream parlor is clean, cozy and very attractive with touches of pink and captivating designs. Their Ice Cream menu is divided into 8 different categories namely: Scoops, Toppings, Chocolate Fantasy, Cable Carfaits, Outrageous sundaes, Mega sundaes, and Super Sundaes. Their Ice cream prices range from 70 pesos (one scoop) to 600 pesos for special serving (Chocolate Earthquake).  They also offered hot and cold drinks but their drinking water is unlimited for customers. We really had a hard time choosing what to order because we wanted to order all of the ice cream on the menu, hahaha. Seriously, all of the ice creams on their list are so mouthwatering and the good thing is what you see on the menu is what you will really get! 

Lovely Table Centerpiece

eye-popping menu

These are the Ice Creams we ordered:

The Big Rock Chocolate Mountain for 265php – is a tower of chocolate ice cream with overflowing chocolate & caramel syrup, whip cream, nuts, chery, wafer and Maltesers chocolate balls.

The Big Rock Chocolate Mountain

Sticky Chewy Chocolate Fantasy for 255php – is a tower of ice cream with hot fudge, chocolate chips, whipped cream, chocolate-dipped cherry and wafer.

Sticky Chewy Chocolate Fantasy

Nutty Banana Basket for 265php – an ice cream with lots of banana and nuts placed in a crispy waffle basket.  

Nutty Banana Basket


Eating at Swensens is like eating on a cloud 9, the feeling is so heavenly. Every scoop of Swensen’s Ice cream can make you want for more. As for myself, I really enjoyed the nutty banana basket because I love bananas and nuts and those two ingredients really compliment with the sweet and creamy taste of Swensen’s Ice Cream. Their Ice cream is simply irresistible, has good mouth feel and so addicting! You better try it when dropping by SM Mall of Asia to feel heaven on earth!

Ground Floor, South wing
SM Mall of Asia
10 am to 10pm
+632 804-0046
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There’s nothing wrong in pampering ourselves by a cup of mouthwatering ice cream once in a while because we all deserve a little indulgence. Since Ice cream can make us gain some extra pounds, it should be take in moderation and much better if followed by a workout. So why do people love ice cream? It’s simply because “Ice Cream can make people happy,” and so do we! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Thank you Tito Dolphy, Our Comedy King!

A day without laughter is a day wasted! - Pidol

Thank you Our Comedy King Dolphy for all the laughter you showered every home, every life. Thank you for bringing joy to our lives. No one can make us laugh like you do! Thank you for the legacy,  knowing what you brought to this world will be valued for eternity. You are the only one, our Comedy King. Paalam at Salamat! ='(

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Tuna-Cheese Potato Croquettes

My first attempt to do this recipe was way back College of year 2002 when we joined our school’s Trade fair. We were instructed by our Management professor to think of things or food to sell on the said trade fair and our group come up with the idea of selling street food. During the trade fair, Potato Croquettes was one of our best seller and professors keep on asking for the recipe. Since then, I always include this recipe whenever there is an occasion or just for a simple snack time since it is easy to cook and a best finger food. 

Potato Croquettes are mashed potato formed into balls, rolled into bread crumbs then deep fried. It is best mixed with tuna, ham or cheese and partnered with aioli sauce or just plain ketchup-mayo. It is a really good side dish, snack and appetizer that you will surely enjoy. 

Here’s how to make tasty Tuna-Cheese Potato Croquettes.


6 pcs           Medium-sized potatoes
1 can           Tuna in oil or brine (drained)
1 teaspoon    Salt
½ teaspoon Ground Pepper
¼ cup Diced Cheese (depending on the number of croquettes)
1 pc            raw egg beaten
½ cup all purpose flour
1 cup          bread crumbs
1 tablespoon garlic crushed
1 tablespoon onion 

Peeled potatoes


Diced cheese for filling

For the dipping aioli sauce

½ cup Mayonnaise
2 tablespoon Ketchup
1 clove Crushed garlic


1. Peel the potatoes and cut in half. Boil in water until tender and mash in a large bowl.
2. Sauté the canned tuna with garlic and onion.

 Sautéing the tuna with garlic & onion
3. Put in cooked tuna in the bowl of mashed potatoes and season it with salt and pepper. You may want to add more salt and pepper it all depends on your taste. Mix thoroughly. 

Mixing up the tuna and mashed potato
4. Prepare the breading mixture of Flour, egg and breadcrumbs in 3 separate plates.

Breading ingredients Flour-Egg-Bread Crumbs
5. Scoop a mixture of mashed potatoes, put in the cheese in the middle just like a filling and form it into balls.
6. Roll each ball into flour, dip in the beaten egg then roll it over breadcrumbs. 

Rolled tuna-cheese potato croquettes in bread crumbs
7. Heat cooking oil in the pan. It’s either you pan fry or deep fry the croquettes but much better and cook evenly when deep fried.
8. Fry in medium heat until it turns golden brown.
9. Damp it into paper towel to absorb excess oil.
10. Serve it with your favorite condiment. Either a simple mayo-ketchup mixture or an aioli sauce.
11. Share and enjoy!

 Mayo-Ketchup Aioli Sauce
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Monday, July 02, 2012

The "More" Amazing Spiderman 2012

As first seen on the big screen last 2002, the Marvel comics adaptation – Spider-Man became a box-office hit among moviegoers and fans of this superhero that also spawned a couple of phenomenal sequels. Now after a decade, Columbia Pictures decided to reboot the popular franchise with new cast and new director, Marc Webb. 


The Amazing Spider-Man 
evolves from the life story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and his high school crush Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Peter, a high school weakling student being bullied from his school and was abandoned by his parents when he was a little boy, leaving him into custody of his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. While growing up, Peter tried to figure out who he really is and what really happened to his parents. He then discovered a briefcase that contains valuable thing from his father that led him into finding the truth about his parents’. Along his quest he met Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former colleague in Oscorp who is attempting to develop a limb regeneration serum. While sneaking around Oscorp laboratory, Peter is bitten by a mutated spider that causes him an incredible strength and ability akin to a spider. He uses this strength to quite impress Gwen Stacy and take revenge to bullies at Midtown Science High. Moreover, retaliation impels Peter when his Uncle Ben has been slayed from a convenient store robbery that embarks him into hunting the slayer. On the other hand, Dr. Connors transforms into a formidable lizard after injecting an experimental elixir that urged him into propagation and world domination. Spiderman together with New York Cops and NYPD Captain which is Gwen’s Dad are all set-up to tandem an attack and hold back Dr. Connor’s monstrous plan. 


The Amazing Spider-Man is a very entertaining movie that details and explains the origins of Spider-Man. The special effects are very good especially if you watch it on IMAX 3D. The love story between Parker and Stacy is very amusing and effective, mostly because of Emma Stone’s expressive eyes. Even though the story starts in slow pace as it explains how Spider-Man came to be and develop his strength as a superhero, it’s still interesting and exciting to watch. What’s really nice in this movie is the story itself that differs from the previous franchise which is really effective. My favorite part of the movie is the scene on how the whole neighborhood helped Spider-Man to cease Dr. Connors from its monstrous plan.  

To sum it up, this movie was great establishing incredible performances from actors and a great script. It’s storyline that focuses on emotions make this an exquisite film despite the less mind-blowing actions. This is a superhero film that's actually worth seeing and for that i give it  ☆ out of ☆.

The Amazing Spider-Man ... always amazes me. But this time ... it's better!!!

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