Cinema Cents: Mano Po 7

Watched Mano Po 7 at Centrio Cinema with a friend last night and I say it didn’t disappoint. The story was simple but full of lessons every family member can learn from. I love the fact that this time it focused on a Chinoy (Filipino-Chinese) family led by Wilson Wong (Richard Yap).

Mano Po 7 centers around the Wongs, an upper class Chinese family which at first glance seems to be an ideal family, close to perfect. Rich, intact, well-mannered children (not all of them though), supportive in-law, and booming businesses. From afar, one can just wish they belong to the Wong family. But just like any other families, the Wongs are also flawed. There’s the busy head of the family whose time is consumed with making sure the business is growing and the family is well provided, then there’s the wife who also finds satisfaction in making a name for herself through her own business, thus, she doesn’t have much time mothering her kids. And there’s the eldest son, Wilson Jr. who is the family’s black sheep, a drug addict, a disgrace to the family. The struggling middle child who is forced to take up a course she didn’t like in order to please the father, and of course the youngest child who actually didn’t have much exposure. The movie showed how most of the Filipino Chinese families in the Philippines lives the same old Chinese traditions while dealing the family problems and rifts in modern times.

Mano Po 7

I love how Jean Garcia’s character stood strong despite her own needs as a woman. She displayed grace and love amidst the turmoil. The problems the family had to go through is actually typical but I like how it was shown because it didn’t exaggerate to the point that it becomes unbelievable. Simple plot but worth pondering in the end.

Okay, I won’t elaborate much as I leave it to you guys to find out the movie’s conflicts, how they were resolved, and how it ended. Mano Po 7 Chinoy is indeed another powerful drama about a family that hopes for love, tries so hard to find how they could weather the hardships of culture and differences and still get the family together.

The movie was shown last December but was cut short due to the MMFF. If you want to catch it, head to your Ayala Malls Cinema as it has been re-opened for viewing on selected theaters.


Playlist Currently

Holla there everyone! It’s rather a bit stressful day for me and nothing relaxes me more than listening go good music (according to my taste), aside from working out though. Since I am not feeling so well today, have to rest my body so working out is not an option. So currently to keep my sanity I am listening to my favorite music seriously loud using my peavey speakers. I just love how I can actually make my own playlist via Spotify.

my playlist

On my playlist (very diverse actually)

  • Versace on the Floor – Bruno Mars
  • All I ask – Adele
  • You – Jona (My Ex and Whys OST)
  • Ikaw Lamang – Janno and Jaya
  • Stickwithu – The Pussycat dolls
  • Stitches – Shawn Mendes
  • Run the World – Beyonce
  • Breathe on Us – Kari Jobe
  • It’s a Beautiful Day – Jamie Grace
  • Counting Stars – Boyce Avenue

And many more songs from Boyce Avenue! I don’t know I just feel like they make each song beautiful! So how about you? What’s on your playlist?

Random : Music Afternoon With My Dude

One of the things that me and eldest son go along so well apart from sport and being crazy is music! He loves to play the guitar, we both though but unfortunately the guitar doesn’t seem to love me that much. While sharing the current music we both plan to cover, he was checking out his electric guitar and then he was talking “alien” to me that I actually had to research about it.

Talked about production guitars that have either the Sustainer or Sustainiac pickup installed. Errrr….earth on me! What is that? I had to actually google it out to be able to relate. Lol! Well, one thing for sure it’s a bit pricey. We are looking for our option up until this moment so if you guys have any idea or suggestions, please help us through the comment section.

How To Entertain A Crowd

Have you volunteered to host a large crow over the holidays? This either has you excited or paralyzed with stress. If you’re a novice host, follow these recommendations from the experts and your event will go off without a hitch. Take a deep breath and let the planning begin.  The key to success is advance planning. This will allow you to enjoy your guests as the function and be as relaxed as possible. Let’s get to it!

The simplest way to entertain a crowd for dinner is by serving buffet style. Generally the dining room table is best suited for the buffet. Assemble a centerpiece using fresh greenery from the garden. This can truly be a showstopper. Enlist a friend if you’re not confident. Stack dinner plates at opposite ends of the buffet to allow guests to serve themselves from either side. Roll silverware in napkins and have available next to the plates.

Decide on your menu. As guest will possibly be juggling a plate and possibly a drink, avoid foods with heavy sauces. Avoid experimenting on new dishes for the event unless you’re an accomplished cook. The easier the food preparation the better. Try to make dishes that can be prepared as far in advance as possible. Identify serving dishes and have ready in the kitchen. Set up a drink station or bar in an area away from the main buffet to accommodate the flow of your guests.

Finally, take the time to get yourself ready for the event. Take advantage of the awesome savings offered by Groupon coupons and make an appointment for eyelash extensions. Select an outfit and allow yourself ample time to relax and get dressed. Remember, the most important item to wear to the event is a genuine smile and quiet self-confidence. You’ve got this!

Tips For Entertaining A Crowd

Have you offered to host a large party over the holidays? You’re either paralyzed with fear or are actually looking forward to it. Either way, follow these suggestions from the experts to ensure a fun, memorable evening for both you and your guests. Entertaining a large crowd doesn’t have to be intimidating, just plan to plan!

After you have the headcount for your event you can decide if a sit down dinner is in order or if a buffet will be a better choice for the size of the crowd.  If a buffet is most appropriate, designate the dining table for your buffet table.  Take advantage of the savings offered by Groupon coupons and head to Kmart for a huge selection of table linens and serving pieces. Stack dining plates at either end of the buffet to allow guests to serve themselves from both sides. Roll silverware in napkins and have at either end of the buffet with the plates. Nothing like waiting in line for food to dampen a festive atmosphere!

Plan your menu well in advance. The simpler the items are to prepare the better. Avoid experimenting with new recipes on the day of your event.  Some guests will be juggling drink glasses and plates, so avoid soupy and saucy items. Often a lasagna, salad and bread are sufficient to feed a hungry crowd. Keep it simple and you’ll enjoy your evening as much as your guests.

Consider a separate table for drinks and non-alcoholic beverages. This will keep the guests flowing around the buffet table and will allow them to find a spot for dining and return for drinks. Most of all, relax and enjoy your evening with your holiday guests. The most important thing you can wear is a genuine smile and a relaxed self-confidence.