Inside Out: Live Life to the Fullest – Promo Alert

inside Out Live Life to the Fullest

“Inside Out – Live Life to The Fullest” is a seminar happening on August 30, 2014 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Philippines.  Don’t miss this time to be inspired!  Featured power speakers are Chinkee Tan (wealth guru), Atom Araullo (news reporter), Alexander Lacson (lawyer, author, philantrophist) and Boy Abunda (TV host and talent manager).

You can buy tickets online at, they’re offering 10% off until July 31, 2014.  Here’s the bonus: If you happen to view this ad and decide to buy a ticket from from July 31-August 25, comment on this post or send me a message on my facebook page to get a free gift from one of our partner sites!

Event is brought to you by To The Max Events.  You may also buy and claim tickets in their Ortigas office, or from me – if you’re within my personal networks.

For more info contact Angel Coronel at (02)9030546 or 0917-4370132.  You may also email me at, I’ll respond to you right away ;) *wink* – Jonah  

Cosplay Conventions: What to Do

My sister Aki as herself, my brother Joey as Jack frost, and me as Elsa.

My sister Aki as herself, my brother Joey as Jack frost, and me as Elsa.

Have you been invited to a cosplay event and wonder how you can make the most out of it? If you are a fan of animation and computer games, you should try and go some time. So what do you do when your friend, or maybe your son or daughter invites you to attend one?

1. Come in costume!
Cosplay conventions are not complete without attendees dressed up as their favorite character. You can get your costumes in several ways: buy ready-made ones, check vintage stores for similar looking pieces, borrow from a friend or if you’re creative enough, sew your own.

My sister happened to be a creative genius, she crafts cosplay accessories and has several costume ideas. She’s the one who made my Elsa costume, and the Anna (Fire Emblem) costume below. Visit her website

Ok, now you know who we are :)
Ok, now you know who we are :)

Now if you can’t come in complete costume, wear head-dresses (like the panda-cap one my brother is wearing in this photo) or any unique and attention getting accessories (big eye-glasses, afro wig, Lolita skirt, etc.) Or.. if there’s nothing fancy with your wardrobe (just like me up there), carry a big smile with you and a positive attitude! :D

2. Bring your camera.
If you don’t want to be the center of attention, you can attend cosplay conventions as a photographer. No, you do not need a professional DSLR. Cosplayers in the venue will pause and pose whenever you bring out your camera, even your phone and tablet.

Remember to be polite, and ask permission especially when they’re talking with companions, eating or resting. When they are ready, they will strike a pose and do their thing even when you don’t ask them to.

3. Visit booths and buy items.
Cosplay conventions also highlight selling of collectible items in various booths within the venue. Cosplay conventions gather not just cosplayers but collectors of novelty items (comics, miniature or life-size characters, toys, and VCDs). Aside from these, what I look out for are booths printing customized t-shirts of my favorite anime characters on it, wigs and Lolita dresses, make-up and many others.

For schedules of cosplay events in Manila please visit

A Letter to John

road photo

“I’m glad you followed me.”  My eyes brightened and welled up in tears when John searched for me.  It’s surprising to me how he was able to catch-up, knowing that a goal seeker like me can run fast.  I guess he found the courage to travel miles along the road to unknown.  I wonder if his wings are no longer broken.

 Walk with me.”  I said yes to John-the-familiar’s call despite my hesitations.   I can only be as brave as the man who asks of my heart; and that night he asked me to be his beloved with no fear in his eyes.  I felt hope, and peace, and strengthened with the courage to take risks. The pot of flower he still takes with him was a sign that he values the gift that we had, and all the more he would want to make it grow.  I wanted to give it a chance to live, too.

“It has been seven days.  We still have a far distance to travel.”  He noticed the days passing, and I admit I forgot to count.  I was so thrilled with the journey, and got my sight fixed on wanting to please my companion.

The road wasn’t smooth, strong winds and rain also passed.  But I only saw budding roses, rainbows and greens.  I took pictures of good memories in the present, and became resilient when I encounter a bad one. There are times I worry about our destination, but John often reminded me that this is secure.

“I’m surprised you were counting John.”  I said these words because I felt that he changed.  He seldom talks about his destination, and now it seems that he remembers. There was a serious look on his face. Is it something I said?

Alas I noticed that in front of us lies a crossroad.  On my right was the setting sun and I knew his silence meant that he wants to go elsewhere.  He broke his silence and says he wanted to travel alone.

Can two walk together, unless they agreed?

To be continued.

(Read part 1 here)


Filipino Food at Nid’s Binalot

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Meals at Nid’s Binalot are served wrapped in banana leaves

Nid’s Binalot is my most recommended food destination whenever in my hometown, Calamba Laguna Philippines. The restaurant is famous for native dishes wrapped in banana leaves, thus the name “binalot” which means “wrapped” in Filipino.

There are many choices at Nid’s Binalot, my favorite is the traditional adobo (chicken or pork marinated in soy sauce and vinegar) which comes with atsara (unripe papaya pickle).  This dish , as well as other native viands (pinoy beef steak, kaldereta, bicol express, boneless bangus, liempo) are priced affordably at less than a hundred pesos. Your favorite silog meals (rice, viand with fried up egg), lugaw and pancit are also available.

Filipino drinks and deserts are also available at Nid’s Binalot.  During my last visit, I tasted their refreshing sago’t gulaman (sugar based drink made of tapioca pearls, gelly and vanilla extract)  offered for less than thirty pesos.  Nid’s will also satisfy your sweet cravings for other local deserts such as leche flan, halo halo, and ube halaya.  Don’t forget to take home their specialty cassava cake.

Nid's Chicken Adobo

Nid’s Chicken Adobo


sago at gulaman

Nid’s sago at gulaman

Click here for adobo  and sago at gulaman recipes

You can also expect a warm ambiance in Nid’s branches, and you can boast of not just the food but its Filipino interior among your tourist friends.

Here are their branches in Calamba City, Laguna:

* Sm City, Calamba Laguna

* National Highway, Crossing Calamba Laguna

* National Highway, Barangay Pansol Calamba

* Paciano, Calamba City

 They have recently branched out in malls in Metro Manila, too.  Click her for all their branches.  We also took photos of the menu for you.

Flaring Felicity’s ratings for Nid’s Binalot (5 as the highest):

Food / Taste= 4, Variety = 5, Price = 5, Ambiance = 4

Check out more Flaring Felcity reviews on Filipino food

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