Where can I order sub-zero watermelons?

I know that its gloomy for the past two days, with scattered rainshowers especially at night, but damn, during noontime when the sun is bursting at its peak, all you wanted to do is eat watery fruits like watermelon. Not just watermelon, but super cold watermelon and when you put it in your mouth, you can feel the cold juice right through your esophagus.

Okay, I’m exagerrating. But you get the drill, right?

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My 31st.

When I reach thirty something, I promise myself not to have a birthday party slash blowout. I guess it’s the age or something. I feel like the money to be spend there can be use for some useful and more rewarding things.

When I turned 31 last week, it was just a simple dinner for me and my sister. I chose Cafe Via Mare in Shangrila Mall because it is convenient from where we live (Mandaluyong) and the fact that we will be watching The Hunger Games right after at the Shang Cineplex.

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My favorite appetizer, paku salad, should be there. If you haven’t tried it, you should! Trust me, this underrated fern tastes good when you put vinegar, tomatoes, and itlog maalat (salted egg).

I also order monggo and crispy pata for main course. Yes, crispy pata and we are only two. But we finish it! Very sinful, indeed.

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After the stomach is full, we watch The Hunger Games. I like the movie, though the facial expression of the main protagonist doesn’t look like she is very afraid–to think that she is running for her life. Overall, it was a nice movie.

The Hypnotist

Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm

“You will hear only the sound of my voice

You will hear only the numbers counting down

Calm now, there’s no reason to be afraid

No readon to be afraid

No reason to be afraid

There’s reason to be afraid”

I am about to finish reading Lars Kepler’s The Hypnotist. I chanced upon this book after it was featured in TIME magazine’s Top 10 books for 2011. The book cover alone got me curious. So I send a tweet to Fully Booked (yes, they have a twitter account and very helpful!) to ask if they have this book on stock. After a few hours, Lucy from Fully Booked replied that it is available in their BGC branch.

I went there over the weekend to grab my copy. The book is an easy read; the kind that you read in airport while waiting for your flight, connecting or direct, or delayed, to somewhere. Or the type that you want to open its pages while riding the MRT, or waiting for your turn to be interviewed (if you are looking for a job). In short, it’s easy to understand and the literary style is simple.

This is how the book phrase the story:

Tumba, Sweden—A triple murder, all the same family. The killer is at large, and it looks as if the elder sister escaped the carnage. But she is missing and it seems only a matter of time until she too is murdered. Detective Inspector Joona Linna demands to investigate the grisly aftermath—against the wishes of the national police. Where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy, Josef, whose mother, father and little sister were killed before his eyes, and he’s in shut down, comatose with shock. Obsessed and desperate, Linna turns to disgraced specialist Erik Maria Bark…

I heard that this book is soon to be a major film (in Sweden, at least), directed by Lasse Hallstrom. I’m sure a Hollywood version is in the offing. Meanwhile, I would like to ask when will Salmon Fishing In The Yemen be shown in Manila? They both have the same director.

Mr Tambourine Boy

There really are times where you just want to shut yourself from the rest of the world. That moment when you are angry but you don’t know why or what cause it? It just happens. I have an idea. Why don’t we follow what the boy in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close do? He brings a tambourine wherever he goes because its sound makes him calm.

Let’s buy tambourine and bring it (in backpack or bag) and use during stressful moments. What do you think? Regardless if we will be labeled as somebody with Asperger’s syndrome.