REVIEW: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I felt compelled to use the ampersand more than anything else, because Eleanor & Park, you know.

I haven’t been so struck by YA literature since I last read John Green’s Looking for Alaska, but Rainbow Rowell knew what she was writing about when she imagined a red-haired wonder and an Asian-Irish boy in high school.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Cover)

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REVIEW: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I did it.  I read the next book by the genius behind Gone Girl, and it is far more twisted than the fuckery you witnessed in her debut novel.

Not even an exaggeration.  That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (Cover)

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REVIEW: Mad Mark’s, Glorietta 5

The thing with Saturday classes is you’re always tired.

For my final academic term in grad school, I made a decision to completely separate work from school and opted for whole day Saturday classes instead of evening classes.  So far, it’s been working quite well.  Apart from a couple of work stuff that kind of got in the way, everything’s been balanced.  Except my hunger.

First class is from 9:00am to 12:30pm, and next 12:45pm to 4:00pm.  Although our professors are quite lenient on in-room food consumption, trust me when I say on this day, I am always hungry.

So when my classmate Mariah suggested we go out to eat (since she’s starving herself), we headed over to Mad Mark’s in Glorietta 5, Ayala, Makati.

Here’s their full menu:

Mad Mark's Menu

Right off the bat, the items are quite affordable and unique.  Naturally, I got the signature steak.

I asked the staff why is there a price difference.  They said it’s because of the size of the steak.  I chose the smaller one because eh.  I might be biting off more than I can chew.

I didn’t get to take a photo of Mariah’s food, the Yard Bird and Bacon Slab, because she inhaled her food.  Here’s my pretty plate:

Mad Mark's Signature Steak

I asked them to have it just medium rare, so you can imagine my disappointment when I cut it open and it wasn’t so pink.  It still had that soft chewy state though, but I would have loved a little ooze here and there.

The dish can be matched with two side dishes.  For that afternoon, I had garden greens (their version of vegetable fried rice) and mashed potatoes.  I also chose the Bootstrap sauce, sweet and tangy at the same time.

It was absolutely filling.  The cut may seem small but it’s just the right amount for the appetite I had for that day.  The staff was so accommodating too, we had so many questions about their menu.  The names were too unfamiliar I guess, or perhaps comprehension was low because of the hunger.  But they gladly walked us through and even offered their signature ice cream for dessert.  Too bad we didn’t have room for it left.

Drop by Mad Mark’s for filling and affordable food.  I would gladly come back here after class.

 

4 out of 5 stars because it was far from RCBC Tower hahaha

Life Lessons from That Thing Called Tadhana

I first heard about this movie a couple of months ago, when the ultimate fangirl Adah decided to immerse herself in independent film. One of her best picks at the tenth anniversary of Cinema One Originals is exactly this movie.

Normally, I would watch indies turned commercial to see what’s the difference from its festival screening. Antoinette Jadaone’s distributor sure is a good one.

That Thing Called Tadhana 1

There are so many blogs that sprout overnight, from top 10 hugot lines from the movie to reviews left and right, but I hope to indulge you with lines from the film applicable to life in general.

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REVIEW: Boyhood (2014)

Le Beau’s flight back to NJ was quick, albeit bittersweet, but one of the first things he told me when he got home was this movie, Boyhood.  Filmed over the course of 12 years, Boyhood shows the ups and downs of growing up in the eyes of a child.  With my weekend spoiled by an illness, I had some time to burn, and I must say the perspective was the perfect view.

Boyhood

Spoiler alert, spoiler alert, you have been warned.

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