MOMMA’S MOJO

Don’t get me wrong, I’m really digging this motherhood gig and loving every second I spend with the fam but a little respite from nursery rhymes would be a good break, don’t you think? It’s been afternoon play dates and kiddie parties for me for some time and I’m sort of missing the night life.  My previous job would often take me to grand product launch events with unlimited booze, a staple when working for the biggest beer manufacturer in the Philippines.

Last Saturday, Dear Hubby and I got invited to his client’s product launch party.  Can you believe that?  I’m going to a partaaayy! *happy dance* 🙂  We took our dear family friend, Anna Mae, who was game enough to join us despite having arrived from an out of town trip that evening. Oh the energy of the youth!

Prepping for this party felt like going back on the dating scene after being single for a long time.  What shall I wear?  Do I have the shoes to match it? Which lipstick shade is perfect?  What about the blings?  Shoot, my nails are too short for a manicure! Aahh, I miss these girly problems!

I giddily rummaged through my closet to look for one of my prized possessions.  And there it is, underneath my school-friendly mommy clothes is my little black tube blouse! This little piece of clothing my friend gave me when we were still in Manila, and the very same one which I never got to wear since we moved to Jakarta two years ago is finally going to party.  I also took out my chandelier earrings which I have worn only once, and my Steve Madden killer heels which all of a sudden felt uncomfortable. I must’ve been wearing my Chuck Taylors and Crocs for far too long.  And of course, my most favorite part of any party prep: THE MAKE-UP.  I remember Dear Hubby’s funny reaction a long time ago when he learned that there are about a hundred shades of lipsticks for us to choose from.  He thought that it was just “red” and “pink” not knowing that RED could mean Russian red, brick red, rogue, ruby, crimson, etc. and PINK could be cotton candy, bubblegum, orchid, carnation and so on.  See baby, I don’t need to be an artist like you to know the color palette.

We had a blast at the party, never mind if I had to be assisted like an invalid at some point to prevent me from toppling over in my high heels. Darn, the Chucks would’ve been the better choice!  Judging from the other events and the bars I’ve been to in Jakarta so far, I must say that the Indonesians know how to party.  This one was no different, it was fun as usual. The SILENT DISCOwhich I just learned is very popular in Europe and the US was a novelty for me!

Here are some of the photos from the event.

The venue (Plaza Barat Senayan) is an open field but they built a dome so the party would have both outdoor and indoor areas.

Data base gathering

The DJ’s booth

Checking out the SILENT DISCO

“Silent disco has become a common name for a disco where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones.  Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via an FM-transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participants…” – Wikipedia

The touch-screen wall that showed our photo (taken earlier at the photo booth) after we “blast” those green balls.

Their version of ICED DRINK

Cheers to a balanced family and social life!!!

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MY “EAT BULAGA INDONESIA” EXPERIENCE

There’s not one Filipino who hasn’t heard of Eat Bulaga, the longest running noontime variety-game show in the Philippines.  I practically grew up with this show– daydreamed about joining the “Little Miss Philippines” contest, picked up the latest “knock-knock” jokes, patiently waited for the “Dobe Kara” segment, and always looked forward to the “Super SiReyna” candidates.  As a little girl, watching and getting entertained by this program made eating vegetables at lunch more tolerable.  Even when I became busier as a working adult, I would still catch a Saturday episode whenever I can  only to guess the “Pinoy Henyo” words of the day.

As if being a staple in the Filipino lives for over 30  years is not yet enough achievement, Eat Bulaga has added another feather on its cap.  For the first time in the Philippine television history, a local TV program is franchised by a network in another country.   Surya Citra Televisi or SCTV  in Indonesia has recently acquired franchise of Eat Bulaga, definitely a milestone we Filipinos should be proud of.

As EB Philippines celebrated its 33rd anniversary last Saturday, we had the privilege of watching EAT BULAGA INDONESIA live at the Studio Penta SCTV.   The Filipino community here in Indonesia was invited by SCTV’s Marketing Creative Services Advisor, Gerry Guzman.  Yes folks, he is a Pinoy!  Woot-woot!!!

Salamat Eat Bulaga, Terima kasih SCTV sa isang libo’t isang tuwa (one thousand and one fun).  Now I can truly say that Indonesia is indeed my second home. 🙂

While waiting for the show to start

Philippine and Indonesian flags being waved by the audience

Dennis and Luis, our very own Mr. Pogi candidates

Trust the Pinoys to get the message across

Teacher Vince sending some love back home

Our fully-clothed SexBomb counterparts

The games and props are patterned after EB Philippines

Kanan Kiri Bumbum Cring!

Now wearing our EB shirts which we won from the “Kanan Kiri” game

Our favorite Pinoy Henyo being played here as “Indonesian Pintar”

Their team won 2 Million IDR!

This Indonesian (girl)-Filipino (guy) tandem also won the Indonesian Pintar adult category

EB Indonesia also has this tambayan with a salon, barber shop and sar-sari store

Like its Philippine counterpart, EB Indonesia extends its hand to televiewers who are in need. This touching gesture never fails to warm the hearts of everyone watching.

The fun goes on even off-cam

Spotted these cute Pinoy kids in the studio

With LEO CONSUL, the lone Filipino among the hosts who hails from Bolinao, Pangasinan. Another Pinoy pride right there!

With one of the Indonesian hosts, Reza Bukan

Tita Nitz and Anna Mae enjoying a red carpet moment

Pitchur pitchur

Pinoy Henyo me playing around with the props at the backstage

Thumbs up for EAT BULAGA INDONESIA!

GOT HOOKED: Desperate Housewives

I refrained from illegal online downloading and buying the DVDs of three TV series (Revenge, Desperate Housewives and Mad Men)  because aside from thinking that it’s my own contribution to world peace (!), I also enjoyed the torture of being left hanging and waiting for what to happen next.  So I officially blame television for my long hiatus from blogging.  It has recently  “robbed” me of my blogging time so that pretty much took up all of my weeknights. On weekends? I catch up on missed episodes haha :).  Before Desperate Housewives’ finale, it aired on the same Wednesday timeslot with Mad Men, probably one of the most difficult situations I was faced with! 🙂  So this is what sort of made up my little world lately…

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES


I’ve been an avid viewer of this series since 2004, back when I wasn’t a housewife yet and not one bit desperate but was already residing in Fairview (sa Quezon City nga lang 🙂 ).  The genius combo of comedy-drama-mystery plus excellently written script just appealed to me.  Heck, Dear Hubby got addicted to it too!  Just like how he enjoyed watching the movie/series  “Sex & The City” with me, he liked watching DH as well.  According to him, these two programs have helped him understand women better.  And rightly so, there is a bit of a Desperate Housewife within us.  Here they are and see if you can relate with them.

BREE VAN DE KAMP

Played by Marcia Cross, Bree Van de Kamp is the perfectionist homemaker and was once the wife and mother every other woman dreamed of being.  On some levels, I totally get her being OC (obsessive-compulsive) around her home!  I want my  toilet papers arranged in a specific way, throw pillows placed zippers down, etc. But sadly, I can never even come close to her talent in the kitchen, sigh!  Well, I may not be baking muffins when I’m upset and won’t go polishing my silver ware when I’m rattled but Bree has inspired me to still look polished and well-dressed even when at home.  Shameless confession:  I once did my laundry wearing my pearls… and clothes. I was wearing clothes too 🙂

Pearls with apron!

images courtesy of abc.com

GABRIELLE SOLIS

Played by Eva Longoria, Gaby was a former top-model turned trophy wife. She was a woman who gave up on her lavish life in NYC to move to the suburbs in Fairview and adjust to a quieter, more settled lifestyle.  The most kikay in the bunch and one of my favorite housewives in this series, Gaby showed us that a stay-at-home mom can still look fab. When I became a housewife myself, I subconsciously channeled my inner Gabrielle Solis.  I would wear my nice clothes when I bring Little Boy to school,  carry a cute purse when grocery shopping, made sure that I had  lipgloss even when buying bread and eggs from the nearby mini-mart.  No, I’m not having an affair with a gardener but Gaby and I both drive our husbands nuts.

“You are lucky you got a kidney transplant. And if you take anymore of my money, you’re going to need a face transplant.”

photo courtesy of abc.com

photo courtesy of abc.com

SUSAN DELFINO

Played by Teri Hatcher, Susan Delfino (nee Mayer) is the hopeless romantic and the nicest among the housewives. Her character is funny bordering on kooky.  Susan “humanized” the housewife image by showing that not all of us can make great tasting meals and we can sometimes be clumsy  mothers too.  But what she lacks in homemaking skills she makes up by boundlessly loving and caring for the people around her.  She also exhibits strength of character having survived a divorce, financial crisis, separation and a lot more misfortunes.  Ironically, this character that gave me the most laughter also made me cry the most in the season finale.

“Bree’s kept me company all day. Is she a saint or what?”

“I love you once, I love you twice. I love you more than beans and rice.” -Mike Delfino

LYNETTE SCAVO

Felicity Huffman who played as Lynette Scavo is hands down the best actor in this series! Hers is my most favorite character and the one I can most relate to.  Here’s why…

“She used to see herself as a career woman.  And a hugely successful one at that.  She was known for her power lunches, eye-catching presentations and her ruthlessness in wiping out the competition.  Lynette gave up her career to assume a new label:  the incredibly satisfying role of full-time mother.”
-Mary Alice Young

“I have four kids under the age of six. I absolutely have anger management issues.”

“Today I have a chance to join the human race for a few hours – there are actual adults waiting for me with margaritas. Look, I’m in a dress, I have make-up on.”

Goodbye, ladies… Thank you for the eight wonderful seasons!!!

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