Book 1 of 2014: 1984

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I finished George Orwell’s 1984 even if it has big, ugly rats towards the end. (I think it actually helped that I was reading it before going to bed and I can’t sleep after the part about rats.) This is a big deal for me, until now I can’t even finish watching Ratatouille because it makes me think about rats controlling humans. Rats are terrible creatures yo. Stay away from rats.

Destroying a laptop

Moving is a great way to declutter! We’re in the midst of moving apartments and so far we’ve given away two garbage bags filled with clothes and various small appliances. We must’ve gotten rid of about half of our apartment’s contents and it made me realize that we don’t really need much to be happy. Yesterday, I found an old laptop behind my bookshelves. The laptop has a broken hinge and busted batteries. I can’t turn it on and I don’t want to donate an old laptop that hasn’t been wiped clean of my personal details. There’s also no way I’m gonna spend money to have it repaired so I thought that I’ll just have fun and destroy it.

At first I was thinking of throwing it tacsiyapo style against a wall but that’s just like five minutes of fun, tops. I’ve never seen the inside of a laptop so we took it apart out of curiosity. I’m amazed that we were able to take it all apart with a screwdriver, a pair of scissors and some elbow grease. By the way, did you know that the screen is made out of sheets of plastic?

saylala laptop destroyed

saylala laptop destroyed

saylala laptop destroyed

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Book 8 of 2013: Inferno

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I finished Dan Brown’s Inferno in about three days (fastest read of the year so far) and I could’ve probably finished it in one sitting if I didn’t take breaks. (Maybe I should start reading more fast paced novels?) W bought the hardcover when it first came out while I got myself an ebook. W gave up on it when she was a third of the way through and I picked it up recently while sorting out books for our move to Taguig.

Dan Brown’s Inferno has been controversial for referring to Manila as the ‘gates of hell.’ After reading the specific ‘gates of hell’ part of the book, I couldn’t help but think that India would be a more appropriate ‘gates of hell.’ We don’t have gang rapes on buses in Manila and uhm hello, the Philippines is the fifth best place to be a woman in the world.

Babi Guling at Ibu Oka, Ubud

This week, the Philippines was hit with a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The provinces of Cebu and Bohol were badly affected, with photos of torn roads and destroyed churches circulating social networking sites. I’ve visited Cebu and Bohol last year and both are amazing tourist destinations. I remember Bohol for its pristine white beaches, centuries-old churches, the world famous Chocolate Hills, and the most awesome tour guides I’ve ever met. Cebu, on the other hand is synonymous with lechon for me. In fact, the most popular post on this blog is about Cebu’s lechons.

Speaking of lechon, Indonesia has its own version of the roast pig called babi guling. They say that the best babi guling can be found in Ibu Oka in Ubud, Bali.

saylala babi guling ibu oka ubud bali

saylala babi guling ibu oka ubud bali

saylala babi guling ibu oka ubud bali

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