Thursday, March 31, 2011

SEAIR's "Animated Short Tails" Contest Extended!

I am not really a fan of animation, but last night hubby and I were up late channel surfing and we came upon the CBO channel airing a re-run of Ang TV Movie The Adarna Adventure and I realized how much Filipino movies have evolved in recent years. It was not an animated movie but there was a scene where they animated the  Adarna bird as it transformed into Jolina Magdangal. Needless to say, the animation was very rustic compared to what Disney or Pixar were already showing at the time. However, last year's during last year's filmfest I was impressed when they showed RPG Metanoia, again I am not an anime fan but I do appreciate the craft. It's impressive how Filipino's have come a long way, but then again Pinoys have always been very artistic it's just that their talents can not feed them in this country so they have to go off to other places to earn a living and enhance their art.

I think we need more opportunities for this type of art here, where we can really show off what we can do. Drawing, sketching and creating anime characters at the back of textbooks is not a waste of time or effort, it's an art. Instead of reprimanding kids and telling them that they should be doctors or lawyers, try giving them a sketchpad instead. We need more opportunities and I stumbled upon one, SEAIR launched an animation contest dubbed "Animated Short Tails" that will be running until September 15, 2011. Check out the information below.  

SEAIR's "Animated Short Tails" Contest Extended!

Get another shot at winning a dream vacation package for two at one of the country’s best year-round destinations, Batanes, with the extended run of the “Animated Short Tails” contest.
           Due to insistent public demand, the animation competition is extended until September 15, 2011, Thursday.  Awarding will coincide with the 5th Philippine Animation Festival, Animahenasyon, on November 25, 2011.
            Presented by South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR), together with the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI), “Animated Short Tails” is open to all Filipinos. Registration is free and forms can be downloaded at  Competition updates will be posted at       
  "The response from the public has been tremendous," shares Michael Kho Lim, Executive Director of ACPI. "We have been swamped with numerous requests from students and professionals alike to extend the deadline.  We understand that content creation for animation takes time so we decided to accommodate their requests.  That way, awarding and celebration can coincide with this year's Animahenasyon."
Entries should promote SEAIR and its destinations and communicate SEAIR's positioning as the Philippines' premier leisure airline.  These can be in cel animation, line drawing, stop motion objects or animated objects, stop motion puppet, stop motion clay/ claymation, sand on glass, paint on glass, cut-outs, pixilation, 2D computer/ flash animation, 3D computer, or a combination of the above forms.  Works must have a total duration of 30 seconds.     
            The contest is divided into the professional and student divisions.  The first place winner in the professional division gets two Batanes roundtrip tickets and three days, two nights accommodations for two at Batanes Seaside Hotel; second place gets two Boracay roundtrip tickets plus three days, two nights stay for two at Fairways and Bluewater Resort; and third place gets two Boracay roundtrip tickets. 
            The top draw in the student division wins a Batanes roundtrip ticket and three days, two nights stay at Batanes Seaside Hotel; second place gets a Boracay roundtrip ticket and three days, two nights stay at Fairways and Bluewater Resort; and third place gets a Boracay roundtrip ticket.  A participant in the school division must provide a photocopy of a valid school ID and school registration form together with the entry form.
            SEAIR will also give away a Boracay roundtrip ticket to the entry with the most number of “Likes” on the SEAIR Facebook Fan Page.  A link to the entry must be posted on the wall at before 11:59 p.m. of September 15, 2011.
            "As we see and acknowledge that animation is an edgy marketing tool to promote our products and services," says Delza Gochoco, SEAIR Head of Commercial Affairs. "SEAIR decided to partner with ACPI for 2011 to help promote our airline and its destinations, but at the same time to help boost the production of more original Filipino animation."
            SEAIR is the nation's second oldest airline and is the only airline that flies from Manila to the idyllic northern province of Batanes.  It has the longest history of uninterrupted flights to Boracay via Caticlan and offers the fastest flights to Boracay, the world-class beach destination - at 35 minutes.  It was the 2009 Best Airline of the Year at the Philippines' Consumer Excellence Award.  This year, SEAIR was named Gold Brand by the Gold Brands Council Philippines as a testament for brand image appeal, and trust and market acceptance.
            ACPI is a non-profit organization recognized and supported by the government to promote Filipino animation talents worldwide. Annually, it holds “Animahenasyon” which features works of aspiring and professional animators in the country through competition, master classes, animation congress, and work exhibits of seasoned animators and lifetime achievement awardees.
            So what are you waiting for?  Turn in that short tails and get the chance to win that long-deserved vacation!
For inquiries on entry submission and “Animated Short Tails” contest rules, please contact the ACPI at 817-2727 local 108 or email: and check updates in SEAIR’s Facebook page at

Saturday, March 19, 2011

UPDATED: Bucket List

Hmmm . . .progress. . . progress . . . now seems like a good time as any to update my bucket list before age sinks in and I start forgetting the things I've done and wanted to do. I posted this a while back for Mama Kat's  writing workshop, I wasn't able to do a lot but I think I'm ready to add in new ones.  
It's funny how much the things I wanted have changed but in a way still stayed the same. 
  1. Go to an underwater aquarium. Run a marathon! (I'm starting small with 3K)
  2. Learn to REALLY  SOMEHOW play the piano.
  3. Teach my daughter to REALLY play the piano. Will revisit in a few months, she seems to like dancing more ;-)
  4. Write my own cook book.
  5. Ride a zip line with my hubby.
  6. Understand my Income Tax statement .
  7. Join Habitat for Humanity
  8. Scuba dive and not be afraid of the fish.
  9. Make my own dress.
  10. Build my own house (at least part of it)
  11. Skinny-dip in the ocean. Flashback: I just remembered I did this already, way, way, way before I was married.
  12. Swim with dolphins.
  13. Ride a carabao. I did this too when I was a kid, but I wanna do it again!
  14. Go camping and roast marshmallows with my husband and daughter.
  15. Sing on stage at someones concert.
  16. Feed the hungry.Do I not do this everyday??? Hmmm
  17. Help make someones life better.
  18. Have 1000 friends on my Facebook.
  19. Go to Korea's Kimchi Museum.
  20. Go to Korea's Teddy Bear Museum.
  21. Go back to sketching.
  22. Learn all 26 Bikram Yoga poses and do them correctly. Still trying ;-)
  23. Have a donkey ride in Santorini.
  24. Celebrate my daughter's 18th birthday.
  25. See my daughter graduate college.
  26. Edit my wedding video, if I can find it. No luck finding it so far ;-(
  27. Fit into my wedding gown, again! No luck with that either ;-(
  28. Play hide and seek on the train.
  29. Have a spa weekend with my girl friends.
  30. Help make someone else's dream come true.
  31. Curl my hair. Foam rollers are my best friend ;-)
  32. Celebrate my birthday in an orphanage.
  33. Run barefoot in an open field.
  34. See my high school ex and ignore him!
  35. Finish my scrap book.
  36. Learn to dance properly.
  37. Start my own business. Getting there! Wish me luck!
  38. See a real wishing well. Last year we went back to Chocolate Hills (thanks to my mother-in-law) to the well where I wished to marry my husband. Apparently, it was a REAL wishing well. I don't care what anybody says!
  39. Cut Justin Bieber's hair. Probably not gonna happen. tsk tsk tsk
  40. Learn to ride a bike. 
  41. Sit by the beach with a bottle of wine.
  42. Go on a road trip alone.
  43. Try an exotic cuisine.
  44. See my daughter married to a good person.
  45. Spoil my grand kids.
  46. Be wrapped in chocolate.
  47. Watch Cats the musical. No luck with that, none with Taylor Swift either ;-9
  48. Have a chat with Isabel Allende. Online counts, right?
  49. Eat breakfast food all day in my pajamas.
  50. Be a studio guest in any Food Network Show.
  51. Punch Barney. (Sorry Barney lovers!)
  52. Take my family to Disney.
  53. Have the strength to eat bitter gourd (ampalaya).
  54. Have a star named after me.
  55. Plant a tree. . . again.
  56. Make paper dolls with my daughter Not just any paper dolls, ballerina paper dolls, mind you.
  57. Plan the next baby. 
  58. Perfect my mom's paella recipe. I am near surrender with this one.
  59. Learn a sport. Tweeting is a sport, right?!
  60. Support a charitable foundation.
  61. Clean the second bedroom. It got messy again, too bad!
  62. Be a registered voter. Tsk tsk tsk!
  63. Visit my sister so she'll continue reading my blog!
  64. Travel on a hot air balloon.
  65. Sit on a porch with my hubby.  With wine, too!
  66. Be nicer to the stalker like sales-staff in the nearby department store.
  67. Quit my vices . . . soon.
  68. Live near the ocean.
  69. Drink hot coffee while wrapped in a blanket on a cold morning. This I'll do again and again.
  70. Teach my daughter the art of drinking without getting drunk.
  71. Be ready with my birds and bees speech.
  72. See all my siblings.
  73. Party like no one is watching.  Been there, done that. No thanks!
  74. Adopt a dog from the pound.
  75. Fly a kite.
  76. Get a dolphin tattoo and never show my kids.
  77. Figure out the correct combination to get a moshling. I got a few in my garden now. Yay me!
  78. Color my husband's gray hair.
  79. Spend a weekend away with my husband.
  80. Paint my toe nails red.
  81. Learn Korean. I know a few phrases now, but not enough to save my life;-(
  82. Walk in the rain.
  83. Have a professional photo taken. We started a Valentine tradition last year to get our family pictures taken. You can see the latest ones on this post. Tada!
  84. Run around a public fountain screaming.
  85. Wear a mascot costume and hug kids.
  86. Try the walk-on-water-ball in MOA.
  87. Join a paint ball match and actually hit someone.
  88. Get the biggest stuff toy from a claw crane vending machine.
  89. Have a trust fund for my kid/s.
  90. Climb a volcano.
  91. Build a tree house.
  92. Write a memoir and insist that it be read on my deathbed.
  93. Give someone good advice (solicited, of course).Something to do now and again.
  94. See the next lunar eclipse with my husband.
  95. Forgive. Something to do now and again.
  96. Be forgiven. Something to ask for now and again.
Much love to the person who helps me, humors me and supports me to complete my list ;-)

Thanks to Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop prompt,click below if you're interested.
Mama's Losin' It


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Prodigal Son

The parable of the prodigal son is a well known story of a parent's unconditional love for a son who squandered his life away. It goes on that after all the rock star living, the son returns poor and desolate, still father celebrates, the son was lost and now found again. For a parent forgiveness comes easy, for a sibling, not so. What do you do for a sibling who has gone astray and hasn't been found yet. Is helping the right thing to do? What is the RIGHT way to help in the first place?  

I have been mulling over this for the past couple of days, I even asked hubby what the Christian thing to do was. Of course we are both stumped, why you may ask? We are parents. When we were younger, helping out people in dire situations came easy, before we had our daughter we never saved anything for ourselves.Now, we hold back. Now, we are selfish. Now, we are parents. 

Standing still and watching someone gain the strength and wisdom to make things right on their own, is a form of helping. I guess. 

I am my brothers keeper and we are in a sense orphans. Now, I have to stand in the sidelines, separate my self. Still, I keep the door ajar. 

Friday, March 4, 2011

What's Cooking: Sun Dried Tomato Pesto and Pastrami Pasta

I have always loved pesto whether on pasta or bread, even fish but hubby doesn't like it. He says it taste too much like leaves. Whatever that means!? He on the other hand loves tomatoes, I am not a big fan. I only eat tomatoes if its made into a sauce or in really small quantities. Last weekend I found some sun dried tomatoes at the grocery store at P75 for a hundred grams, a bit pricey but you do not really need that much and it keeps really well. I also wanted to use some of the home made pesto I have sitting on the fridge. So, here's something I made that got both of us eating what we love. It's also kid friendly, Sofie loves it.


3 tbsp oil
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes soaked in hot water 
4 tbsp pesto sauce
4 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup beef broth
4-6 slices pastrami
2-3 slices goat cheese
3 tbsp chopped parsley
dash of chili flakes
salt and pepper to taste
250 grams cooked linguine


1. Heat up some oil in a non-stick pan, sweat the onions for a few seconds up until it changes color then add the garlic. 

2. Drain the sun dried tomatoes from the water, it should be tender to the touch. Chop in small pieces or use a food  processor. I like it a bit chunky so I just used my trusty cleaver and did some chopping. Add the chopped tomatoes to the pan and saute for a bit. Stir in the pesto sauce, tomato paste and beef broth. Continue stirring until it looks nice and saucy or about five minutes. Add the salt and pepper to taste. 

3.Toss in the cooked linguine and top it off with shredded pastrami, crumbled goat cheese, chili flakes and chopped parsley.  
** You can also use fresh basil if you do not have pesto and any variety of sun dried tomatoes. 

Happy Eating!


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Of Friends and Turtles

You know how parents always talk about the terrible two's, like how they are at the end of their ropes with their kid's tantrums, antics, weird ways? See, when I had Sofie I expected that to happen. I have read and re-read all the parenting tips, my What to Expect series from while she was in my tummy until she became a toddler. When she turned two, I braced myself for the worst toddler behavior but then nothing. Sofie was the nicest happy little camper any mom of a two-year old would ask for. She had her moments but it wasn't that "terrible" at all, and at times it was even cute. So, I thought, yeah I got this parent thing going. Until she turned three. Terrible three's, so there is such a thing. 

She would throw fits for no apparent reason, there was one time that she had a melt-down at the mall when I told her we can't buy that toy. Oh boy! This never happened before! I thought at three she would be reasonable enough and we could talk things out. Then I realized I was crazy for thinking this, she's three not a 20-something-scientist! One night before going to bed, we were having a little chat I was asking her if she wanted to go to toddler school like when she had her music/playschool classes before. I said "You'll like it there, we will play with teacher and your classmates" So she asked me what a classmate was and I told her that they are her friends. Then she said one of the most heart breaking things a mother could hear, "but I have no friends outside". So there it was, I know she loves me dearly but sometimes playing with mommy just doesn't cut it anymore. People need people and my tiny little person knew this more than I did. 

Not that I'm a recluse, but I guess all the partying has already left me along with my 20's. Now, I'm more of a homebody, which is new. Oh boy, if you knew me when. . . . that's for another post. Back to what I was saying, since it's just the two of us (and the cat) most of the time, my social life revolves around her and online. My best girlfriends are either busy with work, a new baby or out of the country and we only get to talk online. Thank God for Facebook!

You may be wondering why on earth don't we play with the neighborhood kids. We'll we're not exactly in the suburbs and the neighborhood kids, I will say it again, So, the following week, armed with cookies and a yoghurt drink we went to Gymboree again. This time I enrolled her on a toddler class with a longer module, Learning Lab for 3-5.  Her first day was a bit rough, but since the class allowed parents to be present, we made it through. The next few classes were a joy and she is now back to her happy little camper self. Oh and your wondering what the turtle was all about, it's me being slow on the uptake and Sofie's first art project in school. Not exactly a Rodin but the best turtle I have ever seen. Taddddaaaaa!



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