5 Things to See This Month with Your Friends

Make the most out of the remaining months of 2015 with your besties!
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Don't let 2015 come to a close without squeezing in a few more new experiences with your barkada. Before going about your individual holiday plans, schedule some bonding time to try a new food spot, check out exciting events, go shopping, or just chill. To help you out, we've listed a few suggestions below. Rock November, Candy girls!

 1  Find out what the fuss is all about at The Halal Guys

SM Mega Food Hall, SM Megamall, Oritgas, Mandaluyong City

While waiting for your turn at this new dining hotspot, you can catch up and swap stories with your girlfriends. Choose from the different variants like falafel, chicken, and beef over rice or as pita wrap drizzled with their signature sauces, and find out what's so special about this famous New York food cart that's now in Manila. We suggest a budget of P300 and up for a filling experience. Visit The Halal Guys on Facebook for more info.


 2  Get your fair share of scare at Eastwood City's The Walking Dead: Terminus Haunted House

Eastwood Central Plaza, Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City

Walking Dead: Terminus Haunted House

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A Walking Dead fan or simply up for some Halloween fun? Check out Eastwood City's The Walking Dead: Terminus Haunted House, which is open 6 p.m. onwards until November 10. Survive the maze that is home to some creepy walkers that are sure to give you a scare. Tickets are at P150 each. Visit the Eastwood City Facebook page for updates.


 3  Shop for the holidays at Clothes Buffet Manila Season 2

The Elements Events Hall, Eton Centris, Quezon City

It's shop all you can at the second installment of Clothes Buffet Manila happening on November 21 and 22 at the Elements Events Hall at Eton Centris. There will be different style themes at the event, so you can pick those that suit your taste. If you didn't sign up during the early bird promo, you may still register for P2,799, and that's all you need to pay for 20 minutes of nonstop shopping with thousands of clothes to choose from. Like Clothes Buffet Manila on Facebook for more exciting information.

 4  Stay zen and stuffed at the Mandala Park Weekend Market

312 Shaw Boulevard, Barangay Pleasant Hills, Mandaluyong City


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Pay a visit to one of the newest weekend markets in the Metro. Open Saturdays and Sundays starting 4 p.m., you can get a taste of delectable food and drinks from concessionaires like The Burger Project, Ribs Manila, Iroha, Edgy Veggy, Scout's Honor, Fog City Creamery, and many more. Allot a budget of P300 and up for a full experience. Visit Mandala Park on Facebook to stay in the loop.

 5  See your favorite Internet stars at the Click Play Social Media Festival

SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City

Click Play Social Media Festival


Mark you calendars for the Click Play Social Media Festival on November 22, from 4 to 10 p.m. Maze Runner's Ki Hong Lee and YouTube star Ryan Higa will be headlining the event. Other online celebrities like David Choi and the singing group Cimorelli will join them. Ticket rates start at P3,500 each. Stay updated by checking out the Click Play Facebook page.









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Jean Natividad
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Jean is a twentysomething freelance writer who enjoys squatting at coffee shops with her trusty laptop, favorite music, and book of choice. She's big on city living but always longs for the sea, sun, and sand.

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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

They say time heals all wounds, but it has been ages - is heartbreak exempted?

I have forgotten when was the last time we shared a smile - the last time when I saw the glow in your eyes and the last time when you whispered an I love you to me. I have forgotten when, but here I am - writing to you again.

I do not know if you will read this or you will just add this one to my proses and poems that you left unread, but you see, I am still hoping. I am mailing the pain of us to the gods out there - hoping they can take the pain away. I should have gotten over you, but instead of forgetting and accepting our ending, I am writing about us in tissue sheets, carving about us on trees, telling about us on the back of my journals, hoping that a thousand or a million write ups about us, can make me forget about what happened.

I am writing, waiting for the point where I can no longer write anymore, for I have none to tell - but when? I have nothing in me anymore, but the memories of us - and no matter how hard I try put those to its own grave, the memories grow back like lilies in the swamp - painful and beautiful at the same time.

No matter how hard I try to silence those and put it at the back of my mind, those ring back, playing like the favorite song we used to listen. They say heartbreaks turn into poetry and that is what happening to us - but poetry should be dulcet and dreamy, why does ours sound like pain and agony? They say time heals all wounds, but it has been ages - is heartbreak exempted? Darling, I guess not.

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