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weekend@sunstar.com.ph Saturday, July 23, 2011

Four strong winds Jigs Arquiza hangs out with four friends and business partners who are blowing strong in Cebu’s nightlife and barbecue industry.


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Sun.Star Weekend | Saturday , July 23, 2011 CHERRY ANN LIM Managing Editor, Special Pages and Features JIGS ARQUIZA Editor

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e are like four winds from the North, East, West and South, but we always meet in the middle,” says Lester Patiña of his partners Michael Macias, Vincent Osmeña and Jomer Lim. They make up the partnership that forms Mr. M, the highlypopular restaurant that most people say serve the best barbecue in Cebu. Located inside the Norkis dealership along the Ayala access road in Panagdait, Mabolo, Mr. M was established by the four out of a common love for automobiles and car racing, hanging out, eating well, drinking beer, and basically having fun together. Michael Macias, the group’s kuya by consensus, explains that he is actually the “newcomer” in the group, having joined the three about four years ago. Still, for one reason or another, Vincent, Lester and Jomer realized that Mike stood as a beacon for them to follow, thus the “decision” to christen him “kuya”. Because of their respect for Mike, Lester, Jomar and Vincent agreed to name their establishment after Mike, hence, “Mr. M”. “No,” Mike, a branch manager for an electronics store and the most serious one in the group, insists, “we’re actually paying respect to Filipino icons like Manny Pacquiao, Johnny Manahan and Francis M. We’re trying to be patriotic!” Mike, Jomar, Vincent and Lester then look over to one side and point to their signage depicting the Mr. M logo: a stylized version of the Philippine flag. Whatever the reason behind the name, Mr. M has stuck in the minds of Cebuanos young and old who love great barbecue and cold beer.

Vincent Osmeña

Jomer Lim

Michael Macias

Lester Patina RALPH RHODDEN C. CAVERO Graphic Designer


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Rising Sun by Rheyanne April Ordesta

“We really love barbecue,” explains entrepreneur Jomer, who franchises his own brand of chicken in the Visayas and Mindanao while Lester, a microfinancier and bakeshop owner interjects with “dugay mi matulog (we usually sleep late),” upon being asked why the four opened Mr. M. Vincent, who gave up his job of call center agent to handle the store, then describes their efforts: “Initially, we wanted to partner with a barbecue place somewhere near here, but nag-decline ang owner. The place went out of business, so we just absorbed the former employees of that place and they brought the recipes along.” They four opened Mr. M in July of last year, and

We are like four winds from the North, East, West and South, and we always meet in the middle as equal partners in the venture, they each have their own responsibilities. Mike handles the logistics such as supplies and the physical equipment while Lester handles the marketing aspect of the business. Jomer is relied upon to take care of finance matters as well as food-related issues such as recipes, and Vincent mostly coordinates the day-to-day operations. According to them, they are thankful that they have never encountered any serious problems in running the business, but as a whole, the group defers to Vincent when it comes to making decisions, as he is the one most familiar with what happens in the restaurant. “We all have our opinions, but since Vincent handles the operations, we usually let him handle most of the decisions,” Mike says, then adds “but all of us are able to give input, and he listens to us.” For Mike, Vincent, Lester and Jomer, Mr. M is not just a hangout. It’s a bond between all four, and as Mr. M is growing more and more popular, so is the group’s friendship. As they all agree on, they are four winds coming from different directions yet joining as one, four personalities that meet in the middle that is Mr. M.

Have you ever wanted to travel? Some place you really want to venture to and discover its natural beauty? There are lots of places you can choose from, and one of them should be Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun. Indeed, knowing Japan and its rich culture and a taste of their “oh-some” food just makes you want to live there. But aside from the things mentioned, the most important thing to consider in Japan is the beauty of the surroundings, and to top it all, is the presence of the beautiful cherry blossoms blooming in the air.  Thank goodness for those Japanese TV shows, you’re able to take a sneak peak at what’s in Japan, without spending a single penny! Though seeing Japan

through the TV can be done with minimal effort, it sure is limited. How is it possible to see more of Japan and have a realistic feeling then? You can watch it on a big screen, which really makes it way realistic. You know what I mean? Good thing “Eiga Sai” has come to fulfill our yearnings, so now you can have a chance to enjoy Japan further.  “Eiga Sai” which literally means Film Festival in the Japanese language, is being held in celebration of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month this August.  Catch the Japanese Film Festival on its 5th year on August 2-7, 2011 at Ayala Center Cinema 4 for free and experience Japan in a blink of an eye. 

The Sakura or cherry blossom is a popular flower, which also serves as a main attraction in Japan.

Japan is a busy place even when it’s almost night time.

Cherry blossoms in bloom.

A street vendor in Japan.

Japanese souvenirs.

Itadakimasu! (man eating with chopsticks). PHOTOS BY: MIKIO MAKINO JR.

Eiga Sai by Fiona Patricia S. Escandor

Cebuanos will once again have the opportunity to take part in Japan Foundation’s yearly celebration of Eiga Sai, a weeklong screening of Japan’s critically acclaimed films. Eiga Sai which literally translates to “film festival” will kick-off on August 2 at the Ayala Center Cinema 4. A feast to the eyes and to the senses, Eiga Sai will showcase the finest pieces of Japanese cinema. Among the films that will be shown is Departures (Okuribito), the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards. Other films include One Million Yen Girl, The Chef of South Polar, Summer Days with Coo, Your Friend, Climber’s High, Yunagi City, Sakura Country, The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones, Villion’s Wife, and Feel the Wind.

Screening Schedule: August 2 (Tuesday) The Chef of South Polar

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August 3 (Wednesday) Climber’s High

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August 4 (Thursday) Yunagi City, Sakura Country

7:00 PM

August 5 (Friday) Villon’s Wife

7:00 PM

August 6 (Saturday) The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones Summer Days With Coo One Million Yen Girl

1:30 PM 4:30 PM 7:30 PM

August 7 (Sunday) Your Friend Summer Days With Coo Feel the Wind

1:30 PM 4:30 PM 7:30 PM


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Sun.Star Weekend | Saturday , July 23, 2011

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MONTE CARLO Particularly in the movies, the French Riviera is as glamorous as it gets: a goldenhued playground for the likes of Grace Kelly and Cary Grant where open-top cars are cinematic law. But today’s teenyboppers have just as much pull as the idols of yesterday. The gauzy “Monte Carlo” stars not our most regal cinema heroes, but the young TV upstarts Selena Gomez (Disney Channel star, pop singer and Justin Bieber girlfriend), Katie Cassidy (“Melrose Place”) and Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl”). The 18-year-old Grace (Gomez) has just graduated high school in a small Texas town. She has long dreamed of visiting Paris, saving up tips from waitressing alongside her friend, the brassy 21-year-old high school dropout Emma (Cassidy). Grace’s mother (Andie MacDowell, in the briefest of roles) and her stepfather (Brett Cullen) are happy to let her and Emma go for a week, so long as they take Grace’s new stepsister, the 21-year-old Meg (Meester). This upsets Emma because she sees Meg as a nervous wet blanket, and Grace for having a family holiday forced on her long-held dream. In Paris, their trip sours, not because of the usual culprits (rude Parisians, discombobulating rotaries, too much foie gras) but a hyper-speed tour bus that blitzes through tourist sites and eventually leaves them behind. This (along with sudden rain) is enough to make the trip a disaster in the eyes of Grace. She sums up the status allure of the French capital, lamenting that she’s not “the kind of person” who can go to Paris. But at that moment, the trio crosses paths with a wealthy heiress who looks exactly like Grace, because, well, she’s also Selena Gomez. As Cordelia Winthrop Scott, Gomez plays a British, snobby look-alike to Grace. Urged on by Emma and buoyed by a confused hotel staff, Grace impersonates Cordelia, winning them a fancy room for the night

and tickets on a private jet the next day to Monaco. At Monte Carlo, the action generally swirls around the plush Hotel de Paris, as the girls live out a fantasy of luxury, complete with an international consortium of handsome men. Grace falls in with a young French aristocrat (Pierre Boulanger), Emma lands a dashing Italian (Giulio Berruti) while her hometown boyfriend (Cory Monteith) tries to track her down, and Meg hits it off with an Australian backpacker (Luke Bracey). The disguise, naturally, begins to wear thin. But for the most part, the stakes never feel very high in “Monte Carlo.” The girls occasionally bicker, but they’re never much at each other’s throats. Until the final scenes bring things to a head, there are surprisingly few close scrapes and not even one visit to the local casinos. Impersonating a famous heiress, one would think, might lead to numerous comical situations. But then again, it’s “Some Like it Hot,” not “All Like it Hot.” “Monte Carlo” likes it lukewarm. That’s partially because Gomez, while endearingly earnest, doesn’t command the screen. It’s essentially her first semi-adult film, and one feels her stretching. Meester and Cassidy provide solid sidekicks, though that perhaps sells them short: They ultimately carry the movie. All of their storylines lead to self-discovery and sappiness. Nevertheless, director Thomas Bezucha (“The Family Stone”), production designer Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski (who frequently works with Stephen Frears) and the composer Michael Giacchino (“Up,” “Super 8”) do exceptionally well in giving the limp material (the script was loosely based on a novel by Jules Bass and co-written by Bezucha and numerous others) a first-rate production. The tone is light and the pacing efficient. Giacchino’s graceful score, in particular, stands above. Its French flourishes sound like a B-side to his superb score to “Ratatouille.” Though the raison d’etre of “Monte Carlo” is to glorify and benefit from the glamour of the Riviera, the girls – to their credit – ultimately reject it. In one scene, Emma watches “To Catch a Thief,” but even from the lavish confines of the Hotel the Paris, Grace Kelly still seems unattainable, a world away. (AP) IMAGES FROM THE INTERNET


Sun.Star Weekend | Saturday , July 23, 2011

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Ziggy Marley underlines differences with father

Tabloid

“Tabloid” is a playful, voyeuristic guilty pleasure, an exploration of the wacky and tacky and our compulsive need to feed on such tales. It’s got colorful characters who are all too willing to tell all and a tawdry, twisting story line that couldn’t seem to get any weirder – and then it does. While it lacks the substance and insight of Morris’ strongest work, it’s consistently a kick, and with the recent collapse of Britain’s News of the World, it couldn’t be more relevant. Back in 1977, the British tabloids competed fiercely over the story of McKinney, a perky blonde with a bright smile and a taste for the spotlight. As McKinney herself tells it today in her lively Southern drawl, she flew to England to find her Mormon missionary boyfriend and persuade him to come back to the United States and marry her. Once she was arrested, what she describes as a romantic retreat made headlines as a sordid tale of kidnapping and bondage in a remote country cottage. (AP)

Ziggy Marley is proudly carrying on his father’s musical legacy, but he wants to remind reggae lovers of their differences. In a new album, the 42-year-old eldest son of Bob Marley reflects on lessons learned from his dad, who died at age 36 after contracting cancer. On the tune “The Roads Less Traveled,” he sings about his father’s womanizing ways and inability to shed “yes men” in success: “My daddy had a lot of women, and my mama had a lot of grief. The bredrens (friends) that surrounded him became the enemies.” Marley said in an interview that while he’s happy to expand his and his family’s brand — whether with a “Marijuana Man” comic book or a Marley’s Mellow Mood “relaxation drink” — he’s kept his circle of friends small and purposefully avoided accumulating any sort of entourage. “I’d rather be by myself really than have like a million posse around me,” Marley said in an interview at his Los Angeles home. “Some of them you don’t even know what’s in their hearts. You don’t know who you can trust.” “That’s why I sing that song, because I learned from what I saw as a child and decided that I would take another way,” he said. “My father, we bumped heads when I was younger, much younger. ... I had different ideas that I shared with him. He didn’t like them as much. He gets upset or whatever. I guess I had a strong opinion from when I was a little boy, you know.” Marley’s fourth solo studio album, “Wild and Free,” also includes a song obliquely about leaving behind his birthplace of Jamaica, titled “Get Out of Town.” The five-time Grammy winner now lives primarily in Miami. “He’s from the country and I was born in the town. One day I told him that. I don’t want to be a country boy,” Marley said of his father. “He was upset with those things. And then another time it was about dreadlocks. I said to him, `You cannot have dreadlocks. You can be dread in your heart.’ He was very upset. Each father want their sons to be just like them really” But now that Marley — who does sport dreadlocks — has matured, his singing voice and his take on reggae music is arguably more evocative of Bob than others in his famously musical family. “If it wasn’t natural to be like him, it wouldn’t happen. But

since it naturally evolved to have a lot of the ideas and traits of my father, then that’s fine,” he said. Like his father, Marley couches some downbeat themes in sunny-sounding tunes. “Welcome to the world. I can’t promise it’s a good place,” he sings to his children in one song. Marley also gets political on the album, singing alongside Woody Harrelson of legalizing marijuana. And though his home proudly displays a picture of his family visiting the Obamas in the White House, he’s not enthusiastic about the president’s performance. “I believe that he is a good person and wants to see the best, but politics is a game. If you want to be a politician you have to play it, and you have to skirt around the truth. And you have to kind of shift things differently, so you can’t really be true as a politician,” Marley said. “If you did that, you are going to be out in a second. You cannot. You have to play the game. So he has to play the game. And we had hope that someone would be brave enough to change that, but it is very hard to change that.” (AP)

The Accidental Creative: How to be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice

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by Todd Henry

Another Earth

The possibility that there’s another version of you out there – and of me, and of everyone we know – provides the mindteasing premise of “Another Earth.” It’s heady stuff, the kind of notion you’d toss around with your friends after too many beers and achieve no satisfactory answers, then go home and have strange dreams. But such philosophical fodder is contrasted with an achingly personal tale of loss and redemption. These two conflicting dynamics comprise the feature debut from Mike Cahill, who serves as director, co-writer, producer and cinematographer. He offers an intriguing juxtaposition of melodramatic elements – highs and lows that are the stuff of Greek tragedy – with a strippeddown, low-budget aesthetic. Cahill favors dusky grays and blues which enhance the mysterious, sci-fi vibe, and grainy, handheld camerawork that provides a feeling of intimacy as well as restlessness. (AP) IMAGES FROM THE INTERNET

“You go to work each day tasked with (1) inventing brilliant solutions that (2) meet specific objectives by (3) defined deadlines. If you do this successfully you get to keep your job. If you don’t, you get to work on your résumé. The moment you exchange your creative efforts for money, you enter a world where you will have to be brilliant at a moment’s notice. (No pressure, right?)” Many of us assume that our creative process is beyond our ability to influence, and pay attention to it only when it isn’t working properly. For the most part, we go about our daily tasks and everything just “works.” Until it doesn’t. We treat our creative process like a household appliance. It’s just expected to work quietly in the background, and we lose sight of how much we depend on it until the day we’re stuck with dirty socks. Adding to this lack of understanding is the rapidly accelerating pace of work. Each day we are faced with escalating expectations and a continual squeeze to do more with less. We are asked to produce ever increasing amounts of brilliance in ever-shrinking amounts of time. There is an unspoken (or spoken!) expectation that we’ll be accessible 24/7, and as a result we

frequently feel like we’re “always on.” Now business creativity expert Todd Henry explains how to unleash your creative potential. Whether you’re a creative by trade or an “accidental creative,” this book will help you quickly and effectively integrate new ideas into your daily life. Born out of his consultancy and his popular podcast, the book offers a practical method for discovering your personal creative rhythm, whether you’re a manager or a consultant, a designer or a performer. As he writes: “The always-on manner with which many creatives approach their work is arrhythmic, but the creative process is naturally rhythmic. Working harder and staring more intently at the problem to achieve better ideas is like trying to control the weather by staring at the clouds. Rather, you need to incorporate practices that instill a sense of structure, rhythm, and purpose into your life. You need to create space for your creative process to thrive rather than expecting it to operate in the cracks of your frenetic schedule. This will not only help you generate better ideas now, but it will also ensure that you are acting on the things that matter most instead of drifting through your days.” TEXT AND IMAGES FROM WWW.FULLYBOOKEDONLINE.COM AND THE WEB


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Sun.Star Weekend | Saturday , July 23, 2011 CHERRY ANN LIM Managing Editor, Special Pages and Features JIGS ARQUIZA Editor

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Planes and Partings by Jan Patrice Lim

There just this sudden compulsion to tell you how my life went during the last 17 years, and so I wrote this. Five minutes went by, then a few seconds. And so it came to pass that the paper I’ve been holding started to get all crumpled. It looked more like the butt-cleaner paper than the ordinary paper we use in writing now, but I’ve just realized it wouldn’t make any great difference at all; I just wanted to make a paper plane at that moment and relive my younger years. Paper planes. I’ve only rode twice on an airplane when we had that trip in high school to Manila. Even before the said incident, I had been fascinated by planes; my grandmother lives in another country and the only memories I had with her were when we’d take her to the airport for her flight to some foreign land. Since then, my siblings, cousins, and I would usually shout “bye, lola!” each time an airplane happened to catch our attention, hoping that our grandmother would hear us. But that was a long time ago; I seldom get to see airplanes breeding in airports now. Back to what I was saying, I don’t know what is it in paper planes that remind me of the quite rough childhood I’ve had. To start off, I can’t actually remember how my first best friend and I met, but it was around the first grade. We went to the same school and lived in the same neighborhood. I could say she was my hero, because every time I find it hard to solve something, she’d instantly give me answers; she was even the one

who shushed me when I had a foot accident. She had also been my ‘spokesperson’: she’d speak up for me whenever I found it hard to express myself. She had been my playmate, my second mother, and my older sister. Our friendship was special, yes, and I should thank her for their garden swing and cats for that. I must say I’ve been too dependent on her most of my elementary years, but then my family and I moved to another place in the region when we reached our last year in elementary school. It was hard growing up in a place you’re not too familiar with, much more without your best friend with you. Social networking sites and texting wasn’t as fired up as now, way back then. On that last year in elementary school, I started to meet new friends, and

Lauren Kate: The Passion Tour by Joanne Carmel Albiso

Books are sources of knowledge, fun, entertainment, and dreams. A thing that gives us an instant look at different possibilities of life, be it fantasy or reality. And one series of books that I have fallen in love with the moment I saw the cover is the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. And, lucky enough, she visited Cebu! Being an avid reader for the past year, her books are among my favorites. From the beautifully mysterious girl in the cover to the stunningly beautiful plot, I was captivated. Luce (Lucinda Price) was sent to a reform school, Swords & Cross, after an incident left her alive and a boy dead. In a place where her every movement is being watched, she meets all types of new people. One of these is Daniel Grigori, to whom she is drawn to. She discovers different secrets about her past, her new friends, and a curse she has to live with. This series has 3 books so far: Fallen, Torment, and the latest, Passion. And lucky are the Cebuano fans of Lauren Kate to have her visit our city. With the help of National Bookstore and other sponsors, the Passion tour was made possible. Last July 17, 2011, at the Activity

Center of Ayala Center Cebu, I met other eager fans, and Lauren Kate herself. The program started at around 1:30 in the afternoon. Xandra RamosPadilla, the Merchandising Director for Books of National Bookstore, was the host of the day’s event. Anticipation built up inside us faster than one could say “Lauren Kate”. And then there she was, stunning and gorgeous. The host and Lauren talked about her exploits in Cebu so far. She and her husband visited Magellan’s Cross and Basilica de Sto. Nino, and that she thought the place was beautiful. She also received different gifts from NBS such as durians, suha, and some dried mangoes. The event continued on with a few questions from the host and the audience about her best-selling books. Everyone listened as she answered each question with a smile. And shortly after that the book signing happened! Each one who wanted to get their book signed lined up and waited eagerly for their turn. The event ended with smiles on everyone’s faces. Obviously, I also had a smile on my face as I cradled my book, signed by Lauren Kate herself, as I went home.

unconsciously, I gained a bunch of superheroes, spokespersons, and playmates as my buddies. Apparently, before I even get to know them more, our elementary school lives gave way to high school and then we bid our goodbyes. High school was pretty much of a blur. I got acquainted with different types of people and jumped from one little circle of friendship to another every year. Pretty soon I learned more about the local dialect and riding jeepneys to home. Then the last year in high school came, and everything fell into their places. I seldom thought about going back to Cebu at that time. But life must have this hold on me that whenever I get comfortable in one area, it starts IMAGE FROM THE INTERNET to sweeps me off to another. Remember Bagyong Frank last 2008? It brought me back to Cebu without a choice. Like planes, maybe I was somehow destined to move from one place to another. I think it should be noted too that like planes, people just come and go. I could only watch them leave and say my goodbyes; I couldn’t really make them stay. Same thing goes with me: nobody can make me stay the way I’ve been before. I don’t even laugh the way I did like last summer. We all grow up, leave immaturities, and shift to another state. We all fly someplace else or someplace we’ve been to – but it wouldn’t be the same as the trip you’ve had the last time you’ve been there. Unlike real planes, paper planes give you the choice to let them fly or not. But either way, they’d still be following Newton’s law. So you still got no choice.

Make your own Havaianas 2011 For this year’s Make Your Own Havaianas, the world’s favorite flip-flops brand highlights stylish personal travel. Havaianaticos are invited to customize their flip-flops inspired by the world’s fashion capitals. From July 2831, beginning 10 a.m. at the North Wing Atrium, SM City Cebu, Havaianaticos and travel enthusiasts can personalize their very own Havaianas flip-flops by mixing and matching the colors of their soles and straps and then embellishing them with fun and unique pins. This year’s Make Your Own Havaianas offers travelinspired designs on the MYOH Estampas soles (available in Top and Slim designs) and iconic pins from around the world which are sure to give Havaianaticos and travel buffs their very own trendy travel experience. Make Your Own Havaianas is your passport to mixing and matching travel-inspired limited edition soles, straps, and pins. Be a jetsetter and a trendsetter at the same time and travel in personalized style with Make Your Own Havaianas 2011, July 28 – 31 at the North Wing Atrium, SM City Cebu, event starts at 10am. Visit www.makeyourownhavaianas. com.ph for more details.  


Sun.Star Weekend | Saturday , July 23, 2011

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Naked Eyes Part 1: Walking with Toph

Aileen Quijano “I’ve seen enough of Ba Sing Se; and I can’t even see!” – Toph Bei Fong, The Blind Earthbender I’ve been dressing my eyes since I was 13 – thanks to early myopia and astigmatism. First there were the rose-colored eyeglasses, which easily branded me as “smart” or (let’s just say it) a “nerd” in school. As I aged, the lenses got thicker and heavier until one time at the mall, Fe delos Reyes introduced me to the scary world of contact lenses. At that time, I couldn’t fathom why anyone would voluntarily let anybody poke anything in one’s eyes. Just gross, isn’t it, so I ran away as far as I could from the grinning optometrist. But then in my 20s, vanity struck and I figured what a sweet life it would be if I didn’t have to keep pushing up my glasses every time I run at the Big Oval or if I can just kiss anyone passionately without banging them on the nose. Oops. So I explored this scary yet fascinating world of contact lenses. I tried most of them – from the soft ones to RGPs. I learned the difference between fake and real tears. I appreciated the value of dirt-free eyes, so for many nights, I was a patient slave to lens cleaning. I learned to tolerate popping lenses and seeing strange halos at night (on some nice people, it actually fit). I developed special powers too – even when drunk, I would always, somehow, remember to take off and clean my contacts. Otherwise, the lenses dry out and sucker themselves to your eyeballs which, believe me, you don’t really want to happen to you twice. Sigh. For over 10 years, I lived in my contact lenses. So much so that working with my naked eyes no longer feel quite normal. One time, to my long time regret, I had to turn down a cute scuba diving instructor when he invited me for a date under the sea. Can you just imagine if my lenses would fall out and the fishes would eat them? OMG. How would I ever find my way back to the surface? Yes, my imagination is weird like that. I guess I must have whined about this scuba date story a number of times (well, he was cute), because, one day, a friend suddenly blurted out in exasperation. “Have you ever considered going naked?” What?! “With your eyes, I mean, so you can keep your mouth closed. Geez. Take off the lenses. Do LASIK surgery.” LASIK, as defined by www.larrazabaleye.com, is “a form of laser surgery that is capable of correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The procedure uses a computer controlled excimer laser to reshape the cornea to correct your vision. The laser reshaping is done under a protective flap of tissue to promote a very rapid recovery of vision and minimize discomfort.” Eye surgery? It was bad enough poking those little contacts in my eyes on a daily basis, but to actually have something zap my cornea … eeww! But then, when the universe conspires to grant you your heart’s desire, in my case- the freedom of a 20/20 vision, wouldn’t

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you at least consider going to bed with that mean laser machine? Wide awake, I began to daydream about stuff people with graded eyes could only dream about. Such as seeing the clock at night without squinting, shaving my armpits and legs in the shower without guessing, not having one of those OMG moments when an RGP lens pops out and then searching through blurred eyes on the floor; no longer shopping for frames (it’s almost as bad as shopping for high heels); no more travelling with big bottles of lens solution (as if my luggage is not heavy enough with the weight of today’s gadgets and numerous chargers). Well! Fueled by these dreams, I began to research earnestly about LASIK surgery. Apparently, we are blessed to live in a time of wondrous technologies such as the New Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Excimer Laser System. Aside from being a mouthful, it is said to be the fastest, precise and most efficient laser in use today for laser vision correction. This was introduced to Cebu last year by Larrazabal Eye, headed by the initiative young eye surgeon Dr. Yong Larrazabal. It is also said the procedure takes only about 5 to 10 minutes per eye. That’s nothing compared to the time I spend cleaning lenses each night. Then, I have to ask: what’s the worst thing that could happen? Like any surgical procedure, LASIK carries some risk of scary complications such as swelling, double vision, night vision problems (halos,

hazes, stardusts), dry eye syndrome, or worse, severe corneal infection which could lead to blindness. Whoa! Though this is “extremely rare and highly unlikely”. Still, whoa! Then to scare myself even more, I clicked on YouTube and watched a Lasik operation video. Just as we thought: Disgusting, scary, eeww. But then, call me crazy, after everything I still like to go through with it. Well maybe it helped that I peppered every horror story with a handful of success testimonies from LASIK patients. It’s not an easy decision, mind you, but I guess, for me, it just boils down to one thing: if you’re not willing to handle the worst, then you don’t deserve the best. To test myself, I decided to go naked (eyes, I mean) in public one afternoon. I left my RGPs and soft lenses swimming in their cases at home, while I secured my eyeglasses inside my bag (well, easy reach just in case). Half-blind, I sauntered to The Terraces, squinting against the bright light from the afternoon sun. Pretty brave, if you ask me, considering that I haven’t undressed my eyes in public for 20 years. If I look in the distance I can see blurry shapes and colors but have no idea what I’m looking at. Could be a tree, could be a person. To be on the safe side, I just plastered a half smile to my face and just faked it till I believed it. With each blurry step, I find my thoughts gravitating towards Toph Bei Fong, the fictional blind master Earthbender, who managed to see the world with her feet. Among Avatar Aang’s friends, I’ve always had a fondness for Toph. In her words: “Even though I was born blind, I’ve never had any problems seeing! I see with earthbending. It’s kind of like seeing with my feet. I feel the vibrations in the ground with my feet, and I can see where everything is: you, that tree, even those ants.” I wonder about Toph’s awesome strength – despite her blindness, she fights. She doesn’t let life or anyone knock her down. And isn’t amazing how resourceful she is – letting her feet and her other senses do what her eyes couldn’t. She might just be one fictional character, but to this human, she is an inspiration. Suddenly, as I stumble on mid-step, it became crystal clear to me – we need not fear whatever happens to us for the universe will always equip us with the strength we need to carry on. We are so much more than our present, our senses or whatever limited version we see of ourselves. The way I see it, I have two choices- to continue being afraid and never stop wondering about what-ifs for the rest of my life, or I can choose to punch my future in the dark and be a kickass girl like Toph. With that, I went home, picked up the phone and promptly scheduled an appointment with Centre for Sight. Next time, I’ll tell you about the “eewwy” operation and how I flew with the Green Lantern. Stay tuned! (aileen.quijano@gmail.com)

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Gone are those days When I woke up at dawn Wishing you’re here ‘til morn Gone are those times And the sleepless nights Hoping you’re still at my side

BED & BREAKFAST

Gone are your memories Keep flashback in series That seemed to be endless I know you could survive But you choose not to fight

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Sun.Star Weekend | Saturday , July 23, 2011 CHERRY ANN LIM Managing Editor, Special Pages and Features JIGS ARQUIZA Editor

peeps (people, events and places)

Mr. M turns 1! Mr. M may seem a little bit out of the way for Cebuano night owls, but judging from the attendance last Friday, July 15, this grill-beer garden-hangout is as popular as any you would find in the city proper. Located inside the Norkis compound along the Ayala access road in Panagdait, Mabolo, Mr. M celebrated their first anniversary with a bang. Attendees feasted on

what most consider the best barbecue in town, while live bands provided live entertainment for the night. As the evening grew older, famous rock musicians from the Manila scene made an appearance, turning the party up another notch. The following evening, July 16, the celebration continued with deejays from The Penthouse providing the music this time.

Members of Powerspoonz and Kamikazee sharing a lighthearted moment.

Renault and Wawa Lao with parents Ed and Alice

DJ Jan, Charles Osmeña, DJ Carlow, DJ War

Kling-Kling Osmeña with Bunny, Aldrin and friend.

Mr. M partners Lester, Jomer and Vincent

The Mr. M All-Stars!

Mr. M partner Jomer with friends

Vincent, Kling, Buwi of Parokya ni Edgar and Jomer

Feeling blue At the same time, on the other side of town, “Azul – A fashion show inspired by art and denim” was held at Formo in Banilad Town Centre. Fashionistas flocked to the popular restaurant to

check out Mabel Paredes’ designs, enjoy the music and have a drink or two. At the fashion show’s conclusion, most of the crowd remained to party the night away. Jello Cubelo (right) with friend

Luis Quibranza

Mark Anton Masa

Doogie and Paula

Kyra Cabaero

Richard Sharpe and Paula Jimenez

Justine, Patrick Rizarri, Dominic Sy and friend in the background

Luis Quibranza with friends

April Rama (front) with Patrick, Cattsky, Kyra and friends

The chefs of AICA

Bong Deiparine and friend

Pico Sarmiento, Hans Congmon and Jay Chiongbian

Ira Kiener with friends

Bien Unido mayor Nino Boniel with Sun. Star’s Girlie Veloso

Chacha Arquiza with Lani Pasquet


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