Friday, September 27, 2013

What's Your Groundhog Day?

So my mom was was pushing me to go watch a movie with her, to the point that she forced me to hold my bladder (because I really had to go to the loo that time) for the next 90 minutes, because she just couldn't wait. We just watched About Time yesterday, and it reminded her of another movie that was similar to About Time and so that's how we ended up watching this 20-year old film.

My mom's a movie buff, and whenever I'm in school I would just get a random text from her saying: "Please go check what time (insert movie here) shows at (insert a list of malls here). Thanks." We watch almost twice a week!

Okay, so speaking of the movie, we didn't watch in a cinema (I mean, the movie was ages ago!), but rather in her phone (phones these days!). The movie was the American comedy film Groundhog Day.

Starring Bill Murray & Andie MacDowell

Let me give you a brief overview. 

Groundhog Day centers about a weatherman named Phil who has an attitude problem. He and his crew members, Rita and Larry, were assigned to cover a story about a yearly celebration in a small town of Punxsutawney called Groundhog Day. This was Phil's fourth year of reporting, and he was obviously not enjoying it. Going back to the city, they met a harsh blizzard, and Phil and his crew were forced to stay another night in the town. The following morning, Phil woke up, realizing it's Groundhog Day all over again, and was stuck in the time loop, spending his time doing the same things everyday. 

...Okay, so I guess that wasn't very brief, but you get the idea, right? Phil was stuck doing the same thing over and over again! Could you imagine that? He's been stuck in the same town, meeting the same people, experiencing the same occurrences, for over 10 years.

I'd go insane if that happened to me!

Phil devised a lot of attempted suicides just so that he doesn't see the light of day anymore. Much to his chagrin, all those attempts were futile and he couldn't do anything about it, and he would always end up back in his bed, the same morning, with no apparent bruises or scars from his useless efforts in sight.

And how annoying would it be if you're Phil and every morning you get to hear the same local news from the radio over and over again?

Yeah, I'd probably do this too.
"I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobsters, drank piña coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters...THAT was a pretty good day. Why couldn't I get THAT day over, and over, and over..."  

             - Phil (Groundhog Day, 1993)
Unfortunately for Phil, he was not blessed to have this kind of Groundhog Day (quote above), which I think is paradise for him. 

Putting that aside, I was inspired to create a post of Groundhog Day because a quote from the movie got me thinking:

"What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?" 

- Phil (Groundhog Day, 1993) 
To add into that, let me ask you another question: What would be that moment?

It's a leading question, yes, but I'm assuming that all of us have some cherished memories we have in mind, those moments where you wouldn't want it to end, and to stay in those moment forever. It's something that is so close and significant to you, and in case you have that DeLorean from Back To The Future, you'd ride that vehicle and go back to that exact time, exact place, and relive that memory again. Do you have one?

Comment me your thoughts down below! I'd love to hear your own Groundhog Day!

To end this entry, here's Bill Murray mocking a groundhog:

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fill Me Up: A Retro Blast From the Past

It's already the year 2013 and we are now living in a world where everyone is busy exchanging emojis with their friends on their iPhones, watching reruns of their favorite TV shows from Netflix at their laptops, rockin' out to Katy Perry's new song on their nanos, or hitting a non-existent ping-pong ball from their Wiis.

Everything is modern nowadays and technology is evidently booming in today's era. I was born in the 90's (or the Generation Y), and they said that it's the best generation. I mean, you could see it all over the internet, right? Reblog (90's term) this if you're from the 90's or If you haven't seen (this or that)...well, sucks to be you 'cuz you're not a 90's kid, and stuff like that. 
I like my generation, I could tell you that, I find my generation creative and sarcastic in terms of expressing one's self and exchanging remarks. 

But what about the generation before us? I have always been fascinated with my grandparents' and my parents' (who are 50's and 70's babies) stories, especially about the lives they've had back then. They used to own only one TV in the whole house--now, we have six. They travel to the town's library to borrow books for their majors--what we need in school is just a click away from our computers. Turntables are the iPods of today, and Brad Pitt is the new James Dean. 

And don't make me start on Grease. 

Don't you just want to hop in a time machine and go back 30, 40, 50, years back? I know I do.

If you want to experience and dive in to the old-school scene (better: if you happen to be traveling in Manila), then I have the place for you.

Somewhere in a nightlife strip situated in Makati, is a cute little diner called The Filling Station: Bar and Café. 

Photo Credit: The Story of Us
Now I'm not that of a fan of the discotheque (big word,) district here in this part of Makati, I just happened to celebrate an 18th birthday party here (yes, they hold parties as well!). It's actually a pretty small venue, it's smacked right in Makati's red light district, and parking is kind of a problem, but it's accessible to a hotel, so why don't you stay in for the night?
Let me give you a sneak peek of what The Filling Station: Bar and Café has to offer:    

An actual filling gas station!
Ceiling plastered with vinyl records

Life-sized statues like Elvis Presley 
Oh and you know, just James Dean
Speaking of Elvis Presley, what's a retro diner without the retro music? In here, they also blast tunes from the early hits of the 50's, 60's, and late 70's like songs by Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Grease...and a whole lot more! It makes you unwind and just dance to the beat.

Vintage memorabilia
They serve great food as well!
...And more vintage memorabilia!
The bar area!

The waiters and waitresses, also clad in the 50's outfits, are friendly! Did you see those memorabilia pieces? Definitely an eye-catcher and great conversation starters!

Side note: Their vanilla milkshake is MUST TRY!

There's also a DJ area located at the Smoker's Hall
(But smoking is dangerous to your health!)
The walls are adorned with framed pictures
of famous icons!
I can't show everything, can't I? You have to be there in order for you to have that big dose of the awesome retro diner feel. There's much to see in this place! It's vibrant, entertaining, and definitely hip.

So what are you waiting for? Whether you're going on a date with your partner, hanging out with your friends, or spending some quality time with your family, this place is welcome to all! So go, pull off that "greaser" look or wear that poodle skirt and hop on this rad and groovy diner because it is, in what the 50's might say it, the bomb.

For more details of The Filling Station: Bar and Café, hover your cursor here.

Friday, September 13, 2013


Jambo! (That's what Cady Heron from Mean Girls said during her first day of school, so I tried it here as well. No reactions? Oh well.)

My name is Angela, but my alias is smallscheme when I blogWhy smallscheme you asked? Well, I was thinking of a catchy name for my blog but my creative juices were all squeezed out on my brain, so I went to a Random Name Generator on the internet. I was browsing and voilà, the site generated the words 'Small Scheme' and it automatically got stuck in my head. But I did happen to find a meaning behind my blog name. I mean, I usually plan and do things in secret (like this blog,) and, well...I'm small (I'm 5'1"). 

There you go. No cool backstory whatsoever. Like me. I'm not cool. 

So why did I join the blogging scene? (Act like you're interested to know.) 

I've always wanted to write. Ever since I was a little girl, one of my past times would include drawing stick figures of people and writing a conversation bubble above their heads. I would write for hours, and hours, not noticing that I've already used up the last page of my notebook. 

I've been close to writing while growing up. Along with music, it's kind of like my form of escape. All my thoughts, observations, ideas, that I can't verbalize, I write them down. Then after a while, I would just flip the pages and read them and I'd suddenly feel happy. Writing is happiness. There. 

I actually started a blog last year, and back then it was entitled angelathewarrior. It only lasted for about three months, only having to make two entries. I guess I didn't have the motivation back then, and there was no inspiration that came up to me that I could write and type about. 

I don't want to be too late when it comes to blogging anymore. I'm going to be twenty next year! I have been planning on creating a blog long ago, and I kind of let myself slacked off and left my previous blog empty. This is my second time, and I really want to become active from now on. This blog is going to be like my baby, my open diary.

What to expect from this blog?

Hmm...a lot of things ranging from what will suddenly pop inside my head, day-to-day observations, rants, my travel adventures, a weird encounter, to the music that I listen to, the food that I just ate, or the movie I just bawled my eyes out. It could be anything under the sun!

Share your adventures with me!

Interact with me! Share your thoughts and opinions with me, I would love to interact with you netizens and fellow bloggers! 

Welp, how is my first entry? How are you? Haha. I'll probably be updating next week, if time permits. (90% of my time is being taken away because of college. It sucks big time!)

'Til next time! If you have any questions, ask away!

Random thought:

I love the fact that my first entry was published on the Friday of 13th. I love the number 13! :)