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Alienated by Melissa Landers

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her […]

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection. After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the […]

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts… Is that what she’s supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

I love Eleanor & Park that’s why I have high expectations for this book and I have great respect for Rainbow Rowell but I just can’t hide my dismay upon reading Landline.

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In all honesty, I wasn’t able to finish the whole book. Shocker? Nah. I just really can’t put myself into that kind of misery so I had to stop and make this review for once and for all.

I tried to give it a chance a couple of times but nada, there’s no connection between me and the story. I found myself just skimming the pages the whole time.

“Even if your heart is broken and attacking you, you’re still not better off without it.”

The premise is just horrible. The characters are barely tolerable. Not a single character appealed to me. People may say, it’s not a YA novel, you couldn’t connect with them because you just can’t relate to them being that they’re adults and a married couple. In my defense, YA or not, if a book really has a WOW factor in it everyone could totally feel a connection one way or another. I guess what happened here is that the idea is interesting, it’s promising but sometimes, the great idea stays as an idea. When you try to put it in work, it’s not what you actually visualized and it all just flunk. Like a “what you want is not always what you get” kind of thing. But at least Rainbow was brave enough to try and make a story like this to happen just not in the standards it was supposed to be.

anne wonders

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the […]

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it’s a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan […]

Foodventure At CommunEaty Food Park

Foodventure At CommunEaty Food Park

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Food park or parks are my guilty pleasures. Not only are they affordable but they are becoming homes of the best food stalls that serves delicious and Instagram-worthy foods.

Need I say more?

I had the chance to visit one of the newest and only food parks in Tomas Morato with my best friend and I was delighted that it sits just around the neighborhood. How cool is that? This park is just along the Alejandro Roces Avenue so it wouldn’t be hard to miss.

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This place opens at 12 noon but my best friend and I took the risk to go here at around 5. We thought it would be completely packed with no place to sit anymore but we were really glad that we went just before people started coming.

If you’re someone who lives near the neighborhood, I suggest you take the cab because there’s not much parking space. The front of the food park can only accommodate few cars and if you’re driving a jeep or SUV then you’ll have even more hard time to fit it in.

I had to park my car few walks away and the road was too narrow so I got a little stuck before I was able to park properly. I also was a little anxious all throughout the night because there was no guard on the area where I parked my car and it was a little dark.

P.S. I really would like to applaud their Facebook page because they answer to queries really quick which helped a lot especially for a first-time visitor like me. #Yay

This place got packed when we were about to go home at around 10. The bar is upstairs in an air-conditioned room. We tried to get a seat upstairs just outside the bar but the security guard told us that it’s exclusive for people who would drink. We could sit there and bring our food if we want but we have to buy something at the bar which we didn’t do so off we went downstairs.

When we were able to secure a spot in the middle, which is the perfect spot because it is a lot cooler, literally cooler, we started food hopping.

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food park

The first food stall that caught our sight first was this little thing with their banner that says ALL YOU CAN.  Not a big fan of shrimp but I am really down for some tempura madness, especially with such low price.

But as much as we wanted to get our fix of unlimited tempuras, we didn’t want to get full soon and would want to try other stalls too. So, we ordered the Tempura Bucket. It was delicious and addicting.  The downside for this stall is that during our visit, the vendor told us that they don’t have everything that is on the menu. The tempura duo, chili cheese, and IKEA fry weren’t available which sucks big time because we really were craving for some fried chilis and onion rings. But hey, I was not complaining about the tempura bucket.

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food park

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food park

food park

Next on the list is this little taste of street food. They have a variety of street foods and they also sell grilled corn cobs. We ordered barbecue for P60 a stick and it was good. Although I was expecting vinegar for the sauce, they gave us something else that could be a Mang Tomas. I can’t really tell because I didn’t taste it. Just really not perfect for the barbecue.

I really like their concept of incorporating the infamous pedicab or bicycle because it really suits their theme. Almost as if they just arrived after maglako.

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food park

food park

food park

Here at the Barrel Smoker, we ordered their must-try and bestselling Pulled Pork Nachos. It was delicious and I love the amount of serving it has. It is perfectly good for 3 to 4 people for an affordable price.
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This stall satisfied my Japanese cravings. I had been craving for a maki and I was so glad their maki tasted so good. Although I was looking for the wasabi which seemed to be missing.
It was also one of their bestsellers and I definitely know why. It’s actually my favourite stall here. The maki only cost me P160 for six pieces.
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food park

Last but not the least on our list is this Mexican food stall. Just really sad I wasn’t able to take a picture of the entire stall. But hey, their props are so creative and colorful.

What we ordered and enjoyed here was the cheesy Quesadillas. The cheese was melting in the soft pita. It was just perfect.

We also ordered fish ‘n chips from It’s a Good Friday. Too bad I forgot to take a picture. Anyway, their fish was yummy. It melts in your mouth and the dip was good too.

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Got us some pink lemonade for P50 to wash down our food. Just sad that they don’t have enough stalls for drinks. Would be nice to have some shake.

The foods are amazing and I am completely happy that we were able to taste almost everything. We totally enjoyed going here and would most probably go back again and again and again.

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food park

food park

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How about you? Any food parks you want to recommend?

anne wonders