JUST A THOUGHT: Hot heads and cold hearts never solve anything. – Billy Graham
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FROZEN IN TIME: In the heat of summer, when temperature in Metro Manila can soar to 35 °C on a normal day and close to 40 °C on a really bad day, how wonderful to time travel and imagine we were on the set of Hollywood film “Frozen.”
The Filipinos’ craving for cooler climes each summer has manifested in frequent trips to the beach (I wonder why when it’s hottest on the beach at this time), Tagaytay, Baguio, Sagada and beyond (like Japan) and constantly digging into tall glasses of halo-halo.
Where can one find the best halo-halo in Manila? My bet is at Icebergs, where they use freshly cooked ingredients, not canned.
On my Facebook page, I asked recently why most every one has been posting pictures taken in Japan.
Joy Buensalido says Japan is a beautiful place to visit. “It’s not too far and the traditional culture and the modernity is a cool study in contrast! Plus, the Japanese are very respectful and quiet people. It’s worth your visa application.”
Mitoy Orosa adds the Japanese embassy in Manila has relaxed in issuing visas. They now grant Filipino applicants three years multiple indefinite. There’s even news going around that Japan is mulling the possibility of allowing visa-free travels to the country.
By the way, there’s no truth to the rumor that the US will soon suspend the visa requirement to enter the country. The rumor stemmed from nothing more than a satirical article posted in some website in anticipation of Pres. Barack Obama’s Manila visit.
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COOL SENSATION: About Japan, peripatetic Wilson Lee Flores says budget fares are the key as to why many Filipinos are flocking to that Asian country. A number of airline companies offer promotional, discounted rates that are affordable to many travelers.
Ivy Lisa Mendoza is more romantic in her explanation: Filipinos want to be under the spell of cherry blossoms, which are at their best in March and April.
Girlie Rodis shares: “Seems after Baguio, then HK, then Bangkok, it’s Japan now. I guess it’s because it’s cold and not too far and they have made getting a visa easier.”
Those who can’t afford a round-trip ticket to Japan to bask in its cool, spring weather at this time and be mesmerized by the sight of their cherry blossoms can find equally great joy in sitting under caballero trees (fire trees) that line some of our parks and highways. The one caballero tree at the Intramuros golf course where I pass every day on my way to work now sits pretty with bursts of red-orange blooms on her hair, a sight to hold and behold!
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LET IT GO: While still on the subject of wild imaginings under the spell of punishing heat, we sit and marvel at how many parts of the world, hot and cold alike, have been touched by “Frozen.”
We are thrown into the kingdom of Arendelle, where Princess Elsa has the power of freezing and creating ice and snow.
On YouTube, as you search for the different versions of Frozen playlist, you’ll be startled to find almost 1,440,000 results. People of different races sing it. Just recently, a Korean trying to imitate Elsa using powder spray in lieu of ice and fireworks in her video went viral on the Internet.
Another popular song from “Frozen” is “Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?” which has fetched a “coño” version titled “G Ka Ba To Build A Snowman?”
Yet, the most hilarious version has got to be “Gorabells Ka Bang Gumawa Ng Snowman?,” the gay version of the “Frozen” theme.
“Frozen” has two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Let It Go“), a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film, and 5 Annie Awards (including Best Animated Feature).
“Let it Go” is a composition by half-Filipino Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez who can claim they have contributed to today’s world a real cool yet hot sensation.
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[caption id="attachment_134075" align="alignright" width="151"] Tom Rodriguez and Carla Abellana transport their hot TV chemistry to film via rom-com ‘So It’s You’[/caption]
BY THE WAY… “Let It Go” may well be the theme song of KrisTek (Kris Aquino and Quezon City Mayor “Bistek” Herbert Bautista). The couple has reportedly cooled off, naka-let go na, as soon as Kris cut her hair pixie short following a spate of negative comments, some from Herbert’s own children. So soon?
Possibly the coolest mall in Metro Manila today is the newly opened Fisher Mall in Quezon City. Fisher’s theaters require jackets, not just sweaters. The mall itself is biting cold in the heat of day. What a relief!
Never to let go may well be the mindset of Lily Monteverde in casting Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez in the rom-com, “So It’s You,” their first time together. Carla and Tom, in a triumvirate with Dennis Trillo, made waves in 2013 through the hit TV gay drama, “My Husband’s Lover.” Mother Lily is confident her two leads can translate to film their renowned chemistry on TV, striking while it’s hot, not cold. (With research by Gracelyn Simon)