Writing Challenge 41 – My Idea of a Perfect Date

I think it’s serendipitous that I’m being asked about my idea of a perfect date a day after I had a really good date. 🙂

Let me give you a brief backgrounder: my birthday is June 3rd – but since that falls on a Monday this year (and Jie the boyfriend has work; the kind that doesn’t allow for paid vacation leaves), the only time I get to celebrate with him is June 1, Saturday. It may have been my brother Leo’s birthday, but we know that we tend to collectively celebrate birthdays on another, more neutral day. So it’s not that big of a deal.

I just really wanted to have time with Jie.

Me and Jie
Perfect Date Element 1: Jie’s presence (image from Facebook)

Because I’ve been wanting really good steak for weeks, Jie and I planned to celebrate my birthday by eating at Myron’s. As far as I’m concerned, the steak there is phenomenal and the sides are excellent. I always try to find extra-special excuses to eat there. If my birthday celebration can’t be considered special, then I don’t know what can be.

Steaks on a grill
Perfect Date Element 2: Great food (credit: Wikipedia)

It must be said, however, that the particular branch of Myron’s that we like to frequent isn’t exactly close by. So we arranged to meet up before heading over to the restaurant – at the nearest Fully Booked, where the person who gets there early can browse between bookshelves. I fricking love that place.

Fully Booked Logo
Perfect Date Element 3: A bookstore (image from fullybookedonline.com)

After the meal, we decided that we should see the movie “Now You See Me” – which has just come out here. Correctly thinking that it would be difficult for me to get home from Power Plant Mall after 5 pm, Jie insisted that we watch it at Robinson’s Magnolia (which happens to be a short walk from my family’s condominium) instead. So we watched it there – and allow me to say that it’s one of the movies that surprised me in a good way. I like the fact that I got things wrong – I can usually guess how a movie ends, and that was not the case this time. 🙂 I also love the fact that Jie was pleasantly surprised by it too.

A Night at the Movies (film)
Perfect Date Element 4: A really good movie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ah, and before I forget – we had some time to kill before the movie started, so we wandered over to Data Blitz so we can browse for some games. I’ll be the first to say that I’m not a truly serious gamer, despite my affection for my Nintendo DS, D-chan (yes, I name my gadgets – so?). But even I can’t help but feel all tingly when I see all those game titles. Plus, my boyfriend – the serious gamer in the relationship – is extra-sexy when he’s taking stock of all the games and consoles he wants to someday own. Yes, mom; I said it – Jie is sexy. Sorry, but I honestly think it’s true.

DataBlitz Logo
Perfect Date Element 5: A gaming store (image from datablitz.com.ph)

By the time the movie ended, it was raining like nobody’s business. I admit that it worried us a little bit – I could get home, with my trusty umbrella and the close proximity of the condo to the mall. But Jie didn’t have a brolly on him, his condo isn’t exactly a stone’s throw away, and he didn’t actually want me to lend him my umbrella. After a very mild argument involving me fussing over his health and him insisting that he can brave the weather, the skies decided to ease up on us. By the time we started walking for my place, the rain had slowed to a drizzle. By the time we got to the gate of the condominium compound, the rain had stopped almost completely. I didn’t have to worry too much, and he promised to wash off the rain as soon as he got home. We parted ways with a really good kiss. 🙂

Yes, mom. I kiss my boyfriend.

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Perfect Date Element 6: A little fall of rain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So there you have it! This is my idea of a perfect date. It is, of course, subject to change. But right now, I know I just had one of the best dates ever.

What would YOU consider a perfect date?

Three Local Indie Films that Deserve Promotion

It may not seem apparent most of the time, but I’m a big fan of local talent – and it occurs to me that I haven’t been giving them much kudos on this blog, even if they happen to be films that deserve promotion. Fortunately, my Facebook feed had reminded me that there are people whose work I want to reach EVERYONE. And I think they need as much support as possible. So if you happen to have some extra cash/have extra time/think these are cool too, please help fund/promote these movies. Let’s throw as much support/money as we can behind these! 😀

1.) Untitled Superhero Movie

Pinoy geek extraordinaire Carljoe Javier mentioned offhand on one of our social networks that he was working on something amazing – and indeed he was. They showed the teaser for the project at the Summer Komikon, and let me just say that it’s looking good so far:

If you want to help make this movie happen, please CONTRIBUTE HERE or get your rich friends to throw money at it.

2.) Ang Maskot (The Mascot)

Its trailer also revealed at the Summer Komikon, this film adaptation of the local indie comic has some star power supporting its already-entertaining plot. It may not LOOK like it needs a lot of support, but I personally think that people should give it a little more publicity.

Keep sharing this trailer!

3.) Saving Sally

I saved this for last because this is quite possibly the PRETTIEST of the films listed here. It’s also the one that I believe is worth the most money because it has a really good story and a very solid vision of what it’s supposed to look like. I think this definitely deserves to have ALL THE MONEY thrown at it.

Please make sure this film doesn’t run out of funds by visiting its official site.