Fantastic Beasts at Maison

As Potterheads, it’s going to be a shame if we wouldn’t be able to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them during its first week, that’s why my college friend Lynsey and I already bought our tickets last November 10 even though the movie’s gonna be out on the 17th. (Nope, this isn’t going to be a movie review because I don’t want to be a spoiler.)

We had to chose between IMAX at SM Mall of Asia and Director’s Club – Maison (Conrad Hotel). We ended up buying a ticket for the Nov. 18 – 6:00 PM schedule at DC Maison for a new experience.

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We arrived at Maison just a few minutes before the screening started. The attendant in the Director’s Club at Maison approached us at once and walked with us to our seats. We settled ourselves on our lazy boy because we actually ran our way from the MOA terminal going to Maison – Conrad Hotel (which was a few blocks away from SMX). After a few minutes, our popcorns were served. Funny ’cause we actually thought that we’re going to have unlimited popcorn (that’s what I’ve read on some blogs); we finished our bowl in less than an hour. We asked one attendant if the popcorn’s unlimited, but he said that it’s just one bowl per person. We just bought drinks to compensate our excitement for the popcorn. Hahaha.

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The DC experience (Php 450.00) we had at Maison was great since we were able to choose a good seat. The level was just right for us to enjoy the movie comfortably. The lazy boy seats, as they are, could be adjusted at the push of a button. It was cold in there, so I suggest one should bring a jacket (or perhaps some blanket lol) when you watch at DC Maison. Aside from the free bowl of popcorn, it’s like being treated as a VIP since at the push of a button, their attendants would approach you to ask what you need. You can order food from them, sit back, relax, and wait for your food to be served. They were accommodating and everything went smooth.

After the movie, we had a quick stroll at Maison too but decided to eat at MOA since there are more food choices there.

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Our Fantastic Beasts at Maison went pretty cool and if you’d ask me if I’d be willing to pay an extra price for a VIP movie experience every once in awhile, I definitely would. 😉

HP & The Cursed Child Reservation at Fully Booked

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I wasn’t able to get a copy when J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter and The Cursed Child was first released in the Philippines. I could’ve actually bought from National Bookstore but I wanted the copy that Fully Booked was selling so I opted to wait for the restock.

And guess what? Fully Booked is finally restocking The Cursed Child! I’ve had my reservation yesterday at Fully Booked – Greenbelt 5 to secure my copy. I can’t wait to have the book in my hands! I know only my fellow Potterheads could understand the excitement that I have now.

Just so you know, I don’t have copies of the books, but I’ve read them all through borrowing the copies from the school library and friends. Now that I can finally buy as many books as I can, the desire never stops. I’m planning to buy the whole series to reread (and rewatch) them all.

Yay! See you soon, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child!

First Maginhawa Visit

Last August 18, Thursday, I went to Maginhawa in Quezon City with a friend before going to #InTheMix (story on a separate blog post). We visited BookayUkay, a bookshop that sells second-hand books and two restaurants, Fat Cousins’ Diner and The Nook.

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BookayUkay

We decided to explore Maginhawa before taking our lunch. Along the way, we saw BookayUkay and of course, of course, I did not stop myself from going inside!

I was able to score Jane Austen‘s Emma for only Php 150.00. There were lots of good finds but I was not into buying new books yet since I still have a pile of pending books to read. It’s really just my thing to buy a new one whenever I go to a bookshop. Since I haven’t read Emma yet and it’s one of the early editions of the book, I bought it.

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Fat Cousins’ Diner

After a long walk, we decided to eat at Fat Cousins’ Diner for lunch.

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one hasn’t dined well.”

We ordered Baby Back Ribs (Php 199.00) and Australian Premium Steak (Php 199.00). The meal already includes the side-dishes (mashed potato and buttered veggies) and unlimited rice and drinks so yes, you’d really get more than what you’ve paid for, especially if you’re a person who has a stomach with an appetite for two (or more, hahaha).

Overall, Fat Cousins’ Diner was indeed a good try.

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The Nook
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I’ve always wanted to visit this place since I’ve heard about it. It’s a Harry Potter-inspired café and every Potterhead would really be happy for a Hogsmeade experience.

The Potterhead in me screamed for Butterbeer (Php 100.00 for the Harry size, Php 150.00 for Hagrid) so tah-dah! It’s just like how you’d imagine the drink would be.

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I also tried the Golden Snitch (Php 35.00), a chocolate shaped like what the seekers catch during Quidditch.

For more Potterhead feels, you may wear your house scarf while savoring your Hogsmeade moment.

Proud Ravenclaw here!

I would love to go back to Maginhawa and try more retaurants and cafés. I’ve already been eyeing some places for my next visit. Hopefully soon. 😊

Quidditch Through The Ages

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Only a true Potterhead will get this.

I saw this at National Bookstore and didn’t have second thoughts of buying it.

After all this time?

Always.

After all this time? Always. (a poem-tribute to Alan Rickman a.k.a. “Professor Severus Snape”)

 

 

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You’ve always had your eyes on poor Harry,

The moment he came to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,

Every reader and movie fan perhaps hated you at first,

And in a wizard’s head, a million times, you were cursed;

 

But not in Slytherin, not in Slytherin,

You were hailed great in the House that you are in,

All the books were published and all the movies were shown,

Oh, Severus, you’re one of the bravest men I’ve ever known;

 

To the Half-Blood Prince and your last few moments with Harry,

For the unconditional love you’ve given Lily,

To my favorite Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher,

In our hearts you will be alive forever;

 

Now that you’ve left the Muggle world,

Oh, Professor, you will be missed for good,

I will never be old enough for the fantasies of magical days,

After all this time? ALWAYS.

 

*****

Here’s to all the Potterheads who are grieving right now for the death of Alan Rickman, our Professor Severus Snape.