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Etiquette for Mistresses x The Belly Rub

I’m sure by now you’ve ALL watched Kris Aquino’s latest movie, Etiquette for Mistresses. My post is so two-thousand-and-late! :P


I may be a Kris Aquino fan but I found Cheena “Crab” Alimagno‘s acting the most effortless among ALL. With Claudine Barretto following close behind.

I watched it on the SECOND day & dragged my poor Lovey into watching it with me hehe. As you may know, I’m a Kris Aquino fantard. So after picking up my daughter from school, I drove us straight to Commercenter to catch the next screening. Wala na syang nagawa! :P

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At wala rin talaga akong kaayos-ayos diba. Parang naghilamos lang at nag-mall na, lol! :P It was only in the car as I was waiting for my Lovey to come down that I browsed my phone & saw that the movie was already showing! So without my kilay & lipstick, sumugod kami sa cinema. :P


Of course I don’t condone having mistresses, or the lifestyle of one. Sino ba ang gustong may kahati sa asawa diba. At sino din ba ang may gustong second best lagi -always waiting in the sideline. The simple truth is, Love is love. And you don’t choose the person you fall in love with. It hits you like a speeding truck, mahirap turuan ang puso. I can only hope & pray that my kids -the girls especially, find men worthy of them. Men who would put them first, and would value them for the wonderful people that they are.

Anyway, my daughter is old enough & wise enough to know what is factual & what is strictly for entertainment. I want to believe that we have raised her to have good values and she has seen with her own two eyes how dedicated her dad is to us, his family. And how his love & commitment to us has made them well-rounded, happy, confident children. So I was pretty sure that taking her to watch the movie was in no way letting her know I approve of the act.

When the book by Jullie Yap Daza came out, I was fascinated by it. Aba, may etiquette pa pala ang mga mistresses of the 20th century! I found it hilarious. Well, at least there’s a guideline para naman umayos sila.


The 28 golden rules for mistresses:
1. Mistress is not Mrs. Know your place.
2. Even if he tells you he loves you more than his wife, don’t let that go to your head.
3. Mistresses should be ready to give up Valentine’s Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s
Day, Holy Week and his birthday. (that’s why mistresses are also called “holiday
orphans” because of this)
4. Befriend his secretary but avoid all contact with his driver. (Whether he is a company driver or the family driver, the chauffeur is not to be trusted. Family drivers owe their allegiance to whoever pays them their salary and who feeds them the free meals in the kitchen with the other help. In short, they are loyal to the Mrs. more than the Mr.)
5. As tempting as it seems, don’t patronize the wife’s beauty parlor, jewelry shop, dress
shop, or father confessor.
6. Don’t call him, wait for him to call.
7. To be seen with him in public once is risky. The second time could be fatal to one oyou. The third time is The End for both of you (love is lovelier when it’s forbidden.Because it’s forbidden, it’s supposed to be hidden)
8. Never believe, and never say anything unfriendly about his wife, not even after he recites a litany of her faults.
9. Mistresses are kept by rich men. But a mistress who is a woman of substance and independent means is better. (Translation: Don’t ask him for money)
10. Be discreet. (Make sure he is not the type to talk in the sleep.)
11. Never travel together. (Accidents will always happen. You can never tell.)
12. When he breaks a date, charge it to fate, not his fickleness. (Men will be boys. They will forget to call. They will break a date at the last minute. They will stand you up. They
won’t explain and they won’t ask for forgiveness. But don’t cry nor throw a tantrum.

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Team Ms. Piggy vs. Team Denise. Saan kayo? ;)) #TeamMsPiggy4ever

What struck me the most in the movie was the dialogue between Pilar Pilapil & Claudine Barreto on keeping a husband happy. That no matter what the wife does, no matter the efforts she puts in the marriage, if the man is hell bent on looking for another woman to warm his bed, then nothing she says or does can make him remain faithful. Yung mga ganyang lalaki ang nakakatakot. Walang kakunte-kuntento. Walang kaligayahan.

Anyway, to reward my baby love for “enduring” watching a Filipino movie with me haha, I treated her to an early supper at the newly opened BELLY RUB. Belly Rub serves Asian and Latin comfort cuisine in a festive atmosphere.

The Belly Rub

2/F CommerCenter, Commerce Avenue, Alabang, Muntinlupa City (02) 893 6967

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Like the Black Pig, Belly Rub is also a nice place to chill at night with a glass (or 2) of wine to be enjoyed with your small plates.


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Happy hour na!!!


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The Belly Rub is new so the menu is still limited.




Cubano 310 php. Homemade Ham, Carmelized Onions, Mustard, Gruyere & Mozzarella, Pickles, Roasted Pork, Spiced Mayo & Baguette. I liked how it had a more than substantial filling.



Crispy Carbonara 325 php. Parmesan & Pecorino, Homemade Bacon Lardons, Onion, Garlic, Cream, and Crispy Fried Pork Belly.



Apple Crumble “Risotto” 185 php. A tad too sweet for my taste.



Why it’s called a “risotto”. The stewed apple was diced thoroughly.

And whadya know, right across it is a luxury bag store. Syempre we had to usi. I drooled at that part of the movie that I had to make a stopover here & smell the bags! Nagmumurang Hermes, Chanel, Celine, atbp.


LUXURI by Aleli Aguilar-Andanar is located on the 2nd floor of Commercenter smack right in the middle of the mall, right across Belly Rub. Pag inggitera ka, wag papasok at baka himatayin ka sa sama ng loob! Luxuri sells both pre-owned & brand new high end bags like Hermes. Order placement accepted.

Anyway, we sorely missed you watching it with us Ate. You’re always so busy. Di bale, it’s your last year of pre-med na. You’re halfway there, yahoo! <3 Before I end, I want to wish you a happy 21st birthday today my love. You are now a legal adult..


I hope you have a great & fun birthday. Forget yang diet-diet muna okay, eat to your heart’s desire this weekend please? I love you! :-*

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