In Flight

I just wanted to share this photo I was able to capture early morning of November 23. I was just amazed at how brave these kids are. I hope I could do that one of these days. Let me put that in my bucket list. 🙂

In Flight

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My Boracay Adventure

This is another late post. hahaha!

Last October, my travel buddies and I went to Boracay. It was booked on a whim and to take advantage of cheap flights. To be honest, I never thought I’d ever set foot on this island because the water never really entices me. But boy, I was so glad I did.

It was a rainy weekend and we arrived in Boracay with slight rain showers. We were able to manage to take a walk during the evening but it poured overnight until early in the morning the next day. Good thing the rain stopped before we head to our first activity of the day, helmet diving.

Helmet Diving

Helmet Diving

It was quite an experience for me. I’ve never been in the bottom of the ocean my entire life or even swam the beach, simply because I cannot. For a moment, I thought I was hyperventilating during the first few minutes on my way down the bottom of the water. But when I got comfortable, I was able to overcome the fear I didn’t know exist. I am so proud of myself. lol!

We head back to our hotel after helmet diving to take our lunch. The rest of the afternoon was wasted by a not so pleasant experience but it was compensated by the beautiful view during the Paraw sailing.

My camera got soaked because of the waves while we were getting in the Paraw. I was worried that it might break or malfunction but good thing nothing bad happened.

Sunset in Boracay

Sailboat Crew

Boracay Sunset

I was in awe. There is only one word to describe the sunset, beautiful.

The next day, the sun was generous enough to show up and I was more than happy because it would be a great opportunity to snap photos.

Boracay Dude

Sail Boat

Child's Play

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Too bad, we had to head back to Kalibo the same day for us not to miss our early fiight the next morning. It was a short but fun trip and I will definitely come back. But next time, I will make sure it’s during summer so that I can take more pictures and do more water activities. ‘Til next adventure folks! 🙂

My Ilocandia Experience

Hi Folks! This is a very late post. My friends and I had finally had the chance to go to Ilocos Province last May to experience Ilocandia. It has been a long overdue trip that I had been planning a few years. Finally, I was able to go and meet my friend who lives in Vigan after 6 long years. I must say I had a great time.

Day 1

We left for Ilocos on May 2 between 7-8PM. We chose to go there via land because the trip was supposed to be a budget travel. So, we boarded the Farinas bus going to Laoag. Our first stop was Vigan because we would like to experience the Binatbatan Festival even just for a day.

We arrived at about 3:30 AM in Bantay where we were met by my long time friend, Jeriz. She was kind enough to offer her house for us to stay while we were in Vigan. Thanks to TPLEX, the supposedly 8-9 hours long trip was cut to 6 hours or more. We slept for a few hours and headed for the most awaited tour of the city.

Here are some of my photos during the trip:

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With my long time friend, Jeriz at Plaza Salcedo. We finally saw each other again after 6 long years.

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Calle Crisologo during the day.

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We toured the city riding a calesa. It was a very relaxing experience listening to the horseshoe sound as we pass by the old hispanic structures.

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And the food, too.

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Pagburnayan (place where clay jars where made)

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We were also able to witness the annual street dancing competition for Binatbatan Festival.

 

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We also went to Baluarte of Gov. Chavit Singson.

 

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Calle Crisologo looks great at night.

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Plaza Salcedo’s Dancing Fountain

Finally, we didn’t miss the chance to see the dancing fountain in Plaza Salcedo and Calle Crisologo at night. The street was packed during that time because the Ms. Earth contestants were also there during that time.

 

Day 2:

We woke up early to go to Pagudpud next morning. It was a grueling 2 and a half hours ride going to Laoag and another 2 hours to Pagudpud. We took the first bus that we saw to Laoag and boy! it was a huge mistake. The first bus that we chanced upon was an ordinary bus and we didn’t know that it would pick up every person it passes by. Thus, the long trip so when we finally arrived, we just took our lunch and headed for the tour.

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Our first stop was Kabigan falls. We had to trek for 30 minutes to get to the site.

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Patapat Viaduct

 

Bantay Abot Cave

Bantay Abot Cave

Cape Bojeador

Was finally able to personally see Cape Bojeador. Unfortunately, it was currently being restored and we were not allowed to climb the lighthouse.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

It was also my dream to see the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation with my own eyes and I was just so happy that it came true.

Bangui Windmills

I was so worried that we might not be able to make it to the Bangui Windmills because we started really late on our tour. I was just so glad that we were able to witness the sunset here and capture it.

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The tour was exhausting but really worth it.

That capped our second day in Ilocos and spent another 1 and a half hours of travel going back to our accommodation in Saud beach.

Day 3

Half of the Laoag tour felt that it dragged the day. Maybe I was just not into visiting museums. So,we all agreed to just skip the museums and asked our guide to just go on with the tour minus the museums.

Marcos' Residence Sarrat, Ilocos Norte

Our first stop. This was the Marcos’ Residence in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte and now a museum. I forgot what it was called.

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Sta. Monica Church Sarrat, Ilocos Norte

Sta. Monica Church Sarrat, Ilocos Norte

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View from the Malacanang of the North

Photo op inside the Malacanang of the North.

Photo op inside the Malacanang of the North.

Paoay Church

Paoay Church

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Bell Tower of Paoay Church. Errrr… not entirely sure. hehehe.

Fort Ilocandia

Fort Ilocandia

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This was the most exciting thing we did in Laoag. The La Paz Sand Dunes 4×4 experience.

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With Kuya Glenn, our 4×4 driver

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We also tried their ATV.

La Paz Sunset

It was indeed an awesome 3 day stay. Thank you Ilocandia for the experience.

 

Miracle In Cell No. 7

ImageI had this movie sitting on my portable hard drive for quite some time now. I remember downloading it because of the Korean actress Park Shin Hye. I’ve watched a few of her dramas and thought that it would be refreshing to see her in a movie this time.

Last weekend, I finally had the chance to watch this Korean movie entitled Miracle in Cell No.7 which everyone has been talking about in Facebook. I kept seeing it in my news feed thus the curiosity and the reason I finally decided to watch it.

The movie was about a mentally challenged father and his daughter and their special relationship. They were living a happy life together until the father was accused of a crime he did not commit.

To be honest, it was funny and sad at the same time. There were funny scenes especially the ones inside the cell like how the father’s cellmates smuggle the child inside and their failed attempt to bring her back outside.

There were a lot of scenes that one could relate in one way or another with regards to their own relationships with their dads that will sure to make the tears well in your eyes.

The actor who played the dad part was really good as well as the little girl who played the child’s part.

What really breaks my heart in this movie was the harsh truth about how the society and those who holds power can abuse those helpless individuals like the father in story.

I only have one thing to say about this movie. It was well acted and told that it will warm your hearts and will sure to make you cry. Must watch if you wanna ball your eyes out for a good movie.

Catching Up on Hollywood Films

Two weeks ago, I was finally able to bring myself to catch up with the huge films that was shown two or three years ago. Yup, I was finally able to finally watch The Wolverine, Hunger Games, Hunger Games Catching Fire and Silver Linings Playbook. Yeah, I know. I am already late but better late than never right? 😀

The Wolverine

I’m a big fan of the X-men franchise as well as awesome fight scenes so this film really got me engaged all throughout.

Hunger Games & Catching Fire

I remember attempting to watch this a few years back because it was a huge hit and everyone was raving about it. I was just on it’s first few minutes and decided to stop because I can’t handle the camera shakes of the film which I’ve read was intentional. I am just so glad I’ve picked it up again and finally finished it.

I really liked the movie that after finishing it I went ahead and watched Catching Fire and became an instant Jennifer Lawrence fan. lol! Which led me to watching Silver Linings Playbook.

Silver Linings Playbook

And because I have just been converted, I just have to see that Oscar winning performance of JLaw. hahaha!

 

For now, that’s it and I’ll write another post about my thoughts on JLaw’s movies & performance when I get my thoughts all gathered up. I just have too much things on top of my head today thus this very rushed post for today.

Til next post. 🙂

How Do You End A Good Story Line?

I’ve just finished watching a local TV drama here in the Philippines and I was kinda lost if that was the best ending ever as they’ve advertised. Sorry, I just have to let it out and this is not only about this particular drama but a realization that just occurred to me today.

I’ve seen a lot of dramas since I was young. From Mexican, Korean, Japanese to our very own local dramas and it just dawned on me that though I came across a lot of good dramas with really nice plots and story lines, the ending usually were not that satisfying.

Just like any other TV show’s goal, the viewer must get hooked during the first few minutes of the show and make sure that they will stay until the end.  All of the dramas that I have watched achieved making the viewer get hooked initially. Some of them will fail during the middle of the story telling making everything dragging. Then, the story will pick up pace again and when it is time to end the drama everything will be compressed in the remaining week or episodes that you feel like that there’s too much being offered at the moment that you’re gonna throw up. And then the ending that you’ve been waiting for was not as satisfying as you’ve expected. Too bad.

Maybe they were aiming for something that you are not expecting. Or maybe you have too much expectations?

So, how do you really end a good story line?

Well, this is a question that is still hanging on my head that I am trying to answer. I am no expert on this so if you have the answers, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Also, thanks for reading my ramblings for today. 🙂

P.S. Subject for editing in the future. ‘Til next post. 😀

Thoughts About Man From The Stars

man-from-the-stars-posterOla! It’s been two months since my last post. Well, work has been really demanding lately and I haven’t had a lot of time to stop and put my thoughts into writing. But today, I won’t let this opportunity pass to write my thoughts about the Korean drama You Who Came From The Stars, Man from the Stars, My Love from Another Star or whatever the English title is.

This drama top bills Jun Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun. It has a pretty interesting plot which is different from the past dramas that I have watched.

Kim Soo Hyun plays Do Min Joon who is a 400 year old alien who was stuck on earth because he got entangled with something during his time on earth and was left behind when their spaceship left. He then meets Cheon Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun) who turns his quiet, reserved life upside down.

To be honest, I got interested about this drama because of Jun Ji Hyun. When I first read about the news, I anticipated her first drama after 14 years.

So why did I get hooked?

  1. Jun Ji Hyun was perfect for the Cheon Song Yi role. She is hilariously funny. She nailed every funny scenes she had. I just love how she gave life to Cheon Song Yi. Often cranky and too proud outside but sad inside. Oh, I just love her drunk scene trying to open Do Min Joon’s apartment door and the pleading scene when she got rejected by Do Min Joon. Oh, didn’t I just said I love her? hahaha!
  2. I think Kim Soo Hyun is also perfect for the cold Do Min Joon character. I haven’t watched any of his dramas yet. So I was impressed how good he can cry for a man. I wonder where he gets all those emotions at a young age.
  3. The chemistry of the leads are undeniable. Need I say more? hahaha!
  4. The main male antagonist was really good portraying a psychopath. He has this look in his eyes that will make you scared.
  5. I think the CGI is good for a television drama. I just love how they put a lot of attention to this and how they are executed.
  6. The characters were established well and were given their back stories as to why they behave as such. I like the interview part of Do Min Joon and the epilogues at the last few minutes of the episode.

Though the story is not perfect, I still enjoyed the entire drama a lot. I would recommend it to my fellow Korean drama fanatics.

So am I having a post drama syndrome? I would say a little but not as much as I had after watching Innocent Man. But definitely, I will miss the funny Cheon Song Yi and handsome Do Min Joon. 🙂

Now, off to my next drama. 😀