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Cebu-Bantayan Trip

Just like a prodigal child, I am logging in again for a quick write up. Geez, I missed this!

Let me share my trip last July in the island of Cebu, Philippines (Yes, I know. Late post again lol). It was my fist time to visit the place, both Cebu city and Bantayan island, and the experience was relaxing-ly awesome.

From Mactan, we head straight to North Bus Terminal to take the bus for Hagnaya port – One can either take the Bantayan bus, or Sta. Fe. Most of the resorts in the island is located in the town of Sta. Fe. So if you don’t have plans to go to the town of Bantayan yet, taking the Sta. Fe bus should be okay already. The town of Bantayan in Bantayan island is roughly an hour away from Sta. Fe.

The stay in Bantayan island is very relaxing. We stayed in Anika Beach Resort and enjoyed their rooms which is made out of container vans. The resort’s beach area is nice and their staff are very courteous and accommodating. Plus, their rates are also very competitive compared to other beach front resorts. Just make sure you book directly to them to get the lower rate. I highly recommend their place.

During our stay in Bantayan island, we decided to visit the other towns – Bantayan and Madridejos. Going to the town of Madridejos is a challenge. At the time we visited the place, the roads are under construction making the travel time a little longer (I guess), and making the trip powdery (lols). Upon arriving in Madridejos, we went to the Fort of Kota Ruins, which is basically an Intramuros looking gate (yes singular- only one gate), and sort of poorly maintained; and to their boardwalk which I kinda enjoyed, except for the damaged portions of the walkway (stressed me from walking further to the end). Basically, our travel time going to Madridejos is longer than the time we spent there haha. But yes, it’s the experience that counts! Now, if anyone’s still planning to go there, here’s how: Coming from Sta. Fe, one should take a jeep (or trike-jeep as we called it) to Bantayan town. From there, ride another jeep (true jeepney lol) to the town of Madridejos. Total travel time from Sta. Fe to Madridejos is roughly two hours. Please also note that the inter-town transportation in Bantayan island is usually only until 6PM.

We also took time to go around the town of Bantayan, where we visited the church of Sts. Peter and Paul, and a few old buildings around the plaza. The existing structures around the area are said to be made of stones and corals, and built around 1800s.

Back to the beach-bumming activity, we also went to a separate island called Virgin beach. The island is said to be privately owned, hence a fee is needed to be settled before enjoying the island. We enjoyed the water in this island, as it is very clear and free from jelly fish (we spotted a few of them in our resort’s beach, though their number is tolerable and you’ll just feel the itch). We enjoyed the water so much we got burned lol.

There, that’s how we enjoyed our Bantayan island trip. Cebu is more like a city and I think what made our trip even better is the delicious food. When in Cebu, don’t forget their famous daing, chicharon, and of course lechon. For this awesome Cebu trip, I made a short video to summarize the entire experience.

Dear Friend, This Is About Me & Charlie

This week I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I’ve been waiting for this movie since its trailer come out. I did not get excited mainly about the stars (which others did). What I was after is the story, and how the movie gives justice to the book. I am a big fan of the book for a lot of reasons. Maybe one big reason is I, somehow, relate to Charlie’s thoughts.

Conformist. Maybe I am like that most of the time. I am boring, non-sense, the one you wouldn’t really care to lose from your set of friends. Usually I am just there, observing. A wallflower just like Charlie. I don’t really air out my thoughts easily. I usually keep my thoughts to myself as long as I can, or maybe until the need “to air out” arises. It’s not my way to ask help with things happening around me. Maybe because it’s not easy for me to trust. See right now, I have  lot of friends: Close friends, office friends, highscool and college friends. But if you ask me who among these people know the deepest thoughts I have, maybe I can’t name even a single one.

I once found someone whom I trust. But just like Charlie’s friends, they need to go to do things for themselves. I really want this person to stay but changes need to happen. I always thought we were on the same page at a certain phase, but I was wrong. I am just there, good as a spare tire maybe. Like I said, I am a kind of person you wouldn’t care to lose from the list of important people in your life. These things, I don’t really know why I’m saying it here. Maybe because I just need to air it out. Too bad I don’t have a “person whom I could really trust.” I need to tell these maybe because it’s too much for me already, and here it is, the need “to air out” arise.

You may find this thing bullshit you know. I mean, you may say “Why is this person telling about trust, but anyways air out her thoughts on a blog?” Yeah, I know. But you know the feeling of being “real” in a crowd you barely know and you don’t have emotional attachment with? The feeling that it’s easier to tell things you kept for a while to yourself to these people, than tell things to those people you knew well and give them trust that they can, someday, break and hurt you. And when I say hurt, you just want to kill yourself because you are having too much  of it. Again, just like Charlie.

Typing this whole crap without crying is difficult you know. But I’m trying. And off we go.

I’m living my life one day at a time. That means, I may have plans for the future but maybe good for the next 3 months. Let me share to you one thing. One day, as I was walking in a mall, an insurance agent approached me. So a few questions went on and we sat down for few get to know stuff (which bored and pissed me a lot. I am so pissed, I was really rude answering her questions. Anyways…) One the things the agent asked me to do is to put 5 things I need to have or I hope to accomplish in 5 to 10 years (I somehow like that my memory sucks, but I think the activity is something like that). She gave me five minutes, then went on to ten or more because out of  5 things, I was only able to put 2. That is to have a car or a house, and to be fucking rich. She asked me why I only have 2, and started to fish out answers from me. I don’t know if it’s her or the topic which got to my nerves, but I just apologized for not being interested, and I walk off. That is the most non-sense one hour of my life. Why do people always tell me to have plans for my future? Can’t they just accept the fact that I don’t have plans? I have few reasons which may sound alibis to some, but this reasons really matters to me. Let’s see…  Maybe I can say some.

One. Ever since I have proven that I don’t matter to most people, I started to living my life one day at a time. Less expectations, less chance of hurting myself. Plain and simple.

Two. I don’t really dream of living a long life. It’s hard to go on with life without someone whom you could really trust and be happy with, you know. Once an old man told me that smoking takes away something minutes of your life, blahblahblah… something sticks a day. He told that to me while I was smoking. I was just, “C’mon man I really want to spit on your face! Seriously? Telling that to me like my dad? Hello! What would you do if I smoke pot in your face?” People like this, they need to have a sense of privacy, and sensitivity. It should be: I don’t know you old man, you don’t know me either. Let’s not make our day bad, because I already got an overdose of bad days. Just give this fucking smoking time to me.

Three. I got so much of life’s shit. I got tired of planning. Seriously, this is my lowest point. EVER. This is record breaking. As the book The Great Gatsby says: “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” Some say this thought is impossible because they claim that you can do things not to let that happen. Let me tell you this: What if your world means a person you really love? Planned your future with this person, spent years together like perfect lifetime partners. There are flaws, but minimal. You loved each other. But one day, this person you love changed, and left you because you’re okay to lose. Now your problem is getting this person back. How would you fucking do that if the person doesn’t want you in his/her life? Worst, you wake up that you are now fucking replaced! And you can’t go for other people to find a lost love because even if you’re trying to, you always go back to that same person, even if you fucking hate it to happen. You just watch your life fall apart right? Because you can’t always have control over your life. See how this life’s so fun?

I can go on with my reasons but this topic makes me vomit. Now back to Charlie. I hope the last scene on the movie happens to me. To feel infinite with the person I could really trust and after so much fun, won’t have the guts to just leave me there. Helpless for the Nth time. I know how dramatic it is to say “I’m always the one being left alone.” But you know, you’ll never  understand how it really feels until you find yourself in there.

MNL 143

A month back, I was lucky to be able to watch a promising film on a rainy evening. I didn’t mind about the distance I traveled from my place going to Bonifacio High Street in Taguig (which is about over an hour to reach from our place), because I really enjoyed watching the film. MNL 143 made a small and meaningful place in my heart.

Spontaneity – that’s what I loved most about the film. Every character in the movie managed to contribute to the rawness and balance of the film. Sad, serious, funny, real – such a great set of characters who, throughout the course of the movie, successfully established Ramil’s character and his issue. Everything is real, especially the characters’ issues. It’s just genius.

Did I, in some ways, able to relate to the movie? No and yes. No, because I am not a driver by profession, and yes because of everything else seems a little similar to what I feel.

Just like Ramil, I worked on my career day and night to get through the day or to a supposed to be “future with someone”. Then everything gets mixed up, the feeling of losing someone you truly valued in your life was also there. At the middle of the day, you just stop and stare, cry for some random memories you want to get off from your mind because hope is a virtue that’s not really on your side at the moment. And a lot more, maybe, soon.

I’ve watched a number of films the past 2 months up to this point. Films that could make me think, or at times could make me sad, or could help me face reality. The life of living alone, that’s what I’m preparing for. If there’s something I learned from this part of my life, it’s that nothing is permanent. Future can be as blurry as your expectations, and trust is something you don’t want to give fully to someone no matter how good they are to you. Because at the end, you could really die without having to save some for yourself.

Yes Or No Thai Film

This is my third time to watch this movie. First is its first half,  second is its second half, then the third is the full blast watching. This is because my work schedule sucks, and maybe because I also loved the movie.

In over a week I kept on watching, researching, and looking for clips of this Thai movie titled Yes or No (… So I Love You). It caught my interest because of its braveness. It is said to be the first lesbian-themed movie shown in Thai commercial theaters.

Based on the interviews, the casts and the production team claims that the responses on their film is positive. I was quite hesitant on the claims at first, but when I searched more videos on YouTube, the comments proved me wrong. Fans from different parts of the world are supporting the movie. Surprisingly some are even claiming they are not gay or lesbian, moreover they are straight, but end up liking the movie. I guess it is because of one idea that was presented perfectly in the film – Love is boundless.

I am not sure if it’s just me, but I saw the film as a fun-to-watch love story. I love to think that this movie gave the viewers the feel of paying attention on the presence of growing appreciation and love between two people (How they started hating each other, how they learn to give chance on knowing each other more, and how they grow together as a person), rather than focusing on the idea of plain lesbian love. If the film’s objective is to show other people that “Love has no boundaries, and it doesn’t depend on gender”, I think this movie got their point, and had it marked.

I loved the movie big time. Though I hoped of seeing a film with a deeper conflict, I think this movie is brewed perfectly for a first commercial lesbian/gay-themed film in Thailand. Yes or No is made for everyone to understand how real love happens and grows between two persons, regardless if they are both of the same gender or not.

The Google Office

It’s been quite a while since I last posted something here on my blog. With that, let me just share to all of you one of my greatest frustrations in life.

Since I was a kid, I always wanted to be an engineer, Computer Engineer to be exact. Electrical circuits, technology, and computers never fails to excite me when I was a kid. However, there was a sudden change of circumstance when I reached College – I took Communication as a degree.

During the time when I was still lost in my life plans, I told myself that maybe I was destined to take this new path. And so I accepted the reality. I also thought that maybe there will still be a slightest hint of chance for me to work on this AMAZING workplace – in the Google office. You know, Just maybe.

I know you love to be in there too. Well, let’s hope to see each other there in time… Hopefully.

You And I – Lady Gaga

As you all know, I am a huge Lady Gaga fan. So here I am, taking time for posting her latest, weird and epic music video – You And I.

Watch and enjoy the trademark Gaga fashion. By the way, I am glad the dancing is back! Woohoooo!

That’s all. I love her. SUPER.

Oh, Mario Maurer!

There’s a new addition on my celebrity winners. By the term winners, I mean that I love them. Ok fine, they’re my “some-sort of celebrity crush” (I wished to refuse the usage of the word crush because it’s too juvenile and cheesy. But obviously I failed on my objective). Maybe some of you would say: “Why the hell will I care about your crushes?” I say: “Hello? You need to know this to check if I will be your greatest nemesis on your idol or not.” – Fine, I just want to share this. Double fail.

So I tried searching for other movies featuring that good-looking boy in “The Love of Siam” (a Thai gay-themed movie). I didn’t know his name at first but then Google is there to help me. Finally I got his name: Mario Maurer. Search it if you like, but please make sure you have your tissues to help you on your “drooling time”.

After getting his name, I was able to find another movie which features him also as a lead actor. It’s a rom-com movie this time. The flick is titled “A Little Thing Called Love” (First Love). After watching the film the second time, I officially announce that Mario Maurer is included on my celebrity winners‘ list. Still wondering how good-looking he is? Here (all photos grabbed from Google images).

Alright, that’s it. I am off! I know some of you will be searching for his movies now. I won’t keep you reading this blog entry. Go and search Mario Maurer.

Love of Siam

Photo Grabbed from IMdb

One film down from my Thai movies wish list! Yey!

I enjoyed watching The Love of Siam – Enjoyed in the sense that it never got me bored even for a single scene. Sounds very ordinary? Not until you find out that this movie runs for almost 3 hours. Yes, 3 hours.

Most comments I encountered while researching the plot of the film is about homosexuality. Actually, even the trailer got me that notion on what to expect with the film. And then, all changed after watching the movie. It’s not really all about homosexuality. The film is about love, different forms of it, the hope it provides, and how it affects one’s life.

Yes, it might sound so cheesy, but let’s just say I am ready to go on a bet to prove everyone that this movie can really touch your heart. If you would think about it, the situations shown on the film are quite normal – nothing special in other words. However, how these normal situations and stories of each character are sewn together translates to something phenomenal. Phenomenal in the sense that it will let you feel for the characters, and left you reflecting on your life.

As I am watching the film, I feel very helpless in stopping my tears to fall down (Yuck, I know). I just can’t help myself feeling the emotions, frustrations and the love given and lost by the characters. It was one of the best movies I have ever seen. Proof? Well, I don’t really enjoy films that has subtitles, plus a film that is very long. I even have this philosophy that long movies don’t necessarily translate to a good film; it is how the story is executed. And, here I am, found myself glued to my laptop watching The Love of Siam.

Alright. For the record, I obviously loved the movie – I am even making it one of the best I have ever watched. It is definitely something worth the 3-hours of watching. But please don’t watch this film if you are looking for a feel-good movie, because plainly it is not. This movie is best to watch if you want to have an emo moment, or you just want to watch a good heart-warming film.

The new Spider-Man

Alright. So I promised to blog about the new Spider-Man on my Twitter, and I want to keep my promise… And of course, a simple thought about Andrew Garfield’s new character is always good, right?

Anyway, for those who haven’t seen the very first Spider-Man photo of Andrew Garfield, here it is.

For me, generally the costume looks good – waaay better from Toby Maguire’s era. Okay back to Garfield (not the costume). He actually looks great. I mean, his image can suit Peter Parker’s (aka Spider-Man) characteristics and personality. We did all see how he portrayed a guy working with the geeks in “The Social Network”, and I must say that it was good. He also has the good looks, and the endless screams of fan girls (yes, he has that after The Social Network).

I guess what would really make this re-make (or alternative story) of Spider-Man successful is its story. Sure it’s important to have the right casts and actors, etc. but I think the story will always be the deciding point specially for the hard core fans. Thinking that a Spider-Man movie was made not so long ago, will definitely urge the watchers to compare which version is better. This, in my opinion, is the greatest challenge for the new Spider-Man.

Definitely, I will watch this movie when it’s out in the theaters. I really hope all success to this project / production. In the end, we all want to have a good re-storytelling of Peter Parker’s adventure as Spider-Man.

Thai-movie wishlist

Alright. So I was lurking on different websites today and found some interesting Thai films I am dying to watch (hard thing: I don’t know where and how can I get a copy, with English subs of course). FYI: I am not Thai, I am a Filipino. But I have this belief that Thai movies are very good.

Anyway, so here’s a set of Thai-movie trailers which got my interest.

First up, Hello Stranger. Basically, the trailer tells the viewers about a story of two strangers who met on a foreign land (and a rom-com film). Judging from the trailer itself, looks like a fun movie to watch.

Next: Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Another fun movie to watch, though this is more of a teen-oriented love story. It’s a story of a not-so-beautiful girl getting the attention of a very good-looking, popular guy. As time flies, the girl went from being a not-so-beautiful to a beautiful girl. Just as the girl’s apprearance, people and situations also changed.

Next Picture: Love of Siam. This is the serious movie on my list. Just watch it. Looks like the storyline is good – the main reason why I get so interested to watch it.

One last: Yes or No. Let’s just say, it’s a typical story of a rom-com. Only that, it involves two girls (well at least the other one is referred to as a tom-girl). This kind of film is not really being created here in the Philippines – reason which made me so into it. A fun, new/fresh (for a Filipino like me), and a gender-sensitive film it is!

There you go. I will try to look for more trailers on the web and share it with you, guys. Now, if you know any link or portal I can visit to watch these, please let me know. That’s it! Tusch. Salamat!