Sunday, July 9, 2017

Eiga Sai : 2017 Japanese Film Fest @ Shangri-La

Being a graduate of Communication Arts, I will always have a weak spot for foreign films. I took Communication Arts for the love of films! So when a French Film Fest or Spanish Film is in town, I get really excited like the rest. But due to my 9-5 stint, I rarely get to go to see these foreign films. FML, I know!
In 2015, I was able to watch one film at Eiga Sai with a college friend. He's an Indie film enthusiast/supporter and a huge fan of theater! Very glad that he tagged me along to watch WOOD JOB! ウッジョブ!

I kind of already forgot half of the scenes of this film but I vividly remember I enjoyed watching it. I like how the story of this movie evolved and revolved only from wood working. Simple plot. Fantastic story.

In 2016, I was busy dating a Japanese guy. So I skipped the film fest and regretted it afterwards.

Schedule of this year's Eiga Sai : 2017 Japanese Film Fest @ Shangri-La

Visit for more info on the schedule
Although, I'm supposed to see "films" in this year's Eiga Sai, I personally would like catch TSUKIJI WONDERLAND. It is a documentary about Tsukiji Market, known to be the largest in the world to be selling fish, fruits, and vegetables located in Tokyo which started its operations in 1930s. The reason I want to see this is because the Japanese government is closing the market and will move it to a new location by 2018 in preparation for the 2020 Olympics.

For more info about Tsukiji Market, visit

If you decide to watch a particular title and get there in time of the screening, then good job and good for you! Otherwise, just prepare yourself to be surprised by a film you'll catch by the time you get there at Shang. Also, mind the long queues! Okay, my Engrish sucks here. Moving on.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Certified Hair Donor of Metro Manila

The idea started when I was sitting inside a pawnshop in the middle of Paco, Manila. I saw there a poster of a hair dealer. Hmm.. I can trade my hair for some bucks. Kinda interesting, right? I'd be like Ashton Kutcher who used to sell his blood! After that sweet encounter with the poster, I dug up more and learned about the organizations which accept hair donation for cancer patients.
Days, months, years passed by when I came across Cuts Againts Cancer facebook page liked by our HR lady who had an experienced of donating her hair.
Cuts Againts Cancer is an international organization which has a branch here in the Philippines. On their website, you will find a calendar of events on when and where you can find them to donate your hair!

Fortunately, I found another organizer in Makati Medical Center which accepts hair donations during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month happening in June of the year.

A month ago, I was in MMC in time for my admission as I will undergo thyroidectomy. While running here and there inside the hospital, I saw this poster when I passed by the Cancer Center. I stood there when Kuya Guard at the door asked me "Mag-donate ka ma'am?" I answered, "Oo. Kaya ko pinahaba buhok ko e."

By June 1st, I went back to MMC and found myself standing in front of the poster again when Are Janitress at the door asked me "Mag-donate ka ma'am?" I answered, "Opo." She then accompanied me to the registration table. The organizers greeted me and handed me merienda.

I was surprised to see a salon-like set-up inside the hospital. It was complete with mirrors, bright lighting, sound of hair dryer, and hair stylists from Heads by Volu-Med located at Shangri-La Makati.

Wall of Fame for the Hair Donors
Had to edit this on Photoshop because they spelled my name wrongly. Can you notice which letter is edited? :P
Here are a few requirements to follow if you want to donate your hair:
  1. Hair must be dry
  2. Hair should be ponytailed
  3. Hair must be put in ziplock
  4. Hair length should be around 9 - 12 inches (varies)
  5. and others! Better check with the organization's requirements
Pardon my un-readiness for these selfies.
Also, I'm anemic but I'm trying to be better. I want to donate blood, unlike Ashton mee-hee. Let me know your favorite institution to donate blood. Thanks in advance! xx

Saturday, May 6, 2017

My Opinion on "13 Reasons Why"

You'd know when a US TV Series is a hit when your friends on Facebook start posting their opinion about it. It's how I noticed "13 Reasons Why".

While one of my friends posted "Need to see a watch a chick flick." right after he finished watching the whole series of 13 Reasons Why. This made my ask, "Why?". So I got curious. Another friend kept on updating his status on Facebook on how he felt after watching every episode. But that's only on how people talked about 13 Reasons Why on Facebook.

A different 13 Reasons Why sesh also happened in the office. I know what you're thinking "it's just a bunch of high schoolers, why would you be curious of a TV Show full of millennials' drama?"

Because an officemate changed my perception about this show full of teenagers, full of drama when he said to me, "The person committed a suicide, THERE MUST BE A MAJOR REASON BEHIND IT!"

Truth is, I find it shallow when I first tried watching the 30-minute of the first episode of the show. It was the usual high school hallway, high school lockers, high school backpacks. In short, I lost my interest to watch it. Until my officemate said that to me, "The person committed a suicide, THERE MUST BE A MAJOR REASON BEHIND IT!"

So I tried watching again on a Sunday in one sitting.

I discovered that the show touched a sensitive issue of the society in which everyone is familiar with. Everyone had been through it in their life - either they were guilty of it or had been a victim of it. BULLYING.

In this drama series, there are two types of people - a bully and bullied at school. But in real life, you can be booth -- a bully and bullied at the same time.

Here are other things I realized from watching 13 Reasons Why: **Spoiler Alert**

Loving a person and not being able to let them know your feelings before losing them is devastating **ahem** Clay.

The lives of many doesn't just stop when someone decided to stop theirs **ahem** Courtney. Many tries to survive and fight their struggles to not result to discontinue living (even though their own life sucks.) **ahem ahem** Courtney again!

Some bullies at school have their own issues at home **ahem** Justine. While others have an access to control the world from their home **ahem** Bryce.

In terms of originality though, this drama is kind of a mixed of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. But the soundtrack is awesome!!

At end.. it did not end. So maybe they're now cooking Season 2 and you don't want to be left out again by the time its aired on Netflix.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2016 Review

1.What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before? 🙈🙊🙉🙈🙊🙉🙈🙊🙉
Ah! OK..I took a Habal-habal from Ayala to GMA-Kamuning in EDSA  during rush hour on a Friday night when heavy traffic was on! That's bravery right there!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I hardly did. I promised not to do a lot of activities or join any adventures just because I want to dedicate my 2016 to sleeping! 💤💤💤💤 
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes 👶 My high school BFF to a handsome baby boy, my brother's live-in girlfriend to a cute baby girl, and my officemate also to a healthy baby girl.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Unfortunately, yes, an officemate from another department who was really close to me.
5. What countries did you visit? Hong Kong, if you call that a country. Macau, if you consider that a country. Malaysia. Revisited Singapore, also, if that's a country. South Korea!

But wait, there's more.. Cambodia-Thailand-Malaysia-Indonesia before the year ends. Inshallah.
6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016? An attitude that will be well respected because F*** YOU ****!!
7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory and why? July 2.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I started reading books, started with stocks, bought items to sell, etc.
9. What was your biggest failure? Should have started earlier of the year. But you know what they say -- better late than never!
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Not an illness, nor an injury but I discovered I have a goiter.
11. What was the best thing you bought? Books! Books! Books!
  1. Smarter Faster Better
  2. The Godfather
  3. The Magic of Thinking Big
  4. Chicken Soup for the Soul
  5. Rich Dad Poor Dad
  6. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
  7. The Origin of Species
  8. The Phantom of the Opera
  9. The Metamorphosis
  10. The Iliad
  11. The Scarlet Letter
  12. Kitchen Confidential
  13. The Economist : Guide to Investment Strategy
  14. Teach Yourself : Accounting and Finance
  15. The Economist : Guide to Analysing Companies
  16. Griding It Out : The Making of McDonald's
  17. The $100 Startup
  18. Eat Move Sleep
  19. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  20. Why Women Love Bitches
  21. Teach Yourself : Secrets of Wealthy People
  22. How to Win Friends & Influence People
  23. Visual Bilingual Dictionary Japanese-English
  24. The Personal MBA
  25. Think and Grow Rich
  26. The Richest Man in Babylon
  27. The 80/20 Principle
  28. Never Eat Alone
  29. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
  30. The Economist : Business Strategy
  31. NLP The Essential Guide to Neuro-Linguistic Programming
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My ex-boyfriend's on being goal-oriented, disciplined, focused, his drive and dedication, his approach on healthy living, his decision making process, his witty sense of humor, passion for seeing the world, his cravings for knowledge and wisdom, being frugal, being a bookworm, believing in one's potential, his love and respect for his mother.. and probably many others that I didn't get to know.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? My ex-boyfriend's narrow-mindedness, selfishness, greediness.. being disrespectful ..and probably many others that I didn't get to know.
14. Where did most of your money go?
  • Books Php 14,140.40+
  • Airline Tickets Php 38,317.10+
  • Food Delivery Php 10,575.20+
15. What did you really, really, really get excited about? ..when one of my housemate finally moved out??!
16. What song will always remind you of 2016? Starving and Say You Won't Let Go... I HATE THESE SONGS!!!
17. Compared to this time last year are you:
Happier? Always happy, will aim for happier next year!😋
Thinner? Yupsexier!💃
Richer? Yup, filthier!💰
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Reading books.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Reading reddit.
20. How did you spend Christmas? On a train going to the boarder of Thailand-Malaysia in the morning. In a taxi with the taxi driver who helped me find a Money Changer in the town of Butterworth at noontime. On a ferry bound to Georgetown. Biking. Getting full from street foods of Penang. Coincidentally shared a hostel room with a random Japanese girl who was also at the boarder earlier that day.
21. How will you be spending New Year's? In a layover in Kuala Lumpur for sure!
22. Did you fall in love in 2016? FELL HARD it hurt.
23. How many one-night stands? Hmmmm... Mmmmm.......
24. What was your favorite TV program? The Big Bang Theory... oohhhh myyy goddddd GAME OF THRONES!!!
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I don't hate ..but f*** you ****!
26. What was the best book you read? My recent ex-boyfriend will be proud while my ex-boyfriend before that recent ex-boyfriend will be disappointed -- Rich Dad, Poor Dad assholes!
28. What did you want and you got? A relationship.
29. What did you want and not get? A long-lasting relationship.
30. What was your favorite film of this year? Not released this year but disturbed me nonetheless --

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old did you turn? Turned 28 and went to Chinatown. Then, went to my ex-boyfriend's place to eat ..cake. Nope, no candles to blow. Whut?!
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? If I had committed less to none money mistakes
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016? As cool as this...
Crocs Black Woman's Comfortable Flats (Kadee)
34. What kept you sane? Irrelevant question but will force myself to answer this one. Probably my travels, yeah, they have kept me quite sane.
35. Which celebrity did you fancy the most? Not too much but this hottie from I Origins..
36. What political issue stirred you the most? The Human Rights on the "extra judicial killings" in the country at the moment. I don't like them. I'll leave it at that.
37. Who did you miss? My dad. I have not talked to him a lot this year.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
The best and the worst!
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016:
There are four types of people in this world: people you like, people you do not like, people who likes you, and people who does not like you. Don't take for granted the people who likes you. Don't waste your time and energy on the people who does not like you. If you must, learn to walk away! 
40. Quote or Song Lyric that sums up your year: 
🎵 I got that sunshine in my pocket, got that good soul in my feet🎵

Monday, November 7, 2016

How to get to DMZ (Korean Demilitarized Zone)

I went to South Korea with no itinerary in mind -- even when I was already on the plane going to Seoul from Manila! All I know are these facts:
  • Winter Sonata's shooting location was in Nami Island
  • My seatmate in the office and her sisters weren't able to visit Le Petite France when they traveled to Korea
  • Myeong-dong is a shopping district area, so I booked my hostel there (although shopping was not my intention!)
  • Korean peninsula is divided by DMZ
I planned out my itinerary on my first day right after I woke up. I pulled out Lonely Planet's Korea Travel Guide book, some travel guide brochures I got from Incheon airport, and my Ipad. I was bound to DMZ on that day, my 3rd day. It was October 1st, and I left my hostel at 6AM.

I got lost so.. delay on my arrival at DMZ imminent.

So this is How to Get to DMZ (The Korean Demilitarized Zone) from Seoul for only a few bucks!
  1. Take the Gyeongui Line to Munsan Station
  2. From Musan Station, walk your way to a bus station
  3. Take the bus no. 058
  4. Sketch given to me by very helpful staff of Musan Station whom I paid a bow upon my successful return from DMZ on my way back to Seoul^^
  5. Get off at Imjingak
    You will not miss this point because it stuns from all the rest of pick-up/drop-off points.
    Walk your way from the entrance of Imjingak to DMZ Ticket Booth.

I have arrived at the ticket booth around 1PM when I purchased my ticket, I was scheduled for 2PM tour. The ticket to DMZ tour cost ₩9,200. Last schedule of the tour is 4PM, I think, I think, I'm not so sure now, just make sure to arrive early.

I was very lucky to be sat beside a young Korean man who translated every Korean instruction of our bus driver/tour guide. The driver gives instruction in Korean to its tourist to get back by certain minutes in every DMZ Tour stops. My translator by the way called my attention to stop taking pictures while we were crossing this bridge! 

The DORASAN STATION in DMZ which has no scheduled trains for now. No more direct trains from Seoul to Dorasan at the time I made my trip.
This got me teary-eyed and hopeful.

The North Korea

Right after my binoculars have turned off, there was an old Korean man who tapped me and pointed his binoculars and by that he meant "Take mine, I'm done here!!"
Yes, I walked through the stiff tunnel and back! But pictures weren't allowed folks so, there, no pictures.

What I enjoyed the most are the very warm and helpful people I encountered. From the train staff in Seoul when I can't find the right train. To the Musan train staff who went the extra mile by sketching my way to the bus station. To the old Korea man who have cheered me up from bus station from Musan up to when I found him (or he found me again) on the bus station going back to Musan from Imjingak!! He even high-fived me when we meet again^^ And also, the guy sitting beside me on the bus who didn't even waited for me to ask what the bus driver was saying but instantly translated every instruction along the way.

I am now back in the Philippines corporate slavin'. Follow me on my next adventure in Cambodia this December!