Thursday, August 18, 2016

[MEXICO CITY] Budget and Itinerary (2)

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Spanish Course) - 7,600.00
Apartment Rent (x7 Weeks) - 17,500.00
Food Allowance (x7 Weeks) - 14,700.00
IUSACELL (1.2GB) - 300.00

Friday, July 22, 2016

Now You See Me 2

Lionel Shrike drowns in an iron safe as his son watches along helplessly in an escape artist trick gone wrong. Also present is Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), a magic debunker Dylan Shrike blames for his father’s death. Three decades later and now under a new pseudonym, Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) finally gets his revenge and puts his dad’s arch nemesis behind bars, or so he thought. Orchestrating a grand escape plan, Bradley exposes his identity, compromising his cover within the FBI and sabotaging the comeback attempt of the Four Horsemen. Danny Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), and new member Lula May (Lizzy Caplan) end up in Macau, where they are forced by eccentric millionaire Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) to steal a data mining device, a part of a more elaborate revenge plot they are about to discover later on. But they are not alone in this fight, as The Eye continues to oversee their every move. But will their guidance be enough for them to get out of this mess this time around?

Now You See Me

Chicago. Danny Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) performs a magic card trick that woos the ladies and gets him an instant hookup. New Orleans. Has-been mentalist Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) hypnotizes a woman and blackmails her husband into giving him 250 bucks in exchange for keeping his secret. Los Angeles. Escape artist Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher) dives into a water tank in chains, fails to escape, and is showered with piranhas, only to emerge unharmed in the audience a minute later. New York. Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) bends a spoon and challenges his audience to expose his magic trick for a hundred bucks, which one of them does, before he realizes that his wallet has been snatched. All four of them receive a tarot card leading them to an empty New York apartment. One year later, they are headlining their own magic show in Las Vegas under the name Four Horsemen. They treat the audience to an act never before seen on stage: robbing a vault full of money in a Parisian bank, live. As grand theft and magic coincide, it’s up to FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) to bring them to justice, in a game of cat and mouse that never seems to end.

Monday, July 11, 2016


Julieta (Emma Suarez) tries to pack all of her books to take with her as she leaves Madrid to move to Portugal with her boyfriend. Everything is going according to plan until she runs into Bea, her daughter Antia’s childhood best friend, who tells her that she saw her at the Alps with her two sons in tow. Julieta reveals that she has not seen her daughter since she went on a retreat 12 years ago and never came back. Distraught, she leaves her boyfriend up in the air, moves back to her old apartment, and starts to write everything she ever wanted to say to her daughter in a notebook, with a sudden desire to find her again after all the years that have passed. She begins her story when she was younger (Adriana Ugarte), meeting Xoan (Daniel Grao), the love of his life, on a night train to Madrid.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Me Before You

After six years of service, Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) is dismissed from her job as a waitress at a local cafe. With her father jobless and a family to maintain, she takes responsibility and does not stop until she finds a new gig. She ends up working as a caregiver for William Traynor (Sam Claflin), a former banker left paralyzed from the neck down after getting hit by a motorcycle two years back. Although their relationship begins in an antagonistic note, with his sarcasm and cynicism not sitting well with her vibrant and positive outlook in life, they soon become friends and start to develop feelings for one another. The problem is that he has already made up his mind about euthanasia, given how his medical condition will no longer improve according to his doctors. She, on the other hand, will not give up until he changes his mind. Will they end up getting their happily ever after?

Sunday, July 3, 2016

[LA PAZ] Budget and Itinerary

WEDNESDAY: 29 June 2016
Airbnb (2 Nights) - 36.00
Bolivia Hop (Cusco - La Paz) - 59.00
Isla del Sol Tour (Bolivia Hop) - 10.00

Saturday, July 2, 2016

[POTOSI] Budget and Itinerary

SATURDAY: 2 June 2016
Todo Turismo (La Paz - Uyuni) - 39.00
Altitude Travels (Uyuni Day Trip) - 80.00
Todo Turismo (La Paz - Uyuni) - 39.00

[UYUNI] Once an Island, Still Full of Cactus

Most itineraries set by tour companies in Uyuni include three more destinations aside from the salt flat itself. Your first stop is not that far from the town center, a place they call the Train Cemetery. No need to be afraid! There were no ghosts when we went there, just tourists. The place is just a junk yard in the middle of the desert where Bolivia’s national railway aspirations have been put to rest, in the form of scrap metal that used to be the chassis of their trains.

[UYUNI] Purely White and Blinding Bright

What is now referred to as Salar de Uyuni wasn’t always pure salt. It used to be a huge lake similar to Titicaca, except that not both of them had the same fate. But whatever, at least they both have world titles tied to their names now. As Titicaca went on to become the world’s highest navigable body of water, Salar de Uyuni is now the planet’s biggest salt flat. Unlike Titicaca, though, Potosi’s number one tourist destination falls entirely within the jurisdiction of the Bolivian state.

Friday, July 1, 2016

[LA PAZ] It's the Climb

Don’t be sad if you can’t find the cable car stations. It’s not the end of the world. Given the hilly topography of La Paz, you are bound to end up somewhere high enough for you to appreciate a panoramic view of the city. At least this is what happened to me after I braved a few uphill climbs here and there until I reached the top of Mirador Killi-Killi. My only suggestion is that you do this before you check out, so your baggage won’t weigh you down. I know mine did, and it was just a backpack!

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