Friday, April 28, 2017

[BERLIN] Budget and Itinerary (2)

KLM (Manila - Berlin - Manila) - 575.00
AXA (Schengen Insurance) - 38.00
Schengen (Visa Fee) - 60.00
IIK BerlinerID (2-Month German Course) - 945.00
IIK BerlinerID (Single Room/2 Months) - 990.00
Food Allowance (EUR15 x 60 Days) - 900.00

Friday, February 24, 2017

Agnes of God (Repertory Philippines)

A novice nun is in trial for manslaughter and a psychiatrist is sent by the court to determine her sanity. Sister Agnes (Becca Coates) wakes up in her room with a newborn baby in the trash bin, strangled by the umbilical cord. Having no recollection of having given birth, she faces one of two possible verdicts: prison, if she is declared as mentally sound; or asylum, if she proves to be mentally disturbed. Dr. Martha Livingstone (Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo) believes that a third option exists: acquittal. If they can prove that the young woman was molested and can find the culprit, that is. Mother Miriam Ruth (Pinky Amador) does not want any more suffering for the young lady and would rather believe in miraculous virgin conception. Science and religion clash to provide a plausible explanation, characterized by constant bickering between the two women. Both claim to want what is best for young Agnes, but does she really want or need their help?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

My Ex and Whys

Cali (Liza Soberano) is the brains behind The Bakit List, a twitter account of a jaded millennial who gives up on love after her ex Gio (Enrique Gil) sleeps with another girl while getting wasted at a concert. Finding out that his ex is the person behind the social media account, he resumes his pursuit of her forgiveness through playful online banter, resulting in an unexpected love team that fans suddenly begin to ship. Catching the attention of marketers on the lookout for social media ambassadors to carry their brands, she receives a lucrative offer for partnership, but with one condition: the campaign should also include him. She’s in it for business, while he gets onboard hoping for reconciliation. Eager to prove that cheaters never change, she seizes every opportunity to paint him as the villain in their past relationship. When one of her schemes backfires resulting in the calling off of their best friend Lee’s (Ryan Bang) wedding, the two follow him to Korea to fix what has been broken. Can they also fix theirs?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

I’m Drunk, I Love You'm_Drunk,_I_Love_You

Carson (Maja Salvador) and Dio (Paulo Avelino) have been best friends for seven years, but that is about to come to an end. Maxing out their MRR, they finally graduate. Inevitable change is about to come when they reveal their plans after obtaining their diploma. He wants to go to law school to follow the footsteps of his parents before him. She wants to work as a social worker to give back to her mother, who can’t be any happier that she has finished college at last. Carson has always been in love with Dio, but she never had the guts to admit her feelings. Tagging along on a road trip to La Union en route to a music festival, she musters all her strength through alcohol and the coaching of her gay friend Jason Ty (Dominic Roco) to confess her love once and for all. What she doesn’t know is that he decided to go to that event to meet his old flame Pathy (Jasmine Curtis-Smith), an overachiever who left him for her dreams seven years ago. Will she end up graduating from the friend zone or is this the end of the road for the two of them?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Episode 43

43. It's War
Annalise meets up with Nate, who recalls the night of Wes’ death. He cries out of guilt, saying Wes wouldn’t have died if he didn’t leave him alone in that house. He also claims his signature has been forged by Atwood for the transfer of Wes’ corpse, which they later find out to have been cremated to avoid a second autopsy. Everyone meets at Bonnie’s place to discuss their options, but Connor and Laurel are dismissive. Laurel hires a private investigator to dig dirt on the Mahoneys and discovers that they ran a DNA test on Wes, which is a legit motive. Annalise files a complaint against the DA’s office and asks Oliver to leak a news article speculating conspiracy. She then figures out that the university president is Atwood’s mole. With allegations about him being the anonymous source intensifying, Connor tries to confess to Oliver, who has already put two and two together about him being at the house before it burned down. A flashback then reveals Connor trying to revive Wes via CPR.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Repertory Philippines)

Vanya (Michael Williams), Sonia (Roselyn Perez), and Masha (Cherie Gil) are siblings with a truckload of unresolved issues. Brother Vanya and adopted sister Sonia have watched their lives pass them by, taking care of their ill parents and putting up with the heartache of witnessing them slowly fade into death. Now well past their prime, they spend every single day wondering what to do with their lives, interrupted from time to time by their eagerness to stalk a blue bird landing on their pond. Their only company is the housekeeper who comes once a week. Aside from cleaning the house, she is also an abundant source of unsolicited prophecies warning them about everything, from Sonia breaking the morning coffee cup to Masha selling the house. When movie star sister Masha comes back home with her lover Spike (Joaquin Valdes), an aspiring actor whose biggest achievement in life is almost being cast in Entourage 2, feathers are ruffled as the three are left with no choice but to come to terms with their grudges against one another, culminating in a costume party that will change their lives for good.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Episode 42

42. Go Cry Somewhere Else
Wes calls a number labeled as IN CASE OF EMERGENCY and introduces himself as Christophe, after losing Frank and hopping on a cab. Everyone attends Wes’ memorial except Frank, Bonnie, and Annalise who are at the arraignment trial. Her parents come for moral support. She realizes that her mother is now suffering from dementia. Laurel breaks down mid-speech and admonishes everyone at the wake before walking out. She heads straight to the morgue but they won’t let her see Wes’ body because it’s being held by the DA office as evidence. She goes to Nate and he helps her get in for her last goodbye. They find another body in the bag. Nate confronts the DA and they admit that they lost the body. Oliver receives a call from the police station, inviting him for questioning. He is able to pull through with just vague answers. Laurel confronts Frank in a recorded meeting and is convinced that he didn’t kill Wes. She breaks into Wes’ apartment. Bonnie finally gets Annalise out of jail on bail after she's beaten up by an inmate.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

[HOKKAIDO] Budget and Itinerary

SATURDAY: 4 February 2017
Air Asia X (Kuala Lumpur - Shin Chitose) - 16,440.00
Airbnb (2 Nights) - 5,290.00

Monday, February 6, 2017

[SAPPORO] The Odori-Susukino Combo

Okay, so you want to see sculptures made of ice and snow? Repeat after me: Odori. Susukino. Odori. Susukino. Odori. Susukino. These are the only two place names that you have to keep in mind. Both venues are located at the city center. The area is big, but the main tourist attractions are within walking distance from one another. Yes, it’s totally possible for you to see the train station, the clock tower, the TV tower, and the former Hokkaido government office in one morning.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

[SAPPORO] Asia's Two Biggest Winter Festivals

When someone mentions either snow or ice in Asia, only two big winter festivals come to mind: Harbin and Sapporo. There is another one in China. There should be. Besides, Harbin is not their northernmost city. But when it comes to popularity and tourist attendance, no other festival can touch either of these two for the winter season. Which one you should visit is up to you. As for me, having visited both, I can say that I do have my biases. So perhaps a comparative look would benefit those planning to go soon?

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