Friday, September 30, 2016

Barcelona: A Love Untold


Ely (Daniel Padilla) moves to Barcelona to become an architect, a promise he made to his ex-flame Celine that he wants to fulfill. Mia (Kathryn Bernardo) is in Spain not out of financial necessity, but rather to prove to everyone that she is still worth something, especially to her demanding father. When they cross paths on the metro, her striking resemblance to his ex immediately catches his attention. As their chance encounters begin to multiply, she gets annoyed thinking that he’s stalking her, until a certain incident proves otherwise. Now with a debt of gratitude to pay, her dependence on him starts to grow, first out of practicality, and eventually to that of infatuation. But she will realize soon enough that it’s hard to compete with ghosts from the past, especially those that just won’t die.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Episode 32

32. There Are Worse Things Than Murder
Annalise is interrogated by the police regarding the fire, insinuating that she’s a suspect. A distressed Oliver rushes to the scene. She secretly hands him a phone and tells him to wipe it all clean. Two months earlier, Frank calls Annalise before killing the assassin she hired to trail him. Left without options, she asks Nate for help. She tells Wes that he can move in with her because she’s lonely, although he believes she’s just worried about him with Frank still on the loose. Wes claims that he’s already happy with Meggy (Corbin Reid), although Laurel is still sidetracked by all the Frank-Mahoney drama. Annalise and Bonnie later connive with her to find Frank. Annalise berates Connor for revealing his secret to their client just to motivate her to talk. He wins the case, but Annalise is suspended because of the flyer controversy going viral. She threatens to sue. Asher wants he and Michaela to go public, but she just wants to be friends with benefits. Their secret is revealed when a brokenhearted Connor crashes her pad unannounced.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ang Babaeng Humayo

1997. With radio reports on the deaths of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa as her soundtrack, Horacia Somorostro (Charo Santos) tills the land, then continues with her daily routine consisting of teaching other inmates proper Tagalog grammar and telling them stories that she herself writes during her free time. It’s been 30 years since she was incarcerated for a crime she didn’t commit, but today marks the end of her three-decade sentence. Her guilt-ridden friend Petra (Shamaine Buencamino) confesses that it was really her who did it, before taking her own life. Losing consciousness upon hearing the news, Horacia wakes up a free woman and asks everyone to keep her newfound liberty a secret. She reconnects with her daughter and vows to find her eldest son who has been missing since she went to jail. And then she plots her revenge, through the course of which she crosses paths with a perpetually drunk transvestite named Hollanda (John Lloyd Cruz), a lost soul who will change her life for the better.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sausage Party

Every morning, the perishable goods at Shopwell’s welcome the new day with a hymn to the heavens in eager anticipation of being purchased and taken to what they refer to as the “Great Beyond”. Looking at human beings as gods that have come to save them, they live each day banking on this Messianic belief that will lead to their eventual salvation. Frank (Seth Rogen) the sausage and hotdog bun Brenda Bunson (Kristen Wiig) await the fourth of July with enthusiasm so they can consummate their relationship, knowing that all of them will be flying off the shelves during that holiday. Their illusions are shattered when Honey Mustard (Danny McBride) is returned to his shelf after being brought home, telling everyone that the whole concept of the Great Beyond is one big scam, an irreversible disaster waiting to happen. When the couple is left behind in an unexpected twist of events, they are joined by Kareem Abdul Lavash (David Krumholz), Sammy Bagel Jr. (Edward Norton), and Teresa del Taco (Salma Hayek), as they embark on an aisle per aisle journey in search for the truth. The question is, are they ready to accept the fact that everything they have believed in since time immemorial has been one fat lie all along?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Episode 31

31. We're Good People Now
A body is wheeled into an ambulance as Annalise returns in haste to her house, which is on fire. She insists to see who the dead body is, and breaks down after she does. Wes is interrogated for the murder he just witnessed. Annalise comes to pick him up in New York and asks what Frank, who apparently drove him there, told him. She speculates that he took him there on purpose so he can shoot Mahoney to make it up for what happened to her in the past. And then he disappears. Four months later, the Keating 5 are back at school for Annalise’s Criminal Law Legal Clinic, but they are all lagging behind as far as their grades are concerned. She finds a flyer on the wall with her face on it, captioned “Killer”. The next day, she sees more posted around campus. She keeps a secret mobile phone under her jewelry box to get in touch with a hitman who is trailing Frank. Once he lets her know that he has found him, Frank sneaks up from behind and slits his throat. Wes has a new girlfriend. Oliver breaks up with Connor.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

[NEW DELHI] Budget and Itinerary

WEDNESDAY: 14 September 2016
eVisa (India) - 3,300.00
Air Asia X (Kuala Lumpur - New Delhi) - 6,682.00
Airbnb (3 Nights) - 3,330.00
Costa (Belgian Choco Chip) - 300.00
Taxi (Airport - Chandi Wali Gali) - 740.00 INR14,352.00

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

[UTTAR PRADESH] Budget and Itinerary

MONDAY: 19 September 2016
12035 Jaipur Agra Fort Shatabdi (Jaipur - Agra Fort) - 800.00
Airbnb (2 Nights) - 1,430.00
Auto Rickshaw (Agra FortRailway Station  - RK Puram) - 300.00
KFC (Rice Box Meal w/Fries + Krushers) - 389.00
KFC (6 pcs Singles Strips) - 235.00

Monday, September 19, 2016

[AGRA] The Taj Mahal

You already know the story of the Taj Mahal, but fine. For those who have been living under the proverbial rock, let’s have a refresher. Long story short: one of Shah Jahan’s wives died. Yup, Mumtaz was one of the many, but she was THE favorite. What happens when hubby is filthy rich and you are the favorite wifey? You get a mausoleum when you die. White. Marble. Huge. Overlooking the river. Wifey supposedly died after giving birth to the couple’s 14th child. Jesus, did I just type “14th child”? Wow. Quota?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

[RAJASTHAN] Budget and Itinerary

SATURDAY: 17 September 2016
12015 Ajmer Shatabdi Express (New Delhi - Jaipur) - 1,160.00
Airbnb (2 Nights) - 2,270.00
Auto Rickshaw (Jaipur Railway Station - Chandpole) - 200.00
Auto Rickshaw (Chandpole - KFC) - 100.00
KFC (Chicken Bowl w/Pepsi + Choco Krushers) - 228.00
KFC (6 pcs Singles Strips + Choco Krushers) - 363.00
Auto Rickshaw (KFC - City Palace) - 50.00
Admission (City Palace) - 500.00
The Baradari (Cupcake + Vanilla Shake) - 220.00
Admission (Jantar Mantar) - 200.00
Auto Rickshaw (Jantar Mantar - Chandpole) - 50.00

Saturday, September 17, 2016

[JAIPUR] The Hill Forts of Rajasthan

I think it was Nahargarh Fort that was stalking me from afar, peeking through my Airbnb window. There are more than three forts here in Rajasthan, so I’ve heard, each commanding a good view of the city thanks to their location high up the hills. Eons ago, the UNESCO declared the forts, as a group, as part of its world heritage sites. If you are based in the Pink City, a day tour of the forts is doable and should not take that long to reach, even via public transportation.

[JAIPUR] Ancient Astronomy Is Cool

To be totally honest, I was only interested in seeing Agra, because Taj Mahal, right? Gee, typical tourist feels... But going to India is no simple feat. From Kuala Lumpur, it takes almost 6 hours by plane to reach Delhi. Agra has its own airport, but does not receive any international flights. You fly to either Delhi or Jaipur if you want to end up within the Golden Triangle. And so New Delhi was included in my itinerary by default, it being my entry point to India. Jaipur, on the other hand? How did it end up on the list?

Friday, September 16, 2016

[DELHI] The Gender-Swapped Taj Mahal Story

As far as tourism in India is concerned, they have this thing they call the Golden Triangle which refers to Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. If it is your first time in the country, following this itinerary is not a bad idea. There is a wealth of resources online in the form of travel anecdotes, budget lists, and the like that will make your journey easier to manage. While I encourage people to be more adventurous, India is a special case, although there are those who have braved the less popular paths and lived to tell the tale.
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