Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Legend of the Blue Sea: Episode 5

푸른 바다의 전설: 제5
FLASHBACK: Dam-ryeong brings Se-hwa home, but a nasty rumor is circulated by his enemies blaming the town’s misfortune on an evil mermaid. A swordfight ensues, and the arrival of a shaman puts her life in danger. Back in modern day Seoul, Joon-jae disregards his own safety and speeds through the checkpoint to save Shim Cheong, who is almost caught by the murderer sent by his stepmother. He lies to the police and gets away with what he has done. When Shi-ah comes over to visit, an altercation occurs between the two women. He tells her that she has to leave if she insists on not telling him what really happened to them in Spain. She promises him that she’ll tell the truth if he meets her at N-Tower during the first snowfall. He gives her a smartphone with a tracking device so he’ll be aware of her whereabouts all the time, stalking her and making her hobo life easier for her. As she hurries up to Namsan when the first snow falls, she is hit by his stepbrother Chi-hyun’s (이지훈) car who is secretly trailing him.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Un monstruo de mil cabezas

Sonia Bonet’s (Jana Raluy) husband is dying, and his only hope is the approval of an expensive operation supposedly covered by their health plan. But the insurance company is not keeping its side of the bargain. Desperate and sick of her struggle against bureaucracy, she takes matters into her own hands by stalking everyone responsible and forcing them to cooperate with the help of her pistol. Her son Dario (Sebastián Aguirre Boëda) is unwillingly dragged into the ruckus but decides to help his mother fight for the right of his sick dad. As they come closer to achieving their elusive goal, so is the police as they track their whereabouts based on the last victim that they leave behind. In this fight between an ordinary citizen and a multinational company with a lot of clout, who will come out on top? What will happen to the losing party?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Elvira, te daría mi vida pero la estoy usando,_te_dar%C3%ADa_mi_vida_pero_la_estoy_usando

Waking up in the middle of the night to a crying baby, Elvira (Cecilia Suárez) calms her children down and tells her husband Gustavo (Carlos Bardem) that he should get used to it. He excuses himself and heads to the nearest pharmacy to buy some cigarettes. He never returns. Concerned, she files a report for a missing person, even though it is quite clear after rummaging through his things that he has run away. With another man. Investigating further, she finds out that Adrián (Luis Gerardo Méndez) is working with him at the office and that the two have fled to Acapulco. Low on funds and needing to maintain her household, she seeks the help of her friend Eloy (Angie Cepeda) who manages a funeral parlor. There she starts working as a professional mourner to make ends meet, and crosses paths with Ricardo (Luis Gerardo Méndez), one of the staff members who is a dead ringer of the guy her husband left her for.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

[QUERETARO] Budget and Itinerary

SUNDAY: 27 November 2016
Pegasso (San Miguel de Allende - Queretaro) - 69.00
Uber (Bus Terminal - Centro) - 46.41
VIPS (Parillada w/ Fries & Coke) - 187.00
Querebus (Tranvia 6) - 80.00
Taxi (Centro - Calzada los Arcos) - 40.00
Starbucks (Choco Cream Chip Venti) - 70.00
Uber (Calzada los Arcos - Bus Terminal) - 46.80
Primera Plus (Queretaro - Mexico City) - 286.00

[QUERETARO] UNESCO World Heritage Daytrip

Querétaro was not really in the itinerary. In my head, I was thinking that I should just spend two days in San Miguel de Allende. But I knew that small towns easily bore me, regardless how magical they are. Given how Querétaro was on the way anyway, I decided that it merited at least a daytrip. Fine then, we will stop by on our way back to Mexico City, and that’s exactly what I did. I thought the city would be just like SMA, but it surprised me. It happens to be a good mix of the old and the new.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

[GUANAJUATO] Budget and Itinerary

SATURDAY: 26 November 2016
Primera Plus (Mexico City - San Miguel de Allende) - 410.00
Airbnb (1 Night) - 190.00
Toilet (Central Terminal) - 5.00
Pesero (Central Terminal - Centro) - 5.00
La Finestra (Alfredo + Cold Choco) - 187.00
Comida China (Beef w/Broccoli & Rice + Prawns) - 62.00


When I saw La vida inmoral de la pareja ideal, I was really impressed with the setting of the adult Lucio and Martina storyline. The vibe felt uniquely European but with a Mexican twist. When the credits started rolling, I found out that the town is called San Miguel de Allende in the state of Guanajuato not far from Querétaro. Without thinking twice, I added it to my priority list before leaving Latin America this December. Well, now that I’ve visited the place, I’m really glad that I did!

Friday, November 25, 2016

No sé si cortarme las venas o dejármelas largas

Nora (Ludwika Paleta) aims a pistol at her husband, asking him “how many times”. Aarón (Raúl Méndez) responds with “many”, which doesn’t help much in calming her down. Next door, has-been football player Félix (Luis Ernesto Franco) wallows in depression. He cocks his gun and points it at his head. Moments later, two gun shots are heard echoing throughout the building. Eight months prior to the incident, young couple Lucas (Luis Gerardo Méndez) and Julia (Zuria Vega) welcome their new neighbor. He is immediately smitten with him and is eager to prove that maybe he is gay too. She warns him not to be so obvious, given how he’s not out of the closet just yet. In fact, they just married each other for convenience, a way for him to evade rumors and for her to pursue her singing aspirations, which her parents frown upon. The couple next door bicker nonstop about everything from her being too dependent on prescription drugs and him lacking the intimacy that they used to enjoy. When the new neighbor invites everyone to his place for dinner, their individual issues begin to surface, forming an intricate web of complications among the five of them.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Legend of the Blue Sea: Episode 4

푸른 바다의 전설: 제4
FLASHBACK: Se-hwa surfaces and ventures inland to look for Dam-ryeong, her one true love. She is subsequently attacked by the men of her original captor, but he comes to save her. In modern day Seoul, Joon-jae also comes to Shim Cheong’s rescue, pretending to be a police investigator to get her out of the aquarium break-in incident. He presses her for answers, but she won’t divulge anything. She follows him around anyway. He is dismissive, but now he can’t get rid of her. Again. He brings her over to his house with the intention of eventually getting the information he needs from her. Shi-ah comes over and meets her. The two then suddenly have equal disdain toward one another. Now it’s Joon-jae’s wicked stepmother sending goons to kill him, breaking out a murderer from prison to go after his stepson to make sure he doesn’t get the inheritance he deserves. Apparently, he is a chaebol heir, but decided to run away from his father as an act of rebellion because he sent his mother away.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Legend of the Blue Sea: Episode 3

푸른 바다의 전설: 제3
FLASHBACK: Young mermaid Se-hwa met Dam-ryeong when they were kids. Given how mermaids can’t produce legs until they are older, they had to part. When he drowns himself in grief, she rescues him and plants a kiss on his lips. A mermaid’s kiss erases memories. Back in modern day, Shim Cheong’s kiss does the same for Joon-jae, although she leaves him her bracelet as a remembrance. Back in Seoul, he struggles to remember how he got the piece of jewelry, but his memory is wiped clean of everything about her. She decides to swim all the way there to follow him. Once on land, she relies on a hobo lifestyle to survive and heads to the one place she remembers him mentioning: 63 Building. Lost inside, she finds the aquarium and jumps in. His admirer, KAIST researcher Cha Shi-ah (신혜선) brings him seaweed soup for his birthday which his lost mom, who now works as her maid, cooked herself. Haunted by past memories, he goes to 63 Building’s aquarium where she used to take him. There, he crosses paths with Shim Cheong once again.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Living the stereotypical suburban life, Jeff (Zach Galifianakis) and Karen (Isla Fisher) Gaffney distract themselves from their everyday routine by taking on hobbies such as brewing their own ale or remodeling the bathroom by adding a urinal. When perfect couple Tim (Jon Hamm) and Natalie (Gal Gadot) Jones move in next door, the Gaffneys immediately get fixated on them and how ideal their marriage seems to be. Inviting them over for parties and bonding with them a bit, Karen soon suspects that there is something off with their new neighbors, although Jeff is quick to dismiss her distrust as something fueled by an odd mix of curiosity and jealousy. She keeps on spying on them anyway, until it is eventually revealed that the two are actually working as secret agents. But now that covers have been blown and secrets have been revealed, this ordinary couple’s otherwise boring existence is now going to take a turn for the adventurous, whether they like it or not.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

[TLAXCALA] Budget and Itinerary

SATURDAY: 19 November 2016
Sierra Atah (Mexico City - Tlaxcala) - 140.00
Toilet (Tlaxcala) - 3.00
Colectivo (Tlaxcala - San Miguel Del Milagro) - 9.00
Store (Snacks) - 21.00
Colectivo (San Miguel Del Milagro - Tlaxcala) - 9.00
Toilet (Tlaxcala) - 3.00
Sierra Atah (Tlaxcala - Mexico City) - 140.00

Saturday, November 19, 2016

[NATIVITAS] 50 Shades of Maya Blue

I was supposed to go to Taxco, but some last-minute schedule changes meant I had to come up with a backup plan. Puebla is closer, but I need at least two days to explore both the city center and Cholula. And so one alternative candidate came to mind. Why not Tlaxcala? The journey time is almost similar to that of Puebla, and the itinerary can fit in an easy daytrip from the capital. There was a problem, though. What is there to see in Tlaxcala? It doesn’t really figure that much in the tourist circuit, now does it?

Friday, November 18, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

When a young wizard is forced to suppress his powers instead of harnessing it, he produces a malevolent entity referred to as an Obscurus, while the child himself becomes the host, an Obscurial. Newt Scamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) arrival in New York coincides with one wreaking havoc in the city, subjecting the magical world to a constant threat of exposure. It doesn’t help that Gellert Grindelwald, one of the most notorious dark wizards of all time, is on the loose and with a bad agenda in mind. Newt’s suitcase hosts a plethora of wild beasts that he has taken in and cared for from different parts of the globe. In fact, his trip across the pond involves finding yet another one to add to his collection. When he openly uses magic to tame his beasts in public, he catches the attention of ex-Auror Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston). Things get more complicated when he crosses paths with No-Maj Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), an American muggle eager to start his own bakeshop. Together with Queenie (Alison Sudol), Tina’s Legilimens sister, the quartet must find a way to protect the beasts while dodging a combo of political and magical attacks from Percival Graves (Colin Farrell), a high-ranking Auror who has accused them of being responsible for the American wizarding community’s recent dilemma.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Episode 39

39. Who's Dead?
Bonnie calms Frank down, convincing him to drop the gun. Annalise is now convinced that he won’t be bothering them anymore. She confronts ADA Renee Atwood (Milauna Jackson) after finding out that she’s been investigating her. She goes back to drinking and burns all documents that could incriminate them. She heads over to Bonnie’s. Asher talks to Michaela’s mother, who comes over at once after he gives her the address. Wes accuses Laurel of being with him because she just wants to “fix” him. He is later interrogated by the police not for the Mahoney case, but rather for Rebecca’s murder. Her body has been found in the woods, and the police are implicating Annalise. She calls everyone to her house after she gets sober and stops by the clinic to talk to Oliver. Nate drops by Annalise’s. Laurel also arrives and comes in. A minute later, the house explodes. At the morgue, the dead body is revealed to be Wes. Nate visits Annalise in prison and informs her that Wes was already dead even BEFORE the fire started.

The Legend of the Blue Sea: Episode 2

푸른 바다의 전설: 제2
Joon-jae brings Shim Cheong back to his place because she doesn’t seem to know anyone and he is worried about her. What he doesn’t know is that the same smartphone he’s been using all along has been tracked by the Myeongdong Capital CEO that he scammed, and she has sent a rather large delegation of gangster loan sharks all the way to Spain to pursue him at all costs. And so the mermaid gets entangled with the con artist’s bleak immediate future. She proves to be an asset, though, serving as a fighting machine defending him from his assailants. Her superhuman strength is really effective in warding off the goons, but the chase continues along the Mediterranean Coast. On the way, they manage to squeeze in a scam involving religious worshipers before they end up at the Tower of Hercules, on the other side of the Iberian peninsula facing the Atlantic where he was abandoned by his mother as a child. There, the duo is cornered, until she takes his hand and forces him to jump with her into the deep blue sea.

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