Friday, August 25, 2017

[BRANDENBURG] Budget and Itinerary (2)

Ryanair (Riga - Berlin) - 67.73
AXA (Schengen Low Cost) - 57.00
German Embassy (Schengen Visa) - 60.00
University of Potsdam (Summer German Course) - 470.00
University of Potsdam (Accommodation) - 280.00
Food Allowance (EUR10 x 25 Days) - 250.00

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Game of Thrones (HBO): Season 7/Episode 6

7.6 Beyond the Wall
Arya confronts Sansa about the letter she was forced to write ages ago in King’s Landing. Jon Snow and friends reminisce about the connections they have as they tread the perilous path north of the wall. The Hound sees the same mountain in his vision and warns everyone that they are near. They find their way to a White Walker convoy, carry out an ambush, and successfully capture one of the enemies. Sensing an upcoming larger attack, Jon orders Gendry to rush back to Eastwatch to send a raven to Daenerys informing her about their predicament. As the gang is cornered and all hope seems lost, she arrives to save the day, but loses one of her dragons to the Night King’s spear. Left behind, Jon Snow is rescued by Uncle Benjen. He finally agrees to bend the knee, while she vows revenge for what happened to one of her children. As the White Walkers haul the dragon’s carcass off the icy waters, one touch from the Night King reanimates him. Waking up from temporary death, his eyes now glow bright blue.

[UUSIMAA] Budget and Itinerary

FRIDAY: 18 August 2017
Air Berlin (Berlin - Helsinki - Berlin) - 123.65
Airbnb (3 Nights) - 84.00
HSL (Region Ticket/One-Way) - 5.00
K-Market (Water 1.5L) - 1.19

Saturday, August 19, 2017

[HARJU] Budget and Itinerary

SATURDAY: 19 August 2017
AS Tallink (Helsinki - Tallinn - Helsinki) - 43.00
McDonalds (Fries + Ridged Fries + Pancakes) - 4.00
Krua Thai (Pad Thai & Coke) - 9.50

Estimate of EUR1 = PhP59.50
TOTAL PhP3,361.75

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Game of Thrones (HBO): Season 7/Episode 5

7.5 Eastwatch
Daenerys intimidates what remains of the Lannister army to bend the knee. When father and son of House Tarly refuse, they end up as ashes on the ground. Jon Snow gets to tame Drogon. Tyrion and Varys are worried about their queen’s recent decisions that involve too much show of power. The impending threat of the White Walkers looms as Bran sees them approaching Eastwatch through his ravens. Ser Davos smuggles Tyrion into and out of King’s Landing. There he sees Gendry again after a long time who does not take much convincing to run away with him. The two Lannister brothers are temporarily reunited, but not in amicable terms. Jamie later learns from Cersei that she’s pregnant with his child. Sam steals some books and runs away with Gilly and her son. Ser Jorah finds his way back to Dragonstone disease-free and ready to serve. He sails with Jon Snow and Gendry to Eastwatch to capture a White Walker that they can deliver to Cersei and Daenerys. There they meet the Hound, and together they venture north of the wall.

[OSLO] Budget and Itinerary

FRIDAY: 11 August 2017
Norwegian (Berlin - Oslo - Berlin) - 1,595.00
Airbnb (2 Nights) - 470.00
Flytoget (Airport - Oslo S - Airport/Student) - 180.00
Drinks (7 Eleven) - 75.00

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Game of Thrones (HBO): Season 7/Episode 4

7.4 The Spoils of War
Bronn returns to assist Jamie in his military campaign. With the loot she amasses from the sack of Highgarden, Cersei pays off their debts to the Iron Bank in one installment. Arya comes back home to Winterfell and reunites with her siblings. She spars with Brienne and manages to disarm her. Jon Snow finds the Dragonglass reserves along with petroglyphs of the first men banding together to fight a common enemy. Daenerys promises to join his fight, if he bends the knee. Dismayed by the failure of Tyrion’s strategy, she takes matters into her own hands. Covering her Dothraki ground forces while saddled on her dragon’s back from high above, they incinerate Jaime’s army. Bronn gets to test King’s Landing’s new weapon on Drogon. As the injured dragon lands and Daenerys attempts to take out the large spear embedded in his throat, Jaime attacks them on his horse and almost gets cremated on the spot, had he not been pushed out of the way in time by Bronn, much to Tyrion’s relief who is watching from afar.

Saturday, August 5, 2017


World War II, 1940. After France succumbs to the advances of Nazi Germany the remaining allied soldiers gather at the coastal town of Dunkirk to await evacuation. As the enemy gains more ground and bombs are continuously dropped on the retreating forces, hope starts to flicker. On the other side of the English Channel, civilian ship owners sail toward the battle in an effort to evacuate as many soldiers as they could within the holding capacity of their tiny sailboats. Soaring through the skies, a trio of Royal Air Force pilots do their best to deter the air strikes of German fighters despite the rapidly dwindling fuel supply of their Spitfires. Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), a young British private, is the only one to survive a ground attack that kills his entire unit en route to the evacuation point. Holding on to nothing more than the prospect of getting back to Britain in one piece, they must endure the non-stop attacks coming from all sides, all while attempting to help their comrades survive as well. Will their efforts suffice to make it back home?

Friday, August 4, 2017

Baby Driver

Coerced to a life of crime, getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) awaits the day when he no longer needs to go against the law. This wish of his further intensifies as he meets Debora (Lily James), a diner waitress who becomes his source of inspiration. A childhood accident has left him with a severe case of tinnitus, which he deals with by virtue of never-ending music through his earbuds. He also has a knack for creating mix tapes from various bits of conversations that he secretly records. When his criminal mastermind boss Doc (Kevin Spacey) does not keep his end of the bargain and forces him to perform more illegal activities for him, he must come to a tough decision. Should he keep up his life of crime to protect his loved ones from the likes of his criminal colleagues Buddy (Jon Hamm) and Bats (Jamie Foxx)? Or should they make a run for it? The question is, just how fast and far can he actually drive?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

In the aftermath of the Chitauri siege of New York, Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) capitalizes on scavenged alien technology to produce weapons for illegal distribution. For eight years his business is profitable and sans interruption, until 15-year-old Peter Parker (Tom Holland) comes along. Yearning for more action after his Avengers sampler, he spends his school days eagerly awaiting the next mission that just won’t come along. Crossing paths with Toomes, now equipped with a flying suit and referred to as “The Vulture,” he finally finds the excitement he is looking for and willingly engages his foe despite Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) stark disapproval. He aspires to be one of the Avengers but is he truly ready for the big responsibility, or will he forever be your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man grounded in New York?

Monday, July 31, 2017

[RIGA] Budget and Itinerary

SUNDAY: 30 July 2017
Ecolines (Vilnius - Riga) - 17.00
Airbnb (2 Nights) - 21.00
McDonalds (3 pcs. Chicken Wings w/Fries & Coke) - 3.95
Rimi (Grocery) - 3.42

[RIGA] Old Town, New Art

It took two hours and forty minutes for the bus to reach the Latvian border. Devoid of traffic and border checks, this has been quite a long journey. It’s one of those lengthy road trips that give you random views of green and yellow fields along the way. The good thing about Ecolines is they have comfy seats, a toilet, and WiFi that actually works. At least you won’t die of boredom before you get to Riga. Tracking our location live, I kept Google Maps open as my phone charged. Yeah, they have power sockets too!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Game of Thrones (HBO): Season 7/Episode 3

7.3 The Queen's Justice
Jon Snow and Ser Davos lay their eyes on Daenerys’ dragons for the very first time. She orders him to bend a knee. He warns her of the descent of the dead army. Melisandre‘s desire to flee Westeros and sail off to Volantis is seconded by Varys, but she tells him that she’ll eventually be back for her death, as well as his. Euron delivers his prisoners to Cersei. She gives the last remaining sand snake a poisonous kiss and bounds Ellaria next to her so she can watch her daughter’s slow death. A representative of the bank of Braavos arrives at King’s Landing. Bran and Sansa are reunited in Winterfell. Sam makes headway and considerably reverses Ser Jorah’s Grayscale. As the Unsullied attack Casterly Rock, they discover that just a portion of the Lannister army is there, because the rest is at Highgarden. As Olena Tyrrell’s army is decimated, Jaime pours her a vial of poisoned wine. After drinking it, she reveals how she is the brains behind Joffrey’s untimely demise. She looks him in the eye one last time and asks him to tell Cersei.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

[VILNIUS] Budget and Itinerary

SATURDAY: 29 July 2017
Ecolines (Minsk - Vilnius) - 12.00
Airbnb (1 Night) - 22.00
Luggage Storage (1 Item/2 Days) - 2.00
McDonalds (McToast w/Fries & Coke) - 3.10
Vero Cafe (Vanilla Milk Shake & Taratele) - 4.25
Casa N4 (Sirloin Steak w/Grilled Potatoes & Coke) - 9.20

[VILNIUS] Old Town Funk You Up

The border crossing was not that complicated as I expected it to be. The journey from Minsk took exactly two hours. From there, Vilnius was a mere 35-minute drive. It was the hour that we spent at the two immigration checkpoints that took a while because there were 43 of us on the bus. If you go by car, I’d say you can arrive at the Lithuanian capital in less than two hours and a half. The Belarusian IO was flipping through the pages of my passport over and over again, but she was smiling all the time so that was a good sign.

Friday, July 28, 2017

[MINSK] Budget and Itinerary

Belavia (Tbilisi - Minsk) - 280.00
Airbnb (19 Nights) - 442.50
Visa (Belarus Embassy Jakarta) - 270.00
City Lingva (3-Week Russian Course) - 650.00
Food Allowance (BYN20 x19) - 380.00
Uber Allowance (4 Days) - 30.00

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