Tuesday, February 25, 2020

기생충 (Parasite)


The Kim family has been down on their luck for many years now and so when opportunity strikes, so do they. After all, living in a basement apartment that becomes a swimming pool during monsoon season no thanks to flood and sewer water is not really an ideal kind of life any family would want. When son 김기우 (최우식), who calls himself Kevin, is asked by a former classmate to take over his English tutorial gig at a rich Seoul household, he doesn’t think twice despite lacking the qualifications. Taking note of the family’s naivety and taking advantage of it, he soon gets his sister 김기정 (박소담) a.k.a. Jessica in the family’s employ, followed by their father 김기택 (송강호) and later on, their mother 박충숙 (장혜진) as well. Thinking they finally hit the jackpot by leeching onto the unsuspecting Park family, another parasite soon emerges, fighting over their host for survival.

Monday, February 24, 2020

[GUAM] Budget and Itinerary

SATURDAY: 22 February 2020
United (Manila - Guam - Manila) - 309.99
Guam Business Motel (1 Night/Queen) - 90.00
Hong Kong Wok (Ham & Cheese + Pepsi) - 9.50
Stroll (Airport - Hagåtña) - 26.34
Guam Museum (Admission) - 3.00
Burger King (Barbecue Burger Meal) - 8.25
Stroll (Hagåtña - Tumon) - 8.04
Panda Express (Orange Chicken Bowl w/ Rice + Coke) - 11.00

Sunday, February 23, 2020

[GUAM] Dolphins and Fish Eye Marine Park

The thing about weekend trips is you don’t really have to preoccupy yourself with too much luggage. With just a backpack, I checked out for the day and headed to Sheraton, one of the pick-up points of the tour service I booked for Fish Eye Marine Park. You can sit on one of the benches in front of the hotel under the shade. Sheraton is also one of the stops of the tram buses that connect the many hotels and shopping areas of Tumon and Tamuning. The bus parked, I hopped in, and we picked up several other passengers in neighboring hotels.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

[GUAM] Pacific Brothers from the Same Colonizers

Guam Museum has been the definitive highlight of this trip. I try to stay away from museums as much as I can unless the tidbits of history I am bound to get there are interesting enough. It’s a good thing that the Philippines and Guam have enough common history to amuse me. From the discovery of the islands by the Spaniards all the way to their being ceded to the United States in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War, we can say that these two really shared a parallel history on this side of the Pacific.

[GUAM] An Island of Thieves

As Cebu Pacific started plying the Manila – Guam route for cheap, it wasn’t long until I crossed it off my list but, as usual, it suffered from the so-near-yet-so-far syndrome. With just 3 1/2 hours of flight time from the Philippines and me not having many countries left in the vicinity to visit, the island has become my de facto destination of choice as I aim to flirt once again with the travel bug that just doesn’t thrill me anymore. And so, one boring Thursday afternoon, I decided why not fly tomorrow for a weekend trip?

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