Always and Forever, Lara Jean: Book Review

Finally, we reach the end. And while I should feel a bit nostalgic, I’m just really pleased that Jenny Han was able to finish strong. More often than not, series endings tend to feel a bit stretched and even rushed. But in Always and Forever, Lara Jean, every flip of a page felt like a chapter closing in—a story coming to a well-deserved end. Even if I seem to like a lot of main characters in the past, there are some that I truly despise and a numbered few that I get really fond of. I did not expect Lara Jean to be part of the latter but she is, and that feeling did not change when I read the […]

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Coldplay Live in Manila – A Head Full of Dreams Tour

After years and years of waiting—17 to be exact—Filipino fans finally experienced the much awaited Coldplay concert in the Philippines. And it was a true adventure of a lifetime! At exactly 9:07 p.m., the orchestra music signaling Coldplay’s entrance to the stage started along with a compilation video of various people introducing their world tour. Coldplay opened with A Head Full of Dreams accompanied by blasts of golden fireworks, crazy crowd, and their trademark xylobands. Indeed, the first song alone will leave you in awe. What a production! Coldplay didn’t waste time in singing the crowd’s favorite and followed the first song with Yellow. Filipino fans sang their hearts out in this one. Slow songs like The Scientist, Paradise, of […]

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Everything, Everything: A Book Review

Everything, Everything is the debut novel of YA best-selling author Nicola Yoon about Madeline “Maddy”, a girl with a rare condition known as the bubble baby disease. To be honest, the premise is so intriguing that anyone can easily be lured into reading this book. It is a book with promise but did not quite live up to my expectations. And while Yoon’s writing prowess was evident, her underwhelming conclusion was enough to convince me that this book failed to achieve what it could have set out to do. So much potential gone to waste. THE GOOD 1.) Maddy She’s awesome and pretty funny. She also survived her sickness for 18 years. Who has that much patience and tolerance for […]

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Sony A5000 Review: The Mirrorless Camera For Your Best Adventures

Taking after the NEX-3N is the addition to Sony’s Alpha mirrorless camera series: the A5000. This powerhouse camera shakes up the photography scene with its wide array of features compacted in Sony’s smallest and lightest cameras to date. Despite stiff competition, the A5000 made sure it can pack a punch when compared to models in the higher end of the price range. To give you a quick snap of the product, below is the list of basic specifications of the A5000 you need to know about. Taken from sony.com.ph Now, let’s go a little deeper and discuss the other salient features of the A5000. It’s time we find out why this is the camera of choice for beginners and pros […]

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Booking Activities with Klook

Disclaimer: I am a Klook user but I am in no way associated with Klook. This is not an advertisement but a purely honest testimonial. Klook is a gateway to numerous activities you can enjoy worldwide. It may easily be accessed through its website or from an app using your mobile. Use of the app provides an additional incentive in the form of discounts but this is actually not much. Klook is very user-friendly and easy to navigate. In this post, we’ll discuss the website some more. In its home page, you’ll be welcomed by popular destinations which include Asian countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and even Australia. In the same page, you can also view the most purchased […]

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Wonder: A Book Review

Wonder, a book released in 2012 by R.J. Palacio, is a story of a 10-year old boy named August “Auggie” Pullman. Auggie is just like any other kid: he’s funny, loved by family and friends, has a very cute dog, and seriously enjoys Halloween. Yes, he’s quite ordinary except that he’s not. No, August has never been ordinary. For one, he gets stared at A LOT. Most of the times the glances are filled with curious questions, other times the subtle looks are tinged with sympathy and a little disgust and horror. He is deformed. He has no real ears, a flesh of a nose, displaced eyes, and mouth that couldn’t quite close all the way. In Auggie’s own words: […]

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Jesse’s Ultimate Book List

There are books that will make you think. And books that might scare you while others can easily put a smile on your face that was not there before you decided to flip a page. But there are also times when you read a book and it changes you–transforms you in a way you never thought it could, and never thought it would. There are books that are so real yet so magical–where you get stuck between two worlds you want to live both in as your own. The kind of literary prose that has found the exact words to weave to get the message across. These are the kind of books that breathe a life of their own. These […]

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How To Cross the Singapore-Malaysia Border

For Filipinos, a full week trip to the Lion City is not complete without a side trip to Malaysia. And because my parents wanted every chance to get to see Kuala Lumpur in all its glory, I decided to tweak our itinerary a little to accommodate a day trip to the neighboring city. So how easy is it really to cross the border? It’s quite manageable if you ask me. One thing you have to know is that there are no coach bus trips at night from SG to KL. With the help of Easybook, we were able to score 4 roundtrip tickets at around Php1,200 each (this is quite a steal since most tickets cost around that price for […]

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Crisp on 28th: An Honest Review

For today’s edition of quick bites, we’ll dig into another one of Erwan Heussaf’s brainchild: Crisp on 28th. If you’re curious about how the place got the name then you might wanna head over to Bonifacio Global City’s 28th Street for a nice dinner and see what this hidden gem has to offer. The Space At a glance, you’ll see that Crisp is flanked by two establishments on both sides giving it a kind of hole-in-the-wall vibe. The open area is adorned by nice graffitis and an easy ambiance while the inside offers a cozy interior for diners to enjoy. The counter showcases various pastries that can easily capture the interest of any dessert-lover. Overall, the mood set by the […]

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