I'm another amateur Photographer at the block. I'm an IT professional by day and an aspiring writer 24 hours. This blog is my chronicle on my thoughts, reviews and adventures where I also practice my photography. My favorite are portraits so it will be quite evident here. Thank you for visiting my blog and feel free to message me if you want your portraits taken by me. I'm just around Manila.
Hi! I can’t believe November is almost over and I haven’t written a single post here in my blog. Not that means my life is boring lately and there’s nothing to write about. Quite contrary, I got a big kind of adventures that I don’t have time to write. To tell the you the truth I am exploring vlogging lately. That’s why I am going to share with you this newest vlog of mine, our family’s getaway to Boracay. Since this plan was a spur of the moment plan, almost an impulse, so we couldn’t book a airfare promo. Instead, we resorted to travel by sea. So here’s my vlog on our experience.
21:34 Gurezu Reviews Final Verdict for Traveling with 2go Travel
I would love to write a blog version of it but maybe soon when I got more time in my hands.
Nowadays, traveling by ship is not a popular choice anymore. But I hope this vlog would somehow change your perspective on traveling by sea. I honestly enjoyed given that I also bonded with my family while we were sailing. I recommend everyone to try this too specially for lovers or group of friends.
On our last day at Cebu we didn’t have exclusive tour since Cebu Travelers were already reserved on that day. We didn’t have time to look for other agencies. Without a comfort of a car, we took this opportunity to fully experience how to commute around Cebu City on our own. Thus having our own little adventure.
This blog is part 2 of my Cebu Adventure posts. If you’re interested for the part 1, just click the links below.
0.Going to Square Mall As Starting Point of Habal-habal
We started at the location of our hotel “Sampaguita Hotel” situated in Plaza Garcia Bldg, Magallanes St, Cebu City, Cebu. Base on our research, habal-habal pick-up point in the city is located at JY Square Mall. When were looking for jeepney rides, that’s how we learned that in Cebu, routes are often designated by codes. These codes are largely displayed on top of every jeep. Such as shown below.
Since we don’t know the right code going to JY Square Mall, we had no choice but to ask around. They answered in unison that we should look for jeeps with code “C” on them. I think we rode 4C . Maybe if you’re somewhere in Cebu city, better ask around on what’s the correct code base on your location.
It took maybe around 30 minutes before we reached JY Square Mall (Supermart). I guess the driver was annoyed at this point because I kept asking if we were near JY Square Mall already. We were paranoid and we didn’t want to get lost. So sorry about that. Anyway once we got off the jeep, we didn’t have to look for habal-habal. Several drivers approached us quickly and offered their services.
We accepted the offer P400.00 per person, round-trip. Here’s a clip of us during our trip. At the beginning, it was perplexing to be exposed in the middle of smoke and traffic. But once we approached the mountain where Sirao Garden is located, we started to see magnificent views and clean air along the way. It finally became an enjoyable ride.
1. SIRAO GARDEN
After around 45 minutes, we finally reached the famous Sirao Garden. Entrance fee is only P60.00.
There are parking lots available here so it’s pretty accessible for those who have cars.
And finally, picture taking time. These photos were all taken with Samsung A50 mobile phone.
This was the most blockbuster landmark here, the hand. The line was long for this one. I think it took 10-20 minutes before we had our turn.
I must say the views of the mountains was a bonus. It felt like you’re on top of the mountain even we didn’t trek.
I adore this life-size nest. They even have a prop egg.
Please notice the butterfly on my elbow.
After an hour of photoshoot session, we took a break by eating some corn and drinking bottled water. These stalls were just outside the Sirao Garden.
We also met the habal-habal driver once again and proceeded to another destination nearby, the Temple of Leah.
2. Temple of Leah
Our motorcycle had to climb a very steep road to get here. I thought it would be really hard to get here just by walking. There was also an entrance fee. But I can’t remember the specifics. I’m sure it was less than P100.00.
Learning the story behind Temple of Leah amused me. This was built by a business tycoon (Adarna Clan) in memory of his late wife Leah Albino Adarna. This is a testimony of his love and endless devotion to her. This temple will be the home of all travel souvenirs and collections Leah had acquired from her travels in her lifetime. As said in one of the signs there, Teodorico Adarna had to literally chop a mountaintop to place this temple. This is the reason why it is often hailed as “The Taj Mahal of the Philippines” , a testament of love to a deceased wife by grand display of wealth. The construction is still not finished but it’s already open to the public.
The design of “Temple of Leah” was inspired by Parthenon of Greece. So aside from being Taj Mahal of the Philippines, it was also called the Parthenon of Cebu.
Some rooms are not yet furnished like this one. But some Leah’s collection were already there. Leah loved figurines and vases.
This Leah’s golden statue was inspired by a photo when she won a “beauty-queen” like award in her school. I wished they displayed the real photo here.
They say that this statue alone costs millions already.
You can also have an almost 360 degree view of Cebu City here in Temple of Leah.
At last, here’s the open letter of Teodorico Adarna Jr. on why he built this temple.
Given this history of the temple, one can’t help but to be curious on what does Leah Albino Adarna looked like. She must be goddess of beauty. The clue would be her actress granddaughter “Ellen Adarna” who most likely inherited the genes. I searched the internet but I only found this one in this link.
Our habal-habal driver offered us to have another destination which hey called “TOPS” . But we opted to return to the city. He dropped us in a gasoline station and then we paid him P800.00 plus P100 for the waiting time. This already covered two of us. From there we rode a jeep going to Taboan where our friend was already waiting.
Final Verdict for our Habal-habal tour.
3 out of 5 stars. Actually we were also offered by a taxi driver for the same tour. He offered us P1200 roundtrip for the two of us. We thought it was expensive. But as I think about it now, the difference of the price was not that big compared to overall price we had with habal-habal. Also in habal-habal, we were exposed directly by sunlight and pollution. For that reason, I think we should have took the taxi ride tour instead. But the habal-habal driver itself was nice to us. I have no complains.
3. Pasalubong Hunting in Taboan
This was our last day in Cebu so we need to do some pasalubong shopping. Taboan is a popular destination as it has string of stalls offering affordable delicacies. Most notably the danggit or dried fishes.
This is some of the notes on the price of danggit and dried pusit.
Danggit P700.00/kilo Pusit P1050/kilo
You can order up to quarter a kilo and you can request the packaging to be divided. We also bought boxes here so we can seal all “pasalubong” in one box. We sealed it heavily so it won’t have any problems in the airport.
4. Dinner at Kogi-Q at SM City Cebu
Our last accommodation was near SM City Cebu so we went there for our last dinner at Cebu.
For the last hoorah in Cebu, it was a time for Eat -All-You-Can Buffet for only P399.00. They have wide range of meat to choose from.
Final Verdict for Kogi-Q
4 out of 5 stars. The food and the service are great. But most memorable was their Kimchi. I generally don’t like kimchi as much. But damn, I just had unlimited kimchi that night.
5. LAST ACCOMMODATION: EXPRESS INN CEBU MABOLO
Because we had short of time to plan and book accommodations, we got to transfer again for our last night. It was a hassle but the good thing was I got to know three affordable hotel accommodations to share in my blog.
Express Inn is also located in the city and situated beside a main road. It is near SM City Cebu and also minutes away from the airport which was great because our flight going back to Manila tomorrow was super early. This hotel has many awards displayed in the reception because of its affordability and accessibility. I didn’t take note of the price when we got it. But we booked it once again through Agoda. I have shared the link below where you can check this one out.
3.5 out of 5 stars. I like the simplicity and cleanliness of this hotel. A big plus of it’s proximity with malls and airport.
Oh my did I just finished my Cebu Adventure blog? I think I got myself a little celebration. I must admit I should improve my blogging workflow. Being a blogger is not that easy. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the events and the piles of pictures and thoughts you have to organized. But I love blogging. It might be tiring but it always feel good to immortalize memories and share information with others. However, I would appreciate any tips on how to write a blog faster. Just put in the comments if you have one.
Once again I invite you to subscribe to my youtube channel “Gurezu Reviews“. I’m just starting so there were just 4 videos as of this writing. If you also have youtube channel, let me know also so I can follow back.
Again here’s the Highlights of my Cebu Adventure in ten minutes. Photos and videos in this blog were taken with SamsungA50.
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These are my thoughts and short reviews about our Cebu Adventure last August 2019. This will include the accommodations, places, food trips that we had in just 4 days from August 22-25,2019. Our itinerary was mostly a result of panic planning. The tour and accommodations are booked in less than a week before the trip. This might not be the best itinerary out there. But I’m generally happy with it since we still booked the tour and accommodations in affordable rates. So If you are also in a rush, I hope this would help you.
Outline of the contents. Click the topic of interest for easy jumping.
But first of all, here’s the summary video of my entire Cebu Adventure.
1. Accommodation at RedDoorz Pluz near Mango Avenue
The first thing I won’t forget about going here is that we dropped off at the wrong RedDoorz branch first. There were a lot of Reddoorz in Cebu City and this one was quite new and not exposed at the main road. My friend booked this though Agoda.com and luckily landed a 24 Hour Sale. Below was the screenshot of our reservation. We already got two rooms at the following price for one night.
This was my first experience with RedDoorz and I really liked it. The rooms we got were quite spacious! I can even dance and tumble around. We have three beds in our own room so we didn’t have to share. It was also well lit. They provided free towels,soap, bottled water, toothbrush and toothpaste. There were restaurants, convenient stores and bars nearby. It was beyond decent for me considering the price.
What I love the most were the teddy bears lounge in their mini restaurant at the reception. I never hugged stuff toys as big as these in my whole life so don’t blame if I somewhat abused them by having a mini-photoshoot. These are just SOME of the shots.Oh if only the teddy bears could complain!
Verdict for RedDoorz Pluz Near Mango Avenue
4 out 5 stars. Satisfied!
2. Dinner at 10000 Roses Cafe‘
We arrived late at the afternoon and a city tour would deem impossible to do. I preferred to go to Sirao Garden but it was too far and it would be nighttime already if we pushed it. But 10,000 cafe’ was perfect for nighttime and it was a cafe’ too so we decided to take our dinner there as well. It took us 1.5 hour to reach it from Mango Avenue through Grab.
You probably saw a lot of pictures of 10,000 roses in the internet. And honestly, more often that not, lead to a distorted expectations of the cafe’. In most pictures, it seems like there is gigantic field of roses lamp. But in fact, 10,000 roses only cover a small 2 rectangular areas around the cafe’. It was disappointing for most visitors as I felt that myself and overheard from a massive tourists here on that night as well. Not that I intended to eavesdrop but the disappointment was loud.
By the way there’s an entrance fee of P20.00 except for some age limits.
The disillusionment of the field of roses waned when in fact, 10000 roses has great food and beverages. We all love the food we ordered there. Plus the atmosphere here was quite romantic. The cafe’ was located near seawater where you can see the city lights too!
I love all the food! Marinara Pasta was my favorite.
FINAL VERDICT for 10,000 roses
3 out of 5 stars. Despite the disappointment, 10,000 cafe’ is actually a great cafe’. What other cafe’ has 10,000 artificial roses, situated beside the sea and to top it all with great food? Nothing else. So despite that it’s prone to distorted expectations, this cafe’ became a tourist destination because of it’s unique concept and marketing.
3. Moalboal Tour
The second day of our Cebu adventure was though Cebu Travelers Tour Agency . They picked us past 4am . At around 6 am, we arrived at Moalboal headquarters where we need to undergo a short orientation before the tour.
This was a snapshot from the short orientation before the tour. Sadly, due to unfavorable waves, our Pescador Island route was cancelled.
I think we traveled 30 minutes by boat before we arrived at the Sardine Area. I must say cloudy weather greeted us along the way. Thank God, there was no heavy rain. But the waves were really crazy. I have no motion sickness but our boat trip made me feel dizzy. We saw “pawikans” along the way.
I have not captured magnificent photos of Sardine Run. And I didn’t had any close encounter with the pawikans. Instead I took videos from my cellphone with the aid of a reliable P100.00 waterproof case I bought at the Moalboal headquarters. Here is the video summary of my Cebu trip. Moalboal tour is on 1:08 of this video.
4. LUNCH and CHILL at KAWASAN FALLS
After the exhausting struggle with Moalboal waves, it’s rather tiring to find out that we need a 30-40 minute walk to our lunch near Kawasan Falls. I was so hungry. But my mind became at ease at the lush greeneries heading to Kawasan. It was so refreshing not only to the eyes but to my soul. But to temporarily appease our hunger, we bought corn snack and consumed it along the way.
So here are some info about Kawasan Falls. Looks like this falls has won more awards than me. I can attest to the “Cleanest Inland Body of Water” because I am mesmerized with the sparkling cleanliness of the river.
There are actually several carinderia stalls within the vicinity of Kawasan Falls. It was actually raining when we got there. And to tell you the truth I got a little bit discouraged to swim. I already felt cold. Much more if I emerged myself in the water. I don’t like feeling cold.
I thought I would be contented having just photos. But I eventually submerged myself in the cold waters. At first, the cold bit painfully. But I get used to it. Everybody did. By the way, the most popular activity in Kawasan is canyoneering. But I’m not adventurous enough and I am glad that my travel buddies were not game for it too. Or else I’m screwed. To be fair, I used to be excited with extreme activities. Maybe it’s the “Tita” growing inside me.
5. Teofilo Camomot Shrine
This archbishop from Cebu is under beatification for sainthood. I heard a lot of stories about him from our tour guide. But what interest me the most was he was born at the same date as my brother and he died the exactly the day after I was born. What a coincidence! Anyway this shrine holds his original casket, personal writings among others.
6. Dinner at Ayer’s Lechon Cebu
They say Cebu has the best lechon. With the advise of our tour guide, our search for Cebu lechon taste led us to Ayer’s Lechon Cebu in Mango Avenue, just few blocks away from our accommodation.
SPICY LECHON, a must try!
Regular Lechon. I preferred the spicy one.
Lechon Paksiw. Good but I think you can skip this one.
Daing na Bangus. Must try!
Lomi. Super must try!
4.5 STARS! Three reasons why you should try Ayer’s Lechon 1. Their lechon tastes great without breaking the bucks. 2. Not crowded restaurant. 3. We have nothing but praises to their other offerings such as daing na bangus, lomi and lechon paksiw.
Overall, we had a very satisfying dinner to end the day. By the way the stars lacks a half-star. Damn wordpress widget, doesn’t have a half star.
7. Second Accommodation: Sampaguita Hotel
We transferred to another hotel for the second and third night. Our number reduced to four since one of us has other trip plans. It was smaller and cheaper. A lot cheaper! It is also situated in Cebu City proper and is near from City landmarks as stated below. Surprisingly, I forgot to take a single photo while we were here.
Final Verdict:3 out of 5 stars! It is not that as spacious as RedDoorz we had the first night. But considering the price, I recommend this hotel for those who are on a budget.
8. Whaleshark sightings at OSLOB.
The calltime for this trip is as early as 3 am in the morning. It was really hard for a morning lazy person like me. But as we arrived, we understood why we had to . Even if we were early, there was long queue of tourists ahead of us. Good thing our tour guide already had reservation number they planned ahead.
There was a short orientation on the rules and regulation for whaleshark. For one, we were not allowed to use sunblock. And we should maintain a distance from the whale shark.
I have a conflicting feelings about this experience. Sure, it was a unique experience to encounter this gigantic gentle creature. I was thrilled to see them and I had fun swimming away because I didn’t want to kick them. However I have to admit that the smell was strikingly unpleasant. I nearly vomited when I drank a little seawater. I did not regret this at all. But I might not repeat this experience.
One thing you must remember though that you need to bring action camera here for you to have assistance from the boatmen to have a photo with the whaleshark. They won’t accept mobile phones although you can bring them there. I tried to have a selfie with my mobile phone but no success. But I’m here to see them and savor the close encounter so I don’t have regrets. Here’s a screenshot of the video I took with my cellphone. I had fun taking this because the tourist was really caught off-guard that the whaleshark was already at his back. Video clip here in this link: 2:21
9. SUMILON ISLAND
Ahhhh I love this part. This is my most favorite so far. I know I’ve been a lot of beaches but everything in Sumilon was just clean and relaxing to the eye. The pristine and turquoise water was really charming. The photos I captured using mobile phone won’t need filters.
There are absolutely no store in Sumilon Island. So if you are feeling hungry, make sure you already bring snacks and water on the way.
10. Oslob Cartel
It was like mini Intramuros. Our tour guide said this used to be a headquarters for the Japanese troup.
Oslob Old Church
Oslob Heritage Park
I didn’t roamed around the park. But I love the vintage and chill vibe. If given more time and energy, I would have a photoshoot here.
11. SIMALA CHURCH
This church took me by surprise by how much big it is. The biggest I’ve seen in my life so far. Furthermore, the architecture gave me European Vibes. I never read or have seen this church in social media or anywhere else so this was pretty unexpected. The area was big it took me an hour to roam the place. Expect a lot of stairs.
Note: Shorts and sleeveless are strictly prohibited here. Trappings are available for rent at the entrance area.
If you notice, I am wearing a cloth wrapped around my waist in my pics here. There is a strict dress code upon entering here. But don’t worry, there were trappings for rent outside the church for P25.00. But Simala church itself is for free.
12. Dinner at KKD STK + BBQ
Once again, we took the advise of our tour guide for our next dinner foodtrip. They suggested KKD for affordability and great food. They specially recommended us to try Adobong Nokus(Squid) and Chorizo in Stick. Given that KKD was just near our accommodation for the night, we just walked through several blocks to reach this restaurant in M. J. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City, Cebu .
They have a string of neighbor restaurants. This street of Cebu City is very much alive at night.
It’s time to eat!
ADOBONG NOKUS with ATA for P260.00 This is the star of the night. It is unlike the taste of Adobong pusit that I got used to. So I guess, there’s a unique Cebu touch for this dish. It is savory, but not too salty. I miss eating this. I hope there’s KKD in Manila.
BUTTERRED SHRIMP for P185.00 I am not that impressed at this one. It’s not that buttery for my taste.
SISIG with EGG for P140.00 I also love this one apart next to Adobong Nokus.
SINIGANG na ISDA for P185.00
CHORIZO for P25.00 I had high expectation with this one but it was sweet. I am not inclined with sweet meat or sausages. Personal choice.
FOUR SEASON PITCHER
FINAL VERDICT for KKD STK+BBQ
4 our of 5 stars.Just like what they mentioned int their banner, they greatly value hospitality and I do felt that with the service we have received here in this restaurant. The staff would often smile and asked us on what we need constantly. I also love the majority of the food that we ordered. Adobong Nokus is a must try. Most of all, it is indeed affordable.
First of all, this is not a sponsored post whatsoever. I just want to thank Cebu Travelers Tour Agency for their affordable tour package. As I said earlier,we started planning the itinerary less than a week before our flight. I have inquired to numerous agencies which gave me heart attack for the final quotations. So I only find Cebu Travelers as the most affordable one so far for the exclusive tour. It is owned by a couple who also personally toured and drive for us. They entertained us with their stories during long travels. And they recommended nice restaurants for our search of Cebu flavor. For that my raiting with be 4.5 stars out of 5 stars! Below this photo are the packaged we availed from them. Go ahead and explore their other packages in Facebook.
DAY 1: OSLOB TOUR : 1,699php/person
¤ Oslob heritage park
¤Oslob old church
⊙Lindogon, Simala Church
Add-on Php500 for foreign guest only, as part of
tourism ordinance in Oslob.
DAY 2MOALBOAL + KAWASAN 1,299php/person,
⊙Turtle watching(if they show up)
⊙Dolphin watching (if arrive early and seasonal)
⊙TEOFELO CAMOMOT SHRINE or LAMBUG BEACH
⊙(Full Course Canyoneering w/ lunch)” OPTIONAL add on 1,500 for canyoneering”
And that’s it for Part 1 of our Cebu Adventure. I hope parts of this may help you with your adventure if you’re planning. Don’ t forget also to check out the summary video of my Cebu Trip. And also please subscribe to my youtube channel “Gurezu Reviews”.
Thanks everyone! And remember that you’re awesome!
For inquiries and collaborations, LET’s CONNECT!!!!!!
I haven’t had any serious photography session in a long while. So last two weeks ago, together with our company photography club, we organized a portrait session centering on a different poses. We started with posing on a table and chairs. We took inspiration from google and pinterest but added variation on the poses and expression.
Here are my output. So if you are struggling to pose in a picture, you might take this poses into your repertoire of poses. I learned from this myself.
Model: Therese Angustia Photography by Gurezu Gear: Fuji XT20, 35mmm Fujinon Lens Lighting: G2Photography @g2photography Edited in Lightroom
Posing with a table or armrest
Posing with highchair
Full gallery in my Facebook page album below.
We also have another set that night …
Full gallery below…
I want to end this blog post with some behind the scenes photos of this session.
I hope you enjoy this photography session and gallery. And I hope this will help you in anyway to pose for your next profile picture!
Liptick is the magic wand of make-up world. And for that here is Gurezu for another lipstick review because she’s a lipstick crazy.
Today is about VICE Little Ponies which I bought in lady wonderland called “Watsons” for only P395.00. It comes with four shades with quirky names. Here’s my full vlog about it.
The vlog is in my local language. But fret not! I love writing also. So here’s my write-up and some screencaps so you can have a preview of all the shades.
1. Jowa Pa More: Bold bright red
2. Havey: Light red
3. Epchuk: Light pink
4. Chup Chap: Intense pink
❤️What I like: Affordable is a given already. What I truly like is the colors are all wearable for those who have morena skin tone like me. I love all the colors. By the time I made the video try-out, my favorite was Havey. But few days later I am leaning more on Jowa Pa More. My least like will be Epchuk since it is so close to my skin color it felt like I am not wearing lipstick. They were all easy to apply and not drying to the lips. I love it!
😠What I don’t like: It is transferable but tolerable enough so it does not bother me that much. However, from my several days of wearing it, I can say it can be easily removed. And I needed retouch several times a day.
Final Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars! Must try!
Again here’s the full video of lipstick review.
Hi Beshies! That’s it for my lipstick review. I am now formally inviting you to my youtube channel “Gurezu Reviews”. I am actually plan of doing more of movie and product reviews. I’m just starting with lipsticks.Honestly, I still feel awkward doing videos . And I don’t have much video editing skills to boast but at I’m taking baby steps for now.
Nothing triggers my ramen cravings unlike rainy weather. But ramen is expensive. One bowl of authentic Ramen can cost from P300.00 up to P500.00. I’m lucky that there’s this ramen house near my house. It may not be authentic Ramen but they taste good in such an affordable price. Their regular bowl only costs P80.00.
If you’re wondering where is the location, it’s just near Guadalupe MRT station. It’s a walking distance from there. But if you’re not familiar, you can ride a tricyle from Guadalupe Andoks Chicken. Boss Ramen is along Orense St in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Complete Address would be Orense St. Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati city.
They have 6 Ramen offerings.
My favorite here would be Tonkutsu, Shoyu and Tantanmen. I’m not a fan of Miso Ramen even with the authentic one’s so I never tasted it.
Aside from ramen they have variety of food to chose from. Side dishes, Rice Bowls, Bento Meals, Silog meals and Flavored Wings. I recommend the following because they tasted real good.
Boss Ramen has quite a nice motif too. I love the wall murals and the lighting looks posh. It does not look cheap at all.
Chicken Parmisan. One of my favorites.
Spicy Chicken Ramen with Ebi Tempura side dish
They even invest in this kind of displays. So educational.
<3 What I love
Affordable but good tasting ramen
Variety of side menu’s
Lovely interior design
</3 What I don’t like
Their glass for drinks is plastic. And is quite slippery or oily. Honestly I really don’t like the not disposable plastic glass.
FINAL VERDICT 4/5 stars! Affordable but not cheap. Totally recommended.
Thank you beshies for reading this. It’s been a while since I did a food review. I am starting a youtube channel too. I actually uploaded one video but I’ll tell about it more in the future. I’m still not confident when it comes to video medium.
Jen (Nadine Lustre) is an island tourist guide who loves to dance without an audience due to a childhood traumatic experience. Her dancing in the middle of the ocean caught the eyes of the passing tourists and her video went viral in social media. Vin (Sam Concepcion) who happens to be in the same island immediately sought her to be a new member of Indak Pinas , a dance group that would represent the Philippines in the World Dance Competition in South Korea.
WHAT I LIKED!
I love the actors. First, Nadine Lustre has the perfect island girl look. .We all know she’s a total performer. She can sing, dance and act. And I’m happy that she got a chance to show it off here. She embodies the look of real Filipina beauty. But what I like most from Nadine Lustre was that she has both mainstream and contemporary appeal. Like for example, I can imagine her take indie film roles and do it with justice. Something that won’t work with other mainstream actresses. She has that kind of magic for me. Sam Concepcion is perfect also for this movie. He can dance but I love his singing more. He also surprised me that he can act. He has this expressive and vulnerable eyes. I never saw him act so it’s a revelation to me. I want to see more of him.
The visuals and framing. I was blown-away how they showcase Bantayan Island in Cebu . For me, this is a low-key tourism video and I say that in a positive light. I love the colors they put whenever the scene is in Bantayan at broad daylight. It brings out the paradise in this island.
The music. I appreciate that they invested in original songs for this movie. I personally like the song “Sumayaw sa Indak”. There was this authentic Filipino pride in that song that sends the message of “never giving up” in dancing tune.
It’s rare for Philippine Cinema to have a sort of musical movie targeting younger audiences. I love the song and dance numbers. On top of that, there was this whole poetic narrations from Nadine that anchored the whole movie. It is ambitious. I like it and it turns out really fresh.
MESSAGE of THE MOVIE
Don’t let a one-time disappointment pull you down and limit your world. And also the support you can give to your friends and family can go a long way in helping them face their fears. This theme explored between the relationship of Jen and her mother (Yayo Aguila). Their relationship is the most moving part of the movie.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE!
Underdeveloped sub-plots. Is there a love triangle? Not so much. Is this a love story? Yes, kind of. Is this about the journey of a Filipino creatives braving the international stage? Yes. There was a chemistry with Nadine and Sam but it felt like the movie skipped on building it up appropriately. So when it’s time for the characters to make drama out if it, there was this lack of intensity. I have to mention that I specially hated the scene at the airport. So there’s a love triangle drama going on in the most inconvenient time. While, it can give the movie the conflict it should have, the lack of development leading to that conflict is just problematic. Perhaps, the movie has some issues with balancing between their journey to the world dance and the romance backstory.
There were awkward lip syncing going on in some of the parts of the movie. It’s not the talent’s fault because their voices are really great. It’s just the technicality of syncing their voice and the video. And it’s unsettling to watch.
FINAL VERDICT! ★★★½
3.5 out of 5 stars! Despite the many flaws in the story, the movie is refreshing, brave and has good message.
1.SUDDEN unprofessionalism from Nadine’s character. As I’ve mentioned above, there was this annoying airport scene wherein Jen did not show up in the airport for their boarding time. I didn’t get the sudden drama of not showing of having second thoughts. Also, Vin and Jen are living in the same condo. Why don’t they go the airport together? In the end Jen showed to the airport and the following scenes suggests that she and Sam flew on a different plane. Jen’s selfishness carried on before the competition itself as she did not inform the team that she’s already in the venue. And she just showed when they are about to dance. I get it that she’s heartbroken but the events leading to it did not get proper build-up to make her actions justifiable.
2. They didn’t win as champions in World Dance Competition.
3. Sam’s character was engaged in the past and it turns out that he has not moved on and has been using Jen as rebound. Some scenes suggests that the girl might have been dead already.
4. It was not really clear if they became officially together at the end. Or Indak team were just having a vacation in Bantayan Island after the competition.
Alex (Michael V) is an optimistic and successful animator, with a beautiful wife and kind son. Everything seems perfect until they learned that his wife May (Dawn Zulueta) has stage 4 cancer. To make matters worst, she revealed that she has been cheating from for 2 years already.
What I like: The cinematography is lit. It’s rosy and colorful like some sort of filter you’ll choose if you want to be pretty in pictures. I think it reflects Alex positivity in life even toppled by multiple problems. I also love the insertion of animations here whenever Alex’ mind is in chaos. It’s crazy and beautifully crafted.
Nonie Buencamino as gay boss is my favorite character here. I love all his scenes. It felt like he has more heart than everyone in this movie. He’s really a gem. It’s obvious that he’s the best actor in this movie. Even with the minimal number of scenes.
The Message of the Movie
Obviously the message of the movie are targeted for married couples. They should work on their communication and make sure they don’t lose their touch amidst busy schedule and struggles. They should work together to keep the romance alive. You’ll never know when tragedy strikes so make sure to express love whenever you can. Don’t neglect each other.
What I don’t like:
The jokes and drama don’t jive well. The scene is serious and could have made an impact but they just have to drop jokes in such an awkward way. Drama can be funny too. It’s just did not work on this one. Some are even downright cringy. I’m a fan of Bitoy and seriously I watched this one solely because of him. I also believe he can be a great drama actor. I still remember the time he acted in an Eat Bulaga Lenten Drama Special where he acted as mentally-challenged man. Damn,he was so good! He did it here in this movie too but sadly, his character’s jokes felt forced and unnatural for the situation. The momentum of the drama is often destroyed.
The twist in the end and the subplot about their son did not add impact to the whole narrative. The scene between him and John Estrada was like a big joke. It could have been the climax of the movie. It could have been a heart-wrenching moment as Alex finally faced the cheating partner but once again it felt flat. Super flat.
Final verdict: 2 out of 5 stars
The movie is confused if it wants to be an impactful family drama or to be a comedy. Did not succeed to both categories.
You know everything from Korea nowadays is IN! Make-up trend is not an exception. And the latest thing that pique my interest are Lip Powders. So here is me trying a lip powder for the first time in the form of G21 Super Powder Matte Stain. They says its a dupe for Periperi lip tint to achieve the highly coveted Korean gradient lips.
I am not sure though if G21 is from Korea. Through my research, I stumbled upon this page from Lazada as they are official sellers there named as G21 Skin Care Official . It says here that it’s a Filipino brand from Cabuyao Laguna. They offer range of beauty products and I found them interesting due to the raves I read online. I might try their lip crayon next. They seem to be really popular now for make-up fanatics. Actually, this lip powder that I am going to feature now has numerous features in youtube vlogs already.
And I joined them. Witness my try-out application video of G21 Super Powder Matte Water Stain below. I put timestamps so you’ll be directed straight to application part. Witness my awkward talking and weird editing skills. Bear with me haha!
Meanwhile, I am not a make-up guru myself and I don’t aspire myself to be . But…I have this thing with lipsticks or lippies in general. I am an addict! Llipsticks for me is the magical wand among all make-up products. I love lipsticks. Just lipstick alone could give you a different personality.
But enough of the blabber, G21 Super Powder Matte Water Stain promises these things according to the Facebook reseller’s ad.
It’s not drying.
It does not crack or get cakey when dried.
It’s not transferable.
It’s a lip tint but gets powdery matte when dried.
By the way I bought this at Facebook marketplace for P150.00 each. I bought Yumi and Jam shade as recommended by the online seller. Here’s the G21 Facebook page. It’s only P120.00 each there.
This is me after applying the “JAM” shade. It’s reddish. I had a rough time straightening the edges since it uses a roller. I find it weird but I love it when it dried. It is a liptint at first but it looks like a lipstick after a minute.
This is me applying the YUMI shade. It’s just a light pink shade, just a color of your lips, only better. I like it too but I think I am really more suitable for the darker shades.
❤️What I like: It delivers almost all what it promises specially the lightweight, non-cracking, non-drying parts. It also made my lips looks full somehow. I love it! I also recently use this as cheek blush too now.
😠What I don’t like: It’s not transfer-proof although it does not transfer a lot . I also noticed it’s not that long-lasting. Well, it’s a lip tint after all. And the roller applicator takes a lot of getting used to to define the edges.
But I find the cons tolerable compared to how wonderful it is. So my verdict will be!
Gurezu rating: 4 out of 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⚝
Again, please watch or subscribe to my newborn youtube channel. Gurezu Reviews. I would review about these things mainly: entertainment, products, travel and food. But mostly movies/series because of Netflix hoho. The first episode is about a lippie because it’s my addiction that’s all.
Thank you again beshies. And remember that It’s not too late for everything! It’s not too late to dream! It’s not too late to chase the life you want.
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At nagpapatuloy ang aking Black Mirror Reviews dahil manghang-maangha ako sa bawat episode nito. Unique kasi ang mga kuwento at tipong mapapaisip ka talaga kung anong paniniwalaan mo o kung anong papanindigan mo. Sa mga hindi pa pamilyar kung ano ang Black Mirror. Ito ay isang anthology series at collection ng mga “cautionary tales” kapag naging masyado nang advance ang technology at kung paano ito makakaapekto sa society at relationships. Ang rebyu ko sa season 1 ay narito lamang sa link na ito. Mapapanood ito sa Netflix.
Season 2 Episode 1: Be Right Back
Anong gagawin mo kapag biglang nawala ang pinakamamahal mo at may teknolohiya na maaring makagawa ng magandang replika niya base sa “personality blueprint” na iniwan niya sa internet? Kaya rin nitong gayahin ang boses at katawan.
Naku ang episode na ‘to sobrang nakaka-affected. Ang ganda ganda! Purihin ko muna ang dalawang aktors na gumanap dito dahil ang galing nila. Hindi OA na maraming iyak pero ang bigat. Nadama ko. Ang creepy ng kuwento nito sa totoo lang. Iyong una, ayaw rin ni Martha sa idea nito, pero sa sobrang lungkot at desperasyon noong nawala si Ash, sinubukan niya. Eventually na-adik na rin siya pansamantalang “comfort”. Ngunit kahit gaano man kagaling ang teknolohiya, wala itong kaluluwa. Ito ang pinakamensahe ng story. Sa huli, hindi naging sapat ang fake Ash. Hindi kailanman. Sa kasamaang palad, nasira lang nito ang tamang “grieving process” ni Martha at hindi siya tuluyang nag-heal. Bagkus lumalim pa ang sakit.
Another lesson siguro, huwag masyadong ma-adik sa internet. Hindi pinakita kung paano namatay si Ash dito pero pinakita rito na heavy user siya in unreasonable level. Sa tingin ko may kinalaman iyon sa pagkamatay niya. Ipinakita rin nito na imperfect boyfriend siya at maaring magaing pa ang fake Ash sa ibang bagay. Ngunit sa huli walang makakapantay sa totoong siya. Humans are imperfect but we have a soul.
Final Verdict; 9.5/10, Dama ko siya.
Season 2 Episode 2: White Bear
Nagising minsan ang isang babae sa isang kuwarto na walang naalala na kahit ano from the past. Paglabas niya, may mga humahabol sa kaniya na gusto siyang patayin. Marami namang tao sa paligid ngunit walang tumutulong sa kaniya. Lahat sila nirerecord lang siya through their mobile phones.
Hindi ko masyadong “feel” ang episode na ‘to. Siguro dahil pagod ako noong nanood ako nito at tinatamad ako mag-isip. Although naipaliwanag naman sa huli ang twist. *SPOILER* And lugar na kinalalagyan ng babae ay isang amusement park kung saan paulit-ulit na parurusahan ang isang convict pyschologically. Ang tanong, makatarungan ba ito? Kung sa akin lang, kung totoo ang krimen na ipinaparatang sa kaniya, why not?!
Final Verdict: 6.5/10, Wala akong na-feel masyado sa episode na ito compared sa few episodes na napanood ko prior this.
Season 2 Episode 3: The Waldo Moment
Si Waldo ay isang cartoon character na pinapagalaw at binobosesan live ni Jamie Salter gamit ang isang aparato. Sikat si Waldo dahil bastos siya at walang-galang sa mga pulitiko na guest ng kanilang show. Sa hindi inaasahang pagkakataon, natagpuan niya ang sarili na tumatakbo sa totoong eleksyon dahil sa kasikatan niya. Maging si Jamie ay nagulat dahil maraming gustong bumoto at malaki ang pag-asa niyang manalo kahit isang cartoon character lamang si Waldo.
Ito raw ang pnaka-least favorite sa mga episode ng black mirror. And I can see why.Hindi masyadong justifiable Ang biglaang pagsikat ni Waldo. Hindi rin siya nakakatawa cartoon character for me. Gayunpaman, napapanahon ang mensahe na gustong sabihin ng episode na ito. Ang mga tao, pipiliin nila kung sino ang sikat, magaling magsalita, kahit bagsak sa character , walang plataporma at tila ba panggulo lang. Hindi ba pamilyar? Isipin niyo lang ang nakaraang eleksyon sa pagka senado sa Pilipinas. Ang masakit niyan, totoong tao si Waldo. At nanalo pa tlaga. At least si Waldo, wala naman criminal record.
Nakakaawa rin si Jamie rito, ang taong kumokontrol kay Waldo. Successful si Waldo pero hindi niya maramdaman na tagumpay niya rin ito as comedian. Tila ba hindi kayang angkinin. Sa huli, mas naging makapagyarihan si Waldo sa kaniya and he ended up like an empty shell.
Rating: 8/10 stars
Christmas Special: White Christmas
Hmmm. Medyo mahirap para sa akin gawan ng commentary ang isang ito. Hindi sa mahirap siyang intindihin. Pakiramdam ko, iyong mga na-agrabyado sa episode na ito sila pa iyong sobrang naparusahan! Lahat sila may pagkakamali like humans always do. Iyong iba nga ay hindi naman tao in the first place.
1. Harry – isang awkward na young professional who wanted to score a date. Kinuha niya si Matt bilang “Pick-up” mentor. Ang mentorship ay real-time. Gumagamit sila ng “Z-Eye”. Parang Google Glass pero nakaimplant na sa mata or sa utak. Lahat ng pwede nating agwin with our mobile devices like calling, taking photos and videos, kaya na ring gawin through Z-eye. Lahat ng nakikita ni Harry, napapanood ni Matt at nakakapagbigay siya ng live advice kung ano ba dapat sabihin at ikilos para makakuha siya ng date and hopefully, get laid. Siya ang unang casualty sa White Christmas. Sobrang nakakaawa kung ano ang kinahitnan ng supposed to be first date niya. Yes, ang creepy na nag-acquire siya ng services ni Matt. But still, he doesn’t deserve what happened to him.
2. Cookie – hindi ito ang pangalan ng tao pero panagalan ito ng isa pang technology na na-introduce sa episode. Ang cookie ay “duplicate” ng consciousness at memories ng taong nag-avail ng services na ito upang gawing virtual assistant. Nakakaawa ang mga “Cookies” dahil para sa akin, para silang kaluluwa na na-trap sa isang egg shaped container. They are not just like Amazon Alexa or Iphone Siri. They have thoughts, memories and feelings ng taong pinanggalingan nila. Sabi nila, they are just piece of codes. Pero kung para lang silang code, bakit kailangan silang isailalim sa torture para lang sumunod. Para silang kaluluwa na ginawang alipin.
3. Matt – Hmmm. This is a grey area. Masamang tao siya. No doubt about that. Hindi ako sang-ayon na shinishare niya ang live streaming ng dating adventure ni Harry sa grupo ng mga perverts. Pero iyong punishment sa kaniya sa huli, parang sobrang bigat for me. Pero hindi ako masyadong naaawa sa kaniya.
4. Joe – Waaah! Don’t get me started on this one. Siya pinaka-nakakaawa sa lahat. He was cheated on, blocked by the person he loved the most and the tragedy went on. Iyong nangyari sa cookie niya aka sa duplicate soul ang pinakamalalang punishment sa Black Mirror universe. Mas malala pa sa White Bear episode. He does not deserve this!
Maraming kuwento pero maganda ang pagkaka-habi nila sa isa’t-isa. White Christmas is a hard watch but it is beautifully written and crafted with twists. It will make you ponder about what really makes us human and what extent of cruelty we can do with all advancement in technology.
Rating: 8.5/10 stars. Beautiful but most cruel episode of Black Mirror for me. I stopped watching for three days after this.
That’s it for Season 2. How about you? What do you think of Black Mirror? And what are your favorites so far. I love love to talk about it!
Remember, you are awesome! Don’t let other people tell otherwise!