Starting Summer

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My first trip of 2014 was to one of the best beaches in the world! 😀

My sister and her husband are home to attend a friend’s wedding and since my brother-in-law had never been to Boracay, that’s where we went! I think he liked it though he said that he enjoyed Bantayan Island more. I’m not going to contradict that, I think Bantayan Island is the best beach I’ve been to as well. 🙂 It’s a lot quieter there and I prefer that kind of atmosphere to the metropolitan-like Boracay.

Nonetheless, I still enjoyed our trip because Boracay is still one of the best beaches in the world. I do feel bad that it isn’t as pretty as it used to be. But I guess you can say that about many other places. Anyway, I’m glad that we were able to swim in the ocean, drink yummy fruit shakes, watch the sunset, and do my favorite thing to do in Boracay — walk barefoot on the beach. 😀

My sister said that now that her husband’s been to Boracay, she’s definitely not going back there ever again. It’s too crowded and too far from Manila. My mom, on the other hand, said that she wanted to go back there once a year every year from now on since it has the best beach for swimming. As for me, I’d say that going back isn’t a requirement/priority, but I sure wouldn’t pass up the opportunity if I get another one.

Happy summer, everyone! 😀

Mag-Update Naman Tayo Nang Friday

Parati atang Monday ang mga update ko ‘eh. Kasi puro tungkol sa weekend. Kasi tuwing weekend lang naman may nangyayaring interesting. Kasi tuwing weekday korny, puro trabaho lang. Well, mostly. 😉 Hehehe. Pero actually dati, Thursday ang aking “Update My Blog Day”. Serious, tuwing Thursday nag-u-update talaga ako. Regular. Pero ngayon… Wala, kung kailan na lang may maisip. ‘Yan tuloy, hindi lang konti ang updates, kundi boring pa. Hay…

Ang hirap naman kasi magsulat. Pansin n’yo, ‘yung buong first paragraph, wala naman talaga akong sinabing importante/useful? Nakalimutan ko na kung paano magsulat. Kulang sa practice. Ang dami pa kasing kung anu-anong ginagawa. Inuuna lahat ng hindi importante kesa sa mga importante. ‘Yan talaga palagi ang problema ko — priorities! Haha. Kaya hindi umuunlad ang Pilipinas ‘eh! (Haha, umabot ‘dun?) Pero speaking of hindi pag-unlad ng Pilipinas…

Galing talaga ako actually ng Boracay. Nagpunta kami nung weekend hanggang last Tuesday (4days, 3nights). Kasama ko parents ko sa mga tito tita, pinsan at lolo. We were all there–all eleven of us! Haha! Ang dami talaga ng angkan ko grabe. Tatlong pamilya ‘yun, pero 11 lang. Actually 10 lang talaga (kasama na si Lolo) kasi ‘yung 1, family friend at hindi talaga relative. But anyway, ang gusto ko talagang pag-usapan ay ‘yung Boracay.

Wala munang pictures ‘ah, tinatamad pa’kong mag-upload mula sa camera, saka konti lang naman ang pictures na nakuha ko anyway. Nakakatamad rin kasi kumuha. Kasi, ewan, parang ayoko nang kunan ang kung anu-ano pang meron ‘dun kasi parang feeling ko nakita na naman nating lahat ‘yun. At kung hindi pa naman, ewan, parang ayoko lang talaga i-share masyado ‘yung experience kasi, well, sa totoo lang, hindi talaga ako masyado nag-enjoy.

It’s not because hindi kami close ng mga pinsan ko at dahil puro tito at tita ang kasama so hindi ako nakapag-parasailing or whatever “fun” stuff. Actually, nag-sailboat naman kami at nagustuhan ko ‘yun. 🙂 Saka marami akong nakitang fish ‘dun sa isang part ng dagat so gusto ko rin ‘yun (kahit ang lakas ng alon grabe at nakakahilo sa bangka). So meron din naman akong mga nagustuhang parts nung bakasyon namin pero overall, nakakalungkot talaga, kasi, ewan, ang panget ng Boracay ‘pag summer!

1. Puro lumot ‘yung tubig. So may season daw talaga na malumot ‘yung tubig, pero hindi naman daw siya ganun all year round at hindi ‘yun dahil sa pollution (daw). So fine, tatanggapin ko nang malas lang talaga kami. Pero kahit pa.

2. Polluted sobra! Nalungkot talaga ako. Parang public beach (ok, hindi naman. OA naman sobra kasi marumi talaga ang mga public beach (‘yung mga common ha, e.g. Subic!! Nalungkot din ako nung nag-beach kami ‘dun.) pero nakakainis pa rin kasi nung una kong punta sa Boracay, lumot or no lumot, wala naman masyadong basura sa tubig at sa sand. Pero ngayon, waaahh… Ang daming kalat. 😦

3. Ako lang ba, or lumiit talaga ‘yung beach? Kasi ang pagkaalala ko, nung una kong punta ‘dun (2001 ito), malaking malaki ‘yung beach. Pero ngayon, sa dami ng establishments (bakit may Shakey’s at Starbucks at ferris wheel ‘dun?), parang konting part na lang ‘yung sand at puro semento na? Saan napunta ‘yung beach??

4. Ang sikip ng airport!!!!! 😡 Ito talaga ‘yung nagpa-sama sa lahat. Matatanggap ko pa ‘yung beach at ‘yung iba pa, pero ‘yung airport nilang 40 people lang ata ang capacity, samantalang merong at least 2 na eroplano na dumarating every hour, kaya mahigit 100 na ‘yung mga taong naghihintay. Nakatayo na ‘yung iba at wala nang empty space promise. Parang containment unit. Nakaka-suffocate. Seriously.

Ok, it may not seem like it from this post pero sa totoo lang, hindi naman ako mareklamo sa mga biyahe. Delayed flight? Ok lang at least hindi cancelled. Lost luggage? Well, at least hindi nag-crash ‘yung plane. Malumot ang tubig? At least walang jellyfish. Maraming jellyfish? At least hindi puro basura. Pero waaahh… Nahirapan talaga ako to stay positive the whole time na nandun kami. Mabuti na lang masarap ‘yung pagkain at may mga swimming pool ‘yung resort, pero actually hindi ko rin siya masyado nagustuhan kasi masyado siyang malaki. Masyadong maraming tao, at masyado siyang ma-semento. Basta. Parang city hotel siya imbis na resort.

Hay. Ewan. Nakakalungkot. Pasensya na. I didn’t mean to rant on my update. Lalo’t last summer event ko na ito. Tapos na ang May, diba? 2 days na lang. Bye bye summer. Bagama’t bumagyo ng ilang araw, at tatlo lang ang outing ko (tapos super magkalayo pa— start of April tapos end of May), na-feel ko pa rin naman ang season, and I’m kind of sad to see it go. Lalung-lalo na dahil matatapos na rin ang season ng paborito kong prutas:

Mangga, Suman at Tsokolate Breakfast - Antulang Resort, Dumaguete

Actually, ‘yan talaga ang pinaka-gusto ko sa summer. Mango season!! 😀 Pero fine, all things must come to an end. So maybe matatapos din ang ugly days ng Boracay at magiging maganda siya ulit sa future. Think positive.

And with that, I bid summer adieu. Byebye Summer! *waves*

(Uy waves o! Double meaning– waves as in alon, at waves as in kaway. Hehe!)

Movie Review: When Love Begins

In case you were wondering, the answer is yes, I’ll be posting my Movie Reviews here as well, instead of my Movie Review Blog, because, well, because WordPress has Categories. 🙂 (That is, the reason I’m here after all, instead of other blog hosts.) It’s just so hard to maintain several blogs, yeah? So now I’m trying to maintain just this one, even if it is on a variety of topics. Besides, I didn’t think it was fair if my reviews on other Asian stuff are here, but the Filipino stuff and Hollywood stuff are in a different blog. I should treat all works equally, right?

Yeah, yeah, there’s no need for justification… Just get on with the review already! 😛 (Wait–why am I talking to myself!?)

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When Love Begins ( 2008 )

Starring: Aga Mulach & Anne Curtis
Directed by: Jose Javier Reyes
Nationality (as in, where this movie is from): Pilipinas!

So sometimes it’s a good thing when a movie is realistic. Because audiences will be able to relate to the characters easier, right? But there are also times, wherein a story (or dialogue) is too realistic, that it makes for a very boring film. Such is the case for When Love Begins.

The story goes like this–An environmentalist lawyer named Ben (played by Aga Mulach) meets the rich daughter of a land developer, Mich (played by the beautiful Anne Curtis) in one of the loveliest islands of the Philippines–Boracay. They go out, they like each other, but there are two things that’s holding them back from the grandeur of love: 1) They’re both tired of commitments and don’t like taking relationships too seriously; and 2) The company (which plans to cut trees and destory a river in a provincial town) Ben’s environmentalist group is protesting against is owned by Mich’s father

I’ll admit it. What got me interested in this movie, is reason no.2 (Hey, we should all care about the environment!), which is why I was disappointed when it didn’t happen to be the focus of the story. Okay okay, we all have different tastes, and since this was marketed as love story, then it was well and good that it focused on the “romance” aspect, but that’s exactly why I think it doesn’t work for me.

The relationship between Ben and Mich is too real– from the way they met, to the dialogue they spoke, the activities they did, the places they went to. Nothing was larger than life, nothing very dramatic. I know it was probably meant to be that way, but set against the somewhat unrealistic backdrop of “rich girl, poor guy” (although Ben wasn’t exactly poor– his family’s house is huge, but I say “poor” because there was a part in which it was implied that he wasn’t sosyal (Um, I think that’s “high class” in English, I’m not so sure), with the ‘too coincidental to be true’ idea of having rich girl’s father be the one poor guy’s protesting against, well, it just makes me confused on what to think of the movie.

Is it one of those movies wherein you condition yourself to take all things as fiction, and so it’s just fun to watch all the “what if” scenarios, or a movie wherein you’re supposed to believe that the events really happen in real life, and so the issues are real, and that you should reflect more on its message? (Yes, I believe romantic comedies have “messages”, too.)

I know not everyone will share my opinion on this, but for me, I just wished there was more drama. I mean, I go into the cinema to escape from real life. If I watch something that’s as normal as one of the stories my friend (who just got back from her summer vacation) would tell me, then I might as well just have talked to my friend and not see the movie. I expected fireworks, laugh-out-loud moments, witty quotable quotes, and cheesy-disgustingly-sweet moments, big romantic gestures (like Mich taking a stand, and defying her father for being so careless about the environment), but unfortunately, the movie has none of it. It didn’t even have enough wide-angle shots of Boracay, which makes the place seem like just another beach in the Philippines instead of “The” Boracay.

The only quotable quote I got was Mich’s line: “It’s not enough that you accept me for who I am. But you also have to accept me for who I’m not.” (Or something like that, again, I’m quoting this from memory so it’s not exact.) Other than that, there was nothing that made too much of an impact to remember. Or, wait, Anne Curtis’ performance was actually great. She was really believable as a character. It’s a shame the other elements are so boring, I think her growth as an actress seems wasted.

So, in my list of summer movies (and when I say “summer movies” I mean those movies that have beach settings, and not necessarily the movies that open during the summer), I think I’d much prefer Summer Holiday over this. Mostly because that was more entertaining. For some reason, this one made me feel like I was watching someone’s home video. But I don’t know, I think with all the reality shows nowadays, people like things like these better now. Oh well.