Wednesday, June 28, 2017

TRAVEL | Dubai Tourist Visa - Valid Until


Dubai Tourist Visa

A few days ago, I had the most unnerving dilemma with my Dubai tourist visa. You see, the visa has two validities:

Valid until states 23 Jun 2017, erstwhile my flight arrives in Dubai on 1am of 23 Jun 2017

A. Valid until - states the life of the visa (prior to entering the UAE), standard duration of a visa validity is 58 days upon application. Meaning - you need to use the visa within 58 days, otherwise it expires.

B. Valid for - states until when you can stay in UAE. The standard length of stay is 30 days.[1]

Saturday, June 3, 2017

MOVIE REVIEW | Wonder Woman




Wonder Woman
Rating: 8 / 10 



Not my favorite DC movie really, but when I think about Batman and Superman, I must say that Wonder Woman is not a bad film. As with the usual DC films, there is depth in the story. But what makes Wonder Woman different from other DC superhero films is that-

1. There was humor in the film.
2. It was not dark and grim.
3. The mood was uplifting and has a sense of redemption 
4. It was not afraid to kill the love interest which made a big difference.

Other than those, here are some of my thoughts:

TRAVEL | Pietro Boselli Travel Videos of the Philippines




Here's the compendium of Pietro Boselli videos about the Philippines (which I may have said before, good enough to attract visitors from different parts of the World).


Click the links to see the videos.

Part 1: Pietro Boselli in Palawan El Nido

Part 2: Pietro Boselli in Coron
Part 3: Pietro in Cebu & Bohol, Philippines


Be inspired and visit the Philippines too.

The perfect travel period will be before Summer starts, around March and April. May is the peak of the Summer season and by then, everyone flocks to most common tourist destinations and if crowded places are not your thing then it will be wise to plan ahead.

Security wise, so long as you travel in groups then you'll be OK. Not discourage individual travelers, but numbers will protect you.


TRAVEL | Pietro in Cebu & Bohol, Philippines


Can't get enough of the Philippines. Here's the third vid from the travels of Pietro. This time he visits Cebu, the Queen capital of the South in the Philippines and Bohol, Tagbilaran.



Monday, May 29, 2017

TRAVEL | Breakfast at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah


This week, I decided to do something out of the usual- have breakfast in a five star hotel. I've never really made an effort to wake up early in the morning. Not the morning person that I am, but I did go out.

The drive to Shangri-La from Muscat was smooth. Not many cars are on the road on Fridays. And as we arrived at the reception of the hotel, a valet took my car keys. We headed to the receptionist to ask for the breakfast.

Initially, we were told that the breakfast costs this much. But we know that it is not the right price so we had to request them to check again, and true enough the rate was different. And so after a little talk, we began our Friday brekky. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

TRAVEL | Pietro Boselli in Coron



Oh dear, here is the second vid from Pietro's trip to the Philippines. With waters so clear and clean, it's a must-go destination for all nature lovers. 

Aside from the obvious fact that Coron is one piece of paradise in that Pacific Island, the videographer is one helluv a talented guy. He made the video so inviting, I don't think anyone can resist visiting the Philippines now.





See the first video here - 
TRAVEL | Pietro Boselli in Palawan El Nido

So yes, when I come home to Philippines - no matter how expensive it may get, am gonna get a flight and fly to Coron. 



Friday, May 12, 2017

DANCE | Viral Dances on YouTube



This week, we take a look at some of YouTube's cutest and most enjoyable dance performances.

So what is it about amateur videos that makes it go viral? Perhaps it's because of the novelty that brings along with it or the unexpected gratification viewers derive from seeing people do things out of the ordinary.



Concert at the Shop with Robert Cazimero - and a guest Hula Dancer 




Some background story- the hula dancer is Alaka'i Lastimado. He works as a flight attendant for Hawaiian Airlines. He's now based in Hawaii. He dances Hula for sure, and with that killer smile and eye candy looks, no wonder Internet went gaga over it.


Friday, April 28, 2017

TRAVEL | Pietro Boselli in Palawan El Nido




Since I'm missing the Philippines, here's a nice video from Pietro Boselli on his recent visit to El Nido and Coron. Actually before I left the Philippines last year, I made a promise that I will visit El Nido and Coron when I come back. Here's still hoping that I can keep that promise.

Videos are sourced from the official Youtube account of Pietro Boselli - click here.



Pietro was commissioned by local clothing brand 'Bench' as its latest endorser. Which made me think- must be so cool to do something that you love. But the guy deserve what he has after working hard for it. Only shows that if we are determined to get something, then we just gotta work for it.



MOVIES | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2



Here's a tip before you decide not to scroll down- there are 5 post credits after the film. Some of the clips will deal about the movie. The others will build up on the next Marvel films so better not leave the theatre.


In other news in Muscat (aside from the heat), the latest edition of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is coming out next week. I am such a big fan of this movie. And to be honest, I never thought I'd like it since it was completely unknown to me before the first GOTG came out. Perhaps it was the odd choice of hippy songs that made me like it (I even got the movie soundtrack).


Here's a preview of the film.








FYI. 

The Guardians of the Galaxy is an important part of the build up into the Infinity Stones. You may remember that in the first film, the Power Stone was successfully retrieved by the Guardians. And that the The Nova Corps in the end kept the stone.

Since we know that in Thor Ragnarok, the Soul Stone will surface, we are yet to know what's in store with GOTG2. So that's something to watch out for.



FASHION | Men's Summer Outfit for 2017





Temperature in Oman is rising as high as 40 degree Celsius. It's now becoming a feat to walk outside without getting drenched in sweat. So it's very important that we choose the right clothes for this otherwise awful scorching heat.

Not to be too much influenced by the white man's fashion statement, but the trend this 2017 seems to going for (at least for the men) towards the casual rugged.

By that it means that men prefers to be out in the open with any of the following:
Jeans - torn, scratched, pleated, faded (anything that looks like it came from the laundry bin and never got washed for 10 years)
Chinos - especially the ankle cuts, the look that seemed like your seamstress had a bad day and decided not to cut properly the endings
Loafers - no socks 
Loose necklines - can either be V-neck or really wide circle cuts

The gym buff type is slowly loosing momentum and men is starting to opt for a more comfortable and homey fashion statements. Take famous DJs for instance - these are the guys who really don't care how they look and embody the YOLO motto of the current generation.

That being said, I am off to finding the right clothes for this summer. Be more aware of what really makes me comfortable but at the same time not getting sidetracked with the latest fad.

Monday, April 17, 2017

MOVIE REVIEW | Fate of the Furious (Fast and the Furious 8)



Fate of the Furious (Fast and the Furious 8)

Rating: 9 / 10 



So I'm not really a fan of "Fast and the Furious" and to be honest, I have yet to see all the seven movies; and when my friend told me we've got free passes for the FF8, I said why not.

One of the things that kept recurring in the film was Vin Diesel's "family" line (which was overly done). Sometimes I wonder if he does really mean it.

But what I really liked about the whole non-sense of the film, is how uncanny the deception was played in the film from the small up to the big characters (I mean come on, how can a super techy assassin, with access to its so called god's eye be fooled by a car drift racer). I find this thought seriously laughable.

   
It there's anything that salvages the film - apart from the branded cars all thrashed to pieces; and dizzying car stunts - must be Charlize Theron who played the role of Cipher (as evil as her character as Ravena in Snow White). In fact, I was so astounded by Charlize's that I wanted her to play the villainess in all major films.

Villainess in Wonder Woman
Villainess in Thor: Ragnarok
Villainess in Avengers: Infinity Stones
Villainess in Justice League
Villainess in Maleficent
and the list goes on...

Charlize is the type of actress you wouldn't get tired of playing evil roles. That being said, the other actors are mere comic relief or what I call "padding" so the franchise can go on.

But overall, I enjoyed the film.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

ARTICLE | What Makes One Leave His Job Behind?



How do you really answer the question- why would you like to move out of your current company?

I was conducting earlier my scheduled Skype interviews and there was the recurring question of why one wants to jump from one company to another.

One common answer was that there was no room for growth or opportunity. But one thing that really caught my interest was the answer from the Belgian candidate. She was 51, has two kids, and seemed to be doing well in life.

But what does one do when life becomes routinary and does not give much meaning. Then one has to change.

I was taken aback after learning that she not only wanted to have a change of air, but was soon separating from her husband. It was the most sincere interview I had in my tenure as the pseudo "HR" personnel in our small company.

Her answer to the question - why she wanted to move, was that "Life is too short, and I need to do what I planned to do and that is to be able to work in another country..."

That made me re-think about my current career path.

Life indeed is short, and it is important that we do what makes us happy. However, the thought of what would make me happy is irrelevant at this point since there are bills to pay. 

At 31, I don't even have a clue where I am heading. But I might have to think about what my answer would be to the same question - what would make me move to another company?



Saturday, April 8, 2017

MOVIE REVIEW | Aftermath (2017)


Aftermath (2017)
Rating: 6 / 10 ««««««

After a long time, Arnold Schwarzenegger has starred in a drama film about a man who lost his wife and daughter from a midair collision. Loosely based on real events that took place in Germany.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

EVENT | Fiesta Latina at Dolphin Village - 21 April 2017, Friday (RSVP)


Sharing the upcoming event at Dolphin Village- 'Fiesta Latina' which features salsa performances, DJ and buffet. 

It is an RSVP event, and tickets are available for 10RO per person
Contact Maureen at +968 92599340



SPORTS | La Liga, Barcelona vs. Sevilla (3-0)




Am I a soccer fan?

Absolutely not. But tonight, as I witness Sevilla getting squashed by Barcelona during La Liga, one goal after another- I thought to myself, 'how far should we pound others to feel better about ourselves'. 

Time check, and it's 60 minutes past the game. Only half an hour and the it would end. There is no freaking way that Sevilla will make a point unless Barcelona lets down its defense. 

Yes, this is a game; and the goal is to win. 

But I am also for some leniency towards others who can't keep up anymore. Sevilla was obviously distraught after the second and third goals. What could be running on the the goal keeper's mind, 'Oh my god.. I'm screwed'.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

TRAVEL | Euro Trip 2017, The Backpacking Adventure


The European Sojourn 2017

Here's a rough draft of the itinerary.



Germany - Munich
Italy - Venice / Rome
France - Paris
Monaco
Portugal - Porto
Spain - Barcelona / Mallorca ( Note. 16th Sept )
Germany - Munich ( Note. Octoberfest )

Side remarks:
Zurich - Potential side trip

So, with that being mentioned, other things to prepare are:

Schengen Visa
Flights
Accommodations

Will be updating this entry quite soon.

PROMOTION | Trader Vic's Promos for April 2017



For the whole month of April 2017, here's some insider promotions that you need to check out especially if you're a regular in the joint.

Trader Vic's Muscat, Oman

  • Mai Tai hour, 40% off from 17.00 - 19.00 hrs on standard beverages
  • Thai food promotion starting at 5 RO ++
  • Saturday brunch at 25 ++ including softdrinks and 37 ++ including selected cocktails
  • Set menu dinner for group bookings starting 22 RO ++


DANCE | Rueda De Casino Multi Flashmob - Muscat, Oman 2017 (Video)


Just hot off the press- our recent Rueda De Casino flashmob held at a local mall. Okay, so if by this time you are still wondering what on Earth is 'Rueda De Casino' well suffice to say that it is a form of salsa dance but done in a circle. That's it. And without much further ado, behold the video:




Friday, March 31, 2017

DANCE | 2017 International Rueda De Casino Multi Flashmob





As usual, the annual Rueda De Casino flashmob is happening today April 1st at 4pm (local time) in every major cities across the globe. 

If you want to check out the other rueda de casino flashmobs in other countries, you can visit the site: International Rueda De Casino Multi Flashmob Day

This is the third time that the flashmob is happening and I am very proud to say that I will be joining the flashmob in this 2017 edition, located in Muscat, Oman.

Watch our first Rueda De Casino flashmob:





Rueda De Casino is a social form of salsa dancing where people dance in a circle (hence the term "rueda" which means circle). 

This year's Rueda De Casino in Muscat, Oman was organized by the brilliant people of Oman Salsa Zouk Group. Know more about them through their FB group, Click Here.

Now what's so special about Rueda De Casino?

Certainly, rueda de casino is not the kind of dance that everyone normally sees on mainstream media. In fact, the dance has its roots from Latin America and later on popularized in the US. Not so much hype has been given to genre.

And as the dance (in my honest opinion) has been relegated to dance sports and ballroom dancing; younger generations do not bother giving attention to it.

But through flashmobs and public performances, we are able to introduce to everyone that rueda de casino or salsa dances is not just about dancing; it is a way of life.

So here's to more dancing. Cheers. 



Saturday, February 4, 2017

TRAVEL | Backpacking In The Philippines




Whoa, it's been ages since I have posted anything on my blog. Sorry for the long hiatus. This winter is seriously taking a toll on me (nah, just lame excuses). I'm currently stationed in the Middle East and being the tropical person that I am, it's not easy to get used to this cold. But anyway...

So, I figured out from my eureka moment that I would have to do some backpacking articles for my blog which centers on the Philippines. I really wanted to do the more global sort of travel blogging but since resources are scarce- time, money, motivation- I just had to make the most out of what I have.

Friday, January 13, 2017

ARTICLE | A Personal Look Back On 2016

In a few minutes, 2017 will step in. I would like to look back on my whole 2016 and see what has transpired with it. In hindsight, I know that 2016 has become a shaky year for me, testing my limits and faith on the universe. Thus the reason why I would like go back in the past 12 months.


January 2016




Could it be that you thought you would be leaving the Philippines quite soon. You were positive about it. But at the back of your mind, something is pulling you back. It is not yet time. You had to listen to the voice inside you and keep the faith.

It was all faith that made me firm all throughout. But it wasn't an easy stand. There were many a time when I thought all hope was lost. But I just kept moving on. I kept praying that I may be an instrument for a larger plan.

In January, I started the "Sewing Machine" fund drive to help the less privileged community adopted by my alma mater. It was a rather unusual start with me literally bumping with Ms. Forneste, my former teacher in Morality.

In that corner, we exchanged pleasantries and she mentioned about donating to the community. I took it as a challenge and gathered all the resources- time and money, to mobilize my batchmates and be able to procure the sewing machines. 

The plan was only for one sewing machine, but in the end we were able to donate three.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

EVENT | 2016 UAAP Cheerdance Competition Results




So here's a little alma matter spirit to break the tension in the Philippines. NU bags its 4th crown in the 2016 UAAP Cheerdance Competition. 

And why does it even matter? Well simply put it this way- UP Pep Squad has decided not to join this year (or the many more years to come, we never know). And with the team to beat gone in the arena, any Champion's feat will be left questionable e.g. Uhm, did they win 'coz UP was not included? 

Anyhow, some trivia for y'all UAAP Cheerdance fanatics:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

ARTICLE | Bored and Lots of Time, Then Analyze Instagram






Follow me on instagram: 

Dahil madami ako time, nag-analyze ako ng Instagram account ko as to what photos are actually gaining audience mileage and here are the findings of my analysis.

Note: If you ever need analysis too, let me know. That can be arranged. :)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW | Doctor Strange 2016 (Starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Tilda Swinton)



Rating: 7.5 / 10
Disclaimer: The review is highly influenced by previous Marvel films like Antman & Deadpool, hence the big comparison and fuss about the sense of humor on the narrative.
Just a quick review on Doctor Strange. 

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Movie Review | Doctor Strange

I honestly think that no other actor could have played any better than Benedict Cumberbatch (earlier I was thinking about Ryan Gosling, but nah just can't be). Cumberbatch has some air of authority on his persona and he's really good at characterizations. He's able to sort of disappear behind his character and all that is visible is the character he is playing. The only downside is when he starts to try become funny because I feel that somehow it doesn't really match his serious aura. Nonetheless, he definitely gave justice to the Doctor Strange. In fact, nobody can play it any better.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

EVENT | Akcent Live in Oman: Love the Show Tour 2016





On the 4th of November, famous Romanian artist, DJ, producer and live performer- Adrian Sina with his band called #Akcent staged its very first concert at The Cave in the Sultanate of Oman. The event was organized by Spirals and Fasi Productions.


Akcent's most notable tracks include "That's My Name", "Stay With Me", "Love Stoned", "How Deep Is Your Love", "French Kiss" and "King of Disco".



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