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".



A photo posted by akcentofficial (@akcentofficial) on


A photo posted by singer/songwriter - Akcent (@adriansina) on


Other Social Handles:

Webpage www.akcentonline.com
Twitter www.twitter.com/AkcentOfficial
YouTube www.youtube.com/TvAkcent


Thursday, November 3, 2016

EVENT | Post Halloween Salsa Party of Latin Dance Muscat







More parties to come in the coming days! So hope you join us.
For more information about salsa in Muscat, you may visit Latin Dance Muscat official FB Group:




Thursday, October 27, 2016

TRAVEL | Dubai and Abu Dhabi Weekend Getaway Highlights



Some highlights of my short visit in Dubai and Abu Dhabi last October 27, 2016 with Mellany and Stephan. Frankly, Dubai is a very expensive city and even just for a visit, one would have to spend a fortune. Well I guess that's how the city was designed, to make the people feel compelled to spend. As I've said, Dubai is a great place for a weekend but I am happy in Oman. 


TRAVEL | Commuting in Dubai- Flight, Trains and Buses



The Dubai / Abu Dhabi Weekend Getaway

One of the perks of working in Oman is that it's only an hour's flight away to Dubai or Abu Dhabi. So this week, I decided to pack my things and visit the Emirates.

How To Get There

Flight Tickets. Check out the websites of Emirates Airlines for cheap flights. Remember that online flight searches will be more expensive than the actual prices from the airlines' websites.

Visa. Visa categories matter when visiting Dubai. Most of the time, the work visa that an expat has might differ from his actual work. Ensure that you know which visa category you are holding.

Anyhow, Dubai is now requiring Philippine passport holders to have a pre-arranged visa. The process takes three to five days. Give your self enough time to process the visa. Plan ahead of time. 

Cost of visa might go from 50 USD approx. This is the price if you are coming from the GCC. However, the cost of visa if you are coming from the Philippines might go from 2500 PhP to 15,000 PhP. You can check out this site for more info: 

Visa Requirements for Philippine Passport Holders - by United Arab Emirates

Soon as you have the flight tickets and visa all settled, then you are good to go.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW | The Purge 3: Election Year



Rating: 7 / 10

Not having seen the previous two movies e.g. The Purge 1 & 2, I absolutely had no idea what this movie was all about. Hence, there was the element of surprise during the whole time. However, the surprise factor was due to the gore and bloody scenes in the film. Without the violence, I am not so sure if the movie will stand out. In effect, I felt like I was watching Saw-Chainsaw Massacre-The Green Inferno sort of movie.

Did I enjoy it? Partially yes, because of the violence.
But I really wouldn't give it a high rating because the plot was rather not compelling and the way the conflicts were resolved was too easy and seemed to be served on a silver platter e.g. let the NFFA leader live and senator becomes the president and abolishes The Purge. That plot is just too far from reality.



MOVIE REVIEW | The Girl On The Train (2016)



Rating: 4 / 10
In general, the movie is dragging/boring and does not have much tension among the characters. The only salvation of the film was Emily Blunt's acting and the last gory 10 minutes where the revelations started to come out. Overall, this review does not recommend this movie.

Just a quick review and impression of the film (which should have been done last weekend). Well to be honest, there isn't much that the film can offer. True, the actors were brilliant but the screenplay and direction was dull and dragging. During the first quarter of the film, you get the hopes that this movie will deliver the kind of Gone Girl effect to it because of the voice over and time shifts, but the movie went on and on; nothing happened.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW | Doctor Strange



I cannot emphasize how excited I am for the upcoming movie screening of Doctor Strange. Today, IMAX at Vox Cinema in Qurum City Center gave movie goers a free sneak peek at the new Marvel movie (along with free posters and 3D glasses). Can you imagine- a free IMAX movie. That is like so awesome. Despite the fact that it's only a 15-minute preview, I must say that it was all worth it.

What I can briefly say about the whole ruckus is that this movie is something that thrill seekers should include in their calendars. I have never had the joy of watching a film in 3D since Avatar (and that was like in 2010?) Anyhow, the movie has a lot to offer for its 3D fans with so much depth and spatial effects, one would feel similar to riding a roller coaster.

Monday, October 10, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW | The Intern (2015)



Rating: 5/10

The Intern, starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway is a 2015 light comedy about an E-Commerce company hiring senior citizens as interns. The story revolves around Jules, the managing director of the online fashion store, and Ben, the senior intern.

I had high hopes for the film thinking that Anne Hathaway would pull up another Les Miserables sort of acting slash Devil Wears Prada; plus Robert De Niro has some filmography on his sleeves. However, I was disappointed. The film unfortunately was not able to deliver. Just couldn't.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

LIFESTYLE | How To Achieve the Perfect Hairstyle for Men



Now how do you get the perfect hairstyle?

Getting the right hairstyle on you doesn't happen by chance. To some extent, there is a science behind achieving the right hairstyle for each men. You really want to get this right unless you want to live in regret for the next couple of months. 

And for men, hairstyle is something that only happens once in a month (anything beyond is excessive and the amount you spend for your hair can be used for something more useful, uhm, like a glass of wine in the nearest pub... okay, never mind). That being said, let's now turn to the main issue.

ARTICLE | Editor's Note, October 2016

Editor's Note
Editor's Note

Expat In The City would like to announce it's branding upgrade from its previous font style to a new one.
Previous font Trebuchet, will be retired starting today October 9th. 
New font Verdana, will take over from hereon.
All write up and marketing materials of Expat In The City will follow the new branding in the next editions of the blog. Previous write ups that used Trebuchet will be kept as is. 

SPOT REVIEW | Modern Cut at Oman Avenues



This has been a bad hair week for this writer and I thought it's been long overdue to get a haircut. So this Saturday, I visited my hairdresser and asked him to give me the cut with the quiff. 

Okay, so what's the latest hairstyles this last quarter of 2016? Apparently, the fading sideburns and lengthy crown remains the top choices. In my opinion, they give us the clean military look plus a leeway to be extra fashionable aka show off in public.

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