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


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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.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

FOOD | How to Cook the Perfect Bulalo



Bulalo
Beef Stew

How to cook the perfect beef stew or in Pinoy parlance, Bulalo.

1. Buy the perfect ingredients. The fresher, the better. 
  • Beef bones. Choose the bones from the legs. The bone marrow is richer in this area.
  • Garlic. Lots of it.
  • Salt to taste
  • Leafy vegetables (can be any of your choice, but preferably lettuce)
  • Sweet corn

Sunday, October 2, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW | Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)



Rating: 9/10
Not your typical chick flick. Although funny and romantic in surface, the movie touches on sensitive topics that in 1961 (and perhaps until now) would have been taboo and difficult to discuss.

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961 movie adaptation of the novel) has become a classic movie that it's quite difficult to go through the annals of Hollywood movies without discussing the unconventional plot, the trendy fashion statements of Holly Golightly aka Lulu Mae, and of course the subdued innuendos of sex and crime (earning for itself an R16 rating).

Friday, September 30, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW | Pan's Labyrinth




Rating: 9/10
A highly recommended Spanish film, which I would include in my fave list along with: Y Tu Mama Tambien, Amor Es Perros, Lucia, El Crimen Del Padre Amaro, Volatile Tensions.

Pan's Labyrinth is a non-conventional film that deals with a historical portrayal of Spain in 1944, touching on civil unrest and political turmoil in many parts of Spain. In the middle of the story is the make believe world of Ofelia who is trapped into thinking that she can go back to a world where she's a princess.

I particularly liked the movie because it was unpredictable (apart from the fact that, as I told my German colleague- I like any movie that has sex and violence in it). And Pan's Labyrinth is packed with gruesome violence that in many parts of the film, you'll be forced to look away.

But it was really the ending that made the film memorable. Director Guillermo Del Toro surely made the ending something to make the viewers ponder for days, on whether it's a happy or tragic ending. GDT, in my opinion, projects the same technique as Chris Nolan (e.g. Inception, Batman, etc.) 

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

CORPORATE | Retaining Millennials At Work... And Why We Are Self Centered



The question- "So are Millennials really self-centered?" Perhaps, is best answered when one recognize the fact that Millennials have been exposed to the uncertainties of life- what with wars, economic instability, crisis, illnesses, etc. Life is just too short, and as they say #YOLO!

Been reading some articles of Cam Marston, a consultant who specializes in multigenerational communications and marketing. He discussed how to keep millennial employees. This is a very timely piece since we have started in our office, what we call "Thursday Themes", which requests everyone to come to work wearing the theme of the day. The best dress wins a price.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

BOOK REVIEW | Book Challenge for September/October



Book Challenge for September/October!
Read three self-help books and see how this will change your life. 

Well, it's going to be a busy season for this blogger (me!) but that shouldn't stop the reading and learning. I'm actually grateful that my job allows me to both write and read, something that diverts my attention and keep me sane. So with that being said, I am putting myself up to the test. Here are the three books that I am resolute to finish by all means:

MOVIE REVIEW | Sully



Rating: 8.5 / 10
Worth the time and money, so you go watch it on the cinema.
There are only a few movies that engage the audience and make them feel like they are part of what's going on. "Sully" is one of those brilliantly crafted works that plays with the audience and make them believe that what is going on can easily happen to them.
Really enjoyed the movie and it was worth watching it over at Imax,, with all the big screen and surrounding sound; one can easily feel that he's really inside that plane. To be honest, I think I was bracing myself half the time because I felt like I was part of the movie- not an audience, but an actual passenger waiting for my eventual demise.

Couldn't help but recall the 9/11 attack when the terror plane strike the Twin Towers and people in the building were sending or calling their loved ones, telling them they are trapped and they might not see them again. In those very moments, we become human; real human wanting to live and in the face of death, nothing is sweeter than surviving in an otherwise imminent plane crash. And that's what makes "Sully" a hopeful and uplifting piece of film.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

BOOK REVIEW | Harry Potter and the Cursed Child



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
JK Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany (2016); 320 pages


Not to spoil anything from the book, but suffice to say that one can finish the thick-paged hardbound edition in four hours, non-stop. It's not really difficult to do that, especially when you get hooked to it.

I think the book was well written, and narrative was well crafted. As in the usual JK Rowling style of suspense, the reader is left guessing who could be the potential "cursed child." And that's what kept anybody who's bought the book, reading through the pages.

I also admire the slight inclusion of LGBT play up between the two main characters- Albus and Scorpius. But since the book was intended for younger audience, of course the taboo will never be the main focus. But anyone who's read the book will also have the same impression- that Albus and Scorpius could have ended as more than being best friends. Well, so much for that.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

JOURNAL | Eid Ul Adha Mubarak!



The Eid Al Adha 2016 Holidays have been announced today, which starts from September 11th to 15th. In Oman, this five day holiday is sandwiched by two weekends, which means there are now 9 days of holiday from work. Whoa, 9 days! Yes, you've got that right. It is a complete 9 days of no work in all sectors. Some companies of course will have to plot their people's schedule by that's pretty much the idea. 
"Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى‎‎ ʿīd al-aḍḥā, [ʕiːd ælˈʔɑdˤħæː], "Festival of the Sacrifice"), also called the "Sacrifice Feast" or "Bakr-Eid", is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God's command, before God then intervened, through his angel Jibra'il (Gabriel) and informs him that his sacrifice has already been accepted. The meat from the sacrificed animal is preferred to be divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy."

Saturday, September 3, 2016

TRAVEL | Travel to UAE from Oman



Will be sharing with you guys the new Immigration process on how to travel to UAE (from Oman), making short leisure trips or for those whose visit visas have already expired. You would know by now that Filipinos used to get visas on arrival in UAE, but due to some issues (of which this writer is not clear of), the rules have now changed. European and American passports remain visa upon arrival status.


As of July 2016, Filipinos in Oman who are going to UAE need to secure a visa on arrival through online processing. 


Another method is to request for a visa service from any UAE travel agency. Please note that the plane counters will not allow Filipinos to board without the following:

  • Pre-arranged Visa to UAE 
  • Roundtrip ticket from Oman-UAE-Oman OR Oman-UAE-another country 

It is best to be ready with these documents, otherwise you'll face a very difficult time checking in.


TRAVEL | Oman Traffic Offences from September 2016



The onset of September 2016 has seen the expected traffic rule changes in Oman. With the hope of curbing accidents and loss of lives due to erring motorists, the fines for each traffic violations have now blown up into amounts that not only hurt the pockets of offenders but could also mean loss of jobs. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

CORPORATE | Sending Out CVs and Making Sure They Get To Where You Want Them To Go




Human Resources Tips

Been working on thousands of CVs lately and I have been keeping some notes about what not and what should be done when sending CVs. Hopefully this can help other job seekers to have better chances of landing into their dream job. 
"Curriculum Vitae or CV, is a written overview of a person's experience and other qualifications. CVs are often tailored to change the emphasis of the information according to the particular position for which the job seeker is applying."

While CVs cannot fully detail all the experience of the individual, it is important to remember that a job seeker's goal is actually to be shortlisted and interviewed. It is during the initial interview process that one can further provide relevant information about his qualifications. 

EVENTS | Top Destinations and Guide For Dance Lovers in Oman



As a highly sociable person, I make sure that I am always updated with the latest happenings within my reach. To do this, I started creating pages and groups in Facebook with the hopes of making people aware of these upcoming events.

I know the importance of being aware of where to go and what to do, because let's face it- we all need some diversion after a hard long weekday. And in order to maximize the limited weekend, we have to pre-plan our activities. With existing information here and there, pre-planning is not difficult. But we need to get this information really quickly.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

FOOD | Pansit Mix at Pure Food Filipino Resto in Al Khuwair, Muscat



I'm a big fan of pansit, yes the Filipino noodles. So when a good friend of mine mentioned that there's a good pansit resto in Al Khuwair, I said let's go and taste it. 

The restaurant is named, Pure Food Filipino Restaurant located in Al Khuwair just beside Mars Supermarket. 
Visit their FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pure-Food/111809005847476

MOVIE | The Secret Life of Pets



Quick review on "The Secret Life of Pets"
Rating: 4/10

There's so much cuteness in the film, but that did not salvage the narrative which is to say- there isn't much meat to begin with. In an attempt to showcase the adorableness of the cutesy characters, the film makers failed to give them a credible struggle that any audience could relate to. It was in a way, a little shameful; only because the audience was trying to bear with the story progression only to be left with the same plot in any predictable story.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

JOURNAL | Restez Calme Et Revisez Pour L'Examen Francais



Update as of 18 August: Finally done with my French exam; everything was done in oral French interview and I struggled to remember the expressions (and most importantly, sound coherently). But the interviewer advised me to brush up on the futur, conditional and subjonctif... Anyhow, my level: LEVEL 4. (Note that there are 10 levels, so I am halfway through).

There's gonna be a French exam tomorrow at Berlitz, and I really should be studying by now. But since I got into my room, all I accomplished was an hour's nap. Oh well, I'm crossing my fingers that I get through the placement test with fairly high results (I mean, c'mon I've been studying French, taking exams here and there, and I really should be improving... and I mean it). 


Berlitz is the world's premier language services firm, providing quality language instruction, translation, and publishing services throughout the world. Founded in 1878 in Providence (Rhode Island) by Maximilian D. Berlitz, the company has been providing superior language services ever since, with millions of satisfied alumni around the world. The time-proven principles of the Berlitz Method are supplemented by a constant flow of new information and the latest multimedia lesson materials to remain timely and relevant for students.

Contact Number: +968 24128752 (Look for Ms. Bauma)

Prices:
Private = 730 OMR; Semi Private = 490 OMR; Group = 280 OMR
Discounted price if paid before end of August: Group = 236 OMR 
So for the purpose of recollecting some of my french lessons, I'm jotting down some useful expressions just to prep myself during the exam.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

JOURNAL | Dancing the Holidays Away While Reuniting With Muscat Expat Community




02 to 09 July 2016. Saturday to Saturday


The following days have been spent mostly on reuniting with friends. Being gone for a year, my body needed to adjust to the high temperatures of Oman; that being said, I was sweating like a faucet, my clothes almost always drenched. The familiar vibes of Oman remains- rustic and laid back. I must say that I have missed this country. 

What really separates Oman apart from other GCC countries is the fact that expats are welcome in this side of the globe. There is a general air of safety and security, plus genuine hospitality from Omanis. That's what makes living in Oman really great. I'm not surprised that a lot of Europeans prefer to stay here for long periods of time.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

SPORTS | Joseph Schooling of Singapore Beats Michael Phelps of US in 100m Butterfly



My initial reaction when it sank on me was that, "Man, if Michael Phelps is a fish; then this #JosephSchooling must have been some kind of a faster fish... because nobody gets ahead of Michael Phelps ever. But Joseph Schooling slapped the world right in the face and said- "You were saying?"



Why is it a big deal? Because Michael Phelps is considered as the best swimmer in all of the Olympic history; so it is only understandable that the whole sports fandom got shocked when an Asian schooled them (pun intended) on how to swim. And you'll see that the time gap is quite a figure coz every nano second counts in swimming.

There's no denying that until yesterday, Joseph Schooling was just a regular name in the long list of swimmers in Rio Olympics 2016. But when he made the biggest break in his career, and he not only broke one, but several records in the Olympic history, Joseph Schooling is now a legend. His feat in the 100m butterfly event set him on the podium with gold and etched his name with the following records:


Joseph Isaac Schooling

Singapore's first Olympic gold medallist
Smashed Olympic record for 100m butterfly with 50.39s
Finished almost 1s ahead of the rest
First ever gold medal by Southeast Asian male swimmer





Truly an inspiration to us all Asians, and a testament that with hard work and right attitude, there is nothing impossible. The current medal standing shows that US is still way ahead of the competition with the most number of golds followed by China, UK, Japan and South Korea. East Asians are a force to reckon with, and as a Filipino, I am happy for all their achievements. #Rio2016 #Olympics



ARTICLES | June 2016, Editor's Digest



Yes, just like what's printed on my shirt- "One Of A Kind!" 

And certainly the month of June has been a one of a kind experience as it has seen a plethora of changes in my life. Met so many new friends and most importantly, finally landed myself onto a new job (pat on the back!). 

Nonetheless, the many articles written for this month had been about mostly on travel, corporate guides and lifestyle. This period is truly a transition period for me, from being a bum yuppie into a kick-ass part of the work force. So you'll easily notice that I've written many articles in June and not much in July (well, that will be discussed later on). 

So enjoy the articles and don't forget to drop me a line or two if you feel like sharing anything.

***

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

JOURNAL | InFlight Stories of Hope and Determination... and Occasional Chaos



01 July 2016. Friday


"Such is the problem of Filipino Overseas Workers- we can't come back to the Philippines unless all documents are complete. The danger of being held by the Immigration poses an imminent threat to Filipino workers who cannot produce these documents- a flaw that overlooks the real problem. There's too much red tape and bureaucracy in the Philippines that to process a paper that can be finished in a day, would take a month. And this illness is present in almost branches of the government and private sectors. If it's in the Philippines, you can expect delays."

***

Finally the most awaited day. I'm flying back to Muscat, Oman. My emotions are a mix of excitement, fear, uncertainty... but I have no use for worrying. This is it. This is finally it.

After breakfast, I made sure that all my stuff are placed back in the luggage. And when all was in, I quietly opened the door. The guy on the upper bunk was also awake so I asked him if he might want to switch off the lights and he said, just leave it. Funny this guy, because on my first night I saw him sleep and he never moved out of his bed. And now that I'm leaving  he was still there.

JOURNAL | InFlight Stories of Hope and Determination... and Occasional Chaos



01 July 2016. Friday


"Such is the problem of Filipino Overseas Workers- we can't come back to the Philippines unless all documents are complete. The danger of being held by the Immigration poses an imminent threat to Filipino workers who cannot produce these documents- a flaw that overlooks the real problem. There's too much red tape and bureaucracy in the Philippines that to process a paper that can be finished in a day, would take a month. And this illness is present in almost branches of the government and private sectors. If it's in the Philippines, you can expect delays."

***
Finally the most awaited day. I'm flying back to Muscat, Oman. My emotions are a mix of excitement, fear, uncertainty... but I have no use for worrying. This is it. This is finally it.

After breakfast, I made sure that all my stuff are placed back in the luggage. And when all was in, I quietly opened the door. The guy on the upper bunk was also awake so I asked him if he might want to switch off the lights and he said, just leave it. Funny this guy, because on my first night I saw him sleep and he never moved out of his bed. And now that I'm leaving  he was still there.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

JOURNAL | Lunch, Coffee and Last Day In Bukit Bintang



30 June 2016. Thursday


I woke up the next day feeling refreshed (last night I walked all the way to the Petronas Towers, and it was so humid, I got tired walking). I know that the breakfast starts at 8am, so I went down the dinig hall. Cory, the American guy was not on his bed anymore. I think he got up around 4am.

Whe I reached the dining hall, I found Cory sitting by the couch. Said good morning to him and had my coffee and toast. Not many people yet, so it was quiet. At my back was another Filipino backpacker detailing his travels to many parts of the world. But apart from me, the other Filipino guy at the back and one Chinese girl busy talking on her tablet; there weren't many Asians. In fact, most of the guests are caucasians. Not that it bothers me. Actually it made me feel glad that Malaysia sure looks like a travel destination for many tourist (something the Philippines has yet to emulate).

Friday, August 5, 2016

JOURNAL | Malaysia, Truly Asia



29 June 2016. Wednesday


Boarding the Malaysian Airlines, it dawned on me that there was the Malaysian Flight 370 which was never found. And at the back of mind, if my plane suddenly disappears at least I've lived a well spent life. I won't have much regrets.

Waiting at the boarding room, I called my mom just to assure her that I was OK. It still felt odd to be leaving again, although I never had an intention to stay in the Philippines. But when you are about to leave and you realize that you won't see your family again for the next or couple of years then it hits you hard. But in this life, we all need to make difficult decisions. It just so happened that I chose to leave. So no point in being overly sentimental.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

JOURNAL | Keeping It Cool at Philippine International Airport



29 June 2016. Wednesday


Rise and shine, it's 4am and my flight's leaving at 12noon. It's supposed to be a quiet Wednesday for me, but today marks the new chapter in my career; I'm leaving for Oman, for certain. 

But my luggage are not yet completely ready, and to think that I need to travel for six hours to get to the international airport. For a moment, I thought I might miss the flight. But now's not the right to entertain evil thoughts. Just keep positive.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

JOURNAL | Packing Stuff and Sticking to Schedule




It has been a month since I arrived in Oman. Haven't written much ever since as I needed to settle in first, attend to some important matters like meeting up with people and making everyone know that I'm back. Well not that it really matters, frankly; but it's nice to catch up with people again specially if you have not seen them for a year or so. Yeah, so to celebrate my first month here, I'm putting up this entry. I'll be going through the whole month up until the present. So here it goes.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

TRAVEL | The Virtue of Being Good, From a Buddhist Perspective



In every backpacking trip I do, I always bump into people who are wiser and has more experience than I do. It is enlightening to listen to their stories and learn from them. Today, I am writing about my discussion with Cory, a buddhist from the US and currently based in China.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

TRAVEL | Malaysia, The Arrival Booboo's




Alright, so here goes the first entry for the Malaysia sojourn. Photos to be uploaded later.



29 June 2016. Day 1

04:30 am, left Lucena City to travel to Manila.

08:50 am, arrived in JAC Liner and found it terribly difficult to get a cab. Turns out the taxi drivers are charging extra to get to NAIA Terminal 1. Driver asked additional 50PhP surcharge. Paid 100 PhP to get to the airport.

09:50 am, the check-in counter opened.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW | The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist (2016)



Quick Notes: Highly recommended for thrill seekers, but not for the faint of heart. Do not watch the film alone or when in the dark. The movie is going to give you some serious mental nightmares for a week. You won't be able to turn off the lights at night.

And watch this movie at the cinema. Promise, it's worth the money!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BOOK | Call Me Tsundoku


I have this habit of going to the thrift book shop and rummage through interesting books. I don't usually have budget to spend on expensive paper backs. I either borrow or just go to the nearest library.In SM shops, there is a store called "Booksale" that sells previously owned books and I became fond of visiting the shop whenever I pass by. Today was no exception, and I got myself some cool French books.


Synopsis: Perfume, sauce, Chirac, the Eiffel Tower, dressage, the bidet and the accordion are just some of their targets. You will also read of Napoleon's secret Cognac bar, the French Navy's glorious history, EuroDisney and the ludicrous French aristocracy.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

JOURNAL | The Writer's Block


March 6, 2014
  • I'm a very disorganized writer. I cannot write unless my notes are cluttered, my thoughts everywhere except my head. But I keep writing, hoping that ideas would pay me a visit.
  • There was a time when all I ever wanted was to have a laptop. I was sure that I'll be able to write more prolifically if I had one. I was a frustrated writer.
  • I fill up my journals with stories of the day. There was just too much to write until I stopped. I stopped when I finally got my first laptop.
  • For some reason there's always a creative block that gets in the way. I used to have this fire but I noticed that not even an ember can be traced. And I am saddened by this fact.


June 15, 2016
  • I am a writer and in writing I shall thrive, for words are my only company that will stay in this fleeting world of ours.


JOURNAL | Magnos Alexandros




An excerpt from the movie "Alexander" featuring Colin Farrell. 
But this was not ‪#‎Alexander. ‬All his life he fought to free himself from fear. By this and this alone he was made free; The freest man I've ever known. His tragedy was one of increasing loneliness and impatience for those who could not understand. And if his desire to reconcile Greek and barbarian... what, failure? His failure towers the world of successes. I've lived. I've lived long life Cadmos but the glory and the memory of man will always belong to the fathers who followed their great vision and the greatest of these is the one they now call "Magnos Alexandros."The greatest Alexander of them all. 
-Ptolemy on Alexander.



JOURNAL | Tips On Studying For An Examination



Tips On Studying For An Examination

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1. Find out from your teacher in advance just what work you will be expected to review.

2. Start far enough from back. For a final examination, review the whole term's work.

3. Review your notes paying particular attention to the points emphasized in class.

4. Reread the summaries in your textbook.

5. With the book closed, say aloud the important facts and ideas.

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