Tuesday, October 17, 2017

LIFESTYLE | Actively Reducing Stress Increases Health At The Genetic Level

Actively Reducing Stress Increases Health At The Genetic Level

Have You Ever Heard Of Telomeres?

If you’ve tied your shoes, you can understand telomerase. This is a substance that, for purposes of illustration, let’s say is found at the end of your DNA strands. Now, when you’ve got tape on a shoestring, that tape ends up keeping the lace together. Because of the tape, the lace doesn’t unravel.

Telomeres are concentrations of telomerase at the end of DNA which function the same way. Here’s the thing: over time, telomerase wears away. What does this primarily is stress. Specifically: bad stress. There is a distinction. Working out is good stress. Getting held up at gun-point in an alley is bad stress; especially the psychological fallout.

What you want to do in order to reduce your stress levels naturally is become more physically active, and eat foods that are less processed. That’s what physicians have been saying for decades: eat right and exercise. These activities do wonders for the body and mind. But sometimes it’s difficult to get into the right rhythm, isn’t it?

Thursday, September 28, 2017


IT (2017)
Rating: 7 / 10 

Director: Andres Muschietti

Cast: Jaeden Lieberher (Bill Denbrough), Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise), Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh)

Let me start off by asking- what makes James Wan horror flicks compelling? The simple answer is- jump scares are injected at the right spots where you least expect it to be.

And how trite can a story get? Haunted house + outcasts with personal issues + nerd who read the history of the cursed town = stereotypical horror film. In other words, IT was too overhyped, with nothing much new to offer.

IT became one of those predictable scary movies where you already know who in the main characters will survive in the end; and it will end on a happy note. And also, I had an issue as to how the antagonist came to be and how simple it was to eradicate it Pennywise- in my own words "too convenient".

The last Stephen King movie I really appreciated is Carrie. Other than that, these stories are best enjoyed on paper. Not on wide screens.

MOVIE REVIEW | Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Rating: 8 / 10 

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Taron Egerton (Eggsy), Edward Holcroft (Charlie), Mark Strong (Merlin), Julianne Moore (Poppy), Colin Firth (Harry Hart), Channing Tatum (Tequila), Halle Berry (Ginger)

This fantasy action packed film borrows themes from Fast and the Furious, James Bond and even Charlie's Angels; it is funny and has lots of close up shots on channing tatum's bulge (one can never go wrong on CT's package)... Julianne Moore was also a perfect sociopath villainess... skip the burger though.

The ensemble was peppered with some of the most highly sought actors in Hollywood - which obviously is a strategy to lure in more audiences. It banks on star power rather than the narrative.

Interestingly, the only reason why this far-fetched-from-reality film caught my attention was because it created a lot of buzz in social media. Other than that, I wouldn't bother seeing it on the big screen. People were talking about it, so I had to know what the hype was. Unfortunately, it's only a marketing ploy of the film.

Did I enjoy it? Yes. Will I see another sequel? No.

ARTICLE | 6 Best Flower Colors to Coordinate with Royal Blue Bridesmaid Dresses

6 Best Flower Colors to Coordinate with Royal Blue Bridesmaid Dresses

It might be surprising, but royal blue is actually a versatile color for weddings. It can be subtly paired with white or pale blush, or cause a major stir with bold colors like fuchsia and bright yellow. It can “anchor” a nautical theme or take its rightful place among the jewel tones. Year after year, royal blue remains one of the most popular wedding colors and just a little experimentation easily reveals why.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

LIFESTYLE | Back to Philippines

It's almost two weeks since I got back to the Philippines. And so far, I'm still on track with my to-do list which contains some bits of running here and there to make sure that necessary documents are done. But that doesn't mean there's no room for fun. 

PS. I gotta remind myself to be more proactive in taking photos, because I'm an admitted lazy photo blogger. I rely mostly on the photos of my friends. That being said, we now move on - 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

TRAVEL | In Colorado, Summer Goes out with a Bang

Looking for a unique way to say goodbye to summer? Head to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and check out nature's unbelievable farewell to summer.

An Adventure You'll Never Forget

Aspen Trees
The pine forests that blanket the Colorado mountains are dotted with colonies of aspen trees that grow in tight groupings. Locals adoringly refer to them as "quakies," and every fall the green leaves change to a luminous gold. The contrast of the golden aspens amid dark green pines is stunning, attracting thousands of viewers every year.

A great way to take advantage of this amazing annual event is via RV. You can fly into Denver International Airport, and rent an RV from a dealer like B&B RV - one of the oldest dealers in Denver. A quick Uber ride will grab you from the airport and take you to your temporary home-on-wheels to tour the area's countryside. Colorado has an array of jaw-dropping places to visit, making an RV the perfect choice.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

ARTICLE | See You Summer Next Year; Welcome Winter

Can't believe it's already September. I'm at a loss, been that fast?
Amidst the summer playlist on my mobile player and hundreds of emptied watermelon cups, hits you right on the head - yeah, it's already Winter and we bid the sunny days adieu.

When I look at photos in the past weeks, what strikes me the most is that I've been to many water related activities - whether it be at the pool or beach; one thing is quite evident, I love the water. And pardon the not so beach body of mine, but the tropical spirit inside me gets the best out of my head.

Friday, September 1, 2017

ARTICLE | 5 Things Dancers Do Differently - They Are Ready For Anything

5 Things Dancers Do Differently - They Are Ready For Anything

Good dancers usually start dancing very young. Parents recognize a natural talent in their child and thankfully, they help them develop that talent. A dancer is not born great, but they could be born for greatness.

The disciplines and values a child learn while in dance will serve them well for the rest of their lives.

Here are 5 things a dancer does differently that carries on to other phases in life.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

EVENT | Wet Republik 3 Pool Party in Muscat, Oman

Previous edition of the Wet Republik i.e May 2017.

Photos credits to www.muscatnights.com

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.


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
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

Will be updating this entry quite soon.

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