Friday, April 28, 2017

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.

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