Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Two Less Lonely People In The World

Love is definitely one of the most complex things in the world. Biochemistry may have an explanation about its nature and how our physical body reacts to it, but no one completely understands it until you finally experienced it. Sometimes, it comes into your life when you least expect it.

Kita Kita (I See You) is not your ordinary rom-com movie. It is not about the sappy kind of love that we always see on prime time TV. It is all about the love that we've always wished - kind and unconditional. Having Empoy Marquez and Alessandra de Rossi play the leading roles of this movie already set it apart from others. Their unusual pairing was effective that it made me laugh and cry in some parts of the flick. Empoy's ordinary looks and Alessandra's blindness clearly sends a message that genuine love just happens spontaneously. What matters most is your heart and not your physical looks. There's this invisible yet strong energy that drives two souls to meet at some point in their lives. Sometimes, it can be painful, but it is still the most beautiful thing to experience. After all, life is all about taking chances.

The shooting location (Sapporo, Japan) and KZ Tandingan's heartfelt rendition of Air Supply's 'Two Less Lonely People in the World' truly enhanced the overall mood of the movie. I have never seen a Pinoy rom-com movie that is so straightforward, sincere, and poignant.

Definitely a must-watch! This is one of my most favorite Pinoy movies, and I wouldn't mind watching this over and over again.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Farewell, Chester

Growing up in the early 2000s, the songs of Linkin Park were no stranger to me. In fact, I found their songs powerful and influential since most of my friends sing their hearts out every time they hear 'In The End' and 'Numb' on the radio or TV. Linkin Park was an acquired taste. I was never a fan of Chester's raspy and powerful voice, but after dissecting the lyrics, I became a fan. Behind the screams were words that cut the deepest. Chester, you have helped us to battle our own demons, and it's so sad that you lost your own battle. In the end, it does really matter. The shadow of the day will embrace the world in gray. The sun will set for you, Chester.

When my time comes,
forget the wrong that I've done.
Help me leave behind some,
Reasons to be missed.
And don't resent me,
And when you're feeling empty,
Keep me in your memory.
Leave out all the rest,
Leave out all the rest.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Rainy June

Today is my day off and I have so many thoughts to pour out on this post. I don't where to begin, but oh well, here goes nothing.

My asthma has already taken its toll on me. It all started with an allergic rhinitis last month, and it got worse by the third week of May. I don't know, it felt like I inhaled so many pollens and dust that it made my airways constricted. I was having difficulty in breathing, plus add the fact that my work's stressing me out lately. Since three personnel were not around due to training, I was forced to take over their position. I had at least four 24-hr shift last month, and it pisses me off. I don't know, back in my previous facility, we were always informed beforehand. Today, it felt like I'm an on-call doctor. Yeah, the spontaneous overtime is an overkill. I had no choice but to accept it. I'm one of the juniors, and I fucking hate this bureaucracy. I think we need a system overhaul. I strongly believe that we are currently mismanaged by these greedy fucktards. Okay, enough with work. I shouldn't be thinking about it. But hey, don't get me wrong, I love my job. It's my dream to work in the aviation industry but it's just... it's just... some people fail to realize that we should take a break from it sometimes. It is never on my bucket list to be a workaholic, or work 32 to 40 hours straight. Ugh!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Whaddup? Last Sunday, I bought a new laptop. It's about time. My 7-year old Macbook (the white one) is slow af and I can no longer multitask (chrome + iMovie + Photoshop). It even slows down if I open MS Word! What a loser.

I bought a new Macbook Pro with a Retina Display. I was torn between buying the sleek 12" Space Gray Macbook or the newest version of Macbook Pro. The newest models of Apple laptops don't have the standard USB port and card reader. Instead, they've changed all of its ports to USB C. It's more expensive since I have to buy a new adaptor for the connectors. But hey, the Macbook Pro Retina display DID NOT DISAPPOINT. The retina display is so worth it. WORTH EVERY FUCKING PENNY. I guess my birthday came early. I won't be spending my birthday abroad (but who knows, right?), but I'm so happy that I have a new laptop hahahaha. Whatever.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017


I am tired of playing the nice guy card. Like, seriously. I'm a nice person but once provoked, you will never see the world again. I am seriously pissed off to those people who judge you base from hearsays. I can't fathom why they act like that as if they're some kind of a spoiled brat who cries foul whenever they encounter things that they don't like.

Just give me a chance to work. Rest assured that I am an efficient employee unlike some of your cohorts who know nothing but to spread rumors. They should've changed their occupation to rumor mongers LOL.

And as for you, my dear, I suggest that you should choose your battles wisely. It seems that you have chosen the wrong enemy.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Pure Talent

I've been watching the eleventh season of The Voice, and I am rooting for two - Billy Gilman and We McDonald. Billy's rendition of Anyway was by far his best performance yet on The Voice.

I do hope both of them will make it to the finale.

PS: Miley Cyrus is actually a great coach. I was wrong about her during the start of the show.

Monday, October 31, 2016


I have read several ghost stories on my newsfeed, so I'll share mine as well.

Last March 2, 2014, I moved to Tacloban City. Months earlier, super typhoon Yolanda wreaked unimaginable havoc in this city, killing thousands of people in an instant. The city during that time still has an unstable electricity connection except for the airport. As day turns to night, the city is plunged into darkness, and it becomes eerily quiet.

I stayed at the third floor of the control tower since the staff house was totally damaged. On the third night, I woke up at exactly 3 in the morning. As I opened my eyes, I saw a tall, dark figure standing at the foot of my bed. At first, I thought it was our office assistant (we were three in the room that time). The figure wasn't moving, and I felt like it was staring at me. The room was dimly lit, all thanks to the moon's illumination, but it was clear as a day that the figure wasn't our office assistant. I just shrugged it off, thinking that my mind was just playing tricks. The next day, I told my experience to my other roommate (my colleague and happens to have a strong third eye). She said nonchalantly, "We're six inside our room. The other three are just lost souls, probably typhoon victims. Just pray."

Weeks later, we were only two inside the room. We were both on our laptops when suddenly, we smelled something. It was a sharp, distinct smell of an Orchid flower. I got anxious and asked my colleague if she smelled something. From her body language, I can sense she was really scared. She whispered, "She's in front of you. Don't forget to pray for her eternal repose." I thought she was joking, but I was feeling cold that time. I prayed hard that night.

The following day, I asked one of the airport employees if he knew someone who loves Orchids. "We have a former employee who used to plant Orchids and other flowers near the control tower. She died during Yolanda", he said.

I still have numerous paranormal stories to share with you, but after Pope Francis held a mass here, the activities dwindled. I guess it's safe to say that majority of them found the light.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Stay Strong, Davao!

When a young boy from Syria got pulled out from the rubble of his home, you sympathized and prayed for him and his family. When the blacks and the LGBT communities in America were attacked by sexists and racists, you sympathized and prayed for their welfare. But when your own fellowmen down south got attacked by terrorists, you mocked and insulted us just because we claimed we are one of the safest cities in the country or simply put, you loathed our current President. No city or country is safe from terrorism. Not even New York, Paris, or Istanbul.

It really broke my heart after seeing photos and videos minutes after the attack. Those innocent people did nothing but to obey the law and did their best to provide something for their families. Everyone was just having a great time with their loved ones. It only took a powerful blast to change everything. Things will never be the same. Irreversible.

We Davaoeños have been through a lot for the past decades. We survived the rebel insurgencies during the 80s. Those were the days when civilians are mercilessly killed by the rebels and bloodshed is as mundane as feeding your pets at home or fetching your child from school.The city had survived and peace reigned for a while. In 1993, a bomb exploded at San Pedro Cathedral, killing dozens of churchgoers. Again, innocent lives were lost in an instant and the lives of their loved ones veered off course. Forever traumatized and scarred for a lifetime. In 2003, dozens were again killed when a powerful C4 bomb went off near the arrival hall of the old terminal of Davao International Airport. But we Davaoeños stood up in those trying times and fought hard to condemn these atrocities.

When your city got engulfed by a large wall of water, or when the swelling river slowly devoured your community, we didn't think twice to lend a helping hand and did the best we could because we are one - we are Filipinos. I got deeply hurt after reading all your hate messages. Worse, all of these came from my fellow countrymen. Honestly, you are all on the same fence with the terrorist group who claimed these attacks. I don't know about you but you don't have a heart. None at all. Both of you have a common denominator - heartless and ruthless.

Let us set aside our political differences and apathy, and unite as one. Together, let us condemn this inhumanity and try to live a peaceful, progressive and better life. We all need to stay vigilant in this crucial time. If Davao City, one of the safest cities in the Philippines, wasn't spared from terrorism, then are we anywhere safer here?

Stay strong, Davao. I know you will get through this crisis. WE WILL get through this. #StayStrongDavao #StayStrongPH

Addendum: Kudos to the Davao 911 Team, Task Force Davao, and all other personnel who were VERY efficient in these trying times.