Thursday, June 12, 2014

Photo Diary: Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya

 Been wondering long and staring hard about what I should blog about tonight.., after all it has indeed been some while since I blogged regularly. Is this what we all call the blogging slump? (As much as I hate to admit it.. I guess there's still some truth in that) Been completely over-the-top kind of busy running for appointments.. attending workshops.. squeezing in a little bit of extra time to catch up with friends. No, just joking. I haven't really done that at all (of all the things I've mentioned). Ever since I came back from my province I really haven't gone outside. Introvert as usual. So I was editing photos of my trip to my province and suddenly got an idea to blog about it. 

Well my province is not so bad at all. I swear I would've stayed for two more days if we didn't suffer much on those ant and mosquito bites. 

When you think of Nueva Vizcaya, other than a province of course,  it's mostly just farms, mountains, bahay kubo and the like. What many don't know that there is a beauty in it. My sister and I likes to go on hills and explore. Even if we get a million mosquito bites out of nowhere it's fine for us because once we reach the top of the hill you'll see a spectacular view. Even from scorching heat we still managed to explore. So we went to my mom's friends's garden place called Flores park. I never thought that a garden like that exist in the province. 

At the right side view at the top of the hill

At the left side view at the top of the hill

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Saud Beach Resort Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

The beach resort was nice. The powdered sands are very soft that it really feels good to sink your feet while walking along the beach. The strong waves that will carry you back to the shore. The palm trees that feels so relaxing under its shade. It's almost like boracay but except for two things. One is the girl's comfort room. The comfort rooms are gross the worst part is, out of 4 cubicles, only 1 is available. And then the shower rooms, I heard from my mother and sister (since I didn't took the shower there because of disappointment) that it doesn't have shower curtains (daw). So I think the resort should really improve their comfort rooms. And the last thing is, the stalls. They're blocking the beautiful view. 

All and all, The beach is nice. Few more improvements and it will be perfect just like boracay.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Movie Review: Divergent

Best selling novels would always be made into a movie. Some movies have failed to encompass our expectation. But what would you expect from a novel turned movie? It just summarizes and highlightes only the most important scenes from the book. It doesn't show all that you have read. But this movie though. One word. Amazing. This is one of the most amazing novels turned movie that haven't failed my expectation. The book was better I should say. But what makes this movie so special is that the cast especially the characters tris and four which was acted by Shailene Woodley and Theo James. Their chemistry is just so strong. I almost cried out of kilig inside the cinema. And it's funny how Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley are siblings in this movie and gonna be lovers in the Fault in our Stars (which will be released in April I think), I still think Theo James is still a better match up for Shailene Woodley. Anyway, the moment the movie began, I never felt any boredom in any part of the movie. It was all great. I'm not being biased. I really do love the movie and I also love the soundtrack! The soundtrack is also a factor for me. One song song can also ruin a movie. Every song played in the movie are all good and in every song I would always ask my sister or my friend who were sitting beside me what song is that or I would say "when I get home, I would search and download the whole movie soundtrack". Hahaha. (I'm not kidding, I did download all the songs when I got home)

In case you want to know the songs in this movie, here's the soundtrack list:
1. Ella Goulding- Beating heart
                    - My Blood
                    - Dead in the water
2. Zedd- Find you
3. Snow Patrol- I won't let you go 
4. M83- I need you
5. Banks- Waiting game
6. Big Deal- Dream Machines
7. Wood kid- Run boy Run
               - I love you
8. Pia Mia ft. Chance the rapper- Fight for you

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Movie Review: About Time

It's been a long time since I made a review. I've seen so many movies that I want to write a review but uggh too lazy. But anyway, here is my first movie review for the year 2014 :)

A girl in a red dress, laughing in the rain, alongside a tall red-haired man wearing a suit.

At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time... The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he's never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again-and again-but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart. Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can't save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous too.
I loved this film. I perfect balance of story, humour and sincerity along with excellent acting and a wonderful cast. Even the soundtrack was superb. Not your average time travel movie. Very thought provoking and one which tugged at the old tear ducts in the best way. Some reviews complain about how it is like this or that film. No film is unique, and for sure there are similarities with other Richard Curtis films, but that is all. Plus to be compared to other great films is surely an honour. Forget about all that and enjoy what is a great film which will inspire you in ways you were not expecting. Thoroughly enjoyable and I'm already looking forward to going to see it again. That doesn't happen very often.

And hey! Who doesn't love Rachel McAdam films? She never failed to make your heart swoon with all her movies!

This made you want to have that kind of ability to travel back in time. As I was watching this movie this made me think on what time I really wanted to go back to. If given the chance, I would like to go back through my first year in college. If only I studied more, and made a little effort maybe, just maybe, I wouldn't have to shift to another course. But as I've thought of this, if I passed, I wouldn't meet my friends right now. It would have been life changing. 

So I thought of another, I want to go back where I met the person who continues to shatter my heart until today. What if I didn't reply to him that day? or what if I wasn't much of a coy? would we still communicate to each other until today?

These moments I want to go back makes me just miss him more and how much I truly care about that person. This movie had touched my heart because not only it tackles about love but as family as well. I always complain about how much I want to go back to the past, but it really pains me that there is no such thing as time travel. In reality, it's either you fix your problem or run away from it. If you can fix it, well and good, if not, maybe the best solution for that is, start over :)

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On the List: Short girl problems and perks of being short

Believe it or not, I'm a 4'8 since high school! consistent :)) Here are the perks and problems that I have encountered in my whole 18 years of existence.

T H E  P R O B L E M S

1. Instant armchair. Most of my friends place their elbows either on my head or shoulder.
2. Clothes should mostly be XS. And guess where this clothes exist? in the kids section. S clothes usually are still a tad big for us.
3. Too hard to find a shoe that really fits. My shoe size is 4 1/2 or 5. Especially for heels. You see a very beautiful heels but then they don't have the available size for my size. :|
4. You look up to everyone. Thank God I haven't experienced having a stiff neck all this years.
5. Not being taken seriously. I'm getting mad and all and they're just looking at me, then smiles like they're stopping themselves from laughing out loud and tell you you're cute when you're mad. Isn't it just the most annoying thing ever? -.-
6. I will never be a Stewardess or a Victoria's Secret model :)))
7. Being swept off your feet because you can't reach the ground
8. I'm already a college student and I'm still treated like a kid -.- They even call me there little sister when in fact I'm a year older than them :)) awkward.
9. Reaching things have become an exercise. Especially when you have to go up to the counters just to reach something. And when you're in a grocery, you have to call someone for help. (which is good for the flirts out there)
10. You can't go to some of the rides in the amusement park :( 

 T H E   P E R K S 
1. Cute by default- I get that a lot.
2. Rad Nicknames- Pusit, tiny, bata, liit, cute, minion, smurf and so on and so fourth
3. You get discounts when they thought you're still a kid.
4. Forever YOUNG.
5. When you're in a relationship, you get kissed on the forehead and that's just the sweetest thing ever. :">
6. You get hugged a lot. And that's pretty good for a girl like me who totally loves being hugged :D

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

On the List: Favorite Architects and Architectural firms (from local tointernational)

Every architect and even architecture students have their own favorite architects who they look up to. We must have to be inspired even more. Their works, inspires us to dream of becoming successful architects like them.

1. Arch. Zaha Hadid


I'm a fan!!! How can you not? She's beyond amazing and perfect for being an architect. She's the goddess of Architecture. God made an alien in the person of Zaha Hadid! I love her works. Her works are so futuristic.  Every architect, if asked who their favorite architects are, I bet Zaha Hadid would be on their list (just like mine). And can I just say that she doesn't only design buildings, but cars too!
The Z-car. She designed this herself. Amazing right? Looking at this futuristic car.. who knows? she might be the one to design flying cars in the future.

2. Arch. Joseph Javier

What can I say... I know him because his works have been featured in Condo living, Blueprint and other home magazines. I admire his number of projects made. Nakakainspire :D Look at his website, he already had a hundred of projects!

3. Arquitectonica
How can you not admire them? Sila lang naman nag design ng SM Mall of Asia! SM Mall of Asia is a genius. Most of my instructors, use SM MOA as an example of a good urban planning. :D

4. Arch. Felino "Jun" Palafox Jr

Every filipino architect MUST know him (I repeat, MUST). Why? He's the most outstanding architect in Manila, wait.. No. He must be Philippines' most outstanding architect. He's also the owner of the most famous firms here in the Philippines, Palafox Associates.

“We have to start accepting the changes that push us—we do not have to hesitate,” . “Change is the only constant thing in the universe. Therefore we should always be prepared to accept it. We should also invest to make our future better. If asked for what has been my favorite project, I would always answer: ‘The next one.’”

- Felino Palafow

5. Arch. Eduardo Calma

Design Principal of Lor Calma and Partners. The architect behind De La Salle College of Saint Benilde- School of Design and Arts (my dream school by the way)

6. Arch. Leandro Locsin

All Filipino architects and architecture students know him. Ask wikipedia and he's on the list of most famous architects here in the Philippines! :) He's the architect behind Manila Hotel, Follk Arts Theater, Ninoy Aquino Airport and too many to mention!

7. Arch. Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright LC-USZ62-36384.jpg

Architect or not, everybody knows him because he's the architect of the Falling Water! :)
[Fallingwater: fall photo]

8. Arch. Santiago Calatrava

Another architect who loves curves :)) A male version of Zaha Hadid :D
Look at his works! He's amazing! :D

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40 of 365: Out of place


I was in a ride back home yesterday evening when I saw this humongous kind of building. When I first saw this, I thought it is some kind of headquarters in CJH. Then I came across an article in Inquirer just this morning, a Mrs. Cathy Yamsuan article about Joel Cruz mansion here in Camp John Hay. I was surprised, it's a mansion pala! And I realized, why in the world would someone build a mansion beside a golf course?? It doesn't make sense. And looking at it, it really is an eyesore. 

“Any architect, if they go to the right architectural school, when asked to design something in a certain neighborhood would study first the neighborhood and try to fit their project in it. [The new structure] might become more modern, more efficient [than the older houses] but [it should] not be an eyesore sticking out. That’s the principle of architecture. But there (in Camp John Hay), maski ano,”

-Ma. Isabel Ongpin
I came across this paragraph, and I really agree with it. I think this a a good example for a wrong architectural building. As an architecture student, we don't only make floor plans and design houses or buildings we should also value it's surrounding environment. This is something I learned in our planning subject. This is also good example for a case study. There are a lot of negative impacts here. Aside from an out of place theme and location. It's also a wrong place to build a swimming pool (as stated in the article). Buti na lang nabasa ko itong article na ito kundi hindi ko pa malalaman na wala palang catch basin ang Baguio.

I grew up here in Baguio and I've seen how some over developed buildings destroyed Baguio's natural beauty. From SM to Le Monet to this gaudy mansion of Joel Cruz. It really is disappointing. Tourist come here in Baguio for the cold fresh air and pine trees, not because of this structures.

When I see old pictures of Baguio, I was like, damn, i wish we could still have that kind of old but clean and sleek environment. But I still love Baguio anyway. Baguio have been stepping up, which is good but I just wish that they don't have to cut a thousand year old trees.

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