2018 Summer Highlight: Splashing Into The Seven Seas (Waterpark and Resort)

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Since May 1 was a holiday (Labor Day), we took it as an opportunity to go visit the recently opened (and also disputed) Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort. This is an all-out Summer celebration because our parents just had their 27th wedding anniversary on April 27. Continue reading

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Holy Week Beach Escape: Jurassic Park Beach Resort in Vinapor, Agusan del Norte

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The view from Jurassic Park Beach Resort in Agusan del Norte. Located just a few meters away from Punta Diwata Cave Resort.

We spent this year’s Holy Week at my mother’s hometown (Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental). We took this opportunity again to visit nearby beaches in Agusan del Norte. We have been to Punta Diwata a few months ago, so we thought of going to Jurassic Park Beach Resort this time to check out the place again. Continue reading

Planning and Financing Your Kid’s College Education: A Filipino Mommy’s Guide

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We all know that sending kids to college comes with a huge price tag. That’s 4 (or more) years of tuition expenses, miscellaneous fees, allowances and living expenses that you have to shell out just to ensure that your kid can be more than ready to face the real world and equip himself/herself with the right skills and knowledge to make a decent living.

The thing with schools and universities however is that, along with prices of basic goods and commodities – their tuition rates keep rising every other year or so. If one semester costs around Php 30,000 today, that will not be the case after 10 to 15 years from now.  By then, the rates may have more or less doubled. It’s like the system is naturally designed to make college a huge burden for parents all over the world.  Continue reading

I would not call myself a David Bowie fan (yet) because I only know a couple of his songs and unlike The Beatles, I find it hard to actually like most of his hits. The first song I did like from Bowie was “Heroes” because it was a main track featured in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and the lyrics and tune are just perfect for the story and very resonating if you’re a young, naive and energetic gal/dude who’s full of hope. HAHA

Also, I remember that one of the “Purge” movies used a Bowie song (I’m Afraid of Americans) for the end credits, and I found it a bit badass then. But still, whenever I do try to seek out more of his hits, I just don’t find them too likeable on their own.

It seems that I only get to like a Bowie song when it gets featured in something else. “Life on Mars?” became sort of the official anthem of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy test flight (thanks to Elon Musk), which launched a sports car into space and proved that rockets can actually be reusable (?).

I LOOOVE THE SONG (especially the piano parts). At first, I thought it was just a go-to song for the test flight, given that Musk’s ultimate goal is to establish a colony on Mars. Yet as I listen to the song over and over again, I found out that there’s more to the lyrics. In my own understanding, it seems to be talking about society’s fixation with media and shallow entertainment.

My favorite part from the song is this:

But the film is a saddening bore

Cause I wrote it 10 times or more

It’s about to writ again

As I ask you to focus on…

Then it proceeded to describe fantastical scenarios (Sailors fighting in the dance halls, etc etc). I mean, it’s kinda like the movie industry saying that we should just watch these ridiculous drivel first as they scramble to make more interesting ones. lol

LSS Of the Month: Life on Mars by David Bowie

3 Reasons Why Mass Communication is a Good Pre-Law Course

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In the Philippines, most of us think that law school has a preferred college major or pre-law course. However the reality is, your chosen degree has no bearing if you really want to be a lawyer.

The only requirement is that you have finished a 4-year degree with a total of 18 units in Social Science subjects, 18 units of English, and 6 units of Mathematics. Also since 2017, aspiring lawyers are now required to take and pass the PhilSAT – a nationwide law school entrance test.

So in short, whatever college degree you are taking up right now – whether that be an Engineering, Biology, Education, Communication, Business Management, Accountancy, Political Science or Nursing course, you can proceed with a law degree as long as you graduate, meet the required number of subject units, and pass the PhilSAT exam. Continue reading

Beauty on a Budget: The Affordable 3 to 5-Step Skin Care Guide for Filipinas

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The Internet is not short on step by step skin care regimen guides. However, these guides usually feature expensive Korean or Western skin care brands, which is simply impractical for many Filipinas.

Imagine, buying a cleanser for around 300 to 500 pesos, and a clay mask worth 700 to 1,000 or more pesos. That’s almost 2,000 for just only 2 products!

Skin care is for everyone – not just for those who can afford it. Although expensive brands have huge benefits for your skin (or could smell nice and make your face feel good), you don’t have to break the bank just to afford yourself some good old, basic skin care. There are cheaper options in the market – and you don’t even need to look far! Continue reading

Random Review/Reaction: Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” and My Theory About Elisa

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A promotional photo from “The Shape of Water’s” Facebook page.

I am quite a Guillermo del Toro fan since I watched “Pan’s Labyrinth” back in my college boarding house in 2010. He has a masterful way of telling a story, and despite his movies being fairy-tale like, you can pick up many real-life parallels in the characters and setting. One way or another, you might be even left to interpret your own understanding of the events in the movie.

As a fan, I got pretty excited when I first heard about “The Shape of Water.” Del Toro did not have any new movie that I heard of since “Crimson Peak,” and the good reviews also piqued my curiosity even more.

Unfortunately here in the Philippines, “The Shape of Water” is not widely released. It was no surprise though – most critically-acclaimed movies abroad are not exactly the types that get to be blockbuster hits in this country. Continue reading