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Monday, January 28, 2019

An Old K-Drama Fave: Lie to Me

There are a lot of good Korean dramas on Netflix. It’s a mix of the old and the new, with one of the older ones being a favorite of mine, which I had to re-watch as soon as I discovered that it was available: it’s the 2011 series called Lie to Me, starring Yoon Eun Hye and Kang Ji Hwan.

Lie to Me Korea


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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Pain Relief Rubs

Being in my 40s, I think that it is fair that people lump me onto the Tita (Aunty) category since these days I am older than many people that I encounter regularly. I know some women don’t like literally being called Tita unless that came from someone close to them but for me, I don’t mind. I think I’ve already pushed on to a higher category of Tita-ness because of my dependence on pain relief rubs.

Pain Relief Rubs


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Thursday, January 24, 2019

2018-2019 Fall TV Season Review

Television is a big thing for me. My parents were very strict about TV time when I was a child and we didn’t have cable TV growing up so now I am crazy about TV shows and make it a point to watch as much of it as I can whenever I have the time. There are so many good shows out there and sometimes I feel like I don’t have enough time to enjoy them all. What usually happens for me is that I watch a few episodes during the start of the season (both new and returning shows) and then I decide from there which ones to eventually weed out of my roster. That way when I binge-watch, I know I have enough time to watch shows that I know I will enjoy. This year’s 2018-2019 US Fall TV season, I did just that. I picked all the shows that I wanted to see then started weeding them out from there.

So much to watch, so little time... (photo credit: geralt on pixabay.com)


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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Book Review: Gmorning, Gnight

If you haven’t heard of Lin Manuel Miranda, I think I need to ask you where you’ve been these past few years first before reading this post. I mean seriously, where have you been?

I’ve been a fan of Lin since I fell in love with the music from the musical Hamilton, something that I first listened to on Spotify. I’ve followed his career since then and have taken to following him on Twitter, where he shares snippets of his life as well as inspiring tweets for his fans.

It is the inspiring tweets that he shares every morning and evening (US time) that make up the content of his new book, Gmorning, Gnight. Illustrated by Jomny Sun, the book shares some of the best good morning and good night tweets that Lin has shared with his Twitter followers these past few years. When he first started doing those tweets, I was already attempting to save some of my favorite ones (saving them for a rainy day, for days when I need them most). Turns out that I wasn’t the only one doing that, because the reason this book came out was that people wanted to have a saved copy of their favorite tweets too. 

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

In Hindsight...

What if you could go back in time and do things differently?

The question posed by the show Hindsight is similar to my previous blog entry where I answered a similar question from my friend. As I said in my previous entry, my answer to that question would be YES. Based on her actions in the show, the lead character of the show also has the same reply.

Hindsight is the story of Becca, a 40-something about to embark on her second marriage when she is taken back in time to the 90s. Not knowing how she got there or how she will get back to her own time, Becca decides that she can make her life better by changing the wrong decisions she made in the past (now her present), starting with not going through with her first marriage.




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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Promdi Life: My Love for Starry Nights

I have a love-hate relationship with my bedroom. It has large windows that pour all the light in during the daytime. It can get frustrating when the weather is extremely hot because no amount of curtains can hide me from the heat from the sun. BUT (and it is all caps because it is a big but) the room and those windows are a big plus for me at night. The windows that surround my room allow the evening breeze in almost every night, making my room the coolest (in terms of temperature) one in the house. There are nights when I do not even need to turn the fan on because it can get cold enough for me to curl up in a blanket even without it.

Photo Credit: Fleuber on Pixabay

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Friday, January 18, 2019

A Star Cinema Inspired Post

The Star Cinema movie Past Tense was about a woman who went back in time to try to get her past self to fall in love and give her best friend a chance at a relationship with her, which brings us to the question:


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Thursday, January 17, 2019

A Discovery of Witches on TV!

As I have mentioned in an earlier post, I am a fan of the All Souls Trilogy of books by Deborah Harkness. I found out about it when I discovered that Matthew Goode, one of my favorite actors, is going to play the lead in the TV adaptation of the books. As soon as I started reading, I could not put it down until I read and finished the last book. After that, I started watching A Discovery of Witches as soon as it was released on the Fox TV app.

Starring Teresa Palmer (Diana) and Matthew Goode (Matthew Clairmont), the first thing that I noticed with this series was the remarkable cinematography. Every scene was picture perfect, something that would make you want to travel and see the places shown in the series. It makes the show very memorable in my eyes.



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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Book Review: Walk of Shame

Lauren Layne is currently one of my favorite romance novelists. I don’t think I’ve read a book written by the woman that I did not like. It all started with me stumbling on one of her books and that was it, I was immediately a fan. What was that first book? It was Walk of Shame.

Cover credit: Hachette Australia

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Oryang's Goodbye

I recently visited the Bonifacio Trial House in Maragondon, Cavite with some friends when I discovered this song by Aiza Seguerra titled Sa Huli ang Sikat.




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Monday, January 14, 2019

A Short Flirtation With Online Dating

As a single woman in my 40s, I constantly get questions regarding my intention (or lack thereof) to get married and having a family of my own. I remember a friend of mine in the same situation saying that if we were given money every time we were asked about it we would be rich by now.

To appease people who were “concerned” about my single status (as if it is a death sentence of some sort), I decided to try online dating. I have never been interested in the concept but I thought, “What do I have to lose?”

Photo Credit: Riala from Pixabay

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Shopping When Adulting

I’m not much of a shopper. I am the type who only shops out of need more than out of want, which would explain my lack of proper wardrobe for going out (because I hardly do). When I do shop, I make a list then I’m in and out of the store as soon as I have completed getting everything on it.

It’s interesting to notice that now that I’m older my list of priorities of things to buy has changed. When I was in my 20s it was all about clothes, bags, and shoes. In my 30s it was about makeup and gadgets (an odd combination, I know). Now that I’m in my 40s, it’s all about the home, which goes to show where my priorities lie these days.

grocery shopping


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Thursday, January 10, 2019

House of Flowers (A Review)

Binge-watching is kind of my thing. It’s easier to watch a series when you know all the episodes are already available, so you don’t have to wait another week for what happens next. I was looking for a new show to binge on when I discovered the Mexican comedy/drama called The House of Flowers (Las Casa de las Flores) on Netflix.

The story tackles the struggles of the De la Mora family that owns the flower shop, The House of Flowers. It all starts with the death of the mistress of the head of the family. She commits suicide in the flower shop and this triggers the series of events that forces each family member to face their own personal issues during the first season: Paulina, the eldest daughter, struggles with the need to be there for every member of the family to the point that her personal life is sacrificed. Elena, the second daughter, is torn between the life she has built for herself in the US and decided to stay home in Mexico for good. Juan is the only son who happens to be bisexual and has a secret relationship with the family financial manager, Diego. He finds it difficult to come out and when he does, for some reason he just can’t – for lack of a better term – keep it in his pants. Most important of all is the lead character Virginia, the matriarch of the family who is obsessed with the people’s perception of their family reputation.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Book Review: All Souls Trilogy

I first found out about the All Souls Trilogy of books by Deborah Harkness when I read about the TV series that was going to be made starring Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer. Being a Matthew Goode fan since seeing him on Chasing Liberty with Mandy Moore, I immediately looked for the books so that I could read them all before the series began.

discovery of witches
Cover Credit: Penguin Random House

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Will Smith: Be Where They Let Your Light Shine

Last year I saw a video posted by rapper/actor Will Smith where he shared a quote by Rumi that goes:

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”

Will Smith then went on to interpret the quote in what he calls “the Philly translation:” We should not spend time around people who do not let us shine. He says that we need to spend more time with people who nourish and inspire us, thus “feeding our flame.” He continues by saying that the people that we spend our time with are the people who will make or break our dreams.

light
Always let your light shine...

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Sharing My Love for Sam Hunt

To be honest, I can’t remember when I discovered Sam Hunt, I just know that I’m a fan. I’ve been a country fan for a while, listening to Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, and Luke Bryan on Spotify. 

I admit that it’s weird that I’m a bit (?!) of a country fan, even if that kind of music isn’t that popular here in the Philippines. The chances of a country star having a major concert here in the country are next to none (unless you’re more of a country/pop crossover star like Taylor Swift). The lack of the genre’s popularity is part of the reason why I’m surprised I became a country fan, with one of my favorites being Sam Hunt. 

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Top Songs for 2018

At the end of 2018, Spotify once again gave its users their personal highlights for the year. Like everyone else, I decided to check out the songs that the app has found to be my most listened to tracks for the year. I have to say, the list had a lot of songs that did not surprise me, but there were also several songs which I didn’t expect to be there.



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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Magic Breakfast with Ronan and Harriet

There was a time when I used to listen to the radio a lot. This was when I was younger and there wasn’t any music streaming sites/apps that can let me choose the music that I want to listen to at any given time. When I found out that Ronan Keating (formerly of Boyzone and one of my favorite singers) was part of a morning show in the UK, I decided to give it a listen and I realized that if there was one thing that I missed about radio, it was hearing the banter from the radio jocks and the contests they had involving their listeners. 

The Magic Breakfast with Ronan & Harriet is a morning show from Magic Radio in the UK that airs every weekday from 6 AM. Here in the Philippines, that means that the show starts in the afternoon at 2 PM. Normally listeners from my side of the globe cannot listen to the show since it is supposed to be exclusive to their area but I’ve discovered that if you decide to stream online directly from their website and enter a postcode from the UK to verify that you are from there you can have access to the radio station and listen from there. It’s a bit of an effort, but as a Ronan fan who was curious about how he is as a DJ, this was something I was willing to try. I hope they don’t revoke my access if they find this!

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Scalp Acne Solutions

Full disclosure and probably TMI for some, but late last year I had a major problem with scalp acne. I’m not sure what caused it exactly. It could have been due to too much stress, hormonal issues or it could have been something else. When the problem broke out, it didn’t matter what the cause of it all was, all I knew is that I wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible. My scalp became super itchy and oily, my hair became difficult to comb/style because my scalp became painful to touch due to the acne and I didn’t know what to do about it. I’ve never had major problems with acne before, the fact that it was all on my scalp was a new thing too. I decided to search for solutions online until I found something that I could try and would hopefully (fingers crossed) work.

According to the worldwide web, there were several things that I could try to solve my scalp acne issues. I went to some online forums and I’ve read some people suggesting that tea tree oil was effective, only that it should not be applied directly onto the scalp but should be diluted/mixed with something else. Another solution suggested was apple cider vinegar (otherwise known as ACV). Again, this is something that must be diluted rather than applied directly. One other common suggestion that I found was Epsom salt as a soak or scrub. At the time I was pretty desperate to get rid of the sudden breakout that I cut my long hair into a bob (yes, that desperate) then proceeded to give these online solutions a try. Here’s how I used my online research to make my own scalp acne solutions:

scalp acne solutions


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Thursday, January 3, 2019

A Late Bloomer's Review of The Crown Season 1

One of the things that I have always been fascinated with has been stories about royalty. I’ve read the books, watched the movies and TV shows related to royalty through the years, with most of my interest being with British royalty. For the most part, the stories I’ve devoured have been of historical figures. Learning about the royal family that exists today and getting an inside look into their story (albeit with artistic license and probably partially fictional and speculative) is something that made the TV series The Crown appealing to me.

the crown
Screen captured from Netflix

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Book Review: One Day in December

Do you believe in love at first sight? That spark, that connection that one feels upon seeing that person who could potentially be “the one” for you? What if, even if you both feel that spark, life gets in the way and you don’t end up together? The book One Day in December is about that dilemma.

one day in december
Cover credit: Broadway Books

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