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Friday, July 31, 2020

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Pets. I have never had pets of my own. I do not think that I am a pet person, to be honest. I have always wanted one, but it is too big a commitment for me that I never got around to having one. I have never enjoyed movies that featured animals but when I saw the trailer for the movie The Art of Racing in the Rain, I felt that it was something I would want to see. When my sister mentioned that she had seen the movie the night before and that she had cried so bad I decided to check out the schedules so I could see it too. 




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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Pandemic Diaries: Planning Ahead

So much of this pandemic has me feeling uncertain about the future. I feel like we do not know what tomorrow might bring. I often say that I try to live my life the best I can because tomorrow is never promised, but I think that this is something that has never been more real until this pandemic started.

We do not know where we can get the disease. We do not know who will bring this into our homes. We do not know who will get sick in our families. We may wish that no one will, but at the rate that things are going, it is not that far off that we will know someone who has been infected or at least became a PUI (person under investigation).

I know people are thinking that if we are careful, we are going to be fine. Yes, it helps. But it only takes one person who is not careful to infect us in some way. Just one. And we do not know who that is or how that can happen. I have read of a couple who have not gone out since the lockdowns started and have just had everything delivered and they still got infected. These days we really cannot be complacent. We must be on guard and ready for anything.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Titan Games

People who know me from the time when I was a young girl would know that I am not the healthiest person out there. I would love to be the girl who does sports and is physically fit and active, but my body is just not built for it. I’ve tried many times to ignore and overcome this “weakness”, but my body has told me many times over that it is the boss and I cannot make it do things beyond what it can accomplish. Despite that, I still dream that one day I can. One of those dreams? Getting on a truly physical competition like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s The Titan Games.

Just to be clear, I am a person with many health issues. It will take a village (so to speak) to get me in shape for anything as grueling as this but in my head, if I can and if my health permits, I would love to try The Titan Games. I just love watching this show and seeing people from all walks of life try it out. Seeing them overcome these insane obstacles makes me wish that I can do them too. When DJ says “Titan Strong” — wow, I want to be that. I do not know how but I want that.




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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Netflix Picks: Warrior Nun

You are dead. Then you are alive again, waking to some sort of monster murdering the only other person in the room with you. You make a run for it and are surprised that you can because you were previously paralyzed. Not only that, you begin seeing things that you normally would not see and can do things that are impossible to do. What happens next? That is what the Netflix series Warrior Nun is about.




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Monday, July 27, 2020

Pandemic Diaries: Going Local

This pandemic has been such a trial for many people financially, myself included. There have been extra expenses to make sure we are all living in a safe and healthy environment. The cost of so many things have gone up and some items that we usually need have been harder to come by than usual. 

It has been an adjustment for all of us, especially for those whose jobs and businesses were lost during all of this. For those of us who still have jobs and are blessed to have a stable source of income, it has been encouraged that we support local business so that our economy can survive this pandemic.




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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Series Review: What's Wrong with Secretary Kim

I have been going through some of the Korean TV series available via streaming as per my cousin’s recommendations. With her prodding and because I had finished and enjoyed another one of the other shows of the female lead, I decided to hunker down and watch the show What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim on Viu.




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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Movie Review: Code 8

Stephen Amell is one of the male TV celebrities that I admire and follow online. He and his cousin Robbie Amell (husband of another TV favorite, Italia Ricci) recently made a movie that was released online called Code 8. It is an action/sci-fi movie set in a world where there are people born with powers, but this does not necessarily mean that life is better for them with it. 



 
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Friday, July 24, 2020

App Review: Quibi

The pandemic has made many of us even more dependent on the internet and on our mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. Personally, I do not think I have ever seen as many streaming movies and TV shows before compared to during this pandemic. All the sleepless nights for me have resulted in streaming so many shows these past few months (might as well do something while I'm up and my mind is racing). It also introduced me to the new streaming service, Quibi. 
 
Just what makes Quibi different from the other streaming sites out there? For one, it seems that Quibi’s shows are all produced specifically for the streaming app. One of the selling points of the streaming service is that everything you watch on it can be viewed horizontally or vertically on your mobile device. The video adapts to whatever way you decide to view it. Shows are also streamed smoothly online but you can also opt to download the episodes if you prefer.
 
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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Movie Review: Endings Beginnings

During the lockdown, I heard about this movie called Endings Beginnings that featured a love triangle composed of Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan, and Sebastian Stan. On the merit of having those two handsome male leads alone, I decided to purchase it online and watch it. 

The story revolves around Daphne (Woodley), who just broke up with her boyfriend (played by, to my delight, Matthew Gray Gubler from Criminal Minds). She just moved into her sister’s guesthouse and meets two handsome guys at a party who happen to show interest in her. These two guys, coincidentally, are friends and opposites of each other:  Frank (Stan) is your typical bad boy, while Jack is the kind of guy you settle down with and bring over to meet your family because he just checks all the right boxes (so to speak). 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Netflix Picks: Memories of the Alhambra

Korean actor/heartthrob Hyun Bin is all over social media these days because of his product endorsements for a local phone network and a local clothing line. This is all thanks to a renewed fascination with the guy because of the popularity of his recent TV series Crash Landing on You, which was on the top 10 list of Netflix Philippines for quite some time.

I say renewed fascination because Hyun Bin already had another series that became popular in the country in the past: My Lovely Sam Soon (where he was the male lead and had Daniel Henney as a co-star). I must admit, my attention was not on Hyun Bin back then, but Crash Landing on You made me pay attention to him now. Because of that, I decided to check out another one of his TV shows on Netflix, Memories of the Alhambra.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Pandemic Diaries: Reconnecting

For so many of us, the COVID 19 pandemic has been a difficult challenge to face. People are suffering, dying, losing loved ones, losing their jobs. It seems there is just one bad news after another every day because of this pandemic. It has been hard to find the good in the bad, but more than ever, that is what we need to do. We need to find the positives in all this. We need to find ways to lift our spirits to survive these trying times.

One thing that I can say has been positive about all of this is that I have been reconnecting with so many people. Maybe it is the fact that during the lockdowns people did not have that much to do. Or maybe it is because during these uncertain times people tend to grasp at things that are familiar and comforting. If it means reaching out to someone from a time in our lives when things were good and happy, that is what we do. 
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Monday, July 20, 2020

Netflix Picks: Oh My Venus

My cousin and I were exchanging Korean TV show recommendations during the Enhanced Community Quarantine and there were several of them that I had placed on my “To Watch” list. One of those shows was the 2015 series called Oh My Venus starring So Ji Sub and Shin Min-a, a show that is currently available on Netflix Philippines. 



 
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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Movie Review: Bloodshot

One of the movies that I saw during the Enhanced Community Quarantine was the action film Bloodshot starring Vin Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Guy Pearce, and Sam Heughan. It is about a Marine who was killed in action and resurrected with modern technology to become an enhanced super-soldier. 



 
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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Series Review: A World of Married Couple

The World of Married Couple is a Korean drama that I watched while I was on a trial period for the streaming service Viu. It tells the story of, obviously, a married couple as they go through their relationship, part ways, and deal with the consequences of the fallout of their marriage.  



 
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Friday, July 17, 2020

Pandemic Diaries: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

How has living in this pandemic been for you so far? On my end, it has been OK. A bit challenging, a bit scary, but if I take a step back and look at what I have instead of what I do not, I will say that I am doing better than most. Life is not perfect, but it is still fine...better actually, now that my boss has FINALLY allowed me to work from home. I report to the office once a week but for the rest of it, I work from my home. It has given me a bit of comfort and peace of mind knowing I am tucked away in my home for work instead of exposed to all the people going in and out of our office, which was a concern I shared in a previous post.

Image by Queven from Pixabay

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Pandemic Diaries: The Mask Situation

It is everywhere. Videos of people protesting about wearing masks. Grown adults throwing childlike tantrums for being asked to wear a mask in public during this pandemic. People complaining that their rights are being trampled on just because they are being asked to put on a piece of cloth over their nose and mouth to help prevent the spread of COVID 19. Just what is the big deal?

Image by Juraj Varga from Pixabay

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Pandemic Diaries: Frustrations

The COVID 19 pandemic has taken practically half of the year away from us and the end is not yet in sight. These challenging times have brought out the best in some, the worst in others. It has elicited a lot of fear, anxiety, and frustration in many. There are so many unknown factors when it comes to this virus, so it is hard for many to process their feelings because of how uncertain everything is until a vaccine is produced and distributed.

Image by cromaconceptovisual from Pixabay

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Pandemic Diaries: THAT Meralco Bill

Meralco. I think the word inspires as much terror for me as the term COVID 19 does. When word got out that the recent Meralco bills of almost everyone I knew were way more than double of what they usually were, I already expected the worst when the meter reader came by to read our consumption. When the bill arrived, I was still shocked, but not altogether surprised.


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Monday, July 13, 2020

Pandemic Diaries: The New Normal

New Normal. It is a term that has been thrown out there so many times during this pandemic. All over the world, people are talking about how there should be a new way that we live our “normal” lives. A way where we can continue to do the things that we used to do, except that we do things differently so that we can prevent the spread of COVID 19.

Image by Annalise Batista from Pixabay

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Pandemic Diaries: The Essentials

The pandemic has taken everyone by surprise and has upended the way we live our lives. The lockdowns and the precautions being taken to prevent the spread of the virus has meant changing so many things about the way we go about our day to day activities. Personally, the situation has forced me to look at how I was living and what things were profoundly important and essential.

With people being asked to stay home and to limit trips outside to only the essentials, we are also suddenly tasked to identify the things that are important to us. We need to ask ourselves: “Is it worth the risk of exposure? Is it worth possibly getting infected?” 

What is essential enough that I would risk going out for?

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Pandemic Diaries: Living At Risk

COVID 19 has been ravaging the world for months now with no solution in sight. So many people have died from the disease, and so many have suffered from it. While there are also recoveries, the amount of people who have died makes the effects of this disease difficult to ignore. With no vaccine, you cannot help but wonder how long we all must live the way we do. It is hard not to wonder how long before the disease hits closer to home with all the people who have been affected by it.


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Friday, July 10, 2020

Pandemic Diaries: The Workplace

I have resumed working at the office after working from home for roughly two months during the Enhanced Community Quarantine. Being back at the office has not been easy since I have health conditions that label me as “at-risk” but it is not like there is anything I can do about it at this point. With so many people losing their jobs because of this pandemic, I should be grateful that I still have a job, no matter how challenging the situation is. It's been two months since I've been back at work. So far I am OK. Apart from the occasional side-effects of stress (rashes, headaches, and the like) from being outside and exposed, I am fine.


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