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Boy Bands 101

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Every girl goes through a boy band phase, and anyone who denies it is lying. My nieces are crazy about One Direction, and the poor things think that they’re actually a boy band. Dear… Continue reading

If ‘Back to the Future’ Happened in the Philippines…

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  (Also, instead of a DeLorean, the time machine would be a jeepney.)

Persuasion – Jane Austen

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Mansfield Park was a test in perseverance. Emma was an enjoyable read, and revived my faith in Jane Austen. But Persuasion blows them out of the water. It’s the story of the noble Anne Elliott… Continue reading

The Chalet School Books and Why I’m Obsessed with Them

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Frühstück. Abendessen. The Speisesaal. Kafee und Kuchen. If you’re familiar with these words, chances are it’s because you’re as obsessed with the ‘Chalet School’ books as I am (or maybe you just know German). The… Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Concerts are More Fun in the Philippines

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5. We wait decades for our favorite artists to come here. The Killers had their show in 2013, 9 years after the release of their debut album Hot Fuss. The Gin Blossoms had their first… Continue reading

Ballet Philippines’ ‘Swan Lake’ – The Weight of Expectations

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I went to see Ballet Philippines’ production of Swan Lake, and it was an eye-opening experience. It was my first time to see this venerable ballet, but I didn’t do any research beforehand,… Continue reading

Beauty and the Beast (2017) – The first and last five minutes were great!

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Here are the really nice things about the live action ‘Beauty and the Beast’: The opening title. It was a direct shout-out to the cartoon, right? The ending credits were also quite heartwarming,… Continue reading

Happy My Birthday!

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Because that face HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

We are still talking about the Oscars.

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The three of us (Sandy, Sam and Chloe) had an Oscar viewing party last week and we decided to live blog about the noteworthy moments. It started out so well but being who we… Continue reading

“Beauty and the Beast” – John Legend and Ariana Grande

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I did not expect to like this. But I did, because of those petals (you’ll see!) and the fireworks and John Legend! Basically if I could photoshop Ariana Grande and her ventriloquist’s dummy mouth… Continue reading

Ripcord – Keith Urban

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I found myself listening to a whole Keith Urban album the other day, quite by accident. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Keith Urban. But I was only looking for his duet with… Continue reading

Fences (2016) – “That’s the way that go.”

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I wrote a little piece about the Oscar noms for Theater Fans Manila (shameless plug) and one person commented that Fences and Moonlight were ‘boring and bleak’. Well! I felt challenged. I HAD… Continue reading

[Repost] Does Yoga Make People Happier?

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I want to share this article from BookYogaRetreats.com which is a perfect read for a Monday, I think. My resolution for more self-care this year has been kind of flagging, so this is also a… Continue reading

An Open Letter to James Taylor on his Cancelled Manila Concert

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Dear Mr. Taylor, You don’t know me. And I don’t know you. But I love you. I love you because of your music. I love you because your voice and your songs are a… Continue reading

Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life

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This piece took me a ridiculously long time to put together because of all the ambivalence the revival stirred. From excitement, to disappointment, on to hope and then disgust. I was wildly excited when… Continue reading

Doctor Who Christmas Special: The Return of Doctor Mysterio

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It’s been so long since I last saw The Doctor that I felt compelled to write about the Christmas Special. The last two seasons were a pain to get through because I am decidedly not… Continue reading

Introducing…Pinoy Street Food

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Happy New Year, everyone! My sister-in-law prepared this Pinoy (Filipino) street fiesta for us over the holidays, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to share with all of you a… Continue reading

The Hamilton Mixtape: A Track-by-Track Discussion

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1.  No John Trumbull (Intro) by The Roots This intro by The Roots captures the essence of the musical and these “inspired-bys and  covers” that make up the mixtape, all in less than a… Continue reading

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