Birthday Blues: 25 Things You Learn By 25

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I’m turning 26 in three weeks.

Just like that. I’m no longer a high school teeny bopper, a kolehiya striving to be a Cum Laude, and too old to hop in to another job just because I’m bored.

Birthday blues, as they say. I always get through it every November.

But, before I get carried away and start to list down my 25 years worth of hanash, why don’t I just enumerate all my learning in the past years?

Let’s discuss 25 in taglish, randomly:

1-5

1) To feel like an adult is a choice. Pwede pala yung 25 ka na pero feeling mo, 18 years old ka pa rin.
2) Ang hirap mag-ipon. Especially if you’re an advocate of self-love.
3) Lahat ng gastos mo, feeling mo necessity kahit hindi naman.
4) Ang daming magandang lugar sa Pilipinas. So far, the best ang El Nido for me.
5) Hindi kailangang mahalin ang trabaho. Pero dapat galingan mag-trabaho. So, choose that job where you want to be magaling.

6-10

6) At this age, nobody would understand you better than your (true) friends. Same hanash-es kayo eh.
7) You don’t need to be super rich, as long as you can buy the things you need (and want) at hindi problema ang pera.
8) Be maalaga of yourself. Magpaganda ka, invest in your looks, health, and mind kasi it will give you the biggest ROI.
9) Not everything that bothers you deserve a reaction. Be a big person and master the art of ignoring the nega.
10) If you’re a 25-year old single woman, you don’t need a man to be happy. Wag padala sa mga asaran.

11-15

11) Mas kawawa yung in a relationship pero losyang. Hindi makapag-travel at shopping.
12) Saka hindi porket wala kang boyfriend pangit ka. In the same way, hindi lahat ng may boyfriend maganda. Utang na loob.
13) Ang dami kong hugot dito ‘di ba? Kaya dapat hindi puro syotaan ang nasa isip. Pweh.
14) Ang sarap mag-two piece sa beach. Nakaka-liberate, charot.
15) Worth it mag-invest sa quality beauty products and accessories. For your confidence. Confidence is the key to success.

16-20

16) Your first relationship may not work, and it’s okay. Hindi katapusan ng mundo. Ibangon mo sarili mo.
17) As time goes, you can’t tell if naka-move on ka na. But, the fact that you find yourself more excited for the future than reminiscing is a good sign.
18) It would feel like you need a lifetime to forgive and forget. Be at peace with that. Pero the truth is, hindi naman lifetime, OA yun.
19) Ang sarap maging single. Yes, there are downsides, pero magpakatotoo tayo, mas maraming benefits. He he.
20) Wag susuko sa work. Pambayad yun ng cards para swipe swipe na ulit next time.

21-25

21) No matter how much you like them, never chase people. Don’t sell yourself too much. If they don’t seem to realize how awesome you are, let them let you go.
22) Do everything you need to do to reach that level of security wherein other peoples’ opinion don’t affect you anymore.
23) Invest on treasury bonds and investment plans. Lakas maka-feeling responsible adult.
24) Love your family. Express your love for them, especially for your parents.
25) God is all you need to survive. To survive life and yourself (honoring God > all your hanash).

Thanks for reading! Again, I am The Millennial Pinay.

I will publish another echoserang blog post on my birthday on the 27th at walang makakapigil sa’kin.

#extendedquarterlifecrisis

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Movie Review | ‘Last Night’

I have never laughed so hard while watching a movie, until this. I and my friend were laughing like it was the last night of our lives because we didn’t understand what was happening.

Have you seen the trailer? What are your thoughts? Did you have a clue on what the movie is about? Well, I bet you didn’t. I thought I was going to figure out the story after seeing it, but still, no.

Expectation Vs. Reality

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I expected a Piolo-level dramatic movie, some ala ‘Starting Over Again’ hugot, sakit-sa-puso love story, and of course, something fresh and remarkable like ‘Kita Kita.’ Well… I didn’t know. Not much reviews about it, and, now I understand why.

Intro

Fifteen minutes and I’m still not engaged. I was trying to connect with the characters, enjoy the exchange of lines, and it felt like work. For fifteen minutes I was convincing myself this movie is something. That it was worth my money.

It was different with ‘Kita Kita.’ The latter gets exciting minute by minute and I wasn’t forcing myself to laugh. I also loved the lead female character played by Alessandra, unlike this one. It was like Toni was trying to be Kdrama-cute. So unnatural for her 29 year-old character.

Piolo, on the other hand, did his best as usual. His acting was convincing he has a big problem that he wanted to die, yet for some reason, I didn’t think his story was sad enough. I didn’t feel heavy after listening to (his character) Mark’s story.

Body

After the first fifteen minutes, I kept on convincing myself the plot would develop into something, “Wait lang kasi, may twist ‘yan.”  I was giving it a chance and trying my best to imagine myself in the characters’ situation, but failed. I cannot be Mark and I’m still guessing Toni’s story.

Until it became romantic, or should I say, cheesy. I am not a fan of instant attraction love stories. I always want to know how it developed, so I can hugot later on. To add, I don’t remember any tweet-worthy line, painful scene, whatsoever.

And yes, an hour later I still don’t like Carmina (Toni’s character). Maybe because they tried so hard to make her mysterious, and positive and light at the same time. I was confused, not curious. Until Mark asked why she doesn’t change her dress and I had the idea who she is, or what she is.

Ending

The story behind Carmina began to unfold and to my disappointment, I guessed it right. But what truly turned me off is they explained it too much, like no audience would have known it will happen. Worse, after they revealed the twist, they extended the story with unnecessary details and scenes.

Well, I’m not perfect. I just have a degree in Communications Arts and not Film. But, I can say I’m quite easy to please when it comes to movies. I’d even go for entertaining than smart most of the time. This movie, though, it failed in the one thing I look for in a film – good script. The lines were corny.

“Parang nakita ko na rin naman ang langit sa mga mata mo.”

“Pang-ilan na ‘kong ginago mo?!”

“Bakit mo pinaramdam sa’kin ‘yun?”

Would you have this conversation with a gh***? Seriously?! Huhu so sorry for spoiling, I just can’t.

Conclusion

I love Spring Films. I love Bb. Joyce Bernal. I love Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga. I just don’t dig this movie. I appreciate the effort to again, experiment with an unusual plot, but they really failed in ending it. All the songs are also good. In fact, so good that the movie doesn’t deserve it anymore.

Do I want my money back? Yes.

Movie Review | ‘Kita Kita’

I liked it. I would recommend it to my friends. But, I wouldn’t watch it again.

Lea: “Matangos ang ilong mo… may bigote ka. Feeling ko ang pogi pogi mo!”
Tonyo: “Bulag ka nga.”

After seeing the trailer long ago, I found it cute, yet it didn’t go to my personal list of movies to watch out for this year. Why?

  • I am shamelessly one of those women who like leading men to be good-looking. Dapat type ko.
  • I knew Empoy can do comedy, but I doubted he can do romance. With Alessandra De Rossi, really?
  • The trailer I saw gave me the impression it is just another true love drama between a blind woman and a guy who sticks with her.

Until my professor friend asked us to watch with her this Friday, July 21.

The script

I was excited to see it. Although I didn’t have any expectation in terms of hugot lines unlike when I watched Camp Sawi. Maybe because of the positive reviews, or simply bliss of uncertainty. I also like Alessandra so much, given that she has played every role she’s ever in really well.

There’s nothing special about the first few scenes, as well as the lead character. She introduces herself, what her life is like, and that she has lived in Japan long enough that she’s almost a local. Alessandra was a natural – she bagan throwing off funny lines and suddenly, all of us in the cinema were laughing. Until she started isinuating the first conflict in the story, which was typical. BUT, the script is good – it’s honest, witty, and really funny, not trying hard to be.

I really liked the confrontation scene where Lea didn’t even have to open her mouth. That part convinced me the movie was worth my money and I’m up for another hour or two.

Funny, indeed

I won’t be a spoiler and tell you the next scenes. But, 30 minutes after the film rolled, all of us in Gateway Cineplex were awake, all-eyes on the screen, and laughing out loud. It’s been so long since I’ve laughed that hard in a movie house. While Lea’s (Alessandra) wit got our attention, Tonyo’s (Empoy) talent sustained it effortlessly. It was pure comedy, until it started bringing out the feels.

But, you’ll cry

An hour later, it became dramatic. However, the producers were really good that the mix wasn’t awkward. I liked the flow and the pacing – how it went from being funny, to dramatic, back to funny, then to dramatic again. I guess it’s the honesty of the characters. Genuineness would get me every time.

Tonyo: “Isang beses lang ako nagmahal. Pero yung isang beses na yun ang sumira sakin.”

(Not verbatim. But that part was real hugot for me. He he.)

Conclusion

Alessandra and Empoy were equally excellent in this film. I loved how Lea becomes teary-eyed and I’d find myself about to cry as well. You would feel her pain even though she says nothing at all. Empoy, on the other hand, is a breath of fresh air. He may not be the dashing leading man we’re all used to see, yet he is the perfect one for the role. It would have been corny if it wasn’t Empoy.

Messages of the story

  • Promises are pointless because people change
  • No matter how nice you are, life will break you
  • But God appoints friends to help you get by and even enjoy somehow
  • There are many seasons in one’s life – it isn’t short

Again, I would recommend that you watch it, as we don’t always get to see movies with script as good as this. Kudos to Spring Films and thank you for steering clear of the mainstream. My friends say the ending was predictable and I agree. Yet, I don’t mind, as I liked the rest of the movie a lot. Also, for me, it was the proper ending – I wouldn’t want it any other way.

I, however, won’t watch it again because punchlines can only be funny once. The conflict in the story, as well as Alessandra and Empoy’s chemistry, are also not haunting enough.

Review | Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam & Toner, and Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack

Greetings, guys!

Are you visiting South Korea anytime soon? Do you like Innisfree or at least curious about the brand? Are you still in search for a good facial wash, toner, and/or moisturizer?

In this post, I’m going to feature three Innisfree products I got in my trip to South Korea last November 2016.

  1. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
  2. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner
  3. Innisfree Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack

Innisfree to me

I wasn’t actually a big fan of the Innisfree brand. It was just last year that I got myself an Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder via Beauty MNL. I chose it among the various options, as I know Koreans to have good skin and as makers of the best organic skin care products out there.

(Well, I liked how the mineral powder didn’t cause me any break-out, but I didn’t repurchase due to coverage – just plain white loose powder, and because application is messy, and product is pricey for the size.)

My trip to Myeongdong

Anyway, back to my trip to Korea last year, I got so excited when I saw Innisfree outlets all over the place! I told myself I’d be hoarding before I fly back to Manila. And so, on our second day, we started shopping in Myeongdong and my happy hour began!

Click this to read about my my shopping experience in Myeongdong.

Cleanse, tone, and moisturize

Because I believe that beauty is skin deep, cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are more important to me than putting nice make up. So, when I entered the biggest Innisfree store I could find in the area (there were many stores in that street alone!), I began scanning the shelves for a facial foam, toner, and moisturizer.

The three items below were my picks and I’ve been using them for six months now (yes, they lasted that long and I think they’d still do for 3 more months!):

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam

Promise: Purify pores and cleanse dull-looking skin.

Price in Korea: 5,600 KRW (PHP 237.08)

Price in the Philippines: PHP 517.00

My review: Well, being a writer, I fell for Innisfree’s promising words of fighting off sebum with its Jeju Volcanic pore line. Basically, that’s what we need facial foams for – to purify pores and keep us from having dull-looking skin, right? Well, after using this product for 6 months, I can say it lived up to its promise. With just a small amount of foam, my face feels really clean and purified after every wash. Texture is thick and really foamy when applied to wet face.

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner

Promise: Enriched with volcanic cluster and green complex from pure Jeju island, this line helps control excessive sebum for soft skin.

Price in Korea: 12,600 KRW (PHP 533.42)

Price in the Philippines: PHP 1,189.00

My review: I couldn’t live without toner ever since I discovered just washing your face is not enough. A toner is supposed to remove excess oil that would lead to sebum build-up in your face, and that’s exactly what this Jeju Volcanic toner does. It has a distinct smell, but not as strong as the toners I’ve tried before. I like how it leaves my skin matte after every use – ideal before applying moisturizer. I’d definitely repurchase even if ordering it online now would cost a lot (should’ve hoarded in Korea)!

Innisfree Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack

Promise: Whitening pore line takes care of your skin tone, dark spots, and skin texture for transparency.

Price in Korea: 12,600 KRW (PHP 533.42)

Price in the Philippines: PHP 1,356.00

My review: After removing all traces of oil in your face, you should close your pores with a good moisturizer. The reason I didn’t get the Jeju Volcanic Pore Lotion is that I fear it wouldn’t give my skin the moisturizing it needs (since the line is supposed to fight off sebum). Well, I could be wrong with that statement, yet I was right for choosing this pore sleeping pack! It looks strange, but smells nice – a bit fruity. This sleeping pack doesn’t leave my skin oily and it, indeed, improved my skin tone and texture, as it lightened dark spots.

I like that Innisfree puts a one liner promise to their products. It helps buyers identify which among the many Innisfree products would solve their skin problem. It can also mean the brand knows each of its products so well, right? The pressure is on them to live up to each promise they’ve put in the label.

I couldn’t think of any cons for all these three products other than the price, as there are a lot of much cheaper options. But as for me, I’d stick to Innisfree products because they are organic, don’t seem harsh to the skin, and effective for my oil problems. After all, you should be investing in good skin products, right? Especially since we are talking about face here!

Brace yourself for the Before and After photos below!

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BEFORE (Nov 2016)

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AFTER (May 2017)

That’s it, guys. More beauty product reviews coming up. Don’t forget to cleanse, tone, and moisturize every night before you sleep!

Because I Watched It Again: ‘Camp Sawi’ Full Movie

Found myself watching it again (first time was last full show, first day of showing in Megamall) and for some reason liked it more! Twice the crying and laughing… I ended up looking like a crazy person with tissues in my hand, but smiling.

It’s really different when you watch a movie alone. Maybe I didn’t appreciate it as much before, as my companion was a woman whose love life isn’t that dramatic, hehe. So, if you’re a girl who REALLY went through the motions of a breakup… with that person you wanted so much, this movie is for you!

Also, the cinematography was superb! Showcasing the beautiful Bantayan Island in Cebu. I’d definitely go there! Doesn’t matter if friends would join me or I’ll go alone.

I didn’t relate to a particular character, yet all their pain were familiar. I cried a lot! (Especially on that Bella Padilla-Dennis Trillo closure scene huhu!!) What I like the most were the scenes that were supposed to be dramatic, but would make you smile instead. I don’t know… maybe because the script was so real, so raw!
The actresses did a great job of portraying different types of women taking pain on their own terms. I love them all! Despite the diversity, though, the characters were like sisters who respected each other’s pain and hoped for each other’s restoration.

Such a great message, right? A recovery movie with a twist. Watch it!!!