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Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

When her secret love letter somehow get mailed to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet high school existence turned upside down.

If you’re not familiar with “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” besides it being on Netflix, this is actually based on Jenny Han’s 2014 young adult novel of the same title. The author based the story on her love for writing long letters to boys she had crushes during her teenage years. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is followed by two sequels – P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean. For now, let’s talk about Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”.

If you check review aggregation websites, TATBILB has generally favorable reviews. It currently holds an approval rating of 96% based on 46 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10 on Rotten Tomato. On Metacritic, it holds an average score of 64 out of 100, based on reviews from 12 critics and a 7.4/10 rating on IMDb.

Those are really good numbers for a teen rom-com. I was surprised at first but I’ve already heard and seen good things about it online. After watching it, I now understand why.

I was a teenager once (and so were you!). Like any teen, I’ve seen and enjoyed various teen rom-com. After watching Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”, I have to admit that this is the first time I truly believed in a love story.

Sure, the story is simple. I’ll give you that. But TATBILB is so genuine and pure that you accept everything about it. Not only that, but also Lara Jean is a very relatable character. It wasn’t difficult to understand and like Lara Jean because deep inside there is a Lara Jean in all of us.

Moreover, the teen rom-com also impart some good family values. You can find that in Lara Jean’s strong family relationship.  This is the type of film I would really want the younger generation to watch instead!

If you haven’t seen it, I hope you try to. It’s worth your time. 😉 IMDb 8/10

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Thoughts on Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions. Arms dealer John Lark and a group of terrorists known as the Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) is the sixth installment of the American action spy film based on the television series of the same name. Fallout is written, co-produced and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. This is McQuarrie’s second film in the franchise following Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. As Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin reprise their roles, they are also joined by Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby and Angela Bassett.

The first Mission: Impossible I watched was the second installment released in 2000. Since then, I watched every film because Mission: Impossible always delivers from the action sequences we all enjoy to the twists and turns of who is the ally and the enemy.

The question now is, “After five films, is Mission: Impossible still able to deliver?”

A hard yes! In fact, they seem to raise the bar every time they release a film. The material especially Tom Cruise never cease to amaze their audience. Have you seen how his intense stunts were made? I bet you already know that he’s just like Jackie Chan who does his own stunts. If you didn’t, well surprise! He does and still do everything. In Fallout’s case, he did the rooftop chase scene where he broke his ankle to the motorcycle chase in Paris and the helicopter stunt sequence.

Besides the action scenes, I also appreciate the twists and turns in this installment. I guess it’s safe to say that August Walker (Henry Cavill) and Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) are the villains. With a protagonist like Ethan Hunt who is capable of saving the world along with his team, he deserves an intense antagonist or two. Walker, the villain with a clear plan and means gave an intense fight fit for Hunt while Lane, the twisted villain messed with Hunt’s mind (and well with Walker’s for making things so f****** complicated!)

I have to admit though that I will miss Walker and Lane. If Ethan Hunt choose to accept another mission, I’m certain Lane wouldn’t be involved especially Walker! Well, we have a saying in the Philippines which goes “Ang masamang damo matagal mamatay.” This literally means “Weeds don’t easily die”. If the Apostles were able to track their leader and save him in time, well the story might be more interesting now that two villains – the intense and the twisted will desperately try to destroy Hunt.

Just my thoughts! 😉 If you haven’t seen Mission: Impossible – Fallout and if it’s still showing in your country, make sure to catch it. You’ll enjoy it, promise! IMDb 8/10

Malagos Chocolate Museum

Bebang, one of our FoodieViews PH friend went on a short vacation. One of the many activities she did was “make her own chocolate!”

Wanna make your own, too?

The place you need to visit is the Malagos Chocolate Museum in Malagos Garden Resort Davao. This is the first chocolate museum in the country and it opened its door on March 8, 2017. The museum has four sections you need to check out.

Museum Section: This area features everything you need to learn about cacao and chocolate-making. The infographics, AVP, audio lectures, and interactive displays will help you on your sweet journey.

The Interactive Zone: If you have kids, they can play games and meet Beanie, the Malagos Chocolate mascot.

The Chocolate Bar: This is our kind of bar! You can enjoy all sorts of Malagos Chocolate food and drinks.

The Malagos Chocolate Laboratory: Now this is where you can make your own chocolate! It costs Php 400 for 250 grams of chocolate. That’s good for 2. You will need to choose your molding tray then mix and blend in your chocolate with chili, durian candy bits, dried mango, pistachio, etc. Then it’s time to chill and the wrap it up. Or, chill then eat. Your choice!

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Want Your Food Delivered The Right Way? Call the Delivery Guy!

I finally got the chance to try Metro Manila’s newest food delivery service. You may have heard of or seen this trusty guy driving around the metro. He wears a bright yellow polo and black bow tie.

Yep, he’s the Delivery Guy! And let me tell you that even though the weather was unpredictable that day, he did a great job delivering our food on time.

So what exactly is Delivery Guy?

DELIVERY GUY is a Filipino-owned delivery service by husband and wife Neil Castillo and Finina Marie Tugade-Castillo. If these names seem familiar, the couple is part-owner of the Japanese restaurant Ryu Ramen. Together they created that “go to” guy we need and deserve.

Let’s say you’re craving for chicken wings. Head over to www.deliveryguy.ph, answer the question, select the city and area then hit search.

They currently have more than 30 restaurant brands located in the Metro. You can click the restaurant and browse their menu. Once you’ve decided what to get, click the item and “add to order”.

Easy, right? You can do this online or on the go. Simply download the app on Google Play or the App store.

Slow internet? No worries because there is another way to order your food. You can call their hotline (02-488-7676) and ask for recommendations from their Delivery Guys and Gals.

Though I ordered using my laptop, I received a call from one of their team because the chicken wing flavor I chose was not available. I forgot her name but she’s very friendly, courteous and helpful. I’m 100% sure they would be happy to receive your call and help you find the suitable restaurant.

Btw, did you know that the Delivery Guy lets you pay any way you want to? Cash on delivery? Yes. Credit card online and on delivery? Sure! What about PayPal? Also a yes!

In addition, you can track your orders like you would your package or shipment. Yes, you read that right. The Delivery Guy website and app allows REAL TIME ORDER TRACKING. So no more wondering when or if your food will arrive.

The only problem I have though is the charge. First things first, I don’t mind the charge for orders below P500. If you check the restaurants listed, they’re not all fast food. I’m sure you’ll reach P500 so you won’t need to pay extra.

The P100 off-zone charges for restaurants beyond the 3-kilometer radius, a 10% delivery charge is my problem. I guess it’s because they only have around 30+ restaurant partners which are far from my area. According to reports, Delivery Guy is eyeing 150 partner restaurants by year’s end. Once they reach that goal, I think I will be able to find a restaurant that’s in my area scratching off that P100 off-zone charge.

The question now is, “Will I call the Delivery Guy again?” Of course! I love their list of partner restaurants. They offer real, good food that I can enjoy alone or with family and friends during special occasions. 🙂

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CCP Turns 49

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines celebrates its 49th founding anniversary with an exhibit showcasing the artistic talents of its employees, which will be on display from September 11 to 20, at the Hallway of the CCP Main Building Lower Basement.

Curated by the Visual Arts and Museum Division, in cooperation with the Production and Exhibition Department, the exhibit, titled “Pagningas: Igniting the Fire of Creativity,” will feature artworks that were personally made or crafted by the CCP employees as a result of hobby or personal interest.

On exhibit are photographs, paintings, drawings, illustrations, graphic designs, crafts, fashion items, published and unpublished literary pieces, and musical works, among others.

The main event of the anniversary celebration will be a simple program on September 19, where selected officials and employees will showcase their artistic skills and talents.

This year’s celebration continues last year’s theme of self-discovery. It aims to empower the employees and help them reach their artistic talents and potentials. It also aims to develop camaraderie among the CCP employees.

Founded in 1969, the CCP is the national cultural center for arts, producing and presenting music, dance, theater, visual arts, literary, cinematic and design works and events from the Philippines and all over the world. It is mandated to promote excellence in the arts through the initiation and implementation of activities that aim to improve and elevate standards among cultural workers, artists and audiences and to recognize the multiplicity and differences of aesthetic experiences and standards encompassing the arts from grassroots to those formulated by academy-trained artists.

It is home to nine resident companies – namely Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, UST Symphony Orchestra, Philippine Madrigal Singers and the National Music Competitions for Young Artists Foundation (NAMCYA). Each resident company presents a regular season of productions, workshops, outreach performances and training workshops.

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Press Release from CCP PR