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Archive for October, 2017

Transit, Take Three

by on Oct.31, 2017, under My Life, Travel & Culture

It seems Malaysia is my transit destination this year. First was on the way to Myanmar in February, then en route to Persia less than two months ago. Now, for the third time, I find myself in Kuala Lumpur for about 18 hours, this time on the way to Maldives.

We chose to stay at the Capsule by Container Hotel right in the airport. It’s a transit accommodation option that allows up to 12 hours of stay. We’ve long wanted to try these capsule-type places if only for the experience, and generally we were not disappointed. The price was reasonable, the facilities sufficient, and the location convenient. My only minor complaint was that you can’t adjust the temp inside your “capsule,” and I prefer sleeping in a colder environment; however, other folks would find it just right.

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Juniors

by on Oct.30, 2017, under Film & TV, Society

Bullying is a true epidemic, especially among young people. (It must be noted that it’s also an epidemic among adults, but young people are generally more vulnerable.)

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My Heroes, Indeed

by on Oct.29, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky, Queer, Society

There is nothing more important to a parent than the happiness of the child.

And accepting one’s child fully is one source of true happiness.

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Once Again On This Island

by on Oct.28, 2017, under Music & Theater

Once On This Island will always be one of my favorite musicals, ever. It doesn’t get as much love as a lot of the bigger Broadway classics, but it has a very loyal following throughout the decades. In the Philippines, it’s been staged both professionally as well as in various schools. I can pretty much still sing it from start to finish.

So imagine my excitement when I heard they’re doing a revival on Broadway this year, with an out-of-the-box casting bonanza as well. Aside from having the Lea Salonga, a Filipina, as the goddess Erzulie and Quentin Earl Darrington as the god Agwe, we have some gender-bending casting choices with Glee’s Alex Newell portraying the goddess Asaka and actress Merle Dandridge portraying the psychopomp Papa Ge. These are, after all, deities, so perhaps interpreting them as not conforming to human ideas of gender and sexuality is a valid point of view.

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Tabi Po: Tonight

by on Oct.27, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky, Literature, My Life

Finally, the wait is over! Tabi Po – The Series premieres tonight at 8PM on Sari Sari Channel via Cignal TV. The gut-wrenching, heart-pounding, and award-winning graphic novel of Mervin Malonzo now comes to the small screen, and it is set to raise the bar for Philippine TV.

Mi Amor, performed by Nicolle Omillo feat. Pio Balbuena

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Mah Homie, Oli Q!

by on Oct.25, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky

Just when you thought you’ve seen everything, along comes this epic recap rap of Arrow Seasons 1 to 5.

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Oh, Straight People.

by on Oct.24, 2017, under Film & TV, Snark

Because Ellen is just hilarious AF, and sometimes we do need to subvert social norms and throw it back at them.

Also: wedding ceremony and reception at CostCo? Oh, straight people, indeed.

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Golden and Royal

by on Oct.23, 2017, under Film & TV

Here’s a little throwback to my favorite sassy seniors when they performed live for the Queen Mother. Lawdy, I miss them!

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Hungry For More

by on Oct.22, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky, Literature, My Life

Just as I was finishing my article on Tabi Po the other day (as I normally write my posts in advance), I saw the official Tabi Po Facebook Page announce a contest! Talk about serendipity. They were having a launch party for the TV show, and creator Mervin Malonzo was opening up slots for interested fans through a contest. As this year seems to be my lucky year for winning online contests, I jumped in and gave it a try.

And what do you know? I got in.

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