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One week trip

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Imagine if you’re granted a whole week leave, plus 10,000php to spend only in the vacation, where will you go?

How about we take you to our week-long trip? No heavy preparations needed so pack your bags and get ready coz today we, The Alagad ng Sining Princesses, are taking you to our one week trip.

At first, we were thinking how to make a normal day special? I mean we wake up, take a bath, eat a lot, explore things, travel around, buy some stuff, have fun a little, then we go to sleep. There’s nothing special about them.

*ehh?* (1.wake up… 2. take a bath… 3. eat… 4…)

How about we spice them up with a bit of travel destinations near you? Let’s start by refueling the battle wagon and head to Batangas!
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  1. Wake up in an Island, Fortune Island, Batangas – A lot of you might be familiar with the noon time fanta-serye in GMA7, Encantadia right? Four girls with the power of elemental gems in a wondrous place with ruins that look like straight out of a fiction novel. But wait! All is fantasy, but those ruins on top of a rock? That is so real. It is located in Fortune Island, Nasugbu, just few clicks from the Batangas mainland. It is beautiful and ironic for being unfortunate as once a private owned island by Laurentina Pestano and was a devastated by a strong typhoon. What is left are the beautiful ruins on top of a rock, ship wreckage, and over-grown houses.  We spent only 2200php per head to survive there for two days and one night, sleeping on the sand beside the fire, and wake up in a blue sky and clear sea. And that marks the start of our one week journey.
  2. Take a bath in Pansol, Laguna – When we talk about bath time, nothing beats a warm bath in a hot spring pool. And when we say hot springs, Laguna is the first place that pops-out in our heads. It’s because Laguna is home to 24 mountains most of which are inactive volcanoes. The Mt. Banahaw, being an active complex stratovolcano in the province, is home to multiple hotsprings. There are many Hot Spring Resorts in Pansol and we personally prefer the pools in La Vista. The rooms are big, the rates are low, and the pool is clean. For a group of people who visited Laguna just to take a bath, I don’t think a queen-sized bed or a flat-screen cable TV is necessary. 3,500php per 11 hours divided to three of us, then 1,160php per head only! And we didn’t even have utilized the whole 11 hours, because we’re hungry.
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  3. Eat lunch in Tagaytay – Who’s cold? Who’s hungry? Wear your jacket and make sure your tummy is empty. Because if we’re gonna try Bulalo, the perfect dish for cold weather, why not try it where it is the best? They say Tagaytay has the best Bulalo in the Philippines so let’s give it a try. Tagaytay City is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations because of its scenery. The cooler climate provided by its high altitude is what makes the steaming Bulalo the ideal meal you would likely to order. Those are the days when google is at most useful to find the best Bulalo restaurant. We landed in Leslie’s and ordered what we came for. Their special Bulalo is great and only 599 php per order, good for 2 persons. Good thing, Cinderella is on tough diet. Lucky for the 2 of us.
  4. Explore the islands of Caramoan – Caramoan Island hopping is the best way to enjoy dozens of different islands in one day. Sadly, since you’re only there to see the place and not really to swim, you need to scoot early so that there’s more time to check the other islands. Swimming should be in a separate day. You had your plenty of swim in Laguna anyway so maybe 5-10 minutes in the sea water won’t be so bad. The Sand of Manlawi Island is the largest sand bar in the Philippines with 2 hectares of sand bar during low tide. The Caramoan trip for 3 persons is 2,000php per head. They even got the meals covered. Sweet~

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  5. Travel Road Trip to North – We have tried this for so many times and we will still do it now. Travel Road Trip from South to North is a daring but fulfilling experience for travelers. While some people can’t find comfort in a long journey, others find it satisfying. I for example, would sometimes ride a bus from Fairview to Baclaran because I feel relaxed in a long travel. And for the ones who can’t endure the butt-aches, like Rapunzel over here, there are always bus stops that sell some sweetened nuts and walis tambo. But you know where is the good place to buy products like that?

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  6. Go to Baguio and buy them yourself – Vigan is the ideal place to visit when traveling to the north, but as for the beginners, Baguio City is enough. We see caravans selling brooms, baskets, and cursed mirrors in a weaved frame but we don’t know if they really came from Baguio. So why not buy them there yourself? Doesn’t it feel good when you say to your next post “I came to Baguio just to buy a broom” or “I only eat freshly-picked strawberries.”? If you go to Baguio City to buy something, you gotta make sure you have enough cash. But for us who just visited the summer capital to only try Strawberry Taho and to buy Walis Tambo, 500php is more than enough. And lastly,
  7. Party All Night in The Quarry, Las Pinas – After all these travel destinations, there’s still no place like home. But Before we go straight home, let’s have good time in The Quarry Beer Garden to celebrate our successful one week long travel with our best buddies as we survived the horrific waves of the sea, pushed the van under the scorching heat, and the amount of patience we pour on Snow White‘s world class naps while on the trip. Just 299php for 1 bucket of cold beer. The meals are good too! We’re partying here all night because we earned it. And we’re partying here because it’s easier to go home when we get too drunk.
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Next time, we’ll definitely visit the Visayan Islands. See you in our next trip.

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It’s in Iceland but not Cold

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As interesting as it sounds, the Iceland springs is one of the most incredible tourist spots on earth. That’s just one of the many wonders in Iceland making this country one of my travel bucket list.

Iceland is an island that’s slightly bigger than US’s state of Maine. The country is well known for its geothermal water attractions, one of which is the Blue Lagoon. Yes, the place doesn’t just exist in Bikini Bottom in Spongebob Squarepants. The warm waters of the lagoon are rich in silica and sulfur. It’s very real and very…blue.

The country is also known as “The Land of Fire and Ice” due to its highly active volcanoes but also glaciers. The country is located just about outside the arctic circle, but despite of that the climate is temperate. The “Kirkjufell”, also known as the Church Mountain due to its shape is located north of the Iceland in the arctic circle that makes a unique combo of landscape and northern lights.

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With a population of about 330,000 people, it’s not gonna be a huge surprise that most of Iceland’s stunning beauty is natural. The country has a contrasting element of heat and cold that allows beautiful geological landscapes and waters. The hot springs in the country is a must-try, with some even believed to cure skin illnesses.

So, if I want my bath time to be extraordinary, I’d visit the magical springs of Iceland. taking a bath will never be as special as this.

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Fake Facebook Events

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Facebook Fake Events are events that can be seen in Facebook like any other events except they’re completely fake of course, for the sake of fun and entertainment. Involving into these Fake Events is the people’s way to laugh out a problem or an issue. While others are “butt-hurt” about these events, some chooses to join the band wagon and share it to their friends.

 

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One of the most famous among these fake events is the “Sapakan sa ACE Hardware” Event where people actually attended on the said ACE Hardware stores expecting for a boxing match to the point that the ACE Hardware had to announce that they don’t know such an event.

21740563_1658857830815424_458885456444491525_nOne of the much awaited Fake Event so far is the “Rambulan ng SHS Students vs. College Students sa PUP.” Polytechnic University of the Philippines (P.U.P.) is one of the most prestigious universities in the country. A post from a Senior High School student sparked the debate whether who’s the threatened and who’s the best between Senior High Students and College Students. The heat resulted to various meme posts and now, you guessed it, an event. What makes this event so hilarious is when a Facebook page uploaded a photo of a letter that grants the royal rumble within the campus and is even signed

Today, the “Juan Ponce Enrile Immortality Workshop” is the most talked about Fake Event with more than 30,000 Facebook users interested and 8,400 of them even going on the said event. The event is hosted by a Facebook page named ‘redslim08’ and said to be held on December 31, 2 AM to 5 AM, at Claro M. Recto, Manila. Well, we all know December 31 is a national holiday, right? And by December 31, we’re surely busy in our house preparing for the upcoming new year so there’s no way we’re going there. But if you think nobody’s going to these said fake events, check this fake event in particular:

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Have you heard of “Scream like Goku in front of Washington Square Arc” that happened just recently, September 1? A lot of people actually gathered on the spot and by the clock reached 4 PM, the crowd actually started screaming like Goku in the anime Dragon Ball Z. You can even search the video of these people shouting with all their strength! Not so “fake” anymore, right?

My favorite Fake Facebook Events so far are the Naruto run events. Unlike other fake events, the Naruto run like a ninja related events have happened to many places and the one that I watched personally is the one that was held in Far-Eastern University (F.E.U.) Manila where dozens of people started running with their arms on backward position. It is believed that ninjas run this way to be more silent and faster. Regardless of what benefit they can got for running like that, they still fulfilled the event.

 

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Status: Going Strong to Going Wrong

Have you tried engaging into a relationship where people around you are convinced that your relationship is going strong but deep inside you know it’s going wrong?

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They say, arguments are normal in a relationship because it’s a strong proof that the communication between a couple is there. Communication between lovers performs a major role in making a more trustful relationship. But these days, some couples only rely on social media like Facebook Messenger or Skype to maintain communication especially if we’re talking about Long Distance Relationship.

But how can we really say that the relationship you once thought is going strong is already making you emotionally weak? Asking yourself this may already be a sign that you are under unhealthy relationship. Here are the signs that your relationship is going wrong that the people around you might have missed:

1. Communications off
As I said, communication is the key to strong relationship. If your partner starts to cut your communication off, you will be fighting a war while blind. You will never know your partner’s problem therefore you can never help nor recognize if you are already the problem. He/she will still like/react to your posts, tag you to photos, tweets on your wall but the real conversation is not there anymore.

2. Left out
As your partner cuts off the communication, you will feel left out both ideally and literally. It doesn’t matter if your partner is sharing the same bed with you or miles away, when he/she starts to move away every time you try to move close, there’s no way you can reach him/her. But you, nor the people around you, will not feel it yet because you trust your partner and you understand that sometimes he/she needs time to think and solve things alone.

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3. Something’s missing
Completely hidden from your friends and relatives, only you can notice that you’re starting to lose the person you love is slowly. And since other people think your relationship is doing just fine, they don’t get the picture that it’s actually crashing down.

4. Doubt
Doubt is ignited by your playful ideas and fueled by the people around you. You will realize that giving your partner the time he/she needs was a bad idea because he/she might have just used it to find someone new. Doubt will slowly corrupt you and you will feel desperate to talk to your partner. But since the communications is off, you will start to handle things more personally and hasty which will result to more complicated situations like finding out that…

5. You became the option
One of the most painful feeling you will ever experience is the feeling of being an option to anyone or anything. And it’s not just about other people, it could be a hobby, a career, or an object that makes your partner feel complete without you. You were once your partner’s whole world and now that he/she finds another happiness with someone or something else, you are now just an option – an option who can’t do anything but to wait or to let go. And since these things are only happening between you and your partner, making the first move of letting go will only make you the heartless one to dump your partner.

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Regardless of how long you’re together, married or not, the going wrong status can get you without even realizing it. Whether you wait or to let go, you will still be the victim. It’s quick, it’s quiet, and has no cure.

I really feel sorry for people in this kind of situation. This is the unspoken truth about relationship we don’t often see. One or two of your friends is currently crying because of this. All I can say is good luck and next time, try to find a partner who’s gonna live to his/her words.

 

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The Levels of Zombies

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Hey, everybody. I know it’s a bit too early to talk about scary things but this one just can’t wait.

We have watched a lot zombie films like ‘World War Z’, and have played zombie video games like the ‘Resident Evil’. Today, we will rate these zombies from easiest to handle to the hardest to kill when you’re in real zombie outbreak situation.

Here are the 10 Levels of Modern Zombie Situation:

Now before we start, let’s keep in mind that the zombies I will be mentioning here are the most common ones that can be seen in each franchise they have appeared on. Meaning, I will be skipping zombies with special abilities like the ones we see in ‘Left 4 Dead’ game. And the candidates will came from games / movies starting year 2000 and above to make sure you’re not getting left out.

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  1. The first in our list are the zombies from film ‘Shaun of The Dead’

    Shaun of the Dead is a comedy action film directed by Edgar Wright. The zombies in this movie earned the lowest since they’re very slow and they can even be deceived with child-tactics.

  2. The Walking Dead

    One of the longest running series on AMC, The Walking Dead is an action, drama, suspense series of how to survive a Zombie apocalypse. The zombies here are so slow and silent, but that’s not really the problem here. If you reached the 3rd season of the series, you will learn that every single character is already infected that when they die, even if not bitten, they will still turn to zombies.

  3. ‘Game of Throne’s Wights

    One of the most popular movie series of the century, The Game of Thrones is just not about houses fighting for the crown. It is also about stopping the “undead” to conquer the entire mainland. Wights are zombies that died in the harsh of snow regardless of what killed it. They are later reanimated by the witchcraft power of The Night King – the number one enemy in the series. The difference of these zombies from TWD’s is their ability to bear arms. A wight can still use the weapon in hand right before it died.

  4. The Dead in ‘Left 4 Dead’

    The rampaging army of zombies in the ‘Left 4 Dead’ is one of the most toughest situation you can be in a zombie apocalypse. The zombies here are fast runners and attracted to movements and sounds. Though can be deceived with a pipe bomb, these mob of angry zombies will come for you from time to time. Other Zombie movies like ‘Zombieland’ and ‘Scout’s Guide to Zombie Apocalypse’ also lands in this spot.

  5. Zombies or Plants? ‘The Girl with all the Gifts’

    If you think Plants will help you win the war against zombies, you’re wrong. In this film, let’s just say the plants started the zombie plague first. The outbreak is caused by a mysterious fungal disease causing the infected to become violent. However, these zombies seemingly behave like a fungi and sleeps on day. They also have stages of infection one in which they pile themselves together to over-grow a tall structure to sprout seed pots to contaminate the air .

  6. The infected in ‘Last of Us’

    One of the most hideous looking zombies in this list are the main enemies in the game ‘The Last of Us’ called ‘The Infected” – they are humans who have been infected and subsequently mutated into horrific new forms by the Cordyceps Brain Infection. And like other zombies, they are highly aggressive and will attack any uninfected individual on sight. Imagine a zombie with a weird plant or mushroom on its face. What scares me is that Ophicordyceps unilateralis is a real thing.

  7. The European zombies of ’28 weeks later’

    A viral outbreak had struck the heart of England 28 days later. 28 weeks later, the infection is declared quarantined with the help of National Atlantic Treaty Organization military forces. But when the two main character kids of the story broke into the quarantine zone and discovered their infected mother, the virus outbreak is once again out of control. The zombies here are fresh people so they can run at high speeds. But what’s scary about these zombies is the ability to infect a living host in a matter of seconds.

  8. The Zombies of ‘I am Legend’

    Starring Will Smith, ‘I am Legend’ is one of the most thrilling drama zombie films in the history cinema. The zombies here are called Dark Seekers, they can climb a wall, run so fast, jump high, and even can take out a helicopter with a zombie tower. Some of these Creatures also have affection and ability to follow orders from their alpha. Fortunately, these creatures are afraid of sun light therefore can only attack at night.

  9. ‘World War Z’ zombies

    The zombies in the film ‘World War Z’ could be the most terrifying zombie in this list. If you think you’re fortunate to survive the night in ‘I am Legend’, ‘World War Z’s zombies have the same abilities but can run even in broad daylight. These zombies are drawn to sound. Though can be immobilized when burned, cannot still be killed with fire. Another factor is it’s ability to infect a healthy living host in 12 seconds. The zombies are are pretty picky when choosing a person.

  10. And our top Zombie for this list is non other than the Zombies of ‘Resident Evil’

    Resident Evil’s zombies earned the most difficult to handle in all types of zombies I mentioned because of their ability to adopt and evolve. In the film, the zombies can attack in hoards but not as devastating as Tsunami zombies in World War Z. However, once enhanced, they can be controlled. While the zombies of WWZ are too picky, these zombies will bite anyone whether you’re a cripple or an infected super-soldier. These zombies can be killed by removing or shooting the head which makes them more difficult to kill.

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It’s not that we can choose what kind of zombie apocalypse we would like to get, not even hoping for it to come, but we all know that the end will come and if we’re facing a world full undead people, let’s hope it’s as easy as Shaun’s.

 

By Rapunzel
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Netflix’s Death Note: Good or Bad?

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And from here, I thought I would hate every thing Japanese that are shot with “Americanizing Beam.”

Dear readers, please don’t hate me after this (ha-ha!) but there are things that made me enjoy and cringe on Netflix’s Death Note film, and I gotta say it.

Now, some of you might have decided not to watch the film no matter what because of the simple reason: “When original Japanese shows gets an American adaptation, it becomes sh*t” (sorry for the word). I’d say, not all of them. The ‘Godzilla’ film for example, was adopted twice by the American film makers for six times already and two of them (1998 and 2014) so far, won my heart. And now, they made a film based on Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s best selling book, “Death Note”.

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Death Note, as interesting as its title, is a story of a top student Yagami Light who noticed a black book falling from the sky in his school yard. He picked the note and things started to get really dark as he discovers his new power to bring justice by simply putting the name of anyone in the Death Note and dies. He also got the ability to see the original owner of the note named Ryuk, a death god, who intentionally dropped the note.

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From an Otaku‘s stand point, I’m sure the movie is a big BOO for you. But from a viewer who haven’t heard nor seen anything about the Anime Death Note and it’s Live action films, it’s a good watch.

If there’s one thing that makes me look forward into any American-made film, it’s how they make the scenes appear closer to reality. The story is clearly to target Westerner’s taste when it comes to movie. It may have sound very American but it is did turned out so well. Changing the setting from Japan to United States is not easy for a writer. As for the novel’s original writer, it’s hard to accept that once they agree to Netflix about turning the franchise into American style movie, it will lose a lot of details including Yagami Light‘s original name. But as we can all see, the movie will not make it this far if the original writers didn’t approve it. What does that tells us?

Light Turner is so much the American version of Light we’re looking for. Like how the Japanese did it by putting an average Japanese faced actor on the role, we got Nat Wolff, a normal face you see everyday on the streets. A face you will never suspect to be a murderous god.

 

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L… *sigh* of course. If there’s one thing that the majority will hate about this movie, I’m sure it’s L. I’m neither with or against the casting to put Keith Standfield as Light’s primary rival L. But he did indeed made a very good performance. I’m even glad he didn’t die in the movie. In the original film, L died because another death god killed him and his associate Watari. But here, he put up an outstanding and more hands-on fight against Kira(Light).

I do have couple of questions for Mia (Amane Misa) though. Obviously, they can’t match the popularity of Japanese version’s Misa as a pop star celebrity, but they did tried tho by putting Mia as a cheerleader. In the US, students admire cheerleaders as famous as rock stars. If we want a pop star princess, they should have put Avril Lavigne. Again, the film makers made sure that the story is close to reality. You can’t simply put a national pop star in a school or crime scene. It will make the story difficult and longer. And finally,

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Ryuk by one and only Willem Dafoe. I thought it’s just coincidence that Ryuk kind of sound like ‘Green Goblin’ in the movie ‘Spiderman’ on 2002. And when I saw his name and face on a clip appeared in the ending credits, I was astonished. For me, the sci-fi movie is excellent if the villain is performed by Willem Dafoe. He’s my favorite actor in this film. Not that he performed much though. All he does was to hide in the dark and laugh.

 

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When a book is turned to a film, it loses more than a half of the details. The film makers did that to Death Note, but there are details that I think they shouldn’t have removed or not necessary in the film:

  • The Death Note is water resistant/proof – but in the beginning, you can see the Death Note getting touched by the rain. I know it’s unrealistic to see papers not getting wet but isn’t the whole Death Note story untrue? why not leave the note’s physical characteristics with it?
  • The gore for me isn’t needed. It will only make the movie look a lot more like Final Destination. Not seeing how the victims die is what makes the story of Death Note clean yet intense.
  • I don’t think it’s necessary for Mia to smoke in the middle of the cheering practice. I know she’s popular but it’s impossible that no faculty member didn’t see her doing it though she’s not seen smoking after that. Why not make her not to smoke on the rest of the film?
  • Lastly, the unnecessary back ground music. Like in the movie ‘Kingsman’ where the film makers used a set of up-beat songs to turn-on the “hype” of the scene making it funny.

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To sum it up, I’ll rate the film as 4 star for excellent performance and bringing the story more real. I’m also glad that L didn’t die. Mia, in the other hand, is not fortunate enough to see how Light survived. And for the dessert, Kira still proved his brightness up to the last minute. It’s uncertain if there will be a sequel since the ending is a cliffhanger, but I’m definitely going to wait for it.

 

By Cinderella
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She who must not be named

Killing the gossip is as impossible as North Korea quitting bombs..

And of course, a gossip will never surface without the person who started it. What’s worst is when you realize this person is your friend.

If you have this kind of friend, you should stay away immediately…like completely gone -No connections and if it will cost you your job just to be miles away from this person, then so be it. This is how dangerous this friend of yours could be on your back.

She who must not be named.

This friend of yours has the ability to manipulate every single person around you. She has the power to influence and her words are somewhat came from a prophet that everyone must believe. It’s almost like magic how this person can turn every person you knew against you. It’s so swift, you wouldn’t be able to notice it happened. And if you’re not smart enough, you’ll lose everyone in a blink.

This friend of yours has a habit: telling you something about this certain person and this certain person is surely not around when she starts talking. Her choice of words is a chant like a spell, once you heard it, it’s hard to turn away your ear.

But this friend is a coward. A dog with its tail between its legs. Once you go against what she’s saying, she will feel humiliated. Be careful, that’s when she will use her wicked skills against you.

There are many people that are fortunate enough to notice what your friend is up to. And when they noticed you’re slowly becoming like her, they will try to avoid you. And that is not a good sign for you.

If your friend is like this, it’s not too late for her. She’ll change once she understands. Telling her will only make you her enemy and making you her next gossip prospect to others.

 

By Cinderella
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