The Ships of the Caribbean: The Curse and the Set

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Here’s another review of one of my favorite movie series, probably the first movie that pops-up in your mind when we talk about pirates, The Pirates of the Caribbean. The fiction-ish film is set in the old Caribbean in 18th Century around the 1720s to 1750s at the peak of International Trade of Sail. And these trading ships are often high jacked by pirates.

In the movie, we’ve seen different ships and their legendary captains and some of these ships are cursed including the entire crew. From The Curse of the Black Pearl to Dead Men Tell No Tales, here are the starring ships and their Sets in the Pirates of the Caribbean:

The Undying Ship – Black Pearl
Probably the most famous pirate ship in the series and captained by the main character Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), The infamous Black Pearl, the ship with black sails is known as the fastest and uncatchable in the whole Caribbean. The Curse of the Black Pearl started when its mutinous crew stole a chest of Aztec gold. “So the heathen Gods placed upon the gold a terrible curse. Any mortal that removes but a single piece from the stone chest shall be punished for eternity.” – Basically making the thief undead. Before the first movie ended, the curse was lifted that defeated Jack Sparrows mutinous first mate Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). giphy (2)What makes this ship special is the curse it still possesses even after the Aztec Gold Curse was lifted. It also shares this curse to the monkey named ‘Jack’ which most people fail to notice – it has the ability to regenerate almost undying. Throughout the series, we saw the Black Pearl withstanding cannon fires but still don’t sink. In the Dead Man’s Chest, it was sunk by the Kraken, only to emerge from Davy Jone’s Locker whole and unscratched. In the Stranger Tides, it was peppered by cannon fire said by Captain Barbossa and shrank to fit inside a bottle using black magic, but when the bottle was broken and the pearl was thrown into the sea, it emerged without any sign of damage like what Barbossa said.

Part of the Sea – the Flying Dutchman 
the Flying Dutchman was introduced in Pirates of the Caribbean: And Dead Man’s Chest. It is captained by the cruel and monstrous Captain Davy Jones (Bill Nighy). The Ship looks like a shipwreck overgrown by corrals and sea creatures. It has the unique ability to sink into the water like a submarine giving it the advantage to surprise its enemy ships by surfacing beside them.giphy (3) It’s armed with two tri-barrel cannons up-front to shoot the enemy ships it’s chasing. But what makes the ship so formidable is its ability to call and command the Kraken. However, despite its tremendous power, it has a weak spot to keep the ship sailing for eternity; the captain must place his heart locked in the chest and can only walk ashore every ten years. Unlike The Black Pearl, The Flying Dutchman is a real old tale that haunts the seas not just in the Caribbean but all the waters. Be it a joke or a campfire story, the stories of a ghostly ship and the Davy Jone’s locker is widely known across the world.

Black Magic – Queen Anne’s Revenge
The Queen Anne’s Revenge is a pirate ship that came straight out of a nightmare. By just touching the Sword of Triton, Captain Edward ‘Blackbeard’ Teach (Ian McShane) can remotely control the ship even without its captain onboard. The same sword can also control other ships around it which made the Black Pearl turn against its crew and caused Captain Hector Barbossa his leg. It was formerly named La Concorde de Nantes and struck fear to the hearts of its ill-fated victims. giphy (4) The ship also has a secret weapon located on Queen Anne’s Revenge’s Bow called the Greek fire, a twin cannon that bursts flames that burn enemy ships. While in the movie, Blackbeard is a fearsome pirate captain, in real life he pretty much is. According to the records, Blackbeard is an English pirate sailed around the 1700s, capturing a French vessel La Concorde and equipped her with 40 guns and renamed her The Queen Anne’s Revenge. He scares his enemies by lighting two slow match cords tied under his hat.

The Ghost Ship – Silent Mary
The Last cursed ship featured in Pirates of The Caribbean is not a pirate ship but a Spanish Royal Navy vessel called The Silent Mary under the command of the famous decorated pirate hunter Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem). giphy (5) As The Silent Mary chases a pirate ship, the Wicked Wench who’s currently being commanded by the 1st mate young Jack Sparrow, was out-driven forcing to enter the Devil’s Triangle and where it met its doom that cursed the ship itself and its crew trapped inside the triangle only to be released if Jack officially let go of his compass. The ship suffers great damage making it look like it’s impossible to sail. It can bring carcasses to life, like sharks and crows, to help it attack its enemies. The ship can also lift its bow up, opening its hull like a big mouth and broken sharp frames as its teeth, devouring enemy ships on its path. The crew can also travel over or under water if they want, however they can’t walk on land.


By Rapunzel


The 10 must haves in your bag before going on a vacation



Summer’s here!

It’s the time for weekly outdoor activities! Mountain climbing, swimming, biking, and lots of stuff aside sitting in front of the internet and reading fictional stories like what you’re doing 2 minutes ago. Get out! Time to have fun.

But before you pack those swimwear and fridge in your bag, here are some basic needs you should have this summer.

  1. Sun Screen
    If there’s something that your bag should have not just in summer, that’s the sun screen. Why? because science, my friend. The world’s getting warmer each year and countries near the equator are experiencing hot temperature under the rain. Isn’t that weird? Now imagine if it’s sunny day.
  2. Bottled Water
    Water. Not juice, not Ion energy drink, not coffee. WATER! Going under water, does not mean you’ll never get dehydrated. When you take a bath, you get dehydrated, pretty much the same with swimming. You sweat even under water, plus the sun heat that can fry an egg in minutes.
  3. Sun Glasses
    Do you wear glasses under the sun? I have a good fact here. Wearing a spectacle does amplify the sun’s harmful rays especially when you look directly to the sun. It doubles the radiation from a larger area than a 1mm diameter pupil through the eye’s pupil. That’s why optic shops offer graded glasses with Transition. Besides, you’re not in the beach for sole purpose of reading a book, right?
  4. Power Banks
    Or any reliable power source for that matter. Technology is everywhere and some of them are made for isolate areas but they do still rely on electricity for power. You can buy many types of renewable energy power source online now.
  5. Resealable Bag
    Resealable bags are basically plastic bags that can be sealed. We cannot just leave our devices like phones, earphones, and other gadgets behind so we have no other choice but to bring them with us, even underwater. This is where resealable bags come in handy. You can also use them for your wet clothes or food.
  6. Survival Kit
    You’ll never know when the bad luck struck. Survival Kit includes thin long ropes, pocket knife, flash light, whistle, lighter, crackers, and ion water -All of which are neatly stored in a small compact pouch.
  7. First-Aid Kit
    Because no matter how careful you are, accidents do happen. And your medical kit just got the right equipment to do the job. Like the survival kit, it’s compact. It carries your medicine for common sicknesses like headache, pain, and itchiness.
  8. Back-up Phone
    This phone doesn’t have to be an iPhone. A simple phone capable to texting and calling will do. A phone that’s when got wet, it’s okay because you just got it for free -kind of phone. This particular phone should be fully charged whether you’re in a summer vacation or just at home. It’s purpose is to call for help in-case you got lost or stranded somewhere. These kind of phones also have a build-in flash light. So cute.
  9. Hygiene Kit
    Toothbrush, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, cologne, razor(if you’re not boarding a flight), feminine wash (for girls), facial cleanser, and mouth wash. Some inns doesn’t even have a good toilet room, what makes you think they will offer a free hygiene kit for their guests? And finally,
  10. Condoms
    Really. I’m serious. It’s more useful than just for sexual protection. Condoms are like balloons. They’re made of rubber, waterproof, and handy.
    (Just trust me, alright!? Put it in your bag! Ha! Ha!)

Now that all of the real necessities are inside the bag, you may now put your clothes in, extra socks, shoes, hats, extra money or whatever. It should only occupy 1/4th of your 10x12x12 (LxWxH) backpack. Remember, all of this are nothing if you’re not mentally prepared for anything. Your greatest equipment that can cover it all is your brain. Use it wisely.


By Cinderella



What Happened to Our Online Cooking Shows?

Facebook has become our personal diary for years. By just checking your wall, people can already determine your personality, what you typically do on weekends, where you go after work, and even what you cook.


There are hundreds of Facebook pages related to creative cooking recently. Almost all of them uploads easy creative cooking with recipes that you probably haven’t heard of, daily. Mostly snacks and pizzas, these recipes seem so easy to make and looks tasty on the videos that makes you wanna try them as soon as you get home. But upon watching them under good music, lighting, foreign ingredients and all, you’ll begin to realize that something’s missing. Where’s the passion in cooking them?

That’s the reason why people like Gordon Ramsay is born. Maybe the God of cooking sent him to deliver discouraging words so you can try to cook with passion next time.

1. Every food is microwavable. In their videos, you will notice that the cooking lesson is not complete without the magic microwave. They basically bake almost everything from bread to marinated bacon.


2. They put too much Cheese. Most of these videos will make you feel like every dish should have a touch of cheese. There’s even a Swiss dish called Raclette where a wheel of cheese is melted and scraped on top of a dish. What did you order there? -the cheese, of course! In case you didn’t know, cheese is rich with cholesterol and fat. You can gain weight by just adding extra cheese on your burger.

3. Misinformation. Gordon Ramsay made it clear that pineapples don’t go on pizza. Yet every pizza-making video in these Facebook pages are always topped with pizza. They are slowly changing the proper way of cooking by making them easier and sweeter. No, don’t put pineapple on your pizza.

4. And speaking of pizza, you can make any version of pizza now. Vegetable Pizza, sweet pizza, fruity pizza, meaty pizza, etc pizza, and even cake pizza. By just mentioning them, you already know it turned my stomach a bit but some of them do taste good. I tried making the meaty overload pizza, and goodness! It made my nape hurt the whole night.

5. Bacon is the universal meat. Because they say everyone loves bacon -The same “everyone” who loves baked mac. They will either weave or wrap anything with bacon to deep fry or bake.

I don’t know with you but I think cooking videos are getting more absurd everyday.

Oh well. I’m baking Pizza. (sounds so wrong)


By: “Cinderella”




GOKINJO: The Ultimate Unli-Ramen Experience


…should’ve visited Gokinjo goodness sooner!

Recently, people started talking about a Ramen house located in Marikina City that offers unlimited bowls of Ramen for only P250. And wow, it was the best Ramen trip I have ever experienced.

Ramen is a well-known Japanese dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or fish-based broth, after flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweeds, menma, green onions, and other ingredients that will stop you from reading this paragraph and start boarding a cab to #43 Rainbow street, Marikina. And I just did,

Because we got the chance to try Gokinjo’s finest Ramens!


Gokinjo is located at 43 Rainbow street, Marikina. Near the corner of Lilac street. the district is like Quezon City’s Maginhawa Food Park. Themed restaurants are everywhere and the street is booming with night lights and food aromas.

Gokinjo is easy to find. Google maps is so aware of its location, they could even provide you a dozen of routes just to make sure you will get there. The Marikina road traffic is just right for you to arrive in Gokinjo with a hungry tummy, enough for 3 bowls of mouth-watering Ramen.

the crew of the store is so accommodating that i’d be the bad guy if I didn’t let them took a picture of us. The waitresses came in like The Flash, very attentive. And they laugh with us in our jokes. The whole crew were standing behind us like they’re ready to take our next order and they’re gonna do it in full force just to satisfy us.


All the ramens were delicious. the P350 unli-ramen where we can try all the different flavors is amazing. The tantanmen “na hinding hindi mo matatantanan” (pun intended) is the best of them all, only P250. Not too salty, not too sweet. Just right.

The sake shot made my friend forgot where he lives. I really wanna try a round too but I don’t wanna go home at Quezon City and wake up in Quiapo fish port the next morning. Looking at my tipsy friend makes me think that the sake was so authentic, he can now speak Japanese. Gokinjo Banzai!


The Dark Chocolate brownie is a one-of-a-kind brownie with mind-boggling ribbon-like caramel garnish. Yes, I started an argument whether the garnish is a frozen tape or what. Good thing, the standby crew, stopped the debate once and for all by giving the answer it was a fried pasta. The brownie’s so good topped with vanilla ice cream. A real winner.


I don’t always eat Ramen. But why I do, I unli Tantanmen.

Gonna return? oh yes, why not?


By “Snow White”