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Celine: I feel close to you.

Jesse: Yeah?

Celine: But sometimes, I don’t know? I feel like you’re breathing helium and I’m breathing oxygen. – Quote from Before Midnight

After 18 years, the longest love story ‘trilogy’ that followed and loved by movie goers bid good bye. I am talking about the ‘Before’ series- Before Sunrise (1995), its sequel Before Sunset (2004) and the final installment, Before Midnight (2013).

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Photo from thefilmstage.com

 

I heard about Before Sunrise years ago but I have not seen it yet. Luckily, I won tickets for the premiere of Before Midnight at Cinema 1, Greenbelt 3, Makati last June 25. I immediately watched and downloaded Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.

I fell in love immediately with Jesse Wallace (Ethan Hawke) when he started talking with Celine (Julie Delpy) inside the train. They are two strangers who completely living in a different part of the world.

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Photo from movies.msn.com

I was dazed with his sense of humor, coolness and his captivating blue eyes. Meanwhile, I like Celine for her brilliance, smile and beauty. There is really a sizzling chemistry between the two. I was hooked with ‘Before Sunrise’ because the simple conversations between Celine and Jesse that made me giggle and laugh all through out.

And, who could not be in love if you are in the beautiful Vienna, Austria?  The city is full of history and magnificent places.

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Albertina- photo from http://www.movie-locations.com

The two traveled Vienna for a day and got to know each other.

 

Sadly, the movie ended with a promise of seeing each other again after six months.

 

I was surprised with the turn-out of events with Before Sunset. It started with Jesse who wrote a book about Celine and their time at Vienna. He is in the city of love and lights Paris, France for the last leg of his Europe book-signing tour.

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Photo from movies.msn.com

The first thing that caught my attention was Jessie is wearing a ring. Wait a minute, is he married?

 

The two had seen each other again when Celine went to the bookstore where Jessie was having a media interview. Unfortunately, they did not meet after six months but Jessie went to the train station and waited for Celine. The story then revolved about what happened with them during the nine years of being apart from each other.

 

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From blacksheepreviews.blogspot.com

Jessie has already a family while Celine has a boyfriend.

 

After watching the film, one question remained, will they end up together?

 

 

SPOILER ALERT!!!

 

The long wait is over. This is it! I will finally able to see Before Midnight and be one of the firsts to watch the last part of the movie series. It will hit the cinema theaters on July 10.

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Photo from lebanon-express.com

The film is set on the breath taking Greek Peloponnese peninsula where Jesse and Celine are on vacation with Hank, Jesse’s son and their gorgeous twins. Yes, the two are officially a couple! Jessie is a successful write while Celine is thinking about working in a government.

 

Their mesmerizing ‘walks and conversations’ still amazed me. They did not change a bit.

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Photo from movies.msn.com

The exchange of their ideas and opinions become more intelligent, funny and enthralling.  I learned great things about relationship, family and life from them. 

 

I almost cried when Jesse read a ‘letter’ for Celine 40 years from now. The sincerity, hope and so much love from him broke my heart. Until the end, the lovely pair still fascinates me with their witty banter.

 

The ‘Before’ series indeed show the reality of a couple from falling in love, breaking-up and finally being together.

 

Big congratulations for Mr. Richard Linklater for creating this impressive and unforgettable trilogy that leveled up the standard of romantic films.

Thank you to Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for the remarkable performance as on-screen couple. You make me believe that true love exists yet there is a right time and place for it. 

Before Midnight is a delightful way to end the love story of Jesse and Celine. A definitely must see film!

 

 

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I’m always excited to go back to school or go back to work and because this is the month of being a student/employee again, Perksbewithyou wanted you to be prepare and be the best you can be!

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When my K-pop friends tagged me to a Korean diner, I was hesitant at first because I’m not a fan of spicy foods. Yet instinct told me, I should try it for once. I was convinced to join them after my friend who usually eats at the restaurant told me that the dishes are palatable and the prices won’t leave me empty-handed.

Lava Korean Food Restaurant is located at 2654- A Leveriza St. Malate Manila. It is near the Philippines Sports Commission.

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Posted in the window

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My K-pop fan friends! Excited for our dine-in!

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I felt like I was in Korea with these posters!

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Hi Big Bang! 🙂

A fancy school supplies store was the first thing I saw when I entered the place.

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The school supplies corner!

I peek into the store and looked for things I could buy. The brand of the school materials was so unfamiliar to me that I decided to sit beside my friends. Then I saw something that really made me curious.

Look at this…

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Hanging stationeries?

Are they also selling these items? What are these ‘hanging stationeries with write-ups’ for?’ I couldn’t help but ask my friend who then told me that listed on those stationeries are the names of loyal customers of the restaurant. If they eat with friends, they should sign the paper with how many persons they brought in. And when you get ten signs, you will be given a prize from the fancy store. Wow! A good way to invite customers!

My friend who often eats at Lava ordered our dinner.

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The menu!

She wanted us to try Tteok-bok-ki, Samgyeopsal and Doenjang Stew.

Tteok-bok-ki is a famous Korean dish that usually sells on the streets.

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Sweet and spicy Tteok-bok-ki! For only 200 pesos!

Don’t forget to have a glass of water after you indulge in this snack food that has sliced rice cake, clams, egg and seasonings. And be reminded that Tteok-bok-ki can quickly make you full.

Meanwhile, Samgyeopsal challenged my eating skills.

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Oh so tasty Samgyeopsal! Just pay 400 pesos for the complete meal!

It consists of fatty pork belly meat which is usually accompanied by lettuce, kimchi, potatoes and nuts.

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The sidings!

Lava Restaurant also gives two free sidings so we asked for kimchi and nuts.

It is also served with at least two dipping sauce.

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They served us with gireumjang, a sauce made from sesame oil, salt and black pepper and with Ssamjan which is a thick paste that made from sesame oil, garlic, onion and other ingredients. For a first timer like me, I needed my friend to teach me how to eat it.

How to make Samgyeopsal:

1.    Place the lettuce on your plate.

2.    Get the meat.

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3.    Dip in your chosen sauce.

4.    Choose your sidings. If possible just put two sidings on top of your meat.

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5.    Wrap the meat with lettuce.

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Excited to taste it!

It was on my second attempt that I was able to enjoy the Samgyeopsal. It took me a lot of effort and sweat before I finally got it correctly.

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Spell O-I-L-Y! Ha ha…

And to end my Korean dine-in experience, we ate some  Doenjang Stew for free! Hooray!

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Hot and spicy overload for 250 pesos!

It is a dish mainly made of doenjang, a Korean soybean paste with vegetables, mushroom, tofu and seafood.

Oh, and it was my friend’s tenth visit and she was given a wonderful prize!

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Congratulations for the cute new planner friend!

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If you want stuff that is unique, creative and cool, all you need to do is visit Scribe Writing Essentials.

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I first saw Scribe when I went to Eastwood Mall. It was located at the 3rd floor near the escalator.  From the outside, it looked like a book-store and being a bookworm that I am, I immediately entered the place.

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Eastwood branch- Photo from dealdozen.com

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Shang-rila Mall branch- Photo from dealdozen.com

There are writing stuff and other materials which I think are hard to find at the usual bookshops. From everyday ones like planners, notebooks, pencils and pens to small items like bookmarks, cards, stickers and stamps.

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Featuring the 7321 Design at Edsa Shang-rila Mall!

You will surely have a great time at Scribe. There are also sections for some other personal interests like animal life, travels, and cartoon characters, to name a few.

This back-to-school month, Scribe Writing Essentials is featuring Premium stationery brand from Korea, 7321 DESIGN as the cover of their writing stuff collection. You can choose from their four different collections- Souvenirs De Voyage, your all-time favorite classic children stories: Wizard of Oz, Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland, and their best seller, The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince).

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and

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Celebrating the 115th Independence Day of the Philippines was truly remarkable and memorable because of the one and only ‘Fiesto Bandido’.

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Photo from opm.org.ph

I was blessed when I won tickets for Rico Blanco’s first major solo concert. I was so thrilled. It will be my first time to watch a concert by an OPM artist.Yay!

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My cousin and I were early at the venue. We were able to see the long line of concert goers on the stairs. 30 minutes before the show started, we entered the Music Museum. It was our first time at the place and we were both excited with the concert. As we entered the door, we gave our tickets at the usherette and she led us with our chairs. I loved my spot because it was on the aisle and the stage was not too far from it.

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The opening act for concert entitled: Rico Blanco: Live!, was Taken By Cars. The indie rock band which I’ve seen last 2011 still kept my head banged with their melodic song like This is our City and Unidentified. It was great seeing them and I hope they will release a new album this year.

Powerful drumbeats introduced the show. The crowds cheered when Rico Blanco went out in a very galactic tribal costume and make-up.

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He sang his first single “Amats” from his second album “Galactik Fiestamatik” and the spectral song was a perfect start for the astonishing show. And it then followed by the frolicking ‘Burado’. I had a feeling then that it would be a long and exciting night.

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When Rico Blanco sat down in front of an organ and started playing the keys, it was the beginning of the ‘acoustic’ part of the concert.

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Loud applauded fill the concert hall as Miss Kitchie Nadal walked on the left side of the stage.

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The beautiful Miss Kitchie Nadal!

The two artists serenaded us with the all-time favorite Rivermaya’s song, ‘214’.

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Rico Blanco then sang back to back singles from his albums and Rivermaya hits. He started with Lipat Bahay, Balisong, You’ll Be Safe Here, Hours and Days, Tayo’y Mga Pinoy and Panahon na Naman. He kept the great music coming with Kisapmata, Awit ng Kabataan, Elisi, Umaaraw, Umuulan and Hinahanap-hanap Kita that brought back the audience from memories of the 90’s.

Hefty drumbeats and spectacular lights heightened the momentum of Fiesto Bandido’s unstoppable all-out performance.

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I love the lights! 🙂

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I was glad when Rico Blanco sang Antukin and What Is It? I quickly wanted to stand up and danced like crazy.

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The commando in dance! Nice moves!

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Let’s continue the rocking! Yeah!

Good thing, he made us to jumped off our feet with ‘Yugto’, sing our heart out with ‘Posible’ and moved our bodies with ‘Sayaw’ on which Ira Cruz’s played the guitar smashingly.

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Irac Cruz’s strumming made my heart beat tumultuously ! Well done!

Everybody joined Rico Blaco when he sang the compelling ‘Your Universe’. Even the great show needed to end and his finale song was ‘Ngayon’. The superb performer left us wanting more.

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Love this shot and the lights!

Rico Blanco’s outstanding concert posed that even a one man could perform excellently and sold out tickets. He was very energetic through out the show and his whimsical spiel spawned us to laugh, enjoy and just relax. Watching Rico Blanco made me realized that deep inside, I was a Rivermaya’s fan. I knew the melody and lyrics of the songs even before he sang it and I still hummed it even after the concert. I am looking forward for a part two of the concert. Hopefully it will be in a much bigger venue where more people can watch and be amazed with Rico Blanco’s exceptional talent.

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From the ceiling of the comfort room in Music Museum.


First day of school or work?

Remember to put inside your bag or pocket a Snoe product!

I don’t think anyone is not nervous of their first day of class or in work. We are all excited to meet new friends, learn new things and get to know the new teachers and officemates whom we are going to deal with almost everyday. Well, you’ve got nothing to worry about regarding on how you look like because Snoe will always make you gorgeous and confident inside and out.

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from smsupermalls.com

Sleeping early is essential before this big day. Yet be sure to purify and rejuvenate your face with Snoe’s Snow White Vitamin C-rich Calamansi.

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Php 249

It is a grayish clay mask that perfectly cleanses your faces because it eliminates all the deep-seated dirt in our pores.

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Totally not sticky! 🙂

I cannot get enough of the fragrant smell of the clay mask and whenever I apply it on my face, I savor this smell first. Unlike any other masks, it stays for five to ten minutes and I instantly feel the effect. It totally leaves my face soft, fresh and ready for the next day!

Introduction of your self is one of the most important matters on the first day. So aside from preparing different versions and styles of your introductory speech, coat your lips with Snoe’s Beso Balm.

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Php 199

This mentholated lip balm immediately cools, soothes and freshen your lips.

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Chances are you might not only gain new friends but also catch the eye of the cute guy in the corner!

Make a good impression with Snoe products! 🙂

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