Yearly Archives: 2016

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas


It’s the kind of movie that makes you ask, “What does it all mean?” You’ll have to sit down after seeing the movie and reflect what the movie is all about.

The Holocaust was tragic and we will never, ever comprehend the immense pain and suffering that the victims have gone through. This movie, however, gave us a 0.001% chance to feel what it felt like to be in their situation. It is true when they say that the best way to develop empathy is standing in someone’s shoes and that we only care and take action when something is directly affecting our lives.

Weekend at Mhel’s Condo

Whenever I visit Mhel’s condo, the first three things I check are her sink, the fridge, and her bathroom. As usual, when I arrived this weekend, the soiled dishes are piled up on the sink, her freezer badly needs defrosting because there was already 6 inches of in it, and her bathroom was in its regular filthy state. Haha.

My sister is the true definition of a modern woman… and by modern I mean she cannot cook, she’s bad in house work and a workaholic.

I stroke up a deal with her. I’ll wash her dishes and defrost her freezer if she treats me for a movie. Of course, she took my offer. She even paid for our dinner. But this Sunday, while cleaning our her freezer, trying to remove glacier-size ice stuck to its sides, I was asking myself if one movie is worth it. Haha. I finished it in half and hour and I was shocked with the amount of ice I was able to pry off from the fridge. She needs to defrost her fridge more. The instructions inside clearly says that she needs to do it at least twice a week. She has been ignoring it and her fridge had been in that sorry state since last year. Haha.

Oh well. It’s 11am now on a Sunday and I need to wake her up so we can watch the final installment of the Divergent series — ‘Allegiant.’

Les Miserables Manila

So this Saturday, we went to see the musical play ‘Les Miserables’ at The Theatre in Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila.

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We got the cheapest seats but Solaire’s theater has a well thought out seating design that, even at our area on the balcony, we could still clearly see and appreciate what’s happening on stage, unlike the time we watched ‘Wicked’ in CCP, where we couldn’t fully see the back of the stage and our view was obstructed by a big set piece.

Going back to Les Mis. The show we saw had all the primary cast, including Rachel Ann Go.

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Of course, she was amazing. Her singing voice is still not 100% broadway material since there were moments when we clearly heard her sing like a popstar, but her performance was amazing. She had one of the best vocals among the female casts and her singing has improved since she transferred to Les Mis from Miss Saigon.

As expected, the musical play is not really family-friendly since there were some scenes not suitable for children below 12 years old like their penile references. They were funny but I’m not sure it’s a play for kids in their formidable years should see. And the story was quite boring, too. It took me 3 months to finish watching the movie adaptation of Les Mis because I always fell asleep while watching it at home. But the story needs a little more energy and humor to pick the pace up.

Would I recommend it? Of course! It’s a broadway classic with an impeccable story line and catchy songs!