Category: Travel and Culture

5 Reasons to Watch Thor: Ragnarok at SM Cinema IMAX!

Thor Ragnarok at IMAX Megamall

The third movie of Marvel’s Thor franchise is here – Thor: Ragnarok! And I was fortunate to catch a preview showing of the movie before its regular screening date on Oct 25, 2017. I wouldn’t want to share some spoilers but let’s just say that Thor continues where the Dark World and Avengers: Age of Ultron left off. Thor: Ragnarok is funnier and more action packed than the last two movies. Always enjoyed hero crossovers so its fun to see the Hulk here (and another Marvel character) playing a role in this movie. Thor made a radical transformation in this movie. It was very interesting to watch the character chemistry along with the witty sequences and the heart pounding action scenes.

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Convenient 3-Step FPG Travel Insurance Online

FPG Travel Insurance Online

Unless something happens to you, it is easy to take travel insurance for granted. For budget travelers, it’s looks like an unnecessary add-on. Right? I had been sick overseas and would have been easier if I had confined myself in a hospital. I also have a baggage item damaged on a flight. Even got some flight delays too. If I had travel insurance at those times, I could cover my hospital expense, claim for baggage damage and even get some meal allowance for delayed flights. Simple inconveniences like that are covered in travel insurance like FPG Travel Insurance.

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Featured | Going Places Magazine June 2017: People of Travel

People of Travel feature at Going Places Magazine

More often in our blogs or social media, we highlight our stories on the journey and destination. My photos revolve around the place and the travel. This time we go behind the cameras and share our stories on what gets us excited to go places. In the June 2017 issue of Going Places Magazine, I’m humbly included in the feature story “People of Travel“. I share the pages with some of the people I respect and look up to in the field like Yoshke and Vins of the PoorTraveler, Kara of TravelUp, Estan of Langyaw and Melo of OutOfTown Blog. Groups like Trails to Empower Kids and celebrities Wil Dsovich and Nicole Cordoves are also there.

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Traveloka App: Hotel Booking Made Easy

Traveloka App: Hotel and Flight Booking

There are spontaneous moments when I need to book hotels while on the move. My laptop or desktop may not always be in reach so my smartphone would be the most convenient mode of booking while mobile. Admittedly, I’m a smartphone person and have used mobile apps heavily for booking hotels and even flights. This time, I tried the Traveloka App for booking a hostel in Makati. I know a lot of foreign backpackers and budget travelers who are looking for a good value accommodation in the heart of Makati.

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Movie | Sakaling Hindi Makarating: More than a Hugot Travel Film

Sakaling Hindi Makarating movie

Nagmahal. Nasaktan. Nag-travel. (Fell in love. Got hurt. Traveled)”

Watching the first few minutes of the film Sakaling Hindi Makarating (In Case They Don’t Arrive), I thought it was one of those “Nagmahal. Nasaktan. Nag-travel” themed movies whose main protagonist venture into the world to “find oneself”. While the theme is a tried and tested cliche already rooting from the “Eat Pray Love” prototype, it can get weary by using sweeping cinematography of breathtaking places to enthrall viewers which are often distractions from the hollow characters in the movie. However, Sakaling Hindi Makarating digs deep from the director, Ice Idanan’s, personal experience to bring something different on this travel themed movie of self discovery.

Hand painted posters by artist and co-producer Anina Rubio
Hand painted posters by artist and co-producer Anina Rubio

The Premise

We see a Cielo (played by Alessandra de Rossi) dealing with an ugly breakup from an 11-year relationship inside a newly occupied apartment in Quezon City. From the humdrum mood, the scene lightens up a bit with Cielo’s interactions with Paul (played by Pepe Herrera) the neighbor. Paul hands a few hand-painted postcards from the mail sent by a mysterious sender named “M” which coincidentally is the first letter of her ex-fiancee, Mark. This triggered another wave of emotions from Cielo. Is Mark sending these postcards? Is this Paul’s way of discreetly courting her? Eventually Cielo found out it wasn’t Paul nor Mark. Paul and Cielo got close enough to help each other to find who this mysterious postcard sender was. With enough savings, Cielo sets out on a journey across the Philippines to trace the trail of the mysterious “M”.

The Journey

Admittedly, one of the factors that attracted me to the Sakaling Hindi Makarating are the locations in the movie – Zamboanga, Siquijor, Marinduque and Batanes. I got a bit of excitement seeing familiar places throughout the film which I’m sure those who haven’t been there would be enticed on visting the places. Cielo may be cynical at most times but she’s very much adventurous in trying out new things. She may be independent but is open to new people and experiences which travel should be. But as with any heart breaks, even in the midst of a breathtaking back drop, hurt from break-ups does linger a bit longer and creeps in. I could actually feel Cielo’s emotions throughout the movie.

Sunset walking in Marinduque
Sunset walking in Marinduque

Sakaling Hindi Makarating

I really don’t want to giveaway what happens on the latter half of the film as we see the events finally connect. I do can say that Sakaling Hindi Makarating is not your typical Nagmahal.Nasaktan. Nag-travel film as I thought it to be. I enjoyed coming along Cielo’s journey, seeing her highs and lows and amusing social encounters. The captivating cinematography that’s not just eye candy but is relevant to develop Cielo’s character. There were just some minute details in the film that left some unsatisfying questions unanswered. And for a moment there, I was already sucked into Cielo’s world but the colors, mood and the pace changed abruptly when we entered Sol’s world (Therese Malvar) that I thought I was watching another film altogether loosing consistency. But the film managed to keep it together with a brilliant story and characters that made the film shine in the end.

Sunset at Pagudpud beach Ilocos Norte
Sunset at Pagudpud beach Ilocos Norte

With last year’s (2017) MMFF Festival pushing for quality indie films for mass viewing, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more indie films like Sakaling Hindi Makarating finding commercial release. Sakaling Hindi Makarating is not polished and could be better produced but it has enough entertaining story, great natural acting, charming moments and beguiling scenery to keep viewers glued on the screen.

Sakaling Hindi Makarating” will be shown in cinemas nationwide starting February 1, 2017. For updates, follow their facebook page /sakalinghindimakarating/

Sunset view from the hills of Batanes
Sunset view from the hills of Batanes

AirAsia PH Says #ThankYou with a Blog Writing and GrabCrar Promo

In this season of giving, saying “Thank You!” is one of the easiest way to show gratitude. Uttering these phrase could put anyone in an uplifting mood. No matter how small or big a gesture or favor, a simple “Thank You!” spells a difference. And to coincide with the season, AirAsia Philippines is saying Thank You to all its loyal passengers for a year of memorable journey. In line with this, AirAsia Philippines launched its #ThankYou Christmas Campaign with a Blog Writing Contest where participants can win two roundtrip international tickets and a pocket money of Php 20,000. On the side, passengers can also avail of the GrabCar Ride promo this December. Read on for the details

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