JUMP IN FUNTASTIC ISLAND| EXPERIENCE [PHOTOS] [VIDEO]

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Cebu: with its rich culture and one of the most booming in the Philippines economically, you could never go wrong North, South, East or West. But this time, I’m going up North… farther North to visit a somehow new travel destination and it’s in a very small island in Medellin, Cebu and it’s called Funtastic Island.

Like the usual travel tips, once you go south, you go to South Bus Terminal, and once you go north, you go to North Bust Terminal (there ain’t west and east here in the Queen City). Anyhow, find a bus that’s bound to Medellin and tell the person in charge that you’ll be stopping by wherever you want to stop: in our case, we rented an entire V-Hire because we were 11 and we have reserved a room in a resort that’s located in Medellin proper since there are no resorts or room for rent in the island.

Although for a fact it’s really not named Funtastic Island; Gibitngil Island is a twenty minute ride away from Medellin port via a banka or small boat.

 

TIP #1: you have to go there with your friends, specifically 10 to 15 to fill in the entire boat and to spend less as well for about P1, 200.00 (usually P1, 400.00 but we managed).

 

TIP #2: DON’T GO THERE ON A RAINY SEASON. Although it’s bound to be fun while experiencing the tumultuous ride; but it’s extremely dangerous. The banka is just too small and looks fragile for the incoming waves that are vast and strong. We went there on a rainy day, and to tell you it was terrifying, although we managed due that my friends are super funny, you can’t even remember that what we’re dealing is buhis buhay (life threatening).

 

Upon drawing near to the island; we have to reach the other end of it but there was this magnificent view I didn’t imagine Cebu would have that greeted us: these were the stone cliffs of the island. It was so Palawan-like. The humungous stone walls that has been holding the waters for ages was designed beautifully with its natural formations. It was jaw-dropping because it was unlike any other in Cebu.

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Anyhow, when we reached to the island, the people and the scenic view greeted us. It was colorful and alive, and many people were there even when the weather wasn’t really nice. The waters were so indulging because of its blue inviting color which happens to be really clean unlike any other beaches in Lapu-Lapu.

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TIP #3: Go to the island with all of your necessary stuffs: from camera to snorkels to food and drinks to your own booze and ice buckets with ice of course because you can’t buy anything from the island, except for the cottage rent.

 

Upon docking in the nice sand of the island, we went straight to the entrance (of course selfies and group pix are not included). The entrance fee is P10.00 and the cottages range from P150.00 to P500.00 depending on the size of the cottage.

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But the fun won’t happen when you just take a dip in the cold waters, the fun starts when you decide to jump in their 30ft diving spot.

Trust me, it’s really, really scary.

Although you’ll end up in the clear and deep waters of the island, but the fact that it’s 30ft still remains to be 30ft HIGH.

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We’ve had couple of stops and starts in going to and fro to the platform. There were unnecessary dramas and crazy pauses deciding to jump or not. It was totally funny seeing friends there with you and cheering for them to just take a dip, plus the readied cameras that eventually gets low-bat because of the time consumed by all the drama.

Well, when you dive, you just have to.

The enthralling fall gives you the hype that could make you scream, “WHOOOOOOOAAAA!!!!” and that’s what happened…. to my partner, not to me. I know I’m a chicken, I have fear of falling. Well, I don’t regret not jumping either, (LOL) but I also wished I could have. The fact that the waves are so strong was a plus factor too since there’s no one who can assist you whenever you’re there, not even a rope that you could hold on to upon going back to the shore.

Anyhow, Funtastic Island will not be fun without friends, so I suggest going there with them.

 

OUR VIDEO

MORE PHOTOS! (Cheers to Louie for some photos taken!)

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GO BELGIAN AT BRUSSEL’S CAFÉ BISTRO [PHOTOS]

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Going green has never been easy, and a green home dedicated for the benefit of the environment is such a big thing to do and adding up a little twist, like creating it into a café with this house is one big joy for the entire coffee or tea enthusiast.

Brussel’s Café Bistro is the only Belgian themed Café and is new in town that can be found just along Gaisano Country Mall as well as just across U.C. Banilad.

The theme is unlike any other café’s we know of downtown because of its unique environmental style façade that literally is green plus the plants that are decorated on the walls outside the café itself.

It’s very thoughtful of the owner to build this kind of home slash café, although I once thought that this place was an office for a business catering to people who wanted to have a green home.

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Anyhow, inside is small but intimate. It’s well lit, perfect for those who want to study for an upcoming dreadful examinations, or just simply someone who wants to bring his or her laptop with a cup of coffee, tea or take a bite onto some sweets or just simply wanted to have some lunch… yes they do offer meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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I see this place as a cozy place to sit and just be silent reading or finishing off some deadlines.

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They offer a variety from Meals which ranges from P100.00-P200.00; Sweets which ranges from P100.00-P300.00; and of course their Coffee or Tea offers which ranges for as low as P80.00-P200.00. I love how their prices are affordable and worth it.

They also have a branch in Unit 7, Paseo Arsenas, Banawa which I haven’t had the chance to visit yet, but hopefully sooner.

Anyhow, they have the same theme, (as per Facebook page) and it’s really comfortable sitting there and give yourself me time while having some waffles.

 

SCHEDULE

Weekdays 10:00 AM-11:00 PM

Weekends 10:00 AM-12:00 MN

 

CONTACT

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RATING – 3 ½ /5 stars

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2014 BEST, SO-SO AND BAD MOVIES I’VE WATCHED… SO FAR

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It is a great year for movies and awesomness. It is a fun filled year for sequels, spin-offs and original stories alike and the movie industry has never been so booming. From January up to July, I’ve watched and rated some of the best, so-so and bad movies, although technically I haven’t watched all of the films in the past six months (and still continues to watch).

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By far, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is my top pic for this year because of the reason that it’s not just pure action, stunning visual effects and acting but also it comprises of an in-depth story that focuses on trust and betrayal in an entirely whole new level, although Marvel did a really, really great job on Guardians of the Galaxy but what lacked was the deep story that CapAm has.

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Divergent was a great shocker for me, I never liked watching it on the big screen because as a dystopian themed novel turned movie: The Hunger Games is still my favorite and repetitive theme films don’t really entice me. But then again, I was amazed by the good story it has. The film tied up with X-Men:DoFP because it has the element of a good storytelling, except for a fact that Divergent was less in directing and acting, while DoFP was less in impact.

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Snowpiercer starring Chris Evans was undeniably great. With its uniqueness that reinvented a whole new kind of storytelling and bizarre setting; it’s the one to beat when it comes to Best Original Screenplay.

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Lucy on the other hand has no great story but was totally amusing and it’s one of the best there is in 2014, as well as 300: Rise of an Empire and the hilarious A Million Ways to Die in the West.

In the bad movies I’ve seen so far, there are two blockbuster hits that I kind of question why people will still be enticed to watch these kind of cinematic cliché? And I’m talking about the same-old-same-old story of Transformers: Age of Extinction which didn’t differ from all other Michael Bay films and in addition was a total mess, and it was very noisy! The Amazing Spiderman 2 was not of the exception as well. After Sony’s months and months of pushing the promotion to an epic level, the film was an epic fail. Story was so bad it’s so stupid and cliché, as well as the visual effects that looked like a computer game.

 

Below is the complete list of what I’ve watched so far with their one to five star rating, according to Best, So-So (in good sense), So-So (in bad sense) and Bad movies, together with some links of my full movie review.

 

BEST

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER – ★★★★★

DIVERGENT – ★★★★ 1/2

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST -★★★★ 1/2

SNOWPIERCER – ★★★★

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – ★★★★

LUCY - ★★★ ½

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE –  ★★★ 1/2

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST – ★★★

 

SO-SO (in almost a good sense)

NON STOP – ★★★ 1/2

PURGE: ANARCHY – ★★★

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 – ★★★

LEGO MOVIE – ★★

NOAH – ★★

NEIGHBORS – ★★

TRANSCENDENCE – ★★

THE OTHER WOMAN – ★★

 

 

SO-SO (in almost a bad sense)

MALEFICENT - ★★ 1/2

13 SINS – ★ 1/2

UNDER THE SKIN – ★★

POMPEII – ★★

OCULUS – ★★

BLENDED -★★

ROBOCOP – ★

THE EXPENDABLES 3 – ★

 

BAD

A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 – ★ 1/2

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION – ★ 1/2

THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2 - ★

THE HUNGOVER GAMES – NONE (it’s really, really bad)

 

What movies in the past six months you did like and didn’t like? What movies did I miss? :)

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LUCY MOVIE REVIEW | PLUS A MARVEL PLEA

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- ★★★1/2 out of 5 stars

We all know Scarlett Johansson is the best kick-ass heroine-female action star of this decade starting from Iron Man 2 up to the latest Captain America: The Winter Soldier and she’s on a new film that promises not just some ass kickin’ but also some wondrous hypothesis.

THE MOVIE

Lucy is a movie about the theory of the brain’s 10% usage and exploring the 100% of it but of course it is with a story plus twists.

To be direct, the film doesn’t have a solid story to tell. It’s more of a seminar on the hypothesis slash added action and drama plus Scarlett Johansson, but let me also tell you that it is very amusing. It’s not the kind of movie which you don’t have to worry thinking “Would this have a very intense story and action?” because the film really gets your attention from the theory itself evolving from 1 to 100 percent to the resolution they did in the climax and denouement that will leave you having the thought that this might be real, but it’s totally fiction; so that’s why the movie is amusing. It kind of reminds me of one of my favorite films last year which was Now You See Me which totally didn’t have that strong plot to tell, but was a total amusement and will get stuck in your head.

The humor in the film was exactly what completed the formula in creating this amusing film, and Lucy was surely on top of that.

Scarlett Johansson is really da bomb. On the onset of the film, I have this fear that when Scarlet will show of action scenes like never before, it will dilute the taste of any Marvel film she will be in because we’ve seen enough in this film. Thankfully, there wasn’t really that much action for her because her character needs not to due to the existing power she already have and there’s no need for a Black Widow style combat… which is very, very sexy… but hey, I’m gay.

A MARVEL PLEA

This was a shock. On the first day of the film being shown in the Philippines was on a Wednesday and my partner and I entered the cinema late and when we came in, we were surprised on how jam-packed it is! I mean, it’s on a weekday, and even Iron Man 3, which screened six out of eight cinemas way back then didn’t even have plenty of people running around just to watch it on the first day; also Guardians of the Galaxy, which screened a week before Lucy, didn’t even fill the entire seats. I was surprised and bewildered at the same time… we didn’t even have a seat not until the twentieth minute of the film.

This just goes to show that Scarlett Johansson’s year is 2014, and when I read about Kevin Feige (producer of Marvel Studios) saying that a female superhero film (especially Black Widow), is not yet ready, in addition “timing is everything”… I felt like he’s somehow wrong about that one because from the showing date abroad: it’s been number one in the box office, also the public’s reception of the film that stars Scarlett is quite effective because they know that she can do these action sequences that will look so cool, that even Charlie’s Angels needed to retire from being one… (Just kidding, I love Charlie’s Angels). Well, maybe because they have no firm story for Black Widow yet, but Feige could’ve reasoned that way. I mean, Scarlett is one hell of an action star and we need a Black Widow movie SOON!!!

OVERALL

Anyway, overall this film was very much entertaining and amusing. The film’s length is just enough and not dragging compared to other movies which has the same theme but forces its story to be more dramatic, ending up not in the nonsense bin.

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY MOVIE REVIEW [NO SPOILER]

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- ★★★★ out of 5 stars

This year has been the most fun filled movie experience and I’ve never been more anticipated than these Marvel movies starting off with Captain America: The Winter Soldier which blew me off with a great cast, action and story.

I’m always happy about Marvel being the top franchise nowadays, and after CapAm, I’ve never been more excited to see Guardians of the Galaxy.

First of all, Hi Chris Prat, I loved you from the day you were chubby and I am crazy for you now that you have an awesome body. *woot *woot

Anyhow, Guardians of the Galaxy is a Marvel Studios movie, along with Iron Man, Captain America and Thor which delves deeper into the galaxy with more characters and common places comic geeks should know about.

After watching the movie, I can really say, “That’s how you do a movie.”

A movie has different elements and ingredients for it to work, and Marvel surely took a gamble on GotGalaxy since this is really not a famous comic book superhero, I didn’t even know them when they released it in Comic Con a year or two ago. But, Marvel surely knows that the comic version of GotGalaxy has shallow storyline, unlike other comics, but is critical upon creating the cinematic universe: and that’s what happened here in the film.

It all worked out!

I love the cast. The cast was so good and great and comical-wise, it was the best and they complement each other. I feared for a fact that the casting was so huge, one of them might get overshadowed by the others, and I was expecting for Drax The Destroyer (Dave Batista) or Gamora (Zoe Saldana) or Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel) to be overshadowed by Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Rocket Raccoon (Voiced by Bradley Cooper), but I was surprised how intense Gamora is as an assassin, and how ignorantly funny Drax, plus the innocently hilarious Groot. All of the five characters were so hilarious from start of the movie to the end. Even when the tone became serious, there was always a punchline towards the end of it that will kill you will laughter.

Although we know for a fact that GotGalaxy has no really strong material, and I have to agree that the movie doesn’t give you that 12 Years a Slave story treatment, No, it’s a start to finish one point to the other: A chase of getting the infinity stone.

But what the hell when you have a very strong cast and great action scenes plus enticing directing? I also loved the fact that there’s an underlying drama within the characters that’s deep and sensible and sequelable (if there’s any word which I know there isn’t).

Speaking of directing, James Gunn, the director, did a great, great job for pulling this movie off. He did massively good that gives you a film of total entertainment.

Kudos to Marvel for always gambling on these kind of movies.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy is an American Marvel Studios film directed by James Gunn starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Batista plus voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. The film was released August 1 worldwide and July 31st in the Philippines.

 

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ANCESTRAL SOPHISTICATION | CIRCA 1900 RESTAURANT REVIEW [PHOTOS]

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- ★★★★★

I’ve always known that the alta of the Queen City can always be seen in restaurant like Canvas in Ayala, Sky Lounge by Blue Elephant or Café Georg which is also a part-time tambayan of the #KatKat’s. But on March 14, 2014: the bar for sophisticated restaurants for these kinds of people has been stepped one notch.

Circa 1900 is a new spot in town to look up to. The restaurant is located at Sanjercasvil Road, Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City, to be specific, it is the small passageway between Metrobank and Sinangag Station near J.Y. Square. It is a colonial or ancestral house owned by the Castillo family that was bought and restored to become one of the most or (I should say) probably the most elegant restaurant in Cebu, not even the illusion of height and affirmation of being a socialite in Sky lounge  Blue Elephant could top this spot.

The Chef of Canvas Restaurant in Ayala spearheaded the restoration of the colonial house and created a brilliant Modern Filipino Cuisine hot boite that offers piano room indulgence and high class service.

 

SERVICE

Speaking of service, the waiters and waitresses will give you a five star service in their warm presence from welcoming you on the spot, upon taking you to your table, when you order food and when it arrives and most especially when you go home. A waitress even gave us a tour around the house just to show us the function rooms downstairs and their cute little vegetable garden on the backyard which is one of the sources of their ingredients. Isn’t it just sophisticated?

The place is just warm and expensive; you’ll feel like one of the rich people inside having their dinner or whatnots. (Hashtag KatKat)

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FOOD

They have variety of meaty and veggie offers that ranges from P200.00 to P400.00 but mostly just within the range of P200.00-P300.00 and to be honest, it’s just worth it! (MENU BELOW)

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Try their Pork Belly with Apple Fennel Compote that’s really delicious and sumptuous, because it’s a bit salty but with a hint of sweetness coming from the apple ingredient.

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Also, try their Chicken Bringhe that’s made up of chicken, some spices, sauces and the bombshell which is the puto… yes; it was puto that was the superstar of it all. It has different taste but sums up as a complimentary dish.

Unfortunately, we haven’t tried their famous iba shake because it was not available at that time. Bummer.

For dessert, try their Pumpkin Pie which was unfortunately just a slice but was delicious nonetheless.

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OVERALL

The very elegant dinner experience we had is enough for me to be happy. With their great service, food and ambiance; other restaurants should make this one as an inspiration slash competition to give a full customer satisfaction.

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SCHEDULE

Open everyday from 11AM to 12MN

HAPPY HOUR: 3PM-6PM

CONTACT

FACEBOOK

Contact Number: (032) 239 6265 or 0923 279 5616

RATINGS – 5/5 STARS

 

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Complementary Dish (very, very delicious!)

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SURPRISED: NOT YOUR ORDINARY PACUTE TEEN MOVIE | SHE’S DATING THE GANGSTER MOVIE REVIEW

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First of all (I have to be defensive about this but…) I’m NOT a fan of Daniel and Kathryn’s love team and I was really hesitant when my partner asked me to watch it, but what changed my mind was that this film was directed by one my favorite directors which gave me one of my favorite Filipino films of all time: One More Chance and she is Cathy Garcia-Molina. Yet, the fact still remains that it was a KathNiel movie still bugs me a bit.

But after watching She’s Dating a Gangster, I could say that it was a “WOW”.

But first let me break the bad, okay, good and the WOW elements in the film.

 

STORY, MAKE-UP, PRODUCTION AND COSTUME

Story-wise, the film started with the pa cute effect Daniel and Kathryn was destined to do. A bit shallow, confusing, corny and cheesy and to be honest, the costume they wore that’s supposed to be on the 80s were a bit off and discombobulated to the real fashion of that era. They were too pretty and too handsome. Was it maybe because of the High Definition camera used? Or was it really poor in production? In that sense, it never captured the 80s feel. But I don’t think any Pinoy films nowadays have captured a past era using costumes and make-up.

Anyhow, as the story progresses and when we got into the middle part: I realized that there’s a depth that captures my attention and gives focus to the story itself. The entire confusing introduction made all sense and you want more answers in the upcoming remaining minutes of the film. And also, I can see the effort of building a good movie on that moment.

And at the very end, it all sums up to giving you an entire emotional bittersweet love affair that will surely crush your heart into pieces.

It captures a love that is sacrificial and deep that in the end will always have a happy end no matter what. The story is just good.

There were really some fun moments in the movie but nothing beats the KathNiel fans that whenever Daniel appears to look pa cute on screen, everyone around is just going wild which gave my partner and I a noisy but hilarious cinematic experience.

 

ACTING

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting for Daniel Padilla to improve and be an effective character. I was shocked even on the first few minutes of the film; he already showed intense characterization that even my partner and I did not fathom.

And to Daniel’s mini-brilliance comes Kathryn’s mini-annoyance. Well, probably because she has to be quirky and all and it’s just so regular of her to do that and that maybe is the reason why we can’t see any improvement in her. But then, she’s still good when she shed’s tears (evil).

 

A RICHARD GOMEZ AND DAWN ZULUETA MOVIE

Yes… when you get to the ending, the part where Richard and Dawn’s characters did meet: they stole the scene from everyone including Daniel and Kathryn even when it’s just seven minutes long! The buildup of the story up to that specific ending makes you think that this film is not just some typical teen movie that you watch and puke right after but it’s the movie you should give focus to and wait for the very heartbreaking yet satisfying ending.

And it was all because of Richard and Dawn’s chemistry and pure acting. Maybe it’s because they’re veteran (they should really be good at it by now) and it was just so believable that it made me cry which I really did not expect to.

The scene where Richard and Dawn’s character meet eye to eye, and everything else was in slow motion, captured the real emotions of bitterness, confusion, loneliness and happiness… everything was just good until Dawn spoke of a one-word liner: “GANGSTER” that made everything in the movie fits like a puzzle which tugs your heart and will bring you tears to the eyes.

Another TBH, I am a CharDawn fan… die hard. UGH!

And because of this, I think it’s about time that ABS-CBN should produce a CharDawn film with great, great, great story and has to be handled well by a director like Garcia-Molina because it will surely be a huge hit not just for matured people, but also for young adults out there.

 

OVERALL

Overall, the movie is really good because it has a deeper sense of storytelling that differs from every one generation storyline films we’ve seen and Cathy Garcia-Molina definitely knows how to pull our heartstrings.

 

She’s Dating a Gangster is produced and released by Star Cinema and was directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina. Starring Danieel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo with Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta.

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