Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Diamond is Unbreakable (Japanese Movie 2017)

Synopsis:

In the fictional town of Moriou, Josuke Higashikata is the illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar. He possesses a Stand (super power), called Crazy Diamond that allows him to restore or fix broken objects or animals.

Josuke and his friends go to war with other Stand users.

Excerpted from: My Dramalist

Jojo's Bizzare Adventure.mp4_000627685.png

Words from Me:

This movie needs to have a part 2 and I’m sure the producers definitely planned for it, or else that ominous last scene at the ending credits would mean nothing. I really really really hope it comes out real soon! I feel that the wait would be worth it though.

What I like about the movie was practically everything. Story line, characters, CGI and OST were great and constructed well. The story wasn’t something unique as it was sort of closely related to the movie “Ajin” which I previously watched. In this movie they had this thing called “Stand” which could be compared to Ajin’s “Ghost”, where in a secondary kind of spirit comes out of the body. The difference is that in Ajin, there’s no particular talent of characteristic, they’re just good in fighting. While here in this movie, a Stand is not simply a spirit good in fighting but also has its own characteristic such as being able to heal wounds, control water, teleport, etc. I like the idea of having all kinds of power meeting together and fighting one another, having their own advantage and disadvantage. This is where the CGI worked miracles because it enhanced the already seemingly high value of the movie.

Despite liking the story, it does feel a bit off since this is adapted from a manga and the makers made it with a thought that people already know about the original work, so there are bits and pieces of tiny loopholes in the back story of the characters in which I had to feel in with my own common sense and imagination. Aside that I have nothing else to complain about because I wasn’t bored watching it all. Whatever was happening on screen took me by surprise and made my heart jump every now and then.

Bizarre is the perfect word to describe the situation of the characters because that’s exactly what was happening in their lives. Yamazakis Kento portrayed Jojo so well that he became an appealing protagonist to have everyone revolve around with. I couldn’t imagine anyone else who can act the same way he did. I also like the fact that his character could heal people even though he could not heal himself. It is usually a good defense in a fight but never a great offense. With this kind of strength, how on earth is he able to survive in an actual battle? That’s why it’s better to watch this movie than take my word for it because the way that the screen writer have incorporated wit to a dense kind of person, has an unlimited supply of possibilities! Other special mention characters are Hirose Koichi and Okuyasu Nijimura who were acted by Kamiki Ryunosuke and Mackenyu. I wouldn’t want to tell more about them as it might spoil the movie but they are the characters I would have watched out aside from the main one. Yamada Takayuki as Angelo on the other hand was a notable villain in the first half of the show.

On a side note, the OST was perfect for the whole movie as it was loud and fast paced exactly like what was happening in the scenes. The only thing that made me feel bad was the way it had a cliff hanger ending, but at the same time I also knew that the film had a lot more to offer and what I just watched was simply the beginning of Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure.

Advertisements

Full House (Korean Drama 2004)

Synopsis:

Han Ji Eun, an aspiring scriptwriter, lives in a house called “Full House” built by her late father. One day, her two best friends trick her into believing she has won a free vacation. While she is away, they sell her house. On the plane, she meets a famous actor named Lee Young Jae. Through comedic events, they get acquainted during her vacation and when she returns, she discovers her house has been sold to him.

Though they don’t get along with each other, as she is messy and he has a bad temper and likes cleanliness, they agreed to live with each other. At first, Ji Eun works as his maid in order to buy her house back, but because of Young Jae’s wish to make the love of his life, Kang Hye Won jealous, they get married. They set up a contract for the marriage to last six months. During that time, complications arise and Ji Eun and Young Jae become attracted to each other.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

Full House kdrama 2004 Drama Withdrawals

Words from Me:

So far it is still my ALL TIME FAVORITE Korean drama series. I even re-watched all 16 episodes for I don’t know how many times in the past 15 years. Another thing that won me over was the OST. It just sticks in your head that you would want to hear it over and over and over again.

Although some people had commented it becomes all stale and boring in the long run, I don’t see that. Yes. I’m totally blinded with this drama. All I see is Song Hye Kyo and that cute chemistry she had with Rain. The bickering and never ending I-hide-my-feelings-because-I-think-I’m-falling-for-you-now charade is what made me love it more. It was a romantic comedy which made me laugh my ass out and then squirm in the inside when things aren’t going well for the main leads. I also look forward to the main character’s cat and dog antics: I’m starting to like you. You’re starting to like me. BUT we’re SO not going to tell each other about these absurd feelings.

That’s the whole concept of the main character’s convoluted feelings.

In Full House, it was all fair in love and… eerrr debt? That’s how everything started. A contract (oh what a cliché!) and the jealousy induced acting between strangers. In the story, the ever bright Han Ji-Eun is a wacky lead female which lead to a ridiculous story line. Crazy as her character is, Lee Young-jae is the logical one but eventually becomes irrational when it comes to Ji-Eun.

I will still re-watch this despite being an old school drama, because honestly, this is the drama that paved the way for me to love most Korean Dramas.

 

You’re Beautiful (Korean Drama 2009)

Synopsis:

The management company of the idol group A.N.JELL insisted on adding a new singer to the group as the lead vocal, Tae Kyung’s voice was hurting. However,the new member, Mi Nam, had to go to the States to repair a botched eye job just before signing the contract. His agent came up with the idea of having his twin sister, Mi Nyu,to stand in for him and pretend that she was her brother. The two of them grew up in an orphanage and Mi Nyu, who was all set to become a nun, agreed to this charade as she didn’t want to spoil her brother’s chance of fame which would make it easier to look for their mother.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

6098546749_3908cf66d3_o

Words from Me:

You’re Beautiful is about a girl who tries her best to fit in an all-boys idol group (and in her case: pretend to be a guy). From a nun in training to a pop-star idol, this is the life of Go Min Yu in her road to finding her true self in a very unexpected way.

I like how the whole story is actually fictional and anything under the sun could happen, because let’s be honest… it is freaking difficult to hide one’s gender unless they had undergone surgery but even having that done, there are still a lot of obvious clues. So when the story was about a girl pretending to be boy and that she was housed in an all boys dorm, spending time with three other boys 24/7, I was half expecting that the female lead will be caught on her first day with the other band members. Seeing Go Mi Yu running around trying to pretend as her brother Go Mi Nam was hilarious. Inside my head I was scolding the other characters and calling them stupid, but really, the writer was simply playing with my mind and making me love the drama even more.

Actress Park Shin Hye was so cute in this drama, her character as a naive nun-in-training-turned-male-Kpop-idol was pretty much complex to pull off since she had to act within an act and it has to be two characters at the same time. Then insert the trio Jang Geun Suk, Jung Yong Hwa and Lee Hong Ki… there’s no shortage of cute guys in the whole drama.

Although the series wasn’t one of the top rated dramas during its airing since it had a very tough competition from a drama entitled IRIS, You’re Beautiful was rather well accepted all over the world and had a huge fan-base online. This drama was worth the wait, the space of my HD, the sleepless times I had and of course it was definitely worth my time. It was good enough like Coffee Prince and better than Boys Over Flowers. If I put these dramas together it will be equivalent to You’re Beautiful. Anyways, it feels like I’ve watched too many shows where a girl cross dresses and pretends to be a man but still… I’m enjoying every bit of it.

In conclusion, the drama is a heartfelt show that would entertain anyone who is into watching light dramas which doesn’t need to workout the brain on thinking too much if whatever happening on screen is even possible. The humorous lines and acting, memorable OST along with great cinematography (which the Korean media industry are so keen of) bring this drama to my top list in the Korean dramas for the year 2009.

 

Ajin (Japanese Movie 2017)

Synopsis:

An Ajin is considered as a demigod because they cannot die.

Nagai Kei only wanted to live peacefully, become a doctor and save his little sister from her illness. However, fate wanted something different for him. He discovered that he was an Ajin when he was accidentally hit by a truck and died on the spot but miraculously came back to life. This was caught on video which was quickly discovered by the government. As soon as they got hold of him, they immediately conducted research experiments on his body as if he was a guinea pig.

There were two other Ajins whom the government experimented earlier on, Satou and Tanaka Kouji who were called subject 001 and 002. They were able to escape the facility before Nagai was discovered. Both decided to go back and attack the place to save Nagai. Satou, the main instigator of the raid wanted to recruit Nagai to join their cause in killing humanity and letting only the Ajins remain on earth.

Words from Me:

The main reason I wanted to watch this was because of Sato Takeru and the sci-fi-action scenes wherein I get to see unimaginable things including some gory stuff for the fight sequence. That being said, I wasn’t entirely disappointed with my expectations, however the movie’s narrative felt lacking. It seemed as if it was rushed to give way to the battle that would take place between humans and the Ajin. They weren’t able to highlight the background story of each character which I think was vital for the whole movie to make more sense into what was happening. Another drawback for me was the subtitle. I watched this with crappy subtitles. So I advise those who are planning to watch this to please refrain from seeing it in Kissasian because the hard subs would definitely leave you annoyed and dissatisfied.

Setting that aside, what I liked about the film aside from the main lead and the violence are the other sub characters including the antagonists. I love Shirota Yu ever since I’ve first seen him back in 2007 from the drama “Hanazakari no Kimitachi e”, it was great seeing him here despite being the side-kick of a bad guy. Ayano Go as the main evil guy works well for me too. I liked how he brought his role to life, because his character is the type I would love and hate at the same time. Lastly there’s Kawaei Rina as Shimomura Izumi, the only female character in this whole movie who kicked ass. She may be the smallest and most vulnerable looking in the cast, but heck! This woman could throw punches and give head locks like any other MMA fighters out there.

Music wise, I appreciated the loud rock music that accompanied most action scenes. It made me feel pumped up every time I watched those scenes. Over all I liked the movie and would recommend it to those who wouldn’t mind watching an action packed film despite the lack of background story. I would also suggest to find a better streaming site that hosts this movie and make sure that the subtitles are translated well enough.

Online Shop: Most Wont But I Will

bingarre23.jpgmostwontbutiwill

I’ve been trying hard to live with a zero waste practice for my daily living but I’m failing miserably. It’s freaking hard because I’m used to the wasteful lifestyle just like most people in this modern world.

When I started to convert myself, I found myself in a big hurdle. Why? There are a lot of disposable things that I particularly like using, specially baby products. Nonetheless, it’s better to try than not to do anything at all. What I found bearable to start with was the first one that I started using which was… eco-bags! Whenever I go to the mall or meet friends somewhere, I always put an eco-bag inside my bag just in case I might need to buy something. With that, I’m able to refuse plastic or paperbags and I feel proud of myself for being able to do that. It’s also nice that in our place in San Felipe Zambales, the government district have initiated a zero waste practice in the market. They encourage buyers to bring their own bags, if they don’t… then they have the option of holding all their bought items with their arms and hands. Heh!

What I like about this zero waste practice is that it makes our community in Liwliwa a bit closer to each other. Several resorts who sell food and drinks have finally stopped using plastic cups, plates or even discouraged takeouts if they didn’t have their own container. It’s nice when the resort owners lend us their plates whenever we order take out but most of the time though, we use our own containers.

Now that I have my own little business of selling drinks which I call Good Drinks which is served at Good Karma Surf Resort (check out the article written by my friend Kevin Bascao about the place: Click Here), I had to think twice when using straws. It’s very hard to tell people that we don’t do take outs because I could see the disappointment in their eyes when they really want to take out the drink. The biggest problem that I had to deal with was the big straws. I sell Milk Tea with tapioca pearls which needs a bigger straw to enjoy the drink. Not a lot of people are fans of using a spoon for their drink, that’s why I bought plastic straws to serve my clients. Yes… I know. Bad bad bad biniBningPunkista for contributing gunk to the world.

So… when I discovered a place who sells milk tea straw that is stainless, I grabbed the opportunity and purchased some! I found the site in Instagram which was recommended by my best friend Wet, thanks bes! ^_^v

Untitled

Desktop View

screenshot_20180619-1757001970207222.png

Mobile View on Android

@mostwont.butiwill is the tag name of the Instagram who sells affordable stainless/glass/bamboo straws, eating utensils, bamboo charcoal toothbrush and eco-bags. It’s so easy to order, the seller is very friendly and accommodating. All I had to do was send them a direct message via Instagram and they were able to reply a few hours after. The rules on ordering is already in their account, all I had to do was read them. Paying isn’t much of a hassle, since they have an account in BPI it was easy to deposit money and forward the receipt to them – I just forwarded a photo of the receipt and that’s it! It would have been easier if I had activated my e-money transfer under BPI, but I’m too lazy to go to the branch to have it done.

After the fast and smooth transaction, I was able to get my goods after a few days. I bought colorless ones in bulk for my business and a black one for personal use, it also comes with a small brush so cleaning the straws won’t be a hassle. Now I’m able to bring my stainless straw inside my bag and use it wherever or however I want to.

 

BTW, the photo that I used at the beginning of this blog came from @mostwont.butiwill’s posts and I find each photo caption very informative. They frequently post photos as a reminder to keep our environment waste free. I also like how simple their logo is, because it talks a lot about a personal choice, a choice to be conscious about our lifestyle.

This practice isn’t just happening in the Philippines but also globally. Citizens in japan also took the initiative to join the worldwide war against plastic waste: Click Here.

A Korean editor has also written about battling a wasteful lifestyle. While other big companies like Binggrae are finally using stainless straws for their drinks.

 

 

bingarrebingarre2

Soulmate (Korean Drama 2006)

Synopsis:

The person you meet once in your lifetime that fate has brought to you!
This person you call your soulmate.
The year 2006, your soulmate is secretly creeping up on you…
What if my other half is really living somewhere out there; will I be able to notice them?

It is a question that can be asked by anyone who is in their marital age. A time when matchmaking agencies are flooded with people! Try re-identifying the true meaning of marriage and love while watching 6 couples live the same life that you’re living in.

We will show you everything you need to know in the love game!

This is a sitcom young adults and adults can enjoy. Members of all age groups can enjoy it, and benefit from its honest and ongoing talk about love. It gives its viewers some final answers to the “love game” questions and presents confusing issues in a way that everyone can understand. The drama will tell you everything you’ve always wanted to know, from spending a night with a guy you don’t like, to how to completely win over a guys heart; and much more!! It spills out all the secrets of the love game.

“It is easier to stir up a women’s heart than to drink wine.”
– Dong-wook, a playboy who no one can even dare to follow.

“My boyfriend of 5 years!! He is definitely my soulmate!!”
– Soo-kyung, a girl who only looks at one man like a sunflower; a perfect, pure hearted character.

Two people who have never seen each other, and who live on the opposite sides of the world from each other live and love in their own way, but from some point on they start to move towards the same dream and feel the same physiological feelings. Two people who have met by fate in a world full of mixed up fates. Now, the most amazing things, which no one could have ever thought of, start to unfold between the two.

Excerpted from: MBC Global Media

Words from Me:

This Drama gave me a different perspective about love. What is fate? What is destiny? How do you differentiate love and infatuation? I still don’t know the main answer for this. All I know is that my outlook has changed… which made me glad I watched this drama because at least I was enlightened.

I like how the story of this drama unfolded since there were different aspects that made it very interesting. Friendship, misunderstandings, visions, fate and love… the belief that things would fall into their proper places. The characters also had to go through all kinds of experiences, meet different people before finding the right person, thus the title being Soulmate. It tackles a lot of topic too but at the end of the day, love is the main point of it all. Aside that, there are a lot of funny moments in this drama which made me laugh out loud despite the cliche scenes because it was used in an uncanny way, it didn’t seem corny or cheesy at all.

Most of the cast aren’t even that popular, they’re not that good looking and there was nothing exceptional about them. However, their acting was really great that they were able to portray their roles according to the intention of the script writer. The writer by the way did a great job for coming up with wonderful drama, wherein anyone can relate to since it could really happen in real life. The lines of the characters are quotable as well, which I will be including at this end part of this blog entry.

The cinematography was simple and yet beautiful. It wasn’t big or extravagant like other dramas but the angles to capture the scene brought out the beauty of the back drops and its realism.

The most note worthy thing in this drama was the music. The OST was splendid and so far it remains as one of my favorites up to this day. The main theme song was also fitting for the story. Music had so much meaning and importance all through out this drama and I simply got that sense of LSS (last song syndrome) after hearing it over and over and over again.

Definitely recommending this to anyone who loves watching their dramas with an eargasm kind of OST.

Here are several favorite quotes gathered from the drama:

“Everyone has a reason to be happy.”

“Fate is something you can’t run away from, something you can’t shake off no matter how hard you try, it just sticks on to you no matter what.”

“The best revenge to do against your enemy is to live happier than he does.”

“So knowing each other’s true feelings can be this difficult.”

“If we’re meant to be, even if it’s not now… someday. Someday we’ll be able to meet again.”

Online Shop: It’s Cool to Be Fab

itcfab
Instagram Desktop View

 

 

 

Instagram Mobile on Android View

There used to be days when online selling through different social media was the hype… well actually even these days it’s still the same. The only difference in my opinion is that some were able to establish their reputation in the long run and that includes a seller in Instagram who called herself “It’s Cool to Be Fab”.

This isn’t the typical online shop where I was able to download an app and cart stuff because it’s a shop from Instagram. There are a lot of bogus sellers in Instagram so it’s best to check out the comments and the followers to see how genuine the account is. Speaking of followers, this account has a total of 26,500+ followers. Believe me, she’s not an actress endorsing something but a real life seller. I’ve been following this account since 2015 and not once did she ever let me down with my orders. If there’s a problem with the item, she would inform me about it before hand. Sometimes she would include a cute note along with her packages and when I’m lucky enough, she would also give out a couple of freebies but these are usually on special occasions. I also don’t have to wait too long for my orders to be delivered because she has a schedule for shipping. When the payment arrives to her account on the right time prior to her arranged shipment, chances are my bought items will be included in that bunch.

What I like about this shop is that it’s in Instagram and I get to interact with the seller herself. Another thing about the shop owner is that she’s super nice and easy to talk with. I love the products she sells, although most are thrifted, the quality of the clothes are in their best shape as if it’s still brand new. Most online shops in IG are very misleading, because the photos are very nice but when I finally get the item, it would only disappointed me. Not in this shop though, because here, what you see is what you get. She takes pictures meticulously, then posts several photos showing the whole outfit including the details on close up and lastly, she comments about it. Yes, she comments on her own products to verify about the item’s worth. I always take her word for it because I know it would be what it is and she doesn’t give false hope to her clients.

Every collection she would post has a theme of either Japanese, Korean or current trend inspired clothes and accessories, this is also usually pre-announced. When she says 7 pm, she would post stuff during that time unless something urgent comes up. When she starts posting, I suggest to refresh the feeds quickly, since she already has a lot of followers most of the items are easily sold out in no time. Buying is a first come first served basis unless there’s a “bid” or a “steal”. Bidding or stealing means you can buy the item for a higher price than the first person who grabbed the item.

itcfab2.pngSample sold items: So Cute!

There are several ethical rules on online buying in IG accounts or any social media account to be exact, but here is the number one golden rule: Don’t be a bogus buyer. It means, reserving the item but not really paying for it or sometimes asking a lot about the product but don’t have the intention of buying it. That’s really annoying for the seller and a total waste of time. I’ve experienced being an online seller too and it’s such a bother to answer queries and end up not selling anything at all. Other rules and details are already in the IG account so all you have to do is read, browse and buy.

As for the payment, there are different modes of payment and you can also see this in the rules. For those who want to check out the account, you can go directly here: @itscooltobefab – add the account and wait to be approved since it is a private account and only approved people can buy in her shop. This is to verify that the person buying is real and not a bot.

_20180703_0104461910367999.jpgIG Stories for FAQ on Feedback, Shipping, Payment and Order Form

Over all I enjoyed shopping in her store and even have clothes from her shop that became memorable milestones in my life. Hopefully the shop goes on steadfast and make a lot of other people happy with their clothes.

 

 

Tops in courtesy of @itscooltobefab
3/4 sleeves made in Korea for my 30th Birthday and engagement night.