#OTWOLDiaries: My heart is breaking..

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Very Realistic.
True to life.

To tell you the truth.  We, the fans - the audiences know the solution to their problems.  We can say this and that - we all have our own opinions on what to do to help their situation.  But it's NOT our love story.  It's theirs.  We just watch, observe, laugh and cry with them.  And that's why I think it's painful for us to watch them in this difficult situation.  Because we are all POWERLESS to help them get through this.

I can say that Leah is at fault, or that Clark should have screamed Leah's name at the airport.  But that's US and not them.  We can solve their problems for them, but it's not ours to solve.  They need to go through this for their characters to grow.  

One significant thing in a great love story's success is that the characters need to have REALISTIC FLAWS.  One that is true to life, something relatable.

For the majority, I'm sure most everyone would say that Leah has a choice - Leah can and should have just stood by Clark.  But come on, had that happened - then the story would have lost it's glory.  Instead, the story chose to take the more *painful* route, Leah needed to prove something.  In all honesty - I would have said that she didn't need to leave - but she still left.  I feel that she needed to prove something to herself that's why she left.  It wasn't a matter or pride or necessity, but I feel that it was a great opportunity for her (career wise) and it's not something you'd want to pass on.  I mean, really, think about it - 4x her salary?  I honestly think it's quite measly - I mean really - analyze it.  If let's say she was earning P20,000.00 a month and multiply that 4x that's P80,000.00.  Since she needed P2,000,000.00 - she would need to work for 25 years without spending a single centavo on herself.  That made me think - why, Leah?  Then it dawned on me.  It was something she NEEDED to do for herself.

Clark should have understood, you would say.  But in reality, he didn't need to understand.  I was so heartbroken during the video call of Clark and Leah, because I saw Clark in pain - he was NEVER the priority.  There was always something or someone.  Clark is too perfect, but right now - he's turning human again - he's been honest with his feelings, he's feeling angry, he's becoming more real.  And that's really good because it shows us that despite being a *perfect* man, he really isn't.  

Both characters have become stubborn.  No one was willing to sacrifice.  But you know what - I would have stood behind Leah and told her that if Clark was meant to be for her, he would have let her be.  But that's just one side of the story.  I would have told Clark too to stand his ground and fight for his love for Leah - it's an ego kind of a thing for a man to provide.  And it's painful since we all have fallen in love with Clark to see him in agony.  In my head, I was disliking Leah - over and over in my head you will hear *Leah, give it up! Stay with Clark!*  But then I realized, if I were in Leah's shoes - I would have gone to Dubai too.  I needed to do it not just for my family, but for myself.  I am good at what I do and I NEED to pursue it.  Women have long sacrificed so much in history.  We have always sacrificed ourselves for our family and our *man*.  I think it might be high time to make something of myself.  But then again, that's just me.  Hahahaha!!

I'm actually scared and excited.  I mean here we are at the last 12 days of #OTWOL.  I'm sure everyone's glued on their TV screens hanging on to every word and every gap there after.  I'm sure ideas are now all over the place - predictions, theories and all sorts of stuff.

But one thing is.. We need to enjoy this last ride guys.  Let's just hang on till the end.  I'm sure the ending is worth it.

I have always believed in TIMING.  That everything happens at the right time.  So let's give them time, OUR time.

Let's not forget to praise the directors, scriptwriters, staff and crew of this wonderful teleserye.  I have said it before and I will say it again - I have not seen this good of a teleserye in YEARS.  I'm glad I got glued to it at the right moment.  Great strorytelling guys, and great acting too!

Pero Pero, may issues ako:
Leah naman, ano ba naman yung sabihin mo na aalis ka kay Clark.  Patinging tingin ka sa glass windows, alam mo namang di alam ni Clark na aalis ka.  Unnecessary drama darling ha.. 

Clark naman, BAKIT HINDI MO SINIGAW PANGALAN NI LEAH SA AIPORT??  Nawalan ka naman ng boses di oras?  


Kindhearted kals give Bantay Bata kids the gift of KidZania Manila


Kindhearted kals give Bantay Bata kids the gift of KidZania Manila

The kids of ABS-CBN Foundation’s Bantay Bata program enjoyed exploringKidZania Manila and its various role-playing activities, through the kindness of their fellow children who supported the KidZania Para sa Bantay Bata initiative.  By purchasing star-shaped capiz ornaments, the play city’s misters and misses were able to raise more than P174,000, sending more than 160 underprivileged children to discover their dream careers at the mini metropolis.

Visiting KidZania Manila and role-playing various careers was an unforgettable experience for the Bantay Bata kids. “They were amazed by all the different features of the play city—the bank, newspaper office, and fast-food outlets that were so true to life, except that they are kid-sized,” said social worker Evan Lyndon.

The kids enjoyed working as chefs for a day, and making their own cheeseburgers and macaroni salads. They also learned the ins and outs of putting a newspaper and a TV show together, the value of caring for trees, and the importance of working together to save lives as doctors and firefighters. “It was an inspiring experience, as the kids gained a deeper understanding and appreciation of what adults do and how society functions,” added Evan. 

“One of the most important values we always aim to teach kids  is to care and share whatever blessings they have with others,” said Maricel Pangilinan-Arenas, State Governor of KidZania Manila. “It just goes to show that each of us can do something—no effort is too big or too small—to make the holidays bright for others, especially kids who are in need.”

The KidZania para sa Bantay Bata program was part of the play city’s Paskong Kai Saya sa KidZania Manila initiative, which celebrated well-loved Filipino Christmas traditions.

To book tickets and for more information, visit manila.kidzania.com.

About KidZania
KidZania is an interactive kids’ city combining inspiration, fun, and learning through realistic role play for kids four to 14. Kids can independently explore a kid-sized city with over 100 role-playing activities. Each experience is designed to empower kids, giving them the confidence to be their best selves, and inspiration to be great global citizens. One of the world’s most inventive, most awarded and fastest-growing kid’s educational entertainment concepts, KidZania has 21 locations in 18 countries, including in the Philippines.

KidZania, Inc., headquartered in Mexico, was founded in 1997, opened its first park in 1999, and is privately held. For more information about KidZania Manila, visit manila.kidzania.com.

KidZania is locally franchised by Play Innovations, Inc., whose majority stakeholder is ABS-CBN Corporation.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

How long does it take for you to shower?

Well, my Panget spends 5 minutes, I can't for the life of me understand how he can finish everything in 5 minutes!  I personally spend at least 15minutes in the shower.  Too long?  Well, I wish I had a bathtub so I can bathe longer!  Hahaha.  The thing that comes to mind is the scene in the TV show Friends when Monica introduces Chandler to having a *long bath*.  Baths can de-stress us, it de-stresses me!

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Tokyo Diaries: YEN's Private Car pick-up service

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Whenever I travel with a group, I make sure that everyone travels with convenience.  So I search and look for private car services that does pick up.  Mind you, I look for the most reasonably priced ones.  I email and inquire and when I've picked my choices - I haggle.

 Two years ago, we went to Tokyo with my brother in law and my nieces.  Since we had 3 kids in tow - I thought it was just but right to have a car pick us up from the airport.  It takes away the hassle of pacifying 3 kids with matching luggages to take care of.  This year, when we went to London - I made sure to have a car pick us up because I had my in laws with me.  My Panget has a bad back so, you can't rely on him to lug around heavy bags.

Most friends think of this service as a waste of money.  Well, I beg to differ.  When you choose the standard route - you can take a bus, that will have so many stops.  You can take a train with a lot of station transfers, or you can take a taxi - it will for sure take a lot from your pocket money.  At your age - are you prepared to do all those things?  Well, if you have all the time in the world - then by all means, take the standard route - right?

This Tokyo trip, I was getting frustrated already because I couldn't find ANY affordable pick-up service.  All of those I've inquired were asking for an arm and a leg.  So by stroke of luck, I messaged a friend - Achi Pam, and she sent me the contact details of the car service they hired on their last Tokyo trip.  I sent this person an email and I got a very reasonable rate.

I told my Panget about this and he was agreeable, the hard part was convincing his friend and his cousin.  In the end, they agreed.  They computed it and realized that the difference was a minimal add to that the convenience of the car picking us up from the arrival hall and dropping us off at the entrance of our apartment's lobby.

We were charged JPY20,000.00 / PHP7,700.00 we were 5 people so that's PHP1,540.00.  The airport limousine bus will cost you JPY3,100.00 / PHP1,200.00.  Keep in mind that an airport limousine has a LOT of stops, plus the drop off point is a hotel and not at your apartment's doorstep.  Weigh your hassles VS convenience.

Our vehicle was a Hi-Ace.  It can easily accommodate 9 people with luggages.  I think it can fit 10, but the driver said 9.  You can pay in CASH or with a CREDIT CARD.  He also has a portable wifi, so you can surf and entertain yourselves while inside the vehicle.

So email him or better yet, message him on Line Messenger.  Yen really replies quickly.

Thanks Achi Pam for the referral!

Why I love watching #OnTheWingsOfLove over and over again!

Monday, February 01, 2016

Kasi masarap to watch a nice love story over and over again!!
Secretly, I'm sure we all don't want the show to end.  Diba??

I started watching again from the beginning (yes, again!!) and I can't help but gush and admire how much the characters (and actors) have grown.  You'll see a different kind of depth between the two of them - their characters and as actors.  How #JaDine shares a scene together?  It's very different.  You'll see the evolution of the tandem.

In the first few episodes, you'll notice that their rapport is very still very raw.  It's perfect actually since in the story the two of them were forced into the situation and you can clearly see some awkwardness between the two of them.  As the episodes progress, you'll see them both be comfortable with one another.  Their ease with each other and their chemistry is seen and felt on screen.  Call me biased, but I swear to you - their smiles and simple gestures to each other makes me smile like crazy and feel oh so kilig.

Their love team works.  It really does.  I can't explain it - but I'm so very sold on the #JaDine tandem.  I have written it in the past that I do not want them to be paired with other actors for the simple reason of me being selfish.  But honestly - I can't imagine them acting side by side with another person, I don't think it will work as much?  Or maybe it'll take a bit of effort for the new team up to work.

Case in point:  The arrival of Simon in the Clark and Leah tandem.
If you were to ask me, I don't see Simon as a threat to #Cleah.  Why?  Because there is NO chemistry whatsoever with #PauloAvelino + #NadineLustre.  Well, I cannot see or feel it.  But that's just me.  Maybe for others, they feel the chemistry.  All I can feel with their team up is the professional chemistry.  I may be biased but seriously, Simon's character wasn't given much room to love.  He was tough and was *nakakainis* from the start.  He was made into a villian, I mean teasers palang, you get this negative idea about him.  As with Clark - in the start he was your typical villain who is always contra with everything Leah does.  But I guess, at the back of my head, I know for a fact that Simon was just created as *pampagulo* so that's why I don't see the charm of #PauloAvelino in the series.  Plus I have this notion that whenever he enters a currently airing teleserye, it goes downhill.  BUT BUT in fairness to #PauloAvelino, the show hasn't tanked and EVERYONE IS VERY EXCITED on what will happen next.  Kasi naman, it's just now that Simon is starting with his *da-moves*  he will be pivotal to the ending.  Swerte si #PauloAvelino.  Hahaha!!  Mainly because he was able to join the cast last minute!  So his kasikatan will also be pulled up.

So why does #OnTheWingsOfLove click?   Simple - because it's very relatable.  The conflicts are not out of this world.  There are no bombs going off.  No one is plotting death, the PNP is not involved, no one is scheming or is out for a revenge.  The conflicts are simple, true to life and very practical - most everyone has gone through them.  Jealousy among couples, ambition, sacrifice, unrequited love, filial love, OFW issues, aka - Pinoy life.  This teleserye has somehow stayed true to the story when it started.  It has skewed a bit but it still was focused on the ending.  One more thing - I LOVE THAT THEY HAVE KISSING SCENES!  Yes, kissing scenes!  To be perfectly honest, it's VERY REFRESHING to see a teleserye that has real kissing scenes.  It's NOT pretentious!  Kisses happen in real life, diba?  It's not torrid and instead is very sweet and innocent.  Himatay levels!  But get this, I have a feeling na they both get kilig also with their scenes.  Hahaha!!!  It's not just us who is enjoying - but them too!  Hihi...

Another thing why the teleserye clicks is that. CLARK IS SO PERFECT!  I'm 1000% sure about this, that most viewers are female and we all have this IDEAL MAN in our heads that we want to end up with.  Clark Medina is so very perfect!  Well, very close to perfect.  He's good looking, he speaks very good english, he likes to surprise Leah, he's not afraid to fight for his love, he's a gentleman, he's a good brother/son, he can dance, he sings very well too!  He knows how to play basketball, he's hardworking, he's ambitious.  He's EVERYTHING we want our Prince Charming to be!!

Leah on the other hand is loveable too.  She's not the type you'll want to throw under the bus so that you can have Clark all to yourself.  You'll find yourselves rooting for her and Clark to get together!  That's the magic of the show I think, we're all rooting for the #Cleah happy ending.  

I keep on seeing the teasers of the San Francisco shoot.  And all I can say is HEARTACHE & HEARTBREAK!!  HEARTBREAK because we sense something bad is going to happen.  There is a twist, a twist that will break our hearts - but you know what, think of it this way.  They will make us cry, like a good love story - cry in the middle, and eventually we'll be crying happy tears when the series ends.  And I think that's a good enough odds rather than a crappy *pilit* ending.

So why am I re-watching from the beginning?

Well, I miss their banter - since in the beginning, they're still doing the *taguan ng feelings* it's very cute seeing them try and hide their feeling from one another and fight!  Hahaha!  Every kiss they made in the beginning held soooo much meaning.  Aminin, iba yung smile natin - even the tweets!  Hahaha...   

It's a different kind of high watching the old episodes.  I can't explain it, but I love watching them since you know that they've mastered the art of making benta their love team.  The current episodes are also kilig naman - but I guess what makes the old episodes different is that, I have the opportunity to watch them over and over again.  Kind of like re-living their romance (and watching their love story unfold), how they started and how they're about to end - over and over again.  Hahaha!!

I think that's my frustration - since I can't relive MY love story, just channel it into Clark and Leah's love story nalang!  Hahahaha....

Basta - I'm a fan.  A HUGE fan.

Of #JaDine
Of Direk Tonette, Direk Jojo and Direk Dan.
Of the scriptwriters of #OTWOL

Wonderful storytelling.  I love it.

P.S.  I think I'm the TARGET audience.   Hahaha!!