Looking for ‘the magic wand’?

ASK me what make-up item could I not live without, I would give you a straight-up answer, there and there, without second thoughts, I would say mascara. I just love mascara! It makes a huge difference on anyone’s face. It gives oomph to every look! Pulled off an all-nighter? With just one sweep, you would look fully awake. It really comes in handy anytime. This is very true to me. Especially nowadays, where I’m pulling all-nighters almost every night because it’s nearing the end of my thesis semester, mascara has become my best friend.

Finding the perfect mascara is one of the hardest parts of going clean with our beauty routines. We find ourselves in constant pursuit of the mascara that would best suit us, in accordance to the lashes we have and the preferences we live with. While some people have short lashes, some people have long. While some people have straight lashes, some people are sporting natural curly ones. And don’t get me started on the numerous combinations of these characteristics. Personally, I have long and curly lashes. My mom has long, straight lashes and my dad has short, curly ones. I’m so glad I got the good combination (hihi). Since I know I have this sort of lashes, having the right kind of mascara is important to me (You gotta work your assets, girl!).

Finding the mascara that would be true to us would be such an achievement. For myself, I only look for two things for my mascara: easy to put on and easy to wash off. I used to think that wasn’t much to ask, but the more I search, the more I realize looking for the perfect mascara could be difficult. So, once you get a hold of THE mascara, or what I would fondly call ‘the magic wand,’ you better take good care of it, just as you would do with that one true love (LOL what?). I’ve tried several mascaras and I cannot wait to tell you all about them!

1. Fanny Serrano, Lash Extravagance Extreme Length

I felt giddy just by the name of this product. I wonder how pretty it would look on my lashes given that I already have long lashes. Having long lashes is one thing but ‘extravagance extreme length’? Now, that’s really something! Plus, the packaging is also another thing. It’s in a slim, shiny, electric chrome blue container – very eye-catching. The wand also looks promising. It’s long, curved and has very little space between the tiny bristles. I expect that this kind of wand would make it easier to apply and also make the coats more even. I have high expectations for this product, that’s for sure. And so I tried it.

With one sweep, I didn’t see much coating so I applied two more coats. And then that did it. It clumped. So I tried to fix it. But then, it smeared all over my eyes. I had a very hard time wiping it off coz the formula is really thick and it dried quickly. But yes, it extended my lashes – to the point that it is already spidery. I don’t think it’s for me at all. I had such a bad experience with this product. The P350 was such a waste. But maybe it could work to other people. One thing is for sure though, that wand takes a lot of getting used to.

RATING:      1.5/5

2. Victoria’s Secret, Hello Bombshell Make-up Kit Mascara

I got this product as part of the Victoria’s Secret Hello Bombshell make-up kit, which is worth above P2000. I got thrilled about the mascara because it is so tiny. I find it very cute. It is in a little shiny black container with a silver cap.

Opening it, I find a standard bristle brush for the wand. I think that would be a sign that it applies evenly. The scent is okay. It is tolerable. I didn’t mind it.

The formula is nice and silky but it can be really clumpy. That’s too bad. It doesn’t give volume; instead it can weigh down the lashes. The coats are not very noticeable. There’s not much difference before and after applying it. However, it is pretty good on the lengthening department. I would use it on my bottom lashes. I think it is pretty okay.

RATING:    3/5

3. Clinique, Lash Doubling Mascara

‘Ooh lash doubling!’ was my first thought about this product. I mean, that is quite a captivating name! I wonder if this product would really hold to its promise. What better way to know than to try for yourself, right? So I tried it.

First things first, I like the packaging. Isn’t it so elegant? It is in a nice metallic color, with a silver cap. First thought when I opened it? I don’t like the smell. It gives a very distinct smell, which I find disgusting. Well, that’s maybe just me but yeah.

The formula is very wet, which made it hard to apply. It smudges. It doesn’t clump though, even if you apply several layers. But then, it flakes by the end of a long day. The name is misleading, because it didn’t give me the lashes I expected from that name. It did made my lashes longer and fuller but not enough. It did not give as much volume as the name promises. You have to apply several layers to get a pretty good volume for your lashes.

The wand, however, is a standard long bristle brush, which I like. It separates the lashes into perfection, giving you fanned out lashes, which makes a very pretty natural look. It applies the mascara evenly and beautifully.

If little volume and little color is your thing, then this is for you. If you want to achieve the natural look, P1500 for this product would be worth it.

RATING:      3.75/5

4. Nichido, Dual Mascara

This product got me so intrigued. It is basically a 2-in-1 mascara! Who doesn’t want getting two things in one go? Not me. The product is dual ended with white base mascara, which has Pro Vitamin B5 on one end, and black lengthening mascara on the other. Exciting right?

The white base mascara serves as a primer for the lashes. It prepares the lashes for the lengthening mascara. Because of that base coat, the lengthening mascara holds well, giving you more dramatic longer lashes. Now, this product made me feel such a professional. Applying base coats before the lengthening one – made me feel that I know my stuff (LOL).

Opening it, I was a little doubtful of the consistency of the formula. It’s a bit sticky for my taste. However, after trying it, I realized that it is really easy to put on because the wand has really nice bristles. It’s a nice spiral brush, which helps in applying the mascara more effectively. Another thing is, it doesn’t smudge – at all – even when you perspire or cry while wearing it. But, having to wash it off is certainly not a problem. I also really like the smell of this product. It gives a pleasant scent, something you wouldn’t really get much from mascaras. It is so worth my P240! Actually, for my opinion, it should cost higher given what it offers.

RATING:   4/5

5. Maybelline, The Rocket Volume Express

I actually was so excited with this mascara. I just know it is up to something great just by the name. Plus, I really like how the packaging is so true to its name. It actually kind of looks like a rocket and I think that is cute. However, when I opened it, I slightly was hesitant by the wand and the formula. The wand, which they call the ‘revolutionary ultra-sonic brush’ is a fat, pointed brush with tiny teeth, it’s kind of a pet peeve of mine because it can be doubtful if you want good lashes. I don’t think these kinds of wands would do the work. The formula is really wet. I mean really, really wet. So I expected that it would be something that requires a lot of work putting on.

To confirm my expectations, I tried it. I loved it! I love how it elongates and gives volume to my lashes without having the product mess up my face. It is so easy to put on and also easy to wash off. And take note, I even apply it in three coats! I found the wand too big for my taste, but hey, it can definitely deliver! It’s clump-free and I didn’t have to worry about flaking. It stays on for the rest of the day. The scent is quite okay as well. This is totally worth the P300 I spent. I think I’ve found my match with this mascara! It’s perfect for everyday make-up. If we have comfort food, I would totally consider this as my comfort mascara.

RATING:      5/5


(L-R) Fanny Serrano Lash Extravagance Extreme Length, Victoria’s Secret Hello Bombshell Make-up kit Mascara, Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara, Nichido Dual Mascara, Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express



Lesson Learned


AFTER the success of her best-selling books “Parang Kayo, Pero Hindi” and “Buti Pa Ang Roma May Bagong Papa,” Noringai produces another book that is certainly a must-read, “The Goodbye Girl,” (Noreen Capili & Anvil Publishing, Inc., Mandaluyong City, Philippines, 2015, 112). I had the chance to read this third book of hers in paperback and I can’t wait to tell you about it!

“Kapag hindi ka mahal ng taong mahal mo, ikaw iyong letter E sa word na LOVE. Nandyan ka pero hindi pino-pronounce (Noringai, 2015).”

Lately, buzzes about Wattpad stories have been circulating around the country with the rise of movies and TV shows based on them. Wattpad was just a domain before, serving as a platform for writers at heart to share their works publicly with fellow writers and readers. But, with the aforementioned buzzes, Wattpad has become a stepping-stone for aspiring writers who wanted to make a name for themselves. Noringai or Noreen Capili was one of them – a BA Creative Writing graduate from the University of the Philippines – Diliman, who is currently writing teleplays and screenplays for a living.

“The Goodbye Girl” is an inspirational book especially written for those who suffers from this thing called love – those who loved with their all but ended up taken for granted, hurt, left behind and even forgotten. Noringai introduces readers to the five types of the “goodbye girl”: the invisible girl, the other girl, the heartbroken girl, the bitter girl and finally, the new girl. “The Goodbye Girl” is a book about heartaches, heartbreaks and moving on. It is about the broken heart. It is a compilation of real life stories of pain experienced from loving someone with the hope that readers can find comfort, hope and humor in every essay and make them realize that what they are feeling may be universal but temporary.

“Wala tayo sa pelikula. This is reality. And in reality, kapag umalis ako, hahayaan mo lang ako (Noringai, 2015).”

I’m not usually a reader of this kind of books but I must say that I actually enjoyed the experience. Noringai has her special way of storytelling. She writes in a very conversational manner, and effortlessly inserts wit and humor to her writings.

Even topics as heavy as the matters of the heart is conveyed very lightly without having to compromise the content. She makes even the most painful of memories laughable but still very relatable. Even with the bombarding of “hugot” lines and funny antiques, “The Goodbye Girl” is still thought provoking and striking in an exceptionally unpredictable way of putting things into perspective. The book will certainly leave you feeling light-hearted, encouraged and even a better person after reading it. She writes with such skill that her words will reassure you that you are absolutely not alone in this world whatever it is that you are feeling. And in whatever it is that you are confronted with, there is always hope.

“Kung ito lang ang paraan to make the pain stop, to help you cope with depression, then by all means, magpaka-bitter ka (Noringai, 2015).”

What I find very notable about the book is how it conveys its message. Yes, it is an inspirational book but it didn’t feel like it. Readers won’t really feel that they were being lead to a solution or a realization, but instead, it feels natural. The presentation of the message is smooth and light, but very moving. That is something that is hard to do and I admire Noringai for being able to do that in this book. “The Goodbye Girl” may be very easygoing, but it is very helpful.

“The Goodbye Girl,” sold at only P185, is greatly recommended for those who are currently in a very difficult situation in their love lives – those who are going through tough times with the matters of the heart. It’s also a good read for those who have gone through same situations or those who know people who are going through the same hardships. This book will positively help you start anew.


Spotlight: Pangako Sa’yo Remake

AMIDST the sea of ABS-CBN remakes such as “Mara Clara” (2010) and “Bituing Walang Ningning” (2006), now comes another version of one of the best teleseryes of all time – “Pangako Sa’yo” (2015).


This 2015, a remake of the great “Pangako Sa’yo,” first aired in 2000, was launched and is expected to make people swoon with one of the most loved love stories of all time. It was dubbed the first “teleserye” on Philippine television, previously starring one of the Philippine’s favorite on-and-off-screen tandem back then, Jericho Rosales (Angelo Buenavista) and Kristine Hermosa (Yna Macaspac). It had a huge following, which made it ran for 426 episodes a.k.a. two long but promising years. The original, with a captivating storyline and exquisite casting, which also included Eula Valdez (Amor Powers), Jean Garcia (Madam Claudia) and Tonton Gutierez (Eduardo Buenavista), was truly unforgettable and iconic. With this, the remake is really something that is much anticipated by the Filipino fans.


The “Pangako Sa’yo” Remake (2015), directed by Rory Quintos, Dado Lumibao and Olivia M. Lamasan, is a modern retelling of a great Filipino love story that revolves around Amor, Eduardo, Claudia, and their children Yna and Angelo, whose paths crossed because of love, poverty, power and vengeance. It stars this generation’s hottest loveteam, the teen king and queen themselves, Kathryn Bernardo (Yna Macaspac) and Daniel Padilla (Angelo Buenavista), alongside with Jodi Sta. Maria (Amor Powers), Angelica Panganiban (Madam Claudia) and Ian Veneracion (Eduardo Buenavista). With the cast alone, it is undeniable that this version is really something to look out for and it is continually proving that it really is.


Watching some episodes, I had a glimpse of what this remake has to offer. KathNiel may certainly be the first choice to re-animate the characters of Kristine and Echo, considering how they have come to grow in the industry, garnering a huge following amongst the Filipino masses. The fact that “Pangako Sa’yo” aired after the popular Forevermore (2014) may also be a factor, since the ratings of the LizQuen tandem is something to, if not to beat, to maintain. KathNiel was seen in various projects already, so people have set high expectations from the two. I was impressed with Daniel Padilla’s acting, clearly he has grown in his field. I was expecting him to be like his uncle, Robin Padilla, who has this certain “macho vibe” going on whatever role he is portraying, but no, Daniel Padilla turned out to be more versatile. On the other hand, I was disappointed with Kathryn Bernardo. I expected so much of her since she literally grew up in the industry, but all she is doing is “pabebe” acting, which could be really annoying at some point. Jodi Sta. Maria is doing well, proving that she really is a versatile actress. However, sometimes, I can’t help but get a shadow of a character she portrayed for quite a long time – Maya, from “Please Be Careful With My Heart.” Angelica Panganiban, with her natural comedic demeanor, is bringing something new to the table and is really owning her character as Madam Claudia. Ian Veneracion, appearance-wise, is really dreamy with looks girls would really go gaga for. Acting-wise, Ian’s interpretation of Eduardo feels quite promising. In terms of technicalities, it is the cinematography which is really noteworthy. It is clear that the show has stepped up in that aspect. Editing is also well-done despite the fact that it could be really demanding at that since it is shown daily. Audio-wise, the sound is crisp and clear. In terms of storyline, this version brings more depth. It also has tweaked the original story, bringing changes that would really appeal to this generation’s viewers.

From the cast to the storyline, to the cinematography, to the twists and turns, indeed this version of the iconic “Pangako Sa’yo” is something the television viewers of today will really appreciate.


Craving for Tapsilog? I know a great place!

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TAPSILOG is a dish close to the hearts of the Filipinos. It is a meal that consists of cured beef, fried rice and a sunny side-up, which is indeed a popular Filipino favorite. For years, numerous places pop up here and there, catering to the cravings of the Filipino masses, which includes me – Ugh! Tapa is my weakness! So, can you just imagine my delight when my boyfriend finally brought me to this exciting place around his campus? I can’t wait to tell you about it!

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Rodic’s Food Express, or what they fondly or simply call Rodic’s, is a small diner in the shopping center inside UP Diliman, which has been there since 1949. Don’t you dare eat at Rodic’s if you are not going to order tapsilog. The moment, my plate of tapsilog was served before me, I was happily stunned. I appreciate their interpretation of the dish – classic and innovative at the same time. Now, that’s something!

Defined by their tapsilog, Rodic’s continue to make buzzes in and out of the campus, faithfully filling up the gustatory needs of budget-conscious students for over five decades now. What makes it so special?


What sets Rodic’s apart from other tapa places? It is probably the fact that it is perhaps the first to offer tapsilog in an entirely different way. Instead of a typical cured beef, Rodic’s serves tapa in its own signature twist: shredded above a mound of fried rice and topped with an egg cooked sunny side up. And of course, with a bottle of vinegar. Ask any UP student to recommend a place of good food, Rodic’s would always be the top of mind and now I know why.

Rodic’s is a kind of place you would really visit not because of the interior or the ambience, but because of their food. To tell you honestly, at first, I was kind of skeptic about the place because of how it looks – fluorescent lights and monoblock tables and chairs – not a place I would normally be fond of. But oh my gosh, the tapsilog was really exceptional! I can’t believe my boyfriend just brought me there last weekend. I am now a fan! (Ugh! Still craving as I’m writing this!) How could he keep such a place from me for a while?

Rodic’s is a cross between a hole in the wall and a fast food chain. Walk in and you would get a casual vibe going on. Despite the monoblock tables and chairs, what is something you would notice immediately is the lighting. It was lit brightly. That is important because lighting also draws customers in. Because it is lit brightly, the small space seems spacious enough.

Food is definitely the highlight of the place, as I have established. Rodic’s really give you your money’s worth and you don’t really have to spend too much! At a very affordable price, you get to have a very flavorful meal that would really tickle your taste buds. What’s notable too, was the size of the dish. People would maybe expect small servings and dull presentations for such low prices, but they give you otherwise – big enough and mouth-watering. It was such a treat! A good mix of quality and quantity! You certainly won’t get bitin!

The service was equally good as well. Food is served fast and presentable – that is really something when you are in the food business. I love how the servers made us feel relaxed and comfortable. They were very attentive and friendly but not too friendly, you know what I mean?

Rodic’s is highly recommended for people who enjoy chilling out or hanging out over good food, without spending too much. You would definitely be missing out if you don’t check it out!


Spotlight: The Love Affair (A Movie Review)

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Star Cinema producing movies like No Other Woman, The Secret Affair and The Mistress, now comes up with The Love Affair. Is the trend still going on?

What can we expect from a movie directed by the same person who directed The Secret Affair? Is it any different?

This year, Star Cinema presents The Love Affair, a story that revolves around a family issue very apparent nowadays. Vince (Richard Gomez), a renowned neurosurgeon, realizing that his wife, Trisha (Dawn Zulueta) has been cheating on him with his best friend, Greg (Tonton Gutierez), tried to ease the pain with a weekend sailing hobby, where he got to know Adrianne (Bea Alonzo), a lawyer who is also nurturing a broken heart. With their vulnerability, Vince and Adrianne, upon spending time and getting to know each other, developed a budding relationship, putting everyone on a difficult situation. Trisha, wanting to save the marriage, does all she can to fight for it, including a confrontation with Adrianne.

The Love Affair is very much anticipated among Filipino fans with the comeback of the ‘eternal love team’ of a popular tandem in the 90’s, the CharDawn, who also used to date back then. After their comeback teleserye Walang Hanggan back in 2012, much to

the delight of their fans, young and old, Richard and Dawn once again played husband and wife in a Star Cinema romantic drama, along with one of this generation’s most prominent actresses, Bea Alonzo. With the direction of Nuel Naval, who directed The Secret Affair (2012) and some of the biggest teleseryes of ABS-CBN, which includes Magkaribal (2010) and Krystala (2004), who designed the productions of some of the biggest movies including Milan (2004) and Anak (2000) and also acted a little in movies like In My Life (2009), You Got Me! (2007), and Milan (2004), much is expected from the movie.

I’m very glad to say that I like how the movie diverted from a typical infidelity theme. Rather than focus on the issue of infidelity, the movie revolved more on the family itself. The theme of infidelity served as an entry point to many other issues we face in reality such as issues in family and one’s self. How these issues unfolded in the movie was outstanding.

Nuel Naval’s interpretation of the script carried the movie through along with the incredible acting chops of Dawn Zulueta and Bea Alonzo, despite the awkward acting demeanor of Richard Gomez. Jane Oineza and Grey Fernandez did a pretty satisfactory job as well portraying the kids, while Manolo Pedrosa, the middle child, needed more work. Other supporting roles also did well acting-wise.

The film was really remarkable in terms of the technicalities from the preparations, locations, production designs, shots and the sound. The pulse of the editing

was notable as well. It amplified the story telling. The sound was crisp and clear. The shots really helped in conveying the tension of each scene. The production design was on point, of course what can you expect from a production headed by Nuel Naval, a renowned production designer? The storyline is okay, though it missed out on establishing the friendship of Vince and Greg, which could have brought about more justice to the gravity of the pain that compelled him to punish his wife, Trisha. I also thought that Trisha’s reaction to the tragedy wasn’t enough. It did not establish the severity of the situation. The effect of the situation to the children should also have been illustrated with more emphasis.

The film clearly explained the reasons behind marital conflicts, yet the resolution need not be the same as how the film ended. It is just an option. The actual resolution should spring out from actual events and considerations for everyone involved.

This film is highly recommended for family viewing, because this paints a realistic picture of one of the major problems that the modern families are confronted with.


Spotlight: DNA (A Movie Review)


Just recently, our Facebook feeds were flooded by articles exposing similar themes between some of our local movies and some of the known foreign films, instigating conversations among the population. What do we get from these issues?

From the breakout of movies in the 1870’s, being visual creatures, movies have been a huge part of every person’s lives. They have been there throughout the years, continuously catering to us. Therefore, it is not very shocking to notice similar themes among them. One of the trending ones would be the resemblance between “The Breakup Playlist” (2015) and “Begin Again” (2013), which brought out numerous debates and exposing more films with parallels. But, little did we know that these issues are not new at all.

Recently, I’ve watched this movie entitled “DNA”, a movie released in the year 1997. It’s a sci-fi action movie directed by William R. Mesa, who is long considered one of the most innovative visual directors in the industry. This is why his direction of a sci-fi movie like “DNA” was really something to look out for. The screenplay was written by Nick Davis, also is distinguished in visual effects. Apparently, it was a surprise for everyone that the movie succeeded because it stole bits and pieces of nearly every monster movie created around twenty years prior to the movie – evidence that issues about comparisons between movies have always been there even before the rise of social media. However, up to this day, it was also the last movie William Mesa ever directed and Nick Davis ever wrote.

The plot revolves around a fervent tribal doctor, Ash Mattley (Mark Dacascos), who runs a provincial clinic in Sarawak, Borneo while trying to cultivate an immunity-boosting enzyme found only in certain rare beetles. He is confronted with his rival mad scientist, Carl Wessinger (Jürgen Prochnow), who discovered how to extract DNA from the bones of a creature buried among the ruins of a forgotten civilization, reviving a nasty alien skeleton named Balacau. Ash teamed up with a CIA operative, Claire Sommers (Robin McKee) and an intelligent native boy, Matzu (Thomas Taus, Jr.) to stop Wessinger from selling Balacau for use as a biological weapon for wars.

From the poster, to the first few scenes of the movie, it was undeniable that it was somewhat inspired by “Raiders of The Lost Ark,” the first installment of Indiana Jones released back in 1981. The storyline was way too similar, with the main character braving an ancient place to retrieve something so important that he would be confronted with an indigenous tribe and a rival, who is also good in the same field. There is also a monster, which chases the cast through various dim, groveling passages like the so-called beast in “Alien” (1979), which it also resembles. This creature also occasionally uses the camouflaging ability of the monster in “Predator” (1987). These are just three things that were stolen from the many movies that inspired the making of “DNA”.

Apart from the likeness of the picture from many other flicks created prior to its production, there are still many things that got me hooked to it. First and foremost, the weird cast. I consider it weird for it casts a lot of familiar faces that are very known doing different things today. The movie casts Mark Dacascos, who is seen nowadays in Iron Chef America, portraying the role of the chairman. It also casts Jürgen Prochnow, who is known today as Andre Vernet from the Da Vinci Code. And since it was shot in the Philippines, the movie casts Filipinos. It was weird seeing prominent stars like Joel Torre and Susan Africa acting in English because I know for a fact that they are Filipino actors. Also, the team-up of Mark Dacascos and Robin McKee as Dr. Ash Mattley and Claire Sommers, gives me a ‘Tarzan meets Taylor Swift vibe’ just by their appearance in the movie, because nowadays a manly, long, wavy, brown hair like his and a long, blonde bob like hers is often tied up with Tarzan and Taylor Swift.

I also found the movie very entertaining because of many other different things. Another reason would be the inconsistency and predictability in acting, which made the movie so unrealistic. This is also the reason why the heavy drama parts come across as hilarious. The language used is very inconsistent especially among the indigenous tribes. One moment they are speaking their native tongue, needing translators, the next moment, they are already speaking English. Shockers, just like the other action scenes, seem very compulsory, which made it appear so scripted. Many elements in the movie were not established. Many things appear from nowhere. The flow of the storyline was problematic. The narrative was not smooth at all. What were commendable though were the visual effects. What can you expect from a team up of two renowned people from that aspect? Imagining the technology back then, having produced such is really notable.

“DNA” is highly recommended for family viewing and for friends who wants to have a good time. It would be fun to watch the movie with people you are very comfortable with. Enjoy and laugh until tears start running out from your eyes!

-jooleeyuuh ❤


Guys are so immature
They are afraid of closure
They say sweet things in the light
But they come and go like ninjas in the night

Giving us impressions that we have something
But leaving us with absolutely nothing
I guess those sleepless nights don’t mean anything
Coz without goodbyes they leave us hanging

Guys are really hard to spell
They give us lines that really sell
They make us fall so hard
And with one blink they’re off our yard

And now I’m rhyming just for the heck
Coz you left my life a major wreck
I don’t even know how you sleep
Knowing you have things like this to keep

Why don’t you quit giving girls a dream
Coz anytime a sun would beam
And everything would just be a memory
Not a good one but a tragedy


20 Random Facts About Me

Okay so this thing is still trending on Instagram, 20 facts about me, and I got tagged by my friend, Madel Marfil to do a one of my own There are much more things about me, but I narrowed it down to these 20 only, so here they are:

20 facts about me:

1. I’m shallow but I’m deep. #Labo. I’m shallow in the sense that I’m very appreciative. No matter how babaw or how little the effort involved, I’ll remember it forever. It has touched my heart. And deep in the sense that I’m a reflective person. I make so much thought into things. I like thinking about life and stuff and just re-evaluate…but i usually just keep them to myself. ..that’s why I also value my ‘me times’ so much’.

2. I’m the eldest in my generation sa family ko… as in among sibs and cousins from both sides.

3. I love kids so much! Babies and little children! No matter how kulit. You can just leave me with a bunch of kids for a whole day and I would be perfectly fine. That’s my happy place…when I’m with kids.

4. I’m a Communication major but I love math. Haha! So much for the stereotyping people. Haha!

5. I enjoy beautiful sceneries like sunrises and sunsets, clouds and stars…oh the wonders of nature. I just love the outdoors. They bring me peace.

6. I express myself best through writing. This is why I write songs too.

7. It’s easy to please me, make me smile and make me laugh, but I also get upset easily. #MedyoSensitive

8. …and when I’m upset or I’m mad, I suddenly become silent. And I would avoid eye contact.

9. I love performing. Sing, dance, act – I’ve done them all.

10. Top 5 Perk-uppers: Milk tea, Gummy bears, Citrus drinks, mexican food & cheesecake #smalljoys

11. I’m not a snob, I’m just not good at initiating conversations. I have moments that I would just ask myself, ‘Ugh Julia, why are you so awkward?’
Sometimes, I’d rather pretend I didn’t see you than greet you haha. It’s not because I don’t like you, it’s just the way I am. I know, weird right? When I initiate the conversation, It is definitely taking a lot of guts. But I’m trying to change this now.. I believe I’ve changed a lot in college – or at least I just want to think so. lol. Huhu friends, outgoing na ‘ko diba? :)))

12. NBSB. #MedyoProud #NoCompromise but I’m really good at giving pieces of advice about love. #DrLove #soironic

13. I’m really weird and funny, but you can only see that side of me when we’re really close kasi pademure muna daw ako hahaha you have no idea.

14. When I’m busy or I’m so hooked into something, I won’t hear you if you talk to me even if you’re shouting na hahhaha. Yep, I have selective hearing sometimes.

15. I play fashion police in my mind all the time. Thank God people cannot read my mind.

16. I take every opportunity that goes my way. Don’t want any regrets. So even if I fail, I can say that I tried rather than thinking what if.

17. What I notice first in the opposite sex are their eyes. I’m definitely drawn to the eyes before anything else.

18. I am so into music, I listen to a vast variety of music….but lately I’m enjoying the chill, acoustic ones the most… Oh! And I’m so into movies as well! If you want a movie buddy, especially suspense, thriller, horror ones, I’m definitely your girl.

19. I love buying notebooks just because they’re cute. I have a lot of notebooks at home that are haven’t been written on yet.

20. I am the daughter of the king of kings, therefore Im a princess. God’s princess.


Spotlight: Anne Curtis


Blessed with talent, beautiful features and exuding confidence, Anne Curtis is no doubt one of the finest showbiz icons of today. She is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars in the industry.

From the pages of magazines…


…various commercials…


…hit noon-time shows…


…prime-time teleseryes…


…blockbuster movies…


…Anne Curtis has not failed to make a name for her self.

Glamour in every pose and in every endorsement of any given product is apparent as it comes from her sincerity and dedication to every project. And her acting becomes better and better as she accepts every challenge to portray various roles. She always put her heart and soul in every role assigned to her.

From a cute little darling to a glamorous model, from a rising child actress to an award-winning actress, Anne Curtis has proven her self in the showbiz industry through the years – A glamorous model, an award winning-actress, a concert queen?

Anne Curtis has been making buzzes in the industry recently about a budding singing career.




She has sold-out concerts and albums despite her rather relative voice. Along with her rise to the music ladder are bashes and criticisms on her ability or disability to sing – it would actually depend on how one views it. Does she deserve to be given a break in the music industry?

The past year was a blast for her career and with a new window open for her, she took the opportunity to challenge her self, break boundaries and explore her potentials. She is a woman not afraid to take risks. Entitled to the pursuit of her own happiness, she continued on striving hard thru the realization of her dreams. Her determination to turn her dream of being a singer into a reality is truly a remarkable and admirable quality. Never did she have any hesitation to pursue a singing career with all the criticisms left and right. Her focus and purity of intention is what turned her dream into a reality.


The first album of the 28-year-old actress and singer Anne Curtis was released on September 15, 2013. It was a record-breaking first album, “Annebisyosa” which features catchy, positive, and bubbly tracks. The “Annebisyosa” album is composed of six revival tracks and two original songs. The album actually debuted at the no. 1 spot on Astrovision/Astroplus Top-Selling Albums. In just two weeks after its release, the album reached its gold status and after two months in the market, it received the Platinum Award. The success of the first album was followed by a second album of Anne Curtis, “AnneKapal” which composes of 10 original songs released under Viva Records. It was released early 2014.

Anne Curtis’s first original track was her opening track in her first album, entitled “Tinamaan ako”. It is actually the best track in her first album since the album took a safe route of having eight revivals and only two original songs. Although Curtis sounded awkward with some of the tagalog words in the lyrics, the lead single “Tinamaan Ako” was fun to listen to because of its goofy lyrics and laid-back vibe. Given her limited vocal abilities, there’s really no strong reason to check it out, unless you’re just in the mood for a feel-good, easy going melody or you’re really a fan of hers (or you want to have Anne’s autograph and picture during the promotional mall shows.) Nevertheless, you can feel a sense of passion in her debut. However, I don’t think passion alone can carry an album or even a career.


Spotlight: Paramore by Paramore



Paramore is back and it’s here to stay!

After a long wait for the new album, it has finally arrived. I was curious about the direction Paramore would be taking on their latest effort and now it’s finally here. I can very much say that it is better than ever!

Paramore released its self-titled album in April 5, 2013. It is the first full-length album of the American rock band Paramore after the departure of co-founders Josh Farro and Zac Farro in 2010. And can I just say… I love it so much!

The album was described by the band as being a “statement”, a reintroduction of the band to the world and to themselves. It was a commercial success, topping the charts in many different countries. Paramore received universal commendation from music critics, who applauded the band’s maturity and experimentation in terms of musicianship.

Paramore went through many challenges. Many criticisms have been sprawling against this album and I find them very ridiculous. One of the things the album is criticized for is for being “pop”. As a fan of the band, I cannot believe that people criticize it for being “pop”. I mean, the only pop song in the album is ‘Still Into You’! Anyhow, people may argue that it is not their best but it is amazing. In fact, I can say that this is definitely one of the best albums I have heard this year. It is indeed a masterpiece! Paramore feels far more human and sincere than anything the band has ever made. It’s definitely one of the finest music these three artists–vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis have committed to tape to date. Paramore feels so penetrating yet so intimate.

As a full record, Paramore certainly isn’t for everyone. However, there’s certainly something for everyone. There will be some Paramore fans upset with their departure from teen rock, but this album brings a more creative and experimental sound to their discography. The new flavor is brilliant. The sound is so diverse. There’s more than just guitars and electronica: there are ukuleles, string sections, harmonicas and even a gospel choir. The variety is so refreshing. The musicianship is solid. The drums were so much better than the previous album. The sequencing of the songs and the interludes were impeccable. The transitions from the soft moods to a sudden return of pace were marvelous. And not to mention Hayley Williams’ immaculate voice! The album highlighted Hayley’s vocal prowess. There’s also something exceptional with their lyrics. There’s soul. There’s more to them than just music. It reflected something within. Many songs reflected on their troubles with Farros, declarations of moving on and willingness to try new things. After all the drama Paramore’s confronted with over the last three years, they’ve come out the other side as a multi-dimensional band who’s willing to push their own borders, marking their greatest artistic statement. All of the tracks are fun to listen to and are very fluid. It is a great album.

There are two types of bands in this world: Those who evolve and those who change. Paramore’s self-titled album is a prime example of what happens when a band changes. It is a bold step. This may not be what we were expecting and may not be the Paramore that we’ve come to know and love, but they are on the journey of discovering who they really are, and this album may stand as an important step on that path. Overall, it’s hard to say anything cumulatively negative about the album. It’s not perfect, no, but it’s pretty darn close. Paramore has shown a tremendous growth with each album: from kids on Falling, to teens on Riot!, to young adults on Brand New Eyes, and finally to adults on Paramore. It’s amazing to see that from good albums, they make great ones.

I highly recommend this album. It shows maturity, growth, and more feeling. I hope for more albums like this in the future. 🙂


Release information about the album

Release Date: 04/09/2013

Tracks in Paramore: Fast In My Car, Now, Grow Up, Daydreaming, Interlude: Moving On, Ain’t It Fun, Part II, Last Hope, Still Into You, Anklebiters, Interlude: Holiday, Proof, Hate To See Your Heart Break, (One Of Those) Crazy Girls, Interlude: I’m Not Angry Anymore, Be Alone, Future, Bonus Tracks, Native Tongue, Escape Route