Kings and Queens

I wonder how much money 30 Seconds to Mars has made just from royalties of Kings and Queens in movie trailers.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Hugo

Even 4 years after the song was released, it’s still being used by the latest movie trailer for How To Train Your Dragon 2.

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It is a pretty epic song. Makes me want to run hahaha. And truthfully it’s the only 30 Seconds to Mars song I know. Sorry, Jared Leto!!♥ I haven’t seen Dallas Buyers Club either. Huhuhuhu.

What a very random blog post, I know!! Basta I can’t wait to watch How To Train Your Dragon 2!!! Hi guys!!

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POP QUIZ: Things I Learned This Morning

News and trivia rounded up by yours truly. You’re welcome!

lana-del-rey-performance-price-kim-kardashian-kanye-west-wedding__oPtLana del Rey got $2.8 million to sing 3 songs at Kanye and Kim’s wedding (PerezHilton)

barack-obama1The White House totally f-ed up by mistakenly revealing their spy in Afghanistan (Mashable)

burgerHow to evenly cook the sides of a burger patty (Lifehacker)

jamie_berube_07aIt’s very difficult for the disabled to find employment :( (AlJazeera)

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 10.30.24 AMThe first trailer for The Equalizer, in which Chloe Grace Moretz plays a young prostitute, is up online (EmpireOnline)

big hero 6Disney is coming out with a new movie called Big Hero 6 (based on Marvel Comics but not tied to the Marvel universe) and the trailer is so cute!! (EmpireOnline)

entertainment weeklyJessica Alba has a baby but still looks better than everyone I know (EntertainmentWeekly)

pennyhartzPenny Hartz (Casey Wilson) just got married in real life! Aww Year of Penny! P.S. I miss Happy Endings huhuhu (PerezHilton)

I should do this round up everyday…

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Yesss, Yaman!

As you may have already heard, yesss, I’m getting married soon! And as far as I know, as soon as we unite as husband and wife there is no need for us to live in separate condominiums. I’m so excited to live with my future husband but I am also getting a little sentimental about leaving the pretty cozy spot where I spent almost 3 years of my life.

Still, there are things I need to give up in order to have a more meaningful life with my partner. When God closes a door, He opens a window… AND the door to your fiancé’s apartment. Hahaha! So as much as I’m getting a little emotional looking at my old stuff, I am getting excited about turning them into cash to help out a little bit with our wedding plans! YAY!

I’ve got more than enough cameras already!

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Since I’ll be moving my clothes in a few months, might as well weed out the ones I haven’t used in forever.

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And then there are the things he already has and I can make do without!

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I’ve got stuff that’s still in very good condition but it wouldn’t make sense to keep two of the same thing, right?

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It’s such perfect timing that I discovered OLX.ph! It’s the new and improved Sulit.com.ph!

You may not know it yet but you can make so much money out of the stuff you have lying around in your room!! OLX.ph lets you easily buy and sell through their website and they also made it available through your phones as an app (available on both iTunes and Google Play)! How convenient!

I’ll make sure to post things for sale within the coming weeks and I hope you can spread the word! I’ll tweet about it once I’ve organized my stuff so stay tuned! What about you? Are you ready to say yes to your kayamanan? Post your stuff, too!:D

Visit the Official Yesss, Yaman! page for more details: www.olx.ph/yesyaman

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We Are Godzilla or How I’ve Over-Analyzed Godzilla

Since watching that first teaser trailer, I have been waiting to see the latest Godzilla movie. Even watching it today, post-movie, gives me the chills! So Godzilla may not be one of the best movies of all time but it sure has been one of the best I’ve seen in a really long time. Not to mention, that was definitely the best trailer ever. Surprisingly, not everybody feels the same way I do. Reviews of Godzilla were coming in like reviews of Man Of Steel: either really amazing or so boring.

I mostly agree with my friend Niles’ Facebook status:

Sa mga hindi natuwa sa Godzilla, sa mga nagsabing nagsayang kayo ng 200 pesos… UTANG NA LOOB, ANO PA BA ANG GUSTO NYO??

I mean, come on!!! I watched the last full show of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and fell asleep.

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People say it was great but oh my goodness I found it cheesy as fuck quatro formaggi! The plot was so useless and I didn’t feel for the characters at all. One minute Peter Parker is all “I can’t be with you, I promised your dad” and the next he’s like “LET’S BE TOGETHER FOREVER – I DON’T CARE ANYMORE!” How can I respect someone like that?! Did I miss something while I was asleep? Because when I bring this up, no one explains why he’s bipolar. Harry Osborn’s best friendship with Peter Parker was so forced. I didn’t pity him enough to care unlike James Franco’s Harry Osborn (Spider-Man, 2002) who had a legit reason to be so angry with his best friend. I love Emma Stone, she’s so pretty but I feel the movie was too Twilight-fied. I only explain my thoughts on The Amazing Spiderman 2 because of the virtual gasps I got when I tweeted that I fell asleep. Also because I watched the last full show of Godzilla and didn’t yawn once. So…

Now let’s move on to Godzilla. There are plenty of reasons why I liked it and I’m warning you that there are ~*mild spoilers*~ ahead! Here it is–

WHY I LIKED GODZILLA:

bryan-cranston-godzillaI missed Bryan Cranston. Of course his scenes were amazing. Within the first few minutes of the movie, he breaks your heart with his acting chops.

godzilla-elizabeth-olsen-01-636-380I cared about Elizabeth Olsen. With very little screen time together, I felt the love between Elle (Elizabeth Olsen) and Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). She proves that good acting is always better than over-acting. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is not on this list because he was just okay, I guess.

Trivia: Olsen and Taylor-Johnson play twins in the upcoming Avengers sequel as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Weird? Similar to Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort playing siblings in Divergent and then sweethearts in The Fault In Our Stars.

godzillaGodzilla is terrifying but cute. He’s a little pudgier than the older versions but his roar was panic-inducing! He had this strange effect on me like I wanted to pet him because he reminded me of my dog but also I wanted to sprint away from him because death.

muto godzillaThe M.U.T.O.s recognize that females are boss. See that image above? The small one is the male, the massive one is the female. As with a lot of species – the woman is boss. Bees, spiders, whales, baboons, hyenas, sharks, most birds, lemurs, praying mantis, angler fish, just to name a few. Humans should probably follow suit. Haha. And who knows – Godzilla is probably a giant female lizard on her period.

gojira“GOJIRA” is the title of the 1954 film and when Ken Watanabe says Godzilla’s name for the first time in the 2014 reboot, he pronounces it as Gojira. Other than that, Watanabe sucked. Same face in all frames. (I am ready for the “EDI IKAW NA” comments. Che, nagpipilit ba ako mag Hollywood?!)

godzilla fogGodzilla is not over-exposed. Producer Thomas Tull said, “That was a very conscious choice. It should be a big deal that Godzilla is onscreen. It’s a force of nature, it’s an awe-inspiring event. We didn’t want that to be common. We wanted to be restrained and not be over the top.” And it proved effective because I was sitting there with my eyes wide open.

Pristine Philippine RainforestThe beautiful Philippine forests. I know they didn’t actually shoot in our country but I was reminded of our rain forests. When the first scene was set I instantly thought “Philippines!” I read this huge book back in college about our forests and it had lots of photos in it. So much greenery. This is what director Gareth Edwards said about choosing the Philippines.

“Actually, that scene was initially set in Siberia. What happened was, we found out that the ‘Man of Steel’ movie had a similar ice-based scene at the time. So we changed [the setting] to the Philippines. Whatever the cause of them (monsters) coming back, I wanted it to be born out of man’s abuse of nature. There was a scene that didn’t make it to the movie but it’s in Tagalog, with translation, where a dying man talked symbolically about how people came, raped the earth and scarred her flesh and now she has given birth to a demon. Man versus nature is a big theme within the film.”

That scene would have been beautiful and tear-jerking to the Filipino people as we realize how much we’ve raped our gorgeous country for profit.

amazon-deforestationI saw man in Godzilla even without the blatant spoonfeeding. Ha ha, funny, but no I’m not referring to old versions of Godzilla played by a man in costume. The movie puts man’s careless destructiveness in perspective. I saw a tweet that asked why Godzilla was portrayed as a good guy all of a sudden. I don’t think he was portrayed as a good guy. The truth is that Godzilla doesn’t give a fuck about us! We are ants! The city is his forest! He only came out to fight with the MUTOs because they were a threat to him. Same with the MUTOs, they never meant to hurt us – they just wanted to consume some frickin radiation to survive. Meanwhile in real life, we humans destroy our forests and justify it as wanting to eat and build a house. If only these Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms would take a moment to realize they are NOT the only ones on this planet then maybe they would be mindful not to destroy city after city. Now replace MUTOs with humans.

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We’re not the only living beings on this planet. We’re monsters to so many animals we’ve never even heard of.

I didn’t expect this blog post to become so serious but I guess I’ve become a little emotional. As an ambassador for Greenpeace Philippines, I’d like to take this opportunity and invite you to take part in a few activities the organization has.

Click here to be my fellow ocean defender.

Click here to be one of the few signatures needed to reach the 6,000,000 mark in order to declare a global sanctuary in the Arctic.

Feel free to share this blog post if you want to stop Godzilla – the selfish man, not the movie! I hope the sequel is great, too!

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Sign Petition Against Pawikan Massacre!

Prosecute the Chinese nationals arrested for the capture of over 500 endangered marine turtles in our seas

(source: Change.org)

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We, citizens of the Philippines, hereby stand by our government and express our fullest support for the immediate prosecution of the Chinese nationals with their shameless Filipino collaborators arrested for the capture of over 500 endangered marine turtles in our seas. In addition to violating national and international laws such as the Wildlife Conservation Act, the Fisheries Code, and the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species, these Chinese nationals pierced the eyes of the marine turtles and tied them through their eye sockets to prevent them from escaping–an act of barbaric cruelty against animals.

We congratulate and applaud the Philippine National Police Maritime Group Special Boat Unit for seizing the Chinese fishing boat and apprehending its crew to enforce maritime and marine conservation laws. As the richest marine waters on Earth, we Filipinos must take the lead in marine law enforcement.

The Philippines has been called the “Center of the Center of Marine Biodiversity on Earth.” Because we are the most gifted of the seas, we have the credibility and responsibility to advocate for its conservation, not only for today but for all time. We must not allow ourselves to be bullied by a neighborhood toughie. Small as we are, we must be ready to stand up to whoever dares to destroy our God-given wealth of marine resources, even if they are the most powerful country on Earth.

This poaching incident is not an isolated one. Chinese, Vietnamese, and Taiwanese poachers have been arrested in the past and current administrations. The Chinese poachers have even entered our Tubbataha Reefs. However, as a gesture of friendship and appeasement to China, our Government quickly released the accused.

This has been taken as a sign of weakness by the foreign nationals who continue to intrude into our territorial waters and capture endangered species.

That time is over.

We challenge the authoritarian government of the People’s Republic of China to face the Philippines in the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea where we shall settle our differences in a manner appropriate for civilized nations under a regime of the rule of law. Its continued refusal to meet the Philippines in an impartial international forum reveals the lack of legal basis of its atrocious claim to the entire South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea as defined by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. This refusal to engage the Philippines in an organized and orderly forum also reveals the cowardice and/or sheer arrogance of the Government of China.

We strongly urge the authorities in Palawan and the national government, especially President Benigno Aquino II, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Justice, and the Police to be strong in the face of undue pressure. We, the people of the Philippines, stand by our government officials in this battle to uphold the country’s right to protect our Philippine Seas, the richest marine waters on Earth.

- Atty. Antonio Oposa, Anna Oposa, Kester Yu, Atty. Liza Osorio, Atty. Golly Ramos, Atty. Hector Teodosio, Antonio Madabi, Lourdes Manulat, Julius Carabio

SIGN THE PETITION HERE NOW!

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Why Mom is Our #1Mom

Around the time I first started talking and when I could answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I’m told my answer would always be: MOMMY.

It was pretty strange for a grade schooler to be openly sharing that I wanted to have my first child when I turned 18 and that I didn’t need to have a husband. It was a Disney Princess’ nightmare.

swEven if my childhood dream was a little unconventional, I knew that the reason behind it was my wonderful relationship with my own mother (side note: her family nickname is Snow White because… well, she’s snow white). So when I figured out that the narrow age gap between us wasn’t the only reason we got along, I didn’t feel the pressure of bearing a child at a young age anymore. Praise the lord. Hahaha! The reason we get along so well is the fact that my mom really goes the extra mile to show me how much she loves me. She was our driver, calendar, make up artist, dictionary, pillow, and so much more all our years growing up. I only wish I can show her how much I love her too.

Nido Fortified launched their ‘Wear Your Love’ campaign to help kids express their appreciation for their #1MOMS and I’m happy our family was part of it! Nido Fortified let kids, with the help of their dads/ates/kuyas, customize t-shirts with reasons of why their moms are #1 in their hearts.

Here are some of our gifts to mom

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Maxx's

Maxx’s

Arkin's

Arkin’s

Frank's

Frank’s

I had a hard time thinking of a reason why mom is #1 because I couldn’t seem to pinpoint just one. I decided to keep it simple, sweet, and with the hopes of getting more of her pancakes in my tummy! Hehe.

But no, we didn’t let mom cook for us on Mother’s Day. Instead, we went to her favorite restaurant Milky & Sunny in Kapitolyo!

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And I still had pancakes hehe

Ate Unna is a mom of 3 kids and they all celebrated with us!:)

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Mom had the aptly-named Mama Meaty Spaghetti – perfect for the occasion!

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Of course she didn’t wear any of our shirts because that would be favoritism haha! Belated happy mother’s day, mom! I already greeted you last Sunday but I just wanted to put it out there for all the world to see! I love you!<3

“I don’t know what it is about food your mother makes for you, especially when it’s something that anyone can make – pancakes, meat loaf, tuna salad – but it carries a certain taste of memory.” – Mitch Albom

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Cheats – Accidents

Cheats has a new single out and here’s the video which I edited! I hope you guys enjoy it (make sure to watch it in HD for better appreciation) and come to one of our gigs real soon.

I’m very thankful for all the positive feedback the band’s been getting and this is collectively our favorite song since it’s the very first one we made. Jim writes most of the lyrics for Cheats and although I can’t put into words how I interpret this song’s meaning, I remember him telling me how some accidents are of the good kind. Perhaps he was talking about how our band got together and made this song. ♥

Alternatively, you can stream the song on Soundcloud.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming gigs:

  • May 20, Tuesday – Route 196
  • May 21, Wednesday – Saguijo
  • May 24, Saturday – Drink-Up, The Fort & Route 196
  • May 27, Tuesday – Saguijo
  • May 29, Thursday – Route 196
  • May 31, Saturday – White Plains
  • June 3, Tuesday – Tomato Kick 3
  • June 6, Friday – Saguijo
  • June 21, Saturday – Foodstock, New Manila

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YAHOO!

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Free Comic Book Day at Fully Booked!

It’s happening again!! It’s Free Comic Book Day‘s 7th year in a row this Saturday – May 3rd, 2014! Fully Booked and Comic Odyssey partner up every year to let comic book stores and publishers give fans a little taste of their favorite characters with free comic singles!

This year, Fully Booked will distribute an exclusive cover from a DC Comics sample, the only book store outside of the United States to do so.

Comic book enthusiasts are also in for a full treat as Comic Odyssey, the specialty comic shop, has organized events to go on throughout the whole day in the Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street branch. Local and international Filipino artists will be sketching and selling artwork at the TopShelf, 5th floor of the store!

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Free Comic Book Day at Fully Booked begins when their branches open on May 4, 2014. Customers who visit the Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street branch will get three (3) free comics each, while those who visit other branches will get one (1) free comic each. Fully Booked offers 20% off on all graphic novel and manga purchases for that day. Comic Odyssey will also have items on discount for the day itself only.

Participating Fully Booked stores are as follows: Bonifacio High Street; Alabang Town Center; SM Mall of Asia; Greenbelt 5; Power Plant Mall, Rockwell; Promenade, Greenhills; Eastwood Mall; Regis Center, Katipunan; The Block, SM North EDSA; and TriNoma. For store opening times and more information, please visit www.fullybookedonline.com or follow Fully Booked @_FullyBooked.

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Get Ready for MYSALE.ph’s Flash Frenzy!

I just recently found out about Mysale.ph and I got lost in the website for hours. You know how it is when you go to a mall and you pass a sale and your promise of just taking a quick look around goes out the window? Yes, that happened to me. Although, at least it was in the comfort of my own home. Haha!

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Mysale.ph is a members-only shopping website that hosts sales for top fashion brands in the world. As I checked it out today they had a sale ongoing with selections from Zara, Aeropostale, RVCA, Ralph Lauren, Adidas, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel, etc. It’s a crazy selection. Here are just some of the things I like!

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Seriously, writing this blog post is hard when I’m switching tabs between every other sentence making sure an item I want doesn’t get sold out haha! Lucky for you guys, I’m here to let you know that the APACSALE group is organizing Flash Frenzy – an online flash sale event that takes place from May 4-6, 2014. There will be new sales every HOUR with up to 80% off discounts!

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There’s something for everyone as Mysale.ph has 8 shopping categories: Ladieswear, Childrenswear, Menswear, Homeware, Toys, Health & Beauty, Footwear, and Accessories. Mark your calendars for Flash Frenzy because things get sold out pretty quick!! Okay, I’ve got to go check out pet gates I found for sale! I could use a pet gate for Joey HAHA!:D

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A Quick Trip to Singapore

This is long overdue but I was invited to a live screening of the MTV Movie Awards by MTV Asia in Singapore last April 13-14. Because I’ve been invited to previous events by the folks at MTV Asia and they are always such good hosts, I said yes and decided to take my mom as my plus one! Mom and I were excited to jet set and try to explore the non tourist-y side of Singapore.

As soon as we arrived at the beautiful Changi airport, we took our time before immigration to do a little shopping!

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We checked out Marc Jacobs

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I ended up buying a totally cute laptop bag xx Here’s a picture I took of it later on at our hotel. Sinali ko na rin yung Prada na gift sa akin ni Jim dati. I feel like a grown woman owning such nice bags heehee <3

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Finally en route to our hotel~

DSC00844Reading material in the cab. How perfect that they put Daniel Ek on the cover because Spotify is finally available in the Philippines!

DSC00846Our hotel was awesome! Oasia is fairly new (3 or 4 years?) but ranked very high in reviews.

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Saw lots of funny signs while walking to the train station which is connected to the hotel’s basement, by the way! How convenient!

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Medyo madaming tao sa train and ang daming Pinoy because it was a Sunday!

DSC00879Our first stop was Chinatown

DSC00896 DSC00884 DSC00888 DSC00899 DSC00900 DSC00902We found the famous Tintin Shop where we weren’t allowed to take photos  but we purchased a lot of stuff because, well, we LOVE Tintin!!!

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DSC00905There were also a number of stalls where you could have your name translated into a Chinese character!

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DSC00913Our next stop was the very hip Duxton Hill

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I’m pretty sure she is Pinay!
DSC00931Our cafe of choice, Department of Caffeine, was unfortunately packed

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DSC00944The food was good, too!

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Great display

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I want this!

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The door knob is an ice scooper

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What a lovely day to walk around

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I even spotted a few bridal boutiques hahaha

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What awesome street art!

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It was a Sunday so we went to mass on Tank Road!:)

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Beautiful interior! Don’t judge me – I took that shot after the ceremony!:)

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It rained out of nowhere and real hard so we took refuge in a 7-eleven hehe

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When the rain subsided, we took a cab to 313@Somerset to have dinner with my friends who are currently living in Singapore! Hi Mong and Kelly!

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They took us to this restaurant called Marche where they give you a card to swipe at each food station. It’s like a nice little market place. The card is surrendered as you go out and you pay only for what you ate!

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We slept early because we had to get up at 6:30AM the following day. I super enjoyed watching and live tweeting the MTV Movie Awards!

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My fellow Pinoy at the event, Tim Yap!:D

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The breakfast buffet was yummy as always haha those chili dogs were to die for

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Thank you so much for the invitation, MTV Asia!:D

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Look at what I found at their office – a Nickelodeon figure signed by Charice!

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Their office sure looks fun

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Conan hosted this year’s MTV Movie Awards and if you didn’t know it yet – I LOVE CONAN

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Click here to find out more about the recently concluded MTV Movie Awards!

When in Singapore… Go to H&M!

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I love traveling with mom – she’s so laid back ♥

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Look at this cute flower art installation at the Changi airport!

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Black charcoal burger at Burger King

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And that’s when we were called to board and go home to Manila! We almost missed out flight actually because Tim thought it was 6:40pm instead of 6:20!! Hahaha! Anyway, we made it home safe and sound! I hope you enjoyed looking at my photos!:)

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