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Friday, January 19, 2018

Bayud: Siargao's Newest IT Boutique Resort



I had always wanted to visit the idyllic island of Siargao before tourism swallowed it. Its meteoric popularity, both a blessing and a curse, was inevitable. Now, with the direct flights from Skyjet and Cebu Pacific, it will not be long until Siargao becomes ubiquitous on your Instagram feed. Such is the fate of our destinations in this country. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Favorite Movie of the Year: Call Me By Your Name



"We had the stars, you and I. And this is only given once".

I normally do not make a movie recommendation but I will make an exception for this film. A couple of years ago, I found this book called "Call Me By Your Name" by literary genius and personal hero André Aciman at a specialty bookstore somewhere in London. Without a doubt, it was one of the most beautifully written books I had ever read during that time (It still is, actually). When I heard that they were going to turn it into a film, I was excited to know that they had cast two talented actors - Armie Hammer and newcomer Timothée Chalet, who were both perfect as Oliver and Elio, respectively. Director Luca Guadagnino did make this Italian summer dream come alive. Yes, some parts were cut from the book but it still captured its message about lust, first love and heartbreak. Each scene with Hammer and Chalamet is either glorious, sensual or heartbreaking (that I almost felt mine). This book/movie is quite special since it somehow mirrors parts of my life but the whole story will be for my own book one day. 

5/5 for the movie. And the book, it is always 6/5!