Let’s travel the world! TOSS

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TOSS means Travel On A ShoeString. We’ve been running for five years already.

We want you to travel more and spend less. If you want to inquire, just fill out the form below and we’d be happy to assist you.

No pressure ha, we just really like to help you cross off your bucket list. We want you to enjoy and see the world just like we did! (yup, from Asia, USA and Europe, we travelled a lot.) So we want you to do the same. Visiting another country, meeting their locals and learning more about their culture are so enriching!

 

Or you can also drop me a comment/ message here or head over to FB and message us through our Facebook site. 🙂

 

Watching UP SAMASKOM LIVEAIDS 2018

It was my first time to watch LIVEAIDS at UP! It was a blast! I’ve heard a lot of great things about it from people at work. They’ve been regular attendees of the annual live performance and I’m lucky they tagged me along this year. Tuesday Vargas, who’s an alumnus of UP SAMASKOM, the student organization behind the show, opened the event with her Jinky Tita sketch. Raise yo hand if you’re a legit Tita of Manila! 🙂 I also captured the sort-of Netflix parody. With Ika-6 na Utos. :)) Enjoy! Hope to catch the 2019 show as well!

Watch an excerpt from video I uploaded on Youtube. Find it below

featured photo found on Google.

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CINETALK: Antoinette Jadaone on being a filmmaker and chasing your dreams

For this week’s instalment of CINETALK, our featured filmmaker is ANTOINETTE JADAONE. In her talk during the Kape’t Pelikula at UP School of Economics, Antoinette or Tonet (as most would like to address her) shares her journey as a filmmaker: from the time she was just an aspiring director at UP-CMC, to landing her first job in advertising and meeting and working with her idol, Bb. Joyce Bernal.

For those of you who do not know Tonet or have heard about her but are uncertain about her body of work, Tonet is the filmmaker behind the movies, “SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION FROM LILIA CUNTAPAY”, “THAT THING CALLED TADHANA”, “THE ACHY BREAKY HEARTS” (na hate na hate niya raw ang title at gusto niyang ipaalis sa IMDB), and just recently, the JaDine (James Reid-Nadine Lustre) starrer “NEVER NOT LOVE YOU”.

I guarantee you that this video will inspire you to chase your dreams away, no matter how wild you think they are. Listening to her lecture makes me wanna get up and start writing and filming the scenes I’ve created in my head! Hehe. Before she started her talk, Tonet confessed that she prepared a lecture that mainly focused on writing scripts but upon hearing Nonie Buencamino’s talk on acting (Nonie preceded her), she decided to modify it in order to motivate the young students in the room. And I’m glad she did because if there’s one great takeaway from what she had shared with us… it’s this: LAKAS NG LOOB.

Early on, she had already decided that she wanted to be a director so right after graduation, she searched high and low for a spot in the local film industry but she hadn’t secured on right away. Her first job was in advertising and boy did she despise it. But she persevered and she learned what she can in the ad industry, taking with her priceless experiences that she’d later on use in her filmmaking career.

Anyway, so much for the introduction. Just watch the video below and keep the fire burning and make more films! 😀

CineTalk: Kidlat Tahimik

Today I decided to launch a new ‘segment’/ paandar in my website. This is CineTalk. Basically, it’s a feature of any filmmaker talking about filmmaking, movies, cinema.

In the first instalment (naks!), I’ll be sharing with you a footage of Kidlat Tahimik giving a talk during the 2018 Kape’t Pelikula #kp2018 held at the UP School of Economics.

As you would see later when you view the video, poor quality diba? Sorry na. Haha! 16 gig lang ang iphone ko. Trying to solve that problem. So what I did, I did a Facebook live of the event, then downloaded the videos from FB.

In the event, Kidlat talked about our ‘inner duwende’, and getting in touch with it! It’s basically our inner-spirit guide. He often talks about it during seminars and workshops. He also talked about the goddess of the wind in Ifugao. And the goddess of the wind of Hollywood— Marilyn Monroe.

Kidlat, or Eric De Guia (his real name), also talked about film festivals. “I’ve never joined a film festival to win a prize.”

On his advocacy: “Resist the temptation to work with Mother Lily.”

Below is the video:

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Trying the Tea-ramisu Matcha from Starbucks

For years now, I’ve  been on the hunt for the most matcha-rap (sounds like masarap, a Filipino word that means delicious) finds in the metro. So the matcha lover in me rejoiced upon finding out that Starbucks Philippines is offering a new matcha green tea-based frappucino— the Tea-ramisu. It was made available since Wednesday, April 11. So I had to go to the nearest Starbucks branch to find out for myself if it’s good or otherwise.

Sharing the very short video I made just so you know how it looks like. I ordered Grande. I usually order my drinks without the whipped cream but I have to find out how this new drink looks like in its ‘basic’ form.  The video is embedded below.

Here’s my takeaway:

  1. The drink is too sweet. I swear I can imagine the spoonfuls of sugar being poured into the drink!
  2. I could not taste the ‘matcha-ness’ of it. I feel like it’s safe to say that there’s only about 5 to 10 percent matcha in it, the rest they’re all sugar, cream, etc!
  3. For around 150-200, I feel like this drink is too expensive.
  4. Would I order it again? Sadly, no. 😦

Featured image courtesy of: SPOT.PH

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How to start your own vlog

These days, going digital seems to be the answer to almost everything. Everything, except finding peace of mind, I guess.

I notice the trend lately: seemingly, a lot of people aspire to be a vlogger/ blogger. Never in my life had I thought of such thing — i mean, me, a vlogger??– but I guess I have to go with the flow in order to survive and thrive in this digital era. Call me a sell out, but I guess one would just have to adapt. We all have to at some point.

I know for myself that I am a very private person. What does that mean… these days? I enjoy my privacy. I don’t share a lot of personal info, photos, videos or escapades in my social media. The thought of me checking in FourSquare is cringe-worthy. But having zero strong personal presence online in this digital times might be a bit disadvantageous on one’s end, especially for me who work in the media industry.

So yup, I am slowly adapting. In fact, given the very competitive online market out there, I’d even like to study digital or social media marketing. Not because I swayed to what is called the herd mentality. But I’ve always been an advocate of continuous learning or education. I’m currently studying MA-Film in UP Diliman. I’ve studied black and white film photography, I’ve studied sales and just last month, I finished studying Basic French!

Now, I’m trying to set foot in this frontier that seems everyone is ga-ga over: vlogging. I’m just a new vlogger. And admittedly, I don’t like seeing myself oncam. Yet in the next several videos that I’ll be uploading, what you’ll normally see would be my hands or hear my voice. I’m not sure if that’ll work — vlogging without the vlogger oncam– but I’ve settled, and at peace, with this idea for the time being. Haha.

A few weeks ago, I got the privilege to sit down in a very insightful seminar-forum given by Sir Ted Claudio. He’s the founder of Wazzup.PH, and being a man in his 50s, he’s a self-confessed not-so techie baby boomer, but one who is very determined to adjust and adapt to the millenial culture of going digital. I am inspired, actually, and very much. So thank you very much, Sir Ted for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us this time. I am one of those you have motivated to start doing this and I hope there’d be many more out there.

So I’m sharing here my takeaways from the said forum with the hope that I’ll be able to help the aspiring vloggers out there, and may be build a community through my website where we can help each other out. 🙂

Sharing the tips from Sir Ted Claudio (with some additional input from yours truly):

  1. DON’T DELAY STARTING YOUR YOUTUBE DUE TO GEARS. Start by using your mobile phone! Edit using video apps installed on your phone.
  2. DON’T BE AFRAID OF HATERS. Just be yourself because that’s what separates you from the others, which in turn would make your vlogging unique and personal.
  3. BE CREATIVE AND PLAN YOUR CONTENT. As with all passion in life, it has to be paired by religious and consistent action. Plan your strategy. Implement it. Be consistent.
  4. CREATE YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL. ‘Nuf said. Go!
  5. CATCH ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY. Do it in the first 10-20 seconds. Tease what they will see. Get them excited. Shock and awe!
  6. BE CONSISTENT. Produce content on a regular basis. Plan one that suits your schedule.

I actually made an audio-video material about it. Sharing this to you now. If you’re a long-time blogger/ vlogger, share your tips to us now!

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The Kundiman Party – Dulaang UP

Earlier this week, I had the privilege to go to the special preview of Dulaang UP’s upcoming offering, “The Kundiman Party” at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater in UP. And boy, I enjoyed it so much! Its take on our kundiman and patriotism is very compelling. And wonderful performances from the ensemble!  Congratulations to Dulaang UP, the production team, to Direk Floy Quintos and Dexter M. Santos!

From DULAANG UP’s PRESS RELEASE:

In challenging times like the one we Filipinos find ourselves in today, how does resistance take on creative and powerful forms? And how can Art unify different generations of Filipinos in a time when protest is so vital? These questions are addressed in the season ender of the UP Playwrights’ Theatre’s 26th season, The Kundiman Party, a play with music by Floy Quintos and directed by Dexter M. Santos.

The Kundiman Party is set in the tumultuous present. It revolves around a retired singer, Maestra Adela Dolores and her belief in the transformative power of the Kundiman art song. When she meets a young, tech-savvy activist, Bobby, her long-dormant sense of Nationalism is awakened. Together they embark on a crusade that surprisingly becomes a viral sensation. Their eccentric form of protest and its dangerous consequences are the stuff of bittersweet comedy about the times we live in and the choices we all must make.

The production boasts of a powerhouse ensemble of actors led by Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino as Adela and Kalil Almonte as Bobby. They are joined by some of the finest stage actors who have graced the Dulaang UP stage: Frances Makil-Ignacio, Stella Cañete-Mendoza, Missy Maramara, Jenny Jamora, Arya Herrera, and Teetin Villanueva. Teroy Guzman takes on the crucial role of Bobby’s estranged father, Senator Juancho Valderama.

Joining Quintos and Santos on their fifth theatre collaboration (previous works include Angry Christ, Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini, Ang Nawalang Kapatid, and Collection) is a formidable team of theatre artists: Monino Duque (lighting design), Krina Cayabyab (musical direction), and Mitoy Sta. Ana (production design).

The Kundiman Party is set to run from April 11 to 29 (Wednesdays to Fridays at 7:00 pm; Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 7:00pm; and Sundays at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm) at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd Floor Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The Kundiman Party is a most timely reminder to sing, remember and resist.

Please see below the scanned copies of the press release from Dulaang UP.

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Acknowledgment:  Special thanks to Direk Floy Quintos for inviting me to the special preview. 🙂

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