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Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Last friday, I was sick. However, I thought that I was strong enough to go out and watch Guardians of the Galaxy so I went ahead. I just couldn’t miss this widely raved movie. Having the opportunity to watch it for free c/o PLDT Telpad made it much sweeter. Thanks to PLDT btw :) Read More

X-Men Days of Future Past Movie Review

X-Men Days of Future Past Movie Review

Last friday, my friends and I had the privilege to watch the X-Men Days of Future Past courtesy of PLDT Home TVolution. X-men is one of the most anticipated movie franchise. I watched every single X-Men movie shown here. I must say that after watching Marvel’s latest X-Men movie, X-Men Days of Future Past is their best yet! I’m not really an X-Men geek and I haven’t read any the comics. However, I immensely enjoyed every single scene in the movie. Read More

StyLIZed by Liz Uy

StyLIZed by Liz Uy

Let me start by saying that I’m not a biggest fan of Liz Uy. But hey, I don’t know the person. When I heard about her book, I never planned to get myself one. I was just not interested… However, my best friend bought her book and offered to lend it to me. I took the opportunity as I have nothing to lose anyway. I might get a few tips. 

I just finished reading the book today.  It took me an hour to browse through all the fabulous photos and informative content.  I was impressed by this book!  Liz Uy definitely published a great book, her first one, which is worthy of a buy!

Here are five reasons why I love styLIZed by Liz Uy:

  1. It’s organized.  I love how she teaches us what she knows about fashion by breaking it down with ten basic items we should have in our closet.
  2. It’s informative.  I learned so many things by reading styLized!  Things that got stuck to my mind are having your own personal style, reinventing old clothing, choosing the right fit for you, accessorizing the button down shirt, and leggings dos & don’ts.
  3. It’s beautiful to look at.  I just adore the different outfits displayed in the book!  I wish I can reapply some of those styles for myself.  I already have some of them in my Pinterest for future reference.
  4. It’s encouraging.  It came to a point that I’m willing to revamp my closet.  I planned to revisit my wardrobe this week and probably get myself some new clothes.  I will make sure that I apply the lessons from the book so I get the right clothing for myself :)
  5. It’s stylish.  It’s quite surprising that some clothing when mixed together actually works.  One of the things that I struggle all the time is to choose which bag and shoes to match my outfits.  There were a whole bunch of ideas in the book which helped me with my dilemma.  I’m really excited to try them and finally be truly stylish! 

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image by Summit Media

I now have appreciation of Liz Uy’s work.  I love the book, and I think was quite effective that I actually plan to get myself those ten essential items for myself.  The Php 395 price tag is super worth it for the valuable fashion lessons you can get from the book.

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No Nonsense Personal Finance by Randell Tiongson

No Nonsense Personal Finance

I’ve always admired Randell Tiongson with his passion for finance.  Having attended a couple of his seminars proved that.  It’s pretty easy to understand what message he was trying to pass around because he wasn’t there to impress.  The way I see it is that he was there to help his audience achieve a good way to manage their finances (i.e., financial education).  I knew that when Randell Tiongson finally published a book on Personal Finance, people who got themselves a copy will be enlightened with tons of lessons.  I, myself, after reading the book immediately went through my goals list and added a section on finance.

Reading the book felt like having a finance expert to talk to you.  It seemed like he read our mind.  In all honesty, I’m still struggling hard with my finances.  The No Nonsense Personal Finance book by Randell Tiongson helped me gather my thoughts and follow a specific process in order to get out of that dilemma.

Basically, Randell’s book focuses on 5 steps in achieving financial peace in our lives.

No Nonsense Personal Finance Five Steps

  1. Improving Cash Flow
  2. Getting Out of Debt
  3. Setting up Your Emergency Fund
  4. Getting Protected from Life’s Risks
  5. Investing For Your Future

The author explained what personal finance is all about and stressed that there is no shortcut in achieving personal security.  He went on to explain the whole process and each step with easy to understand concepts, examples, & real experiences.

At the end of each chapter, he posted his friends’ thoughts about the steps.  I liked the way that he presented all the information in the book.  It’s really not only about his personal thoughts on finance but also sharing tips from other people so that we get more perspective about the topic.

Being a Christian myself, I appreciate Randell Tiongson showed his faith and love to the Lord in the book.  It just proved that this book was made with a lot of heart and sincerity.

So many aha moments (e.g., emergency funds should be 3-6 months worth of expenses, 70/30 is the earning-spending ratio, and prioritise spending in needs & control splurging on wants) in this book that I intend to practice in my life.  Like what the author said, knowledge & awareness are useless if you do not put it into practice.

Get Randell Tiongson’s No Nonsense Personal Finance Book at your favourite bookstores at Php 495.00.

No Nonsense Personal Finance Book

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The Conjuring Movie Review

I told myself that I won’t watch any horror movies anymore after Evil Dead.  But what do I know?  I couldn’t say no to a friend especially when that person made a cute little plea.  I guess some people do really have that strong sense of commitment of not watching The Conjuring after hearing so many feedback that it was so damn scary.  My friend didn’t have anyone to watch the film with.  I watched the film out of friendship.  I knew that I will end up having sleepless nights if The Conjuring end up to be a good horror flick.  Hayyy…. the things I do for my friends :)

The Conjuring is based on a true story.  The Warrens (played by Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga) are paranormal investigators.  They came to help the Perron couple (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) & their 5 kids who are experiencing disturbing events in their new home in Harrisville, Rhode Island.  This was way back 1971.  The Conjuring is a classic story of ghosts and demons.  The different scary scenes are things that can really happen in our lives (or the film made us imagine that those eerie things might actually happen!).  Haunted house type of horror isn’t something new but what separates the Conjuring from the rest of the horror flicks is that the film didn’t overdo it.  There were no gory stuff at all.  The filmmakers executed the movie perfectly!

The Conjuring already scared the heck out of me even from the first ten minutes of the movie.  The scare continued scene per scene until the end of the movie.  Yes, I could have gotten myself a heart attack.  I screamed and jumped from my seat several times.  It was embarrassing!

The Conjuring stays with you for a while.  In fact, after 1.5 weeks, I continue to sleep when the sun is already up, my bedroom lights open, and TV open.  I wonder when I can get over it.

So if you end up being curious about the Conjuring, you are warned.  The movie is too good, too well-acted, and story well-played.  Watching it inside a moviehouse will make it more horrific.  Watch at your own risk and oh, better go to the washroom first because I don’t think you’d ever want to leave your seat and go to the washroom all alone.

Let’s play hide-and-seek *creepy*!

My Rating for The Conjuring: 5 out of 5 stars

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