Top 10 Beach Activities in the Philippines

Know what, there are actually many things we could do in beaches — yeah, not just swimming, eating and chitchatting. We could do yoga, read a book, fly a kite and more! Unfortunately, many of us just leaves such activities at home. Hmm…

And so, what do we normally see in Philippine beaches?

Singing (Music): The universal language

VIDEOKE. In almost any beach you go to, and even from afar, you could already hear this thunderous sound — Singing!!

Selfie: The way of life

SELFIE OR PHOTOGRAPHING VIEWS. What is having fun without having memories of it? Besides, picture-taking has simply become part of our lifestyle already!

Playing Cards: The national past time??

PLAYING CARDS OR MAHJONG. Especially for those who does not want to swim yet, playing cards or mahjong is one past time many just could not live without. Really.

Drinking: The amnesiatic solution??

DRINKING. Though you could see people ‘drinking’ even without playing cards, in most cases, these two activities go hand-in-hand.

Sand Games: The path to re-energizing

SAND CASTLES OR BURYING A FRIEND. Even for many adults, playing with sand is a sure thing especially when it’s white sand where one could also bury a friend.

Beach Volleyball: Bonding and exercise in one

BALL GAMES. Beach volleyball and soccer, these are the most popular ball games one could see on beaches. And oh, incidentally, athleticism is reduced dramatically when on sand making almost everybody equal — thus, more fun and excitement!

Playing Frisbee: Fun and personal training in one

FRISBEE OR PLAYING CATCH. For those who doesn’t have a Frisbee, one could see beach goers playing catch instead that is by using a beach ball — however, only few moves on to play dodgeball since it requires more energy and athleticism to play it.

Relaxing or Taking a Nap: Just ‘enjoying’ the moment

TAKING A NAP. Yeah, we could see more than a handful actually taking a nap or relaxing on beaches — what with the time they spent in preparing food or even just talking onto the wee hours of the night in excitement of going to the beach!

Playing Tag: A simple way of making friends

PLAYING TAG. Either on sand or at sea, there are still those who plays tag or even race — then again, the numbers has fallen since this requires energy; and these days, energy has become a commodity that they’d rather swim leisurely than try to tag someone else.

Boating: Enjoying while exploring the sea

BOATING. While many would want to go boating, only a few would actually go for it. Ey, you have to spend to do so! Good if their group is just about 6-8 people, that with some extra cash, they would most likely rent and take the paddle. Thus, if the majority could not ride then the minority would not force it. So, jetskiing, parasailing, and alike — obviously, they’re not for the majority.

Banana Boat Ride: Adding excitement to a wonderful summer

As for playing musical instruments, most would rather sing at the videoke bar. Board games? Most would rather play cards. Dance the limbo or learning new sports? Most would rather roam around for ‘selfies’. Watching movies on a portable CD player? Most would rather, well, sleep; of course, watching movies among others is sedentary as well but the point is — many have become idle!?

Collect seashells or play tug-of-war? My, it’s almost a forgotten art!

In Pictures: Compostela Boardwalk Beach Resort (Cebu)

One of the smallest beach resorts one could ever go to is the Boardwalk at Compostela, Cebu — that is 26 kilometers north of the city!

T’is easy to find though since it’s just right after the municipal hall and the town’s public market; however, just before the Green Lagoon Park which is also in Compostela. Okay, got it!?

Compostela Municipal Hall is to the left when coming from Cebu City
From Cebu City, the Boardwalk is to the right

Anyway, smallish as it is, the Boardwalk’s got a handful of signages?!

Signage #1: Just after the reception
Signage #2: After the kiddie pool and the cottages
Signage #3: In front of the main pool

We are not even counting the resort’s ID! Well, it’s just noticeable since the place is clearly just a few hundred (??) square meters in area. And so, everything is just on a rectangular landscape.

From the entrance, the cottages are to the right
Rooms are to the left

Well, the resort proper is kind of cute though — and perhaps never really experienced overcrowding unless those bigger resorts are full. So, you got ’em little pools all for yourself with this one..

Main pool
Kiddie pool

Even tho with limited parking space. But who cares, you’re alone!

Parking area just before the resort proper

How ’bout checkin’ our ‘live’ tour, ey, you might see somethin’ else!

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In Pictures: Green Lagoon Park (Compostela, Cebu)

A lagoon park that’s pleasantly close to Cebu City, the Green Lagoon Park is just 27 kilometers north of the city proper! Have you been there?

Well, if you’re all alone or even with a partner, you would not really have to spend much getting there as even a jeepney (with no need to ride a ‘habal-habal’) will do since the place is just along the highway of the municipality of Compostela. See??!

The entrance to Green Lagoon Park
Reception Area
TO THE RIGHT OF THE ENTRANCE: 2-way road going to the shore with cottages on the side
Cottages near the shore
STRAIGHT ROAD FROM THE ENTRANCE: Onto the rooms
View of the rooms from the back
The playhouse just before the pool
Pool fee is P100 for adults and P50 for kids
This is the only pool they have but it’s good enough

By the way, if you notice, the place is spacious enough, so do not worry about parking space. Check out the video for a ‘live’ feed.

One of those fun things you could do here is play volleyball. Oh, did I hear ‘basketball’?? Sorry guys, I didn’t see any court. Nada.

Volleyball area near the shore

Also, for those who love to sing, there’s no ‘videoke’ here — but you could bring your own tho. And whether there’s singing or not, there is drinking; ey, your corkage fee okay? At the entrance.

Movie Review: The Boss Baby (2017)

From boss dog (A Dog’s Purpose), we now go to The Boss Baby. So, the war on affection is really between babies and puppies, eyy?! Some proof that dogs are indeed a man’s best friend. But of course, this is just a story. After all, would you love your puppy more than you would love your very own child??

Anyway, this film did well in the box office — currently, almost double its budget — and so talks of a sequel became even louder.

Quite entertaining, uh?! A baby that wears a suit, carries a briefcase and could talk. Wow, wouldn’t you freak out if you knew of one that could really talk? Well, that seemed to be the case with Tim since he suddenly found himself fighting for his parents’ attention with the arrival of.. The Boss Baby.

As suggested, the story line was good — but notice that some of the jokes were pretty shallow. Loved that money throwing though.

Still the 3D animation was okay, like though in a suit, the boss baby still looked very much like a baby — with the family and most of the characters looking cool, too. And that speaks the same for the voice cast — as always, Steve Buscemi (a.k.a. Francis) was solid while Alec Baldwin (a.k.a. Boss Baby) was convincing!

Alec Baldwin a.k.a. The Boss Baby

And don’t forget the lessons.

Okay, some of ‘em could be hard to comprehend — yep, since such tips are basically for those who are in the ‘rat race’. So in reality, it’s not really applicable to everyone as success has a unique definition for all of us. However, if there’s one thing that we should take note of then it must be these lines by Tim, watch ’em..

Indeed, puppies are cute; however, babies are not only cute but funny! So, get ready for — The Bossier Baby!

Cocktail: How to Make a Negroni

Most, if not all, alcoholic drinks are said to be good for the stomach — especially after dinner; they do help in digestion obviously. So, drinking here is not about getting drunk, though it’s more than just a thirst quencher, you know.

T’is especially true with cocktails.

Yet our feature for today has a not so ideal reputation in terms of taste. It’s not like you’re drinking some real salty or bitter beverage, but the Negroni is a bit, well, ‘revolting’.. at least at first.

Hey, it ain’t so bad! Gin. Sweet vermouth. Bitters. Many cocktails are actually mixed with these stuff. So what’s the fuss? This only tells us that the ‘revolting’ thing is simply about the palate. Just like how it tasted when we sipped our first beer. Ugh, bitter.

The importance of squeezing the ‘oil’ from the wedge of orange

Although some gets used to the ‘bitterness’ and so gets to like what they drink, still, others just can’t get the hang of it. Especially in the case of Negroni. For a ‘sensitive’ palate, yeah, it’s like medicine.

Spirit here is like 100%, so just stir

And this version by Jamie doesn’t even have a Campari!

Okay then, take note of the alternatives — gin could be swapped for vodka while you could also top it with soda water. Hmm… Again, if only for ‘discovering our palate’, guess it’s worth a try.

The classic Negroni, looks good alright

After all, Negroni does stimulate our stomach. Yes.

Movie Review: Ghost In The Shell (2017)

So, t’is one of those films with a handful of criticisms. Tell ya. Scarlett Johansson (a.k.a. Major Killian) had the Media Action Network for Asian Americans accusing her of lying when she said she would never play a role outside her own race. Sounds ‘racist’.

But here she is — the lead character in the movie Ghost In The Shell — supposedly as Motoko Kusanagi. Hmm… Perhaps it’s one ‘major’ reason why the film has so far failed at the box office.

The story line was in fact okay (using a human brain in creating some cyborg for a soldier) despite claims that many facets in the original (which was rooted in Japan) was ignored when t’was made into a film. And true enough, there were significant cracks in it.

WHITEWASHING

Since the original is that of Japanese, Hollywood can’t always expect success like that of ‘The Ring’ which was also of Japanese origin. And so, in this case, they could have casted Lucy Liu or some other Asian star instead. See, the problem with whitewashing is simple — the character’s features.

Cool prosthetics

Scarlett is just ‘too white’, more than her skin color, it’s her features that is. Now, we’re not trying to be racists ourselves but there’s just what we call a ‘perfect fit’ for most everything. Got the point?

BLACK BOB CUT

T’is the most obvious feature that doesn’t suit Scarlett — the black bob cut hair. She just looks kinda fake in it, you know, the hair lacks that bounce. Well, unlike Charlize Theron when she did Aeon Flux, her black bob cut did really suit her. So then what’s the root?

Scarlett in a black bob cut hair

Scarlett appears to have a ‘bigger’ face, thus, it emphasizes her being of a ‘white race’ even more. That simple.

MIXED LANGUAGE

Chief Daisuke Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano) seems to be the only one talking in Japanese — and even to main characters at that! This then makes the film, his character — attention calling. While there are those who could understand and speak more than one language, however, in a film if a key character doesn’t communicate as to the language spoken to him then it sorta weakens that line.

HUMAN LASER FIGURES

Seeing those giant human laser figures beside ‘em buildings sends us questioning. How necessary are those laser beams anyway, wouldn’t the story survive without those giant figures? ‘Cause it just makes the movie look something like a joke.

Beautiful skyline

Anyway, on the positive note, the prosthetics in this film was real cool. Guess we’re better in robotics than making people look like beasts or ‘animals’. Hehe. Another positive would be the wonderful skyline of Hong Kong. Stacking close together, ‘em buildings certainly look at par with that of New York.

In the end, some of those who watched Ghost In The Shell must have only been curious of Scarlett Johansson’s naked-like outfit, huh? Well, put it in the bank.

Movie Review: The Bye Bye Man (2017)

Know what? One of those things that came to mind while watchin’ The Bye Bye Man was the character’s possible link to the mind of a serial killer. Know what I mean? It’s like, oh, so this is what killers could be thinkin’ of..

That some voice is actually telling them to kill people.

If that’s the case then we could almost ‘solve a crime’ before it even happens — like by just checking out the mental stability of a person! Hey, for one, this could be subtly done during employment or school admission screenings, or even for our driver’s license and passport applications, huh? There are psycho tests for these and surely, many are doing this. Of course, the ‘invasion of this and that’ could be questioned though, so things are done with care.

Okay, many critics actually find this film so bad that it’s more funny than scary — well, if only for the bloodied makeup of Kim (Jenna Kanell), the skinless hound or the hollowed face of the Bye Bye man, then we agree. These are part of ‘imagery’ that should have been corrected or improved since one major aspect of scariness is judged by our sense of sight. See??

The bloodied makeup of Kim
The Bye Bye Man who felt like he’s E.T.

The setting is okay. I mean, it doesn’t have to always be dark. And besides, creepiness only starts when you let things get into your head. But that’s where the ‘beauty’ of this film lies — by showing us how messed up we could be if we let our minds get out of control.

The mystery of the mind

As for the actors, hmm, guess they were just trying a little to hard that characters like Virgil (Elliot’s brother) and his daughter Alice looked OA. Yeah, even Elliot (Douglas Smith) did, too. Many times this is the problem with low budget films, actors want to make an impression for future projects that they tend to overdo things instead of letting loose and acting a little more naturally.

In the end, with hints of a sequel — Alice finding the coins from the nightstand and John (Elliot’s best friend) whispering ‘Bye Bye Man’ to Detective Shaw — do you think this would now be worth seein’? Ah, it could be worse unless they cast ‘bigger names’.

Cressida Bonas

Ey, did you know that Cressida Bonas (a.k.a. Sasha) was the ex of Prince Harry? Hehe. Just saying. Ciao!

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