Street Style: Are Ripped Jeans Starting to Fade?

If there’s one thing noticeable in celebrity street styling these days, it’s their pants. Ripped jeans are being worn lesser, or at least, lesser rips; while the emphasis has gone back to hems and pockets.

Some are bell-bottoms. Others just tight as in skinny jeans. While folding is also making a comeback. Well, that’s how fashion really is — a cycle. Thus, ‘pairing’ is the key, as always.

Bethenny Frankel in NYC

Grayish jeans with a folded hem and no belt for Beth. More than the shirt, it’s her jacket and boots that ‘carried the show’ for her.

Ali Larter in LA

Look at ’em pockets, nice! For Ali, it’s bell-bottoms and no belt as well. Again, the jacket played a role in our celebrity’s style. Cool!

Selena Gomez in Los Angeles

While Selena’s Gianvito Rossi sandals is just too chic to ignore, she simply looks great in her half-tucked tops that went well with her skinny jeans. Yes, for all and sundry, jeans are sexier with no belt — it only shows you don’t need anything to make your figure known.

Reese Witherspoon

Now, how ’bout dresses? Flowers are simply blooming, yes? Just one of ’em designs that has always been around — floral. And Reese is just one of those who wears ’em a lot more than other stars do.

Victoria Beckham in Paris

Victoria would always be Victoria. A fashion icon — that when she wears something, it must be the trend. Hey, long skirts are ‘in’!

Movie Review: Logan (2017)

T’is one example that nothing lasts forever.. At least for mutants, superpowers and stuff. Life’s reality has set in for Xavier and Logan here as they have grown older, weaker and less powerful. Yes, and that they are human, after all.

Hmm… it’s also good that they fade since it’s starting to get bit tiring after so many X-Men movies, ya’ know.  Yet still, there’s someone ‘created’ to continue the journey — Laura, Logan’s daughter.

Have you seen this film Logan?

Well, it’s different when children don’t grow up with their parents — mother or father — they become more rebellious. Yeah, more than just either somebody ‘bad’ raised them or ‘tough” circumstances overwhelmed ’em — but because they don’t really understand what ‘respect’ is. They become too independent and get unknowingly influenced by ‘wrong’ people. And so, they end up with an all-fun and “what’s in it for me” mentality. Of course, this group in the film, we don’t really know their history; and what their habits really are, so..

Mutants are also human, after all

Anyway, isn’t this something like ‘Resident Evil’ and the Umbrella corporation? I mean, Laura and Transigen. Okay, except that Alice is a grown up and basically fighting on her own — while Laura has her band of mutants to help her and each other out.

Logan and Laura: Father-Daughter tag team

Ey, it’s just cool to see ’em father and daughter fighting side by side, uh?! Guess that’s the best part of ’em action scenes in this movie. Incidentally, what’s sad about life though is when many children of today starts to ‘really’ care only when their parents are already dying. On the other hand, what’s kinda funny — yep, funny actually — about this film is when Laura adjusted the cross on the grave of Logan to form an “X” to honor him as the last of the X-Men.

Isn’t that sorta commercializing? Even in the grave, geez. We love the sound of Laura’s swift-talking though. Cute. Spanish is simply one of those beautiful languages.

The new batch of X-Men, how dark their faces?? Haha

So, 2 hours and 15 minutes. Pretty long film. Surely because it’s the last film of Wolverine. But not for Laura. And the new batch of X-Men — Jonah, Delilah, Rictor, Rebecca, Vivian, blah blah blah..

Hehe. Ready?? Vámonos!

Food & How To: Emergency Kimchi (yangbaechu-kimchi: 양배추김치)

Was pleasantly surprised when we found out that there’s in fact this Kimchi version called ’emergency kimchi’. Really? You know, all along we thought that Kimchi was just the traditional one, or if ever there’s a variation to it — it’s not like ’emergency’. Whoa??

Anyway, that’s our food feature for the day, ‘Emergency Kimchi’!

Hmm… Cabbage, ‘hot pepper flakes’, fish sauce, green onion, garlic, salt and carrot. The ingredients are pretty much the same (and quite common, wherever, even the sesame seeds) actually except for the cabbage where the traditional kimchi uses the ‘napa cabbage’ instead of the regular one.

Some of the Ingredients

Well, perhaps one reason that made this an ’emergency’ kimchi is that Maangchi brought her own ‘hot pepper flakes’ —  assuming that it maybe hard to find in an unfamiliar place or country. So.

Also, as we all know, ‘freshness’ is always important in food. Whatever it maybe.

In storing, be sure to make it air tight

Just take note, for recipes that require mixing fresh, uncooked ingredients — those powder, sauces and all would be harder to ‘stick and sink’, so make sure you use a bigger bowl where you could mix them better; otherwise, don’t just mix it batch by batch but do a ‘remix’. Sounds like music. Hehe.

Till next time.. Ciao!

In Pictures: Mainit Springs (Cebu)

Have you ever thought that there is actually a hot spring in south of Cebu? Yeah, not only beautiful beaches and falls — but a hot spring, too! Must be over 40 degrees of sulfuric acid if I’m not mistaken.

And where is it? Well, about 120 kilometers southwest of Cebu City at Barangay Montaneza, Malabuyoc, Cebu. Around a 3 hour or so drive.  So here, check ’em out.

To get here from Cebu City, you’d have to start off at the South Bus Terminal — get off Malabuyoc (inform the conductor that you’d be going to Mainit Springs at Barangay Montaneza) then ride a ‘habal-habal’ to take you to the hot spring. These would cost you around P200 more or less; that’s a rough estimate since we actually took the east coast (not the via Barili bus) to get here.

The middle pool
The right pool

Meanwhile, the entrance fee for the hot spring is 20 pesos per head. However, in case you’re thinking of an overnight stay — there’s none within the spring’s vicinity — so, it’s either you camp out or stay in Poblacion, or nearby barangays or towns.

Towards the left pool

Okay, since the spring is hot, as in hot — if you are a first-timer, you’d probably take a long ritual before immersing in this sulfuric spring. So the trick is to go slow. Try to feel the water first, get used to the high temperature and dip yourself limb by limb. Hehe. Before slowly submerging yourself. Hey, don’t open your eyes — and make it quick!

The left pool
Left pool: The immersion

Shortly, you’d notice your skin has turned red while dirt and dead skin are easy to peel. In the end, you’ll be sort of feelin’ relaxed and reenergized, like having gone to a sauna — perhaps even better — since whatever skin allergies you have would somehow be treated!

T’is more than an experience, it’s healing! Try it!

Cocktail: How to Make a Martinez

Hey, it’s a Monday! And we’ll have a drink?? Sure, why not?! Having a sip is different from getting drunk, ya’ know. Just trying to relax. So, what’s our featured cocktail for the day?

Martinez. And here’s how it’s done.

Notice the ingredients? Sweet vermouth. Old Tom Gin. Maraschino liqueur. Angostura bitters. Orange bitters. Lemon. Well, they’re a little more complex than the cocktail ingredients that we have featured before. And t’is a drier version. A predecessor to the Martini, yep, another one of those classic cocktails.

The Ingredients
The Ingredients

Still, one noticeable part in its preparation is the stirring. Yes, it’s not shaken. And while others stir this drink for only around 15 seconds, this version takes about 45 seconds. Whew! So smooth. Hehe.

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And so, if you’re wondering how it actually tastes? Kinda sweet in fact, considering the Old Tom gin (which is some sweetened gin) and the ‘sweet’ vermouth both of which takes the most part of the mix. No wonder it’s a perfect post-dinner cocktail drink, eh?!

Enjoy!

Movie Review: John Wick 2 (2017)

When we hear the name Keanu Reeves, what’s our recall? Action hero. Suave actor. The Matrix?!

Oh, it’s been almost two decades since The Matrix ‘started’. Hey, that makes Keanu kinda old, eh? Hehe. Well, good grooming and makeups can do wonders especially a healthy lifestyle! So.

Anyway, he’s back again in John Wick: Chapter 2..

Have you actually watched this film? The action scenes here are quite hard-core, you know, like being shot from within 3 inches — and just a lot of stabbing — yeah, in different parts of the body at that! But it’s realistic as can be, no Matrix here. Hehe. John Wick bled a lot, too.

How ’bout the ‘body search’? Sure you noticed how the lady struck in between Keanu’s legs during a ‘standard’ search. You agree on that? Yep, it looks a little ‘hard-core’ too, but for issues like ‘national security’ — guess that would be necessary — with due consideration to gender, of course.

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As Winston said, “Rules. Without them, we live with the animals.”

Still, what made us intrigued by this movie is seeing the ways of the underworld. Sorta reminds us of Mr. Right but in a more serious way.

T’is a lesson here. Once you get linked to the ‘underworld’, it would be tough to get out of it. So, think twice before doing something you might just regret — or worse, pay for with your life later on.

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Deception and selfishness are what put rules in a ‘bad light’

For as we know, we are governed by rules. Yup, ever since Adam and Eve’s time! And it’s not about trying to control, for then, God is the one trying to control us. See, He says “not everyone who calls Lord, Lord will be saved but only those who follows the will of God.”

That even sounds like a threat! But it is what it is. Rules keeps us safe. Following ’em shows our commitment. Whether with God. At home. School. Work. Play. Or in any relationship. Following = Commitment.

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Ever since, man has been governed by rules

Key here is, if you find something ‘tough to swallow’ — then talk it over. Fix especially if family. Not quit. After all, we’re not goons!

Till John Wick 3.. Ciao!

Instagram: ‘Live’ Fashion Shots 10

Hmm… Last time we had our ‘live’ fashion shots was around Valentine’s day, well, we’re now just into March and yeah — Fashion just never stops. Sooo, here we go again, yey!

Notice? While there may be supposedly ‘new arrivals’, the cuts, the pleats, the designs, well, they just keep evolving — or simply moving — like, either the fabric’s getting shorter (or longer), or the style’s just having a revival.

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Here, nothing’s really new to floral except that the colors are more vibrant and stuff. And if not worn, jackets or sweaters are either tied above the shoulders or on the waistline. Yep, just like yeeears ago!

Still and among others, there’s just so many things to print, see?? And so, street styling has simply become a never-ending way of life. As they say, just do it!

Till then.. Ciao!

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