Friday, July 7, 2017

The nosy housewife got busy

Yes busy with work and another hobby that I found to relax me after all the deadlines that I need to meet. I went local and started watching (drum roll please) Pusong Ligaw :)

At first, I don't know why I am drawn to this TV series but when I started watching the series, I realized, apart from the plot, I like how they brought the cast together. I am not saying that they are not famous personalities but I think the group can act well because there is no superstar within the team that needs to shine brighter than the rest.

I have always been a silent supporter of Diego Loyzaga and Sofie Andres, separately. I have seen them both act in various TV series and I like how they treat the characters they play. I am happy that they are given these lead roles and I can say that they are playing it right.

The show has just started and I am still hooked watching it. Let's see how everything will pan out.

Oh by the way, I am will try a new thing and will go local with my features. However of course, if there is something juicy on the international scene, why won't I feature it right? :)

ABS-CBN's new day-time series, Pusong Ligaw

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

This is Us Season 2 Update: Cast and Crew Starts Filming in June!

This Is Us Season 2 is one of the much-awaited seasons of all NBC series. Luckily, Lonnie Chavis who takes on the role of little Randall spilled the beans on when the cast and crew will start filming for Season 2. Read on to know more!

This Is Us star Lonnie Chavez had a chat with Entertainment Tonight's Nischelle Turner where he revealed that NBC's tear-jerking show will start filming this June or July. This piece of information definitely brings the show back on its avid viewers' radar. The last time everyone held a box of tissues for the series was on its finale episode aired last March.

Apart from the revelation Chavez did, he also captured the public's hearts when he got on MTV's stage last Sunday, May 7. Chavez, together with Milo Ventimiglia, accepted the award for the series. Today reported that the Dan Fogelman show won the Best Tearjerker award from MTV. While on stage, Chavez can't help but voice out a concern that he had.

This little big star really got potential

The outlet noted that the young Randall told everyone in the audience that he can't keep faking that the large cup of golden movie popcorn was not heavy. This comment brought laughter to the audience. Chavez's This Is Us co-star helped him out with the award. Meanwhile, a stagehand lowered the mic for the young actor to be heard.

It was definitely a cute and proud moment for Chavez and the rest of the This Is Us cast for bagging yet another award for the series. This Is Us premiered on NBC on September 20, 2016.

The series' unexpected plot twist caught the attention of the viewers and got them hooked to watch each and every This Is Us episode. However, when the show aired their Season 1 episode finale, viewers expected that the Dan Fogelman series would finally reveal how Jack (Ventigmilia) died.

The episode garnered polarizing views from its supporters. Some were disappointed with the Season 1 finale that they plan to boycott the series altogether. However, I am pretty sure that those were just emotions talking and they will continue to show their support when the series airs the first episode of their sophomore season.

Are you excited to watch the first episode of This Is Us Season 2? Share your thoughts with us by commenting on the space below. We would love to hear your comments!

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Why did Tito Sotto's name took the top spot on Twitter

Yesterday was a big day for President Rodrigo Duterte's appointees as they face defend their position on the Commission on Appointments hearings. A position they have held for about 10 months. However, the spotlight was turned to Senator Tito Sotto for that one question which created a stir online and made his name trend on Twitter.

Department of Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo answered all the questions thrown at her about her competency as the agency's secretary. When it was Sen. Sotto's turn to ask, CNN Philippines reported that the senator attempted to shift the focus on a "lighter topic" and decided to ask about the secretary's family.

The senator asked Sec. Taguiwalo's marital status and inquired about her family set-up. Taguiwalo explained their current set-up and confirmed that she is indeed single. Sotto went on and said, "In the street language, when you have children and you are single, ang tawag dun e, 'na-ano' lang. His statement earned him a few laughs in the hearing.

Meanwhile, the DSWD secretary calmly responded, "Senator Sotto, I teach women studies. So, we respect all kinds of families and that includes solo parents." This exchange caught the ire of netizens and Twitterverse felt the rage people had about the senator.

Rappler noted that celebrities did not exclude themselves from giving their two cents about Sen. Sotto's statement. The outlet noted that Claudine Barretto called out Sotto, who is reportedly Barretto and estranged husband Raymart Santiago's godfather in their wedding, saying that she is proud of herself for being a single mother. Moreover, the actress said she has so much respect for single mothers who act as a mother and a father to their kids.

Broadway singer Lea Salonga reacted through Twitter and said that she curse anyone and everyone that sees a woman like her mom, who was a single parent, as "less than." Meanwhile, comedienne Pokwang noted that she became a single mom because her then partner did not have the balls to provide for them but she is proud to say that she was able to raise her child well.

Towards the latter part of yesterday's hearing, Sen. Sotto apologized for his comment saying that it was meant to be a joke. He did not intend to disrespect the DSWD secretary. "As I’ve said, it was meant as a joke, and everybody in the hall, almost everybody laughed. I don’t think it was done disrespectfully. But as I said, just to drive home the point, if they are offended, then I apologize," said Sotto.

What can you say about the remarks made by Sen. Tito Sotto and what would you want to tell him about single parents? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.  

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Married at First Sight Season 5 Couples: Ceremony's Over, What's Next?

Married at First Sight Season 5 couples exchanged vows and are ready to take on the married life with a complete stranger. What happens in the honeymoon?

Well, that is what we are all going to find out when Married at First Sight Season 5 Episode 3 airs on Thursday, April 27. The upcoming Married at First Sight Season 5 episode made me binge watch its previous episodes.

Danielle DeGroot
On the couples' wedding day, Cody and Danielle, Sheila and Nathan, and Ashley and Anthony seemed impressed with one another. Looking at them, they all seemed to feel the physical attraction that they have for one another. Though for me, I think it was more obvious with Nathan that he really does want to consummate the marriage on their first night. I think Sheila shares Nathan's sentiment but is either shy to tell the camera or is being cautious with her father around.

However, a teaser towards the end of Episode 2 reveals that these married couples are and will be experiencing a lot of crossroads along the way. I even saw Cody tell the crew if they can just stop filming.

Like everyone else, I am interested to see whether all three couples will emerge victorious from this social experiment or they will return to singledom with loads of learned experience from the reality show.

If you ask me, I am rooting for Danielle and Cody. I think the connection is there and they seem to like one another. Though I have a problem with Cody's squeaking voice. I think it happens to him when he gets really nervous!

Nice wedding photo-op

Watch the Married at First Sight Season 5 couples on Thursday, April 27 on Lifetime.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Married at First Sight Season 5: The Chicago Series

The Married at First Sight Season 5 experts are back!

After months of waiting, Married at First Sight returns to the small screen! I unintentionally followed the previous season but it was not that bad because I enjoyed watching Lillian and Tom fall in love.

The gang which comprises of Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Rachel de Alto, and Pastor Cal Roberson are back to find single men and women their perfect match. After that, these couples will stay married for about six weeks before they tell the experts if they want to continue being married or not.

People Magazine reported that in MAFS Season 5 premiere, three couples met their match and got married. Ashley Petta, a 30-year-old restaurant manager married Anthony D’Amico, the 33-year-old sales and marketing professional. Next is Sheila Downs, a 31-year-old director of operations for a local school, was matched with Nate Duhon, Lastly, Cody Knapek, a 26-year-old entrepreneur exchanged vows with Danielle DeGroot, a 30-year-old dietician. 

MAFS Season 5 cast members

Just a brief recap of Married at First Sight Season 4, they matched three couples, Heather and Derek, Lillian and Tom and finally, Sonia and Nick. Still in their honeymoon, Heather and Derek were not seeing eye to eye already unlike the other two couples. Eventually, they both decided (but more of Heather, really)to end their marriage.

Meanwhile, the two other couples, Lillian and Tom and Sonia and Nick stayed till the end of the season. I adore Lillian and Tom though the latter did keep a secret that instead of living in a proper house, he lives in a tour bus! It was fascinating to see how Tom took a lot of effort and money to build his home. Initially, Lillian was shocked but I guess her attraction with Tom took over that she was able to overlook that detail.

Stalking their social media accounts, Lillian and Tom did use the tour bus even off-camera. They seem to be enjoying their married life together. However, it is not the same with Sonia and Nick, more popularly known in the reality series as "Sonic."

Recently, both Married at First Sight Season 4 cast members announced on their social media accounts that they are ending their marriage. I think a lot of people who supported the Sonic felt bad but wished both well.

I am excited to see how Married at First Sight Season 5 will pan out. Hopefully, no couple will end their marriage while they do the experiment. Apart from the new season, the reality show also moved networks. MAFS is now being shown on Lifetime.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Married at First Sight Australia Season 4: Nick, Sharon Still Married; What About Sean And Susan

Married at First Sight Australia Season 4 gets to the interesting part of the season. After weeks of trying to ascertain whether the couples want to stay married or not, viewers will finally know their decision.

Nick And Sharon Stays Committed

The social experiment has come to an end. Married at First Sight Australia Season 4 couples need to decide their fate. MAFS couple Nick and Sharon were the first to be featured. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the 31-year-old Michelle and the 30-year-old carpenter had a rocky start in the season.

The outlet notes that Sharon had some trust issues in her last few days with Nick. The business owner consulted her group of friends about her dilemma. They all agreed that “not being able to trust a chap was a deal breaker.”

Meanwhile, Nick had a session with his own set of friends about the upcoming ceremony. One of his mates strongly warned Nick that it is still too early to use the L word. On the day of the vow renewal ceremony, Nick and Sharon meet face-to-face.

Nick told his social experiment wife to give him a chance to prove that he is the kind of husband that will complement her life through “trust, loyalty, and understanding.” Moreover, he defied his friend’s advice and told Sharon that he loves her.

Sharon, on the other hand, started her vows recognizing their “strong physical and emotional chemistry.” The 31-year-old kept everyone in suspense with her "however." In the end, she said, “And you, Nick Furphy, have my heart.”


Will Sean And Susan Renew Their Vows? 

Meanwhile, Married at First Sight viewers waits patiently for farm boy Sean and city girl Susan’s turn at the ceremony. Mail Online reported that the 37-year-old Susan shocked her social experiment husband with her reply to his honest box question.

Sean asked whether Susan can see herself living on a farm with him. Susan replied with “I’m actually going to give it a go after this.” Moreover, Susan told Sean that she sees a future with the farmer.

Are they destined to be together?
Married at First Sight Australia Season 4 viewers saw the instant chemistry between farm boy Sean and city trucker Susan. Unfortunately, the major roadblock in their relationship was location. Sean lives in a farmland in Queensland while Susan lives in the city.

However, they both agreed to continue with the experiment. Based on their actions, it seems the wonders of science worked for them. Wonder what will they say on their renewal vows? We can’t wait too! Married at First Sight Australia Season 4 has four episodes left before they air their season finale episode.  

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Amazed With The Contestants of ABC's The Bachelor Series

While I was writing my news piece for the day, I chance upon this tweet from People EW Network where they posted a short interview of The Bachelor Season 21 winner Vanessa Grimaldi and Nick Viall.

I was not consistently updated with Nick's season. However, whenever I get the chance, I watch it online or read articles about him and the updates of his season. When the first episode was aired, I tried watching it close to its real-time release. The girls were all hopeful that their first introduction to Nick will make them stay for at least a few episodes.

I tried putting myself in their shoes and I know I can't do it. I don't think I have the energy to compete with 30 girls to get one guy's attention. However, I still watched it because I am intrigued to see how Nick can develop that "special connection" with the girls.

Every week, I read the news on who gets eliminated and based on my recollection (even if it was a few episodes prior to the rose ceremony) I realized that the girls, who went home that night, did not have that connection with Nick.

Finally, after eight weeks, he chooses between Raven Gates and Vanessa Grimaldi. Eventually, Nick chooses Vanessa (I hate it when Reality Steve is always right about The Bachelor - ugh).

In that particular interview, Vanessa admits that it was difficult for her at first to understand the concept of one guy having feelings for a lot of girls, yes girls. The Special Education Teacher said that rather than focus her energy on who Nick was spending time with, she decides to focus on what she feels for him and vice versa.

Vanessa explaining herself while Nick looks on

With that kind of attitude, she was able to concentrate on making sure that he picks her from the rest. To be quite honest, The Bachelor or the upcoming The Bachelorette is a very tricky reality show. As I always say, I am amazed at the ladies and men who join this reality show.

Their ability to accept the competition and be friends with them as well. I will probably have a mind over heart battle all the time! Now that The Bachelor Season 21 ended, I am looking forward to seeing how Rachel Lindsay's (my personal favorite for Nick, if I can choose) season will turn out.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Netflix Love Series: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of Falling In Love

The Netflix Love series released its full 12-episode sophomore season over the weekend. And based on the viewer's feedback, they liked how series creators Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin and Paul Rust tackled the stages of falling in love. 

Love is a universal language that everyone wants to talk about. When someone opens up the subject, you will see various reactions about it. One can look dreamy while he reminisce the time when he met his first love. Some will feel depressed as they remember their last failed relationship. This is why Love was a hit to its viewers. 

Netflix Love Series Gives Serious Feels

Bustle reports that the romantic comedy series was able to capture the realistic side of well, falling in love. Moreover, the report notes that Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (Rust) were able to demonstrate love in the series not manufactured by Hollywood. 

According to the source, it felt real. Netflix viewers who have seen Love Season 2's episodes shows two people trying to understand their feelings and if they are willing to go head on with the relationship. Moreover, it touches on different levels of emotions. 

For example, that feeling of getting a text from a stranger whom you just met but you want to get to know better. Another is the endless conversations you have with friends about this particular boy that you like. As the outlet describes it, Netflix's Love brings the same warm feeling you had when you were in that same moment. 

In Season 2, the two lead stars start to slowly take off the shell that they have craftily built around them. Once you finish binge-watching the 12 episodes, you'd want to know where Mickey and Gus' relationship will go. The same feeling you had when you were in that dating phase. 

Love Season 3 To Happen In 2018?

Meanwhile, Netflix Life reports that it already has the probable release date for Love Season 3. The outlet notes that there is a big chance it will happen in March 9, 2018. A year after Love Season 2 was released. 

The outlet notes that the tentative date can happen if production and the upcoming storyline will start rolling without distractions. Are you rooting for Mickey and Gus' relationship too? What do you think will Love Season 3 have for this couple? Tell me and let's talk about it together!  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Charlize Theron's Atomic Blonde

Are you ready?

I have always admired Charlize Theron. I have seen her act in different movie genre and I am always mesmerized by her eyes. It's like she does not need to speak much because her eyes convey the message.

Charlize Theron as an MI6 spy

People have been raving her Mad Max character. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to watch the movie. Hopefully, soon I can find the time and then maybe (just maybe right a little review about it).

Well, Theron now returns to the big screen with yet another outstanding performance. Collider reports that the actress will take on the role of Lorraine Broughton, a top-level MI6 spy that has a special task in Berlin.

The website had the first few images of the movie and they look intense - especially with Theron battling two police agents (I think) in the kitchen. The film is set in the late 1980s. I guess that explains James McAvoy's rather eccentric attire (or that could just be me. Bell bottoms? Isn't that the 70s?)

David Leitch only has high praises for Theron

According to Entertainment Weekly, the actress made sure that she gives justice to her role. How? She trained with her director, David Leitch (yep, the same guy who directed Keanu Reeve's John Wick) and his team of fighters. They worked together for four to five hours for three months!

Leitch, on the other hand, described Theron as extraordinary. In his own words, he says seeing Theron work was "refreshing."

It’s refreshing to find an actor who can do these long, long takes, memorize the choreography, maintain the character, and deliver a performance,” said the Atomic Blonde director. 

To keep the suspense going, the film released two 15-second teasers to give moviegoers a sneak peek of this action suspense film. This is quite a different Charlize Theron, I might say. Hopefully, this will exceed our expectations. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hello Moto and Blackberry's KEYone

The Mobile World Congress 2017 kicked off their mobile consumers to salivate on tech companies new offerings for the year. One of the standouts is Lenovo's Moto G5. Another tech giant making its comeback is Blackberry and their KEYone handset.

Hello Moto! Lenovo's Moto G5 News

Motorola went Hello Moto to their users once again last year when they launched the Moto G4 at the MWC 2016. According to, G4 was coined as the "best budget smartphone ever made." Because of this, the pressure to retain the title is probably what Lenovo's recently acquired company has in mind.

Of course, they can also try and outdo themselves and bring more features on the table. The outlet notes that the phone boasts of a battery that lasts "all day," a problem most people have with their current smartphones. It will be a breath of fresh air if the phone will last a day. It sports a 2800 mAh battery.

Hello Moto Gorgeous
Meanwhile, if you do really consume the juice of the Moto G5's battery, the company came prepared and included "a rapid charger that offers hours of power within minutes." Now, isn't that good news for people who has a very active social life?

Another positive feature that youngsters will probably look at is its 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. The smartphone's camera is already perfect for all the selfies they will be taking including groufie shots too with friends. The Moto G5 will be available in March.

Blackberry Making Its Comeback

On the other hand, another mobile phone is trying to regain its consumers. Blackberry's KEYone is hopeful that mobile consumers who missed their keypad will come running back to them.

Engadget reports that if you are once a Blackberry user, the KEYone will bring back memories when you tap your BBMs to your friends with their ever reliable keypad. Apart from that, they also gave the phone's battery life a further boost.

The latter report notes that it sports a 3,505 mAh battery to ensure that their users are connected for two full days without the need to charge. Now, isn't that a sweet deal?

Blackberry Back With Its Keypad
Some may actually raise their eyebrows and ask, so how can it compete with the other smartphones? It admits that it is not a phone for all users but it plans to target certain individuals who are now craving to get a Blackberry phone back in their hands.

Being a Blackberry user for quite some time, people were very fond with the Blackberry Messaging or more commonly known as BBM. It was one of the selling points of the phone and reading through the article, there was not a mention of it. I am not sure if like a candy bar, it will slowly unveil itself when the product is available in the market.

The phone is going to be available in April but it seems its US relaunch is at the bottom part of the list. Well, we can only just wait and see.

The Mobile World Congress 2017 will run until March 2. What can you say about these two phones? Share them here!

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