FAMILY VS. FRIENDS

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It is true that family is extremely important to our lives, but reality shows that some of us are closer to our friends than to our family.  It was easy to confide and share our problems and even secrets to our friends.  You can see also others enjoy their time with their buddies more than with parents and siblings, maybe because family events are often serious or maybe a little boring.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, but the truth is, there’s some stuff that I am more comfortable to discuss with my friends.  It happened also that I didn’t get the same reactions from them (they are serious) compared to my friends who will take it lightly and made you laugh.  On the other hand, it is also tested that our family helps us no matter what, even though they are the last person we run to.

I just learned that if I want to be close to my family, I just have to treat them like my friends – be open,  have fun with them, in any case, start to communicate, let them feel “when you’re with them you can be yourself” and of course, always show them that they are more important than anyone else.

Further, let us also treat our friends like family, we should give them our trust, support, and commitment.

For me, nothing is to contend about Family Vs. Friends. They both played significant roles in our lives, and we needed them whether we like it or not.

TWO COPS (Kdrama 2017)

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Cha Dong-Tak is a detective in pursuit of justice. A swindler’s spirit takes possession of his body. The detective and swindler’s spirit cooperate to solve cases. The detective falls in love with a reporter.

Two Cops is about an upright detective Cha Dong-Tak (Cho Jung-Seok) who ends up having his body possessed by the spirit of a con artist Gong Soo-Chang (Kim Sun-Ho). Two souls swapping in one body delivered some fresh air in the story and the mystery behind it becomes the ultimate reason for me to finish the series.

Story-wise, it was not so bad and not so really good.  It was engaging in the early episodes, became little draggy and boring in the middle, but got better towards the finale.

Acting-wise, there is no doubt about our two cops.  Their characterization is quite appealing and fun to watch. They bromance from hate to love is admirable and the teamwork was created fundamentally. I believe most of the viewers enjoyed more of their bromance relationship than with the female lead.

Two cops is a decent drama to watch, much the lessons to learn about to mend fences and be a better person.

Verdict: 8/10

BLISSFUL RELATIONSHIP

Do not rush to marry. Take it slow. Take your time.

Marriage is never a race. The fastest seldom wins.

But the one who starts right and perseveres throughout does.

Build friendship first. It will be your strongest foundation later on.

Remember, looks and talents are fleeting and so are material things.

What lasts are character and maturity.

Know your essentials. Don’t compromise these.

Learn to let go of some preferences too. They can be done without.

The delays and mishaps have its reasons. Forgive and forget. Look forward and move on.

Don’t dwell on the past also.

Never blame others and self for your mistakes.

Instead, learn and grow from them.

Just don’t keep on repeating them as that’s foolishness already.

Don’t get ahead with God by the way.

He knows what’s best for you. Just trust in Him.

Get busy working on yourself as you wait.

Improve and be the best person that you can be.

I got married at a ripe old age of 37.

I courted my wife for more than three years.

And we’re blessed with two cute daughters.

I married right. Not too early and not too late.

This sharing is my way of paying it to forward the goodness I receive from the Lord Almighty through my marriage.

Oh yes, marriage is a bliss indeed and a beautiful thing if done right.

Don’t miss this out for you deserve only the best.

I give a toast to the married and soon to be married people reading this.

Francis Francisco-

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EVERGREEN LOVE (J-MOVIE 2016)

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Sayaka works at an office. She’s not very good at her job or with love. One night, she finds a man, Itsuki, collapsed in front of her home. She takes him inside and they begin to live together. Itsuki teaches Sayaka about cooking wild herbs and collecting wild herbs, but he has a secret.

So what’s his secret? watch it and you’ll find it.

Honestly, I need Itsuki in my life. Seeing him in my kitchen every day, preparing sumptuous food and eat together, it’s quite a comfort to me (though his character is so good to be true). And I think we need more films like this one; simple, gentle and warm.

There is nothing explosive in this movie, it was transparent to make you feel pure good, setting your mood in positive rays without picking on little details. I believe the purpose of this show is to enjoy it properly, away from villains and complications.

I like the two leads characters and portrayals. Itsuki, is an eye candy, gentleman and secretive, and I loved the way he dealt with Sayakawho is relatable, honest and lonely. Though their characters didn’t develop well considering the pace of the story,  still they have created a strong basis of the romance.

Evergreen love is a breeze love story. It will make you eat and fall in love!

Verdict: 9/0

BECAUSE I HAVE HURT YOU

Sometimes, we are the one who causes pain.  And I realized I owe a quite a bit of apology.

I met you at my lowest times.  I wasn’t exactly looking for love in that span of time, but just someone to fool around. I got you as the rebound for my failed relationship. I know I have created a big mess and have had hurt you enormously.

It should be a jarring relationship and because you are so good to suffer my flaws, I have to end it. My conscience begs me to do it because deep inside I know you are not worthy to share of every drop from my lies and insincerity.

I am sorry about the way I handled things to end.  You were too great, but I was so sure of myself that still, I can’t love you back, or anyone else.

I am sorry for ignoring your calls, for hiding myself and for keeping the truth. I am sorry for making you love me and never reciprocated it. I am sorry for giving you heartache you never deserved, for being with me in times of my needs, but left you unsettled. So sorry because I have hurt you cruelly.

Despite all, THANK YOU for writing me today, for hearing my words with an assurance that it wasn’t hard for you to forgive me.  Thank you for letting me those guilts off my chest.

I’m happy now that you got your real love from someone who deserves you better than me. I cheer for your endless happiness.

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A FRIEND IN NEED

I’ve been thinking about you today and to tell you how sorry I am that I couldn’t sit around with you right now. I know you have gone through so much dilemma and you want to talk about it, just like we always do before I left you.  I know you need someone to share and discuss your problems without fear or reservations and I’m so sorry I couldn’t be that someone at this moment.

Seeing you last time how devastated you are, broke my heart.  It was always my wish to see you happy and start a life that you ever wanted.  I can’t stop thinking about you and regret the days gone without consoling your broken heart. I wished I could be with you in that consequential moment when you wanted to run away and just holding you close seems enough to understand that you are not alone.

I made a promise to myself when will see each other again, I will do my very best part to listen, to lift you up and be your same-old companion.  I will try to bring hope to you when seems all hopeless.

Please wait for me.

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Last Minute Romance (Web-drama 2017)

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Baek-Se (Han Seung-Yeon) lives an ordinary life. She is a big fan of a top star. One day, Baek-Se is diagnosed with a terminal disease and she doesn’t have much time left to live. She decides to have a contract date with Dong-Joon (Lee Seo-Won) who looks just like the top star she likes.

The sweetest two hours of my life. This drama is super cute and emotional. Though it was short, the plot combines everything you needed; fun, happiness, sadness and acceptance, it was wrapped up well. Yet it would really hit your heart, but this drama portrays how life really is. It is heartwarming and heartbreaking.

I like the characters and enjoyed the chemistry between the two leads. I was kinda touched by the friendship that one friend is enough who will be by your side during the hardest times in life. Overall, this drama is entertaining and it ends realistically.

What I don’t like this drama is very short  🙂

Verdict: 9/10

TAMAYONG PRAYER MOUNTAIN (Davao City)

Prayer Mountain in Davao City, Philippines is a property of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ lead by executive pastor Apollo Quiboloy.  The Prayer Mountain in Tamayong is also known as the Garden of Eden Restored,  which welcomes visitors of any faith who wish to visit this place, especially for prayer and meditation.

You have to pay your admission fee in advance to secure your schedule, the fee is only P250.00. Since the place is a sanctuary of peace and serenity, be guided by some of their rules especially when it comes to dressing code.

Reaching to the mountain after 1 hour and a half travel from Davao City proper gave us no regrets as we are amazed at the beautiful scenery with lots of trees and delightful flowers.  The lawns are well manicured, the surrounding is clean and the atmosphere is very serene and relaxing.

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I recommend that you should visit Tamayong Prayer Mountain. For a moment you’ll feel calm and at peace away from the vibe and hype of the city.

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She shouted, freedom!!!

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We totally love this place!

BECAUSE THIS IS MY FIRST LIFE (K-drama 2017)

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Nam Se Hee is a single man in his late 30’s. He has chosen to not marry. He owns his home, but he owes a lot on his mortgage.

Yoon Ji Ho is a single woman in her early 30’s. She does not own a home and envies those that do. She has given up on dating due to her financial struggles. Yoon Ji Ho begins to live at Nam Se Hee’s house. They become housemates.

I simply love this drama. It felt so surprisingly fresh in so many ways. I find most of the realizations are sensible and mature.  I like the chemistry of the main actors, where the cold fact Nam Se Hee (Lee Min-Ki) and the naive dreamer Yoon Ji Ho (Jung So-Min) face together with their differences and how they compromise the complications of their “marriage contract”.  They have played their roles dramatically which made me want to have both of their characters in my life; being naive and realistic.

I could still feel the intensity and emotions they have held for each other in a long time and just burst out of nowhere when they couldn’t control it anymore. There are some cliché monologue, metaphors and thought-provoking lines that will rip your heart and made you think for a minute.

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This drama offers also the other side love stories. We have here Soo Ji’s (Esom) rebel character,  incapable to commit a relationship except for physical attachment, where Mr. Ma (Park Byung-Eun is the ideal guy who wants to have a normal relationship with her.

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Sim Won Seok (Kim Min-Suk) and Yang Ho Rang (Kim Ga-Eun) portray are the most relatable characters as couples who love each other very much but have struggled to learn each other’s wants.  They have to embark on a course of decision making of what is more important in their relationship.

I love the OST too. It entwines so well in every dialogue and helps the tone of the drama more credible and touching.

The plot is awesome, though it became slow in the middle of the episodes, still turned out its best, why? because it was full of moments that people could relate to. There is no alien feelings, its all about needing to love and be loved.

Of course, who will forget this adorable cat who stole my heart through the series? Woori knows everything that had happened between the two main leads inside the house! wink wink! 

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Verdict: 10/10