Your Lie in April is the story of Kousei, a young piano prodigy who, after the death of his mother, had a mental breakdown and ultimately lost the ability to hear the music he played. Three years later, he meets his playboy best friend’s new girlfriend, Kaori—a free-spirited violinist who makes it her life’s mission to rekindle Kousei’s lost love for performing music on stage.

Your lie in April is a love story of two flawed teens brought together by their love of music. As I considered, this drama shows us the totally raging of two different situations; the battle of illness and the deep remorse of a child who was abused for the sake of his music.

I would call it also a deceitful masterpiece wherein at first it appears light-hearted, the songs are quite adorable, the visual was full of colorful pastels that lead you to the idea of being in love again, and yet it was more than that. The story is quite deeper, emotional and totally bittersweet.Though, there two sides who debated on this show- those who absolutely love it, and those that strongly dislike it, well I’m on the side of liking it. The characters of our spirited violinist who is confident, beautiful, fragile, strong-willed, and with Kosei’s black and white life, it was all simply blended into a chord of a vibrant journey.

With good art, music, likable characters and pain, I give this 9/10.

Spoiler: Why lie in April?  It’s all there in Kaori’s letter to Kousei.


Two of my favorites friends are going back home to the Philippines for good. It’s quite sad when good people leave, but we have to be happy and wish them luck on their next journey.


May good fortune become your faithful companion during your life and take a good care of you every second of it! Wish you good luck in small businesses and long-term undertakings!

You will be missed and please never come back here again 🙂


“It’s always been nice to have you near and to enjoy your company and your loyalty; it’s important to have the friendship and affection of someone with whom we can share our joys and sorrows, and discuss our problems without fear or reservations.

But, the best part of knowing someone like you is not to feel obliged to do something when we’re together, just like being able to watch TV without saying a word, not feeling bored or wanting to be by yourself; and I miss you when you’re far away, taking care of your life while I take care of mine.

To be a friend is to be able to enjoy the best things the other person has to offer, to recognize their faults, but to know they are bearable. On the other hand, to be a friend is to offer our virtues with all the generosity in the world and to live without masks or faces to hide our faults, habits or differences.

The meaning of friendship, something that surrounds us in such a natural way that we don’t even bother much to understand what it truly means. Maybe I can’t really express that meaning, but it’s good to know that there’s someone supporting us, even if sometimes they don’t fully agree with what we are thinking or doing and they don’t hesitate to show their point of view.

That’s what true friends are like because they know that a different opinion will not change a deep feeling of mutual and sincere trust.”

Cheers to all of us who have this kind of friendship!




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.


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-



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.



I stop apologizing for having feelings.

I don’ care if you have seen my feelings as a character flaw and a weakness. I don’t mind if you looked down on me for having emotions of sulkiness.  I accepted the blunder that I have given you the opportunity to bruise me, but I am not giving my sorry when I am not okay.

I cannot cover up my vulnerability. I can’t be cruel enough to myself. Those who can’t accept my emotions and have a hard time dealing with me and have no intention to foster both side’s feelings, then let’s put the history down to the dirty sink. And yes, it would be better for all of us.

I don’t need to apologize for what I am.

It’s not my problem when you don’t understand a single thing about my emotions. Maybe you can’t fathom because we are no longer on the same level. While every person is different, a conversation needs to start out rather than an apology, but it never happened. Resentment has been piled up, misunderstanding mixed-up, I have never blamed anyone to my defense, but for my own sentiment.

I cannot apologize for the friendship lost, instead, I want to speak my gratitude.

Thank you for all the shared memories of laughter, for the sadness, and for everything in between. I appreciate all of the things you do, big and small. Thank you for making me doubt myself, wondering what I meant to you all along, whether I was just a convenience for your own time or mine.

Thanks a ton for letting me think far what is the true meaning of friendship and relationship, the essence of when to hold and to let go. Thank you for making me realized there’s nothing wrong to snug the corners of our lives, keeping who’s important and give up who isn’t.

For all of this, thank you for making me embrace my feelings.

I bid mine goodbye for everything. Let’s grow apart and keep moving forward.




Hanging out with you is one of the best choices to break the monotony of life. Something that I can do randomly without being pushed on how to act and talk in front of you, just like being together is spontaneous and effortless. I can imagine the simple, yet a perfect moment of our lingering. Taking time to breathe, to smell the fragrance of our coffee or tea, and the pleasant presence of each other.

There is no perfect time than to hang out with serenity and break my stress. The little luxury of the ordinary day sounds the antidote of all the misery of this world, that is why it is significant for me to hang out with you even so we don’t have anything to talk about, just have to be myself and laugh.

In a moment like this, I don’t need to brag to everyone that I’m having a good time. No burden to show them because this is palpable and soothing. With someone like you, a cozy place to stay on, a perfect cup to sip on, a smile on our faces, everything, yes everything is comforting and I don’t want to end.

Let’s hang out again!


Burying something is quite backbreaking, but if we wanted to change ourselves to a new “me”, then let’s claim the certainty.

I appreciate the bad and the good events in my life. I appreciate the people around me; my family, friends, workmates, and strangers. I appreciate what I had and couldn’t have.

Thank you, Lord, for everything! The last year was challenging but full of blessings.

Happy New Year everyone!!

PLAYFUL KISS (K-drama 2010)


Based on the popular manga, Oh Ha Ni is a clumsy student who falls for the perfectionist, Baek Seung Jo. However, Seung Jo is indifferent towards her and rejects her love. When Ha Ni’s house collapses, she and her father move into his long-time friend’s house. It turns out that Seung Jo is the friend’s son and Ha Ni is given the opportunity to be near the guy she loves.

There really isn’t much I can say about this drama other than the plot is shallow, but the characters were fun and cute. I think it was enough to justify the show when you expressly enjoyed only the pretty faces of the actors.

In this drama, all you can do is just sit back, don’t mind the empty shell of the story, feel the spirit of being young at heart and enjoy some of the exciting lovely moments.

Verdict: 7/10


I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere. White strings of gulls drag over it like beads.




It is my favorite thing, I think, that I have ever seen. Sometimes I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties. It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel.



Dark and light striking each other, vividly etching wild colors through the horizon.


The sun rises, the sun falls, the wind blows and the birds sing no matter where you are. These are experiences that unite us all. Something we can all enjoy together.


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“I learned that love can end in one night, that great friends can become great strangers, that strangers can become best friends, that we never finish to know and understand someone completely, that the “never ever again” will happen again and that “forever” always ends, that the one that wants it can, will achieve it and get it, that the one that risks it never loses anything.

Cheers to the beauty and madness of life!

Image credit to Tzardy

REPLY 1988 (K-drama) 2015

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Five childhood friends, who all live in the same Ssangmundong neighborhood of Seoul, lean on each other to survive their challenging teen years and set a path for their futures.

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Sung Deok Sun (Hyeri) struggles for attention as the middle child in her poor family while also carrying the burden of her 989th ranking in school. She is everyone’s trusted gal who shares her bright personality to all and shows her caring nature.


Jung-Hwan (Ryoo Joon-Yeol) is the second son of the Kim family. His brother Jung Bong was born with a weak heart, so he decided to help him fulfill his dream, whatever that might be. As a typical teen, he grumbles and complains a lot, and it will take time to convinced him to say yes. He can’t seem to empathize and is always blunt with his words, but he has a good heart and always loyal to his family and friends.


Sun-Woo(Ko Gyung-Pyo)is a model student at the school, good son and good brother at home. Sun-Woo’s mother has raised him and his younger sister alone after his father passed away.  Became a man of his house, he’s quite dependable, mature and responsible among his friends. He always tries to do right by everyone. He is considered as the ideal son of the neighborhood.


Ryu Dong Ryong(Lee Dong-Hwi)is a geek who knows more about girls and life than the rest of his friends, but his poor academic score prevents him from being able to go to college. Though he is not an achiever academically, he is the wisest of all.  He’s the neighborhood counselor and the joker of the group.


Choi Taek (Park Bo-Gum) is a famous BADUK player known as Master Choi, god to the world. But for his friends, he is simply as an idiot in Ssangmundong. Since he dropped out of school, Duk-Sun, Jung-Hwan, Sun-Woo and Dong-Ryong are his only friends.  They protected him as their National Treasure. They always shield him as the youngest one, the baby, and no one could touch and hurt him.

“That might be why youth is beautiful. Because it shines, blindingly bright at a brilliant short moment. But you can never go back to it.”

Certainly, we couldn’t return to our youth because everything just passes by and ages. And this drama makes you remember everything. It has this certain charm where you can always feel that you are part of their family household, that their parents are yours. You grew up with them lurking with memories of good and bad times. In that neighborhood, you waited for your secret crush to pass by,  dreaming of your first love, the walls that witness your first hug, first kiss, and even your first heartbreak.

In this drama, I have cried, laughed and fell in love instantly. I missed my family, my childhood friends, my all old memories.  Though I can still go back to my street where I grew up old, I cannot find the same faces, the familiar laughter, the nooks and corner where we used to play and the arguments we have solved. What has just left in that old street is the warm feeling of nostalgia, the sense of belongingness and the image of my precious child and youth memories.

Reply 1988 is a perfect drama for me. It tackles not only about the journey of their friendship but it showed problems of their families facing every day, the ups and downs of their lives. They truly emphasized the relationship between the parents and children and every emotion was raw and genuine.

Characters are perfect in this drama, truly are the heart of the entire show. Each of them is written well with so much thought.  They all have distinct personalities that are real and allows you to relate.

The Plot is uniquely presented in one setting and yet the development is spontaneous.  It does not become boring or trite, it’s not draggy at all. It was just so enjoyable to watch slowly while savoring each of their laughter and tears.

If you’d love to watch a drama about family and friendship, this surely is for you.  I recommend it with a full blast of assurance that you will totally get a whipped of laughter, tears and bittersweet aftertaste.


“The reason I miss that time and that street is not only because I miss my younger self. It is because my parents’ youth, my friends’ youth – the youth of everything I loved was in that place. I regret not bidding a final farewell to the surrounding of my youth that can never be brought back together again. To the things that have already gone, to the time I can’t return to… I bid my belated farewell. Goodbye, my youth. Goodbye, Ssangmun-dong” – Deok Sun

Verdict: 10/10



Once in a while, be fearless to be careless.

The less you care, the lesser your heart struggle.

Don’t spend too much of holding on to something that you knew it will never be yours.

Don’t let your heart be hustled of those feelings that are unsure.

Careless about those people who have no time to compromise their thoughts for you.

Careless about why someone is smarter than you.

Careless why it didn’t work out.

Let your heart skip a little beat and find your resting place.

Careless about the judgment of people. They’re going to judge you no matter what you do.

Careless about others’ business. Mind your own.

Careless if you have no special talent.

Careless about how horrible your boss is.

Careless about some rules, they are meant to break.

Be careless in your rambling thoughts, that’s how you feel.

Be wise enough to be fearless while being careless, we cannot do this every day in our life.  Be control because, at the end of the day, you are still the one responsible for your own feelings.

Be careless if you give your heart and they return it in pieces.

The less you give a damn, the happier you will be.

Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle. Try to keep it under your hat.


Goodbye summer. Hello, winter.

Al Mamzar Park is my favorite beach park here in Dubai.  They have all the facilities you needed for; beach amenities,  barbeque areas, swimming pools, children game areas and etc. Entrance fees are reasonable for AED 5 per person, AED 30 per car and free for people with special needs and kids below 2 years old.

If you don’t want to mingle with the big crowd, it is better to go on weekdays (Sunday-Thursday) and Saturday.  Friday is too crowded since it’s a weekend here in Dubai.


Let’s enjoy the beach! the weather is kinda super nice.

Meet the future LIFEGUARD.

Sea Food Fiesta!


Share the blessings with anyone!

“After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

Let’s enjoy life, eat well and laugh often!


I think I have learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. True friendship reveals itself through adversity.




I know that day seems all went wrong.

For you, it was a sudden and thorny condition to be acknowledged. That’s how this life appears to be; straight and suddenly throwing you curve balls and getting you into a string of pieces.  I know you are terrified, we are. Cancer is horrifying.

But we know you are strong and filled with so much faith. We believe that everything will end very fine. I don’t know how to comfort you in words, but never forget that you are always within our prayers. God will hear us and will never abandon you.

I will be keeping fingers crossed for your successful and speedy recovery. The thought that you will be much better after this trial is very comforting to all of us.

Until then, don’t fall in there.

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Finally, summer is about to end.  While the Starks from Game of thrones prepared for the winter with warning and vigilance, for us, it is the most anticipated season of the time.

Since the weather in UAE is starting to get cooler especially at night with less humidity, the gang decided to have our first change season outdoor activity away from home.

We headed to Umm Al-Quwain open beach which is perfect for a night-time barbecue, crabbing, swimming and storytelling with friends.


Such a wonderful feeling to just lay on the sand, thinking nothing else for a while. 



Beachside around 8:00 in the morning. No one was able to meet the sunrise.


This little guy woke up before us and enjoying most of his time walking, swimming and playing in the sand.


Happiness is walking on the beach.



If you were stung by a Jellyfish, I’d totally pee on you.


 Relationship goal.


Clear your mind of CAN’T.




Be your own kind of beautiful.



Only dead fish go with the flow.




If you don’t drink how will your friends know you love them at 2:00 am?

You don’t need too many people to be happy just a few real ones who appreciate you for who you are.