GO BACK COUPLE (K-drama 2017)

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Choi Ban Do(Son Ho-Jun) and Ma Jin Joo(Jang Nara) are both 38-years-old and a married couple. Choi Ban Do has been burdened with being the breadwinner and Ma Jin Joo is a housewife with low self-esteem. Even though they loved each other when they married, they now hate each other. They both regret marrying at such a young age. The couple travels through time and finds themselves as 20-year-old university students when they met for the first time.

This travel drama is not like an ordinary one where you had to travel back in the past and change your future. Unexpectedly, the approach was beautifully realistic. As we all know, the struggles and challenges of marriage are not as simple as we think, there is always a possibility of sad endings, and in this drama, they stress out the painful reality of it and chances to resolve the relationship in a very truthful manner.

The story hits me right in my heart. In the best way, it gives a  whirlwind of emotion. It has everything from romance, family, friendship, and comedy.  Every character plays a significant role that gives appeal to the viewers.  Most importantly, this drama shows a high quality of lessons to be learned; to know your value, communication and family lives.

Verdict: 10/10

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FAVORITE THING

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.

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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.

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

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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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WE CAN WORK IT OUT

What If I grab you, and push you in the bathroom, I could make out with you and tell you I love you…. And you say “It’s not gonna work, it’s not gonna work, it’s not gonna work”and I say we can work it out, we can work it out, we can work it out”

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BEAUTY and MADNESS

“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!

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ALL BY YOURSELF

“And I realized that some things just don’t work that way. Life isn’t a fairy tale. And the person you fall in love with doesn’t always love you back. But that’s ok because at the very least it makes you stronger and brings you to a place where you can fall in love with yourself.

And that to me is more important than finding someone that only makes you complete when they are around, it’s really about finding the person that will teach you ALL the lessons you need to know so that you feel complete all by yourself. ”

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REAL PLAY

“Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do.

Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside?

Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.”

May we always have the sense into our inner child’s heart.

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YEARS OF LOVE

That’s my mom and my paps.  Today is their 39th wedding anniversary.

I would say that their marriage is not perfect at all. Just like the other couples, they have lived in the joyous moment and painful times.  They don’t claim always that they are madly in love with other, but obviously, they can’t live without each other.

Their opposite character made them weary fitfully, but they have shown that unlimited sense of understanding and accepting each other are really necessary for any relationship.

Marriage with them is no fairytale.  All my life I have witnessed them grow old together and closer with each passing year. They’ve been in a ride of turbulence and how they managed to land safely is such a blessings.

Sometimes, I still heard them complaining about each other, but never lost their sight to what they have promised 39 years ago, for better or worse.

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful Parents. Your togetherness in good and bad times has taught us teamwork. Your tolerance for each other’s habits has taught us patience. Your support during each other’s crises has taught us solidarity. Your lives as our parents have taught us how to live.

Lots of love.

 

 

GOT A LITTLE GIRL TOO.

“It’s really special to have a niece because I have a son, so I get to have a little girl, too.”

 

Avery Edquilang – 8 months old

“Not all women are blessed with a daughter, but those who don’t have daughters can comfort themselves with the love of their niece.”

THE COURAGE TO BE ME.

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Recently, I have to ask myself what kind of person I have been presenting to this world. Why I feel that I’ve been completely misjudged?  Have I failed to show the real me? Have they found out that I am holding on to each little atom in my system to appear the world that I am tough, that they can’t break me? and for that reason, have they thought of me like raindrops dripping on a stone that eventually dries up?

But I am not always like that. See, I have my high and low moment.

You might think at every turn I am strong, but I have been quite vulnerable.

I cannot stop to believe, that the world I live in only cares about what it can get from me.

I function like I am fighting on, but there were instances that I want to leave off.

Sometimes, I hate the sound of time and responsibility, it wears me down.

I always laugh and smile, but in a grey, cold day, I cried a lot.

While surrounded with people, I still find some empty faces that I couldn’t trust.

I ruled my mind of being okay to be alone, but deep inside, I despise the winding lanes of desolation, afraid where the future can take me.

I never followed all my dreams, never leads the way, and here I am pretending as an example whom you aim to be.

Look, never assume that I can accept everything you implied because now and then I can be close-minded, intolerant, impatient, selfish and plainly insensible.

Don’t be blind for what you see on me because I have so many names and at the mercy of the whim you will never understand me.

I am telling you this with sincerity, I have no time to play your silly games and just wouldn’t dance with your pretense.  I can be your friend today and might be your enemy someday. I cannot promise to stay forever because I know myself I have the tendency to walk away. But if you hold on to me, I will do the same.

Every day, I am literally trying to hold on, to what it means. I have all the courage in this word to be me, so don’t judge me easily, you might just know my name, but not my whole story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOOD FOOD, GOOD MOOD

I am not good at cooking.  When someone says that I lose weight, I always tell them to eat what I cooked, then you can understand.  If you want to visit my place, I would ask you to bring something to eat or expect I will just call for delivery.  I can cook, but have no confidence to serve it to other people with my limited skills as if I have one.

I recall, when my family criticized my cooking, I got mad and pledge not to make food anymore.  Eventually, their criticism doesn’t affect me anymore, I have learned to take it. And of course, they accepted and devoured my own taste and style of cooking in their system. In short, they just have no choice. Seldom, I got compliments too, it’s called improvement.

Actually, I’m feeling starving today and there’s nothing special in the fridge to cook. I just have eggs and Paratha.  While scrolling my photo gallery, I saw all this mouthwatering food that instantly I wanted to eat. But hey, I didn’t cook all these, my friends do.

This is BULALO. It’s a dish with a light colored soup that is made by cooking beef shanks and marrow bones until the collagen and fat have melted into the clear broth. This is best on cool nights or on rainy days.

 

GRAB the CRAB. Steamed, baked or with oyster sauce, it’s all the same; tasty and delicious. They said this seafood supplies key vitamins and minerals that support good health, but of course, there should be only an amount of serving. Too much love will kill you.

 

Oh, my KINILAW! as one of my favorites. This a raw fish dish of (Tuna/Marlin). It is prepared to make raw cubed fish mixed with vinegar along with a calamansi or lime. It is flavored with salt and spices like black pepper, ginger, onions, and chili peppers commonly siling labuyo along with cucumber. I’m always feeling hyped when this is the food on the table. Also, it is best served along with cold beer.

 

I choose PANCIT or NOODLES over spaghetti. Yes, I can eat it any time of the day- lunch, dinner, snacks and even for breakfast.  This dish is always present in any celebrations I have. It is also believed that eating noodles will bless us with a long lasting life ahead. Well, without any reason, I just love this dish.

 

FRIED CALAMARI. My friends don’t want to make this food regularly because they said, it takes too much of their time preparing. You have to clean it,  sliced into rings, dredge the squid in flour then dip in beaten egg, etc etc. I usually cook it in adobo style which is easier for me.

 

PAKSIW NA ISDA. I hated this dish when I was young, maybe because I don’t like the taste from the vinegar, salt, garlic, and ginger.  There’s a joke that this food is common for poor Filipinos which is not really true. Paksiw Na Isda is very tasty especially if you will cook it with eggplant.

 

TANDOORI CHICKEN. This dish is very popular for Indians, but as a Pinoy, I till love this food especially if it is grilled to perfection.

 

I should stop this. I need to eat at least one of this dishes today. Happy eating everyone! Always remember GOOD FOOD, GOOD MOOD.

 

FRIENDSHIP GOALS

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. 

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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.

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Be your own kind of beautiful.

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Only dead fish go with the flow.

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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.

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT

“One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is,

I think, to have a happy childhood.”

That is me. I had a happy childhood which I always look back to with fond memories.

Even though I was fully aware of our financial struggles at that time, with our parent’s disagreements, siblings arguments and when I couldn’t have the things I wanted, this sort of things never stops me from becoming a normal happy person. Why? because my parents allowed me to fill my childhood memories with excitement, adventure, challenges and a lot of time to play despite their shortcomings and lapses.

I have so many precious memories of my childhood; outdoors in the dark with moonlight seeing, climbing high up the trees, riding bikes in the streets, making wood guns, street games, hide and seek with friends, digging holes at the beach, jumping in the waves, summer spent in the countryside, reading pocket novels, infatuation, and some church activities. In those years, a lot to said about how good life was.

And now getting old makes me yearn for the simplicity of life. I want to feel that every new day is more interesting than the last. I want to turn back time as a child when I have only to believed that nothing was impossible, that small things seem big of importance. When all my fears just fade away, and only the cuts from my knees getting me pain.  I want to remember the joy with which my mother’s touch gave me tranquility or my father’s beautiful kiss on my cheek.

I wish “I could take a single childhood memory and blow it up into a bubble and live inside it forever.”

 

 

FOREVER HAS NO END

Sometimes in life, you find a special friend.

Someone who changes your life just by being part of it. Someone who makes you laugh until you can’t stop. Someone who makes you believe that something is really good in the world. Someone who convinces you that there is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it.

When you’re down and the world seems dark and empty, your forever friend lifts you up in spirit and makes that dark and empty world suddenly seem bright and full. Someone who changes your life just by being part of it.

Your forever friend gets you through the hard times, the sad times and the confused times. If you turn and walk away, your forever friend follows.  If you lose your way, your forever friend guides you and cheers you on. Your forever friend holds your hand and tells you that everything is going to be okay.

Those are forever friendship.

If you find such a friend, you feel happy and complete because you need not worry. You have a forever friend and forever has no end.”

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NO ONE LIKES END.

If your heart hurts a little after letting go of someone or something, that’s okay. It just means that your feelings were genuine. No one likes ends. And no one likes pain.

But sometimes we have to put things that were once good to an end after they turn toxic to our wellbeing.  Not every new beginning is meant to last forever. And not every person who walks into your life is meant to stay.

-Najwa Zebian-

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REUNITED WORLDS (K-drama 2017)

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Twelve years, after dying in a car accident, Sung Hae Sung (Yeo Jin Goo) suddenly appears alive and well not having aged a day. With the help of his friends and his childhood love Jong Won (Lee Yeon-Hee), Hae Sung sets out to make things right for his family and solve the mysteries surrounding his death and resurrection.

Reunited Worlds is far from a perfect drama. Though the plot was quite stimulating, along with the way it became sluggish with flaws and inconsistencies. I was about to drop it honestly, but then I want to know how it would end, hoping a spark might light up before the whole episode turned into a merely passing show.

What I like in this drama is the beautiful message about love, friendship, and family.  As our main lead resurrected to solve the mystery of his death, he has to help his siblings to be reunited too.  

The finale didn’t stand up as I expected, but it was good enough.  The writer must be very generous to give them all redemption.

Yeo Jin Goo acting is astonishing and flawless.

I like the friendship between the six friends, their relationship is warm and very supportive of each other.

 I don’t find any chemistry of our lovey-dovey.  Lee Yeon Hee’s acting is dry and flimsy.

Verdict: 7/10

 

 

 

 

 

MANY THE MILES

I know it is difficult for you, as it is for me, to be separated for so long. The longer I am away from you, the greater is my yearning to be with you again. This has got to be harder than anything that I have ever done, being this close to you but yet so far away.

I had to write to you today and, in a way, try to sooth this feeling that took over me so strongly. To miss someone is something you can’t explain; and being in a painful consequence of love, it may even be harder to describe than love itself.

I needed to tell you how much I am missing you today and how good it would make me feel to have your skin close to mine, to hold hands, to feel your breath and to look into your eyes. I miss the simple things, yet simple as they may be, they can only come true when you are near.

Until that moment arrives, I send to you across the miles, my tender love and my warm embrace.

Always.

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