Lagen Island Resort

My family recently flew to Palawan as one of my parents’ treats for mine and my brother’s birthday. Minus all the sand bugs, it was pretty fun. It was a great break away from the city and the perfect time to reset my mind.

I’m also pretty sunburnt cause I had forgotten to re-apply sunscreen. Haha.

Gotta do an OOTD before getting on the plane
My “Later Days, Manila” Post
Kayaking frustrated my brother cause he did most of the work haha
Me in my natural element
We went for a hike that they said would be EASY, but as you can see by my sweat, it was not.
Always my favorite time of day
Another photo in my natural element
Sunsets will forever be my favorite view

El Nido has Travel Bubble packages which makes it feel safe to travel. Everyone in the island that we stayed in were the same people who rode the flight with us and were required to take an RT PCR Test at least 48 hours before departure from Manila. They also fly from their own hanger, so you don’t have to go to NAIA and wait with everyone else.

Though it does make it feel safe, everyone was still cautious and maintained proper social distancing and followed protocols. We were only allowed to use the gym on the island by reservation and only with the people from our own bubble. Even usage of the pool was by reservation.

This was the second time my family availed of El Nido’s Travel Bubble and it’s definitely worth it.

I’m hoping to be able to write more, but I’m not too confident about my writing. It’s been years, so I promise I’ll try a bit better. Laters!

I Choose A Life With No Regrets

“Are you willing to take a leap of faith, or become an old man filled with regret, waiting to die alone?”

Inception, 2010

I guess there have been a few things eating me up lately to the point that I had to cry myself to sleep or spend a day in and out of crying. But for some miracle, I woke up one day and decided to live a life without regrets. So here I am, trying my best to do that.

I don’t know when or what exactly came over me, but I realized that the only thing stopping me to live a full and happy life was myself so I made a choice. I’m about to take a leap of faith and I can’t freaking wait to see what’s on the other side.

Emerging markets may be about to change the superstar business

This is something I’ve been looking into and researching on for the past couple of months. Glad to see someone with the same thoughts!

Music Industry Blog

The traditional recorded music business was all about selling units, which naturally meant that the most important markets were not the most populous but the wealthiest. Throughout the late 20thcentury this created a ‘global’ market that was dominated by North America, Europe and a few others. This is why (among other political reasons) Japan became the biggest Asian music market, rather than China.

Today’s music business is different. Streaming (particularly via ad-supported and bundles) can monetise large-scale audiences in lower per-capita GDP markets. Suddenly population size matters, and emerging markets become the world’s largest addressable music audience. The emerging markets opportunity has the western music and investment sectors salivating, but there is another layer many have missed: this shift is going to change how western record labels operate, not least by challenging the very notion of the global superstars which they trade in.

Anglo repertoire’s traditional dominance

Prosperity…

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Hybe, Please Hire Me

Today I got a Google Alert about an article in www.allkpop.com and it’s been making me giddy all day. I haven’t been a KPop fan for too long, I probably started with a bit of Twice some time last year and IU a few years back, but I have to admit that I became a full on KPop fan when I started listening to BTS.

I tweeted two things about my BTS Bias, Taehyung, over the weekend. V became my bias mainly because I love his fashion style and I absolutely love the way he moves when they dance their choreos.

The other tweet was a photo from my recent trip (something I was blogging about before I got this alert), which reminded me of one of V’s songs, “Sweet Night“.

It was a pleasant surprise to be included in allkpop’s list and this has gotten me giddy for the past few hours. Ever since I’ve gotten into KPop, I’ve been studying their music business models and various marketing campaigns, basically geeking out and astonished by how successful they’ve been, that I’ve started dreaming of working in KPop labels. Could this please be my entry into the business?

As mentioned earlier, I’ve been writing about a recent trip until I got the Google Alert. I’ve got a few more KPop related posts in the works as well so stay tuned, please. Salud!

The Lonely and Great God

One of my absolute favorite scenes from the show
Photo grabbed from Asia One

I’ve been debating on what my first official blog post should be, and since I believe in signs, I’m going with a K-Drama review on Goblin.

The sign was through a song. I put my music on shuffle as I got ready for my day and the theme song for Goblin randomly played. Honestly, I’m a pretty young K-Drama fan, but I do believe that “Stay With Me” by CHANYEOL feat Punch is one of the most iconic soundtracks in K-Drama. The first note of the song automatically makes my mind play the scene in the photo above, followed by a montage of my different scenes from the show.

Before I continue, I also would like to point out another song from the show, “Round and Round” by HEIZE and Han Suji, which I think is the actual song for the opening credits. Beautifully sung, it really sets the mood for the show. Its soundtrack as a whole, is actually worth a listen.

The drama, simply put, is about a Goblin waiting for his Bride. I’ve never done a review before so let me figure out how to do this.

The show’s casting was on point. The chemistry between the characters were absolutely perfect. I can’t imagine anyone else but Dong Wook play the Grim Reaper.

Every character showed growth, one way or another. Everybody (somehow) had a happy ending after having to go through some hardships throughout the show.

One of Kim Go Eun’s cutest moments
Photo grabbed from dramabeans.com

The show somehow got me hooked, despite not being a fan of Kim Go Eun at that time. Every episode left me hanging that I found myself watching one episode after another, only to realize that it’s already 2 am and I had to wake up for work in a few hours. The story line was simple, but will get you attached to certain characters that you’ll find yourself rooting for all of them.

Although the show had a few mythical creatures as their main characters, they somehow made them relatable to us mere humans, which I personally enjoyed. It talked about fate and the after life, which might make you want to Google about how Korean Culture views the after life.

All in all, I’d give this a 4.5/5 and would highly recommend for people who want to start watching K-Drama. It’s definitely the show that will get you hooked.

I promise to get better at my next k-drama reviews. I hope you somehow enjoyed my first review and stay tuned for my next ones. Salud!

Mic Test, 1, 2, 1, 2..

It’s been years since my days in Tumblr and LiveJournal. At some point, I think I may have also had a Xanga account. After months of saying I would start a blog again, I’m finally here.

I’ve missed writing outside of my personal journal, which I don’t even really update anymore, and I needed an outlet that would let me exceed the 280 character limit of Twitter. With what’s going on in the world, I realized that I needed to somehow do something creative that I’ve always loved to do – writing.

With this platform, I plan on typing up my random thoughts, talk about my previous travels (maybe I’ll finally get around to editing videos from my Europe trip in 2019), review some K-Dramas (LOL), share some recipes and I guess food reviews, give insights about music business, and just really update the internet with whatever’s inside my brain.

I told myself that I’m doing this for myself, so I won’t have any schedules in posting, though the marketing person in me has already created a content plan and schedule. This blog is my diary in which I get to show the world the parts of me that I’d like to show.

So if you’re interested, come back in a few days and I just might have another post.

Salud!