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Book Review: The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

Published May 1st 1993 by HarperCollins (first published 1988)
Paperback, 197 pages
Original Title : O Alquimista
ISBN13: 9780061122415

Blurb: Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

So, I’ve finally picked this up after procrastinating for years and it was also my very first read of the year. I’ve heard of the author since I was in high school (that was in the late 90’s) but never had the time to read any of his works for some reason or I didn’t actually try to pursue them. I’ve read some passages from his books over the years and I’ve read the last chapter of By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by accident but never fully read it. So at the dawn of the new year, I decided that it’s time for me to immerse myself to the works of Coehlo and for a first read, I find The Alchemist just about the perfect introduction to his works.

I did not expect to enjoy the book as much as I did. I was able to finish it in just a few hours and I was in deep contemplation right after. I loved the narrative of the story from the beginning to the end. I find it inspiring and insightful at the same time. I also find it a bit emotional in terms of the humanity of Santiago through his encounter with the king, the thief, the glass shop owner, the alchemist and him trying to get a firm grasp to what he’s been looking for all his life.

Though I find it preachy at some point, I still find myself enamored by the story. I was rooting for Santiago and his search for his damn treasure. I was rooting for him when he discovered love and I was rooting for him when he felt the fulfilment of his destiny. I’m on a fence about destiny and all of those things but I’m such a sucker for a happy ending.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

About the Author
The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO is considered one of the most influential authors of our times. His books have sold more than 165 million copies worldwide, have been released in 170 countries and been translated into 80 languages.

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‘Alab at Dangal’ Patriotic Earcuff by Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray!

It was the most beautiful day in the Universe yesterday as another Filipina was yet again proclaimed the queen of the Universe 💕🇵🇭

Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray was able to clinched the 67th Miss Universe title and the fourth crown for the Philippines besting 93 delegates across the globe.

All throughout her journey, Catriona have shown to the world the beauty of the Philippines most especially its indigenous fabrics and patriotic designs through her OOTDs! One of the most talked-about piece since her Binibining Pilipinas days was her Three Stars and the Sun earcuff and our newly crowned Miss Univese together with Tessera Jewelry just elevated the patriotic earcuff and added a pair of golden south sea pearls studded with diamonds and rubies! Wow! How’s that for a queen?!

Truly, we stan an artistic queen and I cannot wait until these accessories becomes available to the public!

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Mabuhay ka Catriona! 🇵🇭👑

Kelsey Merritt becomes the first Filipina to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show!

Yasss! Filipino-American model Kelsey Merritt makes history today as she was finally revealed to be walking for the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this November!

Kelsey was rumored to join the past couple editions of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant but decided to pursue modeling in the US instead and it obviously paid off!

She is represented by Wilhelmina Models in London; Women Milano in Milan, Italy; Supreme Management in New York, and Nomad MGMT in Miami, Florida and Los Angeles, California.

Have you met Dario Yazbek Bernal? #JuliandelaMora

You might have heard of the new Netflix craze The House of Flowers (Originally, La Case de las Flores) released just a couple of weeks back and gaining tons of fans from across the globe as we speak. In it, you may also be one of the enamored viewers with the very adorable Julian de la Mora played by Dario Yazbek Bernal. If you’re like me who’s completely unaware of this guy before this series, I gathered some info about him that may very well interest you aside from the current stalking that you’re probably doing now. Hah!

Dario Yazbek Bernal was born in 1990 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is best known for his 2009 debut role Daniel y Ana, a film based on a true story about siblings kidnapped and forced to have sex with each other.

He is also the younger half-sibling of Mexican superstar Gael Garcia Bernal. He is the youngest amongst the three children of Mexican actress Patricia Bernal and Mexican cinematographer Sergio Yazbek.

Dario with older brother Gael Garcia Bernal. (photo by Ian Gavan)

His Vimeo profile says that he’s “working in film and music, MA in history and hating academia ever since. Currently living in a suitcase. Marriage material.”

He was also apparently in a band but this information would have to be confirmed.

So far, these are the only information I was able to gather online. Any additional information are very much welcomed. 🙂

Tell me about it, por favor!

Film Review: 4th Man Out (2015)

On his 24th birthday, Adam comes out as gay to his three best friends – Chris (Parker Young), Nick (Chord Overstreet), and Ortu (Jon Gabrus). Naturally, the three freaked out but immediately reassured Adam that nothing is going to change between them.

The whole film actually seems to be about Adam finding a boyfriend and his male pals acted like Adam’s long lost fairy godmothers intent on finding a guy for him. They’re even more knowledgeable than Adam about the gay scene. Like seriously? There are a bunch of cringy moments in it and a number of funny scenes too. I still liked this movie. It is something that you could watch to combat boredom but it didn’t deliver its intended message. More like, the film didn’t actually have a message at all.

Director: Andrew Nackman
Cast: Evan Todd, Chord Overstreet, John Gabrus, Parker Young, Jennifer Damiano, Jordan Lane Price, Kate Flannery, 

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Review (Philippines)

I seldom post product reviews but I thought ya’ll should know how satisfied I am with Burt’s Bees Besswax Lip Balm. It’s the first lip balm I’ve tried that works well with me after being a ‘petroleum jelly’ user for years! Yes! Kind of icky but I’ve been using it for my lips for several years now disregarding its eventual negative effects! I hope that I’d still be able to counter said effects overtime.

I got the classic Burt’s Bees Beexwax Lip Blam with Vitamin E and Peppermint from Watsons in Megamall for P225. It maybe pretty pricey compared with other lip balms out there but I’d sya it’s worth it.

Upon application there’s this tingling feeling of mint at first until it disappear and bye bye dry and chapped lips for the day! I usually apply it whenever needed. It’s so different from Petroleum Jelly and other lip balms I’ve tried since it doesn’t feel icky that you barely feel that you applied it on your lips.

I’ve been using it for a week now and loving it so far!

ICYMI: Trans Model Angela Ponce Wins Miss Universe Spain 2018!!!

A model from Sevilla, Angela Ponce will be the very first transgender to compete in the Miss Universe Pageant this year.

In 2015, Angela participated in Miss World Spain where Miss Barcelona Mireia Lalaguna took the title and went on to win the first Miss World crown for the country.

Ponce completed her transition in 2014 after years of hormone therapy, according to Mail Online.

Ponce will now have the distinction of becoming the first transgender woman to ever compete at the Miss Universe pageant.

Back in 2012, a landmark case was established by then Miss Universe Canada transgender contestant Jenna Talackova when she was initially denied by the organization to participate. The Miss Universe Organization then announced that as long as she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada and the standards established by other international competitions,” then she gets the approval to participate in the pageant.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – The Movie

Okay, calm down. We all need to calm down for a bit. Over the weekend, the ever so lovely Mr. Saenz tweeted a photo of him with Henry Alberto – the guy who apparently got the nod from our beloved author into writing the screenplay of the award-winning Young Adult book, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I mean, screenplay. Like screenplay! Are we just months or years away from the very own movie of our dear Ari & Dante? Gosh! I was hoping for this for the longest time since I’ve read the book and I do know that eventually it’ll be translated into the big screen but having an acknowledgement that it would indeed be on the silver screen in the future is such a euphoric feeling!!!

Now, let’s just zoom past into the future as to who should be playing the main lead! If I were the casting director, it’d be awfully difficult for me to cast this once in a lifetime roles!!! Who are your Ari & Dante?

ICYMI: The Three Stars and the Sun Ear Cuff by Catriona Gray & Tessera Jewelry Now Available!!!

Yes, you can now have your own piece of the iconic ear cuff worn by Catriona Gray during the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 coronation night where she won the Miss Universe Philippines title!

The ear cuff is prices at a very low price of P999 only!!!

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Reserve yours now for they only have limited stocks on hand!!!

Yasss Queen!!!

Book Review: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4) – Maggie Stiefvater

Published April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press
Format: Novel
Genre And Themes: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Supernatural
Length: 439 pages, hardcover
ISBN: 0545424984 (ISBN13: 9780545424981)
Characters: Blue Sargent, Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey III, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, Noah Czerny, Mr. Gray, Maura Sargent

Blurb: All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Let me start this review by saying this is definitely one of the best series’ I’ve read in years and let me tell you that I’ve read a lot of them from different genre.

The Raven King as the series’ last installment is a fitting conclusion but it’s definitely far from being over. Now, this is a good thing I think. We’re given a very thick plot that will leave us yearning for more. Some readers may find that off-putting but I am actually satisfied with the way the author ended their quest. Their whole journey also felt longer because of everything that has happened since Blue and the Raven boys laid eyes upon each other.

I think the best thing about this last book and the series in general is its character development. In such a short span of time, as per the series’ timeline, we got to know a lot of characters aside from Gansey, Ronan, Adam, Noah and Blue. The most interesting for me would have to be Mr. Gray – I just loved him. Such a fascinating character since his appearance in The Dream Thieves. I’d definitely read a standalone story about him.

Now, I’ve read some reviews stating they find the ending a bit rushed which I tend to agree to some degree but I do think that it doesn’t lessen the fact that it is still a good ending. That conclusion is basically begging for another book, another story involving our main characters.

I’d love to read more from these guys especially about their lives after Glendower. Will Blue be able to travel the world? Will Gansey become the politican he was groomed to be? Will they end up together? Will Ronan and Adam stay together and all that stuff… Just a lot of possibilities.

I cannot recommend this series high enough!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.