2020 New Year’s Greeting to all!

2019 has officially ended.

Yes. Take that in. Face the mirror and say goodbye to the past year.

You’ve survived 2019. There might have been mishaps and surprises on the way, but you have prevailed. You made it through!

You can rest, take a few days off, go on vacation away from home – you deserve it. But those who are already planning their next steps for the coming year (just like myself), today is a good day to just lock yourself at home, meditate, and write. Or just do nothing.

If I learned something from the past year, it’s the fact that we all can make use of a silent, uninterrupted, away-from-outside-noise moment where we can savor just the presence of SILENCE. 2019 was a loud year. And whether we like it or not, we have been bombarded by interruptions from all aspects of our lives. Well maybe not all of us. But you know what I mean.

And they’re all part of life. I’d like to think that no matter how negative they may seem, there is something good that came out of it. Unique to each of our own experiences.

So bask in happy, grateful thoughts and do away from all office, work-related stuff even just for today. January 1, 2020 is YOUR day.

Happy new year!

My Top 3 Go-to BTS songs on rainy days

I live in a country that only knows two seasons – the dry and the cold. Majority of the year falls under the former, which can turn extremely uncomfortable during summer. Even the cold days don’t necessarily mean rain. So when it does, it sure is a welcome change.

But for me, that also means getting trapped at home. I love the cold, but not necessarily the idea of getting wet as one tries to navigate the city.

So stay at home it is. And it won’t be complete without listening to songs – one to pass time, two for entertainment. I don’t have a playlist, but I sure have go-to songs which I almost, most of the time play in a loop to silence the downpour.


Converse High

Ma City

If you like BTS, you most likely have some too.

Name them!


Waking up to Sufjan Steven’s Visions of Gideon

Strange as it seems, but I woke up in the most unusual way possible – at least in my personal experience. Not entirely surprising, but unusual nonetheless.

I woke up to the sound of the song ‘Visions of Gideon.’

Truth is, there was no music at all. Just silence. And for a moment, I felt like I’ve woken up to the most comfortable feeling I’ve had in a while.

Well-rested. No stress. Peace of mind.

This random song may not be entirely random considering how I’ve been thinking about it ever since I finished watching Call Me by Your Name. It’s simple yet meaningful. The lyrics, in fact, is very repetitive throughout that there’s nothing much to memorize if you want to. Yet the meaning doesn’t exactly come as easy.

Visions of Gideon.

I’ll probably take another time to delve deeper on this but for now, I’d just want to share how strangely meaningful it felt. The tune, to top it all off, has this ‘haunting’ touch on it which has the tendency to run in loops. In my head. It’s something I’d listen to when I’m confused, nostalgic, or just feeling that strange longing for someone – something which has long been set aside but not forgotten.

Calming. Soothing. Beautiful.


Quick thoughts on the’Bodyguard’ television series – Compelling


A veteran war soldier suffering from PTSD who refuses to seek medical help finds a regular day job as the personal bodyguard of Home Secretary, Julia Montague.

I like the show. It’s short, fast-paced, well-written and has a nice group of characters that balances each other throughout the story. The premise isn’t really new – with a war veteran trying to find his place again in normal society while combating his post-mission trauma and grappling to salvage his marriage.

Conspiracy is a major theme throughout and I think the six-episode series delivered it really well. Tension was up, political drama on point, and the attempt to romance, though in the guise of an affair, is interesting – something that played well in adding to the intrigue. (And I liked the chemistry.)

For the cast, Richard Madden‘s a champ. He brought out David Budd’s character well – a mix of angst and determination fueled by a very strong sense of duty.

And yes, he looks stunning in a suit!

While I see the storytelling as linear it didn’t appear predictable. It can appeal dragging at first but once I started getting into the story, I just felt like I need to see how it play to the end. And that I did.

So will I be recommending this? Yes, if you’re up for this genre!

Lawless Lawyer Korean Drama: Good Cast with Bland Storyline

Despite my personal bias on any shows starring Lee Joo – Gi, I’d say this doesn’t come close to his ‘better’ works.

Apart from the mainstream premise of the show, the ever -popular revenge dynamic, Lawless Lawyer also failed to provide that gripping amount of tension, drama and conflict crucial to sustaining the story’s spirit.

I don’t have anything against the acting. In fact, I thought they did really well on their respective roles. Lee Hye Young who played the role of the master antagonist of the show, Cha Moon Sook, was especially good. Really good.

Kiseong District Judge, Cha Moon Sook

But there’s a limit to how much you can do with good acting. At the end of the day, it’s how the story unfolds that create a significant impact on the show.

Also, I get why the ‘romance’ aspect is added to the story. But I just don’t feel its necessity. The story can do just fine without it. Not to mention the lack of chemistry between Bong Sang-pil and Ha Jae-yi.

But then again, this could just be because of the storytelling.

UPDATE: Blogging with Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1″ 2019

I have been on hiatus in the blogging arena for quite a while and I have just decided to stop giving excuses.

It’s not about a lack of time, as I have always reasoned to myself. I can make time if if I want to but I haven’t. And so I decided that perhaps a bit of portability in this area would help.


A fine purchase, I should say. A mid-range tablet upgrade from its 2016 predecessor. So far, so good.

Productivity can be a mindset, so let’s see how well I do this time.


Sigma Force Series Book 1: Sandstorm – Explosive!

How else can you best commence an action series than starting it off with a kickass pilot installment?

Sandstorm is everything I wished for in an action-adventure story! Great characters, full-on action, fast-paced storytelling, and awesome settings! Nothing surprising really, considering my first experience with Deep Fathom. But I should say that Sandstorm brought the whole science-religion-mystique game to a new level.

Quick peek: 

A strange and deadly explosion at the British Museum that piqued the attention of Lady Kara Kensington, Safia Al-Maaz and SIGMA force. Questions eventually lead to a trip to the Arabian Peninsula in search of answers – of a lost city and a lost race birthed from an ancient queen of the Bible. 


Points of interest:

The myth of Thenisnasesare – otherwise known in the story as the ‘Boogeyman of the Dessert.’ It is said to bring sure death to trespassers of the area they guard – the same place incidentally (or intentionally) threaded by Kara’s father during their hunting trip on her 16th birthday. The same day when he vanished – a precursor to Kara’s untiring search for the real cause of her father’s demise.

Cassandra Sanchez–  Who proved to be a formidable foe among all others. She started as Painter Crowe’s partner. Skilled in combat, smart, deceptive and a total femme fatale in action.

  • She marked the first significant act of betrayal in SIGMA, much to Painter’s dismay both professionally and personally as it was hinted that their relationship could’ve lead to romance.
  • She foreshadowed the existence of a secret terrorist organization with global influence – the very same people she serves. 

Too bad. I actually thought they’d make a power couple. And I hoped for a change of heart in the end. But well…

Dr. Safia Al-Maaz’s ancestry – Born from a mother who turned out to be a descendant of the ancient Ubar Queen (a.k.a Queen Sheba of the Bible) – sharing the same genetic material and bearing a close resemblance to the women of their blood.

Interestingly, these women can conceive at will – a process scientifically termed as parthenogenesis – making it possible to preserve their clean and pure bloodline.

Those who have the blessing of Ubar have the ability to project their will upon their minds.

Such as….vanishing at will. A real perk, don’t you think?

Side characters worth mentioning…

Omaha Dunna skilled archaeologist who is also Safia’s ex-boyfriend. An adventure-seeking man who’s spent most years of his life on the field than being grounded home. 

Coral NovakPainter’s new partner who replaced Cassandra after the upfront betrayal. She’s an ex-military who also holds a doctorate degree in Physics. She’s sharp, skilled in combat and knows enough of science to figure out some of the mysteries surrounding Ubar. 

Kara Kensington Safia’s best friend who is also a multi-billion dollar business tycoon. She’s a major sponsor to the British Museum and collects special artifacts uncovered from the Arabian Peninsula. 

This is an action-packed story and a page-turner that keeps you glued on your seat from start to finish. Difficult to put down once you’ve started. And Painter Crowe……I’m an instant fan.




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