Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Live-Action 'Aladdin' Movie Better Not Ruin My Childhood

Back in 2014, I once wrote about my love for 'Aladdin' and why it means so much to me. That's why, ever since this whole announcement of a live-action version, I've been worrying that my whole childhood will be ruined.

Well, they just released the official trailer of the movie yesterday and if you haven't seen it yet, here it is:

Honestly, I still have no idea how to feel about some of the things in the trailer. It starts off amazingly with Aladdin running away from the palace guards. We get an adorable glimpse of Abu and Aladdin's love-at-first-sight moment with Jasmine (who also looks great, in my opinion).

And then we see Jafar speaking to Aladdin in the desert... and that's where I start getting worried. I'm still not sold on Jafar's look. From the back, he looks great... but this? Hmm. I think I'll need to see more menacing scenes to make a decision about him.

There is no doubt that Agrabah looks stunning, though, and the costumes are to die for!!! Not to mention Rajah!!! The Cave of Wonders? The Magic Carpet? All stunning! I'm even sold on Will Smith when he comes out of the lamp as the Genie for the first time.

It's when he starts singing that I get thrown off. I love Will Smith and all, but I really still don't know how to feel about him as the Genie. I'm definitely excited to see the whole Prince Ali scene, though.

And I have got to admit: I got super kilig when I heard Aladdin say the "Do you trust me?" And that whole montage of scenes at the end while they play 'A Whole New World' gives me a bit of hope. Still not gonna get my hopes up too high, though.

I think my biggest problem with this whole live-action version of 'Aladdin' is the fact that it was completely unnecessary to begin with. 'Aladdin' has always been the perfect Disney movie in my eyes and I am now so worried that they will ruin it. Let's hope they don't.

Monday, March 4, 2019

This is why you’ll never truly get over someone.

“I’m over him.” How many times have you said these words with conviction when a part of your past comes up during conversation or even shows up unannounced? How many times did you think you truly meant it?

The thing is, though: while you may no longer crave for someone’s presence or think about them before going to bed, and while it may have been a very long time since the last time you stalked checked their social media to see how their new life without you is going; it’s virtually impossible to truly get over someone.

It’s impossible not to think of that ex who loved Batman whenever you see a bat signal. It’s impossible not to think of that ex who used Calvin Klein One whenever someone walks by smelling like it. It’s impossible not to think of that time he first told you he loves you while listening to the song that was playing when he did. It’s impossible not to remember all of the good times you had together on vacation the next time you visit the same places. And have you ever kissed someone who tasted like the orange Tic Tacs your ex used to love? That’s the worst. Songs, scents, places, situations – they’re all there riddled with remnants of your past, just begging to be remembered. How can you ever really get over someone?

black floral romper from Penthouse

Obviously, no one ever wants to think of someone, much less an ex, when they see something they know their ex would like. It just happens. It’s an involuntary (and annoying) reaction of the brain. And if you find yourself smiling fondly or feeling a pang of pain in your heart, can you really say you’re truly over them?

If you no longer feel anything or think of anything when you come across little things like that, then congratulations! You've done it! Some of us aren’t as lucky, though. Blame it on my elephant-brain-like qualities, but I constantly find myself remembering and thinking of people I’d much rather forget when little things happen.

Astrud hanging earrings from Krissyfied Makes

This is why people leave places, I guess: to forget the past and leave it behind – be it because of an ex, a family or career problem, or just a bad memory, in general. This is why ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is such a brilliant piece of sci fi. Sign me up, Lacuna, Inc. I just want to forget everyone, please.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The 24-Hour Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is Back This February

I believe in the saying that you simply cannot have enough books. Beyond broadening your vocabulary and exciting your mind, books can take you away to completely new universes, as well as help you improve in certain fields of your life.

I fell in love with books early in life and that love has never left my heart. Whenever I'm at a bookstore, I feel at ease and it just feels like everything is right in the world.

If you feel the same, imagine that feeling being amplified by a million. That's how I felt during last year's Big Bad Wolf Book Sale. Walking into a room filled with millions of books - with huge discounts, to boot - was pure heaven. And later this month, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale will be back!

In case you haven't heard of it, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is known to be the biggest book sale in the world. What's more, the sale is open for 24 hours (yes, all day!) from February 22 until March 4, 2019 with FREE entrance and around two million books of all genres available at 50 to 90% off!

According to Jacqueline Ng, Founder of the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, they had such an exciting time in Manila last year that they decided to come back. "We're happy to continue our long-term commitment to make books affordable and accessible," she says. And once again, they will be partnering with Gawad Kalinga to support their initiatives through the sale.

If you have kids like me, you will be delighted to hear that they are also bringing us augemented reality books for children. The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is actually Asia's exclusive seller of the Little Hippo AR books, so you can find your favorite stories as a kid and hand them down to the next generation in the most fun way possible.

These books 'come to life' as the characters speak, dance, and sing, truly revolutionizing reading for our kids. If you're having trouble getting your kids interested in reading, this might just be the magic bean to help you out.

Want to beat the crowd and visit the sale on VIP Day? I'm giving away tickets! Join here:

For more updates, like The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale on Facebook and follow them on Instagram: @bbwbooksph