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TODAY: Top 10 Things in Cebu City

As the world turns, times change and so do trends. Still, not all ‘hot’ stuff is new — others have been around since civilization could remember that we sort of ignore them.

So in no particular order, here are the current ‘trends’ in Cebu City.

Zumba

With greater emphasis on health and beauty nowadays, Zumba has become a way of life — that one could normally see (and join for free) these workouts in malls, whether at the top floor or at the car park.

Lotto I Swertres

Games of chance sort of gives the masses some hope in trying times that it has brought about an unusual ‘brotherhood’ especially in swertres where numbers are shared to help each other out.

Regular Mall Bargains

With mall bargains and ‘ukay-ukay’ stores everywhere, locals are just not yet ready to embrace the convenience of online shopping.

Massage Kiosks

Saunas and spas have been feeling stiff competition from electronic massage chairs to massages offered by the blind that they have to do promos to stay relevant against these ‘on-the-go’ alternatives.

Fresh Avocado Juice

Haven’t really noticed this even last year (have you?) in the streets of Colon, so avocado juice is definitely one of those new hot stuffs out there — and could be a seasonal thing from now on. After all, it’s healthy and delicious — and affordable, too!

Ice Skating

There may not be snow in the Philippines but ever since locals have been introduced to ice skating, we have seen enthusiasts grow immensely. Would we see more Michael Martinez’ someday?

Short shorts

While ‘ukay-ukay’ has now been a fixture, here’s one clothing line that seems to get more and more fans from such stores — the short shorts — that it has become part of the new everyday attire.

Street food: Seafood

The famed ‘pongko pongko’ has recently expanded! Though this tasty seafood in BBQ sticks isn’t sold alongside puso (hanging rice), it’s still addicting. Haven’t you tried it?

Self-service car wash (above) | Coin-operated laundry (below)

We already know about the existence of self-service restaurants but self-service car washes and self-operating laundries are on the rise. Tho car washes are for those on the road, these laundry shops are especially good if you’re not so busy. And they’re pocket-friendly!

Skateboarding

Do not be surprised if you see more than just cars and motorbikes on the road these days, skateboarding has become increasingly popular among youngsters that it has hit the streets and has even been restricted in many schools.

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Cocktail: How to Make a Whiskey Sour

Here’s another cocktail that has an egg white — the Whiskey Sour! Not only is it one of the more bracing drinks especially in a hot summer, it is also one of the easiest to make as well! Like, the ingredients are just about anywhere. So, forget the ‘sour’ thing, we got you covered.

Consider the ingredients: 2 oz. of Bourbon or Rye Whiskey, 3/4 oz. simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water), 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice, and an egg white. And for your garnish — orange slice and cherry.

There you go! The secret. Fresh lemon juice! Now, while substitution would be fine, obviously, trying to create your own ‘sour mix’ for this particular cocktail would only mess up its taste a bit.

Try to use freshly squeezed lemon instead of making a sour mix

Speaking of taste, with lemon, t’is sour; but when you add simple syrup, it becomes like a lemonade. Yet since there is whiskey, the drink becomes kinda potent — especially if you cut back on the lemon juice and add more whiskey. The thing then is, don’t try to really balance the whiskey and the lemon but try to preserve the whiskey’s identity — besides, you would be adding an egg white.

Whiskey Sour: Measurement variation

Okay, while an egg white is a classic part of this cocktail, it is actually optional. Like, if you use Gomme syrup (sugar, water and gum arabic) instead of the simple syrup, you could in fact do away with the egg white — of course, though it would not be quite the same then. Thus, especially for first-timers, you should give the egg white a try. It’s silky and frothy that you could very well enjoy it all the more.

Movie Review: Transformers – The Last Knight (2017)

So we’re already on the fifth of the Transformers series in The Last Knight — and have you seen it last night? Ho, kidding aside, this franchise is one of the most followed series for past the decade — and rightfully so, it’s got a good foundation way back from its first release in 2007.

The Synopsis. Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it’s up to the unlikely alliance of inventor Cade Yeager, Bumblebee, an English lord and an Oxford professor to save the world.

Looking deeper and beyond movies, humans against machines could be in an inevitable war — what with the continued development of robots, yes, especially in terms of AI. See for one, there are already those who lost their jobs to automation — and later on, this number would only grow.

Yet what’s more scary is when the time comes that these robots could not be controlled anymore — and that’s gonna be the start of a real war between man and machine! Actually, these thoughts came to screen in The Terminator from long time ago — and the Transformers only made it a little ‘playful’.

Anyway, ever since Shia LaBeouf (a.k.a. Sam Witwicky) had been replaced as the franchise’s lead star, the movie has actually gone sour. Like, the interest just got affected somehow, let alone, when Megan Fox left after the movie’s second installment. Not that Mark Wahlberg did a bad job, it’s just that the ‘life cycle’ jumped way too far. Hey, can’t they just grow with the film? Like Harry Potter and many others, you know.

The box office just shows the effects. Let’s see why.

One. The Last Night have become a little messy, yeah, the story line. Like, robots having a past here on earth?? These are just robots, mind you. And trying to incorporate robots into human history is already like an overdose of brainwashing. It’s unnecessary. This is not some kind of super hero or fantasy film like Peter Pan or something — so, there’s no need to go overboard.

Two. If the foundation is shadowy then what follows is sort of questionable — like robots at sea or something like that?

Three. The movie is what, more than 2 hours long?? Wow, just way too long! Two hours could have been enough to make a diehard real satisfied, so definitely scenes should have been cut in the narrative.

In all, if all you want to see are robots that are fighting then perhaps you would be entertained here; then again, the battle scenes have just become a little monotonous — while the effects are, well, guess they just tried too hard to give viewers a good time.

Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)

Did you miss Ethan Hunt? Well, he’s back! Nope, not in Mission Impossible but in The Mummy — the impregnable Tom Cruise that is, and this time as Nick Morton. So get ready!

The Synopsis. Nick Morton is a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest bidder. When Nick and his partner come under attack in the Middle East, the ensuing battle accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. With her powers constantly evolving, Morton must now stop the resurrected monster as she embarks on a furious rampage through the streets of London.

While Tom’s youthful looks and daring stunts still amazes many, of course, there are those who would just base things on his age — which is actually absurd! Hey, if Tom could still do it without looking awkward or something, then just roll the dice!

Still, one thing is apparent tho. The story line. It’s just so common.

The Mummy (played by Sofia Boutella)

A free spirit accidentally wakes up some mummy then chaos follows. Thus, what then would be left to watch as the film has become even more predictable? The cast? The action scenes? The effects? The setting, the makeups?

Well, that doesn’t sound so encouraging. T’is just like t’was filmed for a quick buck which incidentally made a killing — but understandably, not as much as Wonder Woman though. Guess the injecting of Dr. Jekyll with a serum to prevent himself from transforming into his evil alter-ego was kinda dreary and not so good for the film then.

Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis

The choice of actors as well as the effects were, well, okay though — but still not enough ‘mummy power’ to be a game changer.

Consumer Info: 5 Steps to Reverse Cavities and Heal Tooth Decay

Are you suffering from toothaches? Then you must have some tooth decay. Yet do not despair, ‘cause you do not necessarily have to get your tooth drilled and have it saved by some synthetic fillings. In fact, your cavities could actually be reversed naturally.

Seriously.

Okay, we can not really return the enamel that was gobbled up during the decay, after all, a tooth is not a living tissue. So, guess that should have been brought up in this video. However, addressing the causes of tooth decay is certainly a good way to stopping further deterioration on its tracks and strengthening ‘em anew.

Obviously, brushing alone is not enough — and more than flossing, change has to actually come from our diet.

Yes, we already know sweets could ruin our teeth. Thus, watch your donuts, ice cream and soda consumption. Meanwhile, we also know that vitamin C helps strengthen our teeth and bones, so try to eat more fruits and veggies. But for many, what’s new here somehow is the ‘oil pulling’ — which is like gargling with coconut or sesame oil. Well, that’s something worth trying.

Still, another reminder that should have been brought up was with regards to the brushing of our teeth. Mind you, this should be done within 30 minutes after eating a meal. Doing so would help prevent bacteria from camping inside your mouth, or teeth and gums for that matter which is really the start of tooth decay. Also, take note that rice consumption is not just about some ‘diabetes watch’ but about ‘tooth decay watch’ as well. Hey, rice is composed of starch, so?

Take care of your teeth! And make a smile your signature accessory.

Movie Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

Looking for a super hero movie to watch? Well, sure you must have seen Wonder Woman! The world has — in fact, it has raked in more than $200M at the box office so far.

Still, how did you find the film? Us, we found it cute especially when Diana kept asking where the war was, or where Ares was. Okay, then let’s have some refresher with this trailer before we move on.

The Synopsis. Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

Steve Trevor and Diana

Hmm.. This is just one of those few films where both the patrons and the critics have appreciated it. We say, it’s clean. Even their costume is. It’s got a good plot — as it’s good to start a ‘possible’ series on how everything really began. And it’s got some real cool action scenes, too! Not to mention the perfect choice in Gal Gadot to play the role of Wonder Woman. See, being an Israeli, Gal’s features was just right for someone who is from a fictional island like Themyscira — more so, her accent was more believable to the audience since the Amazons lived in isolation.

And yes, this was dramatic indeed! That’s right from the first battle when Robin Wright (General Antiope, Diana’s aunt) got up in the air and struck 3 arrows on the intruders. Then another Amazon flying and this time throwing out two daggers. Cool, right?! Even Wonder Woman’s using of the lasso in her fights was awesome! Especially when she trampolined to destroy the bell tower with her shield!

Still, we got some questions, too. Like, one, aren’t Wonder Woman’s magic cuffs too long (not to mention, it emits power too when all it really is is for shielding bullets or things like that)? Well, more than Lynda Carter (TV’s Wonder Woman) having a shorter cuff, a longer one can’t just be for style — ‘cause didn’t you notice when Diana accompanied Steve back to London? It’s like she was uneasy with them, you know, it sort of limits her movements. So, they could’ve made the cuffs like malleable when not in use. Magic, after all!

General Antiope leading her warriors

Two. It may not be a focus in the story but wouldn’t the Amazonian women grow old while some would also die in battle? So what would happen to their population? There should be some explanation to it somehow as it would then give us an idea on what could happen to Diana. Three. How about her sword, was that it? Like, it just melted when Diana struck it to Ares? What happened to Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) saying that it was something that could kill a god? Oh, guess she was kinda tricked as only a god could kill another god, huh. Four. Did Steve just die, that’s it? ‘Cause after the war, there was nothing but a picture of him on the bulletin board. There should have been some flashbacks. Five. Having the ability to jump so high along with possessing unusual strength is more believable based on what we know of Wonder Woman — but floating in the air or flying, how could that be? It’s like changing the story all together.

Queen Hippolyta and Diana

Anyway, the negatives. While Ares’ power was magnificent, we did not really like how he transformed. Like, more than robot-like, Ares looked like a too simple and ugly scrap metal walking gingerly in his battle with Wonder Woman. Also, instead of making movie goers feel the loss of Diana’s dying aunt, we actually found the scene ‘funny’. ‘Cause Diana just kept asking ‘what’ to her gasping aunt.

In the end, the moral lessons were something movie-goers should have especially paid attention to. It’s not just as simple as ‘only love can save the world’ — for it’s like a cliche then. But those lines Diana uttered before the love thing. That within man is darkness and light, and that it’s our choices that’s what we make of life..

Fulfilling her destiny

As standing up for what we believe in regardless of outside opinions is what really sets the foundation towards our true destiny.

Cocktail: How to Make a Planter’s Punch

Well, let’s start off the month with another summer cocktail — the Planter’s Punch! With the sweetness in Grenadine syrup plus the tartness of citrus in fruit juices and lime, hey, this is like drinking some mixed fruit shake at a mall, huh?!

But of course, there’s more to this cocktail than just fruits — that’s why it’s listed as a cocktail — so let’s first see how it’s done.

Oh, don’t be overwhelmed by the speed of the bartender in making this drink. You could go over the video, anyway. And also, if you are wondering why some Planter’s Punches are reddish or what, this is because of the dark rum — otherwise, it’s in its variations.

Basic Ingredients

Interesting here would be the stirring. I mean, if only for the drink to be immediately cold upon serving, bartenders put ice even before the rum and juices are mixed. Then again, this also dilutes the cocktail beforehand that’s why, and so..

Planter’s Punch

You got a perfect summer drink. A sweet and tarty punch!