Enraptured Reality

Phantasm. Bewilderment. Clairvoyance.


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Recollection: How nice are you?

I get it. Others’ feelings aren’t your responsibility, but hey, haven’t you realized that we are all connected in a circle that never ends and in one way or another we really affect each other’s lives? (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.)

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Last week, I binge-watched the series Thirteen Reasons Why. I’ve read a lot of reviews about it, both good and bad, inviting people to watch vs refraining people to watch it — I gave in to the former, because it was really intriguing and the theme really caught my attention. I won’t lose anything anyway, and it’s so easy to stop if ever I wouldn’t like what I was watching.

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Seklusyon: A Test of Faith

Since the list of Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 entries was released, I’ve already anticipated watching them all. MMFF 2016 was indeed a turning point of Philippine movies, and although there are several opinions and points of discussion for this, I still believe that it’s a good move to encourage people, especially the Filipinos, to watch films in a different wave.

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One of the most applauded entries was Seklusyon, a film directed by Erik Matti, which, after the MMFF 2016 Gabi ng Parangal, was even more talked about because of the number of awards they got, namely, Best Director – Erik Matti, Special Jury Prize – Rhed Bustamante, Best Screenplay, Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Phoebe Walker (oh my god, she’s one hot nun), Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design,Best Theme Song – Dominus Miserere and Best Production Design.

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Fantastic Beasts at Maison

As Potterheads, it’s going to be a shame if we wouldn’t be able to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them during its first week, that’s why my college friend Lynsey and I already bought our tickets last November 10 even though the movie’s gonna be out on the 17th. (Nope, this isn’t going to be a movie review because I don’t want to be a spoiler.)

We had to chose between IMAX at SM Mall of Asia and Director’s Club – Maison (Conrad Hotel). We ended up buying a ticket for the Nov. 18 – 6:00 PM schedule at DC Maison for a new experience.

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We arrived at Maison just a few minutes before the screening started. The attendant in the Director’s Club at Maison approached us at once and walked with us to our seats. We settled ourselves on our lazy boy because we actually ran our way from the MOA terminal going to Maison – Conrad Hotel (which was a few blocks away from SMX). After a few minutes, our popcorns were served. Funny ’cause we actually thought that we’re going to have unlimited popcorn (that’s what I’ve read on some blogs); we finished our bowl in less than an hour. We asked one attendant if the popcorn’s unlimited, but he said that it’s just one bowl per person. We just bought drinks to compensate our excitement for the popcorn. Hahaha.

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The DC experience (Php 450.00) we had at Maison was great since we were able to choose a good seat. The level was just right for us to enjoy the movie comfortably. The lazy boy seats, as they are, could be adjusted at the push of a button. It was cold in there, so I suggest one should bring a jacket (or perhaps some blanket lol) when you watch at DC Maison. Aside from the free bowl of popcorn, it’s like being treated as a VIP since at the push of a button, their attendants would approach you to ask what you need. You can order food from them, sit back, relax, and wait for your food to be served. They were accommodating and everything went smooth.

After the movie, we had a quick stroll at Maison too but decided to eat at MOA since there are more food choices there.

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Our Fantastic Beasts at Maison went pretty cool and if you’d ask me if I’d be willing to pay an extra price for a VIP movie experience every once in awhile, I definitely would. 😉


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Saturday @ Evia

Honestly, I couldn’t think of an appropriate post title for this one, so I’ll just leave it with a plain heading.

31 of #100HappyThings

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If you like dogs, cats, and pets in general, or perhaps you just want to watch a movie that won’t make you think and that will just let you sit back and relax, The Secret Life of Pets is definitely a must-watch. It’s basically a story about… pets.

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The whole story is apparently about friendship. It’s not about the relationship of the owners and their pets. The movie has a plain and simple plot, it’s for the kids and the whole family anyway. It’s a no-brainer movie at face value but when you look beyond that, it’s an epitome of how things are really going on with people – having your own group of friends because you’re of the same kind, being in a place where you really don’t belong, trying to fit in, saving someone when they’re in need whether you’re friends with them or not, the need of having people in your life, pretending to be someone you’re not just to say that you’re good… It’s as simple as seeing the everyday life of a human being in a lighter abstract.

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After the movie and after a few minutes of mind-debating on where to eat, we decided to try Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. We ordered Mamma’s Home-baked Lasagna and tried their version of red velvet cupcake with cream cheese.

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To give an honest review about the food, the lasagna and the cupcake were both okay. Maybe their recipe just didn’t match my taste so I couldn’t give the food a thumbs up.

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The interior of the place looks cool though. It’s cute and comfy and they have a wall full of random quotes about life, friendship, faith, etc.

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The place is really inviting because of the IG-worthiness brought by its modern fairy tale ambiance.

And that was how I spent my Saturday afternoon. Since I do not know to end this post, I’ll just share a quote:

“There’s always a moment that separates the past from the future, and that moment is now.”

― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel


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After all this time? Always. (a poem-tribute to Alan Rickman a.k.a. “Professor Severus Snape”)

 

 

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You’ve always had your eyes on poor Harry,

The moment he came to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,

Every reader and movie fan perhaps hated you at first,

And in a wizard’s head, a million times, you were cursed;

 

But not in Slytherin, not in Slytherin,

You were hailed great in the House that you are in,

All the books were published and all the movies were shown,

Oh, Severus, you’re one of the bravest men I’ve ever known;

 

To the Half-Blood Prince and your last few moments with Harry,

For the unconditional love you’ve given Lily,

To my favorite Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher,

In our hearts you will be alive forever;

 

Now that you’ve left the Muggle world,

Oh, Professor, you will be missed for good,

I will never be old enough for the fantasies of magical days,

After all this time? ALWAYS.

 

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Here’s to all the Potterheads who are grieving right now for the death of Alan Rickman, our Professor Severus Snape.