Posted in Movie Review

SQUID GAME, DO THEY WANT TO CONDEMN VIOLENCE WHILE REVELING IN IT? (by Prince Simon)

Most of us have Netflix on our mobile phones and while it’s cheering that quite so many people are curious about a project that they are watching with subtitles, little feels novel about people flocking to a project that allows them to have it both ways.

“Squid Game”, created by Hwang Dong-Hyuk, depicts a competition with some 456 entrants, in which boundless wealth is made available to whoever survives a brutal gauntlet of fatal events. The violence is at once eerily intimate and impersonal. While there is a brutal frankness to the way the competitors’ lives are cut short, the shooters are masked game employees (or, in the case of Red Light, Green Light, a robotic doll).

What we gradually learn, through the device of a detective who is broken into the system, is that they are utterly bought-in , obeying rules of their own and believing rigidly in a game they have worked to present with a certain baroque innocence. Having now seen both the harsh realities they face in the game and at home, we are force to reckon with the notion that infinitesimal odds of survival in the Squid Game might just be better than none in modern society.

But this is a starting point from which the series does little in the way of development. This series amplifies itself endlessly, raising the stakes and the level of inhumanity. (It’s opening salvo of hundreds of dead bodies, seems difficult to top, but it gets over the line in demonstrations of players’ brutality, which alternates somewhat schematically with their startling shows of kindness).

As the series runs on, it becomes clear that the Squid Game exists for many reasons, including for the harvesting of human organs form the killed and to provide amusement for a chattering class of wealthy people some of them depicted as white Westerners who bet on the results.

About the first, there seems little to say, other than that it’s impressive that the series found a way to be even more affectedly direct and unbothered about showing ways the human body can come apart. A season-closing conversation between the game’s winner and it’s architect indicates that the game was, in its essence, designed for entertainment and to see if it is possible for people to be good. (He believes that they are not, despite having seen variations of the participants exhibiting team work, selflessness and cooperation but then, he was personally betrayed by the game’s winner, so his feelings maybe a bit raw).

This is maybe the point: “Those who play the Squid Game are subject to the banalest and juvenile philosophizing of those who, because of lucky breaks in life, get to determine everyone else’s reality. But taken on literal terms that the show burned through so much life and so much fake blood in order to stage a character-based investigation of goodness, then it really is no surprise that this show has taken off.

Posted in Advises & Inspirations

FB, IG and YT how long will you last?

This..

If Fb will change his name according to the Verge..

Will IG follows?

Will WhatsApp follows?

Will YT follows?

Before Friendster is ok to re-connect with your long lost friends and families, upload your ‘digital picture’ so that your friends/families can see how you look like in present times. They can also chat there.  Simple means of communications and according to my classmates before, ask Jasmin she’s the ‘yellow page’ of the batch (human directory 😂).. Well thanks to Friendster, Yahoo Messenger and Chikka.com

Until, Social Media revolves and Friendster can’t sustain the fast phase of digital technologies.

Here we go now, the evolution of Facebook, they incorporated trending games like Farmville and Farmtown, added a marketing tool and FB page to become a platform for business to reach out their target markets.

And they want to be the best in digital platforms, they acquired Instagram (platform to edit our pictures according to what we want to reflect to others), acquired WhatsApp (to cater the business communication easily and link with their FB page) and Youtube as popularised by the Influencers.

Now, I am thinking, should I save and transfer my photos from FB, IG, YTC to a TB harddisk? (learning lesson from my long lost pictures in my friendster 🤣)

Should I choose the most important memories and have it print and put in a physical album again or create a photobook?

To make it graphical, in everything when we reach the peak, its time to slowdown.  And there will be another platform trying to reach that peak.

Ika nga di ba, pana panahon lang yan! Just don’t forget the lesson they teach us.

Posted in Movie Review

5 Lessons Learned in Watching My Amanda

  1. Having an opposite sex best friend is great. You can have an idea to balance the situation in life. (me tagapagtanggol ika nga at me magsasabi sayo ng totoo kahit masakit tanggapin)
  2. A best friend that you can count on and be with you everytime is really to be keep and treasure. (sila yung tipo na mas priority ka, kesa sa partner nila o dahil family ang turingan nyo sa isa’t isa)
  3. Not all constant partners should be a couple in a romantic relationship , they can be in a platonic relationship. (kahit inadmire mo at mahal mo yung tao nilalagyan mo ng boundary dahil ayaw mo masira ang samahan nyo)
  4. Having this kind of relationships with no pretensions. You can be yourself and do not hide anything. They can understand your actions even you dont talk. (magkatinginan lang sa mata, alam nyo na ang nasa sa loob ng isa’t isa)
  5. You should express how you feel before its too late. (sabihin mo mahal mo sya ng walang hinihintay na kapalit, bago mahuli ang lahat o magkalayo man kayo)
Posted in Advises & Inspirations, Bohol, Travel Blogs

Once Upon A Time.. The End.

Another CNY escape from the busy life in Singapore. I planned to go back to my country just to have a simple getaway to some of the beautiful tourist spots but I didn’t know that this trip will be a “memorable one”. And would turn my world up and down like a 360 degrees turn around.

My first time I went to Cebu to see the Magellan Cross and Sto. Nino de Cebu, I was excited because it’s another place that I wish and dream of when I’m studying Philippine history. But I didn’t explore this Island because we need to travel to Bohol the next day.
Having this kind of island hopping in our country is an adventure to make. Going to Bohol to meet my friend and his family and of course to visit the famous chocolate hills and other sightseeing places in this province. I am very lucky and thankful for them because they accompany me and tour me on their island. And they were the ones who support and comfort me.

Below pictures are in sequence of how my trip goes at that time. The blood compact site, Baclayon Church, The Tarsier and Philippine Eagle Sanctuary, the Loboc River Cruise where we ate our lunch, The manmade forest, chocolate hills, the cave, and the last is Panglao Beach. The island hopping in Panglao has been cut in my trip because of an unfortunate thing that happens in Quezon Province.

I receive the bad news that my father passed away when we were eating our breakfast in Panglao. But since I reached Cebu, I already text my father and informed him I’m having a weekend holiday because of Chinese New Year and will not touch Manila. I plan this because my parents will be going to Singapore in March. I never know that this will happen as I have constant communication with my father at that time. There was a premonition but of course, I am not aware back then that some strange thing will happen.

At exactly 7 am, I and my father exchange text messages checking each other how are we and greet a good morning. I keep on texting him, and with a long pause and only one reply, he told me that he is inside the church to celebrate mass. I replied and inform him that text me I will call back so that we can talk. I was mesmerized by the beauty of Panglao beach and I forget to check my phone. Around 11 am, I received a lot of texts came from my brother and told me the sad truth 😦

What is the premonition that happens to me at that time? Checking on my pictures in my DSLR camera, there is this sunrise from Cebu Port that I took, the sun rays formed a cross. And there is this strong wind while driving to chocolate hills, somewhere in Carmen area downhill, our vehicle experienced a strong wind that the driver would have hard to control the steering wheel, and luckily nobody hurts. We reached the Chocolate Hills safe and sound but the view has dull and dark clouds.

This trip should end a happy one but things went till the end. The end of life of my father. I had an opportunity to talked to him even in his last hour of his life. Regretting that I have not said how much I love him. And never show him where I stay and work in Singapore. He processed his passport and collected it a week before. And the purpose is not to travel to Singapore but it’s his passport to heaven.

10 years passed by, still miss you my bumblebee.

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Posted in Indonesia, Travel Blogs

Escaping to an Industrial Scenery

I have been in Singapore for how many years. Whenever I miss my hometown, we go to Batam, Indonesia, to escape from an Industrial Scenery where I work before.

We travel for around 45 minutes by ferry to breathe out. One CNY holiday, we went to Batam for a food trip because it’s cheaper than in Singapore. And below pictures are some of the memories that I treasure.

And I have a lot of adventure in Batam and will try to share it all with you. This only one trip I made there.

BEST BUY / SOUVENIR TO GET – its JCO donuts (cheaper in Batam, you can buy 2 boxes for the cost of 1 box in Singapore) and fish cracker ball

BEST LOCAL FOOD TO EAT – Bakso (beef noodles) and Gong gong La la (seafood shell), their food are too spicy so you should ask a little bit if you do not want too hot

BEST WAY OF TRANSPORTATION – ferry from Singapore and taxi within Batam

BEST WAY TO SHOP – Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall,

BEST LOCAL TOUR DESTINATIONS – Spa Centre at Nagoya Hill and seafood resto at Batam Centre

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