SILVERSCREEN - Mockingjay Part 2

This is it!

The much awaited final part of the Hunger Games series is already here and I must say, it did not disappoint.

Mockingjay Part 2 opened last November 19 and here is what I thought about it:

Mockingjay Part 2:

Jennifer Lawrence
Josh Hutcherson
Liam Hemsworth
Woody Harrelson
Julianne Moore
Elizabeth Banks
Natalie Dormer

The second installment of the 3rd part of the series picked up where the first installment left off. After realizing Peeta does not recognize her at all, Katniss Everdeen goes to the rebels and rallies them to fight the Capitol and President Snow. Little does she know that the Capitol is waiting for her and is ready to take her down.

As I've said before, it really pays to have the author of the book involved in the production of the adaptation movie. The transition of the story from the pages of the book to the silver screen is a crucial part of any adaptation.

Jennifer Lawrence really is an amazing actress. It's amazing how you don't see Jennifer Lawrence but you really see Katniss. Also in her other movies.

Since I already read the book, I was just waiting for the scenes to come up. Finnick Odair's death scene was quite scary. That was an emotional part of the book for me and watching it on the big screen was quite hard to do.

I always like it when I see theater actors in mainstream movies. Like Tony Award winning actress Patina Miller (Pippin) who played Paylor in the movie. Theater actors are so underrated yet their talents are so great.

One thing though, I'm not sure how I felt about the story being split into two. Harry Potter started the trend, because the book was too long to compress into one movie. Twilight also copied it in Breaking Dawn, but it was so unnecessary since the book was not that long. Mockingjay (the book) was also not that long to be split into two movies. But I did quite like how almost every important detail in the book was included in the movie.


PIECES OF ME - Freedom!: Malaysian Diaries Entry #5

Three months down!

This has been the longest Time I am away from home and by now, this city kinda feels a bit like a home to me too. I guess, It's inevitable since I'll be staying here in Kuala Lumpur for a year. This feeling is bound to happen.

Anyway, since I am practically living on my own, I can't help but sometimes feel like I have found a sense of freedom.
Back in the Philippines, I live with my family, and there are certain rules in our household set by my parents. Like, I have to call or text whenever I am going home late. Or ask permission if I wanted to go somewhere. Or things like, I have to maintain my room's cleanliness or help in household chores.

But here in Malaysia, I have all the freedom I want. I don't need to call or text anyone if I'll be out late. I don't need to ask permission if I had to go somewhere. I don't need to do chores! Freedom at its finest!

Though now that I have this freedom, the more I feel the need to do the same responsibilities I have at home. Also, the more I enjoy this freedom, the more I feel the need for the rules my parents set.

I guess, what I'm trying to say is that, freedom has a price. Yes, there's no one asking me to do chores anymore, but now I just have to do it without being told. Yes, I could go out late and no one to text or call, but now, it's just me who has to remind myself that I need to rest for tomorrow's work.

Freedom comes with certain responsibilities. That's what I learned here. Freedom is something to be enjoyed, but when you're free, there's also no one to look after yourself but you.

Three months in this adventure and nine more to go!


ALL ACCESS - Shop, Dine and Win a BMW 2 Series at Quill City Mall!

Quill City Mall, one of the latest lifestyle destination in KL is proud to announce its Shop & Dine Fiesta where shoppers stand a chance to win a BMW 2 Series, exclusive holidays and a host of other great prizes.

Quill City Mall, officially launched in January 2015 is a rich blend of shopping and dining in a wonderfully designed and exhilarating setting that enhances the pleasure of shopping, dining and urban living in Kuala Lumpur. The upscale yet accessible Quill City Mall, located in the heart of bustling Kuala Lumpur city, includes offerings that fit every lifestyle. This 8-level retail space has been designed to create a modern destination for people to meet, gather and socialise.

The Shop & Dine Fiesta is a shopping and dining celebration at Quill City Mall, where customers spend a minimum of RM150 in 2 accumulated receipts, enter the contest and stand a chance to win a BMW 2 Series, exclusive holidays, monthly contests, giveaways and other great prizes from participating tenants. The Fiesta runs from 8 October 2015 to 7 March 2016.
“We are thrilled with the Shop & Dine Fiesta and this is our way of saying thank you and reward our loyal patrons as we approach Quill City Mall’s one year anniversary. We have some exciting performances and celebrations planned between now and March 2016 and look forward to meeting you at Quill City Mall. ” said Dato’ Michael Ong, Group Executive Director of Quill Group of Companies.
So, what does the customer need to do to win the BMW and other great prizes? It’s simple, really. Just shop or dine for RM150 in 2 accumulated bills, fill in and submit the contest entry form at our concierge and wait! In the meantime, follow Quill City Mall on Facebook (FB.com/Quillcity) and look out for further announcements and surprise contests.
If winning a BMW 2 Series is not exciting enough, Quill City Mall is also organising great monthly giveaways! Just snap a selfie or a wefie (more is better, right!), upload it on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags #QuillCityMall, #QCM and #QCMShop&DineFiesta and you could win some great prizes!

For more information on the Shop & Dine Fiesta, visit www.quillcitymall.com.my or FB.com/quillcity / Instagram: QuillCityMall




I am a fan of James Bond movies. Though admittedly, I grew up only on the Pierce Brosnan movies. But I have also come to love the Timothy Dalton, Sean Connery and Roger Moore versions of the famed British spy.

When Daniel Craig was announced as the new Bond, I had doubts. Partly because of my loyalty to Pierce Brosnan plus I don't really know Daniel Craig aside from when he was casted as 007. Yet I still watched all his Bond movies and he has proven every time that he is James Bond.

Anyway, here is what I think of Daniel Craig's new Bond movie, Spectre:

Spectre is Daniel Craig's fourth time portraying Sir Ian Fleming's British super spy. Spectre is the name of the criminal organization Bond finds as he tracks and kills a guy his former boss M (Judy Dench) orders him to kill. Later he founds out that Spectre is headed by someone from his past and that person is responsible for all the deaths in Bond's life. A pretty rad plot right?

The movie was quite good. The usual fight scene at the first part of the movie was epic as usual (made me want to book a holiday in Mexico City right away!) It was heart pumping enough for that pivotal part of the movie.

Sam Smith provided the official soundtrack for the movie titled Writings on The Wall. Quite haunting theme but not as catchy and anthem-y as Adele's Skyfall.

Monica Belluci and Lea Seydoux are perfect Bond girls. Though it was quite disturbing to see Monica Belluci in lingerie when you remember her as Mama Mary in Passion of the Christ. Yet, she is stunningly good looking. Lea Seydoux is very pretty too. She reminds me of a foreign version of Naomi Watts (But Rosamund Pike is still my favorite Bond girl. Lol).

Ralph Fiennes replaces Judi Dench as M. MI6's head. The death of Judi Dench's character made Mallory (Fiennes character in the movie) the new M. Fiennes, as usual, delivers. There was one scene when he was arguing with Andrew Scott's character that he was really good at and in my head, I was like, "O ano ka ngayon!! That's freaking Lord Voldemort you're arguing with dumbass!"  That's how effective he is.

Christoph Waltz played Ernest Blofeld. James Bond archnemesis, both in the movies and the novel. This is not the first time Blofeld was portrayed in a Bond movie. But this was the first time a part of his past and the reason for his hatred of Bond that links to Bond's past was established. Though Christoph Waltz is an amazing actor, he appeared less terrifying as he sounds.

Overall, the movie was quite good. There were some gaping holes in the story. And not just some minor holes but major gaps that just appeared out of nowhere. But every film has them so it's not much a big deal.

P.S. The censorship here in Malaysia sucks. All steamy scenes of Daniel Craig, Monica Belluci and Lea Seydoux are reduced to kissing scenes. The movie does not however have steamy scenes with all three of them together though that would make a pretty scene. Lol