The Start in El Nido

From Manila airport, we travelled from the island of Luzon to the scattered region of Palawan Islands, particularly to El Nido! We departed in a 50-seater propeller plane at around 11am and arrived at the tiny yet exotic El Nido airport at around 12 noon.

Although it was scorching hot, we could not dismiss the fact that the waters were sky blue and the sceneries were amazing from the airport!

After retrieving our checked-in luggage from the plane, we reported to the tricycle stand where we waited for a tricycle that would send us to our hotel, Coco Resort. Just by the beach, it was around a 20min drive from the airport. When we arrived at the hotel, we checked in and brought our luggage to our room, which was all the way at the other end of the hotel. We then had lunch at the resort’s restaurant. I ate their local delight, adobo and my parents ordered fish sinigang, another local dish.

After our late lunch, we had a dip in their small pool and also tested our new and sturdy GoPro which we would use for tomorrow’s tour around El Nido’s straits! With our camera working spot-on, we had a quick bath at our room before heading to the nearby restaurant just beside our hotel, a la Plage! (in French, it means ‘to the Beach!’) It was facing the beach which was illuminated by the orange setting sun!

As we took photos of the fantastic sunset, we ordered our food.

By nightfall, our food had arrived! As we gobbled down our sumptuous meal, a dog that was owned by one of the restaurant staff was collecting coconut husks thrown to the sea by the tourists with its sturdy teeth! When it saw our food, however, it came to our table and started begging. When my mom tried to call the waitress, it apparently got ‘unhappy’ and sort of pissed behind my mom’s sit in ‘revenge’! It was such a humorous sight to behold! Another dog was also caught napping under our table!

Out of nowhere, a shower poured as we ditched some of the food and ate the remaining under the shade. I also fed another dog who was begging for a long time already! What a starter day!

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Our Beginnings in the Philippines

Our holiday in the Philippines began quite a few days ago. We started off in the bustling city of Manila, and from there, a vast adventure began!

Our hotel was located in Ortigas, a bustling district in Metro Manila. Our hotel was called Discovery Suites. For the next two days, we did nothing much as my dad fixed several paper works. We mostly went for window shopping in the gargantuan SM mall.

However, the highlight of our start here was my ice skating session on the second day. My parents and I were at SM and were intending to watch a movie. Unfortunately, the cinemas had few movies available. Moreover, the movies we wanted to watch were R-13, which meant that we could not watch them since I was only 12!

As such, we decided to look for other ways to entertain ourselves. Upstairs, there was just the things for us to do… supposedly.

We dropped by the bowling center first as that was the sport my dad and I were most keen of! Unfortunately, there happened to be a bowling tournament. As such, we could not bowl! The second thing I tried was ice skating! Thankfully, I was allowed a spot as I got into a sturdy pair of ice skating shoes. I also got a fake polar bear which would help me to balance as I hadn’t ice skated before!

Once I was on the rink, my parents got onto the seats outside the rink and spurred me on as I encircled the rink with the polar bear. Although I suffered a few cuts along the way, I soon got the hang of things and let go of the polar bear as I started gliding without assistance! With the sense of accomplishment, I enjoyed the rest of my session.

With that, we got ready for the next adventure…El Nido!!

My First Book Written: The Act of Stupid

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I’ve spent so much time committed to writing this life learner. And I really feel proud that this book would finally be read after all the hard work! Even if this is my first book, I hope you would still appreciate it and learn many things from it. Just in case you find some errors through the book, you could notify me via my email which would be mentioned at the end of the book!

Anyways, I had to thank my parents for the inspiration to write this book in the first place since they were the ones who asked me to write about something funny that I would like to reflect about childhood. Thus, I chose the most unexpected type, the stupidest things. Without my parents’ help, this book would have never come to life!

So basically, you must have a vague impression on what the book is about already. The formula is quite simple. My childhood experiences plus some reflection – a series of what I have done throughout my childhood that I found stupid. As you explore this masterpiece, you would have also realised that I mentioned a lot of my friends through my adventures. And they themselves have done stupid things which made this book much more humorous!

Lastly, I hope you learn many life lessons and not act stupid anymore!

To download my book please click this The Act of Stupid

Runaway Jury (Movie Review)

Another movie I watched on Saturday night was Runaway Jury. The movie was a very dynamic one and the plot had a lot of twists which was like a cat-and-mouse scene. And I also noted that the title was also… quite literal.

After a horrifying office shooting in New Orleans takes place, the wife of one of the murdered victims sue the gun companies in an attempt to get compensation from the gun industry in USA. However, her lawyer will have to face off some tough opponents. The defendant’s jury consultant, Rankin Fitch, is behind this game that he had created by using illegal methods to make the jury feel sympathy for the defense.

So, we all start of in court as both parties choose their jurors. A particular juror that puzzled Fitch was Nicolas Easter. He had a weird personality as a joker. Nevertheless, they still chose him to join the group of jurors. Unfortunately, they had just made their biggest mistake…

Easter and his girlfriend, Marlee are hiding a very big secret. To influence the jury to making any verdict they want! So, as the trial progresses, things remain simple until the prosecution was on the verge of losing. That’s when the duo strike. They try to make offers with both sides, seeing who would be willing to make a deal first.

Soon, as things start to go wrong for the defendant’s side through thorough planning from Easter and Marlee. Fitch decides to make a deal first before more things go wrong and lose the case.

But, the duo have their own intentions, and with the money Fitch had given to them as part of their deal, they now execute the next stage of the plan, sabotaging the case. What do you think will happen? Well, see for yourself!

Overall, this movie is very interesting as we could all see why jury is a very vital part in trials.

(Book Review) Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

If you have noticed, I had not been posting book reviews for quite a while, which is quite saddening. Well, thankfully, I’m back with another pastime favourite, Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment!

Written with a lot of cracky jokes, this book has the humorous charm that keeps the reader entertained and has the action that thrills the reader to read more. So I have to say James Patterson really sweated blood to make this masterpiece!

So basically, in this book, we learn more about mutants, like the X-men of some sort, which is really interesting as I hadn’t got any proper story of what mutants are. Well, the type of mutants this book is dealing with are avians, who had been genetically modified in the treacherous ‘School.’ Thus, destroying their normal human selves and turning them into human freaks.

Max and her flock had seen the treachery for quite a long time but had finally escaped the ‘School’ and now live in the peaceful mountains in an unknown region. For 4 years, they had not been discovered by the mad scientists of the Schools or the Erasers, genetically enhanced humans who could morph into wolf-like brats, who could lay their fingers on avians, only to take little damage.

The flock, for the first 2 years were taken care by a runaway scientist called Jeb, who helped them escape. However, he mysteriously disappeared. Assumed dead, the flock lives by themselves in the lush mountains!

Unfortunately, when the Erasers make a sudden appearance on the Flock’s doorstep, they ambush them and successfully kidnap the flock’s youngest member, Angel.

With the Flock on the chase for their lost one, we learn more about this witty gang and the war against the mad scientists. Trust me, it’s very exciting. So just read it!

Name: Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Author: James Patterson

Genre: Suspense thriller

Age Group: 8-16

Review: Kooza by Cirque du Soleil

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The 8th of August is a very special day for Singapore as it marks the eve of National Day for our country. Since it was such a special occasion, we decided to spend the night at the city, watching an iconic circus performance called Kooza Cirque du Soleil! I have to say that the performances by the actors and actresses were amazing, daring and had the ripple of excitement my family and I extremely wanted!

When I heard that the die was cast and I was going to watch a circus performance, I was ecstatic since I’ve never watched a circus before and I knew that the act was going to be a hit!

On that anticipated day, we strolled leisurely to the circus tent after a simple dinner at Lau Pa Sat. The tent was all the way near the pivotal Marina Bay Sands hotel! After passing through security and ticket checkpoints, we bought popcorns and took some pictures around the French-themed place. In English, Cirque du Soleil means circus of the sun. And just by its name, it sounds very attracting!

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As we took our seats in the midsize main tent, the clowns were the first to reveal themselves to the crowd as they started doing practical jokes that made the tent lighten up for the fantastic performance ahead. At 8pm, the performance on schedule and as the 1st act played by, I knew that this circus was just over the top!

Throughout the performance, we got to see acrobats do their stuff: dangerous stunts around poles and walking on tightropes! We also got to see dancers gambol on stage, performing weird but entertaining dances. Lastly, we got to see solo performances where the cast did their own thing, such as stacking chairs and balancing on them!

Overall, the performance was really a great success and the presentation I liked the most was the one which involved contortionists balancing themselves in precarious positions with their bodies ‘deformed!’

I really hope I could watch a circus like this again I totally suggest for you to watch it for yourself. Just get ready to be amazed…

Book Review: The Ethan I Was Before

The Ethan I Was Before

This famous writing has a really emotional plot that kept me flipping page by page like a cheetah. Emotions struck me as I learnt about a guilty and broken Ethan who attempts to leave his past behind.

Ethan, a typical boy from Boston, was presumed to have murdered a girl called Kate during a party. With Kate’s family fuming mad at their devastating loss, Ethan and his family moved to Palm Knot, a quiet yet mysterious town, where Ethan’s uncle lived. There, Ethan made new friends who had different opinions about him. Soon, however, he met his second Kate called Coralee.

Though Kate and Coralee had a lot of differences, Ethan and she got along very well, and they soon formed a relationship. Their parents seemed to be okay with it… until events of the past started affecting Ethan again, making wrong choices in their relationship, which caused his parents to consider going back to Boston.

Through all that, the story of Ethan and Kate got deeper and deeper, as you’ll soon realise how Kate was accidentally murdered and what happened after that.

Coralee and Ethan had a few memorable adventures together. One distinct one was the incident at Blackwood House, when Ethan and Coralee bumped into a short and mysterious figure, who seemed to be looking for something in a coat hung outside. As Coralee had a box in her hands which she took from that coat. The duo made a run for their lives and had to find a way to make sure it was in safe hands.

The story also has this specific character called Susan who is Ethan’s friend, but is an obstacle between Ethan and Coralee’s relationship since she likes to tell rumours about Coralee. However, there is one secret which is true: Coralee lies!

Before I tell you anymore sickening spoilers about this emotional masterpiece, I suggest you read the book yourself.

Name: The Ethan I Was Before

Author: Ali Standish

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Age Group: 8-12