On this month’s #TheiExperience, I visited a new dining locus.

Of all the coffee places that I have visited (as if there’s a lot), Coffee Project is the cafè I prefer if I am up for a heavy meal and an hour of writing. This Villar-managed coffee brand has recently launched (yet just another) American-themed cafè called Dear Joe. While Dear Joe positions itself as a writer’s cafe— a positioning tagline supported by its in-store experiences, it offers the same Coffee-project hook but with an upgraded menu.

The ambiance of Dear Joe is a semi-replica of its mother brand; the elements that spark difference are the fresh produce displayed on its counter, plants that accentuated the corners of the cafè, and some writer-friendly chairs — (perhaps you can even do your 8–5 work here). …

Spoiler Alert: Watch the movie first on https://upstream.ph/ before reading my film feels. Support local films. Register at upstream and buy your tickets for Php 250. Let’s help our entertainment industry. No to piracy!

Direk Antoinette Jadaone’s Fan Girl is a story of escapism. Fangirls cling to their idols to escape their unfortunate realities. Like in the movies, they have backstories too. They draw comfort from their idol’s presence. Too often they look at their bias as a cure more than a joy booster. Fangirling becomes therapeutic but somehow addictive. …

I miss going to the cinemas. But I am so proud to say that the last movie that I remembered watching in cinemas was Maine Mendoza and Carlo Aquino’s “Isa Pa, With Feelings”.

“Isa Pa, With Feelings” directed by Direk Prime Cruz is the best movie of 2019 surpassing the promising entries on my honorable list: Star Cinema’s Hello, Love, Goodbye, Black Sheep’s Alone/Together, and Netflix’s Dead Kids. Though late, I’m still pumped up to share why I’m so obsessed with this movie (the feels still linger!) But hey, IPWF will be available on NETFLIX on CHRISTMAS DAY… so… why not? …

And his military hiatus.

For the record, I love Park Bo-gum. I have been familiar with his alluring charm and shriek-triggering eye-smiles since 2016. I have never seen such a celebrity with a very inviting aura. He is that unassuming campus heartthrob who always makes his grandma proud.

I only got to see his complete screen work when he was paired with Hallyu queen Song Hye Kyo for the 2018 series Encounter. It was only this year when I watched him in Reply 1988 (gosh my lifetime fave!) as Choi Taek and Love In The Moonlight as Lee Yeong.

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Reply 1988

IMO, Bogummy’s best acting project is Lee Yeong. His memorable (still debatable as the best) screen work is Reply 1988. Of the four major Bo-gum series I’ve watched, Sa Hye-Jun, Bo-gum’s character in his recent pre-military Netflix series Record of Youth, is my least favorite. …

The New York Times published an article online with a headline: “The Advertising Industry has a problem: People hate ads.” This was lifted from several insights during a session in last year’s Advertising Week conference in New York City. This huddle instigated an interesting discussion about advertising fatigue. A former magazine content officer shared a strong statement during the conference which earned a nod from some advertisers: “People hate advertising. And it’s all [the] advertiser’s fault.”

This advertising problem has even prompted some app creators to include an ‘ad-free’ option as a premium value for users who dislike commercial disruptions. …

The trailer is better than the actual movie.

Love The Way U Lie took a space (or spaces) on my IG stories the moment the trailer was released earlier this year. The trailer served its purpose in driving the hype and excitement leading up to the movie’s international release on Netflix yesterday. So I watched it as soon as I received a notification from Netflix.

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So… how was it?

I did not enjoy it. The movie felt a bit jumpy and awkward. Awkward in a sense that there’s no natural energy and chemistry apparent on Stacey’s (Alex Gonzaga) character tree.

The dramatic premise between Stacey and her family is nothing but a sort of teleserye cliche. It was unnecessary so much so that her family issue was just settled with a scene where Stacey finally received ‘help’ from her siblings while cooking pancit canton. The family angle was just added for extra baggage and for the sake of conversation. …

I have two reasons why I watched It’s Okay Not To Be Okay (IONTBO): First, it’s Kim Soo-Hyun. Remember his role as alien Do Min-Joo for My Love from The Star (2014)? Second, I have a soft spot for stories that highlight people with disabilities. I could say that it hits me close to home.

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In most cases, our binge-watching reasons would always be the plot hook, the star factor, and the romance angle. But the sustaining capability of a series is yet another story. Eventually, my IONTBO marathon is no longer about my Kim Soo-Hyun thirst. I just get excited to see how the characters fly. In IOTNBO, it’s the character development that makes my marathon worthwhile. …

1,089 minutes of screen fest and it’s definitely worth it.

Well…I spent more than that after watching The King: Eternal Monarch thrice ahead of last night’s finale. You have to rewatch the series so as to understand how the writer stitches the story, fitting to her own narrative approach. Of course, Kim Eun-sook just had to outdo herself. What else can you give after writing the most groundbreaking dramas of all time: Goblin (2016), Mr. Sunshine (2018), Descendants of the Sun (2016), and Secret Garden (2010).

The King: Eternal Monarch (TKEM) took us to a 360 journey, anchoring on ‘parallel universe’ as the hook of the story; then there goes the conflict about lovers from two different worlds, and time-travel scenarios that could rewrite their present and change the future. …

I recently finished Reply 1988 after years of downplaying it despite my shy-admiration for Park Bo Gum. The 2-hour-per-episode of Reply 1988 initially turned me off. It’s like watching 20 old-school movies with a ‘sitcom’ format. Nope. But I finally dove in. And look where you found me.

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Reply 1988 follows the lives of five families living on the same street in a neighborhood called Ssangmundong in Seoul, Korea. A nostalgic look back at the year 1988. (source: google)

Reply 1988’s position as one of the highest-rated Korean Dramas speaks for itself so there’s no need for a long-overdue review. But this series left me with an afterthought.

Anything nostalgic sells. That’s the winning formula of Reply 1988. And I think this is something that local storytellers and producers can use.

WATCH: Reply 1988 Trailer (A 2015 South Korean TV Series) | Where to watch: VIU or…

Our everyday episode means finding your thing to cope up or crawl with your clock. We see the value of entertainment — at least in the case of some — scoring its all-time high as people are now obliged to stay at home for everyone’s safety.

In my case, I linger on Korean Drama (Kdrama) long before a national situation calls for it. KDRAMA has always been my vitamins in every dry season. I was introduced to the K-craze when I started watching Full House pre-digital era.


Thei Ordiales


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