Monday, January 29, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018

What I Learned From My 4-Year-Old Son's Acute Gastroenteritis

Acute Gastroenteritis

My son just got back from the hospital 2 days ago due to Acute Gastroenteritis. It all happened so fast. It started at 4:00 in the morning of January 23 when he woke us up and vomited his entire meal from the previous night. He was complaining and kept on pointing at his tummy. We thought he just had a problem digesting the "Sinigang na Salmon" he ate for dinner.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Midseason 2018 Return of the Arrowverse Series

arrowverse midseason 2018

One thing you should also know about me - I'm addicted to almost every DC TV Series of CW, specifically those on the Arrowverse Timeline. After the midseason break, I was very excited to watch my favorite TV shows again - starting from Supergirl to Arrow. I'm the only one in this house and in my circle of friends who watches these shows. Since I have no one to talk to about my addiction to Arrowverse, I'm just going to pour everything here.


Disclaimer: I wasn't able to read even a single page from the DC comics. But as a fan of these CW shows, I'll base the storylines on how the producers arrange them for their viewers.

Supergirl Season 3 Episode 10 - Legion of Superheroes

Supergirl Season 3 Episode 10 - Legion of Superheroes

The introduction of the Legion of Superheroes. The show starts with Kara being trapped in her loft/mind prison with a weird-colored guy with tiny lights on his head. Yes, it's Braniac 5! He stole the whole episode which is totally okay for me because I love him already!

As much as I wanted to think how they would defeat Reign, I'm currently more interested how they would put everything in order for Kara and Mon-El, since the latter's already married to the super hot Imra Ardeen a.k.a. Saturn Girl. My heart breaks every time I see Kara watching the two sharing intimate moments. Will the show kill-off Saturn Girl at the end of the season? Or maybe, since Imra Ardeen has a telepathic ability, she just manipulated Mon-El's mind and made him believe that they're married so their mission won't be jeopardized? The suspense is killing me!

The Flash Season 4 Episode 10 - The Trial of the Flash


The Flash Season 4 Episode 10 - The Trial of the Flash

With Barry Allen facing a murder sentence for being framed with Clifford DeVoe's death, I got to see the other characters' interesting sides. I was amazed by the acting skills of Kim Engelbrecht, the actress behind Clifford's wife Marlize DeVoe. I was also touched by Ralph Dibny, when he talked about the possible consequences of Joe's plan to plant fake shreds of evidence for the DeVoe's. Coming from Ralph? Boy, he has already come a long way! I just hope that the producers will give his character more developments soon. It's just a shame he was not in Crisis on Earth X.

Killer Frost - when would I be able to watch her wrapping up a fight without being knocked out after a few stunts?

Another question - when Barry stopped the time to talk to Iris inside the courthouse, is that newly-found ability of him really written in the DC Comics?

So with Barry being locked-up in his cell, who'll save Central City? Maybe it's time for Ralph a.k.a. The Elongated Man to shine? Wally West is already confirmed to guest on CW Legends of Tomorrow so it would be slightly impossible for CW The Flash to degrade his character more. Give the Kid Flash some justice, CW! The Legends would benefit a lot if there's a little speedster staying for good in the Waverider.

And speaking of The Legends of Tomorrow...

The Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 10 - Daddy Darhkest

The Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 10 - Daddy Darhkest

Unfortunately, the midseason return of The Legends of Tomorrow will be aired on February 12, 2018. Seriously? 3 weeks of torture!

Arrow Season 6 Episode 10 - Divided

Arrow Season 6 Episode 10 - Divided

The midseason finale was a disappointment, and the midseason return was worse (also, this whole season). As the series where it all started, it should be the most interesting, most anticipated, and most exciting part of the Arrowverse. I didn't like Laurel Lance a.k.a. The Black Canary, but ever since she was killed by Damien Darhk last 2 seasons, she took the whole show to her grave. And the flashbacks? They're starting to look like they're being forced just for the sake of sustaining Arrow's format.

About the midseason return - the three most annoying characters (Mr. Terrific, Wild Dog, and the new Black Canary) decided to form a new and separate team. And the villains - it seems like the producers had already run out of "villain ideas" so they just made a big "Anti-Green Arrow" team consisting of Dinah's ex, Black Siren, Cayden James, Oliver's former Russian friend, etc.

What to expect from the upcoming episodes? I'm pretty sure there will be a father and son drama between Oliver and his son since he broke his promise that he won't suit up as Green Arrow again. I heard that Roy Harper (a.k.a. Speedy) will be back. If this is true, then it's great! Bring back the original team! I also missed Thea kicking some ass!

Or maybe Team Arrow can adopt Wally West (Kid Flash). Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of Wally. I just feel sorry for the man and his character. He was a recurring character before he became a speedster. Oh well.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City Review: Still Our Favorite!

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - room

Like what we did last year, we spent our first 3 days of 2018 in our favorite city - Baguio. We booked a Superior Room in Grand Sierra Pines Hotel for 2 nights through Agoda.

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City

It was already our second time staying at Grand Sierra Pines. The first time was in June 2016, when I made a surprise family trip for my husband's birthday. It was all worth it. The hotel staff even helped me plan a little surprise for hubby. When we were already settled in our room a few minutes after our arrival, they came with Baguio's famous strawberry shortcake, a few balloons, and a birthday card while singing Happy Birthday. It wasn't free though - I paid P2,500 for that. But hubby was touched and happy, so it was all worth it.

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - New Year 2018

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - Veranda

The rooms are still nice and clean. Same thing with the bathroom.

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - bathroom

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - bathroom

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - bathroom

Wifi? It was unstable during our whole 2-night stay, in spite of my special request to have a room with the strongest wifi because of my job.

Their breakfast buffet is still sumptuous. I just love how they cook their omelet. They also offer Batirol, which is my new favorite.

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - breakfast buffet

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio City - breakfast buffet

We were a bit surprised with the new additions and improvements to the hotel - there's already a fitness gym, a playground, a bar, etc. This is probably why their room rates are now higher. I remember paying Php7,000 plus last 2 years for 2 nights, instead of Php11,584.88.

I just have to comment on how their housekeeping staff handled the used cups. When I was about to make coffee on our second morning, I saw that there were still some cream build-ups on the spoons and cups. Then I realized that they weren't using any proper dishwashing stuff when they took the cups inside the bathroom after I called them the previous day to clean our room. Maybe instead of washing them in the bathroom sink, just replace them with clean ones?

Verdict

Overall, our recent 2-night stay in Grand Sierra Pines Hotel was still excellent. It's still our favorite hotel in Baguio City.

We're planning to try The Manor on our next visit, so let's see...