Topic: romance

Things we learned after watching Starting Over Again

Starting Over Again
  1. Architecture is a hot career for rom-coms
    The similarly titled One More Chance from 2007 also featured a bad breakup, a second chance, and a female lead as an architect. How exciting are your lives really, female architects? Maybe we should switch careers!

  2. Ancestral homes are lovely
    Starting Over AgainAn old family home and whether it should be sold, renovated, or restored is at the center of the film. Reminded us of these hidden gems in our crowded city.

  3. Piolo Pascual, meanwhile, can switch careers all he wants
    As Marco Villanueva in this movie, Piolo starts off as a history teacher, but switches careers several times. But the smolder is consistent!


Movie review: It Takes A Man and A Woman

It Takes A Man and A Woman

I didn’t watch “It Takes A Man and A Woman” on its opening day, yet surprisingly, the screenings were still packed days after the opening. I can therefore be forgiven if I had high expectations for this movie.

It Takes A Man and A WomanIt Takes a Man and a Woman is the third and final installment in the A Very Special Love series of films. The movie follows the life of Miggy (John Lloyd Cruz) and Laida (Sarah Geronimo) after their break-up which occurs after the events of the second film. Miggy is now in a relationship with Belle (Isabelle Daza) while Laida is now a more mature woman after living in the United States. They work in the same company, and there is a bit of tension because Laida finds herself opposing many of Miggy’s business decisions.

Review: Paper Valentine (Brenna Yovanoff)

book review: paper valentine

Valentine’s month may be over but that didn’t stop me from picking up a new romance book: Brena Yovanoff’s new novel Paper Valentine. Before I had read the synopsis, Paper Valentine caught my attention because the title and book cover looked romantic. The cover also had a touch of Alice in Wonderland-esque art.

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

To be honest, it was hard to get through the book and took some warming up in the first few chapters. It was told in a melancholic tone that conveyed what Hannah felt about losing her best friend. Most of it centered on Hannah’s mundane life, and how she is haunted by her best friend’s ghost. Hannah and Lillian’s relationship is interesting —– unconventional, but it is obvious that they valued their friendship. They were so attached to each other that they grew up alike. In fact, at times I could not tell one girl from another. It is clear that Hannah loved — still loves — her very much and kept blaming herself for her best friend’s death. Anorexia is a big issue among women today and I am glad Yovanoff addressed it in the book, in a subtle way. I still can’t quite wrap my head around the coming-of-age part of the story but I like how Hannah’s personalities and relationships with her significant others are developed in the end.

As for the romance in the story (yes, there is romance!), it is a queer one: Finny Boone isn’t exactly the kind of guy you see as Hannah’s love interest. He is an integral part of the story, and a surprising character.

Giveaway: She’s Dating the Gangster

She's Dating the Gangster

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Valentine’s Day: Dark romance

Dark Romance

It seems like it’s always the cutesy side of romance that gets highlighted on Valentine’s Day — all that pink, all those flowers and hearts, all those stuffed toys. Not that there’s anything wrong with evoking high school fair kissing booths and all that attendant kilig, but sometimes you yearn for something … different. This Valentine’s Day, why not take a cue from the other side of romance: dark, twisted and Gothic.

It’s high time for goth to make a comeback, too. Although 2013 is called “the year of no trends“, the F/W13 collections in New York show a definite return to the dark side. Check out Nicole Miller, Herve Leger and the old-school, Theysken-esque Katarina Grey.

L-R: Nicole Miller, Herve Leger and Katarina Grey. Pictures from Chictopia

(And now for something even darker …)

“Love and Laughter” with Mitch Valdes on February 15

Mitch Valdes - Love and Laughter

Music and humor make for a memorable Valentine’s celebration in “Love and Laughter”, featuring singer and comedienne Mitch Valdes and the Route 70 Band, on February 15, at the Filinvest Tent, away from the maddening and mood-killing traffic and crowds. Reminisce with your dates, friends and/or family to the sounds of love with the best of 70s and 80s music.

“Love and Laughter” will offer a blend of nostalgia music, retro pop, and laughs, as one would expect from ace performer Mitch Valdes. She has had successful runs of musical comedy shows, as well as theater productions, including the original staging of the musical “Katy”.

Read: Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

Book description from Goodreads: Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance.

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it.

More about it here.

Read: Easy by Tammara Webber

A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night–but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound. (Read the rest on Goodreads.)

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What We’re Reading: Fifty Shades of Grey (E.L. James)

Fifty Shades of Grey

Someone on Team MJ (actually, more than one person) is reading Fifty Shades of Grey.

Book description: When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

Where the heart is: Staying home on Valentine’s Day

Where the heart is: Staying home on Valentine’s Day

They say home is where the heart is. The longer my husband and I have been married, the more we find this to be true… especially on Valentine’s Day. When most couples are out on the town, braving the gridlock to go to a special dinner or concert, we’ve found ourselves heading the opposite direction. That means staying in when everyone else is heading out.

We all crave something special, and Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to share that something special with each other. Dinners and concerts are supposed to be special, and they can be. Lately, however, part of me doesn’t feel very special when I see legions of other people doing the exact same thing.

So here’s a proposal: why not stay in and show your home some love? The romance of a “Valentine’s night in” lies in privacy, in intimacy, in something unique that nobody else can share. Our homes are unique, and so are the lives we share within their four walls. Besides, I find there’s absolutely nothing romantic about traffic, so why deal with it at all when you can simply retreat into your own little world?