Good Omens: Well Worth All The Fuss

I just read a brilliant sentence describing the selfie as being a diabolical invention, and absolutely agree! But that is beside the point. I wanted to find out what all all fuss was about surrounding Amazon Prime´s Good Omens. If the pious Christian groups are to be believed, the devil incarnate has taken over the blasphemous entertainment world, setting Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman loose on the innocent and hapless mankind. Nothing could be further from the truth, considering that the two authors of the book on which the series is based are the most brilliant minds of their respective…

To Binge or Not To Binge,

Whether you are a Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Iflix, Maxdome, or whatever movie and TV series streaming platform you choose, you will always stumble on something that is binge-worthy. To each his or her own and regardless of genre or era, there is definitely no walking away empty-handed. On such binge-days, I take the opportunity to catch up on items that the internet is raving about, or sometimes even just the colleagues at work. There may be a generation gap from time to tome, but quality movies with a decent or excellent script are non-negotiable standards. Often I find that…

15 Years Later: The Blue Man Group Revisited

The first time I had the pleasure of watching the Blue Man Group was back in 2003 when it was still relatively new to Berlin. This highly evolved form of pantomime is one of the highest forms of body language that you will ever encounter – and never forget. The three blue men never say a word throughout the 90-minute performance, and all the expressions are done through their eyes and body language, but what a performance it is – comedy, social commentary, light and sound show and music all rolled into one. So to see the show 15 years…

Why I Don’t Go To Photography Exhibitions Alone

As a general premise, I don’t like going anywhere alone, especially to a restaurant. I recently learned that there is one other activity I don’t enjoy doing solo – visiting galleries. The irony of the matter is that if I visit a gallery with someone, I want to be able to view the works in peace and quiet and not engage in a running commentary. So why can’t I visit an exhibit alone? Well, the thing about going to a gallery with someone is that 1. If I get lost, at least there would be two of us… 2. The…

Funky Jazz and The Baby-Boomers

The irony of the evening is that it took a trip all the way to Blumenthal (North Bremen)  to discover a soulful and very funky jazz band called The Baby-Boomers that is actually based in Berlin. Composed of three superbly talented Americans all belonging to the baby-boomer generation – and proud to flaunt it! – it was certainly an entertaining evening. Jeffrey Lee Mills, Lenjes “the Duke” Robinson, and Ben “the King” Perkoff all have their individual gigs and careers, but when they play together as The Baby-Boomers, it is as if their worlds synergise into a single jazz soul…

Olympus Perspective Playground (Berlin 2017)

When it comes to events, activities and interesting places to visit, there no shortage of either of these in Berlin. Not all of them are free, but if you read the fine print, there is quite a bit, which evens out whatever you spend for the paid events (mostly concerts). One thing I learned in Bangkok was to take note of special traveling exhibits like The Elephant Parade or the WWF 1600 Pandas World Tour, and since they set up in public places (the Pandas are usually a flash mob operation), they are accessible and fun. If you live in…

Florence in Manila: Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” by LyrOpera

**Click HERE to read the article with photos Opera is not exactly the most popular entertainment medium in the Philippines. Why would it be, we are literally on the other side of the globe from where it originated: Italy. The Philippine heritage is of the Spanish Zarzuelas, a lot of religious music, and American pop, rock and roll, and country music cultures. Opera per se has been struggling to become more popular here, while stage musicals enjoy a greater popularity among Filipinos, especially after Lea Salonga landed the lead role of Kim in Miss Saigon back in the 1990s. Since…