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Ali’s Beautiful, Selfless Love

First post of 2017 and it’s not a review, nor something news-like. Also, I’m about 102 episodes late in providing my reviews/reactions for Till I Met You, which bowed out from TV last January 20, 2017. While I may attempt to produce other blog posts related to the show in the future (throwback, maybe), I couldn’t resist this one. I needed to.


What prompted this post is Basti’s voice over (seen above) towards the last 10 minutes of the finale. This was heard as Ali was leaving the country to pursue his dreams with Stephen. It was undeniably and achingly appropriate.

I have seen love portrayed in all art forms. In recent years, nothing has touched my heart more than the love Ali gave to every one he cared about. His love is so pure, beautiful and most of all, selfless. Ali’s depth and capacity to love surpasses his label in the show, especially with what he showed to Iris, Basti, Kelly, Agnes, Greggy and Stephen, which was reciprocated wonderfully.

  • Iris, despite getting her heart broken, accepted and continued to love Ali. Both bore witness to each other’s growth and happiness. They became each other’s rock when nobody else was there for them.
  • Basti accepted Ali unconditionally despite a shocking admission that could’ve destroyed a burgeoning friendship. Because of this, Ali became Basti’s moral compass. It helped Ali be brave enough to support Basti’s pursuit of Iris and point out his missteps too.
  • Kelly is Ali’s silent better half. Through her humor and wit, she helped Ali become truthful by taking him out of his comfort zone and by helping him to see things even he couldn’t believe or accept.
  • Agnes’ love for Ali is beyond limits, beyond words. She showed him the truest extent of a mother’s love; that she would go out on a limb for him. Her example became Ali’s touchstone.
  • Greggy’s reluctance nurtured Ali’s courage and resilience. A father’s love is often hard to articulate but when finally expressed, it flows rapidly and freely. Greggy’s expression of pride and love freed Ali from his self-imposed constraints.
  • Stephen is Ali’s gift from the universe. In his journey of “almosts” and “maybes”, Ali found his true purpose with Stephen. Stephen brought out the best in Ali and showed to him a world that defied the stereotypes and perceptions often perceived of the LGBT community. When they fell and expressed their love for each other, it was so organic. I didn’t see two gay men; I saw two people who were in love. Stephen is Ali’s “always” and with them, you truly believe: tayo, hanggang dulo.

As I use this post to say goodbye to Ali, I want to thank the following:

  • The creative team of Till I Met You for bringing Ali into mainstream media. His is a story that needed to be heard and it was brought to life successfully and sustained beautifully from start to finish.
  • JC Santos for his sensitive, top-notch portrayal of Ali. You are a gem of an actor, one that I look forward to seeing more in the future. I will pray for your continued success. You have my support as a fan.

Ali, you are forever scored in my heart. I will never forget you.



Adieu Doomsday! Bonjour Terrible Twos!

Hi there! How’s 2013 shaping up for you so far? Hope it’s treating you fairly well. I know I haven’t been blogging much lately; my day job has been a killer. There’s still so much I want to blog about — and I promise I’ll get to them as soon as I can — but I guess this year wouldn’t start right without doing some sort of a 2012 year-end post.


Image Courtesy of Doomu c/o

In a few weeks, I’m going to kick-off my second year of blogging through this site and with WordPress. Suffice to say, I’m loving the experience so far! I now understand why a lot of my blogger friends love WordPress. I was going to check My Stats page as reference for this year-end post but instead, I noticed the annual report they made. I was amused at how it was presented that I have decided to share bits of it to you.


Climbing Mount Everest

Crunchy Numbers

6,300 visits! Wow, that’s so cool. While I sincerely wished I was one of those 600 people who climbed Mt. Everest last year, I was floored by the metaphor. Not really the outdoorsy type, sorry. And the best bit, I was able to post 30 blogs! Yipey! In a way, it makes me happy and proud to see that number. It took me two years to reach the same number of posts on my first blog. I’m not surprised though about my product review of Magnum Ice Cream Bar being labeled as the most popular post; perhaps a quarter of those visits were for that one. And my second product review is slowing gaining momentum too. Does this mean I need to do more product reviews? Maybe. For I now, I deserve to pop a bottle of champagne. 🙂


The Social Network Factor

Search Term

Well, there were obviously a lot of ice cream lovers out there. The social networks did their share too. And it’s so cool that a local author’s site was also listed as a top referrer. Good thing, we like one thing in common: The Avengers. 😛


World, You Are Awesome

Where In The World

Well, that is some reach. If someone challenged me to name the capitals of those 108 countries, I’d probably cry. But for now, I hope virtual hugs shall suffice as my expression of gratitude.


 They Came, They Saw, They Spoke

My Fans... Haha...

I think Chachic, one of those of shared their thoughts on this blog, said it best when she looked at comments like candy (or chocolate). I wouldn’t call myself an experienced blogger or anything so it’s really nice to hear what your thoughts are or know if you enjoyed my blog post. While my product review on Magnum got the highest traffic for the site, there were no comments posted on it and it only got a couple of “likes”, which I find rather weird but I will not dwell on it. As Meann said at some point to me, hits are hits. Nonetheless, to those who put their thoughts in… friends or complete strangers… even those who asked questions such as if I knew an author’s phone number or if a sequel to a book will come out… you may never know it but your comments mean a lot. 🙂


thank you languages

To cap off this random post, allow me to say thank you for being part of Nothing But Reviews’ first year! As this blog goes forth into its Terrible (or Terrific) Twos, hope you’ll still be there to tag along. Keeping my fingers crossed that 2013 (wow, this century it officially in its “teen” years) would be fun with a little hint of crazy. Cheers! 😉

– Leia

It’s Oh So Quiet… Even For Me! =P

Hi folks! Hope you enjoy that little Bjork flashback. 😉

I know it’s been almost a month since I’ve written here and I do apologize for being quiet which in part is work-imposed. Between my last review post and this one, I’ve had a lot of really awesome “zing boom” moments which I hope to write about soon. In order to remind me of the stuff I should be writing about, let me share this checklist in no particular order. I do hope to get through it within the next few weeks (or days) and you’ll be there to read along:

– My review of Taste with Kate Evangelista, as well as my snippets of my interview with her
My experience at this year’s Manila International Book Fair – Blogged! 🙂
– My first restaurant review wherein I will feature Din Tai Fung
– My experience at the Harry Potter Exhibition and Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal at the Art and Science Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
– My movie reviews of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and People Like Us
– A special feature on Kinokuniya (a.k.a. The Great Overseas Blackhole — for bookworms like moi)
– More book reviews which will include The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, The Diviners by Libba Bray and hopefully those on my GR currently reading list, which I seriously want to clean off.

Whew, what a tall order! Hahaha. But I’m confident I’ll be able to write about these soon. In the meantime, you can check always out my previous posts on the sidebar. Thanks for visiting Nothing But Reviews! Cheers and see you soon. 😀

– Leia