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EargasMusic: Fifth Harmony – That’s My Girl

Not a new song, but my head just keeps on moving to the bass beat of this song.

Another product of a reality-TV singing competition (X-Factor US: Season 2), they auditioned as soloists but not able to get further the competition. Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato then decided to put them into one group, and finished third place on the show.

Just last night, they held their concert “The 7/27 Tour” here in Manila at the MOA Arena concert grounds with The Filharmonic as their front act, a Filipino-American all-male acapella group from the US reality-TV singing competition “The Sing-Off: Season 4“. Since Camila Cabello left the group last December 2016, only four of them continued the group but still rockin’ it!

Below is the music video of Fifth Harmony’s “That’s My Girl“.

Reality TV: Survivor Game Changers – S34E01 – The Stakes Have Been Raised

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Everyone is so excited for another season of Survivor. And now, it’s the 34th season and back in Fiji, Mamanuca Islands!

All are returning players from the previous seasons, who are said to be the “Game Changers”. Here is the list of 20 players:

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Mana Tribe (orange buff)

  • Ciera Eastin
    27, Salem, Oregon
    Survivor Blood vs. Water & Cambodia
  • Tony Vlachos
    42, Jersey City, New Jersey
    Survivor Cagayan
  • Caleb Reynolds
    28, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
    Survivor Kaôh Rōng
  • Aubry Bracco
    30, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Survivor Kaôh Rōng
  • Michaela Bradshaw
    25, Fort Worth, Texas
    Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X
  • Sandra Diaz-Twine
    41, Fayetteville, North Carolina
    Survivor Pearl Islands & Heroes vs. Villains
  • Hali Ford
    26, San Francisco, California
    Survivor Worlds Apart
  • Malcolm Freberg
    29, Hermosa Beach, California
    Survivor Philippines & Caramoan
  • Troy “Troyzan” Robertson
    54, Miami, Florida
    Survivor One World
  • Jeff Varner
    50, High Point, North Carolina
    Survivor The Australian Outback & Cambodia

Nuku Tribe (blue buff)

  • Zeke Smith
    28, Brooklyn, New York
    Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X
  • Oscar “Ozzy” Lusth
    34, Venice, California
    Survivor Cook Islands, Micronesia & South Pacific
  • Sarah Lacina
    32, Marion, Iowa
    Survivor Cagayan
  • Cirie Fields
    45, Norwalk, Connecticut
    Survivor Panama, Micronesia & Heroes vs. Villains
  • Brad Culpepper
    47, Tampa, Florida
    Survivor Blood vs. Water
  • Andrea Boehlke
    27, New York City, New York
    Survivor Redemption Island & Caramoan
  • Sierra Dawn Thomas
    29, Roy, Utah
    Survivor Worlds Apart
  • James “J.T.” Thomas Jr.
    31, Mobile, Alabama
    Survivor Tocantins & Heroes vs. Villains
  • Tai Trang
    52, San Francisco, California
    Survivor Kaôh Rōng
  • Debbie Wanner
    51, Reading, Pennsylvania
    Survivor Kaôh Rōng

Seeing the list of players, it’s hard to root for someone as all of them have their own strengths and weakness and like other fanatics, we all know them and how they play. There are also 3 winners playing (Sandra, JT and Tony), Sandra winning twice so these are the major threats that I’m seeing this season. Will they be voted off earlier than we think? We’ll let’s see.

The first episode is almost 1:30, just like the usual pilot episodes and this is the 500th episode. This means there are 2 immunity games and 2 tribal councils!

Game_changers_immunity_idol.pngWhat’s new in this season? Of course, the tribe’s Immunity Idol. Let’s just wait for the individual and immunity idol on how they look like. But I’m expecting a better one. This season’s immunity idol is not “tribal-ish”, if there’s a term as such because it’s a vintage diving helmet. Never in my mind expected it to look like that.

Another new this season is the if there’s a tie in a vote, there is no re-vote. A tie breaker will be made. So that means if there’s a unanimous decision on who to vote out, then the person goes home. But if not, the people on tie will be safe, and the remaining will need to draw rocks. Isn’t that exciting?!!!

1st Immunity Challenge: Of course, the last part of the challenge is the most exciting, especially if it’s the puzzle making. They have to finish a ship’s wheel puzzle, the challenge where Ciera was beaten by her mother. Ciera is with Sandra, while Zeek is with Cirie. Mana tribe was able to catch up at the puzzle making part but still, the Nuku tribe defeated them.

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1st Tribal Council
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Since Tony and Sandra are in the losing tribe, they tend to be close to each other as to shield themselves in being voted off. So Tony’s plan is to do such, with Malcolm, Aubry, Sandraand Caleb who he think are the strong players of the tribe. Knowing Ciera as the scheming one and who is a master of plotting, she then pitched Tony’s name to be voted off. With this, the others are thinking why not vote Ciera out early in this game or they will be handpicked one by one. While Ciera is around during a group conversation, they said that they want Michaela gone, which Ciera agreed. Michaela, who has her bitchy girl mode switched on, is making faces and feeling uneasy on why is her name being brought up. It’s like she’s being the sacrificial lamb. Everyone in the tribe are now thinking to vote her off now if she’s being so emotional. But in the end, the first casualty of this season is Ciera.

2nd Immunity Challenge: So before the day of the immunity challenge, while Tony is making his ‘spy bunker’ near the well, he heard Troyzan and Sandra talking about him while sneaking. He came out of the darkness and confronted the two. And of course, they have to make stories. At that point, Tony thinks that Sandra is ditching him, loser her loyalty to him. And now the battle of the champions began. So no one would like to go home early, so they have to regroup. Now, in the immunity challenge,  Nuku is still ahead of the race but not until the tossing of the rings where Malcolm of the Mana tribe doing it on his own, was able to catch up with Sierra and JT. Malcolm, feeling a bit tired, asked by Michaela if he needs help, but still wanted to continue. Knowing Michaela who doesn’t want to lose challenges, is a bit frustrated as there are only two rings left for the other tribe to shoot to win. But JT, who is under pressure who’s on tie with Malcolm, finished it and won the tribe’s 2nd challenge. 

maxresdefault.jpg2nd Tribal Council: Being a two-time winner, Sandra is really a big threat into the game. So before the tribal council, she was able to convince to vote off Tony who they think is a bigger threat as he is on the side of choosing who to leave and then everyone will follow. But then again, Sandra was successful, having to send Tony home very early. So no ‘spy bunker’ anymore and looking for immunity idols.

Foodstagram: Golden Lava Salted Egg Yolk Bun

This is one of the best custard bun that I’ve tasted, Din Tai Fung’s Golden Lava Salted Egg Yolk Bun.

First time I’ve tasted this was in Din Tai Fung Singapore (Tampines) and one local restaurant in Bugis. The price is Bugis is cheaper and has a compared to Din Tai Fung’s 😉

What I love about it is the lava-like flow of the salted egg custard after biting the bun! Some might taste the strong fresh-like taste of the egg (like my mom) but for me it’s normal. The secret is to balance that taste with the saltiness of the salted egg and the buttery sweetness of the custard. Just to comment, the bun is better tasting in Singapore compared to here in the Philippines. I don’t think it met the consistency of the custard’s texture and taste. 

If you haven’t tried it, try it now! Make sure that you eat it while it’s still hot, to experience the flow of the custard from the bun. Also, if you have suggestions on restos who serve good salted egg yolk bun, please do share. Enjoy! 😊

EargasMusic: DK Tijam – Himala

Just on his return to the Philippines, Star in a Million Season 1 finalist, DK Tijam sang a Soul R&B version of Rivermaya’s “Himala” inside the Wish 107.5 bus! Just so sad I was not able to watch his concert in Teatrino in Greenhills, San Juan. Hoping for another one and can bring all the SIAM finalists back in one stage!

Still looking forward to more covers of my co- San Juanero and hopefully he’ll be back in the Philippines for good. 

Here is the video of his perfomance.

Bravo DK and more power! 👍🏻👏🏻

Foodstagram: Going back to 90’s chichirya…

Can’t remember when was the last time I’ve tasted these but I was still small. I didn’t enjoy eating a lot of these since my mom refused me to do so. You know, ‘junk foods are not good for your health’ ahahaha!

Squid Rings is a squid flavored ring chips. It has a bigger and different packaging now. I love it’s sweet and a bit spicy flavor. Now, it’s more on the sweet-squidy taste. I don’t know if the manufacturers are the same as before but the flavour before is way better. Also, I don’t know if I’ve bought an old manufactured product (didn’t check the label 😂) but it’s not crunchy anymore. ‘Lasang luma’ though I’ve bought a couple of times, its all the same…sadly. 😞

Pritos Ring is a barbeque flavored ring chips. Luckily, it tastes still the same but the pacaking is so small for you to enjoy it. Bitin! Unlike the Squid Rings, it doesn’t taste expired ahahaha! 😂

So what’s your favorite 90’s snack? 😊

Foodstagram: Melona Honeydew Melon Icecream Bar

I can’t remember when was the last time I’ve eaten one of these. I think it’s more than 7yrs?

This was introduced to me by one of my colleague who’s Koreanovela fanatic. We went to a Korean store in Pearl Drive, Ortigas and was just surprised of tons of Korean goodies! 

The taste of the melon is not too strong, maybe because of the cream and milk mixed in it. I advice to have it totally frozen so it won’t melt easily. 

It’s a bit pricey compared to local brands because it’s from Korea but nonetheless, it’s worth the price. 😉

Next time, I’ll try the strawberry and mango flavour! Yum!