EVERYDAY: Quarantine Uniform


Good Morning, Everyone! ❀

We are all being asked to stay indoors and we are being wedged to a new normal. I’m not immune to anxiety because of the doubts and uncertainty, but if there’s one thing that makes me feel good? It’s putting on make-up! ❀

You may not actually it from the pictures, but I do. πŸ˜› I have nowhere to go but in front of my laptop but it makes such a difference to how I feel.

As much as I want to wear what the hot girls are wearing in tiktok? Nah. The heat, the humidity and just the pure living hell weather that it is here in Manila justifies my quarantine uniform of super short shorts.

Try it! You’ll feel so much better. ❀

EVERYDAY: Breathtaking Sunset Beach Engagement Shoot


Stunning Photos featuring the glowing sunset in the background. ❀ We decided to hold our second enagagement shoot in Coron.

Coron, Palawan will always be special in our hearts. ❀ This is where my husband proposed. ❀ and this is the reason behind why we wanted another shoot in this beautiful place.

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That orange aura of the sky brings out something else, right? ❀

I’ll be posting some tips on what to wear, what to prepare and what to bring during your engagement shoot this week. ❀

 

EVERYDAY: Engagement Shoot in the Mountains


8 months of being engaged, 5 months prior our wedding, we had our engagement shoot. ❀ We never really had a hard time coming up with our vision board for our prenup shoot. We both wanted bright, light and in nature.

A little Background: I initially wanted to hold our wedding reception in Villa Milagros in Rizal and our wedding ceremony in St. Benedict in Cavite which are cities A P A R T. So we had to change altogether. At first, we were thinking of holding our engagement shoot in Villa Milagros but we both really wanted to inject nature, a lot of sun, space and air. ❀

Our Engagement Shoot was held in Treasure Mountain in Tanay Rizal and in Grounds Resort, also in Tanay.

Sharing with you the amazing photos by Timoteo Photo. ❀

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Now here’s our second set.

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Our Third Set was shot in Grounds Resort. ❀

Thank you for letting me share with you photos from our engagement shoot. ❀ It was so much fun and tiring at the same time. ❀

I will be posting some tips on what to wear, what to prepare and what to bring this week. ❀

EVERYDAY: Bridal Shower (Family)


This is the only shower that I was completely aware of. πŸ˜› I think hiding and the concept of surprise is not something my Mom considered. πŸ˜› About 40 days before our wedding, my mom kept asking me of my weekend schedule because she wanted to plan my bridal shower. She was that blunt!! Haha.

Unfortunately, one of the unexpected things happened 15 days before my wedding. My Mom got Shingles! Shingles!!To be honest, I was worried for myself. Have I contracted Chickenpox when I was a kid? No. That’s exactly why I was extra cautious! I’ve seen my classmates before who had the illness, even my siblings. Thus, I know how the battle scars can never be removed and I was only days away!!

My Mom was very understanding. She was thinking of the wedding too but the bridal shower was near and we can’t ignore her sudden shingles. :/ I didn’t want to continue this because I know my mom won’t be there and I know that she was the one who planned everything together with my sister. :/ But she really wanted to throw me a send-off dinner.

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I’m in my staple wardrobe because obviously, it was no surprise. πŸ˜› It was held in a small function room of Mama Lou’s in BF Paranaque. ❀ The room can hold around 15 – 20 people. They still had a table for my gifts and a table for the props and all.

The guests were a bit older than the usual guests during a bridal shower. Thus, the games that my sister planned were games that can be done on paper and while seated. There were: What’s in your bag? How well do you know the Groom and Bride? Guess who, Bride or Groom? Word Search, Bridal Bingo Card. My Mom and Sister also prepared some prizes. ❀ ❀

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I absolutely had the best dinner. ❀ Everything that they served was delicious! and mind you, this is the first ever cheesecake that resonated to me. RESONATED? Hahahaha. My husband is a huge fan of cheesecakes and we would normally order separate cakes but man! The Mango Cheesecake of Mama Lou’s is the bomb!

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After several games and our sumptuous dinner, time to unwrap what they prepared for me. ❀

Thank you Tita Grace & Tita Aileen for the Pillows. Thank you Ninang Irma for the set of Utensils. Thank you Ninang Baby for the Dish Rack, Thank you Tita Evelyn for the matching towels. Thank you Tita Karen and Tita Carol for the cash. πŸ˜›

Thank you Ate Ives for the All purpose Shelves. Thank you to my sister for the set of glasses. Thank you Rox for the Bowl Server. ❀

A special thank you to my sister who planned the games, prizes, decor and even hosted the whole night. Thank you Ate Ivy for co-hosting. Thank you Rox for helping decorate the place and thank you to my brother who drove me and dropped me off.

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Thank you everyone for spending your Saturday Evening with me, for participating in the games and for bringing a little something to help us start our married life. ❀ Thank you. ❀ ❀

THOUGHTS: 11 Instagram Accounts to follow if you love Interior Design


Let me first clear this beforehand: This is in no way, a paid Ad. This is me, trying to justify why I spend hours on this platform. πŸ˜› Maybe it’s because I’m practically aging or that we are in the middle of renovating our home. ❀

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These are the accounts I draw inspiration from!

  • COSIEST HOME

That very simple bedroom is just so relaxing! No clutter. πŸ˜€ and so refreshing to have that black glass panel as a divider in the bathroom. Last but not the least, a swing as a whole living room? Why not?

  • CRUMBS HOME

That arc and that hallway!! You know how sometimes double decks are such a turn off because it looks so bad? Well, not anymore! black and gold works well. ❀ I also love the last picture with that black glass panel ending the hallway.

  • PERFECT HOMES

Notice the painting on the wall. It’s so refreshing! It’s abstract and with light and lovely colors. I also like that the account also features an office corner which I absolutely love — white & gold. The last picture also suggests a good way of designing a wall! — a map you can tick off of all your travels.

  • BOHEMIAN DECORS

If you’re more of a Boho Chic favoring colors and plants and flowers, follow this account! I especially love the middle picture. Look at that corner! I can picture myself having a nap or reading a book. ❀

  • COZY HOME SHOTS

White and Rattan always looks pleasing!! And look at that little swing in the middle of the living room. ❀ It’s nice peace of quiet where I can read a book. I also love the little corner in the middle picture. The black mirror accentuated the whole wall. ❀

  • MY DOMAINE

I can almost breathe the air on that first photo! That heigh ceiling is such a turn-on!! And that Airbnb? WOWWWWW. It’s like experiencing on a whole new level of cave house! This may probably be my favorite account of all. Not only are they featuring home designs but a lot of very different homes!!

  • BEFORE AFTER DESIGN

I love the concept of Before & After Design. It kind of gives me hope that no matter what the status of an area is, it can be revived to something beautiful. ❀ It also gives an idea because it gives a clear picture of how it was before.

  • NEST FEELS

Who wouldn’t love that view? And there’s so much SPACE. ❀ And I think you’ve noticed by now how I’m attracted to that black glass panel. Imagine that leading to some backyard grill.

  • HOUSE CREATIVE

I can imagine myself having an early dinner while watching that sunset! It’s like living on the beach!!!

  • MY MITZI

I’m drawn to anything white and bright. ❀

  • FRESH COAST FLIPS

Another before and after account where you can gather different ideas on what to do with your own home. ❀

Again, this is not a paid ad. This is me, simply appreciating the accounts that’s been keeping me company this pandemic. Check them out. ❀

THOUGHTS: 25 Things you can do this Quarantine


How are you all doing so far? It’s a very difficult and sad time for everyone. I, for one amΒ  the type of person who wants to be out and about. I don’t really like staying at home and doing nothing for a LONG time. But what can we do? We can only make the best out of the situation that we are placed in.

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Here are some things you can do while in isolation:

READ A BOOK. I’m obviously a book freak and I’ll grab a book every chance I get. Let a book transport you wherever you choose to be. Paris? Narnia? Magical World? Sci Fi? Books got you covered.

WORKOUT. Admittedly, I’m new to this. I used to be so lazy but this quarantine is making me gain pounds I don’t even want. πŸ˜› Get your ass up! Time to get that abs and that toned body we always include in our New Year’s Resolution. You have all the time now. No excuses.

VIDEOCALL with YOUR FRIENDS.Β I’m included in the population who would normally ignore your call. πŸ˜› I’d rather much text. It’s the introvert in me. But a videocall with your friends is a good way to instill something special in your mundane day. Reach out to your friends and find out how they’re doing too.

CLEAN YOUR MAKE UP BRUSHES. Who here is guilty like I am? It’s been months since I last cleaned my brushes. It’s important. You might be wandering why you’re having breakouts? It may be because the brushes you are using are not clean!

SPRING CLEANING. I love cleaning my closet! No matter how often I do this, there seems to be some clothes that I can donate, things I need to let go of or shoes and bags that I no longer use that I can throw or sell. Lessen your clutter.

COMPLETE A BINGO CHALLENGE. Who here has been seeing different kinds of Bingo in Instagram? Do you enjoy ticking the boxes? Join in the fun or make one yourself!

TRY OUT INSTAGRAM EFFECTS. Why not explore the different things you can do in Instagram aside from posting your heavily curated pictures. Try different effects such as Guess the Gibberish or Who’s more likely to? It’s fun.

DO A TIKTOK CHALLENGE. Come on! Don’t preserve your dignity. I know you have a Tiktok Account. Try the dance challenges or imitate a prank or create a duet with your friends. It’s fun way to bond with them digitally!Β  I know I did. πŸ˜›

LISTEN TO A PODCAST. I discovered a number of podcasts I know listen. I’m planning on listening to them even after quarantine. It’s a good way to be productive while you’re on your way home or while strolling in the mall. Do you have favorite accounts that you listen to? Let me know!

ARRANGE YOUR BOOKSHELF. I’m guilty. My bookshelf used to be a place for my charger, notebooks, pens, camera and all sorts of things. I fixed it up and let me tell you, it’s a breather looking at it now, arranged in colors and in height. πŸ˜€

CUT YOUR HAIR. This is not new to me. I have been cutting my hair for the longest time. Try it! You have all the time in the world to regret your decision. πŸ˜› and spare time to grow your hair back. Haha Time to experiment! Too bad my husband doesn’t trust me enough to let me cut his hair.

GROOM YOUR PET. There may be a few or no pet salons that are open now. Why not trying to it yourself? It will save you a couple of bucks not going to a salon when everything normalizes. Right?

FINISH A SERIES. Been meaning to binge watch something your office mate mentioned? Now is the time. Can’t sleep? Watch! Add some popcorn or chips. Our Marathon food is Ruffles Sour Cream & Cheddar with some Maltesers and Wine. How about you?

SLEEP. Feeling tired all the time when you had to go to work? Hibernate. No one to tell you otherwise. Practice sleeping early or getting enough sleep at the very least.

DRINK COFFEE. Or whatever it is you crave. Are you a Milk Tea Addict? try to learn making one. or whip your own healthy shake all health buffs are doing.

BE A PLANT MAMA. Try to insert some greens in your home. Personally, I don’t like the smell of soil, especially when wet. So I don’t really plan on being a plant mama. But you might want to try? whatever works with you.

START PLANTING. If you don’t want a regular plant. Why not some vegetables. Grow your own market. Plant some tomatoes or potato and save your money next time you go for some grocery.

PLAY WITH YOUR PET. They miss you on an everyday basis. You now know how it feels being stuck at home. You know how your pets feel. Play with them. You are their world. Spend time with them and even include them in your tiktok videos. πŸ˜›

BOND WITH YOUR LOVED ONES. No matter who you’re stuck with this quarantine, appreciate their company. May it be your office mate, parents, siblings or cousins, spend time with them. Don’t keep to yourself.

PLAY SOME BOARD GAMES OR CARDS. There’s no better time to bring out those board games or learn a new card game. Practice your skills! Maybe next time, you’ll win. πŸ˜› Haha

JOIN A WEBINAR. Companies and Organizations are a lot kinder these days. A lot of people are hosting FREE Webinars now. Yes, FREE. Take advantage and learn a thing or two this lockdown.

CLEAN YOUR PHONE. Delete all the screenshots thats been eating your memory! Arrange your apps. Compile it in one box or delete the ones you’re not using. Transfer your files and create a back up for the thousands of photos you’ve been keeping.

ENROLL IN AN ONLINE COURSE. There are free courses now! If not, most of them are discounted. There is no time ever wasted when spent learning something new. Enroll now.

PRAY.Β It may be the most effective way. You may never had the time to pray a novena? Now’s the time. Not the type to pray a Novena? Talk to him! It doesn’t have to be a formal prayer. Just talk to him. He listens, anywhere and anytime of the day.

START YOUR OWN BLOG. It keeps me productive. It also serves as my outlet for my thoughts. You can do anything with it. It’s yours. And if this is not your thing, be supportive! Like my post, subscribe to my blog or leave a comment. πŸ˜›

 

What is your new normal and How are you doing so far? What are your learning and What new habits and skills did you start? Let me know and let’s start a conversation.Β 

MOVIE REVIEW: The Intruder


IMDB: A young married couple buys a beautiful house on several acres of land, only to find out that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property.

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It is truly a beautiful house with a very large acre of garden, outdoor and nature. and shoot, it’s in the middle of nowhere!!Β I love how both of the couple seemed to be in love, deciding to buy a house and start a beautiful family. The dining area is nice. ❀ and one scary painting!

I hated how Annie was so naive! Maybe she’s just being friendly or trying to fit in the new neighborhood but damn it woman! Listen to your husband. Mike is creepy! He’s in your freaking house all the time. And that doesn’t surprise you? And are you not scared that he was gardening your lawn? Geez. And Mike? Such a pervert!

The movie is your typical thriller where the naive woman needs to be saved by a man because she was deceived by a helpful man. It’s pretty predictable in a sense. I wouldn’t watch it again but if you want to watch it, it’s not a complete waste of time.

EVERYDAY: Bridal Shower (Office)


Okay, I think by now I can say that my husband is very manipulative and a very good liar. NOT. πŸ˜› I sensed this one! — but mostly because I know my office mates. They are a sucker for showers like this, may it be a bridal shower or a baby shower. Plus, I’ve been there. I have been part of the planning group. So yep, guessed this one alright!

To get you in perspective, you have to know that my Wedding was scheduled last November 24 and the Shower happened the Friday, two weeks prior.

First, my colleagues and I already picked the date for our Christmas Party so to get that out of my hair (buying the gift and all), I told them that we needed to pick our Santa Babies already and I need the wish list pronto! (But all of them were saying to delay it by the said Friday – and they were pretty insistent, if I may say). – so that was Hunch 1. Two, one of my office mates were collecting money. For what? Hunch 2.Β  Three, one of hubby’s office mates asked me to bring him to a condominium for his surprise bachelor’s party. (to the same condominium my office mates were talking about for our Christmas Party!) Hunch 3. And to test the waters a bit, I kept dropping hints that I wanted to go home that Friday because I was feeling a bit beat up due to all the wedding preparations. And the event planner in our group is obviously quite pissed. Hunch 4. HAHA.

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Everyone from all sorts of division is here! The night is filled with some dancing, games and a lot of drinking! We started at 8 in the evening so everyone was pretty famished by this time. We ate some good ol’ pasta, chicken, pizza and cake.

First game? No other than the famous Make your own wedding gown using tissue! I know, Sorry Mother Earth for wasting so many tissue. They were supposed to guess which gown I would wear but they both guessed wrong. One of them was off shoulder, and the other, a tube. The team who won was the closest to my neckline.

Mind you, I’m also part of the games. The second and third game was a bit lewd. Teams were divided into two and the two guys will be seating in the chairs with bananas in the middle of their legs and the other group mates will have to finish / eat the banana without using their hands. The other game was the guys will be holding a balloon pump in between their legs and the ladies will have to pump a balloon and pump until the balloon pops. I’m part of the winning team, if you may ask. πŸ˜›

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Of course, there’s pin the dick with my husband’s face on it. There’s a twist of we will be shouting Hot or Cold. Hot if the player is already near while Cold if the player is moving farther away. But the technique is? If the player is moving towards the right direction, SHOUT COLD! Haha. We were so tired from all the laughing when our eldest colleague ended up pinning the dick in a WHOLE DIFFERENT ROOM. Hahaha.

After 5 games, we were pretty pretty exhausted from all the laughing. We took a bunch of pictures and a second round of dinner. πŸ˜›

Let the party begin! Like I said, a whole lot of drinking.

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Thanks to alcohol, I discovered I’m pretty good with cups! Hahaha. There were different levels of tossing the cups and I managed fairly better than the rest. ❀ Hahaha.

I’ll be editing videos from this night. It was so fun! I’ll share them with you once I’m done. ❀ Usually, they are uptight but this night, everyone was out of it. Everyone was dancing and hammered. I had so much fun! Thank youuuuu, guys!

Any memorable experiences from your Bridal Shower Party? Share them with me. ❀ I would love to hear them.

 

MOVIE REVIEW: The Glass House


IMDB: An orphaned teenager is taken in by a Malibu couple but discovers they aren’t the caring friends they seemed to be.

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Are you also picturing Never been Kissed? I know I do. Haha. First off, the House? Amazing! And before we discuss all the suspense and thrill, it’s just so sad how their parents died especially for Ruby. Aside from the death of her parents, I think her guilt is eating her up. (While she was out sneaking out at night, her parents had a car accident). I don’t know. Parents really have a soft spot in me.

There was a point in the movie where I fear for Ruby getting raped with the very revealing swimsuit and the constant staring and stalking. Overall, it’s nice to see how Ruby grows from a rebel kid to someone who is looking out for his brother.

There’s no real and actual horror or terror in the film but I enjoyed watching this somehow suspense movie. I’m actually hoping that they turn out okay, being on their own from now on.

EVERYDAY: Bridal Shower (College)


Another win for my husby this day! ❀ I had no suspicions two weeks prior. I even prepared a gift for his colleague’s birthday! The lie? The hubby pointed out that this particular birthday party will be held at this colleagues unit. (the same building where my friend’s salon was).

The husby forced me to check out the salon and little did I know, my blockmates were waiting for me!

I love this cupcakes! You always see lips, boobs, vagina or penis cupcakes! This is my first time to see a cupcake in action. πŸ˜› Since this is pre-dinner, they also prepared a feast of cold-cuts and cheese!

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Look at that spread! ❀ There were moscato, wine and champagnes!

And here it is, the other bride to be! One week apart.

The great part is, it’s my close friend’s salon. It only means, free manicure, pedicure, foot spa and full body massage! ❀ ❀ ❀

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Before I drop so many photos of the said afternoon, here are the two grooms. πŸ˜€

We ended the night with some unlimited Korean Beef Barbecue. ❀

Thank you, J1 Loves. ❀ I appreciate all your efforts! Thank you too, babe.

MOVIE REVIEW: Indecent Proposal


IMDB: A billionaire offers one million dollars to a young married couple for one night with the wife.

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Let me acknowledge it already, okay? Demi Moore? She has the sex appeal and hotness that is OFF the CHARTS!!!

ONE MILLION DOLLARS in EXCHANGE for ONE NIGHT with YOUR WIFE

If you’re broke as fuckΒ  with a threat of nowhere to live, will you give a certain billionaire to spend one night with your wife?

It’s intriguing and it will have you ask yourself how often does this happen in real life? I guess you need to watch the film to know what the couple decided to do.

I know now that people in love remember the things they do to each other. If they stay together, its not because they forget, but because they forgive.

EVERYDAY: 5 Self-Care I’m excited to do after the Quarantine


Everything is on hold and the best thing we can all do is to stay indoors. But,

What will you do after everything blows out?’

SELF CARE

Nail Salon

I’m used to getting my nails done everyΒ  week or once in every two weeks. I miss seeing my square shaped white nails. I can’t really keep my nails so long since I always tend to chip off the edges. That’s why I really miss my acrylic nails. ❀

Eyebrow Salon

Kilay is Life or translated to EYEBROW is EVERYTHANG! Don’t tell me otherwise. The perfect shape transforms your whole appearance. Am I right? The thickness, the shape, the color? it’s everything!

Underarm Diode Treatment

Luckily, I started caring for my underarm long before our wedding. I’ve already purchased three packages of 6 and 8 sessions. And I can honestly tell you, it is worth it. ❀ I’m not going to lie. It’s not painless, as they advertise. It’s f*ckin painful for the first 5 -6 sessions. BUT, BUT, BUT it surely grows so much slowe e e r and thine e e e r, I swear. I’m happy with how it is now and I want to keep going to my remaining sessions. ❀

Hair Color

Half ponies! Can you imagine? The Color of my hair has been growing out and this is exactly the reason why I want to change it back to my natural color. After this quarantine, I’m having it colored back to black. πŸ™‚

Body Massage

I am definitely sure that EVERYONE needs a good massage to heal the deep tissues we’ve been working on for the past weeks. All that lounging, all that home work-outs, all that whipping Dalgona Coffee. right? Hubby and I used to do this once a week and I’m really excited about this!

What are you excited to do after this lockdown?

MOVIE REVIEW: Enough


IMDB: After running away fails, a terrified woman empowers herself in order to battle her abusive husband.

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Slim, a waitress seemed to have landed a dream – married a wealthy man, living in this big house and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. UNTIL, he discovers that her seemingly perfect husband is actually abusive. What started out as a marital, familial bliss turned out to be a nightmare.

I’m rooting for Slim here, having the strength to leave her husband, the father of her daughter for good. But the plot is quite simple and purely of revenge. But what was Mitch’s plan? Lure the waitress, marry her and then what? What was the motive here? Sure there’s some action that’s entertaining but not really the type of movie recommendable.

EVERYDAY: Bridal Shower (Girl Squad)


On the day our Second Fitting, My Fiancee had me thinking we were going to pick up our wedding rings after having it resized. Coming from Pasig, we went all the way to Market, Market in BGC.

After which, the fiancee’s Aunt called that they need to be picked up for some dinner. We went to a condo, thinking we are going to pick up his relatives — and, Ta-duh! SURPRISE!

I’m not going to every single detail anymore. When I entered, there were food, decor and everyone who was there in the fitting, was in the party. ❀ much less, additional guests too!

We played a bunch of games.

Our Good Host Bianca prepared several games such as: Whoever finishes a Jumbo Hotdog lasts will moan aloud, the famous paper Wedding Gowns and fitting a condom in a cucumber using your mouth.

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And thank you to my friends who prepared a little some-some for me. ❀

I’m really glad we are all coming along together. ❀ Thank you so much!

 

MOVIE REVIEW: The Occupant


IMDB: Javier MuΓ±oz, once a successful executive, makes the fateful decision to leave his home, which he and his family can no longer afford.

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House is on fire! πŸ˜€ I don’t blame Javier for being obsessed! But sshhhiiiitt, how did he pull off marrying the occupant’s wife in the end?

I understand his depression regarding the difficulty of finding a good job and faced with the notion that old dogs can’t learn new tricks. And alsooooo, what a sick, sick janitor! He was black mailing Javier to set up a camera so he can watch this poor girl. What a sick old pervert!

It’s a thrill to watch how the stalking unfolds but it turned a mighty downfall when what killed Mario Casas was a mere peanut allergy. That’s it? I mean, the wife did not investigate or even had the slightest clue?

It’s a nice movie to watch when you’re not doing anything.Β