Book Review: P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Rating: StarStarStar


Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

***** ***** *****

BackTracks is a collection of movie and book reviews previously published from my old multiply site. what you’re about to read is only a short review (since back then i don’t relish detailing my experience on a particular movie or book) but if you want to talk more about it, then shoot me an email!

kinda disappointed with the book, i was expecting to read some of the scenes from the movie but it was another story! maybe that’s the perils of watching the movie adaptation first before reading the book… but the characters are not at all the same, i got confused to tell you the truth.

although there are chapters (or Gerry’s letters) that are really heart-wrenching it makes you wanna cry (or something!) like the letter about the dolphins.

i think i’m gonna watch the movie again and compare notes… i was really disappointed. sigh.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


Book Review: Wicked Lovely #2.5-2.6: Stopping Time and Old Habits by Melissa Marr

Rating: StarStarStar

E-book Novella

bought this ebook at Kobo – it contains two stories in between Ink Exchange (book 2) and Fragile Eternity (book 3).

book #2.5


Leslie walked away from the Dark Court, determined to reclaim her life and live it on her own terms-even if it meant leaving behind the two faeries who love her. She knows Niall and Irial watch over her, and she would give almost anything to keep them from hurting. But she resists the pull to be with either one of them.

Someone knows about Leslie-s past, however, and is intent on using her to reach the fey. And he doesn’t care who gets hurt.

book #2.6


Recently anointed king of theDark Court, Niall struggles to forge a new relationship with his subjects—and with the former Dark King, Irial, his once-friend, once-enemy, and now possible-advisor.

***** ***** *****

since i bought this as one ebook only, i have a single review to cover both e-novellas.

Can i just say that Irial is among my fave characters in WL series (besides Devlin and Keenan)?

There’s really not much in here though, just answers on unaswered questions in Ink Exchange. mostly Stopping Time revolved on Leslie-Iri-Niall love triangle (dunno if it is fit to call them that since they all love each other). Then Marr delved on Iri-Niall’s complicated relationship in Old Habits.

what i love about Irial: he knows what he wants (and he goes after it), he knows what he is (and isn’t afraid to show it), and he loves unconditionally 🙂 be it to Leslie or Niall, it is apparent that his love knows no bounds. and i love that the most about him!

the only problem i have is Marr’s continuous insinuations on what kind of relationship Iri and Niall have. so they love each other sexually, romantically. so what? faeries are known to not have any sexual preference right (just like vamps in Sookie Stackhouse series)? it’s not wrong. it just is. i’m so frustrated with Marr, i wanted to shout, “just say it! just tell me they love each that way!” gosh, if she’s worried YA audience will get the wrong idea about it, well, let them! it is still the reader who will be the judge of that. it’s pretty disappointing, because the fact that she keeps on implying Iri and Niall are more than friends yet doesn’t say it aloud makes their relationship look like somehow… wrong. and i don’t think it’s wrong at all.

oh well. bits of the story in Old Habits intrigued me. Irial consorting with an unlikely regent. Niall’s relationship with a specific summer girl. 🙂 Ha. these made reading this book worthwhile.




“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Review: Dulcinea Hotel & Suites in Mactan, Cebu

Rating: StarStarStarStar


view from lobby

Dulcinea Hotel & Suites
3rd Floor Shangs Mactan Town Center, M.L Quezon National Highway,Lapu-Lapu City Cebu, Philippines
(63) 32 4952741 (24/7 FrontDesk)

***** ***** *****

Whenever we travel, my top preference for accommodation is bed and breakfast or BnB for short. I want to wake up without worrying where to eat first thing in the morning. So BnB is a big YES for me.

Going back to Cebu, i know i will not stay in Casa Escano (which is located in Cebu City proper and where we stayed last 2009). We plan to spend our second trip in Mactan so obviously i should find a decent room there for our stay.

No, i did not find any BnB in Mactan. Oh wait, there is one. Mactan Bed and Breakfast i think it is called. The only problem with the place is that there is no wifi. Yeah, such a downer. 😐 I want wifi for my netbook (er, borrowed from dad) and hubby needs it for his ipod touch. Well, he did not specifically requested for it but i want him busy and occupied while staying in our room.

I have two options: Best Suites Hotel and Dulcinea Hotel & Suites.

Both have LCD tv, airconditioned rooms, and wifi.

Best Suites is a little cheaper than Dulcinea but the latter is much more cozy and ambient for my taste.

waiting for check-in

Three reasons that finalized my decision to go for Dulcinea:

1 Dulcinea offered 10% discount for March stay

2 Dulcinea was recommended and rated excellent by 7 (i think) travellers in TripAdvisor

3 Best Suites takes sooo long to answer email inquiries

This is the rate i got from Dulcinea –

2,070 PhP per room per night (10% discounted from original price of 55 USD) inclusive of breakfast for two and free airport transfers

4D3N stay costs 6,210 PhP.

Superior Room

the room is spacious! even if we have kids with us, it will still accommodate us without a fuss.

Superior Room - other view

the amenities –


wash room

i love the wash room area, it is enough for two people to mill around.

shower - bath tub area

Did i mention that the inclusive breakfast in Cafe Dulce is sumptuous and delicious? You can even have your breakfast delivered to your room if you’re too lazy to get up and walk to Cafe Dulce. That’s what we did on our last day.

cafe dulce, interior

bar area behind hubby

Our flight going to Cebu was early. We landed in Mactan International Airport at 7am. Check in at Dulcinea is 2pm. We decided to leave our luggage in the front desk so we can use of our time instead of waiting for the other guests to check out. By the time we went back to Dulcinea, our luggage is already inside our room. Superb customer service!

So to sum it up:

Pros –

1 Dulcinea is 5-10 minutes away from the airport

2 quite affordable for such a luxurious room

3 Gaisano Mactan Mall is only a walk away

4 free wifi

5 room accommodation inclusive of breakfast for two

6 great customer service

7 no downpayment needed; just email your travel dates for reservation (full payment is settled upon check-in)

8 free roundtrip airport transfers

Cons –

the only negative thing i can say about them is the airport transfer. It starts at 8am. so when your flight is earlier than that, just take a cab since it is cheaper than their airport transfer outside their designated time.

When it was time for us to go home, i reminded the receptionist the night before of our departure time for the airport transfer. Unfortunately, i was too late informing her. She told me i should’ve told her that in the morning (not in the evening) because the driver in charge of the transfer has gone home already. I was like, SO? The receptionist at the time of my booking asked for our flight details upon reservation. They should know that we are due to the airport on that day, right? Oh well, cab is cheap so it’s no biggie.

The verdict: when we return to Mactan, Dulcinea Hotel and Suites is still my choice for accommodation. First class and top rated rooms minus the big chink off your budget.




“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”