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Q1 Round-up

I wanted to do a monthly round-up but it's never too late to start! Here are my reviews and recommendations from January-March 2021:

🎧 Listened to

  • WorkLife by Adam Grant: The Taken for Granted episodes featuring Jane Goodall and Tita Brené are my favorites.

  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: If You Don’t Know, Now You Know Everything: Environmental Round-up. Hindi ko inexpect na may cameo si Duterte dito. At tawang tawa ako kasi tawang tawa din si Trevor Noah.

  • “Kelan ka ba ikakasal?” and Dealing with Other Annoying Tita Questions: Bianca’s Paano Ba 'To podcast featuring Lynn, Chely, and myself. Any excuse to talk to my Main Barkada™ deserves a spot in the roundup. The 15-minuteish version can be watched below:

📺 Watched

  • The Flight Attendant (HBO Max). My favorite show of the year so far. It came out late last year but I only watched it early this year. I love everything about it: the humor, wit, music, pace. I didn't / haven't watched Big Bang Theory but this made me an instant fan of Kaley Cuoco.

  • The Undoing (HBO Max). Nakakapagod panoorin. After watching the first two episodes in the evening, I switched to watching this during the day because I was afraid it would give me nightmares. The performances of Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman were outstanding (as expected).

  • Firefly Lane (Netflix). Ticks all the boxes for plot line clichés. Low stakes, brain break type of show. Pwedeng background TV, but generally forgettable and probably won't watch Season 2.

  • The Bold Type (Netflix / Hulu). I described it as background TV for the first two seasons, but for the third and fourth seasons, I’ve grown to be invested in the friendships, love lives, and adventures of the characters. Also hooked on the music - the Bold Type Spotify playlist is what I've been listening to everyday.

  • Seaspiracy (Netflix). I watched it a few days ago and I still haven’t moved on from how angry, disappointed, and upset the movie made me feel. It was a gross disservice to the honorable work that many conservationists have done and continue to do.

📚 Read

  • Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl. Ahhh the politics and dynamics of being the New York Times restaurant critic!

  • Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow. It’s like a spy crime thriller you won’t want to put down.

  • Currently reading: My Inner Sky by Mari Andrew and Market Study for the Philippines: Plastics Circularity Opportunities and Barriers by the World Bank. The latter is the perfect bedtime read. This afternoon, I fell asleep by the second chapter, which says a lot because I never take naps.


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