"I dont mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it." ~Marilyn Monroe

"I don't mind living in a man's body as long as I can be a woman in it." ~VinVin Jacla

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Thank you, 2016! ❤❤❤

Though 2016 may had been very surreal for the world, I’ve had a great year.

I was able to visit a number of countries and cities: from Melbourne and Sydney in Australia to Amsterdam in The Netherlands to Antwerp and Brussels in Belgium to Lisieux, Paris πŸ—ΌπŸ—ΌπŸ—Ό, Lourdes and Avignon in France to Assisi, San Giovanni Rotondo, Lanciano, Milan, Venice, and Rome in Italy and finally to the Vatican City. πŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸ‘£

My dog Bea left me last year but I know that she lived a good life for more than 10 years. It also paved way for my new found closeness with her daughter Walda who loves to eat 24/7. 🐢🐢🐢

In 2016, I also met #LoveDownUnder. ❤❤❤ Period.

I was able to do my very first long drive with Clint out of town. We were able to go to Nuvali just the two of us. #simplejoys πŸš™πŸš™πŸš™

The 4 children that I'm sponsoring in WorldVision PH wrote me lovely letters that really touched my heart. I'm more than happy to know that they're doing really well and I hope that their families enjoyed their Noche Buena last Christmas, too. πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡

My sacrifice that started in early 2013 also now paid off. I put my blogging on hold and set aside the glitz and glamour (#charaught) of attending movie premieres, product launches, fashion shows and other similar events and concentrated on my "corporate" career instead. Some people would oftentimes just tell me to get a job in the entertainment industry where I would most likely belong or in a magazine publication since writing/blogging was something that I loved and still love until now. Some people also told me to get a job that is not Math or Statistics related because neither was my forte. Yet, instead of giving up, I decided to prove them wrong and with perseverance and hardwork coupled with blood (papercut LOL), sweat (going to work on a weekend sometimes where there's no aircon LOL again) and tears (no comment), I'll be starting my 2017 in a completely new slate. And for that, I am also more than thankful. 😊😊😊

I've also been discriminated by other people just because I'm gay and that I like guys. I don't wanna talk more about it but we all know that it's something that most members of the LGBT community face each day. And unfortunately for my haters, I will not give up on fighting for our rights until my dying breath. People, we don't need to conform to your standards or way of living. We just "live." πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸŒˆπŸŒˆπŸŒˆ

Good thing, though, that I don't get mocked because of my weight. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But losing weight is on top of my priority list for 2017. #BalikAlindog program should start soon.πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

And lastly, I got to meet Nicholas Hoult in person! Couldn't be any happier. πŸŽ†πŸŽ†πŸŽ†

My 2016 had indeed been filled with love, fun, adventure and happiness. I could not ask for anything more from God. Aside from "Love Down Under." But he's destined to be with someone else and he's happy with her so I'm happy for both of them as well.

P.S. Love Down Under is not Aussie. He's a Brit living in Oz. πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›

Thank you, Lord, for the wonderful year that was 2016. Thank you for my wonderful parents, family and friends. Thank you for the new people that I met, those people who believed in me and helped me in achieving Your goals for me. And lastly, thank you for The Gay Life of VinVin.

Happy New Year, everyone!



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Golden Globe Awards' frontrunner “LA LA LAND” starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling opens January 11 in cinemas


The highly-anticipated romantic musical and Golden Globe Awards frontrunner “La La Land” starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling brings the audience to classic Hollywood on an exuberant song-and-dance journey through a life-changing love affair between a jazz pianist and a hopeful actress.

From the recently announced Golden Globe Awards nominees, “La La Land’s” nominations include Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Ryan Gosling for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Emma Stone for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Damien Chazelle as Best Director for a Motion Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

Both an ode to the glamour and emotion of cinema classics, a love letter to the Los Angeles of unabated dreams, and a distinctly modern romance, “La La Land” reunites Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, bringing them together with rising writer/director Damien Chazelle (the Oscar®-winning “Whiplash”). The film begins as everything begins in L.A.: on the freeway. This is where Sebastian (Gosling) meets Mia (Stone), with a disdainful honk in a traffic jam that mirrors all too well the gridlock they’re each navigating in their lives. Both are focused on the kind of near-impossible hopes that are the lifeblood of the city: Sebastian trying to get people to care about traditional jazz in the 21st Century, Mia aiming to nail just one uninterrupted audition. But neither expects that their fateful encounter will lead them to take leaps they never could do alone.

Wearing its influences on its sleeve yet taking considerable risks, La La Land allows filmmaker Chazelle to pay homage to legends of cinema while harnessing its current power to make the most private human terrain – the territory of intimate relationships, personal dreams and the crossroads where decisions set fate into motion – come to life on the screen as a palpably real, yet enchanted, universe.

As it turned out, Gosling had his own long-held affection for movie musicals that came into play the minute he came aboard. Says Gosling: “I was really intrigued by the fact that Damien wanted to make a film in the style of that Fred and Ginger and Gene Kelly eras, because those are the musicals that move me. The fact that he wanted this film to have that kind of aesthetic and spirit of playfulness was fantastic because it was also a secret wish of mine to make a film like that.”

Early on in the process, Stone met with Chazelle, who took her through his ideas for some of the musical numbers. “It was intoxicating,” Stone recalls. “The idea of telling this really modern story of two struggling artists -- but in a 1950s-style musical version of today’s Los Angeles -- became something really exciting to me very quickly.”

Mia’s yearning for something beyond the ordinary also hit home with her. “Mia is driven by something that maybe she doesn’t completely understand,” says Stone. “She wants to be an artist in a city of so many people who seem to be just like her. She feels that there's something special inside her but she doesn't quite know what it is. I could relate to her being an actress and going on auditions but even more so, there was something so exciting about taking her into this musical world where you can suddenly spin down the street or burst into song. That was a wonderful challenge.”

“La La Land” will open on January 11 in local cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.



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