22 April 2017

[Book Review] Better at Weddings Than You

Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮彡

I haven’t read all of Mina’s Chic Manila Series, but out of those I’ve read Better At Weddings Than You is one of the best narration and character building.

Let me start with Aaron because I can’t find anything to hate about him (which is bit irritating). I feel in love with him from the first introduction and totally like him after he gasped for having his notebook tore away. I can sympathize. If I was him, I might never get over it because notebooks is the best ever products that’s why I collect them.

I’m unable to relate with Daphne (which is ironically same age as me,) but I enjoyed her strong character and loved her liberal attitude and quips.

This line is probably her best line:

I know it was you when we had sex against a window.

That line made laugh out loud. My happiness didn’t last so long though because of Helen. Oh. My. God! I have a feeling that I will dislike her from the moment she was introduced. And I did. More than dislike actually. For the first time after being her reader for many years, Mina made me hate a character so much I want to grab her out of my Kindle and shake her so hard. It’s not Daphne’s fault you feel miserable you bitch.

Argh! I feel to keep going about Helen but I’m afraid that this will turn into a rant review, which is really bad because this was a great read.


  Daphne Cardenas is the best wedding planner around, and everyone knows it. That's why her friend Greg hired her as an emergency replacement one month before his wedding—because he fears his fiancée Helen is falling for the guy they first hired for the job.

Aaron Trinidad is new to the wedding industry but years of conference planning and loads of charm make him good at it. Really good at it. Planning the wedding of his friend Helen should be easy, and it is. To be unceremoniously fired isn't good for his new career, but the chance to learn from the best might be the silver lining.

Aaron and Daphne have chemistry, but there’s history with Helen that at least one other person considers a threat. Who's the planner who can fix this impending disaster?

(Part of the Chic Manila series, but can be read as a standalone.)

Buy on Amazon: bit.ly/chicmanila9

About The Author

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance and young adult novellas. She has a bachelor's degree in Communication and a master's degree in Development Communication, put to good use in her work as trainer and content management consultant. Mina lives in Metro Manila, Philippines, with her husband and daughter.

She finds inspiration in the lives and experiences of other people, so the answer to "Is this story based on you?" is always, always "No."



14 April 2017

[FilmFriday] Suddenly Seventeen

28-year-old Liang Xia is unhappy in love. She had given up her dreams of becoming a painter just to stay with Mao, her boyfriend for 10 years, and live-in partner for 5 years.Her friend suggests to Liang that she should force Mao to marry her on her wedding day by proposing to him in public. However, this backfires and Mao ends up breaking up with Liang. As Liang follows Mao to beg him to stay with her she eats some magical chocolates that she had bought earlier through an advertisement on television. These chocolates turn Liang into a 17-year-old in a 28-year-old's body for exactly 5 hours every time she consumes the chocolate, creating conflict and drama.


I love Asian dramas but I leaned more toward Korean’s because they’re acting is great. Occasionally, I go for Japanese, Chinese even less. I watch Suddenly Seventeen because of its title, and I'm pleasantly surprised that it’s not a remake of the movie 17 again in English.

17 again Chinese Edition was great to watch. I love every minute of it. It kept me on the edge of my seat from the first minute. I adored 17-year-old Liang as much I dislike the 28-year-old her. Her love story with Yan really got me. Super romantic. Sure Mao had his time when they were younger but I hated the way he treated her 10 years later, and personally running around naked doesn’t make up for it.

I want to say so much more, but I’m afraid that I’ll spoil the movie for those who wanted to watch it. But I have to say that Yan is still the best and 17-year-old should be with him.

Tsk. It could have been my favorite film if it weren’t for that ending. Tsk.
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