Hi! I'm Mary Grace aka Meari Gurezu (メアリーグレース). This is the haven of my brainstorm ideas, stories, analog photographs, rants and daydreams.

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  • 1. Are looks important in a relationship?

  • 2. Are relationships ever worth it?

  • 3. Are you a virgin?

  • 4. Are you in a relationship?

  • 5. Are you in love?

  • 6. Are you single this year?

  • 7. Can you commit to one person?

  • 8. Describe your crush

  • 9. Describe your perfect mate

  • 10. Do you believe in love at first sight?

  • 11. Do you ever want to get married?

  • 12. Do you forgive betrayal?

  • 13. Do you get jealous easily?

  • 14. Do you have a crush on anyone?

  • 15. Do you have any piercings?

  • 16. Do you have any tattoos?

  • 17. Do you like kissing in public?

  • 20. Do you shower every day?

  • 21. Do you think someone has feelings for you?

  • 22. Do you think someone is thinking about you right now?

  • 23. Do you think you can last in a relationship for 6 months and not cheat?

  • 24. Do you think you’ll be married in 5 years?

  • 25. Do you want to be in a relationship this year?

  • 26. Has anyone told you they don’t want to ever lose you?

  • 27. Has someone ever written a song or poem for you?

  • 28. Have you ever been cheated on?

  • 29. Have you ever cheated on someone?

  • 30. Have you ever considered plastic surgery? If so, what would you change about your body?

  • 31. Have you ever cried over a guy/girl?

  • 32. Have you ever experienced unrequited love?

  • 33. Have you ever had sex with a man?

  • 34. Have you ever had sex with a woman?

  • 35. Have you ever kissed someone older than you?

  • 36. Have you ever liked one of your best friends?

  • 37. Have you ever liked someone who your friends hated?

  • 38. Have you ever liked someone you didn’t expect to?

  • 39. Have you ever wanted someone you couldn’t have?

  • 40. Have you ever written a song or poem for someone?

  • 41. Have you had sex so far this year?

  • 42. How long can you just kiss until your hands start to wander?

  • 43. How long was your longest relationship?

  • 44. How many boyfriends/girlfriends have you had?

  • 45. How many people did you kiss in 2012/2013?

  • 46. How many times did you have sex last year?

  • 47. How old are you?

  • 48. If the person you like says they like someone else, what would you say?

  • 49. If you have a boyfriend/girlfriend, what is your favorite thing about him/her?

  • 50. If your first true love knocked on your door with apology and presents, would you accept?

  • 51. Is there a boy/girl who you would do absolutely everything for?

  • 52. Is there anyone you’ve given up on? Why?

  • 53. Is there someone mad because you’re dating/talking to the person you are?

  • 54. Is there someone you will never forget?

  • 55. Share a relationship story.

  • 56. State 8 facts about your body

  • 57. Things you want to say to an ex

  • 58. What are five ways to win your heart?

  • 59. What do you look like? (Post a picture!)

  • 60. What is the biggest age difference between you and any of your partners?

  • 61. What is the first thing you notice in someone?

  • 62. What is the sexiest thing someone could ever do for/to you?

  • 63. What is your definition of “having sex”?

  • 64. What is your definition of cheating?

  • 65. What is your favourite foreplay routine?

  • 66. What is your favourite roleplay?

  • 67. What is your idea of the perfect date?

  • 68. What is your sexual orientation?

  • 69. What turns you off?

  • 70. What turns you on?

  • 71. What was your kinkiest wet dream?

  • 72. What words do you like to hear during sex?

  • 73. What’s something sweet you’d like someone to do for you?

  • 74. What’s the most superficial characteristic you look for?

  • 75. What’s the sweetest thing anyone’s ever done for you?

  • 76. What’s the sweetest thing you’ve ever done for someone?

  • 77. What’s your opinion on age differences in relationships?

  • 78. What’s your dirtiest secret?

  • 79. When was the last time you felt jealous? Why?

  • 80. When was the last time you told someone you loved them?

  • 81. Who are five people you find attractive?

  • 82. Who is the last person you hugged?

  • 83. Who was your first kiss with?

  • 84. Why did your last relationship fail?

  • 85. Would you ever date someone off of the Internet?

Last year, it was Erik Matti’s OTJ. This year is for Michael Tuvera’s “The Janitor”. Though it can’t match the quality of the first one, it is a very good follow up. An action film with good actors, thrilling action and thought provoking story. Let’s make this a trend for more years to come, shall we? A bank robbery shocked the nation, not only the money  was taken but the perpetrators killed all the bank employees. Crisanto (Dennis Trillo) was set to eliminate those who are involved. For the success to do so would help him to be re-instated as a police officer.  Dennis Trillo proves to be an actor having his successful way to versatility. Long before “My Husband’s Lover”, he already won several awards as a crossdressing spy in his film “Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita”. This time he played a vigilante and, just like he can play homosexual effortlessly, he was also very convincing here.Notable performance too by Derek Ramsey which I didn’t expect because I am just so used to seeing him as a model or committing adultery to his movie wives.  What makes this a good action film? Even the good guys were at fault here and the bad guys were given time to have a “character” than just make them as “plain bad guys”. This is the real conflict that I think was lacking from previous action films. On the other hand, I think they fail to make some fighting scenes believable.  Most of them is obviously choreographed and predictable. But then the good factors outweighs the bad.  Overall, I totally recommend this film. Along with OTJ, “The Janitor” makes me believe that at last there is hope Philippine action film genre.
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Last year, it was Erik Matti’s OTJ. This year is for Michael Tuvera’s “The Janitor”. Though it can’t match the quality of the first one, it is a very good follow up. An action film with good actors, thrilling action and thought provoking story. Let’s make this a trend for more years to come, shall we?

A bank robbery shocked the nation, not only the money  was taken but the perpetrators killed all the bank employees. Crisanto (Dennis Trillo) was set to eliminate those who are involved. For the success to do so would help him to be re-instated as a police officer.
 
Dennis Trillo proves to be an actor having his successful way to versatility. Long before “My Husband’s Lover”, he already won several awards as a crossdressing spy in his film “Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita”. This time he played a vigilante and, just like he can play homosexual effortlessly, he was also very convincing here.Notable performance too by Derek Ramsey which I didn’t expect because I am just so used to seeing him as a model or committing adultery to his movie wives.  What makes this a good action film? Even the good guys were at fault here and the bad guys were given time to have a “character” than just make them as “plain bad guys”. This is the real conflict that I think was lacking from previous action films. On the other hand, I think they fail to make some fighting scenes believable.  Most of them is obviously choreographed and predictable. But then the good factors outweighs the bad.  Overall, I totally recommend this film. Along with OTJ, “The Janitor” makes me believe that at last there is hope Philippine action film genre.

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Film Review: “Children’s Show

Among the three films I watched yesterday at Cinemalaya 10, this is the best. Base on true story, “Children Show” is a film about children being used by a syndicate for underground wrestling match. I didn’t expect the fighting scenes to be gritty and realistic considering the age of the fighters. It is well done, something I won’t expect in an indie film. Many times I felt so tense I looked away from the screen (but it’s a good thing). The red scale cinematography fits the mood really well. I felt strongly on whatever happens on the story . But the best thing about this film are the great performances of the child actors. I laud Buboy Villar’s performance here. He deserves an award. His brother here is adorable too. Well executed. Two thumbs up!!

Rating: 8/10

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Set B Virgin Labfest Review

Hooray! Before this month ends, I better finished my yearly tradition of Virgin Labfest reviews This is now the last set. To read all reviews, just click this.

Once again, Virgin Labfest is an annual festival of untried and untested one act plays held at Cultural Center of the Philippines. It comes in four sets. In each set you will be rewarded with three one-act plays covering various themes.

Wendy Wants to be a Housewife

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Synopsis:Smart and pretty little Wendy is resigning from her current job and taking the first step towards her dream job–being a housewife. Assigned for her exit interview is Mark, a manager and a friend she once worked with on a project during her early years in the company. They talk about their past, their present, and the decisions they made that brought them to where they are now. Both of them take steps towards the future that they want. Unfortunately, only one of them succeeds. (source: CCP VLF synopsis)

Spoiler Alert: Inspite of Mark’s reasoning, Wendy still decided to resign to pursue being a housewife (even though she doens’t have any relationship at the moment). When she’s gone, Mark took the sunflowers under his desk and throw it to trash bin, the flowers that he believes Wendy’s favorite flowers. ( So Mark has feelings for her The truth is I don’t understand why he didn’t tell her. She doesn’t have a boyfriend to start with Hmp!)

Review: I think this play is written for me. Not that I want to be a housewife so soon, but this play speaks for loss young professionals. Like Wendy, I have in demand skills in the IT world but its not really that I want. While I certainly find myself in Wendy’s shoes, my mindset was like the manager. “Sayang..huwag muna…You have the skills like a superpower”. But I believe I’ll have Wendy’s courage to break free someday. Awesome performances and the topic is very relevant. Two thumbs up!!

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(A common office is the setting of Wendy Wants to be a Housewife)


Ang Naghihingalo

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Synopsis:Intoy is in critical condition after a ruptured aneurysm triggers a stroke and leaves him unconscious. The doctor recommends immediate surgery but even the down payment for the surgeon’s professional fee is beyond the means of the street ice cream vendor and his wife. Felisa, the wife, calls Intoy’s siblings for help. While their brother’s fate depends on their decision, the reunion between Guido, Doreen, and Linda results into bickering and opens up long-held feelings of animosity, resentment, and envy for each other. (source: CCP VLF synopsis)

Spoiler Alert : The siblings stopped finally stopped fighting only when the news came that Intoy had died.

Review:Dark comedy at its best. Certainly there’s nothing funny in the situation. Someone is dying and the relatives just quarreled until he died. The dialogue are serious but its really funny. One of those moments that I think the script alone would not certainly make me laugh. It has to be delivered by brilliant actors to show the nuisance of each characters. A witty dark comedy with finesse. No doubt this play has been chosen to have another run next year.

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(Emergency Waiting Room of Ang Naghihingalo)



The Missing Piece:

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Synopsis:It is the year 2045, and the world is teetering towards explosive widespread conflict, the likes of which it hasn’t seen in almost a century. But that won’t stop the Miss Universal Empress beauty pageant from taking place in Barcelona, Spain. The pageant is of particular importance to the Philippines, as the South East Asian nation has so far won four of the world’s top five beauty competitions. A grandslam seems inevitable, but then there’s, well… the prophecy. (source: CCP VLF synopsis)

Spoiler: The prophecy was (how can I explain this) if the Philippines won all beauty competitions, there would be world peace. However, Candida as Miss Universal Empress will die and the other beauty queens will never be married. The two managers debated if they will believe such prophecy. The other manager decided to inform Candida about it. On question and answer portion, she revealed that she already has a child. Instead of losing the contest, the judges were touched by her answer She won the contest. Surprisingly, the world war was halted and Candida really died after winning the crown.

Review:Carlo Vergara’s last year’s entry is one of the best I’ve seen in VLF in general. That’s why I had high expectations with Missing Peace. Its not as great as I expected but I am not disappointed. Carlo Vergara has proven that he’s great in interconnecting an ordinary premise to the bizarre.He can think of a grand situation that can still be pull off with the limitation set by Virgin Labfest. Missing peace is refreshing in Virgin Labfest just like his last year’s “Paano Ako Naging Leading Leady”

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Before officially ending this month of Virgin Labfest (one of my favorite months this year), here are some photos from Virgin Labfest 10.

* Between ten minute intervals, better read the VLF booklet for synopsis.

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*The reason I don’t want to be late. I don’t want to sit at the second floor I can only see actors’ heads there.

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*At the entrance

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* Aside from one act plays, there are also site specific performances that only last about five to ten minutes.

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With the cast and director of Bago Ilibing.

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By Virgin Labfest 10. See you next year! ( I hope as a writer or performaer next time around)

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Virgin Labfest Set A Review

Yes yes! I’m still not done with this. For those who are not familiar, Virgin Labfest is an annual festival of local untested plays held at CCP. It has four sets. IN each set, you will be rewarded with three awesome plays with variety of themes. To read my reviews with other sets, here it is, Set D and Set C.

Set A

Anonymous

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Synopsis:It’s a dreaded reunion between a man and a woman who had anonymous sex two years ago. The man appears at a time the woman is in a relationship. He wants to extort some money from the woman or else he will destroy her by showing a video of their sexual act. The truth is out and puts the current relationship to a test, meanwhile interrogating our own discomfort about this level of sexuality among women.

Spoiler Alert: The couple framed the extortionist by accusing that he stole the supposed to be engagement ring. The lover learned the truth about their past relationship and although he helped the girl to prevent the spreading of the sex video, he left her at the end.

Review:This one has an interesting premise. Sadly it did not leave up to my expectations. The first problem was the extortionist has a small voice. We couldn’t hear him. We only understood whats happening by watching the girl react to what she was saying. Flow of the story… It is kind of scattered and messy. The only redeemable factor here is the leading lady’s performance.

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*At set of Anonymous

Sa Isang Hindi Natatanging Umaga, at ang Ulap ay Dahan-Dahang Pumaibabaw sa Nabubulok na Lungsod.

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Synopsis: Meg and AJ meet in the most typical friendly lunch at work. Five years afterwards, Meg visits AJ’s house on his 40th birthday – a date he had once said would be the day he’ll kill himself. In the short and nostalgic “birthday celebration,” the ghost of a brief but ultimately dead love story awkwardly looms above them.

Spoiler Alert:AJ did  not commit suicide in his 4oth birthday and actually he told Meg that he’s just joking. But what he wanted to right now was to work abroad and left their past behind. They talked about their short relationship and even its over and llicit on top of that, they truly cared for each other. Meg asked him if it saddened him when she left, AJ said that he is sad by default anyway. Meg went back to her miserable marriage life. She looked at the window and stared at the gloomy clouds, realizing she let go of her happiness. 

Review:Sad. This play is sad. While the pairing here is about an illicit relationship, I can’t help but to root for them. Especially to the awkward lonesome big guy named AJ. I actually believe he wanted to die on his 40th birthday. He looks intimidating at first but at the end because of his antics he seem to be a giant teddy bear. The actors performance made this play endearing. Overall I like this play and actually had a special spot on my heart.

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The Actors and the set of Sa Isang Hindi Natatanging Umaga ….

SA PAGITAN NG DALAWANG KAHONG LIHAM

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Synopsis:Not wanting to be left alone by his long-time lover Cards, successful actor Tart reminds Cards of their tempestuous yet romance-filled relationship by reading the letters Cards sent him. To justify their separation, Cards fires back at Tart by reading the letters Tart wrote him. As they consume each other’s box of letters, the history of their love affair flashes back with the intermittent singing of Julie Andrew’s “Time is My Friend.” But even as they traverse the romantic rope tying their two boxes of letters, they eventually learn that in matters of the heart, perhaps love is never enough.


Spoiler Alert: Cards decided to really leave Tart even though he loves him very much. Tart finally let go and let him leave. But when he was finally left alone, he slashed his neck.

Review:This is the most heavy drama this year. While their way of fighting is unique, I think it went overboard and bore me a little bit. The actors are really great and you can feel the desperation atmosphere in them. They showed love each other. Their kisses are even real. (The fujoshi in me rises.) I am for Cards decision to break the relationship. Their relationship is really toxic.

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There comes to a point that most people makes me sick. However, I don’t want to be left alone with myself. As you see, myself can say the most horrible things. It speaks of the things I lack, of the things I am not, of the things I regret. Unlike other people, I have no way to silence myself or get away with it. So when people makes me feel bad, I literally have nowhere to go. And at this point, I usually feel self-destruction is the key.

Virgin Labfest 10 Reviews: Set C

And now for the reviews of my second day at Virgin Labfest …

Mapagbirong Haplos

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Synopsis: An ex-convict dreams to work in Canada as a butcher. He asked for her daughter’s help to proofread his resume’. But the daughter is too traumatized because of their past together and is torn between helping and condemning her father.

Spoiler Alert!!! The daughter read the personal statement part of his resume’. Instead of talking about himself, he wrote about her daughters, on how he missed them and how he thinks he is a bad father to them. The daughter excused herself and cried in the comfort room. When she came back, her father asked if she was okay. She answered she was okay.

Review: This one is heavy drama and full of anger. No doubt. The father did many horrible things in the past.if I were the daughter I would never want to see this guy ever. I’m not that satisfied with the flow of the story. Its like the script was so desperate to make you cry or touched but it failed. But the good factor here are the actors. They are really good. They are the one who brought depth to the play even if the flow of the story seems losing its direction.

Last Ten Minutes:

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Synopsis: Two strangers who met online finally make it out for a one night stand in a hotel room. After sex, the boy asked the girl if they could date for real.

Spoiler Alert!!! The man talked about Ivy,  his “the one who got away” . The girl had no problems doing things that Ivy did  to please him before. But in the end they  bickered and fought with each other. It was clear that they are too broken and neither one of them really moved on from the past.

Review: Love scene in Virgin Labfest? I’ve been waiting for this! Haha! Kidding aside, this is an entertaining  take on one night stand relationships.  I like the actors. They have chemistry and I like their interactions a lot. I also like that the actress who played the liberated girl. She is not the typical model type of sexy. But she’s exuded gorgeousness  just the same. Overall this play is light but with some kind of punch. After all, this kind of relationship seems becoming a common scene nowadays.

Ang Goldfish Ni Prof DiMaandal:

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Synopsis: Prof. Di Maandal’s  beloved goldfish “Dedels” was found dead swimming in a pool of detergent in its aquarium. She has three students to blame. She brought it up to the principal’s office, determined to do whatever it takes to seek justice for her poor “Dedels”.

Spoiler Alert!!! The principal, student’s parents and other teachers decided to do the investigation by scientific method,complete with Statement of the Problem, Hypothesis, etc.  And they even agreed to have her goldfish undergo autopsy to know the real cause of its death. The autopsy will be the spotlight investigatory project in the upcoming science fair.  However , in the end, a cat ate the fish.

 Review:  Bato Balani, Investigatory Proj, Terror Teachers….I really like premises that reminds me the good old times. But what came out is not only nostalgic but an outrageously hilarious play. Sherry Lara, the actress who played “Betang” on another set was here again as the principal who has bad English pronunciation. She can do comedy well. This is a brilliant play. Everyone hits the laughter cord and I decided that Sherry Lara is my  favorite actress for this year’s VLF. I hope she will perform again next year.

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The awesome cast of Ang Goldfish Ni Prof DiMaandal ( Source: inquirer.net  Photography by: Butch Weaver)

Virgin Labfest 10 Reviews:Set D

Virgin Labfest concluded last Sunday.  Oh how time flies fast! I still have hangover from it. As part of my own tradition, I’ll be writing reviews. For those who are still unfamiliar, Virgin Labfest is a festival of “untried,untested” local plays annually being held at CCP Huseng Batute theater. For a cost of P300.00, you will be rewarded of three experimental one-act plays. Better than watching 3D movie if you ask me.

Sa Lilim

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Synopsis: Two girls reunite under their favorite tree after a year of separation. Lai experienced city life as she continued her secondary education in the city while Hani stayed with many family struggles in their hometown. Switching stories with each other led up to an awkward realization.

Spoiler Alert!!! They realized that they actually like each other romantically. They even kiss. Real kiss!

Review:The start of the play ..the lasting impression it made me is its predictability. Maybe just few minutes after it started I already figured out they will kiss later on no matter what. The one who played Lai seems not natural at first and I’m not convince with her acting but the good thing Hani is good and their interactions improved as it goes along.This play was written by the youngest playwright in Virgin Labfest histor, a 16 year old student. (A little insecure here actually :( ) The script is good and it really promises a great talent in the future.

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Set design of “Sa Lilim”

Bago Ilibing

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Synopsis:At her uncle’s burial night, Kiko is being forced by her mother to participate in his tribute. But the uncle had abused her when he was still alive and Kiko thinks its about time to tell her the truth.

Spoiler Alert: The uncle’s ghost still lingers around and Kiko’s lover sees that he’s still abusing Kiko even as a ghost. Finally, they revealed the truth but shockingly the mother confessed that she already knows all this time. She just stayed quiet because she truly loved her brother ( which gives us an impression that they had incestuous relationship). Kiko and her lover left with so much disappointment.

Review: One of the best I’ve seen this year. It is riot funny at the beginning. Everyone is incredible with their characters that its a feast to see them perform right in front of you. But Bago ilibing is seriously creepy too. I was really bothered towards the end that I can’t look onstage because of horrifying things they show. The play is a ball of energy. It sucked the energy out of me by making me laugh and making me disturbed. Two thumbs up!

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At the set of “Bago Ilibing”

Betang

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Synopsis: Betang routinely waits for a man with her transistor radio until 3 am. Who is she waiting for? Her death? Her long time lover? One night, he finally arrived. She thought he is finally coming for her but much to her disappointment, he said he was there to fetch a  family relative. Even Betang really wants to go, it still not her time.

Spoiler Alert!!!

Betang is about to retreat to her bed when she felt a pain in her chest. (Heart attack maybe) Her “sundo” came rushing back shouting her name. Betang smiled. She knows that it’s her time, finally. ” Would you like to dance?” she said to him. Her long time lover answered “I thought you’ll never ask” and they kissed.

Review:Having been slated after “Bago ilibing”, I thought this play would be boring or if not,a lesser quality. But I was wrong. This play was so sweet and beautiful on its own. If Bago Ilibing was like a hot and spicy meal, Betang is a cheesecake dessert for me. The actress who played Betang is so great. The way she expresses kilig like a teenager is really cute. I admire her so much after this. I’ll definitely watch out for her future performances.Overall, Betang is a romantic heartwarming play who makes you go “awwww” though the end.

I don’t have any photos from this set. But here, I saw this at abs-cbn official site. All credites to Nicholas Pichay..

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Sherry Lara as “Betang”.

Done with Set D!  More reviews coming up!