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The Money Diaries of famous people will make you feel less inept about your finances

March 21, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Money, Movies, Television 1 Comment →

It’s heartwarming, discovering that clever people whose work we admire can be just as stupid about money as we are.

Richard Linklater, the director of Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight and many other movies we love, explains why he’s glad he got downsized.

Anthony Bourdain seems to have all the answers, but when he was 44 he had never had a savings account, hadn’t filed taxes in 10 years, and was AWOL on his AmEx bill.

Now you can watch Trippies online!

March 20, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Television, Traveling 6 Comments →

Watch our travel show TRIPPIES on PhilStarTV.

Answers to questions you might ask:

1. Yes, it is completely unscripted and spontaneous.
2. Yes, Pepe and I were acquainted but we never hung out until we started filming Trippies.
3. Yes, we have no make-up or styling because we have enough to do without worrying about how we look. Yes, we could do with make-up and styling. (After I viewed the first two episodes I realized I should go back to wearing black because I look even weirder in color.)
4. No, I have the easiest job on the show because I just stand there and yak while everyone has to plan and execute shots, etc.
5. No, the age difference is an advantage to me because I can use it as an excuse. Example: Naah, I won’t go down the loooong stairs to the underground tunnel, I might re-injure my knee.

TRIPPIES airs on Sundays at 730pm on CNN Philippines, with replays Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at lunchtime. Pepe and I guest on Real Talk with Christine Jacob Sandejas and Rachel Alejandro this week.

20 years ago, Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered and told us that nothing is as scary as real life.

March 11, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Television 2 Comments →

Fourteen years after its final episode, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is still my favorite TV series and essential viewing in times of dread and distress (I’m watching it again).

My top 5 episodes:
1. Once More With Feeling (The Musical)
2. The Body (Joyce Summers died)
3. Hush (The one that was totally silent)
4. Becoming, parts 1 and 2 (Where she had to dispatch Angel)
5. Fool for Love (Spike-centric)

Trivia: The name Buffy Anne Summers paid homage to Scott Summers of the X-Men.

If Joss Whedon had retired after Buffy he would already be in our pantheon but he went on to do Firefly, Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing, and is nowhere near done yet.

Writers Marlon James, Kelly Link, Susanna Clarke and others on why they love Buffy.

10 Vital Storytelling Lessons from BtVS.

Our travel show, Trippies, premieres on Sunday, 12 March at 7:30pm on CNN Ph. Watch it!

March 10, 2017 By: jessicazafra Category: Television, Traveling 11 Comments →


Photo by Royd Santiago

Filmmaker Pepe Diokno and I talk our way around the world in a weekly half-hour show. TRIPPIES premieres on Sunday, 12 March at 7:30pm on CNN Philippines. Replays air on Tuesdays at 1:30pm, Thursdays at 12:30pm, and Saturdays at 11am.

Trippies has conversation, food, history, and an international cast of dogs and cats.

Help us spread the word!

Got a question about the show or about travel in general? Post it in Comments or email me at saffron.safin@gmail.com.

How to deny, deny, deny

December 17, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Television No Comments →

Fly in the face of confirmed fact! He’s not dead, he’s pining for the fjords.

What we owe Sesame Street

October 17, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Television 10 Comments →

Whenever there is a lull in dinnertime conversation, we fill it with memories of Sesame Street. Sesame Street was one of our biggest formative influences, shaping our sense of humor, use of the English language, and musical tastes. It wasn’t just a TV show we watched twice a day; we lived there. If we were the Nobel Prize committee, we would give the Nobel Prize to the Children’s Television Workshop and Jim Henson.

These are the Sesame Street sketches that my friends and I refer to most often.

1. The Orange That Sang the Habanera from Carmen

This was one of the first times I heard opera. I suspect that this scene from Magnolia was written by a Sesame Street viewer.

I feel like most of the characters from Magnolia, but especially the quiz kids, young and old.

2. The Alligator King

3. The Golden An

“…put it in the tan truck. Take it to Dan, who’ll take it to Horace.”

4. A Loaf of Bread, A Container of Milk, and A Stick of Butter

We also remember “What would happen if I stuck this balloon with this pin and it popped and it scared my sister…” but cannot find the exact video online (A different one turns up).

5. Wanda the Witch

“And blee-ew it away forevah!”

6. Goodbye, Mr. Hooper.

Sesame Street did not shrink from the subject of death. The adults didn’t try to give Big Bird a load of sentimental crap, they addressed the topic head-on and said it was tough but that’s how life is. Pass me that box of tissues.

7. It’s the plumber. I’ve come to fix the sink.

We always thought this was from Sesame Street and stand corrected. It appeared in The Electric Company, which was for the older viewers of Sesame Street.

8. The Princess and the Mattress

9. It’s a lovely eleven morning.

10. Your pick.