Janine Gutierrez on traveling, quarantine: ‘Stay safe and we’ll get out of this’

Janine Gutierrez (Image: Instagram/@janinegutierrez)

Actress Janine Gutierrez penned a short yet reassuring message to fans and fellow travel enthusiasts who are currently stuck due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The first time I left the country, I was already 24. I had always ALWAYS wanted to travel but it was just too expensive and for the longest time I didn’t even have a passport,” she shared on Instagram yesterday, Aug. 7.

“Ever since that first trip, I’ve been so lucky (and hungry enough that I’ve said yes or forced my way into every opportunity to leave),” she added.

The actress, whose post came with a photo from her trip to Florence, Italy, noted that she is stuck in the Philippines for now, although “that turned out to be a good thing.”

For both travel enthusiasts and aspiring travelers, Gutierrez advised: “In the meantime, let’s make our lists and imaginary itineraries and hope against hope that everything gets better soon.”

“I hope you never get too sad about feeling stuck or missing an opportunity or running into a change of plans you didn’t want,” she said.

“What’s meant to be will find its way. stay safe and we’ll get out of this.  Oh, the places we’ll go,” Gutierrez added.

The actress recently got together with her boyfriend and fellow actor Rayver Cruz for the latter’s 31st birthday on July 20. They were joined by Rayver’s older brother Rodjun and his wife, Dianne Medina.  /ra

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In the bubble, the Phoenix Suns have been perfect so far

Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker (1) celebrates with teammate Mikal Bridges after scoring the game winning basket against the Los Angeles Clippers in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — The last time Devin Booker walked off the court as a winner in four consecutive games, these were the opponents: Hampton, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Notre Dame.

That is, until now.

Booker and the Phoenix Suns — the team that came to the NBA restart at Walt Disney World with the worst record in the Western Conference and the second-worst record of the 22 teams in the field — are perhaps the best story of the bubble.

They’re 4-0 at Disney, breathing real life into playoff hopes that basically were nonexistent when the season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 11. It’s the team’s first four-game winning streak since December 2018; Booker missed one of those games, so it’s his first run of four wins in a row since helping Kentucky make its Final Four run in 2015.

“It definitely feels like a tournament, a big AAU tournament, the March Madness tournament,” Phoenix’s Cameron Payne said Friday. “That’s something I never even got a chance to be in, but hey, I’ll take this.”

With Toronto losing to Boston on Friday night, the Suns are the lone team that has yet to lose in the bubble. The Raptors had been 3-0 going into that game against the Celtics.

The Suns started their bubble run with a win over Washington and followed that with victories against three playoff-bound teams — first Dallas, then the Los Angeles Clippers (both of those games being 117-115 finals, the win over the Clippers sealed by a Booker

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Petra Martic and Anett Kontaveit reach Palermo Open semifinals

PALERMO, Italy — Top-seeded Petra Martic and fourth-seeded Anett Kontaveit advanced to the semifinals of the first tour-level event in five months at the Palermo Ladies Open on Friday.

Martic beat qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) then Kontaveit defeated Italian teenager Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

The other semifinal will feature Fiona Ferro of France against local favourite Camila Giorgi of Italy.

Ferro eliminated two-time Palermo champion Sara Errani 6-4, 6-1; and Giorgi saved two match points in the second set before rallying past seventh-seeded Dayana Yastremska 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 after nearly three hours.

Martic was coming off a three-set win a day earlier.

“I had two tough matches and my body’s holding up well,” Martic said. “I have no major issues ? just maybe soreness that I’m sure we all have in the first tournament back.

“It feels nice to be reminded of how it feels to be that kind of tired. But all in all I’m happy. I had some good weeks of practice and it’s paying off.”

Kontaveit said she was looking forward to facing Martic.

“I was doing fitness for a long time,” Kontaveit said of the break due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I started playing a lot of tennis 1 1/2 months ago.”

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