Friday, July 6, 2018

Mark Your Anime Dates on Netflix for Ultraman and Season 2 of Aggretsuko and Castlevania

As you can probably tell from my review on Season 1 of Boku No Hero Academia, my love for anime has recently been revived. So, when Netflix released some major anime news as part of their Netflix Anime panel at Anime Expo, I couldn't wait to share the same news with you!

Along with two new anime series, Netflix will be renewing the popular series Aggretsuko for a second season. Here are the dates you need to mark on your calendars along with first look images for upcoming titles in their growing (and amazing!!!) anime slate:

Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle will launch this July 18!

The sequel to Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters is coming sooner than you think on July 18. This epic re-imagining of the world of Godzilla in the future, where humans and robots battle the biggest Godzilla ever seen, is a must-see! Click here for more.

Castlevania Season 2 is coming on October 26, 2018!

Who didn't play Castlevania back in the day? Inspired by the classic video games, the show is returning for a second season this October. It follows the life of Trevor Belmont, the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, who is trying to save Eastern Europe from Vlad Dracula Tepes.

Ultraman will be launching in Spring 2019!

In case you haven't heard of 'Ultraman', this action drama revolves around a man who possesses the DNA and spirit of the legendary hero Ultraman. He fights evil wearing a bad-ass metallic ultra suit! Click here for more.

Cannon Busters will launch on April 1, 2019!

This show will follow the adventures of an unlikely trio - S.A.M., a high-end friendship droid; a quirky, discarded maintenance robot; and a brash, deadly fugitive - who look for S.A.M.'s best friend, the heir to a kingdom under siege. It looks super fun!

Aggretsuko will be back in 2019!

The adorable death metal panda will be back in 2019, as well. Did you know that Aggretsuko is actually a character originally created by Sanrio? That's right. That's the same creator as Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, My Melody, and Kero Kero Keroppi! Click here for more.

Who else is excited to expand their world of anime? :D

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The New Limited Edition Philippine-Designed G-Shock Watch Will Make You Proud to be Pinoy

The first watch that I ever fell in love with in my life was a Casio watch. The Baby G, to be exact. Everyone in my class had one and I just had to have one, too. My parents were never really the type to spoil me, though, so I remember starving myself at school and saving all of my money (DEM110, roughly Php3,500) to buy myself a Baby G on my birthday. I was 9 years old.

Since then, I have been a massive watch aficionado and through the years, my love for Casio never wavered. In fact, my favorite watch in my collection at the moment is my 4-year-old white Limited Edition ‘Shock the World Manila’ G-Shock watch with a beautiful simplistic Manila design.

Today, G-Shock once again launched a Limited Edition National watch that celebrates Filipino toughness:

Isn’t it pretty?

The design of this watch stems from a competition that began in January 2017. The ‘Design the National G-Shock’ contest sought to create an authentic Filipino watch strap that invoked a strong sense of nationalism and indomitable spirit (very fitting for a time when the country’s character and national pride have taken on global regard).

More than 1,200 people joined the contest, but the winner was Dylan Dylanco. Dylan drew her inspiration from the enclaves of the Northern Ifugaos to the Southern tribes of the Moros, where the use of ethnic patterns is seen as a symbol of bravery. Elaborate tattoos, voluntary cicatrices (scarification), and intricate traditional weaves alluded to the wearer’s toughness, courage, and status in ancestral warrior society.

Dylan used the indigenous symmetrical weaves in bright, bold, and contrasting colors along with the three stars and the sun of the Philippine flag to create her winning design, Habi. “Habi is an old weaving technique our ancestors used to create art and basic supplies,” explains Dylan. “I hope that my design will remind Filipinos of the Philippines, no matter where they are.”

It definitely will.

The National G-Shock watch is a limited edition Philippine-designed watch. Only 200 of it will be made available to the public and it will only be available in the Philippines. The watch sells for Php9,995.

For more updates and information, like Casio’s Facebook page and follow them on Instagram: @casiowatches_ph

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Gadget Review: The Instax Square SQ6 Elevates the Whole Instax Experience

The new Instax Square SQ6 is finally in the Philippines – and it is so beautiful. I am telling you: it was love at first sight.

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I am quite the Instax fanatic. My first Instax was a pink Instax mini, which I have now passed on to one of my girl friends; but I still remember all of the joy that I had with it: making memories, filling up scrapbooks, sticking photos on walls, and commemorating celebrations and simple OMG-nagkita-na-tayo-ulit-sa-wakas moments with it.

Since then, I have added a red Limited Edition Hello Kitty Instax camera to my collection along with a brown Instax Neo Classic, which I felt completely suited my personality at the time. When I saw the Blush Gold SQ6, though, I once again felt like it was meant for me. After all, my past two iPhones and my current laptop are all of the same color.

Add to that the fact that travel has become a regular part of my life and that I have started bullet journaling (more on that journey soon!), and you’ll understand why I simply had to get my hands on the SQ6.

…Okay, fine, maybe that’s just me justifying my decision to buy one on the day of the launch, but seriously: an Instax, regardless of which model you decide to get to fit your personality (they have a Minions one, too!), is a nice gadget to have at parties, on trips, and 'just coz'. I brought mine to a birthday party on Friday and everybody LOVED it.

The couples all wanted to take sweet photos with it. The barkada wanted photos to remember the night with. And some people were in awe by how everyone could actually fit into the frame, even though there were so may of us there. See, the prints of this camera are also 1.5 times bigger than Instax mini prints, giving you more space to immortalize the highlights of your life. (The film costs Php1,050 for two boxes of 10, btw.)

Plus, since the Instax Square SQ6 coms in a square format, you don’t have to worry about choosing between portrait or landscape mode. Even noobs can use it without any tutorials. Believe it or not, I know people who don't know how to use other Instax cameras and a lot of the time, film just goes to waste. Actually, I know quite a lot of them. Well, this one is completely fool-proof! (Or so it seems so far, anyway.)

Another awesome thing about this new camera is that you don’t have to look for good lighting just to create great shots. The Instax Square SQ6 has an Automatic Exposure Control, so your photo’s subject and background will instantly brighten, no matter what the lighting situation is. It also has a Selfie Mode and a Selfie Mirror that automatically adjusts its focal length and brightness to the ideal level, so even your selfies come out awesome. And yes, it has a Timer, too.

The Instax Square SQ6 also has a Macro Mode (as close as 30cm-50cm and even farther than 2m away, a Double Exposure Mode, and options to lighten or darken your photos as needed. You can also add different vintage hues to your photos with the flash color filters in orange, purple, and green. (I AM OBSESSED WITH THE ORANGE ONE RIGHT NOW!!!)

The Instax Square SQ6 is available in three stylish colors: Blush Gold, Graphite Gray, and Pearl White. Obviously, I got the Blush Gold. :p It retails at only Php7,999 (same price as the Neo) and is sold at Fujifilm authorized dealers nationwide.

For more information, visit the Instax website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Instagram: @teaminstaxph :)