Tuesday, November 12, 2019

'The Mandalorian' is a Dream Come True for Star Wars Fans

I honestly had no idea how to feel about 'The Mandalorian' when I first started watching it today. It felt so cliche at first, like the beginning of a bad Star Wars joke. "A bounty hunter walks into a bar..." I also didn't know how to feel about his all silver armor having grown up thinking Boba Fett in his green armor was the bomb and then eventually getting to know Jango Fett in his blue armor.

The more I watched the first episode, though, the more I found myself hooked on it. (Please take note that there will be some spoilers in this review, so do not keep reading if you do not want spoilers of the first episode.)


The 'Star Wars' series has always felt like somewhat of a classic Western, but it feels even more like that in 'The Mandalorian'. Except this time, they prove that Star Wars can actually work on the small screen in non-cartoon form - and I loved every minute of it. Screw my doubts. Finally, they focus on the world of the bounty hunters in more detail, including how the whole bounty-hunting system and the Bounty Hunters Guild work. We get to see little bits and pieces that will bring about nostalgia, like Hoth and people frozen in carbonite.


It isn't really surprising that it's so awesome, though, with Jon Favreau at the helm and with a stellar cast, including Pedro Pascal of 'Game of Thrones' and 'Narcos' fame as The Mandalorian himself and Taika Waititi of 'Avengers: Endgame' as the short-lived droid IG-11.

While it's definitely too early to sing too many praises for the show, 'The Mandalorian' is definitely off to a great start. And the best part? Its success isn't relying on any of the previous Star Wars releases. In fact, if this had been he first time I've ever seen a Star Wars anything (it's obviously not), I'm sure I would've been hooked onto it anyway.

BIGGER SPOILERS COMING UP. LAST WARNING!!!


Just as with the 'Star Wars' movies that I watched as a child, I found myself falling in love with creatures in the show (I WANT A BLURRG. RIGHT. NOW.) and practically crying when I realized who was in the carrier (SPOILER: IT'S BABY FUCKING YODA!)

Although obviously, it can't be Yoda coz last I heard, 'The Mandalorian' is supposedly set seven years after 'Return of the Jedi' and according to Favreau focuses on all new characters. SO CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN WHO THAT ADORABLE LITTLE GREEN THING IS?!?? Did Yoda have sex and make babies? That's a cringe-worthy though. Was he reincarnated? Is it a clone? I don't understand!!!


I'm obviously not the only one confused, either. Even The Mandalorian is confused because he knows he's hunting someone who is supposedly 50 years old. This actually makes sense in the Star Wars universe since Yoda died at 900, but still. If this is a brand new character, why does he/she (I'm not gonna assume it's a dude) look exactly like Yoda? We don't actually know what Yoda's species is, so this is really interesting.

Fortunately, episode 2 is already showing on Friday, so we hopefully won't have to wait too long for answers. Hopefully.

What did you think of the first episode of 'The Mandalorian'? Geek out with me!

Monday, November 4, 2019

This Red Horse Planner is Perfect for Drinkers Like Me

When Starbucks announced their planners this year, I was so proud of myself for not running to my nearest branch to start collecting stickers for a planner I was probably never going to use.

When I saw this ad for the Red Horse planner, though... SIGN ME UP!!!

This planner is a different ballgame. I love how they market it as the 'planner for people who don't have plans'... coz honestly, that is so me. :p Plus, it's from Red Horse, and I'm a pretty big drinker.

That's not all, either. It has surveys in it ala old-school magazines, as well as crossword puzzles (my inner Amy Santiago is screaming!) It also has other fun stuff in it, like mini games and passes for drinking. Check out the video for it here:


Subscribe to the Red Horse Lakas-Tama YouTube channel here for more updates on how to get this epic planner!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

RELX Brings Its Advanced E-Cigarette Products to the Philippines

The rise of e-cigarettes and RELX Technology


The use of electronic cigarettes has surged worldwide over the past decade with the global market valued at US$10.3B in 2018 and expected to grow at a CAGR of 24.9% from 2019 to 2025 per multiple reports. Though there are several major players in the vaping industry, most of them owned by tobacco companies, one recent independent entrant, RELX Technology – pronounced “relax” – has stood out from the competition.


Origins: Female entrepreneurship and concern for family and friends


Founded by ex-Uber China Head Kate Wang in January 2018, RELX Technology’s products have experienced tremendous success with adult smokers globally, catapulting it to the position of the leading closed-system e-cigarette brand in Asia.

Motivated by her father’s lifelong struggle to quit cigarettes and the lack of suitable new generation products in the market, Wang took it upon herself to start a company that prioritizes innovation, safety, and product quality.

An independent e-cigarette brand that works ethically


With a mission to empower adult smokers through advanced technology and user-friendly design without sacrificing ethics, RELX Technology’s core business encompasses independent R&D, product design and development, and sales. From its inception, RELX Technology has conceptualized and put into effect its ‘Guardian Program’ - a company-wide initiative that stretches from product development to sales, ensuring that the company puts the necessary effort in preventing and discouraging the use of e-cigarettes by minors, whether this be through concerted efforts with retailers to step up on-site identification of purchasers, or launching facial-recognition vending machines in China that dispense products only to adults against their national ID cards.

Cutting-edge R&D that focuses on problems faced by adult smokers wishing to quit cigarettes


In an industry focused on top-line growth, RELX Technology has invested millions of dollars into building its own facilities and operates the first CNAS-certified lab owned by an independent vape brand. RELX Technology also holds more than 20 international patents on its groundbreaking innovations in e-cigarette technology, all geared towards improving safety, quality, and user experience that helps smokers quit cigarettes more efficiently. Its products such as the RELX Alpha and RELX i include a haptic feedback feature called SmartPace, which vibrates to let users know when they should stop vaping and put down their devices. RELX Tech’s latest product, a smart e-cigarette called RELX i, connects to the companion smartphone app that features in-depth usage statistics and a child lock that prevents unauthorized use.


RELX Technology brings its advanced e-cigarette products to Philippines


RELX is now available in the Philippines through its physical stores and online partners, such as Lazada and Shoppee. The RELX starter kits are available in the variants of Classic Black, Rose Gold. Space Gray, Navy Blue, Red, and Turquoise and just recently they have released the Celestial series, which features the stunning
variants of Sunset Glow, Solar Eclipse, and Mystic Aurora.



RELX also has a wide range of pod flavors such as Mango, Lemon Tea, Blueberry, Grapefruit, Ludou Ice, Fresh Cucumber, Mint, Classic Tobacco, Banana, Greentea, Peach Oolong, and Icy Slush. All RELX starter kits comes with 1 vape electronic cigarette, charger, and 1 pod priced at Php 1,599.

Check out relx.com.ph to check physical and online stores near you. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram at @relx.ph