Friday, October 12, 2018

You Can Rewatch Marvel Movies on the Big Screen This Week!

Hello, my fellow geeks!!! I've got some awesome news for you today! To celebrate 10 years of amazing Marvel movies (yes, it has been that long, guys!), this is currently ongoing:

Give a very warm welcome to the Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Movie Marathon aka the movie marathon of awesomeness, which will be running in Philippine theaters starting today until October 21! During this week of awesome, 16 films spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe will be available in select Philippine cinemas FOR ONLY 100 PESOS PER MOVIE. How freaking epic is that?

You can also get a special bundle ticket for all 16 movies at only Php1200 and get a limited edition poster in the process!

For the launch last night, I of course dressed up coz that's how I roll, reviving last year's Loki cosplay:

He called me a puny god.

The movie marathon will include 'Iron Man', the first film to kick off the MCU, as well as all of this year's releases, 'Black Panther', 'Avengers: Infinity War', and 'Ant-Man and The Wasp'.

Most of the MCU movies are on the list, though I'm still left wondering as to why 'Iron Man 2', 'Iron Man 3' and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' aren't? My current theory is coz, well, Iron Man movies (except the first one) actually kinda suck. Hahaha. Peace tayo, Iron Man fans!

For last night's movie marathon launch, we got to watch 'Avengers: Infinity War' in IMAX and I have got to say: IMAX really is such a different experience. Everything looks downright amazing and the feels of the movie get to you all the more. It makes me wish we had an IMAX theater nearby that offers the marathon.

You can catch the Marvel marathon at the following cinemas: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Davao, SM Seaside, SM Manila, SM Sta. Mesa, SM City Fairview, SM Aura, TriNoMa, Centrio, Glorietta 4, Gateway, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Manila, Robinsons North Tacloban, Robinsons Pavia Iloilo, Vista Daang Hari, Vista Pampanga, Vista Bataan, Power Plant, Greenhills Promenade, Festival Mall Cinemas, and Eastwood Cinemas.

I can't wait for 'Captain Marvel' and the second installment of Avengers 4 coming out next year! For now, like Marvel Philippines on Facebook for more updates on your favorite Marvel superheroes!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Casual can get so lonely.

I was never a "good girl" nor do I pretend to be. I enjoy casual sex so much more than the drama that comes with serious relationships; but sometimes, I have to admit that that cycle can get pretty lonely. And so I end up allowing myself to fall for men I originally had no intention of falling for to begin with.

The casual hookups are usually pretty dreary if not downright disappointing, I must admit; but every now and then, I'll meet someone who truly blows me away in one way or another, who stuns me with the depth of their eyes or the signature way that they kiss or their strange quirks in bed or the passion with which they talk about something that they love. It's like seeing something I've seen before, but through entirely different eyes.

And then when these extraordinary people move on with their lives, of which I was merely a blip in their systems; it's like I'm left with a void that suddenly gets even deeper when I meet someone with the same unique eye color or the same quirk, or when I visit a location someone had so intimately described to me.

Imagine feeling that much for someone that may have just been around for a few weeks, sometimes even just a night. Imagine that feeling and then amplify it by a million. That's how fucked up I get after a more serious relationship.

See, I don't mind the single void that gets deeper when something reminds me of someone. What I mind is the million cracks that appear around that void that turn into even more voids. And the worst part is that those voids appear because of things that I had originally loved, things that I was originally very passionate about.

You share all of these private things about you with one single person for months and months on end, and they become a shared experience; and when they leave, you're suddenly left with this hate for your once-favorite movies, your once-favorite songs, and your once-favorite guilty pleasures.

That's why it's so hard to find joy in anything after a serious breakup. The things that used to bring you joy now bring you tears and you no longer have anything to hold on to. You have to build a whole new life without that extra cuddly stuffed toy that you would steal from each other on your bed, without that book that he read out loud to you stored on your bookshelf, without that playlist that you used to listen to before going to sleep.

And let's not kid ourselves: it never gets better. Certain songs will always remind you of certain moments. Certain scents will always remind you of certain nights. And certain places will always remind you of certain memories.

So how do you cope? You drink until you pass out so you don't lie awake thinking while staring at the ceiling. You kiss until you can do it with your eyes closed without thinking about the past. You date until you once again reach that point of vulnerability where you fall for someone without having intended to.

And then it all starts all over again.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Album 'Malibu Nights' by LANY is a Shot Through the Heart (Times One Million)

It's been a while since an album has made me... feel things. Like really feel things. Like how the Backstreet Boys' self-titled album made me long to watch them live. Or like how Boyz II Men's album 'Cooleyhighharmony' made me feel like my puppy love high school relationship was the real deal. Or like how the 'Queen of the Damned' soundtrack really made me feel understood.

This morning, when I turned on my Spotify, I was notified that there was a new album "I might like", LANY's new album 'Malibu Nights'. While I like LANY's songs that I hear on the radio, I've never actually exerted any extra effort to really get to know them as a band or to delve further into their music.

Today, I decided to listen to the entire album on Spotify during my 4am run. Wrong. Fucking. Move.

In 'Malibu Nights', Paul Klein sings about love and longing amidst the loss of a lover after a heartbreak. And the lyrics are so on point, I got so lost in them to the point where I started visualizing all sorts of suicidal scenarios while standing gobsmacked under the bright lights of a 7-11 down the street.

I forced myself to keep moving, but the more I moved and the more I listened, the more I started imagining myself buying a pack of razors or maybe a bunch of sleeping pills and whiskey, depending on which song would come on. (I have a mental problem, but don't worry... It mostly just involves me imagining these things. Like a lot. But I don't actually do them.)

LANY really shows raw vulnerability in the songs in this album and all of the lyrics are realistic, relatable, and downright heart-wrenching.

The song 'Malibu Nights' itself talks about the alcohol-drowned spiral one goes through after a breakup, where everything feels empty, including your walls, your life, and yourself. It goes deeper than that, though, with lines that ask things like, "I feel my body giving up. Can I hold on for another night?" It sounds so simple, but to me, it's incredibly relatable given my fragile mental state. All of the songs are amazing, though.

From 'Thick and Thin', depicting a picture of a petty argument gone wrong (man, would I love to hear someone do the girl's side of this song); to 'Taking Me Back', 'Let Me Know', and 'If You See Her', beautifully painting a picture of the desperation we feel after a breakup; to 'I Don't Wanna Love You Anymore', basking in the pain and reminiscing about the good times; to 'Valentine's Day', perfectly showcasing our failed attempts to move on; to 'Run', which naturally not everyone will be able to relate to... BUT I DID. Lol.

'Thru These Tears' is the only song in this album that actually has a relatively positive connotation to it - like there's hope at the end of the tunnel; but still, it hurts to listen to it.

The album is brilliant if you're a masochist like me, but I still need to let out this PSA: Do NOT listen to this album if you're currently going through or have just gone through a breakup. I repeat: DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY GOING THROUGH OR HAVE JUST GONE THROUGH A BREAKUP. It will ruin you. It will leave you lying on your ceramic tile floor for five hours listening to it on loop as you stare at the ceiling and ponder on your newly-broken relationship's life. You have been warned.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

4 Basic Tips on How to Take Cute Photos of Your Pets

Of course your pet is cute any day of the month and any time of the year. However, you gotta admit that it can sometimes be a major pain in the butt to try to take his/her picture... amirite?

Well, that's a problem that Fujifilm recognizes, and with that realization comes the Fujifilm X-T100, which aims to help you capture precious moments of your beloved pets with quality photographs and amazing videos. Some of its cool features include a high magnification electronic viewfinder, a horizontal tilting rear LCD screen, and an extended battery life of up to 430 frames.

The Fujifilm X-T100 proves that you don't need expensive equipment to capture the awesomness of your pets; you just need the basics. Here are some basic tips to help you out:

Know your aperture.

If you want to blur out the background, widen your aperture. If you want your background to stay in focus, use a smaller aperture. Or, you know, just use the Fujifilm X-T100. Its electronic viewfinder will easily help you see how your chosen aperture affects your photos.

Make sure you have a fast shutter speed.

Since animals tend to move around a lot, it is important to have a fast shutter speed to get sharp photos of them. Fortunately, the Fujifilm X-T100 has a phase detection autofocus system and an autofocus algorithm that makes it focus faster and more precisely.

Choose a good location.

Of course, where you are matters, too. Regardless of the location that you choose, though, you can rest easy knowing that the Fujifilm X-T100 has a built-in pop-up flash and native ISO of up to 12,800. So whether the lighting is great or kinda sucky, bring it on!

Get to know your pet better.

Before planning a proper shoot, try to get to know your pets' camera mannerisms better. Are they playful or curious? Are they scared or malambing? Getting to know them better will also help you figure out how to let their unique personalities shine in the photos. Experiment with your pets' angles, too. Who knows? Maybe they have a "good side" just like you!

Once the photos are ready, you probably won't be able to wait to show the world. Well, you can transfer photos from the Fujifilm X-T100 instantly, thanks to its built-in WiFi and Bluetooth technology. It's also compatible with the Fujifilm Instax SP-3 printer, so you can print and share images more than ever before.

The Fujifilm X-T100 is available in Dark Silver, Black, and Champagne Gold. It retails at Php39,990. Visit Fujifilm's website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Instagram for more updates!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

10 PlayStation One Games That I Hope the PlayStation Classic Will Have

Sony recently announced that they will be releasing a mini version of the console of all consoles this December (yes, just in time for Christmas, mi familia! *parinig pairing hehehe*), and I. Cannot. Wait.

Although I was a huge Nintendo baby, playing Nintendo games on the SNES and the Gameboy and all that; I have extra immense feelings for the Sony PlayStation because it was the console that really made me feel things while I was gaming.

To this day, I still feel like crying whenever I hear the soundtrack of Final Fantasy VII. And when someone asks me to play Tekken with them, I cannot not say yes because I finished all of the Arcade modes - even with characters I didn't like - just to find out more about their background and history. (I'm a nerd and therefore am a sucker for games with killer storylines.)

Now, while the console is 45% smaller than its original, the controllers will look and feel exactly the same. Nostalgiaaaaa!

So far, the PlayStation gods have already announced that 20 games will come preloaded in the PlayStation Classic, but they haven't announced which games those will be. In the perfect world of Angel, these games would be a part of those 20 (aside from the already-announced 'Final Fantasy VII', 'Wild Arms', and 'Tekken 3'):

Final Fantasy IX

Yes, I skipped 'Final Fantasy VIII'. I wasn't much of a fan of it, but I miss 'Final Fantasy IX' for some reason, and would love to play that one again.

Crash Bandicoot

'Crash Bandicoot' was the first game I fell in love with on the PlayStation One. I was nine years old and collected figurines of him and the other characters and memorable things in the game. I finished the entire trilogy, but the first one is extra memorable because I didn't have a memory card yet and had to manually write down each password.

Suikoden II

'Suikoden II' is one of the most challenging RPGs I played on the PlayStation One. It was also one of the most frustrating ones. Remember going on a side quest and then realizing you forgot the other side quest and could no longer make it on time? And oh, you didn't save an extra slot on the memory card, so you either have to continue un-OC-ly without finishing that particular side quest or start from the very beginning if you're really OC. :p Still, I loved every bit of it.

A Thousand Arms

Apparently not a very famous game now that I've asked fellow gamers about it, 'A Thousand Arms' was one of my favorites. Not only did it get me interested in video game voice dubbing (I LOVED their dubbed voices in this!!!), but I also actually think that this game prepped me for the dating world. :p


Yes, Dance Dance Revolution was probably THE best dance game of my generation, but that was more of an arcade game. If we're talking console games, it was 'Bust-a-Groove' all the way. Not only were the characters lovable, but the songs were hella catchy, as well.

Legend of Dragoon

I played a LOT of RPGs on the PlayStation One and this one is probably the most fulfilling one because it wasn't exactly hard and yet you still got to play the game for a long, long time, thanks to its four discs of awesome.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Now if we're talking classics, it doesn't get any better than this. I played a lot of Castlevania games on my different gameboys, but I would love to play this one again if given the chance because I'm currently obsessed with the Netflix series of 'Castlevania'. (Read more about that here.)

Tomb Raider

I gotta admit: I wasn't a great 'Tomb Raider' player. This was more of my older sister's game. However, I do remember the fun that I had watching her play and I'd like to think that I might be better at it now that I'm (much) older. Besides, remember that cheat code to get to play the game with Lara Croft naked? You might call it sexist, but it would bring back the memories for me.

Resident Evil

Today's horror games scare the bejeezus out of me. That's not to say that old school horror games didn't scare me, but they were definitely more tolerable, especially if you turn down (or completely turn off) the volume. I'd love to be able to play old school 'Resident Evil' games again since I'd actually be able to play them without fainting. :p

Silent Hill

Obviously, you can't play old school horror games without playing games like 'Silent Hill' (and as a bonus, let's add 'Clock Tower' into this). This game is the reason why fog still freaks me out sometimes.

What about you? Are you waiting for the PlayStation Classic as much as I am? And if you are, which games would you like to see pre-loaded into it? Geek out with meeeee!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Boyfriend Dungeon: A Game Where You Can Date... Your Weapons?

I've been a gamer ever since I can remember, and I'm the type of girl who can't resist downloading an app on my phone the minute it looks like it's fun to play. (Apps get their money's worth when they show up while I'm playing something or scrolling through my feeds, I'm tellin' ya!)

Anyway, one of my favorite games when I was in grade school was 'Thousand Arms' on the PlayStation. In case you haven't played it, it's this JRPG where you occasionally go on dates with different characters. I had so much fun with it because in-between all of the fighting, you'd get to chill and try to get to know different people. You'd have to gauge their personalities and answer them accordingly. One of my favorite games hands down!

So, when I heard of 'Boyfriend Dungeon', you can only imagine how much my interest piqued. In a nutshell, 'Boyfriend Dungeon' is a video game where you fight a bunch of monsters with weapons that you find. The twist? You can date your weapons to level them up! Huh? Say what?

And look: they're hot!!!

Of course, I have no idea if the dating gameplay will be anything like 'Thousand Arms', but I've been itching to play a dating video game ever since 'Thousand Arms'; I'll take anything at this point. Check out the game's teaser video here:

Is it just me or does that sound downright awesome? 'Date your weapons' was the pitch that KitFox games made on Kickstarter in order to finish 'Boyfriend Dungeon', which will be released on PCs in 2019.

If you don't like dudes, don't worry. They have women you can date, too, as well as non-binary characters (yes, they thought this through). I absolutely cannot wait for this one!

'Boyfriend Dungeon' is estimated to be released in September 2019. To back the Kickstarter project, click here.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Here's Why Lufthansa Employees All Wore Sneakers Last Friday

If you flew with Lufthansa last Friday, you may have noticed something different... about their feet. Last Friday, on August 24, all Lufthansa employees wore sneakers to work. And not just any sneakers, either; but specially designed limited edition adidas sneakers for their employees.

The sneakers weren't just worn on flights, either. All Lufthansa employees worldwide wore them, even announcing August 24 as Lufthansa Sneaker Day.

The day serves as a special symbol of the extra efforts that Lufthansa employees do during the summer when they go the extra mile for their customers, regardless of what the industry might be going through.

Of course, participation in the special day is completely voluntary and they don't need to wear the special sneakers, either, if they don't want to (but why wouldn't they want to, amirite?)

I don't know about you, but I wish our office had employee-exclusive kicks, too. When in Manila x Adidas sneakers? That would be so bad-ass! Huhuhu.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Walking into the Netflix Universe at AsiaPOP Comicon 2018

If there's anything I look forward to every year, it's AsiaPOP Comicon. Not only do I get to meet my idols (read my interview with 'Castlevania' creator Adi Shankar here) and meet my crushes (read about on my surreal moments with Mike Colter aka Luke Cage himself here); but I also get to cosplay and geek out to my heart's content without any judgment... or with minimal judgment at the very least. :p

The best place to geek out during APCC, though, tends to be at the Netflix area, where you not only transport yourself into the wonderful worlds found inside Netflix, but you also get to pretend like you're a part of those worlds (if you wish to pretend, anyway).

This year, Netflix really amped up the experience with some cool stuff.

Upon entering, it felt like entering the real Chinatown.

The walls were on point!

You could punch the walls like Iron Fist!

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There was a cool 180 video where you could pretend to be part of The Defenders.

You could get a tattoo of your choice (I got a dragon - Iron Fist represent!)

You could spray paint the walls.

You could visit Pop's in Riverdale.

And have a milkshake there.

Watch Josie and the Pussycats perform.

And get your class photo taken, whether you're a Vixen, a jock, or a Serpent.

The Black Hood was actually walking around, too, but I didn't get to catch him.

You could get your face painted as per your favorite Aggretsuko character.

You could visit Disenchantment's Potion Shop.

You could also visit the Hawkins arcade.

And even play games inside.

You could draw and help create Will's map to the Upside Down.

You could even open the door and witness the Upside Down, as seen at the end of my quick video of the Netflix Universe at AsiaPOP Comicon 2018 here:

Suffice to say AsiaPOP Comicon was one for the books - with special thanks to Netflix for making it all the more memorable! :)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Netflix Proves that Anime is No Longer Just for Children

Anime has come such a long way since I first fell in love with it in grade school. I grew up in Germany and there was absolutely nothing cool about anime or video games; and as such, anything I did that was remotely related to them was kept in the confines of my bedroom. I'd watch Sailor Moon religiously, play Nintendo until the middle of the night, and obsess over Final Fantasy all on my lonesome.

As such, it isn't really surprising that Adi Shankar, creator of Netflix's anime series 'Castlevania', found the whole project daunting. At the exclusive Netflix panel at AsiaPOP Comicon earlier this month, Adi pointed out that animation in the US at the time was seen as something that was basically either for children or purely for comedy. "And then we had to go and literally create a production process in the production pipeline that simply didn't exist. So it was building it from the ground up. And now that the process has been built, we're gonna have more episodes." He told us this as he held up the Power Glove that he was wearing. "We speak the same language," he said proudly.

"As an artist, your dream is simply to have some semblance of an impact on the culture, especially if it's the culture that impacted you. I'm processing the world, I'm filtering the world through nerd culture. And to have the opportunity, to have the privilege of now being able to not only play a role, but have an impact on nerd culture, it's a dream come true. It feels like I'm becoming Goku, but I've been dropped into Super Smash Bros and it's not a fair fight for anybody else."

The interesting thing about the way that 'Castlevania' is made is that the show was made by fans for fans. Adi assures us that there was no agenda here other than a bunch of people who loved 'Castlevania' getting in a room together and deciding they wanna make a 'Castlevania' show. "Season 2 is a continuation of the story of Season 1, so we're really bringing this narrative into a full circle," says Adi.

Adi grew up between Hong Kong and Singapore and he shares that it has always bothered him as a fellow nerd for trailers and news stories to drop everywhere but in this part of the world. "It would always happen in the US. Alien invasions always happen in New York. Why?" he complained. "I'm cool with Thanos coming and taking over the world, but come on. Just come here."

And as if to give a huge middle finger to the world for constantly doing that, Adi dropped the trailer of 'Castlevania' Season 2 here in the Philippines before anywhere else. If you haven't seen it yet, watch it here:

What else should you look forward to in the second season? According to Adi, "Look out for new characters. There's a lot of them. Look out for a lot of bloodshed. And we wanted to make you cry, tears of sadness. So look out for tears. Get a Kleenex box. And you're watching the last few episodes, get out the Kleenex box. Keep it handy. It's okay to cry." We're definitely ready for this!!!

Adi definitely feels the same way that I do. He shares, "This was the stuff that I got made fun of as a kid for. I couldn't walk around in a Power Glove when I was 16. I couldn't talk about anime and video games and stuff. That wasn't cool. All of a sudden, we live in a world where this is part of the collective culture. It's part of the collective consciousness. And we're talking about a global mythology here, a shared understanding."

And my God, have I never been happier to be able to experience this in my lifetime. As a child, never would I have imagined that I would be here in my 30s being able to geek it out the way that I do. In fact, when I started this blog almost a decade ago, nobody cared about my geeky side and everyone just chuckled about it. Now, I get to go full geek and people actually celebrate with me. What a time to be alive!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

5 Interactive Toys that Both Little Girls and Big Girls Will Love

Being a single mom with an only child isn't easy - especially with a kid who is nothing like the way that I was when I was a kid.

See, when I was a kid, my parents could give me any basic toy in the world and I could easily amuse myself for hours on end. Even though I had five siblings, I preferred playing with my toys on my own. Even as a kid, I was a bit of a loner like that.

Syrena, however... she's different. She prefers playing with people, and that means having to look for toys that the both of us can enjoy. Fortunately, there are a lot of choices in that department nowadays - and the best part is that you don't even have to leave the house to look for them anymore. Here are 5 of our favorite toys at the moment.

Happy Places

Ah, Happy Places. The toy is definitely aptly named as it makes Syrena very, very happy. Syrena loves the house sets that you can connect to make a bigger house, and I love playing the Polly Pocket-ish feel of the toys.

Chubby Puppies

Chubby Puppies are too cute not to love. These babies are ADORABLE. And even though we have an actual live puppy in the family; sometimes, it's nice to play with these tiny toy versions. In fact, Syrena loves showing them to Bucky, our doggy, and having Bucky be a part of playtime, too.

Cutie Cars

I tried to get Syrena into Hot Wheels - I really did. After all, Hot Wheels was a part of my childhood, and racing cars was one of my favorite pastimes. Unfortunately, she didn't get that boyish gene, so I had to look for a girlier alternative. That's when I came across Cutie Cars. Don't let their cute looks fool you. They may look cute; but they're actually die-cast, so they're pretty heavy and therefore fun to race around. Bonus points for being able to have Shopkins ride inside them and for having cute sets like the Drive-Through Set for the cars to park in and drive around.

Barbie Made to Move

Obviously, Barbie had to be on this list. I had a massive collection of Barbies as a child and simply had to get Syrena into them, as well. Naturally, I took things up a notch by getting her the Made to Move version. That way, when I do yoga at home, Syrena doesn't bother me as much as I get her to try and get her Barbie to replicate my yoga poses. I got her Barbie a bike, too!

DC Superhero Girls

Given the name of my blog, it shouldn't come as as a surprise that I got Syrena into the world of DC. The great part about this is that I didn't even have to try. Since the DC Superhero Girls are on TV, she already built a fandom of her own. While she loves Harley Quinn, though, I'm sticking to my Wonder Woman - and yes, I am not ashamed to admit that I got myself a few of these dolls, which Syrena cannot play with. (There are various versions for each one.)

So, I mentioned earlier that all of these toys are available online. Well, they are! All of the brands above (and many, many more) are available direct from the distributor's online store, so you no longer have to go out and scour the shelves in hopes to find the particular Barbie or Cutie Cars set that you want.

Just visit Kids Company online (don't worry - it's super easy to navigate), choose the toys that you want, and you can pay for them through various secure payment methods- including PayPal! They even have cash on delivery nationwide and 0% installment on selected credit cards. Plus, if you buy more than 1,000 pesos worth (in Metro Manila... it's 2,000 pesos in provincial areas), you get free shipping!

It's so convenient and they're so easy to talk to. If you're looking for a specific product, for example, you can just message them on Facebook and they'll get back to you right away to answer your queries and help you find what you're looking for. I was able to get my hands on a Unicorn Fingerling, a toy I was having such a hard time finding in toy stores here in the South, just by asking them about it. LOVE THEM!

You can also check them out on Instagram, by the way: @KidsCompanyPH #KidsCompanyPH