Thursday, June 27, 2019

8 Benefits of Snow Caps You Might Not Know About

A few years ago, I lost a lot of weight because of what I call my ‘miracle worker’, MySlim. Soon after that, I also tried out another Vida Nutriscience product called Snow Caps.

Whenever I mention Snow Caps, people seem to think that I take it to get whiter. If you know me, though, you’ll know that I’m very proud to be morena. Even if I get a little fairer, my morena-ness will still always shine through. So why do I take Snow Caps?

Well, what you might not know is that Snow Caps actually comes with a bunch of other benefits. In fact, the whitening part is just a bonus of what it does as a product.

8 Benefits of Snow Caps You Might Not Know About

It will protect you from environmental and chemical toxins.

Ever come home after a long day feeling haggard and, well, dirty? I don’t blame you, especially if you’re a commuter. Our country is super polluted, and the heat doesn’t help, either.

Nor does my smoking habit, I know.

If you want to at least make sure that your body stays a bit safer from pollution, taking glutathione everyday can help – and that’s something that Snow Caps has.

It will protect your immune system from oxidative stress.

On that note, glutathione will also attack germs and viruses and help you stay healthy all year round. I’m not a fan of taking vitamins everyday. I always believe that my body is strong enough to handle germs and viruses; but since I’m already taking Snow Caps anyway, it helps to know that it has the ability to do this, as well. It also reduces the effects of stress overall, so you can finally say goodbye to the headaches and anger that you might feel after a bad day.

It will increase your energy for better athletic performance.

Going to the gym everyday has been made easier with Snow Caps. Thanks to its ability to increase energy, I never feel like dying after a workout session.

I also find myself looking forward to going to the gym instead of making up excuses before I even leave the house.

It reduces muscle and joint discomfort, and helps you recover faster.

If you go to the gym on a regular basis, then you probably end up with aching muscles like I do more often than not. If this is the case, then you’ll be happy to know that Snow Caps can help alleviate that pain. After a sweat session, you won’t be walking down the stairs slower than usual because everything hurts anymore. You will also recover faster, in general.

It will slow down the aging process and improve your skin.

I have to admit that aging has been bothering me for the past few years. This is the reason why I started looking into skin care all of a sudden. Glutathione can help slow down the aging process if this has been bothering you, too. In fact, it can actually improve how your skin looks as a whole.

I have come to notice that Snow Caps gives my cheeks a pinkish glow even without makeup on.

It detoxifies the liver and cells.

I’ve heard that Snow Caps works as a great hangover cure, though I have yet to try this myself. Apparently, if you had a lot to drink the night before, you can just pop a pill the following morning and feel as good as new in just a few hours. Since glutathione is known to detoxify the liver, this actually makes sense.

It improves mental focus and clarity.

If you have trouble focusing at work, you might want to add Snow Caps to your everyday regimen, as well. Not only will you be able to focus better on the tasks at hand; you’ll also be able to think clearer, in general. You will sleep better. If you’re an insomniac like me, Snow Caps can also help you sleep better. Although I don’t always sleep early despite taking Snow Caps, I do find that my quality of sleep as drastically improved.

Find out more about Snow Caps on Snow Caps’ Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter (@snowgluta) and on Instagram (@snowwhitening)

The 'Charlie's Angels' Trailer Has Got Me Crushing on Kristen Stewart... REAL BAD.

Well, this was unexpected. If you know me, you'll know that I hate it when people decide to remake movies that I loved when I was younger. One remake that I absolutely dreaded when I heard about it was 'Charlie's Angels'.

See, I have a lot of memories with the 'Charlie's Angels' of about 1.5 decades ago. It was supposed to be my first time watching a movie with an actual date... and then my date didn't show up. And so, a girl friend of mine came to the rescue, and we watched the movie together. Talk about the ultimate girl power move!

A few weeks later, we had to perform some sort of play in school and me and that girl friend (plus another girl friend) performed as the Charlie's Angels. I was Drew. Ever since then, I've had a soft spot for the movies, and I really wasn't looking forward to a remake that might ruin all of that.

Well, consider me speechless because I truly and utterly enjoyed the trailer of the 2019 remake:

And what's more: I am finding myself absolutely smitten with Kristen Stewart! I mean, come on... just look at her! She looks mighty fine and with Elizabeth Banks at the helm, I'm sure we can expect this movie to be full of even more girl power than the last ones. Fingers crossed!

Are you excited to see the new 'Charlie's Angels', too?

Friday, June 21, 2019

The 'Stranger Things 3' Trailer Looks So Bad-Ass!!!

Guys, it's not far off now!!! On July 4, 'Stranger Things' will be back for a third season with what-I'm-sure-will-be-epic eight episodes. Today, the trailer was released, and it looks absolutely AWESOME. Although the vibe is definitely different compared to the first two seasons, I'm definitely not complaining.

In case you haven't seen the trailer yet, here it is:

Am I the only one who got goosebumps from that eerily similar scene to 'Jurassic Park'? I cannot wait for this!!!

Wanna stock up on 'Stranger Things' merch? Check out some of the merch I got from 0917 Lifestyle store a while back:

Who's your favorite character in 'Stranger Things'? I'm on Team Will all the way!!! :D

For more information, like 'Stranger Things' on Facebook, and follow 'Stranger Things' on Twitter and Instagram: @StrangerThingsTV :)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Vans is Releasing a Harry Potter Collection Based on the Hogwarts Houses

If you've been following my blog for a while now, you probably already know that I don't leave the house without at least a little bit of geekery in my OOTDs. As such, I have quite a cute collection of geeky footwear so far. And as such, you'll understand why I am completely going crazy over the announcement that Vans will soon be releasing a Harry Potter collection based on the Hogwarts houses of the Wizarding World.

The best part? They all look so good, I don't even know if I can just stick to buying the pair of my house (Ravenclaw, for those who are curious).

Those Gryffindor high-tops look particularly cool. I'm already telling myself that maybe I can pass them off as Lannister sneakers? :p The leather Slytherin ones look so bad-ass, too, and I'm absolutely loving the basic design of the Hufflepuff ones, which are closest to the classic Vans that I'm used to.

Of course, the plaid blue and grey Ravenclaw ones are on top of my to-buy list but which ones do you like best? Will you be buying any based on your Hogwarts house or just for the aesthetics?

This isn't even the whole collection yet. That's right. Vans will be releasing even more footwear styles, as well as clothes and accessories for both men and women. I. Cannot. Wait.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

These Limited Edition Toblerone Sleeves are Perfect for Moms

Whether you already have a gift for your mom this Mother's Day or not, it doesn't hurt to get a little extra something to supplement it. I already ordered flowers way in advance for my momma, but I also decided to get her some chocolate because, well, she loves the stuff.

When it came to the question: what kind of chocolate should I get her to make her happy? I decided to go for Toblerone. Why? Aside from having sentimental value (we practically lived on Toblerone when we lived in Germany!); Toblerone's smooth chocolate, chewey nougat, and crunchy almonds make for a special and heartwarming gift.

The cherry on top? Toblerone has released special limited edition Mother's Day sleeves perfect for the occasion:

This Mothers’ Day, Toblerone teamed up with Filipina It-Moms Isabelle Daza and Georgina Wilson, fashionable and gorgeous moms who are currently enjoying the journey of motherhood.

Apparently, their Toblerone sleeve designs reflect their personal views on motherhood. According to Georgina, she designed the pack to celebrate Mother's Day everyday in every little thing we do for our little ones." As for Isabelle, "I wanted something meaningful to give and to receive that would look aesthetic, too. I also made sure the design reminds me and other moms and kids that time with family is always the sweetest."

In addition to these fun artworks, you can also choose from sleeves designed by June Digan, who is known for bold artworks combined with calligraphy; Louise Dimagmaliw, whose artwork is beloved for their whimsical quality; Anina Rubio, who is well-known for her fun and colorful creations; and Raxenne Maniquiz, who works on lovely, multi-colored patterns. There are many design options that will help express how you feel about your mom.

This Mothers’ Day, be thoughtful and give a sweet treat to your #MyMomandOnly! Find ways to celebrate her. #BeMoreImaginative and make her feel like the winner that she is with the limited edition Toblerone Mothers’ Day packs!

You can win some for yourself here, too:

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The Limited Edition Mother’s Day Black Packs are available in 100g (Php106), 200g (Php206) and 360g (Php400).

To know more, like Toblerone on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram: @tobleroneph

Monday, April 29, 2019

Song Joong-Ki Stars in New Korean Epic Fantasy Drama 'Arthdal Chronicles'

There's a new Korean drama coming to Netflix in June - and it's not just any Korean drama; it's going to be an epic fantasy drama - and the cast is one to get excited for!

Song Joong-ki, Jang Dong-gun, Kim Ji-won, and Kim Ok-bin will all be part of 'Arthdal Chronicles', which will depict the birth of civilization and nations in ancient times. It is a story of mythical heroes and their struggle, unity, and love of people living in the virtual land called Arth.

'Arthdal Chronicles' centers around the ancient city of Arthdal. Eunseom, played by Song Joong-ki, is an innocent-looking character who relentlessly fights to protect his own tribe. Jang Dong-gun, on the other hand, plays Tagon, the charismatic and talented yet overwhelmingly dangerous son of the leader of the Saenyeok Tribe.

Alongside Eunseom and Tagon are Tanya and Taealha, each played by Kim Ji-won and Kim Ok-bin. Watch the teaser trailer here:

'Arthdal Chronicles' is directed by Kim Won-seok ('Sungkyunkwan Scandal', 'Misaeng'), and written by Kim Young-hyun and Park Sang-yeon, the two award-winning screenwriters of the popular Korean historical period dramas 'Deep Rooted Tree' and 'Queen Seondeok'.

Friday, April 19, 2019

How to Meet Park Bo Gum in Manila

K-drama fans, unite! TNT and Ovation Productions are bringing in South Korean breakthrough actor and superstar Park Bo Gum to the Mall of Asia Arena for the Manila stop of his 2019 Asia tour entitled “May Your Every Day be a Good Day.” 

The fan meet is Park Bo Gum’s way of expressing his gratitude to the fans who have supported and adored him in his blossoming career.

Park Bo Gum has had a steady rise in Korean pop culture since his debut in 2011, eventually breaking through in the 2016 K-drama series 'Love in the Moonlight'.

If you want to win tickets to his fan meet on April 27, 2019; you can join TNT’s online promos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. All you have to do is:

  • Create your own GIF or photo meme using Park Bo Gum’s videos or photos and post it on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #TNTParkBoGumMNL

  • Create your own Park Bo Gum Good Day fan art and let us know why you want to meet him by posting on Instagram using the hashtag #TNTParkBoGumMNL

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Nimo TV: Why Not Start Live Streaming This Summer?

Summer is officially here! If you're looking for something to do to make your summer vacation worthwhile, check out Nimo TV.

Nimo TV is one of the country's leading video game streaming platforms, and an excellent pastime for gamers who want to learn new skills at the same time. It offers 8 – 12 MP quality live streaming and can be accessed via mobile or PC, so you can start live streaming with ease and maybe even eventually turn it into a career.

Nimo TV’s unique ecosystem consists of streamers, viewers, brand sponsors, and celebrity players; so you can discover different techniques when starting your channel. It also has a chat feature where streamers and viewers can talk to one another and exchange tips on how to win a game that they play.

Games like Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), Mobile Legends, Dota 2, Rules of Survival and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are some of the exciting content that streamers can play via the app.

Nimo TV’s presence in Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand will also help you increase your fanbase, so you can grow your channel and interact more with other gamers.

Download the Nimo TV app at the App Store or the Google Play store here:

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Live-Action 'Aladdin' Movie Better Not Ruin My Childhood

Back in 2014, I once wrote about my love for 'Aladdin' and why it means so much to me. That's why, ever since this whole announcement of a live-action version, I've been worrying that my whole childhood will be ruined.

Well, they just released the official trailer of the movie yesterday and if you haven't seen it yet, here it is:

Honestly, I still have no idea how to feel about some of the things in the trailer. It starts off amazingly with Aladdin running away from the palace guards. We get an adorable glimpse of Abu and Aladdin's love-at-first-sight moment with Jasmine (who also looks great, in my opinion).

And then we see Jafar speaking to Aladdin in the desert... and that's where I start getting worried. I'm still not sold on Jafar's look. From the back, he looks great... but this? Hmm. I think I'll need to see more menacing scenes to make a decision about him.

There is no doubt that Agrabah looks stunning, though, and the costumes are to die for!!! Not to mention Rajah!!! The Cave of Wonders? The Magic Carpet? All stunning! I'm even sold on Will Smith when he comes out of the lamp as the Genie for the first time.

It's when he starts singing that I get thrown off. I love Will Smith and all, but I really still don't know how to feel about him as the Genie. I'm definitely excited to see the whole Prince Ali scene, though.

And I have got to admit: I got super kilig when I heard Aladdin say the "Do you trust me?" And that whole montage of scenes at the end while they play 'A Whole New World' gives me a bit of hope. Still not gonna get my hopes up too high, though.

I think my biggest problem with this whole live-action version of 'Aladdin' is the fact that it was completely unnecessary to begin with. 'Aladdin' has always been the perfect Disney movie in my eyes and I am now so worried that they will ruin it. Let's hope they don't.

Monday, March 4, 2019

This is why you’ll never truly get over someone.

“I’m over him.” How many times have you said these words with conviction when a part of your past comes up during conversation or even shows up unannounced? How many times did you think you truly meant it?

The thing is, though: while you may no longer crave for someone’s presence or think about them before going to bed, and while it may have been a very long time since the last time you stalked checked their social media to see how their new life without you is going; it’s virtually impossible to truly get over someone.

It’s impossible not to think of that ex who loved Batman whenever you see a bat signal. It’s impossible not to think of that ex who used Calvin Klein One whenever someone walks by smelling like it. It’s impossible not to think of that time he first told you he loves you while listening to the song that was playing when he did. It’s impossible not to remember all of the good times you had together on vacation the next time you visit the same places. And have you ever kissed someone who tasted like the orange Tic Tacs your ex used to love? That’s the worst. Songs, scents, places, situations – they’re all there riddled with remnants of your past, just begging to be remembered. How can you ever really get over someone?

black floral romper from Penthouse

Obviously, no one ever wants to think of someone, much less an ex, when they see something they know their ex would like. It just happens. It’s an involuntary (and annoying) reaction of the brain. And if you find yourself smiling fondly or feeling a pang of pain in your heart, can you really say you’re truly over them?

If you no longer feel anything or think of anything when you come across little things like that, then congratulations! You've done it! Some of us aren’t as lucky, though. Blame it on my elephant-brain-like qualities, but I constantly find myself remembering and thinking of people I’d much rather forget when little things happen.

Astrud hanging earrings from Krissyfied Makes

This is why people leave places, I guess: to forget the past and leave it behind – be it because of an ex, a family or career problem, or just a bad memory, in general. This is why ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is such a brilliant piece of sci fi. Sign me up, Lacuna, Inc. I just want to forget everyone, please.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The 24-Hour Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is Back This February

I believe in the saying that you simply cannot have enough books. Beyond broadening your vocabulary and exciting your mind, books can take you away to completely new universes, as well as help you improve in certain fields of your life.

I fell in love with books early in life and that love has never left my heart. Whenever I'm at a bookstore, I feel at ease and it just feels like everything is right in the world.

If you feel the same, imagine that feeling being amplified by a million. That's how I felt during last year's Big Bad Wolf Book Sale. Walking into a room filled with millions of books - with huge discounts, to boot - was pure heaven. And later this month, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale will be back!

In case you haven't heard of it, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is known to be the biggest book sale in the world. What's more, the sale is open for 24 hours (yes, all day!) from February 22 until March 4, 2019 with FREE entrance and around two million books of all genres available at 50 to 90% off!

According to Jacqueline Ng, Founder of the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, they had such an exciting time in Manila last year that they decided to come back. "We're happy to continue our long-term commitment to make books affordable and accessible," she says. And once again, they will be partnering with Gawad Kalinga to support their initiatives through the sale.

If you have kids like me, you will be delighted to hear that they are also bringing us augemented reality books for children. The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is actually Asia's exclusive seller of the Little Hippo AR books, so you can find your favorite stories as a kid and hand them down to the next generation in the most fun way possible.

These books 'come to life' as the characters speak, dance, and sing, truly revolutionizing reading for our kids. If you're having trouble getting your kids interested in reading, this might just be the magic bean to help you out.

Want to beat the crowd and visit the sale on VIP Day? I'm giving away tickets! Join here:

For more updates, like The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale on Facebook and follow them on Instagram: @bbwbooksph

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Should You Hire a Personal Trainer?

I've been working out on and off for the past 8 years. However, I had never shelled out money for a personal trainer within those 8 years because I always told myself that I could simply replicate what people do during their workouts and get the same results in the end.

This is not true.

I started working out with a personal trainer (coach Jarell Quindao at Prime Elite Fitness Club in BF Homes, Paranaque) just last month and in just two weeks, this is what I was able to achieve with his help:

After those two weeks, he then put me on a diet program for a week to see how effective it would be if ever I plan on going to beach this summer and need a quick fix to look better in bikinis. :p This is the result after just four days on that diet:

Those short-term results are in itself a good reason for me to push for you guys to hire a personal trainer if you are serious about your weight loss or fitness goals.

However, there is much more to it, as well:

A personal trainer can give you the motivation that you need.

They also make your workout life harder. :p

Whether you work out on your own or work out with a friend, having a personal trainer by your side can give you the extra push that you need to get your workouts done.

While working out alone, how many times have you told yourself, "I'm tired. I've done enough." and then gone home without actually finishing your entire routine? How many times have you taken a longer-than-necessary break between sets because no one was there to tell you off? How many times have you grabbed lighter weights than you could carry because you didn't wanna work yourself too hard? How many times did you not go to the gym at all because you're lazy, you're busy, or insert-whatever-other-excuse-here?

A personal trainer will ensure that you finish your workout, even when you're tired. They can spot you when you're feeling weak. They will tell you off when you're on your phone too much. They can tell if you can do better or lift heavier, and help you get stronger. They will call you and pester you to go to the gym if you haven't been going for a while. Besides, if you're paying for a personal trainer, you'll feel like your money will go to waste if you don't go. (Plus points nalang if your coach is a cutie!) :p

A personal trainer can come up with a personalized program to suit your fitness needs.

It ain't easy, but it's worth it.

Not all workouts are suitable for you. Ideally, during your first session with your personal trainer, they will ask you what your fitness goals are.

Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to get stronger? Are you planning on joining a competition or a run? Do you simply want to be healthier, in general?

Professional personal trainers will know exactly what workouts you should be doing to reach your personal goals the healthy way.

A personal trainer will help you improve through time.

Coach Jarell helped me get my split back!

The longer you work with your personal trainer, the more they'll get to know you, your body, your strengths, and your needs.

If you ever feel like you've reached a plateau, they can find ways to tweak your program to make it more effective in the long run. They can also help you set weekly or monthly goals and ensure that your goals are safe and realistic.

A personal trainer can teach you a lot of other things.

Never worked with these before.

Aside from helping you with your workouts, a personal trainer can teach you new tricks you might not know, like why lifting weights a certain way is better for your goals or why you shouldn't be doing certain exercises. They can also check on your form, remind you to breathe, and they will stretch you at the end of each workout (which is honestly the best thing in the world).

It would be especially helpful to get a personal trainer if you've never worked out before. As a beginner, you might have trouble getting into the fitness game, and a personal trainer can make the journey much easier and much more doable.

A personal trainer will ensure you never get bored.

Bagong hanash na naman!

Lifting weights and doing cardio on your own can easily become boring and repetitive. If you're the type of person who easily gets bored of workouts, getting a personal trainer can be a great help in terms of making things more fun.

I have never had a dull day with my personal trainer. In fact, every day that I go to the gym, I get surprised by the things that my coach makes me do. There is always something new to do, a new challenge to overcome, and a new piece of equipment to fall in love with.

A personal trainer can also give a new perspective to certain exercises and help give you the confidence to eventually create your own workout plans should you ever change gyms or decide to start working out on your own.

A personal trainer can work with specific injuries or conditions.

I have anemia, but this has never been a problem with my coach. Knowing that I have anemia, he knows what I can do or can't do. Since I get dizzy pretty quickly when doing cardio, he knows how to spot for signs when I'm too weak to go on while at the same time still pushing me to try cardio workouts that I hate because he believes I can bring up the stamina needed for it - albeit at a very slow pace.

You will see results in no time.

As seen above, a personal trainer can help you see results in almost no time at all. I had expected to see changes within two months; but in just two weeks, I was surprised to see my collarbones peeking out again. I could also fit into clothes I thought would take ages for me to fit into again.

Some people say personal trainers are a waste of money, but that definitely isn't the case. If you're serious about your fitness journey, I would highly recommend getting a personal trainer.

And if you happen to live in the South, I'd highly recommend enrolling to Prime Elite Fitness Club in BF Homes. (Check them out on Facebook here.) They've got complete equipment, group classes, and some of the best personal trainers I've had the pleasure to meet. (Look for Coach Jarell Quindao if you want results like mine!)

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Kingdom on Netflix is Breathtakingly Beautiful... Even with All of the Zombies.

I first watched 'Kingdom' a few months ago, the same time I met the stars and showrunners of the show. We watched the first two episodes in a theater in Singapore, getting a completely one-of-a-kind experience because how many people get to watch the amazing show on the big screen? Since then, I haven't been able to shut up about it (as my friends will attest). I got even more hooked after I watched the entire season before heading to Korea for a Netflix press junket where I once again got to meet the brilliant minds and talents behind the show.

Director Kim Seong-hun and writer Kim Eun-hee, who are often dubbed a master of genre-driven stories in film and drama respectively, collaborated to create this new story, and it comes together so beautifully.

I found myself in awe not just of the unique storyline of how the zombies came about in the first place, but how they handled the entire situation and built up the relationships in the series. What I most in awe of, however, was by how much beauty they were able to incorporate into the show despite it being primarily about a zombie outbreak. This might sound strange, but there was so much beauty in 'Kingdom', seen even when people were being eaten by zombies in some scenes. 

Director Kim explains that they brought together zombies, which are horrific and dynamic creatures, and Joseon’s world of static beauty. "One of the show’s aesthetic strengths is the tension between the two contrasting aspects," he says.

When I asked them if all of the beauty seen in the show was intentional or if it came about naturally, director Kim admits that it was definitely something that they wanted to portray.

According to director Kim, regardless of which era you travel to, there's a certain class that belongs to that particular era. "When it comes to us, I believe we had a calm beauty," says director Kim. "And so, with that element, combined with the horrific beings, there was a certain level of cruel aesthetics that I wanted to portray."

The transformation of the people into monsters also carries an emotional weight. Unlike in other zombie shows or movies, where there are some moments that may be sad, most of what is felt throughout watching is fear and worry. In 'Kingdom', writer Kim really wanted to convey sorrow as the biggest emotion in the process of the poor people turning into zombies.

In line with this intention, 'Kingdom' portrays people who become infected after they approach the monsters thinking that they are still their family members and neighbors, which provokes other deep emotions that are different from fear. The monsters in 'Kingdom', therefore, are not simply an object of curiosity and fear, but creatures that evoke sorrow and pity, which gives more layers to the story and differentiates the show from others, somehow also showcasing just how different Western culture and Asian culture can be in tackling a subject of pop culture.

Of course, it helps that 'Kingdom' has an amazing cast at the helm. Before anything else, they knew they needed amazing actors who fit each character, and that is exactly the reason why they chose the three main characters: Ju Ji-hoon as Crown Prince Chang, Bae Doona as Seo-bi, and Seung-ryong Ryu as Magistrate Cho. "We were very lucky that all of them said yes. We are two very lucky people," says director Kim, ecstatically.

More than the three main characters, though, the supporting cast also does an amazing job in character development and bringing some humor and fear into the vibe of the series. More than the main characters, I found myself super attached to some of the supporting characters, so much so that I found myself shouting, "Eat anyone but him!!!" more than once. :p

The keyword that writer Kim first came up with when conceptualizing 'Kingdom' was 'hunger'. That entails a lot of different ideas. First, there is the physical hunger that is experienced by the commoners in the story, and there's the hunger for greed. all of that actually gave birth to the so-called zombies, or what the showrunners call the patients of the plague. "I hope that we can provide some food for thought in that sense. I hope that we can think about these issues together."

This is a story that writer Kim has always wanted to tell, and I, for one, am so happy that she has finally been able to.

'Kingdom' is now showing on Netflix. Click here to start watching now or message me if you've already seen it, so we can geek out with me! :D You may also win a 'Kingdom' gift pack here:

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

I Let Myself Drown in Penn Badgley's Stare and I Wouldn't Mind Doing It Again

Penn Badgley is intimidating - not in that scary and frightful way that makes you not want to speak to a person ever again; but in that masterful, say-it-and-I'll-do-what-you-want way. Maybe I'm not explaining it clearly. I don't know how to explain it, really. His stare has taken my breath away.

See, when Penn talks to you, he stares straight into your eyes and deep into your soul until you're basically breathless and lifeless, and you've forgotten what you asked in the first place. And even when he's deep in thought, he holds that stare until you get completely lost in it, so you don't even realize you've been drowning in his gaze. "Oh, no. Was I being rude?", you think to yourself more than once during your short time together, not even noticing that he has already moved on to answering another question. Thank goodness for voice recorders.

At first joking that he doesn't actually read books (to the utter dismay and shock of this girl who has dreamt of finding a writer like Dan Humphrey and Joe Goldberg to complete her life), Penn admits to liking Kurt Vonnegut - or at least liking him as a teenager and in his early 20s. See, despite his face not having aged a day; Penn is now actually a flawless and wrinkle-free 32-year-old married man.

His taste in books has developed since his younger years, he shares, which is more than what I can say for myself as I stuff my copy of 'Ready Player One' deep into the recesses of my backpack in case he can see into it the way he was seemingly seeing into my soul. While Penn reads with the goal of "finding something true", I read to escape the tedious disappointment that is my life. And this is probably the reason why I have found myself so hopelessly enthralled and captivated by 'YOU'. That probably isn't what Penn's life is like, though, being a famous celebrity for the past n years and having done voiceovers for Nintendo '64 games in the past.

Penn cares, and he cares deeply. He acknowledges his fame, but only in passing, brushing it off like it's unimportant and raving instead about how getting - and staying! - married is the craziest thing he has done for love, sharing that he hasn't had a lot of girlfriends in his lifetime and making us all (okay, fine... maybe just me) wish we hadn't had many lovers in the past, either.

Love plays an important part in Penn's being, however. After every romantic trope and every cliche shown in 'YOU', Penn vehemently reminds us that none of that is love. Instead, it is obsession; it is lust; it is infatuation; it is possession; it is manipulation. "Love doesn't take people in that direction," he concludes. "Love is not those feelings that we often associate it with. Love is not sex. That's not love, and we've just equated them completely."