Pendergast, Pitch Perfect 2 and Acquiring Brush Lettering Skills

It’s been a while since I’ve written a hodge-podge post. Aside from me turning a year older again yesterday, what has been happening lately? Well to start with, I’ve still been diligently trying to keep up with my Reading Challenge for the year with only 6 more books to go. Although I must admit that this year, I’ve pledged to read fewer books than the previous years, I’m still happy with my progress. Next year though it will be much  more different. The book I’ve recently finished is the latest book in the Pendergast series by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. This is actually the 14th book in the series. Can you believe it?
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Well, I must tell you, for a book series as long running as this, it says a lot about the story, the characters and the authors themselves. Ever since I’ve read the first book, I’ve been hooked. Pendergast soon grew to be one of my most favorite book characters. Blue Labyrinth exceeded all my expectations so far and I think what makes this stand out is that not only was Pendergast as brilliant as ever, his allies showed themselves very formidable too. I loved this read, I gave it a well deserved 5-stars.
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Experiencing Hair Science with Pantene Conditioners

For someone like me who has a very hectic schedule everyday, I find it a mood dampener when I have to go about my day with my hair looking all limp and sad. Bad hair days don’t really contribute to productivity. Haha, I know that makes me sound shallow but I do like it when all I need to worry about my day is finishing my tasks and not worry about how I look. For the past three weeks, I’ve gone through a better understanding of what this means. I’ve been trying out several varieties of Pantene Conditioners and while I didn’t have a high regard of the brand before, I do so now.
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Teaser Trailer for Project Almanac

Heads up sci-fi fans. Here's something headed our way come February of next year. Project Almanac is the latest movie project produced by Michael Bay. Here's a thought, what if you were given a chance to turn back time, what would you do? What draws the line between doing what is necessary and just playing god?
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The Peanuts Movie Holiday Photos

Being an avid beagle lover, I’m more than excited for the coming of Snoopy on the big screen as well the well-loved Peanuts characters. In The Peanuts Movie, Snoopy and the gang will be shown in glorious 3d animation. Get ready to feel nostalgic. Here are the latest released holiday photos for the film.
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Dean & Deluca Color Me! Thanksgiving Cookies

I’m currently in an artsy phase (more so than usual) and I’ve been wanting to try out more art materials than ever. So I think it will be obvious why I’m writing about Dean & Deluca’s Color Me! Thanksgiving Cookies which I saw on NotCot. The concept behind this treat is that you can write on pre-baked blank cookies with edible markers. Edible markers!! I didn’t know they made something like those!
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Julianne Moore in Mockingjay Part 1

It’s only 2 days more before the opening of Mockingjay Part 1 in theaters and here’s a look at Julianne Moore as she joins the cast from the previous Hunger Games films as President Alma Coin. She is the enigmatic leader of District 13, a secret from the 12 existing Districts in Panem. After the events of the second film, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in the middle of a rebellion, to which she is a central figure.
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Movie Preview| Exodus: Gods & Kings

One of the best things that I like about December is that it’s usually the month for epic films. On December 5th, we’ll finally be able to watch director Ridley Scott’s latest massive undertaking. Exodus: Gods & Kings stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses. The film is presented in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D format. Moses is one of the key figures in the Old Testament and his story is one that deserves only a master filmmaker to translate onscreen. Exodus: Gods & Kings aims not only to re-tell a well-known story but to bring to life the monumental journey of 400,000 slaves out of Egypt and the deadly plagues.
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Chris Pine Joins Cast of Horrible Bosses 2 for some Comedy and Villany

If I were to name a list of charming actors in Hollywood right now, Chris Pine would be on the top of my list. Sure he has played lead roles so far but I have this sneaking suspicion that he’ll also play wonderfully as a villain. When he turns on his megawatt smile though, you’ll get instant confusion. This was one of the characteristics why he was chosen to play the role of Rex, son of an evil millionaire who goes by the name of Bert and is portrayed on the big screen by Christoph Waltz. This unlikely tandem of father and son is probably what makes Horrible Bosses 2 something to look forward to.
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A Look at the Everything is Possible 2015 Planner

It was around a few weeks ago when someone asked me why I still kept a planner when I already have a smartphone and a tablet that has apps to take down my schedule. I told him that I liked keeping a planner to write in because I liked to see my handwriting. I told him that jokingly. Haha To be honest though, nothing beats jotting things down on paper. For the lifestyle I keep and all the things that I want to squeeze in my day, a planner is definitely a must.
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One of the planners I chose to use for next year is the Everything is Possible Planner from Viviamo, Inc. This is the same wonderful group of people who gave us the original Belle de Jour Power Planners. Here’s how the 2015 Everything is Possible Planner looks like.
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Book Review #23 – The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

The first time I’ve heard of the author, Jonathan Stroud was when I started to get into reading the Bartimaeus Trilogy. After reading that series though, I tried to like the Artemis Fowl series as well however, it didn’t quite take my fancy. So, I’m afraid I lost any more interest with his works. It was only recently that I happened to chance upon a new series written by Mr. Stroud and it was also timely that I had been looking for a good horror story to read. The cover for The Screaming Staircase was pretty awesome too.
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