Going the Distance

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 0 Comments

Ever heard the phrase that “long-distance” relationships don’t work? Well, we’ll see if love can be enough in this movie starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long.

GOING THE DISTANCE

Erin’s (Drew Barrymore) wry wit and unfiltered frankness charm newly single Garrett (Justin Long) over beer, bar trivia and breakfast the next morning. Their chemistry sparks a full-fledged summer fling, but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett stays behind for his job in New York City.  But when six weeks of romping through the city inadvertently become meaningful, neither is sure they want it to end.  And while Garrett’s friends, Box (Jason Sudeikis) and Dan (Charlie Day), joke about his pre-flight calorie-cutting and his full-time relationship with his cell phone, they don’t like losing their best drinking buddy to yet another rocky romance.  At the same time, Erin’s high-strung, overprotective married sister, Corrine (Christina Applegate), wants to keep Erin from heading down an all-too-familiar road. 

But despite the opposite coasts, the nay-saying friends and family, and a few unexpected temptations, the couple just might have found something like love, and with the help of a lot of texting, sexting and late-night phone calls, they might actually go the distance.

GOING THE DISTANCE

Going the Distance will be hitting theaters on August 2010.

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Photo Explorations of the word: Blue

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 0 Comments

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Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 0 Comments

cats_and_dogs_the_revenge_of_kitty_galore Animals take center stage this time around as we venture out into the world of espionage, cats and dogs style. Coming soon to theaters, Warner Bros. Pictures is bringing us another movie that’s going to be fun for the whole family.

In the age-old battle between cats and dogs, one crazed feline has taken things a paw too far.

Kitty Galore, formerly an agent for cat spy organization MEOWS, has gone rogue and hatched a diabolical plan to not only bring her canine enemies to heel, but take down her former kitty comrades and make the world her scratching post.  Faced with this unprecedented threat, cats and dogs will be forced to join forces for the first time in history in an unlikely alliance to save themselves—and their humans—in “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” a comedy in 3D that blends live action with state-of-the-art puppetry and computer animation. 

It's time for the fur to fly.

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Mad Chance/Polymorphic Pictures Production: “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” a comedy in 3D starring Christina Applegate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Marsden, Bette Midler, Nick Nolte, Joe Pantoliano, Katt Williams, Chris O’Donnell, Jack McBrayer, Fred Armisen and Paul Rodriguez.

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Overheard

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 0 Comments

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Every morning on my drive to work, I listen to The Morning Rush show on RX 93.1. I don’t mind that I must’ve looked ridiculous laughing by myself at the antics of Chico and Delamar. Like this morning for instance. Chico was blabbering on about how it’s a holiday tomorrow for the inauguration of the new President. NoyNoy Aquino is now being called P-Noy by his followers. Chico was joking that since he’s still President Elect, he should be called PE-Noy. Get it? That got me laughing again.

That Chico, gotta love his comic prowess.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Sneak Peek

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 0 Comments

The last installment in the Harry Potter movie franchise has been split into two and fans simply can’t wait for November to come. Part 1 of the movie will be shown in theaters on November 18th (just 6 days shy of my birthday!). Excited!!

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Work from Home

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 , 2 Comments

Hey look, my profession ranks in the Top 10 jobs you can do from home which is featured on the Yahoo Front Page today. This is what I used to do before when I was still freelancing. I miss that sometimes, then again I have a much different sense of discipline too.

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Adorable Wedding Cupcakes

Sunday, June 27, 2010 0 Comments

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Why we love Sue Sylvester

Sunday, June 27, 2010 , 0 Comments

Glee wouldn't be as awesome as it is without Sue Sylvester. She's what makes Glee watchable because you never know what she has up her sleeve and she keeps you guessing. sue-sylvester-picture_174x250

Why do we love her?

  • Her tracksuits mean power.

Never seen her in any other outfit but her tracksuits come in all sorts of colors, different per episode.

  • She knows the true concept of winning.

There's a reason why her Cheerios have been champions for several years, Sue knows how to whip up a winning team.

  • We love to hate her.

She plots and schemes against the Glee club and although it's mean, we relish every moment of it.

  • Her quips are made of win.

115GLEE-5_2265Sue to Will: ’"I thought I smelled cookies wafting from the ovens of the little elves that live in your hair."

Sue to Santana & Brittany: ''I'm going to ask you to smell your armpits. That's the smell of failure, and it's stinking up my office.''

Sue to self: “What’s that smell? It’s coffee. It’s usually masked by the smell of fear.”

 

  • She's the villain with a heart.

We find a different side of Sue on the episode we find out about her sister.

  • She thinks up clever nicknames.

Glee-Lynch-Sue-quote-400 She calls the kids of Glee club…the gay kid, wheels, Asian kid.

  • No matter how evil she gets, she's still human.

She guaranteed the Glee club another year and she voted for them as a judge, although shown on a pretense of sarcasm, she recognized the hard work.

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My HTC Desire review

Saturday, June 26, 2010 2 Comments

I bought my HTC Desire last June 6, 2010 and after having it for exactly 20 days now; I think I'm ready to let you know what I think of it. Yes it's kind of pricey (as most HTC phones are) but I love this Android phone. View THIS PAGE for a full view of its specifications.

Looks

The good: At first glance, the Desire looks very businesslike and it's almost too formal for an artistic type of girl like me but a closer look at its casing and when the light hits it right, you'll see there's a variance of metallic brown and plum on its borders. The hint of color adds just the right amount of elegance to this sleek phone. It's a bit large than most smart phones but I do love the gorgeous 3.7" screen. It's not bulky and it's amazingly light. The rubber-like back casing gives the right amount of grip.

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The bad: There's no external access for the microSD card slot so you have to remove the casing cover and the battery to get it. It's a pain to remove the cover.

Startup

The phone takes about 7 seconds to startup and that's pretty good compared with my old phone which takes forever to load and find a network signal once it's powered on. I also love the security feature on the desire. I chose to use the pattern prompt instead of the usual pin code.

Home screens

There are a total of 7 home screens on the Desire. Each one can be customized with gadgets and widgets to your heart’s content. The HTC Desire is also equipped with the latest Sense UI from HTC. The other thing that I also love with the Desire is the Weather widget and Live Wallpaper. The Live Wallpapers contain different sets of animations that can sometimes be indicative of whatever time of the day it is. For example, I use the grass Live theme. When it's morning the sky color of my screen is a beautiful sunny blue, at dusk it becomes almost purple (indicative of sunset) at night it becomes covered with little twinkling dots and at dawn it becomes a color yellow orange, telling me that it's time for sunrise. The weather widget on the other hand, as long as you keep it synced, it gives you a pretty accurate weather reading depending on your location. It also provides a cool animation like splatters of rain and a wiper when it's raining or if there's a thunderstorm, there's actually a lightning animation on the screen.

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There's also a very efficient search function on the home screen. Just enter a keyword and the resulting search gives you everything it found from sms messages to apps and even to relevant internet listings. The Sense UI also has one eye candy feature in the form of the "Leap" function. Just do a pinching motion on the screen and you'll be able to see the screen with all your home screens in thumbnail widgets. The multi-touch and the leap functions work on the browsers, the multimedia galleries and even the PDFs. There's no drag in the animation and there's no glitch in the screen.

Messaging

It took a while for me to get used to the QWERTY keys and the touch screen. I was used to using a keypad or a stylus you see. It took sometime before I could get the hang of texting using the flat part of my finger. The messages per contact are presented in a threaded format, where you can see the messages you've received and the messages you've sent to a particular contact. This is handy especially because you can see where the conversation left off. You can protect several messages to prevent accidental deletion. You also have the option to attach a picture, a vcard, a video and even a calendar entry to a message.

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Phonebook

The phonebook syncs all your contacts in Google and Facebook the first time you use the phone and at first this drove me crazy because I now had more than 1000 contacts in my phonebook. The good thing the contacts are organized into groups and if you don't really want to see your Google or FB contacts, you can just uncheck them from the group listing. There's also an option to put customized ringtones to a contact. You can also put a contact picture as long as the contact entry is on the phone memory. I would have liked this option turned on for contacts even if it's from the SIM card. The link function searches similar entries on your Google and FB accounts and puts them into one contact. Again you can enable or disable this function per entry.

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Browsing the internet

You can load full web pages and be able to pinch and zoom as needed. The sites load pretty fast and zooming in doesn’t slow down browsing either. There’s also a built-in copy and paste function when you long press a highlighted string of words. The Desire also doesn’t have any problems loading flash-based sites and videos. If you find a favorite site, you can always add this to your bookmarks. The bookmarks can be placed as a widget on the home screen for easy access.

Call Quality

Phone call quality is quite good and there's still an option to use the other features of your phone even if you're in a call. The only faulty feature is the speaker phone option because no matter how loud you adjust the volume setting, it is still not loud enough. In a quiet room though, this is fairly adequate.

Camera

The Desire sports a 5.0 megapixel camera which is good especially on bright sunny day. On dim lighting it doesn't fare well, the pictures were too noisy. The flash isn't too overpowering. Even in a dark room, the flash doesn't overexpose the picture. So that's a pretty neat feature too. There are also a variety of camera effects available like sepia, black and white and colorize functions. The video is also good but not amazing but still decent. The use of a plug-in for the camera to obtain Lomo effects like the Camera 360 is highly recommended for added fun and versatility.

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Applications

There are thousands that can be browsed on the Android market and most of them are for free. You can install directly from your phone or from the PC upon syncing. The only drawback is, the apps are stored on default on the phone's memory and pretty soon you'll find this filled up. If only there's a prompt to save on the SD card and then I would be in Apps heaven. I've read a workaround that some people "root" their HTC Desire in order to get this option but there are rumors that on the next update for the FROYO, this option will be available, so I'm just going to wait for that.

Initially I have written a post on the top apps that I have on my phone right now. You can view the post HERE.

I love it

android-mobile-platform-logo By far, this is a well-worth investment. There’s a reason why this is one of the best Android phones in the market and not only is it jam-packed with features that make it one very cool Smartphone, I feel that I’ve only tapped the surface of its potential. If you’ve got a bit of savings and is wanting to buy a new phone, I’d highly recommend this one.

Disclaimer: Oh and since I didn't have the screen capture program for my phone yet, the pictures used here came from a Google Image Search.

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Movie Snacks: Pinoy Style

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 , , 1 Comments

Who said Filipinos doesn’t have an pantry-full of snacks for the movies. So if you’re tired of your regular popcorn dripping in butter. Here are some alternatives, pinoy version.

Fried peanuts (Mani)

2553227758_ed7d18e715 Deep fried and sold mainly on the streets at night and usually sold in a small brown paper bag.

Mooncake (Hopia)

IMG_1911It comes in variants of ube, munggo and pork fillings and in packs of 4 or six.

Steamed Rice Cake (Puto)

1142953572_1c3e8a5491 Comes in all sorts of eye candy colors and are about 2” in diameter. I like the white sticky ones the best. I swear my Tita told me she brought puto in a cinema once. :P

Kropek

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Cornik

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Be ready to get heavily addicted once you’ve started munching on one. And yes, it’s also the ultimate test for your jaws.

Dried Watermelon seeds (Butong Pakwan)

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Finding me a Lotus

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 , 5 Comments

A Lotus necklace that is…this is all the fault of my bestfriend’s wife, Anjsh. She showed me this necklace a few moments ago and I sooooo want one. The problem is, the necklace is available on etsy and they say the shipping charges will probably cost more than the necklace itself. Aaaargh. If you happen to see one locally, send me a message please. :)

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The toys are back and are at number 1!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 0 Comments

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 13: **EXCLUSIVE**  Tom Hanks and Tim Allen at the World Premiere of Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3" on June 13, 2010 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)Yeah it’s true, a lot of fans really have missed Buzz and Woody all these years that’s why on the first opening weekend, Toy Story 3 is at the top of the charts.

Hauling in the biggest receipts are SM Mall of Asia (P5.12-M), SM North EDSA (P3.96-M), Trinoma (P3.67-M), Power Plant (P2.61-M), SM Megamall (P1.90-M), Greenbelt 3 (P1.86-M), Glorietta 4 (P1.80-M), Shangri-la (P1.69-M), Eastwood (P1.48-M), and Alabang Town Center (P1.26-M).

Also showing impressive sales are Robinsons Ermita (P1.209-M), Gateway (P1.205-M), Festival (P1.152-M), SM Marikina (P1.151-M), Market! Market! (P1.09-M), Robinsons Galleria (P1.05-M), Sta. Lucia East (P 953,966), SM San Lazaro (P 940,062), SM Fairview (P 934,374) and SM Cebu (P 890,064).

If you haven’t yet, read why kids and adults alike are flocking to see what Woody and his friends are up to this time around with my REVIEW of the movie. Toy Story 3 is still showing in cinemas nationwide.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 13: Woody and Tom Hanks at the World Premiere of Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3" on June 13, 2010 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage) HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 13: Buzz Lightyear and Tim Allen at the World Premiere of Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3" on June 13, 2010 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage) 

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Google’s Father’s Day Logo

Monday, June 21, 2010 , 0 Comments

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I’m not too crazy about this design because yes I get what the ties symbolize but I can hardly make out the “Google” word anymore. They could have done a better job.

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My Favorite Disney Pixar Moments

Saturday, June 19, 2010 1 Comments

This is inspired by the movie marathon that’s been happening for two days now and I’ve decided to reminisce my favorite moments from these movies in one post.

Finding Nemo

The Incredibles

Toy Story

Cars

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Ratatouille

Monster’s Inc.


How about you? What are your favorite scenes from these movies?

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Beating the odds

Saturday, June 19, 2010 4 Comments

Now that soon we're all going to be under a new government leadership, it's nice to look back and see how far we really have come as a country in Asia with the oldest reign of democracy. We can trace our political history and growth through the book "Beating the Odds" where each page details what actions have been done to tackle major issues on unity, corruption and our country's economy.

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The Mindanao Peace Process has long been an issue and has been passed on from one Presidency to another. I remember it was a subject of discussion during a current events class in high school. Could it be that long ago? Well, needless to say if you're drawing a blank with the progress, a detailed research was conducted by the authors to deliver us the facts. President Arroyo has worked on the ceasefire and peace talks with leading Mindanao officials which enabled the re-growth and rehabilitation of war-torn areas in the heat zones.

Another important thing that we can't turn our back upon is the budget deficit, present in every administration. Sad but true. No matter how noble to cause and the motives, there are too much intrigues and black propagandas circulating in our country. Wouldn't you like to know the truth for once? Practicing her degree in economics, President Arroyo has drastically improved the country’s financial stature, minimizing the debts and implemented proper tax reforms.

Beating the odds can be bought at leading bookstores nationwide.

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