I've signed up for 21DHL

The holidays is almost over. I've feasted on too much good food and as a result, I've been gaining holiday weight. As with all New Year trends, from hereon there'll be a craze for diets. Everyone will want to have a beach-ready bod just in time for summer. I'm no better. I'm joining in.

21DHL is short for the "Live a Healthier Life in 21 days" campaign started over at The Personal Excellence Blog by Celestine Chua. The program aims to help its participants in achieving good health and habits in 21 days. This is based on the premise that any good habit can be cultivated in just 21 days.

So let's see. Challenge accepted.

Two female joggers on foggy Morro Strand State Beach

Saying Goodbye to 2010

I just got up from a nap that I took while watching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets over at HBO. In just a few hours, we'll be welcoming a New Year. I can already hear the sounds of firecrackers outside. People are getting antsy I think.

2010 was a rollercoaster ride of all sorts for me. There were a lot of high and lows and I can't just think of one word to sum it all up. For the most part, I had to learn valuable lessons in looking at things maturely. I learned to cope, deal with pain and face the most treacherous of demons. I accepted challenges at work that would normally faze me. I made new friends and grew to love old ones more.

So here's to 2010, you were an amazing year but you were fleetingly fast. Thanks for the heartfelt memories though. Cheers to another great year ahead.

Coinciding to my blog’s new facelift and another great year of blogging….bottoms up! :)

Welcome 2011!

happy new year

2011 Disney Line up

I can’t wait to see all these great movies next year. Check it out, Disney has a lot of good treats for us!
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
Our favorite pirate is back and with a new damsel at his side. This time we’ll get to see Jack Sparrow in 3d!
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES “Cars 2.”
Looks like Lightning McQueen is back and I hear Mater is firing up the rear too.
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CSI: Crime City on Facebook

(full article after the jump, click the "Read More" link)

I’m a self-confessed CSI junkie. I watch CSI reruns and marathons every chance I can get. When I sit in front of the TV and I happen to flip the channel and CSI is on, there’s no switching back. I sometimes even blog while CSI is playing on the background.
That’s why when I saw that there was a CSI game on Facebook, I had to try it out. Now I know that there have been other games inspired by the series that came out on the different gaming platforms before but let’s just blame it on bad timing or it’s not on my console of choice, that I let those games pass.
Anyway back to CSI: Crime City. I loaded it up on Facebook, I’d have to warn you…initial loading takes up a lot of time especially on slow connections. Good thing there are a series of images that loop back and forth to keep you from getting bored.
csi crime city 2 I’m betting that’s Catherine Willows right there.

Stealing a picnic basket

From my childhood, that’s what I remember from Yogi Bear and his signature “smarter than the average bear” tagline. Now we’ll get to see Yogi brought to life in 3d which is due to hit the cinemas soon. Yogi Bear is a 3d animation movie from Warner Bros. bringing us new adventures coupled with live action and stunning effects.

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Yogi has always relied on his quick wit and fast feet to stay one step ahead of irate campers while dodging his long-suffering nemesis, Ranger Smith. But he and Boo Boo are about to face a situation worse than anything Yogi has ever gotten them into…

Jellystone Park is being sold!

To cover his mismanagement of city funds and fuel his election campaign, Mayor Brown plans to sell the park to loggers. Families will no longer be able to experience the natural beauty of the outdoors Jellystone has always provided—and, even worse, Yogi, Boo Boo, and all their friends will be tossed out of the only home they’ve ever known.

Faced with his biggest challenge ever, Yogi must prove he really is “smarter than the average bear,” as he and Boo Boo join forces with Ranger Smith to find a way to save the park from closing forever.

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Dan Aykroyd provides the voice of Yogi and Justin Timberlake teams up with him as the voice of Boo Boo.

Photo Credits: Warner Bros.

Music and Art

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Ending the Great Winter Hunt

Finally after weeks of hunting, looting mice for potions and parts, crossing my fingers to see that light bulb light up after sounding the hunting horn...I've caught all the mice, have all the loot that could be had and happily bought the new trap. Whew!

Now I can finally resume to hunting for Balack. haha! Another daunting task.

Here are the mice for this year's Festive Comet hunt. Boy, catching that Scrooge was really satisfying. Your Heart of Ice is mine! *insert evil laugh here*

Woohooo! All that mice!
It was great to see a whole new banner after catching that last mouse.



Til the next event mice hunting!!!

Holiday greetings!

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Tron Decals for your Room

Tron Fanboys/Fangirls rejoice, you can now decorate rooms with Tron decals! Check out the product page over at Blik.

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Hereafter: Sneak Peek

What happens after we die? At one point or another, one wonders about death and the afterlife. Then comes the question, would you really want to know.

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“Hereafter” tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. George (Damon) is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (C├ęcile de France), a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus (George McLaren and Frankie McLaren), a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might—or must—exist in the hereafter.

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Looks like I’ll play Sims Again

The Sims are back! This time they’re conquering the Middle Ages. The Sims Medieval is going to do just that. Promising a new kind of gameplay and a new look, could this game revive The Sims series? Click on the video to see the trailer and THIS LINK to read my notes about it at Back2Gaming.com.

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Oooh dressing up as monarch can be fun!

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The Tourist: a Sneak Peek

Two of the biggest names in Hollywood’s A-list, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie both star in the upcoming film from Columbia Pictures, the Tourist.

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In the film, Johnny Depp stars as an American tourist whose playful dalliance with a stranger leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger. During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank (Depp) unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise (Jolie), an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Paris and Venice, their whirlwind romance quickly evolves as they find themselves unwittingly thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

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A Multi-touch desktop? Possible? Yes.

If you’ve seen Ironman 2, or even the first one, were you just amazed as I was with his desktop and 3d hologram programs? I’m sure you noticed. That kind of work setup would be very sweet. I’d be inspired to design everyday!

ironman2x-large Well, I thought that this was still far off but if engineers and techies could start working on a setup like this for mass availability then it would be sweet. The German Media Computing Group is fortunately working on a prototype called the BendDesk. Although it’s not as sleek as Tony Stark’s monitors are but hey it’s a start.

futuristic-desktop-computer-design Take note of the large screen, the bent portion can be a taskbar, the desk part can function like a normal desk or an extended screen. No more keyboards, no more mouse. Neat huh?

futuristic-curved-screen-computer futuristic-interactive-multi-touch It looks great for arcade-type gaming.

To best see it in action, see the video below. Although it’s still rough around the edges and it still needs some aesthetic considerations, the BendDesk shows great promise for the tech of the future.

via: Dornob

A Peek into Alice: Madness Returns Concept Art

If you’ve played American McGee’s Alice on the PC before then you’d know that this is a darker interpretation of Lewis Caroll’s novel. After several years, a sequel to the game is coming out next year, entitled Alice: Madness Returns.

I’ve always been fascinated by interpretations of artists on how Wonderland looks like. More recently was Tim Burton’s touch. This time concept arts from the game will be released by Dark Horse sometime around May.

Take a look:

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Lit up by Identity Disks and Light Cycles, a Tron: Legacy review

Tron: Legacy, that one great movie to cap off a year that produced so many phenomenal flicks. When I wrote about attending Tron Night and being able to catch 20 minutes of the film, I mentioned that I was pleasantly excited to see the film in December. The other night, I was one of the few privileged enough to attend the premiere at the IMAX theater in SM MOA.

TRON: LEGACY The movie was everything that I've expected. Great visuals, adrenaline-pumping action scenes, good backstory and a fine cast of actors. The movie wasn't shot in full 3d, a disclaimer says so at the very start of the film but don't let it deter you from seeing it in IMAX or in digital 3d cinemas. For me, the Grid is really much more spectacular and best seen in 3d.

TRON: LEGACY Tron: Legacy is a sequel to the first Tron film and takes places 27 years after Kevin Flynn's reported disappearance. As a background from the first movie, Kevin Flynn took over the tech company named Encom after having cleared his name and rightfully claimed video game rights and successfully entering the Grid by accident. He made Encom the forerunner of technology in his time. When he disappeared, he left behind a son named Sam. TRON: LEGACY  Tron: Legacy is pretty much the story of Sam and how he comes to discover the reason for his father's disappearance and why he never came back. Here he also discovers that what was a bedtime story, couldn't be more real than the world he has come to known. Just like his father, Sam entered the Grid by accident. Here he must trust every instinct in order to survive the games. He dons on a beautiful light suit, gets an Identity disk and rides a Light Cycle. He meets allies and foes but must ultimately decide who to trust.

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The Grid is a far cry from it's first renderings in the first movie, thanks to the technological advances in cinematography in our day. I loved the light suits. Some might say the glowing lines are distracting but seeing it all together in the big screen gives Tron it's unique trademark and identity. The Light Cycles have also been revamped but still maintaining the basic form and design from the first movie. It's now much more engaging to see them in action.

TRON: LEGACY I just didn't like how they rendered the CGI of a younger Jeff Bridges and of Clu. It felt like I was watching the cutscenes of a video game. To my opinion, what broke the illusion was that they didn't perfect the movement of the mouth. This was a giveaway, it wasn't as fluid and it looked computer generated. However, once I got over that and tried not to get distracted, I was able to enjoy the movie more. If they had perfected this flaw, I would have given this movie five stars.

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Cillian Murphy's appearance was brief and yet his acting was exceptional. I hated him the moment he spoke. Haha. He plays the son of Mr. Dillinger. If you can recall, he's the bad guy in the first movie. Olivia Wilde played the character of Quorra who was pretty much an enigma in the movie. There were times that I was questioning her loyalty but when she portrayed innocence, she did so very convincingly. Michael Sheen was also awesome, his character Zuse was I think the most unforgettable in the film. He stood out among the rest with his character's demented ways. Plus I couldn't help but notice his perfect teeth. Jeff Bridges was of course a quiet picture of strength and power, as the creator in the Grid. He may show age but there were scenes showing worthily that he was still a force to be reckoned with. Garrett Hedlund's first starring performance was good but not phenomenal. Acting didn't break boundaries here, but he got us to sympathize and cheer for him which was good in itself.

TRON: LEGACY The purpose and end of the movie is I think subject to one's own personal comprehension. My conclusion was that it was technology for the possibility of human regeneration and a break in recomposing human genetic makeup. Whatever understanding you might have of it, in general it was the technology of our future. A discovery that might make us far technologically advanced like an alien race.

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Lastly, although it was meant to be a stand-alone film and there were flashbacks in the movie to explain some events in the past, I highly recommend watching the original Tron film first. It will help you 156921_485748822349_652912349_5697039_7411700_n understand more concepts, the characters and appreciate the visuals in this new film. Tron: Legacy is not just for geeks and fanboys of the series, you might be surprised just how immersed in the world of Tron you can be once you've started watching. So for this holiday season, treat yourself to a popcorn worth flick worth watching in 3d. Tron: Legacy is now showing on all cinemas nationwide.

Special thanks to Disney, Jay and Ms. Sionee of course. I love my led cap! :)

 

Photos courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures.

When Bored, Quiz Away

Because I’m done with my to-do list for today, which is a nice change and very appropriate because I’m zoning into my “holiday mode”, I’ve done some quizzes over at the Female Network.

Yeah, I so badly wanted to pass time. So without further ado…the quizzes I took and my results…

My Romantic Personality

tough love Hmmmm so little commonality there, only 8 out 71 other women are like this? (TAKE THE QUIZ.)

I’m this party cocktail

cocktail quiz Woohoo! A mojito, my favorite! Look at the lovely green color contrasting with the yellow liquid. Yumm! (TAKE THE QUIZ)

My Perfume Personality

perfumery I like that description right there, really hits a lot of personality traits. :D (TAKE THE QUIZ)

I’m this fashionable print

prints quiz Hmmm again belonging to only about 11% of women. I’m a beautiful type of strange. *blush* (TAKE THE QUIZ)

Crazy Colors for my Petlings

Yes I’m still playing Pet Society in Facebook, not as much as before but merely for de-stressing in the evening. Fooled around with the sort of colored biscuits I’ve been getting as a daily prize and decided to color my petlings.

petlings 1See? My tiger is now green (like the one He-Man has) and my lion is now blue! :D

petlings 2My dog is now lavender and my coyote is now orange, well he looks like a fox.

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Jack Sparrow is back!

01Amech_POC4_Tsr1Sheet.indd And here we thought it was just going to be a trilogy, fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies will be delighted to hear that our favorite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow will be seen on the big screen again in the fourth installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

See the trailer below:

When Dr. Seuss meets Starwars

I came upon the web-log of Adam Watson, a cartoonist with admirable with and humor. I wanted to share with you this brilliant piece merging between two popular series.

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A chocolatey rainbow

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I saw this on one of the image aggregators that I’m using and my eyes were immediately drawn to the rainbow of colors and then I saw the frontlit signboard…M&Ms.
Whoa! Chocolate Heaven!
These were all dispensers! Someone take me here? Please? \ ( ^^,) /

The World Spins Madly On

I can't remember which movie I heard this song from but I remember hearing it and saying to myself that I liked the melody. Back then I really wasn't paying much attention to the lyrics. The song was sung by The Weepies and when I've read the lyrics, it's one of the best songs about grief/regret that I've ever heard.

World Spins Madly On
The Weepies

Woke up and wished that I was dead
With an aching in my head
I lay motionless in bed
I thought of you and where you'd gone
and let the world spin madly on

Everything that I said I'd do
Like make the world brand new
And take the time for you
I just got lost and slept right through the dawn
And the world spins madly on

I let the day go by
I always say goodbye
I watch the stars from my window sill
The whole world is moving and I'm standing still

Woke up and wished that I was dead
With an aching in my head
I lay motionless in bed
The night is here and the day is gone
And the world spins madly on

I thought of you and where you'd gone
And the world spins madly on.

Recently I heard it used as a background on the animation created by Ryan Woodward. I must say, the animation greatly enhanced the meaning of the song. I loved it. Here's me sharing with you the video of the animation. I hope you guys like it as much as I did.

Thought of You from Ryan J Woodward on Vimeo.

"Baconized?"

The last time I went to a food tasting event, there was a stall serving chocolate flavored bacon. I gave it a low rating. Why? It was too salty. Chocolate and bacon are both great but I think better on their own and not combined. Although most of the people there liked it, I guess it's more of a personal preference that I don't like to mix both tastes.

bakon vodkaEnter the Bakon Vodka. Say what? Yes it's a drink..and yes it's vodka. The description on the site says..

A superior quality potato vodka with a savory bacon flavor. It's clean, crisp, and delicious. This is the only vodka you'll ever want to use to make a Bloody Mary, and it's a complementary element of both sweet and savory drinks.

Potato vodka? I have yet to taste one of those. I love Bloody Maries. But infused with bacon? I'm having second thoughts. If I see a bar serving this I'd give it a try (who knows I might become a convert when I do). For now, I can't help but make a face. Then again, the site DOES say it’s been critically acclaimed for it’s taste and the awards keep on coming. Hmmm. We shall see.

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