Angry Birds Rio!

But wait I haven’t finished the original game yet! And here they are making a new one which is a tie-in for Fox’s upcoming animation film Rio. I guess it’s only fitting though. Looks like the game will have elements taken directly from the movie as well.

Angry Birds Rio

Art and Make-up

I came across these wonderful works of art while browsing the net. These are works of a deviant artist named Wickedweb. They’re really really good. The art is mostly experimental uses of makeup and cosmetics done in a very creative way.

Check these out.

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Aren’t they amazing? You can check out the rest by clicking this LINK.

That looks familiar

I was browsing my favorite image aggregator site when I came across one photo and I thought it looked familiar.

nicole's tattoo See? It’s my friend Nicole’s tattoo!

Lost in the pages

Ever since I’ve signed up for the 2011 Reading Challenge over at Goodreads.com, I’ve been on the hunt for good books to add on my list. It really helps that I’m exposed to all the good books out there via Goodreads. Since the latter part of December I’ve been raiding bookstores for some bestsellers and books that have been recommended to me. I’m sharing my latest book hauls with you guys now. As you can see in the sidebar of my blog, you can monitor my progress for the challenge as well. Wish me luck!

51Q82tBuCpL Love the One You’re With by Emily Griffin
This is the story for anyone who has ever wondered: How can I truly love the one I'm with when I can't forget the one who got away?
Ellen and Andy's first year of marriage doesn't just seem perfect, it is perfect. There is no question how deep their devotion is, and how naturally they bring out the best in each other. But one fateful afternoon, Ellen runs into Leo for the first time in eight years. Leo, the one who brought out the worst in her. Leo, the one who left her heartbroken with no explanation. Leo, the one she could never quite forget. When his reappearance ignites long-dormant emotions, Ellen begins to question whether the life she's living is the one she's meant to live. Love the One You're With is a powerful story about one woman at the crossroads of true love and real life.

3287692 Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
When a Witch dies-not as a crone, withered and incapable, but as a woman in her prime, at the height of her passion and prowess-too much is left unsaid. What might have happened had Elphaba lived? Of her campaigns in defense of the Animals, of her appetite for justice, of her talent for magic itself, what good might have come? If every death is a tragedy, the death of a woman in her prime
keenly bereaves the whole world. Ten years after the publication of Wicked, bestselling novelist Gregory Maguire returns to the land of Oz to follow the story of Liir, the adolescent boy left hiding in the shadows of the castle when Dorothy did in the Witch.

1118668 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

19057 I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. . . .
Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?
Winner of the 2003 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.


9349915 Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright, Catherine Hardwicke
The body of a young girl is discovered in a field of wheat. Her flesh mutilated by telltale claw marks. The Wolf has broken the peace.
When Valerie learns that her sister has been killed by the legendary creature, she finds herself at the center of a dark mystery, one that has plagued her village for generations. It is revealed that the werewolf lives among them, and everyone in the village immediately becomes a suspect. Could her secret love Peter be behind the attacks on her town? Is it her betrothed, Henry? Or someone even closer to her?
As the men in the village hunt for the beast, Valerie turns to her grandmother for help. She gives Valerie a handmade red riding cloak, and guides her through the web of lies and deception that has held her town together for so long. Will Valerie discover the werewolf's identity before the town is ripped apart?
This is a dangerous new vision of a classic fairy tale, the happy ending could be hard to find.

2804776 One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell
Admit it: You love gossip. Nobody on this planet dishes it better than Candace Bushnell, the sassy author who guided us through Sex and the City, Four Blondes, Trading Up, and Lipstick Jungle. In One Fifth Avenue, she checks in at a landmark Manhattan address to reveal the upscale lives of its diverse tenants. Their money is old or new; their careers on the rise or in full retreat; their motives reckless or greedy; but no apartment building's Art Deco fa�ade can hide their secrets from the deliciously prying eyes of tattletale Bushnell. High-rise entertainment; scandalous fun.

51nsLLtEfdL The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Imagine waking up one day in total darkness, unsure of where you are and unable to remember anything about yourself except your first name. You're in a bizarre place devoid of adults called the Glade. The Glade is an enclosed structure with a jail, a graveyard, a slaughterhouse, living quarters, and gardens. And no way out. Outside the Glade is the Maze, and every day some of the kids -- the Runners -- venture into the labyrinth, trying to map the ever-changing pattern of walls in an attempt to find an exit from this hellish place. So far, no one has figured it out. And not all of the Runners return from their daily exertions, victims of the maniacal Grievers, part animal, part mechanical killing machines.
Thomas is the newest arrival to the Glade in this Truman-meets-Lord of the Flies tale. A motley crew of half a dozen kids is all he has to guide him in this strange world. As soon as he arrives, unusual things begin to happen, and the others grow suspicious of him. Though the Maze seems somehow familiar to Thomas, he's unable to make sense of the place, despite his extraordinary abilities as a Runner. What is this place, and does Thomas hold the key to finding a way out?

4078927 Little Bee by Chris Cleave
We don't want to tell you what happens in this book.
It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it.
nevertheless, you need to know enough to buy it, so we will just say this:
           This is the story of two women. Their lives collide one fateful day, and one of them has to make a terrible choice, the kind of choice we hope you never have to face. Two years later, they meet again - the story starts there ...
           Once you have read it, you'll want to tell your friends about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens. The magic is in how the story unfolds.


What I want to see in The Hunger Games Trilogy movie pt. 1

I finished reading the trilogy just days ago. Suzanne Collins' masterpiece takes my vote for writing an unforgettable, rivetting and engaging piece of literature. Each book was a thrill on it's own, from the very first page down to the very last. It drew me in and I got so hooked in the world of Katniss and her fight with the Capitol. The first sign that I'm very into the story is when I get to see it also in my dreams and while reading the Hunger Games trilogy...oh boy I had several.

I've heard of rumors that there was already a movie in the works but I can't be sure. If there is, I just hope they don't mess it up. A great series like that should be tributed rightly with the same caliber when it gets translated into the big screen.

Here's what I would look forward to seeing when the movie comes out:

CINNA
Yes he's first on my list. Based from the descriptions in the novel, I can only imagine so much about the delightful costumes he created for Katniss. I deem them to be out of this world, not "Lady Gaga-ish" but beautifully unique. For her very first presentation as a tribute, Cinna's costume earned her the nickname "The Girl on Fire" and I very much want to see that.

THE PARADE OF TRIBUTES
Before they slaughter each other in the arena, the tributes were presented to the public in their very best of costumes. They are said to be dressed in relation to what their district is known for, I want to see that too.

THE ARENA
That's what the trilogy is about right? The Hunger Games itself. I want to see what the cornucopia looks like, the mutations and the vastness of the playing field. In book 2, the arena was likened to a clock, with a different set of danger with each hour face, I wonder how they'll pull that off, but I bet if done correctly, it would be amazing.
I hope they don't censor the bloodbath too, because that's what made The Hunger Games so raw and intoxicating. It's as if you could feel yourself fighting for your life too.

THE CHARACTERS
Each of them had their own strengths and unique traits. I want to see how Katniss shoots, how Rue climbs from tree to tree, how Peeta hid himself in the mud and the way Haymitch plays as a drunk mentor. I can't wait to find out who they'll cast. Again, I hope they'll do a good job casting these characters.

THE DISTRICTS
I have a picture in my mind's eye on what the districts would each look like but it would be better to see them on-screen. Would it be as rugged and as rusty as the structures in water world? or as complex as they made it in the Matrix? It's just a good guess as any.

THE FIGHT SCENES
It will be a bloodbath but I'm not entirely too squeamish when it comes to bloody scenes. I know for sure that I will cringe at every bone crunch and flesh cut but all in the spirit of the Hunger Games, I will endure it. Haha. I want to see the battle prowess of each tribute.
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I'm excited! Can you tell? I'm obsessing on every detail, I'm replaying the battles in my head. I can't wait for them to come up with a movie for this series! :)

Disney's New Princess in Tangled

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair."

That's the line I remember the most whenever I think about the fairytale of Rapunzel. Disney's version - Tangled was everything that I hoped it would be and more. It breathed new life into the classic fairytale. Now it's much much more magical, enchanting and heartwarming, the key-components that will make this movie well-loved and a sure-favorite from here on end. Disney's found a new princess to go with the ranks of Belle, Ariel and Jasmine. Rapunzel will be an instant classic, you can count on it.

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There are a lot of reasons to love this movie, let me list them all down for you.

THE STORY
Of course a good movie has to have a good story plot behind it. Since the Rapunzel fairytale that I grew up with was the Brother's Grimm version, Disney's own spin in the tale is a much welcomed fresher take in my opinion. It's a mixture of adventure, danger, magic and romance. The proven Disney formula for princess tales like this. If you ask me, I like this version better. The tale about the sun drop and the magic hair makes it very enchanting. Unlike other princess fairy tales, there's no prince here but a ruffian with a heart of gold in Flynn Rider. The bad witch is also present, as with every fairytale, there has to be one. This witch however was not as villainous but provided enough conflict to make us root for the happy ending.

TANGLED TANGLED THE SONGS
They reminded me a lot of the songs from The Little Mermaid. They were sad and full of longing. Mostly because Rapunzel was cooped up in that tower for so long. The melodies were catchy and unforgettable. I also loved the fact that Mandy Moore voiced Rapunzel's character. Her voice has a natural sweetness that was perfect for the character.

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THE HUMOR
There were enough scenes that will make you giggle and a couple or so that will make you laugh out loud. It had just the right mix of wit to make it relatable to a level that you'll feel very much like a child again.

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THE ANIMALS
Jasmin had Raja and Ariel had Flounder. This time around, Rapunzel had Pascal. Pascal is a very loveable chameleon. A very unlikely animal to be kept as a companion but he's just adorable. Maximus the war horse also stole part of the limelight here. Although I think he's quite confused that he's a horse and not a hound, he provided some of the laughable scenes that makes Tangled memorable.

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RAPUNZEL HERSELF
She is beautiful of course but because she has been locked up in the tower for most of her life, her innocence radiates in her character. This was charming and endearing to see on the big screen. She has a passion that was infectious and a longing that makes you want to comfort her. Although she may play the part of the damsel in distress, Rapunzel had her own strengths and qualities that makes her entirely unique. Oh and plus I envy her long golden tresses especially when it was braided. :)

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THE VISUALS
Tangled was not only a delight to the ears because of the fantastic musical score but also very fascinating to watch not only because of the 3d rendering but also of the exemplary portrayal of the city and the artworks that Rapunzel made. Everything had bright colors that when mixed were very pleasing to the eyes. One thing to watch out for, the floating lanterns scene. That gave me goose bumps simply because I was trying to imagine being presented such a sight in real life. I would have surely burst into tears. It would have been so beautiful.

TANGLED

Flower, Gleam and Glow
Let your power shine
Make the clock reverse, bring back what once was mine
Heal what has been hurt, change the fate's design
Save what has been lost, bring back what once was mine
What once was mine...

I'm putting Tangled into my must-see movies for 2011. I highly recommend it to everyone especially as a popcorn event for the whole family. It will be shown in theaters starting February 2, 2011.

(Oh and a special advanced screening today, January 25th)

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Cher’s comeback in Burlesque

Believe it or not, if you do a search for the name “CHER” in the Urban Dictionary, these definitions come up:

1, Singer, songwriter, actress, movie director and entertainer, won an Oscar, a Grammy, several Golden Globes, an Echo, Bambi and a few others. Witty, sexy and all in all, one of the greatest people that ever lived.
The name can also be used as synonym of "great" or "flamboyant".

2 . To describe one of unfathomable age

Cher was eventually persuaded to come out of a 7-year hiatus from the public eye by patient and persevering filmmakers. The multi-awarded singer and actress will be playing the role of “Tess”. We’ll get to see what she’s going to be like when Burlesque comes out in cinemas soon.

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“Burlesque” tells the story of Ali (Christina Aguilera), a small-town girl with a big voice, who thinks there had to be somewhere her dreams could be fulfilled, rather than remain an empty goal. Enter the world of burlesque.

            Leaving behind hardship and an uncertain future for the entertainment capital Los Angeles, Ali stumbles upon The Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing theater that is home to an inspired musical revue. Talking herself into a cocktail waitress job from Tess (Cher), the club’s glamorous and forthright proprietor, headliner and starmaker, Ali becomes a wide-eyed sponge to The Burlesque’s captivating acts. The outrageous costumes and bold choreography hold the young ingénue enraptured. That stage is where Ali was meant to be, so she vows to herself she’ll be on it someday. 2010_burlesque_042

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My HTC Desire problems

Last year at around June, I was excited to blog about how I was loving my phone, an HTC Desire. At that time, it was reviewed to be one of the best Android phones around and for a few months it really was for me. The only problem I had with it was that I couldn't transfer my downloaded apps to my SD card (a feature that wasn't available to Éclair version of the Android OS) unless I root the phone. I wasn't willing to do that and I was fast becoming an "apps junkie". So when the Froyo update was released for HTC, I was thrilled.

That's when my problems started. Aside from the interface makeover from the update, I noticed that the Android OS process was eating up more resources than it did when my phone was still running on Éclair. So shrugging that aside, I proceeded to download apps to my heart's content since it can now be stored on the SD card and I wouldn't have to worry about budgeting my space anymore. But I also noticed that my phone became hotter than usual especially when it's charging.

Then graver problems surfaced. My phone went into a restarting loop once it got too hot. It did that occasionally before but then it became very very frequent until it got to the point where..

  • I couldn't use the phone anymore when it's charging
  • I couldn't talk for long because the phone get's too hot and it restarts on it's own
  • I had to wait for the phone to cool down before I can restart it
  • I can't use an app or play a game for too long because again it overheats
  • It takes a while for the phone to properly reboot, it goes on loop sequence often
  • I had to remove the battery for several hours so that I can get it to reboot
  • I had to restore the phone to its factory settings in the hopes that it will fix the restart loop problem

Until one day, it finally gave up. I couldn't get it to reboot anymore. I had to take it back to the store where I bought it to claim the warranty and have them repair/replace the unit. This proved to be a real problem for me because I had no backup phone on hand. I had to go through buying a new phone because of this.

Anyway, the irritating part is, I've gone through several forums while researching on a fix for the restarting loop and a lot of HTC desire owners have complained about this problem. There's no proper response from HTC about it nor any news of a recall. I deem it hopeless because I read in one forum that the tech team over at HTC knew about this overheating problem and just failed to address it. The overheating problem is not solely observed on the HTC desire but on numerous HTC phone models as well. Again, negligence to get a fix on this problem. Tsk.

The phone doesn't come cheap. It's one of the high priced phones out in the market and for that price I think it's only fair that we get our money's worth. Sure I'm hoping that when I get my phone back, it will be just like new. No restarting loops to worry about and no more over-heating problems. Although I'm not getting my hopes up. Some people have taken their phones and had them replaced, only to be disappointed all over again.

My HTC Desire would have been an awesome smart phone except for the problems that I've encountered. It's processing power is really fast and I really like the features it had. Again, if it weren't for those problems, I'd still be an HTC Desire lover but these days it really gets on my bad side.

So lesson learned: When planning to buy a new gadget, research not only for reviews on the product but also well-known problems that are associated with it and the availability of a fix.

Dancing Bags

Does this sound familiar? You’re dressed in a chic and sassy dress, donned strappy heels and accessorized with sparkling jewelry and a clutch or a small purse…ready for a night out with the girls. You get to the club that is of course jam-packed with people. A nice song comes on and everybody wants to dance. It’s just bothersome that you’ll be lugging around your bag while you’re dancing because nobody’s left at the table.

Good thing Amalia Mattaör thought of these, Dancing Bags. The little bags are designed to conform to your arm, so that they can be easily strapped on while you dance.

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Hmm kinda reminds me of the armbands that runners have on their arms but only more glamorous. All, in all, this is a really nice concept, it’s just a matter of who’ll be bold enough to try it and turn it into a fashion trend.

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My elemental personality

I took one of them quizzes again while covering some books that have been purchased last month. This time I wanted to find out what my elemental personality was.

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So I have an AIR element personality. Curious about yours? Take the quiz here.

1000 Ways to Die

I happened to chance upon seeing this show when I turned on the TV looking to see if an episode of CSI was on FoxCrime. It reminded me so much of the Final Destination movies, there were crazy ways at how ordinary objects contributed to the death of several characters in the film. This show however was backed by scientific facts which makes it all the more scarier.

1000-ways-to-dieThere was a girl who died of SUNDS, Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome. Sounds ominous right? I guess this backs up the phrase “dying in your sleep”. She was reported to have been having dreams of a dwarf always strangling her in her sleep until finally one night, she didn’t wake up from that nightmare. There was also a man who was obsessed with cleaning a trailer he bought second-hand. While trying to unclog a watercloset, he poured bleach into it. The chemical reactions between the bleach and the accumulated solidified waste resulted in turning the trailer into an instant gas chamber.

Another death showed a peeping Tom looking into a window of a girl who was having some late night exhibitions in her room. In the heat of the moment, he poked his head into the room. The girl saw him and he panicked. The double hung windows slid down on his neck, resulting in a broken spine right at the point which killed him instantly. Serves him right.

Have you ever thought you could die of cocoa powder? Well two kitchen hands did when they had a sort of “cocoa-powder fight” inside the stock room. They were fooling around with two bags of cocoa and was playfully dousing each other with it. They made the room thick with cocoa powder particles practically lining the air, this made it hard to breathe. It coated their air canals. Until finally, their lungs couldn’t take it anymore and it gave in.

Sounds gruesome right? The ways to die here range from scary to borderline stupid. You be the judge.

Contemplations on Death with Hereafter

When I got invited to the advanced screening of the movie Hereafter, I never put much thought into the title. I took it for granted as the movie with Matt Damon in it. After watching it however, I learned the significance of it throughout the film.

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adv.

  • Immediately following this in time, order, or place; after this.
  • In a future time or state
  • in a future life after death

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I thought that this was going to be a scary movie, scary in a “horror-flick” kind of way, but I was wrong. Yes it was indeed scary but not in that kind of way. It made me think about death and my loved ones who have already passed. Death. Such a final tone to the word. What happens when we die? No one really knows, there have been theories and such but never the facts.

The movie was about how the lives of 3 individuals come full circle and how previous events in their lives proceeded to make it so. George Lonegan (Matt Damon) was a famous psychic who turned his back on fame in order to live a normal life. Marie LeLay (Cecile De France) was a famous French journalist who had a near-death experience in when she got trapped in a tsunami. Marcus struggled between foster parents when his twin brother Jason died.

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I’d have to mention that the tsunami movie sequence here was very realistic. It really felt like you were being washed ashore along with the struggling victims. You could practically just feel the crash of the waves, the bodies slamming against debris, the very strong current sweeping everything in its path and the helplessness of frail human bodies against the rage of the water.

For me, the movie touched on three themes: Death, Soulmates and Psychics

Our idea of death is usually a white beam of light which beckons our soul in the afterlife after we die. Or it could be a place where we can finally see our loved ones who have already died. When Death comes, the ones left behind are usually struggling with grief and sorrow. When you lose someone, there’s an emptiness that would feel as if you’ve died along with them. This is shown clearly in the movie when Jason died. Marcus went through the stages of mourning. He was in denial that his brother was dead. He refused to let him go as signified by him wearing his brother’s cap at all times. He needed closure, as all individuals do when they mourn, in order for him to move on.

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Matt Damon who played the role of a psychic, one who sees his gift as a curse. He can talk to the souls of the dead the moment he touches the skin of the person next to him, this connection serves as a link to the afterlife. For most of the people he “read”, there was almost always the request for forgiveness. Again, forgiveness was the closure that these people needed. For Matt Damon, although he was helping these people, he really couldn’t face thoughts of death for everyday in his life. It was starting to drain the life out of him too.

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The concept of soulmates is mostly believed by romantics as that other half of your soul somewhere on the face of the earth that you’re destined to meet and be with. Destiny and Fate also plays a large role in this. Most people claim that their current partner is their soulmate, their other half. I guess the meaning is entirely subjective to the person believing in it. In this movie, you will see how a character finds a soulmate, and how death as tragic as it may be, could bring about the most unexpected of things..love.

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I enjoyed watching Hereafter but for those who are still planning to watch it, bring tissues with you. I swear the scenes would really touch your heart.

Thank you Warner Bros. Philippines.

The Hidden Man & the Melting Building

Taking a few minutes off from work, I opened my Yahoo page and found this…some optical illusions.

The Hidden Man

negativespace Did you find him? I swear I had to spend several minutes looking for him. Can’t find him?  No sweat, the reveal is in this link.

The Melting Building

trompe_loeil_003 No photoshop at work here, I’m guessing either this is a great trompe l’oeil job or a building with a facade of warped mirrors. Nonetheless it’s still melting away! :)

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So I'm still a Sagittarius. Whew!

Early this morning when I looked at my plurk timeline, something caught my eye. There's now a 13th zodiac plus a link to a post which explains the news tidbit further.

In short, this astronomer named Parke Kunkle announced on NBC news that there has been a change in the alignment between the Sun, the Earth and the stars which means that a 13th zodiac now lies between Scorpio and Sagittarius.

I thought to myself, "Uhoh, I'm a Sagittarius." According to Kunkle, the new zodiac sign is called Ophiuchus (a man struggling against a snake). Curious as to what my new sign is, I looked at the line-up:

Capricorn: Jan. 20 – Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 – March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18- May 13
Taurus: May 13- June 21
Gemini: June 21- July 20
Cancer: July 20- Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10- Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16- Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30- Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23- Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29- Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17- Jan. 20

Hmmm, I was born on Nov. 24th, so that makes me a Scorpio. But I don't wanna be a Scorpio!!

Thankfully, later in the day. Several sites have reported that the 13th zodiac media hype is not true. Meaning, there is no 13th zodiac. Ophiuchus is just a constellation and the zodiacs are based on seasons. Bottomline, the 12 signs are pretty much intact. Whew! I'm still a Sagittarius.

If you'd like to read more on how this phenomenon was debunked, click this LINK.

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Been a long time since I peeked at the Explore page and look what I saw! My favorite flower. :)

Always a good sign and a perfect way to end my work day.

Awed by the American Chopper series

Last night while having dinner, I managed to tune in to an episode of Discovery Channel’s American Chopper. I saw a bunch of guys fiddling around with some parts and on what appears to be a big bike. I was fascinated by all the stuff they were doing. At first I couldn’t make any sense of it since it was the first time I’ve seen the show.

Later on I learned that they were making a custom bike in honor of the firemen who died during the fall of The Twin Towers. It was incredible! Everything was customized, they fabricated everything in that shop. A little research told me that the shop was a family-owned business of the Teutul’s, spearheaded by Paul Sr. and Paul Jr. (Visit their official site)

american-chopper This was the final product for that episode. I LOVED the meticulous design details that they integrated in that motorbike. Notice the customized wheels which had symbols representing the New York city fire department. Down towards the middle was a little fire hydrant which housed the carburetor. The horn sounded like the sirens of a fire truck. There’s a small ladder that slides out at the rear wheel. The gold leaf was placed by hand and was airbrushed to add intense graphic arts. Everything was very well thought out and I was amazed at just how passionate and dedicated their entire crew were.

I can’t wait to catch the next episodes!

The Tourist

tourist_ver2I saw The Tourist at an advanced screening from Columbia with my good friend, Xander. Prior to seeing the movie, I've already heard several reviews that it didn't do as well as it was hoped to do in the Box Office. I wanted to keep an open mind and just see for myself if it's really as bad as they said it was, after all, two of the most capable and beautiful actors in the world star in it, what could go wrong right?

Well, The Tourist wasn't bad BUT it wasn't particularly great either. I'd have to say it's "so-so". It had potential but it fell short to great expectations.

The movie was about how Elise Ward (Angelina Jolie) met Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) on the train while enroute to make a rendezvouz with her estranged lover of two years, Alexander Pearce. Mr. Pearce was wanted by a powerful gangsta named Reginald Shaw and by the Scotland Yard. Elise was being trailed as well. In order to throw the spies off track, she used Frank as a decoy for her agendas. While on the quest to find her lover, Frank falls in-love with her.

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Book Sale Alert!

If you have some titles that you’ve been wanting to read for some time now, time to don your book shopping shoes and head on to these Fullybooked branches.




Expand your Knowledge about the Internet

If you’re a heavy computer user like me, you’re probably on the internet for most of the hours in your day. Everything I do nowadays almost always involves me surfing the internet either for research, social interaction or for work. The thing is, I don’t really know that much behind what makes the internet the amazing thing that it is today. If you’re interested (just like I was), check out this Google book, 20 Things I learned about Browsers and the Web.

google book It’s a very nice read. It’s offered in an online book format so you can read if off of your browser. It gives technical concepts but told in layman’s terms so it’s easy to understand. I find myself nodding as I’ve read on and constantly saying in my mind, “so that’s what it was.”

Check it out for yourself and who knows, you might also learn a new thing or two. :)

As Fresh as it can get

Here's my entry for the Minute Maid blog contest. You can also join, find out how by clicking this LINK now.

I just drank a bottle of Minute Maid Pulpy. They say it’s got ‘no preservatives added’. Aw, c’mon…It’s bottled juice. Is that even possible? So I thought maybe... I was better off with freshly squeezed orange juice.
I didn’t believe it the first time I heard it’s got no preservatives added.  So I read the ingredients (even the fine print) and everything checked out! It really has NO PRESERVATIVES ADDED!  That means it doesn’t have ingredients that may turn out to be allergens, or worse...carcinogens!  Whew! Now that’s healthy goodness that tastes so good, I... decided to take another swig and let the taste linger in my mouth. Thinking of how I'm making a healthier choice for myself.

So okay, it’s got no preservatives added. That’s really good, right?  Not just because it doesn’t have those icky, harmful ingredients, but it also means... that it's like drinking freshly squeezed orange juice, direct from nature.

So far anyone who still has a hard time believing that Minute Maid has got no preservatives added - meaning it's THAT natural, it's almost like it's plucked straight from the tree, it's just as Mother Nature wanted your orange juice to be, it's got nothing but the good stuff yes, none of those potentially toxic stuff that can harm your brain, kidneys, heart; cause tumors aargh- the list of preservatives' bad effects just go on!!! Anyway, just to prove a point on just how good Minute Maid Pulpy is 'cause it's got NO PRESERVATIVES ADDED, I'm gonna have a good stock on hand in my refrigerator so that I can drink the good stuff anytime of the day, whenever I want. Good to have some carried around with me to, so that I can have it on the go.

Feels good to know about the real pulpy deal, right? C’mon show me a smile on the comment box, and you might win yourself a Really Pulpy Deal! (That’s a chance to win a Minute Maid gift pack simply by commenting. Sweet! C'mon you just might be picked as the lucky 'commentor'!)
Love,
Cher

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Sneak Peek: The Rite

TheRite_01 Exorcism is defined as:

1. the ceremony that seeks to expel an evil spirit from a person or place.

- The Free Dictionary

These kind of movies scare me and yet I’m inexplicably drawn to them. Even though I know I’d suffer through a night of nightmares I go ahead and watch them anyway.

Inspired by true events, New Line Cinema's supernatural thriller “The Rite” follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith.

Directed by Mikael Håfström (“1408”), “The Rite” uncovers the devil’s reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. The film stars Oscar® winner Anthony Hopkins (“Silence of the Lambs,” “Wolfman”), Colin O’Donoghue in his feature film debut, Alice Braga (“Predators”), Ciarán Hinds (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” films), Toby Jones (“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”) and Rutger Hauer (“Batman Begins,” “Blade Runner”).

The Rite

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