How do you relax after a rough day?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 0 Comments

We all have them whether we like to or not and yesterday was rougher than usual for me. I detest it when my Mondays don’t start out good because it usually carries within the week. I’m not much into superstition and all that stuff but this is just something that I’ve noticed happening several times before. Yesterday started out with me in a real good mood because I was able to wake up early and was on the road by 6am but unluckily enough, it took me 3 hours to get to the office. I had thought that I would be getting there much much earlier. On normal days, it usually just takes me 2 hours even with heavy traffic, but yesterday...oh man. It was so bad that I even resorted to playing some games on my phone just so I wouldn’t get too caught up in a bad mood and distract myself.

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Then at work my tasks piled up on top of the other and I mostly worked highly stressed and drained by the end of the day. To make matters worse, my stomach was getting a bit upset again and I was really uncomfortable from all the spasms. Also I had to deal with personal matters in the afternoon. I wouldn’t go into details on that because it’s just so disheartening but in summary, it left me without spirit or heart for several hours.

So when I got home from the premiere of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last night, I was more than happy to call it a day. I was looking forward to sinking my head into my pillows and curling up with a warm blanket on my bed. Before doing that though, I pampered myself with a quick shower. I love love love the smell of Olay’s Moisturizing Body Wash Purely Pristine. Just one quick whiff melts the tension in my body away and after that I just feel so refreshed. I bought a huge bottle last November and up until now I’m only halfway through. Although I’ve used several kinds and brands before, I think I’m going to stick with this one.

How about you? How you do relax after a rough day?

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Book Review: The Ice Limit by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Sunday, January 29, 2012 , 0 Comments

Upon reading the first few chapters of the book, I was a bit concerned that it was starting out a bit slow and very very mysterious. I was reading about two characters that I was guessing to be main characters in the book. I was making a guess which one. Then when the entire mission (in which the story would revolve in) was revealed, the story began to pick up. Just in the nick of time too because I would have shifted to another book altogether if it still dragged on. Fortunately my amusement with all the Filipino and Tagalog references in the book kept me reading on.

The blurb on the book jacket:

The Ice Limit by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

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The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die. A frightening truth is about to unfold: The men and women of the Rolvaag are not taking this ancient, enigmatic object anywhere. It is taking them.

What I liked about the book

When I was still in my early teens, I managed to find an old beat-up Geology workbook at home. I had guessed that one of my cousins probably left it behind when they were still living with us. The meteorite-hunting and Geology discussions in the book reminded me of that long-forgotten interest. I used to collect rocks too.

As usual, the characters were once again written with very exceptional and identifiable traits. Their personalities were very distinct and the authors introduce them into the story where it feels like you’re getting to know them in person. Each chapter reveals more and more about their characters and how they fit into the plot of the story. Eli Glinn was my favorite. I read about him when he appeared in one of the Pendergast books that I read last year. Glinn was a master in his craft in risk assessment and cooking up brilliant strategies to make the mission a success. I was always eager to find out what he’s been up to and how his plans will be carried out.

The book had a very compelling and engaging plot. At the end of it, it felt like a wild adventure that can last for one lifetime. So much stuff happened, so many obstacles to overcome and so many twists that I couldn’t second-guess. Once again, the masters wrote a very informative book. No technical term was left unexplained and it was obviously well-researched.

I think the book would make a very good movie. In fact, that’s how I read it - like a movie playing out. If you’re in the mood for an adventure that sets out as meteorite hunting, then this book would keep you entertained til the very last chapter.

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Movie Preview: Dwayne Johnson ventures onto the Mysterious Island in Journey 2

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 , 0 Comments

The number of blockbuster hits that Dwayne Johnson has under his belt has been numerous and why not? With a charismatic and talented star, it’s no wonder his movies are loved by everyone. I’ve always been amazed by how much versatile his acting talents are. Without losing his trademark moves and styles, he adds his own unique touch to every movie that he makes.

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The next movie that we’ll get to see him in is Journey 2: The Mysterious Island which is a sequel to the 2008 hit Journey to the Center of the Earth. Dwayne Johnson plays the role of Hank, who sets off on a journey with his stepson Sean (Josh Hutcherson) who receives a mysterious distress signal from an island which they believe couldn’t exist. The distress signal signifies that the island was real however and thus begins their adventure.

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Looks like Journey 2 is shaping up to be a very good family movie that we’ll soon enjoy in February. Let’s see how “The Rock” gives life to Hank’s character this time around.

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Revamp your Old Shoes

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 , 0 Comments

The holidays may be over and your wallet may also be feeling the repercussions of going crazy over all those holiday sales. If so, then try these new ways to add a new look to your shoes, sure beats buying a whole new pair.

Jordana Silver Shoe Clips

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These are great for flats and for pumps. [see website]

Half Pretties Lace Stockings

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I’ve actually tried this look to an Aldo lace flats that I own. It instantly jazzes up the shoe especially if it’s a solid colored one. [see website]

Rainbow Laces

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If you’re feeling a little funky and would like the jazz up your plain old sneakers, these laces maybe just the right choice. [see website]

Dekkori Boot Sleeves

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These are great wraps for pumps or stilettos that you have, great if you can’t shell out another dime for new boots. [see website]

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Movie Review: Contraband

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 , 0 Comments

When I got invited to watch the press screening of Contraband at the Solar Preview Room (which has wicked acoustics by the way), I came home pleasantly surprised that I liked the movie. The movie reminded me a bit of Gone in 60 seconds with similarities in the plot but not with the carjacking and stuff. Take it from someone who doesn’t immediately warm up to any heist film, Contraband was really good.

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In the movie, Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) turned his back on a life of crime when he settled for family life however, he was forced to go back to smuggling again when his wife’s (Kate Beckinsale) brother-in-law Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) botched up a smuggling job for Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi). While onboard a ship, Chris entrusted his wife and kids to his best friend Sebastian (Ben Foster). Facing shifting loyalties and complications while on the heist, Chris has to juggle completing the job at hand and protecting his family from Briggs and his cronies.

The Cast

While Mark Wahlberg spearheaded the cast of characters, I didn’t really find anything special with his acting. It wasn’t great yet it wasn’t bad either. It was typical Marky Mark brand of acting. Yet he carried the movie well. He made it believable that it’s possible for a guy who has lived a life of crime be able to turn a 360 and turn legit.

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For those of you who doesn’t know who Ben Foster is, well he was Angel in the last Xmen film. In Contraband however, he was playing the role of Chris Farraday’s best friend. I don’t know but it must be the shape of his face or the way he wore those leather jackets but he reminded me so much of Ryan Gosling. I gotta say though, his acting was really intense and maniacal.

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I’ve always admired the acting prowess of Giovanni Ribisi and as a villain, he was pretty convincing. Him being the bad guy was the kind that spelled power and influence but is riddled with comical vulnerability that makes you want to hate and laugh at him at the same time.

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The Verdict

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, Contraband despite the bad reviews you’ve been hearing milling around was a good entertaining movie. The twists were unexpected and it had plenty of heart-stopping scenes. I like that it wasn’t trying to be overly flashy, in fact it had B-movie stamped all over it BUT I think that’s part of its charm. Best to enjoy with a big bowl of popcorn.

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Movie Preview: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 , 0 Comments

The tragedy of 9/11 is not something that everyone can forget even for us who don’t even live in the same country but is equally as sympathetic to the destruction and devastation it caused. This event was the backdrop of Jonathan Safran Foer’s best-selling novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Being the excellent novel that it is, the folks at Warner Bros has decided to make it into a movie starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn.

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The story is about the adventures of Oskar Schell, who lost his father when the twin towers collapsed. He found a key in his father’s belongings which led him on a quest to find what door it unlocks. His adventures led him to meet a lot of people who had links to his father, indirectly with his mother and to the messy dangerous environment that he’s in. What’s touching is how he sees the world differently and confronts his wildest fears and eventually discover strengths within himself.

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Free Android App: ClicktheCity Lifestyle App

ClickTheCity has always been one of my go-to sites for movie schedules and restaurant locations. Now I’m happy that the site has its own mobile app sporting the same website colors. Here are some of the features that I tried out.

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Finding out the movie schedules is a breeze through the shortcut icons upon launching of the app. You just have to select the location of the cinema that you would like to go to. As soon as the movie schedules are listed, you can click on the movie title to get a brief description and star ratings from critics and consumers.

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The app also gives branch coupons from participating stores that’s near the cinema locations you’ve just searched. Each coupon has a time duration though and must be redeemed before it expires.

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Here’s one thing I haven’t tried before, it was checking on the TV schedule using the site or even the app. I was impressed at the list of popular channels there. Each channel has an updated listing of schedules. You can also try browsing the schedules for the movies on cable. If you click on the movie title, you’ll see additional listings on when the movie will be shown again for that month.

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The Near Me feature lists down the nearest restaurants to your location. Again, the accuracy was good. Only restaurants listed on the site will be shown here. If you click on the store name, you’ll get the complete address and contact numbers.

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If you’re just browsing though, you can go through the upcoming concerts or read through the blog for some reviews.

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Another feature of the app is mobile ordering. It does require you to register first for mobile delivery and then you can choose from the list of participating restaurants. The app even has a feature for you to track your order.

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What you shouldn’t share in Twitter or in Facebook

Sunday, January 22, 2012 , 0 Comments

Almost everyone I know is now on Facebook and about 75% of those people use Twitter or Plurk. Sometimes it’s good to keep in touch with friends I haven’t seen or been with in a long time but sometimes when people overshare stuff they do on their status feed, it gets really annoying. My status feed haven’t been gloriously clean especially those days when I was still a newbie but lessons have been learned and up until now I’m proud to say I have been posting only stuff that are worth sharing with everyone in my network.

Here’s a rundown of the things you shouldn’t be putting in any social network out there:

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Anything that you’re doing with your body. For example, when you’re in the toilet or cleaning out your ears. When I saw an online contact putting this on his plurk timeline and he did it not just once but about three consecutive times, I immediately unfollowed him. What he was putting on his feed was really just crossing the line.

Whining at each every waking minute. It’s okay to rant every once in a while but not when you do it ALL THE TIME. It’s like you’re this grumpy person with a cloud hanging over your head at all times of the day, that’s not cool and not good to be reading while browsing your feed.

Ranting about your boss online. Many people had gotten fired doing this because as I said, almost everyone’s on Facebook nowadays. You can rant that you’re having a bad day at work, just make sure that only a few of your closest confidants can read it.

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Being public about not believing/doing something and then do the exact opposite. Don’t be a hypocrite.

Post personal photos in public that you normally don’t want other people to see then react violently when people give bad comments about it.

Cyber-bullying other people. Some people are subtle while some are very direct. This is actually very horrible especially if you’re on the receiving end of it.

Details that would tempt thieves. Don’t put it out there that you’re leaving home for a vacation or that you’re earning this certain amount of money. Thieves are very resourceful.

Be more responsible with your online presence. It’s no secret that employers can just as easily find out so much about you on the internet before your first interview. You wouldn’t want them to be finding things like this before you’ve even gotten the chance to show off your skills. Also, since social networks will most likely be parts of our lives for such a long time, you don’t want to scroll down through your feed and find a lot of things that you did that you would most likely regret.

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Trying out bloggerdroid

Friday, January 20, 2012 0 Comments

TGIF! I can't believe the week zoomed by so fast and the weekend is already here. There's so much that went on for the past weeks and so far this start of the year had been kind for me.

I'm looking forward to more adventures, fruitful friendships and creative endeavors. cheers!

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Movie Preview: The Hunger Games Movie update

Friday, January 20, 2012 , 0 Comments

A new poster has been released for the movie The Hunger Games. I’m sure by now you’ve also seen the trailers in cinemas or in YouTube. The poster once again shows Jennifer Laurence as Katniss Everdeen with her trusty bow taking a shot straight forward.

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For those of you who haven’t read the book, The Hunger Games is the first part of a trilogy set in the dystopian future of what was once North America. People and areas have been designated into twelve district and every year, the capitol of Panem requires each district to produce 2 tributes to join in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games arena is just basically a place where tributes fight for the right to survive, besting traps set by the capitol and killing off each other until just one remains. Enter our heroine Katniss Everdeen, she volunteers in the place of her sister when her name was drawn. All odds are against her while she tries to champion over the other tributes and conquer the arena.

The cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones, Donald Sutherland and many more. The movie is directed by Gary Ross.

Here’s a look at one of the costumes Katniss and Peeta will wear.

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Just like in the book, the clothes take inspiration from the coal mining industry that District 12 is known for. I’m excited to see how Cinna will transform the outfit that will dub her the nickname “The Girl on Fire”. I’m hoping it will be spectacular.

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Katy Perry in Sims 3

Thursday, January 19, 2012 , , 0 Comments

Yesterday while browsing my email, I saw this teaser about a new feature in Sims 3. I took a guess at the silhouette. Could it be Rhianna? Then looking at the pose, guessed J-Lo?

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What I didn’t guess was Katy Perry. In a very rare and surprising collaboration, she has agreed to be part of the Sims 3 franchise. Players can now aspire to be popstars or musicians and get Katy'-themed items for their homes.

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The Katy Perry Sims 3 Showtime expansion pack will be released in March 2012. Just in case you haven’t played Sims before, their language is dubbed as Simlish. Katy Perry even has a Simlish song! Check out the video below.

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On the Gadget Wishlist: Series 7 Gamer Yellow Laptop

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 0 Comments

The last time I bought my laptop was the time when Core 2 Duos were all the rage and they were the most powerful CPUs in the market, now however with all the i5’s and i7’s prevalent in all the gaming laptops, my old citrus Dell Studio laptop has fallen so far behind when it comes to specs.

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While my desktop is still fairly suited for my gaming needs, it would be nice to have a gaming laptop that I can bring with me anywhere I want. Plus looking at the specs now, they are also more than enough for my 3d modelling needs. The Series 7 Gamer Yellow notebook is aimed for the female gaming market and I find myself attracted to it.

A summary of the specs is as follows:

Glass Flake coated lid

17.3 full HD display

Intel Core i7- 2630QM processor

AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics card 2GB of GDDR5 memory

8GB ExpressCache

RAM 8GB DDR3 (up to 16GB)

harddrive 1.5TB

backlit keyboard

Blue-Ray drive

2MP camera

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth v3.0

HDMI port

USB 3.0

3D surround sound

Sweet right?! Now if only this came in purple too. Price tag is pretty steep though, retailing at $2354 USD.

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My Golden Globe Gown Picks

Monday, January 16, 2012 , 0 Comments

While I didn’t get to see what happened at the Golden Globes because I was at work during the time it was aired, I saw the fabulous fashion going on at the red carpet through Yahoo OMG. There were a lot of great dresses and a lot of misses as well but overall, I think everyone had done their best to look extra glam for this event.

These are the evening gowns that I really liked best.

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I think Charlize would get the most nods for being the best dressed. She was the ultimate picture of sweetness and femininity in that soft blush gown. Emma Stone was radiant too, I really like the burgundy and wine colors in this sort of like a Grecian-style dress.

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I love the color of Jessica Alba’s dress and I wish they had photographed the power couple much more beautifully, I like the red trim and the way Angelina’s dress just drapes wonderfully.

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I love Paula’s energy here and the bright yellow color of her gown was surely eye-catching, it was simple but the stylistic folds and crimps accentuate it nicely. Sofia Vergara was just stunning. Has she gotten thinner? I didn’t think it was even possible but yeah, this gown accentuated her curves very well.

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Try out these Google Chrome Browser Games

Sunday, January 15, 2012 , , 0 Comments

I’ve been a power user of Google Chrome ever since I chose it over Firefox years before and it had undergone a lot of developments since then. Including in those developments are the browser games that you can install as a browser extension and play right on your browser. You won’t believe just how many there are now.

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Here are some that I chose to try out:

 

Gravity Duck

The pixel graphics of this game was charming enough. You have one goal and that is to get the duck to the golden egg. You get to the egg by flipping the gravity switch which enables the duck to scale walls and ceilings. This game is good as a time-waster but very challenging too. It sounds simple enough to do right? However, I found myself getting frustrated as the levels progressed, it does offer a bit of a challenge. [DOWNLOAD LINK]

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Isle of Tune

This one offers a very unique kind of gameplay. There’s no really clear objective to beat the game but that it just allows you to create your own symphonies and musical landscapes with it. Each object that you can place on the field has a corresponding musical note which can be activated by cars that drive along the roads. This game might appeal to musicians and music enthusiasts. [DOWNLOAD LINK]chrome-browser-games-isleoftune-001 chrome-browser-games-isleoftune-002

 

Cargo Bridge

Now this game will appeal to engineers at heart. There are two stages for each game level and that is to build and test. The main objective of the game is to construct a bridge that is strong enough to get your workers across and get boxes of cargo on the other side of the bridge. For a simple game, this one is really hard. It might prove to be a challenge for designers too. [DOWNLOAD LINK]

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Qbox

This is a word game where you’d have to guess the quote by shuffling letters in each column. Solving the puzzle is under time pressure though but once you’ve gotten the hang of it, it’s easy enough. [DOWNLOAD LINK]

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Bastion

While all the above-mentioned games are free, this one isn’t. It only has a number of free levels for you to try. The graphics is very easy on the eyes and the gameplay unique enough because of the real-time narration while you progress in the game. It’s not easy to move with the keyboard controls though because most of the paths are diagonal but other than that, this is a good game to try even on a browser. [DOWNLOAD LINK]

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A Feast for the Eyes and the Ears

If you’re an artist or just someone with an interest in typography, you might want to see this video. It’s great, you might learn a thing or two. Oh and it doesn’t have any special effects, just stop-motion animation clips at some parts.

Typophile Film Festival 5 Opening Titles from Brent Barson on Vimeo.

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Geeky Plushies

Sunday, January 15, 2012 , 0 Comments

As much as I’d like to try my hand at making my very own plushies with felt fabric, I still don’t have the time to do so but I keep coming across works of talented crafters and I can’t help but admire them. These ones are done by misscoffee and she has a whole gallery of them in her DeviantArt page and on her Etsy store. I found them adorable because they’re so geeky and cute!

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Where my Gotham girlies at? The Harley Quinn plushie just screams cuteness!

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I’m sure you all recognize Megaman. Smile

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Chewy takes the cake in this line-up

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I can’t believe there’s even a Sailor Moon line! Shown here is Sailor Venus

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..and of course Harry shouldn’t be found missing.

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