Book Review: The Romanov Prophecy

Sunday, April 29, 2012 , 0 Comments

I was in between reading novels of the same genre when I picked up this book. I’ve been wanting to read a historical novel for a time but couldn’t decide which one to start on. This was a lucky choice for me because I extremely loved it. The Romanov Prophecy read very much like a history book and being somewhat of a history buff, I enjoyed the references to Russian history mentioned so many times in the novel. Even if you aren’t a history buff, I think this historical novel will get you interested in it. My only comment is that the story dragged on for a bit in the beginning and for a time, I thought that I would be putting this book in my “abandoned for now” category in GoodReads. However, when the hunt for the Romanov heir began, I couldn’t simply leave it off.

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The Romanov Prophecy
by Steve Berry
Ekaterinburg, Russia: July 16, 1918. Ten months have passed since Nicholas II’s reign was cut short by revolutionaries. Tonight, the White Army advances on the town where the Tsar and his family are being held captive by the Bolsheviks. Nicholas dares to hope for salvation. Instead, the Romanovs are coldly and methodically executed.
Moscow: Present Day. Atlanta lawyer Miles Lord, fluent in Russian and well versed in the country’s history, is thrilled to be in Moscow on the eve of such a momentous event. After the fall of Communism and a succession of weak governments, the Russian people have voted to bring back the monarchy. The new tsar will be chosen from the distant relatives of Nicholas II by a specially appointed commission, and Miles’ job is to perform a background check on the Tsarist candidate favored by a powerful group of Western businessmen. But research quickly becomes the least of Miles’ concerns when he is nearly killed by gunmen on a city plaza.
Suddenly Miles is racing across continents, shadowed by nefarious henchmen. At first, his only question is why people are pursuing him. But after a strange conversation with a mysterious Russian, who steers Miles toward the writings of Rasputin, he becomes desperate to know more–most important, what really happened to the family of Russia’s last tsar?
His only companion is Akilina Petrov, a Russian circus performer sympathetic to his struggle, and his only guide is a cryptic message from Rasputin that implies that the bloody night of so long ago is not the last chapter in the Romanovs’ story . . . and that someone might even have survived the massacre. The prophecy’s implications are earth-shattering–not only for the future of the tsar and mother Russia, but also for Miles himself.

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Movie News: The Avengers break Philippine Cinema Records

Sunday, April 29, 2012 , 0 Comments

In just two days, The Avengers movie has earned Php 101.76 million which just goes to show how long fans have awaited to see it. It not only surpassed expectations but gained satisfactory nods from hardcore geeks who deem the movie a fitting adaptation from the comics.

 

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It is said to be already on track to holding the highest grossing income on its opening weekend, surpassing Spiderman 3 in the process. The biggest earners are carried by SM Cinemas with the following statistics:

SM North EDSA (P6,165,744), SM Mall of Asia (P5,085,714), SM Megamall (P4,310,903), Trinoma (P3,993,746), SM Cebu (P3,360,436), Glorietta 4 (P2,839,283), Newport (P2,454,528), Gateway (P2,287,513), Eastwood (P2,249,819) and SM Fairview (P2,182,793).

I for one, wrote a raving review for the movie. In case you haven’t read it, just hop on over to this LINK.  Indeed, The Avengers is one of the best movies I’ve seen this year and I strongly urge you to see for yourself too and see what everyone else is raving about.

 

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Free Android Game: Let’s Create! Pottery

Sunday, April 29, 2012 , 0 Comments

It’s been a habit of mine to browse the Play store for unusual Android apps when I have some downtime at work. I saw Let’s Create! Pottery Lite and decided to try it out. I was mostly curious because it doesn’t belong to any of the free Android games I’m accustomed to seeing while browsing. If it’s not obvious by now, yes it’s an app for creating pottery.

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They Draw and Cook: An Illustrated Cookbook

Saturday, April 28, 2012 , 0 Comments

When I see cookbooks, I always enjoy looking at the gorgeous food photos of the recipes but when I saw this book, I’ve decided I liked it so much better than conventional photographs. They Draw and Cook is a very different kind of cookbook, the kind that has illustrated recipe instructions drawn by artists around the world. I can see myself losing a lot time just browsing through their online site.

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Movie Review: Marvel’s The Avengers

Friday, April 27, 2012 , 0 Comments

The other night, during the opening day of Marvel’s The Avengers, I was a giddy girl coming out of the cinemas with my head swimming by remembered scenes from the movie and lines that stuck to me as particularly amusing and funny. I was reeling at the prospect of another movie in the next years and most of all, I was particularly pleased that the movie was just as awesome as I thought it would be.

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If you’ve never read any of the comic books (just like me) never fret, the movie has an easy enough plot to follow and characters that you can easily get and like. The plot picks up from where the movies of Thor and Captain America left off. So if you haven’t seen those, I think it’s better that you see them first before watching this film, just so you can have a slight background of what’s going on.

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Full New Trailer for Disney Pixar’s Brave

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 , 0 Comments

I’m really looking forward to seeing the new movie from Pixar entitled Brave. It looks to be something that girls will like with the heroine honed in the likes of Mulan.  The movie features Merida, the daughter of King Fergus who is determined to lead her own life. However, her recklessness led to the demise of her father’s kingdom. She must now embark on a journey to undo the curse before it’s too late. Here’s the new trailer released for the movie, enjoy!



trailer courtesy of ComingSoon.net

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The Fashion Illustrations of Victor Faretina

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 , 0 Comments

What happens when someone interested in fashion and is adept at illustration is also a geek? Here’s a perfect example, Victor Faretina has re-conceptualized websites into ballgowns and long dresses. Here are two of my favorites:

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Movie Review: Battleship

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 , 0 Comments

From the first trailer of Battleship that I saw off the internet, it had the impressions of a B-movie that will surely bomb but I immediately changed my mind when more of the movie was slowly released prior to the release date. Then it generated relatively good feedback and reviews from people who have screened it before the general public did. Friends who saw it before I did commented that it was better than Wrath of the Titans which was released on the same week. So I expected to watch a good movie and be entertained when I finally saw it last weekend. Surprisingly, my expectations were surpassed and I ended up being so immersed in the movie much more than I intended to.

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New book alert: Unwholly by Neal Shusterman

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 0 Comments

One of the books that I read that Neal Shusterman wrote was Unwind. It took a long time for me to get my hands on that book and when I did, I savored every minute reading it. I loved it because once again, Shusterman wrote a compelling plot with a very unique concept. Who could ever think about organ and body transplants as unwinding with a gruesome twist that it came from kids. Crazy right? Read the book and it’s brilliant.  Unwind was written by Neal Shusterman last 2007 and while there was a hint that there's more to the story, it's five years after that the confirmation came. Unwholly is the next book in the series. Hooray! Can't August 28 come sooner?

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Unwholly (Unwind Trilogy #2)
by Neal Shusterman
In a society where unwanted and troublesome teens are salvaged for their body parts, Connor, Risa and Lev continue to fight against the system that would 'unwind' them. Thanks to their high-profile revolt at the Happy Jack Harvest Camp, people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of so-called troublesome teens might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question and a new law passed. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests, not to mention the illegal 'Parts Pirates', that want to see it not only continue, but expand.
Connor, Risa and Lev each struggle to rescue as many AWOL teens as possible and offer them sanctuary. But life at the Graveyard is hard, rivalries bubble under the surface and the cracks are beginning to show.
And then there is Cam, a teen who does not exist. Made entirely out of parts from one hundred other 'unwinds', Cam is a 21st century Frankenstein, a rewound, struggling to find a true identity and meaning, and a place in society. But when a sadistic bounty hunter who takes "trophies" from all the 'unwinds' he captures starts to pursue Connor, Lev and Risa, Cam finds his own fate inextricably bound with theirs…

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Cool Bookmark!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 , 0 Comments

I saw this while browsing Pinterest and being the bookworm that I am, I’ve been collecting bookmarks whenever I see ones that I really like. As of now, my most treasured one is the one that I got from attending the premiere of Water for Elephants. It’s a metal bookmark that’s kinda shaped like an elephant tusk. The other bookmarks I’ve collected are mostly the magnetic ones from Hoops and Yoyo. This wicked witch Feet bookmark was just too cute to resist. I like the novelty design to it.
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Unfortunately, my Pinterest pointed its source as Obaz.com and oh my, it has to get a lot of likes before it can be available for the public. Luckily, Kira Nichols offers it on her Etsy shop and it’s available every couple of weeks.

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Movie Preview: Big Miracle

Monday, April 23, 2012 , 0 Comments

Who’s ready for another heartwarming and inspiring animal film? *raises hand* This time around, it’ll be about whales – gray whales to be exact. Big Miracle is about how a Greenpeace volunteer (Drew Barrymore) and a small town news reporter (John Krasinski) rallies an unlikely group of greedy oil companies, riled up natives and the military in order to save stranded gray whales. The movie is said to be based on a real story.

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I’ve seen the trailer and it looks to fall on the likes of a Dolphin’s Tale, We Bought a Zoo etc. All of which tell of the triumph of human spirit and great compassion towards animals. I think it will be a nice break from all the action films we’ve seen for the past months. Big Miracle will started showing on regular theaters starting May 2, 2012.

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Book Review: The Death Cure

Monday, April 23, 2012 , 0 Comments

This is book #8 for my 2012 Reading Challenge
I was introduced to the Maze Runner series by James Dashner by my friend Beth. It’s another one of those books that belong to the dystopia genre. I liked them because it’s hard to put it down once you’ve started reading. They’re fast-paced, action-packed and the mystery just really gets to you. James Dashner’s characters for this trilogy were just greatly conceptualized. Across the span of three books, they really grow on you.

The Death Cure by James Dashner is the third book of the Maze Runner series. Of the three, the first book was the best however the last book really tied in all the loose ends and my lingering questions left by the cliff-hanger endings of the first two books were also answered. Some of the questions that I had were the ones about Wicked being good or evil. I also kept thinking about how Thomas will find a way to remember his past and save the Gladers too.

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Sneak Previews of 21 Jump Street

Monday, April 23, 2012 , 0 Comments

This year’s sleeper hit has gotta be 21 Jump Street. I never knew that Channing could hit it off in a comedy film. You can read my full review HERE21 Jump Street is a movie about two friends Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) who were great as partners in the police force because they complimented each other’s weaknesses. However, they were charged with park patrol despite the ambition. In a drug bust that went awry, the two of them were re-assigned to the 21 Jump Street unit where they were then tasked to sniff around and find out about the new synthetic drug that’s getting high school kids high and dead.

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21 Jump Street was a lot of fun to watch. The sneak previews for the movie will be on April 23 and 24. Regular showing will be on May 9. For trailers, exclusive content and free downloads, check out http://www.columbiapictures.com.ph and www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH.
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Google’s Earth Day Doodle

Sunday, April 22, 2012 0 Comments

I was reminded that it was Earth Day today when while en-route to the venue for my sister’s graduation, I had to divert from my usual route because of a road block for the Nat Geo Earth Day run. Since I was mostly out for most of the day, I had to endure the hot temperatures of Manila especially during noon. Man, the heat is so overwhelming! Anyway, while the blunt of the summer is strongly felt here, it’s refreshing to see the Google Doodle for today.
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Hunger Games: Catching Fire gets New Director

Sunday, April 22, 2012 , 0 Comments

The Hunger Games movie was one of the most anticipated films of the year and I joined the ranks of those who have read and have loved the books to bits. However, I was really disappointed with the movie adaptation and if you’ve been reading my blog, I’m sure you’ve come across my very long review of the movie. Yes I was extremely blunt at expressing my dislike at how Gary Ross handled a would have been epic movie-adapted book.

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I won’t even hide my elation at learning that there will be a new guy who will handle directing the film for the next book in the series – Catching Fire.  The new director is said to be Francis Lawrence. Who is he you might ask. Well, he has only a few movies under his belt – I am Legend, Constantine and Water for Elephants. Of the three, I haven’t seen Constantine yet but a few of my friends have already recommended that I will like it very much. I also liked the other two, so let’s see. Maybe Lawrence might be able to do a better job.

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Movie Preview: The Amazing Spider-man Poster and Standee Art

Friday, April 20, 2012 , 0 Comments

July is going to be a busy month for comic book fans and one of those movies that they’ll surely be flocking to see will be the reboot of the Spider-man movies with The Amazing Spider-man. This was earlier promised to be a much darker but more true to the comic movie adaptation. What’s gotten me excited with this movie is the overall look and feel of it, I just hope that it lives up to the hype. I look forward to seeing how Andrew Garfield will be as Peter Parker. I’m also such a big fan of Emma Stone who Garfield will be starring with.

Columbia Pictures has just released images for the movie poster and for the standees that will be gracing most cinema theaters until the movie release. Thumbs-up from me.
[see the posters after the jump, you may CLICK ON THE IMAGE for a hi-res view.]

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Movie Preview: Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3: Dog Days Movie Poster

Friday, April 20, 2012 0 Comments

The first movie was a hit and the second was so-so, let’s see if the guys will redeem themselves in the third installment of the series. I’m mildly surprised that they’re releasing a third movie. I’m crazy about the books mainly because of the doodles inside them. The Dog Days is based from the fourth book of the same title by Jeff Kinney and the same cast is back to reprise their roles - Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick, Steve Zahn. Hopefully it will be just as fun to watch.

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Oh and in case you were wondering what the movie is about, since it’s based on the fourth book, here’s how it goes:

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It’s summer vacation, the weather’s great, and all the kids are having fun outside. So where’s Greg Heffley? Inside his house, playing video games with the shades drawn.
Greg, a self-confessed "indoor person,” is living out his ultimate summer fantasy: no responsibilities and no rules. But Greg’s mom has a different vision for an ideal summer . . . one packed with outdoor activities and "family togetherness.”
Whose vision will win out? Or will a new addition to the Heffley family change everything?
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New Moleskine Notebook for Shooting Messages

Friday, April 20, 2012 0 Comments

Okay I know that the blog post title might have given the impression of weirdness but let me make sense of it. Remember that time when the internet wasn’t ruling our lives and phones weren’t glued to our bodies? Remember that? Sometimes to get a message across to a friend in a classroom would be to pass a piece of paper along with the message written on it.

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That was what Italian designer Pietro Corraini must have had in mind when he designed this Moleskine notebook. It still features the classic cover but with a minor addition of a ruling system across. Here’s how it works, you use the notebook band like a slingshot. The Moleskine notebook comes with pre-printed message “tickets” that you can shoot across to a friend. Now it might take time to get the hang of it but I think it’s amusing to think of a new use for a Moleskine notebook. It’s available at the Moleskine Store as part of the Milan Design Week.

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What to do with Emotional Baggage

Thursday, April 19, 2012 , 0 Comments

This post is inspired by an episode of How I Met your Mother. It was that time when Ted got really annoyed by all the emotional baggage that the current girl he was dating was carrying. Then towards the end, he realized, it was the same for him too.

Just what is emotional baggage? For me, I define it as a set of bad memories from past experiences that have the potential to hold us back or prevent us from fully moving on from an experience we'd rather forget. No matter how good our intentions are about starting over, everyone has an emotional baggage in tow no matter how much you strongly deny it, it's there. Getting rid of it is easier said than done and while I'm no expert, I can share with you some insights and learnings I have learned from various sources.

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My Morning Routine

Thursday, April 19, 2012 0 Comments

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Here's how my typical work day morning starts. I usually wake up to the hustle and bustle of sounds of my mom cooking breakfast in the kitchen while the dogs are happily playing about. I can tell you that 17 dogs running about in the backyard is kinda not hard to wake up to. Oh and just an insight to our culture here, even if kids reach an adult age, it's not uncommon for them to still stay with their parents. Most usually become independent once they've settled into marriage.

Anyway, back to my morning routine, upon getting up I usually head to the dining table and pack my breakfast and lunch. I jump in for a quick shower and then get dressed for work.

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The Lucky One Movie Review

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 , 0 Comments

Nicholas Sparks had done it again. He has this amazing ability to reduce women to states of giddiness and I’m amused that even men of the manliest kind can become such sappy romantics. It’s not hard to guess why a lot of Nicholas Sparks’ novels have been turned into movies and so far, the running is not bad. So why was I looking forward to seeing this movie? Well, I hate to admit it but it was mostly because of this crush I had with Zac Efron. Haha, I’m a fangirl yet again.

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Here’s a summary of the plot:
Coming back from Iraq, Logan  (Zac Efron) – a Marine sergeant, sought to find a girl named Beth (Taylor Schilling) whose photo he found by chance and saved his life. When he did find her, instead he fell for the woman who was his lady luck but because of complications, Logan must win her heart and her trust.

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Free Android App: After Focus

I made a great discovery this afternoon while browsing some apps at the Play store. Aside from the games currently inhabiting most of the space in my external SD card, I also have a lot of photography apps. Mind you, I only keep the ones that are really good and this particular one that I’ve just discovered is also going to that collection. I don’t know about you but I’m disappointed with Instagram for Android and am still waiting for the update for the additional filters and effects. I have resorted to using 3rd party camera apps instead and then posting those pics via Instagram.

Anyway, the free Android app that I’ve discovered is called After Focus. If you’ve noticed, pictures taken by DSLR cameras with very expensive lenses have blurry backgrounds, one focal point and at times, a very good bokeh effect. If you want a cheap way to replicate this effect on your phone then After Focus will do the job for you. Got your interest yet? Well, read on after the jump.

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Movie Review: 21 Jump Street

Sunday, April 15, 2012 , 0 Comments

I saw 21 Jump Street making headlines on some of the movie news sites that I was watching on my Netvibes feed. At first I had no idea who was in it and why it was making such a buzz. Seeing Channing Tatum co-starring in the movie immediately piqued my interest. I then realized that I haven’t seen him in an action comedy movie and I wondered if he could pull it off.

21 Jump Street is the story of Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) who were former high school classmates who met each other again at the police academy. After discovering that they complimented each other’s strengths and weaknesses, they managed to get through the course and became best friends. With dreams of getting into the police force, they were instead assigned disappointingly to park patrol. Their first drug bust went wrong when Jenko forgot to read the drug lord’s rights. As punishment, they were re-assigned to 21 Jump Street. This was a special high school infiltration operation headed by Captain Dickson (Ice Cube). Their mission was to find the supplier of a new synthetic drug that was being peddled to high school students on the street.
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Book Review: The Schwa was here by Neal Shusterman

Sunday, April 15, 2012 , 0 Comments

PhotobucketI became a fan of Neal Shusterman instantly after reading Everlost. His ideas and story plots were very unique. His characters were very likeable and almost always had very distinct personalities. The personalities weren’t written ordinarily too, they had striking qualities that are very unforgettable. When it comes to story plots, most of them were ones that I’ve never read before.

I saw this book by chance among a list of audiobooks that my friend shared with me on Box.com. I didn’t think twice when I saw the author’s name. If it was from Neal Shusterman, I definitely wanted to read it right away! The Schwa was here expounds on the idea about how someone can be invisible in a high school environment. My first impression at having read the synopsis was that it could have a sci-fi or supernatural feel to it.

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Movie Preview: New Set of Pictures from The Dark Knight Rises

Friday, April 13, 2012 , 0 Comments

July will be THE month marked for Batman fans and movie junkies as well. Why? Well that’s when we’ll get to see the exciting conclusion for Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The Dark Knight Rises will feature Bane and Catwoman as Batman’s adversaries. July isn’t too far off, but for now let’s take a moment to view newly released production stills.

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Christian Bale is back as Bruce Wayne/ The Batman (thankfully). Here’s a shot of the Batsuit in all it’s glory.

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J.K. Rowling’s New Book

Friday, April 13, 2012 0 Comments

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Good news Harry Potter fans! J.K. Rowling has announced the publishing of her new book on September 27th. Unfortunately, it’s not a prequel or another book for the Harry Potter series. (Sorry Potter fans)  Let’s not get our hopes up, she has already made it clear that there won’t be any, and besides there’s Pottermore to explore if you want to get your Potter fix. The new novel is called The Casual Vacancy and it looks to be not in the fantasy genre.

While the Potter series was targeted for a younger audience but largely enjoyed by adults alike, this new novel is more for adults. I think Rowling is finally trying her hand out with writing something more for a serious audience. I’m still curious though. I have already seen negative feedbacks on this announcement mainly from Potter fans who want another Potter novel but let’s give her a chance shall we? She’ll be doing a major leap in terms of writing genre and I really hope she does well.


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What Women Say and What they Really Mean

Thursday, April 12, 2012 , 0 Comments

I'm sure you've all heard that catch-phrase - It's fun being a woman. Yes, I assure you it is but we all know it's not all fun under the sun. Sometimes it gets gloomy too and we can get carried away with mood shifts and the blues. I admit that I've had my fair share of mood swings and trust me when I say that you don't want to be on the receiving end of it. However, it's just natural and I've learned to accept this about myself. Women can be extremely emotional sometimes. There are days when you wake up and everything just irritates you.

I'm not saying that this is good behavior. It's just that. We fall prey to our emotions more times than we care to.

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I read an article weeks before about how women say things and men totally misinterpret them to mean another. I've decided to write my own cheat-sheet. As best as what I can explain, based from my own personal experience with some inputs from some of my best female friends. Listen up men, when caught in an argument with a woman, be on the lookout for these words and read on about what we really mean when we say these.

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Are you ready for The Avengers?

Thursday, April 12, 2012 , 0 Comments

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Can you believe it’s only days now? One of the most hyped up movies for this year is only less than two weeks away. Marvel’s The Avengers movie better be worth all the hype it’s getting and after the disappointment from The Hunger Games, I think it’s time for good movies again.

I have a lot of things to look forward to in this movie. I hope there will be more screen time for Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) this time around. I want to see her showing off her fighting skills more. As for Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), well I really don’t know anything much about him....except that he can stun enemies and they lose a turn in the FB game. :P

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Reliving the Magic of Titanic in 3d

Thursday, April 12, 2012 , 0 Comments

15 years after it has graced the big screen, James Cameron's movie Titanic remains to be one of the most epic movies of all time. It has one of the highest gross earnings in Hollywood history. It was certainly without a doubt a very ambitious endeavor but through the meticulous leadership of James Cameron and the talented cast and crew that he assembled, the story of the Titanic's sinking, as tragic as it may be, was re-told. The movie has also won 11 Academy Awards, a feat shared by not many movies in the entire history of film-making in Hollywood.

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Although not related to the sinking, the story of Jack and Rose has touched so many hearts throughout the years. Mention Titanic and you'd most likely hear Jack and Rose's names come next, or a few lines from the movie recited from memory. I myself have seen the movie so many times that I'd care to count. Saw it twice  in the cinemas and I don't know how many times I've caught it on HBO.

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Smell Good this Summer with Eau de Toilette by Zen Zest

Monday, April 09, 2012 , 0 Comments

One Saturday I got invited to an event launching of the new fragrances for the Eau de Toilette line by Zen Zest. Zen Zest has been a successful brand for 11 years now and is easily identifiable by its red and white brand logo. Zen Zest is known for good quality products and their affordability. I remember there was a time in college that I got addicted to their foot spa line. Come Christmas time, they also make great gifts. That’s why when I entered the function room of Cafe 1771, I was immediately hit by nostalgia.

The Eau de Toilette line by Zen Zest was named after colors taken from a 72-color crayola set. I was surprised by the wide array of fragrances already available. There’s Aquamarine, Bullet, Celadon, Turquoise, Cobalt, Teal and Periwinkle for Men and Thistle, Magenta, Scarlet, Indigo, Mulberry, Tangerine and Marigold for Women. If you think that’s already a lot, this month the collection will be joined by Silver, Blue and Black for Men and Coral for Women. Each 50mL bottle is composed of 12% fragrance oil and priced at only Php 200. I particularly like the simple packaging of each bottle. It’s square shape is only highlighted by the color it was named after. Plus it’s compact enough to fit even a small bag.

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Trying out Instagram for Android phones

Sunday, April 08, 2012 , , 0 Comments

After such a long wait, Instagram is now finally available for Android phones. While the awaited release was welcomed by many, it was immediately replaced by collective groans of disappointment. Why? Well, this is due to mainly less effects than it has for its appstore cousin. Personally, I have also encountered several bugs upon my first use, which has greatly led me to wonder if it was worth the hype. However, there’s talk of updates for the app in the coming months and hopefully they’ll be able to address the issues and iron out the kinks.

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Book Review: A King’s Ransom

Friday, April 06, 2012 , 0 Comments

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The 39 Clues series were the books I usually pass on when browsing through the bookshelves at my favorite bookstore. I had thought there were just for kids, given that they come with cards to trade. I was wrong though. 12 books later, I’m hooked to the series. I went through a whole phase where I was reading them like there’s no tomorrow.

Now on the second part of the series and the story is more intense than ever. Characters and alliances have shifted and there are so many twists in every book. This makes for a more interesting read for the book that comes after. All the while staying true to the writing style and the uniqueness of the series.

In a King’s Ransom, book two of the Vespers vs. Cahills series, Dan and Amy set out on the task to find the De Virga Map. With the aid of the rest of the Cahill clan, they undertake the mission while on a time limit. All the while, they’re thwarted at every turn by the Wyoming siblings and Vesper One.

What makes this book interesting is the de Virga map itself. Up until now, I haven’t heard of it although I’ve seen illustrations (after some research). There wasn’t any doubt that the book was action-packed but this felt like a transition novel for a much more exciting storyline. The last chapter proved me right. The twist in the end set a whole new set of questions and more plot possibilities for the rest of the series. I can’t wait to reach it.

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Movie Preview: More Dark Shadows Posters

Thursday, April 05, 2012 , 0 Comments

Ever since I’ve seen the trailer for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, I’m getting more and more excited to see the movie. When the first set of production stills came out, I had thought it would be a serious horror film but it turns out that it’s a comedy.

In the movie, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) lives a lavish life as one of the richest men in Maine. As a playboy, he crossed paths with Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green) and he broke her heart. In revenge, being a witch she turned him into vampire then buried him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas returns to his manor to find his home and the family business in ruins. Together with what remains of the family, he sought to resurrect the family business but is constantly thwarted by Angelique. During this endeavour, Barnabas learns about the secrets his blood relatives have on their own too.

Here are the second set of posters released for the film. Click on the thumbnails to view a larger version of the image.

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Movie Preview: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Wednesday, April 04, 2012 , 0 Comments

I bought this book (Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame Smith) out of curiosity. I only had general knowledge of the life of Abraham Lincoln but I had read quite a lot of books about vampires. So seeing these two elements in one book, made it very interesting for me. It was a great read. I remember buying it from a bookstore and the sales assistant even commented that she had already read the book and that if I enjoyed fantasy and paranormal novels, I would enjoy it too. She was right though. I liked it very much.
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Fashion Designers Create Limited Edition Coca-Cola Bottles

Monday, April 02, 2012 , 0 Comments

I love it when the big names of the fashion industry give back in the form of charity. This time, they all consented to designing very unique and very limited editions of Coke bottles that would each signify each of their own styles and design visions. Just take a look.
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Really Unique Heels

Sunday, April 01, 2012 , 0 Comments

Shoes are my weakness. Lose me inside a mall and I gravitate towards the shoe stores naturally. That’s just me I guess. I like the ones that have unique designs and nice color mixes. However, there are some designs that are so very unique that even I think I won’t be able to wear. Take a look at these.
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That’s just my teaser heels. Just look how high that is!! I can’t bear to think about what will happen to her poor ankles when she trips.

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A Comparison of Costumes

Sunday, April 01, 2012 , , 0 Comments

It’s no secret by now that there are two Snow White movies out. One stars Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror and Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman. I have yet to see both but for now I can only make comparisons on the costumes made for both movies. One is undoubtedly light and cheery while the other is dark and dreary. It’s great that the costumes reflect the theme of the movies and it’s clearly seen in the choice of colors and fabric. Let’s make comparisons shall we?
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