Watch the Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 , , 0 Comments

Set 60 years before the events in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the fate of Middle-Earth lies in the hands of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and a band of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) as they battle Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and the forces of orcs sent by Sauron.

In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Smaug has attacked Lake-Town after being drawn out of the Lonely Mountain. Much to the disappointment of his friends, Thorin sets about hoarding his reclaimed treasure instead of going into the rescue of the men in danger of being in Smaug’s fiery path.
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Book Review Catch Up Batch 2

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 , 0 Comments

Continuing my book reviews for the year is this second batch. I’m more than halfway through my reading challenge for the year and I’m hoping to be able to catch up enough on my reading to be making full book reviews.

Book Review #13 Unlucky 13 by James Patterson
You know when you’ve been reading a series for so long and you find it hard to stop? That’s what I feel about the Women’s Murder Club. Even though I know that these novels were the works of several ghost writers writing for James Patterson, I’ve grown to love the characters in the series. With no reason to break the pattern, I read this next book and breezed through it like before.
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In this book, one of the adversaries from the previous books is back and poses a very serious threat to the life of Lindsay Boxer. While this is going on, Lindsay is also hot on the trail of investigating a murder. As usual, the women in the Women’s Murder Club are more than willing to help. I know it’s silly but I actually cared enough not to want anything to happen to any of the girls. It’s not the strongest book in the series but it’s still a fast-paced read.

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Woo Galbi: Putting their Signature on Korean Food

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 , 0 Comments

Whenever asked to eat Asian cuisine, what my mind almost always immediately think of is Korean food. What sets Korean food apart are the number of side dishes served along with the main entrees. The side dishes are traditionally called banchan. While I love traditional Korean food with classics like bibimbap, seasoned bulgogi and galbi and kimchi, I’m most especially drawn to restaurants who put their own spin on these traditional dishes. This is the reason why I consider eating at Woo Galbi such a gustatory delight.
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The welcome sight of Woo Galbi at the new wing of Shangri-La Plaza Mall.

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How to Survive Boredom During a Blackout

It was around two weeks ago when the strongest typhoon for the year passed through Luzon and wreaked havoc in the towns and cities that lay in its path. The city I lived in was one of those listed under storm signal #3. The eye of the storm didn’t directly pass us but we were close and we felt the brunt of the storm in the morning of the 15th.

As a result of those long 3 hours that we endured, there was a nationwide blackout. Typhoon Rammsun had damaged so many power lines and we suffered through 4 days without electricity. That was also the reason that in those days, I had so few blog updates. I’m not even going to deny just how much it bummed me out because I had gotten so used to certain comforts. Still, I’ve maintained control in ranting too much on Facebook or even on Twitter.

How to Survive Boredom During a Blackout

Get Chores Done
This was the first thing I did when the typhoon passed. There were so many torn off branches and leaves scattered around the yard. I even went up our roof to sweep leaves off there.
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Photo credit: © David Burton/Corbis

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Say Hello to Lovely Brows at The Brow Studio

The facial feature that most women forget to care for or pay attention to the most are the eyebrows. However, it’s a well-known beauty fact that eyebrows with the right shape and trimmed properly will redefine a face. I’m lucky that I was born with thick eyebrows but mine had the wrong shape. By the wrong shape I mean that instead of my eyebrow shape being thick to pointy, it was the other way around.
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Awesome logo for The Brow Studio

I had started to play around with my eyebrow shape back when I was a junior in highschool. Back then I had very thin brows and they made me look stern. Nowadays, I wear them thick but I don’t usually have the time to groom them. What I end up doing most of the time is to shave the excess hair off. During my first visit to The Brow Studio, I learned so much more about keeping my eyebrows in good shape.
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The Brow Studio at SM North The Block

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A Salute to El Jefe: Chef Movie Review

Sunday, July 27, 2014 , , 0 Comments

I finally got to watch Chef last weekend after waiting quite a while and fearing that cinemas have stopped showing it. Thankfully, it was still being shown at the Shangri-La mall. I have had a soft spot for any movie that features cooking ever since I discovered the joys of watching the Food Network channel. I’m sure you’ve seen how they employ certain camera techniques now to make food look more appetizing on-screen and I was looking forward to seeing this as well as watching Jon Favreau be a whiz in the kitchen. I’ve gotten to love watching the man and the fact that he was starring opposite Sofia Vergara in this movie made me anticipate it all the more.
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A Peek at Dark Places

Friday, July 25, 2014 , , 0 Comments

One of the two movies coming out this year that are adaptations from Gillian Flynn’s novels is Dark Places. I read this book March of last year and I couldn’t stop raving about it. The title only gives you a hint at how dark the book is. I recommend that you read the book first before this film comes out in September.
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Rurouni Kenshin Stars & Director to be in Manila for the Premiere

Friday, July 25, 2014 , 0 Comments

I love getting to read good news from my inbox first thing in the morning and I’m more than thrilled to share that aside from saying that it’s nearly August, meaning the opening date for the sequel Kyoto Inferno is drawing ever near, it was also jointly announced by William Ireton and Francis Soliven that the director and stars of the movie will grace the premiere for the film on August 6th. Mr. William Ireton is the President and Representative Director of Warner Entertainment Japan Inc. and Mr. Francis Soliven is the General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.
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Score Big with Fish out of Water

Thursday, July 24, 2014 , , 0 Comments

Here’s another game from Halfbrick Studios that will surely give you instant fun. I stumbled upon Fish out of Water from one of the game lists published on Android Police. Fish out of Water is a free Android game that you can download from the Google Play Store. The download will occupy 40MB of your storage space.
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On initial play through of the game, I was instantly charmed by the graphics. It will certainly appeal to a younger audience but will be appreciated by adult players too. It has cute renderings of the different kinds of fish available as well as brightly colored crabs.
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Jake Gyllenhaal Explores Two Personalities in Enemy

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 , , 0 Comments

I haven’t seen a psychological thriller in a while and it looks like I’m going to get my fix in the upcoming thriller, Enemy which is set to hit Philippine theaters on July 30th. The movie Enemy, stars Jake Gyllenhaal in the roles of Adam and Anthony. While the two may be mistaken as identical twins, Adam is a university lecturer while Anthony is an actor. Neither knows of the other’s existence until Adam happened to watch a film with Anthony in it.
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Jersey Boys: Of Music, Trials and Perseverance

Monday, July 21, 2014 , , 0 Comments

When I was invited to a special screening of Jersey Boys, I knew that I would be in for a musical night. I didn't know the group featured in the film, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and I had no idea what their songs were, much less the music genre they belonged to. What I didn't expect was just how much I enjoyed their story and their music. It was that kind of music that made me nostalgic because it reminded me of the songs I get to listen to on Sundays when my dad was still alive.
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An Inspiring Google Doodle

Sunday, July 20, 2014 , 0 Comments

Last Friday, July 18th, amidst the rush of doing work tasks and the sense of desperation from not having electricity for several days, I spied on the Google Doodle logo for the day and they were celebrating Nelson Mandela’s birthday. I’ve featured several Google Doodles before but this was the most inspiring series I’ve seen yet.
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Annabelle Gets Her Own Film

Sunday, July 20, 2014 , , 0 Comments

Last year’s big horror film hit, The Conjuring earned James Wan renowned praises for making his mark in the horror film genre. The movie was one of the brilliantly scariest films I’ve endured so far. One of the side stories in the film was the story of Annabelle. Although it didn’t get enough coverage for the plot of the film, she sure got enough buzz after The Conjuring came out. This was especially when people got to sharing around links of the history of the Annabelle doll. (Sites like this)

In truth, Annabelle is an antique Raggedy Ann doll but for the movie, The Conjuring she was given a creepier and scarier make-over.
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Top Joey Moments

Thursday, July 17, 2014 , 0 Comments

I’m just about done with my nth marathon of FRIENDS and it still never fails to chase the blues away especially the funny scenes with Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc). As a homage to one of the most interesting characters in FRIENDS, here are my top Joey moments.

Ichiban! Who can forget this commercial that Joey did that only aired in Japan? Woot! Ice blue lips!
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Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Monday, July 14, 2014 , 0 Comments

Last week's big hit was Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Prior to watching it, I had expressed a bit of ignorance and disinterest in the film franchise. I'm glad I gave it a chance. I watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes before attending the advanced screening last Tuesday and I got acquainted with the world of Caesar. Caesar (Andy Serkis) was an ape born with a genetic anomaly. He inherited the traits from an experimental drugs that was passed on to him by his mother. I soon came to know what made Caesar special and terrifying in the first film. With the ending so fresh in my mind, I couldn't wait to see what happens next.
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The Next Spy Movie–Kingsman: The Secret Service

Sunday, July 13, 2014 , , 0 Comments

To be honest, I’ve never seen Colin Firth star in an action film, much less be the star of the upcoming film Kingsman: The Secret Service. The film is loosely based on the comic book “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. It tells of the story of Harry Hart (Colin Firth), a veteran agent as he trains a young protégé that he found in the persona of Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton). As it turns out, his protégé is a juvenile delinquent who can do parkour, skilled at pickpocket and has mean driving skills.
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First Look at Birdman

Sunday, July 13, 2014 , 0 Comments

Set to hit theaters February of next year, Birdman tells of the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) who was famous for playing the role of an iconic superhero. In an important career shift, he struggles to mount a Broadway play. On its opening night however, on top of stage fright, he makes an inner battle with his ego, his past and himself.
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Beach Ready Outfits

Sunday, July 13, 2014 , 0 Comments

Last month, we had our company outing at Boracay Island. We managed to avoid the summer crowds but we weren’t sure about the weather. It was raining occasionally on the first day that we got there but thankfully, it was sunny for the remaining next two days. While doing our strolls, I saw a variety of people in numerous kinds of beach outfits. Some looked great, while some made me shake my head in wonder. This post is inspired by the kind of beach style you should wear for beach vacations. I’ll be publishing another one, with outfit styles that belong somewhere else BUT the beach. 

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Movie Trailer: Gone Girl

Thursday, July 10, 2014 , , 0 Comments

Reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was one of my book reading highlights from last year. It introduced me to a wonderful and brilliant author and to other literary wonders that she has written. The film adaptation of Gone Girl will be seen in theaters on October 2nd this year. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. As one who has extremely enjoyed the book, I’m sincerely hoping that they’d be able to capture the mood and suspense that the author so cleverly wrote into her novel’s pages.
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Unboxing the Heroine Make Elite BDJ Box

Thursday, July 10, 2014 0 Comments

Have you ever noticed how much emphasis artists put on the eyes of female characters in Anime shows? When I’ve done sketches before, it was so much fun to make the eyes have long lashes and color in their iris to have that obvious sparkle. The Heroine Make Elite BDJ Box will help you achieve just that.
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The adorable slip cover for the Heroine Make Exclusive Elite BDJ Box

This specially chosen selection of beauty products from Heroine Make are designed to give bellas striking eyes and flawless skin.
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Beauty loot from the Heroine Make Elite BDJ Box

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Upcoming Movie: Black Butler

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 , 0 Comments

In 2006, Square Enix’s G Fantasy magazine debuted a manga that soon sold 14 million copies in print, had an anime series in 2008 and a stage play based from it in 2009. The manga even went on to win the Best International Manga Award in Germany’s Animagic in 2011. This year, Black Butler is adapted on the big screen through directors Kentaro Ohtani and Kei’ichi Sato. The movie stars Hiro Muzushima for the titular role of Black Butler.
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Join the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 , 0 Comments

These days, I see more and more people becoming more conscious of their health. I hear and read about fitness runs here and there. It had been trending for a while now and with people being very active on social media, I get to see friends proudly showing off their photos after participating in said runs. Here’s one more run to keep track off in your fitness calendar. The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon is back and will bring together runners for a good cause on August 17th.
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Sofitel Manila Half Marathon Event Poster

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Musical into Movie: Jersey Boys

Monday, July 07, 2014 , , 0 Comments

When director Clint Eastwood took on the project of turning the musical Jersey Boys into a movie, he wanted four fresh new faces for its leads. Starring in the movie are John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli), Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio), Michael Lomenda (Nick Massi) and Vincent Piazza (Tommy DeVito). Adding his talent into the mix is Christpher Walken as the mobster Gyp DeCarlo.
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Double the Fun in Horrible Bosses 2

Monday, July 07, 2014 , , 0 Comments

Back in 2011, Horrible Bosses made waves in cinemas all over the world by portraying a hilariously scandalous film showing three average joes wanting to move up in the world by getting the best of their bosses. The plan goes horribly wrong. Now, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are back in Horrible Bosses 2 and they’ve put up a business are now bosses in their own right.
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Countdown Starts for Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno

Monday, July 07, 2014 , , 0 Comments

On August 20, the sequel for the highly successful live action film Rurouni Kenshin will be released in Philippine theaters. What can we expect for Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno? Takeru Sato reprises his role as Kenshin Himura as he takes on his most formidable opponent. A man who followed in his footsteps but had strayed along the way to a darker path, Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara) is determined to overthrow the Meiji government.
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Treat Yourself to a Hair Treatment at Home

Sunday, July 06, 2014 0 Comments

For two years I’ve worn a digital permed hairstyle. For that span of time, I got to enjoy a wash and wear hairstyle that needed so little time in terms of maintenance. Then when I cut my hair into a short bob, I began to worry about frizz, flyaway and my untamable wavy bangs. So I needed to incorporate blow-drying my hair again into my morning routine before going to work. The result is great looking hair but a dryness that came from each time my hair got exposed to the hot air. Even if I use damage control shampoo and conditioner, I have to stress the need to do hair treatment.

Due to my busy schedule, I can seldom find time to regularly go to a salon for a hot oil treatment. So I adapted a beauty routine that I can do at home. You can do it too! First buy yourself a hair treatment product from your favorite beauty store. What I’m using is this hair treatment wax from Beauty Formulas.
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Book Review Catch-Up

Sunday, July 06, 2014 , 0 Comments

I know I haven’t been writing some book reviews for a time now. So let’s see if I can do a major catch-up this coming week with these short reviews. I’m also hoping to finish 3 books for my reading challenge this week. (Are your pompoms up?)
2014 Book Review #9 – Jack & Jill by James Patterson
This book started out my James Patterson streak for the year. Through a recommendation from a friend, I picked up reading where I left off. However, in this third book, I feel slightly disappointed. I really enjoyed the first two books though and I got to like the protagonist of the series, Alex Cross. For Jack & Jill though, I felt that the plot was too loosely crafter. All the murders were uninteresting to me. I didn’t feel connected with the suspects at all. At one point while reading the book, I just wanted to finish it.
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Jack & Jill
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2 stars out of 5
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Affordable Good Eats at Salo, Fort Strip

Friday, July 04, 2014 , 0 Comments

What makes a gathering memorable? From the top of my head, it should be good food and of course, great company. Deriving its name from the Tagalog term for celebrations or gatherings, Salo opens its doors to the public at the Fort Strip at Fort Bonifacio. Since opening in May, it has gathered a strong lunch clientele, standing out because of its food and affordable prices. Salo offers so much more.
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First, here’s a peek at the some of the dishes you can try at Salo. Chef Benjo Tuason and Chef Justin David developed the dishes, offering regional specialties in their menu.

Bicol Express (Php 130) – One of the best among the range of dishes I’ve tried on my first visit. I’m very picky about eating Bicol Express especially with the way the coconut milk is cooked. This one was not oily, a bit sweet and not clumpy. Just the way I like it.
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Carmen’s Best Ice Cream

Friday, July 04, 2014 0 Comments

I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz over this particular brand of ice cream for a while now and it was only a few weeks ago that I finally got to try it. When I was having dinner at Kampai with my best friend, I was looking forward to having Carmen’s Best Ice Cream for dessert. I was mistaken in thinking that they served this per scoop. The waiter told me that it was only sold in pints.
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Friday, July 04, 2014 , 0 Comments

For months now, we’ve seen the teasers and promotional posters for the movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and it is this month’s most anticipated release. As one who hasn’t seen the previous movies, I find myself in what you can say as uncharted territory. Still, I can’t help but be curious. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is made up of a stellar cast and with Gary Oldman in it, based from the trailers alone, one can see that he is going to deliver yet another awesome display of acting talent.
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Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 , 0 Comments

What if you had a clock for a heart? Such is the case of Little Jack who was born on a very cold day that his heart remained frozen. Taking pity on him, the midwife named Madeleine replaces his heart with a clock. Her stern instructions were not to touch the hands of the clock, Jack mustn’t lose his temper and he must not fall in-love or else the clock will fail and he will die. 
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Deliver Us from Evil Opens Today

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 , , 0 Comments

We’ve had our fill of action, comedy and romance movies for the past months. Horror movie fanatics need not wait any longer. From Columbia Pictures comes this supernatural thriller starring Eric Bana as New York police officer Ralph Sarchie who was tasked to investigate a series of inexplicable crimes. Joining him in his investigation is Edgar Ramirez who was a priest schooled in the rituals of exorcism. The trailer for the movie can be watched at the end of the post.
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The One with a Bounty Hunter, Marky Mark and Dinobots

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 , 0 Comments

Transformers: Age of Extinction Movie Review
Capping off the frenzy of movies for the month of June was one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year. Transformers: Age of Extinction was one that was met by surprise and by far has generated the most serious buzz. One such buzz is that missing from the franchise is Shia LaBeouf, fans had doubts whether this move would work. For a movie that was produced by Michael Bay, one can almost equate it with high-octane action and lots and lots of explosions. Oh and Michael Bay sure loves his explosions, just how much? Read on. 
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