I love you iPhone (Long Overdue Blog)

•May 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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Okay, so I’ve always wanted to post something about my most fave gadget right now but because I’m always busy and forget a lot of things– well you know, this post has long been overdue.
First off, I’m not really a techie person. I don’t even play games on Facebook- if that has a relevance somehow. By being just that, I even sold my Blackberry because it ate me alive. So imagine the horror when I started using an iPhone. It’s not even a 4S, it’s just a 4 and I’m still getting a hang of it even after a couple of months now.
Going back though, as I said I’m not a techie person but I loved iPhone. iOS is genious ( you know its operating system :D)
The AppStore has loads of apps that I enjoy a lot especially the photo editing apps. Well, it’s my frustration to be a creative artist. If you’ve seen my Instagram account though you can tell that I still have so much to learn.
Apart from the photo editing apps, the AppStore also have lots of social networking and blog applications such as the one I’m using for my wordpress right now- I love it!
There’s also tons of games that a non gamer like me would enjoy.
It’s not just the apps that make an iPhone one of the best smart phones, it’s also the other things that you can put on it such as housings, casings and even the earphones. There are lots of it you can choose from.
An iPhone may cost more than most gadgets but it’s definitely worth every cent 🙂
It’s more than just a smartphone or a mini computer, it’s a lifestyle.
Oh, forgot to mention- thank you again Leo for my iPhone. Instead of an engagement ring, he gave me this 🙂

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The Avengers Movie

•April 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment


This is a one explosive movie.

Marvel has taken years of preparation and years of building the anticipation for this movie.

It started with the “Hulk” movie and then one after the other, Nick Fury and the other Avengers cast just kept on showing up at the end of each “Marvel” movie.

First off, if you haven’t heard of “The Avengers” then I’m sure you’ve been living under a rock – Just kidding! Seriously, if you haven’t watched it, you should. If you don’t get the chance to see it on the big screen, then you’d better watch out for the DVD version.  If you’re going to wait for the DVD version though, I suggest that you watch the individual movies of each Avenger.

If you are not very familiar with Marvel’s The Avengers, basically, it’s a sci-fi movie about a group of superheroes which are members of a peacekeeping agency called S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury, a.k.a. the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. formed The Avengers which will be the peacekeepers of the Earth but from what I’ve seen in the movie – it appears that it’s mostly just New York (or was it NY? – NOT SURE). Lol!

The Avengers consist of a group of superheroes which come from Earth and “some” particularly, “Thor” who is of another Universe. Aside from Thor, the other members are Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Hawk Eye and Black Widow who by the way, is my new favorite girl superhero. Well, she’s not the hottest but she is certainly is my favorite as of the moment.  If you want to know why, watch the movie and then ask me if you still haven’t figured it out.

The effects are superb, except one itsy bitsy part. There’s this part when New York (or was it? – again, I’m not sure, all I know is it’s the place where Stark Tower is) was under attack and Captain America was surrounded by the enemies from another planet. Iron Man lands beside him (or something like that) and shoots some off the enemies and jumps up for flight again. It looked a bit rubbery; I mean that scene, because Captain America was moving too fast and too flexible as well as Iron Man. I’m not sure how exactly to describe it but that’s just a minor thing. Everything else in the movie- I loved. I loved it because I knew about each of the characters personality and watched each “individual” movie of the heroes that were there. Although for someone who have not read or have been told who each character was and what they actually do, they would just love the effects but not the story itself. Oh hell, it’s not even about the story anymore, IT IS about the effects.

Here is some major spoiler alert – if you haven’t watched the movie and if you DON’T WANT TO GET PISSED, SKIP THIS PART:  “Phil” dies in the movie who is also known as Agent _____________ and that gives willpower to The Avengers to fight when they were just losing hope. That part got me a bit teary eyed, but don’t tell anybody! I liked Phil a lot.

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For the effects I give it a 9.5, if it wasn’t for the “rubbery part”. For the actual story, I give it a 6.5 since not all folks who watch this would understand nor know each history of the members of “The Avengers”.  All I can say though is that Marvel did not disappoint and undoubtedly prepared for this one.

Oh and here are some points, if you want to know, Loki plays the “bad guy”. If you’re wondering if there will be a sequel, there is a chance since at the end, you get to see another “Marvel “character (ehm… that’s “Tanus”).

Also, my favorite part is when Iron Man died. Again, just kidding! But you got to wait for the part before Hulk says  – “Puny God”. I won’t tell you what it’s about but it was hilarious!

Lastly, watch out for Cameo appearances of other actors and “Stanley” (as usual) in the movie.

If you want to know more about the cast, director and creators of the movie, follow this link:

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/marvels_the_avengers/

If you want to check out the movie straight from Wiki, use this shortcut:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Avengers_(2012_film)

TTFN!

 

 

Snoopybabe!

•April 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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Isn’t he the cutest?!

I was searching for cute cats in “Instagram” and I found the most adorable thing/pet/cat (aside from my Kuning ofcourse!) that ever walked this earth! – the name is Snoopybabe. It’s breed according to the owner is “Exotic Shorthair” and from what I can see, is one pampered cat since it (or he) has it’s own Instagram account!

Even people who don’t like cats will surely fall inlove with one of the cutest cats that ever walked this earth!

I am now a follower of this adorable cat and I don’t let a day pass me by without looking at it’s picture. I’m totally addicted and sooo love Snoopybabe.

I love cats and had a cat that lived for more than 18 years. Sadly “she” passed away last 2009 of renal failure. I still miss her 😦 I still miss “Kuningning” and I’m trying to make due with a couple of “literally” crazy cats.

Wouldn’t mind though if I can have my very own Exotic Shorthair baby cat 🙂 ( ehem… kitten-just wanted to call it baby)

Lastly, note that I do not own the picture of Snoopybabe above but I hope that as a fan, the owner won’t mind. I truly adore Snoopybabe! Such a cutie!

If want to see more of this cutie, Google it or search for it via Instagram (Snoopybabe is the username).

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A Fashion Blog by Kristina Bazan

•April 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.kayture.com

If there’s a blog I normally check everyday, it’s hers. Kristina Bazan’s blog from Switzerland – and yes, I must admit I read and check her blog more than I check mine.
http://www.kayture.com usually showcases make-up, fashion, travel and yes, sometimes food. Eventhough she’s a model believe it or not, she eats- just not as much as I do 🙂
If you love all the things I mentioned above, you better check her blog (www.kayture.com). You can even google her and her search rate is way up there! She even gets a lot of free stuff that she posts on her blog-

me likey!

Oh, and did I mention that she’s just 18? An 18 year old who’s been to New York, Tokyo and Dubai among many others because of her blog. WOW! When will I get to do that?

Moving forward, I decided to feature other blogs and things I like from now on here on my blog. Not just stick to movies or books. Hey, this is my blog and I can feature anything I want 😀
Oooppss! Forgot to mention- congratulate me, this is my first blog using solely my iPhone and it’s so darn hard to type with a small keyboard interface! Argh!Kristina Bazan’s Fashion Blog

Hunger Games Movie Review

•March 26, 2012 • 2 Comments

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May the odds be ever in your favor…

To those who still do not know, the Hunger Games trilogy is one of my most favorite YA (young adult) books. I think that Suzanne Collins is brilliant for having the ability to combine science fiction and a love story in a YA book.

The plot is set in “Panem”, the future North America which consist of 12 districts. Yearly, a girl and a boy from each district ages 12 to 18 participate in what they call “Hunger Games” wherein these 12 participants fight to their death and only one comes out alive. Hunger Games started when a rebellion was done by the people of Panem several years before that. The Hunger Games is done each year to remind the people of the rebellion they have done. This somewhat reminds the people that no matter what they do, they are still controlled by the government and their children which is the future of Panem can never be saved as long as they do not abide by what the government tells them. To make it even worse, the entire Hunger Games is televised 24/7 to the entirety of Panem (somewhat like the Big Brother House).

These were all ended by the 74th Hunger Games.

Katniss Everdeen is from district 12. Unlike any other girl, she knows how to hunt for food and stands as a “father figure” to her family eversince her father died in a mining accident. She uses her home made bow and arrow to hunt for food or sell them at the “black market” since hunting is not allowed by the government. At the time of the 74th Hunger Games, she was 16 years old and unlike any other teenage girl in her district, she did not fear getting her name picked out as a “tribute” to the Hunger Games. Rather, she feared that the name of her sister who just turned 12, “PrimRose Everdeen’s” name will get picked out. Her sister will surely die in that arena. Prim, is not like her. She doesn’t even know how to take care of herself yet and their mother will surely get more depressed if Prim’s name will get picked. Alongside, her bestfriend Gale, just turned 18 which means that it is his last year to have his name in the “bowl” (the bowl is where the names 12 to 18 year old girls are picked from). Incidentally, Gale has been asking Katniss to run away. To run away from everything – from the misery of being controlled by the government and from the hardship they have everyday for having “nothing”.

They never expected it, but Prim’s name was picked out as one of the tributes. Katniss, out of her love for her sister volunteered in her place which has never been done before. Although Gale, as much as he would hate seeing Katniss die in that arena could not do anything. He could only hope that Katniss’ hunting skills is enough to get her out alive.

Peeta Mellark was picked out as the male tribute. Peeta is very different from Katniss. He is the son of a baker. He doesn’t know anything about hunting or fighting. If you can consider being a good person and a talented painter enough to keep one alive, then he probably would. Then again, he, himself knew he would not survive it. Even his own mother rooted for Katniss, not him.

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(Here is a link to my book review of the Hunger Games: https://akasha824.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/the-hunger-games-%e2%80%93-book-one-book-review/)

I never thought that I would, but I loved the movie. I didn’t expect much which is also why I wasn’t disappointed that much about it, I guess but I can tell you that I want to see it again. Katniss came out as a very strong person in terms of her physical and mental ability which is what I always thought of her in the first book. Jennifer Lawrence did a very good job. She dyed her hair and changed her skin color for this movie just to really look like Katniss in the book. Now, I mentioned, she came out strong which was what I always thought of her in the “first book” (Hunger Games). I said that because in the second book (Catching Fire), I felt like she relied more on Peeta because she was already developing her feelings for him and in the third book (MockingJay), she was just depressed for what everything turned out to be. She thought life would get better but everything just got worse.

Moving back, I felt that most of the roles were well played. Gale, played by Liam Hemsworth really looked the part as well. Eventhough he had very few lines in this movie, he really looked like he was the actual person from the book itself – in the book, Katniss and Gale was described as being somewhat identical. Both of them had dark hair, olive skin, gray eyes and even had the same interest. Almost like twins. Just a note to those who have not read the book though (most especially to the people who were behind me at the movie house and their never ending comments while watching. Yes, they were talking out loud while they were watching like they were the only people there), Gale is NOT Katniss “boyfriend”. Although as you can clearly see in the movie and feel in the book that they have feelings for each other, they are not together. Gale is Katniss’ bestfriend. In the book, the story of how they met and how they feel about (or atleast on Katniss part) was described thoroughly.

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Haymitcha along with the other characters Seneca, Ceasar, Effie, etc. were all how I pictured them to be. Colorful and yes, weird. Oh, and Cinna, you’d be surprised – was played by Lenny Kravitz. I didn’t recognize him at first, but yes, it is him!

Although, there were two main characters that I didn’t like that much. I felt like the actors that portrayed them didn’t given “enough” justice to the role. The first one would be Donald Sutherland who played President Snow. I always thought of him as a strongwilled and “scary person”. Also, somewhat gay (note, gay as a sexual preference and not “happy” gay). In the movie Donald Sutherland made President Snow soft and a bit friendly looking. I hope in the next movies, they could do something about that. In the book President Snow looked a bit weird and whenever he’s around, the atmosphere would feel like “acrid”. In the movie he just looked like a friendly old man.

The second character would be Peeta. Josh Hutcherson’s acting actually made him look and feel like the actual Peeta from the book. But he did not look the part (the actor who played Cato did – sorry Josh Hutcherson fans…). Well, his face maybe, but the built was not. In the movie Peeta was shorter than Katniss and in the book it made it feel like he was a lot taller. Aside from being a people person and being a good baker, Peeta can also hurl sacks of flour. Now, how can he do that when he looks smaller then Katniss? I always pictured Peeta to be taller than Katniss. Not as goodlooking or as tall and “manly” as Gale in the book but at the very least TALLER THAN HIS LEADING LADY. Oh, did I forget to mention that he was strong? – Which was his “actual” advantage against the other tributes. He just didn’t know how to use his strength.

Overall though, I loved the movie. The chemistry between Katniss and Peeta would have been so much better though if he was taller then her.

Also, in the book, the wound that Peeta got infected his leg. At the end of the Hunger Games he was treated for it but they needed to amputate it for it was so infected, almost rotting because it was left untreated for so long. In the movie, they didn’t include that part. In the second and third book, his leg was already artificial but let’s see with the next movies.

Just some notes, I really don’t favor how people say that this is the next Twilight movie. Like any other girl I was obsessed with it for a while (and wanted Edward or Jacob to marry me). Unlike Twilight, the Hunger Games was focused more on Panem and the rebellion while having a love story in the middle of it all while Twilight was really just focused on the love triangle part. I guess people couldn’t help but compare because of the Peeta-Katniss-Gale love triangle but if you read all three books (Hunger Games, Catching Fire and MockingJay), it’s more than that. It was how Katniss and his relationship with Peeta caused a rebellion for democracy, the cruelties of the government of the Capitol as well as the fight for power. I didn’t feel that they explored that more in the movie but I guess it helps that the love story part will get more people to watch the movie.

Here are some spoilers though if you plan to watch the two more movies that are supposed to follow. In the second book, Peeta and Katniss will go back to the arena and they will continue to “act out” like starcrossed lovers to survive. There will be a mention of Katniss being pregnant as well. On the last book, one of the boys, that would either be Peeta or Gale will get his heartbroken alongside a war which Katniss will fight as a soldier.

If you loved the first installment of the Hunger Games movie, I deeply suggest that you read the three books. There are a lot of parts that will help you understand it more which couldn’t be included in the movie . Let me give you an idea. The MockingJay pin – in the movie, Katniss wanted to buy that in the market which was given to her for free. She then gave the pin to Prim as a sign of protection before she was picked out and then Prim returned it to her. In the book, that pin was given to her by the mayor’s daughter because she believed in Katniss. That played a big part to Katniss’ drive to survive because in the end, she found out that the Mayor’s family, along with the girl who gave her the pin were all killed by the Capitol.

All in all, I still loved the movie, there are just some parts that I wanted to adjust as well as the actors. I just really wanted Peeta to be taller than Katniss. Oh well, that couldn’t be helped. Shallow of me, I know but that was my idea of him.

I give it an eight out of ten stars and is recommended for all ages.

Here is a link to Wikipedia for the Hunger Games: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunger_Games

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Yummy Hansel Premium Cheese Sandwich

•March 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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I have another lonesome night ahead of me (by that I meant being alone with no sleep – Leo is at work while I am binging on tons of junk food).

So, I dropped by at the nearest 711 and discovered my new kind of high! Hansel has a new kind of sandwich out. Well, I wouldn’t really call it new but for their brand it is. It sort of, tasted like Ritz Cheese sandwich (crackers) but less expensive.

 

 

It’s called “Hansel Premium Cheese Sandwich” and even comes in a box. At first when I saw it, I immediately thought of Ritz and then Fita crackers. Then I thought what if it looks like it but the taste would be different. Was if it wasn’t yummy? Hey it’s Php30.00 for a 127 gram box at 711, what if it wasn’t worth it? Well, it was. It somewhat tasted like Ritz but not quite but for the cost, yeah I’d probably buy one again and it’s enough to get me through my junk food binging for the night – aside from the Cheetos and other junk food that I bought 🙂
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While I would looove to write more about how yummy the new Hansel Premium Cheese Sandwich is, sadly I cannot eat (or in my case gobble it up) while I am typing. If you want to try it out, rush to the nearest 711 or selected Supermarkets.

 

Lastly, if any of the management of REPUBLIC BICUIT CORP. is reading this, please send me a message or comment below to know where you can send your truckloads of Hansel sandwiches as payment for the major blog advertisement I gave you – just kidding! But it wouldn’t hurt if you can send me a box though 🙂

To Get Inked or Not to Get Inked?

•February 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment



I’ve said it time and again, if you are thinking of getting some random tattoo with a dragon or an “ambigram” or a Polynesian-tribal tattoo just to look cool –don’t. It will just look stupid on you.
Okay, I’m no tattoo expert but as somebody who’s always wanted a tattoo since I was fourteen years old and have done it acouple of times, if you’re going to put something permanent on your skin, make sure that it’s for something and that you will never ever regret it – oh, and make sure it’s safe. You will never look cool if you get infected with that tattoo!

If you’re a kid and reading this, DO NOT GET A TATTOO. Now, if you’re really a kid (not just in terms of your brain capacity), I’m sure that once an adult tells you not to get a tattoo, you’ll think – “Hell, I’m gonna get that!” which is just plain stupid. I had my very first tattoo at age 26 and I asked my mom if can get one like 11 years before I had it (It wasn’t a yes or no but a hmmm) I’m sure she wouldn’t remember but at the very least I asked if I can get one.
Okay, let’s go back to the topic. If you really, really, really want to get a tattoo, sure of your design and doing it all for the right reasons, get it at a “legal age”. Now, when I mentioned legal age, that has many factors. One of the deciding factors would be if you’re not in school anymore (do not get out of school because you want to get a tattoo – again, that is stupid). I meant not while you’re in high school. Come on, there are a lot of things that will happen to you in the future which may definitely affect your life if you get a tattoo at a very young age, culture wise among many other factors. Some companies will not even accept you even if you’re the best person out there because you have a tattoo. And let’s face it, even if a tattoo for you is cool, for other’s it just looks like your defacing your skin, damaging what God has given you, blah, blah, blah while for others, it just looks like you’ve been to prison some time in your life.

If you’re going to get a tattoo, make sure that you are decided on the design and do not let anybody sway your decision of what you want it to look like. Make sure that the design means something to you and not because a “dragon” or the “face of a devil” will make you look cool (perhaps a butterfly? – Oh, no way. Unless that would of course mean something to you). I have a friend who wanted a butterfly for a tattoo and I laughed at her decision which made her get another design. Realizing what I have done, I should have let her have her way because I knew that the butterfly, eventhough for me, it’s too girly, is really for her. It means something to her. Note to my friend, you know who you are and I’m sorry. Now let’s go get that tattoo of yours covered.

Okay, now, if you’re at the right age and you’re finally sure of your design, make sure that you know where you want that tattoo placed. If your folks, religion, culture and job are okay with it, then you can put it anywhere you want. Yes, even on your neck. But please, please, not on your face! However, if just one of the above mentioned (your folks, religion, culture and job) will criticize you for it or get a heart attack (particularly your parents) once you’ve got it, choose a more discreet body part – like the lower back, upper arms, etc. You get my drift.


-Well, unless your Mike Tyson…

Also, make sure that you get an accredited, clean and safe tattoo artist. It doesn’t matter whether he’s/she’s tattooed popular celebrities or not. What matters is you research on the work done by your artist, if he/she is good or not and safe of course. Also, it would be better if you know people he/she has done work with and looks great. Personally, I want to make sure that my artist is clean – meaning I will not get infected with anything when I get a tattoo.

Lastly, before you get a tattoo, seek the opinion of fellow friends whom had a tattoo before you. There might be some additional tricks or information you may want to know before you get one. Know the dos and don’ts before, during and after your tattoo. It’s just not the ink on your skin that’s important. Make sure you know everything else there is you need to know.

I almost forgot! Yes, it will definitely hurt! But then you’re decided right?