Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Challenge Accepted: Empires & Allies

I often say that I'm the target market of Game Cafe's Sally games. I've bought Sally's Spa, Salon and Studio. I can say that I have a background in games and although I know that these games have used the same game engine - same structure just different skins or designs, I still totally enjoy its simplicity.

I also like playing Zynga's Words With Friends and Hanging With Friends, both are interactive and based on Scrabble.

I've joined the bandwagon of Plants Versus Zombies, Angry Birds and Tilt To Live. So anyway, Facebook games are the new bandwagon but I never really put an effort to join since I'm already spending too much time online. Then a friend asked me to play "Empires & Allies" for research purposes. So since my vacation plan for the long weekend was cancelled, I decided to give it a try (I don't really have a choice).

The main purpose of the game is to build your own empire and defend it. You need to maintain the population, create a government, industries and military. You can add your Facebook friends as neighbors who help you out or they can be your enemies who try to invade your empire! I found myself playing every time I can and time really fly when you're having fun! I forgot about the movies that I was supposed to watch. Whew, I got hooked! A good proof for that is I managed to reach level 13 in 3 days.

The Empires and Allies experience is a good inspiration and hopefully this research can help me in my task ;) Now, I just need to delete this app because I want my life back. LOL.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Challenge Accepted: Mat Pilates

When I purchased another Gold's gym voucher, I opted to claim it on Glorietta branch because of the wide range of classes. This 10 sessions for P1,000 is a very good deal =) I tried 3 different group exercises so far
  • Streetdance - 1 hour of honest to goodness sweating in hiphop beats
  • Hi-Lo Definition - Turned out to be a ballet like aerobics dance class. The playlist included a lot of Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue!
I wanted to try Glorietta's yoga sessions but the "Yogilates class" - a mix of Yoga and Pilates that I used to take at Gold's Gym InterCon Hotel- is available on mornings only while "Hatha Yoga" is scheduled on a very late time.

When I looked through the group exercise schedule, I saw Mat and Sculpt Pilates. My friend already tried the latter and she compared it to undergoing CAT training, so I thought I'll just try Mat Pilates instead.

It was a grueling 1 hour workout, I never sweat that hard on a yogilates class. Well, I'll blame it on the usage of dumbells and the fast paced theme compared to Yogilates class' serene inner peace seeking atmosphere.

I think it was an effective workout since my stomach and legs were hurting for almost 3 days ;)

Here's a good sample of a 10 minute Pilates workout. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pupil's Awesome 20/20

20/20 was the first song that stood out after listening to Pupil's Limiters of the Infinity Pool album. I love the play of words on the song's title - 20/20 (vision) - and lyrics - I wish that I can see the world thru your eyes-. An awesome song deserves an equally awesome video that immortalizes the dream of an empty EDSA.

Honestly, it usually takes time for Pupil's songs to grow on me but after awhile it will become one of my all time favorites (Dulo ng Dila, Sala, Monobloc). That's Pupil for me - timeless!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mark Caguioa, People's MVP

MC47 - you will always be the BGK & people's MVP!

"People" does not include media ;)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Water for Elephants

The story started with the "old" Jacob Jankowski, who escaped from the elderly home because his 71-year-old son forgets his weekend visit. He decided to visit the circus alone, good thing the workers who found him were good enough to accomodate him. Along their conversation, Jacob mentioned that he was part of the Benzini Circus in 1931..

Jacob (Robert Pattinson) got everything figured out, he just needs to pass the final exam and then he'll be a vet. Although it was set during the time of depression, his parents raised him with the belief that if you work hard, you wont get hungry.

Then it all came crumbling down. Before taking his final exam, Jacob was informed that his parents died in a car accident. Uh, cant they choose a better time to say that, like after the life changing test? And to make the situation worse, nothing was left to him. Their house and business was loaned from the bank.

Jacob, who lived a sheltered life, chose to walk away from everything and start anew.

Jacob literally jumped on board the train that he saw. It turned out to be a train for the Benizi Brothers travelling circus. He started doing odd jobs but when he met the owner August, he banked on what he knew best, animals!

Jacob was then tagged as "Cornell", the Ivy league vet of the Benizi Brothers Circus. The movie is a visual experience, aside from Rob Pattinson =), it was amazing to watch what goes in and out of the circus. It was interesting to see how people live on their tiny bunks on the train. And the circus acts of course..
Malena (Reese Witherspoon) was the star of the show and August's wife. She shares the same love for animals with Jacob..
"Rosie" the 50 year old elephant is the star of the movie. She's so adorable. It was fun to see his chemistry with Jacob and her fun circus acts with Malena. I think Rosie stole the show and August-Malena-Jacob love triangle is just a sub plot.

I havent read the book but I enjoyed watching "Water for Elephants". It was indeed a visual experience.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Japanese TV Series: Love Generation

Kimura Takuya! I first watched him as Haru in Pride, Kuryu in Hero and now Teppei in Love Generation. On the first 2 series, his roles are the alpha males who might have an attitude problem (Haru the team captain) or too different (Kuryu the prosecutor) but in the end gets the job done! It was refreshing to watch him play a character such as Teppei who was struggling in his career as a copywriter and in his lovelife.
Teppei was just transfered from the creative to business department because of how he treats his colleagues. He is full of awesome ideas but very bad in communicating with others! As if that's not bad enough, his path crossed with his first love only to find out that she was engaged to his over achieving brother. Good thing he met, Uesugi Riko!
They say there's a thin line between hate and love. Teppei and Riko started getting close through constant bickering but they ended up liking each other in a strange way. Riko is a go getter, she likes him so she made all the efforts to be his girlfriend!
There's a thin line between love and hate. Sometimes, even though you love someone, there will come a time that you will need to love yourself more. =)

I enjoyed watching Love Generation because it showed a man's point of view on how to juggle his struggling career, being torn between your ex girlfriend and a new lover and it also touched on his relationship with his family and friends. Because like in real life, we dwell on these different aspects - career, love, family & friends - all at the same time!

Kimura Takuya's works are classics! <3

Friday, August 05, 2011

The Adventures of Ms Independent Wanna Be - Part 1

I was used to long commutes since i live in a not too far not too near area. Picture this, when I was in elementary and high school, while almost everyone was a tricycle away from their homes, I have to take an almost an hour, 2 jeepney rides to go home. When I was in college, it was still a 2 jeepney ride that can take an hour on a good day.

So you might be wondering, what triggered me to finally move out?
The turning point could be
*when i had a 3 hour commute to go home. I mean, I can take the two hours commute but 3? Such a waste of time!
*maybe because I want to add interesting activities on my "when i was 26" post!
*it could be because i want to stop being "cinderella" who always worry that she should go home ASAP or else, I wont to catch the train and I'll pay a measly sum of cab fare!

I often wish that there will be 1 fx ride from Cleofer to the key destinations, I would pay p50 or how much it takes. My not so near not so far area is actually an hour away from ortigas and an hour and a half commute to Makati on a good day. Its the same travel time with people who live in Bulacan , Rizal or Las Pinas but the big difference is there's no direct transpo. You need to ride a jeepney to get out of PUC then a bus or another jeepney ride to go to LRT or MRT train. The transfers will take a toll on you especially when its raining! Man, Caloocan's PUC area is so behind we dont even have an FX!

to be continued..