Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vanilla Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

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My Vanilla Sunshine
"I've got Vanilla Sunshine on a cloudy day." That song played in my mind when I saw my Vanilla Sunshine cupcake served elegantly on my table. What coincidence since it was a cloudy day too!


I had the chance to drop by Serendra last June 28 for the BDJ Get Gorgeous event. After the workshop, I went to Cupcakes by Sonja to have taste of some of their great creations. 


As always, numerous creative cupcakes were in line at the store. All of them looked sumptuous and sported unique names. I had a hard time choosing which one to buy. I saw Red Velvet Vixen, and remembered how unforgettable that was! However, I wanted to try a new variant this time. 


With the suggestion of the crew girl named April, I bought Vanilla Sunshine. According to her, it is also one of their bestsellers. I can attest to that! I saw mugs and tumblers on display with Vanilla Sunshine print! 


Few minutes later, April served my cupcake with pink frosting, though I also saw blue and brown colored frosting in the counter. I am not sure if they tasted different from each other. But no worries! I like pink! 


Vanilla Sunshine's taste reminded me of my mom's homemade cakes! It was the classic cupcake of all sorts -simple but outstanding among the others. The flavor has the hint of vanilla in the cake mixture. The sweet sugary frosting was very soft and there are no traces of hard sugar forming in it. Its taste was close to bubblegum and peppermint. I think the mint flavor came from the white sprinkles. However, the sweetness of sugar still overpowers everything. Overall, the cake is not sweet but the frosting offsets it. 


I enjoyed every moment of the cupcake! It was yummy and too cute to be eaten! It was very nostalgic! This place really feels like home! 


Vanilla Sunshine costs PhP54 (as of writing).

Sunday, July 22, 2012

My 100th Post

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Yay! I have reached my 100th post! I would like to thank you all for reading my blog of various topics... from anime, cosplay, movies, food, to life's journey and almost anything under the sun!


This blog has been my form of expression and I am very thankful that people, like you, read my articles. Looking back to my first post, I can see my improvement in writing. See, I didn't really study the English language and grammar as a full course. I just know the basics of writing from high school. 


It is really true then. If you have a talent, continue to use it even if you think it's not good enough. Just move on and there will come a time that it will ripen. Don't give up even if others tell you that it's poorly done. In time, it will evolve to something that is beyond your expectations.


The greatest reward that I get from this blog is to see the statistics that people read it. It inspires me to write more for you. Thank you very much!


With that, let me share with you my favorite quote:



[Review] The Dark Knight Rises

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As you might have noticed, there is an ambiguity of the promotional poster of The Dark Knight Rises. RISE...The Dark Knight Rises... then a line at the bottom part is written: The Legend Ends.Isn't rising a precursor to a beginning? Yet why does the poster say 'ends'. That alone gave me more anticipation in watching this film, aside from the fact that I am a Batman fan


The plot centers on Bruce Wayne, eight years later after he took the blame for Harvey Dent's death. His beloved Gotham now sees him as the criminal, except for a few who still continued to believe in him. Furthermore, he could not move on from the tragedy of his loved one and has become a recluse, much to the dismay of his loyal butler, Alfred. 


Then another villain emerges and plans to destroy Gotham. Our hero dons again the bat costume in time to save the day... or night for that matter. However, time and hopelessness has made him weak. With that, he is forced to rediscover his life's purpose in order to get back on track as the Dark Knight.


Christopher Nolan lives up to expectations about his works. His stories are mixed with dilemma, emotions, heart-stopping suspense, and mind blowing action scenes. What is more amazing is that Nolan emerges the audience in every possible way. He makes you think, predict, then twists the plot to make you re-analyze again! 


The Dark Knight Rises takes you to an emotional roller coaster ride. Depression, anxiety, insecurity, hope, thrill, and inspiration are just some of the array of emotions that will carry your through the movie. Twists are happening in minutes! Just when you thought Batman has the situation under control, something unexpected happens. Likewise, just when you thought it's going to be hopeless for our hero, hope comes out suddenly, in whatever form. It's that unpredictable! 

The actors were excellent and truly in character. Christian Bale does a convincing role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, as he always did in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. The villain Tom Hardy as Bane, on the other hand, is more than great in his role! There's not much facial expression because of his mask, but his eyes carry out his emotions. What superb acting skill! Another surprise to me is Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, she could flawlessly pull off one personality to the other. She carried the role as a tough and fierce woman, not the meow-ish sex kitten type. She had the aura of mystery and indecision, something that leaves the audience wondering. 

Special and sound effects were great, as I expected. That should come with Batman's cool and high tech gadgets... and vehicles! The bangs and booms exceeded my expectations. I personally love the sounds created by Batman's motorbike when it stops then takes a turn! You could see the tires rolling with cool sounds! The only downside of the sound effects is when Batman speaks in his hoarse voice. There are instances when it's not audible enough. Now, even the villain gets his share of that. More hoarse voices! Subtitles please!

It's a very thrilling movie! I was literally on the edge of my seat, feeling my heart pound at every second. The kids beside me were noisy at first, but became silent and concentrated on the movie at the middle to the last part. So I guess kids could understand the movie, or they're in for the action. I'm not sure if they could comprehend the philosophical aspect of it.


After the film, the audience was so overwhelmed with emotions that most of us clapped our hands for a one-of-a-kind movie experience! This is my second time hearing the audience clap, first was Michael Jackson's This Is It and now... The Dark Knight Rises.

The ending is so good! It gives justice to the poster line: The Legend Ends. I'm not giving you spoilers. You have to watch the movie to find out more about it. And I suggest you go to a 2D or IMAX cinema for a better movie experience. The Dark Knight Rises is worth your time and money.

Let's face it. You watch a superhero movie and expect a happy ending right? Good always wins right? Well, I do. But what is amazing about Nolan is he takes on the question of 'how' the hero will tackle the situation. He even makes you wonder if the story will follow the typical superhero-happy ending note, considering how dark the plot was. That element alone gives the much needed suspense. That is The Dark Knight Rises edge to other superhero movies. 

Ratings:
Plot: 5 stars
Actors: 4.5 stars
Special and Sound effects: 5 stars
Promotional Poster: 5 stars
Overall: 5 stars



Sunday, July 8, 2012

BDJ Passion Series: Get Gorgeous!

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It might not be obvious but I like makeup! I started to love this art when I began to cosplay last year. I am still a newbie to say the least. So, when I found out the Belle de Jour Power Planner would be organizing an event that included makeup, I took the chance to get a slot. I just couldn't miss the opportunity to improve on my new hobby.




The said event was held on June 30, 2012 at the Purebeauty retail store in Serendra! I braved the bad weather just to get to the place. I was overwhelmed by the number of brands that Purebeauty sells! They're high quality and trusted brands. I saw Revlon, Clairol Herbal Essences, Two-Faced, Make Up Designory, Shiseido, and more! It was a cosmetic heaven!


The Purebeauty store at Serendra.
Half of the space of  Purebeauty is the retail store and the other half is a small room where makeup classes of Make Up Designory is held. Make Up Designory is a prestigious makeup school in New York. Having stepped onto it's Manila branch had me feeling ecstatic!


Meet our lovely host, Ms. Karen Bordador. She was beautiful in every single way: the hair, the dress, and the makeup! Plus, her positivism radiated throughout the event.
Ms. Karen Bordador as our host.
We had an ice breaker at the beginning of the event. We formed three groups according to our physical assets: hair, eyes, and lips. As for me... hair? nope! eyes? definitely not!... So lips it is then! :) The best part is... I won! Yay! I got a GC from Serenitea and a necklace from Michelis! Sweet!


P100 GC from Serenitea. 

Necklace with lip pendant from Michelis. 


The first topic was about our hair. Speakers from Azta Urban Salon shared their expertise in choosing the right color that would fit our skin color, preference, and style. For Filipinos, as we have yellowish skin tones, it is recommended that we have warm colors for our hair. They suggested reddish and brown shades. We were also informed how to care for colored treated hair.


Speakers from Azta Urban Salon
Showing us the hair color chart.
Yeah! Live like your hair color! :)
Next stop was about skin and dental care, sponsored by Clarity Aesthetic Medical and Dental Center. The speakers were Dr. Colayco and Dr. Kawamoto, for skin and dental care, respectively.


Dr. Colayco introduced us to the different skin problems and how it can be prevented or solved.  She told us that cleansing, applying sun block, and moisturizing is very important to our skin. It is also important to check the label and the ingredients of the products that we use.


Dr. Colayco of Clarity. I love the Snow White themed slide. :)


Snacks were served after. We had chocolate chip cookies from Bizu Patisserie! Five cookies were served in a cute cylindrical plastic case with ribbons! 

Love it! Love it!


Dental care was the topic of Dr. Kawamoto. She demonstrated on how to brush our teeth properly. I have always ignored flossing. But according to her, a tooth has five sides and brushing only cleans three. I guess I would need to make flossing a habit too.  Lastly, she showed us various ways on how to get that perfect set of teeth for a radiant smile! 




Dr. Kawamoto of Clarity.
Before my favorite segment of the day, the Marketing Director of Purebeauty introduced us to the brand, their products, and Make Up Designory. 

All about Make Up Designory.
And finally! It's makeup time! Ms. Rea Pinpin was the speaker. I am so happy to have learned from a MUD certified instructor! She taught us about the basics of makeup, sanitation, and makeup application. A lucky Bella with the name Melissa was chosen as the model for this session. 


Ms. Rea Pinpin.
We need to analyze the face before putting makeup.
Melissa getting all dolled up by Ms. Rea Pinpin. 
Melissa after the makeup session.


Wow! Hair, skin, teeth, and makeup all in one! I love this day of pure beauty at Purebeauty! I am so blessed with Belle de Jour Power Planner! All of the Bellas present went home with loot bags!


My loot and my prizes from the games! 


Thank you to Darlyn and the BDJ girls! 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Jazminne Huang Gives Me A Sign

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I always bring my copy of The Cosplay Snapshot Project photo book (published by Cosplay.ph) in every cosplay event that I go to. One of my goals this year is to meet most, if not all, of the featured cosplayers in that publication. My other goal is to... well, have them sign it. :P (Shhh... I have a penchant for celebs!)


Last Toy Con 2012, I had the opportunity to see Jazminne Huang. I recognized her right away from the photo book, where she cosplayed Madoka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Surrounded by photographers, I happily approached her. 


Jazminne signs my photobook. Photo by Johannes Lastimoza
She is the first cosplayer to sign my copy of The Cosplay Snapshot Project. I hope to have more cosplayer signs soon! :)




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