Friday, November 30, 2012

Watching Faith

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What would you do if a man from the past (like literally!) suddenly comes out of nowhere... stalks you... then does the unthinkable thing: he kidnaps you and takes you to his own time? Now that has been a question that have been lingering in my head for sometime. Whenever I watch dramas or movies, I see to it that I put myself in the character's shoes.  I have been watching the latest Korean Drama by Lee Min Ho entitled Faith (aka Great Doctor). After his recent visit here in Manila, I have been having post event hang-overs. So I have decided to watch Faith in order to satisfy my fangirliness.  

The official poster of Faith. Photo taken from
I am not really into historical dramas. The plots in this kind are mostly serious and heavy. The scripts are also politically inclined and filled with metaphors, allusions, and allegories. It requires you to analyze and read between the lines --something that I am not good at. If done in movies, it is acceptable to me. You need to analyze an hour or two. But for dramas with 20 or more episodes? Headache, I tell you! Headache!

But Faith is an exception. Yup! I just watched this because of Lee Min Ho. However, beyond seeing his handsome face in every episode, I still listen and analyze the plot. It comes naturally to me as I review movies and books

Faith is a fictional story dated in the Goryeo era. Due to an assault, the queen got injured and she couldn't be cured by any doctor of their time. So, our warrior, General Choi Young, went  in to a time portal and met the doctor, Eun Soo of the 21st century. He kidnapped her, took her in to his time, and forced her to cure the queen. That is where the story begins.

I am still in the fifth episode. So far, the plot is fast, witty, and funny. Of course, political lines are present which makes it hard to understand the story. I guess I'm not good at politics. Plus, some of the characters have special abilities: they control fire, lightning, ice, etc. I like that!

The lead female, Yoo Eun Soo (played by Kim Hee Sun) is very noisy and loud. I think she is the 'great doctor' as tagged in the title. When she speaks, she utters out a lot of scientific technicalities! Talk about too much information! I am wondering how she will survive the ancient lifestyle. 

Kim Hee Sun as Yoo Eun Soo. Photo taken from
Now for the lead male, Choi Young (played by Lee Min Ho) is a serious but reluctant warrior. He is bound by a promise to serve the king. But nevertheless, he still does his missions with dedication. He has the power to conjure lightning from his body. Need I say he is my favorite character? 

Lee Min Ho as Choi Young. Photo taken from
Well, I also have favorite characters from the villains side. Cheon Eum Ja (played by Sung Hoon) can kill anything, humans and animals, with the sound of his flute. He looks good with white hair and ancient clothes. His character reminds me of Amiboshi, a character that I love from the anime Curious Play.

Sung Hoon as Cheon Eum Ja. 
I also like a female villain character that has the ability to conjure fire! Her name is Hwa Soo In (played by Shin Eun Jung). Her character is fierce and her clothes matches it up! Flaming Red! I like fire types... from Pokemon to Fire-Bending Zuko. 

Shin Eun Jung as Hwa Soo In. Photo taken from
So with that, I guess I would be out for a while to watch more episodes of Faith. It's not really a blogging hiatus. I love writing so much to do that, but my posts will be not as frequent as before. I will try to multitask writing and watching! That is possible!

Now what would I do if a man from history comes and kidnaps me? If his name is Choi Young, then I'll willingly go --without hesitation! Ha!

Disclamer: The photos in this post are not mine. They were taken from Faith Official Website and in the internet).

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Another Free Ticket

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I got another surprise before going home last Monday! As I was about to leave the office, a colleague gave out two free tickets to the special advanced screening of Trouble With The Curve. My initial reaction was excitement! Yay! Another free ticket! It's my second free movie this month, after winning tickets to Breaking Dawn Part 2!

The ticket to the special advanced screening.
That colleague and I were not close friends. We are the type to see each other everyday but we belong to different departments. Apparently, the tickets were given by another employee who gave it to her. She probably didn't have the time to watch the movie. So, in turn, she gave them away... and one of it went to me!

I am a control freak and I'm not so good at handling abrupt changes in schedule. My colleague told me, "Here are free tickets to the movie TONIGHT.". Anyway, I accepted the ticket because it's for free! I love freebies! Besides, the movie starred Justin Timberlake. So before 7:30 PM, I headed to Rockwell Cinema 2 for some movie time. 

The inside part of the ticket. 
The movie was about a rough relationship between a father and a daughter that revolved around the sport they both love: baseball. It was hard for me to understand the terms related to the sport but I got the hang of the story. The movie lasted for approximately 2 hours.

A synopsis written at the back of the ticket.
It is such an amazing feeling to know that some people do random acts of kindness. If you're the person being done a good deed, it makes you want to give back as well. This event made me believe that life does give out surprises... so you better prepare for the unexpected. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Year of Cosplay

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Today, November 27, 2012, marks my first anniversary of cosplaying! It feels that I just had my cosplay debut yesterday! Time sure flies when you're having fun!

Sakura Haruno was the character that I chose. I never thought that I would be portraying her for a year. However, my cosplay is still far from perfection. There are some things that only experience can teach us. 

Here is my cosplay journey in pictures...  

I would never forget the first event that I attended as a cosplayer: the 2011 Pinoy Otaku Encore. I went to this event not knowing where to start. Until people approached me for a photo. Then everything went on smoothly. See.. this is my first ever HD photo taken as a cosplayer. I am so grateful to for this! They caught me off guard!. I didn't even know how to pose so I just gave out the ever-popular peace sign. (^_^)v 

My first HD photo courtesy of
But on the next event, Otaku Expo 2012, I knew how to pose a little better... uh somewhat better...

Photo by

The third event that I went was held in Ateneo high school, themed eXeVisIon. Being a small event, it was the first time that I shared some bonding time with my fellow cosplayers and doing an outdoor photoshoot. Other than that, I also had my first ever cosplay catwalk there.

Sakura with Anbu cosplayers. :)
A photo right after my cosplay catwalk. Photo by
The 5th Philippine Cosplay Convention was a blast too! I like the venue as it was large enough to accommodate the crowd. By this time, I already gained a lot of cosplayer friends: Lot, Gaby, Maricor, Reeve,  John, as well as the members of the Cosplayers' Society!

Me with my friends from and Cosplayers's Society.
Ozine Fest 2012 was a bit downer for me. But because cosplay and my friends, it became worthwhile...

A selca with my friend Lot.
ToyCon 2012 still remains my favorite cosplay event of the year! Never had I enjoyed so much as I saw Kamikazee, various movie booths, and the toy exhibit!

...and I managed to ride one of Batman's high tech vehicles!

Oh No! Manga Cosplay Camp was a totally new experience to me! I attended the cosplay workshop and I got a few tips from the experts. I also got my first ever certificate of participation in cosplay! 

One of my favorite Sakura shots during Oh No! Manga Cosplay Camp
I almost did not make it to the Best of Anime 2012. But I'm glad that I changed my mind! I had my fiercest on stage photo taken in this event!

Me on stage. Photo by Inocent Sarmiento.
Cosplay Mania 2012 is the latest event that I attended prior to my cosplay anniversary. Who could forget celebrity cosplayer guests Kaname and Reika? And I had friends with me who chased them all the while....

Enjoying with my friends. Photo by Maricor.
I love this hobby! Going in depth with it has taught me that cosplaying is more than just donning costumes! You have to learn about makeup, photography, sewing, modeling, and acting. It is very diverse in the sense that it requires you to have a set of skills.  Cosplaying always poses a new challenge for me ---from people who don't understand to having the patience to endure crowds. 

I am still far from being an expert cosplayer. However, I do hope to gain more skills in this newfound hobby one event at a time! And oh... I plan to debut my next cosplay plan before 2012 ends...

A teaser of my next cosplay.
I also would like to thank you, my dear readers, for following my cosplay escapades here in my blog! :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Have A Hello Kitty Christmas at SM North EDSA

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It's Christmas again! This is the happiest and busiest season of the year! You get to have parties and gifts, while doing good to our neighbors at the same time. Do you have your wishlist ready? If not, check out what's in store in SM North EDSA! They are having cuteness overload with Hello Kitty! I bet you will write Hello Kitty stuff on your wishlist once you see this beloved feline.

An invitation for a Hello Kitty Christmas only at SM North EDSA.
Other than the Hello Kitty attractions you will see, SM North EDSA also sells Hello Kitty items  for the home. My fellow bloggers and I attended a short seminar about decorating the home for the holidays. It was held in the Interior Zone lobby. The guest speaker was Mr. Jie Pambid, Director of Philippine School for Interior Design. 

The stage for the seminar.
Themed as Holiday Decorating 101, Mr. Pambid talked about the basic do's and don'ts of beautifying our houses for the season.

Mr. Jie Pambid starts the talk.
This is my first time to have attended a seminar about interior designing. I'm glad that I was able to take it from an expert like Mr. Jie Pambid. He told us to decorated every room in our house. Yup, including the bathroom. It is the time of the year where people can go overboard with decors and get away with it. He suggested for us to invest in the Christmas tree, garlands, wreaths, and the traditional Filipino parol. The exterior and the foyer should contain minimal decors as they provide a teaser of what the interior is like. We should not neglect the hallways too, a simple garland on a wall could do the trick. The living room should have the grandiose decorations of all. 

As for the colors, he said to only have up to three colors. There are a lot of colors of Christmas: green, red, gold, silver, white, and even unconventional ones like black, violet, and copper. The decors of Christmas tree, such as balls and candies, should have the same colors as the room.  As for the Christmas lights, it would be better to have only a single color in either steady or fading motion. In a designer's point of view, it is not advisable to get a myriad of colors with fast blinking lights and matching music. 

After the talk, we had a short glimpse about Hello Kitty for the home as displayed in the Interior Zone lobby.

Hello Kitty in the Dining Room:

Embed Hello Kitty on your table.

A close up of the Hello Kitty decor. The glittering balls makes this festive.

Another suggestion for your dining room. Where's Hello Kitty?

There she is underneath the Christmas tree!
Hello Kitty in the Living Room and Bedroom:

Make your guests comfortable with the Hello Kitty cushion...

... and these cute Hello Kitty mugs..

I would sleep all day and night with these Hello Kitty stuff! 
We also had a tour at the Hello Kitty Christmas Village! The place was so crowded with kids and kids-at-heart. Hello Kitty is truly loved by all ages!

Top view of the Hello Kitty Christmas Village
Let's take a tour, shall we?

Want a bite at this cute cakeshop? 
Cute cakes from Breadtalk. Sorry, they're just for display.
Hello Kitty's Grandpa and Grandma.
Hello Kitty's Mama and Papa.

Mimi and Hello Kitty. :) 

A closer look at Mimi (yellow) and Hello Kitty (pink).
Of course, it was also time for us bloggers to enjoy this moment! :) Here is a group photo, courtesy of Ria of 

The bloggers. Photo by Ria.
Just beside the Christmas Village are stalls of Hello Kitty items for sale:

Look at all these goodies! :)

Hello Kitty toys.

More Hello Kitty madness are in store at the second floor. It is the Luxe Collection exhibit which features items from Hello Kitty Collectors. I think I will turn into a huge cat myself after seeing all these collectibles! Ooh...

The collectors who shared these Hello Kitty items to us.

Hello Kitty Plushies.

Hello Kitty items.
 Here are some of the stuff I took photos up close:
I would love to sew my costumes with this!

I didn't know Hello Kitty had gadgets...

Wow! Hello Kitty earrings!

Hello Kitty vanity mirror in back and front view.

Food should taste better with this microwave!

Ah! Hello Kitty ceramic set! 

Glittery Swarovski iPad Cases.

Hello Kitty bags.
 I so love plushies! It is a given to me that I took more photos of Hello Kitty stuffed toys than anything else. Here they are!

This is the first time that I saw a tan-skinned Hello Kitty.

Cute cat with poodle!

Love it!

Reminds me of gothic lolita.

Oh! So luxurious!


So adorable cat and dog!

My sister will love this tiger-like Hello Kitty.

It's the Paris Hilton Hello Kitty.
I gasped as I saw the Edward Elric Hello Kitty! Full Metal Alchemist is my favorite anime! I didn't miss this little stuffed toy amidst the bigger ones! 

Edward Elric Hello Kitty plushie.
But the biggest plushie of all is at the center! The huge Hello Kitty doll attracts the attention of everybody!Good luck in getting a solo shot with this darling...

The giant Hello Kitty plushie!

I managed to have shot with this baby!
If cute has another word, it would be Hello Kitty. Earlier before the seminar, I managed to catch a glimpse of the Meet and Greet Hello Kitty event at the stage of the Christmas Village. Our beloved cat danced to a Japanese song! 

Hello Kitty on stage!
If you want to see Hello Kitty and have a photo with her, check out the poster below for schedules and other activities! Just click it to view a bigger size...

Hello Kitty wants to meet you too in SM North EDSA! Like I said, it would be hard not to fall in love with this cute feline! Now, where is that wishlist...

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