Monday, August 27, 2018

Asia Pop Comic Con 2018 Day 3

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Asia Pop Comic Con was a blast! It’s my first pop culture event of 2018. And even if my schedule was crazy, I saw to it that I’d be there no matter what. It’s my first APCC, too! The reviews of past events were great, so I decided to experience this grant event for myself.

I attended day 3, A Sunday because… Well, it’s my only free day. But no worries, I enjoyed the event just the same. 

The APCC tix and badge

SMX was solely for APCC alone! 

The first area I went to is the merchant booths. Ever since I started into bookstagram, I started collecting bookish stuff and fandom merch. There were T-shirts, posters, hoodies, and other trinkets. Since this is a comic con, there were more superhero, anime, and comic stuff. But I spotted some bookish merch, too! 

Gotta get all the FMA merch! 

Gorgeous stuff!

What I like most about APCC is the lineup of guests. Even though I didn’t get to glimpse any of the celebrity headliners like Tye Sheridan and Finn Jones, I was able to see other famed artists. I met comic book artist Jonathan Lau (of Agent 47 comics) and Vera Chimera (cosplayer from Australia). Brian Muir (the sculptor of Darth Vader) was there, too. I visited his booth and greeted him with a nod, and he nodded back. Yay! 


Me and Jonathan Lau of Agent 47 (^_^)
...and he signed my copy of Agent 47! Yay!
With Vera Chimera

There were awesome cosplayers, too! 






Black Hood cosplay from Riverdale

Batman cosplay


Han Solo cosplay

Rey cosplay



Anna from Frozen cosplay

From my favorite series! Zuko and Azula cosplay :D

Reeve as Clark Kent
Cell as Moana 








Toy displays graced the event, as well. But I was too busy in the activities that I only got to take a few photos of them.


Amazon Wonder Woman

Woah! Look at all the details!



Hmmm... you may say the ticket is expensive. But I tell you it’s worth it. The sponsor kiosks were very interactive and fun! You wouldn't mind falling in line even if it's long.The ones that stood out to me is the Netflix booth, which I can say, is where I spent time the most. 






I missed the events on the main stage. But before I went home, I decided to take a peak at the cosplay happenings. They were announcing the winners, already.


The APCC main stage is grand and beautiful!

The event was so great that time was so fast I didn’t notice it. The aisles were spacious enough to accommodate the large crowd. However, a day alone won’t be enough to fully experience it. There were more booths, merchant kiosks, the workshops, the main stage... there was so much happening! I really feel that I got my money’s worth. Yay! Next year, I’ll make sure to go for two days... or even three! Wheee~ 


My APCC haul! Worth every penny!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Peanut Butter Nutella Cupcake

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Hey guys, did you miss my food blogs? Yeah, me too. I don’t even remember when my last foodie post was. But hey, my love for food never faltered, as you can see from my Instagram.

So you ask, what inspired me to write after all this time? That would be because of the Netflix show I’m currently obsessing, Sugar Rush. It’s a baking reality show where contestants are timed while making cupcakes, confections, and cakes. Yum! 

It left me craving for... sweet cupcakes! Nomnom! And I know just the perfect place to get them! The selection in Cupcakes by Sonja is just so aesthetically appealing and delicious! Back in the day, I wrote about  Red Velvet Vixen, Vanilla Sunshine, and Chocolate Surprise cupcakes. They were as unforgettable as the one I had last weekend. 

Presenting... Peanut Butter Nutella Cupcake: 

Peanut Butter Nutella cupcake! 

It’s a beautiful sight, isn’t? What caught my attention is the creatively swirled frosting on top. I think it’s silky buttercream with some dark chocolate and Nutella hints. 


Oooh~ Yummy silky frosting


If you think the frosting is delicious, there’s more! The cake part is bursting  all throughout with peanut butter flavor. Plus, there’s a Nutella surprise in the center! I didn’t expect it so I ate all the way through without thinking of taking a good photo. So yeah, sorry for this barbaric picture, guys. Hahaha~


Just look at all the gorgeous Nutella center! 

Yummy! The peanut butter, Nutella, and a little bit of dark chocolate make a great combination! It blends well on the palate. It’s enjoyable to eat, too. It feels exactly like my childhood again! 

For a sweet tooth like me, this is just lovely. It’s cloyingly sweet towards the end, though. But yeah... this makes it just perfect for satisfying my cupcake cravings. Let’s see what flavor we’ll have next!


Saturday, August 4, 2018

[Game Review] Blood Bound (Choices)

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I have always been a story devourer. From books to Netflix, I eat ‘em all. One of my current obsessions is the mobile game Choices. I started playing this about a year ago. Choices is about choosing your response to the story, and the events will proceed depending on your decision. 

The books need keys to open a chapter. The ingame currency that you would need to unlock specific scenes are called Diamonds. You can wait for free keys, which refreshes every two hours. Free Diamonds are given for every chapter finished or you can watch an ad. If you have extra moolah, you can always buy keys and diamonds via credit card.

The first Choices book that I finished was The Freshman, a heartwarming tale of a girl entering college and her crazy adventures. But that’s a story for another time. For now, I’ll talk about Blood Bound, a vampire-romance story. And don't worry, it's spoiler-free! 


Cover art is awesome!


I know, I know... it’s kinda clichΓ©. But I’m amazed at how the writers at Choices reimagined the legend of vampires. Set in New York city, it is a mix of both the modern and old times. It’s a new concept of clans and vampire evolution. And here’s the thing, thank God there are no werewolves!

Rating: 4/5 stars 


Characters: 

My main character is a young adult girl discovering the big city. Another feature that I like is the customization of your digital self. I chose to be a long-haired girl, a look perfect for the corporate world.

My main character's name is derived from mine.

There are a lot of love interests, depending on your preference. I chose the handsome CEO. Hihihi~ So my own kind of story is Twilight and Fifty Shades mash up. *wink wink*

The CEO, Adrian Raines. Handsome. :)

The supporting characters and villains can’t be customised, however. But you’ll love them all the same. 

It's girl power with Kamilah!

Oh! The dresses and hairstyles are beautiful! It was very tempting to buy. But yeah... expensive. 

Nice dress but expensive. :(

Plot:

The world building was good. It explained the existence of vampires per episode. So there’s mystery all throughout as you go into the story. That, and the suspenseful plot leaves you wanting for more. It’s so thrilling and action-packed! I want to talk more but there will be spoilers. So *zips mouth*. 

The romantic scenes are so kilig! Even the free ones which come with the book itself. However, if you want to build a strong romantic relationship and some steamy scenes, you have to buy it with diamonds. Awwww~



Writing, Art Style, and Music:

The narrations and character lines are written like a script. Some are serious and others are funny. But one thing’s for sure. The writers did an amazing job of getting me to cry or fear for my character’s life. It’s like I’m really into the book and living the story myself. 

The art and music are something I always look forward to. Choices is a book with visuals. Like, literally! The settings, the character expressions... they’re all in tune with the mood. The music, too, is the one best factor of Choices. And together, they all work together in giving an immersive story for you to enjoy. 


Conclusion: 

Blood Bound made me swoon over vampires again. It is a well-written story with a balance of action and romance. But the downside is it's expensive. However beautiful the dresses, bonus chapters, and romantic scenes... buying them with Diamonds can be costly. The game can be more expensive than real books. So if ever you buy Diamonds (like me), make sure you spend it wisely. 



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