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Review: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (June 23, 2017)

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Trailer of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. If you haven’t already, drop everything and play it today!

It took us a little under a month, but we finally found the time to finish the first of Uncharted’s quadrilogy entitled Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.  Originally released in 2007, this remastered 2015 version for the PS4 was my initial foray into the world of Nathan Drake–an adventurer/treasure hunter in the mould of Allan Quartermain (Played by Richard Chamberlain | King Solomon’s Mines [1985]) and Indiana Jones yet has elements of Die Hard’s John McClane (Bruce Willis).

Unlike other action-adventure games that put a premium on “player lives”, Drake’s Fortune offers no such restriction and instead focuses on the journey of the our protagonist across 22 stages.  Gameplay is further enhanced with entertaining dialogue and a top notch musical score that plays out like a movie. Read more…

Comic Odyssey’s Secret Empire #4 Signing Event (June 17, 2017)

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Clockwise: The stuff I had signed at the event.[i] | Gerry (left) and Leinil. | Thanks again Gerry for the sketch[ii].

What a hot day!

After work this morning, I proceeded to Comic Odyssey in Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street for the Secret Empire #4 signing event featuring Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, and Romulo Fajardo, Jr.

The afternoon signing–scheduled from 1 pm to 4 pm–served as a reunion of sorts for the longtime creative team of Yu and Alanguilan who haven’t had a signing together in well over a year.  It was great to see them both.

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A Dying Medium: Compact Discs [Part 3] (June 11, 2017)

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Previously…

Back in the early 90’s, Compact Discs (CD) were the thing!  A literal upgrade in quality from the bulky Vinyl, 8-track, and cassette tapes.  It was the only way to get music back then as digital downloads were still in its infancy.  CD’s also had a long lifespan–unless you left them under direct sunlight–and were reported to be good for a couple of thousand plays before encountering any problems.

Here is the latest batch of discs that I picked up:

Outside: From the Redwoods (1993)

The second live album by Kenny Loggins.  Originally recorded in a 1992 concert held “outside” a venue located within a stand of giant redwood trees. Loggins released it the following year.

I actually had this in cassette!  Favorites include Conviction of the Heart and the Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald duet What a Fool Believes.

Track List:

  1. Conviction of the Heart – 5:36
  2. What a Fool Believes (Duet with Michael McDonald) – 4:12
  3. Your Mama Don’t Dance – 4:13
  4. I Would Do Anything (Duet with Shanice) – 7:36
  5. Now and Then – 3:31
  6. Angry Eyes – 4:48
  7. If You Believe – 6:04
  8. Celebrate Me Home – 8:02
  9. Love Will Follow (Duet with Shanice) – 5:53
  10. Leap of Faith – 6:54
  11. This Is It – 4:18
  12. Footlose – 4:03
  13. I’m Alright – 8:48

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Review: Venture Capital Cafe, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, and Chill Sunday (May 28, 2017)

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Clockwise: My son playing Need for Speed: Most Wanted on the largest screen I’ve ever seen. |The VCC bookshelf. | My own personal workstation. | Spacious is the word!

The recently opened Venture Capital Cafe (VCC) has been on our to-do list for quite some time.  How could it not?  They have a life-sized Gundam welcoming customers by their front door along Dela Costa street.

VCC has ample floor space and a wide entertainment selection that includes two large television screens, two PlayStation 4’s, a personal computer, an aquarium, and a bookshelf, just to name a few.

Overall, we had a really good time.  My son was even able to try out the open world racing game called Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) on their PC.  Racing games really aren’t my thing but its soundtrack certainly grew on me.  I’ve included the track list below courtesy of www.nfssoundtrack.com.

Not bad for a truly chill Sunday. Read more…

Talk on “Diagnostic Statistical Manual V: What psychologists, counselors, and mental health practitioners need to know with Dr. Ma. Teresa Gustilo-Villasor.” [2nd Run]

05/29/2017 Leave a comment

Attention:

Dra. Villasor would like to inform all interested participants that they are required to bring their own copy of the DSM-V to the June 16 workshop.  Thank you.

Overview:

On June 16, Metropolitan Psychological Corporation (MPC) will be holding its third talk for 2017 entitled, “Diagnostic Statistical Manual V: What psychologists, counselors, and mental health practitioners need to know with Dr. Ma. Teresa Gustilo-Villasor.” [2nd Run]

It will be held at the Mini-Amphitheater of the Ateneo Professional Schools – Ateneo de Manila University in 20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City from 9 AM – 12 NN (Friday).

This accredited CPE activity of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) is worth 3 CPE points.

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Nickelodeon Slime Cup Run 2017 (May 28, 2017)

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Clockwise: Took advantage of the photo opportunity with the turtles. | Thanks to whoever took this photo! | Did you know that Splinter taught them to be ninja teens 🙂

After seeing commercials of it on the Nickelodeon channel, my son said to his mom, “Mama, I want to get three tickets.  One for me. One for Mama. One for Dada.”

Next thing we knew, we were at McKinley West, Taguig City, Philippines for the Nickelodeon Slime Cup Run 2017!  As 4K double loop run participants, we were literally among the first to break out of the starting group and make our way to through several obstacles in the course.

By the time it was all said and done[i], my son entered the confines of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT) inspired slime machine where he got to experience what Peter Venkman felt when Slimer slimed him for the very first time!

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The Saturday Group Presents The Gallery (May 27, 2017)

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Congratulations again to Tito Frank Cana and the rest of The Saturday Group!

Made my way this afternoon to Rustan’s Shangri-La in Mandaluyong for the opening of The Saturday Group’s Gallery.

The exhibit featured a number of stunning art pieces and sculptures (Click here for the photos).  The Saturday Group also had two guest lecturers from the Lopez Museum.

The first speaker discussed the intricacies and importance of art conservation.

Here are a number of tidbits that I picked up:

  • As wood is organic, the materials has to have the opportunity to “breathe” and not be wrapped in bubble wrap plastic.
  • The ideal medium for wrapping artwork is paper.
  • Climate conditions are always suspect.  It is best to check your artwork regularly.
  • The LUX and UV Environmental Meter–a device that measures light–is worth over P100,000.
  • In the event of a fire, museums usually categorize art according to value and importance.  These pieces are usually the first to be evacuated.