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

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Overview:

On April 28, Metropolitan Psychological Corporation (MPC) will be holding its second talk for 2017 entitled, “Diagnostic Statistical Manual V: What psychologists, counselors, and mental health practitioners need to know with Dr. Ma. Teresa Gustilo-Villasor.”

It will be held at 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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The day I stopped collecting Marvel Comics (February 26, 2017)

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Came home today with Amazing Spider-Man #24, Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #5, The Fix #8, and Motor Girl #1, #2, and #3.

Do you remember when you stopped collecting comics?

I do.

The day, February 26, 2017.

The History

It was coming as I had grown increasingly weary of Marvel’s continuing reboots and simply wanted to finish Dan Slott’s current Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy arc–the first current Marvel title I’ve collected since that late 90’s.

Slott, Spider-Man’s incumbent writer, had caught my eye in 2015 with his Superior Spider-Man run.  For those unfamiliar with the book, the premise alone was intriguing: What would happened if a dying Doctor Octopus was able to switch bodies with the Amazing Spider-Man Peter Benjamin Parker?

I was two years late to the party but I backtracked and now have all but 9 of the 33 main title issues[i].  In my mind, The Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy served as a sequel to the aforementioned Superior Spider-Man run.  An added incentive was Marvel’s “Buy Physical, Get Digital” Codes which allowed me to store my physical copy safely at home but at the same time have easy access to the digital copy on my iPad Pro wherever I went.  Best of both worlds right?  Plus!  No double-dipping.

This digital promo was basically the only reason why I was still buying anything Marvel given my aforementioned misgivings.  I even considered them to be somewhat ahead of their rival DC Comics–who were too cheap to offer the same incentive[ii].

Things change

It was only while redeeming the digital copies to Amazing Spider-Man #24 and Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #5 yesterday afternoon wherein I discovered that Marvel had discontinued their promo.  The redemption code gave me several issues that I had no desire to read nor explore.  No doubt this was Marvel’s attempt to give their other titles more exposure.

I had all but lost interest at that point.

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[i] Quite a feat if I do say so myself as there are not that many of the latter issues available in the Philippine market.
[ii] Starting April 2017, DC Comics will be offering a similar “Buy Physical, Get Digital” promo with a number of their titles.  Clearly they are capitalizing on Marvel’s Digital Faux Pas.

Remembering Al Jarreau (February 13, 2017)

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When I first heard the name of Al Jarreau was way back when I was watching the comedy-drama mystery television series called Moonlighting (1985-1989).  I clearly remember saying to myself, “Now that’s an entrance theme!  Who sang it?”

Back then, getting that kind of information wasn’t as seamless as it is today.  There wasn’t any music identification apps like SoundHound or Shazam.  We had to be patient and wait for the closing credits of the show.

And there it was.

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The answer to my question: Al Jarreau

Although not a product of my generation, I was able to hear more of Al Jarreau’s music from my father and uncle’s many playlists.  Musical appreciation ensued which made hits like Boogie Down (Jarreau | 1983), Mornin’ (Jarreau | 1983), We’re In This Love Together (Breakin’ Away | 1981), After All (High Crime | 1984), Moonlighting (TV Soundtrack | 1987) and Spain (This Time | 1980) among my personal favorites.

Fast forward to September 8, 2008 when I was–successfully I might add–able to drag my dad and brother to The Big Dome to watch Al Jarreau and George Benson perform.  What I remember most from that evening was the dominating performance of Benson but it was still great to see Al Jarreau give the Araneta Coliseum a taste of his brand of music.

Born Alwin Lopez Jarreau, it was reported that the legendary singer had just retired a couple of days ago (February 9, 2017) due to persisting health concerns.  News of his passing followed today.  He was 76.

The Lego Batman Movie Merchandise (February 12, 2017)

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Lego Fun: It’s been 9 years since I put together my last Lego play set. Good times!

Have you guys seen the movie?

Well, don’t worry, I’m not going to give anything substantial away.

But I will say this much, from the amount of mini figures at appeared on the big screen, I could almost imagine the powers that be over at Lego and DC Comics locking arms and literally doing the dance of joy.  It was after all  an instant merchandise bonanza and commercial success.

In the Lego Batman movie, Lego Batman has loads of Batsuit mini figures that is sure (you can take that to the bank) to be released sometime this year.  And the Condiment King!  I can’t wait for that one.  But I digress, my point here is that under different circumstances, I would be a staunch opposed to variant Batmans.  But somehow, this marketing gimmick seems to work in the Lego world.

With all this in mind, I decided to take a dip and purchase some of the Lego Batman Movie sets such as the Mr. Freeze Ice Attack (70901) and the Clayface Splat Attack (70904).  It seems that everything is falling under the attack category these days.  But seriously speaking, these are two of the cooler (pun intended) sets out there as they come with deluxe Lego figures in Mr. Freeze and Clayface.

Here is a time-lapse video of working on Clayface, Lego Batman, and Mayor McCaskill this afternoon.  The whole thing took an estimated 1 hour and 28 minutes to complete.

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The Lego Batman Movie: Clayface Splat Attack set comes with the aforementioned–and highly posable–Clayface figure (with interchangeable clay hammer arm); Lego Batman (with Batarang); and Mayor “Mariah Carey” McCaskill (with walkie-talkie).

How was your afternoon?

What is Ghosting? (February 11, 2017)

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Bobby Brown said it best, “Oh oh, girl. As long as I’ve been giving my love to you. You should be giving me your love too. But you just keep on actin’ just like a fool. You know it ain’t cool. uh, don’t be cruel.” If you are being Ghosted–always remember that you are worth more.

Over the last couple of months, I have embarked on my latest side project (Set for release by the end of August 2017) that involves a ton of research on a number of choice subjects.  One of those areas, is the phenomena of Ghosting.

What is Ghosting?

Ghosting is today’s popular term for disregarding or completely ignoring a person.  It is commonly associated with (but not limited to) the dating scene wherein–for whatever reason–one party no longer keeps in contact with the other party.

Maybe you’ve gone on a few dates–with a potential Mr. or Mrs. Right–and things seem to be picking up…then all of the sudden: WHAM!  No contact.  No reply.  Or worst yet, you can clearly see that the messages you have sent were marked read on your smart phone or Facebook Messenger.

I know it’s not cool but there really are a lot of people like that out there.

What are it’s effects?

Depending on the amount of physical, emotional, and psychological investment that the ghosted party has for the person they are attempting to have a relationship with–the results could be devastating as it could affect the ghosted party’s self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth.

What can the ghosted party do?

Although it is never easy detaching yourself from someone whom you have invested in, it is best to keep some of these pointers in mind:

  1. You cannot have a relationship for two people.
  2. Marshall your emotional resources elsewhere.  Make investments in people who are willing to make an equal commitment to you.
  3. Make time for yourself.  If you can’t have a relationship with yourself, how then can you have a relationship with other people?

To learn more about Ghosting, check out this in-depth article by Psychology Today’s Dr. Jennice Vilhauer or you can send your questions over to my Facebook page.

Addendum:

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  Keep her in your prayers today.

Putting together the Lego Movie: Super Secret Police Enforcer (30282-1) polybag set (February 10, 2017)

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It never hurts to have too many henchmen.

Put together the last of the Lego Movie polybags that I picked up in Megamall last week: The 40-piece Super Secret Police Enforcer set (30282-1).

The polybag features a Helmeted Robo SWAT figure (which I think would go quite nicely with another Robo SWAT figure standing beside it as they flank the The Lego Movie’s Bad Cop–or Good Cop or Scribblr-Face Good Cop depending on what head you have on.) and his flying vehicle.

The whole thing took about 15 minutes to complete.

Celebrating World Pizza Day 2017 with Yellow Cab Pizza Co. (February 9, 2017)

02/09/2017 Leave a comment

Clockwise: My only batch of Smoked Bacon and Apples Pizza. Wish the people at the counter had asked me beforehand what pizza I had wanted. | My security bracelet: A funny story in itself as I was the only one they required t0 surrender it once I left their premises. Why not also get those from the other patrons? | The aftermath: My plate versus the plates of my happy crew.

World Pizza Day 2017 is finally upon us.

The day where literally everyone who knew about the Yellow Cab Pizza Co. promotion stuffed their faces with either Smoked Bacon and Apples Pizza or New York’s Finest Pizza. [My sources say that some Yellow Cab branches may have offered a third product: Hawaiian Pizza.  But I will need additional testimonies before that little tidbit could be considered gospel].

I would know, well, because I was one of them.

The Process

The mechanics are pretty straightforward: The patron forks over P299 pesos (per person), is given a security bracelet indicating the time your order was punched in, and then your proverbial two-hour eating time “clock” starts ticking.  In that period, you are free to consume as many slices of either Smoked Bacon and Apples Pizza or New York’s Finest Pizza.  In addition, you will have a bottomless glass of soda to round up your meal.

The Verdict

The perfect deal right?  Well, in hindsight, not really as I felt that I wasn’t able to get my money’s worth since I do not drink soda–and haven’t probably for the last 10 years.  It would have also been nice if Yellow Cab offered an alternative beverage.  Secondly, was the fact that I wasn’t give a choice on what pizza I was initially going to eat as the people across the counter told me that they would take care of it.

Taking care of it” ended up being two slices of Smoked Bacon and Apples Pizza that were cut in the middle–So I guess, this technically makes it four slices.  The pizza was good but I would have appreciated warmer slices.

So, 5 3/4 slices or almost 3 whole slices later, I waved my white flag of surrender and was the first to tap out.  A pitiful performance considering that I had once consumed 19 slices of Hawaiian Pizza (not my proudest moment) back when Pizza Hut was offering a similar all-you-can-eat promo.

So, how was your World Pizza Day 2017 experience?