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

05/30/2017 Leave a comment
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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…

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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.” [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)

05/28/2017 Leave a comment
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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)

05/27/2017 Leave a comment
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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.

 

A Dying Medium: Compact Discs [Part 2] (May 25, 2017)

05/25/2017 Leave a comment
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Clockwise: Ten Summoner’s Tales, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift OST, and Fields of Gold compact discs.

Previously[i]…

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:

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

A surprising good movie which I still consider a stand-alone in the Fast and Furious franchise.  I’ll need a little more time to go though the OST again but I do remember Tokyo Drift and The Barracuda standing out.

Track List:

  1. Tokyo Drift – Teriyaki Boyz – 4:15
  2. Six Days (Remix) [Featuring Mos Def] – DJ Shadow – 3:52
  3. The Barracuda – The 5.6.7.8’s – 2:28
  4. Restless – Evil Nine – 4:54
  5. Round Round – Far East Movement – 3:20
  6. She Wants to Move [DFA Remix] – N.E.R.D – 3:34
  7. Cho Large [Featuring Pharrell] – Teriyaki Boyz – 5:14
  8. Resound [without intro] – Dragon Ash – 4:45
  9. Speed – Atari Teenage Riot – 2:50
  10. Bandoleros [Featuring Tego Calderon] – Don Omar – 3:18
  11. Conteo – Don Omar – 2:23
  12. Mustang Nismo [Featuring Slash] – Brian Tyler – 2:25

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CapWolf finds a new home (May 21, 2017)

05/21/2017 Leave a comment

Ah, CapWolf.

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The CapWolf head joins my other artifacts.  | Want a challenge? Can you name all the 19 artifacts in this picture? How about the toy lines that I took them from?

Another addition to my personal collection.[i]

For those of you who may be too young or unaware of the history of CapWolf, it is a Captain America (Volume 1) story that ran for six issues (#402-#407) way back in 1992.   The gist of the story: Captain America turns into a werwolf and dukes it out with Logan.  After the dust settles, Cap manages to regain human form.

I know.  It not one of the better ideas of the early 90’s but it was certainly one of the more memorable ones…so memorable in fact that it was released as a graphic novel a couple or so years ago. Read more…

Game Day: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection [2015] | Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End [2016] | Godzilla [2014] (May 20, 2017)

05/20/2017 Leave a comment
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Game Day Haul: From Left to Right: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, and Godzilla (2014).

Picked up three pre-owned games today–Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and Godzilla [2014]–for a really good price.

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (2015) | Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (2016)

I’ve been meaning to pick up Uncharted for awhile.  Well, in truth, ever since I saw this extended trailer in Data Blitz Greenbelt 1.

Here is that very same video.

Who then is Nathan Drake?

Is he part DieHard/Indiana Jones? Read more…