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Toy Review: Disney Pixar Cars 3 Die-Cast Mini Racers [Series 1] and my initial foray into the world of Podcasting (July 23, 2017)

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Audio 001 – Toy Review: Disney Pixar Cars 3 Die-Cast Mini Racers [Series 1]

Last July 17, 2017, the family and I caught a late afternoon showing of Cars 3[i] before proceeding to a nearby department store in order to check out some of their Disney Pixar Cars 3 merchandise on display.

Strategically displayed by the escalator, there was a host of Cars 3 eye candy.  But the one that caught my eye was the Series 1 Disney Pixar Cars 3 Die-Cast Mini Racers.  These blind bag items retailed for about P149.50 so I decided to pick up a couple of bags for this review.[ii]

Here is my YouTube channel video review:[iii] Read more…

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Review: The Saturday Group’s 49th Anniversary Exhibit – Chair: A Send-Off for Malang. (July 22, 2017)

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 Just some of the wonderful visuals at The Saturday Group’s 49th Anniversary Exhibit.

Yesterday afternoon, I had the privilege of attending the opening of The Saturday Group’s 49th Anniversary Exhibit entitled, “Chair: A Send-Off for Malang.”

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Clockwise: The Saturday Group Gallery in Shangri-La Plaza Mall. | Painting of Franklin Cana Valencia. | Butterflies! | Cana’s first chair sculpture. | Group photo opportunity. | Pose with Franklin Cana Valencia and his masterpiece: Father and Son @5.

The annual event showcased the sculptural and painting talents of Lydia Velasco, Franklin Cana Valencia, and other gifted members that make up The Saturday Group[i].

You can find their gallery-aptly called The Saturday Group Gallery–at the 4/L, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA, Mandaluyong City.

The Exhibit will run from July 22-31, 2017.

Addendum: Guys, if you like the video, please take time out to also subscribe to my YouTube channel.  Thank you!

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[i] Established almost half a century ago, The Saturday Group convenes bi-monthly for painting sessions, art talks, and fellowship.

 

LlaoLlao: My new go-to frozen yogurt (July 16, 2017)

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Our LlaoLlao frozen yogurt run the day before[i] was so amazing that my Mom and I decided to go for an encore today–this time at their Megamall branch.

An added incentive for going back was LlaoLlao’s signature green spoons which I plan on collecting and reusing. Read more…

Comic Odyssey’s Jean Grey #4/Superwoman #12 Signing Event (July 15, 2017)

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After work this morning[i], I proceeded to Comic Odyssey in Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street for the Jean Grey #4/Superwoman #12 signing event featuring Stephen Jorge Segovia and Harvey M. Tolibao. Read more…

Review: ToyCon 2017 (June 30, 2017)

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     Hopefully the first of many videos:  Just wanted to give you guys a peek of our Day 1 ToyCon 2017 experience.

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Clockwise: Up on stage. | Posing in front of an Endor AT-ST. | Photo opportunity with Street Fighter’s Ryu and Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man. | Godzilla was certainly well represented in this convention. | Some memorabilia of famed Darna creator Mars Ravelo. | A locally produced Darna statue–It looked stunning!

ToyCon 2017.

I’ll try to be kind.

However, my thoughts on its point pricing and space allotment haven’t changed much since my review last year.

The saving grace though was having a photo with the larger-than-life sized Larry Joe Bird[i] COOLRAIN MINDstyle VINYL figure that stood outside the SMX Convention Center’s main concourse.  Goosebumps!  Now, I’ll add that snapshot to the COOLRAIN MINDstyle Russell Westbrook photo I took in ToyCon 2016.

Was it worth it?

Man, at least last year for the same point price we HAD an event program.  This year, we weren’t given one.  Did we have to buy one?  How come I didn’t see any being sold?

Anyway,  as you guys can probably surmise from the video, the place was somewhat packed–even on a Friday.  I can only imagine what the congestion is going to be like in Day 2 and Day 3. Read more…

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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