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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…

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What I learned from Charles Wade Barkley (July 12, 2017)

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Credit Sir Charles with an assist!

Even at 54, Charles Wade Barkley can still inspire people.

He has certainly inspired me.

After catching the NBA TV segment where he announced his intention to take better care of himself (1:02), I immediately said to myself, “If Charles can do it, I need to make a similar commitment.”

Well, I didn’t use those exact words but, well, you get the idea.

Putting in the work

Yup!  I’m up to three times a week already and I’ll be honest: It wasn’t easy…it’s still not easy…but I’m getting there.

It is my hope that this post will in someway inspired you to go down a similar path. 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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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…