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Review: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (December 12, 2017)

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My favorite photo: One of Uncharted 4’s many new features is the ability to take in-game photos.  The game is filled with a number of stunning visuals from places like Italy, Scotland, Madagascar, etc.  However, this framed photo (from inside the Drake house) is arguably my favorite.  It simply resonates with me.

So…what ever happened to moving onto Uncharted: Among Thieves (2009)?

Well, life happened.

Outside of a few games of NBA 2K18 with my uncle, my PS4 had sadly gone into semi-retirement.

That is until our US vacation last November wherein I had some downtime and was able to try out a few levels of PS4’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (2016). Needless to say, I was quite impressed with the little that I saw: Improved gameplay (e.g., For instance, Nathan Drake can now use a grappling hook and (as the game progresses) a piton to scale those hard-to-reach places); seamless transition between the aforementioned gameplay and motion-captured dialogue scenes; and—what was probably the highlight for me—top notched writing[i]. Read more…

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That Steady Starbucks Diet: Procuring that 2018 Starbucks Planner (December 10, 2017)

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2018 Starbucks Planner

Ready for 2018: Pictured are large and pocket-sized 2018 Starbucks Planners and their Special Edition debt cards. They are housed in the brown pouches that came with the 2017 Starbucks Planner.

As I write this entry, I am immediately reminded of Michael Coreleone’s (Al Pacino) famous line from Godfather III,

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.

Granted, Coreleone was referring to his waning attempt towards legitimize his business and professional affairs, but I have always felt that my annual quest to procure yet another Starbucks Planner (or two) resonates just as loudly.

Every year it is the same story and—for better or for worse—it usually results in the same outcome…with just a different year on the cover.

The thing is, as much as I like the annual planners, I know that this cannot go on forever.  There is only so much joy (and calories) that a watered down Green Tea Frappuccino and Roasted Chicken Pesto and Shitake Mushroom sandwich[i] can bring. Factoring in the financial cost, it makes it just that more difficult to sustain indefinitely. Read more…

The limited edition Starbucks Reusable Cup promo (July 31 – August 13, 2017)

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You have 14 days to collect all of them.  Will you do it?

Went back to Starbucks earlier this evening with plans of putting the finishing touches on a book that I am currently doing with the immensely talented Randy Valiente.

Then this caught my eye on top of the counter.

The Starbucks Reusable Cup Promo!

The Mechanics

The latest Starbucks promo involves a two-step process wherein patrons who purchase any Starbucks product amounting to P250 or more will be entitled to one (1) coupon. Read more…

Video: Workout of the Day (July 31, 2017)

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  Breaking out my old Steve Nash United Ballers Nike Jersey for today’s workout.  (July 31, 2017)

Breaking it down

Monday’s workout video is up and running!

In this video, I give viewers an idea of what I listen to when I run–and no, it’s not music.

Here is a breakdown of today’s exercises: Read more…

Workout of the Day (July 28, 2017)

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  Video 014 – Workout of the Day (July 28, 2017)

Breaking it down

Friday’s workout video is up and running!

Here is a breakdown of the exercises for today: Read more…

Workout of the Day (July 26, 2017)

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   Video 013 – Workout of the Day (July 26, 2017)

Breaking it down

Decided to regularly post my workout videos.  It’s a long road back but I hope this will inspire some of you out there to get back on the horse (so to speak).

Here is a breakdown of the exercises for today: Read more…

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…