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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…

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

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

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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…

Review: ‘Alien Covenant In Utero’ VR Experience in Trinoma (May 8, 2017)

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Clockwise: I have arrived…at the ‘Alien Covenant In Utero’ Exhibit. | The VR Experience. | Happy smiles. | Alien Covenant in Utero poster. | D by the sign.

Before catching the advance screening of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, our group made it a point to drop by the ‘Alien Covenant In Utero‘ Virtual Reality (VR) Experience/Exhibit located right outside the Trinoma Cinema area.

The small exhibit featured a visual history of the Alien franchise as well as posters charting the life cycle of the Xenomorph: Starting with the Xenomorph egg, followed by the facehugger, then the chestburster[ii], and finally the Xenomorph.

But the highlight of the exhibit was the free, 360 degree virtual experience that puts moviegoers inside the body of an alien Neomorph just as it bursts from the back of Ledward.[i] Read more…

A Dying Medium: Compact Discs (May 8, 2017)

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Spyro Gyra’s Access All Areas (top) and Hall & Oates’ Rock n’ Soul Part 1 compact discs.

I almost forgot.

In addition to the two Takara Tomy Arts Super Figure Collection Grendizer UFO Gashapons that I lucked out in getting yesterday, I also picked up a couple of used discs: Hall & Oates’ Rock n’ Soul Part 1[i] and Spyro Gyra’s first live album entitled, Access All Areas.

These albums were without their inserts but I knew what I was holding in my hands and scooped them up right away at a fraction of the cost.

To think, this was how everyone used to listen to music.[ii]

Short history lesson 

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.

Well enough of that and back to the albums that I got. Read more…

A Grendizer kind of day: Review of Takara Tomy Arts Super Figure Collection Grendizer UFO Gashapons (May 7, 2017)

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Clockwise: Takara Tomy Arts Super Figure Collection literature on the gashapon machine. | The Grendizer Spazer. | The Grendizer part prior to attaching it to the Spazer. | The Grendizer UFO robot pieces after I removed them from their plastic container. | Some new toys to add to my collection.

Exposure to the past

In my book, part of being a good parent is taking the initiative to expose your children to the things that you grew up with.  There are quite a few, starting with: Values, Customs, Interests, etc.

Did I say interests?

Back in the Betamax days and when I was still in single digits, I remember watching a cartoon called Grendizer[i].  It was awesome![ii]  It featured a flying UFO saucer (called Spazer) that spit out a single-pilot robot.  Much like other earth protector robots before him, Grendizer would cut up his enemies by the end of each episode.  UFO Grendizer also had cool weapons like Double SickleScrew Crusher Punch, and Space Thunder!  Lastly, the show even had Mazinger Z’s Koji Kabuto serve as a sidekick of sorts.

As I dial back my thoughts to those moments, we really had the best cartoons…with all due respect to Adventure Time, Rick and Morty, Clarence and whatever else the kids are watching these days on Cartoon Network.

Anyway, I decided to dig up those old Grendizer tapes and show them to my son.  So far, we’ve gone through 1 1/2 episodes so the jury is still out if he is going to like it as much as say The Real Ghostbusters.

Review: Takara Tomy Arts Super Figure Collection Grendizer UFO Gashapons

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