Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Have Yourself A #MerrySMChristmas!

We only have few weeks left before the much awaited holiday and I can feel
the spirit already. I hear Christmas Songs almost everywhere and I see a bunch of colorful lights and decorations from one house to another. I wouldn't be surprised to see children singing Christmas Carols too. Christmas is such a very meaningful day not just for kids but for everybody but we have to remind ourselves that Christmas is not just about gifts or any material things or any form of luxurious celebration. It is about love, joy, peace and hospitality! Here's what #MerrySMChristmas means to me!
Magical - Christmas is indeed magical. Well, we may often encounter magic through some classic Christmas stories that we used to read since they literally involved the use of magic. Santa Claus, on the first place is already a magical figure that we used to believe in. We also have Snowman, the Reindeers, the fairy of Christmas just to name a few. However, the true magic of Christmas is this unexplainable feeling of excitement in our hearts. It is the magic that brings joy whenever this special day arrives.
Exciting - Speaking of excitement, nothing can be more exciting than Christmas. This is the most special time of the year. The time that we have been longing for. This is the season where we tend to expect so many surprises. We are excited see who among our relatives or a family member will arrive? We are excited to see what presents are we going to receive or what are the foods to be served in Christmas eve. Christmas is full of surprises indeed!
Reunion - One of the reasons why Christmas time is so special is because this is the time when family can spend their time together in one very special dinner. It is more like a tradition to many and it is very important that everyone should be there on the table as the Christmas Eve arrives. Some even took this very special time  to go somewhere as a family. It is a special family bonding moment opportunity indeed. My family and I used to go out together during the Christmas day and it was always a blast for us.
My Family And I spending our Christmas day at SM Mall Of Asia last year
Reminiscence - One thing I love about Christmas is that it brings so much memories. It is really fascinating to browse our old pictures from previous Christmas occasions. It always reminds me of those wonderful moments that we all shared together.
Yummy Foods - Okay, I just mentioned above that Christmas is not about material things but I just can't help but to associate this very special occasion to these yummy Christmas dishes that my mom used to prepare. My mom used to cook her special recipes including the macaroni salad, her very own version of spaghetti, her tamales (which also serve as her sideline business). Of course, this is also the season where Puto bumbong and Bibingka can be found almost everywhere! Oh Gosh, I'm drooling now.
Our Noche Buena, Puto Bumbong and My Mom's Tamales
Snow - Well, this may not be so applicable for a tropical country like us but Christmas is often associated with snow and how I wish we could have it here in the Philippines or perhaps I can get a chance to visit those country with winter season. I just love to experience it, that's all haha. Good thing we have some Christmas attractions at some shopping malls or better yet I could buy a snow spray to experience it at home*wink*
Snow Spray
Month of Giving- Christmas is all about giving and sharing not just for our family but for those who are also in need. It is not all about giving our "aguinaldo" to our beloved godchildren but about our willingness to share. It is not about material gifts but Love. I remember the quote from Dale Evans stating that "every time we love , every time we give, it's Christmas". However, let us remind ourselves that we should not do such thing for the sake of celebrating such occasion. We should do it on a regular basis or whenever someone needs our help and comfort.

Christmas Decorations -  Unlike other countries, Pinoy has the longest Christmas celebration. Christmas carols can be heard as early as September and same thing goes with Christmas decorations. They tend to decorate their houses as early as possible.  We actually do the same thing. We started to take our old Christmas decorations from their storage boxes and redecorate them to make them look brand new again (so frugal right hehe). 
Our Christmas Decorations
Homecoming - Since Christmas is a very special occasion, some families took this opportunity to reunite together.  We cannot deny that some family members will eventually decide to move and migrate to somewhere else that are too far from us. Some are also working abroad while others decided to walk away due to some misunderstanding.  Christmas is just an ideal time for them to come home, reconcile and reunite. Even just for a single day!

Rewarding - I'm not sure if you guys feel the same way but I find wrapping and giving gifts to my godchildren very rewarding. I may not receive any gift in return but seeing them excitingly unwrapping your present is just so priceless to watch.  It is a very rewarding experience indeed and a moment that you will always remember. 
My Little Brother unwrapping his gift
Indescribable Feeling - Christmas will give you a kind of feeling that no other words can explain. It is more like a mixture of joy, excitement, tears and more. All you know is that it is a very wonderful feeling that you wish to have everyday. 
Santa Claus- Yes! Santa! Christmas is not Christmas without seeing his face around. This huge white bearded guy who used to wear a shiny red suit riding on his floating sleigh which is carried by his jolly reindeers. He travels different places, sneak from one house to another through chimneys or windows and give a special gift for the lucky kids. Well, if you have been very naughty this year, you may not get one under your Christmas tree. We all know the truth about his existence but isn't magical that we keep him real for kids? After all, Santa made our childhood so memorable!
Toys - Since we're talking about Santa, we can also associate Christmas with toys. These are what the kids would love to receive every Christmas and these are the reason why they are always looking forward to this very special occasion. 
Meaning of Real Christmas - We often associate Christmas with so many things but we have to keep in mind that the true meaning of Christmas is not about giving gift, not just about sharing love, not about celebrations but to pay tribute to the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the reason why we need to celebrate Christmas and it is sad that this is often being disregarded by many. This is the day where we commemorate to the birth of our Savior and I hope we all keep that in our hearts! 
Amusing - Christmas is indeed the most amusing day of the year. With all the things we have mentioned above, the festive celebration, the gift giving moments, the love sharing, the reunions, the homecomings, and more! I guess they are enough to say that Christmas is the merriest day everybody could ever have.
Family bonding at SM Mall of Asia 

Shopping - Remember the iconic quote from "How The Grinch Stole The Christmas" saying "What if Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”. In this epic part, Grinch realized that real spirit of Christmas doesn't really come from those precious gifts we buy from the store since it is more about giving and loving.  Shopping is definitely one of the things we do during this holiday. We get the opportunity to buy items in big discounted price due to some holiday sales. But if you think about it, some kids doesn't even have enough money to buy for new clothes. They can't even afford to buy foods. They do not have the opportunity to buy toys for themselves. So why not lend some money and donate it to some orphanage or charitable institutions instead of buying things that are beyond your needs? Interestingly, SM came up with a very interesting campaign that will make your shopping more meaningful.  You will probably look at shopping not the same way again.

SM came up with this so-called "Give A Bear of Joy" campaign as a part of their SM Cares program. In this campaign, SM shoppers are encouraged to buy a pair of teddy bears for as low as Php200.00 but here's the catch. You get to keep one of the bears while the other one will be given to other children from various orphanages and charitable institution.  Now, that is what you called Shopping for a cause!

Take note that this is just one of the many surprises of SM Malls this Christmas season so be sure to keep yourself updated with their latest events and activities (check their blog here). Oh not to mention their wonderful Christmas attractions too! That's something my family and I are always looking forward to. 
SM Christmas Attractions from the previous years

So that's how M-E-R-R-Y-S-M-C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S means to me. How about you! If you are interested, you might as well participate with this Give A Bear Joy campaign and Have Yourself A  #MerrySMChristmas! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

TOP FIVE BEST ANIME HAIR MANIPULATORS

Finally, here comes a new top five entry. It has been awhile but allow me to give you a new list! I'm telling you, the characters below never had a bad hair day and in fact, the hair itself is the one that makes them more powerful. I am always fascinated with the anime characters who has the ability to manipulate his or her own hair. These are the users who have complete control of their own hair, allowing them to freely alter, change texture, color, grow and more. Listed below are five of the best anime hair manipulators. have fun!
TOP FIVE BEST ANIME HAIR MANIPULATORS
(Author's Note : This Entry is Listed Subjectively)

TOP 5 BEST ANIME HAIR MANIPULATOR
"SUNNY"
(Toriko)
Sunny is one of the supporting characters in Toriko and is notable for his very strange colorful hair.  He is one of the Four Heavenly Kings along with Toriko. Sunny is known for his highly impressive Sensor talent which allows him to know the physical state of those around him. He seeks "harmony" in his dishes which is the perfect use of ingredients, perfect handling of the food and most importantly producing a perfect taste. His hair is long, flows downwards and is colored white, blue, green and pink along each strand, each color determining different usages. His 'sensor' is actually one millon super-thin hairs extending from his own, normal-sized hair strands, that can reach a maximum of 300 meters in length.  

TOP 4 BEST ANIME HAIR MANIPULATORS
"JIRAIYA"
(Naruto)
Jiraiya might be known best for his Toad Techniques but he also got another fascinating hair manipulating skills such as the Wild Lion's Mane Technique and the Needle Jizo. Wild Lion is a technique that temporarily enhance the head's metabolism and manipulate the hair that grows longer as a result of it. Needle Jizo , on the other hand, is a defensive technique where the user encases themselves in a countless number of sharp needles, but in truth, the spikes are the user's hair.  Choji and Kotohime are also known to use the same skills but Jiraiya mastered it perfectly!

TOP 3 BEST ANIME HAIR MANIPULATORS
"FLARE CORONA"
(Fairy Tail)
Flare is mage and a former member of the Raven Tail Guild . Apart from her seemingly weird and insane behavior, this hot woman is known best for her impressive hair manipulating skills and it is not really surprising why she became Raven Tail's elite member.  This emotionless mage can manipulate her hair at her own will with a very incredible strength. Her hair magic allows her to control her hair in many offensive ways. She can use it to grab and smash enemies, dig grounds, use it as shield and immobilized here enemies. 


TOP 2 BEST ANIME HAIR MANIPULATORS
"KUMADORI"
(One Piece)
Kumadori is one of the members of CP9 (villains during the Enies Lobby Arc) who is notably known for his huge mane of pinkish hair. As a full-fledged member of CP9, Kumadori possesses superhuman strength. His style consists of combining his martial arts with his staff and bodily manipulation skills to increase versatility and destructive powers. As a hermit, Kumadori can use Life Return to control his bodily functions to his desire. His main style of combat is to manipulate his hair to grasp his opponents or compress them into hands. He can also allow himself to digest food in an instant and losing all the excess weight at once. Yikes!

THE BEST ANIME HAIR MANIPULATORS
"GOLDEN DARKNESS OR YAMI"
(To-LOVE-ru)
Golden Darkness or more commonly referred as Yami-chan was a hired assassin who broke her own contract after noting the true nature behind her target, Rito. Yami's physical abilities are exponentially stronger than a human's. She carries a unique ability to turn her body parts into various objects through use of nano machines circulating her body, ranging from swords to dragon heads. She tend to use her golden hair to execute such attacks. Interestingly, Yami's appearance and ability were all inspired from another character in a manga called Black Cat. She is derived from Eve. The manga was created by Saki Hasemi who is also behind the creation of To-Love-Ru which explains why both mangas and anime shared a lot of similarities.

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Notable Characters who also Manipulates their hair includes Meno Sakura (Flame of Recca-image above), Bobobo Bo Bo Bobo (Bobobo Bo Bo Bobo), Riko Mine (Hidan No Aria), Yura (Inu Yasha), Fuka (Naruto) and more

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TOP FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE MARY AND THE POPES EXHIBIT 2014

I am still overwhelmed with what I saw from the Mary and The Popes Exhibit 2014.  The exhibit showcases different Marian images and Popes' relics. The event is still ongoing so allow me to invite you by giving you a list of five things you should know about the Mary and The Popes Exhibit 2014.
TOP FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE MARY AND THE POPES EXHIBIT 2014
5. The Venue is Easily Accessible For Everyone!
The event is held at the South Pavilion of SM Mall Of Asia. It is indeed a very accessible place to everyone whether you are from Manila or Makati area or even when you're from the South. Since the venue is located on a mall, the exhibit is open the whole day until the mall closes. It is also open for everyone who is interested to see both relics and Marian images inside. It is a one-month event that starts from August 30 to September 29. So you still have more or less two weeks to go!!

4. The Event is Powered By Veritas 846
This yearly exhibit is powered and brought to us by Radyo Veritas 846, a 24/7 Catholic AM station owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Manila through the Global Broadcasting System in the country. This is said to be the biggest Mary and The Popes exhibit to date that aims to help and guide Filipino devotees to become spiritually prepared for the upcoming Papal visit early next year. It was formally opened by CBCP Episcopal on Military Ordinariate Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak along with Father Anton Pascual (Radio Veritas President ) and Mrs. Felicidad Sy (Henry Sy's Spouse). 

3. The Admission is Absolutely Free
Yes, aside from being open to everyone, the exhibit is 100% admission free. Anyone can freely enter the exhibit and witness the stunning life sized Mary images and Pope's relics and memorabilia. Although the exhibit is also a fund raising event of Radio Veritas as part of Caritas Manila's rehab and recovery program for the Yolanda Survivors. If you like, they got donation booths in front of the exhibit and feel free to support their meaningful campaign

2. It Showcases a Bunch of Pope Relics and Memorabilia 
In cooperation and partnership with the Totus Tuus Tour, the event will also showcase a lot of relics and other special items personally used by the previous popes including the recently canonized Saints John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. It offers a solemn public exposition and veneration of the Relics of the Saints. The items are either used or given by the pope. The aim of the event is to encouraged people to have deeper love and devotion to our Saint Popes. 


1. Stunning Marian Images
The event showcases a bunch of Canonically crowned Marian Images including the most venerated Our Lady of Manoag, Our Lady of Pe├▒afrancia , Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga, Virgen Dela Regla, Our Lady of Caysasay, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage and a whole lot more. Get a chance to witness grand Marian event!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

TOP FIVE FILIPINO SUPERHEROES WHO ARE FEATURED BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMIC PUBLISHER

We have so many superheroes here in our country as featured by Mars Ravelo, Carlo J Caparas and more. We have Darna, Captain Barbell, Lastikman, Panday and more but none of them were featured yet in an American or internartional Comic publishers like DC, Marvel, Image Comics, Dark Horse and more. Philippines were mentioned a lot of times in comics published by these iconic companies but we rarely see an actual hero who is actually a pure blooded Filipino. So I did a research online and it is actually nice to find out that we have some superheroes who has Filipino roots. Listed below are five Filipino Superheroes featured by American Comic Publishers. Enjoy!

TOP  FIVE FILIPINO SUPERHEROES WHO ARE FEATURED BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMIC PUBLISHER
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TOP  5 FILIPINO SUPERHERO WHO IS FEATURED BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMIC PUBLISHER
"GINALDO"
(MARVEL COMICS)
Ginaldo made a very brief appearance in Marvel Comic Mystery (#26 and #27 in particular) opposing against The Patriot whose alter ego is Jeffrey Mace who later became as Captain America. Even though he looks more like a Chinese to me, his name and his weapon are actually good enough to convince us that he is indeed a Filipino. He is described as a Filipino assassin during the second World War. An agent of Imperial Japan hired Ginaldo to travel to the States to eliminate Curtis (a US Lieutenant). Ginaldo was armed with a traditional Filipino fighting weapon "Bolo" but was knocked down by Patriot. Apart from his skillful Bolo-wielding ability, Ginaldo is also known to be highly resistant to pain. 

TOP  4 FILIPINO SUPERHERO WHO IS FEATURED BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMIC PUBLISHER
"MANUEL LAGO"
(DC COMICS)
Manuel Lago is not just a small time hero but he is actually a very close friend of Barry Allen who is better known as The Flash. He is the first ever recurring Filipino character in DC comics who appeared in numerous appearances in DC New Universe which focused  on a younger life of Barry Allen before he became the Flash. Manuel Lago is not a naturally born with abilities but he gained his power as a result of  the so called Project Bellator. He gained an self regeneration ability which allows him to heal any injury , including regrowing lost limbs. It also increased his strength and resilience beyond that of any man and was intended to turn him into an unstoppable one man army. As a side effect of this regenerative ability any part of his body that is removed can grow into a full grown duplicate of Manuel complete with his skills and knowledge and sharing a psychic link with each other and Manuel, their 'father'. The duplicates have varying demeanors and personalities but all share an affinity for that who they spawned from. 

TOP  3 FILIPINO SUPERHERO WHO IS FEATURED BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMIC PUBLISHER
"TRIUMPH DIVISION"
(MARVEL COMICS)
Marvel comics featured not just one but a group of pure blooded Filipino superheroes in one of its chapters (Invincible Iron Man #2). The Triumph Division is the premier super group of the Philippines. According to Filipino tradition, their superhero names are passed down from generation to generation ever since. Unfortunately, the group died immediately after a terror attack perpetrated by agents of Ezekiel Stane who disguised themselves as monks. The group was lead by Red Feather (super speed and flight), St George (super strength and high tech sword wielding skills), Mighty Mother, Anitun (wind and rain based powers), Fighter One, The Wishing Man, and Great Mongoose. Thor and Iron Man even attended their funerals to pay respect for these heroes. 

TOP  2 FILIPINO SUPERHERO WHO IS FEATURED BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMIC PUBLISHER
"GRAIL"
(IMAGE COMICS)
Salvador Joel Alonday who is better known in his code name as Grail is actually a part of Philippine Army Scout ranger and after showcasing his skills, Jackson Dane was impressed and invited him to join his team known as the Team 7 who later called the Wetworks. Like all members of Wetworks, Grail is bonded to a symbiote which normally hides inside him, but can flow out to coat his skin with a golden (or, in Grail's case, pale blue) armour. Grail has numerous special superhero skills including invulnerability, enhanced strength and reflexes, telephaty, Chi state (which gives him numerous other powers). 

THE BEST FILIPINO SUPERHERO WHO IS FEATURED BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMIC PUBLISHER
"CAPTAIN STEEL"
(DC COMICS)
Commander Steel is a superhero character originally portrayed by Henry Heywood and was later adapted by his descendants. The early versions of Heywood were Americans until a revamp series known as The New 52 was launched introducing a modern version of Hank who is later revealed to be a young Asian man of Filipino descent. Henry Heywood, Jr. was born in the Philippines and suffered from a rare birth defect that would have caused his bones to crumble before he was eighteen. He was saved from his affliction by his scientist father Henry Heywood, Sr. who used a special metal alloy to make his bones stronger by binding with his DNA. Some of his notable powers and abilities include a unique physiology in which he can turn his body into a metal alloy giving him super strength, invulnerability and mechanokinesis. 

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

TOP FIVE GREATEST VILLAINS IN POWERPUFF GIRLS

If Anime World has Sailormoon, then Cartoon has their very own magical girls and yeah, we are talking about the Powerpuff Girls. They are three lovely little girls who are made from sugar, spice and everything nice and of course the Chemical X which gave them super powers. Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles are frequently called upon by the Townsville Mayor to defeat the enemies and save the day. It was a huge hit indeed which ran for seven consecutive years from 1998 to 2005 and interestingly, it was recently announced that Cartoon Network is bringing back a rebooted version of the series this coming 2016 along with other revived children TV shows from other networks such as Lion King and The Magic School Bus. To give a special tribute, allow me to list down five of the greatest villains in Townsville.
TOP FIVE GREATEST VILLAINS IN POWERPUFF GIRLS
Author's Note: This Entry is listed subjectively. 

TOP 5 GREATEST VILLAIN IN POWERPUFF GIRLS
"ROWDYRUFF BOYS"
So what can Mojo Jojo can do to defeat the powerful girl trio? Well, he came up with a brilliant plan to create their male counterparts. Brick , Boomer and Butch is seemingly one of the ultimate weapons Mojo has created against the Powerpuff Girls. Just to give you a trivia, Rowdyruff Boys is the first among all the villains  where girls were severely defeated. They are five year old bullies who shares the same abilities with the girls but with very notable weaknesses. After being defeated by the girls, they were revived again by Him in which they became even more powerful and aggressive. 

TOP 4 GREATEST VILLAIN IN POWERPUFF GIRLS
"SEDUSA"
Sedusa is a parody character of Medusa. She is is a young, beautiful and sexy mistress of disguise and seductress who uses her feminine wiles and quick wits to influence men to do her bidding. When her identity is revealed, she often fights with her whip-like hair which she can control. Her main abilities include Seduction, Disguise and Hair manipulation. She has a potential of becoming a main villain but unfortunately the creator had a hard time thinking plots for her which resulted Sedusa to become the least recurring villain in the show. Even the lame villains like The Amoeba Boys and The Green Gang have greater episodes than her.  Hey, but who knows? She might have a big role in the rebooted series right?

TOP 3 GREATEST VILLAIN IN POWERPUFF GIRLS
"PRINCESS MOREBUCKS"
Well, nothing can be more annoying in any Powerpuff Girls Villains than Princess Morebucks, a spoiled brat , selfish, jealousy , greedy and nasty to other girls of her age. She is subject to violent temper tantrums when she wants something, which is about when her father will hand her a large wad of cash or even a suitcase full of dollar bills to get her silenced. When denied of what she wants, she becomes emotionally distressed and throws a huge temper tantrum, which irritates everyone around her, including her father. Unlike any other villain in Townsville, Princess Morebucks is actually desperate to become one of the Powerpuff Girls but since she has no crime fighting skills, she was rejected which lead to nothing but hatred against the Powerpuff. 

TOP 2 GREATEST VILLAIN IN POWERPUFF GIRLS
"MOJO JOJO"
I'm sure you are expecting Mojo on the top spot but despite of being the main antagonist of the show, Mojo Jojo has some weak spots which is often the reason why he is always being defeated. He is constantly plotting to take over the world and/or destroy The Powerpuff Girls but he always fails and gets beaten by the The Powerpuff Girls. Mojo Jojo is a notorious genius chimpanzee mad scientist who aims to take over Townsville but the Powerpuff came along his way that prevents him from reaching his goals. Mojo's greatest asset as a villain is his Advanced engineering and mechanics skills . Interestingly, he is also the reason behind Powerpuff girl's creation. He is the one who motive Professor in creating them and also the one who pushed Professor in which the Chemical X was accidentally mixed into the perfect girl formula.

THE GREATEST VILLAIN IN POWERPUFF GIRLS
"HIM"
Him is a powerful, red-skinned, and devil-like creature. His gender is often something of confusion, as his voice, clothes, and mannerisms often contradict each other, but his name strongly suggests that he is male. It is implied that he is the devil himself, or at least some form of demon, in The Powerpuff Girls series, he is said to be "so sinister, so evil, so scary, so horribly vile that his real name can never be said, lest fear be struck into the very hearts of men." He has been shown in numerous satanic forms as well. Most of which are revealed in apocalyptic, hellish situations or realms. These forms often enhance his power and cause him to grow an enormous size. When engaged in battle, he is an entity to be reckoned with. His powers are truly overwhelming and it is not really surprising why Him is the greatest villain in the series. 

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Other notable villains in the game include Fuzzy Lumpkins, Gang Green Gang, The Amoeba Boys, Beebo andmore
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Friday, June 27, 2014

TOP FIVE WEIRD FACTS ABOUT SAILOR MOON

So you've probably heard about the new Sailor Moon series huh? It is no longer a rumor and in fact, they just released a new trailer showcasing the new designs of sailor scouts. Of all the Magical Girl Anime genre, Sailor Moon is undeniably the legacy which influenced a lot of anime we have today including Magic Knight Rayearth, Cardcaptor Sakura, Pretty Cure , Puella Magi Madoka Magica and more. If you grew up in 90's then you should know that Sailor Moon is one of the anime series who invaded not just Japan but earned a world wide recognition, was dubbed in many different languages and more. It was a successful franchise indeed and before we witness the worldwide premiere of the "Sailor Moon Crystal" this coming July 5, allow me to give you five weird and funny facts about this iconic anime.
TOP FIVE WEIRD FACTS ABOUT SAILOR MOON
Author's Note : This Entry is listed subjectively. 

TOP 5 WEIRD FACT ABOUT SAILOR MOON
"THE THEME SONG IS SO ADDICTIVE"
Before "Let It Go" invaded our head, kids from 90's and early 2000s were once addicted to Sailor Moon's iconic theme song whether it is in Japanese or the translated version of your country. The theme song I am referring to is the "Moonlight Densetsu". It was used for all the four seasons of Sailor Moon (and technically the fifth one since they brought the theme song back during its final episode). I'm sure you can never forget the lyrics ♪♪Fighting Evil By Moonlight, Winning Love by Day Light♪♪ or maybe you sang the tune in your very own personal interpretation. LOL


TOP 4 WEIRD FACT ABOUT SAILOR MOON
"SAILORMOON IS THE STRONGEST, IS SHE?"
Yes, she is probably the strongest sailor scout of them all not until she realized her true potential. She is the one giving the final blow to destroy the enemy but she cannot do that on her own without being harmed or without putting herself in such critical situation first. I think at least 85 to 90 percent of her battles, she is always being saved by no other than Tuxedo Mask. Maybe if we took Tuxedo Mask out of the picture Usagi is probably dead by now. It is also not surprising why her fellow sailor scouts died several times (Sailor Moon Dark Kingdom Arc and Sailor Stars) before Sailor Moon unleashed her true power to defeat Queen Beryl and Sailor Galaxia. 

TOP 3 WEIRD FACT ABOUT SAILOR MOON
"HEROES AND THEIR ALTER EGOS ARE BARELY RECOGNIZABLE? "

Naoko Takeuchi is probably a big fan of Superman even before she created Sailor Moon. Well, Sailor Moon has this "Superman syndrome" which makes heroes and their respective alter-egos barely recognizable. People in this anime can hardly tell the people behind the Sailor Warriors for some weird reasons. Actually, the only difference between the Sailor Warriors and their Alter-egos are their make ups and accessories and also their sailor uniforms become a little sexier and shorter but other than that, even a toddler can tell that they are exactly the same people. 

 TOP 2 WEIRD FACT ABOUT SAILOR MOON
"THE REAL SCORE BETWEEN SAILOR URANUS AND SAILOR NEPTUNE "
These two characters from the anime has been the center of controversy and only the manga avd readers can tell what's exactly the real score between Sailor Uranus (Haruka Tenoh) and Sailor Neptune (Michiru Kaioh). The controversy about them started when they are both introduced in the American dubbed series as cousins but they don't act like one. There were scenes where Haruka kisses Michiru with full of affection and their closeness are simply weird for cousins too. In an anime with largely female casts, relationship between girls were inevitable and it just so happened that Japan is more open about portraying homsexuality for children than many countries in the west. Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune were actually a couple. Another disturbing facts in this anime is the obviously incestuous relationship  between Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask and Chibi moon. So weird indeed. 

 TOP 1 WEIRD FACT ABOUT SAILOR MOON
"DOES MAKE UP, MAKE SENSE? "
Oh no! The enemies were here and my friends were in danger! I need to save them! BUT first, give me 2 minutes to state my magical chants, another 5 minutes to have my make up done and another 5 minutes to complete my gorgeous costume. (they're actually changing their school sailor uniform into sailor uniforms as well). Well, that's a typical scenario in Sailor Moon. In reality, the enemies will grab that opportunity to kill you while you're doing the transformation and your friends were already killed by then. So tell me, if Sailor moon and the rest of the Sailor scouts are getting their powers from their tiaras and wands, does putting make up make sense at all? Considering that these costumes doesn't make them an all new person. 
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Anyway, I have nothing against the series and the list above were only made for fun. I know Sailor Moon made most of your childhood days colorful so what do you think about the upcoming series? I have heard that it is not a reboot from the original anime but they will take everything inspired from the manga. 
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Monday, June 23, 2014

TOP FIVE BEST CHEFS IN ANIME

Anime is such a huge world filled with different kinds of characters with different kinds of behavior, skills, story and more. Some will showcase character with incredible powers while some will focus more on romance and fantasy. Some may even come up with a very unique approach. It's not really surprising if an anime came up with a theme focusing about cooking. Japanese Cuisine is undeniably very influential due to its world class quality, preparation and presentation. So today, I decided to list down my personal list of five of the best chefs in anime. Have fun!
TOP FIVE BEST CHEFS IN ANIME
Author's Note: This entry is listed subjectively. 

TOP 5 BEST CHEF IN ANIME
"RIN OKUMURA"
(AO MO EXORCIST)
He might be a son of one of the Demon Kings ~ Satan and he might be introduced as an expert exorcist who fights against evil, Rin Okumura has shown his cooking skills for not just one but many times during the anime and manga. Rin is the type of person who can be very protective, violent yet kindhearted. He also has a soft spot for animals too. Rin grew up a normal life and in his youth, he started to learn how to cook which eventually become his natural talent. He even got hired in a supermarket because of his skills in cooking. He is an amazing cook indeed and in fact, he used it in a cook-battle against the stove spirit Ukobach. He cooks frequently, and sometimes Yukio's admirers mistake his lunch boxes for the lunch boxes of another girl. 

TOP 4 BEST CHEF IN ANIME
"AZUMA KAZUMA"
(YAKITATE! JAPAN)
Azuma may not be an all around chef but his ability as a pastry chef is simply exceptional.  He is specializing in making delicious breads and other pastries and he is aiming to create his ultimate Ja-Pans (the term he used to name his creations). He is often being underestimated probably because of his young age and  lack of training but baking is a natural talent that Azuma possesses. To introduce his Ja-Pans globally, Azuma often joins prestigious competitions. Some of his unique and out of this world creations include the Mt Fuji Bread, the 324 Layers Croissant Bread, Wasabi Diner Bread, Green Turtle Bread, Black Japan, and a whole lot more. 

TOP 3 BEST CHEF IN ANIME
"SANJI"
(ONE PIECE)
Sanji is a pirate and also the chef of Straw Hats with a bounty of 77,000,000. He is aiming to find the so-called All Blue a mystical sea of legend, rumored to be the only place in the world where the North, South, East, and West seas meet. In this legendary ocean, it is said that there are fish from each of the four seas, and to have such a resource at one's disposal is the ultimate dream of every chef. Considering that he is a pirate, Sanji's specialty are Sea Food dishes and of course, these dishes are not so ordinary because some of his recipe might include meats from giant sea monsters he caught himself. This is also the reason why he is using his legs in fighting rather than his hands since they are the most important parts in every chef. 

TOP 2 BEST CHEF IN ANIME
"LUI MAO XING"
(COOKING MASTER BOY / CHUKA ICHIBAN)

Lui Mao Xing is not a Japanese but he is considered as the best chef in China despite of his very young age. The story takes place in 19th century China during the Qing Dynasty, where the Emperor was weakened and the country was close to chaos. It is also during a fictitious era called "The Era of the Cooking Wars". It was an era in which top chefs with different cooking styles tried their best to improve their skills and to become the best chef in China. Lui Mao fight off against the Underground Cooking Society, an organized group which aims to control all of China through the cooking field. Even though he doesn't have much experience, Mao has the pride of a truly experienced chef and having learned from his mother that a chef's purpose is to create a dish that makes people happy, he always put his customers' needs first and is always able to make a creative dish that greatly satisfies them. A character of a true chef indeed. 

THE BEST CHEF IN ANIME
"KOMATSU"
(TORIKO)
He may not be the main character in the anime but Komatsu has proven a lot that makes him truly deserving in this top spot. Among all the chefs listed here, Komatsu is the only one who is a certified six star chef. He is Toriko's ever enthusiastic yet timid chef partner, who despite his weakness is greatly interested by what he finds in his travels with Toriko. As a result, he tries to overcome his fear and does his best to help. Toriko, by the way is more of a Gourmet Hunter rather than a sole chef. He is also currently the only chef to successfully recreate the Century Soup, a rare and high-class ingredient, considered one of the greatest soups in the world.  

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Other notable chefs include Unko Kionji (Ranma 1/2), Sasami (Tenchi Muyo) and more

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TOP FIVE FACTORS TO CONSIDER IN CHOOSING THE RIGHT SUPPLIER

There are so many factors to consider when you decide to establish your own business including the type of business you want to enter, the target customers you want to deal with and the location where you want your business to be established. Well, same thing goes when looking for the perfect supplier for your business. There are so many things to consider in order to find the right one. Please be mindful that you are about to establish a long term relationship with the suppliers so this is definitely something no to be ignored. Listed below are five factors to consider in choosing the right supplier for your business.
TOP FIVE FACTORS TO CONSIDER IN CHOOSING THE RIGHT SUPPLIER

5.  Evaluate Supplier Based on Different Criteria.
A business is like a jigsaw puzzle. It is a combination of different puzzle pieces which symbolize you as the manager, your crews, your customer and of course the supplier. Without the supplier, you cannot create the whole picture but in order to form a better picture, make sure that your supplier will meet your certain requirements. This is the reason why you have to evaluate them first. Check what method of delivery they offer, see how their quality assurance works, check their payment terms and conditions thoroughly and see if they offer return policy. You have to make sure that they will meet all the standards before negotiating or dealing with them.

4. Check Their Longevity in the Industry.
I always believe that once a business managed to stay for such a long time in one particular industry , it means that they are truly well trusted and highly reliable. If they managed to stay for many years or decades in the Supplying industry, then it means that many customers or business partners are patronizing their services. They probably got the formula that every businesses are looking for. Peach Suite, for an instance, is known for providing first class PeachSuite Hotel Supplies for thirty years. Sustaining such business for over three decades is not a big joke and is only a proof how trust worthy their services are.

3. Find Potential Suppliers and Create a Shortlist before making Final decisions. 
Just like when you are looking for an Engineer to work with your house or a Wedding planner to organize your wedding, you also have to create a list of all the potential suppliers you know. Sort them out and see which of them will meet your requirements and which of them are not. You can find potential suppliers through different methods. You can get recommendations to other businesses. They can strongly provide you the best suppliers and give you all the pros and cons of choosing them. You can also find potential suppliers though different channels like Directories, Business Advisers and of course you can search them online. Let us say you are looking for Pizza Shop Supplies, you can go and search the web and look for some highly competitive deals that will also match your needs.

2. Reliability.
Reliability of the Supplier is probably one of the most important factors to consider. You do not want to deal with a supplier who will just leave you when some troubles arrive. Keep in mind that you are looking for a long term relationship between your business and the supplier so choosing a reliable partner plays a vital role in establishing a successful business trade.  It is also important to monitor your supplier performance and use it to evaluate their consistency. This will also improve your business's productivity in return.

1. Quality
Above anything else, Quality is the most important thing to consider in choosing the right supplier. What is the sense of having a fast and flexible service if the quality of the product they are supplying will not really meet the standards? If you are looking for an Asian Restaurant Supply, for example, then you must really consider the quality considering that most of the products they use are delicate China wares and some hard-to-find utensils and more. If the quality is good, chances are, more customers will patronize your products and a long term relationship between you and the supplier will be established soon.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

TOP FIVE BEST HITS OF BARRY MANILOW

Today, we are going to have a throwback. I am listing down five of my favorite songs from one of my favorite artists of all time ~ Barry Manilow. Manilow is considered as one of the best selling artists of all time as he sold more than 80 million records worldwide. He is also known for his writings and arranging music for various artists including Dionne Warwick and Bette Midler.  Listed below are five of my personal favorites from Barry Manilow. Enjoy!
TOP FIVE BEST HITS OF BARRY MANILOW
Author's Note : This entry is listed subjectively. 

TOP 5 BEST HIT OF BARRY MANILOW
"I CAN'T SMILE WITHOUT YOU"

The song was initially recorded by The Carpenters in 1976 but Barry Manilow's rendition became more recognized. The version was used in various films including Four Weddings and  a Funeral, Deuce Bigalow, Unconditional Love and Hell Boy 2. The song also reached the number one chart in Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.

TOP 4 BEST HIT OF BARRY MANILOW
"I WRITE THE SONGS"

Contrary to its title, the song was originally written by Bruce Johnston and is popularized by Barry Manilow. It reached number one spot in Billboard and spent two consecutive weeks. It also won a Grammy for Song of the Year and is nominated for Record of the Year. Interestingly, the "I" in the song is being referred to God and that songs come from the spirit of creativity in all of us.

TOP 3 BEST HIT OF BARRY MANILOW
"SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD"

The song was recorded by Manilow in 1981. The song was a moderate success reaching #21 in Billboard Hot 100 but the impact here in the Philippines. It captures the taste of the Filipino and it has been recorded by various local artists most notably Nina , Roselle Nava and Martin Nievera.

TOP 2 BEST HIT OF BARRY MANILOW
"I MADE IT THROUGH THE RAIN"

I Made it Through The Rain is such a very uplifting and empowering song about someone who managed to survive all his trials in life. The song was also a moderate success and the single is part of the hits included in his album Barry. It peaked at #10 in Billboard Hot 100 and # 4 in Adult Contemporary chart.

THE BEST HIT OF BARRY MANILOW
"WEEKEND IN NEW ENGLAND"
Here's one of my favorite ballads of all time. Weekend In New England reached the number one spot in Adult Contemporary chart and peaked at number ten in Billboard Hot 100. Interestingly, the title has never been mentioned in the song but it follows a story of a guy who fell in love and had an affair in New England. In response to the song, Reba McEntire also released a song entitled "Whoever's in New England". as sung by the wife of a philandering husband who has an ongoing affair with someone in New England.
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Other Notable songs popularized by Barry Manilow include "Mandy", "Could It Be Magic", "Copacobana", "If I Should Love Again", and "Even Now". How about you? What's your favorite Barry Manilow's Songs?
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

TOP FIVE GREATEST LONDON ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT

London is probably one of the places on earth that everyone wishes to visit. It is known for being one of the top tourists destinations of all time due to its wonderful scenery, various attractions (modern and historical) and a whole lot more. If I will be given a chance to list down all the places I would like to visit someday, I will personally include London on top of my list. I haven't been in London yet but if i will, these are the places  or attractions that I would like to put on my list. Listed below are five of the greatest attractions from London. This entry is listed subjectively.
TOP FIVE GREATEST LONDON ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT


TOP 5 GREATEST LONDON ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT
"MADAME TUSSAUDS"
I'm sure some of you would rather include the Westminster Abbey or other historical museums in London but I personally want to visit Madame Tussauds the most. I'm so intrigued how highly realistic their wax statues are. It is one of the major tourist attractions in London which showcases a wide range of waxworks or different celebrities and high profile personalities including historical and royal figures, movie stars, sports icons and a whole lot more. We may not be able to meet these personalities in real life but at least we managed to see their replicas which looks exactly like them. 

TOP 4 GREATEST LONDON ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT
"NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM"
What makes Natural History Museum more distinctive and superb than other museums in London are the gigantic collection of the tallest and biggest and rarest animal in history and yes, we are referring to dinosaurs. The museum is well known for the exhibition of dinosaur skeleton and more. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that there is no admission fees here and it is definitely a win-win to travelers who are on a tight budget. 

TOP 3 GREATEST LONDON ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT
"BUCKINGHAM PALACE"
If you want to experience the royalty, then Buckingham Palace is definitely something you might want to consider. They said that the state rooms are being opened for public viewing as a part of their Summer's opening. This allows you to view the Royal Collections including their impressive artworks and display and other highly expensive furniture. Another interesting attraction of the said place is the so-called Changing of the Guards, a ceremony that usually takes place in a daily basis. 

TOP 2 GREATEST LONDON ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT
"ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL"
St Paul Cathedral is one of the most notable attraction in London which is known for its superb English Baroque style of architecture. The dome is said to be one of the biggest and highest dome in the world. It is also known for some of the famous events that occurred and held in the cathedral including the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, the royal jubilees and more. 


THE GREATEST LONDON ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT
"TOWER OF LONDON"
The list of London Attractions will not be completed without the famous Tower of London. It is considered as one the world's famous buildings. It is famous in so many ways. First of all, it is known for its magnificent architecture and secondly, it is also known for its mystery. I remember watching "Scariest Places on Earth" and they put Tower of London in one of the list of haunted buildings.  In addition to that, the Tower is also located near the famous Tower Bridge too. 
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With all these magnificent and spectacular Attractions, it is not really surprising why London has become one of the world's best tourist destinations. Of course, traveling the entire place is not enough for one day so you might consider booking a hotel or better yet renting an apartment.  There are actually a lot of London Apartments that you can avail for your family or friends. In case that you are looking for a nice place, then you might consider dealing with Robert and Polly Arnold. They are both Londoners who has a business that caters services that allows the tourists or entrepreneurs to find the best and the most suitable London Apartments according to their budget and needs. Whether you are looking for an establishment or apartment to stay for a short term or long term, they can absolutely help you in so many ways. 
You can check their site at apartment-hotels.com to see what else they have to offer. 
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Other Notable Attractions include the newly opened Harry Potter Museum, The London Eye, British Museum and more. How about you? Have you ever wanted to visit London? If you did, feel free to share us your experiences or any place that is not included in the list that you want to recommend.


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