Hot Roomies (Free Otome Game) Review

Title: Hot Roomies
Title in Google Play: Love Triangle – Free Otome Game
Developer: Hanabi Media
Release Date: June 17, 2016
Genre: Otome, Romance, Visual Novel

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Ok, the first thing you have to know about this game that would make you really happy is: IT’S ABSOLUTELY FREE!

That’s right! IT’S FREE! Play it until you finish it!

Most otome games offer in-game purchases, though you can play without paying anything ’till the end. Those games are the type that let’s you read about 5 sections of a chapter each day, or you need to fulfill some kind of mission to proceed (which sometimes takes forever to complete). If you want to free yourself from the hassle, you can buy stuff in-game.

But this game doesn’t have those kind of game enders which sometimes takes so long to fulfill you lose interest in the game. Again, it’s absolutely FREE!

The only feature you can buy there is removing the ads (which only appears at the far bottom of the screen, very easy to ignore. It’s not a bother). And, even if there are ads, you can play the game OFFLINE! (Again, unlike other otome games).

Ok, enough with it being free. I think you get it. (o゚▽゚)

Story

Basically, the game is about MC-chan (your character who you can name), who just graduated and is looking for work and a place to live in independently. On her graduation ceremony, she and her childhood best friend, Tsukasa, saw each other. Tsukasa just returned to Japan from America and is now starting a career as a professor in a new job he landed. He is also looking for a new place to stay, so they decided to look together. Eventually, they were offered a place to rent and they went to check the place out. It so happened that the owner of the house is Kazuya, a well-known author who MC-chan looked up to when she was a kid. And so, the three of them became roomies and eventually, a love triangle was created.

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The game also has a few side characters they talk to and get together with such as MC-chan’s friends, Kazuya’s grandmother, and one of Tsukasa’s students. It’s a shame that the game was too short, the side characters weren’t much explored.

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Anyways, the story was very interesting because, well, you’re in the middle of the love team. You’re the prize in the competition between two handsome guys! Aaaand, both of them are very sweet and loves to flatter you a lot. Haha!

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I did mention before that the story was very short. It was. I think, you can finish it in maybe 1 to 2 hours of playing. There are lots of potential plots and it was really a shame that it was very short to explore them. The cute student who likes Tsukasa, for example, wasn’t really a threat. Actually she’s just there to help MC-chan realize that she feels jealous.

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(SPOILER ALERT!) The game ended when I didn’t expect it to because it was short. You know how otome games let you pick what to do or what to say? Well, there was this one choice where the two guys ask you out to some place special because they were going to say something important to you. So, you had to pick who to go to. I casually picked Kazuya because childhood friends are strong enough to wait haha. But lo and behold, that was the last choice you’re going to make in-game because that will determine the end of the story. So, I ended up with Kazuya while in the back of my head, I still wanna explore my choices with Tsukasa. That was fast…

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Gameplay

Very fancy and engaging.

Aside from the usual gameplay where you read dialogues and click next, this game has a lot more to it. I’ll just enumerate them:

– Get to choose the words you put in the ad in a fill-in-the-blanks style

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– A mini game about cats

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– Phone calls
– Choose messages to type in texts

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– Choose your room, present, and dress
– Choose who to dance with, go with, and etc.
– Pop out photographs

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– AND! Manga-style pages for special scenes

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And for me, it was nice ❤

Conclusion

Do I recommend the game? Absolutely! It’s free! And the story is interesting anyway. I’d rate it:

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It’s very nice but I left it on 4.5 because it was very short. It just… ended like that. Though, you can repeat and try different choices. Anyways, do play it and enjoy it yourselves. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

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Casa Verde (Megamall) Review

Name: Casa Verde
Specific Branch: Megamall
Date of Visit: August 6, 2016

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“This place is for giants!”
— Ryuko Seiko, ISTJ sister

So, Ryuko took me to Casa Verde because she heard it was a very good restaurant though the prices were high. It must be good since it’s really rare for an ISTJ to spend money for it, and she treated me too. So, yep, this is something she is willing to try and spend her money on.

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There were a lot of people inside. We were actually in the waiting line but not for so long. Just enough for us to look at the menu. We chose the best Brian’s Ribs (best seller), a strawberry banana and a chocolate banana milkshake.

Here’s the menu (I think there’s another side but I forgot to take a picture of it)

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Brian’s Ribs – P275

So it’s a humongous rib marinated with yummy sauce making it so tasty. A cup of rice and a mix of carrot and corn bits were also included to the dish. I would recommend if it weren’t super expensive. But with it’s large size, if you’re rich, why not? If I have the money, I’d eat it again.

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Ryuko having problems with the ribs' size haha

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Chocolate Banana and Strawberry Banana Milkshake – P118 each

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This one… I likey ❤ 😉

It's very delicious and tasty. With its price, I guess if I buy Starbucks Venti for P180, then why won't I buy this milkshake again? I personally love fruit shakes better than any other drinks. So, if I can't eat Brian's Ribs for some circumstances because of its largeness, I'm still going to buy the milkshake haha!

Bonus: Milky Way Shake – P368

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We didn’t buy it because of poor budget. But look at the size of those stolen shots! I bet its delicious! If we have the money, we’ll definitely try it. Probably with the family so that we can finish it. 🙂

Conclusion

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I recommend it! I’d probably give it a 4.5 if it was more affordable. I don’t know if I’m just poor coz the food is really large (maybe it’s fair to have the price that high). Well, maybe I’m just poor. I’m still rating it 4 though…

Anyways, I’ll probably eat there again if there are special occasions and stuff.

Check out other menus! They have large fries and other meals 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Wish 107.5 Ultimate Fandom Challenge Experience!

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Last night, Wish FM’s first ever Ultimate Fandom Challenge was held at Smart Araneta Coliseum. It is a contest where fandoms (or group of fans) compete against each other in several challenges to show their support for their favorite artist. Some examples of the challenges are Twitter Trending Battle, Online Voting, Album Sales/ Physical Presence and many more. For complete list and details of the mechanics, here’s the link from Wish’s website: https://www.wish1075.com/wishfandom/mechanics/

Araneta Coliseum was filled with fans and even non-fans who would just like to witness the event. The artists’ performance were all great as their fans’ screams and support echoed throughout the coliseum.

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Before the winners were announced, Kuya Daniel Razon informed the coliseum that the monetary prize that the fandom will receive will not only be for the fandom and for the artist they support, but also a part of it would go to a chosen beneficiary. As always, Kuya Daniel’s ideas and projects are distinctive from the others as charity is always involved. “Wish fm will continue to grant wishes of less fortunate fellow men here in the Philippines“, said Kuya Daniel. Like so, he also announced that the second Wish Awards is to be expected this year with the same concept of charity to the chosen beneficiaries of the winners.

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Without further adieu, here are the winners for the first Wish Ultimate Fandom Challenge! (Please pardon the pictures, I did not take the patron seat haha!)

6th RUNNER UP: Francisnatics Worldwide (supporting Francis Ryan Lim).
CHOSEN BENEFICIARY: Philippines Cerebral Palsy, Inc.
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5th RUNNER UP: Juan Karlos United Families Club (supporting Juan Karlos Labajo).
CHOSEN BENEFICIARY: Lingap Voluntourism PH, Inc.

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4th RUNNER UP: Darylnatics Official (supporting Daryl Ong).
CHOSEN BENEFICIARY: Blessed Ville Special School Foundation, Inc.
PRIZE: Php 150,000

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3rd RUNNER UP: Mowienatics (supporting Morissette).
CHOSEN BENEFICIARY: Marixtell Children’s Foundation, Inc.
PRIZE: Php 200,000

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2nd RUNNER UP: Juanista (supporting The Juans).
CHOSEN BENEFICIARY: Real Life Foundation, Inc.
PRIZE: Php 300,000

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Dyfenders and Darrenatics were asked to go on stage as the Winner and 1st placer was to be announced.

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1st RUNNER UP: Darrenatics (supporting Darren Espanto).
CHOSEN BENEFICIARY: World Vision
PRIZE: Php 500,000

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Dyfenders rejoiced as their fandom was announced as winner of the Wish FM Ultimate Fandom Challenge!!!

Wish 107.5 Ultimate Fandom Challenge Winner: Dyfenders (supporting Jason Dy).
CHOSEN BENEFICIARY: Kythe Foundation, inc.
PRIZE: Php 1,000,000

Congratulations to all the winners!!!

That concludes the Wish 107.5 Ultimate Fandom Challenge. Hopefully there will be more to come especially since it’s very rare to have a competition with acts of charity to some beneficiaries. As expected, and thank God, that events pioneered by Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon always have a heart and care for humanity.

Thank God for this enjoyable event!
To God be all the Glory!

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Finding Dory Movie Review

Title: Finding Dory

Initial Release: June 17, 2016
Journey to Dory’s past as the loveable blue fish tries to find her own past! Experience Dory’s sad childhood despite those crazy eyes and see how Dory turned out to be who she is! Feel one’s longing to be with family! That’s right, Finding Dory is in theatre’s near ya’ll!

Anyways, I’m so excited to do a Finding Dory Review because it has only beem a week since it was released! Yey! \(^w^)/.

With that said, let me start with giving you a synopsis of the story: 

A year after Finding Nemo, Dory is living with her new family: Marlin and Nemo. After hearing Mr. Ray teaching Nemo’s class about Migration, that fishes migrate to go back to where they came from, Dory began having flashbacks of her past: that she lost her family and they lived in the Jewel of Morro Bay, California. Dory then became eager to search for her family and was accompanied by Marlin and Nemo. On their way, they encountered a Giant Squid who attacked them, slightly hurting Nemo. Marlin, being the over-protective and easily-stressed dad that he is, got angry at Dory and told her that she should just stay at the corner and forget because that’s what she does best. Depiste Dory getting hurt at what Marlin said, she searched for somebody to help them with Nemo’s injury. Going to the surface for help, Dory was abducted by volunteers at Marine Life Institute and was taken to Quarantine. Marlin, yet again, had to journey in search of a lost fish  with his son Nemo. While in Marine Life Institute, Dory tries to search for her parents, return to her friends, while remembering her own past. 


Ok, with that said, here’s the review!

PLOT AND CHARACTERS

Interesting. Very interesting plot. The story revolves around Dory and her past that she forgot due to Short-term Memory Loss, which was emphasized in the movie. The movie started showing Dory as a kid and her life as someone who suffered from the said disease. She grew up in the Marine Life Institute with super loving parents who really cares for her and loves her. It portrayed how they raised Dory and prepared her to fight Short-Term Memory Loss, such as teaching her the “Just Keep Swimming” song. Due to unfortunate circumstance of getting sucked in the pipes, Dory lost her family and ended up in the open ocean. Growing up, she slowly forgets her parents. 😦 

Ok now Marlin, you know his trauma after losing his wife, losing Nemo, and now losing Dory. He was the kind of an over-protective kind of person especially with Nemo who can’t swim very well. So had trust issues with Nemo making it on his own right? Well, he is the same with Dory. He has trust issues that Dory can’t make it on her own because she doesn’t plan and just go for the first option she sees kind of thing. Now, Marlin learns to trust on people despite their situation. 

While Nemo guides Marlin to realize that trust because he trusts Dory. He is like Marlin’s life lesson. Haha! But ofcourse the story doesn’t revolve around him anymore as it revolves around the lost fish, and the finder of the lost fish, his dad.

Anyways, along the way, Dory meets some interesting characters: Hank,a seven-legged octopus (or as Dory called him “Septopus”, lol) who wanted Dory’s tag so he can go to a permanent tank in Cleveland instead of being relased to the open ocean like the other fishes; Destiny, ,a near-sighted whale shark and also Dory’s childhood friend; and Bailey, a beluga whale who believes he is incapable of ecolocation ability. 

So yep, the plot is interesting and so are the characters. There are character developments, especially with Marlin, who again learned how to trust “weaklings” lol jk. Hank was also from a stubborn octopus who just wanted to get his tag to someone who sincerely helped Dory. And bailey I guess, coz he enjoyed his ecolocation ability afterwards. Haha!


THE ADVENTURE AND FEELS

For the adventure, well it was great. But not as great as the adventure in Finding Nemo. I mean they were both awesome, they both had different places they went to, get to meet new characters who would help them along the way, both had thrills and dangers, and both had crazy journies just to find the missing fish. But I guess I said that Finding Nemo was better because of the ocean vs the aquarium feels. I mean, it’s more epic to look at fishes journying through the open waters than finding their friend in a human park. Finding Dory revolves more in the human world, so you’ll expect aquariums, tanks, fish bowls, even streets and highways! Which is actually good to set the difference between the two movies instead of both being set in the ocean. 

Feels-wise though, Finding Dory was the winner in my opinion. It made me cry T.T The feeling of saying “sorry” all the time because you can’t remember stuff, the guilt of losing someone precious to you and you blame yourself because of your situation, and the feeling of parents wanting the best for their child who is suffering from an uncommon disease. Let’s just say that despite the fact that Dory’s character is comical, suffering from short-term memory loss is a difficult situation. And it’s just sad 😦


CINEMATOGRAPHY

Brilliant, Fascinating, a Spectacle, and super duper beautiful! I can’t say much. You know how beautiful Finding Nemo’s aura is in regards to animation, sounds, feels, cinematography and everything! You can expect the same for Finding Dory. It’s not like other movie sequels that leaves us traumatized after seeing that it’s far from the first movie. Finding Dory will satisfy you. ^_^


OVERALL

Yep! It’s recommendable! You should watch it. It’s nice 🙂

Overall rating is:


If you ask me though, which one I’d prefer between the two movies, I’d say I prefer Finding Nemo. The adventure and plot development in that movie is still better that Finding Dory. Though the second movie was great too! And as I said, it’s very recommendable.  It’s a Box Office movie by the way 😉

Thanks for reading!

Circles, Shangri-La Hotel Review

On June 11, 2016, my father treated us in a lovely dinner at Circles, Shangri-La Hotel, Makati. He had the ticket for a while now but we decided to eat today (despite him being sick… aww…)

Anyways, this blog is a review of the experience of dining in Circles and I’ll also add a portion of my experience roaming inside the hotel itself.

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So, asking my father about the price, he said that it was P2,500 per head. O_____O. But he got some sort of promo where he only paid P1,000 per head. Drinks are not included and costs P150 per head.

Anyways, I’ll talk about the positives first. 🙂

As expected, it was classy just as I would imagine for a five-star hotel. The ambiance was very elegant and the service was high class! The food, well, you couldn’t see some of the dishes else where.

I would like to mention that the desserts were good. Some of the desserts there are not present in other buffets like Dad’s, Buffet 101, or Vikings. They have Macaroon, Mango thingy with cream, etc. (Sorry I don’t know the names). The ice cream were definitely more high end than that of the other buffets.

Also, Wi-Fi is available.

Another food I would like to shout out is the Beef Mini Steak. Yum yum!

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Beef Mini Steak

The crabs and shrimps were also luxurious. They were huge! Very different from the other buffets. Both can be cooked depending on your choice (could be steasmed, etc). As for crabs, the only part served are the claw part. I’m not sure why though. But what I’m sure of is that despite the fact that this buffet is $$$ expensive, it’s worth it or more (really sulit) if you would eat a lot of shrimps and crabs. Just watch out for the high cholesterol! Haha!

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Shrimp and Crab

For Halal or non-Halal eaters, a sign at the right corner would be helpful to know which ones to or not to eat.

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Lastly, have you ever wondered what Spaghetti/Pasta tastes like without using processed tomato sauce? Well, you’ll get to taste it here! Spaghetti with actual tomato bits. It doesn’t tastes like the normal spaghetti we know. It’s classier in terms of, it’s so authentically tomato-ish, and it’s really tomato. Haha! That’s all I can say. It’s very different. 🙂

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Spaghetti

Now for the other things I’ve noticed…

It’s smaller than normal buffets. It’s about half of Something Fishy, and maybe 1/4 of Vikings, Buffet 101, and Dad’s. It’s really small. As in, there are only a few food choices compare to other buffets. It’s really quite limited. Drinks are P150 per head for unlimited drinks. However, you only get to pick with four choices: Orange Juice and three variants of Iced Tea.

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Drinks: P150 per head

I’ve also seen other customers order shakes and other drinks, but I guess they have a separate price for those.

Some of the dishes doesn’t have names in front of them, and some names are misplaced. Like this ice cream here:

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Ube Ice Cream and Chocolate Ice Cream are switched

But I guess that’s just a minor mistake…

Unlike other buffets, dishes have limited sauce or some have no sauce at all. Your steamed crab or shrimp, for example, are simply steamed. There’s no sauce. So when we asked if there’s sauce for those dishes, the staff said that we can get them from the Japanese food area. Also, some of the dishes have shared serving spoons, unlike other buffets in which each dish has its own. The ice cream, on the other hand, has no serving spoon despite it being better to have one since it looked so self-service. The staff will scoop the ice cream for you.

Lastly, like other buffets, you will also be greeted Happy Birthday and be given a cake if you are a celebrator. However, other buffets who perform songs and some even sings song requests are better. In Circles, male staffs sing you a different version of Happy Birthday in a chant-like tone (Chant like meaning it’s not like it’s a song. It’s like a Happy Birthday song).

Conclusion:

Circles is great if you wanna feel sossy for some time. It’s really something to be proud of if you have pictures eating in Circles. #SocialClimbing101. It IS elegant, luxurious, and very expensive. I’d recommend it if you want to impress a date or something. Not to mention, Shanri-La Hotel itself is very luxurious. The piano, the lobby, the garden, the staircase, the ballrooms, etc. ❤ Just so lovely. It would be nice to be  a guest there.

However, if you’re expecting a buffet-ish buffet who really specializes in buffet to the finest level, I guess this is not the place for you. If you’re expecting buffets like Dad’s, Something Fishy, Buffet 101, and Vikings where there are large variety of food, unlimited drinks and shakes, unlimited everything, Circles is very different and it’s just puny compared to those.

I guess the main factor that you can consider high-end about Circles buffet is its name. It’s in Shangri-La! A five-star hotel! You can expect a five-star ambiance, service, I guess some food a five-stars too, but it’s not large. It IS sossy though!

So there, thank you for reading!~

Here is a slideshow of the restaurant, the hotel, and some selfies ❤

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Quipsphere: A World Where Thoughts Come to Life

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Name: Quipsphere
Developer: Quipsphere
Release date: May 7, 2016

Goodbye Twitter and hello Quipsphere, the new app which lets you voice out your thoughts to the world! With its official hashtag #BreakTheSilence, the silence would really be broken by actually recording what you have to say instead of just typing it!

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Pretty much like Twitter but better, Quipsphere also revolves around hashtags and following. Trending hashtags are available on the menu but the difference is that you also get to record your message other than just inserting a typed message or a picture. You can also categorize your quips so that the other users know what you might be talking about. There are also Spheres, which are groups in which members can interact in. Spheres can also be followed by non- members or can be set in private with a password.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to voice out your messages instead of simply typing them? For people who has a hard time typing for example, wouldn’t it be better to just say whatever you have to say?

Wouldn’t it be safe to hear the messages on your group in autoplay when you’re not available to get your hands on your phone? While your driving, for example, you couldn’t scroll and read through the messages on your group because you’d be focusing on driving. Quipsphere allows you to listen to the messages in autoplay! Cool~!

Wouldn’t it also be awesome to hear someone instead of just reading their messages? Imagine following a famous celebrity and instead of reading their tweets, you would be hearing their voices through their quips? I think that would be super awesome!

If you love singing, like I do, wouldn’t it be wonderful to record your singing for the world to hear?

And that’s why I love Quipsphere. It really is addicting and it would really be awesome if it would be used even by celebrities ❤

I will make a tutorial about Quipsphere, so please watch out for that.

Please follow me in Quipsphere @koimiazaki.  My sphere where I sing is @KoiSongBee, please follow also. Don't forget to follow me here in WordPress too 🙂

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Much appreciated ❤

Oriental Pearl Restaurant Review

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Hey guys!

Here’s the second time I’ve eaten in this restaurant but the first time reviewing it. Just to set the timing of the review, we ate on Mother’s Day which is also the day before the 2016 Presidential Elections. So, there were a lot of people but not that many that we had to fall in line before we get accommodated.

With that said, let’s start the review.

Ambiance

Well, it’s great to take the family too. It has this sossy but no to grande ambiance in it. The restaurant looks small, though when we ate on Mother’s Day, it can accommodate a lot of customers. It also has a second floor.

During Mother’s Day, I guess because of the busy shift, I noticed that some tables were clothed, and some were not. But I guess that’s passable. It would be nice if they were consistent though.

Let’s go on with the food review though (since I realized there isn’t much to say about non-food. Haha!). Disclaimer: The things below are mixed with my opinion.

Mixed Spinach w/Assorted S.F – P250

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Well, it’s good. I mean, it’s not yucky or anything. Let’s just say it isn’t my type. I only ate 2 spoons of it. Some of my family finished it though.

Shrimps Rolled in Bacon – P360

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This is one of our favorites, if not our favorite! It’s just super delicious and the sauce also mix perfectly with it. Not to mention, it looks very appetizing. Recommendable!

Yang Chow Fried Rice – P125

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The advantage of this one is that it has a lot of shrimp. Other than that, it’s ok. I mean, Yang Chows are always delicious So is this one. Nothing special though.

Iced Tea – P65

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It’s a normal iced tea to be expected in a semi-sossy restaurant

Braised Superior Lapulapu w/3 Tr – P430

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It’s also cool. Some of my family liked it a lot. I still think the Shrimps in Bacon are better though.

Pork Spareribs w/ Salt & Pepper – P320

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Yum yum yummmm! I liked this too. This is very delish! Recommendable!

Add-ons
Coke regular – P50
Plain rice – P30

Conclusion

I guess I don’t have much to say about this restaurant. The recommendable dishes for me are the Shrimps Rolled in Bacon and the Spareribs. Other than that, the other foods are okay. I really like the presentation of the food though. It looks very creative.

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Now, what do I rate this….

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It’s recommendable. And it’s  one of the restaurant our family goes to for a nice family meal. But, it’s so-so for me and not something I can eagerly recommend to somebody. Others might think otherwise though. Haha! It’s just me.

Thanks for reading!

Victor Frankenstein Movie Review

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Title: Victor Frankenstein
Release date: November 26, 2015
Director: Paul McGuian
Starring: Danielle Radcliffe and James McAvoy
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-Fi

I know, it’s an on old movie. It was released half a year ago. But I just watched it last week. So, I wanna share my thoughts regarding the movie hahaha!

PLOT

It’s basically the background story of how the world-famous monster, Frankenstein, came about and the two people behind it. Unnamed person from the circus (Danielle Radcliffe) was secretly fascinated by human anatomy. When his crush accidentally fell and almost died from a circus act, he did manage to revive her using his knowledge. A man named Victor Frankenstein witnessed that and helped him escape circus life to live with him as his assistant. He was cured of his hunchback state and was given the name Igor, the name of Frankenstein’s dead assistant, to hide his identity. Knowing that Igor was good in anatomy, he invited him to be his partner in creating life after death. Frankenstein believed that since life is temporal, death must also be a temporary thing. And through science and electricity, they can revive the dead.

Igor accepted the offer and they started to collect body parts from dead animals to make a zombified monkey. It did not turn out well and it had to be put down because it was causing chaos. Frankenstein thought that making an intelligent human being would be a better plan, however, Igor did not agree at first seeing the horrors the zombified monkey experiment resulted into. In the end, he pitied Frankenstein and they started to make the famous Frankenstein.

A lot of things happened, but in the end Frankenstein realized that though his “man” is alive, it does not contain “life” and they had to kill it. At the end of the story, Frankenstein left Igor to just do the experiment on his own (since even after seeing all the horrors trying to create life after death can do, he was still crazy to continue his passion) and was shown somewhere distant holding a new plan for the new Frankenstein to have a brain.

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PLOT REVIEW

Well, it’s good but it’s not like the kind of movie the would get famous in cinemas. It’s interesting in it’s own way. I especially love how the movie engaged its audience by relating to Igor. It’s like Igor is the persona of the audience and Frankenstein is the subject. At the start of the movie, you’d think that Frankenstein is a great, knowledgeable man who would go to places with his ideas. You’d love and adore his character. As the story progresses, you’d realize that Frankenstein is getting crazy and is out of control to further pursue the experiment. At the end of the movie, I got disappointed on Frankenstein for still wanting to continue the experiment, but I guess I accepted afterwards that it’s just the way he is. Meh! ┌( ಠ_ಠ)┘

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ACTING

I love it a hundred percent! James looked perfect for the role of a mad scientist.  And Radcliffe, I gotta admit, I was impressed *claps*. Well, I don’t know any of his movies other than Harry Potter. So, this was the first time I saw him as someone else. And his first character (the Hunchback) was a very Johnny Depp-ish character for me. I was like “Wow. That’s a role Johnny Depp would play”. He also executed the role perfectly and his acting was just great!

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AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT

Again, first I think that it was a good job for the movie to engage the audience to what Igor feels – adoring Frankenstein to later on thinking of him as a scientist out of control yet accepting and appreciating his passion. Other than that, I think the movie had a pretty good audience engagement. I was literally not looking off screen. I can’t even pour a Coke into the glass because my eyes won’t let me. The plot was not slow, it was very well-paced. So, I’ll give a thumbs up for that!

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THEME

I guess bringing life after death is its main theme. Frankenstein thought both life and death are only temporal states and you can actually mess with nature and just bring people back to life. Now, Christianity is totally against it and it was also shown in the movie. The christian police/detective was trying to stop him and warn him that Frankenstein’s experiment is unholy.

Now, I read the movie as showing that Frankenstein’s experiment is indeed unholy. All the work he did became brainless monsters. In other words, nothing good came out from his experiments. Trying to give life from death or trying to make your own man (and Frankenstein’s words were “from our own image”) did nothing good.

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CONCLUSION

It was a good movie – very engaging, interesting, acting was good, etc. I just don’t think it’s a movie worthy to get famous for some reason. Maybe it’s because of its simple plot of the story of  making the Frankenstein. I think that, in its own way, genre, kind of movie, plot, I’d rate it 5/5. But since its really just about making Frankenstein (portrayed in a nice way), the plot would definitely bring my ratings down if I were comparing it to the overall movie experience. I’d rate it:

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It was a good movie, and I said a lot of positive feedbacks about it. But it’s not a movie worth-remembering.

Thanks for reading!

Duterte: Fighting Crime Game Review

Title: Duterte: Fighting Crime
Developer: Tatay
Genre: Shooting, Action

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Hello!

Philippine Presidential Elections is just around the corner, specifically on May 9 2016, and one of the most popular candidates is Rodrigo Duterte. He is known as a candidate different from the others because of his unusual character, he is the mayor of Davao who developed the city from chaos to safe, someone with a controversy regarding extra-judicial killing, yet a person with a strong stand in eliminating crimes.

And now, here’s a newly released not-yet-so-popular game about Duterte and killing criminals! When I say not yet popular, I mean it’s not being talked about yet. Currently (while I’m writing), the game is the 15th Top Free Game in Google Store Philippines with a rating of 4.5. And what I have to say is, it’s quite a surprise and quite entertaining to see a game starring a Presidential candidate!

With all that said, let’s get started with the review 🙂

The game is about Duterte killing criminals. You can pretty much compare the game with Zombieville if you’ve heard of it. So, Duterte walks in the streets with a weapon and shoots criminals like Robbers, Drug Users, and Serial Killers. Duterte also has different weapons which he can acquire such as handgun (infinite ammo), shotgun, and grenades. So, yep, those are the basics. Let me go the specifics.

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PROS:

1. Entertaining

Why not? Again, it’s pretty much like Zombieville yet the main star is Duterte shooting criminals.

2. Challenging

It’s challenging in terms of it will take a lot of bullets to kill the criminals. And at times, you’ll see them all packed up in one place. The trick is that you have to shoot one first so that he would be alarmed and run to you. That way, you can kill the criminals one at a time without all of them running towards you. Other factors why it’s hard is… Well, I’ll talk about it later.

3. The sounds

Other than the energizing, cool music at the background, and the sound of bullets fired, you would also hear a few Duterte lines randomly played. In addition, at the part where your score show up, you’ll hear Aling Dionesia (Pacquiao’s mom) sing wrecking ball.

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OPPORTUNITIES:

1. No Instructions

Most games have. But welp, it’s a simple game, I guess you don’t need one.

2. No pause button

Yep. I can’t pause the game

3. You can’t switch ammos

Duterte keeps on walking, if you get a new ammo, you have no choice but to use it. If you get a grenade for example, you have no choice but to bomb the criminals. And mind you, the grenade is so hard to use. You can only throw it at a short distance which means you have to be near the criminals. And from my experience, you get killed while the grenade explodes. It’s still game over. For the shot guns, the trick is to save ammos or you can also try killing the enemies from afar before reaching the new weapon.

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4. Duterte only has one life

While you have to kill the enemies with multiple shots, it only takes one attack to kill Duterte. It could be in the form of a punch, knife attack, a brick… So yep, be careful with your life coz once you’ve been hit, it’s game over. By the way, I thought that the badge was some sort of life since you’re kinda collecting it. Too bad it’s not. I’m not what it is for.

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5. Nothing much to do

Buttons are literally left, right, and shoot/attack. That’s it! So it’s kinda like the simple form of Zombieville.

Conclusion:

Still, I’m impressed for a game that is made in the Philippines and starring a Presidential candidate. If you’re used to the more complicated versions of this game like Zombieville, you might think it’s too simple though. But still, it’s entertaining. If you’re a Duterte supporter, why not give it a try?

My rating is:

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It’s a cool game. Hopefully they’ll make it better by addressing the opportunities though.

Thank you for reading!

ibis Paint X Review

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Name: ibis Paint X – Sketchbook
Developer: ibis inc

Hey Guys!

Just want to share with you THE BEST application for drawing which is available in Apple and Android, called Ibis Paint!

I’ve been using it for yeaaars. I’ve also been making a lot of game money for art works that I make using this app and sell in the gaming world. It’s very easy to use, it has a lot of tools, it has a lot of functions, it has a lot of… space for creativity. Just reviewing it right now cause I just made a comeback in drawing. Ever since our apple ipad broke, I haven’t been able to draw because it was so hard to draw using the phone (can’t even make face without having a crooked line). But thanks to the new feature called Stabilizer which fixes those crooked lines, I can now draw again! Thanks a lot Ibis! ヾ(*´∀`*)ノ

Anyways, I’m going to go through with the pros and cons of this app. And I’m sure there will be more pros than cons.

PROS:

1. A lot of tools which makes it possible to create professional art

Don’t mess with Ibis, it’s not like other apps. It actually compares with Sai or other drawing tools in the PC in my opinion.

Here’s a quick glance of its tools: (sorry, I don’t know all of their names)

Brushes, Eraser, Move, Magic Wand, Loop Selection thingy, Hand mixer thingy, Blur, Fill, Dropper, Colors (complete with hues), Layers, Undo, Re-do, Import Photo, Copy, Flip, Opacity, Blue Selector thingy, Ruler, Stabilizer, etc.

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2. You can view the process of creation through a movie

Watch and enjoy your achievement by going through the fast forwarded process of drawing ❤

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3. You can duplicate, save to ibis gallery, and export as .jpg to you galleries

Easy saving! Yey!!! And you can share it in the ibis community where you can also do others’ artworks and view how they made it.

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CONS:

1. No Text Feature 😦

Though you can write what you want to say, there’s no text feature where you can just type the text, choose the font, etc. You can just use other applications for that. But, that’s really a downside though.

CONCLUSION:

Yep, it’s just one down feature for me. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s perfect! So… I rate it…

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Congratulations IBIS!

Though this review is super late, I have been loving this app for years now ❤
AND IT'S STILL BEING UPDATED! More improvements to come!