Monday, December 27, 2010

Ben 10 for Christmas

Look who's happy this Christmas!

He wished for nothing this Christmas but BEN 10!

Merry Christmas Nathan!

Sunflower Bouquet and Peach Rose

Everytime Angel and I would go to Tagaytay he always makes sure that he will buy me a bouquet of peach roses. And during our last Tagaytay getaway, I was surprised that when he bought me a bouquet of peach roses with a big sunflower, he also bought 4 peach roses to my friends who's with us. Soo sweet indeed. 

Bouquet of Peach roses with a big Sunflower to fight zombies, from Angel 
Roses names Eve, Kay, Tara and Ever. 

According to Ehow, the color Peach is a symbol of gratitude and thanks in both personal and business worlds. When given in a personal situation the peach rose represents a request for friendship or a get together outside the work environment. It's just fitting that Angel gave those roses to them, it's a symbol of friendship and a meaningful fellowship together now and for more days to come 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The New Philippine Bills 2010

I was about to withdraw when I heard my friend talk about the new bills that BSP will release today, so I checked the web and this I found.

The new Face of the Philippine Peso (photo from WIKI)
According to friend WIKI, The front side of each banknote features prominent people in the country's history while the reverse side depicts landmarks and events in history.

I wanted to see an actual 500p now since it has the new bank notes. The new face of 500p bill bears the images of former President Cory Aquino and the late Senator Benigno Aquino, with President Ninoy Aquino's signature.

As I read in Manila Bulletin, the new redesigned bills, retained the same color to avoid confusion.  The 20 peso bill has the image of former President Manuel Quezon and features Malacañang Palace and Filipino as the National Language in 1935. The reverse side highlights the Banaue Rice Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and animal called “palm civet.” On the right is a weave design from the Cordilleras.

Featured in the P50 bill are former President Sergio S. Osmeña, the Leyte landing, and First National Assembly in 1907. The Taal Lake, the deepest freshwater lake found n the country, as well as the animal Maliputo are showed on the reverse side. On the right is a design highlight from an embroidery handcrafted in Batangas.

The images of former President Manuel Roxas, Central Bank, and the inauguration of the Third Republic last July 4, 1946 are found on the P100 bill. Shown on the reverse side are the majestic Mayon volcano and the whale shark, locally known as butanding. A detail from the design for an indigenous textile crated in Bicol region is also featured on the right side of the bill.

Former President Diosdado P. Macapagal is shown on the P200 bill alongside People Power II in January 2001 particularly the oath-taking of his daughter, former President Gloria Arroyo. Also shown on the front side of the bill are the Barasoain Church and the Independence House. The reverse side features the Bohol Chocolate Hills and the tarsier, one of the world’s smallest primates. On the right is a highlight from a design handcrafted in the Visayas .

An image of the late President Aquino is shown beside her husband, Senator Aquino, on the 500-peso bill. It also features the first EDSA People Power in February 1986 and the Benigno S. Aquino monument. The reverse side features the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the blue-naped parrot. Shown on the right is a design highlight from a woven cloth from Southern Philippines.

The 1,000-peso bill has the faces of Jose B. Abad Santos, who once served as Chief Justice; Vicente P. Lim, the first Filipino graduate of West Point; and Josefa Llanes Escoda, one of the founders of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines.

It also features the Centennial of Philippine Independence in 1998 and the Medal of Honor. The reverse features Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the south sea pearl. On the right side is a highlight of design for Tinalak or Ikat-dyed abaca, which is woven in Mindanao.


I have been busy with work and it consumes most of my time every weekday.

I have been copy-pasting pr's in my blog coz i honestly don't have time to edit them.

I have been watching movies a lot lately to de-stress myself.

I have been eating a lot, resulting to a voluptous body ;p

I have not been updating my food blog and still have a lot of pending items to post.

I lost track of time sometimes coz I almost always let my mind go blank.

I have not been doing quiet time because I'm too tired and to lazy to wake up soo early in the morning.

I have committed a lot of mistakes.

I have not been totally honest with myself.

I fancy scramble and milk teas.

I have an active and inactive running habit.

I have not finished a book since last year.

I have a crazy head and a unclear year to start with.

Lord, help me.


Grammy® Award–winning electronic music duo Daft Punk creates the original music score for Walt Disney Pictures' new sci-fi action-adventure “TRON: Legacy.”

 From their first single release in 1993, the combined talents of DJs Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter were hailed as a new breed of house innovators. Daft Punk’s sound is a brazen, dance floor-oriented blend of progressive house, funk, electro and techno. Following their brilliant debut in 1997 (Homework), the duo went on to release two more studio albums (Discovery—2001, Human after All—2005) and two live albums (Alive 1997, Alive 2007).
When director Joseph Kosinski came on board to helm “TRON: Legacy,” he heard that Daft Punk, whose art form and style were influenced by the original 1982 “TRON,” were interested in the project. A pancake breakfast in Hollywood soon followed, where the three talked about Kosinski’s vision for the film. 

The three artists found themselves on the same creative page and began working on the score very early on in the filmmaking process. The score took shape over the course of three years and is a unique combination of orchestra, electronic and granular sounds.
The duo worked closely with the filmmakers not only on the score, but on the sound design too, especially the moments where sound design and room tones bleed into cues. It was a very sophisticated musical approach—a layering blend that occasionally blurs the line between music and sound design in a very interesting way. “We've got over 100 minutes of music in this movie. And it's so tied to the visuals because we had it so early, I just can't imagine this film without it,” says Kosinski.

All the newest technology gives “TRON: Legacy” its cutting-edge look and feel, since the filmmakers had far fewer limitations for what computers can achieve. But even with the obvious visual advantages, the filmmakers have striven to keep the spirit of “TRON” creator Steven Lisberger’s dream intact.
To pull that off, the movie gathers together some of the most sophisticated filmmaking technology available today, including even more advanced cameras than those used on “Avatar,” a blend of computer graphics and practical sets.
With that technology put in the hands of talented, creative designers and visionary filmmakers, above and below the line, “TRON: Legacy” showcases cutting-edge design and astounding visual effects enhanced by the latest stereoscopic (3D) technology. The film blends live action and photorealistic computer animation in ways only dreamed of in the past. As producer Jeffrey Silver says, “It seemed obvious that ‘TRON,’ being the groundbreaking film that it was in the ’80s, had to be followed with a film equally as groundbreaking in the 21st century. If we were going to do ‘TRON: Legacy’ right, we would have to push the envelope. And we did.”
Opening across the country on Friday, Dec. 17, “TRON: Legacy” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Philippines.

Thursday, December 09, 2010


Fresh from winning his first Best Actor Oscar for “Crazy Heart,” Jeff Bridges now returns to the screen in the dual roles of Kevin Flynn and Clu in Walt Disney Pictures' high-tech 3D adventure “TRON: Legacy.”

In the film, brilliant videogame designer Kevin Flynn always wanted the best of both worlds—digital and real. After he became the first human being to enter the astonishing digital world of the Grid, he decided that the best way to achieve that was to combine the two. So, he created the sophisticated CLU 2.0 program and used it in secret to help him design a Utopian existence that combined the highest ideals of the human and digital worlds. The daytime corporate wunderkind became the nighttime builder of the Grid. Then, one day in 1989, Kevin Flynn mysteriously disappeared.

Now, he has discovered first-hand how true the warning ‘be careful what you wish for’ is—trapped in the world of his own creation, all he can do is wait and hope that something will change and he will once again have a chance to return to his home and son.

Q: What's it like to approach a character 27 years later?
Jeff Bridges: I never thought of it in those terms, really. I never thought of it as playing the same guy. He hasn’t changed all that much. Well, maybe some of his enthusiasm for technology has been dampened a little bit. After all, he’s trapped inside a computer, so perhaps some of that fondness he had for his technology…maybe reflecting on it, he might think, “Perhaps there are some other things in life that I should have been paying attention to.”

Q: With all of that technology, what's the human story of “TRON: Legacy”?
Bridges: Well, one of the elements of the story is just what we were talking about, technology. It’s so exciting to come to realize all the things that you can do. And what's happening with technology is that it is developing so fast that we haven’t really developed any ethics to go along with it, or knowledge of what some of the ramifications of this technology will be.

Q: What about this project that attracts such attention from the sci-fi world?
Bridges: The fans have been so wonderful, they've really given birth to the film “TRON: Legacy.” Two years ago we showed a small portion of what this film might be, a test reel, and it got such a great reaction from the fans that Disney got behind the project. One of the things that I know attracted me to the first “TRON” and this one as well is that it’s really creating a myth for modern times. Myths can help us to navigate some of our challenges in our life. And as we were talking before, technology is a tremendous challenge, because we're so attracted to things that give us instant gratification.

Q: What's the biggest difference in filming the original “TRON” and now “TRON: Legacy”?
Bridges: Well, 27 years ago, the original was a very cutting-edge movie. Of course looking back, it looks like an old black-and-white TV show. But at the time we were making the original “TRON,” there was no Internet. Our cell phones were these things we carried around in big suitcases. We shot that movie in 70 millimeter black-and-white, and then it was sent to Korea, where a bunch of technicians hand-tinted all the frames to make the suits glow. Now in “TRON: Legacy,” again it’s cutting-edge technology. We're the next-generation of 3D cinematography after “Avatar.” It takes the technology that Jim Cameron came up with to the next level. Now, our suits actually do glow, and they throw light on the other actors, so they’re practical. I think one of the really great things that director Joseph Kosinski, being an architect, brought with him was the ability to marry actual sets with CGI sets. It’s very hard for the audience to tell where one ends and one begins.

Q: Through film technology, you act opposite your younger self. How did that work? As an actor, is that liberating?
Bridges: I love going to movies myself, and whenever I see a big epic film where the character has aged from being a young boy to an old man, traditionally there are different actors playing him in those stages. That’s always a little bump for me as I’m sitting there, when they change from one actor to the next. But now as an actor myself, it’s very gratifying to know that I can play myself or the character that I'm playing at any age, from an infant to an old man. That’s really exciting, especially to be part of this groundbreaking technology.

Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Philippines, “TRON: Legacy” will open across the country on Dec. 17 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular formats.


Young actor Garrett Hedlund stars as Sam Flynn in Walt Disney Pictures' new high-tech 3D adventure “TRON: Legacy.” In the film, Sam – a rebellious 27-year-old – is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer.

When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade—a signal that could only come from his father—he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. Father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe—a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.

At 18, Hedlund made an auspicious motion-picture debut in the pivotal role of Patrocius, the young cousin of Achilles (Brad Pitt) in Wolfgang Petersen’s “Troy.” He talks about “TRON: Legacy” in the following interview:

Q: What is the human story at the center of “TRON: Legacy”?

Garrett Hedlund: At the core of it, it’s a father and son story. My character, Sam, has been without his father for 20 years, and he finally gets to find out where he’s been. Although Alan Bradley, his father’s partner, has been there for Sam, he’s always wanted to know what became of Kevin Flynn. And in “TRON: Legacy,” he finally gets to do that.

Q: How has the overall world changed inside “TRON” ?

Hedlund: The world of the original “TRON” was fascinating, but what they've added to the world in “TRON: Legacy” is a grander sense of geography. There are lightning storms and the weather, and there are also the cliffs and the mountains. Add to that the off-grid terrain where a lot of these vehicles can’t perform, and it’s an incredible sight to fathom.

Q: Talk about the light cycle.

Hedlund: The new bike is incredibly flashy and cool, and it’s much more dangerous. It’s faster and it doesn’t have to move in 90 degree angles. It has a lot more tricks.

Q: What did you do to prepare for the role of Sam?

Hedlund: The benefit I had on this film was going through an intense amount of training, not just for the physical benefits, but overall, for the character. I had training in Capoeira and parkour, and motorcycle training. But basically, when I step into playing that character, all of those skills have to be ‘new,’ from day one. The first moment Sam gets into this world, he doesn’t suddenly know how to do all of this stuff. There have to be the slight mistakes that he overcomes, and learning from that. Like the disk game sequence—there is something very unfamiliar with everything that he has to do, from the rules to the skills. He’s got to observe and the wheels have to be constantly turning in order for him to excel. When he sees another program ‘de-res,’ he thinks, ‘Well, I can’t let that happen.’ He has to find it within himself to become that hero. He has to have the strength and the defensive skills to keep proceeding from one level to the next.

Q: What was the hardest part of shooting?

Hedlund: You know, everybody always likes to talk about how difficult it is working with blue or green screen, dealing with just the imagination. But this film actually, to our benefit, there were a lot of grand sets, so we didn’t have to pretend so much. We had a lot of the physical things, such as the disks and the swords. When it was blue and green screen, we had great direction from Joseph Kosinski, the wonderful director, because he knew exactly what he wanted to do with what we were just approaching. When we were reading it from the text, we may have had a foggy notion, imagining what it could be, but he was always ten steps ahead of us. It was a game of trust, and we were never let down.

Q: What is your memory of the original TRON?

Hedlund: My memory of the original starts off with a very energetic and youthful Jeff Bridges, smiling and laughing. He had this crazy youthful side to him, in comparison to how we see him now, as the wise, older and incredible actor that he is. In the very first “TRON,” he’s a mad wiz with all this new technology that deals with the creation of video games. He’s also been perfecting a shiva laser, which ultimately ends up sucking him into the computer in the same fashion that Sam is in the beginning of “TRON: Legacy.”

Q: What about the original film inspires such a following?

Hedlund: I think from the original it was Jeff’s character Kevin Flynn getting pulled into the game grid and going on all of these adventures—it was incredible to imagine. Having to fight his way from one level to the next to complete the objective and find his way back out…it really was unlike anything else.

Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Philippines, “TRON: Legacy” will open across the country on Dec. 17 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular formats.


In line with the upcoming release of “TRON: Legacy” – a 3D high-tech action-adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen – Disney dishes out the interesting fun facts behind the making of this eagerly anticipated film.

In “TRON: Legacy,” Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the digital world of Tron where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant Qora (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey of escape across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

• The 3D technology in “TRON: Legacy” was developed post-“Avatar” and represents the most advanced in the world today.
• It's the first 3D movie to integrate a fully digital head and body upon an existing actor to create a younger version of Jeff Bridges’ character, Kevin Flynn, using advanced Emotion Capture technology developed by Digital Domain.
• Jeff Bridges is the first actor in cinematic history to play opposite a younger version of himself.
• Grammy®-award winning, French electronic duo Daft Punk scored “TRON: Legacy,” composing 24 tracks in all. They are also seen in a brief cameo.
• The light suits were created using electroluminescent lamps made from a flexible polymer film.
• Lightcycle design was inspired by the original sketches of Syd Mead, who designed them for “TRON” back in 1982. Creating Lightcycles that would form visual units with their riders and still give them room to move was a challenge for “TRON: Legacy” vehicle designer Daniel Simon and the rest of the vehicle design team.
• Both Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde received training in Parkour and martial arts for their roles.
• Because donning the light suits was a time-consuming and labor-intensive process, special inversion boards were provided to allow actors to get off of their feet and recline without endangering the costume.
• The light discs created for the film consist of 134 LED lights, are radio-controlled, and attached to the suits with magnets. In addition, they house the batteries that power the suit lights. They are heavy, so care had to be taken when throwing them on set.
• Several of the vehicles were practically fully built for certain scenes, as opposed to computer-generated, in keeping with director Joseph Kosinski’s vision of blurring the line between CGI and reality.
• Flynn’s Arcade holds a treasure trove of icons for “TRON” fans: the Master Control Program desk caddy from the original film; the tabletop computer interface and a condensed version of the Shiva laser, which takes Sam into the Grid; a map of the Grid embedded in the code of the background image; and Sam’s drawings from childhood on the wall.

Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Philippines, “TRON: Legacy” will open soon across the country in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular formats.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Movie Review

Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace, are swallowed into a painting and transported back to Narnia and the magnificent ship The Dawn Treader. They join King Caspian and a warrior mouse named Reepicheep for a mission which holds the fate of Narnia itself. The courageous voyagers overcome their own greatest temptations, as they travel to mysterious islands; have fateful confrontations with magical creatures and sinister enemies; and reunite with their friend and protector, the "Great Lion" Aslan.

I highly recommend that you watch this movie in 3D. Seeing a whole new Narnia thru the movie is also like joining the adventure. The setting of the story plus the visual effects that comes with it is an experience not to be missed. Not to be missed also is Eustace, the new and annoying character as Lucy and Edmond’s cousin. I like the character of Eustace because it’s annoying and at the same time soo hilarious, from the facial expression to his accent. I find the story somehow short, but love every detail of the important parts of the story. I havn’t read the book so I don’t have any basis of comparison. Susan and Peter did not appear as main characters, the movie concentrated on Lucy and Edmond, the sometimes unnoticed characters in the previous film. Prince Caspian still looked good as before. There were many characters in this film, but it’s okay, I enjoyed them all. It’s good that Repeechip is still there. I like his character, his virtue and his outlook in life. This third installment of The Chronicles of Narnia is by far the best one for me. Michael Apted created a different approach in making the film. He showed us a different and more grown up journey in Narnia. The movie is for all ages, best to watch if you watched the 1st and 2nd journey to Narnia.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is distributed by 20th Century Fox. Now showing in cinemas near you.


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