How To Train Your Dragon 2 Toys

Last night I had the chance to watch How To Train Your Dragon 2 with my boyfriend at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas (I was hoping for 3D or 4DX but my budget wasn’t enough and we couldn’t catch up to the last show of 3D). I don’t wanna spoil you guys but to sum all my feels: it was a heartwarming, heartbreaking, exciting and awesome to watch with anyone (be it your family or friends or even your special someone).

Anyway, that aside, I didn’t know the hype was that high coz last time I watched I didn’t even know there were HTTYD Mcdo Happy Meal toys :|. But now, almost every Mcdonald’s branch ran out of stock of Toothless or the Nightfury, one of the protagonists of the movie. After 4 branches and 3 Happy Meals later (don’t worry, the 3rd one was for my boyfriend’s and I ended up giving the burger and drinking the juice myself), I found the elusive! Hurrah! I also got the Cloudjumper Happy Meal toy ❤ sweet!

Also, I happened to drop by Toy Kingdom (since I was in the mall anyway) and they indeed updated the HTTYD Defenders of Berk toys (which I was deliberating whether to finally complete or not) and I got the Cloudjumper. I’ll get the Stormfly and Bewilderbeast next time XD.

Valka’s Cloudjumper (Defenders of Berk)

Lastly, here’s a demo of the Toothless Happy Meal toy btw (I promise you its a child’s dream come true toy!- well if they’re not choosy LOL)

 

Lu Liam: All Things Fun and Sassy

I found this shop months ago located beside JP Thai restaurant here in Greenheights village, Sucat, Parañaque. I only managed to take a long peek inside a week ago and found really interesting stuff aside from their Korean style clothing 😀 Lo and behold! I found Japanese collectibles and toys (aside from food of course- they sell milkshakes btw)! She offers 3 for Php. 100 deal on the Japanese toys in a big container, mix of known anime and random Japanese items like charms. Some of which are Pokemon, Inuyasha, One Piece, Blue Dragon, etc.

Mrs. Laqui busy fixing my hauls :P

Mrs. Laqui busy fixing my hauls 😛

Meet Mrs. Lynn Laqui, the owner of the shop and the online shop of Lu Liam. She’s a mom and a businesswoman at the same time. She told me her shop opens late at 10 AM and closes around 5-6 PM since she also takes care of her kids (which is cool since she balances it well). She’s also a Hello Kitty and Japanese items collector to boot.

Kids usually flock her shop for loom bands, Japanese (and anime) toys, and items and yummy milkshake (which I have yet to try sometime :P).

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necklaces, trinkets and wind chimes (php. 50 only for chimes)

Here’s what I’ve got from her shop:

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water balloon yoyo keychain 😛

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I just had to get one. Since I can’t always bring my loom bands set to work. Finally someone sold em separately from the loom bands set ❤

 

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Wooden Sake cup 😀 she has porcelain tea cups and sake cups left :3

 

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Glass wind chime from Japan *_* finallyyyyyyyy got one! :)) I was having a hard time looking for them here in Philippines.

 

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B Kuromaku ver. from Banpresto. O_O

 

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Sesame Street’s Elmo keychain

 

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Pokemon Unova Starters Paddle Fan ❤

 

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Wind Glass Chime hung up on my bedroom’s ceiling along with my Dreamcatcher from Enchanted Kingdom

 

I really love this shop now. I can’t wait to bring my boyfriend here for the Gundam which is yet to be displayed and sold. 😀

You can add Lu Liam at Facebook

12th Toycon Philippines

Last June 14-16, 2013, the much awaited event of all toy collectors and hobbyists: Toycon PH was held again at Megatrade Halls 1 and 2 in partnership with HERO TV.

It was my first time to attend this con since I was busy during college with my acads, and everytime I’d be invited by my friends– schoolwork just piled up.

But this time, its a different scenario 😀

Since I wanted to hoard a lot of toys at this con, I briefed myself with the event… the schedule, what to expect, what should I buy, how much should I allot for my toys (cause I might overspend. Well you know… This is Toycon afterall!) what to do when I’m in the event area– I’m not geeking out am I? But its better to be prepared than to get caught off guard.

and so for Day 1, I went there around 6:30PM with my officemates and we scoured the place before buying anything. Price check and look around before buying anything! That’s step one. The place was damn big and your eyes will totally wander with every booth… left, right, my eyes can’t even keep up.

We tried our best to scour the event hall for toys we are targeting for. It was a tricky task since some toys (from a favorite anime, or some cute plushies) would be displayed in a booth and you’d think of buying it. And after an hour of looking around, we decided to split up and buy our targeted toys and figs.

Sarah and I spotted Threadless booth, under Filbars and they were selling this awesome Doctor Who shirts featuring Disney Princesses: Belle and Cinderella entering the Tardis and a crossover of east and west with Superman perched on a Gundam’s shoulder.

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“Come Away With Me” shirt from Threadless

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“Iconic Friends” shirt from Threadless

Really cool right? Well enough of the wall of text. I’ll just supply you with images from Day 2 (didn’t have much shots in Day 1 since we wanted to look for available toys there– and was saving all the fun for Day 2 with boyfie).

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Day 1 hauls :3 – Inori nendoroid from Wasabi Toys, Poring Keychain and Cat keychain

Day 2 Photos:

We went as early as possible to avoid the cosplayers crowding in the event area and toy booths and around lunch we managed to get out of the hall just in time they were entering the hall. There are few good ones but I didn’t really go there for cosplayer hunting so I snapped just a few pics.

Real-life Figurines from Mark OSR’s display

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World class cosplayer, Jia Gold Bustamante

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Free Coca-cola mismo for all con-goers! 😀

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Master Pogi at 99.5 Play FM booth 😀

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My hauls for Day 2:

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Inori with her new sister, Asuna :p

 

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Blackest Night Blue Lantern Flash, Good Smile Company Sword Art Online Asuna nendoroid, cat plushie, Pasig2 comics with Taga-Ilog’s autograph, Black cat ears and paws, Comodo era Ragnarok Online Poring plushie, Stitch keychain, plus an old issue of Shonen Jump (not included in the photo)

Overall it was a good experience. Looking forward for the December version of Toycon! 😀

 

 

Nokia 105

I’m not into techie gadget stuff since I’m always late with the latest update on today’s technology but I think I’ll give this one a try.

Recently, android phones, phablets, iphones were the craze– with the android and iOS games eating the entire population up. But amidst the craze, Nokia has been making a scene with its new phone.

It’s nothing fancy like your touch screen phones but it’s good enough for the likes of the text and call people.

And thus, Nokia brings us another indestructable phone (I guess) besides the infamous indestructable Nokia 3310! the Nokia 105.

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So what’s up with this baby? Check out its specs below:

  • Display size: 1.4”
  • Radio features: FM Radio
  • Maximum 2G standby time: 842h
  • Maximum 2G talk time: 12.5h
  • Dimensions
    • Height: 107 mm
    • Width: 44.8 mm
    • Thickness: 14.3 mm
    • Weight: 70 g
    • Volume: 64 cm³
  • Display and User Interface
    • Display size: 1.4 ”
    • Display resolution: 128 x 128
    • Display features: RGB Stripe
    • Display colors: HighColor (16-bit/64k)
    • Aspect ratio: 1:1
    • Display technology: LCD Transmissive
    • Display height: 26 mm
    • Display width: 26 mm
  • Keys and Input Methods
    • User Input: Keypad
    • Operating keys: 4-way Navi Key, Alphanumeric keypad, Power/End key
  • Form factor
    • Form factor: Monoblock Connectivity
    • SIM card type: Mini SIM
    • Dual SIM: No
    • Charging connectors: 2.0 mm Charging Connector
    • AV connectors: 3.5 mm audio connector
    • Bluetooth: No Bluetooth
    • Wi-Fi: No Wi-Fi
    • NFC: No NFC
  • Data Network
    • GSM network: 1800 MHz, 900 MHz
  • Power Management2
    • Battery model: BL-5CB
    • Battery capacity: 800 mAh
    • Battery voltage: 3.7 V
    • Removable battery: Yes
    • Maximum 2G standby time: 842 h
    • Maximum 2G talk time: 12.5 h
    • Wireless charging: No
  • Memory
    • User data storage: In device
    • RAM: 384 kB
    • Mass memory: 8 MB
  • Productivity features
    • Personal information management features: Digital clock, Calculator, Flashlight, Clock, Calendar, Phonebook, Converter, Speaking clock, Expense manager, Alarm clock
  • Other Applications
    • Game features: Native games
  • Software platform & User Interface
    • SW Platform: Series 30
    • Software release: Series 30
  • Email and Messaging3
    • Messaging features: List of recently used numbers, Text messaging
  • Call management
    • Call management features: Call waiting, Integrated hands-free speakers, Call forwarding, Call logs: dialled, received and missed, Call history, Conference call
    • Supported amount of phonebooks: 5
    • Supports amount of contacts: 500
    • Speech codecs: GSM FR, GSM HR, GSM EFR
  • Security
    • General Security features: PIN code
  • Browsing and Internet
    • Wi-Fi hotspot: No
  • Main camera
    • Main camera sensor: No camera
  • Radio
    • Radio features: FM Radio
  • Environmental features
    • Materials: Free of PVC, Free of nickel on the product surface
    • Energy efficiency: Unplug charger reminder, Energy efficient charger
    • Recycling: 100% recoverable as materials and energy
    • User guide: Black and white printing
    • Packaging: Made of renewable materials, Containing up to 60% recycled materials, Minimized package, Packaging is 100 % recyclable
  • Accessibility features
    • Hearing: Vibrating alerts
    • Vision: Vibrating alerts
  • Box
    • Sales Package: Nokia 105, Nokia Charger AC-11, Nokia Battery BL-5CB , Product user guide

Personally, after trying touch screen phones, I still find myself longing for basic phones like this– especially Nokia 105 since its battery life packs a punch– (did i mention it could last for 35 days on standby) and I miss walking while texting (without even looking on the phone screen if I happen to commit a typo).

And so my bf and I did buy one (I got black since there’s no Cyan yet) and based on my bf’s experience, he bought it on 4:30pm last June 3 and it just fully drained its battery just now (June 5, 11:21 AM). He haven’t plugged it up for initial charging- what more if he did so, right? XD

P.S.: I stumbled over this interesting article on IBTimes about the 6 people who could actually use the Nokia 105— and I recommend you reading it before buying. XD

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Update: 

June 6, 2013 – Got my Nokia 105 phone!

It was lightweight and I think, smaller than my previous Nokia 1280. Menu icons are cute and minimalistic with a bevel touch. Games are colored and so is your legendary Snake game! Has spreadsheet or rather expense sheet, good for budgeting every month. Will start draining battery.

June 10, 2013 – A bit slow on response 

As I quickly go through the menu to read my messages in my inbox I’ve noticed a slightly slow response on the transitions. As you type a text message, it works just fine but when you head on to add symbols and access the symbol option (* key), it gets slower as you go through the characters/ symbols.

June 11, 2013 – Tough Battery Life

Nearing the end of the day, battery still has 1 bar to suffice– since sunday morning! Hardcore! Definitely good for rainy days. I bet if I put it into silent mode always, it could last up to 4-5 days.

Planner Fetish

As an artist I am disorganized with my stuff, and most of all with my sched– sometimes I mess it all up in my head. So its vital for me to track it in a planner. My mom used to give me those datebooks back at 1st year high school and I then developed an initiative to buy myself one before or on the start of the schoolyear. From Hallmark planners to DLS-CSB planners, I then switched to Total Girl’s planners which are really waaaaaaay too cute and artsy.

Keeping a planner helps you track down your goals, your schedule, and give time for other stuffs. It also keeps you disciplined especially whenever you stick to your written schedule and helps you organize your thoughts.

Here’s a sneak peak of my TG planners :3

 

2010: 

Artist: raindropmemory
Features: stickers, monthly sticker tabs, rubber strap, intro page, year in summary page, school snaps page, contact list, cash plan page, assignment log page, goal page, achievement log page, after school activities page, monthly calendar, school schedule page, weekly tips,  daily feelings and rater. top 3 fill ins, you can do it page, monthly goals, gift list page, new year resolutions page and checklist, memories of my schoolyear page, schoolyear scrapbook page, summer to remember page, summer snaps page, extra pages for notes, & back to back pouch.
Cons: Today’s top 3 list eats up the daily activities/ event space, bulky if the pouch is filled, assignment log not needed unless appeared weekly.

  

2011:

Artist: raindropmemory
Features: detachable spring bookmark, extra pages for notes, stickers, colorful artworks, this year i will rock page, dream board, school by the hours page, goal tracker, weekly tips, weekly allowance/ expense list, monthly calendar page, top to-do’s this month list, gift list (december), new year’s power page, “yay me this week i” section, weekly top to do’s, weekly lesson learned, progress page, “this summer i will rock” page, milestones section, monthly tab stickers, contact page, bookmarked page & intro page.
Cons: no pouch, sticker tabs can be irritating if used.
  

2012:

Artist: Maria Grecy “Chichi” Romero
Features: intro page, customizable cover, motivational detachable posters, cute stickers, spacious vertical area for daily activities, rubber strap, goal tracker, challenge and tips per week, school by the hours page, my year in numbers page, dream board & best year ever page, summarized year page, contact page, bookmarked page, school schedule page,  new year resolution page, halloween costume planner page, & awesome summer page.
Cons: doesn’t have extra pages for doodles, notes, 1 page monthly calendar– (your details/ events should be ultra summarized D:) and an inside pouch 😦