Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sample Room: Try Before You Buy

I'm on my third round of reviewing samples in a span of two months. The idea of trying out samples before actually buying the full size of the product is great and cost-saving. Just thinking about the tons of beauty products I have on my dresser makes me wince. 

And with sampleroom.ph in the picture, I got to try products before buying them. Imagine, some of the products cost thousands. What if I bought them without trying them first? Sayang naman.

And this is a good marketing tactic for the brands who provide the samples. Well, good for brands with good products. After all, if a product is excellent, a satisfied user will have that push to buy that product. Even if the product is pricey as long as it produces great results, most people would want to buy it, some would even want to save up for it if they cannot buy it right away.

For only P100, users can have up to three samples shipped (as long as you have enough number of points).  Actually, the samples are free. The P100 is for the shipping and for the operation expenses of Sample Room.  Ok na rin di ba?

If some samples are no longer in stock, users can read the reviews to help them decide if the product may suit them or not.





Monday, January 21, 2013

One Day More - Les Miserables 2012

This is my favorite song in the film. (I can't find the clip from the film though. Lea Salonga sings as Fantine in this version from the 25th anniversary concert.)



And yes, I can't get over that I liked Russell Crowe. Everyone is bashing and criticizing him that he cannot sing, etc. but he's cast as Javert and that's that. Yes, he is not perfect but he made an effort. Of course, if you compare him to the West End singers, he's really not at par. But please people, just think what if you were put in that or some other role. Imagine if I sang Eponine or Cosette. Yes, the musical will be a hundred times dreadful. Hahaha. So cut him some slack. Many people liked the film nevertheless.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Les Misérables Movie

Finally, Les Miserables is now showing in the Philippines! After more than two weeks of delay, I watched the movie on its very first day! It is definitely one hell of a movie. I think it is much better than the play (well, it's been more than ten years since I last saw the broadway play on VHS and I also saw the 2010 concert while waiting for the movie). There is more acting and the story is easier to follow in the movie.

I was surprised when Anne Hathaway (Fantine) started singing. She can sing really good and when she sang, I had goosebumps all over my arms (did you know that she was offered the part of Christine Dae for The Phantom of the Opera?). I was also impressed with Russell Crowe (Javert). Tani was laughing at me and was saying that I found Russell Crowe good because we are cut from the same cloth (for those who do not know me, I suck at singing). Well, I liked him better than Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean). Hugh Jackman was also good but I felt that someone else could have sang his part better (Russel Crowe???). There were some lines which he was whispering or narrating the lyrics instead of singing it and his voice was not that whole (Or was my judgment clouded becase Valjean in the concert was standing-ovation good?).






Amanda Seyfried (Cosette) was very pretty. She did so good with Mamma Mia and now there's a tremble in her voice when she's hitting the high notes. I wonder what happened there. And there's the rumor that Taylor Swift was offered Cosette's role but she turned it down. Oh Taylor, why oh why. Samantha Barks (Eponine) played the same character in the concert and the movie. It's nice to see she  was able to show the grief of Eponine in the movie. And the thing that struck me the most (and other viewers as well) is her itsy bitsy tiny waist! Isn't it incredibly small and a bit of a bother at times??? And last but not the least, Eddie Redmayne (Marius). When I saw several interviews before the film came out, my initial thought was why would they get someone dorky to play the dashing young Marius. But in the movie, I admit, he's kinda cute and he is more likable when he sings.




Oh, and let's not forget the eccentric Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thénardier). She fit her character perfectly! She was one character you would love to hate and make you laugh at the same time.


And once again, I got teary-eyed towards the end. When Jean Valjean died and Fantine fetched him, and everyone was singing, the scene was just moving. They were now all together and they were happy. And the transition from darkness to light felt like a heavy burden was lifted.

*Note: All photos are from the Facebook fan page of Les Miserables.

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I dreamed a dream in times gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Life of Pi



It must be the hormones and the PMS since I was alternately crying and laughing during the movie. Good thing we decided to watch it in 3D and I had the cover of the 3D glasses. Geez, believe me when I say tears were streaming down my face. Tsktsk.

I cried when Pi lost his family. I cried when the orangutan was killed by the hyena. I cried when I thought Richard Parker, the tiger, died. And I cried when Richard Parker left Pi and did not look back. So many tears shed in this movie but there was still that feeling of life after the storm (literally). Oh hey, I was dumbstruck when I heard the cook story. That part, I did not cry!

There were also some funny scenes which made me smile and laugh. And I just loved how Pi had a very positive attitude despite everything that has happened to him. I think I would have died on the first day if I were in his place. If only everyone would have Pi's positive outlook, the world would definitely be a better place.

And after watching the movie, it made me think of God again. It's been a looong time since I've been to the church and well, it made me want to believe in Him again. It's not that I don't believe at all but sometimes I forget.  I know that He is always around us but it made me want to seek Him again - not only in times of trouble, but in blissful days as well. I need to be more thankful and grateful for all the blessings from Him.

On another note, seeing it in 3D was awesome. The animals in the zoo, especially the birds, looked very real. And I felt like I could just push aside the leaves of the trees to get a better view of the zoo. The amazing colorful high of the sea at night was also amazing. I just feel like it lacked those scenes where the character of the movie seemed like it would come right at you or that feeling that everything on screen is really in front of you. Remember the time you saw Avatar on IMAX 3D? That was really unforgettable. Or was it because it was IMAX and SM had lousy regular screenings (In fairness, di kami pinatayan ng aircon this time)?

Kudos to Ang Lee for another great film! All those Academy Awards nominations are well-deserved.

photo from jaymckinnon.com

photo from 20th century fox

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"I have a story that will make you believe in God."

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

One More Try Blabber

One more try. Interesting and extremely complicated. It was so intense that I could feel Jacque's pain right down to my bones. (Parang mali, basta I felt like I was having chest pains becuase of the pain. Chos!). And thank goodness it was not another mistress movie (just a tiny bit but not exactly)!

I asked my officemates this question: "Anong gagawin mo kung ikaw si Jacque (Angelica Panganiban), papahiram mo ba asawa mo?" We all answered NO! "Eh pano kung ikaw si Grace(Angel Locsin)?" A single colleague and I answered "ewan, wala pa akong anak" and one colleague said she would do everything for a child.

The situation was so complicated that it got me thinking (and in a conflicted way) what was the right course of action. As a wife (and I'm not even one), I would definitely expect fidelity and faithfulness from my husband. But the sad reality is there are millions of husbands out there with a wandering eye (and even more, at times, - this is not to assume that all men are like that). It was extremely strong of Jacque to stand by her husband through everything. But really, there were NUMEROUS points in the movie where I expected here to leave Edward.

And for Edward (Dingdong Dantes), it was surprising that he did not get mad when Grace almost miscarried. I thought he would go crazy and hit Jacque (dregs of an old movie?). I understand that he wanted to make up for the lost time with his son but would a person really go that far?

And Grace. Of course she is a mother who would do everything for her son. I guess that's one thing I can't understand now since I'm no mama. But in the end, I found that Jacque was such a martyr and an angel. She was very supportive and nice. Of course, there were times she was a bit snitty and all, but I guess that's expected (see, I'm a little biased here). I could never do what she did, putting up with all that crap.

And as for the second kid, imagine what he would feel if he found out that he was made just so he could "cure" his brother? And what if he is still not a match? Poor kid.

To cap it off, I think the actors did a great job with the acting part. The portrayal was superb and I was almost moved into tears (but the dam just did not break). I was just not a fan of the scenes where their faces were on close-up, plastered on the humongous screen hundreds of times (naisip ko tuloy, talaga bang ang Pinoy films ganun?).

Anyway, I'll end this post with quotes from the movie. Good night!

*Note: It's already January 9 and the moviehouse was jampacked!
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How can you even say no to a mother with a dying child?

Pero anak huwag mo ring kakalimutan na maraming babae ang papatay para sa kanilang asawa. Anak, tandaan mo, no trespassing. Matuto kang kumatok bago ka pumasok.

Bilang isang asawa, karapatan ko ang ipagdamot ang asawa ko.

Ikaw lang naman yung naligaw eh. Ako naghihintay lang. At maghihintay sa'yo.

Kaya nga may mga taong nasasaktan kasi may hinihingi ka na hindi binigay sa'yo. May mga pangarap ka na hindi natupad kaya minsan hindi mo na alam ang tama at mali. Pero hindi mali ang magkamali ka kasi ang importante, matuto ka. Pero ang pangalawang pagkakataon, yun pwede mong piliin. Yun pwede mo ibigay.


May isa pa akong quote na nagustuhan, yung nasa beach sila and Jacque and Tristan was talking. Will post it when I remember it/ find it.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Back at Eastwood

A day before regular work resumed, I went out with the boys (and girl) to relax a little. After giving six shih tzus a bath (YES, SIX!), it's off to Eastwood we go.

I missed Eastwood. I missed wasting money on silly games and yet, having so much fun. I missed the cinemas as well, but there are no good movies (I can't wait for Les Miserables!).

Yummy dinner at Crisostomo
Lotsa tickets
Go Niko!
Look at them going crazy over the arcade game. Haha

And by the way, I'm still up because my body clock is totally screwed. After days of sleeping in the wee hours of the morning and waking up at noon, I just have no idea how I will function tomorrow with only three and a half hours of sleep.

So now, I'll force myself to sleep as I don't want to be late for my first working day for the year. Good night!
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To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.
 – Sister Mary Lauretta

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Lucky December

I never won a good prize in a raffle before. I usually win a calendar, an umbrella or nothing at all. But last December I was pretty lucky. I decided to join blog giveaways since there were so many giveaways and I figured it wouldn't hurt to try and join.

And guess what? I won in two blog giveaways, two twitter giveaways. Plus, I won the first prize in the annual family raffle (which I gave a portion of it to the kids and donated a little bit of it to typhoon Pablo victims)!



Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

First post for 2013! Hello year of the water snake!

So I just posted my New Year's Resolutions a couple of days ago and boy oh boy, I will do my best to do everything on my list. After all, those are pretty easy and are good for me. I just need constant presence of mind! One of my resolutions was to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Pretty easy right? But I only realized by 7pm that I only drank 1 glass for the whole day! I have to drink up! And after 4 glasses of water, I think I'm gonna burst! Drat. I guess it would be best to drink a glass per hour.

Another resolution is to go for a jog twice a week. I was still feeling a bit lazy to tie my laces even though I was already wearing my cute pink running shorts so I just spent my time on the stationary bike. Woohoo! Biking may sound easy but it's not! My legs feel like steel and I had buckets of sweat!

Alright, alright, enough with my resolutions. My first day of 2013 may have a little bit of a setback but I won't let it affect me in a negative way. I am still determined to make 2013 my best year so far!

And boredom caught up with me today so here are some things I did today:
  • relived my tetris battle
  • cleaned my makeup brushes
  • read trashy novels (hahaha)
  • mastered tower madness
  • spent time with my Shakti baby
Anyway, I'm just glad that tomorrow is still a non-working day! I have time to do more important stuff. Haha.

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Quotes from New Year's Eve movie

It only happens once a year: New Year's Eve. It's a time when hopeless can be romantic, and a resolution can become a revelation. And when one night can change everything.

Claire Morgan: "It's suspended there to remind us before we pop the champagne and celebrate the New Year, to stop and reflect on the year that has gone by. To remember both our triumphs and our missteps - our promises made, and broken. The times we opened ourselves up to great adventures - or closed ourselves down, for fear of getting hurt. Because that's what New Year's is all about: getting another chance. A chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more. And stop worrying about 'what if' and start embracing what would be. So when that ball drops at midnight - and it will drop - let's remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other. And not just tonight but all year long."