Saturday, November 10, 2012

Happy Colors Day

Just a quick post on what I wore today to Trinoma. John, "the boyfriend" and I went out to watch Sky Fall. Oh by the way, I liked it, but not loooved it :p 

So here's what I wore.

Orange top ; Zara (hand me down)
Pink vest ; flea market
Yellow jeggings ; flea market
Green Sandals ; The Landmark
Tangerine Speedy ; SM Parisian
Pink wooden bangle ; flea market

And of course, went for some shopping after the movie. Thanks to bf for the stolen shot lol

Fab Geeks John and R.A. ♥

Chiao ~♥~

Why I don't Splurge on Gadgets and Travel

The title of this post may offer you the idea that I'm not a member of the mainstream Generation Y who, in my own and honest judgement, burn money here and there to get every "it" gadget of the moment. Well, I certify that with audacity. My current phone is probably the lowest range phone from one of the biggest Manufacturers in the world. It's also the cheapest. And to top it off, I didn't buy it. Or maybe I did, in a way, because I acquired the phone through a Globe plan. Most of my friends tease me, sometimes brainwash me to go and get a new one without distressing about the price tag, after all, it's within my financial resources. Yes I can, I have the means, to be perfectly frank with you. I have a good job with a good pay under a huge company. I work hard and I save enough. I have a mini online business as well. But then again, I can't and don't bring myself to stash out some cash and get myself those stuff.

Let me tell you something in contrast to what I've mentioned above though. Note that one of my favorite pastimes is watching "unboxing" videos of phones/tablets/cameras on YouTube. I am well obsessed with phones, basically. I am updated with every new release from Samsung or Sony, their respective OS, processors, size, resolution, memory, data and blah blah blah. Believe me, I even dream about phones sometimes. And this ludicrous fact is somehow being used by my friends to persuade me in getting the phone of my dreams so as to end my misery. :/

Related to this is another fad called "Travelling". If I am correct, I'm probably the only one in the office who has not yet ridden a plane and gone out of the country. I haven't even gone out of town with my friends, much less abroad. One of my greatest dreams is to visit Japan. I want to go to Akihabara, wear my cosplay costumes while doing the prideful catwalk on the streets where I can be surrounded with people who look exactly like I do: "Anime-ish". I love Japan. I'm certain I'd feel lie I'm home too. Just the same, I would hear again and again from the same group of people "why don't you go with us to blah blah? We'll be getting our bonus for that month, you can use that as pocket money". So on and so forth. I can only raise my eyebrow and recall how loud these people would whine and grumble whenever their salary bonuses can no longer touch their twitching palms and instead, are applied to their credit card outstanding balances. Some of my friends even give me tips on how to loan "strategically". Really now? I didn't think there was such a thing as that. Regardless of how you loaned, I'm sure as hell it's still a loan that needs to be settled. 

As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't make you any less of a person if you don't want to exhaust your funds on some certain things that would probably make you happy and feel "IN", but instead, choose to close your eyes, sigh and turn your back against it because you know there are far more important things to life than material things that give you ephemeral self fulfillment. Think again. It doesn't really make you sincerely happy. You're just into the feeling of current coolness. Or at least that's how I see things. In fact, I'm sort of proud of myself that this is the way I see things. I want to save more, much more. I'll work harder, get promoted and save. I know someday, which is not that far from now, I can get to spend some and reward myself. I want to spend when I'm confident that I have more than enough, that there's absolutely no need for me to loan or use a credit card. I believe it would be better to endure for now and be happy eventually, than to be happy now and endure paying your balances afterwards. I mean, where's the fun in that right?

Let me end my post with a quote that probably says it all:

"Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." - Will Smith

My thoughts alone.
Thanks ♥

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Geek Alert: Sword Art Online [Anime]

Put on your NerveGears ready and "Link Start"!


Before I share to you my thoughts on this unbelievably amazing series, here's a brief backgrounder on Sword Art Online (SAO):

In the year 2022, the Virtual reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG), Sword Art Online (SAO), is released. With the Nerve Gear, a virtual reality helmet that stimulates the user's five senses via their brain, players can experience and control their in-game characters with their minds.
On November 6, 2022, all the players log in for the first time, and subsequently discover that they are unable to log out. They are then informed by Kayaba Akihiko, the creator of SAO, that if they wish to be free, they must reach the 100th floor of the game's tower and defeat the final boss. However, if their avatars die in-game, their bodies will also die in the real world. The story follows Kirito, a skilled player who is determined to beat the game. As the game progresses, Kirito eventually befriends a female player named Asuna who becomes his partner and lover. After the duo discover the identity of Kayaba's avatar in SAO, they confront and defeat him, freeing themselves and the other players from the game.
Upon returning to the real world, Kirito learns that Asuna and a small group of SAO players are trapped in another VRMMORPG called Alfheim Online (ALO). Their imprisonment in ALO is part of a plan devised by Nobuyuki Sugō to subdue Asuna and marry her, in an attempt to take over her family's company. Helped by old friends from SAO along with new allies, Kirito thwarts Nobuyuki's plans and finally reunites with Asuna in the real world.
Soon after, Kirito plays another VRMMORPG called Gun Gale Online (GGO) to investigate the mysterious connection between the game and deaths occurring in the real world. He eventually discovers that the culprits are former members of a murderous guild he had previously encountered in SAO.
After solving the murders in GGO, Kirito is recruited to assist in the development of a state-of-the-art game, UnderWorld (UW), which has an interface that is far more realistic and complex than that of the previous games he had played. In UW, the flow of time proceeds thousands of times faster than in the real world. However, Kirito ends up falling for a trap and wakes up inside the game, unable to log out and he starts looking for a way back to reality. (c/o Wikipedia SAO)

kirito and asuna
I have discovered this series from my brother just this Monday, as I was on leave. He was watching this show like over three times already and it got me nosey. I knew there's something enticing about this show that I need to figure out. If you didn't know yet, I'm quite an Anime Otaku and I used to cosplay, so Animes are, honest to goodness, a necessity for me. We began watching SAO at 7am and the rest was history. Just like my other top favorite animes Death Note, Rouroni Kenshin, Claymore etc, it felt like a breath of fresh air as episode after episode renders you with that much needed tension during the fight scenes, tragicomical  touch whenever a (relevant) character dies, humor and *kilig* on the young love story of the 2 major characters, Kirito and Asuna, and most of all, gives you brain power. (You'd think you were so smart once you grasp the twists). It will definitely make you think and digest facts and formulate theories on the so-many whys and hows of the story. I must say, this show was designed for the intellectual minority. If you could disregard my biasness, please do, because I must say, this has to be one of the best Animes I have seen in ages. The plot itself, the characters, the immense perspective of a world within a world, the twists and turns will undeniably leave you begging for more. Likewise, you will surely be able to familiarize, much more if you are a gamer or a fan of MMOs. I am not a gamer but I am gratified much that the gaming culture has finally cominggled with Anime! Think of all the elements of MMO and Anime integrated over an impressive drama, with just the right amount of action yet opposed by plenty of honest humor. The sad part here though, is the series is still ongoing and episode 19 is yet to be released. I've heard it will be aired in Japan on Sunday. The waiting is killing me all the more!
Klein, Egil, Silica w/ Pina, Lisbeth, Kirito and Asuna

I really love Asuna's character. She's strong, fierce, and I love her outfit!!! lol
I recommend this (highly) to all Animaniacs and Gamers out there!