I Unleashed My Inner Geek at Toycon!

I used to be a geek. I was (and still am) a fan of Pokemon and Harry Potter, collecting all the books, movies, cards, and games. In 2003, I became an X-Men fan when I joined a trivia contest hosted by Globe via text. I remember saving my allowance to buy comics every month and spending my spare time on the Uncanny X-Men website to learn as much as I can about the characters.

I don’t know why my interest fizzled. I can still identify spells, Pokemons, and mutants, but I guess life got in the way and I focused my attention elsewhere. But like the Phoenix that resides deep inside Jean Grey, my inner geek was recently unleashed when I found my old stash of comics. Like a kid in a candy store, I squealed when I saw my dusty copy of The Dark Phoenix Saga, my comics featuring Nightcrawler, Emma Frost, and Mystique, and the old comics I bought from God knows where.

Luckily, I found my comics right around TOYCON so it was the perfect time to reenter my fandom and maybe even grow my collection.

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Starbucks Launches Two Refreshing and Indulgent Frappuccinos!

When Starbucks releases a new line of drinks, it usually complements each other. Last June, it was the Banana Split Mocha Frappuccino and the Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino. During the summer, it was the Pop’zel Coffee Frappuccino and the Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino. There’s always a theme going on, so I was mildly surprised when their new beverages were complete opposites.

Just recently, Starbucks launched its line of two new beverages: the Açai Mixed Berry Yogurt Frappuccino and the Granola Dark Mocha Frappuccino. Both are equally good but it’s hard to compare since they’re so different.

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West Side Story to Open in Manila This August

2017 is a great time to be a fan of theater. This year alone, both Repertory Philippines and the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) celebrated its 50th anniversary, and many productions are being staged. Apart from the booming local theater scene, more and more touring companies are visiting Manila. Just this February, Wicked came to give us a “thrillifying” performance. Now, West Side Story will charm us as it is set to open this August!

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There is a 9 Step Ritual to Fully Enjoy Stella Artois Beer

What I love about Japan is how it treats many occasions as a ceremony. Just take a look at how they enjoy tea and you’ll see how they treat things with respect and give it the attention it deserves. This regard to mindfulness and deference is practiced similarly across the world by Stella Artois in Belgium. To fully enjoy the bouquet of flavor and aroma of its beer, Stella Artois recommends a nine step ritual in pouring.

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10 Questions with Maria LM Fres Felix, Author of Crime Anthology “Crimetime”

There’s plenty to love in Maria LM Fres-Felix’s new crime anthology Crimetime, a compelling series of mysteries that will keep you guessing, set in Quezon City and starring Inspector SJ Tuason. The blurbs are an indication of its potential: there are words from Charlson Ong, Butch Dalisay, Sarge Lacuesta, and National Artist F. Sionil Jose. I sit down with the author to discuss her favorite crime story, the secret behind a good mystery, and what scares her.

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World Barista Champion Hidenori Izaki Judges the Latte Art Throwdown

I love latte art. It’s amazing how baristas can create beautiful images by pouring steamed milk into a cup of espresso. I’ve seen flowers, hearts, and once, a 3D panda. I thought that it’s all just fun and games. It turns out it’s quite competitive and there’s such a thing as the Latte Art Throwdown.

A Latte Art Throwdown is a competition amongst baristas where they have to create latte art given limited time. Participants compete in pairs and the winners go on to the next pairing until one winner is announced. This year, baristas from all over the Philippines converged in Pasay City, where they were judged by a panel of celebrities, including World Barista champion Hidenori Izaki.

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The Snow Crystal White Tomato is the Newest Addition to My Skincare Routine

Here’s a little secret about me: I’m obsessed with skincare. I don’t talk about it because I’d rather let people think “I woke up like this.” But I’m becoming more vocal with my obsession because I want to trade tips and recommendations with my fellow skincare addicts, and it’s part of my personal mission to open up more.

For a rundown on what I do with my body, I cleanse, tone, and moisturize twice a day (I have a day cream and a night cream). Twice a week I exfoliate my face and body, and once a week I put on a face mask. I use an organic shaving gel lightly scented with sandalwood. I use different kinds of soaps and lotions. It’s not that I’m excessively vain, I just want to always look my best.

I use a lot of creams, liquids, and organic products, but strangely, I don’t take a lot of supplements, except for the occasional vitamin C. I have a new addition to my skincare routine, and it’s the Snow Crystal White Tomato.

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Starbucks Card Celebrates 4th Anniversary with Bonus Stars and Free Drinks!

I love collecting Starbucks cards. I love its distinct designs, with themes reflecting the time it was released. I’m partial to the sleek and minimalist cards, but some of my favorites are the cards exclusive to Manila and the Philippines.

For its fourth anniversary, Starbucks released its 2017 Edition Pilipinas Starbucks Card, a striking design with elegant strokes of pink and yellow, representing the coffee aroma in the form of folk dances from Philippine culture.

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