Thursday, May 21, 2009

Philippine Inspired Jackets Part 2

After a year and a half, Here is part 2 of the RP inspired jackets.

Part 1 is here

Accel 2008 Beijing Olympics Philippine Team Jacket

Accel Beijing Olympics Jacket

So the sad tale of the 2008 beijing olypics team revives within this jacket. Achieving 0 golds, 0 silvers and 0 bronzes for the third straight time, but having a consolation prize in Willy Wang's Gold medal in the demonstration sport of wushu. Accel, usually on the receiveing end when having their designs compared with sporting giant brands nike and adidas, has done a semi decent job with their recent national team jacket. A unique combination of microfiber and air cool cloth. Accel's design is still on the gaudy side, but it is a major improvement nonetheless.

Nike Nokia Pilipinas  youth Jacket

Nike Nokia Pilipinas U-18 Team Jacket

Remember The Nokia Pilipinas team? The one who upset emerging asian giants iran in the crossover finals of the Fiba asia U-18 last year, and also the coaching issue after that. Nonetheless, this is one of the better looking B-ball Jackets nike has made. Better than their version of team pilipinas 2007 and 2009.

Blue with streaks of yellow followed by a combination of wool and air cool cloth. The nokia pilipinas logo is embroidered on the cloth.

Nike Team Pacquiao Jacket

Nike Team Pacquiao Jacket Red- This was one of the first jackets that team Pacquiao has used after Manny's contract with no fear expired and switched with nike. This was used in his rematch with Barrera and Marquez in late 2007 and early 2008. There were 2 versions of this jacket, the one with the sponsors (worn by the trainers) and one without (Worn by the Pac Man). This simple stylistic design was a hit back then.

Ever since there are a lot more pacquiao based jackets that nike has and has not been released. They recently did a launching of more limited edition (and better looking) pacquiao stuff (shoes, shirts and jackets) in Nike's Flagship store in Bonifacio high street in the second week of may 2009, I suggest you guys get that one instead.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Zoobic Adventure Shots

Zoobic Adventure Shots

A few weeks ago we went to the zoobic safari advanture in subic bay, I managed to take some shots of the animals.

A Camel's Smile.
The First one is the Camel

The Goats and deers there freely come around the petting area.


This is one of the 3 stunt animals in the program. 2 poodles and one pig. This one had a wierd white eye. I think it is blind because of the scar on the face.

Afternoon Siesta
A resting iguana on the reptile area.


Near the end of the tour, a parrot greets us.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Philippine Launching of the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Toys

Start: May 30, '09
Location: Atrium, Building A, SM Megamall

Cybertron Philippines will kick off the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen promotions by launching the TF:ROTF toys on May 30, 2009 (Saturday) at the Atrium, Building A, SM Megamall.

We will post details here asap.

What we know so far.
1) There will be no price increase for Deluxes and Leader Class. Deluxes will stay at P700 at Leader Class still remains at P3,000

2) There will be a wide assortment of ROTF toys during the launch.

3) Gifts with purchase will still be present

4) Three (3) chances to get major TFs and ROTF prizes.

5) Winners of the Customized Transformers Toy Contest will be announced during the event. The entries will be put on display. Exclusive Items and Official Hasbro Trophies will be up for grabs.

more will be revealed soon! So please mark your calendars!

Sa mga hoarders: J*E, C*mic All*y mahiya naman kayo

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Review: TFA Voyager Shockwave


Lets face it, the only constant thing in this world is change. Not Just President Obama's Vision of Change, But even the literal kind. Frustrated japanese teenagers are granted changes of fate by otherwordly entities to be able to wear multicolored spandex and save the world while becoming toy billboards to kids. A couple of years ago, a disturbed actor Rustom Padilla finally had a realization on who he is. After That, Poof! Rustom is gone and Bebe is born. Finally out of the shell that he was itching to come out to.


The toy we are going to review today suffers from the same fate. Longarm is a strong, burly autobot that has an inner secret. Despite the solid construction of the figure/ toy, the bulky macho tank esque yet streamlined appearance that even some gundams would envy is a figure with so much insecurities. His hip armor keeps on flipping forward, His neck is hidden, forcing himself to lack certain articulation. His hands are Soft and rubbery and basically can't hold anything.


Before Signing up a contract on the animated series, Longarm was one of the luckiest autobots in his previous project, having meagan fox ride him with the infamous "I Drive, you shoot" scene even if he wasn't casted as one of the autobots but rather just as a stunt vehicle.


Longarm's secret is his solid alternate mode. On his animated role he is a strong and powerful cybretronian crane. Unlike the robot mode, this is so solidly constructed that the parts wont detach because of the interlocking pegs. The theads are stationary but the fig is still movable. The hook also has ample articulation can match up on other construction toy vehicles.


So ends the tale of longarm. Even with his wierd robot mode, is still regarded as "elite guard" level and one of the best "autobot" toys in the animated line.

But that's only the begining...


Because the real story is....


About to begin!


Longarm, With all the plusses and minuses of a robot that he is, isnt contented with it. Even if included in the then 1,500 peso voyager line. He feels that it is not the real "him" Something must come out. And Finally there it is, He finds to be what's true to his heard and comes out of the closet.


Screw the autobots! Longarm is dead. You are now witnessing a new mecha! Decepticon Shockwave.


Decepticon shockwave improves a lot from the flaws that longarm poseses. The Flimsy hip armor acuires a semi locking system that seldomly holds it. The height is improved. The arms are more articulate and the hads has improved with the addition of 2 new digits per hand. Also the then annoying crane tail with the decepticon logo even viewable on autobot mode is now available as a hand mounted badass cannon weapon thingy.


The alt mode did not improve as much but it still transforms to a hideously offscale but solid and badass cybertronian tank, which has some similarities to the transformers movie video game boss.


His robot height has also grown that he can stand toe to toe with a leader class and could even be mistaken for one.


And because of that, his ego has grown and challenged a leader class.. and won!


4 Modes!
Great buy at 1,500, What more for 1k!
Solid at any mode!
Both Robot modes look bulky and solid

Longarm is flimsy,
Lacks hip and elbow articulation
Tank Mode a bit weak.
Lomgarm's Crane tail has a visible decepticon logo in his crotch.

Best Mode: Even with the flaws, its still LONGARM

Overall: 10/10
Recommendation: Buy! Not later, But Now!

Other Pics, Scale Refferences, etc.



Friday, May 8, 2009


Abstracted from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)


“Swine flu” or swine influenza, now termed Influenza A(H1N1), is a communicable acute respiratory disease of pigs. The virus causes infection in large numbers and low death rates (1-4%) in pigs.

Pigs can also be infected with avian influenza viruses and human seasonal influenza viruses. Sometimes pigs can be infected with more than one virus type at a time, allowing the genes to mix resulting to a hybridized influenza microbe termed "reassortant" virus.

The virus is spread through aerosols, direct and indirect contact, with asymptomatic carrier pigs. It may circulate among swine throughout the year, but most outbreaks occur during the late fall and winter months in temperate areas. It is endemic in the United States, and outbreaks have been reported in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and parts of Eastern Asia. Many countries routinely vaccinate swine populations against swine flu.

Because of mutations and genetic reassortment, a “variant” or a virus subtype has emerged. The virus was described as a new subtype of A/H1N1 not previously detected in swine or humans. Currently, swine flu or influenza A (H1N1) has spread to humans, primarily resulting from human-to human transmission.

Similar to the seasonal human influenza, it could be transmitted by sneezing or coughing by infected persons. Some people could develop the disease by touching something with flu viruses and then touching their mouth or nose.

Generally, clinical symptoms are similar to seasonal influenza, which include fever, respiratory symptoms like cough and runny nose, body aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Reported clinical presentation, however, ranges broadly from asymptomatic infection to severe pneumonia resulting to death.

For the treatment, there are four antiviral drugs licensed for use: amantadine, rimantadine, oseltamivir, and zanamivir. Recent swine flu viruses isolated from humans are, however, resistant to both amantadine and rimantadine. Thus, either oseltamivir or zanamivir for 5 days is recommended to treat swine flu infection.

For chemoprophylaxis, either oseltamivir or zanamivir can be used, to be taken for 10 days after the last known exposure to a confirmed case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection.

At present, no swine flu vaccine for humans is available, although work is already underway to develop such a vaccine, through the collaborative work of the WHO, CDC, vaccine manufacturers and their regulatory agencies. Although continuing immunization is quite important, the seasonal human flu vaccine would not provide protection against A(H1N1) virus.

There is no risk of infection from this virus from consumption of well-cooked pork and pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe. Cooking pork to a temperature of at least 70oC kills the swine flu virus.


Cases have been reported in different countries worldwide. As of May 5, 2009, based on the latest WHO and CDC data, 21 countries have officially reported a total of 1490 cases of influenza A(H1N1)
infection. Mexico has reported 822 laboratory confirmed human cases, with 29 deaths. The United States has reported 403 laboratory confirmed human cases in 38 states, majority of which are in New York (90), with 1 death seen in Texas.

Other countries include: Austria (1) Canada (140), Hongkong, China (1), Costa Rica (1), Colombia (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (4), Germany (9), Ireland (1), Israel (4), Italy (5), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (6), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (2), Spain (57), Switzerland (1), and the United
Kingdom (27); with no deaths.

At present, the WHO has raised the level of pandemic alert to Phase 5, characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region. While most countries will not be affected at this stage, the declaration of Phase 5 is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned
mitigation measures is short.

WHO advises no restriction of regular travel or closure of borders. It is considered prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention, in line with guidance from national authorities.

With the current alert level (phase 5), it is advised that all countries immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans. Countries should remain on high alert for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia. At this stage, effective and essential measures include heightened surveillance, early detection and treatment of cases, and infection control in all health facilities.

The change to a higher phase of alert is a signal to governments, to ministries of health and other departments, to the pharmaceutical industry and the business community that certain actions should now be undertaken with increased urgency, and at an accelerated pace.

Take everyday actions to stay healthy. Practice good health habits.

a. Get plenty of sleep
b. Eat nutritious food and drink plenty of fluids
c. Be physically active
d. Manage your stress

The usual, routine precautionary measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases are recommended:

a. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water as often as possible, especially after coughing or sneezing. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based handrub may be used.

b. Cover your mouth and nose with tissue or handkerchief every time you sneeze, cough, or blow your nose and dispose of the used tissues properly. If tissue is not available, cover with your
hands and wash them immediately, or you may also cough or sneeze into the upper sleeve of your shirt.

c. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

d. Do not spit on roads, floors, or walls.

e. Avoid close contact (like kissing, shaking hands) with sick people or those who appear unwell and have fever and cough. Stay home when you are sick and keep your distance from others to keep them from getting sick, too.

f. Seek medical attention immediately if you develop flu-like symptoms.

Proper Handwashing:
Washing your hands properly takes about as long as singing “Happy Birthday” twice, using the
technique shown below.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bleach Cosplay Shoot: Hitsuhina + Nemu

Last April 24, I had my first proper cosplay photoshoot. We've been planning this photo shoot for months now has been on and off due to location and schedule constraints.

Thanks to our cosplayers:

Momo - cosplayed by Jill
Toshiro - cosplayed by Bingky/kuki
Nemu - Cosplayed by Leiza

Here are some shots:

Another Perspective

The Far Side




Lovebird's Afternoon Rest