Friday, December 31, 2010

RPG (Metanoia) - First Pinoy 3D Animated Movie!

Friday, December 31, 2010 View Comments

After 10 years of ditching MMFF (metro manila film fest) movies, I finally gave the pinoy movie industry a chance.

Don't get me wrong, okay naman ang pinoy films, most feedbacks that i get are "uy napanood mo na yung ***, nakakatawa!", "nakakatawa sila ganito at ganun!" and "haha tuwang tuwa ako", yes The Usual Enteng Kabisote and Tanging Ina movies, COMEDY! and worst, may DRAMA pa minsan! christ! Yan ang palabas sa LOCAL TV araw araw!




I don't have any problem with supporting our own, ika nga "Pinoy Made" but compare the production of our movies to other countries, they spend YEARS in producing a movie, from making a script, storyboard, actual shooting and editing!

But here in the Philippines? uy Film Fest na sa December, may movie entry kayo? Yes meron, actually nag start na kami mag shoot last September! haha tatlong buwan.. diyos ko pong mahabagin... parang gumagawa lang ng teleserye!




The movie RPG Metanoia is action packed, from START to FINISH. It opens up with the story's main protagonist "Nico" who at that time is inside the world of an Online Game; METANOIA, fighting this three headed crossbreed between a hydra and a nutcracker (Hirap ba imagine?) Panoorin mo nalang kasi.



Well of course he defeats the monster and gets this special item which is supposed to give him "God Like" powers within the game... which ends up endangering everyone in the planet, not just online but also in Real Life.




There are moments in the film where some might actually think, "wow! another foreign movie that's Pinoy Dubbed?" palibhasa lahat nalang sa TV tinatagalog! Kahit DORA the explorer tagalog na, tapos mag rereklamo kayo ANG HIRAP MAG ENGLISH! Your top 100% free source of learning and familiarizing yourself to ENGLISH, tinagalog pa! But what can we do, in order to earn big, TV Networks have to target "The MASSES / General Public / known locally as ang MASA", and sad to say, hirap mag ingles/english "ang MASA" at hindi sila manonood ng hirap sila intindihin (unless Koreano mga iyan! oo sawa na tayo sa Marimar and the likes, Korea-novelas naman).




Yes, the movie looks good! and those who are not familiar with well known 3D animations might actually think it was made abroad and was just dubbed for Pinoy Viewers.

Just a quick fact, it took "5 years" to make this movie.




If you've experienced Playing Online Games (online games ha! hindi farmville at plants vs zombies! buset!) and loves to watch Pixar and Dreamworks films, this movie is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Also to Parents whose kids are playing computer games round the clock, this movie has a GREAT LESSON in store for your kiddos!


Calling out to those former and still active RAGNAROK ONLINE Players! I'm sure you guys will be able to relate to this movie and appreciate it, actually by this time baka napanood nyo na!




Sound quality is also great! HINDI MONO!!! its in Stereo!!! HALLELUJAH! When a character speaks and goes to the right side of the screen or even off camera, the sound

moves as well from left to right! MARVELOUS! hahaha kaya at possible naman pala eh! Pambihira bakit ngayon lang!!!




The only negative feedback that I can probably give is with the voice acting, they could've acquired better voice actors, but then again, if you're already satisfied with the voice acting of our pinoy dubbed animes, then you won't have any problems. I just got used to watching Animes (in japanese) with english subtitles, that's why I can't help but compare the feeble voice acting quality here against those awesome voice actors in japan.

Support pinoy 3D Animation and watch this movie! We may not be as good as Pixar or Dreamworks but WE DEFINITELY HAVE A CHANCE and WILL SURELY GET THERE! You'll realize this after you see this movie!



For the first time in my life, I'm BUYING AN ORIGINAL DVD! And it will be a DVD of this PINOY MOVIE, "RPG: METANOIA".

Where pinoys broke the barrier between Local and World Class 3D Animation. The very first 100% PINOY made full length 3D ANIMATION Movie, and mind you, it DOESN'T SUCK!!! Definitely WORTH BUYING!




If you have the extra cash, show your support and get the DVD! This will surely be a collector's item as time goes by. ;)




Good Job ABS-CBN STAR CINEMA and AMBIENT MEDIA for producing a QUALITY movie!



HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!
Another superb year has passed, onwards to another great year with Better things in life to come! =)

Pictures Copyright by ABS-CBN STAR CINEMA.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

aPad vs FAKE ePad, MID, iRobot (rockchip vs ATI flytouch), don't be fooled.

Sunday, December 26, 2010 View Comments
Merry Christmas Everyone!

SUMMARY: For sure you've already seen those China Tablets (APADs, EPAD, MIDs, iROBOT) selling for only 3,000 to 6,000 pesos, don't be fooled when they say it's on Android 2.2, it's still ANDROID 1.6, here's what to expect from the Fake APAD (FLYTOUCH):

THE GOOD: You can Browse internet / facebook (NO Video, NO FLASH GAMES) / chat / email
THE BAD: Its Slow (CANNOT play AngryBirds and most Android Games), CANNOT play Flash

now that you know what to expect from the device,
learn how to Identify the fake ones (DIRTY Version aka Flytouch) by reading below...

UPDATE as of December 2011 -------------------------------------------------------------

Hi Guys, sorry I already stopped maintaining this Blog..
maganda na performance nowadays ng IPAD Clones..

I bought an aPad from John's GADGETS, Highly recommended!
webstore: http://www.sulit.com.ph/index.php/view+classifieds/id/3104619/APAD+ANDROID+2.3+LATEST+7inches+with+FREEBIES%40EVER+GOTESCO+ORTIGAS?featureType=1

See my VIDEO REVIEW below of his aPAD! (original Plants vs Zombies 100% working)



He will reply to all of your inquiries, even inquiries via txt msg! Each and every single TXT MSG ko may REPLY sila! He can also do MEET-UPs "for free"! walang additional fee of 100-200 at kung ano ano pang $#iT para lang mag meet up! :D BEAT THAT!

He also has a STORE in EVER GOTESCO MALL ORTIGAS, so you're free to drop by their store to test their units (test all you wan't, you're not required to buy). For more details you may contact him at http://john999999.sulit.com.ph/

Surely the best aPAD seller out there as of DECEMBER 2011!


Theres also aPAD dealer Kynda_Presenta!
TipidPC = http://www.tipidpc.com/ratings.php?username=kynda_presenta
Sulit.com.ph = http://kyndapresenta.sulit.com.ph/index.php/view+feedbacks/id/905579/kyndapresenta

they have their own store in CENTRIS MALL EDSA Quezon Ave (near Tapa King)
so if you want to "test" the units before actually buying, you can go to their store.

They are also very accommodating.. but still I suggest you visit their store, its just along EDSA anyway.. their aPads also come with 1 month replacement + 1 year service warranty ;)

Good luck with your aPads! and merry Christmas!

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Since its the season of giving, I was planning on getting a gadget for my granny so she could learn about the internet and communicate with our relatives online...

I was planning on getting her a pre owned net book, but instead found out that the iPad clone's price has dropped down to 3,000 pesos.

Oh btw, yeah a "pre-owned" one, all my gadgets from phone to cams are all 2nd hand, been with me for years now and none has died on me yet. Why buy new ones when you can get them for half to a 3rd of its original "Mall price" and of course without sacrificing its quality. You just have to be picky and thorough in checking if the unit is still in tip top shape! ;) I frequent TipidPC/TipidCP and Sulit.ph (these are Philippine based sites).
Okay, enough of the delays and on with our Topic, in search of a gadget, I bumped in to the iPad clone, the aPAD (aka iRobot)...

I was surprised that it costs just around 3,000-3,500 pesos nowadays. And for a gadget that can let you go online via Wifi (FB,Youtube,Google,Email... etc) and download tons of Applications/Games that can be acquired via Android Market (yes it runs on Google's Android Operating System), 3,000 pesos is already a very reasonable price! Not to mention its a Tablet with a 7inch touch screen!

Perfect for granny, no more confusing buttons to memorize (she knows how to txt/sms but gets lost when she forgets which button on the phone does which task, so a netbook would probably confuse her more). Touch screens are the best for kids and old folks alike! Agree? lol..


Upon comparing the different sellers online claiming that they are selling legitimate aPADs, and throwing negative comments at each other saying "those are fake 2.2 OS, those cant download apps from Android Market, those are slow, ours are faster, better, latest version, mas pogi ako sayo, lolo mo wrestler, wala ka sa lolo ko, rants, etc" you'd really end up confused, and caught hanging, not knowing who to believe.


So HOW DO I KNOW if an APAD is Real or Fake? (funny really, since aPAD is already a fake/clone gadget to begin with, and they still managed to create a clone of a clone gadget)


Lets start with the Physical attributes...

The Original aPads have Rockchip processors inside them, they have 2 mini USB ports.
While the fake aPads (ePads aka Flytouch) doesn't have any, you will need an adapter
plugged in to the USB interface pictured below (2nd image below).

Fake APADs (Flytouch) also have speakers located at the bottom of the device, while the APAD's speakers are located either on both sides or on its back.


Since APAD has been the top choice of all the iPAD Clones, almost all manufacturers and sellers are now labeling their iPAD Clones as APAD, tricking people in to buying their product.

Here is a collection of pictures showing all the iPAD Clone models to date and see how an
original A-PAD looks like. CLICK HERE to VIEW IMAGES.


You may also check out the video below for a more up-close view of a Real A-Pad.





Now for the Specs comparison...

Fake aPad (E-Pad) runs only at 300 mhz, its only good for Internet, Facebook (but no Video and Flash Games) some even comes with a fake Plants vs Zombies installed to make you believe it's fast!

(FYI: 1st Gen Ipod touch runs a 620mhz processor so you can just imagine how slow these Fake aPad / Flytouch tablets are.)

While the Original aPad runs at 600-800mhz (at par with the latest ipod devices).

The ePAD/Flytouch is slow, but it can run Plants vs Zombies, fake nga lang! haha with only one level (watch video of Fake PvZ)

Here are more sample screenshots of ePADs claiming to be on Android 2.2 ...


What you should check for is the Kernel Version..
The Moment you see that "Dirty" you'll know its a "FAKE" aPAD.
(DIRTY version)


bakit kaya Dirty.... hmm baka pre-installed with YouPorn? lol..
And below is a sample of a "REAL" aPAD, check the Kernel Version (should show ROCKCHIP)
proving that it has a Rockchip processor inside the unit.


More Helpful Notes:
Those APad/EPad devices that claim to be Android version 1.7 or 1.9 are Fake! Check wiki for Android history, OS version 1.7 and 1.9 doesn't exist.

If you're getting an aPad, get AT LEAST the one that is Rockchip RK2808-based. But RK2808 can only use Android 1.6 and RK2818 can accomodate Android OS 2.0 and above.

iRobot (same as the original A-PAD) dapat Rockchip RK2808 sa specs. kung VIA 8505, panget)

VIA chips are sloooowwww!!! (VIA chips = kernel with "Dirty")

Recommended Processors/Chips are Rockchip RK2808, Telechips TCC8902 and OMAP3 3530.

rockchips have android 1.5
telechips have newer os(2.1 & 2.2)


RECOMMENDED aPAD MODELS:

aPAD iROBOT (rockchip)
aPAD X5A (Telechip)


Helpful sites/forums:
http://www.slatedroid.com
http://www.tipidpc.com/viewtopic.php?tid=233228&page=63


Side Comment:
hintay lang tayo ng 1 year pa, hindi na tayo lahat gagamit cellphone.
May isang pamilya na ng gagambang naka tira sa Landline Unit namin.



VERDICT:

If you want GAMES for Android and FACEBOOK, sorry DONT BUY those 3k-4k worth aPADs (dirty version), they are NOT FOR YOU!

You will need at least 8,000 Pesos for a TABLET capable of playing FLASH.


If you just need a Tablet that can connect via WIFI and Surf the Internet, without the need for FLASH (ie: Flash games and Videos), this Gadget is a GOOD DEAL!

It can also edit WORD/EXCEL documents, and do Multimedia Entertainment (Play Video Clips with 500x500 pixels below resolution, MP3, Pictures)

Memory is expandable up to 32 GB, via MicroSD. Internal memory 2 GB.


Thanks for munching by!








Saturday, December 4, 2010

Jollibee's DOUBLE DOWN!

Saturday, December 4, 2010 View Comments
Presenting JOLLIBEE's take on the DOUBLE DOWN!


The CHAMPION MEAL!
Two Thick Chicken Joy Fillets and a 1/3 pound Champ beef patty
with Cheese Lettuce and Tomato!


Okay now that you're all drooling for this mouth watering treat, here's the BIG let down...
the image above is a Hoax, Jollibee has announced in their official Twitter account that
the promotion above is not real and was just made by someone who's good at Photoshop.


Thanks for munching by foodies!







Sunday, September 26, 2010

What is your profession? Ga'hoole! Ga'hoole! Ga'hoole!

Sunday, September 26, 2010 View Comments
LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS - THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE

okay, you need to watch this movie in 3D! why? because I said so, ok that's me being arrogant.. or maybe I'm just too lazy to explain.. ok you win. Well... you do the math..

#1 its a 3D film, everything is CGI (computer generated)

#2 tons of Flight Scenes (don't tell me you expect the owls to swim or walk all throughout the movie) aerial scenes are where the effects of the 3D glasses usually excels.

#3 the movie was written and shot with 3D in mind (for this one you'd have to google around if the producers had 3D in mind when creating the film and really did use 3D technology in making it.) It's not really hard to search about this one.

in short, the "Effort" was given in order to make this movie worth watching in "3D".


Next question: WHERE TO WATCH THE MOVIE in 3D?

> Greenhills Promenade (in San Juan) = P320 (with cheese popcorn + iced tea)
> Gateway (next to Araneta Coliseum) = P270 (with popcorn and drinks)
> Ayala Malls (Trinoma, Greenbelt, Glorietta etc.) = P300
> SM Malls (SM North, South, East, West, yeah they're everywhere) = P200
> IMAX (SM Mall of Asia / SM North Edsa) = P400-500
> Eastwood Mall (Eastwood Libis) = P300-400 (with unlimited pop-corn I think)

For the Quality...

> Dolby Digital 3D = Ayala Malls/Greenhills/Eastwood (better 3D quality compared to SM)
> Gateway = haven't tried yet, sorry not sure if they're also using Dolby Digital 3D
> SM Malls = there's a reason why its only P200. That should be enough explanation.
> SM IMAX = again there's a reason why it costs P400-500. (IMAX - best 3D quality to date)


okay after all the stuff above, is the movie good? Of course! When did I watch something that's considered not good?! I paid for the movie so no matter how horrible it was, I should convince myself that IT is GOOD! but thank God there's no need to do that. I enjoyed the film!


Story wise, it's your usual kiddie story where this dreamer dude becomes a hero in the end, but what you're after here are the great visual effects. The environment of Lord of the Rings, the Spartan-Like Soldier Owls,
it's like Watching Lord of the Rings and 300 but with Owls instead of real people! ;) now if you dig that kind of idea, then this movie is for you!


art by Alodia Gosiengfiao


and to wrap up everything, here's a Video of Cookie monster being interviewed at a New York radio station...




Thanks for viewing cinephiles!









Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Resident Evil 4: Afterlife (Bio Hazard 4)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 View Comments
Since we've already watched DESPICABLE ME (A MUST WATCH movie for Comedy Fans, this one makes it to my top movies for 2010) last week, there was nothing else worth watching I guess than my old time favorite Zombie Fest movie Resident Evil.. (glad Mich was game to watch it with me :D)


Resident Evil 4: Afterlife (2010) - It pays to listen to the fans and probably bringing back the original director.



Resident Evil 4 lands on the Top 1 spot in US Box Office Charts this week at $27.7 million, a great move since no other movie was opening last week.

Director Paul W. S. Anderson returns in directing the Resident Evil franchise after leaving it for a few years and letting Resident Evil 2 and 3 go down the drain with some other director who'm I wont be wasting time anymore to search up.


The Good: It was a big mistake in the part 3 to give Alice (Milla Jovovich) some kind of super natural powers that the Protagonists in the games didn't have. And it's a big relief that they made a move to correct this. Probably among all 4 movies, this and the first one are my favorite, and I'm guessing Paul Anderson is one of the reasons.


You get the usual zombies, the regular ones running slow, easy to kill, with new batches of underground diggers which could run and a new boss-like zombie which you can relate to those found in the game.

There's also an additional Protagonist which most game fans would recognize and would enjoy seeing.

Cool effects, plenty of slow motion scenes, who am I kidding, I think 1/4 of the movie was in Slow-mo! lol..

The Bad: If you're not a fan of the previous movies and most of all The Game, then don't you dare watch this movie and say bad things about it because I'm already warning you now that you'll still be disappointed just like how you felt in the previous films.

For some reason, Milla Jovovich gets to maintain her make up and lipstick from the beginning up to the end of the movie. I guess it's a must or probably something she needs to distract zombies and enable her to kill them easier.


Overall: So far the highest rating Resident Evil movie, scoring 7/10 in IMDB.com, I enjoyed this Movie, but dont expect anything new, this one's just enough to give you your zombie killing spree fix (with a ton of Slow Motion scenes). Hopefully the 5th movie will still be directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. I can say the only movie that I really hated was the 4th Movie (Extinction), hated how Alice was given these super natural powers. Bah~



Cast:

Milla Jovovich ... Alice

Ali Larter ... Claire Redfield

Kim Coates ... Bennett

Shawn Roberts ... Albert Wesker

Sergio Peris-Mencheta ... Angel Ortiz

Spencer Locke ... K-Mart

Boris Kodjoe ... Luther West

Wentworth Miller ... Chris Redfield


Paul Anderson is also producing Castlevania movie based from the Game Castlevania and is scheduled for release in 2011. Seems he likes to make movies based from well known video games. He's also directing The Three Musketeers also for release in 2011 and will star Milla Jovovich. Seems he's also attached to Milla Jovovich. lol


Resident Evil 4 movie, comes out in Japan as Bio Hazard 4, just like how the games are titled. And a Resident Evil game will be released by Capcom for the PSP this year! And no it wont be based on the movie, so that's something to be thankful for.

Thanks for viewing cinephiles!









Monday, September 13, 2010

Double B-Day Celeb Part 2 - Bistro Ravioli

Monday, September 13, 2010 View Comments
After our Fish Spa adventure in Manila Ocean Park, we went to the nearest mall, SM Mall of Asia to buy gifts for each other (Mich got me a pair of shoes from Aldo and the Saturday after that, I got her a blouse from Zara in Trinoma, we weren't able to find a gift for her in MoA). After the gift hunting, off we went to have Dinner! :D


Since MoA's too far from our place (QC) we seldom get the chance to try the restaurants here, so we had to go to a resto that can only be found in Mall of Asia.

And so we ended up in Bistro Ravioli! Mich and her college friends had dinner here once so she already knows the place. The waiter told us they have another branch but it doesn't serve pasta and their new dishes.

Bistro Ravioli's Menu (click image to view in full size)

and their 4 new dishes! (I'm guessing your eyes are locked on to Diablo Wings)

So here's what we ordered...

Italian Sausage Ravioli in Romesco (who the hell is Romesco?) Sauce (Price: 190 pesos)


What's the use of going to Bistro Ravioli if you wont try their specialty (Ravioli duh) right? Cream Cheese topping, yummy Italian sausage filling! Wasn't able to concentrate on the Romesco Sauce but I think it tasted similar to Spaghetti... sorry I was too excited to try the Diablo Chicken Wings :D hot hot hot! Oh by the way, there were around 6-7 pieces of Ravioli in this dish.


Next stop.. Diablo Wings! (Price: 200+ pesos) estimated price, it wasn't on the main Menu since it was still new, so we had to ask the waiter about it and 'luckily' for you guys, I forgot it's exact price... yes I should change my URL to "theforgetfulblogger.com"


5 to 6 pieces of yummy, hot and spicy Chicken Wings! They're Big! so it's really worth the price, most of all if you're in to spicy food!

See how big that is!? (syempre kasi naka zoom-in) Mouth watering :D~ there was also this strong taste of Barbeque aside from the spicy flavor. It comes with an Onion/Mayo dip, similar to the onion sauce used for shawarma, only thicker and with onion bits.

3rd dish, Shrimp & Basil Pesto Pizza! (Price: 300 pesos) around 8 slices.


I wanted something filling, just in case the Wings and Ravioli wont be enough (I woke up late and skipped Brunch so I was really hungry =( and we weren't also sure with their serving size).

as seen in the picture, there's a generous amount of toppings, especially the shrimp! In your face you cheap fast food pizza chains! Promising huge amount of toppings which are only true in Pictures! lol (okay, glad I finally got that out).


And yes! They use a brick oven! Brick-Oven Baked Pizza! Yummy! Tastes just like Bricks! no of course I'm only kidding... I don't really know how a brick-oven baked pizza differs from those cooked in conventional baking ovens, for me it depends more on the ingredients they use and I have no complaints with Bistro Ravioli's Pizza.


thin crust! Just the way most of us likes it! More on the flavor and toppings, and less on the useless calories from thick & oily crust pizzas.



We were already full and there were still 4 slices of pizza and 2 chicken wings left so I'm estimating that our meal is good for 3 pesons.


Total Budget: PhP 750-800 (Good for 3 persons)
Price per Head: PhP 250-300


Fruit shake costs PhP80/glass so we don't recommend it, we usually just ask for water unless there's a special drink that only that resto has to offer.



Italian = Love!


Thanks for munching by foodies!

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