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February 11, 2015

Ten Interesting Valentine’s Day Celebrations from Around the World

Few days more and it will be the most awaited, if not dreaded, time of the month (toinks!) – the Valentine’s Day! For the lovers, it will be day to wear red (or white for those who find red cheesy), have dinner, and possibly later (ahem), have a nightcap somewhere cozy. For the singles, it is time to party or be out there and find the fish you like in an ocean where the likes of you are swarming. For those who does not give a damn, just stay at home and watch re-runs of The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones.

Wherever part of the world you are, there are certain traditions that make the Valentine’s Day celebration extra special (or more peculiar?). Here are the ten funny, strange [...]

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February 10, 2015

Let the Right One In (2008) vs. Let Me In (2010): Movie Remake Review

In an era in which every side of love have been explored, it is wonderful to be reminded about its mysteries. In an age in which fright is a hit element in wide screen, it is refreshing to experience a different kind of terror. In a time in which romance and vampire marry in cinemas, it is rare to find an unforgettable classic love story wrapped in a tangled mesh of fear and sadness. One such cinematic gem is Sweden’s “Let the Right One In” retold in Hollywood’s “Let Me In”.

Let the Right One In (Swedish: Låt den rätte komma in) is a 2008 romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The movie is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist. [...]

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February 10, 2015

Figuarts Zero Caymy & Pappug Review

Keimi (alternate spellings: Caymy, Camie) and Pappug are two adorable characters who appeared in the Fishman Island arc in the One Piece anime series. Keimi is a young mermaid who is usually wearing a cropped t-shirt of the fashion brand Criminal. Pappug is her pet starfish and teacher, mentoring Keimi to be a fashion designer. He wears a multi-colored hat, bow tie, and sometimes sunglasses.

In late March 2012, Bandai Tamashii Nations released their Figuarts Zero Caymy action figure. Similar to my Figuarts Zero Nami and Shanks Battle Versions, I also acquired the item from import site Plamoya. After almost two months, the package finally came to me and I was subtly impressed [...]

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February 9, 2015

Figuarts Zero Shanks Battle Version Review

In the One Piece anime series, Shanks is the captain of the Red Hair Pirates and one of the Yonko (four most powerful pirate captains in the world who are neither allies nor enemies of one another). He inspired Luffy to go on his journey as a pirate by giving him his infamous straw hat.

In May, 2014, Bandai Tamashii Nations released the Shanks Battle Version under their Figuarts Zero action figure series. In this version, the pirate is portrayed crouching while powerfully swinging his sword. I acquired Shanks from the import site Plamoya at a huge discount. Upon opening my package and assembling the figure, I got some mixed feelings. Though Bandai had put so much detail on it, [...]

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