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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Terminator Salvation - new pics and robots "T-600"

The Terminator T-600 is a new version and much upgraded Terminator robot, a perfect match to Christian Bale's character as John Connor. I think there's a reason why they have an upgraded Terminator and it maybe a result of the change of the grim future after all those failed attempts to kill John Connor, thats why we didn't saw this T-600 in the past movies. Maybe they realized to upgrade more and be deadly than the previous models. I'm not sure if this is the road to T-800 or T-1000.

more pics below

thanks to SHH for sharing the pics

Friday, February 06, 2009

CrePes & Cream is more than just desserts

CrePes & Cream is not just for desserts, but it is a good tummy filler. And I didn't know in the first place that our all time favorite crepes can be filled with delicious ingredients like corned beef, hotdogs, veggies, spicy tuna, kani, fruits, and chicken. Here at the new branch of CrePes & Cream in the 4th level bridgeway of SM Megamall, got introduce to another meal that is perfect for eat and go moments. CrePes & Cream is a modern and trendy cafe that serves a wide choice savory and sweet crepe that is a good mix of Asians and Western taste.

I'm very happy that they opened up a cafe type in SM Megamall, and I just remembered that me and Lace always buy our sweet ice cream crepe in SM Mall of Asia, and its one of our best dessert after our lunch or dinner whenever we are in the mall. (read more below)

At the CrePes & Cream, I ordered my first crepe of the year and it was the Corned Beed crepes. It was fun to see the crepe cooker or chef in preparing my crepe, they put egg on top of it and they did a circular mix on top of the freshly cooked crepe. then they added cheese on top, and then the corned beef, added some mayonaise and then they folded it 3 section and landed on my table ready to eat. I like the taste of it, especially the mayonnaise ( or some kind of special mayonaisse), the cheese and beef are all tasty and you'll feel the taste of the egg in every bite of the crepe.

Then Lace tried to cook her own crepe, and because that they have this Create your own Crepe were you can decide and choose a wide selection of ingredients for yoru crepe. Lace create this Crepe Mango Mania, and I love the taste of it. She added some hazelnuts and special creme and I ate it all the way from cover to cover without any mess.
Crepe prices ranges from P65 to P175. They also have ice cream sundaes and creamy milkshakes. For having 30 types of crepe creation, its hard to choose which one I will try, but since I started 2 crepes already, maybe on my next visit will try other creations.
CrePes & Cream is also has branch in The Podium, Crescent West Park in Fort Bonifacio, Mall of Asia, Power Plant Mall, SM Pampanga, and Robinsons Manila.

*Mango Mania crepe is priced at P105, while the Corned Beef Crepe is priced at P135.

more photos at Crepes & Cream bloggers event @ SM MEGAMALL 4th Level Bridgeway

Expressions brings romance back to Valentines Day

We got invited to doodle and post love messages or Valentines theme messages in the show window of Expression in Waltermart Makati. It's a fun activity with the bloggers who created their own messages and notes for their loves ones, crushes, and love expressions. And because that many people are boycotting Valentines Day, especially to single ones (no offense), here in Expressions store, you can express yourself freely even if it is not that romantic, you can have the freedom to express your love and to release the words that you can't even say it infront of the people. Here are our bloggers friends did a wall of love at the store window of Expressions
From February 1-15, 2009, any Expressions Valentine purchase gives customers a change to write on Expressions' Love Wall - a show window, where customers can write their messages and declare their love, right at the Expressions store front! The activity is available in all 40 stores nationwide. You may visit for more info

Here are our photos and videos from the bloggers activity ( check it out below )

my video

more photos at Exclusive pre-Valentines dinner and Expressions "love message window"

Cartoon Network unleashes Star Wars : The Clone Wars TV series in the Philippines

I'm so happy that I got invited to Philippine premiere and launching of Star Wars : The Clone Wars animated tv series, the venue of My Cinema in Greenbelt 3 was transformed into the world of Star Wars. I feel like that I'm inside Planet Kamino waiting to be cloned and added to the Clone Troopers roster, but its so sad that I wore a wrong shirt with Darth Vader's face (its the Star Wars Philippines club shirt) and I think the Clone Troopers didn't recognize the print in my first ( because Darth Vader showed up Episode 3 and Clone Wars is in between Episode 2 and 3). So after my photo op holding a light saber and tropper's rifle, I got arrested by the Clone Troopers and nearly deported back to Planet Naboo.

But this is not about my adventure at the premiere screening, but its about the Philippine launching of the animated tv series Star Wars : The Clone Wars in Cartoon Network on February 13, 2009 at 7:00 PM and we will experience the power of the force once again. and only available in Cartoon Network.
( Read more below for more Star Wars : The Clone Wars info)

here's my video blog coverage

It’s STAR WARS like you have never seen before! In the signature style of Lucasfilm Animation, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS chronicles the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Ahsoka Tano and other favorite STAR WARS characters as they struggle against the dark side during the divisive, action-packed Clone Wars. Each week, a new “mini-movie” in the galaxy-changing Clone Wars comes to center stage, brought to the screen by supervising director Dave Filoni and executive producer George Lucas. Expect non-stop, adrenaline-pumping battles and astonishing new revelations as the Jedi Knights struggle to maintain freedom and restore peace to the galaxy by using their army of genetically engineered clones to fight the seemingly never-ending droid army. Ideal for family viewing, this series is designed to appeal to fans of all ages -- from kids who are just learning about the STAR WARS galaxy to longtime fans. Viewers can also catch the encore screening of this intergalactic combat between good and evil on Saturdays at 10AM.
And it will surely be a smash hit, because a lot of kids and adults ( and also Star Wars fans ) are waiting for the continuation of the Star Wars : The Clone Wars movie that was launched last year 2008, and now the adventure and epic battle between good and evil will take place here in this animated series, with lots of revelation and untold stories which will be seen first here. For me, this is one of the most important part of the entire Star Wars Saga.

Above is the Star Wars battle timeline, its a guide and a time map, where you can see that the Clone Wars saga took place in between Episode 2 and Episode 3. If you remember the Cartoon Network Star Wars : The Clone Wars micro tv series, that micro series took place after this tv series and shortly before Episode 3. If I am right, Many revelations will be seen here, and after watching the 1st episode,I experienced a boil in my blood and hunger for more episode, beacuse of the all action pack and fast pacing of the story will make a fan "wow" in all Jedi glory. Thanks to Cartoon Network for bring this series to the Philippines.

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS has already taken Cartoon Network in the United States by storm and rocketed to new heights with the series’ premiere on Friday, October 3, 2008. The new Lucasfilm Animation series scored as the most-watched series premiere in network history, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. The one-hour new series premiere also reigned as the #1 program from 9-10 p.m. among all major kids’ networks in kids 6-11, kids 2-11, tweens 9-14, teens 12-17 and persons 2+, earning triple-digit increases compared to the same time period last year. The weekly, CG-animated series also attracted the largest tweens 9-14 audience for any premiere telecast of an original series in Cartoon Network’s 16-year history.

No doubt, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS will be smashing records in the Philippines in February 2009! With a new story on Cartoon Network each week, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS will continue the tradition of thrilling storytelling, astonishing visuals and extraordinary music that have always been the hallmarks of the STAR WARS saga.

more photos here at Philippine premiere of Star Wars Clone Wars TV Series

thanks to Strategic Edge Inc. and Cartoon Network for inviting me in the launching event.

Gran Torino - my movie review

Gran Torino

I'm not much a fan of Clint Eastwood, but I know some of his good movies and I always remember that me and my dad, sometimes with my mom too, watched some cool movies starrring Clint Eastwood, playing as a cop, vigilante, a father, or sometimes thief. But here in his first film role, after the Oscar winning film "Million Dollar Baby". Clint Eastwood is back again in the big screen as a bad ass and grumpy old war veteran who lives in a neighborhood and the world that is rapidly changing. Can you fit old school to new school, or can you blend with traditional to the new style? The movie will definitely lift up your seat laughing and might remind you of your funny grand father or dad who tries to complain so many things, esp. in seeing liberated kids in this era. ( more on my movie review below)

Gran Torino movie will be available in Philippine cinemas on February 18.

The Good
I like the movie and because I enjoyed seeing grumpy and funny grand dads, and it reminds me more of my grand father who used to talk to me about the times during the World War II. And I can see here that Clint Eastwood grumpyness and bitterness make us relate that sometimes old folks are still in the traditional way and want to be left alone, but not all of them are like that. The movie is some kind of comedy for me, but in other side of seriousness, it shows some lessons about life and death, family, Hmong and asian culture, racism and religion. You'll get to know that how bad ass the character of Clint Eastwood here, and some scenes has a lot of symbolism. Its a movie that will make the audience think and decide on what will happen next. I was expecting something on the end, but it left me all wrong or maybe some of the audience think that it will be a gang war vs. war veteran action flick.The story fell after a few rounds of drama and funny moments. I think this movie is like an art film..well sort of, tribute to Hmong people, and its an educational film on to understand and remember that we all breath in the same air.

The Bad
I can't really blame Clint Eastwood on this. But I just read some reviews few weeks ago that some of the actors, mostly teens in the movie are acting so bad. And I aggree with them. But during the movie, I just removed that technical stuff on acting 101 and it made me survived till the end. The part of the angry Tao is not hmm really good. But still shows that he can act and portray a good sidekick sort of to the character of Clint Eastwood. The movie revolves on too much character development, but I know the reason why they focus on one person only, and you'll experienced it that the movie doesn't focus on Clint Eastwood. Its the car!!! they are talking about the Gran Torino.

The Over all
The movie is nice and I enjoyed it. I suggest you remove all your film making knowledge and acting experiences hahaa, but its a fun movie, and some of my friends went out of the cinema crying after a heart warming moment of the film. Old Clint Eastwood fans might not like this movie, but the movie is for TEENS and young adults. Perfect to educate young ones and but its impossible for them to watch this because it is not marketed for teens. Parents should bring their kids with them in watching this film.

and yes..I highly recommend that you should see this film

The commentary
I love Clint Eastwood! and now I'm a Yum Yum fan ahhahaa

My Ratings
4 out of 5 banana dance

Movie bloggers and screening of Gran Torino

Movie bloggers enjoyed another press screening from Warner Bros. and everyone in the group pic shows that they can imitate Clint Eastwood's bad assness in the movie Gran Torino. We were there at the Podium Cinema at 7pm for a nice cocktail session and later on the screening started at nearly 8pm. Saw the usual movies in the trailer before the main feat. and I'm so excited for Wolverine on the next months.

read more below for videos, photos and movie reviews by our movie bloggers

Here's my video blog

more photos in my album at Gran Torino press screening with Movie Bloggers

Here are the movie reviews writted by the bloggers

My movie review -

Rowena -

Micamyx / Winston -

Jonel -

Edward -

Ryan -

Iris -

Fjordz -

Ria -

Carl -

Jed -

Micamyx -

Trixie -

Ted (shared by Bigenya) -

Patrick -

will post the others review soon.
if you have a movie review, just send it by posting a blog comment below and I will add it here.

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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