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Thursday, June 30, 2011

On Photography

Have you dabbled in photography? Ever wondered if you can replicate those lovely photos you so admire in magazines and displayed at museums? I do have a penchant for the arts and there is no denying I love looking at beautiful and compelling photos. So much so I am now partly spending time learning more on how to be a master photographer.

I got my SLR camera a few months ago after I begin noticing how my non-photographer friends seem to have crispier and awesome casual photos. I discovered it was the equipment so I became determined to graduate from my old but reliable digital camera. The decision was timely as I now have a child who I can practice my photography skills on.

But aside from taking photos of my son's milestones, I began experimenting with various subjects. I am not an outdoor type of person so nature was definitely out. I was limited to things I can find and are happening indoors. Thus, for some time I became the designated photographer of the family. Responsible for capturing those momentous events like birthdays and holidays. I appreciated the opportunity to learn and hone my craft. And my family is quite easy to please and happy for the free service I render.

I am now working on my wife's costume jewelry collection. She has acquired quite a few interesting pieces over the years that I guess I'd like to further immortalize through photography. The inspiration came when I happen to come across Compton & Woodhouse. The company is noted for their expertise in taking masterful shots of jewelries. Something I aspire to acquire someday. The brilliance of stones and gems and even the shimmer of gold make jewelries a tricky subject to photograph. And it does takes a lot of knowledge and skill to capture the beauty and essence of every piece. And I am just realizing that now.

But still I do want to give my wife's treasures their due justice. So I continue to try. And with time and effort I am sure I'll get there soon.

Do you have any tips on taking beautiful shots of jewelries?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Transformers : Dark of the Moon - movie review


I posted this status message in all my network because I'm so happy and satisfied on the 3rd installment of the Transformers movie, I posted it while waiting for that epilogue after the end credits, but there's no special scenes for the movie. All I can say is that Michael Bay and his team did the right way in telling a story to end this trilogy. I still have lots of complains on Rosie's acting, but never mind the acting, the more important thing is she's sexy and hotter than Megan Fox, I love that intro of Rosie Huntington-Whitely on the 1st part of the movie, looks like a big red carpet for her to the movie and show that this Victor Secret model will wow your eyes. (More below)

Giving away a set of the all new Coca Cola CAN GLASSES



yes! its a can shaped glass.
this will be a good addition to your Coca Cola glasses, I will launch this contest on June 30, so be better be quick and read my mechanics here in my blog.

This will land exclusively to all McDonalds branches starting July 2.
More details to blog soon :)

gusto nyo ba ng isang set? game?
then comment away! If I receive lots of comments, then 5 sets will be given away starting June 30. Its contest time!


UPDATE: visit our contest page at http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/2011/07/contest-send-photo-and-win-this-cool.html

What's up Multiply.com! (looking at your new features)



Everyone started and becomes a user in Multiply.com after Friendster.com and even before Facebook.com, Multiply.com make us understand how social media is important as a key player in business and self promotion. I became a heavy user of Multiply after I discover it back in the year 2005, I landed in Multiply.com after searching for the most reliable and dependable online photo storage. I logged in and uploaded my 1st photo album there. The fun part here is the real time communication via comments are starting to trend in Multiply blogs and Pms.

Multiply became my main photo storage to be shared easily to my friends and it is my top online sharing platform after Yahoo! Photos, but now after the years go by, Multiply.com is changing and evolving, adding new feature and still being the most busiest site even that Facebook eats everyone's internet usage. (READ MORE NEWS BELOW)

Rosie Huntington-Whitely shares her experience working for Transformers Dark of the Moon

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Rosie thought that she will have only a cameo role in Dark of the moon but then she discovered that she will have a big role in the movie. I read in the comics version fo the movie about her character as Carly, its an interesting character that will make the life of Sam Witwicky go different, she's so bossy and hates ( I think) seeing little Transformers. Here in an article we received from Solar-UIP, Rosie shared her experience on what it was like working with Bay and LaBeauf.

more interview below

Shia LaBeouf reveal some scenes from the Transformers : Dark of the Moon

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I know you are excited to see the 3rd installment of the Transformers movie, the next movie , Dark of the moon, will have its press screening tonight in IMAX, SM Mall of Asia and I'm already distracted and never seem to focus on my work and now the energon cubes with Bulalo are noe kicking in my system. We have an article here and its about Shia LaBeouf's story on what will happen on the next movie, this is not a spoiler, but this will make you crave for more cybertronian cubes. Shia will be back as one of our human hero teaming up with her new partner and new comer, Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whitely.

So what did Shia revels to us? check his interview below

I must wear this special mask for the Transformers Dark of the moon press screening tonight


astig di ba? for your awesome 3D experience!

“Transformers 3 : Dark of the Moon” showing on June 29, 2011 in all Philippine cinemas. The movie is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

NCAA Games picks SM MOA Arena for 2012

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Here's a surprising news if you wanna know more about NCAA and the upcoming state of the art stadium that is now being built in SM Mall of Asia. Last week in a press conference by the The National Collegiate Athletics Association or NCAA, just announced that their new home for the 88th Season for 2012 will be at SM Mall of Asia ARENA. (more news below)

Teresa Palmer and Kristen Stewart - twins?? look a like ?


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My wife told me that she wanted to watch a movie and she wants a comedy film that includes crazy people, so I picked up this movie called "Take me home tonight" a movie set up on the year 80's and starring Topher Grace and Teresa Palmer. During our movie-thon, my wife said and pointed her finger on our home screen and said to me that, "is she the girl from Twilight movie?" (referring to Kristen Stewart) and pointed to this girl character that played by Teresa Palmer (look at the photo above for comparison) and then I stupidly answer "YES!"

Then after the movie, I saw on the credits that it is not Kristen Stewart! ( I super like Kristen after watching Twilight movies..I don't know the reason, just don't ask me again hehehe) I went to google.com and read up some wikis and found out that they really are look a like.
I get mistaken [for Kristen] all the time!,” the actress exclaimed when Movieline first broached the subject. “The three [actresses] I usually get are Kristen Stewart, Naomi Watts and Scarlett Johansson, but hands down the number one I get is Kristen Stewart. It’s all over the Internet. I can definitely see the resemblance. We have a similar shaped chin and we’re both dark under our eyes with similar lips. I’ve been recognized for her before.” -Teresa said and more interview posted at movieline.com
My world exploded and tried to research more about Teresa Palmer and she did already some movies like the Sorcerer's Apprentice and I am Number Four, which I saw Sorcerer's and didn't noticed that she looks like Kristen Stewart, but I noticed it only after watching "Take me home tonight!" The world starting to go weird and awesome and now I love Kristen and Teresa now!
I wish they are twins!

What do you think ? look a like ba sila?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

HBO Action Nation returns with blockbuster movies for your home screen


"Want some action ? then talk to my hand!.. blast!!"

Heads up for another action packed Sunday nights from June 19-July 17 at HBO, our favorite movie blender for home tv is back with their HBO Action Nation, Its funny that I didn't post this earlier and was reminded by my PR contact when I met her in our Toycon event and my heart giggles after looking at the list of movies that will be aired on cable TV, all of them are new and 1st time to be aired only at HBO.

I missed the airing of The Karate Kid (2010) movie last June 19th, but I will not miss the remake of Clash of the Titans (2010) movie tomorrow June 26 at 9PM, I even saw a commercial that the classic movie will be aired first before the remake, isn't that juicy? geeks, greeks, gods, goddess will be there! awesome!

And because that my wife wonders lots of home movie-thons, I'm going to offer her that the movie The Losers will be aired on July 3 at 9pm and then she will love again after I told her that her favorite actress Angelina Jolie will have her movie SALT aired in July 10 at 9pm in HBO, she missed that movie and she hated me after I watched it alone few months ago ( I told her it was a premiere movie event and she didn't believe on me)

But the most important movie for me is the airing of Iron Man 2 on July 17 at 9pm, I'm going to delay first in buying an original DVD of the Iron Man 2 and will just wait to watch this on my home screen, its a big birthday gift for HBO to me for the month of July 2011, yeah! that month is my natal day and all the geekyness will rule the month of July.

The HBO Action Nation always air on HBO every Sunday at 9pm, the movies are available on HOB and HBO HD ( omg! I haven't tried HBO HD), for official HBO movie guide and list, just log on to http://www.hboasia.com/

I also got a news that one of the awesome tv series will soon land in HBO, Okay! I will delay my torrent download and wait for HBO to air. wanna guess ??

Friday, June 24, 2011

Show Girl KYLIE MINOGUE releases KYLIE Hits CD+DVD only in Southeast Asia

From the pop hits "Spinning Around" and "On a Night Like This," Kylie Minogue is back to celebrate her success from her 20 plus year of career in pop music and tagged as one of the most successful female artists with more than 60 million albums sold world wide.

Grab a copy of her latest release, Kylie Hits CD+DVD distributed by Polyeast records thru EMI Music Japan.
Also, Catch her live at Araneta Coliseum on her Aprhodite 2011 World Tour in Manila on July 5, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

ToyCon 2011hang over

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I'm having a massive Toycon 2011 hang over, please forgive me for a slow update, I'm monitoring the news, blogs, photo posts, social media mentions all about our event. I'm also busy gathering media files from my photographers, I'm going to compile it to send it in to our media networks for them to use it. Photo above is taken in our tech station in stage 1, that's me monitoring the videos flashing on the big screen, behind me is the stage 2 for Cosplay Nation.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

photos: scenes from the Green Lantern movie premiere

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Here are some scenes at the movie premiere of Green Lantern in Glorietta 4 organized by Warner Bros. Philippines. I was with our movie bloggers group and we enjoyed eating the Krispy Kreme’s Green Lantern doughnut before we watch the movie.

more pics below

photos: Toycon 2011 tv interview in Mornings @ ANC

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I just got a great time with our tv interview in Mornings @ ANC, we were interviewed by Ginger Coronejo of the morning show and our topic is about toys, the event, the local artist and Cosplay Nation.

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After the interview, host of the show Ron Cruz stormed into the room and meet up with me after he saw our interview, if you remember that we did an tv interview with Ron in Dateline Philippines in ANC years ago and we featured Transformers toys. He recognizes me and told me that its great to see the toys again here in ANC

more pics below

Recorded video of ToyCon 2011 tv guesting in Mornings @ ANC


Here's a recorded live and raw video of our live tv guesting at Mornings @ ANC, you can see me here promoting the event and introducing some of my toys to the tv host heeh. Ginger Coronejo of Mornings @ ANC interviewed us about Toycon 2011, Larunungan toy drive and Cosplay Nation, at the floor joining with me is our ToyCon team - Cholo, Jay of Halimaw Sculptures, and Cosplay Nation's producer- Allen Van Damme, and the film director - Mr. Roy.

Recorded audio of our radio guesting at Magic 89.9 Boys night out


Here's the audio recording from our radio guesting last night, it was a funny, crazy, wacky bunch with DJ Sam YG, Tony and Slick Rick. I was there as a guest for promoting our event, and with me are the ToyCon team Cholo and Lizette, and Allen Van Damme producer of Cosplay Nation.

Thanks Joseph of http://randomthought.zenhonbuph.net for recording it

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Total Lunar Eclipse of June 16, 2011 Philippines - Complete photos

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Here's my complete photo of the total lunar eclipse awhile ago, the start of the eclipse start at around 2:25am and then the full red moon eclipse was complete at around 4am, unfortunately the moon was covered by white cloud after an hour and before sunrise. I used my Olympus E520 dslr camera and with a 150mm zoom lens, settings is on manual mode.

Total Lunar Eclipse of June 16, 2011 Philippines - preparation photo

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view in Cavite, Philippines

I'm preparing now for the total lunar eclipse, my camera gear and laptop are ready to cover the longest total lunar eclipseLink after 11 years and it is viewable here in our country. I took some test shots and that's the moon at around 12:47am of June 16, 2011.

See photos here of the total lunar eclipse as we observe it last night

Here's an info that I found shared tru PhilAstroSociety group about the eclipse

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The Philippine Astronomical Society will observe the total solar eclipse at the Manila Observatory roofdeck from 9:00 PM June 15 to 7 AM June 16.

Please join us!! Potluck snack.

Contact Engr. Camilo Dacanay at 09084338977 for further information.

EVENT - TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE - JUNE 16

Eclipse Contacts (Local Time)

P1 - 1:24 AM
U1 - 2:22 AM
U2 - 3:22 AM
U3 - 5:02 AM
U4 - 6:02 AMLink
P4 - 7 AM

Greatest Eclipse - 4:12 AM
Eclipse durations - Penumbral - 05h46m05s
Umbral - 03h39m17s
Total - 01h40m12s

Source: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Shared by Mary Jane Plaza

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Marvel Mighty Muggs figure customs by Likhang Pinoy Customs for ToyCon 2011



Likhang Pinoy Customs just revealed recently via their blog about the 3 new Mighty Muggs figure custom they created - Hulk Buster Iron Man, Ares and the Juggernaut, this will be featured in their toy exhibit at ToyCon 2011.

more pics below

(video) 10th Philippine ToyCon 2011 tv guesting in Umagang Kay Ganda


Here's a recorded video from the tv guesting of our event,its the biggest press con like and tv plugging for our event. And the funny part is that I didn't got a chance to join with them. I now blame my power sleep at night hahahaa.

Great work to Vic and the ToyCon team and the Toy groups for showcasing their collections once again on TV. I heard that they featured the cosplayers also, but I don't have a video because I woke up late and just caught this segment on air.

see you all this weekend!

Inviting everyone to join Global Smurfs Day this June 25 in SM Mall of Asia ( for a Guinness World Records)


Attention SMURF fans!

Let's paint the whole city with color blue, paint our skin with blue, wear some white smurfy hat and booths and lets hand out and join as we celebrate the 1st ever Global Smurf Day this June 25, 2011, be smurfy and also celebrate the birthday of Peyo, creator of Smurfs.

(read more news below)

War Rock Ph in ToyCon 2011


I was a former player here in War Rock and now they are in version 3.0, I haven't seen the new version but I'm very curious on the look of the graphics, the challenge and the game play. Amped.ph will be there to bring back the first person shooter head to head war games in online.

check them at the Amped.ph booth in ToyCon 2011

Sculpeyman Trading releases OG Mictlan and Ganmetall Celcius vs. Debametall Fahrenheit figures at ToyCon 2011


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The Sculpeyman Trading will feature Rotobox's OG GanMetall Celsius Vs OG DebaMetall Fahrenheit.

Created by Filipinos, Stephen and Spencer Ong, Celsius, Fahrenheit and the rest of the TWINY Universe continues to make big waves in the US since it's 2009 SDCC launch.


OG MICTLAN AZTEC GOD OF THE DEAD
Jesse Hernandez' OG Mictlan Aztec God of the Dead will descend upon TOYCON 2011.
Exclusively Distributed by The Sculpeyman Trading.
Visit us at Booth 94.
Catch the Jesse hernandez' designs and custom works at http://immortalstudios.net/mictlan-toy-1st-look/
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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