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Sunday, July 16, 2017

I'M DOING CALLIGRAPHY NOW?! | AN ART HAUL (PART 1) | JULY 2017

Hello, hi, and welcome to another Sunday which means another blog post (I think).

For today, I am doing something my last year self would never have thought doing, an art haul!


If you know me personally, you will now that anything related to visual art is something I don't do well. My hands were just never for drawing or painting, making me hate anything with relation to paints, crayons, and the like. Well, not actually hate it, but it's just not in my alley.

Nonetheless, I am a lover of anything with relation to words, may it be writing poems and stories or this — blogging! And just months ago this year, something that combines both visual and written art caught my attention — brush pen calligraphy! And when my sister asked if I was somehow interested in that field of art, I decided to say yes even if I have no idea of what I'll be doing. With the glory of the heavens above, my sister bought me the "basic" materials required to actually do brush pen calligraphy and months later, here we are. 

As you may or may not have noticed this "haul" is a two-part blog post. This first one would be all about watercolors and palettes I used for the past three months I've been "trying" to do calligraphy. And the second part would talk about the brushes and papers I've been using. The reason behind this is not because I have too many materials (debatable) to show you, but rather because I am a very busy student and I barely have enough spare time to make this blog post so I figured the most rational and efficient way to do this is to separate this haul.

Just a disclaimer, I am NOT by any means a professional nor at the very least am I knowledgeable enough to fully understand what I am saying but I will do my very best to share my personal thoughts about these products. I am also barely able to habitually practice my calligraphy so don't expect some jaw-dropping art as to I only had less than three months of practice and I started as someone who knew absolutely nothing about paints except for the fact that they act like wet crayons. Plus everything's hard to manage (school, personal, etc.) so, I've only had a very little amount of practice, I just really wanted to share to you guys what works (and doesn't) for me.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

MOVIE REVIEW | WONDER WOMAN (SPOILER-FREE)

Hello, hi, and welcome to my blog! It has been more than a month since I posted anything and I don't really have much of a reasonable explanation, so...... let's just head right into this review.

This day, 7th of June, I finally have watched one of my most anticipated movies of the year— Wonder Woman! And I can happily say that I am not disappointed at all. Although, I did not love every part of it (that I will discuss further on), I did enjoy it so much!

Before heading on to the actual review, here is what I know of the Wonder Woman Movie before watching the film:

Wonder Woman is the fourth movie of DC Extended Universe franchise distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures that was released in the Philippines last June 1. Directed by Patty Jenkins, this movie earned a total of $103,251,471 on its opening weekend. As of now, it has reportedly grossed $240 million worldwide. This 141-minute long movie is starred by the amazing Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman herself along with Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. It is also starred by Connie Nielson, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis and a bunch more amazing actors.

(All of the details above are from IMDb and Wikipedia.)

Now that everything has been told, let's get on to the review!



Disclaimer: I am in no way knowledgeable enough to critic films in much intricate explanations. More often than not, I would probably repeat words I just said, forget the fitting terms, and just ramble everything up.



First of all. this movie was phenomenal! It was everything I anticipated it to be. It was so action-packed and was just purely wonderful. Although, I wouldn't say that it was Earth-shattering (it was for the first 3/4 in but the ending was a bit off for some personal reasons) this definitely was a huge improvement from previous DCEU films, at least in my opinion. Just a side note, I adored the first three DCEU films so if you're looking for a love-hate opinion towards the franchise, you probably wouldn't get it here.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

MY THOUGHTS ON | "HARD TIMES" BY PARAMORE

Hello, hi, and welcome! For today's post, I am doing something different. I am expressing all my rave about the new song Paramore has released with their new album (woot woot) available on the 12th of May! 

Without further ado, let's begin!




First of all, if by chance you still have not listened to Paramore's new single, "Hard Times", then what are you doing? Listen to it now! I'll link it down below.


Just a bit of a disclaimer, I may or may not be a little bit biased into expressing my thoughts on this song. Most of you might not know this, but I LOVE PARAMORE. Most of my preteen to teen days have been heavily spent on listening and singing their songs. Still Into You, Ain't it Fun and much more were my jam back then (and up to now, let's be honest). I mean, I love Adele and Ed Sheeran as well but they were introduced to me now that I am a bit older, all of my obsessions back then were poured into Paramore songs. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

TV SHOW REVIEW | HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER | PILOT (SEASON 1, EPISODE 1)

How to Get Away with Murder also known shorter as HTGAWM, is a television show I've heard about almost everywhere. I've seen how people raved about it on facebook, heard how Viola Davis (which is an actress I really love) won an Emmy in that show, and read nothing but good news about it on social media, so I was more than very excited to actually immerse myself into this highly talked about TV show.

And finally, after months of doubting whether I should watch it or not, today (or at least the day I am drafting this post, lol), 28th of February 2017, I have finally watched the pilot episode of the 1st season for How to Get Away with Murder!



Before finally reviewing this amazing pilot of HTGAWM, I'd just like to let it out that I am more than aware that this certain episode is not a new release, nonetheless I am still determined to put up this review not only for me to share what I feel but also a way of expressing my excitement as a stress reliever and as something to look back on.

Let's begin! 
ABOUT THE EPISODE:

Episode Title: Pilot

Episode First Aired: September 25, 2014

Director: Michael Offer

Written by: Peter Nowalk

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Runtime: 43 minutes

Synopsis: Student Wes Gibbins begins attending law classes taught by renowned lawyer, the tough and enigmatic Annalise Keating. She offers five students the chance to work with her, while in a flash forward, the students chosen dispose of a body.


RATING & REVIEW:

This episode was amazing. I am giving it an 8.5 out 10


Sunday, March 5, 2017

BOOK HAUL | NEW BOOKS AND UPDATES (FEBRUARY 2017)

Hello, hi, and welcome to my blog! After a long time of not blogging, I am finally here again with a new post. For today, I am sharing all the books I have hauled the past few months!

I would like to acknowledge my unexpected absence in this blog. You know the reason -- school and nothing but it. Been all out busy, physically, emotionally, and mentally drained as well all the time. We had a lot of school activities, exams, and I am the director of our school play which drains me all the time. Yep, that's that. Although, jokes aside, I sincerely have drafted three reviews for How to Get Away with Murder which is a TV show I recently watched and really enjoyed! I also have drafted my review for Romeo and Juliet and a flash comic book. Expect a lot of content in the near future!

But first, a bit of disclaimer, all of these books are the books that I've accumulated after my last book haul, back when this blog was still Reading with Luigi, last May, you can check that out by clicking here. Meaning all the books I possibly had bought for myself or received from others on the months of June 2016 to February 2017 is in this book haul. That's nine months y'all. Although, majority of these books are books that I got last month. I may have left out a book or so, but who knows? Lol. Also, all these books are either books I bought with my own money and/or books given to me by my family and friends.

Clearing things out, let's get started!



This book haul will contain 20 books -- 16 novels and 4 comic books!

Also would like to mention that all these books are randomly organized. Sadly, I do not have the best memory out there and I don't remember most of the dates or even months I got these books, so yeah. But I will do my best to chat you guys through it.


First on the list is a series I loved watching and now I am excited reading. This is The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. This series is something that I grew up with as a child. If you are unfamiliar (which I highly doubt it), the series contains of seven books namely, The Magician's Nephew, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Down Treader, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle. I cannot tell you guys how excited I am to finally be able to read what I loved as a child. All the critiques aside, the movies were phenomenal for me back then. It was one of the stories that introduced me to magical fantasies. I think I'm gonna read it the way C.S. Lewis wanted readers to read it (in the order above), rather than publication dates.


The next one is also a magical novel that I haven't read but loved as a child. It's Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. If you aren't familiar with Peter Pan, where the world have you been? It's Peter Pan, Wendy, and Tinkerbell! The classic story of a boy who could not grow up. Just the thought of this book brings back so many emotions that the movies brought to me. Let's not forget the clever and adorable Tinkerbell! Personally, I do not like Wendy, but let's see how my thoughts would change once I finally read the novelization. I am nothing but excited to finally dive in!

I got The Chronicles of Narnia and Peter Pan last February from Surprisesoutofboxes for a relatively cheap price. Go visit their facebook page!