30 7 / 2014

ASUS VX239H Monitor Review

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I was in the market for a small HDTV for console gaming but eventually settled for an HD IPS monitor instead. They were a little bit cheaper and performed just as well as HDTVs. After all, they do only have a single purpose, which is displaying visuals, so they should do that well, right? Just my luck, I saw this 23-inch ASUS monitor on sale and after researching it online, I decided to get it. Here is my review of the Asus VX239H as a gaming monitor.

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24 7 / 2014

Nike Flyknit One

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I wrote about some bargain sneaker finds in the past, but I just recently scored one of the biggest deals recently. The Nike Flyknit has been one of the most innovative designs in athletic footwear and since sportswear has been a big trend in menswear in the past few months, Nike Flyknit sneakers have also scored high in the fashion world. Flyknits are actually composed of yarns and fabric variations that are precisely engineered for a feather-weight, form-fitting and virtually seamless upper. This translates to an extremely comfortable and breathable running shoe that feels really nice to wear. Here’s a closeup of the individual knits.

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22 7 / 2014

Unboxing Nokia Lumia 1020

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Some of you may remember that I shared this status update in my Facebook a few days ago. I mentioned that Electroworld/Abenson Philippines is holding a major sale of their Nokia Lumia phones. I actually believe they were holding a fire sale as they really seemed like they were clearing inventory. The Nokias may have been huge flops after all. In any case, this was a great opportunity to try out the undisputed best camera smartphone. Electroworld was selling it for the really low price of Php 11000, down from the original SRP of Php 24990 — this is a huge discount, and a deal that I couldn’t really pass up. I’ll post a review soon, but for now, here is the unboxing.

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18 7 / 2014

Leaving Teradata

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It seems like it was just a while ago that I wrote one of these posts… Anyway, after today, July 18, 2014, I will no longer be an employee of the Teradata Corporation. I’ve learned many things and fulfilled a multitude of responsibilities during my stay, but the best experiences I had were with the people in this organization, and this is what I will really miss. Nice and helpful colleagues that are also very professional — these are the kinds of coworkers that make you look forward to going to work everyday. Goodbyes are sad, but I’ll always look back fondly on my time here.

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14 7 / 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Spoiler Free) Movie Review

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (acronym: DotPotA) is the second movie in the rebooted movie series about human civilization being wiped out and replaced by hyper intelligent apes. The first movie,  2011’s similarly lengthy titled Rise of the Planet of the Apes was actually a surprise hit, both critically and commercially. Planet of the Apes as a franchise doesn’t really seem to have much fans, so the only thing it depends on to succeed is if the actual movies are high quality. I’m glad to report that the second one exceeds the first one by a mile. Long story short: it’s the most exquisitely crafted high budget summer blockbuster this year so far, and I say this without hesitation. Read on to find out why I think it is a praiseworthy movie.

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10 7 / 2014

Red Light by f(x)

Even by kpop standards, girl group f(x) has always been releasing singles that are pretty off-kilter. Their new one, titled Red Light is no exception. In my opinion, this is their strongest single yet. Amidst heavy bass, strong synths and multiple tempo changes, the girls deliver confident lyrics about slowing down in a rapidly developing relationship. I’d describe the production style as controlled chaos. Borrowing elements from EDM, trap music and hiphop, this mishmash of genres totally work and their sweet voices serve as a nice contrast to the intentionally messy production.

As nice as the song is, the music video is even better — it’s one of the most stylish ones I’ve seen so far this year. Shots of sharp looking choreography on a distressed background with matching costuming interspersed with glamorous shots is a standard in pop music today, but there’s something really polished about the execution here. The direction and production values of this music video certainly rivals those in the international music scene whose budgets probably run deeper.

Red Light firmly establishes f(x) as Kpop’s top hipster queens.

08 7 / 2014

The Coolest Trends from the Men’s S/S 2015 Collections

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A couple of Fashion Weeks wrapped up in London, Milan and Paris recently and multiple big-name designers showcased their collections of what they hope to be popular items for next year’s Spring/Summer season. Here are some of my favorite trends from this year’s selections.

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03 7 / 2014

Super Smash Bros comes out this year for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and so I’ll be posting a series of posts for characters I wish would be included in the series!

Nintendo already revealed that the roster would be having some characters with alternate skins, such as the Animal Crossing Villager and the Wii Fit Trainer both having male and female forms. I thought this idea could extend to accomodate the most popular 3DS RPG from 2013, Fire Emblem: Awakening. Robin is the player avatar who is fully customizable from the gender, to the name, to the appearance, and character skills. I think having a customizable Robin would be really cool, and it would also improve the roster’s unbalanced gender ratio.

Super Smash Bros comes out this year for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and so I’ll be posting a series of posts for characters I wish would be included in the series!



Nintendo already revealed that the roster would be having some characters with alternate skins, such as the Animal Crossing Villager and the Wii Fit Trainer both having male and female forms. I thought this idea could extend to accomodate the most popular 3DS RPG from 2013, Fire Emblem: Awakening. Robin is the player avatar who is fully customizable from the gender, to the name, to the appearance, and character skills. I think having a customizable Robin would be really cool, and it would also improve the roster’s unbalanced gender ratio.

01 7 / 2014

Ace Attorney Investigations 2 for the Nintendo DS (Fan Translation)

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One of my most favorite video game series of all time is the Ace Attorney series. I first played these games on my Nintendo DS back in 2008 and I’ve fallen in love with it ever since. As one of the DS’s quirkiest titles, you guide Phoenix Wright, a defense attorney, through numerous cases and uncover the truth in heinous crimes using your investigative skills and logic. You get to investigate crime scenes for clues, talk to witnesses and more to get to the bottom of the crime. The ultimate goal is to ensure your client (the defendant) gets a Not Guilty verdict in court.

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27 6 / 2014

Club Nintendo Wii U Mario Kart 8 Promo

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If you have yet to get a Nintendo Wii U and are a big fan of Mario Kart (who isn’t?!) and other Nintendo games such as Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda, now is the perfect time to consider getting Mario Kart 8. Club Nintendo is running a really awesome promo to get one of four free games for the Nintendo Wii U. Basically, all you need is to purchase and register Mario Kart 8 to Club Nintendo and then you’ll be given a free game of your choice from these four great picks:

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24 6 / 2014

Uniqlo Haul - Men’s Leggings Jeans

These pants were on sale a while back and since it’s from Uniqlo, I found it really hard to pass up. Ever since I’ve been a part of the corporate world, I’ve found it harder to justify the purchase of jeans and other casual clothing since I’d only be able to wear them on the weekends anyway. This has made finding clothing options that allow for both casual and business casual usage crucial for someone with a limited clothing budget such as myself. Uniqlo’s leggings jeans fit that description and this is why I really like this product.

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19 6 / 2014

mriow.tumblr.com’s Top Posts of 2014 (So Far) Pt. 2

I’ve previously posted the first half of the top posts on my blog for this half-year. This is part 2!

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17 6 / 2014

Edge of Tomorrow (Spoiler-Free) Mini-Review

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Based on the peculiarly titled Japanese comic All You Need is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow is the latest in the line of what seems to be yearly Tom Cruise sci-fi blockbusters. Box office reception has been tepid, but critical reception is very positive. This divide in opinion is the reason why I sought to watch it in its second week of release. Read on to find out if I think the lukewarm audience reaction is deserved. 

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13 6 / 2014

mriow.tumblr.com’s Top Posts of 2014 (So Far) Pt. 1

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Time flies so fast. We’re now in the second half of the year 2014 and I didn’t even realize it. This is the second year since I’ve started posting on my blog regularly as well as actively promoting it, and it’s been a fun little hobby for me throughout this time. I didn’t really expect to have this much of a following and I think it’s nice that some people like the crap I post here. This year, I’ve also started using Google Analytics to track site views and more details. It’s been a really useful tool for me as it made tracking my blog’s views, demographics and their behaviours, acquisition methods and more so much easier. Now I can determine which types of posts readers actually like. Having said that, I thought it’d be fun to share which posts were the most popular for the half-year checkpoint.

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09 6 / 2014

The Fault in Our Stars (Spoiler Free) Mini-Review

Let me preface this text by saying that I come into this movie review without any knowledge of the source material. I didn’t even know this book existed until the marketing department of this movie said so. Clearly, I am not the demographic for this book (and movie) so rest assured, this movie review is fully free from bias. With that out of the way, let’s proceed onto a breakdown of what I liked and what I didn’t like about this movie.

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