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shitty ghost month

Any idea about the hungry ghost festival that some hardcore Chinese people are into believing? I usually ignore far fetched superstitions like that but this year, this year was particularly shitty!

1.) Because this month alone I got hacked and lost money in the process. –I lost 5.5k. Had to go report everything, pay replacement stuff, fill up paper upon paper and reports and whatever, nobody cares. fml. There goes my social life fund. Just when I thought I can splurge and see my friends…

not cool

not cool

2.) Next, I ordered a bag for my cousin and ended up having to endure stress for four days because the online seller lied about sending the item and also the estimated arrival –I was so anxious to get the item before my (other) cousin goes to the US. It was going to be hand carried to the US.  Making me worry that I have to send it internationally! The bag cost cheaper than the international shipping rate. So it will not be worth it… I wanted to wring the seller’s neck! She even had the gall to say that she reserves the right not to answer to any calls and that she is not a scammer. All the while this shit was happening while I was…

the bag in question

the bag in question

3.) Sick –this time it was a happy combination of flu, colds and cough with dysmenorrhea thrown in just for fun. And because I am sick I thought I would sterilize my retainers…I ended up shrinking them –I cannot wear them (wounded gums!!!) and had to get new ones made. Fml. 

my kind of drugs

my kind of drugs

4.) Retainers -Dentist is away. Fml again.

I accidentally shrunk mine

I accidentally shrunk mine

5.) DIY fail –Never again Krylon! After having all these shitty things happening, I thought to just stay at home and just go craft something to keep me busy. I got a house shaped frame on sale and thought that we could spray paint it to match our color. We grabbed a can of krylon thinking it would do the trick, It ended up a lumpy uneven mess that we tried to sand and spray again and again. To think that brand was the most expensive spray paint can we got. Maximum failure.

never again!!!

never again!!!

The only thing that consoles me is that today is the last day of the shitty ghost month. Arrrggghhh!


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The brothers of Asgard: pop Friday

As I was saying, I am going to feature pops sent to me by my cousin Jacky. Today, we reunite the Asgard brothers: Loki and Thor. We had Thor (it’s a gift we got long ago– we lost its box so I cannot do a review of it) for quite some time now, and finally we now have Loki!

We did not go wrong when we asked for Loki. He is quite a looker!

is this real? we meet again brother

is this real? we meet again brother

Still on the box, I could make out that Loki is pretty much a detailed pop. See for yourself.

still inside the box, but not for long

still inside the box, but not for long

Inside the box (the red background) they have an advertisement for Marvel Corps, while I was not planning on subscribing (here in the Philippines we have a pre-order thing going on that works for me since I just get what I like.), I still kept the card.

looking super!

looking super!

Out of the box, I can see that Loki is very much detailed and I like the metallic sheen of the paint they used on his clothes. The pleats and details on his clothes are also good, but the best feature is Loki’s helmet, really iconic with the curved horns.

Giving Loki the sword of chaos (of course I know the name of the sword! Who am I kidding, I googled it up.) is also a nice touch. Here is the full turn of the pop.

full turn

full turn

I am actually liking this pop more than the Thor pop. *but please do not tell Thor I said that.* I also noticed that Loki is also a wee bit shorter than Thor. So it looks accurate from the Marvel movies. Overall I am pretty happy with this pair.

the asgard brothers reunited

the Asgard brothers reunited

So that it for my pop Friday. Till the next!

Enjoy the (long) weekend!

 

 

 


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strange things, strange times

We have been starting to watch Netflix’s Stranger Things. We planned to watch one episode and ended up watching five in one go. safe to say that we are hooked. The last time we sort of marathon watched a series was breaking bad and that series was real good too!

stranger-things

This is why at times I like to watch tv series late. I get to watch uninterrupted without having to wait for the next episode.

In line with the topic of strange, my account was hacked and I think it would take a month or two to recover. There was quite a loss but its real life sh*t happens. This is why I am quiet for the past few days. Thankfully I got the administration to hear me out and help. So that was that. Not really easy and mostly knee shaking but that was that. I just have to be more vigilant.

Since I am on the dumps and a completely stuck at home these days, Kei tried his darn best to cheer me up with chocolates. He got me my fave Ghirardelli to chase away my sadness.

my all time fave chocolate never mind that I cannot pronounce its name correctly.

my all time fave chocolate! *never mind that I cannot pronounce its name correctly.*

On the brighter side, I have been chatting up quite a lot with my US based cousin, Jacky about life in general and about Funko pops – she is also a collector. And together with my other cousin they managed to snag and bring me some of the pops I want! That was so kind of them to send me stuff that could distract me to make this strange and confusing times a bit tolerable and making me feel like me. I am excited to feature them on my Pop Fridays! 

In return I am also creating my own “PammyBag” to send my cousin. -Kind of a carefully curated bag of random stuff that I think my cousin would like, as well as some collectibles and a letter for her. As of the moment I have a few stationary stuff and is still waiting for the bulk of the stuff (I ordered) for her to arrive from Japan.


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pop by half

Its another Friday and the weekend is so close! Rains have subsided and I wanted to go out and grab some sunshine and some plants – to replace the plants that are killed off by pigeons.

I am laying off pop hunting for a while. Since I realized that I have managed to get almost half of my (GOT) pop wishlist! One by one, I managed to get them.

Not bad.

My Game of Thrones pops wishlist – Not bad for some one who buys one at a time. 

Of course with the help from family, friends and Google. I am also happy to announce that I did not cave and go about buying overpriced pops. – This was huge self control on my end y’all. I go about my own pace. hahahaha! 

In my next hunt, I am probably going for a Petyr Baelish pop – the pop looks a lot like the actor who plays the character, or Melisandre – hopefully the translucent one. The others are pretty much: if there is that pop then ok, if not, it is still ok. Although I am really hoping that Funko will make a new version of Cersei Lannister and Sansa Stark. The Cersei pop they have lacks the extravagance (dress and hairdo) associated with the character. And I like the new “badass” Cersei better with the short cropped hair and armor-ish wardrobe. While the Sansa Stark… I actually have a lot of beef with this one. Because the pop portrays Sansa when she was “hiding” as Alayne Stone. I wanted a true Sansa Stark, meaning a redhead Tully/Stark.

Funko please remake these

Funko please remake these pops. 

Anyway that would be all for my pop Friday now. Enjoy the weekend everyone!


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a case of the Mondays every day of the week

Getting me up from the bed each morning is a struggle now. I’d rather stay under the covers.

I’m breaking out a lot these days, mostly on my forehead. The biggest is right between my eyerows, making me look like a three eyed alien; It looks hideous! Some of my friends even saw me with the huge ass zits but whatever; I shall stick to my no popping rule. #uglynoworuglyforever

Having the rain falling everyday makes me extremely sluggish. Then again nobody will do my housework for me so, I just went ahead and did indoor gardening (I tried to save what is left of my ice plant) and laundry duties-even if it means that all the wet clothes will be drying indoors making my living area look like it’s on a perpetual garage sale.

A friend of mine also took pity on my potted garden and sent me some golden pothos cuttings and small fittonias to accompany what was left of my ice plant. Much thanks and hopefully I can keep these plants alive.

stay with me

stay with me – the remnants of my Iceplant (left), Fittonia (middle), Golden Pothos (right)

However this weather makes me have the perfect excuse to drink coffee all day long! So that works for me.

Since I am forced to stay home, the shopaholic in me found a new avenue to window shop. I am now scrolling through Instagram like going on a window shopping stroll. I also try catching them all Pokemons at home while watching some random stuff from YouTube.

How was your week? Keep dry and safe!


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old and new at the same time

Time flies! Its another Friday and what I have for today’s pop Friday is something that I have been looking for quite some time. Its a old pop (first edition) but I just got mine recently-I am his second owner. Presenting Khal Drogo of the Dothraki.

Khal Drogo of Game of Thrones

Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones and the pop – see the resemblance?

It is a nice addition to my growing GOT pop collection. This was from the first edition so I was quite happy to have this as I cannot find this in stores.

the mandatory box shots

the mandatory box shots

Of course, we have to pop it out of the box.

out of the box

out of the box

As soon as the pop was in my hand and I can see it clearly, I was put off by the bad paint job. But I still got it despite the flaw. Kei later told me that “old pops” really have bad paint jobs.

Despite the paint issue, I think it is a nice sculpt. There are details like the muscles on his chest, the chunky gold belt, tattoos ,beard, scar on the eye, the long hair and curved sword. I must admit it is a very distinct pop.

the details that made the pop distinct.

the details that made the pop distinct.

After all I can repaint the pop. Not bad for something old and new at the same time.

 


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under attack

It has been a rain soaked work week for me. While I am ok with the rain, my schedule is not. I am now tardy for the third time in the week and it ain’t pretty, I have somehow managed to rack up more than a couple of hours worth of tardiness. I am sure to get a memo from the office. Despite my best efforts to be early, the traffic always gets me every time. If only I can just curl up on my bed all day.

Seeing this makes me want to crawl back to my bed.

Seeing this scene makes me want to crawl back to my bed.

The constant rain is also unkind to my plants. Most of them are now overwatered.

And just when I thought the pigeons are ok. It was only a false sense of security because they managed to destroy my hanging planters completely.

If I ever catch these two, they are going to be cooked.

The suspects – If I ever catch these two, they are going to be cooked.

They tried to make it as their nest! Arrrggghh! After all those times of tending to my iceplant , succulents and spikemoss it is all bent and broken with some of the plants good as dead-as it was snapped in half. It is so frustrating and I wanted to just shoot the birds- if only I have a pellet gun, which I don’t. It’s just irritating.

my plants look pitiful.

my plants look pitiful – The bald iceplant on the left, the snapped into two succulents in the middle, the bent spikemoss to the right.

I posted my gardening woes on facebook and Matti sent over some articles about shooing away pigeons. So I quickly got bbq sticks staked to the pots to deter them from trying to nest again. This is kind of like bringing the big guns out! Hopefully this time it would do the trick.

Never could have thought that garden pests could be this big (and can fly too). 


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in search of a rabbitdog with a bushy tail aka evee

Pokemon Go has just been launched in the Philippines and of course Kei was already playing the moment they released it! It even made him walk from our home to my office. Oh the wonders of portable wifi.

Pokemon-go-logo

I started playing last saturday night- Aug 6,2016. With the intention to just try it out.

I wanna be the very best! catching everything I see... even if its just a Staryu.

I wanna be the very best! – catching everything I see… even if its just a Staryu. *this was taken at robinsons magnolia last aug 7, 2016

After a whole day at work, I also got the app once I got home. I am very much curious and I watched Pokemon as a kid so I can relate, I wanted to go try it out for myself. And promptly got my first Charmander.

all mine

the first three

Followed by a Rattata then a Pidgey, Magicarp followed and lastly by a very confused Psyduck. Those are the Pokemons that reside in our home. Pretty common ones, but we do really have a lot or real pigeons at home so maybe it is only right that their Pokemon counterparts are also found at our home.

After much grumbling and no wild pokemons, I saw someone nearby set out a lure on a Pokestop to trap Pokemons. I decided that I would head out. Kei was adamant since I wanted to go out at 12 midnight. He relented and accompanied me to the market (two corners away from home) that was as far as he allowed us to go. –I never made it to the Pokestop. Its technically three corners away from home.

I did get pokemons but just not what I wanted. I wanted a Evee.

So that midnight trip out, I used one of the incense and got a Poliwag, Pinsir and numerous Pidgeys for heading out at night. I just turned the low levels into candies.

second batch! -I used incense for the pinsir and poliwag. I also caught numerous Pidgeys

second batch! -I used incense for the pinsir and poliwag. I also caught numerous Pidgeys *bonus that psyduck was the last Pokemon I caught before venturing out. 

The next day, was a normal day for us. I went to scrub the patio and Kei did some home decor project. After lunch he asked me where I wanted to go. I told him that we could continue playing pokemon at the mall. Then came the next question, what mall do we go to? After a bit of thought, I asked to go to Robinsons magnolia because they have a park = possible pokemon spawning ground, they have Daiso, Gourdo’s, True Value, Starbucks, a food court, supermarket and National bookstore all of which are our usual haunts. So a quick 30 mins later we are headed to the mall! On the way I managed to get a lot of Rattatas again, some Magikarp….

Then Goldeen, Horsea, Tentacool, a lot of Weedles and two Venonat.

pretty common ones...

pretty common ones…

Again, those that are low levels are made into candies.

At the mall we saw that there are lures on every Pokestop! (they have 3) That got me very excited to try my luck in catching more! So first few casts yielded Staryu, Weepinbell, Pidgeys and Pidgeottos. I was getting a bit sad I tried walking away and moving to another area, when I spotted my first Evee! I hurriedly caught it and never moved away in hopes of getting more and true enough! I got three more Evees!

my highest level Evee

my highest level Evee

Then it was back to the Pidgeys again. As I was about to give up and just go malling, I got a Bellsprout, Dudrio and Pinsir. Not bad.

that would be my Bellsprout, Dodrio and lastly the Slowpoke

that would be my Bellsprout, Dodrio and lastly the Slowpoke

Going back home we decided to get a massage and while walking I encountered a Slowpoke. But that was just the only one I got. The rest are Pidgeys and Rattatas again. Hopefully my next hunt will yield something better. For now, I am very much content with my Evees.

Soon I am going to explore Ortigas area to get myself a Pikachu I was told they are found in Megamall.

So, from trying it out to wanting to collect them all, I must say this game is highly addictive!

I wanted to catch more Pokemons and making some Pokefriends along the way would make this even better!

*need more detailed tutorial? Maybe getting Pikachu as your starter pokemon? check out Kei’s blog about Pokemon Go Philippines! Happy Hunting!

 


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Our pop from away

I am away from my desk today, but I still have a pop for my weekly pop Friday. This time my pop is a gift from my cousin Jacky that traveled all the way from Manhattan, NY USA- to Manila, Philippines!

This is our first international pop! I am thrilled!

fresh

fresh from the USA!

We got the San Diego Comic Convention exclusive 2016 – Doctor Strange.

The box made it in perfect condition! I was not expecting this to be here so early. Because usually it takes a month after for local stores to have stock of the last month’s exclusives plus the higher price. My cousin knew that this pop is the only one that caught my fancy. 

I definitely dig the box as well as the art.

I definitely dig the box as well as the art.

I got it Wednesday night right after a long day at work and I felt so happy all my tiredness just faded away replaced with excitement that I have a new toy.

out of the box

out of the box and out to play

It looks as good as I thought it would. –I have looked it up before on YouTube reviews. It is indeed detailed and also looking real cool with the translucent rune in his hand. There are also texture details in his cape! the leg and the sash detail also adds to the appeal.

turn around

turn around

I also have to add that our cousin even got one for her own upon seeing the pop. It is that pretty.

there is the rune and the streaks on the hair

Details that was awesome -the details on the rune and the streaks on the hair.

To top that all off its value has risen up to 30usd.

Not bad

Not bad at all. 

To be honest I don’t know Doctor Strange save for the fact that its movie is going to be released soon. But Kei, being the HUGE geek he is…knows and follows the comics and he likes Dr Strange and that was the reason we picked the pop when our cousin asked us what we wanted to get from the SDCC 2016 exclusive.

We count ourselves lucky that we have our pop without having to wait in line to get a pop. -Because this is the usual when they release exclusives in the Philippines. The struggle is real.

What did you get from the 2016 sdcc exclusives?

 

*technically written on a Friday, just posted on a Saturday.