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a pasalubong pop

We have always dreamed about going to Japan, because we love the culture, the anime and their awesome food. But since we are not that lucky/or rich enough to go there we are contented to have pasalubongs from friends who visit Japan. *Japanese embassy please adopt us!* This time we got one from Kei’s brother. He works for a tech company in Japan (lucky him!) and is done with his Japanese work contract and will now be staying here in the Philippines for good (the same company of course). Its  a double win for us.

Here is the contents of the pasalubong bag.

pasalubong

not all of these are mine, I share this with Kei.

Not exactly extravagant in any way but hey it has our toys! I asked for the Daenerys Pop because I saw it on Amazon Japan. Pops are not that famous in Japan because they have their own version, the very detailed and posable Nendoroid. I like Nendoroids but I cannot collect them due to them being much pricey-er than pops. And because I have already started on pops and they do not have GOT pops… 

So here is my Daenerys that I have waited for!

finally after a long wait

finally after a long wait

The box is not in a good condition it has dents but it is still ok with me, after all it traveled a long way. The weird thing with this pop is that it came with a note and a receipt plus a business card with a map to the store that sold this pop.

If only I can understand the note...

I am loving the bunnies on the note! Now, if only I can understand the note… 

Japanese people really do things on a different level.

Time to unbox this pop! From the time I picked up the box I already saw the imperfections of this pop, but since this certain pop is real hard to find now, I cannot be picky. Adding to that is the fact that this is an old pop. Old pops = bad paint jobs and bad details. Oh well.

hair strand slightly detached, eye not

hair strand slightly detached, and is that an eyebag I see? oh the eye paint is not aligned. 

Let us view the turn around of this pop. Here we go!

doing the full turn

doing the full turn

Definitely not a perfect pop. I think this is the most imperfect pop I own right now. But its ok, I am still glad to have her.

Our Khal is definitely thrilled to be reunited with his Khaleesi!

reunited and it feels so good...

finally together!

Just for this time the sun rises in the west and sets in the east for the Khal and Khaleesi.

Sigh, Nothing like a good (pop) reunion. Enjoy the long weekend everyone! 

 

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for the night is dark and full of terrors: pop friday

Since I am not yet fully recovered, today’s pop Friday title befits me and the pop I have on hand. It is none other than Melisandre from the Game of Thrones. The red woman, red priestess, the seductive ginger and also the ancient crone. Her character is quite a mystery.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

Of course I need to get her pop for my Game of Thrones collection! There are actually two kinds of Melisandre a regular one and a Barnes and Noble exclusive.

the regular pop on the left, the exclusive pop on the right

the regular pop on the left, the exclusive pop on the right -the exclusive one is translucent

Truth be told I had a hard time looking for this one. It was mostly sold out when I went to find the regular one, the exclusive one was way overpriced (it was 900php) so I did not really bother. I was bent on looking for the regular one, lest I spend more… So when my cousin asked me what I wanted to get from Barnes and Noble -because she will be visiting the store, I excitedly asked her for the exclusive Melisandre pop! It took a lot of asking from the Barnes and Noble employees, and the said employees searching before they all got me this. -this was after all an old release. 

finally got one!

finally got one!

I got the last piece from Barnes and Noble NYC! Woot! She is beautiful!

out of the box and on hand

out of the box and on hand – she does have paint issues too but that is minor.

It has the vivid bright red-orange color that I wanted and the translucent effect makes it look unique unlike my other GOT pops that adds to her charm. After all she is a “magical” character. I find the flame quite adorable too!

turn around

turn around

If you look closely enough, you will see that she wears a necklace. The detail of this pop is mostly in the sculpt, there is not really much to paint as she is all red. Red hair, red dress…

for the night is dark and full of terrors

for the night is dark and full of terrors

This pop also has that “color shifting” thing to it, at times it looks red, sometimes orange and sometimes you get to see both red and orange in one photo. Like the one above, also a bit like fire. Pretty neat addition to the collection. Although it looks like my Jon Snow is unsure whether he likes the new addition or not.

not in the north

not in the north

Have an awesome weekend everyone!


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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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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. 


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fancy strings and genius laundry stuff

Who could have thought there will come a time that I will get excited getting a new sampayan and laundry stuff?!

I am getting to old auntie level real fast.

Because I am seriously happy and excited about my new sampayan and sipit! A huge thank you to Kei for installing the fancy sampayan! woot!

*sampayan = clothesline, sipit = clothespin. 

home improvement for the rainy days

our tiny home improvement for the rainy days

Lately, I cannot do my laundry because I cannot dry the laundry! The rain is messing up my weekly chore schedule. Also making the daily commute back home a real pain. The rain also killed off my tomato plant. Making me hate it even more.

So, these days we dry our clothes indoors – mainly in the living room. Thankfully we have a small aluminum clothes rack to serve as our indoor clothesline. But I dislike doing that because it cramps up our space and it looks like we are having some kind of garage sale inside the house. Not to mention having the clothes so close to each other, it dries up a lot slower. Making it prone to have that damp smell. 

That being said, Here is my solution to the damp problem: I mix in a bit of white vinegar with my laundry to counter the musty smell. *life hack* & also use a fabric conditioner.

Even with a sunny weather there is still a chance of my clothes sliding and clumping together on the clothesline. It is another pet peeve of mine. 

This regular nylon string sampayan (clothesline) has to go. It has served us well for the past 6 months. -Due to the weight of some of our clothes(ie pants), all of the other clothes usually bunches up in the middle. Making laundry drying time uneven and longer. Some dries faster than the others and some that got clumped together in the middle stay damp for longer.  That we end up pinning all the hangers to the clothesline. We had a lot of other issues with this too. -broken pegs and sometimes laundry knocked down to the floor due to strong winds. 

We will still use this for another purpose.

We will still use this for another purpose.

I like my clothes evenly spaced apart for maximum airflow. That means a faster drying time.

So imagine my smile when I found this at Daiso last Saturday. It was an automatic buy! It is a nylon clothesline with spacers to accommodate the hanger/s securely and evenly! No more sliding and clumping together of wet clothes, plus I did not have to pin every hanger on the clothesline! I need not worry about strong winds knocking off my hanger and laundry down!

Leave it to the Japanese to think of weirdly useful everyday stuff like these. Genius! 

Say hello to fancy sampayan! (clothesline)

Say hello to our fancy sampayan! (clothesline) -this was found at Daiso: 5meters for 88php

We also went to check out the new Miniso store and ended up getting new clothespins to add to our existing clothespins. We got it for 99php. Honestly, we have a lot of wooden clothespins at home, I just got the new clothespins for the hanging basket it has. Plus the color is nice. That has to count right?!

mini

The color is really pretty! I also like the hanging basket!

So that is our tiny home improvement for the rainy days.

As for our standard laundry stuff: we use these nifty things to make our laundry workload easier. Here are the hangers we use daily.

hangers

On the left are the ones we use for our denim pants, to the right are the ones for shirts.

This is our collapsible drying hanger that is massive. (Sometimes I even hang my cotton shorts here.) 

mega

This is my lifesaver when I really need to dry our clothes indoors.

The green hangers above and the collapsible hangers are both of the same brand – JIGO. That was the brand my mum uses. It is sturdy, because it is made from quality plastic that makes it resistant to breaking.  We got the above items from the almighty Divisoria.

I also love these expanding hangers that we got for drying our bath towels.

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pull and expand!

Last but not the least are the laundry mesh bags for the small items. Just toss them in the bag and zip. toss in the washing and no more looking for the missing pair of socks! I also got the circular bags for washing bras so that the pads will not get dented.

mesh bags for the washing machine

mesh bags for the washing machine

The expanding hangers and mesh bags are both from Daiso.

So that concludes my laundry stuff.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience. This is not a sponsored post, we paid for the products from our own pocket. 

 


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pop them out

I have to show you our little Ant Man! *Kei likes the Ant Man.*

Oh hello there!

Oh hello there!

That is our little Ant Man, scaling the apples. It is actually a pop keychain.

We took out the keyring...et viola! A tiny Ant Man!

We popped out the keyring…et viola! A tiny Ant Man!

There is a even smaller version of AntMan that was a exclusive pop but we did not get that because it is: one expensive-because its exclusive, and two it is sure hard to hunt it down, three- being that small, it would be hard to see its details clearly so we opted for the keychain.

we did not bother looking for this one. -photo from the internet

we did not bother looking for this one. -photo from the internet

On to regular pops… we have two new additions to our pop collection!

While on a leave Kei brought a GOT pop of Jaime Lannister with the golden hand. Plus one (regular sized) Ant Man pop!

Additions to the collection!

Additions to the collection!

We got them for a very low price of less than 500php! Due to the poor condition of the box, as well as the fact that the shop owner is selling the pops for clearance. Since we are out of the box collectors, why not?!

Both pops look good and with a lot of details too! The gold hand of Jaime Lannister has decorative sculpt, while the Ant Man has a detailed sculpt and meticulous paint work. 

So, we now have a small (keychain) Ant Man, a regular sized Ant Man pop, next to hunt is the giant Ant Man! And maybe we can add a Yellow Jacket – the details of that pop is awesome!

And finally after more than a month of waiting, we got a message that our Daenerys and Drogon is ready for pick up!

It’s off to Greenhills for the weekend! Woot!

Till the next Pop Friday!