Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I'm a member of the Chic Moms Club

While bloghopping, I stumbled upon a site called Chic Moms Club by Bounty Fresh. Because I'm familiar with the brand and because their Chooks-to-Go is becoming a staple in the household, I registered for the club.

The Chic Moms Club homepage
One thing that attracted me was the promo for the Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags. Why not, right? But aside from that, they have member perks like Php10 off per chicken in Chooks-to-Go, recipes sent thru email, newsletters, event invites, and exclusive raffles and freebies.

Speaking of exclusives, as I've said they're giving away Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags to the top 5 referrers. And to be the top referrer, all you have to do is earn points per referral. Registration is free and simple, so I encourage you to join.

And even if I don't win, there are still a lot of exclusives to anticipate in the coming months. Plus there's the recipes, too. So I still get some stuff from them. :)

I guess my only gripe is the usability of the site itself. Navigation is quite limited. Hopefully, this will improve.

But anyhoo, this seems to be an exciting venture. So if you want to register, just click here to access the Chic Moms Club registration form and let's all be Chic Moms!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pondering on Tron: Legacy

Got a chance to watch Tron: Legacy in 3D last night. My husband wanted to see it as he was a fan of the original Tron movie back in the 1980s. I only got to watch the first one just last year. It was a story about a programmer who was sucked into the computer world and who searched for a way out with the help of a program named Tron.

The movie poster of the 1982 Tron
I must admit, I kinda forgot some of the details, though what I know is that Tron is a name of a program, or in the world of The Grid, a sort-of character in a sort-of video game. And I believe, that is also the name of the arcade game Jeff Bridges' character created.

So when Tron: Legacy trailers and posters came out, I was pretty curious as to how it will attack the story done decades ago. The poster was kinda cute, though, a homage to the original:

Tron: Legacy official poster
And because our curiosities were piqued, hubby and I went to the theaters to catch it before the MMFF season bumps it off the cinema skeds.

While Tron: Legacy was a visual feast, a true eye-candy with modern CG enhancing the lightcycle and disc battles first seen in 1982, the story itself was kinda lacking. There's the story of the elder and younger Flynn and them in The Grid... which at some point became too predictable. And of course, there's the cute chick, a staple in every geeky movie, whom you know the dude gets in the end, albeit implied by the movie.

As the credits rolled, I was left wondering in my seat: 1) Why it was named Tron, 2) Why Tron was made into a minor character, and 3) What the heck just happened?

Yeah I get it, the first movie was entitled so, but somehow the main essence of the name was absent in the movie.

Soundtrack by Daft Punk was also nice (I think I saw them there in the movie), it sounded like I was brought back to the cyberpunk era of the 80s, but it wasn't like the soundtrack of the first Matrix movie, which was utterly cool and very memorable, and which also enhanced the emotion needed in the scene. I was looking for something that will make me bob my head, but it was only the songs of Journey and Eurythmics that did.

One thing I noticed, though, is that Tron: Legacy had underlying biblical and scientific themes: creation, perfection, war, evolution. But my head is still swimming in questions that I don't know if that's just unintentional.

For those considering catching the movie, I'll just warn you that you can expect less from the storyline itself. Visual effects -- yeah, they're worth seeing in 3D. That and the story combined, I give it a 3 out of 5.

The toys fare better in my rating:

Sam Flynn in his suit

My Christmas wish this year: a Nokia C7

You know, as a casual observer, I appreciate how Facebook and Twitter allows me to relay my thoughts and observations easily to my friends. And it's easy, too: I just have to log in on my laptop in the office or on the desktop at home and Status Updated.

But sometimes, when I'm outside, like in the mall or something, this scenario happens:

Perhaps out of boredom as I wait for my husband to meet me at a certain place and time or just because I like looking at my surroundings, an idea pops into my head. It's something I just have to share to my friends.

But then...

Without a laptop in tow (too heavy) or a Wi-Fi capable phone (too expensive), here is the only place I can write my thoughts into: my notebook.

I pretend my notebook is a device that can connect me to my fave social sites. It goes as far as to pretend it has a QWERTY keyboard in it.

And that's why when Nuffnang offered bloggers a chance to win the Nokia C7 this Christmas, I knew I just had to have one. Directly from the phone, I can instantly update my friends on a funny thing I heard as I was going around the mall.

Not another minute wasted, not an idea forgotten in the depths and crevices of my brain. With the Nokia C7, I can tweet my friends or put up a Facebook status right then and there, as something awesome or shocking is happening in front of me.

So Nuffnang aka Santa, I hope you get to read this, because I'd really want a Nokia C7 for Christmas.

But if you're feeling generous, make that 2 Nokia C7s, one for me and one for my friend who is the human incarnation of Ranma 1/2's Ryoga (read: has absolutely no sense of direction).

The Ovi maps and GPS navigation will surely help him arrive at our Christmas party on time.

See, I'm a good girl, too. So I do hope Nuffnang grants me my Christmas wish. :)