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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Calm After the Storm

The evening of New Year's day is noticeably very calm. From where I was at during that time, it felt like a ghost town. Probably because almost everyone is tired from the night's celebration. But then again, I did not feel the new year come in with a bang. Or on another perspective 2017 went out in a whimper. Just as well.

I never liked 2017. It is the year I wish never happened. I don't know, maybe it's just me but, it was anything but good; financial decline, illness, death, career stagnation. Heck! I wasn't even able to attend ToyCon, and I never miss ToyCon.

To sum up my past year, there is nothing to sum up. It was a big load of steaming crap. I just hope a year like that would never happen again. I'm still in the process of picking up the pieces that it left.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ToyCon is Coming... Bigger... Like Every Year

What better way to re-start this blog than getting hyped for ToyCon 2016.

Like every year, ToyCon grows bigger. This year, it leaves the usual venue of Megamall's Megatrade Halls for a bigger SMX Convention Center at SM Mall of Asia. Check out the teaser poster below.

Like it says on the poster, it's happening on June 10-12 so you better save that date.

I heard Stan Lee's exhibit will be there as well so don't miss out on that one.

That's right, true believers. You better be there.

This is going to be big.

For more information, visit ToyCon's official Facebook page: TOYCON PH: The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention
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Follow them on Instagram and Twitter: @phtoycon

Sunday, June 21, 2015

ToyCon PH 2015 Day 3

I was able to attend the last day of The 2015 Philippine Toys, Hobbies, and Collectibles Convention late in the afternoon since I went to see San Andreas first.

As expected, the prices dropped. But unfortunately for me, my target pieces are already sold out. That was a gamble but it was fine. Come to think of it, I wasn't able to buy anything today except for something to eat. Nonetheless, I did not go home empty handed.


Unlike the past two days, no freebies since it was already very late in the afternoon. While walking around, there was something hip happening at the Funko area. They were going away free, limited Funko items. I thought to myself, "This looks fun. Maybe I should try it out. Who knows. Maybe I'll get something."

The first giveaway was given to the person who was there the longest. The next two giveaways were literally thrown and whoever catches them, gets them. The last one, the prime prize; a Pop! Asia Funko 01: Freddy Funko. We had to jump, raise our hands, clap and party on to show Funko who really wanted it... No, not want, need.

So we jumped, raised our hands, clapped and partied like the area was a club. I actually felt that my legs were about to give with all that jumping. Seriously. When the time of choosing came, it was me who was given the prize and it felt awesome.

It's not everyday you get to win something this awesome. I think it's even my first time to win anything from ToyCon... ever. My precious. All that effort was worth it. Yeah. Thank you, Funko!

I wasn't expecting that a couple of collectors would approach me and offer to buy what I have just won. I had to refuse both of them to their disappointment. I was actually offended by one of the collectors' companion. She said. "Hindi mo naman mapapakinabangan yan kasi collector's item yan. (You won't benefit from that since it's a collector's item)." So I darted back and told her that I am a collector myself. The nerve. This isn't my first Pop!vinyl figure. It's my second; with Dancing Groot as my first.

After all that hype and excitement, went around the venue and passed by Cosplay Circle's booth. Alodia and Ashley were there playing a video game. I don't know what game since I could see through the very thick crowd. 

When the time came that I was about to leave, I realized I didn't take any pictures. So I took a few quick ones since I already have something to remember this day by.

Until next year for the 2016 Philippine Toys, Hobbies, and Collectibles Convention.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

ToyCon PH 2015 Day 2

It's the second day of ToyCon Ph 2015 and I was expecting a bigger turn out than today. Last year there was a queue line from the ticket booth located at the fifth floor up until the depths of the mall but, not today. I don't think it's because tomorrow is Fathers' Day.

Despite the less than usual turnout, the venue was still full of attendees. Like yesterday, I got myself more freebies as soon as I entered the venue. Awesome!

And since it's the second day, the gallery is now open. Some of the displays were Coca Cola, comic book characters, Transformers, Zoids, LEGO, famous cars replicas, busts, one-sixth scale dolls, and many more. Check out the pictures below.

Of course, some of the many from the cosplaying community have attended including our very own Cosplay Queen, Miss Alodia Gosiengfiao. She was in her Gogo Tamago costume when I saw her.

Ashley Gosiengfiao and Midnight Meetings was present and performed on stage for the event's attendees. 

Tomorrow, I'm expecting quite a bit of price drops on some items that are for sale. Kind of like last year when I got good bargains on some PS3 games. Also, since it's Sunday and it's Fathers' Day, there would probably be more attendees (or at least fathers) than today.

Friday, June 19, 2015

ToyCon PH 2015 Day 1

Like every first day of ToyCon for the past recent years, the first day is for those who want to get the freshest of the goodies. And like the ToyCons of the past recent years, I was able to procure more freebies than my actual purchases.

I was only able to get away with a purchase of Kamen Rider Gaim's Daidaimaru, Musou Saber, and Banana Lockseed. But that's okay. I stall have another target for tomorrow.

Since it's the first day, the exhibition room was still under preparation. As I walked around, I saw some pretty interesting exhibits; 99,5 Play FM was selling classing vinyl records. You must have a working turntable for those records to play. There was also an area where old classic consoles (SNES, NES, Sega Dreamcast, etc.) were being played with. And by god they still work.

I also passed by a booth where they had helmets of the tokusastu genre. Pretty nostalgic.

At the stage, they had question and answer games with prizes, and showed trailers of upcoming movies such as Batman Vs Superman, Attack on Titan (the live action movie), Stand By Me Doraemon (a 3D movie), and Star Wars The Force Awakens. I'm not really a DC fan but that Batman Vs. Superman movie has gotten me excited.

I would like to thank IFLIX for the free tumbler and button. I really appreciate the freebies.

Enjoy the rest of the pictures that I was able to take shots of.

The other freebies were food so...Yeah. I'm not taking pictures of freebie food at this event.

Until tomorrow.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Hoorah for ToyCon 2015

In the spirit of the upcoming Philippines Toys Hobbies, and Collectibles Convention a.k.a. ToyCon 2015, I say, "Come!"

With this year's theme, "Battlefields of Play," I'm expecting a lot of toys with combat themes and games of the duelist type. (Hey, give Clash of Clans a rest for at least three days, buy yourself a shield).

ToyCon 2015 will happen on the 19th to 21st of June at Megatrade Halls 1, 2, and 3 of SM Megamall. There will be freebies, rare finds and bargains, advance game demos, of course there will definitely be Cosplay. And with Cosplay, comes Miss Alodia. But I'm not saying that she'll be there, just probably will be like last year.

Expect heavy traffic (by that I mean heavy attendance) during the second and third days. By experience, those are the days when everybody seems to come flooding in.

See you guys then.

For more information, please go to:
or to:
ToyCon's Facebook page.

Note to self. Target Shift Cars, or if you can get another katana replica, go for it.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 on Hiatus


My last post on this site has been a long time ago, 2011.

I'm having some downtime with my domain ( It is rather unfortunate. 

So for now, this is where I'm placing my posts. 

It's going to be another start up.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday Pilgrimage… Literally

I always found Good Friday as the most uneventful day of the year. I usually just spend it at home watching movies like The Ten Commandments, or The Sound of Music, or Fiddler on the Roof, or watch a marathon of TV series like Seventh Heaven, or practically just anything I can get my hands on.

However, today was different. I was already watching different shows since yesterday (Maundy Thursday) so watching even more shows today was just too much. And I found watching re-runs, for the past 30 plus years of my life, getting old, in the real sense of the word. I did something really different; something I have never done before. I gave the word Pilgrimage a whole new light; walked to different churches as my stamina and time permits.

First stop was Sta. Cruz Parish at Sta. Cruz, Manila. I didn't walk to get there. Walking to my first destination was not part of the plan. Besides, I wasn't really planning on going to Sta. Cruz Parish in the first place. It so happened that it was the first church that I saw.

After Sta. Cruz, I walked around thinking of which church to go to next. I was at walking around aimlessly for at least 30 minutes until I realized that the closest church is Quiapo Church. That took me a while. So I walked back to Avenida and decided to take a shortcut. I wasn't familiar with the area but I took a seemingly logical shortcut to Quiapo. Turns out, the end of the street was indeed Quiapo Church. Second stop, Quiapo Church.

There were a lot of people at Quiapo Church. Only when I was heading back home did I realize that Friday is usually the day when devotees visit Quiapo Church. Hence Friday being called Quiapo Day. (And Wednesday being called Baclaran Day but, I didn't have the strength left in me to walk to Baclaran after my last stop.)

After Quiapo, I walked to Recto via Quezon Avenue and continued on until I reached UST (University of Sto. Tomas). I was pretty much walking aimlessly again and I was probably walking for a couple of hours by then. I took a left at Lacson Avenue (at least I think It was called Lacson Ave.) and walked straight until I reached a junction. I decided not to take either the left (to Cubao) or right (to Malacanang). I continued straight to Mabini Bridge (formerly Nagtahan Bridge). At the end of the bridge was another junction. Again I decided to go straight to Quirino Ave. But when I took a look around, I saw a cross from a distance. A church. So I decided to go to that church. I turned left. Third stop, St. Joseph Parish, Pandacan, Manila.

After Pandacan, I walked back to the junction and walked on to my original plan, straight to Quirino Ave. I never realized how long Quirino Avenue was. I walked on and on until I actually reached Makati. By then I was already getting tired. My legs were sore. My feet were killing me. I already lost count on how many bottles of water I drank (500 ml each). I decided to at least get to one more church before I call it a day. A friend told me that there is one at Greenbelt. So off to Greenbelt.

From Cash & Carry (another junction), I turned left and walked to Ayala, towards Greenbelt. I noticed that Makati seems so deserted on a Good Friday. It is completely the opposite on ordinary days. The place felt like one gigantic ghost town with high rise buildings. Kindda like a plague fell upon it and everyone left. Looking for that church was like finding a needle in a haystack and you don't know what a needle looks like. By the time I found the place, it wasn't a really a church with a big giant archway and a cross sticking out of its bell tower. It was a small chapel. I was looking for a small chapel smack dab in the middle of high rise buildings. You can just imagine how relieved I was when I finally found it. My last stop for the day, Greenbelt Chapel.

I took the bus back home. I wasn't about to walk back home because it was already pretty late. I walked for six and a half hours to four different churches. And I probably consumed at least three litters of water. Like I said, a new light on the word Pilgrimage.

Will I do it again next year? Probably. If I do, I'll do so in a different area.