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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Globe Business: Happy Connections

Pinoy Entrepreneurs Can Do More with Globe Business Tools

Entrepreneur and Globe Business ambassador Happy Ongpauco-Tiu is passionate about business--but is still happiest as a wife and mother. It’s not so easy to fulfil her various roles, however, because of her many responsibilities.


HAPPILY HIGH-TECH. Being tech-savvy makes entrepreneur and Globe Business Ambassador Happy Ongpauco-Tiu an effective businesswoman as well as a much beloved wife and mother. According to Happy, her use of telecoms solutions from Globe Business helps her have a balanced life: she can effectively run her business even when she's on-the-go, and she has more free time to be there for her husband and kids

Happy says that she always tries her best to live a balanced life as an entrepreneur, wife, and mother.

I am a housewife, a mother and an entrepreneur. I wake up in the morning to tend to Renzo before he goes to school. Soon, I take care of my baby Franchesco too! Then I check paper works for the office. By lunch time, I try my best to visit my restaurants when I’m not busy at home.

After lunch, I meet with my Management team for daily updates, do calls... calls.., calls, and emails to delegate responsibilities to my staff especially for my out-of-town branches.

Then in the afternoon I tend to my family and prepare dinner for them. After dinner, I spend quality time with my Hubby and kids – the highlight of the day that I enjoy the most!” she said.

Restaurateur

Her family founded the iconic Barrio Fiesta restaurant way back in 1958 made Filipinos fall in love with their kare-kare, crispy pata and other dishes. It’s no wonder that when Happy grew up, she naturally went into the food business herself.

She’s helping run their family business, as Corporate Secretary of the Barrio Fiesta Group Middle East operations.

Happy also runs her own food company now—the Happy Concept Group of Companies—after establishing several restaurants including World Topps; Bento Box (American-inspired Japanese food); Hawaiian Bar-B-Que Restaurant (Boracay & Tagaytay); I Luv Backyard BBQ joint in Boracay; and Pamana Restaurant in Tagaytay.

She also has My Happy carts (themed food carts for kiddie parties) and her own Catering Kitchen which features Chef Happy’s homemade specialties.

Happy has even gone into the hotel business with her Boutique Bed & Breakfast in Tagaytay (a 7-bedroom boutique hotel with themed rooms) and the wellness business as well: Slim at Home, a mobile slimming clinic complete with doctors and medical assistants.

But wait. With all of these taking her time and attention, how does she every find time for her family and herself?

Telecoms technology

In her efforts to balance her many roles, Happy is thankful that she uses modern telecoms technology provided by Globe Business solutions.

I got my first mobile phone more than 20 years ago,” she says. “When my Dad got me one, on the very first year Globe offered mobile phones. It felt really great having to be able to communicate with other people just with a gadget.”

Through Globe Business solutions, Happy can instantly reach her employees through call, SMS, landline and vice versa.

As an entrepreneur, I am able to fulfil my responsibilities with the efficient assistance of Globe’s product lines,” she said.

Especially since most of her businesses are out of town or abroad, her needs for mobile phone, land line, and the Internet is crucial to running and troubleshooting the day-to-day needs of an enterprise.

While no business will ever succeed without the owner’s hands-on presence, a reliable Internet connection and a clear line on a phone can enable Happy to delegate, manage and connect instantly when the need arises.

Filipino entrepreneurs like Happy, who adopt the newest communications services and technology available to get in touch instantly with personnel on the ground for business, are finding it easier to manage their operations even from afar.

Especially in the kind of business that I am in, it’s a 24-hour monitoring thing,” she explains. ”You can get calls in the middle of the night to solve or answer queries. I have to say that modern telecoms technology is indispensible in this time & age. To be able to monitor your business from wherever you are at any time of the day is of utmost importance to ensure good service and finished products.”

More powerful texting

Globe Business Unlitext and Call is the solution to making affordable calls within a given team or staff of associates. It provides discounted rates on Globe Prepaid, Globe Postpaid, and Globe Landline.

Happy also uses Globe Business TxtConnect to maximize the reach of the SMS that she sends. TxtConnect is ideal for high-volume text campaigns and SMS blasts to employees and customers—with just one send, the SMS is broadcast to a large group of recipients. The service is Web-based, so it’s much easier to send compared to regular text messaging or making phone calls.

TxtConnect is charges lower text message rates. Subscribing to TxtConnect can save an entrepreneur as much as 35% in cost compared to a regular text messaging service. TxtConnect subscription plans start at as low as P1500 per month.

As the kind of entrepreneur who takes advantage of the current tech services, Happy has had to learn to use both mobile phones and the Internet to keep track of her many professional commitment.

Whichever is needed,” she agrees. “I do surf the Internet a lot especially nowadays that it’s almost impossible to transact business without it.”
In a time when modern telecom technology is developing at an exponential rate, each year offers more and more advantages for the Pinoy entrepreneur on the go. Its benefits are essential to bringing forward the success of any activity at a level where things are communicated clearer; problems are solved easier, at a pace that you dictate and doesn’t need to slow down.

Get business done quicker and, like Happy, enjoy time with your family free of the pressures of always having to be there.

Globe products and services is my connection not only to my employees but to my clients as well,” smiles Happy. “Globe is definitely a reliable partner in my day-to-day living”

Globe Business is the corporate arm of Globe Telecom, the leading telecommunications company in the Philippines. Globe Business provides wireless and wireline solutions for a diverse set of industries, businesses, and commercial enterprises.

Globe Business assures SMEs of affordable, reliable, and dependable services for all communication needs, both wireless and wireline solutions, to generate the highest possible profit at the lowest possible cost. For more information, call +632 730-1010 or log on to http://www.globe.com.ph/business.
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Top 10: Best Movies from July to December 2012


Top 10: Best Movies from July to December 2012
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Once again here is our countdown of the best movies from July to December this year. You can also check this post to check if your guesses are right in our contest. This list is based on our own opinion you can also drop down your best movies at the comment section below.

10. TiktiK: The Aswang Chronicles


TiktiK: The Aswang Chronicles grabs the 10th spot and the sole Filipino film on our list. Maybe the coolest Tagalog film in terms of special visual effects. It's awesome and entertaining hoping for a sequel and hope that the Aswangs could call some reinforcements (zombies maybe?). 

9. Hotel Transylvania


Adam Sandler really convinces us that he is Count Dracula. Hotel Transylvania is filled with fun and colorful characters with a really charming story about father & daughter relationship. This is one of the three animated films that easily entered our list.

8. Perks of Being a Wallflower  


We're not a book lover so we really can't compare what's the difference between the book and the movie.Many approved that this movie adaptation is one of the best because it really stayed true to the book. With great performances from Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller, Perks is really hard to ignore. 

7. Ted



Seth MacFarlane made this fluffy adorable bear alive but he's not an ordinary stuffed animal. Ted drinks beer, do some drugs, he is also foul mouthed and do some hook ups with prostitutes. It's and R-18 film but definitely gave a lot of laughs that is really memorable. 

6. Rurouni Kenshin


We did not watch Samurai X when we're still young but after watching it on the big screen it made us an instant fan. After petitions and request Rurouni Kenshin graced through the silver screen and made the Otaku community fans happy. All of us are hoping for a sequel and we hope it's anytime soon, next year perhaps?

5. Sinister


Sinister enters at number five, a comeback movie for Ethan Hawke. Yes it is the best horror film this year. Sinister provided the thrills, excitement and nerve racking scenes that are really memorable. 

4. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part 2


It's the final chapter of the franchise that rocked the world. Breaking Dawn part 2 provided the best fight scene that really made a sigh of relief for the fans afterwards. It's the best film in the franchise and what a way to end this with a bang. 

3. Wreck-it Ralph


We really loved Wreck-it Ralph as we want it to have a tie on the 2nd spot. It has a lot of cool characters like Toy Story. A movie with heart and really made us smile after the film. A great film for the whole family to enjoy.

2. Rise of the Guardians


Rise of the Guardians occupies the number 2 slot. It's like Avengers of legendary characters combined in one film. The visuals are colorful and amazing. The actors that voiced the characters seems to be a perfect fit.  No doubt that Rise of the Guardians is the best animated film this year beating Wreck-it Ralph with a hair strand. 

1.The Dictator


The Dictator claimed our top spot. Watched it twice in advance screening and we also watched it in DVD in an uncut version. We never get tired of laughing at all of the jokes and fun scenes in this movie. This is the best comedy film of the year and arguably our favorite movie this year. We simply just can't wait what Sacha Baron Cohen will do next.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako: Movie Review


Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

We admit that a lot of people are sick and tired of the Enteng Kabisote films every year. But you still can't take away the effort of bringing some fresh new characters and tons of laughter to every moviegoer that love 
this franchise especially the kids. We watched last night and what we see is a lot of family and kids unite to watch it. Still the formula of fantasy comedy movies connects to its audience that brings entertainment which we think is very important.

Agimat (Bong Revilla Jr.) already proposed to Samara (Sam Pinto) so they can both start a happy family. He goes to Enteng Kabisote (Vic Sotto) to ask for help and tries to apply what he can learn with the Kabisote Family. While Ako (Judy Anne Santos) a high tech fairy from the Kingdom of Diwatara crosses the path of the two making their wives very uncomfortable. But with an impending threat caused by aliens, together they must join forces and set aside the conflicts so they can save our planet.  

Photo credit to: Yahoo OMG
The Good: Enteng and Agimat tandem combining it with Judy Ann Santos is still something new. There is a lot of slapstick comedy that still made us laugh. There are also a lot of moral values for families that we can learn in fact they are more specific with preserving our environment. Vic Sotto still brings out the humor, we idolize him and respect his comedy.And we also love the duo of Wally and Jose

The Bad: They should reduce some of the bed scenes joke because the majority of the audience are kids. There are also a lot they can improve with visual effects. And well we hope they could change the title if they're planning to do another one for the next year.

Overall It's a family oriented movie, its funny and its entertaining. Serious people should avoid this movie because they would just bash it with negative thoughts. For us being a fan of this franchise we enjoyed it and we hope that all of the MMFF movies can generate a lot of viewers this holiday season.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7 out of 10 stars

Cast: Vic Sotto, Bong Revilla Jr., Judy Ann Santos

Directed By: Tony Reyes
Distributed By: OctoArts Films, MZet Television, APT Entertainment, Imus Productions and GMA Films
Now Showing at your favorite cinemas

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Short DVD Reviews: 5 Horror Suspense Movies



Short DVD Reviews: 5 Horror Suspense Movies
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

It's Christmas Season and what a way to celebrate it by watching horror movies at home. We watched five flicks and we're going to give their grades whether they pass or not.

Silent Night
Directed By: Steven Miller

A killer Santa Clause is really cool thinking that he has flame thrower and an ax instead of gifts. And he's killing all the people on his naughty list. The sad thing is this psycho Santa is pretty lame in his violent acts except when he threw a girl inside a wood chipper machine alive. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 4 out of 10 stars


Deer Crossing
Directed By: Christian Grillo

Except for the promising poster this film is full of crap. It pretty much annoyed the hell out of us on what's really happening in this flick. It also looked dragging and the characters are boring. This will just waste your time. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 0 out of 10 stars

ATM
Directed By: David Brooks

This is another movie filled with dumb characters that is waiting to be killed and it also has an idiot killer who is just waiting outside stalking his prey. Aside from the cool getup of the psycho this movie is also a complete waste.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 2 out of 10 stars


Excision
Directed By: Richard Bates Jr.

Aside from the cool imaginative scenes, this movie doesn't really live with its intriguing poster.  It has a good storyline and a convincing lead star but as a whole this film is not that good because it lacks in tension making this flick funny instead of being scary. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 4 out of 10 stars


Chained
Directed By: Jennifer Lynch

Save the best for last, Chained really made our thriller movie marathon alive. It's not that scary but it has a quality story and some disturbing scenes. It also raises up the tension and it has a great set of actors that made the movie entertaining. Chained is hard to resist it's pretty good for suspense themed film.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

DVD Review: Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines

Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Wrong Turn hits its fifth installment where the franchise is having more idiotic characters but the killing spree continues to get nastier and bloodier than ever. 

A group of friends travels to a small town in West Virginia to experience the legendary Mountain Man Festival on Halloween. When Maynard (Doug Bradley) and his three cannibal hillbillies decided to treat themselves and started to have a bloodbath in the town.    

If you enjoyed other Wrong Turn movies there's nothing to worry about with bloodlines. The body count rises and the brutal scenes reached into another level. Though the characters and the victims are getting stupider than ever. You'll simply won't care about them and you'll just wish to see them get killed in the most sarcastic way.  It's just really funny how the hillbillies reach the victims so fast in every scene. Another thing is the town scenes really looked a studio built with cheap sets of materials but what we love is the blood splattering moments that's really hard to digest.

Overall Wrong Turn 5 provided cheap thrills and excessive brutality which the fans would still appreciate but with a lousy story, idiot characters and cheap settings, Wrong Turn 5 looks funny rather than scary.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 5 out of 10 stars 

Casts: Doug Bradley, Simon Ginty, Amy Lennox

Directed By: Declan O'Brien

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Avida Land launches gift-giving Facebook app for OFWs

GIFT-GIVING is in the Filipino DNA. Proof of this are the multitude of gifts that get exchanged every Christmas season between family members, friends, co-workers, and classmates. No matter how grand or simple the gift, it’s really the thought and caring behind that gift that matters most to us.

In this spirit of gift-giving and sharing, Avida Land, one of the Philippines’ most trusted property developers, is spreading the holiday cheer among our OFWs and their families through an online gifts promo application on its Facebook page, titled, “Avida Pasalubong Project for the Global Pinoy,” which can be accessed at http://apps.facebook.com/avida-pasalubong/.

OFWs have the chance to give their loved ones boxes of goodies and gadgets as a holiday treat from Avida Land. They can choose from four packages which include imported food items, cellphone, tablet PC, digital camera, and perfumes. All they have to do is go to the official Avida Facebook page and use the Avida Pasalubong Facebook App for a chance to win. (Screen capture of Avida Pasalubong Facebook App shown above.)

 
OFWs now have the chance to give free gifts to their families in the Philippines. All they have to do is go to the Avida Facebook page and use the Facebook app especially created for the gift-giving promo.

Gift-giving is a tradition that binds Filipino families, friends, and loved ones together. No matter how near or how far they are from each other, each gift exchanged is a tangible expression of love and care. This spirit of sharing bridges our relationships across time and distances. They foster unity, kindness, generosity, and friendship between us,” said Tess Tatco, Avida Land Marketing Manager.

OFWs, as well as their loved ones, can use the Facebook app until January 5, 2013. In the case of OFWs, all they have to do is register for the Facebook app. Once they are registered, they would have the chance to pick one of four special packages that they would like to send to their loved ones. Their loved ones may also use the app and choose which package they wish to receive from their OFW family member.

The four gift packages include: 1) Food Box containing food items worth P20,000; 2) Gadgets Box containing an iPad 2; 3) Kiddie Box containing gadgets like an X-Box 360; iPod Shuffle and Nokia phone; and 4) Perfume Box containing a set of perfume for men and women worth P20,000.

It's not everyday that you can choose a box of Christmas gifts to give your loved ones---and for free! But that's exactly what lucky participants might win in Avida Land's special holiday offering to OFWs and their loved ones: By using the Avida Pasalubong Facebook App, they have the chance to pick a Balikbayan box filled with imported goodies like chocolates, gadgets like cellphone and tablet PC, and personal products like perfume. (Screen capture of Avida Pasalubong Facebook App shown above.)

 Buyers who reserve an Avida unit until December 14, 2012 will also have a chance to win in their own raffle promo. At stake are 30 pasalubong boxes filled with imported food items. Meanwhile, on December 8, Avida is also holding its last Red Letter Day event as it aims to help buyers present the biggest gift they can give their loved ones this season – a new home.
Let your holidays be merrier and more special by giving your loved ones the chance to receive these exciting gifts from Avida. Just visit us or log-on to Avida’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/AvidaLandCorp.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Bay: Movie Review

The Bay
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

The Bay is the last SM Cinexclusive this year which you can avail a 50% discount by using your SM E-Plus card. Director Barry Levinson admitted that 80 percent of the movie is based on true facts. 

On July 4, 2009 people are celebrating when the people of Claridge Maryland was swept with a deadly viral outbreak. Reporter Donna Thompson (Kether Donohue) talks in Skype and reveals a collection of hidden footage on what happened that day that claimed over 700 lives which was never been told.


Thinking the movie is based on facts it still lack the tension it should offer. What we like about is they made it look so real and disgusting which we found really cool. Though the pacing of the movie was slow and it is really boring at some point. Some might find it scary but some won't take this film seriously especially that this happened in the US. With found footage horror movies succeeding nowadays The Bay used that same formula but like a puzzle by putting different videos together to form the story.

Overall The Bay promises to give out sick and hideous condition of people who is hit by the outbreak. You might find it a little nasty especially when your enjoying you're favorite hotdog snack inside the theaters. For us, we're advising you to skip it but if you're looking to see the gross out things go for it. We just wished it could be better and provided some quality thrills that we felt missing in it. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 4 out of 10 stars

Cast: Kristen Connolly, Jane McNeill, Christopher Denham

Directed By: Barry Levinson
Distributed By: Multivison Pictures Philippines 
Now Showing Exclusively at SM Cinema


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Breaking the Monotony: Kids Meet Day and Night Dengue-Lamok in School

Learning empowers students to lead, create and change. As society changes and evolves, education rewards students with new lessons, improve their knowledge and in time prep them to bigger challenges and responsibilities. It will certainly be more stimulating and effective if students are given a break from the usual listen-to-lectures and take-pop-quizzes learning styles. To break the monotony, a totally different and daring learning strategy may well interest students to pay attention and learn more. 
School children can’t hide their excitement as Daytime Dengue Lamok and Nighttime Dengue Lamok mingle and dance with them.
 
This is the very essence of the Green Cross School Crashers campaign. Recently launched in most Metro Manila schools, the Green Cross School Crashers is Green Cross’ pioneering school initiative to bring proactive information about day and night dengue lamok. With majority of dengue cases involving children below 10 years of age, it is crucial for kids to learn how they can protect themselves against dengue lamok.
Breaking New Ground
During the Green Cross School Crashers campaign, schoolchildren learn dengue facts in a fun and interactive way. Ms. Green, a Green Cross Insect Repellent Ambassador, easily gets the attention of students as she employs conversational and friendly interactive storytelling with the children as her active participants.
One of the schools the Green Cross School Crashers visited is Paco Catholic School in Manila. Remy De Leon, a second grader at the Paco Catholic School, finds it amusing to see two gigantic mascots in school. She gets to meet Daytime Dengue Lamok (Aedes aegypti) and Nighttime Dengue Lamok (Aedes albopictus), the two bad school crashers. These school crashers carry dengue viruses that may put their health at great risk.
Ms. Green introduced to us two gigantic school crashers. We learned how harmful they can be and why we should avoid them,” Remy recalls. “We had fun during the School Crashers campaign. Ms. Green taught us a new dance and we got the chance to groove with the school crashers.”
Children do not only learn about the harmful day and night dengue lamok, but also enjoy lively discussions and fun games. They also discover how to prevent the spread of dengue and other mosquito-related diseases by helping eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and by taking preventive measures.

I was so eager to go home that day to share with my family what I learned from Ms. Green. I discovered that the dengue lamok lay eggs and breed even in clean water. They love to stay in uncovered water containers, empty tires and flower vases that have stagnant water inside. And mosquitoes can breed in small water holders the size of a 25-centavo coin!” the seven-year old Remy muses.
Remy and the rest of her classmates get to take home a Day and Night Dengue Defense Kit, an educational brochure with dengue facts and fun activities inside. The Dengue Defense Kit is also printed in a colorful and easy-to-read style for kids so that they will easily understand information from possible breeding grounds of mosquitoes to proven and effective dengue defense measures.

  Eager students participate in interactive discussion about the harmful day and night dengue lamok.

Pass the message
Research says that the attention span of young learners is about seven to 10 minutes; that is, the brain will lose focus unless its attention is recaptured every seven to 10 minutes. And with Green Cross School Crashers, students are given the opportunity to reflect on the story as it is told in a very animated approach. Indeed most students find it entertaining – it gives them a better chance to take interest – if images, new characters and sounds were used to aid in the learning process. This gives students the opportunity not only to enjoy themselves, but to remember the lessons and, consequently, share this new knowledge at home. Kids, for instance, may be able to pass on to their parents not only the harmful effect of the two school crashers but also tips on how to keep their homes and communities free from becoming dengue lamok breeding sites. 

The Green Cross School Crashers team visits schools within Metro Manila to empower students, parents and teachers of the proper dengue defense and also educate them on the dangers of dengue.

Empowering kids to protect themselves
It is the ultimate aim of the Green Cross School Crashers to equip the dengue-vulnerable age group with awareness on dengue transmission and prevention. One proven and best line of defense against dengue is the use of insect repellent lotions.
Especially formulated to give complete protection against day and night dengue lamok, Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion offers up to 10 hours protection per application. In addition, it also gives the high level of anti-bacterial protection – proven to kill up to 99.9% of disease-causing germs – that the Green Cross brand is known for.
My mommy says we will upgrade to the new Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion. I really like the fragrance as well as its non-greasy feel. I had dengue last July of this year and we stayed in a hospital for weeks. I don’t want that to happen again,” Remy relays.
Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion comes in two variants, Active Protect which provides up to 10 hours of protection and Family Protect which provides more than 4 hours of protection. Both are proven by experts to provide complete protection against both daytime and nighttime dengue lamok. It also comes in both bottles and sachets, making it perfect to have at home or inside one’s bag.
The Green Cross School Crashers has been around various Metro Manila schools. An innovative way to teach students, teachers and parents on how to prevent and control dengue, this pioneering school activity employs an alternate teaching style that is effective in holding the interest of children. It also boosts any student’s confidence as it gives children their own share of responsibility of protecting themselves against dengue in their schools and communities.
 

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Seven Upcoming Movies of Movie Punch for 2013


Upcoming Movies of Movie Punch for 2013
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Pioneer Films also known as Movie Punch already has seven movies for their fans next year. This is just few of the upcoming movies they have for us in 2013. Release dates are subject to change.


Zero Dark Thirty
Release Date: January 11, 2013
Directed By: Kathryn Bigelow
Casts: Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Jeremy Strong

Synopsis: For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.



The Last Stand
Release Date: January 16, 2013
Directed By: Jee-woon Kim
Casts: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, Luis Guzman

Synopsis: After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy. With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow.



The Impossible
Release Date: January 23, 2013
Directed By: Juan Antonio Bayona
Casts: Ewan McGregor, Naoimi Watts 

Synopsis: Maria (Naomi), Henry (McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.


Warm Bodies
Release Date: January 30, 2013
Directed By: Jonathan Levine
Casts: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich

Synopsis: After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human — setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.



Beautiful Creatures
Release Date: February 20, 2013
Directed By: Richard LaGravenese
Casts: Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons

Synopsis: A supernatural love story set in the South, "Beautiful Creatures" tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.



Safe Haven
Release Date: February 13, 2013
Directed By: Lasse Hallstrom
Casts: Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough

Synopsis: When a mysterious young woman named Katie washes up in the small North Carolina town of Southport, she is determined not to make personal relationships. That is, until she meets Alex, a kind-hearted widowed store owner, struggling to raise his two children. When Katie feels herself falling for him, she must choose between family safety and the perils that come with love.




Last Exorcism 2 
Release Date: March 06, 2013
Directed By: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Casts:  Ashley Bell, Judd Lormand, Julia Garner

Synopsis: As Nell Sweetzer tries to build a new life after the events of the first movie, the evil force that once possessed her returns with an even more horrific plan.


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Monday, December 17, 2012

DVD Review: Smiley

Smiley
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

A low budgeted slasher flick that's really hard to ignore because of an intriguing poster. Smiley has the elements to give out some scares and excitement but just failed to capitalize handling out a huge disappointment. 

Ashley (Caitlin Gerard) is a college freshman witness Smiley kills various people in random chat room. Smiley is a killer who can be summoned if you type the phrase “I did it for the lulz”  three times. Intrigued she and her friend (Melanie Papalia) tried it at home if the urban legend is real. Learning that Smiley exists Ashley is  now being paranoid that she might be the next victim. 

Smiley forgot one thing that is important in a thriller movie, to give some chills to its audience. Aside from it you just simply can't take the actors seriously with their very lousy acting. Plus the fact that the killer only stab his victim with a knife in the dullest way possible. Another catch is that the twist in the end annoys us making the the whole story pointless. 


Overall Smiley will just waste your precious time. Don't even dare to watch it as we assure you that this film is a crap. We'll just end it here because we've run out of words on how to diss this movie. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 1 out of 10 stars

Casts: Caitlin Gerard, Melanie Papalia, Shane Dawson, Andrew James Allen, Liza Weil, Roger Bart

Directed By: Michael Gallagher


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Rossetti: The way to one’s heart

This Christmas, all the food and feasting will be especially meaningful as family and friends gather together to celebrate the season—and if food is the way to man’s (and a woman’s, too) heart, then the dining experience will be even more heart-warming when food presentation is made in an appetizing style and an elegant setting.

Rossetti offers a wide range of food service products to meet the challenge of giving that heart warming dining experience. 

 We make your concern which meal to get first, and not how to keep the food in order.

Rossetti is especially recognized for the quality and elegance of its chafing dishes. Wherever the place - whether at home, in a restaurant, or a catering function - Rossetti prides itself in being able to provide various serving and presentation needs.

The chafing dishes are a special point of pride for Rossetti: they come in single or double burner vessels and are perfect for keeping food warm for any event – whether indoor or outdoor. Electrical chafing dishes are also available for convenient use during indoor events.

Rossetti chafing dishes can perk up any conventional meal serving to a simply exquisite presentation. They come in different shapes - rectangle, oval, round or square – and various sizes to suit any need – be it a five star hotel function or a very private dinner party at a local bistro.

 Serve food in the best way available.


Indulge your sweet tooth! Stands are available for cakes and desserts.


In every special meal, all the details matter. As they say, we all start “eating” even before we take our first bite. We enjoy the visual presentation of the various dishes. We notice the inviting aromas. A complete dining experience, however, will include our appreciation of the setting – luxuriant ambiance with food served in shiny vessels makes a great difference in the flavours, aromas, and textures that we savour with each bite. Rossetti heightens the total enjoyment of our dining experience.

Rossetti chafing dishes add a classy touch to the table. But this catering ware brand not only boasts of elegant looks. Made with high grade stainless steel material, Rossetti ensures top quality craftsmanship to withstand the heavy demands of the catering environment. 

 Chafing dishes come in big sizes to accommodate more servings.

Chafing dishes are perfect for house held events as well 

Rossetti is not just about chafing dishes. Rossetti also provides products for other catering services: dispensers for cereals and juices; urns for coffee and soups; cutlery; and even kitchen tools, utensils, and cookware to aid with the food preparation.

Take advantage of using a ROSSETTI product now and enjoy cherishing special moments at the dining table without worrying about the food.

For inquiries about Rossetti products, call Kitchen Beauty Marketing Corporation at 242 1731 to 35 or visit Unit 1203, State Centre Building, Juan Luna St., Binondo, Manila. Rossetti is also available at all leading department stores nationwide.
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Win tickets to the Disney On Ice Presents Princesses & Heroes!

Win tickets to the Disney On Ice Presents Princesses & Heroes!
Promo period:  December 21 – 30, 2012


Mechanics:
  1.  Visit The Araneta Center website (www.aranetacenter.net) from December 13 – December 21
  2. Click Tinkerbell to reveal her secret question
  3. Follow @AranetaCenter on Twitter
  4. Tweet your answer to @AranetaCenter and use hashtag #DOI2012
  5. Users can send their entries up to December 21, 2012 11:59PM
  6. Winners will be announced on December 22, 2012
  7. FORTY-FIVE WINNERS will win TWO TICKETS EACH to the Disney On Ice Presents Princesses & Heroes.
  8. Winners will be chosen through an online drawing system
  9. Winners must be a follower of @AranetaCenter on Twitter to win
  10. Winners can claim their tickets at the Will Call Window of the TicketNet Box Office from December 23 to December 30, 2012
  11. Winners must present a print out of the official congratulatory email from Araneta Center and a Photo ID when claiming their prize
  12. Representatives must present an authorization letter and a copy of the winner’s photo ID
  13. Non-winners will get 30% off on the Disney On Ice Presents Princesses & Heroes
  14. Non-winners must present a copy of the email from Araneta Center to be able to get the 30% discount
  15. Prize is not convertible to cash.  Unclaimed tickets will be forfeited by the management
 
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