Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Highlights

Pre-Show Match: New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) vs Cesaro/Tyson Kidd
  • Philly crowd is clearly behind Cesaro; and for some reason, the Philly crowd really hates The New Day;
  • Practically every move Big E does is booed;
  • A lot of good spots on this match:
    • Cesaro Swing + dropkick is a beautiful thing to behold!
    • Cesaro's Superplex from turnbuckle + Kidd's Elbow Drop
    • Kofi rolls through, Kidd pushes Kofi towards ropes where Cesaro was waiting with a huge European Uppercut followed by Kidd's twisting suplex for the win.
  • Nice booking for both Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, who really need it.

New Age Outlaws vs The Ascension
  • "You still got it" -crowd to Billy Gun. They're right!
  • "So is Billy the Man that Time forgot? I don't think he aged one bit." JBL on Billy Gunn after he delivered a Tilt-a-Whirl Slam;
  • The Ascension pins Billy Gunn for the win after Fall of Man;
  • This marks their first legitimate win since being called up from NXT; (No, I don't consider pinning local jobbers as legitimate wins.)

Monday, January 26, 2015

#CanelWWENetwork trending after Royal Rumble

With Roman Reigns with the Rock closing our the Royal Rumble and getting booed out of the arena, rants by disgruntled fans on the Internet is to be expected. But this is the first time that actual WWE Network subscribers took action and actually unsubscribed to the network.

Just how bad was it? A few hours after Royal Rumble, #CancelWWENetwork started trending worldwide. Although that doesn't necessarily mean that whole droves of fans are unsubscribing. Still, it doesn't look good. There are a few confirmed users who cancelled their subscription and posted it in Facebook and Twitter. And the fact that these unsubscribers (if such a word exists) are openly encouraging others to do the same should make WWE take notice.

That's the second straight Royal Rumble fail in the eyes of many fans. Last year's Royal Rumble winner, Batista, was also booed throughout his entire run. Depending on whose story you're going to believe, a few changes were made to the storyline which led to Batista turning heel and making that year's Wrestlemania the pinnacle of the career of Daniel Bryan (last year and this year's sentimental favorite to win the Rumble).

This year, though, they don't have the luxury of time. WWE fans ranting on the Internet is one thing. But WWE fans cancelling subscriptions is another. WWE obviously needs to address the situation. And they need to make that at the following Raw (2015-01-26) before it gets further out of hand.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fix It Kid Soft Toys Set

The bundle also includes a clear plastic carrying case, so your kid can carry it anywhere!

More details from below link:

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Found the Baby Doppler/Listener

While cleaning out some stuff (our own version of Boxing Day), we found our Luvion Doppler deluxe-80 after 4 years.

By this time, there are probably more advanced products out there. But this one - as we found out - is still working just fine. Just had to throw away the worn out speakers and the empty tube of aloe vera gel, and replace the two AAA batteries.

Our baby's heartbeat was at 130-140 beats per minute. :)

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Marvel WoH: Co-op X assignment Reward - Spider-man vs Electro

This is the reward artwork for completing Coop Assignment 1-1 to 1-9. In the current Marvel War of Heroes Co-Op X Event -Sinister 6.

This is the cover artwork for Amazing Spider-Man #613.


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Monday, May 26, 2014

Using a Timer to Sway your Child to Do Something Else

Its night time, almost time for bed. You tell your kids while they're playing that it's time to clean up, brush teeth, and go to sleep.  Guess what happens? Tantrums. No end to it.

After sometime, we learned something: kids don't follow you just because you said so. At least that's how I see it. Shift your point of view to your kid's for just a minute: would you like it if you're busy saving the world (or blowing it up) when your mom or dad told you that it's time to go to bed? Not likely. You're finally winning and enjoying your time in the spotlight then all of that stopped when your mom or dad steals your thunder and tells you to go to bed. That's not right! We won't stand for it! We need justice! :))

No one likes force directed at them, especially one that forces a change in whatever they are currently enjoying. The natural response is to resist; and for some kids, they have an endless list of what that means. Tantrums. Crying. Shouting. Scratching. Clawing. Kicking (my son has some pretty nasty kicks, powered by those big beefy legs of his). Shouting louder. Destruction. Mayhem. You name it.

When kids enjoy something they're doing right now, they won't stop, and they don't want to stop. At least not right now. Inertia.

At this age when your kids have been socializing a bit, they recognize their self-worth. And they want to have their own authority. And they exert their will to anything and anyone! :) It makes them feel important (because they are but they're just grasping that concept now) and they want to do things their own way and at their own time.

Forcing a change against their will is catastrophic. Believe me I know. Been there, done that, still doin' it from time to time. So no, don't force a sudden change to your kid. Ease him into it. Give him some time to prepare for this change.

That's when we stumbled on this gem of simplicity: a timer.

As playtime is about to end, we told him that he still has 10 minutes which we set on our timer. The next steps that he wanted was that after the alarm goes off, he is to brush his teeth, then weewee, then read one bedtime story book, then listen to a made-up "once upon a time" story, pray, kiss mommy and daddy, milk, then go to sleep. When timer expires and the alarm goes off, he excitedly drops whatever he's doing (as if he's been waiting eagerly for the alarm to sound off finally -- because at this point, he is now READY) and goes to us to brush his teeth.

You don't give in to him and he doesn't give in to you. You compromise. Your kid feels you recognize his/her self-worth by respecting his/her to continue playing for 10 minutes more, giving them enough time to say goodbye to their toys (although they don't actually say it out loud).  And you don't have to suffer through a pointless gauntlet of tantrums, crying, shouting, scratching, whatever.

Just sharing for fellow parents who might be running out of ideas. :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

FAiTH reports PHP 11B in Foreign Aid so far

After the recent backlash received by the Philippine government on the recent relief efforts -- or lack thereof -- the FAiTH eService is launched in the official PH government website. FAiTH, short for Foreign Aid Transparency Hub, can be found here: http://www.gov.ph/faith/.

As of this writing, the total foreign aid received was a staggering PHP 11,654,775,900. This amount is further broken down to cash, non-cash, and pledged amounts. You can see the detailed report on their site.

Thank you World for all your help and support! >:D<

Now let's all just hope that all of that money is put to good use. This is a good first step in terms of transparency and accountability. The PH government had an embarrassing first week. Now, we're all hoping that Week Two onwards will be much better. #BePositive

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

First Encounter with Animal Death; Turning Guilt to a Positive Experience

Today, my son had his first experience with the death of an animal. It's not his pet, as we don't have one, but it might as well have been one for him.

It was raining hard the past few days, and as such, snails are coming out of the woodwork. Today was exceptionally sunny, so they took the opportunity to go to the playground. While playing, he came upon a very very small snail. Having just watched Turbo the previous week, he wanted to play with the little snail, which he admiringly called Baby Turbo. He wanted to feel it's tiny shell. But -- as most 3-year-olds -- he does't have full control of his hands and fingers' strength and crushed the poor thing.

He was shocked and asked his Ate "Fix natin si Baby Turbo" (Let's fix Baby Turbo.) He cried. A lot. The same cries he makes when he is emotionally overwhelmed when he knows he did something he shouldn't have done. It was the cry of guilt and sadness. As his dad, I felt and heard the pain in his cries. (Parents, you know this.) And whenever he is reminded of the incident, he cries again. I hugged and comforted him, telling him that it's okay. I tried to redirect his attention first, as it was time for his bath.

While he was taking a bath, I searched the internet for some advise. Most of the things I found are related to kids dealing with death of their pets. While not technically a pet, these are definitely something I can use.

Later, I asked him again what happened to Baby Turbo. He's trying to hold back his tears but is clearly upset. With a sad face and eyes winking back the tears, he tries to change topic. Staying on course, I asked him to look into daddy's eyes. (We're training him to look into our eyes whenever we have to say something serious or important.) I said that I know that he is upset because Baby Turbo died. (Yeah, those internet advise said no sugar coating -- use the word "dead" instead of "passed away".) I said that it's okay to be sad and to remember next time to be more careful. I asked if he wanted to pray for Baby Turbo, to which he immediately clasped his hands in the praying position. (We teach him to pray every day and every night and every meal.) After that I asked him to give me a hug. It took a few tries but when he finally did, I knew that he found a certain amount of comfort in it.

He felt better at least for a bit, but I knew that he is still upset. This experience was weighing heavily on his mind, as it shows in his face and his body language. It's expected, I guess, as he is still in that grieving mode. This is his first grief so I have no idea yet how long his grieving period is going to last. All I can tell is that his crankiness level has increased tenfold but I'm extending my rope; after all, this is a traumatic experience for him. I just let him be and let him express it and deal with it on his own way. I'll just stay on the sidelines for now and observe how he progresses.

11:58 AM, he is about to eat his lunch. Before that he prayed on his own. (Normally we need to remind him to pray first before eating.) He prayed to Papa Jesus to bless the food, the "rice na may sabaw" (rice soaked in soup), and to take care of Ate Keizha (his cousin who just got out of the hospital) and Baby Turbo. As he ate, his crankiness went done several notches. So he was hungry and upset, never a good combination. :))

I'd say things are looking up, taking a turn for the positive. All things considered, something good has come out of this experience. A hard lesson in life (and death) introduced at an early age, and slowly reinforcing the praying habit. And I'm blogging again after another extended hiatus. :D

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Riley's Great Wall of Toys! :D

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"Riley's great wall of toys! :D" 

Monday, September 02, 2013

WWE Raw 2013/08-19 - CM Punk-Paul Heyman Promo

Since I'm taking a break and doing a Raw marathon, I might as well write here another one of CM Punk's promos which is partly a shoot as well. This promo was on the August 19, 2013 edition of Raw (post-Summerslam 2013), where he rips apart one of the booing audience. Ha!

CM Punk: "You know I really don't know what to say right now. There's so much going on upstairs. But what I do know was that Paul Heyman was out here earlier. And Paul Heyman had a lot of things to say that were personal to me. A lot of buttons he pushed…

Sir, you paid your ticket, you want to boo, that's fine. But I dare. I dare you to step in between these ropes. And you will never boo again, because I will render you a toothless, crying heap of a man! I AM PISSED OFF! AND I WANT TO FIGHT! SO IF YOU HAVE THE B@LL$... I DARE YOU, FATSO, STEP UP AND BE A MAN! AND FIGHT CM PUNK!



Paul Heyman says he can give me the WWE title - that's what I want. Paul Heyman says, he can get me the WWE Wrestlemania Main event - that's what I want. And I'm positive in my heart of hearts Paul Heyman, what he really wants, what he really needs, is an apology. Paul, if an apology is what you want… If an apology gets me those things. Then come out here face to face. You may just get what you want…"

{Paul Heyman with Curtis Axel comes out to the ramp.}

CM Punk: "Paul, this is all I know. The doctor says I'm not fit to compete right now, yet here I am in my gear and I'm taped up because this is all I know, this is all I have. And I lost a fight last night. And I've got my ass kicked before and here I am still standing.

The truth is Paul, I AM sorry. I'm sorry that I took my eyes off of Brock Lesnar for a split-second last night just to enact my revenge on you, and I'm sorry that that revenge wasn't enough. I'm sorry I didn't take your arm OFF and take it home with me! I'm sorry that I didn't break your FACE! And I'm sorry that the next time I DO get my hands on you, I'm gonna choke you out and I'm gonna wake you up, I'm gonna spit in your face, and I'm gonna take your arm home with me! And I'm sorry that you think a BEATING is gonna stop me. I am relentless and I will not stop and I don't care who you put in  front of me or what you're trying to do. I'm gonna get my hands on you and I'm gonna get my revenge. And I say, we do it right now in Anaheim.

Come on! Come on! Have the guts that this fat guy over here doesn't have! Step into the ring with CM Punk, and fight me like a man!"

Paul Heyman: "You know, there is an apology that's due this evening. And to be blunt, the apology should come from me. CM Punk, I'm sorry… I'm sorry for what is about to happen to you. Curtis Axel, please go in the back and tape up your hands for a fight.

You have push me too far once too often. I'm not that fat guy sitting in the front row! I can be the worst nightmare you have ever encountered. So help me God if you are still in that ring when we come back from a commercial. Curtis Axel is going to be sent down to that ring by Paul Heyman, and Curtis Axel is going to finish the job that Brock Lesnar started on you."