Wednesday, November 30, 2011



I saw probably the best movie of 2011 last night. Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's adaptation of HERGE's masterpiece comic strip! "The Adventures of Tin Tin"was a movie that had my eyes glued to the screen the whole time! 

I like reconnecting to my childhood and I remember reading the stories growing up. I remembered watching the cartoons in the afternoon when I got home from school. It was pure bliss!

What made the difference was that it was retold by 2 master storytellers in Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. When Spielberg directs a movie, you can't help but be amazed how it's shown right before your eyes. I specifically loved the action sequences towards the end of the movie. It was the action sequence with the falcon.

Imagine the HERGE characters in the comics coming to life! It was fantastic! I loved how TIN TIN, Snowy, Captain Haddock, Thomson and Thompson were transformed into 3D! They looked real with a touch of Herge! LOVED IT! I had tons of fanboy moments! Opening credits pa lang! With music accompaniment by John Williams, the movie was even better!

The only movie that can stand up to Tin Tin in my honest opinion is THOR. It's actually a toss up really. The movie contains comedy, action, suspense, thrills, and loads of nerdgasm moments! THOR had those too... 

For sure I'm going to see this movie again! But in 3D this time around!

Thanks to National Book Store for the tickets! :)

The Most Important Celtic Today...

Danny Ainge must be taking crazy pills!!! The man must be out of his mind if he's thinking of trading Rajon Rondo!!! Seriously, Rondo is the most important Celtic today. Remember Game 3 of the 2nd round??? ONE ARM! RONDO PLAYED WITH ONE FRIKKIN ARM AND THEY STILL WON THE GAME!!!

Rondo is the backbone of this team. The Big 3 needs him and if Rondo leaves... Banner 18 will be no more this season...

What the hell are you thinking Mr. Ainge????

To get CP3??? NO!!! CHEMISTRY FIRST!!! Trading Perk ruined it and now Rondo!?!?!?

Get it together Mr. Ainge... YOU DON'T WANT A BOSTON RIOT...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thundercats SEASON 1 FINALE

I've posted about the Thundercats reboot a while back and it has been my favorite show of 2011. Seriously, it's pretty awesome stuff! 13 episodes so far. Not all are fantastic. There were several episodes that weren't as good. Episodes 3, 9 and 10 were a bit weak... But episodes 1,2, 4, 6, 7 and 13 are fantastic! 13? Man... Click on read more link to see my reactions on the season finale.

SPOILERS AHEAD... You have been warned!!!

These aren't the Droids you're looking for

Sorry I haven't been updating a lot. I'm busy at work but I'm loving what I do :) Plus with my other engagements for my other blogs, I tend to forget about The Tangled Web. Sorry guys :(

Anyway, I'm back! Did you see my latest project? Jonty and I are now part of The Philippine Star Family! We're part of Young Star! (Well, Jonty's still "young" ako naman feeling young)

The 2 of us are extremely psyched for this and we promise to be as consistent as we can! 

Jonty has been the backbone of this project and he's the one who came up with the title. "These aren't the Droids you're looking for" was probably most fitting. Who's C-3PO and who's R2-D2? We don't want to think of it that way... We even got suggestions like "THAT'S NO MOON!" and "IT'S A TRAP!" which are also references to STAR WARS.

We'll be writing about Everything GEEK and Pop Culture :) Heck, we may even write about food! 

Our first article is about MARVEL vs DC! We thought it would be best since I'm the MARVEL guy and he's the DC guy. Both of us write but I have part 1 and he has part 2 which should be out by Friday of this week. 

Thank you very much to Tita Millet of Philippine Star for giving us this once in a lifetime chance and to Mr. Raymond Ang for being such an accommodating editor!

Please feel free to give your comments/opinions to :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cruz Bros have a new project! Working together for the very first time!

Guess what? My brother Jonty and I are up to something! We have a new and exciting project we can't talk about in detail. But it's gonna be awesome! You'll get to see our antics and how we just love messing with one another.

In the upcoming weeks, you'll get to see what we've been up to! It's gonna be fun! :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Giving in to Amazon's Kindle

Ok ok. So I gave in. I wanted to see what it was like to read on a Kindle. During my recent trip to Switzerland, I didn't want to carry a heavy hardbound on my handcarry so I decided to get a Kindle. I got the Kindle Keyboard and I got it on :) I have to say that it's pretty cool. But don't get me wrong. Reading on a real book is cool also.

I have an existing Amazon account so I get charged through credit card. It's pretty easy to use too!

OK now for my review.


The Kindle is very light. It's easier to carry than an iPad. Reading the text is very gentle to the eyes as well. Plus there's no glare. Using the Kindle Store is also very user friendly and downloading a book is really fast. Less than 60 seconds! Battery life is amazing as well. It can go up to a month! It can fit in your back pocket so you can practically take it where ever you want to take it. I say that it's perfect for traveling! 


I got the one with special offers and I find the offers rather annoying for one reason. When you put the Kindle to sleep, you can't change the wallpaper. You'll have to hack a code and you'll lose the warranty that comes along with it. The other thing is that a lot of the books I wanted to get weren't available in the Kindle Store. Apparently not all books are available in all territories which sucks a lot. 

For the verdict, the Kindle is a cool gadget to have if you love to read and travel. I didn't check if the books I wanted were available so make sure the books you want are available. At the end of the day, it doesn't hurt to own a Kindle. It's also still cool to go to the book store and look for the book that you want :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Jiggy and the Chocolate Factory

Who doesn't love chocolate? It never fails to make me smile when I receive or see chocolate. It's just so damn good! Chocolate is close to my heart. Very close. Why? I used to work for chocolates. It was an awesome job because you got to try/taste/eat chocolate 5 days a week. (But everything in moderation of course)

Anyway, about a week ago in Switzerland, with the help of my 2 new friends Ton and Khan, I got to visit Le Maison Cailler or The House of Cailler. (Pronounced "KAH-YEY") It was a CHOCOLATE FACTORY! So think of all the Willy Wonka stories you know! Le Maison Cailler was also where The Chocolate Centre of Excellence is located and this is where Nestle and the top Chocolatiers make new recipes for the best chocolates!

There was a tour that explained the history of chocolate. It started with the Mexicans/Aztecs when they discovered this bean they named "Theobroma Cacao" or you can also say Food of the gods. But the main story included F.L. Cailler opening the first Swiss Chocolate Factory. It was in Switzerland where MILK CHOCOLATE was invented by a man named Daniel Peter with the assistance of Henri Nestle. 

I got to see how they made the Cailler chocolates and believe me when I say that it's one of THE BEST chocolates in the world! I mean, Cailler was the very first milk chocolate! The assortment was just broad! There's chocolate for cooking, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, premium chocolates, etc. Also interesting is that there's this part of the tour where they ask you "For you, when is it time for chocolate?" I answered "to make Misha happy :)" Gentlemen, it's been tried and tested, you need to give women chocolates! 

A tour wouldn't be complete without tasting the chocolates! So at the end, there's an all you can eat chocolate buffet!!! Argh, my mouth is drooling just recalling my experience. ANG SARAP TALAGA!

Smiling when there's chocolate inside your mouth

Cailler Ambassador

Cailler SUBLIM

Cailler Milk Chocolate

Visiting the Cailler Chocolate Factory will be an experience I will forever keep in my heart. In life, we need to make ourselves happy. C'mon, don't you want to be happy? I believe our happiest days were the days when we were kids. Why not relive our childhood days from time to time? :) Have some chocolate, the endorphins will make you happy :) Share the happiness! Give someone a bar of chocolate! We ALL deserve to be happy in life :D

Monday, November 7, 2011

Swiss Cheese

OK, so I can't think of a better title to this post. But so what? I'm cheesy! If you can't handle the cheese, deal with it! :) Haha! Kidding!

So back to the post.

It's November already and I came from an excellent trip to Switzerland. Misha is working there now but it's only temporary. I visited her for a week and here are just some snapshots of what we did in Confoederatio Helvetica aka Switzerland.

The weather was real nice! It's in between Autumn and Winter so it was getting cold but you could see the different colors of the leaves! It was beautiful! The yellow leaves were my favorite. Bihirang makakita sa Pilipinas ng yellow and white leaves.

Lake Geneva was just amazing. Walking by it in the morning gave me goosebumps. I'm not really that type of nature guy but seeing the lake, the trees, the different colored leaves, the snow on top of the mountains, the swans, etc. Man... God is good! It was just beautiful!

Switzerland will not be complete without Fondue and walking by the lake! There are a lot of museums by the lake in Vevey such as the Alimentarium (Food Museum) and the Photography Museum. Charlie Chaplain Square is also in Vevey! In Montruex, Freddie Mercury has a statue there! Plus Misha and I wanted to get cool and funny pictures of ourselves in a different country.

A long distance relationship can be difficult. You have to adjust to time zones plus you get lonely. But what's keeping me and Mish sane now is that there are only 39 days left! From that point on, no one leaves! :) If you're in a long distance relationship, visiting that special someone is just so worth it! It teaches you a lot plus it makes you realize that life is worth living with that special person.

I'll write more about my trip in the upcoming days but for now, hope the pictures entertain you :)