Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens — it’s almost here.

Oh man (*tries to breathe slowly*). I guess it’s about time to dust off those light sabers and Star Wars costumes that have been gathering dust in your closets, people.

Here’s another batch of Star Wars VII trailers featuring Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Han Solo and Princess Leia‘s twin kids, Jacen and Jaina.

and here’s another one…

The seventh episode (yes, it’s officially called Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens — as if you didn’t know) is expected to hit theaters worldwide by Christmas this year (2015).

However, along with the mounting anticipation is a nagging, uncomfortable dread that this could turn out to be another disappointing turn (Star Wars I, II and III, anyone?). Let’s all cross our fingers that this time it will be different.

 

 

 

 

Easter Sunday 2015

Happy Easter everyone :).

 

easter 2015

I know. I know.  It’s been like forever since I last checked in here (if it were not for my Twitter feed I might as well have fallen off the grid). It’s kind of difficult to get into that — I’ve been held up for various reasons and I’m not even sure if I can still do this (blog) on a regular basis, but for now it feels like a good time to get online again and wish everyone Happy Easter.

Hope you guys have a great day/week ahead. Happy hunting, folks (the egg hunters, that is).

 

 

 

UCC 3rd Wave Clockwork (Blue Bay, Macapagal Ave.)

UCC Cafe

I finally had the chance to check out UCC 3rd Wave Clockwork about a week ago. It wasn’t exactly a planned move, although I got curious about this newly opened place when I passed by its doors a few days earlier. It’s just that Starbucks (Bluebay Walk) at that time was rather full and I still had not eaten any lunch, so I retraced my steps and entered UCC Clockwork.

Upon entering its doors, it soon hits you that this place ain’t no regular coffeehouse for the pedestrian shopper (it is one of those places that, unless you have well-lined pockets, prompts you to check your wallet before entering) — it is spacious and the store layout is pleasing after the heat outside — in short, this cafe is consciously designed to impress and appeal to the burgis coffee-guzzling crowd.

Oh well, not that I ever really cared for any of that. All I wanted was a place where I could eat, drink coffee, work undisturbed for a couple of hours at least, and with a good wi-fi service and lots and lots of convenience outlets (please!). And what do you know, UCC Clockwork has all of that (4 check marks out of 5 would have been good enough for me).

Meanwhile, here are a few more snaps of the place.

UCC 2nd FLUCC Function Rm 1 view from the balcony view from upstairs

Based on some press work from the UCC management, UCC Clockwork is the company’s centerpiece (they have several stores scattered around the metro) for their current approach on third wave coffee. The logic of it escapes me, but you’re into a more detailed explanation of this newfangled concept, here is a good place for that.

Sorry, I only managed to take a few pictures. I didn’t want to attract too much attention lest they mark me as an undesirable busybody and refuse me entry next time hahaha. As you can surmise, I was at the second floor at that time, so I was not able to get a good look at the ground floor.

And here’s a sight to warm the cockles of a freelancer’s heart:
electrical outlet

Why yes, that’s a convenience outlet right there. And what’s more, they are scattered all over the place (practically under every table in the second floor), so there’s no need to worry about losing steam while you’re in the middle of your work.

My Absurd, Totally Unnecessary but Strangely Compelling Quest for Another Starbucks Planner Begins Today

Strabucks Planners 2015

And so begins another one of those absurd-yet-improbably-addictive annual exercise that me and some of my friends pursue during the last couple of months of each year — collecting enough stickers to get one of those Starbucks Planners (I swear, it’s like an annual sports event that we can’t get out of and would probably miss if we actually skipped it hahaha.)

Don’t ask me why I keep on doing this. I have stopped looking for a good answer to that question a long time ago, right after the novelty of it wore off (which happened pretty quickly, mind you). The last one I managed to get (the Starbucks 2014 Planner) is still in its box at home. I think I must have marked about 3 pages of it, before putting it back and moved on to something else.

And as for the usual yardstick I use whenever I feel to the urge to buy something — Do I really need this? — the answer would be a resounding NO.

But still.

Quest for SB Planner 2015The usual justification I use these days — I’m often at Starbucks anyway (for work and coffee), so I might as well get something out of it — is the one I’m resolutely holding on to. At least until I finish collecting all the stickers I’d need for one of those darn planners (I want the brown one).

After that, who knows? Oh yes, this reminds me of something: Pseudoshrink requested that I do the honors for her (one set of tickers for 1 planner) this year since she won’t be here long enough to collect all the stickers she needs.

Righty-o, TPS. Consider it done.

Note: This will at least give me enough reason to keep coming back to Starbucks (it’s not like I’m planning to avoid the place anyway) — aside from the coffee and when my laptop batteries are sorely in need of a recharge. Ha.