Friday, November 24, 2023

This 2024 BTS planner is a must-have for ARMYs.

I finally got my 2024 BTS planner!

For the past few years, I've been getting my annual planners from The Purple Press - and for good reason: they're BTS-themed!

I love how, every time I use it, it puts a smile on my face because it's filled with BTS, BTS, and BTS!

2024 BTS Planner Features

The 2024 BTS planner from The Purple Press takes things up a notch this year as it is black, and it is spineless! That means that it won't close whenever you journal or whenever you have to step away to get glue or other materials. It sounds like such a minor thing, but it's a game-changer!

Other things I love about this 2024 BTS planner?

Prompts for ARMYs

One of the things I love about this 2024 BTS planner is the prompts for ARMYs that allow you to reminisce about your ARMY journey and remember what you love about BTS. Since they've all enlisted into the military now, this has added an extra twinge in my chest. Huhu.

BTS Birthdays

If you're an ARMY, you prolly already have each member's birthday memorized, but it's cute to see them colorfully plotted in this 2024 BTS planner anyway.

BTS Artwork

This 2024 BTS planner is also filled with amazing BTS artwork that will put a smile on your face every time you see it.

Discounts for BTS Merch

If, like me, you love discovering BTS merch from local brands and stocking up on them, this 2024 BTS planner has a ton of discounts for you to take advantage of. I've already used a few of them, and I'm super happy to be discovering such creative local brands with the same love and passion for BTS as me.

Blank Space Galore

When it comes to planners, I love having blank space more than anything because I get to decorate it as I please. I'm all about sticking photos and mementos in my planners so having the freedom to do so is so important for me.

The Purple Press also has these BTS bias notebooks available for all of your other note-taking needs.

I think I already have five of these so far, and they come in handy for practically anything. Collect all 7 or create a collection of your bias alone. Either way, you'll love using them, I promise.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Everyone has bad days.

I had one of the most disappointing experiences in my work life this week, and that's saying something because I genuinely, truly love my job.

If you've known me for a while now, you probably know that I was never a level-headed person. In fact, a lot of people would've called me a straight-up bitch. I was quick to get annoyed, to get angry, and to release my frustrations without thinking about how other people would feel.

As I've gotten older, however, I'd like to think that I've learned a few lessons along the way. Syrena played a pivotal role in that. In fact, he's the reason why I am who I am today.

Syrena has taught me the importance of patience. He helped me understand that people are simply... all built differently. You can't expect everyone to act the way you want them to nor can you control every single thing in your life.

While it is understandable that everybody has bad days, though, that doesn't give you the right to be an asshole to everybody all the time. It is also completely alright to be pissed at one person or even several people at once, but that doesn't mean that everyone else around you should be implicated, especially those who have no idea what pissed you off in the first place.

It takes a lot for me to get pissed to the point where I feel the need to scream nowadays, but that's how I felt this week. I bottled it up as much as I could and put on a professional face all throughout, even working extra hard to turn the tables and hopefully bring everyone's spirits back up. The minute I walked through the door at home, though, I screamed the loudest Hulk-screams I could muster.

Because that's what you do. If you come across a lot of people in your line of work, you should still get the job done and then just wait to release whatever emotions you feel when eyes are no longer on you. I do that in my home life too. When I feel down or pissed, and Syrena is home; I go to the bathroom to let those tears out.

Maybe it's just the me of today, but I believe that selfishness shouldn't have a place at work or in life, in general. Why should other people be affected by my sour mood? Why should I bring others down with me? Why should I ruin other people's days just because I'm having a bad day?

It takes rationality and a lot of effort to get into that mindset, sure, but I hope everyone learns to start thinking more about other people's feelings before they act or speak - or at the very least, learns to apologize when they've hurt someone. Let's all strive to be better people, please.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Echo on Disney Plus arrives just in time as I rekindle my love for Marvel.

Echo on Disney Plus was recently announced, and I'm so excited!

That might be surprising to hear, seeing as my love for Marvel has died down in recent years. I don't really remember when it started anymore; but at some point, I just stopped watching Marvel anythings.

I mean, as Wonder Woman, it should be clear that DC has always had my heart; but I actually used to enjoy Marvel movies a lot. I even had whole toy collections of my favorite Marvel characters. That died at some point, and was only recently rekindled by the Loki series.

So, now that another Marvel series has been announced, I am absolutely stoked. And what's great about Echo is that you don't actually have to watch any previous Marvel movies or series to get into it.

Echo on Disney Plus stars Alaqua Cox as Maya "Echo" Lopez, a deaf Native American who was once a member of The Kingpin's criminal empire.

Despite not being able to hear, Echo has photographic reflexes that allow her to copy moves and attacks while fighting. Add to that the fact that she has training in martial arts and firearms, and you can be sure that this series will be as bad-assly action-packed as you can imagine. It actually reminds me of Daredevil... but better coz she's female. :p

Echo on Disney Plus is the first series under the Marvel Spotlight, which aims to feature new and grounded MCU character-driven stories outside of the massive MCU that we all know. Really crossing my fingers that this'll be a good one!

Bonus: unlike former Marvel series, all 5 episodes will drop all at once, so no waiting for a whole week to catch the next episode!

Echo on Disney Plus launches on January 10, 2024.

Watch the Echo trailer here.

Saturday, November 4, 2023

The Toy Warehouse Sale in SM Megamall is totally worth it!

Wow. The Toy Warehouse sale in SM Megamall is totally worth it!!!

Y'all know that I'm a child at heart and that I have a child that I always use as an excuse to stock up on toys lol, but I didn't expect the both of us to have this much fun at the Toy Warehouse sale in SM Megamall.

To be honest, it's pretty normal for us to splurge on toys. I'd like to blame my childhood on this, but I think I just never really grew out of being a child either.

The minute we entered and saw how huge the venue was, we already knew what was going to go down. So, we grabbed a cart right away and made our way methodically through the area. Yes, we planned out how we would go through it beforehand because we didn't want to miss a single thing.

Our Top Picks at the Toy Warehouse sale in SM Megamall

Sy is a huge fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and they have a ton of different figures on sale at 70% off!

Super cute (and hella soft) unicorn plushies for the unicorn lovers like me.

All of those cool Harry Potter items you see at Toy Kingdom are on sale at the Toy Warehouse sale in SM Megamall as well. This is actually the area I went totally nuts in. I literally bought almost everything I saw.


And Pokemon tech accessories!

Super cute fluffy Star Wars slippers for only 200 pesos!

I actually only took this pic because I know a kid who loves Blippi; but a lot of people messaged me on Instagram after seeing my story, so here you go. Here's where you can get a ton of Blippi toys - ON SALE!

A wide array of Funko Pops! And can I just say that the selections are amazing? You know how usually, when there's a Funko sale, it's for the Pops that no one really wants? I wanted so many of the ones I saw here. My goodness.

Due to my current obsession with Loki on Disney+, it shouldn't be surprising that I felt like I simply had to buy this. Huhu. Too cute!

They have all of the BTS Funko Pops too!

Adorable Sanrio pillows, including Gudetama, which is usually so hard to find here in the Philippines.

They also have the Hello Kitty rollerskates I was once eyeing. Huhu.

They even have books, including these workbooks on how to create manga characters - perfect for Sy's current pastime.

Paint-by-numbers but make it BTS!

Sy recently found my old rainbow loom set and has been making bracelets for his friends for it, so I thought an upgrade was an order.

Miniso is also at the sale!!! I'm telling you: the options are wild!

Havaianas is also available at the Toy Warehouse sale in SM Megamall. Really wanted these Wonder Woman flip flops but they didn't have them in my (super generic) size.

They also have a bunch of Netflix-themed Havaianas, like Stranger Things and Money Heist!

They also have a bunch of dog food and dog treats on sale - a dream come true for furparents. They have stuff for cats too.

Cloud's food is on sale at 50% off, so obviously, I hoarded na.

Was so lucky to be able to cop the last pink one of this bunch. I had been eyeing this at Pet Express for days now, and I am happy to announce that Athena is absolutely in love with it!

Also got these cute Christmas outfits for the pups along with more doggo outfits that were on sale. My dogs are the real winners from this shopping spree, tbh. :p

I almost got a dog stroller too coz I've been wanting one for ages. The thing is: we had another stop after this and already had a ton of bags to carry, so I had to pass for now. Sigh.

Our final haul!

Before heading to the counters, Sy and I went through our usual, "Do we really need it?" "How badly do we want it?" "Do we deserve it?" questions, and we ended up with all of this for around Php7,200.

My arms weren't happy, but our hearts definitely were.

Whether you have kids or inaanaks, are a kid-at-heart, or have furbabies; make sure to visit the Toy Warehouse sale at SM Megamall! It's the last day (November 5, 2023), so make sure you don't miss out!!!