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LEGO just made an adidas Superstar LEGO edition

The iconic sneaker in LEGO brick form

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We didn’t see this crossover coming, but here it is. The LEGO group has launched their own little spin on the adidas Superstar — part of the adidas Originals line.

It’s a buildable LEGO brick model that also maybe counts as part of your sneaker collection. The LEGO Superstar sneaker in adult sizing features a classic white and black leather construction

Just like the real thing, this LEGO version includes the iconic adidas Originals Superstar sneaker graphics, shell toe shape, trefoil logo and serrated 3 stripes mark.

The model measures over 12 cm high, 27 cm long and 9 cm wide and with a display stand and plaque. It was made for adidas diehard collectors as well as LEGO fans. You also get to choose whether you want the right or left shoe. And if you feel like splurging, might as well get a pair.

The set includes 17 extra LEGO elements so you can choose to build either the right-foot or left-foot sneaker. For extra realism, it even has shoelaces and comes in an authentic shoe box.

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LEGO also tapped six creatives to give their own take on the adidas Superstar LEGO Edition. Each one put their own spin on the LEGO Edition sneaker and are encouraging you to do the same.

You can check out what sneakerheads Aida Kiraya (@afrokickz), Tom Yoo (@tommyoo23), Hanna Helsøe (@helsoe), Leta Sobierajski (@sobierajski), Nicolai Sclater (@ornamentalconifer) and Coffee Boy (@178kz_boy) came up with here.

Price and availability

The LEGO adidas Originals Superstar 10282 model launches on July 1st and will be exclusively available at LEGO Certified Stores, adidas Original Pavilion, Brand Centre Sunway Pyramid and adidas Malaysia Online.

It will then be available at LEGO Official Store on Lazada, Shopee, as well as major retailers and department stores in Malaysia in September.

The recommended retail price is MYR 449.90.

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Clarks releases a Pikachu shoe

Released for you to catch

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From shirts to smartphones, the number of ways to represent your love for Pokémon is limitless. As one of the most popular franchises in the world, Pokémon has found its way to all facets of life through partnerships and tie-ins. If you’re looking for another way to rep your favorite cuddly creature, check out this new deal between Pikachu and Clarks.

While not as popular as other shoe brands, Clarks is still a reliable company that delivers sleek footwear for various occasions. With this new partnership with The Pokémon Company, the brand has two new Wallabees for Pikachu lovers.

Now, finding an appropriate occasion to whip these Pikachu-themed bad boys out might prove difficult. Then again, if you love Pokémon that much, the right occasion is probably every day.

The highlight is, of course, the bright yellow suede uppers with Pikachu debossing all over the entire show. If that’s not enough Pokémon, there’s also a Poké Ball logo near the shoe’s heel.

If rocking yellow shoes is above what you can handle, Clarks also has a pair in black. Though it still has the debossing and the Poké Ball logo, it’s a lot subtler than the bright yellow variant.

If you’re used to wearing Wallabees, the crossover shoes will not cost you much more. The two Pokémon boots will cost US$ 180. It is available now in Clarks stores worldwide.

SEE ALSO: Samsung unveils a Pokémon Edition of Galaxy Z Flip 3

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Confessions of a wishful runner

A young adult’s musings about running, life, and a pair of wireless earbuds that helps keep him moving forward

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JBL Endurance RACE

My relationship with running is on-and-off. Toxic. Addicting. A dwindling high, but not a mercurial one. Sometimes, I love it and the feelings it gives me. But half of the time, I just don’t.

Maybe it was because I still remember the smell of yesterday. Like on tennis courts where the scorching rays of the sun were burning through my bare skin. I remember taking laps in the court when I’m around the age of eight, and the conflicting feelings it gave me. I loved running in the streets, and playing Patintero and Agawan Base with kids I don’t remember now.

But the training I was put through made me wonder if that was entirely needed or if was it punishment. “Was I really supposed to run under the heat of noon?”

There were plenty of questions I wanted to ask but I couldn’t, simply because as a kid in an Asian household, you weren’t supposed to raise concerns or air your grievances.

My envy wasn’t with the people who triumphed; it was for those who tried. I was hanging out with the wrong people, being called a wannabe when you’re simply aspirational.

In high school, I was always a substitute player for Men’s Volleyball and Track and Field. Constantly moving, sprinting, speeding. Running 100-meters is a piece of cake, even if I was a kid struggling with asthma. There’s something about running and the world slowing down that made me enjoy every bit of it.

But life took a different turn. Aside from the rollercoaster of emotions throughout the years, all the running I did was rushing when I’m late, wearing heeled leather boots and dress shoes as I carry my briefcases and luggage I need for my deadlines.

Not to mention my neighborhood and the nonexistent urban planning of my city that makes it difficult to run safely lest you get hit by inconsiderate vehicles.

Maybe these were just excuses. For years, I just look at people standing at the podium, holding their medals. But my envy wasn’t with the people who triumphed; it was with those who tried. I was hanging out with the wrong people, being called a wannabe when you’re simply aspirational. With all honesty, I was a wishful runner. I wanted to run, but I couldn’t.

2022 was a game-changing year for me. Two years ago, I was in a near-death experience where my life started flashing before me after having literally no air to breathe. Yes, it was the dreaded ‘Rona. That slight peek at the Otherside gave me the courage to pursue all the things I’ve always wanted. I pursued them relentlessly, no holds barred. One by one — running included.

In May, I got my hands on the JBL Endurance RACE when it finally arrived in the Philippines. It was the moment when I felt a tugging in my chest. My heart was excited at the idea of a running companion to stick with me. At that time, all the running I could do was on the treadmill, alternating between the Galaxy Buds2 and the Galaxy Buds Live depending on the intensity.

It seemed the stars aligned when GadgetMatch was also invited to partake in adidas’s Run for the Oceans after I received the pair of wireless earbuds. Together with my team, we accumulated a total of 80kms. The sight of almost victory made me want to run more. I was delighted with the fact that I was running towards something, instead of running away.

Years ago, I wouldn’t even consider looking forward and having plans for the future. I just want to survive and get away from it all. All the growth I experienced in almost half a decade changed my perspective on running. It also brought me people who served as my guiding lights when navigating an unknown path.

Life did me wrong, but I got through it all and came out better and stronger.

JBL Endurance RACE

A month in and I’ve grown accustomed to the Endurance RACE. What seemed like a pair of wireless earbuds for running became a companion for my growth and training. In between my athletic endeavors such as Muay Thai, lifting weights, and running — the pair of wireless earbuds have been with me every step of the way.

The way it was designed, I knew it was made for comfort and durability. And for someone who’s a wishful runner, I rejoiced in how it fits my ears snugly even when I was running at 12mph on the treadmill. The only time it started loosening up in my ears was when I get sweaty from running consistently for more than ten minutes.

But throughout all my activities, the Endurance RACE helped me train gracefully, and even helped me discover myself and explore my love for running.

When I started running this year, I was re-learning my love for the activity. But in almost two months I was living with the JBL Endurance RACE, I’ve grasped what I really love about running. First, it’s sweat and the endorphins that keep my emotions in check. I feel alive and ready to take on the day.

Next, it’s the better headspace. My thoughts are cleared. That, or I get to sort the information I’m processing and come to a better solution or conclusion. It gives me the ability to focus and concentrate on the problem ahead.

Last, it’s the ability to tune out the world with music and the feeling of everything slowing down. With its ambient noise cancellation, I lose myself in my workout remixes of ‘Break My Heart’, ‘Ready for It?’, and ‘Dear Future Husband’.

It doesn’t fully filter the background noise, but I’m completely fine with it since we all need to be alert and aware of our surroundings when we’re exercising both indoors and outdoors.

When running on the road, I can simply turn off the noise cancellation with a press on the left earbud so I can hear the environment. It’s particularly helpful when you don’t notice the vehicles approaching. If someone approaches me, I can activate the TalkThru setting so I can have a decent conversation without removing my earbuds.

JBL Endurance RACE

I’m no audiophile, so I couldn’t make a comment about the technicalities of the listening experience. I get to enjoy the music and the sound it produced wasn’t even bad, to begin with. I’m honestly okay with that. But if you want to dive deep into fine-tuning your audio experience, there’s an app that’s compatible with both iOS and Android.

When I spoke with the reps of JBL Philippines months ago, they mentioned how they considered ease of usage when they revamped the user interface and user experience, along with Generation Z’s preference to tinker around.

It’s safe to say that even I, a millennial and a self-confessed airhead, can easily understand how to customize the sound parameters. There’s an equalizer with different presets for you to choose from. Jazz, Vocal, Bass, Club, and Studio. You can even make your personal equalizer settings.

JBL Endurance RACE

Finding the settings that work for you help when you’re getting into running. The sound you enjoy can help you build through the habit until you learn to love every bit of running. Sweat, shin splints, sore legs, and all.

Gestures are all easy to learn, and adjustable. It’s quite easy to learn and remember so you don’t have to keep using your phone when changing your music playback or navigating phone calls. And more importantly, it takes me a week before I charge the pair of wireless earbuds on its chunky case. After all, I only use the device during my athletic activities.

I guess the ease of use in my experience with the JBL Endurance RACE made me focus on enjoying running as much as I can. I’m at a stage where I don’t dread running anymore, and I look forward to finally having the courage to take on a race.

To date, I still can’t call myself a runner. I’m still a person who runs, trying to clock in the distance he always wanted. For now, I’m only trying my best to love running because I know I still haven’t fully embraced it.

Maybe after a few months of learning and unlearning, of sprinting more and forcing myself through inclines, I’ll learn to put all of my heart into it.

Somehow, I can just rejoice in the way the world slows down while I speed through. What I could probably guess is I’m on the right track and the stars are still aligning. After replacing my running sneakers, I got invited by friends to participate in an upcoming race. It’s tougher than the races I’ve been considering. Guess what? I’m excited.

I’m not sure if I’d get to find my way through the podium, or at least complete the race. I don’t know if life will get in the way again, and if it does, I don’t know if I could keep on running towards victory.

But on the occasion that it doesn’t, I’ll put my best foot forward in completing the race, finally call myself a runner, and celebrate the moment with pride. Here’s to hoping I get to do it.

So, if you spot another wishful runner trying their best in little ways, cheer them on. Running towards something is more difficult than running away. It’s tough out here, but it’s already rewarding.

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Amazon Prime Video expands content for Philippine viewers

Including a new Amazon Original

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Starting August 2022, Amazon Prime Video will expand its content for Philippine viewers. It will add more local titles featuring the country’s top celebrities as well as exclusive Asian shows.

The move will be highlighted by the release of a new Amazon Original, Comedy Island: Philippines (Base Entertainment) which is a comedy challenge show featuring comedians and other celebrities.

Local Originals will include Big Night starring Christian Bables, How To Love Mr. Heartless with Sue Ramirez, and Whether The Weather Is Fine featuring Daniel Padilla.

Thanks to local licensing deals, Filipino streamers will also be able to watch exclusive Korean titles and anime hits, such as:

  • Nothing Serious (Son Seok-gu/Gong Min-jung)
  • Toy Soldiers: Fake Men 2 The Complete (Julien Kang)
  • Demon Slayer
  • Jujutsu Kaisen O

Other Hollywood blockbuster films and series subscribers may enjoy include The Good Doctor, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and Thirteen Lives.

To cap it off, a local campaign featuring Anne Curtis has also been launched to encourage more viewers to subscribe.

Prime Video will be available in the Philippines for an introductory offer of PhP 149 a month until December 31, 2023.

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