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Trese, Pacific Rim anime coming to Netflix

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Get hyped! A new set of anime is coming to Netflix including popular Philippine comic book Trese and sci-fi film franchise Pacific Rim.

Netflix made the announcement during the See What’s Next Asia event held in Singapore which is geared towards connecting the rest of the world with content with Asian roots.

“The beauty of Netflix is that we can take never-seen before stories from South Korea, Thailand, Japan, India, Taiwan, or elsewhere, and easily connect them to people all over Asia and the world,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

Netflix has been home to some of the best anime with titles like Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and My Hero Academia currently in their library. Netflix original anime like Castlevania and DEVILMAN crybaby have also been hits.

Banking on the success of those content, the popular streaming service will add the following titles to their library:

Trese

Created by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldissimo, the story follows Alexandra Trese as she takes on a criminal underworld littered with mythical creatures from the Philippine folklore. The anime will be helmed by Executive Producer Jay Oliva (Wonder Woman, The Legend of Korra) and will be produced by Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson at BASE Entertainment, a studio based in Jakarta and Singapore.

Pacific Rim

If you love giant robots and colossal monsters, then this is right up your alley. Pacific Rim is set in the same universe as the two live-action feature films and follow two siblings — an idealistic teenage boy and his naive younger sister — who are forced to pilot an abandoned Jaeger across a hostile landscape in a desperate attempt to find their missing parents. Co-showrunners: Craig Kyle (Thor: Ragnarok) and Greg Johnson (X-Men: Evolution). Production company: Legendary Entertainment (Kong: Skull Island; Pokemon: Detective Pikachu).

Altered Carbon

This is another series that has live-action roots. The anime will explore new elements of the Altered Carbon mythology. It will be written by Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) and Tsukasa Kondo. Animation will be handled by Anima.

Cagaster of an Insect Cage

This is a survival story on steroids. A young couple struggles to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world hit with a mysterious disease called “Cagaster” that turns people into giant murderous insects. Directed by Koichi Chigira (Last Exile, Full Metal Panic!). Animation studio: Gonzo (Hellsing, Afro Samurai).

Yasuke

A retired ronin in a war-torn feudal Japan of mechs and magic is forced to take up his sword again when he is tasked to transport a mysterious child who’s on the crosshairs of dark forces. It’s created and directed by LeSean Thomas (The Boondocks, Cannon Busters), who is also serving as Executive Producer. Grammy nominee Flying Lotus will compose the music and be an Executive Producer on the show. Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You) will be the voice of the protagonist Yasuke (based on the historical samurai of African origin who fought with Oda Nobunaga). Animation studio: MAPPA (Yuri On Ice, Kakegurui).

All these titles look highly promising, so get ready to binge-watch and watch out for these titles when we inevitably include them on our monthly Now Playing list!

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Sony products are discounted this Christmas

Discounts and cashback for the holidays

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While Sony keeps struggling in the smartphone market, it still remains one of the top products for digital imaging. Its line of mirrorless cameras is one of the best in business. Plus, Sony is doing well in home and personal entertainment, with its line of TVs, speakers and headphones remaining the best in their category.

Sony Singapore is offering discounts and cashback for select cameras, TVs, speakers, and headphones. Here are the discounted products:

Cameras

TV

  • A9G (55″ 4K TV)  — SG$ 5,799 after SG$ 2,200 cashback

Headphones and earbuds

Speakers

The promo runs from November 1, 2019 to January 5, 2020. The discounts are available on all Sony stores across Singapore. For more information about the promo, visit Sony’s website.

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These Coke bottles have lightsabers that light up

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Image source: Coca-Cola

It’s December now. You know that means. It’s Star Wars season all over again. As you might expect, Star Wars-themed merchandise are bursting from out of nowhere. Check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars edition. Or this extensive list of Star Wars-themed lifestyle products.

However, even with the deluge of movie tie-ins, you haven’t seen the best one yet. Coca-Cola has just released the ultimate collectible bottle for Star Wars fans. These two No-Sugar bottles feature the current trilogy’s main characters, Rey and Kylo Ren, with fully illuminating lightsabers.

Created in collaboration with German startup Inuru, the limited-edition bottles use specially customized OLED technology. The labels contain a complete circuit and a printed battery. The circuit activates whenever someone presses on the label. The battery can reportedly last for up to 500 activations.

Additionally, despite the added technology, the smart label is still ecologically friendly because it uses rare earth metals as materials. Like those used in smartphones today, the labels can be recycled easier than normal plastic. (Unfortunately, this likely doesn’t carry over to the actual bottle.)

So, how do you get one of these things? Unfortunately, the special bottles will only ship in Singapore between December 6 to 22. Further, Coca-Cola will produce only 8,000 bottles for the promotions. The company is also hiding the bottles’ locations under cleverly hidden clues.

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24 hours in Mövenpick with the Honor 9X

I didn’t want to leave

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I know you must feel strange to be hearing back from me writing another travel article when last time I tried, I preemptively said that I was horrible at writing about my adventures. Well, you guys might have to deal with reading my silly little travel psychobabble again because I went to Cebu for a weekend and I brought the Honor 9X with me.

Feeling beachy

Okay, this is technically not fair since Cebu is like home to me at this point. I luckily grew up visiting Cebu a lot. My older siblings were born there, so that’s not much of a surprise. On this trip though, my parents opted out of staying in a hotel in the middle of the bustling city. We decided to stay by the beach at Mövenpick. We have never been to Mövenpick before. So, it was going to be pretty interesting to explore the place.

The view was stunning. I didn’t even know what to capture first. It was that gorgeous. When we arrived, the staff were lovely enough to let us roam the area despite not having checked in yet. Mövenpick is pretty. The moment you get dropped off at the lobby, the place instantly assaults your senses with everything beach. It smells, sounds, and feels like you’re at the beach. 

That’s obviously because a few steps farther, you’re already at the beach. The place is well designed to have the ocean breeze flow from the bayfront to the resort lobby. It’s open-spaced.

No such thing as fasting at breakfast

This is the only photo of food I managed to snag before inhaling it. I’m not going to apologize for being a little hangry considering I hadn’t had a meal for hours and I stayed up all night. This is Mövenpick’s poached egg breakfast. Was it good? Yes. I mean, look at it. How could it not be?

I think off the bat, that how the food tasted may have shifted a little considering I was zoning out because of the view. It’s really pretty and honestly, it testing my writing skills (if I have any) to try and find more synonyms to great, pretty, and lovely. 

Dinner at the Ibiza

No, I didn’t take a pill in Ibiza. And yes I know, nobody asked. Mövenpick has this by-the-bay restaurant and bar called the Ibiza. They have live music and good food so if you’ve booked a room, this is the place to be at night. There’s food, an amazing view, and live music. Is there anything more I could have asked for? No. It was perfect.

The Ibiza is open in the morning too. If you want to have your breakfast there, you can soak in the early morning ocean breeze while eating.

Here come excuses

Alright, I didn’t take many photos while in Cebu, at least, not as many as I would like to. I wanted to savor every stunning moment there. I haven’t been back in ages and I’ve barely spent time at the beach. Not to mention, I rarely get to see my little nephew. 

I guess as much as this article is about bringing the Honor 9X with me to show off how the phone is capable of capturing every lovely moment of your travels, it’s good to sometimes be in the moment. It isn’t on the Honor 9X for uncaptured moments. It’s totally on me for leaving it in my bag. Having said that, I think it was good to have eased off bringing the phone along every single second of the trip. I’m more than happy to have lived those quiet undocumented moments.

I’m not saying you should drop taking pictures altogether. It’s nice to have documented moments of a trip especially when it’s somewhere stunning. It’s nice to have something to look back on and to remind us of good times. I suppose it’s just nice to sometimes wean off of being so obsessive with what you can capture and instead, be in the moment.

All photos are taken with the Honor 9X

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