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What is TWICE’s GadgetMatch?

Yes, the K-Pop girl group

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It’s day who-knows-what of quarantine now and everyone’s doing whatever they can to stay sane. While other people are binge-watching on Netflix, reading books, listening to podcasts, or learning new things, I have been going through TWICE content.

Just recently, they posted a video of the group’s resident gamer Mina playing Minecraft on what appeared to be an HP Omen 15 gaming laptop. This, along with a conversation with our gaming writer Gab, prompted me to write this article.

Let this also serve as an answer to one of our Twitter follower’s question:

One more thing before we dive in. This exercise is truly just for fun. If I get any information wrong, feel free to nicely point it out to me. We’re doing this list by age so that’s NaJeongMoSaJiMiDaChaeTzu. Let’s go!

NAYEON 

Nayeon’s GadgetMatch: 
Panasonic’s Micro-Foaming Cleansing Device

We’ve seen Nayeon go on VLIVE (a popular video live streaming service for K-Pop idols) several times talking about how she feels lazy removing her makeup. Well, guess what, here’s something that can help.

Not only is the Panasonic Micro-Foaming Cleansing Device great for makeup removal, it’s also gentle on the skin and provides some deep cleaning. It’s a device that’s highly recommended for people who wear makeup and would like to make sure they thoroughly (but gently) clean their face at night.

JEONGYEON

Jeongyeon’s GadgetMatch: 
Dyson V11 (Vacuum cleaner) 

TWICE has talked about how Jeongyeon has been the member who’s in charge of cleaning. In one variety show, Jihyo — the group’s leader — even pointed out how Jeongyeon would vacuum especially when she has a lot on her mind. She also mentioned that they had a huge vacuum so perhaps it’s time to upgrade!

The Dyson V11 is a smart and powerful cordless vacuum. It has three different cleaning modes as well as switchable nozzles depending on what surface or area you intend to clean. It even has an LCD screen that shows information like power mode and filter maintenance reminders. It’s a must-have for someone like Jeongyeon who likes to tidy up.

MOMO 

Momo’s GadgetMatch:
MacBook Pro 16”

Best girl, best dancer, and best Japanese woman ever Momo Hirai is emerging as also the group’s best vlogger. In 2019 she once went on VLIVE for over seven hours non-stop. She also documented and has released several episodes of her trip to Hawaii with soulmate fellow Japanese member, Sana. Previously, she also had a series with another member — who is also best girl — Chaeyoung called MoChaeng TV.

You know, Momo has a knack for vlogging. She previously talked about editing some of these clips only on her phone. However, imagine if she had a full video editing suite at her disposal? That’s where the MacBook Pro 16” comes in. It’s a powerful notebook and already comes with iMovie. She can also opt to go the pro route and get Final Cut Pro — an app I am more than willing to teach her how to use.

SANA

Sana’s GadgetMatch:
InvisaWear smart jewelry 

Sana and gadgets don’t exactly match do they? She held onto a red iPhone for the longest time until it broke, and of course there’s that laptop that she had trouble with. So for our miss “shy, shy, shy,” I’m picking the InvisaWear smart jewelry.

These are essentially easy-to-reach panic button accessories. Not that we hope she’ll need them but when paired with the app, it’ll send an SOS message to five contacts which will include your GPS location. There are also a few designs to choose from that could match both Sana’s cutie and sexy sides.

JIHYO

Jihyo’s GadgetMatch:
Fitbit Versa 2

As the leader of the group, Jihyo might be the member who has to balance so many things the most. She’s also been shown to be really into fitness especially over the last two years.

What better gadget to pair with her than a fitness wearable — the FitBit Versa 2. Other than putting a lot of focus on fitness, it’s also stylish, has apps like Spotify so you can listen to music while working out, and tracks other things like sleep and heart rate.

MINA

Mina’s GadgetMatch:
Alienware UFO 

Resident gamer Mina seems like she probably already has all the possible gaming things she needs for their kind of lifestyle that has them travelling a lot. So it was tough trying to figure out what to match her with.

Enter the Alienware UFO. It’s only a concept for now, but what it is essentially is like a Nintendo Switch but for PC games. We’re not sure if it’s coming out anytime soon but it certainly matches Mina in so many ways. Not only is she a gamer, the Alienware brand kind of also matches her out-of-this-world visuals.

DAHYUN

Dahyun’s GadgetMatch:
Huawei X Gentle Monster Smart Alio-C1

I have to admit, I don’t know much about Dahyun other than that she’s probably the goofiest member and that she has this uncanny ability to spot cameras wherever they may be. I also know she wears glasses so I’m just gonna go with that.

The Huawei X Gentle Monster collaboration blends together fashion and tech. The smart eyewear can play music and be linked to a virtual assistant. The lenses can also be changed to prescription ones so Dahyun can still look stylish even with these on.

CHAEYOUNG

Chaeyoung’s GadgetMatch:
iPad Pro 2020

Aside from being the main rapper, Chaeyoung is also known to be the member who has participated the most in lyric-writing for their songs. She’s also one hell of an artist, even designing a version of their album covers and some of the group’s merch. She’s creative in every sense of the word.

What better device to help this Strawberry Princess (she’s very fond of strawberries, thus the nickname) unleash all her creativity than with an iPad Pro 2020. It’s a device built for creatives. She can do her sketches, write lyrics, and she can even use it to record a demo version of songs she’s written. Can’t think of a more perfect pairing.

TZUYU

Tzuyu’s GadgetMatch:
PetCube Bites

Every Tzuyu stan knows how fond she is of dogs but no one will come close to Gucci. The cute little Pomeranian has been with her since pre-debut days but because of work, they haven’t been together as much.

PetCube Bites will let Tzuyu check on Gucci even from a distance. The camera records and sends the footage to a cloud, making sure she won’t miss anything. It will also let her throw treats for and talk to Gucci.

Visuals by Marcus Jucutan


Do you agree with our picks? Which TWICE member is your bias and what do you think is Her GadgetMatch? 😉

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3 comedies you need to watch for good laughs

Keeping it inclusive and culturally diverse!

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We can all use a good laugh every now and then. But now that our society and culture has become more progressive, popular comedies that people used to love — mostly from the 90s — aren’t really that funny anymore.

As the world gets more connected, our awareness of  global, socio-political issues increases. Nowadays, the comedies worth watching are the shows with subtle messages that raise issues reflecting our reality.

Here, we listed down three comedies that are worth checking out, especially if you want a good laugh while staying woke.

Community

I was late to Community party but was very glad I made it. When Netflix dropped its six seasons last April 2020, I found myself sneaking in an episode or two in my daily quarantine life. Having spent three months on lockdown, we can all use a comedy to lift our spirits (other than a psychological evaluation right after the crisis).

Community is a popular sitcom that’s (forgive me for saying this) streets ahead. First aired in 2009, it had a pretty diverse cast. There’s a classic white alpha guy and two white women; one atheist who’s also an activist and a Jewish obsessed with competing.

There are African-Americans, too! One of them is a highly-religious Christian mom, the other is played by Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. There’s also a half-Arab, half-Polish Muslim, a senior citizen who practices a Buddhist-like cult, and a Chinese-American teacher turned student.

Together, they formed a storyline of misfits turned friends, turned families.

Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs) performing her awkward song on a Christmas episode

Watching Community heightened my awareness of issues regarding race, gender, nationalities, ages, and cultures. While most of these issues are brought out for comic relief, the characters worked together to find a solution and come into realizations.

Personally, I found it interesting how I can learn life lessons after watching a show that’s supposed to just make me laugh. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone: getting entertained and educated!

The Good Place

I first heard about The Good Place through my best friend who loved watching tellies and was instantly hooked. I honestly believe when pilot episodes make you laugh so hard, the series is going to be extremely good. And that’s what happened when I watched The Good Place.

It’s a story about four deceased individuals who end up in a heavenly utopia called The Good Place. The cast comprise of a white, selfish saleswoman from Arizona, an indecisive black Ethics professor, a hot rich fraud British philanthropist with legs for days, and a Filipino DJ and drug dealer from Florida.

Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto) acting as the Taiwanese monk Jianyu to prevent his cover from being blown

What I love about The Good Place is how it tackled ethics and philosophy creatively, bringing up morals through the concept of heaven and hell. Moreover, diversity and representation are on point in this show, with ethnically appropriate actors and actresses. (And they don’t even make a big deal out of it!)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Last but not the least, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a must-watch comedy for everyone. As usual, I was late to the party but I’ve fallen in love with it.

The show didn’t tackle pressing topics such as racism, sexism, and homophobia through specific episodes. Rather, it’s intertwined in the storyline along with a racially mixed group of cops.

The precinct’s captain is a happily married, openly gay cop. Being in the police force since the 80s, he shared his many disadvantages and struggles due to his sexuality.

Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti) being sarcastically frustrated during her mother’s wedding

There are topics mirroring our reality in each and every episode: a bisexual cop’s coming out and her parent’s refusal to accept it, the horrors and fear that black people endure in their daily lives (even if they’re in a position of power), struggles of motherhood, pursuing your passion, and a lot more.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the most inclusive, diverse, and progressive comedy we all need to watch. It’s open-minded, lighthearted, and ridiculously funny. I still re-watch it to this day when I need a good laugh. It’s guaranteed to have me in tears while laughing out loud.

March on, progressive and inclusive comedies!

I still find myself at odds with my friends, especially with the types of comedies they enjoy. However, I believe that we just need to help our friends explore comedies that don’t use transphobia, homophobia, sexism, fat-shaming, white supremacy, and plain racism as a way to deliver ‘funny’ lines.

How about you? Do you have a go-to comedy you enjoy? Share it with us!

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Netflix Protip: Finding content like ‘The Last Dance’

Everything from basketball films to animé

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Live sports were cancelled due to the health crisis, that’s why basketball lifers turned their attention to The Last Dance. It’s a documentary series featuring the final championship run of basketball G.O.A.T. (this is not debatable) Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Sadly, the docuseries has ended and now there’s another void that needs to be filled.

Fear not, Netflix shared with us some protips on how to find similar content. This, by the way, applies not just for basketball but also for other types of content. You can also do all these whether you’re accessing Netflix on your smartphone or a computer. Let’s go!

Search by Keyword

If you’re still on a basketball high, you can type in keywords such as ‘Basketballor ‘Michael Jordan’  and let Netflix share with you the results. Here are some of the titles you’ll find.

      1. Q Ball — At San Quentin State Prison, hardened convicts take their shots at redemption while navigation personal struggles by bonding through basketball.
      2. One in a Billion — Follow the journey of Santam Singh Bhamara as he works to fulfill his dream of becoming the first India-born player to be drafted into the NBA.
      3. #Rucker50 — This documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Harlem sports program that has inspired countless kids to become pro basketball players.
      4. The Carter Effect– Featuring eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter, this documentary takes an in-depth look at his impact on pop culture and the Canadian basketball scene.
      5. Coach Carter– Controversial basketball coach Ken Carter puts school before sports and benches his undefeated high school team for poor academic performance.

+My List

To save time from having to search over and over, quickly add titles you’re interested in to your list. The add to ‘My List’ feature enables you to compile and easily access the shows that you may want to watch at a later time.

Here’s yet another list of basketball movies and anime titles you might want to watch.

  1. Space Jam — Bugs Bunny and his pals coax Michael Jordan out of retirement to play in a basketball game against a team of monstrous aliens to win their freedom.
  2. Basketball or Nothing — Follow the Chinle basketball team in Arizona’s Navajo Nation on a quest to win a state championship and bring pride to their isolated community.
  3. Kuroko no Basuke (Anime) — Five middle school basketball stars went to separate high schools and now Tetsuya Kuroko and Seirin High are making their play to glory.
  4. Ahiru no Sora (Anime)  — Sora joins the high school basketball club, but his unmotivated teammates don’t care about the game. To get anywhere, he has to change their minds.

More Like This

In case you didn’t know, there’s a tab called ‘More Like This’ right under a show or a movie’s title page. This reveals a list of other shows that are similar. So, if you enjoyed that one show or film, this is a great way to find more that might interest you.

Here are more sports shows and films you might enjoy:

  1. Antione Griezmann: The Making of a Legend — With heart and determination, Antione Griezmann overcame his small stature to become one of the world’s top soccer players and a World Cup champion.
  2. The Ronda Rousey Story: Through My Father’s Eyes — This documentary chronicles former Olympian and UFC champion Ronda Rousey’s ascent to iconic status in the world of mixed martial arts.
  3. First Team: Juventus — Follow renowned soccer club Juventus on and off the pitch as they attempt to win a seventh straight Italian title and achieve Champions League glory.
  4. Losers In a “winning is everything” society, how do we handle failure? This series profiles athletes who have turned the agony of defeat into human triumph.
  5. Sunderland ‘Til I Die’This docuseries follows English soccer club Sunderland through the 2017-18 season as they try to bounce back after relegation from the Premier League.

Recommend to Netflix

Not everything is on Netflix and they’re the first ones to admit it. Fret not, if a title you’re looking for isn’t there, you can let Netflix know that you want it. Tucked away in their Help Centre is a little page that lets you recommend TV shows or movies for Netflix to add to their service.

You access this either through a web browser at help.netflix.com/titlerequest or by clicking on “Help” in your account menu. Personally, I’ve previously requested for Kimetsu No Yaiba (Demon Slayer) and for all the three Rurouni Kenshin live actions movies. Kimetsu No Yaiba is actually available to watch now, so I’m crossing my fingers that the live action Rurouni Kenshin movies come next!

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10 films and shows about motherhood you need to watch

Untold struggles and stories that every mom experiences

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Fierce, strong, brave, loving, gentle, and caring.

When we’re describing mothers, the list of adjectives can go on and on. Often, they’re selfless — putting their kids’ and families’ needs first.

To celebrate the women we hold dear, we have an annual holiday where everyone shares their love for their mom in one day. The internet turns into a forum of stories glorifying mothers, painting them as superwomen worth looking up to.

However, mothers don’t need to be celebrated in just a single day. So we’ve compiled a list of TV shows and films you can watch by yourself or with your mom. From comedies to documentaries to thought-provoking dramas, they highlight the untold struggles moms experience and stories of our relationship with them.

After watching a few from this list, you might come into realization how strong our mothers really are. If you’re a new mom, a mom taking a break from your busy life, a partner to a mother, or a daughter or son who loves their mom so much, these shows are definitely worth watching. Express your love and celebrate each day like it’s Mother’s Day!

Becoming

This new Netflix documentary tells the story of Michelle Obama, from her humble upbringing on the South Side of Chicago to getting her law degree, to meeting Barack Obama, to being a mother to Sasha and Malia, to their journey to the White House, and beyond. It’s a story of love, loss and hope, successes and failures, fulfillment and hard work, and bringing about change for oneself and for others.

Wild

Cheryl Strayed decides to build her life again in this movie adaptation of her memoir with the same title. She sets out for the great outdoors and hikes the Pacific Crest Trail alone after losing her mother, going through divorce and addiction.

Unorthodox

Unorthodox is a short but profound story of a former member of New York’s Hasidic Jewish community. Esty’s journey is a story of self-discovery and questioning what happiness truly is — is it one that you find for yourself or that which your circumstances dictate? Is becoming a mother a choice you make yourself or one that’s made for you by society?

The Joy Luck Club

Based on a book of the same title, The Joy Luck Club explores the lives of four Chinese-American women and their Chinese immigrant mothers that defy what it means to be a woman.

Marriage Story

Despite what the title suggests, Marriage Story is a deep dive into the ugly, painful process of divorce. It’s an intimate story of a couple breaking up and a family coming together.

Workin’ Moms

Four urban moms find each other and become friends over their shared struggles in raising children in the city, their careers, and trying not to lose their sense of self.

Tully

Comical yet eye-opening (and somewhat depressing after some realization kicks in), Tully tackles the struggles of motherhood — juggling responsibilities while tending to your family’s needs, sometimes forsaking the need to take care of yourself.

Egg

There’s a reason why some women choose motherhood, and some fear it. Over a heated discourse, Egg cracks open different ideologies about bringing new life into the world. With complicated characters and truth bombs being thrown left and right, this comedy will make you laugh while making you realize why it’s perfectly okay to have your own definition of motherhood.

Brave

A Disney-Pixar favorite, Brave is about a mother-daughter relationship going astray because of indifference. Merida defies an age-old custom of forced, arranged marriage by her mother, Queen Elinor, to pursue freedom which led to chaos and a striking realization about changing fates.

Bad Moms

Three over-stressed moms went on a quest to break free from the usual responsibilities of every mom. Most of which are imposed by a clique of women dedicated to becoming devoted, perfect moms. This film highlights every mom’s breaking point caused by overworking and over-exhaustion. One night, they just decided to be the ‘bad moms.’ But in reality, they’re not regular nor bad moms. They’re the cool moms.

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