Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (2022)
PG | 1hr 57min

A father's wish magically brings a wooden boy to life in Italy, giving him a chance to care for the child.

This movie offers a dark and captivating take on a classic fairy tale, almost like an adult version of Pinocchio. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and was truly amazed by the mesmerizing slow-motion animation. The film's unique approach breathed new life into the familiar story, delving into deeper and more mature themes that kept me engaged from start to finish. The slow-motion animation added an extra layer of visual brilliance, creating a truly immersive and unforgettable cinematic experience. Overall, it was a refreshing and captivating departure from the traditional fairy tale adaptations, leaving a lasting impression on me.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
PG-13 | 2hr 41min

The people of Wakanda fight to protect their home from intervening world powers as they mourn the death of King T'Challa.

What a wonderful birthday treat for me and my boys, marking our first movie post-pandemic! It was truly a special occasion since our last cinema visit was around 3-4 years ago. To make it even more exciting, we got to experience the newly renovated cinema house, and I must say, it exceeded my expectations. The upgraded setting was a significant improvement over the old one, providing a much better viewing environment.

The only downside was that the restroom was quite far from the cinema, unlike before when it was conveniently located near the entrance of each cinema hall. Nevertheless, it didn't overshadow the joy of being back in the cinema after so long.

Admittedly, I didn't have high expectations, as my boys had shared some negative feedback beforehand. However, the movie turned out to be much better than I anticipated. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it's worth mentioning that the movie showcased some fantastic girl power moments that I absolutely loved! It was a delightful and empowering experience, and I couldn't help but cheer for the strong female characters throughout the film. All in all, it was a memorable day, and we had a fantastic time celebrating my birthday with an unexpectedly enjoyable movie outing. Girl power all the way! :P.

I published a song on StarMaker, check out my singing now!

#Almost Over You#StarMaker #Duet Listen to 'Almost Over You' I sang! (StarMaker, free online karaoke)

I published a song on StarMaker, check out my singing now!
#Almost Over You#StarMaker #Duet Listen to 'Almost Over You' I sang! (StarMaker, free online karaoke)

The Sandman (2022)
TV Series | 1h 4m

In this two-part story collection, a Siamese cat dreaming of a new world and a writer in desperate need of inspiration cross paths with Morpheus.

Just when I thought I'd have to wait years for the next season or episodes, Netflix pleasantly surprised me with a bonus episode (11) of the series. Needless to say, I'm eagerly anticipating the opportunity to delve deeper into this captivating world and unravel more of the storyline.

However, I must admit, I found myself getting a bit confused with the names in the series. At one point, I thought they were referring to another character, only to realize it was Sandman's other name. Nevertheless, I can't help but see him as a fascinating blend of Edward Scissorhands and Jareth from "Labyrinth" - an enigmatic combination that sparks my imagination. If a sequel to "Labyrinth" were to be made, he'd undoubtedly fit the role seamlessly. The allure of this character adds an extra layer of intrigue to the series, making me even more excited to see how the story unfolds in the future episodes.

Replicas (2018)
PG-13 | 1h 47m

A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident.

While the storyline of the movie was decent, I must admit that it left me with a strange feeling, and I couldn't quite put my finger on what was missing. 

After watching, I decided to check its rating on IMDB, and it scored a relatively low 5.4/10. As I scrolled through the reviews, I stumbled upon one that pointed out the terrible acting, and yet, like the reviewer, I found myself still engrossed in the film—just because of Keanu Reeves' expressionless face, lolz. I couldn't help but agree with that observation. 

It's intriguing how I often view Keanu in other movies with the same stoic demeanor, as if he's reprising his Neo/John character but in a different genre. I'm curious to explore his past movies now to see if he has always embodied this enigmatic style of acting.

I've been noticing live streams on TT where users draw their viewers' profile pictures. I usually don't stay long, except for one user whom I followed before. He's incredibly talented in drawing and has a nice voice too, blessed with many talents indeed.

One day, I stumbled upon a random user's live stream with less than 10 viewers. I got curious if he would draw my profile picture. Since I didn't see any gifts, I decided to use one of my hard-earned credits to encourage him. However, I was disappointed with the result. I recorded it as it was my first time, but it seemed like he intentionally made it look bad, and he didn't even add any colors to it. He ended the live stream abruptly.

Later, I found another user, a girl this time, who was drawing live. I stayed to watch as she was bubbly and finished her drawings quickly. She randomly chose whom to draw, regardless of whether you gave her credits or not. Of course, she prioritized those who sent her gifts, which was fair. On my second day of watching her, she mentioned that she would draw me next time she came back.

After a few hours, I returned to check her live stream and saw that she had a lot of viewers and received many gifts. I was happy for her achievements, and she seemed genuinely thrilled about it. She spread good vibes, unlike the other user I encountered before. When she saw me in the chat, she remembered me and asked if I was still there, to which I replied yes. She then drew my profile picture, and I was delighted.

This whole experience made me feel inspired to start drawing again and aspire to be as skilled as them.

@purplejein thanks a lot @art_airesse24 💜 done in just 12mins #amazing 🤩 #livedrawing #purplejein #jeinsons ♬ All I Want Is You - Disco Lines

Came across this duet on my FYP (For You Page) earlier, and of course, I couldn't resist giving it a try myself, haha. Although, I must admit, it sounded better when I listened with earphones, or at least that's what I thought. :P

@purplejein #duet with @kayds dumaan sa #fyp try lang #crusin ... panira ng linggo 😝🤘 #momsoftiktok #70sbaby #womenover40 #purplejein #jeinsons ♬ original sound - kyle daiñel - kayds

The Sandman (2022)
TV Series | 45min

Upon escaping after decades of imprisonment by a mortal wizard, Dream, the personification of dreams, sets about to reclaim his lost equipment.

This series proved to be quite fascinating for me, especially since I often experience vivid dreams and have pondered the existence of other dimensions or universes. 

Admittedly, the first few episodes left me feeling a bit bored, but my excitement soared once the protagonist was finally freed, leading to a thrilling turn of events. 

The multitude of names they referred to him by posed a challenge for me to keep track, especially given my limited knowledge about Sandman, having only seen him in "Rise of the Guardians." However, this lack of familiarity with the comic book series actually made the series all the more intriguing for me. I found myself hooked, eagerly awaiting each episode to unravel more about him and the captivating storyline. 

As the series progresses, I can't help but wonder what exciting twists and turns await in the next season, leaving me genuinely curious to see what lies ahead.

Synchronic (2019)
R | 1h 42m

Two New Orleans paramedics' lives are ripped apart after they encounter a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.

It's puzzling to me that IMDB didn't categorize this as science fiction, but perhaps there's a reason behind it. While the movie does involve intriguing elements like time travel, it seems its primary focus is on portraying the surreal effects experienced by the drug user. Thus, it may not entirely fit the traditional science fiction genre. Nevertheless, the presence of the talented Mr. Grey actor adds an extra layer of interest to the film, adding to its appeal for viewers. Despite the classification, "Synchronic" still offers a unique and thought-provoking cinematic experience, captivating audiences with its blend of sci-fi elements and mind-bending storytelling.

On my FYP, thought of doing this if I was the CCA taking this call.

@purplejein #duet with @chardie4248 keri ba? 😅😝😁 #kolsenereygent #jobyodaph #purplejein #jeinsons ♬ original sound - Chardie B 🌷

INSTEAD of saying "I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you. Let me go ahead, and check what seem to be going on here.

     ---- There's empathy, but setting a negative mood with the word inconvenience. While the next statement would be better with short and straight-to-point statement. 

SAY, "I am sorry to hear that you're unable to connect to the net. Let me go ahead and check the account.

     ---- Demonstrating empathy, reiterated the purpose of the call through active listening. Then, smoothly moved on to the next course of action you plan to take.

REPLACED the "I appreciate that." with "Got it!" or maybe a simple "Thanks!", when caller provided the PIN.  For me, it's unnecessary to say appreciate, when I think that there's nothing special about it, and just part of the SECVER.

OMITTED "You're welcome." when the caller said no need for help and said thanks. IMO, I haven't done anything special, except for checking the account status, so like a casual "Sure, no worries." should be enough. Then transition to proactively ask if there's anything the caller needs assistance for.

Got my general reading from a friend and a former colleague :), thank you so much Honey.

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I took only what resonates, and the positives:
- relaxed but still a lot of worries
- secured with finances (manifesting :P)
- queen of wands for new beginnings, sagitarrius :P
- kind of cups, older or mature :P

By the way, found a site that provides information for tarot cards.

Reversed 4 of Pentacles

Tarot Love Meaning - Reversed 4 of Pentacles 
Past insecurities may be healing now, allowing you or your lover to be less jealous and possessive. The reversed 4 of Pentacles love meaning can therefore signal that the relationship can move forwards without being hindered by past wounds. If you’re single, it may be that you are ready to finally open your heart to new love, and have let go of something that has prevented you from letting your romantic life flourish.

Career Meaning - Reversed 4 of Pentacles
The reversed 4 of Pentacles may be a little tricky to interpret. Positive associations suggest that your warmhearted and generous nature at work can be a powerful asset for you. You are readily available to help others and give credit where credit is due. Alternatively, you may instead be making risky decisions and careless of the consequences. Avoid trying to do the flashiest project, or shoot for the most ambitious, irrational goal right now, as it can land you in trouble rather than help you.  

Finances Meaning - Reversed 4 of Pentacles
At times, the reversed 4 of Pentacles can signal that you’re slowly learning how to open up your pocketbook. You may generally be frugal, you are learning that it can feel good to give to others, or use your money in helpful ways. You may be donating or sharing your resources with family or friends, or purchasing things based on quality instead of price. Other times however, you can be rather careless about your money; this can make you an easy target for thieves, or shady financial schemes. Be on the lookout.

Upright 6 of Swords

Tarot Love Meaning - Upright 6 of Swords
When the 6 of Swords appears in a love tarot reading, it can signal a struggle is reaching its end. Sometimes, this can take the form of ending a relationship, or alternatively, putting a painful chapter of your relationship behind you and reconciling. In any case, it suggests the desire to leave the past, and go forwards towards an unknown, but brighter future. If you’re single, you may be ready to leave a part of yourself behind, perhaps one that prevented you from accepting love. If you have had old wounds you’ve been nursing, the 6 of Swords tarot love meaning can be a welcome sight. You may be finally ready to leave them behind.

Career Meaning - Upright 6 of Swords
You may be putting a stressful period of work behind you. There may be relief and calm as you are heading towards a more relaxed phase of work. You should be making steady progress on your projects. Compared to past experiences, these times can be a welcome improvement. Sometimes, this card can also indicate a recent change of roles or positions into something that you are better suited for.

Finances Meaning - Upright 6 of Swords
The 6 of Swords can signal movement away from financial struggles as you put that past behind you. Financially, things can be more comfortable for you, and you may no longer be under intense pressure. As you find material stability, let past experiences be a reminder to you to keep an eye out on your bank accounts. Oftentimes, we can’t run from our money issues, and it’s better to remain responsible so that problems don’t arise again and again.

Upright Queen of Wands

Upright Queen of Wands Tarot Love Meaning
This card represents an independent person, who is confident, outgoing and friendly, and who approaches love and relationships with a self-assuredness that is refreshing. She is not likely to change who she is in order to fit any other person’s desires, and generally doesn’t care what others think of them. The Queen of Wands tarot love meaning can be encouragement to be open and proud of your individuality and go out in the world and mingle. You can stop worrying about how you appear or how others perceive you and simply enjoy being around others. Your courage and self-possessed nature will draw others to you and inspire them to do the same. If you’re in a couple, you may find success being more open than ever with your partner. This honesty and frankness can draw you closer together. The Queen of Wands is also a very sensual character; this can also be a time of greater intimacy between lovers.

Career Meaning - Upright Queen of Wands
If you find the queen of wands here, it means that you have both the energy and the ability to execute your ideas at work. Whatever you are facing in your career, you can approach it with determination and passion. This drive can apply to your general situation at work or might be more specific to your position. You might already be in a leading role in your career. It could be that you mentor others or are about to start serving as a role model. Regardless of the specifics, you are a force in your field. Right now, you have the energy and passion to lead others in a way that is particularly meaningful and positive. Use this time to advance in your career and to support those around you to the best of your abilities.

Finances Meaning - Upright Queen of Wands
If you find the queen of wands here, you are able to make smart financial decisions at the moment. Whatever you choose to do is likely the result of careful planning and consideration. Do not get distracted or go too far off course (it is easy to get caught up in a spending spree), but if you focus, you are able to spend some money without serious repercussions. This might be a good time to expand your financial profile as you are able to evaluate stocks and other goods with a level head. Trust your instincts, however, if something feels wrong, it likely is. Your mind is in an ideal place to evaluate what is and is not a wise choice, trust it.

Upright 9 of Cups

Upright 9 of Cups Tarot Love Meaning
Appreciate what you have when the 9 of Cups appears in a love tarot reading. Wishes here are meant to come true, and it is best to look forwards to the future with gratitude. There is much to celebrate, and if you’re single, love can be found at parties and other happy gatherings. Go and enjoy yourself; now is not the time to be calculating or strategizing about your goals, but instead simply have fun. Lightheartedness can draw others to you. If you’re in a relationship, you’ll find that your love life will feel more cheerful and sweet. This can be a great moment to feel closer with your partner.

Career Meaning - Upright 9 of Cups
When it comes to your career, the nine of cups signifies that you may be able to find respect and recognition in your field. Whatever projects you start now may be easy to finish, and the skill you demonstrate in completing them can also earn you much praise. If you’re looking to advance in your career, this can be an excellent time to ask for a raise or promotion. People will likely be more receptive to these requests now than in the past or, potentially, in the future. Take advantage of this moment. Overconfidence is never wise, but do not be shy or bashful now. You have worked hard for this recognition. 

Finances Meaning - Upright 9 of Cups
The nine of cups signifies wishes granted, and when it comes to your finances, this card can suggest that you have everything that you need. This card signals fortune, feeling content and financial security. If you’ve been working hard, you’ll find that you can be generously rewarded. Take the time to enjoy this moment; you have earned it.

Upright King of Cups

Upright King of Cups Tarot Love Meaning
A balance between the heart and the head is represented by the King of Cups tarot love meaning. This person is emotionally mature, and values family. When emotional tensions are high, their calm and collected responses are just what everyone needs to maintain peace. When this card isn’t represented by a person in your life, it can be a suggestion to use both logic and intuition in your approach to love. Approach romance with practicality, but also with wisdom, compassion and understanding. Combined, the love you find is sure to be deep and rewarding.

Career Meaning - Upright King of Cups
At times, the king of cups can signify a more experienced, caring and compassionate advisor or mentor who can help you develop an emotionally fulfilling career. This card is also about balancing one’s emotional needs and practical, logical needs. Your wisdom and ability to balance your head and your heart can win you the respect and admiration of those around you, and can make you especially valuable when it comes to ironing out conflicts between various parties in the office. 

Finances Meaning - Upright King of Cups
On one hand, the king of cups signals some level of financial stability. This stability is the result of your judicious nature when it comes to making decisions. If you find yourself in the midst of making some large purchases or investments, this card can be a reminder that you should be both cautious and logical, as well as satisfying an emotional need.