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.