KitKat Break Movement: Speak Fluently In Any Language

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

Being an introvert, I've always admired people who have a knack for anything language-related, like people who can: (1) write articles so good matatameme ka sa galing, (2) speak fluently in at least 2-3 languages, (3) speak in front of an audience without looking and sounding nervous and (4) turn dull conversations into the most engaging talk in town. So, if I were to unlock any skill after taking a KitKat break, it would definitely be the skill to speak fluently in any language.  

Maybe after taking a break with these many KitKats, I'll surely be able to unlock this skill, yes? :)

Join the #KitKatBreakMovement! 
Have a Break, Have a KitKat.
And you just might unlock your hidden skills! :))


Tuesday, July 29, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

It's a known secret among students that chocolates are definite must-haves before any exam. I, for one, strongly attest to this fact, as proven by various research studies (tried and tested by desperate students worldwide) that say chocolates help improve our brain's blood flow, which then improves our brain's functions. I've witnessed time and again how learners have fervently put their faith on these sweet bars, with the belief that chocolates can bestow upon them the gift of (instant) wisdom: in college entrance exams, you'll see students armed with their baon na chocolates and in any academic competition (like quiz bees), contestants partner their vigorous reviews with their regular intake of different brain foods, with chocolate on top of the list, of course. The things we do and believe for a good grade, no? :)

Exams are one of the most dreadful things every student have to experience in their school life. But with your barkada around, exams can be fun in some way, right? Exams make way for overnight reviews and group studies with your barkada. School requirements (like papers, homeworks and exams), are also great opportunities for your friendship to grow positively. In my barkada's case, we eat chocolates both before and after any migraine-inducing exams. Not only do we believe that chocolates could help us get through our tests, but we also believe in the power of chocolates to soothe our tired minds and to uplift our after-exam moods, thanks to its mood-boosting compounds like theobromine and phenylethyamine (Info Source). Whooo yes, nagamit ko din mga learnings ko hahaha.

The ultimate sweet ending to a stressful review :)

Review buddies aside from my barkada :)

So, in our recently held exams, each of us had a Cadbury Dairy Milk on hand. After the 3-hour long exam, what better way to celebrate the sweetest ending to our (first batch) of sleepless and caffeine-driven nights than to divulge ourselves in the goodness of our Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates?

With Cadbury Dairy Milk, we sure did experienced that sweet feeling of finally finishing your exams, plus that overwhelming relief of being able to cross out at least one requirement from your loooooong to-do list:

  • EDSC 111 Exam (yeeeeeeey! one down, more to go, hahaha!)
  • 5-Page Critic Paper 
  •  Watch documentary video
  • and the list goes on and on....

Now this is what you call #CadburySweetEndings.
Enjoy your barkada's sweet endings with Cadbury Dairy Milk!

NEW LOOK (na naudlot)!

Saturday, July 26, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-


Since I'm really getting bored with my old (and never before changed since blog's birth) template, I attempted to change my blog's look..... but failed :(

This would have been how my blog's new template would look like:

But since the template, although free (which is really nice), is not customizable (not nice, huhu), I had to give it up. My blog sort of went haywire after uploading the template: I can't see my Nuffnang ad units and there were repetitive gadgets (3 Popular Posts, 2 Labels, etc).

I've tried to navigate my way around the template but failed to do so. I also tried finding other templates that not only suits my taste but can also be customized but found none *hindi lang siguro magaling ang Google Search skills ko haha. So, with a heavy heart, I've decided to just revert back to my old template.

*I've changed na lang my blog title from The Art of Getting There because it's so jeje and padrama ang effect. Haha. Di baaaaaaa? :)

If you have some great ideas on how to perk up my blog's overall look (I'm rooting for minimalist templates/themes), please do contact me! Please? Haha. I'm such a neophyte kasi when it comes to codes/editing/customizing that my blog's template is so raw, walang ka-edit edit haha.


Saturday, July 26, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

This being my first 4DX movie experience, I was just really thrilled and very eager to see the movie (Transformers: Age of Extinction). At the entrance of the cinema is a Safety Notice and height indicator that looks like this: 

I wasn't able to take a picture of the Safety Notice in the cinema lobby, so for those planning to experience 4DX, it would be best to read their Safety Notice first. I got this screenshot from the Ayala Malls Cinemas website:

Once you have your tickets, you will be welcomed by the grandiose-looking doors of the cinema entrance.

Inside, you'll notice that the 4DX cinema is quite small, compared to the usual Ayala cinemas.

While seated, you'll notice this in front of you: a socket-like attachment at the back of each seat. It's for water effects. During scenes in the movie where there were water splashing, or explosions in water, this socket-like attachment sprays water pero konti lang naman, feels like you've been sprayed perfume in your face.

The seats also have a foot rest because all through-out the movie, the seats move "in-sync" with the movie's scenes. Since we watched a Michael Bay film, the seats sure did have a LOT of chance trying to "unseat" their viewers. It felt like you're in a spaceship going through a rocky asteroid belt. And since I was quite small, I had difficulty trying to keep myself seated still while my seat was ecstatically letting me experience what an explosion would feel like.

In addition to the moving seats, the other effects include:

  • smoke - During scenes that feature larger-than-the-usual explosions, you'll notice smoke just at the front of the movie screen. It's actually not that noticeable, especially if you're seated far from the screen.

  • smell - You'll also notice a smell that's pretty much like gunpowder during movie scenes that again, involve explosions.

  • temperature - The movie featured scenes that involved a particularly cold place (tipong sinlamig ng North Pole). During those scenes, you'll notice a sudden drop in temperature inside the cinema. As if the usual coldness of any cinemas isn't enough, haha. So better have your jacket with you :) Didn't experience any hot temperature though.

  • lightning-like/camera flash - During scenes where guns (or anything that functions like guns) were fired, it was accompanied by a lightning-like/camera flash-like effect that comes from somewhere in the upper right and upper left corner of the movie screen.

As a summary, the 4DX experience was really something to experience. It's a break from the usual 2D and 3D movie experiences. Although, I wouldn't recommend it for movie marathons. The Transformers film actually gave me headaches and after watching it since there were just TOO MANY explosions. And too many explosions = your seat working hard like crazy trying to throw you off.

My KitKat Break Movement Experience!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

The Art of Getting There was one of the lucky bloggers (yiheeee) who got invited to the special screening of Transformers: Age of Extinction at the 4DX cinema of Bonifacio High Street. Wondering how I got the lucky invitation? We simply have to answer this question by KitKat: 

If you were given the chance to unlock any of these skills, what would it be and why?
  • type faster and flawlessly
  • never forget any detail
  • create awesome presentation decks
  • multitask at any given time 
An easy question for a 4DX experience, yes? Check out my entry here.
The special block screening was held on the opening day of Transformers: Age of Extinction, last June 25, 2014. Before the day of the movie, winners got this mission-like invitation:

On our way to Bonifacio High Street, my plus one and I got lost (yep! winners get to enjoy this awesome movie treat with their plus ones!). We don't exactly frequent Makati kasi huhuhu. And since we're just so happy and relieved that we finally managed to get to our destination (after a few quarrels, but hey! that's normal on any roadtrips, right?), here's some help so you won't get lost on your way to Bonifacio High Street. 

After parking at the, uh, parking area at the back of the mall, we thought that we were lost, again, because the mall was kind of empty, as in. There were only few people in the vicinity (and it was still pretty early in the evening, around half past 8). And from the ground floor of the mall, all stores were still under construction. Even the elevators, though functioning, still had the "under construction" looks: plywood pa yung pader. It was like entering a mall from a post-apocalyptic movie scene, haha. We even had to ask the friendly manong guard at the mall's entrance if we were indeed at Bonifacio High Street.

At the 4DX cinema entrance, we were greeted by the lovely and energetic Nuffnang staff. To register, we had to search for our name in their list (we confirmed our attendance via e-mail) so that we could also get our food stubs (ow yeaaaah!).

After registration, we received 2 KitKat bars from the beautiful ladies manning the KitKat booth (the most generous sponsor of the movie experience). 

Buuuut, if we complete a particular task, we get to have a bag of goodies from KitKat! And that particular task was really simple: we just had to take a selfie with our KitKat bars to document our great 4DX movie experience and tweet the photo along with a caption they provided. How easy was that?! The task was made even simpler by the very helpful Nuffnang staff, the lady in the yellow dress (from the first photo) even lent me her Ipad because my phone had no Internet connection, and another guy from Nuffnang let me use their Wi-Fi connection so I can tweet using my phone. A goodie bag from KitKat contains the following (Note: pinagsama na lang namin yung goodie bag ng plus one ko):

Goodie Bag from KitKat

Different flavors of KitKat bars! Yummmm!
Aside from KitKat bars, the goodie bag also have ID tags, mouse pads,
and something that I don't know what it's for, haha.

But that's not all to this awesome movie treat! Since we arrived at the cinema around half past 8, and finished the registration and task around 9, we still had over an hour to wait for the movie to start (the doors open at 10 but the movie starts at 10:45, according to the invitation). That's exactly what the food stubs are for: to eat while waiting for the movie to start! So after getting our KitKat goodie bags, my plus one and I headed over to Quiznos (which was really near Bonifacio High Street, some 5 minutes walk or less). There was also a Nuffnang booth there.

Nuffnang booth at Quiznos

Quiznos counter. You get to see how your sandwich is prepared.

Our food stubs got us a big sandwich plus a drink. The sandwich was really yummy! And BIG. I had no idea how to have a decent one big bite off the sandwich, haha. 

That's for me and my plus one :)

The sandwich doesn't look that big in this photo but believe me, it sure was big, haha!
After our dinner at Quiznos, we went back to the cinema at around 9:45. People were starting to gather outside the cinema doors. Since there was still no lines, we bought some bottled water. Mind you, if you're on a tight budget, bring your own water. Ginto ata tubig dun haha. One 500ml bottled water costs Php75. Whew.

Anyway, since we got to choose our seats at the registration, we don't exactly have to line up early for fear of losing seats. The doors opened at exactly 10 and the movie started at exactly 10:45. It was such an unforgettable experience! Special thanks to the following for making this awesome event possible: KitKat, Nuffnang and Quiznos. Here are other pictures of the event:

The cinema doors

*The review for the actual 4DX experience of Transformers: Age of Extinction is still in the making, haha. Will update this blog when the movie review is ready na :)