Play Station 4: Level Up!

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YES! I’ve waited for so long to have my very own Play Station! I guess 15 years? Yeah, the very first play station I had was the jurassic one, Play Station 1. It was the grey one, which was somehow heavy, had huge buttons and memory card, and invented the Dance Revolution craze. haha.  As a guy who grew up being addicted to playing games, it is definitely a dream come true to have my own PS4. Those days where I go to my friend’s house to play or when I go to a shop to rent is over! Now since this is the “latest” version of the Play Station saga, there were very huge changes I never thought that I should’ve checked before buying.

We went to SM North EDSA’s Toy Kingdom to purchase PS4. Well, it is given that PS4 is most of the time black, so I never thought of looking for another color. Well black is classy and gives me that “gamer” feel. What I didn’t know was there were different storage sizes. The sales lady asked me if I wanted 500GB, and I was just there standing unsure what to say. She told me the biggest were 500GB and 1TB, however the 1TB wasn’t available, good thing. I knew it was gonna come with just one controller, so of course, I asked for another one, which is kinda expensive. There were also 2 free games, and if you want to extend your gaming experience, bring more money to buy P2,000 worth of PS4 games. Yes the games are worth a fortune! She’s pitching some more accessories like a stand which I didn’t need but I was, of course, curious of. Ultimately, I was already satisfied with what I have. She plugged the PS4 to their TV and wanted me to check it out, but I didn’t know what to check so I told her it’s fine and we’re gonna pay it. I just wanted to go home and start playing!

Well my suffering didn’t end when I came home. I was so ready to play my free game, Callimg_9725 of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but when I turned on my PS4, it asked mo to setup a lot of things, and yes, internet is required, I was doomed. Our internet connection is badly slower than a snail. Well, I already expected that, of course, my friends have it. So I just followed the prompts and led me to a mandatory update, which was good for 6 hours. Fast forward evening, I was already bored, then the update finished. It didn’t stop there, and told me that I couldn’t enjoy more features if I don’t sign up for a Sony Play Station account. I find that cool, however upon signing up, there was no Philippines in the list. Bummer. So searching the internet, it wasn’t really a big deal and my cousin instructed me to put Singapore instead. Unless I’m gonna be buying something from the Play Station store, then it’s gonna be a big deal. Moments after, I was finished setting up, I even made some user accounts for personalization. It was cool. Then it was my time to play games!

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I started with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, because, of course, it looks cool! As it was loading, the geeky gamer kid inside of me was dying in excitement! The visuals were so amazing! Since I’m the only one playing, I started with the campaign mode. All I can say is, this game was the best way to start my PS4 experience. The graphics are surreal, the animation is very realistic, everything is detailed, from papers to huge ships, the movement and precision of the characters are so overwhelming, the effects are just so superb! I’m very very satisfied with this game, it’s definitely a dream come true. I may be overreacting but I’m just enjoying my very own PS4 experience, and I just can’t believe I would have more fun playing on my own. I’m just really impressed. I didn’t feel like I was playing, it’s as if they were real people and places. They did an amazing job! The game also have multiplayer mode, which is more like Counter Strike, and zombie mode, which reminded me of Left For Dead. This game is just out of this world and I love it! I will not get used to this!

The second free game I have is called The Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers. The name sounds cool, eh? So upon choosing this game, I was thinking that it might be like Transformers or Real Steel, or some robot game based on western movies. I don’t know. It looked cool. But when I started playing it, it was a big disappointment. The visuals were very confusing, there were a lot of options and choices that I didn’t understand. The gameplay was also boring, something for kids maybe. You would have to select a number of steps for your robot to fight and wait for your turn to walk again until you get to fight your enemy. Something like that, and was very annoying. I didn’t give it any chance and gave up. I’m not gonna play that game anymore.

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So, to make up for the mishap that my second game gave me, me and my friend bought a new one, which was expensive. The game was Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. I didn’t want to buy this game. Let’s say, it was a result of peer pressure. haha. But who knows, this is Naruto and I thought, I may enjoy. And I wasn’t wrong. I did enjoy. It was almost similar with Call Of Duty, the difference is with the multiplayer one, we get to fight with each other, and there are no zombies, haha. We get to choose our favorite characters from the anime series, ranging from, Naruto, of course, to the Hokages and the Uchihas, and relive our childhood memories. It was true! I didn’t enjoy the concept of the game but I love how I remember the characters and the story. The story and adventure mode were also very fun, it was like watching a movie and was very interactive. You get to go deeper with the anime’s story and experience the story itself by being the characters. A very good game, I must say, especially for the Naruto fans, and I will definitely finish the story and adventure modes.

img_9722If I have one complaint about PS4, it’s that the games keep on updating, I can still play while updating, but the though if it updating is just annoying. I remember those days when I just turn on my PS, put the CD and play. It was as simple as that. But as they say, LEVEL UP! That’s the disadvantage when I skip from PS1 to PS4 haha. But all in all, this experience I have with PS4 is very amazing. PS4 is the very reminder that there is nothing constant in this world, but change. We change for the better, we change to become developed and innovative, and that’s what they showed. With my PS4, I have everything, I get to play surreal games, use wireless controllers that have speakers on them, I get to surf the internet and play YouTube videos with it, and the best part is, the graphics are so wicked! There’s nothing more I can ask from this PS4, it has all that I need. Sony, please don’t release PS5 yet, it will kill the fun.

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Osaka Ohsho: Kawaii Experience

img_9721Did I use that right? Kawaii? Well anyway, Osaka Ohsho claims to be the “Number One Gyoza in the World”, and how would I know unless I try it, right? I’ll be honest, I’m not really familiar about this Japanese restaurant. It is my first time to hear about it after the renovations in SM North Edsa’s The Block. I always pass by it, I find it really cosy and nice but it was never my choice when it comes to Japanese cuisine. Me and my family would always prefer SM North’s Maisen, so trying Osaka Ohsho was really something out of the box for me.

Upon entry, as expected, all the staff are very courteous and approachable. They immediately set us to the most convenient and comfortable spot, “The Couch”! Everybody loves the couch, so I’m very much liking this first step. Small plates and chopsticks are also readily available, and  are expected. The menu is also very much presentable. But enough of the flowery words, they’re very much the same with Maisen, because, you know, they’re both Japanese. For some time they offered a “buy one, take one” promo for their Gyoza, which is definitely an edge, however for some reason, it is not available anymore. Bummer. Some food also looked like the ones offered in Tokyo Tokyo but much bigger and more expensive. I was becoming more enticed and hungry.

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When our food was delivered, it was heaven! The food looked really tasty, I can say that the price is really worth it. I like the presentation, I love the taste and the ambience gave a perfect combination. The staff are also always ready whenever you need them, eimg_9708specially when I asked for spoon and fork (sorry I don’t know how to use chopsticks haha).

They delivered what was expected to them, the food and the place was amazing. Why do I keep comparing Osaka Ohsho to Maisen? Because so far, both of them overdelivered, and their services and food are STELLAR! Osaka Ohsho is a highly recommendable Japanese restaurant, a best choice for a new Japanese experience or if you are looking for alternatives. I guess they do have the best, and the biggest, Gyoza I’ve tasted so far! I will definitely come back and bring my friends to have a Kawaii Experience, too!

Choose Philippines.Limitless.

I love my country, the Philippines, and I am proud to say that I am living here and that I am a Filipino. I have this certain belief in my head that every citizen of a certain country is proud of their own country and endorses them to tourists, to boost the popularity of their homeland, of course, and to showcase the best spots found in their country. Of course I want to do my part and show everyone how proud I am of the Philippines and how colorful life in my country is.

For me, Asia is the continent that showcases most of the beautiful cultures in the world. Here we see the Great Wall of China, Mt. Everest in Nepal, the beautiful deserts in the Middle East and amazing Night Markets in Hong Kong. But of course, Philippines will never fail to amaze it’s tourists. We also have a lot to offer and to attract more visitors and bring smile to them as they go back to their own homelands and share experiences they had here. So now, I present to you some of the most sough after places in the Philippines that you should never miss to visit as you travel Asia.

  • Son of a BEACH

Of course when you say vacation, swimming is the number one activity. And with this, I believe Philippines offers the best swimming destinations in Asia. Here we have the famous white beach of Boracay, where It is widely known of course because of it’s beautiful white sands, and of course beaches in Puerto Galera is also famous for swimming and for snorkeling enthusiasts.

  • Chocolate Craving

Who wouldn’t love chocolates? What if a chocolate is bigger than a human? You’d see real huge chocolates in Bohol with the popular Chocolate Hills found there. They are actually a group of nearby hills that changes color due to weather conditions, where during summer it turns brown and during rainy season usually it turns green. Now how magical is that? In Bohol we can also find the amazing Tarsiers, who have those amazing big eyes. Now I wonder, did they get those big eyes all because of those big chocolates.

  • Island Hopping

And when I say island hopping, I literally mean island hopping. So are you ready to travel 100 islands in just one day? Well, there is actually a group of islands in the Province of Pangasinan called the Hundred Islands, but they’re over a hundred. So are you ready to discover the secrets of these islands one at a time? I’m sure you’d love to take home one when you see them. :p

  • True or FALLS

Of course as a tropical country, we have a lot of water forms found in some of our provinces. The most popular among them is the Pagsanjan Falls found in the province of Laguna. They said a boat ride under the Pagsanjan Falls is so exciting and I can’t wait to experience one too. We also have Maria Christina Falls found in Iligan City in Mindanao. This falls is also known as the Twin Falls since there is a big rock seperating the falls into two. Now that’s what I call amazing.

  • Before it Explodes!

Other than those wonderful beaches and land formations, Philippines is also famous because of it’s enormous volcanoes. One of the volcanoes that made the Philippines popular during the ’90s was when Mt. Pinatubo errupted, and causing a lahar in it’s nearby area. Another one, The Mayon Vaolcano, which has a perfect cone shape, is one of the tourist attractions as well. It’s perfect cone shape still leaves wonders to everyone seeing it and asks how could that be. And another popular volcano is the small Taal Volcano found inside a lake, also known as the volcano island.

  • One Step at a Time

And speaking of land formations, I can say that the Banaue Rice Terraces is truly a wonder. As I can remember, we were taught that the Rice Terraces was actually a mountain, and ancestors carved it to make look as it is today to plant rice so that they have something to harvest and to work for a living. I can say that the Rice Terraces is actually a symbol of Filipinos on being a haard worker and for persevering.

  • Under The Sea

I remember I watched a television show about nature and it named the Philippines as the Marine Life Capital of the world, and I believe that’s true. We actually have a lot to offer under the sea, everything’s just left undiscovered. One of our tourist spots just recently joined the new list of 7 Wonder of the World, the Puerto Princessa Underground River, literally a beautiful river under a cave. We also have the Tubbataha Reef which offers the beauty of the underground world and showcasing what the Philippines can offer underwater.

  • All Saints

And since the Philippines has been colonized by the Spaniards for more then 300 years, we managed to build and maintain wonderful churches that became part of the history of the Philippines. One of them is the gigantic Barasoain Church in Bulacan. It houses the very beautiful Bamboo Organ, which I have seen once upclose, and it amazed me because that was the first time I saw an organ made of Bamboo, are organs still even visible today? Another church is found in Manila, the Manila Cathedral which was maintained to be able to fit the modern world and still have the magic it had since it was built during the Spanish period.

  • Time Travel

And speaking of the Spanish period, the best place to travel through time is actually offered in the city of Vigan. Not necessarily going back in time but experiencing how it was during the colonial period. Many people say that we fail to preserve our history, and I say go to Vigan first then let’s see if you can tell me that again. Well if you don’t want to go far, you can visit the Intramuros or the Walled City in Manila which was also maintained since the Spanish period. It houses the Manila Cathedral and the Fort Bonifacio which are both historical.

  • Standing Tall

And if we are going to talk about history, I’d be recommending you to visit the monuments of our heroes. We have the monument of Andres Bonifacio, our great katipunero found in Caloocan City which actually is the center of attraction in it’s main road. And also found in Manila is the monument of our national hero, Jose Rizal. Other countries have a replica of this monument in their own parks, which signifies how a great person Jose Rizal is and how he influenced a lot of people.

  • It’s MALL fun in the Philippines

And lastly, when we say lifestyle, Philippines will make sure to take the lead. Oh, I forgot to say that we have some of the largest malls in the world, one of them is the Mall of Asia. MOA has already made a name in the mall industry but still continues to expand and to add more exciting amusements in it. They recently added a huge ferris wheel, so that after ice skating, you can enjoy the view above the mall. We also have the very beautiful SM North Edsa, that after enjoying the inside of the mall, you can still go and hangout to it’s Sky Garden. And don’t forget to visit Greenbelt in Ayala Center, Makati if you want to experience luxurious ambiance of dining.

There are still a lot of places that needs to be visited and discovered, and what’s wonderful is that we still get to have more exciting things to look forward to in the Philippines, it’s like there are more secrets waiting to be uncovered. There are a lot of beautiful places in the Philippines, and as a Filipino, I should always remember to be proud of it and take care of it, because I myself, I am the front liner of my country and I represent my country. So if people see that I treat my country as a junk, they will really see that the Philippines is a junk. It’s only a matter of love and faith for your country.

Yes, every country has something to be proud of and has something to offer for everyone, and that’s what we have to discover. How can you discover something in the foreign land if you haven’t even seen a lot in your own home land? Yes, the Philippines might be late when it comes to technology, or might be tarnished due to politics or even dirty because of irresponsible people who litter everywhere, but one thing is still for sure, despite of all the negative things, I love my country. There’s no other country that I can turn back and still call home but the Philippines. We should start to care for her and lover her. We should be united to make a better reputation for the Philippines, and I know It’s not too late. I have featured some of the best tourist spots in our country, and I believe there is still more. And because of being an irresponsible citizen, would you want these tourist destinations be erased from our Philippine Map? Me, I wouldn’t want that to happen. Always remember that regrets are the fruits of the mistake of the past, so starting today we should make the right thing. Remember, everything we see is God’s gift to us, and He expects us to take care of it. We should be motivated to take care of our nature so that we will still have something to pass for our future generations to have something they can be proud of. Choose to love and preserve our country, and Choose to have fun and discover secrets, remember, Choose Philippines!