Tobey Maguire as Rick Hunter? Oh no.

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Swinging from his role as Peter Parker, Tobey Maguire is set to play one of the main characters in the upcoming live action version of Robotech. Now hold it right there. Tobey Maguire as Rick Hunter (Ichijyo Hikaru in the Japanese Macross version)? I make this assumption as Maguire can’t possibly portray Roy Fokker or Admiral Gloval.

I don’t know. The movie reeks too much of Hollywood to me. The fact that they’re using Robotech as the title and not The Super Dimensional Fortress: Macross (the original Japanese title from 1983) is already … err … never mind.

The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (超時空要塞マクロス, Chōjikū Yōsai Makurosu) is among the many 80s ‘space opera’ anime series produced in Japan. It was broadcast between October 3, 1982 and June 26, 1983 on the Mainichi Broadcast System, and produced by Big West, Studio Nue, and Tatsunoko Production Company, Ltd. North Americans may have already come to know the thirty-six episode saga as the first part of Carl Macek’s Robotech (1985). Driven by music from Haneda Kentarou and Iijima Mari, populated by mecha designs from the famous Kawamori Shoji, and developed by Studio Nue, Macross has become one of the most recognizable brands to this day. It was most certainly one of the leading series of the transformable-robot genre, thanks in no small part to Kawamori’s excellent Valkyrie designs.

But really, I don’t know. If I were them, I’d actually consider remaking Do You Remember Love? which was the title of the 2 hour movie finale which was actually a compression of the entire 36 episodes that aired in 1984.

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How to do a soft sell for a product

This video came out about a year ago as an advocacy campaign to promote Philippine tourism. As it is the dawn of the “ber” months and the holidays are fast approaching, I’d like to encourage the foreign readers of this little blog to visit my lovely country for the holidays. The beaches and food are to die for. 🙂

Do you see the 3 second plug at the end? That’s how you do a soft sell.

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Revenge is best served with a touch screen.

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I knew it! I don’t know how it felt for those who bought non-working iPhones to have Apple slap them in the face. Sure, you may say, they all work now because of some unlocking mechanism but knowing Apple, the price to pay for having an iPhone in Asia is high – about 0 higher than the iPod touch and with that dwindling premonition that Apple may not even entertain the warranty on iPhones released in Asia (this is easily checked via the Apple Product Serial Number – those unique to the West and those unique to Asian release).

I reserved my iPod touch a few seconds ago. 🙂

My educated guess: The Apple iPhone will ship in the Philippines between December 2007 and February 2008. It will come with a suggested retail price of P40,000. Note that even with the price drop, this does not necessarily mean the price in the Philippines will change as the drop only applies to buying the unit with a two year contract subsidized with AT&T. If we follow correct pricing, the iPod touch will retail for roughly P17,000.00 to P20,000.00 for the 8GB model bringing down the price of the current line of iPods. Now is the perfect time to buy the “classic” iPod you always wanted, whether it be the nano, touch, or iPod 4th gen.

UPDATE: The cheapest 8GB iPod touch sells for P16,500.00 in the Philippines.

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Malaysia, Truly Asia: KLCC Aquaria!

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The KLCC Aquaria
Price: 38 RM for tourists
Feeding time: Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays 3:00 PM

This was a lucky long shot – to come during feeding time! If you plan to drop by the Aquaria, it would be best to go on a weekday (Monday or Wednesday) at around 2:00 PM so that by the time you reach the sharks, you’ll be treated to a feeding frenzy.

Correct me if I’m wrong but I did hear some rumors that back in the Philippines, plans to construct a “Sea World” type of attraction is currently in the works. The site will be located in the reclamation area and funded by a European company.

Click on the link to view more of my photos of the KLCC Aquaria.