Movies Round Up Ep. 001 (Little Shop of Horrors, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Thing, Heathers)

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I've been watching a lot of movies recently and I think it'll be good to write something about them while they're still fresh in my mind.

Disclaimer: I do want to be better at expressing my thoughts but I'm pretty much just writing this to help me remember what parts I liked and to collate my reflections.

Little Shop Of Horrors (1986)

chomp chomp

Out of all the ones I've watched recently, I think this is my favorite. The songs were enjoyable (my mind automatically singing little shop, little shoppa horrors 🎶 as I type) and apart from being obsessed with Aubrey's outfits I think the overall visuals are great - my favorite bits being Somewhere That's Green and when Seymour fed Audrey to Audrey II. 

The version I watched was the one with the cut ending and I actually would have loved a happy one so I watched the theatrical ending immediately after but didn't really liked it. Audrey II getting electrocuted by his own fault just feels unsatisfying. Obviously, Seymour couldn't have fought Audrey II head on but if he had some sort of hand in defeating the plant instead of just being under the rubble... ehh I don't know. Even though Seymour isn't exactly innocent, no one really is. I think a lot of people would have reacted the same way he did when confronted with something scary, so I personally wouldn't begrudge him and Audrey a happy ending.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

whenever someone I know unexpectedly sees me in public

Even though I didn't liked this as much as the other films in this post, Invasion of the Body Snatchers gave me that doomed feels the most. I wasn't sure about the exact timeline, but I think it wasn't even a week since Elizabeth bought home that flower when almost all the people in the city were replaced by Pods. The Pods work together well - and fast. By the time you find out what's really happening with everyone around you, it's already too late. EaAIAaeeEeAEAEkkk



The Thing (1982)

the ending is the thing that keeps me up at night - not this image
Admittedly, half the time I was bored of watching this (especially in the earlier parts of the movie) but I think the great thing about this film is there is a lot of stuff to unpack that you just find yourself thinking about what happens after - long after you've finished watching it.

Personally, I think that the world in The Thing isn't fucked just yet. The research team was able to find out a lot of the thing's properties in such a short amount of time and with limited resources (yes, the base was somewhat well stocked and they weren't just a bunch of random people but imagine if a whole team of scientists were studying the thing in a proper laboratory) that even if the thing survived at the end, the whole situation isn't entirely hopeless. But then again the space ship was far too large for carrying just one thing...

Heathers (1988)

thinking about the up-chuck factor of twizzlers

I loved a lot of the songs in the musical but never saw the original film so I was looking forward to this the most. Watching The Heathers is an entirely different experience. Some scenes can be really uncomfortable at times (intentionally so) and the dialogue is genius. Even though the plot is mostly the same, the musical never really got the dark tone of the original film. More than 30 years later, the issues in the film are still timely and relatable. I think this is something every teenager should watch - it'll be very.




Fan Casting the brand list included in Tokyo Girls Collection TGC Shop at Ayala Vertis North

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Disclaimer: This is not the official list of brands that will be available at the Tokyo Girls Collection / TGC Shop at Ayala Malls Vertis North.

I say "fan casting" because I couldn't think of a better term lmao

Here are my personal picks although most of these brands don't appear on the TGC runway. They seem to be wanting to emphasize on "kawaii" and their target market is teens - 20 somethings so I mainly looked at brands that are in Shibuya 109 because I think that's similar to what they're going for

PUNYUS


https://store.punyus.jp/

I think this is the only brand on my list that usually participates in TGC so there's a high chance that this will actually really be one of their choices. A lot of their clothes go up to 6L (6L is around US 20-ish, but it really depends on the clothing), they do carry standard sizes as well. The price range of the clothes is 2000 to 9500 JPY on average

Liz Lisa

Liz Lisa


Prices are around 5000 - 13000 JPY and if you want "kawaii" you don't have to look any further. Honestly, their clothes look so much better in real life than in the pictures.

WC

WC (pronounced as double sea)


I think their clothes will really appeal to teens. Some of their items look like UNIF and Lazy Oaf dupes. Prices are around 2000 - 5000 JPY

Sanrio Vivitix


I love Hello Kitty and anything with Sanrio on it is always on my list. Sure, there have been Sanrio products here in the Philippines for ages but there can never be enough. Most Sanrio Vivitix stores do carry the standard merch found in other Sanrio stores but with focus on clothing and cosmetic items for adults.

Axes Femme

Axes Femme



Axes Femme has 4 sub brands (poetique, nostalgie, kiddie, kawaii), which has more distinct styles than their main brand. Pictures above are from the Poetique and Kawaii line. Lolita fans, especially those who want a more practical and casual look will appreciate them but they are still very wearable even if you're not into the lolita scene. I think the price is also very reasonable, most Lolita brands are really pricey (even the mainstream "casual" ones). Their prices ranges from 2000 to 8000 JPY

Please note styles like these only compose of like, 20% of their store. Their main brand is even more relaxed and casual and gives out a really subtle mori, otome or even OL (office lady) vibe.

One Spo


One Spo


Their clothes are "edgy" but are kinda pricey at 6000 - 18000 JPY. I do think some of their stuff are interesting, but the hoetastic ones are the best.

Samantha Vega


Samantha Vega


It's a brand under Samantha Thavasa but with generally lower prices (around 10000 JPY - 20000 JPY for a bag). Some bags go up to 35000 JPY or so, but about 97% percent of their items are under 20k JPY. They have a LOT of stuff, so people of all ages would probably find something they like. The gold logo bothers me a bit, it reminds me of Polly Pocket lol.

Peach John


Peach John


They do have 'basic' bras with great support, lift etc. - there's even one that you can safely chuck inside a washing machine but they're more known for making cute underwear. While they started out as a lingerie brand, they now sell all kinds of stuff (from fashion, beauty and household).

Dolly Kiss and SBY

Dolly Kiss
SBY

Dolly Kiss specializes in socks, leggings and tights (peep the tights with nails painted on them above!) while SBY specializes in affordable accessories and cosmetic products.

Esperanza

Esperanza

They sell a lot of basic shoes, mainly pumps and sandals. Prices are around 2000 - 8000 JPY

csT & P

csT & P

Most of the shoes they sell are sneakers, creepers and boots. They're quite affordable too at around 2000 - 4000 JPY

Other thoughts....

When I first heard that there will be a Tokyo Girls Collection Shop here in the Philippines I was so excited! Circa 2007 me that was looking at Japanese magazine scans online (Kera, ViVi, Ageha, Egg etc.) was quaking! But after thinking about it, I have some concerns about the price and sizing.

If you take a look at some of the popular casual brands that frequent the TGC runway, you'd spend at least 5000 JPY for a top and 7000 JPY for bottoms/dresses. Around 2500 php for a basic top is considerably higher than the average pricing of other international brands that teens and peeps in their 20's here in the Philippines normally go for (like H&M, Zara, Stradivarius, Forever 21 etc.)

Sure, sometimes the quality of the clothing in fast fashion stores are questionable (*cough* Forever 21), but young people are probably bored with it by the time it falls it apart so the lower price point of these fast fashion brands works really well into one's fickleness and (probably still) growing personal style.

A lot of Japanese brands have very limited sizing (I'm talking about clothes in free size/one size). Not to pinpoint anyone, but I think more and more Filipinos are getting heavier, so limited sizing can be an issue.


Tokyo Girls Collection Shop in Japan Town at Vertis North

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TGC Shop at Ayala Malls Vertis North

Tokyo Girls Collection is known for their huge semiannual fashion festival in Japan but they have also done events in the U.S., China, Thailand and Indonesia.

Hallohallo Inc., Mitsubishi Corp, Ayala Land of the Ayala Group has partnered with W Tokyo to open up a Tokyo Girls Collection Shop or "TGC Shop" at Ayala Malls Vertis North!

The location will be in the back, near Japan Fudo Street and Timezone


Reportedly, the TGC shop is going to be around 4,230 sqm. Apart from the shop area, there's gonna be space for events complete with a runway.

TGC Shop at Ayala Malls Vertis North

They will choose up to 20 "kawaii" Japanese fashion brands which will carry accessories, clothing and lots of other stuff that will best represent their theme of "bringing Japan's real clothes to the world".

Hallohallo will focus on managing the shop, while W Tokyo will stay closely involved by handpicking the brands and running promotions and events.

SHOWROOM is a Japanese live streaming service looking to expand in the Philippines as well, and has teamed  up with W Tokyo to stream events and product demos from the TGC shop.

photo by Hallo Hallo Inc from hallohallo.ph - contains key points and layout of the store


I don't know what brands they'll bring here, but I hope PUNYUS will be one of them. You can read my top picks of Japanese fashion brands that I hope will be available at the TGC shop here:

http://www.neknekenken.com/2018/08/tokyo-girls-collection-tgc-shop-ayala-vertis-north-brand-list-fan-cast.html

Another news: an entertainment facility by teamLab will also open soon in Glorietta. I frequently see photos from teamLab exhibitions around Instagram which looks super amazing so this is exciting news.

The main focus areas would be teamLab Jungle and Cool Japan. TeamLab Jungle would serve as a cafe - restaurant during the day and a club - bar at night. They want to develop a really interactive art and music experience. Shows by MNL48 will also be scheduled there.



Visiting Mandarin Supermarket in Binondo

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Mandarin Supermarket is located on the ground floor of the Mandarin Square building at Ongpin Street, Binondo. I wanted to arrive at 8:00am to take some pictures while there's not much people around. When I went there, it was still a few minutes before 8:00am and the supermarket signage was still turned off, but when I looked down the hallway I saw someone with grocery bags so I went in (please note their opening time is listed at 8:00am so don't blame me if you decide to go earlier than that and its still closed).

Apart from Chinese goods, they have some Korean and Japanese items (mainly Korean noodles and ice cream then Japanese chocolates, toys, curry and noodles). They also carry local products so they don't exclusively carry East Asian goods. I wanted to take as much photos as I can but there were boxes littered around so it was hard to stand in front of some of the aisles. Anyway, here are some of the photos I managed to take:

Tea


They only had the zero calorie/sugar cream soda in stock :(


More tea and fruit juices


Hi-C!!!! Sold in packs of 6

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Yogurt milk drinks and milk tea

Want Want Little Mantou! I wanted to buy it T-T

Lots of ready to eat sausages and meat paper strips

Tofu

Chicken leg and feet in vacuum pouches

Flavored microwavable rice

Self heating hot pot! I will get this next time

Lots of noodles! They also have a lot of non instant noodles available, like individually packaged 100g udon

They also have toys - Kracie Poppin here is cheap! Around 185php if I remember correctly


Milk and probiotic drinks

Other stuff that I didn't take a photo of:
- candies/chocolates/biscuits other snack items
- Chinese cooking ingredients, too bad I can't find any tianjang and huangdoujiang (I dunno if salted yellow soybean sauce is the same as huangdoujiang, the characters on the bottle doesn't even say yellow but it says yellow soybean on the tag). 
- cookware, utensils, tableware
- other non edible products like detergents, toiletries etc.

Here are the stuff that I got:


From top left to right, clockwise:
- cup noodles, only bought them because of the packaging. The red one with pig design is pork dumpling flavor while the Hello Kitty one has a Japanese Soy Sauce flavor
- sausages, crab stick and pork paper strips
- instant noodles again. I know Chapagetti can be commonly seen in SM/Robinson's Supermarket but I always buy some when I see one
- Hi-C apple flavor
- strawberry and banana yogurt milk
- lemon Coca-Cola and Want Want milk
- Schweppes zero cream soda. I prefer the regular one but this'll do

Kiko Mizuhara at the Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet

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Kiko Mizuhara shows up at day two of Cannes Film Festival red carpet for the screening of Yomeddine (English title: Judgement Day)



With Wang Likun/Claudia Wang from Dior's weibo account
Embed from Getty Images


Video from Kiko's IG stories (@i_am_kiko)



Wearing look 42 from the Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2018 show



Full list of celebrities who walked the red carpet on the second day of Cannes Film Festival can be seen here:

https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/festival/actualites/photos/on-the-red-carpet-on-may-9th

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