Microsoft, News, Reads, Technology

Office 2016 Is Here!

Today is the worldwide release of Office 2016 for Windows. This marks a milestone in delivering new value for Office 365 subscribers with a focus on collaboration, apps that work for you, a perfect pairing with Windows 10, and security features businesses will love. It also marks a new model for delivery, where subscribers can expect to get more frequent updates with new features and improvements. Along with Office 2016…

Source: The new Office is here – Office Blogs

Blah, Reads

Blah

I’m just so blah today. I want to hide in my own little world. Turn off the lights. Curl fetus-like in my covers. Sleep the day away. Are these signs of depression? Or is my body telling me the time of my daughter’s birth is getting nearer and nearer? I don’t know. Even playing my regular online games isn’t amusing me. All I managed today was read a book. I don’t even know if I want to fire up my laptop right now. I might just continue reading the manga I was reading yesterday.

Speaking of books, I just found out that the 3rd book of the Inheritance trilogy written by Christopher Paolini is out. That’s on my list of books to get. I’m torn between getting the e-book version for my iPhone or just getting the hardcover. I think I might do the latter, since I have the first 2 books.

Looking forward to the Inkheart movie, and I love how they casted Brendan Fraser as the dad. I read the book once and I thought it was good. I should read it again soon.

Anyways, that’s all for now. At least I feel a little better now that I wrote stuff down. Toodles.

Me, Otaku, Ponderisms, Reads

Manga, Anime and Other Stuff

I’m becoming a fan of manga (Japanese graphic novels). Call me a late bloomer, hehe. Ever since Luci and I started hanging out at the local Barnes and Noble store at the mall, I look through some of their manga stock. It’s sorta like my passion for fantasy novels. With manga, it’s like a fantasy book with pictures. ^^

I always love a good story, especially when it comes to fantasy, comedy, and romance (love-hate relationships). I’m a sucker for those. Maybe that’s why I liked Love Hina, Dramacon, Hot Gimmick and the current one I’m reading: Bleach. Bleach manga is action-packed, but I must say they really keep you wanting to read more and more when they leave you hanging at the end of a chapter. Why is it like that? It’s so frustrating! LOL.

Aside from manga, I like to watch anime (Japanese animation), too. Since they show Bleach at Cartoon Network, I watch it and compare it to the manga. They’re almost the same but, of course, the anime is like a short-cut version. That’s why I like comparing both of them…I will at least get more of the gist when reading the manga, but I love to see them in action in anime.

I’ve also finished watching the first season of Mahou Sensei Negima. It’s very a very nice anime, and I suggest you watch it (you can search for it in YouTube). It has a mix of comedy, fantasy and romance (all of my favorites!).

On the home front, since today is Halloween, I dressed up Dani for the occasion (you saw her costume already from my previous post). She’s sooo cute, especially with those little pumpkin shoes. What’s funny, though, is that a couple of my friends mentioned that it was a carrot costume. I wonder how that is? Anyways, we’re not trick-or-treating this year. One: it’s too cold. Two: I’m working. Three: Luci doesn’t want to. They’re just going to give out candies for the other little ones.

I used to remember one of the Halloween days in my teen years, that I hung out with my friends from church and we went to my first ever boyfriend’s (though he wasn’t my boyfriend at that time) house and watched Stephen King’s The Sleepwalkers. Those were the days. I really miss it: the camaraderie, the closeness of our friendship, the happiness I felt when I was with them. I really miss it a lot. *sigh* I feel so sentimental now.

Well, here’s to friendship, anime and manga. *toast*

Culture, Movies, Reads, Technology

Every Time

Why is it that every time I have to go to work the next day, I am not tired in the least bit? Here goes my insomnia again. It’s so bad, I had to take a sleeping pill but I have to wait for 30 minutes for it to take effect. So here I am, before I find myself drooling on my keyboard. I also apologize in advance for randomness you might find in here. *grin*

I’m so excited, because either tomorrow or within 2 days’ time, I’ll be getting an Alienware PC. I’m still antsy about it being so expensive, but I’m 5 years due of getting a new one anyway and why not get one of the best? My investment better be worth it. (I hope.) That’s one of the things that’s keeping me awake right now.

A friend of mine, AKA Olorin The Grey, got me hooked on anime again. And, youtube.com got me hooked in looking for anime clips. One that caught my eye is the one called Mahou Sensei Negima, from the creator of Love Hina. So, for you anime lovers out there, check it out, though I must warn you that it is PG-14 — at least that’s how I would rate it.

Speaking of youtube.com, I put in Dani’s videos in there for your (friends and family) viewing pleasure. Just go to the site and search for leizakatrina (no spaces).

FFATI hosted a despedida (farewell party) Thursday night for one of our members that’s going back to the Philippines on assignment. She’ll be staying there for 18 months, on a U.S. salary, living in a condo in Makati, and she will have a chauffeur and a maid to boot. She’s soooo lucky! I’m so happy for her.

Luci, Dani and I watched the movie Jet Li’s Fearless Friday night. It made me cry. :( After the movie, we stopped by our usual hang-out in the mall — Barnes and Noble (we usually stay there and have a cup of java at their cafe). Since it was almost closing time, we ordered a couple of coffees to go and went home. It was so relaxing I asked Luci, “why can’t we stay like this forever?” *sigh*

Anyway, I think the sleeping pill is starting to kick in, so before I drop, I’ll say toodles.

Family, Gaming, Reads

Miss me?

Wow, I haven’t posted in ages! So sorry about that. I’ve just not had anything to talk about, really.

Let’s see, the last time I was here, I said I was going on some sort of diet. So far, I have lost 6 pounds. Yeah, it’s a little slow, but hey, it’s progress. My goal is to reach 111 pounds by Christmas. That’s what they said was the ideal weight for my height. Good thing that Luci, the cynic at heart, is supporting me on this. He even helps me prepare my meals. :) Wish me luck!

I have been playing online games again. And sad enough, I’m back in Nexus. My new mage has already peaked to level 99 and still growing. It’s easier to level there now, since when you first start off, someone higher will leech you in a cave that has good experience. Another game I’m addicted to right now, is Maple Story (MS). It’s really hard to juggle both games, because I like them both, and I can’t play them at the same time. My friend Jamie keeps telling me to stay in MS, but I don’t want to abandon Nexus. We’ll see how time goes.

In the meantime, Luci and I are trying to get our papers ready for the attorney that handles the adoption process. We have a lot to do, but I still wish my nieces were already here. They are already very excited and impatient to get here. Soon, my darlings, soon…

I’m also thinking of getting my cable internet at home again. Luci is also desperate to get his cable TV again. He misses Cartoon Network, hehehe. It’s hard enough getting bored at home when I have three days off.

But, good thing is, I’ve started reading again. I’ve read the first few books of Artemis Fowl lately, and they are very promising. I’ve also found some good reads off the library around the corner of the house. Most of them are young adult adventures, but I seem to like them better than the adult ones. Well, at least, the ones I’m reading now are better than the adult ones. :P

That’s all for now. I’m off to play MS. *sigh*

Reads, Technology, Trips

I’ll See You Soon, Phil.

Let’s see…I have 8 days to pack. Or is it 7 days to pack? I am ever so lazy. We can’t even get the house straightened fast enough so our house sitter doesn’t have to worry about clutter. We did manage to get something done yesterday, but we need to do more.

Today is my last day at work before I go officially on vacation. I didn’t want to come in, but then what is just one day?

Oh yeah, we went back to Fry’s to get a ‘fix’ on our missing AC charger for my camera. The tech dude told us to go back to the camera section and get a new one. Oooh, a new camera altogether? Goodie! My hopes were dashed, of course, when we got there. The sales dude told us that they ran out of the new ones (they sold out after a day, imagine that! -sarcasm-) and only had open boxes, which could only mean that there would be at least a missing part in the boxes. What he did as an alternative, though, was to take the AC charger from one of the open boxes and give it to us with the one we bought the day before. At least I’m happy about that.

I got this new book for my cousin: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark. I don’t know what to make of it yet (of course, I want to read it first), and it sure is a huge, thick book. I hope I can finish it before I get to give it to my cousin, teh. I even finished a cute cross-stitched bookmark for it, though I won’t be giving that to her, hehehe.

Anyways, I’ll try to journal my travels (luckily they have Internet Cafes there) as much as I can. Toodles!