Wednesday, September 28, 2011

POTTERMORE ITEMS: Where to find them on the First Book

I was one of the privileged user who gained access to Pottermore's Beta site. Though it's really raining hard the whole day and internet connection is a bit of a mess I was able to finish the First Book.

I listed the items I found on each chapter and memory that can help you throughout the First Book. (read: cheat) (note: if I missed anything, please notify me. Thanks!)

(Chapter 1)

Alarm Clock - Cupboard under the stairs

(Chapter 3 Moment 1)
Salt and Pepper Jars - On the table
London Postcard - On the refrigerator
Hammer and Nails - Zoom all the way leaning on door

(Chapter 3 Moment 2)
Seashell - On top of stones, right side of the screen
Seaweed - Zoom all the way, washed up against the right side of the island

(Chapter 4 Moment 1)
Candle - On the mantle above the fireplace

(Chapter 4 Moment 2)
Teacup - On floor in front of fireplace

(Chapter 5 Moment 1)
Shopping List - Zoom in once, on the floor

(Chapter 6 Moment 1)
Prefect Badge - Beside the bag on right side

(Chapter 6 Moment 2)
Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans - Zoom in to desk
Dumbledore Chocolates Frog Card - Zoom out inside the trunk on floor
Morgana Chocolate Frog Card - Right side of the screen, among the wrappers on the middle part of the seat

(Chapter 7 Moment 1)
One Gold Galleon - 4th step up on the staircase, near railing

(Chapter 8 Moment 1)
Galleon - Zoom in below the railing on the staircase
Circe Chocolate Frog Card - First step of staircase
Hogwarts: A History Book - Zoom in all the way to the Windowsill

(Chapter 8 Moment 3)
Dried Nettles - Hanging from roof, middle window
Paracelsus Chocolate Frog Card - Behind barrel at the bottom of the middle window
Wolfsbane - Beside the same barrel (left)
Dried Billywig Stings - On the rightside window
Home-made Rock Cake - Zoom in once, look inside the door on top of the table

(Chapter 9 Moment 1)
Quidditch Through The Ages Book - Second person from left, see backpack.
Rememberall - Zoom all the way to the person on the broomstick, just beyond fingertips
(Chapter 9 Moment 2)
Salazar Slytherin Chocolate Frog Card - Third level of trophy case, on top of a cup there is a little green card
Galleon - Zoom in once, hover over the second suit of armor’s helmet
Jar of Eel’s Eyes - Zoom in all the way on middle of hallway

(Chapter 10 Moment 1)
Galleon - Zoom in all the way, hover to the  bottom drawer found at the right side of the screen

(Chapter 10 Moment 2)
Galleon - Zoom in once, on one of the desks right side of screen

(Chapter 10 Moment 3)
Bat Spleens - On the floor
Horned Slug - Zoom in once, hover mouse to the farthest sink
Hengist of Woodcroft Chocolate Frog Card - Zoom in all the way to the pumpkin, just beside it

(Chapter 11 Moment 1)
Galleon - Zoom in once, on the left windowsill

(Chapter 11 Moment 2)
Snitch - Zoom all the way and catch the Golden Snitch

(Chapter 12 Moment 1)
Important Modern Magical Discoveries Book - Second level from bottom of shelf from left
A Study of Recent Developments in Wizardry Book - Fourth level from bottom of shelf from left
Great Wizards of the 20th Century - Zoom in to the next bookshelf, third level from bottom
Notable Magical Names of Our Time - bottom-most level of the same bookshelf
Merlin Chocolate Frog Card - Zoom in to the last bookshelf, on the bottom-most level of the bookshelf

(Chapter 12 Moment 2)
Curses and Counter-Curses - On bench to the left side of the screen
Galleon - Zoom in once, left side of the end of the table near popper
Infusion of Wormwood - Left side of the screen, the green bottle
Wizard Chess Set - Click on the biggest popper near the person
Mistletoe Berries - Zoom in all way, hanging between two trees with bow

(Chapter 12 Moment 3)
Galleon - Zoom in all the way, just right beside Harry’s arm

(Chapter 13 Moment 2)
Galleon - In the shadow of the second bush from left
Helga Hufflepuff Chocolate Frog Card - Just before the end of the two shadows from left

(Chapter 14 Moment 1)
Modern Magical History Book - Zoom in once, bottom-most level of  bookshelf to left of Ron
Dragon Species of Great Britain and Ireland Book - Second level of same bookshelf
From Egg to Inferno, A Dragon Keeper’s Guide Book - Second level from bottom from bookshelf to the left

(Chapter 14 Moment 2)
Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit Book - On table beside the cup and candles
Dragon Egg - Zoom all the way in the middle of the fireplace

(Chapter 14 Moment 3)
Galleon - Hover to the door on the left

(Chapter 15 Memory 1)
Galleon - Between the lamp and the quill, right side of the screen
Rowena Ravenclaw Frog Card - Zoom in all the way and on the middle of the screen, on top of the books on table

(Chapter 15 Memory 2)
Leaping Toadstool - Bottom of the tree on the left
Wolfsbane - Zoom in once on the roots of the first tree on the left
Unicorn Blood - On the roots of the second tree on the left

(Chapter 16 Memory 1)
The Winged Key - You just have to find the right key. Good luck if it's moving! Clue: The key always wants to be the center of attention

(Chapter 17 Memory 2)
Cliodna Chocolate Frog Card - Zoom in once, on the left chair
Salamander Blood - Zoom all the way in, on the left windowsill
Bezoar - Inside the cabinet, second level from bottom right

(Chapter 17 Memory 3)
Galleon - Center of hallway, just below Dumbledore
Godric Gryffindor Chocolate Frog Card - Beside Dumbledore, left of the screen

So it end there. There are a couple of glitches at this point and am not happy with it. I've brewed a couple of  useless potions that vanished as the page refreshes. Oh well, I hope by October everything's okay.

You can add me up. My username is EchoThestral8 and I'm a proud Slytherin! Add me and let me know if you've added me so I can change the username. lol

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

SPY KIDS: All The Time in the World 3D

"Time is free, but its priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back." -Harvey MacKay

Spy Kids: All The Time in the World is a family oriented movie that speaks about valuing time with our loved ones. All of us are busy with our career, hobbies and mere daydreaming that we have lesser time to spend with our family and friends. What will happen if literally time runs out fast?

Marissa (Jessica Alba) decides to retire as a spy of OSS (Organization of Super Spies) after giving birth to her daughter to Wilbur (Joel McHale) so she can focus on her family more. Though they have been a family for two years now, Marissa still finds it hard to be close to her step kids, Rebecca and Cecil (Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook, respectively).

Tick Tock (Marissa's last mission before retiring) goes back with Time Keeper (Jeremy Piven) and is ready to destroy the world by making time run fast, literally. With this, she was called back to OSS to finish them all. She was joined by her step kids in repelling Tick Tock and Time Keeper.

Written (screenplay) and directed by Robert Rodriguez, this action pact movie can be viewed in 3D showing nationwide starting today, September 14!

Disclaimer: This is my personal opinion. Read it if you want, skip it if you are not interested. Again, personal opinion, sorry if I would step on someone's toes.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thelma: Life is a Race, Run to Win

Life is fast-paced -- everything moves swiftly at the beat of the clock. Run fast, faster than your limit. You may stumble along the way but get up, shake off the dirt and run again. You may opt to slow down a bit, but never ever stop running towards the end of your goal.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

"How Fast Can You Go?: Competition for Overclockers

GAINWARD, one of the more progressive manufacturers of graphics cards for gamers proudly announced a worldwide overclocking competition. Dubbed as "How Fast Can You Go?" runs from August 29, 2011 to September 26, 2011 with 1000 USD cash and Gainward GeForce® "Phantom" graphic cards.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi PressCon with Toni Gonzaga and Zanjoe Marudo

STAR CINEMA's latest comedy offering WEDDING TAYO, WEDDING HINDI portrays two contrasting roles of couples - one wants to get married and the other wants to get out of it.

Starring in this upcoming movie are two of the most comedic love teams, Toni Gonzaga and Zanjoe Marudo

Toni Gonzaga plays Belay, an excited OFW bride-to be to Zanjoe Marudo (Oca). Belay is a simple, innocent and stereotype promdi girl (a term for a girl who came from the province) at the beginning of the story. Belay is a grade school teacher and Oca teaches high school students. Belay dips her hand as a Japayuki (entertainer in Japan) transforming her into a boisterous and skimpy girl, a far cry from her promdi image. With Belay's new persona, will Oca, her finacĂ©, still accept her and can he still live up to her whims on the wedding plans thinking his mother is a conservative catholic?

Toni and Zanjoe displayed good chemistry last night in their mini presscon. Since both of them are in a relationship status with their partners in real life, they were asked what would be their dream wedding.

Zanjoe Marudo's answer was really kilig-to-the-bones and heart-melting, he said "Kung ano ang dream wedding ng mapapangasawa ko, yun na din ang dream wedding ko."

Toni Gonzaga on the other hand shared another sweet and very touching answer, it is something like, 'Basta yung pinapangarap kong mapangasawa ang mapapangasawa ko, dream wedding na yun.'

With them is the award-winning comedy actress Eugene Domingo and the handsome hunk, Wendell Ramos. Directed by Jose Javier Reyes under Star Cinema and Octoarts Films.

'Wedding Tayo Wedding Hindi' opens on August 31 over 100 cinemas nationwide!

Watch their official trailer here:

Friday, August 19, 2011

BenQ EW Series VA LED Monitors – Room Theater Made Easy

JANUARY 14, 2011 – Internationally-renowned provider of digital monitors –BenQ, proudly announced the release of their EW Series of Vertical Alignment (VA) LED monitors – The lineup of the VA-panel LED monitors includes EW2430 and EW2430V. With True 3,000:1 Native Contrast Ratio and BenQ’s proprietary Senseye® Human Vision Technology all on a true 8-bit color panel, these beautiful VA LED monitors aims to bring full connectivity, smarter video design and elevate its viewers audiovisual experience.

Leading the EW Series is the 24” EW2430V VA LED monitor, this VA LED panel features an ultra-high native contrast ratio of 3,000:1 for added depth and definition, also minimizes light leakage. It has better contrast and detail in dark-colored movie scenes. Equipped with the ultra high Dynamic Contrast Ratio (DCR) that equates to 20,000,000:1, it enhances the details and color contrast, producing the most exquisite and flawless true-to-life images. The true 8-bit color range with 16.7M color level presents saturated vividness and smoother color transitions in every image.

EW2430 and EW2430V are designed to support a variety and multiple audiovisual enjoyments. It comes with a headphone jack, audio line in and out, 2x HDMI Ports, and 1x D-Sub and 1x DVI-D to support various gaming devices and both analog and digital signals. Four USB ports are built-in on both models for the digitally savvy, ensuring every USB device will have its own home. A component (RCA) jack for regular housing entertainment devices also empowers the V Model.

The design of EW Series aims to satisfy the demanding eyes of audiovisual lovers. By using metallic materials as the stylish essence to project simple and refined look, they can be easily blend into any room and environments. The outward extension under the screen not only creates an aesthetically pleasing exterior, but also conceals the dual 2W speakers at the same time – allowing for even cleaner and simpler lines, seamlessly integrating audio and visual dimensions of entertainment. 

Besides, EW2430V is equipped with various features for users’ enjoyment and convenience for video watching. These features include:
• Smart Focus: Helping viewers to concentrate on the main viewing content when section of the selected window or area is highlighted;
• Super Resolution: Increases the density of low resolution images and simulate to improve picture clearance, accurately capturing details and enhancing picture quality;
• PIP/PBP: Allows viewers to display two different incoming visual contents simultaneously to maximize entertainment;
• 3D Deinterlace: Reduces cross-over interference flickers produced while incoming videos are in interlaced format, to provide consistent smooth high visual presentation;
• 3D Noise Reduction: Automatically removes visible noise from the source to create advanced quality output;

Both EW2430 and EW2430V will be available in Europe and Asia Pacific after January 2011 and worldwide thereafter. For more information, please visit

ECS Introduces New Family Members of APU Support Motherboard—ECS A55 Series

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world’s leading motherboard, graphics card, barebone system, notebook and mobile device manufacturer delightedly introduces new family members of AMD APU support motherboards—A55 series, providing users more options to enjoy entertainment life.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

How the Chevrolet App works

I know the CHEVROLET CARPOOL APPLICATION in FACEBOOK is a bit confusing. So to help you out, I will give you the step-by-step way to get you "on the road" with me in my SPARK CAR!

Photo credit from Resly George Amador

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Wizard Takes Down the Dark Knight with a whopping $168.6 M

Pretty much sure the fans of the 'boy who lived' quelled the 'dark knight' and a couple of pirates by setting a whopping sales record  both in international and local box office.

"This will be the biggest 'Harry Potter' by far, a billion dollars is definitely going to happen" according to Dan Fellman, head of domestic distribution of Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. estimates Harry Potter 7 Part 2 earned on its opening day $168.6M  in the US from Friday to Sunday. It overpowered 2008's Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight".

Internationally, the film gained more $307 M in 59 countries since Wednesday. This defeated the previous best international debut of $206.4 M by Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."

Worldwide, the last installment of Harry Potter topped $475 M, making it the franchise's first billion-dollar worldwide hit.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Free Tickets for Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2

Click to view full poster

Together with Warner Studio Southeast Asia, Microsoft is giving away movie tickets to watch Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Here's how to join:

Friday, July 8, 2011

Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2

Currently watching Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2 Live Premiere.

I'm so damn excited to watch the last installment of the world's epic book and movie series.

Danielle Radcliffe looks hot but Tom Felton will always be in my heart. And for the record, Emma Watson is incredibly pretty.

Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2, showing on all cinemas in the Philippines on July 14, 2011.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Be Mine by Laura Kasischke

I am really not into reading books until Andrei inspired me to. This would be my second book and my second book review (to follow after I finish reading the book).

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder by Holly McQueen

Now I can say “Don’t judge a book by its cover” because one of the reasons why I bought this book is its cute book cover. Yes dear, I am guilty of looking for a good book cover and a catchy title in purchasing books in thrift shops. (Who doesn't by the way?) I was also deceived by its shiny sparkling stars and the fancy font used in this book. Oh and by the moment I saw that blue-green cover, I instantly grabbed it and did not think twice in buying this book.

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