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Will You Play the Endgame?

by angel
Thursday, January 29th, 2015
Posted in Spotlight, What's Up |

I can get pretty obsessed with good books, especially those that come in sets, like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson. When I get hooked on a book, I devour everything I can that relates to it, like fan fiction, websites, games, movies, and more. Just last week, I found a new series to obsess over and that’s Endgame: The Calling by bestselling author James Frey, co-authored with Nils Johnson-Shelton. Here are a few reasons why I think you should read it, too.

1. It’s a unique dystopian adventure that takes you on a whirlwind trip around the world.

Have you ever imagined what it would be like if aliens had created humankind… and that when the time came, we’d need to play a game to ensure our survival as a species? When the game starts, the players will need to find three keys somewhere on earth. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game.

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2. The 12 main characters or players are descended from 12 ancient lines that are based on actual history.

It’s a thrill to be learning about world history and culture, while reading an action-packed book!

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3. You can participate in Endgame, too!

Hidden in the book’s pages are clues to a real puzzle. The winner gets $500,000 worth of gold, which is currently on display at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. How awesome is that?!


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4. Author James Frey is in the Philippines!

He will be signing books on January 31 in Ayala Center Cebu, and on February 1 in Glorietta 1. (Tip: He is also the creator of the Lorien Legacies, so you can have those books signed too!) Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@nbsalert) for more details.

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5. A movie will be out soon!

No details yet, but James says the screenplay is already in the works.

The only downside? Endgame: The Calling is only the first book in a planned trilogy so we’ll have to wait at least another year for the next one to come out. Until then, I’ll be busy trying to solve the puzzle! ;)

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Angel O:)

A Sparkly New Year

by angel
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Posted in Get Inspired, What's Up |

Hey, Candy Girls!

Welcome to 2015! :sun:

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I ushered in the New Year with family in Tagaytay. From the balcony of my aunt’s house, we had a clear, 180-degree view of the city skyline. As soon as the clock struck 12, fireworks lit up left, right, and center! As we clinked our glasses together, gave each other big hugs, and ate a sumptuous media noche meal, we felt an abundance of joy and hope for the coming year.

How did you welcome the New Year? No matter where you are, I hope 2015 gives you a heart full of love, a healthy mind and body, and a soul at peace.

Love,
Angel O:)

A Black and White Christmas

by angel
Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Posted in Candy Bites, Shopping Diaries, What's Up |

Hey, Candy Girls and Guys!

Are you feeling the Christmas spirit yet? We sure are! Loads of gifts are arriving at the Candy HQ every day and we’ve been having holiday parties left and right. Just last week, we had our team lunch at Yabu in Rockwell. (We missed our fashion and beauty editors Jed and Ning who had to attend an event on the same day!)

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As per tradition, our Christmas exchange gift involves us buying presents for each other. That way, the person gets to choose a gift he or she actually wants! This year, Macy picked my name while I got Ayessa’s. Needless to say, we were all pretty happy with our haul from Uniqlo.

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Back at the office, we just had to snap a photo of our coordinated outfits. :)

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The Candy Team wishes you all a bright, sparkly Christmas and an awesome New Year! O:)

Pizza Party!

by angel
Friday, November 28th, 2014
Posted in Candy Bites |

Whenever the Candy Team has brainstorming sessions, we make it a point to power up on food that can fill our stomachs and fuel our ideas. For this month’s session, we loaded up on pizzaaaa!!!

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Our choice? Brooklyn’s New York Pizza in Ortigas City Golf Plaza. This huge pizza had four flavors—white cheese, pepperoni, porko, and deluxe—more than enough to suit everybody’s taste buds.

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Next up: pasta! I loved the spicy shrimp and the creamy pesto. #carboverload

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Chicken lover? The buffalo wings are TDF.

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If you believe breakfast (or brunch) is the most important meal of the day, you can also try their breakfast offerings like the Lumber Jack and the Supreme Omelette.

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The best part? They’ve got promos throughout the Christmas season so you can celebrate there with your family and friends. Check out their Facebook Page for more details and a full list of their branches.

Certified pizza lover,
Angel O:)

Worry-Free Roaming

by angel
Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Posted in Candy Bites, Travel |

Whenever I travel, it’s absolutely essential for me to have Internet access. Unfortunately, not all places have free WiFi. Good thing I’m a Globe postpaid subscriber because they now offer 24 hours of unlimited mobile surfing while roaming for only P599!

I got a chance to try this service during my trip to the USA last month, and here are five ways it made my life so much easier—and my trip so much more fun:

1. Post photos in real time.

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When I see something so beautiful and awe-inspiring, like this view of the Golden Gate Bridge or this photo of me running in the mountains, I just can’t contain my feels! I have to share it with my friends ASAP.

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2. Get directions via Google Maps or Waze.

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When exploring a new city, it helps to have a digital map handy so you won’t get lost. While walking around San Francisco, we were looking for Bi-Rite Creamery, a really good ice cream place my friend recommended—it took us an hour to get there but it was well worth it!

3. Let friends and family know you’re okay.

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We joined a half-marathon in Healdsburg Wine Country. It was a tough race and posting this photo was our way of telling everyone, “Hey, we made it to the finish line in one piece!”

4. Check online for food reviews—and make everyone’s mouths water with the food you’re eating.

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Here are just a few of the yummy dishes we had: French Toast from the Fig Tree Cafe in San Diego, Prime Rib from Lawry’s, and Pink’s Hotdogs from LA. #FoodComa

5. Communicate via Facetime, Viber, WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.

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Though I was having so much fun with my hubby, I really missed my family, too. Good thing I could communicate with them via Facetime and all the other messaging apps out there.
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So if you’re going abroad anytime soon, I highly recommend trying Globe’s data roaming service. It’s available in over 70 countries! Check out Globe’s website for more details.

One last note: just because you’re online 24/7 doesn’t mean your nose should be buried in your phone the whole time. Put your phone down once in awhile and just stop and stare at the beautiful sights around you (then you can upload all the photos later!).

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View of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Sunset at Venice beach, Los Angeles

Wanderstruck,
Angel O:)

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