I’m Going to be Jubilee for Halloween

With a little over a week until Halloween, I finally got my costume together. As usual, I dithered over who to dress up as.




When it came down it, my Halloween costume had to be something I could easily cobble together and that I could also wear on campus since Halloween falls on a school day for me. I may be in a graduate program, but I doubt wearing sexy, revealing costumes are going to fly.

My first thought was Jubilee from the X-Men, but the few stores I casually went into didn’t have her trademark yellow jacket, so I had to improve and choose something else.

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So I decided that a female Han Solo costume would work. I mean, even if I don’t do it exactly, it wouldn’t be hard to get everything, right?

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Today, I went into a year round Halloween store and began shopping in earnest. As great as it would be to purchase an already made costume, I didn’t want to do that. They’re so expensive! Even if it was just a shirt, it was too expensive.

Halloween cat at the doorway.

When I entered the store, a father and a little girl were leaving and it was the little girl who noticed the cat. I prompted took a picture of the cat as he peered at the door like he was a guard cat. The employee nearby said the cat lived in the store, though I didn’t catch the cat’s name.

The store did have a Chun Li costume as well as a male Han Solo costume and I tried both of them on for funsies. The Chun Li costume was both a little too tight and way too revealing in my lower extremities, which wouldn’t do at all for school. Even if I wore leggings underneath and then put on the costume, it would be a little too much and since it didn’t fit, I knew I had to let it go.

The Han Solo costume fit a little better, but it was over $60, and there was no way I was going to pay that price when I could browse Goodwill stores and find something so much cheaper.

Halloween cat on the counter.

I found a belt with leg holster though it wasn’t what I wanted, but I’ll try to work with it.

I went to a nearby Goodwill store and I spotted a yellow short raincoat. Jackpot! I could be Jubilee, after all. I quickly searched the store for the rest of the outfit and tried them on.

The beginning of my Jubilee costume.

It worked. I purchased glow sticks from a dollar store and I have my fingerless gloves from last year. I’m so excited for my costume and I think next year, I’ll attempt harder to put together a female Han Solo costume since I have the leg holster and a (keychain) space gun (in order to bring it to campus).

Physics Paper Co-Authored By a Siamese Cat

I love cats and I love science. When I came across this article, I was amused by the marriage of both of those loves.




The story goes that a physics professor by the name of Jack H. Hetherington was writing an academic paper in 1975. The title of the paper was Two-, Three-, and Four-Atom Exchange Effects in bcc 3He and it was about “atomic behavior at different temperatures” (Atlas Obscura, 2016). The only problem was, after Hetherington finished writing his paper, it was realized that he had used “we” throughout the paper and he was the only writer of said paper.

In order to not rewrite the entire thing to change the pronoun to “I” instead of the “we” that was already there, along with other reasons, Hetherington instead found a co-author to share the credit with, and his Siamese cat, Chester fit his requirements.

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Hetherington didn’t use Chester straight out as his cat’s coauthored credit name and went with F.D.C. Willard. The F.D.C. stands for Felix Domesticus, Chester (aka ‘domestic cat’ – Chester). Willard was the name of Chester’s father.

The paper was published in Physical Review Letters, issue 35.

Agent Romanoff doesn’t care about physics, unfortunately, or publishing papers. But maybe I’ll have her be a coauthor for my next blog post.

Reference: In 1975, a Cat Co-Authored a Physics Paper

Patty Jenkins is Directing the Wonder Woman Sequel

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Yay, Patty Jenkins is returning to direct the Wonder Woman sequel!




I figured it was going to happen because Jenkins did such a fabulous job at directing Wonder Woman as well as the movie kicking some major butt in the box office, but you never know. When the first Wonder Woman came out, Jenkins hadn’t been contracted to direct the sequel and considering the DCEU has already proven how much they like making mistakes, it was entirely possible not having her direct again was going to be their next mistake.

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(Let’s be real, there will be a next mistake for the DCEU, but at least it won’t be this).

The sequel is due to come out December 13, 2019, so filming should start sooner or later in order to hit that date. I’m so excited. 😀

Reference: Patty Jenkins Closes Deal to Direct ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel

Black Panther teaser trailer is out

The Black Panther teaser trailer is out and wow. Wow! I am so ready to watch this movie. I don’t know much about Black Panther because the only connection I had to Black Panther was by way of Storm when I heard she married him in the comic books (and he was a jerk to her and they divorced/got the marriage annulled? Basically, not good things about Black Panther). But I really liked T’Challa when he appeared in Captain America: Civil War, so I was willing to give his movie a shot.

Shallowly, everyone is looking finnnnne in this movie, as does the scenery in Wakanda. I don’t know who Michael B Jordan is playing (probably a bad guy with a character name like Erik Killmonger), but he looks gorgeous in this.

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Not sure what the story is going to be for the movie, but that’s okay because I go into a lot of the MCU movies without knowing what the story is. Maybe it’s because I’m still riding the positive thought waves from watching Wonder Woman recently, but I am ready to believe that Black Panther is going to knock it out of the park as well.

Black Panther will be in theaters February 16, 2018.

What do you think of the Black Panther teaser trailer?

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Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

I went out on Thursday night and watched Wonder Woman. Let me just say that it is amazing and I want to watch it again in theaters. I rarely watch movies in theaters, let alone repeat of movies, so this is a brand new feeling for me. Especially so because Wonder Woman is essentially an origin story and I thought I was tired of origin stories. But I guess it’s just because movies keep using the same ones over and over again (and I’m looking at the three Spider-Man franchises when I say this. Let Peter Parker grow up or tell the story of someone else who played Spider-Man).

I bought a Wonder Woman shirt from Hot Topic for the Wonder Woman premiere because of course I’m going to. When I watched Batman v Superman in the theaters (that was a waste of money, ah well), I didn’t have a DC shirt so I wore my Women of Marvel shirt instead. For this movie, I wanted to be on point.

I ordered my ticket through fandango and chose a nearby theater. I got ready, also wearing my long, flowing blue skirt (mostly because it reminded me of Diana’s dress from the trailer) along with my Wonder Woman shirt, and drove to the theaters.

Fortunately, this theater also sells alcohol and I bought a drink. I’m really glad I did because the bartender said my outfit was missing something and handed me his Wonder Woman armbands that the employees were wearing. 😀

With drink, water, and a hot dog in hand, I was ready to watch this movie because it’s been a long time coming.

Spoilers below.

There were genuine funny moments in the movie, and not in a “this is stupid” kind of way like there was in BvS. Diana is adorable as a fish out of water, and the people around her were great as they reacted to her.

I enjoyed the action scenes, from the Amazons vs Germans, to Diana vs Germans. WWI is perfect for Diana’s brand of melee and seeing her come out of the trenches is just perfect. She takes on all the fire so the Allies could finally cross no man’s land. Yes, there’s a lot of slowmo cuts in the action scenes, but it didn’t actually bother me.

Diana grew up on the island of Themyscira so innocent. Though her aunt, General Antiope trained her to be the greatest Amazon warrior, her and her mother, Queen Hippolyta kept her in the dark. The horrors WWI and losing Steve makes her realize what the world truly is and I can see this Diana wanting to withdraw from it until BvS.

Her freak out when she thinks she’s completed her mission of killing Ares, but realizing it changed nothing about the evil men broke my heart. Steve is trying to reassure her and convince her of the good of mankind and make her feel better all while hearing the tick tock of time running out in his head because he has to complete his mission of preventing that gas from being used on more innocent people. She’s done with this world and Steve still lives in it, and tells her while mankind doesn’t deserve her, it’s about believing and love.

The main villain in this when he’s finally revealed, Ares, was kind of a let down from General Ludendorff and Dr. Isabel Maru (Doctor Poison). I just couldn’t take him seriously at all and after all the physicality of previous fights, his wasn’t. But I can overlook that because everything else in the movie was just so great.

I give Wonder Woman 9.5/10 stars and I am ready to watch it all over again.

Star Wars Vanity Fair covers

There are Vanity Fair covers of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast. Even before I saw the covers, I was already geeking out. I’ve been in love with Star Wars for as long as I remember and I’ve been waiting for this trilogy since I was a teenager.




I clicked on the article and ahhhh, that first cover! Leia is the princess of my heart and it was both breathtaking and heartbreaking to see her again in The Force Awakens as General Leia. And then her actress Carrie Fisher died and my heart broke even further. RIP Carrie Fisher.

So seeing Carrie Fisher’s Leia in a solo cover just brought back those memories and regret that her role in the new movies will be reduced. I was ready to see Leia’s story once more on the big screen because Leia deserved that. There will be some Leia, though I don’t know in what capacity and it won’t be through CGI, but that’s not enough.

The next cover features Poe, Finn, and newcomer Rose (with bonus BB-8). No lie, I am super excited to see a prominent Asian actor in a Star Wars role. I know nothing about Rose except her name, but considering she’s on a cover, it’s not going to be a minor role.

It wouldn’t be Star Wars without its bad guys. Here’s Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren, and General Hux. It’d be nice to see more of Phasma and Hux since they were barely in the last movie I feel like, and Kylo Ren getting punched in the face by someone because of what he did in The Force Awakens.

Last, but not least, the Jedi! Well, Luke Skywalker is a Jedi and I’m assuming Rey will be trained to become one as well. I don’t know if we’ll find out about Rey’s parentage in this movie, but I have my theories and I hope I’m right.

I am ready to throw my money at this movie because it’s Star Wars and I’m a huge fan, but alas, I still have months to wait and these covers are not helping.

Reference: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Covers Make Us Feel So Many Emotions

Pigeons Are Roosting On My Balcony

I’m home! As soon as I got home, I kicked off my shoes and went straight to bed to nap. Well, napping turned into sleeping most of the day away, but I can’t complain. I needed that.




My cat, Agent Romanoff, was thrilled to see me and prompted meowed all of her stories and rubbed herself on me. I was very happy to see her too because I missed her while I was on my trip.

While I was gone though, a group of pigeons have decided to make my balcony their vacation spot by landing on the railing and/or the top of the light and making a bird scene.

My first thought was, “Noooo, go away pigeons! You’re going to poop everywhere!” But my second thought was, “Oh no, Agent Romanoff must love this.”

And she does. Boy, does she love it when the pigeons visit. I know cats can make their bird noises, but I’ve never heard Agent Romanoff make hers until now with the pigeons. She really loves seeing the pigeons. She crouches low, makes her bird calls, and either stays completely frozen from wherever she is in the apartment, or tries to creep towards the sliding door in an attempt to see them up close.

There is also a pigeon (pigeons?) that looks about half the size of my cat and I think Agent Romanoff is intrigued by that one the most. It was the only one she tried to attack, but because she was inside, only managed to smack her paws against the glass door, making it fly away. 😀

I’m kind of hoping the pigeons leave on their own because it’s not like there’s anything on my balcony to encourage their visit. I know Agent Romanoff loves them, which is why I’m not shooing them away on my own, but they need to go.

Philippine Trip: Returning Home from Zamboanga City

Returning home! I’ll miss Zamboanga like I always do, but there is no place like home.




My flight out of Zamboanga was early in the morning, so I packed the night before. My family came with me, but because we didn’t have a driver at the time, we took some tricycles to the airport.

Because I was the only one flying, my family had to pay to get into the airport and after I checked in my luggage, we paid 5 pesos each in order to get into the waiting area which I didn’t have to do last year, but whatever. At least it wasn’t much, but I did think it was odd.

Upstairs was the food court and gift shops. I went upstairs to see if there was some last minute gifts I could purchase.

Then it was time to hug my family goodbye, walk outside towards the airport, and was flying towards Manila.

I had to pick up my luggage at the carousel and waited for the free tram to Terminal 2. It felt like forever before it arrived and I was able to check in at Terminal 2.

While I waited for my plane back to the States, I ate some food and purchased even more last minute gifts. I also bought some water because it’s a long flight and I didn’t want to get dehydrated.

EXCEPT. We had to go through metal detectors again to wait in a roped off area and everyone had to get rid of their water! I was so annoyed. We are literally in the same building, same room, and I have to pretend like I was outside the airport and throw away my water that I just bought in the same room? Urgh.

The flight wasn’t so bad on the way back to the States. Once again, I was in the window seat. Aisle seat, how I miss you.

Arrival in LAX meant that I had to go through customs and, after that, pick up my luggage. Going through customs was pretty quick. The only question I was asked was, “Are you Filipino?” to which I replied, “Yup.”

Then it was walking to the domestic side of LAX to catch the last leg of my flight and return home.

All in all, I enjoyed my trip and I am glad to be home.

Someday, when I have money, I am going to book first class seats for my long travels, like to the Philippines. It’d be completely worth it.

Philippine Trip:
1) Don’t Forget Your Luggage Tag!
2) Flight To Manila
3) 9 Hours at Ninoy Aquino Airport
4) Arrival in Zamboanga City
5) Isle of Santa Cruz
6) Paseo del Mar
7) Fort Pilar
8) Alavar Restaurant
9) City Mall
10) Vista del Mar
11) KCC Mall
12) Returning Home from Zamboanga City

Philippine Trip: KCC Mall

KCC Mall is the big mall in Zamboanga City. There are four floors, from the basement where the grocery store is along with plenty of smaller food places to the third floor where the movie theaters are.




Like other malls, the bottom of your car is inspected by a guard and a mirror on a stick before you can drop off someone and/or park your car. Then at the entrance of the mall, any entrance, there are guards and a metal detector.

My family loves coming to KCC Mall. There’s plenty of things to do here, though my mom usually goes to the grocery store more often than not.

It’s been months since I’ve last been to KCC, so I began exploring and taking pictures.

KCC Mall is bigger than some of the malls around where I live, so it’s fun to come here and see the differences between them.

There are a bunch of stores that I explored and, when I got hungry, I decided to have a snack.

I am a sucker for waffles, so I went down to the basement and ate at Waffle Daffle. I ordered Brownie Ala Mode as an ice cream topping and it was delicious. It didn’t cost a lot, only 80 pesos, which is one of the nice things I love about the Philippines. Nomnom, eat all the things!

Philippine Trip:
1) Don’t Forget Your Luggage Tag!
2) Flight To Manila
3) 9 Hours at Ninoy Aquino Airport
4) Arrival in Zamboanga City
5) Isle of Santa Cruz
6) Paseo del Mar
7) Fort Pilar
8) Alavar Restaurant
9) City Mall
10) Vista del Mar
11) KCC Mall
12) Returning Home from Zamboanga City

Philippine Trip: Vista del Mar

West from Paseo del Mar and some odd miles is Vista del Mar, another scenic location right on the water.




Vista is a lot more smaller than Paseo and there’s only one restaurant to eat at here. Plus you’re not allowed to bring food with you. Fortunately, we ate before coming to Vista.

You weren’t allowed to swim on the side with the mermaid statue (the side you enter in from), but there is a spot of beach on the other side where you can. I didn’t have my swimsuit, so I just dipped my toes into the water.

Vista is beautiful and it was great coming here. I like how peaceful Vista is (though my mom told me it gets busy with people all the time), so I was glad we came when it was quieter. I took a ton of pictures as you can tell from this post. 🙂

Philippine Trip:
1) Don’t Forget Your Luggage Tag!
2) Flight To Manila
3) 9 Hours at Ninoy Aquino Airport
4) Arrival in Zamboanga City
5) Isle of Santa Cruz
6) Paseo del Mar
7) Fort Pilar
8) Alavar Restaurant
9) City Mall
10) Vista del Mar
11) KCC Mall
12) Returning Home from Zamboanga City