Movie Guide: Tearjerker Movies about Dogs

Dogs are not just excellent pets; they also make for very interesting movie protagonists. Yes! Dogs can make you laugh and they can definitely make you cry too. Here are two flicks about dogs that will surely make you cry.

A Tale of Mari and the Three Puppies (2007)

A Tale of Mari and the Three Puppies

The Japanese movie A Tale of Mari and the Three Puppies tells about the story of a faithful dog that helped rescue her adoptive family during the 2004 Chūetsu earthquake. Mari, a Shiba Inu dog, is the Ishikawa family’s loyal pet. During the earthquake, the Ishikawa family isn’t together; the father is in a nearby town, the son is doing extra work at school and the grandfather and daughter are left at home with Mari and her three newborn puppies. Both the father and the son emerge safe from the incident and are reunited at a rehabilitation center. Unfortunately, the grandfather and daughter get trapped in their house after it collapsed. Mari, who escape unscathed during the quake seeks help and finds military rescue workers. Because of the aftershocks and the damages that the earthquake causes, people are advised to abandon the place. Unfortunately the rescue workers cannot take Mari and her three puppies to the relocation site. Mari and her puppies get left behind and have to survive on their own.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2010)

Hachi A Dog’s Tale

Based on the true story of a Japanese Akita named Hachiko who was commended for his devotion to his master, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is one of the most successful and heartbreaking movies of all time. The movie, which stars Richard Gere and Joan Allen, tells about the loyalty of an Akita dog to his owner until his final breath. Parker Wilson (Gere), a university professor, finds an Akita puppy on a train station; he decided to take it home with a full intention of returning it to its rightful owner, but he couldn’t find the person. He named the dog Hachi after the symbol on his collar and their friendship begins to blossom. Hachi would accompany Wilson on the train station as his master leaves for work and would come back at the exact time that Wilson is bound for home. Unfortunately, Wilson dies while working. When his master does not come home to the train station, Hachi gets fetched by Michael, Wilson’s son-in law. But the next day and for the next ten years, the dog would never miss going back to the train station waiting for his master to come home.

How to Review Ongoing Manga Series

Reviewing an ongoing manga series is a very challenging task to any manga reviewer. It’s difficult in the sense that you might inadvertently spoil your readers while at the same time struggling to be updated as possible about the next chapter to be released.

Remember Some of Your Readers May Not be Updated


Not everyone is updated about even their favorite manga series so you need to watch what you share online or on other printed mediums—including social media. To be on the safe side of things, just provide a synopsis for every chapter and that’s it. You have the choice of putting everything in a nutshell of course but remember that too revealing a review may only anger some of your readers.

Reread the Chapter If Possible

Before you even begin to write your review, reread the manga volume several times. Doing so prevents you from missing out important parts while at the same time ensuring that you do not accidentally mislead your readers.

Be Careful with Your Words

Before sending or publishing your work, you need to recheck it all over again to make sure that nothing is missing or misleading. Remember that once there’s a flaw in the review, it’s your reputation on the line.

Make Your Review “Spoiler-Free”

Though you think this may be impossible to do, this is actually possible. How? Only provide general tidbits of the chapter and not the entire thing. Discuss important things that won’t spoil your readers—the inevitable—and expected—reappearance of a powerful villain can be an example. The technique here is that you don’t divulge everything to the reader.

Movie Guide: Must-Watch Movies Produced by Pixar

Pixar is a Computer-generated Imagery (CGI) production company which is known for making high-quality works. The company has already released 14 animated films; all are under the banner of Walt Disney Studio. Here are some of the must-watch movies produced by Pixar:

WALL-E (2008)

Wall-E Film

WALL-E is a computer-animated comedy sci-fi film which tells the story of a robot named WALL-E who is programmed to clean the deserted and waste-covered Earth in the distant future.  WALL-E falls in love with another robot named EVE and follows her to outer space and that’s where his adventures start.  The movie which was released in June 27, 2008 was a box office success garnering a total of $ 521 million worldwide.  WALL-E became the 8th highest-grossing film in 2008. The movie was also awarded in the 81st Academy Awards as the Best Animated Feature.

Brave (2012)

Brave Movie

Brave is a computer-animated fantasy comedy film which was released in June 22, 2012. The movie tells the story of a young and self-willed princess Merida who doesn’t want to be betrothed. Her disobedience later results to a series of unfortunate events. Upon consulting a witch for advice, she transforms her mother into a bear by mistake; Merida has to undo the spell by herself before it’s too late. Brave was successful in the box office and earned $ 539 million. It also won Best Animated Feature in Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards and Golden Globe Awards.

Monster University (2013)

Monster University Movie

Monster University, a 3D animated comedy film, is a prequel to Monsters Inc. (2001). It tells the story of Mike Wazowski, a young monster who wants to become a scarer. In his quest to become a scarer, he enrolls in Monster University and meets Sulley; both start as rivals but eventually become the best of friends. The movie was well-received by the audience; it earned a total of $743.6 million worldwide and became the seventh highest-grossing film released in 2013.

How to Spot a “Fake” Girl Gamer

Oh, these types are ubiquitous these days (you probably know someone)! They play games just to get a guy’s attention or worse just doing it because it’s mainstream (it’s like cosplay because you get a lot attention from “fans.” It’s also like wearing fancy clothes that are trending). Below are some indicators that let you know if a particular girl is the real McCoy or just a wannabee.

The Fake Gamer Girl Vs. The Real Gamer Girl

They Pretend to “Know a Game”

When you have a discussion with someone about a certain game, you can really feel the enthusiasm or disappointment of true gamers. Sadly, some people pretend that they know this certain game just so that they can join a conversation. Wannabees don’t know the nuances of a particular game. They’d just go all “bad graphics this and bad framerates that” but if pressed on what really made the game a disappointment (or what made it a success), they’d have difficulty explaining the more critical aspects of that game to you.

They Can’t Finish Difficult Games

Even true female gamers can finish a League of Legends game and bring a team to victory—how much more with other video games on different gaming platforms. If a girl can’t even finish the last stage of Super Mario, well that’s an obvious indicator that she’s just bragging of calling herself a gamer.

Gamer Girl Funny Meme

The Only Games these Women Know Are Facebook Browser Games

Farmville, Mafia Wars, Pet Society, and Cafe World are just some of these popular browser games that can be found on the social networking site Facebook. For hardcore gamers though, there are games more entertaining and more addicting than games that run on Flash.

They Think Most Video Games Are for Boys

There have never been any gaming reviews that claim that a particular video is only for boys. If you heard this from these girls, then they are just making an alibi.

A Bookworm’s Guide: Signs That You Have Been Reading a Lot of Books

Reading a Lot of Books

Do you always have books wherever you go? Do you spend most of your time reading books than going out with your friends? Would you rather continue reading your book than sleep? If all your answers to these questions are a big YES, then you definitely have ORD or Obsessive Reading Disorder! Haven’t heard about it? It’s not actually a recently discovered mental condition, ORD is just a new way of describing a person’s addiction to books. Do you think you have ORD? Here are some signs that would tell you if you certainly have Obsessive Reading Disorder:


You have fallen in love with many fictional characters

For women who love reading books which feature a great love story, it is really true that they have fallen in love many times with fictional characters. Christian Grey? Edward Cullen? Peeta Mellark? Let’s admit it, we definitely can’t resist the charm of these fictional characters; we even wish that they were for real, right? Even men with ORD are no exception to these; some do develop a fascination with the girl-protagonist of the book they’re reading. But women are definitely more vocal in saying they’ve fallen in love with a fictional character from a book.

Your world stops until you finish reading a book

Books are definitely addictive, and the moment you start reading them, you simply just can’t stop. When you are so engrossed in reading, it seems like the entire world has stopped! You can’t even put the book down and would rather continue reading it than eat or sleep. That’s how addictive books are. You create a new world and escape reality when reading books and you hate it when people disturb you. Everything goes back to normal only after you are done reading the book.

You keep on forgetting that you live in the real world

You are so concentrated in reading the book that you almost forget about the real world. If the character of the book said something funny, you burst into laughter and get stares from astonished people. Reading tearjerkers can also cause quite a scenario. You read a book, and then tears start streaming from your face even when you are in public. Only those with ORD can understand.


You get way too emotionally involved with the characters

They may be fictional characters but they can still play with our emotions. Every time a character we loved died, we feel a part of us goes with that character. And it is not easy to get over with. The story might be fictional but the sadness we go feel when something bad happens to our favorite character is real. The only consolation we have is that we can bring to life our favorite characters by re-reading the book.

All these signs are experienced by persons with ORD. Can you relate to these signs? Then, it’s definitely confirmed that you have been reading a lot of books lately.

Lingerie History: The Underwire Story of Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes ProfileAfter Mary Phelps Jacobs successfully introduced her “Backless Brassiere” in 1910s, many people tried to enhance it and make it more useful not just in covering and supporting a woman’s breasts but accentuating their shape underneath the clothes she is wearing. Howard Hughes was one of those people who tried to make a new type of brassiere in 1940s. Hughes is not actually a designer, he was a film director; but while directing a movie, he saw the need to create an underwire push-up bra for the leading actress. A very wealthy Hollywood socialite in the early 1940s, Howard Hughes is an American business tycoon who is also an aviator, aerospace engineer, a film producer and a director. During his lifetime, Hughes was considered as one of the wealthiest people in the world.

In 1941, Hughes produced and directed a movie called The Outlaw. The story of the movie centers on the rivalrous friendship between Billy the Kid, Doc Holiday, and Pat Garret. All three were fighting over possession of a stallion and a sultry Mexican girl Rio McDonald who was portrayed by 19-year old Jane Russell.  The movie became a Hollywood gossip because of Russell’s erotic scenes, which actually helped in publicizing it. The Outlaw was Jane Russell’s first shot in show business and after the movie was released in 1943, she became a star overnight. The movie was also Jane Russell’s stepping stone in becoming America’s sex symbol in the 1950s and 1960s; her voluptuous figure was emphasized all throughout Hughes’ The Outlaw.

Jane Russell

Jane Russell was a promising girl; Hughes sensed that. With measurements of 38D-24-36 and standing 5’7 ft, she was definitely a beauty to behold and Hughes believed that she had the potential to become America’s next superstar. However, while filming The Outlaw in 1941, Hughes felt the camera did little to emphasize Russell’s large bust. Wanting to highlight Russell’s voluptuous figure, Hughes used his engineering skills to design an underwire push-up bra and let his staff create it. The bras that Jane Russell were wearing while filming the movie either squashed her breasts or failed to provide support to prevent them from bouncing so Hughes felt the need to change it. The said underwire bra Hughes designed was believed to be worn by Russell while filming The Outlaw which gave her bosom an astonishing figure.

The Outlaw Jane Russell

The movie caused quite a commotion in Hollywood because of Jane Russell’s seductive scenes. As a matter of fact, 20th Century Fox postponed the release date because of the controversies surrounding the movie. However, when it was released in 1943, it became an instant hit and Jane Russell became an instant star. The movie however was only shown in theaters for one week and then it was pulled out due to its violation to the Production Code, but it was enough for The Outlaw to become popular and Jane Russell to become a coveted Hollywood star. In 1946, The Outlaw was finally released widely and it became a box office hit.

Howard Hughes at Controls of His Flying BoatIn Jane Russell’s 1985 autobiography, the actress revealed that Hughes’ underwire push-up bra was so uncomfortable that she only wore it once and that was in her dressing room. She never really wore it while filming The Outlaw. Russell wrote that the contraption hurt so much that she wore it only a few minutes, instead, she wore her own bra, padded the cups with tissues and tightened the straps. Hughes, however, never knew about this. The famed bra is now housed in a Hollywood museum.

General Information on Contact Lenses

Life can be very difficult for a person with vision impairment. Everything is blurry and most of the time, you’re not quite sure what you’re looking at. As a solution, medical experts invented eyeglasses. Now the troubles of the vision-impaired changed from everything being blurry to such hassles as the glasses pinching the bridge of your nose and slipping every time you bend to pick something up. So once again, the experts tried to find a better solution and they came up with the contact lens.

Not only do contact lenses save you from the pinching and slipping, but they also give you a wider range of vision, since there no limiting frames to contend with. Most of those who wear contacts attest to the fact that they’re very comfortable, you won’t even notice you’re wearing them. The high degree of comfort, coupled with people’s desire to spice up their look from time to time, is perhaps what gave rise to the demand for lenses that can be used for purely aesthetic purposes or for both corrective and aesthetic purposes.

Aesthetic Contact Lens

There are celebrities who wear contact lenses simply to change the color of their eyes so they’ll fit specific roles. There are athletes who wear contacts to develop extra sharp vision, which helps them perform better on the field. There are also regular folk who wear contact lenses to spice up their look when they attend costume parties and events such as gaming and cosplay conventions. But whatever your reason is for wearing contacts, you have to make sure you know how to wear them safely.

Woman Choosing Among the first decisions you’ll have to make involves the type of contact lens to buy. There are daily disposables, which you throw away after a single use (for a maximum of eight hours). There are also weekly and monthly disposables, which you throw away after a week or a month of use (8 eight hours at a time). There are extended-wear lenses that you can wear for up to a week straight before you need to remove and wash them. There are ultraviolet-protection lenses that guard your eyes against the harmful rays of the sun. And then there are corneal reshaping lenses that help correct your vision.

Note, though, that not everyone can wear contact lenses. You may have an eye condition that makes it difficult to fit you with lenses, or there may be other reasons why you are not a good candidate for contact lens wear. If you insist on wearing contacts even when advised not to, you’re practically risking an eye infection or worse consequences. This is why it is important to seek an eye doctor’s advice and to heed that advice before you even start choosing contact lenses.

Doctor Approves

If your doctor gives you the go signal to wear contact lenses, he will also give you a prescription, which indicates the measurement of the lenses you should get. Furthermore, the doctor is likely to offer advice as to the wear and care of contacts. Be sure to follow this advice to the letter to ensure the safety of your eyes.

Contact Lens and Self-Esteem: Who Knew They Were Related?

Children With Eye ConditionWhen children are diagnosed with an eye condition, our immediate response as parents is to get them fitted for eyeglasses. When they join schools plays and other social gatherings and then express their desire to wear decorative contact lenses for the occasion, we hesitate to give our approval, concerned that the contact lenses might damage their eyes.

Although both responses are understandable and there’s nothing really wrong with them, you might become more open to the idea of your children wearing contact lenses when you learn that children who wear contacts were found to have high self-esteem in general and a significantly higher self-esteem than those who are made to wear glasses.

 Kids Using Contact Lens

It was a group of researchers from the Stony Brook University School of Medicine who arrived at this conclusion after conducting a study involving over 400 children aged 12 to 17. A set of standardized tests were used to evaluate the children’s self-esteem six years after they enrolled in the study, which was dubbed COMET (Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial).

The general purpose of the study was to evaluate the effect of wearing contact lenses vs. eyeglasses to correct nearsightedness over at least three years. On the fifth year of the study, the children were given the freedom to decide whether they wanted to continue wearing glasses or get fitted with contact lenses. On the sixth year, the mean amount of nearsightedness among participants was -4.6 diopters and the mean age of the children was 15.3.

Self Esteem Evalutaion

Other than the standardized tests, the researchers also let the participants do a self-evaluation of their self-esteem where different areas of their lives are concerned – scholastic/athletic competence, social acceptance, physical appearance, behavioral conduct, and overall feeling of self-worth. The results of both the standardized tests and the self-evaluation were then compared with their baseline scores, which were recorded before they started wearing contact lenses.

So, what did the results show? Basically it showed that those who opted for contact lenses on the fifth year of the study had significantly higher social acceptance, behavioral conduct, and athletic competence at baseline than those who chose to continue wearing glasses. At the end of the sixth year, the contact lens wearers still had much higher scores after adjustments were made for baseline scores and other variables.

Although the study wasn’t very conclusive as to whether it takes a high self-esteem to begin with for a child to decide to wear contact lenses or the act of wearing contact lenses helps increase self-esteem, what’s clear is that the two are directly related. And though the study only focused on nearsighted children who need vision correction, it is quite possible that self-esteem may also be improved even in children who wear contacts for purely cosmetic reasons.

The next time your teenaged kid asks to be allowed to wear contacts to a special event or occasion, you might want to think carefully before saying no. Who knows? It just might help develop their character. Even if it doesn’t, as long as you consult your eye doctor first and take all the necessary precautions, you really don’t have anything to lose, do you?

Daily Disposable Contact Lenses: Helping to Ease Discomfort and Irritation

Wearing Glasses And ContactsIf you want to switch from wearing eyeglasses to wearing a pair of contact lens, but are having a few minor problems with them such as irritation, redness, discomfort, and dryness, you may want to start with daily disposables first. A recent study has shown that daily disposables stand a good chance of clearing up these minor issues.

The study involved 316 contact lens wearers who, upon being refitted with daily disposables, were found to have experienced improvement in their conditions. The prevalence of dryness was reduced by 19 percent and uncomfortable wearing time was reduced by 35 percent.

 Wearing Contact Lens

Wearing daily disposables may be more expensive in the long run as compared to wearing reusable contacts, but if you really want to resolve the issues you suffer from without having to stop wearing contacts, then it may be well worth the extra cost. Once your eyes get used to wearing contacts, you could gradually switch to reusable lenses working your way up to weekly lenses, monthly lenses, and then finally to the standard lenses that can be used for a year.

The relatively high cost involved might tempt you to try wearing daily lenses twice or thrice instead of only once. DON’T. The risk of contamination and permanent eye damage cannot be stressed enough. A study has shown that even when daily disposables were stored in a new contact lens case, there’s a 45% chance they’ll have growths like Staphylococci the following day. Do you really want to risk your eyes in this manner?

Now, here’s a bit of good news for you: There are now water gradient lenses that make contact lens wear so much more comfortable. The inner core of these lenses is 33% water and the water content of the lens reaches up to 80% on the front and back surfaces. In a survey, nine out of ten people who wear this type of contacts report that it’s so comfortable, they can easily forget that they’re wearing a pair.

The advantage of water gradient lenses even goes beyond the added moisture and higher comfort level. They have even been found to have the highest surface slipperiness and breathability among all daily disposable lenses. Although these lenses are currently available only for the correction of nearsightedness, it is expected that they will also be available for farsightedness and astigmatism in the near future.

What if you regularly wear contact lenses purely for cosmetic reasons? Will you not be able to benefit from the advantages offered by water gradient lenses? Well, manufacturers haven’t announced any plan to develop and put out a cosmetic variety of water gradient lenses, but who’s to say they wouldn’t decide to do so very soon? If they feel that there’s a high enough demand for it, it just might happen sooner than you expect.

 Consulting An Eye Doctor

In the meantime, the best thing for you to do is consult your eye doctor as regards the best course of action regarding your contact lens wear and the minor problems you’re facing. No matter how much you enjoy wearing contacts, safety should always come first.

Good News for Contact Lens Wearers: Antimicrobial Lens in the Works

Researching MelimineResearchers in Australia conducted an investigation on an antimicrobial peptide called melimine performs when applied to contact lenses. They measured the performance of melimine-coated contacts when used by both animals and humans. And the general consensus is that those contacts are safe for use and has the potential to effectively reduce the risk of lens-related eye infections. This is indeed welcome news for those who require contacts for vision correction as well as those who simply love wearing decorative lenses.

 Melimine Bacteria

Melimine is a substance that’s produced by our body’s immune system. It has a broad-spectrum antimicrobial capability that can reduce infection and inflammation. This natural activity of the peptide is what gave the Australian group the idea that it could help reduce the risk of eye damage for contact lens wearers. If and when melimine-coated contact lenses do become commercially available, they are expected to become a big hit among contacts wearers, particularly those who are highly concerned with the safety of their eyes.

Exactly how did the study proceed? Well, the lenses were coated with melimine and then applied first to rabbit eyes. This initial process was done for 22 days to determine the safety of the lenses and arrive at a preliminary assessment of the lenses’ performance. The researchers saw no signs of inflammation, toxicity, or any other eye problem. This led them to believe the peptide-coated lenses were safe enough and decided to proceed with the next phase.

Once safety was established, a human clinical trial was put in place. Trial participants were made to wear the lenses on one of their eyes and a regular contact lens on the other eye. They wore the lenses for the standard eight hours. The lenses were then removed and the participants’ eyes examined. They were again examined a week after lens removal and then again after four weeks to make sure delayed toxicity effects are ruled out.

Antimicrobial Coated Contacts The human trial presented no significant difference in the health of the subjects’ eyes (one with regular lens and one with the special lens). The subjects also reported no significant difference in terms of comfort level, awareness, and dryness. The trial also showed that the lenses coated with melimine retained their antimicrobial qualities even after they were worn for eight hours.

Study results are indeed promising, but the researchers all agree there’s still a need for more clinical trials before this new type of lens can be introduced on the market. For one thing, they still need to determine if similar antimicrobial contact lenses can reduce contact lens-related eye problems during extended wear. But now that we are aware of the study and its promising results, we’re pretty sure many contact lens wearers will be anticipating the arrival of these special lenses.

Whether you need vision correction or just want to spice up your look from time to time, antimicrobial lenses that help protect your eyes will surely be something you’ll look forward to wearing. Let’s hope the trials are completed soon so manufacturing can begin.