What’s Up Sunday aka Mother’s Day Recap

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!
Hope you are all having a happy and relaxing Sunday!

Obviously, I consider myself a cat mom so I kind of get to celebrate Mother’s Day at home. But then, my weekend was given to my mom, my aunt who is visiting and my mother in-law. Hence why there is no streams or post yesterday.

Today is really just a last minute buffer post as I prepare for next year. I took a few days off this week mostly because I’m done with burnout but still wanted some time to relax and do the stuff I like, plus, I wasn’t really in the mood for writing. Apologies for that!

Quick Update on what I’m Watching, Reading & Playing (aka nothing much)

I could do a segment on the typical what I’m watching, reading and playing but to be honest, I’m really doing none of those things except for rewatching a second time Refresh Man, which is one that I had finished like a day before I rewatched it. So it is kind of anti-climatic. Plus, I finished Riverdale Season 1 yesterday so that’s done as well. Gotham and Client List is still sitting in the waiting to be finished pile but I haven’t wanted to jump back in yet. In terms of reading, I’m deciding what to read next so nothing to report on that. As for playing, I finished Pinstripe the other day and by Tuesday, all the playthroughs will be up on the Game Warp channel and the review will go up next week as well. I have to start the featured game of May, Little Nightmares.

Mother’s Day Weekend

Saturday

Mother’s Day weekend is a huge juggle of time with a few prior must-dos.  We decided to do a lot of celebrating on Saturday. We started the morning with a dinner with my mom and my aunt and took them to breakfast at Allo Mon Coco. It was really tasty and a lot of fun to chat and just relax.

In the evening, we went over to my in-laws and spent some time. We ordered in from St Hubert and all some nice chicken meals. I made brownies as our gift to them. Not sure how they liked it though since this is a new recipe. I’ll be sharing the recipe next week. It was a lot of fun. We put on a super odd movie with Dolph Lundgren which I can’t remember the name of anymore.

Sunday

Sunday was pretty chill. I went over to my mom’s to spend some time with her and my aunt for lunch. Then we headed out to do some shopping at the mall. We had a bit of spare time so despite the rain, we decided to head to the garden center and take a peak. My mom picked up some vegetable plants: tomatoes and peppers as usual and she decided to try her luck at planting okra this year despite my failure last year. I think it could be a success for her since she takes much better care of her garden than I do. Maybe I’ll give an update on that later in the summer. As for myself, this what I got. That is only the first part and the container gardening and front yard for now. I’ll be heading back next weekend to pick up more, especially since I really need to pick up a ton of soil before I can really be ready to garden.

Finally, to wrap up a fantastic weekend spent with family, we went over to my mom’s to have dinner which was incredibly delicious as always. I’m sorry that this is the shot during dinner. I just forgot about taking it before.

That’s it for the Mother’s Day recap!
How’s your Mother’s Day? Did you celebrate? Have fun? Was it relaxing?

Regular programming of daily posts should resume tomorrow! Needed some time off last week but I think I’m cool now! Missing writing a little.

Game Warp Podcast: Interview with Heatbox Games

***Today is Game Warp Podcast’s first anniversary of our debut episode release!***

Today we also release our new episode! This time, we sit down with Aaron ‘Heatbox’ Heaton who is not only a professional travelling beatboxer but is a self-taught game developer and the one man team at Heatbox Games behind his debut game, Robots in the Wild currently in Steam Early Access. Robots in the Wild is a unique multi-genre game that fuses block-building (like Tetris), base-building and survival together.

We sit down with Heatbox to talk about not only how he got into gaming and game development and the games that he loves but also about Robots in the Wild and how it has changed to what it is today and what to look forward to.

Thanks for watching!
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This is the first podcast episode to launch on the new Game Warp channel!
Remember to look around, we try our best to have content up most of the days in between podcast episodes with Mini-reviews, First looks, one shot playthroughs or Let’s Plays.

Titan: An Alternate History by Michael Tymczyszyn & Andy Stanleigh

I have been reading more graphic novels and comics lately. It is a much more relaxing experience and pretty fun to discover or rediscover cool stories. Some of you who saw my Toronto Comiccon haul will know that I got two books from AH Comics.

I remember AH Comics from the year before and remembering that I hadn’t had time to go back the year before. But this year, I just had to pick it up. Lets start with Titan: An Alternate History.

Titan: An Alternate History
By: Michael Tymczyszyn (author) and Andy Stanleigh (illustrations)

titan: an alternate history

Traveling through four distinct periods in history, this graphic novel follows Peter Tytan, an unassuming archaeology professor until a brutal mugging leaves him broken, bloodied, and hallucinating. Through this alternate history he sees a world similar and yet very different from our own—from the Steppes of ancient Russia to the Crusades to the Industrial Revolution. With every hallucination Peter experiences his world spins further and further away from the one he recognized, creating astounding changes that overcome him, transform him, and ultimately make him a titan among men. – Goodreads

First of all, Titan is very unique. The first thing that will catch your eyes is the art. As we travel time and through different scenes, we start seeing a change in the style and yet still incredibly well-drawn. Of course, I’m rather new to the graphic novel world however, the art here appealed to me a lot. It created a different tone for each part. While I’m not very well-versed in history, the book features some characters that are widely known as general knowledge and jumps back into events that are also known to others. The idea here is in the alternate history where it is familiar to the readers and yet, seeks to show something different. The way it is presented, particularly the dialogue works so well here and makes it rather unique.

However, the only thing that I did have some minor issues is was the transition between scenes. Perhaps the novel-reading me takes over in this department but there does seem to be gaps. For sure, these are hallucinations and yet, there’s something that doesn’t always piece together well enough. It may have to do with the fact that this is a short graphic novel. However, there is still an indie charm immediately apparent when reading Titan. There’s heart and some fun ideas thrown together along with no barriers to what can be accomplished and achieved.

While, there were some moments that pulled me out of the story a little, the art and the dialogue and even the characters has me intrigued to see where this continues. The best achievement here is being able to smudge the line of reality and history in terms of Peter Tytan.

4 Essentials for Breakfast in Bed on Mother’s Day

Breakfast in Bed is a rather novel and strange idea to myself. Why eat dinner in bed and make it all dirty because I might be the one to have to clean the sheets however, it is one of those lazy Sunday concepts that just warm up our hearts when we have the opportunity.

Coming from a Chinese family, breakfast in bed was non-existent. My parents, especially my mom, is an energetic and proactive woman. Even today, she doesn’t like wasting time in bed doing nothing. I still remember being a little girl and when I hung out with my mom on the weekends in bed, the time wasn’t wasted because she would take the time to teach me how to recite Chinese poetry.

Every mother is different however my mom valued the little things and she particularly likes to be frugal. With that said, this essentials for breakfast in bed is tailored to my mother specifically. Who says we can’t make Mother’s Day memorable without breaking our bank, right?

A Big Warm Hug

No Mother’s Day (or any day) can be free of a hug or hugs. What better way to start the day with one. It costs nothing and comes from our heart. Words of thanks and kisses on cheeks, the whole deal of love and gratitude for everything my mom has done for me. We might not always see eye to eye but she still is my best friend because I can’t help telling her everything even when I don’t quite know if she understands all the stuff in my life, particularly this blogging and podcasting thing. Still hugs are warm and loving and the perfect way to start the day. As I get older, we learn that there is no greater luxury that being able to steal a moment or two of doing nothing but relaxing in a cozy spot like our bed and its comfy mattress. If you are looking for a luxury mattress, consider checking out Leesa.

Fresh Cut Flowers from the Garden

Frugal comes into this. My mom loves flowers. In fact she is quite the gardener. Some days I wish I had half the skills she has however she never stops to teach me more. However, Mother’s Day is never without any flowers. The garden usually is blossoming with daffodils and tulips and if we are lucky, sometimes peonies are starting as well. This year being an exception because the weather is still lingering in the single digits (Celsius). This year’s fresh cut flowers will for sure be a bouquet of tulips from my yard.

Healthy and Hearty Breakfast

My mom is a health nut. Which has its benefit because as my husband likes to say, she is one tough cookie. She travels and in many ways, much more active than I am and competent in everything. My mom is quite the superwoman in my heart even if age slows her down a little bit now. Breakfast for her is all about being healthy. Its feeds and cleanses our bodies and prepares us for the day. When I lived with her, no matter how old I was, she’d always have something ready for me in the morning. Her choice would probably be plain oatmeal with assorted dried fruits and almond milk. That would be frugal option as we’d have all the material at home. However, if we were to go a little more traditional Chinese breakfast, it’d be congee with some rice rolls (like above).

Handmade Gift

via Pinterest

Finally, a handmade gift! What is more frugal than something that you’ve put your heart into. One year, my best friend and I celebrated a collaborated Mother’s Day gift where we did a photo story video with our own singing and put it all together with pictures when we were kids till grown up and took our families to dinner. It was a pretty fantastic gift. Both our moms loved it a lot and it was to thank them for what they did. I can’t share that video of course and since that idea is used, I’ll resort to making something either decorative and useful or even better, my mom’s idea of a best gift is something you can eat. She loves eating healthy snacks so what better than putting together a trail mix, right? A jar of trail mix so she can enjoy it for days to come while reading the newspaper or binging TV dramas.

Here’s my frugal version of Breakfast in Bed on Mother’s Day with these four essential components! 

What are your essentials for breakfast in bed for mom?

Music Obsessions [May 2017]

Another month has passed us by! We’re almost at the halfway mark of the year! Wow!

Seeing as I’ve been busy, music has been my constant companion and surprisingly, this is when I found all kinds of really fantastic tunes that has been keeping me very upbeat and motivated and on the more tired days, given me energy. They are rather random choices so hope you enjoy!

Blind Heart – CAZZETTE ft Terri B!

By far, one of my favorite finds this past week. CAZZETTE has made some really great music and this one is definitely one I love a whole lot.

Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat (‘The Aristocats) – Charles Perry

The AristoCats is my favorite Disney movie. Perhaps its because I love cats a lot but then its just because I love the songs and everything. Its adorable and fun and super lighthearted. Plus, Everybody Wants To Be A Cat gets stuck in my head and makes me pretty happy most of the day afterwards. I never knew about this 2015 We Love Disney soundtrack with Disney songs sang by more popular artists. I honestly like this one a lot.

Still Feel Like A Man  – John Mayer

I’ve never heard much of John Mayer. Or I have but never quite acknowledged it but somehow I was reading something and landed on watching this one. I have to admit that other than the video being really fun to watch, the song is pretty catchy as well. John Mayer has a lot of charm but something about adding in dancing pandas and some quirky choreography works for me. At least it makes me so very happy to watch and incredibly pleasing to listen to.

Confessions nocturnes – Diam’s feat Vitaa

I may have shared this one before in some other segment over the last few years but I come back to listening to this song every once in a while. I like songs that have this conversation style to it while telling a story. I personally find this one pretty catchy but my husband disagree.

Attention – Charlie Puth

Not exactly a Charlie Puth fan. I’m really indifferent about him however, somehow I landed on this new song and its pretty good. I just know that if this reaches the radio, and after listening to it a billion times, it might get old. For not, the tune is pretty cool.

It’s Gonna Be Me – N’Sync

I do have to be honest that the radio has a way of putting on good music every once in a while when they dive into the 90’s and while it makes me happy to listen to Backstreet Boys, I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m a N’Sync girl so it always makes me happy when that pops up. This past while, It’s Gonna Be Me has been popping up quite a bit. So yeah, added that also to my playlist.

What songs/music do you listen to to keep you motivated and/or energized?

Game Warp Update: Our Own YouTube Channel!

Hey Everyone!! Today’s a Game Warp Announcement!

Game Warp Podcast now has its own Youtube Channel. We are still with That Moment In however, after some discussion and to have the ability to be more versatile with our videos, we decided to open up our own channel. As of now, most of the videos should now be moved over from That Moment In Youtube channel.

If you have subscribed to us over there, please give us your support and subscribe to us over at the channel. The hardest part in this decision is to maybe lose some subscribers with this move, however it is  necessary.

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It would help us out so much!

Our own Youtube Channel would mean that we now can put a lot more things there.

  • Complete Let’s Plays/Playthroughs (with or without commentary)
  • Podcast (of course!)
  • Mini Episodes (review discussions, first looks, lists, etc)
  • Twitch Streams

To be honest, its a tad overdue and we’ve been talking about when was a good time to make this move. With that said, May marks our one year anniversary of Game Warp. We’ve made some great friends on the show and met some talented developers that has shed a ton of light on game development. We’re also starting to get some newer content to stay on track.

New (ish) Member

Most of you know that Elwood Jones from MBDS Showcase and From the Depths of DVD Hell is my co-host for the podcast and we’ve been taking care of everything. Of course, we both are incredible workaholics with a ton of other projects on the side other than our own things. That doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy Game Warp in fact, for myself, this is one of the best projects I’ve worked on. A ton of hard work but its really been an incredible experience.

With that said, some of you on the streams or podcasts will hear us talking about the Stunt Gamer, who outside of my blogging buddies here will know him as my husband. My husband is the one who re-ignited a lot of my gaming love and he helps us out with a lot of footage and open beta gameplay and things like that. With the new channel, he will try to stream some and be our buffer when we can’t get around to it. Some of those rounds will also transfer to playthrough segments. He won’t have a schedule but he’s definitely on board, at least with some Battlefield 1 rounds, since that is his current obsession.

That’s it for today!
We’re hard at work doing the transfer of the archives right now!

Next week will start some playthroughs and review discussions, plus a new podcast episode is also due!
We are incredibly excited for this change! Help us out and give us some support by subscribing!
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TV Binge: Girlboss (Season 1, 2017)

Almost two weeks ago, new Netflix Original series Girlboss was released. While I had heard a little about it, I didn’t know that Britt Robertson was the face of this show that loosely based on the true story of Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal Vintage. Now, I’m an avid reader but not exactly in that sort of genre so while I’ve probably seen #GirlBoss on shelves, its never quite hung around my brain for too long. Point is, never read the book and not too familiar with Nasty Gal and this is my first time knowing about it. With that said, Britt Robertson is really great and I’m a fan of her work. One of the young talented actresses that I’ve liked quite a bit so it was a no-brainer to check this one out.

GirlBoss (Season 1, 2017)

Girlboss

Creator: Kay Cannon

Cast: Britt Robertson, Ellie Reed, Johnny Simmons, Alphonso McAuley, RuPaul

Sophia, a misfit, discovers a passion for fashion, becoming an unlikely businesswoman in the process. As her business grows, however, she has to learn to cope with life as her own boss. – IMDB

Girlboss started with a monologue by Sophia that quickly reminded me of when Britt Robertson played Aubrey in The First Time, it had some positive first impressions. Girlboss may be wrapped up on seeing Sophia become a Girlboss but the charm of the show is in her character and how she grows while embracing who she is. Life is a series of unexpected events that take us for surprise. People may get hurt on your way to success but there are also people that make the compromise worth it and most of all, that its important to see that what might not mean a lot to you could mean a lot to someone else even in small gestures and those things can be fixed communication and sometimes they just can’t be fixed no matter how much you want. Sophia learns all these things and through the different characters she meets, they all change or at least teach her something more. She still surprises us in desperate situations and really is a courageous character. In some ways, it makes us wonder how great it would be to live like her and speak her mind with no filters. However, there is no argument that shortly after the show starts, we know that Sophia is a pretty unpleasant character and really not one that we want to cheer for. She has no sense of responsibility and really, just doesn’t want to grow up while thinking that she deserves more when she really hasn’t done anything to earn it. 

girlboss

With that said, while her best friend and her boyfriend are all unique in their own way, we never quite see them in their world because it isn’t their story. However, it doesn’t stop the fact that they each have their glimpses and their struggles and in their own way, has to learn how to deal and support Sophia in her journey to being a young entrepreneur. Annie, played by Ellie Reed while has an attitude is loyal and kind. Her intentions are true and one of the strengths of the show is also being able to emphasize on this friendship and their story.

On the other hand, Sophia’s boyfriend Shane, played by Johnny Simmons has much more scenes in the beginning and tends to make less appearances but still see his footsteps here and there. While I feel his performance fell a little short, I do have to say that Shane’s character is small but significant because he often is scripted to catch us by surprise just as he does for Sophia and really helps wake her up in certain ways. Other than these characters, we have Alphonso McAuley who plays Annie’s boyfriend Dax, a business student by day and bartender by night. He has some humorous moments just like RuPaul as Sophia’s neighbor who is easily the highlight of the show with some great dialogue bits that always help to make the audience laugh. 

girlboss

Girlboss is pretty odd but the character they have built with Britt Robertson as Sophia Amoroso is pretty compelling to watch, maybe a little annoying in the start. I’m not one to like to watch anything based on true events or memoirs or biopics, however Girlboss does take a dramatic but more comedic and a little sarcastic tone to it. It doesn’t get overbearing with too many characters and isn’t afraid to show us an imperfect character which makes her more human because she obviously has morals issues and even ethical issues in her conduct but its a learning process not only as learning to be  business owner but as a girl slowly growing up. She is very temperamental and brash. She’s a lot of bad characteristics and yet, perhaps its because she’s such a “garbage person” (as one of the episodes is called), it can highlight her road to something more. At the end of season 1, she’s still far from being a great person and perhaps Girlboss is best taken in small doses and not too bingeworthy, while I can totally understand how a person like Sophia would not exist in this world, we do see some pretty shitty people ruling the world as well so maybe its not too far from the truth. Plus, on a more personal level, there were some scenes that did impact me and it made me realize that in an incredibly subtle way, this show has its charming moments. For myself, that’s a win. Will I watch a second season? Sure, I’m just not sure they could make it work? 

Have you seen Girlboss? Are you a fan of Britt Robertson?