Spell Micael


Expensive Purchase As Usual

I just came home from office! I didn't go directly home from Makati City this time for I had the shopper's urge.

I love reading materials (with pictures hehe) and this explains why I spend almost half of my allowance on reading materials like magazines and graphic novels. Today I went to Comic Odyssey and bought myself Pokemon Mystery Dungeon - Ginji's Rescue Team by Makoto Mizobuchi. This graphic novel will be added to my collection of Pokemon stuff.

These graphic novels are not cheap. How do I even afford them? The answer is because I sadly still have no girl friend. No girl friend = more money.

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The Pokemon Fluctuation

2006 was the year for Pokemon here in the Philippines.

2007... maybe. 2008... maybe.

I've told the story of how Pokemon rose to insane popularity here in the Philippines so I won't do that anymore with this post. What I would rather do though is talk about my predicted decline of Pokemon here in the Philippines.

I've just finished reading the book "Consuming Kids" by Susan Linn. It talks about how marketing has evolved to even influence or target the young kids of America. The reason why I grabbed the book a month ago was because there was a sale and because I knew I would find something about Pokemon in there. I did find something about Pokemon in there and I can even remember it being called as the "Pokemon Empire". This book taught me how these company sell their products to kids. I believe Pokemon was sold the same way as any other icon in America and in all parts of the globe.

I've been looking for months for this book entitled Pikachu's Global Adventure but unfortunately no book store caries and orders the book here in the Philippines . I was left with but excerpts to read.

So what's the forecast for Pokemon here in the Philippines?

- Pokemon stays strong to the general public because of the continued airing of the anime series in both cable and local channels.
-Cartoon Network is set to release some new episodes this year after Pokemania 4. I have no doubts that Cartoon Network has the power to air all episodes up until the Diamond and Pearl series. Why? Cartoon Network (CN) of America has the rights to air the new episodes of Pokemon and according to ToonZone they will air 66 episodes for two straight days on June.
- Diamond and Pearl Fever! From the Nintendo DS game to the Trading Card Game.

- It takes a few months or even a few years for Filipino kids to get hold of the next fad that came from other countries. This is what I call the "Fad Lag". Believe it or not but a huge majority of Pokemon fans in the country (10 and below) don't even know of the existence of Diamond and Pearl. The Nintendo DS is still struggling to get a footing here in the Philippines because of the thinking that PSP is cool and the DS is for people who can't afford the PSP. Only after pirated DS games invade the market will Pokemon Diamond and Pearl start to get really noticed.

This will change if Pokemon brings the world something. That's just my opinion. You don't have to take my word for I'm just your normal Filipino Pokemon fan anyway.

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Summer Sale

I just got a text message from someone working at Powerbooks Live and I would just like to share the message to everyone.

"Powerbooks Live will be having a Summer Sale from April 14 to 30 2007. Enjoy 20% discount on regular items except x, xp, local and consigned items."

Powerbooks Greenbelt
2/F Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center, Makati City
Tel: 757-6428 to 29
Fax: 728-8167


National Bookstore Strikes Back

I have been to bookstores in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines but never have I seen a more beautiful bookstore interior compared to what I just saw awhile ago.

There is a new bookstore in the block! The name of this awesome looking bookstore is "Best Sellers". It looks better than most Power Books and Fully Booked stores! The photo on the right was taken from my phone at the second floor of the bookstore. I wasn't able to get more pictures because my phone's battery went empty after the shot. If you love books and you love beautiful bookstores then you just have to see this place. This Best Sellers bookstore is located just in front of the back entrance of Toys R Us at Robinsons Galleria.

By the way Best Sellers is owned by National Bookstore. I was told by the person behind customer service that Best Sellers is National Bookstore without the supplies. It's about time National Bookstore!

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