Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mortal Kombat X Asia Pacific Championships 2015!!

To Mortal Kombat fans out there! Think you got what it takes to take it to the top and compete on the global stage? Well you're in luck, as the latest entry of the franchise; Mortal Kombat X, will have a qualifying tournament for the Asia Pacific Championships.

Beast of the East, in cooperation with Ingram Micro, Xmashed Gear, CouchWarriors, St. Games and Imperium have announced the Mortal Kombat X Asia Pacific Championships.

It will consist of qualifying tournaments (to be held in the Philippines, Singapore, Australia and Thailand) to determine the final four Kombatants who will compete for the South East Asia Championships in Bangkok Thailand. The Kombatants will stand to win a total of $10,000 USD worth of cash and prizes including the first prize of a fully paid trip to attend Evolution 2015 in Las Vegas, USA.

The first qualifying tournament is happening at Imperium eSports Bar here in the Philippines on May 9th 2015!

Succeeding qualifier tournament schedules are as follows:
  • May 16, 2015 - Singapore Qualifier - St. Games @ Bugis+
  • May 22-25, 2015 - Australia Qualifier - Battle Arena Melbourne
  • June 20, 2015 - Thailand Qualifier - South East Asia Major
The finals will be held on June 21, 2015 at South East Asia Major in Thailand.

For Kombatants interested in participating as well as more details about the event, you can register via this link:

I'm excited and really happy that Mortal Kombat is getting alot of love this year. I might join in the qualifier tournament if ever, so see you there!!

First Heroes of the Storm Community Gathering event!! :D

So just recently I got word that PlayPark Philippines, the official publisher of Blizzard's popular MOBA game in the Philippines; Heroes of the Storm, will be having their first official community meetup here in the Philippines! :D

The said event will be a venue for Heroes of the Storm fans to meet in real-life, and have a good time with fellow fans! Aside from that, the event will also feature:
  • A friendly 5v5 scrim matches
  • A King of the Hill showdown
  • Special Blizzard merchandise raffle
  • And a special announcement (I wonder what that is? XD)

So if you want to get a taste of how Heroes of the Storm plays, or meet fellow fans in real-life, head on over to Mineski Infinity, Taft Avenue (near LRT Vito Cruz Station) on May 9, 2015 (Saturday) from 1:00PM to 6:00PM.

For more info, click on the link.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Achievement Unlocked: I'm now a Dad!! :D

I am now entering the next phase of my life; Fatherhood. :D

Took me awhile, for me to let everything sink in and absorb the fact that in a few months time, I'll be a father to a lovely baby of my own. :D

And I couldn't be more happier with the fact that the mother of my first child will be with this lovely woman.

Isn't she pretty? :D

However, what's more interesting than the news itself, is HOW we both learned we are now expecting parents to a lovely child.

You see, me and my girl just found out that she's pregnant with my child, just last week (which is April 10th) and that she's already 7 MONTHS PREGNANT.

Me and my girl are like... WHOA!!

It all started out, with my GF's mom, noticing something different with my GF's tummy. So my GF decided to take a pregnancy test to be sure, and to her surprise... she turned out positive. And just to be sure, we both went last friday at Makati Med, to have herself checked-up and scanned via ultrasound.

In this picture, apparently my GF is already
7 months pregnant!! She definitely didn't look
the part IMHO.

Now to explain why we are both surprised, you see, me and my girl for the longest time didn't expect that we would be parents anytime soon. Let's just say that for almost 9 years we've been together, my GF has never been pregnant at all and that we were already discussing adopting kids if ever after we got married. So you can imagine our surprise, as soon as we saw the ultrasound we are both surprised to see a full-sized baby moving inside my GF's tummy! :D

Everything though is not sunshine and rainbows my dear readers. For one, me and my GF, are having abit of an information overload trying to cram in as much information as we can in learning how to deal with her pregnancy in a short amount of time (2 months) since she's gonna be due soon. Also, it was a rollercoaster ride of emotions for both of us, since it took awhile for us to let the idea of us becoming parents sink in. Most couples had themselves mentally prepared for months, if not years ahead of time. We only had 2 months to do it.

So in essence, we are going thru cram school of learning how to be a parent and dealing with my GF's pregnancy. We've been researching for the best possible books to read about pregnancy, and just recently I bought my GF this book:

What to Expect
When You're Expecting
by Heidi Murkoffand Sharon Mazel

My GF loved it, and I kinda wish there's a guy version for this. For new dads. Currently I'm on research mode when I'm having my free time from work, but so far I'm looking at 2 possible books to get.
Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook
for New Dads
by Gary Greenberd and Jeannie Hayden
The Expectant Father
by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash
I sure hope more books for dads (or preferrably geek dads like me) gets made, because earlier at our local bookstore, there's like wayyyy more books about pregnancy for mommys, than for new daddys. I mean new dads are just as clueless as new moms to the whole parenting/pregnancy thing, and we sure hate those boring-ass government issued packets that's at times poorly worded and isn't visually designed nicely as well... seriously. :(

Truth be told, this has gotta be the biggest challenge I've ever faced in my life. Currently I'm experiencing a wave of emotions that are both old AND new to me at the same time. But knowing me, I never back down from a challenge that I believe to be worthwhile. And as much as I am unsure of the future, I am certain of one thing, I am more than willing to step-up and be a better person and hopefully a better father for my kid. :)

Maybe I should change my blog's title from "Proud 2 be Geek" to "Proud 2 be a Dad" huh? ;)