Ghost In the Shell — I liked it

I must say in my mind there were some doubts whether to watch the recent live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. Despite the controversy and scathing reviews something pushed me to watch this film. I am glad I did. This is nice science fiction action film that has as its selling point Scarlette Johanssen and Takeshi Kitano. First Scarlette Johanssen aside from being a good actress is easy on the eye — you just want to look at her. Second, Takeshi is a joy to watch as the leader of the special unit with probably the best lines in the film.

Now, As much as I liked this adaptation but that is what it is an adaptation. The seinen manga and anime by Masamune Shirow is a different beast. It is thought provoking, multi-layered story that is a commentary on man and technology.

In the end I liked both films but for different reasons. The recent one is an enjoyable romp while the earlier and initial stories that formed the fertile bed that is Ghost in the Shell is an interesting and cerebral piece of work.

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@ASEAN2017: An Exercise and A Contest

STS Exercise: My Asean Story Project: How has ASEAN helped my life

This is a project I am working with ASEAN 2017 organizers:

Create a post, image, audio or video to answer this question, “How has ASEAN helped my life?”. Post and share your entry in this blog post. Please indicate your name, student number and section.

There will be some items for the entries that are creative, informative and insightful. The most outstanding of the outstanding entries aside from some ASEAN memorabilia might be featured in one of the activities of this year’s ASEAN.

To help you with this exercise you can check the ASEAN related information on this blog and or go to the following websites and pages.

The Asean 2017 website


The Asean 2017 FB page

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Straight from the Source: Philippines and Thailand sign bilateral banking agreement

Under the ASEAN Banking Integration, The Philippines and Thailand signed has just signed bilateral agreement.Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Amando Tetangco, Jr. and Bank of Thailand Governor ?Veerathai Santiprabhob were the signatories of the letter of intent.

(The video is a little bit choppy)

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