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    Geekery,  Pop Culture

    The Sims 4 Island Living Expansion Pack

    If you haven’t been living under a rock this past week, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of the new The Sims 4 pack called Island Living. It’s an island paradise you can escape into right on your computer screen.

    A video game screenshot of a blonde, tanned girl fishing in the ocean.

    I’ve played a bit of it and I must say, it’s fun. The mermaids are super fun to play with, however humans are just as fun! The island culture is nice and you can do quite a few things around the three neighborhood areas. Like for example, you can cook feasts, build sandcastles, beachcomb, summon and play with dolphins (if you’re a mermaid), snorkel, fish, and live out your travel blogger dreams of going to the beach and relaxing there.

    As with the Strangerville pack, however, it does have its downsides.
    Here are some of the Island Living pack’s pros and cons:


    1. New Island life-inspired CAS items with a bunch of really cool, curly hairstyles!
    2. New items in build and buy. Those glass floors are to die for!
    3. Ocean travel by boats.
    4. Mermaids.
    5. New careers. Diving? Saving the ecosystem? Sign me up!
    6. The new fish traps are cool.


    1. Replay value isn’t great, you’ll get bored quickly. Especially once you’ve done everything. Doesn’t take too long to do everything either.
    2. Mermaids are a bit lackluster when it comes to the things they can do their interactions.
    3. You can’t see the Sims when they’re diving. No underwater view whatsoever. Would have been awesome to take fish photos in first person view.

    I really enjoy this pack so I think it’s worth getting. However, if you’re looking for something with way more replay factor, then maybe The Sims 4 Island Living isn’t for you.

    You can get The Sims 4 and its pack, Island Living on Origin.

    If you’d like to see more Sims-related content, check out these articles:
    Adorable The Sims 4 Dollhouses
    The Sims Mobile Game Review

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    Geekery,  Pop Culture

    Tumblr NSFW Ban

    In the later part of November 2018, Apple got rid of the Tumblr app from their store because of the existence of child porn material. This action immediately had a big impact on the platform, which quickly declared that it will prohibit all NSFW content by December 17, 2018.

    This sudden decision was quite a shock for Tumblr’s users, all of whom had become familiar with the freedom of posting sexually explicit content on the platform.

    Loads of several fandoms and communities are suffering from the effects of this content restriction. For one, Tumblr’s algorithm is flagging non-NSFW posts such as innocent art. Then there are some individuals saying that Tumblr is also removing the feature of custom themes, which is a huge deal for almost all of the Tumblr members who make use of the platform as a way to express their creativity, be it in their content or in the very theme/layout of their blogs.

    Artists who used to post their art on Tumblr are now switching to other platforms. I’ve personally talked to a couple of artists who wanted to move their original character art to Toyhouse because of Tumblr’s apparent self-destruction.

    Although sad, it’s what Tumblr thinks is the right thing to do and all we can do right now is either to bear with it and continue using the platform or to move on to other services.

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    YouTube Rewind 2018

    Have you seen the 2018 YouTube Rewind?

    YouTube Rewind 2018

    Certainly the most disjointed and awkward Rewind of all time. A lot of significant events aren’t addressed, and plenty of famous content creators are not featured. However, the worst point is that they made it look like it’s “our” Rewind, even though the video doesn’t consist of content creators many people wanted. Also, the whole recognizing the things youtubers were undertaking for the community and using minorities in the video felt very forced completely contrasting as to what they have done previously.

    I personally think they said “Oh, let’s read the comments. That should give us ideas about what people want.” All they saw was Fortnite, KPOP, and other stuff that probably 9 to 16 year-olds wanted.
    The whole, “YouTubers have done great for the community” thing was severely forced into the video. They didn’t even mention Pewds who made a huge donation to a cause.

    The video was more about what trended in 2018 than actually making an impact to their viewers. It’s a rewind of 2018 after all, but it would’ve been better if they just didn’t jam that acknowledgement of content creators in there.

    What do you think?

  • Geekery,  Pop Culture

    The Sims Mobile Game Review

    The Sims Mobile game has been released worldwide! I downloaded the game and started playing right away.
    Here are my thoughts about it.


    The Sims Mobile
    The Sims Mobile


    It’s very charming. It kind of reminds me of The Sims Bustin’ Out and The Sims 2 for the PS2. You get to make a fairly customizable first Sim and then add a second one shortly after.

    Jobs and housing are chosen for you. It can get either annoying for some players, or really convenient for others.

    There’s an energy system where you spend energy to do actions. There’s no action queue like in the PC versions, and you can’t do different things at the same time. Once you hit your energy limit, you’ll have to wait for a few minutes for it to replenish. There are some things you could do to regain bits of energy, like, sleeping, taking a shower, or using the toilet.

    The Sims Mobile Screenshot
    The Sims Mobile Screenshot

    Moods don’t exist in this game. That means you don’t have to worry about filling up your Sims’ motives. No more social or bladder bars!

    They used music similar to those of the old PC versions of the games so there’s no doubt you’d feel right at home if you’re an old The Sims fan.

    For the most part, I think it’s quite similar to The Sims Freeplay. It’s all just a glorified waiting game with cute graphics to distract you. There’s always the option to buy in-app purchases to speed things up, but why would you buy a virtual double bed for 700PHP?

    Should you get this game? If you’re a The Sims fan, you’d enjoy this.
    Is it something you can play for months? No, I don’t think so. It gets pretty boring after a while.

    If you’re someone who enjoys idle/waiting games, then this might be a good one for you.

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    Pop Culture


    [Nickle’s Quick Review]


    Plot: A kindly occupational therapist undergoes a new procedure to be shrunken to four inches tall so that he and his wife can help save the planet and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time.

    Director: Alexander Payne

    Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau

    Good concept. Poor execution.
    Trying too hard to be funny or serious.


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    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    [Nickle’s Quick Review]

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Plot: The tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji’s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they’ll play as characters from the game.

    Jake Kasdan

    Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas

    Surprisingly better than expected.
    Adventure-filled, not-so-funny, but pretty good. 4/5

  • Just Beshie Things,  Pop Culture

    #MusicFriday: Notice Me Sempai Playlist

    I hope you’ve been enjoying our #MusicFriday so far. This week’s playlist is about wanting your special someone to notice you, and for those of us who doesn’t get noticed no matter what we do.

    So, here’s our Notice Me Sempai playlist:

    1. All-4-One – I Can Love You Like That
    2. Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me
    3. Mandy Moore – I wanna Be With You
    4. Pavi With Tropicalia – Bizzare Love Triangle (a cover of the song originally sung by Frente!)
    5. Patti Austin – Say You Love Me
    6. Aiza Seguerra – Pagdating ng Panahon
    7. Neocolours – Maybe
    8. Gino Padilla – Why Can’t It Be?
    9. Ogie Alcasid – Nandito Ako
    10. Bitwin Escalante –  Kung Ako Na Lang Sana
    11. Silent Sanctuary – Sayo
    12. Michael Pangilinan – Pare Mahal Mo Raw Ako
    13. Parokya ni Edgar – Halaga
    14. Daniel Bedingfield – If You’re Not the One
    15. Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting


    Here’s our Notice Me Sempai playlist on our Spotify!


    We’ve got more to come, so watch out!

    Photo by Trinity Kubassek.

  • Just Beshie Things,  Pop Culture

    #MusicFriday: Hey Crush Playlist (OPM Edition)

    You’ve probably seen or heard of our #MusicFriday‘s Hey Crush Playlist last week. This week, we’re offering you the OPM edition of it!

    Hey Crush Playlist (OPM Edition)

    1. Ronnie Liang – Ngiti
    2. James Reid and Nadine Lustre – Hanap-hanap
    3. Brownman Revival – Binibini
    4. Donna Cruz – Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso
    5. Yeng Constatino – Chinito
    6. Jaano Gibbs – Fallin’
    7. Tootsie Guevarra – Kaba
    8. 1:43 – Sa Isang Sulyap Mo
    9. Jamie Rivera – I’ve Fallen For You
    10. VST & Company – Ipagpatawad mo


    Here’s our Hey Crush (OPM Edition) playlist availableon on our Spotify!

    Photo by Chevanon Photography.

  • Just Beshie Things,  Pop Culture

    #MusicFriday: Hey Crush Playlist

    Hey, it’s Friday! Welcome to HeyBeshie’s #MusicFriday!

    Friday is the (best) day of the week where we get to relax and let off those steam from our usual busy work or school life. Here at #MusicFriday, we’ll be bringing you to our colorful world full of friendship, love, hope, laughter and sometimes, tears, through the music we listen to. We’ll be doing this every Friday just for the fun and the love of music.

    This Friday, we offer you our Hey Crush playlist, for those of us who has a crush at work, school or in the neighborhood. We want to share those feel good moments of crushing on someone, with you.

    Without further ado, here’s our Hey Crush playlist:

    1. Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You
    2. England Dan and John Ford Coley – I’d Really Love to See You Tonight
    3. REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
    4. Carly Rae Jepson – Call Me Maybe
    5. Gino Vannelli – I Just Wanna Stop
    6. Shanice – I Love Your Smile
    7. Michael Jackson – I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
    8. Stephen Bishop – It Might Be You
    9. A*Teens – Can’t Help Falling In Love
    10. Joe – I Wanna Know

    We also made our Hey Crush playlist available for you to follow in Spotify!

    Please also follow our Spotify account, heybeshie for more to come!

    Photo by Simon Robben.

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    10 Hit Songs You Probably Remember From Your Childhood

    10 Hit Songs You Probably Remember From Your Childhood

    We listed down a few hit songs from the 80s to 90s that became popular in the Philippines. You might remember some of these from your childhood too, like we did!

    Here’s our list! I hope you enjoy them as much as we have been reminiscing our childhood with them.

    1. Neocolors – Tuloy Pa Rin

    That theme song from the Humpy Dumpy chips commercial.

    2. Fra Lippo Lippi – Light and Shade

    This Norweigian band is really popular back in the 80s with their other songs too such as “Stiches and Burns”, “Everytime I See You”, and “Beauty and Madness”. Besides their own country, Philippines is proably the only other country they’ve gained massive popularity.

    3. 4 Non Blondes – What’s Up

    What’s Up is the only hit single from the American band 4 Non Blondes. After a year of it hitting the charts, they disbanded.

    4. Bon Jovi – Bed of Roses

    For some reason, there was a time in our childhood where every single neighbor we have sings this song in the streets or in Karaoke.

    5. Take That – Back for Good

    The song ypu often hear at the coffee shop near your school.

    6. Barbie’s Cradle – Tabing Ilog

    Yeah, that theme song from the TV series with the same name – Tabing Ilog. Kind of a copy of Dawson’s Creek, but local.

    7. Globe – Feel Like Dance

    Feel Like Dance is the debut hit single of the Japanese band Globe. At that time, they were a really popular band and topped Oricon charts single after single.

    8. Pizzicato Five – Sweet Soul Revue

    Back in the early 90’s, you probably hear this song often at a TV commercial. Sweet Soul Revue was used by the Kanebo Cosmetics for their spring campaign back then and it became a hit in the country for several weeks.

    9. Passage – You Wont See Me Crying

    You often hear this song on the radio back then and you’ve always wondered who sang the song. Well, Passage is the same band that sang the heartbreaking song ‘Till My Heartaches End that’s a main stay in probably every 90s kid’s OPM Sawi/Hugot Playlist.

    10. Sugar Hiccup – Five Years

    That creepy but super awesome song you play over and over!

    Photo by Mikes Photos.