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Luxury Haven Retiring From Blogging + Hello Kitty Giveaway!

July 14, 2019

This may come as a surprise to you, but I have decided to leave the blogging scene after some serious consideration. As much as I love blogging, I guess 10 awesome years is good enough for me. My blogging journey has been a wonderful one. Letting go isn’t easy, especially...

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Luxury Haven Retiring From Blogging + Hello Kitty Giveaway!


This may come as a surprise to you, but I have decided to leave the blogging scene after some serious consideration. As much as I love blogging, I guess 10 awesome years is good enough for me.

My blogging journey has been a wonderful one. Letting go isn’t easy, especially when I have been writing for a good decade. That being said, I will still continue my presence in Facebook where I interact most, and perhaps spend some time on Instagram too.

You guys have been most supportive, giving me the motivation to write and share my thoughts all these years, and I am so thankful for all your heart-warming comments here and in Facebook. I can’t thank you enough for your tremendous support and positive feedback, especially those who have been with me since the start of Luxury Haven since 2009.

To show my appreciation, I’m ending Luxury Haven with a Hello Kitty Giveaway Open to All Worldwide, and there will be 10 Prizes + 1 Bonus Prize for 1 lucky Singapore resident. Some of the Hello Kitty prizes are from my own collection which I will be happily parting them with you, so please come and join the party!

Mmmm…… what will I be doing next? Well, I guess I will probably be picking up a new hobby, besides taking care of my new master – Koba.

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In case you haven’t heard, we have a new member in our family now although hubby and I are still not quite ready since the demise of our Princess Candy.

Please say “Hi!” to Koba (小林), short for Kobayashi. The three of us came up with a list of Japanese names for dogs, and decided on Koba after a unanimous vote. Koba is our third dog, and he is a Japanese Shiba Inu ( 柴犬 ) and is just 2 months old. He is not house trained yet, so I will be kept busy for a while.

Well, after this public announcement on my retirement, I will follow up with the news to all the wonderful PRs and generous sponsors whom I have worked with for so many years.

Luxury Haven Lifestyle Blog will still be around till the domain expires, after which I will probably be switching to private blog since I have more than 300 of my own recipes here. I will still be sharing my cooking adventures, as well as my thoughts on dining experiences, products and services, and giveaways in Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest. So please do FOLLOW ME at the various social media platforms, and leave me a note there if we are not already connected:

Or, you can also add me as a friend in Facebook Shirley Tay. Thank you again for being such an amazing follower! Love you, guys! xoxo

For the Hello Kitty Giveaway, I will be using Rafflecopter to pick the winners so please Make sure you Complete All Steps to qualify for the draw! You can view all the Hello Kitty prizes by clicking on the arrow below the image.

Giveaway is Open to All Worldwide! Here’s How To Win:

  • Submit your entry via the Rafflecopter widget below.
  • Giveaway will run from 10 –  28 July, 2019.
  • Bonus Prize is only for Singapore Residents since the Transit Link Card can only be used locally.
  • Prizes are delivered via normal airmail. Luxury Haven will not be responsible in the event your prize is lost in transition.
  • No notification will be sent to winners, so please look out for the winning announcement here or in Facebook etc.
  • Winners will have 48 hrs to acknowledge his/her winning in the comment box, or another winner will be selected.
  • No further emails will be entertained once the winner has exceeded the 48 hrs as spelt out in the rules. It is the participant’s responsibility to check the announcement of the giveaway result.

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Keio Plaza Hotel Tama Opens My Melody, Little Twin Stars Rooms!


The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, one of Japan’s most prestigious hotel companies operating hotels located in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo and other locations, is proud to announce the strengthening of its collaborative relationship with Sanrio Co., Ltd. ( Headquarters: Shinagawa, Tokyo, President and CEO: Shintaro Tsuji ) to expand facilities and services featuring “Hello Kitty” and other Sanrio characters at their Keio Plaza Hotel Tama.

Their Tama Hotel will renovate a total of four additional rooms, including two rooms each in the themes of “My Melody” and “Little Twin Stars” ( Kiki and Lala ) who have been adored by fans around the world since their creation in 1975, to be opened on Saturday June 15, 2019, and thereby become the world’s first hotel to operate rooms in these themes on a regular basis. The Keio Plaza Hotel Tama first opened four theme rooms in November 2014 based on “Hello Kitty”, and the new rooms will raise the total number of Hello Kitty theme rooms to eight.

The Little Twin Stars room is created with various images of Kiki and Lala playing at the amusement park on clouds. Also, younger brother Kiki, who is highly curious and a bit hasty, and older sister Lala, who is easily scared and a little bit of a crybaby, are depicted riding a unicorn on their way to an amusement park in another scene. In addition, pillows decorated with clusters of stars are placed on the bed with shades of pink, accentuating the sense of fantasy from the world of “Little Twin Stars” and making guests feel as if they are participants in the scenes depicted.

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The My Melody room is created in the image of the innocent, cheerful and loving nature of the character playing hide and seek in a forest. A heartwarming wall relief depicting My Melody wearing a red hood made by her grandmother and playing on a swing made by her father is set against a backdrop of the room interior created to represent a green forest. This room will make guests feel as if they are part of a scene of My Melody playing with her friends in a forest.

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Sanrio Character Themed Room Rates

The Hello Kitty rooms have enjoyed strong popularity since their opening in 2014 as reflected by the average occupancy rates of over 70% and supported by strong demand from female and family guests seeking the allure of attractive Hello Kitty cakes and desserts, drinks, and other foods and services in addition to the rooms. Also, the Keio Line Tama Center train station, which is a one minute walk from the Keio Plaza Hotel Tama, was renovated in 2016 to include Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters and designs, and two airport shuttle buses stopping near their Tama hotel are also decorated with Sanrio characters. Moreover, trains decorated with Sanrio characters began operations from November 1, 2018. Consequently, their Hotel will work with the local community and leverage the opening of additional “Hello Kitty themed rooms to promote even wider usage by Sanrio character fans from all around the world.

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Nam Nghi Phu Quoc, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt Officially Opens


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Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced the opening of Nam Nghi Phu Quoc recently as part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, marking the first branded property in Southeast Asia under The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. The 114-room resort is nestled within a secluded oasis surrounded by pristine beaches and the rich environment of Phu Quoc island in Vietnam.

“We are pleased to introduce The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand to Southeast Asia with Nam Nghi Phu Quoc, a destination resort amidst awe-inspiring, natural surroundings,” said David Udell, Group President, Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “As Hyatt grows its resort presence in Vietnam, we are delighted to offer locals and travelers more options in remarkable locations such as Phu Quoc, Nha Trang and Hoi An in the future.”

The resort is located in Vietnam’s largest island, Phu Quoc, covered with white sandy beaches across 93 miles of coastline. Half of the island is within the confines of the national park and UNESCO World Heritage-designated Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve, one of the largest biosphere reserves in Southeast Asia. The reserve covers an extensive area of tropical rainforests, coral reefs and wetlands and is home to hundreds of species of plants and wild animals.

“We are delighted to bring The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand to Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s fast-emerging resort destination,” said Julian Moore, General Manager, Nam Nghi Phu Quoc. “We look forward to welcoming guests onto this pristine island surrounded by breathtaking nature and providing them with an extraordinary stay.”

Guestrooms
Grounded in sustainable architecture and refined Vietnamese craftsmanship, the 51 villas and 63 guest rooms reflect the natural beauty of Phu Quoc. The luxurious villas and guest rooms feature subtle earth tones and ocean views, transporting guests to a modern island oasis.

Dining and Drinking
Nam Nghi Phu Quoc features four dining venues suited for different occasions. The all-day restaurant, Ocean Reflection, offers international and pan-Asian dishes alongside tranquil ocean views. Perched beneath a towering banyan tree, Tree House provides guests with an intimate ambiance as they savor contemporary Vietnamese and Thai flavors. The exclusive Rock Island Club, located on its own island just a short boat ride from the resort, is ideal for soaking in the sun by day and enjoying vibrant music and handcrafted cocktails by night.

Wellness
An Mai Spa offers rejuvenating treatments focused on holistic physical and emotional wellbeing. These treatments include massages and facials using local ingredients such as Vietnamese coffee, coconut and seaweed.

The outdoor pool with ocean views is suited for swimming laps as well as lounging in the sun. Additionally, the resort features an indoor fitness center and recreational activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking and cycling. Pontoon boat tours are also available for guests who wish to go fishing or explore the colorful marine life. The resort’s Kids Club also offers children educational and locally inspired activities.

Meetings & Events
With the picturesque ocean as its backdrop, Nam Nghi Phu Quoc offers several options for couples to host their wedding day. The private beach and pool areas are ideal for hosting intimate wedding ceremonies whereas Ocean Reflection restaurant is an elegant venue suited for larger celebrations. The private Hong Bang island, overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, offers a charming venue for couples to get married; the Rock Island Club serves as a memorable setting to host a private ceremony.

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand is a portfolio of new and existing upper-upscale hotel properties, ranging from historic urban gems to contemporary trend-setters and boutique properties to resorts. Whether it is a fascinating past, an exclusive location, famous architecture and design, or an award-winning dining experience, the properties in the collection create novel, story-worthy experiences for guests.

Current hotel properties include Hotel SOFIA Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain; Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix; The Confidante in Miami Beach, Fla.; Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., The Eliza Jane in New Orleans; The Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia; Holston House in Nashville, Tenn.; The Driskill in Austin, Texas; Spirit Ridge in Osoyoos, British Columbia; Hôtel Martinez in Cannes, France; Hôtel du Louvre in Paris (under renovation); Jinmao Hotel Lijiang in Lijiang, China; Nish Palas in Istanbul, and Carmelo Resort & Spa in Uruguay.





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How to install Android Q beta 4 right now


Right on time, Google has released the fourth out of six total Android Q betas. The update is available now to those already enrolled in the program, but for those who have been waiting to make the jump — now’s as good a time as any. 

As it did with Android Pie, Google has expanded the Android Q beta program beyond its own Pixel phone lineup. The beta program officially opened up to include 21 phones in May after the opening keynote during Google I/O. During the keynote, Google also announced a new smart display called the Google Nest Hub Max and improvements to Google Assistant, and revealed more details about Android Q.

Before we go any further — we don’t recommend installing Android Q on your primary phone. Because it’s still at the beta stage, there will be bugs that break things and all but ruin battery life. Even this point in the beta process, there are still issues being worked out. If you don’t have an old phone that’s compatible with the beta program, it’s a good idea to wait until later in the testing cycle before jumping in. Google warns users during the signup process, “Certain functionality (including core functionality, such as your ability to place and receive calls) or applications may not work properly.”

Beta testing is fun, sure. But if you need your phone to work 100 percent of the time, hold off.


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With that said, if you’re interested in providing feedback and helping Google track down bugs, below you’ll find a list of supported devices as well as instructions for installing Android Q right now. 

What devices are eligible?

This year Google has partnered with 12 different device makers to bring the total number of eligible phones to help test Android Q to 21. Here they are:

As with previous years, Samsung phones aren’t included in the beta program. We’ve reached out to Samsung to learn why, and inquire about possible participation before the beta ends.

How do I install it?

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The process varies based on the brand of your phone. Pixel users can visit the Google Beta website and opt in to the program. The official Android Q Beta website lists every supported device and provides a link to instructions from the device maker for enrolling in the beta program. 

Can I leave the beta?

Yes, but be prepared to factory-reset your phone and lose anything on it that’s not backed up elsewhere. Once again, you’ll need to visit the Android Q Beta list of devices for instructions specific to your phone.

Originally published March 13.
Update, June 5: Updated with beta 4 availability.  



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In trying to clear “confusion” over anti-harassment policy, YouTube creates more confusion – TechCrunch


After a series of tweets that made it seem as if YouTube was contradicting its own anti-harassment policies, the video platform published a blog post in an attempt to clarify its stance. But even though the post is supposed to “provide more details and context than is possible in any one string of tweets,” it is similarly confusing and raises yet more questions about how serious YouTube is about combatting harassment and hate speech on its platform—especially if the abuse comes from a high-profile channel with million of subscribers.

YouTube is currently under fire for not taking earlier, more decisive actions against conservative commentator Steven Crowder after he made homophobic and racist comments about Vox reporter Carlos Maza in multiple videos. The platform eventually demonetized Crowder’s channel, which currently has more than 3.8 million subscribers, but then stated it would allow Crowder to start making ad revenue again if he fixed “all of the issues” with his channel and stopped linking to an online shop that sold shirts saying “Socialism is for f*gs.”

Before demonetizing Crowder’s channels, YouTube responded to Maza in a series of tweets that created confusion about how it enforces it policies. The platform said after an “in-depth review” of flagged videos by Crowder, it decided that even though the language they contained was “clearly hurtful,” the videos did not violate its policies because “as an open platform, it’s crucial for us to allow everyone-from creators to journalists to late-night TV hosts-to express their opinions w/in the scope of our policies.” This was in spite of the fact that Crowder’s derogatory references to Maza’s ethnicity and sexual orientation violate several of YouTube’s policy against harassment and cyberbullying, including “content that makes hurtful and negative personal comments/videos about another person.”

In the new blog post, posted by YouTube head of communications Chris Dale, the platform gives a lengthy explanation of how it attempts to draw the line between things like “edgy stand-up comedy routines” and harassment.

As an open platform, we sometimes host opinions and views that many, ourselves included, may find offensive. These could include edgy stand-up comedy routines, a chart-topping song, or a charged political rant — and more. Short moments from these videos spliced together paint a troubling picture. But, individually, they don’t always cross the line.

There are two key policies at play here: harassment and hate speech. For harassment, we look at whether the purpose of the video is to incite harassment, threaten or humiliate an individual; or whether personal information is revealed. We consider the entire video: For example, is it a two-minute video dedicated to going after an individual? A 30-minute video of political speech where different individuals are called out a handful of times? Is it focused on a public or private figure? For hate speech, we look at whether the primary purpose of the video is to incite hatred toward or promote supremacism over a protected group; or whether it seeks to incite violence. To be clear, using racial, homophobic, or sexist epithets on their own would not necessarily violate either of these policies. For example, as noted above, lewd or offensive language is often used in songs and comedic routines. It’s when the primary purpose of the video is hate or harassment. And when videos violate these policies, we remove them.

In the case of Crowder’s persistent attacks on Maza, YouTube repeated its stance that the videos flagged by users “did not violate our Community Guidelines.”

The decision to demonetize Crowder’s channel was made, however, because “we saw the widespread harm to the YouTube community resulting from the ongoing pattern of egregious behavior, took a deeper look, and made the decision to suspend monetization,” Dale wrote.

In order to start earning ad revenue again, “all relevant issues with the channel need to be addressed, including any videos that violate our policies, as well as things like offensive merchandise,” he added.

The latest YouTube controversy is both upsetting and exhausting, because it is yet another reminder of the company’s lack of action against hate speech and harassment, despite constantly insisting that it will do better (just yesterday, for example, YouTube announced that it will ban videos that support views like white supremacy, Nazi ideology or promote conspiracy theories that deny events like the Holocaust or Sandy Hook).

The passivity of social media companies when it comes to stemming the spread of hate through its platforms has real-life consequences (for example, when (Maza was doxxed and harassed by fans of Crowder last year), and no amount of prevarication or distancing can stop the damage once its been done.





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How to install iOS 13 beta right now


Apple on Monday revealed iOS 13, the next version of the operating system software that runs on your iPhone ($1,000 at Amazon) and iPod Touch. Notice we didn’t say iPad? That’s because the iPad now has its own OS, called iPadOS. Updates to both platforms include a dedicated dark mode, new Messages features, an updated Photos app and a revamped Maps experience. Apple also announced MacOS 10.15, WatchOS 6, and TVOS 13. Once again, you can help Apple test the unreleased software through its beta program.

The first release of iOS 13 is only available for developers with a paid developer account, but Apple has said that the public beta will launch in July. Once the public beta is available, anyone who wants to help test can do so.

Installing the beta is an easy process, taking very little of your time. However, you’ll need to make sure you have a backup and are aware that things will not always work.

But first, a warning

Over the years, the first beta release for an upcoming iOS release has gotten more stable. However, the software has not yet been released except as a beta version for a reason — it’s not finished. Apps are going to break, battery life is going to be horrible and frequent random restarts aren’t unheard of.

You don’t have to take our word for it, Apple’s own developer portal has the following warning: 

Important Note for Thrill Seekers: If you’re interested in living on the edge and trying out the great new features in iOS 13, we strongly advise waiting for the many bug fixes and refinements coming to the public beta later this month.

If you want to test iOS 13, go into it knowing that you’re testing beta software and do yourself — and Apple — a favor by providing feedback through the Feedback app.

You’ll need to restore your device if you leave the beta program. 


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You can’t (easily) go back

In addition to a willingness to deal with bugs and random issues, you need to know that you can’t easily go back to the current official version of iOS. It’s possible, but you can’t restore from a backup made with your device on iOS 13.

So, with that in mind, it’s a good idea to create a backup of your device as it is right before switching to the beta. The best way to do that is to use iTunes (RIP) and create an encrypted backup.

Which devices are supported?

According to Apple, the following devices can take part in the iOS 13 or iPadOS beta:

Devices that will support iOS 13, iPadOS 13

iPhone XS 12.9-inch iPad Pro
iPhone XS Max 11-inch iPad Pro
iPhone XR 10.5-inch iPad Pro
iPhone X 9.7-inch iPad Pro
iPhone 8 iPad (6th generation)
iPhone 8 Plus iPad (5th generation)
iPhone 7 iPad Mini (5th generation)
iPhone 7 Plus iPad Mini 4
iPhone 6S iPad Air (3rd generation)
iPhone 6S Plus iPad Air 2
iPhone SE
iPod Touch (7th generation)

Read: Every iPhone that works with iOS 13


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Ready? Here’s how to install iOS 13

Right now, you’ll need a paid Apple developer account in order to access the profiles and proper files required to install iOS 13. A paid developer account costs $99 per year and also gives you access to publishing an app for sale in the App Store.

Paid developers can visit this page of the Apple Developer site to download the beta software. There isn’t an OTA file available for the first beta, so you’ll have to manually install it. Apple is requiring that you have either the MacOS 10.15 Catalina beta installed, or have installed the Xcode 11 beta before you can use iTunes to install iOS 13. Both of those are also available through the Apple developer portal for paid developers. 

What about the public beta?

When it launches, the public beta program will be available here. You’ll need to enroll your device and install the update over the air (OTA). We’ll update this post with more thorough instructions once the beta program opens up.

Follow all of this week’s Apple news.

Originally published June 3. 
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Wonder Woman 1984: Photos, release date, plot details, cast and more


She’s a Wonder. Forget the invisible-jet-flying Wonder Woman from the delightfully cheesy SuperFriends cartoon. Fans met an entirely new heroine in the 2017 blockbuster feature simply called Wonder Woman.

We’ve been waiting for the sequel almost since walking out of the theater and will collect news and views about it here. The basics: It’s called Wonder Woman 1984, and filming wrapped in December 2018. (Read: Wonder Woman 1984 en español.)

In early June 2019, exactly one year before the new film is scheduled to open, director Patty Jenkins shared a stunning image of star Gal Gadot in a shiny golden costume. Wonder Woman is rocking some seriously 1980s armored shoulder pads, plus long sleeves, her iconic bracelets, a high neck, and tall boots. Jenkins issued an apology for not attending San Diego Comic-Con this year, noting that the full promo campaign for the film won’t begin until December. But the new photo should soothe any fan upset over that.

The golden look may be familiar to comic-book readers. CNET sister site ComicBook.com notes that the new style appears to be a mix of looks from the comics, including the Golden Eagle armor that allows Wonder Woman to fly.

In December 2018, Gadot thanked Jenkins, the character’s fans, and the nearly 1,000 crew members “who came to set every day, giving everything they have into our movie.”

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We did it. Again!! And as much as the first time shooting Wonder Woman was amazing, this time was even more unique and special.. We shot in 4 very different locations in 3 countries, and I’m so soooo proud of the almost 1000 crew members who came to set every day, giving everything they have into our movie. Couldn’t ask for better partners on this.. I’m so lucky to have the one and only Patty Jenkins, as my director. She always has our backs, she gives us the wings to dare, and everyday she helped us find the most creative version of ourselves .. I am so grateful to call her my friend. And to our AMAZINGly talented cast who made every day enjoyable and fun, thank you! Honestly.. Words cannot describe this experience.. This journey was so demanding and challenging but we all came and did our very best every take, every day, putting our all out there and I’m so proud… Thank you universe for this opportunity. I love this character. And thank you to all of you for being the best fans in the world. It was you that made me push myself every day. I’m so happy and excited, can’t wait to share it with you in 2020! ❤️ Gal

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Don’t line up yet to buy tickets for the sequel. It was originally scheduled to come out in November 2019, but back in October 2018, Gadot and Jenkins announced the move to June 2020.

Now they may be regretting that change. In May 2019, Jenkins said in a video interview that she’s just screened the film and longed to release it right away. “I’m dying to release this film,” she said.

The latest

In late April 2018, Jenkins wished Gadot a happy 34th birthday on Twitter, writing “I love you more than words can say.” Yeah, yeah, that’s all well and good, but we’re here for the photo Jenkins shared, which appears to be from Wonder Woman 1984 and shows Gadot clad in crisp white looking over a bannister. Various media sources claimed the look is mimicking different eras. The Deseret News says it’s a homage to the 1970s Lynda Carter Wonder Woman series, while The Hollywood Reporter says that the look harkens back to a 1960s comic storyline.

Don’t call the next movie a sequel. Producer Charles Roven told Vulture that director Jenkins is “determined that this movie should be the next iteration of Wonder Woman but not a sequel.” He notes that the movie is set in a completely different time frame and tells a very different story than the original. 

The basics

So what do we know so far? We know the sequel’s title will be Wonder Woman 1984, and it’s set in the neon-splashed Reagan Era. Two photos released in June 2018 show Diana marveling at some very 1980s TV screens (J.R. Ewing!) and in a possible spoiler, Steve Trevor getting his shopping mall on. (Is this really Steve? How can that be… never mind, it’s the movies.)

And director Patty Jenkins is very excited about another character, the unidentified man played by Pedro Pascal, star of Netflix show Narcos. On July 30, Jenkins tweeted out a photo of Pascal with a loud tie and some serious 1980s Ken doll hair, declaring she “can’t…stop…watching” the actor’s work. The character Pascal is playing is still a secret, though fans on Twitter guessed he might be supervillain Maxwell Lord or, possibly, Vandal Savage. 

Jenkins and Pascal worked together on the 2015 TV movie Exposed. Game of Thrones fans will know Pascal for his role as dashing but doomed Oberyn Martell.

At Comic-Con, attendees were treated to some new footage.

You can’t stop Wonder Woman. She’s coming back for a sequel.


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With Gadot as the lead in Wonder Woman, the heroic Amazon finally landed a full-on film of her own, and some critics call it the best feature ever in the DC film universe. (Batman v Superman will have to console itself with its shelf full of Razzies.) The film was the third-highest-grossing movie of 2017, behind only Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

In mid-June 2018, Gadot released the first photo showing her in costume for the sequel. She’s apparently landed herself a very 1980s curling iron, and the costume is looking shiny.

And in late June, director Patty Jenkins released a photo of Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva, aka supervillain Cheetah, though Wiig is shown standing in a museum in a very-1980s outfit, not in full villain garb. (Minerva is an archaeologist in the comics, so the museum location makes sense.)

Wonder Woman proved, once and for all, that female superheroes can headline their own movie, if it’s done well. Seems ridiculous this was ever a question, but as Deadline wrote, “there seemed (to be) a reason studios put capes mostly on men, because it was thought they were the rabid fan base that camped out early and came back often and made huge opening weekends.” 

Welcome to the 21st century, filmmakers, where men and women can be equally devoted fans of both male and female heroes.

A sequel was inevitable, because DC execs are no dummies. Fans worried at first about whether director Patty Jenkins would return for the second film, but she signed on in September 2017. Variety reports Jenkins will earn around $8 million to direct, produce and work on the script, which would make her the highest-paid female director of all time.

Release date, production info

Wonder Woman 1984 is now scheduled for a June 5, 2020, release, moved back from its original December 2019 to avoid competing with Star Wars: Episode IX. The title was confirmed by director Jenkins earlier this year, so get out your jelly shoes and Members Only jackets for the trip to the theater.

Jenkins wrote the script with Geoff Johns, president and chief creative officer of DC Comics, and screenwriter Dave Callaham.

And in August 2018, word came that Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer would score the film. Zimmer originally composed Wonder Woman’s theme song for her film debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.

As mentioned above, star Gadot noted on Dec. 23, 2018, that filming had wrapped, after shooting in “4 very different locations in 3 countries.”

Cast: Who’s who?

Returning characters

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How is Steve back?!??


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New faces

Plot news, rumors and theories

Don’t be a Cheetah! Director Patty Jenkins confirmed on Twitter in March that Kristen Wiig will star as the supervillain Cheetah, calling Wiig “sensationally talented.” Cheetah has long been a nemesis of Wonder Woman, with four different incarnations since her 1943 debut. (In 2001, a man briefly took on the title of Cheetah, but the other three have been women.) Early Cheetahs were just women in costumes, but more recent versions morph into a human-cheetah hybrid and have enhanced strength and agility, plus deadly claws and fangs. Thanks to a photo Jenkins d in late June 2018, Wiig’s version of Cheetah appears to be archaeologist Dr. Barbara Minerva, but there’s also no need for the film to stick closely to any comics story.

Totally awesome ’80s: We know from the title that the movie will be set in that totally tubular decade of the 1980s. Gnarly! But also, serious! Screenrant says the new movie “will send Diana against the forces of Soviet Union in the closing days of the Cold War.”  To be specific, the film will be set in 1984, the year of the Los Angeles Olympics. To get into the 1980s spirit, the cast also posed for a photo that mimics the poster for John Hughes’ 1985 hit, The Breakfast Club.

Pining for Pine: Many fans wondered if Chris Pine, who played Steve Trevor in the first film, would be back. Spoiler ahead: He sacrificed himself in the first film, so it would seem… difficult. But anything goes in comic resurrections (just ask thawed-out Captain America over at Marvel). And now that Jenkins has released a photo labeling it Trevor, we’re left to wonder exactly how he makes his return.

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Here comes the general: In October 2018, Robin Wright confirmed to Variety that she will once again play General Antiope in the sequel. (Spoiler: It’ll have to be in flashback or some other twist because the general sacrificed herself for Diana in the first film.)

“It’s going to be an iconic time: a little Wonder Woman in the vortex of this movement,” Wright said while discussing the state of women’s issues today. “And…Wonder Woman, who was created in the ’40s, what does she symbolize? Justice and equality and speaking the truth. So to be a part of that enhancement, as Wonder Woman’s general, it’s so great.”

Seventies superstar: Until Gadot came along, the iconic onscreen Wonder Woman was Lynda Carter, who starred in the 1970s television series. Could Carter make a cameo appearance in the sequel? In early 2018, Jenkins was asked about that. “We’ll see,” she told Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart. “Lynda is one of the dearest people to us, has been a great mentor and dear friend. And we actually desperately tried to get her in the first one and we had the scheduling that couldn’t work, so she’s always been a part of our Wonder Woman family. We won’t say anything yet, but we certainly — there’s no lack of trying.”

She’s coming to America: The first film was set in wartime Europe, but for this one, the star-spangled superhero is coming to the good ol’ USA. “The story will take place in the US, which I think is right,” Jenkins told Entertainment Weekly. “She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.”

Cheetah, but no copycat: Jenkins told Entertainment Tonight the two films won’t march in lockstep. “We’re actually making a totally different film with a lot of the same … things that we love, but (the sequel is) its own movie completely,” she said. 

Rumored Riz? There’s also a rumor that Riz Ahmed, star of HBO’s The Night Of, is being pursued for a role, based on a statement made by Jeff Sneider,  editor in chief of The Tracking Board, during a March podcast. Ahmed is also in this year’s Venom, which may mean he’s too busy to pick up another major superhero movie.

Dream come true: Indian actress Soundarya Sharma will play a role in the film, The Hindu newspaper reported in August 2018. While her role has not yet been revealed, it sounds major. “This I can say is a ‘dream coming true’ situation,”http://www.cnet.com/” the actor said. “It’s exhilarating to be a part of such a larger-than-life character film where you get to play your dream role. I have always dreamt of playing such a character.” Sharma is perhaps best known for starring in the 2017 Bollywood movie Ranchi Diaries. She’s also studied dentistry, and that’s the tooth.

This piece was originally posted May 9, 2018, and is updated as new details come out.

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How To Give Men Better Oral Sex

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How To Give Men Better Oral Sex

Oral sex what is it?

If you already know how to give men better oral sex then the advice here is not for you. This article is aimed at couples who want to learn the art of oral sex. Boys usually start experiment with an athens escort or athens escorts. Fellatio (blow job) is when a person uses their mouth and tongue to stimulate their partners penis. If done well will give them a very intense orgasm.

Facts You Should Know About oral sex

The idea of oral sex is to copy the movements of full sex penetration. At no time is blowing involved. Take your partners penis into your mouth, (using plenty of saliva) and gently lick and suck up and down the shaft taking care not to catch your teeth on his penis .

Men would very seldom turn down oral sex, (good or bad) however there is nothing worse than when someone does it without any passion. It is nice for them to know that you are enjoying it as much as him which adds to the turn on.

Vary your rhythm, speed, and intensity, and gently caress his testicles. The idea is to take him to the point of orgasm stop and bring back eager for more.

Try Licking, sucking, and playing with his penis using your tongue making sure you are hitting the right spot. You will have a fair idea about what works if you watch and listen to his reactions. Don’t be afraid to ask him what he likes and dislikes because he will be only too pleased to guide you and thrilled that you are trying to please him.

Below are a few tips to help you give him the best oral sex of his life.

Look for sensitive areas

Make him buckle by taking your time over his sensitive areas, like the tip of his penis, his testicles, and his perineum, which is the spot between the testicles and the anus.
Don’t forget to pay lots of attention around his shaft  using your mouth and hands together.

Explore other areas

Oral sex is great in other areas too like kissing and licking the inner thighs, around his anus, and testicles. The secret is to use your mouth to maximum effect.

The temperature game

Oral sex should be fun and not a chore so rev up the fun by playing the temperature game. Start by taking a mouthful of warm liquid hold it in your mouth for a few seconds then swallow immediately take your partners penis into your mouth and start to suck. Then take an ice cube and repeat. the sensations will drive him mad with desire.

Bring on the sauce

Its fair to say that Some women hate the taste of their man inside their mouths which can make oral sex a non starter.

A good tip to try is using squirty cream / ice cream / chocolate sauce in fact anything that takes your fancy. Start by pouring it all over the genital area then gently spend your time licking and sucking it off.

Must i really swallow

Here is a question that pops up a lot which is whether to swallow or not when a man comes.
If it is not for you then don’t do it. Never force yourself to swallow just to please your partner. Just make sure he withdraws in time and use your hand to finish him off.

A big turn on for some men is to come onto the breasts, bellies or other parts of their partner (athens escort or athens escorts). If you would like to see how your partner tastes then get him to eat things that are high in natural sugar like pineapples. This tip will help sweeten his sperm and make it less bitter.

Some women are repulsed at the very idea of giving their partner oral sex but still expect it done to them. Never expect things that you won’t do yourself. Try talking to him about your fears and who knows maybe in time you may change your mind. The idea of oral sex is to bring you closer together and share the pleasure and excitement.

Should I Replace My Septic System Drain Field?

Should I Replace My Septic System

If you are contemplating whether or not you should replacement your septic drain field, chances are you are currently dealing with some septic system problems. You have most likely had a plumber (υδραυλικός) come to the house, either recently or in the not too distant past.

Naturally they recommended that the drain field be replaced, provided you with the quote, and after you stifled the vomit at the price, you have set on the internet out to see if you really have to replace the drain field, or if there are some other less expensive options that may better suit your budget.

That sound about right?

First things first, you are not alone, and you are certainly not the only person who has gone through this process.  Furthermore, regardless of your knowledge or experience with septic systems, drain fields or any household hand work, you are going to be able to figure this out.

Septic systems are really not complicated and once you understand how they work, solutions become more apparent.

So let’s start there. The basic over view. Here is an image of a septic system from the house, to the septic tank, to the drain field (or leach field, as sometimes called).

Pretty straight forward so far. Water and waste are flushed down toilets and drains and it is deposited in the septic tank. Within the septic tank, the solid waste settles to the bottom, effluent (or liquid waste) is above that and then a layer of slime forms along the top of the waste. Here is an image so you can see.

Inside the septic tank, bacteria and enzymes that occur naturally breakdown the solid waste.  By break-down, we mean digest it. Bacteria and enzymes eat and digest the solid waste. The ending result is more liquid waste. This liquid waste is then allowed to leave the septic tank and enter into the drain field or leach field.

As long as the bacteria and enzymes in the septic tank can process the waste (household consumption) faster than you and your family can put more waste in the tank, then your septic system and drain field function correctly.

HOWEVER, if the bacteria levels become depleted (laundry detergent, antibacterial soaps and cleaners, etc. All kill bacteria in your septic tank) then the system becomes backed-up and bit by bit solid waste makes its way into the drain field clogging it up or forming what is called bio-mat in the soil which does not allow the septic system to drain properly, compounding your problem. This is what has most likely happened to you.

Now you can start fresh and dig up your yard and replace the drain field, or even extend the drain field. But the cost can be far more than your family can afford.

…OR you could restore your system by providing your system a massive dose of bacteria and enzymes designed to eat and digest its way through the crud and solid waste in your septic tank as well as your drain field.

These types of septic treatments are called septic shocks. They are not an overnight fix, but they will make significant progress over the course of a couple weeks, and within a month or so, they restore your septic system completely.

There are a number of septic treatments or septic tank products as they are sometimes called. Choosing the right one can also be confusing, but your own your own to choose which one makes the most sense for you. You can use our comparison chart to help with that process.

Only you can decide which option is right for you. No matter what you decide, we recommend using a monthly septic treatment regardless of what you choose. These monthly septic additives provide your system a supplemental boost of bacteria and enzymes to help your systems’ natural digestion process along.

This way you will never find yourself in this spot again. A handyman could be really helpful! After all, wouldn’t this money be better spent on ourselves, or perhaps our child’s education?

 

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Financial Experts Give Some Of The Best Advice They know

Finance

You may have gotten a lot of advice from people who think they know money; from friends to family alike. You may have even hired a financial expert or a planner to manage your savings better. But you can only make the most out of advice if you put them into practice.

Since there is a lot of advice that you can come across in your lifetime, you may end up being overwhelmed as you will not be able to grasp where to start. This is why you need to filter the advice that suits your lifestyle and financial situation.

Let us look at what financial experts have to say.

1.      Importance of cash

Although investing can be a really good option, the importance of only handling hard cash and not relying on credit or debit cards cannot be understated. Not only will this help you save money, but you will also be away from serious financial problems. This advice can be applied to both businesses as well as individuals.

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2.      Spend less than you earn

People have varying degrees of success when it comes to, but there’s no doubt that everyone wants to live a life that is completely rid of financial difficulties. The pursuit to live a life that is great can often leave you in a lot of debt which is why you need to list out and prioritize where you’d like to invest. In order to invest better, spend less on unnecessary investments and purchases.

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3.      While you are young

If you ask people who are in their 40s what they regret doing, it would be spending all that money in their youth as they never thought savings would matter. The key to having a good amount in savings when you really need it is when you start as early as possible.

Time plays an extremely important role when it comes to saving money. Not to mention compound interest will multiply and grow your savings into something you may have never even imagined.

4.      Increments and raise

The tendency and attraction to treat yourself whenever you get paid more than expected can be very overwhelming and more often than not, you will fall prey to this. Avoid this as much as you can without limiting yourself. It is fine to treat yourself every once in a while but doing so on a regular basis can seriously damage your finances.