Falling In Reverse: ‘Just Like You’ Album Release

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Currently my newest obsession, Falling In Reverse has recently released their album, ‘Just Like You‘, jam-packed with not only rocking¬†tracks that leads to intense head banging sessions, but also some kick ass lyrics that don’t only make you laugh but also conjure up some pretty intense feels that can also be anime related because seriously, try to listen to some of these and NOT imagine Tokyo Ghoul or Attack On Titan. Take for example, ‘God If You Are Above‘ and ‘Stay Away‘ would just be perfect for an AMV. It’d be magical and I’m calling you out if you disagree. Lol joke, I can’t fight for crap.

Although I don’t really like their album cover, the music itself is spot-on, the theme of drugs, and grief are clearly evident in their songs, the vocals are powerful and the guitar and drums you hear throughout all the tracks that may or may not have you jumping up and down in your bedroom are so nicely put together, everything fits so beautifully. It’s crazy…

You may also notice¬†those heavy guitar and drums that you will all love are absent¬†in their last track, ‘Brother‘ which is hands down one of my favourites. Replaced with a soft piano, the lead singer’s voice is soft and still holds so much raw emotion that definitely had me crying, especially paired with those freaking lyrics, just damn. The song dedicated to his late brother, is a heart-felt track that you’ll have on repeat for hours.

I’ll definitely be dancing around to ‘Just Like You‘ in homeroom though, because everyone at that school are a bunch of assholes, myself included. Even if that line about his mum is totally hardcore, I’ll be wary of singing that aloud, because hey I’m Samoan, and my mum will not hesitate to break¬†MY back hahahahahaha love you mum. And now I also love Falling In Reverse.

Doesn’t ‘Chemical Poisoner‘ just slay you? Those seconds of just the guitar before everything else comes in is so beautiful, and I don’t get it but there’s this rush of emotions that hit me all at once and it’s just wow. I’m just awe-struck by all these tracks, the same way I was with Marianas Trench.

Get Me Out‘ though is every teenager’s theme song, like come on! How is this so relatable? Thanks FIR for all these amazing songs that will be my anthem until I, y’know, find another anthem. I’m a teenager and my anthem will constantly change okay?!

Their album was released in New Zealand on the 20th of February, so go out and buy it or order it because it’s definitely worth it. Super grateful to Warner Music for bringing these guys to my attention, they’re legit af.

P.s Do they give you a My Chemical Romance x¬†Fall Out Boy vibe or is that just me? Doesn’t matter because they’re all perfect. And I wrote way more than I’d expected so now I’ll just be quiet, or something idk.

 

 

What the Frame Did I Just Watch?: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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Hello dear readers!

It is I, Chloe, who has returned after quite a long time away from Jawkward. Did you miss me? That’s fine, idc…

ANYWAY we recently were invited to the preview screening of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which I went to because I was the only one who had seen the first movie… and we thought why don’t we do a video review? So here it is.

The movie is out in NZ theatres on the 26th of February, so go and check it out if you’d like to watch more of older British citizens fumbling their way through elderly life in a semi-dilapidated hotel in India.

Let us know what you thought of the video review and if I’m too boring/just the right amount of boring/not boring enough!

Big Hero 6 – I Am Satisfied With My Care

http://www.allthatsepic.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/big-hero-6-group-poster.jpgFrom the heartless people who brought you Up comes this Marvel-inspired Disney superhero movie, Big Hero 6, about a huggable robot, a teenaged robotics genius experiencing and moving past his grief, nerds and loving science; co-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams.

On a scale of one to 10 how much did this movie hurt you in the feels?
Call it an origin story if you will, being equal parts a love letter to Marvel and Japanese anime while remaining distinctly Disney at its core, the film manages to strike a balance between heartfelt Disney goodness in the form of the cuddliest robot ever helping a kid move past a tragic loss. That is hilarious- with enough line-straddling humour to make an adult laugh knowingly while filled with slapstick to keep the ‘target audience’ much entertained- with enough emotional upheaval to take an unsuspecting viewer unawares while visually stunning them with the ace animation. I mean, fist bump for for that animation.
¬†Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) is a 14-year-old robotics genius who lives in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo with his Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph) and older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) and spends his time taking part in back-alley robot fights- which isn’t strictly illegal unless you bet on them. Older bro Tadashi, worried that Hiro’s wasting his potential, takes him to the robotics lab at his ‘Nerd School’ university, where Hiro meets Tadashi’s friends, GoGo (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans, Jr.), Honey Lemon (G√©nesis Rodr√≠guez), and Fred (TJ Miller), along with Baymax (Scott (Adsit), a personal healthcare robot created by Tadashi.

Convinced that he now has to attend the Nerd School, Hiro decides to apply and presents his project – microbots, swarms of tiny robots that can link¬†together through electromagnetism to form various shapes and perform tasks cooperatively – in order to gain admission. Professor Callaghan (James Cromwell), head of the school’s robotics program, is thoroughly impressed and offers him a place. When a fire breaks out at the university, Tadashi rushes in to rescue Callaghan, but the building explodes along with our hearts. As a result of losing his brother, Hiro understandably secludes himself from the others. It’s only with the help of one healthcare robot, Baymax, and a ragtag team of science nerds, not to mention the evil villain that steals Hiro’s invention, that Hiro is pulled out his grief-induced funk.

The story wouldn’t be complete without the villain, and yes I felt like Fred just then. One that you ‘don’t see coming’ but sorta totally do because TWIST! You don’t mind that Amon is actually Noatak- whoops wrong animation, my bad. You don’t mind that the twist doesn’t come as too much of a surprise and the whole jab at ‘superhero revenge plot’ cliches- via Fred’s fanboying- is life. The film is uplifting yet bittersweet, which is indicative of real life. Things happen and you have to move past them and not allow them to change who you are for the worst, you are only in control of how you handle yourself in certain situations and your actions define who you are. It is this sort of aura about the movie that makes it so sick. Which, of course, is just an expression.

FOUR out of FIVE Silent LOLs because one of the LOLs were creys. A bucket’s worth. Also no snaps for the audience who all gapped it before the end of the credits- amateurs every single one of them. You never leave a Marvel-related film before the end of the credits, ever.

Stray Thoughts:

– Where’s Stan Lee… oh there he is. That four-day underpants trick is beyond nasty.

– Tadashi’s hot- don’t act like you didn’t think so too. But also, Daniel Henney- giggity.

– You wanna dance, masked man?

Korean Drama Takeover: Part II

Here we go again! I’m trying to get this post out before I finish¬†another¬†one and have to add it to the completed list (I failed- so badly, but let’s do this anyway). I’m thinking of switching up the format of reviewing from (raving madly about) a few dramas at once to one completed drama at a time, because the sheer scale of that initial post was exhausting.¬†Also, even though there are only four* completed drama rants (with one being an extremely short drama-toon) and five miniscule reaction blurbs under ‘currently watching’,¬†the following post feels¬†too long. However without further ado I’m going to get right into ‘em.

If you haven’t read Part I it’s HERE.

*This is also no longer true, but for the sake of length let’s pretend it is.


My Love From Another/You From Another Star (2013)

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What to say, what to saaaaay?

You From Another Star/My Love From Another Star/My Love From the Stars¬†(you can pick and choose which name to call it by, I’m done) was everything, so ridiculously popular that ABC’s adapting it for US audiences (well sorta). MLFTS brought the laughs, squees and tears and all the OTP feels you could fit into 21 episodes. The show’s about an alien Do Min-joon (Kim Soo-hyun) stranded¬†on earth for 400 years,¬†and a hilariously¬†obnoxious¬†Hallyu star Cheon Song-yi (Jeon Ji-hyun) he¬†meets and falls for, just as he gets the chance to¬†go home.¬†While not an entirely original concept (Roswell, anyone? Or ANY alien-human combo, because I’m blanking right now) the drama is a refreshingly humourous exploration of human nature and how it could¬†appear to someone who considers him/herself an outsider. Not that it didn’t have any faults, because it did. But more on that later.

Let’s talk characters and their wonderful portrayers (so a word, especially now that I’ve deemed it so) because Jeon Ji-hyun as Cheon Song-yi¬†and Kim Soo-hyun as Do Min-joon are excellent leads, both infusing their characters with the right amount of heart and humour. Cheon Song-yi is equal parts hilarious and crazy while Do Min-joon starts off as a mysterious blank slate (with wonderful broody¬†shower scenes¬†that are equal parts¬†nosebleed inducing and confusing…because what’s with the towel, dude?)¬†before coming alive as his personality is slowly revealed in all its somewhat petty glory. Individually they’re awesome, but¬†together they’re magical- my only gripe is that Soo-hyun’s Min-joon seemed to take turtle steps and never truly felt fleshed out. Not the fault of Kim Soo-hyun, whose crying skills were ON POINT, it was mostly due to weak characterisation in the writing I expect. And seriously with the noble idiocy, for an intelligent higher lifeform who’s been on Earth for a good few hundred years, he didn’t seem to know how to make his time (with Song-yi) count because he wasted a whole freakin’ lot of it. That’s why Cheon Song-yi was brilliant because she wasn’t about denying herself what she wanted when she wanted it. She took it- or tried to. And I liked how even though shit was going rough for her she was able to make the best of it. She moped when things were unbearable, but otherwise she knew when to suck it up and just do what needed doing. She wasn’t a perfect character, she could be so so petty and, well, human. But a flawless* human at that.

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I like how the show maintained the humour from the beginning right to the end while managing to stir up moments of pure poignancy that ripped your heart to shreds if you gave it the chance. Admittedly there were a few plot-holes and¬†inconsistencies that could niggle at you, but when you look at the drama as a whole you’ll find that you’re willing to let these slide because it was damn well entertaining.

Still that ending, I can’t say I bought it. No, no I did not. Because what the actual?


It’s Okay That’s Love (2014)

Hangeul: ÍīúžįģžēĄ, žā¨ŽěĎžĚīžēľ RR: Gwaenchanha, Saranghiya

This was… unexpected. I didn’t think I would like It’s Okay, That’s Love¬†as much as I did. The premise was intriguing, its cast had chemistry and most importantly the show had character. How exactly do I give a run down about what this show was about without spoiling it? Jang Jae-yeol (Jo In-sung)¬† write’s bestselling mystery novels and is a radio DJ, with a bit of OCD, Ji Hae-soo (Gong Hyo-jin) is a psychiatrist who seems to suffer from genophobia- there’s a meetcute at some point but not before Jae-yeol gets stabbed with a fork by his older brother Jang Jae-beom (Yang Ik-june). Do Kyung-soo (EXO’s D.O) does an excellent job as an adorable high schooler/aspiring writer/Jae-yeol fanboy Han Kang-woo. Perhaps one of my favourite character pairings were Hae-soo’s housemates- her senior colleague¬†Jo Dong-min (played brilliantly by Sung Dong-il and Park Soo-kwang (giraffe, Lee Kwang-soo) a cafe waiter with Tourette Syndrome- because their interactions were all sorts of hilariousness and almost paternal on Dong-min’s part. Hilarious and heartwarming all at the same. This drama sure knew how to throw a few curve balls at you, while it was technically a medical drama, the way it addressed mental health and illnesses, sex, family and relationship issues meant that you never felt you were watching the Korean equivalent of ER or Greys Anatomy. Jae-yeol and Hae-soo’s relationship is a lot of push and pull, for many reasons, but nevertheless entertaining to watch. But that’s okay… (I’m going to do it and you’re going to hate me but not as much as I hate myself) that’s love.

Uh, if you haven’t watched the show skip to the next drama on the list because I’m going to talk SPOILERS now.

How did we not know that D.O was Voldemort? Omg, right? Just catching the stragglers, if you don’t care about spoilers then go right ahead and keep reading but just know that it’s not my fault if you get spoiled anyway- this drama did after all end last year.

Anyone else joke that Kang-woo wasn’t real but still feel punched in the gut when it turned out he actually was Jae-yeol’s hallucination? It was more than the fact that not all was right with our main character, but the fact that we felt betrayed by the show for making us doubt ourselves when the hints first started dropping. However the show didn’t just stop at Kang-woo but the entire Jang family and their upsetting back-story. Because each member of that family had their own demons to contend with and it was heartbreaking to behold. There were moments where you even doubted Jae-yeol’s innocence, both in the present and then in the past but you understand- his guilt over what happened with his brother which then informed his actions towards him. And also Jae-beom’s reactions to the real reason he spent 11 long years in jails (for a crime he actually didn’t commit) and how he wasn’t given the chance to make it his own choice to do so- which he would have, for the same reason Jae-yeol did what he did as a kid…to protect his mother.


High School King of Savvy/Conduct (2014)

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Noona noona noona!

I’m not gonna lie, I started this drama because of Seo In-guk.

Also it had an interesting high jinx-like premise where In-guk plays a high school hockey player Lee Min-seok -that looks almost identical to his hyung (older brother) Lee Hyun-seok- who asks Min-seok to do him a solid and work in his place as Comfo’s new hotshot company director from Germany. Hyun-seok impersonates his brother, double life hilarity ensues. It took me long enough to get through this one, it got chucked onto the back-burner because the main female lead,¬†Jung Soo-young played by Lee Ha-na, got on my nerves SO MUCH to begin with. So SO much.

She wasn’t awkward in the way that Kae-in was in Personal Taste, Soo-young’s awkwardness felt rather forced at times and I wasn’t sure if it was the writing and direction or Ha-na’s acting. Despite this I liked the characters and cast (hellooooo Lee Soo Hyuk, someone tell me how to sign up for that girl’s job in Exhibit A?) quite a bit, Min-seok’s adoptive father and grandfather were just the most adorable family unit one could ask for. His friends were ridiculous but hilarious and his workmates were quirky if slightly eye-rolling inducing. Although the most eye-rolling inducing moments were mostly related to Soo-young’s little sister who was obsessed with Min-seok, I don’t know that I can ever be on board with borderline stalker attempts to attain someone’s affection. However I did think her relationship with Min-seok’s friends was cute, and they genuinely did care for her- if reluctantly. Speaking of caring relationships I can’t get enough of Min-seok’s family, I’m not talking about his estranged hyung whose thirst for revenge seemed more important to him than his family- and those that cared for him- but his adoptive father and grandfather. Jokes, I can’t think about them without feeling sad- for spoilery reasons so let’s take a look at Exhibit A for cheering up.

Exhibit A:

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I got an extreme case of SLS during this drama, however it sort of stopped cold during one particular scene involving a forced kiss (for which he fully deserved the slap he got). Honestly, while I wasn’t convinced of the main couples’ compatibility/chemistry I couldn’t allow myself to ship Soo-young with Jin-woo no matter who much they ‘redeemed’ his character/revealed his tragic past and dysfunctional family life in an attempt to humanise him. Because although I shipped them from the start, the only reason he seemed to like her towards to the end was because Min-seok did and turning her affection into some sort of trophy to be awarded to the winner of some pissing contest is just… no no. I did love the reluctant bromance that sort of developed between Lee Soo-hyuk’s¬†Yoo Jin-woo and Hyun-seok-impersonating Min-seok. BrOTP.


After School: Bokbulbok/Lucky or Not (2013)

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Discovered and watched this drama-toon,¬†After School Lucky or Not, in one sitting, with episode run-times of 13 minutes it’s a ridiculously easy thing to do. The main cast consisted of idol group 5urprise who debuted as actors through After School, to expand into singing later on.

Side note this show made me break my ‘no Variety shows’ rule and watch Roommate because Seo Kang-joon.

I had no idea what to expect when I came across this, it initially made me think of Ouran High School Host Club (the anime, just because of the over the top toon aspects and the numerous pretty dudes) but came into its own within the first episode. It was hilarious, over-the-top goodness. Also, Kim So-Eun’s character is every bit as wack as the boys once you scratch the surface of her demure outcast personality unwillingly dragged into the boys’ Pick a Mission club.

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Currently* Watching:

Master’s Sun (2013)

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Because after It’s Okay That’s Love I needed some more¬†Gong Hyo-jin and Master’s Sun kept being recommended so I gave in and started it. Also, there was the added bonus of Seo In-guk! But damn I now need more So Ji-sub. Furthermore, do you know how much I loved the movie Spellbound/Chilling Romance, the 2011 Korean film with Lee Min-ki and Son-ye-jin? So much so that I dedicated precious time to¬†making¬†a fanvid- lol okay I had a bout of insomnia and used the time oh so wisely. I digress, I’m loving TMS so far. We’re back to the¬†poor girl and¬†douche chaebol combo, so yay? Okay that’s my least favourite aspect of the show, but the leads are excellent. *Waves hand in front of face* “Íļľž†ł!” Just kidding, I love you, stay… *breaks out into song* I WANT YOU TO STAAAAYYYYYY.

*Okay so I finished this one months ago, but it can be my first solo drama review.


You’re Beautiful (2009)

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Still frustrating, still hilarious and the SLS (Jung Yong-hwa’s Kang Shin-woo is perfect damn it) is practically yanking at my heartstrings now. Oh for crying out loud how is Tae-kyung’s bitchface game so strong? However I must now add that Go Mi-nam (Park Shin-hye) is pretty stupid, isn’t she?


I Hear Your Voice (2013)

Hangeul: ŽĄąžĚė Ž™©žÜĆŽ¶¨ÍįÄ Žď§Ž†§ RR: Neoui Moksoriga Deulryeo

Can you read myyyy mind. Lee Jong-suk, the high-school senior Park Soo-ha who can read minds (no, not bulimic- Zoolander joke there heh..sorry I’ll stop), and Lee Bo-young (apathetic public defender with a lot of growing up still to do) have some great chemistry. A noona romance drama I can totally get behind. Also, the villain in this one- I mean damn.

(Finished this one months ago, too.)


The Innocent Man (2012)

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Basically Song Joong-ki plays¬†Kang Ma-ru a guy who makes a stupid decision for his (at the time) love (Han Jae-hee played by Park Si-yeon) and goes to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Moon Chae-won plays my favourite character, so far, Seo Eun-gi the daughter of the man Jae-hee married not long after Ma-ru went to jail- yep she’s only 5 years older than Eun-gi but you know- money. Honestly these characters have you second guessing their every move and motive but it’s great fun nonetheless.


Princess Hours (2006)

Hangeul: Í∂Ā RR: Gung; lit. “Palace

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Sigh. So before I could finish this post I also started watching Goong (based on a manhwa, Korean comic) because, Yoon Eun-hye (Coffee Prince!) who plays Shin Chae-kyung a ‘commoner’ betrothed to the Crown Prince, Lee Shin -played by Ju Ji-hoon- (in this alternate 21st-Century Korea which has sustained its monarchy and imperial family). Liking it so much that it took two or so days to watch about 15 episodes. I just… I don’t have anything to say in my defense.

(This one is also finished, and Motu is poised to rant at you about it. She’s given each character a codename, guess who ‘Ballerina Bitch’ is.)


List of others dramas that I’ve started but couldn’t be bothered writing blurbs for: Heartstrings, *Wild Romance, *Rooftop Prince, Sungkwunkwan Scandal, School 2013, Flower Boy Next Door.

¬†(*Bold means I’ve also finished that drama since starting this post- don’t judge me too harshly.)

The Maze Runner – DVD Review NZ Release

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Yes yes, The Maze Runner is finally available to buy or rent on BluRay and DVD in New Zealand from January 21, 2015 (TODAY!). But what can we say about this dystopian film that we haven’t already gushed about in our initial film review? It’s a film you’d like to rewatch for the cast- which includes the temperamental maze itself- however don’t get angry when the story feels slightly undeveloped and slightly rushed towards the exposition-centric end. Despite this it’s still a great flick to chuck on, with enough thrills, spills and even a few chills to keep you on the edge of your seat until the slightly bewildering end.

In the extras there are a few good deleted scenes, some storyboards and images as well as the theatrical trailer along with a commentary track with Wes Ball and T.S. Nowlin. Unfortunately there’s no gag-reel but I suppose it’ll turn up on youtube sooner or later.

Also, anyone else feel puffed out from just watching this thing? There’s so much running.

So much.

Running.

I suppose that’s why it’s called the Maze…Runner. Badoom dush. Thank you, thank you I’ll be here all week. Also, I think that’s all from one scene- I just wanted to make that joke. But relive the running, and of course the plot that goes with it, and remember… the maze was just the beginning. Oh and that there’s probably (definitely) going to be more running.

Attack On Titan – Live Action Character Pics

Haruma Miura as Eren

 

Japanese film news websites Eiga and Sanspo unveiled the first character visuals (including new film-only characters) for the upcoming live-action Attack on Titan films. And holy colossal do they look legit. The 3D Maneuver Gear and swords are ON POINT. Be in for some surprising weaponry, however. And a lack of a certain Survey Corps Special Operations Squal Leader, Levi. WHERE IS LEVI?! Ahem.

In regards to¬†cast selection, producer Yoshihiro Sato¬†advised he didn’t pay as much attention to whether or not the cast members looked like the original characters- I guess that means they’re not going to dye Hongo’s hair blond- although I do believe they nailed Mikasa’s look. Kiko Mizuhara is so damn pretty, so here’s to hoping she’s also a badass.¬†According to Sato, through many a¬†discussion with Hajime Isayama (the original¬†creator of Attack on Titan),¬†they went with actors who could act out the “characters’ spirits.” I dig it, here’s to hoping Miura plays Eren with a little less whining though.

Director, Shinji Higuchi, confirmed that there will be two films and that with the supervision of Isayama, the story will be based on the world and characters of the manga, while incorporating new characters and new formidable enemies. Interesting. Yuusuke Watanabe (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, live-action Gantz, Gantz II: Perfect Answer, 20th Century Boys, Gatchaman) is writing the script, along with Tomohiro Machiyama, friend of Isayama. Surely any friend of Isayama is a friend of ours?

Both films are slated to open next summer. YAASSSS Attack on Titan 2015!!

 

Check out your favs (Hanji looks amaze tbh) below:

Kiko Mizuhara as Mikasa

Okay, so I’m hearing a lot of hoo-hah about ‘isn’t Mikasa supposed to be the only Asian left in the SNK world? She’s the only one who looks the least Asian’.¬†Sure,¬†the manga makes it a point that she is¬†but guys this is a Japanese franchise- find me some white actors who can speak fluent Japanese to play the other characters before you start critizing the casting.

Kanata Hongo as Armin

 

Satomi Ishihara as Hanji

Hanji’s¬†RPG tho’. Wut? Do you reckon (especially with what looks like a tank in one of the photos below) they’ve upped the technology a bit? They still use swords because it’s the easiest to slay a titan with, but perhaps they also have the use of other heavy artillery?

Nanami Sakuraba as Sasha

 

Takahiro Miura as Jean

There are also seven characters that are new to the film versions of the story. According to Sanspo¬†reports¬†Hasegawa’s character Shikishima holds the key to the film’s story as “humanity’s strongest man.” Hmmmmm, check them out below:








Hit us with your thoughts below! Like, love, loathe? If you haven’t read our reviews of the first season check them out here: Part 1 | Part 2.

5 Steps To Having an Awesome #NZSecretSanta 2014 Experience!

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It’s that time of the year the time when the Twitter folk of New Zealand get their Twitter sleuthing¬†hats on and step up their gift-giving game to partake in ‘NZ Secret Santa’. NZ Secret Santa was started by one @websam in 2010, who wanted to focus only on¬†growing pumpkins¬†and let the cool guys over at¬†NZ Post take the reins in 2012. Since then¬†it’s become quite the organised event with a Santa Storehouse so that you don‚Äôt have give out¬†your address willynilly, and an epic elf service that stores the gifts, and only sends out gifts to those Secret Santas who have actually sent a gift!¬†You’ve got to give to receive! And if you don’t give, you still give because the¬†gift that was meant for you goes¬†to Christchurch City Mission. Great huh? Also,¬†NZ Post donates $1500 if¬†there are¬†1500 participants, $5000 for 5000 signed up participants, or $10,000 if there are 10,000 participants.

So be a sport and sign up and participate because what’s more exciting than spreading¬†some cheer? Other than a new episode of¬†Game of Thrones¬†that is.¬†Seeing as regristrations open tomorrow we thought we’d talk about how to make this year’s #NZSecretSanta an awesome experience, both for returning Santas and new ones.

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Step 1: Follow @nzsecretsanta and Register.

Link your Twitter account to a New Zealand Post online account. It’s easy-peasy, just follow the instructions. Seriously, it’s really easy. Just do as we do.

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Step 2: Tweet! It’s no fun if you’re a Silent Egg.

Just tweet, okay? You can¬†tweet as per usual, if you’re not a prolific tweeter then¬†at least try to make an effort. Hell, tweet¬†about your interests, you can even drop a hint or two if you like, or be as blunt as Jess: “Just because I am an¬†accountant does not mean I want a calculator”. And if you think your tweets are not showing off your personality, add in your personal website, instagram, or links to things you like in your bio.¬†Just keep in mind¬†nobody likes a Demanding Darcy. “I like wacky socks” is good, “GIVE ME WACKY SOCKS” notsomuch.

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Oh and remember to use the hashtag: #nzsecretsanta.

Step 3: Stalk Your Recipient Like There’s No Tomorrow.

Get up in there. Obviously we don’t condone actual stalking, because that’s weird and not at all cool, we’re talking getting to know your recipient without alerting them to the fact that you are their Secret Santa. This is where all your days spent online stalking exes, crushes and¬†frenemies come in handy. Don’t act like you don’t do it. But seriously¬†you have to up your twitter stalking game once you find out who you’ve got¬†and Veronica Mars your way into finding out what they like, from¬†links of any websites they have, to¬†their twitter¬†conversations and other online activity.¬†Word of advice, though, don’t start following the person straight away. Stalking is an artform. Put them on a private list or follow a bunch of people using the #nzsecretsanta timeline at once, it’s a great time to get exposed to new tweeters, anyway. Fingers-crossed you get someone fun¬†who¬†hasn’t set their twitter account to private and isn’t a Silent Egg.

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Step 4: Get them a Kickass Gift and SEND IT.

This is important, after you’ve sleuthed to your heart’s content, get around to actually sending your gift to the Santa¬†Storehouse to be processed and sent off to your recipient.¬†Which should be¬†easy because you would have registered and have been told how to do it here.¬†Try to be a bit early, definitely in before the 10th of December,¬†especially if some people may have supplied work addresses and will be on leave nearer to christmas. Giving a gift is a great feeling because you’ll know that your recipient will feel like Glen Coco.

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And your gift doesn’t have to be super expensive to be cool (in fact you’re supposed to keep it about $10 if you’re buying). The best gifts are the thoughtful ones. So be creative and most importantly SEND IT IN. Because if you don’t send it, know that this will be you:

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Step 5: Tweet About What You Get ^_^

It’s not fun unless we’re all shoving our cool gifts down each other’s throats, in a non-graphic or violent way, so tweet, insta, facebook and snapchat all the photos of the gift your amazing NZ Secret Santa got you. Note that Jess, below, got One Direction stationary instead of a calculator because her teeny bopper personality shined through her tweets.

Once again, remember to use #nzsecretsanta for all them humblebrags, come Christmas it should be¬†the humblebrag hashtag. Unless it winds up being¬†Jaded Central. But let’s not dwell on the¬†(possible) negatives,¬†and pledge¬†as Awesome Secret Santas to follow¬†the 5 Steps to an enjoyable NZ Secret Santa experience.

HAPPY #NZSECRETSANTA 2014!

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Some Key Dates for 2014 to keep in mind:

13 Nov, that’s tomorrow, registrations open.
19 Nov, get in quick because this is when registrations close.
21 Nov, find out who you get to stalk, I mean get to be Secret Santa for.
10 Dec, you need to have your gift sent BY this date.
19 Dec, know that your gift should be on its way!

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