Oct 25, 2009
I have seen the movie a week before it was released in Philippine cinemas, much thanks to the wonders of streaming. Haha, yes, I cheated. Sorry. I just couldn't wait to watch the movie that when a friend told me I could stream it at this website, well, you already know what happens next when I get giddy.
So there I was that night, eyes glued to the monitor of my laptop, all ears and all senses in full attention to the awesome movie that is (500) Days of Summer.
For now, I will not write a review about thereof since my siblings and a lot of my friends have not seen the movie yet, and I'm planning to watch it again with them. But just to quash my need to recount and blab about the seemingly larger than life experience I had during that night where my body's need for sleep has become a subject unheard of, here are 10 random reasons why you should definitely watch the movie.
1) It is undeniably not your formulaic love story. The title itself connotes that Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer's (Zooey Deschanel) 'relationship' is bounded with a cutoff date.
2) The movie's tagline : "This is a story of boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn't." gives a play in the audience's mind, "Not a happy ever after?" So you wonder what really transpired between two individuals who look as if they were the happiest, perfect couple you ever saw.
3) As I mentioned in #1, this is not your hackneyed tale of love. But as the story unfolds, you begin to witness and realize that, you know, even things that the doctor has prescribed sometimes may not suit you. Nevertheless, there's always that better, if not best, drug for you.
4) Aside from the many lessons you learn, the movie is presented in a very witty way. As Rotten Tomatoes put it, "A clever, offbeat romantic comedy". By the way, this group of film critics gave (500) Days of Summer a rating of 88%.
5) Summer never believed in true love and does not want a boyfriend. Conversely, Tom did not share the same creed. So to the guys and the other people, male and female alike, who can't seem to understand girls like Summer --- girls like me --- this probably could open your eyes to twig this preference that make us 'different' in a society where most females are hopeless romantics.
6) Indie films, local and foreign, are just the best.
7) (500) Days of Summer is rich, entertaining and extraordinarily real.
8) It makes you appreciate the beauty of the other side of love and relationships ... and of course, life.
9) The soundtrack is awesooome.
10) The colors, art and cinematography are very cool. You just have to check it out, photographers, artists and film enthusiasts!
You have got to get your fill of this movie before the year ends! Epic --- the one word that describes the movie and the experience you get from it in a nutshell. Epic! I super love this movie :) (500) Days of Summer, beyond doubt a must-see!
Oct 23, 2009
Below is a repost from Ms. Gang Badoy of Rock Ed Philippines:
I got an SMS saying: This is DSWD Sec. Espie Cabral. May I call you?
Oct 23 2009 - approx: 930pm
I immediately replied. My hunch was right, my friend Congresswoman Risa Hontiveros gave my contact number to the Dept of Social Welfare and Development Secretary. I told Risa if the lack of volunteers' is the reason why DSWD has not sent out the relief goods then she should call me. I know many private citizens who are willing to help out. And voila, she did.
Many are willing to pack and sort and look for options for delivery (as groups like WhiteSpace, TulongBayan, BalayExpo, Angel Brigade, LSGH, AdMU, Red Cross have been doing since typhoon Ondoy). Since the warehouses of DSWD are filling up with donations from overseas- then it is time they be delivered to the survivors. Families who are recovering and desperately rebuilding their lives from the recent onslaught brought about by the two typhoons.
Sec. Cabral and I talked and she mentioned that the DSWD is open 24 hours for workshifts so she agreed for us (private citizens via our NGO: Rock Ed Philippines) to try to come up with a shift-coordination-list of, at least, 50 volunteers per day - for Monday to Friday - 3pm-11pm.
I chose the time slot because it can fit in the schedule of students and young professionals. (somehow)
My request is this.
IF YOU ARE AN INDIVIDUAL --- Kindly email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org your name, contact number and available time shifts you can commit to. Or leave a message here on this post. Pls indicate if you need transportation - we can probably match pick up points or carpooling.
IF YOU HAVE A CLUB/ ORG/ BIBLE STUDY GROUP/ YOGA GROUP/ WHATEVER CLUB/ JAYCEES/ ROTARY/BARKADA/ OFFICE DEPARTMENT/ SCHOOL VARSITY TEAM or BARKADA ---any group that can actually commit 10 or more people for one night -- please send one collective email lang with all your names and identify your group leader to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org - or leave a message here on this post....and tell us the specific time and day your group can come. (I highly encourage this manner so that makes it easier for us to coordinate sched and you get to work with people you already know.)
IF YOU HAVE A BUS OR A VAN SERVICE THAT YOU CAN LEND FOR TRANSPO OF VOLUNTEERS FROM PICK UP POINTS IN QC, PASIG AND MAKATI TO PASAY - please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org so we can coordinate the carpooling if needed.
IF YOU HAVE A TRUCK/VAN/DELIVERY PICK UP WILLING TO LEND TO DEPLOY BGY RELIEF PACKS -email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
IF YOUR BARKADA IS WILLING BUT WILL NEED HELP WITH TRANSPO/ TRANSPO ALLOWANCE PLEASE EMAIL ME DIRECTLY - WAG MAHIHIYA- KAILANGAN NAMIN KAYO AT WILLING KAMING MANUNDO!! firstname.lastname@example.org - hihingi tayo sa mga taong willing magdonate ng pamasahe ng mga studyante. :)
IF YOU HAVE NO TIME BUT HAVE EXTRA CASH - PLEASE DONATE SO WE CAN ARRANGE FOR SAFE AND EFFICIENT TRANSPO FOR STUDENTS TO AND FROM SCHOOL TO WAREHOUSE AND BACK. email me directly: email@example.com or deposit to:
ROCK ED PHILIPPINES
Then msg me date of deposit and amount if you need an O.R. from Rock Ed.
Okay - with this one - we need obedient muscle - that's it. I will report to Sec. Espie Cabral first thing Monday afternoon -- I hope we have kind souls enlisted by then and a concrete shift list to send to her --otherwise... those goods will stay put in their warehouses as long as no one packs and delivers them out!
For additional info: +63917-7346742
If you're wondering where this action plan came from this is a reaction to the news that many warehouses are filling up with foreign donations and the deployment is not fast enough for people who are in dire need of resources to rebuild their lives. Or even just to exist with a little dignity while waiting for chances to rebuild come around.
Political leanings are not primary at this point. After the work is done - then we can go our separate ways again if that works for us. Personally, for now - I will be more than happy to help the government if that means more Filipinos get what's rightly theirs.
Thank you very much and I look forward to your generous response to this request for committed hours - I have a feeling efficiency is the key right now - and it's about time we try helping our DSWD out. This is new for all of us, but I have a feeling it's worth a shot.
I will report to Sec. Esperanza Cabral on Monday afternoon - I hope to have a decently-populated volunteer shift table by then.
Ms. Gang Badoy
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Blogs and other social netwoking sites like Facebook and Twitter displayed how full-forced our Bayanihan spirit was. A lot of Pinoys, even my friends who are based in the US, tweeted and RT-ed (re-tweeted) the important information about how fellow Filipinos can help.
Donations came in millions. And the world was not deaf to what our country pleaded, foreign countries and citizens showered us with very generous provisions for our victimized brothers and sisters.
An hour ago, I checked my TweetDeck and Twitter via web simultaneously for any update. Lo and behold! These are just three of the tweets I RT-ed, and if someone were to make it a trending topic, I swear it will be number one.
RT @jenniepperson: Good thing I was able to copy-paste 'Blog Ni Ella'. One word: BOOM! Read now na!" http://jenniepperson.com/. GO!
RT @ricoblanconews: can anyone contact the news channels&have them go to dswd warehouse NOW,find out & document what the hell is going on?4 minutes ago from TweetDeck
RT @AdeMagnaye: RT: @dementia: Donations coursed through DSWD never got to the victims http://bit.ly/bvNDb #pepeng #ondoy Spread the word!31 minutes ago from TweetDeck
Hold on a sec, what is happening here?What's the score?
If you want to know a little background on this trending topic of sorts, please click here.
What is going on here? What's this all about?
To the good people at DSWD: Please clarify all of this. We need to be enlightened on this very disturbing and quite distressing matter.
I REALLY HOPE RICO BLANCO'S CALL FOR INVESTIGATION AND SCRUTINY WILL BE HEEDED.
I AM ALARMED.
Oct 22, 2009
In a few weeks time, my age will be just 3 years before I reach a quarter of a century old. Ever since I can remember, most of the time, my presents would always come as “in one” —- Birthday and Christmas gift in one. Like 3-in-1 coffee :) But as it happens, I have never and never will mind since I get awesome stuff.
I’m never one to broadcast and or stage a big birthday bash as I see this significant event when I said hello to the world for the first time as a special and intimate family moment. Hence, I celebrate it with only my family —- no guests and other ‘interlopers’, just me and my family. But of course, there are these rare times when I feel like sharing my special day with friends, so I treat them out.
So, my birthday and Christmas is coming. If you’re wondering what to get me, here are a few gift ideas that, I promise, won’t wound your wallets :)
1) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2) Matchless: A Christmas Story by Gregory Maguire
3) Witch & Wizard by James Patterson (and Gabrielle Charbonnet)
4) Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
5) Peter & Max: A Fables Novel by Bill Willingham
That’s just about it … for now. Hehehehe. Enjoy shopping for me! Hehehehe :)
A very kind heart will always be repaid by heaven, God bless you! :D
A significant number of friends are getting married. :)
Just this evening, I found out that Philip and Dawn are engaged.WOW.
When the two lovebirds arrived for Jom’s birthday dinner, Dawn proudly showed her gorgeous ring to everyone. We were all amazed, we couldn’t believe it! To the altar at last! :)
Come November, Aja will tie the knot with her beloved better-half in a location wedding. Sadly, I can’t come due to circumstances I am not in control of.
CJ’s also getting married early next year, January was the schedule. Right now, he and Beth, his fiancee, are dead busy attending to all the preparations. The hassle of staging even just a simple, destination wedding is keeping the soon-to-be-newlyweds super preoccupied.
Rey and Tina will say their vows December of 2011. They will do it in our country, the Philippines. Yes, another location wedding. As early as now, they’re already making baby steps for the groundwork of the big day.
A close friend, Alfie, recently asked my help to organize his proposal. When we talked about his feelings and his plans, and when he showed me the ring, I couldn’t seem to keep myself from giving him a hug. During that entire talk, I felt like it was my brother who was getting married. It was really an “Awww” moment for me.
I thought of all the wedding news and invites I’ve been getting and I noticed that it hasn’t been a week since I talked and posted something about the subject of. It’s a little funny, I’ve been surrounded with weddings, wedding news and invites since the start of this year. I just hope this won’t be a sign that I’m going that direction sooner than planned and expected. Hahahaha. :)
To all my friends who will soon say their vows, CONGRATULATIONS!!! We’re all looking forward to a blessed, blissful marriage … and kids as soon as possible!!! Hehehehe. BEST WISHES!!! :)
Oct 21, 2009
Yeah, what really happened to them?
I saw this when someone I follow on Twitter tweeted it. The title is very catchy, and being the voracious reader that I am and owning that “always on” bulb of curiosity, something I have to thank my geekiness for, I clicked the link right away. I got sooo curious and who wouldn’t? I mean, I’m constantly asking myself, “What happened to all the nice guys?” and “Where did all the nice guys go?” —- Don’t you?
Sorry fellow ladies, I must say, I totally agree with it!
Whether you like it or not, from a guy’s point of view, everything narrated is exactly true. Just being honest here.
On a personal note, I’ve had my share of that crap girls almost often, consciously or unconsciously, do to a particular guy friend. I’ve been there. Yes, I was also confronted with that awful realization that I contributed to a then-nice-guy-now-asshole’s unbelievable transformation. And yes, it also dawned on me that that nice guy friend of mine was who I needed and his kind is what I really need, not that 'dreamy' jackass of a homo sapien I was dating.
So there you have it, my two cents. Do read every word —- line by line, and of course, REFLECT!
To go to the blog, please click here, or you can visit http://jeffersonsy.posterous.com/what-happened-to-all-the-nice-guys.
Oct 17, 2009
Here’s something I scribbled in bed while listening to Tegan and Sara, Vampire Weekend and the Dixie Chicks’ version of “Love Don’t Come Easy” when I got sick a few days ago. It sounds very ridiculous, but I want to post this because the writing exercise was tremendous fun and I want to read this someday when I’ve already found my Peter Parker.
I don’t know where you are right now, what you’re currently up to and who you’re with. But I’ll continue to wait for you.
I have no idea who you might be or how you would look like, all I’m praying is that I be given the Peter Parker who deserves his Mary Jane and vice versa.
Eerie as it may sound, the waiting does not get me impatient, I don’t know why hehehe.
You might be with Gwen right now and that’s okay. I’ll still wait. After all, it was her everyone thought you’d end up with. And I think, without her, without her help, you won’t be able to realize that all you ever needed was in someone named Mary Jane.
I can’t hurry you. You’ll just come, you’ll just surprise me.
I just have to wait. I’ll wait.
When the right time comes, surprise me.
I'm silly, I know hehehehe ... I've regressed into a 14 year-old hehehe =D
That was fun! :D
At the moment, my grip on the will to pursue my doctoral degree is slowly becoming loose. For some reason, I'm getting tired with going through the horrendous process of graduate studies once more. BUT, I still want to go to school. Yet, another school. A change of environment perhaps. A detour. I'd like that.
The sad thing is, there are a lot things to be considered before I indulge myself in that uncertain road shift. Should I or should I not carry on with what I have gotten myself into? As if I have a choice, haha. The obvious, less wicked answer would be, I should. I just should. Go!
Next semester, I'll try my hardest to be more enthusiastic about this pursuit. I'll put more energy, more life into it. "More energy, mas happy". Oh good luck to me come start of classes.
*** This is something I wrote a week ago in one of the pages of my notebook-cum-journal.
*** While lunching alone today ...
So today I went to class. Although the semester has officially ended, I came to school. I came because 1) some of my classmates had their reports and a few of them requested the presence of yours truly for my opinion/s, 'vibrant' interest and participation (I'm very vocal about my ideas, thoughts and reactions in class), and 2) I had to show up for attendance plus points (I'm quite a sucker for 'good' grades teehee).
I thought I would be bored since I woke up not feeling very energetic. Excellent thing, I wasn't. The topics today were really good: Transactional Analysis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming --- two counseling and psychotherapy techniques I haven't explored until today. So yeah, I learned a lot and was very happy when I wrote my essay on the two. It just feels so great to learn, never mind my absences hehehehe.
My professor in that course is one of the best mentors I have met. She is just so good at what she is doing. She inspires me, really. Everyone in class is in unison with me in praise. We all learn a whole lot from her. Because she wants us to put into practice the things we have learned, she gave us our last hoorah! by making each one of us conduct a 15-minute minimum counseling, recorded. I am quite excited with this one :) I wonder how mine will come up.
Yesterday, my classmates and I staged a surprise dinner party for another dear professor. She was really in awe with the humble gathering we planned the week before. She has been a mother to me, the youngest member of the class, and my other classmates as well. Every time the class would meet, she would always make it a point to share inspiring stories, give us the life lessons she has acquired through the years and remind us of the beauty of life and prayer. She really knows how to inject that electricity everyone needs after a long day. Talk about instant morale and esteem boost! I will surely miss Madame :( I hope I get to see her more often next semester.
*** An epipahny as I ate dinner ...
Remembering the professors I hold close to my heart makes me want to achieve more, give my all in everything I do. Recalling the moments we had, the pieces of advice they gave me, stirs that fire of motivation deep within me ...
So, here's a toast to the start of classes! Bring it on!
This has been your drenched and weak Icon, getting ready and starting to light that torch for next semester's run. More energy!
Oct 16, 2009
So yesterday, I was texting Pa. Threw some questions about this brand of effervescent tabs, Berocca. Someone from Twitter was asking about it. I knew only a little, so I decided to consult my father. When we got to the part of the drug's indications and complications, he asked me, "Why, are you trying to escape a hangover?"
As I said, I knew not much of Berocca. But when Pa said that, I asked help from Wiki to make sure what my Pops meant. I was quite surprised with the spread of information that lay in front of me. Here's what I found out:
>>> It has a rehydrating effect
>>> The amount of sodium is high, so those who are in a low sodium diet should be extra careful
>>> It has loads of Vit B
And what caught my attention ...
Some studies showed ...
>>> Berocca is said to prevent hangovers, when taken before drinking alcohol
>>> It is also said to relieve hangovers :)
God bless Vit B! :D
>>> Large doses of Vit B, when taken regularly, can cause nerve damage ...
Thus, even if they're good for the body, we should always make that effort to be a little more cautious.
So that was why Pa asked if I was trying to evade a hangover. Thanks for the great help, Pa! Now I know what to do if ever I get a nasty headache from alcohol consumption. Fast relief! :)
Oct 11, 2009
The book did not fail me. I read word after word, flipped one page after another, as if it were my first time to read the stories held in that one frail binding of paperback. As I went halfway through the book, I stumbled upon a touching story I knew I shared only to one person. Allow me to share it to you as I recant with my own narrating of the events that took place and the lessons we should always hold close to our heart.
I’m sure you all know Genghis Khan, the great Mongol warrior and conqueror. He founded one of the largest empires in world history, the Mongol Empire. He utilized his charisma to gain loyal followers and applied brilliant military tactics in his conquests. Yet amidst all the myth surrounding his birth, life and triumphs, lay a story of pure friendship. A story not told and recalled by many. The story of Genghis Khan and his falcon. This is where the tale begins …
One morning, Genghis Khan and his court went out hunting. His companions brought bows and arrows and other hunting paraphernalia with them. The great warrior only brought his beloved falcon. They hunted, even went deep into the forest, but despite their zealous determination, they found nothing. They got so disappointed that they just went back to their encampment to rest.
In his frustration, Genghis Khan rode out alone, accompanied only by his trusted friend --- the falcon. He and his court had stayed longer than expected, and the warrior was desperately tired and thirsty. It was summertime and the streams had dried up, Khan had found nothing to drink. After wandering for some time, he came by a thread of water flowing from a rock. Finally, he would be able to suffice his thirst.
Genghis Khan removed the falcon from his arm and took out the cup he always carried around and filled it with water. As he was about to raise the cup to his lips, the falcon dived and plucked the cup from his hand. The water splashed to the ground.
He became furious, but because the falcon was his favorite, he let it pass. Maybe it, too, was thirsty. So, he picked up the cup, dusted off the dirt and tried to fill it again. This time, he only managed to fill it half-full. When he was about to drink it, the falcon attacked once again, spilling the cup of water.
The great warrior adored his bird, but he could not allow, under any circumstances, such disrespect. He was afraid that someone might be watching nearby and would tell his court that he, a great conqueror, was incapable of taming a bird.
Once again, he tried to refill his cup. This time he held out his sword. He kept one eye on his cup, the other on the falcon. As he was about to drink the water, the bird once more took flight and flew towards him. Genghis Khan, with one thrust, pierced the bird’s breast.
The thread of water now dried up. In his desperation, Khan climbed up the rock determined to search the spring from which the thread came from. To his surprise, there really was a pool of water. And in there, lay, dead, one of the most poisonous snakes in the region. If he had drunk the water, he too would’ve died.
Genghis Khan returned to the camp, in his arms, the dead falcon. He ordered a golden figurine of the bird to be made. On one of the wings he had engraved: “Even when a friend does something you do not like, he continues to be your friend.” And on the other wing, he had these engraved: “Any action committed in anger is an action doomed to failure.”
Oct 9, 2009
Oct 8, 2009
It's very cute. I fall under "Journal Cartoonist" ... check out yours! :)
Oct 5, 2009
Please allow me to confabulate.
I don't exactly know why I am posting this. Although I've been blogging for quite some time now, I'm still not that at ease with having my thoughts and experiences out for the world to know. I'm not sure if I have constant "followers" or if there are actually people who are willing to waste their time by reading my blog. But still, with blogging you reveal your self; and as I've said, I'm still not that comfortable with that.
I can't sleep. I can't sleep because first, I'm back to being an insomniac; and second, I've been thinking a lot about this guy I have a major crush on.
Mine is case of I-know-the-guy-guy-doesn't-know-me. Yes, poor me, hehehe. I could choose to tell all my friends about my current fixation because none of them know him personally since he's a celebrity. But I opted to tell only a handful of friends, as if my secret admiration will reach the guy if my friends would spill.
Aira told me, "We're 20-something already, isn't it about time we have REAL crushes and not REEL ones?". I battled with her, saying that my crush is real and not otherwise. But really, who am I fooling? Though he's not a model, an actor, a news personality and the likes, he's still considered a celeb. Born into a famous, influential family, he can't avoid the limelight. So technically, he's a celebrity.
Ever since it dawned on me that I have this thing for him, I've been thinking about him nonstop. Ayeenda was the first to know about my whirlwind attraction for the guy, she also knows the silly things I've done to try and get to know him better and all that seemingly hopeless stuff girls do when they have a major crush on someone. It was her who reassured me that what I am doing to myself at the moment is normal. And it was her who morphed into web-stalker mode when I told her who my crush was --- an act of moral support, I'd like to believe. Showing her friend that it's practically okay to fall head over heels with someone you haven't even met in person.
So yes, I am in love. Let's call him Peter Parker. Why him of all comic book heroes? I chose Spiderman because it was his story and adventures that I was really hooked to --- not Superman's nor Batman's. Peter Parker because even if I'm a girl, I can very much relate to him. My geeky passions, my fondness for taking photos, my ultimate love for writing (Peter Parker's a photojournalist, not just a plain photographer) and so much more. I christen my crush Peter Parker because if a hero were to save me and sweep me off my feet, he would nonetheless be Spiderman. Him and no other. Not even Superman nor Batman can do the latter.
At the moment I am single. I am not prowling around in the look for someone special; he will just come. Not really waiting-waiting. Just living up my life, and if a pleasant surprise would meet me at any crossroad, that'll be, well ... a surprise!
But of course a part of me is hoping, wishing, praying that the Spiderman who I am constantly dreaming of will be the one to surprise me one day. It's an inevitable wishful thinking. It sounds utterly crazy as he is by all means out of reach --- and I mean that in every literal sense of the phrase. But nobody really knows. Who am I nor you, to predict what's waiting in fate's capricious play :)
Hopeful Mary Jane signing off. Good morning everyone! :)
Ever since, I've only had two (2) favorite TV advertisements. One is the Oreo ad that showed two boys --- brothers. The one where older brother dunked his cookie in his glass of milk; the younger brother who was just watching silently, tried to dip his Oreo in his brother's glass, but the older brother moved the glass away from the poor little boy. So the younger one devised a way to have his share of the "Oreo experience". My other favorite, I posted several months ago since it's not shown here in the Philippines. It was about a dad who danced his little daughter's cheer routine during her series of practice at home. Both were equally cute, fun to watch and contained a lesson or two.
This foreign Pantene commercial is simply tear-jerking. The story of a deaf-mute who wanted to play the violin. Brilliant, heart-warming =).
The message of the commercial is very strong, very moving. I hope this becomes an avenue of reveille and remind us of the many things we should be thankful for. I hope you are inspired, because I ceratinly am =).
As you can observe, there are hundreds of them dancing and doing their stuff on that soccer field; but though many, they are united. Hundreds with one heart and goal. Reminds me of our Bayanihan spirit!
Their performance is computer-like. Really bringing that awe in awesome!
I hope you enjoy it! :D
Oct 4, 2009
Oct 2, 2009
Efren Penaflorida is an ordinary Filipino with a very extraordinary passion and impact!
Armed with a pushcart filled with books, pens, tables and chairs, he and his volunteers raid slums to teach children read, write, basic arithmetic and English every Saturday.
His vision: to give these children the education that was given him. A true, wonderful act of giving back!
And it doesn't stop there. Their group, dubbed Dynamic Teen Company, also runs a hygiene clinic where the kids can get a bath and learn how to brush their teeth!
Let us vote for his herculean act of generosity and greatness. Please click on the widget on my sidebar to vote for Efren, or you can visit here.
I am very much inspired with Efren and the Dynamic Teen Company's desire to help.
This is another amazing story which reminds us that we are blessed by God to bless others. Just truly, simply inspiring :)
He is a hero :)
I have voted already and will continue to vote :)