Sunday, August 28, 2011

it's like my life flashed before me 2

so i had to keep quiet because i was the only one in the lot who read the book and knows exactly how it would end, but somehow, it still shocked me.

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there is no denying that Anne Hathaway is an amazing actress. not to many people might agree with that but i like her and i believe, that even with the slips in the accent (it is set in London, St. Swithin's Day, every year, since 1988 and she is not Dr. House), that she has given Emma justice. the breakthrough artist is Jim Sturgess, who does a good job of playing the "most annoying (in the book, he is "odious") man on television and yet, you could feel his pain, upon losing his mother to cancer, and later on, losing Emma.

of course, reliving the story through the movie brought back those feelings again, which is great considering it IS my birthday after all, and that's not something you want to celebrate with. but then, growing to be this old means learning to endure the pain of unrequited love, of death, of being alone.

i am not a kid anymore. i make mistakes and learn from them; i decide how to live my life, stand by those decisions and live with the consequences. we all want to change the world, in little ways, big ways; we all want to feel love and be loved; we all want to make a difference. we all want to be missed when we are gone and secretly wish that those who weren't paying attention would regret doing so when that happens. i know i do. i also know i don't want to miss telling people i love them when i do. carpe diem, remember? if it doesn't work out, if they don't love me back then at least i don't have to carry it with me to the grave. i am heavy enough as it is, i don't need to carry any more excess baggage. at least now, i just know enough not to let myself be taken for granted anymore. do allow for slips in judgment, though. i do have patterns, and some of them aren't very good.

i still wish i had my own "Dexter". not the serial killer Dexter but the One Day Dexter. maybe i already do. but if i did, i'd still wish i also had an "Ian" to make him realize that i have been here all this time.

why wasn't it you, Jerald?

it always rains on my birthday.

today, it's not just rain. there's a storm. hopefully, it means that i will be "stormed" and "inundated" with blessings.

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i was touched when you said that my birthday is already in your heart. i honestly thought you were too busy you forgot. sorry i had little faith in you.

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call me a pompous bitch but if you're going to watch a play, especially at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, then you should be dressed for it. if you're taking third year high school kids on a field trip, you should know better, you should tell them that theater isn't like the movies.

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when i was in high school, we watched Ibong Adarna in first year, Florante at Laura in second year, Noli Me Tangere in third year and El Filibusterismo in fourth year. this was how the work of Jose Rizal, along with other Filipino literature, was introduced to us. it might just be me, but like i said, if you're going to bring these kids to watch theater, so that they can learn to appreciate the art behind what it is, then you should also educate them about how they should dress and act when watching it. it's bad enough that theaters require funding and so many people do not appreciate the art anymore, but to not teach kids how to act/react effectively when seeing them is very disappointing.

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i was really sad that Jerald Napoles wasn't the guy playing Elias in the Noli i saw. no disrespect for the actor playing in this show, but i thought that there was a height match up for Juan Crisostomo Ibarra played by Gian Magdangal and Jerald. he would be a huge Elias to Mark Bautista's Ibarra.

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this would've been the match up i was hoping for. yes, i am more after proportion than anything else. plus, i have a crush on Jerald Napoles, and it's my frigging birthday. it's raining, no, there's a storm out and it will cost me another P300 for a cab to go home after this play, not to mention, how much it cost to watch it, on my birthday, when i could've just stayed home and slept. the least the cosmos could do, since i wouldn't really end up living happily ever after with the one person i want was to allow me to watch the play with my favorite actor, right?

oh well, next time, Jerald.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

a test of my perspicacity

perspicacity - acuteness of mental perception and discernment; keenness of mental understanding

i had to look that word up.

i love Nick Hornby. it is his sarcasm and humor, apart from the fact that most of his stories deal about relationships, music, movies and books that make him so endearing to me.

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without interruption, i could've finished the book in one day, maybe less. now that i'm done with it, i don't have anything to read anymore. i never felt this excited about reading anything in a while and i am happy that i am reading books again.

the story is about domestic partners Annie and Duncan who have been together for the last fifteen years. Duncan is obsessed with Tucker Crowe, a reclusive artist who has not come up with an album in the last two decades after releasing an album entitled Juliet. when the record company sends Duncan a copy of the acoustic versions of the Juliet songs, aptly titled "Juliet, Naked" and Annie listens to it first, he gets pissed. he gets more pissed when Annie tells him how much she dislikes the Naked album, compared to the Dressed, so he writes a post on his blog reviewing Naked and praising it. when Annie posts a comment on the blog telling everyone how much she thinks the full scale band versions of the songs are much better, she gets a reaction from no less than Tucker Crowe himself and they end up being email buddies.

Duncan cheats on Annie with his co-worker Gina so she asks him to move out. Duncan found Gina more interesting simply because she agreed on his views on Naked but soon found her to be mad and boring and asked Annie if he could move back in with her. meanwhile, Tucker and Annie become really close through their correspondence, with Tucker even paying Annie a visit when he comes over to see one of his daughters who had a miscarriage. of course, when he and Duncan encounter each other, Duncan thinks that Annie stooped down too low by going out with an older man who disguised himself as Tucker Crowe just to piss him off.

i found this book both funny and weird. relatable in some way. being with Duncan made Annie realize how much time she wasted staying with him and regret not leaving him much earlier when she should've. it's weird that she has developed this high school girl crush on Tucker when, come to think of it, Tucker was her biggest competition for Duncan's attention. Duncan was never as obsessed with her or as enthusiastic, or as interested about the intricate details about her life (and this was a man she lived with for fifteen years) as he was about Tucker Crowe. imagine Duncan challenging Tucker Crowe to prove how much he knew about Tucker Crowe.

while i can be a little bit "artsy-fartsy", for lack of a better term, when it comes to music, because i like what i like and i do have a tendency to bash other genre for their lack of class or value, i don't think i would be that obsessed as to think myself more superior than others or to isolate the people around me, especially the ones who care about me. that's how Duncan was to Annie. he put Tucker on a pedestal and took her for granted. then he dissed Tucker's latest effort after twenty years when he (along with the other Tucker fans on the blog) thought that the record wasn't at par. i mean, who are these people to judge the man? to a certain degree, as followers, we believe or get accustomed to a particular sound that our icons come up with but if they start to innovate or veer away from what we got used to, it doesn't give us a license to declare that the new effort is crap. as artists, they are entitled to a bit of room for creativity and exploration of new sound, just to see which direction the music leads them. this is especially true, when in the story, the fans came up with so many speculations as to why Tucker stopped playing, they made up all sorts of facts, they set up so many expectations for Tucker. there was so much hype that the man would be better off if he hadn't played anymore.

i would also like to say that i am disappointed because i know guys who are like Duncan. Duncan who would rather stay with Gina even though he wasn't happy anymore just because he didn't have the balls to tell her off or have the money to get his own place. Duncan who would exert so much effort traveling to all the places Tucker had been, writing about his life, his greatness, his wonderful talent but couldn't even compliment Annie for the little things she has done for him over the years they have been together. while they mostly have intellectual intercourse (because apparently familiarity kills the libido) and Annie is a worthy adversary, he tends to belittle her because he always has to be the more knowledgeable one of the two of them. he always has to be right. personally, while i like getting other people's opinions as it is healthy exercise for the brain and i don't agree with them most of the time, i certainly don't think i am better than them. i try to absorb whatever i can get and learn from it. Duncan is a stubborn ass. but then most men are.

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i miss you. i keep thinking about you but i don't want to have to be the first one to say hello. not that it's a contest i keep losing but i know you're busy. i know you need me to vent on and i also know you'll end up just calling me on Saturday to ask how i am, like you have been ever since i left, but it's different this Saturday. this Saturday is my birthday. i don't want to hope or wish that you'll remember (i'm working with Nathan again and even he tends to forget) and i don't expect you to surprise me like you used to. i don't even know why i am feeling this way. i shouldn't second guess you or i might just hear you say, "o ye of so little faith" so i'm just going to let things happen if they will.

but i am allowed to miss you, aren't i?

Monday, August 22, 2011

because in Glee, everyone's a winner

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it came down to the final four. since they didn't know what to do, Ryan and Ian, creators of Glee, called back Lindsey, Sam, Alex and Damian to find out who would be the best person to create a character for in Glee Season 3. all the other nine contestants who didn't make it (or quit. remember Cameron quit?) were called back one last time to back them up, give them support as they performed for their lives to get a chance on the show.

i thought it was really sweet that Damian dedicated his last chance performance to Hannah and Cameron, his two best friends throughout this whole journey. you never know, but maybe Damian could be attracted to Hannah the way she is to him. we never really know what really happens in reality on reality TV so what was presented as a unilateral delusion may just as easily be a mutual understanding.

Cameron came back and as i said before, i love Sam. he's different and he projects himself to be wrapped up in his own world, despite being a Christian and stuff, but i don't know if Sam can portray the Christian character they say they need on Glee that Cameron actually is. i mean, being all that good and not having to be in the bottom three really bit his dreadlocked ass. it would be great to see how it all pans out for him, versatility-wise. after all, while they ask these kids to be themselves, to show their personality and their strengths and weaknesses, if the creators of Glee decide to write them up for something else, then they need not be themselves. they just need to sing and act and follow choreography. right?

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so Damian and Sam won. Damian is just lovable and the one who had grown the most throughout the competition while Sam, like i said, has just been very good period, from a competition standpoint. Alex and Lindsay are given two-episode archs for season 3, which is like just setting them up to be an overbearing, more competitive fake Rachelle and an Afro-American Kurt. maybe for some weird reason they'll still manage to get Cameron, Hannah and Matheus and the rest of the Glee Project 1 hopefuls as extras for future shows so in actuality nobody really lost. Glee just had a pool of trainees to pick from. o di ba? after all, in Glee, losers win.

in the name of love and video games

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there's something about Michael Cera that make me stay up and watch even though i really need to get some sleep. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is one such movie.

it's about this twenty-two year old slacker from Toronto named Scott, who lives with his gay roommate Wallace. he plays bass for a band called Sex Bob-omb and is going out with a seventeen year old high school student named Knives Chau. everything seems to be fine until she meets American Ramona Flowers in a dream and eventually sees her in the flesh while hanging out with Knives in the school library. after their awkward first meeting in a party, he decides to have a package delivered to their apartment to ask her out without breaking up with Knives first. he then receives an email stating that he has to kill all of Ramona's seven evil exes before they can date.

what makes this movie so cool despite Scott's indifference to almost everything (sometimes not caring for anything is a good thing - for one, it is less stressful) is the fact that it's humorous and ingenious. everything's a video game. you kill your girlfriend's ex and you receive coins in the process. you see a bar deplete above your head after you pee. the music is awesome, the stars are awesome and it's funny. i wouldn't mind watching it over and over again.

wouldn't it be nice if someone fought all your exes in the name of your love?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

crazy, stupid, love

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we've heard the reviews, seen the trailer and Ryan Gosling's "photoshopped" abs so we decided to see the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love and i must say that i immensely enjoyed it.

and because i'm not really good at reviews just like the film critics i'm just going to tell the story like it is: Cal discovers that his wife Emily had an affair with a co-worker and is asking for a divorce. after he moves out the family home, he goes to a bar frequently to mope about how his wife cheated on him, catching the attention of womanizer Jacob. Jacob befriends Cal and turns him into a womanizer like himself because he claims that Cal lost his manhood which led his wife to cheat. his first encounter, after Jacob's "mentoring" was with Kate, who gets turned on by his honesty, and him not calling her back, just as Jacob had taught, would've been great and perfectly convenient, if she weren't his 13-year old son, Robbie's teacher.

Hannah is taking the bar the exam and Jacob hits on her but she turns him down because her boyfriend looks awfully like Josh Groban, except he's a lawyer here, not a singer. her friend, Liz played by Filipino-American actress Liza Lapira (seriously, you guys could've come up with a better name for her character) thinks she should've jumped on Jacob and dumped Josh. when Josh's proposal turns out to be an invitation to work for a law firm rather than marriage, she seeks out Jacob in the bar to have sex with him but they just talked. yeah, they just talked. i mean, that scene in Dirty Dancing is hot, but there are other ways to get a woman in bed.

anyway, Emily finds out that Cal has gone out with nine other women aside from Robbie's teacher so she decides to go have a date with the co-worker she cheated with, David Lindhagen played by Kevin Bacon. of course, Robbie, believes that Cal should get back together with Emily and dislikes David because he believes that his parents are soul mates the same way he and his babysitter Jessica are soul mates. only, Jessica is in love with Cal. nice 'no? so Cal seeks Jacob for advice on trying to win Emily back while Jacob asks Cal for advice on how to be a presentable boyfriend meeting Hannah's mother. who happens to be Emily. mas nice, 'no?

this movie may easily be an explanation of the theory of the six degrees of separation. from Kevin Bacon.

the movie is funny, smart and the twists were very much unexpected. but the underlying theme, which is love and fighting for it, that's what came out. Cal didn't approve of Jacob to be Hannah's boyfriend having seen him work the women in the bar at first but seeing how Hannah has changed him and how his son Robbie stopped believing in love, he worked on renewing Robbie's faith in love and reconnecting with Emily in the process. who says that love speeches are overrated? too bad not everyone who professes love in a public forum ends up living happily ever after. i had a smile on my face going out of the theater nonetheless. because we are all crazy. we are all stupid. we all love. and we all get a little crazy and stupid (some more stupid than others - yes, i am guilty!) when we love.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

a postcard you should give to every strong, independent woman you know

my friend Chris saw this card in one of the museums he went to and decided to get one for me and our other girl friends.

i like the message that it sends, not just to every Filipina, but to everyone in general. it shows a girl sporting a boy's cut, wearing the traditional Filipina outfit (a baro't saya, i forget) and elevated flipflops. it's so cool. what's even cooler is the message at the back:

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I am Filipino, born, raised and living in the Philippines.
I am not backward, barbaric or warlike.
My house is not open to all.
I don't readily open my door to strangers.
I am not always hospitable.
I am kind and respectful and I expect the same treatment from others.
I am not rich.
I work hard to earn a living. It is my right to be paid my dues.
Doing domestic chores, manual labor and working as a babysitter in a foreign land aren't the only things I am cut out to do.
Whenever/If ever I save money I like to travel, to see the world and learn about new cultures.
I didn't apply for and get my visa to the United States with the intention of going there to land me an American citizen.
I have no intention of being an illegal alient in the US.
I like to travel, that's it.
I don't wash my clothes in the river.
Neither do I live in a tree.
I am not Catholic. I am not Protestant, Born Again, Opus Dei, El Shaddai or Muslim.
I do not belong to an organized religion.
I firmly believe in religious freedom and tolerance. I am not evil.
I do not eat dogs.
In fact, I do not eat meat.
I am vegetarian because I don't have a taste for killing.
I am not adept at handling a balisong, or inclined to dance the tinikling and I don't have a penchant for singing.

I don't know everything but I am not ignorant, naive or uninformed.
I read books. I study. I analyze issues.
I am not pliant, meek or docile.

Finally,
My country may be economically poor but I don't like being called provincial, or referred to as an exotic being from the islands and a third world citizen.

And, I suppose, neither do you.

pretty strong and yet, meaningful, isn't it?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

it's like my life flashed before me

the goal was to finish reading the book before the movie came out in Manila theaters. i finished it early this morning, or one week, to be exact. that's something i can say i can be proud of myself, considering i can't even get myself to pick up the other books that i bought.

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it was the trailer that caught my attention, actually. that and the stack of books of the old cover that they were putting up on sale because the movie was going to be out soon and they wanted to sell at a much higher price the cover that featured the actors. of course, aside from the wonderful trailer featuring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess (i heart him ever since Across the Universe), the idea of a book about friends who have been with each other for approximately twenty years got to me. who from the opposite sex have i been friends with for that amount of time? and what happened?

One Day is the story about two friends, Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, who had an almost-one-night-stand after their college graduation, and have been friends ever since. while there has always been that sexual tension between them, they did not ever explore what could've been between them until after they have both been involved with someone else (him, more than her, he was such an insensitive wanker) and it didn't work out. for all his insensitivity though, one of my favorite lines in the book, which is also featured on the back page, is this line Dexter wrote in one of his few letters to Emma:

"you're gorgeous, you old hag, and if I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of confidence. either that or a scented candle."

Emma wanted to change the world through her writing and had always been Dexter's big supporter in his TV presenting career. he had always believed in her when she didn't believe in herself and while he knows and notices how wonderful a woman Emma is, he didn't find out how wonderful until it was too late.

as i read the book i felt more and more bad about myself. i could relate to the characters. it reminded me of those years when i was this masochistic rejection junkie. i don't even know why i was such a doormat, allowing people to take me for granted like that. there was jade, then link, and a bunch of other guys, and then there's you. i think, i'd like to think that i have grown over the years not to dwell on those thoughts anymore. i have realized that i cannot go on my life waiting on someone who doesn't love me back. and that thing that they always say about how you keep searching for something for so long when it was just right in front of you. IT DOESN'T HAPPEN. not in real life. well, not in my life anyway. i have always been dangling, whether intentionally or unintentionally, in front of someone, but somehow they never saw me that way and no one in my line of sight seems to be sticking around long enough for me to notice them pining over me. trust me, all four eyes of me were paying attention but there is no one there.

i wish i had my own "Dexter". not the serial killer Dexter but the One Day Dexter. maybe i do. but if i did, i wish i also had an "Ian" to make him realize that i have been here all this time.

and yet, that's why i love the book and anticipate the movie. i want to feel somehow that there is still hope for me, for someone i love and someone who will hopefully love me back, even if it does take some years in the making. if it is bound to happen, it should be wonderful, right? i have done time. it's only right that when it does happen, if assuming it will ever, then it will be wonderful and no one will regret wasting so much time ignoring what was just there because they have known all along.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

it's a singing competition after all

Hannah got booted out of the Glee Project.

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sometimes i wish that Ryan Murphy isn't just there to pick out who's going home. he should also be there to check on the videos and homework assignments. Hannah won this week's homework assignment, she was believable. while she isn't the most talented singer in the group, she is a very capable young actress. well, she got distracted by Damian, but let's give it to her that she was believable, she was effective. she's someone, like Cameron, or Matheus, or Ellis, that you can watch and relate to on Glee. i don't understand why she was not on the call back list.

while i love Samuel and am a big fan of his voice, he wasn't effective for me. like Lindsey, who looked like she was forcing tears out of her eyes, he didn't make me feel anything. i didn't feel like i could relate to him pining over someone who didn't even know he existed. he just seemed like he could get anyone he wanted and even if he did like someone who didn't give him the time of day, you wouldn't really believe that he had that kind of problem.

Hannah had that problem. she had the hots for Damian but she wasn't confident enough to think that Damian would reciprocate what she felt. add to that her lack of self-esteem because of her weight. despite all of that, Hannah was, is funny. she is a great young actress who can sing. she can rap and she is someone people can watch and relate to on Glee. if Glee is still a show about how a bunch of school rejects turn to music to give them confidence and make them feel good about themselves, it shouldn't be about perfect people. it already stretched its boundaries by featuring gay and lesbian characters, i believe it should also send a message of self-love for those who don't look perfect - those with weight problems, height problems, just like when they got the girl to play Becky. Hannah, just like Ashley Fink's character, Lauren, could've done that. or Matheus.

now, all that's left are Damian, Samuel, Lindsey and Alex. i want to root for Alex, young African-American gay teenager with loads of talent. but i can't. he has the tendency to be overconfident, over-the-top, and flamboyant. Damian is too cute, Samuel is too attractive and too talented to be an outcast and Lindsey is fake. in my opinion, anyone who could've been a fun character to watch on Glee after graduating from the Glee Project has already either quit or not been called back. good luck there.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

a welcome break from all the superhero movies

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Larry Crowne went to work just like he would any other day thinking that he would become employee of the month for the ninth time in a row only to find out that he is being fired from his job because he didn’t have a college education. having spent the last twenty years as a navy cook, he never had the opportunity or the time to go back to school, so he worked as a store attendant. since he cannot find a job, being in debt with the bank when he bought his ex-wife’s share of their house, he decided the only way he could get re-employed and get ahead is if he went back to school.

Mercedes Tainot has been drinking to ignore the fact that after all her efforts in educating the students at the community college, they have forgotten how to care. her husband likes to look at porn when she is not around, in the guise of working when he is supposed to be writing his new book. it has gotten to the point where they don't get each other anymore.

Larry and Mercy meet when he attends her class in English 217, Informal Remarks. kinda like Extemporaneous Speech that we had, you speak about a certain topic without any preparation whatsoever for the next two minutes or so. anyway, Mercy thinks that the younger woman that Larry hangs out with, Talia, is his girlfriend. when you do have an ex-husband who likes to check out younger girls with big knockers, you tend to think that every other guy is like that. Talia just finds Larry amusing and she helps him out with his wardrobe, his haircut, things that would make him look cooler being in college again. of course, it makes her boyfriend, Gordon, jealous, but she just means well and Larry is pretty much aware that she is young enough to be her daughter.

this movie is amazing because it makes you feel good. it reminds you to respect other people because of their race, age, sexual preference, religion, education. it also reminds you to always do the right thing, to face the consequences of your actions. it also talks about chivalry. because gentlemen never talk about what happened or did not happen between himself and a woman.

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that night Larry gave Mercy a ride home, something could have happened between the two of them. they could've chosen to follow their bodily urges but they took a step back, not just because Mercy is married, but because they have a professor-student relationship which is a conflict of interest. these days, people forget that while they owe it to themselves to be happy, that there are certain boundaries that you are not supposed to cross. this movie reminds us that. aside from reminding us that we all need to focus on educating ourselves, whether in or out of school, for us to be better, it tells us that we should not allow our personal needs to cloud our judgment.

watching the movie Larry Crowne is a refreshing change from all the superhero movies that we have been bombarded with in the cinemas lately. like Tom Hanks' other movie, Forrest Gump, with Larry Crowne, it's like opening a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get. in the end, i felt good that i came to see it.

naive but endearing

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Cameron shocked everyone when he decided to leave the competition after six weeks in The Glee Project. last week we fell in love with him when Lindsey stole a kiss from him and he broke down in tears and called his mom. that was so sweet and innocent. almost a bit naive but very much endearing. it made us want him to stay longer in the competition.

in the current Glee cast, we have a conservative, hopeless romantic gay teenager (Kurt), we have a scheming sexually active bisexual (Santana), a sexually active Jewish boy (Puck)who is still trying to get his full figured girlfriend to do it with him (Lauren), a horny Asian couple (Tina and Mike) and the president of the celibacy club who got pregnant by her boyfriend’s best friend (Quinn). so you can understand why Ryan Murphy, executive producer for Glee, wanted to keep Cameron. they don’t have a straight Christian character who will fight for what he believes in rather than give in to peer pressure and just do something because everybody else is doing it.

here was a guy who among 40,000 kids all across America, got to the final twelve because of his unique quirkiness. despite his natural charm as a singer, Cameron is awkward, gets picked on and is pretty much a geek, making him someone people will watch at Glee.

quitting because you feel selfish getting an opportunity someone would work harder for is a big sacrifice. Damian and Cameron have become best friends in this journey and Cameron quitting saved Damian from being eliminated. you don't see that everyday. while most kids, most actors right now, will go to great lengths just to get ahead in life, here was a kid who was giving it all up because he wanted to stick to the beliefs of his religion and how he was raised.

in the end, when Ryan finally asked Cameron if he wanted to leave or stay, and Cameron opted to leave, he said that Cameron could have touched so many lives. winning the Glee Project would've landed Cameron the seven-episode guest role on Glee, which would have been enough to develop a character that is both conservative, responsible, sweet, Christian. Cameron did not need those seven episodes. his weeks in the Glee Project have touched our hearts already.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

handsome vampire gets our books burned again

i heard this on the news early today.

i found another reason to hate Twilight.

i’ve been very vocal that i don’t like Twilight since i’m a big fan of Anne Rice, The Vampire Chronicles, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Angel series. so you could say that my definition of vampires is pretty old school. well, not old school like literally old school. i just think that the Twilight vampires are pretty lame. sorry.

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anyway, our wonderful people from the Department of Customs just realized how much money they could make off of taxing the import of the Twilight books. that’s just great. so every other book that’s going to be imported from other countries, even the educational books, will have to pay the same import tax. books are expensive enough as it is and putting a levy on them when they’re brought over to the country will only make these books more expensive. how the hell will we be able to benefit and learn from the books if we can’t even afford them?

it wasn't too long ago, and maybe we were either too young to remember or because we are a nation that forgets easily but they have tried to make money out of the books, the same way they've tried to make money out of cigarettes and booze, but since these things are for our education, more than anything, the effort to try to put import taxes on books were shelved. now that the Twilight movie saga is about to reach its climax, they're bringing it up again, hoping to get additional revenue.

while i believe that the internet is a good source of information, i still believe that nothing beats good old fashion writing. nobody reads the books anymore, they just rely on Google. i love Google, i love Wikipedia, but i also love the feel of paperbacks on my hand, the scent of each page, as i read them. books are still the greater, better source of information, education. if books become more expensive, we encourage resort to the internet and not all reliable information can be found there. we also encourage delinquency and sloth. kids won't want to read anymore. they'll want to stop reading and dreaming and educating themselves. they'd want to stop studying. i don't know. it was so much different then and now. maybe i am old school at heart.

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PNoy, if the bill ever gets to be on your desk, VETO it.

Monday, August 01, 2011

one of them movies that make you laugh, cry, make you appreciate friends. and bathrooms.

my friends and i saw the movie Bridesmaids tonight. it was hilarious. we just couldn’t stop laughing.

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Bridesmaids is the story of Annie and Lillian (Kristine Wiig and Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live) who have been best friends since childhood. While Lillian is engaged to be married and everything seems to be going right for her career, Annie has had it rough: her bakery went bankrupt so she is working at a jewelry store whose owner did it as a favor for her mother being an AA sponsor; her roommate has no respect for her personal space and the hot guy she’s banging just wants to be friends with benefits. on top of that, Lillian’s other friend Helen (Rose Byrne) seems to be competing with her as maid of honor and better friend. Annie gets so stressed out that it affected her driving on the way home that Nathan (Chris O'Dowd), a police officer thought that she was driving under the influence. they soon become friends but at the sign of a possibly good thing between them, she runs off. Lillian and Annie argue because Helen stole Annie’s Paris idea for the bridal shower. they didn’t make amends until the actual wedding day when Lillian disappeared on Helen due to cold feet and only Annie knew where to find her (with the help of Nathan, of course) and make her push through with the wedding.

i know, i know – i’m not selling the movie the way it should be since it’s such a great movie and i’m not making it interesting enough.

i love the movie because it was made by women, for women. it tackles some of the issues that i’m dealing with on some level. although i haven’t really gone down that low in terms of what’s happening in my life that’s depressing; and trust me, there are really days when it gets really depressing and i tend to pity myself, i can truly say i’m fine. there are days when i may feel so left out by my friends, in terms of having a family or a successful career, but i get by. i still find what i do fulfilling and maybe that’s what Annie missed at first: that you do have friends who care for you and they may change and outgrow you at some level but they will always be there for you; you shouldn’t stop what you love doing because of fear of failing. she also failed to see how great she is so she just settled for just being someone’s number three on the booty speed dial when there’s this really great guy who can offer her so much more.

i also loved the movie because we couldn’t stop laughing. it was very intelligent humor. i was laughing so hard i almost fell off my seat, and tears were falling from my eyes. it was that funny. go watch it with your friends. i know one of the reasons i enjoyed it as much as i did was because it was a smart and funny film and i was with friends who understood it and understood me.