There Is More To Life

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There is more to life than a job. Jobs are important – we need them to survive, to feel productive, to contribute to society. But far too often and especially in this part of the world, people become synonymous with their jobs. Work is life rather work is a part of life. I think if we seek jobs, all we will find are jobs. But if we seek vocations, a sense of purpose in how we are productive; if we seek a calling, then we will find more than a job. We will find our contribution to humanity; we will find more to life than a job.

There is more to life than being in a relationship. For many people, we are constantly evaluating and re-evaluating our relationship statuses. Marriage and dating and love in a romantic way is a wonderful thing. But it isn’t all there is. We are…

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Movie Review: Only God Forgives (2013)

Only God ForgivesThis was quite the cinematic experience. And to think people walked out of the theatres because they couldn’t take whatever they were seeing, I have to say that this movie was pretty darn brilliant. I liked it.

Plot: Julian, who runs a Thai boxing club as a front organization for his family’s drug smuggling operation, is forced by his mother Jenna to find and kill the individual responsible for his brother’s recent death.

If you can look past the violence & the distasteful nature of this film, I’m sure you will consider it a masterpiece. Then again, it’s a slice of the pie, so you’re going to have to take it in no matter how disgusting and immoral you feel. THIS MOVIE IS CLEARLY NOT FOR EVERYBODY.

Purely falling under the style over substance category, it’s that type of film where you don’t care for the characters let alone for the thin story it tries to tell us. Disengaging yet I can’t say that’s a bad thing. I gotta say that I loved the location though, it was perfect. I want to go to Bangkok now! The lights and the hue of this film are just so stunning. Also the soundtrack, it was like I’m in a dream. I jumped a little in some scenes because I knew there was blood waiting to be shed, I had to cover my eyes, because I myself, couldn’t tolerate that much violence.

One more thing, Ryan Gosling’s eerie machismo creeped me out a little and Kristin Scott Thomas (this is the first time I’ve seen her in a film), oh boy have I become an instant fan. She played it perfectly! Vithaya Pansringarm, the Thai actor, was brooding and excellent. I admit, it was a little tough to watch but I’m glad that this film proved me wrong about the jeers it received at Cannes last May.

Cory Monteith, 1982-2013

Cory MonteithThe Toronto Star: “The B.C. Coroner’s Service says Canadian actor Cory Monteith was killed by an overdose of heroin and alcohol.”

The said statement was announced this afternoon following the autopsy and investigation about Glee actor Cory Monteith’s untimely passing. Staff at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel found his body around noon Saturday after he missed his checkout time.

What I really feel about this whole situation is that one man, with whom the public has grown to love over the past 4 years is now gone. Glee was a turning point in Cory Monteith’s young career and he definitely melted hearts and swooned girls from all over the world by being in such a great Tv show. I was shocked myself when I found out about his passing Sunday morning and I screamed myself “NO NO NO” then started reading more about it on twitter and the news articles, and unfortunately believed it.

The thing I loved about Cory Monteith is that he’s as genuine as he is very nice and hilarious. That’s something in general to all the fans who love him as well, but his interviews are what stood out to me. He would encourage everybody to be themselves, and follow their dreams. He was never hesitant to open up about his drug problem, and that he needed help. Hats off to him when he decided to check into rehab a few months ago, even though I found that completely baffling. I never expected someone like him to have such weight on his shoulders especially with his image. A while ago I was reading some more tweets about him and found out that co-stars Dianna Agron and Naya Rivera fell to the ground and collapsed hysterically after hearing the news. I couldn’t imagine the pain his family is going through, also his girlfriend Lea Michele and his friends. The outpouring of love and support throughout social media was flowing, everyone was heartbroken. It’s a tremendous loss to young Hollywood. I would also like to write about Talia Castellano, who died this morning as well. Such a fighter and a sweet little girl. Spread your wings and fly child, you are now free. Rest in peace Cory & Talia. We love you.

Beat the heat!

summerIt’s that time of the year again! Well, a season that many of us are excited about but some of us dread! Anyway, everyone should be ready to beat the heat especially this week, temperatures rise to all-time highs. The humidity is out of this world! We all better be prepared, or we’ll melt in this scorching summertime.

  • For stuff to wear, all of us know that a pair of sunglasses gets us a long way! The brightness of the sun as we either walk or commute could definitely affect our vision. While I don’t personally always use sunnies, I tend to squint my eyes whenever I wait for the bus or when I’m walking. I know that’s not healthy, but I should buy me a pair now!
  • Flip flops originate way way back to 4000 B.C (can you believe that), I bet they weren’t called flip flops then! But as time and civilizations went on, a lot of varieties have been created to suit people’s likings. The simpler the style the better, if you ask me.
  • Staples like umbrellas, straw hats and caps are also needed to shade ourselves from the heat. A small and foldable umbrella that could fit in our bags are very convenient while for hats and caps, we could always opt for something light on our heads.
  • Liquids! Oh boy, can you imagine the lineups at Starbucks and McDonalds whenever they have those cheap beverage promos? I bet you’ve been in one of those lines just waiting to quench your thirsts! I love me a good ol’ iced coffee, and a lot of people choose fountain drinks, I can’t say for certain that it’s necessarily healthy but it definitely gets us through! Most importantly, we should keep ourselves hydrated by taking in enough water! Nothing beats H20! Wait, I forget to put ice cream!!!
  • Let’s talk about sunscreens! In choosing the best ones, we always rummage around the shelves in the supermarket and pharmacies, trying to understand what these numbers mean but I’ll tell you this, for more than 75% of people, the best thing out there is SPF 15. While personal preference is also a factor we consider, it’s better to be aware than to just buy a brand we have grown to love.
  • Fans and air conditioners! I can’t stress enough how important these things are, because for about 3/4 of the year we don’t necessarily use them since the other seasons give us temperatures cold enough to not turn these appliances on but in the summertime, we tend to realize the importance of fans and air cons. For countries that don’t experience weather, these hardware are being used everyday and people are thankful for them.
  • When you find yourself bored and don’t feel like going out as you predict sweat is going to instantly come out of your body, you can always rely on a good book to get you through the day. I don’t always read books, but I consume my free time watching movies and writing, same should go for everybody, you need to waste your time creatively, doing what you love.

So there you have it! Anything else you feel that could be added to this list, let me know! Have a fun summer everybody!

Movie Review: Stoker (2013)

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I finally got around to watching Stoker, directed by Park Chan-wook and I must tell you, it was a really great cinematic experience for me. With the stunning imagery, aggressive dialogues and endless metaphors implied in this film I’m sure this is difficult to forget.

PLOT: After India’s father (Mia Wasikowska) dies, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

The story was familiar (coming-of-age, incest, family relationships), yet it’s so strange that your thoughts run back and forth during the movie. The cinematography (yes, that word) and the color palette of this movie was superb. Nicole Kidman never fails to amaze me, especially when she takes on roles that make her deliver such great lines such as:“Personally speaking, I can’t wait to watch life tear you apart”. I mean who says that to her own daughter? So epic. And as for Mia Wasikowska, I think she’s pretty amazing. She carries so much class and effervescence even though she’s playing a disturbed, distant young lady who is infatuated with her uncle. Matthew Goode was just brilliant, I only saw him in a rom-com before. Jacki Weaver was also terrific. I couldn’t look at the violent scenes in this film, but the sound on my earphones was enough to keep me thrilled.

This is one of 2013’s best films I can assure you that. To sum it up: it was beautifully haunting and I loved it.

Camp Life

camp2My dad had this idea of going to a camp site for the weekend. We have never done anything like it and he was actually really excited, me and my older brother gave out weekend shifts to other people. I know it was worth it. I tell you if no one said yes to me, I would be stuck at work doing pulling an eleven hour. Thank God I found someone. Anyway, we went to Beavermead Park, an hour and a half away from the city. There wasn’t much to see, I mean it is a camp site for people who want to embrace nature and just spend a night or two there. My folks bought an ultra tent (ultra means it was bigger than what I call a normal tent), and some fishing gear. Talk about prepared.

camp1After we put our things and got our tent set up, we roamed around the premises and found the lake nearby. We couldn’t help ourselves but jump in the water. Very cold yet very refreshing! Loved loved loved it. Then we got back and we roasted marshmallows, ate dinner, and just had fun I guess. Let me tell you something, I have always wanted to sleep outside of home, somewhere far, ala Survivor- but this experience made me think twice now! I mean, I couldn’t sleep because it was too cold, and I had a small blanket that wouldn’t cover the whole of me, then the ground was too rough! Even my mom had trouble sleeping. But if I really wanted to join Survivor, I must brace myself for worse! This IS nothing compared to what those castaways go through, and to think they’re in the island for like 39 days (at least the final 3).

camp3The morning after, we went to the lake one more time and I thought about renting some canoes. I mean I’m always up for anything new, so why not right? So we did that, after my dad caught some fishes (he was really proud of getting 3). I absolutely had fun! We went canoeing for about an hour, we basically toured the whole lake that surrounded the park itself, fairly big. Thank God we didn’t get jumped on by weird lake monsters or some stuff like that, but we were able to paddle our way smoothly and took pictures too while doing so! It was such a fun family experience! I hope I get to do it with more of my relatives and friends, when we visit our homeland. Anything will do, as long as we’re away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I’ve always wanted to connect to nature, I may have failed this time because I always held my phone (for the life of me I don’t understand myself, but I participated with the activities), but trust me, next time’s the charm! Thank God for the experience and family time. I love them:)

“There’s no place like home”

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So my friend Eloisa wanted to use the deal she got where she will pay full price for one ticket and only a dollar for the next one. It sounded like a steal (which it actually is), and I am so glad to have witnessed this Mirvish production of a classic movie.

I thought it was fantastic in all levels. From the actors, the props, the music, the costumes, I mean EVERYTHING. I really enjoyed it. The songs were amazingly done, especially “Somewhere Over The Ranbow”. It’s still beyond me why I never saw the actual movie, but I remember catching it a little over 2 years ago on cable, but I didn’t finish it. I highly recommend this to you guys. I am growing fond of plays and somehow a part of me wishes to be on-stage, or be in one of those grand musicals. I know I don’t have the talent, but I’ll take the role of a knight or like village person # 2! I’ll put that on my bucket list!

Just wanted to follow up on that title, those 5 words really mean lot to me. It was mentioned in the last few scenes of the production by Gilda and Dorothy, “There’s no place like home”. Truer words couldn’t have been said, at least for what I constantly feel. I mean I live in a city where there’s so much life and all that good stuff but I find myself often looking for my home country, even though a lot of my friends won’t agree with the idea of me coming back there to work. I have thought about that dilemma a million times over and at the end of the day, I just feel like I really do testify to that statement, because there is NO place that can substitute what you consider to be your home, where your heart always looks for and your mind wanders to. And to think that Eloisa will be travelling to that country for vacation next week! I am so jealous! But I’d rather go home by December.