26 November 2012
I got the surprise of my life when the shoes I've been dreaming of became a reality.
I'm in love with my new shoes. I've been dreaming about this particular model for about a year, but I just can't afford 110 dollars for a running shoes. I was surprised when Sweet Pea brought me to Shang and bought it for me. It was meant to be since the shoe was on sale. :) When I got to fit it, the shoes and I had an instant "understanding." The shoes and I were meant to be together, no doubt. On December 2, 2012, I will be running my first marathon and I will feel Sweet Pea's SUPPORT the whole 42 kilometer stretch thanks to the new shoes she gave me as my birthday gift. Thanks a lot boo. You made my birthday super special. I dedicate this coming MARATHON to you. xoxo
04 November 2012
November 1, 2012. Bonding. My father, my sister, my brother, and I decided to watch Skyfall, the latest James Bond movie.
The plot is like this, the villains were able get possession of a computer hard drive containing the identities of Secret Agents working for NATO. Because such information affects international security, James Bond's mission was to recover that file; and to find out who was behind this before such sensitive information is disclosed to the public.
The film begins with a heart-stopping chase scene where James Bond got shot accidentally by a sniper upon M's orders to pull the trigger despite the fact that the sniper had a difficulty obtaining a clear target. Bond falls into a body of water and was presumed to have died. The truth is, Bond didn't die. He survived the gunshot, lived in anonymity, and enjoyed life like a retired rock star. One day, he learned that the MI6 Secret Service headquarters in London was bombed. Bond felt the need to resurrect from retirement, but he does so with evidence of declining strength, agility, and endurance.
M, having her full confidence on him, nevertheless sent him to a mission to Macau to track down the villain. The villain turns out to be an ex-agent, computer geek, psycho who's life long goal was to kill M with his bare hands. He felt that M betrayed him. M was the reason for all the suffering in his life. He wanted to redeem himself by getting back at M, his former boss.
In a way, I think Skyfall was basically about a James Bond 007 going "back to the basics." There are no new exploding pens, no new sleek state-of-the-art Aston Martin, no new high-tech mini computers. This movie is a deviation from previous James Bond's recurring elements of modernity in the art of espionage. In this movie, it seemed like Bond was too old to understand the complexities of gadgets and technology. It felt like Bond can't even run an iPhone.
Bond's refinement and class which was part of everything he does in previous James Bond movies. It's his enigmatic look, his refinement in wine, his way of dressing up that's missing. It is this persona that makes him a hero or anti-hero, whatever you want to classify him. I can't help feeling that Skyfall is a James Bond for the oldies. Bond is losing his grip and charm. Where's the spy we all loved?
There are several things I like about the movie. Adele, who's last name is "Emo," sang the perfect theme song for Skyfall. Adele lifted the movie and aroused the audience's curiosity at the very opening of the film. She sang Skyfall projecting very raw emotions. The Skyfall theme song was like a vegetable salad without dressing, it's bitter but healthy.
I also loved the cinematography of Skyfall. The over all look of the film adds to its overall effect. The film's combination of light, color, effect, and mood contributes to the film's general impression. Most of the scenes were shot at night (Reminds me of Rocky 1). Most of the lighting were low-key, which adds to a more dramatic look. It's only when the film has reached its conclusion that the night turned into day.
James Bond: Everybody needs a hobby.
Clair Dowar: So what's yours?
James Bond: Resurrection. *
I enjoyed the watching James Bond, but what I really enjoyed more was the bonding our family had. It was a picture perfect moment. Our eyes were glued to the silver screen, on a theater at Gateway (that smelled like an old bus with that fugly yellow pine tree air freshener everyone dreads, by the way), sharing pop-corn and chips, and simply having a great time.
12 October 2012
Christine: "Pitiful creature of darkness, what kind of life have you known? God, give me courage to show you you are not alone! [kisses the Phantom]" - The Phantom of the Opera
It's something we've never done before, so it got us excited. Last year, we went on a shopping spree to celebrate Sweetpea's birthday. This year we tried something different, we watched the Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera at The Cultural Center of the Philippines.
We bought a little binoculars (Eye-Max) so that we could see the details of the stage. We chose the front row seats on the second deck balcony. It's too high up there that you are looking three floors down; and if you have fear of heights, forget about participating in the standing ovation at the end of the show.
Critics say that if you've never seen a musical, would be the best introduction. It is one of the world’s most successful musicals and the longest running show on Broadway, too.
|Dressing up for the Play|
No. I don't wear neckties. Neckties are instruments of torture. I don't know why the hell neckties were invented. I believe it should be declared illegal together with scarfs. They should be banned.
|CCP Main Theater|
Claire Lyon who played as Christine had an inspiring performance. She had a powerful voice and a timber that's so melodic.
|Avril and rAAH at the CCP lobby.|
The Phantom of the Opera is for anyone who can appreciate excellence in singing and stage acting. We are fortunate that the Broadway cast and crew preformed here in the Philippines. We need not to go to New York to watch this stage classic.
|Cultural Center of the Phils Main Theater.|
It's a shame the Phantom doesn't recognize his own worth. (He's a great singer, composer, writer, and a teacher). And too bad the Phantom doesn't have charms and sense of humor - qualities that are very attractive to ladies. In short, ang hina niya sa chicks. :)
I guess H.W. Beecher was right:
Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.No doubt the Phantom is one hell of a talented guy, but at the end of the day, he is a loser because he doesn't know his worth; he doesn't know how to treat a lady. "Character is more important than looks." I guess the Phantom's ignorance of this principle led to his own folly.
21 September 2012
|The Flower that Doesn't Exist|
This is my first painting entitled, "The Flower that Doesn't Exist." I used Acrylic as medium. I just painted an imaginary flower in my head. It turned out pretty interesting. A hybrid of Birds of Paradise and Gumamela, perhaps? I have a lot yet to learn about painting - the techniques, the styles, the fundamentals, and all that jazz, but this first painting of mine for Sweet Pea will always be special.
update October 1, 2012:
I also saw this:
Painting on the floor.
|Some finishing touches.|