Saturday, September 24, 2011

David Cook's take on Rolling in the Deep.

Imperfect (especially the chorus part), but can pass. Singing an Adele song in front of a crowd is bravery as it is. But the Bridge part? Goodness gracious, I'll absolutely rip it and make it my ringtone. The way his voice caresses the lyrics... oh gawd! This is why I love DC.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Staple Read for Intrams Week: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

I'm not a fan of E-book reading, but when necessity strikes, I have no choice -- or else buying books would eat up almost all of my allowance. Besides, books that has been coming to me through suggestions and my frequent review readings are either unavailable (only online) or rare here in the Philippines.

Intrams week is coming. And as I scheduled to conduct my research that week, I guess I need to find something to do whenever I have free time instead of strolling under the sun and getting burned when I my complexion is dark as it is. Haha. Plus, the Library is air conditioned. 'Nuff Said.

So I am now currently downloading "An Abundance of Katherines" by John Green. I hope I'd like it, and based on the reviews, I probably will. Just like I liked 'Looking for Alaska' (which I also read in PDF), and like I loved John Green (His books were pretty rare here, I guess). It's not actually sport-related per se, but screw that, this is  how I roll.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Recent Haul: Justine by Lawrence Durell

Bought this at NBS (SM City Lipa branch) the last time I attended a Students Congress at a staggering amount of P50! :)) Yep, it’s on sale. Isn’t the cover adorable…? The color is so bright it’s awesome. 

Review: Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger

“I am immune to emotions.” The moment I read the first line, I was a goner. What can I say? For a YA book, it’s really quite awesome! Plus it gave me glimpse in the amazing world of zine writers, and it actually made me want to try making one. 
One of the few books that actually made me cry. Maybe it’s the fact that Marisol is a lesbian, and he’s John’s first love. Or maybe it’s the life he led after his parents’ divorce, or the “no-touch” relationship with his mother. It’s in the words - it’s pure raw emotion. His pieces were genius. His prose were funny, yet touching. How what he feels is being expressed - the killer lines. It was about everything in between the first page and the last. 
The last two chapters were personally my favorite. Especially the part where he finally figured everything out while listening to Diana sing “Hard Love”. His phone conversation with his mother honestly poked my tear ducts. And I cried for him, as I know he’d cried if he’s not holding back. 
Actually it’s the first time I’d heard that there is actually a song titled “Hard Love” by Bob Franke, and I’ll definitely check it out. This is definitely one of my favorite books of all times now. Ellen Wittlinger did a good job writing it. So yeah, I’m recommending it,especially to “everyone whose first love was a hard love”(as the dedication says).

This was my shot. Haha. I know, I'm not really good at taking photographs.
But it's the best i can do with my cam that time. :)
I wrote that review almost 5 months ago, and I think that the idea that 'it was my favorite book so far' is still standing. The emotional depth that crept in whenever I read the passages I've highlighted (this proves to be really helpful, I tell you) never fails to send a tingling sensation in my chest. It hurts when I first read it. And it still hurts the same. And can I just add that the finale was not what I was expecting, but it's the most realistic way of ending it all, and everything I could hope for. You cannot just make Marisol change her view on her sexuality, which took years of figuring out just for her to make sure of it, just because some random guy which happens to be her dear friend (almost a bestfriend) liked -- or even loved -- her. It's just a matter of choice. And weighing the results of her actions. And she still chose to continue what she's been building up for the past couple years of figuring out. Instead of giving in to a slight crack, which she doesn't even know, and explored yet.

After months of thinking about it occasionally, there isn't really a right choice. What matters is how you stand by your decision even if it results to everything didn't hope for. It's just a matter of seeing the problem, and accepting whatever outcome it may bring to you as long as you did your best while you're on it. As long as you didn't ask for more, or even for less. As long as you're contented with it.

Too much thinking just because of one book. And right now, I'm still more than satisfied with that outcome. :D

A day off with family. :D

We rarely have trips. More so, we rarely have time to just go out and spend some time with one another. And since my father is spending a month or so here in the Philippines, we decided to try strolling in the mall and have fun.

You'll be seeing a lot of pictures below. So beware. :D

Collage of sort. :P

The view from the Sea Wall.

That quote probably got my attention so I decided to strike a pose. :D

One of the few pictures where we are complete.

This is definitely embarrassing, but my heart jumped off my chest the moment I spotted that life-size Kim Hyun Joong carton at the MoA Branch of The Faceshop. Haha. I wasn't able to go there last August 27th because we're going to pick up my father at the airport. Haha. At least I know that once upon a time, I stood where he used to be. Haha. Such nonsense.
After everything, we stayed for the weekly (I think) Fireworks Spectacular -- and tell you what -- it was a sight to behold. I was supposed to upload it on YouTube because my father caught the whole thing on cam, but It's too much hassle.Luckily, I was in the front row so I have a really good view. I often go to MoA but I wasn't able to witness it till that time because I rarely stayed there late.

When the count down began, I felt really excited. Haha. It's quite hilarious that I find that feeling almost the same as when we're counting for the New Year to come. Oh well, I guess fireworks do have a special place in my heart. But what strikes me most was that The Script's 'Break Even' was the background music of the first part of that 5-minute show. I felt a little nostalgic back there, because it's one of my favorite songs, and so many memories are attached with that. And as I look into the sky, i felt a little bit of sadness. But of course, screw that feeling. Haha. Luckily, it didn't last and we enjoyed the rest of the day. I hope this will happen again. Besides, it really felt great spending time with my family like that. :D

Thursday, September 8, 2011

In bullets.

The highlight of my week were as follows: 1. I finished reading John Green's Looking for Alaska in my phone, and 2. we held our long awaited (and long overdue) General Assembly (for which I am one of the organizers). And yeah, it was pretty much of a drag. Discussing this at length would mean boring y'all. So let's settle with that. :D

I just got home with a sudden realization that I'm totally packed for my whole 3-day stay here for the weekend.

Things I need to accomplish by Sunday afternoon: 

  • the whole Chapter 1, letters to be signed by our Dean, and my questionnaire for my Research Paper 
  • my PowerPoint Presentation and written report on 'Roles of Institutional Investors' for my CGSR subject 
  • research about my report on 'E-commerce' for my ITEC subject 

It may not seem much since I put it in bullets... but believe me, it involves great effort especially since I need to take a day off on Saturday because we'll have a family getaway of sort and it just happens once in a while and I can't afford to miss it just because of cramming and school and everything in between. So yeah, I'm busy. But I certainly have time for this. :P

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fangirling over Skipbeat at the moment. :))

That pang of regret every time he tries to say or even express what he feels about Kyoko. That feeling of holding back even though he wants to grab her and hold her every moment they’re together. That feeling every time she looks at him in the eye, and he felt like melting, but all he can do was brush it off. Every time, all he can do is sigh. Was it really that hard to say it?

This kind of scenes makes me hold my chest, because it hurts to breathe. Ugh. 

BTW, this is from the Japanese Manga 'Skipbeat'. This was retty good, so if you're interested in reading this kind of stuffs, just visit you favorite manga site (e.g. Mangafox, Mangable).

A little piece of destiny. :)

I was really fond of the night. The quite and the cold allures me. Apart from that, one thing that's very marvelous about is is the sky and the stars in it. I was watching Kimi ni Todoke last time and a sudden mention has been made for this constellation. It's a constellation that I think almost anybody's familiar with -- the Orion. And so, again, the thought goes on...

Orion - Besser Museum Planetarium -- (credits: Tom's Astronomy Blog)
Orion, or The Hunter as they call it, is one of the most conspicious constellations in the night sky. And personally, I think, is the most reconizable one, particularly because of it's belt. Coined as the Orion's belt, these are three stars positioned side by side in alignment. In the Philippines, it is sometimes called 'Tres Marias' (Three Marys).

Orion's Belt -- (credits: Wikipedia)
I always look at the sky whenever I'm walking at night trying to find these three stars. Why am I writing this? Because it's amazing. :P Can I just say how perfect these three stars are. Three distinct bright stars, light years away from each other... but all of the universe conspired to make them appear next to each other when viewed on Earth. Watching this makes me believe in destiny. As if certain things are really meant to be. I always think about it when I see it in the sky -- the way these three became like this? Fated to be together in our eyes -- right there, in the same sky. I don't know, but the thought of it really makes me smile. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Secret (2007)

The Secret is a 2007 Taiwanese romance film which tell the simple but beautiful love story of two piano major students, Ye Xianglun and Lu Xiaoyu (though it's not really simple if you think about it, but beautiful, absolutely). First off, I can't even explain how magical and brilliant this movie is. The plot was superb, and THE music! -- yes, music was the center of it all, it's a very integral part of the film. The scoring was exquisite. And I take may hat off to Jay Chou for not only acting as the male lead in this movie, but for being it's director, co-writer and musical scorer. This directorial debut was awesome. The cinematography was amazing. And for being a musician, God, was he good! Also for Kwai Lun-mei (female lead) for acting the part. For music enthusiasts out there, this movie is definetly for you. I don't know if it's a certain tear-jerker, but me and my sister cried especially during the last 10 minutes of the film where I think everything climaxed and then came to a sudden halt. I mean, goodness gracious, that moment when Xianglun played that piano for the last time, all of his emotions pouring out matching the speed of his hands. And that part where Xiaoyu was writing in her desk. God, I'm giving too much. That's a thumbs up, and 5 stars for this film. And with a tear welling up in my eye right now, I recommend you go watch it.

P.S. You can search it in YouTube, it's there. :))


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