Wednesday, May 30, 2012

And so, another semester begins...

Thinking back, it is as if it has been eons since I last concern myself with anything school-related. All the summer break's doing to me is lag up my mind. LOL.

But today... it's another story. It's May 30th. Another day to go, and it will be June. And then, the school season begins again. I'm not really sure what I feel about that. There are times when I just got tired of my everyday routine during vacation that I somehow find myself wishing the days would go faster and fly so that the school commences again. I am not ashamed to admit that I am a school-person. You know those kind of people who likes to go to school more than they want to stay at home? That's basically me in a nutshell. Haha. Majority of my friends are in school with me, and majority of what I always do and what I only knew in life are from school. When I imagine the tons of school works, all the all-nighters, all the papers, all the sacrifices to be done, I change my mind right back and just wish that time would stop so I would be in vacation forever. LOL.

I'm 20. A 5th year BS Accountancy student. This is supposed to be my last year in class. I can feel the relief of how short the distance between now and graduating -- where all the hard work will be recognized and be worth it. But at times, this just felt kinda sad.

This is my source of motivation through life, but it is also where my most destructive insecurities come from. Even though school is my everything, at some point or another, it just has to end, right?

This is just a post of how my day went, but it's getting emotional more than I intend to... Haha. Whatever. And so:

(Taken with instagram)
I went to school today for the pre-registration process. And when I filled up that form, and I wrote "5th year" it just hit me that this would be the second to the last time that I would be filling up this form. Crap.I'm getting older and older even if I don't want to. XD 

My grades were fine from last sem. Though that fine was not really what I was aiming for. Because before that sem began, I promised myself that I was gonna work harder and earn that academic scholarship. I started out strong, but halfway through it, I began to lose my motivation. ;( It was sad. Not only did I do well, but I also let myself down. (That's the reason for all these distraction I've been putting myself up to this summer) I don't want to make excuses - but I really had a bad start this 2012, with problems piling up before my eyes. But that wasn't supposed to give me the right to not do good in my studies. Even if I know that that's not the case, I still give in to the stress that those problems have given me -- in the end, it's all my fault for screwing up  bad.

Through reading books and mangas, and watching animes, movies and tv series, and probably just doing whatever I want during the break, I coped with that stress. And after long, I got over it. But another thing just come up, and my fucked up pride screwed me again. Tsk.

(This is getting to be a really personal post, I can see that.) *sigh*

I just find out that I am one of the very few (as in few, believe me) that didn't get an academic scholarship this time. And that's where my confidence fell short.  I know that it's not such a big deal, but that just magnified my mistakes during this sem. What can I do when I know that I've worked really hard, and still not get the results I wanted. Tsk, expectations really suck. I tried to act cool, but deep inside, I hated myself for that.

But here's the great thing that happened to day: Just when everything seems to fall apart, my friends came and saved the day. Haha. Yeah, like Superman.

See, due to schedule conflicts... we haven't really got the chance to get together for real during that 6 months. But today... it was pure bliss.

We joked. We laughed so hard I almost died. Haha. We ate and ate. We just talked non-stop. And magically, every little negative thing just faded away. Amazing friends bring amazing joy. They just made my day. :))

(Taken with instagram)
One of our friend is scheduled to have his Proposal defense today, and we stick with him. After that, we hang out, ate some Ice cream (I'm really craving sweets that time), talked, joked, laughed again.. and gone home. That, just like that. And they made it a pretty happy one.

I really did miss them. And us doing this together. I hope opportunities like this happen more often, because they sure are fun. :))

ON A LIGHTER NOTE:

I just changed my hairstyle last Monday. From this to THIS: 

(Taken with instagram)
Straight hair with full bangs. Lol. I somehow think my head looked like an egg or something.
I'm not really comfortable with my hair so flat like that, but I liked it all the same.
LOL. I am even making myself confused with what I say. XD
Yep, I know. I change my hairstyle as often as the sem changes, haha, sometimes, even more frequently. I don't know, I just can't stick too long to something. Y'know, my attention-span is very short so I tend to lose interest in things quite quickly. :P

Here's another mug shot of me in which my nose and my eyebags are pretty emphasized. LOL. I looked silly in this one, but I just had to post it. Hehe, I love this pic.

(Taken with instagram)
Creepy-chan. XD

Things to take note:

  • Next week, we'll be buying new set of books for this semester.
  • AND next week, we'll be paying up the reservation for the Review Center we're going to enroll to next year. Kyaah! Can you believe it? All this will soon be over. I will be taking up the BOARD EXAM already! I'm pretty nervous. And everything just felt surreal. When we were still in third year, I remember us (my friends/classmates) talking about how we would soon graduate and that image is now getting closer and coser to reality now. :))

xxxxx

Yeah, I tend to blabber like that. Hehe, i sincerely apologize for this long and messy post. LOL.

xoxo,
Riza

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Movie: Letters to Juliet (2010)

Ashamed as I may have been to admit it, but I watched this movie just now. Yep, almost 2 years after the release. Hehe. Well, i don't know what happened, but I've always known this movie yet I didn't even make the slightest effort to watch it. Despite all of the fuss. But this post from Mika changed my mind, and so, I downloaded it. And watched it.

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I've always loved Amanda Seyfried.... ever since Mean Girls. But besides that, this quote struck my interest the most:
’What’ and ‘if’ are two words as non-threatening as words can be.  But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if?  What if??  WHAT IF???  I don’t know how your story ended but if what you felt then was true love, then it’s never too late.  If it was true then, why wouldn’t it be true now?  You need only the courage to follow your heart.  I don’t know what a love like Juliet‘s feels like: love to leave loved ones for, love to cross oceans for, but I’d like to believe if I ever were to feel it, that I’d have the courage to seize it.  And Claire, if you didn’t, I hope one day that you will…
If you've been a reader of this blog, you might as well know the obvious that I'm a sucker when it comes to QUOTES. Haha, movie and book quotes alike. So yeah, I got to read this amazing paragraph and "Bam!" I know that I just have to watch it.

This is not really my favorite, and if ever I was asked what my favorite movie is, I'm not totally sure but "500 Days of Summer" comes the closest to a favorite. But this is definitely a nice movie, set up in a very beautiful place.

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Amanda was awesome as always. Plus, Christopher Egan's British accent was sooo delicious I could've died. Haha.The movie was heart warming. And the moment I heard Taylor Swift's "Love Story" playing in the background right at the last parts of the movie, I was smiling so wide I look like a fool. XD Nothing really beats hearing a song unexpectedly. I was soooo full of love and was sooo giddy it's not even funny. :D

And that last balcony scene was awesome, aye? And what he said to her in the end. "Leaving London would be a pleasure as long as you're waiting for me on the other side." A bit cheesy, but whatever. I just loved that scene. :))

And that what if thing was really put to use very well in that letter. It's the thing that attracted me here in the first place. I would imagine reading the book if I have the chance, but I'm not really into love stories lately. But I would love too, if ever I'm in the mood again. Haha, I don't even know if the book was one. 

Really a bit late to be doing this,but I highly recommend it for weekly chick flick viewings... :*

Friday, May 25, 2012

Lola, on her 81st. :)

This also happened last Sunday, May 20th -- but I decided to put up a separate post because this one is about one of the people I loved and respected most in my life: my Grandma. :))

Though I don't want to miss so much in Brianna's baptism, I can't really leave out my Grandmother's birthday so I gave my thanks to Brianna's mother, and headed out to go to my Lola's house.

My Lola was really born in the 21st.  But they decided to celebrate it in the 20th because 1) it's a Sunday and 2) people usually don't work on Sundays. See, this is one event of the year where each and everyone of us (our family, my father's side) gather to celebrate. Sometime, it's even more important than Christmas, or the New Year's, because we always fit our schedule with this day. Rain or shine, we must attend. Because that was the only wish our dear Lola has every year. For us to bond, even once every year.

So yeah, back to the birthday. This was a special day. With simple treats. But since each and every one of us is there (well, almost), everyone was happy.


It was her 81st birthday! Yep! Hooray for that age. Hehe, we cousins used to joke around that that age was actually flipped., saying it's actually 18 and not 81. Haha. And we laughed harder. XD


Our simple feast. :)) Few party staples, and we're solved. 


Lola, blowwing off her candles. Hehe. We have to do it over and over to capture the perfect shot. But mine was still not perfect. Hehe. Huzzah!


Me, and my cousin. With our Lola. 


My family,striking a pose with Lola. Hehe, We're not totally complete here. Papa was abroad, and my dear brother Jaypee had something urgent thing to do somewhere. So we're the Ponciano family, less 2. :P

Each famiy get to strike a pose with her, but I just posted ours. Hehe, it would've been a photo spam as it is without the whole album. Hehe. My poor Lola, becoming a photo backdrop. But not totally a backdrop since she's in the front. :)) More like a celebrity. :D And she looks like she's enjoying it, so bugger that. :))


Me with my beloved LOLA. I've done everything I could to make this photo right, but I'm not really skilled at Photoshop, so yeah, that just how it is. 


My sister with my cousin. Uhm, they're really good friends. And I just have to post this because they look stunning together. :))


It was a really fine day, that day. :))



Manage to snap a photo with my brother. Haha. Brother, y ur face like that?


And then, with my mother.

This was such a very long day. Yet I enjoyed it all the same. I haven't been out of the house so much this summer, because you know, I'm usually a house-type of person. Hehe. So I really make the most out of the time I leave home. And this certainly is fun. :)) 

(Taken with instagram)
Plus: Things that make me happy are simple. Hehe. Like a simple remark that goes "you've gained some weight". :)) Haha, that made me really ecstatic, because I've been really trying hard to gain weight. My mother always teases me that I looked malnutritioned  or whatever. Some girls are always complaining about their weight, but I have always been a skinny one it's not even funny. So I'm really glad. Hehe.

May 20th...

Well, last Sunday has been a very long day. May 20th to be exact. I was supposed to post it immediately, but my energy was just too low by the time I got home that all I did was freshen up, eat a bit of dinner, and sleep - immediately. Hehe, I wasn't really the type to sleep off things since I'm always online most of the time when the clock strikes 12am this summer, so just imagine how exhausted I was. XP

First off, I just have to vent out that I ATTENDED MY FIRST BAPTISM. As a godmother, at least. (Godmother was a bit too mature, can we just switch off to 'godsister' if that ever existed? XD). Well, as a Christian, things like that happen all the time. Girls and boys my age have had their fair share of these things already, but I, on the other hand, is just starting to get a hang of these kind of things. LOL. I may be a bit outspoken, always venting out, in the internet/virtual world, but in reality, I am a really reserved person. I don't usually go out and mingle with other people, especially those who I don't really know that much or I just met the first time. I don't usually talk to people. Even my closest friends knew that, so silence is a given factor in my company. In other words, I AM SOCIALLY AWKWARD. Bugger that. XD

So yeah, back to the topic. This is not my first time being a godmother of sorts, but I wasn't really able to go to the official ceremony that time. So this makes this time a FIRST TIME, I guess?

Here are some decent shot I grabbed in Facebook:

Me, carrying baby Princess Brianna. What a cute name, eh? :*

Haha. imagine how totally left out I am. I don't even know almost all of them, but I gave it my best despite the fact that I'm usually really uncomfortable around so many people. I may look a bit awkward, but hey, nobody can claim that I haven't tried! XD


Then after that, my favorite part: FOOD TIME! >.< Her mother organized a reception of sorts after the event in the church. We went in this fairly-secluded restaurant around our place that I didn't even know existed prior that day. And I swear, I could've lived there. The food was sooooo amazing and delicious, I could've died. Hehe. Some of my most favorite foods are in the menu, so bugger everything I just proceeded in eating. :P

I can't really remember the name of the restaurant for the life of me, but I really promised to myself that I would come back there and eat some more. Hehe. I had a very thick slice of Chicken Cordon Bleu, my favorite, right there in my plate. And though I don't normally eat Carbonara, I know that this is probably the best pasta I've ever tasted. Right there. I even had seconds. Hehe. Thats how delicious it is (coming from me who don't really have the biggest appetite). The soup was also fantastic. I mean, everything was fantastic! :))

This is the only decent picture I took of her. But isn't she cute?? Those fluffy cheeks! :))
Princess Brianna.
I didn't stay long, because I have this event I have to go to after that (which will be in my next post).... but overall, this was such a nice experience despite the whole awkward thing going on in my head. :*

The second event at the next post ahead... :))

Friday, May 18, 2012

Movie Review (and ramblings of sort) - Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Sherlock Holmes has been, and always will be, one of my most beloved fictional characters ever existed IN BOOK. Honestly speaking, I think he is in my Top 3 of fan-girl-and-crush-worthy book characters that I have ever read. At one point in my life, I swear, I even declared myself a Sherlockian (group of people that worship him so bad, they could’ve made a cult out of it). I recall putting ‘Sherlockian-wannabe’ in almost every description box my internet social life has given me. But then, I got over my madness (well, almost). However, I know that he will always have a big space in my otherwise crowded-and-over-occupied fan girl heart for books.

I bought every single Sherlock Story and Novels written by the HOLY (Oh bless him for creating Sherlock)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Of course it helped that it was available in volumes, so I didn’t have to scour book store after book store just to complete the whole package. And on top of that, I even impulsively bought a guide/bedside companion to the whole series. A feat, because I don’t usually thought of ever buying companion-books and movie tie-ins ever since I can remember. So imagine how critical and sensitive I am every time it was being re-imagined/remade into live action.

Promo Proster // Source
I recently watched Sherlock Holmes 2 (A Game of Shadows) last weekend, and honestly here’s what I think:

Seeing fiction coming to life is such a bliss that when you’re at the moment, no matter how screwed some facts maybe, or no matter how far it deviates from the book, you were so happy you feel like crying. That’s what happens to me, when I watched it. But, after I settled down my emotions and my mind clear enough to think logically and reasonably, I started my assessments and reflections.

Robert Downey, Jr. as Sherlock Homes and jude Law as John Watson // Source

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlockhomes and Martin Freeman as John Watson // Source
The second movie contains that same comical and serious feel, combined, that the first movie had. The script was impeccable as always. And the actors were PERFECT (though the age were inappropriate book wise). Robert Downy Jr. was perfect as Sherlock (but not as perfect as Benedict Cumberbatch has been in BBC’s series). And I have a massive crush on Jude Law that even when he seems under-aged for the role of Watson, he looks great to me whatever he does.

Sherlock and Watson // Source
The two have great chemistry together, and you can feel that when you watch them in action at the same screen. It was always never easy to bring to life that precious friendship that Watson and Sherlock shared, but I commend the production because they did their best on what little they could do and the end result was almost believable. What I love about this version was that they gave a certain emphasis on that relationship, that the loneliness of sort that Sherlock felt when Watson left him to marry was magnified. Robert Downy looking at Jude Law right after the marriage ceremony and catching his eye and giving him a small smile in return that was both warm and sad was pure genius.



On the down side, I find the film concentrating on action rather than the intellect-at-work theme of Sherlock stories. The slow mo action scenes in the first movie were a nice touch, but I didn’t expect that the second movie would be so full of those just because they became a hit in the first one. Somehow, I found that very clich├ęd. That technique was so used, that at one point, I ended up being fed up with everything and wished that those slow mo’s would somehow fast forward so we could resume in action. It was enjoyable, I admit, but a movie doesn’t always need to be full of action to be good and exciting. I just wished they preserved the intellectual story line more than they did, as it always has been.


Another thing that I don’t like (well, not really, but just felt uncomfortable with) is the way Sherlock act in front of Irene Adler. As an avid reader of the books, I know that she is a big part of Sherlock’s life but the movie interprets it into something more. He admired her for what she is and what she’s capable of – the kind of people that he typically admires, but it was magnified, because she IS a woman. And Sherlock respected her because of that. (See, he really despised woman and having Irene Adler gather that kind of respect from him is a feat beyond anyone’s ability, I guess). As Watson puts it: “to him, she would always be ‘the woman’”.  Sherlock admired the woman, that Watson sometime’s thinks that it was almost bordering on love. But Sherlock is an extremely objective and logical person that the only thing that shatters that is Watson. This quality is what makes him so unique and striking, but I think the movie interpreted it wrong.

RAchel McAdams  as Irene Adler // Source 
Oh well, I guess they think that heroes should always have their leading ladies. But nevertheless, Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler was a really nice choice. She was flawless. Except for the character detours from the book, which, I for myself think, are ‘major’ and affects me significantly as a fan. Nonetheless, the love story formed here is good, I can say. But I guess everyone has a different interpretation of all that happened. And this happens to be mine.

One of Sherlock's many disguises // Source
Gladstone, the poor dog // Source
In addition, I would just like to say how Sherlock’s disguises have been in the movie, I mean, seriously? A chair? And a wall? Haha. That cracked me up. And his ever enduring relationship with Watson’s dog, Gladstone. Goodness! The poor dog, he is damned in Sherlock’s company.

To end this review in a good note (because I am probably rambling), this is an enjoyable movie for everyone. Enjoy the bliss of watching Sherlock and Watson in action, even for a bit and you’ll find yourself drawn to the character. The movie would have been flawless in my eyes, but it just happens that I’ve read the books so I’m a little biased. Haha. But overall, it was good. A feast in eyes, and in the mind.

Vanity Roll: Wish's Beach Babe Nail Polish

Since there's really nothing much going on in my life right now that's worth blogging, I'll just have to continue on whatever things I've got in hand. Hehe,. So now, I'm just gonna pose as a beauty guru and blog about vanity and all. I've always loved beauty and make-up blogs, and sometimes, I imagine myself being one. LOL. And so.... Here's to me, and my shameless ambition. >.<

Summer is cool. and it gives us far more reasons to don bright colors to make a hot day bearable and fun. Bright-colored nail polishes are in the rave these days, and when I think about it, I haven't painted my nails in quite too long now. And so, when I saw this nail polish set sitting in Watson's racks, I instantly grabbed it and headed to the cashier. :P



Wish's Beach Babe collecion comes in a trabsparent plastic box with this cute sticker on. Totally girly, eh?
Plus, it's totally affordable, costing only 59 PhP ($1).


The set included three cute and brightly-colored nail polishes, a toe separator, and a nail brush.


Comes in cute colors. :))
Baby Blue, Hot Pink, and Ube Shake (l to r)


Haha, ignore my overly-trimmed nails. Haha, I'm used to trimming them to the roots. LOL.
My nails, after I painted them.

In the end, I chose Ube Shake for my nails. I don't know why, but I kinda like violet these days. Through I know that Red is definitely my favorite color, my mind wanders to different shades once in a while.

My nails looked a bit weird in violet, but it is fun. Looking forward to trying the remaining to shades. :))

And to you who reads this, sorry for putting you in a drag with this boring post. Lololol. >.< 

That is all. XD

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A (Mother's Day) Must Read: Eight Lies of a Mother

This may be a tad bit late for the Mother's day celebration but still, I would like to share this very touching story. I recall stumbling upon this when I was still in high school. It stuck with me sooo much that I even wrote it in my diary (word by word) so that I could keep a copy of this. I was almost teary-eyed when I first read it, and now after a couple of years have passed, this article never failed to stir my emotions. and so, here it is:

Eight Lies of a Mother
"Still life with the mother" by Kodenko Alexandr // Source

The story began when I was a child. I was born as a son of a poor family.
Even for eating, we often got lack of food. Whenever the time for eating, mother often gave me her portion of rice. While she was removing her rice into my bowl, she would say "Eat this rice, son. I'm not hungry".
That was Mother's First Lie.


When I was getting to grow up, the persevering mother gave her spare time for fishing in a river near our house, she hoped that from the fishes she got, she could gave me a little bit nutritious food for my growth. After fishing, she would cook the fishes to be a fresh fish soup, which raised my appetite. While I was eating the soup, mother would sit beside me and eat the rest meat of fish, which was still on the bone of the fish I ate. My heart was touched when I saw it. I then used my chopstick and gave the other fish to her. But she immediately refused it and said "Eat this fish, son. I don't really like fish."
That was Mother's Second Lie.


Then, when I was in Junior High School, to fund my study, mother went to an economic enterprise to bring some used-matches boxes that would be stuck in. It gave her some money for covering our needs. As the winter came, I woke up from my sleep and looked at my mother who was still awoke, supported by a little candlelight and within her perseverance she continued the work of sticking some used-matches box.
I said, "Mother, go to sleep, it's late, tomorrow morning you still have to go for work. "Mother smiled and said "Go to sleep, dear. I'm not tired."
That was Mother's Third Lie.


At the time of final term, mother asked for a leave from her work in order to accompany me. While the daytime was coming and the heat of the sun was starting to shine, the strong and persevering mother waited for me under the heat of the sun's shine for several hours. As the bell rang, which indicated that the final exam had finished, mother immediately welcomed me and poured me a glass of tea that she had prepared before in a cold bottle. The very thick tea was not as thick as my mother's love, which was much thicker. Seeing my mother covering with perspiration, I at once gave her my glass and asked her to drink too. Mother said "Drink, son. I'm not thirsty!".
That was Mother's Fourth Lie.


After the death of my father because of illness, my poor mother had to play her role as a single parent. By held on her former job, she had to fund our needs alone. Our family's life was more complicated. No days without sufferance. Seeing our family's condition that was getting worse, there was a nice uncle who lived near my house came to help us, either in a big problem and a small problem. Our other neighbors who lived next to us saw that our family's life was so unfortunate, they often advised my mother to marry again. But mother, who was stubborn, didn't care to their advice, she said "I don't need love."
That was Mother's Fifth Lie.


After I had finished my study and then got a job, it was the time for my old mother to retire. But she didn't want to; she was sincere to go to the marketplace every morning, just to sell some vegetable for fulfilling her needs. I, who worked in the other city, often sent her some money to help her in fulfilling her needs, but she was stubborn for not accepting the money. She even sent the money back to me. She said "I have enough money."
That was Mother's Sixth Lie.


After graduated from Bachelor Degree, I then continued my study to Master Degree. I took the degree, which was funded by a company through a scholarship program, from a famous University in America . I finally worked in the company. Within a quite high salary, I intended to take my mother to enjoy her life in America. But my lovely mother didn't want to bother her son, she said to me "I'm not used to."
That was Mother's Seventh Lie.


After entering her old age, mother got a flank cancer and had to be hospitalized. I, who lived in miles away and across the ocean, directly went home to visit my dearest mother. She lied down in weakness on her bed after having an operation.
Mother, who looked so old, was staring at me in deep yearn. She tried to spread her smile on her face, even it looked so stiff because of the disease she held out. It was clear enough to see how the disease broke my mother's body, thus she looked so weak and thin.
I stared at my mother within tears flowing on my face. My heart was hurt, so hurt, seeing my mother on that condition. But mother, with her strength, said "Don't cry, my dear. I'm not in pain."
That was Mother's Eight Lie.


After saying her eighth lie, She closed her eyes forever!




See what I'm sayin'? Wishing these dear people a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY. Especially to my Mom, who sacrificed so much in the last 20 years of her life. Those sacrifices would not be in vain, I promise. :*

Sunday, May 6, 2012

'The Avengers' Movie Date with my Bro.

Much hype has been given to this movie, but I'm just drooling in the corner reading about it. And so yesterday, I've finally given up to my urges and watched "The Avengers" with my little brother.

(Taken with instagram)
Crazy things happened. The tickets were my treat, and we watched it in 3D. Hehe. I wasn't really expecting it. I was in the line, choosing what time would be appropriate and then I see this "2:25 pm" sched, then I said to the cashier "two tickets for Cinema 1 please". I gave her a 500-peso bill, I was waiting for my change, and then the cashier said it's P500. And then I'm saying "what the ffff?!" in my mind. Haha. So I just walked away with the receipt and the cinema passes in my hands, thinking gloomily why the heck did I not ask if it was in regular or in 3D. LOL.

(Taken with instagram)
The ticket is non-refundable or whatever, so we just bought food and took off.. Hehe. But oh well, I can say the their 3D glasses were pretty comfy and all. So we just enjoyed in all the way.

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Plus! Nothing beats seeing Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemworth. On the same screen. In 3D. LOL. It was eye-candy to the max. Thor and Captain America was pretty hot. And Tony Stark and his witty humor, haha. And who can ever forget Hulk's exciting scenes. I swear, me and my brother were really laughing our as* out. It was pretty entertaining. And is definitely a movie which the whole family can watch.

(Taken with instagram)
Then I brought home some shawarma for my mother and me to enjoy. Hehe. You know, because of the movie and all. (If you watched it, you'd understand.) And so I ended up too excited when I go home recounting the crazy things that happened during our movie date. LOL.

My brother and I got up as soon as the credits began, and that was really a mistake. There are also post-credit scenes we missed because of that. I should've known. Though you can search it up on YouTube, and I think they are there though in a much lesser quality. But over all, it was really worth the watch.

If you are waiting for a DVD rip or whatever and just download it to watch it at home, DON'T. Because you are really wasting a pretty exciting opportunity. This film is worth every cent you pay. So better go to the nearest mall, and enjoy the awesomeness that is THE AVENGERS. Here's me, hoping for a sequel. :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Review: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin


After that heart-treanding ride at Westeros and the free cities that the Game of Thrones have given me, I have continued on to reading the second in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series: A Clash of Kings. And as per a habit of recording my thoughts about the book I've read, this post shall contain a review-of-sorts of this wonderfully written masterpiece. And so here goes:

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Plot:
A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who hold sway over an age of enforced peace are dead, victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles. (via Goodreads)
Before I moved on to everything that I have to say - let me just tell you that this post may not be as spoiler-free as I want it to be. Hehe. Because when I am triggered, I just can't stop typing and blabbing about the things that I love. And this book, I seriously cherish.

I must say, reading this book spoiler-free (unlike what I did to book one) was really a different sort of ride. The story line's twist and turns prove to be effective enough that they have my heart pounding in excitement, and my eyes wide with revelations. As with book one, this was also impeccably written though the words were a little flowery at times - but what would you expect, we are dealing with highborns here. This plot is seriously whacked out that my mind is unconsciously formulating several theories to ease my worries. Hehe.

Though the book proved to be really long, I say 856 pages (?), reading this proved to be a breeze with each chapters being gritty and absolutely not suspense-free. With many kings (and a queen) who contend for the glorious crown of Westeros, a string of story lines were opened and a more elaborate web has been created.

As customary in the series, the story was written in to several point of views - in this case, eight. Tyrion Lannister, Catelyn Stark, Davos Seaworth, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Bran Stark, Jon Snow, Theon Greyjoy, and Daenarys Targaryen. Nine all in all if you would add Maester Cressen whose point of view was used during the prologue. Each character was intricately written, and some characters, whom I though I won't like at first turned out to be as enjoyable as the ones I've grown to love in the first book.

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Readers of this blog might be familiar to the growing fondness I have for one character of this series: Tyrion Lannister. And in this book, my love is heightened. He, not being a soldier, was fit to be a leader - a tactician who plays games of the mind to take down his enemies. Surprisingly enough, Sansa, a character that I don't really dig during the first book has become one of my favorites during the second. Apparently, the sympathy that she has gained from me during the last parts of the book has been carried over in the second book. Especially the part when her flowering first happened, and she cried so hard - I almost teared too. And just when I though that things could actually go smooth for her, one character tells that worse is yet to come.

And then there's Theon. I honestly was shocked when I read his name beside the chapter number. I never really expected him to be a POV character, but he did provide good material. His was hilarious at times, but when it came to the part where he was coming to terms with what he feels and how his father has treated him despite the fact that they had never seen each other for a long time - I kinda felt bad for him. That part also when he was talking to Maester Luwin, when everything seems to fall apart and he was presented with an opportunity to turn things around and at least lead an honorable life and then things happened. Crap that part.

Jon's story line too, presented so many good material and the twist and turns of his part were pretty mind-whacking, especially that last part. As with Daenerys, her part were pretty boring for me, until she entered the House of the Undying and many revelations were exposed to her -- and automatically, my mind formulated so many theories I couldn't even count them now. Haha. but seriously, watch out for those revelations, for they were really intriguing as they are cryptic. Arya and Bran as well were really interesting characters. I especially love the Arya x Gendry story line, hehe, they had me chuckling at times, it's crazy. And though Cersei Lannister isn't exactly a POV character yet, it was interesting to note that much of her was revealed through Tyrion, his little brother. It's really interesting how she revealed his true feelings when he was with him, no holding back a bit. Since book one, I've really wanted to know what's going on in that head of hers. Shame I have to wait until A Feast For Crows (Book 4) for my dream to be realized.

Martin was really cruel with his characters, I can tell. Haha, that's why he creates good stories. He does not really care if people have grown attached to a character, he either kills him or her off, or creates a plot that'll only lead to greater despair. I was really emotional in the last pages of the book, for he ended it tragically. The book ended with Bran's point-of-view. I was getting really emotional with that last Maester Luwin scenes, together with Rickon and Bran. I was really glad Osha is there to support them. Aaaaand I was already half-crying as I read his last lines ~ "It was not dead, just broken, Like me, he thought. I'm not dead either." to Winterfell. ;(

The HBO adaptation of A Clash of Kings is currently on air in the channel every Sunday, and has been proving to be a success because of various trending Twitter topics (take note, worldwide) and unbelievable high ratings. 5 episodes were already aired, and they are proving to be as good as the first season, though now that I've read the book before seeing them, they seem to be fast tracking the story (imagine squeezing 800+ pages to just 10 1-hour episode every week.) But it is still stunning, nonetheless.

Overall, this was a very interesting and exciting read.No matter how hard I have to deny it because of how he treated my beloved characters, I LOVE G.R.R. MARTIN! And this book series. And everything in it. As I've predicted, I'm gonna be spending a whole lot of time finishing this series, since each book proves to be exceptionally long. But what the hell, I'm gonna have to bear with it. Highly recommended! So grab it in the book store shelf and read it. :)

I haven't expected this post to be this long, and congratulations to anyone who have read through everything and have gone this far, hehe, what I'm just trying to say, and what should be obvious by now, is: I LOVED IT! :))

Fast Facts:

  • It has been awarded the 1999 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. The best indeed! >.<
Quotable Quotes:
"There's no shame in fear, what matters is how we face it." ~ Jon Snow

"Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same." ~ Cersei Lannister

"People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it's served up." ~ Jaime Lannister

And then THIS.

xxx
Included in the A Song of Ice and Fire Reading challenge hosted by The Lit Bitch. Goal: 5 books. Read: 2 books. Also included in the 2012 Reading Challenge. I've moved on to BOOK 3 (A STORM OF SWORDS), and enjoying it. This is an awfully long post, I'm sorry for the inconvenience. 'Till next time, ja! :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Your Love Cover - An original song by Christine Gambito (a.k.a. Happy Slip)

It may be a bit of a joke for me to cover songs and upload them in the internet where almost everyone could see - but oh well, what the hell. Haha. XD

I was browsing and downloading songs for a new line up in my playlist when I suddenly remembered the song I once loved on HappySlip's channel - which sadly, turned out to be deleted or deactivate or whatever. Luckily, thanks to sammyboi of Youtube, I was able to track down the video. Apparently, you can only see it if you have the actual link. If you want to see the original version, just CLICK HERE.

This is one of my favorite worship songs. I loved the melody the first time I clicked and heard it in Christine's channel a couple of years back. I'm not really that much of a religious-type of person, but something in the lyrics really spoke to me. And I can't stop putting it on repeat.

I've been crazy-addicted to this song, so just to get over it (which I pretty much still don't), I decided to record myself singing this with the guitars. Oha! >.< 

And now, I humbly present to you: a crappy cover of Your Love by none other than ME. :)




Apparently, the inspiration behind this song's moving lyrics was this verse:
Ephesians 3:17-19And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

The lyrics were as follows:

When I try to look elsewhere or in others, I lose myself
For my life is nothing without you, My Creator
You give me meaning,You give me purpose
I find my destiny in you oh God
How wide, How long
How high and how deep
Is your love oh Lord
Unless the Lord builds this house
I will build in vain, I will sink in the sand
But I choose to stand on you, The Rock of my Salvation
You give me meaning, You give me purpose
I find my destiny in you oh God
How wide, How long
How high and how deep
Is your love oh Lord
For when I fall, When I fail
You pick me up, And Hold me in your arms
Oh Lord my God
Reedemer and my Friend
You're the Alpha, Omega
The Great I am
And I give my all to you
How wide, How long
How high and how deep
Is your love oh Lord
I die to myself, So that you might live in me oh Lord
All the days of my life, Shine through me
Oh God of who I am
Oh God of who I am
Excuse everything in that recording. Hehe. My guitar-playing skill were pretty amateur but since the chords were quite simple to follow, I managed to do it in whole. I even messed up a lyrics at the near of the song. Hehe. But all in all, it was the most decent recording I could have. This was very nerve-wracking, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. :))


Side note:

  • Thanks to Jay of ladiesmanman209.multiply.com for providing the chords. They were previously published in Christine's website but even that is taken down as well.
  • As you can see, it's uploaded in SoundCloud. I recently created an account there because the other covers I posted in my Tumblr account turned out to be corrupted and unrecoverable as time passed by. You can check me out there, CLICK HERE and you'll be directed to my profile! :)

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