Failure can bring one's confidence down a few notches. I know this for a fact because when I flunked out of law school, I began to doubt my abilities - even the ability to finish reading books with actual words on them. For a number of months, I stayed away from novels, until one time when the cab line was so long and I and my boyfriend didn't have the patience to stand in line. I bought two science fiction novels (I read science fiction, horror, fantasy and mystery books for fun) and I am now halfway through one of them, The Foundation and Earth by Isaac Asimov. I'm taking so long reading it because I only read during my lunch hour and any available idle time.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I've worked a number of jobs in my life, and I can honestly say that I will never be able to tolerate being jobless for even a month. It's not just about the money, either.
For example, when I was sixteen, I worked at a fast food restaurant. After years of easy living, all I could think of was quitting. At night, while washing dirty trays and mopping up floors, I cry inside, thinking that being humiliated tenfold and being treated like a subhuman serving creature is not worth the less-than-minimum wage that I was getting. But after the initial shock, I began to pay more attention to the nuances of the job and less attention to what I was being subjected to.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
This twenty-two year-old movie sort of depressed me. Its about the lives of less advantaged girls of Portuguese descent, coming of age in a world full of clashing personalities and interests. I'm just glad that these same girls - or similar ones - lived to see the change that modern times brought. Now, even the American president is of African descent. The world we now have is one full of possibilities and opportunities for everyone - the internet made that possible, I guess. Times have changed, and its a matter of curious interest for me to watch girls growing up in an age that's different from mine. Still, it was a nice watch. Moral of the story to me? Don't box yourself in the same small town where you grew up. If only these girls knew... life could get better for a Portuguese waitress in a pizza parlor.
I cried watching this film. Julia Roberts plays as Grace, who finds out that her husband, Eddie, is cheating on her. She leaves her house and stays at her dad's house. The crazy thing is that everyone around her tells her to look the other way about her husband's cheating. Her own parents, her friends - most everyone - thinks its just a tiny "slip", that cheating is part of any marriage, and that they as a couple should just smooth-en out kinks and live life as always. Grace is one of the few who are of the opinion that it shouldn't be so. Her life
I guess its pretty obvious that I'm kinda having a Julia Roberts marathon. My Best Friend's Wedding is one of my favorites. This movie kinda reminded me of Five Hundred Days of Summer. It has one message: you may not be the one, but life goes on. It ended happy or sad, depending on whichever perspective you're seeing it from. From Julianne's (Julia Roberts') perspective, it ended in a kind of sad but okay way, not getting the man of your dreams but letting him off to start married life with the woman of his dreams. From Kim's (Cameron Diaz's) perspective, it ended happily ever after. I know I'd rather be
A few nights back, I watched the first half of a zombie movie with a very cool underwater scene of a struggle between a human (who survived), a shark and a zombie. I guess I replayed it over and over in my head. I've never seen an underwater zombie scene in any other movie, after all, let alone one with a shark in it. When I went to bed that night,
The tables have been turned. This isn't a movie where everybody loves Julia Roberts. In fact, everybody - well most everybody - hates her. Julia plays as Isabelle, girlfriend of Luke, a divorcee with two kids. Jacky, Luke's ex, harbors ill feelings towards Isabelle, possibly feeling displaced out of her and Luke's two children,'s lives, Anna and Ben. There is a lot of jealousy and insecurity involved, which harbors even more jealousy and insecurity and hatred. Jacky develops a terminal illness while Luke asks Isabelle to marry him. In the end,
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Pic from Gunaxin.
Okay, I'm on a roll and I can't stop. I have to tell my staple stories, interesting and sometimes freaky stories that I've read / heard about.
The Loving Son
There was once a father who wasin love with cars. He was such a petrol-head that he read and collected magazines about cars, and was so careful with his own car that he did not let anybody else drive it. Every night after work,
Pic taken from The Chive.
I decided to watch horror movies again this afternoon, but as it turns out, my copy of the Candyman film is in French, and I don't speak French. It was still impressive, though, and even when I was a kid I've always thought Candyman was the best looking horror film villain of all time. I had to Google Candyman while I was watching the film to help me follow the plot, and I ended up in a scary website for kids. It was so cool,
I can't decide whom to root for in this movie. In this movie, an obese lawyer (Billy) who defends a crime boss hits and kills a gypsy woman on the road. He and two others cover up the poor old woman's death and were cursed by the gypsy woman's husband. The curse has Billy lose and lose weight until nearly dead. The two others who were responsible in the old woman's death commit suicide. In order to compel the gypsies to take the curse off him,
Friday, April 9, 2010
Taken by C at the Ocean Park.
I'm sitting at home alone while Carlo is spending time with his friends. He left about 2pm today and will be home tomorrow. I tried occupying myself by going to the mall this afternoon, and ended up having a mani / pedi, a facial and foot spa, buying two pairs of shorts, a pair of shoes and a tee shirt. (News: spa girl said I have normal skin -yey!- unlike the last time I went when I was told to have dry skin. Had two cups of Hot Banana Buzz from Mondo Juice, I am addicted!) .When I went home I tried watching the movie my boss lent me (Any Given Sunday) but I can't keep up with the plot. So now I ended up blogging, and I'd like to write about some stuff which made me happy these past few weeks.
Monday, April 5, 2010
My boyfriend received gift certificates for his birthday. He decided to share with me in exchange for some help in shopping, and being the sensible people that we are, we made a list of about a dozen things to buy with the gift certificates: headphones, a cellphone, a room thermometer, shirts, trousers, ties and other office apparel for everyday use, a frying pan or a coffee maker or tableware for our apartment, etcetera, etcetera. In the end, we immensely enjoyed ourselves by spending a huge portion of the gift certificates buying and enjoying what we normally wouldn't spend money on: toys.
Yes, toys, those things that kids play with.