Sublime

Honestly I didn't even know what the movie was about, I even misspelled the title of the movie while at the ticket booth (Sometimes I don't even know why I write when I can't even say some words right! Embarrassed much?), but the person who accompanied me to the movies said that it was going to be a good movie, and it's a good thing I didn't regret trusting his basic good natural instincts.

The whole movie I can only remember complimenting the lighting of the sets! The funny thing that I can still clearly recall was that I thought it was a cartoon's trailer at the beginning of the movie since it felt so 3-dimension. The setting, the background, EUROPE! Jaw-dropping. The interesting part about The King's Speech is that it was based on a true story, and these kind of stories are the ones to watch. Basically it tells a story about a king who had stammering problems, which reminded me of Winston Churchill, the famous Prime Minister, who also suffered speech impediment in his younger years. The soundtrack, one of the best part of the movie, was very catchy. Colin Firth, who got the lead role as King George VI, played an astonishing yet challenging character that made me wonder the whole movie on how long did it take for him to get into character and to get that stuttering to look so evidently real. The movie also painted the loyalty of his wife who supported him throughout the whole process, how she helped him to seek help, and encouraging him while doing so. The Queen found a so-called 'doctor,' named Lionel Logue, who turned out to be a senior actor that succeeded in helping the King put his stammering problems to an end. I love how he said, "My game, my turf, my rules," when the Queen insisted for Logue to do 'therapy' in her house (Or it's better referred as a palace!), because Logue had ways of his own in dealing with King George's problem, a very unusual and rather odd ways, if I may add. It reminded me of how Anne Sullivan dealt with little Helen Keller, how I learned that eventually perseverance pays off. This movie taught me about friendship, and I also learned that change might not be what we want, but change might just be the one thing we need.



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Took the Words Out of My Mouth

You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before, she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She's not perfect, you aren't either, and the two of you may never be perfect together. But if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break - her heart. So don't hurt her, don't change her, don't analyze and don't expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad and miss her when she's not there.

- Bob Marley

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Friends with Benefits

I've never seen Natalie Portman did any comedy before, but a good actress is a good actress no matter what genre she was told to act out on. Although I personally love what Cameron Diaz has served to the table when she played co-starring Mr. Kutcher in "What Happens in Vegas," then again, if you turn the tables and make Cameron play Natalie's roles in the past, she wouldn't have done it as good as she did, so every actresses have their own "comfort zones," so to speak. Despite of it all, Portman and Kutcher made a really cute and sweet couple. Ashton Kutcher is such an eye candy and in the movie, seeing him being soaked in blue colors, like driving a blue BMW, and a cute plaided blazer that he wore on his Valentine's date, was a really delightful treat. There were some "Wow" moments like when Ashton said, "I'm warning you, if you take one step closer, I'm never letting you go," that was sweet. And how Natalie stood up for Ashton when she said that she'll choose Ashton over any guy on their dinner when Ashton's ex-girlfriend told him that she was planning to have a baby with Ashton's dad (awkward scene, I know!).

Although I personally think they got the cycle all wrong, how they have to have sex in order to realize that they're in love with each other, but I totally get the message of how sometimes you fall for the person you said you would never fall for or think you could ever fall for. Love is inevitable and the more you deny it, the stronger it comes back to you. I see a lot of myself in Emma (Not in the striking bone structure way or extremely overworked person). How she felt the need to be strong for her family, or the way she kept seeing all these flaws in a guy when she could just give love a try, the walls she built, I definitely know what that felt like. I guess what eliminated her fear of falling in love was following her intuitions, even when she was unsure of it at the moment. I love how she had to feel the regret of (almost) losing Ashton, that was something that really hit me in the head!

Even when they have made an agreement that they won't ever fall in love with each other, you can tell that they will end up together, or else I'll put the scriptwriter down to the grave. I mean, who doesn't want a happy ending, right? Oh wow, "Rhythm of Love" by Plain White T's was the closing soundtrack at the end of the movie, and now it's playing on my iTunes. Creepy. Oh well, it was a movie that would be anyone's favorite. Entertaining, heartwarming, sweet. You'll never know, unless you give it a try.



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xoxox

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Dummy2Dummy Guide: Play on Broken Strings

Again, not trying to act like such a "know-it-all," I just want to write a few things I learned from hearing my friend's stories and from a few books I read. It is extremely hard to keep a relationship once you've found how imperfect your lover is. The key is to make room for each other's mistakes, accepting the fact that they have faults is a good start. Secondly, talk it through. Often times relationships fall apart 'cause there were too many stuffs going on and yet both minds silently agreed to hide it from each other. Give him/her a chance to be the best that he/she can be, even if it means creating a few mishaps along the way. After all, we're still having a hard time figuring who we really are. There will be bad days, don't drown yourself constantly in negativity. Always choose peace. Don't be reminded by the mistakes in the past, remember that love gives room for forgiveness. Just remind yourself that your relationship will be going to the next level once you've went through a difficult phase or test. It's so much easier to dictate each other's imperfections, but the challenge is to see past that. Stop making tiny little sticky notes in your head about your lover's mistakes. If you think you're the one who's always right, take a few moments to think this through: Would you rather be the right person all the time or would you rather save your relationship? If you want to save your relationship, then you would have to remember to always put your ego aside. It takes a person with a big heart to apologize when he/she realizes that he/she is wrong, but it takes a whole lot of courage to say sorry to something he/she didn't do, 'cause you consciously realize your relationship worth so much more than your ego.

I want to tell you a really sweet story that is based on an actual event about a newlywed, whose wife accidentally crashed her car that was her wedding gift from her recently official husband. So an old man who bumped into her car approached to this woman and asked her with a friendly tone, "Are you okay, Miss?" She had a hard time answering him while crying her heart out, "I'm fine," she stutters, "It's just that, my husband just gave me this car and I'm scared that he is going to flip. I don't know what to do," she answers as her forehead began to wrinkle, showing signs of frustration through her face. "He'll understand," the old man tried to comfort her, "Give me all your insurance details, I will take care of it and we can carry on to wherever we're going." She was getting more uneasy as she answered with tears falling down her cheeks, "I'm not even sure we have insurance," her lips started to shiver, making it hard for her to talk. "Why don't you see what's in there?" The old man pointed to the glove compartment and told her to check if it's inside. She opened it and found informations about the insurance details with an envelope attached to it. She opened the envelope and there's a note inside that says, "Honey, if you ever had an accident, please remember that I love you, not this car."

That's what I meant about seeing past through each other's imperfections. You realize that at one point he/she will not be what you expect them to be, but you love them regardless. You might think that you and your lover are just so... Different. It is supposed to be that way! You two are supposed to be different! If you were to find someone exactly the same, you're suppose to date your own clone! Don't ask your lover to change, instead, the challenge is to adapt with the behavior and still cause you to fall over and over again for them, even harder every time, because your differences are supposed to make you grow stronger. Your strengths should cover your lover's flaws, and it works the other way around. You are supposed to complete each other, not compete against each other!

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Commitment Phobia

At first, the thought of serious relationship scares the heck out of me. Let alone marriage. I know that many people whose parents have separated have had the same thoughts as I do. I used to think, I just can't acknowledge the point of getting together if at the end of it all; it will fall apart. I figured, if I don't bet anything, I have nothing to lose. Forever is a broken promise, where sooner or later one of the two would fail to keep.

"Love cures commitment phobia." One of the lines that caught my attention from the hit box office "He's Just Not That Into You." If so, then is it true; that all my life, I haven't fallen foolishly in love? If it's true, then I can't think of anyone whose life is as sad as mine, not even the homeless who worries for the need of tomorrow's meal.

So was it because I've fallen for all the wrong kinds of men? Or was it my explicitly self-trained skill of living an independent and solo life? I guess the fear of getting my heart broken is the only thing that broke my heart. Felt the need for a change. The need to let go. The fear for tomorrow will only take away today's happiness, and there's nothing more beautiful in life than to love someone, and knowing they love you back; which only adds to the head-spinning sensation. Maybe I used to think that this gamble is frightening because what happened might not be real, and what you felt, he might not feel. I spent so much time worrying all the reasons why it won't work out, when on the other hand I can easily find the right reasons why it definitely will.

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The Perfect Day is Everyday

I guess I can't really pinpoint the perfect day of my life. It's true how the best days of your life are yet to come. But the ugly truth is that it's not all butterflies and rainbows all the time, there are moments where you have to learn from the days you've went through too. Even when you thought that day couldn't get any worst, you can still take the good from the bad. I know I sound like such a "cup-half-full" person, but it's true how happiness is a choice, even when it doesn't seem like a potentially possible option, drag yourself to a happy place or create your happy thoughts if you have to! I'm no expert, I'm learning to do so myself, and it is not an easy task. I usually turn to a family member, or a close friend, someone on my "to-share" list, when things get unbearable. Although I found myself to be a little on the quiet side these days, it is for the better I suppose, I don't really like to give burden on any other people's shoulders. Even sometimes I've planned the days ahead from a long time before the days even started, I forgot that sometimes, some things are just beyond my control. If it makes you feel any better, remember this, someone, somewhere out there, is having a much worse day than you do. So don't try your hardest to make the day goes perfectly, sometimes it's those little surprising moments that we don't cherish turn out to be the ones that we remember a lifetime. It is also true how I once read, "Life isn't tied with a bow, but it is still a gift."



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xoxox

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Telepathic Rendezvous

I remembered it like it was just yesterday. He was wearing grey and I was wearing black. The two colors that would least describe what Valentine was like. Maybe we subconsciously realize that we would rather bear the pain than to settle with normality. At first I wasn't looking forward for Valentine's, it was great because I didn't expect anything at all out of it, I thought it was going to be some ordinary day like the rest, turns out the best things happen when you least expect them to. It was raining, and there were traffic everywhere. He was trying to keep track of time, but the warm and cozy feeling had the clock racing to the beat of my heart. I really want to tell everything in detail, by time I probably will, at the moment all the feelings are just mine to keep. I can't even say what was the best part of the day, whether it was the bookstore hopping, the lunch in between traffic, the 'treasure hunt,' the concert, the dinner, the late night walk while it drizzles, or the last drive before saying goodbye. Valentine felt more like being kidnapped for a day, and yet the thief stole nothing but my heart.

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Burlesque

You know what they say, if you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself. After the mixed feedbacks I got for Burlesque, I finally saw the movie myself. I remember I have always waited for her part when she sang "Lady Marmalade" for the soundtrack of the movie "Moulin Rouge," Christina Aguilera is definitely born for the part. Although she is not a teenager anymore (Who could have guessed that she's turning 31!), her front bangs supported a much younger look. I haven't seen "Nine," so I can't really compare Burlesque to it.

I'm a fan of musicals, so I knew that I was in for an amusing treat! Christina deserves the top spot, even from the beginning of the movie I was already captivated by her big voice. I can tell that Christina is very petite, but size shouldn't underestimate skill! At first I thought the musical numbers were just okay, but as the movie goes on, it gets even harder to get your eyes off of Christina. She looks so gorgeous without the heavy make-up. Kristen Bell played alongside this mother of one as the rival inside the Burlesque bar. Of course Bell beat Aguilera in the acting section, but Aguilera undoubtedly scored a home run in the singing and dancing part of the movie. No movie is complete without a love interest, and in this case, it was not disappointing. The storyline in general was nothing new to me, but still gives a fresh twist to the already awesome performances. There was one number of Christina channeling her inner Marilyn Monroe, with the popping red lipstick and golden curly hair, she looks absolutely stunning. My favorite is when Christina was front and center, no background singers, not even one dancer in sight, and she was wearing this bright alluring green dress, belting out her amazing vocals, I was blown away with her performance, instant goosebumps! Some people actually thought that the movie is too revealing, but to me it didn't push any boundaries, it showed just the right amount of things. But let's not be fake about it, this is the kind of movie that will get guys sitting at the edge of their seats!


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xoxox

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Asian Pride

People tend to underrate Asian movies and have overrated some of the Western movies. Honestly, Asian movies are as interesting and should have earned enough credit to be reckoned with just as the Hollywood movies get all the glory. Slumdog Millionaire for example, it took my breath away. I love seeing movies that make you think, not just the same-old same-old which you can guess the ending from seeing the trailer or the poster of the movie!

Andy Lau and Jackie Chan alone were enough to catch my eyes and get me into seeing the movie. Although the setting of the movie was very old fashioned, it didn't miss the tiny details, so it really made you feel like you're living a hundred years in the past. I think everyone were doing great with the acting, the familiar faces did an excellent job of playing each of the character. The movie did an amazing job with playing with the audience's emotions, it had always been intense from the beginning, it had its touching moments, it had its hilarious scenes too, this movie keeps you on your feet. It is actually tougher for Asian movies to make the scenes where they're getting physical. Fighting scenes are not a piece of cake, they have to do the choreography and one wrong move can cost them! It's not a movie that only required shooting skills and just killing the enemies with a shot in the head and they're dead, but they actually have to train themselves into getting fit enough to do the kung fu.

The great thing is also it's not pointless, but it actually shows a huge variety of moral in the message of the movie. This movie taught me about loss, betrayal, regrets, and last but not least, forgiveness. I learned one very important thing too, make steamed buns, not war! :)




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xoxox

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Trust

I wonder why I care so much about how people would feel about things when they don't even care I have feelings. Isn't it sad? You try your hardest never to let your loved ones down, but all you got in return is hurt. I guess it's true how they said that the people you love most are the ones who have the keys to disappoint you the most. Maybe that's why I've never been so attached to someone, 'cause I know for sure that one day, sooner or later, they will crush your heart to a million pieces. The tragic scene lies beneath the assurance of credibility. I wish I can be heartless for a while. Not to be bitter or mourn over the feeling of betrayal. Sad how I would guard my friend's secrets with my life and yet your friend makes it seem like the more you tell them you can't tell a soul, the more people are going to hear about it. Oh fragile ol' spirit, when will you ever learn that you should never lean on anyone?

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Hot Air Balloon

I apologize for the lack of posts lately, my internet just wouldn't want to compromise when I needed it most. So what I did was, from a few posts earlier, I've been posting it from my Blackberry (Maybe you've noticed I've been using the standard font and didn't edit a single word in the couple posts I've done earlier, not even at the end of the post, referring to the 'keep the faith' sign). But I've learned that if you don't get what you work for, then you just have to work with what you've got.

February has been going okay so far, I got a feeling that it'll get better. One of the fun things I did at the beginning of the month was going out with my brother and getting through the bookshelves in Times. It was a surprise for me when my brother told me that he wanted to go to the bookstore. Well, because I felt that it's something new for him since I thought he'd never read books unless it's fully colored and there's pictures in it! But well, I would never ignore the good intentions, interests can expand too, you know. And to my surprise, he's actually a good company! One of the books that caught our eyes was this gigantic book that felt more like an encyclopedia actually, filled with names and informations from all countries around the world, from A to Z, Argentina, to Zimbabwe, (also other name of countries in between, some of which I didn't even know exist!) and it's not like any other travel books that are boring and pointless, this one actually lets your mind wander and brings your imagination to a whole different dimension. It provided the 'all-you-need-to-know' lists, such as the best time to go to that particular place, the words that might come in handy, and of course it didn't miss the simple details like the to-do-list when you get there, the informations about the culture for us to adjust when you arrive to a country. The first thing that came in mind was, "Whoa, whoever got to travel to all this amazing places to gather informations and pictures is one lucky fella!" I think everyone would agree that even people who don't enjoy riding on airplanes would want to travel the world. It didn't take long for me and my brother to have wild dreams of us seeing those places. From the lovely smell of airports that I can't get rid of, the laid back and fun trips that might end up as memories we'll remember forever.


Memories. I asked my brother, wouldn't it be cool if we get to travel to all these jaw-dropping places? We might want to bring this book and put a check on every page of the country that we've been to. Then he brought me back to Earth and said that the book was too heavy for us to bring anywhere (it probably weighs up to 3 kilos, or more! No kid!). I told my brother we should bring a piece of the country to remind us by, like the menu of a restaurant from the country for example, since postcards are a lame souvenir! Of course it's fun to imagine doing all those things! Do you know the couple who sold everything they possessed back at their hometown to record their journey of traveling all around the world and sold all their documentaries to make a fortune? Doesn't sound like a bad idea to me! Who's with me? ;)

...Ha. I'm a koo koo head! What else is new!



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Waking Up to Reality

It's February. Not one of the most anticipated month of the year, next to July, sort of avoiding the fact that I'm turning 19 that month (man I hate birthdays...), but this situation has nothing to do with the fact that the "Worldwide Fraud for Couples Scheme" that the greeting cards and chocolate company try to pull off, best known as Valentine's. I have embraced flying solo for so long, I don't think I'll ever forget how to deal with little speed bumps like being single on V-day.

I'm more anxious because this month is the month of decisions. Where some of the things I have been waiting for will come down to a conclusion. I don't like the thought of waiting in uncertainties, I'd rather know even if it hurts me. Just like what I'm doing with love, I'm trying hard not to expect too much. I've dealt with changes and learn to surrender to its consequences. And I've been caught up with different kinds of feelings lately. The feeling of hope again, the thought of maybe I can give love another try. The scary thing that I'm terrified about is not that people can change, it's what's changes can cost you. Losing people. I still haven't fully sink goodbyes in. The magic of goodbyes never fail to cease me in awe. Even when I see the signs, I ignore it. That's what love can do to you, damage the remarkable function of the brain. It starts to stop taking control then the heart steps right in.

On a much lighter note, I'm happy that January was a month filled with a lot of "Friends-I-Haven't-Seen-In-A-While" meetings. One of which is the one I just had yesterday, with Rizky, I call him Bix, a good friend I met in junior high. He's also a good friend of my brother's. We were also neighbors and met almost every day at the basketball court in the afternoon, and the great thing is he knows every inch of my story yet he never looked down upon me. He's like the other older brother. He hasn't changed much. Always concerned on my work, on why I'm still single, and seem to be worried about me considering to be a nun or a lesbian (ha! Inside joke...). Gotta love the advices he gave about taking care of myself. He told me about a lot of his part of this life too, family, girlfriend, Uni life and stuffs, and he's the funny person that could light up a dead conversation. The ice breaker, I suppose. I'm blessed with such great friendships in my life. Maybe the fairies need to spread a little luck dust on the love section. Okay, maybe I can use like a lot and I say that in the least desperate way possible!


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