- Last April I was able to meet with my aunt and uncle who arrived from the States for a short vacation. It’s been years since I saw them and I’m glad that they were here again. I had a great time during our family gatherings, laughing and talking with my relatives. Sadly though, I wasn’t able to join them when they went to Caramoan Islands last month due to my work and limited time. My mother and our relatives stayed there for three days, and I was extremely envious that they were able to set foot on the beach where Survivor: Caramoan was filmed. As a consolation though, I will be coming home to Bicol in October. So that’s something to look forward to.
- I had gotten an unusual request from my aunt who came from the States. She asked me and my sister to submit a story to Maalaala Mo Kaya about her experience in America as an immigrant. She loves watching that show for years even before she and my uncle migrated to the States. She thought that since my sister and I are the writers in the family (My sister used to be a writer also but she gave it up. Now I’m the only writer in the family.), it would be a good idea that we write her story and submit it to the show. She’s hoping her story would get picked up and be aired on national television. Personally, if I were to share my own story I would want to write a book about it. Television wouldn’t be the proper medium for me.
- I joined the millions of Filipinos who voted in the recently concluded senatorial elections. I came at the precinct early morning but there were already throngs of people lining up to vote. The voting was quick, though I encountered a problem with the PCOS machine. Apparently the machine was so sensitive to slight crumples that my ballot was rejected several times. After about six tries, the machine finally accepted my ballot. It took me just an hour to do the entire voting process, from the lining up to the voting itself.
Tags: Internet addiction
I admit I’m not the type who is addicted to the Internet. Unlike some people I know, I don’t go online 24/7. Even with the proliferation of social media, I can still live without it. There are other ways of communicating and getting in touch with your friends and loved ones. You don’t have to go online to talk with them. In fact, I would rather have a cup of coffee with friends and chat with them in person than talk with them in a virtual world.
One of the things I noticed in people who are always online is that they tend to prefer communicating in a virtual world rather in person. I’ve met people who are so addicted to social media that when they are around people, the first thing they do is to check-in at Foursquare, Facebook, and Twitter. You can barely have a discussion with them because most of the time, all they do is check their friends’ updates on Facebook with their smartphones. And I just find it ridiculous that they make it a big deal when they are ousted from mayorship on Foursquare.
I am thankful that most of my friends are not like that. When I meet with my friends, we usually have lively discussions on just about anything. We fill each other in with what’s going on with our lives. We focus on the people around us, not on our smartphones or tablets. I know there are lots of advantages of being online. But when it comes to interaction, I prefer doing it offline.
[Photo credit: photosteve101 on Flickr]
Tags: destiny, fate, life lessons
Just when I thought it won’t happen, it did happen. The unexpected became the expected. Now my skies are overcast again and I am faced with a seemingly never-ending dilemma.
I remember what an acquaintance of mine said last week. He said that what happened to us that eventful day was a sign for him to take another path. That got me thinking. Perhaps that was a sign for me, too. Maybe fate is telling me that what I’ve chosen wasn’t the right one for me – that there are other doors out there that I need to open and explore. Perhaps being in that situation would have limit my capabilities and chance of growing.
Fate can be merciless, disheartening, and challenging. But I’ve always believed that a person controls his own destiny, not the other way around. And that is what I’m doing. I just hope that I can steer myself to the right path in no time.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been hitting the local cinemas watching the films that either have won a Golden Globe or a contender for the upcoming Oscar awards. My goal this awards season is to watch as many of the nominated films before the Academy Awards actually happens.
I’m a huge Hollywood movie and television fan and always make it a point to watch the major awards – from the Golden Globes, to the Emmys and the Screen Actors Guild awards (yes I’ll be watching the SAG awards tomorrow). So far, I’ve only seen three nominated films these past weeks but I’ll be watching more as soon as the other movies hit the local cinemas.
Here are my must-see films this awards season:
1. Life of Pi – I’ve seen this film already and I must say, Ang Lee truly deserved to be nominated for directing it. The cinematography is spectacular and the story captivating.
I haven’t read the book, but critics have said that Lee succeeded in making the book “filmable.”
2. Zero Dark Thirty – I was as captivated as any other person during that time when news broke out that Bin Laden was captured and killed by American forces. Who could forget that now famous photo in the Situation Room with Obama and Hillary Clinton watching the raid in that house in Abbottabad? Naturally, I watched this movie based on the raid. I liked the movie except for one thing: why were the soldiers whispering when they were calling out the names of the people inside the Abbottabad house? With all the noise they were making blasting the doors open, occupants of that house obviously knew something was up.
3. Les Miserables – I haven’t seen the play nor read the entire book (it was too long!) but I’ve always liked the story of Les Mis. I had serious doubts of Anne Hathaway playing Fantine but when I saw the film, I was impressed by her performance. Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean was amazing, of course. But what also got my attention was the actress who played Eponine. She was incredible! Her rendition of “On My Own” was gut-wrenching and moving. I’ve read somewhere that Taylor Swift auditioned for the part, but I doubt she could ever play Eponine with all that raw emotions the way Samantha Barks did. Russell Crowe’s performance was ho-hum. Geoffrey Rush played the part of Inspector Javert better than him.
4. The Impossible – This is the next in my lineup of movies to watch. The movie is based on the real life story of a family that was one of the thousands of victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami.
5. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – I wasn’t familiar with this film’s plot until it got recognition during the Golden Globes. Now I’d like to see this movie not only because of the interesting story but also because of the stellar cast that included Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.
6. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – Unfortunately, I missed seeing this film when it hit the local cinemas. It was shown here last year in limited release, but my sister was able to catch it. It was a good movie according to her.
7. Django Unchained – I never liked spaghetti western movies, so I wasn’t sure if I want to watch this movie. But hey, since it’s from Quentin Tarantino, I might just check it out.
8. Lincoln – Honestly speaking, I don’t know much about Abraham Lincoln but I’m very much interested in knowing his story. And Daniel Day-Lewis is a good actor so it’d be fun to watch him play the title role.
9. Silver Linings Playbook – I like the premise of this movie’s story and I think I can relate to it so want to check this out also.
So my overcast sky eventually turned to sunny. There’s really truth to the saying, “Behind every dark cloud is a silver lining.” The new year brought some good luck for me and I hope it will continue in the months to come.
These days are keeping me busy as I started the month with a lot of workload. I was so busy these past two weeks that I barely had time to take a break and catch up with old friends. I think this month will be particularly exhaustive but promising for me as I take on new challenges and changes both in my personal and professional life.