Monday, April 9, 2012

Headache

Shelly Long said:
"I've helped people get rid of headaches by placing my hand on their forehead, and backaches by placing my hand on their back. It's a powerful example of love that really works."

At this moment, I'm experiencing this intense headache and I'm still waiting for the paracetamol to kick in and do its work. I have my removal exam tomorrow and it really sucks reviewing for it with a heavy pounding on my head.

So, that's it basically.
May the mass time acceleration be with me.
May the odds be ever in my favor.
And may I keep calm and carry a wand.

Ciao!

Arise!

Yesterday, aside from hearing the inspiring talks from the Prophet and the Apostles, the youth of our Stake also had a devotional in preparation from the upcoming Stake Youth Conference this April 12 - 14. 

It was really inspiring, we heard talks from Sis. Melissa Daniel and Elder Haws (a missionary from Utah - the same missionary who addressed us during our tour at the MTC last month).

Sis. Melissa shared this really cool poem by Dr. Seuss

“Today you are you
That is truer than true.
There is no one alive
Who is youer than you.”

How true isn't it? And Elder Haws talked about the preparation we need to do now for our future missions. Anyway, I won't make this post long but will leave you with this amazing song which is the song for the mutual theme this year:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Take One.

It's been a long time since I've been involved in film. Not the major kind of film but the homemade ones. Like for school projects and everything. And as far as I can remember, I've always directed those kind of things in school.

That's why it amazes me so much because I'm back at it again. But I'm not the director, mind you. I'm actually gonna act which will be so weird for me.

The video is actually for our presentation this upcoming Stake Youth Conference in Bulacan. And the Young Women of our ward will depict about the right standards for the use of the internet. Just moments ago, I was making the outline of the different scenes and I can feel the rush of ideas coming out which is so cool.

And earlier this day, we had our first try at it. We filmed scene one wherein we're on our way home from church activity and we're saying our goodbyes.

It was a very awesome day that I get to bond with my fellow YW (while playing Hangaroo and doing lots of takes) and my leaders. Below is a picture on this awesome day and it's followed by the short video of our fail attempt at the first scene. xx






Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Some Inspiring Words

Last Sunday, I was reading my cousin's copy of New Era this April 2012. At the back page of it, I found this really inspiring poem that comes with a picture of a forest. So I decided to accompany this post with a picture of a forest (not the same one).

The Sacred Grove (by Greg Olsen)


The Quiet of the World

By Katie Rane


When there is too much to do
And never enough time to do it.
When the world expects so much
And I can only give a little.
When life goes by so quickly
That suddenly tomorrow is past:

I stop sometimes
And look around.
I realize
Life is simple:

In the smell of new rain.
In the warmth of the sun.
In the touch of the breeze.
In the eyes of a child.
In the blue of the sky.

And I find joy
In the quiet of the world.
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And earlier this afternoon, the missionaries visited us and shared something. One of them is still a trainee and is not quite used with Tagalog yet so we have to hang on to every word he said. By the end however, he seemed to gave up and said something really impressive in English. He said

"Everybody deserves happiness, everybody deserves repentance."

I knew why that particular thing stuck with me. And indeed it was true. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight 
by Jennifer E. Smith

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it. (Book Description)

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I discovered this book while browsing in Amazon. My first impression is that the cover looks like some sort of cover you'll see in writing sites. In short, it looks amateurish. But they say never judge a book by its cover. Upon reading the book description, I was intrigued. Love in 24 hours? Love at first sight? And it all sounds so cool so I gave it try. 

And Oh my gosh! This has to be one of the best YA Novels out there. It's not just about Hadley's story but it's every girl's story. I found myself in her shoes. This novel is about the real life, no magic, no dark creatures, no high technologies but the words used and the flow of the prose are both strong and really powerful that I was sobbing so hard.

What I was expecting was a real cheesy romance. Yes, there is romance but it's really deep and most of the time fun. That's because of our hero Oliver. And I absolutely fell for this guy! He's real, not some shallow character just powered by his looks and huskiness but really a complex character as well. I love all their fun times and cried at their hard times! And to think that it all indeed happened in 24 hours! (I salute you Jennifer Smith!)

But it's not entirely romance. Because romance just makes you giddy and giggly and hopelessly hope for your own Oliver. But this book is about family, - parents to be exact. I can feel the doubts and pain Hadley is experiencing in the first parts and I completely adore the self-discovery in the end. It took me to a brand new light about my parents as well. I love the surprise about Oliver as well. I swear I found myself crying alongside Hadley and sobbing that, "No, no! It can't be!"

Overall, I toally love this! And will treasure all the lessons and romance in here! A very great and must read!

Below are the book trailers in both Hadley's and Oliver's POV.







The Hunger Games



THE HUNGER GAMES

Directed by: Gary Ross
Starring :Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives. (Source: iMDb)


The first word I would use to describe the film is: "DIZZYING".  Indeed it was. The camera was wild especially during running scenes and stuff but nonetheless the movie is still "AWESOME" like Barney's kind of awesome.

I don't know why but I felt kind of bitter because I bet these filmmakers had learned so much from the past movie adaptations of renowned books on how are they going to do this thing. On how will they make people like it and that is by one simple thing: by sticking to the book's storyline.

And they did stick to the storyline. And that's what makes it amazing. I love how Jennifer Lawrence really brought out Katniss from the book. Very fierce. And her acting is really great. So are Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale). Haymitch and Effie are perfect for their role. Everything's so great and awesome. The movie might me dizzying but it kept everything in action and although my head almost split with the images on the screens the thing actually works. It was almost perfect.

Almost.

There are just some tiniest bit of disappointment. Topping the list was the scene when Peeta declared that he had a long time crush on Katniss. And what's everybody's expression?! "BLAAAAH" It was a huge blahh moment for me. I was actually looking forward for that scene. But what a huge blahhhh. Thankfully Katniss made up for that blahh moment when she cornered Peeta and demanded about that revelation. Her acting is really good.  So we might as well overlook that.

Another thing I hate was the long silences. When there were fighting, and during Katniss' lamentation on Rue's death. There's this mega huge silence thing. Sure, it might have worked for some scenes but it doesn't work for me. I want to feel those scenes and the silence doesn't do that for me.

Another blaaaah moment was Rue's death. The lullaby wasn't that emphasized. And it's not that remarkable. My friends and I were actually trying to remember the tune but it was blaaaaaah. So we haven't remembered it. 

Lastly, the last part on how Peeta's supposed to be hurt when he discovered it's a for show- the romance all for the show isn't there. I think if there's a scene that's gonna make me cry that would be it. But nothing. WAH. Hahaha. I was left hanging by Peeta's line "I don't want to forget"

Well, enough ranting. If only one could overlook those things, this movie is so great. I love the parts when they show the gamemasters on how are they doing the game and their expressions upon viewing the romance between the main characters. And I love how they show Gale's face! Haha. it was a majow "AWWWWW" moment for everyone inside the cinema. 

Oh, I almost forgot I've got another problem. Gale and Cato are two very handsome men. How could they kill that handsome Cato? And Gale! Gale's fase rise about the other District 12 guys. And Peeta too! *Sigh. Katniss is such a lucky girl. Haha!

Over all, it was a must watch! xx


Saturday Date Craze

Late night of March 30, 2012 a few hours before this major exam of mine in Physics a friend of mine and I were still chatting uncaring that in a few hours we'll be crying our eyes out of how hard was the exam. So yeah, we were frustrated for a while but the prospect of watching this very much anticipated film "Hunger Games" is the only thing to be excited for that day.

It was all planned out weeks, or months ago. Usually, I hate planned dates because they were usually not that fun but this one's so cool.

We walked the long way from NIP to Jelou's dorm because we'll ride the jeep in front of Kalay. But then every single one's full so we walk the usual way towards the terminal near Chelsea's dorm. It was raining and as usual I was so careful walking along the overpass. When Chels noticed how slowly I was walking she just laughed at me. No one can really blame me. I don't want a slipping-on-the-wet-overpass part 2. Haha.

On the terminal, we have another huge problem. It's because every SM North Edsa Jeep is full. So I kept on shouting "SM, SM! SM North Edsa!" It was crazy but we're all desperate to hail a ride because we might be late for the movie! In the end, a not-so-full FX came and we're well on our way to North EDSA.

Inside the vehicle, we talked about so many things. About the exam, how we solve for that particular problem in physics (I think we might have looked so nerdy to other people with all the physics terms we're using), about our block mates, about the Hunger Games, and about the song 'EYES OPEN.' Hear the song below.


Hahaha. I know the song's alright. And it absolutely reflects the concept of THG movie. But lately, a block mate (Peter) had been singing this song to me in a funny high-pitched voice. And it was just so funny. Especially in the part "Keep your ah-eyes, open." Hahahha. I'm literally laughing right now just thinking about it. So inside that FX, I kept on singing that particular line of the song without the slightest thought about the other people who could hear me. I sang it until Chelsea had bout of LSS from it. Hahaha. But the song is really great! Even better than Safe&Sound

And again, that was the best FX ride of my life. 

I feel like I'm experiencing a lot of first with these girlfriends of mine. And it made feel so grateful about that fateful day on our first day in college where we all had lunch together and sat side-by-side during classes. It all seem so trivial but this great feeling started with that. ;)

Great, enough drama. So we went to the mall and had lunch on the food court. And Chelsea were exclaiming about the cosplayers around us (for there was a cosplay event on the mall at that moment). We talked about religion (it all started with the dinuguan thing) and names. 

Its like discovering a part of them I never knew existed. (When we're talking about names) Like how I never knew Rizza's name means "little heart", the origins of Jelou's "Jean Louise" and Jemee''s weird name. I don't know why but that simple thing really made me so happy ;)

When it was near 3:40 we went to the movie house watch the movie. It was great totally. (New post for the movie review soon) But the best part was hearing Chelsea's low voice inside the dark theater. I think she's commenting about the movie or complaining. I don't know but it's just so.... Chelsea.

So I was great! The whole Saturday had been great, until the time we were inside the MRT on the way home. (We waved at people in different stations. We've been doing that frequently since our bus ride. Haha) And I went home really happy that my parents almost find it so strange. ;))


Monday, April 2, 2012

Marked as to-read

For the past year, I have been starting some books and have this habit of not finishing them. Take for example Beth Revis' "Across The Universe". I've read like four chapters but soon stopped. Then there's Hilary Duff's Elixir, Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire, Becca Fitzpatrick's Silence, Nicholas Sparks' The Choice, and the list goes on. So. here am I... aiming to read this list this summer of 2012. . .
Namely:


  • Hush, Hush Book 3, "Silence"
  • THG Books 2-3, "Catching Fire & Mockingjay"
  • Hex Hall Book 3, "Spellbound"
  • Lauren Oliver's "Before I Fall"
  • Delirium Book 2, "Pandemonium"
  • Hilary Duff's "Elixir"
  • Stephenie Perkin's "Lola and the Boy Next Door"
  • Nicholas Sparks' "The Choice"
  • Sarah Dessen's "Dreamland"
  • Beth Revis "Across the Universe" Trilogy
  • John Green's "Looking For Alaska"
  • Erich Segal's "Love Story"
  • Nora Robert's "Brazen Virtue"
  • Louise Rennison's "Wuthering Tights"
  • William Goldman's "The Princess Bride"
  • Rachel Hawthorne's "Suite Dreams"
  • The Flappers Book 2, "Ingenue"
  • Myra McEntire's "Hourglass"
  • Jennifer Jaberley's "Crush Control"
  • David Nicholl's "One Day"
  • Liz Braswell's "Nine Lives of Chloe King"
  • Nora Robert's "Morrigan's Cross"
  • Sarah Addison Allen's "The Girl Who Chased The Moon"
  • Sohpie Littlefield's "Banished"
  • Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
  • Susane Colasanti's "So Much Closer & Waiting For You"
  • Josephine Angelini's "Starcrossed"
  • Lauren Kate's Fallen Trilogy
Whoa! That's a lot of books! And I intentionally put Fallen Trilogy last because I have such a big issue about that book. Haha. So well, yeah! That's it! But even before starting this list I need to focus on my upcoming exam. My last for this sem!

So there. May the odds be ever in my favor! And yours too!

UP NEXT: Entry about my awesome Saturday date with my girlfriends! 
Plus! Book review on Jennifer Smith's "A Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight"