Saturday, February 27, 2010

Rant the Academy - Impossible? Naw.

Who'd ever thought the day would come when I would write about my alma mater in a not-so-nice way. But, ha! The day cometh! And here is the post...

Okay. First of all, I never would have written this if not for the outright stubbornness of the people in there. I have gotten hold of the facts and I, even if I'm done and over with that situation, am seriously irritated, to the point of frustration. This is not the Academy I've known when I was a kid. This is so much different. Gah.

The problems I got hold of are those that pertain to the fourth year high school's affairs. The first is about their "retreat" which was cancelled but is now on again and guess where... FONTANA. Surprise, surprise. I mean, what's up with that? You people took us there last year and I can't remember a thing about it 'cept the fact that my best friends and I slept in one room. That is the only memorable thing but all the others are absolutely crap.

Now that is not the only thing. One more is their refusal to hold a meeting with the parents. The reason? Because not all of them will come. Now what kind of an excuse is that? Splat. There goes your excuse. I think that even if not all of them arrive, at least they'll have a representative. Also, I'd think that perhaps half of the class would come so what kind of problem are you thinking of here?.. Let me tell you that the affairs of the graduating class MUST be discussed by the parents because they are paying for their children's fees and, after all, it's their children's graduation and retreat and not yours.


Naw. I shall no longer continue this since I think I've said enough or something...




Casey James is so HOT.

And he sings so well.

No wonder Kara likes him so so so much.

No wonder her husband came to watch AI during elimination night...


- obsession -

Oh, one more thing about another hot guy: Rafael Nadal. Ahem, for those people who say he's not good-looking. Amph to all of you. That's because you don't appreciate tennis and what it's worth. That's because you're so single-minded that you CANNOT appreciate what true beauty is, people!

Well, I think he looks okay with Shakira and, based on the reviews, it's one hot video. So you, people, shut your mouths and don't talk. You're filling the web with worthless comments. Stop whining because you didn't get the chance to share the screen with the sexy Shakira. And, one more thing, the she-wolf herself chose Nadal as her partner which proves SO MUCH. Ahem. Ahem. Ahem.

Book Review - The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate diCamillo

Rating: 10/10

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is about a china rabbit who cares nothing for love. He is very arrogant because he is owned by a young girl named Abilene, who thinks highly of him. But, one day, he got separated from her. Thus begins the wonderful story of Edward Tulane.

I adore this book. The story is so simple and yet the message is so deep. It's so beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There are times in the book that made me want to cry (and I know that you will, too, once you get to read it). Adding to the book's beauty are the illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline. The awards it received are so well-deserved. Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia, is right when she wrote in her review in Publishers Weekly:

"Why should I care what happens to an arrogant, overdressed china rabbit? But I did care, desperately, and I think I can safely predict you will, too."

It's one of the greatest books I've ever read and I really, really, really recommend it to everyone. (The style of writing is light so it's going to be an easy reading.)

[I'm so glad to know that it's going to have a movie that will be released this year!!)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Wacky Day 2010

Okay. So this is probably the best day I have ever had in my stay at the Kalayaan Residence Hall. Why? That's because we had to wear costumes for the whole day! It's exciting, really. I've had the most fun dressing up and making up.

My costume is that of a female pirate. I can't post pictures now but it's composed of a cream blouse, black skirt, black scarf (which I used as a bandanna), black handkerchief, DIY choker, DIY eye patch, tattered left glove, and beads for my hair. I also used black eyeliner, two shades of dark eye shadow, and brownish lipstick. Ha-ha!

There were some dormers who didn't wear costumes. So KJ.. But most of us wore some! There were a lot of people wearing pajamas and bathrobes. XD Some of us were creative enough. I saw one who cosplayed the Joker in Batman, Tobi and Konan from Naruto, and other more characters!

It's weird but it feels good when people stare at you while you're walking to and from class. The feeling is so delicious that it makes you just SMILE. :) Also, it attracts the attention of everyone, especially your professors. My Kas 2 professor didn't call me for recitation because I was wearing a costume. XD

I had a problem with crossing the road though since my eye patch was covering my left eye. For goodness' sake, I couldn't see what was on my left side. XD It's a good thing we have things such as stop lights and traffic enforcers. :D

New Fanfiction - Unrequited

Yaay! I finally got my stuff together and decided to publish a new story. The anime is Hunter X Hunter. The characters are Illumi Zaoldyeck and an original character. (I seem to have a liking for creating original characters. Oh well.) As you can see, it has a very corny title. I haven't decided if that's going to be the real title.. I suck at summaries so I don't know what to say. Ha-ha! Except that it's probably going to be cheesy. XD

Friday, February 12, 2010

R-r-r-r-r-random list

Okay, so this is a list of things I want to do before I die -slash- things that will probably just remain dreams but it's good to dream anyway:

1. go to Japan
- It is every otaku's dream to visit the birthplace of anime. Not only that, Japan is a nice country with an interesting history.

2. go on a tour around Europe... ALONE
- Come on! It's like, why not get lost in the beautiful "streets" of Venice? Or stumble upon Bran in Wales? Or offer free hugs to strangers in front of the Eiffel Tower? Or stay in a hotel for weeks? Or fight a duel in the Colosseum in Rome? Or meet the Pope in the Vatican? Or meet the Queen? Or see the great island of Santorini? Or enter real castles? Or eventually run out of money and end up begging in the streets of London? That is an adventure.

3. go to Africa
- I want to see the safari! I mean, it looks great on television so why not see it IRL? Also, South Africa sounds like a great place. I'd love to meet people there... And Egypt! It's always been my dream to see the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx~

4. go to New Zealand
- Hey, it's where they shot the Lord of the Rings trilogy and it's a nice, comfy place with a lot of farms and... COWS!

5. go island-hopping around the Philippines
- This'll probably go before all the others because, first, I have to be a tourist in my own country. I want to explore caves (yarr! finding black pearls sounds good), swim with lots of fishes, see the Rice Terraces, and go to Batanes!!

6. write a novel
- Not just an ordinary novel, mind you. It has to be ground-breaking and part of the New York Times Bestseller List or something like that. Maybe when I have already acquired so much wealth from selling the book I'll be able to do the stuff above and the stuff below. :)

7. own a house beside a river
- Specifically, I want the river behind the house but before it, there has to be this pretty lil' garden with lots of daffodils and red roses. The house is white-washed with a front porch and a trellis where bougainvilleas or, better yet, grapes would grow.

8. own an island... minus the natives and rebels.
- Yes, that is a serious dream. :) I'd also prefer if the sand is white.

9. visit a medieval museum
- Who can resist the shiny armor of knights, the saving of damsels in distress, and the Arthurian tales? Well, if you can, you do not have a heart.

10. own a farm and place my house right smack in the middle of it
- I want a farm that's complete with rice and corn fields, horses, carabaos, workers, little huts, and a tree-lined avenue. Aren't tree-lined avenues just romantic?

11. learn how to speak Japanese

12. own a house overlooking the ocean
- I don't care whatever ocean that is as long as it's glinting and pretty in the sun. Ooh, this dream goes right with #10.

13. own a house on top of a mountain
- I may be suffering from acrophobia but nothing beats the view you get from on top of a mountain.

14. be a spelunker, CSI agent, archaeologist, or astronaut for a day
- Dream jobs? You got it!

15. own a restaurant
- It's going to be a square, red-bricked building with seats inside and outside. My restaurant will be the cafe-type but it's not necessarily a cafe. :P It's going to serve lots of pasta, iced tea, no wine, desserts, mashed potatoes, corn, and other stuff I want to put.

16. ride a double-decker bus
- Heck, it looks exciting!

17. go to Prince Edward Island in Canada
- Okay, so this is the island where L.M. Montgomery's stories take place. Yay!

18. pass through Baker Street
- Nyah. I know 221B Baker Street doesn't really exist but whatever...

19. visit the graves of Arthur Conan Doyle, Oscar Wilde, L.M. Montgomery, Jose Rizal, etc.

20. grow a rose garden
- Just because they're so pretty. A greenhouse would be a nice addition, too.

21. visit Disneyland
- We're all kids at heart, no?

22. found an orphanage
- It's going to be called CAMCO, or Cast All My Cares Orphanage. :D

23. buy a BMW or a black Ferrari
- Because... Because... Because!

24. study at Bible school
- It's not really that I want to be a pastor but that'll be cool too. I want to know more things about the greatest book in the world EVAR!

25. own a HUGE library
- For oh-so-obvious reasons...

26. perform in a stage
- Whether it be singing, dancing, acting, or playing in the piano, I want to. But not now. :P

27. work for K-Zone
- Another of my dream jobs!

28. be an archaeologist
- It's interesting and it's lonely work. 'Nuff said.

29. time travel!
- If I could, I would go to the medieval times in Europe. :)

30. own a jet
- Ha-ha!

31. get serenaded
- *wink wink*

32. get married in either a garden or beach setting
- Dream dream dream dream dream...

33. have twin children
- one boy, girl and name them Dennis and Denise... That was serious.

34. go to the Polynesian islands
- Because the islands are so nice and the people seem fun!

35. own an SLR camera

36. be a lawyer
- Dream job!

37. be a neurologist
- Yup. That's inspired by 1 Liter of Tears.

38. meet a real CSI agent
- They're cool and their job is so interesting!

39. go on a polar expedition
- Aah... There's nothing better than "chillin' out" with penguins, polar bears, and scientists.

40. make everyone around me... HAPPY~


"Weren't you ever in love?" I asked.
"Being in love and getting married, now, that's two different things. I was in love once, of course I was. Nobody should go through life without falling in love."
"But you didn't love him enough to marry him?"
She [August] smiled at me. "I loved him enough," she said. "I just loved my freedom more."

- page 146, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

No, no, no. You probably got the wrong idea when you thought that this was gonna be a mushy kind of post. No, actually it's quite different... But, there! That book is so lovely it did the talking for me. Well, we could all learn a thing or two from August and this is what I got from her. I actually had those last words glued on my mind...

Well, anyway. This post is going to be about my backing out of the application process for a CMC-based organization. Yes, I know, I'm such a fool to back out because the application is fairly easy and I'm only two steps away from being inducted. But, yeah, I'm that complicated that I'd back out during this time. So I texted Kuya Ryan and told him that I was no longer going to continue. As expected, he replied and asked me why. I made a flimsy excuse about having to focus on my academics. But, now, yeah. That is a big, gigantic LIE. Actually, I don't think I care much about academics (as much as I did in the first and the start of this semester). It's like come what may now (during the second semester, at least). But, whatever. I don't want responsibilities and all that stuff that comes with joining an organization. Sure, it's fun - most people would tell me that - but it ain't my kind of life. I'm sorta antisocial and a hikikomori like the girl that Sunako Nakahara is and I LOVE being alone. I'd rather go org-less for all I care. I know, that's kind of funny to most people but that is true to me. I love the loneliness and I'd embrace it happily. Nyah. Maybe that's why I want to be a writer so much because writing is such lonely, lonely work. Maybe that's also why I love books. They're so companion-like and they lull you to sleep... I'd rather spend a whole year in a library ALONE than spend one night in the middle of a crushing crowd and a rock concert.

... But I'm not an emo person. :)

Book Review - Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Rating: 7/10

Okay, it's science fiction but it's not my kind of thing. The events were too fast for me and it was like it was all a blur (like those jet cars in the story). But still, it's a fun read and a lot of us could learn so much from it... Like, "TRASH SUMMARIZATION!!" or things like that. :P I personally liked the character of Clarisse McClellan because she's such a darling and she's seventeen and insane. Now that my type of character. I was kind of disappointed when she disappeared in the story. That was bad... Maybe, if we ever came to this period in time, I'd be sitting around the fire with the old men. Is that something to look forward to? Probably... I would memorize the Sherlock Holmes stories..!

Book Review - The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Rating: 8/10

I like this book very much because it screams "FEMINISM" and "EQUALITY!" all throughout. I like Lily's character - headstrong, complex, and innocent but somehow, sometimes, it makes you feel like she's so old. The trio of colored women is also interesting. Throw Rosaleen and the Daughters of Mary in and you've got a whole lotta love! The story is simple and very, very uplifting. I strongly recommend this book!

And, oh, bee-keeping is also interesting. I no longer wonder why Sherlock Holmes chose it as his past time. :)

Plus, I'm itching to watch the movie and see how Dakota Fanning and the others delivered their roles. Did they do the characters justice? I wanna know!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Series Review - SMILE

Rating: 10/10

It's no wonder that this Japanese drama won Best Drama of Spring 2009 during the 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix. It's great and very inspirational. I love it!! The actors were also very good; all three of them - Matsumoto Jun, Aragaki Yui, and Nakai Kiichi - won awards in the said event. I'm so happy for them. It's definitely something they could be proud of, really. It's clearly aimed at fighting prejudice and discrimination towards foreigners. I'm glad because, until now, people have not given up Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream.

The drama is also prevalent all through out the series and it just escalates as each episode passes. Shun Oguri's portrayal of Hayashi Seiji is positively creepy and it just makes me chilly all over whenever he comes into view. But, in the end, we never really know... It turns out he's also hurting inside... But I don't want to spoil for some people who haven't watched it yet..

I can really say that SMILE is better than 1 Liter of Tears. It's something I can really watch over and over again without getting tired of. I'm definitely not deleting the 11 episodes (6.66GB) from my laptop. :)

Watch it, onegai!