One Goal: Education for All

Friday, 4 August 2017

FINALLY FOUND SOMEONE

DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND,

No pressure. Take your time. Be the man that God wants you to be.


Your future wife


*Sinubaybayan ko ang istoryang Laida at Miggy pero para sa pelikulang ito, binitawan ko muna ang alaala at kilig ko sa kanilang dalawa dahil ayokong mag-compare.

*Umaandar ang soksay thoughts ko sa gitna ng luha at kilig.

1. Kinilig ako sa soksay flavor. Fake news, trolls, media mileage, conditioning, sensationalising: mga gawaing umiiral upang paglaruan ang persepsyon at imahinasyon ng masa.

2. Minsan sa pagnanais nating mapagtakpan ang ating kahihiyan at kumita ng salapi, kinakasangkapan natin ang iba.

3. Ang paglaya sa sakit na dulot ng nakaraan ay nagsisimula sa pag-aming nasaktan ka at kasunod ay ang kagustuhan magpatawad.

4. Sa kagustuhang manatili ang mabangong pangalan minsan pinaniniwala natin ang mga tao na ayos lang ang lahat hanggang tayo mismo hindi na din natin alam ang mismong kalagayan natin.

5. Lies have consequences and these are compounding.

6. Matindi pa rin ang kilig ko sa #AshLloyd. Humusay si Sarah G. Mukhang nakatulong na may lovelife na siya hahaha. At si JLC, soooo JLC, ayun na!

7. Generally conservative film, as usual.

8. Nakarelate ako sa kwento ni Gian, sa family background niya at mga sakripisyo sa pamilya. Naluha ako, mga tatlong patak to be exact.

9. Minsan hindi hadlang ang galit at sakit ng nakaraan para magmahal.

10. Gaano ka man alipustahin ng lipunan, ang mahalaga may pamilya kang matatakbuhan.

11. Nakakainis ang gumanap na Randy! Kinikilig na dapat ako kay Gian eh!

12. Tinamaan ako sa work-life balance. Buti na lang nagsimula na akong magbagong buhay.

13. Sometimes we invest our time and energy on the things that will not really matter at the end of our lives.

14. Yung mga product endorsements nakakasira ng moments!

Kung manunuod po kayo tapusin ninyo hanggang credits may dagdag pakwela pa dun.

Tawa-kilig-iyak. #AshLloyd namiss ko pero si Laida Magtalas!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

WONDER WOMAN

*I spent three consecutive nights reviewing the Hunger Games films before watching Wonder Woman (yes, andami ko pong time :D). So I sat at the cinema expecting an advocacy film.

I thought the movie started well but once I've seen the action parts I understood why Gal Gadot managed to film while five months pregnant because it is largely effects. Kinulang pati sa acting, cute lang siya ganun.

Plot is not remarkable, the transition seemed hasty and I thought the ending is cheap. Hindi ko talaga alam kung anong sine celebrate nila at kung anong pinaglalaban ni Ateng.

Mukhang women empowerment ang package kay ateng but looking closer ginamit lang siya to cover up the weakness of men. Pinaniwala nila ang lahat na ending the war is her cause but no lovelife pala bes. To add to that, there was no manifestation of respect nor recognition of her contribution during the war, except yung palakpakan sa village.  Ang madalas napapansin ay maganda siya. So ganun pa rin mukha at katawan, the usual ways of marketing women. Secondary palagi ang kakayahan.

Andami kong negative feels sa film na to. Tas iniisip ko magdamag sana Moana na lang lagi. Pero salamat sa aking sponsor at least nakapag-isip ako habang nanunuod :D

SPIDERMAN

*I watched Resident Evil: Final Chapter night before watching Spiderman: Homecoming* Hindi ko po ito sinadya.

Disclaimer:
I watched almost every single Spiderman movie from Tobey Maguire to present. I don't remember in detail the comics version of the story. Hindi ako nagbasa ng kahit ano about this film before watching.

While Amazing Spiderman is great, I didn't expect a lot from the Homecoming because I know It'll be another version from Tobey's and for sure there will be new twists to the story. I tried not to be disappointed haha. Susubukan ko sa abot ng aking makakaya na maging kalma lang sa pagreview haha. I'll insert my SokSay thoughts na din dahil mas nangibabaw ito while watching

So here it goes:
1. The inherent power/ability was taken away from Spidey throughout the story. I understand that they needed to highlight that Tony Stark line but Spidey has his own gift, which was undermined in this film. Pati yung sapot niya parang hindi na biological. Major issue ito sakin bilang "great power comes with great responsibility" haha, which brings me to my 2nd point.

2. Hindi ganun ka responsible si Spidey sa film na ito. He is enjoying his superpowers and wanted to do more but not really understanding what it takes to be a superhero. He wanted to become a superstar and not necessarily a superhero bilang feel na feel niya talagang Avengers siya. *soksay thoughts ON!* Madalas ganun din tayo, we prematurely use our talents and skills because of anxiety; because sometimes we thought only us can save the world.

3. I watched Tom Holland sa The Impossible. Sobra ko siyang nagustuhan dun. Pero bilang Spiderman parang hirap na hirap akong magustuhan siya. Mukhang wag na siyang mag action film, please.

4. Natuwa ako na meron ng friend si Spidey at Asian siya hehe. However, nawalan ng role si Aunt May. Supposedly siya ang takbuhan ni Spidey. This is reflective of today's condition, sometimes we choose to engage people outside the home in facing our concerns and miss out the wisdom our families could offer.

5. I admired Tony Stark all the more sa film na ito. He's mentoring Peter but at the same time allowing him to learn on his own by letting him experience mistakes and failures.

6. Nakakatuwa na hindi masyadong highlighted ang love life dito. Yun lang bow.

7. Mas nakakatuwa na black at mas matangkad sa kanya ang love interest ni Spidey this time. Meaning we are really moving outside the typical idea na ang maganda dapat maputi, blonde etc.

8. Yung costume niya after TS took back his gift, mukhang pajama lang! Eh pinag-aralang mabuti yun ni Spidey after he discovered his ability! Major deviation.

9. Nakakatuwa yung detalyeng nagpapalit siya ng costume. Matagal ko ng gustong makita yun eh. At least sa part na yun taong tao siya.

10. What I really love about Spidey films is the story on how villain character develops. This helps me to become more sensitive to others.

11. May isang twist na sobrang nakakatense. Hindi ko na susulatin para sa mga manunuod na yun :D

12. Generally, maganda naman siya basta hindi particular sa detalye ng Spiderman story. Also, sa mga batang manunuod may mga detalye na posibleng hindi ayon sa inyong values. Mainam na magprocess afterwards.

Spidey will return daw.

KITA KITA

*Fan ako ng local comedy films. Babalu, Redford White, Rene Requestas; patay na sila si Empoy naman. Maikli lang to bilang puro tawa ginawa ko dun.*

1. Babala: nakakapagod ang palabas na ito -physical, emotional, intellectual haha

2. Epektibong komedyante si Empoy. May mga eksenang feeling ko horror film ang pinapanuod ko kasi hindi ko kayang panuorin. Kumain muna bago manuod para may sapat na lakas.

3. Sobrang taas at bilis ng pagdevelop ng emosyon. Kaya ayun, sobrang sakit din.

4. Iniisip ko kung tini take advantage niya si Lea pero naisip ko kahit naman yung mga nakakakita nate-take advantage din

5. Gusto ko yung pagconnect ng kwentong buhay nila sa pagbibilang. Iba iba ang ating karanasan. Yung nakita mo pwedeng hindi niya nakita. Yung naramdaman mo pwedeng hindi niya naramdaman.

6. Nakakabulag ang pag-ibig. Nakakaloko din kahit ayaw mong magpaloko.

7. Nung binalikan niya yung mga 'happy places', nadurog ako dun!

8. Pag bumitaw ka na sa sakit at pait ng nakaraan, makakakita ka na.

Filipino film to, manuod kayo :)

Thursday, 2 February 2012

One Day I Will Walk on Water

This morning as I continue my reading in the book of Matthew, I was disturbed by this question: "Why did you doubt?" (Matt. 14:31b)
After having Peter to walk with Him on water, Jesus asked this question. Most of us know this story, this mind blowing story. I am not sure if any of us, who would be at Peter's similar situation, will be totally sold to the possibility of walking on water with Jesus.
 
But Peter was so eager to walk on water with Jesus until he saw the wind (v.30), and his faith was challenged.
The rest of my time I spent thinking about the "winds" (and I hope I can list them down as well) in my life. This led to countless questions that dig deeply in the quality of relationship and fellowship that I have with the Lord Jesus. 
Do I really doubt? When do I doubt? What makes me doubt? Why do I doubt? How do I deal with my doubts?
What are these winds? How do I deal with the winds? Do I really deal with these winds? Or am I just covering up? Or probably escaping from my winds?
Doubting brings someone into a process of choosing to stay or to leave, to get or not, to buy or not. Normally, when doubt sets in we don't buy, we don't get, we change our mind, our choice, our decision, or we abandon all the pre-identified options. Doubt forces us to think whether we are right or wrong. 
There are certain decisions in our life, that after doing them, we still doubt. We may also doubt other people's affection towards us, regardless of the degree or nature of relationship we have with them. Sadly, God is not exempted in this doubting attitude. God who is beyond our senses is always being subjected by us to doubting. 
Unanswered prayers, never ending struggles, failures, abandonment, absence of love; this can be endless. When we are hurt, we push away. When things fall out of our expectation, we push away. When we fail, we push away. When we feel unloved, we push away. When we struggle with our personal issues, we push away. Normal, understandable,probably.
These situations can push or draw us away from God. Considering human tendencies, I can only look at God's love and grace as a way to keep closer and stay in His presence.
I find this an healthy exercise though. Asking about our faith, roaming around the world of my mind affirms the reality and authenticity of my relationship with Jesus. At the end of the day, I want to have Peter's eagerness to walk with Jesus, on water.
To God be the glory.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

My Series: Two of Many

Heavenly bodies are the simplest pleasures of my life.
Moon, stars, sky, clouds, sun.
Last Monday, captivated by cloud formations, I had one of the best flights ever. The best of what I’ve witnessed, so far. Then, that night, I was so engaged with the moon…as always. (Sad I didn’t have the pleasure of staring at it, like I used to while in Bonifacio building.)
Simple pleasures.
Ulap, kelan ba huhupa ang pagnanais kong mahimlay kasama mo sa iyong paglalakbay?
Ilang minuto bago lumapag ng paliparan ako’y namangha sa isang buong isla ng ulap. Para akong bata, gusto kong pumara at mamasyal sa isla ng ulap. May pond, gubat, grassland, mga hayop; puro nga lang puti. Pakiramdam ko pwede ko na iyong tapakan ng hindi ako mamamatay. Baliw na nga marahil ako, at ikinababaliw ko ang mga ulap.
Pagkalipas ng aking pagkamangha, may mas nakakamangha pang kaisipan ang bumalot sa aking pagkatao.
Suddenly, I saw my life in those clouds.
Clouds are composed of tiny droplets of water, moving towards each other then moving together, to form majestic scenery. At the onset, these droplets of waters are just tiny droplets of water. At the onset they can be meaningless, no shape, no sense; they just keep moving towards each other and keep moving together.
My life, every day of my life, is just a tiny droplet of my life. My finite mind limits my perspective. I can be happy, sad, routinary, angry, anxious, or scared. Many times, I look at the days of my life in a typical manner. Grandeur is absent; meaning is scarce, in my perspective. But the nearness of God proves otherwise. Thank God, He is infinite. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He knows everything, and HE CARES.
God, in His sovereignty, is creating a beautiful cloud formation out my life. I will look forward then to that day when my life will be a witness of God’s finest architecture.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

My Series: One of Many

Writing without anything to write

Plenty of ideas but I can’t tame them to be shared in coherence. None of them wanted to be volunteered.

This could be my most daring attempt, writing without anything.

Tonight, I will be staring at every word, and hope to arrive at something edifying.

I am supposed to write about Ezekiel. I remember I was very excited to share this. Well, I am suppose to be excited, or am I?

I wish generosity will pay me a visit tonight.

Writing is the most controlled area of my life.

I can hide. I can pretend. I can create an identity. I preach. I release my angst. I speak up. I conceal my emotion in every word. I can be very good, I can be very bad. In writing, I find freedom, personal freedom, I think. But not to be shared, please.

Writing has become my confidant, for years. But those words are hidden…hidden in the abyss. Now I can’t write. Maybe because there is no room to pretend, no chance to hide, no reason to preach, scared to release some angst, hesitant to speak up, or probably my emotion is just so huge that I can’t hide it in words.

I remember some years ago, someone prayed about this hiding thing that I am fond of doing (). I can’t forget that prayer. I am, up to now shocked to have heard that prayer. I only met her while doing my summer class, too short for her to discover that. Definitely, I never shared personal things with her, especially “kalokohan”. Then, I realized God connected us through prayer. Maybe she didn’t know me, but God put words into her mouth to expose me. 

Now, I’ve another realization, I can’t fool anyone in prayer. If I will enter prayer with the right attitude, I can’t go my way. As I try to connect, I will be connected. This could be an opportunity for me to renew my mind (Rom12:2). This is probably part of the “live a life of prayer” thing. Maybe I can wish to write as if I am praying so I could stop hiding and setting lame excuses.