Tuesday, February 28, 2006
I wonder if my manager double-checked to verify if the person was really me. Maybe she didn't because I sent her another message informing her that it was not me, but I didn't get a response. Now, we'll see if she's gonna take it against me or not. At least I know I blogged it today and my conscience is clear.
Monday, February 27, 2006
Sunday, February 26, 2006
That's the first time I heard my purist mother say those. She never really appreciated book-adapted movies that have a lot of deviations. She reread the book "Memoirs of A Geisha" a few days ago and we watched the movie yesterday. She said that during the Sayuri's solo dance and when Hatsumomo tried to burn down the okiya. I, myself, kinda forgot the story 'coz I read it some years ago, but I love the movie! Maybe that's one good thing of not remembering all the nitty-gritty details in the book, at least I don't get distracted when I see a scene that didn't happen in the books.
They say a geisha is a walking art. I think the movie was art itself. From the beginning until the end, I was just awed by the beauty of the surroundings and they way the narration was made. Sayuri's solo dance wasn't even discussed in detail in the book (as far as I can remember) but it was amazing. Kudos to Mr. Rob Marshall! I also love those bamboo poles lined-up on the sides of a pathway where young Chiyo was running when she first saw The Chairman (also shown in the end of the movie), the same way the bamboo poles lined up the way to Mameha's front door (when Chiyo was returning the ruined kimono). There was also a moment when they just focused on the water with cloth and red ink flowing through it during war times and it was symbolic. I like that too. (Edited) John Williams did not make the music for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" in order to do "Memoirs of a Geisha" and he earned a Golden Globe (so far). I think he made a good decision.
It was a long movie, but I didn't mind. I think those who haven't read the book would still love the movie. Oh well, thumbs-up to Ms. Zhang for giving justice to the role (even if she isn't Japanese. Hehe!) Ms. Yeoh didn't even need make-up to show what a beauty she is. I guess Ms. Li, who played Hatsumomo, should have been more sinister but that's ok. Or I wished Mr. Watanabe didn't mumble on his lines that much so I could have understood everything he's saying (Heehee) or was more dashing as he was a gentleman. But that's fine. I like the way they focused on the childhood. It reminded me of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" when she learned her parents died. The young (and pretty) actress who played Chiyo, Suzuka Ohgo, was really good. I wish they also made more screen time to show what happened to Sayuri's sister, but maybe they didn't think it was important enough. The movie just proves Asians can stand out in Hollywood. The ending was predictable, kinda "they lived happily ever after" and "age does not matter" moment, but it made me teary-eyed. I never expected that! Some critics may say it's hollow or mediocre but for me it was heart-breaking and beautiful. That's what counts.
Friday, February 24, 2006
|You Are Marge Simpson|
You're a devoted family member who loves unconditionally.
Sometimes, though, you dream about living a wild secret life!
You will be remembered for: your good cooking and evading the police
Your life philosophy: "You should listen to your heart, and not the voices in your head."
|You Are 38% Evil|
A bit of evil lurks in your heart, but you hide it well.
In some ways, you are the most dangerous kind of evil.
This is a test post. I hope this works. I'm using my mobile phone. Nothing to blog about. I mean, after the stampede in Ultra, landslide in Leyte, now classes suspended 'coz of a coup d' etat threat. Geez. We can't get away from violence and corruption coz there's always politics! Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared State of Emergency today. Oh man.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Got a few of movies I want to watch this week. I think I'm gonna watch "Memoirs of a Geisha" with my Ma and sis. I don't know who would accompany me to watch "Final Destination 3". I also am interested in watching "Syriana" and "Aeon Flux". Geez. So little time, so many movies, so little money! Haha!
Oh and I got a 76 WPM on my typing last night. What an improvement from my 69 WPM six months ago. :)
Sulong! Laban! Wag uurong! Posible!
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Sleep-- now that's one thing I need but lack every work day. I just oversleep during the weekends. I'd rather stay up after work than sleep the whole day and wake up and go back to work again. I don't want that routine. Yaiks! I have to remind myself to sleep at least 30 minutes earlier than usual today because I have my typing certification tonight. I have to type at least 60 net words per minute with at least 90% accuracy. Wish me luck! *cross fingers*
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
The movie was simple. It's true that, as far as I can remember, it's the only love story with no "I love you" in the script. I guess the line "I don't know how to quit you" is a romatic enough replacement. It's the movie with the most homosexual couples I've ever seen in the audience. Not that I minded. It was quite interesting really. Ok, back to the movie. I love the direction or cinematography or whatever it is you call the strategic placement of cameras to catch picturesque angles. The sceneries were very beautiful. That plus Jake Gyllenhaal's cute mole on the upper part, near the corner of his lip. I love watching those moments! Hahaha!
Seriously, I think it's more of a lust story than a love story. But then again, I am not a homosexual so I can't see it in their point of view. I guess once the hormones rage nobody can stop it. But near the end it's probably indeed love. They were just too scared of the scorn of society that's why they still married and had kids and did all those secret "fishing trips". It was bittersweet for both Jack Twist (Jake G.) and Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger). I ache more for the role of Michelle Williams (Ennis's wife). I can't imagine seeing my husband and the father of my two kids torridly kissing another man! Another gorgeous man for than matter! Geez! I have had my own heartaches since I have the tendency to fall for men who turned out to be gay and I know how rotten that made me feel. I also could not believe Ang Lee directed the movie. It was good directing though and good acting too! Sometimes I just don't understand the dialogues. There's too much Western twang in it. I've heard a LOT of accents in my line of work, but I would have appreciated it if there were subtitles or something. It was also a bit slow-paced for me. I wish to see it with NO cuts and with my gay friend with me (to answer my questions and clarify some things). That would be something I can look forward to.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
I made my own Johari window and you are all welcome to click some adjectives. You can choose to be anonymous but it would be cool if you place your name. Hehe! Ok, so you can try it out and fill my Johari window. Thanks!
NOTE TO SELF:Click here for my updated Johari window.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Looking at the silver lining, at least I'm nearly finished with my annual medical exam requirements and I aced (again! Yay!) my annual written certification exam last night. Next week will be my typing exam. So, we'll see if I make another 69 net words per minute speed with that. I can't believe I'm nearly one year in this company.
I met six familiar faces (yes, SIX!) this week. All of them were from the previous call centers I've worked in. I've always thought call center industry is such a small world. Now, we're working in the same company. Weird, but it's nice reminiscing those days. Two of those are even crushable types so... Hahaha! I'm stopping this thought right now.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Cyncism aside, I still would want to say to my family and all my friends out there, I love you all! Thank you for being a part of my life and, unlike me, I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day!
Sunday, February 12, 2006
|Your Five Variable Love Profile|
Propensity for Monogamy:
Your propensity for monogamy is high.
You find it easy to be devoted and loyal to one person.
And in return, you expect the same from who you love.
Any sign of straying, and you'll end things.
Your experience level is high.
You've loved, lost, and loved again.
You have had a wide range of love experiences.
And when the real thing comes along, you know it!
Your dominance is medium.
You tend to be the one with more power.
You aren't a total control freak in relationships..
But of course you don't mind getting you way!
Your cynicism is medium.
You'd like to believe in true and everlasting love...
But you've definitely been burned enough to know better.
You're still an optimist, but you also are a realist.
Your independence is medium.
In relationships, you need both "me time" and "we time."
You usually find it easy to be part of a couple.
But occasionally you start to feel a little smothered.
Last night, I had a bad dream. A tooth fell off. They say it's a bad omen. I woke up and got the news that our home PC is at it again. Probably another virus attack. Damn it. This is really bad timing. My parents need the PC now. Argh! Gotta have to delete everything and re-install Windows. I'm renting PC now. Sometimes I wish I have Apple Mac instead. Geez. I can't afford that. I can't even afford to buy a new and updated desktop, not even a real nice laptop. It's really frustrating!
Friday, February 10, 2006
The timing was awful. It clashed with the annual physical exam, so I'm here with a tiny dot on my right cubital fossa and a radiation from the x-ray. I wasn't able to pass a urine and stool sample because of "wrong timing". Hehe! Maybe next week. I have to go home and sleep. I still have work shift tonight. Zzzz....
Thursday, February 09, 2006
|Your Job Dissatisfaction Level is 62%|
Your job is a total bummer, and probably the worst job you've ever had.
Your co-workers stink. Your boss is a jerk. And your company is probably in trouble.
Think about finding a new job quickly, even if it's just a not-so-great transition job.
You've got to get out of there as quickly as you can!
- medical research assistant
- travel customer service rep
- mortgage customer service rep
- human phone wire
4 movies I could watch over and over again
- any of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy
- any "Harry Potter" movie
- Riding in Cars with Boys
4 places I've lived
- Bacolod City
- Pasay City
4 TV Shows/Channels I love to watch
- AXN (CSI)
- Star World (Oprah)
- HBO/Star Movies/Cinemax
- ETC (Queer Eye, Jeopardy)
4 places I've been on vacation
- Puerto Galera
- Negros Occidental
4 of my favorite foods
- white chocolate
- cookies and cream flavored ice cream
- ripe mango
- home-made menudo
4 places I'd rather be by now
- at home or anywhere except the office
- New Zealand
4 bloggers I'm tagging
4 jobs I had in my life
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
A means of escape or release from confinement; an outlet: give vent to one's anger.
venting, vented, vents
To express (one's thoughts or feelings, for example), especially forcefully.
To vent one's feelings or opinions.
11:23 AM, 8 February 2006, in a mall
This is one of the bad days at work. I tried several times to vent today-- cried in the comfort room, punched the cement wall twice (that hurt!), texted rants to someone, talked about it to those willing to listen. What I just did is the best I can think of to help me release some tension. I splurged in the mall. My money can only cover cheap things, but it's splurging nonetheless. I'm a few pesos poorer now since I bought some things, which are not really necessities. Before I go home, I thought I'd write this first.
I have worked in this
I don't want to take fucking calls anymore! I'm burning out. This usually happens when I'm nearing a year in a company. A couple of days ago, our batch officially turned 11 months. That means we can now resign without paying a training bond.
Lately, I've thought about my
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Mama Gene, DJ and me
Sarah, DJ and me
More pictures in my Multiply album.
The same day when I met with my friends, a tragedy happened. I want to offer this blog space and express my condolences to the families of the victims of the "Wowowee" stampede at the Ultra yesterday morning. 79 people died, hundreds injured and others still missing. They died hoping for a better life and let us all say a little prayer for their souls.
Don't you think that location is going to be a creepy one?
More pics in my sister's album.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Your name of Karen:
- it gives you the desire for responsibility and takes you into practical pursuits
- you excel in work of a technical nature where concentration and attention to detail are important
- whatever you undertake, you have the patience and determination to do well
- you feel a sense of security in positions of responsibility where progress is made through systematic, step-by-step procedures
- however, you lack vision and you could become too involved in technical details, system, and routine
- you do not readily adjust to changes in your routine
Although the name Karen creates the urge to be reliable and responsible, we emphasize that it limits your versatility and scope, tuning you to technical details. This name, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses in the elimination system, and through worry and mental tension.
Your name of Kristie:
- the influence makes you positive, self-assertive, and independent
- you can be creative, inventive, and ingenious in practical matters, such as handicrafts
- when you have the opportunity to pursue your own goals and interests free from interference, you can feel very agreeable and express a buoyant optimism
- on the other hand, you can be impulsive and forceful when opposed, and act without due forethought and discretion
- hence you have many bitter experiences and generally rather unsettled conditions in your life, with little progress and financial accumulation
- you cannot tolerate any domination by others, or circumstances that restrict your freedom and independence
- you are inclined to make changes abruptly in your life as an escape from such conditions
Although the name Kristie creates an active mind and a restless urge to explore new ideas, we emphasize that it causes a blunt expression that alienates others. This name, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses in the solar plexus, and tension or accidents to the head.
Check yours here.
Notice red colors around? How about cupids, hearts, flowers and lovers doing the PDA? I know, It's February! Not that my life is full of love as of the moment... Geez. Don't get me wrong, I do have someone special, but we rarely see each other it feels like I'm single again. No, and it's not a long-distance relationship either. Probably a bad case of clashing work schedules. *sigh*
I guess I shall call it Singles' Awareness Month instead. Hehe! Oh and we might watch the play on March 4. Yay!
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
So, anyone who would love a laugh (and who's not homophobic? Hehe!), let's all watch this. More info in Miao's Multiply Blog too!
Nicked this info from Jonas's blog entry:
The Cultural Center of the Philippines presents a Tanghalang Pilipino production:
Carlo Vergara's Zsazsa Zaturnnah: Ze Muzikal
February 10 | 11 | 17 | 18 | 24 | 25 March 3 | 4 | 2006 8:00PM
February 11 | 12 | 18 | 19 | 25 | 26 March 4 | 5 | 2006 3:00PM
Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater)
Tel. nos.: 832-3661/832-1125 locals 1620/1621/