Saturday, December 25, 2010

To Me You Are Perfect




”..and at Christmas you tell the truth… to me you are perfect… Enough. Enough for now.”

This is one of my favorites, if not my favorite scene in the movie. This never fails to make me cry. I have been watching it for the past 2 Christmases and I think I have to grab a copy again and watch it before the year ends. =)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Season's Greetings!



Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas time.
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder


♪♫ Although it's been said, many times, many ways...
Merry Christmas to you... ♪♫

Monday, December 20, 2010

When Harry Met Sally



It's one of those classics that has stayed in my must-watch-movie list for a long time. This is one of those epic friendship-turning-into-love plots. I know that watching it right now is like stabbing myself several times, but since I still am a romantic at heart, I grabbed the chance to view it. I was not disappointed. It was original, funny and heart-warming, it made me wanna fall in love all over again. I love the script and the music. I also love the short clips or interviews of couples who had long-lasting relationships that they insert in-between the story. The ending was a a bit abrupt for me, but overall, it was enjoyable.  I am such a sucker for love stories! Too bad these things just happen in fiction. =p

Farro brothers leave Paramore

I'm just glad I was able to watch them perform live before this all happened. Wish them all the best of luck! News taken from this link.





Josh and Zac of Paramore are leaving the band. Below is a message from the band 
“Over the past 6 years, our band has been through some of the most intense and incredible experiences of our lives. None of these things have been without trial. We’ve worked so hard to get to where we are and the fact that you are all still here with us says something about you that we will never be able to truly understand. You have stuck with us through thick and thin and we are so grateful. A couple of months ago, Josh and Zac let us know they would be leaving the band after our show in Orlando last Sunday. None of us were really shocked. For the last year it hasn’t seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore. We want Josh and Zac to do something that makes them happy and if that isn’t here with us, then we support them finding happiness elsewhere. But we never for a second thought about leaving any of this behind. We really hope that you can be encouraged by the fact that the three of us who are still here are ready to take on another chapter of our journey together. You have always been what keeps us going so why would we stop now? We want to stick by you. Knowing that we have a unified passion and a clear vision makes us feel stronger than ever. The “blog” that was posted regarding everything that is going on with our band was a fake. We aren’t sure who did it or why… And we aren’t sure how they timed it this way. This is the first time that we have spoken out about what’s going on and we wouldn’t have released an official statement that important through a personal blog. So, we’re sorry for any confusion and just to remain clear, this is the first time we have spoken out about this. We have some amazing things lined up for next year starting with our tour in South America. We are still coming to you and we are excited about who we are bringing with us! The tour is still on and we can’t wait to see you all. As we look back, and now as we look with excitement to the future, in all of this what truly matters are the good times. The pictures of us with our arms around each other, the long van rides, your faces while you sing along as we play. Thank you for getting us right here to this very moment. We look forward to our best times. And we hope you will go there with us.
Love, Hayley, Jeremy & Taylor
Paramore”

Sunday, December 05, 2010

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader



I've read the book a while ago and forgetting the story before watching the movie made it easier for me to appreciate the adapatation. It was a breather not to compare each scene to the book and just enjoy every moment in 3D. "The Chronicles of Narnia" has always been one influential story for me and I love seeing the characters on the big screen all growing up. Since I have always been a crybaby, I can't help but sniffle in the end because I love the lines and I love the music. Some adults would probably not love the movie because it still adapted from children fiction (and I don't think it has crossed-over the adult audience yet), unless these adults are like me who have read the books and enjoyed them... or unless they are also like me who love watching eye candies like Ben Barnes and Skandar Keynes in all their majestic glory. =)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Post-HPDH1 Thoughts




WARNING: May contain spoilers.

WARNING: May contain spoilers.

WARNING: May contain spoilers.


I was lining up with my family outside the cinema entrance last night with goosebumps on my arms. I thought, "This is it!". I have been waiting for the last movie a long time and I am about to witness the first of the 2-part installment.

The book was fresh in my mind but I tried not to expect. I don't want to get into the details of the film as others who have not viewed it yet may get spoiled. I have to say, I was just blown away. The pace was fast enough to keep me glued to the screen. They included important events and lines from the book that made me gush inside. As a reader and a fan, it is a big deal for me if the movie can still represent the book in its very essence. They made movie alterations that quite fit in the story line. I was with my father and cousin who never read the books and I think it was made easier for them to comprehend.

The movie has a prestigious line-up of actors and I have to applaud the trio-- Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. They have improved a lot on their acting (especially Emma). I have always loved the Harry Potter movie soundtracks and this one is no different. They never really showed much of Hogwarts in here, but the countryside sceneries they captured wowed me. The cinematography was splendid. Even that short Neil Gaiman-ish animation they introduced in this movie (those who have seen the movie know what I'm writing about) was fresh and vital. I badly wanted to see it in 3D. Some scenes reminded me of "The Lord of the Rings". Overall, a lot of effort and thought was placed in creating this last Harry Potter movie and I appreciate that.

Oh, there was actually one thing I expected though-- I would cry. And cried a lot, I did. Lack of sleep did not stop me from sniffling in the beginning, in-between and in the end. It felt like my heart would burst. I couldn't help it. I'm sure a lot of fans know exactly what I mean. July 2011 is still a few months from now. So, I think I would find a way to watch Part I again soon. =)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

GMH



I saw an old couple walking hand-in-hand earlier today. 

It made me smile. 

Knowing that love can last a lifetime GMH. ♥

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Social Network



The movie was a bit wordy but once I got the hang of listening to the long conversations, I learned to appreciate what it’s all about. The main actors fit the characters they portray that I had this love-hate relationship with them while watching this film. This is just not about school or friends or career or love, it’s a mix of everything that shows it was indeed based on real life. Wish reality can create a lot of “accidental billionaires” as well. =)

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Eat Pray Love




There was great food, beautiful scenery, hot men, quotable quotes and heartbreaking stories. Julia Roberts is still one great actress for me. Alas, the movie was predictable. I would probably give the book a chance just because Elizabeth Gilbert has this uncanny ability to take the words off my mouth and write them on her books.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Today, I realized that...

  • "Sometimes, you have to be kind instead of being correct." That's what a friend said and I think it's true.


  • the people who matter are those who love you even when you are very un-love-able.


  • people only learn the lesson if they want to.


  • intuition should not be ignored.


  • pamper-me/me times are essential.


  • when you point a finger at someone, more fingers point back at you.


  • deciding who to trust will make or break you.


  • time tends to run slower when you're waiting for it.


  • "Do not do unto others if you don't want others do unto you" still applies.


  • there is always a chink in the armor, a flaw in the plan, an Achilles heel or a soft spot. No one is invincible.
  • Monday, September 06, 2010

    "Remember Me"

    "Remember Me" (Complete Trilogy)


    About 15 years ago, I bought and read the first and second books in this trilogy. I have always been a Christopher Pike reader even before I read a similar genre from Anne Rice or Stephen King. I have searched for the final installment but never really found it. Earlier today, I browsed through a local book shop and found a re-released copy of the complete trilogy. I know I wouldn't be able to sleep tonight if I don't get it. Now, I can't wait for the weekend because, after a long time, I will be able to go through Shari Cooper's story again and finally know the ending. =)

    Sunday, September 05, 2010

    It's so fluffy!!!


    When I first saw the trailer, I wanted to watch the movie. I know it's going to be one of those laugh trips I wouldn't want to miss. A few seconds after the movie started, I was laughing my heart out and it never did end until the credits appeared. I was right. I love each character because they add wit to the plot. My favorite is Agnes. I mean, who wouldn't love her? With her "It's so fluffy, I'm gonna die" line in the trailer, I knew she's going to be my favorite. Aside from her, it was really the minions who made me laugh the loudest. They are so many but it seems like each of them has its own personality that's so funny and lovable. It was a bit predictable, but it was fun with a touch of warmth one wouldn't expect in a villain-y story. =)

    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    Cheers!

    Earlier today, I spent some precious moments with most of my teammates. That was the last breakfast/get-together we will have as Team Vauxhall. Those people were part of my first team in the company where I work and I am grateful that I shared my first one year and seven months with them. Yes, we will still see each other at times, but not as often as we used to. So, to those who have been a part of Team Vauxhall, thank you so much for the memories!


    Together, we are one of a kind.
    Cheers to friendship!
    Viva La Vauxhall!



    You and I will meet again,
    When we're least expecting it,
    One day in some far off place,
    I will recognize your face,
    I won't say goodbye my friend,
    For you and I will meet again.
    -- Tom Petty



    Friday, August 27, 2010

    Post-Mockingjay

    An afterthought. This is the perfect ending to one of the best book trilogies I have read in my life. Get ready to have your heart wrenched. I read it with my eyes darting, my temples throbbing and my nose running. Suzanne Collins kept me wondering, and when I get to a point I think I can predict what will happen next, she will prove me wrong with her next paragraphs. I do not want to spoil anyone, but I think I'm gonna "burst into flames" soon if I wouldn't have anyone to talk to who has read this book. Team Peeta? Team Gale? No, Team Katniss! =)

    Monday, August 02, 2010

    Summing Up My Weekend

    Salt

    I can't believe that is it! I want more! I need more!


    Oh well, that's what I thought after the end credits flashed on screen. The movie was action-packed. There was never a dull moment. It was awesome to think that Angelina Jolie did all her stunts and it doesn't bother me that she's been doing that type of a role a little too often now. She is not the kind of actress who will fall into the typecasting trap. The plot was unpredictable and kept me on the edge of my seat. It wasn't brain-racking, but still, the story kept me guessing. Sometimes, it's too much action, but then, there is still enough heart in it.


    Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian


    It is a good way to end the series. It answered the nagging questions from the previous books yet it kept me longing for more adventures. After seven books, I thought it would have exhausted me, or worse, bored me but it didn't. The touchy and teary-eyed moments are still there. There is no anti-climax (thank goodness!) unlike a series I know. There was a lot of "growing up" themes, but the kid in me still felt at home. I guess the death count is not as surprisingly high unlike another series I know (hehe!). There were predictable parts though, but still, who wouldn't want a happy ending, right?

    Summing Up My Weekend

    Sunday, July 18, 2010

    Family Vacation Snapshots








    July 7-13, 2010
    Shots taken from various locations:
    Bacolod City and Murcia, Negros Occidental
    Iloilo City and Leon, Iloilo


    More photos here.

    Saturday, July 17, 2010

    Inception



    If we are gonna perform inception, then we need imagination.


    It's plot is unpredictable. It kept me on the edge of my seat. It's mentally stimulating. It has great special effects and an eerie soundtrack that adds up to the suspense. It has a good script that can be a source of quotable quotes. The story has a heart. It's filled with great actors who are perfect for their roles. Leonardo Dicaprio was one of my childhood idols. I have this new-found admiration for Tom Hardy and a not-so-secret crush with Cillian Murphy. I think those are enough cherries on top. The ending? Well, it totally f*cked my head up. Scrambled eggs for brains. =p

    Saturday, June 12, 2010

    Something Random

    The bad things in life open your eyes to the good things you weren't paying attention to before.
    ~ "Good Will Hunting"



    Today is Philippine Independence Day. I personally don't celebrate it, but this year's a bit more memorable because the country will have a new president in a few days.


    No, I shall not discuss politics. I am blogging because the past few days really helped me mellow things down a bit. By that, I mean, I've learned to pace things and not always hurry like I'm running after something that is not there. Zest, maybe? But I'm sure I can find it in me one of these days.


    Yesterday, a colleague of mine died in his sleep. He was younger than I am. He has little kids as well. It was just the reality check I needed. Life is temporary. Life is short. So, everyday, I'll find a reason to smile. Like yesterday, I saw this white Mercedes Benz with a wedding bouquet in front of it. At the back seat, I can see a couple in their wedding attire. They are probably celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. I saw them and it just made me smile. Love like that gives me hope.


    So, what made you smile today?

    Saturday, June 05, 2010

    Sex and the City 2


    I admit it was a tad too long. I had to check my watch a couple of times. Some people may found some scenes dragging, especially those from the male population who just watched the chick flick to please their girls. But then again, to those who love the glamour, glitz and sparkle in the concrete jungles where dreams are made of, one can't get enough of the feisty gals from "Sex and the City".


    This second installment took a different twist compared to the first movie and the series. It's not just all about being single and ready to mingle anymore. Those who have grown up through the years with Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte may appreciate how the characters have matured.


    I love the fashion (especially the shoes!) and the posh shoot locations. I love the acting and the lines (which made me shed a tear or two). The comedy is still there. I watched the first few minutes and I was already laughing my arse off.


    I am not sure if there's going to be a third installment, but I can't think of anymore plot that can add to what this movie has revealed. =)

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    Beautiful Day!

    27 May 2010





    Dashboard Confessional concert in Manila
    You have stolen our hearts!
    Hands down! This is the best day I can ever remember!






    Lee DeWyze won as the 2010 American Idol as well. Hallelujah! =)





    I will pose for Lee. Whenever. Wherever. =p

    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    "Fragile Things" by Neil Gaiman




    I love reading Neil Gaiman's short stories. Not all stories made great impressions, but like "Smoke and Mirrors", I do have a handful of favorites-- those are the ones I can retell to others and will always remember. I am happy that the last time Neil Gaiman was here, I told him myself that "October in the Chair" is one of my favorites. That time, I wasn't finished with the book. I am also happy to read "The Problem of Susan" which made me remember how I miss Narnia and the Pevensies. "Sunbird" also has a very interesting plot which reminded me of "Baby Cakes". That's the type of story I wanted to read more of and hope Mr. Gaiman makes a novel out of it. "The Monarch of the Glen" was highly-recommended by a friend and sparked my interest to reread "American Gods". I can mention a lot more stories I like but I think you have to read this book to choose your own favorite.

    "Fragile Things" by Neil Gaiman

    I love reading Neil Gaiman's short stories. Not all stories made great impressions, but like "Smoke and Mirrors", I do have a handful of favorites-- those are the ones I can retell to others and will always remember. I am happy that the last time Neil Gaiman was here, I told him myself that "October in the Chair" is one of my favorites. That time, I wasn't finished with the book. I am also happy to read "The Problem of Susan" which made me remember how I miss Narnia and the Pevensies. "Sunbird" also has a very interesting plot which reminded me of "Baby Cakes". That's the type of story I wanted to read more of and hope Mr. Gaiman makes a novel out of it. "The Monarch of the Glen" was highly-recommended by a friend and sparked my interest to reread "American Gods". I can mention a lot more stories I like but I think you have to read this book to choose your own favorite.

    Saturday, May 22, 2010

    Monday, May 17, 2010

    Interesting Facts about the Human Body

    Got this from Yerawizardharry's Tumblr, john-fitzgerald-kennedy's Tumblr and constructamess's Tumblr:


    1. Scientists say the higher your I.Q. The more you dream.

    2. The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm.

    3. You use 200 muscles to take one step.

    4. Your big toes have two bones each while the rest have three.

    5. A pair of human feet contains 250,000 sweat glands.

    6. A full bladder is roughly the size of a soft ball.

    7. The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.

    8. The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

    9. It takes the food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

    10. The average human dream lasts 2-3 seconds.

    11. Men without hair on their chests are more likely to get cirrhosis of the liver than men with hair.

    12. At the moment of conception, you spent about half an hour as a single cell.

    13. There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

    14. Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.

    15. The enamel in your teeth is the hardest substance in your body.

    16. Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born.

    17. When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate, and they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate.

    18. Your thumb is the same length of your nose.

    19. As humans grow older, the lens in the eye grows thicker. This is why people who once had perfect vision often need glasses in their 40s.

    20. The circulatory system of arteries, veins, and capillaries is about 60,000 miles long.

    21. Every day the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair.

    22. One human hair can support 3.5 ounces. That’s about the weight of two full size candy bars.

    23. The surface area of a human lung is equal to a tennis court.

    24. On any given day, sexual intercourse takes place 120 million times on earth.

    25. One out of every 2,000 newborn infants has a tooth when they are born.

    26. Most men have erections every hour to hour and a half during sleep.

    27. After eating too much, your hearing is less sharp.

    28. Even small noises cause the pupils of the eyes to dilate.

    29. Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins.

    30. By the age of 60, most people will have lost about half their taste buds.

    31. Humans can make do longer without food than sleep.

    32. A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated.

    33. The tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself.

    34. Three hundred million cells die in the human body every minute.

    35. Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour.

    36. Human lips have a reddish color because of the great concentration of tiny capillaries just below the skin.

    37. The colder the room you sleep in, the better the chances are that you’ll have a bad dream.

    38. Your ears secrete more earwax when you are afraid than when you aren’t.

    39. Humans are the only animals to produce emotional tears.

    Thursday, May 13, 2010

    Summer 2010

    I'm glad I was able to go out of town and visit the beach before rainy season begins. I had fun with my team mates/friends when we went to nearby Tagaytay, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas for some bonding, sun, sea, fresh air, food, booze, laughter, stories and memories.


    Peeking inside the cave

    Sun-kissed girls

    Cool and clear water

    Capturing moments

    Happy morning boat ride


    Team Vauxhall in Tagaytay

    Saturday, April 03, 2010

    Something Fishy

    Have you ever seen...



    Patrick Starfish in person?



    Nemo finding another Nemo?



    Gossiping sharks?!


    I have.


    I spent Good Friday with my family in Manila Ocean Park.


    Monday, March 29, 2010

    Fangs Up!




    It was one of those instances wherein I feel like I am a lucky fan. I was one of those 25 A-card holders who got two free tickets plus a meet and greet with Cobra Starship during their mall show in Alabang Town Center last March 27, 2010. Since my sister is more of a fan than me, I gave her the meet and greet pass. We bought the CD and got another stub for the autograph signing. We got seated in the front row. Too bad we didn't have good cameras to take our shots with, but the mobile phone cameras did their jobs. Here's what we got:



    "Good Girls Go Bad" video:

    http://karenkristie.multiply.com/video/item/40/Good_Girls_Go_Bad_Live_by_Cobra_Starship



    "Hot Mess" video:

    http://karenkristie.multiply.com/video/item/41/Hot_Mess_Partial_and_Live_by_Cobra_Starship



    Pictures:

    http://karenkristie.multiply.com/photos/album/123/Cobra_Starship_Live

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    Gaimania in Manila 2010




    Revelations: The 3rd Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards was held at the Rockwell Tent (Powerplant Mall) last night, March 17, 2010. This annual awarding ceremony is Fully Booked and Neil Gaiman's way of celebrating Filipino talent in writing, drawing and and this year, film-making. Gaiman fans and fiction/fantasy enthusiasts were there as early as 4 PM for registration. Those who came a bit later had the option to pre-register with Fully Booked online. That's what I did considering I sneaked in a couple of hours of sleep after my night work shift. I had the feeling that it was going to be a good night, so I filed for leave. Boy, was I glad!


    Gaiman books were displayed and on sale beside the registration booth just before the entrance to the tent. We were in by 7PM. Good thing there was free beer. That made us more patient I guess, more... erm, relaxed. A little after an hour or so, there was an attempt to copy the original "wall of sound" (coined by Neil himself) before Mr. Jaime Daez of Fully Booked introduced THE Neil Gaiman hidden behind the masks of those pretending to be Neil Gaiman. I have to admit, the crowd was not even twice as many compared to his first visit 5 years ago, which was held on the same place but on a weekend. Gaiman fans screamed as hard as we could and Mr. Gaiman took the stage in his usually funny although humble disposition. Despite the coat, yes, he still looked like a rock star.


    "We owe it to each other to tell stories..."


    When Mr. Neil Gaiman started reading that line from his poem "Locks", I remembered that vague instance when I was reading the same line from my own copy of "Smoke and Mirrors". I can't believe I am listening to him saying out loud now. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors of all time and I love hearing him tell his stories. It's the expression, intonation and the accent maybe that made all the difference. This was the third time he'd been here in the Philippines and I always saw to it I get to see him in person whenever I had the chance. Last night was extra special though. After reading "Locks", he read an unpublished poem. I didn't get the title because it sounded foreign but Neil's translation sounded like "St. Orem's Graveyard of the Island of Iona" and it felt wonderful to be one of the first people to listen to this. Oh and before I forget, he was wearing the same coat he wore at the Oscars this year. How cool is that?


    Next thing I knew, they were introducing the People's Choice Awardees and winners for the Prose, Comic and the newly-introduced Short Film categories. Each winner was acknowledged with a trophy/plaque and cash prize courtesy of Neil Gaiman himself. They would also get a chance to have dinner and talk with him. Lucky, lucky them!


    In between the awarding, 100 names have been electronically raffled off from the registration list for a book signing pass after the program. Each winner will get a chance to bring 2 books for Neil Gaiman to sign. I was with my sister and some friends and I bought 2 unsigned Gaiman books with me. I just knew When a friend's name showed up as number 43, I knew I "converted" another friend to the so-called Gaimania. She bought two books for Neil to sign. I never thought I could feel any better than that until I saw my name as lucky fan number 69 flashed on the stage! Finally, my copy of "Anansi Boys" and "Fragile Things" will have their very own Neil Gaiman autographs!


    I had my other books signed before and it really didn't sink in immediately during that time the fact that I would get another chance to meet him and talk to him in person. Another chance! So when I stepped closer to that table where Neil Gaiman was busy signing other people's books, my hands went sweaty and cold. Ok, I won't shake his hand then. I'll just hug him again (my first Gaiman hug was on my birthday in 2005 when he first came here)! The next few moments were surreal. I got to ask him to let my sister go up on stage to take a picture with us. I got to talk to him and tell him how much we love his short story "October in the Chair" from "Fragile Things" and all he can say was "Thank you! Thank you!". I got to tell him I was lucky number 69 and he even offered to sign my number and include that information with his signature on my copy of "Fragile Things". I was babbling.


    I felt a lot of different things that time-- nervous, excited, honored, humbled and mostly happy. Happy as any fan would be if he or she were in my shoes that time. It was just a few minutes, but it was well worth it. That feeling of surreal or cloud nine was what I felt after that encounter. Others may feel like I'm overreacting, but only a real fan would understand it. I walked away from Rockwell Tent that night adding more to my list of unforgettable memories in this lifetime.


    Thank you, Mr. Neil Gaiman! Thank you for the monsters and ghosts and demons. Thank you for the words and wisdom and hope. Thank you for the laughs and tweets and twitpics. I pray you won't get tired of visiting the Philippines in the future. Please tell us if you need more of our calamansi juice or dried mangoes. You are always welcome here. We look forward to more of those visits and we are glad for the opportunities and acknowledgements you are giving us. For that, we will be eternally grateful.Links:


    More information on the finalists here:
    http://www.fullybookedonline.com/revelations/


    A complete list of the winners here:
    http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2010/03/3rd-philippine-graphicfiction-awards.html


    Links to my old albums during Neil Gaiman's visit in 2005:
    http://karenkristie.multiply.com/photos/album/4/Neil_Gaiman_in_Manila
    http://karenkristie.multiply.com/photos/album/5/Neil_Gaiman_in_Manila_2


    Neil Gaiman reading his poem "Locks":
    http://karenkristie.multiply.com/video/item/33


    Neil Gaiman reading an unpublished work:
    http://karenkristie.multiply.com/video/item/34


    Pictures here:
    http://karenkristie.multiply.com/photos/album/122/Gaimania_in_Manila_2010

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    The 3rd Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards



    March 17, Wednesday
    Rockwell Tent
    Registration starts at 4PM
    Program Starts at 7PM
    No entrance fee!
    Bring 2 of your favorite Neil Gaiman books!
    You just might be one of the lucky 100to get your books signed before the night is over! (I will!!!) =)


    Book Signing
    March 18, Thursday
    North Court, Power Plant Mall
    Registration starts at 2PM
    Book Signing: 4PM - 8PM
    Bring your Book Signing Pass!


    More info here:

    Monday, March 08, 2010

    Why is a raven like a writing desk?




    I have been looking forward to this film for the longest time! Admittedly, I haven't finished reading Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass". I was distracted by other books. So, from a movie-goer's point of view, "Alice in Wonderland" was wonderful, pun intended, especially on digital 3-D! I am biased because I love Tim Burton films, Johnny Depp and the fact that most actors who voiced or played the characters are from Harry Potter movies. I am a fan of the music as I have been listening to "Almost Alice" the album for the past few days now. So, the story reminded me of bits and pieces of this animated version I watched as a kid. I have always found the characters quite disturbing, like the Red Queen and the Cheshire Cat, but I appreciated how their characters "mellowed" in this film and still remained their weirdness.


    I go crazy whenever I hear the question, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?". I guess I should not fret in case I go bonkers because you see, all the best people are. In conclusion, I think this movie deserves a very vigorous Futterwack!

    Friday, March 05, 2010

    Life's Lessons




    As you grow up, you learn that the person that was never supposed to bring you down, probably will.


    You will have your heart broken more than once, and every time, it gets harder.


    You might break hearts too, so remember what it felt like, when yours was broken.


    You'll fight with your best friend.


    You'll blame a new love for what an old one did.


    You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll probably lose someone you love.


    So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt.


    Because sixty seconds you spend upset, is a minute of happiness you can't get back.

    Tuesday, March 02, 2010

    Earth Hour 2010



    I support Earth Hour 2010!


    One hour to save the world


    March 27,2010 by 8:30 to 9:30pm


    Turn off the lights and join Earth Hour this March 27!

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    Have you ever been in love?




    "Have you ever been in love? Horrible, isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit or armor, so that nothing can hurt you. Then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life. You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love."


    ~* Neil Gaiman *~



    I don't hate love. Well, not all the time. I have a love-hate relationship with LOVE. Hehe! =)

    Saturday, February 20, 2010

    Yesterday's Lesson

    Yesterday, I learned that:


    Just because you're lonely doesn't mean you have to settle for someone or something lesser than you think you deserve.



    I didn't know I can be masochistic at times. I watched "Valentine's Day" alone. Don't get me wrong, I am used to watching movies alone for years now. I actually enjoy that because I can show my reactions without worrying how people beside me would think, especially when I laugh out loud or sniffle my tears. The movie was a laugh trip most of the time. The last part was touching. I love those kinds of films. It reminded me a bit of "Love Actually" wherein the stories of the characters are inter-connected. They have these different, but realistic endings since not everyone lives happily ever after. I like that.


    After the film, I enjoyed a momentary but peaceful "alone time" with a hot cup of cappuccino and music. I needed that before going back to the madness called reality. It was great while it lasted.


    Today, three of my friends will undergo the sacrament of matrimony. Now those are people I know who never settled until they felt that they were with the person they want to be with forever. I know I can be jaded with love sometimes, but going through this day, I can't help but be myself again-- an utterly hopeless romantic. Kris, Rej and Oneal: Congratulations and best wishes to you! May your married life be filled with wonderful memories you will cherish through the years. =)


    beating heart