Thursday, December 27, 2007

crossing the bridge to terabithia

Catching up on old movies that I missed out on: The Bridge to Terabithia

A deceptively fantasy-filled trailer turns out to be a sweet treatise on the joys of childhood--a totally fantastic and compelling film, bearing testament to friendship and the wonders of childlike imagination. After the plethora of buzz-boom-zing fantasy movies, this laid-back gem will warm your heart and touch your soul. The overall conceptualization and the reined-in use of CGI makes the story pop, be true to itself. Wonderful performances from the child leads and the adult support cast as well.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

shaping up to be the Worst. Christmas. Ever.

senseless, yet again

The pilot killed after a brawl outside Embassy bar at the Fort the other day was the brother of my high school classmate and friend. He was not even the target of the incident--and even if he was, what was so imperative, what was their grave concern that the suspects thought it fit to maul Mr. Castellano and his friend, seven to two? What is the cost of a human life? A trivial slight, a minor bump?

It's the Christmas season--it was supposed to be a night of "happy-happy" but instead, these people chose to ruin the holidays not just for the victims' families, but their own; and they have scarred the Castellano family, traumatizing the holidays for them for many a year to come, just like any monstrous cold-blooded killer's act would hound a victim's family. I only hope that Carlo's killers will be brought to justice--as it is, they are currently declaring their innocence... and their lawyer's main argument is that, hey, they were all drunk. Eh?!

The guilty should not go scot-free. Times like these, I wish we had crime scene units and procedures similar to the US. I hope that the police were able to swab the suspects' hands and clothes for evidence, and that the case will remain a high-profile one so that the criminals cannot just slink out of the picture and go unpunished.

Meanwhile, Embassy Bar seems to be a hotbed of high-profile hot-headed activity. The last time it was significantly in the news was when a male model/presidential grandson beat up another guy. I was just a tad perturbed by the bar management's statements saying that they sought justice and sympathized with the family of the victim, but anyway the incident did not happen in the immediate vicinity of their bar, but in the common parking lot... and so on. The fact of the matter remains that both victims and suspects came from their bar, and the originating incident occurred inside. And I'm sure they cannot dispute the fact that in that area, Embassy Bar is the nightspot of choice, the flagship of the Fort Strip. I'm just wondering how much a little added security, a roving guard or plainclothesman (if possible with tazer)--how much would this dent their nightly earnings? Should bars that serve alcohol have a greater responsibility to keep their patrons safe?

Friday, December 21, 2007

sometimes i really love cold case

Tonight's episode of Cold Case ("Wishing") starts off with the familiar strains of These Are Days (ah, 10,000 Maniacs--I absolutely adored them, and still do), then Natalie Merchant breaking into song. I love Cold Case, but today's episode is in the running for Best. Episode. Ever. The Maniacs' Trouble Me is also played later, as are some other songs from my adolescence, including Plush by the Stone Temple Pilots. Nice.

When I was a wee bit of a girl, I wanted to be like Nancy Drew--a sleuth. Only people don't use that word anymore. If I were a little girl now, I think I would want to be a CSI. Although these Cold Case people and all their going around talking to people--may be somewhat tedious. Ahh, umiral ang katamaran. Hee.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

all that glitters

When I was done wrapping I realized that I was making shoddily fake gold bullion. Haha. Although you can't help but lurrve the gold tissue from that Japan Home Store. Too bad it's all used up. A bit pricey though--P55 for 4 sheets, I believe? Or was it eight. I forget. 6 days before Christmas and overtime can make you a Scrooge.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

caveat emptor

I recently bought a wedding magazine (which shall not be identified) for P150, much cheaper than the current P350 of Wedding Essentials. Well, I guess you really get what you pay for. However, the Weddings at Work primer is only being sold for P75, and is actually given free during wedding fairs. And it contained a whole lot more information than this "magazine", which is actually a supplier listing with press releases masquerading as "articles". Oh well. Forgive me, I know that some people are into this sort of thing, but some of the gown ads were downright funny--and some were even scary. One gown looked like a dust ruffle and another looked like a cake. However, some of the ads were interesting, including one atelier which is just a few blocks away from us. But still. Would not pay P150 for that information.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

to Dust thou shalt return?

Inquirer reader warns against The Golden Compass

I agree, the books should probably be PG, especially for really young yet inquiring minds. Granted, I read The Golden Compass when I was 18. It was an enthralling read, if not for the adventure but the whole concept of Dust, metaphoric for innocence and comparable perhaps to Jedis' midichlorians, intrigued me. The second and third installments though, much like the Matrix series, only served to disappoint.

I did not lose any of my faith by reading this book. Yet my faith is not strong--it has waivered and sometimes waivers until now. But I guess the tenets are too ingrained in me that something like this, or the Da Vinci Code comes up and I am entertained but not ready to renounce the wonderful guilt-ridden world of Catholicism.

But the movie looks very polished and good. And its website is fun!

Head over to The Golden Compass official site and take the daemon quiz--which is basically Myers-Briggs only the results are in daemon form. Here's mine:


ETA: That's what I get for posting when I'm half-asleep... I originally posted "to Dust though shalt return"... err? What the heck?!

Monday, December 10, 2007

a post a day

Am going to try to discipline myself into doing a post a day. I have to get started writing again if I am going to write the great Filipino Gen-X coming of age novel. Or that other one I'm toying around with. In any case, today's post is:

a siegel sighting

Dropped by PowerPlant before going home to pick up some stuff. I figure it would be easier to take a cab from there rather than Glorietta, this being the height of Christmas shopping (even if it is a Monday). I was right, of course. I had to take the jeep--the jeep ride to PowerPlant costing P8, part of which is my former route to the rented place in Brgy Valenzuela. Wasn't that bad--at least it wasn't raining. Or in the heat of summer.

Anyway, saw one of the Siegel siblings. Well, saw a tall beanstalk of a guy at the Nokia store across from True Value. Then he turns and I'm like, this guy is totally familiar. Well, even if I haven't followed the PBA in about ten years. He's the cuter brother, I believe, so that makes it... Danny? Hee. I wouldn't know. I don't think I can tell them apart. The SO would know, I'm sure.

The trip was not very fruitful, though. The two items I was searching for were not available--a single plug with a switch (for the Christmas lights) and a single RCA to earphone switch. At least I was able to buy baking soda. And Cheese Clover Chips--can you believe Cash and Carry didn't have them?

Sunday, December 09, 2007

holiday thoughts

Rather, thoughts on "The Holiday". Formulaic, tongue-in-cheek, but utterly entertaining. Great performance from Jude Law, you can almost forgive him his infidelities. Almost. Kate Winslet is utterly adorable as the Brits trounce the Americans. Watched it a year after its cinematic release, but for me it seems around nine years late:

Iris says: "I understand feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible, and how it can actually ache in places you didn't know you had inside you, and it doesn't matter how many new haircuts you get, or gyms you join, or how many glasses of chardonnay you drink with your girlfriends... you still go to bed every night going over every detail and wonder what you did wrong, or how you could have misunderstood, and how in the hell for that brief moment you could think that you were that happy. And sometimes you can even convince yourself that he'll see the light and show up at your door. And after all that, however long all that may be, you'll go somewhere new, and you'll meet people who make you feel worthwhile again, and little pieces of your soul will finally come back. And all that fuzzy stuff, those years of your life that you wasted, that will eventually begin to fade."

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Monday, December 03, 2007

nakakatuwang journalist, and the pen is back

ABS-CBN reporter (I forget who, Pinky Webb, Ces Drilon or Charo Logarta), who was walking with Trillanes to Manila Pen: "I can't believe it! The streets are clean! Usually it's rush hour at this time! There's no traffic!" Anchor back at the studio heartily agrees.

Errr, guys... hate to burst your awestruck bubble, but if I were a motorist along Makati Ave at that time, seeing men clad in army fatigues brandishing heavy firearms on the streets in front of me, I wouldn't move my car an inch. No. Frickin'. Way.

Apparently your aerial shots missed the traffic buildup caused by this, as Jane mentions in her blog.


At least, the Pen is back. I haven't read any news about whether they plan to sue... Trillanes? Yes, add a civil suit to his counts of rebellion and other felony charges, why not?


Sige. No more comments about Trillanes except--what was he thinking?


Read about G's "gah!" moment, the one about the Park N Shop plastic bags. I reckon if that was implemented here, Pinoy shoppers would also raise a terrible hue and cry about it, especially since the plastic bags double as trash bags, multipurpose bags and what-not. It's a step in the right direction, but maybe a little change management could have been had--maybe something in parallel first (the rebate for non-plastic users but free plastic bags still for those who ask)? Yes, additional work, but then, saving the environment wouldn't be easy, or else it would be done by now.

Last Song Syndrome : Amber - 311 (watched 50 First Dates again!)