Monday, September 24, 2012

Demi's 1st Quarter in School

Time flies so fast! Cliche right? But it's so true and I feel it pushing on my panic buttons, no denying. Demi's schooling have gone smooth so far. In fact, she's performing with flying colors. 

She has been awarded this very cute Merit Certificate:


Talent-wise, she's not lagging either as she had won 1st place during last month's competition for the Linggo ng Wika celebration.


The report cards' had been released last weekend with their grades for the 1st quarter. I'm quite pleased with the results of course. :)

Can't help feeling proud. Thank God for the happiness. I hope this is just the start. I wish I'd be going up the stage someday for both Demi and Daisy. My parents were sure happy when it happened. I wonder what the feeling would be like. Although I know it's gonna be ecstatic, in fact, the major reason I worked hard on my college graduation was to make my parents feel this at least even once, I'd look forward to experience this also.

Pulling myself back to NOW (hehe), I'd say thank God and congratulations to my baby!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Sound Trip # 8: Turn Back Time by Aqua

If only I could turn back time... back to the days when life was a lot simpler...

Give me time to reason, give me time to think it through  
Passing through the season where I cheated you  
I will always have a cross to wear 
But the bolt reminds me I was there 
So give me strength to face this test of mine
 
If only I could turn back time  
If only I had said what I still hide  
If only I could turn back time 
I would stay for the night, for the night
 
Claim your right to science, claim your right to see the truth  
Though my pangs of conscience will drill a hole in you 
I've seen it coming like a thief in the night 
I've seen it coming from the flash of your light 
So give me strength to face this test of mine
 
If only I could turn back time 
If only I had said what I still hide 
If only I could turn back time I would stay
 
The bolt reminds me I was there 
The bolt reminds me I was there
 
If only I could turn back time  
If only I had said what I still hide 
If only I could turn back time 
I would stay for the night
 
If only I could turn back time 
If only I had said what I still hide 
If only I could turn back time 
I would stay for the night
 
If only I could (If only I could) 
If only I could (If only I could) 
If only I could turn back time 
I would stay for the night
If only I could (If only I could, if only I could) 
If only I could (If only I could, if only I could) 
If only I could turn back time  
I would stay for the night 
If only I could (If only I could, if only I could) 
If only I could (If only I could, if only I could) 
If only I could turn back time

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Lorax: My Kids' Latest Fave

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I think it has been almost a month since I introduced this new movie to my kids. That was after we all got fed up and felt the need for something to replace Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas, which was Daisy's addiction before The Lorax. For five times a day, she'd ask someone to play the DVD and dance to all its musical part. I was successful with the divertion except that she got hooked with Lorax instead. For five times a day, she'd ask someone to play the DVD and dance to all its musical part. But wait a minute, didn't I just said that already?

Anyway, not that I'm complaining. I enjoyed the movie myself. For me, the whole 1 and half hour was action-packed so there never was a dull moment. Plus, the Once-ler was very comical and I can't help but laugh at so many of his naughtiness particularly his reaction when he realized that the Lorax was the one who sent his bed to the river haha.

Who wouldn't want a movie that's so full of laughter, good music, profound insights, and could tug at the heartstrings at the perfect timing? That's the quality of the whole movie package. I believe it had been altered from its original book basis which was written by Dr. Seuss. But the changes made were graceful and actually made the story better perhaps.

So what's the fuss about The Lorax? The Lorax was a mythical creature "who speaks for the trees because they don't have tongue." He was accidentally summoned by the Once-ler when he chopped down a Truffula tree to make his all-purpose invention the "thneed." The Lorax tried to drive him away from the "paradise" except that the Once-ler promised never to chop down another tree again.

When his invention turned a success though, the dilemma started. The Once-ler called on his family to help him with his business, but lazy as they were, they disagreed to harvesting the "thneed" materials the nature-friendly way and coaxed the Once-ler to chop down trees. In the end, greed had gotten the best of him, he forgot his promise never to chop down trees again, and "biggered" his company, factory and corporate sign.

Soon his "biggering" activities destroyed the paradise but the Once-ler was so focused with his success and according to him, nothing was going to stop him. But when the last Truffula tree fell, he realized that the paradise had been destroyed and that fall of the last tree was also the signal for the fall of his business.

Without a home, the animals in the paradise deserted him. Without a business, his family deserted him. Without the trees, the Lorax deserted him, leaving behind a slab of stone that says "UNLESS."

What will the Once-ler's next step be? Will he find out what the Lorax meant with UNLESS? Will the paradise still be restored? And what happens to life without trees?

Overall, the Lorax is a very light movie recommendable for all ages. The music is really interesting and nice. As for the lessons, I think it's more than the environmental message that people should fight against illegal logging. On a broader view, I think it is also about harnessing our corporate greed, or just greed in general and about caring more in order to see the changes for the better that we want to see.


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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wake Me Up When September Ends

I should have so much to write about. Actually there were 3 on my list: movie reviews for The Lorax, which is the kids' favorite at present, With Honors and The Cure, a couple of old movies I've watched as a student in high school. But I feel the need to write about my pessimistic feelings first, hoping to get rid of them and be able to move on and do well for the remaining days I have before I leave. I have to deal with fear, anxiety, depression head on so that I may find my health back. Despite these negative feelings, I have plenty of happy plans for my family, especially the kids.

I don't understand very well what the subject song title wanted to convey with its lyrics but right now, this is what I feel. September marks my last month in work. It marks all the other things that I should be prepared about. For me, the ending of September is a nightmare. And I'm dreading the day when I will have to leave as it gets nearer.

It's effect on me unconsciously was stress, then depression. For the full week last week, I got sick. I was struck with the worst pharyngitis I have ever experienced in my entire existence coupled with blisters on my lower lip. I'm losing a few pounds and I think that's one good thing that resulted from the ailment. I've been meaning to lose some weight as my skirts and blouses are getting a bit skimpy to wear. But I didn't mean I'd lose weight the HARD WAY. Anyway, thank God the sore throat doesn't hurt that much anymore and my lips are starting to look normal although it still hurts to smile or open them wide when eating.

I am almost halfway through the month. Here at this part, it is most suitable to play the background music for the movie JAWS when the shark was after someone because that's how I feel with time. It's like time is running after me, chasing me and when it catches me, I don't know what worse thing will happen to me. I am already becoming depressed okay? I don't know what else time could do to hurt me more.

What hurts the worst is that you see a trouble and yet you are incapable of changing things even if you know the solution. Because the hardest to bend are people. When people are involved, I discovered that I am powerless. My problem with people is so great it's like a big bundle of tangled fabrics that is very difficult to untangle. First, there is fear for their faith. It no longer matter that what I really desire for them is good because in the end, they will choose the enemy. They've done this once, they will do this again. Second, is fear for their future. Right now, I see what is wrong with the household management. I try to sort things out for them, tell them what should be best done. But in the end, my good intentions are ignored because my ways are so unlike theirs. My ways may even appear harsh. But it's just because I wanted a good future for them.

And all this nightmare will always be a bad dream unless I wake up and say, it's over. I don't want to a part of this anymore. I GIVE UP... I have a life to live also.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Sound Trip # 7: I'll Remember by Madonna



I was in high school when I first loved this song. My classmate, Terrie, who had a cassette tape of Madonna lent me the music, so thanks to my friend for the generosity not only for the joy but for the profound lessons I have derived from the art. Listening to the music now brings a great deal of nostalgic feelings. It brings back to the time when I was so much younger, fresher and so eager to be an achiever.

One great movie which I'm reminded of when hearing this song is "With Honors" (1994). I have learned from this movie that success in life is besides school, work, and all the other dreams we want to achieve. The greatest graduation we should prepare ourselves with is life so that we may graduate it "with honors and without regret." 

And that is achieved when we see that humanity is not measured on the wealth or prestige we had on earth, but on lives we have touched and influenced through our random acts of kindness...

And now I give you, one of my favorite songs... I'll Remember.


Say goodbye to not knowing when
The truth in my whole life began  
Say goodbye to not knowing how to cry
You taught me that

And I'll remember the strength that you gave me  
Now that I'm standing on my own
I'll remember the way that you saved me
I'll remember

Inside, I was a child
That could not mend a broken wing
Outside, I looked for a way
To teach my heart to sing

And I'll remember the love that you gave me  
Now that I'm standing on my own  
I'll remember the way that you changed me
I'll remember

I learned to let go
Of the illusion that we can possess  
I learned to let go
I travel in stillness

And I'll remember happiness
I'll remember  
I'll remember
I'll remember

And I'll remember the love that you gave me
Now that I'm standing on my own
I'll remember the way that you changed me
I'll remember

No, I've never been afraid to cry
Now I finally have a reason why
I'll remember

(Lyrics)

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