Tuesday, January 25, 2011

You've Got Mail

I woke up with a headache, sore throat and clogged sinuses.  Can a mother have a day off?  Nope!  It is not in our vocabulary.  So as I go about our morning routine of getting the kids ready for school, my head still throbs and I try to ignore the pain.  Well, it's more of a drowsy pain rather than an ouchy kind of pain.

Once the kids are out of the door, I try to pick up the aftermath, and instead of the usual household chores, I find myself on the sofa and pick up the TV remote control.  "You've Got Mail" is showing, which I've watched before, but it's a feel-good easy to watch movie, exactly what I need.  When was this movie made?  In the 90's, and yet it seems like ages ago.  Well, we are in 2011 and anything in the 20th century is ages ago.  But watching Meg Ryan use dial-up to connect to the internet, I smile.  Oh, I remember the days.  And how frustrating those days were, dial-up, getting busy signals and having s-l-o-w connection.  How time has changed!  The two stars were into what was "in" and new during those times - Email!  Sure we still use email, but with facebook, blogging and other networking sites, email seems to be phasing out.  How time has changed and oh, so fast!

We got 3 Christmas cards this year.  They say that actually mailing, using the post office to buy stamps, is outdated, but it still feels good to open an actual envelope, touch and flip open a card.  Yes, we are in the midst of an internet revolution, but how much of it is good for us?  Does it actually keep family and friends closer together or does it make the distance that much wider?

Another part of the movie which made me smile and reminisce was when Meg Ryan was in Starbucks and ordered "Caramel Macchiato" (not sure if this is the way it's spelled).  That was what I ordered when I bought at Starbucks back in the 90's when Starbucks was just below our office.  I'm not really into coffee, but caramel Macchiato tasted sweet, kind of like melted ice cream, hot instead of cold, of course.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Rest

I read today's 1st reading as if reading it for the first time.  It may actually be the first time I read it and got some insight, like a light at the end of the tunnel.  An "aaAahH" moment.  The reading I'm referring to is from the book of Hebrews 4:1-5,11:

1 Let us be on our guard while the promise of entering into his rest remains, that none of you seem to have failed. 2 For in fact we have received the good news just as they did. But the word that they heard did not profit them, for they were not united in faith with those who listened. 3 For we who believed enter into that rest, just as he has said: “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter into my rest,’ ” and yet his works were accomplished at the foundation of the world. 4 For he has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this manner, “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works”; 5 and again, in the previously mentioned place, “They shall not enter into my rest.” 11 Therefore, let us strive to enter into that rest, so that no one may fall after the same example of disobedience.
 
The author relates how God rested on the 7th day, which we usually refer to as Sunday, our day of rest from the long week of work, to our final rest, His promise of rest in eternity.  But this can only be received, by His grace and after our life of working for God's kingdom.  It's the first time that I saw the meaning of "rest" in this way.  Oh, how we long for rest especially after a long, hard day of work - in my case, housework and taking care of my family.  But this rest that we enjoy is only temporary, for we wake up again to other days of work.  How do I long for that rest, when the body, spirit and mind can truly be quiet and at peace.  I know if will only happen at the end of my life and only if I am faithful to His calling.  May we all "strive to enter into that rest".

Monday, January 10, 2011

Minute Maid Pulpy Online Blog Contest

I've joined in Minute Maid Pulpy's online blog contest.  My first ever try at joining in a contest online.  Not sure how well I'll do, but I did do my best in terms of writing the blog (or at least completing the sentences that Minute Maid provided) and designing the layout and graphics.  I spent a lot of time on the latter as can be seen on http://minutemaid-pulpy.blogspot.com/.  As of this writing I haven't received any comments, not a good sign with 10% of the overall score depending on the number of comments.  Well, even I do not win, at least I tried and I'm glad that I put my talents to good use.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Playing On The Streets

The street is their playground, for they know no other.  This sentence formed in my mind as I saw one of our neighbor's child playing ball on the street.  She is one of the many neighborhood children.  The street is where they grew up, their own home too small, too hot to stay in during the late afternoon/early evening hours of the day.  There is a cool wind outside, no need for an electric fan.  The street is spacious, wide enough to run around, play tag, hide 'n seek and even learn to ride a bike.  These kids know how to dodge the cars, tricycles or pedestrians that go by.  Cars, tricycles and pedestrians too have learned how to dodge the kids and the games they play.

In contrast, my own kids are not allowed to play on the streets.  We see it as dangerous.  When we do go to other streets like at my cousin's area a few blocks from us or in Binangonan where they do get a chance to play on not-so-busy streets, the kids have to be told to stop their play and stay on the side of the street when a car, tricycle, vendor or pedestrian passes by.  They're not used to playing on the streets.  We are lucky enough to have a big enough garage and front area where the kids have learned to play games, basketball and learned to ride their bikes.  But I realize that they are missing out too.  Missing out on playing with other kids in the neighborhood and learning some of the traditional Filipino games they play.  It's a choice that we've made, their safety comes first.  A street is a street, mostly for vehicles to travel on and not a playground for kids.  But for some, the street is the only playground they've known.

Concerts in the Philippine in 2011

The following is a list in progress of upcoming concerts for the year 2011 in the Philippines, mostly in Metro Manila with a few in the provinces.  Schedules may change, so check the contact person/s for updated information...


Concerts in the Philippines in 2011


Date
Event
CityInfo


MARCH

1Sugarfree Live!  Farewell Concert
Quezon CityEastwood Central Plaza
8:00 PM

http://www.eastwoodcity.com/
2A Starry Starry Night with Don McLean
Quezon CityAraneta Coliseum
8:00 PM

Tickets at TicketNet or call 911-5555
4Sandwich Live!Quezon CityEastwood Central Plaza
8:00 PM

http://www.eastwoodcity.com/
4Opera Belles Live!
Quezon CityEastwood Central Plaza
7:00 PM

http://www.eastwoodcity.com/
9Anberlin

MakatiA-Venue Concert Hall
Makati Ave.; 6PM

Tickets at Ticketworld.com.ph
11Opera Belles Live!
TaguigVenice Piazza, McKinley
8:00 PM

APRIL

7Bruno Mars
(Doo Wops and Hooligans Tour)

CebuWaterfront Hotel
7:00 PM
8Bruno Mars Live in Manila


Quezon CityAraneta Coliseum
7:00 PM

Tickets at Ticketnet or call (02) 911-5555
16The Script Live in Manila 2011


Quezon CityAraneta Coliseum
8:00 PM

Tickets at Ticketnet or call (02) 911-5555




MAY

10
Justin Bieber
with special guest
Pareotics

Pasay
City
SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds
8pm
Tickets at Ticketworld.com.ph

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Review of "RPG - Metanoia"

We watched the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry, "RPG Metanoia" at SM San Lazaro last December 27.  I first searched the internet to find reviews about the movie and I found one blog which had some good things to say about the film.  There weren't many other reviews considering that the movie had its first showing, like the rest of the MMFF entries, on Christmas day.



The movie bragged about being the first 3D Animated movie of the Philippines.  Believing in the Filipino talent, I was enthusiastic as we awaited the start of the screening.  It was the first movie that the kids watched in 3D and though the 3D glasses kept slipping off their small (or in Filipino, "pango") noses, they eagerly awaited the start of the movie.

The storyline was good, with parts that made me smile and laugh.  I loved the parts when the kids played traditional street games with the musical score from Apo Hiking Society's song "Bawat Bata" with the lyrics "bawat bata sa ating mundo, may pangalan, may karapatan... hayaan mong maglaro and bata sa araw..."  So nostalgic, so sentimentally Filipino, I loved it!  I also loved the little details that only us Filipinos or other nationals who really know the Philippine culture would really appreciate.  Like the mother wearing a duster and the little boy using a walis and being a standby with his barkada (group of close friends) at a nearby sari-sari store.

What disappointed me though was the 3D effects.  Before the movie started, previews of upcoming 3D shows made in the US were shown.  This, unintentionally, set the excitement for 3D viewers, but our expectations subsided as the main feature started.  I took off my 3D glasses in some parts of RPG and found that it didn't make a difference.  So I concluded that not all parts of the film was made in 3D.  The action parts when they were playing "inside" the computer games were in 3D.  I found some of these too fast and would have liked to have seen more animation that made full use of the 3D features, features that seemed to actually "pop" out of the screen.  The script was somewhat too monotonous in some parts, the little voice of Zaijan predominant in the movie.  I had gone with little sleep for a few days and I admit I wanted to close my eyes and doze off in the middle of the movie.  But it would've been a waste of my P180, which is what we paid for a single ticket to the movie.

I believe in the Filipino talent and really want to see the Filipino movie industry revive and compete in the international scene.  But compared to the international movies, I have to honestly and sadly say, that we still fall short.

Lessons learned in the movie: Beware of the dangers of spending too much time in front of your computer (which I am doing now as I write this :).  There is so much more to see, to learn, to experience...in the real world.

RPG - Metanoia cinema teaser