Monthly Archives: August 2014

Friday Photo 55

She recently grabbed headlines with staggering revelations about her identity which, as things turned out, were just a result of a failed translation.

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Post-birthday celebration

I spent most of my birthday in bed because I was having the “blues” days before that. This emotional malaise gradually dissipated in the days after and it left me feeling disappointed for not being able to celebrate my birthday.

Fortunately I can count on my college friends to cheer me up. These days, because of our hectic family and professional lives, our meet-ups have been reduced to about 4 times a year, usually to mark someone’s birthday. We’d have a long lunch and coffee, which will be spent on catching up on each other’s lives and other things.

This time is no different. We decided to meet in SM Marikina, the mallΒ that is closest to most of us, even if it meant a long trip for some of us who are from Manila. We decided on Vikings, largely because we wanted to be eat where we can’t be accused of lingering too long. Personally I agreed with the decision so that I would have plenty of food choices. By exercising portion control, I could stick to my diet, enjoy my meal, and not drag anybody down with my own food restrictions.

2014 BDAY KITAKITS

We all had a great time eating and catching up. Me? I’m glad to have been able to celebrate my birthday will people I actually like and love. I was, is, happy and thankful for the friendship and the company.

Friday Photo 54

Our old house seen from the back yard.

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It’s never too late to start reading

I learned how to read and write at an early age. My mother taught me to writeΒ script before I started school while my grandmother started me on reading through newspapers and magazines around the house. I remember entertaining myself on long road trips by reading the billboards and street signs out loud. When I became a high school freshman at age 11, the library became my refuge from high school social life, which I was not good at. I also remember the slightly raised eyebrow of my teacher in Literature when I submitted a book report on “Wuthering Heights” during the first grading of my freshman year.

I remain an avid reader to this day, my growing pile of un-read books notwithstanding. However, I am alarmed that this love of reading is not shared by my younger cousins. Of course, one can argue that kids these days have more means of entertaining themselves due to the internet and all its attendant consequences, plus the plethora of gadgets that are within their reach. But I know there are other kids who are into reading in spite of having access to gadgets and the internet.

My old friend’s eldest daughter (and my god-child) reads and collects pre-owned books and is an active consumer of the works in WattPad. Another friend’s daughter (yes, another god-child) is a voracious reader and all the better for it because her mind is so well-rounded we old guys can converse with her as an equal. And having started Law School, in a few years she might even surpass us.

One of my younger cousins, who is a senior taking up Legal Management (still my god-child), has an alarmingly low level of interest in reading. Our grandfather previously gave him a stack of books to read but he didn’t read them. I wouldn’t read those books too, not only because they were yellowed, dusty, and musty but because they didn’t appeal to his age and interest. I got marginally successful by getting him to read graphic novels. He now knows more than I do when it comes to all thingsΒ “The Walking Dead”.

The next step is for me to get him to read the classics. And during my trip to Booksale last week, I found the right books for him to read and appreciate the classics but in a manner that will appeal to him.

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I found this comic book adaptation of the Ray Bradbury horror-fantasy classic “Something Wicked This Way Comes”. I think he will like it because of the rich illustrations (in black and white) and the fact that the heroes of the story are two teenagers.

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The other comic adaptation is the science-fiction-horror classic “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. Like the previous book, this is richly illustrated and the story has been told in a straight-forward manner.

I will give these to him tomorrow, his birthday. After these, I hope to get him started in reading “real” books.

Fun with Lucy

“Lucy” has a short running time and I’m fine with it. If it were a few minutes longer its flaws would’ve been difficult to ignore, which would probably affect my general enjoyment in watching the film. Sure, the premise has been scientifically proven to be untrue but it still fascinates me. What if large portions of our brain are really just dormant? What happens when these portions are somehow stimulated into being? What would we be able to do with increased brain power? Is this part of our evolutionary track?

the poster, in French

the poster, in French

The movie answered these questions of mine in probably the silliest and trippiest manner possible but I didn’t mind. After all, wasn’t it long ago when Luc Besson proposed that the 5th element, which was critical for the survival of the human race, was love? If you didn’t enjoy that (as I did) then you wouldn’t probably enjoy watching Lucy.

Angelina Jolie is rumored to have dropped out of the project before filming began. Mr Besson himself denied this. I think Scarlett Johansson was exquisite in the role. I don’t see how anybody else could have done a better job. Sure, this can also be interpreted as an ‘audition’ for another superhero role *wink-wink (like Madonna’s “Take a Bow” music video was an audition for “Evita”) but if it were an audition indeed, this was an audition that she nailed.

So Marvel, when are you going to give Scarlett her own Black Widow movie?