It seems as if this week has been a blow by blow reminder and realization for us, as a family, to not take for granted the things entitled to us
First one was my health. For the past few days I’ve been sick with a bad case of cold that never seemed to go away due to work conditions (drive thru + winter is a deadly combination). It has been persistent all throughout the season, but calling in sick in my workplace was always accompanied by additional unpleasantness from the management. For this reason, I just had to shake the thought (and feeling) off, all the damn time. Until one morning, my body couldn’t defend itself anymore and the coughs and sneezes kept coming.
As expected, work wasn’t planning on making this any better, with me having to struggle through the whole process of calling in sick and getting stressed looking for someone to take the shift. Long story short: All ‘hell had to break loose’ before some action from the management was taken.. which brings us to the second point.
My rights. Being in a close-knit team at our store, issues of ‘little’ concern were often ‘shaken off’. But really, how little is little? Calling in sick? A few harsh comments from your supervisor? Not to mention the manner in which they talk? These things have been matters left on the shelf, to collect dust, in the name of friendship. But because of that ‘calling in sick’ incident, I’ve come to realize that because of how they deal with things, the saying is true: dito, walang kaibi-kaibigan. I should have stuck with my initial belief, which was “me before anyone else”. Because when things get tough, ikaw at ikaw lang din ang dedepensa sa sarili mo.
Third was water. As of Saturday of last week, we’ve been without water due to a water main break and flooding that originated in the basement parking, which eventually reached our own basements. It was unfortunate, but we’re more than blessed that it didn’t reach to a certain height. It resorted to the city cutting off the water supply for the time being to fix the break.
Living without water for almost 5 days now, our family saw the importance and luxury water brings. It’s tough without water - you can’t flush after you do your business, you can’t take a bath, you can’t wash the dishes.. at least we had a pack of bottled water to drink, but that was it. Lucky for us, dad had the greatest idea of grabbing some snow from outside, taking it in and melting it to be used as reserve water. Water is something all of us take for granted, while there are places around the globe that struggle with little or no water at all. Really something to think about the next time you let the faucet run.
Fourth, was food. Yesterday, I had a tooth extraction done concerning my wisdom tooth on the far left. My teeth started to hurt a week ago because this tooth was pushing on to my existing teeth, causing pressure. My dentist said it could get worse with food getting stuck and causing cavity on the neighbouring teeth. I had no choice but to have it removed.
Of course, the price wasn’t pretty. Apart from watching my chequing account get ‘robbed off’ of its precious hundreds (I’m out of my dad’s insurance now that I graduated), I had to deal with the pain soon after the anaesthesia wears off. I’m still coping with swelling as I type, with a bag of ice within reach.. The most unfortunate thing is not being able to eat normally for a few days. I can’t even sing, with my cold and now this. It’s another thing we take for granted, so eat with appreciation.
Despite the numerous unfortunate events we had to go through as a family (water main break, basement flooding and such), I still look on with positivity and faith, because no matter what happens, the sun will always shine after the rain. If anything, this week has taught me to be more thankful of what we do have, whether it be our health, family, water or food. :)
"Aba eh yakang yaka naman pala ng pinoy eh!"
Yan lang ang pumasok sa isip ko nang matapos kong panoorin ang movie na’to. I know, quite a late reaction cuz this was shown almost 4 years ago na (I only got the chance to watch it a week ago). Nevertheless, it’s a movie worth watching.
The movie follows the mundane life of a boy named Nico (Zaijian Jaranilla), whose world mostly revolved around an RPG game - in this case, Metanoia - and nothing else. He’s not the average gamer, in fact, he’s one of the best among his group of friends. On the contrary, he’s not as impressive of a player outside the gaming world - he can’t play basketball, ride a bike nor any of the filipino traditional street games (larong kalye). With the help of their new friend, May (Mika Dela Cruz), little by little, he gets better at playing street games. His view of the outside world started to change until one day, his friends found out about the trouble Metanoia has been causing to players around the globe; subliminal messages were being sent from the computer towards the player, causing them to be hypnotized into paralysis. Nico and his group of friends are once again drawn back to Metanoia, to fight the evil forces and stop the plague before it paralyzes the population.
I think I’ll stop there, to avoid further spoilers. :P
The movie was successful in portraying what life was like as a kid living in the Philippines. A comparison was made pertaining to the ‘good old days’, where street games were the sole source for fun, while new times focused on computer games. Both had their own level of fun, but of course (being the nostalgic person that I am) nothing beats old school; Playing taguan(specially at night!), patintero, piko, sipa and trumpo have always been a favourite amongst kids within our generation. I don’t know if they still are to those that came after. It’s just great that the movie was able to bring back the memories and hopefully entice the many on filipino street games and the type of lifestyle we have as filipinos. Using OPM music for the soundtrack also gave charm to the characters. A+ for originality!
One of the reasons why I believe this movie is worth watching was the story itself; It was written well, the characters were well-formed and the pacing was just right. It didn’t, in anyway, feel rushed, nor too slow.. everything fell at the right time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the type that’s too forgiving with regards to the storyline; I’ve seen too many badly written movies, not to mention soap operas in my lifetime that I considered taking up Film, just to help the Philippine movie industry advance to where it is today.
As for animation, I can say that in terms of graphics and smoothness, it would be at par with that of Pixar (Oooh it rhymes). It just lacked in HD, crystal clear goodness, probably because of how hesitant they were at using HD equipment at the time the movie was made (lol sounds like my dad). Korea had their dramas shown in HD waaay before Philippines did - The first one being, Be Careful With My Heart. After that, I noticed that everything else were now being shot in HD. Nevertheless, it’s great that the country’s filmmakers and animators are slowly making progress and that they’re on the right path, even if it meant going out of their comfort zone. I heard it took Star Cinema 5 years to stitch this two-hour long dream together? Just, wow.
RPG Metanoia was definitely a first of its kind and I sure hope it won’t be the last. It’s really something to be proud of, knowing it’s 100% filipino. Watch it and see what I’m talking about. :)
RPG Metanoia was an official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival for the year 2010. The movie features voices of Zaijian Jaranilla, Mika Dela Cruz, Vhong Navarro (man, when are you coming back to Showtime?), Aga Muhlach and Eugene Domingo. It was directed by Luis Suarez.
(Photo Credit: GOOGLE)
That’s how I pretty much feel right now, with me working and no play. It’s sad because I know this is bound to happen (having studied at U of T for four years, trust me, I know), and I let it happen. It’s as if I was sucked into this blackhole and all my hobbies got scattered out in space and any move getting back out is a struggle.
It’s getting worse, now that the term ‘braindead’ is starting to get literal on me: these days, my brain’s just out there in space, daydreaming, producing white noise, as if trying to get reception, but just couldn’t. I remember my manager at work trying to correct me on something I said that I didn’t even realize I was saying. Plus, I’m easily distracted and when someone shakes me out of focus (by an annoying obnoxiously loud supervisor - ugh), I just lose it.
Admittedly, it could be the lack of vitamins and sugar (I don’t consume that much, I’m even cutting down on the rice), with a large percentage going to my lack of time and will, doing the things I love. Sure, I should really pay close attention to my eating too (For all we know, I could really be depriving my brain of its fuel and nutrients) but hobbies do play a role in shaking them brain cells out of hibernation, specially with the type of job I have, where pressure, both mentally and physically, is constantly being felt.
These days it’s just eat, sleep, work. I haven’t even gone out on a chillage with close friends for weeks now. If I were to hang out, I’d be too tired to.
Heck, do I even have friends? What is a friend? O__O
Nakikita nyo naman.. Must. get. out. of. this. circle.
I’m actually considering going back to part-time (or afternoon shift) and devoting that extra time looking for a job I won’t dread as much, and at the same time, keep in touch with my creative “lefty” side, recording, making music, doodling, vlogging and such. It’ll cost me some moolah but, what’s life without risks? Besides, it’s getting really worse the more I stay with the added expectations, pressure and such (being a fulltimer and all *rolls eyes*).. and for what? Minimum wage? I’m better off getting another job somewhere else, or start up my own business with the little capita I have. :P
As of now though, I really need to get my old artsy self back, or else nothing can be done. Gotta wake them brain cells up and stay awesome y’know! :)
Happy Valentine’s Day to all! <3
Remember that single or not, there are people out there that love you; family, friends, your cats (teehee). And while a few might say Valentine’s is getting overrated because it should be an everyday thing, today remains a special day to celebrate love in all forms.
Have a good one! :)
Nakatulog ako kakahintay kila mom and dad kanina. Gutom na kasi ako eh gusto ko sana sabay kami kumain.. kaya ayun, imbes na mauna, tinulog ko nalang para di ko na ma-feel yung gutom. I even drank two glasses of water before taking that so-called nap, just so I could feel full. Para-paraan din noh!
Unfortunately, when they arrived, they chose not to wake me up so I didn’t get to dine with them at all. Woke up and it was already 10 something. Meh.
There goes my nightly snooze.. =_=
Anyways, since I’m wide awake and it’s now 2:04AM as we speak(err.. type? read? Idk :P), I’m just going to lay out my plans this Valentine’s regarding this sluggish laptop that obviously needs some loving and care and all else (marami akong ka-date today, kala nyo ah!):
- Yep, you read it. Max has been very sluggish these days (for those who don’t know, my Macbook has a name). My fault for not giving him much attention ever since Xian’s arrival (my new phone, lol). Even Xavier(my iPad mini) hasn’t been getting much attention either. Sigh. 90GBs nalang, magkaka-amnesia na si Max. Kaya this Valentine’s, bonding muna kami. Gotta transfer the big files onto the new hard drive, sort out them files and free up some space. Max should be back to normal in no time. :) Love you Max!
- Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, so I’ll be spending 8 precious hours at the cafe with my beloved co-workers. Ang swerte nila sa’ken noh? Pati coffee, ka-date ko. Ako na!
- Dahil hindi ko payday this week (malas) at halos lahat ng friends ko busy studying and being taken and whatever else, I’m probably just going to spend Valentine’s at home. No, don’t feel bad, I’m actually better off at home than out; I’m the type that loves to stay in the comforts of her own home (yan ha, future bf, hint hint!) so yeah. Besides, I have my supercats, Jasmine and Mocha, my books, my movies, my korean dramas, TFC and Tumblr(Yay!) to keep me company!
Seriously speaking, If I were to go out this Valentine’s, I choose to be with friends and family, the people who will love me through thick and thin. ;) What’s the point of being a bitter couple-hating single when you’re surrounded with all these people that love you? Open your eyes! Better yet, treat yourself. Go shopping for instance. Get yourself something you’ve been wanting to buy. One of the greatest things in being single is being independent and yes, keeping your money to yourself. True story. Sabi nga nila, love yourself before you love someone else, riiiight?
Kaya, i-enjoy nalang muna naten ang pagiging single. And don’t forget to thank God for the blessings He’s showered you since day one. Malay mo, today’s the day diba? :P