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Pan’s Labyrinth and Bridge to Terabithia February 15, 2007

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In the past few years, I have seen only a few movies that made me escape reality. It’s not that I’m sacred of reality or that I want to run away from it, but it’s ab amazing experience when a movie takes me to an entirely different place. This is what Pan’s Labyrinth did. Magic Realism at its finest.

It revolves around how a young girl, Ofelia, copes with the changes in her family. Her mother married for the second time after her husband’s death and is having a difficult pregancy. They moved to the house of the new husband, a military captain where she encounters a ‘fairy’, which looks like a praying mantis or a grasshopper. It is from there that she meets a faun and two other fiaries and goes into an adventure of her own. She kills a giant toad and steals a dagger from a ‘humanoid’ with eyes in his hands.

All this story is set during the World War II. The Captain is busy looking for the rebels in his place, but unknown to him, his house helper and family doctor are both assisting and helping the insurgents. He is at the same time awaiting the birth of his son because he would then be able to pass on his name.

I never expected reality and fantasy to merge so well in a film. I was wishing that everything Ofelia was experiencing were real. I loved the special effects especially on the faun and the eye-in-his-hands guy.

Another movie I saw of the same or of similar feel is Bridge to Terabithia. I expected it to be special effects driven by virtue of the fact that Peter Jackson’s WETA company did the special effect. But sadly, the movie had little special effects. But it rocked! Haha. It told of a story of two kids who wanted a different reality, different from the reality they face in their school and family.

Same as Pan’s Labyrinth, I was hoping that what they were experiencing were real. It reminded me of how me and my cousins would act like Power Rangers with chopped up wood as swords and fight against enemies, ne injured, hurt and save each other. During those times, it was real. Well, we didn’t transform into Power Rangers, but we had a hell of time.

Watching these two movies was well worth my time because it really did provide an escape for me. It reminded me that perspectives matter. Just close your eyes and keep your mind open. It might work for me. It worked for the kids in Bridge of Terabithia. Haha.

Rare Shark pics. February 10, 2007

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I saw this picture at CNN. The shark looks really odd but beautiful. Stirs up my passion to learn to dive someday. The shark is called a Frilled Shark, Chlamydoselachus anguineus, and it belongs to a primitive shark family. It lives usually 2,000 feet below the surface and rarely found alive at sea level. This shark was found in Japan by some fishermen. It has 6 gills which is the same as fossil sharks that lived 350 million years ago. It actually looks like an eel. Hehe.

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Switchfoot’s "Oh Gravity" and "This is your Life" February 9, 2007

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I love this band. And though our connection is quite primitive, I love downloading in YouTube. Yes it takes me quite a long time before a video is done, but it will do. Hehe.

La la la la la la la la la la!

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Politics politics politics… February 9, 2007

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This is the season in UP where every color has a meaning. A yellow shirt, a red bandana, a blue blouse or a white underwear. Well maybe the last one was taking it too far, but these colors represent one’s party, political party. It represents one’s affiliation or non-affiliation.

It is also one of the season I really dislike. It’s a time when I seemed to be pressured to take a side, to be in the know regarding issues, and to be active in supporting friends who are running. It makes me uncomfortable because I don’t like being stuck in the middle of something, where being in the middle is not the place to be. Where being in the middle means I refused to get involved. Where being in the middle means I chose not to care.

But I know I have to get involved in these things. Even in my own way. Knowing the issues are not supposed to happen during elections only. I have tried my best to know the news both in and out of the campus. But there’s a spin when election time comes. Facts aren’t just facts anymore, they become one’s anchor for one’s view regarding issues. Same facts may lead to different conclusions thus causing a conflict between opposing factions. It is when I have to take a side regarding these issues that I hate. I hate conflicts. I avoid them. But these political conflicts seem to follow me every election time since I started getting involved with UP politics. And my involvement is quite shallow.

This year’s election brings with it something special. Two friends of mine are running for the same position. Fun. I refused to take a side, or that would be the gameplan. But I know that brings me nowhere. I’m in the middle alright, but that place sucks in this scenario. I believe in both of them. I know they are highly capable of handling and doing the job. But how do I choose? When I choose, do I act, or keep the choice to myself to avoid conflicts? I know I can’t always avoid conflict, but does this has to be one of those situations? I really don’t know what to do. I hate it.

I just hope I make the right decision, and I hope those two friends of mine change only for the best. I know politics means one has to comply with certain image makeovers. But these changes, I believe have to remain in the superficial. If one wants to change deeper things, one need not wait for election. One need not start being friendly because it’s election. It has to be something that one works on because one chooses to be so and not because one wants to get the votes of people. I just hate it when people start being friendly and amicable because it’s election time. Of course, one has to plan and strategize in order to win. But one need not turn into a totally different person because one has to win an election. There are very few who are born to have the ability to become political leaders. I refused to believe that leaders are born and not made, I realized that that statement is too sweeping. Political leaders are a different breed. Yes, like dogs, with no pun intended, these people have traits that distinguishes them from other leaders. They are not a higher group, but they are distinct. If one is a political leader, one has to be willing to be criticized. One should have the genuine resolve to connect with people, lots of people. One has to be willing to get dirt in their clothes, but need not put the dirt on themselves.

There are a great many people who have these traits. But it really takes courage for one to go out there and sustain it, and live it. Leadership, in any form, requires a lot from someone, and if one enters politics, one opens himself to scrutiny, but, at the same time, opens up an opportunity for one to impact the system one belongs to in a big way.

I hope my friends end up being great political leaders. I really do. It takes courage for one to open himself up to scrutiny by choosing to run for a position. I admire them for that. In the next few days, I shall decide who to support. I just hope they’ll respect my decision.

Curse of the Golden Flower February 8, 2007

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Watched Curse of the Golden Flower yesterday. I found it lacking in the fight scenes that I eagerly anticipated. But the visuals were really stunning. The palace shots were colorful and the acting was great. Gong Li was great as the Empress. She was able to convey her emotions effectively and so was Chow Yun Fat. I would recommend watching it, if one is into sappier Chinese movies. But if one is looking for actions and lots of martial arts, then the movie would be lacking in that department.

One of the prince in the movie is Jay Chou. Googling him made me know that he is a famous Taiwanese singer. He writes his songs, and plays mutliple instruments. The song he wrote for the movie was nice to listen to. I don’t understand a single word, but I do hope I get the emotion of the song right. Haha. Here’s the video of the song.

屋簷如懸崖* 風鈴如滄海 我等燕歸來
Wu yan ru xuan yai* / feng ling ru cang hai / wo deng yan gui lai
The roof is like a cliff, wind chimes like the ocean, and I am waiting for the swallow to return.

時間被安排 演一場意外 你悄然走開
Shi jian bei an pai / yan yi chang yi wai / ni qiao ran zou kai
Time is scheduled to act out the accident of you leaving quietly.

故事在城外 濃霧散不開 看不清對白
Gu shi zai cheng wai / nong wu shan bu kai / kan bu qing dui bai
The story occurred outside the city (where) there were thick fogs. (I) can’t see the dialogue clearly.

你聽不出來 風聲不存在 是我在感慨
Ni ting bu chu lai / feng sheng bu cun zai / shi wo zai gan kai
You can’t tell (that) the wind chimes never sounded. It was my exasperation.

夢醒來 是誰在窗臺 把結局打開
Meng xing lai / shi shui zai chuang tai / ba jie ju da kai
Awakened (from my) dream, who stood by the window sill and opened the ending.

那薄如蟬翼的未來 經不起誰來拆
Na bo ru chan yi de wei lai / jing bu qi shui lai zhe
The future is as thin as the cicada’s wing and can’t withstand being torn by anyone.

我送你離開 千里之外 你無聲黑白
Wo song ni li kai / qian li zhi wai / ni wu sheng hei bai
I send you off to a thousand miles away. (My mental image of you) is silent, black and white

沈默年代 或許不該 太遙遠的相愛
Chen mo nian dai / huo xu bu gai / tai yao yuan de xiang ai
Perhaps a love so far apart shouldn’t exist in this silent era.

我送你離開 天涯之外 你是否還在
Wo song ni li kai / tian yai* zhi wai / ni shi fou hai zai
I send you away beyond the end of Earth. Are you still there?

琴聲何來 生死難猜 用一生 去等待
Qing sheng he lai / sheng si nan cai / yong yi sheng / qu deng dai
Where is the zither** sound coming from? It’s hard to predict life and death. (I will) use (my) whole life to wait.

聞淚聲入林 尋梨花白 只得一行 青苔
Wen lei sheng ru ling / xun li hua bai / zhi de yi hang / qing tai
I enter the woods upon hearing tears. (I) search for a white flower, but only get a row of moss.

天在山之外 雨落花台 我兩鬢斑白
Tian zai shan zhi wai / yu luo hua tai / wo liang xu ban bai
The sky is far away from the mountain. The rain falls on the flower garden. My hair has become white.

聞淚聲入林 尋梨花白 只得一行 青苔
Wen lei sheng ru ling / xun li hua bai / zhi de yi hang / qing tai
I enter the woods upon hearing tears. (I) search for a white flower, but only get a row of moss.

天在山之外 雨落花台 我等你來
Tian zai shan zhi wai / yu luo hua tai / wo deng ni lai
The sky is far away from the mountain. The rain falls on the flower garden. I wait for you to come.

一身琉璃白 透明著塵埃 你無瑕的愛
Yi shen liu li bai / tou ming zhe chen ai / ni wu xia de ai
Wearing clear white clothes, the transparency shows dust and your flawless love.

你從雨中來 詩化了悲哀 我淋濕現在
Ni chong yu zhong lai / shi hua le bei ai / wo lin shi xian zai
You come from the rain and transform sorrow into a poem and I am now wet.

芙蓉水面采 船行影猶在 你卻不回來
Fu rong shui mian cai / chuan xing ying you zai / ni que bu hui lai
A lotus floats on the water. It seems as if the shadows of the boat sails are still there, but you still won’t return.

被歲月覆蓋 你說的花開 過去成空白
Bei sui yue fu gai / ni shuo de hua kai / guo qu cheng kong bai
Covered by time, the flower that you said would blossom has become emptiness in the past.

夢醒來 是誰在窗臺 把結局打開
Meng xing lai / shi shui zai chuang tai / ba jie ju da kai
Awakened (from my) dream, who stood by the window sill and opened the ending.

那薄如蟬翼的未來 經不起誰來拆
Na bo ru chan yi de wei lai / jing bu qi shui lai zhe
The future is as thin as the cicada’s wing and can’t withstand being torn by anyone.

我送你離開 千里之外 你無聲黑白
Wo song ni li kai / qian li zhi wai / ni wu sheng hei bai
I send you off to athousand miles away (My mental image of you) is silent and black and white

沈默年代 或許不該 太遙遠的相愛
Chen mo nian dai / huo xu bu gai / tai yao yuan de xiang ai
Perhaps a love so far apart shouldn’t exist in this silent era.

我送你離開 天涯之外 你是否還在
Wo song ni li kai / tian yai* zhi wai / ni shi fou hai zai
I send you away beyond the end of Earth. Are you still there?

琴聲何來 生死難猜 用一生 去等待
Qin sheng he lai / sheng si nan cai / yong yi sheng / qu deng dai
Where is the zither** sound coming from? It’s hard to predict life and death. (I will) use (my) whole life to wait.

Jennifer Garner’s new movie! February 3, 2007

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I saw this while browsing. I’m soooo excited! Hahaha Sana ipalabas na agad dito.