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Repertory Philippines’ Next Fall review January 16, 2012

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For the play to work, though, what’s most important is that you believe that despite their essential dissimilarities, Luke and Adam were meant to be together. And you do, thanks in large part to the easygoing chemistry between Mr. Breen’s funny, uptight Adam and Mr. Heusinger’s puppyish Luke. – NYTimes circa 2009 on Next Fall.

Unfortunately, this chemistry was utterly lacking in the two actors who played Adam and Luke in Repertory Philippines’ Next Fall. True, they indeed kissed, tickled each other and hugged. But all these failed to convince me that they were indeed in love and that they had fundamental difference in their beliefs regarding the existence and value of God.

Given such a material, the weight of carrying the play fell on the ability of the actors to make us care, make us believe that their pain is real, and to make us see the emotions that they are experiencing. The actors utterly failed to do this. It was like watching someone read to me a script sans any effort to be in character. It was frustrating.

It was not only the two lead characters who failed in this department. Save for the actress who played Holly, everyone seemed to have been wonderful at memorizing their lines but have forgotten to, well, act.

The script has its flaws, indeed. But where a play revolves around the stories of people, with very little music to set the tone, the actors should be able to grab you by the collar and make you pay attention. It’s their job. When they fail to do so, they may as well not call themselves actors, at least for the time being.

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Motivation September 10, 2008

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Roger Federer just won his fifth US Open championship. Fifth straight. He has 13 grandslams to date, 1 behind Pete Sampras, who holds the most grandslams by any male tennis player.  Before he won, many people had writtem his career off and that he was done for already. Then he won this. Wow. When he was interviewed, he said that he could not imagine himself not playing tennis. He lives and breathes tennis. Wow. Talk about dedication.

Yesterday, I was listening to a friend talk about his plans after law school. Litigation was out the window and he wanted to travel and be in Europe. He wants to practice IP and if possible do it outside the country.

It got me thinking about my plans. I just stopped dreaming for the past months or so. I had my dreams and plans all planned out a few months ago, then they do not look as great as before.

If Federer lives and breathes tennis, I am not sure I live and breathe practicing the law. Well I used to think that. Then OLA and litigation came along. What a mental fart that is. I love waiting, because I have a lot of time to imagine and day dream, but I sure do not like making a career out of wainting for judges and administrative boards to arrive at any time they please.

I love research. Figuring something out and knowing the answer. I love searching for answers and trying to figure out the best way to approach something. But I do nor know how I can make a career out of that. There may be jobs out there like that, but is that what I will do until I am 50?

I am passionate for education. I am glad my thesis ended up with the topics that I like. ICT Law and Education. I would love to teach someday.

I want to seriously go to Africa. Even live there. Anywhere there. There is something about that continent that just tells me that I should be there, and do something.

So after I take the bar, what do I plan to do? I do not know. I sure hope investing in the things that I do know will pay off. I hope so.

I hope that someday I can say that I live and breathe what I do, and that there is nothing else in the world that I can think of that I will do except that. I am getting there. i just hope I do not kill my own dreams in the process.

wordle July 26, 2008

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Saw this from one of the blogs that I read, I just realized that I can use it to see what words I most often use in my blog. Hehe.

I need to do something about this. July 1, 2008

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Tough for me. I know I have to do some radical shift. Where to start, where to start….

http://stevemurrell.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/07/intentional-com.html

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Wow! January 14, 2008

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God really works in ways I could not fathom.  I can only be grateful and humbled in all the things that he has done and will be doing this year!. Just got a promotion in my work. Whee! That was a quick answer to a prayer request.  Praise Him! Really.

When a blog dies, does anyone hear a sound? December 17, 2007

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This was a title of an article of a guy named Gino dela Paz. I think this was a few weeks ago in the Supreme Section of the Philippine Star. In his article he said that he chose to stop blogging because someone might end up getting his creative ideas which were the sources of his articles for the newspaper. As far as I can remember from what he said, he was afraid that what he was writing in his blog would interfere with what he would be writing in his newspaper column because people will end up reading his blog and will not read his newspaper column. He also said that he was afraid that some of the pictures that he posted in his blog might be “grabbed” by someone and profit out of it.

I really had a big problem with what he said. First, why in the world would he put the same content in his blog and his newspaper column. That would really be dumb. I guess he was not creative enough to think of other topics. I like that section of the Philippine Star, because most of the writers are I of my generation. But this guy has totally lost his logic. Or maybe I’m being too harsh. However, I’m not the one getting paid to write something, so I was hoping for something more intelligent. Having a blog does not mean one loses an audience when it comes to print media. Many broadsheets abroad have online versions of their paper. They also have bloggers that deal with specific topics. Blogging caters to a different audience all together: The people who spend most of their time online and who get their daily dose of news and articles from the web. So what am I saying? I think that instead of totally letting go of his blog, why not ask Philippine Star to update their website. And pay writers who will write online. I think it was a challenge for that guy to maintain a blog where he could write his ideas, and write for a newspaper where he writes about his ideas. I think he forgot about compartmentalizing his ideas. He could still write his blog without compromising his ideas for his column. Malcolm Gladwell maintains a blog though he still writes for the New Yorker and has a book that will come out soon. It was a test to prove his creativity, which he failed miserably. But in the end, I could bitch about it all I can, but he’s the one getting paid to write, I get published only in blogger. Tough luck.

Remember December 10, 2007

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Just before going to sleep last night, I heard a motorcycle doing rounds in the village, and for a while I thought I was in my bed in Pangasinan as I was waiting for the sound of the pandesal vendor’s horn. Yes, it was 10pm but I was hoping was transported back to my room in Pangasinan and not be forced to wake up early the next day to have time to study. I really miss home. Life there revolves around me. Haha. Not really, life is just simpler and problems are solved pretty quickly. I have no complaints about school, it’s just that I think the cycle of having to work extra hard is killing my enthusiasm for what I am doing. I love studying, when I get right to it, but being far from home for the past 7 years is gently taking it’s toll on me. I miss home. I miss the sound of tricycles having a race early in the morning. I miss the sound of the neighbor’s dog barking, the roosters crowing, I miss the fact that I can wake up as late as I can and still have food on the table for me, I miss getting to the bayan for a low as 7 bucks, I miss December breeze there, the air is definitely cleaner, I miss the cheap meriendas that feed me and my cousins, I miss shouting at each other for mundane things, I miss Pangasinan. I miss my Tita Emma. Things could never be quite the same, but I could still not move on, even though in my mind I keep telling myself I have.

Rainy days make me ponder August 17, 2007

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Suspended classes are always welcome in my book, though they really screw up with class schedules because of the make-up classes I end up attending when classes are resumed. For the past three days, I’ve tried my best to study as much as I can, but not as much as I want. Better a few cases and readings than nothing, I guess. It’s during this time that I get to ponder about what I have been doing and will possibly do in the next few years of my existence.

I’ve just recently realized my interest in technology. I’ve always wanted to be up-to-date on the latest techie news before but I’ve always had a tendency to become techno stressed with some programs, Microsoft Word being one of them. But because of the job I do, I inevitably have to get used to technology and live and breath it. Or something that would approximate that. This brings me to what I want as regards this, a LAPTOP. I don’t know how I’ll come out with the resources to buy my own, but I do hope I get to buy one real soon. A MacBook Pro with 400 GB HD and 4 GB RAM will do me real good. And a hefty amount of cash is needed. Almost $3k. Goodness me, I might have to starve myself for the next two years for me to be able to afford that. Sponsor, anyone?

A laptop would come in handy because I want to learn programming. I have no idea what I need or anything like that, but I do know I need my own computer to be able to do that.

Another thing I need to focus on is Ghana. Why Ghana, well I really don’t know either. I don’t know when I’ll get there, or if ever I’ll be able to go there, but I do hope so. I don’t know anything much about the country, but I’ll go there, in whatever capacity, soon.

Law school. Well, now I’m getting the hang of it. Thanks to work. I guess it just placed things in perspective. This is what I have to do and I want to do it. It reminds me of Psych undergrad where I just studied just for studying’s sake. Not the grades, they never mattered that much. I guess now I’m enjoying law. I hope to finish it and do my best and hopefully get into an american law school I’m eyeing with a program on information technology and the law. I have to study hard first and do great.

This past few days have been helpful to keep in perspective and do what I have to do in the meantime. It begins.