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felix felicis: December 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Bye-2012-Welcome-2013-with-a-bang playlist

Because firecrackers and used sky lanterns are risky means to celebrate the New Year and because I feel like channeling my inner DJ spirit, here’s my New Year’s Eve playlist. Titles included here are a mix of local and foreign music, most of which are played in mainstream media. There isn’t any unifying theme here except that these sounds are very much part of the ginormous soundtrack of my life. Char. I just love the beat, the melody, the lyrics and the many emotions and feelings these songs evoke. Oha. Ayan.

1              Salarin – Gloc 9 and Bamboo Manalac

2              Deathless Gods – Tarsius

3              Wish You Were Here – Cody Simpson

4              Good Time – Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City

5              Some Nights – Fun

6              Domino – Jessie J

7              Lights – Ellie Goulding

8              Titanium – David Guetta and Sia

9              Turn It Well – Up Dharma Down

10            Di Na Babalik – Ang Bandang Shirley

11            Beauty and a Beat – Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj

12            Where Have You Been – Rihanna

13            Want You Back – Cher Lloyd

14            Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars

15            Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

16            Daylight – Maroon 5

17            Lala – The Cab

18            Paradise – Coldplay

19            Try - Pink

20            Everybody Talks – Neon Trees

Pahabol: Starships – Nicki Minaj “higher than any other!” lolz

Enjoy people! :D Happy 2013 for all of us!

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It'll be a new year again!

I’m trying to find sleep. Before I finally succumb to my feathered pillows, allow me to use this space to reflect on the experiences I had and express my gratitude to the year that was. Well, or is going to end a few hours from now.

2012 is a year full of anxiety and worry. People from every corner of the world are succumbed to fear because of the numerous predictions that this year’s gonna be mankind’s downfall. The Mayans have predicted it and the heavens are showing us signs. As if they really tell us anything aside from the day’s weather. It’s not that I’m being haughty or anything, I just don’t think we’ll know when the world would just crumble and die. I think the Guy from Above holds the key to everything—Mayans don’t and the heavens are not as much as capable. Anyhoo, I still made my bucket list—don’t worry it’s forward looking. It’s my to-do list before I reach my 25th year and before I experience my own version of a quarter-life crisis. I thought that I should make my 2012 happier amid all the worrying people and the anxious world. I intend to accomplish as many as I can and eventually see myself a better person every time I achieve something.

This year marked a lot of firsts for me. It was my first time to purchase a phone more expensive than all the things I bought on the previous year. And a chance to fulfill my year-long prayer request to own a very nice camera.

It was also my first time to go out of the country and I’m with friends. We went to Bangkok and from there we also had our share of our own initiations to the real world. We did not get lost because we blended in with the locals. We ate foreign food and enjoyed every place we visited. We created new memories and forged stronger bonds. I was also given a lot of opportunities to visit a number of places in my own country—it was my virgin trip to Palawan’s Underground River and Cebu’s historical grounds. It was also a first to finally appreciate Davao’s durian and marang—fruits I’ve always shunned the scent before.

2012 had also been the year where I learned to properly manage my hard-earned money. I opened my own savings account and made sure that I save at least a tenth from my salary. It is also important to offer my regular tithes in church. When I was still a student, I thought tithing would guarantee that I would be financially blessed the whole month. So if I fail to give, then expect that I would be poor for the rest of the month. Pa and Ma told me it was wrong thinking—tithing is our way of thanking God for the blessings He has entrusted us; more so, it is part of our obligation to Him as a Christian. It is part of the service we give Him. The blessings we get after are just bonus points for wholeheartedly serving and loving Him.

What made me happier this year was the success of our business. To be honest, I wasn’t much confident about it especially because I’m really not into fashion accessories. I thought it was way out of my character to venture into such course—but things turned out for the better. Since my partners are much better in choosing the products we’re going to sell, I settled on the job behind the limelight. I did the lay-outs, social media promotions and photo sessions. Later on, I find myself enjoying the things I’m doing; I started finding comfort in seeing super girly accessories and appreciating the beauty of these trinkets and sweet little things. Sometimes, I find myself donning the simpler ones just to see if I can pull them off. Wow, I can. Hahaha! After our sixth month run, we went on a hiatus to give way to our personal lives. I was thinking it was over—our business ideals have slowly died down. I felt sad but then again, I thought it was ok—I had the chance to do business with friends and earn a bit from it. Most of all, I find something to enjoy from a venture I never really thought was fit for me. I was good with that. And then on November, the gears were brought to life again. Awesome. We’re gaining a few bucks online. In December, after several pep talks, my partners decided to try our charms in a Christmas bazaar. Again, the feeling of failing blipped but this time, I was confident we can at least break things even should we fall short of our envisioned success. We’ll charge it to experience, I said. We ended up going to our second Christmas bazaar and earning more than what we hoped for. God is just so good. We might have been tricked into being paid fake money by supposed customers, but that bad feeling is overturned by the many lessons we learned and the awesome things we discovered in our growing friendship. Naks.

I felt myself yawning. My eyes are also slowly drooping, betraying my sight. They’re subtly telling me to take the night’s rest. The sun would soon rise. Allow me to cap this post with a big thank you to my big God. I know I’ve never been the perfect child—I have my own share of mistakes and shortcomings and I’ve always apologized for that. I was just amazed by the many blessings You give despite all of these flaws. Because of this, I thank You. This year had been one helluva of ride—we had our ups and downs. I found myself disappointed and jaded sometimes, but looking at the many things You’ve lovingly given me, pushes me to be more than contented with my life. It has been awesome with You Lord and I pray and hope that the next year would be as happy as this year had been to me. The world would soon come to an end but only You know it. I continue to entrust my life to You. Again, thank You bigtime!

Have a happy new year everyone! Let’s start our 2013 by doing something right. We’ve always prayed for a better place to live in—might as well see that this would happen if you start by positively changing your heart. J

I’m leaving you with Desperation Band’s Satisfy:

and Hillsong’s And My Soul Knows Very Well.

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Thy Womb (Review)

I don’t usually watch films from the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) because most of them are not that really interesting. When I say “not really interesting”, the movies are either recycled plots or unending sequels (read: Shake, Rattle and Roll nth entry; Enteng Kabisote + Agimat + Tanging Ina + whoever they could choose to collaborate with). Last year, Albert Martinez’s Rosario and the animated film RPG Metanoia were the only films that piqued my interest. The rest were forgettable. Sorry. Anyhoo, this year, I thought I’d catch Brillante Mendoza’s Thy Womb—it would be the first time a Mendoza film would be screened in mainstream cinema, so I’d better check it. Plus, the movie reaped awards and praise from international film critics so, why not. When I saw the trailer of Mark Meily’s El Presidente, I thought it might be ok. It is topbilled by Laguna Governor E.R. Ejercito (last year’s Asiong Salonga), which is kinda ~lame, but nonetheless, I’d still give it the benefit of the doubt. Hahaha.

The plan changed when we were given complimentary passes for this year’s MMFF. I thought of giving it to others, pero sayang naman ang chance to see all these films for myself and eventually critique them properly, instead of judging them by their trailers alone. There, so I resolved to watch the seven films—it wouldn’t hurt, I guess.

First up, Brillante Mendoza’s Thy Womb.

Official Movie Poster. Thy Womb is directed by
internationally acclaimed director, Brillante
Mendoza. It is topbilled by Nora Aunor,
Bembol Roco, Lovi Poe and Mercedes Cabral
(Photo from Interaksyon.com).
Hmmm. The movie’s trailer did not fail to entice viewers from admiring the beauty of Tawi-Tawi’s natural landscapes and distinct Badjao culture. There’s so much color on my laptop—I was ready to watch it on the big screen. There wasn’t much story outlined in the movie’s official trailer except for the small scenes showing Nora Aunor assisting pregnant women in giving birth. The rest were introductions for its cast of characters—there’s Bembol Roco, Lovi Poe and Mercedes Cabral.

Fast forward to December 26. After cleaning up our office desks and readying it for 2013, we decided to check out Thy Womb (Sa Sinapupunan is the official Tagalog title of the movie) at Eastwood. That would be me, Ate Anna, Ate Fina and Kuya Paulie plus Ate Belle. Because we have our compli passes, we only paid 10 pesos. Hahahaha!

So, how was the movie? I thought it was a good film. It was my first time to watch a Mendoza film so there are no points of comparison in terms of laying the groundwork for the story and directing. But I guess it was a nice initiation to Mendoza’s movie style. The film’s beauty is firmly grounded on its cinematography—Tawi-Tawi’s splendor is a perfect backdrop to this bittersweet story. Shaleha (Aunor) is the town’s resident midwife—she and her husband, Bangas-an (Roco) would travel using their trusty motor banca from one island to another, assisting pregnant women give birth. His husband is eager to have a child but ironically, Shaleha cannot bear one. In her attempt to make her husband happy, Shaleha goes on a quest to find the perfect women to bear their child and eventually complete the family they have always dreamed of. When they find the woman (Poe), she wants Shaleha out of the picture. The choice then lies with each of the movie’s central characters—which would they choose to give up in order to gain another thing they’ve always wanted? For Bangas-an, it’s a choice between a happy and simple life with his wife or his lifelong dream of becoming a father; and for Shaleha, it is between allowing his husband the happiness he had always longed for or the love he has for the man he vowed to be for the rest of her life.

The film’s leads, Roco and Aunor, give us a restrained performance. There are lesser dialogues, allowing these seasoned actors room for more raw and emotionally-charged performances. Aunor never fails to amaze us every time her face registers onscreen—there’s sadness and resignation in her face, but her eyes light up with hope especially on the film’s final scenes. It’s hauntingly beautiful as Shaleha finally fulfills her odyssey—there were no tears and words but the silence is enough to tell us that our central character finds joy amid the sacrifices she made.

Philippine's Superstar, Nora Aunor portrays the role of Shaleha, a Badjao midwife who goes
on a quest to find his husband a wife that would bear their child (Photo from Inquirer Entertainment).
Before the movie started, I was counting the people who entered the theater house—we’re a little less than thirty, and the audience composition are either old people, curious young professionals or eager foreigners. During the course of the movie, there were moments where I was yawning because some of the scenes were shot too long. I was trying to think why the director chose to use such a method; this might have been the primary reason why viewers tend to veer away from this movie. And then again, after chewing on message the film was trying to convey, I felt that it succeeded in giving its viewers a glimpse into the lesser known lifestyles of our brothers and sisters in the South. As said, much of the film’s run were dedicated to longer shots of the everyday lives of the island’s natives.  The beautiful seascapes of this island is both poignant and perfect as it juxtaposes itself to the poverty-stricken lives of our fellowmen—they live in houses built in stilts by the seashores, enduring the downpour from the skies as well as the almost usual gunshots from military men that guard its lands.

In sum, this quiet movie taught me a lot of things. For one, I have to find time to visit Tawi-Tawi. I have to see and experience the island for myself. Of course, I would need company. Hehe. It would be better to travel there with friends, basically for security purposes. And of course, for picture taking. But more than the travel come-on, the movie allowed me to appreciate more Mindanaon culture, particularly Badjao. If I’m not mistaken, much of what I know from Badjaos are from Cesar Montano’s Muro-Ami (1999 MMFF entry) and from the beggars that ask for alms in the streets of Cubao and Avenida. Both sources provide us a bleak picture of Badjaos; Thy Womb is a subdued lens on these people’s lives. The movie doesn’t only entertain, it informed us—it taught us things that were somehow foreign to us before, and I think it is good.

Finally, the movie pushed me to support local films that are normally snubbed by our popular culture. It saddened me to hear that Thy Womb was pulled out in several movie houses to give way to better-earning MMFF entries. The festival was primarily created to incentivize movie producers and creators to craft films that are “artistic depictions of both this country’s stories and history,” and not really to use art as a means to milk profits for their gigantic production houses. I think it’s high time that we demand more quality films from these movie outfits. After all, movies are a reflection of the people’s real lives. If we continue to churn films that don’t challenge our minds to think and reflect on our values and principles as well as our sense of history, we’re doomed to our intellectual deaths.

Enjoy the most from this year’s movie festival! J

4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Mi Ultimo Ubo (Reposted)

Prof emailed the poem below. Aside from sharing the ebooks he got from ~awesome sources, he also frequents our mail inboxes with news and feature articles on Asia, the World and pop culture. And then, there are occasional witty poems that reach our emails too. I dunno if he did this one but lemme share it with you. It’s nice. J

Adios, patria adorada, polluted na ang karsada
Perla del mar de trapiko, nuestro perdido tambutso
A darte voy a brownout, para ka na ring na-knock out
A fuera mas mainit, taong bayan nagngingitngit
Tambien por ti la diera, para tayong nasa giyera.

En campos de basura, singhutando con delirio
Otros te dan sus microbio, sin duda, con ubo
Emergency power nada importa, Ramos de Venecia o Angara
Napocor o Meralco cerrado, generator o cruel martirio
Lo mismos es so expensive, por la pitaka de Pandoy.

Yo muero cuando veo, patay na raw ang kabayo
Y al fin anuncia el dia, matrapik daw sa Buendia
Si grana necesitas, para close down las fabricas
Vierte la sangre mia, kawawa ang maralita
Y dorela un reflejo, de apat na kandila.

Mis suenos cuando apenas, mga trapo nakakabanas
Mis suenos cuando joven, pen pen de sarapen
Fueron el verte un dia, naka=air con ang mga buwaya
Secos los negros ojos, sa epifanio de los Santos
Sin ceno sin arrugas, pulitikong mandurugas.

Ensueno de mi vida, hithit-buga, hithit-buga
Salud! te grita el alma, alingasaw ng industria
Salud! ah, que es hermosa, di na sila tumatawa
Morir por darte vida, puro grasa na ang mga mata
En tu pollutada tierra, sumalangit nawa sila.

Si sobre mi sepulcro, polusyon nakakabobo
Entre la espesa yerba, masamang hangin nakakabrenda
Acercala a tus labios, huwag mo akong mayapus-yapos
Y sienta yo en mi frente, tulala na si tinyente
De tu ternura el soplo, lahat tayo inuubo.

Deja a la luna verme, wala na namang kuryente
Deja que et alba envie, su resplandor ungas
Deja gamir al viento, manood ka na lang ng sine
Y si desciende y pose, nang hindi ka maturete
Deja que el ave entone, la paz, la paz de funebre.

Deja que el sol ardiendo, ang hanging nakakahilo
Y al cielo tornen puras, diesel po ba o leaded gas
Deja qe un ser amigo, da polluter es muy tonto
Y en las serenas tardes, Pilipinas walang kapares
Ora tambien, oh Patria, hindi ka na humihinga.

Ora por todos cuantos, ang Napocor sobrang bastos
Por cuantos padacieron, ang bulaklak naging chicharon
Por nuestras pobres madres, dugo na ang ating pawis
Por huerfanos y viudas, na hindi na makatakas
Y ora por ti que veaaas, sa puno daw ng bayabas.

Y cuando en noche oscura, sabi ng Hapon, Kura! Kura!
Y solos solo muertos, second-hand engine nang makamenos
No turbes su reposo, hinihika ang esposo
Tal vez acordes oigas, ayaw nyo ba ng bio-gas?
Soy yo, querida Patria, papanaw na, papanaw na.

Y cuando ya mi tumba, sa polusyon ako'y matutumba
No tenga cruz, pasang cruz, kawawang mga musmos
Deja que la are el hombre, mga macho naghahare
Y mis cenizas antes, poisoned air, masama sa buntes
El polbo de tu alfombra, alikabok pala.

Entonces nada importa, gusto nyo ba ng torta?
Tu atmosfera, walang pera, walang ilaw, walang agua
Vibrante y limpia nota, dedbol na ang limpia bota
Aroma, luz, colores, hinihika si Dolores
Constante repitiendo, la esencia de mi ubo.

Mi patria pollutada, laging mali ang kamada
Querida Filipinas, gusto ko ng pong lumayas
Ahi, te dejo todo, bakit ayaw nyong matuto
Voy donde no hay esclavos, di na kayo puedeng matubos
Donde la fe no mata, matapobre minamata.

Adios erpats, mga utol, troso ng mga logger
At ikaw na law enforcer, arestuhin mga smoke-belcher
Dad gracias que descanso, People Power, People Power!
Adios, EDSA, Bayang Sawi, how dirty the Pasig River
Adios, Baha, Adios Lahar...morir es respirar.
(Ubo! Ubo!)

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Christmas, everyone!

Happy holidays from all of us! God bless! :D

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Late Night Hobbit Screening

After the parade, we decided to watch the late night screening of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. I haven’t been able to finish the LOTR movie trilogy, much more the books but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to watch Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) onscreen. Anyways, it’s LOTR’s prequel so why not. 

From Collider.com
In sum, I felt the whole movie was way too long. LOTR has three books adapted into three separate three-hour long movies. On the flip side, The Hobbit is a relatively thinner paperback compared to any of the LOTR installments but it also gets three screen adaptations. I wouldn’t really know the reason behind such move except that it’s a clear profiteering mechanism on the producers’ part. Such made quite an impact on the movie’s run. The plot was either stretched too thin or was too faithful to the details in the book, it almost bored itself.

From the Guardian UK
On a positive note, the movie gave us terrific battle scenes—from Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his dwarf armies’ bloody win against the Orcs to their edge-of-the seat journey in the Rocky Mountains. The mountains turned out to be rock giants. The dwarves’ encounter with creepy creatures from under the earth was great too. Of course, Bilbo and Gollum’s riddle scene was something everyone would watch in delight. Andy Serkis, the master of motion capture, wows us again with his exceptional performance as the bipolar unknown creature.

Resident wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian MacKellen) never runs out of wisdom and quotable quotes. When asked why he chose Bilbo for this adventure, Gandalf tells us this: “"I found it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk, that keeps the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps it is because I'm afraid, and he gives me courage."” Bilbo is just the same with any of us. Most of the time we’re afraid of the bigger world outside; it might eat us alive or consume us. But just like Bilbo, all we need is a little nudge or a nice word of wisdom from a cool wizard to get on our feet and go on an unexpected adventure. We leave armed with a few things and a bag full of courage and confidence. And when we get back, Gandalf is still right. We’re never the same again.  

It might be better to stay within our comfort zones, drink tea and cozy ourselves in our own niches. But the world is too beautiful to enjoy looking just within our own window panes. Go out like the Bagginses. J

3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Christmas at Diliman

After our impromptu Monday date with Kenshin and friends, the whole week went on with little rest. I was able to catch some sleep and then the nightly gigs continued towards the weekend. I am now reaching a conclusion that December is a hectic month bar none. Hahaha. Especially if you want to maximize the limited number of days off from school. Hahaha! 

On Thursday, Jon and I were able to watch UP College of Music’s annual offering of Handel’s Messiah. Jon’s a childhood friend/church mate—he’s studying Music Conducting at UPCM and I don’t really know what year he’s now in. Hahaha. We usually get complimentary tickets from him on shows staged at the Abelardo Hall which is really fun because we get to watch for free. Haha. But that’s if we request for one. Haha. Anyways, the last time I watched Handel’s Messiah was on 2009. Jon’s concert class will be singing for the orchestra that time and because he’ll be performing, he invited us over. Plus, it’s his birthday so celebration na din. I was with Kuya Lou, Ate Dianne and another friend I invited.

This year, I asked Jon to get me tickets for the show. He said he’ll try. I was eager to watch the show because aside from the Messiah repertoire which has been an annual Christmas tradition in UP, premier performers from UP will also be gracing the stage. There’s UP Singing Ambassadors, UP Concert Chorus, UP ARCO and of course the UP Madrigal Singers. I’m dying to see them sing and perform live so when this chance came, I thought I should come. Hahaha. Of course, Jon was able to get an extra ticket for me. Yay!

I felt that I was in heaven listening to angels sing and play music that whole time. UP ARCO, CMu’s orchestra performed a few pieces to kick of the night. Then, each choir performed three Christmas songs and each of them are equally great in their song renditions. I especially loved UPCC’s My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord—there’s a gospel feel on it with groovy up beats. And then, there’s UPSA’s rendition of Ryan Cayabyab’s Munting Sanggol. It was the first time I heard of it. I really like it when nice Filipino songs are sang straight from the heart because they move me to tears. I guess it’s because we just don’t understand the lyrics, we really get and feel what they mean when sang beautifully. There’s also a Madz version of Go Tell it on the Mountain—it’s just awesome. The soprano solo was beautifully complemented by the male voices in the background. It’s like listening to a round song except that it goes a notch higher after each round. This is only the first part of the program.

The second part was the Messiah repertoire. Messiah was composed by Goerg Friedrich Handel in 1741. It is one of the more popular and frequently performed work of art in Western music. A section of Messiah was performed that night with the UP Orchestra at the helm and UPCMu’s Concert Classes together with UPSA, UPCC, Madz and UP Cherubims and Seraphims as the chancel choir. Solos were performed by Soprano Mia Fernandez, Bass Michael Bulaong, Tenor Ervin Lumauag and Counter Tenor Mark Anthony Carpio (Madz conductor). I especially liked their performance of For Unto Us A Child is Born. Of course, the Hallelujah chorus that capped the whole Messiah performance was majestic. As said, it’s like listening to a host of angels singing their praises in heaven. Hehe J The last part was also a favorite. Everyone sang their hearts out to popular Pinoy Christmas Carols. Fun!

Friday. I’m back at UP, this time to watch the annual Christmas Lantern Parade. I’m with my friends and I get to dabble with my new camera. Hehehehehe. 

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Movie on a Monday

Last week was hectic. This week’s proving to be one. But, of course, it was all worth the fun. On Monday, we decided to give ourselves an early weekend by catching the limited release of Rurouni Kenshin in SM Cinemas. So how did the live action fare?

Rumors of bringing the English-dubbed live action to Philippine cinemas started as early as June or July with mid-August as the possible release date in all SM Cinemas. A lot of my friends in social networking sites buzzed with excitement because of this news—most of them fans of the animated series. I wasn’t a hardcore fan although I was able to watch the Tagalized animated version in TV during my grade school years. I actually forgot the storyline—all I knew was that Kenshin Himura was a former samurai who changed his act for good and went on protecting the vulnerable and the weak. The only villain I remember was the guy whose body was wrapped with linen cloth all over. The rest was already a blur. Nonetheless, I was still excited to catch the live-action as I know it would be something fresh and new for avid moviegoers like us. Hehehehe.

Since I don’t have any concrete point of comparison (I can’t remember the series very clearly), I felt the movie in itself was very good. It’s like watching a cosplay parade with a complete story and outstanding fight scenes. Hahaha. The movie’s plot was set during the early years of the Meiji period in Japan with a ruthless assassin Kenshin Himura (also known as the Battosai) as its central character. After defeating his enemies in the Bakumatsu War, Kenshin decided to leave behind his life as an assassin and instead offered his help to those who needed it. During these peaceful times in Japan, an opium dealer operates underground to disturb the peace of the empire while another assassin posing himself as the Battosai goes on a killing rampage. The fake Battosai threatens Kaoru’s life who in turn will be saved by Kenshin. After saving her life, Kaoru and Kenshin would soon become friends and try to rebuild the dojo left by Kaoru’s father. Kenshin would also meet Kaoru’s lone student Myojin, a beautiful doctor Megumi and a former street fighter Sanosuke. The story would soon take its course as this group would form an unlikely alliance against opium dealer Kanryu and the fake Battosai, Jin.

As said, the movie, overall, was very good. The plot was well-written with each character given the opportunity to be expounded on various layers of storytelling. Kenshin’s current commitment to promoting peace instead of provoking aggression was given more depth with the small flashbacks in between major plot points. I also appreciated the idea of using color schemes to influence the feel of a certain scene—hues of blue and grey were used in war and other fight scenes while a merry mix of greens and yellows with patches of red and orange for the happier scenes. Flashbacks were shown in black and white. Such concept, I guess, helped set the mood and the tone for the audience. I also felt that the movie was beautifully scored. The background music enhanced the overall experience of the movie—it wasn’t your usual fare of Oriental-sounding music which had been a staple for most period movies. Of course, every moviegoer gushed on the movie’s exceptional fight scenes. I especially liked the fight scene between Kenshin and Sanosuke where the latter challenged the former to prove who’s better. Kenshin won of course (sarreh, spoiler) but the battle between a sword and a horsemeat cutter is an entertaining and exceptional fight. I also had fun watching Sanosuke and Kanryu’s man’s fist fight scene. Hahaha! I guess the crowd enjoyed this too.

Because of the movie’s impressive gross sales, a sequel live action is on the pipeline. Yippeeeeee! I hope that the sequel will be shown immediately here in the Philippines! Hahaha. J

5 out of 5 stars

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Friday, December 14, 2012

The Bazaar Experience

Yay! Finally, our online business was able to join in a bazaar! And I would like to believe it was a success. Hahaha. No, really, I felt we made a good impression to customers other than our very supportive friends. I guess much of the creativity of the product stems from the choices my friends made when they bought those things we’re going to sell. Plus of course the well-thought of packaging. Hahahaha. At any rate, I thank God for having business-minded friends. Hahaha. I never knew that I’ll be peddling fashion accessories when in truth, I occasionally use them. Haha. So now, to better promote our products, I use them. Well, still not every day. Hahaha! What I’m more thankful for is that I’m using my well-earned money for something I really enjoy. I get to enhance my artistic skills when I do our promotional materials plus I also get to test the ingenuity of my fashion taste whenever we hawk for our next sale items. Another good thing is that I get to multiply my investment and save it up for future use. Ayos diba. I get to be financially sound when really I’m gastador and all. Haha! So this one’s a huge blessing for me. Finally, I get to strike out another to-do in my bucket list. Yaaaaay!

The whole experience was a fun one. I totally enjoyed packing the products our customers bought and placing stickers on the brown paper bags to seal them. It’s just sooooo indie. Hahaha. Plus, I love the color of our calling cards. Hahaha. First because it is striking pink which really forces you to look at it plus it’s minimalist and clean. But second because I made it. Vain much. Hahaha. My mind’s a bit bungled when the customers pay so I left it to Ate Anna. Also, I fail too much on sales talk and engaging onlookers so that’s something Ate Fina did. Hahaha. Aside from doing the packing stuff, I also did the documentation which is pictures, pictures, pictures. Also, social media promotions. Cool, eh!

Allow me to thank my friends who went there and bought kahit bordering coercive na siya. Hahaha! And even those who didn’t go. I know the success of the whole thing was on your prayers. Same goes to our ever supportive officemates who are our number one customers. Hahaha. Thank youuuu soooo much! :D It was well appreciated. For those who haven’t ordered yet, you may do so through our online store. We can now ship products to far-flung areas! Ayiiii :D We’re working out on accepting online payments through credit cards. For now, please pay us by cash. Thanks again!

Here are our contact info:
EMAIL                :           perkyburloloy2012@gmail.com
FACEBOOK      :           www.facebook.com/perky.burloloy
INSTAGRAM     :           @perkyburloloy

Until our next ~exhibit! J

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