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felix felicis: March 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Football Gameday live! PHL vs CBD

I don’t quite understand the rigors of football, except that they have to score a goal against their opponent. Hehe. BUT… that did not stop us from watching last Sunday’s match between the Philippine Azkals and the Cambodian Angkor Warriors! They’re battling it out for a chance to qualify for the AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives next year.

Players warming up.
We bought the 100-worth tickets to the match. Ate Anna and I were both with our brothers, RJ and Ephra. Kuya Third and his son, Andre, also watched the match. Because they’re more avid fans than us, they bought the 500-worth tickets. No worries though. We still had the same view as we’re both on the bleachers side, the only advantage was that their seats are right in the middle while we’re a little bit on the sidelines.

We’re quite excited mainly because it was our first time to watch a live football game. RJ’s watching for the second time, the first being PHL’s match against Singapore. We lost that game. Kuya Third said Schrock wasn’t there to set their plays better, hence our loss. To better understand, he’s like your point guard (i.e. basketball).

At exactly 7.30PM, the match started. Time for some action! After several attempts from Angel Guirado and the rest of the team to get the ball in, star player Phil Younghusband manages to get a goal by the 25th minute. Hurrah! We suddenly saw ourselves cheering with the crowd! Go Pilipinas!

National Anthem. We get to hold the Philippine flag.
Five more minutes and Phil gets another one. Another one by the time the clock ticked for the 34th minute. How awesome can he get? Brother said, he’s like saying “I love you” to Angel Locsin. He was kinda devastated that the Scot got more pogi points to charm his celebrity crush. Haha! I laughed and said that if a fourth consecutive goal from Phil gets in, that’s Angel saying “I love you, too!” HAHAHA!

The fourth goal came during the 44th minute. From rookie Javier Patino. :))) The 46th minute goal came from Stephen Schrock. I was just amazed by how this guy manages to handle the ball with his feet plus the plays he creates! Wow.

Patino pitched another one by the 55th minute. 84th minute and Phil manages another one. By the 88th minute, another Azkal goalie comes in courtesy of Carli de Murga. The game ended with Azkals totally dominating the game 8-nil against the Cambodians.

The lights suddenly go out. Power Fail.
During the match, I observed that the Azkals were playing quite aggressively, compared with the Angkor Warriors who were pressed to be more on the defense. According to stats I saw from sports news the next day, Cambodia attempted five shots to the goal, quite feeble compared to the 24 registered by the Azkals. Also, despite the power interruption (people on Twitter thought Beyonce would come out and perform on the football field ala NFL) and the HEAVY downpour, the Pinoy players managed to display a very good game.

Tonight, we’re up against a more “formidable foe”—Turkmenistan, who also crushed the Cambodians 7-nil last Friday afternoon. Brunei bowed out of the competition early on, giving each team an extra 3 points. With 8 goals last Sunday, we’re currently first place in our category totaling for 11 against the Turkmens’ 10. Azkals would need to at least pull a draw against their opponents tonight to secure a place in Maldives next year. :D *fingers crossed for their win*


4-nil by halftime.

Kebs na sa ulan! Hahaha! GO PILIPINAS!

PS: Ok, so you may have read my post last time partly agreeing with Arnold Clavio’s comments against the Azkals’ unseeming behavior against a woman. No, I’m not retracting my points from that previous blogpost because I still believe that men—whatever color their skins maybe—should know how to respect women. Mr Clavio may have sounded he’s envying these good looking men, but I think he made an incisive and insightful point on that issue. Anyhoo, I’m supporting these guys’ game tonight. :)

Game got halted for 30 minutes because of the HEAVY RAIN! We never got to finish the match because we're totally soaked. Finished the game at home. In front of the TV.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Couch potatoes gonna couch potate (Your Movie Guide for the Holy Week)

So, you’re staying home this coming Holy Week? Here’s my own movie list, in case you may also want to use it.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) Director: David Gelb
Jiro, known to many as the world’s greatest sushi chef, gets to star in his own documentary film about his lifelong passion—making the best sushi in town. The movie features the 3-starred Michelin chef in his small, inauspicious store in one of Tokyo’s subway stations. It also provides a glimpse of Jiro’s relationship with his worthy heir, his eldest son Yoshikazu who is unable to live up to his potential under his father’s shadow.

Kuya Paulie already finished watching this movie so I guess it’s high time I do too. After all, I recommended this to him (of course, in support to his Feeling Foodie Project).

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003) + The Hobbit (2012) Director: Peter Jackson
Four movies with almost three hours screening time each. How productive can I get? Ah, but I have to finish these this coming long weekend or I’ll suck at pop culture references. Haha!

Amour (2012) Director: Michael Haneke
According to Rotten Tomatoes, Amour is the story of a couple—Georges and Anna—in their eighties. “They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.” Hmmm, curiosity strikes. Plus, this movie won the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film. Might as well see it for myself.

A Scanner Darkly (2006) Director: Richard Linklater
Again, here’s what RT has to say about the movie’s plot: “The war on drugs has been lost, and when a reluctant undercover cop is ordered to spy on those he is closest to, the toll that the mission takes on his sanity is too great to comprehend in director Richard Linklater's rotoscoped take on Philip K. Dick's classic novel. With stratospheric concern over national security prompting paranoid government officials to begin spying on citizens, trust is a luxury and everyone is a suspected criminal until proven otherwise. Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves) is a narcotics officer who is issued an order to spy on his friends and report back to headquarters. In addition to being a cop, though, Arctor is also an addict. His drug of choice is a ubiquitous street drug called Substance D, a drug known well for producing split personalities in its users.”

The movie has drugs, crime and a battle between the different psyches of the lead character—quite interesting. Plus, its animation was also intriguing to look at and later on experiment with. I’m good to go!

Here’s another list of movies I watched and am highly recommending because it’ll either tug at your precious hearts or burst you into tears. Hehe.

Magnifico (2003) Director: Maryo delos Reyes
One of the more highly-acclaimed Filipino films, Magnifico is the story of a young boy who earnestly helps his parents save up money to bury his grandmother who’s dying of cancer. The lead character’s innocence and sincerity would positively change the lives of the many people around him and up until the movie’s end, Magnifico pushes us to rethink our choices and priorities in life. Char. Hehe. No, seriously, you should watch this.

Inang Yaya (2006) Director: Pablo Biglang-awa/ Veronica Velasco
This movie’s quite underrated because, just like Magnifico, it was produced independently. It’s a story of a nanny (yaya in Filipino) who has to choose between her daughter, Ruby or Louise, the girl she takes care of. What I like about this film was its simplicity. It doesn’t overbear, it’s just right on spot. It’s also quite a tearjerker, so you may want to watch this separate from Magnifico. Hehe.

Grave of the Fireflies (1988) Director: Isao Takahata
IMDB succinctly describes the film’s plot: “A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.” The movie’s quite long but the simple hand-drawn animation and the cute Setsuko are enough to get you glued on the screen. By the way, animation’s done by Studio Ghibli, so points for that too.

Spirited Away (2001) Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Another Studio Ghibli-Miyazaki product which you have to watch. I have my complete review here.

Heavenly Forest/ Tada Kimi Wo Aishiteru (2006) Director: Takehiko Shinjo
It’s a love story friends. But don’t worry, it’s not as cheesy as you think it may be, because for one, it’s Japanese, quite different from the Filipino concept of romantic love. Hehe. This is of course not to put a negative bias on Filipino romantic films, they’re just simply different. A separate blog post may suffice.

Anyhoo, Tada Kimi “focuses on the relationship that evolves between a photographer named Makoto, and two of his female university classmates, Shizuru and Miyuki.” That’s lifted from Wiki. Watch it to verify. Chos.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (2010) Director: Puttipong Pormsaka Na-Sakonnakorn/Wasin Pokpong
If you don’t like to cry over love stories, take this Thai movie as your alternate. It has Mario Maurer, people. Hehehe. Wiki has this to say about the movie’s plot: “The story depicts love in the eye of young people who first experience it and how it affects their lives and their inspirations.”

I totally love this movie I watched it three times. Hahaha! The first time I did, I watched it alone. And then with the family; finally, with friends who doubt my rave review about the film. Haha! I love this movie because it really shows you puppy love and all the things that make you crazy about it. I know because I had elementary crushes too! Hahaha! Anyway, just watch it and have fun!

Like Stars on Earth/Taare Zameen Par (2007) Director: Aamir Khan
This movie is a Bollywood product. Don’t fret. It’s a great family movie. Here’s my full review.

3 Idiots (2009) Director: Rajkumar Hirani
From IMDB: “Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".” For graduating students, I think this is one movie you shouldn’t miss. It’s both funny and heartwarming. Go, download it now!

There you go. I have more to recommend, but I thought you might also want to use the remaining days of the Holy Week for reflection because that’s the reason why we had this days off. Hehe. Or for other forms of recreation. Couch potatoes gonna couch potate, remember. Hahaha!

Enjoy the weekend, people!

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Up, Up and Away

Ah, yes. I almost forgot sharing with you that fascinating Sunday spent with gigantic balloons. They’re both big and small and colorful and just so nice. I can’t help but gush like a kid every time a new balloon goes up the sky. Pictures might help me describe the whole experience. Here are few, and then go directly to my photo blog for more. Enjoy! J

Spreading out the fun and color.

Mr. Sunshine would soon be up.

Tulips are in bloom in Clark.

Maynilad's Hot Air Balloon.
Everyone's waiting for the balloons to take flight.

Something's up!

They're beginning to gain shape.

They are too.

Skating way up high. How cool can that be?

Mr. Sunshine is ready to go up.

The firetruck's ready to roll.

And they're all up in the big, blue sky.


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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Feeling 22

It’s almost past midnight and I’m celebrating my birthday. I’m already 22.

I thank the Lord for adding another blessed year in my life. I know I’ve been quite a stubborn child—trying to find the path which I think would be better for me and then again, end up seeing that it’s either a dead end or a more dangerous one. So this year, I continue to pray for a more vibrant relationship with the Lord—I trust that He’ll always give me the best even when in my own judgment it is not. The song we usually sing in church better sums things up: “When you don’t understand, when you can't see His plan, when you can’t trace His Hand, trust His heart.”

Here’s to a more fruitful year ahead! Cheers! J

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