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Movies to (re)view

After the Golden Globes, I made a list of movies to catch. Most of the movies nominated in GG for sure will not be shown here in Manila. I made sure to ask some officemates for copies of some movies. Luckily, they got Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I was excited to see all 3 films. Vicky Cristina Barcelona because of Woody Allen and Penelope Cruz. Slumdog Millionaire because it was the first Indian film which won the Globes (if I’m not wrong). And Benjamin Button because, well, of Brad Pitt (need I say more?! 😛 )

Vicky Cristina Barcelona was funny and ironic at the same time. I enjoyed the dialogues; I enjoyed seeing Barcelona on TV. I promised myself that I’ll travel to Europe in my lifetime and Spain is one country I’d really like to visit. Not being colonialistic here, but more because I would like to see the country with its siestas.  I met a real Spaniard last year, during a job interview, well, my job interview to be exact.   He was gorgeous, and spoke so elaborately, so animatedly which convinced me at one point to join their company.   Woody Allen certainly is still talented.

I then watched Slumdog Millionaire, on a Friday afternoon. I was in Mumbai, India last September and I remember the sights and could almost smell Mumbai while I was watching the film. It was true-blue India, too real, too right in front of your face. The movie was wonderfully done, it was more like a documentary actually. I don’t believe I’ve seen anything similar before. There were painful scenes, so if you’re faint hearted, it’s not a movie for you.

Benjamin Button. Brad Pitt.  There  was a huge billboard along the highway when you’re coming to Makati,  which was put up in December. That billboard did its job, I was raring to watch Benjamin Button since then. As the movie wore on, it dawned on me that Cate Blanchett was the star of the movie.   I never really considered her beautiful, but in the movie, she was really beautiful and her acting was just great. Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button is like Brad Pitt as Joe Black (remember that movie?). There was a scene though when Cate said to Brad, “You’re perfect” – and he really truly was. It was an enjoyable movie altogether, really greatly done.


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Mama!!! Mia!!!

I had a blast last Friday with my old office gang.  My previous boss, who is also actually a friend and a Kumare at that, came to Manila.  So we watched Mama Mia which we enjoyed tremendously!  I’m a huge musical fan to begin with and I love Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth – which made Mama Mia an all go.  It was fun from start to finish.  Much like how I remembered Sound of Music – I know, I’m an old soul! 🙂

My Mama’s family is very musically inclined and they have absolutely good taste in music and movies with music.  So I grew up listening to my Mama and her sisters playing and singing with the piano.  Watching musicals on Betamax, Sound of Music was the first then there was Mary Poppins, Snow White on revolving stage.  I thought all kids watched that growing up, but when I talked to my cousins on my Papa’s side, I realized it wasn’t the case.

Anyhoo, love, love Mama Mia.  All the songs are the ones we hear everywhere, anywhere.  Anyone could literally sing with the movie.   I already know what I want for my birthday, an original DVD and soundtrack of Mama Mia.  (Hubs, I know you READ this 🙂


I’m transitioning to a new post and will officially start on August 1st in my new post.  I’m excited and hopeful but at the same time scared and uncomfortable.  I still have a lot of things to learn, new avenues to discover and new territories to conquer.  And I’m going to concentrate on the Asian market, which I hadn’t had time since 4 years ago. But I’m going to work with a new team of people that I know, so that’s comforting.  I do have a new boss and he does sound very reasonable and supportive, plus he’s not based here in Makati 😀  He’s based out of Tokyo and will only visit a few times a year.  He’s also agreed to give me more days work-from-home set-up, which I super just love.

I guess the saddest part to all of this is that, I will be losing my team.  The team I have kept and developed to what it is now.  I won’t be a manager anymore.  It is actually bittersweet in a way.  I’m thankful that I won’t be receiving emails/texts even in the middle of the night about production issues or sick leave notices and all of the admin stuff, including bi-annual performance appraisals and quarterly bonus computations.  But I would miss belonging to a team, knowing and seeing them develop gives me personal satisfaction too.

I would have to learn to let go, if not, I’d be stuck dividing my time and effort in a team which I don’t really have to look after.  They call me their Mother (with a British accent of course! haha) and I think I will always have that special place for them in my heart.  And I guess that’s fine too.  I do have a heart big enough for all 32 of them.



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Books and such

So I’ve been reading again.  Which is both good and bad.  Good mainly because I’ve always loved reading, something I did while growing up.  My Dad used to complain a lot when I was a teenager coz I just lock myself in my room and read the whole day.  He’d say that other kids my age then were helping in the household chores, while I just read the whole day. 

Which brings me to the bad side.  Coz when I read, the whole world literally stops for me.  When I love a book, I go on hours to devour it.  I do everything with my face buried in the book.  I found 2 books at the book sale and finished both in just a week, 3 days to be exact.  One book which I finished in 2 days was She’s come undone by Wally Lamb – a bit dated but it was still interesting.  I initially saw the book when I was in college from my cousin’s huge book collection.  I wanted to borrow it then, but was more hooked on John Grisham, and yeah, Judith McNaught 😛

And then last Wednesday, an officemate mentioned Twilight.  I’ve briefly seen something previously on the web about it but didn’t really spend time to look it up.  As I’ve already finished the 2 books I’ve bought, I borrowed Twilight.  And it was AWESOME!  I loved every page of it, I couldn’t put it down, read it in less than 24 hours! 😀  I’ve always been interested in vampire novels, was an Anne Rice fan back in the days.  So I thought it was going to be slow, but Twilight was pretty fast and amazing.  I can’t wait for the movie! 

Last Wednesday, hubs and I decided to catch a movie at a real movie house.  I wanted to watch Wanted but he is a Will Smith fan, so we ended up watching Hancock.  Bad choice.  It was too emo.  I would’ve enjoyed Wanted better – I craved the adneralin rush.  But all’s good, we’ll just catch Wanted this week.

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Demit!  I changed back to my original facial wash for a week already and then I had major zit break out 😦 I’ve never had this kind of breakout ever, even when I was a teenager.  I’m already 30 for crying out loud and I get a break out??!!  Stressing me like crazy.  Pimples were never a part of my adolescence; I was more of the freckly kid, never the pimply kid.

Until today.  It soooo irritates me 😦  Hubs says it’ll go away.  And I pray soon!  We met up my closest cousin and her family for lunch today.  And she noticed, said that it was very unusual for me to have pimples.  We were room mates back when I was in HS, so she knew every detail of my face.  I’ve been very religious in cleaning my face, switched back to the previous facial wash already and putting on that pimple-away cream.  Hopefully it works.  I don’t see any new once coming out, so that’s a good sign.  I super hope!

Anyhoo…. recently, my Mom’s sisters and my cousins have been exchanging emails on American Idol.  It’s a split between David A and C – to think my Mom’s sisters are all past 50!  American Idol has indeed crossed all geographical and age boundaries.

Watched a couple of good films this week.  I never thought I was a period-movie lover until lately.  Grabbed a copy of the Other Boleyn Girl and then borrowed Memoirs of a Geisha.  I know, I know, both are like “yesterday” movies, but I’m a working Mom hence was not able to catch them in theaters.  I’ve read Memoirs like a millions times already, my paperback copy has seen better days 😛  The movie was not as truthful to the book, but it was a comparable adaptation.  The Other Boleyn Girl was very interesting, in costume design and characters.  Natalie Portman is a fierce actress, I could never have imagined her being so calculating.  I’m so looking forward to Indiana Jones, my childhood is not complete with that.  Indie has come back! 😀  This one though, I promise not to miss watching from the movie house.  Of course, Sex and the City is another must see.  Oh, I’m a Sharonian, must watch Caregiver as well.  Can’t, can’t wait!

An interesting week indeed, and even interesting way to react to it.  Have a good Saturday everyone.  Ciao!


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