“(Hair)spraying” Happiness

Agosto 31, 2007

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I have never seen a film so sincere and remain very entertaining. The movie musical Hairspray radiates with so much optimism that it can brighten your view of the world! It will leave you smiling even after the credits have ended and you’re out of the cinema. Hairspray is an adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same title (also adapted from the 1988 comedy film by John Waters). The story takes place in `60s Baltimore and revolves around Tracy Turnblad (newcomer Nikki Blonsky), a plump teenager whose dream is to become part of the “coolest” teenage dancers in the local TV program of WYZT station, The Corny Collins Show. She finally gets her chance when Corny Collins announces that one of his council kids (the teenagers who dance in the show) is taking a leave of absence and there will be an audition for a new dancer. Tracy’s timid best friend, Penny Pingleton (Amanda Bynes)-whose mother won’t even allow Penny to watch the show, accompanies her to the audition. But Tracy is instantly turned down by Velma von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer), WYZT’s station manager because of her size and her support for the integration of the white and black people of America. Velma also choreographs the dances in the show. She is also Amber’s (Brittany Snow) mother–one of the council kids-and being such makes sure that her daughter gets the most exposure in the show. When Tracy finally gets in the Corny Collins show, she becomes a threat not only to Amber’s popularity but to the latter’s relationship with the show’s heartthrob Link Larkin (Zac Efron), as Link becomes increasingly fond of Tracy.

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In My Dream

Agosto 29, 2007

I dreamed of you again.
Yes, you—
    your eyes, your lips, your smile;
    the feel of your hand, warm against my skin.

I dreamed of your voice
Such sweet melody—
    soft as a whisper
    hushed as the wind in May.

You gaze at me
Your eyes—
    dark as burnt umber
    soothing a wearied heart.

I dream of you
Every night, in my sleep
    as though the Heavens have conspired
    wrapped us together in a sea of stars.

Yet, still, you’re unknown to me.
It’s always you—
    as I close my eyes,
    in my dream.


Semi-French Dinner

Agosto 28, 2007

I was able to prepare ratatouille for dinner yeaterday! Now, I present to you my own version of the French dish.

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What do you think? I served it with tender, peppered meat strips.

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They–the family–told me it was delicious (my mom’s asking for the recipe 🙂 ) and I don’t think they were patronizing me. Most of the time, I’m the worst critic of my own creation. But not last night. I absolutely love the dish! I like the combination of the tastes of each vegetable–which you have to cook separately then combine afterwards. You kind of preserve their individual flavor by doing that.

We were all marveling at its taste. Not a single veggie was left in the serving plate afterwards (hmmm… I wonder who ate the Bay leaf). Simut-sarap talaga!


i no longer cry

Agosto 24, 2007

every minute of each day, i think of you
the shadow of your smile in my memory
clear as the sky on a summer’s day.
yet, i no longer cry.

i yearn to feel your body
swim in your wonderful scent-
sweet and innocent and young.
but i no longer cry.

carefully, i listened for music that wasn’t there
you said good-bye, instead
sorrow clouding your eyes
and i wanted to cry.

loneliness has engulfed my forlorn heart
your absence is agony.
but no more than a tear fell from my eyes
for i can no longer cry.

but amidst this woe, i know
once more, we shall reunite.
and on the day of our meeting
no longer shall i cry.


The Apology

Agosto 24, 2007

The following statement from Malu Fernandez appeared in philstar.com today–an apology for the things she wrote in her column.

Statement from Malu Fernandez on the OFW controversy
Friday, August 24, 2007

I am humbled by the vehement and heated response provoked by my article entitled “From Boracay to Greece!” which came out in the June 2007 issue of People Asia. To say that this article was not meant to malign, hurt or express prejudice against the OFWs now sounds hollow after reading through all the blogs from Filipinos all over the world. I am deeply apologetic for my insensitivity and the offensive manner in which this article was written, I hear you all and I am properly rebuked. IT was truly not my intention to malign hurt or express prejudice against OFWs.

As the recent recipient and target of death threats, hate blogs, and deeply personal insults, I now truly understand the insidiousness of discrimination and prejudice disguised as humor. Our society is bound together by human chains of kindness and decency. I have failed to observe this and I am now reaping the consequences of my actions. It is my fervent hope that the lessons that I’ve learned are not lost on all those who through anonymous blogs, engaged in bigotry, discrimination, and hatred (against overweight individuals, for example).

I take full responsibility for my actions and my friends and family have nothing to do with this. To date I have submitted my resignation letters to both the Manila Standard and People Asia, on that note may this matter be laid to rest.

I hope she’s sincere. But then again, the damage is done. She should have thought of her words before putting them to paper and her editor should have read through her article before having it published. Journalists have resposibilities to the society. Freedom of expression has certain limitations. And freedom is not an excuse for carelessness.


(Another Case of) Misplaced Brain

Agosto 23, 2007

Last month, I posted an entry titled Misplaced Brain. Then yesterday, I think I found another case when my friend Len sent me a link to an entry in Ederic Eder’s site about a certain newspaper columnist named Malu Fernandez. Those who know who the subject of my former entry, I’m a hundred percent sure, will agree that that person is saint if placed next to Ms. Fernandez. Anyway,  Malu Fernandez wrote a piece in People Asia June 2007 issue about her Boracay and Greece vacations. But, maybe, in trying to be cool about her experiences, she included demeaning remarks in her article. Sadly, the objects of her whining were also Filipinos, whom she considered inferior compared to her. You can read the whole article by clicking the following pictures, that I downloaded from Tingog.com:

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If I had been as privileged as she is, I would have considered the experience an adventure, not torture. For a true artist (writers are considered artists, right? Since they’re among the creative) there are no mundane events.  But if you can’t stomach being surrounded by “ordinary” people (like Ms. Fernandez) then don’t take the economy class. Postpone your trip and wait for a more suitable plane booking. I don’t know if bragging about your signature belongings should be part of a travel article or any article or column. I think being given a column in a newspaper or magazine is a privilege that one must utilize to inform and inspire. Her article’s like a diary entry of a bratty teenager.

It’s a sad truth that persons like her do exist. But knowing that, I can’t be more prouder that I belong to the “ordinary.”

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For detailed discussion, please go to Tingog.com. They have a campaign to fire Ms. Fernandez, boycott Manila Standard Today (where she has a column) and People Asia.


Big–Ratatouille Flavored–Dream

Agosto 21, 2007

remy.jpg I finally had a taste of Ratatouille yesterday. Not the French dish, but the latest Pixar/Disney animated film. When I first saw its trailer, my impression was it’s melodramatic—a story of a sorry-looking guy who wants to be a chef and a rat that has talent in the kitchen. To say that I had fun is an understatement. Even my mom, who rarely watches animated movies, had a grand time. Ratatouille premiered in Philippine cinemas on July 25. The theater was surprisingly full when we watched, considering that it’s running on its 4th week. And the film seemed to have attracted more adult audience than children.

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