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Archive for February, 2012

Little Green Steps

One of my newest quests is to go green. I know I can’t change the whole world and solve the whole climate change problem, but I have come to embrace the fact that every little step counts. As such, I will make sure to be more mindful about my behaviors and actions. Small steps count, after all, right? I can do little things such as bring recyclable bags when I go to the grocery, bring a water container rather than always buy a new bottle when I go to yoga, and also recycle little things I use every day, such as the coffee pods I use in the morning, or the little tea bags I use at night, and even the bottles and containers of the food I buy. I figured that if I made sure I did the little things, it would be one less thing that adds to a big problem, right? So, what little green step can you take? Do share :)

Movie Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Some time ago, I caught the trailer of the movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. Something Tom Hanks’ character said struck me back then. He said “If things were easy to find, they wouldn’t be worth finding“. From then on, I knew I wanted to catch the movie when it came out and so when I was sent an invitation by my friends at Warner Bros. to catch the press screening of the film, I made sure I’d be able to watch.

photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The movie is adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer’s bestselling novel with the same title about a young boy’s search for meaning after the loss of his dear father during the 9-11 attack on New York City. After what he deems as “The Worst Day”, Oskar Schell (played by Thomas Horn), struggles with the loss of a father whom he had a wonderful relationship with as he deals with the trauma and confusion brought by circumstances. Adding to his difficulty is the fact that he is quite different and socially inept.  Although the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center is a central figure to the storyline, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is definitely not just another movie about the tragedy. The film gives viewers a different perspective at the event.

The film also sheds some light on different thinkers, and even Aspergers Disorder, as it gives viewers a chance to see things from their point of view. In the film, Oskar is an extremely intelligent child but is highly eccentric, obsessive, socially inept and anxious. As the film progresses, he narrates how he feels, what goes on in his mind and what happens to him as these come and go.

What really stuck with me, however, was the message of loving and letting go, and about how deeply unconditional love can be. The relationships between Oskar and his parents, his grandmother and The Renter were also beautiful to watch and explore.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close opens today in local theaters.

 

 

Missing the Old Days

I’m getting a wee bit sentimental today. I’m cleaning up my room, looking through old pictures and remembering how things used to be. I came across a set of duracell procell d batteries and remembered how I used to use that for my little “boom box” hehe. That radio had a lot of memories for me. Back then I would call radio stations and make requests for songs and send out messages. Those were the days hehe. I miss those days.

My Best Friend’s Baby!!!!

I’m soooo happy for my best friend. The last time I wrote about her on this blog was on the eve of her wedding. Now, a little over a year since that day, she is a mommy :) She gave birth earlier this month to the sweetest little thing!!! And yes, it’s a girl :) Woot. Can you just imagine all that pink cuteness we can shower this little girl with??? Hehe. Speaking of which, it’s funny how differently we shop for things nowadays. Before, it was all about what designer bag to get or whether a Toyota is better than a Honda. Now it’s like, should I get this crib or would a 4moms origami stroller be better than the other brands, etcetera etcetera! Haha. In any case, it’s amazing to still be with my best friend at this point in our lives :)

Starting Fresh

There’s nothing more I would like to do than to start fresh. I think it’s about time to make a MAJOR change in my life. Call it an early mid-life crisis (yeah, I guess I can say I’m midlifing…I’m turning 33 this year after all!) if you’d like, but yeah, I feel like my life is going in circles and I can’t move forward.

I’m sick of being tired all the time and I’m sick of being in the same place all the time. Admittedly, there are days, too, when I am sick of being single and “free”. I am grateful for it, like I have said in the past, but there’s also a part of me that longs to be married and with children. I’m tired, after all, of the whole dating scene and the routine of getting to know someone then having that not work out. If only knowing someone was as easy as going to some bureau to get a personal background check, then life would be so much simple. Har.

Seriously though….I really need to make a change. What exactly do I want to do? I have no idea. All I know is that I have to do something.

Writing Slump Strikes Again

I really don’t know how to get out of this slump :( I keep falling back into it and though my head keeps telling me to pick myself up and just keep going, the heart is sooooo deeply stuck in this rut that the words seem to be so elusive. It isn’t fun, I tell ya. I’m tired of this vicious cycle. It’s eating me from inside out and if there’s one thing I hate the most, it’s not being able to get my thoughts together.

I have to figure this out.

Soon.

 

Modern Day Shopping

The other day, my cousin and I had this whole discussion about shopping and bills payment. She was saying she can’t believe I still waste so much time going to the bank and paying my bills when all I need to do is enroll my accounts into an online banking facility and viola, problem solved. I do know she is right and actually, to some degree, I have gotten my foot in the door with modern day shopping and payment methods. Paypal and other debit facilities, for example, have become such great friends. I still am iffy, however, about the whole idea of contactless cards and similar methods. While I know they’re generally safe, I’m afraid of errors that I may make or what not. Why? Take the case of the e-passes for the car. I have been, several times, overcharged for one entry because it was detected twice. But then I guess if this is the way modern shopping is gonna go, I will have to get used to it. In the meantime, I gotta go…bank calls. Har.

 

Happy Birthday Bubba!!!

7 years of Bubba love :)

Celebrated my Bubba’s birthday today. Hard to believe it’s been 7 years since he squirmed his way into my heart :) In celebration we had ice cream and a car ride :)

I dread the day when I have to bid him goodbye….in the meantime, however, I will enjoy every moment I have with him.

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