“If you’re in the right way, you must give way to the violators,” said my dad while on our way to school ranting about the traffic problems we encounter each day. Like when the tricycle drivers or even cars pass by a one-way street they expect you to give way. The first thought that came to mind when he said that was he’s right. When we were the ones who didn’t do anything wrong, we got reprimanded and scolded. Those who violated the peace where off the hook, no loud nagging received, not even 1% of the shouts and harsh words we got. Selfish people find it hard to be unselfish. That time was the last draw, I told myself. I’m raising my defenses to protect myself for a change, because they won’t and you’ll just become the sacrificial lamb, the decorative accessory only whose words don’t really matter much. The only law we violated would probably be speaking up, but generally obedient and thinking about other people’s situation. Following the logic, if you’re in the right way, you must step aside to let the violators have a free pass.
I woke up quite early today, good thing I didn’t oversleep, just in time to make our breakfast. I made egg skillet in tomato sauce, inspired by one visit to a breakfast place that my cousin recommended. First, I sauteed the onion and garlic in olive oil then added some fresh diced tomatoes. I tossed them till tender but just didn’t quite acquire the consistency I needed so I added some tomato paste and water to make the sauce. After that is cooked, we added the eggs one by one by making some holes on the tomato mixture, added a total of 5 eggs, put some coarse salt and fresh pepper then cover for awhile. Added some diced slices of cheese and covered again. After that it’s ready, we didn’t have basil leaves or other herbs so I skipped that. We had pan bread so we placed some on top of that. I made coffee for me and my sister. After breakfast, I got to work and checked on my online courses. I burned some photograph files I promised my cousin after we had lunch. We scheduled a badminton game today and our brother joined us. We went to eat afterwards, some congee and rice roll. When we got home, I started to fix my things, do some cleaning in search for something that I probably have handed over to my parents or really misplaced it. I didn’t find it but at least it got quite tidies up. I found some things that i can throw away to make more space for another session.
Later on, I headed to the kitchen at 6 pm to prepare dinner alongside our cook. We first prepared the sauce almost similar to this morning just added butter this time and also skipped the herbs. The tomatoes looked juicier than this morning. Then we deep fried the chicken breast dipped in flour-egg-breadcrumbs+parmesan cheese. After that cooked up another dish, the stir-fry beef with bittergourd. We finished up the preparation with the pasta for chicken parmigiana. Then dinner’s ready. After tidying up, I felt relieved that everything’s done and I could read some pages of Mitch Albom’s new book and watched PLL. it was a full day with lot of things accomplished.
Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters
I enjoyed watching the second installment as it included an action-packed scenes and the humor as portrayed in the book that Rick Riordan had written. It was fun reading Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, so I was curious how it would turn out in the movie, as the first movie proved quite disappointing. This time, I was instantly hooked to finish the whole movie. It showed how a person can will himself to write his own destiny and not be tied up by the prophecy. It is a burden both to think that you have the capacity to either save or destroy the whole world. A hero is willing to accept defeat and give up recognition for the sake of other people. He continues to fight for the people he loves. He struggles with identity and the society he dwells in but he emerges whole despite the adversities.
This is an inspiring movie and I finally found out why people really recommended watching this film. I did miss Disney’s animation films that included soundtracks of song. I grew up singing/listening to their soundtracks and memorized the lyrics of the songs. It’s not limited to the princesses movies. Frozen portrayed a uch different resolution than the other films where the prince or male lead is the true love that would heal the wounded heart. In this animation, it’s sisterly love that provided healing and hope throughout the nation.
Elsa represented someone who has to conceal her power and feelings; those people who had to conform to society’s demands, who had to sacrifice themselves to protect other people. She was encouraged to conceal, don’t feel; abide and think about other people. But it is with releasing that she had found a solution; when she was forced to face her fears, that’s when her true powers emerged for the good of all.
In this society, we are taught to conceal and give way; but if we just lay things out in the open, show who we really are and what we feel, we could reach and contribute to society far more than we could imagine. People feared Elsa’s power but it is through her that the kingdom would prosper. Her sister, Anna, helped her find the solution, she saved Elsa in turn. Since Anna was little, she craved for her attention and companion. When she grew up, she wanted to see world outside and was happy that they finally opened the gates. Being trapped inside for a long time and with no one to share your experiences with, that makes one more curious of the outside world.
It was the love of a sister that saved Anna and made Elsa unafraid of the power within her. Breathe. Let it go!
Yesterday is Lantern’s Festival (元宵节) in the lunar calendar so mom prepared the peanut balls that our aunt gave us. I also made some cappuccino that my sister requested using some instant coffee granules and then frothed some milk. I also had two really big yummy strawberries that my mom buys for us.
I was able to watch a quite close match of the first game of the Philippine Basketball Association basketball finals: San Miguel Coffee Mixers vs Rain or Shine (the blue shirts vs the white). It was the breaks of the game that led RoS to finally win game 1, with only 1.6 seconds left in the time, Paul Lee was able to shoot the ball by an alley-oop. Both teams played really hard and both coaches put their minds on designing the plays.
Late at night, we were able to catch the figure skating free program part of the Sochi Winter Olympics. The figure skaters were amazing and worth looking up to. They glide through the ice with grace and swift that would indeed catch your attention. I enjoyed watching the programs they prepared as well as how enthusiastic the commentator was. There are amazing stories about each participants and how they got that far to qualify for the Olympics. It is worth noting how they get to inspire a lot of people and how they make their country proud.
As recommended by my niece I joined the 100happydays challenge. At first, I was curious what she’s been posting and then she sent me a link. It is somewhat like a happiness project where one would post a picture a day through the social media he/she selected such as Facebook, Instagram, etc. My goal in participating in this challenge is to find the little and simple things that make us happy.
My day started quite good. It is the fastest time we had to spend renewing our driver’s licenses. The LTO improved its services and we accomplished everything within an hour. There were not many people in the queue but the processing is still fast compared to our previous experiences. Dad mentioned before that there won’t be drug tests anymore and my sister confirmed it that they passed the law last June 2013.
I contacted our cousin and picked her up for lunch at Tazza Cafe where we all had the same order: porkchop a la pobre. That’s what I almost always have there. We ordered a pot of fruit tea which tasted like medicine at first, the one we used to drink when we have cough when we were little. It did taste like cranberry and as the tea becomes thicker, that’s when it is tastier. We accompanied our cousin to shopping as she wanted to find the time to shop for herself for a change. I know it is hard for her to go out and leave everything behind. I also ended up receiving a really big gift from her which covers all occasions of the year. We dropped by Krispe Kreme as she had to take out some Valentine’s Day present and that’s where my sister ordered coffee. My cousin grabbed us both a Happy Lemon drink before we left. I like their Green Tea with Rock salt and cheese. This shopping trip was short but worth every moment.
When we got home, we heard about the impromptu dinner invitation that our parents received from our grandmother. So my sister and I spontaneously tagged along with our parents and let them drop us off somewhere while they have dinner. We decided to have dinner at Tampopo and got Yoh Froz for dessert since Red Mango was already full. I survived the day without coffee even though there were many tempting stores that we could walk in to and with not much people. I pledged not to have coffee just for the day. The night has this cool breeze you don’t get to feel during daytime and it was nice. So this was our little getaway from the ordinary.
A sad truth about what entails a war and also some facts of life…
Death comes. No one gets to live forever. At the end of the film, even death learned many
things. The portrayal of the characters is rich and Lisel’s growth can be seen as the story
progresses. It was a nice book-turned movie. I have read the book years back and have
forgotten all the details.
The dynamics of the family was shown in the movie, how Lisel came into the life of the
parents who adopted her and slowly they have grown to love each other. Her mother was hard to please at first but one could see how she loved Lisel dearly and how big her heart is. She met her friend
Rudy and gained a lifelong friend named Max that their family took in and helped get better
even in the midst of the anti-Jewish sentiment in the society that time. Lisel was illiterate at first but
together with his father, she was able to read a lot of books. She came across a lady who let
her borrow from her own library until her husband found out. When Max took refuge in their
house, he encouraged Lisel to narrate and write her own stories. The books are definitely a
window to the world, to the thoughts that inspire and lead to a better tomorrow. War is a devastating event and always sad. The bombs fall and picks no particular one, everyone is affected by the magnitude of the explosion — there are bystanders, people fast asleep as if there is still tomorrow, their peaceful faces as they travel to dreamland and then death looms over just like that. Lisel survived the catastrophe but her parents did not, her friend Rudy and his family did not and a lot more people died then. Lisel lived to see her grandchildren and shared her life with her friend Max. Somehow, it was a full life.
The UAAP Season isn’t over yet. The perception of many people that UAAP Season ends with the finish of the basketball games has been around long before I graduated. My professors at De La Salle thought it concluded after the basketball championship game and they seem to be surprised to know that there are other matches in the second half. Yes, there are other sports. It’s quite sad that not many watch the other games even when they are winning (and also when the venue is just around the corner). I remember my classmates who have yet to compete in the second half of the season and gain just a few support. There are many sports that our athletes excel in: basketball is one (not just men’s), there’s also volleyball, football, baseball, softball, swimming, taekwondo, judo, badminton, tennis, table tennis, etc. Our teams are also winning in the second half of the UAAP season. It’s nice to be able to catch the UAAP volleyball and football games on TV. It’s good that the giant network ABS-CBN created a sports station that would air different matches. There’s also AKSYON TV that airs the professional football league. It is wonderful also that there are private individuals, businessmen, athletes and sports aficionados who form groups to support these sports.
I am grateful for the media that televise the games, hopefully, in the future, other games would also get TV spots to encourage the country to train young athletes in different sports. Other countries have more avenues because they have many professional sports and have higher regard for this field. They train little kids and harness their skills in different sports. It’s amazing to hear about our country’s lone representative, a figure-skater named Michael Christian Martinez, to 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and how he had to mortgage their family home in order to participate in this event. It is sad to know that the government did not support him while other countries value their sports and athletes very much. Hopefully, our local athletes would be able to gain more support from the government and the citizens.
The athletes who participate and win in the global competitions, they give back glory to their country and people who support them. When it comes to university sports, the athletes receive support from their university community and alumni.
In this year 2014, I’m looking forward for…
…more inspiring music, more interesting books to read, more movies and series to watch, more food and coffee to explore with cousins, and to be able to weave more experiences.
In the past years, the music of the musicians–have helped fuel my spirit, ignite the hope inside me and sometimes to just simply enjoy listening to the melodies they created as well as the stories they wrote. The music reverberates inside my head and I felt relieved. I just needed to grab my earphones, turn on the music and that seemed like a different dimension.
The experiences have helped mold who I am today. Even though there were rough times, I was able to get through and in the process I grew up. I am still learning and getting better in handling stress. The conversations with had with people definitely helped us gain perspective and somehow to slowly let it all go. Reading and watching has provided me wonderful angles to look at things and urging me to dig for more knowledge.
Watching different sports has cheered me up a lot. Starting from the UAAP basketball to tennis, to PBA and NBA, to football and volleyball. The books have fueled my mind with knowledge as well as slices of life then the series and movies too has widened my perspectives. Also, watching documentaries and feature films open up different horizons. Badminton is also a good exercise my sister and I added to our routine. It is indeed a stress releasing fun sport that we play with a couple of friends. I’ve been receiving updates from my sis about the Australian Open and is able to watch some interesting and inspiring games. I also got myself busy taking up some more online courses at COURSERA, some really interesting courses they have out there!
Revelations, it seems make you vulnerable; whereas, limiting your answers lessen the questions. Revealing too much while they fish and they in turn withhold information from you would sometimes feel that we’re exposing more than we should. They play their cards carefully and we’re falling to their hands on and on.
We’re always affected by things that doesn’t concern us. It’s difficult to ignore because they assume or demand your involvement. In time, I have learned to keep some things to myself and not divulge everything innocently.But this too is a struggle. I’m used to sharing what I feel and think, as well as what I know.
Going away on a trip with just our cousins has refreshed us somehow and has helped stop ourselves from hovering on problems that is not about us in the first place. There are a lot of things we can do with our lives than worry our life away. Instead of being dragged down, we must move forward. Discover things and explore our capabilities, weigh our potentials and limitations and grab opportunities.