#29 – A picture that can always make you smile

Beware! Pure cuteness ahead.

You have been warned.

Hoggy the Hedgehog

That, my dear readers, is a stuffed hedgehog I’ve aptly named Hoggy — it’s named after Hogwarts, too, so I’m deeper than that. ^_^ (Don’t ask me why I named a hedgehog after a fictional Wizarding school, ‘coz I have no idea.)

The toy was a Christmas present from my brother, which he bought after he realized that my Christmas present to him was something he really wanted but never really thought of getting. The little tyke was bought the day after Christmas, but it’s adorable all the same. Gotta love little brothers, eh?


#28 – A picture of something you’re afraid of

I hate, hate, hate speaking in front of an audience. I don’t like the feeling of cold sweat on my palms. I don’t like the fluttering sensation in my stomach. And I certainly don’t like speaking when nervous because my voice goes all high and squeaky and I sound so girlish. *shudder* I talk fast, too, which won’t help much. I was a born listener, not a talker — comprende?

#27 – A picture of yourself and a family member

Yes, I know. I’ve been neglecting this challenge. But better late than never, eh?

This is a picture of my mom and me deciding which pictures to print out as a hologram souvenir. We were vacationing in Boracay, the best beach ever in my opinion. I think it’s one of the must-see places if any of you vacationers are in the Philippines.

The pictures we were choosing from were the ones when we went helmet diving. If you want to see a picture of it, click this link.

All About Steve (2009)

nabbed this from Wikipedia

Watched another movie tonight. Go me. I had planned to watch Kristen Stewart on Meet the Rileys but I got distracted when I saw a commercial of Sandra Bullock wearing those ugly pair of hot pink (because they certainly were not red), knee-length boots in the movie All About Steve. It was showing on Star Movies tonight so I figured why not?

The story revolves around Mary Horowitz, a quirky crossword maker who knows a lot about general knowledge. And I do mean a lot. She talks and talks and generally annoy the people she’s with.

When her parents set her up on a blind date, Mary instantly crushes on the guy, a CCN cameraman named Steven (played by Bradley Cooper). Unfortunately, he does not feel the same way and just generally acts like a jerk. But I can’t blame him because if I were in his shoes, I’d most likely be afraid from the hyper chick who is seemingly stalking me.

However, Mary wasn’t really stalking Steve. She just felt that she and him were meant to be, so when she got fired from her job, she travels across the country to get to Steve. It was a wild ride, including a western shootout(-ish), a three-legged baby, a tornado storm and finally a collapsed land mine.

Mary really is a sweet woman, and I admire her strength to be able to go on as she does. Let’s face it: she clearly was not one of the most popular girls in school. The only friends of her I saw in the entire movie were the ones she made during her journey. She even talks to her pet hamster! I mean, who does that?

…Okay, so maybe a lot of people talk to their pets. *insert sheepish grin*

But Mary is a real outcast in the sense that she’s not on the same level as everyone else. She said it so herself, though with far more words. Somewhere along the lines of “when I got kicked out of girl scouts, I read physics books”?

The moral of the story is concluded in one of the last lines:

There are meaningful words, useless words, and words that hurt.

Mary wouldn’t have gone to that troublesome journey if she hadn’t believed what Steve said about wanted some company while on the road. And she wouldn’t have been in that site where the underground mines were if it weren’t for the misleading words that Hartman Hughes, Steve’s partner and TV reported, had told Mary.

Still, without those words, then there would be no story, so I’m pretty much happy. The movie was not one of the best, but it’s a good one to watch if you want an uplifting night. Oh, and the soundtrack is lovely!

Hair-Pulling and Head-Banging, Second Edition

Here we are: another dose of a frustrated rant, only this time instead of feeling trapped in an island far away from communication, I feel like I’m being pulled in two separate directions — and it’s all me. Nothing to do with other people. Just me.

I’d say I’m too young to make this decision, but I’d be bluffing. I’m not too young — heck, I think it’s about time I take responsibility with my education. So here’s the gist (so far, anyway):

  • It’s been a developing idea for years, ever since my family and I left England, that I would go to college there. The problem? Going to school here in the Philippines means I didn’t take my GCSEs and I really need them, plus my A-Levels, to get into a college in the UK.
  • If I go to school here in June, I’ll be a Senior — and I don’t want to miss out on that. If I go to school in England (on September), I’d have to re-take lessons to catch up and I probably won’t graduate until two years from now.
  • Speaking of graduation, if I hadn’t been enrolled in an international school (US, not UK), I’d be graduating from high school. There was an extra grade added in the elementary years for “transitioning”, though the work load is designed for high school freshmen.
  • For the first time ever since it’s creation four years ago, the Student Council moved its election from the beginning of the school year to the end of the previous one so that “the officers can meet up during the summer and work on various projects.” (Not that I’m against that or anything, but I haven’t been notified of any meetings whatsoever.) Anyway, this means that I’m already the Treasurer for the SY 2011-2012.
  • Taking that two year thing in England, I’d most likely be re-learning the things I already know, seeing as the sophomore curriculum in Bethel International School is the same as any senior curriculum in other schools in the Philippines.
  • But on the up side, I’d be in England with my friends. Only, they’d be moving on to college and i’d be stuck in high school. Can you imagine it? Me, having to take five years worth of lessons — six if you include that extra grade in elementary — before I could be free of high school.

You’d think that after all my complaints and pleas to be able to at least visit England or move back there in the past years, I’d be excited to take this opportunity. But I’m not, and that’s my problem. It wasn’t my number one choice to live here in the Philippines with my grandparents while my mom is on the other side of the world… but I’ve learned to deal with it.

Besides, I’ve grown to like it here. I’ve grown to like Bethel, my peers and especially my classmates. Like I’ve mentioned in this blog’s Student Life section, me and my classmates, we’re like family. If I do decide to move back to England, that would mean settling in with different people whom I know would be different than me — that’s not saying much though, since I’m an oddball even with my friends here. XD

Anyway, whatever my decision, I hope it would be the best one for me. This is my education I’m talking about, and I’d rather choose the option that can help me achieve my goals. Not to sound crass, but in my sixteen years of existence, I’ve spotted a pattern: you move into a new place, you make connections, you begin to settle and then BAM! you have to move away again and then those connections fade.

It’s just a part of life.

There’s on use denying it.

So this is me, pulling my hair out of its roots and banging my head slowly on my desk (or whatever smooth surface I can find). Over and out.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Water

The following pictures were taken approximately a year and a half ago during a science lesson — a once in a blue moon kind of lesson because we were at the school pond. ^_^ No matter how much my classmates and I complain, we love Mr. Sarsalejo as our Biology teacher!

feeling like a spy

Never Let Me Go (2010)

It’s a small world after all! I’ve found another movie with two actresses I know have worked together before in another film! Isn’t that exciting?

Yes, I know that compared to America, Britain only has a handful of actors and actresses that are good enough for serious dramas such as Never Let Me Go, and I know that actors and actresses tend to be ‘recycled’. Not that I mind, since I like watching a wide variety of movies of my favorite actors. And I also like spotting the connections — I’ve made it into a game, actually, to find as many links as possible… such as:

  • Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley worked together in the more recent remake of Pride and Prejudice
  • This isn’t the first movie that Mulligan has worked with one of her ‘Bennet sisters’; she starred in An Education with Rosamund Pike
  • I didn’t know this, but Andrew Garfield was in The Social Network. I bought the movie because I love Facebook, but I didn’t know that Garfield was in it, too

Never Let Me Go, before it was made into a movie, is a novel based on the sci-fi idea that cloning is possible (in humans, at least). The main gist of the story is that the main characters Kathy, Tommy and Ruth, along with the other students in Hailsham boarding school and various other institutions, are clones whose main purpose in life was to provide donor organs for their Originals, the people they were cloned from.

It’s much better explained by this quote from the movie:

None of you will go to America. None of you will work in supermarkets. None of you will do anything, except live the life that has already been set out for you. You will become adults, but only briefly. Before you are old, before you are even middle aged, you will start to donate your vital organs. And sometime around your third or fourth donation, your short life will be completed.

It’s all very inhumane and my respect for my fellow humans lessened at the little bit of truth in this. I mean, they’re just kids!

The idea of clones wasn’t mentioned outright in the movie, only alluded to, which contributed to my confusion for the better part of the film. Anyway, watching it was very intense, and I feel like if I had watched it without the distraction that a busy household provides, then perhaps I would’ve cried.

Andrew Garfield was spectacular in capturing the “sensory” and “animalistic” side of him.

Carey Mulligan’s sultry voice was wonderful during the narration.

And let’s not forget Keira, who, despite my paying too much attention to her lower jaw, played Ruth very well. Her character is the one I identify with the most.

The movie is a must-watch. I recommend this to those who can put up with the slow unravelling of the plot. The love between Kathy and Tommy is admirable, though I feel like Tommy’s too focused on his mortality for it to be real for me. This movie has a lot of truth in it, and it really would make you cry.

Watch the trailer here:

#26 – A picture of something that means a lot to you

I honestly do not know how to complete this challenge, seeing as I’m as tired as I could ever be and I don’t feel like having another soul-searching moment.  A picture that means a lot to me? The first thing that comes to my mind is my privacy — that and my independence or freedom. But I suppose that’s just my teenage-ness talking.

How am I supposed to take a picture of that, though? o.O

In the meantime, the picture below is of a reading nook I wish I had when I was a kid. I found it in an article in Yahoo! a couple of days ago. The bookcase itself swings open like a door, revealing a sort of hammock behind it.

There was a C.S Lewis inspired one as well, but I didn’t get a chance to copy the picture. There was a wardrobe and a hidden annex behind it and everything! I could imagine it right now: a comfy mattress, piles upon piles of pillows, a mini fridge in the corner plus a water dispenser and all my books around me. That’s what I call heaven.

Justin Bieber’s Tattoos

Spotted hanging out with girlfriend Selena Gomez in Hawaii, tween heartthrob Justin Bieber is seen with a new tattoo — well, two tattoos: a bird on his hip and a the Hebrew word Yeshua on his ribs. For those who don’t understand Hebrew, Yeshua means Jesus.

I’m not a huge fan of the Biebs; the most I could say about him is his hit song “Baby” which my brother was a huge fan of. That, and that there must be something about him that Selena Gomez sees… dunno what, though. (I’m still rooting for Delena.)

Anyway, having tattooed “Jesus” on his body, my respect for him grew a little bit. *looks away* Well, okay: it grew a lot-tle. (See what I did there? ^_^) I never knew that he believed in Christ, and it was only when I checked out his Wikipedia page that I found out he was a Christian.

Now I see why fellow Christian, Selena Gomez, finds him date-able.

Bieber is a Christian… [When] Asked whether a person should wait until marriage to have sex, Bieber responded, “I don’t think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them.” Asked about his opinion on abortion, Bieber said he doesn’t “believe in abortion” and that it is “like killing a baby.”

Okay, So I’m Normal After All…

“I just took this quiz and it was, like, so TRUE!”

Ahem, now that’s *jerks thumb at previous sentence above* out of the way… So I really did take this quiz that find out what you’re real grade is in school — no, not your report card grade, but your grade level. It’s a quiz that tells you which grade level you should be in based on your mentality. Now, ignoring the fact that these type of quizzes tend to be very vague so that the quiz taker can have the reaction stated above, I would like to say that my test result totally was made for me.

You Are…A Happy, Mildly Stressed Junior

Soon, you will own the school. Soon, everyone will respect you. Soon…it will all work out. And these facts help you sleep well at night. When not worshipping the seniors for being so brave and cool, you spend your time fretting over the SATs, not because you really care about college yet, but because everyone is telling you to get your act together. You like having fun, but you don’t go crazy. Spending a night at home by yourself isn’t always a bad thing, because you know that soon, soon, soon, your life will be one big party.

You balance your school work with a moderately active social life, but you still have much to learn. You show signs of confidence, but also need to believe in yourself more. And you don’t need to act so cool all the time. Be yourself and you’ll find happiness (the Disney movies are right!).

Having recently completed my third year in high school, I’m proud to say that I’m working on a Junior level. Of course, I would’ve been happy if I was working at a Senior or Collegiate level, but that’s a silly dream and I won’t mention that again. Tee hee!

If anyone wants to know, I found the quiz on Sparknotes at this link. I enjoyed the quiz so much that I did another one, this time called The Success Test. It says I’m on the right track. *bristles with pride* Ha, how about you?