Monthly Archives: July 2008

The Lion, The Music and The Knight

I haven’t thought of anything to write for two weeks.  Not that nothing interesting came up. Or I haven’t been anywhere but the office and back home again. It’s just that, my mood and my laziness are getting the better of me.

I actually got to watch Mamma Mia! (the Movie) two Fridays ago with my two dear friends and we soooo love it! I just have to control myself from singing and dancing in the theatre.  I was surprised that Meryl Streep and Colin Firth could sing! I was cringing in my seat when Pierce Brosnan was singing. Not that I don’t like him; he’s a gorgeous man and all but… I wasn’t sure if I like to see him sing again. It was really an awkward sight. But maybe, it’s just me.

I was thinking, Colin Firth would have been a better choice for Sam’s character.  But then, Pierce is the bigger actor between the two of them. Or maybe Richard Gere should have been given the part instead. Now that’s someone who’s just as gorgeous as Pierce but not as awkward since he’s done Chicago before.

The very next day, I watched Dark Knight with a group of friends. And this was the best Batman movie ever for me. Heath Ledger deserves an award for his role here. He outshadowed everyone in the movie including Batman himself. I came across a newspaper article that even his co-stars are in awe whenever his scenes are being shot. They would watch him during his takes and they would all be amazed at how good he is.

You must be wondering when the lion is going to come into the whis whole scenario. A friend sent me a video link to watch and I was apprehensive at first because it could be one of those prank videos again who aim to scare the living daylights out of you. But this one will surely touch you. Amaze you, even; at how wonderful nature is and how great God made all creatures… big and small.

  

 

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A Father’s Race

I have never cried this much over a video sent through email. I can’t bring myself to stop the tears.  I can’t even write something to capture my thoughts and my emotions. This happened maybe two years ago but it didn’t lessen the impact of the raw emotion that you will feel while watching the video.

Here’s the story of Rick Hoyt and his father Dick and the bond that they shared. 

I won’t be able to capture their story half as good as these people already had.  Please go to these sites and read the amazing story of the extent of what a father (or mother, for that matter) is willing to do for his child.

 

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Magnifying the Difference

Photo courtesy of http://www.daylife.com

 

I don’t know but life this year seems to be at its hardest.  The three Fs is killing us all. Prices of fuel, food and fare.  Fuel prices are going up weekly and food and fare are not going any lower, that’s for sure.  Considering that I have a good paying job, I am not spared from all these economic issues hovering us all. And we, in the Philippines, are not the only ones experiencing the hard life; everyone in the world experiences it. 

I didn’t have a camera with me when I saw the long line of people I was on my way to work, so I searched for one.  People line up to buy NFA rice, which costs only P18.25 per kilo, compared to commercial rice that ranges from P37.00 to P45.00. The line was reaaaaaallly long. And seeing the people line up on the streets or sit on the sidewalks, braving the scorching heat or the occasional drizzle, will really crush your heart and make you realize that you’re still luckier than some.

Phot courtesy of www.theage.com.au

Photo courtesy of http://www.theage.com.au

Then there are people who queue to get the latest gadget, the iPhone 3G.  Of course I don’t pass judgement because these people can spend for something they like.  We work anyway to pay for our needs and indulge ourselves with a few wants. 

It only shows the magnified difference between those who can afford to spend for a bit of luxury and those who can spend just enough for two kilos of rice.

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Wickedly For Good

Way back in the 90s, I have developed a liking for broadway music.  The lyrics of the songs are just too pure and raw.  I don’t know how to explain how the music makes me feel; just that it hits you right through the heart.

The first broadway I was able to appreciate was The Phantom of the Opera.  I could almost feel the Phantom’s heart breaking when he sang the reprise of, All I Ask of You.  Then there are songs from Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Chess, among others.

And recently, I have a new favorite, Wicked the Musical.  It is the story of two unlikely characters; Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda, the Good Witch of the North.  Elphaba, is the girl with emerald green skin; she’s smart, has strong personality, and often misunderstood. Glinda, on the other hand, is beautiful, determined and popular.

I first heard about this play while I was listening to the radio. The DJ love the song, Defying Gravity because it’s empowering and something worth listening to especially on a Monday morning. But my personal favorite is the song, For Good, a duet by Elphaba and Glinda. 

Here’s the lyrics and you’ll see why this song has never failed to make people who’ve seen the play and heard this song cry everytime.  Because at one point in our lives, we find someone who makes us who we are today; it could be our parents, teacher, friend or someone special who somehow led us to become (hopefully) better (not bitter) persons.

(Elphaba):
I’m limited
Just look at me – I’m limited
And just look at you
You can do all I couldn’t do, Glinda
So now it’s up to you
For both of us – now it’s up to you…

(Glinda):
I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you…

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

(Elphaba):
It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend…

Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you

(Glinda):
Because I knew you

 (Both):
I have been changed for good

(Elphaba):
And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I’ve done you blame me for

(Glinda):
But then, I guess we know
There’s blame to share

(Both):
And none of it seems to matter anymore

(Glinda):
Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood

(Elphaba):
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a bird in the wood

(Both):
Who can say if I’ve been
Changed for the better?
I do believe I have been
Changed for the better

(Glinda):
And because I knew you…

(Elphaba):
Because I knew you…

(Both):
Because I knew you…
I have been changed for good…

 

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