Life Update #2: PGH, My Brother and the Hobo(nichi)

A couple of things happened since the last time:

Hospital Confinement. Two weeks ago, my body decided it would be cool to get a cold and a cough, which was not really good given how my immunity was down and it could get really, really bad very quickly. Then I woke up on the third day of my cough and colds with what felt like a migraine followed by a bit of vertigo. My doctor wanted me admitted to a hospital so I finally agreed. First, we went to San Juan de Dios but found out that there were no vacant beds. Not wanting the time spent going there to be wasted, I had some tests done to give an idea of what was going on with me. Apparently I had a mild case of pneumonia. No antibiotics were prescribed as I was going to be transferred to another hospital so I went home to wait to be admitted to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). Again, the hospital was packed. We were on the waiting list for four days before I was finally admitted and what we got was the Deluxe Room which was practically a suite. I stayed there for about five days which I spent most of just hanging out, being bored and getting fat. There were also some tests and examinations done. My meds were adjusted and apparently I also had benign positional vertigo.  I was released with instructions to rest for another two weeks.

Noel is Off to Australia. My first week back at home was surprisingly busy because we were preparing for Noel to leave for Australia where he is to study and work with the intention of staying. The arrangements have been going on for a few months now and now that we’re just waiting for his visa, it’s only really just hitting me that he’s actually going to be leaving soon and I have no idea when I’ll get to see him again. Sure, there’s Facebook and Instagram and things but it just wouldn’t be the same. And seriously, I don’t think I’m ready to have my brother be all the way in another continent. It’s just…unfathomable to me. So we’re just waiting. And preparing. That’s just all we could really do at this point.

#theroadtohobo2017. So people who follow me on Instagram probably already know that I plan my everyday life using an actual paper-based planner and that I’m also really into making it as fun for me as possible. This year, I’ve been using the green Moleskine planner from Starbucks as my main planner. I like the weekly layout and I think it suits my needs. I also happen to have a red passport-size Traveler’s Notebook from CN Paper Crafts which I bring around because the Starbucks planner can get pretty heavy. The Macata, which is the official name of CN Paper Craft’s Traveler’s Notebook, also has a copy of my weekly agenda and I use it to plan on the go. It also houses two inserts for notes, lists, and other things I just happen to want to write down at any time. It can even serve as a wallet in times of really wanting to save space and weight in my bag. I also used to keep a journal but I have fallen out of the habit around the time when I was starting to feel really crappy. I’m also pretty into sticking things into my journal so the journal ends up being really thick and heavy and I just leave it in the house. I miss it though so I want to get back into the habit and I want to be able to do it wherever I may be when the mood strikes. And so #theroadtohobo2017. I will be trying out the Hobonichi Planner (A6) next year. The Hobonichi planners are made with Tomoe River Paper which is really lightweight so it would be more convenient to bring around anywhere and that’s what I need, I think. My friend and I already put in our orders and I am really looking forward to receiving our happy mail. ❤ I even got a really cute cover and some accessories and everything to go with the planner. That’s how excited I am! 😀 I have no chill when I really enjoy something, haha. So that’s what’s been keeping me in a good mood these past few days. I’ll probably post more about my planners and other planner-related things in the future because that’s where my interests currently lie.

So that’s it for now. Sorry for the lack of pictures and the links to Instagram. Hopefully the next entries will be better.

Until next time. 🙂

General Life Update

I’m doing this on my phone because I am actually too lazy to set up and turn on my laptop. That is actually a thing now.

Anyway, hi. Hello. It’s been forever and I just thought I’d write something down to update whoever has been wondering about whatever I’ve been up to lately, especially nowadays when I’ve been kinda quiet in social media. ‘Funny how we have all these avenues of communication but we can still keep most of our stuff private when we choose to…

Currently, I am on Week 2 of Sick Leave. Next week will be Week 3 because my doctor doesn’t think I’m fit to go back to work quite yet. What happened? Well, let’s just say the past year or so has been an exercise of testing my health’s limits and I really have to say, I have surpassed them well and good so here we are. On “house arrest” and recovering.

The past two weeks have been good despite the bouts of boredom and cabin fever. I do actually enjoy not doing anything and just letting recovery happen. I am given time to just sit back and relax, also reflect about things like stress management and just basically being more gentle with myself which I think I sorely needed. There’s also the freedom to revisit old and discover new interests and hobbies though I am also too lazy to usually do more than plan things in my head and watch Netflix. But as I’ve been trying to do, I’m not putting pressure on myself to actually get these things done. I’m supposed to be resting anyway and so that’s what I’m going to do. There will be time for all that later and I just need to write said plans down somewhere so as not to forget.

Slowing down and trying to take better care of myself. That’s basically where I’m at right now and I hope things will just continue getting better from now on.

Movie #3: Frozen

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I love Elsa. I think she is the main reason why I enjoyed watching Frozen so much. First and foremost, her character design which is just so pretty and soft, so different from the Snow Queen that I envisioned from my childhood. That Snow Queen is terrifying and cold and Elsa is just the complete opposite of that, loving and caring even if it’s from behind a closed door. There were times when I was watching, though, when  I was afraid that that she would turn into that scary Snow Queen. They easily could have made her like that but they didn’t. I’m glad she didn’t get turned into the actual villain of the story and that the story didn’t follow the usual boy-meets-girl-boy-saves-girl-from-evil-relative sort of storyline. (Though the treatment of Hans is one thing I’m not that happy with…)

I love how Elsa cares so much for Anna, so much so that she’s ready to sacrifice her happiness to keep her safe. Maybe some people will think it’s excessive, that it’s not helping Anna anyway and they may be right but I love that that’s just how much Elsa cares. And it may seem corny, clichéd but I also love how it’s love that saves everyone in the end and that it’s Elsa herself who’s able to fix her mistakes, learn from them and in the end become an even better person than before.

And of course there’s Elsa’s song, Let It Go, sang by the incomparable Idina Menzel and covered by Demi Lovato. It’s an inspiring song and it’s a celebration of Elsa beginning to love herself for just how she really is and what she’s capable of. She sings, “The perfect girl is gone” but I think she’s perfect as she is when she’s finally happy with herself and her relationship with Anna.

All aspects that I’ve mentioned about Elsa are the things that make Frozen great: beautiful character designs, complex, relatable characterizations and a different take on a story that can be so much more predictable. Great job, Disney! One of your best releases in recent years.

4:15am on a Sunday at McDonald’s

I woke up at 3am to find my brother not in his bed.

Last night, he said he was going out with friends. This happens often enough so I didn’t really think about it and even as I lay awake, I wasn’t really worried. Either way, I texted him (Ei, asan k n?) asking him where he was. It didn’t take him long to reply. Apparently he had gone to the nearest 7-11 to get load for his cellphone. A few minutes later, he came back and all was well.

4am came around and I was still awake. My brother was too, I knew, so I called out to him, “Alam mo anong time nagsisimula breakfast ng McDo?” It seemed like a good enough idea to head off to McDonald’s for a very early breakfast. He answered that it should be available by now.

“Gusto mo pumuntang McDo?” Did he want to go to McDonald’s, I asked.

He said yes.

It didn’t take us long to get ready and soon we were stepping out into the cool early morning. My brother told me to wear a jacket before we got out and it was good advice. It was cool enough for a jacket certainly. It didn’t take long before he started talking, telling me about where he actually ended up last night and what he had been up to (at a hospital with a friend who dislocated his shoulder). As I walked through mostly empty roads toward our destination with him at my side, him doing most of the talking while I listened, I remembered how it had been forever since we’ve done something like this.

McDonald’s was not the quiet, mostly empty place we thought it would be at that time of the morning on a Sunday. There were people loudly talking and hanging out and we were both surprised. Nocturnal college kids from nearby dorms, chatty all center agents from their shifts, pumped club goers coming home from their gimmik–not the type of crowd we were expecting at all. We ordered and I paid for our breakfast then we headed to an empty table.The conversation continued on, him still mostly talking about all sorts of things about what has been happening in his life while I mostly just soaked it all in, his presence, his words. It really had been a while and I missed it, just being with him, just the two of us.

I hoped we can do that again sometime.

My brother is 22 with dreams of going abroad to find a life for himself and he’ll need around two years of working for it before he leaves. I know he can do it because I know how determined he is and it makes me proud that he’s doing his best to get there, planning and working all the time. It just still surprises me sometimes how much he’s grown up. It’s weird and great and also kind of sad all at the same time.

Movie #2: I, Frankenstein

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I really need to stop procrastinating on posting… So yes, hello! I am still alive! I have just been eaten up by fandom stuff lately and so this blog has gotten kind of ignored. Still, though, I haven’t forgotten about my 14 movies, 14 books for 2014 thing and so now this entry has come to be.

So. I, Frankenstein. Admittedly, this is the kind of movie that I’m such a guilty sucker for: lots of supernatural elements alongside tons of special effects and eye-catching cinematography. I love my monsters, my vampires, my werewolves, and I suppose Frankenstein’s monster can now be a part of that group too because I kind of enjoyed this movie. Admittedly, it’s not one of those movies that will stick to me, definitely not one that I could say has carved a place in my personal canon of well-loved films. I don’t think I’ll even purposely watch it again unless there’s nothing else better to watch but it’s an enjoyable enough diversion for an hour and a half.

It’s made by the people who produced Underworld and I kind of had an inkling of that before I even saw the poster or the credits. There’s just signs of it everywhere: the subject matter,  the distinctive style of cinematography, the look and feel of the characters. Heck, Bill Nighy was there along with Kevin Grevioux who were both part of the Underworld franchise. And if you’ve seen Underworld then I think you can pretty much expect the same kind of stuff from I, Frankenstein though you’ve got demons, gargoyles and Adam a.k.a. Frankenstein’s monster instead of vampires and werewolves. What kind of disappoints me about both Underworld and I, Frankenstein is while they are both so stylishly made, there’s just something lacking story-wise. They’ve got all these interesting twists on existing mythology, these badass characters but then somehow the stories just don’t reach their full potential for me and it’s kind of sad.

But then I guess sometimes you just want to see Aaron Eckhart shirtless (still kind of gorgeous despite the scowls, stitches and shadows) and some badass demon ass-kicking and if that’s what you’re after then I guess this movie’s not bad at all in those cases.

Movie #1: The Wolf of Wall Street

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Leo is in it. That’s pretty much the selling point for me. I don’t think I’ll ever get over my crush for him and so I knew I’d end up watching his latest movie, The Wolf of Wall Street. And besides, did you see that trailer? Leonardo DiCaprio dancing! That doesn’t happen in a movie! You know you have to see it!

Getting tickets was easy enough though I had to joke with my friend, wondering if they’d even give us tickets in the first place since the rating is a solid R-18 and at times we’re mistaken for high school girls. Ticket buying was uneventful and soon enough we were seated to watch the movie. The next three hours was in one word: crazy. Crazy unbelievable story and storytelling and crazy good acting.

The whole time I was sitting there I kept on asking, “Can this really happen? For real?” All this sex, money and greed all day, everyday? It’s an unbelievable kind of life for someone like me who doesn’t have that much money among other things. It’s excessive and in-your-face and and it left me reeling. And it made me ask, “So what’s better: being poor but honorable or rich but greedy?” I guess that’s a question that one will really ask when they watch this movie and the answer is actually quite difficult to get to. The movie can make you think, if you’re the kind of person who actually takes the time to do it about movies they watch. Otherwise, it’s stock full of naughty, hedonistic fun that only a movie can safely give you.

As for the acting, everyone was good, from Leo to Matthew McConaughey to Jonah Hill and even Margot Robbie, who I haven’t seen before and was a bit skeptical of how she’d act given how she looks like a Barbie doll. Awful prejudgment but I’m glad to be proven wrong. You really have to hand it to Leo for how much he poured into the role. As my friend said, all the emotions that he could go through in the movie, he went through and delivered. Plus he was funny. Did you ever think Leonardo DiCaprio could be funny? He was in this movie and it was kind of surreal but a joy to watch, though his character suffers through it. Still, Leo stepped up on his game this time around.

Someone give him that Oscar already, okay?

14 Books, 14 Movies in 2014

Happy New Year!!!

I know it’s awfully late, but I thought I’d greet you all anyway. I hope the first 12 days of the year have been kind to you all so far.

Now, as you can see from the title of this entry, I plan to read 14 books and watch 14 movies for the year 2014. I always tell myself that I want to read more books and watch more movies every year but I think I barely get to do that. So I thought it’s probably best to make a post with concrete parameters to make it official. I’ll also make an entry for each book or movie that I finish just to keep track. I feel like I should make some kind of graphic for this but. I actually don’t know how to make those, haha.

I thought about officially doing this because I have tons of books that I have lying around that are just waiting to be read and there’s a ton of movies that I want to see or already own so might as well. And well, new ideas, new styles and others.

Let’s do this! 😀