- What pleases you? :: friendship, love, respect for each other
- Whatever :: Another term for "I don't care"
- Chime :: Wind and seashells
- Pleading :: Guilty
- Simulate :: Pattern
- Flashing :: S.O.S
- Directional ::microphone
- Pink ::Girly
- Access ::Pass
- Ugly ::Duckling
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Bold movies you have watched and liked or loved.
Italicize movies you saw and didn’t like.
Leave as is movies you haven’t seen.
The Godfather (1972)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Star Wars (1977)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Rear Window (1954)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
City of God (2002)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
North by Northwest (1959)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Fight Club (1999)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
The Matrix (1999)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
American Beauty (1999)
The Departed (2006)
Paths of Glory (1957)
American History X (1998)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
The Third Man (1949)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Pianist (2002)
The Shining (1980)
Double Indemnity (1944)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Leben der Anderen, Das [The Lives of Others] (2006)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Boot, Das (1981)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Raging Bull (1980)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Sin City (2005)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
All About Eve (1950)
Modern Times (1936)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
The Great Escape (1963)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Touch of Evil (1958)
The Elephant Man (1980)
The Prestige (2006)
Vita è bella, La [Life Is Beautiful] (1997)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Sting (1973)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
The Apartment (1960)
City Lights (1931)
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Batman Begins (2005)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Blade Runner (1982)
The Great Dictator (1940)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Salaire de la peur, Le [The Wages of Fear](1953)
High Noon (1952)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Back to the Future (1985)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
The Green Mile (1999)
Annie Hall (1977)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Diaboliques, Les [The Devils] (1955)
It Happened One Night (1934)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Life of Brian (1979)
Die Hard (1988)
The General (1927)
American Gangster (2007)
V for Vendetta (2005)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
The Graduate (1967)
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The African Queen (1951)
Stand by Me (1986)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Conversation (1974)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Wo hu cang long [Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ] (2000)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Gone with the Wind (1939) Just too boring for me. Sue me.
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Cabinet des Dr. Caligari., Das [The Cabinet of Dr Caligari] (1920)
The Thing (1982)
Groundhog Day (1993)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Toy Story (1995)
Out of the Past (1947)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Ed Wood (1994)
The Terminator (1984)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Exorcist (1973)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The Hustler (1961)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
The Lion King (1994)
Big Fish (2003)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
In Cold Blood (1967)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Roman Holiday (1953)
A Christmas Story (1983)
Ying xiong [Hero] (2002)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Cinderella Man (2005)
The Searchers (1956)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Inherit the Wind (1960)
His Girl Friday (1940)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
And...here we go!
1. One week ago I had a spat with someone.
2. I'm reckless when I was young.
3. Mama told me never talk to strangers.
4. We'll have a great time, you and me.
5. Take your time deciding.
6. The pain will pass!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a relaxing evening, tomorrow my plans include finishing up my pending at the office and Sunday, I want to have time to talk to JV!
more fill ins here!
This is a very moving story. I remembered it was first censored here in the Philippines because of the violence and nudity in the movie.
A story about human nature and it's resilience in adversity.
It's about love and self-actualization. And the soundtracks are great!
I remember you the most, Cate. Of all the friends that I had, you are the most special. You accepted me, flaws and all. We had such good times then!
- Remember when we had our unplanned vacation in Bicol? We didn't know my Grandmother was dead then, and you were shocked that it was more like a circus (it became a clan reunion up to 3rd degree!) instead of a solemn death memorial...We were celebrating the life of my Lola (Grandma), that's why.
- How we loved adventures to places unknown, and you always end up babysitting me when I start to get cranky/ bitchy/whiny if it becomes too tiring or too far. And I love you for that.
- I've been selfish, too by taking you for granted every once in a while and I thank you for keeping your poker face when I blow my head ( or my life, for that matter!) over some petty thing. Remember when we had our schedule for the Visita Iglesia with Our Lady of Manaoag but I didn't come because I said I'm busy at home because my cousins from the province came over unannounced? But I was in Tagaytay then, with another group of friends. You went to the house with the intention of helping me out, but, surprise of all surprises! You actually found my cousins and my siblings picking my front lock because I wasn't there to open the door for them. You knew I lied to you, but you forgave me still...
- Remember how you got crazy over that Mervin guy, and even crazier when both of you didn't work out alright? I got so angry I cried, too. And you ended up consoling me instead. We were crazy, that's why. Haha.
- When I cried over MJ, you didn't ask me why, you just held my hand. You knew I was depressed (as in really depressed). You kept your mouth shut but you never left me alone.
- We were always broke.
- We love swimming! Remember O? He was the one who got away. We initially planned to have this get-together, just Mel, Che, you, and me and we ended up going in pairs! Remember the vodka incident? There was a glass of remaining vodka that Che put in the freezer that Mel moved to the water rack but when O woke up, he thought it was a glass of water and just realized otherwise when he wheezed so he returned the glass in the ref which Flash (Che's pair who didn't see what happened to O) used to gurgle with as he brushed his teeth!
- You never questioned me on the men (or women) that you see me with.
- Remember how we helped to tell Mel's mom that Mel is pregnant? We were dallying to tell the truth by goofing around and telling jokes and Nanay (Mel's mom) was already pushing us to go home as it is already late. Maybe it was our faces when we told her that we have something important to tel herl, but Nanay knew what it was without us speaking. She just turned to Mel and asked crying, "Are you pregnant?". I remember Tatay (Mel's dad) asking, "Who's the guy? I didn't know you have a boyfriend!". And I became the Maid of Honor!
- I remember how you always pushed me to go on a diet, water therapy, fruit diet, and you always get crazy because it always fail! How exasperated you were! But you always laugh when I get hot-tempered on the production floor. You knew I was just hungry.
- You hand me a cold towel everytime I get to drink more than I should and throw up on the floor and a hot one when I'm too sick to get up.
- Remember how we start cross-stitching projects but we never finished them?
- And when we were singing the videoke and someone threw a stone on the roof when we didn't stop? Haha.
A Letter to a Friend you'd like to get in touch with again
"We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox."
— Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook)
Thank you for simply being here with me. There are times that it feels good to belong to somebody, to know that there is someone that I can reach out to in times of doubt and indecision. I'm not as strong as I appear to be, I falter and fall, too. I know I can touch your hand or lean on your shoulder. I value your resolve, giving faith to our fledgling relationship. We will have hardships ahead, being two stubborn people walking together but I know that our disparities will never be a hindrance, but a challenge to rise above our selfishness as we go through our lives. Thank you for not being impulsive, for giving yourself time to revalue and reassess your priorities. Thank you for not carrying me away with promises. Let us not be blinded with the excitement of romance. You asked me the other day what do I want to do with our lives, now that you are on the verge of making a very difficult decision. All I can say is that I want to be with you always. I promise that this relationship will have enough space to grow ourselves out, but not too far to lose touch.
I love you, JV. Sometimes I wish I could just hold you, to just feel you.
I would still be loving you.
When mountains crumble to the sea,
There will still be you and me.
Kind woman, I give you my all,
Kind woman, nothing more.
Little drops of rain whisper of the pain,
Tears of loves lost in the days gone by.
My love is strong, with you there is no wrong,
Together we shall go until we die.
My, my, my, an inspiration is what you are to me,
Inspiration, look see.
And so today, my world it smiles,
Your hand in mine, we walk the miles,
Thanks to you it will be done,
For you to me are the only one.
Happiness, no more be sad,
Mimosa pudica Linn.
Mimosa asperata Blanco
Constituents and properties
Root is aphrodisiac.
Entire plant considered an analgesic, antispasmodic, alterant and antiasthmatic.
Mild sedative and antidepressant.
Seed contains mimosine, a non-protein alpha-amino acid known to cause hair loss and depressed growth in mammals (an unlikely event in humans as this will require unusually large doses).
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it."
photo courtesy of my friend AJ
Mount Pulag (or sometimes Mount Pulog) is the third-highest mountain in the Philippines. It is Luzon’s highest peak at 2,922 meters above sea level. The borders between the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya meet at the mountain's peak (more on wiki)
Somebody forwarded this to me and I thought of sharing this with you.
This is good; I'll never look at my hands the same!
Grandma, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. She
didn't move, just sat with her head down staring at her hands. When I
sat down beside her she didn't acknowledge my presence and the longer
I sat I wondered if she was OK.
Finally, not really wanting to disturb her but wanting to check on her
at the same time, I asked her if she was OK. She raised her head and
looked at me and smiled. "Yes, I'm fine, thank you for asking," she
said in a clear voice strong.
"I didn't mean to disturb you, grandma, but you were just sitting here
staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK," I
explained to her.
"Have you ever looked at your hands," she asked. "I mean really looked
at your hands?"
I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them over,
palms up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really looked at
my hands as I tried to figure out the point she was making.
Grandma smiled and related this story:
"Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have
served you well throughout your years. These hands, though wrinkled,
shriveled and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to
reach out and grab and embrace life.
"They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I crashed upon the
floor. They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back. As a child my
mother taught me to fold them in prayer. They tied my shoes and pulled
on my boots. They held my husband and wiped my tears when he went off
"They have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent. They were
uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son. Decorated with
my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved
someone special. They wrote my letters to him and trembled and shook
when I buried my parents and spouse.
"They have held my children and grandchildren, consoled neighbors, and
shook in fists of anger when I didn't understand.
"They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed
the rest of my body. They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken,
dried and raw. And to this day when not much of anything else of me
works real well these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again
continue to fold in prayer.
"These hands are the mark of where I've been and the ruggedness of life.
But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out
and take when he leads me home. And with my hands He will lift me to
His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of Christ."
I will never look at my hands the same again. But I remember God
reached out and took my grandma's hands and led her home.
When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my
children and husband I think of grandma. I know she has been stroked
and caressed and held by the hands of God.
I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His hands upon my face.
-- Author Unknown
Step out of the box. Be creative. Have fun!
And please, stay out of the dungeon.
It's getting really crowded in there.
- is easy to love? kids and animals, and JV!
- do you just wanna smack? stupid people who they're smart
- do you trust? Myself
- do you talk to when you're alone? Is there a catch here somewhere?
- dangerous things do you do while driving? Texting, but I did turn a new leaf!
- are you allergic to? Crabs...and Liars
- is Satan's last name? I'd say "Wrath"
- is the last thing that moved you? A movie by Tom Hanks, The Green Mile
- is the freakiest thing in your house? Me?
- is it time to turn over a new leaf? When things are not working
- will you be all that you can be? I don't know.
- is enough enough? If you're hurting others and yourself
- do you go to the dark side? Dark side of what? I guess we all go to the darker side, knowingly or unknowingly, at some points in our lives.
- are your pants? Since I'm in the office, I have one on but I'm often "pants-less" at home... ;)
- is your last will and testament? I don't have one yet...
- is your junk food stash?I don't have this, too much salt can kill you...
- is Carmen Sandiego? If the ACME Agency can't find her, how the hell can I?
- was the Lone Ranger alone? Where is Tonto?
- was The Scarlet Letter scarlet? Scarlet's a very sexy color, that's why.
- are musicians sexy and plumbers not? Who said plumbers are not sexy?
- are there no seat belts on school buses? Can you imagine kids sitting still in school buses?
- swim the English Channel for a doughnut and coffee? If not that, what? No. Maybe for love, I would (*nod* *nod* , cheesy, I know) ;)
- forgive someone who deliberately hurt you? Yes, if I didn't get my hand on him/her first.
- rather believe a lie if it hurt you less than the truth? That would be a double-blade scenario...hmmm I guess I'd settle for the truth 'cause it will catch up with you sooner or later.
- you still be alive if you were sucked out of an airplane window?Would you just float around in space for while? I would be dead when I hit the ground, wouldn't I? Maybe I'd just float and enjoy the fall when I can.
- HoT Week #104 -
TAILS - "Decision"
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
-- Yogi Berra
1925-, American Baseball Player
We are given one life, and the decision is our whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.
-- Omar Nelson Bradley
1893-1981, American General
Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness or oppose with firmness.
-- Charles Caleb Colton
1780-1832, British Sportsman Writer
“Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don't claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent.” ~Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi
This was taken over the Kawa-kawa Hill just as dusk is spreading across the mountain ranges of Ligao City.
The photo was taken during the Balikatan excercise together with the Americans.
The Balikatan series is an annual event aimed at improving RP-US combined planning, combat readiness, and interoperability while enhancing security relations and demonstrating US resolve to support the Republic of the Philippines against external aggression.
Balikatan is conducted to meet RP-US obligations under the Mutual Defense Treaty and to fulfill RP-US mutual training and readiness requirements. The Phillipine Constitution does not allow long-term basing by another country in the Philippines. The last of the US military bases at Subic and Clark were closed in the early 1990s. The first Balikatan exercise was conducted in 1991. In 1995 the Philippines ended Balikatan because of a dispute over the Visiting Forces Agreement. That agreement gives the United States jurisdiction over crimes committed by military personnel while on duty in a foreign country. It was reinstated in May 1999 despite protests from the Catholic Church and other anti-U.S. elements in the Philippines. The Visiting Forces Agreement provided for expanded military cooperation after coming into force in 1999. The Balikatan resumed in 1999 after being suspended.
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I've attended 3 high schools during my time but my stay in Mayon High School during my 3rd year was the best. You can see the Kawakawa (Ligaonon dialect for "cauldron" or "kawali" in Tagalog as it is shaped like a half-ball or coconut) Hills at the back of the school and we used slip through the barbed wire to go there. That was 8 years ago. Back then, it was just an ordinary hill where we hike and picnic and a place to hide when we cut class.
Now, it has become one of the eco-tourist and religious destination in Ligao City. There is fresh air and it has a great overlooking view of the town.