Going Home

I arrived in the Philippine airport safe and sound. The eight hours travel was quite good and smooth, thanks be to God. But unfortunately, my domestic flight (Manila to Davao City) was cancelled and have to wait for another eight hours or to be a lucky chance passenger I could hope for.

I really wanted to be furious to my travel agent who wasn’t able to rebook my ticket earlier. I wanted to blame the airline for giving us this trouble not only because we are tired, but we couldn’t afford to waste a single day , you know we treat our Christmas vacation with a high importance.

But of course, we cannot control everything. I can’t manage my travel agent’s carelessness, the fact that I may never know what was going on in the aircraft too. We cannot control what is going to happen, but we can control our reaction, right?

So I’m totally fine and I will not fight with anyone, even my ass is aching from sitting, my legs are hurting, my body is shivering and my eyes are dying to sleep. Instead, I would think that my family is patiently waiting for me.

I’m going home to the place where I belong.

TYPES OF FRIENDS I CAME ACROSS

I believe that Friends just kind of happen. Life without them would definitely be boring. There are few special friendships last a lifetime, some, unfortunately, take years to fade away while others end dramatically. It’s an interesting process in life, right? whether we like it or not, we have come to realize which friendship deserve nurture and which are a slog.

So what kinds of friends I came across until this moment? here’s my list.

The Parent figure – Just like our Parent, this person is refined when it comes to being truthful and honest. They can tell you directly anything under the sun, and therefore you can always rely on them to seek good advice.

Friends who are up for anything – This is a bunch of friends who are always willing to try anything out of their comfort zone. They are always available to be dragged on.

The funny one – A friend who does silly things, they have a talent for quick and witty jokes. The one will have you laughing until you are crying with laughter.

The emotional one – They are expressive and very open about their feelings. They are the ones who will cry first before you do.

The friend that’s always “on the way” – A friend who is always late and never apologize for it. The reason why you have to schedule the time earlier than the expected.

Friends who are loyal –  The hardest one to find. A nonjudgmental friend who will accept you no matter what. They don’t care about your reputation or any mistakes, you have made. They know all of your deepest and darkest secrets, but still, love you all the same.

Brutally Friend – They are the ones who speak with their minds, not in a sarcastic way. They tend to be honest about what they feel and think of you.

The BFF – I believe that this is someone I choose to be my second family. They called it  Friendships of the good which is based on respect, appreciation, honesty, acceptance, and love.

Friends who make the effort – A friend who would always make an effort and offer their time to meet, to talk and bond.  They usually remind us that friendship should not be forgotten, but to be nurtured.

The strong one – Someone who is not good to argue and fight with, they will not leave you behind without getting any what they want. In good side, they are the one who will fight for you and go with you in a battle.

Sullen Friend – They are the ones who are grumpy, sulky, gloomy, sour, or moody.  In short, they bring negativity.

I know everything – This is an arrogant attitude which is simply annoying. A friend who would think everything he/she thinks are right and will always insist on it.  They are the ones who don’t accept other’s opinions because they think they are always right and they know everything, well except themselves.

The High Level – A friend who thinks he/she is greater than any friend he/she has. They hate to be criticized, they don’t want to hear someone saying anything bad about them.  They condemn disapproval.  They always wanted to be the center of the attention.

I don’t care – The cool ones I believed. They just follow the flows without complaining, they don’t care if you hated them then love them again. They don’t like dramas so they either ignore you or talk to you directly, then forget the issue.

The happy ones – The kind of friend we will love most I believed.  They are the ones who change the gloomy side to positivity.  They will drag you up and let you see the brighter side.

There are so many kinds of friends I have met, I think I forgot to include some on the list. Most of these friends I came across are still with me and a few of them left from my life, for good. It is really true that true friendship is hard to find, develop and keep.

As they say “a friend will tell you what you want to hear, but a good friend will always tell you what you need to hear”

So let’s say thank you to our friends who bring our life into happiness and bid a happy goodbye who lose their way with us.

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RESCUE YOURSELF

“It has always been simple, but making it hard was always your way of avoiding pain. If you want to change your life, you have to change what you are doing. It wasn’t his fault, her fault, their fault or the circumstances. It was your inability to choose.

Somewhere in that crazy mind of yours, time stopped. You thought someone would rescue you, but they didn’t. You have to rescue yourself. This is not a fire you can put out; you have to walk through it, in order to reach life. Getting burned is apart of growth, didn’t you know?”

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WITH A SMILE

Lift your head, baby, don’t be scared
Of the things that could go wrong along the way
You’ll get by with a smile
You can’t win at everything but you can try.

Baby, you don’t have to worry
‘Coz there ain’t no need to hurry
No one ever said that there’s an easy way.

When they’re closing all their doors
And they don’t want you anymore
This sounds funny but I’ll say it anyway.

I’ll stay through the bad times
Even if I have to fetch you every day.
We’ll get by with a smile
You can never be too happy in this life.

 

In a world where everybody
Hates a happy ending story
It’s a wonder love can make the world go round
But don’t let it bring you down
And turn your face into a frown
You’ll get along with a little prayer and a song.

Lift your head, baby, don’t be scared
Of the things that could go wrong along the way
You’ll get by with a smile
Now it’s time to kiss away those tears goodbye.

GO BACK COUPLE (K-drama 2017)

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Choi Ban Do(Son Ho-Jun) and Ma Jin Joo(Jang Nara) are both 38-years-old and a married couple. Choi Ban Do has been burdened with being the breadwinner and Ma Jin Joo is a housewife with low self-esteem. Even though they loved each other when they married, they now hate each other. They both regret marrying at such a young age. The couple travels through time and finds themselves as 20-year-old university students when they met for the first time.

This travel drama is not like an ordinary one where you had to travel back in the past and change your future. Unexpectedly, the approach was beautifully realistic. As we all know, the struggles and challenges of marriage are not as simple as we think, there is always a possibility of sad endings, and in this drama, they stress out the painful reality of it and chances to resolve the relationship in a very truthful manner.

The story hits me right in my heart. In the best way, it gives a  whirlwind of emotion. It has everything from romance, family, friendship, and comedy.  Every character plays a significant role that gives appeal to the viewers.  Most importantly, this drama shows a high quality of lessons to be learned; to know your value, communication and family lives.

Verdict: 10/10

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OUTSIDE THE LINES

Do not be afraid to color outside the lines. Take risks and do not be afraid to fail. Know that when the world knocks you down, the best revenge is to get up and continue forging ahead. Do not be afraid to be different or to stand up for what’s right. Never quiet your voice to make someone else feel comfortable. No one remembers the person that fits in. It’s the one who stands out that people will not be able to forget.

FAVORITE THING

I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere. White strings of gulls drag over it like beads.

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It is my favorite thing, I think, that I have ever seen. Sometimes I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties. It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel.

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Dark and light striking each other, vividly etching wild colors through the horizon.

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The sun rises, the sun falls, the wind blows and the birds sing no matter where you are. These are experiences that unite us all. Something we can all enjoy together.

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IT FEELS GOOD

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“It’s like one of those scenes from a feel-good Hollywood movie. Where everybody is happy and nobody’s hair fizzes in the wind. Where it doesn’t rain, your shoes stay comfortable all day, and everybody’s jokes are funny and turning the page is the best feelings in the world. Ahhh it feels so good.”

WE CAN WORK IT OUT

What If I grab you, and push you in the bathroom, I could make out with you and tell you I love you…. And you say “It’s not gonna work, it’s not gonna work, it’s not gonna work”and I say we can work it out, we can work it out, we can work it out”

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FUCKING NARCISSIST

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Are you a narcissist magnet?

Nine years ago, I had a colleague that was pretty sure a Narcissist. Yes, she was the Assistant Manager,  a goal-oriented person, but with no concern for others. She was a control freak, manipulative, a finger pointer, exaggerated, always demanding special treatment, respect, and privileges. She was on the power trip. She has often targeted one person at a time until he/she quits, then employees turn over rates became high in that company.

This narcissist created a traumatic environment in the workplace and degrading the other employee’s capabilities. I recalled one of our employees having a gas and bloating problem and sleeplessness nights because of the stress she experiences every day. Another one, who always scolded because she was pregnant and tends to eat a lot in the office. These people are just one of the examples who quits their job because they cannot handle the narcissist anymore.

For five years working with this kind of person, I have experienced to be feeling frustrated and angry, but became stronger and a fighter. How did I deal with her after years of adjustment?

I complained about her to the big boss. I just make sure he knows what’s going on.

When she tried to pick on me, I never cried in front of her, that never happened. Don’t let the narcissist see your weakness because they feed on and controls these types of responses.

I don’t take her personally, though it was really hard sometimes. When she commented negatively about me, I always convince myself that there’s nothing wrong with me at all.

Always be professional. I tried to compose myself every time we had a fight because I believe I am more normal than her. I believe, the narcissist usually zeros in on people who are performing better than them at work.

Never ignore the narcissist.  This seems opposite from what some people told to just ignore them and don’t react if they are abusive. They’ll move on to another target; Well, I  I argued with her if necessary. Maybe because I can’t stand to be abused.

I never expected her to be my friend, so I didn’t buy her drama when she shows empathy or compassion.

Get everything in writing. This was my defense when the narcissist asked me to do something verbally, especially if it’s a major task.

I never give personal information or opinions to the narcissist about myself and others.

To be honest, narcissists are not pleasant to deal with, no matter how much you tried,  they are still highly conceited as if it is part of their system.  To avoid long headaches and stress in dealing with them, find alternative solutions for your own comfort. Goodluck.

BAD GENIUS (Thai – Movie 2017)

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Lynn (Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying) is a scholarship kid and as smart as they come, but that doesn’t mean she’s immune from making some dumb decisions. When her best friend, Grace (Eisaya Hosuwan), asks for some help on an exam the dishonest act of kindness catches the eye of other students in need. Soon Lynn is cheating for an increasing number of wealthy classmates — in exchange for some substantial cash payments — and she justifies it as a way of helping her working-class dad. Their schemes grow in complexity and culpability leading up to an exam with international ramifications.

I am very impressed with this movie. You might think it’ just a typical teenager movie, but no, surprisingly, it stands out with its own intense plot,  brilliant production, and impressive execution.

The cheating schemes were so convincing that you could imagine yourself doing it. The young cast’s performances are resounding enough for you to get thrilled and engage. Yah, it is cheating, but classy.

Overall, Bad genius is one of the most intelligent movies of the year.  It has the balanced between entertaining and educational purposes. It is quite realistic in a sense that all of us became a student who struggled a lot to survive during our school days. Undeniably, we made mistakes, we cheated, we became lazy to study or greedy to have high grades, despite, the importance is what we have learned and how much we have done it right.

Verdict: 10/10

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Lynn:  If you don’t cheat, life will cheat on you.

Pat: We get to choose the university, the university doesn’t get to choose us!

Bank: Even when we study as well as each other, it doesn’t mean we act in the same way.

Grace: If I had a brain half your size, I wouldn’t have done something as stupid as this!

BEAUTY and MADNESS

“I learned that love can end in one night, that great friends can become great strangers, that strangers can become best friends, that we never finish to know and understand someone completely, that the “never ever again” will happen again and that “forever” always ends, that the one that wants it can, will achieve it and get it, that the one that risks it never loses anything.

Cheers to the beauty and madness of life!

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WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING (K-drama 2017)

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A supernatural romance about a woman who can see the future in her dreams, and a prosecutor who fights to stop these future events from happening. The heroine has dreams about unfortunate events that will happen to other people, and the hero is a prosecutor who runs around trying to prevent her tragic visions from coming true.

Plot – I like the originality of the story.  I believed that the Writer knew exactly what she wanted to do with this drama. The thread of the story-line, the inserts of flashbacks, the major twist, the justice system, the romance which was not overbearing and the everyday life conflicts have been linked and incorporated in well-paced timed.

Characters – I am not surprised how Lee Jong-Suk portrays his character as a rookie prosecutor. He’s always been typecast in this field, so acting wise, he’s still the same; good and effective, I have nothing to complain.

I was totally surprised by Bae Suzy. Honestly, I don’t buy her acting skills, but in this drama, she perfectly acted out of her character. Her story was complexly written because she has to deal with tragedy and fear, and in fairness, she absolutely has done a good job.

Jung Hae-In, my god, his character was loved by everyone and I love him too more than Lee and Suzy. He is charming and loyal second lead that you will never ever hate. He doesn’t have to act all the way because his smiles and innocent look compels his character with outstanding morals despite uncertainties.

Lee Sang-Yeob , the main villain who truly highlighted his character to the end.  Every action of his greediness and wickedness makes so much sense on how the story drives into perfection.

The cinematography was astounding. Music was quite good. The chemistry of the two main leads is refreshing. Character development was consistent.

Since this drama has the element of fantasy, there some plot holes that have never explained which serves as the ground of understanding where was the fantasy begins and how it will end.

Nevertheless, this drama is one of the best. It gives us the message about the choices we made in our lives and how it affects to people around us. It signifies also the lesson that help begets help. The best and easiest way to help is to be of help.

Verdict: 9/10

HUMBLE and KIND

A kind reminder for all of us.

Who forgot where we came from. When we stop to be a little. When proudness gets into our head. When recognizing our self-became a priority than how we treat the others. When we no longer accept corrections. When we cannot give up our mountains of pride.

When we forgot to be humble and kind.

You know there’s a light that glows by the front door
Don’t forget the key’s under the mat
When childhood stars shine,
Always stay humble and kind

Go to church ’cause your mamma says to
Visit grandpa every chance that you can
It won’t be wasted time
Always stay humble and kind

Hold the door, say “please”, say “thank you”
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb
But always stay humble and kind

When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride
But always stay humble and kind

Don’t expect a free ride from no one
Don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why:
Bitterness keeps you from flyin’
Always stay humble and kind

Know the difference between sleeping with someone
And sleeping with someone you love
“I love you” ain’t no pick-up line
So always stay humble and kind

When it’s hot, eat a root beer popsicle
Shut off the AC and roll the windows down
Let that summer sunshine
Always stay humble and kind

Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you
When you get where you’re going don’t forget turn back around
And help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind

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REPLY 1988 (K-drama) 2015

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Five childhood friends, who all live in the same Ssangmundong neighborhood of Seoul, lean on each other to survive their challenging teen years and set a path for their futures.

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Sung Deok Sun (Hyeri) struggles for attention as the middle child in her poor family while also carrying the burden of her 989th ranking in school. She is everyone’s trusted gal who shares her bright personality to all and shows her caring nature.

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Jung-Hwan (Ryoo Joon-Yeol) is the second son of the Kim family. His brother Jung Bong was born with a weak heart, so he decided to help him fulfill his dream, whatever that might be. As a typical teen, he grumbles and complains a lot, and it will take time to convinced him to say yes. He can’t seem to empathize and is always blunt with his words, but he has a good heart and always loyal to his family and friends.

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Sun-Woo(Ko Gyung-Pyo)is a model student at the school, good son and good brother at home. Sun-Woo’s mother has raised him and his younger sister alone after his father passed away.  Became a man of his house, he’s quite dependable, mature and responsible among his friends. He always tries to do right by everyone. He is considered as the ideal son of the neighborhood.

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Ryu Dong Ryong(Lee Dong-Hwi)is a geek who knows more about girls and life than the rest of his friends, but his poor academic score prevents him from being able to go to college. Though he is not an achiever academically, he is the wisest of all.  He’s the neighborhood counselor and the joker of the group.

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Choi Taek (Park Bo-Gum) is a famous BADUK player known as Master Choi, god to the world. But for his friends, he is simply as an idiot in Ssangmundong. Since he dropped out of school, Duk-Sun, Jung-Hwan, Sun-Woo and Dong-Ryong are his only friends.  They protected him as their National Treasure. They always shield him as the youngest one, the baby, and no one could touch and hurt him.

“That might be why youth is beautiful. Because it shines, blindingly bright at a brilliant short moment. But you can never go back to it.”

Certainly, we couldn’t return to our youth because everything just passes by and ages. And this drama makes you remember everything. It has this certain charm where you can always feel that you are part of their family household, that their parents are yours. You grew up with them lurking with memories of good and bad times. In that neighborhood, you waited for your secret crush to pass by,  dreaming of your first love, the walls that witness your first hug, first kiss, and even your first heartbreak.

In this drama, I have cried, laughed and fell in love instantly. I missed my family, my childhood friends, my all old memories.  Though I can still go back to my street where I grew up old, I cannot find the same faces, the familiar laughter, the nooks and corner where we used to play and the arguments we have solved. What has just left in that old street is the warm feeling of nostalgia, the sense of belongingness and the image of my precious child and youth memories.

Reply 1988 is a perfect drama for me. It tackles not only about the journey of their friendship but it showed problems of their families facing every day, the ups and downs of their lives. They truly emphasized the relationship between the parents and children and every emotion was raw and genuine.

Characters are perfect in this drama, truly are the heart of the entire show. Each of them is written well with so much thought.  They all have distinct personalities that are real and allows you to relate.

The Plot is uniquely presented in one setting and yet the development is spontaneous.  It does not become boring or trite, it’s not draggy at all. It was just so enjoyable to watch slowly while savoring each of their laughter and tears.

If you’d love to watch a drama about family and friendship, this surely is for you.  I recommend it with a full blast of assurance that you will totally get a whipped of laughter, tears and bittersweet aftertaste.

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“The reason I miss that time and that street is not only because I miss my younger self. It is because my parents’ youth, my friends’ youth – the youth of everything I loved was in that place. I regret not bidding a final farewell to the surrounding of my youth that can never be brought back together again. To the things that have already gone, to the time I can’t return to… I bid my belated farewell. Goodbye, my youth. Goodbye, Ssangmun-dong” – Deok Sun

Verdict: 10/10

ODE TO BEER

You’re sparkly and light like a soda pop
But you fill my head with a fuzz
When I drink you, I never want to stop
I just want to keep building my buzz.

And at times, I cheat on you with whiskey
Sometimes vodka, tequila, or rum
But I know when I’m gone that you miss me
And I’m sorry for being so dumb.

You’re perfect for burgers or pizza
And sometimes, you’re great on your own
But when I drink, I usually don’t eat much
I’d rather get full on the foam.

Dear Beer, you are such an old, dear friend
I’ve known you and loved you so long
You’re always there for me to depend
Thank you sweet beer, and my bong.

Written by: Arlo Disarray

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BE FEARLESS TO BE CARELESS

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Once in a while, be fearless to be careless.

The less you care, the lesser your heart struggle.

Don’t spend too much of holding on to something that you knew it will never be yours.

Don’t let your heart be hustled of those feelings that are unsure.

Careless about those people who have no time to compromise their thoughts for you.

Careless about why someone is smarter than you.

Careless why it didn’t work out.

Let your heart skip a little beat and find your resting place.

Careless about the judgment of people. They’re going to judge you no matter what you do.

Careless about others’ business. Mind your own.

Careless if you have no special talent.

Careless about how horrible your boss is.

Careless about some rules, they are meant to break.

Be careless in your rambling thoughts, that’s how you feel.

Be wise enough to be fearless while being careless, we cannot do this every day in our life.  Be control because, at the end of the day, you are still the one responsible for your own feelings.

Be careless if you give your heart and they return it in pieces.

The less you give a damn, the happier you will be.

Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle. Try to keep it under your hat.

HOSPITAL SHIP (K-drama) 2017

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A story about young doctors that provide medical care to the locals who live in rural villages via hospital ship that sails around the little islands.

Main Cast: Ha Ji-won as Song Eun-Jae / Kang Min-hyuk as Kwak Hyun Lee Seo-won as Kim Jae-geol / Kim In-sik as Cha Joon-young.

I really like the premise of this drama; the adrenaline and the setup, as well as the introduction of the characters, were quite interesting. I cannot ignore the excitement for the whole team in the ship and was looking forward to their very own adventure.

However, forty episodes (30 mins. per episode) were too long for this drama, my excitement dies after facing some major flaws; unmoving short love triangle, the unnecessary comeback of retard ex-lover, and some hospital politics.  I would love to like the story if they just concentrate more about life on the ship which will accomplish the story itself to be unique and appealing.

Good points are; beautiful settings of the sea and island, their service for elderly patients, family matters resolved, the friendship, teamwork and pretty faces.

The hospital ship is now to disembark. Thank you.

Verdict: 8/10