TREAT ME LIKE.

I know that treating someone how they treat you is passive-aggressive behavior, meaning we are not being honest at all about our own feelings. Simply, we are just reacting to what happens around us without being open and facing the issues.  At some point in our life, we are guilty of this behavior, possibly because when we have treated badly, we want to pay them back, and of course, they don’t like it, just like we don’t.

They said,how others treat you is a reflection and we teach others how to treat us.  Some people interpret and understand the behavior of others, and some cannot.

Now, it is in our responsibility to allow or not to allow such nerve breaking treatment and it’s up to us if we are going to clear and let them understand how we want to be treated, or just continuously treat them the way they have treated us.

You will be the one to decide after all.

ROOFTOP PRINCE (K-drama 2012)

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After the death of the Crown Prince Lee Kak’s wife, the Crown Prince transports 300 years into the future and arrives in 21st century Seoul, South Korea with his retainers. In the present day Seoul, the Crown Prince meets Joo Se-Na, who has an uncanny resemblance to his deceased Princess.

Rooftop Prince has always been my FIRST LOVE.

The story is indeed full of surprises, u-turns and even revelations that would soak your heart with excitement and attention. Happy scenes are overwhelming too, it was full of passion, sweet and the romance was epic.

I would love to take some notes of the scenes that I think is poignant and unforgettable.

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The Crown Prince and his gang.
The time when the Joseon boys time traveled from 300 years back to modern life.  It was all then started their various misadventures.
Who would forget this funny scene inside the elevator? It was so hilarious!
The two people brought by FATE even it would take a hundred years.

  He was looking lovingly, right at her, while in the same moment, she was stunned speechless as she watched him fade in and out of sight.

This got me right in the heart.

Some people say that the ending is vague, as they let the viewers find their own thoughts and conclusion. For me, Although the Prince thought his mission was to solve the princess’ murder, it was really to meet Park Ha in another dimension. The story has just ended up really being about the love between a Joseon prince and his true love lady.

I would love to watch this drama again.

Verdict: 10/10

NEW YOU

Burying something is quite backbreaking, but if we wanted to change ourselves to a new “me”, then let’s claim the certainty.

I appreciate the bad and the good events in my life. I appreciate the people around me; my family, friends, workmates, and strangers. I appreciate what I had and couldn’t have.

Thank you, Lord, for everything! The last year was challenging but full of blessings.

Happy New Year everyone!!

CHILDREN’S MAGIC

No doubt, our days have been occupied with a lot of things for Christmas celebration, and oftentimes we lost sight of the real meaning of it. Christmas, as we all know, is the celebration of the birth of our Jesus Christ and we should remind ourselves that this season brings magic to the eyes of Children.

Let’s surround ourselves with them and get infected with their real joy and excitement.

Indeed, Christmas is truly blessed when we still have the same warm feelings we had as Children. Enjoy the season and be like a happy child. ❤️

TO LOVE IS TO BE VULNERABLE

To love at all is to be vulnerable.

Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrong and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.

But in that casket-safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will not change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, and irredeemable.

 C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

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CHRISTMAS IN THE PHILIPPINES

It’s my second Christmas here in the Philippines after nine years of working as an expat from Dubai. Obviously, there is no holiday celebration from any Middle East County, as far as I know, some Christian employees still tend to work on Christmas day, lucky for those who can excuse themselves from their employers and have a considerate co-worker to change shifts is a plus.

I feel favored that I can still go home without any issues from my workplace.  I cannot compare the celebration here with family and old friends, than in a place surrounded by fabulous lights and mighty buildings, but cannot see those familiar faces I long to be with.

So what it is like to celebrate Christmas in the Philippines? How do we Filipinos celebrate?

Well, I think nothing is different aside from that we welcome the spirit of Christmas from the first day of September (BER months) and does not end until the first week of January.  We begin to decorate the houses, establishments, and streets with Christmas ornaments. You can even hear early Christmas songs played on the radio and in the shopping malls.

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Christmas Party and gift giving are always part of the Christmas celebration. Parties are celebrated with friends, business institutions, family gathering, and reunions.

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Games for kids and adults.

While some are familiar with the Western tradition of leaving empty socks or stockings for Santa Claus to fill up with goodies while being a good kid.  Filipinos also have some customs and traditions on how we enjoy this season.

Simbang Gabi or Misa De Gallo.

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 One of the oldest Christmas traditions of Pinoy.  It is the nine-day dawn masses that start on December 16 and end on Christmas Day. We believe that when we complete the 9 straight days of Simbang Gabi, God will grant our prayers.

Caroling. 

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I love this when I was still young.  We are always excited when September comes. From our neighborhood to another street, we never get tired of visiting different houses while singing all the Christmas songs again and again just to receive a pamasko (cash gift).

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One of the exciting activities at Christmas is the exchange gifts. Each participant has his/her own secret Santa who gives them gifts. This could be done in schools, homes, organizations, friends, and community.

Christmas is much celebrated everywhere in the world and it is unique among all the holidays and birthdays that we recognize. Why, because Christmas is not all about the gifts under the tree, the cash bonus we may receive from our employers, who has the best Christmas decorations, the dinner celebration, but it’s all about the season of great joy, where God shows his great love to us.

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PLAYFUL KISS (K-drama 2010)

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Based on the popular manga, Oh Ha Ni is a clumsy student who falls for the perfectionist, Baek Seung Jo. However, Seung Jo is indifferent towards her and rejects her love. When Ha Ni’s house collapses, she and her father move into his long-time friend’s house. It turns out that Seung Jo is the friend’s son and Ha Ni is given the opportunity to be near the guy she loves.

There really isn’t much I can say about this drama other than the plot is shallow, but the characters were fun and cute. I think it was enough to justify the show when you expressly enjoyed only the pretty faces of the actors.

In this drama, all you can do is just sit back, don’t mind the empty shell of the story, feel the spirit of being young at heart and enjoy some of the exciting lovely moments.

Verdict: 7/10

Going Home

I arrived at the Philippine airport safely 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 canceled 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.

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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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!