Five Things (Reason: Secret)

I’m ending the month with mixed emotions and indecision.

I reposted THIS on my Facebook wall the other day because something happened that reminded me of past hurts. (But) It also reminded me that I got out of that situation phase unscathed. I mean, come on. I’ve been through it before so I should be wiser now, right? Hehe.

For my Friday Five, here are some lines relevant to what I am currently feeling.

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It’s a brand new month tomorrow. It’s my birthmonth tomorrow!

I have faith that things will be okay. I just hope my heart is in tune with God’s perfect timing. And with that, I shall leave you with this…

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Have a blessed December! Enjoy the rest of 2012. :o)

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listening to: The Arctic Monkeys – Baby I’m Yours

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Faith, Hope, Love (Part 2)

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Here are more of my favorite quotes about the three most important things in the world! 🙂

FAITH

“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.”
~ Max Lucado, He Still Moves Stones

“Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.”
~ Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: The Story of a Last Request

“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.”
~ Paul Tillich

“Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“There is nothing anti-intellectual in the leap of faith, for faith is not believing without proof but trusting without reservation.”
~ William Sloane Coffin Jr., Credo

HOPE

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
~ Epicurus

“When hope is fleeting, stop for a moment and visualize, in a sky of silver, the crescent of a lavender moon. Imagine it — delicate, slim, precise, like a paper-thin slice from a cabochon jewel. t may not be very useful, but it is beautiful. nd sometimes it is enough.”
― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

“You can’t eat hope,’ the woman said.
You can’t eat it, but it sustains you,’ the colonel replied.”
~ Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, El coronel no tiene quien le escriba

“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”
~ Václav Havel

“In an age of hope men looked up at the night sky and saw “the heavens.” In an age of hopelessness they call it simply “space.”
~ Peter Kreeft

“To believe and yet to have no hope is to thirst beside a fountain.”
~ Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fall on Your Knees

LOVE

“Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.

“Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”
~ John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.”
~ G.K. Chesterton

“I was always hungry for love. Just once, I wanted to know what it was like to get my fill of it — to be fed so much love I couldn’t take any more. Just once. ”
~ Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

“There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve.”
~ William S. Burroughs

“Love me sweet
With all thou art
Feeling, thinking, seeing;
Love me in the Lightest part,
Love me in full Being.”
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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To view PART 1, visit https://psychosomaticaddictinsane.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/faith-hope-love/

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listening to: Steve Aoki feat Lovefoxxx – Heartbreaker

Cybercrime Schmibercrime

“I accept that people are going to call me awful things everyday, and I will always defend their right to do so.” – Barack Obama

Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Law is now official. Not sure if it has already INDEED taken effect. I have a lot of things to say but because I don’t wanna go behind bars, this is the only statement I will make about it, and yes, you can even quote me on this—

My comment is “No comment”.

Hay, buti pa si Barack. Eh ‘yung presidente natin– na excuse me hindi ko binoto– errr… okay, Imma shut up now.

Good luck to all of us netizens! =\

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listening to: Bob Marley- Get Up, Stand Up

Of Waiting and Pagtingin Sa Mga Hayop

Was listening to a VCF podcast yesterday about praying and Pastor Robert said something about waiting for the perfect partner that caught my attention and tickled my funnybone.

He said (something like)…

“If you’re waiting for your perfect partner to come along, just chill. Huwag magmadali. Remember, Adam was put to sleep and when he woke up, Eve was already there. NAPAGOD MUNA SIYA SA KAKATINGIN SA MGA HAYOP bago sa kanya ibinigay si Eba.”

Wala lang. Nakakatawa lang. :p

I believe that we serve a God of perfect timings. I believe that very much. Lalo na ngayon.

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listening to: Kristinia DeBarge – Future Love

ZOMG TDKR!!!

Taking a break from my busy sched to talk about The Dark Knight Rises!

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Saw it on its 3rd screening day. The only avilable tickets were for 11:45pm. Quite late but we got them anyway. Couldn’t let the weekend pass without seeing Bruce Wayne aka Batman aka my one true love. :p

Somebody told me spoilers the day before and it fucking pissed me off. I will not do the same to you, so feel free to finish reading this post. 🙂

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I was sad to see the last of the Nolan-Bale collaboration end but I was relieved that they made a great end to the Dark Knight trilogy. Still, Batman Begins is my favorite (because I’m a sucker for firsts) and The Dark Knight is the best, just because it’s the darkest among the 3 aaaaannnddd Heath Ledger (RIP) was an amazing Joker.

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The news about the bombing in Colorado at the TDKR premiere was heartbreaking. If only Batman were real, I’m sure he’d take the bastard out and run him over with the Bat Pod. Christian Bale *swoons* visited the victims and it’s a reminder that a person doesn’t have to be a superhero to reach out.

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The friend I watched with is a Batman geek and he said that Anne Hathaway makes a terrific Catwoman, true to the comics. Well, I dunno. I’ve never read any of the comics but I agree that Hathaway on the Bat Pod is over the top hot!!! That’s the only part of the movie that rivaled my reaction upon seeing a shirtless Bruce Wayne. Christian Bale in American Psycho is the yummiest though.

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As you may have already noticed, this is more of a Christian Bale than a Batman post. Sorry. I’ve been crushing on Christian Charles Philip Bale since 1994. He’s Laurie in Little Women— the guy that Jo March (Winona Ryder) friendzones and marries the youngest March sister. In real life, Christian married Sibi Blazic– Winona’s make-up artist/p.a. in Little Women. Lucky bitch.

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Okaaayyy… going back to TDKR, the rest of the cast was superb. Yaaaaay for Michael Caine (Alfred Pennyworth), Joseph Gordon Levitt (Blake. Another hottie!), Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon), Marion Cotillard (Miranda Tate) and Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox). Boooo Tom Hardy! But kudos to him for gaining x number of pounds just to play Bane.

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* If you haven’t seen TDKR yet, stop right here. Thanks for reading. If you already saw it, read on.

Here are my favorite lines from TDKR…

Roland Daggett: You’re pure evil!
Bane: I’m necessary evil.

Batman: No guns, no killing.
Catwoman: Where’s the fun in that?

Selina Kyle: Do you think this is gonna last? There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.

Bane: When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die.

Bruce Wayne: I’m not afraid. I’m angry.

Bruce Wayne: That’s a brazen costume for a cat burglar.

Bane: doesn’t matter who we are… what matters is our plan. No one cared who I was until I put on the mask.

Bane: I wondered what would break first. Your spirit? Or your body?

Alfred: You see only one end to your journey. Sometimes, a man rises from the darkness.

Blake: When you cleaned up the streets, you’ve cleaned them good. Pretty soon we’ll be chasing down over-due library books.

Al Ghul: If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal… you become something else entirely. A legend, Mr. Wayne, a legend!

I CAN’T WAIT TO WATCH TDKR AGAIN!!! 😀

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listening to: Rihanna – Where Have You Been

Let’s play tennis!

Friends With Benefits is your average rom-com with 2 “emotionally-damages” yuppies agreeing to a no strings attached arrangement and eventually choosing to be in a committed relationship. Career (mis)adventures and family quirks happen in between carnal rampage and falling in love. And of course, there’s always a sick or dying person to tell one of the characters that you have to recognize and cherish the love of your life. Do not let that person slip away. Classic.

I suggest you see this movie in the big screen if you:

1. have a crush on Justin Timberlake (most def brought sexy back)
2. have a crush on Mila Kunis (sorry, she was hotter in Black Swan)
3. have fallen in love with a close or best friend (dun dun dun…),
4. and/or have been in a no-emotions kind of thing (DUNNNNNNN!!!!).

Needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway, I saw the movie because of
some of those reasons. Including #2. :p Whaaaattt? I think seeing her ass is better than seeing JT’s. Hehe.

By the way, this is waaaaaaaay better than Kutcher and Portman’s No Strings Attached.

I almost did not watch FWB as I was afraid that it would bring forth a storm of emotions I couldn’t deal with. With No Other Woman also being screened, I couldn’t help but remember my dark ages. HARHARHAR. Anyway, I watched Friends With Benefits on the same day I saw Next to Normal , that after the beautiful yet depressing play, I had to watch something that would make me laugh my heart out.

I watched it with Joko who I am sure did not watch it because of reason #4. LOLOLOLOLOL

Dylan: “Why do women think the only way to get a man to do what they want is to manipulate him?”
Jamie: “History, personal experience, romantic comedies.”

We both loved the soundtrack especially the songs by Foster The People’s Pumped Up Kicks and Semisonic’s (yep, not Third Eye Blind’s) Closing Time. She liked Woody Harrelson’s character as Justin’s gay colleague and I liked Modern Family’s Luke as JT’s nephew. And of course, we were both amused (and amazed) by some lines. I even had a moment when I shouted, “Teka, I know that line! I fucking know that line!”.
I even tweeted that I found Friends With Benefits more depressing than Next to Normal. That’s an exaggeration, of course. But fine, some scenes made me wonder why our story did not end with a flashmob and a horse-drawn carriage ride. 🙂

Anyway. To explain this entry’s title.

Jamie: “I miss sex.”
Dylan: “I miss sex too.”
Jamie: “I mean sometimes you just need it.”
Dylan: “Why does it always have to come with complications?”
Jamie: “And emotion!”
Dylan: “It’s a physical act, like playing tennis.”
Jamie: “Do you want more beer?” (Bends over, giving Dylan a clear view of her bottom)
Dylan: “Let’s play tennis!”

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Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) think it’s going to be easy to add the simple act of sex to their friendship, despite what Hollywood romantic comedies would have them believe. They soon discover however that getting physical really does always lead to complications.

Source: IMDB

(as if you needed this after everything I just said! hahahahahahaha!)

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listening to: Kris Kross – Jump

Next to Normal is Next to Perfect

The only thing I knew about Next to Normal before I saw it last Saturday was that the main character’s cuckoo. Okay, wait. Two things. That I also had to bring a lot of tissue because it will make me bawl like a baby.

True enough, the main character has bipolar disorder and this sickness creates a myriad of issues in her family. The play also deals with drug abuse, young love, suicide and coping mechanisms. Kudos to the cast especially to Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Jett Pangan who played the parts of manic depressive Diana and the steadfast husband Dan Goodman. They’re both stellar! Absolute theatre gems! They managed to make me cry and the rest of the audience several times. In fact, there was a guy behind us who started crying in the first 15 minutes of the play. Even my friend Ralph couldn’t help but cry.

Felix Garcia as Gabriel was an effective figment of imagination/haunting past. His eyes conveyed fear, laughter, menace, grief in all the right scenes. Bea Garcia as Natalie did great as a troubled teen and I liked her except for the first few minutes of the show when her voice was a bit raspy. Markki Stroem as Henry (Nat’s devoted boyfie) was cute and sweet and I loved his voice. I wish he was singing Perfect For You to me. Hehe. :p And Jake Macapagal as Dr. Madden looked like a rockstar psychiatrist indeed!

The set design was fantastic. The music was captivating. The songs were gripping. I’ve been listening to all the songs since morning (Thank you, internet!) and I have a feeling I’d still be listening to ’em for the rest of the week.

I guess the reason why I found this play next to perfect is because I am able to relate to the lines delivered even if I do not have a manic depressive mother or a tree hugger for a boyfriend. I’m going to end this entry by posting my most favorite line.

And before it, I am inviting all of you to catch Next to Normal at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Building, Makati. I think it’s going to run until the 16th of the month. I know my opinion doesn’t really count because I’m not really the best person to talk about theatre (and other forms of art for that matter) so I’m going to give you some facts to convince you. Next to Normal opened in Broadway in April ’09, was nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards and won three, Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. It also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming just the eighth musical in history to receive the honor.

And now to my favorite line. I like it so much that I even wrote it down, took a picture of it and played with it.

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listening to: Next to Normal – Make Up Your Mind / Catch Me I’m Falling

13 Most Memorable Quotes From Steve Jobs

I’ve never been an Apple fan but when I woke up yesterday to the message that Steve Jobs died, a part of me was deeply saddened. It’s always a sad thing when someone with great influence leaves.

Goodbye to the man who shaped the world of technology with his brilliance and motivated a lot of people to want and become more.

I don’t have any extra-special tribute for the man like photos of a collection of Apple products, heck the only Apple product I owned was a 1st gen iPod Shuffle, but I’d like to share the 13 most memorable quotes from the beloved icon.

On computers

“It takes these very simple-minded instructions—‘Go fetch a number, add it to this number, put the result there, perceive if it’s greater than this other number’––but executes them at a rate of, let’s say, 1,000,000 per second. At 1,000,000 per second, the results appear to be magic.”

[Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985]

On design

“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

[BusinessWeek, May 25, 1998]

The best sales line ever?

“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?”

[The line he used to lure John Sculley into becoming Apple’s CEO, according to Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple]

On character

“I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year…. It’s very character-building.”

[Apple Confidential 2.0]

On good design

“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

[BusinessWeek, May 25, 1998]

On his outlook

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”

[The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993]

On his role at Apple

“This is not a one-man show. What’s reinvigorating this company is two things: One, there’s a lot of really talented people in this company who listened to the world tell them they were losers for a couple of years, and some of them were on the verge of starting to believe it themselves. But they’re not losers. What they didn’t have was a good set of coaches, a good plan. A good senior management team. But they have that now.”

[BusinessWeek, May 25, 1998]

Having pride in your product

Playboy: “Are you saying that the people who made PCjr don’t have that kind of pride in the product?”

Jobs: “If they did, they wouldn’t have made the PCjr.”

[Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985]

He’ll always come back

“I’ll always stay connected with Apple. I hope that throughout my life I’ll sort of have the thread of my life and the thread of Apple weave in and out of each other, like a tapestry. There may be a few years when I’m not there, but I’ll always come back.”

[Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985]

Have faith in the future

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

[Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

On your working life

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

[Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

On the importance of death

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.”

[Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

Don’t sit still

“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

[NBC Nightly News, May 2006]

Goodbye, Mr. Jobs. Thank you for the wonderful things you have created. I hope that you are now happy with THE ONE who created you. =,)

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images from 9gag.com

quotes from Business Insider

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listening to: nothing

Emax Love Love Love Love!

“To find a career to which you are adapted by nature, and then to work hard at it, is about as near to a formula for success and happiness as the world provides. One of the fortunate aspects of this formula is that, granted the right career has been found, the hard work takes care of itself. Then hard work is not hard work at all.”

~ Mark Sullivan

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I celebrated my 4th year in Eperformax last September 21. =)

I had no idea four years back that I will grow to love this company so much.

Photo from my old blog: thebluegreenanalogy

I am proud to say that Emax has made me a more passionate, empowered, resourceful, flexible, optimistic, results-oriented and motivated person. Haha, I just spelled out PERFORM, one of the many acronyms we have here in the office. :p

Photo from our 2009 Christmas party. I was a Passion Awardee! :p

I have been very blessed to work with an energetic and talented bunch of colleagues. Team Recruitment has been through a lot– referral programs, mall activations, mall fairs, campus fairs, tv guestings (lol) and gulungan sa putik to name a few.

Photo from our 2011 Team Building in Lorreland

I have been loving Emax for 4 years and counting.

Thank You God for this gift! =)

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listening to: The Cure – Just Like Heaven

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