The Fault In Our Stars | Official Trailer

I came to know this on Buzzfeed’s list of 16 books to read before they hit cinemas. I skimmed through it and checked to see which ones might strike an interest with me with the trailer and synopsis alone. This didn’t have a trailer yet in that list so I just read what’s the story about.

When I saw that the main character is afflicted with a dreaded disease, I had to stop and think. I definitely do not like stories where someone has a disease cause you’ll know what’s gonna happen to her/him at the ending. But this trailer shows it maybe pretty worthy to watch. The trailer is pretty good actually.

It does have that teenage love story feel though, which I think I’m quite too old for. But it’s just me.


Thoughts on 18 ways to make the best of your twenties

Thoughts on 18 ways to make the best of your twenties

This is nice but I have to make special mentions to these:

Coming out on no. 1 and 2 for me: Travel in your early twenties as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to take risks. [I’m so glad I did because having to go on my own overseas for the first time is a big risk. It was really fun though. It’s a nice big challenge to throw myself out there and find my ways as I explore the city for the first time as a tourist. And tackle language barriers, getting lost and finding my way. It’s one of the things I’m most proud of.]

3. Don’t stay at a job you hate. [ Enough said. I did twice, the other one was really pushing me. It was so unreasonable. They were really trying to pin me down so I would quit voluntarily. The other one was an all-out favoritism. Just couldn’t take it anymore.]

4. Learn to save money. [ I saved money and I spent my first ever savings to travel overseas. But I need more savings so I can travel more and save for the sake of saving. It’s a hard work indeed but when it’s there, it’s a super nice feeling to have accomplished it on my own, though sometimes with a bit of help. ]

5. Spend quality time with your friends that doesn’t involve going to a bar and texting other people. [ I saw some longtime high school friends just recently. I haven’t seen two of them for quite some time. It’s always nice to hang out with friends you grew up with because as Tom Hiddleston said, the friends that you grew up with are the friends who know you best. ]

6. Don’t worry about what others think of you. Act goofy and be embarrassing without shame. [ I don’t act goofy and I can’t really, but I’m a little weird. Some or most people think being quiet, having your own world is unfriendly, anti-social, lonely and boring. Some even think it’s is highly unsual when they see someone eating alone, quick to judge that person to be lonely and alone. I care not. I was once even called mute just because I don’t talk much just like what others do. This is probably the worst I’ve ever received from anyone. ]

7. Learn to embrace getting older and remember turning 30 is NOT the end of the world. [ Tom Hiddleston is one BIG inspiration to me about this. He’s so passionate and his outlook in things and anything are what makes him beautiful. I may be a little worried but I’m quite confident when it’s there, I won’t even care at all.]

8. Don’t waste time with getting into passive-aggressive fights, online or IRL. [ Ever since I got into the whole K-pop fandome, first with SS501’s Triple S, Shinhwa’s SHCJ, Tom Hiddleston’s Hiddlestoners; I never want to engage in any fandom online rumble just because this and that fandom wants to prove theirs are better than the other. And same goes with responsing to haters. Responding to them just feeds their ego and makes them feel good because they got your attention. ]

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JESSICA ZAFRA | The Best Filipino Films of 2013: SANA DATI – Against Romance

JESSICA ZAFRA | The Best Filipino Films of 2013: SANA DATI – Against Romance

I really have to point out the reference of Anton Chekhov’s dramatic principle called “Chekhov’s gun,” wherein it requires every element in a narrative be necessary and irreplaceable.

The only reason why the name Chekhov rings a bell to me is Tom Hiddleston. One of his plays in 2008 opposite Kenneth Branagh is an adaptation of Chekhov’s Ivanov where he portrayed Eugene Lvov. I am seriously discovering so many new things through Tom. This has never happened before. Oh my God. I want to tell him how thankful I am of him.

Back to Ivanov, I would really want to see Ivanov but I don’t think there’s any way. They don’t release DVDs for plays. If only producers in London would consider this for foreigners who can’t go all the way to London to watch personally.

I bet Jerrold Tarog was also inspired by Anton Chekhov. Well if only anyone could make adaptations to Chekhov’s plays here and maybe Shakespeare too.

I watched this during its Cinemalaya run and was totally blown away. Never been so in love with a local movie before. Never seen such delicate attention to details and how they’re so important to the story. It kept me guessing. And love the fluid connection and transition of past and present.

In any case, I need a DVD for ‘Sana Dati.’ Pretty please.

After all, it’s about words


I don’t necessarily agree to fast reading. Well others enjoy reading fast and want to finish a book in a day or one sitting. But reading doesn’t have to depend on the number of books one has read. I don’t think just because one has read 20,means he’s more well-read than another who has read 10 or 5. Reading is not supposed to be about numbers. After all, it’s about words.

I don’t read 20 or 30 books a year. I’m not the fast reader type and do not want to. I read in bed before going to sleep but not all the time. I actually would like to buy hardcover books but like what they say, they’re expensive so most that I have are paperback.

I don’t have a specific time to read too, other than before going to sleep. Sometimes, I read with coffee after dinner before I go home from work. But this also depends when I’m not in crunch mode, though my Dunkin Donuts coffee only costs PhP 35-45.

It would be interesting to try and just sit down and read for an hour in a specific time. But we all agree that we can’t read all the time. We have other things to do. Of course, I also want to watch my favorite TV show or watch a movie I missed at the cinemas, do chores and other things. Let’s face it, we always need to go online and be up to date with current events, culture, news, travel, lifestyle, entertainment and chat with friends too.


The thing is, I don’t like to read as fast as I can and read so many because I want the stories to remain in my mind for long. I read this study from The Independent on ‘Brain function ‘boosted for days after reading a novel.’ Here are some excerpts on the article.

Reading a gripping novel causes biological changes in the brain which last for days as the mind is transported into the body of the protagonist.

The new research, carried out at Emory University in the US, found that reading a good book may cause heightened connectivity in the brain and neurological changes that persist in a similar way to muscle memory. Being pulled into the world of a gripping novel can trigger actual, measurable changes in the brain that linger for at least five days after reading, scientists have said.

21 students took part in the study, with all participants reading the same book – Pompeii, a 2003 thriller by Robert Harris, which was chosen for its page turning plot.

Over 19 days the students read a portion of the book in the evening then had fMRI scans the following morning. Once the book was finished, their brains were scanned for five days after.

The neurological changes were found to have continued for all the five days after finishing, proving that the impact was not just an immediate reaction but has a lasting influence.

I’m more after the lasting influence of a book than how many books I’ve read. Say one has read 20 books a month, can one really retain most of it, more so the important parts of the story and characters? I don’t think so. Say, I ask him about this book he has read last month or two months ago, and during this time for example December he already has read 200. I would ask him, who the characters are, what’s the main conflict, why did this and that do this, what’s their intention and others. I’m pretty sure he would make mistakes. He’s gonna be mind boggled.

You were so into this book back in September, but forgot all about in December because you’ve read 500 books. Your thoughts will be cluttered with so many ideas and stories; that you can’t even put your finger on which is from this and that book or whose characters are these names popping out in your head.

My friend Rhea and I who used to watch Harry Potter movies together both read the books. We know who is who and what is what in the movies because we’ve read the books, because we didn’t fast-read and because the stories have been instilled with us. They have remained in our brains. However, this is not to say that we don’t make mistakes about whether this specific scene in the movie was in the book and others. So those who have read 500 or more books would make more mistakes, as memory retention is much harder.

Here’s the link to The Independent article: