Monday, June 28, 2010

Three Movies and a How to Deal Question

I've had the opportunity to watch three movies in theaters within the past two weeks: Karate Kid, Toy Story 3 and Knight and Day. Here are my thoughts on each:

Karate Kid 2010

A remake of the 80s classic movie Karate Kid. Without comparing it to the original movie, I'd say yeah, it's a good movie. Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan brings it on the big screen: a bit of comedy, a hint of drama and of course, some impressive martial arts moves. But boy I sure don't know why they call it Karate Kid. They should've called it Kung Fu Kid considering what Jackie Chan taught was Kung Fu not Karate. The tournament Jaden joined in was also kung fu. The only karate part was a clip where Jaden was shown imitating karate moves from the TV.

But compared to the original, I still say the original was way better. Daniel San and Mr. Miyagi = classic partnership. Miyagi also taught more moves to Daniel than Mr. Han did with Drei. Who could forget: Wax On, Wax Off; Paint Fence Side Side; Paint Fence Up Down; Sando Floor Left Right? I got bored with Mr. Han's Put It On, Take It Off, Pick It Up (The Jacket) training.  

And the fight scene, where Drei was up against the bully, man, I was so not impressed. It looked unbelievable. From the slo mo version, you can actually see that it looks as though the bully could've hit Drei if he didn't stand his ground, waiting for him to hit. Daniel San's Crane move was simpler but that was definitely good. There was suspense in it. Not like with the remake.

Toy Story 3

Tear jerker. The first two made me cry too. I can so relate with the story. Well I'm not a toy and I won't be outgrown so I'm sure you know that I'm talking about the boy, Andy, the owner of Woody and Buzz. When the first Toy Story was released, I was still a kid so I really grew up with this movie. And that's what the story was all about. Growing up and letting go.

Definitely worth watching. But I just saw this in 2D though. 3D is quite expensive. Plus it's just an added wow factor. I don't need to be impressed with 3D special effects.

Knight and Day
Tom Cruise in a rom com/action movie. Oh yeah, definitely worth watching. The story plot was also nice. It sure can appeal to girls' fantasies: meeting a good looking guy, having the chance opportunity to talk with him and already he's giving you butterflies in your stomach. But as it would turn out he's a spy who's literally going to whisk you away in a fast car and become your knight in shining armor, protecting you and rescuing you from the bad guys. I have to say, I wouldn't mind if the spy looked as gorgeous as Tom Cruise in this movie. Even at 40 something, he still looks good. So it's not a box office hit but come on, it's rival is Toy Story 3! Critics in Hollywood are just being too hard on Cruise. Personally, I think the love drunk couch jumping incident and his Scientology rants are not to blame for his less than stellar movie performance - in terms of revenue that is. Lions for Lambs and War of the Worlds they sucked. Lions for Lambs where he played a politician was boring with a capital B and to think Glenn Close was also in this movie. It's really the story that will make or break a movie.

Okay, now on to my How to Deal question. Here's another confession: I'm not a very sociable person. I'm often quiet and I prefer to run in small group circles. My personality has a mix of shyness and snobbishness to it. I'm only talkative when I finally feel close to someone. Now, someone wants to meet with me in person and I've only exchanged a few messages with this person, It's also so very new our exchanging of messages, less than a month old so when I was asked, alarm bells seriously rang in my head. A big part of my brain of course is screaming out 'Hell No!' but a small part is saying 'Go on. Try.' So my question is: How do I deal? Do I go? Do I not go? HELP!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Cup of Coffee and A Plate of Pasta to Beat the Blues

I indulged myself on Seattle's Best Coffee's Javakula Javachip and Pesto Pasta, twice last week. It helped me cope up with the past week. I've been feeling blue. Yes, until now but I've stopped stuffing myself with delicious foods. It's not nice to turn to food too much when you're feeling down. I realized that that's why despite the yumminess of this food, I quit while I still could. I don't want to add more pounds because that will only make me feel worse than I already do.

But you know what? For awhile back there, I realized that it's true what they say about food being comforting hence the term "comfort food" and that a cup of good coffee can lift your mood. r. It worked for me.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Week that Was

I finally finished the book I bought: How to be Single. I have to say it really was a very interesting story, a little bit heartbreaking as well but overall it was quite inspiring. What I loved most was how it all ended, how the five women developed a friendship with each other and the realization that dawned on the heroine... So how to be single? To be single is to learn to love yourself fiercely first and foremost. To love yourself like a lioness who protects her cubs.

I admit I hadn't always been like that with myself. I was always insecure and was always looking for the approval of others especially guys. This is not to say that I've completely changed. I sometimes still feel insecure but at least I'm more mature now. I try to shake off those insecurities and instead of noticing my flaws and focusing on those, I try to find something that I like about me. Take it from Samantha Jones who doesn't give a hoot about what others think of her. And no matter how many men she may get involved with, she doesn't forget to have a relationship with herself first and foremost.

And speaking of Samantha Jones, I watched Sex and the City 2 this afternoon with a couple of friends. I thought it was a nice movie. Not as great as the first one in terms of story but still nice. Gotta love the fashion of those ladies. I felt disappointed that they weren't able to give Aidan and Smith so much justice in terms of their appearance in the movie. There was also no sex which used to be a big part of what made Sex and the City a great show - and when I mean sex, I mean both physical and conversational. But no I wouldn't call it Sucks in the City as one critic had said.

 Love this outfit Carrie wore on the opening scene of SATC 2. So fierce!

The skirt I bought online also finally arrived just this Thursday. I saw it on another Multiply shop called Solamente Bianka. There are so many fabulous looking clothes there! And this is one of those that caught my eye:

It's called Stroll in the Park skirt. I thought the color combination is really pretty and cute. I couldn't forget this skirt after I saw it so I finally bought it. It's only P820. Totes love it!