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style and labels.

I was surfing through fashion pages when I came across an article about a simple mom writing about her Prada shopping experience. Of course, I got a little curious how she did her writing while standing in a fitting room room with mirrors on all four sides (I’m thinking she’s using a smartphone or something, not a pen and paper). As I read along, she recounts how she got into the situation, and how she fared in the shopping spree. Well, I must admit the shopping experience was priceless, at any rate. I mean, which apparel shop would offer you cappuccino the moment you step into the store? And I doubt I’d spend two hours in a single store just to decide which clothing to buy.

As the writer relates her experiences in wearing expensive clothing, shoes (Manolo Blahnik—a brand I only discovered through Sorority Life in FB, haha), and bag (she bought a $1,500 Louis Vuitton bag), I realized that the writer was simply confirming some of my own ideas about wearing labels/branded stuff. Most people (well, I’m referring to the middle-class people) notice first the style or design of what you wear, not the brand itself (sad, isn’t it?). But of course, that applies to stuff that don’t have the brand name plastered all over it. People can’t tell if you’re wearing Mango, Zara, Liz Claiborne unless you show them the label or something.

Then there’s also the additional burden of being cautious whenever you carry around highly-expensive stuff, for fear of being a victim of theft. You can’t be absent-minded, since you know exactly the value of those stuff you buy. One can feel wealthy and modish wearing clothing from stylish brands, but I find turning inexpensive pieces into a fine and smashing outfit to be more interesting.

If you’re interested in reading Kyran Pittman’s article, here’s a link to it:  Splurging for Fashion.

theme songs and movies.

I’m not really into trendy music (by that I mean songs that have become mainstream now), so I don’t know what new singles are out there right now. After having seen The Sorcerer’s Apprentice a few weeks back, the theme song “Secrets” by OneRepublic remains in my head. The nice tune and lyrics really got me hooked to the song.

Somehow I find it interesting that theme songs (or any song in the OST) can somehow make or break a movie. If the theme song is memorable, people would most likely associate the song with the film, thereby never letting people forget the movie. So far, I can remember a few movies (most are my favorites) just because I find the theme songs memorable—Anastasia, Beauty and the Beast, If Only, Sound of Music, The Phantom of the Opera, 13 Going on 30—and the list goes on. And I’d like to think it works the other way around, too—that songs have become memorable just because of a movie I’ve seen.

An “A” for A-Team

I really wasn’t planning to watch a movie today, since I just wanted to stay home, rest, and enjoy the long weekend. When our dad “sort of” dropped a hint (well, that’s how I interpreted his asking where my cousins were going for the afternoon), I knew I just had to tell my brothers to convince our dad to go out and watch a movie. My younger brother wanted to watch A-Team, a movie which I had been waiting for but I had no idea it was already out in the cinemas. After a “pleading” act from my brothers (hehe), our dad agreed to our plan. Our dad doesn’t really like going out very often, since he thinks going to the movies cost a little too expensive (and meaningless). But since one of our cousins sponsored our movie-going escapade today with the Citibank promo, dad was a lot more comfortable with the idea of watching a movie.

We had dinner at Penang Hill (a Malay-Asian restaurant) before the movie—the food at Penang Hill was great (will try to blog about the food experience some other time). When we entered the cinema, the trailers had already started playing. I actually make it a point to be early for the movies so I can watch the trailers, but this time I only managed to catch a few—Knight and Day, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Inception… I forgot the rest. XD

Okay, now for the real review for A-Team. From the trailer alone, I was aware that it’s a pure-action movie, a genre that I’m not really into. But A-Team is one of those action movies that don’t get too violent or too boring over time. It has a good blend of humor, cleverness and wit, subtle romance, action, and drama. Chances are, if you’ve visited the Wikipedia page of A-Team (even now, I still haven’t!), you’d already know the story. But I would love to watch the film a second time; I enjoyed that movie that much, just as I liked Prince of Persia (because Jake’s so cute).

Below is my short and incomplete analysis of A-Team. There are details about the movie contents, so if you don’t wish to read the spoilers, you can stop reading here. My conclusion for the movie is an “A.” Dialogues, sound effects, and cinematography are amazing. I definitely loved the actors as well—they were great.

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*Spoiler Alert* – The following text may contain spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie (but you are planning to), I suggest you don’t read it now. Perhaps when you’ve finished watching the movie?

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The tag line for the posters for A-Team is “There is no Plan B,” which sums up how clever the characters were. Hannibal Smith’s plans are so precise, detailed, crazy, and ultimately, effective. His well-thought out plans are executed to the dot. At the moment it sounds all-too-unrealistic, but if you analyze the way they operate, they’re all simply geniuses (in their own way, of course). The members of A-Team adapt well into their situation, especially when things don’t go as planned.

One of my favorite things in the movie is the strong bond and close relationship between the members of A-Team. They implicitly trust each other; it’s as if they know A-Team would rescue them when something goes wrong in their operation. Of course, when they all met for the first time, they had doubts on each other’s abilities, but since their first mission, they had formed a deep and lasting bond (even prison couldn’t separate them forever). Their differing personalities totally complementary. There’s Hannibal, who is the head of A-Team—the serious and collected thinker who develops the plan for their mission. Then there’s Faceman Peck, a smart, flirty ladies’ man. B.A. Baracus, is the hot-headed big guy of the group, who totally hates flying. H. M. Murdock, meanwhile, is a quiet but skilled pilot who has a loose screw in his head. The coolest (not to mention the funniest) scenes, I think, in the movie are those that include Murdock flying planes and helicopters, and B.A.’s expressions upon discovery that Murdock will be piloting. But despite B.A.’s dislike of Murdock’s piloting skills, it’s only Murdock who can calm B.A. so quickly, just by offering to cook B.A.’s favorite dishes.

The cinematography, dialogues and sound effects are perfect, at least to me. The angles from which the scenes were taken were great; they made the film more dynamic than it already is. The spoken lines were just too funny to ignore. Here’s a list of some of the lines I tried to remember (may not be the accurate words):

“They’re trying to fly a tank.” —> Jessica Biel’s character. Where have you seen a flying tank?

“I forgot how beautiful you are.” —> from Faceman, a common yet effective punchline!

“First, there’s distraction, then diversion, and division.” —> Faceman again. I must admit, it makes sense.

“He’s a patient here.” —> a nurse from the hospital spoke of Murdock, who had just finished stitching up B.A.’s gun wound.

“You look very… tanned.” —> from Hannibal. He trapped Faceman in the tanning machine to help him escape from his maximum-security prison.

“Just when I got serious, you panicked, and you ran.” —> Faceman talking to his ex (Jessica Biel’s character).

That’s what I could remember so far. I wasn’t actively memorizing the lines throughout the movie. I wasn’t even planning to write a review until I started watching the film. XD The ending is somewhat open ended, I hope there’s a sequel for this or something. Or not. This movie is one great movie; it really cheered up my gloomy mood. The film drew out a lot of smiles and laughs from me, even from the inconsequential details.

As for the actors, I applaud them for doing such a great job. I saw Bradley Cooper for the first time in Alias, but he didn’t look as appealing as he did in A-Team. And oh—-his unusual-shade light blue eyes are to die for! He just looked so…. cute and cool! Liam Neeson did well; I didn’t know he could pull off a role like Hannibal Smith. He looked very different that I even mistook him as Harrison Ford! Quinton Jackson and Sharlto Copley I’m not familiar with, but their funny interactions were crazy! Copley’s attempt in pretending to be mentally ill in a psychiatric facility (just moments before he was “rescued” by the A-Team) was hilarious! Having the pretty Jessica Biel on set to add a small romance scene was great—she’s simply a good actress, is all. It’s refreshing to watch an action film that contains very little romance, such that the romance doesn’t necessarily affect the outcome of the story.

I’ll cut my review here, since I think I”ve already written about the important aspects of the movie that I really liked. =) Thanks for reading! ^^v

I’ve been working as a 3D modeler for about five weeks now, and everytime I need to do interior designs, I would sometimes try to get ideas from the Net on which furniture and lamps to use for the model. Of course, creating 3D models would be far easier if I have a photo of an object I wish to model, rather than to create one without any reference photo. With reference photos, I get an idea of the approximate sizing or dimensions of the object, so it’s easier to visualize if the object will fit into the scene I’m trying to make.

As advised by one of my employers, I check out some specific furniture-makers’ websites to see the things they offer to clients and designers. But that’s when I have a lot of time on my hands. When pressed for time, I would rely on a online shopping site to find appropriate furniture and lighting fixtures. By appropriate I mean furniture that are used for specific rooms or spaces. So far, I’ve been assigned to model bedrooms and living spaces, so I need to look for attractive beds, lamps, and armchairs.  Looking through online shopping websites is, in my opinion, quite practical and time-saving, since I know the things I see online are readily available in the market. Should my employers or the clients ask about the furniture I’ve included in the model scene, I can tell them right away where to find them. They can check the details and pricing of the furniture at their leisure, and even browse other pages if they would prefer something else. Now that I think of it, I realize that the Internet has become such a valuable place for us 3D modelers. Don’t you think so?

summer’s end

Wow. I haven’t been really writing (blogging) lately. After the thesis, I just didn’t feel like blogging for a while. I basically spent much of my time playing a game—Luna Online. It got me hooked for a while (about two months) before the novelty wore off. I mean, I still like playing, but the leveling speed isn’t fast at my current level.  My character requires sixteen (yes, 1-6) hours to level up, so I figured I shouldn’t play too often now. I just feel so…. tired and useless when I play all day.

Which reminds me the purpose of this entry. Well, I just got a job—an apprenticeship in an architectural firm in Pasig. It’s a small firm, around 10 employees/summer interns; and the office is small and cozy. I feel quite excited for work (although the stipend disappointed me), since the firm focuses on residential projects. I’ve always wanted to start working on residentials. XD

I was a little depressed earlier today when my aunt called. She wanted me to meet a friend/acquaintance of her, who was involved in construction/architecture, or something like that. My aunt said that the firm was a big one, but they had foreign contacts (German, Chinese, etc.), so she figured it would be a good opportunity for me. Sadly, I had to reject that offer since I already said “yes” for my new work. The principal architect had mentioned that many had applied for their firm, but none (so far) had taken up their offer of apprenticeship. I didn’t want to disappoint the architect by backing out of my “promise” to show up next week Thursday. Besides, the principal already introduced me to the staff, who all seem nice. Another reason why I rejected the offer was that I didn’t want to end up like my sister, who had difficulty (perhaps hesitant would be a better word) in resigning from her work because her (previous) boss was an acquaintance of our aunt. I know my aunt means well, but I don’t want to end up staying in a company where I’m not satisfied or happy with what I do. But anyway, I did explain to my aunt why I don’t want to even try meeting up with her friend, and she’s fine with that. I simply told her that I’m just starting out, so I want to gain experience in the small firm. If I don’t like it, then that’s the time I’ll take on her offer (if it still stands by then XD).

So, technically, since I’m to start next week Thursday (because I’ll  be away for camp on Monday till Wednesday), there’s no vacation for me anymore. The only vacation trip that I’ll be taking would be next week’s Powercamp, and after that I’ll prolly be working nonstop. Weekends are reserved for rest and choir rehearsal. Maybe I should really put my Starbucks planner to good use and get myself (and my life) organized.

shopping at shopwiki

I have been an online shopper for, what, two years? Mind you, I don’t shop very often… just once or twice a year. And I shop at only one website anyway.  But when I came across the Shopwiki website a few minutes ago, I find their website quite interesting. It’s not at all the same with the website where I buy my stuff. Shopwiki has a clean and no-nonsense webpage design (which I appreciate, considering I prefer minimalistic designs); it loads quickly because of it. And oh~ so many photos of the items being sold. And so many available items! Books, clothes, arts and crafts, music, among others. =) There are even DVDS of Japanese animés and manga boxed sets!

Being the art-enthusiast that I am, I immediately clicked on the Arts and Crafts section, and saw a selection of items on Ink Art (under Drawing category). I suddenly remembered the time when I tried Chinese brush painting at a summer class a few years back. Although I’m not very good at it, I still hope to get myself a set of brush and ink (and the appropriate paper to go along with that). Soon. Just…. not at the moment. Hahaha. I am trying to hold on to my New Year’s resolution of not spending on things I do not need right now. Perhaps when I find a job after graduation. XD I’ll just add a brush and ink set to my wishlist for 2010!

The Knit Scarves also happened to catch my eye. There are some items showing actual knitted items and books on how to knit. I remember I’ve tried knitting for a time when I was younger, but alas, I couldn’t get past a single chain. Not that I was bad at it that I decided to stop. The Internet had yet to exist when I tried my hand on it, therefore I had very limited resources on how to learn to do it properly. I’m thinking of trying it again this year, primarily because I wanted to make my own scarf (and perhaps some for my family and friends too–if I can). It’s quite rare for someone who lives in the city–like me–to find a really nice and comfy scarf in malls. But then again, should I fail to make a decent scarf, there’s always Shopwiki. Ooooh~ I see a nice, blue scarf from Forzieri. Tsk. I hope I can someday shop online and not worry about custom duties whatnot. XD

I find Shopwiki (on overall) a really nice place to shop online–the items link to the seller’s website, in case the buyer would like to see more information and photos of a specific item. There are even pages dedicated for guides in buying specific items, like Digital Cameras. I think this is the first time I’ve seen an online shopping site have that kind of feature. Browsing through the page on cameras and accessories, I just remembered to include a camera tripod for my wishlist. And a Nikon DSLR. It is a wishlist anyway.

Things/items are categorized properly, and searches can be made using keywords (that’s in case you don’t know in which category the item you want belongs to). The prices of items are shown according to several sellers’ offers, so the buyer can proceed to whichever seller has the lowest price for the item. If I were the Becky Bloomwood sort of shopaholic, plus a Luke Brandon partner, I just might go online shopping right now.

I actually want to write about a lot of stuff, but since I’m still on my sembreak, I just want to enjoy my free time doing anything without my dad scolding me. Haha! Well, I basically spent much of my break surfing the Net, going to malls to shop and hang out, attending conventions (including PICCA Fest and Komikon), reading comics and Japanese manga, downloading and watching Glee and 90210 Season 2, and so on. I’m having a blast, really. I wasn’t required to think about my thesis more than necessary–I still think about it every now and then, but at least it’s not the only thing occupying my mind. XD I barely gave a thought to it for the past two weeks, which is why I’m sure I’ve got my work cut out for me when I go back to school on Thursday. Oh well. At least I have time to enjoy my birthday, since classes will just have started by then. =p

Anyways, not writing on WP doesn’t mean I’ve nothing new to share. My multiply page have new albums, which I often put short descriptions of the event or activities. You can check out my multiply page to see the new photos (but you’ll have to be my contact in order to gain access–security reasons). =) Knowing full well that anything I post online can be accessed and seen by anyone, so I limit distribution to only my close friends, family, and acquaintances. I don’t want some unknown person claiming my works (especially the really nice practice shots) to be theirs. Plagiarism is a messy issue.

Anyway. An update on my thesis—I managed to get a few new data which I can add to the book–statistics and stuff. But I haven’t gotten around to editing my book. Perhaps tomorrow? I shall savor the remaining days of sembreak before I go back to the unpleasant, sleepless nights because of thesis. I’ve enrolled for three subjects this coming semester, so I guess I have more time to work on my thesis. Sadly, my GWA didn’t make it to 1.75, so I’ll have to say goodbye to my dream of graduating as cum laude. T.T Well, I never wanted to believe it so, but I suppose it’s better to accept it now than later. At least I have time to get accustomed to that fact. The only consolation I get is the knowledge that my semestral grade last sem was 1.36-something-something. It’s the highest semestral grade I ever got during my 4-1/2 years in college. XD Plus the fact that I got a flat 1.0 on Statistics–a Math subject! I was really surprised by that, but of course, I exerted extra effort on that. I even er–arbored my brother’s current Statistics book just to study the lessons. XD It was such a wonderful blessing to me, considering I’ve never really liked Math before. I realize now that graduating with honors is pretty much the same as graduating without–what matters is that I graduated, knowing I did the best I could, in the way I knew how. Well–that phrase sounds odd, even to me, but that’s exactly how I feel right now. Now I’ve only got two months left–if our thesis adviser would get her way–to work on my architectural drawings. I just hope I’ll survive through the next two months. XD

ideas, ideas, ideas.

Yet another absence of blog activity. Haha. I’m actually taking a break from thesis revisions, primarily because my brain’s not motivated enough to do work today. XD I managed to get a bit done though… the design philosophy and objectives I wrote seems to capture my ideals for my project. I just hope what I’ve written can be translated into a 3-dimensional structure. Getting a bit of work done in the most difficult aspect of designing–conceptual analysis–is a heady feeling. Really. It’s like… all the ideas stored at the back of my mind have finally decided to come forth. Like a “Eureka!” moment. Hahaha.

And despite all the rantings I’ve done on my thesis and the anxiousness I’m feeling right now because of the incomplete work I’ve done on my thesis book, I still feel happy. Happy because I’ve discovered many things throughout the production of my thesis, and that I’m continuously (endlessly) learning about so many things. Every time I read an article, new ideas just pop into my mind. And now there are so many of them that I couldn’t record or write them all down. Ah, such are the problems of an excessively lazy person. I have to bring a pen and a notebook with me at all times just so I have NO EXCUSE not to write my ideas down. XD

Anyway, I’d better get back to work. I’m hoping (yes, hoping) I could get at least the narrative work on chapter 7 done by tonight. And perhaps read a bit of literature for chapter 2. And complete the missing requirements in chapter 5.

Or I could simply stick to chapter 7 for now. *sigh*

Photowalk photos

Photos I had taken during yesterday’s worldwide photowalk are uploaded in my Flickr account. A select few are in my multiply account. ^.^v

UP prof quotable quotes

Our sub (substitute) prof in ETAR shared a few of the so-called “UP Professors’ Quotable Quotes.” I searched for them online while on a break from thesis, and I reposted the funny ones (at least to me). XD The funniest ones to me are the first few ones.

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“The human body is 70% water. Kaya wala kayong saysay lahat. Pag may kaaway ka, sabihin mo sa kanya, TUBIG KA LANG! TUBIG!” – Dr. Recio

“Deep Breathly…” -Prof. Sabado, PE

Class: Sir, sa exams po ba nagbibigay kayo ng partial points?
Prof: Hmm.. if i see partial wisdom

Terror prof after an exam (last day na din ng class..): “Ok class.. see you next sem!”

“Naku! Sikmuraan kita sa batok eh!”

“Oo, nagpapaulan ako ng uno. Bakit? Aanhin ko ba yun? Di naman ako yayaman dun.” – Sir Atoy Navarro (histo1)

“It’s okay to smoke inside my class. As long as you don’t breathe it out.” – Dr. Obsioma, Biodiversity

“Class, for your FYI..”

“Class, love is MASTICAL. MYSTICAL + MAGICAL = MASTICAL” -Prof. Tiamson, Spanish

“Bawal kang ma-pressure…hindi ka GAS.” and  “Bawal kang ma-excite…hindi ka ELECTRON.”

“I don’t give surprise long exams. all exams are announced. Halimbawa, Class, mageexam tayo, NGAYON NA!” – Ma’am Chei

“You may wear anything you want to wear. People are not supposed to be judged by the clothes they wear. Thus, wearing the latest fashion or one that belongs to the fashion archive does not really make a difference. Just make sure that you have the right to wear it. Spare the class of the agony of having to look at your clothes, no matter how good or sexy you think you are in that outfit, if reality tells otherwise.” – Sir Quilop, Polsci

“Ano bang natapos mo? Italian 8? Punyetissima!” – Sir Tiamson, Italian 11

Ma’am: Many people believe that we, psychology graduates can read minds…
(silence)
Ma’am: Actually, we can.
Class: Weh…sample.
Ma’am: Right now, you think that I’m bluffing. – Ms. Chei Billedo (Psych)

“Do not live long enough to be worthless.” – Dr. David

One day pumasok ng room and prof, galit na galit. hinagis ang bag sa table, nagwawala sa harap ng room dahil hindi daw nasagot ng previous class niya ang question niya. kaya dapat daw masagot namin, ang makasagot may plus points. kapag walang makasagot, lagot kami. Ang tanong…. “Class, sinong lalaking artista dun sa TV show na wonder years?”

“Running for summa ka? Mapapagod ka lang.”

Si sir agapito..habang 2nd exam at malakas ang ulan..
“ang lakas ng ulan, ayos yan at least hindi halata pag umiiyak..”

“I do not know many. I only know enough to teach my classes.”

“Don’t take the bar and yourselves too seriously. Baka mabalitaan na lang namin na nag-o-oral summation kayo sa Luneta. O lumulutang-lutang sa Pasig River. Enjoy yourselves, relax, and read at least 15 hours a day. Nakakabobo ang sobrang tulog. Mag-relax ka habang nagbabasa. Mag-relax habang nagmememorize.”

“Ang hindi maka-100, bobo!”

“The more wisdom you obtain, the more you shut your mouth. This is because the more you learn, the more you realize that there are even more things that you do not know. The true mark of an idiot is a loud mouth and the true mark of a wise man is humility.” – Paraphrased galing kay PI100. (Best prof sa CAL.)

“You are laughing because you are looking at the viewpoint of ignorance. – history II prof

(Second to the last meeting) “Okay class, next week, we start the lecture proper.” – Ms. Vitriolo

“We do not accept anyone here in class except for those who are members of a certain minority group. For example, gays are part of a minority group. Bakla ka ba? If you admit to this class that you are gay, then I’ll admit you.” – Prof “Hail to the chair” (haha)

Student: Ma’am pwede po bang next week na kami mag-report?
Ma’am: Alam mo, God is good. And I am God. So yes, pwede next week.

(No one is reciting)
Prof: “Wag na mahiya, you have nothing to lose but your face..”
– Ma’am Cathy, Geol 11

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