Aya’s Litre of Tears

“As I think about the past, the tears will come out. Reality is too cruel, too brutal. I don’t even have the right to dream. As I think about the future, the tears will come out again.”- Aya

I’ve heard from my friends that watching 1 Litre of Tears (1 Litre no Namida) would really make you cry like literally a litre of tears. So I had made a mental note on including it in my Thou-Shall-Not-Watch list. I used to dislike watching heavy drama series cause they’d make me feel depressed for at least a couple of weeks thus making it difficult for me to move on. But last week, just for no particular reason, I decided to watch it with my family. My friends were right, the show was indeed so emotional that it moved me to tears. I felt awful! But I’d still say that it was one of the best shows I’ve watched. I’ve learned some important lessons from it.

First, that life is unfair and that there is nothing we can do but to accept that. We can keep asking questions like why it has to be us? Or what if it had been different? But as much as we’ll never really know the answers, we also can’t do anything to change it. So whatever it is that life throws at us, no matter how hard and painful it may hit us, the best way to deal with it is to accept it first. And from there, we’ll learn to be brave to face it. Just as Aya cried a litre of tears when she found out about her illness, we can also cry even more than a litre if that’s what it’ll take to ease the pain and frustration. After all, crying is a way of facing reality.

“I really don’t want to say things such as ‘I want to go back as how things were before.’ I recognize how I am right now, and I will continue to live on.”- Aya

Second, that no matter how unfair or miserable life may be, we should still value it. Why do we keep fighting to overcome the challenges in the first place? We do it to survive, because we want to live. So despite the big problems we face, we shouldn’t forget the most important thing. –We are alive. We’ll never know what exactly’s going to happen tomorrow, or the day after. So we shouldn’t let the big problems conquer our life today. We should always remember that aside from the bad things, there are a lot more good things in life. We musn’t allow the darkness to blind us. Instead, let it be the reason to make the good things even brighter.

“What’s wrong with falling down? You can always stand up again. If you look up at the sky after falling down, the blue sky is also today stretching limitlessly and smiles at me… I’m alive.” -Aya 

Third, instead of wishing life to be better, we should be thankful of what we have now.  Some people have it worse. We should celebrate and make the most of what we have. Just recently I discovered a lump on my neck and found out that it’s goiter. I was so devastated. For a moment, I questioned God for the challenges He’s been giving me and my family recently. I thought my life couldn’t be more miserable. But after watching 1 Litre of Tears, I realized that some people have problems that are way bigger than mine. Challenges that I wouldn’t even know how to handle them myself. After some consultations and tests, my doctor confirmed that it’s not very dangerous and that it can be treated with medication. I felt so relieved. I realized that I overeacted. I don’t know what else life would throw me but, I’m sure of one thing. I’ll be braver and stronger next time. That no matter how ugly the problems may be, life would still be beautiful. Aya’s litre of tears taught me this.

“Even though I have been hurt before by those heartless glares, this also helped me to understand that around me, there still exist some gentle glares. Therefore, I definitely won’t run away. That’s what I’ll do. Definitely. Always.” –Aya

Shocking Deaths in The Vampire Diaries Season Finale

SPOILER ALERT!!!

One word to describe The Vampire Diaries Season 3 finale is– SHOCKING! There were deaths that I didn’t see coming. I honestly did not expect to see Klaus getting staked and Elena drown to death. All throughout the third season, Elena, Stefan, Damon and the rest of the team, had tried different ways to kill Klaus but our beloved Original Hybrid always managed to outsmart them. I couldn’t expect less from my favorite, and probably the hottest villain I know. The season finale was by far the best episode of this series. Watching it once or twice is not enough. I wanted to know for sure that I did not miss anything out.

Again, I have to say that I was not ready to see Klaus get staked. So when dark Alaric successfully staked him through the heart, I was like– NO!!! I swear I could have screamed louder than Rebekah if only I didn’t have to worry about people thinking that I’ve gone mad. So, my poor Klaus died which means, Tyler, Stefan, and Damon, would eventually die as well. On the other hand, if I remember it right, I think it was Damon’s blood used to turn Caroline. So I wonder why Caroline was only worried for Tyler. She was supposed to die too along with them. (Somebody, correct me if I’m wrong.)

With Klaus’ death was the possible doom of the Salvatore brothers. Hence, Elena had to make her choice between the two. She chose Stefan. (Of course, she did! Duh!) She might have developed some feelings for Damon but she never stopped loving Stefan. She said this to Damon over the telephone since she was headed back to Mystic Falls where Stefan and the rest of her friends were. She tried consoling Damon by saying, “Maybe if I’d met you first…” But it was then shown that she actually met Damon first. This revelation was unbearably painful to me. Damon did make an impression on Elena. To think that she even flirted with him on their first meeting! I wonder how Elena would react when she remembers everything that Damon compelled her to forget.

Elijah and Rebekah mourned the death of their brother, wondering how it was that the Salvatore brothers were still alive. Little did they know that our super witch Bonnie casted a spell to protect Klaus, who’s now possessing Tyler’s body. I was actually celebrating when I found out that Klaus was not dead after all. But I prefer seeing Joseph Morgan play the role.

And then the last shocking moment of the season finale was Elena’s death. It was also the most touching scene for me. Because of Rebekah’s doing, Elena and Matt drove off  the Wickery Bridge. While underwater, Elena had flashbacks of what happened when she was in the car crash with her parents. Stefan came to save her but she insisted that he save Matt first, which then lead to her own death. Damon then came rushing to the hospital where Elena’s body was taken. Meredith told him about what she did to help Elena recover from her serious head injury earlier that day. She had given Elena some vampire blood which means, she’ll come back to life as a vampire. And then goes the last scene, a dead Elena suddenly gasping back to life. After seeing that scene, my first thought was, “Breaking Dawn ba etech?!” 😀

Wish I Knew Marilyn

“I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.” – Marilyn Monroe 

I wasn’t really interested in the life of Marilyn Monroe until yesterday when I saw the film, My Week with Marilyn. I know that Marilyn Monroe is one of the famous icons in international entertainment but I didn’t really know much about her. I’ve heard that the cause of her death was suicide. I didn’t know about the controversies surrounding her death, and neither about the difficult life she had. I was surprised to see in the movie a Marilyn who was different from the one that I’ve always had in my head. Watching the movie made me very curious about her that I spent long hours online last night, reading about her life. Knowing more about Marilyn has made me admire and respect her not only as an actress nor as a famous icon, but also for being who she is behind the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. It makes me sad thinking about how her life ended but I hope she has found the true love and happiness that she deserves wherever she is right now. Time may pass but Marilyn Monroe will always be remembered and will serve as an inspiration to many.

Chihayafuru Season 2, please!

Will there be a season 2 of Chihayafuru? I don’t really know but I sure wish that there will be more. The 25 episodes in the first season were just not enough! I want to know how the story will go and I want to see more of the characters so badly that it kinda frustrates me. It’s like the time when Kimi ni Todoke Season 1 ended and that I really wanted season 2 to start immediately. But at least in that case, I could read the manga so I could still find out what was going to happen next. However, I can’t find recent chapters of Chihayafuru! Where is it? If there’s anyone of you who knows where I can read the chapters after where the anime ended, pretty please, tell me! @_@

What I love about Chihayafuru?

Three things…

Karuta is a very interesting card game. I wouldn’t have known about it if not because of this anime. I know that the way it’s being played in the anime is somewhat exaggerated but still, I find it very unique and challenging. I can never play that game.

One thing that makes me want to watch an anime series is the quality of it’s animation. Chihayafuru’s animation is actually very good. The characters are drawn beautifully which makes them lovable and very pleasing to watch.

The story itself is very exciting. It’s not the type of anime where the characters are always winning the games. It has a touch of reality in it. The characters strive to be better in order to achieve their goals. As the story develops, we also see the characters grow in different ways, which intrigues me. I can’t wait too see how far they would go to reach their dreams. And not to mention, the love story- though shown subtly in the first season- is totally worth watching out for. Arata, Chihaya and Taichi love triangle? Most people seem to expect that. But who knows? Some other characters might join the party. I love both Arata and Taichi. But if I were to choose between them for Chihaya, I’m rooting for Taichi! 🙂

Please, please, please.. Pretty please.. Let there be a Chihayafuru Season 2!!!

The Hunger Games Movie Review

Ceasar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence)

Finally!!! After almost a year of anticipation, The Hunger Games Movie is here! I’ve waited too long for  it that I just had to watch it on the first day! I couldn’t wait to see the movie adaptation of one of my favorite books.

In the first few minutes of the film, I had a hard time adjusting to the swift movement of the camera. It was quite difficult focusing my eyes on the screen. I was afraid I would have a headache. Thankfully, that ‘style’ wasn’t used all throughout the entire movie. I guess it was the director’s way of showing the shaky life in district 12? I’m not sure what was up with it. I’m just glad they stopped it after the reaping scene.

The capitol didn’t look as glorious as I had imagined it when reading the book but it was fine. At least they clearly showed the capitol’s ‘unique’ fashion. One of the things I was really looking forward to in the film was Katniss and Peeta’s costumes in the parade and Katniss’ dress in her interview with Ceasar Flickerman. The book was quite detailed and grand in the description which I think makes that part significant. I was kinda disappointed though to see that we didn’t even have a full view of Katniss and Peeta’s customes in the parade. They could have at least shown the scene where Cinna lighted them up. The fire was just so artificial to me. It didn’t make my heart stop, as opposed to what Ceasar Flickerman said. Uhm, the girl on fire? Where? I wasn’t so happy with the effects either. The hovercraft and the mutts didn’t seem realistic enough. But anyway, the film wasn’t all about the effects.

What I loved the most about the movie was the characters! Hello, Effie Trinket? She was totally the way I imagined her to be. I just love her outfits! Elizabeth Banks did a really great job on portraying her role. Jennifer lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Stanley Tucci (Ceasar Flickerman), Wes Bentley (Seneca Crane), Lenny Kravitz (Cinna), Alexander Ludwig (Cato), Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove), Amandla Stenberg (Rue) and so on.. They all did an incredible job! Each of them gave justice to the characters in the book.

Changes made (Movie vs Book)

    • Hovercraft scene when Katniss and Gale were at the woods-in the book, they also saw a boy and a girl being taken away by the hovercraft
    • Katniss got the mockingjay pin at the hob- instead of receiving it from Madge Undersee after the reaping
    • Katniss met Cinna in something like a hospital gown instead of being naked
    • Peeta initiated to hold hands with Katniss during the parade- instead of Cinna asking them to
    • Rue secretly took Cato’s knife- this scene doesn’t exist in the book
    • Katniss almost got hit with Clove’s knife on the chest while she was down on the ground – instead of almost getting hit on the head while she was running away from the cornucopia
    • Katniss was the only one attacked with fireballs because she was almost at the edge of the battleground- all the other tributes were also attacked with fireballs in the book so as to gather them in the same area
    • When katniss came to after the tracker jacker incident, she discovered that her tracker jacker bites have already been treated by Rue- in the book, Katniss and Rue got together in a different incident
    • Rue got hit with a spear right after Katniss freed her from the trap- in the book, Rue got hit with a spear even before Katniss could reach her
    • District 11’s outburst after Rue’s death- doesn’t exist in the book
    • Rue told Katniss Peeta’s probable location- Katniss searched for Peeta in the book
    • Haymitch convincing Seneca Crane to let the audience root for young love- scene doesn’t exist in the book
    • Peeta camouflaged himself in a rock- in the book, he camouflaged himself in the mud
    • In the feast, the backpacks were of the same sizes- different sizes in the book
    • Thresh killed Clove by slamming her into the wall thus causing her neck to snap- in the book, he killed Clove by denting her skull with a big rock
    • Thresh was killed by the mutts- the cause of his death wasn’t really described in detail in the book, but he was probably killed by Cato
    • Seneca Crane was locked in a room where he was made to eat a bowl of Nightlock (deadly berries)- this scene doesn’t exist in the book

Despite the changes that were made in the movie, I still enjoyed watching the  film. Many of my friends liked the film, including those who did not read the book. Though, it kinda frustrates me to hear some comments that show how little they understand about what was really going on in the story. And just for the sake of sharing about how I think the movie should’ve been, here goes my personal thoughts about it… There are things in the book, which I think are important but unfortunately not included or not emphasized enough in the movie. I wish the film had shown even a short overview/info about each of the districts and their tributes, especially about the ‘Careers’.  Non-book readers would’ve understood why Cato and his alliance couldn’t climb trees, and not laugh at how they sucked in capturing Katniss. I also wish they had shown more of the ‘bread scene’. The flashbacks were not enough. How would people know that Katniss was actually starving to death in that scene if they hadn’t read the book yet? The film was also misleading when it comes to Katniss’ feelings towards Gale and Peeta. I heard a lot of gushing at the theatre when Katniss kissed Peeta. If they only knew that Katniss was doing it to get more support from sponsors. And that she was actually thinking about Gale. I think they could’ve used a little voice over from Katniss’ point of view.

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Overall, I’d say that the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games was great. From the start, I had anticipated some changes from the book. It’s still up to the film makers whether they would follow through everything in the book or not. I had my own version of how I wanted the movie to be  but of course, they are just my own expectations. I respect what the producers, script writers and director had decided. From what I’ve seen from the first installment, the production did an incredible job. Now I can’t wait to see more in the next film, Catching Fire! Cheers! 🙂

Come March 23, I’ll surely be watching..

I just saw another trailer of The Hunger Games movie. Pretty much the same with the first trailer, showing scenes of the reaping and Katniss’ bravery in volunteering herself to save her sister. What I suspected from the first trailer about Primrose wearing the mockingjay pin (instead of Madge Undersee, in the book) was confirmed when it showed a scene where Katniss gives the pin to Prim (which seems to be before the reaping starts). Then also goes Katniss and Gale’s touching goodbye. The best part of it was Peeta! *inlove* And not to mention, the whistling effect in the end gave me the chills. Very… Hunger Games..
“I just keep wishing I can think of a way to show them that they don’t own me.
If I’m gonna die, I want to still be me.” -Peeta Mellark
Plus! The movie soundtrack ‘Safe & Sound’ is sang by my favorite, Taylor Swift! And the MV is going to be released soon! This couldn’t get any better! I’m super duper excited! 🙂

The One That Got Away

I can’t relate to the song lyrics but I find the MV storyline so touching. This is just one of Katy Perry’s great songs that I love. I love the video as well. Though, I’m quite sure that when Katy Perry gets old, she would look a lot more beautiful than the one in the video.

Summer after high school when we first met
We make out in your Mustang to Radio head
And on my 18th birthday we got that chain tattoos
Used to steal your parents’ liquor and climb to the roof
Talk about our future like we had a clue
Never plan that one day I’d be losing you

And in another life I would be your girl
We keep all our promises, be us against the world
And in other life I would make you stay
So I don’t have to say you were the one that got away
The one that got away

I was dreaming you were my Johnny Cash
Never one, we got the other, we made a pact
Sometimes when I miss you, I put those records on, whoa
Someone said you had your tattoo removed
Saw you downtown singing the blues
It’s time to face the music, I’m no longer your muse
And in another life I would be your girl
We keep all our promises, be us against the world
And in another life, I would make you stay
So I don’t have to say you were the one that got away
The one that got away

The one, the one, the one
The one that got away

All these money can’t buy me a time machine, no
Can’t replace you with a million rings, no
I should’ve told you what you meant to me, whoa
‘Cause now I pay the price

In another life I would be your girl
We keep all our promises, be us against the world
And in another life, I would make you stay
So I don’t have to say you were the one that got away
The one that got away

The one, the one, the one, the one

And in another life I would make you stay
So I don’t have to say you were the one that got away
The one that got away

[From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/k/katy-perry-lyrics/the-one-that-got-away-lyrics.html%5D