The Many List of 27 Favorites on my 27th Birthday

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Today is officially the day I’ve become a young woman who is already in her late 20’s; which also marks another milestone in my life – the day that I would start the new journey of being a 27 years old girl.

Of course, I’m still young but it’s not that young, since I’m also on my way to 30. But thinking about it, I’m sort of having this reaction of “Oh how time flies!”. For a few years ago, I was just in my early 20’s. And now, I look and feel so different from how I used to be back then.

So what do I hope and expect since today is a very special date for me?

Honestly, not much. For I feel so blessed in so many ways that until now, I’m still utterly overwhelmed and grateful to God for everything. Another thing is that, I truly appreciate my family, close friends, and co-workers who’ve always been there for me; and were able to put up with all of my quirkiness. And that is why, every single day I thank him so much for all of it.

But all I hope and pray on this day is that I may always have the strength and courage to do well in everything that I do. That I may prove it to him everyday that I’ am deserving and worthy to be given this wonderful life.

And since today is my most favorite day of the year, and that I annually publish a birthday blog. I would like to share a blog about some little tidbits about me. Something that I’m very fond of doing during my free – which is making tons of list; A list that I would rundown to you from my favorite books, songs, movies, food, places, quotes and a whole lot more. Plus, I’m sharing with you guys all (except for two) of my pictures that were taken this year.

So here are the following lists….

FAVORITE MOVIES…

  1. Elizabethtown
  2. Pride and Prejudice
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird
  4. 3 Idiots
  5. LOL (French)
  6. A Good Year
  7. You’ve Got Mail
  8. Before Sunset
  9. Eat Pray Love
  10. Julie and Julia
  11. Ngayon Nandito Ka
  12. To Love Again
  13. In My Dreams
  14. Gone Girl
  15. A Hundred Foot Journey
  16. The King’s Speech
  17. Memoirs of a Geisha
  18. The King’s Speech
  19. Forevermore
  20. To Kill a Mockingbird
  21. The Holiday
  22. The Sound of Music
  23. The Help
  24. Monte Carlo
  25. Jane Eyre
  26. The Lake House
  27. Beastly

FAVORITE SONGS…

  1. You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine – Michael Buble and Laura Pausini
  2. Of all the things – Regine Velasquez
  3. A  higher place – Adam Levine
  4. Water under the bridge – Adele
  5. Ambon – Barbie Almalbis
  6. Afraid for love to fade – Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales version
  7. To Love Again by Sharon Cuneta
  8. The way you look tonight – Michael Buble
  9. Never get to hold you – Carly Rae Jepsen
  10. The Sound – The 1975
  11. Are you here? – Corinne Bailey Rae
  12. All of the stars – Ed Sheeran
  13. Army – Ellie Goulding
  14. Take a bow – Madonna
  15. Good friend – Regine Velasquez
  16. Style – Taylor Swift
  17. I’m in trouble -Griffin Peterson
  18. Ikaw nga – South Border
  19. Rise – Katy Perry
  20. Little Sister – Jonathan Clay
  21. Love me like you do – Ellie Goulding
  22. No Walls, No Ceilings, No Floors
  23. Put your arms around me – Texas
  24. Randomantic – James Reid
  25. Lay me down – Sam Smith
  26. Somewhere only we know – Keanne
  27. Araw Gabi by Regina Velasquez

FAVORITE BOOKS…

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. An old-fashioned girl -Louisa May Alcott
  3. Garden Spells – Sarah Addison Allen
  4. Before we were strangers – Renee Carlino
  5. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  6. Seventeenth summer -Maureen Daly
  7. Lake News -Barbara Delinsky
  8. The truth about forever – Sarah Dessen
  9. Edenbrooke – Julianne Donaldson
  10. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  11. Where she went -Gayle Forman
  12. Mercy – Julie Garwood
  13. It ends with us -Colleen Hoover
  14. Ugly love – Colleen Hoover
  15. The Nancy Drew Series -Carolyn Keene
  16. Can you keep a secret? – Sophie Kinsella
  17. Memories – Lang Leav
  18. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  19. Forever Black -Sandi Lynn
  20. Every breathe you take – Judith McNaught
  21. Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
  22. The sea of tranquility – Katja Millay
  23. This heart of mine – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  24. The Villa – Nora Roberts
  25. Small town girl – LaVyrle Spencer
  26. The Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s stone – J.K. Rowling
  27. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

PLACES THAT I’VE ALREADY BEEN TO AND PLANS TO VISIT…

  1. Camiguin
  2. Manila
  3. Bali, Indonesia
  4. South Korea
  5. Taipei, Taiwan
  6. Machu Picchu, Peru
  7. Pagadian City
  8. Bohol
  9. Coron
  10. Cebu city
  11. Davao city
  12. Tagaytay
  13. Ilocos Sur
  14. Ilocos Norte
  15. Paris
  16. London
  17. Vietnam
  18. New Delhi, India
  19. Bangkok, Thailand
  20. Sagada
  21. Japan
  22. Beijing, China
  23. Seattle
  24. Vancouver
  25. Rome
  26. Amsterdam
  27. Chicago

FAVORITE FOOD AND DRINKS…

  1. Chocolate
  2. Carbonara
  3. Tea
  4. Baked Macaroni
  5. Bakas
  6. Spaghetti
  7. Pesto
  8. Sandwhich
  9. Big Mac
  10. Rice Coffee
  11. Dragon fruitshake
  12. Ice Cream – Cookies and Cream
  13. Lasagna
  14. Twister Pizza (KFC)
  15. Chicken Ranch Salad
  16. Vanilla Frappe
  17. Yogurt
  18. Sweet and Sour Chicken
  19. Adobo
  20. Arroz Caldo
  21. Tuna and Broccoli Salad
  22. Pancakes (Jollibee)
  23. Fried Rice
  24. Toasted Bread with Strawberry Jam or Cheese Spread
  25. Beef Steak
  26. PIZZA!!!!
  27. Fried Chicken

 

FAVORITE ANIME SERIES…

  1. Card captor sakura
  2. Fushigi yugi
  3. Ayashino ceres
  4. Flame of Recca
  5. Kaicho wa maid sama
  6. Ghost fighter
  7. Brain powered
  8. Cinderella monogatari
  9. Vampire Knight
  10. Allison and Lillia
  11. Code Geass
  12. La Corda D’oro
  13. Earl and Fairy
  14. Gate Keepers
  15. Honey and Clover
  16. Emma
  17. Vision of Escaflowne
  18. Kimi ni todoke
  19. Nodame Cantabile
  20. Romeo X Juliet
  21. Tsubasa Chronicles
  22. Magic Knights
  23. Winter Sonata
  24. Marmalade Boy
  25. Love Hina
  26. Blood+
  27. Fruits Basket

FAVORITE KOREAN MOVIES & SERIES… 

  1. Descendants of the sun
  2. Winter sonata
  3. My love from the star
  4. Stairway to heaven
  5. Sassy girl Chunyang
  6. Architecture 101
  7. The King’s Wrath or The Fatal Encounter
  8. Daddy Long Legs
  9. The moon embraces the sun
  10. Autumn in my heart
  11. Oh my Venus
  12. The Heirs
  13. Boys over flowers
  14. You’re beautiful
  15. Sungkyunkwan Scandal
  16. Healer
  17. Masters Sun
  18. Angel Eyes
  19. Bride of the century
  20. That winter the wind blows
  21. W-Two Worlds
  22. The Classic
  23. The Truth
  24. Princess Hours
  25. Coffee Prince
  26. My Girl
  27. Spring Waltz

 

FAVORITE TV SHOWS…

  1. SUITS
  2. North and South
  3. Masterchef
  4. Samantha Brown’s Asia
  5. The Layover
  6. Parts Unknown
  7. The Kitchen Boss
  8. Tastebuds
  9. The Lying Game
  10. Downton Abbey
  11. Emma (2009 BBC Series)
  12. Gossip Girl
  13. New Girl
  14. It takes guts to be a Gutierrez
  15. E News
  16. Dolce Amore
  17. Fashion Police
  18. Everwood
  19. No Reservations
  20. Nigella’s Kitchen
  21. The Greatest Love
  22. Forevermore
  23. On the wings of love
  24. Emily M.D.
  25. OC
  26. Grey’s Anatomy
  27. Be careful with my heart
  28. Hannah Montana

 

Recipes that I want to learn how to cook or bake…

  1. Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
  2. Banoffee Pie
  3. Beef Kaldereta
  4. Biko
  5. Butter Chicken
  6. Buttermilk fried chicken
  7. Champorado
  8. Cheesy Chicken Stuffed
  9. Chicken Cordon Bleu
  10. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  11. Embotido
  12. Frozen Banana and Chocolate Cream Pie
  13. Maja Blanca
  14. One-pot lemon shrimp pasta
  15. Oreo Cheesecake
  16. Siomai
  17. Arroz Valenciana
  18. Chocolate Cake
  19. Cheese Burger Macaroni
  20. Potato Lasagna
  21. Strawberry Ice Cream
  22. Mango Cream Pie
  23. Tom Yum Soup
  24. Puto
  25. Pininyahang Manok
  26.  Mocha Mousse
  27. Churros Con Chocolate

 Family, Close Friends, and Co-Workers who really means a lot to me…

  1. Mama
  2. Papa
  3. Padder
  4. Madder
  5. Ray2x
  6. Ai2x
  7. Ate Donnah
  8. Noreen
  9. Ika
  10. Gladys
  11. Rovie
  12. Jason
  13. Rizelyn
  14. Bernz
  15. Ma’am Tin
  16. Ama
  17. Ma’am Marla
  18. Uncle Manny
  19. Ma’am Nelma
  20. Auntie Amy
  21. Uncle Jun
  22. Ma’am Nelma
  23. Sir Toto
  24. Auntie Lele
  25. Auntie Lala
  26. Kimberly
  27. Ma’am Jeny

FAVORITE QUOTES…

  1. When the sun shines on the sea… I think of you… When the dim moonlight is on the spring, I think of you..

  2. Don’t Explain. People hear what the want to hear. -Paulo Coelho

  3. No one is who they pretend to be. -Gayle Forman

  4. You don’t ever find things when you’re looking for them. You find them when you’re not. -Gayle Forman

  5. Seize the day; explore the world; and conquer tomorrow.

6. Things are only weird if you will let them be. -Christina Lauren

7. Nothing brings family together like FOOD. – Buddy Valastro

8. You never know how close you are to reaching it. So never give up on your dreams.

9. If you are going to dream. DREAM BIG.

10. There are some things that the heart never forgets, like how it feels to be loved.

11. I refuse to answer on the grounds that I don’t want to. – Harvey Specter

12. You have to just go with the flow. Your life is not your own, with people coming and in all the time. You get mellow because you have to. -Sarah Dessen

13. Words are wonderful, but every once in a while a few women are lucky enough to have something extra, something wonderful. A real commitment and effort. -Susan Elizabeth Phillips

14. WHAT and IF are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together, side by side, and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life. -Letters to Juliet

15. The most important things are the hardest to say.

 

16. Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again. – Louisa May Alcott

17. Don’t even think about running just because the going is getting tougher than ever.

18. Memories is a wonderful thing if you don’t have to deal with the past. -Before Sunset

19. You are what you READ. -You’ve Got Mail

20. Life should not be about the number of breaths you take-out, but the number of moments that take your breath away. -Alexandra Potter

 

21. Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.

22.You can’t know the answer until you ask the question. -Jennifer E. Smith

23. COURAGE is not the absence of fear. But rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

25. No one can make you inferior without your consent. -Eleanor Roosevelt

26. Its the imperfections that make things beautiful. -Jenny Han

27. HAVE COURAGE, BE KIND, AND ALWAYS PRAY TO GOD.

And that is all…

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING… 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Book Review)

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Goodreads Summary:

The author captures the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood. Charlie is a freshman. And while’s he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. He’s a wallflower–shy and introspective, and intelligent beyond his years, if not very savvy in the social arts. We learn about Charlie through the letters he writes to someone of undisclosed name, age, and gender, a stylistic technique that adds to the heart-wrenching earnestness saturating this teen’s story. Charlie encounters the same struggles that many kids face in high school–how to make friends, the intensity of a crush, family tensions, a first relationship, exploring sexuality, experimenting with drugs–but he must also deal with his best friend’s recent suicide. Charlie’s letters take on the intimate feel of a journal as he shares his day-to-day thoughts and feelings.

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

This book is definitely not your typical kind of young adult novel. I think its because there is this sense of maturity in the story even though its more on about a high school kid. It’s the kind of story in which so many readers can truly relate themselves into. And Mr. Stephen Chbosky has written it in such a way that it’s readers can also understand the whole story by using such simple but very profound words. Moreover, it’s an epistolary novel in which it points out the many thoughts of it’s main character named Charlie through his letters/diary.

It is a very thought provoking novel, but it’s not something that I find so captivating that I really wanted to finish it as fast as I could. However, what I like about this book is that it made me recall of my high school days; and it made feel nostalgic of those unforgettable moments. For its a novel that tackles the life of being a high school kid like Charlie; but what makes this story kind of unique is that it shows that no matter what generation we will be in high school, there are somethings that will never ever change. Like we may have a difference in terms of whats in, our sense of fashion, or even the type of music that we listen to. But what will never change is that our sense of searching of who we really wanted to be when we grow up, our group of friends – in a way that we are searching for that sense of belonging  that will help us grow as an adolescent. And lastly the cycle of things, we enjoy our high school days for we know that time will come that we would really have to go, and realize along the way that things will never be the same. Friends will come and go, and that we have to leave our families behind in order to go independent to the next journey of our lives (which is college and after that the real world). These experiences would also be our guide on facing whatever it is that would come our way.

As for the film adaptation, that was definitely a good one! I mean the actors and actresses really did such great justice in portraying each of their characters that they were totally born for it. Plus, the soundtracks! It’s in the 80’s and early 90’s! So those were totally awesome to listen to.

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Before Sunset is NOT just a Love Story.

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IMDb PLOT SUMMARY:

Jesse, a writer from the US, and Celine, a Frenchwoman working for an environment protection organization, acquainted nine years ago on the train from Budapest to Vienna, meet again when Jesse arrives in Paris for a reading of his new book. As they have only a few hours until his plane leaves, they stroll through Paris, talking about their experiences, views and whether they still love each other, although Jesse is already married with a kid.

MY REVIEW:

As ever, BEFORE SUNSET is a very thought provoking indie film. And as stated in the plot summary, you might think that it’s a love story. But its more than that, it’s a story that talks a lot of issues especially about life in general, like the little things or the bigger ones that really matters at all. You know, the whole notions about love, friendship, marriage, finding happiness, the many issues of the world, and a whole lot more.

At the start of the movie, you would tend to observe the flow of Jesse and Celine’s conversations in the film; you will notice that it started as a small talk of catching up about their lives for the last 9 years. Then it was that scene at the coffee shop, their topics were about life itself; like how our society thinks and act actually affects the world in general. Then moving forward at the park scene, where they were asking one another some hypothetical questions about their future, and some ideas of how they perceive things. But for me, my favorite scenes would be the one where they were riding the boat cruising around river Seine, and the car ride back to Celine’s place. It’s because it’s where they have finally talked about their real issues. Finally being honest towards each other of what it might have been if fate didn’t played games with them 9 years ago; that if only that they’ve meet again 6 months later after that wonderful night in Vienna. But as to what Celine have said “The past is that past. And it is meant to be that way”. I mean how funny it is that they’ve only meet twice, but it’s as if they’ve known each other for so long. You know that connection that really pulled them together is just simply fascinating. When they’ve first meet, they were just two young adults looking forward to their futures. And then suddenly, after so long they’ve reconnected again. But this time around, they are in a way more mature on how they’ve handled things. For the years have made them appreciate of what really matters in life; but the downside to it is that who they were during those short moments in Vienna have been locked for almost a decade. And that it was finding one another have been the key to unlock the real passions that they’ve kept inside the box. And when they did, that’s where the real questions comes in

“What now?”
“What are we going to do about it?”
“Should we go on where we left of?”

If you want to know, then you’ll have to see the film so that you can find the answers there; for it is something that I will never tell. For it’s either such answers were finally implied, or not at all. Who knows.

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To refresh my memory, I think it was back then in high school where I’ve first seen this movie. I was reading an article about the story, and I was so intrigued. Talk about a film that was shot in Paris, and a story about these two people seeing each other after 9 years, and then have finally realized that they are still into one another. I guess that was my purpose of watching this film back then; just to get into the whole idea about “Unforgettable Love”. So when I’ve finally got the chance to see the movie, that’s when I’ve realized that it only has two characters! And all they did was just talk and talk. Which made me kinda bored, but I still enjoyed it because of the beautiful views that were shot as they both walk along and explore Paris.

Then recently, a close friend of mine just saw this movie. And she keeps on telling me how beautiful it is. She said that it was kinda boring at first, but eventually when she has finally reached that scene at the coffee shop. She was totally fascinated about the flow of the conversations. Not that sort of romantic dialogues. For these two people were talking about interesting topics; ideas that most people rarely talk about. A casual talk, but something intelligent, and makes us viewers think about it thoroughly.

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So I’ve decided to watch this again. I must say, watching this for the third time really made me appreciate this movie in a much different way, and it has also given me a whole new perspective. For this time around, my main focus when I was watching this was to get into the deeper thoughts of their lines, or conversations. Taking notes in each and every single thing that they keep on saying towards each other. And it really made me think about it; asking myself mind-boggling things that I’ve never wondered before.

Moreover, I’ve felt more compelled to reflect on how I see things around me. I know that I’m just an ordinary person who wants to lead a wonderful life. And I’ve always have these notions that a person should always put such “Authenticity” in everything that he or she does no matter how big or small that is. For I believe that each and every one of us are born unique; that we should not be afraid to distinguish ourselves from the others based on how we see, and think about life. For it will also mean that you know who you really are both inside and out. So even if the world or one’s society will evolve around you, you will always hold on into the idea of knowing what you really want in life based on your principles.

And that’s what I like this about movie. It really makes you think and ask so many questions. Especially now that I’m already in my mid twenties, this is one those moments in my life in where I should know where I’m going, and should also know where I stand. I know that I’ve achieved, and attained so many things, and have experienced so many ups and downs. Plus, I still have a long way to go. And for that I will always be grateful. But sometimes I wonder of what the future brings. Of course, I already have some notions of what I wanted to do. But life is so full of surprises. And that sometimes fate can be a bit tricky. So as much as possible I try to keep things in a balance. And just to go with the flow of where my destiny leads me to. To hope and pray to God that it’s for the best.

I would also really like to say thank you so much to my Ate Donnah for inspiring me to watch this again; for it really made me appreciate this kind of film now more than ever.

And lastly, here my favorite lines for the movie:

“The world might be evolving that way a person evolves.”

“I like getting older. I don’t know, it feels more immediate. Like I can appreciate things more.”

“I see people that come into it with big idealist visions of becoming the leader that will create a better world. They enjoy the GOAL, but not the PROCESS. But the reality of it is the true work of improving things is in the little achievements of the day. And that’s what you need to enjoy.”

“Memory is a wonderful thing if you don’t have to deal with the past.”

Elizabethtown: A Reflection From the Movie

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IMDb Storyline:

After causing a loss of almost one billion dollars in his company, the shoe designer Drew Baylor decides to commit suicide. However, in the exact moment of his act of despair, he receives a phone call from his sister telling him that his beloved father had just died in Elizabethtown, and he should bring him back since his mother had problem with the relatives of his father. He travels in an empty red eye flight and meets the attendant Claire Colburn, who changes his view and perspective of life.

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My Insights from the Movie:

Experiencing a “Failure” or a ” Fiasco” doesn’t necessarily mean that its the end of everything. Its all about embracing a new chapter of your life. Facing into the unknown and taking a risk. For knowing that life is a wheel of fortune, and things will truly turn around. You just have to be patient, and believe that everything will be just fine. You’ll be so proud to say it that you’ve made it into the rain. And that is why that its nice to have a good old solitary road trip. So that we can get in touch with the deep part of ourselves. To find that true connection of who we really are. Damn! I just love this film!

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THE HELP (Movie Review)

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Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Emma Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Viola Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories — and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly — and unwillingly — caught up in the changing times. Written by Walt Disney Pictures

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MY REVIEW:

The Help which was based on a novel by Kathryn Stockett is a very inspiring story. It gave us a glimpse of what life was all about in Mississippi during the 1960’s. People during those times lives in a community where social discrimination was very much into rampant. And even though that I already live in a much different time compared to before. I think such things really exist in our society.

When I first saw this film, I just couldn’t help it but I cried so badly! I guess its because I was so totally caught up in the strong emotions that were perfectly portrayed by each and every actors in the film; that all of the casts in the movie were all so good that its as if they were all born to play such characters. And one thing that I’ve notice in the film is that almost all the actors and actresses were so damn beautiful! But its a good thing that their great acting really did overlook their appearance. In a way they’ve presented themselves with substance over style.

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It may seemed to be a much different story compared to Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”, but the thought from both stories are still the same, “Justice for Social Inequality”. Which will always remind us that no matter who we are in our society; People should always have the right footing. For it is not our status, our race, our religion, or even our achievements that will truly define us. It’s on how we treat other people. Lets face it, no matter what we do, we can never achieve this thing called 100% EQUALITY. But the thing is, at least we treat those people around us with utter respect. Also with real sincerity.

I too have my fair share of mistakes, and through the years I’ve learned a lot, but I know that I still have a long way to go. To respect the others, it should start within ourselves. And lastly, I feel so bad for not buying the book when I saw a very rare edition a few months ago. For it is definitely a wonderful, and a very thought provoking kind of story.

Fifty Shades of Grey (A Movie Review)

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The film adaptation of E.L. James’ best selling novel is a story about a college student Anastasia Steele being blown into the world of Seattle’s billionaire Christian Grey. A world that is so beyond her innocent mind. Also, it has turned into a life changing experience for her especially after meeting him for an interview.

From the very beginning, I just knew that the movie is really going to be “Intense” and “Awkward”. But in the end, I did not prepared myself to be so shocked by it; even though that I’ve read the book for like thrice already! Its beautifully made, and I salute the film’s director Sam Taylor-Johnson for giving light into the story without making it too hard for its viewers. Giving its viewers a chance to really focused into the love story itself, and not the sex part. Though it cannot be avoided, but still, she made it in a sensual kind of way. And if you’ve read the book, it is quite obvious that it was much more detailed and shocking than the film adaptation.

For someone who’ve read it, I really like the idea that the flow of the story in every scene in the film was just the way it was described in the novel. Even if there were some scenes that were cut, and altered just so that it could fit into the time frame of 125 minutes of running time. And as I keep on saying, it’s a movie. What you see is what you get. But if you’ve read the book first, then watch the film adaptation. It’s when that you’ll understand each character, and the story itself; their feelings, emotions, and what really goes into their minds. Then again, the flow of the story will never be put into detail in the film. A visual story that will just go along the actors acting.

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As for the two main characters, Dakota Johnson really did blew me away. For she is definitely Anastasia Steele; she really is that awkward, innocent, clumsy, and smart girl in the novel. I mean, I just love the way she presents herself as a simple girl. Plus, her lines and actions just makes everything more hilarious. And then there’s Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. Now that is something that I would really like to write about. Honestly, I just can’t find his whole persona as the character itself. Although there are times that he is Christian Grey, and then in some scenes, he is not! But I can see why they have chosen him is the lead actor. Jamie Dornan has this mysterious and unpredictable personality which is very important in the story. For it’s not about Christian Grey being way too handsome. He should be portrayed by an actor who can really go deeper into the painful and darker world of Christian Grey. And that’s where Jamie has fit the bill.

Then there’s the supporting casts. Every actor and actress in the movie really did well in portraying their roles. Especially for Eloise Mumford. For she really did well in acting out Kate Kavanagh. But I just don’t get it why Rita Ora is Mia Grey! I mean seriously? She doesn’t look anything like her! I just don’t know what these producers were thinking when she passed the audition. Also, it was kinda sad that there were four characters that were not included in the movie. Hopefully they will be included in the sequel.

For those of you who didn’t know, there were about 14 songs (including the instrumentals) that were mentioned in the book. But only 6 of these made it into the film adaptation. As for “Crazy in Love” and “I’ve put a spell on you”, these songs were mentioned in the book two.

Lastly, I would like to point out. That if I were someone who haven’t read the book at all. Only knowing about the plot story itself. I don’t think that I would have enjoyed the film. For it’s way too straight to the point. The important details that should have been there were left out. Only those who’ve really read it will know what I’m really talking about. Moreover, my main focused when I was watching the film was to get into the visual love story of Christian and Ana. And not the sex scenes. So if that’s what the other viewers were really rooting for. Then they are missing the whole point. I’m just glad the they did not include that very disturbing “Tampon Scene”. For it would have been insanely disgusting. All in all it was fabulous. And I’ am definitely looking forward to the film adaptations of “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed”. Laters Baby!

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Julie & Julia: A Passion For Food

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I’ve just finished watching this fabulous movie for the third time around! The first time I saw this film was back in 2010, I was utterly fascinated by it, but it really didn’t get to me. So it took me for about three years later before deciding to watch this all over again. And I thought, this is such a great story, and I don’t know why it took me so long to really figure it out! For it’s not only yummy, but its a story that is truly inspiring for bloggers, and wanna be cooks like me!

Julie & Julia is a true to life story about Julie Powell’s fascination to this famous cook named Julia Child. Julie is a 30 years old Government Employee, who tends to feel like she’s lost. And then her ever kind, and very supportive husband did inspired her to start blogging. Since she loves to cook, she challenged herself to write a blog about cooking her way using Julia Child’s cook book entitled “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. Cooking all the recipe’s inside the book for 365 days! Now that’s quite a challenge! And for sure, it has never been a very easy journey for Julie Powell and her husband. They’ve been through a lot, but somehow they’ve made it through. Overcoming a lot of obstacles emotionally, physically, and financially! Which I must say, is very inspiring.

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I just love this movie! Of course I do, and that is why I’m writing about it. It’s a movie that is wonderfully made. All the actors and actresses were wonderful, including my all time favorite Meryl Streep who portrayed Julia Child.

I must say, watching this movie really makes me feel so hungry that how I wish that I could just make my way inside the TV, and eat it all! Then there’s the husbands of these two great cooks! I mean, it would really feel like utter heaven to have such a very supportive love one. There’s just something about these two guys! They’re both so nice! Always being there, no matter how tough the situation is turning out to be. They are the kind of men who would really appreciate their wives, and accepts them for who they really are. And supports them for being the kind of woman who knows her own mind.

Cooking is a very tough challenge, and as to what my mother would always say, “Cooking is not about acquiring the best skills; it’s about cooking from the heart. A passion for food”. And someday, I’ll be able to make my way through this very famous “Beef Bourguignon”. That’s for sure! Bon Appétit!

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