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Watch: Breaking Dawn

I am such a fan of the Twilight series.

For a young adult fiction, Twilight deals with a lot of serious conflicts.  From going against the norms, to falling to in love, to conquering your fears, to changing loyalties.

Its just so sad that these do not translate well in the movies. Breaking Dawn in particular falls short of all expectations. It failed to deliver on so many levels. And no, I was not just refering to the wedding and the honeymoon scenes (although for a lot, that was the highlight of the movie).  I was more looking forward into the birthing scene and how they would play the imprinting scene with Jacob and the baby.

Overall impression? "Ho hummmm" and a big yawn.  I was unimpressed, uninspired and uninterested.
Most of the scenes were made to play out so long just so they can end with Bella's transition to being a vampire.  Bad decision...

Dissapointing that the Twilight franchise failed to inject the kind of mysticism and wonderment you find in HP films.

I'm still gonna watch Part 2 though.


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The English Patient

There are movie lines...

And then, there are "the movie lines"

The English Patient is one of my all time favorite movie.  It stars the oh-so-mysterious Ralph Fiennes as Count Almasy (who incidentally is also a real person).

It is based on a novel of the same title by Michael Ondaatje (which is also one of my fave writers).

Michael's writing can be described as "imaginative and whimsical."  He likes to write stories about the ravages of war and the interesting people living it.

He also writes about relationships and betrayal.
 "Betrayals in war are childlike compared with our betrayals during peace. New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash everything. For the heart is an organ of fire." And of course, love.

This movie has "the movie lines" to die for.

Almasy to Katherine:  "Swoon, I'll catch you"
If only this statement can be trusted. If only guys are all like this in real life.


Singapore is so much like Makati -- tall buildings, fast people & talkative Filipino yuppies. Not so much sights but then again, we were there to overspend on pasalubongs and go retail shopping. I don't want to brag, but between here and Manila, Manila wins hands down (on my own standards). :-)

Our hotel was located at Orchard Rd. and it has (thankfully) Starbucks at the groundfloor. We went down one night only to realize that coffee (as with cigarrettes) is so much more pricey there.

Athough, I must say, the air is worth breathing and the streets are super clean. Thank God for countries who respect the rights of non smokers to nice, clean air.

March 8: International Women's Day

International Women's Day is celebrated across the world on March 8th each year. The day is about celebrating the vital role women play in enhancing economic security for their families, communities and countries as a whole while recognising that significant barriers to achieving women's economic security and equality continue to exist.
To know more about it, follow this link:

Just want to share this quote to all the ladies out there: 

A man wears the pants in a relationship but the woman tells the man which pair to put on. 
- Unknown