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Watch: Snow White and the Huntsman

Remakes are a little bit tricky to pull off.  Especially remakes about fairytales. 
Everyone knows and story, yet everyone expects to be surprised.
Snow White and the Huntsman’s succeeded in delivering a  balanced story which is both familiar and unexpected. 
The cinematography is brilliant.  We were taken from a colorful land of happily ever after to a much darker and menacing site of battles and bloodshed.
And I even read that they used normal sized people and digitally altered them as dwarves to be able to use better known actors.
The problem is with the casting of the two main characters. Charlize is a jewel to watch.  But the lead couple are a little bit difficult to swallow. Helmsworth reminded us so much about Thor, only this time with an axe.  And it is kind of difficult to picture Stewart as a strong and passionate character.  Together, they remind us of those other movies featuring superheroes and vampires.
Still this movie made a good job of reminding us that:
Beautiful women are vain, selfish and ruthless.

Good looking men are devious liars and betrayers.
Sometimes a girl needs a flawed, heartbroken hero and not a prince charming.  And in other times, she can be a hero herself.
If only fairytales are all like this.

Overall aside from the casting issues, it is the kind of fairytale movie that I wished I was able to watch as a child.  Maybe then I’d worry more about winning my battles than being pretty.


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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