Showing posts from August, 2009

the return of LOTR

no, the Lord of the Rings trilogy won't be coming back to the screen anytime soon, although reportedly, a fourth movie on the prequel The Hobbit is supposedly currently in the works and will be out in your nearest theater soon.

by the title of this blogpost, i mean i shall be returning these borrowed treasures to their rightful owner, Miss LA, after they have stayed with me for a sojourn of more than a year. Haha, it took me that long to finish the esteemed trilogy. (Sorry, lala!)

i could write a poem singing praises of LOTR and reliving my shared moments with the master storyteller Tolkien on the adventures in Middle-Earth...already started one but it might take several days to finish or come to a close. Lord of the Rings is definitely going down in the history of my heart as one of my most beloved book experiences in the world!!!

anyway, i am sure Miss LA will be glad of their return and i can see that in the future some book seller is going to be made happy by me when i purchase …

i'm a doctor,

not a physicist!"
- is supposedly a quote from star trek (2009), the movie.

while engaged in a conversation that was fast becoming heated, a friend took that quote from that movie and inserted it in, with his own spin to it, of course.

reading melville, i came across a line of his in moby dick that vaguely recalls that quote and i wonder if star trek's scriptwriter had not somehow borrowed from him.

melville in page 168, while speaking of cetology: I am the architect, not the builder.

melville was first! (so he has first dibs, hehe)

more melvillisms:

"For small erections may be finished by their first architects; grand ones, true ones, ever leave the copestone to posterity."

"This whole book is but a draught - nay, but the draught of a draught."

"Oh, Time, Strength, Cash, and Patience!"

-all from page 159, Moby-Dick


ang galing ng pagkasulat ng Chapter 34 The Cabin-Table...funny and interesting depiction...=)

my favorite poem

XLIII. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

dear lala

lala dearest, i have to talk to you, as a fellow book enthusiast, about herman melville. he's good, LA. i am reluctantly impressed by how articulate it is. i find it obvious that he was a man of above-average intelligence, surmising it from the mysterious depth and hinting messages behind his references and allusions. i find from his words knowledge of religion and greek literature and a handle on the english language that befits a classical writer.

i have yet to get behind the depth, meaning and philosophy behind his work Moby-Dick, and when i do, i'll tell you about it.

and in defense of the antagonist in the story, from whom is derived the eponymous title, you have to admit, the book does stand out because it is unusual to write a book or an adventure on whales or whaling...melville kc had experience as a sailor, that accounts for his capability and realism in writing moby-dick.

anyway...still reading the book.

according to the introduction, "Melville constructs some o…

part of your world reprise

back in my high school, i remember ghia told me of this reprise of the song part of your world.

now this is dead serious longing...

what would i give to live where you are?
what would i pay to stay here beside you?
what would i do to see you smiling at me?
where would we walk, where would we run,
if we could stay all day in the sun?
just you and me
and i could be
part of your world..

i don't know when
i don't know how
but i know something's starting right now
watch and you'll see
someday i'll be
part of your world...

that's how you know alan menken

ladies and gentlemen, presenting ALAN MENKEN...or maybe you guys already know about him, ako lang ang hindi. i've always wanted to find out about the people behind a production, especially something that i liked, and i felt that i was especially lucky to have found out about this man, who is the composer behind so many disney songs and movies that have formed a magical part of my life.

i uncovered him while foraying the internet regarding Enchanted that featured songs such as 'that's how you know' and 'ever ever after'...

if i only kept tabs with the Oscars, i would have discovered menken earlier...

but anyway, this post serves as a tribute to the person behind so many inspiring and beautiful songs that form part of the soundtrack of my life (especially before i came of age) and also to record, remember and celebrate people who inspire me. alan menken is one of them. a great many thanks.

alan menken was born july 22, 1949 and he is an american composer and pian…

you inspire me

to be the sort of woman i only dream of being. =)

perseids shooting stars

funny, but i have never seen a star fall. not unless you count the few times star-falling has been featured in the movies. but are you able to wish on a star that's featured in reel and not in real life?

so i never got to wish on a star. which wasn't much of a big deal to me anyway except that it bothered me that i was missing out on something so magical for some. where's the magic in a falling star anyway?

is it like that time in meteor shower, the taiwanese series? i never watched that but a friend told me of this scene there...sanchai (i don't know how it is really spelled) was standing on a balcony with dao ming zhu and dao was telling her that if a star should not fall that night then they were really not meant to be. the two waited for even just one star to streak across the sky but as time wore on, it was beginning to get apparent to dao that there'll be no star to fall, and he turned away from her. but a moment or two after his leavetaking, star upon s…

August 3

is Russ' birthday. it is also cherry lou's. and two days from now, my brother will be celebrating his birthday. in a week or two, thea will also celebrate hers.

four people. four people i like. four people whose lives touch mine.

anyone taking the time to ask more about these persons and their relationship with me would quickly come to uncover telling bits and pieces of my personal history.

one, they would know that i'm not an only child. i have a sibling. he is older than me.

second, cherry lou is a nurse who finished her undergraduate degree from a respected institution in cebu. i am a BA Public Administration baccalaureate degree holder from UP Diliman and i hail from ozamiz. thus, the connection? cherry lou and i both run in the same tight-knit, exclusive (hehe) high school clique who call themselves SJ...which embarrassingly stands for Space Jammers! lol

and russ and thea? law school groupmates during my all-too brief stint in law school. i have fond memories of …