Insights on Life of Pi

POTATO I’ve always wanted to write what I really thought about the movie Life of Pi ever since I watched it more than two weeks ago but didn’t quite have the time. And since classes last Tuesday were cancelled because of the weather, I thought that writing it then would be the perfect time. Anyway, like all other people who’ve already watched Life of Pi, at the end of the movie, I was in so much awe. (Or maybe you too repeatedly uttered the now famous tiger’s name ‘Richard Parker’ – that often gets mixed up with a certain Spider Man named ‘Peter Parker’ – and did your best to imitate Pi’s Indian accent. Well, nice try guys. Haha!) My friend and I weren’t talking to each other when we got out of the theatre. We were both thinking to ourselves. After a few minutes, I was still all like, “Wait, don’t talk to me. Don’t you dare try to talk to me for even just a split second! I know you already want to say something but please, my mind is trying to work here.” But of course I was in smiles and sounded extremely friendly when I told my friend that. (Lol.) The movie was truly amazing and it was as if I was being tested and my brain was being divided, sliced and minced after Pi’s next statement after he thanked the guy for choosing the story with the tiger that went, “and so that goes with God”. Statements like that thrown out in the open before a movie ends just always lead you back to the start,...

A Funny Promise

POTATO Remember my lengthy previous article “Mongo and New Year’s Resolutions”? I recall mentioning in that article about making New Year’s resolutions realistic and feasible for them to be achievable (Yes, I am putting my rhyming skills to the test! You know, feasible – achievable? Okay, bye. Lol.), and also making them as simple and clear as possible. To further explain what I meant, I gave this resolution as an example: “I am going to change my penmanship to print once and for all so I won’t see any red marks on my philosophy essay telling me not to write in all caps.” Back in high school, my hand writing underwent a series of what I’d like to call, “The All-Caps Evolution”. (Yes, that New Year’s Resolution right up there is mine!) Anyway, the reason why I call it like that is because my all-caps handwriting underwent a lot of changes until I reached my idea of what was the perfect all-caps handwriting. But alas! I felt the need to change it now that I’m graduating from college! Pretty nice timing for me or what, huh? I just couldn’t stand the thought that after all these years the way that I’ve been writing my handwritten essays weren’t proper, or that I’m a twenty-year-old who didn’t learn from any of her penmanship classes when she was in preschool. So what’s an obsessive-compulsive like me got to do? Practice her new penmanship of course! Here’s a peek of my progress so far: To make it more fun for me I took out my favorite My Gel colored pens. I have them in...

The Queen’s Guard

POTATO I know, I know. Weird title is weird. But it ain’t going to be anymore once you see my outfit! The red blazer, the navy blue skirt and the tan oxford peep-toes make me a close enough look-alike of a Queen’s Guard. You know those guys who guard the Buckingham Palace in London, without a trace of emotion on their faces? Yes. They are also those guys you saw on an episode of Mr. Bean whom Mr. Bean tries so, so hard to annoy but sadly cannot. But I’m not like those guards! I’m very expressive and it’s sort of hard for me to hide any emotion from my face. If I’m happy, I’m happy. If I’m puzzled, you’ll see I’m puzzled. *Winks* But even if I closely resemble the Queen’s Guard, I still think the colors of my outfit are in the spirit of the holiday season! Christmas day – I think – is just the perfect time to rock the gifts that the very special people in my life gave me. I wanted to go for a casual but at the same time classy look. To add a hint of class I wore this gorgeous red blazer I got from my Tita Leanette. At first look you may think I got this from a store or maybe ordered it online or something. But for those of you whose parents or who have relatives who worked or still works at Coca-Cola Davao, this blazer may probably look familiar to them. I can’t believe that something that looks as chic as this was once used as their uniform years...

Ate Mela’s Baby Shower

POTATO Last December 22, 2012, I experienced a first. I’ve never been to a baby shower before that’s why I was absolutely excited when my Ate Mela messaged me a month ago that she was coming home from Cebu to have her baby shower here in Davao. Before anything else, let me tell you a little back story about me and the fabulous mom-to-be. Before she became my English teacher, close friend, and now, “Ate”, she was my moderator for the First Year Publications, in Ateneo de Davao. It was funny how in our first meeting, the first thing that popped in my head when I saw her was, “Oh! So the pretty teacher with the always elegant clothes will be our moderator. What’s her name again? God, I’m such a first year.” And then she asked me what my nickname was. I didn’t expect this because you know, people usually ask for your first name on a first meeting. I told her that it was “Melay” and then she said, “Okay. I’ll call you Melay because my name is also Carmela.” I smiled and thought, “Cool.” Looking back, I can’t help but feel really happy about how things turned out, especially for her. Our friendship has come a long way! Things just happened so fast this year. From her bridal shower, to her wedding, and now her baby shower. She’s just so amazing and strong. That’s why I have no doubts about how her soon-to-be Baby Lucas Iñigo would turn out the same.   Now let me proceed with the fun that day. The baby shower was held at Café Andessa in Buhangin,...

‘Tori Says’ her First ‘Hello’.

POTATO Hello. I guess you pretty much expected that. But I think what you didn’t expect was that ‘Hello’ came with a wave and a big, big smile because if you see me in person, you’d really think, “Wow, this girl has really big teeth.” But yeah, whatever. I’m happy with them anyway. That’s just one of the things that make me, well, me. Okay, enough talk about me and my big smile. On the first week of December, I went to this conference with my beloved mother and aunt. It was Bo Sanchez’ Kerygma Conference 2012 with the theme, “Champions, Arise!” What happened that whole day is another story. But I do want to share a very little, tiny, tiny thing that we did over there that meant very, very huge to me (I don’t know if people say that. ‘Very huge to me’ sounds a bit weird but, ‘huge’ is the only word I could think of that I could parallel with ‘little’ and ‘tiny’. LOL.) So here’s the tiny, quick story. There was this part in the program wherein we were given white flags and we were made to wave them high up in the air, close our eyes, feel the music and surrender all our worries and fears and heartaches to God. It was the most wonderful thing. The next part was, we were asked to take our white flags and write on them our greatest dreams in life in words or phrases. I still have my flag. I wrote four things and they were: Graduate.                            Blog.                      Be Successful.                   Inspire. After seeing that...
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