The children are bored on Sundays.

The cutest campaign film, by Oliver Peoples, directed by Autumn De Wilde, and starring Elijah Wood and Shirley Manson (from Garbage).

And cutest music ever (Just You and Me, by Zee Avi).

*trying to think of something else than my test results, which will be ready tomorrow*


Admit It!

February 2, 2010

Angela Montenegro: You have to think before you speak.

Dr. Temperance Brennan: Why? I can say anything to you without thinking about it first.

Angela Montenegro: Yeah, men aren’t like us. They’re much more fragile and needy. The fact that they think we’re the needy ones is a testament to our superiority.

Dr. Temperance Brennan: Yeah. I guess I forgot.

[Bones season 1 episode 21: The Soldier on the Grave, 2006]

Come on, guys, admit it already! =p


January 31, 2010

Seth: Why do people cry?
Maggie: Well… umm… tear ducts operate on a normal basis to lubricate and protect the eye and when you have an emotion they overreact and create tears.
Seth: Why? Why do they overreact?
Maggie: [pause] I don’t know.
Seth: Maybe… maybe emotion becomes so intense your body just can’t contain it. Your mind and your feelings become too powerful, and your body weeps.

[City of Angels, 1998]

I cannot cry in public. I have this theory about the amount of tears one can cry in public, and I have exhausted mine long ago. My primary school teachers and friends are witnesses to that.

And sometimes, I’d watch a sad movie, and cry, and I’d feel this burden lifted from my chest.

Yeah, weird, but whatever works, eh?

My top choices?

1. Armageddon,

2. Endless Love (Korean drama),

3. My Sister’s Keeper,

4. The Notebook,

5. A Walk To Remember,

6. My Girl,

7. Ghost,

8. Romeo + Juliet,

9. Beyond Borders,

… and of course,

10. City of Angels.

Yeah, and I’m not alone on the whole felt-upset?-watch-a-sad-movie-and-cry-your-heart-out routine. This girl actually posted a question in

Any good suggestions for sad movies?

so I know this sounds super depressive but when I’m upset or feeling down I like to watch sad movies that make me cry cause then I can cry at other situations besides my own. I guess it’s a sort of therapy for me. My boyfriend is in the navy and I get to see him about every 3 or 4 months so I end up getting upset a lot. I’ve been watching the same movies over and over thoug so any suggestions of sad movies for me??

Gilmore Girls’ 1st season finale (Love, Daisies, and Troubadours):

MAX: We can’t keep getting this close just to have something completely derail us again. And frankly there’s only one thing I can think of that could solve it.

LORELAI: Break up.

MAX: Ugh.

LORELAI: Well, I’m not interested in a murder-suicide kind of thing. .

MAX: We should get married.


LORELAI: Give me a clue as to whether you’re kidding or not.

MAX: I am not kidding.

LORELAI: Good clue.

MAX: What do you say?

LORELAI: Nothing. Max, you did not just propose to me.

MAX: Yes I did.

LORELAI: No. A proposal had to be something more than the desperate desire to end a bickering match.

MAX: It was more than that.

LORELAI: No, it has to be planned. It should be magical. There should be music playing and romantic lighting and a subtle buildup to the popping of the big question. There should be a thousand yellow daisies and candles and a horse and I don’t know what the horse is doing there unless you’re riding it, which seems a little over the top, but it should be more than this.

MAX: You’re right.

LORELAI: I am right.

MAX: I’m sorry.

LORELAI: It’s okay.

[Lorelai comes through the door]

KIRK: That’s not what I was saying before.

MICHEL: It is a little variation that will still lead to a punch on the nose.

[Michel and Kirk come through the door]

MICHEL: Daisies no less. As if I would order these pitiful little things. Foul things, these daisies. And just a notch up from weeds. And look how many. I mean, there must be at least. . .

LORELAI: A thousand of them. A thousand yellow daisies.

[Pan around inn’s lobby, which is filled with daisies. Lorelai walks into the middle and them and looks around.]

KIRK: That’s right. There’s exactly a thousand of them. The order states that there is to be exactly 1000. Not 1001, not 999, but 1000. You ask for 1000, I bring 1000. I don’t question the orders. I merely fill them.

[Lorelai sits down on a table in the middle of all the daisies, pulls out her cell phone and calls Max.]

MAX: I couldn’t find a horse.

LORELAI: You didn’t have to.

MAX: Don’t say anything, okay, please. You were right last night. I shouldn’t have proposed to you like that. It was stupid. It was the wrong place, and the wrong time, and I kicked myself the entire night for doing it. But you were wrong about something too. I didn’t propose to you because we were fighting. I proposed because I love you. We’re in a bad pattern Lorelai and we have to break it. And other than that murder suicide thing you were talking about, which would be illegal and messy, I can only think to be impetuous.


MAX: No, listen, I woke up this morning and I realized that I have studied and talked a great literature all my life and those stories are replete with characters that let opportunities slip by. But what I teach is more than just literature, its lessons in life. And if I don’t follow the tenants of those lessons, I’m not the man I thought I was. The man I want to be.

LORELAI: God, you talk so good.

MAX: I don’t want an answer now. I’ve thought about this. I want you to do the same. I love you Lorelai Gilmore. And I know this to be true. I’ll talk to you later. [They both hang up]

[Lorelai looks around at the daisies]

LORELAI: Oh my . . .

Yes, exactly. Oh my… ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

My Sister’s Keeper

January 12, 2010

Once upon a time, I thought I was put on Earth to save my sister.
And in the end, I couldn’t do it.

As an infant, Kate was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, which was rare. And since neither her parents nor her elder brother, Jesse, was a match for transplant, her parents follow her doctor’s off-the-record advice: a younger sibling, genetically designed to be a match for Kate. And so, via in vitro fertilization, Anna Fitzgerald was brought into this world. She gave Kate lymphocytes when she was only five, kicking and screaming and had to be held down by two nurses. Umbilical cord, lymphocytes, granulocytes, bone marrow, she had given it all to Kate. Eight procedures within the eleven years of her existence.

But when Kate went into renal failure at age 15, Anna knew she will have to donate one of her kidneys to Kate. So Anna sues her parents for medical emancipation and the rights to her own body. Attorney Campbell Alexander agrees to work for Anna as her guardian ad litem, suing for partial termination of parental rights. It is later learned he agreed to take the case not for the notoriety, but because he is an epileptic and understands her predicament of not having control over one’s own body.

When her parents asked her why she was doing it and whether she doesnot love her sister, Anna replied that if she donates a kidney, she will be unable to live the life she wants; she will no longer be able to take part in extracurricular activities such as cheerleading and soccer, or be a mother.

When you are brought into the world to ‘provide spare parts’ for someone else, how do you deal with it? It’s perfectly normal for Anna to be enraged and rebelled at the point where she was asked to sacrifice the quality of the rest of her life, when she was only eleven.

It turns out that Kate does not even want Anna’s kidney, she has no confidence in another operation and prefers to die, and since Sara does not listen to her she has requested Anna to file for medical emancipation, and refuse to donate a kidney. Their older brother Jesse had known about it all along and urges Anna to tell but she doesn’t dare say any more so he reveals it himself. Before the case is settled, Kate dies in her sleep at the hospital with her mother in her arms. After Kate’s death, Campbell brings the court decision – Anna won the case. The family moves on with their lives, being changed by Kate’s death, but every year on Kate’s birthday they go to Montana, which was her “most favorite place in the world”.

In the book version, written by Jodi Picoult, Anna was involved in a car accident and was left brain dead. So all her organs was donated, and her kidney was given to Kate, who continued to live. At the end of the book, Kate explains that she thinks she has survived for so long because someone had to die, and Anna took her place. Whenever she misses her sister, she looks at the scar from her kidney transplant and feels that Anna is with her wherever she goes.

The book sucks. I don’t want to ever read it.

Mary and Max

December 24, 2009

God gave us relatives. Thank God we can choose our friends.
-Ethel Mornford-

Sometimes perfect strangers make the best friends.

This is just about the strangest movie I’ve ever watched.

I liked the first half. From the Perpetuum Mobile in the beginning of the movie, introducing 8-year-old Mary Daisy Dinkle who was living in Australia, in 1976. As the movie progressed, we were introduced to her father (Noel Norman Dinkle) and her mother (Vera Lorainne Dinkle) and learnt that her family was super dysfunctional. Her father was absent, preferring to spent time alone with his stuffed birds, and her mother was a kleptomaniac alcoholic, who neglects her as well, telling her that she was an ‘accident’.

Then we were introduced to a man living in New York City, named Max Jerry Horowitz. Max was obese and seemed lonely. Both Mary and Max liked watching “The Noblets”, a television show that they like because everybody had ‘oodles’ of friends. Thus their friendlessness is implied.

Mary then wrote to Max, after finding his name and address from a phone book, asking him where babies came from. And  thus their unlikely pen-friendship begun.

As the movie progressed, we learnt that Max has Aspergers’ syndrome, and had anxiety attacks when Mary talked about love or sex in her letters.

*Spoiler alert*
(Highlight to read)
Mary’s father died and her mother followed soon, accidentally drank formalin, mistaking it for sherry. Mary then married Damian Popodopoulos, whom she had been in love with since she was 8.

Inspired by her friendship with Max, Mary studied psychology in university. She even wrote her thesis based on Max, “Dissecting the Asperger’s Mind”. The thesis was going to be published, but when Max found out about it, he was furious. That’s when everything start to suck. Mary became depressed, started drinking, and Damian left her. She hit rock bottom when she tried to commit suicide.

Even though Mary and Max eventually made up, Max died the day Mary came to visit him in New York, his eyes staring at the ceiling where Mary’s letters were glued.

Personally, I think the ending sucked.

*Disclaimer: I hate sad endings, and I am NOT a movie reviewer. I am entitled to hate sad endings and nothing no one says would change the way I feel about the ending. It’s a strange but beautiful movie, and maybe, just maybe, I just haven’t lived (long) enough to fully appreciate it. I dunno…

He Smiled…

December 15, 2009

...and stole my heart. ♥♥♥


I bought a Korean series last Monday, before my Bioprocess Industry Downstream Processing exam. LOL

It’s called Take Care of The Young Lady (아가씨를 부탁해 / Agassireul Pputakae).

I actually bought it because I like the female lead, Yoon Eun Hye. She’s so pretty. LOL
But then in the first (or second) episode, Jung Il-Woo, who star as Lee Tae Yoon the lawyer, smiled.

♥ ♥ ♥