Monday, 28 May 2012

Pista sa Bogo: The Ferris Wheel Experience

This year's Bogo fiesta was quiet fun. I had time to go to the houses of my friends, unlike before where I only stayed the whole time in our place.

First, I went to Argie's house. Then the next day, I went to Xtin's house. Then at night we went to the piryahan. It was a quite a while already since the last time I went to a fair. But still the same rides was their, just with different names. There's still the horror booth, then the caterpillar, the mini roller coaster, and of course...

The ferris wheel!

Before, this ride was just nothing to the kiddie hype. But now, we could see how high it goes up and how fast the wheel turns. I said to myself, "Ngano dili man ni siya hadlok sauna oi?!".

For 20 pesos, we are going to the ride that we called that time as "buwis buhay". I imagined one of the sequels of Final Destination where a ferris wheel went loss and killed a lot of people in the carnaval. X_x

As we hopped in the ride and manong pulled the lever to pull us upward, I can feel my dinner coming up my throat. But this is no going back. We are already inside the wheel. No more time to shout "Lemme out of here!". It would be too embarassing if I said that in front of the waiting crowd.

Farrah and I inside the buwis buhay ride
Ian and Justine on the carriage next to us.
The view from the top!

Still, the experience was nostalgic and it brought a lot of childhood memories.
The piryahan is really one of the highlights in every pinoy fiestas.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Burtz + Ef Are

May 25, 2012

Robert Rolian and Floramie Rose Mirasol...

Wacky couple who both love to take pictures and capture moments... And today is finally their turn to have their special day captured on cam... ^_^

The ceremony was held at Sacred Heart Parish and reception followed after at Robinland...
Motif was black and silver...

One of the unique weddings I've attended. From the "cupcake" wedding cake to the beer toast, it really was one fun wedding from the wackiest couple I've known! Gameover guyz! ^_^

Monday, 21 May 2012

Dark Shadows (2012)

In 1760, Joshua (Ivan Kaye) and Naomi Collins (Susanna Cappellaro) sail from Liverpool to North America. They set up a fishing port in Maine called Collinsport, and also build Collinwood Manor. Their son, Barnabas (Johnny Depp), grows up to be a wealthy playboy in the town. He breaks the heart of one of their servants, Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), who is a witch and kills his parents in revenge and curses his family. He then studies dark magic to prove Angelique is in fact a witch, falling in love with Josette du Pres (Bella Heathcote) in the meantime. Angelique, in an act of jealousy, puts a spell on Josette, which forces her to leap to her death from a nearby cliff called Widow's Peak. Barnabas runs after Josette but he arrives too late. He jumps over the cliff to kill himself, but Angelique has already turned Barnabas into a vampire before he reaches the bottom. Soon after, Angelique convinces the townspeople that Barnabas is a vampire, having them capture him and bury him alive in a chained coffin in the woods.
In 1972, a woman named Maggie Evans (Bella Heathcote) travels by train to Collinsport, responding to an advertisement to be thegoverness to a young boy, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). While on the train, she decides to change her name to Victoria Winters, practicing asking the family to call her "Vicky". She hitches a ride with hippies to Collinwood Manor, where she meets Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer), the matriarch of the family, and the families' servants, Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley) and old Mrs. Johnson (Ray Shirley). It is explained that David's mother died at sea and he believes his mother speaks to him. Elizabeth takes Victoria on a tour of Collinwood Manor, which is falling into disrepair. While on the tour, Victoria meets Elizabeth's 15-year-old rebellious and provocative daughter Carolyn (Chloë Grace Moretz). At dinner, Victoria meets the rest of the dysfunctional family: Roger (Jonny Lee Miller), Elizabeth's brother and indifferent father of David, and Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), an alcoholic psychiatrist who had been hired to help David overcome his belief that he can speak to his dead mother, but thus far has been unsuccessful. David appears in a sheet to look like a ghost, trying to frighten Victoria. David talks of his mother speaking to him, and Carolyn calls him crazy, but Victoria states she believes in ghosts. After dinner, Victoria is in her room and believes she sees David again appearing under the same sheet. She removes the sheet, but sees the ghost of Josette instead, who remarks "He's coming", before hovering to the large chandelier in the foyer and falling as she did from the cliff.
That night, Barnabas is accidentally freed from his coffin by a group of construction workers. He feeds on them and makes his way back to Collinwood Manor, finding his once-magnificent mansion in ruins. Barnabas convinces Elizabeth that he really is who he says he is, and asks her of the family curse and the story of how he died. She answers that nobody knows how he died so he explains that is because he didn't. Barnabas then shows her a secret room full of treasures as a proof of his identity. She says he may stay with them under two conditions: that he tells no one else of the riches in the secret room and that he tells no one that he is a vampire, to which Barnabas agrees. Barnabas is introduced to the family at breakfast. Elizabeth explains that he is a distant relative from England and Barnabas explains he has come to help the family restore their business and family name.
Angelique, now a respected and successful resident of Collinsport, soon discovers that he has escaped his shallow grave. She wants to win him back so she visits the mansion and tells him to join her or he will regret it. He tells her he has no feelings for her and she leaves. He discovers that his family's fishing company is in ruins because of Angelique's business, Angel Bay Fishery, and takes steps to revitalize and rebuild the company (and the mansion), gaining the trust of the family in the process. As the Collins' fishery begins to pick up, Angelique calls Barnabas to her office for a meeting, again offering that he either join and love her or she will destroy him and everything he loves. She manages to seduce him and they make love, wrecking her office in doing so. But when they are finished, he says can never love her as he has fallen in love with Victoria, again leaving. Barnabas turns to Carolyn for help as he tries to win over the heart of Victoria but doesn't know how. Carolyn explains he needs to be less "weird" and tells him he should get some normal friends. Later that night Barnabas goes out into the woods with the same hippies that drove Victoria to the mansion. They discuss love before Barnabas regretfully feeds on them.
The next day, Dr. Hoffman hypnotizes Barnabas in a therapy session and he confesses to being a vampire, as well as to the murders of the construction workers and the hippies. She is shocked and fascinated by him and runs to Elizabeth to ask why she keeps such a secret to herself. Elizabeth tells her not to tell anyone else of his secret. Dr. Hoffman offers to help turn Barnabas into a human via blood transfusions. At dinner, Barnabas decides to restore their name by having a ball. Carolyn retorts that they need to have a party instead, suggesting Alice Cooper as entertainment. Barnabas agrees and they throw a party for the entire town at their mansion, at which Alice Cooper performs. On a balcony outside of the party, Barnabas finds Victoria, to whom he expresses his love. She explains her troubling past to him through flashbacks. It is revealed that Victoria was sent to a mental hospital by her parents for talking to the ghost of Barnabas' love, Josette. She is seen getting electroshock treatment as a child, then escaping through the window with sheets years later. They passionately kiss after she says she feels like she has always known him. Angelique crashes the party and sees Barnabas and Victoria kissing, becoming enraged. The next day, Barnabas discovers Dr. Hoffman is not giving him human blood, but taking several pints of his blood instead to turn herself into a vampire to avoid growing old. Enraged, Barnabas presumably kills her by draining her dry and dumps her body in the ocean with Willie's help. He then discovers David's sleazy father Roger snooping around the study, trying to find the secret room. Barnabas gives him a choice: stay and be a father or leave; Roger chooses the latter. Right after Roger leaves, Barnabas accidentally stands in a beam of sunlight after saving David from a falling disco ball and his skin burns. His secret is revealed to the children and Victoria and they are horrified.
Barnabas meets with Angelique that night and refuses her offer once more to cooperate with her to run the town, also refusing to return her love. While leaving her office, he is forced into a coffin waiting for him right outside her door, and Angelique then binds him with chains and drives him to the cemetery, leaving the coffin in a crypt and telling Barnabas she will destroy everything he loves and then come back for him in a few days. Just before driving to the cemetery, she blows up the rebuilt Collins canning factory by reciting a spell. While the fire is still raging, David learns from his mother that Barnabas has been locked up and where to find him. David goes to the crypt and frees Barnabas from the coffin. While the police and firefighters try to put out the fire, Angelique plays a cassette recording she recorded during her last meeting with Barnabas in which he confesses to being a vampire and killing the construction workers, the hippies, and Dr. Hoffman, revealing that the Collins family is harboring a murderer. This turns the townspeople against the family once more, leading them to the mansion. At the mansion, Angelique is shocked to see that Barnabas has escaped. Barnabas offers to be arrested in place of the family, but then grabs Angelique, prompting a policeman to shoot him several times. Revealed as immortal, he then shows the townspeople Angelique is a witch: as he squeezes her, her skin cracks like porcelain. The townspeople run away from the mansion in horror. Angelique sets the mansion on fire, and brings the wooden statues and portraits to life, as well as making blood run down the walls of the living room and splintering the wood of the mansion. Carolyn, who is revealed as being a werewolf (because Angelique had sent a werewolf to bite her as a baby), fights her, but is beaten back. Elizabeth, armed with a shotgun, stands up to Angelique, and David summons the ghost of his mother Laura (whom Angelique admits killing), who throws her into the chandelier. Angelique, her porcelain skin fracturing, literally offers her heart to Barnabas, insisting she did in fact love him, but he refuses, telling her she isn't capable of love and only wanted to control him. Upon being rejected by Barnabas, her heart literally breaks and she dies. Barnabas looks for Victoria, who hasn't been seen since it was revealed that he was a vampire. David tells him that his mother said she is headed for Widow's Peak. Barnabas catches up with her there, but Victoria tells him that they can never be together as she lives in the light and he lives in the shadows. Angelique's spell makes Victoria jump over the cliff. Barnabas jumps off after her and bites her on the way down, turning her into a vampire to save her life. Afterward, Victoria tells Barnabas to call her Josette, and Barnabas narrates that his curse has ended. The film then ends underwater, with a school of fish swimming away from the body of Dr. Hoffman, who opens her eyes, revealing that she too is now a vampire.

A lot of people who watched this movie didn't really appreciate it. They said that they didn't like the plot. One even said that Tim Burton + Johnny Depp does not always work or turn out good. Maybe they just didn't understand the movie or they were just expecting more. I know that this was based from a classic soap opera. Didn't really know the story of the classic series. But the movie was again another hit for Tim Burton, at least for me. I still love how he made the movie. It still had the Tim Burton touch, the weirdness in all of his works. This what I loved in his movies. So still a thumbs up for you Tim! And Johnny as well! ^_^

Every family has its demons.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

A Creed To Live By

Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
It is because we are different and that each of us is special.

Don't set your goals by what other people deem important.
Only you know what is best for you.

Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart.
Cling to that as you would your life, for without them life is meaningless.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Nichi's New Crib!

After 5 months, Nichi has lived in a cramp aquarium-turned-terrarium with no wheel and enough space to run and play. I watched him getting lazier each day. Poor Nichi... :(

So last Wednesday, I finally got time to get him a new place to run and play with. A bigger home. And here it is!

Mansion de Nichi!
It's blue, has three storeys, a wheel, and a tube that leads to a cozy "bedroom" at the top most storey. Finally, a new home for Nichi! ^_^

Close up of his new cute water bottle

View from the top. The cozy "bedroom" on the right side.

Pikachu on the 2nd floor.

Still, Nichi needs to get used to the wheel. He's still as lazy as ever. Just sleeps his butt off on the wheel. *sigh*

Let Operation Nichi-Workout-on-the-Wheel commence! :D

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Happy Mama's Day Mader! ^_^


Happy Mother's Day Mama Cherry!

Thanks for the patience bisan unsa mi kabadlongon. This day's for you! Amping diha permi! ^_^

Taken last 2002. That's like 10 years ago?! :D

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

7 Secrets of Success

When asked what are the 7 secrets of success, I found the answer in my room...

Roof said: Aim high.
Fan said: Be cool.
Clock said: Every minute is precious.
Mirror said: Reflect before you act.
Window said: See the world.
Calendar said: Be up-to-date.
Door said: Push hard to achieve your goals.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Good Morning Nichi! ^_^

Mo mo morning Nichi baby!

How is you? Last night, I just got back from the most exhausting trail run ever! Sorry was not able to play with you last night, I was just so dead tired when I arrived home. Went straight to bed. But I got you a bunch of sunflower seeds as peace offering. :D



Saturday, 5 May 2012

Howl's Moving Castle

Sophie, a hatter, is a responsible-yet-plain 18-year-old girl who on her way to the bakery to visit her sister encounters by chance a mysterious wizard. This encounter arouses the Witch of the Waste, who comes to the hat shop and curses Sophie, transforming her into an old woman. As the curse prevents her from telling anyone of her condition, Sophie decides to leave and seek out a cure.
Sophie meets the fire demon Calcifer, who powers the castle and recognizes that Sophie has been cursed. Calcifer offers to break the curse in exchange for Sophie's help in breaking the spell he's under, which keeps Calcifer bound to the house. When Howl appears, Sophie announces that she is the castle's new cleaning lady, hired by Calcifer because he was sick of how dirty the castle was.

Currently, the country Sophie is in is caught up in the beginning of a war with its neighbor following the mysterious disappearance of the other realm's Crown Prince, and slowly the war begins to creep into Sophie's country itself. Howl receives summons from the King, who orders his various assumed identities to fight in the war. However, Howl comes up with an idea to send Sophie, as his mother to announce what a coward he is and that he would be useless. At the palace, Sophie runs into an asthmatic dog, Heen, who she thinks is Howl undercover. She also meets the Witch of the Waste, who Suliman punishes by draining all of her power, causing her to regress into a harmless old woman, with little memories of her past actions. Suliman tells Sophie that Howl will meet the same fate if he does not contribute to the war. As Sophie vehemently protests these measures, the Witch's spell temporarily weakens due to the love in her words. Suliman realizes Sophie's true relation to Howl and her feelings towards him. Howl then arrives to rescue Sophie, Suliman tries to entrap Howl, but with Sophie's help, they manage to escape.
Sophie learns that Howl transforms into a bird-like creature to interfere in the war, but each transformation makes it more difficult for him to return to human form. Sophie fears that Howl is preparing to leave them, as his remaining time as a human is limited, he returns to interfering in the war. Sophie's mother shows up and is actually under Suliman's control and leaves behind a bag containing a "peeping bug" under her orders. The former Witch of the Waste discovers it and promptly destroys the bug by tossing it into Calcifer. Unfortunately, Calcifer gets sick after eating the bug, rendering him unable to protect the castle from being discovered.

A few hours later, the city is carpet-bombed by enemy aircraft while Suliman's henchmen invade the hat shop. After arriving in the nick of time and protecting the hat shop from the bombing, Howl draws the guards away just after healing Calcifer. He tells Sophie he is not going to run away anymore because he has something he wants to protect before leaving to interfere with the war. Deducing that Howl must be saved, Sophie moves everyone out of the castle and removes Calcifer from the fireplace, destroying the castle. She offers Calcifer a piece of her hair to give him strength enough to power a portion of the castle. They head toward Howl when the former Witch of the Waste discovers Howl's heart within Calcifer. Sophie pours water on Calcifer to make her let go of the heart, making Calcifer lose his power. The segment of the castle is split, and she and Heen fall down a chasm.

Making her way toward Howl's heart, Sophie enters through the door into the black region, Howl's childhood. She sees a recollection of how Howl and Calcifer meet: Howl eats Calcifer, who then gains his heart. Sophie finds Howl, having now lost his human consciousness in bird form. They head back to the group, and Sophie asks the Witch for Howl's heart. She gives it to her and places the heart back in Howl, resurrecting him and freeing Calcifer. She kisses the scarecrow who reveals that he is actually the missing prince. Heen shows the scene of their happy end to Suliman, and the war is finally over. Howl, Sophie, and the others are seen high above the bomber planes returning home from the end of the war.

Being a Studio Ghibli film, this movie is really bound to be a thumbs up to me. Based on a novel by Diana Wynne Jones, it was later on adapted by Hayao Miyazaki into an anime. It combines politics and magic and showed Miyazaki's pacifist side. Saw this anime years ago and instanstly loved it. ^_^

Friday, 4 May 2012

The Wonderland Revamped!

Abriella in Wonderland now has a new look. Love the new look on Nichi with the Tony Tony Chopper hat. The chibi me also is very cute. I finally had time to update the look of my Wonderland.

Special thanks to Michele Liza Pelayre of SugarOverkill for the beautiful artwork (chibi + background). In case you'd want to have your very own chibi or a new background for your blog, you may contact her through her website. ^_^

Hope y'all like the new look on my blog!