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Book of Eli

April 28th, 2010 No comments

It took me three attempts on the flick “Book of Eli” as I have doubt if it is worth a ticket, nevertheless, I found myself sitting inside the theatre on Tuesday evening.  The motivation was (1) it’s a Denzel Washington starrer; and (2) the man has not made a bad film in his career and (3) has been a consistent shoo-in for any acting award in every film he makes.  After 118 minutes it wasn’t that bad as I thought it would be it’s just the story has been used before; it’s about a walker in a post apocalyptic wasteland carrying with him the most treasured creation that shaped this world – the only remaining copy of King James version of the Bible (in Braille) on his way to West Coast where the remaining bastion is in Alcatraz island preserving the pre-war relics.

The film was like Zatoichi meets the gang who couldn’t shoot straight, yes, Carnegie (Oldman), the rundown town warlord and his militia were that shortsighted and could not hit Eli who’ll be revealed later to be blind all along (WTF!  He can shoot down snipers with accuracy atop buildings)!   The musical score was more like a modern orchestral rendition of  Ry Cooder’s “The Last Man Standing”.  The action sequence is well choreographed but if you’re so interested in a post-apocalyptic human drama grab the DVD copy of Viggo Mortensen’s The Road, it’s one powerful film.


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Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

April 28th, 2010 No comments
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Palakasan for lack of a better title

April 22nd, 2010 No comments
From appointing personal counsels into DOJ posts, GMA just surprises us everyday with her bag of magic tricks. This new act is in the form and shape of a manicurista taking on a board member post in Pag-ibig reportedly taking in a monthy income of Php 130,000.00. The curtain raiser is his gardener as deputy of the Luneta Park Administration.

Not to demean these guys but I am jealous to the bone!

They did not only have to kiss butts to get where they are, they just had to pull weed and clean fingernails. If only life was that easy. But no, we are not in God's good graces. Sure, when you're a good gardener you get rewarded by tending to a bigger garden, the greenest of the greens, where Jose got shot himself.

The manicurist I just did not get. She cleaned her nails so she can administer bigger dirts in Pag-ibig? Love for nails? I just don't get the connection here? can anyone clue me in?

I get it. Life is unfair! Someday I'm gonna put out someone's ingrone (sp?!) and get to the top.
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Palakasan for lack of a better title

April 22nd, 2010 No comments
From appointing personal counsels into DOJ posts, GMA just surprises us everyday with her bag of magic tricks. This new act is in the form and shape of a manicurista taking on a board member post in Pag-ibig reportedly taking in a monthy income of Php 130,000.00. The curtain raiser is his gardener as deputy of the Luneta Park Administration.Not to demean these guys but I am jealous to the bone!They did not only have to kiss butts to get where they are, they just had to pull weed and clean fingernails. If only life was that easy. But no, we are not in God's good graces. Sure, when you're a good gardener you get rewarded by tending to a bigger garden, the greenest of the greens, where Jose got shot himself.The manicurist I just did not get. She cleaned her nails so she can administer bigger dirts in Pag-ibig? Love for nails? I just don't get the connection here? can anyone clue me in?I get it. Life is unfair! Someday I'm gonna put out someone's ingrone (sp?!) and get to the top.
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Andrew & Mary

April 20th, 2010 No comments
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ANDREW JOSEPH VLISMAS & MARY JUCO

Mercure Lake > New South Wales Australia

St Francis Xavier Church > MacQuarie Raffertys Resort
Photography > mangoRED + Busy Bee Works Sydney


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And curtains laced with diamonds dear for you
And all the Roman Noblemen for you
And kingdom's Christian Soldiers dear for you
And melting ice cap mountain tops for you

And knights in flaming silver robes for you

You're in search of the place
 To continue the chase of the heavenly taste
 I suggest in that case
 You all come with me

To my place by the sea
 Where the glasses shall be
 Overflowing w/

< F R E E >

Then at home on a branch
in the highest tree

a songbird sings out
so suddenly

Ah the sun is warm
and the soft winds ride

on the willow trees
by the river side

we met in the springtime

when blossoms unfold
the pastures were green
and meadows were gold

If you were the road
 I'd go all the way

If you were the night
 I'd sleep in the day

She tells me it's alright to open up my eyes
 She holds onto my hand and the clouds race by

The couple in the car above
 I suppose they think that we're in love
 I think they are right

I told the stars above
 About the one I love

I told the morning sun
 Yeah I'm telling everyone

I told my mum and dad

They seemed to understand

What would you say was the matter

 When we all laughed at each other,
 When we all cried together?

Give up all of our tomorrows,
 Finding nothing more to argue

Give me your love

And I'll give you the perfect lovesong
Give me your word

Forever and a day
No matter what other people may say

We'll hold on to each other
'Til we're old and grey

Then the moon swept down to greet us
 it was warm and made of flowers
 into vines that barely reached us
 climbing higher than forever -

If you were a drink I'd drink my fill of you
If your name was Jack
I'd change mine to Jill for you

If we were horses we could ride through the fields at dawn
Through the day until the day was gone
I could sing about you in my songs
As we ride away into the
setting sun
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April 18th, 2010 No comments

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Baliong Salog (Para ki Tatay)

April 17th, 2010 No comments
Aram sa lugar mi na an ama ko sarong carpintero. Sarong profesion na may kakayahan na magtransformar nin bagay para maging capakipakinabang o magcrear nin magagayon na bagay hali sa simpleng ginicanan.

Nagcacaigwang forma an cada caputan nia. Ining kakayahan dae lang limitado sa saiyang mga camot. May paagi man an saiyang mga tataramon para iforma man an buhay can nagdadangog saiya, orog na an saiyang familia. Siring man sa saiyang mga gibo sa camot na may darang kamanungdanan, sa saiyang mga tataramon may darang adal sa mawot na magdangog caini.

‘Yan si Tatay. Miski nagretiro na, nasisibot pa man giraray an isip asin camot sa pagpakaray can harong mi na dae matapos tapos an patrabaho. Garo baga sarong mission na nia sa saiyang buhay asin familia an mahiling an harong nia tapos siring sa pangitorogan nia na mahiling kami tapos gabos sa pag-adal.
May sugot ngani kayan, nagpaparatrabaho daa an carpintero para sa ibang harong, pero an sadiring harong nangangaipuhan man nin siring na trabaho. May gira nin katibaadan an sugot na iyan.

Mamondong sasabihon ko na parejas na dae nia na mahihiling na matapos an harong asin an mga aki nia sa pag-adal.

Kasurung-taon sa bulan can pagcelebrar nia can cumpleaño, ininvitar ako ni Tatay na magbisekleta kami pasiring sa baliong salog. Mawot niang visitahon an daga na winalat saiya can ina nia. Saro pa, may aqui siang naca-agom asin naca-istar na sa baliong salog.

Sa edad na sitenta y uno, si Tatay nahilig sa bisecleta para sa ejersecio nia. May rayuma kaya. Mas narayray daa pagmate nia pagnakaka-ejersecio cia.
Aldaw na Domingo kaidto. Nagsubli akong bisekleta sa amaon ko dangan nagderecho na pasiring sa baliong salog. Nagsunod si Tatay.

“Luway-luway sana kita, Noy.”

Miling carpintero, aram nia na an tamang “pacing,” para magconservar nin kusog asin tama lang sa oras. Mala ta garo sana naglalakaw an kaskas can pedal mi. Apisar joven pa ako, napupungot ako sa dalagan mi. Mga alas siete nin aga pa lang kaidto. May sirang na an saldang alagad presco pa an huyop can duros na nagsasabat sa pisngi ko. Iba talaga an duros Maylaud.

Nahiling ko an tamang “pacing” ki Tatay. Pagbakante sa oras asin nasa harong sana, namansayan ko cun pano ini magkatam. Enot papatagilidun an kahoy asin sisiripun nin sarong mata an ibabaw. Tapos, ihihigda na an kahoy saka kakatamon. Luway-luway na pag-idot can katam sa ibabaw. Saka sisiripun giraray. Mga nagkakapirang beses ini ginigibo nia. Binabaliktad, ino-utro. Luway-luway na pigninipisan an kahoy hasta magin lapat sa sukol nia.

Pag-abot ko sa highway, nakadangog akong kurahaw sa likod.

“Sa gilid sana kita, Noy.”

Arog can ibang carpintero, tuninong asin simple lang magtrabaho si Tatay. Cun mapuepuede, dae matahaw para ibandera an saiyang trabaho. Mas gusto nia an magtrabaho sana nin mayong gayong pataranta.
Aram ni Tatay an manonongod na trabahohon. Dangan gigibohon nia an manonongod susog sa napag-olayan. Pagnaandam na an gabos, mga “tools” na lang an madadangog. Senyales na nagpupuon na an trabaho saen man na gilid na puede trabahohan.

“Hapit kita ki Mama.”

Saro sa nanudan ko ki Tatay iyo an importancia can familia. Can dos mil dos nagadan si Mama, ina ni Tatay. Bilang iyo an matuang aki na lalaki, an bilog na pagbisto asin pagrespeto sa ina nahiling ko ki Tatay. Ako bilang bunso sa mga lalaking magturugang, siring man kayan an dinakulaan ko na paghiling sa ina co.
Sa atubangan can lulubngan puminundo asin nagpamibi. Inarog ko man ginibo nia. Dangan nagluwas na kami sa camposanto, derecho sa baliong salog.

“Tino ka sa mga masasabatan o maaagihan ta.”

Dacul cabisto si Tatay. Mala ngani ta dikit dikit, may catinuhan sa naaagihan mi. Mayo akong aram na kaiwal ni Tatay. Basta kaya magpaciencia, hasta kaya maggibo nin paagi na dae magkariribuk, ‘yan an paagi ni Tatay. Bako lang sa habo nia an kariribukan, dae sia nagtutubod na may maray ining kaaabtan.

Can nacabalio na kaming tulay, presco asin magayagaya an capalibutan. Hararayo an distancia can mga harong sa cada saro. Alagad cada harong na maagihan na may tawo sa luwas, nagpapaaram si Tatay,

“Makiagi po.”

Gabos kita nagbabaklay sa kanya-kanyang dalan. Naoogma ako ta sa aldaw na idto nakaibahan ko si Tatay sa sarong dalan minsan sa sakong pagbaklay. Nanudan ko ki Tatay an halaga can “moment” na nahiling mo an sarong lugar o nasumpungan mo an sarong tawo sa pag-agi ta sa kinaban. An nakagamot na sa sarong lugar lalo na an mga gurangan, masuerte sinda ta nakua ninda an saindang sadiring lugar. Kaya dapat kita magpaaram sa pag-agi ta.

Pina-enot ko si Tatay nin pirang metro. Mauka an dalan kaya sinisibot kaming maghanap nin patag na maaagihan. Narisa ko kun minsan kami nagkakasuruwayan sa inaagihan, mas sarama an inaagihan nia kesa sako. Kaya palan ta mas abante an pagmansay nia sa puedeng agihan. Apuera can posibleng agihan na nasa atubangan nia, sinususog nia an mga posibilidad na bakong gayong mauka.
Narisa ko man na may cusog pa an cada sicad sa pedal na garo baga aram na nia an saiyang padudumanan. Garo baga nahanap na nia an saiyang lugar asin pasiring na sia duman. Narisa nia man na maluya na an padalagan ko, kaya nangenot na sa iniisip ko.

“Duman na kita pahingalo.”

Halangcao na an aldaw. Mayong limpoy sa calangtadan na puedeng masirungan. Dikit an mga cahoy ta puro kaoomahan an nasa walang tangod dangan sa tuo. Solamente an nagkakapirang harong asin an dalan na inaagihan mi an nagputol sa surusurumpay na kahiwasan can oma.

Digdi ko nasabutan an paglamag can cabotan can hawak – magpahingalo. Asin aram na ni Tatay cun saen sia mapahingalo, sa baliong salog.

“Digdi na kita magpahingalo.”

Pagcadatong mi sa daga can ina ni Tatay, nagluya luya na kaming padalagan. Pasadit naman pati an dalan na samong inaagihan. Pinaenot ko na si Tatay. May harong kaming namamaanan sa eri-enotan lang. Mayong sabi sabi pero aram ko na kun pasaen an direccion can padudumanan mi. An harong harani sa daga ni Mama. Pagcatapos mabisto an cagsadiri can harong, pinadagos kami asin pinatucaw. Nagca-iristoryahan. Nagpacacan nin merindalan an cagharong. Naglawig an iristoryahan. Si Tatay madaling magin comfortable sa kaolay asin lugar. Narisa ko ki Tatay na may hararom na kamawotan na magconectar sa tawo asin lugar. Kaya madaling magin amigo o “fren,” siring can arapudan ninda can nagkakapirang cacontempora?o nia.

Halawig man si pig-agihan mi para macaabot sa baliong salog. Risado ko sa hangos ni Tatay na kaipuhan na nia nin pahingalo. Asin ogma ini na may kaolay. Mantang padagos an iristoryahan, an isip ko naenot na pauli sa banwaan ta halangkaw na an saldang. Hadit ako sa viaje mi pabalik. Pero nahiling ko an lalawgon ni Tatay, mayong kahaditan, campante sa sitwasyon, asin garo lang nasa harong. Duman na ako naogma, nagging campante asin nawara an kahaditan.

Si Tatay nasa baliong salog na, ogma na.
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