Saturday, March 31, 2007

The anime Death Note (there's also Death Note manga and a live action movie) is AMAZING.

Friday, March 30, 2007

I just finished watching Makoto Shinkai's Voices of a Distant Star (this was released in 2002). I was amazed and I felt frustrated while watching it. I could feel the FRUSTRATION and LONGING of the characters. Makoto Shinkai's works sure are effective in connecting emotionally with audiences. Voices of a Distant Star has the same themes as Makoto's latest work, Oukashou. (He is truly the anime poet of longing.) Watching this earlier work of his has shown me just how much his art and storytelling is getting better and better.

I've also finally watched She and Her Cat. It's a subtle story - that requires an intelligent, observant, and appreciative audience - told through Makoto's impressive anime techniques (for example, he does not once show "her" face).

Now I am going to watch interviews of Makoto. Even if they are in Japanese, hee hee hee. I think Japanese is a beautiful and musical language. And Makoto Shinkai is cute. =)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I have a cough and I still feel very BLAH. But my sore throat is not so sore anymore and I think my fever has gone away (well, it comes and it goes - right now it isn't around). I love my job and I usually look forward to going to work every day, but of course I don't enjoy working when I am feeling very BLAH. Right now I just want to spend the whole day eating Japanese food and watching anime. I want to spend the whole day reading blogs. I want to go home because at home I can be with my brothers and they cheer me up and even take care of me. We watch anime together too. Hee hee hee. =)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I'm at work, but I feel that I should be at home sleeping since I'm still sick. One thing's for sure: I won't be Ms. Sunshine today (I usually am, or try my best to be). I'm feeling tender and needy. I want someone to take care of me! And since no one is taking care of me I feel crabby and lonely and unwanted/unloved/unneeded.

Monday, March 26, 2007

I've been sick since Saturday. =( My throat feels dry and itchy, my nose is runny, and I have a slight fever. Over the weekend I also had a headache and felt like throwing up. So I'm absent from work today, but I still have to study for my exam on Friday on seventeenth century English literature. But right now I am watching Bleach. Hee hee hee. I'm not in the mood to do anything else. =(

Friday, March 23, 2007

I agree with MFK Fisher.

The hunger for food is actually the hunger for love and the love of warmth. It is all one.
Who wants a Pork Chop on a Stick, a Hot Beef Sundae, and a fried Snickers Bar?

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I should always remember what Seneca said...

"When shall we live, if not now?"

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Meme: One Book

I think I've answered this meme before, but Khristine tagged me so I'll happily answer it again. =)

1. One book that changed your life

JRR Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings helped me decide to teach college English (literature in particular) and to study fantasy literature and children's literature. The Lord of the Rings (including the movies) helped me decide on a career!

2. One book you have read more than once

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It's one of my favorite books. I've read it at least three times and I still want to read it again. I love reading about the garden. =)

3. One book you would want on a desert island

I need the Bible if I'm stuck on a desert island. But that's non-fiction. I assume this question is for fiction. So I would want The Lord of the Rings or C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia with me. I will never get tired of those books and I can get something new from them every time I read them.

4. One book that made you laugh

Shakespeare's comedies make me laugh =)

5. One book that made you cry

The Chronicles of Narnia, especially The Horse and His Boy (my favorite in the series). The way Aslan was always there for the boy... *sniffle*

6. One book you wish had been written

A children's book (maybe something about a family picnic?) or young adult novel (probably about a Filipino-American adjusting to moving back to the Philippines after living in the US for so long - yes, semi-autobiographical!) written by ME - so far all I have is a children's/young adult short story

7. One book you wish had never been written

All books have their worth =)

8. One book you are currently reading

I just read Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit again. I'm currently thinking about what to read next. Any suggestions?

9. One book you have been meaning to read

ALL Newbery Medal winners and Newbery Honor books - for leisure and for my MA thesis and/or PhD dissertation and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy (gotta read it in time for the movie!)

*I'm tagging Natalie, Janece, Nice, Jill, Roy, SM Light, and Carlo! (Please leave your answers in the comment box if you have no blog. =) )

Monday, March 12, 2007

Did you know that cherry blossoms fall five centimeters per second?

I watched Makoto Shinkai's Oukashou (Extract of Cherry Blossom) two times over the weekend. And I would watch it again. It's the first in "a chain of short stories about their distance." It's a beautiful story about young love. *sigh* Extract of Cherry Blossom is 30 poetic and romantic minutes of beautiful animation about LONGING.
"Akari's warmth...Akari's soul. How could I reach them? Where could I take them?"
"'All I want is the strength to protect her,' I thought intently."
- Tohno Takaki (Extract of Cherry Blossom)
I'm glad I watched Extract of Cherry Blossom with my brothers Martin (O-nii-chan) and JP. They helped me understand the male character by giving male perspectives of the story. Martin and JP loved Extract of Cherry Blossom too, by the way. It's a touching story. A heart-breaking story. It was a bit painful to watch the first time around. The only thing I don't like about the story is the fact that it stirred up feelings of LONGING within me. =( But that is how I know it is a good story: it evokes feelings from its audience!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

I love these quotes:

"Pretty women are for men with no imagination." - Proust

"All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast."

"He that looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it, hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart." - C.S. Lewis

What do you guys think about them? =)