Meet Me In St. Gallen: A Review

st. Gallen

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When I stepped out of the movie house, I had to take my time shaking every bit of emotions off. I had to order a hot drink. Had to walk around for a good 18 minutes. I was that affected by the movie. So now we know how good they really did it. It was not just because of how it ended. It was because I had those moments. I knew exactly how she felt. It happened to me before. Then I allowed it to happen again. The movie was like a big slap on my face. It was such a huge slap, I felt my face growing numb and really, really hot.

It’s a “love” story that happened in three meetings, but scattered within a span of six years.

It’s not the type of love story I would want for myself. But I think I personally did worse.

The First Time

The first night they meet was one night of getting to know each other, getting drunk, dancing the night away, talking about everything they want to talk about. It seemed that one night summarised all the topics they could talk about in a lifetime. And well…

It showed that she was checking him out on Facebook. So this is a love story of the modern age. She said they didn’t want them to be “friends” on Facebook. What she was really telling him was that “Let’s not stay as just contacts. Let’s not do the “modern version” of things. Let’s take it old school.” I personally thought she was adding flavour to their romance but he didn’t seem to have a clue what was happening between them. And he was a medical student!

And then they kiss. The supposedly “perfect” moment.

The Second Time

So he didn’t contact her on Facebook or any other social media platform. Four years later, they meet again for the second time. He asked her if they can finally be friends. She’s playing coy. He goes to check out her art exhibit. He finds him in everything there. So this time, he finally got the hint after a big bold art of the shirt he was wearing the night they first saw & spent time with each other was the highlight of her art exhibit.

She has learned on earlier that day he’s engaged. She gave in to him anyway. The morning after they made love, they were glowing over a cup of coffee. You can see love in their eyes. The moment seemed so magical until his phone rang. His fiancé was calling. She said she was willing to let go. He left her there with nothing but a kiss on the head.

At this point of course, I want to march to the movie screen and grab the guy by the neck, punch him in the face and kick him in the balls. Four years later, you see how she longed so much for you and waited all this time for you to realise how much she loves you, because you didn’t have the sense to pursue her in every possible way, now you leave her just like that after having sex with her, after she gave you her all in all???!!!

The Third Time

After two years, he sends her a photo, behind him a landmark of the place where he is. Where else? The same place where she is now, of course. Can you guess how he sent it to her? Yes, through Facebook. So they were contacts now. But it took him two years to play the heart of the other girl, his fiancé, and then break it. His decision-making was so bad, it took him all that time to be sure on how to deal with his situation and figure out what he really felt for Celeste.

Right there and then she decides she’s not going to give up the man she’s with now. He took good care of her, loves her dearly. Jesse, in the mean time, seemed to finally have had the courage to fight for her. After all, he gave up everything and travelled abroad just for her.

So now lessons.

Romance can only be considered incredibly and legitimately beautiful if it’s between two people who truly love each other. Those who want to be romantic without truly loving each other are just acting it out. Sooner and not later, romance fades away. They will be two people fooling themselves that romance is a prerequisite of true love. I understand now that romance is, in fact, just one of the many fruits of true love. Well, Webster has a different take on it. So maybe we should just listen to him.

Also I learned, and let me say that this lesson is based on my personal experience not just in the movie, men of this century have really been stuck in the “boy” phase. They have become a bunch of kids who haven’t a clue what’s happening with their lives. Those who didn’t know how to identify the grand, beautiful, even devastating moments they have in front of them. Take Trump for example. He doesn’t have a clue. Oh, but he’s old. So that was a bad example.

No wonder the clinical psychologist, Jordan Peterson, is so well-known now. He is the only one who have the guts to tell the men of today to “grow up.” And the only one it seems to be able to detail how to do that. The rest of the oldies of this generation, it looks to me, didn’t know how to train and teach these young men.

As for my personal love stories, well, you’ll be able to read about them in the near future.

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2017, Yesterday’s Tomorrow

Photo is mine. This was taken at the Hello Kitty Cafe in Singapore.

2017, I understand, has been a difficult year for most. While I am aware that a lot has suffered including most of my countrymen, I can say that 2017 has been quite a different story for me.

I almost didn’t want to publish this because it seemed insensitive to talk about all the beautiful flourishing things that happened to me last year while the rest of the world grieved and suffered. It is nearly February now. I shouldn’t be putting this anymore.

But I had to.

Only because I need to declare to all the world, even if no one listens to this, that God has sustained me, provided for everything I needed and wanted, has blessed me greatly, because He decided to prove to me who He said He is. It is my prayer that by declaring what God has done in my life, you would come to know Him too, and would want to experience Him also.

Travel and Fun

The first month of 2017, I had to be in Masbate. My beloved grandmother passed away in late December of 2016 so we had to be in Masbate for her funeral. She was one of the most intelligent persons I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing in my entire life. That’s why even when she passed away, we still decided to visit one of the most beautiful places there – Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary – after she has been put on her final resting place. My Lola was a woman of common sense. And it was our way of saying goodbye to her beautiful soul. It was like she was walking the white sandbar with us.

I remember talking to her about a certain guy the year before and the complexity of that situation. You would think she would judge me for all the mistakes I did, and have a go at me for all my stupidity. But she encouraged me all the more and told me, ‘Make sure you settle this in your heart, otherwise you will carry it for the rest of your life. ‘ And that was the greatest lesson I needed to hear and would guide me from that day on and I can now say, onwards.

By June, I was making plans to travel local & abroad. I prayed to God to bring me to Hong Kong, and that if it was okay with Him, I wanted all expenses paid. And by July, He allowed me to travel to Hong Kong with my Mom, all expenses paid. And not just that! He allowed us to visit Macau too! And that trip to Macau was the most fun I’ve had so far.

By the next month, I was attending a wedding in Palawan. Experienced one of the best restaurants in town and went to El Nido, Palawan! I’ve never been rich in life. I was a breadwinner of the family for the longest time. So El Nido, Palawan was one of those places I knew I could never afford. I grew up knowing that it was one of those places here in the Philippines that could be more expensive than traveling abroad. That has now been replaced by Batanes. But it happened. God made it happen.

September came and I found myself in Singapore. Still crying as I write this just remembering how God made everything possible for me last year.

Work and Fun

Before September ended, I found myself praying to God for a different career. Can you guess what happened next? I got two job offers that I knew would dramatically change my life. And they didn’t offer to just add a few hundreds on my pay check. They were offering way more than I ever thought they would. I was so overwhelmed by all these things.

You know how you pray so hard for the longest time all of these things you want in life, but then God tells you to do something else? He tells you to focus on this first. He directs you to go through this route first, and when you’ve done everything He needed you to do, suddenly He gives you everything and just so much more?

Psalm 91 has never been so true in my life than the past year.

“Because [she] holds fast to me in love, I will deliver [her] ; I will protect [her] , because [she] knows my name. When [she] calls to me, I will answer [her] ; I will be with [her] in trouble; I will rescue [her] and honor [her] . With long life I will satisfy [her] and show [her] my salvation.” Psalms 91:14‭-‬16 ESV

I had to insert the female pronouns there because it had been so personal to me.

My prayer for everyone of you is that you learn obedience to God no matter how hard things get. I can tell you that I’ve made this decision a long time ago. I found no other way to live my life than to live in obedience to Him. I wanted to be like Isaiah who knew how to raise not just his hand, but also his heart and will to God when He asked, ‘Who shall we send?’ foreshadowing what Jesus did on the cross. I can only pray and try my best to obey the way Jesus did.

Obey now and do not delay.

Obey. Obey because as the verse said, “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” Psalms 91:7 ESV

So the whole world can crash and burn, but if you make the Lord Most High your dwelling place, your comfort through out all the pain, suffering, confusion, and disappointment, then you will declare that He is your refuge and fortress. The God you can always trust. And He will never fail you. He will not let His holy one see decay (Psalm 16:10).

So by October, I finally have a new career. I finally got that much needed new work schedule. I finally got Friday afternoons and evenings spent with my family and friends. For the longest time in my life, I’ve not had that privilege. Finally got to experience the coffee shop I’ve been wanting to get to for the longest time. And now, I get to sit there and have the most perfect cup almost every single day. I get to go in a beautiful park and spend lovely quiet mornings there during my lunch break. Just like how I’ve always imagined my breaks will be.

By December, I had the opportunity of experiencing a real Christmas break. Something I never experienced in all the years I’ve been working. Two weeks. Break from work for two weeks. Two weeks! In December! And it’s a mandatory break! In my previous job, December has always been the busiest and the most difficult time to get some time off work. But now, it’s all different.

Fun, fun, fun.

During the Christmas break, I had a chance to explore La Union. I went surfing. I went grapepicking. Visited art galleries. Had fun walking around it’s beautiful landscape.

And as if that wasn’t enough, I even had a chance to go on a night out in Vigan –  one of, if not, the most beautifully preserved historical landmarks in my country!

Even on the very last day of the year, I was traveling and having tons of fun. 2016 was one of the most difficult years of my life — one of the most unbearable. But God saw me through. And He was so true to His promises.

God made 2017 my yesterday’s tomorrow. And for that, I am eternally grateful. And because God did that to my 2017, He made me look forward to 2018 in eager expectation. He is going to reveal something. I have a feeling He is already in the process of revealing it to me. He just knows me too well, and so wants to make sure I won’t spoil His surprise.

Have the greatest year this 2018, guys! Make sure you have all the God-approved fun this year!