Meet Me In St. Gallen: A Review

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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.

Train To Busan

wp-1474204650890.jpgHave you seen this film? You should definitely see it. I am not a fan of zombie movies but I have to tell you, you should definitely go and see this.

Train To Busan is an Asian zombie movie that is worthy of all Hollywood glory. Not that Hollywood glory is all there is look up to now. The world is changing. The things that seemed so prestigious then is losing its glamour now. In fact, any group of people who seem to think they are dominating the entire world are no longer “in” now. But I am getting ahead of myself.

It’s a South Korean zombie thriller but it also has all the drama, comedy, action, love story, and apocalyptic theme everyone wants. I didn’t want the zombie part and that’s the reason why I didn’t bother to see it the first time I heard about it. But it turns out, that part is where I would get my reflection from. So anyway, let me tell you that the only Korean movie I saw prior to this was My Sassy Girl and I loved, loved, loved that film.

Korean Love

I loved their Korean telenovelas too. I loved Stairway To Heaven: Winter Sonata; The Coffee Prince – Gong Yoo, by the way, the main character in this movie was THE coffee prince (Yeah, I know, he is so pogi!!!); that Korean Novela that introduced us to the word, “Aja!”- I forgot the title; and of course, Jewel In The Palace. I’m a fan but I’m not a fanatic.

So it’s a zombie movie but anyone who has seen it must admit, the storytelling was incredible! Kudos to the makers of the film! Well, the South Koreans have always been great storytellers. Galeng! But while it’s a zombie movie it showed us that it was more than that. It showed us that it’s not just about the value of a life but what life really is all about.

The Ride

The ride to Busan represents life doesn’t it? Life, like their train ride, can be easy one minute and then terrifying the next, has its own imminent danger, can be chaotic sometimes, can be comedic too in the midst of life and death situations. So that’s life.

I love how they showed us in that train ride, just like in real life, the odd people we will meet and come across with. I was able to relate how, after they battled their way to where they can meet and be with their loved ones, after all the struggles they went through, after all the pain, they nearly lost all their energy, they were still kicked out of the group. They wanted to help and save more people and for that they were thrown out.

Anyone trying to do the right thing, will always get the beating and seeming defeat at first. But just hang in there. You will get all the good you deserve.

The Zombies

The zombies represent all the dangers and trouble we have and we will get in this train ride called life. I know that sometimes in life, we meet people who are worse than zombies just like how they showed it in the movie, but I wanted to say we don’t have to be bitter with those horrible people. They were horrible. Everybody in the film was scared, obviously. In this life, everybody’s scared too because they haven’t a clue what to do. But that’s no excuse to treat people harshly.

Fear is never an excuse. 

You know how sometimes you are so down in life and you ask for help but instead of these people helping you up, they spit at you, punch you, kick you and give you all sorts of insults? When that happens, you know that feeling of just wanting to kill all of them?  Well, my friend, it’s just a feeling. Let it go. Killing them won’t do you any good.

Living your life with a goal to humiliate or mock others, as your way of putting up your revenge for all the humiliation they did to you, is not the way to do it either. In fact, let me just say it straight up, it’s a stupid way to live. There is a God who sees everything. Live your life in a way that is pleasing to Him. Let go of your vendetta. It will never do you any good. Never.

The Mistakes 

And that’s exactly what they did in the film. They let go. They move on. The next thing they know these people who kicked them out were being eaten by the zombies and then later on have become zombies themselves. Oh, the tragedy!

I say be careful how you live your life. Sometimes in our vendetta to live “better” lives than others, when our hearts are not right, when we refuse to learn, when we choose to be prideful, we end up choking everything we said we didn’t want to be. The next thing you know, you’re wondering how your life has become everything you never wanted it to be. And oh, the tragedy!

When the father realised that he will become what he fought so hard not to be, he quickly gave instructions to the pregnant woman and to his daughter. His mistake was not being careful when he was “handling” that zombie who threatened to eat his kid and the pregnant lady.

The Ride Continues

The scene when the little girl was crying knowing her dad would be gone soon and that moment she realised it was her who insisted to take that train ride to Busan was so moving. She said it was all her fault. She was a little girl who knew her mistakes. She owned up to them. And learned a great deal from them.

I hope we could all be that girl. Someone who can realise our mistakes, own up to them and learn a great deal from them.

Let’s not be stuck in that stupid phase where we keep blaming everybody for our misfortunes. In the grand scheme of things, just like how they showed it in the film, we ALL make mistakes, but we MUST learn from them. We all make mistakes and that is NEVER what it’s about.

What It’s About

The question we should ask ourselves, “Did we help each other the best way we can?” The question I need to ask myself, “Did I help others the best possible way I can?” You have to exhaust all your resources to if you decide to help others. Because there’s no point helping others, if you don’t know how to go all out, no reservations. Keep in mind, it’s always a privilege to help other people.

So remember, just because you’ve messed up big time, it doesn’t mean you don’t get a shot at making things right. Just because you made all the horrible, terrible mistakes, it doesn’t mean you don’t get a shot at redemption. You do. We all do.

Because of Jesus, we do.

And isn’t that why Jesus gave the great commission? We would go out to the ends of the earth to preach the gospel so everyone will accept Him as their Lord and Savior. I love reading about the missions the early Christians did. They were talking to people who didn’t understand a word they said. So they helped others understand them.

The early missionaries learned the language of the places they went to. They taught the people then how to speak their language. Most of them were eaten, burnt alive, drowned, flogged, humiliated, sacrificed in the hopes of helping the unbelievers know who Jesus is and make them understand what He did for mankind.

How are you helping others to get to know Jesus Christ? How are you helping the believers of Jesus Christ?

Go ahead and watch Train To Busan. You might just get the idea I’m talking about.