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.


Crocodiles & A Boy


His name was Arlem Pignot. I know because I saw it spelled out on the screen. At least, that’s how the dream looked like.

He looked like a typical ten to twelve year old Filipino boy. He was skinny. Brown skin. He had a smiling face. Well, in the dream he smiled a lot even at the very last scene just before I opened my eyes this morning to realise that it was just a dream.

I have had dreams like that before where in the morning I still see every single detail of the dream with my waking eyes. It’s like the dream goes on. It doesn’t happen very often though. But every single one of those dreams, I remember them all. They were messages.

My first reaction, and always has been, was to ask God, ‘What are you telling me, Lord?’

The Dream

The dream was in black and white. It was a documentary. I know because there was a narrator. But it was like watching a 1940s documentary. Flickering black and white scenes. In the dream, the scenes seemed very connected. As I think about them now, it doesn’t seem like that anymore.

The first scene was an aerial shot of water – more like an enclosure than a swamp – with lots of crocs. The way we see them now inside a zoo. But it was a huge cage because the crocs were big, full grown.

The narrator said, ‘Crocs don’t eat what you deliberately offer them. They are hunters. They would rather hunt their food.’

So the scene was, there was a man floating in the water surrounded by all the big crocs.

In my mind as I watch the scene, I said to myself, ‘That’s not right. They will eat the man.’

True enough. After I said those words, a big croc made a huge splash in the water, opened its big mouth and locked the man’s body in its powerful, big jaws.
It’s unclear how the man got himself out of the croc’s mouth but I remember the man coming out of the water, the crocs lying quietly in the water behind him and then he showed off the marks of the bite of the big croc. It was weird because there were only two marks on the left side of his chest. They weren’t as big as you would expect a jaw like that would make its mark. But he was proud of it. I couldn’t hear his words. The words were not in English or Filipino. And then I remember thinking within the dream that maybe this was set in Indonesia. And the people in this docu aren’t Filipinos. I also remember that after the croc locked the man in its jaw, it didn’t make the usual snaps when eating its prey.

The Boy’s Ordeal

And then the next scene was about this boy and the ordeal he went through with this giant, muscular croc.

I don’t know why but it was like he was going to perform something. So he showed himself to this big croc which locked its eyes on the boy. And then there was this wall between the two of them as that of an enclosure. There was a ladder that the boy was climbing up to. It was very clear that the big croc was just waiting for the boy but the boy was just smiling as he was climbing up the ladder.

Somehow, the boy got to the other side of the enclosure where the big croc was waiting patiently and then the moment the boy landed on his feet, the croc went for the boy, got a hold of the boy’s right arm with its powerful jaw and you can see that there was blood everywhere as the croc was trying so hard to remove the boy’s arm.

Suddenly, there was a man and a woman who tried to take the boy away from the croc. There was panic in that particular scene. The cameraman didn’t know what to do. At that point, I looked away and closed my eyes.

After that scenario, the boy was shown, with his name on the screen, smiling while riding at the back of a huge croc without his right arm.

And that’s when I woke up. The dreams I had in the past would make me cry so hard because I would feel every pain, sorrow, fear as they were in the dream. Here, I didn’t feel anything. But it is definitely making me think hard about it.

What I’ve Learned About Crocs

Reading about crocs, I learned that crocs are ferocious hunters but they don’t really prey on humans even if there’s lots of human attacks recorded. “They are ferocious hunters but they are opportunistic predators.” according to a BBC report I saw.

They are dangerous animals, yes, but not all species attack humans. Some croc species are more afraid and only bite when disturbed or taken by surprise.

Since they are cold-blooded animals, if it’s cold, they’re normally quiet and won’t attack. The attacks recorded were usually during warmer seasons.

It’s not true that noise scare them away. By making noises, you attract them. When they’re hungry and it’s breeding season – hot temperatures – they are most likely to head your direction and eat you.

When grabbed by a croc, you can poke their eyes or hit the nose because those are sensitive parts. Or grab a stick, put it in their throats, while you are in between their jaws. That may make them gag and let you go.

I’m still thinking why I was given this dream. I’m praying that God would reveal to me the truth about this dream. If you can give your own interpretations to it, I welcome you.

At this point, I am making sense of the dream and the facts about crocs, and the boy represented in it.