Oscars Experience

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This morning, I decided to watch the Oscars. Tuned in to HBO past ten in the morning, Philippine local time. I’ve not had the appetite to watch it for some time now. But I’d be one of those girls who would check out the gowns, hair styles and make ups of the actors after the event. Plus, you’ll see it all over the internet so I’d always take a peek. But less than three minutes is always enough for me. I don’t usually linger.

So to actually watch the entire show today is kind of a big deal and boy, it was a beautiful experience for me! First of all, I really wanted to see Chris Pine. And he didn’t disappoint. That’s my man. Amazing as ever. Anyway, at some level, you know that the Oscars hasn’t really changed much over the years because of the one name that seemed synonymous to the event itself, and that name is, Meryl Streep. Funny, I mean, we saw the entertainment industry go from, ‘Meryl is such a great actress, she deserves this.’ to ‘What? Not again, Meryl Streep!’ to ‘Give others a chance, Meryl.’ to now, ‘We’ve finally accepted it. Oscars is not Oscars if there’s no mention of Meryl Streep.’ It’s amazing, isn’t it? For a woman to have such an impact and dominate an entire industry. Wow.

And the surprise appearance of Julie Andrews was, for some reason, just very heartwarming. I’ve always looked up to women like them (Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews). I’ve always wanted to be like them. They exude such class, elegance, beauty, truth and confidence. I mean, a woman can be that powerful, can communicate so much without really saying much, and the best part is, no one can take it away from them. You can be all that by just being a woman. Goodness. Glory to the Creator who loved women so much, He created them the best way possible. Phew! Amazing.

This year, the speeches of the winners were not just the usual ‘thank you’s’ to the people who helped them get the prestigious award but they were more messages of hope, love, strength and inspiration. Most notably among the best speeches were the speeches given by the Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture winner, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Such humility, character, wisdom by a great man. Especially, after getting a racist comment, how he handled it was flawless.

In my opinion, you can know what a man, or a person, is really made of in two ways: when life gives them the toughest blow and that very moment when life presents them their very dreams. How they react, how they handle themselves says a lot about them. And Inarritu, well, he showed what he’s truly made of: greatness. I’m happy and grateful to have seen it.

For the first time, I’m thankful for watching a TV show for nearly two hours. šŸ˜€

“When we sit on a darkened theater, we forget our differences and then we laugh and cry together. We become one. We are equal.” – The Oscars 2015

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Breakfast, Savings and Schmucks

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If you’ve been my follower on Twitter, it’ll probably kill you now to read about how much I love breakfast. Hahaha! Okay, let’s get serious here.

So I love breakfast. I have created different types of breakfast names. I’m a self-proclaimed Best Breakfast-Maker in the entire archipelago. Hahaha! This is me being serious. Anyway, the reason I’m writing about this now is because I really wanted to say a little something about savings.

In the industry that I’m in, what I’ve observed is that people spend money on breakfast like it’s water. Well, admittedly, I used to do the same. Thankfully, I bumped my head in a brick wall, and so, I’ve been set free from that mental slavery. Thank God!

Breakfast for them would be around 500-600Php. Please forgive me. I’m not as rich as the rest of you so that amount to be spent on one seating, for one meal is a bit costly for me.

An average tricycle driver in Metro Manila brings home about 200-300Php a day to his family. That’s working for more than 12hrs a day. For 500-600Php, I can buy a kilogram of Purefoods cheesedog, a pack of bacon, I can throw in some ham, oatmeal, and banana & apple. That list can last my brother, sister and I for about 10-15 days of good, healthy breakfast.

So now, as much as I love spending time with everyone, if they mention anything about expensive breakfasts, I bow out. I would rather bring them home for a Pianono Breakfast. One of the most fun breakfasts I offer. Hahaha!

As you get older, you begin to understand some parts of life and then you become thankful to your parents for raising you the way they did. I didn’t come from a rich family but just like Barry played by Steve Carell in the movie, Dinner For Schmucks, I’ve come to accept a long time ago, that time when I was still learning how to rock ‘n roll, that our good intensions to help other people can bring about terrible disasters in their lives. Well, good kind of terrible disasters. Hahaha! I understand this part here is not as clear as any writer would hope it would be but the messages are there, I’m sure.

Do you, guys, like that movie too? I love how in the end it showed us who the real schmucks are. Hahaha! Don’t fail to enjoy a good breakfast with the ones you love and don’t be a schmuck. Or become one, depending how you want to really see it. ^_^