Monday, August 31, 2009

new moon update

wah! i got this video on youtube!
jacob black talks about new moon! ooohhh! i really hope this movie turns out well or else! waahhh!it think i might become a jacob black fan after watching this trailer! kristen stuart and taylor lautner looks good together! don't you agree?! hahah! oh well, i wasn't an rpatz fan in the first place. only an edward fan as a matter of fact! hahaha!
anyway, enjoy this video!

and of course! a video of peter facinelli aka Carlisle at the twilight comic con! i'm really a carlisle fan from the start of twilight movie because edward did not passed my expectations. hahaha! anyway, he's so charming the way he flirts with the interviewer! hahaha! and ugh! he's so gorgeous! he fits carlisle perfectly!!!

wah! must watch video of peter facinelli! ahhaha! i was laughing out loud! he's really funny and adorable! hehehe! :P

another funny interview of peter facinelli and jackson rathborne! hahaha! laugh your heads off!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

i got this from my email... and i hope it will tug your heartstrings as you read it.

You'll never be the same again after reading this story. It is a MUST READ! Everyone of us has the potential to exceed given the desire and determination to persevere, especially when it is out of love for someone very dear to our hearts.

Robby's Night
True Story Worth Reading !!!

At the prodding of my friends, I am writing this story. My name is Mildred Hondorf. I am a formerelementary school music teacher from Des Moines, Iowa. I've always supplemented my income by teaching piano lessons-something I've done for over 30 years. Over the years I found that children have many levels of musical ability.. I've never had the pleasure of having a prodigy, though I have taught some talented students.

However, I've also had my share of what I call 'musically challenged' pupils. One such student was Robby. Robby was 11 years old when his mother (a single Mom) dropped him off for his first piano lesson. I prefer that students (especially boys!) begin at an earlier age, which I explained to Robby.

But Robby said that it had always been his mother's dream to hear him play the piano. So I took him as a student. Well, Robby began with his piano lessons and from the beginning I thought it was a hopeless endeavor. As much as Robby tried, he lacked the sense of tone and basic rhythm needed to excel but he dutifully reviewed his scales and some elementary pieces that I require all my students to learn.

Over the months he tried and tried while I listened and cringed and tried to encourage him. At the end of each weekly lesson he'd always say, 'My mom's going to hear me play someday.' But it seemed hopeless. He just did not have any inborn ability. I only knew his mother from a distance as she dropped Robby off or waited in her aged car to pick him up. She always waved and smiled but never stopped in. Then one day Robby stopped coming to our lessons.

I thought about calling him but assumed because of his lack of ability, that he had decided to pursue something else. I also was glad that he stopped coming. He was a bad advertisement for my teaching!

Several weeks later I mailed to the students' homes a flyer on the upcoming recital.. To my surprise Robby (who received a flyer) asked me if he could be in the recital. I told him that the recital was for current pupils and because he had dropped out he really did not qualify. He said that his mother had been sick and unable to take him to piano lessons but he was still practicing. 'Miss Hondorf, I've just got to play!' he insisted.

I don't know what led me to allow him to play in the recital. Maybe it was his persistence or maybe it was something inside of me saying that it would be all right. The night for the recital came. The high school gymnasium was packed with parents, friends and relatives. I put Robby up last in the program before I was to come up and thank all the students and play a finishing piece. I thought that any damage he would do would come at the end of the program and I could always salvage his poor performance through my 'curtain closer.'

Well, the recital went off without a hitch. The students had been practicing and it showed, then Robby came up on stage.... His clothes were wrinkled and his hair looked like he'd run an eggbeater through it. 'Why didn't he dress up like the other students?' I thought.. 'Why didn't his mother at least make him comb his hair for this special night?'

Robby pulled out the piano bench and he began. I was surprised when he announced that he had chosen Mozart's Concerto #21 in C Major.. I was not prepared for what I heard next. His fingers were light on the keys; they even danced nimbly on the ivories. He went from pianissimo to fortissimo. From allegro to virtuoso. His suspended chords that Mozart demands were magnificent! Never had I heard Mozart played so well by people his age. After six and a half minutes he ended in a grand crescendo and everyone was on their feet in wild applause.

Overcome and in tears I ran up on stage and put my arms around Robby in joy.
'I've never heard you play like that Robby! How'd you do it?'

Through the microphone Robby explained: 'Well, MissHondorf, remember I told you my Mom was sick? Well, actually she had cancer and passed away this morning and well. .. She was born deaf, so tonight was the first time she ever heard me play. I wanted to make it special..'

There wasn't a dry eye in the house that evening. As the people from Social Services led Robby from the stage to be placed into foster care, noticed that even their eyes were red and puffy and I thought to myself how much richer my life had been for taking Robby as my pupil.

No, I've never had a prodigy, but that night I became a prodigy . .. Of Robby's.. He was the teacher and I was the pupil for it is he that taught me the meaning of perseverance and love and believing in yourself and maybe even taking a chance in someone and you don't know why.

Robby was killed in the senseless bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April of 1995.
And now, a footnote to the story.
If you are thinking about forwarding this message, you are probably thinking about which people on your address list aren't the 'appropriate' ones to receive this type of message. The person who sent this to you believes that we can all make a difference. So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice: Do we act with compassion or do we pass up that opportunity and leave the world a bit colder in the process?

You have two choices now:
1. Delete this.
2. Forward it to the people you care about.

You know the choice I made.
"Thank you" for reading this.

May God bless you today, tomorrow and always.

If God didn't have a purpose for us, we wouldn't be here!

here i go again.

i was listening to this song (you and me by lighthouse) and i got this feeling, a familiar feeling as a matter of fact. a feeling that that i know i felt before. only this time, i can identify it.
i'm not in a relationship right now, if you are wondering how this song appealed to me. it's just that i think i'm beginning to look forward to something, or i'm beginning to hope for something that i know i could never have. it's sad though. i'm a person who lives in the present. i just let the feeling live and if it's time let it go, i'll let go.
here's a poem, i made... inspired... hahah! ewan?!

when i see him, my heart will hammer
when friends talk to me, i'll stutter.
in my mind i know it will never begin,
but in my heart i know that it already did.

i know it's a feeling nothing more,
just blink and wave on its flight
this little feeling will turn its head
someday will look back
but will never walk back again.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

and then, there was muse

during my college years i was introduced to a genre i thought i would never liked. guess what genre? rock of course! i thought i would never listen to those punk bands wearing black mascara and sings like they lions in cages. but then college bands brought out the rock genre out of me. i started listening to alternative rock and a few metal.

i must say, a large percent of influence came from the series "one tree hill". ever since fall out boy made a guest appearance in one of their episodes, i started rummaging through one tree hill's playlists and albums. and i'm glad to say i liked most of their tracks.

some of the rock artists i enjoyed were, linkin park, the killers, red jumpsuit apparatus, nickelback, tokyo hotel, kate voegele, jimmy eat world, foo fighters, fall out boy, 30 seconds to mars, the all american rejects, green day, boys like girls, coldplay, the fray, gavin de graw, franz ferdinand, jack's mannequin, kings of leon, paramore, plain white t's, pink, switchfoot, etc..., and of course! muse!

i'm so fond of muse!!! i discovered them through stephenie meyer's twilight.. before the movie got out i was already a fan of muse. they are awesome. although matthew bellamy is an atheist, well, he's still effin' genius!! plus he is freakin' hot!!! hahahah!! i don't know, there is something in his voice that would make you want to squirm and squeal on your seats! ugh! :P hay! british men are so sexy!

anyway, here's a video of their version of "can't take my eyes of you". a good version, i must say... :P
*got this video from youtube.. poor quality i must say.. sorry...

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Rizal's noli to be translated in english?!

while i was researching for my thesis, i saw this article. it talks about how rizal's work is going to be translated in english for the aussies and, check this out, rizal has a total of six landmarks in australia!!!

btw, this article is 2 years old...

Rizal's Noli hits major Aussie book shelves

The next time you visit a bookstore in the "land down under," you may want to stop by the aisle where Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations" or Jane Austen’s “Persuasion" is placed.

Don't be surprised to find a new 480-page English translation of Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere sharing the same shelf space with other literary greats in several major bookstores in Australia.

Philippine Consul General Maria Theresa Lazaro reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs from Sydney that the latest English translation of Noli is now being sold in Sydney's bookstores.

Penguin Books Classics executive editor, Elda Rotor, said that the publication of Rizal’s acclaimed novel “represents Penguin’s commitment to publish the major literary classics of the world."

This is also the first instance that the said publishing company released a Southeast Asian book under its well-known banner.

Among the notable literary classics that Penguin has published is the controversial American novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which interestingly, inspired Rizal’s very own Noli.

The Australian edition of the novel was translated by Harold Augenbraum, and is geared to suit contemporary American English, according to Penguin Classics.

The American writer who is currently the executive director of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards first got hold of Noli in 1992.

Augenbraum was so fascinated by the story, that he read Rizal’s sequel, El Filibusterismo.

Being very well acquainted with translating other Latin literary works, Augenbraum immediately proposed to translate Noli when Penguin asked him to choose his next assignment.

Penguin was initially intrigued about the novel albeit clueless on the broad influence it gave to Filipino revolutionists in the late 1800s.

But after knowing more about it they decided to drop the plans of adapting an existing English-language translation (“The Social Cancer") and became determined to have a new translation.

Almost ‘untouchable’

Noli Me Tangere is a Latin version of the words spoken, according to the Gospel of John, by Jesus to Mary Magdalene, meaning "don't touch me."

And Augenbraum agreed that Rizal’s novel was almost “untouchable," in terms of the relative difficulty of translating the original Spanish text to English.

“The harder part was to compile the notes that would explain the many, many religious and cultural references Rizal used," Augenbraum said. “The US is not steeped in the Catholic faith and many Americans will probably be reading about the Philippines for the first time."

The American editor further emphasized the importance of Asian-Americans to read Rizal’s classic as well as teaching the literature in US colleges. He also added that the story is dogmatic and should be classified as fiction.

“In my introduction to the Noli, I discuss Rizal becoming a sort of ‘santo’ in the Filipino diaspora, no longer a real personage, and I question whether he ever really was a real person, since he saw himself as part of Philippine narrative history and acted accordingly. Although some people have compared Rizal to (19th-century Cuban writer and patriot) Jose Marti, Marti has never attained the supernatural status of Rizal," Augenbraum explained.

Meanwhile, Penguin Classics reiterated the importance of the novel in World literature.

“(It) was the first major artistic manifestation of Asian resistance to European colonialism, and Rizal became a guiding conscience—and martyr—for the revolution that would subsequently rise up in the Spanish province," the book’s blurb read.

‘Noli’ with ‘Aussies’

Philippine Consul General to Sydney Maria Theresa Lazaro expressed her appreciation to the international publishing company for the release of Rizal’s masterpiece in the Australian market.

In a letter to Penguin Classics, Lazaro said on behalf of the Philippine government, that the publication of Noli "would be very much welcomed by the now 160,000 Filipino-Australians as a lasting tribute to the Philippine national hero."

"The availability of the Noli to the broader Australian audience grants Dr. Rizal with the long overdue recognition as a world-class writer alongside his contemporaries Leo Tolstoy, Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi," Lazaro added.

Lazaro went further by saying, “The Noli provides a very helpful glimpse into a specific period of Philippine history, and is an invaluable piece of literature that I hope future generations of Filipino-Australians would be able to appreciate."

While Rizal never set foot on this land famous for its koalas and kangaroos, it is little-known that he has a total of six landmarks in Australia.

About three Rizal Parks are situated in Campbelltown and Blacktown in the State of New South Wales as well as one in the City of Ballarat in the State of Victoria.

The Philippine national hero also has a bust in Sydney’s Central Train Station, a statue in Ashfield and a street named in honor of him in Campbelltown. - Mark J. Ubalde, GMANews.TV

want to read the english version of noli me tangere? click here.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

quiting facebook?

nah. not totally. but i'll tune in with moderation. well, recently, i noticed myself getting addicted with facebook and its games. it's kinda addictive diba?! oh,don't shake your head on me.. i know you did get addictied with it, in some way or the other... hahha!

i'm listening to vilma right now... (as if may relevance sya sa blog ko) hahaha! wala lng.. just thinking that she's one of the respected artists in Philippines' and she's really a decent one. i mean entering politics is a big leap for an artist. once you get into it, you can't help but get dirty and grimy because of the way how they handle politics. but there's something about her that makes you think, "no, she can be affected in some ways but she's truly an honorable woman" i mean, look at what she have done in lipa batangas.

anyway, back to my blog. someone made me realize that i'm not spending my time right. and it startled me, that i did wasted my time... and it's so effin stupid o fme to not realize it sooner! hay! at least i now know.. so... i'm moving away from facebook. maybe i'll visit once in a while... but not so much na.. hahah! so un.

but! i'll keep this blog alive. well for one reason, it keeps me sane cause it's a release for me to have my emotions poured out in blogs. even if my grammar's not that good or precise, i can keep a blog parin namn dba?! another reason is, yes, for the development of my writing. i really want to pursue a course on literature. i don't know if this is only my desire for now, i don't know if this will last long. but one thing i know, i love literature. yes. i love reading. words keep people alive. see how people in the bible are made alive by God's inspired words. i know God made us alive but apart from the people He used, He allowed words to be an instrument in His ministry. He allowed words to live through time so that we could see life before our time. He made these words so that He could establish His immortality or His glory to people from our history. these words were made to be used in glorifying His name. Words are God's beautiful and amazing invention for communication and expression. Words are God' given gift to us. words can be described with so much words that words won't be enough. hahaha!

till here my friends... got loads of work to do.. heehee! see yah! :P