So today’s a Chinese New Year and this Asian country has come to a halt to celebrate the year of the wooden horse. And since I’m no Chinese and my new year celebration has past two pays ago, I just stayed home and did my ‘Before’ series marathon.
Just how many times a hopeless romantic would watch a movie like this? A lifetime I’d say! I love the Before Sunset (2004) of the trilogy. It’s the junction of Jesse (played by Ethan Hawke) and Celine’s (played by Julie Delpy) youthful naivety and maturity, realizations of the past and taking choices to move forward.
So I’m having one of those days when I thought I have control of everything. And then out of a sheer circumstance, events now came blowing all out of proportion and they’re now like wildfire crackling everything on its path. Just how one firefighter with just a dip of murky water put off this dragon blown inferno? That is one life’s greatest question!
Anyway, think I should just do what I can and leave those what I can’t.
Have you planned your next travel yet, read this;
Once a year,
Go some place
You’ve never been before
- Dalai Lama
I thought I woke up deaf. My head is pounding and I can feel my forehead damp with sweat. I haven’t been thinking or talking about mariachis in a long time. My last encounter was with these pseudo-mariachis in a local resort here in town that hops from table to table singing ‘Obladi, Odlada’ with their worn-out banjo, i love them though. But those mariachis that appeared in my dreams were so vivid, playing their strings and wind instruments louder than the usual, it hurts my head.
I got stuck with a lot of things our folks at the coffee farm were begging me to do. I thought I lost track of my cultural bearings and when a colleague said they’re on the boardroom for a movie review, I didn’t hesitate to join upon knowing they’re up for ‘Before Midnight.’ I’m a fan of Richard Linklater’s ‘Before’ series and it’s a shame that it’s only now that I really had the luxury of time to watch.
OK, so this film was chosen by my woman advocate colleagues because of Celine’s (Julie Delphy) strong character evolution that depicts a woman’s desire to do what she wanted to do notwithstanding the bounds of marriage, family and children. Which in this post, I would not be discussing it as I’m into something.
When uploads, downloads, iPods and iPads weren’t a thing yet, I used to have this Sony Walkman my mom bought me on my 18th birthday as my wealth for playlist. Owning that thing before was as ecstatic as you first own a latest iPad model today. You felt like you owned the most coveted thing this world has ever fashioned.
A cassette tape only has at the most 18 tracks, all of Side A and Side B. I also have to wary about battery usage. I roll a pen at the cassette tape hole instead of pressing forward and reverse to get to the song I wanted a replay. Now, I couldn’t help but smile at my 90s self, so much effort.