My Favorite Movie

Day 19.  Okay, I’m supposed to share my favorite movie of all time.  But, I just can’t choose my favorite among my three favorite movies:  The Pursuit of Happyness, Back to the Future, and The 3 Idiots.

All three movies are from different genre but all of them taught me life’s very important lessons.  I’m not a fan of movies (and television) so pardon me if my choices are a bit off and are far from the so-called “movies of all time.”

For those who haven’t watched these movies yet, I took the liberty of sharing a brief summary of what each movie is all about and also a few reasons why I like them.

Pursuit of Happyness (genre:  drama)
The movie is based on the story of Chris Gardner, a salesman of bone density scanner, who is struggling from nearly one year of homelessness.

pursuitThe early part of the movie shows how Chris desperately tried to sell his remaining stocks of bone density scanners in order to bring his son to a good school and to bring food to the table.

Until one day, he met a manager at a stock brokerage and securities firm that led him to land an unpaid internship slot in the firm.  A big part of the movie showed Chris and his sons struggle for survival.  The movie ended with Chris getting hired as a paid broker among the 19 other interns.

Why I like the movie?  It taught me courage and resilience despite the odds.  The movie reminds me to never lose my focus on my dreams despite the perplexities.  On the side, it is also a heartwarming story of a parent’s love to his child.

 

Back to the Future (genre:  science fiction)
The movie is about a teenager Marty McFly, who is sent back in time, where he meets his future parents in high backschool and accidentally becomes his mother’s romantic interest. Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, a scientist and Marty’s friend, repairs the damage to history by advising Marty how to cause his parents to fall in love.

Eventually, Marty and Doc Emmett must also find a way to return Marty to present.

It was a very entertaining movie which was later on followed by two more installments, which are equally successful.

Why I like the movie?  It was very entertaining!  I’m not a fan of science fiction movies because they either bore me to death or I find them just plain impossible!  But this one is different because it was filled with side stories that made the movie really enjoyable to watch.

 

The 3 Idiots (genre: drama, comedy)
This movie is about the three engineering students at the prestigious Imperial College of Engineering in India.  Farhan, Raju, and Rancho eventually became friends though they are all different in personalities.

3Farhan, whose interest is into wildlife photography, pursued engineering to please his father.  His parents’ dreams include him being an engineer ever since he was born.  While, Raju decided to pursue and engineering course to improve their family’s financial situation.  However, his self-confidence is very low that it resulted to his poor grades.  On the other hand, Rancho the smartest yet the most unorthodox of them all has great interest over robotics.  He invents during his spare time.

The story became exciting when they encountered Virus, the college director, whose conventional beliefs about education is being constantly negated by Rancho.  The story even got very exciting when they crossed paths with Chatur, their classmate who has so much belief on himself.

Why I like the movie?  This is a classic example of the statement, “Your past does not define your future.”  You’ll cry and laugh while watching the movie.

I guess, what’s important in any movie that we watch is the key take-away or the take home message that we learn and how it has impacted our lives right after watching it.

 

All is well,
Mumay

A Photograph of Myself

Day 18.   One of my favorites from the 30-Day Blogging Challenge is this one!  I’m not a fan of selfies.  I even cringe at seeing GGSS-inspired (Gandang-Ganda Sa Sarili or Gwapong-Gwapo Sa Sarili) posts of some of my social media friends and acquaintances.  But I feel like taking a selfie today… Oh, yes!  As I always say, #MustBeTheHormones… You see, I’m 7 months pregnant and I usually have this bipolarish attacks once in a while.

So here it is… Not just one but two photographs of myself.  Oh yes, narcissism it is!  🙂

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Taken from my humble space in the office

 

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On the background is my son’s photo on canvas decorating my office space

Having fun,
Mumay

My Favorite Blogs

Day 17.  I love reading a lot…  Many years ago when blogs are still non-existent in the world wide web, I would frequent forums and message boards.  I enjoy reading stories after stories from virtual friends, rants after rants of problematic girlfriends, and advices after advices from people who claim to be experts in certain fields.  I love forums because I can choose which topic I feel like reading instead of being stuck in websites infested with information I don’t find interesting at all.

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Thank, God blogs were invented!  I was able to get a lot of information and helpful tips from real people.  To name a few, here are the blogs I frequent:

Casa Veneracion – a blog that practically taught me about cooking.  When I was newly-married, I’m challenged to cook mouth-watering dishes that will make my husband drool and fall in love with me a thousand times over.  Yes, I firmly believe that tcasa venhe fastest way to a man heart is through his stomach.  And so, I’m lucky enough to have stumbled upon this blog by a former lawyer who is very passionate about cooking and photography.  With this blog, I learned to cook chicken cordon bleu, adobo in coconut milk, tofu with swamp spinach (a.k.a. kangkong), and a whole lot more.

 

Coffee Shots and Random Ramblings – a blog of a new-found friend I met in aRANDOM blogging group.  I love the way she writes and tell extraordinary stories out of ordinary topics.   I love her book reviews, which inspired me to read more books.  Reading her blogs is like having a chat with a long-time friend.

 

Your Page Meets Mine – I just stumbled upon this blog of Ms. Feliz Lucas – mom of Courageous Caitie, a 3-year old girl who died because of rare case of leukemia.  I love how Feliz chronicled stories about their beautiful family in this blog.  Her heartwarming stories about her kids, their travels, and how she is page meetsbeing passionately overwhelmed with her husband’s sweetness.  However, apart from her happy stories, Feliz also shared their journey as a family towards fighting Caitie’s rare disease which makes the blog so real.  I never leave her blog without shedding a tear.

 

During these times that everything happens so fast and that friends seldom meet for a cup of coffee.  Blogs keep me sane.

 

Reading my way out of of boredom,
Mumay

 

 

Thoughts on Education

Day 16.  Way back in college, I heard about the best quote so far on education that says, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”  These words are from the famous American author, Mark Twain.  It was the most celebrated quote of Team Portfolio when we felt we’re being suppressed by our college student council and were compelled to write news about their so-called “achievements.”  Team Portfolio is a group of talented writers who don’t believe in conventional way of writing and reporting, thus resulting to the creation of Portfolio Magazine.  As one of the former writers of Portfolio Magazine, I must say that it could almost compete with the likes of Entrepreneur Magazine.

Picture1While most college students at the time are too engrossed with what’s latest in technology (i.e. text messaging), the team is spending the night to brainstorm and finish the articles for the magazine.  Yes, at that time, text messaging was just introduced and only a privileged few has parents who are generous enough to buy them a Nokia 3210.   Instead of spending most of our money on cellphone load cards, we used a portion of our allowance to do our fieldwork and interview personalities (e.g. successful businessmen) whom we can feature in our magazine.

I guess that’s the essence of learning.  A person’s willingness to learn can be measured with his readiness to sacrifice some luxuries in exchange of something bigger and bolder.  Way back in college, I didn’t realize this.  I did my part out of rebellion from people in the student council who are trying to “use” us to tell stories about their so-called projects.

I’m glad to have kept that habit of high respect for education until now that I’m way over my newly-grad years where investing on my education and credentials is a priority.  Until today, I have these dreams of expanding my horizon and exploring my courage zone by trying to achieve what’s listed on my bucket list.  Just last year, I invested quite a big amount of money to enroll in a “Book Writing Course” and get basic foundation on book writing – one of the items on my bucket list.  And yes, before the year ended, I was able to self-publish my own book entitled, “It’s Okay to Be Kuripot” (It’s Okay to Be Frugal).

Like I always, nobody is too old to achieve dreams and to cross new boundaries.  It’s just always a question of how courageous we are and what we are willing to sacrifice to reach greater heights.

The same goes for education, we can’t always rely on what’s being told inside the four corners of a classroom.  I didn’t learn anything about financial freedom in school, nobody in school taught me how to self-publish a book, my mathematics teacher never taught me about stock investing… If I just relied on everything I learned in school, I doubt if I will ever learn about strategic averaging method, self-editing a book, doodads, etc.

Mark Twain is indeed saying the truth when he said, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

 

Continuously learning,
Mumay