Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ok fine! I stutter…errrr… stammer!

Hey I’m back!

Uhm, just thought you should know. :)

Anyhoo, I’ve been meaning to write for the past days. I have so many things to share, so much had happened but I’m too busy to log in to blogger - too exhausted to gather my thoughts, too lazy to write.

But today is different. I decided to sit down and tap my writing mode. I need to acclimatize myself once again with my comfort nook. I need to get that feeling, the need to keep my thoughts flowing and ideas growing. I need to get this stress out of me.

I wanted to write something...

Yesterday I went to school. It was the second session for my masters degree. I have 3 subjects for this semester. The first one tackles global business management, the trading system and, yes you don’t want me to start talking about it. At this early, I have a feeling I wouldn’t be interested in the topic. I mean, come on! I was never interested in economics. I was never into World Trade Organizations and how it affects oh no don't get me started! I’ll leave it up to the business-minded, to the CEOs, to the thinkers. Duh! I’m more interested in algebra and physics than studying the global economy.

When the next subject rolled in, I was more than happy to learn that it speaks my language. I took that up in college, only that it was named differently. But the principle, the framework –man, I can actually guess the next thing that the professor would say. It was like listening to my college instructor all over again. It was like re-reading the same page in the book. The only difference is that I took it on a different level now than I did before. I understood it clearly now than I do before. I guess this is what they say experience is the best teacher. I learned more in the battlefield.

The most dynamic subject of all is the effective communication. The professor made us read 9 tongue twisters. We started with “The big black bug bit a big black bear at the end of his big black nose.” It was as easy as closing our eyes. Then the fourth came with “A twister of twists, once twisted a twist, and the twist that he twisted was a three-twisted twist. Now in twisting this twist, if a twist should untwist, the twist that untwisted would untwist the twist.”

Fuck it man I couldn't finish the first line without stammering. What’s up with this twisting twister? It totally twisted my tongue! For heaven’s sake I always ended up pronouncing “twist” with “twits”. Damn you twitter. I secretly hate you now. You’re the culprit!!!

The last one was even harder, (for me) “A tooter who tooted a flute tried to tutor two tutors to toot. Said the two to the tutor, ‘Is it harder to toot or to tutor two tutors to toot?

I hate you letter TTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!

Then the professor said we will play a game. A challenge of who is the best tongue twister(er) in the class. The student who can read all nine with the least time and less stammering will get a free handbook (which she had written, of course). So when she looked at me, I abruptly told her: “nah, I’ll just pay for the book.”

And she laughed so hard.

I'd rather sing than do the tongue twisting.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Monday After Tomorrow

I don't really like Mondays nor that I hate it. It just signals the start of another long week to battle. In most cases Mondays are hellish busy and yeah - manic.

For school girls and working girls like me, Monday would never appeal except if pay day falls on that day. But somehow I'm excited for the next monday to come. Nothing special though. It is but the onset of another milestone for me... I'll be a school girl once again!

After weeks of careful thought, consideration, weighing options, identifying pros and cons and consulting my mother, relatives, friends and even colleagues - I finally decided to go back to school and get an MBA.

I never thought of the idea before. It wasn't included in my plan to cover 1% of the Philippine Islands but I guess some things just pop out of your head. The thing is, it isn't just "some things". It's an opportunity to learn more, to gain leverage and challenge myself a bit farther.

One of the factors that got me paused for a decision is the cost it incurs. You know how I am when it comes to spending money. I'm in for the pleasure rather than for anything else. But I thought of making a little sacrifice. A little modification of my habits. Just a little change. The wanderlust would still be on my list though I have to minimize it a bit.

I also asked myself if I can do this. I don't wanna trouble myself in to something which I can't finish. Work plus school needs balance, or you get axed in between. I set crazy expectations for myself and I'm myself's worst critic. To fail at this is not an option. It's balls and all. Not to be half-hearted about it. And I've decided to choose the hard way...

It's going to be ALL my friends!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

3 IDIOTS (were not idiots after all)

I've never watched a Bollywood movie before. Probably because it is not widely available in the country and also because I'm not familiar with the actors (yes, I find it easier to go through the whole movie if I know their names).

When my friend told me about this top grossing comedy film in India, I was kinda reluctant to watch it at first coz I don't know what to expect. Yet again, curiosity got the better of me. Besides, I watched Korean, Thai and French movie for the past week so why not try Hindi (it's Hindi, right?) this time.

3 Idiots. Fom the title itself, you're sure to guess that's indeed comic. Well thanks to subtitles I was able to enjoy and understand the whole story fully well. You just have to read fast coz the lines will fade out in a second haha! But some lines are in English.

The movie begins with Farhan and Raju's journey in search of their lost friend Rancho, whom they haven't heard a word from after they graduated in College some 10 years ago. Then enter flashbacks of those good old days when they were still striving engineering students. It depicts the "craziness" of the engineering world, the prayers uttered and promises said to gods just to PASS the subject, their adventures and their only villain - the College Director a.k.a Virus.

Beneath the hilarious scenes and funny lines is an epic tale of friendship who have stood the test of time. First half of the movie I was laughing hard. Favorite funny scenes? The wedding, the speech during the teacher's day, their first day at school and the classroom scenes, one where the professor asked for the definition of Machine. I can't contain my laughter when their classmate literally recited the definition, word for word, memorized the textbook including 'etc.' hahaha! I remembered a college classmate who was a trying-hard-smart-ass.

Although the second half was not as hilarious as the beginning, it will make you contemplate on the movie's message. Each character have their own issues that they must face head on. There were crossroads and detours. But Rancho summed it up : "Make your passion your profession and success will chase you - pants down."

What I like about the movie is the witty humor. It was natural and heartwarming. The cast were really good and the plot superb. It's hard to be entertained nowadays without taking on nonsense, offensive, toilet humor. I'd say this is one of the best comedy film I've seen.

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