Sunday, June 29, 2014

He Said, She Said (10)

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

- 2 Timothy 4:7

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Doctor or Lawyer: Probably The Two Career Paths Parents Wants Us To Take

Are you one of those teens who have parents that will choose a career path for you? And the only option that you will have is to either enter in the field of medicine or law? They keep on persuading you non-stop to choose it, and it will drive you nuts, because some of us don’t actually want to study either of them? It’s like as if it’s the only remaining jobs out there, and you have no other choice but to take it.

When I was younger, a doctor is something I’ve always aspired to be. What can I say, my mom’s one, and I look up to her. I would play pretend and act like a doctor, diagnosing my stuff toys and all that. Growing up, I also hear that being a doctor (or a lawyer) is where you get the big bucks, and that means having a lot of moolahs in your bank account. Who wouldn’t like that, right? But entering high school, a place where you get to know yourself a little bit more, a place where there’s a lot of identity vs. role confusion going on, I tend to try out various things and explore different extra-curricular activities that might help me lean closer on something that I would want to do in the near future. 

And it turns out, I’m more of a right-brained dominant individual and would love to pursue something related to an artsy-fartsy kind of course. I figured that I’m more creative and expressive rather than logical and objective. With that, I felt like being a doctor was not the right fit for me. Fast forward to college applications, I asked helped from my parents in choosing a course that I could pursue (I have no idea why I did that. I mean, I had the liberty to choose by myself. Silly me). My parents chose for me a business-related course and a medicine-related course. They said I could either be a lawyer or a doctor. I had a mental eye-roll back then and eventually after the college exams, I ended up majoring in Psychology.

Psychology is a good course. You could go into any career path, and that’s what I like about it—it’s a flexible one. But then a part of me says that I should shift into Communications, since it’s all about media and photography and broadcasting and doing videos, something that I am very fond of. I kind of regret not shifting (not entirely, because Psychology I have learned to love it,) because to be honest, I’m having a hard time in Psychology. It’s a science course and I’m not a science person. My mom now keeps on bugging me to add extra courses so that I can go into medical school, and my dad wants me to take up Masters so that I can be a lawyer. I actually don't know where to stand right now.

I know this whole thing is partly my fault, that I didn’t have the guts to tell my parents that I don’t wish to be either. I know, investing a lot on your child’s education only to know that he or she will eventually emerge as a doctor or a lawyer is a wonderful thing, and it’s something to be proud of. I bet lots of “traditional” parents would love that. It’s like a return on investment, and a huge one at that. But it’s not also something to be proud of if you realized that your child did not enjoy what he or she has achieved. Some parents might have sent their son to medical school (because they know that it will somehow alleviate some stressors in life if their child becomes a doctor), but in reality, he might actually want to be a writer. Parents might shell out a lot of cash to bring their daughter to law school, (because lawyers are big money-earners right now), but she really dreams of becoming a movie director. 

Every child has dreams and goals in life, and sometimes, their parents’ dreams and goals interfere with theirs. Some parents push their children to be something the parents want them to be. I think that this is a wrong thing, and that parents should be there to properly guide their children, to teach them how to be independent. Parents should be the first people to support whatever their children’s decisions are (but if your child wants to be a princess or a drug dealer—then yes, these are some things to consider and needs to be addressed). There are some people out there who would let their children follow their parents' footsteps, but I believe that children should make a path of their own. It's where we truly discover what we love and what we know more. It's where we set up a new slate and start to dive in to our real passions. 

I think that living a life filled with passion is how life's supposed to be. Do the things that you love to do, that will make you genuinely happy. Relating this to what one aspires to be in the future, make a path for yourself, and not because your parents chose a path for you. Sometimes, you don't always have to listen to your parents, and to say yes to them all the time. Make smart decisions if you're going on a different pursuit, and prove to your parents what you're truly capable of.

Then your parents will truly be happy and proud of you because you didn't listen to them that one time.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014

I Saved My Ten For This

The first time I've heard of John Green was way back in high school. I was browsing Y.A. novels and I happen to stumble upon one of his books entitled, "An Abundance of Katherines". I flipped through it and scanned some pages, put it back, and walked away. The reason why I put it back was not because of disinterest, but of intimidation. John Green's style of writing and choice of words was like a calculus formula or a physics equation—I just couldn't quite get it. Maybe my reading capacity was not mature enough to take in such kind of novel. 

Fast forward three years, John Green was now like a household name to the young adults. With all the John Green hype, I've seen An Abundance of KatherinesLooking for AlaskaPaper TownsThe Fault In Our Stars, almost everywhere I go. The latter one is one of his most popular novels, and my friends introduced me to it. I was flipping through the pages and there it goes again, the profound vocabulary—although this time I was ready to bury my nose in it. My friends say they were bawling their eyes out from reading it. I hopefully want to get the same effect because I'm a sucker for tear-jerker novels.

The Fault In Our Stars (TFIOS) tells about a devastating yet epic love story of two cancer-stricken teenagers that brought tears to a thousand audiences from around the world, and I was one of them (good job, John Green!). This novel is what kept me up at night a week ago because to be honest, I just read the book a week before the movie (adaptation) premiered, so I was beating a deadline! The book drove me crazy. For me it wasn't an easy read, but I quite like the challenge. I had a dictionary beside me because I really wanted to comprehend Green's words. There were Shakespearean quotes, philosophical references, poetic was hard to digest. But mix those with the two protagonists' journey in their current situation—it was magical. A sad kind of magical, if there is such a thing. I was involuntarily mumbling "What the hell is happening" all throughout. After that, the tears eventually followed (cue the violins).

The movie adaptation was no different. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, who brought the characters Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters to life, provided a great chemistry as onscreen lovers that I forgot that they play as onscreen siblings in Divergent (another great book). There were a number of parts that weren't featured in the movie, but you can't really cram all of the missing parts since the movie is already two hours long. The movie not only gave me the butterflies inside my stomach, but I also learned how cancer patients have to deal with so much pain, as well as their family, and with that I admire their positive outlook in life. The part at the gas station scene was the part when I started to sob. It was that scene where I just wanted jump into the screen, be part of the movie, and help Gus somehow. It was painful to watch, and I applaud Ansel Elgort's acting skills for that. Actually almost 70% of the movie was painful to watch. 

Further into the movie, the eulogy scene was one of the most heart-breaking scenes in the movie that I just listened to what they have to say with my eyes closed. It was also that scene where I heard people from inside the cinema developing the sniffles. I just wanted to hold my hands in mock surrender and say, "Okay I'm done with this movie I can't take it anymore''. The movie ended almost as to how the novel ended. It was a satisfying finish, like I officially ran out of tears at some point.

I've seen a lot of movies, A Walk To Remember being one of my favorites, and coincidentally, it has an almost similar plot with The Fault In Our Stars. Again, I'm a fan of tear-jerker novels and I guess I'm now a fan of people dying. I don't know if that comes off to you as something weird, but from the novels that I've read with stories like these, the authors made me think that death is a beautiful thing. It also made me realize in the movie that yes, the world is not a wish-granting factory, and life will not always serve you in a silver platter, and this will leave you completely empty and hopeless. But that's how life rolls, so you have to change your perspective in life and deal with it. 

The Fault In Our Stars is probably one of my favorite movies of all time. It's an atypical story about two star-crossed lovers who eventually found love despite their ill-fated situations, and we get to see what lies beneath their little infinity. The movie also serves as a reminder for us that we will eventually die somehow, so try to celebrate life and make the most out of everything while you still have the time, since as for Hazel and Augustus—their time was almost up. I've rated movies with an eight or a nine most of the time, and this movie is where I saved my ten for. I think it deserves it.

I highly recommend you read the book and watch the movie! Okay? Okay.

Photo creditsMarcella Purnama | Selin | Rebloggy

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Seoul-Searching in South Korea: Part 3 of 3 - MORE City Tour and Attractions

KBS Global
Alrighty then, this is the final part of my Seoul-searching adventure! Our tour guide gave us a surprise tour in the headquarters of KBS (Korean Broadcasting System), the biggest out of the four of South Korea's television networks. It is located in the yet again another unpronounceable name for me, in Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu in Seoul. Normally in our networks such as ABS-CBN or GMA, it's not a piece of cake to get inside, but in KBS, I believe, is open for all. 
Welcome to KBS! That huge TV behind me? Yup, it's a touchscreen!
Host for a day!
I get to dub a cartoon show! 
Future news anchors!
A live show held in KBS! 
The headquarters we went in was like a ghost town. There were no other tourists except for us so we had the place all to ourselves (lucky us!) I was so thrilled about everything here in KBS because it screams 'media' and 'television'. We get to experience what it feels like to be a host, dubber, and a news reporter! There were blue screens, a dubbing studio, and also a news studio, complete with the equipment and everything! (We once tried to read what was in the teleprompter...unfortunately it was in Korean). We also get to see a live show (from above!) Sadly, there were no Korean actors/actresses in sight. It wasn't disappointing though, as it didn't matter to me that much.

Lotte World
Our last stop for our SK trip was a visit to Lotte World and the N Seoul Tower. Lotte World boasts both an indoor and outdoor theme park. Lotte World is a park where kids would surely enjoy, but as a kid at heart myself, I enjoyed staying here more than Everland! Probably because we were the first ones to visit the park and the lines were super short.

Much like Disneyland's castle!
The place, all for myself (for a little while)
Tempted to buy everything!
Lotte World indoor park

N Seoul Tower + Locks of Love
Before we headed to Incheon Airport, our tour guide drove us to N Seoul Tower, or known as Namsan Tower or simple Seoul Tower, and is marked as the highest point in Seoul. We rode the Namsan cable car to see the famous tower up close. I used to love watching Boys Over Flowers (a famous Koreanovela,) and our tour guide told me that the show used to shoot scenes here (in case you're curious, it was when Gu Jun Pyo waited for Geum Jan Di in the freezing winter + the time they spent the night at the place as well).
These were the Boys Over Flower Scenes shot from the N Seoul Tower + gondola lift!

The Seoul Tower has an awesome view overlooking Seoul, South Korea. The Seoul Tower also has lots to offer like an attraction in the tower's roof terrace called 'Locks of Love', which is quite similar to the 'Love Lock Bridge' in Paris. You will see thousands of love locks hanging in the fences, and we also get to leave our very own lock as a family!

That's the Seoul Tower and the gondola lift we have to ride to get there!
My lovely family
View of Seoul from Seoul Tower
I love you!
My family's own lock of love
Saranghae, Seoul!
As much as I hated it, our trip has to end. I really want to go back to South Korea, hopefully in the winter time, to have a different feel of the place. There are still more places to explore in Seoul ALONE, so I am hoping to see this lovely country soon. It's clean, fun, and memorable. I have grown to love Seoul despite the struggle in communicating and the almost unpronounceable names. Even though the weather was cold, the warmth of the people made my family and I welcome. 

Kamsahamnida, South Korea. Saranghae!
See you again, Seoul!

Tips and Reminders
1. I really suggest you learn their language. For a tourist, just learning the basics will do!
2. Try practicing to eat without a fork. In some restaurants and eateries, they only use a spoon and chopsticks! That's how they roll!
3. Bring extra clothes. The weather by the time we went in Seoul was unpredictable!
4. Let me remind you that the wi-fi is pretty strong here! Or from where we stayed, at least. It's one of the little things I miss in Seoul!
5. Bring cash! ATMs here sometimes do not accommodate foreign cards. 
- In the Philippines: 1 won = 0.043 php. So don't be surprise if an ice cream costs around 3,000 won!
6. Koreans love SPICY food! Oh, and they're not aliens when it comes to serving rice! YES!

I hope you enjoyed a chapter of my Seoul-searching entries! Can't wait to blog another place for me to share with you all lovely viewers.

Didn't get to read and see part 1 and 2 of my Seoul-searching adventure? Links are here below!

Seoul-Searching in South Korea: Part 1 of 3 & Seoul-Searching in South Korea: Part 2 of 3 - City Tour and Attractions

Shots taken from:  Canon EOS 550D | Shots fire by: Me! (credits to my mom and bro for taking pictures of me) | Boys Over Flowers collage taken from: Melissa Cheok 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Seoul-Searching in South Korea: Part 2 of 3 - City Tour and Attractions

Everland Resort Theme Park
Part 2 of 3 of my Seoul-Searching begins here, where everything consists of the city tour and attractions. The fun started the following day we landed in SK, where our first destination was a resort theme park, Everland. Everland's an adorable place, like the Disneyland of SK (or as how our tour guide pronounced it, "Dindinland"). The theme park was packed, making some of the rides two hours of waiting time! If ever you're planning to go to Everland, do ride the T-Express. It's SK's roller coaster ride made of wood (I know, I had my doubts regarding safety here. I mean, it's made of wood!) with a drop of over 150 ft and a speed of 100 km/h. I screamed the whole time. I got to ride it and it was the thrilling part of the day!

Everland Entrance!
A variety of rich-filled colors of flowers
THE T-EXPRESS! Seems scary isn't it? Because it is!
My little sister being hand painted!
There were a lot of attractions in the park but we couldn't get to ride them all because of the line! Man, I would've love to explore more of Zoo-topia, get to watch the Rose Festival parade, or attend a K-pop hologram show! See, there are lots of things to do in Everland, if only it weren't so jam-packed! We enjoyed our stay in the end either way.

Would've rode this but it looked nauseating!
I hope to step in your land again, Everland!
Gyeongbokgung Palace
As a tourist, one of my favorite parts in visiting a foreign country is heading to their cultural places to get to know more about the country's roots and origins. Visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace was one of my favorite stops in Seoul. Unlike Everland, I was relieved that there were only a few people around. Let me just say, the place is massive. It's a huge, huge, palace that was present way back in the Joseon Dynasty (about 600 years ago). Before entering the gates of the palace, we got right in the nick of time to witness the Royal Changing of Guards Ceremony. It was kind of a lengthy process since it's just the changing of guards. But hey, it's their tradition and their costumes were really eye-catching!

Royal Changing of Guards Ceremony
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeonghoeru, used for royal banquets and entertainment
The place, like I wrote awhile ago, was like a small community, and it reminded me of the palace in the movie 47 Ronin (okay, that movie took place in Japan, but it was really similar). You will really get lost in Gyeongbokgung Palace, not only because of its vast setting but also to its beauty. The architecture is exquisite, as if the palace, known to be existing for over 600 years, AND was once taken down by the Japanese, remains untouched. Every nook and cranny of the palace just lures you in because of its mystery, like you don't care where it leads you to. I admire how their country gets to safeguard their culture, even though the palace is now set in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. South Korea may already be proliferating with modern technology, but they sure don't forget where they came from, or what they used to be, and this happens to be proof. 
The king's bedroom just right behind us
Garden and Chimney of Amisan, a "natural world for immortals"
Hey there!

Trickeye Museum + Ice Museum
Our next stop quite intrigued me because of the name, as we were going to a place called the 'Trickeye Museum'. The museum was so cool! The Trickeye Museum is a museum filled with 3D paintings where it looks like you are part of the paintings, and vice-versa, and it definitely tricked our eyes (after we got photographed). There were so many people inside, it annoyed me that I didn't get to take a photo of each of the cool 3D paintings. Nonetheless, the museum amused me! Great job, trickeye artists!
Now I'M the little sister!
Yum, sushi!
I don't know how my sister can climb the pole that way!
The Ice Museum on the other hand, is filled with sculptures made of ice, and it was FREEZING COLD when we went inside. I was expecting each of us will be given a jacket by the entrance...but not, they did not. We went inside, and even though I haven't been in the North Pole, I felt like I was in the North Pole! Fog was already already coming out of my breath. The cold was unbearable but I would recommend you visiting these museums!
Car made of ice!
My dad taking a dump!
Alrighty then, PART 2 OF 3 ends here! I hope you enjoyed reading it. I'll be uploading the very last part in a couple of days, so stay put, more tour and attractions to come!

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Shots taken from: Canon EOS 550D | Shots fired by: Me! (Credits to my mom and bro for taking pictures of me)

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