sábado, noviembre 26, 2005

Lamentations of a Starry-Eyed Twit

or, My Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Movie Review

is currently feeling happy, accomplished

Yay! I finally watched it! I finally watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! And because I, Patty, am a dork extraordinaire, here is my ticket to prove to you that I really watched it already:

Ha! See?! I told you!

Everything school taught me about making movie reviews got thrown out of the window, so please bear with me as you read my thoughts about the movie.

  • The film opens with Nagini slithering through a giant skull in the Riddle's graveyard. It really sets the mood for the whole movie. It's very impressive and dark. I like. The Riddle house looked castle-like, more impressive and scary than my mental image, which was of a regular house.
  • Like I said, Barty Crouch Jr. is tres hawt, even if he does that snake-like thing with his tongue. Yum. Rarr.
  • The Portkey scene is even better than anticipated! It was really cool, with this whirly, vortex-ish thing to indicate they were all spinning, and there was this funny thing when all the kids hit the ground, sprawled all around, only to look up and see Mr. Weasley, Mr. Diggory and Cedric Diggory (<3!)
  • The Weasley's tent looked way cool. "I love magic!" Hee!
  • Even though we didn't see the action in the Quidditch World Cup, I have to say that the stadium was really impressive. Brilliant lighting and people everywhere made me feel really excited. The entrance of the Irish Quidditch team was really great, and I loved that huge poster-thing-ish of Viktor Krum that flashed when he was introduced. I loved it when poster!Krum looked on to the real Krum flying around the stadium. Magnificent!
  • Plus, Lucius Malfoy looked really hot, even with the snakehead cane. Draco Malfoy looked hot in a black suit. God, this movie is so full of hot people!
  • The movie people really outdone themselves with the Dark Mark. It looked mighy impressive than the one at the back of the book jacket in Book Six. It was even animated! I guess, evil as he is, Lord Voldemort is actually pretty creative. Ha!
  • The entrance of the Beauxbatons students was cute. They do some sort of dance thing, accompanied by magical blue butterflies. Fleur Delacour looked quite pretty there. I love Fleur, that's why I'm kinda disappointed she doesn't have much speaking lines. But what's with Madame Maxime? I expected her to be large all over, but she was rather thin and VERY tall.
  • Then the Durmstrang students enter, and it is WAY impressive. They do some march thing, pounding their staffs on the floor, and it's really coordinated. When they reach Professor Dumbledore, one of 'em sort of blew red flames. Very impressive. That's all I have to say.
  • I heart the Weasley twins. They got a lot of screen time, which is really good, because they are so adorable! I love their interaction with Hermione Granger on the Ageing Potion. Krum comes in and he and Hermione share a Look. By the way, I have to mention that I got sort of converted to a Krum/Hermione fan because of this movie. Their moments were so dang sweet!
  • The Champions are selected! I had to chuckle when I saw that Fleur had folded her entry into a fan. Very cute. I didn't quite like Professor Dumbledore getting angry at Harry. Yes, I know I mentioned once in this blog that it looked funny, but actually, it wasn't. Bad Dumbly. Whatever happened to gentle, caring, twinkling-clear-blue-gaze, everyone's grandpa Dumbledore? He actually slams Harry on the wall, and, like, he said in the fifth book he doesn't like to manhandle his students. Hello? Can anyone say "hypocrite" here? But, well, yes... there are differences between the movies and the books, but what the hell, I don't like it.
  • Rita Skeeter is hilarious! I love that scene when she and Harry were in the broom cupboard. Made me go, "ohhhh!" for some weird reason. She has great body language and I love that femme fatale look, even though I hate book!Rita Skeeter.
  • I hate the "Potter Stinks" badges, but it looked really cool in the movie. I wish I had one of those, even though I think Harry DOES NOT STINK. I felt sad for Harry when he saw everyone wearing those badges. Cedric told him he tried to do something about the badges, which was so nice of him. Loff!
  • The ferret scene is even funnier than expected! Ferret!Malfoy is cute, and Professor McGonagall was so funny! Yay for more McGonagall screen time. I mean, come on, it's a shame to have a very respected actress do so little in the movie. I just wished they made it a little canon and made her carry books that fall off when she realized that the ferret was a student.
  • Harry and Hermione hugging = squeal! Then Rita Skeeter had to jump in and take a photo. Harry and Hermione looked embarrassed post-hug. Viktor tells her to get lost, and I go "ooooh!" because his accent is very sexeh.
  • The Hungarian Horntail chasing Harry around the Hogwarts Castle, as everyone and their dogs know, is not canon, yet I loved that scene. It was breathtakingly exciting, and Harry falling off looked downright scary.
  • In the Great Hall, Cho Chang smiles at Harry, and he spits out pumpkin juice. Yay!
  • Professor McGonagall has a really huge gramophone which beats out Lupin's in the third movie. Yes, only recently did I know that those things were called a gramophone, and I am truly pathetic, but moving on. Professor McGonagall is teaching them how to dance to avoid disgracing the name of Godric Gryffindor, and it was quite funny when she ranted on about swans in every lady, and lions in every guy. I was trying not to laugh so loud, even more so when she called Ron Weasley and told him to put his right hand on her waist. Ron looked so funny there! And so they danced, and everyone joined them. Very hilarious. And I loved it when we see Neville Longbottom practicing by himself in the dormitory.
  • Krum groupies! I love that scene by the lake when he was walking, and a dozen girls were tailing him. Ha! Adorable!
  • Also love that part where Fred Weasley demonstrates to Ron by asking Angelina Johnson to go with him to the ball. Smooth, yet incredibly funny! And Fred's so cute! Then we see Professor Snape smacking Harry and Ron. It was so funny when Professor Snape notices Harry and Ron being annoying, and he pulls the cuffs on his robes, getting ready for another round of slap-down. Hysterical!
  • Ron's dress robes are beyond hideous, and he begs Harry to murder him. The Great Hall is covered in ice, which looks lovely and very Christmas-y, and I just have to say that Harry CANNOT dance! Sorry, Godric Gryffindor. Fiona, who came with me to the movies, got on a high when she saw Filch cradling Mrs. Norris and swaying to the music. Fiona loves Mrs. Norris, after all. Hagrid on Madame Maxime's chest was cute as well, and made me go "Wheee!" :p
  • The Prefect's Bathroom is better than I imagined! Hundreds of taps in different colors-- bloody awesome. I should make it a goal to be able to bathe in there. Then Moaning Myrtle appears and molests Harry by looking down there. Harry desperately covers himself with more bubbles, yet Myrtle continues to sidle up to Harry. Then he covers himself with the Golden Egg. *laughs hysterically*
  • The underwater effects in the second task were really awesome. It was amusing to see Harry swimming quite gracefully, and Ron, Hermione, Cho and Gabrielle Delacour looked like dolls underwater. Viktor comes as a half-transfigured shark, which looked genuinely scary to me, and he goes off to grab Hermione and bring her to the surface. Cedric gets Cho, points at his watch, and Harry nods. Harry waits for Fleur to turn up but she doesn't, and time was about to end, so he grabs both Ron and Gabrielle, and swims for the surface, but unluckily, he was attacked by what I assumed were grindylows, but he casts the Ascendio and shoots up to the lake.
  • The mazes are genuinely creepy. It makes up for the lack of obstacles, like the Sphinx, the giant spider, the Blast Ended Skewt, and whatever else was in the maze. The walls close in behind Harry and Cedric. Cedric looking scared is way hot, and I tear up, realizing he's going to be killed in a few screen-minutes. But this isn't the first time I tear up. Sometimes when I see Cedric looking exceptionally gorgeous, I remember the fact that he only had the end of the movie to live. :-(
  • Fleur looks absolutely petrified. Good acting there. Clemence Poesy's acting is really good, in my opinion. There was also a part in the second task when she looked petrified, which was really convincing and very good. Krum attacks her and the vines and the branches take her body into the maze walls.
  • Cedric and Harry spot the Triwizard Cup and race off to get there first, but somehow Cedric falls to the ground and Harry is torn between running for the Cup or helping Cedric. In the end, he decides to rescue Cedric, and they take the cup together, which turns out to be a Portkey.
  • The Riddle graveyard once more. Harry sees the tombstone. Uh-oh. A hissing voice, well, hisses to kill the spare, and Cedric got AKed, and I start tearing up! He's dead! It was heartbreaking. :-(
  • Wormtail does the flesh, blood and bones, or whatever they were scene, and it is so gruesome, especially when he cuts his own hand. I had to cover my eyes when he was about to, so I couldn't really see that scene, but I know it's gruesome anyway. Voldie rises, and it genuinely petrified me. He looked horrible, even though Ralph Fiennes is hot, and he moves with sheer grace to where Harry was, and ranted on about how he lived because Lily loved you, and how he could touch him already, and blah blah. Wormtail's silver hand looks pretty cool.
  • Voldemort stepping on Cedric's face with bare feet breaks my heart into even more pieces.
  • Harry and Voldemort duel, and Priori Incantatem happens. The dome looks awesome. Lily, James, and Cedric broke my heart again ( as if it weren't broken in the first place!) because it was so sad, particularly when Ced whispered that Harry take his body back to his parents.
  • Harry grabs the Portkey with Cedric in his other hand, and they arrive in Hogwarts. Everyone starts to cheer, including Amos Diggory, until Fleur screams in horror, and everything turns into a disaster. It was really heartbreaking to see Amos mourning over his son.
  • Professor Dumbledore visits Harry in the Gryffindor dormitory and says sorry for putting his life into danger. Krum gives Hermione his address, then Fleur and Gabrielle give Ron kisses on the cheek, then Hermione goes, "Everything's going to change." Then the movie ends with the Beauxbatons carriage flying off into the sunset and the Durmstrang ship submerging into the lake.

Whew, that was long. But I enjoyed every moment of the movie. It was awesome and the best Harry Potter flick yet. It was even reported on the news that it's going to overthrow Sorcerer's Stone as the most successful movie, even. Mike Newell did a great job, and I love the soundtrack. Yes, Fio, I heard Magic Works and it IS heartbreaking. And poor Cedric.

The things that miffed me were that the Champions didn't have much speaking lines. I expected they were going to say a lot, but they didn't. Especially Fleur and Krum. Krum's accent is really sexy, and I wanted to hear Fleur's voice, but I was disappointed in that part.

And yes, I really did not like violent!Dumbledore. Michael Gambon portrays a different kind of Dumbledore, and so does the late Richard Harris. I miss Richard Harris already.

Too bad Sirius didn't get screen time, unless you call him in the embers of the fire "screen-time." I was compelled to shout the "OMG who barbecued my Sirius?!" line, but I didn't. :p

The Pensieve was also impressive. I loved how Dumbledore's thoughts swirled around. And the court scene was impressive. Yes, this movie is all about hot men and impressiveness. I have to say, though. Barty Crouch Jr.'s clean look in that scene did not suit him. He looks hotter in his other scenes, where he had the dirty look. Professor Dumbledore, I also thought, looked more Dumbledore-ish in the court scene. Too bad we didn't see Bellatrix Lestrange. It would have been cool. No Narcissa Malfoy, even, since the entire house-elves plot was cut. I'm telling you, this movie may be about hot mean and impressiveness, but it genuinely lacks in the Black sisters. Gah.

I don't remember anything else I should babble about in this so-called review, but feel free to point out some things if you want to. I need to rant... and rant... and rant...

Q: ano URL ng mga icons mo? It's pretty.. hope u can share - lily
A: Hi Lily! The URLs are too many to enumerate, so you can just click View, then pick Source Code and grab the URLs. Enjoy!

Au revoir!


miércoles, noviembre 23, 2005

Oh, Bullocks

is currently feeling angsty, demented


I have time to blog. Gee, what about?

I STILL wasn't able to watch Harry Potter! *is seriously annoyed now* I wasn't able to go last Monday because my dear mother forbade me to watch it in E-Mall, and no one would come with me to Ayala to watch it. Good thing, Fiona talked me into waiting until Friday, because by then she would watch with me. But major UNFAIR, she'll be watching it the second time, whereas it would be my first.


I swear on my blog I have to catch it twice in the cinema.

Yesterday, in THE, we started garnishing foods, but Lord knows that I am a major disaster in the kitchen because frankly, I do not actually spend time in the kitchen handling knives and cutting things. I only go there for washing my hands, checking what the food is, and opening the fridge. And that is saying something, seeing as I pass the kitchen every time I go up or down the stairs.

Yesterday also, around this time, my dear mother told me off for perpetually using the internet. I do not! Oh, well, maybe I do, but when she told me off, I was actually doing homework, i.e. looking for suitable lines for my English monologue. *starts speaking to herself in Shakespearean language*

Oh, no. I just remembered. Tomorrow will be card giving! Oh no oh no oh no. Oh, bullocks! What do I do now? Well, obviously I couldn't do anything since my grades are final, but oh no oh no oh no.

Well, yes. For sure I so did not fail Science, because Marvic was handing out slips for remedial classes, and I didn't get one, and they only hand out those stuff to failing people, i.e. me last year, in Math.

And I got good scores in Math this year, and I also didn't receive a slip.


Oh no oh no oh no. *breathe in, breathe out*

domingo, noviembre 20, 2005

Happy Birthday!

Okay, I know I haven't blogged in, like, days, but that was because I really didn't have enough time in the evenings to go online. I so missed my PC and the feel of the keyboard beneath my fingers. ;)

Wednesday, November 16

It was my birthday, and I just spent evening eating dinner with family. My cousins Lynn, Moriah, Nia, Faye, and Kyle came over along with their parents. Add my brother Nico to the crowd, and hello, we're running a day care center! Well, not so much on Faye since she's just a few years younger than moi, but the rest of the lot were... uh, not exactly our age, and spent the night pounding on the piano, or jumping on the matress, or hitting themselves with pillows. You know.

Mom bought lechon, lechon manok, and this noodle thing from the Manila Foodshoppe. So we ate that, and halfway through the dinner, this FedEx truck came to deliver a package to moi... books! Hurrah! Mom had this stunned look on her face and she was like, "Who'd send you a package through FedEx?" So hilarious!

Thursday, November 17

My friend Daryl and I were planning a joint birthday bash, since she was celebrating her birthday on the Saturday, the same day that I would be celebrating mine with friends. We planned to hold it in Bigby's Cafe in Ayala Entertainment Center, so after school, Daryl and I waited for her ride in Brown Cup, sipping iced chocolate and raspberry iced tea. Her ride was late and nearly picked us up when it was dark.

The funny thing is, it's such a small world. My aunt told me that Daryl's parents were ninong and ninang in their wedding, and Daryl and I were flower girls together! I told Daryl this, and she seemed to remember. Her parents also know my uncle and aunt.

Anyway, we got to Bigby's past six, where my mom was waiting. They discussed the details with the staff while Daryl and I had fun shopping. We went around the stores, until Daryl bought this super cute fairy-like skirt from a boutique, and I bought pretty snowflake earrings with pink stones from Colorstone. While we were at it, I bought Daryl some chandelier earrings to match her skirt, and she bought me a ring with multicolored stones and a matching bracelet.

Friday, November 18

I had the awarding ceremony for the Ninoy Aquino Essay Writing Contest in USC. I went to the campus with Regina and Meg, who were also finalists like moi, and accompanied by Teacher Charisse, our guidance councilor. It was super cool. We won a thousand bucks each along with a P200 gift check to McDonalds, plus this book titled Something to Think About. After the ceremony, Meg, Teacher Charisse and I went to Jollibee where we waited for our rides. Meg left ahead while Teacher Charisse was nice enough to treat me to some fries. My mom picked me up and we went back to Bigby's to give the birthday banner and stuff, and to make a few alterations to the menu.

Saturday, November 19

The day of the birthday bash. Daryl woke me up at six in the morning with a text message because she was SO excited! We planned to meet at Bigby's before eleven, so I slowly got dressed and left. I arrived a few minutes past eleven to find Athena R, Lynde and Judene waiting on the floor below the cafe. I told them to go up already. My mom and my brother, who came from my brother's first communion, were at McDonalds, since heaven knows Nico doesn't eat anything that isn't Jollibee or McDo. Daryl arrived thirty minutes later, when more guest had arrived. Most of the people were late because of the Pinoy Standard Time (a.k.a. late), but Regina and Sherry Mae arrived late because of their Quiz Bowl, and Marvic because of a radio show.

We nearly occupied the entire cafe. Honestly, we had to order more food and get more tables just to accomodate people! It was so much fun seeing everyone there. Even my homeroom and Math teacher, Teacher Jean, and my SS teacher, Teacher Anne were there!

After eating, the guys at Bigby's got out the Titanic treat plus two plates of something made of chocolate and placed it alongside the cake. They lit the candles and sang Daryl and me a birthday song (which nearly made us deaf because they were so loud!). And then we blew the candles.

Slowly, everyone started to leave, until a few of Daryl's friends, and my friends were the ones left. Daryl and I sorted out our gifts (we got a lot!). Then some left to catch the Harry Potter flick, which I wasn't able to, but I swear to the heavens I will watch tomorrow. Amen.


The first photo is of me and Daryl, just before the party started. The other three photos are of the long tables occupied by our friends.

Hanging out with some of our friends and teachers (and they're all too many to enumerate! =p )

Our birthday cake! Originally we wanted a cake that was half-blue and half-pink, but the baker said to my mom that she tried it and it looked bad, so she compromised by putting pink icing, with blue trimmings. I don't know where Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty came from, though.

The second pic is of the birthday cake along with three Titanic treats and two of those chocolate stuff. In all honesty, I don't know what those are, but they had candles and had the words "Happy Birthday Patty" and "Daryl" on the other.

The last two photos were of us being serenaded by the Bigby's people. I knew mom told me they would be singing for us but I had no idea it was gonna be that way.

Daryl and I blowing all the candles, and the other one is of us with our moms. The third photo is a closer look on that chocolate stuff with my name on it, before Miles ate off the name. The last photo is again with friends.

Hanging out with more people! That's Luv, Daryl, me, and Donique on the first photo, Tanya, me, and Teacher Anne on the second, me, Athena C and Teacher Jean on the third, and Daryl with some of our guests.

Me, Miles, Vera and Gabrielle on the first photo, Meg, Fiona and me on the second (we're so pink!), Alyssa, Miles and me on the third, and a randomly vain moment in the fourth. ;)

Overall, it was a fun celebration, and we really did get some cool prezzies. Note the striked below:

  1. The opportunity to fly to London this Sunday to attend the GoF movie premiere.
  2. Tickets to a November 16 showing of GoF
  3. All American Girl - Meg Cabot
  4. Boy Meets Boy - David Levithan
  5. Boy Meets Girl - Meg Cabot
  6. Can You Keep A Secret? - Sophie Kinsella
  7. The Christmas Mystery - Jostein Gaarder
  8. Confessions of a Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella
  9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
  10. Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood - Ann Brashares
  11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
  12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
  13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
  14. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
  15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
  16. The Princess Diaries IV: Princess in Waiting - Meg Cabot
  17. Ready or Not - Meg Cabot
  18. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood - Ann Brashares
  19. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - Ann Brashares
  20. Teen Idol - Meg Cabot
  21. The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella
  22. Veronika Decides to Die - Paulo Coelho
  23. A huge, huge stuffed toy. Preferably Spongebob, but can also be in the shape of a wolf. If possible, the wolf should be pink. Well, it's not exactly huge, huge, but Sam gave me this super cute stuffed toy that looks like a wolf, and I've named it Moony!
  24. Perfume / Cologne You would't believe how many bottles I got!
  25. World peace.
  26. Anything Harry Potter Well, I got three books, didn't I?
  27. Colorstone earrings
  28. iPOD darn!
  29. Original Harry Potter 1-3 DVDs.
  30. The Nanny Diaries - Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Krauss
  31. Cash.
Plus all of the things I got that wasn't in this list! It blows my mind! I got undies, clothes, beauty stuff, figurines, frames, rings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. Supah cool!

Q: Actually, I was just joking around regarding my last question about the hungry thing. I thought you'll pay no mind, but hey! You're pretty nice after all! LOL! Take care always ate! Can I call you ate? (^_^)v - Jheca
A: Ummm... *thinks it over* depends on how old are you. ;)

Off I go... and happy birthday to me again! Gosh, I'm a year older already, and I'm in denial! *snickers*

martes, noviembre 15, 2005

Love, Actually.

is feeling loved

We had no HW for the past two days, so I borrowed Akkie's DVD of Love Actually, which stars Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, and other British stars. I watched it yesterday.

I loved the movie, even though it's a little rushed. It follows the lives of eight, very different couples dealing with their love lives set during a frantic month before Christmas. The central character is the Prime Minister, David (Hugh Grant) who is smitten with his new personal secretary, Natalie (Martine McCutcheon). David's sister Karen's (Emma Thompson) marriage to Harry (Alan Rickman) is on the rocks after she slowly grows aware of his flirtation with his employee, Mia (Heike Makatsch). The son of Karen's recently-widowed friend Daniel (Liam Neeson) asks for love advice about an older girl he has a crush on. Jamie (Colin Firth) travels to France to write, where he meets Aurelia (Lucia Moniz) and falls in love with her. Meanwhile, Harry's secretary Sarah (Laura Linney) is in love with office hunk Karl (Rodrigo Santoro) but her personal family problems get in the way. And a photographer is in love with Juliet (Keira Knightley), who recently married his best friend.

Whew, that's a lot.

Anyway, I love the story, because it depicts the different kinds of love, and it's highly amusing. I love Emma Thompson's acting as a wronged wife. The scene where she thought Harry's gift to her was a necklace, and it turned out to be a Joni Mitchell CD is just heartbreaking. Darn Harry for giving that necklace to Mia. Speaking of Mia, I really really hate her there, she's so annoying! Juliet's really pretty though, and I loved the scenes between Natalie and the Prime Minister.

Is there such a thing as unconscious shipping? After watching this movie, I sort of shipped Professor Trelawney (Emma Thompson) and Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) together just because they were together in the movie! Ha! I'm really weird. Someone hit me, please. I just sort of hate how the story wrapped Harry and Karen's story. They didn't explain how the both of them dealt with the Mia issue. In the end, it was just showed that they kissed each other on the cheek in the airport. One may think they made up, but it's also possible they were just doing that for the sake of their kids. That's why today, I satisfied myself with some fanfictions on how things really wrapped up.

Favorite Movie Quotes

"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around." - David

"True love lasts a lifetime." - Karen

"Now which doll shall we give Daisy's little friend Emily? The one that looks like a transvestite or the one that looks like a dominatrix?" - Karen

"The trouble with being the Prime Minister's sister is it does put your life into rather harsh perspective. What did my brother do today? He stood up and fought for his country. And what did I do? I made a papier-maché lobster head. " - Karen

IMHO, Karen has the best lines.

And some favorite dialogues:

Harry: Tell me, exactly, how long it is that you've been working here?
Sarah: Two years, seven months, three days and, I suppose, what, two hours?
Harry: And how long have you been in love with Karl, our enigmatic chief designer?
Sarah: Ahm, two years, seven months, three days and, I suppose, an hour and thirty minutes.

Karen: So what's this big news, then?
Daisy: We've been given our parts in the nativity play. And I'm the lobster.
Karen: The lobster?
Daisy: Yeah!
Karen: In the nativity play?
Daisy: Yeah, first lobster.
Karen: There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?
Daisy: Duh!

Natalie: Hello, David. I mean "sir." Shit, I can't believe I've just said that. Oh, and now I've gone and said "shit" twice. I'm so sorry, sir.
Prime Minister: It's fine, it's fine. You could've said "fuck", and then we'd have been in real trouble.
Natalie: Thank you, sir. I did have an awful premonition that I was going to fuck up on the first day. Oh, piss-it!

Prime Minister: Ah, hello. Is, er, Natalie in?
Natalie: (coming down stairs) Where the fuck is my fucking coat?
(sees Prime Minister)
Natalie: Oh, hello.
Prime Minister: Hello.

IMHO, Natalie and the Prime Minister have the best dialogues, although I also loved Juliet and her husband's best friend's, er, "dialogue" through sheets of poster board.

Nothing extraordinary happened in school today. By the way, I joined this essay writing contest a few months ago. I blogged about it before. It's basically about Remembering Ninoy Aquino, and I remembered I was so pressured with that because I had to work on that essay while studying for the exams, and I wasn't really satisfied with how my essay turned out. But for some reason... I became a finalist! OMGZ! OMGZ! That was SO amazing. I so did not expect it. So that was my English teachers' surprise! We're attending an awarding ceremony this Friday, at five PM, so, uh, good luck?

Have to run. It's half past ten already and I have to go to bed. Au revoir!


viernes, noviembre 11, 2005


Thank God it's Friday!

Somehow I feel I did a lot of things today when actually I didn't do a lot. So let's see.

I had P.E. earlier. My hand really hurts from throwing and catching the soccer ball. Seriously, sports just aren't for me. But I think I really improved on my throwing, because Manie told me not to hold my hand too high in the air. We won the soccer game against the other group without me breaking into a sweat. *grins* I was about to kick the ball when one of my mateys scored a home, and we won, so there.

We presented our sixty-second presentation in S.S. I forgot to bring my FAN to the platform. But oh well, what's done was done. And oh, did I mention that MM and I learned the actions just a few hours before the presentation? Ha-ha!

My teacher left us on our own today in Science, so I went with Julie, Angela and Shein to the canteen. My English teacher told Shein she was gonna exhibit her portfolio for the PAASCU exhibit, and since Shein left her portfolio at home, she had to ask her driver to bring it to school. It was fascinating to hear her babble loudly in Korean. ;)

By teh way, said English teacher told me she has a surprise for me. I wonder what it is? She just kept on bringing it up. I asked her, at one point, if it was a surprise for my birthday. She just pinched me on the cheek. Now she really got me curious. Julie bet that I got a high grade in my testpaper... dunno, really. But I WONDER WHAT IT IS!!!

Had institutional mass at the grounds. Halfway through, it rained, so a few of us scattered to the grade school buildings. After the mass though, the rain hadn't stopped so we were forced to go to the classroom under the rain. Got wet, of course.

When I logged on today, I saw Ate Rina was online, who didn't tell me she moved to Singapore last April! We chatted for a short time and she left me a birthday card. Grool.

Q: Hey, you know any good links that offer icons? tnx! -j-me
A: You can try some communities in LiveJournal. And I take requests. :)

Q: I'm hungry. Are you? LOL! - Jheca
A: Hi Jheca! Yeah, I am. Perpetually. *wink*

Outta here.

PS: By the way, I just want to announce:

I Need Icon Love
So if you have any ideas for icons, please let me know. You can post in my Haloscan or type in my question box. I'm dying to make lots and lots of icons. Harry Potter ones. If only I had ideas on my own. My mind is blissfully blank lately.

jueves, noviembre 10, 2005

Big, Fat Crap

*blogger enters, dancing to the tune of Don't Cha by the Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes.*

With a little help from my friend Sheena, I was able to make that as my background song. I don't know, it's just catchy and amusing. I was searching for that song for AGES, back from the days that Daryl asked me to amplify her profile and put that song in her profile.

I love iWebTunes. :-)

Have not done my homework yet. I just got home two hours ago (ish), because I stayed late in school. We were actually planning our sixty-second Social Studies presentation, and then my Filipino teacher barged in and took photos of all of us. And she made us help her on some stuff for PAASCU. Wheee.

I received my other testpaper in Math today, and I did pretty good for myself, so I'm happy about that. Received my T.H.E. testpaper, and I'm still not over the essay part. Imagine that, three points out of freakin' TEN, and the question was asking for my opinion! *is astounded* So how did Patty react? She got tongue-tied. I mean, seriously, 3/10?

I also received my paper in Filipino. I passed... ish. Well, anyway, I did better on it than the last exam, and at least my teacher was nice 'nuff to give us three bonuses, which helped.

Had a funny conversation with my English teacher earlier, during Social Studies. Something about me "starting to bloom," and that "there's someone special in your life," to which I got tongue-tied again. Seeing me like that, she goes, "How did I know?" with a knowing look on her face, and then she continues, "Because I see it in the way you look at me!"

She can just be crazy at times (and she wanted us to tell PAASCU that!).

I'm planning a little get-together on the weekend after my birthday. I'm treating some friends to lunchy-lunchy and we're gonna go watch the new Harry Potter flick. Whoopee.

T.H.E. got cut off by one period today because we had a general cleaning. OMG. My hand totally hurts from sweeping those dead leaves from the tree beside the faculty room.

I'm feeling a little hazy. Must be the effects of those chemicals we were messing around earlier. It must've gotten to me, because I accidentally spilled a solution of lead nitrate and sodium chloride (or something like that) earlier. Typical me. Such a klutz extrordinaire. Just call me Tonks.

Hafta run and finish my Homework-y. So that my mom and my teachers won't go mad-y. I tell you, I'm losing my mind.


martes, noviembre 08, 2005


Two days into the new semester, and needless to say, I survived. I knew I would. =p

It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Things are less hectic than usual, but maybe that's because the semester just started. But I'm dealing.

First things first, I received my Math testpaper first thing yesterday morning, and I'm happy to announce that I got an 86! Over 115! Yes! Dooooooood, who said I couldn't do Math? Well, uh, me. But that's beside the point, I actually passed by a margin of twenty-plus points (or something like that.! That's really an achievement in my entire Mathematical career (not that I have one). Still, it feels really really great, because I'm usually so horrible in Math. God knows that I can't solve problems or prove anything to save my life. So right now, I'm still on high, and I feel really accomplished.

I also received my Social Studies testpaper today. At first, I kinda felt gleeful because I was able to reach past a hundred points. I thought it was only over 115, but I must've misheard people, because it's actually 150! But oh well, I did my best. I just really flunked on that chart analyzation and I bombed on the essay because I ran out of time. And at least my quiz scores are high (except for one). That would hopefully make up for my score.

I'm dreading the day I will receive my Science testpaper. I just know it sucked, even if my teacher told me that they'll cut the perfect score so that at least we'll get a chance to pass, but I'm still dreading it. I don't want to receive my Filipino testpaper. Like my Science one, I just know I didn't do well. It's not my best subject at all. I don't understand big, fancy, Filipino words.

The testpaper I'm looking forward to receive is English. It's so fried chicken. My teacher even forgot to scramble the items in one test so the answers were just in order. And I feel English is my best subject, so go me.

OMG, six days to go before the GoF movie! I just had to share, while I was eating breakfast earlier, the TV was tuned to Magandang Umaga Pilipinas, and in their headlines was the premiere. I tried to wait for it, but then mom went out of the CR after her bath, and I had to go in (because we'll be late), and just then, the segment aired. Crapola, that sucked so much. It was probably in TV Patrol World yestie, but I didn't watch. Oh, crap. At least I'll have dozens of images to browse through in the internet. There are 381 images in GettyImages and since MuggleNet and Veritaserum went to the premiere, they'll probably upload some as well. *sigh*

My cousin, Faye, celebrates her birthday tomorrow, so happy birthday, Faye!

Additional Wishlist (because one is never enough!)
  • Anything Harry Potter.
  • Autographed photos of all the Harry Potter cast. Okay, I will shut up now.
  • Boy Meets Boy - David Levithan. Fiona and I called off our birthday exchanging gifts, so she's not getting me this one anymore.
  • Colorstone earrings.
  • The Harry Potter iPOD. Yep, Apple's releasing them. The Hogwarts seal is engraved at the back of the 'POD. Kind of like the U2 editions. Or just an iPOD mini, really.
  • Original Harry Potter 1-3 DVDs. Of course there are pirated copies, but I want an original one, and I don't want to miss out on the special features.
  • The Nanny Diaries - Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Krauss.
  • Cash. =p *g*

Why does my mental wishlist vanish when I'm typing it on the keyboard? Really!

Anyway, I haff to go now, or else my mom vill reprimand me again for being online even vhen I haff school. Moo-oom, of course I finished my homework already! I'm trying to be diligent zis grading period and not procrastinate so much so that my schoolwork von't pile up. ;)

Q: hi, i came across your blog and i was wondering what current
songs you`re into right now?
A: Hey there. :) Right now, I love listening to Don't Cha by the Pussycat Dolls. It just amuses me, for some reason. I love Because of You by Kelly Clarkson. Also dig Fix You by Coldplay, even though it's been on the charts for weeks already. Plus a dozen songs that just pop into my mind randomly. And oh, I also lurve the two songs in If Only, and I'm perpetually singing it in my mind. Love Will Show You Everything and Take My Heart Back, both by Jennifer Love Hewitt.


sábado, noviembre 05, 2005


Finally, I finished editing my template. You like it? *grins* Actually, it isn't that original, if you've seen my LiveJournal. Remmy and Tonksie again, of course. I posted here a few months ago that I had an urge to change my template to a Remus and Tonks one, so here it is. It wasn't really part of my original plan, but at the last minute, I just decided to make it a Remus and Tonks one. And Potterpuffs. I have a weakness for them. =)

I only have one day left, and I'm going back to school. I don't want to yet! I still want to laze around, wake up late, eat whenever I can and do whatever I want, but does it look like I have a choice? No. Of course not.

At least I'll have Christmas break to look forward to. Should be good.

And OMG, Harry Potter will be in ten more days! *squeals* Though I'm not so sure about the countdown anymore. Maybe I got the wrong countdown for the wrong country, but anyway, it does not change the fact that next next Wednesday, GoF will finally be released! I heard some cinemas in Manila are already selling tickets. OMG OMG. I want to see it on the sixteenth!!

Plus, I just realized, Barty Crouch Jr. is HOT. Abso-freakin'-lutely HOT.

Okay, if you are a Harry Potter fan, these are the ten things you should do while watching the movie. Actually, there's more. I just picked the ten best ones.

  1. When Mad-Eye Moody and his funky eyepatched magical eye come on screen, promptly start singing the Spongebob song: "Are you ready kids?""Aye-aye, captain!""I can't hear you!""Aye-aye, captain!""Ohhhhh!!!!"
  2. When the Yule Ball scene comes, shout out, "Hermione's dress is PERIWINKLE! Read the books, costume designers!"
  3. You may also, if you wish, bring wands and pretend to be the fairies from Sleeping Beauty who change the color of Princess Aurora's dress from blue to pink to blue to back again. Do this process by pointing your wand at Hermione on the screen with a friend, and arguing "Blue!" "Pink!" "Blue!"
  4. After Cedric dies, declare loudly, "I want a taco. You know who can't have a taco? CEDRIC! Because he's DEAD!!" and then break into huge hysterical sobs.
  5. When Sirius' head appears in the fire, yell, "OMG WHAT THE HOWL WHO BARBECUED MY SIRIUS?"
  6. When Dumbledore introduces Beauxbatons and pronounces it Bow-BATT-ons, shout, "Dear Michael Gambon, your French sucks. Love, BEAU-batons."
  7. Scream "CONSTANT VIGILANCE!" in an ominous voice everytime Moody comes on screen, and give maddeningly superior looks everytime you do this at the people who haven't read the books.
  8. When Cedric dies, and it is confirmed that he is dead, cry out:"Guess we should call him DEADric now!"
  9. At the beginning, yell, "This film has champions, merpeople, dragons, mad eyes, goblets, yule balls, but NO REMUS. What's up with that?" You can, of course, replace Remus with Lockhart or Quirrell or whoever was in the first three movies and isn't in the fourth.
  10. During the second task, yell, "Hey Cedric, don't bother rescuing Cho, just leave her on the bottom of the lake!"

Anyway, even though I still have my Sem Break fever, I think I've made the most out of it when it comes to movies. I've watched a lot. I watched The Legend of Zorro. It was SO freaking cool, and hot, and sexy. I love Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and the accents. I watched If Only. It's a certified tearjerker. It was so sad and beautiful and heartbreaking. I also cried while watching The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Especially with the little girl, Bailey, and the parts where Carmen felt left out. I watched Cadet Kelly, which is this original Disney movie. I didn't like it that much. That's all. I also watched Taxi. I love the movie, and I can't help but wonder why people like Gisele Bundchen are so freaking tall when there are shorter people in the world. *sigh* Guess I'll never win.

Hafta go and take a bath. This template took me most of the afternoon, and dinner's starting soon. Bye-bye.


EDIT: Can someone please tell me how to activate your cookies? I can't comment on my shoutbox because my cookies are supposedly deactivated. *frowns*

jueves, noviembre 03, 2005

Birthday Wishlist

Okay, so it's approximately 12 days, 4 hours, 45 minutes and 3 seconds until my birthday. *whoop*

I've done lots of wishlists, but for some reason, I have never started a Birthday one. So, now's the perfect time, I guess.

Ahem. Here we go.

1. The opportunity to fly to London this Sunday to attend the GoF movie premiere. I mean, just LOOK at the spectacular attendees:

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
Afshan Azad (Padma Patil)
Alfie Enoch (Dean Thomas)
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
Clemence Poesy (Fleur Delacour)
David Bradley (Argus Filch)
David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr.)
Devon Murray (Seamus Finnegan)
Eric Sykes (Frank Bryce)
Frances De La Tour (Madame Olympe Maxime)
James & Oliver Phelps (Fred & George Weasley)
Jamie Waylett (Vincent Crabbe)
Jeff Rawle (Amos Diggory)
Josh Herdman (Gregory Goyle)
Katie Leung (Cho Chang)
Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall)
Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley)
Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
Michael Gambon (Headmaster Albus Dumbledore)
Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter)
Predrag Bjelac (Igor Karkaroff)
Robbie Coltrane (Professor Rubeus Hagrid)
Robert Hardy (Cornelius Fudge)
Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory)
Roger Lloyd-Pack (Barty Crouch)
Shefali Chowdhury, (Parvati Patil)
Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle)
Stanislav Ianevski (Viktor Krum)
Tiana Benjamin (Angelina Johnson)
Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew / Wormtail)
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
Warwick Davis (Professor Filius Flitwick)
Mike Newell (director)
David Heyman (producer) and
J.K. Rowling

Although this opportunity is impossible on so many levels, it's nice to dream and drool. *sigh* I so want to see Dan and Robert P. *drool* The bad part is that Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) and Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort)-- two of the hottest guys in the movie-- won't be there. Oh well... guess I'll just settle for photos.

2. Tickets to a November 16 showing of GoF. Again, probably impossible. The earliest I could watch is probably on the weekend. Sob.

3. Books! Well, what else did you expect me to say?

  • All-American Girl - Meg Cabot
  • Boy Meets Boy - David Levithan - Fiona's getting me this.
  • Boy Meets Girl - Meg Cabot
  • Can You Keep A Secret? - Sophie Kinsella
  • The Christmas Mystery - Jostein Gaarder
  • Confessions of a Shopacholic
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
  • Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood - Ann Brashares
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling (must be hardbound! Gawd, imagine that thick of a book in paperback!)
  • The Princess Diaries IV: Princess in Waiting - Meg Cabot
  • Ready or Not - Meg Cabot
  • The Second Summer of the Sisterhood - Ann Brashares
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - Ann Brashares
  • Teen Idol - Meg Cabot
  • The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella
  • Veronika Decides to Die - Paulo Coelho

Well, I just mentioned the books I can think of right now, but there's more. And, Harry Potter fan that I am, I never understood why I didn't buy books.

4. A huge, huge, huge stuffed toy. Preferably Spongebob, but can also be in a shape of a wolf. If possible, the wolf should be pink. Don't ask.

5. Perfume / Cologne / whatever.

6. World Peace. Come on. Can't we all just get along?

See yah!