Sunday, September 18, 2016

10 THOUGHTS ON THE MOVIE SULLY


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Sooo.. I watched Sully with my dad and siblings today last Monday (goes to show how long this has been in my drafts, haha!). To be honest, I went in actually thinking it might be a bleh movie. I mean, we all know what happened (has it really been 7 years?!), there's no denying that it's amazing (I still remember reading the article the first time the news broke out and being so impressed), but does it *really* warrant a whole entire movie? I know some people found it boring (hi Luigi!), but I thought it was a nicely made movie. No spoilers or anything - I mean, duh, can there really be spoilers for this film?! - but I came out of the cinema glad I watched it.

Here are 10 honest reactions on and realizations from the film:
(Warning- my friends call me a ditz sometimes.  Hahaha)

1. Ohmygod! It's Mike O'Malley from Global Guts!!
Wait a sec, why's he being so mean!? 

2. Sometimes, doing your job will make you look like a dick.
The movie's main antagonist was the NTSB, but when you think of it, they're just doing their jobs - same way that Captain Sully was doing his. 

3. I hope I won't ever experience a plane crash an emergency landing!
The scene when the plane was descending had my heart race - it felt too real for me. As much as possible, I don't entertain thoughts of plane crashes - especially when I'm on board - because I take The Secret seriously and acknowledge how thoughts can shape reality. That said, I should probably rephrase the above statement to: may all my flights be safe and uneventful.

4. 10,000 hours and the importance of expertise.
Ooh, classic Gladwell example! Expertise lets decision making in tasks become second nature to you.  208 seconds. I don't think it would've been possible if it weren't for his 40 years experience (oy, it's not a spoiler, this was mentioned in the trailer, haha!) Things will always fall into place, but it's often hard work that will facilitate this.

5. Oooh, Herman Miller chairs! 
I wonder if the real NTSB trials had Herman Miller chairs. Grabeeee! Or maybe those aren't even Aerons? Hmm. Anyway. I wonder what it's like to go, "okay, let's buy a thousand dollar chair". 

6. On what it is to be captain.
"Captain" or whatever designation for that matter, isn't just a shiny title you wear for climbing up the ranks. Yes, it's a reflection of where you've been and what you've done, but it is also an indication of your amount of responsibility to your team and those you serve. You have to make critical decisions, and sometimes, you even do so without full certainty that it will work out. But you do it coz you have to. And when you do, you make sure to check on the people around you.

7. Ang tanda na pala ni Tom Hanks. 
I mean, obviously there was hair and make up done to look like the really Sully. But think of it, he's 60 na! And he's actually a really good actor in the sense that whenever you watch him, you think of him as the character and not as Tom Hanks. Sully, Forrest Gump, NY152, that guy from Apollo 13. They're all different people that just happen to look alike, haha!

8. God, I love New York!!!
Would this feat have been possible in any city other than New York?! ANG GALING!

9. The importance of putting faces to numbers.
Shortly after the Ampatuan massacre, I was in class in SecB105 when it hit me - if the 58 victims occupied a chair each, it would mean majority of the room. SHIT. It's easy to get caught up with the "simplicity" of a number that we forget these are actual people we're talking about. And their lives are connected to so much more lives. The movie may not have focused on the individual stories of the 155, but the care that Captain Sully put in it is a stark reminder that, in line of recent events here and around the world, we have to look beyond the number.

10. Wait, Aaron Eckhart was there?! 
I recognized Mike O'Malley but I didn't recognize Aaron Eckhart!!! Lesson learned, take away someone's hair, they'll still look the same. Add a moustache? Totally different person. Hahaha just kidding! I just spent too much afternoons watching Global Guts after school as a kid.

Anyway, Bridget Jones' Baby is out now! Really looking forward to watching it! Can you believe I only watched it around November last year?! I only did so because I wanted to feel the Brit spirit before flying to London. I was seriously hooked, man! Can't wait to find out what she's been up to.   And also, I heard that I must see Train to Busan. HAHA! God, I can't believe it's already Sunday!!! I feel like there's still so much to be done and so much rest to be caught. I should prolly stop babbling now and just post this entry, hehe!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

NOTE TO SELF: STOP BEING SO AFRAID


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{MDS top, H&M skirt, Michael Kors bag, Christian Louboutin pumps}

One of the things I've noticed about myself (yes, I like to introspect. a lot.) is how I have become less and less brave. I used to be fearless. I wasn't afraid of risks, making big decisions wasn't as overwhelming, and I faced conflicts head on. Along the way, I let other people's directives make me second guess my choices and question my instincts. I was primed to be cautious and just be afraid of the evil world out there. And of course, getting older means having more responsibility. While I'm not advocating recklessness and not taking advantage of other people's wisdom, if you keep ignoring your gut, eventually, its strength will fade away. Your strength will fade away too. If you keep second guessing your abilities and what you can and cannot do, you won't be able to get anything done. If you let your fears - fears that have been externally conditioned to you - stop you from even trying, how are you gonna be able to move forward? If you don't drive around Metro Manila, from Quezon City to Paranaque during rush hour, you won't be able to claim that additional amount of independence. If you don't make a decision, you will lose time and maybe even both options. If you keep ignoring the cracks, it will eventually burst and drown you become harder to fix. And aren't *those* scarier!?

"There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. But omitted, and the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves -- or lose the ventures before us."
-William Shakespeare (as quoted by Lucas Scott)

"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for."
-J. A. Shedd

Here's to being cliché brave and facing life head on! STOP BEING SO AFRAID!!! You are gonna make mistakes, you will fall short and you won't be able to please everyone - it's all part of being alive. Embrace life and all its possibilities. Let it happen to you and make it happen for you.









PS- Photos from last June. Oh my god, where has time gone??!!? And where has my red hair gone?! It faded nanaman. Haha! I really need a proper dye job. Maybe this weekend? YAY LONG WEEKEND!!!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

FOOD TRIP AT UP TOWN


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 {Cole Haan jacket, Bugis top, Cotton On shorts, Steve Madden slip-ons, Anne Klein bag}

Last night, Nadine and I went for dinner in UP Town Center. It wasn't your usual dinner though coz we hopped from establishment to establishment. We were supposed to go for wings, but ended up greatly disappointed when we found out that Wingman had already closed their UP Town branch.  Lemon Pepper and Garlic Parmesan!!! After a moment of silence (haha!), we then continued our UP Town food crawl.

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