Friday, January 16, 2015

Only Yesterday

I was never a fan of animes. Back when I was younger, I never really figured out the fuss with Sailormoon and the likes among my peers. All that changed when I got to watch "Spirited Away", the first Japanese-animated feature film that won an Academy Award.

"Only Yesterday" is a 1991 Japanese animated film from the same producers of "Spirited Away", Studio Ghibli. I got to watch this film only yesterday and I got to say, it is definitely one of my most favorite movies of all time! The character Taeko speaks to my life as if it was written about my own struggles as a kid and as a young adult. I just love how human the approach to the narrative was - plainly depicting the emotions of the character as she felt at the time of the event instead of setting it in stone. At the end of the movie I couldn't help but cry over joy relating, and emphathising with Taeko as she embarks in a new chapter in her life - one that is uncertain but felt right at that time.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Love Your Enemies

Matthew 5:44 …43"You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.'44"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.…

Most of us struggle with this idea of "loving" your enemies. How can you help but feel repulsive over someone who has done you wrong, or has harmed you in some way? Forgiveness, they say, is easy to give but forgetting is an entirely different story. At the back of your mind, common sense tells you that you can no longer trust a person, there's this innate fear that he/she will repeat whatever bad thing he/she has done to you. You submit to the idea that it is just his/her character flaw and you just can never live with it. I guess my interpretation is that, whatever a person has done or has not done for you or to you should not determine the level of affection you have for them; and that you should always mean well of others.

Wala lang.

Friday, August 1, 2014

So What's the Big Idea?

It's not everyday that you meet a great visionary like Sir Dado Banatao.

Earlier this month, I saw this 3-Day IDEA Global Entrepreneurship Workshop Series invitation on PhilDev facebook page and immediately enlisted myself. Lo and behold, they emailed me the outline of the workshop, and found out that he will be gracing this event as well! I was so excited to meet my idol, who is, for me, is the modern-day Rizal who proved that Filipinos are capable of doing great things. To top it off, he is the simplest, most humble billionaire I've ever met. (..okay, not that I've ever met any, lol...)

The workshop held on July 25-27, 2014 at Asian Institute of Management was a continuation the two-day event held last March 14-15, 2014 on understanding global market, identifying major market needs, productization of innovative research, business incubation, searching and working with venture capital, and intellectual property practices in the Philippines. The topics discussed were in line with Sir Dado's earlier statement that "Innovation is more important that invention. Innovation implies industry." Indeed, there is nothing more satisfying for an engineer, more than the monetary gains, than to see his inventions being used.

I can't wait to start on an idea of my own someday! Hopefully I get to stick with an idea that I would actually work on! Hehe.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dora The Explorer Cake Toppers

I haven't been doing much lately since I lost my access at work so I volunteered to help out on my god daughter's 3rd birthday party preparations. I made some Dora the Explorer Cake Toppers from pictures I got here, went to my cousin's shop at 999 mall in Divisoria (that prints tarpaulins, invites, photos, and stickers) to print them out, cut them out one by one, bought some barbeque sticks (cut to make them shorter) and tada.......

Dora The Explorer Cake Toppers!

I just love doing these elementary crafts! I'm thinking if I can open a printing/art/crafts business as well.. Hmm..

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Personal Finance Flowchart

I've been surfing around and I saw this flowchart. Nicely done! :)
Click here for a larger view :)


I joined a fitness gym near our place since March which includes aeroboxing, step, hi-lo, zumba, and yoga classes from 7-9am. Mostly I enjoy the Yoga sessions since dancing is not one of my better skills. I find it amazing that mere poses can make you sweat so hard! We've been doing this pose and I'm a bit afraid my spine will not support my body that one day it'll break:

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LOL, wishing for the best! :)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Atchie's Birthday Surprise!

Yesterday I compiled some old younger pictures of my sister as a birthday present to her and I'm glad that she liked it! Actually I forgot that it was her birthday earlier, and made this video, including taking the pictures for less than 2 hours with iMovie, and was done around 10pm. I was supposed to download the "Birthday" song from The Beatles but I couldn't get a copy, so I just picked one from my playlist, "My Girl", only later to find out that the lyrics were perfect for the video, ".. when it's cold outside, I've got the month of May". I almost thought that I wasn't gonna be able to upload it online after several failed attempts to upload it to Facebook or Youtube due to copyright infringement issues. Gladly, I was able to use Vimeo to export the movie, and was finished uploading a few minutes before midnight! Bitin nga lang yung video, d ko naedit masyado.. so here's the (semi) finished product!

Vivian's Birthday from Vicky Sy on Vimeo.

Note the subtle hint with regards to her age.. mwehehe.