Sunday, March 25, 2012

May The Odds Be EVAH In Your Favour

-Contains movie spoilers-

Hello everybody!

I saw The Hunger Games last Friday and I surprisingly enjoyed it! I had low expectations for that movie mainly because I always find that books turned movies are disappointing (I think I speak for everybody when I say that we had a very traumatic Harry Potter turned movie experience *coughwhathappenedtothehalfbloodprincecough*) but I thought that this movie stayed true to its book most of the time. 

First of all, when I saw the trailer for The Hunger Games I honestly didn't think I would like the casting at all. I thought that they messed up Gale and also Katniss and Peeta, and I really expected Effie Trinket to be more plump. But I thought that these actors and actresses did their job very well of capturing the essence of their characters that they sort of grow on you throughout the movie. Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how ridiculously good-looking Cato is?

Good? Good.
Moving on.

My favorite part of the film is the Tracker Jacker scene. I love how they portrayed the hallucinations that Katniss was going through at the time... her father and the explosions in the mines and the way the broken pieces were put back together by the end of the scene, and Peeta screaming at Katniss to "Run! Get away from here!" That scene was perfect. Every single bit. I also loved that they not only focused on the games, but also on what is happening outside the games. I loved the control room scenes and the meetings between Seneca Crane and President Snow in his rose garden, and Seneca Crane's end. I don't think there's a better way of setting the base of Snow's blood-thirty personality for the next two movies. I thought that the representations of the different districts were also really good. The poverty in the 12 Districts and the ridiculousness of the Capitol was really well done. And of course, the fighting and training montages. This rarely happens but the training room was exactly how I imagined it. The shooting-the-pig's-apple scene was amazingly done, and the Careers' condescending attitude on Peeta was really, really good. As for the Arena scenes, my favorite was, as I've said, the Tracker Jacker scene, but also the blowing-up-of-supplies scene and the Cornucopia scene in the very beginning. I thought that the filmmakers showed The Careers' brutality enough without making the scene overly violent. And of course, Rue's scene. I can't really say anything else. It was good.

Of course, I also had my disappointments. I was a bit disappointed with the mutations near the end of the movie. They were supposed to show that the beasts wore the faces of their previous competitors and it was a bit disheartening to see that that didn't happen. The acquiring of the mockingjay pin was also shown differently, as you guys know. I just think that Katniss found hope in the mayor's daughter when she was giving that pin at a time when Katniss was walking straight to hell, and that didn't happen either. 

But all in all, I enjoyed the film immensely. it has stuck to the book most of the time and I'm really happy about that.

I'll see you guys some time soon, but in the meantime, THAT IS MAHOGANY!

Love,
Danielle.





Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Thoughts on Time

The Philippines have their summer holidays this month and obviously that also means the end of another school year. I have studied in a university in the Philippines for my first year of high school and I have made such wonderful friends before I migrated to Ireland. This year, said friends will be graduating from high school (in the Philippines, you graduate at 4th year, around 15/16), and making their way to college.

This is something that has been sitting in my mind since three years ago, when my friends started 2nd year and I was in first year in Ireland, but this is the first time I am trying to gather these thoughts in a more concrete way. This is a subject that is really hard to talk about for me because I am feeling its presence a lot more than before, if you get that. It's Time.

When I was in first year, the thought of being a fourth year was something that is almost unattainable. I thought of it as a feat, a door to adulthood. Seeing my friends, the people I have known and the people I have loved, cross that door is so... breathtakingly painful. It's like seeing them walk right past me on their way through life and I am just standing here, frozen. Unable to move and unable to stop them from growing up. Unable to be the catcher in the rye. I think this is one of the reasons why I love that book and Holden Caulfield as a character so much. It's because in some small way, I know what he is saying. I share his fear of the future and of responsibilities.

I don't really know how to end this post. I guess I just wanted to voice out this fear because for some reason, I feel that it would be easier to deal with that way.

Now I know what a boggart would turn to if I were to face one.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

It's A Slytherin Night Tonight...


...you and me broomsticking into the world (Winterspringpro, anyone?).

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everybody! 

We went to town today with hopes of seeing the parade, but it started hailing just before the parade was about to start so we went inside a fast food restaurant and when we came out, the parade was already starting! I didn't take as much pictures as I normally would on a Paddy's Day, but here are some halfway-decent ones anyway.

There seems to be a trend going on with animals on bikes. I'm
not complaining.





Story. I myself don't have a picture of it, but this Charlie Chaplin impersonator kissed me on the cheek, and a guy from a newspaper (I think) took a picture of it! I swear I'm not lying. Somewhere out there is a picture of a Charlie Chaplin impersonator kissing me. Yeah.

 
In other news, my brother has arrived!

Yaaaaay!
He was a bit shy of me at first but after a few hours of playing and talking and everything in between, he got pretty comfortable around my presence. 

Yeah, that's that! I'll probably will talk to you guys less often from now until the summer because once my parents find out about my Mocks results, they'll be so angry I won't be within a 10-mile radius of a laptop or a computer. Sorry, guys.

Bye!
-Danielle.




Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Things I Bought- February + Updates

Hello everybody!

I know that this post is really, really late, and I'm sorry. I'm not even going to make up an excuse. Lately I have been feeling so dull. I can't do anything. Or at least I can't do anything right. Anyway. Here are my purchases for the month of February!

So as you guys know, February was a very different month for me. My parents left me with my aunt and uncle and I had to learn how to do things on my own. But I'm really happy because aside from freedom, my parents also gave me money. Needless to say, I am now broke. 

I've already shown you guys my TARDIS, but...


Sorry. This needed to happen.


I think Fred (George?) is having a little too much fun in that swing
thing The Doctor uses when he fixes the Tardis!
Also, Cho Chang beside the TARDIS.
Yep.
I'm thinking of re-reading "A Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket. I now have, if I remember correctly, the third and the eight books in the series, which I both got from charity shops. In the past few months that I've been going around charity shops I couldn't help but notice that a Series of Unfortunate Events book is almost always guaranteed to be in the shelf. I don't know why that is, but it is a thing that is happening and I am really glad about that. Okay.


I also bought a coloring book. But not just any other coloring book...


This is the Harry Potter coloring book I was talking to you guys about!

*smirks at Gryffindors*
Story. We went in the charity shop (in which I bought this bad boy from) right after we came out of a sweet shop. So, naturally, we were eating these amazingly delicious stuff when we came in. Me and Fame (my cousin) were eating Nerds by Wonka and Javin (her brother) was eating a bar of chocolate. This bar didn't have a brand. So we went and paid for this colouring book when the cashier asked Javin, "Is that bar of chocolate the Willy Wonka one?" And then he said, "...no." And then the cashier was like, "Really? cause they're selling Wonka chocolate bars in Kitty's Cabin downtown you guys should check it out."
So we paid for the book, got out of the shop, ran down to the other side of the town, and got a Wonka chocolate bar. And it was... *sigh* if heaven could be food, that's all I'm saying.


I also bought a classical music record because I felt like that was an important genre missing in my growing vinyl collection. I thought it was used one because of the tears in the cover, but when I opened it, it was totally new. Like, there were plastic still covering the record, and it plays perfectly. 


Also, update on things.

Most of my mocks results came back this week. They were really, really bad. Remember when I told you guys that I was finding it hard to care? Yeah, well, I think I'm going to have to force myself to care for my own safety. If my parents sees my report card this Easter, they are going to disown me. I am very, very worried.

Speaking of my parents, my dad is back! He came back today. He did ask me about my studies and I was just like, "They weren't too bad and I didn't fail in any of my subjects and I got mostly Bs and a couple of As   but apparently I have a good chance of getting an A in the Junior Cert in the subjects I got a B in and that's good and really imporasdfg... So how was your flight!?

We also have a new English and History teacher, and I love her so. She's very focused on driven and I really, really like that in a teacher, you know? Also, I may or may not start a collab fashion blog with my cousins Krizanne and Fame. Fashion is something that we all love and our styles our very different from each other and we thought that it would be really fun to keep track of them. It's not final yet, I still have to talk to them, but I'll keep you guys posted so you can check them out if you're interested.

So, yeah, I guess that is everything. I will show you guys my brother when he arrives here, and I'll talk to you guys soon!

Bye!
-Danielle.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Happy World Book Day!

Hello everyone! Since today is World Book Day, I thought I'd show you guys some of the books I want to read this year! I am doing the 50 books challenge on goodreads and these are some of the books on my to-read list. 

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green...


...because I'm about the only one in the world who hasn't read this book yet. I've heard some really, really good things about this book (from fellow nerdfighters, of course), and I just got news that it will be in the New York Times Bestseller List for the seventh consecutive week. I cannot wait. Although I have to. The book's too pricey for a 15 year old student with no work, like me, to purchase. Gotta wait for my parents. :D

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson...


...because... Maureen Johnson. 

The Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien...


...because I have tried reading these books like three times already and I STILL HAVEN'T FINISHED THEEEEEEEEEEM. I would start reading and everything is going well but one night I would just stop. Also, the movie for The Hobbit is coming out so I better read the book already!!!

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green...


...because it's the only book (aside from TFioS) by John Green that I haven't read yet. So naturally, this needs to be rectified.

Insomniatic Dreams by Shawna Howson...


...because I have read Shawna's poems in her blog and I really, really, really like them. This is not available in Ireland though, so I'm gonna have to get it off the internet. Oh well, it will be worth it.

That's just some of the books I want to read! My actual to-read list contains 91 books. But I'm not complaining!

I'll see you guys later,
-Danielle.