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3 Overused Phrases That Annoy Me

I’m a heavy internet user, hence the blog and the social media accounts, but it never fails to amaze me (despite being exposed to the internet most of the time) of how dramatic people seem to live their lives and how magical they feel it should be. Most days I try to avoid people who I know will annoy me and most of the time I am successful at that, worse comes to worse I unfriend them (I am a jerk, what are you going to do about it?) but in that special time when I read something that causes me to want to pull my hair out because people are the way they are, I just can’t help but think about ranting in their faces on how seemingly moronic their words could be. And to annoy the hell out of you today, here are 3 phrases that annoy the crap out of me.

 

1. YOLO. Yeah, we know. In fact, it’s the reality of life. Anybody who ever lived, died. So what? Keep calm YOLO? What’s that supposed to mean? What are you trying to accomplish? Telling people to keep calm because they only live once? That doesn’t make any sense. Maybe for something like, LET’S SKYDIVE, YOLO. Or maybe, LET’S SCREW EVERYONE, YOLO. Yeah, you only live once, so when I slit your throat then you’ll be dead and will definitely less annoying, my one life could be so much better. (In the light of this YOLO crap, SNL did a cool music video for this, you should watch it.)

2. Carpe diem! With the exclamation point. Telling people to seize the day and how you seize the day, every single fucking day is stupid. It defeats the entire purpose of the statement. So you want to live life and conquer the world, then stop sharing your life in social media and start living it. Why the hell do you need to document every little thing you do? Because you want to document every breakfast that you’ve had? For what? Because every day is a new day to eat fucking breakfast and that’s how you seize the day? You can only seize the day with conquering small challenges, and if you think seizing the day includes what clothes to wear, then you should just drop dead because you probably can’t handle anything else.

3. I’m real. Let me just say that anyone who claims to be real is fake. Because for what purpose do you need to convince anybody that you are who you are. Who else could you be? Claiming to be yourself with people not knowing anyone else but who you are is pointless, and those who claim that they are their real selves are way in over their heads. I get it, they are trying to separate themselves from fake people who smile when they talk to you and stab them in the back. But making the distinction that they are real and the people they know are fake so do not mistake them for being the people they know. So anyone who claims to be real is probably a robot who apparently got lost in the matrix somewhere and got abducted by Agent Smith and what we interact with them now is only a proxy.

 These are not the only overused phrases flooding the internet from people trying to get attention. To those who love using these words, word of caution, some of us are tired of reading and hearing about them. If you crave attention, it’s better to just say it like it is, or maybe find something more inventive like showing your cleavage or your bed look (oh wait!).

Elysium – Spoilers and Thoughts

I love Blomkamp, I really do, his work just seems so thoughtful to me that I really love it. You know that one movie that embeds a director in your head forever, for example Nolan with Memento, that’s what District 9 was for Blomkamp. But when I saw Elysium, I felt a little sad because I had mixed feelings about this movie. I don’t know if it was the long wait or that I was tired when I saw it but I left the movie thinking Blomkamp could have done better. Don’t get me wrong, he did good but it wasn’t as amazing as I thought it should be. And to clarify, I didn’t have ridiculous expectations for the movie; I just thought that it would be a lot better than just being decent.

 

Warning, if you did not read the title, this sentiment is not without spoilers so tread likely (Breaking Bad reference, hahaha!)

 

Characters and character development in this movie were not as defined as they should be, especially Max. Max’s character arc was supposed to be I’m selfish to I’m selfless but it just felt like “hey, I’m an ass who is trying to stay alive to hey, I care about the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE, fine, you can kill me”. Oh yeah, spoilers, he died in the end. I just didn’t feel that he went through enough crap trying to save himself and then suddenly saw that glimmer of hope that is in his hands, or rather head, and decided, I’m now ok to sacrifice my life for the betterment of the rest of humanity. I just didn’t feel that there was enough transition for his character to be where he finally ended up being.

 

Next, Jodie Foster’s character was weird (together with her lip movements that sounded dubbed, or maybe she was a heartless robot? I don’t know) because she tries to feel powerful beyond everyone and yet she feels disconnected to both earth and Elysium. She doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere, not only because of her accent but her being distinguished feels detached rather than powerful.

 

Lastly, I really liked Spider’s character but his motivations are extremely far off. To put this into perspective, he was a mercenary after power ( I assume) as exhibited by him sending people to Elysium for a large fee and also you know, his gunmen. But he wants to take Elysium down, why? Because he wants equality? That doesn’t make sense. Why would a guy interested in money give out charity and want equality. He just seems misplaced. Also, I thought that people from Elysium were idiots for hiring Krueger rather than Spider. If they hired Spider as their earth pawn, then no one can ever disturb Elysium. For one, no one will have the shuttles to get there as Spider has control over it. Second, no technology can be used against them because the mind behind taking down Elysium would be Spider himself. Lastly, if Spider was sitting in a butt load of money, he wouldn’t be interested in sending people to Elysium for a lousy fee to just get deported.

 

There were some hidden meanings that led to confusion. This obviously pertains to the setting. The language and the demeanor of people were peculiar. How? It’s understandable that people from Elysium are detached from earth because that’s how it is today but the way that their leaders behave was particularly weird. For example, it took Krueger’s team only a few hand grenades to effectively crush the most powerful place in Elysium. Why? Because they apparently have robots to watch you tan yourself but no robots to watch over the most powerful people on Elysium. Also, they buy these robots made on earth and for what? Nothing? Well not to guard the mainframe which can damage the entire system. On why that is, I don’t understand. I would like to think that this is because people in Elysium have a false sense of infallibility. They think that no one can touch them therefore no one can ever threaten their status and their habitat for that matter.  This can be true especially with Jodie Foster. I mean she thought she was in charge but then killed by a crazy soldier which makes sense but still disconnected.

 

Also, in a place where people are greedy, of course they had to be or else they would stay on earth, why has it that no one has staged a coup other than Jodie Foster. It was obvious that people who had the power called the shots but why is it that no one attempted to grab it before. I mean was it only Jodie Foster who thought of it and the hacker himself never thought, hey I can reset the system of Elysium, why not make myself richer by becoming president to ensure my wealth?

 

The message gets muddled. I’m all about cautionary tales (or in this case, a story of what is actually happening) but if you want to send a message make it clear. This story felt to me like it’s about immigration but it’s really about healthcare (with the obvious nods on the medbay); but why? Is earth only inhabited by the sickly? Isn’t there anyone going hungry on earth that’s why they are going sick? Or are all of earth’s diseases just congenital or gunshot wounds. People can eat but can’t walk, is that this dystopic future? Because if it is, then they should be happier than they are. In a place where there is no hunger and no war and all you need to worry about is disease, then that’s a pretty good place to be. That can even be considered a little bit of paradise. But the director obviously aimed to show disparity, he made it so clear with just the habitat, but in the story, he only made it about healthcare and it is obvious that the disparity between humans in his world is beyond just healthcare. It is partially about healthcare but not ultimately just healthcare. I just feel that the message could have been clearer and more concise like people are dying of disease because the resources are depleted, there is no food and there is no medication; people are killing off one another to survive due to desperation. I mean in this world, it is more likely to kill someone else and not get caught as compared to migrating to Elysium and not get caught. The reality of the message is just so watered down that it is hard to take a hold of.

 

Was it just me or do you feel the same way about Elysium? If anyone can tell me where the thought went wrong please do, because I really want to like this movie more than I did. These things may not be so apparent in the movie but they did bother me when I was trying to make sense of the movie.

Idiot’s Guide on How to Look Interesting

In a world where everything is at your fingertips, where Google is just a mouse click away, where you can literally see anything you want on the internet, what else do you need? But a guide to show people at how amazed you are at anything! Yes, at anything! A sunrise? A sunset? A flower or a tree? Falling in love? Food? Shoes? The ground? A building? It doesn’t matter! What matters is that you share everything and how amazing it all is! How to do it? It’s all easy! Just follow these three simple guidelines and you’ll be sure to get those likes that validate your self-worth!

 

Step 1: Find something ordinary

You don’t need anything actually interesting to be interesting, like yourself, something can be ordinary and boring, but if you dress it up, make a big deal out of it, and completely blow it way out of proportion, rest assured you can make anything “special”. So find something dull, or even remotely interesting, it can be the shirt that you’re wearing, or the tiles on your bathroom, the curtains on your bedroom, all those things can serve as inspiration or they can always be the center of attention (in cases you don’t want to be the focus, of course).

 

Step 2: Take a picture and filter the crap out of it

So you’ve got your something? Great! Remember, it doesn’t have to be meaningful or creative, it just has to be something, the sugar coating of it will come later, which is step 2. Make it retro make it shine, that’s what you need to do. So go ahead, look at your something from a crooked angle, or with dim lights, brighter lights, something that will add color or emotion to it. Got it? Now, when you are finally satisfied on how to immortalize your something, snap a shot of it. Now don’t be shy on taking as many takes as you want, that’s what memory storage is for. You can always pick out the most artistic ones to filter so that you can be ready to share it to the world. Word of caution though, make sure that what you will share is artistic enough to get compliments or else what’s the point? Right? Your something could be just any other landscape so you have to sell it well.

 

Step 3: Post and hashtag

Now you see the picture on your phone, now look at it and ponder what it means. Now it can totally mean nothing which a lot of the times is the case but in order to show how awesome it is, you have to describe it the best way you can. Using wow, whoa, yes, awesome, cool, extraordinary will help a lot but the most useful tool that you can use is yourself. Yep, that’s right, put a picture of yourself being at awe at the wonder of raining during the rainy season, the flood on the streets where there are no clean drainages, or the sunset because we all know that the sun is all bound to set even if you are in another country. And don’t forget, much like anything you do, hashtag it!

 

And that’s it! Three simple steps to show people how cool and how interesting your life is! Just show them that everything you do is full of awe with the three steps above and you’re golden!

Idiots guide for fishing for compliments

So your life is miserable and nobody cares what you do? Fear not! Because there’s a new way to get people to recognize how pathetic your life really is and people would think it’s awesome! How? Here’s a boring proof idiot guide into fishing for compliments AND ATTENTION! With 3 easy ways, you can fish for compliments and make people notice you without actually doing anything!

 

 1. Try to appear to be doing something worthwhile. For example, take a picture of any random act during the day, post it on instagram and with an imaginative and descriptive hashtag and voila! Instant cool reactions from your friends (who are also fishing for compliments, so don’t forget to like what they are doing too!)

 Like meter: 20 likes

2. Try to be at the scene. For example, stand in a long line for something completely ridiculous like donuts; take a picture before, during and after the act. Make sure to post pictures while it’s happening so people will know that you are on the scene and is hot on the spot. For additional attention, don’t forget to post statuses with complaints on how hard it is to stand in a long line and  make sure that people understand that you have the time and money to stand in a line for hours just for the heck of it.

 Like meter: 50 likes

3. For the ultimate fishing for compliments must do. Take a selfie in the mirror and comment on how you feel. Whether it’s lonely, happy, congested or constipated, people will definitely like and even comment on how pretty you must be. Don’t forget to highlight that you just woke up or that it’s no filter or that it’s the natural look, there is no such thing as a meaningless description. Make sure to comment back on how you don’t feel the need for the compliment because that will surely render more compliments! Also make sure that hastags (no matter how long and how many they are) should be on the post of the picture to make sure people from the world notice you and your grandeur!

 Like meter: 100 likes!!!

So that’s about it! Easy right? Just do this everyday for the rest of your life and you assure yourself that you will be loved. No need to do anything for real, no hassle of real life, with just the simple tool of social media, you can appear to be something even when you aren’t – and it isn’t that every one’s dream come true?

Vegetarian Relapse

To my disappointment, I have relapsed to being a vegetarian. And it’s not because I miss dairy foods, it’s because I’m getting tired of preparing both vegetarian and vegan food at the same time (I cater vegetarian lunches and I eat only vegan, well used to, argh). I’m kind of frustrated with myself because I usually never back out from a challenge, and I was so sure that I can transition smoothly but it I really didn’t.

 

But my problem now isn’t really much that I’m a vegetarian again, because I can easily resolve that by finding more accessible vegan food and just buy it instead of making everything myself. My problem is with people who gloat and say that why be a vegan anyway. It just irritates me to anger and tears. As I have said a million times, I have no problem with meat eating; I consider it as a part of life. I understand that there are parts of the world where there are no alternatives and animals need to be consumed for the sake of survival. Or those small farmers have to farm and sell animals because that is their livelihood. Those things to me are pretty clear, people who don’t have better choices have that right. But to say in my face that it’s stupid to believe that animal abuse and exploitation should not be a real concern, then I just want to kick someone’s ass.

This is my fucking problem with following blind authority, wrong sense of grand self-entitlement, mass ignorant morons who have no capacity of opening their minds to what they can learn. Look, I’m not saying eating meat is evil or that people who eat meat are bad. I’m also not saying that I’m a better human being by trying to be a vegan. I’m saying that if you say animals are there and are just meant to be eaten, it makes you a self-entitled asshole who needs to be eaten by a lion so you can realize what the food chain really is.

If you think that what you eat are not exploited animals served to you by the greedy industrialized food industry then you are both ignorant and lazy. Open your freaking eyes and see that not only are the animals are exploited but also the farmers (you know, human beings) are exploited too. Why is it that people just can’t get their head out of their asses and think of anyone but themselves. The planet is not yours to destroy, and so are the things on it! And if you can’t sympathize to think that way, then you can already justify the mass murdering calamities happening to people as just nature’s revenge. Hey, it just so happens that typhoons, flood and hurricanes are earth’s way to kill off pests, so deal with it.
Sometimes I feel that it is so much easier to say I’m doing this for my health and nothing else, that way I don’t have to replay my monologue about animal abuse and the food industry. Sometimes I feel hopeless explaining things to those who won’t listen despite them asking the questions. To think that I’ve already had practice talking about atheism, I thought talking about veganism would be an easier transition but it turns out it’s not. Because people who don’t care, simply just don’t care. You cannot open the eyes of people who are asleep and who stay asleep towards what is already in front of them.

 

I guess I can give up trying to speak about these things, but that makes these morons win. To that I will refuse to stop because that will warrant more ignorance. If people stop talking about it, chances are, people will think it’s not real and not true. I am not preaching though, although I think it sounds as if I am. I’m just trying to spread the information. I think what people need to understand it that what I say is not to feel about yourself, I am not attacking anyone and what they do. I am raising these concerns and the idea of veganism to people because I think it will be useful to anyone willing to lend an ear because it might change your life. For now, I will go on explaining myself repetitively about it in the hopes of finding a friend who will understand or someone I can help change.

My Top 10 Movie Villains

With the new Man of Steel trailer out with Zod’s voice over, you can’t help but think that right after the showing of Man of Steel, there will be a discussion on who is better at being a villain, Khan or Zod. And before that takes over the internet nerd forums, I’d like to post first my top 10 movie villains for future comparisons.

Biff10. Biff (Back to the Future) – He’s a typical a-hole but with a brain. You just can’t help but feel anger towards him when he’s trying to screw everyone over. He almost raped Marty’s mom, turned the future into a disaster but the unique thing about him as a villain is that he has no superpowers. He’s just a street smart kid who’s out for himself and nobody else.

 

Norman Bates9. Norman Bates (Psycho) – Who can ever forget that smile at the end with the fly? Still gives me goosebumps every time I think about it. A classic movie villain who’s the perfect poster child for still waters run deep. We may say that the killer is his mother (spoilers for those who haven’t seen it), but he is technically responsible for killing people at his motel.

The-Dark-Knight-Rises-and-Bane-get-high-marks8. Bane (The Dark Knight Rises) – I know he’s a too recent and too altered from the original version of the Panamanian comic book villain but I think Nolan’s Bane is a great villain. He’s sophisticated, intelligent and extremely physical. I mean when he beat the crap out of Batman, you want to weep because he was so overpowering that if you see him in person, you’ll probably run away.

 

silence_lambs_067. Buffalo Bill (Silence of the Lambs) – She puts the lotion on her skin and puts it back in the basket. Put the lotion in the basket! I think he is a good villain because he is a real person (crazy, but real). What I mean is that he is pushed to his means because of what he feels and he did what he did because he is isolated by society. I think he is a reflection of non-inclusiveness and the general disdain of people towards people who are different.

 

hannibal-lecter6. Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal Series) – Cannibal – Hannibal, see the connection? Although this name has ruined one of the best generals in history (search Hannibal crossing the Alps), he’s become an icon of villains. But the thing about him is that he was so ruthless that he ordered the death of Will’s family but he was soft enough to find love in Agent Starling.

 

chigurh5. Anton Chigurh (No Country For Old Men) – This is what you call an unstoppable force. With barely any lines, Bardem portrayed this killer with conviction that will make you pee your pants. I mean all throughout the movie, you knew that Josh Brolin stood no chance against him once he caught up with him. He even killed Woody with no struggle and survived a car crash with only a sling, how unstoppable can he get?

 

Landa4. Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds) – This is the reason why we love Tarantino and Waltz, because they brought this character to life. A person who gets the job done, no matter what it is. He is theatrical in his ways and always knows everything. He is smart and patient, he’s the kind of predator who stalks the prey and tortures it until he wants it dead.

 

mckellen3. Magneto (X-Men) – He may not be a villain in my book but he is technically a villain. I don’t know if it’s Ian McKellen or the movies (with Bryan Singer) but Magneto is just a bad-ass. And with the current reboot in X-Men: 1st Class, Fassbender really did the origin background for Magneto justice. A broken person who lived through the Holocaust, you just can’t argue with his reasons ,either you’re with him or you’re against him.

 

Heath-Ledger-The-Joker2. The Joker (The Dark Knight) – You want to see a magic trick? I will make this pencil, disappear… Tadah! It’s… magic. That’s one of the most awesome things I’ve ever seen a villain do. Subtle but powerful, the Joker (well, Ledger’s joker) has carved itself in our minds as the person who turned every ones world around, not only in the movie but in our real lives. And of course, he will forever be quoted.

darthvader-design1. Darth Vader (Star Wars) – And of course, Darth Vader takes the top spot. Why? Because he can kill you without even touching you, there’s scary music when he’s approaching and he’s got a black suit that defines villain. Although you can say that he turned good at the end, he is still the main antagonist of Star Wars and he will just kill you without even thinking about it.

Before ending this list, I really have to mention Kevin Spacey in Se7en. Why? Because I can never ever forget what’s in the box! Someone who is methodical but crazy at the same time. He was just a master in what he did (albeit bad) and was always (ALWAYS!) one step ahead. Also, T-1000 and Sauron has to get a nod but didn’t make it on the list because although iconic, they don’t make you want to kill yourself before they kill you.

Did you like this list? Please comment on who your top 10 movies villains are and let the discussion start! Please do note though that my list only includes villains from movies that I have seen. So if you’re wondering my Gruber, Hal or Freddie Kruger is not on this list, it’s because I have not seen their movies and cannot compare them.

My right to vote – or rather, not to vote

I have never exercised my right to vote. Why? Because I believe it is an exercise in futility.

 

I only believe in things that can and will affect change, the people in the government does not contribute to that at all. As long the government is populated with idiots who cannot understand the basic human needs or what the government is supposed to do, I will never exercise my right to vote.

 

I believe that the government is an illusion, an authority figure set up to the people to fear and follow, not necessarily to respect. The real people with real authority are those with power and money, ie, the businesses and the church. If the government has to negotiate terms with people with money and power, they have no power. True power only exists when you can dictate what is without question and with full cooperation (the church does this well).

 

I can give you an example to clarify this point, the most recent one is probably the RH bill. It seems unimaginable on how much some people had to fight for this just to get it. And it’s even more unimaginable that some people are fighting against it. If the government is only here to serve the people, to give them what they need in return of their taxes, why is it that it took so long to pass this bill? If the government is independent from the church why did the bishops threaten government officials to pull out support for their election? Why is it that the government can’t do anything when massive jobs are being lost because of corporate interest?

 

I think we are fooled to believe that our governments have much power, I don’t think they do. To add to that, with the little power that they have, they can’t even serve the people right. And it’s because they serve their personal interests first.  I mean, if governments were established to serve the people, then there should be no child left of an education. Or overpopulation will be taken cared of. Or that everyone in the country will have the right to electricity. Little things like that make you wonder, why is there a government at all?

 

I think we dwell on the idea of what the government can do for us. I think that there is a saying, don’t ask what the government can do for you, ask what you can do for your government. This is definitely true, a democracy will never work if we pass the power to the government. It seems that our right to vote has become our right to blame and point fingers that’s why nothing gets done. The power of a democracy is what the individuals can do for the group and not what you can get from it.

 

For the record, I do not condemn the people who vote. Those who feel strongly that their vote will matter is fine by me. I just think that my vote will not matter that’s why I do not cast it. I do my patriotism in a manner not as a spectacle but a more effective way.

 

People often say that people who don’t vote are part of the problem. They say that those who do not vote have no right to complain about the incumbent leadership because we did not take part in voting them.  I believe this is untrue. Because whether you vote candidate A or candidate B, the status of the country stays the same. So why does my vote matter when only the players change and not the game? In fact, those who abstain tend not to care about the characters of who is in position but rather on focusing on personal solutions that can also help others.

 

I think most people interpret voting as a quick solution to their sucky predicament, which it isn’t. Voting the right people may help but it doesn’t necessarily give you the results you are hoping for. But if you really want to change the world to be a better place, you only need to look into what you are doing, there is no need for a ballot.

Gaano ba kaimportante ang boto mo?

Tuwing may botohan, parati ko na lang naririnig yang exercise your right to vote. Una malamang dahil tuwing eleksyon lang kailangan yan pero nakakapagtaka lang na tulad ng mga nahahalal na naalala lang ang mga mamamayan kapag botohan, naaalala lang din ng mga mamamayan ang responsibilidad nila habang may halalanan.

 

Nakakapagtaka na isinisigaw ng sambayanan na kami ang mamamayang Pilipino at ang pagboto ay aming responsibilidad. Nakakatawa dba? Kasi iyon lang ang responsibilidad nilang gusto gawin. Yung ibang nakakaapekto sa pang araw-araw nilang pamumuhay, nakakalimutan nila. Akala nila iyon lang ang responsibilidad nila bilang Pilipino. Sabagay, iyon lang kasi ang pwede i-share sa facebook.

 

Hindi mo rin naman sila masisisi, ang pagsabing pagboto ang pinakamadaling daan upang ipakita sa ibang tao na responsable kang mamamayan. Ano ba naman ang pagtayo sa maghapon para bumoto kumpara sa araw-araw na pagtawid sa tamang daan? O kaya naman ang pagkuha ng lisencya sa tamang paraan? Hindi ba’t nakapadali noon kumapara sa humanap ng tamang basurahan? O kaya naman ay hindi mandaya sa mga pilahan?

 

Napakaraming responsibilidad ng isang mamamayan, oo, kasama doon ang pagboto, pero hindi iyon nagtatapos doon. Ang gobyerno ang kaagapay ng lipunan pero hindi sila ang dapat responsible sa mga nangyayari sa atin. Tayo, tayo ang responsable sa ginagawa natin.

 

Hindi lang sa pagboto nakikita ang pagiging tunay na Pilipino. Kung gusto talaga natin ipakita na tayo ay modelo sa pagiging makabayan, hindi lang sa pagboto makikita yun. Nagagawa din yan sa pagtawid sa tamang tawiran, sa hindi pagtatapon ng kalat sa daan, sa pagrespeto sa traffic rules, hindi paglalagay sa mga empleyado ng gobyerno. Iilan lang yan sa mga bagay na pwede natin gawin bilang Pilipino upang ipakita na mahal mo ang bansa mo, pero pupusta ako na sa dami ng bumoto ngayong araw na ito, hindi lahat yan ginagawa nila. Pero hindi naman kasi natin nakikita eh, kaya wala silang pakiaalam na ginagawa nila yan. Ang pakialam lang nila ay yung mga bagay na nakikita ng iba.

 

Nakakahiya na ganyan ang mga Pilipino, magaling lang kapag may nakatingin, pero kapag wala ng nanonood, wala na rin gagawin.

Elysium and Man of Steel Trailer – Thoughts

As people who read my blog know, my first movie for 2013 was Oblivion and I felt let down by it and a bit hesitant again to go in line to watch movies. But HOLY CRAP! Trailer 3 for Man of Steel has been released today and it’s so awesome that I just have to post my thoughts about it.

 

As there are 2 trailers released from my most anticipated movies for 2013 list, I’ll post my thoughts on both of them, first is Elysium.

 

Elysium

This was the first trailer released for Neil Blomkamp’s follow up to District 9 which I loved, so I was really excited to see what the story really is and how the world was portrayed in this reality. First they show you Elysium, which is where the rich live. You see the landscape and you immediately think, futuristically realistic. Then there is a shot from Elysium where you see Earth then they show you the ruins. The contrast was awesome because you really get to feel the differences in the way of life and how far (figuratively and literally) Earth is from Elysium. Before this trailer I just knew that Elysium was the place where the rich people and the rest of the poor people were on earth, I didn’t really know much about who and what Matt Damon was. This trailer shows you that he is this guy who wants to bring down Elysium. Of course we think of that from the start but what is interesting is how he tries to destroy Elysium, which is the thing they attach to him to bring down Elysium’s system. That I think is very interesting because when you say system, does that mean computers control Elysium and if you destroy the computers, Elysium will fall from the sky? The people there will die? The robots will fail and the people there will have to fend for themselves? You don’t really know but the way they put it begs all the questions on how Elysium was structured in the first place and how far Earth has lagged behind (because you do see flying cars on earth). And although the music feels very Inception-y with all the bongs bongs bongs at the beginning, I do feel it’s appropriate when you try to build up the tension between Elysium and Earth and that you want the viewer to anticipate a fall. All in all, this really got me so hyped up about the film that I can’t wait for the next trailer and the actual film. It really sucks to know that I have to wait until August to see it.

 

Man of Steel

As I’ve said over and over again, I don’t like Superman but I love the people behind the Man of Steel. But this new trailer made Superman interesting to me. The dialogue in the trailer was great in my opinion because it makes sense to me. For example, Jor-El was saying people should look up to his son as a model, someone to aspire to become. That was really enlightening because I’ve always just thought of Superman as an indestructible force and nothing else. In this, they tell you that being Superman is a figurative position, he is what he is not to save the world one problem at a time but to be someone who inspires people to become what he is and save themselves. That is really a good angle for Superman and I’m really excited on what else they elaborate about him and his life.

 

To get on with the trailer, this one was awesome! The previous ones were very timid but this one was all out action. When you hear General Zod screaming, you really do feel the weight of the villain, not just who he is. You get the sense that it will be a character building set up for Superman and the world that he lives in. You see Clark growing up and trying to find out who he was and where he comes from and he eventually becomes Superman. Although I do have questions on how he develops his alter ego because you don’t see him become an older Clark Kent, you just see him as a teenager then Superman. Of course this looks amazing as Zack Snyder is very visual and the dialogue here works because Goyer wrote it. In the end, it just gets me so pumped that I’ve seen it more than 10x over the last hour.

 

Do you have the same thoughts as I did with the trailers? Please leave comments to start up the discussion on these two films. I can’t wait until they are in theatres to blow my mind! 🙂

5 Reasons Why Being a Vegetarian is Awesome

It’s been a little over 2 months since I decided to transition from being a meat eater to a non-meat eater and I can feel the difference. I know a lot of people are still skeptical or think it’s too hard but in my opinion, you just need the right motivation and run with it. So in order to illustrate how I’ve benefited from being a vegetarian, I’ll list down five effects that I’ve noticed since I’ve started to become a vegetarian.

 1. The most obvious reason is losing weight. I’ve lost almost 15lbs since I changed my lifestyle. I didn’t change my eating habits though, I still had snacks in between 3 main meals and I barely exercised. I still ate chips and sodas but had no fast food. And the best thing about this is I gradually lost the weight, it wasn’t just one big leap. I think I lost about 2lbs a week at the start then slowly losing 1lb a week the second month. I know losing weight isn’t really my main goal but it really is a big incentive.

 2. Makes you eat less. I noticed that ever since I started eating less meat, I eat less. This meant that I don’t stuff my face until I could no longer breathe but I generally just finish what I packed for lunch and I’m already full. Now, my eating habits are better because I usually stop when I feel that my tummy is already full and stop thinking about eating more.

 3. Sleep better. Sleeping has been a huge problem with me because I’ve had insomnia before. And I couldn’t believe that being vegetarian could help with my sleeping patterns. This is because ever since I stopped eating meat, I slept better. Maybe it’s partly because I don’t eat a huge meal before I go to bed so my body doesn’t need to spend so much energy digesting food while I slept. Also, this feels great in the morning because I usually felt tired when waking up before but now I can literally jump out of bed with no problems.

 4. You feel lighter. It doesn’t literally mean to feel lighter, but you feel physically better. Like you’re not bloated or tired and very energetic. Most people think that being a vegetarian makes you weak because you don’t eat meat but it really doesn’t. So long as you make sure that you eat the right kind of veggies to make sure that you are not missing any essential nutrients, you can be as strong as any meat-eater.

 5. Makes you calmer. Before I started the transition, I made some research regarding the benefits of being a vegetarian and it supposedly makes you calmer. I don’t know if this is true but I do feel that somehow becoming a vegetarian is a form of meditation, hence it helps you think more before you act. I say this because for example, with all the food available to me, I can just stop what I’m trying to accomplish and give in to the temptation. But now, it usually takes me a while to decide whether or not I eat something. I take my time in considering everything else before I make the choice. And that to me is proof that it does make you calmer since I am an extremely impulsive person.

 So there it is, I do hope that this would help people understand vegetarianism more and stop acting aggressive towards it. I really do think that with enough understanding, people may enjoy this lifestyle for the philosophy behind it and feel that it’s just a personal choice and not an attack towards meat eaters. I hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂 Please leave any comments in the comment box below.