Childhood Nostalgia

While listening to one anime ost playlist on 8tracks, I had an idea to put up a list of my favorite childhood animes as well. I wonder if you'd watch any of these before. Here goes (in random order):

Boys Be

The anime focuses upon the ups and downs, joys and sorrows of first love and teenage romance. Six students struggle to find the perfect partner and their adolescent limitations. While several characters are taken from stories in the manga, the story of the anime is unrelated to the manga. Each episode begins and ends with a philosophical quote which sums up the episode's content.The anime, while centered on Kyoichi and Chiharu, revolves around seven or eight main characters and their love lives. (cr)

I love every episode of this anime. Such a good coming-of-age story that's interesting and fun to watch.

Ayashi no Ceres

Ceres, Celestial Legend is a fantasy shōjo manga series written by Yuu Watase. It was originally serialized in Shōjo Comic from May 1996 through March 2000. The chapters were also published by Shogakukan in fourteen collected volumes. The series focuses on Aya Mikage, who learns on her sixteenth birthday that she is the reincarnation of a celestial maiden named Ceres, and her twin brother Aki the reincarnation of Ceres' former husband, Mikagi. Ceres begins manifesting in Aya. To try to save her brother, Aya must find Ceres' lost celestial robe, while trying to avoid being killed or captured by her own family, who wants to use Ceres's supreme celestial abilities for their own personal gain. (cr)

I remember watching this anime on AXN even before Animax was popular. I think this was the first anime I've seen that borders on the more mature side. Yup.

Card Captor Sakura

The story focuses on Sakura Kinomoto, an elementary school student who discovers that she possesses magical powers after accidentally freeing a set of magical cards from the book they had been sealed in for years. She is then tasked with retrieving those cards in order to avoid an unknown catastrophe from befalling the world. (cr)

This has got to be my most favorite anime show of all time. I can't even explain it. I love every episode of it. I love the characters. I love the love-line between Sakura and Syaoran. Yes, I love their chemistry. Too cute. Haha.

So those are my top three anime shows from my childhood. What are yours?

It's All or Nothing for 2NE1's 2nd Manila Concert

Last Saturday, I was lucky to get the chance to watch 2NE1's All or Nothing Concert held at the Mall of Asia Arena.

A day before the concert, I was deeply contemplating on whether to actually buy a ticket or not. Although I am a really big fan of the K-pop group, I'm kind of worried about the cost. LOL. I'm a struggling 9-to-5 employee after all. But after half a day of weighing the pros and cons, I decided I must not let this opportunity to see the four ladies of YGE slip. This might be the last time they'll be holding a concert in Manila, for all I know. And besides, I've regretted (a lot!) not watching BIGBANG before. I don't want that to happen again.

So fast forward to D-day, I found myself standing in line, along with thousands of other Filipino Blackjacks, waiting for the venue gates to open. It was a very hot and humid Saturday afternoon and I just got out of the ER earlier that day. I knew I was pushing my limits but it's now or never.

The concert started at 08:30PM. The intro served its purpose well of hyping up the crowd and preparing us for the entrance of the queens of K-pop. Seriously, I like to refer to 2NE1 as queens because they just exude that royalty and power wherever they are.

They opened with their latest single, Crush, and everyone just went insane! Hearing and being able to scream "Nolza" along with thousands of other Blackjacks gave me goosebumps. It was so powerful. I don't know. It's just. Wow!

2NE1 was every inch total performers. They were full of energy all throughout the concert - singing, dancing, talking, jumping everywhere. It was crazy good! It's like a big party! Crazy good, definitely.

I wasn't able to remember the exact setlist but my favorite songs that they performed that night were Gotta Be You, Come Back Home (both versions), Fire, I Don't Care, I Am The Best, Ugly, Go way. I was expecting Falling In Love but sadly they did not perform it. Pfft. Still, everything was so good!

And it was actually the first time I heard CL's debut solo single, Baddest Female. What can I say? I like it! It's been stuck in my head ever since. "Now do the unni (Hey); Now do the unni (Hey)"

Oh! And I love Park Bom! She is AMAZING in Gotta Be You! Seriously! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Dara has been my favorite member in 2NE1 when I first came across their group. But after seeing and hearing Park Bom, Bommie just went straight to the top of my bias list.

And Minzy! The maknae is all grown-up! She's sporting a new, longer and sleeker, red hair and it suits her very well. She looked so pretty! And she's got the best dance moves I've ever seen. Impressive!

Aside from 2NE1, there was also a short performance half-way through the concert by YGE's new boy group, Winner. Apparently, they have a huge following in my country as well even though they haven't debuted yet. It was also my first time to see them. They were quite good. Their song Just Another Boy was really catchy. I like it. Though I was a little bothered by that Minho because he resembles GD so much, especially with his moves.

Almost near the end of the concert, CL dropped a very heartwarming line. It was during the part where they brought the cakes on stage to celebrate their 5th Anniversary. It goes something like this but not the exact words I think.

"This is Dara's hometown, and I wish this was mine too."

That was really nice of her. It shows how much she fell in love with our country. I don't know. It just brings me so much joy and pride.

I can't believe it all ended so quickly. Two hours is just too short to marvel at 2NE1's magnificence. I'm so happy I made the right the decision to watch their concert. It was all worth it. Seeing them in person, watching them sing their hearts out. I hope to attend another 2NE1 concert in the future. I'm sure they'll be just as good then, if not even better performers.

BONUS: Here's a pic of the gorgeous Minzy - with Jollibee. LOL!

Rant, Rant, Rant!

My growing annoyance of this particular "person" is becoming so unhealthy I might die of heart attack any minute now. Seriously, his entire presence is just too much for me. I dislike seeing him. I dislike hearing him. I dislike the very idea of him being anywhere within 50 meters of my area. Ugh! Jerk.

I've been treated like a ghost the whole time I was here. It's like I was non-existent at all. This is just hell. I really need to do something about my situation quick. I can't imagine staying any longer. I'm 100% sure I'll die of irritation and anger.

Of The Movie Carrie and Its Take On Bullying

Have you seen the 2013 version of the movie Carrie?

I happen to have the chance to watch it two nights ago and it brought some thoughts to my mind. But first let me give you a brief idea on what Carrie is about - in case you’re clueless.

Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film. It is a film adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name. The story [revolves around the life] of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother and tormented by her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom. (cr)

But instead of doing a movie review, which I admit I’m not so good at, I’ll be talking about the other dominant theme in the movie – bullying.

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. (cr)

The character of Chris Hargensen in the movie was evil personified. Okay maybe I was exaggerating a little. But seriously, her character is my definition of the ultimate bully. Not only does she torture Carrie physically, she also messes with her mentally and emotionally. I mean, seriously, how can she be so evil?

Setting that thought aside, I believe there is a little bit of Carrie in every one of us. A Carrie who’s scared to mingle, a mis-fit who lacks socializing skills. A person who gets bullied for being “different” or “non-conforming”.

To tell you the truth, I was also bullied in school. Initially, it was more of the name-calling, teasing stuff. I've probably heard all the usual names, me being the overweight girl. Then one day, for some reason I can’t really recall, I got beaten up by two guys from my class during middle school. I remember trying to defend myself from these guys and that no one has bothered to help me. I don't remember how I got home that day. I guess they just lost interest in me and decided to leave me alone. I did not report that incident to my teacher. And I never told anyone about that, even my parents, until just recently. 

I’d be lying if I say that that point in my life never had any effect on me. Actually, it has. And it did a great deal of damage to my self-esteem.

Like Carrie, I've been scared to open myself up to people. I chose to be by myself, turning only to my family for support. I've been avoiding people like the plague. That was my way of dealing with the bullying.

I believe different people have different ways of dealing with the experience of bullying. Sadly, I've even heard of some who were unable to handle the pressure and thus ended up committing suicide. People ending their lives because they've lost the strength to put up with hearing heartless, insensitive comments from other people. That’s really disheartening to know.

Bullying is not acceptable and it never will be. Whatever reason that bully might come up with to defend his or her actions of hurting another person is never, ever going to be valid.

As for you, or anyone who has experienced or is experiencing bullying, don’t give up. Don’t let these bullies get to you. Don’t think that you deserve what is happening to you. No one deserves to be bullied. Just because these bullies think that you’re different from them do not give them the authority to treat you badly. Stand up for yourself. Or seek help. Whichever you think is a better way for you.

I’ll tell you this, you are beautiful in your own way. You have to be yourself. Don’t let others control your life. You are born to be yourself. These bullies, they may have their own reasons for acting as such, but never, ever let them control your life. Focus on the positive things in your life. Focus on the happy thoughts and the people who care for you. These are the more important things in your life that you have to value and cherish.

Having gone through bullying myself, I won’t lie and tell you that I’m perfectly fine now. But I am getting there. It’s not an easy feat but it’s not impossible either. I believe I can do it. You should too. 

Believe in yourself. And love yourself. 

Three words: NEVER, EVER SETTLE.

Of course when you’re just starting on something new, you don’t instantly think of getting out of it right? You just have to give it that benefit of the doubt.

The moment I started working for this company, I’ve been observing. A lot. Because I’ve been hearing a lot from the other employees as well. Negative. Positive. But I chose to see for myself. Learn it on my own. 

So now, after almost two years, I’ve seen enough. Negative and positive. And just early this morning, I had a talk with my mom. About work. About how unstable my supposedly stable career is. And she told me how I should not let myself settle for something lesser when I can actually move on to something better. For my life. For my future.

And I believe her. I know she’s right.

It took me a long time to accept the fact that this isn’t really going anywhere. Not only was I not learning anything new, I wasn’t even getting paid enough to be financially free. And besides, I was never, ever shown any kind of appreciation for my work done. No form of motivation at all. And that’s making this job all the more complicated.

And as much as I don’t want to think about it, I’m starting to not like it. A lot.

Never, ever settle. 

When you settle for something less, it shows how much you put value in yourself. Thinking you’re not worthy for something bigger and better equates to you looking down on your abilities. And you should never, ever think of yourself unworthy.

“You are kind, smart, and important.”

I heard this line from one of my closest colleague. Apparently she got it from the movie The Help. It may not be the exact line but it has the same context. You have to give credit to yourself. Believe in yourself. Believe that you are worth more. 

Surprisingly, I'm feeling better while writing this post. It's like a feel-good update. It's really, really important to love yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you as well.

I hope you all have a good day ahead of you now! 

And remember to never, ever settle for something less.
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