Friday, October 11, 2019

Movie Review: Joker (2019 Film)

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If I were to describe the movie in one word; it would be... "brilliant"

Spoiler Warning if you have not seen the movie yet because I may mention some key plot twists or what-not that may ruin your viewing experience. So here we go!

 I left the cinema thinking 'OMG I think I need a therapist to debrief me from this movie'.😅 It's the kind of movie that leaves you speechless with a heavy feeling in your heart. To be honest I've previously written a whole review full of 'feels'. It wasn't until I watched the press interviews and the director's commentary that I finally understood 'the joke' that Arthur remarked "you wouldn't get it".  (I'll get to that later).

It was a really good movie. Mainly because Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of Arthur was absolutely phenomenal. I say this because he was unrecognizable. I wasn't watching Joaquin; it was a whole new person on screen. I was genuinely scared of him in the movie that watching his movie promo interviews have me on the edge of my seat. 😆 The direction and production were also well done. Except maybe for a particular point in the movie where the background music was too overpowering that you can't really focus on the scene because there's like an annoying honking horn distracting you.

The plot blew me away. I had low expectations when it came to the plot because it's a DC film and I'm especially relieved that Joker's mother is not named "Martha" 😉😅😆. 

Let's address the plot. I have watched a lot of Youtube movie reviews, read a lot of rants and praises on social media about the plot. Arthur tells a convincing tragic story of a mentally ill man who is a victim of the unjust social system that pushed him into insanity and violence.

But let me explain to you why this movie is pure brilliance. At the very last scene of the movie, Arthur was being interviewed by a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist asked "What's funny?" He then answers "You wouldn't get it". You see, Joker is a con artist. In fact, the entire movie is... (wait for it).... a tall tale. Yes, people! The entire movie is an elaborate tall tale created for the pop-culture obsessed audience (that's YOU!). Arthur Fleck narrates a story that is literally lifted from other movies along with elements of modern real-life issues. Added with a couple of humorous scenes and ultimately tailored to be convincingly his own story.

Some of the movies that Joker incorporated in his tall tale are "Taxi Driver" and "King of Comedy" both starred by Robert De Niro. The fact that De Niro is in the Joker movie is already 'a massive clue'. Even Arthur's mom is named "Penny". Get it? "Pennywise" the clown! 😆 They also lifted plot twists from movies like "Inception" that leaves you wondering which scenes are 'real'; "Fight Club" with the imaginary girlfriend reveal and "Star Wars" with the Thomas Wayne is your father scene which I found really cheesy. 😂 There's probably more movie reference that I just didn't catch.

I guess the most controversial part of the movie is how it incorporated real-life experiences of regular people (the audience). People who are frustrated of our modern society that lauds the rich and famous but neglects the people who live in poverty. It depicts the ordeals of people who are being bullied, who are battling anxiety, depression, trauma or mental illness. The scene where Arthur is taking notes at a stand-up bar and mimicking laughter is comparable to the distress of people with autism such as Asperger's syndrome. Part of the reason why Joaquin Pheonix's acting was so convincing is the fact that he himself had gone through a traumatic experience with the loss of his only brother. That makes the movie so tangible and compelling that it may thread too close to reality. Especially because the Joker uses the said experiences to justify his violent behavior and crimes. That is where the debate on ethics begins. The thought that somebody (with mental illness) somewhere (in possession of a weapon) would see this film and think "hmm Arthur is just like me" gives me CHILLLLSSS. 

Now-a-days, people are too quick to react positively or negatively to any news without even bothering to check if it's true. A lot of people were quick to rant on social media about how the society neglects mental health problems and that our society today is unjust and cruel. That shows how compelling the movie was. Movie goers took the comic-book film about a fictional character as a real-life reference. The final interview scene itself is a parody of how gullible people have become. To believe in such a fantastic story that is somehow relatable. We've become a society of clowns; idolizing fake people, tuning into fake news, believing fake history articles. Clowns who deceive and are being deceived on social media. And that credulous characteristic is what will lead to our own destruction just like the psychiatrist at the end of the film.

And THAT is the punch line; the brilliance of the movie. The joke was on us and "we still didn't get it".

To wrap things up; I'd say that "JOKER" is a well-executed and more importantly thought-provoking movie that re-invents the viewing experience; the best plot for a DC film I've watched and Joaquin Phoenix's best portrayal by far.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Momgyver: Carton box Shoe Organizer Project

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Have you ever experienced a "shoexplosion"? You know, that explosion of shoes your kids make inside the shoe cabinet. Well, I have an easy, cost-free solution.

I just want to share with you a very simple 'one-afternoon' project that you can do while the kids are asleep. It's also more of a recycling project that doesn't need any expensive materials.

Start with milk carton boxes.

Cut the boxes in half horizontally.

Then line the peices up and stick them together with hot glue.

Finally wrap it with a cute gift wrap paper or any large paper that's available at home. You can even wrap it with plastic cover after.

Now, your children's shoes are organized and easy to find. (Plus! It saves a lot of cabinet space.)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

5 Tips on Getting Rid of Pimples / Acne

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About five years ago, I have been diagnosed with PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Among the many ‘amazing’ symptoms of this condition are severe dysmenorrhea, facial hair (omg!)  and of course the wonderful giant acne on the face and even back area! (SIGH~) Although, I have been experiencing these symptoms since my teenage years. It was only then that I finally found the explanation for all my horrible memories.

Having giant, painful and super embarrassing pimples on my face has been my total nightmare for years. Now that I am 30 and with two daughters I still have acne breakouts. I suppose I will have to live with it forever. Sad smileSad smileSad smile

Even though getting rid of all my acne is quite impossible; I’ve managed to lessen my acne breakout by doing the following tips:

1. Cut Your Nails –  Say goodbye to your long nails. The dirt under your nail is the number 1 culprit. I noticed that every time my nails grew longer I would always have a pimple on my face. I always cut my nails super short so that no dirt can stick under it.  Sacrifices need to be made and it’s either your face or your hand. Take your pick.

2. Change Your Sheets – Change your pillowcase, sheets and towels often. Once a week if possible. That’s where you rest your face! If you are going to put your face on a dirty pillow every night; definitely pimples will thrive. Make sure any cloth that comes in contact with your face is clean. Dirty handkerchiefs, clothes, towels and so on are big No-no’s…

3. Keep your Hair Away – Your hair is the silent farmer of your pimples. Your hair, just like your fingers catches dirt all the time. Just imagine flipping your hair is like putting fertilizer for your pimple farm on your face. (Gross!) I love having bangs/fringe but it always leads to pimples on my forehead. I recommend the magical thing called headband. You may also use a turban, hair-tie, bandana or wearing a scarf on your hair when you travel. As much as possible keep your hair away from your face.

4. Wash Your Face – Wash your face at least twice a day. Use a strong soap. I wouldn’t recommend a specific brand of soap because each skin is different. My pimples visibly lessened when I used “Carrot Soap”. It’s pretty strong and it will give you a burning sensation the first few days of use. But it really worked wonders for me. I am now using Kojie-San which gives me a similar sensation with Carrot Soap. I also used both soaps as my body soap as well so I get to save some time in the shower. I suggest using a soap that has some form of acid and alcohol combination that helps kill the bacteria. In addition, avoid putting creams or make-up on your face. That pimple is an infected skin, would you cover an open wound with make-up?

5. Avoid Oily Food – This is a no brainer. If you are eating super oily food then your face will most likely get oily as well. The more oil on your face the easier it is for dirt to stick to it and thus produce more pimples.

So that’s it. Again, these tips will not get rid of your pimples ‘completely’ but it will definitely lessen breakouts based on my personal experience.

Good luck!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Back to Blogging

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After almost two years of hiatus, here I am trying to find my way back to blogging; my way back to writing.

Perhaps at some point I have given up on this blog. I have given up on writing among many other hobbies that I enjoyed doing when I had the liberty of time.  My days have narrowed down to routine childcare, chores and endless scrolling on social media. Most days would end with a burnt-out feeling and hoping to just get-by the next day.

It wasn’t until one lesson with my student that I realized what makes people happy is not a “one-time big-time” thing. Instead, it is relentlessly pursuing the little things that make you feel happy, healthy, or productive.  Taking a moment each day to read an inspiring quote; 16 deep breaths; one project a week; one blog a month.

These little things that make us happy are equally as important as the responsibilities that we need to do everyday.

So here I am, taking baby steps to win back my happiness. One project at a time; one blog at a time.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

LIFE IS: Sisters Wearing Matching Clothes

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My girls wearing matching clothes. I remember wearing matching clothes with my sister when we were kids. Sometimes it they were exactly the same, other times with different colors. Mine were red and her clothes were yellow. :)

Did you ever wear matching clothes with your sibling/s?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer 2014: Gabie’s 1st Swim

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Summer is officially over. Well, we didn’t get the chance to travel anywhere. But that doesn’t mean missing out on the summer dip.

Starting a family has it’s limitations; financial limitations. Not to mention all the hassle of bringing twice the number of bags when you have a baby.

So, we’ve found a hassle-free and affordable summer getaway of our own.

We went to Hotel Seda at Centrio Mall; located right within the city of CDO.


Compared to the Php 10,000 or more budget for a summer vacation; it only cost us less than Php 1,000. No packing hassle; the only thing we needed to bring were our swimsuits. We didn’t even have to worry that Gabie didn’t have one because we were able to purchase one conveniently from the mall. You can even opt to have an affordable snack there before going to the hotel and taking a dip in the pool. To top it off, out of the Php 350 (per person) pool fee, Php 200 is consumable which solved our dinner!





There we were on our first family summer. ^_^ Oh, it just makes me teary-eyed seeing Gabie enjoy her first pool dip. It was literally months ago when she was just a tiny critter that could barely move her head. Babies really do grow up before your eyes.


“A Happy Family is but an Earlier Heaven” – George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mother’s Day 2014

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One of the staples for the month of May is Mother's Day and I was so excited to be celebrating it for the first time. Although technically I was pregnant last year... so it would be my second time to celebrate it? Hmm? :/


What makes someone a mother anyway?

I guess I could say I've taken the ultimate route to motherhood. I'm a housewife and I've pretty much spent most of my pregnancy and after, by myself (until my husband comes home from work). I say it's the ultimate route because these days from where I come from, women of my generation would usually have some company like their parents, relatives or hired help to watch over them while they're pregnant and eventually help take care of the baby.

It would seem like a comical scene to see a woman alone at home with newborn baby doing 5 chores all at the same time; but that was my reality. You could only imagine the relief on my face when my husband gets home from work.


I would say being a mother is an indescribably exhausting and challenging task. There were moments when I'd say to myself "someone just kill me now" LOL :D Some days I would cry along with the baby, wallowing in my clothes drenched with a concoction of sweat, baby burp, pee, probably poo, laundry soap, dishwashing liquid, and a number of other things. On top of that the onset of breastfeeding is torture (literally!). It's like having an open wound pinched over and over again. I wouldn't judge other women who would prefer to bottle feed their babies.


Come to think of it, I feel like I now have greater respect for all women who take care of children. I could only imagine being a dedicated nanny; going through all the trouble of taking care of a baby that's not even yours and getting scolded when the mom gets home because the baby has a mosquito bite. It would probably be heartbreaking to care for an adopted child or a niece/nephew and be resented only because they didn't "come from you". Even more so with women who are single parents, who, on top of the madness of solely caring for a child, have to deal with the double standard prejudices and discrimination of society.









But really; what is a mother? She is a woman who bears the sacrifices for the sake of a child. I know this because for me, the most distinct moments of my motherhood are not the fun ones but the challenging ones. I remember the time I had trouble breathing because of my asthma, but I kept on blowing air on my baby's forehead because she felt warm. It was as if giving my last breath for the sake of giving her little bit of comfort. That moment, I thought to myself "wow, I am a mom". It is in fact the hardships that makes motherhood more meaningful to me.


In exchange of all the sacrifices; the rewards of motherhood can never be measured in monetary or tangible value. That is because a mother's only true and greatest joy is to see her baby happy. Although all moms wouldn’t mind receiving a greeting card, flowers or stuffed toys, a gift certificates to the salon or spa, a food treat or a new gadget perhaps. ;) LOL

As for my Mother's day celebration; it was a simple treat. I woke up late (which is already a luxury). My husband surprised me with a letter and he pretty much did most of chores, including giving Gabrielle's bath. (Yes, I'm one lucky mom! :D ) I planned on baking cupcakes for my mom but the blackout conveniently started while I was prepping :( So I went empty-handed to my parent's house, where I just greeted my mom and grandma. Then we went to the mall where I fulfilled my fantasy of sitting in a café with my husband (Gabie was our unhappy third wheel) eating cake (blueberry cheesecake) and drinking (wait for it...) COFFEE! (after a very long time). My husband also treated me to a massage. I said it wasn't necessary since I have so much chores to do the next day but he insisted. We bought take-out dinner from out favorite fast-food and headed home.









I did bake my mom a carrot cake but it was about a week late ^_^ I'm glad she liked it. (although it's not that pretty)


I'd like to thank all the women who made sacrifices for me, especially my mom. I wouldn't be the kind of person and mother that I am today without you. I'd also like to thank all the women who helped raise and hone such a loving husband. And thanks to all other mothers who inspire me to be a better mom.

Happy Mother's Day to us all! May we reign in the kingdom of our homes with more beauty, wisdom and joy!


Movie Review: Joker (2019 Film)

Hello Gorgeous Reader! If I were to describe the movie in one word; it would be... " brilliant " Spoiler Warning if you have...