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During my summer lunch date with my good friend Em at Cafe Alonso (their Bagnet is really good by the way and the price is reasonable), he mentioned that he saw Anne Curtis recently and she was sooooo pretty. I heartily agreed with his comment and then we started speculating about her rise to fame.
Anne Curtis is not a new face in show business, if I remember correctly she started at a young age when she starred as the Princess in the movie “Magic Kingdom”. We literally watched her grow up into a beautiful young woman, but she didn’t really hit stardom until recently, even her telenovela Diosa (2008-2009) did not catapult her to popularity. So what gives? What really made people start paying attention to this lovely sexy lass?
Em and I talked about it and here are the reasons we came up with (My God, is this a cultural dissection of Anne Curtis?)
- She is so damn beautiful — drop dead gorgeous even. I don’t think that I need to explain this. If you still don’t get it, then just look at her pictures.
- She is sizzling hot, so sexy that she’ll make your jaw drop. The great thing about her is that, she’s comfortable with her sensuality. She’s not scared to be a woman, and that confidence makes her even sexier.
- She doesn’t seem to be a snob. I think her noontime variety show, “Showtime“, helped a lot of people realize that she is quite wacky and friendly. Think about it, people would normally categorize Anne Curtis as one of the elite because of her typical mestiza looks and to die for cheekbones, but her spontaneous goofy antics at “Showtime” proved that wrong. I bet people started seeing that she is a warm and funny person who can unabashedly make fun of herself and enjoy life to the fullest no matter what anyone says. She showed people that she is a normal person who they could relate to and someone they could kid around with.
- She knows herself. She doesn’t put on airs and she speaks with intelligence and sincerity. I don’t know if I’m being biased, but I could sense that this woman has gone through life and learned from her experiences. She has a good head on her shoulders and I think life has taught her how to handle challenges with grace.
- She is strong. She is not your maiden-in-distress type. She is a woman who will make lemonade when life gives her lemons. She’s not the kind who will run around like a headless chicken — she simply knows what she wants and how to get it.
- She has class. I don’t know how she does it — is it because of the fashionable clothes she’s wearing? Or is it because of her stance? Or the way she carries herself? Or is it simply because she was born with it? Hmmmm … I give up, but no one can deny that this lady is downright elegant and sexy 🙂
The bottom line is that, Anne Curtis is one fierce woman and we hope that she stays that way 😀 More power to her !!! 😀
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Well, exam week is over and the grades have been computed and encoded online. However, it never fails to amuse me to hear the reasons students come up with for missing their final exam. Here are some of the most absurd ones I’ve come across with so far 😉
5. What? Today was our schedule for final exams? Really?
4. I totally forgot the time and the room where we were supposed to have our finals.
3. Ummm … I was studying so hard for my other subject that I was exhausted by the time our exam came around … so I kinda slept through our exam …. (Well, I have to give this one some credit for brutal honesty)
2. It was conflicting with my other schedule — it was either our exam or my cousin’s wedding. (D-uh)
1. Sorry Miss, but I had a prior appointment with my dermatologist.
Ahhhh … I’m sure other professors have heard other outrageous reasons as well.
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What do you do when the world is spinning out of your control? When things are simply not going your way?
Let’s face it, despite all the pep talk that “experts” are giving out there about how you could always be in control of your space and your life — there will be times when things are simply not going to turn out the way you planned them to. You wake up one day and you realize with mounting horror that certain facets of your life are about to come crashing down. So, what do you do when that happens? Roll over and play dead? Heck no!
If you can’t control the situation, then control YOUR REACTION to the situation. What do I mean? Chin up honey, fight back and never let the negative emotions get to you. Think about it, will things improve if you start moping around while blaming other people and yourself? Of course not, so kick yourself into some positive action. Smile, take a bath, tell yourself you can handle the situation, clear your head — think of your options (there are always options) and get down on your knees and ask for divine guidance. Remember what Nietzsche said, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Actually, Cherry, a friend of mine, has a very convincing way of putting it too, she said (through her facebook shoutout):
“Sometimes we can feel down, distracted and so lost, this is how I felt today, but at some point I said to myself, I know that it’s just a passing phase and that I will wake up tomorrow feeling better… so why wait? ….”
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I was munching on some Oreos while watching t.v. the other day when I saw this ad, featuring a well-known actress smiling like an angel onscreen for a lotion commercial, then she said the star-powered tagline, “I don’t want to grow old.”
My Lord, I nearly fell off my chair when I heard it. What the heck was that? Has the viewpoint on aging really gone that bad these past years. I mean, yes, I am aware of all those anti-aging products that are flooding the market nowadays, but it seems to me that people today are not just obsessed about growing old gracefully, but they are actually scared witless at the prospect of losing their youth. This is ridiculous! Aging is a part of life, there’s nothing wrong about it. It’s just the way we were meant to progress as human beings — to grow old is an integral part of our essence. There is nothing scary or awful about aging. It is a phase of life that we should celebrate. Why? Because maturity brought about by our experiences comes with aging. It only means that we’ve lived a full life — and we can share our insights and wisdom with the people around us. I think Morrie (in Tuesdays with Morrie) said it best, when he commented that, “As you grow old, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, its also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.”
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It was a typical afternoon when I was hunting through the shelves of my school library for something to read and as luck would have it, I chanced upon The Fellowship of the Ring, a book that would later on enthrall and excite me. I browsed through the first few pages and pretty soon the images of Hobbits tickled my imagination, and I fell under the spell of JRR Tolkien’s storytelling. I just couldn’t put the book down anymore and I read one page after another, anxiously wondering how Frodo’s quest would turn out and if the people of Middle-earth would survive the Third Age.
After completely reading the trilogy, I suddenly understood the respect and the love other people had for Middle-earth, and for all the characters that lived and died in its pages. I am not surprised that it became the book of the century, although critics may scoff and turn green at the very thought, they cannot deny the fact that Tolkien touched something within all of us, and with his words he managed to make our primordial fantasies and desires come to life. He gave them flesh, breathe life into them and placed them in a world where the child in us would jump at the chance of living in such a mythical land.
It is no wonder then, that last night, the child in me was seized with the sudden urge to revisit that land of mystery and adventure that hovered between the verge of our dreams and reality. For the nth time, I watched the Fellowship of the Ring as directed by Peter Jackson. I was already caught up in the excitement of attending Bilbo’s birthday party, and while sitting down uninvited in his living room area, and idly listening to what Gandalf and him were talking about, I was suddenly struck by something he said. He told Gandalf that he realized, “It is not a bad thing to celebrate a simple life.” I stopped and thought things over; and the wisdom of those simple words dawned on me.
We are always aspiring for one thing or another in life, always mulling over the fact that we don’t have the latest Versace shirt; that we haven’t eaten at this fancy restaurant everyone’s talking about; that our cell phone isn’t the latest model; or that everyone else has an iPod and we don’t — and heaven knows the rest of the brouhaha we are “dying” to get our hands on — thanks to society and marketing of course. We all dream of being rich and famous, always associating happiness with money and fame, that we forget that life is a journey into becoming a person of substance and compassion. That at the end of it all, we will die, our flesh would rot away and that no matter how much we pamper ourselves, the worms would still have their way with us.
At the final stage of our voyage, we will face our Creator, and what would we have to say then? What would carry more weight, our Bvlgari watch, or how much of a person were we to others? Were we fair, were we self-righteous, did we think we always had the right answers, or did we struggle to rise up against our shortcomings to win some fight and lose others? How did we cope in the end? Or should I dare ask it — what did we do?
Life is simple, we just manage to complicate things along the way. Enjoy the free things — the sun, the wind, the sea, the earth … your life … your family … your friends … your essence … your soul, because these were the gifts that the Creator in His wisdom and compassion gave you from the very start. I think, after everything has been said and done, Bilbo’s idea isn’t so bad after all.