Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Gone, Going

I turned 20. Friday Night Games was great! We raised just about $1000. Thanks to everybody who came, supported, gave ideas and suggestions, donated, everything. You're all awesome. It was a busy birthday.

I'm packed. I'm ready - to go, to get on the plane, to see a different side of the world, to be challenged, to be rocked, to be happy, sad, angry, hurt, excited, all of it. Probably won't be as ready when it all suddenly hits me in the face. But for now, I'll just hope and pray that we all get out of this what we're meant to; that we stay safe; that we can be as much help as we can over there, without being imposing; and that things are great for all of you still here.

This is a picture from a Google search of 'Bicol' - the place we'll be spending the most time. I think it's amazing. A nice little juxtaposition of natural beauty and poverty. (PS. Juxtaposition? VCE English points!)

...and that's it! I'm out. Peace. Much Love. God Bless.

Until I return, stay safe. BC.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Life on Film

I have a list of movies that I want to watch or have been recommended to watch. Two movies that I have checked off that list that I really enjoyed were:


I have seen parts of "RENT" on stage before and loved it. Once I had "Seasons of Love" in my head for at least a month after I saw a production. Some parts were hard for me to understand, such as Maureen's protest. Others were fun and a bit corny. There were some bits that went deeper and the actors and music did a really good job in conveying this. Examples: (Don't watch if you plan on seeing the movie) At the funeral and the Life Support scenes. Overall it all added up and become a great story about the lives of separate people and the impact they had on each other once their lives began to overlap. I especially enjoyed watching the development of the group's dynamics: from the build-up and exciting times of the group's formations, through to the breakdown at the funeral, then to them all being brought back together by their care for a friend in need - something that made their previous arguments to trivial. As I'm sure most people can, I can tell of that sort of transition of friendships in my life. Perhaps without the same ending. In any case, "RENT" was great.

Juno was also really good. The soundtrack was awesome and the story was funny and still dealt with some issues that are reality, but still seem to make some uncomfortable. When I watched it, there were some people who judged it instantly, the fact that there was swearing, teenage pregnancy, pre-marital sex, etc. - all these things that happen everyday in the real world - so why shouldn't they be allowed to be on film? In any case, the movie was moving and even got through to some of those people too. Good fun.

These movies were both about lives and the ups and downs that people experience all along the way. Unsuprisingly, a movie that wasn't so much along that line that I also checked off my list recently, and wasn't very good was...:

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Things That Sound Bad Out Of Context #2

Benjamin. says:
how does baby taste

Kyla says:
oh shut up.. i only ate him a little today