Listen to Your Inner Voice

I wrote a post that I had to set to private at the last minute, entitled, “The Experiment.” Far from what I usually post here, it’s probably one of the most intimate article I’d ever written in my life.

It was written at the point in my life when I had to make a tough decision. I had help from my inner voice. I knew the voice was wise and I should’ve listened. But with every dilemma, we have another voice that’s more primitive and raw – less concerned about consequences. And I gave in.

And now, I live with the consequences of my actions. I knew  I should have listened to the wise inner voice but I was weaker than I thought.

Only time will tell if I eventually will find the peace I’d lost. But I’m hopeful my future will be brighter with the knowledge that I will never be alone again even after he leaves as he left a precious cargo behind.

 

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Doctor Who Series 3 & 4: Rebound Girl and Sassy Girl

When Matt Smith auditioned for the role of Watson is Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ version of Sherlock, he was turned down because he fits better as Sherlock rather than the companion…I mean, Watson. It doesn’t take an extraordinarily perceptive person to see the similarities between The Doctor and Sherlock. While one describes himself as simply clever, the other is a high-functioning sociopath. Let’s see what else? Both are skinny, tall, and white with a penchant for wearing the same clothes (and coats) everyday. They both have their preferred gadgets: a sonic screw driver, the other, his mobile.

What sets them apart, other than all that time-travel thing and the general ‘arsehole’ personality, is their choice of companions. While Sherlock prefers a monogamous relationship with his Dr. Watson, The Doctor prefers to line them up and go through each one until he leaves them heartbroken one by one. Okay, maybe I was judging too harshly… I have not seen every Doctor Who episode yet!

Still… Doctor? 3 little words! Oh come on! Rose Tyler, I…  yes?… yes? The fandom is left as frustrated as Martha Jones.

Series  3: Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones

Oh, Martha! I feel your pain! I loved Martha Jones as the next companion after Rose and the story was riveting and heartbreaking as well in the finale of the 3rd Series. There were glaring differences between Martha and Rose (aside from the obvious). While Rose was just a naive teenager, Martha was already 23 years old working on her medical degree. Martha seems smart because she’s highly educated but that doesn’t mean Rose was not just as smart. Rose’s education came from experience and instinct rather than academic.

Before the 2005 reboot, I was unfamiliar with the series so I wasn’t exactly sure how the whole companion thing works. I thought the doctor would just fall in love over and over again with his companions. I’m glad Rose was a bit more special because even if he didn’t say it, we all knew the doctor loved her.

I applaud how Martha decided to give up on her unrequited feelings for the Doctor and go for the right decision which is to stay with her family and resume her life. This level of maturity have yet to be achieved by Rose as she values her feelings more than what her mind is telling her.

Series 4: Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble

Donna Noble is freaking hilarious. Just what the Doctor needed after feeling a bit guilty for breaking Martha’s heart. I’ve watched a few clips of Catherine Tate’s Lauren Cooper sketches and I laughed so hard the neighbors probably think I’m crazy. Take a look at this classic sketch with the Doctor, himself.

Many fans love Donna Noble and for good reason. Although they are strictly just friends, they have amazing’s chemistry that’s a breathe of fresh air from the previous companions’ longing looks at the doctor.

She’s the perfect representation of an everyday woman. I know I can relate to her, feeling like your life is headed nowhere and almost believing the people’s negative opinion of you that you begin to doubt yourself and the choices you make.

In the end though, Donna mattered so much she can’t even to begin to imagine how much. It’s just sad and tragic to see that the doctor had to erase any traces of memory that included him and their adventures together.

What I feel about Rose and the Duplicate Doctor

One part of me actually wanted the Series 2 finale to be the final time we see Rose Tyler but shipper part of me is glad to see her have a happy ending although he’s just a duplicate semi-human doctor. If only we could’ve heard what the Doctor whispered. I know… everyone knows what it is, but still. You never thought those 3 simple words could be as powerful as it is even on just a TV show.

Sherlock Mini Episode: Many Happy Returns

BBC just gave us a taste of Sherlock Season 3 with a mini episode entitled, “Many Happy Returns.” This is in reference to the uncut DVD Detective Inspector Lestrade made of Sherlock for Watson’s birthday.

The mini episode features a hobo-looking Anderson who somehow tuned into a Sherlock-is-alive fanatic, not unlike Elvis’ fans. How this came about is interesting to me. I loved Anderson as a comic-relief character, I’d hate to lose one of Sherlock’s best humor whipping boy.

I thought Benedict Cumberbatch wouldn’t appear in this episode. But he did! Thank you, thank you!

Dr. John Watson’s blog is also alive and kicking with a response to this DVD: Read it here.

American Horror Story Season 3: Coven

Trailer for the next American Horror Story.

Although I was disappointed with Assylum, the Season 2 AHS, I just can’t get over how evilishly good the first season was. Admitedly, my obsession with AHS 1 was driven by the love story of Tate and Violet. Tate is the poster boy for Byronic heroes and with that Kurt Cobain vibe, I was totally sold. I also like Taissa Farmiga as Violet. She was emo but not annoyingly so.

I’m glad they’re back. I’m also looking forward to the return of Jessica Lange. I loved her character as Constance Langdon. She played an unlikeable but somehow still sympathetic southern lady of questionable motives. Now as the headmistress of this witch school (that is not Hogwarts) I’m sure she’ll give rise to another interesting character.

The story seems to be witch fight between Salem witches and Voodoo witches. I’m hoping it wouldn’t come across as just some silly cat fight. I think it’s safe to say women more than men will be watching this season. I’m hoping the spike in estrogen wouldn’t bring forth a constant stream of PMS jokes.

Live Action Princess Movies You’d Want Your Daughter to See

As I said before, be careful of fairy tales for children as it could affect their taste level, body image, values when they grow up. Like me. Haha! If they want to read fairy tales, get them the original Grimm’s and Hans Christian Andersons and none of that Disney-fied BS. (the Little Mermaid died and turned to see weed(?) or something, the dude who climbed Rapunzel’s tower became blind, Cinderella’s sister got her part of her foot chopped off to fit the tiny slipper) It’ll give them nightmares but at least they’ll be prepared to face life knowing… shit happens.

I got to admit though that Disney is making progress with the later Princess tales like The Princess and the Frog and Brave. For live action princess tales, I recommend:

1. The Princess Bride – I just finished re-watching this movie that came out in 1987. Starring a young and uber handsome Cary Elwes and Robin Wright, an 80’s supermodel. This is where the line “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” originate’d from. (Yes, it’s not from a mob movie). I love the humor and only thing I didn’t like was Buttercup, the princess bride. She always looked a little stiff to me. I could also use subtitles for Andre the giant’s lines as I can barely comprehend what he’s saying. It’s still a must-see movie for everyone though. I suspect that most modern comedy fairy tale story can trace their inspiration from this film.

2. Ever After – Starring Drew Barrymore and Angelica Houston among other superb casts, this movie turns the Cinderella story into something feminists would see with their daughters. I remember seeing an interview with the director and writer, Andy Tennant, where he mentions his inspiration came from his own daughters and what Cinderella story he wants to tell or show them. In this version of the story, there’s is no magic but there is a fairy godmother in the form of Leonardo Da Vinci. It’s truly amazing how I could believe this history. If we didn’t know better we’d say that once upon a time, there was a girl named Danielle, a fan girl of Thomas Moore’s Utopia, who was friends with the great da Vinci and was married to a prince.

3. Enchanted – I’d call this one a deconstructed Disney princess movie. The movie parodies all Disney princess tropes like characters randomly bursting into songs, animal house slaves (or minions) you don’t have to pay to clean your apartment, the fall in love at the first sight and get married the next scene, puffy skirts and even puffier hairdos. I just love this movie that not only teaches young daughters the value of dating before marriage, but also how to thoroughly spend your daddy’s credit card in an “emergency.” I love Isla Fisher, I mean Amy Adams in this role with Dr. McDreamy. Cyclops was hilarious too.

TED Talk Favorite: To This Day by Shane Koyczan

It’s rare that I watch TED Talks more than once but this talk or rather, performance by poet Shane Koyczan demanded to be watched again and again.

It’s a poem about the bullied, something I’ve experienced for a very short time when I was in kindergarten. He starts out with a prose but slowly, the piece builds up to a free-form poetry.

The power of truth behind each word is palpable and brilliant. I’m not really into poetry but even a layman can appreciate the beauty of this piece. It’s unpretentious, only raw emotion expressed in simple words.

Shane Koyczan may not have made it as a professional wrestler, but he more than makes up for it by being a great poet.

My Tsundoku Project: The Curios Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time

I’ve become uncomfortably aware of the amount of books I had that have yet to be opened and read. I have been newly informed that this behavior of buying books but not reading is in fact experienced by many people and the Japanese have coined a word for it: TSUNDOKU.

One of these books is Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. A simple story about an autistic child, Christopher Boone, who also happens to be the first person narrator of the entire book.

I don’t know how Haddon did it but the tone and voice is very believable to be that of a 15 year old autistic child. The lack of emotion and social disconnect ironically made the story, in my opinion, more poignant and relatable.

The story begins when the neighbor’s dog Wellington was murdered by someone with a pitchfork (no spoilers there as the cover and title practically says it all). Christopher, being a Sherlock fan (hooray, co-Sherlock nerd!), took it upon himself to investigate what happened. In the course of his “investigation” what he will uncover will not only lead him to find out what happened to the dog but also what happened with his family.

The story is simple but the challenge of conveying the emotions of the characters through the eyes of an emotionally-challenged child is a true feat to behold. Not once did the narrator break character.

It’s not a cheap tear-jerker of a novel nor an action packed detective story but it’s a real page-turner because you can’t help but root for Christoper and understand the frustrations of his parents.

I see now why this is almost every must-read list. I still have a long way to go, but here’s to finishing all my Tsundoku books!