Commence, Russian Literature Addiction!

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Nothing cheers me up than receiving a book on an ordinary day!

Especially if it’s a Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel. 🙂

Truth to be told, I’ve been looking for this novel for years, as my Fiction teacher recommended this one to us. I couldn’t find a copy in the college library back then.  Looking for Raskolnikov, that young and intellectual man, was never easy.

But I knew I always have that knack to get the things I want even if it’d take years, and this is just one of those days.

From Davao to Bangkok: Day 02

I have broken the sanctity of my entire trip, which was originally planned to be a “Thoreauvian escape”, by constantly checking my online accounts.  I had just traveled an appromixately 2,300 miles from Davao City to Bangkok, with an intermediate noon flight stop in Manila in between.

The intention was to ultimately free myself from the stress of work but the internet has become so indispensable that by the time I arrived in my destination all I ever had in my mind was to come in contact with my boss and still continue working on some of the tasks.

So in the next few days I would have to oscillate between having fun touring around the place and working under pressure at the same time.

For as long as in the end I’d get to cross the River Kwai, I wouldn’t have to make such a great deal out of this.  Two years ago, I have read Pierre Boulle’s novel The Bridge Over the River Kwai and subsequently watched its 1957 film adaptation (“The Bridge On The River Kwai”) directed by the infamous David Lean, and felt that the grandeur of the story, as shown both in the novel and film, was both overwhelming and transcendent.

From then on, I promised myself that the only thing left to do is to visit that historical railway.

There are times when suddenly you realize you’re nearer the end than the beginning.  And you wonder, you ask yourself, what the sum total of your life represents.

– The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)


Living in the Material World: George Harrison

George Harrison. rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and the lead guitarist of The Beatles

I just found out that Martin Scorsese, my most favorite film director, is set to release his 2011 documentary entitled “Living in the Material World: George Harrison”, a film account that tackles the life of George Harrison.

Harrison

As you may know, George Harrison is a rock guitarist and one of the well-acclaimed singer-songwriters the music industry ever had.  But George Harrison is reputably more popular as the leading guitarist of the English rock band, The Beatles. He is known as “the quiet Beatle.”  Some of the popular Beatles songs that he composed included Within You Without You, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, I Me Mine, Blue Jay Way, Something, and my personal favorite (and the ultimate cheer-up song) Here Comes the Sun.  His songs are heavily imbued with mysticism (as influenced by Hindu practices).

Scorsese

Martin Scorsese, on the other hand, is a celebrated film director, actor, producer, screen writer and film historian. Scorsese is infamous for his dark-themed films like “Taxi Driver”, “Goodfellas”, “Raging Bull”, “The Departed” and many more.   He’s also well recognized for his documentaries which include “No Direction Home” that recounted the life of the American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.  Actually, he’s my most favorite film director – I’m on a Scorsese binge right now, trying to watch all his films.

As I am a fan of both Scorsese and The Beatles, this upcoming film documentary is something to look forward to this year.  I heard it’s slated to be released in the illustrious Cannes Film Festival.  Fast forward to May please!

The title of the documentary is obviously taken from George Harrison’s solo album entitled “Living in the Material World” released in 1973.

Here's George Harrison winking at you

From left: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Star and John Lennon

A Little Meditation

While I was reading Word From Wormingford by Ronald Blythe, I came across with this line:

[…] People must meditate on whether they have what it takes to contemplate […]

Today’s Blythe entry is all about meditation and contemplation – whatever the difference between these two words, I still don’t know.  In terms of both or either, I’d like to say, that sadly I lost the capacity to meditate as intensely as I had in my youth and in my childhood.  Faith is something that I had initially built for myself through meditation.  I would go hours and hours of thinking about Things (in a philosophical approach, which of course, may include the theological).

Which is why I always believe Youth is idealistic and dynamic, faithful and loyal unto itself.

Sleep Paralysis Experience

The night before yesterday I have experienced what I just found out to be sleep paralysis. It did feel really scary at the outset, but I couldn’t deny that undergoing such experience could be weird and amazing at the same time.  That’s because I literally could feel my consciousness ebbing away from me.

[…] Sleep paralysis occurs when the brain awakes from a REM state, but the body paralysis persists.  This leaves the person fully conscious but unable to move […]

Sleep Paralysis, Wikipedia

Upon reading across with this description I was happy that this “out-of-body” experience was not at all entirely unknown and that there is actually a medical description for it.  That’ because in our country, sleep paralysis are believed to cause certain unexplained deaths for some, so that kind of Continue reading

Blackouts, The Moon and Mobile Election Campaigns

The calendar says it’s going to be a full moon and I badly needed one tonight.  Blame the blackouts – the second one I have today.  Blackouts supposed to occur once in a day in a grueling six hours straight but I’m afraid it’s going to be another six-hour streak tonight (the first one occurred this morning).

But I can see no moon tonight.  Just streaks of navy blue clouds in the sky.  And as I was writing this entry my table is flanked with two candles on both sides with their flames raging against the wind.  I can actually feel the smoke straight right into my nostrils, and I’m especially worried these candles might harm my face as I had just finished washing it for tonight.

Mobile election campaigns, as I have noticed, are more privileged to roam around with their political jingles tonight, thanks to blackout.  My neighbors are irksome about this because it’s indeed irritating how these vehicles feel like aristocrats roaming in this tranquil, solemn night.

Now I can see the moon.  Clouds must have covered it.

The sky lightens for a bit.  The candles continue to trickle their last waves of flames, the frozen wax flattened and dried on my table.

Election 2010

Except for the weather, my 2010 election experience turned out to be fine.  It was drizzling by the time we arrived at the election precinct.  I was with my mom and sister.  We were given priority numbers and I got number 92, but the counting already started at number 70 by the time we get there.  So we didn’t have to wait too long for our turn, and we were thrilled the PCOS machine didn’t puke our ballots out.

The PCOS machine turned out to be a lot bigger than I expected.  It looked like a huge trash can, taking in our ballots.

I hope for clean, honest and peaceful election today.  God bless the Philippines.

Bits and Bits

So I’ve been busy over the weekend with my thesis, which is of course, really difficult as you may think. Also lately, I’ve been reading a lot of books as supplementary readings for my classes, which includes philosophy and a whole lot of essays. I’d say I am really looking forward for Christmas break; not because I wanted to just drop everything and have fun, but i wanted to take things slowly. 🙂

Still, a week more left to go before the Christmas vacation.  I have lots of plans to do. lots of books left unread and more stories to revise.   But Christmas is still Christmas, and like any other tradition, it’s something to look forward to.

Well, well, well

I noticed that I have been having too much fun lately, to think that i’m 2 weeks late now for my “supposedly deadline” of my short story.  I’m kinda worried about it but i’m on the run to finish it this weekend.  I laready wrote 6 pages, at least that is consoling enough.

Some things that needs to be done asap.

1.  Revise thesis manuscript.

2. Finish short story.

3. Study mathematical progressions.  (This one is so depressing).

4. Save money. Self-explanatory.

The end of classes is fast approaching so that means there are lots of things to be done here and there.  Wish me luck i can push these ones through before the semestral break starts.

Bye bye, and will write soon!

Weekends

Totally finished with my fiction 2 exam.  Man, it was so hard it took me six hours, believe me. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t able to answer the part wherein I have to explain the narrative time in some stories.  It’s kind of frustrating but I promise myself I’d do good in the next week’s part 2 exam.  Haha.

Well,  here’s my must-do’s list over the weekend.

1.  Read James Wood “How Fiction Works.”

2. Write my story for my fiction class.

3.  Write my draft for my one act play.

4.  Study permutation, combination and probabilities.

5.  Solve the probability homework.

6.  Read about Japanese literature.

7.  Study about ethnic cultures.

8.  Wash clothes.

Rush hour here.  Till next time. 🙂