Friday, November 18, 2011

"In Time"

Music: Coldplay (shuffled album)

Movie poster - "In time"

Alright, it has been quite long since I posted an entry here, while most post weekly, I usually post when I have something in mind or I just wanted to raise my emotions whether it elicits – joy, sadness, eagerness, energy, or whatever it is common people like us experience every day. With that, here is what I owe in this blog (not that a lot bothers to read anyway haha).

Prior to heading to Baguio early Thursday, I watched “In Time” late Wednesday night – imagine the sacrifice of time late movie night and early call time for Baguio.  I do not normally talk about movies here that much – but then again this is a blog about anything random – thought wise – so might as well. 

I am a self-confessed movie buff – I can watch anything – yes even Horror movies (but I pledged that I wouldn’t pay any dime scaring myself haha – just at home in broad daylight). I never really post anything about movies here so this may be the first.

I heard a few things about “In Time” – that it was okay but the lines are cheesy, it was so-so but the concept was awesome so on and so forth. Most of the times, I do not really believe in movie reviews or opinions of others about music and or movies and this movie was not an exception. Others tend to discourage me from watching a certain movie but lets face it, we have our own opinions and mine is just as good as yours – we may only differ in how we explain it or in our perspective – which is the magic of using our intelligence really.

What really draws me from enjoying and re-watching movies are these:

1.  Great soundtrack – believe me I have a vast collection of different soundtrack (cheesy as it may be – it started with Nothing Hill when I was just 14)

2.  Concept of the movie – some think I am weird of understanding of enjoying movies with different concepts – I enjoy indie movies on the side too because they have awesome soundtrack as well. Great package! 

3.   Actors – lets be honest here, we watch movies because of the people that are in it – this is mostly the deciding factor of everyone when choosing a movie

4.  Script – a movie lingers in your mind when the script just matches the concept and I cant explain it further but that – use your imagination on this

5.  Trailers – really, they do make me want to watch – this is the synopsis in the shortest video (soundtrack included) – if trailers are awesome, you have my attention.

I actually would have more but – those are my top reasons. Anyway to cut the long introduction short here we go.

There is 1440 minutes in a day (84,400 seconds if you still want to know), imagine a world where time is the currency and that you wouldn’t want to waste any second of it because it is valuable. That is what “In Time” allows you ponder on. Right now we work for those dead presidents – to pay the bills, rent, food, tuition, loans among other things that we are so engrossed in. we spend so much time trying to earn a buck and setting aside important things because we need money.

In the world where everyone is busy for this piece of paper, we neglect how valuable time is – how important 1 second is in life. That with one second, something could happen in a snap, we could lose something or gain it. Most of us neglect time – yes I am one of them, I am not extraordinary in managing my time.

In the movie, they work to get paid of minutes or day or hours, they loan for a month, a day, an hour everything revolves around the concept of how important time is. The rich get centuries in their life – the poor die if you do not have any means of earning time – which in current world still happens.

Looking at the movie in terms of social stratification – it does not differ from the way it is now today. The rich live extravagantly, can have anything, can enjoy anything good but the difference today and in this movie – the rich in the movie take their time – do things slowly enjoy the moments they have – because they have all the time in the world, while in reality the rich spend so much time building their empire to make sure their money is tripled or more sometimes neglecting the fact that there are other people important in their life (I am not saying that I know everything because I am not rich just based on observation).

Then we have the poor – in the movie everyone sleep less because they need to work to earn another day, to eat, to pay off loans spends hours to earn time. Then as always crime rate is high because you walk around with hours in your arm. In reality, majority of the poor spend their time doing nothing because there is not much work around – it is hard to find work. Although the same concept of living day to day is the same with the movie but the poor seems to have all the time in the world in our real time.

You may imagine, that the people like the Time Keeper are also watching the world economy right now, they make sure which country stays poor and which country stays rich because if equality exists in terms of buying power. There is not much of anything to produce really. Think of it as the survival of the fittest (which in the movie and in real world is very much applicable).

No, I am not going into the details of conspiracy this, conspiracy that – I will leave it up to you to think – to provoke yourselves to ask and ponder.

Anyway, spending so much time traveling to Baguio yesterday made me think of how much time I have really spent in enjoying it.  I tend to work too hard to make sure that I earn extra bucks but sacrificing the time for family and friends. I haven’t really seen my sister and nephew for a full week but we live in the same house, because they sleep early – I arrive late, they leave early – I leave late.

Now, slowly I am going to try making sure that there is balance. I hope you do too.

The most important time is now, and tomorrow is today. Balance it out – enjoy and spend it wisely.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

What the heart wants and what the brain says I need…..

Music: Coldplay (Shuffled Albums)

This way.....

If you have been reading through my blog (if you have thank you very much for the time and interest), you would know that I always have this urge to do research or community service. You see, I never intended to take up Sociology. No, Sociology is not Psychology, albeit they are of the same branch of science, they are totally different in a lot of approaches but of course there would be inevitable cross overs. I would love to explain further, but I would like to ask you to be a curious a little and find the differences of the two, believe me it’ll give you an insight or two. That gives you another opportunity to be smarter. =)

Anyway, filling up that college application was not entirely a breeze for me for the second choice (campus and degree for UPCAT). I was really dead set on getting in the Architecture department of any school. I applied for only three schools – that would be UST, UP and our local state university (in the province) Bicol University. My first choice was Architecture for all the three schools and never really minded the second choice. To cut the story short, I got admitted to two schools, UP and Bicol University (for Architecture). I got in my second campus choice, UP Los Banos - passed Sociology and got waitlisted for Food Technology. I never really knew much about Sociology like most people. I only associated it with Psychology like most people again. Only difference was, I tried to make sense of the word and tricked my mind that socio means society (which was actually right haha). I chose to study in Los Banos and dropped the dream of becoming an Architect in the province – for a better educational experience.

At first, I was just planning on using the course as a stepping-stone in the hopes of getting in the Architecture program in Diliman, but I fell in love with the place – Los Banos. I told my mom and siblings that I would continue studying Sociology not really knowing what is to become of me after college.

I did not only fell in love with the place to be honest but with Sociology as well. I had the chance to go out to different communities to conduct studies, surveys and developmental proposals, which allowed me to be more open to a lot of possibilities. Having a maximum of 21 units, which would mean 7 subjects for a semester and would also mean 7 research papers (or more). The love for writing – which I already did have back in high school, though no one really knew much about it, was rekindled.

In Sociology, I had the chance to study comedy bars, slums, farmers, group of students, a community, an ethnic tribe, a religion among other aspects in the society and it was really fun and fulfilling. At age 16, because of what the world of Sociology has given me, made me aim for any United Nations work related activities or volunteer program – which if you have been reading though this blog, is still a lifelong dream or could even be a dream for the next lifetime haha.

Watching documentaries, research and development activities, reading articles and even watching TV for any research and development related news make me think over and over and day dream that one day my chance would come.

You see, like what the title of this blog states, my heart really is for research and development but like anyone who has needs and dreams of a better life, sadly that dream is gathering dust. If you do not get grants, do not belong to a high paying community development organizations (mind you, there are really a few), life would be quiet hard. So usually my brain states the obvious, that you need to be in a world that would provide an income that could help you sustain the basic needs in life (okay include the family’s as well). It is really hard to compete with that. I love that there are researchers out there that stick to what is given to them and continue with the amazing work they do, but I have known a few that have actually left that world in the hopes of preparing for their future because really, what you would earn there is meager (for most unless you are a high ranking official).

Most of us, graduates of Sociology either go into law school, in the corporate world (getting sucked up by corporatism), had masters in business, have a completely different job and sadly only a few who stick to the principle. Like most as well, when you say you have a degree in Sociology, they would ask what it is – and it is quiet tiring sometimes to keep explaining the same thing over and over.

I just really wish that I could still do research and write and provide solutions on the side-lines because when I see documentaries, there is this hope in me that flickers, my heart leaps so to speak that I could do something like that, that I could help provide solutions or even options on how to improve a community.

Probably one day, when I have completely fulfilled Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – it would come for sure. “Self Actualization” is really important and this, the dream of joining a group to do research and development would always be that one piece of the puzzle.

On the side note: Let us not keep sitting on the sidelines, there are many ways to take the stage of life and there are always roles to play. One of which is the one thing you most like to do that can make you feel so complete and infinite even for a moment. 

This is the reason why you never really have to drink three cups of coffee on a Friday with a long weekend creeping in.

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