Doctor Sleep

I’ve been sick for a week now. I don’t really know what was wrong with me but now I’m left with horrible coughing. I haven’t left the house since, well I don’t actually remember, so I badly wanted to go out yesterday. I was at the mall with my good friend Reika and my brother Sam when we saw Doctor Sleep at the cinema. I was so excited. I pointed and told my friend that I wanted to watch that and asked her if she has watched The Shining before. She hasn’t. So we went back home and watched The Shining before going back to the cinema for Doctor Sleep.

I was so excited the whole time. It was a really good idea to watch The Shining before Doctor Sleep. It was the best idea! I wish I invited our other friends but I haven’t been a people person lately. Reika was excited too when she realized she knew a bunch of facts about The Shining. We watched the best parts before heading out.

I love going to the movies without watching the trailer of the movie. I did it with Us too. I never read The Shining or Doctor Sleep but I am planning on doing that. So what I knew about the movie was just The Shining that I watched and that it was about Danny. I am so glad I watched it because until today I am still raving about it.

Mike Flanagan is becoming one of my favorite filmmakers. He created Haunting of Hill House and now Doctor Sleep. I feel like we have the same tastes. The Haunting is a favorite of mine that I watch over and over again. After finishing the first season, I burst into tears. The characters moved me so much and he did the same with Doctor Sleep.

He gave The Shining an excellent tribute with this movie. The way they recreated some of the scenes was so amazing. The actors did an amazing job. It was like watching The Shining again. I have nothing but good things to say. Ewan McGregor and Kyliegh Curran were so great and I have a new appreciation for Cliff Curtis.

Stephen King is someone I truly admire. The way he writes his stories are a different sort of magic that gets to your head and stays there for a while. He is one of my favorite writers for a reason.

I saw someone post about how Doctor Sleep was Mike Flanagan’s love letter to Stephen King’s The Shining and that is exactly how I felt about it. This movie ignited something inside of me. After watching it I wanted to read more books, consume more stories! It’s so amazing how someone’s creation can move others. Me and my friend are still blow away by how good it was for us. I can’t wait to watch it again. I guess I want to say, thank you for this movie. ☾

Photos from Budapest

My brother went to Budapest for a Biology Competition. He’s cool like that. We’re very proud of him. The only thing I wanted from him was for him to take photographs of everything. I gave him pointers. I don’t think he listened but he did a good job anyway. I’m allowed to share them so please enjoy!

We are Bicolana

A Bicola is a person/woman who came from Bicol, a region in the Philippines. I’m Filipino and I love being one. I love my land. We have beautiful places in the Philippines and my mother’s hometown is one of them. She is from a big island named Catanduanes. She left the island as a young woman and went to the big city. She’s very proud of the beauty of her Catanduanes and she has shared it with us. Me and my siblings were not born in Bicol nor did we grow up there but we feel like Bicolana’s and Bicolano’s. The cheap way of getting there would take a whole day from where we live. If you take a plane it’s just five hours or less with a bus ride and waiting time I guess. Anyway I just want to share the photos we took of our tour there after my grandmother’s funeral.

Yes. My grandmother died. It was heartbreaking. We all loved her. She was very sweet and incredibly hardworking. She suffered a stroke several years ago and it took a toll on her health and well being. It was hard for the family. I hated seeing my aunts and uncles in their state of grief. It was heartbreaking. I’m really going to miss my lola.

We arrived there on June 5th. My birthday is on June 6th. I didn’t want to celebrate and it was not allowed so I kept quiet about it but they greeted me that morning which was enough for me. It made me happy enough. But then they decided to buy me a cake and cook “birthday food”. I kinda freaked out but they said it wasn’t celebrating. It was just sharing food. Okay.

Since the family was rarely gathered this way, we decided to take a tour and have fun. My mom was the leader and she was passionate about taking this tour so we did. I am a heavily overweight 27 year old who is almost a recluse. I do not go out and hike. I know my limits but my mom was like NO YOU WILL HAVE FUN. So we went to these beautiful places and walked and walked some more and then to the last place. A hill. Actually there were 3 hills. What a terrible surprise that was for me. I couldn’t even focus on the beauty of the place. It was really beautiful too. I wanted to place a house there and live there forever. What a dream.

On this trip I realized my fear of heights has left me and I can still hike. I felt really good. Although I cried from exhaustion, I felt really good. I wish I could have enjoyed the ocean but maybe some other time. Catanduanes is really beautiful but I’m afraid of how people treat nature. I don’t want to go back and see it having been disrespected by people. That is what’s scary about tourism, right? So please, let’s try not to leave traces of us in nature and to respect it. Thanks for reading. I hope you like the photos.

Pet Sematary and secondhand books

We went to the movies again! This time we went to see Pet Sematary. It was either Hollywood’s Pet Sematary or my country’s Eerie. I chose the former because I had just watched the original film with my brother and he went to see the new one and told me that I might enjoy it. Also a friend said that Eerie wasn’t terribly frightening. Why watch a horror and not be scared?

We went to buy snacks and went to a nearly empty theatre. Always. Always before watching a horror movie in the cinema, I regret it as the trailer plays. Why did I do this to myself? What was I thinking? Always. I don’t understand it. Also I kept whispering to my friend how scared I was and how we should go home. I didn’t mean it. Murderous children just really freak me out! This child was also aggressively angry. Angry children are frightening. Anyway, we enjoyed that movie.

My friend, Reika, and I love to read books. We always talk about books and when we meet each other at the mall, we love to check the secondhand books kiosk. Sometimes when we find the best books there, we don’t have the money for it. When we do have money, nothing piques our interest. When we went over there after the movie, she helped me find two really good books. I went home with The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and The Memory Keeper’s daughter by Kim Edwards. I have watched the movie adaptation of both books, so I know that I might enjoy the stories. That was a good day. ☾

The Folk of the Air

I want to write about my obsession with Holly Black’s faerie world. My relationship (author-reader) with Holly Black started when my sister bought Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale. I actually don’t remember reading it. It was a long time ago. But the name Holly Black stayed in my mind. A few years later, I read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and The Darkest Part of the Forest. I loved both of these stories. The other one about vampires and the other about faeries.

Look at this beautiful art by Salome Totladze

The obsession didn’t start until I read Cruel Prince. After a year, I read The Wicked King and it’s all I can think about. Now I am thinking, I can’t believe I need to wait another year for the third book. I need it right now!

This story is about survival, betrayal, and power. I don’t really know why I love it so much. The fair folk have the worst attitude and you shouldn’t trust any of them. Absolutely not. You can never let your guard down in their world or you would end us as a plaything. Maybe I love it because of Jude Duarte’s perspective and her fight for survival as a human and a woman. I think that’s it. Honestly even with the fae’s horrible habits, I really love their world and I want more from it. ☾

Us

On Monday morning, I accompanied my friend to a Japanese language school. While walking we had a conversation about horror films and books. I mentioned Us to her and she said we should watch it. It was good timing too because the movie just started when we arrived and we caught the opening.

After watching the first ten minutes, I turned to her and whispered, “This is so good.” The music playing on the opening was hair-standing creepy and we didn’t really know what to expect from it. I think not knowing anything about a movie is the best thing! I mean, yes, I watched the trailer but that really didn’t say much. They have murderous doppelgangers and that’s all I knew about it.

This movie is amazing and frightening! Some parts are also funny but that didn’t help with my paranoia after leaving the cinema. I can’t help how I feel! I have been in love with Lupita Nyong’o’s existence ever since I saw her on the red carpet wearing that blue dress, looking like a Disney princess! After I saw this movie, I think they should just give her all the awards now. Also her performance was chilling and I’m a little afraid of her. That’s how good she is. Also those kids are really scary too. Even though this movie was scary, I want more from it? Like, I need more. It’s perfect the way it is, but I am curious! This is a movie like no other and you should definitely not miss it! ☾

Favorite Fantasy Films

This list will not include my favorite super hero films, animated, or films about witches. I plan on making a different posts for those.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

These series of films is surely on everyone’s list of favorite fantasy films. If anyone disagrees, I am very curious as to why. Very curious. Aside from the series’ lack of diversity, it was almost perfect. They have won a lot of awards from various organizations. For their last film, they won 11 Oscars. That is amazing! I’m a little bit sad that I was too young then to appreciate that. Hollywood, to me, seems like it’s having a hard time turning Fantasy into great films. The Lord of the Rings franchise was IT. The scenery! The music! Costume and Make-Up! Everything was so beautiful and now I’m crying. I just really want some people to create more fantasy films this way. Please.

Stardust

I don’t know if Stardust is well known film but it’s amazing! From what I have heard, the book is so much better than the film. I haven’t read the book. I’ve only watched the film, but now I want to read it. I loved this film because it was different from other fantasy films. The gowns here are so beautiful. Especially Yvain’s blue dress. I loved the wicked witches and the pirates with the flying ship! I seriously want more fantasy pirate films. Watch this movie!

Pan’s Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen! This film was beautiful, frightening, and devastating. When I watched it the first time it really scared me but I was also captivated by it’s creatures. This is my favorite Guillermo del Toro film. I like it more than Shape Of Water which I also love. This story might break your heart but it’s worth it.

Harry Potter series

Wait, wait. I can’t believe I almost didn’t include Harry Potter in this. Harry Potter is the movie/book that got me into obsessing over Fantasies. It got me through so many bad moments during my childhood. It was my life. I loved how this kid, who was unloved, realizes that there is a whole other world for him and he belongs. I still wish I was a real Hogwarts student.

The Mummy and The Mummy Returns

What can I say? I love Brendan Fraser and ancient curses. Rachel Weisz was the most beautiful woman to me. I wanted to be her. A librarian? A dream! Her character, Evelyn Carnahan, is one of my favorite characters in a movie. She reminds me of Hermione Granger with her love of knowledge and ancient artifacts. You’ll love her even more in the second movie. She’s amazing! I really want Rachel Weisz in more action films. Come on now. Come on!

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

I love Classic vampires. This is one of my favorite vampire movies. I love how dramatic everyone is. When I was a child I wanted to be this dramatic. Saying Oh! before a name like, “Oh! Jonathan!” That was the dream. My dream was to be a damsel. Anyway, watch this movie.

I will end this list with Dracula because it’s getting too long and there are more in mind. Fantasy is my escapism. It inspires me and gives me comfort. I am thankful for it. ☾