In defense of the Alex Tizon article 

*I tweeted this discreetly after a blow up on social media from various parts of the world about the controversial long read. I noted there: article, because I intend to defend the article, not the things that happened in Alex Tizon’s piece for The Atlantic about his family’s secret

People demand truth but they blow up when it’s not to their liking, failing to recognize that the work was not a lie, in fact, a brave truth. It’s naive and idealistic to demand stories to paint black and white portraits of explicitly good and bad characters and behavior. Real life is a web of intersecting good and bad, where people, customs, mindsets, and the ways of the world, are allowed to change and grow. Scrutinizing and nitpicking issues from the place of privilege where one “knows better” is self righteousness guised as righteousness. People wanna intellectual-speak instead of opening up their hearts to a writer who poured his into this. Their bond, in spite of all that was wrong in their circumstance is more genuine than how subordinates anywhere in the world get treated. Note that you can hurt and walk all over people without having to break any laws or violate any basic rights. This was a lovingly written memoir of a family that captures the ff. very crucial phenomena in the human experience:

(1) There are remnants of servitude that haunt us as revamped forms of it still exist today.

(2) There is love in dark and difficult places.

We are all Alex Tizon when we are silent, but we can also be Alex Tizon when we choose to be kinder and softer.

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transit terminal vol. 5

*I’m packing for a quick trip over the long weekend to visit my brother, so I thought of sharing bits of what life’s been like lately. It’s been busy but pretty good despite the chaos I’ve been learning more about the world and myself, alone and not

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On a short summer break 🌞
Falling asleep to CNN/BBC
Survived the first term of my senior research
🌟 & I did surprisingly well 🌟
Sleeping earlier
Rethinking unhealthy relationships
Had a blood test 💉 and my results were a-ok!
Tidying up parts of my room little by little
Finished w my study desk and shelves and dresser
Waking up to IG stories from the west
Rediscovering literature I might want to read 📚
Seeing my grandmother more often
Read thru my magazine collection
Cut out some lovely pages ✂️
Following abstract artists
Watching vlogssssssss vlogs and vlogs
Following the French elections
Sundressing 👗
Thinking abt that decently priced giant latte at a Korean dessert cafe
Research on coconut oil and apple cider vinegar
YouTube yoga few times a week
🍳 Preparing my meals 🥑
Liking handpainted prints and patterns
✍️ Religiously updating my daily planner & daily gratitude journal 📒
Crushing on young Jeremy Irons and Ralph Fiennes
📱 Waiting for my first call from my BeMyEyes app! 🤓

23 things

*So I turned a year older and a lot’s happened within my birthday month surprisingly. None of which would be the older and wiser thing, but here’s some of things I sort of learned the hard way thanks to my stubbornness

family for life
At the end of any day, week with friends, phase of socializing, working for the money, or exploring the world, through good times and bad, family is a foundation for life. Family consists of the people you grow up and old with so you shouldn’t take any time you get with them for granted 💖

who cares tho
I’ve tried to be less over-think-y in much of what I do, instead of having to always tiptoe around my actions. As long as it makes me happy in the moment and I’m not hurting anybody, I think spontaneity bordering on impulse haha is where I thrive

do it yourself
If you want something done the way you want it to be done, best to do it yourself. I learned this throughout high school and college group works but this extends on to a lot of other things in life. You can’t just constantly rely on people or always trust people to do the right thing. You gotta oversee things so you either learn the way things work or improve or personalize them. I hear DIY everythings on the side are habits of highly environmental and healthy people on YouTube but I’m not that sort of person yet haha but same philosophy. You have control and access of what goes into the things you consume. But this is beginning to be a habit for me when it comes to most of my meals at home. I don’t pay huge prices for the overpriced food I used to order in restaurants but try to recreate them at home 🥑 This is probably going to extend into the home chores I used to depend on people for 🏡

no lurking
This is a habit some of my girlfriends and I had/have, gah. Lurking over people’s profiles is an Olympic waste of time because it doesn’t do good. It only feeds jealousy and insecurity. Instead of getting to focus on yourself or things you enjoy, you divert your attention to people that aren’t part of your life and that’s yuck

we’re all strangers
Boy do I love talking to strangers, at least the extroverted part of me. I like getting to know individuals especially from faraway parts of the world because I like learning about life in other places. And sometimes I pick up new things, but often I also pick up old things. Things that we all share as people, and this has kept my faith in humanity going. People are people, in spite of whatever cultural or societal differences we may have or how humans have been awfully depicted and terribly represented in media because of crappy governments. Herd mentality really gets the better of people, but otherwise, I’ve met some cool strangers that I’ll always remember although never get to develop deeper friendships and relationships with

health is wealth
I’m getting old and I’ll be graduating with a long string of bad habits from college that I’m more than happy to fight. After watching people in my family get older too, I’d like my family and the people nearest to me to be healthy and happy together

intellectual stimulation
I ought to only open tabs of articles, videos, that are for the most part intellectually stimulating. Apart from fashion or beauty blogs and channels, I find I feel more productive when I learn and absorb knowledge and none of those mind-numbingly shallow listicles. Though memes, gifs, and parody clips don’t hurt every now and then 💡

don’t chase people
I’ve been long accustomed to the coming and going of people in and out of my world, and while I’ve never made grand gestures to seek them out even as far as to sending messages lol, the pain of people leaving usually stays with me a good while and I used to let it affect me a lot. While it sounds bitter, I think you shouldn’t really save brain space and emotional energy on fellow humans that don’t give a rat’s ass about whether or not you got sick, you stayed up thinking of them, or you want them in your life. For as long as they don’t go out of their way for you, you shouldn’t even dedicate your precious time and heart to loving them from a distance when you could be creating other memories where you are now with what’s with you now

don’t slack
Do all things with focus, love, and passion. Divert your full attention to the task at hand, then it pays because I’ve  learned that things get done faster, checked off the list more, and giving quality usually means you get good quality in exchange

attraction is not the same as possession or appropriation
Just because you’re drawn to something, it doesn’t mean it’s for you, and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s good for you in the long run. This works for things and people alike. For that happy crush friend you had a couple of good memories with, for those clothes that look nice but you don’t really need or love, for the experiences you watch others have that seem great but aren’t really for you. There’s good in everything, even great, but you don’t have to claim everything that seems beautiful to you. I am learning to admire and appreciate them, without attempting to own them or keep them. This is part of my years-long exercise in letting go 🍂

the worst kinds of people don’t know they’re terrible people
We all don’t like a bitch but nobody likes bitches that act like saints. The worst types of people I’ve encountered are self-righteous, self-serving to a certain extent, and overall plastic people that love to play victim or have savior complexes. These are the most toxic types of people to have around because they assume to be doing everybody else a favor, instill their value out of insecurity, and make issues out of nothing. They’re also unhappy for you and themselves

don’t go with the flow
This goes for trends or whatever’s in or whatever everyone else seems to be doing. Keeping up with the Joneses is one sure fire way to lose your money and more importantly, your sense of identity

be self centered
Most people are inherently self centered and if done in a balanced healthy way, it’s actually a good thing. Do it FOR yourself because each person is responsible for his or her happiness and those who put the blame on life constantly or other people, need to grow out of that. It’s nothing personal, everything personal personal

natural is better
Inserting all save the earth rationales here. When I was younger I promised myself that I’d grow up to maybe get better at puttin g on makeup because I never really picked it up, but I realized that I’m more comfortable in literally my own skin. I also learned that processed foods are terrible so I’ve gotta avoid those to develop healthier eating habits

choose relevance
I’ve had the insane millennial type habit of scrolling through my feeds mindlessly on various apps just to stay updated with god knows what kind of news I’m picking up regarding other people’s lives. Fortunately, I’ve also gained another habit of watching the news more often so I’m becoming more aware of other things going on outside of social media

unplug
Being connected to the wifi doesn’t mean you’re making meaningful connections half the time. Like I said, I have the millennial habit of just refreshing timelines and scrolling for hours switching apps in an attempt to stay connected but I’m not really making much meaningful connections. I’d look at people’s stories, just tapping and swiping out of habit, and I didn’t really like what I was seeing either. I realized I ought to have better relationships with the things and people in my surroundings and not stay glued to my phone

make room
I’m a little bit of a hoarder under the bad assumption that if there’s space, you ought to fill it up. I’m also a little bit of a sentimental hoarder so I seem to just store everything with any memory attached to it. But after coming across a ton of videos about minimalism, I’ve learned that it’s going to be one heck of a challenge I’m willing to undertake, to delete and throw out the things that aren’t necessary or value adding to my happiness and overall wellbeing

labels are just labels
Stereotypes have a negative connotation to them because they’re used to generalize, like much of names, labels, and words, they’re just there for convenience. Don’t let the brands you ascribe yourself to or the labels people tag you with limit you to becoming whoever you want to be and doing all sorts of things, especially if it goes against what you’ve been typically tagged with or associated to. As I’ve learned in class, language both helps us and limits us

don’t confuse sentimentality with happiness
What had once made you happy is not the same as something that still makes you happy. While I’ve always been one to move along pretty quickly in my life from one thing to another, it’s a good reminder to keep. This bodes well with a minimalist mindset

you can’t have it all, but you can try it all then let life surprise you
There’s really no harm in trying things out. I learned that you can’t let your own fears, discomfort, or worst of all, laziness, keep you from getting actual things done. It pays to work hard because you’ll never be too disappointed in yourself and it can only get good to great from there

water is a universal salve
I used to not be able to drink over a regular sized bottle of water a day apart from whatever I drank to help swallow my meals. But after drinking more water became a daily habit for me, I’d easily be able to finish the suggested amount per day. Unless it was an especially hectic day and I didn’t have water at hand, then I’d feel the negative effects like body aches, headaches, joint stiffness wow I’m like an old person haha on the night of or the day after 💧

don’t stop dreaming
I can believe it’s incredibly easy to let go of all the things you’ve wanted to do in lieu of all the things you have to do and other realities that are pending and knocking on the door. But if you don’t get to feel rewarded by hobbies or passions, then that’s the route to becoming a really sad robot

seek beauty
Seek the nice things, whatever makes you feel glad to be in the universe and grateful to have life cause what else, really?

nmst

Transit Terminal Vol. 4

*Just finished the term and got back from a weekend trip to Singapore, and here’s what life’s been like before, during, and until the next time I travel

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A Singapore Airlines A380 is parked on the tarmac at the terminal of Changi International Airport. Photo: AFP

Got myself in and out of weird trouble that I was really shaken up about 😨
Improving my drinking 1.5 liters of water each day, though I should drink more 💧
Fluctuating on the flabby weighing scale
Inconsistently practicing beginners yoga from the discomfort of two mats in my room
Discovering how it’s really so hard to trust anyone nowadays
Disliking chatting for fear of being judged or misunderstood lolz
Mourning the passing of my grandfather Angkong in so many ways including love and joy
On a break from school because I chose an internship > senior practicum for now
👊 Starting my 9-5 life as an intern in a kick butt media marketing group! 💻
Having myself silent nights and a whole lot of me-time
Learning the secrets of oriental (Korean) skincare
Loving Igor from Young Frakenstein whom I think is one of the weirdest characters to grace film, now one of my favorites!
Jumping from one vlog to another
Spending lots and lots of time with family + grandma, and loving it 💞
🚗 Practice driving outsideeeee in the city finally (still can’t park)
Developing a more “moda” style and aesthetic?
Stalking vintage Parisian/Korean Instagrammers 📍 with raw, moody lit feeds 📷
Obsessing over manual brew coffee, coffee in general ☕
Bugged about my CGPA 😞
Still postponing the article I’m unsatisfied about gah
Just got back from some weird hormonal, sickness thing
Enjoying the start of bazaar season and meeting lovely folks in it
Restalked my fragrance, still waiting for my other staple
Craving Llao Llao’s Oreo Yogurt smoothie
Getting all spooked at night and losing sleep
Waiting to find the discipline to clean my room
Praying to find the self control not to purchase another 2017 planner lol
Planning some changes, fearing changes, going through changes

Featured airport: Changi Airport in Singapore

Toy Stories

Earlier we had our annual (sometimes biannual but sometimes we skip) garage sale. After what feels like three moves and more than two decades of growing up and out, I surveyed the mini bazaar in our lanai hoping not to sneeze from the dust. Nobody wants to buy my pink gingham dress from when I was fourteen. Everyone insists to pay too little for that literal hot dog floater I climbed on in the pool when I was ten. I see my brothers’ old matching toddler clothes and think about how they still look nothing alike but brothers nonetheless. My mom’s now vintage bags and clothes from the 90s have been such a joy to salvage. Is this the throwaway society I read about the evils of capitalism? Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure? We’ll donate the rest. The old you’s belongings will be the older you’s pocket money after a hopefully successful garage sale.

After what feels like three moves, more than two decades of growing up and out, I know there will probably be more moves. We can’t hold on to every single thing other than the hope we start to buy less but more in terms of quality. I guess they’re just treasures we can’t drag along or keep in boxes to line our walls. Earlier we had our annual garage sale and it was a sight to see bits of our childhood and memories on display for usually less than a hundred. Thank you to everyone who helped and everyone who came. Money can’t buy the underlying value of my Hello Kitty cassette player or the toy cars and building blocks from my brothers’ long gone playtime two to three houses ago.

Temporary

*More than a week ago, I got my annual henna during my school’s University Week. And for a bargain price, this is as neat as it’s gonna get. Sorry these are Snapchat pictures obviously haha. Try not to mind my annoying stickers and doodles. They’ve lasted longer than expected, thankfully faded into a purple gray instead of that murky golden brown, and now they’re maybe just two days away from completely fading. 

I’ve always wanted a tattoo or a couple. My brother has a few larger ones he had done pretty early on. I know some people who just went ahead and got one even on promotion but I guess I’m not quite there yet. A lifetime commitment like that makes me a little nervous and no doubt indecisive about what to get and where I’ll have it. I especially have to be sure of my reasons. “No ragrets,” right?

While I take my time contemplating what to get and where I’ll have it placed, I might just jot it all down in a journal I intend to begin soon. Might be good for me to do some writing away from a type pad or keyboard. Whatever it’ll be, I know it’ll be black, minimal, small and I mean really small, clean, and nothing quite as tumblr-girl looking as these hennas I had done. This’ll be a long time from now.

I did get these symbols in particular this year for y’know personal reasons even if they were just henna. In previous years I had some large stars on my back and a badly done Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man on my arm. Bad choice of placement on my part, I admit I kinda just wanted to see how good these henna artists could get without stencils.

This year my under 30-minute wait along the row of tents in the school bazaar was quite the interesting wait. I met some friendly characters, I guess that happens more when you’re alone, and for the ones I never had exchanges with, I had an open curiosity to see what they wanted temporarily inked on them. “Inked,” like the real deal but not. I may have chosen the same henna guy I did some two years ago too. He was very polite and I still think one of the better ones that joins every year seeing as I’ve tried others.

I had the planets or the linear universe done just cause there was extra time before I rushed to class which I would later find out was free cut. There was extra ink and I thought it looked cool. I had it done last among the four and I had to talk him into each round he drew because we had no design for it. It’s just something I’ve seen time and again online. Never the best reasons but for something temporary, why not? I always had a fascination with astronomy and getting a cute alien would’ve been too grunge-y.

Last week like some weeks really, I felt the Universe was absolutely bigger than me as oppose to being more one with it. It really is anyway but in a sense I was reminded I was just a speck in it. Humbling to know it had bigger things in store for itself and the rest of the world. But I do think there’s so much more to the world than things working out for me cause it isn’t about me in the first place. It never is. If things were to go good for me though then I’d be at the very least already blessed to have a shot at experiencing more than a speck of what the world has to offer even in ways I don’t expect. It’s going to be okay. Always is.

Two blogs and four trillion years ago… I was very fascinated with snowflakes, star-shaped ones in particular. I have to add that this was not the kinda snowflake I wanted. I showed him a neater, simpler design but as it was on my back and the henna dude had a mind of his own, this is what he came up with and I only saw it after my friends took a picture. What is that bedazzle he insisted on adding for some extra bling?

It’s been years since and still haven’t seen or experienced a snow fall? But I think for poetic reasons and the kid who’ll always adore Jack Frost from the 90s, I will never let the imagery of a snowflake go. I might even consider having a sort of it tattooed. There’s just something about it. Snowflakes are unique and you can’t really see them unless under the right weather conditions. You probably have to have a special lens to capture them too. They’re unique. They fall. They melt. And they’re fleeting. I had it done for when I fell for the irreplaceable people I had fleeting moments with, and for the little spark of special I can only hope to be because nothing lasts. Life is precious like that. Who wouldn’t want to keep a piece of Christmas all year round? It’s always fall and winter somewhere else.

This is the Reiki symbol for healing. I’m not well researched with this and if I’ll consider having this done surely a lot smaller as a tattoo, I’m definitely going to be doing more reading into healing symbols. But I can’t be all about the symbols and none of it in real life.

I was never the type to talk about healing. I think with a default existentialist attitude I was always more of the I got better, got over it, moved on, grew more, I don’t care-type? I thought the word, heal may have been weak or synonymous to accepting pain and weakness, perhaps that’s why I didn’t like using it. I guess though I’m at that point wherein it’s no longer in my best interest to pretend nothing ever left me a little ouchie after all these years. I’m no longer trying to be a winner all the time. I’m trying to heal and grow. I can be my worst enemy too so I accept that I need to do what I can to heal so I can grow. Almost appropriately people who wear this symbol become healers themselves. I only know from the news but there’s no doubt that the world is hurting more and more each day. Try to be kinder to yourself and to everyone you encounter.

Fly. Ironically, I don’t think I’ll ever have a tattoo of a word or a quote whether in English, Chinese, French, or indecipherable code. I spend so much of my time writing already and as I will continue to encounter words mundane and even close to perfect, I couldn’t find anything so special to tattoo on my body. I wouldn’t know what typography I’d like on me too, there’s just too many and so far nothing has ever called out to me. I’m not crazy about typography perhaps. Symbols or imagery are better personally because they stand for something in particular but they’re also open to interpretation. Words are limited by their very definitions. But if ever I do get one, I might laugh about this entire paragraph disclaimer then you’ll just have to see it on my skin. If I did have the word fly tattooed on me it wouldn’t be in this kind of script. Guess this was all for effect. Much as I hate that it looks so tumblr-like, a paper plane is still a good symbol for flight and it’s mine even here in my blog.

It’ll always mean courage to me.

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It’s been so long because I lost track of consistently jotting down all the movies I watched when there was school, but here’s the fourth edition of Aidee’s High Definition (Movie) Database. These are just some films I watched over plane rides and a number of these of I consider girly girl therapy. Enjoy!


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Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)
★★★☆☆
Szalinski kids

Grew up watching the third one almost every single day on VHS so that might be my favorite of all the Honey, We Shrunk-series or is it trilogy, but this is pretty good too and a lot older. This is the first, yeah.

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Matilda (1996)
★★★
cause I’m big and you’re small

I just had to choose that photo up there because it was such an epic scene I remember so distinctly. This is yet another feel good movie but it doesn’t ever get old for me. Especially this Brucey scene and the ending. I also would like to have a cottage like Miss Honey with wild flowers and tea. And look as good as Elizabeth Davidtz in overalls.

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Sex and the City (2008)
★★★
labels and love

I first saw this movie with my mom and her best friend in the movie house when I was at the brink of girlhood, haha. I was bordering tomboyish and should-I-be-girly. I surprisingly enjoyed the movie then so much that I watch it every time I go through sad things, haha especially heartbreaks or just when I’m bored. It’s really long, probably 3 hours and within that time, I always manage to feel better. I can write a separate post about Sex & The City but for now if you think you might be that kinda girl, you should totally give this a watch. It’s something one of my closest girlfriends, Pam and I really enjoy, haha! It’s a really quote-able movie too.

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The Danish Girl (2015)
★★★
Einar is dead

I don’t know if this deserves a 3? I’m being biased. I didn’t feel good watching it? Otherwise it would’ve gotten a 4.5 for the set and costume design and acting even. Maybe I’m just not cut out for real life, haha. I probably have a weird gauge of depressing and woah was this depressing. In a nice way? Like it was artfully depicted on screen which I really like. Period films have a way of either hitting the mark or killing me, and this kept fluctuating in between? I was mildly disturbed and annoyed throughout the movie. Confused too. I couldn’t relate to any of the characters on any level but I guess that’s why. It’s not because of the gender roles, it’s more than that though. I felt that it was so certain then empty and stubborn in a way I can’t understand? I thought the characters were rather unreasonable. Again, not entirely because of the gender roles. I know it’s supposed to be empowering and although it probably is to a lot of individuals, maybe just not to me because it doesn’t affect me that way. If their love for each other was really like this however, then that’s really admirable. I also had high hopes for it. I do think it’s worth watching. If you’re looking for a transgender film, I recommend Transamerica if you wanna see something quite entertaining, touching, and informative. However, I guess it’s really different because The Danish Girl was loosely based on a pioneering transgender. Hmm… It’s interesting to watch, like I really did feel like an audience and it’s all new to me? Applause to Eddie Redmayne and Alexandra Vikander. But perhaps I like Eddie more as a guy, haha. Personal opinion. But I don’t see anyone who would’ve done it better than him. He could have given more from the inside though. Like I saw all the physical developments but I didn’t see character development. I just saw the switch and the snap. Maybe it’s the script? Not sure..

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Mother’s Day (2016)
★★★
them soccer moms

If I had to be a suburban mom someday, may I have these women’s bodies. I thought it was pretty entertaining, comedic then a tear-jerker too. It’s something I caught with my mom for our mother-daughter bonding this mother’s day in the movie house. She likes these kinds of Garry Marshall light-hearted movies. And sour cream popcorn. I like Gary Marshall too. I didn’t enjoy his more recent attempts I admit, like Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. This would have to be the more recent favorite in spite of its bad reviews. But of course I like the older Gary Marshall stuff. The cast was a surprise, it always is. And Timothy Olyphant was such a treat haha who wouldn’t wanna baby sit for that dad? Father’s Day, please.

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Jurassic World (2015)
★★★
Blue, Charlie, Delta, Echo

I loveeeeed Jurassic Park. And I love Jurassic World. Watched it again recently because my little cousin didn’t wanna watch the original because it was too scary for him, and I think it is too for a six year old, so this had to do. But it’s great. It’s like Universal Studios but dinosaurs, I mean c’mon?

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Excess Baggage (1997)
★★★
you don’t have to be drunk to kiss me y’know

Caught this one afternoon on HBO. I’m adding it here just because for some odd reason I will never understand, despite the weirdness? Ugh I was touched by some of the scenes here with Benicio del Toro and Alicia Silverstone. Thumbs up to this scene. The only time I felt this way about a scene was when Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing were learning the steps with Hungry Eyes playing in the background hahaha. I just had to stop then breathe in and out. (Lol I should write a post dedicated to my favorite mushy gushy scenes of all time?) I’ve always loved Benicio del Toro, no judgement here k, haha. And I superkaduper love Alicia Silverstone. Never thought it’d work but maybe it’s the unlikeliness of these movie couples chemistries that get me. 0:51 to 2:51. Hey bring me to a lake just like that with mountains and a fog surrounding the place one morning and why not add that Dave Matthews Band song in the background, then see if I don’t go a little nuts too. MY HEART. People usually go on to describe long walks in the beach and all as their ideal somethings but this is my ideal thing. A lake, below 20 degree weather, some mountains on the background, and that Dave Matthews Band song, gahh. *Enter butterflies in stomach* post card perfect.

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Uptown Girls (2003)
★★★
tea cups in Coney Island

Honestly I thought this movie was made in the 90s and I’m surprised to find that it was just made in 2003. I feel old? Because 2003 now looks real old to me. Like iconic vintage? I may have enjoyed all the clothes and the setting more than the storyline itself actually. Props to young Dakota Fanning for taking on another one of her earlier mature roles. New York, New York apartments, shift dresses, overalls, it’s a visual treat for me. The stars mostly came from the setting and the outfits, haha.

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Bridesmaids (2011)
★★★
I mean ladies, it’s a Fritz Bernaise

Female version of The Hangover except has a better story. Such a feel good movie. Something to watch with the girlfriends too. I like TV weddings too so mixing that with haphazard planning is fun. This just goes to show that anyone can hit rock bottom and still have an awesome comeback.

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Fathers and Daughters (2015)
★★★
POTATO CHIP

Personally, this movie is a dramatized tragic version of my relationship with my own dear old dad. The part where she screwed up with her relationship also kinda spoke to me. Except, it isn’t real life, grr haha. Russell Crowe can play mentally ill roles rather well, then to see him juggle that with a dominant father role is just really touching. I love Russell Crowe. And I love my dad too!

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Spotlight (2015)
★★★
and the Oscar goes to…

I should be writing a post dedicated to this entire movie and maybe I will too. Spent nights of research and reading about the true story. I’ll try to keep it short here. What a cast. What a story. A true story. This doesn’t exactly glorify journalists but sheds some light on what the job should really be about. Who doesn’t wanna be a better journalist after seeing this on film? I come by some articles online that always make me wanna be better, but yay a movie. But thank you for putting the spotlight too (hehe word play) on the significance of the job. The score is strangely nice too. Michael Keaton. Mark Ruffalo. Rachel McAdams. Umm, Mark Ruffalo & Rachel McAdams. Dream guy and dream girl in the same movie? Lovelovelove.

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How To Be Single (2016)
★★★
breaking up sucks, but you know what’s even worse? Wasting a night in New York City

Aw this movie was.. I almost said life changing but my life’s the same even after watching it. Haha, I’m still single but after watching it I’m more motivated about making it happier and okay. The title makes it seem like a guidebook but there’s actually a nice storyline and it’s entertaining. I laughed, cried, and got all giddy for different reasons. In the plane. So much that I asked for three more croissants in the plane ride? Very very very very relatable. I just wish I lived in New York, too. (Canada now actually) Good cast. Good characters. It’s nice they’re making films about more real situations about people being assholes, awkward situations, un-fantasies, in a fantasy-like way? Am I making sense? I think every 20-something girl in 2016 ought to watch this. It doesn’t just preach to single girls about the single life but more about time and timing. It happens to anyone and everyone being single and not being single, but within given times so make the most of your situation whatever that may be. Maybe even the crappier, the better. It’s real empowering. It’s a happy-sad movie. Watch it happy and watch it sad. Personally, just like Alice, there are greater heights I both literally and figuratively want to climb on my own. I really ought to. There’s something very millennial and 2016 about this movie like it was made for us? Appropriate timing.