Miley Cyrus

Hello to those women who are looking for a role model,

As some may say, Miley Cyrus is not a good role model because she was on Disney Channel where she was very respected because of her acting and singing, which inspired many young girls; years later, Cyrus performed in public twerking, swearing, and wearing less clothes. However, what people fail to realize is that Miley Cyrus has contributed to those in silence. Many women who are scared of judgment because they want to show THEIR (WOMEN) bodies to the public, but are afraid of negative responses because deteriorate occurs quickly. For those who are able to get a chance to read this, women fought for their rights and should be respected as much as men should. We do not have a problem when men show their bodies, so the next time you want to embrace your bodies in public, PLEASE FEEL FREE!
Signing off permanently,

Sunfield Lee ❤ ❤

I did something…

What up what up!?

I’m pretty stoked on my newest purchase! I bought a Suzuki DR650 motorcycle! I intend to Super Moto it out and ride it around for fun and commuting.

Here’s a pic of the type of bike I got!

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This weekend I have my motorcycle safety course classes. Hopefully, I come out as a safe and skilled rider!

Reminder: Double check your mirrors, you could save a motorcyclist’s life.

 

-Jake

Travel Diary: Tokyo, Japan

Here is the second installment of my travel diary when I went on vacation last year of June. The first two weeks were spent in the Philippines but the last week of our 3-week vacation was spent in Tokyo, Japan. I went with my fiancee, mom, and brother and it was everyone’s first time to visit Tokyo so we’re pretty excited to explore.

We stayed in a hotel close to a train station so we could just walk and hop on to a train whenever we need to go somewhere. It was the best decision we’ve ever made because the trains in Japan were amazing! Everything was like clockwork- the train arrived in its intended time and the connecting rides could take us anywhere we needed to go in Tokyo. We just did a little bit of research to make sure that we were hitting all the major spots we wanted to visit while coordinating our schedule with the trains we needed to ride. It was a bit confusing at first but once you get the hang of it, traveling via train should be seamless. We even took the train, with our luggages and all, when we went to the airport to board for our flight home. The train system in Tokyo was organized, economical, and very efficient. We immediately fell in love with Tokyo because of the ease of transportation.

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Another thing we loved about Tokyo is the food! We went to the Tsukiji Fish Market to sample their fresh seafood and of course, sushi. We tried the conveyor belt sushi restaurants and I could honestly say that I’ve had the best sushi of my life. All of the ingredients were fresh and they immediately serve it to you after being handcrafted by the chef. I think I’ve had around 7 small plates of sushi and they were all worth it. (Please don’t judge me.)

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Tokyo was indeed an amazing place to visit because of its rich culture. I wish we had more time to explore but for now, I will enjoy looking at the photos from this trip while dreaming of the time that I will be back.

  • Dee

 

Please also check out the blogs of my classmates in our Creative Writing class:

https://dailybread400.wordpress.com/

https://blissfulbinge.wordpress.com/

https://passionsof8.wordpress.com/

https://creativeblogforclass.wordpress.com/

https://allthingsdreamyblog.wordpress.com/

Thank you!

Travel Diary: Caramoan, Philippines

As one of my passions in life is traveling, I will be writing about my vacation to the Philippines last year. I went with my two best friends in June of last year and spent about a week exploring Camarines Sur and Caramoan Islands. My last week of vacation was spent in Tokyo, Japan but I will save the latter part for another blog entry.

One of the places we visited in the Philippines was Caramoan Islands, which is located at the eastern end of the Bicol region. To get to the beaches, we had to rent a boat because there was no hotel or any type of overnight accommodation in the island itself. We flew to Camarines Sur, the closest city that has an airport, and booked our hotel there. The flight was only about an hour from the city of Manila.

My best friends and I were so lucky because June was an off-peak season in terms of tourists visiting the islands so there was no crowd at all. It was very peaceful and quiet. We were only greeted by a person or two selling some freshly picked coconuts or some fruits, but other than that, the beaches were pretty empty.

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The beaches we went to were pristine and the water was so blue and clear. As you can see from the photo above, the sand was also white and soft. There was even one part of the island we went to wherein the sand felt like powder because of how fine and soft the sand particles were.

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We also went snorkeling and saw exotic-looking fishes and even a clownfish, which of course, we named Nemo! We also saw a fish that was colored blue, but weren’t entirely sure if it was a blue tang just like Dory. Our tour guides were local fishermen in the area and so they knew where to go and find these marvelous sea creatures. Another interesting event that happened was that we saw some of the contestants of Survivor, the television show, who were filming in the island. Well, we just saw them being transported in a boat but we waved at them and they also waved back.

It was truly a fun experience to go back to the motherland and explore places that I haven’t even went to before. Planning the trip also added to the excitement because of the anticipation that we felt while researching what the island has to offer. We all loved Caramoan Islands and would surely be back in the future!

  • Dee

Film Review: La La Land

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I know I may already be late in reviewing “La La Land” after the Oscars fiasco and the fact that the DVD is coming out in a couple of weeks, but I have been meaning to write this review because this is my favorite film of 2017 so far. This is a big deal for someone like me who does not typically enjoy musicals. This film surprised me in many ways and made me understand what the fuss was all about.

The storyline was not a sappy love story that had a predictable ending. After watching the trailer, I thought it was some romantic cheesy movie that would follow the usual boy-meets-girl plot. I thought that the film revolved around Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian’s (Ryan Gosling) love story as a couple but then the way the story was presented gave it more depth by showing that life happens and sometimes, love is not enough. I think that this is a realistic portrayal of love in real life despite the unrealistic background of people singing and dancing on top of their cars while stuck in traffic in the freeway. I think this is why this film stood out for me- it had the right balance of reality and fantasy. The musical took care of the fantasy and dreamy parts while the story itself represented the realities of life.

I’m thinking of purchasing the DVD when it comes out because I don’t mind watching the film over and over again. I have also downloaded the soundtrack on iTunes and kept listening to it in my car when driving around to run errands. I really love this movie and would highly recommend it for you to watch.

 

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  • Dee

I got them!

What’s up everyone?

I hope y’all had a great week! I know I did.

It started off rough on Saturday with taking a nice “L” on the Jordan 1 “Royals”. Both my friends who were gunning for the shoe got theirs with the SNKRS app by Nike. I, on the other hand, didn’t get so lucky.

BUT!

I did. My friend who picked up the Royals also got the All Star Jordan 1s when they restocked about a month ago. They didn’t fit him, they were too tight. Luckily, I was the perfect size for him. He sold them to me for retail+shipping so I now own Jordan 1s!

Here is the pair I took an L on (Smh…Satbir and Sam….I’m jealous) :

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and here is the pair I just picked up (still hyped..they have a freakin’ clear sole!):

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I’ll catch you guys next week.

-Jake

Freewriting

This week, I was struggling on a topic to choose, but I really sat down and collected my thoughts. Free writing is enjoyable. I believe we can put our emotions, and situations in our writings because it has no limits and boundaries on what we can or cannot do. Believe it or not, there are many people who rather write out their problems than to speak it because it is a lot easier. What I really enjoy about writing freely is you cannot be wrong in your writing. Your tone, attitude, and position does not involve anyone’s opinion because it is freely written in any direction you choose too. As I feel timid and scared to be judge with punctuation, grammatical errors, and sentence structure, I truly enjoy writing and if it’s by myself, that keeps me happy enough!

 

Happy Writing

“Mr. Cellophane” Scene Analysis from “Chicago”

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The 2002 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Chicago, is a movie based on the Tony nominated musical of the same title; the story follows two women suspected and charged for murder in the 20s. The film starts with Velma Kelly, a jazz singer, and Roxie Hart, a hopeful jazz singer, being arrested within hours of each other for separate possible murders and find themselves trapped in the slammer. The two murderesses sing, dance, and fight to win their case all while still landing the headlining story in the newspapers—Velma desperately holds on to her fame and Roxie, who becomes famous overnight, embraces her new found fame. The two skip the gallows and get off scot-free! The two realize they can’t have a great show alone so they team up and they collect the roses, the praise, the applause, and all that jazz.

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Out of all the scenes I could of chosen, I picked “Mr. Cellophane” because I thought this would have the least about of edits and setups in any of the musical numbers; Amos, Roxie’s funny honey, tries so hard to get his wife the money for the best lawyer around, Billy Flynn, so she can come back home. To capture the crowds’ attention and love again, Roxie lies about being pregnant and Amos is happy to receive the great news but Roxie ignores her husband completely—not surprising at all. It goes into the sad number about how Amos basically feels invisible to everyone, especially his wife, because you could look right through him, walk right by him, and never even know he was there. Billy explains to Amos there is no way he’s the father and plants the idea of divorce in his head; Amos is convinced the Roxie wouldn’t even notice the divorce. The scene cuts from real moments that happen to Amos and shots of him getting ready as well as him singing the sad song on stage while people observe but aren’t moved by his sad tale.

This happens to be one of my favorite films so it made sense to me to pick a scene from this film but most of the scenes are intimidating because of all the edits and camera setups they have. Out of all the musical numbers, I thought this might have the least amount and I used to really connect with this song, as I too once felt invisible like cellophane but not so much anymore. What is really affective in this film is the use of shots of what would really happen in the world, as we would see it and what would happen on stage, as the characters would see it. While Amos sings his heart out on stage, he has that one spotlight and in this moment, he is the star because he commands the attention and finally has it as well. Whether we are like the two people who watch him with no emotion or we feel for Roxie’s husband, he proves he’s no longer hidden in her shadows and we cannot ignore him. I love the lighting in this scene while he’s on stage because the spotlight follows him making him the star of his own number and at times this lighting gives off a cameo effect and then a silhouette effect. These are powerful because it forces the audience to just see “invisible” Amos and nothing else.

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Comparing the scene to the whole film, it is slower in pace as the edits are a bit more infrequent but if you compare this scene to the an indie film, that might use less edits and may keep longer takes, this scene would have faster pacing. The beginning of the song and scene has Roxie ignoring him, which fuels the timing of the song; we see him put on his white face make up to give him a ghostly glow when the lights hit him on stage. Even though this isn’t an element the editor has any control over, they including the shots needed so the audience could gather that Amos is basically being compared not only to cellophane but being as nonexistent as a ghost; there are many close ups of Amos’ pale face near the end of the song that make us feel his suffering and sorrow and this makes the actor look good. The editor wants to wants make everyone look good so the story makes more sense and that was definitely obtained in this scene. The editor clearly has a great eye because he didn’t over edit this scene and let John C. Reilly control the screen making Amos likeable and we begin to feel truly sorry for him; this is smart because it gives the audience a moment to remember how awful Roxie is for treating her husband with such disrespect, even though she is an exciting character to watch and even root for!

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It is really difficult to count the edits for any scene in the film in general (and I’d love to know which musical number has the least about of camera setups and edits). I am not sure if I have the correct numbers but I believe there were about 29 camera setups and 82 edits. A lot of the shots of Amos on stage are mostly the same but from different angles; most of the camera setups came from the beginning of the scene with Roxie, him applying his stage make up, as well as when he’s faced with the “truth” from Billy. There are longer takes and less edits when Amos sings on stage mostly because of the lack of huge dance numbers like the rest of the songs in the film and because this is the most genuine songs so it didn’t need to be masked with a lot of edits.

Signing off with much love,

Anna

Custaroons

Hi everyone! It’s Dee here again. My friend just came back from the Philippines and gave me a special “pasalubong”. Pasalubong is a Filipino word for something that you take home from your travel and give to family and friends. These pasalubongs can be snacks, mugs, keychains, or anything unique from your destination. I was delighted to see that my friend brought home custaroons for me because she very well knows that I have a sweet tooth.

Custaroons are a combination of “custard” and “macaroon”. It’s not as dry as a macaroon nor as sticky as a custard. The result is a mix of these two textures, which I think captures the best qualities of the two. It’s like custard and macaroon had a love child and custaroon was the result.

I grew up and was raised in the Philippines so I always appreciate a pasalubong from the homeland. It’s like experiencing home again through the little treats or knick knacks that family or friends take back for me. My family is planning to go on a vacation next year so I am really looking forward to that one. Despite the horrendous news about the extrajudicial killings of the current Philippine government, our relatives reassured us that it’s still safe to be in the country. I am definitely taking home more custaroons when that vacation happens!

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