Neverland will always be the land of beaty and joy

My mom and dad came to visit me this morning along with my hilarious uncle and quiet aunt, the visit  was brief cause they had a conference to go somewhere in the city, but they came by. My mom immediately checked the plant’s survival under my watch, my dad fixed my shower, my uncle made funny remarks about everything he could, and my dad and mom brought me breakfast from this former-little-diner-now-big-sort-of-road-restaurant that we always used to stop by and have breakfast in our way to Santo Domingo, and that I absolutely loved. 


Today, as they left, and I stayed home alone eating my old familiar breakfast, a wave of emotions and memories stroke me. I felt lonely and found myself longing for those times when every big thing and decision was up to them, when my life wasn’t coming to a moment when big determinant decisions were have to be made by no one else but me, when I didn’t have to worry of not knowing exactly what I wanted for my future, cause it was too far away; I yearned those little moments of breakfast together before papi drove us to school, those night talks before going to bed, those visits to my adorable and perfect grandfather [who now watches over me from heaven] and grandmother, those stress-free afternoons of watching TV, playing around and just being that happy naïve little girl. 


Don’t get me wrong, I’m more than happy with what my life is now, is just that looking back I realize how fortunate I was and how little I knew it.  And I know people nowadays are happier as farther away they are from their parents, but I really miss mine and I wish they could be [geographically] closer to me. Those two human beings have given everything they have for me and my sisters to have everything we need and much more, and I don’t think we give them back as much. 


I feel more than fortunate with my family and life, but I don’t think we, people in general, are aware of how good our lives are and how we shouldn’t be always complaining about insignificant little things or things we cannot change. After all the memories and all the longing this morning, I actually felt better afterwards, knowing that those amazing moments I have lived [and that I will always have with me], have ultimately led me to where I am right now.

Global stocks drop, scary month ahead?

Los principales índices de Estados Unidos han perdido, hoy, más del 1%, mientras también las bolsas europeas cayeron a primeras horas de operaciones de este lunes, luego de que el índice principal de China, el Shanghai, bajara en un 6.7%, añadiéndose a la pasada caída del viernes de casi un 3%, y registrando así su segunda pérdida mensual más grande en 15 años.

Las ventas masivas en acciones chinas han sido sostenidas por las crecientes preocupaciones de los inversionistas cuya confianza se tambalea ante la recuperación, anteriormente esperada por las pasadas mejoras en el precio de las acciones, de los mercados y de la economía global, además, a esto se suma las inquietudes que implica la creciente deuda pública estadounidense, cuyo origen no es otro que el de estimulo de la economía. Los resultados de hoy ya han generado una caída en las materias primas y, además, han hecho que el dólar se coloque como activo de reserva para los inversionistas.

Todo este vacilamiento en el mercado de valores esta sujeto al pánico de los inversionistas, que continúa creciendo junto a los encabezados sensacionalistas de la prensa. Además, la lucha de las compañías por reportar beneficios a base de despidos (desempleo que se traduce en menos actividad económica) y el descontrolado recorte de costos, está reduciendo las ventas de las mismas, y por tanto el valor de sus acciones. La recuperación tan ansiada de la economía no está a la vuelta de la esquina, y 'truth to be told', septiembre será un 'interesante', por no decir más, mes para el impredecible mercado de valores.

Existence

Three passions have governed my life:

The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of [humankind].

Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of [people].
I have wished to know why the stars shine.

Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.
I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.

This has been my life; I found it worth living
and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me.


Bertrand Russell

...here we go again

Ughh vacation’s over and it feels like I just got out yesterday from INTEC. As usual, there’s still so much I wanted to do before returning to another trimester; I have loads of books to read, lots of movies to see, many things to put in order, errands to run, and a whole lot of things to do. Yet I enjoyed myself very much in this past two weeks, so why just focus on the things left undone?


On these two past weeks I slept a lot, I watched many movies [some very unfulfilling as “We Own the Night”, “World Trade Center”, “Butterfly Effect 3” (which was ridiculously lame), and some others which title I can’t even remember. Others good enough like “Taken” and (I know it’ll sound weird :S jejeje) but I saw the complete Harry Potter Saga (I mean, the 5 films there are so far) for the first time (I had only seen the first one when it came out) and I absolutely loved it, it’s a pretty good and charming story (thanks to Alannah for lending me the DVDs!)], I also spent time with my family (grandma, cousins, aunts and uncles…), regular friends and old friends from high school, I watched the two seasons of “Californication” (and liked it a lot) and started watching “House M.D” (and I’m loving it so far), I also listened to music with the sweet freedom you can feel when there’s no test waiting for you the next day, or the day after that, I celebrated my crazy cousin’s birthday, I got in the Metro, I went to ‘La Feria del Libro” and got drenched, I watched and laughed with “Friends”, “Two and a Half Man” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” two hours a day :S, I also enjoyed my mom and grandma’s delicious food and I danced in the shower like I hadn’t in a long time XD

These days were very refreshing and relaxing for me after a long hard trimester, I do missed my friends being away for so long: Anny’s mess blowing my mind (jeje, she knows I love her like crazy), Patricia’s witty remarks, Hide’s crazy craziness, Nelia’s arrivals, Alannah’s struggle to convince me of doing something :P (Love you!), Endrys’s longs conversations with me, the guys’ amusing visits (do I really have to say your names for you to know who you are?) and just the daily stuff happening in that crazy apartment of us. Luckily I had my fair share of Cullen and Pattinson dose which I can now enjoy in peace without classes in mind and have helped me with the ‘missing’ thing :P (jejeje), and well, my 8th trimester is just starting today so I’ll just keep on enjoy the little moments while they last.

The Academy Awards

La celebración de los “81st Academy Awards”, mejor conocidos como ‘los Oscars’, que concede la Academia de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas anualmente en Los Ángeles, California, USA, como reconocimiento a la excelencia en la industria cinematográfica, tendrán lugar este próximo domingo 22 de febrero en el Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, donde por primera vez el actor australiano Hugh Jackman (Australia, X-Men, The Prestige), hará de anfitrión.


El nombre oficial de la estatuilla es “Academy Award of Merit” (Premio de la Academia al Mérito), mide 34 cm de alto, pesa 8.5 libras, y representa un caballero desnudo, en estilo art decó, que sostiene una espada y está parado encima de un rollo de película con cinco radios. Cada uno de los radios simboliza las ramas originales de la Academia: actores, guionistas, directores, productores y técnicos.

Hasta la fecha un número de 2,701 Oscars han sido entregados y un total de 293 actores han sido galardonados en categorías de actuación o de Premios Honorarios o Juveniles. La persona más nominada, con 59 veces, ha sido Walt Disney, quien a su vez se ha llevado el galardón 26 veces, siendo también el que más premios ha recibido. El año pasado Kate Winslet se convirtió en la actriz más joven en recibir 5 nominaciones al Oscar. Mientras que, el actor más ganador es Jack Nicholson, con 3 estatuillas, y la actriz más ganadora es Katharine Hepburm, con 4 estatuillas.

El año pasado la entrega de los premios, a pesar de celebrar el 80 aniversario, tuvo el rating más bajo de su historia, por lo que, al parecer, este año los organizadores han tratado de darle la vuelta a algunos asuntos con el objetivo de atraer más espectadores.

Los responsables del diseño de la gala este año son, el director y el productor de “Dreamgirls”, Bill Condon y Laurence Mark. Ya no se seguirá con la tradición de que los ganadores de las categorías principales del año anterior sean los que entreguen la estatuilla a los de este año, por lo que se desconoce la identidad de los presentadores de los premios en esta entrega. Además, este año la ceremonia estará sujeta a un límite de tiempo, que presuntamente es de 2 horas.

El año pasado el premio a la mejor película se lo llevaron los hermanos Coen con su “No Country for Old Men”, que fue a su vez la película más premiada, con 4 galardones. Este año las películas nominadas en esta categoría no tuvieron un éxito remarcado en taquillas, lo que tampoco creo que ayude a la causa de recolección de audiencia de la Academia.

La verdad es que los premios de la Academia ya no son lo que solían ser, y con tanta decepción en años pasados la verdad les va a costar aumentar la audiencia aun cuando esté al frente el hombre “más sexy del mundo”.


Finalmente, dejo los nominados de este año en las princ. categorias:

Best Motion Picture of the Year:



The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Ceán Chaffin, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall
Cuenta la historia de Benjamín Button, un hombre que comienza a envejecer hacia atrás (rejuvencer) con extrañas consecuencias.
Dirigida por: David Fincher
Screenplay por: Eric Roth
Protagonizada por: Cate Blanchett, Julia Ormond, Brad Pitt.
(Totally overrated... soon the review!)



Frost/Nixon (2008):
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Eric Fellner
Un dramático relato de las entrevistas televisivas post-Watergate entre el anfitrión del programa británico David Frost y el ex-Presidente Richard Nixon.

Dirigida por: Ron Howard
Screenplay por: Peter Morgan
Protagonizada por: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon, Matthew MacFadyen.



Milk (2008/I):
Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks
La historia del primer gay electo como funcionario en California, Harvey Milk, un supervisor de San Francisco que fue asesinado con el Alcalde Jorge Moscone por el Supervisor de San Francisco, Dan White.
Dirigida por: Gus Van Sant
Protagonizada por: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna.





The Reader (2008):
Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris
Post-WWII Alemania: Casi una década después de que su aventura con una mujer mayor terminó misteriosamente, el estudiante de derecho Michael Berg se encuentra de nuevo con su antigua amante mientras ella se defiende en un juicio por un crimen de guerra.
Dirigida por: Stephen Daldry




Slumdog Millionaire (2008):
Christian Colson
Un adolescente que creció en barrios pobres de Mumbai, se hace concursante de la versión india de "¿Quién Quiere Ser Millonario?" y es detenido bajo la sospecha de trampa. Mientras este es interrogado, se muestran acontecimientos de su vida que explican por qué él sabe las respuestas.
Dirigida por: Danny Boyle





Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
Richard Jenkins for The Visitor (2007)
Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon (2008)
Sean Penn for Milk (2008)
Brad Pitt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler (2008)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Angelina Jolie for Changeling (2008)
Melissa Leo for Frozen River (2008)
Meryl Streep for Doubt (2008)
Kate Winslet for The Reader (2008)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:
Josh Brolin for Milk (2008I)
Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder (2008)
Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt (2008)
Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight (2008)
Michael Shannon for Revolutionary Road (2008)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:
Amy Adams for Doubt (2008)
Penélope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Viola Davis for Doubt (2008)
Taraji P. Henson for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler (2008)

Best Achievement in Directing:
Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Stephen Daldry for The Reader (2008)
David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon (2008)
Gus Van Sant for Milk (2008)

Ya pasada la ceremonia el post será actualizado con los ganadores de las categoría anteriores y las faltantes. Let’s hope the Academy surprise us with worthy winners.

Getting over rejection with 2 Stupid Dogs


"Listen, kid, love is the only chance for happiness you'll ever get in this life, and if you're going to let a little thing like rejection stand in your way, baby, you might as well stay right there on the ground, because people are going to be walking over you for the rest of your life."
Well, I really felt like writing something today but the words just didn’t seem quite to get out, so… I was just sitting here wondering what I should write about and, I don’t know why, the image of the old but funny dogs I sometimes watched when I was little came to my mind, so I just looked them up and remembered how these two crazy unfitting dogs used to gave me a really good time while going on the most weird kind of situations and finding ‘their’ way out of them.

So I was watching this episode when the dogs try to help this little kid Kenny with his love crush and the Big Dog, usually quiet but now unexpectedly wise, says the quote seen up there (in the start of the post) which was a surprising but uplifting and heartening thing to me, and made me think on how that’s true and we people let things past us by, just for being scared of what other people’s reactions might be to our feelings, or for how some situation it’s going to affect us in some way that could kick us out of our comfort zone, maybe simply for being afraid to change, or afraid to gamble with our ‘good enough’ situation and then have to learn to deal with a more exciting but unknown way of life, the thing is that is good and sane to be a little afraid sometimes, it’s just part of our human condition, but we need to stop and realize that rejection, as well as mistakes, are part of our life, and a very beautiful and important part, the one that gives us the chance to learn, to be persistent and loyal to what we want, to grow wiser and stronger with each new opportunity and, why not?, to simply experiment new feelings and emotions that continue to shape our soul and help us deal with the future with a different perspective.


Where was I going? Oh yeah, when you want something in life or whenever a chance to take a leap of faith comes to you, reach out for it, be a little cautious, but don’t let it hold you back, cause truth is, we learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes, so you don’t really have a losing point, you can either success and enjoy the ride or fail and learn something from it.


Don’t waste your ability of believing that everything that happens in this life, no matter how bad it looks, can give us something better and bigger in return, so, you get over it quickly and start enjoying the good it left behind!

“I really wish I was less of a thinking man and more of a fool not afraid of rejection.” Billy Joel
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