Looking for a Makati home 101

I woke up at 4am today. Yes. An hour before my alarm so I can enjoy my coffee and to possibly escape from a sudden surge of rainfall.

The windows in our unit are closed. And it was still too dark outside to really know what was happening. 

I finished my usual morning routine. Went down the building, off to work. But guess what? I was taken aback that the area in front of our building was flooded. Luckily, our room is on the tenth floor so, I did not need to worry about water getting in the house. Moreover, a 24-hour convenience store is just at the ground floor. 

Storm. And everywhere is flood. Lucky to have found a unit that is… well, safe. 
I didn’t know Manila in the rain can be this scary. So, if you are going to look for a home here, consider the following:
<h2><b>Cheap and high rise</h2></b>

Choose a unit that is located on a second or third floor. I really thought that rain is not as dreading here as it is in the province. 

This is the first time I experienced flooding ever!  I have heard of some friends needing to evacuate themselves and their stuff because of water. You wouldn’t want that and it is still good to sleep peacfully no matter if it is rainibg so hard outside.

<h2><b>Near marts, convenience stores, and terminals</h2></b>

I have food stuck in here but they are cupcakes and a loaf of bread. Good enough if I didn’t want to starve for a single meal, right? But if you need a heavy meal, do not risk going out to the rain and walking through the gray water! Gray water a.ka. flood water: drain water. You do not want infection!  

It is so fortunate that the convenience store is just at the ground floor. They sell medicine there, too. And if things do get worse, I can just mettle my way to the bus terminal. 

<h2><b>Near your friends</h2></b>

When I realized that I cannot go to work today, I decided to just maybe read some things and write this blog piece.

But, dude, how boring this place would be hadn’t my friends’ work been cancelled! You need back ups too, you know.

Ultimately, do not compromise safety over price! Never. OK? 


Why I love “IT”

I have had a penchant for horror films since I was a kid. I remember the kinds of flicks that would show me demons in different disguises: a nanny, a pet, a dolland this was even before Anabelle hit the theatres and we were introduced to The Warrens.

I would cover my eyes then fear every dark corner of our house for a couple of nights after that. But despite the terror, I would still watch a horror series (Okatokat), or a new horror film: Sceam, I know what you did last summer,  Friday the 13th and some of its franchises, Freddie vs Jason, Stigmata, Poltergeist, Jason X, Joshua, The Orphan, Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Exorcism, Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara. My list could go on.

I grew up with them and became tired of the formula: a demon that would possess someone, a scary figure that would appear or float somewhere, or a monster that woud decide to kill random people—and who could forgetleads who, instead of running for their lives, would choose to exchange a dramatic dialogue just when they are about to be eaten alive. If as a younger viewer I would probably scream, at this age, I would laugh at these scenes.

Though they may be successful at giving me the chills, at the end of the movie, I would somehow feel empty as I would be left with questions like why that girl, how did that become a ghost, why would that ghost want to kill that person. And the weirdest I have asked is this: why always Christians?

So, I would always root for horror films whenever they air because I am looking for a difderent kind of scare.

Then I have seen “IT.” Stephen King’s “IT.”

I have read a couple of times that King’s horror novels are truly frightening and I was so curious that I jumped in to the killer clown bait.

 I was not disappointed. It was worth it!

It is not a ghost. It is a clown

Who is a kid not afraid of clown?

Me. I was not.

But then inasmush as there exists a real phobia for these guys, I was awestruck at the mystery of the character. This clown is not a demon as evils are, but was surely a human once. It was not a doll or a monster in dusguise. It is a monster.

It is psychologically creepy

It has a new formula for a shock.

The evil presence does not appear in the usual places and when you expect it. What I loved about the bombs in this film is that they deviated from your expectations.

The movie somehow blends with the audience’s subconscious. As I experienced, it takes your fear to be that evil form. Thus, though the watchers see the same picture or character on screen, the intensity of the panic is different for everyone.

Moreover, the film would continuously imply that you can control fear only if you choose to. And that the movie is only as scary as the voices in your head.

But if you are that movie goer who is after the visuals, then you may only notice the frightening effects but not hear that message outright.

It justified the belongingness of the lead roles

As in the 1990 version, the story focused on a group of kids’ dilemma with Derry’s curse: the 6% higher than average missing persons’ rate every 27 years.

At first, you would think that they met for a basic reason such as being schoolmates; but as the film deepens, you would be introduced to the mental capacities of each kid that probably pulled them close to each other, and possibly, as new targets of whatever “it” is that is terrorizing the town.

It did not rip off childhood from the protagonists

The kids were plunged into a pool of what they are afraid of both in real ife and within the existence of the evil clown. But regardless of the situation they were in, they still reacted like how young people would behave.

Comically, when things would get too much, they would remind themselves that it was “summer” after all. As if they were just playing some kind of a boardgame or something.

Lastly, the girl’s character is something else

I don’t know if it was just me, but the dominance of male players is evident in this film; hence, the presence of the only female lead added flavor to the already whimsical cuteness of the boys.

What is even more interesting is that even if the film presented character development subtly and shortly, the movie was able to give depth to each of them. The dialogue and the behavior of each individual allowed the audience to know and understand the characters more. Especially, their choices. But this girl in the picture has more into her than what was being showed onscreen.

In the end, the clown did not choose to hurt her and one of the boys thought maybe because she lacks “fear for it.” The audience seemed convinced, but as I saw it, following the antagonist’s preferences on victims and the repeated reminder of what her “demons” could be, it made me think that there is another reason the clown would never want her. And no, I am not dropping a hint.

I was waiting for the movie to spill the beans but well… to my dismay, it preferred to leave the judgment to the moviegoer. However, I was delighted at the end credits.
You know why? It is just the beginning of the story! There is a potential sequel! I definitely hope not after 27 years though.

Ultimately, you would need to watch “IT” to perfectly understand me. But if you are looking for a type of horror that is terrifyingly applaudable, this is it.


Why you feel like a failure

Ok. That may be a little too harsh, but really, if you are that person who is suffering from “quarter life crisis,” you know this feeling very well.

We all do. We always feel like we are never as good as others or we haven’t achieved enough. My tip is this: do not listen to that!  It is a lie.

After observing and talking to friends that felt the same way, I have realized this: you feel like a failure because:

1. You keep on comparing

You have a different skill set compared to others. That should be enough reason for you not to focus on others’ milestones because you can set your own.

You get stressed to do more and to achieve more because you think everybody should be somebody at some particular point.

Truth is:  success becomes you when you are ready. You being successful also depends on your own definition of success. Do not look at others to monitor your progress because it would be like eyeing a size 10 when you are a size 8: it will never fit.

2. You think about acquiring

If this is about knowledge, then I am all about that, too. However, some think that being somebody means having material things in their possession or travelling to as many places as possible.

Again, go back to your own definition of “being on top.”  When you pressure yourself into fitting in society’s image of success, you start demeaning your self and your own pace.

There is no general or standard measure for anything in this world, but we are sometimes firm to think that we can put things and people in boxes. We can’t. And if you try and think you want to jump in that box, that means you are not ready to believe in your own potential. Why? Because you are willing to be categorized under a label that might never actually fit you. Who knows, maybe if you just keep on doing as you please, you can set a new standard for “success.”

3. You don’t know what you want

Some say you need to plan ahead. Others say enjoy the moment. So, what do you do? Common choice is to side with what is convenient.

I say, set your own goals for whatever reason that is going to be beneficial to you and to people around you. Because if you do not set goals for yourself, you tend to just go with the flow. When you do not know what you are working for, you would really feel lost.

The thing is this: you need to set goals no matter how small they are. When you do finish them, you would feel more fulfilled.

4. You are afraid

How many chances have you let go because you think you are not ready? How will you get that next step in your career, in your personal growth, in your life if you keep on saying “this is not yet the time”?

Nobody is ever ready, but because we need to do things, sometimes, we just do. I have found a video from Prince Ea teaching how to kill fear so you can chage your life and you can watch it here.

This is what you need to do: stop thinking you can’t! 

The first rule to being succesful—that is after defining it in your own terms—is believing in yourself.
When you think that the opportunity presented to you is something you are not familiar with, do not back down right away. Read, ask, learn, then try.

Everyone is trainable. Nobody is absorbed into a team knowing 100% what to do. But guess what, the persons who started as rookies being trained by many would end up being the leaders later on.

What does this mean?

Everybody is capable. You just have to say “yes” when a chance is given to you. Nevertheless, be careful not to mistake confidence with arrogance. The former is knowing you have limits but being decided to keep up with the challenges, the latter is thinking you are perfectly invincible.

Ultimately, what we are now is sometimes just a result of how we see ourselves. And our common mistake is regardless of what we have done, we always undervalue who we are.