Run for Hope 2011

Venue: The Venice Piazza at McKinley Hills, Taguig

Time: 5.15am

Beneficiary: Pediatric Cancer Patients (Cardinal Santos Medical Center)

things to do this year: join a fun run for fun’s sake – check!

i was already running even before i got pregnant. but imagine almost a year later, i started running again – pure torture. i was not friendly to rapid breathing, and a wildly thumping heart. but i kept moving. i kept running for 20-30mins every night. when the day of the actual event came, i was ready. well, sort of.

me and my officemates all signed up for the 5K event (i initially signed up for 3K but found no one with me so, there). i let them run ahead of me coz i want to run at my own pace (translation: i can’t keep up with them. ha!). so there i was, running upward, then left. go right, then down. imagine my envy when the organizers shouted, “3K runners, U-turn!” i was like, what?!?!  how about 5K runners?… oh well. i trudged on. when i thought i’m burning up, running out of oxygen, i hear something. “turn right na po, malapit na po ang finish line.” it’s about time!

i finished at 48 minutes for a 5K run. not bad for a first timer, huh? i was done, by the time i came home. slept for 6 hours straight.

it was a good experience, all in all. besides, if it’s for charity, i’m in.

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Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

Synopsis:
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

*****

“I said that without love, there could also be no hate: without hate, no violence. Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing, he’d said. Indifference is.”

I know that when I’ve read a good book, I refused to read a new one. There’s something that makes me want to pause, look back and rewind all those scenes I’ve just read with such clarity. With Delirium, I did not read anything over the weekend! And that says a lot.

Love is a disease. Singing, dancing is not allowed. Any form of emotional expression is restricted. No hugging or kissing even with friends! This could be real, I thought. No war, no pain, no nothing. There’s also no happiness. Or love. Harsh world, right? and it’s about to get harsher.

The premise is simple, get cured or you will be forced to be cured. If you are too much trouble, you are simply eliminated. The story is fast paced, the author introduces you into this world without sounding preachy. I love action packed novels, but in this book, the lack of it (or maybe there’s one or two action scenes), made it more pliable. Believable. Why? Because the terror of getting caught past curfew (9pm!), the helplessness of forgetting everyone you cared about after the cure, the reality that there’s no other option but to live the life given by the government is enough. I can feel them while reading, creeping between the lines and crippling me. Being scared all the time while doing the most mundane things (hanging out on a beach with a boy, for one), is there. Almost all the time I am reading this book, I can feel the tension. I’m quite terrified of the consequences the characters could face when caught. Whenever Lena or Hana or Alex sneaked out (for a party, or just hang out), I fought myself not to scream “c’mon, man, you’re gonna get caught past your curfew! Chop. Chop. Time to go home!”

I like Lena. The obedience to do what is right by the government clashes wildly with her natural need to rebel. Defiance is her key to unlocking her freedom. And she did, at the end of the book, Lena stood her ground. No more lies, she said. It’s time to live my life. My happy life. By my rules.

Alex is likeable. Although the author could’ve picked up a more subtle or unusual name for a hero in a dystopian world. It seems so common. Anyway, he is more human than most heroes I’ve encountered in YA. Confused and not confident at times. He is actually pretty normal, I guess. I don’t love Alex, but I don’t hate him either. and it is just right, that he admitted to liking Lena instead of loving her suddenly. they relationship started with mistrust and suspicion. and then their friendship grows, and that gradually blossoms into love. super likey!

am not that gaga over Lena’s and Alex’s romance. it makes me want to fall in love, but not with alex specifically 🙂 Maybe it is just slow to build in my taste. Still, i’m hooked – it is heartbreaking. I wanted them to be together, against all odds!

The author writes in a way that she paints Lena’s world in such vivid pictures I can understand how’s it like to live there. She reminds me of C.Clare’s writing of the mortal instruments. I can relate to Lena. I already stepped in her world. The Regulators. The Wilds. The Crypts. And man, oh man, I don’t want to get stuck there!

the ending was like a BEP song: boom boom pow! the author stepped it up BIG time. although i was left hanging, i didn’t mind since i know this is a part of a trilogy. reading towards the end of the book is simply exhilirating.

The verdict: I can’t wait for book 2. I hope I won’t stay in a state of delirium waiting for it. Haha.

“I know that life isn’t life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.”


.:maria:.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Movie Review: Sucker Punch Sucks!

Rating: StarStar

Synopsis:

“Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls -the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish) -to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm). Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey – if they succeed – will set them free.

*****

Okay, so i admit i was blown away by the preview of this movie (which i saw when hubby and i watched I Am Number Four). Looking for a way to kill time on a Saturday before hanging out with girlfriends, we watched it. it was a choice between Red Riding Hood and Sucker Punch. naturally, i was inclined for the action-packed one since hubby is with me. boy, i was so wrong! this is one of those types who invested tons of money in producing a shiny poster and a slam dunk movie preview to lure viewers in a somewhat horrible fate of finishing this wretched film. the opening was good, and i loved the haunting “These Dreams” background music. The first escape of baby doll from reality was my fave part. After that, it was one nonsense scene after another. The concept was promising, but it did not deliver.

.:maria:.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”