November 2016 RECAP #MonthlyRecap

I followed my own advice and chilled. Of course, whenever I couldn’t post, the blogger-guilt gnawed on me.

I always tell myself I am not in a good position to actually prioritize blogging. It is not my bread-and-butter, for one, then there are other important stuff to do, then my resources are scarce (I don’t feel the need to explain that one), and I prioritize family still. The big  takeaway in my so-called chilling means more family time, so I am not that sorry 🙂

So here’s a recap of my November 2016:

Blog-wise:

(1) I hope I gave you gravy with my hash potatoes 😉

#MondayMemoirs – No time to do this pre-Monday and during Monday. Will try again next time.

#MondayReviews (see An American Crime) – See? At least I had this one.

#TuesdayTunes (see Listening with Your Soul)

#AskWednesday (none this month, sorry)

#WhatsupWednesday (see Yo, Man! Imma Show Ya Rap Battles!) – I just introduced this to you last week. I enjoyed this post 🙂

#ThursdayTips (none) – Will make up for it soon.

#FeatureFriday – Because it’s November, I decided to make it a whole month of #FreakyFriday posts.

#FreakyFriday (see Life Lessons from “Train to Busan”, And RINGU was its name-o!) – Did miss one or two Fridays. I did promise true horror/ghost stories. Failed that one, but I am on it still.

Saturdays and Sundays, or any day, could be about anything. I will post anything when I feel like it, like Finding Grace in a Grilled Ham & Cheese that is a reblog of another writer’s wonderful and heartfelt post. Very relatable.

I also shared three poems written in Filipino in one post: Tula ng Puso: Pananampalataya, Pag-ibig, Pag-asa (Poems of the Heart: Faith, Love, Hope). It was as part of the requirements for a local contest that I decided to join and I was just fortunate to beat the already-extended deadline. I am not sure, though, as of this moment, if my entry made the cut, so to speak. If it didn’t, well, that hurts my ego, but then I can’t mope around. Instead, get better, right? There will always be winners and non-winners. There are many talented writers out there, and many more untapped ones.

(3) My Trending Stories. I failed my November here. I have actually emailed them something and they have promised to make it a better experience for MTS bloggers.

Social Media Reach-out:

Again, I am very thankful to new followers. And of course, I am also very thankful to those who have followed me over the months, especially the years. I shared some of them to you last time. Let me share more–people who follow me and/or whom I follow–and you’re welcome to visit their blogs. Also adding people I actually personally know. You might have to jump over to other blogging platforms like Blogger, though. If I haven’t mentioned you yet, nothing personal, okay? Will get to you.

Here they are in alphabetical order (I am re-mentioning one because I gave the wrong link last time, I just found out now, and I’ve edited appropriately):

Andy,         Cole,         Diana,         Fran,                    

Jason,       Meikah,    Tobe,          Victo      

More bloggers to link to in the coming months, for sure. “Old” ones, new ones.

Fiction/Story- and Poetry-writing:

Well, I mentioned already the contest I joined. Meanwhile, this made me think of honing my craft more. I have cooked up a few personal plans for a few but very important personal reasons.

Literature:

I was in an unintentional hiatus from reading, but have just started again. I am just having trouble prioritizing since I am interested in both The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones. Not sure which to pick. Wanna cast your vote for me?

Personal:

We’re done with season 1 and half of season 2 of  The Walking Dead. Some episodes unexpectedly made me tear up.

***SPOILER ALERTS IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THEM YET AND KNOW NOTHING OF IMDb***

I was distraught with what happened to Dale because I liked him, and I never really had a grandpa. Good that he and Andrea kind of made up already; bad that the others let him down just before he died — in fact, that’s why he was roaming away from safer grounds. Good he wasn’t bitten; bad that he still died a horrible death. Why couldn’t they just let him die from accident while fighting off the zombie??? Or let him die with a heart attack or something while the others killed the walker?

Later, Shane died, too, and I didn’t see that coming. He was  increasingly being impossible and that’s what made the character more interesting (disappointing if he were a real person). I think he should have stayed longer–he was impossible but he was still an ally. And it would make for a more interesting storyline.

Lastly, Lori died as well. She wasn’t Mrs. Perfect, but I don’t understand what I’ve read about viewers hating her. Her reactions were understandable, even her fears. Didn’t make her right, but didn’t make her evil either….So I got distraught again when she died due to childbirth. I’m even surprised she got that far without suffering a miscarriage with all the stress and running around.

Good that she didn’t die because she got bitten; bad that after Carl made sure she wouldn’t turn (what Carl did was heartbreaking for both of them if it were real), a walker would eat all of her, anyway. That made me mad. What, the writers couldn’t let Carl and Maggie make sure the door wouldn’t be opened? Shane did that for Rick.  Maybe they should have let her turn first then have Carl shoot her, so at least, she wasn’t served meal to any walker that happened on her.

Winners! Me and Ian

Aaaaand…I just spent much space discussing about The Walking Dead, ha ha haaaa!!!!

Meanwhile, can you guess what this pic’s about? Clues: office, hunting, game, most candies, longest, Halloween, winners…

Till next time!!! 🙂

And RINGU was its name-o! #FreakyFriday

So you thought THE RING was scary? Well, I saw it and I was like…*tumbleweed*

I’m not gonna tear the movie apart. It’s not its fault that I saw the Japanese version first. And it’s not its fault that producers took a lot of liberty changing much of the plot. I mean, yes, it was in an American setting, ergo,…DUH??? Still, there would have been better ways to do it. I don’t understand why producers buy the rights to movies only to make them worse…

Anyhoo, RINGU 1 (there’s a RINGU 0, by the way, a prequel to explain the why of the whole story) was the first-ever Japanese horror flick I got to see, the first-ever Asian horror flick I’ve seen other than the stuff we make here. I think it kind of scarred me for life, he he.

For months, Sadako, the Japanese Samara, haunted my mind, I kept thinking she’d appear while I was in the bathroom. If you’re thinking there’s a bathroom scene, there’s none, but that was my almost-illogical worry. Her coming out of the TV screen was the scariest part, because what was horrific was it was like watching helplessly while one was about be murdered and all you could say was “Run! Run, Forrest, run!!!” Okay, totally different movie line, but you get the drift. For some reason, however, the idea of her coming out of our TV never enters my over-imaginative mind.

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Copyrights belong to the producers

It wasn’t just the story. Not just her look that “worked” for me–I mean, compared to other horrific characters, she really looked rather tamed wearing a long, white dress and with her long hair simply covering her face. You’d think they were on a super-tight budget. She seemed like the typical White Lady with a twist, or let’s say like a literally twisted White Lady. But the eye, though! Even when it’s the only thing you could see. Less could indeed be more…Oh, well, it was based on a novel that I haven’t read, anyway, so the Sadako-look idea maybe from there.

***A bit of book spoiler alert!*** The movie differs a lot from the book. Therefore, I will look at them differently and not hold a grudge against the filmmakers. Having read the synopsis, the book does seem interesting, especially with Sadako being supposed to be “intersex” (previously referred to as “hermaphrodite”). Doubly interesting is her and her mother’s characters were inspired by real people who apparently did exhibit such unnatural abilities.

What worked for me was the whole treatment of the movie, and especially because it was different from the usual Hollywood treatment. There was a creepy mystery, the shots were simple, there was no totally-like-Hollywood gore or surprise sound effects to jolt you from your seat even when there wasn’t anything really relevant going on, the setting,…Probably the same magic elements that got similarly-treated Asian horror flicks Hollywood-glammed. Frankly, only after a few years did I dare watch those others, and only when I chanced upon them on TV. After a while, though, the magic got old on me. One Sadako, for me, was enough.

You might find these worthy reads: The Allure of the Female Ghost in ‘Ringu’ , Sadako’s Secrets: Explaining “Ringu” at the Asian Art Museum. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, so you do the judging whether you like the Japanese version better or not. I urge you to click on the above vid’s play button. After watching, do let me know how it went 😉

 

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I told you I was continuing with #FreakyFriday. Next time, watch out for some stories of real and surreal encounters!

If you have real stories as well, please give us links. Thanks!!!