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Thoughts on The Fountain (the movie)

Feb. 25th, 2008 | 11:22 pm

I just finished watching The Fountain, directed by Darren Aronofsky, and portrayed by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz.

*warning: spoilers ahead*

At first, I couldn't understand what the hell was happening, and even read the back of the DVD cover thrice (or was it five times?), but it was only when the story focused on the present that the story started to gel for me.

First, I love love love this film. It's very hard to understand and certainly not your typical romantic comedy entertainment. But it's very thought-provoking and deals with the issues of life and death.

And then, the concept/truth that for each of us, death will come. Until then, it's a matter of how you live your life to the full, treasure and cherish the people around you, the time you have with them, build relationships that warm the heart and transcend time.


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Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb. 14th, 2008 | 11:12 pm
mood: contemplativecontemplative

Hope yours is more interesting than mine.

I just finished watching the last episode of The Amazing Race Asia Season 2, and I was so affected that I had to blog about it.

*spoilers ahead* 

I'm a big fan of lessons, I guess, so I was really touched to realize that no obstacle, barrier, hindrance, physical disability is so great that we couldn't achieve what we want, as long as we set our minds to it. It reminded me of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (the first movie). When I first went to watch the movie, I was intrigued by the character that Angelina Jolie was portraying. Here is this woman who's strong and who believes that she can do whatever a man does--even better. At that time, I thought that if I were still in school and my teacher asked me to write who I want to be when I grow up, I would say I want to be Lara Croft, or someone like Lara Croft.

This is not to say that I'm a feminist. I still appreciate all the small gestures that gentlemen do to make a woman feel special, which is sadly in short quantity these days. I guess, the point I want to hammer into my head, to be my mantra from now on is this: There is no limit to what I can do, as long as I want it badly enough and set my mind to achieve it.

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Loose Id offered me a contract!!!

Mar. 1st, 2007 | 09:22 pm
mood: ecstaticecstatic

Yay!!! This time, for my book in The Collector series. I'm thinking to call it "Love Cure". All the books in the series can be found here: http://www.collector-series.com/

Here's a short introduction to my offering in the series: 

The Collector offers Marianne a desperate chance, a slim hope for a cure - a statuette purported to possess healing powers - with one condition: She must retrieve it together with Nicholas Trent, the man who'd stolen her heart and crushed it beneath her feet, a man who'd left without a word of goodbye seven years ago.

Nicholas aches to hold his violet-eyed beauty once again, but he can't blame her for hating him. The ache in his soul intensifies when he heard she had a son, and he concluded that she must be married. He agonizes over losing her, but how can he tell her that he'd turn into a blood-sucking vampire, that leaving her then was the best thing he could do?

As Marianne and Nick journey to retrieve the statuette and they battle the attraction that still flares up between them, events unfold in ways they never imagined, and never could they have known that a final betrayal is waiting for them...

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The Most Beautiful Woman in the World

May. 15th, 2006 | 12:18 am
mood: happyhappy

Mothers are special, especially my mom, since without her, I wouldn't be here!  Can she be more special than that?

I remember a story I read when I was young, about this little girl who got lost in the field. When the farm hands asked her who her mother was (to help her find her way back home), she replied that her mother was the most beautiful woman in the world

I love you, Mom!

To all the mothers in the world, Happy Mother's Day!

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On Lying on the Pavement

May. 13th, 2006 | 11:34 pm
mood: soresore

After so long (about a year and a half), I went biking/cycling again today. It was a very enlightening experience.

Do you know that once you know how to bike, you never forgot how to? After a few wobbles, my body and my feet finally remembered the hang of biking. So, off I flew across the pavement, bypassing other bikers with glee. I swerved to avoid people on the footpath and dodged roller skaters with expert abandon.

Suddenly, I was moving too fast. I bumped into the biker in front of me. I pulled on the brakes. The forward momentum threw me forward. My bike was falling. I was falling. I fell hard on my right knee. My body lunged forward. My right shoulder hit the ground. My eyeglasses were probably the only thing that saved my lips from kissing the ground.

I lie there on the pavement, staring up at the clouds overhead. The roadway was warm and dry. It wasn't hard as I'd imagined. The world was peaceful.

Some fellow bikers helped me up and dusted me off. They made sure I was all right before continuing their way.

I'd always been afraid of falling. But now that I had, it wasn't as bad as I'd imagined. The important thing though, was that I got up and on my bike again. Then, I rode as I'd ridden - pressing forward and unafraid.

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May. 4th, 2006 | 10:28 pm
mood: excitedexcited

There will be a chat at Samhain Publishing community loop called Samhain Cafe at the following link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/samhaincafe/?yguid=200277928  There will be lots of Samhain authors chatting about their fabulous books.  It's also your chance to ask them any questions you might have, not only about the authors, but about Samhain Publishing as well!  I will be popping in and out throughout the day. So, see you there!

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My Inspiration

May. 1st, 2006 | 02:37 pm
mood: pensivepensive

In most of the interviews that I've done, a certain question usually popped up "What inspires you to write?"  

First and foremost, writing is in my blood. I can't imagine not writing. 

Secondly, for each of my book, different things inspire me. Sometimes, it's the characters, who clamor for their stories to be told. Sometimes, a certain situation is so delicious and interesting that I need to find appropriate characters to showcase it to the full. And sometimes, in the rarest of cases, there's this special person who is such an inspiration that I modeled one of my characters after him.

Jake Woolf in Heart of the Woolf is the lucky guy.  In this case, the right question should be "Who inspires me"? LOL

For privacy's sake, I cannot reveal who he is. Though he may not be aware of it, he is a very important person in my life. In reference to him, one of my friends once said that it's so amazing that "you may not know it, but your existence and whatever you say is very important to some people."

In another entry, I'm going to rant about his denseness, but in this entry, suffice it to say that because I met him, I learned a lot about myself and what I can do. I've learned that I'm a woman who does go after what she wants and fights for it despite the odds, even if it's not in my character to do so (or so my friends tell me), as long as I'm pretty sure that it's (he's) what (who) I want. 

I think each of us needs such a special person to bring out the best in us, especially if that "best" is lying dormant in the depths of our being.

What do you think?

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Heart of the Woolf available now from Loose Id!

Apr. 23rd, 2006 | 08:59 pm
mood: ecstaticecstatic

Yippee!  It came out last April 11, 2006, days before I created my blog.  It's available at http://www.loose-id.net/detail.aspx?ID=250


Adrienne runs…

From a threatening voice on the phone,
From secrets buried deep in her heart,
From a killer intent on snuffing out her life,
From a boss who affects her in the most basic way…

Empath Jake Woolf is stunned when Adrienne’s lusty fantasies spill into his mind, yet he is also intrigued and aches to fulfill them. An opportunity presents itself, and he seizes it to make her fantasies reality. Their passion cannot be denied, yet he dreads her learning his secret: he is a werewolf. Then he learns of her polyamorous leanings -- something his blatant were-masculinity cannot accept. 

Adrienne’s hard-earned peace is shattered when she receives deadly gifts and threatening messages on her phone. Her first thought is to seek protection from Jake, yet instinct tells her Jake is not what he appears to be. Yet Jake may be the only one standing between her and certain death. Can she risk herself to the heart of the Woolf?  


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I can't stay away!!! Help!!!

Apr. 21st, 2006 | 11:30 pm
mood: confusedconfused

Another reason why I took so long to decide if I should blog or not is -- What if I can't find anything to write about? Then, I'd probably be blogging only once a month, and would that be enough to get people to come back and read my blog?

But it seems folks, that I can't stay away!!! It's only been two days since my last post, and here I am again. Help! I've created a blog monster! I didn't know blogging could be so addicting!

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I've created a blog!

Apr. 19th, 2006 | 12:08 am
mood: excitedexcited

It seemed to be the in-thing, must-have these days. I must say that I deliberated for months before finally taking the plunge! Of course, there are the usual concerns like lack of time to update the blog. But all my author friends have been very supporting and encouraging, like Jeanne Barrack, Rayne Forrest and Brenda Bryce. So, I decided not to worry about it. When I'm addicted to blogging, I'm sure I'll find the time, even when I don't have it. LOL

I've also decided to blog at least once a week (hopefully) and during special occasions and for announcements, so that shouldn't be too hard. LOL All in all, I decided I'm going to have fun with this. And I will. LOL

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