Happy Maundy (or Holy, whichever is more appropriate) Thursday, everyone! I know, why use ‘happy’ when it
says ‘maundy.’ Let’s just say, Maundy Thursday, everyone!
Morning was okay, at least. Otep was here. The only problem was when he was ‘playing’ with us, he got himself and us in a little trouble. He was getting the bottle of our ‘chewable’ vitamins for Vit. C. He got his tiny head bumped into our bench (which was wood) and he got a little bruise which had a bit blood showing but wasn’t really bleeding. That’s a relief. All the little boy needed was marshmallows to make his mood lighter. At least, he isn’t angry at us. Sorry, Otep! 🙂
In the afternoon, we went out to have ‘Visita Iglesia’ which is an act done during the Holy Week wherein we go to (probably) 7 churches and pray to each one. We went up, instead of down. A different route than before and last year. So I thought, ‘road trip.’
The first church we went was a bit old. There wasn’t really many people. Only the choir, and the people fixing the church. After what seemed like 10 minutes, we were off to a new one. Going farther.
Before we went to the second one, we stopped for a shop that had displays outside of wood carvings and stuff. Being the curious people our parents are, the went to check them out. But it turns out, they didn’t have anything back with them. On the road again, I noticed we had reached the barrier from our current province to the next one. So excited that I had been partially going the province where my ‘close’ friend lives before she moved in. The province of Sorsogon.
When reached the second and finished praying, we check the ‘marriage bulletin board.’ The people getting married are either having a big age gap or really young. The young age was 19 years old. But I won’t judge. If you really love the person, you are ready to face life with him/her until you die.
The third one was similar with the first one which was almost empty, too. What is up with churches and being empty inside? I just don’t get them. Anyway, this is the farthest church yet for today. We went back after this one.
The way back, we stopped for another similar shop which was also selling woodworks. While waiting for my ‘curious’ parents, we saw a boy that somewhat looked similar to a person in ‘showbiz’ that looks like him. He is even liked by girls and he isn’t really that handsome. He is funny bu not handsome. Anything but handsome. He is ‘Fafa Marlou.’ Peace, love, no hate! I even took a picture. XD Hahaha.
Before going to another church, we went to go for snacks. We found this ‘boat-like’ building and checked it out. It was a snack house. Like what I said, we got our snacks. It was awesome to see some books on that boat. It was awesome! Loved it! 😀
The fourth one we went to was the last one today. Yeah, I said, 7 churches but I didn’t say to do it in one day but you could. When we went to this one, there was a mass so better than to finish it. When it was finished, it was already about 6 p.m. so we’ll finish it tomorrow. This one wasn’t a church, it was a seminary.
The fourth one was very different. It was a seminary. I saw an actual ‘washing of the feet’ and they were transferring the ‘host’ or ‘the Holy Eucharist’ into a ‘container.’ The priest was a bit different, too. He uses ‘f’ instead of ‘p’ so when he says ‘sakripisyo’, he says ‘sakrifisyo.’ ‘Sakripisyo’ means ‘sacrifice’, if you didn’t know (even though it was a bit obvious.) They use a different instrument instead of a bell. It looks like a chopping board but when you turn it around and shake it, it makes a sound. I saw what it looks like when they were transferring the Holy Eucharist. Speaking of, when the priest was done with the prayer, we were left there. He didn’t even conclude which was weird and we were stuck thinking of what to do next. Some had the initiative to leave like us and it was getting late.
Well, that for this year’s Maundy Thursday. It was awesome and fun especially with the ‘road trip’ and new places even though it wasn’t finished. Tomorrow, we’ll probably finish it. That’s all for today. Have a blessed Holy Week everyone.
Only 1 month and 3 days before our anniversary! 😀 Can’t wait! By the way, the sign on the title is called ‘pax.’ —> ☧ <—- ☧ax = I saw some today so why not make it in the title. 🙂
Last 3 days before Maundy Thursday. I completely forgot that it was Palm Sunday yesterday. Once I saw the palm leaves when we got down, I remembered that it was Palm Sunday – which marks the start of the Holy Week.
Any way…My day started black. Literally. I mean black because when I woke up, there was a brownout happening. I woke up in about 4:40 a.m. I didn’t really felt like sleeping again so I just read a story from my phone (which was given to me by my aunt.)
When I took a bath, it was cold. When I mean cold, I mean COLD. The start of my day sucked. The water was cold so I had to get a hand of water and spread it to a part of my body. The next thing that sucked was when my towel fell when I was wiping my body. It got soaked bad.
After our break (or recess), we were gonna vote for the PSYSC officers for the next school year (SY 2016-2017). It was hard to encourage everyone to truly participate but the result was fine. You can’t blame them because it was hot and they lacked resources. I didn’t really expect for us have these meetings because I thought it was gonna be held tomorrow.
In the afternoon, we did the same thing but with our own clubs. We didn’t find the first club we had so we went to another club that was being held in our classroom. It was packed, not that packed but packed. Cheska and Hannah got elected for officers, Hannah being Gr. 8 rep. and Cheska being the treasurer.
The second club was a writing club. But it was partnered with a photography club. What did you expect. 😉 It’s for the school publication. Now you’re thinking, hey, you’re in a club that has a connection to the school’s publication, you should be good in writing. Well, now that you mentioned it, I’m not really good (I’m being honest, not humble.)
The photography club voted for their next school year officers. Us, we just discussed the activities held that has something to do with writing. When the photography club was voting their officers, they weren’t that serious so they had a bit of a hard time to have their officers. That was when I had an idea. I will make a ‘thought’ post concerning ‘voting officers. But it’s just a thought.
We went home and I felt sick because my throat is aching. I didn’t even notice that when we were at home, I was already on the bed. When I woke up, I saw Daddy using a laptop. I thought it was mine but be careful to judge. I felt humiliated because I forgot my little brother had his own laptop now – as a graduation gift. He still uses the old laptop though. That just seems to show that ‘old habits never die.’
My classmate and I had a bit of a fun time today. We imagined that there were aliens in the school and she was an ‘alien hunter.’ I, on the other hand, am her partner that is human. She says that her ‘weapon’ is her cellphone and when there is an alien, it doesn’t see it. A lot of our classmates said ‘no’ and I don’t know why. Me and my classmate were LOAO (instead of ‘my, it’s ‘our’).
I was sore so I judged too quickly. I felt like I was drunk and I had a sore throat. I don’t even know if I’m going to school tomorrow. Maybe. Still. They still check attendance though. Bummer.
When I was eating ‘dinner’ (maybe on 8:30 p.m.), Ate Mic said that they went to our (auntie or) neighbor’s house because I think someone had a birthday. I was left here sleeping my way.
Anyway, that’s all. I don’t even remember when I posted this long of a journal post. Probably when it was my first day of high school. I tell you, guys when I’m gonna make the ’thought post on voting officers’ and election’s coming up on May. Any way guys, have a great summer. 😀 (But ours haven’t started yet. Just yet.J)
* This’ll be a entry for March 19, 2016 because it could be a similar entry so better not duplicate it. I hope you enjoy! *
This month or next month is the time of the year where most students graduate and finish a chapter a life of theirs but for others, it’s where a new chapter begins.
I thought about this before but just made it today. As you can see, my youngest brother’s graduation day is today. This day is where he ends his life in being an elementary student but starts his life as a high school newbie.
Not to brag but he got highest honors and is an outstanding member in the Young Amorsolo club in his ‘previous’ school.
Going back to my thoughts. During any graduation event, we usually hold a ‘celebration’ where almost everyone in neighboring house (beside us) comes. Being the shy people that we (me and my brothers) are, we stay inside corresponding rooms for almost the whole time. That’s what usually happens when we hold an event. The main reason is why there are a lot of people.
Another thing about graduation is having a ‘makeover.’ Boys don’t really have an issue on this. But since I am a girl, my appearance is a big factor to me. I don’t dress or look like a girl at all. I’m not saying that I have boy cut or anything. I just don’t like putting make-up on my ugly face. I’m never really confident with my appearance. I’m chubby (or fat, that’s what I think of myself tho) and always have a ponytail. But my graduation last year was an exception. I never really enjoyed my graduation because I (was forced to) wore make-up. Because of the make-up, I was annoyed and that’s the reason why I didn’t like my graduation.
Last thing about graduation is that we get a bit of money. It represents as their ‘congratulation gift’ to the person who graduated.
Congratulations to those who are celebrating their graduation today, or this or next month or any time near. 🙂
Btw guys, only 1 month, 1 week, and 1 day before the anniversary of the Swiftie Blog! 😀
“The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.”
We (in HS students in our school) don’t have classes today because the peeps are deliberating for those peeps who are witty enough to be in the ‘honor list.’ My mother decide to go out and find me a new pair of black shoes for school even though it’ll just be about 2 weeks before end of classes. My shoes at the moment have a hole and the hook is broken but overall, it still could be used. We also bought the remaining stuff for the donation thing the Church held for this Lenten season.
While we were going down the 3rd floor, I saw a classmate of mine, Migui. I heard someone say my name but I decide to ignore first. But then, Mama told me someone was calling me. I was done for! I was forced to face him. Okay, this couldn’t be more awkward. You know those moments when you’re shy to see classmates or teachers out of school, I felt it at that time. I almost fell though. Good thing, I was able to keep my balance. My heart was racing when we went down by the escalator. He was with Ian, which I happen to know but he doesn’t know me.
Moving forward…By the way, I got 2 classic books. These are ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray‘ and ‘Robinson Crusoe‘ specifically. 🙂 I missed reading classics though. I love classics after fiction. 😀 Currently, I am continuing reading the classic, ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.’ It is in paper form but the ‘After’ series is in digital form. (Just to let ya’ll know.) 🙂
This morning by the way, we had ‘adopted’ a bird that was astray in our plot of land. We decided to give it a home. Our home. I hope it feels welcome. It has been a while since we had a bird. 😦 At first, it was hard to feed it. By time, it gave in because it really doesn’t have a choice. The bird is tiny though and it seems like a young one that has been separated from its family. Sad life but he (or she) is in our custody now. By the way, we named it ‘Rody.’ Thinking of the name just reminds me of Rudy in ‘The Book Thief.’
Last thing, I almost forgot. I am now neutral in the field of anime. I said before that it is ugly and it sucks. But now, I take it back. After I watched 2 seasons, which had 24 episodes in total, of Tokyo Ghoul, I now liked ‘some’ of it. Once I finish something, I research more about it. Probably download pictures and some videos related to it. Especially when there is a ‘love team’ in the series, I get very serious in watching. Once I ship a love team, I stick to it. 😀 It may have a lot of bloodshed but it has a wonderful story behind it. I recommend it especially to those who like those types and to the anime lovers as well.
Well, that’s probably for all for today. Until again…
Movie Duration: 1 hour and 36 minutes / 96 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.8 / 10 (stars are rounded-off 🙂 )
Where I watched: DVD
Plot (full-detail): Many centuries ago, an accidental weapons discharge would cause a titanic tsunami that threatens to destroy the capital city of Atlantis. The giant crystal that powers the city, known as the Heart of Atlantis, calls upon the Queen and pulls her up so that they would be bonded in order to save the city. Her young daughter, Kidagakash, watches in tears before her father, King Kashekim Nedakh, covers her eyes. The power of the crystal creates a protective barrier around the center of the city, keeping it from being destroyed by the tsunami. However, it also results in the city being buried beneath the subsiding waters.
In 1914, Milo James Thatch is preparing his presentation to his employers at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. on the lost continent of Atlantis. He notes that he believes there is a power source that the Atlanteans used and that it could still be hidden within the sunken city. He reasons that there is a book called the Shepherd’s Journal that has been seen throughout history that would contain a detailed road map to the city and believes that the book is in Iceland. During the presentation, he gets a call to fix the boilers, revealing that he is not an employed linguist or cartographer, but rather the janitor. The Institution’s board then attempt to deceitfully back out. Milo chases after them and manages to corner Mr. Fenton Harcourt, who completely dismisses the existence of Atlantis as myth. Even when Milo threatens to quit, Harcourt notes that the search for Atlantis is a career killer, which is what happened to Milo’s late grandfather Thaddeus Thatch.
Milo returns home disheartened, only to suddenly meet a woman named Helga Sinclair. She tells him that she is there on behalf of her employer with a proposition. When Milo asks who her employer is, she instead drives him to the estate of Preston Whitmore. Upon arriving in Whitmore’s private study, Milo discovers that Whitmore was friends with his grandfather. He finds Whitmore in the middle of completing a yoga session before pointing out a parcel addressed to Milo from his late grandfather. Milo opens the parcel to find, to his disbelief, the Shepherd’s Journal. Whitmore explains that he is fulfilling a bet me made to Thaddeus by financing the expedition, though it is clear that he is willing to do it regardless because of his friendship with him. Whitmore adds that everything is set and all they need is someone who can read the book, which is Milo. Without much hesitation, Milo agrees to participate.
In preparation for the expedition to begin, Milo discovers that Helga is more than just Whitmore’s personal assistant as she is the expedition’s second-in-command. He also has run-ins with the elderly cook Jebidiah “Cookie” Farnsworth and demolitions expert Vincenzo “Vinny” Santorini before Whitmore introduces him to the expedition’s commanding officer Commander Lyle Rourke. Announcements are heard from elderly radio operator Wilhelmina Packard, with the last being for final boarding on the advanced submarine ship theUlysses. After Milo waves Whitmore good-bye, the submarine is launched.
Milo continues to meet some more of the expedition crew, such as French geologist Gaetan “Mole” Moliére, chief medic Doctor Joshua Sweet, and teenage mechanic Audrey Ramirez before conducting a briefing of where to find the entrance leading them to Atlantis. Suddenly, they are attacked by a giant mechanical Leviathan. Despite best efforts to defend themselves against the beast, all hands are forced to abandon ship after it sustains too much damage. The path to the entrance is located and all surviving ships follow with the Leviathan chasing after them until it can no longer do so. Upon reaching an air-pocket, only a small fraction of the crew have survived.
The remainder of the expedition continues forward with Milo leading the way through his translating of the directions in the Shepherd’s Journal. Tricks are played upon him by other members of the crew until they finally take him in during a stop for rest. Milo comments that the Shepherd’s Journal may be missing a page, but the others get him to ease off the book for a moment. He comments that he is just so excited on being on such an adventure, though the others note their mainly in it for the money. After opening up about himself, Milo gets to hear about Sweet, Audrey, and Vinny, though is warned by Sweet not to learn about Mole’s story. As everyone sleeps, a figure that has been watching the expedition digs through Milo’s possession until it is run off by Milo awakening to use the bathroom. While he is unbuckling his belt, he points the flashlight at what appears to be a lamp. The light causes a wave of fireflies to attack the camp. Most survive the attack and try to escape into a cave, but the amount of weight of their vehicles cause the bridge to collapse.
Most everyone survive the collapse. Examination of their position finds them, according to Mole, placed in the bowels of a volcano that is dormant and will erupt if disturbed by a powerful enough force. Further examination finds that there is a possible escape route through what appears to be the top of the volcano when everyone realizes that Milo is missing. Milo awakens to find himself surrounded by strange figures until one of them pulls off its mask, revealing a human woman behind. She uses a crystal hanging around her neck to completely heal a cut on his shoulder before taking off. Milo follows with the expedition catching up and in the process they find themselves looking at Atlantis, alive and thriving. The figures, discovered to be Atlanteans return with Milo being able to communicate with them before they realize the Atlanteans can speak any language as theirs is the root source for all others. The woman, revealed to be Princess Kidagakash, agrees to take them to meet her father the King. Along the way, Helga expresses to Rourke hesitation about the mission since there are people alive. Rourke, on the other hand, feels it doesn’t change the objective of their mission.
Milo, Rourke, and Helga are brought before the blind King Kashekim by Kida. Only Milo is able to understand through the interaction between the father and daughter that outsiders are not welcome and would have originally been killed on sight. Kashekim then speaks English, recognizing why they’re really down there and tells them to leave. Rourke manages to talk him into letting the crew stay for one night so they can rest and resupply. After Milo, Rourke, and Helga leave, Kida and her father continue to argue with Kida believing the outsiders can help them rediscover their dying culture while Kashekim firmly states their way of life is being preserved. Meanwhile, the crew still wish to get some answers about what’s going on and what to do next. They decide to have Milo speak with Kida. Milo has no trouble talking to Kida as she ends up the one to engage in the conversation.
Milo and Kida start to get to know one another as well as understand where each came from. Kida tells of her witnessing the great flood, which shocks Milo since it makes her much older than she appears. Milo attempts to find out about the power source he is looking for, but gets sidetracked with another shock when it is realized that no one in Atlantis can read the written Atlantean language. Through Milo, he and Kida are able to figure out how to activate one of the Ketaks before they tour the city. The tour is really Kida leading Milo towards a deep pond underneath which a great number of written information is found. Milo and Kida swim around with Kida’s crystal providing light needed for Milo to read. Milo discovers that the power source he’s been looking for is the very crystal that took Kida’s mother and it is the reason Atlantis is still able to thrive alive. However, the location of the Heart of Atlantis is unknown and Milo suspects the missing page contains its whereabouts.
When Milo and Kida surface, they are surprised to find Rourke leading the rest of the expedition to begin a more forceful manner in finding the Heart of Atlantis, horrifying Milo that even Sweet, Audrey, and the others are in on it. Rourke reveals to have possession of the missing page and forces Milo to translate by pointing a gun at Kida after he initially refuses since the crystal is needed to keep Atlantis alive. They end up in the King’s chamber as the page notes that the Heart of Atlantis lies where the eyes of the King can see. Kashekim refuses to elaborate on the riddle, even after being punched and under threat of execution, much to the horror of the others. Just before pulling the trigger, Rourke is able to figure out the riddle that the middle of the room leads to the chamber containing the crystal. Rourke and Helga force Milo and Kida to join them as they descend into the chamber to find the Heart of Atlantis with stone effigies of the past kings orbiting it. While Rourke and Milo argue about how to retrieve the crystal, which is levitating in the air, the crystal calls to Kida and she is soon infused with the crystal. By warning of Milo, they do not touch her while Rourke’s men place her in a container.
Just before Rourke and the rest of the expedition make off, Milo makes another plea that their actions will kill the Atlanteans. Sweet, Audrey, Vinny, Mole, Cookie, and Packard decide to side with Milo, not wanting the death of innocent lives on their conscious. The pleas fall on deaf ears with Rourke, who destroys the wooden bridge to keep them from following. With the Heart of Atlantis no longer in the city to keep it powered, it places Atlantis and its civilians in danger. Milo meets with the dying King, who explains that the Heart of Atlantis calls upon one with royal blood to bond with to protect itself and the people, heaving developed a consciousness of its own. Because of his arrogance in ruling Atlantis with the crystal, it became too strong to control and it lead to the sinking of the city as well as his wife being sacrificed to save them. Before he dies, he notes that the crystal needs to be returned not only to save Atlantis, but to prevent Kida from being loss by bonding with the crystal for too long. After a encourage talk from Sweet, Milo directs everyone to a Ketak and how the crystals they posses still has enough power to activate them.
Rourke and his men blow a hole through the top of the volcano and attempt to fly out through a Gyro-Evac when Milo and the others arrive to stop them. During the battle, Vinny accidentally discovers how to discharge an energy bolt from the vehicles to counter the guns and firepower Rourke and his men possess. Milo and Vinny then distract Rourke and Helga while Sweet and Audrey try to release the container with Kida. Though Rourke and Helga drive off Sweet and Audrey, Milo crashes his Ketak into one of the balloons and causes it to slowly descend. Helga tries to lighten the load, but they are still dropping when Rourke decides to push her off. She manages to swing back on and kick him around for betraying her, but he catches her and throws her off for good. Milo and Rourke get into a scuffle with the balloon once again ascending, but a badly hurt Helga gets back at Rourke by firing a flare gun and destroying the main balloon, thereby causing it to descend permanently.
An enraged Rourke goes after Milo with an axe, during which he brakes a glass hole from the container. Milo notices one of the glass shards has elements of the crystal and uses it to cut Rourke when he holds him up by the neck. The cut causes elements of the crystal to mix into Rourke’s blood, turning him into crystal form. Nevertheless, he still attacks until a chance positioning causes Rourke to shatter after connecting with the still turning propellers of the hot air balloon. The act disconnects the container, though Milo has to move it fast to prevent the hot air balloon from crashing down upon it. The crash is enough force to cause the volcano to reawaken and Milo and the others quickly bring the container back to the city. Milo opens up the container and Kida and the Heart of the Atlantis ascend. They awaken giant stone guardians to create a force field to prevent lava from destroying the city. With the city saved, Kida is released from the crystal and into Milo’s arms.
The Atlanteans thank those who helped Milo save them, donning each of them with crystals and providing them with an acceptable pile of gold to return to the surface with. Milo is staying behind, as he and Kida have fallen in love and he is needed to help the Atlanteans rediscover their lost culture. Back on the surface, Whitmore debriefs Vinny, Sweet, Audrey, Mole, Cookie, and Packard into rehearsing a false story about them finding nothing as well as the made-up fates of Helga, Rourke, and Milo. While going through photos Packard took, Whitmore discovers a package for him containing a picture of Thaddeus and child Milo, a crystal, and a message thanking him on behalf of the Thatches for helping them realize their dream. Back in Atlantis, Milo completes the construction of a stone effigy of Kashekim to join the other past kings orbiting the Heart of Atlantis as it once again hovers above the newly restored city.
Michael J. Fox as Milo Thatch
Cree Summer as Kidagakash “Kida” Nedakh
James Garner as Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke
Corey Burton as Gaetan “Mole” Moliére
Claudia Christian as Lieutenant Helga Sinclair
John Mahoney as Preston B. Whitmore
Phil Morris as Doctor Joshua Sweet
Leonard Nimoy as Kashekim Nedakh
Don Novello as Vincenzo “Vinny” Santorini
Jacqueline Obradors as Audrey Ramirez
Florence Stanley as Wilhelmina Packard
David Ogden Stiers as Fenton Q. Harcourt
Jim Varney as Jebidiah Allardyce “Cookie” Farnsworth
Frank Welker as Leviathan (a creature that guards the entrance to Atlantis)
My Rating: 4 stars (out of 5 stars 🙂 )
Lessons (I learned):
Never stop fighting for what you believe in. Just look at Milo. As you can see in the beginning part of the movie, Milo was very determined to discover the lost empire of Atlantis. His mission is just a continuation of what his grandfather has already started. Even when other people think he’s crazy and nuts because they think Atlantis is non-existing, he still continues to carry on researching for more information to support his claim and to go an expedition to discover the said empire.
Do the right thing. Milo’s ‘friends’ weren’t that close to him and all they wanted was money. Audrey knew it was wrong to destroy the Atlantean civilization by taking away their only way of life so he decided to go on the side of Milo. Then, the rest of the team followed. Except Mr. Rourke and Helga. People get rewarded by good deeds. By the end of the story, we can see that the team except Mr. Rourke and Helga weren’t ‘rich’ because they did the bad thing. As a reward of the team saving Atlantis, they got rewarded by ‘some’ riches of the Atlanteans. Keep in mind to always do the right thing because you never know what you’ll get as a reward.
Keep going forward. No matter what happens, keep going forward. If there is a problem, face it. We can’t do anything to erase what had already happened. What we can only do is find a solution to that problem. If we don’t find a solution, then, we will be stuck trying to find one. Just try to be able to solve something. Don’t look back. Just live in the moment, as I like to always say. YOLO!
” When you hit the bottom, the only place to go is up. ”
– Thaddeus Thatch
Whitmore convinces Milo to follow in his late grandfather’s footsteps
US poster of “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”
International poster of “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”
The Cast of “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”
Milo flusters repeatedly when Kida suggests they swim
Milo’s plea convinces some of the others to side against Rourke
The Atlanteans can speak other languages as theirs was the root source
“…in a single day and night of misfortune, the island of Atlantis disappeared into the depths of the sea.” ―Plato, 360 B.C.