Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Poem: T(h)ree

I have three days left to submit my final paper in school which would decide if I will graduate or not.  I suddenly remembered the poem I discovered while still in UP.  The title of the poem is THREE.  It is based on the poem Tree in terms of format, etc.  I don't know how to describe it.  A parody maybe?  Anyway, here is the poem.  To explain the poem, a grade of three is the passing rate in UP (1-highest 4-fail).  When I pass my defense and get to visit UP someday, I will look for this shirt.
 
Three
 
I think that I shall never see
a grade as lovely as a three.
A three I've earned from blood and sweat
when failing is a serious threat.
A three I've asked from God all day
knowing praying is the only way.
 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Essence of a Woman... huh?



I came across a page in a newspaper containing photos of women who were contestants in a beauty pageant.  I have never understood the fuss on beauty pageants such as Miss Universe, Bb. Pilipinas, and others.  However, what I understand is that the Bb. Pilipinas winner represents the Filipinos and should have the beauty that Filipinos can be proud of when she represents us in the Ms. Universe.  But there is also a Q&A portion so they probably also want to measure the mind, right?  So going back... when I saw the photos, I tried to see if I know any of them.  I looked at their pictures and I felt confused and several questions popped into mind such as:

 
  • Why are some of the poses sexy and sultry? (in the photo)
  • Why do they need to wear a gown and a bathing suit? (during the contest)
  • Why is there only one portion where the brain is measured and why is it the last portion? (during the contest)
 
If I can make changes on the program, some of my recommendations are:
 
1.  Contestants should be active in a social cause/s for at least 3 years.  Examples are tree-planting, medical missions, feeding programs, red cross, prison visit volunteer, etc.
 
2.  The contest will start with the Q&A portion so that all contestants will be given a chance to showcase their intelligence.  Or at least how well they can answer pageant questions.
 
3.  They will not wear make-up.  Make-up can change a person's look.  If they want to see beauty, going natural is the best.
 
4.  No height requirement. Filipinos are not tall on the average.
 
What do you think?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

What A Feeling

I just want to share this beautiful rendition of What A Feeling which is originally sung by Irene Cara and is the theme song for the movie Flashdance.  This version is by Drew Ryniewicz in the X Factor US.


  
 
This version is very short but here is the complete lyrics.  I think that it's a really beautiful and meaningful song but I appreciated it the more because of Drew's rendition.
 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Book Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

I was invited by Goldie of My Book Musings to write a book review.  I decided to write a review about Slammed by Colleen Hoover which was recommended to me by a friend when I mentioned that reading a book of poetry is included in my bucket list.  No, Slammed is not a book of poetry but it has poems.  Here is my review, with permission from My Book Musings where it is originally posted.