07.24.17 | to watch – ajin : demi-human

I always have a list of movies to watch in my journal. This helps me decide which once is worth watching on a big screen and spending money.

Since I came to love Sato Takeru ever since I watched the first Rorouni Kenshin (2012) I had always looked forward to watching the the movie’s trilogy. A story of a former legendary assassin Kenshin Himura.

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Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno | Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Taika Hen (2014)

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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends | Rurouni Kenshin Densetsu no Saigo Hen (2014).

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I have yet to finish watching his old one “The Liar and His Lover Movie” which I just learned after watching the korean version. Hopefully I can download the HD copy. This is a lovestory of a 25-year-old sound engineer and 16-year-old high school student who is gifted with a voice. Oh well, I love romantic and action movies. So I’m to choose between the two (given the good story), I will be torn.

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Sato Takeru has an upcoming movie which I’m hoping it will released in the Philippines so I don’t need to wait for the movie to be available online. It will be released in Japan on 09.30.2017. It’s a story of a man who learned that he is an Ajin (demi-human) after a car accident and was taken custody by the government where he goes into painful experiments.

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*Check full movie plot  and teaser videos @ http://asianwiki.com/Ajin:_Demi-Human
*All pictures credit to Asianwiki.com

 

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06.05.17 | amazing grace

I have listened to and sung this song countless times but I was so captivated with it once again when I heard it sang by Yoona (SNSD) in the K2 Korean drama series I finished watching months ago.

I don’t know,  but, there is something in the way she sang the song that dispensed me goosebumps. It was so solemn that I couldn’t help but be in tears. The accompaniment of the piano and the choir perfectly played along with Yoona’s voice and depiction of the song. It pierce through the heart. It was like paddling on a sea of solitude leading you to the reason why the song is created in the first place.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

05.22.17 | kumusta : a big word

It’s been months when I last showed up in the church, Victory-Pasig. I have been there on Sundays consistently since 14th of May. Half of me thought my presence would be less noticeable if I would be seated at the back (I usually sit 2nd-3rd row from the stage) and half of me expects few people would notice once my being is remarked.

So people greeted me with “Hello! you’re back!” (Have I been gone that long?) Oh yes, I’m back, finally! “How are you? What is up to you nowadays?” (Hmmm. Busy at work? Busy taking care of stuffs and all?) Oh well, I’ve been hustling with overtimes at work. You know, kinda stuff to earn more – if not to perform. “I miss you! What happened to you?” (Oh, I’ve been up and about from here to there, I guess.) Oh, Same here! I miss this integral thing, these people and the whole family!

And yesterday was the classic I genuinely missed. I jostled into my former mentor while fixing my hair in the rest room. She still mentors me when necessary. She is a pastor’s wife. I’ve been mentored by three pastor’s wife already. Yes. That is so true.  “Miss Lorie! You’ve been in my mind for two weeks now. KUMUSTA? (how are you?)”. I didn’t know what to answer, I shrieked it off with a phony smile hoping she won’t read my mind through my eyes and said “I’m perfectly fine!” What a foolproof line to use this time. I got a bit scared Miss Maru read me between those lines. I tried to shun eye contact ‘cause I know in my heart, she’ll certainly figure out something that needs to be dealt with when I do. I was anxious I would have to sit with her for about half an hour if not a couple for that matter.

That word “kumusta” means a lot to us. Singles, in particular. It may mean, we have something to confide – good thing, bad thing. This word daunts me most of the time. It’s weird, right? When I was young, I thought the word “kumusta” is just a word to disguise disinterest or to kickoff a conversation. But I was deluded. It’s a big word. If you ask “Kumusta”, you have to be ready to give an ear and extra time (as in ample time), not to mention wisdom to advise (should this be solicited). However, if you were asked, be primed to open your heart to a possibility of console or impediment.

It’s been years since I heard that magic word “Kumusta?” It’s something singles (I, in particular) love to hear because it’s an indication that someone would hear our deep thoughts that bothers us or a joy that can’t sit around to be shared. Nonetheless, it is likewise something we dread to hear ‘cause we know we can’t suppress anything, that we will be caught anytime soon. Talk about discernment.

Now, this gave me a thought overnight. I get to check myself again.

How am I really doing? Self-check mode ON. I don’t routinely go over many questions when this mode is on. “How is your heart?”. It’s the only question I need to ask myself. Why? Whatever it is,  will always boil down to the bottom line – my Heart.

A simple word that could mean a big thing.

10.14.14 |change is here

So, finally I am nailed to maintain my blog with Wordpress. Men! Why was it too hard to decide back then? Oh well, aside from the busy schedules, I have to retrace the advantages and disadvantages of using the Wix or go back to my first website provider – Blogspot or have this WordPress.

Wix.com is way too great when it comes to website designing – I mean you can just wield how you want your blog to look like since there is a blank theme. If you have a creative mind, you’ll love this website! The downside is – it doesn’t have features for followers and if you opt to have comments for your blogs, you will have to bridge this to your Facebook. Or I may not yet explored the blogsite? Anyway… since the WordPress has these features, why spend too much time waiting for that feature to be added, which I’m not certain when exactly this will happen, use other website instead.

And yeah,Wordpress won!

I resolved to secede my personal blogs from photography works last October 20, 2014. However, keeping two blogs is demanding for me, knowing the fact that I work in a call center and I sleep on daytime. I wouldn’t have energy left so it would be best to keep one. And I have trouble mastering passwords. Keeping one password for all accounts is not highly recommended. Nevertheless, I still have same password for some of my social media accounts. I guess, I would have to work on that.

Old posts from my Luke’s Time Capsule will be transferred on this site. I still intend to keep the dates when I first wrote the topic. My photography works will be added here as originally planned.

I intend to post at least every week and I hope I can keep that up!

For those who somehow bumped into my old blog, Thank You, for taking time to browse and read my posts and for those who will be reading this blog, I hope I will be able to inspire you in one way or another.

Should you have feedback or thoughts, please don’t hesitate to leave your comments on the comment box or shoot me an email. Expect my reply as soon as I get them. It would be deeply appreciated.

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01.29.14 | grumpy heart turned into grateful heart}

I was cranky this morning on my way to work. I received my salary yesterday from my new job ( I resigned last year immediately due to some reasons) and I can’t seem to know how to budget my money knowing that it’s almost half less than the salary I collect from my previous work, oblivious I was already complaining to God.

I had my morning pancake and a brewed coffee at McDonald’s. This became my habit since I started working in Makati. I often try to catch up at the van early in the morning to keep away from waiting long on the line. As I had a mouthful of my coffee after finishing my 2 pancakes, my attention got caught by this crew who I frequently encounter in this same place day after day. I was so stalled with his poker face while cleaning up the table where customer had their share on their meals. He greets me in the morning, if not everyday, with the unchanged poised face with a warm “Good Morning, Ma’m”.  It was weird that I suddenly burst into tears I can’t explain as I look at this young guy doing his job deliberately.  He possibly receive almost half less than I have now as he seemed to be a new staff in McDonald’s. He doesn’t look well off, probably just like me when I was still in my college days – when I haven’t had enough money to gobble three times a day.

God suddenly made me realize how blessed I am having this kind of trade and having the salary I might not want (for now).  Good thing I was in the corner of the place where people can’t glimpse a good deal of my existence. I had a grumpy heart turned into a grateful one with just a simple presence of an average guy from McDonald’s. It’s funny how God uses such ordinary circumstance to turn your heart into an indebted heart. You’ll just feel so comforted you wouldn’t ask for more assurance of God’s love.

Thank you, Lord, for the blessed day!

featured photo – credit to http://www.bubblews.com

01.27.14 | a new start

“… the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

There were many innovative things 2014 has brought into my life. Apart from the fact that I cut my hair from a super long to a pixie one! Yeah. I did cut it soooo short right after I resigned from HSBC-Contact Center last December 2013. It’s something I have to do to alleviate the six years of stress BPO have caused me and I’ve been wanting to have a new look. I got bored with my long hair so here I am again with a pixie hair look.

First was the new job. Hah! Finally out from call center! It was a relief. Though I still think likely of going back after a year or two, I guess.

Second, I got fixed Saturday-Sunday off from work. Yehey! A rest day I’ve been working my heart off for the past 6 years by performing at work so I can have the weekends break. How did I outlive those years with shifting schedules every 3 months? Well, I guess it was all by the grace of God. Without it, I won’t ever make it!

Third, I get to see the sunrise going to work and not going home from work. There’s a big difference, right? I’m not called “vampire” or “zombie” anymore! Or get an advice “Get a Life!”.

Fourth, I can enjoy the holidays! Yehey! Honestly, I can’t even remember which holidays are they. Now I can say, I am a filipino! Hahahah!

Fifth, I can commit to a ministry at the church. I was released from Music Team unofficially due to schedule conflicts during rehearsals and worship services. However, I plan to join another Ministry, though. Since there are teams for Photographers, I intend to concentrate on photography team to enhance this area in preparation to my photo works. Since this will be put up as a business sooner.

Sixth, I get to practice my photography! I can do the photoshoots for my portfolio every Saturday and Sunday!

featured photo credit to sasha belmonte.

10.08.13 | save. people. pray.

October 7. 1139pm.

I was just about to snooze when my sister, Sasha, sent me a message saying she is anxious about our sibling who is working overseas  (Norway) as she can’t contact her via FaceBook (where we usually get in touch). She was crying last night as if her heart is about to shatter. I have it in mind to just impart my share of God’s method of prompting His people to pray.

My Text: God is just giving you a burden to pray for her (our sister, Lea). Whenever you feel that (crying with a burden for someone), get up and pray. God sometimes let us feel someone’s emotion to bring us to our knees in prayer. When God calls us to pray, He does it in a very unique way we can’t even understand but will give us joy afterwards.

There’s more to discover when you pray for people. You will be overwhelmed.

Little did I know my message will be aimed  at me. I had an unthinkable encounter with God who personally called me to pray instead.  While I was reading through my files from the laptop, there is part of me that wanted to listen first to a worship song. I abruptly put what I was doing to one side upon perceiving a voice saying “PRAY”. I shook the thought off but I heard it yet again, “PRAY NOW”.

I conformed not knowing it will transform me. I closed our room’s door and put my hands together in prayer kneeling comfortably on my bed. I prayed for my family which is the considered necessary for the prayer I ought to do.

My conversation with GOD:

Me: Please save my family. I can’t be like this knowing they are not with me in my Faith. Please save them. Touch their hearts and cause them to return to YOU. I know I don’t have the right at this moment to pray but please save my Family. I want to see them worshiping you the same way Sasha and I are doing now. I want them to feel you love them the same way we do.

God: I want you to forgive yourself and ask for cleansing so I can penetrate into your heart. I can’t come because of sin. Rest assured that I will hastily come the moment you ask. Free yourself from YOU (my thoughts: that is – I pray all about me. God is asking me to focus on Him and not myself).

I saw God in front of me and wanting so much to hold me in His arms but can’t because I am full of sin. He was waiting for me to say it.

God: I am holy and I can’t touch you because you are unholy. Your sin is stopping me to hold you. Ask for forgiveness and cleansing I will come. Ask now, my daughter.

I cried my heart out and spoke in tounges.

Me: I’m sorry. Please cleanse me.

The moment I finished my words, I saw God embraced me quickly. I cried so hard I trembled. The room went so frosty my body trembled.

Me: What should I pray? 

God: Save. Save. Save. Pray for people to be saved. Pray that they will be saved. That they will ask forgiveness and return to me. Pray earnestly for people. Pray unceasingly.

He showed me the scene from the old testament fleetingly I can’t contain as he put his heart into my heart and I cried.

God: See, I can’t come to them because they are full of sin. Pray for these people. Pray and not stop. I need you to tell my people pray. The time is coming and I want them to be rescued.

He prompted me to put my hands into my heart and when I did, my heart aches for people I can’t elucidate. There’s pain I can’t restrain.

God: Please pray for these people. Tell my people (those who believe God) to pray for them (sinners). It is your duty to pray for the Lost. I have called you a warrior. A warrior in prayer. A princess who prays. Ask my people to pray. Call Yami to pray. Pray now. Do not delay. Call her to pray with you for the people (lost souls).

I hesitated but I forced myself (I can’t walk straight since I was still shivering) to go to Yami’s room and ask her to aid me in prayer. Yami took my trembling hands and escorted me to the living room to pray. I only prayed in tongues and as I did, Yami seem to decipher every tongue I verbalize.

I stopped trembling when we finished praying. Yami confessed that she was praying for me for long as she distinguish my heart of stone for years now. I admit I was, and I thanked her for praying for my heart. It was one of the unique encounter I had with the GOD. I was released from sin. I forgave and I was forgiven. I prayed.

There’s just one thing GOD asked of me: PRAY for people to be saved.

 

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