Thoughts on Sound of Music from a girl named “Gretel”


source: imdb.com

Nope, Gretel isn’t my real name. Yet, at age 3, I convinced my entire family to call me by that name because I was such a fan of the movie. I watched the movie so many times when I was little I can practically do a monologue of some of the scenes.

Now, of course, I don’t watch it as often, but when I do, it’s always a joy! The songs are so much fun to listen to, partly because of nostalgia; and partly because I get to sing along whenever I want to.

What makes Sound of Music of appealing? Celebrities like Christina Aguilera are quite vocal about it being a big part of their childhood. And I’m sure, like me, there millions who never get tired of hearing these inspiring words:

“When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.” Red heart

This, I think, is one of the reasons why I love The Sound of Music so much- it never fails to inspire.

Here are more inspiring quotes from the movie:

“Climb every mountain. Ford every stream. Follow every rainbow. Till you find your dream.”Red heart

“I have confidence in sunshine, I have confidence in rain, I have confidence that spring will come again.”Red heart

“To find out what is the will of God, and to do it wholeheartedly.” Red heart

“These walls were not meant to shut out problems…”Red heart

A MASTERPIECE: What makes it so great?

Congratulations Robert Wise, you have created a masterpiece!

*What makes this movie so great is that in spite of it not being a heavy drama, you get a lot from it. You get romance, action, music (musical score, songs) , beautiful cinematography, and humor.

* It’s just the right amount of “inspiration”that can change a bad mood to a good mood and lift your spirits, but not so much that you end up living in fairy tale land.

* Despite how many times I’ve watched this move, it never gets boring. In fact, every time I watch it, it still entertains and moves.

ON THE SIDE: Let’s not forget about fashion:

Who could forget Liesl’s dress during that night at the gazebo? My cousins and I have been buying formal wear with similar designs. It’s just so “princess-y” and ladylike.


source: http://www.perioddramas.com/articles/the-sound-of-music-film-costumes.php

Baroness Elsa’s evening gown is quite stunning as well!


source: http://www.pinterest.com/englishmajor89/the-sound-of-music-costumes-and-sets/

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SCENERY MAGIC


It makes you want to go there, doesn’t it? The scenes in the movie are so picturesque, it makes you
want to jump in a plain and go to Austria.

So if you, for some reason, need to lift your spirits. Watched the Sound of Music. It won’t solve your problems, but it will certainly give you a head start by giving your mood a boost 🙂

What I love about the New Year

NY

Hello 2015!

Another year has past! Another year is beginning!

Here are a new things I love about the New Year!

1.) Party!

Who doesn’t like a good party?

Whether it’s with family or friends, celebrating the dawn of a new year makes you feel brand new and ready to tackle what next year has to offer.

It’s also nice when you see people you don’t usually see during the year. Getting to catch up with friends
and family is one of the things great about New Year celebrations (and holiday celebrations in general).

2.) Greetings

It feels good to receive greetings via Facebook, text and, of course, personally. It makes me feel loved and reminds me that there are people who care about me ❤

3.) New Beginnings

Setting goals and resolutions makes me feel pumped up and ready for the new year. I do these things not to pressure myself, but to make sure I seize the coming year with gusto.

Some of my goals include:

saving money
make my business grow- do a good marketing plan for this
get fit and trim
get my driver’s license

I have more, but that’s for my personal list. haha! 😀
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Here’s to New Beginnings, New Goals, New Experiences
Here’s to a New Year!

Thoughts on Sound of Music from a girl named “Gretel”


source: imdb.com

Nope, Gretel isn’t my real name. Yet, at age 3, I convinced my entire family to call me by that name because I was such a fan
of the movie. I watched the movie so many times when I was little I practically do a monologue of some of the scenes.

Now, of course, I don’t watch it as often, but when I do it’s always a joy! The songs are so much fun to listen to, partly because
of nostalgia; and partly because I get to sing along when I want to.

What makes Sound of Music of appealing? Celebrities like Christina Aguilera are quite vocal about it being a big part of their
childhood. And I’m sure, like me, there millions who never get tired of hearing these inspiring words:

“When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.” Red heart

This, I think, is one of the reasons why I love The Sound of Music so much- it never fails to inspire.

Here are more inspiring quotes from the movie:

“Climb every mountain. Ford every stream. Follow every rainbow. Till you find your dream.”Red heart

“I have confidence in sunshine, I have confidence in rain, I have confidence that spring will come again.”Red heart

“To find out what is the will of God, and to do it wholeheartedly.” Red heart

“These walls were not meant to shut out problems…”Red heart

I’m sure there are a lot more.

*What makes this movie so great is that in spite of it not being a heavy drama, you get a lot from it. You get romance, action,
music (musical score, songs) , beautiful cinematography, and humor.

* It’s just the right amount of “inspiration”that can change a bad mood to a good mood and lift your spirits, but not so much
that you end up living in fairytale land.

* It’s not tiring to watch, in fact, every time I watch it, it still entertains.

Congratulations Robert Wise, you have created a masterpiece!

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ON THE SIDE: Let’s not forget about fashion:

Who could forget Liesl’s dress during that night at the gazebo? My cousins and I have been buying formal wear with similar designs. It’s just
so “princess-y” and ladylike.


source: http://www.perioddramas.com/articles/the-sound-of-music-film-costumes.php

Baroness Elsa’s evening gown is quite stunning as well!


source: http://www.pinterest.com/englishmajor89/the-sound-of-music-costumes-and-sets/

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SCENERY MAGIC

My love affair with Musicals: Five Things I love about it <3

Im struggling..to tell you whats burning inside..

source: http://weheartit.com/entry/31022601/tag/musical%20collage?context_user=kaileighelizabeth

I don’t sing.

Correction.

I can’t sing, which is why it’s strange that I’m a fan of musicals. I memorize lyrics and stuff, and can  probably attempt to sing them- but it comes out more like reciting a poem.

There are probably a lot more people in the same boat as I am.

I’m lucky that I live in a country that patronizes musicals as well.  Just recently, Wicked (Australian Tour), was here- sadly I missed it. But I did get to watch Phantom of the Opera (2012) and Miss Saigon (back when I was a kid) live in Manila. Thank God for World Tours!

The Philippines has their share of local productions which have, in the recent years, escalated. Yay Smile  There are four main musical production houses in the Philippines- 9 Works Theatrical, Atlantis Productions, Resorts World Manila, Repertory Philippines. These are the ones I am familiar with anyway. So far I’ve watched:

The Sound of Music by Resorts World Manila
The King and I by Resorts World Manila
West Side Story by Atlantis Productions

What makes musicals so great?

Here are things I love about it:

1.) It’s Live!

No matter how great the special effects in movies are, nothing beats watching something live! It can transport you into the story, and affect you in no way a movie can.

Seeing the actors sing live, dance their hardest, and move with energy is such a high. It’s as if, as an audience member, you somehow absorb the adrenaline onstage.

Not to diminish the value of the good movie. I love movies! Movie buff as well. I guess both are special in their own way. For one, you can watch a movie as many times as you like- once you have the dvd!

2.) The Production!

It’s so much fun seeing another world on stage. The production, of course, helps in this aspect. Phantom of the Opera has got to be one of the most jaw dropping productions ever.  Still can’t get over the chandelier. Oh, and the costumes!

3.)  The Music!

The notes seem to have such an emotional/inspiring effect on me.  I love how beautiful the melodies are.  Sometimes, when I need to get in the mood for writing, I actually listen to musical numbers online. haha.

4.) The Words!

Since I love to write, I tend to pay close attention to a song’s words. In my opinion, for a song to be great, both the music and the words have to be beautiful.  Bravo, bravo to musicals
for making great melodies and great lyrics.

5.) Lessons Learned

Or realizations after (or during) watching it.  No matter how distant a story may seem. (Hello? Beauty and the Beast?) The emotions and trials that a character goes through are still relatable.

Or sometimes, the production itself, is just inspiring. The dance numbers in West Side Story just make you want to get out of your seat and join them.

What do you love about musicals? Feel free to share by commenting in my blog.

Spring


image source: http://fiftyfootshadows.net

Seasons (weather or holiday) are often associated with emotions, (or just life in general).

With you, it’s summer all year round.
This cake tastes like Christmas.
In the winter of my life, I found happiness.
I never thought autumn would come and this would have to end. (break-up, etc.)

Spring, I tend to associated with second chances and new beginnings. It’s beautiful knowing that after every challenge in life, Spring will come,
giving you another chance to grow and learn. It’s beautiful seeing new leaves growing, a reminder that it’s the natural pattern of life- vitality
will always find it’s way back.

So if ever you’re feeling down and dreary, think of Spring. Hang in there, because like Spring that always finds its way back to the world, happiness
will always find its way back to you.

Smile

In light of this, let me share a poem I did. It can better explain my thoughts on it.

SPRING

by Me

Spring.

A thousand leaves renewed

A thousand flowers blooming

Spring.

One leaf replacing the other

A new life reaching out

Spring.

After fear subsides…

courage takes place again

Spring.

When strength is found…

a new chance is given

Spring.

A new beginning

A fresh start

A new day coming

I RECOMMEND (SHOP) : Sending some fashion love to French Brand Camaeiu

The French are known for their fashion…and now- I can enjoy French fashion, too!

More anyway.

Two of France’s high-street brands Promod and Camaeiu have become highly present in Philippine malls.
Promod has been present a couple of years already (FAN. LOVE IT).

What I really want to talk about is Camaeiu.

There prices are quite affordable actually, but it’s shopping heaven if you happen to catch them on sale.
It so happens that they now have a mid-season year, so hurrah!

Things I love about the brand ❤

1.) Wearability: As much as I love looking at designers’ instragrams and fashion magazines, when I buy my clothes
I value wearability and comfort over trendiness. Of course, I try to have both.

source: http://www.camaieu.com/C-114695-city-blue.html

2.) Cotton Comfort: I love shops that sell items made from cotton. I have verrrrrry sensitive skin so  I try to wear clothes with cotton fabric as much as possible. I love their harem pants.

Women's snake print harem trousers

source: http://www.camaieu.com/F-10024-trousers/P-102130-women’s-snake-print-harem-trousers.html

3.  Staples: Staples like while polo shirts, stripped three forts t-shirts, dark plain denims are present. I hate it when a shop has all these fancy designs but doesn’t include basic necessities in their regular product line.

Women's white loose-cut blouse

4. Accessores!: Though not a lot, they do have a cute selection of accessories. Always a plus! Smile

 I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND YOU CHECK IT OUT. 

Note: the designs in the pictures I posted aren’t necessarily available in the Philippine stores.

It’s now available at Shangri-La Mall Ortigas | Ayala Mall Terraces, Fairview | SM Megamall: Fashion Hall, Ortigas | SM City, BF Paranaque