August 29, 2011

Long Live Katniss and Peeta

I am turning into a BIG Taylor Swift Fan because her songs are just Amazing, given the fact that she wrote them all by herself and that it is based on her real life. So I was listening to her Speak Now Album until I stumbled to the song "Long Live". This was recommended by one of my Students, Donna, and so I decided to give it a try. During the past month, Aside from Taylor Swift, I went crazy with the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (You can see it in this Blog actually)

The lyrics are just so fit to the most memorable scenes of the movie. It's like whenever it plays, I do get a Theatrical Trailer playing in my mind complete with all the dramatic scenes from the Book. That's the wonderful thing about reading books aside from just watching them in movies and on screen. You get your mind to work extra because you don't just comprehend dialogues and scenes, you get to think of them in your very own way, the way you prefer how the characters look like with the help of the Author's description and this song really made me feel like that.

Long Live by Taylor Swift

I said remember this moment
In the back of my mind
The time we stood with our shaking hands
The crowds and stands went wild
We were the Kings and the Queens
And they read off our names
The night you danced like you knew our lives
Would never be the same
You held your head like a hero
On a history book page
It was the end of a decade
But the start of an age

Long live the walls we crashed through
How the kingdom lights shined just for me and you
I was screaming long live all the magic we made
And bring on all the pretenders
One day we will be remembered

I said remember this feeling
I passed the pictures around
Of all the years that we stood there
On the side-lines wishing for right now
We are the Kings and the Queens
You traded your baseball cap for a crown
When they gave us our trophies
And we help them up for our town
And the cynics were outraged
Screaming this is absurd
Cause for a moment a band of thieves
In ripped up jeans got to rule the world

Long live the walls we crashed through
How the kingdom lights shined just for me and you
I was screaming long live all the magic we made
And bring on all the pretenders

I'm not afraid
Long live all the mountains we moved
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you
I was screaming long live the look on your face
And bring on all the pretenders
One day we will be remembered

Hold on
Just spinning around
Confetti falls to the ground
May these memories break our fall
Can you take a moment, promise me this
That you'll stand by me forever
But if God forbid fate should step in
And force us into a goodbye
If you have children some day
When they point to the pictures
Please tell them my name
Tell them how the crowds went wild
Tell them how I hope they shine

Long live the walls we crashed through
I had the time of my life with you
Long, long live the walls we crashed through
How the kingdom lights shined just for me and you
I was screaming long live all the magic we made
And bring on all the pretenders
I'm not afraid
Singing long live all the mountains we moved
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you
Long, long live the look on your face
And bring on all the pretenders
One day we will be remembered

Most of the scenes from the book that truly relives in my mind from the beginning of the song is when they were called to be tributes from their first Hunger Games. They were really nervous even until they get to the Capitol then they were forced to hold hands as they walked through the crowds and everyone was so happy! Up until they were crowned as visitors and they had the time of their lives fighting dragons, in their case different obstacles, together with each other. Katniss and Peeta will always be my heroes and they will now be part of my life and this song will truly remind me of that each and every time. They will always remembered and in my heart, long live.

August 28, 2011

In Her Shoes (2005)

Ok, so what are movie reviews doing here at my blog? Well, I have to tell everyone that I do have a personal place in my heart and in my time devoted to Movies. I always take time once in a while to reserve a ticket to enter a different world, a different place, and most of the time, a different role, in front of the TV or the Movies. In this case, I do have an Excel File here on my Laptop (Which is about 5 years old now) and I call it the Steven's Movie Database, SMD for short. Movies I have already watched are listed and scored on different criteria as to present the Movies which I really loved and as well, the movies I dreaded and regret I have watched.

Even in my High School and College Days, whenever I watched something that I really like or interested me much, I make it a point to share it to a friend, the feeling I get while I'm soaked up into this pensieve of scenes from the screen as I run with the characters, laugh with them and even cry with them (Most of the time, I have to admit, I do). So from Now on, I'm bringing the practice here at my Blog thus to share it with you all about my movie experiences. But of course, as I post here, you are ensured that the scores are on the latest and not the recycled ones from SMD which means I'll be watching these movies, for the first time or for the nth time, fresh to be reviewed for everyone.

PS. This is my Blog and the way I score these movies are to my own satisfaction. I won't be caring a bit if you think my reviews are not suitable for your own taste. But if it does, then be my guest, these are for you guys!

In Her Shoes is a good movie I can say, something better than Good I have to say. The story of these sisters are just really heart-warming. I really like the fact that one single moment, should I call it an accident, hmmm no but yes as well, can change both of their lives. One living in the shoes of the other, not literally actually but living the ways of the other. Rose (Toni Collette), the dull, busy lawyer and Maggie (Cameron Diaz) the bubbly, dyslexic unemployed are two worlds apart but even from the beginning, you really can tell that they do love each other. Yet events stirred up things that lead them to think how much they are lacking without the other. How their feet perfectly fit with the same size. They are their life's meaning. they are what the other is. 

I really admire the insertion of poetry and literature in the movie's story and script by including two great poems by Alexander Pope and E.E. Cummings. By watching this for the first time, a few five years ago as I can remember, I started the fond of reading poetry because this movie made me thought of every line to these two poems and felt it really in my heart. Just like the old man said in the movie to Maggie, Poetry is supposed to be slow, to be read, to be felt. I had the same feeling and I exactly grasped the heart of the poems especially as Cameron Read it. I especially like the one by E.E. Cummings and I would like to share it with you:

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

In every end of my Movie Reviews, I will be grading the movie as to my own Criteria on how I think Movies are good to my own taste. I will be rating it from 1 to 5, 5 being the Highest and 1 being the Lowest.

In Her Shoes (2005)
Script: 4.5
Story: 4
Setting: 3.5
Casting: 4.5
Emotion: 4
Steven's Over-all Rating: 4.1 (Very Good Movie)

August 26, 2011

Skywalked Cebu

Skywalk Experience with my Brother Wilson and Cousin Judy last August 8th Year 2010 at the Skywalk at Crown Regency, Cebu City! It was so much fun! Here are some of the Photos :)

Me, Judy and Kuya Wee 126 ft Above Cebu City

Skydiving Pose!

Oh! This one is THE Skydiving Pose!

Before the Walk. Honestly, I was not nervous at all :)

My Solo Pose with an aerial view of Cebu City

August 24, 2011

Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat is the very first Temple we have visited during our Ayutthaya Adventure in Ayutthaya, Thailand. A wat is a Temple or Monastery found on the South East Asian countries of Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

We rented bicycles and trudges the streets of the ancient ruins of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. We parked our bicycles on the designated bicycle parking lot and payed our Entrance Fee of around 350 Thai Bhat which will cater to more than one Temple or Wat. Then we started walking along the Pathway, mesmerized by the Magical Beauty of Ancient Thailand.

Me at the Famous head of Buddha at the Entrance of Wat Mahathat

Just beside the tree is a Notice to the travelers to never take a picture with your head higher than the Buddha head in the Roots of the Banyan Tree as a sign of respect to Buddha and to the People as well. By the first sight of this Famous Landmark, I began having chills because As I always am throughout our Thailand Trip, I still can't believe that I am already at Thailand, the magical Place I can only see in Photos and on movies. So we went on and on around the ruins of Wat Mahathat and took a lot of Pictures with us.
Me in front of the First Giant Buddha in Wat Mahathat

Me, Ralph and Ate Judy at the Ruins of Wat Mahathat

Anywhere you look are signs are signs and notices to the tourists and travelers. Some telling to not take a photo with your head higher than Buddha's, to not step on the ruin walls, to climb only the stairs and not on walls and the lot. I just can't help but admire how they respect their religion, country and their culture that they ask the foreigners and visitors to take part of their own tributes for respecting Buddha.
My Snoopy Thailand visiting his hometown together with Snoopy Philippines

Thai Brass Bells sold on the sides of the Ruins. I bought two of these for my Brother and for myself

Breath-taking view of the Brick Chedis on a lucky cloudy day at Wat Mahathat

Truly, there is no need for any argument as to how majestic and magical the Ancient ruins of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya is. These bricks and rubbles from the past signifies the Glory that was and still is in the Kingdom of Siam. Thailand truly flourishes from then up until now and I have come up with the conclusion as to its secret for success, The Love for a Country by the People themselves. That's my dream for my own country as well. That is how I feel and What I truly show but for the other Filipinos, someday, maybe, I Hope...

August 23, 2011

Enchanted Weekend with the Survivors

It was a cloudy Sunday Morning when I woke up and said, "This is the Day we have all been waiting for! I am going to see my Survivor Friends for a Weekend Getaway!" It has always been a grand event whenever we meet up, the Survivors, my Closest College Friends. We call ourselves Survivors since we always have our own Seasons of the Game Survivor which we started during our Senior Year at College. When we left, we still continue doing our best to find time together around the year so we could all meet up and reunite and in fortunate cases, have another Season of Survivor.

We all decided that we will be having our Survivor Weekend on August 21, 2011, the day where most of us doesn't have any commitments at work, at school, anywhere. We decided to go to Enchanted Kingdom at Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The Philippines' National Theme Park, to say the least.

I together with my 11 Survivor friends bound to Enchanted Kingdom at around 10 in the morning! Emil drove Macon's L300 Van and we all had a great trip ahead! Sharing endless stories from our workplaces and the never dying College Memories that we always get to talk about yet the laughs still never fades. We had our Breakfast at Tropical Hut in Walter Mart Sta. Rosa and bound to Enchanted Kingdom. While we were on Queue, we overheard while the park attendants were talking about us and said "Mukhang mga OFW!" And we all burst out laughing! OFW means Overseas Filipino Workers and I guess it's because of one of our friends Kathleen who has a large bag and her camera on her neck. Well we always get to find great times on these simple things!

They started out with the Anchors Away ride, then I get to join them on the next few rides, Roller Skaters, Up Up and Away, Rio Grande Rapids and almost 10 rounds of the Flying Fiesta! We also get to ride the Wheel of Fate which is so High. I have a special fear of Heights but The Ferris Wheel is exempted on my list since it's a 360 degree view of the world around you way up high and it always feels liberating when I'm up there.

We left Enchanted Kingdom at Twilight and we decided to have Dinner at Tagaytay City. Just about an hour drive from Santa Rosa passing by Silang, Tagaytay is truly one of the Survivors' Favorite spots with its cool, chilly weather. We had dinner at the Tapsihan were me and my Family usually dine and everybody was delighted! I was really happy they did like the food and had a great time having dinner together.

As we went back on our way home, we decided that there should be a Fourth Season of Survivor and it will be targeted this coming October. I hope it would really be planned and we all give our times so that it will always be a tighter bond for us. More power to the Survivors! Cheers to the long lasting Friendship of College Students! We will always be friends forever, forever... Graduation and Beyond! 

August 21, 2011

Cavite, Philippines (My Home)

Hello World! Literally! My name is Stevenson Que, 20 years of age and currently teaching at De La Salle University - Dasmarinas, the same school where I got my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. My heart can't just contain my love for Travel, Culture, People and all the things that comes with it, and that is the reason why I decided to put up this Travel Blog.
And for my first Destination, may I share with you my Hometown, Cavite, Philippines. A Town full of Churches, Culture, People and Tons and Tons of History. Being one of the Provinces that cradled Philippine Revolution, Cavite has done a very big part to lead the Country to its Independence. A number of Historical Shrines can be found across the Province, with which are spilt with rich stories from the Past.

April 26, 2008
The San Francisco de Assisi Parish at General Trias, Cavite, my Hometown. This is a 400 year-old Stone Church located at the Heart of the town of General Trias.

April 24, 2008
De La Salle University - Dasmariñas, the Premier University on the Whole of Region IV-A located on the City of Dasmariñas. Most of the students at this University, are not just from Cavite but also from Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, Rizal and Southern Parts of Metro Manila. I graduated here with my Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and this is where I am currently employed as a Faculty Member at the Computer Studies Department.

May 7, 2008
The Aguinaldo Shrine at Kawit, Cavite. This is the Site where the Philippine Independence was declared on June 12, 1898. This is probably one of the Most Historical Sites in the whole of the Philippines. This house was owned by General Emilio Aguinaldo, The very first President of the Republic of the Philippines

April 28, 2008
The Provincial Capitol of Cavite in Trece Martirez City.

May 8, 2008
Tagaytay City, Highest City in the Province. In here, you can experience a Cool, Mild Climate all year round. No wonder why people from around the Province and along Manila, Laguna and Batangas love it in here.

If you wish to know more about my Hometown, just visit my Cavite Daily Photo Blog. Cavite Daily Photo is a member of City Daily Photo, a community of Daily Photo Bloggers in the world which caters a Photo from their city, delivered once a day.

I may not be a Professional Tourist Guide nor a Travel Show host, all I wish is that for all of you to feel how much I Love Travel and how much I want to share my experiences with different places and with different people. Let me deliver you all the photos and memories but most importantly, My story that comes with it...

August 20, 2011

Catching Fire

It was a Saturday, my first Non-Busy Day since I have read the Hunger Games Book 1! So on my way to school I snatched "Catching Fire" (Book 2) and since then it stuck to my hand, page fastened with my finger. Classmates listening to the lesson, reviewing for the quiz but I am on a time ahead of them PANEM Time as I may say. They probably think I'm mad, laughing then crying.

The Quiz came and I started encircling options without my full mind in it and submitted it first in class and they were all looking at me, IGNORED THEM AND WENT BACK TO MY SEAT GRABBED THE BOOK AND CONTINUED READING! The book never ever left my hand even as I walked out of school, passed by the road outside Gate 3, walking along PalaPala and riding the Jeepney Home where I finally finished it! I can even sense people staring at me as I read while I pass by cars and trucks. Well NO ONE can understand What I feel unless they have had their own experience with THE HUNGER GAMES! :)

August 11, 2011

I RECOGNIZE the Philippine Dragon Boat Team

"The Philippine Governmenr cannot recognize the Philippine Dragon Boat Team because they are not official" SO WHAT! AT LEAST SILA MAY NAGAWA FOR THE COUNTRY! I am so proud of our Dragon Boat Team! Thank you for bringing pride to our country, I must say, " The FILIPINO PEOPLE recognizes the Philippine Dragonboat Team"!

Article from

"The Philippine Cultural Foundation organized a ceremony to honor the dragon boat team after the Dragon Warriors won 5 gold medals and 2 silvers in the world championships.
They also held a sumptuous lunch for the team and presented the paddlers with a plaque of appreciation.

The dragon boat team became emotional as they thanked the Filipinos for their support.

“Ngayon lang po kami naka-meet ng ganitong karaming Filipino community. Ngayon lang po kami nakaranas ng suporta, ng endless food, endless drink,” said team captain Sergeant Usman Anterola. “Maraming salamat po sa inyo.”

Meanwhile, the Philippine Cultural Foundation also asked for donations from the Filipinos in order to give the dragon boat team a little bonus.

They will also bring the team to the Bush Gardens Amusement Park."

Who needs recognition from the Government if the FILIPINO PEOPLE themselves give the recognition fit for Heroes like the Dragon Boat Team?

CONGRATULATIONS PHILIPPINE DRAGON BOAT TEAM who competed for the International Dragon Boat World Championship in Tampa, Florida FOR BRINGING PRIDE TO OUR COUNTRY! We are all very proud and awaiting your return!

August 8, 2011

The Hunger Games Trilogy

I have been craving for this Book since yesterday when my friend Mark Luis told me about the story. He's a well read friend and He Highly recommends it to me as I was really sad as the Potter Phenomenon officially Ended after I watched the Last Movie (Though I will always be a Potter Fan). So he told me about the story and I really wanted to read it! So I went to National La Salle Dasma and Saw the Book but they only have the Hardcover Version.

Earlier when we got to Festival Mall in Alabang, Me and my Ate Judy went to Powerbooks and I was thinking of something to buy because everything is on 20% off Sale. So I asked the Book Guy if they have the Hunger Games First Book and he said it was out of stock but they do have the Boxed set of the Trilogy. At first I refused but he told me it was on sale as well so I went to see the Books and I really wanted it so I decided to grab a copy of the Three Books! I am so excited to read it and I will be starting it first thing in the morning!