5 Things You Missed Today (December 12)
Are Kendall Jenner and Taylor Swift friends as well? These 2 ladies who have been linked to One Direction's Harry Styles recently got together to decorate Gigi Hadid's apartment for the holidays. Gigi posted an Instagram video of the girls having fun while doing the task. Could they really be friends?
Your new favorite breakup song is here and it's handed to you by Demi Lovato and Olly Murs. As part of his 4th album, Never Been Better, Olly teamed up with Demi to record the song "Up." The 2 also get together in the song's music video showing Demi and Olly dealing with their heartbreak by destroying a lot of things. And we mean, a lot, including their homes.
Sam Smith is making us tear up in his cover of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" which he revealed recently. If you need all the Christmas feels and good vibrations, hit the play button below to listen to the Brit singer perform his version of the song.
The nominees for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, happening on January 11, 2015, have been revealed. Who got in among your fave movies? The Theory of Everything was nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama. The Grand Budapest Hotel and Into the Woods got nods for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. Big Hero 6, The Book of Life, How To Train Your Dragon 2, and The Lego Movie are nominated for Best Animated Feature Film. You can view the full list of nominees over here.
Here are 2 movies you should put on your must-watch lists next year, Candy Girls!
The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince in French), the movie adaptation of the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, released the first trailer recently and it's just magical. While there's no English version of the trailer yet, news have it that the English-dubbed film version will be featuring the voices of Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James France, Jeff Bridges, and many more.
Wondering what goes on inside your head when you undergo certain emotions? The creators of Up, Toy Story 3, and Finding Nemo bring you Inside Out, a movie that chronicles the different emotions inside Riley's head as she goes through her everyday activities. Featuring the voices of Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, and many more, Inside Out is set to premiere in Philippine theaters on June 17, 2015.
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First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.
If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.
And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.
Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.
Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”