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Santi Tomas May 1, 2020

Movies and Shows to Watch During the Quarantine Period

The quarantine period is still on going and most of us have nothing to do or we did everything to keep us occupied and all of us are getting bored and going crazy for just staying in our houses. I personally love going outdoors and going out once in a while to shop and to treat myself, but during this quarantine period I find myself doing none of those. Instead of complaining on how this quarantine will never end, let us look on movies and shows you should watch.

1. Clueless (1995)

This is personally one of my favorite movies. As with the movie title the main character Cher Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone, is a girl who is clueless and doesn’t even know that she was falling for Josh, played by Paul Rudd. This movie is great if you are into romance and a little bit of comedy. This movie actually made me clueless because I was wondering why Christian, played by Justin Walker, is not getting the signs Cher is giving and to only find out he was gay and I did not expect that. I was totally clueless! There is even a game where you play a story in an app called “Episode” called “Clueless: School’s Out” where Josh has broken up with Cher and you are her half-sister, while both of you are going to an internship with Donna Chung.

2. Totally Spies (2001 – 2013)

If you haven’t watched or even heard about Totally Spies, then your childhood was not that fun. I mean this show is very unique with each episode being a different plot. It TV show is all about 3 teenage girls, Sam, Alex, and Clover, who were recruited by WOOP to become international spies. They take their orders but Jerry, which is their supervisor or leader. What makes this show a masterpiece is with how unique it is, they have their own spy gadgets which is handed my G.L.A.D.I.S. Each episode there is always a villain and ends with the villain captured. Let us also not forget that the girls have their own villain which is Mandy.

3. Home Alone (1990)

This is one of my favorite childhood movies. I remember saying how smart this kid was. If I was in his position I would be scared to death especially home invasion is one of my scariest fears up to this day. The best scene is when the invaders keep trying to get the boy even though they have been outsmarted many times. This movie is for you if you want nostalgia, comedy, and some family moments.

4. Parent Trap

This is an Disney original movie and is a remake. This is the version I have grew up with and is the best for me. This movie got me thinking wow they are twins and all my life I thought they were real and are really twins in real life, but no, Lindsey Lohan is only 1 and does not have a twin. Movie editing was actually great in the 1990’s. Let us not forget the infamous Meredith, our childhood villain. It is a good thing the twins tried to bring back together their mom and dad. This movie is for the nostalgia seekers.

5. Freaky Friday

Yes, this is another Disney original movie and another Lindsey Lohan movie, but hey this is a great movie. This movie is fun to watch especially the part when Anna and Tess switched lives. Each character get to understand their lives and understand each other. There may be up and downs but family will always come first. This movie is for people who love old Disney movies and of course nostalgia.

6. Escape the Night

Now this is an YouTube Original. This stars Joey Graceffa as the main character and famous YouTube stars as guests. The plot starts with a story line of a decade and it is like an escape room but all but 2 YouTube stars will survive and the rest will die. Each episode is a different scenario and each ending either with a death, 2 deaths, or no one dying. This is for people who love escape rooms like me.

7. Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars is one long storyline. It has 7 seasons and the story is that the main character, Alison DeLaurentis is a “rebel” teen who is wild and this is what leads to her disappearance. Throughout the seasons everyone of her friends, Emily, Aria, Hannah and Spencer, are being harassed by a person called A. They have accused a lot of people of being A but no one knows who she/he really is. It is the goal of the friends to find out who she/he is and to find Alison. This TV Show is for people who love mystery, drama, and a little bit of romance.

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Today, I am sharing my mother's story. I wish my mother was a constant in my life, like an angel who guards you to sleep and comes right there when you called. But angels come back home too, in heaven where they always belonged, and my mother went back a little early. My mother died when I was 13 years old. My last memory of my mother: Letting go when you are not yet ready is a very cruel thing that one has to ever experience. It is a sudden wave of total sadness and desperation crashing into your very core.

On the 28th of July 2013, we went to a resort in Bataan for the employees’ getaway. My parents own a 7-11 franchise, and it had always been a tradition to give their store clerks a get-together every year. I remember very well the last breakfast I had with my mother. The Sunday morning sky was clear and sunny, and the sea was calm and tranquil as we ate our breakfast on a cottage under the tall palm trees. She shared with us a strange dream she had the other night. She dreamt about an unknown woman holding an ice pick chasing her down on a dimly lit street, then she woke up just before the woman could grab her arm. We never knew what that dream exactly meant and now, I wished I never knew its meaning. After breakfast, my family and our employees decided to take a swim at the beach. The day was nice. The morning air may be chilly but the sun’s kiss on our skins gave us warmth. It was perfect. Everything is fine and the tides are low which made it very enjoyable to swim. We swam a little farther from the shore and we stopped to the point where the water reached our shoulders. We were talking about the good things in life and reminiscing the good old days. Those are the things that I’ve always loved about my family because I never had a meaningless conversation with them.

A few moments later, we heard a panicking call for help from one of our store clerks. It was Rachel. She was struggling to keep her head above water. She was already drowning but the odd thing was, she was only a few feet away from us. At first, we thought she was just playing around until we felt the sand in our toes dissolving like powder. It felt like as if the seafloor submerged deeper. I remembered sighting the shore and it seemed so close yet very far away. We were all panicking at that time. No one knew how to swim except my mother so without having second thoughts she swam towards Rachel and called out to my father, “Yung mga anak mo! Dalhin mo sa pampang yung mga anak mo!” and I never thought I already heard my mother’s last words to my father. I was paddling like a dog, gasping for air, as I say a little prayer to God to take us all back to safety. I felt my father grabbing our swimsuits, trying to lift our bodies so we can breathe even though he was also struggling to keep himself alive. Once I felt my toes touch the ground, there came a veil of relief that covered my whole body. As soon as my father and my sister made it to the shore we started calling out for help. There were no lifeguards on duty at that time, no personnel, nor guards. I saw my mother already floating in her stomach. We sighted a boat sailing nearby, we waved our hands and called for their attention. They almost ignored us because they cannot comprehend what we were trying to relay but the good thing was a passenger in the boat noticed my mother and Rachel in the water.

My mother’s body was laid on the shore. She was unconscious and her whole body was pale as white. My father performed CPR but my mother couldn’t get the water come out of her mouth because the food she ate earlier got stuck in her throat and blocked the passage. A concerned tourist offered his car to deliver my mom in a nearby health center or a clinic of some sort since the hospital was miles away from the beach and she needs immediate care. My father told us to stay in the hotel room and prepare mom’s belongings so that if she wakes up she has fresh clothes to change into. My sister and I finished packing our things and waited for our father to pick us up from the hotel. I was crying and I couldn’t stop myself because I was afraid to lose my mother. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be if I lose her that day. Moments lasted until we heard a knock on the door and it was my father, crying, and apologizing to us. He hugged me and my sister tightly and saying, “Sorry, anak, sorry hindi na uuwi si mommy, sorry hindi ko nasagip si mommy”. And that was the moment I felt sinking into the ground. I never knew what to feel at first. I was numb because my worries were now actually a reality that I have to live in. I was at shock because I am now one of the kids in those cliche teleseryes who lost a mother at an early age. We went to the health center to settle everything. The clinic was very small and it sure did lack equipment. He told us to stay in the car. I wanted to see my mom, but I know he never wanted us to see her like that. I didn’t know what to feel. I was having high anxiety levels that my stomach is churning and I wanted to vomit. I got off the car and entered the health center to find the restroom. When I was finding my way around, I passed by the emergency room. I saw my mother lying in a foldable bed, lifeless, her hands dangling from the side of the bed, she has violet bruises on her skin, and her body was partially covered with a white towel.

That is when it sunk into me that she’s dead and never coming back. My father asked the others to just commute back to Manila because what we need right now is comfort from our family. The drive back home was one of the most painful memory I had as a kid. My father was in the steering wheel crying his eyes out. We drove from Bataan to Pampanga. We went home to my grandmother’s house, the nearest house that we can call “home” because how are we still going to be “home” without her?

Once we reached Pampanga, we stopped over to the gas station and my father made some calls to our loved ones to tell them that my mother passed away. He then called my aunt to help him arrange for the funeral. We got home and my grandmother hugged us and told us to get some rest. Already tired of crying, I went to sleep for a while. I woke up and for a second, I thought everything that happened the other day was all just a dream. That she was there in Manila, sitting on the couch reading some furniture magazine, waiting for us to go home. But that’s how cruel life is, right? I got up and weirdly, I felt sands in the bed. It was gray, just like the ones on the beach. I thought maybe it was just dirt but it was a fair amount to believe that maybe she visited us before she left. - ?

- The part of how I conquered the grief of her passing is shared in my personal blog. I felt the need to share my story with everyone since she's the woman I look up to. Feel free to visit my personal blog too when you have the time. I love writing my stories. Thank You! link:

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