Sex and The City

 

I’ve been having a marathon (for the nth time) of this fun, flirty, fabulous representation of a modern woman. It’s about Fashion, relationship, and sex – I just love watching this! The series teach me WHAT NOT TO DO on relationships and WHAT TO DO as a friend. In believe, this is something for adults only. With the theme and views of the characters, no minor should watch this! Haha

Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte
(snapshot from SATC)

My personal favorite among the four lead characters is Charlotte York. I see myself in her. Very dramatic, very emotional, puts her heart on her sleeves, dreamy, and sweet. I love her elegance. I must say that among the girls, she’s the one with the most acceptable way of style. It’s just chic, not bordering to hoe-ish look. Her style is more of a sexy librarian. Conservative looking but sexy (not that she dresses like she’s always going to a church) . Her glamorous charm catches a lot of rich/eligible bachelors.

I like Miranda Hobbes’ toughness. She’s the lawyer in the group and I like her intelligence on their breakfast talks with the other ladies. She’s this awkward lady when it comes to guys. She’s so into corporate that she sometimes forget how to loosen up. I like her for loving Steve despite and in spite of. Her character rocked the awesomeness in not taking into consideration her career over her husband’s. Love really has no standards.

snapshot from SATC

Samantha Jones, the high class PR, is the most promiscuous among them. She swings to flings and one night romance. Until she met Richard, the über rich hotelier who knocked her off her feet and showered her with luxury. I liked her character on the latter part of the last season though. When she started dating the waiter, Smith Jarred. Again, proved that love is not seeing your lifestyle or your net worth. She was changed a lot by Smith, whose character became a most sought celebrity for movies and endorsements (of course with Sam’s help). I admired their relationship – standing up for the one your love, in sickness and in health.

Carrie Bradshaw, the character I didn’t like. Well, it is not because Sarrah Jessica Parker portrayed it. (I’m giving her two thumbs up for playing the character well.) I just loathe the slutty outfits, the inconsistencies in her relationships, financial irresponsibility, lack of priorities in life, and many more. She lives way beyond her means. She’s the only one who’s renting her apartment but shops like there’s no tomorrow on expensive shoes. It was only when Aidan left her after their engagement when she was able to finally buy the apartment. But with the help of her friend Charlotte, who gave her a diamond ring from (also) her failed marriage. The more their character evolves, the more I get annoyed with her. That very character is the one I learned a lot – on the NOT TO DO part of checklist. I didn’t like it when she cheated on Aidan for Mr.Big. I didn’t like it when she chased Aidan and they got back together but eventually broke poor Aidan’s heart again after agreeing to engagement. She’s very fickle when it comes to guys. She dresses so inappropriately that her presence screams for SEX. Well, she’s the writer of the Sex and the City column and books but would that require her to look like that? She’s not decent-looking and she almost wears nothing. For me, she’s the walking disaster of failed relationships and mismanagement of life. Kudos on how SJP played the role well.

snapshot from SATC

Overall, I really like the series. It has showed different types of modern woman – good to bad. I may not live in NYC but I could somewhat relate to them in terms of friendship and men. I hope there’d be a sequel to season 6. I’d love to see the four fab women on a series again.

 

Sagada (Lomography Edition)

(c) NurseonBreak, March 2011
Taken with Lomography Fisheye No.2 with Fujifilm Neg ISO 100

(c)NurseonBreak
Lomography Fisheye 2, Fujifilm ISO 100

 

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Lomography Fisheye 2, Fujifilm ISO 100

Sumaging Cave
(c)NurseonBreak
Lomography Fisheye 2, Fujifilm ISO 100

(c)NurseonBreak
Lomography Fisheye 2, Fujifilm ISO 100

(c)NurseonBreak
Lomography Fisheye 2, Fujifilm ISO 100

 

 

Nature Trip: Sagada

Last year, my boyfriend and I decided to go on a holiday trip –  more of an adventure. It was during my college days when I first heard of Sagada, Mountain Province. All I knew is that this is where the Banaue Rice Terraces (one of the 8 (previous) Wonders of the World) was found. And I thought  the strawberry farms were located there.

Tourist Attractions – Banaue Rice Terraces, Hanging Coffins, Caves, Falls, Historical buildings, Marlboro top, where you could have an amazing view of the sunrise

Mountain Province
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The Banaue Rice Terraces
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We’ve seen a lot of people from different parts of the world during our trip. I know they’d love it there because of the nice weather, ranging from 7 to 13 degree Celsius (unlike where I live where it is frickin’ humid). The natives of the town are very hospitable. The fruits and vegetables are crispy and juicy fresh! People serve a variety of good dish as well. At night, it’s best to cap of the day with an ice cold beer.

Travelling Tips:

1. For the techies – Bring extra batteries for flashlights, mobile phones or wireless chargers for other gadgets. I’m sure you don’t wanna get bored during the 12-hr bus ride.

2. Bring a bunch of chips or nuts and lots of water during the travel. You need energy to walk up and down those hills so eat and hydrate yourself.

3. Bring lightweight clothes for your cave adventure. Lots of zip locks and a pair of disposable gloves are also needed. You don’t wanna touch bat shit with your bare hands.

4. The hostels only provide 1 towel for each person even if you stay there for 2-3 nights. If you’re not used to not changing towels everyday, bring one.

5. Never forget to bring a camera. You don’t wanna miss capturing the majestic views you are to see. Treasure the trip.

6. It is best to travel in groups. Tour guide’s fee is 500-800 per destination. You might not want to spend that much on that alone.

7. Be early in going to the bus terminals so that you may not be left by the last trip. Daily trips are on a first come,first serve basis. Be in the Baguio-Sagada Terminal by 4am to catch the first trip. That’s the ideal trip because it is so risky to pass by the cliff when it’s already dark.

 When you come and visit my country, don’t forget to include in your itinerary this awesome place. I’m sure you would enjoy!

Lomo <3 Animals

(c) NurseonBreak
Taken with Lomography Fisheye 2, Kodak C200 color neg

(c) NurseonBreak
Taken with Lomography Fisheye 2, Fuji neg film ISO100

This is what I like about using film cameras. Good shots come in surprise, and you’d want to experiment more on the angles next time. Even if photoshop or adobe editing is done by professionals and non-pros, I’d still stick to no altering what was captured. For me, anything encapsulated  in a lomograph is art.

 

Have a Little Faith

I keep on telling myself to have faith in my career path. I have a lot of plans for my future. (Yeah, I have this feeling of 24-year-old-nurse-who-isn’t-successful.) I feel bad now. I really do. My only consolation is that at least, I am practicing my  profession.

In our country, where there is a big percentage of Registered Nurses added to the population every year, it’s really frustrating to know that the demands are less likely to give even half of those people the right job. Yes we have A LOT of nurses here and we only need a few. This results to migration to different countries like The US, UK, Middle East, Australia to work. Some would sacrifice not being with their families just to get a good paying job. (Yep, third world problems.)

I, on the other hand, didn’t choose to apply for a work abroad. I chose to stay here and accepted a job as a nurse for a government unit. I am just not sure if I’d love it here. I want to love my job. I am seeing myself getting old in this one. It is a little frustrating though, ‘cuz I wanted more than this. I wanna have a Masters degree. I wanna have a part-time job, like being a clinical instructor in a university here. So much for a goal, but I have faith that I will be able to fulfill my dreams.

 

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.  -Gustave Flaubert