Monthly Archives: October 2013

Feel good movies

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I like watching feel-good movies. I realized that the common denominators for liking them are: actors does not necessarily have to be famous, crisp dialogue, and cinematography plays a big role.

So here are my favorites:

1. Jeux d’enfants or love me if you dare
2. Nottinghill
3. Midnight in Paris
4. Under the tuscan sun
5. The holiday
6. A Good year
7. Chocolat
8. Amelie
9. As good as it gets
10. Somethings gotta give
11. A room with a view
12. Il postino
13. Priceless
14. Breakfast at tiffany’s
15. A big year
16. Howl’s moving castle
17. House of flying daggers
18. Vicky cristina Barcelona
19. Like water for chocolat
20. Summer hours
21. Salmon fishing in Yemen

I’m still in search for more of these type of films. What’s your favorite feel-good movie?i

Toys that make our kids

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While packing away my son’s toys, I realized that for the past four years we have accumulated an estimated Php. 50,000 worth of toys (including baby toys and the ones worth 500 below).

Yes, a whopping Php. 50,000!!!

What i am trying to drive here is the business on consumerism. These toys may bring “joy,” but new/better toys will be marketed in the next months, especially nearing the holidays.

When we were kids, there were no Toy Kingdom or Toys are Us that time. Babyland, COD, or SM were a long excursion away. Toys or games were simple then: jackstones, palayok for a kitchen set, or tanzan to make mudcakes made us happy. Thus, we are what we are today.

In applying uses and gratification theory in this situation, the media is used to supply the kid’s specific need to feel happiness. But what are the repercussions on buying endless new toys? Are we teaching our children to be materialistic? Are we teaching them discontent? Are we filling the void of being an absentee parent? Or are we, parents, keeping up with the Joneses?

With all the available technology, toys, games, the parents’ direction is a big influence that stirs the kids future.

So be careful parents on granting a child’s desire on toys. The bible warns:

“And all that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. Thus I considered all my activities which my
hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 2:10-11