A Daughter’s Story

I used to hate my mom when I was little.

One of them was about our former neighbor (almost the same age as mine) who taunted me and made me wet using their hose. Another instance was when my younger sibling and I got into petty quarrels and I would tell her to scold him. But it turned out that I am reprimanded instead!

A pink tulip.

Only a couple of years have passed my hatred towards my mom moved to a 360 degree turn.

I got influenced by a good friend and former elementary classmate of mine who is really close with her mom. I never imagined that time will come I can also develop closeness with my mother as well whom my siblings and I fondly call our Mama.

I started thinking differently. Instead of bursting into negative emotions when she’s angered about silly mistakes, I would try to calm myself first. Then I will make the situation lighter by putting humor out of it to have a more positive environment. At times both of us would just find ourselves laughing them off.

What I especially like about our relationship as mother and daughter is that it also developed into friendship. We would hang out in a mall and watch the latest movie being shown in local cinemas.

There’s never a day that I would want to chit-chat with my mom about everything we like to talk about from the movies we watched, foreign and local popular celebrities alike, and even sharing life lessons which I greatly treasure. And I believe the things I learned from her also helped me become a stronger person every day.

We may have personality differences at times, still I am grateful for having a mom like her who never fails to reassure me that everything will be alright despite feelings of disappointments and failures from the past.

My mom is definitely not only a mother to me but my very best friend, my prayer warrior, and most of all my best encouragement booster. I also hope to treat her for an out of the country travel trip where we can bond more!

Success Is Not…

Fame (2009 film)

I stayed up late at night to catch up watching a movie called Fame which I already saw a couple of years ago. I still remember almost all of the scenes especially the part when Denise who plays her classical piano began to sing her heart out with Out Here On My Own thinking she was alone in their school’s auditorium. And what really stuck in my mind was Jenny’s speech about success:

There are some things
success is not

It’s not fame.
It’s not money or power.

Success is waking up
in the morning

so excited about
what you have to do

that you literally
fly out the door.

It’s getting to work
with people you love.

Success is connecting with the
world and making people feel.

It’s finding a way to
bind together people

who have nothing in
common but a dream.

It’s falling asleep at night knowing
you did the best job you could.

Success is joy and
freedom and friendship.

And success is love.

Vamps on Life and Friendship

Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone (Photo credit: Mark Coggins)

Last weekend, my mom and I watched a comedy horror movie called Vamps top billed by Alicia Silverstone. Watching movies has been one of our usual mother-and-daughter bonding whenever we get the chance to go to a mall. We chose to watch this film thinking we are up for some laughs and who would not want that and then ignoring the possibility it might be horrific.

While watching the film, it turned out that we laughed at some scenes while some of them I found gross especially when vampires had to drink blood directly from a rat using a straw as if they are just drinking a tetra pack juice! (I even had with me a soda packed in a plastic cup with straw!)

Anyway, what I liked about this movie is that it tells about great friendship from the two modern day vampire ladies named Goody and Stacy. They were almost like sisters living in one roof and working together in the same company at night time. Since they are vampires, they can only go outside during evenings while Stacy also enrolled herself in a night class where she met her boyfriend! Conflict began when these ladies discovered that the father of Stacy’s boyfriend is a vampire hunter.

As scenes have progressed, I was especially touched on the closing parts of the movie especially when Goody had to seek help from Stacy’s future father-in-law to eliminate the person who was the reason why they became vampires.

Goody was really a great friend to have since doing it meant she also had to leave the life she lived for more than several decades in order to help her friend Stacy become human thereby continue the latter’s pregnancy from her boyfriend. (Who would have thought she can bear a child but according to the movie it was still possible since she was awakened as vamp during her 20s).

Just thinking about Goody’s character also made me wonder how it can be boring to have lived for so long. Still it was a good thing for her since this allowed her to witness the changing trends in fashion, people’s taste, latest technologies, iconic places she had been to which she find memorable, and most especially meeting a great friend like Stacy until she had to say goodbye. I cried in that particular scene since she fully embraced her fate to finally rest after living for more than a century.