Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Under the Sea in 3D... and Me

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One rare feature that I like here in Manila is the presence of 3D cinemas. It was my dream to watch at least one movie in 3D. And the most popular is SM Cinema's IMAX Theatre.

There are only two IMAX Theaters: one located in SM Mall of Asia and the other in SM North EDSA. The latter is nearer from where I live. So, I decided to finally make my dream come true.

Two movies were shown in the IMAX Theater: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and Under the Sea. I have already watched the Harry Potter so I picked the documentary movie Under the Sea costing at PhP 250.00. It's good to be aware of our oceans and other sea creatures. As a kid, I've always appreciated the beauty of the sea. Dolphins used to entertain my trip to Cebu as they jumped in arches near the barge. But that was a long time ago; now, I don't see them anymore.

In SM, there was a really spacious customer lounge for IMAX viewers. The floor was carpeted and it was furnished with stylish sofas. At the corner was a bar selling popcorns and softdrinks. I sat on one of the sofas and immediately made friends with a mother and a child. When it was already 3:30 PM, an SM staff escorted us to the cinema.

We were given really big black glasses at the entrance. Those were supposedly called 3D glasses. I have always known that it was used in 3D cinemas, but I never really got the answer on the concept behind it.

And wow! IMAX is completely different from your ordinary cinemas. The highlight of it all was the huge white screen on front. The sound system was very immersive, too.

A trailer of A Christmas Carol surprised me. There was a falling snowflake that seemed to pop out of the screen. Wow! Even the trailers are in 3D!

As the movie started with some fishes being shown, I experimented with the 3D glasses. When I removed it to see, the movie image on the screen was blurred. The images clear out when I put my 3D glasses on. So, I guess that is how those special 3D glasses work. Amazing!

I was so happy at my new experience. There was one time when they showed two blue seasnakes. They were swimming together as the camera focused in. At one time, the face the camera and it would seem that they could bite me. Of course, I instinctively avoided the "bite". Hahaha!

The movie showed not just seasnakes, there were also cuttlefish, sharks, jellyfishes, crown jellyfish, and sea turtles in their natural habitats. I was amazed at the beauty of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. There was even one big fish that seemed to look at me. And being in 3D, my mind told me it was real that I reached out my hand as if to touch it.

Of course there's also a little bit of Chemistry in it. It said that corals and the shells of Nautilus are made up Calcium Carbonate. Carbon Dioxide is required to make it. However, we pollute the environment with so much carbon dioxide that it causes a great climate change. Too much carbon dioxide hinders the generation of calcium carbonate. As a result, the corals bleach white and then die. The nautilus cannot make shells either. So, their species dwindle. How sad...

By the end of the documentary, I discovered a new species called the "dragon fish". It is such a beautiful creature that it turns "camouflage into art", as what the narrator put it. Indeed, its body resembled seaweeds of different colors. Sadly, their species are also on the brink of extinction.

But a spark of hope was given to the hearts of the viewers as the narrator said, "However, it will still change. But that change must come from us." :)

At the end of the documentary, a group of sealions could be seen gathering around the camera. They were obviously curious about it. They were so cute. Their innocent faces were popping out of the 2D screen. And in their eyes were a sense of purity and love. I reached out my hand as if to touch them. I was touched at how carefree they were. They were playing with each other and with the camera. At that moment, I wished that I was as free as those sealoins: to be able to radiate that kind of purity in my eyes, and to touch other people's hearts.

That 45-minute documentary was really worth my time and money. I went home very happy and fulfilled at being able to fulfill one of my dreams, and to learn something new about a beautiful world that is hidden under the sea. :)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Life in my Sole

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Life happens. It always does. Happiness or sadness is just two sides of the same coin that is life.

But this time, I will introduce you to a new version of "Life".

It was a rainy Monday. Fresh from the trauma of having faced the super typhoon Ketsana, my soul was also drenched in the gloom of Manila.

One solution when you are sad is to think of happy thoughts. And so I did. I was at the Landmark in Trinoma. The first thing that came into my mind was a pair of sandals, one that I have always wanted for four years. Those beautiful Ipanema sandals, endorsed by Gisele Bundchen.

My mind was entirely focused on that. I didn't know whether to buy it at that time, so I decided to just see and feel, then treasure the feeling that it would give me. I knew that those were in display somewhere in Landmark. I looked around and indeed there were! I spotted my favorite Gisele Bundchen Seed Collection. My heart just fell in love with a sandal named "Life" in lush white and gold.

I touched it and felt happy for a while, with a remorse that I couldn't buy it. And then I realized something! My current flip-flops get slippery when wet, and my Mark Ecko shoes are still drenched from the flood (not to mention foul-smelling, too! I walked through the flood wearing those).

The next moments were happening at random. I tried to put on the sandals, then a feeling came that I should just buy it. Second thoughts did not enter my mind. However, when the salesboy told me that there were no more of those Life sandals in size 7, I didn't feel sad at all, instead I was more determined than ever. I knew that there was another boutique in Trinoma that sells Ipanema sandals.

True enough, when I looked up at the second floor, I saw a shop named "Shoe Salon". They were selling Ipanema sandals, too. But, just like in Landmark, they didn't have my size.

So, I just went home. And as I passed by Gateway Mall, I saw another branch of "Shoe Salon" and by the glass windows, I saw a shelf full of Ipanema sandals on sale. And yes, I gave it a try, my third.

"Do you have size 7 of these?", I asked the salesgirl as I waved the Life sandal. But this time, I expected to be declined again.

The girl just took the sandal from my hands then went inside their stockroom. After about 10 second, she came out with a shoe box! Next, she opened it and gave me the size 7 Life sandal.

Wow! Just like that! I put it on my feet to try it. It was perfect! I took it off immediately, handed it back to the salesgirl as I said, "Okay, I'll take it."

I very happy on my way home. Not only did I have the pair of sandals that I've wanted for four years, I was also given a raffle coupon and an eco-friendly Ipanema bag.

At home, I spent most of my time contemplating my new Life sandal. The sole is made up of soft material that wasn't rubber. It turns out to be Air-infused PVC, a synthetic polymer. It's so soft that it bends with my feet. PVC is a strong material, too. Life sandals are heavier than ordinary rubber flip-flops. The double-layer scheme makes it look sturdy and stylish. The lower layer is tough and rough, so I won't have to worry about slipping in the rain. On the other hand, the upper layer is soft and gentle with the feet. As a bonus, the glittering PVC ankle strap is so soft and smooth, I wouldn't have to worry about it bruising my skin.

The best highlight of the sandal is the printed design. It's a wonderful sight to have at your feet. Being a nature-themed collection, flowing leaves in brown and glittering gold were on the sole. Known as Gisele Bundchen's "Life Spiral" stud, it gives the perfect finishing touch.

For the first time, I put my very own pair on. And I couldn't help but to walk with confidence. Suddenly, a strong emotion developed within me. The excitement was overwhelming. I felt happiness coming from my feet and slowly rising up to my heart. It burst my soul with so much positive energy that I couldn't stop jumping and walking (even cat walking!)

"Wow!", I can just summarize it as that! The feeling was so intense that I really savored it. It had been so long since I felt that way. Yeah! I felt like a million dollars! I felt like I was Gisele Bundchen!

It's amazing how a pair of sandals can do great things for me! It comes with an auspicious name, too: "Life".

I am reminded of my life. And how it does not really go the way I want it. Happiness depends on our decisions. I'm glad that I decided to buy these pair of sandals. I will always remember the happiness that it generates each time I wear it. From now on, I will always be happy with every step as I trek on this journey called "Life".




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