April 7, 2017

My gosh this Friday took a toll on me. The traffic was horrendous so the people that I was going to meet with ended up being on the third location before I was able to show up. I was travelling from 6PM to past 9PM.

I was so hungry, I had to talk to myself to calm down and not be a bi*ch as it was my first time meeting my partner’s HS friends. After a few sips of Ramen, I was back on track. It felt a bit awkward trying to connect with them first. Especially that when it was my turn to sing, it kind of not interest them anymore HAHAHA. The first meeting was okay and I hope we meet again to further bond and get to know each other.

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April 3, 2017

At around noon time I heard one of my office mate asked if someone in the team can go to the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and do an area search. I kept looking down at my laptop because I know hell for sure I got tons of work to finish especially that the company wifi has been going bonkers for days.

Someone was already assigned to go but refused as he doesn’t know much in the area. After that, I heard the words that I’ve been avoiding to hear — “Mariel, you used to study in UST right? Can you go?”

Of course, I said yes. It was a hassle because my phone was also acting up. The company gave me a spare phone but I couldn’t start using it and restore my files there because the wifi is acting up. And so, I left with 90% chances that my phone will just die on me and I wouldn’t be able to take photos. Luckily, even though it was very tiring due to the traffic, I was able to finish it and even asked my partner to meet and have dinner with me.

We ate dinner and then finished our separate tasks on our job. It was a very productive date night for both of us. ❤

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Beauty and The Beast – Argumentatively Good

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To be honest, I wasn’t as hyped as the others with the remake of this movie. But after its release, some people that I know have been giving good commentary about it. I sat in the movie house without any expectations. One thing was clear, that Emma Watson as Belle will surely be a sight to see.

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Belle with his father Maurice

Emma Watson portrayed the role excellently. In fact, I was shock at how good she sang her parts. Depth was further associated with Belle’s character as they really emphasized her love for books and persistence to conform with the traditional roles of having a provincial life in their village. Belle in the original story really did love books but in one of the scenes in the movie, she taught a girl how to read which the town people didn’t really appreciate.

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Gaston pleasing Belle with flowers

There were indeed some twitches here in there in the story but as unconventional as I am, I believe that the changes were fitting to how the generation of today will reflect on this fairy tale. We sure didn’t want any damsel in distress.

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You could tell from start to end that this movie was meticulously prepared for the keen eyes of everyone. They know that this movie will nothing but be the benchmark of their other up and coming remakes. Every number was in their fullest gesture. Although I have to admit that at the middle part of it, by the time Lumiere and Cogsworth along with the rest of the staff were performing before Belle’s dinner, my mind had already  stepped out and thought, “What the hell are they dancing and singing for?” Hahaha

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The Beast introducing Belle to a magical book

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L to R: Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere and Plumette

This tale was told as old as time but presented in a contemporary way to cope up with the changes in our society. For it to be a better fit with the generation that will relate to it. As much as I know, Disney movies were created to bring hope, courage and a good role model to our diversified society. So it didn’t matter as much with the gay representation or interracial relationships. It was after all about a beautiful lady falling in love with a beast for goodness sake.

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If you love musicals and the Disney princesses, I highly suggest that you see this movie. See it with an open mind and it was in all ways possible presented fairly and as closely with the original.

It was indeed a happy ending. And all I remember was my childhood as I sang (confidently and on top of my voice) in the karaoke the “Beauty and The Beast” soundtrack with Celine Dion on the background. I held the lyrics from the leaflet that comes along the cassette tape on my left hand. Swaying the mic as I held it with my right hand on each high and low note on the song. And in that, I conclude, Disney didn’t fail telling this tale.

Director: Bill Condon

Writer/s: Stephen Chbosky (screenplay), Evan Spiliotopoulos (screenplay) based on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-marie Leprince de Beaumont

Producer/s: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman

Walt Disney Pictures | Mandeville Films

Walt Disney Studios | Motion Pictures

Rate: 8.5/10

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