Thank You, Mom.

47056331614384a952a12491f8bac158What a rough day; your child is suffering from cold and fever and it just hurts you seeing him in pain. You did the laundry of your playful kids. Dishes were done quickly, and you cleaned the whole house. You have a kid that is sick, chores to do, children to be picked up, and dinner to be made for the whole family plus you need to worry about your children’s safety all day. Multi-tasking is known for mothers.

You gave them everything you have, especially your unconditional love. That’s how your day-to-day picture looks like, except that your child, you hope, isn’t in pain every day. Tiring day every day, but as long as you see your children smile and love you more for what you do, there’s nothing more precious to you than that. Each day of being a mom brings us a great sense of fulfillment that shoos the tired atmosphere away. You will do everything every day without being asked, you do it willingly and proudly because you love them with all your heart and soul.

Now, you know the struggles and perks of being one, the feeling of being a mom. You now know what your mother must have felt and go through when you were young. As she watches you every day and night when you were sick, she will never close her eyes unless you’re not in pain anymore. Every girl is thankful to their moms for being the best role model that they’ll be following when the time comes that it is their turn to be a mom.

Your mother did the same thing; she loved you unconditionally. You know she would give everything she has just to give you the best life you deserve. She would do anything to know that you are safe. Now, it is your time to be your own version of a mom. It is high time to thank your mom for showing you exactly how a good mother should be. To my mom, thank you with all my heart. You’re the best.

The Same Old Mommy Troubles

From the get-go, people have ever-changing identities in the vortex of society. Your individuality keeps getting replaced and modified unless you are a woman carrying a fetus; you may as well be stuck with “mommy” for the rest of your life. It becomes your trademark and there is no way of escaping, let alone hiding from this title. What makes it worse is the fact that the rest of the community turn a blind eye to the rest of the traits of a mother; they are only defined by a tattoo-like label of being a mother. Since it is permanent, everything a mother does would be automatically associated with their “only” title. From “mom” clothes to “mom” talks, you cannot help but picture a woman in comfortable “mom” jeans while nagging her toddlers to keep quiet. Besides that, it is regarded as questionably unconventional for a mother to take pleasure in hobbies like skateboarding but it is normal to sit and read handbooks about good parenting.

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Everyone is fed with such stereotypes. This paints a suffocating image of the chains of motherhood where they simply cannot break free and educate the world that they are more than that. In addition, this identity places mothers on an impossible pedestal, expected to be altruistic, superwoman and cease to be a human who has desires and a life to enjoy. They are anticipated to position themselves at the bottom of their priorities while being enslaved to their children, continually running back and forth, trying to fulfill their demands.

Moreover, the pressure forces mothers to juggle the roles of a “fun mom” and a “strict mom”. It is a tragic realization that you are not doing it only for the children but for the public’s eye also since it has no longer become a matter behind closed doors. Highlighting this issue even more, it is a label that is thrown around too casually: the intimacy and value ebbs away at a rapid pace. Take the nickname “sweetheart” as an example, a complete stranger calling you that makes you feel absolutely violated. The same feeling can be applied onto “mommy”.

In pop culture, the portrayal of mothers is quite paradoxical: they are prudish or liberal, stylish or unfashionable. This makes its imprint in the unconscious mind of the mothers to live up to these standards even if they consciously do not bother to do so. Yes, it is quite difficult to reprogram everyone’s minds that into thinking that mothers are not just people with baby carriers strapped to them all the time but they are, too, humans with hopes and dreams. A label like “mommy” is honor and a blessing however mishandling transforms it into a curse.

2010 Korean Horror Film Festival at Shangri-la Cineplex

Shangri-la Plaza hosts a Non-stop Screamfest with 2010 Korean Horror Film Festival.

Starting on October 27- 31 and Nov. 2-4 you can bring your friends along and enjoy all of the horror films for FREE! YES, you read it right. FREE!!!

This event is in partnership with the Embassy of Republic of Korea, The Korean-Philippine Foundation, Inc. and Shangri-la Plaza. Thanks to them, we are able to watch widely acclaimed horror and thriller films.

Here are the screening schedules of 2010 Korean Horror Film Festival:

October 27, Wednesday
2 PM Arang
5 PM The Red Shoes
8 PM M

October 28, Thursday
2 PM Hansel and Gretel
5 PM Ghost
8 PM Paradise Murdered

October 29, Friday
2 PM Ghost
5 PM Arang
8 PM Epitaph

October 30, Saturday
2 PM The Red Shoes
5 PM Paradise Murdered
8 PM Hansel and Gretel

October 31, Sunday
2 PM M
5 PM Epitaph
8 PM Arang

November 2, Tuesday
2 PM Hansel and Gretel
5 PM M
8 PM Ghost

November 3, Wednesday
2 PM Paradise Murdered
5 PM Arang
8 PM The Red Shoes

November 4, Thurdsay
2 PM Epitaph
5 PM M
8 PM Paradise Murdered

Arang (??) 2006 Directed by Ahn Sang Hoon

Epitaph(Gidam) (??) 2007 Directed by Jung Brothers

Hansel and Gretel (??? ???) 2007 Directed by Yim Pil Sung

M(?) 2007 Directed by Lee Myung Se

Paradise Murdered (Geukrakdo Salinsageon) (??? ????) 2007 Directed by Kim Han Min

Red Shoes (Bunhongshin) (???) 2005 Directed by Kim Yong Gyun

The Ghost (Dead Friend / Ryeong) (?) 2004 Directed by Kim Tae Gyeong

Again, admission is FREE! *you should go early I’m guessing it’s on first come first serve basis*
For inquiries, contact 633-7851 loc.113 or log on to www.shangrila-plaza.com

Check out Shang Cineplex website for other movie schedules.

Shangri-la Plaza is located at EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong City

Quick update: Go 2 hours earlier than the movie schedule of your choice because free tickets are given to first 250 viewers only.

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