tragically yours…

It’s holy week, and I find myself listening to Niia singing “Sweetest Girl” with Wycleaf Jean in his raspy voice  singing about that girl that makes him do the hula-hoop during his high school days…you know, the “dollar,dollar, bill y’all” song?

Eraserheads in their glory days had a version of this story — remember the song Magazine? except the woman died in that song…tragic.

But then again, we all love tragic stories — of lovers dying in the end.  Romeo and Juliet is a classic example.  That story was the epitome of the saying “nasa huli ang pagsisisi”…sheesh, how do you translate that? the closest thing i could think of that’s remotely similar is “patience is a virtue”. heeeh anlayo pa rin
Anyways, it was also a depiction of how our minds can seriously alter our reality— or at least how we perceive it.  Notice how we get stuck on something by just thinking of it without even realizing the fact that we begin to believe it’s true…regardless if its not?

There is this one tribe somewhere in Africa who believes that the world is flat and that the world ends at this certain river at the end of the village.  One scientist came and crossed the river to show them that it’s not true…

He crossed the water and when he reached the middle, he turned around to wave at the tribe elders who, at the sight of him waving, waved back at him…when he reached the other side, he turned around to wave again but no one answered.  Not even one waved back.
All claimed that he vanished.
The tribal leaders could not literally see him when he was, in fact, standing in front of them at the opposite side of the bank.  So great was their mindset that the world ends there, that their perspective of things literally ended there…

In essence, the priest, had he arrived on time could have argued with Juliet just so she would know that Romeo is just freakin sleeping — and it would make no difference.  She’d still stab herself.

But what do you think would happen had Juliet been patient and the moron did not die?
Hmm…I think they will elope and live somewhere…and because they have no money, they will have to work to the bones to earn some.
Juliet gets pregnant.
She will realize that she is already starting to have stretch marks and that cows are expensive.
Even if they can afford one, milking them would too tedious (7/11 stores don’t exist then, hellooo!)
It takes patience and time to cultivate the skill to properly fill one bottle…
Romeo will look at his bloated wife…looks at the cow…and decides the cow has an advantage of six tits.
But he cannot imagine sitting in the barn, squeezing tits he cannot suck.  No. Not sexy at all.

and so, I firmly believe, dying was just apt.
No excuse.
In that sense, Shakespeare was a genius.

Another tragic love story would be that of Jack and Rose of Titanic.  The story wouldn’t be so cool if all of them survived.
The more people drowned, the better.
The more graphic, the more interesting.

Do you remember how the captain died?!  Such bravery! Such gallantry!  He showed a certain amount of courage, I doubt, I’ll ever have the opportunity to display in real life.  Well, a ship can only fit a number of people.  And nope, I’m not buying a ticket.  I will die in my original way, thank you.

and do you remember? my ged!, it was three hours!
Three hours!  Three long hours!
All to see Jack die…the steamy sex scene in the car wasn’t even to die for…ok, maybe a little.
See?  Tragedy in movies changes people –in real life, we have an attention span of less than 15 minutes.

And wasn’t it tragedy that changed the lives of us all?

Being nailed to the cross gets “the most horrible way to die” award. Compared to the two flicks, it is more humiliating than stabbing one’s self because of a stupid assumption and jack died silently anyway.  And in celebration because the lord died on the cross so that sins may be forgiven, the church is celebrating one week per year the most embarrassing part of Jesus’ life. Catholics are so full of irony.

I’m not catholic, and thus I have a very distorted and bias view of the celebration.  For me it’s a holiday that most people look forward to to relax.  Some go to the beach, others embark on a pilgrimage, a few literally prepares to do their own version of  cross nailing…*shivers. I have to say,  I find nothing relaxing about the last one.

I atteneded a catholic school though (heck I can even recite “Our Father” in chinese before).
I loved the mass.  It earns me time to wander around school corridors and rooms along with other heretics while our catholic friends, classmates, and schoolmates are being taught about signs of the end of the world, the fiery pits of hell, and how ugly lucifer can be.  Sheesh, talk about being judgmental.
Ugly! of all things…no wonder he is out to get church goers

(And as I’m doing this post, Angie, is singing solemn songs in the karaoke.  Seven speakers man! two bass, one center, two surround, and another two for the whatchamacallit.  She must be done with her Visita Iglesia Online. Hehe!)

I was able to evade mass, but not my Christian Living subject.  I learned in my lessons that Lent is a time of penance and abstinence.  The lord, our nun teacher said, do not choose but embraces everyone.  Is that the reason why I’m half starving here?  regardless if I’m catholic or not, I get to do penance and abstinence because the lord does not discriminate? hmpf! My catholic neighbors’must be taking heaven’s memo seriously.  Stores are not open and my fave take out chain is not answering.  Fasting is supposed to help in the regimen of meditation and soul searching. They must have not heard of iConfess.


Oh I’m so not going to heaven for this.

And you? what are you doing? What’s your reasons for procrastination?
I bet you have none.
See you at the fiery pits of hell.
Don’t worry, you’ll like heaven for the weather but you’ll learn to cherish hell for the company.
But I’m not very sure if they segregate sinners in categories.
Make sure you are in the right one. *wink.

29 Responses

  1. catherinism April 23, 2011 / 8:39 am

    see what your writing can do when the world around is silent :D excuse me angie! :D im also writing re to lent! though im not done yet. im catholic leah. :P less catholic :D

    your writing made me think how it would be like if stephen king and shakespeare join forces. if you ever write a love story, leah, will u mkae it tragic, happy ending, or what :D

    • 13thWiTCH April 23, 2011 / 3:21 pm

      tragic of course. if one should write a story, one might as well write it in extremes. hehehe :) how about you?

      • Angie April 23, 2011 / 6:00 pm

        Gosh! Leah.
        Sorry Ley. Do I sing so loud? Sorry. I’m kinda guilty. Kasi Me and Jade are supposed to be in the Church with Mama. I promised her I’d go.But along the way the plan changed. —- business deal we talk about with Gil.
        I don’t want to loss the opportunity to talk about it with you and Gil.

        I messaged Jade, Jade told me “nalain xa sa imo,wala daw kay nag.adto sa cmbahan na ikaw pa toy cg OK2x…”

        So na guilty ko.Bihira lang ko magcommit kay Mama mg-adto ko.Na palpak pa gyud nko. :(

        and I’m staying in your house for about 3days now!lol!

        So I’m asking sorry to Mama and to the Lord.
        I sing Christian song with all my heart. (Miski yabag).
        GOD don’t really mind I know.HE is not judgmental. :)

        • 13thWiTCH April 24, 2011 / 5:15 pm

          hahha no. i will watch…abangan ang comment!

        • 13thWiTCh April 25, 2011 / 2:57 am

          hapit ko naliba sa tariler. hahahah buing ka! :P

          • catherinism April 26, 2011 / 12:18 am

            hehe naliba sad ko ana. kabalo ka unsaon nako makareceive ug notifction nga nagreply ka sa ako comment? hehe… kay para sayon ba :D

          • 13thWiTCH April 26, 2011 / 4:50 am

            hahahah awts. ai sige. plug in man siguro na sige mangita ko na kanang magsend og email notification hahahahah!

    • Angie April 23, 2011 / 6:12 pm

      @ Catherinism Thank you Cat. I’m catholic also but I don’t practice.I have a rosary but I don’t use it.
      In my perspective, GOD doesn’t need to listen to a prayer over and over again. GOD listen to what’s really inside your heart… :)

      So for me, say your prayers exactly what you ask from GOD. Right… :)
      So that HE knows what exactly HE will give you.. :)

      • catherinism April 24, 2011 / 1:22 pm

        lol u shouldnt be thanking me when i meant that ur loud hehehe… peace! how have u been?… i hear you. i went to an all girls catholic school but only confessed once during my 1st year. and pretended im not catholic just so i could escape hehe… be blessed!

        • 13thWiTCH April 24, 2011 / 5:18 pm

          hahahhhaha now that is something. hahahah! you feigned being non-catholic. welcome to the club girl. excommunicated na daw ka. hahah

          • catherinism April 26, 2011 / 12:15 am

            wala pa uy. ayaw sad :D but really, i like religions :)

        • Angie April 25, 2011 / 1:42 am

          @ Catherinism lol! Ang lakas pala talaga.Umabot pala dyan? :P
          Ha ha ha…I can relate what you mean.Sometimes I pretend I’m not a catholic to.Just not to pray over and over. Naisip ko kasi.Mapupundi ang tinga na DIOS sa daming mga prayers na pabalik balik. Pasintabi po. Don’t get me wrong. I do PRAY and BELIEVE in the SON and the FATHER,and the HOLY SPIRIT. But I don’t pray over and over the same words. You know what I mean.. :)

          • catherinism April 26, 2011 / 12:16 am

            yup! i know what u mean, angie. :)

  2. Bill April 23, 2011 / 5:25 pm

    So true about Romeo & Juliet and also when we think about things i mind can come to the wrong conclusion if we let it.

    • 13thWiTCH April 23, 2011 / 5:36 pm

      thanks bill. so glad you dropped by :)

  3. Greg April 23, 2011 / 5:47 pm

    Very nice, Yes, tragedy is our friend, at least in entertainment. Very interesting post Leah, I always find it interesting when you wax philo!

    Yep, Catholic here but non practicing. I had loads of practice at an early age and heck, I still can’t say the Lords Prayer in Chinese.

    Tragedy makes the heart grow fonder, at least, on the Big Screen. My wish, this Easter Season and always is that we, and ours, shall always be spared the tragedy life offers. The movies have romance mixed with tragedy, Life, itself, is sadly much less romantic in its tragedy quota. Bad things happen to good people and they don’t even get a kiss. Ahh well..all in all, we are blessed, we are alive and loved and life is good.

    Happy Easter everyone!

    • Angie April 23, 2011 / 6:13 pm

      @ Greg Happy Easter Greg… :)

    • 13thWiTCH April 24, 2011 / 5:17 pm

      happy easter greg. we are all walking tragedies anyway. we are walking towards death the moment we are born :)

  4. Chiui April 23, 2011 / 9:07 pm

    Visita Iglesia online… Wait, wut? XD I know what you mean about the people doing some sort of a reenactment of Jesus’s death on the cross. I don’t think they still needed to do that. But well, I respect their faith.

    I’m a Christian, and this is what I think: In Jesus’s time, being nailed to the cross was the most horrible way you could die. So I think it’s not that Jesus’s death was the most horrible death of all time. It’s just how he died which makes it very unpleasant ;3 It may even be the best death since it saved souls. XD

    Just saying ;D

    • 13thWiTCH April 24, 2011 / 1:24 pm

      chiui – yep, you have a point. it may even be the most important death in the history of mankind :)

  5. Tessa April 24, 2011 / 5:30 am

    funny post. hehe. especially the “continuation” of romeo and juliet.
    geez… movies romanticize so much. I do get kilig and teary eyed about such stories but it remains in movies. I remind myself that life is not a fairy tale…

    anyway, I’m so hungry and sad… can’t think clear. this post made me smile. :D

    you guys take care ^__^

    • 13thWiTCH April 24, 2011 / 1:25 pm

      and why are u sad tessa mae?! regardless, just remember, problems have a way of solving itself. im glad the post made you smile :)

      • Tessa April 25, 2011 / 7:16 am

        Wala ko kabalo kung naa ba jud kasulbaran ni akong ginaproblema. I’ve been having this problem for almost a year na I think. But… I’m still hopefull that everything will be okay. Eeeek. Off topic. :D

        • 13thWiTCH April 25, 2011 / 7:58 am

          te, my two cents, a one year problem is not a problem anymore…it’s become a habit already.

          just pm if you want to go out for coffee :)

          • Tessa April 25, 2011 / 8:13 am

            that’s what I’m thinking lately too… pero you know, gusto magdeny :D trying to hold on… hoping for the best. I don’t know how to break that habit really. hmmm…

            will pm you if me and my wallet is already ready. haha :D

    • Angie April 25, 2011 / 1:44 am

      @ Tess I miss you na Tess…How are you? Take care also… :)

      • Tessa April 25, 2011 / 7:17 am

        miss you too Ate Anj. Tc :) Hope to see you soon.

        • 13thWiTCH April 25, 2011 / 8:51 am

          te, ang martyr kay ginalansang sa cross…basig gusto ka muapas…lent pa man yata. sige sige pm me :)

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