What a game!

Germany vs. Argentina. Damn.

Two of my most favourite teams. All I could have hoped for was for at least some one winning or at least a tie but not ever at nil-nil.

Ugh the gut wrenching that went on in our living room. Yellow cards, trips and flips. Stubbornly refusing to cede a goal, or that was, until Mario Gotze shocked us with that neat shot! Oh my God, that was a surprise.

Argentina might have lost but boy did they defend! (on the whole, that is, *ahem*) Romero, though. I honestly thought they couldn’t have gotten past him.

They both played brilliantly!

Soul food, regrets, disjointed thoughts

Beethoven Symphony No. 3 – Full Length – Complete 3rd Symphony. Max McBride conducting Sydney Youth Orchestra

This morning I was searching for a list of music played in that 2009 movie, The Soloist, starring Robert Downy Jr. and Jamie Foxx. I’m still reeling from it, there’s till so much to think about. There were three factors that made me watch it: the cello, Beethoven and RDJ. No regrets. I want to ask something of you, my anonymous friend, listen to the music. Not the whole thing if you don’t want to but just a few minutes. Let it sink into you, let it soothe you to peace.

This piece … it blew me away, not only how skillfully this remarkable orchestra brought to life but by the fact that this band of musicians consisted mostly, or should I say, entirely of youths whose passion Continue reading

A few things that made me cry today …

… happened to be commencement speeches.

Normally on Sundays I surf the YouTube waves and thanks to the E-magine internet works that we now have up here, streaming is awesome as ever. I took advantage immediately. So I got on to YT and it had some recommendations for me, bless ‘em. One of those were J.K Rowling’s commencement speech for Harvard in 2008.

You know I’m not ashamed to say I’d cried. I’ll remember her words, I’ll call on them again later in my life I’m sure. This woman here, she’s an inspiration.

This one is Ellen DeGeneres’ speech at Tulane in 2009.

She’s gay, hilarious and she is awesome and I freaking love her and her generous heart. Her message of being true to yourself has touched me deep inside because I’m not very sure about who I am. I don’t want to hold back on being ‘me’ while at the same time I don’t want to let down the people I care about. You’d have thought that if they loved me back that they would accept the person I am, but it’s a different matter, it’s complicated. Isn’t it always?

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Tragic Beauty; Agustin And His Helicopter

Devina:

Prepared to be inspired! Never back down when you believe in what you’re doing, what you feel is right when people ridicule you, call you crazy and hopeless, because you’d be the person with the most hope, the most content and happiest one of them all because you’re living your dreams, making them a reality.

There are those out there who would revel in your failure, will you give them a chance to laugh or will you stand triumphantly and say to them all “Well look, I did it. You didn’t stop me, and you never will” ? Bless you Agustin, I hope you’ll get to fly one day. **************

P.S The creators of the film have set up a fund to help Agustin. If you are unable to contribute financially, please just share his story. I’m sure I’m not the only one who believes that Agustin is the type of man who deserves to be known.

– Noor.

Originally posted on Written in the Stars:

I live in the deepest depth of curiosity: where bottomless vision is served fresh each day, where honest ingenuity is the law of the land, and where practicality is only ever seen when gravely necessary. It should come as no surprise then if I tell you that I found something the other day that fortified my belief in the spirit of human ability, the courage that stems from dedicated passion, and the strength rooted in outrageous dreams.

This is the story of Agustin, the man who spent 50 years on his dream.

 

The world could use more people like Agustin and I feel enriched simply by becoming aware of his existence. He says, “The problem is that everything is incredible and people don’t accept it”, what a beautiful and profound sentiment. I wish Agustin a long life, I wish him limitless success, and I wish that he continues to…

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Lilo & Stitch – Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride by Mark Keal’l Ho’omalu

I think this should make up for missing yesterday’s Music Wednesday. I strongly suggest that you’d watch this video before you read any further. You’ll be glad you did!

Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride by Mark Keal’l Ho’omalu & The Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus (the lyrics are on the video’s page on YouTube)

I came across this video on You Tube last night, along with other ones from the series. This is one of my most favourite movie songs on Disney of all time! It brought back some sweet childhood memories. Lilo & Stitch first aired as a movie and in 2002 it was made into a series that ran for about three years and I’d watched it almost every day until it ended.

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