Saturday, July 5, 2008

Random thoughts

I really love my jobs. I'm working one at Bojangles' (a fast food restaurant that's known for it's biscuits (real soft, crispy, flaky buns for those who don't know what the word 'biscuit' means in another country). The other job is as a merchandising associate at Macy's - which is a clothes and shoes department store and has branches all over the US.

At Bojangles' I work at the cash register which means I take orders, punch them onto the touch screen computer in front of me and call them out through a microphone using only certain correct terminology or else they make you correct it (Americans are really dumb, that's what I think but if that was the case people all over the globe wouldn't want to come here). For example, if I call out 'medium iced tea' when the iced tea comes free with a chicken filet combo, they say "Say, 'correction, free medium iced tea'". Isn't that truly dumb? Seveal times I get corrected this way. But then, you see that's where things are anonymous to you the reader. I didn't tell you how much noise there is on this side of the counter when chicken is sizzling in oil, and the drive-thru window is open and orders are coming in through the microphone overhead which the cooks have to pay atttention to. Also I didn't tell you that the cooks need to listen to the orders that I make through the phone and also to the person who handles the drive thru so they can make the items accordingly. Well, lemme just finish up what else I do - I also handle cash/credit at Bojanlges'.

What I was about to say was - this is how tensions and arguments occur, you see? One person thinks that (s)he is doing things perfectly right and everyone is unjust towards him/her. But it's not always that one thinks that there are several sides to one thing. You don't hear clapping without having two hands to do it. This is a conflict I face everyday. But what do you do when you can't point out to the one in higher authority that they're doing something wrong too? If you do, you're totally out and it's totally not worth it pointing it out to them - it only makes things worse. And you find those kinds of people in every sphere of life everyday. No matter how hard you try to do things right, you just end up on the wrong side of that person - maybe because I'm kind of a weak person, but I refuse to accept that.

The thing I find most difficult is losing someone's trust. I think we all do. All of us want everyone to believe in us right? We do all we can to build up that trust and then just one thing's enough to bring it all down.

Will let ya know what I do at my other job later... Glad to be blogging again after more than two months! :) Catch you later.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

An inspiring movie

I've had my fair share of movies this year, but none got beyond emotions. The movie I just saw today, 'A Walk To Remember' was so touching to me that I just couldn't stop singing the song 'Only Hope' "over and over again" :) It wasn't the words in the song as much as the message the movie gave, that touched me. Oh and Mandy Moore has an amazing voice! Check out the song Only Hope for yourself if you don't believe me.
All I have to say is "WOW".

I mean there have been other inspirational (or something of like nature) love stories I've watched. Let me tell you the story before I go on to confuse you with my reactions on it.

The story is about a girl who is very simple, God fearing, and stands up for her own beliefs without being ashamed about it, while at home about being more matter-of-fact when required, and while in a high school where she's made fun of and criticized for her faith. She very gradually wins over the love of a guy who was part of a gang earlier, by no particular effort of her own. Jamie, daughter of the Reverend at the church she attends, is portrayed as a girl who keeps her own standards and principles high in her life, even when no one's watching. The guy, Landon, and she go to the same church but he's part of a gang and definitely does not share the same belief as she does. He gets caught by police in the event of one time when the gang meets. He ends up having to help the janitor clean up and take part in the spring play as punishment, both of which he doesn't exactly love doing.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, Landon eventually ends up falling in love with Jamie and asks her out, with her dad's permission to do so, because she's not allowed to date. Some time after they begin to be together, he finds out, while he asks her what she plans to do after school, that she has leukemia, which totally breaks him down. After this, the story goes on to show all that he does for her, to make what remaining lifetime she has, special for her. But she never lets go of her faith. In fact, it only gets stronger. The cancer gets worse, and knowing that on the top of her list is a wish to get married in the same church her mother (who died when she was little) had, he asks Jamie to marry him. I'll leave the rest a suspense for you just in case you watch it. It's a really sweet movie - you just can't not like it, unless you are determined for some weird reason to not like it. :)

What I wanted to share was just the fact that Jamie had so much faith in Landon, that when she told him she thought she "saw something good in [him]", it changed him so much. That is definitely something to think about. Even as I watched the movie, I was thinking to myself, "Yeah right, that doesn't happen in real life". But then again, I don't know everything in this world, do I? Maybe there are people who have changed like that... I don't know... I truly don't know...

You must see it! The movie I mean. Just google it up (type in 'a walk to remember', hit search, and see if something comes up). Shane West and Mandy Moore are the lead actors. The song 'Only Hope' is sung by Mandy Moore herself. Altogether, I think it's a great movie!! Totally loved it - haven't felt this way in a long time about a movie.

The greatest thing I like about the movie is there is always hope for them. They don't act like there's no hope left, although they're not clear as to what it is that inspires that hope. It's probably the hope in God that drives them forward. I don't know - they don't mention anything like that.

But I like it all the same.