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13 Common Love Story Plots You Can’t Miss Out (Part 2)

June 8, 2012 3 comments

8.   The ‘Coffee, tea or love me?’ plot. Cliché as it may sound but this plot happens often in real life. A bachelor works like a madman in his office. His efficient but old secretary is about to resign and now he wants a better if not the best replacement. Then here comes Ms. Secretary. Beautiful, with the ability of 3 secretaries merged into one and can make him forget about the pile of papers he needs to autograph. They work overtime allowing the two of them to really know each other in a different light. Ms. Secretary on the other hand, finds her boss charming and can make her heart skip a beat. Basically you get the idea. This plot usually takes place inside the perimeters of their working place with the employees as their supporting characters

9.   The ‘Langit ka, Lupa ako’ plot. This is divided into two classifications. The first is that a slum girl meets a gorgeous and rich bachelor in the streets while selling stuffs like fruits, sampaguita, good morning towels and what-have-you’s. They instantly hit it off but there is one problem: The rich mother wants someone with breeding to be paired to his son and not just a random girl he meets in the streets. The guy, who is undoubtedly head over heels in love, would defy his mother’s wishes and decides to elope with the girl instead. But almost all love stories do have happy endings. The wicked mother, realizing he loves his son very much would just open-heartedly accept the vendor girl. End.

The second one is basically the same as the first but with a twist at the end. Instead of the guy fighting for his love, something tragic would happen, like his father is suddenly hospitalized and he needs to choose whether to continue seeing the girl or just accept his mother’s wish for his father’s sake. He chooses the first option. The girl was heartbroken but in the middle of her grieving, a lawyer shows up telling her that she is in fact the heir of an oil magnate who is about to die. She opted to see the old man and discovers that the lawyer was telling the truth and that she is actually rich. Because she and her loved one are now part of the same circle, they often see each other. The good part is that they patched things up and the mother, because the girl is actually rich, never bothered to interfere with his son’s love affair.

10.  The ‘Nalasing kami kaya may nangyari sa amin’ plot. This plot happens to either two friends, or two complete strangers. For the friends, it is a usual scene to see them hanging together. However, at that particular moment, other members of the barkada are nowhere to be found. Just the two of them sharing their own personal problems and stuffs. The next day, they wake up due to headache with a touch of surprise. They are both naked and a red stain on the blanket is VERY visible. Ketchup maybe? The thing is they don’t remember anything. Awkward moments are expected but they decided to shrug it off and pretend that nothing happened. But situation like this is hard to forget. They would think about each other and the supposedly ‘maiinit na tagpo’ that took place when they were wasted.

For the strangers, the girl is maybe in her middle 20’s but is totally a pure and timid girl. When she and her girl friends meet, the topic would always be about her. So to prove them wrong, she decides to get rid of her virginity by picking up a hot dude in the bar. But before that, she took too many shots to muster all the courage and throw away her inhibitions. After the steamy night though, the two strangers, for some unexplained reasons keep seeing each other in unexpected circumstances.

11.  The ‘I’m your slave/I’m the great pretender’ plot. These two plots are somewhat connected to each other because they usually start with a dare. The first one happens when one of them loses a bet and as a payment, would act as a slave for let’s say a week or a month, following his or her master’s orders. Carry my bag, or shine my shoes or do my assignment are some of the more classic examples. The second plot on the other hand is where the guy or the girl’s friends would make a bet that if he or she can make that person like him or her, the friends are willing to pay a price. So they would give in into the situation. Actually they like the person already and they see these situations as a blessing rather than curse.

12.  The ‘Beauty and the beast’ plot. A plot inspired by fairytales wherein the girl or the boy falls in love with a not-so-gorgeous-human-being. The guy is usually a heartthrob whose girlfriend is a beauty queen, model or actress. The girl is a simple girl whose beauty is not well-pronounced. But despite this, the guy falls in love with her because of her pure heart and innocence. However, because of the guy’s track record when it comes to his previous girlfriend, he was ashamed to admit to his friends that he fell in love with a simple girl. The girl, hurt by the guy’s actions, weeps and breaks up with the guy. He was threatened to lose her so he makes a cheesy proposal in front of many people to prove to her how much he loves her.

13.  The ‘The Spell can be broken with true love’s kiss” plot. Now this is not happening in real life but still an old time favorite. One of the many modern samples is Beastly and Enchanted. There was once a handsome but rude guy. He thinks he can get away with his looks always so he does things his own way. But one day, faith interfered. A sickly lady appears asking him for his help but instead of showing compassion and pity, he laughs at her. But the lady is actually a fairy. She turns him into an old ugly guy and the gives him a flower, weird-looking tattoos, magic hour-glass and other stuffs telling him that when those stuffs ran out, he is to remain ugly forever. Unless, someone (a girl of course) can give him true love’s kiss, and then the spell is broken. Magical.

So there. Thirteen plots. And I can say that there are more. I just find these plots very common (I am reading number 6 right now). The writers ran out of ideas so they just made use of these stories to create another story? Maybe. But that’s not what I thought. For every fictional story, lies a fact. Which can only mean that plots are most of the time inspired by true-to-life experiences and encounters, only covered in flowery and scented words to awaken strong emotions. I hope my own love story would be something like number thirteen. It would really be exciting. I mean, really.

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12 Crazy Truths About YOUR Friends

May 10, 2011 Leave a comment

1. They are definitely not Saints. Never expect your friend to say good things about you always because that would be really ridiculous. Friends are out to make your life miserable. The fun thing there is that you get to do the same to them. They can bitch about how ugly your hair is and how badly you need a haircut from the most expensive salon in town. Be warned that friends have their way of starving you by just sneaking behind your back to steal the cocobun you have kept in your bag’s secret compartment.

2. They are not on your side always. Your friends do have a mind of their own and you can never force them to agree with your thought that aborting the child because it was conceived during solar eclipse would be the best option left for you. Frankly, they are secretly called as THE OPPOSITION because they will never nod to a single thing that you say that would lead you to committing any of the 7 deadly sins.

3. They own the sharpest tongues in this part of the world. If you think that the most painful words would come from your life’s worst enemy, then baby, you may be living in a different planet. Friends are sucker for words and you will be surprise how they can find 10 different ways of saying how you screwed things up and how you basically ruined your life. Believe me, it hurts like hell. They are like valiant knights ready to shoot their arrows on your direction like you are the most wanted criminal in the whole kingdom.

4. They have the habit of making you wait until you grow roots and would start to bear fruits. They will text you while you are busy doing what your mom asked you to do and they would ask you to fix yourself up because you are going out with friends. You ignore the ringing bell behind your head saying that there is no need to rush since they would probably arrive late. You dressed up and went straight to your meeting place just to discover that the place was empty like how a desert looks like. You waited patiently for minutes, and then half an hour. Finally, after an hour of agony, a single soul showed up. Nuf said.

5. They see you as a walking ATM. While strolling at the mall and marveling at the beauty of the place, your friends spotted a stall selling hotdogs and suddenly had this urge to buy because they think they are hungry. They rush to you and without much adieu, ask money from you. Like you are their mother and you are obliged to feed souls you are not even related to. After ransacking your purse and getting the sought-after hotdog, they never even bothered to say THANKS.

6. They think they are more intelligent than you are when it comes to LOVE. The moment your heart beats for a handsome dude or a drop-dead gorgeous chick, your friends would appear on your side immediately reciting love quotes, poems and songs and giving you unsolicited advises on ways how you can snag your love interest. You suddenly start to wonder whether one of them is actually Shakespeare or at least a reincarnated version of the former. They firmly believe that you are not capable of making good decisions because people who are in love actually have a bigger chance of losing their brain.

7. They are the first to tease you until you lose your head. They can be pretty annoying and in countless occasions, their teases can actually make you cry and hate them for days. Knowledge is power as what they say. And these scheming little brats would actually use the information, or worse secrets, of yours to annoy the hell out of you. Sometimes you will blame yourself that you ever shared a thing to them.

8. Their hands can get as heavy as a hammer if they like. God gave us hands to use to help others who are in dire need. Friends on the other hand, use their hands to beat you up until you raise your white flag as a sign of surrender. They appear fragile but in truth, they may be members of hard core fraternity who beat people up for the fun of it. If you have friends, expect to receive a couple of punches, bruises, cuts and a whole lot more.

9. Their feet are as bad as their hands. The bad thing about feet is you don’t know when they will attack. You may be silently working on your assignment when your friends would suddenly kick you from below the table just because they saw their crush pass by. In seldom situations, they are also capable of stepping on your foot especially when your mom just bought you a new pair of footwear.

10. They think they own everything that you own. You placed your anti-mosquito repellant inside your bag before you camped out with your friends and you are sure of that. But for some reasons, they magically disappeared. You don’t need to conduct an investigation so you can find out who is, or should I say are, the culprit. You friends have this mentality that everything that belongs to you also belongs to them as well as if they were the ones who gave you the money to do the grocery for them. Your chips are gone. Even your laptop is out in the open and they are enjoying themselves watching a Thai movie without bothering to throw even a disgusted look in your direction. You looked up and discovered that your bath towel is hanging on a branch of a tree that you can’t identify and is dripping wet. Case closed.

11. They don’t care if your mom gets mad at you because you went home late. It’s 8:00 pm and still they would ask you to accompany them to buy something at the mall which turns out to be a freakin’ facial wash. As if you owe it to them that you should be around every time. They may have delusions of grandeur and have mistaken you as one of their friggin’ bodyguards. Not only that, they would take their time choosing which brand would they buy while you join in to make the decision-making a lot faster.

12. They do all of the 11 things because you are friends. That makes everything a lot different. You gave them the right to meddle with your life as much as they have allowed you to take part on theirs. You share everything and receive equal amount of what you give. They want to spend some time with you and be with you for the longest time possible. They want you to make decisions that you won’t regret and would make you happy. You are comfortable around them as they are around you. They want you to know that what you are doing is wrong so you won’t be making mistakes that would lead to your destruction. You are a part of them as they are a big part of you. They are true. They are there for you. They love you. They are your FRIENDS.

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This is dedicated to all the crazy souls that made quite an impact in my messy life. Continue messing my life as I do the same to yours…:)

Dazzel Jay Gyslaine Gay Denny Timothy Carly Joyce Alberto Jr Benjamin IV Jonalin Alisa Katrina Michael Christine Mae Ruby Grace Mary Jan Cledy Mary Rose Ojee Jhayson Lawrence John Jun Mar Camille Hazellie Dorothy Mae Katrina

Daryl Penzer Jenille Cristy Archilly Bless Susci Ann Resyele Aileen Cherique Babel Raf Gustin Janine May Marianne Lin Jezza Roma-Amor Jenelyn Jayrel Junalyn Joyce Marie Geline Joy

Kisstryl Nice Schiren Christine Joy Regie Francis Fritz

A Writer’s Endless Quest

August 17, 2010 Leave a comment

The quest for acquiring new knowledge and countless experience is endless

They say that writers are not born, they are made. Still, others say that writers are born and not made. With all due respect to those geniuses who said these lines, I would like to say that writers are born, yet only vast experience and unstoppable thirst for rigid training can make them the kind of writer they ought to be.

I am Aileen Mae E. Marcelino—a goal-oriented person, optimistic but knows when to let go, utterly romantic, seemingly sentimental, partially bipolar, tries to learn almost everything that can be learned, I value friendship, an impulsive decision-maker, is highly possessive, wants to get married but doesn’t want a husband, somewhat artistic, wants to write a novel, believes that attitude is always important than appearance, an active user of new technology, a part-time bookworm, dreams of becoming a professional photographer, interested in learning hangul, music maniac, loves movies, finds comfort in cooking, always in love. And for me, writing is an endless quest for learning.

I was young when I was first introduced to the art of writing in the form of journalism. I have no idea what it was and how important is its role in society. But I know right from the moment our team won an award that this is the career path I will pursue. Expressing my thoughts was easier with jotting it down than blurting it out. But since I was young, my perspective changed while growing up. I was no longer interested in being a journalist. Although I still write poems and stories, I just can’t find the passion I once had towards the profession.

Then came college. I was scanning the list of courses offered when my eyes settled on that word just beneath the page. And like a bulb, the passion once again lighted up. For four years, I went through different exercises and activities that would harness your skills of being a writer, a data-gatherer, interviewer and a good judge of character and events.

Luckily, my skills were put into practice when I became a part of our college paper for three consecutive years where we write news, feature and opinion articles. 200 hours of working with the region’s trusted newspaper for a month also helped a lot in improving both my writing style and my attitude towards writing.

But then journalistic writing, no matter how important the role it plays in our society, is still just a part of the whole writing profession. So I opened gates and accepted projects related to Search Engine Optimization—the new writing style in this new era. These diverse skills for writing cannot be earned overnight and takes a long time before anyone can master. Writing is like reading a book, and with every new topic you write, you turn over a new page.

I am still searching a way to decipher my place under the sun in the field of writing. Because despite the 4-year practice, I am still just a journalism graduate, yet a writer wannabe still.

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