S/HE SAID: Stating the obvious

Emma Watson - The Obvious

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The words we should live up to

The death of the legendary Robin Williams has taken the world by storm.  It was close to being unimaginable that someone seemingly happy and content would have so many demons in his self.

I have always loved his work.  Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jack, What Dreams May Come.  But of all his works, perhaps his role as John Keating in Dead Poets Society was the one that struck me.  As a lover of artsy fartsies, I first saw this film in 1998 and I knew I was right in deciding that I should surround my life with book and ambiguities and vivid imaginings of every bit of every thing.

I wrote about one of my favorite quotes, and it still is today even though the relationship I referred that quote to has turned sour:

Robin Williams

It was the power of his words, the genuine kindness and sincerity, candor and humor, all mixed in a ball that will make him most memorable to me.  Because in my saddest days, I have turned to Mrs. Doubtfire for physical comedy, Aladdin for romance, Jack for more carpe diems.  I will never forget the life he brings to the screen.  It is just with great sadness that I didn’t get to see him perform live.

I caught a glimpse of his award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting and already I have a favorite scene.  It has been commemorated by numerous fans, and now it is part of my list to see that bench in Boston Public Gardens.

Real Love

I am in no position to speak about depression as I know very little about it.  But there need not be another high profile death to the disease just so we can keep ourselves informed.  Let us learn more about it, open up a safe space for dialogue, be there to provide comfort, because who knows?  The words you say today may save someone’s life tomorrow.

Robin Williams 1

Take care, Mrs. Doubtfire.

Tummy inspiration

So… remember the sad part of my first weigh in?  Well, the recently-concluded Met Gala sure boosted my spirits.  Vogue called these ladies as fashionably rejecting the dress code, but for me, they’re simply called tummy inspiration.

My midsection is not a midsection; it’s a belly.  It has always been a problem area, always protruding, seemingly as much as my boobs.  (I like my boobs though.)  I loved these women’s clothes because they are not flat because they’re skinny.  Their midsections are flat because they’re TONED.  It took me a few years to spot the difference between the two, and I’m more than happy to be able to discern better now.

Anyway, these little — and not so little — peek-a-boos are soooo sexy.  They immediately caught my eye.  Here’s a quick homage to these three ladies that I aspire to have the same midsection as (is my English correct?):

Rihanna, subtle as a gun

Rihanna, subtle as a gun

Anne Hathaway, lighter than a whisper

Anne Hathaway, lighter than a whisper

and a personal favorite

Emma Stone, stunning in pink

Emma Stone, stunning in pink

How about you?  What inspires your fitness goal lately?

 

Photos from Vogue.com, SheKnows.com

Portraiture

Recently, I enrolled myself in photography classes, but I have to admit, I have not practiced what I have learned as much as I should have.  I often ask myself which kind of photography would I love to be immersed in.  Early on, I developed a liking for landscapes, but not only are they fickle, they require a lot of travel.

Oh how I wish I can live in my suitcase.  That is one luxury I will always dream of having.

Apart from landscapes, I am absolutely in love with portraiture.  I wish I can see more faces — or rather be brave enough to approach strangers — and make them last longer.

Here are some celebrity portraits that I just adore.  Can you name them all?

Audrey Hepburn
Ben Stiller
Dave Franco
David Bowie
Kevin Costner
Liv Tyler
Lucy Liu
Marion Cotillard
Meryl Streep
Michael Caine
Paul Newman
Robert DeNiro by Martin Schoeller
Stanley Tucci
Tom Hiddleston
Zach Galifianakis