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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Love Is Dead

Mood:creative


(Photos & Poem © 2009 by Candice Audrey Anderson. Do not copy. All rights reserved.)


Love is like a golden brown leaf

falling to the ground.

Falling, twirling, drifting,

toward that spot on the Earth.

Clinging on to the bare branches for

dear life.

It has lost its lovely green colour.

It has lost its beautiful glow.

Crunch, crunch, crunch

is the sound of thick,

Winter boots treading peacefully

across it.

It is now but shreds,

waiting for Spring to come,

alas, so it may be pure once more.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

For The King

Mood:inspired




Having just came back from watching This Is It at the movie theatres with my mom (yes, my mom. Don't judge!) I am inspired to dedicate this post entirely for the King of Pop: Michael Jackson. He has inspired the whole universe through his sense of expression, creativity, music, and dance. That is not an exaggeration. He wasn't just a fad who followed the mainstream. MJ Jackson wanted to change the Earth through self-expression. He believed in what he did, he believed that through love and music, one could change the world. Even through all of his "changes" in appearance, and his strange way he dressed, he didn't let the negativity get to him. He believed in music. He believed in you. And he changed the world through his music.

Here is one of his most inspiring songs. (:
(*Don't forget to pause the music player on the sidebar of the blog!)
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“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.” - Michael Jackson

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"The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation.” - Michael Jackson

Love goes out to all of my readers - thank you for over 1000 views! (:

Love always, CANDY

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Zombies! Goblins! Ghosts! Dinosaurs!



Last week, frenzy hit the United States after Paranormal Activity came out. Being the horror freak that I am (don't judge me!) I, of course, was curious to see how scary it actually was. Last Tuesday my mom and I went to see it. My verdict? It was a big disappointment. During the whole half of the movie, I was bored out of my skull. The whole camera-work made me dizzy, not to mention that nothing happened. You were only sitting there, anticipating - waiting - for something, anything, to happen. It only started to become (slightly) scary towards the end of the movie when the woman started to get out of bed at the middle of the night and stood staring at her fiance for 2 hours straight;or when she got dragged out of her bed. It was okay, I guess. Mostly, I remember being dizzy after the movie. I just didn't see why everyone was so freaked. It really wasn't that scary. It was... boring? So I'm not sure why everyone was scared out of their souls. Maybe it was the fact it was so realistic. Like, maybe, just maybe, these things can actually happen in real life. Some people actually think that it is real, some people think it's fake. I am one of those people. Do you realise how easy it is to make a movie seem like a documentary? Even I could make a documentary with Windows Movie Maker and editor. Now give that camera to a professional director - if you can make so many special effects with regular movies, think of what you can do to make a movie seem so realistic?

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One thing that I love to do is watch horror movies. There's a specific kind too: authentic Japanese/Korean horror movies. Not fake ones like The Grudge or The Ring. I'm not sure why. It's hard to explain. Is it because of the elements Japanese (or Asian) people can make with makeup and special effects? I don't know. All I know is that you should definetly watch The Tale of Two Sisters. When I was in China this Summer, I watched it with my (absolute favourite!) cousin Elena. We were both so freaked, we were too scared to get up at night for water. She's 20, by the way. Isn't it weird that we (humans) enjoy scary ourselves by watching horror movies and going into haunted houses, and yet, we are addicted to it? It shows how masochistic humans can be. (:

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This Halloween, me and some of my friends are going as zombie nerds. Emily is going to be a rave nerd, October is going to be a faerie nerd. I'm going to be a music nerd! Complete with huge DJ headphones (that I'm going to borrow from October.) I can't wait for Halloween night. It's a night of fun, candy, horror, and also a time for me to practice my mad photography skills!

Me and my friends have a tradition. We all go trick or treating together. Then we come back to my house (or one of theirs), trade candy, and watch as many horror movies as we can.

So comment: What are you going to going to be for Halloween and what are your Halloween traditions?

Spookily yours,

Candy

P.S. If you want to know some scary movies to rent, keep on reading! Otherwise, scroll past and leave a comment reply!


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Top Ten Horror Movies

10. The Orphanage (2007)An old-fashioned ghost story that earns its scares through a slow-burn pace and lots and lots of spooky atmosphere, The Orphanage is the sort of quiet ghost story I believed they stopped making after the 1970s. Well written, acted and directed, the success of this triple threat lies within making the trappings of the genre (creaking noises and creepy children, of course) scary again, but it’s the underlying sadness of the piece that sticks with you long after the film has finished.

9. The Innocents (1961)Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s almost fifty years old; Jack Clayton’s ambiguous ghost story still brings a chill. Loaded to the brim with uneasy moments (try to get the creepy children’s song out of your head), it’s Deborah Kerr’s unhinged performance that sells this one so well. We’re never really sure if the ghost are real, but that doesn’t make The Innocents any less of an effective horror film.

8. Stir of Echoes (1999)The greatest injustice here is that this was released only a few months after The Sixth Sense. For my money, this is a far superior experience in just about every way. Kevin Bacon was never better than here, as an everyman who reluctantly comes to believe in the supernatural, while writer/director David Koepp fashions a mystery that’s as frightening as it is compelling.

7. Poltergeist (1982)Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper took the haunted house premise, so prevalent in the 60s and 70s, and pulled it kicking and screaming into the 1980s, equipped with the best special effects possible for the time. The end result is a ghost movie that throws subtlety out of the window in favor of showing us everything. Somehow it worked. Chock full of iconic moments, the first exploits of the Freeling family was a genre classic as soon as it was released and still has the power to scare today. The cinematic equivalent of a horror funhouse, Poltergeist rocks.

6. The Woman in Black (1989)I caught this on TV sometime in the early 90s, not really expecting much from a ‘made for TV’ British horror film. Boy was I wrong. This one has everything you need for a great ghost story: a sleepy small town, a dark and secret history and one hell of a scary specter. The titular woman is used sparingly, which makes her presence all the more effective. This is a difficult one to track down, but it’s well worth the hunt.

5. The Legend of Hell House (1973)Like Stir of Echoes, The Legend of Hell House is also sourced from a Richard Matheson novel. Roddy McDowell is a blast to watch as the crazed survivor of a previous, failed, expedition to the haunted mansion, and you’ll never look at black cats the same way again. Alternating between creepy and fun, the movie goes a little too over-the-top in its climax for its own good, but everything else is perfectly executed. Thirty-six years after its release, this is still a great time.

4. Ghostbusters (1984)While the balance between scares and comedy is tipped WAY toward the latter, there was nothing like it when it debuted in the summer of 1984. I didn’t see it until VHS, but I can tell you that the library ghost scared the wits out of my five-year-old self! Loaded with some of the coolest looking ghosts in the genre’s history while sporting some of all-time funniest one-liners (“I have seen shit that would turn you white!”, “Yes, it’s true…this man has no dick.”) - everything about Ghostbusters gels perfectly. “It’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.”

3. The Others (2001)Good God, do I love this movie. Like most good ghost stories, it establishes one hell of a creepy atmosphere with its sprawling Gothic manor and fog-heavy surroundings. The clever story makes sure nothing is as we think it is, but even without the big “surprise”, this one brings the spooky. Seriously.

2. The Haunting (1963) Those of you who’ve only visited Hill House courtesy of Jan De Bont’s misguided remake need to go back and look at Robert Wise’s brilliantly textured haunted house flick from the 60s. Not only does it still crawl under your skin and stay there, but The Haunting relies on your own fears of the unknown to freak you out – much like the recent Paranormal Activity. There have been quite a few “old dark house” movies made over the years (with quite a few of them showing up on this list), but this one remains among the very best.

1. The Fog (1980)Antonio Bay, gold and a pirate named Blake. John Carpenter’s classic has enough atmosphere and dread for twenty movies. Adrienne Barbeau’s quick-witted DJ, Stevie Wayne, sells it with her terrified narration, and this film is host to a badass collection of pissed off ghosts. Add to the mix Tom Atkins, Hal Holbrook and Jamie Lee, and you’ve got a rock solid cast and the perfect rainy night movie to freak you out.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Hello Nerd

Mood:fascinated


(Me and my new nerd glasses from The Icing.)


It seems that today, many people have lost the sense of truth. There is a difference between what you think something is and what it really is. First, there's what you believe, what people tell you to believe, what you think... and then there is the truth. Of course, there will always be stereotypes and they will never stop forming because as people, we are fascinated by everything and some people tend to believe everything that you tell them to believe. This blog is for everyone - to stress the importance of knowing what is real and what is false. I don't care if you are a prep, emo, gothic, scene, jock, or whatever. But stereotypes are lies and soon lies will be what people think is the truth. Is that too confusing? There are many stereotypes that I can rant on about. But right now, what I am going to write about is the stereotype stereotypes. You got all that? Let's begin.



So what the heck is prep?


What people think: Nowadays, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a prep is probably Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, or American Eagle. It is usually associated with people who are "snobs" and shallow people who have no regards for other people's feelings. Am I right? People who shop at Hollister and Abercrombie and stores like that? Umm...no. Those are pretty much just poseurs.




The truth: Prep comes from the word prepratory. The people you call "preps" are people who go to prepratory schools (usually found in New York, LA, and upscale cities like that & often followed by New England private colleges.) In a sense, prepratory schools are kind of like private schools, you could say. They cost a lot of money. ACTUALLY, "preps" vacation on Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Delray Beach, and on the coast of Maine. These vacation locales are places their families have been going to for years, and have histories there. Usually, people who are preppy are very WASP-y. And their family has a lot of "old money". They shop at places like Ralph Lauren, Pop, Lilly, Brookes Brothers, Lacoste, and LL Bean. Someone who is a prep wouldn't go anywhere near Hollister. They carry backpacks and wear tennis shoes - not purses. They play tennis and lacrosse, not calling up all the boys every day. It is a common misconception that preppies are snobs. Many people view them as unapproachable, and as a result mislabel them. Preppies are not as rich as people may think they are, but they are often well off. They buy into classics rather than trends, and don't change their lifestyles with fads.




What about cheerleaders?



What you think: All cheerleaders are mean, preppy, stuck-up b****es who steal your boyfriends.



The truth: They are just... cheerleaders. People who cheer on their school or team. Not all cheerleaders are mean and stuck up. Stereotype!




Okay, so what is the difference between jock and athlete?



*To clear things up, there is a major difference between a jock and athletes. Jocks tend to abuse their popularity, while the athletes don't really mind who they talk to or hang out with.


Signs of a jock: Rude, arrogant, stupid, beats up people, dates only cheerleaders and hangs around other jocks Signs of a true athlete: Love their sport, try to stay down-to-earth (a little arrogance is expected), hang out with whoever they want, date whoever they want, might beat people up but that doesn't mean it was uncalled for.




Nerds?


What you think: Nerd are ugly people who wear thick glasses, know everything, dress horribly, and gets straight As in every class. They have no social life or personality. "SO UNCOOL".




The Truth?: Get over it. Nerds are just smart people, okay? Not all nerds wear thick glasses. A nerd can even be a "prep" or maybe even a "cheerleader". Nerds are just smart people who cares about their grades and future. "Nerds" are going to be your future bosses. They're gonna be CEOs and people you work for. They have personalities and they're cool. Not the stereotypical type you think. Hey, I'm a nerd! (: [Btw, who came up with the word nerd? I think it was first found in a Dr. Seuss book?]




Geeks!

*The people you pick on in high school and wind up working for as an adult.


The geeky kid now owns a million dollar software company



EMO



Emo is NOT:



  • cutting your wrists


  • being depressed


  • male vocalists who sing like little girls about their failed relationships


  • tight pants


  • sidebangs

*I just thought I'd clear that up after all of these "definitions" in which I have encountered an unbelievable amount of people who try to pass off their blatantly false pretenses as fact, and are slowly infecting others with their high-horse, holier-than-thou bullshit. Because honestly, with your ridiculous definitions, Beethoven, George Gershwin, and Britney Spears are/was "emo bands."


The truth?:


*In the early 90s there was a movement in the hardcore genre that came to be known as "Emotive Hardcore," spearheaded by Rites Of Spring. Harder-core-than-thou kids, who swore by Dischord Records a la Minor Threat, actually coined the term "Emo" as something of a put-down for the kids who really liked Rites Of Spring, Indian Summer and this new wave of "Emotive" Hardcore bands. That's right, "Emo" was once not something kids called themselves. The field exploded outwards from there - Level-Plane Records has always been the most famous Emo label....


BASICALLY: It's a type of music! It has nothing to do with how dark you wear your eyeliner. It is a type of music and the type of clothing/style associated with that type of music.


SCENE?


-Also another type of music. Scenesters tend to wear a lot of bright colours and mostly, listen to a lot of indies, retro, 80's new wave, classic rock, etc. Scene does not mean emo! The music scene is often associated with other areas that scenesters are interested in, which is liekely, art, photography, creative writing, poetry, tattoos & piercings, civil rights, animal rights, etc.


GOTHIC?


The truth: 1) A germanic tribe who invaded the late roman empire along with the vandals, visi goths etc and actually became more civilized afterwards. 2) An building style used in medieval times and later in victorian times. 2) A literature style of which Dracula and ther supernateral horrors were written in.


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Did you get all that? Well I hope that now, after reading all this, you have become more openminded. We are all alike. We shouldn't be judged on what type of music we listen to or what kind of clothing we wear or who we hang out with. We are all the same, except different. We all want to get through life knowing we have done something worth fight for. (:


Have a pleasant weekend.


Love, Candy

Saturday, October 17, 2009

All You Need (Is Love)



"Why do we close our eyes when we sleep, when we cry, when we imagine, when we kiss? Because the most beautiful thing in the world is unseen." - Anonymous



"When you run so fast to get somewhere, you miss the fun of getting there. Life is not a race, so take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over." - Anonymous



"Life is a mixture of sunshine and rain, teardrops and laughter, pleasure and pain. Just remember, there was never a cloud that the sun couldn't shine through." - Anonymous



"Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, ends with a tear." - Anonymous



"The happiest person doesn't have the best of everything in life. Perhaps he is just good in making the best of everything that life brings along his way. Stay happy always!" - Anonymous



"Learn to appreciate the rainbow after cursing the rain. It's just like loving again after experiencing the pain!" - Anonymous



"It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has. Hello to one of the richest persons I know." -Anonymous



"In words, love can be read. In actions, love can be measured. But others don't know that even in silence, love can be heard." -Anonymous


"Some joys are better explained in silence, as a smile gets more audible than laughter. I was asked if I enjoyed my friendship with you. I just smiled." -Anonymous

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photos via itsirrational.com


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Twas The night...

Twas the night before test day and all down the block,


not a student was talking, not even a jock.


The textbooks were flipped through with care,


In hopes that on test day, their minds would not be bare.




The children were sitting stiff in their chairs,


while thoughts of failing were not to be there.


And brother and sister were playing tag,


while I - here, tried not to gag.

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I couldn't think of anything else for the rest, but good luck to anyone who's taking exams or tests tomorrow. And even if you aren't taking anything, good luck in school!
-Candy
P.S. Guess what? I did REALLY well in volleyball today. We beat the other team so bad! And Coach put me in with first string. (:




Monday, October 12, 2009

wake me up (when this is over).

Mood:discontent

Today did not start out well for me. Or, rather, it did, but it gradually went downhill. I'm being a little bit pessimistic today. And I am sorry for that. It began like any other day. I wake up, eat breakfast, go to school... and I was wearing my new Gir shirt, friendship necklaces, and zipper earrings. But that didn't seem to help. I really don't know why I'm going on and on like this. I'm not sure why I feel so crappy right now. I mean, we just won our Spirit Volleyball Game!

I could be mad because:

  • we have huge exams tomorrow
  • my stomach hurts
  • i'm hungry
  • i'm exsausted
  • i just want to go to sleep!
  • a stupid egyptian story due friday
  • my cavity tooth is killing me
  • my right eye is super red and looks pretty bloddshot
  • im really drowsy
  • my baby sister is annoying me
  • i suck at anything athletic
  • it's a wonder i made it onto the team
  • i hate my volleyball coach Mrs. J
  • & so on...

I'm just going to go to bed early.


Cheer me up?


Saturday, October 10, 2009

How Do You Spell Fun?

Mood:happy

Today I was supposed to go to my volleyball tournament. But I didn't. Apparently, we were supposed to meet at 7:00am. But I thought we were supposed to be there at 7:45pm for the bus. The bus didn't come. And all the other people had their parents drive them to the other school. Unfortunately, that didn't happen for me because my dad is currently in London, England for the World Championships (one of his gymnasts is there representing Ireland) and my mom had to go to work really early so I couldn't make it. =/

But it must have been a sign or something, because I had an even better time. I (actually, we, because I brought along Sophia), ended up going with my HOME SKILLET WAFFLES/SISTERS BY THE SOUL (Tori & October;the twins) to a huge mall! We had a ton of fun! They had a HUGE Hot Topic and a lot of neat stores. I bought another Gir shirt. Now I have two! Yay We also went to Claire's and Tori bought a three piece set Friendship necklace. One of them is neon green, one of them is neon pink, and the other is yellow and they say: Best. Friends. Forever in silver. And then dangling from the chain are paperclips with those colours mentioned above. (Mine is the neon pink one!) Tori also bought us matching zipper earings to match. We also had Mrs. Field's Cookies...

THANK YOU SO MUCH TORI! I LOVE YOU! xD

Then we went home to their house and we played Guitar Hero III and ate pepperoni pizza. I love these girls. They are the best friends sisters anyone could have.
This is what I got at the mall today:


zipper earrings from Claires(: - thank you Tori!

Gir shirt from Hot Topic - $11.64
NOT PICTURED: neon pink pin friendship necklace

I had fun today. What about you?

XO
XO,
Candy

P.S. Darn it! So many projects are due next week! And exams begin this Tuesday. I have to go study...? (Pshh, yeah right.)
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I NEED HELP FROM MY MINIONS!
Okay, so me and my friends are going as zombie nerds for Halloween. I'm either going to be a zombie jock nerd (sort of ironic, isn't it?) or as a zombie band geek! (lol!) But I don't have any nerd glasses. I know they used to sell them at Forever 21 but not anymore. So where can I get some (cheap) nerd glasses? I need them before Halloween.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

What It Means To Be Poor

One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?" "It was great, Dad." "Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked. "Oh Yeah" said the son. "So what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.

The son answered, "I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."

With this the boy's father was speechless. Then his son added, "Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are."

Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don't have. What is one person's worthless object is another's prize possession. It is all based on one's perspective. Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for all the bounty we have, instead of worrying about wanting more. Take joy in all you have, especially your friends. Pass this message on.



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written by - Unknown
pictures from - deviantart





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