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3/12/2009

Serendipity

Written by Ron Centeno

Last Sunday, the weather was damp and sent me feeling lethargic. It took me awhile to get up from bed trying to ponder what I would do next after downing a sizable cup of green tea.

At any rate, I managed to grab the L.A. Times, browsed it, and tossed it away after. But like most of the previous headlines about how bad the economy is, the news articles would only exacerbate my snoozy Sunday.

So I boiled more water for my second serving of green tea, plus, five pieces of “hopiang pandan” to counter the brazen weather. The hot tea perked me up a bit now and I needed to do something stimulating to while away my time. Throwing my fingers into the keyboard to write about anything, however, was not one of them. I just wanted to sit back and relax. I was all alone.

I had to amuse myself for whatever means possible. Hence, I dug into my DVD rack and loaded a comedy movie starring Steve Martin. After a couple of hours, I loaded another comedy film called Harold & Kumar – Escape from Guantanamo Bay, starring John Cho and Kal Penn. Two hours later, I loaded the third one, this time it’s a movie that has been sitting in the rack for years now. A movie that has earned praises from mostly girls or women in love.

For some reason, I have more funny, musical, horror, and action movies sitting in that rack, nonetheless, gave a thought on this movie described by Gene Shalit on The Today Show as, “A matchless romantic comedy.” The New York Observer calls it, “Uplifting and Delightful.” Fox TV says, “A perfect blend of comedy and romance.” The movie I’m talking about that was released in 2001 is simply called Serendipity, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. (Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something else entirely).

“Jonathan (Cusack) and Sara (Beckinsale) meet unexpectedly…then part without expectation when she decides they must let fate determine if they are meant to be together. Years later, they are both engaged to others but cannot give up the dream that-despite time, distance and the obstacles that conspire to keep them apart-they will one day meet again!”

The movie was, indeed, funny and romantic. More importantly, however, it made me nostalgic about Manhattan. Now that I call Los Angeles my current address, having been to the exact location to most of the scenes in that movie was rather amusing to me. It was in Manhattan where Ces and I have first dated.

Thanks to Serendipity! My Sunday weekend has never been the same after watching it.

43 Your Thoughts/Comments Here::

CZEL said...

I was able to watch this movie pero nalimutan ko na halos ang story.. But as i can recall, this is a romantic movie about finding your destiny.. and that "Everything happens for a reason".

This blog post makes me want to watch Serendipity again. Thanks kuya Ron! =)

john said...

a great date movie its every lover's dream love story...

Mokong™ said...

Pareng Ron, I love this movie, binata pa alng yata ako napanood ko na yan couple of times na... yes it's a chick flick pero ano gagawin ko dahil maganda naman talaga yung movie. One of the best romantic film i've watched since A Walk To Remember. I like the plot of the story, the serendipity, the destiny of the two main character. LIke the soundtrack also. Actually my wife & I but the original cd to listen to.
Inggit ako sa story mo, ang sarap ng pandan hopia at green tea sa malamig na umaga. Nagutom tuloy ako. Hehe!

HalfCrazy said...

Hopiang Pandan, huh? You're a Flip, aren't ya! :) Seems like life is treating you good in there.

Haven't watched Serendipity but it has been recommended to me a few times too. I love watching movies and I almost always watch one everyday but haven't watched any of the movies you mentioned. I have Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay but I can't watch it as it contains R-rated scenes. It's alright but my little brother and Mom usually just pops up everywhere, don't want them seeing the R-rated stuff.

Desert Aquaforce said...

Hi Ron, Yeah...Serendipity is a good romantic comedy. It's a good escapist film - harmless and fun, enjoyable and worth watching. This fluffy romantic comedy has heart and though the script is, admittedly, predictable, its excellent cast makes it one of the most enjoyable romantic comedies.
Guess you enjoyed it more with your hopia and green tea...Hahaha.

maxi said...

I never actually thought that I would love the film as well. I watched it last year with my boyfriend and got really surprised that I found myself enjoying every minute of it.

such a great film. the story's not too twisted. it's simple but it can really touch a person's heart.

anyway, thanks for dropping by my blog all the time. i really appreciate it.

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have a great day!!! as always, great post!

Steve Morozumi said...

first of all, Serendipity rocks my world and i laugh, i cry, and i feel all warm and fuzzy inside when i watch it! second of all, even though i read your whole post at light speed, that shiz was great! really felt like a nice lazy Sunday! suh-weeet!

third of all, i didn't know you're in LA! how cool is that! we're CALI homies. suh-weeet!

San Francisco sez HELLO!

-Steve @ fluxlife

gillboard said...

I liked this movie too... unrealistic... but nice story anyway. I especially like the musical score... nakakadala...

the donG said...

havent watched this movie yet but i heard a lot of people saying it's good. i should watch this some time.

ck_leick said...

Sir Ron, mdami plang cecille sa mundo..hehehe.i haven't watch that movie..: (

David Funk said...

This was a very solid film indeed.

Even though it was fairly predictable throughout the film, it still found a way to connect as well as toy with different emotions, too. And like others have said, the cast for the film was very good, too.

Nice post buddy!

Ron Centeno said...

Czel, John. Sherwin, Half Crazy, NJ, Maxi, Steve, Gilbert,Dong, Ck and David,

Read all your comments. Thank you for taking time to come by. I'm really inspired by all your support!

BTW: Ck hehehehe! There's a lot named Cecile, but there's only one who stole my heart. Hehehehe!

The Pope said...

Serendipity is about the search each undertakes some years later, right before it's too late. I have seen that movie several times, and your post pushes me to search my movie cabinet this afternoon to get my VCD copy and watch it all over again with my wife while lazying in bed enjoying my Friday off.

I got a secret to tell you Ron, I once fell in love with Kate in Pearl Harbor ;)

elai said...

i've watched that movie... so romantic..;)

austenfan said...

loved the storyline and the feel of the whole 'destiny' thing. nice to know there are guys who appreciate chick flicks. :)

shei said...

i've watched that movie... maganda nga.. =]

maxiVelasco said...

hello hello! sorry, Ron.. i know you are busy but i just tagged you. you don't have to do it anyway .. just want to let you know i appreciate you visiting my blog always..

here's the link to the tag. http://www.healthnbeyond.com/2009/03/victim-of-penmanship-tag.html

again, thanks for the support!

HalfCrazy said...

Ha! I'm sure you're gonna use that inspiration to write a new wonderful post next time! :P

Ron Centeno said...

Pope,hehehe. enjoy!

Elai, thanks for the comment

Austenfan, we do have a soft spot once in a while. :-)

Shei, maganda nga

Maxi,hahahaha! Thanks for the tag maxi. Thanks for thinking about me.

Nebz said...

Seen the movie three times already. Eveytime nga that it's on our free-to-air channel, pinapanood ko pa rin sya. siguro dahil ung librong ginamit dun sa movie is my favorite. One Hundred Years of Solitude, tama ba? O dahil na rin siguro dun sa premise ng film na life has its own ways of surprising us.

shydub said...

Oh I love that movie, Serendipity- fortunate accident... I've see that when I was still in PI and was still single and hopeless romatic lol. I'm sure You were thinking of your beloved ces when you watched that. just being funny here lol

BTW, wanna ex links?

Ron Centeno said...

Correct ka dyan Nebz,

She put the $5.00 bill in a second hand book titled One Hundred Years of Solotude.

Ron Centeno said...

Shydub

That's exactly what was in my mind, Ces and I had our first date in Manhattan.

ck_leick said...

honestly sir ron, kw lang ata nagiisang bumibisita s blog ko araw araw..im thinking of changing my blog address and title to "kahit ano lang" kahitanolang.blogspot

_el@i_ said...

ron, i agree you guys have soft spot once in a while!

regarding my EC, you can't see it if you're using IE... if you don't mind, try using Firefox ;)

Ron Centeno said...

Ck,

I'll check it out.

Elai,

Thanks for letting me know. I got firefox now, just because of you. :-)

jeszieBoy said...

yo sup mon?

I'm inviting you to join the EARTH HOUR 2009!

JUST CHECK IT OUT!

http://jeszieboy.blogspot.com/2009/03/flick-that-switch-off-make-difference.html

jeszieBoy said...

i mean ron.. :]

Ron Centeno said...

will check it out jeszie.

Mac Callister said...

i do that most of the time watching lazily at my bed while watching movie after another hehehe its fun!

pchi said...

I don't why this love story has that appeal with man

this is my boyfriend's favorite movie and I could not understand why. LOL.

very good post. I can imagine the scene and the picture you were trying to paint. you're in LA pala?

I do agree -- movies can lighten our moods (kung maganda ang pinanood mo)

pchi said...

corrections please

*I don't why this love story has that appeal on men*

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

I saw this movie. It's one of my all time favorites. By the way, I have something for you at my blog. =)

Ron Centeno said...

Mac,

Nice to see you here. Isn't it nice to just sit and lounge and not worry about anything? Hehehehe!

pchi,

as i said earlier, men have soft spots once in a while. Hehehehehe!

Chinkygirl,

m glad you liked the movie. i'll drop by your site, thanks.

Goddy said...

Nice post! Well written! I hope to watch this movie one of these days. Thanks, Ron!

LAINY said...

Hi Ron. Thanks for dropping a few lines and taking time to visit my blog. This movie is one among my fave ones...

See you around and Happy Monday!

Ron Centeno said...

Goddy buddy,

Thanks for always coming by!

Lainy,

Good luck on you contest.

Mokong™ said...

Pare, ako naman hihingi ng pasensya... tag kita!!! Haha! Visit mo na lang blogsite ko...@ http://mokong2007.blogspot.com/2009/03/blogger-scrabble.html

Ron Centeno said...

Thanks for the tag Sherwin, pare! I'm really honored by your friendship.

Jade said...

Hi Ron,

I have those days too when you feel like just lazing around the house and enjoy doing nothing.

I have only been once to Manhattan and I hope to see it again sometime in the future.

Thanks for dropping by my site.

Ron Centeno said...

Hi Jade,

It's nice to be lazy once in a while. Thanks for returning the favor!

Mountain Woman said...

I saw the movie when it first came out and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. By the way, you really are a gifted writer and I enjoyed reading your post.

tacK said...

I love this movie.. so because of this post, I'll watch serendipity again.. :)

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