On The Off Chance / Zombie Apocalypse

My body is feeling sore fighting off zombies…….in my dream. It all felt real to me though, manning a machine gun with both hands, fingers pressed hard on both triggers, heart rate surpassing the normal 100bpm, screaming like a girl, but trying so hard to take the pitch a few notches down to give off a bad-ass vibe, arduously taking aim at the flesh-eating undead, specifically for their heads….Oooops! That wasn’t a dream, was it? We really did fight off zombies in 3D, Joey and I, but it wasn’t why my body hurts so bad.

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looks like Joey’s having so much fun here!

I’m feeling all sore from all those FITNESS MARSHALL dance workouts I’ve been currently hooked to. I’ve been a big fan of these easily-choreographed exercises since I discovered Lauren Fitz of CLUB FITzso working out wasn’t as hard as I used to think it was, with all the fun, contemporary music they incorporated these exercises into. The end product isn’t as exciting…yet, but I’ll get by knowing my body benefits little by little, and soon all the pain won’t matter when I get the toned body I’m aiming for.

I’ve been working out from time to time to shake off all the junk I can never rid myself of. Another thing I cannot brush off is the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. (See what I did there and how it all comes together now? :P) – please don’t judge me yet!

Yesterday, I went out with my friend Joey and we saw the second installment in the Maze Runner Saga, The Scorch Trials. I might spoil this a bit but you should’ve known that by know, hence the title. Anyway I did see about 80% of the Maze Runner while waiting for my turn at the doctor’s office, so I did have my own thoughts of what the “flare” might be (I had no idea what the movie was about before watching it), so I had an inkling that it must be a zombie apocalypse of some sort.

That inkling was justified by the first scene on the 2nd movie, where you can see the kids being rescued from a bunch of shadowy figures running with that characteristic, awkward posture often associated with the undead.

Anyhow, it did turn out to be another zombie movie, which made it a hell lot of fun (for me, it was more exciting than the first movie was). I often caught myself sinking slowly into my seat and blurting out cuss words, like I always do in such situations. I also enjoyed all the action sequences because I always liked imagining myself a part of these fictitious, gut-wrenching, apocalyptic films.

I remember I had a chance to try how to shoot a gun (well a gun with pea-sized bullets) in a slightly challenging shooting range and I’m proud to say I managed to shoot everything effortlessly, missing only one or two targets during the whole game. The manager did let me go on to the “next level” since I did have a few more bullets left in my gun. So yes, I do enjoy shooting games a lot (as much as I love racing games) and it wouldn’t hurt to know how to load, aim, shoot and fire just in case a “virus” does breaks out.

Before I go off topic again, I came up with this “On the Off Chance” series (which btw is one of my goals for #blogging201) accidentally because I just couldn’t get my mind off the thought that there might a possibility of a real zombie apocalypse (because who really knows what might happen in the future, except for God, right?), so what better way to prepare for this than working out, maybe learning a thing or two on how to shoot and getting a few tips from these “grotesque” (yes Joey, if you’re reading this, I borrowed it from the zombie 3D game yesterday) and gory movies.

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photo links back to the source

Apart from working out and doing a lot of cardio exercises (as mentioned in the Zombieland Rules), here are a few more things I realized I really need to invest on, on the off chance that a “flare” does erupt in the future:

  1. Really good and tough pair of shoes. I’m thinking, army boots of some sort or that ever reliable pair of Dr. Martens or any of their rivals in the market. You have to assume that you’ll be walking, running, jumping and climbing through all sorts of building debris, holes and walls and there might be few instances that you may need to kick some of these monsters in the head so better invest on something really good!
  2. Less bold and colorful clothing. I rarely really see apocalypse survivors clad in Katy Perry-ish or Miley Cyrus-y clothing so I better get rid of half of my closet and invest more on clothes with earthy colors. This should really be helpful when you’re on the run and you don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself. So yes, being low-profile is a key to survival!
  3. Guns, crossbow, baseball bats, pans, knives, preferably those that are handy and won’t let you fall behind your pack.
  4. I’ll probably still bring a camera or two. Perhaps my toy cameras would really come in handy as I won’t really have time to do all the manual focusing as I do with my other cameras.
  5. Water jug. Duh?

Yay! I finally did it (Goal #2 for Blogging201)!! I came up with a new blog series and it’s something that just popped up accidentally. Plus, I don’t think someone else has thought of doing a similar blog series (or so I think) so yay!

So just a little more introduction about the new blog series, I often have thoughts (I’m not sure if that’s normal though) on what might be the case for me if ever I do get caught in a situation that may only arise through the creative minds of film and literary geniuses. I have so much interest in movies revolving around natural calamities and zombie apocalypse (if you haven’t figured it out yet), so I almost always think of what I’m going to do, should I be put in a position where I have to run away from tornadoes, tsunamis or zombies when I watch these movies. So, I’m thinking, why not put that into writing? That’s it!

What makes me happy?

When you’re kind of getting tired feeling sorry for yourself, that’s when you start feeling grateful for the littlest things you have in life. This is why most things on this list are probably the shallowest of all, but they make me really happy, as in genuinely happy from the bottom of my ridunculous heart 🙂

  • this song, “Let Me In” by Grouplove, currently on repeat mode as I’m typing this… gimme gimme that love, i’ll be waiting for ya! – my feel good song for a few weeks now ever since I started listening to the TFIOS soundtrack before it was shown 🙂
  • other songs – Rude by Magic and that Pinacolada song called Escape – make you wanna daydream of really beautiful stuff if not dance to them like crazy.
  • my film SLR – seriously, I could have gone totally boinks instantly without this in my life right now. I can actually look at it only and all my worries go away like magic! 🙂
  • eating my favorite Mango Ref Cake which I made last night when I saw that we finally have mangoes! – also called Mango Float cake or Mango Graham cake
  • stalking this girl a friend and I both know and feeling sorry for ourselves together 🙂 – this is weird but it makes me happy because we are such immature and green eyed monsters 🙂 And I’m so shallow like that!
  • film photographers – aside from taking photos myself, I also love checking out personal blogs of different film photographers and actually getting to interact with them. It inspires me to do more and to dream more 🙂
  • Hollis Gillespie – reading one anecdote a day from her book makes me feel less sorry for myself knowing that there are people out there in different parts of the world who have problems too, but manage to get by without getting overly depressed about it.
  • making my little cousins and grandmother laugh – it just feels wonderful to draw generous laughs from them because we rarely get together as a family and the sound of laughter is music to my ears 🙂
  • my grandmother’s dialysis being okay despite another dialysis-mate getting intubated and dying on the same day – I think my grandmother almost never finishes her dialysis sessions these days because she gets cramps  and gets sick more frequently, but I’m glad that the time I accompanied her, she didn’t have any problems at all. Wish us luck tomorrow!
  • Yogilates – this one’s the painful kind of good thing in life, but despite feeling the pain, by the end of a session, it makes you feel good that you actually finished one and feel more confident about your body 🙂
  • movie marathons – Ever since my job ended, I was able to watch a lot of the new films I would’ve missed had I been employed. So being a bum still has its perks!
  • printing photos – obviously, you have to have your photos printed if you’re switching to film because it is what it is. Don’t defeat the purpose of taking film photos if you’re not going to have them displayed in a non-electronic/non-digital way.
  • watching old, favorite movies and seeing them in a new light – it’s surprising that some movies may mean different to you depending on which certain time of your life you have seen it.
  • my pussy red nails – I didn’t know there’s an even better shade of red other than the bloody type which I used to love bigtime until yesterday! And yes, that’s what it actually says on the label. I didn’t just make it up!
  • hope – it makes me happy that I’m the type who never loses hope. I can be down for a couple of days, but I stand right back up because there’s so much more to life than what I actually get to see at the moment. I don’t really want to sound cocky because I honestly feel happy that I haven’t given up yet despite the odds never ever being in my favor. 😛 I know God will not let me down for a long time even though He has already! 😛 JK! 🙂

Spread the happiness 🙂