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The 5th Philippine BIVOUAC MiliSim

 

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“The only easy day… Was yesterday” – Hours before the game officially started, a quick groupie with the participants of Bivouac 5. © Mox Cadiz

Body pain, muddy shoes, and an itchy skin. That’s what I got from my very first Bivouac. Yet, I still enjoyed it.

Last June 5, 2018, the 5th Philippine Bivouac Mili-Sim (Military Simulations) Assembly happened in Camp Malauac 3, Angono, Rizal. This isn’t your average social gathering. In this Event, Hundreds of Airsoft enthusiasts come together, group themselves into 3 teams and spends 24 hours in an area to outplay, outsmart, and defeat each other. Think of it as a normal game competition and outdoor camping but in real war situations. Sounds fun? We’ll get to the best part.

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Before we go any further, let us first understand what is BIVOUAC. It is not a French word nor an acronym of a very long sentence which we all know most military forces worldwide is often obsessed with. Bivouac is actually a type of temporary shelter or camp used by hikers, mountaineers, and (you’ve guessed it) soldiers. It’s not a common tent since it’s uncovered and often disregards the rule of safety. Today, The term Bivouac is now used in some countries as an Airsoft Outdoor Mili-Sim Activity.

Bivouac 5 is a result of collective ideas of the biggest Airsoft enthusiast groups and hobby shops in the Philippines. Joining the event requires some real military equipment like vests, combat uniforms, army shoes, and a working airsoft firearm. Heavy Military-grade hardware is not included so don’t expect tanks and para-drop bombs. After paying 800PHP and signing some waivers, I finally get the chance to join the 5th Bivouac Mili-Sim. The game is open for everyone but it is not for faint of heart. The firearms may not be lethal but the danger within the game site is no joke.

The bivouac 5 was held in a remote mountainous area of Angono. There are snakes in there, wild rodents, poisonous insects, and mosquitoes which may harm the player. The weather is unstable, sometimes it rains, sometimes it’s so hot. The slopes are slippery when dry and muddy when it rains. The bushes have pointy spikes and infested with bugs and caterpillars. The only water and food you packed are the only things you’ve got. And you can’t pack too much because it will be too heavy to carry. Anybody up for the 6th Bivouac?

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“Who’s got the biggest stick” – Airsoft firearms laid down beside the road. © Eddie Miranda

The main equipment used in this game is a firearm known as “Airsoft”. It resembles a real firearm but only shoots small plastic projectile called “BB(s)”. Although considered “non-lethal”, these firearms can still harm an individual. They can only be operated in an airsoft permitted areas, game sites, official airsoft conventions, and indoors, given that the user is properly protected.

The mechanics are simple; Each member is given a package that includes a whistle, pieces of white cloths, hydrating powder, and blinker light. Members are then divided into 3 groups (Blue, Red, and Green) led by their commanding generals and color flags. The first team who capture’s the other teams’ flag wins. When you receive a hit, you simply turn on your blinker (with a color according to your team color) and a nearby teammate must come to you, tie a white cloth on your arm symbolizing you’re healed, and then ready to fight again. The whistle can only be used during emergency situations like if one of the players gets seriously injured. Other mechanics such as ransack, team alliances, and Prisoners of War (POWs) are within the game.

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“Briefing” – © Eddie Miranda

Does this mean the Bivouac is just like a common boy scout camping? Well, not actually. Coz like I said, participants will undergo a Military Simulation (Mili-Sim); Meaning, campfires which are best done with your favorite campfire songs and marshmallows is like declaring defeat since you will be attracting enemy attention. Unless it’s your strategy to set a campfire as a decoy. Hmm, why didn’t we thought of that?

Although our team lost the fight, I’m proud that I have fulfilled my part defending my ground as one of my team’s sniper. My job is to lay down and watch the perimeter from enemy scouts that roam around the camp. I’m actually thinking about joining the next Bivouac. I’m dying for some payback.

 

By SnowWight
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An Open Letter to the Parents

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Dear Parents;

This short letter is dedicated to you – our parents, who made significant efforts to put us where we are now. But if you feel that a parent should be a superior body to your children, you may stop reading now and look for a different blog. I’m saying this as polite as possible because this letter will offend your beliefs, hurt your feelings, and we – the young adults of the new generations, are convinced you will never understand the contents of this message.

Reaching this line only means you’re willing to accept the reality that some things, despite your sincerest efforts are beyond your control. You’re either the type of parent that accepts change, or you’re the controlling type but interested to see how deep the rabbit hole goes. This is an open letter to every parent and their growing children. Please don’t get upset. This is the message we wanted you to hear, even without the hopes that you will accept it. Who’s expecting anyway?

Your Generation is yours.
When you were once a young adult of your own generation, you were given a chance to draw your own future. Only a quarter of it is the assurance of the next generation’s survival – our ticket to the world. If you failed to make your life enjoyable, don’t make us chase the same car. We need proper guidance, not drivers. The world is rapidly changing and much of your generation’s principles have changed. Give us the chance to understand it so we can live in it. You had your chance, this is our time.

It’s our choice when or whom to marry.
Please, we beg you. Stop asking us when we will get married or whom to marry. Your generation’s countless mistakes in building proper relationship taught us even the toughest foundation in family home can crumble down. You can’t blame us if it’s more ideal to live alone than making a family. We have friends who got our back the same we I would do for them.

Don’t be rude to my friends.
We know some of you treat our friends as freeloaders. The world is a dangerous place and you feel threatened that we just invited that danger into our house. Don’t you know that you’re now misjudging people by their looks? How would you feel if your son or daughter was invited into a friend’s house and the parents immediately treat him/her as a thief? You, our parents, taught us the standards of a trustworthy friend; and now you’re saying our friends cannot be trusted after passing through these standards? Whoever our friends are, they’re not defined based on what you think about them. Maybe the friendship in your generation is fragile but that doesn’t mean ours too.

Stop asking us about our future family.
Because of the growing population, it is natural that we simply choose not to start a family, nor to bear a child. Whenever you ask why we don’t like to have a child, it almost sounds like as if you’re accusing us of worshiping the devil and it’s very rude. We are thankful that we have the gift of making a child or be one with another, maybe we just don’t want our next generation to suffer in a suffocating cramped world.

Our Lover is not a thief.
When the parents dislike the person for making a mistake, they simply judge the person’s whole personality and treat him/her as a threat. How could some of you think our lovers only wanted to be with us because we’re rich? Do you think every person who loves us only wants our wealth? Do you think the same to the people who want to be with you? How would you feel if somebody said that my parents were married for the wealth of the other, would you be pleased?

I’m for $ale.
Maybe in your generation, it is practical to marry a foreigner to get a better life. But in our generation, we would choose to be alone than to be a gold-digger. Values, principles, and religions, taught us that it is the inside that matters. What some of you been doing is like selling us to the foreign people so you could have a better life. But when these people can’t sustain financial support, some of you would treat them as a drag. Please, stop telling us to marry a foreigner.

We’re not born to please the neighbors.
For some reason, everything we do matters for the neighbors. What would they think if they see us like this? Why does it matter what the neighbors would think? It’s always the parents’ credibility and reputation are in the line and we, their children, must always come out looking well-respected and come home with an achievement. But we’re adults now, young and stupid sometimes but adults nonetheless. Our actions define who we are and what we achieved. If we want to do something great, we will do it, and not for the neighbors.

Our dear parents, you don’t understand how much you’re contributing to ensure our failure. Please be gentle with your words. You always say we’re just about to leave while you guys are on your way back. Accept it, the road you use to run on isn’t the same and now were specifically built for us. Again, our generation is entirely different. This is our time and you had your chance. We’re grateful to be guided by your loving hands but be little gentle, sometimes you’re making us feel like slaves. Set us free.

To live obedient with regret,

Or to die free and satisfied?

 

Sincerely,
This Generation’s Future Adults
(Collective Hearts)

 

 

By SnowWhite
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The Ships of the Caribbean: The Curse and the Set

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Here’s another review of one of my favorite movie series, probably the first movie that pops-up in your mind when we talk about pirates, The Pirates of the Caribbean. The fiction-ish film is set in the old Caribbean in 18th Century around the 1720s to 1750s at the peak of International Trade of Sail. And these trading ships are often high jacked by pirates.

In the movie, we’ve seen different ships and their legendary captains and some of these ships are cursed including the entire crew. From The Curse of the Black Pearl to Dead Men Tell No Tales, here are the starring ships and their Sets in the Pirates of the Caribbean:

The Undying Ship – Black Pearl
Probably the most famous pirate ship in the series and captained by the main character Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), The infamous Black Pearl, the ship with black sails is known as the fastest and uncatchable in the whole Caribbean. The Curse of the Black Pearl started when its mutinous crew stole a chest of Aztec gold. “So the heathen Gods placed upon the gold a terrible curse. Any mortal that removes but a single piece from the stone chest shall be punished for eternity.” – Basically making the thief undead. Before the first movie ended, the curse was lifted that defeated Jack Sparrows mutinous first mate Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). giphy (2)What makes this ship special is the curse it still possesses even after the Aztec Gold Curse was lifted. It also shares this curse to the monkey named ‘Jack’ which most people fail to notice – it has the ability to regenerate almost undying. Throughout the series, we saw the Black Pearl withstanding cannon fires but still don’t sink. In the Dead Man’s Chest, it was sunk by the Kraken, only to emerge from Davy Jone’s Locker whole and unscratched. In the Stranger Tides, it was peppered by cannon fire said by Captain Barbossa and shrank to fit inside a bottle using black magic, but when the bottle was broken and the pearl was thrown into the sea, it emerged without any sign of damage like what Barbossa said.

Part of the Sea – the Flying Dutchman 
the Flying Dutchman was introduced in Pirates of the Caribbean: And Dead Man’s Chest. It is captained by the cruel and monstrous Captain Davy Jones (Bill Nighy). The Ship looks like a shipwreck overgrown by corrals and sea creatures. It has the unique ability to sink into the water like a submarine giving it the advantage to surprise its enemy ships by surfacing beside them.giphy (3) It’s armed with two tri-barrel cannons up-front to shoot the enemy ships it’s chasing. But what makes the ship so formidable is its ability to call and command the Kraken. However, despite its tremendous power, it has a weak spot to keep the ship sailing for eternity; the captain must place his heart locked in the chest and can only walk ashore every ten years. Unlike The Black Pearl, The Flying Dutchman is a real old tale that haunts the seas not just in the Caribbean but all the waters. Be it a joke or a campfire story, the stories of a ghostly ship and the Davy Jone’s locker is widely known across the world.

Black Magic – Queen Anne’s Revenge
The Queen Anne’s Revenge is a pirate ship that came straight out of a nightmare. By just touching the Sword of Triton, Captain Edward ‘Blackbeard’ Teach (Ian McShane) can remotely control the ship even without its captain onboard. The same sword can also control other ships around it which made the Black Pearl turn against its crew and caused Captain Hector Barbossa his leg. It was formerly named La Concorde de Nantes and struck fear to the hearts of its ill-fated victims. giphy (4) The ship also has a secret weapon located on Queen Anne’s Revenge’s Bow called the Greek fire, a twin cannon that bursts flames that burn enemy ships. While in the movie, Blackbeard is a fearsome pirate captain, in real life he pretty much is. According to the records, Blackbeard is an English pirate sailed around the 1700s, capturing a French vessel La Concorde and equipped her with 40 guns and renamed her The Queen Anne’s Revenge. He scares his enemies by lighting two slow match cords tied under his hat.

The Ghost Ship – Silent Mary
The Last cursed ship featured in Pirates of The Caribbean is not a pirate ship but a Spanish Royal Navy vessel called The Silent Mary under the command of the famous decorated pirate hunter Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem). giphy (5) As The Silent Mary chases a pirate ship, the Wicked Wench who’s currently being commanded by the 1st mate young Jack Sparrow, was out-driven forcing to enter the Devil’s Triangle and where it met its doom that cursed the ship itself and its crew trapped inside the triangle only to be released if Jack officially let go of his compass. The ship suffers great damage making it look like it’s impossible to sail. It can bring carcasses to life, like sharks and crows, to help it attack its enemies. The ship can also lift its bow up, opening its hull like a big mouth and broken sharp frames as its teeth, devouring enemy ships on its path. The crew can also travel over or under water if they want, however they can’t walk on land.

 

By Rapunzel
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Mythical Woofs and Mews

“Cats are good. Half in, half out.”
-John Constantine, Movie

 

We thought cats and dogs are just mere adorable pets that ruin our sleep and Instagram-worthy subjects. Did you know that back when slavery is a mainstream, your ancestors used to worship them?

Cats and Dogs and their relationship to man have a deeper root than you think. Cats and Dogs are domestic animals which we happily accept indoors like goldfish and lovebirds although it is always best advised to separate the cats (They’re real @s$#0%&$). Today, we just treat them as best friends or home companion but if you learn about these animals’ past, you might find the resemblance regarding who really owns the house.

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Fenrir (Norse) – or Fenrisulfr is the giant wolf in Norse mythology. He is the offspring of Loki god of mischief and Giantess Angora. Imagine your neighbor’s husky twenty times its normal size and more scary-looking than its owner after a long day. In mythology, Fenrir was growing too big that the gods’ chains were ineffective and devoured Odin for lunch in Ragnarok (Norse’s end of times).

Great Sphynx (Egyptian) – Commonly referred to as The Great Sphynx of Giza holds the record as the Biggest Cat in the World. Dated back to 2532 BC and is measured 240 ft. long, 66 ft. high and made out of bedrocks weighing 100 tons each. These giants, according to mythology, are the guardians of doorways and passages that gives riddles to anyone who wishes to enter. You know what they say; “If you can’t understand someone, you might be talking to a sphynx.”

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Cerberus (Greek) – Is another enormous dog but looks more horrifying than Fenrir, thanks to its heads. If you think, a pit bull is not scary enough, imagine a giant pit bull with three heads. Unlike the Sphynx, this three-headed dog would bite now, bark questions later. It guards the underworld and was owned by Hades. I’m not really sure how he pats a three-headed canine but dogs tend to be more jealous. Yikes!

Manticore (Persian) – Manticore is another huge feline that’s a cousin to the Sphynx. They look similar to the sphynx for having a head of a man and a body of a lion but with a flight advantage for having wings and even more terrifying due to its scorpion tail and spiky spine similar to porcupine quills (Gosh, why do these creatures have to look like straight out of a nightmare?).

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Anubis (Egyptian) – Is believed to be the god of embalming and the guardian of the dead since they’re always seen in cemeteries, particularly pyramids. Because the Egyptian Pharaohs were too rich before, they built gigantic tombstones which we called now as pyramids. Anubis has a body of a man with a head of a jackal. His long snout and pointy ears will tell you that you’re currently walking into somebody’s graveyard. He guides spirits on their long journey to the other side. Good doggy 🙂

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Bastet (Egyptian) – (Why do Egyptians love cats and dogs too much?) Bastet is like Anubis except with a more feminine body and head of a cat. Maybe having a dog-head for a woman certainly isn’t pleasing if you are a goddess. Despite her skinny appearance, she’s the goddess of warfare in the Lower Egypt before the unification of the cultures of ancient Egypt.

Raiju (Japanese) – You thought it was Doge? How could you! Raiju is a legendary Japanese wolf with a body consists of lightning. It is believed that it is Raiju that’s howling during thunderstorms. Raiju is the companion of Raijin, the Shinto Japanese God of lightning. Like its master that looks like a grumpy old man, Raiju is depicted as an angry looking dog with unusual bluish white fur on its body. Surely, you can’t pet him but you can power up an entire house…that’s if you can catch him.

Maneki Neko (Japanese) – Another famous feline that originated in Japan, the Maneki Neko or commonly known as The Beckoning Cat is a smiling cat that waves its paw and commonly used as a wealth charm. These figurine of traditionally Calico Japanese Bobtail Cats are pretty popular in almost every business establishments across the globe and come in many shapes and sizes. Its cold glare and shiny gold coin on its tummy attract customers.

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Fox Spirit (Chinese) – Or the Nine-tailed Fox that are regularly heard in Asian countries is a popular legendary dog with mystical powers. It has many names like Kumiho in Korea and Kitsune in Japan, but it originated in China and was actually named Huli Jing. This fox has the ability to shape-shift, meaning it can transform its appearance into a young woman to seduce men only to play with them or consume their spirits. So next time you meet a woman that’s too easy to get, think again or you might just lose your spirit. Or maybe you don’t. YOLO!

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Cheshire Cat (English) – Last but not the least, we have Cheshire Cat of the fairytale Alice in Wonderland. This grinning cat of the popular children’s book originated in the country of Cheshire, England where historians believed the author Lewis Carroll, got the idea. While the other cats on today’s list are basically powerful gods, Cheshire Cat came from a simple, and rather milky history. The Cheshire’s abundant dairy farms are great in producing milk. Every cat’s dream place. I’m sure you’d grin too if you’re gonna live in a house full of your favorite dessert.

And that’s the most famous Woofs and Mews in the history. Now if you still think delaying your pet’s meal is funny, you’re basically making your former god wait. You’re lucky they’re not as big as they were before. Because if they still do, I wonder if you can still make fun of them. Who’s the meal now, hooman? WHOOO??!!

 

By Cinderella
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Why Dragon Nest is the Best Online RPG for Bookworms

I’m sure you have heard the online game Dragon Nest somewhere. It’s an Online RPG developed by Shanda Games, powered by Cherry Credits and now under EyeDentity Games. And today, they released a mobile version of it as one of the most downloaded and played App on leading App Stores so that everyone can play it anywhere. Therefore I believe there’s no way you haven’t heard the game.

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The world of Dragon Nest is too enormous, explaining it would be exceedingly difficult. It’s not only about getting stronger and going toe-to-toe with other players. We will only talk about its aspect that most of its patrons fail to appreciate. Yes, I am talking about its Interesting Storyline in which you’ve undoubtedly noticed, I am a fan of. A mind bound by fantasies vis-a-vis by reading or watching fictitious tales are the best ones who understand the complexity of a certain nature of a tale. Like you, I am a bookworm.

I don’t know how other players describe the story of Dragon Nest but I’d choose the words courage and sacrifice. If I would compare DN to another pop fiction story, I’d rather choose The Game of Thrones because like G.O.T., not every character has a brighter fate waiting ahead of them. The more you get attached to a character, the more twist this character’s role gets. Even the character you’re playing will turn to such unexpected journey.

The story of Dragon Nest begins as the descendant of the ancients got kidnapped by the dark creatures that worship the Black Dragon and delivers her to its Nest; your primary objective is to break into the Black Dragon’s Nest and save the descendant prophet. Hence it’s title “Dragon Nest”. And it won’t be easy.

In your journey, you will meet and fight alongside the heroes that once protected the world; A world that’s on the brink of destruction under The Black Dragon. But not all heroes became as good-hearted as everyone would expect. Some of them got corrupted for losing someone they dear in the fight of regaining the balance the world. They have lost their way and will become your enemy.

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You will reach the main city called Saint Haven and succeed rescuing the Prophet in exchange of your closest ally’s strength that will later end his life. You will witness perseverance, bravery, conspiracy, betrayal, failure, victory, and death. These things will make you tougher in front of challenges and will make you the world Legendia needs. You will be introduced to your own path (depending on your class) and discover more about yourself and the origin of Legendia.

As the story continues, more challenges will arise. You will be sent to another world, Mist Land –the world created by Altea’s sister Vestinel. Here you will be tasked once again to help the people who fight for the greater good, revolting against their cruel goddess. It is unfortunate that some people in the story must either die or be left behind in the process, but one must let go, in order to grow.

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Dragon Nest also has a movie, but I’m afraid its story is not as intense as it was in the game. Maybe putting the reader into the shoe of the protagonist is always the best way to walk the reader through the story.

There are 15 class characters in the game of Dragon Nest to choose from (4 main, 5 special, and 6 predecessor classes inherent to the first 6 introduced characters), and 6 can be played in its mobile version. All of which have their own journey and role in the story. Some of them even have to cross the path of another, while others are initially created to put an end on one another. The 4 main characters, however: Warrior, Archer, Sorceress, and Cleric.

This is the beauty of RPG games – you can get to choose a role that suits your preference, personality, or play style. If you really want to fully understand the story, you would have to play every class, or maybe ask a friend to play the other roles. Besides, the game is meant to be played be a lot of people. You can interact with thousands of players across the globe and to complete the story with your friends.

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The story is still on-going as the game hasn’t reached its final chapter, so stay-tuned fellow bookworms! If you want to discover the story too, Dragon Nest Online game can be downloaded for free in EyeDentity Games. While Dragon Nest Mobile can be downloaded in App Stores.

 

By Rapunzel
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What’s The Matrix Reloaded’s Point?

 

“The function of the One is to return to the Source”

Here’s one old topic that didn’t get too much attention. Something important that’s a part of a great blockbuster film of all time. You can still watch it but always fail to grasp its very essence. And even now you still wonder what does the Architect is talking about?

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We are so blinded by these useless fill-ins of Neo and Trinity making love, Speeches of hope that Zion will never fall, and fight scenes with Infinite Smith, that we already forgot the main point of the Matrix: Reloaded – The moment where Neo finally meets the Architect. It’s a bit heartbreaking though that this scene is only 7 minutes compared to its fill-ins that already stole our interest to the point that we found this most important scene extremely boring and we’re looking forward on finishing it so that the main character – Neo could start flying towards Trinity to save her.

In case you’re not aware, The Architect scene is the main part of the movie. By this moment, you’re already hooked on Neo’s gifts, that when the film brought you to the revelation (this), you would regret not taking this seriously. That’s IF you’d understand it. I’m guessing you don’t, coz you probably skipped this boring part like I did before. I didn’t care about what the architect is saying. His words are too deep, even Miriam will have a hard time looking in her Dictionary. Now the more I watch it, the more I regret skipping it.

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Like I said, the architect’s rarely used words raises more questions than answers. Thanks to pause – play buttons, we are now granted the time to analyze every line. And I guarantee you, the more you understand the Architect, the more you understand how ridiculous Neo’s path as the Chosen One. I took the liberty of studying the lines of the Architect and as you’ve guessed, it showed me answers.

Its concept is partly sublime and partly insensitive.

The idea to put every viewer in The One’s shoes worked excellently. You felt like a god where you can control almost everything. As expected, it excites you to see what other miracles Neo can do with his powers; where unconsciously, you’re getting blinded by the mere fact that the whole point of the film is to meet the Architect. That he was given that power after meeting the Oracle, choosing to believe he’s the one, and overcome the impossible so he can go to the source.

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And the movie is partly insensitive because the writers and the makers forgot that not all of their viewers can understand what the Architect is saying; that we are simply not intelligent enough to comprehend. If he just used much simpler words, maybe everyone could enjoy the main event of the film. What is he saying, really? I’ll tell you:

  • He’s explaining the failure of Matrix – Have you ever wonder if the Matrix is based on a dream, why is it so realistic and not the kind of fantasy you’re experiencing in your own dream? Imagine this: if the humans are satisfied with a candle, would anyone create a light bulb? As interesting as it may seem but a perfect world is not a functioning world. That is the reason why the Matrix was redesigned based on the real history of humanity.
  • He’s telling why everything is the fault of the Oracle – Despite the architect’s efforts, he can’t still make the perfect world and thus creating a program we know as The Oracle. She is a program created to investigate the aspects of human mind like the Key maker or The Trainman. The Oracle found a solution whereby almost every subject accepts the program by giving them a choice like a fortuneteller but like other fortune tellers, this system is unexplainable therefore unquantifiable that frustrates the Architect. Funny to know that the anomaly of the system was made by a program of the system.
  • He’s actually saying that ‘The One’ is not the only one – This isn’t new. Morpheus told Neo that at the beginning of the Matrix, there’s ‘The One’ who was granted the ability to change the Matrix as he see fit, and then he told everyone he would return to save Zion. With that idea, we thought Neo being the reincarnation is ‘the One’ (or ‘the Two’?) but wait, according to the Architect, Neo is actually the Sixth ‘The One’ and like his five predecessors, there would be a Seventh One.
  • He’s actually saying that Zion is hopeless – Because we thought Neo arriving to meet the source will save Zion and its people. But with the given choices, we understand that Zion will inevitably be destroyed for the sixth time, only to be rebuilt again by 23 random individuals from the Matrix selected by ‘The One’.
  • And lastly he’s saying what Neo’s actions could do – As you already know, the rise of ‘The One’ is just a part of a system wherein these 23 individuals will rebuild Zion, free minds from the matrix, search for ‘The One’ (which would be the Seventh), ‘The One’ meets the Architect, The destruction of Zion while ‘The One’ selects 23 individuals to rebuild Zion. What makes Neo unique from his 5 predecessors; he chose not to return to the source which would lead to the extinction of human race.

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As you’re well-aware of, there’s a 3rd movie, The Matrix: Revolution – meaning Neo somehow chose the wrong door but still saved humanity from extinction. But that’s another blog, right? With all these revelations, there’s only one thing that puzzles me. If everyone was given a choice, does this mean everyone could be ‘The One’?

 

 

By Snowwhite
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8 Doomsday Concepts

And we all know when a character is plotting to wipe out the entire population, he’s probably the villain in the story.

Hold up. I know what you’re thinking. Some of you might be thinking she didn’t give an update for a month and now she’s back and suddenly starts talking about the end of the world. Don’t freak out. I just thought doomsday concepts are good topics since another doomsday prophecy is about to get blown sky high today. *Ahem! *aliens *ahem!

And where would we see these concepts in motion than in movies, right? With all those special effects and all, each scene looks so real that you can show your kids the movie ‘2012’ who were born after the year 2012 and tell them you survived all that. Best Parent Award would definitely be in your hands. From common to unique, we will rank the top 8 doomsday concept depicted in movies.

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#8 Natural Calamity

Global warming and the likes resulting in global catastrophe is the most common of all doomsday concept in human history. When a movie is about the world that’s minutes from splitting apart, this is probably what’s gonna happen; Tidal waves, thunderstorms, Earthquakes, and tornadoes all happening at the same time. Yes, very common. The movie ‘2012’ is the best example so far. The film ‘Interstellar’ however, created a Doomsday concept that’s natural but unique in a sense. Who would have thought that a simple plant fungus can cause a global trouble? In this movie, the Blight is the responsible for all dying crops in the world which will push NASA to step into the unknown to find a new home.

#7 Zombie Outbreak

the 2nd most common is none other than Zombie Apocalypse concept. A lot of movies depicted how humanity will end because of a virus that can turn a person into a mindless flesh-eating (sometimes brain) undead. Although, so far, no one hasn’t really created a film or a story where everyone is already a zombie. ‘Warm Bodies’ successfully put a zombie in a protagonist role though. But other than that, every film with zombies is always about the survivors doing their best not to be a zombie dinner.

#6 Alien Invasion

The most recent Doomsday news that’s set to happen is today. where according to a popular tweet that seems to be a warning from a missing airline with a distinct message saying they encountered a presence from of are “not human”. This could be the fault of misconception or mistranslation since the language is Thai, we can’t really know for sure. ‘Independence Day’, ‘Battle: Los Angeles’, ‘Skyline’, and ‘Pacific Rim’ are the best example of these doomsday concepts where aliens are taking over the world and humans (led by the USA of course) is fighting to save the world. Cliché.

#5 Machines

Mechanical invasion is not so rare concept of Doomsday. In fact, we lots of movies where machines will take over the world. Even Einstein predicted this to happen in the future. Right now, it’s nearly impossible for an average household not having a single electronic machinery or gadget. We see phones, computers, AIs, drones, etc. every day. Even the military uses software to control our ships, planes, tanks, and subs. Imagine this equipment having their own life and suddenly decided to turn against their users.  ‘Terminator’ and ‘The Matrix’ trilogy shared the same concept and become a blockbuster hit. This could also be the reason why our grandparents are still refusing to use mobile phones and gadgets.

#4 Nuclear War

As of today, nukes are the most powerful weapon in human history. Probably because of its ability to melt a country in just a snap. Movies like ‘Terminator 2’ and ‘Terminator 3’  demonstrated its power when ‘Skynet’, a fictional neural-based conscious group and artificial intelligence gained self-awareness and decided to go against its creators by spreading across millions of computers around the world, gaining the overall control including military satellites and software. Imagine a genocidal system that reads your information and has control of your country’s nukes just decided to detonate it while in the silo or fly them to the nearest cities within the same country.

#3 Falling Rocks from outer space

We’re not talking about humanity getting stoned to death here. We’re talking about gigantic rocks, the size of Texas. The type of Asteroid that once killed the dinosaurs that are said to hit earth once again. In the movie ‘Armageddon’, the Earth almost met its prophesized fate of getting hit by another asteroid with a strength of more than 10 thousand nuclear weapons that was stopped by drilling and detonating a nuke inside to break into pieces, enough split apart dodging Earth on its course.

 

#2 Angels

Yes. Angels are not always the good guys at all. Remember, Lucifer is once an angel too. Because apparently, God created his angels with their own will. With their own ability to judge by their senses. And they can be disobeying individuals too, which doesn’t sit too well with God’s holiness that’s why, you see, we have fallen angels. In the film ‘Legion’,  Gabriel disagreed when God decided to wipe out the entire human population with his angels. I don’t know, maybe because flooding is too common? He believed that there’s still hope in humanity so he was banished to earth and fought alongside humans.

#1 Solar Flare

Solar Flares are by far the most unique and utterly the scariest doomsday of all time. Solar Flares happen when an eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun’s surface released a super explosion enough to puncture earth’s atmosphere and the ozone layer with a devastating power thousand nuclear bombs blasted altogether. The radiation would be so deadly, it can kill any living creature on the planet. In the movie ‘Knowing’, the devastating force was put on screen. It’s guaranteed to cause human extinction in the process but will not literally crack the planet in half. Like millions of years ago, the world will recover and eventually cool down. Bacteria will start to grow again and start over.

 

Again, please don’t be scared. I’m okay.

By Cinderella
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