Dinner Sunny Side Up

Sunny is a character from a Korean TV series dubbed in the local language. She is an interesting woman who has been cursed/blessed with the ability to talk to ghosts. If I were to be like her for one evening and arrange a dinner party for 4-8 guests who are my picked VIPs, dead or alive, I will summon and sit down with three noble ghosts and one object of my fan girl fantasies.

1. Confucius

Such a great man. How can all the wisdom in the world be squeezed into one great man? Our conversation might be like how his Analects have inspired me and how in another way he means by his nuggets of wisdom. I would ask him from where he gathers his bits of wisdom and how he feels that many people apply them throughout the course of their lives. I might want to exchange insights with him about three quotes I admire him for the most:

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then in is not an act but a habit.

Choose a job that you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

2. Edgar Allan Poe

My favorite American writer. His stories of horror and grim love poems have got me spellbound ever since. He reminds me so much of my father who works best when intoxicated. At dinner, I am going to serve him the best brandy and see for myself how he transforms from sane to sober. Then, I would ask him the true cause of his death and I would wish to confirm if it was truly because of heartbreak or of being broke. I would let him listen to The Script’s “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” and we shall exchange perspectives behind the conventional phrases in the song. I would also ask him to explain his true ideas and emotions behind Annabel Lee, which is really a tragic poem. I also would ask him which among his horror stories would he be willing to be given a silver screen version if the actor were Channing Tatum (who will also be among my dinner party’s guests).

3. William Shakespeare

The best poet ever! I have read through sonnets by sonnets and have tried deciphering the shades of meaning behind them but I would wish to ask from Shakespeare himself if we have been interpreting his poems correctly, or perhaps, we have just given his poems depth of thought but he would simply shrug and say: “your guess is as good as mine.” How many girls have he dated? How many hearts have been broken by him? How many times has his heart got broken? Is he gay? Is he really whom we thought he is? Or the rumors are true that he never existed at all and all we knew about a man by the name of William Shakespeare is similar to the the anonymous author of Beowulf or the doubtful existence of a true Homer? Well if I see him at the dinner table, I would have dust off all doubts and just talk about poetry.

4. Channing Tatum

Even a mom of three married for almost a decade would drool over his manliness! Since “She’s The Man,” I have had taken interest into the growth of his characters as actor (more than his abs) and my fascination with him has no pornographic kind of desire. Yes he has a great body, smooth dancing moves, captivating smile, perhaps fragrant being, but there is more to him that I want to know that those earthly, shallow, vain and lustful reasons. I want to talk with him about his road to stardom, what he had to go through and endure, how experiences have shaped him into the most desirable man he is right now. I want to talk with him about his thoughts on relationships, how he grows more and more in love with his wife (though it breaks my heart a bit) and how he intends to raise his kid, his perspectives on parenting and all that stuff.

With just Channing and I as the two persons alive at the dinner table, I am just hoping he doesn’t get scared or something with the ghosts of literary geniuses dining with us, but should he be, well, I have my arms wide open for him. I would not mind cuddling. Just teasing.

 

Dinner is served.

 

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A Dose of Brilliant Quotes

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A quote saves you from all the worries about not being spontaneous on what you are about to say.

A quote is a life-saver. It gives you not only nuggets of wisdom but also sentence fillers in an utterly hopeless public speaking occasion.

Here are the quotes I ticked as my favorites in my Brilliant Quotes phone app and the life situations where I am grateful I have a quote to get by:

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1. On worrying about the future (why worry about the future?)

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” -Abraham Lincoln

2. On feeling hopeless (take it from the funny man and seek for rainbows all the time)

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.” -Charlie Chaplin

3. On cherishing friendship (true friends are rare; it is rare to meet someone exactly like you.)

“A friend is, as it were, a second self.” -Cicero

4. On living the life you want (fabulous piece of inspiration, agree?)

“You live but once; you might as well be amusing.” -Coco Chanel

5. On sleeping to your heart’s content (I have countless sleep debts and I just have to pay them off.)

” I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know.” -Ernest Hemingway

6. On saying what you need to say (say it, will you?)

“It’s better to say too much, than never to say what you need to say again.” -John Mayer

7. On dealing with your problems (sad but true)

” Never tell your problems to anyone…20% don’t care and the other 80% are glad you have them.” -Lou Holtz

8. On handling people who are a pain in the neck (inevitable!)

“There are some people that you cannot change, you must either swallow them whole or leave them alone.” -Margot Asquith

9. On being stunned by life (how true is that!)

“Ever notice how ‘what the hell’ is always the right answer?” – Marilyn Monroe

10. On procrastinating (definitely my favorite)

“Never put off tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” -Mark Twain

11. On appreciating simple joys (this keeps me obligated to give myself a me-time)

“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” -Mark Twain

12. On letting dreams be (the other side of chasing dreams that goes easier for lazy people)

“I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they are going and hook up with them later.” -Mitch Hedberg

13. One being selfless (my favorite for mothers’ day)

“We cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa

14. On being committed to someone for a lifetime (the message I gave for my high school best friend’s wedding)

“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.” -Mother Teresa

15. On taking it easy on work (just when I am close to be working hard than normal, this saves my day)

“I’ve heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say, why take the chance?’ -Ronald Reagan

16. On taking a time off (sometimes you just have to forget in order to move forward in life)

“Right now I’m having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I have forgotten this before.” -Steven Wright

17. On heading where the roads lead (trust your feet!)

“I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way.” -Voltaire

18. On making every moment count (I always tell myself I don’t have time or don’t have enough, but this quote brings me back to my senses)

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hours a day.” -Zig Ziglar

19. On finding fulfillment in life (cliche but this I say to myself and to others most of the time; overused in my speeches, too)

” Life  is a journey, not a destination.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 20. On loving someone truly (love is a mystery and Coelho made everything about love a perfect sense.)

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” -Pauo Coelho

 

Quotes speak to us like a preview of what we want to say to ourselves if we only trust our own brand of wisdom, says the poet in me. 

I was tempted to write an intellectually sounding anonymous name after this conclusive insight I have about quotes like what a tumblr post I came across with said and it sound like the best way to get people to pay attention to a quote or post is to put an anonymous or famous name after it.

Oh well, as for me, quotes are just amazing day boosters that I could not last a day not having one to talk myself into believing.

 

 

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