You and I are both women. That night, we are strangers standing at the bus stop. A man arrives soon after we do, and tries to make conversation with us. He’s insistent. He’s pushy. He looks threatening. I’m scared and I see that you’re scared too. We try to rebuff him. When the bus arrives, he also hops on. You and I sit together because the bus is almost empty. He follows us to our seats. He continues to try to get us to talk. Personal details. Are you students? Where do you live? When he leaves after 40 minutes, you and I are so relieved that we start laughing. You’ve been glancing at your cell phone like me. You’ve been worried that he wants to take the same train too.
Later, we get on the train but we continue talking. We talk for over two hours. About our problems and our plans. Our earlier experience makes us open up. Just a little before the train arrives at its destination, you bring up your girlfriend. You look at me, in that moment, with a wary, fearful look. And you wait for my reaction. I realize I’m familiar with that look. I’m a queer woman of color too. I look the same way when I bring my girlfriend up to another person for the first time: distrustful, fearful, waiting for rejection.
You like free music, don’t you?
In the spirit of Yulemas, here’s the little melody from our yearly Holiday special!
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Frozen goes far back as a production but finally saw the light of day
(and at last, I see the light). The story, which got revamped, is different from the original Hans Christen Andersen story. Instead of it being ‘bout Greta&Kai, with the girl coming to the rescue of the boy, in Frozen, it’s ‘bout Elsa, voiced by the amazing Idina Menzel, who becomes paralyzed by fear, which made her distance herself from everyone, with her kingdom surrounded by ice, so her sister, Anna, has to save her, as well as Arendelle. The main challenge the filmmakers found wasn’t so much in Anna (based on Greta), who acts as the typical princess full of good vibes, but in Elsa, whose characterization follows in the footsteps of the latest movies to bring some complexity in the films in general. Producer Peter Del Vecchio noted ‘bout deceiving appearances, that the audience can relate to her even if she does some unlikeable things. If it won an Oscar, it would be the first time a Walt Disney Animation Studios film got the award, though this doesn’t take quite into account Disney being attached at the hip with Pixar, which have won several times.
Underwater Room - Manta Resort
The Underwater Room is a three-storey floating platform by Manta Resort. The bottommost part is submerged under water, whilst the upper roof functions as a place for stargazing and sunbathing.
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY FUCKING BRILLIANT
if i ever get married
and ever go on a honeymoon
this would be the dream
Imagine all the sex you could have