The Movie

Jonathan Trager (John Cusack) met Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) by chance in the Christmas’s eve, in Bloomingdale’s, both trying to buy the unique pair of black gloves available for sale. Though buying for their respective lovers, the magic was right and a night of Christmas shopping turned into romance. Jonathan wanted to explore things further but Sara wasn’t sure their love was meant to be. They decided to go to the Serendipity cafeteria and Jonathan asked for her name and phone. Sara decided to write it in a used book of Love in the Time of Cholera, and his on a five dollars bill. She gave the bill to a newspaperman and she sold the book in a New York used books store. She stated that if destiny wants them two together, Jonathan would get that book back. Or she would receive that bill again. From this day on, Jonathan would ‘chase’ Sara’s book trying to reach his lost love

Three years later, having lost each other that night, both were engaged to be married. Still, neither could shake the need to give fate one last chance to reunite them. Jonathan enlisted the help of his best man to track down the girl he couldn’t forget starting at the store where they met. Sara asked her new age musician fiancée for a break before the wedding and, with her best friend in tow, flew from California to New York hoping destiny would bring her soul mate back. Near misses and classic Shakespearean confusion brought the two close to meeting a number of times but fate would have the final word on whether it was meant to be.

Jonathan tried to find out who the mystery girl was by using the time he had scheduled for a bachelor party with his best friend Dean Kansky (Jeremy Piven). They went back to Bloomingdale’s to obtain a record of Sara’s old address (her name still was a mystery since they smeared it on the receipt). They ventured to Sara’s old house but failed at this attempt; he remembered the ice cream shop they went to and went to check the place out again. To his dismay, it’s now a bridal shop. With this finding, Dean suggested that Jonathan quit and accepted the inevitable, that they may never see each other again.

As for Sara, after receiving the proposal, she asked her best friend Eve (Molly Shannon) to go with her to around New York. Towards the climax of the film, Jonathan received a groom’s gift from Halley -to his surprise it was the same book where Sara wrote her name and number-. Lars following her to New York, on the other hand, surprised Sara. While they were in Central Park for stargazing, Sara saw Cassiopeia and realized that Lars wasn’t the one. She broke off with him but absentmindedly left her jacket behind.

At the wedding rehearsal, Jonathan was late due to his search for Sara. Coincidentally Eve was Halley’s college classmate and was invited to the wedding. Sara set off home while Eve went to the wedding. On the plane, Sara was asked if she wanted a headset. She paid the flight attendant $5 for the headset, and realized she had the same $5 bill which Jonathan wrote on three years earlier.

Sara gets off the plane to continue the search for Jonathan. His neighbors told her he was getting married the same day. She rushed to the hotel and being told that the wedding was called off. Soon after, she remembered the jacket she left in the park.

Jonathan, in the meantime, was wandering around Central Park and found Sara’s jacket. As the first snowflake drops, the other pair of the gloves floated to him and he saw Sara. They introduced themselves to each other formally for the first time. The film ended with Sara and Jonathan at Bloomingdale’s enjoying champagne on their anniversary at the same spot where they first met.

My Journey of Life…

IT TAKES ONE STORY TO…

Inspire a song
Create a band
Alter a path
Heal a heart
Mend a rift
Rescue a soul
Transform a relationship
Re-affirm a marriage
Save a life
One story can change the world
But for me, it took more than one story to be on this journey: becoming Fulbright grantee to pursue my master degree. I remembered the whole conversation between my Papa and I; no matter what my whole family might get in their mind about what career I ought to have, he would always support my decision regarding my future’s life. He understood that I am such an ambitious person who always try to have higher education as the only mean to achieve my self-actualization. He affirmed my need to serve the people, to be with those who have been marginalized and politically abandoned and to do as many as I could just to make the world a better place in which to live.On the other hand, my journey of life has made me meeting dozens of wonderful people, some of those stepped into my life and quickly go, some stayed for quite a while and left footprints and made my life never ever be the same. On quite rare occasion, I opened my heart to such a special person to become a part of what I was going to pursue, while supporting his in all means at the same time.

This time, my journey of life made me meeting such a wonderful person. As the feeling and my admiration toward him is growing every day, here are my wishes understanding that I don’t exactly know what the future will bring to us. I quoted them from my friend’s note “If You Love Someone from Ala Paredes”…

If you love someone, ask him for nothing. Don’t hold him from his destiny. Don’t keep him from going off in search his own answers. Don’t ask him for commitment.

You will know commitment is real when it is something given willingly, and not as something obligatory. Don’t ask him for promises. If you are patient, if you have faith, you will know in your heart when the right time for promises has come.

And when that time arrives, then you will see that you have both lost nothing by setting each other free, and have instead gained a richer, fuller life, a wealth of experiences, and a stringer certainty of your desires.

But should not he return to you, then life hasn’t cheated you because no promises were broken. Your bitterness will not last long, and you will feel thankful and blessed that at the very least, this beautiful soul has colored your life, that knowing him has already made life infinitely more meaningful.

By setting a person free, you run a risk of him not returning. But always remember that you found him beautiful precisely because he was free.

People are like sunlight. You can feel their warmth, and their glow, but you can’t hold them in your hand and keep them with you forever.

People choose to stay. But a choice is made more meaningful when it is made despite so many other options.