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Real Stories from Toronto #2,646,875 – It’s All a Joke

“Why are you always laughing?  Sometimes I don’t even know what you’re laughing about!  Sometimes it’s just mean!”

- Didn’t you get the memo?

“What?  What memo?”

- It’s all a joke.


The Laughing Buddha

The Laughing Buddha

One day a monk walks up to him and asks, “What is the meaning of Zen?”
Smiling as usual, he instantly swung the sack over his shoulder.
“How does one realize Zen?”  Budai then takes up his bag and continues on his way.

From Siddhartha
“…Siddhartha replies that for every true statement there is an opposite one that is also true; that language and the confines of time lead people to adhere to one fixed belief that does not account for the fullness of the truth. Because nature works in a self-sustaining cycle, every entity carries in it the potential for its opposite and so the world must always be considered complete. Siddhartha simply urges people to identify and love the world in its completeness…”

Exit Through the Gift Shop

… a film by Banksy (United Kingdom)

“Los Angeles based Frenchman ‘Thierry Guetta’ gets the idea that he would like to film street artists in the process of creating their work.  He tells them that he is making a documentary, when in reality he has no intention of editing the footage into one cohesive movie.  Unaware of this latter fact, many street artists from around the world agree to participate.  Thierry even gets into the act by assisting them in creating the art.  One of the artists that participates is the camera-shy Brit Banksy, who refuses to be shown on screen unless he is blacked out. Banksy does convince Thierry to use the footage to make a movie.  In Thierry doing so, Banksy comes to the realization that Thierry is a lousy filmmaker, but he is an interesting character in an odd yet appealing way.  So Banksy decides to use the footage and add additional material to make his own movie about Thierry’s journey in this project.  Since Thierry spent so much time involved in the process of street art, Banksy also convinces Thierry to become a street artist himself.  Thierry reinvents himself as street artist MBW, an acronym for “Mr. Brainwash”.  Banksy, in the end, may regret this suggestion.”


Check out the film’s site here
And the IMDB page here
And you can watch the full movie on Youtube here

Real Stories from the World #3,769,085,917 – They Never Left

On tourism

“Yeah, I like to travel.  Plenty of people like to travel.  The accommodations I’m on right now is not so bad.  It’s definitely not luxurious, but that’s not the reason why I came here.  I came here partially to get out of my comfort zone.  I see those big resorts with tourists all the time with the amenities and the same comfort they get when they’re at home…

They never left.”


Good point.




…directed by Jaume Balaguero (Catalonia, Spain) and Paco Plaza (Comunitat Valenciana, Spain)

“A TV reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside something terrifying.”


There’s 4 installments to this, now, franchise.  The first one was released in 2007 and Rec 4 is going to be released in October 2014…  It was on TIFF Midnight Madness, but I missed it.

Anyway, Rec 1 is what you see here.  Rec 2 is a pickup from 1.  Rec 3 is a prequel, and Rec 4 picks up from 2.

Check out the IMDB page here

Real Stories from Toronto #2,495,195 – Pugs

“Oh my God, I love pugs! They’re so cute!”

I don’t like pugs. Their faces look like they ran into a wall.

“Fuck you, your face looks like it ran into a wall.”


Oh my God… My little cousin is finally getting me… I think I’m gonna cry ❤😭

Real Stories from the World #4,789,816,799 – Don’t Look Down


A little girl had to cross a river from one hilltop to another.  All there was, was a plank if wood wide enough to fit both her feet, and then some, with nothing to hold onto.

Her grandaunt (her grandmother’s cousin) was right behind her.

The trek was pretty high up.  They took their time, taking one to two footsteps for every breath.  “OK, don’t look down.  You’ll be okay.  Don’t look down.”


Of course I looked down, man WTF.  Durh.

I was born and raised mostly in Manila, but we went to Leyte (Visayas region) a couple times when I was a little girl to visit my extended paternal relatives.

We checked out the place again after a couple of years and they had a better crossing installed.  It looked a little something like this:


Before then, they had something like these installed…only longer, and again, no handles.

You do the visual math. I don’t have Photoshop


… directed by James L Brooks (New Jersey, USA)

“A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a celebrated chef with an insecure wife.”

“My mother did not understand her male boss.  He seemed as upset as she was over what had been done to Bernice…and yet had done nothing.  He appeared to be a good man, but to someone with first-hand knowledge of Latin macho, he seemed to have the emotions of a Mexican woman.” :)


It’s on Netflix.


Real Stories from Toronto #2,437,890 – Chopsticks

“I eat everything with chopsticks. I don’t know how people can use forks on spaghetti! I need chopsticks!”

Chopsticks: are shaped pairs of equal length sticks that have been used as the traditional utensils of China, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan for thousands of years.
- Wikipedia


Spaghetti: is a long thin, cylindrical pasta of Italian origin.
- Wikipedia