Scholarship Essaysย 

Before I stop wasting my time writing my blog here, and begin to bang out a last minute scholarship essay that was brought to my attention a few minutes ago, and is due tomorrow; let me share with you what the next stage of enrolling into my education looks like. 

Enough said. The scholarship hunt continues…

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Fightingย 

No, I’m not writing about whatever drama is happening in my life this time. I’m talking about actual fighting, or in my case fight scenes! I have to correspond with my fight partner soon to see what scene we would like to choreograph. Much of what we have to include will be what we learned over the past few weeks:

Punches 

Chokes

Slaps

Aikido rolls

Hair pulling 

Blocks and grappling

These scenes will also include a little bit of dialogue to give context as to who we are and why are we fighting. Is it serious? Is it comedic? Do I owe this person money? Are they stalking me? Does pineapple go on pizza? It’s up to my partner and I to tell a story through violence. I hope to have it recorded and shared with you on this site soon! In the meantime here are a selection of fight scenes that I really love:

Yuen Biao vs. Dick Wei-Millionaires Express

Any fight from the 1966 Batman Series

James Bond Quantum of Solace Knife Fight

My FAVORITE fight Kill Bill pt.1 Beatrix Kiddo vs. Vernita Green

Simply because this scene is so bad and the fact that Jean Claude Van Damme is showing off his twerk team skills-Kickboxer Dance scene

Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock in YES MADAM

Last one I promise, Ong Bak Final Fight Scene, full of Muay Thai flying knees and elbows!

I hope you enjoy these as I did ๐Ÿ˜Š

Farewell Tour

          (Shared from my friend Elanor.)

Now that I’m officially moving to Ireland in a few months, it’s crunch time. Not only to pull money together, but to also connect with my friends and see them in person before I go. I managed to reconnect with one of my friends that I met on the set of Quantico, and I would like to keep that trend going. So in the middle of finding a temporary job, applying for scholarships, and performing in the shows I’m dedicated to; I need to maintain a social life. Will I be able to do it? Who knows.

IRELAND AAHHH!!!

Thank you, thank you!!! ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ 

I found out earlier today that I have been officially accepted to my school in Ireland. Now comes the real challenge of pulling together all the money I need for a smooth transition. I am allowed to apply for student aid (which is fantastic) and I’m going to see what scholarships I am eligible to apply for. 

This also means that I have to pinch all of my pennies right now and not be wasteful. If I’m smart about my budgeting, it can be done right. By the way I did mention that I was invited to go to Las Vegas to spend time with my friends. This is still on the books since I’ll be on the other side of the pond for at least 2-3 years. It’s considered my farewell tour before shipping off to school. 


(I have to be self-employed just like my character on Animal Crossing.)

So now, it’s about taking all of the income producing activities that I can. I have to have it be flexible since I do have some modeling and theatre jobs on the books. What to do, hmmm…๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

Live Action Mulan Rant

Ugh…just arrrggg!!! This is very frustrating for me to process. Mulan is my favorite of all of the Disney films. Today it was announced that not only would there be no songs incorporated in the film, but they are taking out Mulan’s love interest Li Shang. According to the director Niki Caro, Mulan will have a rival instead and will be a girly martial arts film. This film does not bode well for me and I will tell you why.

1) I’m a girl who does martial arts and is currently training in unarmed stage combat. I’m really offended that because the film centers around a female character, that it is categorized as a “girly martial arts film” by the director herself! It also shows that she has no concept of what goes on when you train in the martial arts: 

You train your body to be a weapon. The skill is designed to injure or kill another human being, plain and simple. When you have that ability, it transcends gender because it’s dangerous. Treat it with respeck! 

2) The premise of this film was that China was at war with the Mongolian army. As a result they staged a draft where all of the first born sons or only men in the family had to fight. Mulan’s father, who was well beyond his prime and health, had to fight. Much to the dismay of his wife, mother-in-law and his darling daughter Mulan. My concern now since the director categorized it as a “girly martial arts film” is this; is she now going to change the storyline to show Mulan proving her worth as a woman instead of protecting her dad? Because the impression that I got from the original film was that her dad already thought her worthy as a woman. I mean hell, I figured that is why she was so brave to risk death in the first place: to protect the one person who loved her unconditionally.

3) Taking Li Shang out of the film to make a new rival for Mulan is incredibly stupid. Especially since her rivals were already established in the original animated film as Yao, Ling and Chien-Po. Yes, they were there for comic relief, but they also clashed with Mulan or “Ping” in the very beginning. As the famous “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” montage carries on, they are no longer rivals, but equals and earn each other’s respect. Li Shang wanted strong soldiers, so there is no need for him to be a rival. The army was in dire straits and he needed all hands on deck.

I will say just on a side note: remakes tend to irk me a bit so I may be a little biased. Mulan was such a lovely and complete film that I don’t really know why it needs to be remade to begin with. I’m happy that the cast will be entirely Chinese, as it should be, but they should stay consistent with the story structure and the songs that are already there.