Once Upon a Time: Frozen


This started as a Facebook status I posted Yesterday, but after spending a long time thinking about it, I decided there was more to it and I had a lot more to say, so here we go.

Before I start, if it’s not pretty obvious, this post is plagued with spoilers of the 4th season of Once Upon a Time. I’m doing my part right now in letting you know before you start reading.

A couple of days ago, Netflix finally released the 4th season of Once Upon a Time. I am not really sure if I’ve said it before, but given that I am a big Disney fan, the moment I started watching OUaT, I became an absolute Oncer. If I have to be honest, the first thing that prompted me into watching Once Upon a time, was seeing everywhere videos of the last scene of season 3, with Elsa coming into Storybrook, so I actually started watching in order to finally fin out what happens in that particular season,

The thing is, after a while watching and getting involved with the story, I ended up falling in love with the characters and the story; how non-traditional it was and how it deviated from the better known version of the characters, and the story became richer and more intricate with every little detail added.

What I am disliking the most about the Frozen season of Once Upon a Time (and there are a couple of things), is that they are trying to capitalize on every single detail from the Frozen movie. Every single one. From Sven, to cheesy dialogue, to the costumes cartoonishingly accurate and a lot more.

I mean, seriously, I may have seen these two wearing two different outfits in total during the season, and both of them were from the movie.

I mean, seriously, I may have seen these two wearing two different outfits in total during the season, and both of them were from the movie.

One of the main characteristics of Once Upon a Time was that it gave each character an alternate storyline (Snow White, Peter Pan to name two), and even key defining elements were represented differently (as with Ruby’s hood and Ariel’s voice). With Frozen, even though they tried to give Elsa and Anna a slightly different story line, it’s pretty much carbon copy from the Disney story, with even plenty of hints referring to the events of the movie, as if they were saying “We’re referring to the story you already know, do you remember it? Nothing changed there!!”

Don’t get me wrong, I am yet to finish watching the season, and I’m liking it in general terms. I think the idea behind the Queen of Snow was brilliant, but I felt some things a little forced to fit with Frozen’s already existing story line.

I’ll let you guys know what I think at the end.


She’s going to change the world…

Let Desire Be Your Destiny

When I was a teen, I was obsessed with Great Expectations. It was my favorite movie for about 5 years, and to this day I still think it’s amazing, and  even though it’s not very faithful to the book, it remains one of my favorite adaptations. Why? Aesthetics.

You know that thing going around about being a true 90’s kid? Well… I am a true 90’s kid; which (yes) I guess you could say it means I am kind of a sad adult.

The 90’s were trashy and glorious. Less trashy than the 80’s, yet still pretty trashy in a whole different way. I was born in the 80’s, and I spent the first 5 years of my life being an unaware lump of existence, and it was during the 90’s when I actually became aware of myself as a being, and started to form myself as a human. The 90’s were mine, and they made me who I am, along with Milan Kundera.

Every single decade I’ve lived through I’ve adored. The 2000’s were amazing in many ways and my current decade is going as well as the rest, but there’s something about that 90’s nostalgia I’ll never be able to shake off, and it’s undoubtably tied to Great Expectations.


It was something on the way Finn and Stella danced to Besame Mucho, or the length of Stella’s dress.  Or just the general feeling of “Green” surrounding everything that appealed so much to my aesthetic ideals and remained lingering in my soul for years.


Perhaps it was on the way Stella dressed, which I may add, To this day I feel like this blouse paired with black pants would look a thousand times better, however, not 90’s enough. Or maybe just the general ambiance created by the amazing soundtrack, that shaped my appreciation of music and turned inspiration into aspiration. And that deeply rooted desire of being swept off my feet, being loved, ingrained cherished dearly in someone’s heart, mind and soul.

There was something about 90’s movies that gave me unrealistic expectations about love and romance. Not even the romantic comedies, but anything with a hint of 90’s disdain to make me swoon over it with expectant adoration.

This morning I was listening to Chris Cornell’s Can’t change me and I suddenly remembered this movie, I immediately felt a sharp desire to watch it all over again. Watch it if you can. Get it if you have the change. And on the mean time, enjoy the soundtrack, to this day, I listen to it and I feel passionately touched.


How Paper Towns Changed Me…

Whose art is this?

Whose art is this?

I guess It’s not a secret I am a John Green Fan. I bought Looking for Alaska about a year ago, and before I even had the chance to read it, I started The Fault in Our Stars and I was doomed.

That book ruined me for other books. It ruined me so much, I hadn’t even recovered from it.

But about a week ago I read Paper Towns. I have so many mixed feelings, I feel happy and sad, and overwhelmed. But what a magnificent book.

I’ve followed John Green everywhere I am capable of (that is to say, I do follow some of his tumblrs, but no all of them). He even has a specific tumblr dedicated to answering questions about Looking for Alaska, and one of his answers struck me as a lightening:

Books Belong to Their Readers

If books belong to their readers, Paper Towns is about my absolute inability to see others, to see past my imagination… I am encased in this person, I can’t see beyond myself…

And I am not even sure if it’s sad, or incredibly liberating…



A long time ago, while talking about The Dark Knight, somebody told me that the reason he found Heath Ledger’s Joker to be such a great and unsettling character was mainly because the character on itself messes with one’s idea of certainty with the way he states about 3 different stories  to explain his scars.

We’re used to characters being truly honest or truly deceitful, or at least have “no return” points where they truly become one or the other. We’re used to seeing black and white, but grey is unsettling.

The Joker is a good metaphor for the current state of my life. It’s not that I am afraid of the things I am going through, or that I am refusing to go through there, honestly been there, done that; but it’s just that the circumstances are different, and somehow, all of my certainties are messed. The things I once thought to be real, and true, and forever, have proven that are not. Nothing is set. Nothing has ever been set. And nothing will ever be. It’s done and dusted, and to be quite honest with you guys, I am sure I am the executioner.

You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan.” But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds! Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair!

A few weeks ago, a friend and I were remembering this little speech The Joker gives to Harvey Dent. That is the grey, and I can totally see it as the chaos I am yet to face and fully become acquainted with. I can tell you guys that the only thing I am certain of, is that I don’t have a plan.

And I am waiting to.


Ponidays are upon us… (A Guide!)

NOTE: Reposting this, cause it’s that time of the year…

Yes, I tried to mix the words Holidays and Pony to make them sound more like me, and kind of failed miserably…

But still, a few days ago, I was checking my December entries from previous years, and I decided to make a little compilation on X-mas and holidays related posts I’ve done, along with some other kind of useful posts and topics. So here you go: The ultimate Pony guide for the holidays.


Your Ringo-ish guide to survive the holidays (x-mas edition) – I wrote this back in 2009, but it’s still current, and it’s still a helpful guide for making it through the high profile festivities without going crazy.


My daily Moleskine – A few years ago, I pulled together this tutorial on how to customize a pocket moleskine into a planner, GTD kind of thing. It’s a bit of work, but still really worth it, if you hate how the conventional planners are organized and you’d like to fix yourself with your own spaces. This year I don’t think I am going to do this from the very beginning, but I am taking a moleskine planner  and then I am customizing it a bit into something similar to this. I’ll let you guys know.


The year in questions – 37 questions related to the year that’s just ending. Pro-tip: Answer this after christmas.

The best of… – straight forward questions highlighting the best of the year that’s just ending.

Both of these questionnaires are great and simple ways to make quick retrospectives of the year.


I am not one to tell you how to make and keep your goals, cause quite frankly I’m kind of an expert at not doing it, but still over the years, I’ve always liked to write down whatever I want to achieve during the upcoming year.

What are you planning for 2011? – If you’d like a bit of inspiration, here you have the list of goals and plans I did for 2011; a brief explanation on how I organize them, how I remind myself of them, a couple of techniques I use for internalizing them.

The 88 days project – This is a similar thing based on the fact that every 88 days the cells of your body are completely new cells than the ones forming you 88 earlier, therefore making you a whole new person. I still think it’s a neat way of renewing yourself and accepting new challenges every 88 days.


This is something that I like to do, but hadn’t really picked it as a habit yet.

I constantly make these lists called Love List for the Ponicorn Soul, which pretty much are thankful lists for the things I love the most about my life. I started them as a way to remind myself of the good things going on in my life when I get depressed, but I think I might as well just write one at least once a month in the future.


Also, I think I might write one of those for the whole year that is ending. If you want to do the same, up here you have a link to a specific list, but if you need a bit more inspiration, you can always check the Love List tag, as I sometimes make lists that won’t precisely fall in the Love List for the Ponicorn soul format, but still pretty much cover the same concept.

Websites to use

Good Reads – If you’re a reader, every year they organize a reading challenge, You set your own number of books you’d like to read. Next year I am going to 52!

Unfuck Your Habitat

UFYH – Short for Unfuck your habitat. As their slogan indicates: Terrifying motivation for lazy people with messy homes. If your room/home could use a little cleaning and organizing, this is the place to go. Hundreds of tips and techniques on how to start and remain organized.

Running for beginners – I am big on running, and even though I kind of dropped it for the year, I really want to pick it back. The first time I started doing it, this is the method I used. This link is full with a complete guide on how to go from 0 to 25 min running, videos on how to properly stretch, guides to buy good running shoes, etc.

In Class – Though not really a website, but an app for organizing your schedule, notes and homework. Incredibly useful if I say so myself. Sadly, it’s only available for IPad/IPhone.

And I am still on the search of a decent website or app for this, but just as I did during 2011, I am again doing a 52 movies a year challenge. I’ll have it  up on the tabs here for you to see as soon as I start.

Well, that’s it. It took me a bit to compose, but this is my guide for starting 2013, I hope you enjoy it and find it useful. You’ll see me posting a bit more about all these things in the following days.

Lots of holiday love!


Quickie: Happening…

It’s that time again, It already happened once this year, and it’s about to happen again.

What am I talking about?

My eventual re-watch of the Twilight movies.

Don’t judge me, we all have our secret guilty pleasures in life. I can admit they are terrible movies, the books all suck as well, the whole franchise promotes sexists stereotypes, among a bunch of other ugly things I’ve taken my time to study. I am very aware of all of this…

…and still, from time to time, when I am feeling very down, I like to watch them again, and they somehow manage to make me happy.

So that’s it, Today I am not feeling like my usual perky self (as if), and I am going to start watching Twilight in about 20 minutes. I took a sleeping pill about 40 minutes ago, and I am already feeling sleepy, so I don’t even know if I’m gonna finish it, but… We’ll see…


Tom, for real?

I was just reading a silly article about The 10 Best Fictional Boyfriends, cause, yeah, that’s totally the kind of things I do when I am bored, and I actually find Though Catalog’s general humor line quite impeccable, but anyway, I digress, the thing is I started reading and the very first fictional boyfriend is Tom from 500 Days of Summer, and I’m like “Are you for real?”

First of all, there’s one thing you should know about me: I dislike 500 days of summer with every fiber of my body. Why? Cause it’s incredibly overrated! And it’s not  that I think it’s not a good movie as a general, it actually is; however, and I can’t stress this enough, it’s always praised as something it is not. No, it’s not romantic, it’s not a romantic comedy, and it’s not cute. It’s a story about a boy who falls in love with a girl when she clearly states she’s not looking for a relationship; fails to accept her decision; gets all angst when everything goes to hell – cause when he pushed the girl into the relationship she previously said she didn’t want, she didn’t like and left -; starts blaming the girl; and then finally gets ready to start all over again, with Autumn. He just doesn’t learn, and the facts that the whole “bf/gf-relationship-thing” existed only in his head and he didn’t have any right over Summer are never acknowledged. Not even the fact that Summer wasn’t mean, she was a human being not wanting to be forced to become something she said she didn’t want to be. Nothing. She’s always treated as a mean villainess who mistreated him.

So seriously guys, Joseph Gordon-Levitt may actually be a really charismatic actor, and I may actually love him as Blake Robin in The Dark knight Rises and Arthur in Inception; but Tom? No. Tom is not in any list for me, cause I wouldn’t like a boyfriend who doesn’t respect my choices and desires.




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