Month: November 2020

A Body of Works from “The Book of Life”

With the realization that I will soon depart high school and everything that is familiar, I began to reflect on myself and my surroundings. Like many of my fellow classmates, I believe it’s the first time we’ve started to think about our future and saw it as something much more tangible and in-reach. Teenage years are experimental stages and self-discovery. With this in mind, I chose works from “The Book of Life” website that relate to life, self-discovery and learning to understand yourself.


  1. Why Self-Analysis Works

Remembering to reflect on yourself is especially important in this digital age; however, we tend to forget to. This article shares how we will become less scared of the contents of our mind the more we think; “we grow calmer, less resentful and clearer about our direction.” If applying for college taught me one thing, it’s learning to self-analyze and reflect on experiences, which is why I have chosen to include this article.


2. On Being Out of Touch with One’s Feelings

A feeling self or observer self—two distinct parts of our mental life explored in this article. Relating to the concept of understanding yourself, I have chosen this article that informs readers about being in/out of touch with one’s feelings.


3. When Home is Not Home

This article caught my attention because of its paradoxical and contradictory title. As explained in the article, we may have a building and a circle of people we commit to as our particular ‘home,’ we don’t find sufficient connection here like any other teen trying to find their way through life. It’s normal to feel not understood. This article suggested how one must go on a journey and move away in order to return to a home that is better than the one they’ve left behind.


4. How to Manage One’s Moods

I believe that learning to understand yourself goes hand in hand with learning to manage your moods. Since adolescence is a time for trying new things, we’re bound to make mistakes. As illustrated in this article, we are creatures of moods and are prone to fluctuations; we need to learn how to tolerate ourselves and learn to forgive for errors of the past.


5. Can people change?

An important component of self-discovery is change. Although it is obvious that people do change, I was deeply fascinated by the title, and even more so when I read, “is it even OK for people to change?” But instead of wondering when things and people will change, “we may need to rebuild our minds in order—with time—to change into people who don’t wonder for too long if, and when, people might change.”


6. There’s Nothing Wrong with Being on Your Own

Independence is a life skill that never goes away. I believe learning to be on your own and understanding what defines as being ‘alone’ is important in this self-discovering process, which is why I chose to include this article. Being alone can either be a break from a routinely busy life or certain evidence that we are unwanted. However, we may not necessarily need a new companion; we just need a new mindset. This article shares mindsets to conquer the fear of loneliness and realize that we can be both on our own while be a fully dignified member of society.


7. On the Madness and Charm of Crushes

I wanted to include this article because crushes occur from childhood to adulthood and undoubtedly impact our development. The phenomenon of having a crush has a deeper meaning and purpose; it reflects human nature and the dynamics of romantic philosophy, revealing how willing we are to allow limited knowledge, evocative details, and boundless hope to suggest a whole. But most importantly, crushes teach us the qualities we admire and want in our lives.


8. On Living Life In a More Lighthearted Way

I chose to include this article to showcase how a lighthearted mentality is one way to approach life and discussions on the egotistical nature of humans. This article depicts what true light-heartedness means—where nothing we’ve done, said, or thought matters as it’s only an illusion of our ego that makes us believe we matter.

I’m a Fan: Mandarin Oriental

This is an advertisement for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. It utilizes images, language, and multimedia to generate more business. Since this is one of the many celebrity advertisements, it only focuses on one feature of staying at the Mandarin Oriental–relaxing.

As seen in the images and video, the hotel company used persuasion techniques like celebrity and beautiful people to appeal to ethos and capture the audience’s attention, which in this case, uses the actor Rami Malek. He is dressed in suits, which connotes professional, classy, and clean–adjectives the hotel wants to be associated with. Moreover, the first suit is a soft, warm-toned pink that evokes welcoming and friendly; the purple suit is a color for royalty, symbolizing elegance, and luxury. Now moving onto the background in both the image and video, the scenery primarily consists of the beach. It captures a relaxing beach-getaway, which will especially appeal to beach-lovers and those who enjoy water activities.

Looking at the video alone, themes of beaches and relaxation reoccurs. Non-diegetic sounds are used, where tropical sounds like ocean waves, birds chirping, piano music, and jazzy tunes are played in the background. It creates a relaxing yet sophisticated mood, suggesting that the hotel is both a place for rest and entertainment. This is also seen through the montages of boat rides, walks along the dock, private swim pools, bonfires, sunsets, and the hotel bar. Using a montage provides the audience with glimpses of what it’s like to stay at the hotel–a sneak peek–enough to make the audience want to experience everything themselves. It is also interesting to note how the interview segment is shot as one cut. Hence pauses, smiles, and glances afar are all included; it candidly captures the celebrity for plain folks and relatability.

Lastly, when analyzing the language in both textual and video form, the company uses colloquialism, repetition, play on words, and personal anecdotes, to name a few. The repetition of “I’m a fan” is a play on word. “Fan” has a double meaning of ‘being a fan of something’ as well as an allusion to the hotel’s fan logo. “I’m a fan” has become the company’s slogan for marketing. Other than Malek listing out things he’s a fan of, he shared a personal anecdote of meeting the Queens at the Mandarin Oriental for snob appeal to show the memorable experiences you can have at the hotel. Both of these segments are concluded with a connection to the hotel. For example, Malek finished off with “I’m a fan of the Mandarin Oriental.” This utilizes the recency effect, where important information is placed at the end, so individuals remember it better.

As a whole, the persuasive language, high-quality photos and videos, and the motif of relaxation and entertainment reflect the undeniably high-class, relaxing, and pleasing experience visitors will have at the Mandarin Oriental.


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