Mesdames et Messieurs (ladies and gentlemen), I thought it would be nice to talk about something that I don't really talk about publicly for reasons like my need to keep my vulnerable spots out of sight and my refusal to acknowledge those feelings that made Juliet drink that cup of death cocktail and pushed Romeo to pierce that dagger into his navel. L. O. V. E. What is love anyway? They say it can not be defined. Some say it is not an emotion but an action. The old-school mushy master will say it is the force that turns the world around. If that question of what love is, is thrown to me, I certainly don't have a sensible answer to that especially if the romantic-wrapped-in-pink-paper-tied with-a-red-ribbon-and-comes-with-heart-shaped-balloons-and-a-bouquet-of-roses kind of love we are talking about.



So I enlisted the help of some movies that recently made me think about amore. Some lines are just so luscious that they are as edible as a loaf of freshly baked croissants in an outdoor café by the Parisian cobblestone sidewalks.




(Marion Cotilliard in Inception)



"How could you understand? Do you know what it is to be a lover? TO BE HALF YOUR WHOLE? I'll tell you Ariadne. You're waiting for your train--the train that will take you far away.  You know where your hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure. But it doesn't matter. How can it not matter to you where the train will take you? Coz we'll be together."--INCEPTION


(Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love)


"I DISAPPEAR INTO THE PERSON I LOVE. I am the permeable membrane. If I love you, you can have it all. My money, my time, my body, my talk . . . and I will project upon you all sorts of nifty qualities u never actually cultivated yourself. I will give you all these and more until I am so exhausted and depleted that the only way I can recover is becoming infatuated with someone else." --EAT PRAY LOVE



(Boy talk, anyone?)

"Ok anyway, I love Kirk but the guy is a five. . . Meanwhile this Molly is a hard ten. The five-point disparity, that is a chasm. And you can't jump more that two points." "Guys, I think this system is ridiculous. If someone really loves you, then you are a ten." --SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE