Squid Game and the 10 Things You Should Know About the Game

Squid Game is a survival drama thriller with 9 episodes written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. This South Korean masterpiece still holds the top spot on Netflix not only in the Philippines but in more than 90 countries in the world, to date. This show is trending across all media platforms and is believed to be the most popular series that may overtake the top-rated programs on Netflix. Just four days after its September 17, 2021 premiere, it ranked no. 1 in the U.S.

People are obsessed with the controversial concept of the show. Not only it's socially relevant but emotionally intriguing to the viewers' imagination. The game is a child's play but the intense adaptation is in no way appropriate for kids ages 12 and below because of extreme violence and sexual content. But youngsters have easy access to the internet so, parental guidance is suggested.


10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT  THE SQUID GAME

1. The Recruiter - played by Gong Yoo as Choi Han-kyul, dressed in a suit with an impressive irresistible offer. If you're slapped, multiple times by this handsome salesman, you probably lost to him in the Ddkaji game but if you're lucky enough, you receive your cash prize and a game card. 



2. The Game Card - a brown business card handed out to a prospective participant. It has 3 different shapes, circle, triangle, square, and a contact number at the back. If you have this mysterious card, you are practically broke or cash-strapped.



3. The Game Players - 456 participants in identical evergreen tracksuits with their respective player numbers fight for each other to survive in the series of six brutal games  Overwhelmed by their willingness to compete and desire to win without realizing the deadly circumstances they're about to face. They are desperately hungry. Hungry for a debt-free life.


4. The Prize Money - a total of  45.6 billion won or nearly 39 million dollars await the winner. A giant, glass piggy bank fills up with stacks of bills. One player is worth 100 million won. 



5. The Front Man - played by Lee Byung-hun as Hwang In-ho is the mysterious man with an all-black outfit, from his geometric black mask to his long hooded coat and leather gloves. He appeared to be in charge of the whole operation. He oversees the competition through several monitoring screens as the games unfold.



6. The Staff Members - dressed in hot pink hooded jumpsuits with shapes on their masks. Circle-shaped masks are worn by straightforward workers. Triangle-shaped masks are for armed soldiers while square-shaped is worn by managers, who have the most power.




7. The Games - There are 6 traditional Korean children's games that the players should win. When you lose, you die. Red Light, Green Light, Sugar Honey Combs, Tug of War, Marbles, Glass Stepping Stones, and lastly Squid Game.

The number 1 game is the most popular. A giant animatronic doll sings the Korean phrase for “Red Light, Green Light” (mugunghwa kkochi piotsseumnida). Players in evergreen tracksuits have the length of the jingle to move forward and stop before the doll turns.






8. The Undercover Cop - played by Wi Ha-joon as Hwang Jun-ho is a police officer who sneaked into the game and act as one of the soldiers only to find out that the Front Man is his missing brother. 




9. The Big Winner - played by Lee Jung-jae as Seong Gi-hun is player number 456. He is unemployed, broke, and desperate to earn money at any cost. In order to resolve his financial distress, he voluntarily accepted the offer to play the mysterious game. He survived and emerged as the last man standing. But his victory meant nothing to him because the huge amount of money he won is tainted with blood.




10. The Mastermind - In the latter part of the show, Gi-hun received a gold game invitation card and headed to the 7th floor of the Sky Building. There he found Il-nam or player 001 alive but on a ventilator inside a huge isolated room. The two men who used to be too close turned out to be total strangers because Gi-hun discovered that Il-nam is the mastermind of the game. 




I must agree that this show is phenomenal. It may be brutal, violent, inhuman, cruel, and barbaric but the lessons are clear and significant. People have choices in life that may eventually affect their future. We make choices based on emotions, situations, values, or beliefs. The decisions we make will have a tremendous impact on our lives. We all have dreams to fulfill. A wish or desire to obtain in our lifetime. The journey may take us to bumpy roads and crooked paths but with determination and perseverance, we will reap success and true happiness.

"Money is worthless if tainted with blood." 

Never Lost

 

"simplymarrimye - never lost"

I've been searching for my missing piece
in someone else's heart.
Only to find out, it's never lost
and been staying in mine
all this time.


There are moments in your life that you feel a sense of emptiness. You feel like you're on the verge of losing yourself. That hollow part inside you somehow affects your well-being. Learning how to deal with it requires acceptance that life is a journey that takes you to places you never imagined you'd be.  You take a path but you lose direction along the way. May it be the reason for a broken relationship, bad habits, career change, or a traumatic experience, you can bounce back and get yourself together. 

The missing piece lies in your inner self. No one can make you whole except you, the master of your mind and body. You have the power to transform into a better version of yourself. 

God's Perfect Timing

"simplymarrimye - God's Perfect Timing"

 

When life treats you so unkind 
and you feel like nothing works well 
in your favor, be patient. 
God's timing is always perfect. 
He may not give you what you need now 
but in His time, He will deliver 
the best that you deserve.


You thought you did your best but not good enough to obtain your goals. You thought you have better plans to prosper but things don't work out the way you expect them to. So frustrating, too disappointing that sometimes you feel hopeless. But God knows your heart better than you do. He will give you what you need and not what you want in His perfect time. 

Not Even Once

 

"simplymarrimye - not even once"

Here I am, 
waiting to be loved by someone
like you who never lay an eye on me...
not even once.


Unrequited love is like a star glitteting in the vast evening sky. It's beauty is distant and unreachable that you can only gaze from afar. 



Farthest

"simplymarrimye - farthest"

 If I could reach the farthest part 
of your heart to win your love back...
I would never let any hurdle 
 block my way.


We can do anything and everything in the name of love.  If you truly, madly, and deeply in love with someone, surrendering is not an option. No matter how hard things can get, it's always worth giving it all just to win back the love of your life.


Reason

 

"simplymarrimye - reason"

You let go of me not because
I am not worthy of your love
but because I deserve more than 
what you can give... 


There are a million reasons why two people fall out of love and drift apart. It's never easy to let go and move on with a broken heart. It's a long and painful process and sometimes, wounds get deeper in time that forgetting is even harder. 


YouTube Shorts

If you are an avid Youtube viewer, you probably notice an added feature called "Shorts Beta" as the image shows :

"simplymarrimye - youtube shorts"


YouTube Shorts Beta was launched in the US, March 18, 2021, and is considered a Tiktok rival for short-form videos.

Anyone with a youtube channel can create shirt vertical videos, 60 seconds or less, and upload with the tag, youtube shorts, or shorts.

Viewers can swipe vertically from one clip to another. These short films are easily discoverable in the youtube app. Creators should start with strong and interesting content to grab their viewers' attention. 

So, here are some shorts I created in my channel, PETS IN MOTION.



What is Adenomyosis?

In order to fully understand the term Adenomyosis, let's take my case for example. Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with this condition. This is the result of my ultrasound dated June 28, 2014. Since it was an illness I had, long time before my menopause finally hit me, it's better to share the experience with women like me, married or single.


"adenomyosis ultrasound - simplymarrimye"

 

MYE DOMAIN ENTRY
July 6, 2014

If I remember it right, I've never had abnormal menstrual flow. My monthly period comes on a regular basis but last month, I experienced prolonged menstrual bleeding. I felt so apprehensive that's why, on the eve of my birthday, I have to see an OB-Gyne for consultation.
 
Since my former OB is now in Canada, my records are being turned over to Dra. Joanne V. Legaspi. She's also affiliated with The Medical City and Ardi Health Care Center. Dra. Legaspi advised me to undergo TVS (Transvaginal Ultrasound) for an accurate diagnosis of my condition.

I took the ultrasound immediately. Thanks to my hubby who's always willing to accompany me in times like this.


DIAGNOSIS:

  • NORMAL SIZED RETROVERTED UTERUS MILD ADENOMYOSIS
  • THIN ENDOMETRIUM
  • NORMAL RIGHT OVARY
  • CYSTIC FOLLICLE, LEFT
  • NO FLUID IN THE CUL DE SAC


I've been diagnosed with mild Adenomyosis. I had it long before my second childbirth but, I didn't feel any discomfort until I had this symptom of prolonged menstrual flow.

Opening Prayer On Lizette's Debut 2013

MYE DOMAIN ENTRY
December 4, 2013


"Simplymarrimye - Lizette @ 18"



Every milestone in life is a remarkable event... an occasion to celebrate and be grateful for. Nothing is worthier than appreciating God's blessings and praising Him everyday. Either in joy or sorrow, we close our eyes... kneel down to ask for guidance, and utter our intentions.

The most anticipated day has come. November 16, 2013, marked the 18th birthday of my daughter.

As we shared a momentous night in her life, we offered a prayer to ask for the Holy Spirit to come upon us and bowed our heads in God's divine presence.


Opening prayer was delivered by Claire Dave Ellis Magos
Claire Dave Ellis

The opening prayer was delivered by:

Claire Dave Ellis Magos, a younger cousin of our debutante, currently in 7th Grade at La Immaculada Concepcion School. Their closeness goes beyond being cousins because Lizette treats her like a baby sister.

Lizette Turns 18 - The Opening Prayer


THE OPENING PRAYER


"GOD of all creation, worthy of our praise, we are grateful for Your presence in this evening’s celebration of life. We thank You for this opportunity in bringing us together and share a glorious event that marks the 18th birthday of LIZETTE.

Oh Heavenly Father, You are the source of all our strength. May you bestow upon us Your Divine Grace. May You bring forth success in this night’s activities and guide us as we partake in this festive occasion.

All of us here tonight share the same prayer for LIZETTE, that she may achieve her dreams and aspirations in life. That God will grant her the realization of her heart’s desires and blessed her with abundance... may it be financial or spiritual.

May our Loving and Generous God, offer her the virtue of kindness, patience, honesty, understanding, perseverance and all the goodness that may be pleasing to others and most especially, to Your holiness.

We thank You for giving her 18 years of blissful yet challenging years. As she enters another fruitful phase in life, guide her way leading to the righteous path and protect her against imperfections that may hinder success and true happiness.

We praise You, Lord for surrounding her with love from family, relatives, and friends. Their presence in her life makes the person she is now. They are the wind beneath her wings. They will always be there to support and direct her journey through life. 

Tonight, we ask for Your ever-gracious hand to bless every gift to be offered and sanctify every wish to be uttered.

Almighty God, fill our hearts with Your love, faithfulness, and mercy as we gather in Your Name and bless the meal that we will share in this joyful evening.

We entrust all our prayers unto You in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, AMEN."


Kiko's First Visit to the Dentist

MYE DOMAIN
July 29, 2014

I guess, everyone had experienced a disturbing toothache. This condition is so annoying that we can hardly endure the terrible pain it caused. How much more if a 5-year old kid suffers from this unbearable soreness?

Kiko's First Visit to the Dentist
Kiko's First Visit to the Dentist

Kiko has been complaining about a recurring pain in his decayed right molar. Brushing his teeth and taking paracetamol somehow gave him temporary relief. The pain persisted and kept him up for two consecutive nights. My husband and I encouraged him to visit the dentist to check on his aching tooth and he agreed.

July 27, Sunday morning was Kiko's first visit to the dentist. I knew he was a little apprehensive but Doc Ric's warm and friendly approach made Kiko very comfortable.

I thought he's not yet ready to sit on a dental chair but I underestimated the braveness of this young kiddo. He's cooperative that's why Doc Ric was able to perform two temporary fillings successfully with less effort than usual for a toddler his age.

No tooth extraction was advised because it's too pre-mature for the removal of a baby tooth that will guide the permanent to come out in due time.

My Daily Routine

MYE DOMAIN
February 25,  2013 

Waking up with a list of tasks to undertake

has become a daily routine.
These must be performed
otherwise... everything will pile up
and if chores accumulate...
the BIG "S" (stress) will take over my system
and my asthma attacks will follow.
This is a chain reaction and I have no
other better alternative but
to get things done and over with.
My workplace starts in the bedroom,
then in the kitchen, dining, living, bathroom
practically.. all around the house
or even out like in the bank, supermarket, and drugstore.
I still have online activities
that need my attention as well.

FIRST things first... prioritize...
Be organized
PATIENCE 
overcome hassles
ignore tiredness
and before I know it...
MISSION accomplished !!!

TOMORROW

is another tiring but rewarding day.
I can hardly wait for
WEEKENDS
to come.
Oh! It may be time to have a break
but laundry is waiting for me.


Being a mom 24/7 is not only tiring but stressful. Getting the house chores done is no joke but at the end of the day, this demanding role will give you a sense of fulfillment. It's challenging yet rewarding at the same time.


GOD Almighty

"Simplymarrimye's GOD Almighty"

 

We have our mind to acquire 
and share knowledge
We can only discover, invent, innovate
We can only utilize the resources available... 
tangible or not
We can only do our best...
our abilities have limitations

We can survive if we have the determination
We can fail if we 
don't believe in our own strength
We can make something 
out of nothing
But we can never 

SURPASS 
the
 POWER
of the 

ONLY SUPREME BEING... 
our 

GOD ALMIGHTY.

Kiko's Abstract Creations

MYE DOMAIN
December 7, 2014

These are some of Kiko's abstract creations. His love for drawing using crayons is just fascinating. Almost everyday, he would get his sketch pad and starts to do random designs. He draws outline of any shape then fills them up with various colors.

His love for art mainly focuses on colors. he even asked me to give him a present this coming Christmas. He wishes to have 96-colored Crayola crayons. He wants different shades. More crayons mean more colorful art pieces like these.

"Kiko's abstract creation-heart hearty heart"
Heart Hearty Heart


"Kiko's abstract creation-monster L"
Monster L


"Kiko's abstract creation-candy house"
Candy House


He even provides titles for his artworks so, I have to document this little milestone of this little artist of mine. Maybe, 10 years from now, he will be interested in reading my blog posts about him and take him to a nostalgic recollection of his childhood.

"Song Cover: Walang Hanggang Paalam By DANLOURD"

"WALANG HANGGANG PAALAM"
A Joey Ayala Original
Song Cover By Danlourd De Asis

Di ba tayo'y narito
Upang maging malaya
At upang palayain ang iba
Ako'y walang hinihiling
Ika'y tila ganoon din
Sadya'y palayain ang isa't-isa

Ang pagibig natin ay
Walang hanggang paalam
At habang magkalayo
Papalapit pa rin ang puso
Kahit na magkahiwalay
Tayo'y magkasama
Sa magkabilang dulo ng mundo

Ang bawat simula ay
Siya ring katapusan
May patutunguhan ba
Ang ating pagsinta
Sa biglang tingin
Kita'y walang kinabukasan
Subalit di-malupig ang pag-asa

Ang pagibig natin ay
Walang hanggang paalam
At habang magkalayo
Papalapit pa rin ang puso
Kahit na magkahiwalay
Tayo'y magkasama
Sa magkabilang dulo ng mundo

Ang pagibig natin ay
Walang hanggang paalam
At habang magkalayo
Papalapit pa rin ang puso
Kahit na magkahiwalay
Tayo'y magkasama
Sa magkabilang dulo ng mundo
Sa magkabilang dulo ng mundo oh


KIKO, At Five Years Old

MYE DOMAIN
June 19, 2014

Five years back, I glanced at this cute chubby face for the very first time. From day one up to this writing, he never fails to amuse me... the way he thinks and speaks out his thoughts, the way he moves and reacts to situations. He has this prominent character that makes our lives more interesting and tiresome at the same time.


"Newly born KIKO"
Newly born KIKO

I was bound to be a mother for the last time with him and I will surely miss being pregnant and feel the first trimester hang-ups. Having three wonderful kids is a treasure itself. Being a mother is priceless.

Looking for a nanny is no longer relevant. I can't imagine anybody taking care of him other than myself. It's not that he's so dependent on me as normal kids do with their moms but, I guess I'm the one who is dependent on him.

A few weeks ago, he thought of sleeping with his Kuya KD. For the first time, he's out of our bed. My husband and I were unable to sleep soundly. Maybe, we are not used to be separated from Kiko at night. It seems that I am not ready for it, yet. I need more time to prepare myself for that kind of adjustment.

The 2-night trial ended when Kiko suddenly felt an ache in his mouth and he had to wake up in the middle of the night, knocked at our room's door just to tell me that he's not feeling well. That's when he got back to our bed and slept with us again. He needed me... he still longs for a mother's touch, my TLC.

Tomorrow is Kiko's 5th birthday. I'm still his 24/7 hands-on mom attending to his daily needs. I'm his fetcher to and from school. He's the very reason why I preferred to stay home and never worked corporately again. I want to witness every step he makes and always be there to guide his path. Actually, I'm enjoying my role as a full-time mother to my other two kids. Raising two teenagers of this generation is quite challenging as well.

 Browsing through old files, I stumbled upon this video:



1-year old Kiko learning to say grace before meal

Kiko with Olaf sitting cushion - advance birthday gift from Ate Aya
Kiko with Olaf sitting cushion
(advance birthday gift from Ate Aya)