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09 September 2013 @ 08:53 pm
Some updates on my life:

  • For the past few weeks, I've been listening to Spanish covers of popular songs.

  • My trip has been confirmed. I'm going to Kuala Lumpur on October 15-17 and it's going to be my first trip abroad while unaccompanied by a family member. My dad made some arrangements with the tour and the hotel since he's obsessive with details secretly worried about me, but I think it's going to be so much fun! Aly, if you're reading this: I'm coming for you! :)

  • I've collected all the forms I need for shifting out of my program. It's only a matter of timing everything accordingly so that my program coordinator for Creative Writing won't get mad and fail me on purpose.

  • The Great Gatsby is a great book if I read it fast. Fitzgerald's lyrical prose doesn't quite get me going but somehow he makes the style work for him.

Also, Breaking Bad has stressed me out today so here's some good news about Colin instead!

If only I had the money...

(via gealach_ros)

Guys, who said it was okay to release my fanfic to the public? Thank you.

26 July 2013 @ 08:59 pm
Today, I had an encounter with a B.O.U.S. a.k.a. a bug of unusual size! Okay not really. I just like to exaggerate. I have a fear of bees/wasps/any insect that is more dangerous when it is flying.

So I was walking past Rizal Library minding my own business when this giant black fuzzy bee approaches me and attaches itself to my shirt! And I've never been stung by a bee, I have no idea what to do if one flies really close to my body (besides screaming like a sissy and hiding behind someone else), and for a while I thought of running away but then I remembered this dude on Animal Planet who whacked a hive with a stick--what an idiot--and all the bees chased after him and he had to be rushed to the hospital.

I tried to flap my hands around for help but everyone around me was just: O.o? All I could see was that sinister creature. Positioned completely still. Over the spot where my rightmost flab should be. It. Would. Not. Let. Go.

My heart seized. That bee was too darn close! Looking down with panicked eyes I tried to communicate with it: "WHAT DO YOU WANT WITH MY STOMACH, BEE. WHAT CAN YOU POSSIBLY ACCOMPLISH THERE."

I don't know what really happened next, given how frightened I was, but after a while it eventually flew away. Thank God. I was safe. But it was only when I looked down at myself that I discovered why I attracted it in the first place--I was wearing floral print. Of course. I looked like a freaking flower. It even had all these bright purple and pink flowers scattered over it, and the part of my shirt which the bee clung to was the perfect image of a sunflower's petals. Sorry for leading you on, Mr. Bee. :(

With that, I proceeded to ugly-cry/laugh my way to class.

(P.S. At first I thought it was a wasp, but then I did some research and I found out that wasps are usually yellow and not fuzzy like the one I encountered. Plus wasps are actually pretty aggressive insects! Bees, I believe, don't sting humans unless you provoke or threaten them. At least bees have the decency to be productive members of the animal world, you know, making honey and all that. So bees are actually cool. Not wasps. Wasps suck.)

26 May 2013 @ 09:13 pm
Every time I tell myself to watch only one episode of Breaking Bad, I end up finishing an entire season. And that's exactly what happened: I just finished the mid-season finale of season 5. Now I have no idea how to pass the time or what to do with my life.

How the heck will I survive 'til August? *throws pizza over roof*

It's true. Breaking Bad has ruined me for other drama series. Now I can't watch anything on TV without spotting awful cliches and character inconsistencies and gaping plot holes. How often do we see cops who get shot or stabbed multiple times on crime procedurals, but after a short period in the hospital, end up walking away like it's nothing? I've said before that I have so much respect for Vince Gilligan and his team of writers, and it's not just because of their ability to connect everything together, but it's also because they're honest with their characters' experiences.

Like everybody else, I'm avoiding spoilers like the plague and I'm trying to lower my expectations for the last 8 episodes. Still, I have a really good feeling that Vince Gilligan and his team will not let us down. When it's all over, I really hope Breaking Bad earns the title of the "perfect" TV show. :)

Current Mood: determineddetermined
11 May 2013 @ 08:51 pm
I just spent the past few weekends marathoning Breaking Bad. This show is like crack.

I love it.

And I totally recommend watching it. I understand how it might not be everyone's cup of tea, I thought it wasn't mine at first, still I suggest being patient with it and reserving judgment until the season one finale because the first few episodes start out as a slow burn. But it
is so worth it. I didn't believe it at first but this show just gets better and better every season! And the creator Vince Gilligan is an inspiration. I mean, if I could craft characters and story lines as well as he did Walter White...wow. What's a Nobel Prize?

Breaking Bad reminds me of the time when I was so sure that I wanted to write for TV. Sadly, the Filipino TV scene is utter crap and the networks aren't going to diversify their soap operas anytime soon. It's a shame.

Current Mood: impressedimpressed
The Walking Dead is awesome as always. Even if it leaves me feeling a bit too excited and agitated afterwards. The thing I like most about season three is Daryl that the greatest threat to Rick and the group is actually human. It's the greatest irony in a show full of, well, zombies.

In light of the recent SPN episode...wow...that's...I don't even... You know what? Have a vid rec. ♥

(It's actually quite relevant.)

[Okay here's the REAL spoiler on 8x17...]When Dean asked Castiel "What broke the connection?" I totally shouted "TRUE LOVE!" at the screen. Yep. I've officially watched too much Princess Bride. xD
Current Mood: restlessrestless
16 March 2013 @ 06:38 pm

I pledge to complete the 10/20 Multi-fandom Squee Challenge by July 30, 2013!

P.S. I've been watching The Walking Dead. Not sure if I'd count myself as part of the fandom just yet, but I'm currently in season 3 and it is amazing. I will never again judge a show by its title. Also, Daryl rocks! :P

My first novel set in Ireland! A noir mystery too.

It was a good read. I don't think anyone's claiming that it rocked their worldview or prompted them to move to Ireland, but I still enjoyed reading it. For reasons I won't specify out in the open, I was a bit shaken when it ended. I'd recommend curious readers to give it a try even if you're reading it for Colin's character. And I say this because Jimmy Minor doesn't really do much, except maybe...

The waitress came, and Jimmy ordered a glass of ginger beer and a beef sandwich - “Plenty of horseradish, baby, slather it on, I like it hot.” He pronounced it hat. The girl tittered. When she was gone he whistled softly and said, “That’s some wart.”

Yeah. That should be reason enough to watch it. *thumbs up*

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In other news, I went as far as the page that enumerated all my expenses for The Tempest before remembering that I actually don't live anywhere near the UK. It sucks living in Asia sometimes, but oh well. Congratulations on Colin for landing yet another role! And on Shakeapeare's Globe too. Wow. Boy works fast, if you know what I mean.

I hope they release a DVD for The Tempest and I hope we get to see Colin in the 'Quirke' tv series soon. If anyone has finished Elegy as well or has read the other books, do share your thoughts. I'd love me some discussion. :)

[WARNING! Spoilers for the ending of Elegy for April. I just need to get it out of my chest.]
OKAY. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING. I think that must have warranted a warning some kind, even though I'm sure it would've spoiled the mystery of it. Still, I was staring at my book, going what the heck?  I'm not going to dwell into specifics, but basically there was surprise pedophilia, child abuse, and incest that came from absolutely nowhere. I appreciated the twist, but, um.

Current Mood: surprisedsurprised
01 February 2013 @ 06:59 pm
This is my favorite book in all the world. 

After many weeks of squirming, crying, jumping, rolling around in my own bed, nearly doubling over from laughing, yelling at words on a page, cursing Goldman to the high heavens, pumping my fists in the air, panicking, pacing back and forth, chuckling, smiling, fearing the worst, and being all but a few pages away from throwing the book across the room in barely contained excitement and rage, I'd say catharsis has probably been reached. The Princess Bride is the perfect marriage of comedy and irony. No, maybe not even that, but rather a ménage à trois of wry humor, titillating drama, and lofty adventure. It's everything I could ever ask for in a novel. 

I was surprised to find out that the book has elements of metafiction, that William Goldman really wrote everything, and S. Morgenstern doesn't actually exist. The book hooked me to the point that I believed everything I was told. 

I enjoyed The Princess Bride. Book and movie. My review of both can be summed up in 4 sentences.

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
20 January 2013 @ 08:06 am

LJ Is Alive!
A Multifandom LiveJournal Friending Meme
Tumblr is great, but my fandom heart is in LJ.

Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: No Light, No Light - Florence + The Machine
Another thing is: I live under a rock when it comes to music.

Until this moment, I never understood people's fascination for Lana Del Rey. There are times when I would hear her crooning "it's you, it's you, it's all for you" on the radio, but apart from occasional replays of these lines, I knew next to nothing about her or her music. Well, now I do. And since I rarely ever listen to intricately worded songs without thinking of them in terms of my favorite pairings, I want to correct my ignorance by reccing a vid by TogetherAtLast (YT).

Damn, son. Context is everything. Instant goosebumps.

I tell you all the time, heaven is a place on earth with you.Collapse )

In other news, I've been going on a fanmix spree this week and a lot of the links have been taken down by MF. :/ It must probably be all the Mumford & Sons and Florence + the Machine songs mixers have been using. Oh well. Luckily, a friend of mine managed to save them. I can't wait to drown myself in new music! :)
Current Mood: lethargiclethargic
Current Music: Video Games - Lana Del Rey