Ranking the Songs from Taylor Swift’s Album “1989”

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Hey everyone!

I realise I usually never post anything related to music on Thursdays – even though I have an entire day reserved for it. So today I thought I’d go ahead and rank my favourite songs off of Taylor Swift’s Deluxe Album “1989”. So here they are:

16. Wonderland
15. Wildest Dreams
14. Shake It Off
13. Bad Blood
12. New Romantics
11. How You Get the Girl
10. I Know Places
9. Style
8. Welcome to New York
7. I Wish You Would
6. Out of the Woods
5. Blank Space
4. You Are In Love
3. All You Had to Do Was Stay
2. This Love
1. Clean

“Clean” was kind of an instant favourite. I remember only listening to 10 seconds of it on iTunes and immediately loving it. Click here to listen to Ingrid Michaelson performing a cover of it. ❤

“This Love” kind of slowly crawled its way up as a favourite and took me by surprise. It’s just soothing to listen to on the bus ride at 9pm to my hall dorm. “You Are In Love” is more experimental is better in a quiet room where you can really think of the negative spaces in the song (can negative spaces apply to music? I just did ..)

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

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What Career Would You Want? For Real?

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Sometimes normal everyday conversation is just boring. So this week I decided to ask a question to my circle of friends that I was genuinely interested in knowing what their answer was: If you could have any career in the world, what would it be? You don’t have to care about money at all, just do something for the rest of your life, what would you do?

get-a-jobI was interested to see what they would answer because they are currently in a position I was in four years ago. They are starting college in a course of their choice and they would one day have to actually decided what job they want to take and, supposedly, according to the course they have taken.

One of my friends answered that she wanted to stay at home and write for a living, if she could. She would write young adult fiction novels. Another friend said he would be a professional gamer (League of Legends preferred) – but on second thought he said he’d rather be a food critic who awards Michelin stars to restaurants all over the world. Another friend said she wanted to be a marine biologist and dive underwater and take photos of strange and wonderful sea creatures. This was two days ago. They’re currently in communication studies and english courses respectively (the last two from english).

Yesterday I asked two more friends. One guy said he wanted to be an architecture and that he was fascinated with buildings old and new – and that’s why he attempted to take a course in architecture during his first semester. That, or a painter. The other one said he wanted to be an engineer or he wanted to programme simulation video games. One of them was studying business and the other economics.

Today I asked a few more folks. One girl wanted to be a social worker or she wanted to do something related to history. She was studying accounting. Another guy said he wanted to do something related to foreign policy – or be a stripper (though I think he was joking with the latter). His degree was in public policy.

After hearing all the answers, I feel (even more so) that it’s silly to ask someone what they’re studying, or what they’re degree is and assume that that is what they aspire to be. Not all english students want to be english teachers or writers, not all engineers want to be engineers in the future. It’s so much richer and fun to ask someone what they want to be if they are just given the choice to pick a career, just any career. It’s interesting to see whether they choose straightforward, politically correct answers, or ambitious ones.

Myself? I love stories. And I always wanted to be a writer, but if I could honestly just choose a career to do that would possibly be amazing, it would either be a video game story writer, scriptwriter or a Disney/Pixar animator.

So, I pose this question to you, to think long and hard, or not long at all, if you had no monetary restraints, if you could just do anything, what career would you choose?

The answer might surprise you. 🙂

Till next time,

cumuloq ❤

The First Sunday of 2015!

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Hello there everyone!

It’s the first Sunday of this year. How’s the first odd week been treating you? Have you started to pen down New Year Resolutions? Have you started to accomplish them?

Personally, I’ve never been one to make New Year Resolutions.

Firstly, I don’t really like the idea that you need an entire new year to start making goals. If anything, if you have a goal set out, and you really want to get it accomplished, you should start immediately. Plus, generic (albeit extremely important and meaningful) goals like wanting to travel to a particular locale or eating healthier and exercising more should be small purposeful goals you aim to accomplish every day, week or fortnight and ultimately all these small goals should just be steps towards the bigger goal of making yourself a better and more all-rounded person.

Secondly, why I don’t like to make New Year Resolutions is because I feel like once you set your mind on a list of them, then that’s what your entire year may be reduced to, i.e. a list. And that’s not what I feel a New Year is ultimately about. Yes, you want to accomplish new things – always. But accomplishment, I feel, is not as important as learning and experiencing and just living the year for what it is. And maybe that is why I wrote that poem yesterday about the two meanings of “time”. As you set goals for yourself you also need to remind yourself that your entire life is not just about those goals and that sometimes there needs to be detours and distractions that may somehow lead to more meaningful goals in the future.

But, to each their own.

Till next time,

cumuloq ❤

Poem: measured time

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she said, “i’d like to believe that measured time has left
that it departed a long while ago
that we no longer count
one two three one two three
and we no longer wait
three two one.”
he said, “do you know why they call them dog days?
because they occur during the rise of Sirius
the dog star.
that good times and bad times
are just stories. man made.”
she said, “i’d like to believe that we can change time
that we can make it move faster
and we can make it move slower
i’d like to believe that we are the ones who cause ourselves to
die.”
he said, “there’s so much destruction in the world
and so much hatred
and so much pain
and we so easily forget
that time for us may be running out. that time itself is a terrorist.”
she said, “i’d like to believe that beginnings
and ends never existed. that starts and stops aren’t real.
and time is not linear.
we are cycles like the tides and the seasons.
we need to just be.”
he said, “we always try to regulate everything
we make everything so mechanical –
we’re mathematicians
music has metronomes, poetry has metres
and our heart has beats that pulsate in rhythmic time.”
she said, “i’d like to believe that we got it all wrong.
that time moves faster when we’re near the people we love
and slower when people are apart.
i’d like to believe that an eternity can be spent
and wasted with the people you love
that time leaves marks and erases them
that it is just what it is.”
she said, “i wish time had a different name.
that the one that just exists would just be one kind of time.
and the one that we count
one two three one two three
is another.”

– cumuloq ❤

Reflections of 2014 and Happy New Year

I started 2014 with this quote:

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

― Neil Gaiman

When I decided that this would be the “anthem” to 2014, I had several things in mind: my first step into my first career, my studies, my family and my friends – and myself as a person. Before 2014, I can admit that I lived a sheltered and comfortable four years during my university days. It almost felt like everything was served neatly for me, everything was predictable, routine and just homely. I was floating, skimming across the waters.

But I knew that 2014 had a lot more in store. If I was in a straight-lined river smoothly coursing towards the deltas in 2013, 2014 would mean that I’d be out in open sea.

The first six months of this year, I knew would be unpredictable. And that was pretty much what it ended up being. I’d go to work one day and suddenly I had some incredible task in which I had to bury my skittish nature and shy demeanour and plunge headfirst into (gasp) socialising with the unknown. I found myself throwing caution to the wind and consistently surprising myself by asking questions. (I learnt the hard way that – even though it felt entirely against my nature – the best way to make mistakes and learn from them is to ask questions.)

I took Gaiman’s words as my mantra: “I hope you make mistakes”. I knew, every day, as I was testing waters and prodding and pushing boundaries here and there I was making many mistakes. Dozens of them. Heck, when I think of all the cringeworthy mistakes I made, I wince to myself.

But that was what made the beginning half of 2014 amazing.

Because sometimes it takes a few dozen mistakes to learn a dozen more valuable lessons.

And it was because of this mindset that I managed to push myself to a dozen other things I didn’t do in the past four years. For one, I become more consistent on this blog, I finished a 30 Day Book Challenge, a 30 Day Movie Challenge and a 30 Days of the Doctor Challenge. Sometimes, these challenges were all that made me look forward to the next day ahead.

I set a goal for myself in terms of reading. I finished reading 25 books this year. A whole lot more than I read in the past four years in university – and I did a course in literature.

I finished NaNoWriMo. 30 days of writing. And I reached the 50,000 word limit. I wrote a story! It had been close to six years since I wrote a story. And my childhood dream was to become a writer (for shame).

I feel like I did so many amazing things this year. And I made so many amazing new friends in my coursework.

For me, 2013 was filled with incredible highs and incredible lows. And now, 2014 has been a year of incredible mistakes and incredible learning moments and accomplishments.

Looking on to 2015, I habitually fall back to dread. If anything, 2015 looks as (if not even more) daunting as when I first looked upon 2014. There will be no more shores in 2015, my feet will escape the continental shelf. I will, definitely, be in the deep.

But this is just initial thoughts. If 2014 has taught me anything, it is to be hopeful and to always aim towards the positive. If anything, I hope that I can carry on the belief of the quote by Neil Gaiman.

Those are my aims of 2015.

Happy New Year, followers! New and old! I wish you all the love and happiness in the next year. But above all, make mistakes!

cumuloq ❤