Things to Make the Week Bearable

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Hey guys,

Yes, yes, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything on this blog. It seems like the past few days just have been a series of ups and – well, who am I kidding – it’s just been a load of downs. I think even my dreams have been reflective of how psychotic my mind has been. Thankfully I’m somehow so tolerating of bad dreams that I’ve been more fascinated by what warped visions my brain can conjure up, as opposed to shriveling under my covers in fear.

And such dreams so happen to contain wall-and-ceiling crawling apparitions bathing me in voodoo curses, to shark-infested killer waves staining the seas blood red, peppering body parts all over the surface, to blood-thirsty hitmen grabbing me by the throat unexpectedly, to high precarious staircases that I’m forced to navigate to shipwrecks and more drowning in shark-infested waters.

Psychoanalyse that, why don’t you.

But, among all the bad, I think this week I’m finally reaching the light at the end of the tunnel. Please let it not be a dud.

So here are a few wonderful things that have made my life a lot better:

1. The Lizzie Bennett Diaries

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So yes, let’s address the obvious thing here, I’m slow on the bandwagon. Exactly two to three years slow. But better late than never, I suppose. I was never a fan of 19th century literature such as that of Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters, so please excuse me with this very reason as to why I never watched this Youtube series (despite hearing so many snippets about it from random friends).

If you too have not heard of it (*high five*) it is a Web series that does a wonderful job at adapting Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice for the modern audience.

While it was initially difficult for me to fall in love with Lizzie (the protagonist pictured in the photo above), being brutally aware of the blatant hypocrisy in which she speaks of the pride and prejudice of others and yet was desperately ignorant of her own, it didn’t take long at all for me to warm up to her and feel like she was deserving of some respect and, perhaps, adulation. I was immediately in love with her older sister Jane and her younger sister, Lydia.

And it only took me this weekend to complete the 100 episode series from beginning to end (don’t worry each episode is only 3-5 minutes long, so it was such a heavy feat as it sounds).

I am resisting the urge to post any pictures of Bing Lee (Bingley) or Mr Darcy as I felt that the surprise at finally seeing them was paramount to the tension and addictive nature of the series. So if you have yet to take up the task, then I suggest you start at the beginning and refrain from any sneak peeks!

2. CrashCourse

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Another Youtube channel that just made my weekend – or more like my day (specifically today) more bearable is CrashCourse. Again, possibly late on the bandwagon. Specifically, it’s the World History playlist from this channel that I am oddly addicted to.

What’s it about? Well it’s John Green – yes, The Fault in Our Stars, and Paper Towns John Green – serving a dish of historical pie to the supposed History last-minute exam crammers. Surprising the audience for these videos do not merely include those who require some historical education – or maybe not surprisingly cause John Green somehow makes civilisation-learning fun – but it also contains a whole bunch of people who binge watch it for entertainment. Yes, world history as entertainment.

And because of these videos I had the etymology of barbarian, Barbary Coast, ashur, pantheon and Zoroastrianism clogging up my tabs.

My head almost exploded after the perspective-taking of the Persians and the Greeks – empire vs. democracy – speech that I had to take a break today.

3. Teen Wolf Season 5

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It’s been a pretty grim beginning to the new season of Teen Wolf and I’m already slowly developing my own theory as to the role and purpose of these new nemesis, the ‘Doctors’.

There is nothing much to say really, apart from the fact that, since the episodes come out on Tuesdays, there is always something for me to look forward to at the start of these weeks. Which makes everything so much better when I can see Kira and Lydia slowly growing into their element.

Well, those are the three things that make my days slightly better. They could also equally be the contributing factor to my current wild dreams – at least I know that Teen Wolf should be partially to blame for them. No psychoanalysis yet?

Oh, and sideline things making me happier, I made a pre-order purchase of Ernest Cline’s new book, Armada, that is, according to Book Depository, on its way to being shipped. If I manage to finish it, I’ll probably do another book review. As you can probably see from my Books Read List of 2015, 2015 has not been my year for reading. It’s been abysmal at best.

Let’s not dwell on that – have a bearable and, maybe even, amazing week, guys!

Till next time,

cumuloq

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Sibling Love to Make You Smile

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Hi peeps!

So if you’re sad that the long weekend has ended, and that you need to get back to your daily grind, here is a video to cheer you up – or if you’re like me, send a person on the brink of tearing up.

This is the second Ellie Wilson video I’m posting up here in a row, but this one’s her latest, and it is honestly so sweet:

There’s something that absolutely gets me about this video. Emilia is on her way to becoming a wonderful big sister to her little brother, Eduardo. Every time a Sacconejoly vlog starts she’s always calling his name and running over to greet him as he wakes from his sleep. Jonathan will sometimes find her in his room early in the morning, embracing him as he gets over his morning crankiness. There is just something so heartwarming about seeing it. It makes everything bad in the world right.

I’m an older sister too, and watching them bond and grow up, it kind of makes me reflect on how I’m really close to my brother as well. Sometimes the way Eduardo looks at Emilia in that “how are you going to behave?” way kind of reminds me how my brother will sometimes look at me during difficult situations to know how to behave. Conversely, I like feeling like I can help him out when he’s having difficulties.

It’s a love-hate relationship that I wouldn’t give up.

So I hope this video gave you some good feels to keep you going this week. 🙂

Keep at it, friends!

cumuloq ❤

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 ❤

Sharing Poetry on a Monday Pt. 1

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Hi everyone!

My Mondays are always incredibly busy, and always covered in the harshest grey. For instance, this morning I woke at seven to realise there was no hot water for a shower. I had a morning class where my mind was filled with cotton balls that not even the sweetest Japanese treats which our professor gave us could puncture a hole in. I finished a presentation in the next class. Then had a group meeting. And by then it was three in the afternoon, and my stomach was practically empty from a lack of a break.

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So I went back and took an hour’s nap, managed to take a shower (where I rejoiced at the fact that the hot water was finally working) and then practically inhaled my dinner – a verb that I don’t particularly like to describe how someone eats very fast. Is there a way to say swallow everything in one go?

I’ve spent the past two hours reading just six pages – trying to multitask but evidently failing. And now my “all-over-the-place” brain has found myself writing this.

I realise that Mondays are too busy to write a post. But yet here I am making a silly attempt at it.

What my initial intention was was to share you this beautiful poem that I found along the ways of my reading.

TO JULIA DE BURGOS

by Julia de Burgos

Already the people murmur that I am your enemy
because they say that in verse I give the world your me.They lie, Julia de Burgos. They lie, Julia de Burgos.
Who rises in my verses is not your voice. It is my voice
because you are the dressing and the essence is me;
and the most profound abyss is spread between us.

You are the cold doll of social lies,
and me, the virile starburst of the human truth.

You, honey of courtesan hypocrisies; not me;
in all my poems I undress my heart.

You are like your world, selfish; not me
who gambles everything betting on what I am.

You are only the ponderous lady very lady;
not me; I am life, strength, woman.

You belong to your husband, your master; not me;
I belong to nobody, or all, because to all, to all
I give myself in my clean feeling and in my thought.

You curl your hair and paint yourself; not me;
the wind curls my hair, the sun paints me.

You are a housewife, resigned, submissive,
tied to the prejudices of men; not me;
unbridled, I am a runaway Rocinante
snorting horizons of God’s justice.

You in yourself have no say; everyone governs you;
your husband, your parents, your family,
the priest, the dressmaker, the theatre, the dance hall,
the auto, the fine furnishings, the feast, champagne,
heaven and hell, and the social, “what will they say.”

Not in me, in me only my heart governs,
only my thought; who governs in me is me.
You, flower of aristocracy; and me, flower of the people.
You in you have everything and you owe it to everyone,
while me, my nothing I owe to nobody.

You nailed to the static ancestral dividend,
and me, a one in the numerical social divider,
we are the duel to death who fatally approaches.

When the multitudes run rioting
leaving behind ashes of burned injustices,
and with the torch of the seven virtues,
the multitudes run after the seven sins,
against you and against everything unjust and inhuman,
I will be in their midst with the torch in my hand.

Copyright (c) 2005, Julia de Burgos. All rights reserved.
Translation (c) 2005, Jack Agüeros.

Initial source: jstheatre.blogspot.sg

Reminds me of back when I was reading poems by Fernando Pessoa (taking for instance, “Autopsychography“).

Maybe one day I’ll write a poem to myself about myself as well.

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

The “I Can’t Wait” List

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Sometimes it’s easy to forget why we do what we do everyday, i.e. go to work, perform routines that we have the least bit of interest in. Sometimes it is up to us to put some meaning in it by picking up hobbies that make the difficult things and the bad things in life a little bit more bearable, i.e. reading, routines that make you happy to counter routines that make you sad – some controlled happiness, and some spontaneous happiness too. And sometimes the meaningless, bad things surprise you and become so much more fruitful than you previously thought they were worth.

Regardless, sometimes you need to make a list to remind you why you do these things, to not forget where you want to go and make those tiny steps to get there:

  1. I can’t wait to have an entire shelf in my own house where my books finally have a home. Currently their all in boxes and in different shelves around the house. I spent entire day once clearing space for them ’cause my parents threatened to throw them out or sell them away. I can’t wait to have an entire shelf of my own and be allowed to expand on it. I can’t wait to share my favourite books with my children.
  2. I can’t wait to have a shelf in my kitchen dedicated entirely to my favourite cereal. Actually, I can’t wait to just be able to do my own grocery shopping. I would love breakfast a thousand times more if there were a constant supply of cereal and milk to choose from.
  3. I can’t wait to organise a Saturday outing every week. I want children that are curious about the world around them and not fixated to a television – I’m not even sure whether I’ll even have a house that is centred around a television in the future. My parents have been too dedicated in sitting in front of television screens.
  4. I can’t wait to schedule monthly blackouts like the Michalaks family does. They’re a day when you turn off all the electricity and you just appreciate being with the people closest to you. I actually really appreciate what Steph and Hannah does for Grayson and how they make a conscious effort to be healthy and environmentally-friendly.
  5. I can’t wait to own a collection of board games so that when friends come over, there will always be something to do. I’ve already started a small collection now with Cards Against Humanity, Scrabble and Imaginiff. Agreed, it’s not a very cheap hobby – but it’s so rewarding to see a shelf of board games alongside a shelf of books.
  6. I can’t wait to find some time in my future to pursue a Masters Degree in literature. It’s a near goal that, when everything gets too monotonous or too much, I hope to find a way to be able to pursue my masters degree overseas. Maybe in the UK or US. But just a year for me to find myself and my passion once more.
  7. I can’t wait to have free reign over where I go in the world. I want to visit Santorini and France and Italy and Ireland and the United Kingdom and the United States and New Zealand and so many places that my parents will not allow me to go – yet.
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Source: hannahmaggs.co.uk

So there are a few things that I can’t wait for. I’ve been watching so many family vlogs on youtube – the previously mentioned Hannah Maggs, the Sacconejolies, Sprinkle of Glitter, Shaytards, and Sam and Nia – that I’ve been taking note of the things I love about their lives and the different things I’d like to apply to my own in the future.

I guess why I love to watch these videos is that it reminds me that the things that I do now eventually can lead up to a life similar to theirs with so many good things (not ignoring the fact that there will definitely be many bad things in the process and trials and tribulations). But life can eventually lead up to something wonderful.

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

 

A Small, Random Collection of Quotes from the Doctor

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I watch Doctor Who for a number of reasons, a number of perfect little reasons. And one of them has to be the small drops of wisdom that come from the Doctor’s mouth when everything seems lost or confusing or absolutely abysmal. Here is a (very) small collection of them to brighten anyone’s Monday mornings.

  • “You lot. You spend all your time thinking about dying, like you’re going to get killed by eggs, or beef, or global warming, or asteroids. But you never take time to imagine the impossible: that maybe you survive.” The End of the World [1.2] 
  • “Some people live more in twenty years than others do in eighty. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.” The Lazarus Experiment [3.6] 
  • “The way I see it, life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” Vincent and the Doctor [5.10] 

Have a great week ahead, readers.

Till next time,

cumuloq ❤

 

 

What I Got For Christmas

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At first I wasn’t too sure whether I wanted to make this tag/post, ’cause the idea of sharing what you got for Christmas to me sounded narcissistic – and materialistic. But I realised another purpose for me to make this post: to remember and feel more appreciative of what my friends do for me and to also keep a personal note of what my last (this year, 2013) Christmas was like. Cause I personally barely remember anything from my last Christmases. And it’s ironic, because they say that it is not the objects but the memories that are worthwhile – but sometimes you need objects to trigger memories.

So I decided that I would do it. And at the same time thank the people who gave me these:

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Books

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We played a lot of games, ate a lot of ham, roast beef, sausages, baked pasta, and prawns, watched Frozen and played with sparklers. And I was exhausted by the end of the day.

Meanwhile, 2014 is around the corner here. It’s 11.16pm. It’s already a new year in Australia; I may not get a new post out about it till after midnight so while it’s still young, “Happy New Year, Blogosphere!” I really didn’t do anything extravagant. I just watched Doctor Who, played Minecraft and Stanley Parable and ate snacks. But to me, that’s an alright ending to the year – doing everything I’d done one any other day of 2013.

So I leave 2013 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

Till next year!

cumuloq ❤