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August 22, 2016

Bright Star

Filed under: Film — rvchua @ 11:45 am

I watched North and South again during the weekend and how I have missed it! I can’t believe that this adaptation is already 12 years old and Daniela Denby-Ashe and Richard Armitage are still as good back then.

I am looking for another period romance. Bright Star is about the love story between John Keats and Fanny Brawne which doesn’t end well with Keats’ early death. I am looking for a copy of this gorgeous movie.

August 6, 2016

Bookish Pics

Filed under: Books — Tags: — rvchua @ 12:50 pm

For the past couple of months, I have been regularly going to Book Sale and managed to stumble across interesting titles. I have found a couple of Henning Mankell’s Wallander books. The Troubled Man is the last book but I already have an ebook so I wasn’t too excited. A few months ago I started to read Zadie Smith’s White Teeth but had to put it discard it because it was a slog to read, maybe it becomes better if I had it in hardcopy. I have Brideshead Revisited in my classics TBR which I will only tackle in the distant future. Also, that cover looks horrible! I was so excited to see Jeff Vandermeer’s Acceptance but was frustrated that I couldn’t find the first book Annihilation anywhere! One of the books that I picked up was Barbara Pym’s No Fond Return of Love because I have a thing for her books. I still have to read it though. And finally in Fully Booked, the 80p Penguin Classics are now available for P70 however the titles are quite limited.

Tolkien Lessons with Stephen Colbert

Filed under: Books, Television — Tags: , — rvchua @ 10:44 am

Every time that Stephen Colbert talks about Tolkien’s works, I immediately feel the urge to read the Silmarillion again or read The Children of Hurin. Nienna’s name means She Who Weeps so it is understandable why Gandalf doesn’t interfere a whole lot in the events of LOTR.

August 5, 2016

Fitness and Pilates in July 2016

Filed under: Health, Pilates — Tags: , — rvchua @ 1:17 am

Last month’s fitness just went down the drain. I had to slow down from 5 days to 3 days per week in the gym and in the last week I only managed 1 session. I wasn’t able to maximize my 1-month membership. I had too many excuses why I didn’t go to the gym but overall I had to extend my sleep in the morning. So for the first week of August, I am not going back to gym and just enjoying not having to wake up with my phone alarm. I need to revive my motivation to exercise!

fitness july 2016

August 1, 2016

Books I Have Read (July 2016)

Filed under: Books — Tags: — rvchua @ 1:13 am
  1. The Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
  2. The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell
  3. The White Lioness by Henning Mankell
  4. The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell
  5. Saga Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  6. Descender Volume 1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  7. Monstress Volume 1 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
  8. Descender Volume 2 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  9. Sidetracked by Henning Mankell
  10. The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo
  11. Firewall by Henning Mankell

The Faceless Killers, The Dogs of Riga, The White Lioness, The Man Who Smiled, Sidetracked and Firewall 

I was amazed to finish The Devil’s Star in 24 hours! I was quite disappointed with the last Nesbo I read (The Bat which was the first Harry Hole mystery) so I wasn’t excited to pick this up especially having read 5 Wallander books earlier. If Kurt Wallander is pathetic as a person, I wouldn’t touch Harry Hole with a 10-foot pole. He is an alcoholic whose only salvation is his job and his relationship witH Rakel and Oleg. Personally, I don’t understand why Rakel keeps coming back to Harry eventhough he has put her and Oleg in danger several times. Just like Wallander, Harry can be brilliant at times. If you know someone who has been murdered, these are the people to turn to but that is where your interaction with them stops. I simply couldn’t put down this book though Harry was frustrating in the beginning especially when he was drunk. Reading about the miserable personal lives of Wallander and Hole makes me yearn for the cerebral though cold Dalgliesh.

The Devil’s Star

I was amazed to finish The Devil’s Star in 24 hours! I was quite disappointed with the last Nesbo I read (The Bat which was the first Harry Hole mystery) so I wasn’t excited to pick this up especially having read 5 Wallander books earlier. If Kurt Wallander is pathetic as a person, I wouldn’t touch Harry Hole with a 10-foot pole. He is an alcoholic whose only salvation is his job and his relationship witH Rakel and Oleg. Personally, I don’t understand why Rakel keeps coming back to Harry eventhough he has put her and Oleg in danger several times. Just like Wallander, Harry can be brilliant at times. If you know someone who has been murdered, these are the people to turn to but that is where your interaction with them stops. I simply couldn’t put down this book though Harry was frustrating in the beginning especially when he was drunk. Reading about the miserable personal lives of Wallander and Hole makes me yearn for the cerebral though cold Dalgliesh.

Saga Volume 6

Hazel is now at primary school and has been separated from her parents for several years. Also new and interesting alliances have been formed and old characters resurface. It seems that this multi-species family is growing and on the run again!

Descender Volume 1 & Volume 2

I almost got turned off with the whitewash art in the first couple of pages. However the story is intriguing! A robot messiah, a robot heaven, a dreaming robot. Are all of those real? What happened in the other planets?

Monstress Volume 1

The art is gorgeous and the story shows promise but I found the storytelling confusing. Too many groups that I found hard to distinguish.

July 29, 2016

Rice Cooker Cooking

Filed under: Food, Health — Tags: — rvchua @ 11:31 am

I ate something last night that was cooked in rancid oil and I ended up having a stomach ache and numerous trips to the toilet. The thought of anything friend makes my stomach queasy and for tonight I am eating canned tuna paella, a packet of pork & beans and a packet of pineapple chunks. I want to eat healthier and maybe it is time to invest in a rice cooker because it looks I can cook a whole lot things beyond rice.

 

July 24, 2016

Game of Thrones at 2016 Comic Con

Filed under: Television — Tags: — rvchua @ 4:08 am

I hate to say this but Iwan Rheon is growing on me. I have watched him in several interviews and can’t help liking him. He is very different from Ramsay Bolton who I want to die in every scene. I concur with his thoughts on who should sit in the Iron throne though Kristian Nairn’s opinion is surprising also.

I hope to see Iwan in other tv shows or in a movie. Another baddie perhaps?

July 17, 2016

Wonder Woman

Filed under: Film — Tags: — rvchua @ 11:14 am

I can’t wait for the Wonder Woman movie to come out next year. She was amazing in Batman vs Superman and more than able to confront Doomsday directly. Henry Cavill’s Superman is the most unlikable Superman I have ever come across and I am just bored with Batman, too many films, tv shows and comics of him. When Wonder Woman came out in her costume, her shield, her arm bands, her lasso, I was so happy to see her especially that she could do more than Superman!

I don’t want to raise my expectations too much about the movie but I hope they put considerable scenes with the Amazons especially with Hippolyta and Antiope. The image below shows so much promise.

WONDER WOMAN

Wonder Woman (2017) Gal Gadot

July 14, 2016

My Dream Job

Filed under: Environment — Tags: , — rvchua @ 1:51 pm

I am almost embarrassed to say but my dream job is to do some sort of work that helps the environment. I am not talking about joining Greenpeace but maybe become the expert in the waste segregation facility? Open a composting center? Does Environment Secretary have any plans to make it every person’s responsibility to help the environment? We need stricter waste segregation, banning plastic bags, composting, more trees in urban areas, more recycling/upcycling centers, minimizing packaging material, reduction of food wastes, etc. Looking forward to what the Duterte administration will do!

July 13, 2016

Give Us The Lowdown

Filed under: Television — Tags: — rvchua @ 11:54 pm

Does Samuel L. Jackson really watch Game of Thrones? If yes, who is his favorite character? His favorite dragon? Who does he think will sit in the Iron Throne? Why didn’t he talk about season 6? Shame! Shame! Shame!

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