October 8, 2015

Sherlock Victorian Special Teaser

Filed under: Television — Tags: — rvchua @ 12:02 am

I hope the humor is still around there somewhere!

October 7, 2015

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide

Filed under: Books — rvchua @ 11:50 pm

23352450I am looking for this book about a couple whose lives are changed by a cat! Just by the description it already feels surreal with a tinge of MIyazaki. Only 140 pages and published September 2014.

October 4, 2015


Filed under: Tom Hiddleston — Tags: — rvchua @ 11:26 am

There are Hiddlestoners? Where have I been living all these years??? It is fun to see Tom flustered!

October 1, 2015

Yoga in September 2015

Filed under: Yoga — Tags: , , — rvchua @ 1:27 pm

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Expenses Monthly Analysis (September 2015)

Filed under: Health, Money, Shopping, Yoga — Tags: — rvchua @ 12:12 am

I had lesser expenses this month and did not have any credit card expenses.

  • Dinners and lunches by myself or with friends was more than P1K.
  • A couple of boxes of Goldilocks brownies for the get together at Jeanne’s place.
  • Ashtanga class at Asana Yoga+Movement.
  • Replaced the battery of my watch and bought a bottle of coconut oil.

I am expecting to buy a new pair of shoes in October. Because of the rains in September, I had to wade in flooded waters almost every day. My Sperrys now are disintegrating at the sides. I can still use it though and I need to be careful because I almost slipped, the soles are almost worn out and have lost traction. Also I kind of ruined my Skechers during the coastal cleanup wherein we sank in the mud amongst the mangroves. I will need to buy shoes soon but I need to remember no more expensive shoes, no more Sperrys. No matter how expensive a shoe is, it only lasts more than a year because of the amount of walking I do every day.

Also, I need to go have my teeth cleaned. It has already been 2 months since they sent me a reminder.

I am still stress eating with cookies (Ovaltine cookies have become a mainstay) and chips. I am at loss on how to control and my tummy is getting bigger and yoga is not enough.

September 30, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron Honest Trailer

Filed under: Film — Tags: , — rvchua @ 1:03 pm

I completely agree on this. Loki was a much better villain, Ultron with his metallic face was too unrelatable. Although the movie was almost 2.5 hours long, there wasn’t enough screen time for everyone. Despite all of that, I have watched this more than twice! I like the party scene where everyone was relaxed, the most memorable was the part where everyone had their hand in trying to lift Thor’s hammer. I guess if you don’t really read about Scarlet Witch, Ultron, Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos, etc. you really won’t appreciate a lot of details.

September 29, 2015

The Gospel of Loki

Filed under: Books, Tom Hiddleston — Tags: , — rvchua @ 10:37 am

18665033If someone makes it into a movie and even if it is not in the Marvel universe, please make sure that Tom Hiddleston plays Loki. Another option would be Tom to do the audiobook!

Books I Have Read (Sep 2015)

Filed under: Books — Tags: — rvchua @ 12:42 am

1. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – I almost lemmed this book after reading 100+ pages but then I read in Wikipedia that Vivenna will meet up with Vasher. The usual problem that I have with Sanderson’s books is that I don’t particulary care for the main protagonists. I was interested in Vasher but he only pops up occassionally. Some parts of the book were repetitive and boring and certain aspects of the magic system were unconvincing for me. It was Vasher who made me stick for all 688 pages and fortunately it was worth it. However, I will be staying away from Brandon Sanderson and focus on other authors.

2. Bloodchild by Octavia Butler – A short story on humans injected with alien larva. Bloody and disturbing, perfect for my mood.

3. Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler – This is the second novel (chronologically) of the Patternmaster series. I thought this would be a retread of Wild Seed and was almost going to put it aside. It is a bit different but still disconcerting. I read there are more creepy books in Butler’s roster. And yes Doro is dead!!

4. Dawn by Octavia Butler – This wasn’t unsettling as the two Patternmaster novels I have read. This was published almost 30 years ago so personally I would have different reaction towards aliens. I don’t find genetic manipulation or living ships weird. The parts on the different sexes and the sharing of progeny was bewildering for me. No plans to read the remainder of the series.

5. Rat Queens Special: Braga#1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe – This is the back story of the transgender orc Braga. How did Braga become a woman? Well in the Rat Queens universe, anything is possible.

6. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik – Temeraire is the most interesting dragon I have read since Ursula Le Guin’s Kalessin. I enjoyed the book except for the action scenes which overwhelmed me with its detailed descriptions. This was much better than Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight but I have no wish to continue with the Temeraire series.

7. Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay – I was hoping that my first introduction to Guy Gavriel Kay would be Tigana. I liked this story but it was already half way through the book before I finally understood who the three people from the past are. I found the protagonist’s ill timed humor grating or maybe I just cannot relate myself to a fifteen year old boy. There were some parts of the book that I found boring and some of characters were unnecessary (after Kate avoids becoming Ysabel, she just fades into the background).

8. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel – This is the graphic novel story of Alison Bechdel’s relationship with her closet gay father who worked part time as a mortician and secretly approached young boys. At the same time Alison was trying to come into terms with her being a lesbian. The first few chapters of the book were very interesting but I didn’t care much when Bruce Bechdel’s life was juxtaposed with his favorite books and authors (Proust, Hemingway, Joyce, etc). This was a very honest novel on a topic that people would rather hide, I highly admire the author for that.

9. The Magicians by Lev Grossman – This was an interesting book which has been described as a grown up Harry Potter. I also think there are shades of Chronicles of Narnia thrown in with a lot of alcohol and sex. However the book failed to keep my interest when the group graduated from Brakebills. I found Fillory too clinical and cannot understand why anybody wants to go there. To sum up, people are still the same whether they have magic or not. I am not going to read the next book in the series.

September 25, 2015

Confidence in a Sports Bra

Filed under: Health, Yoga — Tags: , — rvchua @ 3:01 am

ed866ae5_AG079594_04.xxxlarge_2xThere are times in yoga class when I just wan to chuck my cotton shirt but I am not confident in just my sports bra. My armpits are dark and awful, my shoulders are covered in red insect bites and I have bulges everywhere. Last week I tried on a XL Nike sports bra but it was uncomfortable and barely reached my under boobs. I usually have a hard time finding a sports bra in local stores that has enough coverage. I get angry that they assume that only small people with small boobs are the only ones that exercise!

Then I suddenly see a picture of Lena Dunham looking confident running in her sports bra in New York! How inspiring! Hopefully someday I will be as confident.

September 21, 2015

2015 Emmy Wins for Peter Dinklage and Game of Thrones

Filed under: Television — Tags: — rvchua @ 12:36 pm

They finally get some acknowledgement after five seasons!

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