Why I want my own apartment

I want my own apartment, just so i can have an apartment mate.

We will have this special tacit connection. part of it stemming from the mutual understanding that we are both young bachelors that are striving to live life independently, making their mark on the world, but not having the actual stable income to do so.

The other part is the mutual understanding that though we live in the same apartment, we don’t actually have to cross paths to acknowledge each other’s existence. Let the occasional note in the kitchen to get more milk, or the slightly damp toilet floor speak for itself.

He should be preferably someone of a different descent. So that he’ll be the cool average white roommate that occasionally brings a chick around, and i’ll be the quiet, but dependable asian kid next door who has pretty good taste in music and kicks ass on his Playstation from time to time.

He’ll be Kirk, and I’ll be Sulu, and thats ok, cause we’re racially diverse, we do our own thing, and we’re cool like that.

And occasionally when there’s something good on tv, we’ll both pop a beer each, sit a reasonable distance from each other from the couch and give a top down critique on how great a film Starship Troopers actually is. The conversation will veer into philosphy, society religion, the fine arts, how annoying our moms are, and eventually, we’ll end it with a laugh, forget each other’s names and return back to our respective rooms.

And tomorrow I’ll find the kitchen sink clean, and a note that says ” I got your dishes covered this time bro”.

And then I’ll know its my turn to buy the milk.

Pros and Cons

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So yea, my mac has decided that the last 2 weeks of my semester is the most timely period to go on a schizophrenic rampage by giving me the rainbow wheel of death every 5 seconds on Friday. And suddenly today it behaves much better. This leaves me utterly confused. I thought I wouldn’t have to deal with such situations until I’m dating for the third month.

But anyway, Its been a crazy few weeks. Been helping out for the DPA camp, and I’m glad to see that a new bunch of DPA students are already in. It hasn’t felt like a year since polytechnic. I honestly think if i sneak into the orientation camp, the year 1s might actually ask me what class I’m in. But its fine. I’ll just take it that i look youthful. heh.

I’ve just started considering getting a DSLR. There’s quite a few reasons why I would like one actually. But lets list the Pros and Cons to evaluate whether its worth getting one.

Pros
1.The first would to be able to take good quality photographs/ videos. This, of course would be the primary objective of having a camera. Other tertiary objectives such as it being a rather effective neck strengthening tool, are of course, not of equal importance. But yea. Its really hard to need to do a project, and finding out that you don’t have the tools at hand, and have to borrow it. Not that its too out of the way either. But you know, its nice to have that security. ( and with that logic, Russ buys a tank of pirahna, just in case a villian enters his house, and he can conveniently lure him in enough to make him fall unknowingly into the depths below, like in every other spy movie…) 

Moving on!

2. Its an investment- I guess this one is really a tough one to prove. I guess there’s a million people who justify buying things as an investment. But the sad reality, is that I may never be a professional photographer/ videographer. But then again, it opens up a spectrum of new skills I can acquire, and thats a pretty big deal, considering if you want a new branch of skills in online RPGs you usually need to get a job advancements/ Online Cash. More so in real life!

But really, I guess if I could use that camera and join a few competitions, or help a friend out at events, I would slowly make my money’s worth right?

3. third primary pro of getting a camera, and this , i didnt realised till i discussed with my friends about it would be – the Ultimate Social Gathering Hacking Tool! Take for example, you’re at a party with strangers. As long as you are holding a camera, no one will try to strike up small talk, unless they need you to take a photograph, or unless they really like to talk about cameras. I guess the insincerity stings, but it helps filter out the awkwardness at parties.  Also people are really nice to the photographers cause they control their existence at that aforementioned hypothetical event. I mean if someone offends you, you could choose to take less photgraphs of them, thus rendering them less significant, or you could just Photoshop them out of the party. Or even better, Photoshop them in with a party holding a Baguette! I mean cmon! Holding a baguette at a party? Lame!

And of course, with it being the ultimate ninja tool, it can also be the ultimate social tool. Lets be honest that most people like getting their picture taken. But what they love more is to look at their pictures immediately after its taken. And in that span of 5- 10 seconds, a person is willing to sacrifice his or her (hopefully her) personal space to walk up beside you and look at the photograph. There’s that chance! Ask about the weather! Tell her she looks like a certain celebrity in the photograph! Tell her that the photograph must have been photoshopped, and then say oops while giving her a boyish grin.

Ladies, is that smooth? I really have to check cause I have no idea what I’m doing.

But yea, of course, hyperbole aside, it does make a good conversation starter. Somehow people think that as long as you are holding a DSLR, you’re like the pioneer of modern photography or something. Just play along until they find out you really just use auto mode for most photographs unless you want to manually disable the flash or something complicated like that.

Cons
1. The money. DSLRs are pretty expensive. And once you start, i guess its hard to stop. Once I get a basic kit, there are lenses, and then if i want to get better sound, i could buy a mike, and then there’s those accessories like a fierce leather pouch, and those brushes and dusters that make you look like an archeologist then a photographer (or when you first start out, a man holding a camera, with a penchant for standing at weird angles to take creative shots that really aren’t)

2. The expectations- Once you get a camera, its like opening Pandora’s box or something. A gust of wind comes flying out of the box, and though the world doesn’t look to much different, it somehow is, and you can’t figure it out until you enter a social setting and 5 different people ask you to take a photograph for them.  Also not forgetting that thanks to social media, its become an obligation for you to upload, edit and tag them all in a span of 1 week. And then when its established that you have a camera, people would usually assume that you’ll bring it all the time, regardless of circumstance and might lament if you didn’t. Much like what I’m doing right now. Haha, but its true. Owning a camera is like joining a boyband, or being a Disney kid celebrity. Like 80 percent of photographers can’t break into the scene as like mainstream humans anymore.

” What are doing in your beach attire? And where’s your camera?”

“erm… I didnt bring it.”

“What? Why not?”

“Erm, well, i wanted to actually, yknow, soak in the sun at the beach for a change.”

“Hahaha! Oh, Russ! Always the prankster! You almost had me there for a moment” *looks around for hidden camera*

“No- No dude. I really didnt bring it.”

*smile fades*

“… Guards seize him!”

I apologise for the extensive spontaneous monologue.

But anyway, I guess the list could go one for both pros and cons. I guess I just figured it be a very important decision for me, cause I guess if don’t use it as much or well as i expect to, I would be slightly disappointed with myself. So i guess I’ll give it a few weeks of thought before planning how to actually get the money to buy one

*looks at arms to see which one has more meat*

But anyway, thanks for reading! Really appreciate it 🙂

Oh! And I was thinking of starting a weekly comic strip or something. Just as a hobby, cause I used to draw them ( see previous post) and read alot of them ( check previous record of sexual encounter. Oh there’s none! He’s telling the truth!)

But yea, i guess  I have to start compiling a list of Pros and Cons again…

I can’t sleep.

Its 1.14 am on the January 11 2013 and I can’t sleep. The reason why I’m specifying the date and time of this post so explicitly is because this post runs the risk of never seeing publication, or even completion. I’ve read somewhere that bright lights (like the one emitted by my mac as I am typing) affects melatonin production, and that affects sleep. And I guess this doesn’t help with the insomnia, but I’ve lost my ability to write with a pen and paper. 21st century problems. I digress.

Before I resume, I must warn readers that this is a rather heavy post, coming from a rather heavy, and sleep deprived heart. But it means alot to me if you read it (in the event it does get published). So here goes.

Knowing that this is the year I’m going to be 18 is tough. Apart from the fact that I, as well as western media, has convinced myself that this is usually the age I look taller, and that I’ll rock a leather jacket. So far, neither has come to fruition. This worries me a bit. When I hit 16 I had already given up hope that I’ll never be a child prodigy, be it in a realistic sense (mathematical genius), or a semi-realistic one, ala Harry potter or Percy Jackson. And now that I’m of the drinking age, and I still don’t resemble any of the cast from any College drama, this sorta debunks hopes of future developments of light-sabers. Its just sad that reality pales in comparison to reel-ality. Apart from reality always being HD, unless your spectacle prescription’s a tad off. But then again, I’ve always favoured plot over cinematography, so sigh for being a cynic.

But this post is actually meant to tackle a larger topic. I think wanting to tackle larger topics is part of being 18. I find myself complicating things more than I usually do. I guess that’s consoling, since it means at least one part of my body is growing. But yea, this post is meant to tackle my faith, and my contemplations on it.

I’m pretty sure its what’s keeping me up, but I’ll leave that for later. The thing is, I’m a Christian, since about 12 and I’m proud of it. I serve ardently in church, I’m also a regular. However, my spiritual growth is lacking, and I feel it. I admit I haven’t been reading my bible regularly, and I’ve been praying lesser than I used to. And I guess that’s part of it, but I think there’s another reason.

I’ve been struggling with the question of existentialism alot lately. I’m horrible with philosophical terms, but to my personal definition, Existentialism is asking why we exist, and whether morality exists, and whether God exists. I’ve cross referenced it to Google, not sure if I’m right, but I shan’t bother with the jargon. But yea, I think I need a lighter hobby.

But anyhoo, I’ve thought a lot about it, and last year, for a week I decided that I might have turned into an Atheist. I looked at the condition of the world, the hopelessness that death portrayed, the theory of evolution, and I decided that contrary to what I believed in, there might actually be no God. That resulted in a few panic attacks, as well as Muse’s “Thoughts of a Dying Atheist” playing in my head alot. That wasn’t fun.

“All thinking men are atheists.” — Ernest Hemingway

Then I came across the term Agnostic. And I thought about whether I was Agnostic. Agnostics believe in a God, but they don’t believe that any book or religion on the Earth can explain God.

“Agnostic. Lazy Man’s Atheism.”- Pierce Hawkthorne, Community

And after strong contemplation, I’m pretty sure I believe in a God. Whether or not its the one I read in the bible, or in other people’s bible, at this point doesn’t matter. To me, God exists. Why? I guess its the usual creationist explanation. Because nature is too Awe inspiring to not be a work of a greater force. I know I’m going against great minds such as Richard Dawkins, and Steven Hawkings, and tons of other irate youtubers skulking christian videos, but I’m pretty backed up by other thinkers such as Albert Einstein, and C.S Lewis, and Jesus. The thing is, if the Big Bang Theory is still a theory, and evolution still isnt solidified, why can’t a God exist? Heck, even if the Big Bang Theory is proven to be true, God might have still created it. The point is that being optimistic about anything has never hurt anyone. And I believe in a God, because though my faith is lacking now, the point is that there were points in my life that I did feel like things were an act of divine intervention. That’s not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of humility. A point that humans aren’t the greatest things that walked the earth. We still commit unthinkable things and do evils that are clearly wrong. I guess thats also my take on morality as well. Morality exists.

So its down to a question of religion. I know that God exists, but how do I know its the same God I worship? How do I know God has a son named Jesus, and that He died on the cross for our sins? I find it hard to throw it all to faith even though that’s mostly a point of religion, it being a faith. And I guess that’s where I’m finding it hard to take.

I’ve been struggling with this since last year, and I’m starting to find it harder to keep it in. At first I was afraid of telling others because I felt that by doing so I might be stumbling other Christian friends in their faith, but after thinking about it, I’ve realised that it was not about that. Rather it was more about being ashamed of my personal views, and growth as a person. I was afraid others would judge me by my faith, and my ideas. But I’ve come to realise that if i dont tell others about my beliefs or faith, that would mean that I effectively believe in nothing. That i hold no opinions on anything. When I really do. I might be tired thinking of which stand I should take, when in actual fact I’ve incarcerated myself in my own insecurities and fears.

So today, I’m clearing the air. I believe in a God. I’m not sure whether the God I believe in is the one to go to church to meet, but thats alright for now. I believe in morality. That people are capable of doing both good or evil. I believe that you do not require a religion to discern good from bad, and vice versa. And even though, in this definition, I am agnostic, I am doing my best to be a spiritual agnostic. I attend church regularly, and I pray to a higher being. I live by a set of moral laws not just because I’m part of any religion, but because I live and love others like me and want them to be able to live alongside me harmoniously. I’m doing my best to understand Christianity again and accept Christ as my risen Lord and Saviour, but that much is up to me, and I guess my church members who support me. 🙂 And God of course *chuckles*.

I somehow feel much more liberated announcing this. I think the bottom line is that everyone in this world, be it religious or not, just wants to be in a community of people who are like them. Who can Love, who can be honest, who can do good as much as they sometimes do bad. And to me, that matters the most. Whether or not we get to heaven, thats a different issue, but all I know is I want to be a good person and I think that’s hard enough, don’t you?

There’s one more question though. If I’m agnostic, and God does exist, how does that even matter? He might not even have a hand in my fate, or whether I go to heaven, or anything. Well, I was having my atheist panic attack just an hour ago, and I decided to pray, and somehow, I felt slightly better knowing that there might be something listening to me. And the fact that I felt prompted to get up and type something sorta hints something doesn’t it? You call it coincidence. I call it divine intervention.

So I guess i will publish this post after all!

Till next time then.

SODA NEW YEAR IS HERE.

Yup, so its 2013, and I’ve been spending the first 3 nights of the year studying for my phonetics test thats coming up tomorrow. /saɪ/

But anyhoo, 2012 has certainly been a great run. It was a year of new friends and self discovery, largely attributed to the fact that I entered a new campus, and many people had no choice but to be stuck with me. Hee. No but really, I’m really thankful for all the new people that have entered my life. (NPP, Ambassadors, MCM etc) and for those whom I’ve already known, I thank you for still keeping up with me, and you are obligated to smile at this part of the post if you are part of the aforementioned groups of people.

Right, so I guess a new year means resolutions that have the shelf life of sliced bread. So lets get to it shall we?

Well, I’ve thought long and hard about practical resolutions I could keep to, but I finally decided to commit to one. And yes, maybe if i place all my eggs in one basket (weak analogy considering the proverb, yes I know) I might actually make this resolution work!

And i can’t deny that i’ve tried this more than once and certainly failed, but I’m willing to try again, and hopefully this time, my consumerist conditioning will surrender to the sheer force of human willpower *echoes echoes echoes*

So my 2013 Resolution is to stop drinking soda for the rest of my life.

Yes. Its time for those aluminum cylinders packed with caffeinated sugary liquids to go!

Goodbye Coca- Cola, Goodbye Pepsi, Goodbye other beverages that aren’t as well advertised and thus aren’t as impactful and shall not be named. You have done nothing but provide me with calories that I don’t need, extra toilet breaks that aren’t necessary ( and more green than clear), and the constant fear that I was going to be diabetic as a kid ( My parents’ threatening indoctrination might have partly attributed to that fear as well, but hey, they’re Asian, case rested)

But really, I did some research on why I shouldn’t drink soda, and the reasons given were pretty clear. Soda harms your teeth, Soda harms your pancreas, soda could gives you diabetes, soda could give you osteoporosis, soda could give you heartburn, and the list goes on. I mean like really, if Coca Cola ever ran for president, I would firstly, be rather shocked because I never thought products could be people ( apart from Community season Season 3 Ep 13. ) and secondly, I wouldn’t vote for him, cause dayum, I don’t think he’ll have a decent health plan.

But the matter of the fact is that its really hard to ditch Sodas for two main reasons

1. They taste so great

2. They are everywhere.

Let me elaborate

1. Sodas taste so great.The matter of the fact is that Sodas have existed since forever. They’ve been tried and tested, and they are the cockroaches of the beverage kingdom. Sodas are meant to taste great, and over the span of years that those things have existed, they have been perfected to our tastebuds, and whats even scarier its that they alter our tastebuds to like sweet stuff, and we keep coming back for more. Not cool.

2. Sodas are everywhere
I’m pretty sure coca cola is the cure for Alzheimer’s. I mean even a person with dementia has seen so many ads, he might never be able to get the product out of his head. The beverage industry has got crazy with ads since day one, its pretty much impossible not to notice a soda can/ ad in a day.  And of course, fast food chains only serve up sweet beverages.

On the bright side, not drinking sodas are great because 1. I won’t spend as much money at fastfood chains/ cinemas because their meals always come with them drinks. 2. Saves me some cash, cause I’ll start bringing around a bottle instead. 3. Keeps me healthy, cause my tongue might actually return to its regular human form, and i’ll start eating less savouries, and less fast food as well hopefully, and of course more water. 4. I’ll technically be an eco warrior cause I’m no longer throwing away countless amounts of cans and paper cups. which leads to 5. Chicks digg captain planet. I mean, I’m green, I save the earth, I’m friends with different ethnic groups, i have pet dolphins, whats there not to love?

So yea, here we go with the impossible resolution of 2013.

I’m posting this up so that you guys can get accountable with me, and this usually means people tempting me with drinks and trying to play Pharisee everytime i come back with a drink that isn’t water. Ground rules are simple. #1. As long as it isn’t fizzy, its fine, though I’m trying to avoid canned drinks altogether. #2. I can quit this resolution as soon as I want, and if in the event i fail, this post will automatically be placed under the comedy section, beside the movie 2012. and yes, i know that joke has made its rounds so many times, but hey, I don’t Mayan a late joke every once in a while.

So yea, thats about it for me. I really hope this resolution sticks, and please do help me along and not bait me. Like just remind me if you ever see me buying a coke. Thanks.

So yeap, cheers to a great 2013 *raised glass of water*

Yes we Can! (ned drinks)

A Fresh Start… Again.

So its been probably the hundredth time I’m restarting my blog. The watered down celebration is probably graced only by a small Portuguese kid wearing a party hat whom I found on the side of the road and lured back home with a promise of good food and my old toys. But that’s fine. At least I’m being multiracial.

So anyway, I’m restarting my blog for the mere fact that it wasn’t supposed to be dying off in the first place. I’m pretty sure I’ll hit the same dilemma with my hair when I’m 40 and balding, but once again I digress.

I guess the sudden motivating factors are broken down into a few divergent reasons. The first, and probably most important being the fact that I’m really looking to be a writer. And writers, well… write. So I guess its sorta comes with the job. At least I hope it would be a job in the near future.
The second reason would be to express myself in a more esoteric environment. I find when using social media we tend to mince or be a bit more succinct than usual for the sake of condensing it neatly within a 140 words, or to garner more likes/ retweets. Yes, I actually track my likes/ retweets, I’m that much of a horrible person. But that aside, its just (or maybe just to me ) common courtesy to take more self indulgent pursuits away to a less public platform. Not that I’m saying that a blog is any less public than a twitter. But it sieves away people who really don’t want to know more of me than my thoughts condensed into little cans of flavoured soup. Also, I can speak in solipsisms and use jargons and no one should blame me for being pretentious. Hee.

The third reason is pretty much the literal form of the second reason.

“I think I’m starting to see my life in a deterministic paradigm. Its like there are little precursors to the characters who will eventually be part of the play.”

Yup, I was planning to tweet those above sentences. But it was too mangled with self- focus to be relevant anyway. So yup here it goes, to live in the nebula of a post that is trying to preach itself to the choir.

I also realise I’m writing in a more lackluster tone than usual. Its starting to feel like home.

Shall try to be a bit less sybaritic in my future posts. Thanks for bearing with me if you are reading this. And have a great December! Till next time.

Russ, holding a defibrillator.

The holidays and other miscellaneous stuffs

Hey guys. So its been about 5 days into the hols… thereabout. I’ve lost count alr. hahaha. But anyway, its been great so far. in fact i started getting the blues on the first day of the hols. The lack of drive to do anything sorta consumed me a bit, but it was just a funk. now I’m back to pretending to be productive when actually not doing anything much.

So anyhoo, i wanna do a recap of the Kooks concert that i attended on the 25th of July. It was amazing! the kooks were really great. i don’t even know how Luke could maintain such a high energy and keep his voice so great throughout the concert. he was just rocking it out in his super cool tux. And when he did  “Jackie Big Tits” on the acoustic, it really blew me away, cause the sound was really full despite it just being one guitar. However, something disappointed me, and it certainly wasn’t anyone on the stage, but rather the audience. Sigh. My dear fellow Singaporeans, i really wish you would be a bit more wild and outgoing. The people around me were actually seated down during the entire concert! Seated at a rock concert? thats like buying a shaver for the box (or any equipment that comes with a box, its really up to you to define the analogy. I just chose a shaver, cause they usually have nice designs, and fit well in the palm of your hand. I’m digressing) But really guys, sitting down? And we were pretty quiet too. It was rather tragic cause the first thing Luke said was ” Thank you Singapore, you’re so polite!” . hahaha. I really hope Luke wasn’t being sardonic, though i wouldn’t be surprised if he was. i mean, really, some people were so nonchalant, they were practically wearing top hats and monocles and clapping gently after each song, and turning to their friends commenting on the great weather.

But nevertheless, i tried not to get that to bother me much, and proceeded to stand up throughout the concert and dance like i had a temporal case of autism. The point is that at rock concerts, you have to be slightly undignified to truly enjoy yourself. i mean, isn’t that a federal law? Oh and after the kooks ” Do you wanna” they were like thank you singapore, and proceeded to go back stage. and everyone called for an encore. it was a pretty weak encore… hahaha. like i was pretty sure the kooks were half tempted not to come back our and play the final two singles they saved for the encore, but alas they did cause they are a bunch of sweeties, and i really hope they come again one day though we weren’t the best audience. soon guys, we can do better! Thanks kooks, for being a part of my youth. you guys are great 🙂

 

Had a great time at the kooks! 🙂

Alright. now I’ve gotten that cleared out, lets move on to my hols. Sigh…. I’m contemplating getting a job to make myself more useful, but anyway,i promised myself to do more reading and writing this hols, and i haven’t really gotten started much on either. at the moment I’m reading Story by Robert Mckee. its a non fiction on scriptwriting, and is a pretty staple must read amongst writers apparently. and so far, its been really great. Mr Mckee really keeps a non fiction very entertaining, and his points are clear and concise, and its still really relevant though the examples are slightly outdated. I’m really learning a lot. i really hope i can get some writing done. i just get really intimidated by a blank sheet of paper, and i can’t progress from there. pretty sure its a dilemma for many. if its not, don’t tell me please, i want to stay content in my denial. hee

 

A great read so far 🙂

I’m really set on taking my guitar more seriously now. now that I’ve gotten barre chords more or less settled, I’m trying to move on to scales and I’m starting to pick up the electric guitar that i borrowed more often. i think the difficulty of electric guitar lies in the fluidity of playing tabs. I’m literally a spazz when it comes to picking single notes, so I’m working on it and staying positive. 🙂 I’m also thinking of writing songs, but haven’t really settled on how I’m going to set about doing it. hmm. i’ll work something out. in the meantime, ill just have to focus on getting my holidays in order. i always tell myself that i learn the most about life during my recreational time, but currently, it hasn’t been the case, and its disappointing my hypothesis a little, so I’ve got to get myself sorted out.

new addition to my board game family.

ooh. also, i just got myself a WoW board game called World of Warcraft: the adventure game. its pretty complicated, and I’m not a WoW gamer, but it was at a flea, and i think i got it at a pretty decent price, so i really couldn’t help but satisfy myself and buy it! I haven’t really gotten to play it, but hopefully ill do a review on it when I’m done. Till next time then 🙂

The Holiday Bucketlist

So the holidays are around the corner

 

Thats Great!

Yea, but before one can reap thy harvest. One will have to labour and wait upon thy harvest. Thats the worse part. And it aint over folks. not one bit. You see from today till the 14th of August, i still have loads of stuff to hand in and tests to study for.

“Oh Russ, then why on earth are you listlessly and lustfully writing about the joys of holidays when you have not even entered the full blown ordeals of the final assignments?” you ask. The less uninterested readers of this space will think: nope, didn’t think about that at all, russ don’t exaggerate. But its alright. i assume that anyone reading this will be slightly concerned about my careless use of time. 🙂

I guess this post is just to remind me of the joys of the holidays that are to come. there is so much to accomplish out of the syllabus, so i just can’t wait to list them out on a silver platter, and i guess this will motivate me to work harder till the hols too!

*trumpets with tapestries line each side and they play a short interlude as the camera zooms into a spritely individual wearing the clothes of a royal servant in ye olden days*

“mmhmmm!” the man clears his throat  (reminds himself to get some strepsils later), and  pulls open a parchment

Presenting…

The Holiday Bucketlist 

At the end of this semester break, Russ really hopes to:

  • Finish reading at least 7 books and do reviews on most of them
  • Help with Youth camp planning
  • Visit his tuition teachers and Secondary school teachers
  • Get a holiday job to save up for a Hard-drive and iPod classic he sorely needs
  • Do a bit of exercise so as to look less of a pasty carrot
  • Learn a bit of the software needed for the new semester’s modules
  • Do a bit of writing, and maybe even attempt at writing a comic book
  • Do some Ambassadors outreach and improve product knowledge

Wow. looks like a rather long list.

Holidays are sorely underrated here in Singapore. But its alright. The idle hands are the devil’s workshop.

In current news…

I’m really swamped with work and its pretty much gonna go all mangrove this three weeks. lots of assignments to be done, and hopefully ill still be able to clock in sleep hours! But nevertheless, I’m really enjoying myself in polytechnic. learning lots of cool stuff, and also being able to pursue interests.

Im writing an essay on comic books, which I’m really excited about. My thesis statement is that “Comic Books should be regarded as a Literary Medium.” I’m passing my essay outline to my teacher tmrw. really hope he gets my drift so far. i’m pretty excited to get started in the essay. but its also really daunting since i have to do lots of citation, and my research texts aren’t exactly the most scholarly in the world. But we’ll see how that goes. Also, I’m pretty hyped cause the Kooks are coming pretty soon!

 

The kooks are out!

I’m pretty sure they will rock it live. Always youtube their live performances, and they never disappoint.

also, I’m currently reading:

Interesting read. reminds me of the American version of Adrian Mole

 

Its a really great book so far. i can see why its so critically acclaimed. Charlie’s (the main character) recounts and observations are so poignant, amusing, and sometimes, just too heartbreaking. Really makes me feel all fuzzy when reading this book. I feel like a teddy bear.

My sister’s friend lent it to me saying that the books reminded her of me. at first i took it as a compliment. But now the lines are graying a bit. hmmm. hahaha. but nevertheless i’m loving the book and its a great recommendation so far. thanks nic!

Also, it has come to my notice that the theatrical adaptation is gonna hit the cinemas soon. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and some tall dude who has never appeared in a movie that involves magic and mythical beasts unlike his co stars.

The movie’s poster. No prizes for who gets the girl i guess.

 

But anyway, I am slightly skeptical about the movie. I guess its because i find Logan Lerman looking really different from how i envisioned Charlie in the book. Another reason is that this movie is most probably gonna be PG, and because it is, it might not be able to tackle the explicit details like in the book. My last reasoning is slightly flawed i guess, but i really dislike Logan Lerman. I guess its because he was the main character of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians movie which was pretty disappointing. But i guess i can’t really blame him, since he’s just an actor. But still, i guess his face still bothers me. Emma Watson salvages the situation though. hahaha

I guess its also comforting to know the author of the book (Stephen Chbosky) wrote the screenplay and is also directing the movie. Perhaps he wants this to tackle less adult themes, but still remain a great movie nonetheless. This way he’s able to reach out to the younger audiences with his Perks “Lite” and when they read the book after the hopefully great movie, they’ll have known the entirety of it. I guess if you see it that way, its a good thing. And also, since he wrote the book i guess he has the license to tweak the plot any way he pleases, so even the readers of the book will have a new story arc to pursue, and everyones a winner. Still skeptical about it though. only time will tell

So with that, i resume my duties as a student, and i leave you with a quote from the book i’ve just discussed about.

“I guess what I’m saying is that this all feels very familiar. But it’s not mine to be familiar about. I just know that another kid has felt this. This one time when it’s peaceful outside, and you’re seeing things move, and you don’t want to, and everyone is asleep. And all the books you’ve read have been read by other people. And all the songs you’ve loved have been heard by other people. And you know that if you looked at these when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing “unity”.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Till next time

Russ.