Soul Searching

Soul Searching
 
Soul searching the path
Searching to where it asks
Working its way to Mary
And swerving to find Italy
 
How can it be? How can it be?
Why not choose me?
Waiting but not working
My way to the locality
 
Where can it be? Where can it be?
The place where my heart should be
He said never go back to east
Just go forward to west
 
Where am I? Where am I?
I’m not planning to die.
I just stand staring at faces
Watching passersby walking in fast paces
 
Why not go round and round?
Until I can’t be found
Am I just running?
Or is it escaping?

Book Review: Warm Bodies

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Title: Warm Bodies

Author: Isaac Marion

Rating: 5/5

R may have enjoyed eating flesh and brains, at some point of his zombie life, but comparing him to his other dead colleagues, he is different. He imagines and dreams. One event has changed his perception to his food and the main reason was Julie, a girl he met and chooses to save for some unknown reason. His decision to bring her with him might be a mistake but while they were together, an eerie relationship was built between the two. With their strange situation, it might be irrational but R’s emotional inclination was getting stronger and as time passes Julie’s change of perception towards R was also changing but their togetherness won’t be agreed upon by the people and zombies surrounding them.

After a moment of battle between reading the book and watching the movie first, my verdict was to watch the movie since I was too curious (and very very excited!) as to what the story is all about which in effect is a downside for me. My imaginative capacity cannot identify which is from the book and which is from the movie since it’s overlapping in my brain but watching the movie gives me the excitement of reading the book more.

The story was set in a post-zombie-apocalyptic phase and as expected, there are killings and brain-eatings in this novel. I don’t even know if a zombie apocalypse is possible but, from the advanced sciences, genetic mutations and experimentation undergone everyday, it’s not impossible to happen. I have questioned myself if I would be surviving a post-zombie-apocalypse and I’m betting that I wouldn’t. If I’ll be one of the characters or one of the casts in ‘The Walking Dead’ TV series, I’d totally be dead in the first episode of the first season and if I don’t die from a zombie bite, I’d probably die of a heart attack.

Isaac Marion has brilliantly written and uniquely elaborated his idea of an unusual interaction of a zombie and a human being as well as the idea of what really is lurking inside a zombie’s brain. My thoughts on the book were eccentric, unusual and captivating, from the story-line to the characters. The title itself has given me some excitement as to what the story was all about. As for the movie, of course, as expected, there were some few changes made by the producers and the directors to make it more appealing to the viewers but all in all, I would rate it 5/5 if you have no interest in basing it with the book while 4/5 comparing it with the book.

The Packing Part

Anxiety and excitement. I missed the post yesterday since I was totally busy arranging stuffs and thinking about stuffs. The thinking part is the hardest since it was haunting me even before I sleep so I only got less than 4 hours of sleep last night which sucks. My lack of sleep state is the effect of speechlessness. My brain is not working very well right now however I try. I’m mostly thinking about gift shopping for the holidays and the clothes I’m gonna bring. I don’t know if it’s travel jitters or I’m just too excited to leave. When I’m travelling, packing is one of the exciting parts aside from planning the trip. In less than 36 hours we will be leaving this place… the place of seclusion and eccentric world but in all fairness, I will miss it in so many ways or maybe in just a few ways. Whichever it may be, I will still miss it.

Book Review: Shift by Kim Curran

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Title: Shift

Author: Kim Curran

Rating: 4/5

From being an ordinary teenage guy, Scott Tyler’s fooling around results in the discovery of him being an extraordinary person when he met the mysterious and appealing Aubrey Jones. He found out he was a “shifter”. Shifting is the process of undoing any decisions made by the shifter and there are only specific people who can do it. Being a shifter was not as cool and as easy as he thinks since shifting has grave consequences. With this discovery, he tries to decide which way he will follow to unravel the truth.

Control and power. Aren’t those what most people are aiming to attain? Are you willing to change your future and take the consequences? Kim Curran impressively introduced the idea of future-changing-mind­-over-matter capacity of our brain to shift from one decision to another. The complexity of our brains has pushed the limits of our human minds the ideas and concepts of how to improve and magnify the idea of enhancements. Its complexity has intrigued us as to how God created it and its capacity to hold valuable information and work through impossibilities.

Confusion at the first pace but perception sets in. It is my first time to read a Kim Curran novel which was highly recommended by my friend Arra Abella. Her fascination to this novel left me curious and interested and I should mention that it was worth reading. As I start to devour its content, the complexity of the role of every character imparts a twist in the story and starts to change its course. It was completely entertaining and although it was action- thriller, I felt that the romance just slips in every now and then.

How does it happen? I don’t know but Curran made it happen. Impossible? Not to her. If time machine has been invented today, would you use it? If you can change your previous decision, would you? This novel introduced the unique sense of spirit in time travelling and I must say this novel made me interested with it. After reading it, my mind boggled over the decisions I’ve made for the past few years, which I doubted, which I felt I should’ve changed, which I think is wrong but relating it to the novel, I must say that I would totally indulge in the opportunity to change even just some bits and parts of my life.

My say on Typhoon Haiyan

A month has passed when Typhoon Yolanda/ Typhoon Haiyan struck the central part of the Philippines and the provinces in Visayas were completely devastated leaving the people helpless. Lives lost. Houses completely obliterated. Missing loved ones. No food. No water. No electricity. They’ve got nothing but faith and hope and the whole world felt the sense of yearning philanthropy thus, each and every one tries their best to contribute something and give aid to those in need.

We were focused with the current events and every single day their reports were about the updates on how the people were doing. They were tracking how the government responded on the tragic losses of the people in Visayas. It was sad to hear that despite with what happened, there are still people who take advantage of this devastation, and focus on their personal desires. Some blame the government for their slow response while the president blames the local government, who is also affected by the typhoon. It’s depressing that despite all what’s happened they get to blame each other where in fact they should just give help and encourage everyone to stay strong.

Each and every one find ways on how to help, how to contribute and how to alleviate the sadness and losses of the people. From singers, actors, artists and even regular people who work their asses somewhere out there, still wanted to give help and were struck by the disheartening effect of the typhoon. It’s just sad that SOME from the Philippine government doesn’t give what those people, who were affected, deserve. From what happened, I found hope in our humanity that we still care for each other no matter what. Let’s continue giving and spreading love to each other especially that Christmas is coming. Let’s make every day Christmas time.

 

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Day 7: Easy A

I don’t really know what’s with my obsession with the “Easy A” movie but I have watched it for like the nth time and I can even watch it every single day without vomiting. I mean, really! It was perfection! I bow down to the writers and the director of this movie and especially to Emma Stone who was able to portray perfectly the character of Olive Penderghast. And I will admit from the chosen music to the witty remarks it was totally alluring and entertaining. I love it. I love it. I love it. (A million times) And I totally pity the people who still haven’t watched it. Anyways, I have enlisted (in fact I watched it and rewind it again) my favorite lines and convos of the different characters and I have also inserted a trailer of the movie. If anyone who’s reading this still hasn’t watched it, please please please, I’m begging you, watch it!!! It was the best movie ever!

Favorite lines: 
 
If Google earth were a guy he couldn’t find me if I was dressed up in a ten story building.
 
George is not a sexy name. George is like what you name your teddy bear not the name you wanna scream when you’re in a climax.
 
Olive: I’m not that kinda girl
Rhi: Oh really! The kinda doesn’t or the kinda does it and doesn’t have the lady balls to tell her best friend
 
Mary Ann: Listen, I’m not the one that you have to answer to for your depraved behaviour. There’s a higher power that will judge for your indecency.
Olive: Tom Cruise?
 
Olive: You guys know that I was here all weekend right?
Mom: Yes, you were upstairs.
Dad: yeah
Olive: You would testify to that?
Mom: Yeah
Dad: I would take a bullet for you, you know that. Right between the eyes and I would slit my throat rather than say something to someone that you didn’t want me to say.
Olive: That’s not necessary dad, but that is comforting
Dad: That’s how I am. That’s how I roll. That’s how I do.
 
Remember how I told you Google Earth couldn’t find me if I was dressed up as a ten story building? Well the next day, it could find me if I was dressed in a crack on a sidewalk. That’s the beauty of being a girl in high school. People hear you had sex once and BAM you’re a bimbo. I really didn’t mean for the light to put me in the map but I gotta admit I kinda like being in a map.
 
Nina: Perhaps you should embroider a red A on your wardrobe you abominable tramp.
Olive: Perhaps you should get a wardrobe you abominable twat!
 
Mary Ann: Seems as if someone’s on a downward spiral.
Olive: Seems as if someone’s practicing the mundane activity should be settle with the rest of our pathetic life
Mary Anne: I just hope for your sake you at least had the good sense to use protection
Olive: Why? Your parents didn’t.
Mary Ann: You’re going to hell
Olive: Just as long as you won’t be there.
Mary Ann: I can assure you, I won’t.
 
Olive: I got sent to the principal today.
Mom: Did you win a medal or something?
Olive: Not exactly. I used inappropriate language in English class. Although we’re reading a book that I personally deemed wildly inappropriate for our age group…
Mom: What did you say?
Olive: Let’s just say it was inappropriate word.
Dad: What did it start with?
Olive: A snide comment from a snotty girl in our class.
Dad: No. I mean what letter did it start with?
Olive: Oh, T.
Dad and Mom: Oh T.. T. T. T. T. T. T.
 
Brandon: Hi. Is there an Olive here?
Mom: There’s a whole jar of them in the fridge.
Brandon: Sorry. I must’ve the wrong address.
Mom: Oh just kidding com’on in. Any friend of Olive’s is a friend of our daughter. Olive sweety, there’s a young man here to see you. He said something about asking for your hand in marriage.
Olive: Oh, happy day, Momma! Oh I thought I was gonna have to spend my diary on booze and pills tonight on loneliness….
Dad: What’s that?
Mom: Olive has a boy in her room.
Dad: A boy?
Mom: A boy.
Dad: Wow. A boy?
Mom: A boy.
Dad: A boy?
Mom: A boy.
Dad: Wow.
 
Olive: I hope you don’t mind but we had a few pre-cocktail party cocktails like before the cocktail parties with cocktails.
Melody Bosticks: Mhm.
Olive: Listen, here’s the sitch Melody Bostick. Brandon was just in the middle of telling me really funny thing which is really funny and I was wondering if umm.. there’s like a room we could go where he could finish telling me that thing that’s funny if you know what I mean.
 
Brandon: What are you doing?
Olive: Relax! Jesus, what is with you gays? Are you, are you really that repulsed by lady parts? What do you think I have down there? A gnome?
 
Brandon: Did you smell that?
Olive: Ew. Ew. Ew..
Brandon: What does it suppose to smell?
Olive: I don’t know but if it does you’re not suppose to comment on it.
Brandon: It doesn’t really smell that bad.
 
Mom: That boy from yesterday just dropped this off for you.
Olive: Well put it in the pile of gifts from my other suitors.
 
Olive: Hey Hanson.
Hanson: Hey.
Olive: I just realized the funniest thing my name is an anagram for “I love”.
Hanson: What’s uhh.. What’s an anagram?
Olive: Look it up big boy.
 
Olive to Rhi: What’s your problem?
Rhi: You really wanna know my problem is?
Olive: No… That’s a rhetorical question. I don’t wanna know anything from you.
Rhi: We’re not friends anymore.
Olive: Oh.
Rhi: We are officially over.
Olive: Oh rat.
Rhi: Hey I want my juicy swasher back.
Olive: Oooooohh.. Buuuuurrrnnn…
 
Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boom box outside my window. I wanna ride off a lawn mower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air cause he knows he got me just once I want my life to be like an 80s movie, preferably, one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason….
 
Mr. Griffith: I’m making spaghetti.
Mrs. Griffith: That’s great.
Mr. Griffith: With meat.
Mrs. Griffith: Enjoy eating your meat.
Mr. Griffith: And balls.
Mrs. Griffith: Enjoy eating your balls.
 
 

Day 6: Quotes I can relate to (Part 1)

I am so inspired to read from a lot of books recently and I have gathered some of my favorite quotes from different characters of the novels I’ve read.

1. “The trick of it, she told herself, is to be courageous and bold and make a difference. Not change the world exactly, just the bit around you. Go out there with your double-first, your passion and your new Smith Corona electric typewriter and work hard at… something. Change lives through art maybe. Write beautifully. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved if at all possible. Eat sensibly. Stuff like that.”- Emma Morley, One Day by David Nicholls

2. “Ones character is set at an early age, son. The choices you make now will affect you for the rest of your life.” — Chester “Chet” Duncan, Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

3. “Without pain, how could we know joy?” — The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Day 5: Brace off

At last! I get to say goodbye to my braces. For almost 7 years, I have been waiting for this moment… this moment to experience the comfort of bracelessness. It was not really a burden but of course the excitement to experience the outcome of adjustments in your teeth is commendable, right?

My first reaction when my dentist removed it was excitement then suddenly… disappointment. I felt like my teeth were gone! Then I was very conscious with the feeling of no braces. It was a mixed feeling of relief and teethlessness. 😛

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Hooray! ❤ ❤ ❤

Run Chicken Run

I would like to share this peculiar event which happened when I was a kid.

Since I grew up in Saudi Arabia, I was lucky to live in a compound. I remembered when I was around 9 or 10 years old, our compound which is situated inside our compound (so it’s like a compound inside a compound) has two buildings adjacent to each other and all of the rooms are occupied by the employees of the company (where my dad works of course). The land where these two buildings were situated is very wide that maybe two other buildings can be built. So anyway, since we got a wide land, the guy (let’s call him Mr. B since I cannot really remember his name) living across our room tried to raise a farm not quite far from our building. He planted some tomatoes, eggplants and even some green vegetables. It was pretty cool actually. His farm became bigger and bigger that it was a total success. Sometimes, we help him harvest some of the tomatoes and eggplants and sometimes, we try to visit his house of birds. Yep! He is raising chickens and pigeons but mostly the chickens are on the loose while the pigeons are the ones tucked inside the house of birds.

One day, I was just walking around thinking what to do so I came up with the idea of visiting the farm. Mr. B was watering the plants and feeding the birds and when he saw me coming, he smiled and greeted me. We had this little chit-chat and then he mentioned that the chickens sometimes chase after someone. I laughed so hard and told him it’s rubbish since as far as I know chickens are harmless. He was smiling and told me that he’s not joking at all and I was like: “Really huh?!” and I continued laughing then suddenly a chicken came near me and it seems that it was getting ready to run. Mr. B suddenly said, “RUN!!!” and suddenly the chicken ran and my impulsiveness kicked in that I just ran too. I tried to look back to check if it stopped but unfortunately it didn’t! My mind was racing that I can’t decide where to go and how to stop the chicken. I ran at the back of our building and even at the back of the other building trying to divert the attention of the chicken but no it did not stop. Not even once. I passed by the farm and got a glimpse of Mr. B, who is laughing so hard! I was screaming at him asking him how to stop the chicken and he shouted that he has no idea. I was running out of breath and I’ve got an idea which I think was my only hope in stopping the chicken. I remembered that the door in our building was sometimes open and so I prayed that the door is wide open waiting for me. I ran and ran and when I got to the doorway, I wasn’t able to close the door but when I got to the first 10 steps (I think) of the stairs, I looked back to check if the chicken tried to fly and follow me but thank God it stopped. It was staring at me like it’s gonna eat me! God! It totally freaked me out so I continued going up to our apartment and never look back. I guess, I still got more brain cells than the chicken. Whenever I think back about it, I just laugh it off.

Book/Movie Review: Flipped

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Title: Flipped

Author: Wendelin Van Draanen

Date Published: October 1, 2001

Rating: 5/5

If I’ve known that this movie has a book, I would’ve read it first before watching it. As I was searching in our hard drive media player for something to watch, out of boredom, my curiosity kicked in. I never had any idea what the movie is all about so I didn’t expect anything from it. I never expected that I would enjoy it. It doesn’t matter if you read the book first or watch the movie first since it’s pretty much the same (mostly). After I watched the movie, I immediately searched for the book and that’s the impact of a good story to a bookworm who is a child at heart.

Wendelin Van Draanen has embodied the different perception of a boy and a girl toward each other’s actions and words. The story is about the evolution of a childhood misunderstanding and ironically the development of the relationship between Julianna Baker and Bryce Loski. It was separately recounted in the views of both the protagonists and although Juli and Bryce are pre-teens, she demonstrated the representation of every girl’s feelings to a boy and vice versa. The differences and the complication of the interaction of these two species were explicitly expressed even in their early years. Their families were also involved with their dealings and thus have highly influenced their perspective between each other, especially the Loski family.

This novel is suitable to all ages and I believe that her aims of audiences are the children and young adults, but anyone who is a child at heart would totally enjoy this novel. Every chapter made me laugh too much and through-out the moment I was reading this, it always makes my day.

I think that this book, as well as, the movie deserves more credit. Although I should say that the production of the movie is not extravagantly made compared with the other Rom-Com movies, I believe that although the story-line is light and simple, it is very entertaining and family oriented. It’s not as complicated as to the other stories we watch or encounter since it’s a simple story which would make every reader and viewer smile, laugh and giggle every once in a while and recap your childhood all over again.