Friday, April 20, 2012

earthquakes, hospitals, music and photography.

These days, if I lie still, I feel like the ground is shaking slightly. I know it's not actually happening, but for some reason, I feel like it is. This is probably because of the earthquake last week. It wasn't even THAT strong here in Malaysia. Definitely the worst I've experienced but still not as bad as it was in Indonesia, as in there were no things falling off shelves etc..

The first one was pretty crazy. I was on on the computer and I felt like someone was shaking my chair. I froze, my first thought was that it was a ghost :P Yes, I'm so paranoid about these things. But then my mom ran out of her room and said she can feel it too so we rushed downstairs.
The second time I was lying on my bed, when suddenly I felt like my bed is swaying. I thought I was just imagining it. But then I sat up and I could still feel it, turned out it was happening again.

So now whenever I'm lying on my bed, I feel the tremors, it's super weird. 

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Yesterday, I was at the hospital, sitting in one of those big rooms with loads of beds and curtains for a whole group of patients. I saw an old lady there sliding a portable oxygen tank type thing along with her whenever she walked from her bed to the toilet on the other side of the room. Each time she did this, I watched her and you know what it reminded me of? 
Hazel Grace!
I smiled, thinking about Philip :)
[If you're wondering what the heck I'm talking about then you should go read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.]

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I love how I get introduced to some of the most amazing music through TV shows. Like this one.
I'm always typing out lyrics to songs I hear in the background and searching them in google so I can listen to them properly.The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl have the best music!
Speaking of TV shows I started watching New Girl, love it.
And another one called Community. At first I thought it was kind of boring, but now I like it. 

Also, the evil people of Tumblr are making me want to watch Supernatural and Doctor Who. But I won't. At least not until I've caught up with the shows I'm already watching. I waste so much time.

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The awesome photo editing website Picnik is shutting down today (19th April). I wanted to use one last time before that happened so I spent a few minutes editing some of my doodles. Just to add some colours to them and make them more attractive because these ones are so random.


                 



Monday, April 9, 2012

The Fault In Our Stars and The Hunger Games.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. 

As you may already know, there was a lot of hype surrounding this book before it even got published. The main reason I decided to read it was because once it DID get published, the internet wouldn't shut up about it (by that I mean people on Tumblr who kept reblogging these amazing quotes from this novel which I hadn't read and it was driving me crazy).

What I loved most about The Fault In Our Stars were the characters. They were so intriguing and different. And the dialogue was pretty epic too, just like John Green's other novels, pretty much the entire book was quote-able.

When I really love a book, I can't put it down. These days I have a lot of free time so I could have easily finished this book in a few days but it took me almost 2 weeks to complete it. I don't want to say it was boring because there were a lot of things I loved in it, but it just didn't make me feel like oh-my-god-I-can't-stop-reading-this. Also, it didn't make me cry. At all. And I don't say that with pride, when a book makes you cry it's a good thing because that shows that it really had some sort of affect on you. But for some reason I didn't cry while reading The Fault In Our Stars. Even though it was immensely sad and beautiful.

So overall, I think it's a great read, but I prefer John's other novel, Looking For Alaska.
I think I'm going to read Paper Towns next.

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are book which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


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The Hunger Games Movie (Spoilers!)

I watched the movie about 2 weeks ago. Since then I've had some time to think about it. I'm not disappointed at all, like a lot of other fans. I think the movie was actually very satisfying. Sure, there were some things which weren't exactly like the book but then again, I never expected it to be perfect. It met my expectations and I think the cast did a great job portraying the characters. 

I also liked how they showed the world outside of Katniss' view, like the control room for the Hunger Games and the interaction between President Snow and the head game-maker, Seneca Crane. The nightlock scene was one of my favourites since we weren't told how Seneca is killed and I think how they showed the death was pretty genius.

There were a number of things I would have changed or done differently, like give more importance to the mockingjay pin (in the movie Katniss got it from a shop instead of it being a gift from Madge). But I really think that despite all these flaws, the movie was great and the acting was as good as it could be, most of the actors played their roles perfectly.
I will surely watch it again whenever I get the chance!
What did you guys think of the movie?