Movies, Books & TV Shows

Difficult Books

Since young, I have this tendency of reaching for reading materials that is a bit ‘out of my league’.

Reading English story books was a challenge when one was only eight years old growing up in Lahad Datu. Then one day, I was breezing through these. At the same time, I was also reading comic books and fairy tales in Chinese. The complexity of the Chinese language and culture did not deter me, it was too much fun to give up. Then there were cook books with foreign and unknown ingredients, old history books with epic tales, and my mother’s business motivational books. I encountered mysteries, fantasies and science fiction in my early teens and never let go of the latter. Borrowing text books belonging to a classmates older sister, I was into Malay literature for months.

Living in Belgium, reading materials in Dutch was a necessity turned habit. After a while, whatever I read will just translate into knowledge, awareness, and information – regardless of the language. Give me something to read, anything.

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Audio Books

Boy am I glad that audio book technology exist in my lifetime!

As much as I love turning pages of real books and having a library of e-books at my fingertips, I am truly thankful for the alternative provided to me by audio books. This technology allows me to let my imagination wanders through all those wonderful stories without tiring out my eyes. Thanks to it, I am able to enjoy many incredible epic tales involving thousands of pages while being hands free.

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How To Age

I have chosen the non-fiction book which I am going to read next. The main motivation and reason influencing this choice is my dear grandma, my parents who are in their 70s, and the future D and I.

How To Age by Anne Karpf is available at the local library. It is only available in Dutch, but I think I can handle that. It will be amongst my next library lending.

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Hello Old Friend…

Yesterday afternoon, I ended my two-month library fast.

Oh what a wonderfully familiar and comforting feeling to be wandering amongst my beloved maze of books, magazines and artworks. The beeping sound while checking out library materials were music to my ears. Call me crazy, I do not care. Hello dear old friend, I am back.

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Banking Nature

I have just finished watching a documentary called Banking Nature. I am going to need some time to digest the information I have just been exposed to. I know for sure that I will not be able to prevent myself from over-analysing this matter. And how can I? They have just shown the jungle of Sabah for a couple of minutes. Finance, nature and home. Not something I can la-la-la away that easily.

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Nature Shows

I totally love nature shows. When I was 3 or 4 years old (I remember being shorter than the TV), I would be mesmerized by the nature programs on TV. What is so damn interesting about a man climbing steep hills gathering birds eggs, remarked an uncle to me once. I did not reply. I still do not have an explanation to this quirky lifelong fascination. Had I become a biologist, that would have answered a lot of questions…

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Jibber Jabber, Movies, Books & TV Shows

Library Book Fast

A month ago, I stop going to the library. Without the usual distraction of multiple library books, the unread magazine pile has been dwindling at a healthy steady pace.

I shall probably continue this library book fast for another month into the new year. Doing so might encourage me to finally start reading the unread books which I have bought and hold on to during my seven years in the US.

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Michiel de Ruyter

In the weekend, D and I watched a movie depicting the historical acts of Michiel de Ruyter. As with any biographic and historical films, I have expected it to be dramatized and somewhat romanticized. Well, the drama and romance was definitely present. What I did not expect was the philosophical debates that went on in my head for several days afterwards.

Michiel de Ruyter led his fellow countryman to many victorious battles, becoming the most famous Dutch admiral. If the film is to be believed, he had wished to retire and to be with his family. However, amounting threats and his obedience to the prince made him leave his country for one last battle against the French.

The battle-tired man simply wanted to stay home, to live, and be surrounded by his love ones. Dirty politics and blind obedience to authority drove him to a bitter death. And that, bothers me a lot.

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