This afternoon, I renewed my library membership for another year. Only €3 for an entire year of reading pleasure. Who said money can’t buy happiness?
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
I have the tendency of borrowing thick library books which I can never find time to finish. To avoid that from repeating itself, I have decided not to visit the library in the next two weeks. For the life of me, I am going to read that tall stake of magazines which I have piled up nicely on the wooden bench.
In the past few days, I have made it a morning habit to go through at least one magazine. Many of the articles were educative, inspiring and fun to read. One or two scared the bejesus out of me. And then, there are a few that made me pissy and bemoan the fact that we still do not have any moon bases…
A few days ago, I watched The Big Short, a comedy-drama based on a true story depicting the global financial crisis of 2008.
You must be asking: Huh? Comedy drama? Financial crisis? Boring?
I must admit that I had mixed feelings when reading the film’s introduction. I see-sawed between comedy (hate) and finance (love). What a wonderful surprise to find the film absolutely entertaining and memorable! Somehow, the light-hearted aspects of the film had contributed much in making this otherwise very technical and tedious topic… understandable, interesting and human?
The Big Short is fantastic and will definitely be on top of my movie list for a while.
I have just finished reading David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. The tales and tribulations of this fictional autobiography, slightly based on the author’s own life experiences, will fill my thoughts for days to come. Since I need time to digest this current favourite, I shall not begin on a new book any time soon.
I just finished watching the movie, Macbeth. Despite having non-Scottish actors playing the main roles, I find it quite an enjoyable film. The plot and twists of this short tragedy is just as enticing as the other Shakespearean plays I used to watch on TV in the 80s. What a beautiful performance of the English language and literature! Such mesmerizing dialogues!
What can I say? I am a fan since my teenage years.