Eternal Summer

eternal suffer

Or more likely, eternal suffer(ing). From all the feels the show gave me.

Two years after Free! Eternal Summer aired, I finally able to finish watching it. In one sitting. Yep. I was too late in the swimming game.

Tbh I have watched it a couple of months after it ended, but I somehow never got around in finishing it. I still have this habit of waiting for a series to end before I could watch it, because I prefer doing it in one (or two) sittings. Just like when I watched Monster for one whole week during my birthday, eagerly anticipating whether Kenzo Tenma will actually kill Johan Liebert or not. Yes, I spent my birthday week off work to watch an anime. Yes, I am a boring person.

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Surprise, surprise

It’s 2am today and I’m not yet done cleaning my emails and managing my subscriptions. But I found a surprise in one of my mails, a list of songs I listened way back 2012 (a list of my 2012 VL credits attached to boot). The titles are intriguing enough, which for sure the me today would understand why the 2012 me saved it way back for future reference.

Which made me wonder, what was I thinking that time I first listened to the songs? What feelings did these songs roused in me?

These two were somber, melancholic. Gorgeous and haunting, as one commenter puts it.

This one’s beat is kinda funky, and I liked it. I can now remember being intrigued by the cyberpunk-ish image (it’s just audio) and the story it tries to tell me.

two ships

Now I remember why. I had this post-rock fever years ago. Every night I’d listen to Mogwai, Sigur Ros, God is an Astronaut, Tides from Nebula, Caspian, Mono, etc. There’s something with the genre that captivated me. Let’s say that it’s like poetry. I may not be able to understand exactly what the words/melody meant, but the feelings they invoke are quite clear.

We’ll now the fever’s subsided, I don’t listen to post-rock that much these days, but those feelings are still with me. As much as I wanted to listen to them again as often as I could, too bad the office environment can be quite noisy, so listening to these artists made it more difficult. I guess I’ll just listen to them while I’m at home.

I decided NOT to watch the Attack on Titan movie

But before you kill me, let me finish what I’m saying. I decided NOT to watch the Attack on Titan movie in cinemas. I’ll still watch it. But I will wait for the DVD version.

Why? I heard a lot of comments saying it was bad. And now I’m scared, especially since Levi isn’t there (do I still need to explain how much I love that character??) But of course I have to see it for myself. I’ll try my very best not to compare it with the anime (and especially the manga), because that’s the way you should watch it.

2015 Reads [fic/nonfic – Final]

Too late to start my to-read countdown, but alas, since this is included in my New Year’s resolution (together with the daily morning run/walks), I have to keep it going. No exact number on how many books I should have read by the end of the year, what’s important is to keep on reading while there’s time to do so. Usually every lunch time at work, or before sleeping, or while eating out, or while commuting from work.

  • The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte (done! It was nice, but actually got confused at what happened in the end. Could have been the author was not able to imply it more clearly, but most probably I’m not paying attention. And hey, what with this fad of pairing a young woman in her early 20s to a man who’s as old as her father?! What the hey! This book fell right into that trope! Ugh)
  • The Blind Concubine by Xi Ni (this is soooo fuckin’ sad. I dunno why in some cultures, self-sacrifice is a trait, just like one of the characters in this imperial period Chinese BL novel. Reminded of me of the movie Raise the Red Lantern. I bawled afterwards, I swear. The ending is so sad)
  • Hua Hua You Long by Xing Bao Er (yet another imperial period Chinese BL novel. Shows influences from wuxia novels. Okay, the leading man is an asshole, and his unfortunate partner (the other leading man) is not as good as he seems since he’s a bandit, but then again the former is more of an asshole compared to the latter. That friggin’ asshole made the other guy look like an innocent lamb. I disliked how the story unfolded, it can be bloody and cruel at times, but I kept reading it)
  • In These Words by Kichiku Neko and TogaQ (manga). I’ll include this in my list since I brought a physical copy. Granted it’s not cheap (you can buy 3-4 books with that price), but this is my first time ever owning a physical copy of a yaoi manga. And it’s totally worth it. Had to hide it from my parents though. Lol.

I think I have read a couple more than what I’ve listed here, so for now I’ll try to remember what the rest are. Sheesh, what a scatterbrain of a person I am.

Spend money on books, not food

I’m so happy I remembered my promise of updating this blog as often as I could. It’s one of my resolutions in 2015 that I will definitely accomplish no matter what. So here I am again, typing nonsensical things for the sake of updating. Haha. Just kidding.

I want to say that I went to the local thrift bookstore yesterday. What caught my eye was 1) Bonfire of the Vanities (Tom Wolfe), and 2) Detective (Arthur Hailey).

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