24 January, 2014

All About Taiwan

A week or more before the last day of 2013, there came the opportunity for me to finally set my eyes upon the unique art works by fellow Taiwanese. They have that ingenious, simple yet elegant taste in art which made me respect them; not to mention the admiration I have for their restaurants set-up techniques and their way of serving food, meals and their ideas in decorating places or rooms with cheap, simple, and affordable materials, decors, and items.

Of course, these are only my opinions based on what I have seen on the Internet instead of having a vacation trip, travelling to Taiwan to truly experience the exact and precise situation of venturing or perhaps, wandering around Taiwan's souvenir shops, markets and restaurants. I have never traveled to Taiwan before, but I will, someday. After looking and enjoying so many things made and ran by the fellow Taiwanese, I hope my future trip to Taiwan is not disappointing. Fingers crossed xx

Here are some of the photos of various things and situations all around Taiwan.

Photo by Afterhours Cafe.

Photos by Ça va小日和。

Photo by CameZa +.

Photo by V + ing.

Photos by 九樓.

Photos by 旅行 x 生活的溫度.

Photo by 日安!阿哩嘎荳 生活概念空間.

Photos by 每一天的手帳日記!.

Photo by 默契咖啡.

23 January, 2014

The Last of Us: Left Behind

For the record, The Last of Us greatly inspires me. I love this game as much as I love the other games that I play and watched that I feel that I need to curate all of them inside my heart. But this particular game holds a special meaning inside my heart and my mind. I absolutely love the main game. I always think that it is perfect by itself. And when a new game that serves as a prequel to TLoU is going to be released on 14th of February, I am excited all over again.

Note that I am NOT a PS3 player, so I couldn't play the game nor the prequel. But like the other players, I am excited. As a walkthrough and let's play viewer, I get to immerse myself into the game, either more or less than the players. Even though I can only catch a glimpse of the game through the video above, somehow I feel having a prequel isn't that bad at all. Since the story behind this prequel is going to revolve around Ellie and her bite-free condition, to be honest I find it kind of weird for the game developers to release the main game first before releasing The Last of Us: Left Behind. But of course, if they are to release the prequel first, the players will either feel a few more times excited in waiting for the main game OR they will know what to expect from the main game - but let's not deny that this is rather impossible. Somehow, knowing that Joel is not going to be in the prequel makes me feel sad. Well, he most probably wouldn't because Ellie was not even bitten yet. But nevertheless, it's still perfect, whether the main game has or has no prequel to it.

29 days left before The Last of Us: Left Behind is going to be released. But I don't think I can wait any longer. Dear 14th of February, can you come faster, please?

07 January, 2014

V for Vendetta

I love watching V for Vendetta as much as I love watching Requiem for a Dream. V for Vendetta was more poetical and descriptive whereas Requiem for a Dream was more expressive and sad compared to one another.

V for Vendetta, unlike Requiem for a Dream, has a lot of back stories which acted like snowballs to affect V and his decision. Evey, the "young and attractive woman" as stated by a few men throughout the movie, had met V and would have no idea that V was about to help her to become a stronger person, and to fall in love once again or for the first time ever.

The need for freedom has been the major driving force that unites the people inside a country in the movie to fight for what should have been fought for. "I am me" will always remain to be one of those few things from the movies that I shall keep with me. And Valerie, the one who said that phrase, together with her story, shall be kept in my memory for eternal life because they are unusually beautiful and meaningful.

Again, I am going to recommend this movie to everyone and hopefully, you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

All the screenshots above are taken by me.

Requiem for a Dream

This movie was simply an eye-opener for me of the dark side of reality; where nobody can help you but yourself, where rationality plays an important part in our lives, and where all the skills we've learned before are being tested at. As nobody can live without money, but can we make the right choice for us to earn the money we need so much? Are you going to do drugs or silly things just for money?

The film has already proved to me that every human is dependent; nobody can live alone, especially when they are having some problems in their lives. We need people to give opinions, and most of the time we would be guided by the wrong ones because nobody can truly see what's the best for the other. We wanted to help, but we helped in the wrong ways. We were so influenced by what our friends think of us and their suggestions that we could not really decide which path is the best for ourselves. Nobody will tell you what to do and what not to do, nobody is there to guide you; we want what other people has so, so much that we thought it is the right one for us as well. And all these are what this movie is all about.

Hence, I strongly recommend this movie to everyone BUT bear in mind that this movie ought to be rated PG for some of its disturbing scenes.

All the screenshots above are taken by me.

01 January, 2014

Goodbye, past. Hello, new year.

So 2013 has just passed by without another word. Somehow, I feel sad to see it leaving and become part of the past; for it was one of those years that made my life a better place for me to fit into. Frankly, I couldn't have done it without 2013. There are so many things that I am thankful for, so many things that made me cry within the year. But in the end, I am still grateful. Even though pain never cease, 2013 let me feel whole again. Now, I can finally say "I feel that I'm becoming a better person," the sentence that I've heard coming out of people's mouth for quite some time.

So it's 2014 already. 14 is my birth day number. Is it just me, or do people that share the same birth day number as me feel that it will be a special year for us? Of course, fate can never be determined accurately, even by using the most precised manner. So I, will just have to live through the year to find out what it has in store for me.