“No Boundaries” by Adam Lambert

Another song that I’m listening to is No Boundaries by Adam Lambert. Although Kris Allen is the American Idol Season 8 winner, I stated Adam Lambert because I prefer his version of this song. Where else have you ever heard an inspirational song sung in a hard rock version? This version definitely gave me goosebumps!

No Boundaries by Adam Lambert

And, in my honest opinion, Adam Lambert should have won.

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“Thinking of You” by Katy Perry

I am currently listening to Katy Perry’s song, Thinking of You from her mainstream debut album, One of the Boys. At first, I thought that the song spoke of being in a current relationship but being in-love with another. Then, I saw its music video and realized that what I thought was a misconception.

Thinking of You

The song actually speaks of a love that has gone by and will never return. The one left behind is trying to cope with life and getting on in another relationship. However, the singer reminisces and grieves the loss of the first love through the song.

This was the first Katy Perry song that I loved. It actually made me see her as an artist with deep creativity. The song employs a deep sense of emotion and utilizes unique poetical terms. Moreover, its unconventional delivery gives it a very unique format as a ballad. It’s definitely something that I would listen to over and over.

Fate, Love, and Sticky Notes

Last week on GMA-7 saw the culminating episode of one of the most enjoyable dramedies cum soap operas: Fated to Love You.

Fated to Love You

An Asianovela from Taiwan, Fated to Love Youis the story of a pushover office girl (called “Sticky-Note Girls in Taiwan) named Chen Xin Yi (Chen Qiao En) with no grand aspirations and a low self-esteem. In her work, she met a guy who later on became her boyfriend. Consenting to the pressure of fulfilling her boyfriend’s want for sex, she buys two tickets for a cruise with a private room for two. There, she plans to “give herself” to the guy so the he wouldn’t leave her. However, due to a bad headache, dizziness from medication, and a twist of fate, she accidentally sleeps and haves sex with the wrong guy–Ji Cun Xi (Ethan Ruan), the wealthy director of a famous soap and detergent company!

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Hand in Glove by Ngaio Marsh

"The ex-con and his girlfriend did it!", I hopefully thought.
“The ex-con and his girlfriend did it!”, I hopefully thought.

Among my collection of mystery novels by my most venerated mystery novel writers (Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Marsh’s titles are the ones that I am able to find every so often. I guess it’s because among the three, she is the most unheard of.

So once again, I’ve come over another Marsh novel: Hand in Glove. The story tells of a murder that happened while a social party was ongoing. The victim, Mr. Harold Cartell, a well-known barrister, fell into an excavation hole filled with muddy water; then, somebody let loose an 850-pound drainage pipe over his head. Of course, instant death was inevitable. But who wanted to kill him so badly …and brutally?

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Watership Down by Richard Adams

Many human beings say that they enjoy winter, but what they really enjoy is feeling proof against it. For them there is no winter food problem. They have fires and warm clothes. The winter cannot hurt them and therefore increases their sense of cleverness and security. For birds and animals, as for poor men, winter is another matter. Rabbits, like most wild animals, suffer hardship.

Watership Down, April 1975 (paperback) page 465

“Oh, Hazel,” said Blackberry, coming up to him round a puddle in the gravel. “I was so tired and confused, I actually began to wonder whether you knew where you were going. I could hear you in the heather, saying ‘Not far now’ and it was annoying me. I thought you were making it up. I should have known better. Frithrah, you’re what I call a Chief Rabbit!”

Watership Down, April 1975 (paperback) page 64

I usually skip stories involving animals. It’s not that I hate animal stories; I actually love them, both young and mature. What makes me despise reading them is that in most animal stories, an animal dies (the protagonist, usually). And when it does, I can’t help but feel sad and grieve over the death of the animal. Even in normal human stories where the humans have pets, I would feel bad if the pet of one of the human characters dies. Animal death really affects me in a radical way.

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