Thiriving for a Lonely Life?

If_I_Stay_posterIt’s been some time since I last watched a movie. The closest that I’ve done was watching trailers being shared on Facebook. One such movie was If I Stay, directed by R. J. Cutler, and headed by Chloë Grace Moretz.

The trailer caught my attention because A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s Say Something was on it, and that it seemed to involve having an out-of-body experience, which is a movie theme I haven’t seen in a long time.

So, with my friends, I skipped work for the night (I was burned out, anyway), and opted to have a movie and dinner outing. 🙂

Synopsis *SPOILERS*

Based on the young adult novel written by Gayle Forman, it tells the story of Mia Hall (Moretz) who has an out-of-body experience after she, her parents, and younger brother, Teddy, get into a motor-vehicle accident while on the way to visit her grandparents. While she hovers over her hospitalized body, she learns that her mother died on the spot and that her father died while on the operating table. This prompts her to want to recover and to be strong and care for Teddy.

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Places I Would Love to Explore in 2013

The farthest place that I’ve been to this year was Macau. However, my main tour or itinerary was Hong Kong; Macau was a side trip from my main destination. My visit to these two places was also the longest amount of time that I spent on a tour and the longest period that I was away from home: 12 days.

I wouldn’t trade these travel opportunities for any other thing in the world. It awakened my desire to travel and see the whole world! Just what we need: another expensive hobby!

I don’t know if I will be able to travel overseas again in 2013; hopefully, opportunities will present themselves. If they do, I do wish the following places will be available on those tours:

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Seven Books I’ve Read in 2012

I believe that this is a tough list to make, now that I’m just going over the books that I’ve read this year. I can’t recall much of the books that I’ve read this year. Actually, it would seem that most of what I’ve read were blog posts and short stories posted on the Internet. Other materials that I’ve perused were my academic books and modules.

We’ve got a problem: I believe the books that I’ve read account for less than seven! Of course, by books, we mean novels: either hard bound or paperback copies. You know, those kinds of books that one usually reads as a pastime, and NOT as a coerced activity.

With that, I’ve decided to include notable online posts and some academic-related articles that I read and studied to this list:

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The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers

I was supposed to make a video for my vlog however, two things kept me from it:

  • I’ve got the flu and
  • The YouTube video manager page is down.

I’m not making this up and I’m not making excuses to put this off. I just can’t do a decent video with a sore throat and a runny nose! XD

Anyway, despite YouTube’s video manager page being down, the channel page is still up. I browsed over my past videos and this is what I found — the last murder mystery novel I read before recently finishing Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles. So I read this novel, The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers four months ago! I didn’t realize I was falling behind on my reading. Anyways, here are my impressions on Sayer’s novel:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Screenshot from my smartphone. 🙂

At long last, I was able to begin and finish reading Agatha Christie’s first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. This title also introduces Hercule Poirot, Christie’s detective hero, for the first time.

Speaking of “first times”, this is the first detective/mystery novel that I read on my smartphone. Yup, I’m warming up to the idea of e-books and e-book readers. It’s so convenient and not-so-tacky-looking. Thanks to the PDF format of my copy of The Mysterious Affair at Styles and the document reader feature of my smartphone, I was able to finish the novel by reading it everywhere I went. It’s a totally time-efficient option, considering that I’ve had this novel since September 2010! O.o

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