Bookstagram Literally Stole All Our Attention (September Wrap-Up)

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While we had been on school vacation for the entire past month, our  plan (or at least my – Adele’s – plan) to blog more… obviously failed. Why? I TOTALLY BLAME BOOKSTAGRAM. Any time I would’ve spent blogging went to scrolling through gorgeously bookish photos and posting some of my own too. Plus it fuelled my inner lazy cat because the process of taking a picture, editing it, and posting it to Instagram is a lot quicker than writing an entire blog post. BUT, I honestly do hope to blog more next month because some things can’t be summed up in a photo caption. And, uh, my review backlog is glaring at me.

Testimonies (And JZ’s Trip to Cambodia)

JZ: Cambodia felt like a really good dream and I can’t wait to go back! I honestly did not expect it to be so much fun – I didn’t know what to expect or how to feel prior to the trip (I wasn’t even excited, which is totally strange since the idea of traveling gets me very excited). But I ended up falling in love with the Kingdom of Wonder (I guess I can say it left me wonderstruck – SEE WHAT I DID THERE? *WINK*) and the people there – playing with the kids and helping the people made me do some soul-searching and I think I’m not the same person I was before the trip, as cheesy and cliché as it may sound. I remember when my teacher in-charge said “if anyone needs their heart to be set in the right place, this is the trip for them”, I was rather skeptical and thought I didn’t need any of that but it seems like I was the one that needed some setting in the right place and I got just that.
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Summer Obsessions (June Wrap-Up)

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While the summer holidays are probably still ongoing for many of you in the northern hemisphere, mine has just ended for about a week (my mid-year holidays last for 2-3 weeks but we have longer breaks at other times of the year). However, the past month has definitely been amazing, although I will admit I’ve been trading a lot of adventure between pages for those in real life and onscreen. (All pictures in this post are taken by me, unless otherwise stated)

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Xinjiang

Believe or not, the above picture is taken in China. Over the span of 10 days, my sister, grandparents, Mom, her friend, and I travelled through various places in the Ili region of Xinjiang, China (it’s in the northwest area, near the border of China and Kazakhstan). And let me tell you, it was gorgeous; almost like holidaying in Europe without needing to pay as much.

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It was an amazing experience filled with sights I’ve never and will never get to see here in a city like Singapore. All the adventures I went on like riding through 22km of mountainous terrain in five hours on horseback, peeking into an enchanted-looking forest for the first time, and navigating through fields of flowers hiding cow dung every few steps definitely make amazing writing material in the future!

The food was also fantastic – though I might’ve eaten just a little too much since the portions there were humongous – and I tried kvas for the first time in my life. At least, the Xinjiang version of it. Had Greek mythology, along with the nectar it claimed the gods and goddesses consumed, been real, I imagined it to taste something like kvas – smooth like honey with a hint of alcohol. Continue reading “Summer Obsessions (June Wrap-Up)”

Armchair BEA Day 2 – Eye Candies

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Welcome back to day 2 of Armchair BEA! Today’s topic is “Visual Expressions”, or as I like to call it, Eye Candies. Incase you’ve been living under a rock – which I doubt so – there are so many different ways to tell a story, not just through traditional novels.

Comics, mangas, movies, TV shows, animes – these are all amazing platforms storytellers have used to weave their tales. I’ll be sharing my love for a few of them and recommending some of my favourites to you.

Animes

Before you start going, “Aren’t animes just Japanese cartoon for adults?”, let me reassure you that they are not. Once upon a time not so long ago (just last year, in fact), I thought animes would be rather boring because how could you sympathise with drawings? Darn, was I wrong. Yes, some animes are light and fluffy, catering to young kids but there are a lot more genres to it – I would even say as many as books.

So fret not because there really is an anime for everyone but these here are some of my favourites (hint: I really think you should watch them).

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Shingeki no Kyojin / Attack on Titan

Long story short, humans have been driven to near-extinction by man-eating giants called titans. What remains of humanity lives within a walled city that protects them from the dangerous outside world. It does sound futuristic but the world comes off more historical-fantasy. The world-building is splendid and the animation to die for. Plus, the story’s different from anything I’ve ever watched or read so really, watch this or I’ll slay you like a titan I urge you to watch this. Continue reading “Armchair BEA Day 2 – Eye Candies”