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UNADULTERATED: Voice of a Person Behind the Counter

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It has been a while since I last blogged, but not since I last written. I fear that my work has been slowly chewing the part of myself that I feel is most precious to me -- my soul, and the ability to organise my thoughts and place them into words. This is what makes me become slightly human(e) again.

In truth, who doesn't have a love-hate relationship with their job or career? I know I do.

I have talked about this so many times in passing to friends, family, colleagues... but it never ever gets old. Anyone who worked or works in any position that serves customers will have encountered these feelings, one way or another, once or one time too many, in their working life.

I have never understood why people feel the need to shout at a service crew person's mistake. Or the need to make "passing" but demeaning comments. Or to write in and ask a rhetoric question of whether the staff was having bad day, but obviously still wanting the management to take action.



I have nev…

Book vs. Film: The Promise 無極

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The Promise 無極 (wú jí), by Jingming Guo 郭敬明 • Published by 圖神出版社 • ★★★★ • Goodreads THE BOOK The interesting thing about the book counterpart of The Promise is that it was written after the movie. The director chose a writer and granted him the creativity to write the story again, but keeping the beginning and the ending the same. This is actually great because the movie, admittedly (on hindsight), wasn't that great in comparison to the book.

Jingming inserted new fantasy elements into the story, which was pretty weak in the movie. He also created an entirely new fighting system and introduced another faction into the power struggle between Wuhuan, Qingcheng, and Guangming. Never underestimate the power of a world that is well-built.

I would like to think The Promise is trying to talk about the circle of life, but it also romanticizes it into a tragedy (of sorts). If you could see your future and your fate, would you believe it? If you believe it, would you just do nothing and se…

Unboxing: Librum Box, May/June 2016

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I was extremely pleased with my first experience with Librum Box, which was the March/April box, as I was highly motivated to purchase it due to one of my favourite makers (Baisimu) being involved in that particular box. When the current theme for May/June was announced, I signed up immediately because I love tea. I mean, hey, who doesn't love tea? ;)
Disclosure: This post is not sponsored by any of the artists/makers involved or CLSG. 
What I appreciate most about Carpe Librum is that the box is delivered personally by the team. It's probably tough for them, especially since it was raining the day they delivered mine, but no start-ups are easygoing from the beginning. Kudos to that!
So what is in this couple of months' Librum Box? :D

I left the box overnight before I opened it and I was SO GLAD that the ants did not invade the cookies, because I would have been so sad. (Due to the weather, insects are emerging EVERYWHERE. Argh.)
1. CHOCOLATE CHIPS COOKIES BY DE'COOKIE…

UNADULTERATED: All Sides of A Coin

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UNADULTERATED is a feature I created to allow my muddled thoughts to be straightened out into sentences, but often remaining as ramblings with little to no motives behind them. (Also more commonly known as regurgitating thoughts or verbal diarrhea.) There are minimal editing in these posts, hence there will be lots of straying of thoughts and even driving off "topic cliffs". Consider yourself warned. ;)
I have the luck to enjoy company with people who are objective and are capable of seeing different sides of a coin. Recently, perhaps I had accidentally stepped on the train of Lady Luck’s dress, for I have also encountered some people who are rather adamant on their love(s).

That gave birth to this post.

At what point does love and passion turn into rabid obsession? Rabid and passionate are actually synonyms but it’s funny how their connotations set them apart.

Think of a rabid fan, do you get a rather crazed and illogical person? Perhaps.
Think of a passionate fan, do you g…

后青春期的诗:回头看未来。

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后青春期的诗 - 九把刀 • 蓋亞文化有限公司 • ★★★★ • Goodreads 你还记得十八岁时有过的梦想吗?
我记得,因为当时的我没有梦想。

十五岁时,我写下了一个十分荒唐的梦想。
当时很疯Gundam,所以想当它的飞行员。
虽然当时只道它只是荧幕上才有的科技,十五岁的我没有任何犹豫地写下。
现在想一想,在未来可能就会有这些机械来保卫国家或探索外星哦。

二十三岁时,又写下了一个梦想 — 我要写作。
比十五岁的梦实际多了,可是好像艰难多了。这是什么鬼逻辑?

努力想一想我的十八岁…

其实,我十八岁时失去了人生的导航。
当时有一位教授(也只有那么一位)问我要不要转科,我不想浪费时间和老豆的血汗钱,所以硬着头皮熬过了、毕业了、漂浮了(要谢谢当时同组的同学包容我的半脑残状态,我才能顺利毕业呢)。
当时没了梦想,如同没了锚的船只,一直无目的在人生大海漂着,不踏实。
可是当时的漫无目的塑造了现在 “我行我素” 的自己,也算得上是一段寻找自己的时间。

【后青春期的诗】叫人情不自禁地回想过去、反省、思考现在、探讨未来。
一年过一年,越来越逼近三十岁。虽然只是个数字,可是自己能感觉身子的变化。
我不担心老去,生老病死是必经之路。
可是我担心的是失去想象力,再加上不喜欢 “心有余而力不足” 的感觉。
我还无法完全无视别人对我的眼神,所以我担心我剩下能疯狂的时间不多。
但是也有可能在四十岁时,真的活得潇潇洒洒。
人生无常,就是这么个事儿。

很庆幸我没有因为之前读了没那么感性的【红线】,而放弃手上剩余的九把刀作品。
(说真的,如果不是因为五月天有张同名专辑,可能我真的不会读下去。)

如果时光能够倒流,我会回到更年轻时,然后放肆地活。
但是如果时光能够倒流,我现在的感慨就可能没了。
两者中,我无法选择。(纠结症是长期的病啊。)

听听歌吧。


Cress: A Thorn on the Crescent Moon

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Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3), by Marissa Meyer • Feiwel & Friends • ★★★★ • Goodreads • SPOILER ALERT! I liked this book, but I’m a little disappointed because I wanted to love it. I hope I’ll love Winter, because from what little of the princess that I read here, I already enjoy her presence. Despite the clear references to Snow White, my first impression was actually that of a slightly demented Alice (the Wonderland Alice) and I already adore her for that.

The biggest enjoyment I got out of this book was getting to know Thorne through Cress and how Thorne reacted to Cress’s encounters when they only had each other. I think a close contender to that level of enjoyment was seeing the fall of Sybil Mira. DAT BIATCH.

Obviously, the biggest revelation I love was the one between Doctor Erland and Cress because it’s no secret that bitter twists and plots are some of my favourite bookish things. It’s not that I’m heartless, but I kind of enjoy how imaginary tales and fictional relat…

微微一笑很倾城:我的城,被倾倒了。

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微微一笑很倾城 - 顾漫 • 江苏文艺出版社 • ★★★★½ • Goodreads 这是一个宅女的童话故事:在网游中的伴侣也是现实生活中的体贴男友,而且又帅又有钱的。当然女主角也不赖的哦,不然怎么叫童话故事?

虽然这算是陈词滥调的概念,但是我还是很爱这本作品。原因很简单 -- 它建立在一个梦幻武侠网游上!都说是宅女的童话故事,身为宅女的我当然无力的被吸入故事内。(虽然读完很想哭…)

肖奈几乎是完美的绅士,而且是不切实际的完美。(可能自己本身见识不广…)一个善于打游戏,聪明绝顶,浪漫体贴,运动细胞也强,理财也行,几乎什么都可以的男人,存在吗?只有肖奈一个吧?把他的优点打成一排来看,我也是醉了。相比之下,真水真的逊色很多很多很多。(重要的话说三遍!)也在相比之下,微微也显得比较真实。(所以说只有肖奈是让人觉得见鬼啦!)

其实读完这本书后,很想找一部类似的网游来打打。也想起以前一直玩MMORPG时,虽然交了不少朋友,但也没微微这种“故事里才有的结局”。也可能要怪自己的自我封闭,哈哈。再加上自己没微微那么豪爽,也没那么倾城啊。(可是还能带出门啦,给点面子,好不?555)

《微微》也将被改编成电视剧和电影。对于两部的肖奈我没什么评论,毕竟我不是杨洋的小绵羊,而是对我家的绵羊虎视眈眈的小狼。(呵呵呵,别怕,姐姐不咬人的呢~)郑爽虽不符合我心目中微微的女侠气概,但面对Angelababy当上电影版的微微这种晴天霹雳的新闻,我也默默接受了郑爽来饰演微微。(只要不委屈我家小哥啊!井兄,你就挺一挺呗。)

说实话,真的很不看好被改编的两部剧,虽然有当红艺人撑着。可能是小说给我的感觉太好太好了,再加上它那过于梦幻的组合,现实生活中真的很难有个能相提并论的比拟。不过捧在没读过小说的观众前,大概还是能火的!