Atomic Blonde on UK double-decker bus
It’s been awhile since I wrote anything. I took a break for ten days from 22 until 31 August to travel to Europe before starting my PhD journey. While in Europe my Atomic Blonde CD arrived and luckily my brother was there to pick it up for me. I was happy to get the CD, but I wished it’s included all the songs that were in the film.
Back to my Europe trip, I went to six countries, and the countries are UK, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and France. I always wanted to visit London and Paris ever since my late mother visited both countries when I was a kid; unfortunately, I don’t have enough time to explore my favourite cities because I went with a travel agency. The time is insufficient to explore, and I don’t get to climb the Eiffel Tower because Paris was our last destination before flying back to Malaysia.
According to the itinerary, the time to visit Eiffel is the next morning after check-in to the hotel. Luckily, the tours guide willingly to bring some of the energetic group to visit Eiffel Tower at night after we check-in. I was freaking tired, but love conquers all, I force myself to go and see Eiffel Tower. Finally, I managed to visit the most famous Eiffel Tower and the moment I was standing in front of the Eiffel Tower and enjoying the light show for about 5 to 10 minutes. Out of the blue in the background, my favourite song Careless Whisper instrumental accompanied the scenes. I think played by the street artist; I was so busy admiring the most iconic monument. It was perfect, and I wish to revisit France and also London.
I was back in Malaysia on 31 August and the next day was the Eid al-Adha celebration. I have a cold again. Unfortunately, I already saw a panel Doctor and told him that I need to be well before flying to Europe. Guess what the whole trip I was coughing, and my voice sounds quite bad. Currently, I’m in the process of recovering from the cold, and I learned from my mistake that it is better to see a private Doctor for fast and good medicines instead of seeing the panel physicians.
It is Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration and still on holiday break. So on the fourth day of Raya celebration, my brother and I went to Penang. As usual, we would go to Queensbay Mall Penang and survey the Robot Master action figure shop and Toys R Us.
We decided to watch a movie while we were there and it happens that Transformers: The Last Knight is showing in the cinema.
Overall the movie visual effects are good, but the storyline is quite not that impressive enough for my taste even it fills with actions and comedy. I think the movie is too long (2 hours 29 minutes) and it filled with unnecessary scenes that can be edited out to make it shorter around one hour something.
On Wesak Day, I got a day off from my hectic schedules. I took the opportunity to watch Alien Covenant. I’m not a fan of the Alien franchise, but I quite enjoy watching those previous movies. But the Alien Covenant is quite disappointing because for me it lacks thrilled and I almost fall asleep for the 30 to 45 minutes waiting for the action to come. The movie has too many dialogues and unnecessary drama from the characters especially from David and Walter (Michael Fassbender). Overall the movie is okay, but it lacks actions and the alien.
Today I decided to take a break for a couple of days in April. I’m so burned out with the workload. I wish I can spend my time travelling and read books.
On my free time, I read novels and currently, I’m reading a book called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I love the book and decide to collect all the series.
I watched the movie version last year and before that I have no idea the existence of the book. The reason I watch the movie is because I love Tim Burton films. His thoughts and works are so unique and brilliant. Its suit me well because I think people would agree to say that I’m also a peculiar person. I remember when I was an undergrad student, one of my friend felt weird when I bought Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride: An Invitation to the Wedding movie book. I don’t care what people think of me being weird liking Tim Burton works.
I hope there will be more movies to come based on the book series and Tim Burton films.
It’s almost the end of January. It’s been a while since I post any updates. I was so busy this January even though I already finished marking those examination papers. I also need to work on public holidays because I need to finish up some design works.
I just come back from Chinese New Year holidays break. At the office and notice that the building so peaceful because some people chose to extend their holidays.
This coming February, the new semester begins and going to be extra busy.
Today is the last day of 2016 and tomorrow is the beginning of the year 2017. My wish to all my followers and readers a happy new year and may your new resolutions come true.
I do have a good news for myself to celebrate. I usually celebrate good achievements by treating myself and my family. Harley Quinn statue was one of the treats for myself and I’m so happy to receive that Harley’s statue. Can’t wait for others to come.
Only 3 days left before entering the new year of 2017, this means that I will grow a year older and new resolutions to be fulfilled. My first and foremost resolution are to be healthy and strong. I try not think about dieting to lose weight but just to maintain a healthy weight.
For my education, I hope to finish my proposal in order to continue my postgraduate study. It is hard to study and working at the same times. I must push myself harder in order to finish my proposal.
The 2016 Year in Review:
As the 2016 year comes to a close, I have so many good and bad things happenings in the year 2016. I gained a lot of life experience in the year 2016 also suffering some losses but those experiences teach me to grow and it is part of the cycle of life.
One of the good things is that I manage to contribute to a book chapter and presented in a seminar. I was nervous because it is my first publication, I’m proud of myself because I’m not good at writing but I manage to push myself beyond my limits.
For those bad experiences, I wanted to forget and move on. There is no use to think about those sad events in my life. I want to think positively and be healthy.