Isolated thoughts

Category: Reads

Smear

I dreamnt of applying makeup and smearing it all over.

Setting off tomorrow for Hanoi. Its going to be my last trip before school begins I suppose. Unless I manage another short getaway. I feel extremely unprepared this time, barely looking up on what I want to do and knowing little to nothing about the country. The beauty of being in a foreign land (for me) is partially the freedom. Away from home, experiencing, learning, and enjoying.

Printed out a shitload of documents for the scholarship. My last chance at something that is really important to me. I despise the idea of taking up a loan and being in debt. Living off parents is up there on a list of things I don’t want to do as well. Too bad money doesn’t grow on trees and there ain’t no sugar daddy to pay these bills. I’ll pull through. Eventually. Though there is definitely a need for dependence on them for the next few years.

Was helping my mom vet through some documents. I feel so useful for once doing something to help me parents instead of it being the other way around.

Finally made my decision. I don’t know how it’s going to turn out, but I’m going to give it my best shot. To be honest, I do find learning and studying enjoyable. The mental stimulation is something that I fancy and take pride in. Knowledge makes me so thirsty for more. There isn’t a end to this. I just hope that I find joy in the subjects that I’m studying. The development of my social and presentation skills can’t hurt either. I’ve always found it frustrating to “limit” myself to one specialisation. This makes me so, so glad to have the flexibility to pursue two different yet cohesive subjects. It’s the educational experience that counts and I think I’ve chosen the school that would best help me achieve what I desire. There’s this certain thrill that goes along with the fact that its my mom’s alma mater too.

I’m losing track of time. Have to reach the airport in the early morning so I was asking my dad about the arrangement since I thought my younger sister had school. Totally forgot that its the June holidays. Hopefully there won’t be too many kids on the cruise. Am planning to laze about reading the Game of Thrones and the Narnia series as well. I recall reading the Horse and his Boy 10 years ago. I wonder how it’ll change this time round.

Just finished a Clash of Kings tonight and I can’t wait to start on the next book. Might consider watching season 2 but I’m quite tempted to go back to review season 1 as well. Well, I’ve all the time (other than working, driving, and studying) to do so. My time is running short and I dread the idea of not enjoying it before school starts. At the very least, during this long break I’ve done a few noteworthy, useful things. Completed a teaching internship and decided not to pursue that path, passed my piano grade 8 (damn great achievement because I suck so badly), and have exposed myself to so many different things through interviews, tests and jobs, learning so much more about myself and about how things work in the process. *pats back*

To 6 days of enjoyment and relaxation! Cheers.

Read: A Game of Thrones

During my recent trip to Bangkok, Thailand, I decided to browse through the Kinokuniya at Siam. It was a pretty random decision, but ended with a nice surprise. I’d always wanted to read and watch the Game of Thrones. It was partially due to the hype around it and a need to find something to read. I started watching the series last year, finishing 7 episodes of season 1 at a go because it just sucked me in despite knowing nuts about the story. Hence, at such an apt timing (having a long-ass break before university begins and the books being sold at a relatively cheaper price), I decided to start reading.

At first, I was confused as hell as the novel takes place on such a grand scale. The several different houses and the numerous characters associated with each intimidated me at first. It was reminiscent of a Dicken’s novel, with a whole boatload of characters that were all subtly linked. Likewise, George R.R. Martin slowly unravels the world where this game of thrones takes place, introducing characters and slowly uncovering old and newer plots in the tale. The changing perspectives in every chapter also aided the characterization of each character immensely, the numerous characters becoming more distinctive as the chapters go by. It also leads to an interesting way of uncovering what is going on and the various side’s perspectives. I would really like to have a chapter of what is going on in Cersei or Jaime’s mind though those twins are insane.

The one thing that I tried to probe but still cannot comprehend is about the desire for one to take the iron throne. Maybe its due to a personal reason but I don’t understand the lust for power and control. The entire land seems so divided and messed up to me that it makes no sense to be ruler of a kingdom. What good comes from that anyway? And it seems like a terrible sham. Comical even, when you think of how Robert was a lousy as hell king and Joffrey is this little boy sulking and playing games on the throne. What does it really mean to be king anyway?

It’s just the beginning of the series but it’s off to a flying start. I’ve no idea what’s going to be coming up next but I can’t wait. The unpredictability makes it an exciting read (or maybe I just have little to no foresight and can’t pick up foreshadowing well enough).