2009-01-30

I have a cold

I have a cold. In this blistering 43 degree (celsius) weather I'm harbouring a sore throat and a snotty nose. How is that even possible? I blame it on my work's air-con, or lack of. There's only 4 places in the whole workplace that's properly air conditioned - the CEO/admin office upstairs, theatre, intensive care and the waiting room/recpetion. The rest of the place is constantly in a state of lukewarm humidity. Unless you have business in any of the abovementioned places (and most of the time you don't), one is doomed to suffer the feeling of having a film of moisture on your skin. Every year we have the same problem, every year they send for the a/c people, and every year we get told that the a/c wasn't installed properly, so there's very little you can do to correct the problem. I am hoping not every year will be having 40 degree plus days that last for a whole week.

So it's been a while since I last blogged. My friend (the one and only that bothers following this blog at all) mentioned the other night at dinner that I don't blog anymore. I guess there's just not been anything to blog about (plus I've gotten more lazy). I'm still stuck in the unsatisfying job as I've been in for the past 2 years. I still don't really know a precise direction for my life. Everything's pretty much in status quo. The only things changing are probably what I read and watch these days. So here goes.

ANIME: Not been following much lately. Still trailing along with Bleach, although truth be told I haven't actually watched the last 15 episodes which is just sitting on the harddrive. For a while I was stuck into Skip Beat because I really liked the manga, but somehow the anime adaptation just didn't have the right zing, so that's another show that I'm just trailing waiting for it to finish. There's one I really like at the moment called Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou, which is a story about a teenage boy who is trying to return the names of spirits contained in a book inherited from his grandmother. It's not a very action packed nor very funny show, but I really like it for it's soothing calmness. Maybe I am getting old, but a lot of anime these days are just too extreme for my liking. This one's just got a simple concept with a dash of touching storyline now and then to spice things up. Nothing overly convoluted or twisted. I'm currently watching the second season (hence the zoku part of the title, which means continuation in Jap). The first season was just called Natsume Yuujinchou, which was only 13 episodes long. That's another thing I like about the series, each season is short, so it finishes before I lose interest (an important factor with my shortened attention span).

TV: House M.D is still going, but my interest is starting to wane. I guess 5 seasons in, it just doesnt' have that appeal of a fresh new concept anymore. Someone comes in with a weird unsolvable disease, House insults people, then miraculously gets inspired from a random conversation and solves the mystery. There's the occasional Cuddy and Wilson interlude inserted somewhere, but these days they're more like a non-existent entity, and the storyline with Cuddy's really just not going anywhere.

The one TV series I'm currently chasing up is Gilmore Girls. It's actually quite an old show now, I think it's last season was in 2006 or 2007, but I only became aquainted with it late 2007/early 2008. The entire show pretty much revolves around Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, portraying a mother-daughter relationship that is based more on friendship than one of guardian-child. The show has really fast paced dialogue with much reference to pop culture. Three-quarters of the time I don't know what they're refering to, but their dialogue is funny to follow. Currently I'm almost through season 6 and it's still got it's appeal.

Something else I got stuck into these days is Top Gear (UK of course). A friend of mine who works with the automobile industry gave me season 10, and told me it was a great show. I was like, pft, it's a show about cars, how interesting can it get. But once I started watching it I couldn't stop. It's not so much for the cars but the incessant bagging that goes on between the 3 presenters that appeals to me. They also do some pretty crazy things on this show. It definitely has entertainment value even for people like me who knows zilch about cars, and who's ideal car is like a Toyota Corolla lol.

BOOKS: I'm currently reading The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella, the author of Confessions of a Shopaholic (movie soon to be out in cinemas). It's really a brainless read, funny but doesn't require an ounce of brain power. The last one I read from her is Can You Keep a Secret? and I could finish the book in 2 days (allowing time for other activities as well). If one wants to read purely for relaxation, then her book is definitely one I would choose.

Lately I've also been pretty stuck into books by Philippa Gregory, author of The Other Boleyn Girl. Much of the historical facts in her ficitonal novel is actually accurate, which is great for me because reading her book is like studying English history, except with much more drama involved. Somehow in my high school education I must've missed out on English history, I remember the Vikings invasion etc, but nothing further from then. King Henry VIII and his multitude of wives didn't make their way at all into my high school education. I feel under-educated. lol

I've also a mind to start reading Charles Dickens, after watching the BBC series of David Copperfield (with young Harry Potter playing the role of young David). Again another novel missed during my high school education. I've heard much of the novel, but never actually got down to reading it. The thing with these classic novels is I need to have watched it first as a television adaptation before I can actually get into the book, it was the way with Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice.

Well, enough blabbing from me. Update again in one year's time. lol

 
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