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Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction

I am a relatively simple person with a common interest on book and traveling. Buying books has been a guilty pleasure for me because I feel some kind of satisfaction everytime I do it, and the pleasure even doubled once I finish reading the books. It does not always happen linearly since I have less time to read lately due to my work and other things, but for sure it will be part of my life which will always bring small happiness in my heart ☺️

Traveling is just amazing. I enjoyed the experience and new knowledge which I got when I visited new places and met new people. After hiatus for a while, I think it’s about time for me to pack my bag and go wandering again, this time with my significant other πŸ˜„

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

For the Weekly Photo Challenge of Unusual, I chose some pictures taken during my stay in Switzerland. I went to Charmey, Gruyere, with my friends to watch DΓ©salpe, a major celebration that marks the end of the Alpine summer pasture season. We enjoyed a parade of cows decorated in flowers going through the village  together with the breeders who looked very happy and excited with the celebration.

Parade of cows wearing flower crown and big bell passing a village was completely unusual for me. I commonly see cows only in the farm, and it was not wearing anything on its body, let alone a flower crown πŸ˜‚


Ah. I miss Switzerland. Hopefully I can visit it again sometime in the future 😊

PS. I just have to post this picture because they were so cute and I miss these boys a lot. I suppose two little boys hang out with beers were also unusual for me (lol!). Don’t worry guys, their parents finished their beers before they posed πŸ˜‚πŸ˜›

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Review: Dunkirk


Year: 2017
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Aneurin Barnard, Tom Hardy

This movie refers to Battle of Dunkirk, a military operation that took place in Dunkirk (Dunkerque), France, during the Second World War. The battle was fought between the Allies and Nazi Germany. As part of the Battle of France on the Western Front, the Battle of Dunkirk was the defence and evacuation of British and Allied forces in Europe from 26 May to 4 June 1940 (wikipedia).

I have been a fan of Christopher Nolan’s work ever since The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception, hence I was expecting a lot from Dunkirk. Well, I was not disappointed at all! In fact, I really really like this movie! It is brilliant in all aspects: the storyline, the cast, the cinematography, the music; each piece fits beautifully and creates a beautiful mosaics for audiences.

The movie started with a story of Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), a young British soldier who tried to leave Dunkirk. Trapped in the island with other 400,000 devastated soldiers who also wanted to go home, Tommy had to find a way to ensure he would not be part of those unlucky troops who might be left behind. Trying his luck, he quickly picked up a stretcher to bring a wounded soldier to medical boat, hoping he could sail away with the medical team. Unfortunately it didn’t work and forced Tommy to find another way to save himself. While Tommy was struggling in the land, in the skies above, Spitfire pilots Farrier (Tom Hardy) and Collins (Jack Lowden) took off to Dunkirk to protect people in the island by shooting down enemy planes. Limited fuel and wave of enemy planes did not make the job easy for both of them. In the sea, Mr. Dawson (Mike Rylance) together with his son, Pete and his friend George, headed off to Dunkirk in his boat to save as many British soldiers they could get. They encountered a shell-shocked soldier on a wrecked ship and took him aboard. When the soldier discovered that Dawson was sailing for Dunkirk, he tried to take control of the boat and accidentally pushed George down to the lower deck. The latter got severe blow to the head and lost his sight. All three events seemed not related at all, until the truth appeared in the middle of the movie.  

It was brilliant. The fact that the movie tells a story of three different events in parallel actually blows my mind. In the beginning I thought everything happens in a sequence manner, which means one event after another. However in the middle of the movie, I (and I believe everyone else) noticed the oddity of the flow when similar event happens again, but this time from different person’s point of view. That’s when I started questioning if those events were actually happened in different timeline and somehow linked to each other. This so much reminds me to Inception in which Nolan was playing with the concept of dream and reality, which linked back again to time. Seems the concept of “playing with time” is one of Nolan’s favorite, which in a way can be classifed as his signature on his movies. 

I love the cinematography and the sound of this movie. Everything was just perfect, not less and not too much. Sometimes in a war movie, I feel like the sound was dominating a bit too much (which I expect) to give more impact to the audiences. Watching Dunkirk, I  still feel the same impact with less attack to my eardrums. The casts are great, each one of them played a very convincing role which pushed the story moving forward. Fionn Whitehead was basically Tommy in my eyes: a young soldier who was trying to leave Dunkirk by doing anything he could. I feel like I am part of his “virtual” team: supporting him along the way and feeling nervous everytime he tried to do something to gain his freedom. I could totally relate to Mike Rylance’s role as a dad who wanted to do something in behalf of his soldier son who passed away in the war. Mr. Dawson’s story was told in a simple yet effective manner which makes me symphatized even more to him. Surprisingly, I love Jack Lowden’s Collins character, whom I find somehow interesting, though he only appeared in less than a 30% portion of the movie. 

Overall it was a very good and entertaining movie which for sure lasts in my mind. Nolan obviously had a job well done. No doubt it gets my 5 out of 5 stars rate. 

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Review: “Spiderman Homecoming”

Title: Spiderman Homecoming
Director: Jon Watts
Writers: Jonathan Goldstein (screenplay), John Francis Daley (screenplay)
Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.

Having had a fighting experience with The Avengers, Peter Parker a.k.a Spiderman (Tom Holland) returned home with excitement to face another adventure with the superheroes. With a mentor of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Peter expected to do more action and prove himself as a decent superhero who can be a part of Avengers. When days passing by with no call from Stark to join the Avengers, the so-not-patient Peter decided to find himself a significant crime to handle and show to Stark that he is someone to consider as superhero and not a your everyday teenager. That’s when Vulture (Michael Keaton) and his gang, who got their power from alien stones (Chitauri), emerged as new and dangerous villain. Will Peter prove that he is good enough as a superhero to save the day?

Spiderman Homecoming gave me a quite different vibe compared to previous Spiderman movies. I feel like it was more family friendly, or teenagers friendly to be precise. Though (of course) there were fighting scenes, they were relatively safe, meaning no excessive blood or dismembered body part (maybe I am exaggerating, sorry πŸ˜…) or any kind of wound and cut that you usually saw after a tough fight between a superhero and a villain. Even the last fight between Spiderman and Vulture was not too harsh, proven when Peter could still stand after being beaten up just couple of minutes before. Now this can be good or bad depending on someone’s preference. For me it’s somehow okay-ish, means I can accept it but would not mind to have bolder fighting scenes since I like action movies. 

Other things that I like about the movie was the humor and the character. I feel like the humor was sufficient in term of amount and also placed properly along the movie. Peter’s character as a teenager who was curious, excited, naive and ambitious, was believable and made me fell in love. I think Tom Holland did a good job, and honestly, he is my favorite Peter Parker so far from all Spiderman movies. Ned as Peter’s best friend was also funny and fit the role perfectly. 

Overall it was a funny and very entertaining movie to watch. I am looking forward to see the next movie of Spiderman πŸ™‚ 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Bridge

I guess it becomes some kind of habit to leave my blog for a month and catching up with photo challenge and few entries *cough*. I keep reminding myself to write regularly but when I am occupied with work, I would always have an excuse not to blog. Maybe I should think it differently to keep me motivated: if I have time to work, why don’t I have time to write? Makes sense, right? πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚

Anyway, catching up with last week’s theme of photo challenge: Bridge, I am sharing some pictures that I like from my past trips. Enjoy πŸ™‚ 

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Eid Mubarak!Β 

For everyone who celebrates Eidul Fitri,

Eid Mubarak! 

May Allah SWT bestows His blessings upon us and may we embrace the next Ramadhan as better persons. Aameen πŸ™πŸ»β˜ΊοΈ